Friday, 11 January 2019

HELLO 2019!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 
Cannot believe we are in 2019, how has it got to this year so quickly?!


As always, I'm kicking off the new year blog posts with my resolutions for the coming year. I don't take these too seriously, but it's nice to have some goals to focus on and work towards, and then look back on them at the end of the year and see how many have been ticked off!

You never know what's round the corner and the year could pan out completely differently to what I imagine, but that's the fun of life I guess! So, without rambling on too much, here are the things I'm hoping to achieve in 2019!

1) Change jobs - get better hours/work-life balance.
As I've said before, I'm a nurse full time. I currently work shift work which includes long days, night shift and weekends. As much as I love my job, I feel as though because each week is different, it's hard to plan ahead or have any sort of routine. This suits some people really well, but I'm finding it's not working too well for me. I also find night shift really difficult to adjust to, and so hoping to change jobs (within the same area) to possibly a day-unit which would be more 'normal' working hours.

2) Start a hobby.
If I manage to switch my job to better hours and start to have more of a routine, it means I will be able to start a hobby as I will be able to commit my time to it during the evenings. I'd like to re-start ballet or boxing - something fun which includes fitness as well.

3) Go on a 'big' holiday.
Last year I went to five different places abroad which I feel really lucky to have done. However this year, instead of doing more 'smaller' trips, I would like to save up to go on a bigger holiday - somewhere like Bali (currently being planned) which is further away and more adventurous!


4) Move flats.
This will be inevitable as my contract on my current flat ends in October - so I will definitely be moving flats. Although this time I am going to be moving in with my boyfriend which is a super exciting new chapter for the both of us, and will hopefully mean I can start focusing more on interiors we like and make it more homely rather than a flat share.

5) Read at least 10 books.
This was on my resolution list last year and I managed to achieve it! I got a Kindle for Christmas this year which means it'll be even easier to read on my commute/when travelling, and I want to read as many books as I can.

6) Go home more often to see family.
Living in London means you can get carried away with the busy life, but I want to make more effort to go home and spend time with family this year as sometimes it is months between each visit.


7) Work on my own confidence.
Something I struggle with every single day. At times I can feel quite awkward around people and my social anxiety takes over which means I often feel really uncomfortable in big groups of people and turn into an introvert a bit. Each year I feel as though my confidence is getting better and this is something that I will be continuing to work on.

8) Eat more fruit and veg
Something that is pretty self-explanatory. My diet definitely needs more colour in it.

9) Visit more places in the UK.
There are still so many cities and areas that I haven't yet visited in the UK which would be so good for short weekends away! Some of the main ones on my list are Manchester, Lake District and Edinburgh.

10) Get out of my overdraft and start saving money.
Again, something that is on my list every year. But I've started already by cutting down my phone bill, closing down my credit card account, and cancelling my expensive gym membership...so hopefully things are looking up!


What are your hopes and dreams for the coming year?
Lets do this 2019!

Outfit details:
Coat: Boohoo
Jumper: Zara
Trainers: Nike (old)
Bag: Topshop
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Friday, 7 December 2018

CHRISTMAS IS COMING


Tis' finally the season! Hello December! (How did you arrive so quickly?!)

I'm currently writing this from the comfort of my sofa whilst trying to battle off the dreaded flu (sigh), but it does mean that I get to play around with my new laptop. My beloved Macbook unfortunately suffered a sudden death after three years, which meant that I've been without a laptop for almost three months now, as the cost of fixing it was almost as much as buying a new one! But now I'm finally up and running with a substitute which means I can finally write blog posts again!

Now that we're back on, I'm hoping I can go into the New Year with more consistency (I know I probably said that last year), but I actually mean it this time because I miss writing and uploading content. But as this is a sort of 'I'm still here' kinda blog post, I thought I'd keep it short and sweet and then get back to regular style/beauty content from then on.


But for now I wanted to share with you my top 5 favourite things about December!

1) Christmas markets
There's nothing more festive than wandering around a Christmas market with a mulled wine in hand, listening to your favourite Christmas songs and seeing everybody come together for the season. It's also a great place for festive food and treats, as well as ice-skating and buying gifts.


2) Buying presents
This year I've had 2 'secret santa' presents to buy which I always think is so much fun, as well as buying presents for all my other loved ones. I'm someone that absolutely loves buying presents for people, and I always start the month by looking over my list of ideas. I usually collect ideas throughout the year and note them down when people mention certain things they'd like...which means that come December I already have a starting point! Also love wrapping presents whilst watching a Christmas film.

3) Parties and occasions
I feel like my December social life is one of the busiest. There's Christmas gatherings, meals, parties etc. But it makes the month so much more joyful because not only do you have Christmas to look forward to, but the run-up is also just as fun. I've already had my big work Christmas party which was great as it's quite rare that we can all get together for a night and let our hair down! Then there's celebrations with friends, my flat Christmas dinner and also a cheeky trip away to Berlin coming up with my best friends! Also not forgetting New Years!


4) Reflecting
December is the last month of the year which means that naturally people start to think about what the past year has been like. It's a good time to reflect on the good times, bad times, challenging times and learning curves before heading into the New Year. Soon I will be going over my resolutions made last year and see what I've managed to tick off, before thinking about my resolutions for the coming year ahead. I don't take the resolutions very seriously, but it's nice to look back and see how different your year was to what you thought it would be.

5) Family time
Living and working in a city like London means that time seems to go by so quickly. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of city life and sometimes it can be difficult to get away and see family. My family live around 2 hours away from London, which means I need at least 2 days off from work to go and visit, which can be quite rare when you work shifts like me. However, December is not only Christmas time, but also my mum's birthday which means it is essential to get home and spend time with family which I cannot wait for. I'm unfortunately working night shifts on Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, however I will be going home between Christmas and New Years to celebrate Christmas with my family then, and also have birthday celebrations for my mum. Means I can also have a lot of puppy cuddles with my little daxie Dora. Next year one of my resolutions is to definitely get home more often!

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What I'm wearing:
Jumper - Zara
Skirt - Topshop
Boots - Office (old)
Necklace - Muru
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Thursday, 16 August 2018

SUMMER LOVIN'


How five months has already passed since my last blog post, I have no idea! If you follow me on Instagram at @instyleofemily you'll have noticed that I mainly use that as my platform of choice now. Instagram is great because I can share my love of fashion and styling in a way that is quick and easy, which means I am much more consistent at posting every couple of days. I still really love my blog and writing posts but life has just been full speed ahead, and when you're working full time in another profession, hobbies sometime take a back seat even if we don't want them too. 

However, I want to make sure I'm setting some time by to focus more on blog writing for the rest of the year, and make this platform come back to life. Starting with a little update on what I've been loving throughout these past few Summer months (apart from the glorious heatwave we're having in London which is amazing!).



Fashion

Denim dresses
I've now got two denim dresses in my wardrobe including this white one (pictured) and another mid-wash blue. I feel like they're all I'm reaching for at the moment because they're so easy to throw on and give off a relaxed vibe which I love during Summer. If you're someone who lives in jeans throughout the rest of the year then this is a great seasonal alternative. They can be dressed up with certain accessories and be worn alone as a dress, or made to look more casual thrown over a graphic tee and paired with trainers. An instant outfit and timeless piece as denim is always a trend.

White
During Summer months I love wearing white. Its great for enhancing your natural tan and glow, and brightens up your whole style instantly as it reflects the light, making it seasonally appropriate. White is always quite tricky to pull off in Winter months because the rainy/windy weather means items of clothing are more susceptable to getting marks/dirt on, making them a lot more impractical to wear (especially white jeans). I also feel as though wearing white makes an outfit appear more 'chic' and 'put together' without having to put in the effort, because pieces in white generally look higher in quality. If you're also a lover of wearing a lot of jewellery, then wearing white enhances the accessories you're wearing because the clothing appears a lot simpler and understated - I personally love layering gold necklaces over a white blouse/dress because the metallic tones stand out a lot more.



Brands
Brands I'm currently loving at the moment are:
Nasty Gal - always has the latest trend pieces, affordable price point and something for any occasion. I love their casual/everyday items, but also recently bought a beautiful playsuit from here for a wedding.

ASOS - this is always a fail safe when you're looking for something to wear and their swimwear/holiday range is always great with so many choices.

Primark - usually a store that I stay clear from in all honesty, mainly due to it being too busy and untidy meaning you can't look at anything properly. However they have really upped their game this season with the quality of their items and trend pieces. If you manage to get there early in the morning when it first opens (before the crowds get in), you can find some real gems and amazing dupes for designer pieces which are so affordable. Yes the quality isn't fab, but you get what you pay for and it's great for basics too. It's worth rummaging around sometimes, and the home section is cute too.




Beauty

Make-up wise I haven't really changed too much in my everyday routine, and when the weather is hot I like to keep it as minimal as possible and only wear a tinted moisturiser/CC cream. However, during Summer I love wearing more peachy tones and the L'Oreal 'Life's a peach' blusher is my favourite. It's really pigmented and has beautiful gold flecks running through the powder meaning it gives your cheeks a lovely glow. Very affordable and also comes with a mirror and small brush which is great for on-the-go. I also use this blusher as an eyeshadow to tie in my whole look.

Hair
Another thing I'm loving at the moment is my blonde balayage! My hair over the years has been every colour imaginable (went through the teen stage of wanting it bright red/purple), but I've always wanted to try a blonde that suited me. My hair colour is naturally dark brown, which during the colder months I really like, but I wanted something lighter and more fresh looking for Summer. Usually salons find it difficult to lighten my hair to a blonde that I'm happy with as the base colour is so dark - but I visited Samantha Cusack London and they made my hair dreams come true! They specialise in the balayage technique and have managed to keep my root colour my natural brown, whilst giving me the blonde throughout the rest of my hair that I've always wanted. Dream team. I'll definitely keep the blonde for a while and it's the happiest I've been with my hair in a long time.



Lifestyle 

Book time
I've decided to write a fictional novel! Not for any reason in particular other than I had a very vivid dream which I thought would make a great story. I'm not writing it in a serious way or for a purpose as such, it's just something for me to dabble in when I have some down time and I think it's a good de-stresser. I love writing, and as I've got older I'm a lot more into reading books, and love that you can get lost in a completely different world. My job as a nurse can be quite draining and exhausting at times (both physically and mentally), so it's nice to have something on the side to take my mind off work and focus on something different. I'm only 3 chapters in, but I'm not putting any pressure on finishing it in a certain amount of time - just whenever I get a burst of creative energy.

Series of the moment
'Sons of Anarchy'. My boyfriend and I wanted a new series to watch after Love Island had finished (yes, we love it), and I had heard a few recommendation for this one on Netflix. We're about 8 episodes in and absolutely love it. It's based around a motorcycle gang in California, who basically get into all sorts of troubles, but it's so gripping. Although do be warned, it it quite violent and heavy at times so maybe not something for a light-hearted watch! The characters are amazing though and I don't know anyone who wouldn't fall a bit in love with the main guy 'Jacks' - dreamy.



Those are the main things I wanted to mention for now, there's probably so many more that I'll now think of! Will be back in the near future with another post and hopefully get back into the swing of things around here!

What I'm wearing:
Top - Topshop >> now £15
Dress - Primark £12 
Belt - Primark £4
Cardigan - Zara (last season) >> this seasons
Boots - Primark £16


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Friday, 16 March 2018

TRANSITIONING INTO SPRING STYLE


Sometimes it can be hard to transition your wardrobe from season to season, especially if you live in England like myself, where the weather can be unpredictable all year round. But it's time to start thinking about Spring style...can you believe it's already March? - ahhh!

Spring is a wonderful season, filled with flowers, sunshine and blossom trees. Everything is starting to get more colourful, the days are getting longer, the evenings are getting lighter, and everyone's mood seems to lift slightly with the thought of warmer days. I'm definitely more of a Spring/Summer kind of girl, so this time of year fills me with motivation and positivity, and LOTS of style inspiration. I still haven't updated my wardrobe for the coming season yet, but I wanted to kick start the Spring blog posts with some small tips on how you can start transitioning into Spring with items that you already have in your wardrobe. 



1) Swapping coats for jackets.
The weather is never going to be super warm at this time of year, but it's definitely time to start shedding the layers bit by bit when it comes to your outfit. I usually like to start off by swapping my larger, thicker coats to more lightweight outerwear pieces such as denim or faux leather jackets. They're a lot less bulky, but still give you the warmth that you need and of course you can still layer up underneath if needed. Also time to ditch those huge blanket scarfs that engulf our whole outfit, and start showing more of what's underneath - no more getting away with wearing your pyjama top out!



2) Mixing in lighter shades.
For some people, their wardrobe consists of pale/lighter colours all throughout the year, but for me I usually gravitate towards wearing darker shades in the colder months. My Winter wardrobe is mostly made up of the typical greys, blacks and warmer shades, but when it hits Spring I like to brighten things up a little. This doesn't mean ditching these colours all together, but maybe mixing in a few different tones and variations to give your style the seasonal switch-up. For example, I've practically been living in my black over-the-knee boots this Winter, but I've now started wearing my pale grey pair a lot more as they brighten up my outfit whilst still keeping my legs warm (still grey I know, but a lighter shade which can be worn with cooler/brighter tones). I'm also wearing a lot more white, and will be looking to pick up some pastel pieces to update my wardrobe and bring in a bit more colour.



3) Accessories.
When you're wearing lots of layers during Winter, it can be hard to focus on your accessories because you feel as though they are always hidden. However, as the seasons transition, you can start to think about little added extras which might elevate your outfit further. This can be jewellery, sunglasses or handbags for example. I love wearing this red handbag as it always adds a pop of colour to my outfit. I've also started wearing more jewellery recently, and especially layering necklaces as you can see them much better without a chunky scarf taking over! Statement earrings are very on trend as well, and can add a bit of fun to an outfit without going overboard - there's no hiding underneath your bobble hat now!


What I'm wearing:
Denim jacket - Wrangler (vintage)
Top - Zara (old)
Skirt - Topshop
Over the knee boots - Carvela
Bag - Accessorize
Jewellery - Muru (shorter necklace) // Topshop (longer necklace)
Watch - Olivia Burton (old)
Sunglasses - Primark (in-store)

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