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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 | Year In Photos

2014 2014 - I didn't think it was possible for so much to change in a year. I don't think I've smiled as much as I have this year. I'm not going to pretend that it's been a bed of roses as that's not realistic. No-one posts the sad times they have on Instagram - all you see are the good times, which can give off the wrong impression. But I personally don't like to wallow in those moments - there's always someone worse off than yourself and there's always something to be thankful for. Have I achieved everything I wanted to this year? No. Did everything work out the way I wanted in life, relationships and everything in between? No. But everything happens for a reason and so many other great things happened instead.

In terms of looking back 2014 has trumped 2013. The people I've met and got close to, the places I've been and the challenges I've overcome can only make me look back on this year with one huge smile. I've listed some personal highlights below - what are yours? 

Friends
Both in and out of work I'm closer to both old and new friends than ever before. I feel like I have a fantastic bunch of people I'm lucky enough to call my friends. They've been a great support and have me in stitches everyday - whether it's re-living the night before, working as a team or being there for each other in the not so great times, they definitely are people I never want to lose.

Festival
2014 saw me go to my first ever festival with my colleague and friend. I can't really describe how amazing it was other than saying it was epic.

Fitness
I've always taken an interest in fitness but this year I'm proud of how seriously I've taken it. Even after a crazy night out, I still stuck to running 7k the next day in the rain. I feel so much healthier and happy with my body. I'm never going to 100% love my body, but who does. I do miss my country runs now I'm a city girl but if I close my eyes on the treadmill at the gym, I can pretend I'm there...

New home
2014 saw me finally bite the bullet and trade my loved country views for city living. Luckily I still have a nice view and even a balcony for all the fresh air I'm used to when I'm surrounded by fields and open spaces. Being able to walk to work, to the shops and home from a night out - to be 5 minutes away from so many of my friends and possibilities without having to rely on one train hour is such a welcome change and makes me feel back in control of my life. And also means I can indulge in my love for interior design and pay back all of my lovely friends for letting me stay and hosting dinner parties and gatherings.

All the weddings
I love a wedding, and luckily this year I got to go to four. The biggest honour was being bridesmaid to one. Getting to watch my best friend marry the man she loves (who's also a very cherished friend to me) is a moment I wish I could live over and over. It was the most perfect day - not because everything went smoothly but because the amount of love in the room and day overcame any hiccups. One of the best speeches went something like this: "Being able to call you my wife is a privilege I will never tire of" = a million hearts melted. Luckily I have a few weddings lined up for 2015 so I get to continue all of this loveliness.

Travel
This year I've been a lot more spontaneous with travel and it's something I'll definitely continue in 2015. They're sometimes the best trips, just ending up somewhere you never expected and getting lost (intentionally). I love to feel like a little fish in a big pond which is why I love London. Aside from the usuals like London, Liverpool, Leeds and everywhere else locally, I visited Lanzarote for a hen do for the first time. Spending the holiday with my sister and some of my favourite girls was amazing. I also went to Edinburgh for the first time with my girls - such a stunning city and one I definitely plan on re-visiting. They always say that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer so it's something I definitely plan on doing lots more of next year.



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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New Year's Eve Looks

The most anticipated night of the year is nearly upon us and along with what to do and where to go comes the agonising decision of what to wear. Whether you're staying in, heading out on the town or going for something in between - here is some outfit inspiration to calm the pre New Year's eve 'what do I wear?!' nerves.



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Hitting The Dancefloor?
If you're heading to the club this New Year, you'll want a showstopping dress. This navy number will nip you in at your waist and with a kicked out skirt will make you feel the belle of the ball (well club, but you get the gist). Team with some platform heels - believe me you'll thank the shoes for the platform comfort factor at the end of the night, and throw on a classic black blazer to complete the look.


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Quiet Night In?
If your night in is set to be less rowdy, rejoice in comfy clothes. Team some statement slippers with an oversized polo neck dress. And for extra warmth throw a chic cape into the mix.


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Dinner and Drinks?
LBDs are always a wardrobe winner and this lace beauty ticks a lot of boxes. Team with a classic court shoe and as for outerwear, bring your boyfriend coat for that cold walk home.


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Gathering With Friends?
Whether you're off to the pub or having a party with your friends, you want to be comfortable but stylish too. This forest green frock covers both grounds and looks great teamed with a biker jacket and shoe boots.


All looks from Topshop and Warehouse.


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Friday, 26 December 2014

2014 | High Street Sale Picks

SALE. A four letter word that sends most women into a frenzy. I love and loathe sale - growing up I don't recall it being as prevalent as it is now - yet it seems the high street is never out of sale. Great for the customer but not great for the retail climate. Before I depress anyone further with my rambling, I've pulled together my top high street sale picks I've come across. As it's sale, some or all will eventually sell out so this most will probably be redundant in a few days - but I thought I'd pick out my favourites to show you anyway!

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All sale picks from either Topshop, Warehouse, boohoo or Miss Selfridge
Happy Shopping!

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Day Looks

In need of some last minute Christmas look inspiration? Whether you opt for comfort or more of a formal ensemble, rock whatever you wear with confidence, a smile and a tipple in hand!



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Cosy Does Chic
Wrapping up doesn't mean you lose style points. Polo necks are classically chic and never date - team a crisp white one with a boucle skirt for added texture. Your footwear of choice? Knee high boots look great with this.


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Wear The Trousers
Do it like a dude in a pair of smart tailored trousers. A rich blue hued top lifts the outfit and the loafers keeps the look effortless and laidback.


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Slip Into Style
A slip dress doesn't have to be held back for the night - with the right styling you can rock yours 24 hours a day. To make it daytime appropriate layer over a khaki top and add a checked scarf to add another dimension. Finish off with a pair of ankle strap heels.


All looks from Topshop (this isn't a sponsored post, I just really like Topshop!)


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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

2014 - My Favourite Outfits

2014outfits 2014outfits 2014outfits 2014outfits 2014outfits 2014outfits 2014outfits It's that time of the year again when I can reflect on my poor fashion choices and learn what went well and what certainly shouldn't be repeated in 2015. I know I said this last year but again, I've become more confident in my style and feel like it's more defined than ever.

Looking at these I've loved anything monochrome, tartan, lace and with a high neck. I've re-found my love for polo necks and forest green has been one of my favourite colours of the year. I definitely need to inject more colour into my wardrobe so that can make it onto my 2015 style resolution list! What's also evident is how experimental I've been with hairstyles. I think I've definitely mastered the bouffant and learnt that a hairstyle can drastically change your look. Hell, waking up with a bouffant and my pyjamas certainly makes me look a lot more glam at 8am than without!

I've also dared to bare a lot more this year (thank you mini Lanzarote tan in May...). My university friends will know how much I avoided baring my legs during those three years so this is a definite improvement and thanks to me getting really into my fitness this year I'm feeling a bit more confident in more figure hugging clothes - not sure how many more years I can get away with crop tops - maybe two more years tops...

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