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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Friday, 12 January 2018

HOW TO BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES


It's that time of the month...not the time of the month you're probably thinking of (girl probs), but the time of the month where we're all feeling that motivation slump. It's cold, rainy and dull outside and it feels like we're only getting a few hours of daylight. But the biggest downer probably is that the holidays are officially over. It feels like so long to go until the Summer starts, holidays begin and motivating days of sunshine are upon us, but we can't let these next couple of months be a burden to get through.

1) Always have something to look forward to.

It doesn't have to be a big occasion, but having something to look forward to always makes the dull, boring days more bearable. Even if it's just a friend's birthday, a mini trip away, a shopping trip with the girls, or a family catch-up, it's good to book things in your diary for your days off from work and make the most of your time. That way, you don't really notice how long you've got left to work until your next week of annual leave, or your big Summer holiday, because you've got smaller things in between to keep you occupied! For me, it's my birthday at the end of this month and I've got a trip to Amsterdam booked...those are what's keeping me going for the next couple of weeks!


2) Treat yourself:

It doesn't have to be anything expensive, or even anything involving money at all, but it's good to treat yourself every now and again and make time for yourself. January is a busy month for a lot of people, getting back into the swing of working life again and getting everything organised for the year ahead, but it's important to look after yourself as well. Even if it's something simple like going for a couple of drinks after work with colleagues, or buying that jacket in the sale that you've had your eye on for ages, or even switching off for an hour in the evening and having a bubble bath whilst catching up on your favourite programme. Just something for yourself, a little pick me up - we all deserve a little something for ourselves. 


3) Organise yourself:

There's no point in writing resolutions and plans for the year if you're not going to start working towards them right now. I feel like January is one of those 'wasted' months that you spend moaning about the weather, your lack of money after Christmas (trust me, I feel ya - payday feels forever away), and 'trying' to get the year started. But it's important not to waste this month. Start planning, organising and working towards your goals for the year and make the most of each day because before we know it, the year would have once again passed. I've already filled out my diary for the year with important dates, occasions and events so that I can plan ahead.


4) Say yes.

I know that this is easier said than done, however January is a month where it is very easy to stay indoors more, put off doing things because it's 'too cold' (I'm the worst for this) and just being very unmotivated about everything in general. But this month I'm trying to say yes more, and to start the year as I mean to go on. It's about making the effort to do things that maybe you 'can't be bothered' to do, but actually you would really enjoy. Going out for a walk at the weekend at getting some fresh air even though it's freezing cold, catching up with friends after work even though you're tired and it's dark outside, setting your alarm on your day off so that you don't waste the day in bed. Do more and don't make excuses - there's always more layers that can be worn and other days to be lazy when there aren't any plans.




5) Stop moaning:

I am guilty of this myself, as I think we all are, but January shouldn't be a month for moaning. If you live in a country that has seasons like the UK, we should embrace this. Some people love Winter and all that is has to bring, but myself and many others prefer the warmer months. However, I feel like we as Brits should get a grip a little. Yes, it's cold and wet and dark, however this is nothing new. So why do we continue to moan every year about the weather when we know how it's going to be. We should be embracing the seasons and make the most of each of them equally. Indulge in Winter style and make the most of all your cosy jumpers and boots, drink endless amounts of hot chocolate, light candles in the evening, put the fire on and make the most of indoor activities. When Summer comes around, I guarantee we will probably moan about it being too hot and will miss the cold, crisp days - so make the most of it all!


What I'm wearing:
Coat - Zara (old) >> similar here
Jumper - Zara (old version) >> similar here
Skirt - Topshop
Hat - Topshop (velvet) >> similar here
Boots - Zara (sold out) >> similar here
Watch - Olivia Burton >> similar here
Necklaces - Topshop

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