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Friday, 14 September 2018

Fashion | Wedding Guest Outfit - The Maternity Edition With Maya At Asos

I've spoken previously about how I've struggled accepting my new pregnancy body - Unfortunately hand in hand with that comes the battle to find clothing which a) fits your new spherical body and b) looks good on said spherical body... Now this is difficult at the best of times, but when it comes to finding something Wedding guest appropriate, flaming nora, now that's an ordeal! And one I'm thankfully not going to go through again during this pregnancy. Praise the lord!
You want to be comfortable, but you don't want to look like a tied up sack of spuds.
You want to embrace your new body, but you don't want to be that pregnant lady.

(By 'that pregnant lady' I mean the type who chat pregnancy non stop, the ones who yabber on 24/7 about it being the most amazing thing in the world... Yes it's amazing Karen and it's a wonderful thing to experience, but there's more to you than the baby inside of you, come on!)

There's a great deal to think about when it comes to the mater of finding something to squeeze your pregnant ass into for a wedding. I struggled for a long time. I'm talking months, not weeks, months, much to the annoyance of my other half!

I looked online, I never actually went into any shops (that's a whole other ramble for another day, maybe I'll write a blog post on that too) and eventually decided on a sage green Maya embellished number from ASOS. I'd never heard of the brand Maya before but I wish I'd known about them before my wedding because there's some beautiful bridesmaid appropriate dresses on there - In fact when we were checking into the hotel I got mistaken for one of the bridesmaids because my dress was so nice. Eeek! That was a lovely little confidence boost especially since I'd been feeling a bit down in the dumps.

To say this dress spoke to me would be the understatement of the century. My husband never heard the end of it, after weeks of searching and nothing even sparking the slightest bit of interest I fell hook line and sinker for this baby... Until it went out of stock... Then it came back into stock but didn't fit, but third time lucky this piece of sage green wonderfulness was mine!

To quote Theodore Roosevelt 'Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain & difficulty.' And if that isn't the over statement of the century than I don't know what is... But you get the jist!

Everything about it is perfect & on the day I felt like a force to be reckoned with, which again after feeling not so great about myself was a wonderful feeling. I was comfortable, I felt super girly and like the dress flattered my new figure perfectly. It was an absolute dream to wear & one I'll continue to wear post-pregnancy. I think the cut and the materials will work amazingly well when babys here & I've hopefully got my body back. I'm hoping I'm going to be one of those women whos' body magically pings back into place once the baby's born. #PrayForClaire

PS. The heels admittedly didn't last half as long as the dress did, but that's not the point. Haha.

Heels - Kurt Geiger*
Dan's suit - River Island
Dan's Shoes - Debenhams

Have you or are you finding it difficult dressing your pregnant body?

Claire. X

Have you read my other posts?
Lifestyle | Adjusting to my pregnancy body
Lifestyle | Finding the perfect wedding dress
Lifestyle | The first trimester
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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Lifestyle | Adjusting To My Pregnancy Body

If you told past Claire that in 2018 she'd be married with a baby on the way, she'd never have believed you... Maybe not even in a million years. Granted of course the marriage part was planned, but the pregnancy part, well I thought it was never going to happen for us.

I came off the pill January 2015 so my hopes for us falling pregnant naturally were lessening more and more as the years went by. I'm telling you that first in the hope you can appreciate my anguish before I spill the tea on how I'm really feeling about my new pregnancy body.

Because I was in two minds about whether to write this post or not - I understand it's a sensitive issue.
Hand on heart I've never been 100% body confident... I don't know how many of us really are. If you are I commend you, and I for one am bloody well jealous of you. I spoke a little while ago about my body hang ups, which looking back now at my insecurities feel like a world away from where I am now... Truth is when I look at the person staring back at me in the mirror, she has a body I don't recognise. What's happening to me is such an amazing and beautiful process, but at the same time it's the most bizarre, mind boggling thing.

Pregnancy is weird!

The physical changes and how the way I view my body changing has been a bit of a roller coaster for me over the last 25 weeks. The angel on one shoulder tells me pregnancy is an amazing thing & I should be grateful (which I really really am) whereas the devil on the other fills me with questions and self doubt. Truth is I've always been slim & have had the same body shape & weight for probably the last ten years or so... You could say I'd gotten comfy with my body & who I was - I'd accepted who I was & what I looked like.

I've found adjusting to the changes quite hard.

My ever expanding stomach is becoming heavier and heavier as the days go by. You can often find me grunting away trying to get comfy, and trust me, it takes me a while to get comfortable these days, even more so on an evening. Dan goes mad, come 8 o'clock I literally can't sit still, he thinks it's annoying for him, but for me it's ten times worse.
I'm struggling with dizziness and feeling light headed - I've spoken to a few people about this who believe what I'm suffering from is low blood pressure, something I'm going to ask my midwife about later on today actually. I find my dizziness is heightened if I'm busying myself or doing too much, a sign I know that my body is doing more than what it should be. I've found adjusting to what my body can't do anymore, to be really difficult.
The change I'm most surprised by is my fitness levels: I've never been massively into the gym or fitness, but I eat well & am out walking with Willow every day so I'd like to think I do my bit, albeit not much but still. What usually would be a half an hour walk around the park now takes at least 45 minutes and when we get back I am absolutely 100% shattered! Speaking which, I'm so tired in general these days! I was reading that tiredness supposedly wears off during the second trimester, however for me I feel like this isn't the case.

In the grand scheme of things if tiredness is one of my only pregnancy symptoms, I think I've gotten off pretty lightly! But the body I have now isn't one I recognise & I think it's that which weirds me out.
So how have I been trying to overcome my new pregnancy body hang ups?

Putting myself in others shoes - Never in a million years have I looked at another pregnant person and thought it was anything other than amazing! Over the last six months I've found a new respect for pregnancy & the changes a persons body goes through so I've been trying to give myself the mindset that what's happening to me actually is amazing... Which it most definitely is!
We've also been photographing & documenting how my body has changed over the last 25 weeks. We're hoping to make a time lapse style video when baby's here & I can't wait to see the end result. Both the video & baby!
And finally it goes without saying that talking to other people about how you're feeling is amazing. Honesty is the best policy & reaching out, speaking to others who may or may not be feeling the same works wonders. It's amazing to know that you're not alone. And that's the main reason I'm writing this blog post.

At the moment I view my body as more of a vessel for our baby, it's just doing the job it needs to do for nine months & although I don't quite feel like myself, I'm 100% aware of how lucky I am to be experiencing this feeling. I can't help but feel guilty for feeling the way I do about myself - It's a really difficult one to explain & one I hope I've conveyed well and not rambled too much about.

Have you ever felt the same as me during pregnancy?

Claire. X

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Lifestyle | Finding the perfect wedding dress.


If you saw my Pinterest board of bridal gowns, you'll be sure to see that I had a very clear idea of what I wanted when it came to finding the perfect wedding dress.

When I was younger I'd never particularly dreamed of getting married, I was never one of those girls who envisages what her wedding dress will look like or fantasises about that special day. It's just not me. 

All I can say is that when it comes to dresses I know what style looks good on me, what I'm feel confident in & what is, and inevitably what is & isn't comfortable.

My three wedding dress credentials.

Long sleeves.
Having a dress with long sleeves was my main priority when it came to finding the perfect wedding dress. Even though I'm relatively slim, I really have a dislike when it comes to the tops of my arms. You may think I sound silly, but in my eyes the tops of my arms aren't the prettiest of things, they're big, have a bit too much excess bingo-ness (if you know what I mean) and generally I just don't feel confident showing them off, so if I can cover them up I blooming well will.
White.
I wanted my wedding dress to be white. A few friends made a joke about this as white is seen as a pure colour, and lets just say I'm not the purest of gals, heck we fell pregnant a few months before we got wed. Talk about shotgun wedding. Ooops. That's a joke btw if you didn't realise - The wedding was planned a good year and a half before baby appeared. Funnily enough though, I did actually try a blush pink dress on & it was absolutely beautiful, but in my eyes nothing beats a bright white wedding dress.
Lace.
And my third credential was lace - Isn't lace just the prettiest thing, when it's not on your Grandmas net curtains that is. On a wedding dress I think it's just beautiful, I love the traditional look & knew from the get go that even though it'd be slightly bulkier I'd feel much more comfortable in lace than I would satin or tulle.

 It pays to do your research.

The best advice I could give to anyone on the search for their perfect wedding dress would be to research, research, research... Until you've found your dream dress, then 100% stop. Cut all ties!
I'd set up my Pinterest board quite early on and found this was a brilliant way to dip my toes in the water of finding the perfect wedding dress as it's a treasure trove for inspiration.
I'd also began researching local bridal stores, luckily for me I had a fair amount of choice. Unfortunately something I noticed when researching is that finding a wedding dress store online which showed prices was an absolute rarity. Call me stingy, but I'd quite like to know what I'm getting myself into before traipsing down to a bridal shop. I would absolutely hate to fall in love with a dress to find out it would cost me £1500+ which unfortunately just wasn't feasible for me.
This was where I found Wed2B.

Wed2B.

There were two things which initially made me fall in love with Wed2B. One being their tag line 'luxury wedding dresses from £99-£699' and the other being that their website is an absolute dream to navigate. Now I realise that sounds extremely geeky but the amount of bridal websites I'd been on previously that I just couldn't figure out how to use is insane.

We popped into our local Wed2B store, which really handily for me is 10-15 minute drive away from where I live. We were greeted straight away and instructed as to how the store works. It's an off the peg type system and all dresses were arranged in size order making the selection process the easiest thing in the world.

I tried on three dresses in total, the Alberta, the Fearne & finally the Sophia, all of which were beautiful in their own way, but it was the latter than won for me. As soon as I tried on the Sophia it fit me absolutely perfectly, gave me the most banging figure & I felt like an absolute princess in it. There were no tears, which I expected, but it's true when they say when you know you know.

I'd decided to do a little bit of accessorising with my Sophia dress & chose to add a lace neckline to it, I did so by using an embellished belt, which if I didn't add images to this post, I'm sure you'd think would look totally bizarre. But after taking the dress & accompanying bits and pieces to a seamstress I'm so glad I went for it. Adding the neckline gave my dress more of a bardot type feel to it & I am all for a bit of bardot.


What was it like wearing a wedding dress all day?

Let me be honest here... I wore my wedding dress up until about 8.00pm. Reason being that at this point I was 8 weeks pregnant & the bloating at this point was SO real, I couldn't possibly squeeze my ever expanding frame into my size 8 dress all day.

Up until this point though my dress was the most comfortable thing in the world! I honestly couldn't recommend it enough... At this point I should mention that when you're trying on dresses to do plenty of lunges in it, sit down in your dress, do a couple of spins. You catch my drift. You may look silly, but that way you can ensure you're going to be 100% comfortable on the day. I also wore my wedding dress on a few occasions on the run up to the big day, only for half an hour or so, not to go to the local shops or anything, but this was more to do with making sure the dress still fit me & was going to be suitable for the day.

I'm glad I did this as I'd have hated to have felt even the slight bit uncomfortable during my wedding. I'd imagine it would take away from the magicalness of the whole day & that my brain would be constantly thinking about how uncomfortable I was feeling.


So that's my dress, which undoubtedly looks even better in these images by Rebecca Sturdy. I absolutely loved wearing it, and would 100% pick this dress & do our wedding over and over again.

Do you dream of getting married? What do you imagine your wedding dress to look like?


Claire. X


Have you read my previous posts?
Lifestyle | The first trimester.
Fashion | Feeling body confident with Tobi.
Fashion | Finding fun in fashion.

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Friday, 6 July 2018

Lifestyle | The first trimester

The news is finally out!.. This week I revealed (after what's felt like a lifetime) on my Instagram that I am in fact currently 16 weeks pregnant. Eeeek!

We'd been trying for a baby for quite some time now, so when I saw those two blue lines pop up on the pregnancy test, I couldn't quite believe it. So much so I took an extra test just to be sure. Little did I know that this would be test two of six! Yes, you better believe it! I'd taken the (first two) tests mid afternoon and I remember those three or four hours I had to wait for Dan getting in from work being torture!

Because you can't tell your significant other that your pregnant via text can you? Imagine that!

Dan was having a particularly shitty day at work that day & came home in such a foul mood. It was amazing to see the roller coaster of emotions he was going to go through over the next ten minutes. I felt particularly giddy knowing something he didn't! Dan was in as much shock as I was! He kept asking me 'how?' as if that was even a real question. Funnily enough when Dan proposed I didn't answer with a 'yes' straight away, my response to him was 'how?'... Seems we're both as bad as each other right?

At this point we'd calculated me being around 6 weeks pregnant, and funnily enough was already showing signs and symptoms of pregnancy, only I didn't think of them to be anywhere near baby related. The thing is, is I'd been taking medication to delay my period because of all days my next period was due on my wedding day. So I'd put the symptoms being down to the medication I was taking, never in a million years did I think I'd be pregnant. And whether these tablets had anything to do with us conceiving who knows? I was later told by my midwife that she'd taken the exact same tablets to help her and her husband have a baby through IVF. Maybe it's coincidence, maybe it was our time, maybe we were just lucky, who knows?

The symptoms.

My first two initial symptoms were breast tenderness & bloating, both of which we're probably about as uncomfortable and annoying as each other.
Even at six weeks pregnant my boobs had already gone up a full cup size, which for someone like me in the itty-bitty-tittie-committee, you'd think would be a god send, but in reality was an absolute pain in the arse. My boobs were spilling over the top of my bras, giving me that ever so desirable (not) four boobs look. Truth be told, they're still massive (for me anyway) and although the tenderness has gone down quite considerably, what I've noticed is they don't look like my boobs any more - Gone are  the days of the small and perkies, these are definitely the boobs of a pregnant lady now!
Luckily the bloating has decreased now too, I still get it every now and again, but the beginning ten weeks or so my stomach had ballooned so much and was so so painful, I already looked much more pregnant than I should have done at that stage. Strangely enough the bloating would get worse during the day, I'd start the day fitting into my jeans and then by mid afternoon I'd have to undo a few buttons or change completely into something more comfortable... Elasticated waistbands have quickly become my saviors.

Something I'm always asked about it sickness. During my first trimester I'd vomited only a handful of times, and counted myself as being very lucky, especially when I'd realised some ladies are sick each day. Something I have however struggled with especially towards the end of my first trimester is tiredness. For the last six-eight weeks I've noticed my body has slowed down massively. I can barely take Willow on a half hour walk anymore without getting tired. It's just the most bizarre feeling. Not saying I'm the fittest person in the world, I'm far from it, but my bodys ability pre-pregnancy compared to now is two totally different things.

The midwife appointment & scan.

Booking my first midwife appointment was certainly hard work. I find getting a doctors appointment difficult at the best of times, but this particular appointment was the most frustrating. Once I'd actually gotten through and spoken to someone I wasn't able to see a midwife for another five weeks, which would put me at ten weeks pregnant. With this being our first baby and with neither of us having a clue what we were getting ourselves into we thought this was a particularly long time to wait. Funnily enough though this appointment was more of a formality. I was given my pregnancy folder which would hold all of my notes in as well as countless leaflets and bits of information about everything you could possibly think of to do with pregnancy. At this point I'd also have my bloods taken, something I was absolutely papping myself over, but actually wasn't all that bad.

A few days after my initial appointment I received a letter through the post (my first addressed to Mrs Chircop might I add) inviting Dan & I to go for our first scan a few weeks later.

We had our first scan at 13 weeks and if I told you I cried like a baby, it still wouldn't put into perspective how emotional I was. I was quite cool calm and collected the days running up to the scan, however that morning I was a nervous wreck. I'd worked myself up so much on the drive to the hospital, thinking something would be wrong, or that I wouldn't even be pregnant at all (after six tests wtf) that when the midwife told us everything looked perfectly normal with our baby I was overcome with relief.

We were amazed to see how much our baby actually looked like a baby even at that early stage. It was just the most magical thing!

Who we told & when?

Dan & I were very cautious when it came to telling people I was pregnant. We didn't want to jinx anything, and were both very aware of the risk factors with regards to miscarriages in the early stages. The percentages when it comes to miscarriage are much more likely than you think, so we'd kept the news between the two of us for quite some weeks. Our parents were told, just before the wedding. This was more to do with the fact that I may need help disguising any sickness, tiredness or simply to take one for the team & drink anything alcoholic that was given to me. Unfortunately for them, I needn't have worried! I'd told my managers at work early on as I didn't want to be doing anything physical at work that I shouldn't have been doing, and instead of having one longer break I could split this into two to give me more chance to rest, recuperate and eat.
It was only after the 12 week scan and we got the all clear that we told the rest of our families, who were of course over the moon, and surprised we'd managed to hide it for such a long time! And then as I've said, It's only this week we've publicly announced the pregnancy, albeit probably a little later than most, but with coming back from our honeymoon the timing just felt right!

What next?

We have our next few appointments booked in, one to see the midwife at 25 weeks & the other our 20 week scan where we will find out if we're having a little boy or a little girl. Dan & I are 100% going to find out if we'll be having a Phoebe or a Phoebo, whether I divulge this information on the blog, I'm not sure yet. As much as I display my life online, there are certain elements I'd like to keep private. We may do a gender reveal, we may not. Who knows.
We're also going to start buying some baby bits and bobs. Dan bought a baby-grow and bib set last month for us, but that's about as far as we've got so far. As exciting as it is, we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves. We'll more than likely start buying after our 20 week scan.
I'm hoping to feel some movement in the next month or so from baby. At this present moment, the thought of it freaks me out slightly, but I know when I do eventually feel the baby move it'll be magical.
Names! We're trying not to think about names too much at the moment until we find out what we're having. The way me & Dan are though I can imagine it taking us absolutely ages to settle on something! Good job we've got until the end of the year to decide!

So there we have it. News I didn't think I'd be sharing with the internet, but news we're absolutely over the moon with!

I also just wanted to mention that it's amazing having some other pregnant blogger babes to follow such as Carly Rowena & Jemma from Dorkface making this journey feel much more comfortable - The internet really is a wonderful place!

Any advice for a first time expectant mum?


Claire. X


Have you read my previous posts?
Fashion | Feeling body confident with Tobi
Fashion | Finding fun in fashion
Lifestyle | A few daft goals for 2018
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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Fashion | Feeling body confident with Tobi

In my previous blog post finding fun in fashion I spoke about how I felt like I'd lost my way when it comes to clothing, and was rather uninspired with my wardrobe. One of my goals to spice up my wardrobe was to experiment more with clothing, step outside my comfort zone and explore what the big old world of retail has to offer.

And for me, that's when Tobi stepped in. The LA based online retail destination claim to fuse together West Coast style with a laid back attitude, which I thought sounded totally dreamy. After perusing the website I didn't personally catch any of the West Coast vibes, but what I did notice straight away was the absolutely huge array of different clothing styles, pieces and trends. I was blown away. I don't know about you but I quite often find myself trying to think up new online retailers, not because the others aren't making the cut, but because I want to try something different, and Tobi absolutely hit the spot!

Anyway, back to experimenting with fashion. Something I've always been wary of and steered clear of it cut out backs. Tops, Jumpers, Dresses, you name it, if it's got a cut out back, I'm not wearing it, and there's one (actually two I suppose) reason for that. My boobs! I wouldn't say I hate them, it's not that extreme, but I really really quite dislike my boobs. I have to wear a bra, otherwise it looks like there's nothing there, my chest is very much like the white cliffs of Dover.... Flat. And while that may be a godsend to some, for me it's always something that's bothered me... We always wan't what we can't have right?

Because of this I've always put those cute cut out tops back on the hangers, totally dismissed anything that doesn't allow me to wear a bra and have skirted around the idea of ever owning anything like I'm going to show you. What a terrible existence right? Well this is where it's stopping. I'm embracing what I have and don't have and experimenting with cut out backs! Eeek.

Let's get the scariest one out of the way with first shall we. There is absolutely, categorically, 100% no chance of wearing a bra with this jumpsuit, and the thought of that terrifies me. Balancing out the fear however is the fact this this jumpsuit is probably the prettiest thing in my wardrobe! I love the harness detailing across the bust which crosses over the back in the most delicate, girly way. It's without doubt the most revealing thing in my wardrobe, and it's definitely made me grow some balls wearing it, but I don't actually find it too risque when it's on. I think it's because the wide legs of the bottom half counteracts the revealing top half. If the legs were a skinny, cigarette style trouser It'd feel quite cat suit like and I don't think I'd be half as confident wearing it
If I'm honest, I actually feel amazing in this jumpsuit. Never in a million years did I think I'd be saying it, but I actually feel really good. I feel powerful, and like I've got my shit together. 
PS. I don't have my shit together!
Because of the dark rose block colour from the jumpsuit I've opted for my ever faithful nude pink clutch and a par of neutral sandals. This look would be fab for a night out having cocktails with the girls, using plenty of tit tape might I add, but I also think it'd be perfect for a more casual holiday look too. Imagine this with an over sized straw beach bag, some tassel earrings and a pair of gold sandals. Eeek! It's got me all excited for our non existent holiday just thinking about it.



Jumpsuit - Tobi*
Clutch - Miss Selfridge
Flower Crown - Ebay

Mila back tie olive jumpsuit.
Another wide leg beauty! I love the silhouette a wide leg trouser gives which is why I opted for the mila from Tobi, and in this beaut khaki shade too, I actually couldn't say no. Even though again with this I'd have to go bra-less I was much less apprehensive going in with this one because it less 'booby' than the previous. I knew I was going to feel much more confident in this one, but it was only putting it on and wearing the piece throughout the day that I feel 100% in love with it. It's such a flattering fit, sucking me in on the waist and elongating the leg with the flared trousers. I just love it! I didn't even think once about being self conscious chest wise. 
I don't think it happens very often, but I've found something in the Mila jumpsuit which makes me feel so casually confident in myself.
I've worn it here in a casual way with a basic white tee underneath, a pair of white Vans and an over sized aviator thrown over the top, however I'm planning on wearing this for a wedding next month on it's own with some gold sandals and a glitzy gold clutch. The whole point of experimenting with fashion is picking up dual purpose pieces which I feel like I've definitely achieved with this amazing jumpsuit.



Aviator - River Island
Jumpsuit - Tobi*
Tee - Primark
Bag - Primark
Shoes - Vans

Darla black shift dress.
When was the last time you saw me in a dress? I can't actually remember. And that's why I picked out this black shift dress from Tobi. I chose this style because it's quite a casual dress and if I'm going to start anywhere, I feel like this piece is the right place. The cut out dress struck me as more of a summer piece, but one that could be easily layered with knits or basic tees underneath. Again another dual purpose clothing item. Winner winner chicken dinner.
That being said, I found this piece to be the most difficult when it came to feeling body positive, especially when worn without anything underneath. I really didn't feel like a 10 out of 10 when wearing it, that was until I wore something underneath. Reason being, as well as my chest I struggle with the tops of my arms, and I think the way this dress is cut, accentuated all of my arm insecurities. However!... With my khaki basic tee on underneath, I felt ready to take on whatever the beast from the East had to throw at me!.. With my over sized camel coat on anyway!



Dress - Tobi*
Tee - River Island
Coat - Missguided
Bag - New Look
Boots - Topshop

So what have I learnt from experimenting with clothing? Well there's only one thing really, and that's to bloody well go for it! It can be daunting, scary even, but you never know if you don't try. Don't get me wrong I've not suddenly quadrupled in confidence because of these clothing items, but It's certainly opened my eyes to reinventing my wardrobe and experimenting and embracing what I've got. 

Is there any clothing styles you steer clear of?

Claire. X

The three clothing pieces from Tobi were sent to me for review purposes - All opinions are of course 100% my own.
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Monday, 12 February 2018

FASHION | Finding Fun in Fashion

If you're a long time reader of this little website of mine, you'll know it first started life as a fashion blog... But let me tell you, oh how the times have changed. Maybe it's my age, maybe it's this blog, maybe my priorities have changed, who knows?. But over the last year or so I've lost all interest in fashion... And I'm not okay with that!
Let's start at the beginning. As a teenager (I'm not prepared to tell you how long ago that was) any spare pennies I'd made we're spent on clothing, I'd be in and out of Middlesbrough town centre every other weekend and it would never be a quick trip, it was an all day job. And I loved it! Looking back now I've got no idea how I did it, even though we've moved to a busier city, the idea of spending all day in town trudging the shops fills me with dread. There's absolutely no way I could do it. But like I say, I loved it, and it was just part of my everyday life back then.

As I've grown older and started working full time I began spending my money a little more luxuriously. I'd pick quality over quantity and would find myself browsing the likes of Net-A-Porter and Selfridges. Unfortunately this period didn't last as long as I'd like... I became a home owner and before I could even blink, my disposable income was gone!

Writing this now, I feel this is where my downfall with fashion began.



Priorities changed... I could no longer afford to buy those new pair of Topshop jeans or that new knit I'd been lusting after for I don't know how long. I had to adult! Gone were the days of spending money on what I liked, instead there were days of spending money on what I needed... A roof over my head, petrol in the car, all the boring things you actually need to survive. Damn you mortgage life! So I couldn't necessarily afford to buy the latest fashions, but I could still enjoy them right?

Well yes, to some extent... But there's only so long that can last. A gals gotta have a wardrobe update every now and again right!

My love for fashion flat lined. As soon as I walked through the door after my post work dog walk I'd be upstairs, stripping down & getting changed into my pj's. I wouldn't like to admit the ratio of wearing pj's to normal clothes, just thinking about it is a scary thought. And once you get stuck in the rut of a routine like that, it's very hard to get out of... And that's where I was at the end of last year.

And here we are finding the fun in fashion.

So how did I get out of my style rut... I've got a few pointers on where to begin, where I'm at now & how it's helped me.
* Let go. The best place to start when it comes to finding the fun in fashion is basically from scratch. Get every single last piece of clothing out of your wardrobe and scatter it across the bedroom in in different piles. Tops together, trousers together, knitwear together etc etc, and the once you've turned your bedroom into a bombsite you can scrutinize each pile. It's also handy from here to see what you're lacking in your wardrobe and what you've got way to much of. Letting go of pieces you no longer wear and popping things back away you know you love makes you look at your wardrobe in a whole new light. It's amazing, and the absolute best way to start.
* Play. Put random clothing pieces together and play with fashion. Mix colours, mix patterns and mix textures - You might be surprised by the outcome and it may even make you look at your wardrobe in a whole different light. And even if that doesn't happen, you've had fun paying dress up right? I found layering different textures and playing around with silhouettes worked best for me. I've embraced less fitted clothes and have actually enjoyed being that bit comfier in what I wear - It's a win win situation.


* Listen to others. Go shopping with friends and ask how they'd dress you. Getting a whole other perspective on the way you put outfits together can be so refreshing. Especially if it's someone who dresses totally different to you. It may be nerve wrecking at first, but I think it's one of those where the more you let go and let someone else take control, the more you'll get out of it. It might even help swapping wardrobes, not necessarily all of it, but exchanging bits and pieces can be so refreshing and may even help you with future wardrobe purchases.
* Don't give AF. Possibly one of the hardest things to do! We live in a world where what we do and even what we wear gets criticized on a daily basis through our social media channels. It's such a shame, but it seems like the norm in the digital age. Learning to wear what you want to wear and not giving a rats ass about who doesn't like it is the most freeing thing! We've all heard the saying 'you do you' and that's something I've been learning to do over the last half a year. I quite often say it, but I feel like I've reverted back into teenage me when it comes to fashion, and you know what, I bloody love it! 
You won't believe the transformation my wardrobe has had over the last few months. I've massively downsized the amount of pieces I have stashed away in there, throwing out and donating those that needed a little more love than I was willing to give them. I've gained a few new exciting additions to my wardrobe meaning I no longer want to crawl into my pajamas as soon as I get in from work. I want to get dressed up again and get excited by fashion. That's not to say I'll be uploading fashion posts left, right and centre, because I probably won't but, I am finding the fun in fashion again which is amazing!

Have you ever lost your fashion direction? How did you find it again?

Claire. X

Did you see my latest post? It's a few daft goals for 2018.

Coat - Primark
Jumper - New Look
Culottes - Primark
Shoes - Vans
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Life | A Few Daft Goals For 2018

Last year I discussed how I don't really like the term 'New Years Resolution' - To me it just screams pressure! And that's not what I'm about! I'm the type of gal who likes bite size pieces, I'll break things down to make them much more achievable. I'm also the type of gal who writes a to do list, with things on that I've already completed, just because it gives me the extra boost to go ahead and grab my day by the balls!

With this in mind, I've got a few little goals that I'd like to achieve in 2018 which are as follows.
Reading.
I spoke earlier on in the year about taking time out for myself, practicing self care and basically chilling the eff out. For me one of the easiest and best ways to do this is by picking up a good book! I love reading thrillers and at the moment am reading Gillian Flynns' Sharp Objects. Her books are uncomfortable, you could even say twisted, but by golly, her stories are gripping! She's bloody brilliant!

Learn more recipes.
I'm terrible for cooking the same types of food, week in week out. I need some serious inspiration when it comes to meal prep. Jamie Olivers' 5 ingredients book has been on my to buy list for such a long time! I love how simple the concept it behind it, and I think it's something I could very much get on board with! If any of you have any cook book recommendations, feel free to throw them my way!

Moisturise.
Nobody likes winter when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated & I for one have definitely felt the cold over the last few months. I've gotten into a better routine when it comes to facial skincare, however when it comes to moisturising my body & applying a lip balm, I'm some what forgetful. I'm wanting to get into the routine of applying a lip balm every evening before I go to sleep as well as doing a full body butter sesh when I get out of the shower. Two daft little things I think will keep me feeling silky smooth throughout 2018.

Don't stress about the wedding.
We've been planning our wedding for over a year and a half now & throughout the whole process Dan and I have been very laid back about it all. However now we only have four months to go, it's all starting to feel real! It's obviously been 'just around the corner' for quite a while now, but now we're on the last stretch it's sunk in that we're actually getting married. Eeek! Here's hoping for a chilled four months!
Stay in touch.
And I don't mean over the internet. I'm talking meeting up with friends, going on days out with family, even just calling people on the phone. I think this kind of sits hand in hand with taking time out for myself, in the sense that I shouldn't forget about taking time out for other people, especially those I hold closest.

Brush my teeth.
Okay... So this isn't totally gross, more like mediocre gross. Ha! One thing I'm a devil for is crawling straight into bed on a night, getting all cosy and then not getting back out to brush my teeth. I've talked about this with various people, and it seems very 50/50, some people do and some people don't brush their nashers on a night time. This year I'm wanting to get in the routine of prioritising my teeth over my big warm cosy bed.

Insta story.
My snapchat account has absolutely died a death, gosh I can't even remember the username or password, but something I want to get more involved in is updating my Insta stories. I think regularly uploading on there is a great way to get to know the person behind the blog, I want you to see Claire, the gal who's actually quite boring, the one who loves her dog and spends way too much money on coffee. That's who I am.

So as daft and as silly as they are there's seven things I'd like to practice through 2018. Have you made any resolutions this year? What would you like to achieve?

Claire.X
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