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An Almost SAD Winter

For years, as the winter season would roll around, I would hear my Mother complain and moan about the horrible English weather, about the...

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It's Not All About the Instagram Algorithm...

Friday, 23 February 2018

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I mean it is, but it's also not. Hold on kids, let me break it down for y'all a bit.

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Ohh the instagram algorithm, a curse, but most certainly not a blessing. It came into our lives at a point in which many of us were doing pretty a-okay with growth and engagement, ohh but how different our lives are now. Before this dreadful new algorithm, gaining followers was easier because our photos wouldn't show up on people's feeds 10 Days...or worse - months later. Before the algorithm, having our photos reach goal worthy likes (whatever that may be for you) was so much more achievable as our photos showed up in the hashtags and creatives all over the world could share inspiration and admiration for an image all by tapping a little red heart. This same red heart that brought joy to so many of our hearts, seems to now be dying a slow and torturous death. However...  while the red hearts may be in abundance, does our joy and love for creating and sharing art have to?

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We all started our Instagram accounts for one reason or another, be it to act as a companion for our blogs or a the new type of blog - without the written component. Or perhaps if like me: you're a single girl and created it to have lit af photos, for your future significant other to ogle at over on Tinder. Whatever your reason, conscious or not, we all started our Instagram accounts for a reason: not to beat the Algorithm, but to share, spread and create. So why is it that with the emergence of this ridiculous algorithm has it got people paying it as much attention as I do to an uneaten bag of KFC chicken wings? Which unless you haven't figured is an awful lot!

Now don't get me wrong, if you're a blogger, Tinder dater or "influencer" (golly gosh I HATE that word) likes ARE important. Followers ARE important. Growth IS important. I know better than anyone the pain and yes it is REAL pain - because I don't know about you guys but when you've slaved away at styling, photographing and editing an image for days, only to not have it seen, adored and receive "slay, you sassy biatch" comments from your followers or friends, it sucks. It literally pains. It physically hurts. But guys...that's ok - because I've had an epiphany. The algorithm is not important. It's not about the quantity of likes OR followers, it's about the quality.
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Mindblowing right? (Can you sense my sarcasm)I mean it's pretty self explanatory right? We've all taken the time to sing that same tune, but why then are we all not doing it. As human beings we are programmed to seek approval, to seek love, to seek acceptance. And social media in all of it's glory gives us that, so when something like the new Insta algorithm comes in and destroys that, our body's natural way of living is disrupted and our psyche does not like it. But guess what guys? You can fight that defence. For do we not already have approval from ourselves? Do we not already have love from our families? Do we not already have acceptance from our friends.

You see friends, everything we thought we had lost with the new algorithm, everything we craved to get back, we already have in our everyday lives. We just need to slow down long enough to see it. We already have our own "tap to like" moments when we receive a compliment or praise from our loved ones. We already have our own personal followers growing every time someone in our lives supports our dreams, hopes and desires.
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Once I discovered and learnt to appreciate this, I realised that the likes, follows and amount of people who see my work doesn't matter, because the only person that I seek approval from is myself - and If I'm happy with the quality of what I put out on Instagram, I couldn't give two sh*ts about the algorithm.

The reality of it is, we have already beaten the Instagram algorithm in our real, everyday lives. And while I know it may not be the same, isn't it more important than chasing virtual likes and followers?As much as I would love for the Instagram Algorithm to go back to what it was, I have come to accept that at present that's probably not going to happen, so why not focus on the quality of content you're putting out over the quantity of recognition you're getting for it?

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As I always say in these "Jheeze-Heather-talks-a-lot-posts-" is that I am in no way forcing an opinion down your throats. I just feel like we have been talking about this algorithm (myself included) from the dawn of time and Instagram HQ clearly have not got the message, so why don't we just learn to work with what we've got? When life gives you lemons and all that... What do you think guys? Can we learn to work with the algorithm?

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Get the Look:
JUMPER - H&M | BOOTS - New Look (Old) | HAT - H&M | NECKLACE - Primark | RINGS - H&M
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Chunky knit, H&M roll neck knitted jumper, grey knitted jumper, chunky grey jumper, Winter style, Winter Fashion, UK Bloggers, Nature photos, Fedora style, Black British Blogger, Uk Fashion Blogger, 100 Ways to 30 Blog

I took these photos in my favourite nature spot in London: Fryent country park. It's such a gem and each time I visit, I'm always amazed that something so natural and woody exists in London. As much as I love this jumper, I'm hoping it will be one of the last posts that you see it in this year, because I am craving spring like a cat who hasn't been fed and I hope it comes fast!

As always thank you guys for reading.

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What are your thoughts on the Instagram Algorithm? Do you agree with Quality over Quantity? Do you like this look?

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A Missguided Ruffle Dress and 5 Blog Goals for 2018

Monday, 12 February 2018



Oh blogger friends - never has my blackened and darkened soul ever felt so light, positive about the future and happy. It seems you never truly realise just how much a negative situation is compressing your happy airways until you actually leave it.

So as you all may or may not know, for the past two years I have been working in a mental health hospital (for confidentiality reasons I can't say where) and it started off alright, but towards the middle part of last year, it started to get really sh*t. Now I don't just mean, had a "bad" day at work, had-an-argument-with-my-ignorant-colleague sh*t,  I'm talking full on, piled high, mountains of SH*T. I was walking knee deep in bad shiteee and my happiness began to dip. I guess this was roundabout the same time in which I actually started to distance myself from social media and the blogging world. I stopped attending events, cancelled blogging plans and had LONGGGGG social media detoxes ( We're talking 6 months a pop here) because I simply could not cope. The thought of interacting with the human race through computer or face to face, when the humans in my work life were behaving so horrid, was one that forced me to recoil from the inside.




Fast forward a few months on from that dreadful time, I have finally left the toxic work situation that was causing me so much strain and pain. Started an entirely new job and finally got the psychology job I have been craving for! I can only hope that this work situation continues to be a positive light in my life. 

Which leads me onto my next point...With my new job, I'll be working 3 days a week, as opposed to the 5 I used to do. This should hopefully mean that I will now have a lot more free time to myself, which will hopefully make way for some more blogging and creative work. So here are the 5 goals I would like to achieve in blogging and in my creative life for 2018:


BOOTS - Boden | SHIRT DRESS - Missguided | HAT - H&M | SUNGLASSES - Accessorize


1) Shoot more outfit photos and write more POSTS!
Due to the more free time I will have for myself, I'm hoping this one should be achievable.

2) Visit more cities and WRITE
Be they UK, European or worldwide cities, wherever, I just need to visit somewhere new and fresh and be inspired to write again. There is something about visiting new places that invokes the need to write something inspiring, so I hope that I can make this possible this year.

3) Attend more events and make more Blogger FRIENDS
Last year, due to stresses from my job and personal life, I became the serial canceller. I would cancel blogging events, blogger meet ups and so on. I've missed surrounding myself with cute cupcakes, people so similar to me we could be sisters separated at birth and just all of the good vibes and peggy porschen-esque chill out time.

4) Up the quality of blog CONTENT
The quality of blogs these days is literally second to none. There are some ridiculously creative, stylish and hardworking bloggers out there and I have been so inspired and motivated by their passion and dedication to the artistic movement. This year I don't necessarily want a growth in following - I want a growth in artistic quality, photography, style, words, the entire lot. This year my goal is quality over quantity!
5) Revisit a forgotten CREATIVITY
For a long time now i have become consumed to the scientific workings of psychological therapy and mental health care. While I am so passionate about this and the job that I do, I also miss the feeling of happiness, relief and passion I feel when i engage in a creative love and recently I've been worrying that I've forgotten what those feelings even feel like! This is the year I revisit a forgotten passion: be it joining an acting or dance class or re-start painting again, I am determined that I will regain my love for this creative form.

And that concludes my almost-interesting life update and blog/creative goals for 2018. 2017 ended on a bit of a sour note, but I am hoping that 2018 is the year in which I finally begin to shine and take on all that life has to offer personally and creatively too.

Also as a fashion blogger I suppose I'm obliged to say something interesting about this outfit. Well
1) It's ruffled and fabulous...
2) It's serving ALL OF THE FASH-UN...
3) I froze my arse off to get these shots, but hey...FASH-UN...
4) It feeds my adrogynously styled soul like no other...

As always thank you guys for reading, you rock my socks off!
Do you like this look? What are your Blog or Creative Goals for 2018?

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An Almost SAD Winter

Wednesday, 24 January 2018


For years, as the winter season would roll around, I would hear my Mother complain and moan about the horrible English weather, about the dark, grey clouds and the premature darkness that would engulf us all at 4:00 in the afternoon. For years, she would complain of having a lack of energy and tiredness around this time of year, and for years I never really understood why. I could just not get my head around the fact that all of a sudden, as soon as Winter would hit and the days started getting darker a person's entire mood and wellbeing could change.

I've never really understood it...until now. Winter used to be one of my favourite seasons, but now I can't even remember a time when I haven't hated it. Hence the fact when a work colleague looked flumoxed that winter was my least favourite season, as in the past I had apparently conveyed adornment to him - I couldn't remember ever saying it was.



This year, the winter period has well and truly knocked me for six. I kickstarted with an okay-ish summer, it was busy - yes, but there was an awful lot of F-U-N going on and that tugged at my heartstrings in ways I never thought possible. I attended weddings, celebrating the pure and honest love of family members, ate lots of dairy free ice cream and all round generally just lived my best-ish life. Alright, maybe it wasn't fabulosity at it's best, but it was a-OKAY. September passed and in crept October like a unassuming spider about to torture me. What followed on were some of my worst months of 2017, there were tears, anger, fear, a sense of loss of self and an all round I don't-think-things-will-ever-get-better. The days became darker and I started to hate the thought of going outside or even interacting with people. I become moodier, more isolated and the thought of Christmas almost made me barf (and I'm a major Christmas fiend!). The weather was cold, wet and the last few weeks of the year seemed to drag on endlessly.



One day as I sat in my relaxing man-made beach haven (otherwise known as my room) I started to wonder what this horrible dark feeling was. I knew I was going through a rough patch at work and things in my personal life were difficult at best, but I never really felt this down and hateful towards the most magical month of the year. Was I experiencing SAD? Did I now, finally - after years and years of confusion, understand how my mother has felt at this time of year?

Potentially yes...potentially no. You see, since those dreaded final months of 2017, things have changed and are hopefully, possibly, happily...looking up. I'm starting a new job, have removed myself from a toxic environment and it's as if the darkness of winter is lifting itself all on it's own. I still hate that it starts turning dark after 4:00 and that my 5:00am starts are as dark as Voldemort's soul itself, but I'm happier. I am radiating a light from within that feels oh -so positive and oh so strong.


Outfit Details (Clickable Links):
Sunglasses - ASOS | Pinafore Dress (SIMILAR) - BOOHOO | Breton Top (SIMILAR) - BODEN | Trainers - PRIMARK | Headband - H&M

I chose to share these sunny depictions from summer, for 2 reasons. 1) I have been absolutely dreadful with content recently (and I am not just saying that, I haven't blogged in MONTHS  - I mean will anyone even read this?!) *Insert panic face of horror here* and 2) We all need a little sunlight in the cold and dark winter months, for as a wise man once said: "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore

 

Thank you guys for reading and for always being a constant support network. Here's to more outfit/musings posts in 2018!


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Banishing My Scrooge with Acceptance

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Seasons have passed, leaves have burned dry, the sun has faltered and the wind has conquered...life has happened and here I am back again for another summer season. The only difference to the last few that I have had is that I am actually feeling happy. Genuinely, truly and purely happy. It is not euphoric happiness, it is not crying happiness, it's more of a mellow one, it's satisfaction and it's acceptance.

You see, for so long I have spent every summer season, pining after the "perfect" life.  I craved perfection and for me perfection always involved having someone to love and being ridiculously successful at whatever career I chose to embark on. When I started to fail however I struggled to accept my mistakes and I failed to accept that my life was starting to look like something that was a lot less than perfect. For years, I would plaster a big, fat smile on my face, drown myself with tequila shots and then spend the rest of the year being internally miserable for the life I so desperately pined for.

My problem was acceptance, I struggled to accept that the love I so desperately desired just wasn't going to work out. I struggled to accept that the person I shamefully wanted to become was just not who I was. Over time I learned. I reflected. I grew. I changed. And I accepted.  Accepted my mistakes. Accepted my loves and accepted my losses. And with the acceptance came the derailment of the bitterness. And with the loss of the bitterness, I paved way for a new space in my heart, a space where joy and happiness could now reside. And with this newfound space of joy and happiness, I could finally start to fully enjoy all of the beauty and love that comes with the rays of the summer sun.

For years I have struggled to love myself truly. For years I have struggled to accept my inability to wholly commit myself to a person. But here I am, back for another season, full of acceptance. Full of happiness. Full of joy. And full of hope...hope for a brighter tomorrow and someone to share this with. From my acceptance I have gained hope and that is a greater gift than what any under-the-mistletoe-make-out-session could give me. I have hope.

As always thank you guys so much for reading...

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How To Style the Breton Top: Boohoo Dungarees

Friday, 7 July 2017

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Who doesn't love the Breton top? With nautical roots, the breton top originates from within the navy, and was designed with the idea that it would make sailors easier to spot at sea if in trouble. Flash forward decades and decades later and the breton top is now a firm summer staple and a great companion to the nautical trends of the season.

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I have been a lover of Breton tops and their stripy counterparts for a long time now and I finally was lucky enough to come into possession of one that I believe to be as authentic as some of the more earlier designs. I picked up this particular top while at 'The Bloggers Market'  from Kristabel's stand. My eyes immediately gravitated towards it (As they usually do when stripes are involved) and I snapped it up fast before anyone else behind me could!

This post will be the first in a two part series in which I share two different ways to style the Breton top this summer.  The outfits will be of a casual, summery and fun style which I hope will provide you with some inspiration on how to style your own breton this summer.

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The first look I have created is with my favourite Boohoo  dungarees and it's got a fun, I-should-be-a-children's-television-presenter type vibe about it.

Now, I don't know what it is, but Breton tops somehow always seem to work best with dungarees. From the days of me toddling around my living room in Sheffield, to the ever awkward mufti days of school; a breton top and dungarees was always the outfit of choice for me.

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I paired the dungarees with some simple, blue, converse inspired trainers from Primark at the fabulous price of £6.00, which is a hell of a lot cheaper than the real converse and they're quite comfortable too! I find that they go so perfectly with the dungarees, when the legs have been rolled up and help to enhance the 'I'm a children's TV presenter' aesthetic so much more.

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I've kept accessories simple, with this blue, paisley inspired headband from H&M which is the same as this red one worn in this post. I find that the band, helps to tie the whole look together and compliment the nautical style of the breton.

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Get the Look:

BRETON TOP (SIMILAR) - BODEN | DUNGAREES (SIMILAR) - BOOHOO | HEADBAND (SIMILAR) - H&M | TRAINERS - PRIMARK | SUNGLASSES - ASOS
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I'm a big fan of bretons and an even bigger fan of dungarees. So the combination of the two together makes for an outfit, kind of wonderful. I hope you all liked how I've chosen to style this breton and have hopefully found some inspiration on how to style your own.

Join me next week, when I share with you guys a second, fun and summery way to style the breton.

As always thank you guys so much for reading! Until next time...

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 Are you a fan of the Breton top? How did you like this look?

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