Layered

Gingham

The Story

Well hello again!! It’s official, Spring is finally here. The sun is shining, the days are getting longer and well it leaves me with a spring in my step (pun intended). I love everything about Spring but most of all I love the fashion. Time to get those pins out, time to get more colourful and time to experiment.

See layering isn’t just for Autumn, in fact I think layering is more essential at this time of year. You never know what the weather is going to do, hot one minute, cold the next and the odd shower here and there. Spring is the time to start to introducing those Summer clothes but I’m still not quiet ready to put the faux fur away.

This day was a typical Spring day, I took my own advice, layered to the max and took to the streets of Shoreditch with my MUA friend, Sammi (yes she takes great photos too).

The Layering

Gingham Top

Believe it or not all these items of clothing are so last season, actually they are so last year. I just love getting creative and styling clothes already in my wardrobe and giving them a fresh new look.

So here is how this layered look went…..grab one stripy dress from Primark, add that high low skirt from Forever 21, the one you didn’t wear anymore, because it was too short at the front for your horse riding thighs. Finish off with that gingham top you bought from M&S last year, before gingham was a thing and now you’re totally smug that you bought it. AND hey presto this look was born!

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I just love that this gingham top can come out to play now by layering it over warmer pieces, it’s far to pretty to wait for 20 degree heat.

The Bag

marc b bags

marc b bags

The day has finally come!! I am one of those girls who owns a tiny bag. I used to look at those girls in admiration. Asking questions such as, “How do they fit everything in that bag?” “Where is their tote bag with all their belongings?” Well the secret is out, they had a bucket bag. This beauty fits everything in it, it’s the bag that keeps giving.

This one is from my beloved marc b and at £45 it is another must have bag from them. It seems I am not the only one having a complete love fest with marc b, many of you have been contacting me to tell me about your love for them too.

The Bunny Mini duffle bag (to give it its official tittle), is three bags in one. It can be worn with a long strap across body or on the shoulder. It can also be worn as a hand held, as you can see here.

As with all marc b bags, the quilted faux leather is stunning and the quality is amazing, now all I need is for marc b to make this bag in pink! Hint hint marc b.

I will be talking all about the wearability and how much I can fit in to The Bunny over on my YouTube channel later this week. So you know go and subscribe so you don’t miss out (insert appropriate wink face emoji here)

The Shoes

Flatforms

Flatforms

These shoes are everything I could wish for in a shoe! In fact they are the perfect type of shoe, flat (i.e comfortable), they give me height and well they are a little bit on the ugly side. WHICH I LOVE! There is something about ugly shoes that makes them so bloomin cool. The cut, colour and flatform flatter the legs, especially if you have small ones like me. Paired with the fishnet socks, from Primark FYI and you have some strong shoefie game right there.

These Stomp Shoes (yes they are really called that, how cool!) are from Own Saviour and are a mere £20. Bargain Bonanza or what! Own Saviour don’t only do rockin’ footwear but also shine in the clothing and accessories department too. Get yourself over there, you won’t be disappointed.

The Choker

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If you stay up to date with my YouTube you will know that I was lucky enough to attend the ANNAKIKI show at Milan Fashion Week. The show was what dreams are made of, metallics, colour and faux fur were everywhere. It was my favourite show of the season and left me lusting after everything ANNAKIKI. So you can imagine my delight when after the show I saw this choker sitting in my gift bag.

Now we all know that I love a statement choker but this takes it to a whole other level. I am obsessed! As a matter of fact I’m obsessed with the whole collection, please can I dress my whole body in ANNAKIKI?

The Earrings

Pearl Earrings

I’ve been going on about how Accessorize rock my world for some time now and these Earrings from them are no exception. Large pearl Earrings are everywhere right now, I mean who isn’t lusting after the Dior Tribales? I’m loving Accessorizes version, the cage around the pearl does it for me, it gives them that je ne sais quoi. What do you think? Would you splurge on the Dior or head over to Accessorize to score these beauties?

What have you been purchasing in preparation for Spring? I’d love to know!

Until next time,

Big Love,

Siobhan

 

Gingham Style

Gingham skirt

The Story

Woweeeeee! Where does the time go? So much has happened since we ‘spoke’ last! So I’m just going to jump right in! There’s been the L’oreal Colorista Launch, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and a week in Iceland,  you can catch all of this over on my YouTube channel (cheeky plug there, I know). I now have my own style section in a super cool magazine called ‘cene. Also I have a new hair colour, a new fringe, yes Solarium Point have been working their magic once again. Oh and I’ve moved away from the wall. I know, shock horror, but all good things must come to an end!

Last week, myself and my photographer Sam took to the streets of sunny Margate to find the perfect spot. After a quick walk around we found this old navy doorway nestled in a corner of the old town.

The Skirt

Gingham Skirt

Gingham skirt

So it’s official, the world has gone mad for gingham, and yes I am so happy to join in with the table cloth trend. For me, gingham used to bring up images of the countryside, of kitch country houses and of the perfect picnic, images that totally make me happy. However this season gingham has been given a bit of edge, fashionistas have been putting their own spin on it and I for one am lovin’ it!

The only problem I had with converting to the house of gingham, was that it was leading heavily to the monochrome way of life. We all know that I won’t be signing up to that anytime soon. So when I saw this ASOS skirt in a beloved blue I did a little victory cheer. The skirt is a bargain £30 and at the time of this wonderful purchase, I had a discount code and some reward points to spend, so basically it was free! The skirt is the perfect midi length, it has a wonderful paper-bag waist and a cute bow that totally finishes it off.

I love how versatile the skirt is, I can’t wait to style it with a bit more edge. Maybe with a pair of metallic trainers, a band tee and a pair of Rayban Rounds. Keep an eye on my Instagram for that one!

The Bag

Marc B Knightsbridge bag

Marc B Knightsbridge bag

Marc B Knightsbridge bag

Marc B Knightsbridge bag

We all know by now that I am a huge fan of marc b bags, so when they asked me to take the Knightsbridge out for a test run I obviously said hell to the yeah. A few weeks on and I am in love. So why am I so in love? Well let me split this up for you.

The Colour –  For me, pink wins, hands down every time, this blush pink is just wonderful. It’s muted enough to go with everything, yet it still gives you that much needed colour to jazz up any outfit.

The Space – Now if you have ever owned a marc b, you’ll know that this is something that they are exceptional at. I have never seen this size of bag have so may different compartments. The space and organisation of the Knightsbridge means that I can fit my whole life into one bag…. can I get a hallelujah. Sorry tote bag but you’re having some time off.

The Versatile Strap – Another feature marc b are famed for. This bag can be worn with a long strap (see very first image) on the shoulder or cross-body. You can then double the strap up (see second image) to have it in hand, over the forearm or tucked safely under your arm. Basically you get 5 bags in one.

Quality – Marc b bags stand the test of time and the knightsbridge is no exception to this. This bag has seen the tube floor, a gig and a night out and it still looks and feels like new.

All this for £49, what are you waiting for?

The Boots

Kurt Geiger Pink Boots

Kurt Geiger Pink Boots

Now we all know that Heathrow Terminal 5 is a very dangerous place, right? Well for me it is, I pray for plane delays when I’m there, the shopping is phenomenal! Well alas there was no delays on my recent trip to Milan, (BA, you’re too good) but I did manage a quick trip to Kurt Geiger. Five minutes later and these pink suede beauties were mine at a tax free price.

Okay so they were an impulse buy, I had Milan Fashion Week coming up and they felt like an essential. A new pair of shoes can take you places, well that’s what I told myself.

They have certainly taken me to a whole load of compliments. You love them and so do I! They saw me through a day of pounding the streets of Milan, and since I’ve been back I haven’t wanted to take them off. The heel is just comfortable, you know, I can go a whole day in them but I am thankful for my slippers when I get home. For a champion of team flats that is quiet a statement. The colour is to die for, the suede is what dreams are made of and yeah I bloomin’ love them.

The Accessories

For spring I’ve teamed up with Accessorize to show you how marvellous their new collection is. I have been an Accessorize addict since time began so I can not wait to show you what they have in store (see what I said there) for you.

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Chokers are pretty much my go to accessory at the moment, I never leave the house without one. My current collection is pretty edgy, mostly black and well not very Spring. Accessorize are simply genius with this little number that is gracing my neck above. It’s feminine, easy to wear everyday, and will allow you to gradually ease your wardrobe into the new season. I mean, come on, how cute are these crochet flowers?

Accessorize stack rings

This year I am determined to up my finger candy! This stacking ring set from Z for Accessorize is the perfect starting point. The stack is pretty, with solitaire quartz stones and cubic zirconias on the band. Oh and all the rings are gold plated, could they be any more luxe?

Accessorize earrings

This is one of many pairs of Accessorize earring that I now own, I am obsessed with their recent drop. (Oh gosh I am at it again, drop earrings, get it? ) ANYWAY….. Take this pair, easy to wear but they make a statement, the same could be said for the other pairs that I own. From jewelled ear cuffs, to jazzed up hoops, Accessorize is where it’s at if you want to  take those ears up a notch or two.

The Glasses

I have been super greedy and included two pairs of glasses, well if you can’t do it here where can you? The truth is, I always walk around with at least one pair of spectacles and one pair of sunglasses. My love of eyewear is getting a bit out of control, but I suppose there are worst things to be addicted to?

Blue Glasses

Let’s start with the spectacle shall we? They are Jack & Francis at Pretavoir. Pretavoir are an online glasses company who basically sell every brand of glasses under the sun. Just incase the sun does come out, they do sunglasses too. They have eyewear to meet everyones needs, this pair only cost £99 but if you wanted to splash the cash, they sell Dior, Chanel, Prada…. you get the picture. The service at Pretavoir is wonderful, super quick, great communication and will have you wondering why you didn’t order from them sooner.

I am pretty smitten with the actual glasses too, I love how the colour contrasts against my hair. I also love that they are round, it gives them a bit of a retro feel.

Accessorize sunglasses

The second instalment of eyewear comes in the form of these 70’s vibe sunglasses from Accessorize. I am huge fan of tortoiseshell on frames so it was love at first sight. Add the double bridge and the fact that these sunglasses are only £15, it is no wonder most of my friends have now purchased them too.

That’s it for now you lovely lot! I’d love to hear from you. Are you a gingham lover or have a huge obsession for eyewear? Would you buy anything from this look?

Big Love,

Siobhan

Out with the New, In with the Old

The Story

Over the past month I have been reading post after post about the perfect capsule wardrobe. I’ll be honest, minimalism has never been my thing when it comes to clothes, I’m more of maximalist. More is more, less is bore, and all that.  However the new walk in wardrobe is getting that bit closer to being finished, and I can’t help but think about the deal that I made with my husband. I agreed that if it doesn’t fit in the walk in wardrobe, then I’m not keeping it. Que Carrie Bradshaw going through her closet scene, walk this way music playing. Ok, so I am minus the friends holding the Toss and Take sign but to be completely honest with you, I probably wouldn’t listen to them anyway. A lot like Bradshaw, when someone suggests that I should get rid of a piece of clothing, I’ll always find a way of restyling it. So therein lies the problem, I don’t get rid of clothes yet I keep buying them. This has led to me having a disgusting amount of clothes, even I can now admit that it’s getting ridiculous.

Here goes………I AM NOW SELLING MY CLOTHES! Slowly but surely it’s happening, a small step in the right direction, I am now in that toss or take situation. So here I am thinking about a capsule wardrobe and what it would look like for a colourful dresser.

So what is a capsule wardrobe? Well after much research here is what I have concluded. “A capsule wardrobe is a compact wardrobe made up of staple pieces in coordinating colours, usually in the realm of 30 items or fewer, including shoes and sometimes even accessories.”

What the actual dog?! Shoes and accessories also? How do you do it? I can’t see me going to these extremes however I am now seriously considering those clothes that I have worn once or not at all (I know it’s awful). Do they belong in my “capsule” wardrobe or do they need a new home?

The Dress

Asos pink dress

Asos pink dress

We’ve all done it, bought a dress for a special occasion and then never worn it again. Well this is that dress. I spotted it on ASOS probably about 3 years ago now. I knew it was the perfect piece for the Christmas night out with the girls. Wore it, loved it and then popped it in my wardrobe never to be worn again. I think the question we need to ask here is why? Why have I never worn it again? Sometimes it is simply that I have forgotten about the piece, number one reason why I need a clothes cull. With this dress though, it isn’t that, it was that I saw it as a night out piece and as my big nights out have dwindled, well I have had no reason to wear it. Until I had a rethink.

The Blouse

Topshop sheer Blouse

Topshop sheer Blouse

This blouse was a Topshop impulse buy about ten years ago. I thought it was oh so Carrie Bradshaw, (that woman has a lot to answer for) and didn’t actually think about how I would style it. The fact that it was sheer has led me to putting it on, deciding that I’m actually not that fond of the whole world seeing my bra and then putting it back on it’s hanger. So in ten years it hasn’t been worn! Until now, this blouse relaxes the dress, layering does that, bringing it into a day outfit, adding interest and ultimately covering those arms up. Sheer is everywhere at the moment so it is also bang on trend.

The Boots

Office Studded Boots

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These boots are so so old and standing the test of time to be fair. I purchased them from Office, actually wore them to death, then they moved house and well they stayed hidden in their box. These boot are what the fashion world would call a “staple piece,” they go with everything, can be worn to a variety of occasions and well yeah, I’ll be keeping them.

The Bag

Chanel Boy Bag

I am still questioning my purchase of the Chanel Boy Bag. I bought it a couple of years back whilst on holiday, you know somewhere where I didn’t understand the currency so it felt completely acceptable to do so. It isn’t very me. However many bloggers ware theirs to death and quite rightly so. It definitely fits the capsule wardrobe brief. I have to question though, do I want to ware this bag with every single outfit that I put together? The answer is simply, no. So does the Boy go?

The Jacket

Topshop Faux fur jacket

There is no question about this jackets existence in my capsule wardrobe, I bought it last Autumn / Winter and it is still being worn to death this Autumn / Winter, if someone said you can only take one jacket, this would be it. For me animal print is “a co-ordinating” colour, it goes with everything.

The Belt

Waisted Belt

This belt was bought for me as a present, waisted belts were a big deal at the time of purchase and they seem to be making a come back. This belt has not seen the light of day for sometime now, in fact my huge belt collection hasn’t seen any love at all. I just stopped wearing them. This belt is perfect to complete this look, adding interest again and giving shape to the dress. If I was only allowed to keep one belt, would this be it? Probably not, it would be a close second though.

So there you have it, six pieces, carefully considered, some that make the cut some that don’t. Now to deal with the rest of my wardrobe, this may take some time.

Comment below, what would be in your capsule wardrobe? Is this something that you already have in place? Would you consider it? I wanna know!

See you next Saturday,

Big Love,

Siobhan.

Dip Mondays In Glitter

The Story

Margate

Well hello there! Can you believe it is the 14th of January already? Is January officially the most depressing month of all time? Well I must admit that this week I have been finding it rather hard to stay on the sunnier side of life, and well, that’s really not me. For me it’s the weather that completely effects my mood, this week has seen snow, not fun snow but sludge. So with “Blue Monday” approaching I got to thinking what keeps me going? Well amongst other things, clothes, colourful, quirky, glittery, furry clothes. The way you dress tells the world what you’re all about. So I say, get up, put on a rockin’ outfit and seize the day. Oh and if you have to, dip this Monday in lots of glitter, it might help.

On the day of this shoot I met up with my shiny new blogger friend Jaide (She has her own blog / YouTube, the works). We walked around Dreamland, chatted like we’d know each other a lifetime and snapped some great shots.

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST CONTAINS A LOT OF PHOTOS……. sorry I just couldn’t whittle them down any more.

The Coat

Urban Code Faux Fur Coat

Urban Code Faux Fur Coat

This is an oldie and I’m still so in love with it. Don’t you just love it when an item stands the test of time? I recently read that if you can pair a piece with five items from your wardrobe then it is worth investing in. Well for some that might mean a pair of Givenchy boots, for me it’s colourful faux fur. Yes it goes with everything, yes I ware it far too much and yes it receives more admirers than a sausage dog. Totally a great buy. It is from Urbancode London , they’re faux fur is phenom!

The T-shirt

Zara Dip Mondays In Glitter

Zara Dip Mondays In Glitter

Zara Dip Mondays In Glitter

This year I am going to buy more tops, I have a severe lack of exciting upper body ware. If this purchase is a sign of things to come, then 2017 is looking mighty fine. Can you ever beat a slogan tee? The fit of this tee is really flattering, the sleeves are that tad bit longer, you know to cover up those spaghetti arms. It’s going to see me through Summer and be a firm favourite on my up coming road trips.

You’ll be pleased to hear that it is now in the sale! I can no longer see it on Zara‘s website, however I have seen the last few waiting to be snapped up in store. If you can brave the Zara sale then I take my hat off to you, this top just might be worth it though.

The Trousers

Topshop Gold Trousers

Topshop Gold Trousers

Where on earth have I been? Why have I not bought these trousers before? Both questions I have been asking myself since purchasing these trousers sent from the Gods. They are so comfy, think pyjamas. I am going crazy for anything cropped at the moment so a big tick in that department too. On that note, can you remember when you used to get tormented if your jeans weren’t dragging on the floor? The word ‘half mast’ used to be shouted to the poor unsuspecting victim. Oh how wrong they were to mock.

Anyhow this particular pair are from Top of the Shop, I am obsessed!

The Trainers

Zara smile trainers

Zara smile trainers

Zara smile trainers

I’ve been on the hunt for another pair of statement shoes for sometime now. My metallic numbers have been worn so much, that they are starting to look rather sorry for themselves. I know, it makes me sad too. A good friend of mine once told me that she makes her first impression of someone based on their foot ware. This has stuck with me, I want my footwear to speak volumes.

I mean they have lightening bolts on them so really I’m already winning. Then, bam, you turn to the back and there it is, SMILE. Add the accent of metallic and the platform sole and yep, they were bought quicker than you can say ‘Greece Lightning.” Bravo Zara. They are now £15.99, I am not even mad that I bought them full price, they are that good.

The Bag

Marc B Bags Pink Bag

Marc B Bags Pink Bag

Marc B Bags Pink Bag

Marc B Bags Pink Bag

My obsession with Marc b Bags continues. Now I know I shouldn’t have favourites but what the hell, this is my favourite. Mary Poppins has nothing on me with the amount you can fit in this bag. It is such a great colour and you can wear it a million ways. This has basically led to me wearing it all the time. This is now in the sale too at £25, bargain bonanza.

Fancy winning a bag from Marc b’s new collection? Yes, yes you do. Then head over to my twitter this weekend to find out how. 

The Haircare

Bumble and Bumble

Bumble and Bumble

Bumble and bumble asked me what my hair was like. My response, dry, dry and dry. Well not anymore, thanks to them. I’ve been using their gentle shampoo, followed by their super rich conditioner for a couple of weeks now. I am so impressed. They both smell phenomenal and do exactly what they say on the tin.

The shampoo lathers up like no other shampoo, their is absolutely no need for a second wash. It leaves your hair feeling squeaky clean and nourished. The conditioner funnily enough, really is super rich. With other conditioners I’d be left with dry and tangled hair after every wash. With this conditioner  the brush simply glides through, it’s a thing of beauty.

Pre Bumble and bumble I was using a hair mask 2 to 3 times a week, not anymore. Keeping  on the topic of hair masks. Oh my word, their balm-to-oil pre-shampoo masque will sort your dry locks out in one hit. If you haven’t already, give Bumble and bumble a go, I promise you won’t regret it.

What Keeps you going throughout January? I’d love to know, go on comment away.

See you next Saturday,

Big Love,

Siobhan

 

 

 

What a Difference a Year Makes

The Story So Far

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Lets just start by saying Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had an amazing start to 2017?  The New Year sees lots of us looking towards the future, fresh starts, resolutions and lots of positivity, which of course I love. However today I wanted to look back! I think it’s important to take the time to reflect and give yourself a pat on the back for all that you have achieved! I say, if you can’t blow your own trumpet, who will? Seriously though, this isn’t a look at what I have done brag, but a refection on the journey that the past year has been. I’m hoping it will inspire you to follow your dreams and do what makes you happy.

So yes, that is what the past year has brought me, happiness. Wind the clock back a year ago and I had just left my full time job, a job that had quite frankly zapped the life out of me (more on that here). It took me a good couple of years of well considered thought to come to the decision that I needed leave. So by the time 2016 came and my three month notice period was over, I just knew that I had made the right decision. There was going to be no looking back, quite ironic given this blog post, but alas, I had mixed emotions. I was excited, a new venture, I felt free. But in contrast I had a little bit of the good nerves, the unknown, relying just on me, myself and I to make this happen. I just knew it was going to be A OK, I had a good feeling but there was no certainty.

The Decision 

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This photo (captured beautifully by the husband) above is literally the moment I decided to leave teaching and become a blogger. Yes we were in paradise, yes we may have had rather a lot of Prosecco, but I just knew it was right. This was what I needed, this was me!

Now it is no secret that pre justauniform I was no stranger to posing in front of walls. I was known for making my friends take poor quality photos of me on my iPhone 4. I’m looking back now and questioning why I did this? I didn’t even know that blogging was a thing, I always dreamed of working for a fashion magazine, but it was simply that, a dream. I suppose now I think about it, I liked documenting my outfits. Friends, then strangers, then even brands (thanks Monsoon) starting commenting and reposting my pictures. It got me thinking, I liked it.

The real turning point took place on the day of the picture in the pool (above). I know what you’re thinking, go on what happened? Well I watched IRIS, her love of fashion mimicked how I felt, how it made me feel excited. I loved how she didn’t care what the world thought about how she dressed, she dressed her way because well, she loved it. Watching her documentary made me realise what really made me happy, fashion.

The Change

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So yes, my appearance has changed! I’ve had my nose pierced and I’ve had more hair colours than you can count on your fingers. This isn’t just about the look though, this is about me being able to be me. Being able to express who I am. The six years previous saw my colourful personality being chipped away at, as the years went on I could hardly recognise myself. No make up, hair that only saw a salon if I had time (and I never had any of that) and clothes that were worn due to convenience. Forget all of that though, one huge thing was missing, my smile!

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This year has given me my energy back, I’m smiling and I’m back to being who I want to be, the bonkers, crazy, slight screw loose, me.

The Journey in Photos

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This is the very first photo posted on justauniform.com. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I found a doorway (that’s what I thought bloggers do and I wasn’t wrong), coerced my friend into snapping a few pics on my phone for me, and got to putting them up on my shining new site for the whole world to see.

Lesson number one was learnt here, if the shoes are high, bring spares to change into. Anyway, off I hobbled ……..

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This is my very first professional shoot, it was with my photographer and very good friend Samantha Taylor. On this shoot I discovered my love of colourful street art as backdrop. I am still absolutely smitten with this shoot.

Lesson number two, if you are lucky enough to find a great photographer, that not only takes good picture but you gel with, treat them like royalty. You need this to create a successful shoot.

The photos Sam has of me when I’m dying of laughter are under lock of key, I have to pay her in good coffee to not share them with the world.

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This is my most recent shoot, if you read my last blog post or follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I am now obsessed with this wall.

This leads me nicely onto lesson number three, create the images that you want. It is your blog after all.

It is so so tempting to get feed envy (yep this is a thing) and try and imitate another. But seriously, DO YOU! What is the point in doing something somebody else is already doing? The bloggershere is becoming more saturated by the minute, if you want to be noticed, you need to create your own ideas.

The Experiences

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It’s not until I got thinking about what I’ve been able to do this year, that I actually took a step back and thought, wow, you’ve been one lucky lady. From my very first press event to attending both London Fashion Weeks, each and every event has given me something. Firstly pure joy, I mean how exciting, a brand wanting me to attend their event? But secondly, connections, no matter how small the event, it has been 100% been worth attending.

I remember being so nervous attending my first press event, I had images of the Devil Wears Prada. You’ll be pleased to hear my worries were not needed, everyone I have come across in the blogging world is pure delight. It’s like we’re all in it together, one big happy fashion loving family.

Before we go any further let me take this moment to tell you my favourite part of the past year, FASHION WEEK! To me it is the most wonderful time of the year, I absolutely love it. In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, “It makes me feel alive.”

What have I learnt from attending blogger events? Be the best kind of you, friendly, grateful and bring business cards, lots of them! That reminds me, I need to get ordering some more.

This year sees me attending fashion weeks across the globe, be sure to follow my adventures on my youtube channel. Cheeky plug there, but if I can’t do it here, where can I?

The OH MY GAWD Moments

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Does this section need much explaining? I hope not! That is me, yes me, next to Emma Watson on Pretty 52’s feature on rose gold hair. ACTUALLY CRAZY!! My friends were tagging me saying, “Siobhan, it’s you.” After 2 hours it had been shared 21 THOUSAND times. I’m still getting my head around it to be honest.

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My favourite shoe brand asked me permission to use this photo on their newsletter and I nearly died. I screamed so loudly that Jay (my husband) thought something terrible had happened. It hadn’t.

The Luckiest Girl in the World

I can’t get over how many brands I have been privileged to collaborate with. From the small independents to the world wide mega brands, all have been an absolute dream, they’ve taught me something along the way and made me, as a blogger, improve.

My only advice here is only work with brands who like what you are doing, essentially, your brand. I am a colourful blogger. If I start posting minimalist monochrome photos and raving about Scandi style, all because I’m being paid to, then I have completely lost sight of why I went into this in the first place. Yes working this way means that it takes that little bit longer to build your blog, but trust me, it’ll be worth it.

Take Solarium Point, for example. I love that place, they are phenomenal, collaborating with them is an absolute breeze. Do I find it hard to promote them, no, I could do it all day, every day. Why? Because I truly love it there and I believe that you will too. I rave about it way more than I’m asked to because I love it. Have I said that I love it? In all seriousness though, could you imagine if I raved about getting my hair done at a salon, then you got your hair done at said salon and it was awful? What would that do for my rep? I never want to be responsible for hideous hair, point made.

The Future

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So what does 2017 look like? There is travel, lots of it. New collaborations with some phenomenal brands are on the horizon. New blogging friendships are blossoming and really who knows? I know everyone says this at the beginning of a New Year but I’ve got a really good feeling about 2017.

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Looking forward, here are a few quotes that I live my life by.

  1. Your vibe attracts your tribe.
  2. Be a radiator, not a drain.
  3. You only get what you give.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this rather lengthy post (even by my standards).

Wow, what a year it has been!

See you next Saturday for the usual fun filled fashion blog post.

Big Love,

Siobhan

 

 

 

Time to Shine

The Story

Dreamland Margate

Hello there! First of all, how are you doing? Have you had a splendid Christmas? Well, if you follow my Instagram, you may have noticed that I am rather obsessed with this little patch of colourful wall? The amazing Heidi Plant painted it for Dreamland, Margate . They are currently having a bit of work carried out on their building. Instead of having the usual beige MDF cover it up, they decided to ask Heidi to brighten things up a bit. Man alive was I pleased about this! However, I am now so obsessed with it, that I am getting rather concerned about what I am going to do when they take it down? I’ve already approached Heidi about painting a wall in my garden, stayed tuned!

So on this wonderful day, myself and photographer Samantha Taylor took to my favourite spot to shoot a rather special New Years Eve number.

The Dress

Metallic Dress

Milk It Silver Dress

Although winter is not my fave, I do love the fact that the clothing at this time of year has that little bit extra shine and sparkle. I first came across this beauty whilst on my daily scroll through ASOS. I saved it to my basket and knew that I would be seeing it again very soon.

It is from Milk it at ASOS, a brand that I am new to, and well, lets just say I am really loving right now. This piece is everything you would want and need from a New Years Eve Dress.

The cut is on point, long sleeves, a high neck and the length is rather long too. Basically, what I’m getting at is that it is freezing out there, so any added material is a bonus, right? Plus if you are anything like me and you have eaten a little bit too much over the festive period, well this dress will hide all of that too. Add the amazing silver colour of this dress and it gets a big  magpie thumbs up from me.

This dress can be taken from day to night and paired with just about anything. Expect to see a lot more of this number!

The Bag

Marc B Bag

Marc B Pink Bag

I recently teamed up with Marc B Bags, did a little bit of an insta take over for them, and from there I have fallen head over heels with a number of their bags.

I could ramble on about my top 5, but for now lets just stick to discussing the Viva….. isn’t she stunning? Again like the dress, the bag is perfect for day or night. You can fit all your essentials in it and wear it two ways to suit the occasion. As a clutch, or when you need a bit of hands free action, as a cross body bag, utilising that beautiful gold chain. I love mixing metallics and I think the gold and silver here are a match made in shiny heaven. I also love that the bag gives that added bit of necessary colour, however at the same time it is muted enough to compliment the dress. Finish that off with Marc b’s legendary quilting and well, it’s in the bag.

Marc b have a sale on right now and the Viva is reduced to £35! Be sure to check out their bags and my recent interview on their site.

The Belt

Studded Belt

I purchased this belt a life time ago, it is my go to belt when ever I want to give an outfit that bit of an edge. I remember the purchase like it was yesterday, my favourite blue vintage dress was just missing that je ne sais quoi. I was in London meeting my friends and just happened to pop into Warehouse for a browse. This waisted studded belt caught my eye and the rest is history. It does up at the back with those popper buttons (technical term) so it fits really neatly. I am really rubbish at making purchases like this, you know the ones that add a little summin’ summin’ to an outfit. This is something I intend to work on in 2017.

The Boots

Primark Boots

Do these boots rock my world? NO! They were a forced purchase when I had forgotten to bring any shoes on my recent trip to Edinburgh…. welcome to my world. I quickly ran in to Primark and thought the best bet was to buy a pair of black boots, they are a fail safe. I thought I’d ware them for the next few days and then they would probably never see my feet again. Well I was wrong, I tried pairing my ‘out there’ footwear with this dress and well (I can’t actually believe I am saying this but) IT WAS TOO MUCH! I know, shock horror! These boots were the perfect pairing for them. The gold metal ware and the snake print effect make them a bit more than just a pair of black boots. Plus they are super super comfy, oh and they were £15, so really whats not to like?

The Earrings

Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings have made a huge come back, this information makes me one happy lady. I used to be a huge lover of them in the 90’s. On Saturdays, I used to go to Topshop in Chester with my friends and spend all our money on Freedom Jewellery. The hoop revival has seen them transform themselves into a much classier affair, with some beautiful designs out there. These hoops are from Marks and Sparks and were a bargain £7.50 for a pack of 3. I’m smitten with them.

The Hair

Blue Hair

Solarium Point

I feel like I change my hair more times than I have hot dinners. Yes I have new hair and I do care! The beauts at Solarium Point have been at it again, making my hair dreams come true one brush stroke at a time. This time myself and Darren (colour magician) wanted to go for a cooler tone, I had a permanent grey applied first and then this steel blue. This way, when the blue fades slightly, I will be grey rather than platinum white, genius hey. I also went for the chop, initially it was for necessity as my ends had seen better days, but after Beebee had worked her styling magic I actually prefer it this length! What do you think?

I’ve managed to wangle you a discount at Solarium Point! If you fancy paying them a visit, mention that you have come from my blog and you’ll get 20% off! 

Anyway you beautiful lot, I gotta go and rinse this hair mask off and get ready to PARTY like it’s the last day of 2016! I can’t actually wait for 2017, I have so much planned but I’ll discuss that with you in the New Year.

See you on the other side,

Big Love,

Siobhan

Introverted

The Story

Lazy Oaf Dress

Hello hello hello hello! I hope you are bloomin’ marvellous? I’m currently sat in The Falstaff in Canterbury, I’ve swapped my normal skinny latte for an espresso martini because, number one, I can and number two, it’s Friday so it’s a bit more socially expectable. Anyway if you ever find yourself in Canterbury on Friday or any other day of the week for that matter, make sure you visit The Falstaff, their cocktails are that thumb and first finger together emoji… you know the one, yes?

Back to this wonderful shoot, it really wasn’t that long ago but due to the severe change in weather, the clocks going back and basically it turning into winter over night, it feels like a lifetime ago. On this day, the temperature was in double figures and I hadn’t even considered where my furry coat was. I met up with Piparoo, had a few meetings in London and headed towards this fabulous wall in Shoreditch, London.

The Introvert Skater Dress

Lazy Oaf Dress

Lazy Oaf Dress

I’m currently obsessed with Lazy Oaf, I know, I know, I’m late to the party. Their clothes are colourful, quirky, extremely comfortable and their slogans and prints rock my world. This dress is no exception to the last sentence. The material is phenomenal, I know this dress will still look great in years to come. The finishing touches to the dress, in the form of the black trimming (technical term) to the collar, arms and bottom really add that I’m quality touch. The fit is loose, which means it is super flattering and comfortable at the same time, there’s no need to take it off as soon as you get home and get straight into your pyjamas, bonus hey?

The real reason I am so in love with Lazy Oaf though is how fun their clothes are. I love the colour of this dress and well writing “introvert” on the back just sold it to me! If you know me, you’ll know I couldn’t be further from an introvert if I tried. Gosh, aren’t I funny? Well I thought so, so I bought it. I’ll be sure to be adding much more Lazy Oaf attire to my wardrobe soon, what do you love from their recent collection?

The Metallic Trainers

Office Metallic Trainers

Office Metallic Trainers

If you are a regular reader, you will know by now that I love metallic shoes in any form. Boots, trainers, wellingtons, if it’s metallic, I’m all over it. Therefore when I saw these Office beauties in the sale (at £22, FYI) I couldn’t resist. Not only are they metallic but they are also a great shape, super comfortable and they are also a flatform, so give me a much needed bit of height. Short girl problems 101! Metallics go with EVERYTHING, I’ve worn them to death, I love them, I really can’t say much more than that. Other than buy them quick if you are a size 5 or a 6 as they are selling out fast.

The Red Satchel 

Marc Jacobs Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag

Here it is, the odd designer splurge that I talk about. I bought this bag, like many of my designer bags a lifetime ago. I was at uni, had no mortgage and worked in a bar part time to fund my habit…… designer handbags. I’ll never forget this purchase, I spotted it in Look magazine, it was feature in their splurge section. I remember thinking “wow, what a beauty!” The next day I was out for lunch with my girlfriends and there it was, sat pride of place in Harvey Nics as soon as I walked in. I don’t know about you but I’m a great believer in fate, so of course without much consideration for my bank balance it was mine.

The great think about a designer handbag is that your get what you pay for, this bag is easily 10 years old and it looks brand new! The bag is just the right size, it can fit all your essentials in it and has several compartments. It is pretty hardwearing and rather structured. It also comes with a thick detachable strap allowing it to be worn on the shoulder or handheld as see here. Anyhow I swear by investing in key pieces and this Marc Jacobs satchel proves why.

The Glasses

Ray Ban Glasses

Ray Ban Glasses

It’s no secret that I love glasses and I now have quiet the collection. People often stop me in the street to ask me where I got these spectacles, so here it is….. They are by RayBan at pretavoir.co.uk . I can not recommend pretavoir enough, they sell a HUGE range of designer sunglasses and glasses at great prices. At first, I was a bit concerned about buying spectacles online but I assure you it is so so easy and fast. All you need is your prescription and they will take care of the rest.

I love the shape of these glasses and the fact that they give a bit of a retro vibe. I also love tortoiseshell when it comes to eyewear. Combining the shape, the colour and the lightweight nature of the frame, it is no wonder that they are permanently attached to my face.

The Jewellery

Annie Haak

My latest jewellery obsession, Annie Haak! I mean, just look at it! Colourful, check. Easy to wear, check. Oh and it is stackable so you can build your collection or just wear one or two of the bracelets or rings, it is completely up to you. Annie Haak has something for everyone, from simple designs to the extravagant, think Pinterest arm candy goals. I can’t thank Iconic enough for introducing me to this amazing brand.

Bering Watch

Another brand I’ve recently been introduced to is Bering. Believe it or not, I really enjoy the simplicity of this watch. It can be worn day or night, it could be worn with jeans and a tee one day and then the next day with a ball gown. To me a good watch is something everyone should own. My Dad bought me a very similar watch when I was 18 and it’s still in style, some would say it is timeless.

The Hair

Solarium Point

My love for Solarium Point grows every day. They are so talented and make my hair dreams come on a regular basis. We are calling this look ombre mermaid, isn’t it wonderful? Not only are they talented at what they do but the salon is a dream. Want to see more? Check out my youtube!

I’ll see you again next week, but in the meantime I want to leave you with the images below. Seriously they should make a documentary about blogging, if only you knew how unglamorous it actually was.

Big Love,

Siobhan