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So I haven't been posting on this little ol' blog nearly as much as I'd like to this year but I'm not one to break tradition - so after posting what I got for Christmas on here for three years running, here's this year's instalment...

First up is my new pride and joy, the Missoma x Lucy Williams Large Horn Necklace. I've been living in my silver Tiffany necklace this year, so was pining after a gold alternative and after seeing this all over Instagram I sort of fell in love (just like every other blogger, but hey, now that I own this I'm a real fashion blogger right?). Another present request fuelled by a 2017 love is the poetry book The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of Milk and Honey by Kaur or just haven't picked it up yet - DO! It's honestly so beautifully written and without spoiling it, Milk and Honey puts heart break into perspective with a feminist, empowering twist. I've read it at least 4 or 5 times, and only expect the same magic from The Sun and Her Flowers. My dad also picked up the Gabrielle Chanel Fragrance for me - which is very much a lady-like scent with a darker twist with base notes of musk and sandalwood, with a medley of top and middle notes that include mandarin, blackcurrant and jasmine. 

Now some Glossier goodness. I was gutted that I couldn't make it to the beautiful pop-up house the brand did on Great Portland Street earlier this year, but it meant that I could pop a couple of things on my xmas list instead. The raved about Milk Jelly Cleanser smells divine, but after a couple of uses think this will be more of a second cleanser in my evening routine (full review to follow if I get my blogging act together). Second up, we have Boy Brow in Brown. After the first use I am a little dubious about the hype if I'm honest, just because so much product comes out on the little brow brush, but I plan on sticking with it and see how it fairs in the long run. Last of the Glossier bits is the Birthday Balm Dotcom, a super hydrating, long-lasting lip balm and skin salve - with added goodness of glitter and smells like birthday cake. Also pictured is Prosecco Made Me Do It by Ruby Taylor. This was my Secret Santa gift from my manager, who has admitted to buying it more for the title than it's contents (*insert the monkey covering it's eyes emoji*), but it's a recipe book bubbling with prosecco based cocktail recipes (and could make for a decent flatlay prop tbf). 

Back to beauty, I am now also the proud owner of a piece of Rihanna's Fenty Beauty line with the Killawat Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Lighting Dust Fire Crystal. I have already played with this highlighter as two of my friends already own it, and it is literally micro-powder heaven - I can't wait for my highlighter to be fleeky (and I never use that word). I was also lucky enough to receive the MAC Pigment in Copper Sparkle which I am so excited to play around with as I'm a sucker for reddish toned eyeshadow. Last Christmas I received my first ever Jo Malone product as a gift from work and it was the Lime, Basil, and Mandarin Body Crème. It literally lasted me the whole year and I wouldn't stop banging on about it, so luckily it was under my tree again this year. The scent isn't something I'd usually go for, but it's super fresh and the fragrance literally lasts all damn day, so is worth every penny IMO. 

Now for a little bit o' fashion... First up is these Studded Boots from Reserved, which are currently in the Boxing Day Sale if they so take your fancy. I was hunting high and low for some black flat leather boots on the high street, and then spotted these in one of Liv Purvis' YT videos (link here- and feel like they are a slightly daintier version of Doctor Martins, without the price commitment. Second is the Dune Dahlier Backpack in Black. My mum was actually the one who spotted this online so I can't take credit for finding this gem, but I was in need for a new work bag and have seen a couple of people with really nice black, simple backpacks (and I'm also bored of the heavy one-shoulder bag) so thought why nawt? It's got lovely little storage pockets inside too, as well as the sassy detachable leopard print pouch on the back.

Lastly, we have this Red Ribbed Funnel Neck Jumper from Marks and Spencer. Like the boots, I've probably been searching for the perfect red jumper since about March time and I think this might well be it. I am a bit worried about the material bobbling up, but watch this space or as I should say my Instagram, as I'm sure I'll be wearing this for the majority of winter 2018...

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Obviously there is a lot more to Christmas than presents, but I'm so grateful for what I received and love reading these type of nosey posts.

What did you get this Christmas? And what was your favourite present this year?

C x

What I Got for Christmas 2017

27 December 2017


So I haven't been posting on this little ol' blog nearly as much as I'd like to this year but I'm not one to break tradition - so after posting what I got for Christmas on here for three years running, here's this year's instalment...

First up is my new pride and joy, the Missoma x Lucy Williams Large Horn Necklace. I've been living in my silver Tiffany necklace this year, so was pining after a gold alternative and after seeing this all over Instagram I sort of fell in love (just like every other blogger, but hey, now that I own this I'm a real fashion blogger right?). Another present request fuelled by a 2017 love is the poetry book The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of Milk and Honey by Kaur or just haven't picked it up yet - DO! It's honestly so beautifully written and without spoiling it, Milk and Honey puts heart break into perspective with a feminist, empowering twist. I've read it at least 4 or 5 times, and only expect the same magic from The Sun and Her Flowers. My dad also picked up the Gabrielle Chanel Fragrance for me - which is very much a lady-like scent with a darker twist with base notes of musk and sandalwood, with a medley of top and middle notes that include mandarin, blackcurrant and jasmine. 

Now some Glossier goodness. I was gutted that I couldn't make it to the beautiful pop-up house the brand did on Great Portland Street earlier this year, but it meant that I could pop a couple of things on my xmas list instead. The raved about Milk Jelly Cleanser smells divine, but after a couple of uses think this will be more of a second cleanser in my evening routine (full review to follow if I get my blogging act together). Second up, we have Boy Brow in Brown. After the first use I am a little dubious about the hype if I'm honest, just because so much product comes out on the little brow brush, but I plan on sticking with it and see how it fairs in the long run. Last of the Glossier bits is the Birthday Balm Dotcom, a super hydrating, long-lasting lip balm and skin salve - with added goodness of glitter and smells like birthday cake. Also pictured is Prosecco Made Me Do It by Ruby Taylor. This was my Secret Santa gift from my manager, who has admitted to buying it more for the title than it's contents (*insert the monkey covering it's eyes emoji*), but it's a recipe book bubbling with prosecco based cocktail recipes (and could make for a decent flatlay prop tbf). 

Back to beauty, I am now also the proud owner of a piece of Rihanna's Fenty Beauty line with the Killawat Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Lighting Dust Fire Crystal. I have already played with this highlighter as two of my friends already own it, and it is literally micro-powder heaven - I can't wait for my highlighter to be fleeky (and I never use that word). I was also lucky enough to receive the MAC Pigment in Copper Sparkle which I am so excited to play around with as I'm a sucker for reddish toned eyeshadow. Last Christmas I received my first ever Jo Malone product as a gift from work and it was the Lime, Basil, and Mandarin Body Crème. It literally lasted me the whole year and I wouldn't stop banging on about it, so luckily it was under my tree again this year. The scent isn't something I'd usually go for, but it's super fresh and the fragrance literally lasts all damn day, so is worth every penny IMO. 

Now for a little bit o' fashion... First up is these Studded Boots from Reserved, which are currently in the Boxing Day Sale if they so take your fancy. I was hunting high and low for some black flat leather boots on the high street, and then spotted these in one of Liv Purvis' YT videos (link here- and feel like they are a slightly daintier version of Doctor Martins, without the price commitment. Second is the Dune Dahlier Backpack in Black. My mum was actually the one who spotted this online so I can't take credit for finding this gem, but I was in need for a new work bag and have seen a couple of people with really nice black, simple backpacks (and I'm also bored of the heavy one-shoulder bag) so thought why nawt? It's got lovely little storage pockets inside too, as well as the sassy detachable leopard print pouch on the back.

Lastly, we have this Red Ribbed Funnel Neck Jumper from Marks and Spencer. Like the boots, I've probably been searching for the perfect red jumper since about March time and I think this might well be it. I am a bit worried about the material bobbling up, but watch this space or as I should say my Instagram, as I'm sure I'll be wearing this for the majority of winter 2018...

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Obviously there is a lot more to Christmas than presents, but I'm so grateful for what I received and love reading these type of nosey posts.

What did you get this Christmas? And what was your favourite present this year?

C x
Playsuit - Zara (this year's version here)
Handbag - Whistles
Shoes - Next
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

So as you may be aware, I am so behind on my blog's content that these pictures were actually taken last year... but as Zara have brought out an update to this playsuit this season (with long, flared sleeves), I thought I'd dig this content out of my archives. 

In the last year or so I have found myself reaching for looser and baggier silhouettes, and this cotton poplin playsuit is no exception. Some 'fashion rules' dictate that you have to dress to to your body shape, if it's not 'flattering' we are made to believe that we shouldn't reach for it. For years I thought baggy clothes were no good, that I needed something that would cinch me in at the waist to prove I had one. However, fashion trends such as the move away from skinny jeans to straight leg and Mom jeans (and Zara in general), have allowed me to explore bigger shapes that don't necessarily 'flatter' my body shape.

But although this playsuit isn't the most 'flattering' of shapes I love it. With the skirt of it starting at the chest and flaring it out, I quite like how it hides parts of my body and can make my legs appear smaller than they are. The cut out detailing on the back is another favourite of mine, along with with gorgeous pale blue shade.

With this being quite a statement piece, I have paired this with some trusty simple staples like my Whistles handbag and my blue Ray-Ban Clubmasters. Now I just need the really warm weather to return to the UK (or alternatively a holiday), to wear this again.

What do you think to this outfit? Do you always dress for your body shape or do you like loose silhouettes too? 

Let me know in the comments below!

C x


Photos by Nathalie Dickson

An OOTD From The Archives: I'm Blue...

23 July 2017

Playsuit - Zara (this year's version here)
Handbag - Whistles
Shoes - Next
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

So as you may be aware, I am so behind on my blog's content that these pictures were actually taken last year... but as Zara have brought out an update to this playsuit this season (with long, flared sleeves), I thought I'd dig this content out of my archives. 

In the last year or so I have found myself reaching for looser and baggier silhouettes, and this cotton poplin playsuit is no exception. Some 'fashion rules' dictate that you have to dress to to your body shape, if it's not 'flattering' we are made to believe that we shouldn't reach for it. For years I thought baggy clothes were no good, that I needed something that would cinch me in at the waist to prove I had one. However, fashion trends such as the move away from skinny jeans to straight leg and Mom jeans (and Zara in general), have allowed me to explore bigger shapes that don't necessarily 'flatter' my body shape.

But although this playsuit isn't the most 'flattering' of shapes I love it. With the skirt of it starting at the chest and flaring it out, I quite like how it hides parts of my body and can make my legs appear smaller than they are. The cut out detailing on the back is another favourite of mine, along with with gorgeous pale blue shade.

With this being quite a statement piece, I have paired this with some trusty simple staples like my Whistles handbag and my blue Ray-Ban Clubmasters. Now I just need the really warm weather to return to the UK (or alternatively a holiday), to wear this again.

What do you think to this outfit? Do you always dress for your body shape or do you like loose silhouettes too? 

Let me know in the comments below!

C x


Photos by Nathalie Dickson
So I may have shot these pictures a while back with the intention of naming this post something along the lines of 'Skincare Saviours for the Colder Months' - but as the British can't really make up it's mind when it comes to summer and my skin seems to be fluctuating between being oily to combination to dry, I thought I'd pop up this post to share the products I turn to when my skin misbehaves and dries out. These products are available all year round, but are great for incorporating into your skincare routine when it gets colder or equally great at prolonging a summer tan. 

Let's start clockwise from the top with Avène's Clearance EXPERT. Despite being made for acne-prone and oily complexions like my own, this moisturiser is rather rich in it's formula - but in a good way. As my skin grew immune to La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo [+], I sought out a replacement that would combat my spots but also cater to my skin becoming drier throughout winter and stumbled upon Avéne's Clearance range (which saves me about 50p for a moisturiser and every little helps right?). Anyhow, as a French pharmaceutical product, of course it works wonders. This moisturiser has really helped to clear up my complexion and unclog my pores, as well as regulating the production of oil around my T-zone, leaving my skin mattifyed (if that's a word?), hydrated, soft and smooth. The cream also claims that it exfoliates the skin too, but I haven't found this with my skin and so I'd recommend using an exfoliating toner with this to remove any flakey bits of skin.

Another great product for oily skin (and I imagine all skin types really), is the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. I feel like I have banged on about this holy-grail status worthy cleanser a fair few times (have a read here), but I feel like it needs another little ode so here goes... With an oily complexion, I always used to shy away from facial oils, believing the skincare myths that these would only make my T-zone produce more oil, but in fact it doesn't at all and the formula is pretty lightweight. The more you massage this into your skin, the more radiance this cleanser injects into my complexion. As well as Vitamin C this formula contains olive, grapeseed, rosemary, cucumber and rosehip oils so understandably moisturises the skin but despite this, it doesn't overload the skin with moisture. After using this my skin feels refreshed and cleansed of impurities - it's also amazing at dissolving stubborn makeup including waterproof mascara, so I tend to use this as a primary cleanser before a facial wash. 

Another product I have previously raved about is Lush's Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (links here). This is another product that has won holy-grail status in my eyes as it works so well as an in-shower/bath quick fix for dry skin - especially if moisturising after you shower/bathe is a step you tend to skip (like me, worst-beauty-blogger-ever-alert). Think of it as an equivalent of hair conditioner for your body in that you rub it into wet skin, leave it for a couple mins and then rinse it off.. The formula is packed with moisture giving ingredients including argan oil (ofc), almond oil, organic brazil but oil, rose oil, geranium oil, lemon oil, cocoa butter, cupuacu butter and shea butter. This little pot of luxury leaves your skin feeling super soft, supple and radiant - definitely worth the £16.50 price tag.

Last but not least is the beauty classic Bio-Oil. Although this oil is better known for its results in reducing scars and stretch marks, it can also be used for uneven skin-tone, aging skin and dehydrated skin too and used as an after-sun treatment or bath oil. It has a lovely fruity and floral scent to it, combining lavender oil, rosemary oil, calendula oil and chamomile oil, meaning that Bio-Oil is packed with calming ingredients and vitamins to help soothe problem areas of the skin. If my skin is extremely dry, this is the product I turn to to rejuvenate it - key areas I use this are my knee caps, feet, elbows and over my keratosis pilaris on my upper arms. 

Have you tried any of these products and if you have, what do you think of them? Can you recommend any skincare saviours of your own to help combat dry skin?
C x

Skincare Saviours For Dry Skin

21 May 2017

So I may have shot these pictures a while back with the intention of naming this post something along the lines of 'Skincare Saviours for the Colder Months' - but as the British can't really make up it's mind when it comes to summer and my skin seems to be fluctuating between being oily to combination to dry, I thought I'd pop up this post to share the products I turn to when my skin misbehaves and dries out. These products are available all year round, but are great for incorporating into your skincare routine when it gets colder or equally great at prolonging a summer tan. 

Let's start clockwise from the top with Avène's Clearance EXPERT. Despite being made for acne-prone and oily complexions like my own, this moisturiser is rather rich in it's formula - but in a good way. As my skin grew immune to La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo [+], I sought out a replacement that would combat my spots but also cater to my skin becoming drier throughout winter and stumbled upon Avéne's Clearance range (which saves me about 50p for a moisturiser and every little helps right?). Anyhow, as a French pharmaceutical product, of course it works wonders. This moisturiser has really helped to clear up my complexion and unclog my pores, as well as regulating the production of oil around my T-zone, leaving my skin mattifyed (if that's a word?), hydrated, soft and smooth. The cream also claims that it exfoliates the skin too, but I haven't found this with my skin and so I'd recommend using an exfoliating toner with this to remove any flakey bits of skin.

Another great product for oily skin (and I imagine all skin types really), is the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. I feel like I have banged on about this holy-grail status worthy cleanser a fair few times (have a read here), but I feel like it needs another little ode so here goes... With an oily complexion, I always used to shy away from facial oils, believing the skincare myths that these would only make my T-zone produce more oil, but in fact it doesn't at all and the formula is pretty lightweight. The more you massage this into your skin, the more radiance this cleanser injects into my complexion. As well as Vitamin C this formula contains olive, grapeseed, rosemary, cucumber and rosehip oils so understandably moisturises the skin but despite this, it doesn't overload the skin with moisture. After using this my skin feels refreshed and cleansed of impurities - it's also amazing at dissolving stubborn makeup including waterproof mascara, so I tend to use this as a primary cleanser before a facial wash. 

Another product I have previously raved about is Lush's Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (links here). This is another product that has won holy-grail status in my eyes as it works so well as an in-shower/bath quick fix for dry skin - especially if moisturising after you shower/bathe is a step you tend to skip (like me, worst-beauty-blogger-ever-alert). Think of it as an equivalent of hair conditioner for your body in that you rub it into wet skin, leave it for a couple mins and then rinse it off.. The formula is packed with moisture giving ingredients including argan oil (ofc), almond oil, organic brazil but oil, rose oil, geranium oil, lemon oil, cocoa butter, cupuacu butter and shea butter. This little pot of luxury leaves your skin feeling super soft, supple and radiant - definitely worth the £16.50 price tag.

Last but not least is the beauty classic Bio-Oil. Although this oil is better known for its results in reducing scars and stretch marks, it can also be used for uneven skin-tone, aging skin and dehydrated skin too and used as an after-sun treatment or bath oil. It has a lovely fruity and floral scent to it, combining lavender oil, rosemary oil, calendula oil and chamomile oil, meaning that Bio-Oil is packed with calming ingredients and vitamins to help soothe problem areas of the skin. If my skin is extremely dry, this is the product I turn to to rejuvenate it - key areas I use this are my knee caps, feet, elbows and over my keratosis pilaris on my upper arms. 

Have you tried any of these products and if you have, what do you think of them? Can you recommend any skincare saviours of your own to help combat dry skin?
C x
Hello, oh hi there, how are you doing? 

It's been far too long since I have contributed to my little corner of the internet, so I thought it was high time I address this. Back in 2014 when I first set up my blog, I used to post little life updates/excuses a little too regularly as to why I hadn't been around (feel free to lurk through my archives if you fancy cringey content/a lol in general), and so I will try not to make this a boring long list of excuses that quite frankly you won't care about. 

I've tried sitting down to complete two mahoosive posts for months on end now; the first a real-talk post on what to expect from a master's degree (which I'm hoping to publish before I actually forget what it was like) and the other was a big round up of my favourite fashion finds, beauty bits and reads from 2016 - but let's be honest it is now May (!!) so it's probably too late to post it (or would like to read it? Let me know!). I've felt like I couldn't push out other content without posting these meaty posts first, but in pressurising myself to write them, I ultimately became overwhelmed and unmotivated. I'm not one to post half-hearted content for the sake of it as I only want to share content I am proud of (then again I'm not sure of how proud of this post I am going to be...).

From September to the end of February, I was doing a paid internship at a media agency and a big part of my job was to work on their blogger/influencer network. This was by far my favourite part of my internship and although it's not a part of my current job role, influencer and content marketing is definitely an area of advertising I want to get back into in the future. However, in sourcing and researching bloggers for major brand collaborations, I think it made me more aware of myself as a smaller blogger - that I haven't produced nearly enough content as I would have liked to and that perhaps my blog is not as popular as I'd have hoped it to be. I know that a big part of blog growth comes down to determination, hard work and constant content creation - the time when I saw the greatest traffic to my blog was whilst I was posting twice weekly, but I have been unable to get myself back to that level. Working full time has made me feeling a little deflated and uninspired to write in the evenings and on weekends I tend to just want to relax (or feel sorry for myself binge-watching Netflix if I'm hungover). Essentially, I fell out of love with blogging.

I know that in the future I will never be a full-time blogger (even though I still think of it as the ultimate dream job), but I am okay with that. For now I just want to fall back in love with blogging. I thought I would achieve this by investing in my domain name and a new blog design at the beginning of this year, but alas along came job applications and I had no time to dedicate to Charlotte's Road. So although I have felt really guilty and disappointed in myself for not blogging, as my blog name suggests this is all about sharing my journey and so I guess that will come with ups and downs, and sometimes in waves.

Anyhow, now that I have settled into a new job and a bit more of a routine I am hoping to channel more creativity into the ol' blog. My current role isn't that creative and I do consider myself to be a creative person, so I'm kinda in need of an outlet for it at the moment.

I have always thought of this as predominantly a place for beauty content, but right now I'm more in love with fashion and so I'm hoping to get more haul and ootd type posts on here. I am also hoping to post a tonne of a lot more regularly again, so here's to hoping this post won't be a complete joke. However, if you do want to keep up with my daily life you can find me on Instagram at @charlotte_dickson or by clicking the pics from my feed below - where I'm a whole lot more reliable for producing content (and I've even been involved in a few sponsored campaigns on the 'gram during my blogging hiatus, which still seems a bit surreal).

Talking of Instagram, I feel like I could post a whole lot complaining about the current algorithms stifling small accounts, how it seems like people are no longer genuinely following others for the content they like, how it's just becoming a numbers game and don't even get me started on those cheating their following with bots and buying followers. Nonetheless, this blog post is probably moany enough, so I'll save that for another day.

So yeah, thank you for sticking around and with me on this little blog. I still can't believe there's a total of 505 of you following my content over on Bloglovin'! So think of this as a note to say that I haven't forgotten about you and a thank you to anyone that has ever read any post I have ever written - hopefully there's still a lot more to come from me.

If you're a fellow blogger have you ever felt guilty for not posting enough, or put too much pressure on yourself that you felt you just couldn't blog? Or have you ever fallen out of love with blogging? Do you still think there's space on the internet for smaller bloggers or those that don't post that regularly?
As always let me know in the comments below!
Cx

Hey Stranger: A Ramble and Rant

7 May 2017

Hello, oh hi there, how are you doing? 

It's been far too long since I have contributed to my little corner of the internet, so I thought it was high time I address this. Back in 2014 when I first set up my blog, I used to post little life updates/excuses a little too regularly as to why I hadn't been around (feel free to lurk through my archives if you fancy cringey content/a lol in general), and so I will try not to make this a boring long list of excuses that quite frankly you won't care about. 

I've tried sitting down to complete two mahoosive posts for months on end now; the first a real-talk post on what to expect from a master's degree (which I'm hoping to publish before I actually forget what it was like) and the other was a big round up of my favourite fashion finds, beauty bits and reads from 2016 - but let's be honest it is now May (!!) so it's probably too late to post it (or would like to read it? Let me know!). I've felt like I couldn't push out other content without posting these meaty posts first, but in pressurising myself to write them, I ultimately became overwhelmed and unmotivated. I'm not one to post half-hearted content for the sake of it as I only want to share content I am proud of (then again I'm not sure of how proud of this post I am going to be...).

From September to the end of February, I was doing a paid internship at a media agency and a big part of my job was to work on their blogger/influencer network. This was by far my favourite part of my internship and although it's not a part of my current job role, influencer and content marketing is definitely an area of advertising I want to get back into in the future. However, in sourcing and researching bloggers for major brand collaborations, I think it made me more aware of myself as a smaller blogger - that I haven't produced nearly enough content as I would have liked to and that perhaps my blog is not as popular as I'd have hoped it to be. I know that a big part of blog growth comes down to determination, hard work and constant content creation - the time when I saw the greatest traffic to my blog was whilst I was posting twice weekly, but I have been unable to get myself back to that level. Working full time has made me feeling a little deflated and uninspired to write in the evenings and on weekends I tend to just want to relax (or feel sorry for myself binge-watching Netflix if I'm hungover). Essentially, I fell out of love with blogging.

I know that in the future I will never be a full-time blogger (even though I still think of it as the ultimate dream job), but I am okay with that. For now I just want to fall back in love with blogging. I thought I would achieve this by investing in my domain name and a new blog design at the beginning of this year, but alas along came job applications and I had no time to dedicate to Charlotte's Road. So although I have felt really guilty and disappointed in myself for not blogging, as my blog name suggests this is all about sharing my journey and so I guess that will come with ups and downs, and sometimes in waves.

Anyhow, now that I have settled into a new job and a bit more of a routine I am hoping to channel more creativity into the ol' blog. My current role isn't that creative and I do consider myself to be a creative person, so I'm kinda in need of an outlet for it at the moment.

I have always thought of this as predominantly a place for beauty content, but right now I'm more in love with fashion and so I'm hoping to get more haul and ootd type posts on here. I am also hoping to post a tonne of a lot more regularly again, so here's to hoping this post won't be a complete joke. However, if you do want to keep up with my daily life you can find me on Instagram at @charlotte_dickson or by clicking the pics from my feed below - where I'm a whole lot more reliable for producing content (and I've even been involved in a few sponsored campaigns on the 'gram during my blogging hiatus, which still seems a bit surreal).

Talking of Instagram, I feel like I could post a whole lot complaining about the current algorithms stifling small accounts, how it seems like people are no longer genuinely following others for the content they like, how it's just becoming a numbers game and don't even get me started on those cheating their following with bots and buying followers. Nonetheless, this blog post is probably moany enough, so I'll save that for another day.

So yeah, thank you for sticking around and with me on this little blog. I still can't believe there's a total of 505 of you following my content over on Bloglovin'! So think of this as a note to say that I haven't forgotten about you and a thank you to anyone that has ever read any post I have ever written - hopefully there's still a lot more to come from me.

If you're a fellow blogger have you ever felt guilty for not posting enough, or put too much pressure on yourself that you felt you just couldn't blog? Or have you ever fallen out of love with blogging? Do you still think there's space on the internet for smaller bloggers or those that don't post that regularly?
As always let me know in the comments below!
Cx

Faux Fur Collar Biker Jacket: Zara
Cropped Round Neck Jumper: Zara
Distressed Girlfriend Jeans: ASOS
High Heel Ankle Boots: Zara

In order to ease myself back into the daily grind on Tuesday, I opted for my new favourite outfit to give myself a little confidence boost and add a little sass to my stride. I'm lucky to have a fairly relaxed dress code in my office, so as long as I look put together, I am allowed to wear quite casual attire. When I first started I never dreamed of wearing ripped jeans, but I feel as though these heeled boots smarten these up the distressed part of this denim (plus other members of staff were sporting ripped jeans nearer summer so I learnt that it was acceptable haha). Also after ten days off work which mostly consisted of over indulging on mince pies, Bailey's, and Christmas telly, who would wear a tight outfit to the office? Not me!

Now I can't walk through central London without seeing at least two other women wearing this black aviator jacket from Zara, and it's gradual popularity nearly out me off purchasing it, but I love the longline, oversized shape to this. Whenever wearing this jacket I feel slightly more stylish and put together, and admittedly I do love it more than the Acne Jacket its design is based on.

If you read my What I Got For Christmas post, you will recognise these pink velvet pieces (also from Zara, I'm borderline obsessed with their stock at the moment). This jumper is made of chenille and jersey but the finish is made to look like velvet, the fit is rather loose and it is super warm too. I now consider these boots to be my new babies, in that I am head over heels in love with them (pardon the pun). I am a big fan of the dusty pink clothes at the minute if you couldn't tell, and I kind of love that these match. 

Also if you are familiar round these parts you will notice that I have a new blog design!!!! Eek! I thought it was high time I got rid of my pretty pink head banners and menu bar, and opted for a sleeker, more professional design. Plus I now have a home page! Feel free to have a mooch around the new design, I personally love that my Instagram pics now appear in the bar below and that my recent posts revolve in a funky manner at the top. This template was also a bargain, and I cannot thank Eve at Fearne Designs enough for all her help. I am also in the process of switching over to my very own domain name (goodbye .blogspot, hello to my own website) so hopefully that will be changing in the next couple of days or so. 

But in general, it's all new year, new blog around here. So let me know what you think to the new layout! And what do you make of this outfit? 
C x

Photos by Nathalie Dickson

Back to Work Dressing and New Blog Design!!

5 January 2017

Faux Fur Collar Biker Jacket: Zara
Cropped Round Neck Jumper: Zara
Distressed Girlfriend Jeans: ASOS
High Heel Ankle Boots: Zara

In order to ease myself back into the daily grind on Tuesday, I opted for my new favourite outfit to give myself a little confidence boost and add a little sass to my stride. I'm lucky to have a fairly relaxed dress code in my office, so as long as I look put together, I am allowed to wear quite casual attire. When I first started I never dreamed of wearing ripped jeans, but I feel as though these heeled boots smarten these up the distressed part of this denim (plus other members of staff were sporting ripped jeans nearer summer so I learnt that it was acceptable haha). Also after ten days off work which mostly consisted of over indulging on mince pies, Bailey's, and Christmas telly, who would wear a tight outfit to the office? Not me!

Now I can't walk through central London without seeing at least two other women wearing this black aviator jacket from Zara, and it's gradual popularity nearly out me off purchasing it, but I love the longline, oversized shape to this. Whenever wearing this jacket I feel slightly more stylish and put together, and admittedly I do love it more than the Acne Jacket its design is based on.

If you read my What I Got For Christmas post, you will recognise these pink velvet pieces (also from Zara, I'm borderline obsessed with their stock at the moment). This jumper is made of chenille and jersey but the finish is made to look like velvet, the fit is rather loose and it is super warm too. I now consider these boots to be my new babies, in that I am head over heels in love with them (pardon the pun). I am a big fan of the dusty pink clothes at the minute if you couldn't tell, and I kind of love that these match. 

Also if you are familiar round these parts you will notice that I have a new blog design!!!! Eek! I thought it was high time I got rid of my pretty pink head banners and menu bar, and opted for a sleeker, more professional design. Plus I now have a home page! Feel free to have a mooch around the new design, I personally love that my Instagram pics now appear in the bar below and that my recent posts revolve in a funky manner at the top. This template was also a bargain, and I cannot thank Eve at Fearne Designs enough for all her help. I am also in the process of switching over to my very own domain name (goodbye .blogspot, hello to my own website) so hopefully that will be changing in the next couple of days or so. 

But in general, it's all new year, new blog around here. So let me know what you think to the new layout! And what do you make of this outfit? 
C x

Photos by Nathalie Dickson

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