Thursday, 15 April 2021

The Cottage Core Mushroom Bag

Cottage Core Mushroom Bag Olli Ella

Cottage Core Mushroom Bag Olli Ella

Cottage Core Mushroom Bag Olli Ella

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Everyone make way for the dreamiest bag of all - the Olli Ella Mushroom Bag. Originally made for children, but thanks to the 'cottagecore' trend, it has now made it into a lot of peoples Spring and Summer wardrobes. I spotted it last year and told myself that I didn't need it, but roll on twelve months and thanks for A Clothes Horse for enabling me, I finally decided to treat myself! 

It's already semi-viral on Tik Tok, so I thought I'd give it it's own blog post too! It's pretty much what it looks like, a small mushroom bag where the lid comes off so you place your possessions inside and view them from the tiny windows and (working!) door on the front. Although not huge in size, it's still sizeable enough to fit in all the essentials. I personally will be saving this for picnics and special occasions, but I'm sure it'll be featured non-stop on my Instagram over the next six months. Olli Ella doesn't stop at mushrooms, they have a broad range of adorable bags that I've linked below: 


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Tuesday, 13 April 2021

A Spring Wardrobe Shake Up

Spring Wardrobe Shake Up
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Spring is officially here and I can now get excited for the lighter evenings, sunny days and warmer weather that will soon be upon us. Spring fashion is one of my favourites and I always feel like I reach for the gingham patterns and pastel tones. Last year I felt like I didn't really experience Spring at all, but I'm determined to make up for that this year. Today, I have put together a guide to the ultimate Spring wardrobe shake up, consisting of my favourite dresses, tops and accessory picks for the new season. 

I'm not sure if I'm alone in this, but I struggle in Spring and Summer when it comes to wearing tops. I love both mini and midi skirts, but when it comes to choosing what to wear on top, my mind goes blank. I try and steer away from t-shirts and instead opt for simple, one colour pieces that can be worn with a variety of outfits. 

Dresses for Spring? Groundbreaking. I know they're not the most exciting pick when it comes to the warmer months, but I do find myself wearing them most of the time and there's such a variety of styles, lengths and patterns out there, it can be a little overwhelming to know where to look and what to choose. I personally enjoy a midi dress for both Spring and Summer, but opt for the smock style in Summer when it's warm and I want to keep material off my body and the pastels for Spring when I want to brighten up my wardrobe.

I've learnt over the last year that I am actually quite the accessory lover, the accentuate an outfit and act as cute props for my Instagram too. I love straw hats (currently lusting after this designer dupe!) and hair bows, but when it comes to shoes, I get a little lost. I've always been a creature of habit when it comes to shoes throughout Spring and Summer, opting for my trusty wrap around sandals, but when they finally went to shoe heaven last year, I know that I would be on the hunt for a replacement and I think I've found some that I like.

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Friday, 9 April 2021

Styling A Cottage Core Bedroom

Cottage Core Bedroom Decor

Cottage Core Bedroom Decor

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My bedroom has been a work in progress for some time now, but with the introduction of  'cottage core', I feel like my bedroom is slowly coming together and starting to feel more like my own style. Although it isn't as shabby chic as you imagine a traditional cottage bedroom to be, I think the boho and botanical vibes all work together perfectly. If you're looking to create your own cosy space, then I've got just the tips for you. 

Adding Houseplants 

I've spoken about my love for houseplants a lot over the past year as I finally learnt how to properly care for them and was no longer killing them all off within a month. Saying that, it's still been a learning process and many have gone to plant heaven. A healthy houseplant starts with how it was cared for before it came to you, so choosing a good place to buy your new friend is vital for a successful relationship with your houseplant. Below are some of my houseplant shop recommendations to check out: 

Cottage Core Bedroom Decor

A Statement Wall 

My bedroom statement wall has been pinned on Pinterest thousands of times, so you've probably seen how I've grown it over the years and change it up for each season. I enjoy dressing my standing mirror with a garland depending on the time on year. Currently I've been hanging this Rose Garland and during the Autumn, I opt for a Rust Leaves one instead. 

I have the Urban Outfitters Ari Shelf on my wall which is where I have hung a battery operated lamp and framed it with a print secured with washi tape as well as my Macrame Wall Hanging. I want to switch out my print (which I stole from my statement wall downstairs) and switch it to this Mushroom A4 Print which I think is absolutely adorable and would fit perfectly with this space. 

My mirror corner isn't the only place that I have a statement wall as over our bed I have a variety of prints and my Urban Outfitters Moon Garland which I think keeps the wall looking busy and interesting - perfectly complimenting my bed and it's surroundings.

Cosy Elements  

I'm quite indecisive when it comes to soft furnishings in the bedroom and once I find a bedding set I love, I just want to keep it on forever. H&M Home have been great for enabling me to switch over cushion covers whenever I please especially when a new season approaches. Their cushion covers are affordable and if you already have their cushion inserts, they can be switched out easily. 

I have an area by my side of the bed with has a hook set up for fairy lights to be hung at any time that I want and it's absolutely amazing because when I want to feel extra cosy all I have to do is switch them on. If we were to get an at home projector for our bedroom, I feel like this would up the cosy factor even more! 

Cottage Core Bedroom Decor

Personal Touches 

At the end of the day, you won't feel as cosy in a bedroom that doesn't feel like your own, so making sure to add a personal touch here and there is key. I feel like that's the joy of 'cottage core' styling, it's all about how you interrupt it and it really enables you to get creative. I have hung my own pressed flowers in a frame on the wall as well as stacked my favourite books  and hung dried lavender from our Summer trip so I'm constantly surrounded by things that make me happy. If soft lightning feels more personal to you, then why not grab yourself a Himalayan Salt Lamp or if you want to get creative and, then how about making your own macrame plant holder like this kit from Etsy

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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

4 Things To Look Forward To This Spring

Spring brings us a lot of joy, the vibrant colours of freshly bloomed flowers, the fields full of lambs and the brighter, longer evenings. By the end of this month it'll sunset just before 8:30pm, so it's safe to say thats definitely something to feel a little happier about. Today I am sharing with you a handful of things that I'm looking forward to when it comes to the new season. 

The Blossoming Blooms 

I feel like Spring is waiting for us because aside from the snowdrops and daffodils, there aren't as many cherry blossom trees in full bloom where I live as there has been in previous years. One of my favourite thing about Spring is waiting for the flowers to come out and watching the season change. You've got Bluebells in April and Wisteria in May, on top of Magnolias and Rhododendrons making an appearance throughout too. I can't wait until the fields are a plush green and humming with the sound of tractors. 

No More Layers 

I'm quite a seasonal person, I love to see the positives and joy in every season that arrives. Autumn being my favourite, the jumpers and layers are welcomed with open arms, but by the time March arrives, I'm very ready to get them off and packed away again. Over the next few months, I shift my wardrobe the most, switching out the rust tones for pastels, long sleeves for short, the thought of leaving the house without a jacket is an absolute delight - although a little optimistic some would say. 

Seeing Family and Friends 

It's been an interesting (to say the least!) twelve months and not seeing my friends and family since before Christmas has been super hard. I am very excited to hopefully make the most of the sunny weather to have picnics and BBQ's outside hopefully full of smiles and laughs. 

Visiting New Places

I think the past year has thought me to really appreciate the places on my doorstep and although I'm very much looking forward to exploring the UK again, I'm just hoping that Spring allows me to explore further in my county and beyond. I've created a list of places to visit including country gardens, cute villages and castles fit for a princess - watch this space! 

What are you looking forward to this Spring? 

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Wednesday, 17 March 2021

10 Best Etsy Spring Shops

Spring Etsy Shops UK
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Over the last 12 months, I have spent more time in my house than I ever have and therefore I feel like I've put more time, money and effort into making it a space that I enjoy to look at. Etsy is also a website that I have really fallen in love recently, but with such an array of shops and pieces to find, it can be a little overwhelming, but I have put together a list of my top picks. 

I have been eyeing up the Lemon Printed Glass from John Lewis, but then I found this Peach and Cactus Glass Mugs and now I'm tempted by them. I think they'd look lovely on a Summer's day with ice cold water and chopped up fruit. Also to go in the kitchen I spotted these Linen Tea Towels and I've been looking for some good quality tea towels which very simple to look at and watch my kitchen aesthetic. 

I feel like tassel garlands are typically found in nurseries, but I don't think that should stop you from adding them to your own either. I think they add a little colour and texture to an area like on top of your bed or around a mirror. This Neutral Earth Toned Garland looks like such a gorgeous pick!

For more decorations, I have been eyeing up some new prints to scatter around the house. This Vintage Vegetables Illustration would look great in my kitchen. whilst this Celestial Boho Print would go very well with my bedroom theme.  

In my living room, I've been feeling like I need to add some new pieces as it's been a while. I want to add this cosy looking Tufted Cream Pouffe which not only looks great, but is practical too. On the walls, I think this Embroidered Mesh Hanging Decor would fill a space in my print wall that I have up in my living room. If that doesn't suit that area nicely, I feel like this Macrame Hanging Shelf would look amazing with a plant on! 

Coming away from Spring home decor, I also stumbled across some cute hair accessories for the upcoming months. The first one being the Daisy Hair Clip Set which would look so cute in dutch braids to keep my hair away from my face and the Strawberry Dream Bandana gives me all the cottage core vibes. 

Have you found any great Etsy finds recently? 

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Monday, 8 March 2021

Cottage Core Spring Outfits

Spring Outfits Cottage Core
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Spring finally feels like it's just around the corner and as I've been getting excited for the sunny days and longer evenings for some time now, I feel like I've built up quite the wardrobe wishlist. Over the next couple of seasons I'm looking at mostly floaty dresses, embroidered details and generally cute outfits to see me through and today I am sharing with you some of my favourite finds. 

I'm obsessed with looking at & Other Stories pieces because all of their dresses look absolutely perfect for Spring and Summer. This Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress is absolutely dreamy - I feel like it's something a modern day Cinderella would wear. This Ruffled Cotton Midi Dress is also high up on my list as well as this Frilled Embroidered Dress which I think would both fit well with a straw hat and sunflower field. 

H&M is another brand I have been absolutely loving. I'm coveting a lot of their pieces, but recently picked up this Puff Sleeve Dress which is honestly so dreamy if you're looking for a comfortable, yet cute dress. If you enjoy more prairie style dresses then this Satin Cream Dress may be the one for you, although I'm personally waiting for this Broderie Anglaise Dress comes back in stock soon. To finish the look, I picked up this Straw Hat with a gorgeous long ribbon - you can tie it around your neck and drape it around your face for a very 'cottage core' look. 

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Monday, 1 March 2021

5 Things On My March To-Do List

March To Do List 2021
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It feels like it's been a while since I checked in and even longer since I consistently blogged, but with everything going on, I haven't been motivated to update my blog in some time. I definitely feel like I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so I thought what better way of getting back into blogging than with a classic March to-do list post, where I share what are my goals for the next month. 

Start Spring Content

If there was a buzzword for Summer 2020 it would have been 'Cottagecore' and I absolutely fell in love. It incorporated everything I love about the warmer months and I finally found a style I coveted. If you do enjoy that sort of content and you already follow me on my other social media channels, then you'll be happy to hear that this is going to be a great influence in my upcoming Spring content that has actually already started to slowly start! 

Hunt Down Some Spring Flowers 

March wouldn't be the same without my annual mission of finding cherry blossom trees. I've already spotted a couple, but I can't wait until they are fully in bloom! Although we're a far way of wisteria and bluebells, it didn't hurt anybody to have a look anyway - especially towards the end of the month. 

Get Some New Houseplants 

I started my pursuit to being a green fingered goddess last year and started to fill my house with plants, which to my surprise, was a success. Over the Winter, some of those plants look like they've seen better days and many have sadly gone to houseplant heaven, but I'm determined to give them another shot. I'm currently eyeing up some houseplants shops on Etsy including Verdant Houseplants and Stupid Egg Interiors

Regularly Blog 

My last monthly to-do list was back in December, which says a lot about my blogging routine as of late. Although I'm regularly uploading on my Tik Tok and Instagram, my blog has taken a back seat as I've struggled to find the motivation. I want to rectify this and start upping my weekly blog posts again, so that I can share with you my beauty favourites and wardrobe finds. 

Find New Beauty Products 

Following on from my quest to blog more this March, I also want to try out some new beauty releases. It's been a while since I treated myself to anything new and I'm slowly running out on some of my favourites, so now feels like the perfect time. I'm thinking of opting for the Versed Cleansing Balm which has been on my wishlist for some time, but I'm also tempted to try out the Fresh Strawberry Face Wash as my skin is in dire need of some extra TLC and it also tends to react well to their products. If it's makeup I'll end up treating myself to, I think the Dior Forever Cushion Powder is dreamy - the packaging is absolutely divine! 

What's on your March to-do list? 

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Monday, 15 February 2021

Essie Treat Love and Colour

Essie Treat Love and Colour Nail Review

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Essie's nail polishes are some of my favourites and I recently added to my collection in the form of their new Treat, Love and Colour range which promises strength and colour in one bottle. I have four colours to review, so if that sounds like something you'd enjoy then read on. 

When the Essie parcel arrived, my eyes immediately wandered to the shade Final Stretch* which I would describe as a peachy nude. It's got a similar formula to the original Essie nail vanishes, but it does look a little more 'finished' almost looking like a gel nail vanish in appearance. It lasted a considerable amount of time on my nails despite doing gardening and baking, so it gets a thumbs up from me. 

At the moment, the shade Essie Take 10* probably doesn't suit my skin tone very well as I can look washed out, but I was so surprised with how opaque this shade went with two coats. If you enjoy a classic pink shade then this would be the perfect shade for you. 

If you want a slightly darker shade then Punch It Up* may be for you. It's still got that vibrant pink hue to it, but it has a gold running shimmer through it which makes it great if you're opting for a statement nail look. I personally think this is still a little too bright for me, but the gel type finish it super pretty (and looks a lot more expensive than it is!).

Out of the four nail vanish shades that got sent to me, it's the shade Berry Best* that disappointed me. In the bottle it looks like it could be a sister of Essie's Angora Cardi* and I was thrilled by the prospect, but unfortunately it just didn't deliver. It's a beautiful colour, but it just doesn't go opaque enough for me, but if you're still tempted, it'll be handy to know that the glossier looking finish means you can get away with no top coat if you'd like. 

I love an at-home manicure just as much as the next person, but if I'm honest I often skip the cuticle care and just go straight for a nail vanish and hand cream. When the Essie Apricot Nail and Cuticle Oil* arrived, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I find that it's a nice step to add to your routine especially if you suffer with dehydrated nails. 

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Monday, 8 February 2021

Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas

Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas

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Although it's still very much Winter (the snow is just proving that!), Valentine's Day offers the opportunity to have an early slice of Spring with big rose bouquets and floaty dresses. Despite Valentine's Day being a little different this year, love heart prints and everything pink is still welcomed in my February wardrobe. If you're similar to myself then I hope this post will offer up some inspiration and give you ideas on what to add to your wishlist. 

Monki is one of my favourite brands when I'm looking for some seasonal pieces and this Heart Print Collar is high up on my to-buy list. I think it'd look cute all year round to spruce up some of my jumpers and it would look cute for v-day too! Another Monki top pick is this Scarf Scrunchie which is totally a Spring and Summer vibe - plus practical too.

I think we can all agree a lot of us will be swapping the little black dress out for cosy pyjamas this February 14th and I think this Couture Club Cloud PJ's are absolutely adorable. This print seems to be all the rage at the moment and I think it'd be a great choice for those who aren't a fan of hearts. 

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Saturday, 6 February 2021

5 Things To Do This Valentine's Day

Things To Do Valentine's Day
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Valentine's Day may be a little while yet, but seeing as most of us will be spending it inside this year, I thought I would share some of my ideas of what to do. I've personally started celebrating the month of love pretty early as I thought we all need a little extra love in our life at the moment, so I hope you enjoy this post and get some good ideas for the 14th too!

Remember a card and present 

A gift and a card definitely isn't a necessity if you're celebrating Valentine's Day, you may choose to get one anyway. I always find edible gifts a good idea, but there's many other homemade gifts that would go down a treat. Think a jar full of date night ideas so neither of you ever have to think of one again or maybe put together a hamper full of their favourite things. 

Of course there are more classic gift ideas like a Personalised Constellation Map or this adorable Space Themed Glass Message Bottle which I think are both adorable depending on the vibe you're going for. 

Make a fort to watch a film 

With restaurants being off the menu (excuse the pun!) this year, I think many of us will be turning to a takeaway and a film this year. Why not make it extra special by making a pillow and duvet forte with added fairy lights and decorations to snuggle up in to. Although pyjamas is definitely favoured, why not use it as an excuse to dress up as well - I know I will be in this Unique Vintage Red Off Shoulder Dress*

Have a candle lit dinner (or takeaway!)

If fort aren't your forte (I'll stop now...), then why not go for the classic - a candle lit dinner! Pick your partners favourite meal to cook or takeaway to have and have a night away from your phone. I would personally through in a couple of games into a night like this for some quality time away together. 

Think About Celebrating Galentine's Day 

What's Galentine's Day? Only the best day of the year. Why not use the 13th to share the love a little. Check in on your friends, maybe bake them a cake or send them a card. Set up a zoom call and play a couple of games too! 

Make Everything Heart Shaped 

The simplest and probably favourite thing to do in the run up to Valentine's Day is make everything heart shaped. I think the supermarket have clocked onto this trend as many places do heart shaped pizza and even food like crumpets and pancakes. I definitely think doughnuts and waffles would look great too - can you sense a theme? 

What are you doing this Valentine's Day? 
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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Amazon Valentine's Day Home Decorations

Amazon Valentine's Day Home Decorations
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The month of love is here! As a lover of all seasonal events, I thought I would take it upon myself and decorate a little early, what better was to brighten the dull Winter days. Today I have put together my favourite Amazon Valentine's Day picks - think all things heart shaped, pink, sequins and red everything! If that sounds like you, then read on...

One of the items on my wishlist that I knew I had to get was a Heart Shaped Banner, not only would they look cute doted around my home, they could also be used as props for photoshoot too. I do think I need another set though and this Red Heart Garland looks like it'd be great as well! Another item I bought with my Instagram in mind was a Faux Rose Vine Garland that I have draped around my standing mirror for an ultimate Disney princess vibe. 

Next up, I wanted a few items that could create an ambience and these Heart Tea Lights were just too adorable. I actually picked these up last year and got a lot of use out of them. Just perfect for creating a Valentine's Day date night or a romantic feeling bath! The next item isn't quite as understated, but I think it's still fantastic and that's the Valentine Neon Wall Light. I can't believe how adorable it is and it would totally look cute all year round if you have other quirky home decor. 

If candles and bold neon lights aren't your thing, then you may be more inclined to try fairylights. I love any excuse to get my cosy on, so I feel like these Rose Fairy Lights or this Heart Shaped Option would be two great ways to get the atmosphere. 

Lastly, I wanted to talk about balloons. Definitely not a necessity and for many it won't be one you'd even considered for February 14th, but I personally love them. Although I've got the classic red ones, I can't help but swoon over these Heart Shaped Balloons with Confetti - I just think they're a great way to be super extra on Valentine's. 

Have you spotted any cute Valentine's Day home decor lately? 
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Friday, 22 January 2021

Cottagecore Baking Essentials

cottage core kitchen baking

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'Cottagecore' has taken over the internet over the past year and if you follow me on Instagram or Tik Tok, then you'll know that I've incorporated this cosy, wholesome trend into my life too. The floaty dreamy dresses definitely entice you in, but it may be the baking videos that suck you in further. It's really helped me rekindle the love for baking, but if you're unsure on where to buy the baking essentials, then I've got just the blog post for you. 

A mixing bowl is the best place to start as you tend to use this in all of your bakes one way or another. This Mixing Bowl with a handle is perfect as it means you have more grip on what you're doing and if you're making a heavy loaf of bread, you're less likely to drop it when transporting it to your warm place to rise. 

Whether you're opting for a Retro Sage Scales or Bee Hive Measuring Cups, having some way of measuring out your ingredients is definitely up there with the essentials for baking. It's easy to convert recipes into your preferred measurements, but it all comes down to what you feel more comfortable using. 

I've wanted a Floral Baking Dish for the longest time, but I've struggled to find one that I liked until I came across this one. I imagine myself making a large apple pie amongst many other delicious treats. Although not necessary at all, I've been lusting after a Ceramic Cheese Baker as I think it looks adorable and can be used for other things as well as camembert. 

Talking of tasty bakes, I think these Edible Flowers, although are not essential, definitely would come in handy when you're making a cake or cookies for an cute Spring spin! 

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Monday, 18 January 2021

TV Shows I've Watched This January

Netflix January 2021 TV Shows

January has been pretty slow and I've enjoyed nothing more than to settle down at the end of the day with a cup of tea and a new TV show to watch. With so many streaming sites and new releases to choose from, I know how hard it can be to narrow down your selection, so I thought I'd share four TV shows that I've watched recently to give you some inspiration. 

Queen's Gambit | When I first suggested we watched a TV show about chess, I wasn't welcomed with an excited response, but after swearing that people raved about it, we put it on. After the first episode I was hooked, it made me laugh, cry and get angry - an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. I absolutely loved the characters and the way to the story unfolded, it never felt slow and had me gripped until the very end. 

The Night Stalker | I recently saw on Instagram a post saying "I've just turned off the news and put on a serial killer documentary to relax" and if this doesn't sum up this next find then I don't know what will. This docuseries is about the famous 'Night Stalker' serial killer and although at times it felt rushed and I almost thought it needed an extra episode, it definitely made me consider getting another lock for the front door. 

Bridgerton | If you haven't heard of Bridgerton yet, then you've probably been living under a rock. Everyone is listening to the classical renditions of pop songs they play throughout the TV series (genius!) and dressing like they're from the regency era with low necklines puffy sleeves. Post- Christmas this way a great series to cleanse my palate and just escape into this storyline. It took a couple of episodes to get into it and remember everyone's names, but after that I was hooked.

The Serpent | We tried to savour this series for as long as possible, but we just couldn't hold out and binge watched it in a couple of days. This gripping BBC drama is based on a true story and if you're a true crime fan like myself, then you may be familiar with the case of Charles Sobhraj. If you're not aware of it, then I'd recommend going straight in with the series as it's a great telling and will leave you at the edge of your seat. The 70's outfits also makes me want to overhaul my wardrobe! 

What TV shows have you been watching lately? 
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Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Dark Academia Outfit Ideas

dark academia outfit
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The dark academia fashion trend was all the rage last year and it's looking like it's not going anywhere anytime soon. I personally love it as it incorporates all the brown and forest green tones that I love alongside check and houndstooth prints that are easy to mix and match. Here are some dark academia outfit inspiration if you're looking to embrace the trend this year. 

A Check Skirt + Jumper | This classic combination is effortlessly stylish and you'll find it all over Pinterest when looking for inspiration. If you opt for a darker check print on the bottom, you can easily mix and match jumpers for a variety of different looks. 

Brown Trench Coat | I'm yet to pick up a classic trench coat, but it does feel like my wardrobe is ready for one. It's a great way to keep an outfit looking chic and if you go for a black or brown option, it can easily be worn with a range of outfits. 

Add A Beret and Satchel | You probably already know that I love a hat and I think you can't go wrong with a beret. I've been matching mine with my handbag which is often a brown satchel bag big enough to fit your calligraphy kit and books - all the dark academia essentials. 

Below I have put together some of my favourite finds. I wanted to choose items that can be layered for Winter, but could be worn once the weather starts to get warmer (wishful thinking) and that will still be on-trend come Autumn 2021. 

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Monday, 11 January 2021

3 Creative Hobbies To Take Up

Creative Hobbies To Take Up Lockdown

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With a little bit more extra time on my hands and a New Year's goal to fulfil, I set off at the start of the January on a quest to find myself some new hobbies. Tasked with finding a hobby that can be done indoors and last longer than a couple of hours, I scoured the internet (and Etsy!) for ideas and here are the three activities that I've been doing recently. 

Learning The Art of Calligraphy 

I've been meaning to try my hand at calligraphy for many years now and I thought whilst I'm spending a lot more time indoors, now would be the perfect time to start. I picked up the Alice Gabb Calligraphy Kit and got started straight away. It's great for when you want to take your mind off any stress and lose yourself in writing for a couple of hours. It certainly takes a lot of practice and I'm far more perfect yet, but I hope to continue in the Winter months ahead. 

Starting Simple With Beeswax Candles 

I saw Jesca.Her on Tik Tok share a video on beeswax candles and as it looked super easy and not messy at all, I thought I'd give it a go myself. I bought these beeswax sheets and wick and got started. All you have to do is measure the wick, secure it and then roll the sheets up into whatever design you'd like. Super easy and it's got me wondering if I could create some other candles with this soy candle kit. 

Losing Myself In Embroidery 

Picking up embroidery as a hobby last year was one of my highlights, losing hours sewing away and creating my own designs. It's honestly done wonders for my creativity as I've learnt that I do have the talent to put my visions down on material. I started with a Beginner Embroidery Set to get started with the basics and then went onto buy my own thread kit.

Have you taken up any hobbies recently? 

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Monday, 4 January 2021

A Plan For The New Year + 4 Goals For 2021

New Year 2021 Goals

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Just like many others, I was more than happy to see the back of 2020 and after taking a well earned rest over the Christmas period, I'm back feeling refreshed and more motivated than ever. Even though I've shunned the idea of resolutions, I still want to reflect on the past year and share goals for the months ahead. 

Taking up new hobbies 

One of the positives that came out of 2020 was that I took more time for myself and this is a mantra I wanted to take into the New Year with me. I can't tell you how long I've wanted to take up calligraphy and I finally bit the bullet and ordered myself a calligraphy beginners kit the other day. I'm looking forward to wasting hours away on my new hobby, but there's still lots of other things I'd love to take up like candle making (using this candle making kit) and even getting myself a wax seal stamp set so I can act like I'm in a period drama - anybody wanted Bridgerton yet?  

Learn and Let Go

I went into 2020 with many expectations as to what the new year and new decade had to offer and a mere twelve months later, all those expectations had well and truly disappeared. Travelling was off the cards and any social activities I had planned were cancelled; the year didn't go to plan and I initially felt lost. I mourned the time lost with loved ones and potential "what if's" and quickly (to my surprise) learnt how resilient I am to scary changes over the year. 

The year was a rollercoaster to say the least and although I gave myself personal goals throughout the year to keep me motivated, I learnt that it's okay to just make it through. On the positive side, it did allow me the time to sit and work on myself, realise my priorities and reflect on the past. I got to work on my creative side, working on side projects that have grown me as a personal, plus reaching some career goals that I never knew were possible. 

Continue on my fashion journey  

Although last year certainly had it's highs and lows, I think I had an epiphany in regards to my personal style. I had the mentality of "if I'm not going to wear this on my daily walk or the trip to the supermarket, when am I going to wear it?" which made me pluck up the courage to wear whatever outfit I please. My confidence grew and over the course of the year, I developed my sense of style even further. 

I think I've always had a broad range of fashion, some days I will opt for an all black outfit and others I will be head to toe in plaid looking like I've stepped directly off the Hogwarts Express. Jeans are a thing of the past and I've embraced that extra comfort of an elasticated waist band, my wardrobe doesn't have a theme and you certainly wouldn't look at it and think curated, but it's looks more like 'me' everyday and I hope to continue that way of thinking into 2021.

Stay active 

This year made me realise that I quite like staying active, getting outside and breathing in the fresh air. Earlier in March and throughout Summer, I tried to get out in the sunshine as often as I could, never taking a daily walk for granted again. I learnt that I quite like exercise not just for personal results, but because of the way it made my mind feel. I experimented with exercises, taking up yoga at sunset and weights to feel strong, never forcing myself through a workout and always wanting exercise to feel like pleasure rather than a chore. This mentality changed the way I looked at exercising and I'll be sure to carry this idea throughout the next twelve months too.

What are your goals for the new year? 
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