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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

I'm Blue

Am I in some kind of dress heaven recently? Yes. Yes I am. 
I recieved this dress in the post from Jones + Jones quite a while ago and literally have not had a second or opportunity to wear it let alone shoot it. Thankfully that day came and I was able to show you the gloriousness of it. New word. What can I say?
To be honest, I think I'm pretty much always all about the lace.. it's something that doesn't ever really stop looking amazing (providing it's done right) and this dress is no exception. It's also totally weird for me to be wearing something blue. I know that might sound bizarre but I think it's maybe the only blue thing I own.. other than the occasional striped tee so it was nice to be pushed slightly when it came to styling it. 
As you all know... not one for overly girly yada yada.... so I decided to chill the outfit out a little bit by adding a chunky knit - which I actually picked up for £15 from a vintage shop in Nottingham when I used to live there - and some simple grey boots. I like how the knit contrasts with the delicacy of the dress and I feel like it makes the outfit more wearable and especially super cute for festive times where you want to dress up but also be cosy.
Always be cosy.
Jones & Jones Dress, Primark Boots, Vintage Cardiagan
All photo's taken with this beautiful creation , the Olympus Pen.

So what do you think of blue lace? Into it? 
Would you ever mix something as dressy as this with a chunky knit?
I've been thinking and I might not catch you guys this side of Christmas again (unless I do a sneaky sneaky blog post) and so if that's the case, I hope you all have a wonderful time, full of laughs and food and all of the good things.


Sunday, 20 December 2015

Boohoo Does NYE

So if this isn't the most beautiful dress you've ever seen then I don't know what you've been looking at because GUYS. CAN WE JUST. 
It would be super perfect for NYE or basically every day and night for the rest of your life ever ever ever. The lace & sheer detail is just insanely beautiful and if you're not too shy, (which I don't know if you have noticed, but I'm not ) then it's nice to wear a lacey bit of lingerie underneath because it kind of looks part of the dress but then it also totally doesn't. Y'know? 
My fave place for extremely tumblr esque lacey bra's is Urban Outfitters but I've seen SO MANY amazing ones on Missguided recently too... especially this one.
And now you should mentally prepare yourself for resting bitch face below. Soznotsoz.
Also, just in case you haven't seen my insane amounts of tweets or my latest selfie on instagram, then YES..... I have new hair... and YES.. I'm more than a little bit in love with it. I had it done at Outcast in Northampton and everybody there was just the absolute loveliest. I even got a shoulder & neck massage after having my hair washed... it was basically like a hair miracle making dream and I would thoroughly suggest checking it out if you're anywhere near that area because it was GREAT. We're also working on a little somethin' somethin' together so expect even more changes in the new year!
The lovely Vicky who spent about ten years tactfully covering my head in foil also has a blog, so definitely check out Whiskers & Wedges if you get a chance.
Boohoo Dress*, Boohoo Gilet*,  Urban Outfitters Bra, Similar Here, Topshop Boots Similar Here

Anyway, back to the matter in hand... the dress (which did I mention, was a whole £21 from boohoo?). You know by now that I'm not one for all of the super girly things so I decided to edge this beautiful number up by adding a bit of texture in the form of a fur gilet and my trusty gothic boots from Toppers. I feel like the whole outfit is just THE DREAM and I can't wait to wear it at every possible opportunity. Unfortunately for me, I won't be able to wear it out on New Years Eve as I'll be working (shock), but that won't stop me wearing it in the run up to Christmas and afterwards and just all the time, so I'm good.

Do you have any plans for NYE? 
What will you be wearing? 


Friday, 4 December 2015

Ideas On Blogger/Youtube Fame : Are We Friends Or Fans?

So I've been wanting to write this post for a few weeks but just hadn't managed to find time until now which is a shame.. I feel like my feelings were a lot stronger and a lot more coherent at the time. Nonetheless, I still thought that it was something worth talking to you guys about and getting your opinions on. It's good to have a chat, isn't it?
There's been a lot of conversation around Essena and her departure from social media recently and I guess it's put a bit more focus on those who make a living out of social media and the internet.
If you're anything like me, you'll have more than a few firm faves that you like to keep up to date with on allofthesocialchannels . You might look forward to their youtube upload days or perhaps get a small buzz of excitement when you see their new hairstyle all over instagram. Perhaps you take an active interest in their life and their opinions on things and find yourself feeling like you 'know' them. Do you do that? Because I know that I certainly do.. but does that make me a 'fan'? It's not like I've got anything against being a fan as such.. I mean I'm a fan of all my mates y'know? I'll back them til the end and I'm their number one fan but I'm also, their friend? 
The internet is a super weird thing and with blogging and youtube it's hard to not feel like you really and truly know someone because of the bits of their life that they choose to click publish on.  Now both you and I aren't naive enough to think that everything we see online is an accurate representation of somebody's life because let's face it.. we actively pick the best bits of our own to post too. Still, that doesn't mean that they don't accurately represent our personality. You might not know from my instagram that I'm having a hard time at work or that I'm dealing with distress... but you'll probably still get my sense of humour, you'll see the people I'm friends with, you'll read the quotes I feel are most relevant and you'll get an idea of the things that really make me tick so yeah.. I'd go as far as to say that you know me. And.. if I might be as bold.. perhaps you might be interested in what I write because you feel like maybe we'd get on? Y'know, if we were to hang out, maybe we'd have a laugh, maybe we'd have the same interests and just generally have a great time.
 So what happens when you've got 1.5 million people that feel like they know you? 
I really struggle to make that mental bridge between having a group of online mates that are interested in what you're doing, to having a group of people who get giddy when they meet you and stop you in the street for a photo because omgit'syou. 
 I mean.. as you all know... it's not something I have to deal with and it's not something I'm familiar with in the slightest and never will be so you might be wondering why I'm even so bothered about this whole thing and I guess my real reason is this:
There's a number of people who I follow on twitter... watch on youtube and catch up with on snapchat and I'm pretty sure that I'm doing that for the same reason that you guys are.. right?
I'm not doing it to buy into some massive fandom and to get butterflies if someone big time tweets me back. I'm not doing it because omgimyourbiggestfan and pleaseacknowledgemeit'llmakemyLIFE.
I'm doing it because actually.. I think you're kinda cool and I reckon we'd - if given the option - probably be pretty good mates. 
I guess it's not like that with every blog I follow and every video I watch.. sometimes I'm just interested, or I love someones sense of style... but there's certainly a group of 'influencer's' that I like because actually, I see through those instagram filters and that enticing hand held camera action to something more. I see in them something that I see in myself and to me that's not 'being a fan'.. although I am a fan of what they do, and what they say.. it's not because of their level of following or because they're 'internet famous'.. it's just because I think they're a bit cool. End of. Right?
So.. now that's clear I can just calm myself down and go back into hiding right? Well no.. not exactly.. because recently it was brought to my attention that actually.. these people may not realise that I have that 'Ithinkyou'reabitcoolendof' mentality and actually, I might just look like some superfan that just wants a photo with the famous person and for whatever reason, I'm being totally eaten up by it. 
I think.. that if for example you didn't have millions of followers and I was like , 'oh hey, wanna grab a coffee?' you'd probably just think that I wanted to hang out because we might get on, (or perhaps you'd think I was a massive creep, but that's up to you) but as soon as I become just a number.. a name amongst the masses that follow your every move, I guess that statement is ruined a little.. it's tinged with something less real and I guess it's that. That is what I have the issue with.
I can't imagine having that many people interested in my life and I can't imagine having to be cautious because of it but nonetheless, I'd like to think that if I was ever graced with that opportunity, I wouldn't start seeing my followers as fans because to me.. there's a very real difference. 
If we're just talking about having a strong interest in someone, or admiring their decisions and creative outputs then sure, I'm a fan I guess.. but please don't think that I'm caught up in the movement of the moment because actually... if all of that was to disappear and your online presence was no longer.. you've still got a friend in me. (And if you're not now singing the Toy Story song then I might have to re-consider that statement)

Do you ever feel like this about the act of following people online?
Do you think there's a difference between being a follower and being a fan? 
Is it just me that doesn't want to queue up outside for a 'meet up' but actually just go and grab a cup of tea and have a chat?

I would very much like to know you, in the way that you know me and that will always run through the veins of my online existence for as long as it's alive.
So.. let's chat.
After all.. if we're not all here to make friends then I'm sorry but what is this about?
(If you're thinking coats and shoes then you're only half right)
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