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Why Does She Even Have a Fashion Blog?

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Blog: a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

Can I technically call myself a blogger? I mean I don't blog regularly, I can't do the poses and damn it, I don't get sent free clothes to model. Or maybe that isn't what makes a blogger. Maybe what makes a blogger is that I have my own little space on the internet for me. For me to say here I am. This is me. I can write and post photographs of whatever I like.

When I was 16 years old a TV show called Sex and The City aired on channel 4 and Carrie Bradshaw was brought into my life. Carrie changed everything for me. This amazing woman who dressed completely different to everyone else. The bright colours, the vintage, the corsages, the tacky gold jewellery and the miss-matched shoes. Carrie Bradshaw gave my personal style life.  And because of her I am who I am now. I like to add a little bit of Carrie into all my outfits. I love colour. I love sequins for any occasion. I love 80's fashion. And sometimes I love just a simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt. That is my personal style.

Like I said my blog was created as my little personal space on the World Wide Web. I didn't start my blog in the hope that I would become a famous blogger or to get sent free stuff. My blog was created to push me to be more creative in my style. To step away from my wardrobe basic pieces every now and then and wear all those lovely items I had been "keeping for good". I also wanted to remind people that style has no age or size restrictions - wear what you want. If I got some comments saying someone loved my shoes or top - well that was just an added bonus! Everyone loves a compliment.

But along with the compliments comes the negativity. Some people really do think their opinions on my personal style matter. And basically....... it doesn't. It is called personal style because it is personal to me. No one else needs to like it. In fact when people don't like items of clothing it makes me love it more. 

I will make mistakes with fashion; I will look back on some photographs and be like why did you wear that? But that is OK. My look is still evolving. I am still learning what suits me - even after 34 years.  And yes, I will buy an item that 1 million other people have bought and will wear at the same event as me, but I will also buy that one off vintage piece that no one else has bought because it was ugly. I will rock that ugly top and own that look.

So the next time you ask yourself why someone has a fashion blog - just remember that it is their little space online for them to do whatever they want. 
What I am wearing: Quay Australia Sunglasses// Boohoo Top// Monki Trousers (Sold Out)// Black Vans // The Whitepepper Bag (Sold Out)


Alexa Chung - The Harry Blouse


When I first heard about Alexa Chung teaming up with Marks and Spencer to create an Archive inspired collection I knew there would be something I would want. Turns out there were a few items I wanted, but one more than the rest. The Harry Blouse. As soon as I seen Alexa wearing it I knew I had to have it.

Of course I knew there would be a great demand for the collection and with Marks being really cagey about the launch time myself and Lyn devised a plan. Whoever got online first would order the others person's items. So the morning came, I woke up early - nothing on the web page. Looked on Twitter. Everyone talking about the items they had bought which had gone on sale on the app. Que panic mode downloading the app and ordering stuff. Feeling all chuffed I messaged Lyn - don't worry I got us the stuff before it sold out...... However, it didn't sell out and it's still for sale. M&S did the unthinkable thing and actually ordered enough stock! Which means those other pieces I didn't pick up on the day are still available and I can still buy them. Elsie Dress I am looking at you.

This shirt is actually something a bit different for me and at first I wasn't sure how to style it. I went for a more casual look with it and teamed it up with these crop kick jeans; this style of jean is everywhere this year. To be honest I haven't been into Gap for years until I went in and picked out these jeans, but I will definitely be back. The jeans are a perfect fit for me, which also means I can order online without worrying about them fitting me or not. After seeing these photographs I think next time I will style the shirt tucked into jeans or trousers.

A word of warning - you will probably need someone to help fasten and loosen the buttons on the back of the shirt for you! I may have had to go out with the buttons loose until someone could button them up for me haha!

Did you pick up any pieces from the Alexa collection? I would also love to know how you would style this shirt?
All photographs taken by Lyn Duncan-Ward

Favourite Fashion Bloggers


Style inspiration comes from many places. I can personally spend hours watching Sex and the City over and over taking inspiration from my style icon Carrie Bradshaw. And, like most people now, a lot of my style inspiration comes from real life women posting pictures of themselves online. All hail the amazing fashion bloggers! Real life girls (not models, although most look like models) wearing clothes I can actually pop down the high street to buy.

There are loads of fashion bloggers that I religiously follow and although their style might not be the same as mine, I can appreciate how perfectly flawless and put together their outfits are. I think in fashion you really need to be open to everyone's style - even if it is not the same as yours. If everyone looked the same the world would be a pretty boring place.

Even though I have loads of blogs that I follow and love there are a few that really stand out and I always check out their posts as soon as they go online. I tend to be drawn to fashion bloggers with similar taste to mine and people who don't look like they tried to hard too stand out. Girls with their own personal style. These are some of my go to blogs for fashion inspiration:

Photo Credit: Jen Electro
I have been following Jen's blog for years and absolutely adore her style. Her style, which is a mix of vintage and high street, really makes her stand out from the crowd. And don't get me started on my love for her amazing, ever changing hair. Jen's style is really natural and that is why she is one of my favourite bloggers.

Photo Credit: Pages by Megan
Another blogger with amazing personal style which I adore. Think lots of denim, leather jackets and an abundance of rock and roll/indie style. Jeans and a simple t-shirt never looked so good!

Photo Credit: Pandora Sykes
Pandora is my high end blogger crush, although she does feature high street and vintage loads too. She isn't afraid to make a statement when putting together an outfit and can carry off the casual look so well. What I would give to have a rummage in her wardrobe.

Photo Credit: Lynnie-Bop
Lyn is my go to fashion person for advice. She is absolutely fantastic at styling her outfits and her bag and jewellery collection make me swoon. I love that we share a love for fashion and can spend hours talking about clothes. Most of all I just love her as a person - she is fashionable, cute, makes me laugh and has killer style.

Photo Credit: Helibells
Helena is your go to girl for super bright, vintage style. Owner of the amazing Sassy World Helena was never going to be rocking anything beige. Even if brightly coloured clothes aren't your thing you can't deny how well Helena puts her outfits together. I have total wardrobe envy!

Photo Credit: What Olivia Did
Olivia's effortless fashionable look paired with bright lipstick makes me wish I could dress more like her, and sometimes I try - but damn it never looks as good on me. Her beautiful style mixed with beautiful images makes her blog a must read. Having met Olivia when we shot together for Miss Selfridge and knowing she is an absolutely lovely girl makes me love her blog even more.

Who are your favourite fashion bloggers? I would love you know your recommendations.


Workout In Style


The active wear market is now worth 4.5 million and global projections are that it is expected to rise to £229 billion by 2020. That is a lot of people spending a lot of money on workout clothes. Who wants to spend their money on ugly workout clothes? Certainly not me! I still want to look fashionable when working out - don't hate me! 

Here are my favourite workout clothes and accessories right now :- 

Stella Sport by Stella McCartney for Adidas is one of my favourite workout brands. The designs are bright, colourful and with Stella on board you know the quality is going to be amazing. A little pricier than some high street brands yes, but worth the investment. This set is top of my wish list at the moment (and is reduced!) And the Stella trainers - I need these glitter babies on my feet asap!!! 

Who doesn't love roller skates? As I child I loved mine, and from what I can remember I was pretty good at it. Of course when I saw Beyonce roller skating in her new Ivy Park range I was like I need me some roller skates. I mean obviously if I buy Ivy Park and have roller skates I will be Beyonce. These skates from Librance are my favourites and I can totally see myself skating round the park in them being all Beyonce like. Librance also have the cutest Penny skateboards which make me wish I could skateboard. Maybe I should just buy one to carry around with me as they are so cute.

Ivy Park by Beyonce is new to the active wear market but is already breaking sales records. I have bought a couple of pieces from the range and I have to say I am really impressed with the quality, although I do hope the next collection features more colours. I will still buy loads from this collection and this blue stripy number is one of my favourites. This teamed with the sliders is the perfect yoga workout outfit and of course you need a blue yoga mat to match.

As soon as I saw this Sweaty Betty set I fell in love. Look how bright and 80's the design is. I won't lie, the stuff from here is a little out of my league money wise, but a girl can dream right? Again this store is a little pricier but the quality of the clothes is just so much better and lasts longer. 

After all my workouts I need to keep myself hydrated. As stupid as it sounds I just can't be doing with plastic throw away bottles of water. This Infruiton water bottle is perfect and comes in a range of colours to match your favourite workout kit.

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