5 reasons I'm thankful for blogging.

5 reasons I'm thankful for blogging.

Avenue de Sophie, Blogging, Blogger, Reasons to be happy

Ask anyone who's a blogger, and I think it's safe to say that upon starting a blog, it's a little bit like something out of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Okay, I know that sounds like a bit of a strange analogy, but just bear with me a sec.. You set up your own little online space, and all of a sudden it's like you stumble into this completely unknown world that you never even knew existed.

One rainy Sunday last November, sat drinking coffee in Central Perk, blissfully unaware of what I was about to discover, I did just this and set up Avenue de Sophie. Or Sophie(e) Rebecca, as it was called at first because Sophie Rebecca with just one 'e' had already been taken on blogger. Struggles! Oh well, at least it made me get a little more creative in the end with my blog name!

Since then, I feel like the last 9 months have been a little bit of a whirlwind, but I've genuinely loved every second, with my only regret being that I wish I'd uncovered this little world sooner! So, I thought I'd make a little list as to why I'm ever so thankful that I found blogging. 

Friends. | I don't think there's any way to write this without coming across super cheesy, but I'm gonna try anyway. Within weeks of starting my little blog, I was fortunate enough to get talking to THE best bunch of girls ever, and I'd love to think that we're gonna be friends for a very long time to come yet. They're no longer 'blogging friends', they're just 'friends who also happen to blog' and I love it. But as well as the guys I've already met, and meet up with on a pretty regular basis now, there's also all you guys who I talk to on Twitter, Instagram, or through comments on our blogs, and I feel like I've got to know you guys too! There's always someone to talk to, and you only have to put a tweet out on Twitter for example, and you no longer feel lonely, or down. YOU ALL JUST MAKE ME SMILE SO MUCH.

New skills. | 9 months ago I didn't have a freakin' clue what HTML or CSS coding was. To be fair, I'm still pretty clueless, but it's something that I'm learning more and more about, and at least I like to think I kinda know the basics now. Same with DA and SEO and everything else that comes with having your own little page on the internet. Not to mention being able to constantly work on and improve my writing and photography skills. Sometimes I look at my blog and I'm just like, I'm actually SO proud of how far I've come, and I'm so so looking forward to improving these things even more and see how far I can push myself.

Being proud of yourself is okay. | Speaking of being proud, I've also learned that actually, it's okay to be proud of things you do and personal goals that you achieve. I don't know about you guys, but I feel like it's a bit of a taboo to say that you're proud of yourself and want so share something that you've done. I've always been afraid that if I was to say something like this, particularly on social media, that people would perceive it as 'bragging', or being overconfident in what you do. But you guys have shown me the attitude of, why the hell not! We all have a right to be proud ourselves, and why shouldn't we share these things with our friends, and after all, more often than not, people are generally happy for us too! It's all just a big circle of positivity that makes us smile. That has to be a good thing, right?

A new perspective. | Blogging has given me a whole new perspective on life that I think I'm going to be forever thankful for. It's shown me that we need to do whatever makes us happy. It's shown me that life's too short sometimes, and that we should embrace every second. It's also given me goodness knows how many ideas as to what I want to do in the future, and shown me that I'm currently very unhappy with what I'm doing. But, it's also taught me that only I can change this.

Confidence. | Oh goodness. This has probably been one of the biggest changes in myself over the past 9 months, and it's definitely something I'm still working on. You've probably noticed I've started doing outfit posts recently, and the only reason that stopped me doing these at first was that I wasn't confident enough to do them. Now, they're slowly becoming one of my favourite posts to write, and heck, they're definitely the most fun to photograph! I even posted this photo of myself in a bloomin' bikini on Instagram the other day! Like, that would just never have happened a few months ago! And actually, I'm a little bit proud of myself of having the confidence to do this now! :) It's also given me more confidence in terms of speaking to people. Rocking up at blogger events where I don't really know anyone, isn't that much a problem for me anymore, where as a few years ago it would have been. 

Are you thankful that you discovered blogging? Let me know why! :)


A little bit vintage...

A little bit vintage...

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm constantly wishing I was born in a different era. The 20's being one of my favourites... the fashion, the music, the dancing, oh goodness, I think I'd fit right in!
I just love how elegant and beautiful the women and girls always look in the photo's, and I always love to incorporate a little bit of this into my wardrobe when I can.

I've never been a big 'vintage' shopper, but after yesterday, I might have just been converted. I have one other vintage piece in my wardrobe, and thats a lovely pleated skirt that I can wear to either work, casually with flats while I'm shopping, or I can whack my white heels on with it for a night out! I love it! So why it took me until yesterday to head back towards the vintage shops is beyond me... I think I just get way too distracted in TopShop to look any further!

The first thing I spotted in the shop was the gorgeous coat. Now, I know we're still in August and at the height of summer, BUT I just love coats. And if I'm honest, I can not wait to get back into wrapping up in a big coat and cosy scarf... I'm just being super organised for when that time arrives. ;)

I love this coat so much. It is a little, okay a lot, oversized, but that's one of the things I love about it. I love the colour and the feel of it. I have a camel coat that I picked up from New Look last year that I've always said would be my favourite, but I think this one might have just overtaken it! The length for me, is just perfect, it's plenty big enough to fit over the many layers I end up wearing in winter, and I'll definitely be able to fit a scarf under there too!

The next thing I spotted and made an absolute beeline for before anyone else could pick it up, was this beautiful bag. I've been looking for a new bag for a few weeks now, and even though I normally go for a slightly bigger day-to-day handbag (I carry a lot of stuff!), I knew I just had to have this one. It was just perfect!

I feel like this is going to be the bag that I take pretty much everywhere from now on, the colour is so versatile, and I don't know whether this is going to be a really weird thing to say, but I love the actual feel of the leather of the bag! I don't think I've ever had a leather bag before, so this is new!

It's also surprisingly spacious! Like, I mentioned, it's still probably a lot smaller than my other bags, but there are actually plenty of little zip pockets and compartments inside, as well as a very handy larger zip pocket on the back. Cause y'know, a girls handbag needs to be organised! 

Okay, so after swooning over this bag for a while, the last item I bought yesterday was this blouse. I posted a photo on Instagram the other day, of a blouse that I felt channelled my inner Blair Waldorf. I love, love, love Blair's style, and I think this blouse adds to my little Blair style collection!

The blouse does button right up, however, I do feel like I'm playing Tudor dress up when I do, but who knows, one day I might go out rocking this look! But for now, I'm happy leaving it slightly open at the top. There's so much lace detail on this blouse which I absolutely love, and I feel so super girly in it!

Also, you can not go wrong with a white blouse! Here, I'm wearing it with jeans, however, I think it would great with shorts, a pencil skirt for work, as well as under some of my dresses, as it still wouldn't hide too much of the pretty detailing.

I'm so in love with all of these 3 pieces, and I can't wait to wear them out! I also can't wait to discover some more vintage shops in Liverpool so I can also grab my hands on some more lovely items! Let me know if you know of any!

Do you have any vintage pieces in your wardrobe?


Interior decor - bedroom wish list!

Interior decor - bedroom wish list!

Interior Decor Bedroom Oliver Bonas Next

As most of you know, I am a sucker for homeware and interior decor. I just love it. It's still one of my life ambitions to get myself my own little place as a complete blank canvas, and then be able to completely decorate and accessorise the place how I want. Put my own stamp on it, as they say.
I love nothing better than a good walk round the 'Home' departments of shops, and I normally lust over most of the things in there. 

I'm lucky enough to have moved out into my own little flat last year, and my bedroom is probably my safe haven there. It's my own little space in the flat to accessorise how I want. I can't decorate yet as I'm still renting, but to be honest, the white-wash walls throughout the flat suit me and my Instagram just fine. ;)

I have plenty of little accessories and little bits-and-bobs that are in my room at the minute, and I do love what it looks like now, after months of re-arranging and attempting to hang fairy lights in various places. However, this doesn't mean I can't carry on looking for bits of home inspo! So, I thought I'd put this little post together with a few little things that I'm currently loving and wishing I could grab!
1 Oliver Bonas Bertie Wooden Desk | I don't know about you, but I literally swoon over anything Oliver Bonas, and this desk is no exception. How cool would this be as your own little designated blogging space! I love the unstained finish, as well as the colours and simplicity of the drawers and the whole design. Whack my Mac and some copper accessories on the top, and I don't think I'd be lacking in any blog inspiration working here! Oh, and a cup of tea. Obvs.

2 Yorkshire Linen Canterbury Red Duvet Cover | As much as I love the modern and minimalist look of a plain white duvet (currently guilty) and whole bedroom look, I'm a little bit of a country bumpkin at heart, and would love nothing more than to live in a lovely little cottage at some point in the future. Wouldn't this beautiful floral duvet just fit right in? The pink and red roses are so lovely, and I'm also loving the pink polka dot on the reverse. Two designs with one duvet!

Next Rustic Numeral Wall Clock | I HATE being late. It makes me so anxious I feel sick, so this means that I need a good number of ways to tell the time in my room when I'm getting ready. Normally, I have my phone to hand, my watch on my wrist, as well as a clock near my mirror also. As soon as I spotted this clock I loved it. I love the rustic look of the whole thing, and well,  I think it would look pretty good with my new found Oliver Bonas desk, right? I feel like it would also look pretty great with the Canterbury Duvet, as it's got an ever so slightly country feel to it too. The colours and the numerals and the shape... oh I just love it!

What would be on your bedroom wish-list? Let me know!


* This post was written in a collaboration effort. However, love for home interiors, floral duvets and all things rustic, are my own. For more details, please read my disclaimer, here.
#IGiveASpit for Anthony Nolan

#IGiveASpit for Anthony Nolan

I first heard of the Anthony Nolan #IGiveASpit campaign a few weeks ago, and the more I read about it, the more I wanted to get involved. The campaign around the hashtag is currently being backed by loads of celebrities, as well as, as far as I can gather, a good number of bloggers too!

Around 25,000 people a year are diagnosed with blood cancer, and for some, a bone marrow transplant can be their last chance at life. 

Anthony Nolan is an amazing charity who save and support the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders. Their campaign is in a bid to try and raise awareness of the UK's register of stem cell donors. At the minute, there are over 500,000 potential donors on the register, but even at this, only 60% of patients are able to find a perfect match. Anthony Nolan aim to find a donor for every person who needs one, and they really need more young people, (particularly young men aged 16-30) to register and well, 'give a spit'!

Designer Ashish has created this fun and customisable t-shirt, to get our creative juices flowing as well as helping to raise awareness for the campaign. It's also a great way of highlighting that all we need to do to get ourselves on the register, is to spit into a tiny tube! Simple!

If you are of good health, you can sign up to join the register now! They send you a 'spit kit', so that you can provide your sample of saliva, and then, from this, they can determine if you are a match for a patient in the future. It couldn't be easier!

If you want to get involved, or simply learn a little bit more about what Anthony Nolan do, as well as the #IGiveASpit campaign, you can visit their website, or click here.

Also, if you want to grab yourself a fabulous t-shirt to help spread the awareness both on and off social media, visit their eBay store (here), or if you're around in London, you can visit the design and print boutique YRSTORE in Topshop, Oxford Circus to create your own too!


Life | University or Work?

Life | University or Work?

Hearing about hundreds of A Level students picking up their results today, prompted me to think about what my life's been like since those 3 years ago I was in exactly the same boat. And boy, has a lot changed!
I decided not to go to University, and actually, I was pretty set on this very early on. Don't ask me why, but I've never wanted to go. It's just never appealed to me, and I decided that the world of work was better suited to me after my A Levels than University was. So I got myself on a trainee programme, and jumped head first into the very adult world and full time employment at 18.
I'm not gonna lie, it was rather scary. It was one of those moments where you have to sink or swim, I think I've mentioned this before but at one point I was very sure I was about to full on sink, and never be able to push myself back to the top again. But, eventually, you get into the swing of things, and once I'd got over the initial overwhelming stuff, it started to get pretty okay.
Probably more than okay, actually. Since leaving my A levels behind, I've been on a full-time salary the whole time, enabling me to move out into my own flat, get myself a car, and I've got 3 years of pretty intensive work experience to go with it. Not to mention the whole load of life skills that I've picked up along the way, that I might not have done had I gone to do a degree.
Now, I really don't want you guys to be thinking that I'm saying this route is better than University, because I'm definitely not saying that at all. It's wholly, totally and completely depends on YOU. 
(Completely unrelated photo, but it's pretty and breaks up the text, right!?)
My college were very set on the University route, and not much support or advice was offered to A level students who actually, didn't want to stick to the 'norm'.  Some people know exactly what they want to do, and for this, they have to attend university in order to get themselves the relevant degree they need to kick-start their career. Simple.
However, for the rest of us, it might not be that simple. There are SO many different jobs out there that you just don't get told about, some you don't need a degree, others you do. And if you're not sure what you want to do, making the decision about University can be pretty daunting! Because, after all,  it's a pretty bloomin' big investment into your future!
But then again, so can applying for full-time jobs. I've had to make a fair few sacrifices to get to where I am at the minute, but I've definitely learned a lot along the way too. Was it the right decision for me not to go to Uni? Right now, who even knows!
What I do know is that I wouldn't have met most of the people I know now if I'd have taken the University route, and its strange to think about the fact that I probably wouldn't have started this blog either. So yeah, I'm pretty glad I made the decision that I did.
BUT, I probably would have met some amazing people at Uni had I gone there too, and had some very different, but also great experiences. And I know that out of all of my friends that have just graduated, none of them regret it, at all, and loved it.
The one thing to remember is that whatever happens, and the decision you make now, DOES NOT define your future. Just because I decided not to go to University at 18, doesn't mean that I'll never go. I've still got plenty of time. Just because you apply for a certain job in a particular industry, doesn't mean that you have to stay in that career forever. Just because your degree is in one field, doesn't mean that you're restricting your options in the future.
No matter what you do, or where you go, you're going to meet some brilliant people, have completely unexpected experiences, and pick up skills that you can most probably transfer into a lot of different things if you wish.
Life has it's own way of directing you, and I always find it really fascinating to think about how many unexpected things have happened to me, that 3 years ago I could never have even thought about.
So, do what you want to do right now, and don't let anyone else influence that decision!
The Yoga Challenge!

The Yoga Challenge!

After goodness knows how long since I uploaded my first YouTube video, I finally got round to filming a second! Molli came to visit this weekend, so we thought we'd make the most of it and wanted to film something fun, so what else to do than The Yoga Challenge, right!?

Needless to say, we had a LOT of fun, and we also need to thank Tasha for providing us with the poses and giving us a helping hand just getting into some of them!

If you'd like to have a bit of a giggle, you can watch the video here. Please remember to give the video a big thumbs up, and subscribe to my channel if you enjoyed it!


Something I needed to get down.

Something I needed to get down.

I got told something the other week that threw me. Completely threw me. It was like someone had just jumped out from behind a bush dressed as a giant cupcake, singing 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' and walking a cat. Yeah, it caught me that off-guard and was that unexpected. And well, left me that confused.
The person that told me this is someone who you'd probably trust, if you didn't know them already, from their professional title and position. I went to this person for answers, but came away after just over an hour with more questions than I'd started with and an extremely strange feeling at the pit of my stomach. I just didn't know what to do with this piece of information that this person had just quite offhandedly blurted out about me like it was nothing. When it's actually quite a bloomin' big deal.
I just didn't understand and I couldn't stop thinking about it. Quite honestly, I still haven't. And while I'm being honest, it's really rather affected me, but not in a good way. It's made me change and alter some of the things I do, that I know I shouldn't be changing. In fact, I should probably be changing them the other way.
Do you know when you notice something that someone does all the time, whether it's a word that they constantly say, or a habit of theirs, and then as soon as you notice it, you just can't stop noticing it every time they do it? The last few weeks have been like that for me. But with myself. (I'm fully aware that that probably makes no sense… but hopefully at least someone gets it!).
I'm quite lucky at the minute to have a lot of very strong minded people around me, and I'm also meeting new people all the time, which is great, and I absolutely love it! But I guess one of the things I appreciate the most about it is that the more people I meet, the more people I become friends with, the more knowledge, thoughts and experiences are shared, and the more I'm learning.  And goodness was I thankful to have recently met one person in particular, pretty randomly, I'm not gonna lie, who was able to help me quite a lot during the few days that followed this bit of a bombshell that had landed in my life, through their own, personal experiences.
Okay, so I'mma just pause there and make a really quick shout-out to this person because I think you'll have guessed by now that it's you and I REALLY hope you're not taking this too weirdly because otherwise this could be pretty disastrous. But, if you're reading, thank you... again. 
*Breathes* ANYWHO. Does anyone know where I'm going with this? 'Cause right now, I'm not too sure either. Anyone else just feel better when they write? Hope you guys don't mind!

It's been just over a week since thoughts in my head have been whizzing round even more than normal, and it's crazy to think that before this, I was blissfully un-aware of what could potentially have rather a big impact on me. What I was told wasn't anything definite, and there's probably very little reason for me to be worrying, ...but y'know, massive over-thinker over here!
I guess what's at the back of my mind is how some of the little things that we say can have a big impact on someone else. Similar to how we all have possessions that mean different things to us. Something that means a lot to one person, and that they hold very dear, can mean very little to someone else. Something that we say offhandedly could end up having a massive affect on someone and we don't even realise. It's definitely made me more aware of the things I say, not that I was conscious enough of them already!
Did any of this make sense? I hope it made sense. If not, I'm sorry you've just had to sit through me ramble about pretty much nothing! Whoops. I guess it was just something I needed to get down.
Office chic outfits | No. 1

Office chic outfits | No. 1

I'm not sure how many of you girls who read my blog work in an office environment, or how many of you have to go to work with the whole 'business dress' dress code looming over your heads. But, I'm not gonna lie, there doesn't seem to be that many fashion posts out there with this in mind! And actually, whether I like it not, it's how I spend most of my week, so I thought I'd start a little series giving you a little look into what I wear to work and hopefully give you some ideas! Although sorry guys, this is gonna be wholly female orientated. I ain't donning a suit. ...It is SO much easier for guys! All you have to do is make sure your tie matches your blazer. ;)
When I first started work all those 3 years ago, I wasn't exactly what you'd call 'fashion conscious'. As long as it looked 'business-y' I wasn't too fussed. But then I started getting into clothes more, and I was like, actually, I don't look great in this, and I wanted to find a wardrobe that could please my inner blogger, while still keeping that professional look. This can be harder than it sounds!
So, I thought I'd start with this shirt, dress & blazer combo! A buttoned up white shirt is so versatile, and I do wear this a lot! Whether it be under dresses like this, or with a pencil skirt or trousers, it can look great either way! Although maybe avoid black trousers. That way it won't resemble a waitress' uniform! This particular white shirt was from Forever 21 last year, and actually has a slight peplum shape to it, so you can wear it tucked in, or it looks okay left out too.
I love, love, love this dress. I actually bought this dress yonks ago as a 'going out' dress when I was 18 from TK Maxx, and while the neckline is fine for a party, for the office? It's a teeny-tiny bit low. Which again, is where the shirt comes in to cover that stuff right up!
I like the way this dress hangs, and it's not too short so you can get away with baring your legs in the summer if you wish! But it still looks great with tights on underneath. 'Cause well... England. The belt is also fully removable, so I do like to y'know, mix things up a bit with different colours. You've got to have some fun, right!?
Now, I don't think I can fully express my love for this blazer. I wear this both in and out of the office. I think I bought this from Next in one of their mahoosive sales! (Next is SUCH a good place to go for work wear. It may be slightly more expensive, but get stuff in the sales and you're onto a winner!).
I love the pattern on this one, and its slightly longer in length too than your average suit blazer. I really love this because while it's still a blazer to give your outfit that added 'business dress' look, the pattern and style is ever so slightly casual.
The hardest thing I find with 'business dress' is that a lot of the specific office wear you find in shops is often geared towards older people. And at 21 (and especially at 18 when I first started), I don't really wanna be rocking up in a full on trouser or skirt suit. It just wouldn't look right! So items like this are perfect!
Oooh! I nearly forgot shoes! I'm a fan of both flats and heels, but I love these black heels in particular because they have more of a block heel, which means my feet don't hurt as much at the end of the day, they're a lot more comfortable as well as being easier to walk in! I like to wear heels if I can with dresses, particular if I don't have tights on, because well, I don't know whether it actually works, but they're supposed to make your legs look thinner and longer, right?!

Let me know what you think, and please let me know if I should do some more Office Chic Outfit posts! :)
You are not a number.

You are not a number.

Shoe size, height, Instagram followers, a college/uni grade, how much you 'lift' at the gym, or the size of your jeans. None of these numbers determine who we are, or the kind of person that we make, so why do we all pay so much attention to them?
Considering a lot of us don't think of numbers as our best friend (even as an accountant, I'm not a fan. Probably shouldn't admit that actually...), we don't half care a lot about them in other situations, don't we?
Ever since I got to the stage of being in 'adult' sizes, I've always been very conscious of the number of the tag (Well, two numbers really... especially when you're shopping on a budget!), and if this number isn't the one I want it to be, I generally won't buy the item, because I care too flippin' much about the fact that it's not the size I'd like! If a piece of clothing fits me, and makes me feel good, why should I feel bad about a number printed in black and white?

Does my size determine who I am? No, not at all.
Personally, I accepted my height from a very young age. I'm small. My Mum's small. My Dad's small. I didn't have much hope really, did I? There's nothing anyone can do about it so I embraced it and it's perks. Like always having more leg room than anyone else, mastering the art of crowd weaving, and never having to be concerned that you're date is gonna be smaller than you. But I know that a lot of people are very self conscious about their height, especially if you sit on one of the two ends of the spectrum.
Does my height determine who I am? No, not at all.
Social media followers. As bloggers, we can get pretty wrapped up in our social media following, right? I think we all do it, and actually, I think we have a pretty good bloomin' excuse. More followers generally means more exposure for your blog, and more people reading what you write. Which actually, is pretty cool when you think about it. Like, actual people reading my stuff? It's still a bit crazy to me that as many people read my blog as they do now, and my blog's pretty small!
But does the number of followers define how good your blog is? No, not at all.

A lot of my favourite blogs to read don't have hundreds of thousands of followers, but to me, they're still pretty awesome.
It can be hard to not let numbers get to us, they're a pretty big part of our lives, but trying to remember that these don't define us, is the important thing.
Nothing determines how kind we are, how loyal we are, how strong or loving we are. Nothing determines this but us and we can be as bloomin' great as we want to be.

You are you, and not a number.
 I kinda needed reminding of this too.
Where do I want to be?

Where do I want to be?

 I'm back with my little life rambles!

My last personal post (here) took a little bit out of me, I'm not gonna lie. It took a lot for me to write it and then I very nearly didn't even post it, but I'm glad I did. It almost felt like a little bit of a relief to get it down in words, and while talking about my anxiety for one of the first times on the internet was probably a little bit unconventional, it was one of the best things I've done. I don't feel like I need to hide it now, or pretend I'm okay on bad days, or bottle things up anymore and I definitely don't feel as on my own. (Have I ever mentioned I LOVE you guys?)
I did feel like I wanted to take a little break from my usual posts after it though, y'know, the ones where I just go on (...and on normally) about my random thoughts on life, and write stuff a little bit different. And actually, I've loved it!

I've really enjoyed diversifying my content a little, with outfit posts, product reviews and well, venturing into the world of YouTube! I'd love to carry on doing just this and while I've got quite a lot going on at the minute, (hopefully) everything should settle soon and then first up I am definitely gonna crack this baking thing after my last attempt went a lot better than expected... and not just because GBBO starts again this week. (WEDNESDAY, 8PM PEOPLE!)
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I'd love to be able to invest a lot more time into my blog in general. It's one of the things that I love doing the most. It's an extension of me. It lets me get creative, it's an excuse for me to take lots of photo's and it takes my mind off a lot of things and can be extremely therapeutic for me! Like anything that I like to do in my life, I want it to be the best that I can make it, and I feel that it's definitely not quite there yet.

I've got a lot of plans for both my blog and lots of ideas now for my YouTube channel which I'm so so excited about. But it's one of those things that I know what I want to achieve, but the limiting factor? Time. Sound familiar? We're all so freakin' busy now aren't we? I've started to make a list of all the little steps that I could take to free up more time for myself and my blog without sacrificing anything like my health, and I've basically come to the conclusion that to do this, some, okay one, major thing in particular needs to change.

It's the one thing in my life that's making me rather unhappy. A lot of you probably know what I mean, but I don't think I can go into too much detail without possibly getting myself in trouble! And to be honest, changing this is harder than I expected it to be, but I'm definitely not giving up.

I think it takes a lot of things to realise what's important in life, and it's safe to say that this last 6 months has been a bit of a learning curve. A pretty steep one at that. But I think it's been good for me. Okay, yes I still worry a lot, that probably still being the understatement of the century, but there's a lot of stuff that used to bother me, that now doesn't. And if I can keep going like this, maybe one day I'll be the most care-free person ever. Okay, so that's probably a bit far, but you get me. ;)

Do you guys have a short term life plan? Let me know! :)

The right amount of skinny.... jean.

The right amount of skinny.... jean.

Can you guess where and when these photo's were taken? No? I'll give you a clue. It might have been here...

For me, I'm definitely not a 'dress girl'. I'll wear them for work but that's as far as I'll go. And to be fair, even getting me in one for work took some time. I don't know why, but I've just never been one to head straight for the dress section in a fashion shop. I was one of the girls who would opt for trousers in school, and at this point in my life it was because I was extremely self conscious, and if I could hide my legs, I would. 

I guess it's just kinda carried on from there really, and I'm soooo much more comfortable in a pair of jeans. I would much rather dress up a pair of jeans with a lovely top and heels, than head out in a dress or a skirt. 

I'd been on the on hunt for some ripped jeans for ages when I came across these in Topshop. I love these because for me, they're just the right amount of 'skinny', they're not too tight that I can't sit down, but they're not too loose that they sag! Oh that sounds daft, but you get what I mean! I'm also feeling the right amount of rips in these too, I don't actually need a pair of clear tights on underneath these just to keep my legs warm from this Great British weather!

For once, I've actually chosen to roll the bottom of these jeans up, and not been forced to because y'know, petite girl probs. I actually really love the colour contrast of just turning the bottom up a little, and I think it adds a little bit more detail to the jeans! (Even if I do have to remember to shave the bottom of my legs now...)

This lovely lace top is also from Topshop, and the shoulders are elasticated so I think it's meant to be worn off the shoulder. Which is great as long as you don't have to move your arms too much. So I, personally wear it either way! I love lace, and I love the cut of this top and the way it hangs. You can't really see too much of the lace detail on these photo's but it's so flippin' cute!

Where would I be without my beloved Daniel Wellington watch!? And these lovely black courts from H&M. I wear these things everywhere. Whether it be when I'm going out, for work, or if I simply just wanna dress up some jeans for a meal out in the city.

You cannot go wrong with a pair of black courts.

This is probably one of my favourite outfits that I've got in my wardrobe, simply because it's so versatile, and I think you could probably get away with wearing it for most occasions! Do you guys have a favourite outfit?