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
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life... etc etc. Anyhow HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Even though I do think a New Year's Eve night out can be a bit overrated, in that you have such high expectations of it, spend a load of money on a ticket and then it usually isn't that amazing; I am a big fan of a new year and what it represents. 

In the past I have set myself some pretty radical New Year's Resolutions, in terms of suddenly cutting out food groups or doing squats everyday, and I end up forgetting about them or just giving in and then getting frustrated at myself for not being able to keep up my Resolutions. I didn't really set resolutions last year, thinking that there was no point buying into the "new year, new me" façade as I knew I wasn't going to instantly change overnight. But this year I want to set myself some goals for things I want to achieve by the end of the year. Although most of these are pretty vague (to help myself keep to them), I feel like these goals a good place to start in terms of leading a happier, healthier life.

Take More Time to Look After Myself
Now this encompasses everything from beauty, sleep, exercising to healthy eating (see what I mean about vague?). In today's world it's easy to lose time scrolling through social media or slumped in front of the TV - or that might just be me when I get in from a tiring day at work? Either way I just want to take more time for myself like painting my nails and doing face masks on a regular basis, go to more exercise classes during the week, use my time to look up healthy recipes or just wear my retainers every night (lol). I basically just want to ensure I do more for me, and create me-time during the day. As cringe as it sounds your body is the only permanent home you get, so I want to ensure that I look after my mind, body and soul the best that I can - oh and get more toned and shift the weight I gained my eating my emotions at university, you know the drill. 

Stop Comparing Myself to Others
Without meaning to, I pretty much compare myself to others around round me in nearly every aspect of my life; whether that be in my career, love life or even my Instagram following. Too often I think:
 "Ooh so and so is on a salary double mine, why did I chose to go into media when there's more money elsewhere"
"*insert name here* has been promoted twice, but I'm still interning"
"This girl's got another boyfriend, where does she meet them?!?"
"How has *insert name* grown her Instagram/Blog Following so quickly?"
A lot of my perspective, self-reflection and comparison comes from social media. I'm not wholly criticising social media as overall I do love what can come out of it and without it I'd probably be unemployed, but it can be easy to forget that people only post about a third of the real story on there. Pretty much everyone will be going through something that I or you won't know about, nor will they post it online. I am a big believer in the phrase "Comparison is the thief of joy", but sometimes I do need a little reminder to take some time out and really focus on myself, rather than the success and progress of others. Life is not a race, nor should it be. I've still got plenty of time to achieve my dreams and I'd much rather work my way slowly up into a career I love, than in a job I hate, earning a big wad of cash. So yeah, this year I just to live by "you do you" and work hard to achieve my dreams rather than compare my starting destination to someone's mid-way point. 

Worry a Whole Lot Less
Too often I find myself getting anxious or worrying about things I personally can't control. When someone tells me "pull yourself together" or "just get on with it" it doesn't really work for me and sometimes the most random of things will make me feel on edge. Consequently, this year I want to attempt to be more carefree, think less of what people think of me and live my life to the fullest that I can, without worrying or anxious thoughts holding me back from doing what I want or speaking up.  

Save Some Pennies
So this is a bit of a basic, traditional resolution but by the end of the year I hope to have saved a bit of money. At the moment I'm living back at home, and luckily my parents aren't asking me to pay any board or bills (well yet anyway), so currently my income is a bit disposable and I just spend all of it on TFL and clothes and makeup bits I think I need. Don't get me wrong, it's not as though I have a great amount of income to save from, as I am only getting paid an intern salary, but I want to save nonetheless and get myself closer to being able to afford to move out (if that will ever happen in London). I also want to save some money to visit my best friend who has packed up her bags and moved to sunny Dubai and I need to save up to pay off the rest of my Glastonbury ticket (eek!).

Volunteer
I said to myself once I finish uni, get myself a proper job and routine, that I will find the time to volunteer again. Over university and even my school days, I did a lot of volunteering, but since moving back home I've found little time to even research where to volunteer and who for. So this year I want to set a goal to do some more and give back to the community. At times it is important to be a bit selfish and put yourself first (see my top two resolutions), but it is also important to remember others. So by the end of the year, I will hopefully be doing some sort of volunteer work or be involved in a cause as opposed to being a bit of a slacktivist by signing all the petitions online without following through.

Thank you for reading! I feel like sharing my resolutions online makes me more likely to follow through with them, and if anything it gives me something to look back on when the year is through. I hope you all have a wonderful new year ahead of you and that this year you achieve everything you want to!

What are your resolutions for 2017? And what do you think to mine?
C x

Goals For 2017

1 January 2017

It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life... etc etc. Anyhow HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Even though I do think a New Year's Eve night out can be a bit overrated, in that you have such high expectations of it, spend a load of money on a ticket and then it usually isn't that amazing; I am a big fan of a new year and what it represents. 

In the past I have set myself some pretty radical New Year's Resolutions, in terms of suddenly cutting out food groups or doing squats everyday, and I end up forgetting about them or just giving in and then getting frustrated at myself for not being able to keep up my Resolutions. I didn't really set resolutions last year, thinking that there was no point buying into the "new year, new me" façade as I knew I wasn't going to instantly change overnight. But this year I want to set myself some goals for things I want to achieve by the end of the year. Although most of these are pretty vague (to help myself keep to them), I feel like these goals a good place to start in terms of leading a happier, healthier life.

Take More Time to Look After Myself
Now this encompasses everything from beauty, sleep, exercising to healthy eating (see what I mean about vague?). In today's world it's easy to lose time scrolling through social media or slumped in front of the TV - or that might just be me when I get in from a tiring day at work? Either way I just want to take more time for myself like painting my nails and doing face masks on a regular basis, go to more exercise classes during the week, use my time to look up healthy recipes or just wear my retainers every night (lol). I basically just want to ensure I do more for me, and create me-time during the day. As cringe as it sounds your body is the only permanent home you get, so I want to ensure that I look after my mind, body and soul the best that I can - oh and get more toned and shift the weight I gained my eating my emotions at university, you know the drill. 

Stop Comparing Myself to Others
Without meaning to, I pretty much compare myself to others around round me in nearly every aspect of my life; whether that be in my career, love life or even my Instagram following. Too often I think:
 "Ooh so and so is on a salary double mine, why did I chose to go into media when there's more money elsewhere"
"*insert name here* has been promoted twice, but I'm still interning"
"This girl's got another boyfriend, where does she meet them?!?"
"How has *insert name* grown her Instagram/Blog Following so quickly?"
A lot of my perspective, self-reflection and comparison comes from social media. I'm not wholly criticising social media as overall I do love what can come out of it and without it I'd probably be unemployed, but it can be easy to forget that people only post about a third of the real story on there. Pretty much everyone will be going through something that I or you won't know about, nor will they post it online. I am a big believer in the phrase "Comparison is the thief of joy", but sometimes I do need a little reminder to take some time out and really focus on myself, rather than the success and progress of others. Life is not a race, nor should it be. I've still got plenty of time to achieve my dreams and I'd much rather work my way slowly up into a career I love, than in a job I hate, earning a big wad of cash. So yeah, this year I just to live by "you do you" and work hard to achieve my dreams rather than compare my starting destination to someone's mid-way point. 

Worry a Whole Lot Less
Too often I find myself getting anxious or worrying about things I personally can't control. When someone tells me "pull yourself together" or "just get on with it" it doesn't really work for me and sometimes the most random of things will make me feel on edge. Consequently, this year I want to attempt to be more carefree, think less of what people think of me and live my life to the fullest that I can, without worrying or anxious thoughts holding me back from doing what I want or speaking up.  

Save Some Pennies
So this is a bit of a basic, traditional resolution but by the end of the year I hope to have saved a bit of money. At the moment I'm living back at home, and luckily my parents aren't asking me to pay any board or bills (well yet anyway), so currently my income is a bit disposable and I just spend all of it on TFL and clothes and makeup bits I think I need. Don't get me wrong, it's not as though I have a great amount of income to save from, as I am only getting paid an intern salary, but I want to save nonetheless and get myself closer to being able to afford to move out (if that will ever happen in London). I also want to save some money to visit my best friend who has packed up her bags and moved to sunny Dubai and I need to save up to pay off the rest of my Glastonbury ticket (eek!).

Volunteer
I said to myself once I finish uni, get myself a proper job and routine, that I will find the time to volunteer again. Over university and even my school days, I did a lot of volunteering, but since moving back home I've found little time to even research where to volunteer and who for. So this year I want to set a goal to do some more and give back to the community. At times it is important to be a bit selfish and put yourself first (see my top two resolutions), but it is also important to remember others. So by the end of the year, I will hopefully be doing some sort of volunteer work or be involved in a cause as opposed to being a bit of a slacktivist by signing all the petitions online without following through.

Thank you for reading! I feel like sharing my resolutions online makes me more likely to follow through with them, and if anything it gives me something to look back on when the year is through. I hope you all have a wonderful new year ahead of you and that this year you achieve everything you want to!

What are your resolutions for 2017? And what do you think to mine?
C x

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