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'I'm lost. Or. I'm feeling lost. To be honest, I'm not really sure which one of these statements ring most true to me...

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The Blogger Behind The Smile...

Wednesday, 23 November 2016



'The brightest smiles, always hide the most pain'

If you take a look back through the photos of me as a little girl growing up, my face was always filled with a glowing smile. So much so, that I was nicknamed 'Smiley' by my cousins, and it's a name that has stuck with me right through to my adult years.

Why do I smile?:
Whenever people notice that I smile so frequently, through the good and the bad, they always ask me why do you smile so much? What are you so happy about? To answer the question, I am happy about a lot of things, but I am also sad about many things too, and for me, a lot of the time my smile is a mask I use to conceal the true and raw emotions that I may be feeling at that present moment. Don't get me wrong, the majority of the time when I do smile it's genuine and full of real warmth and happiness, but a lot of the time it is a way to hide pain.

But at what point does a smile start having a negative impact on you. I would say at the point when it becomes your biggest defence mechanism, which is exactly what it now is to me. It is the thing I use the most to hide my pain, embarrassment, discomfort and heartbreak. For every bad or sad situation I could recall to you right now, there is a gleaming smile behind it ready to hide and mask the pain.

I laugh when people shout at me. I grinned and jeered when the guy I found myself falling hard for kissed another girl right in front of my face. And I smile when life just gets a little bit shit. In some regard, I guess you could say, that smiling in every situation is a good thing, it shows positivity and resilience. In some cases, yes, I guess you could say this is true, but in most cases, and mine in particular, it is just a plain old case of avoidance. 

So what do I do about it then? Believe me, I have asked myself this question more times than I have listened to the 'Conor Maynard Controlla mashup' - ONE TOO MANY TIMES (basically). I don't know what it is, but for some reason it's as if I have this inherent trait to act as if everything is holy rosy 110% of the time. Perhaps it's my perfectionist rose tinted views, or just the 'Chambers' family blood, but it's not right, it's actually unhealthy and it's something I need to knack.

Now I'm not saying that a little positivity and pushing bad experiences behind us in the hope for something better, isn't something we shouldn't be doing, because we should, I am all for positivity. It's the avoidance part that is not right, because even when we are being positive, we still need to recognise and acknowledge the bad, in order to salvage the good.

 I need to learn to live by the words I preach as a "psychologist to be", I can't be hypocritical. I need to learn that it's ok to not be ok and that a little down time A.K.A no smiling time, is also ok and actually required to create a level equilibrium within the mind, body and soul.


Do you guys use smiles to mask your pain too? What are your defence mechanisms to hide pain?

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10 Things Brands Should Know About Bloggers of Colour

Monday, 21 November 2016

Bloggers of Colour, black bloggers, media, blogging, blogosphere, casual racism, underrepresentation, brands in blogging

Look guys, I'm just going to dive straight into it, because I am so done and angry with it all. There is not enough racial diversity in the blogging industry. There is not enough racial diversity with the bloggers who work with brands, there is not enough diversity full stop!

I can't count the amount of times that I have seen so many talented beauty and fashion bloggers of colour who are just not getting the recognition they deserve, despite pushing the boundaries of creativity and creating art that is unique, powerful and inspirational. While, brands continue to choose to promote and work predominantly with some bloggers who just continue to spew out the same damn thing as every other blogger, not really ever changing speed or provoking a thought or emotion, just because they're white and fit society's mold. IT IS BORING. And I am sick and tired of it, so here is my note to the world of brands on us Bloggers of Colour:

1) STOP treating us like we don't exist!

2) Does our colour somehow make us invisible to you all? Or are you simply just choosing to ignore us when picking bloggers for your campaigns, events and sponsored opportunities? Whichever it is, it's ignorant and it needs to stop. The amount of bloggers of colour that I see at these brand parties and big blogger events can quite possibly be counted on one hand(two if you're lucky), it isn't right and it isn't fair. 

3)The whole supposed ethos of blogging is supposedly, a modern platform that can be accessed and related to by all. However by choosing to use 3 white bloggers in your latest ad campaign for a new beauty product does little for encouraging or inspiring people of colour as there isn't anyone they can relate to.

4)  WE ARE CREATIVE TOO. WE ARE STYLISH TOO. WE ARE HARDWORKING TOO. WE ARE BEAUTIFUL TOO. WE ARE INFLUENTIAL TOO. WE MATTER TOO.

5) We work equally as hard as white bloggers, so why do you continue to ignore our talent? 

6)We have hair too you know. Some of us may wear it natural, have braids or have weaves, but we still have hair and we can get it dyed live on stage too. #JustSaying

7) Oh and choosing to work with bloggers of colour who are of a lighter complexion, is definitely a step forward in the right direction, but not forward enough. Bloggers of colour with dark skin are just as beautiful and we need to see them being represented too. Otherwise we just find ourselves right back round at square one again.

8)When I first started blogging I praised the industry for it's diversity and it being a place that represents everybody. I now see how naive I was. It is biased and horribly archaic in it's views of what is beautiful and who is worthy enough to work with.THIS NEEDS TO STOP!

9) We will not fall privy to the same ignorant rules of an underrepresented society.  People of colour are not represented - PERIOD! Don't let blogging become that, consider and represent all bloggers, because at the end of the day we are all bloggers, and we all work hard on our little slices of the internet, please don't define us by our colour.

10) Stop ruining our children. Children really are the future and what they see today will shape who they are tomorrow. Don't let the little girl of colour think that there is something wrong with being black or asian because she NEVER see's bloggers that look like her on these brand's websites and social media pages. Be that change, that society so desperately needs! 

As always this post is not intended to offend anyone, but more to draw attention to the actions of some brands in the blogosphere and how it makes bloggers of colour feel. The media industry is already full of so much racism and underrepresentation of ethnic minorities, please don't let blogging become the same. Let's make a change.

Do you think brands represent bloggers of colour? Do you feel there needs to be a change?

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5 Things I Love About Autumnal Fashion

Friday, 18 November 2016

5 Things I love About Autumnal Fashion, autumnal styling, fall fashion, boohoo duster coat, boohoo khaki coat, h&m felt hat, h&m fedora hat, uk blog, autumn leaves
'She burns like the sun, and I can't look away. She'll burn our horizons make no mistake.' - Muse's Sunburn

Photos taken by -  Sabreena (The Girl in the City Blog)
Edited by - 100 Ways to 30
Words - 100 Ways to 30
5 Things I love About Autumnal Fashion, autumnal styling, fall fashion, boohoo duster coat, boohoo khaki coat, h&m felt hat, h&m fedora hat, uk blog, autumn leaves

Fashion of the Autumn and Winter seasons have always held a special place in my heart. They're the only seasons in the UK where I can wear numerous layers of clothing, without being judged for being a cold-blooded lizard...Oh and trudging around in the crisp, autumn leaves in swishy long coats and stylish fedoras is quite the bonus too. 

To emphasise the high level of enthusiasm I hold for this beautiful season (and because I have delayed this post so long that the season is damn well nearly over) I am going to tell you my 5 favourite things about Autumnal fashion alongside some very autumnal photos (if I do say so myself) in some very autumnal clothing. Enjoy! 


5 Things I love About Autumnal Fashion, autumnal styling, fall fashion, boohoo duster coat, boohoo khaki coat, h&m felt hat, h&m fedora hat, uk blog, autumn leaves


5 Things I love About Autumnal Fashion, autumnal styling, fall fashion, boohoo duster coat, boohoo khaki coat, h&m felt hat, h&m fedora hat, uk blog, autumn leaves

1) Simplicity - Autumnal fashion is simple, it is minimal, it is chic. You could put on a pair of jeans, a chunky knit, some ankle boots and you could look good enough to meet the queen...ok perhaps not the queen, but you get my drift right? Not much faffing around is required with autumnal fashion for it to look pleasing on the eye and for my lazy nature, I go couldn't think of anything more perfect!


5 Things I love About Autumnal Fashion, autumnal styling, fall fashion, boohoo duster coat, boohoo khaki coat, h&m felt hat, h&m fedora hat, uk blog, autumn leaves

2) Layers - Whether it's layering up a slip dress with a turtle neck or a pinafore with a chunky knit. Layering different items of clothing together will always give the outfit a new look and sometimes the finishing touch that is needed for those cold and gloomy days.


5 Things I love About Autumnal Fashion, autumnal styling, fall fashion, boohoo duster coat, boohoo khaki coat, h&m felt hat, h&m fedora hat, uk blog, autumn leaves

3) Long Coats Galore - The good old long coat reappears always reappears in my wardrobe as soon as Autumn hits. Long coats have this effortless ability to dress up even the most drab of outfits - PJ's and converses anyone? Your duster will dress them up too!


5 Things I love About Autumnal Fashion, autumnal styling, fall fashion, boohoo duster coat, boohoo khaki coat, h&m felt hat, h&m fedora hat, uk blog, autumn leaves


5 Things I love About Autumnal Fashion, autumnal styling, fall fashion, boohoo duster coat, boohoo khaki coat, h&m felt hat, h&m fedora hat, uk blog, autumn leaves


4) Earthy hues - The khaki's, browns and burnt oranges of the world are what make autumn fashion so damn perfect. I am a big fan of nature and wearing these colours always give me the illusion that I am rolling around in a big pile of earthy, golden pile of nature!


5 Things I love About Autumnal Fashion, autumnal styling, fall fashion, boohoo duster coat, boohoo khaki coat, h&m felt hat, h&m fedora hat, uk blog, autumn leaves

5) Boots - Now I am a boot wearer, all throughout the year. That's right, even when it's sweltering outside, you'll still find me in blocky, military style, platform boots - because that's just the kind of noob I am. But when it's autumn, I have free reign to wear all of the boots, without any concern for the sweat fest that may (or may not) be going on, in between my toes...
5 Things I love About Autumnal Fashion, autumnal styling, fall fashion, boohoo duster coat, boohoo khaki coat, h&m felt hat, h&m fedora hat, uk blog, autumn leaves

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COAT - Boohoo | HAT - H&M | BOOTS - H&M | HIGH WAISTED TROUSERS - Boohoo
5 Things I love About Autumnal Fashion, autumnal styling, fall fashion, boohoo duster coat, boohoo khaki coat, h&m felt hat, h&m fedora hat, uk blog, autumn leaves
Autumn truly is the season of the year, it always brings joy to my heart when it arrives, and sorrow when it is time for it to go. Until next time Autumn, but don't worry you'll still catch me in boots, come Summer time, sweaty feet and all! 
5 Things I love About Autumnal Fashion, autumnal styling, fall fashion, boohoo duster coat, boohoo khaki coat, h&m felt hat, h&m fedora hat, uk blog, autumn leaves

What are your favourite things about Autumnal Fashion? What are your favourite things about Autumn?

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Feeling Lost...

Monday, 14 November 2016



'I'm lost. Or. I'm feeling lost. To be honest, I'm not really sure which one of these statements ring most true to me at this present moment in my life.'

Recently I have been experiencing, feeling, struggling and fighting with so many things, that I just don't even know what it is that I am feeling anymore. Once again, I'm just going to spew out all of my emotions, thoughts and feelings in the hope that I can wrangle some kind of comprehensible piece of prose together, that you guys can understand.

So, basically...mostly...mainly...I feel stuck. I am stuck, I'm as stuck as stuck can be. I feel like I'm stuck in an infinite game of stuck in the mud that sees no end.

You see, I've tried to be positive and tell myself "You're only as stuck as you feel Heath" or "You'll soon become unstuck" but the negative thoughts keep on trailing through.

I'm stuck in a rut. I'm stuck in a weird thing with this guy, who I don't even think knows there is a thing with us, so technically it's not really a thing...right?  But it's driving me mad and it's confusing the shit out of me, because I just have no idea how he really feels about me and I hate being in the unknown. Then there's me feeling stuck with my career. Everywhere I go, everyone I speak to, continues to tell me what a dead end career Psychology is. CBT? You've got psychiatrists for that. What do you need psychologists for? And I know I shouldn't listen to what negativity others are spewing about my chosen field, but I keep on hearing it, and it's really starting to creep doubts into my aching mind. And it doesn't help that there are such little jobs for so many aspiring psychologists. Not to mention feeling absolutely, dead stuck in blogging. I love blogging and I love the blogging community, but I have started to grow tired of what the industry has become and is still evolving into. The change has left me uninspired and de-motivated to blog.

I'm lost because I don't know when I stopped being a bad-ass bitch who didn't give a f*ck about what others thought about me, to this mousy person who has started to sell herself short and de-value her worth. I'm lost because I have all of these ideas for all of these great side projects that I can't seem to organise into an orderly sequence of importance and it's making me fizz and boil because I so desperately feel the need to achieve something great. And this frustrates me, because I don't know when I became the kind of person to feel the need to achieve something great to prove my worth to people.

If I am being completely honest, I don't know who I am anymore. I don't know who I want to be. And I don't know where I'm going. Sometimes I stop and think 'Do any of us really know where we're going or know who we want to be?' and I think no, no we don't, but then I always think that I should. I'm the girl who has always had her shit together and I guess in some ways this has had more of a negative impact on me than a positive one. However nowadays I feel like the shit is piling on top of my tired body and there is no hope of resolve. I don't know. So yeah, I'm lost...

Emotional spew done. Over and out.

Scribbling Away Xx
 



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The Noble House of the Little Black Dress

Friday, 11 November 2016

Boohoo black midi dress, fryent country park, fashion blogger, 100 Ways to 30, Style & Fashion


'Black is a beautiful colour. It has the ability to bring life to a what was once dead and still landscape'

Hello lovely people (or readers - if there are any of you left). It has been around 2 months since my last outfit post and I have been itching ever since to get back in front of the camera to shoot some more. Thank the holy heavens that on Monday I managed to do just that. Armed with a very scenic location (fryent country park), a car (to travel to said scenic location), and my best friend and photographer for the day (Sabreena - The Girl in the City) I was finally able to get a few pretty shots of me standing around in some very autumnal (borderline - Harry Potter-esque) clothing.

Like most of the clothes I feature in my outfit posts, I bought this dress over a year ago and as I mean to go on, never stepped foot in it from the very day it arrived at my door, with the postman. However, on Blue Monday, I decided that enough was enough and it was time to shoot this bad boy. It was black, it was simple and it was very I-look-like-I'm-wearing-a-very-stylish-harry-potter-cloak, so totally up my street. 

Boohoo black midi dress, fryent country park, fashion blogger, 100 Ways to 30, Style & Fashion

Being a short person, who just about surpasses the threshold of petite territory, I tend to steer clear of skirts or dresses that fall below knee and calf. More importantly those with hems that swing. I tend to think that they make me look shorter and more muggle like than I actually am. However this dress has changed my mind. Armed with a new favourite felt fedora and a location that looked like it was handpicked right out of the Forbidden Forest itself, this look has definitely been one of my favourite shoots to date.  

Boohoo black midi dress, fryent country park, fashion blogger, 100 Ways to 30, Style & Fashion


Boohoo black midi dress, fryent country park, fashion blogger, 100 Ways to 30, Style & Fashion

Boohoo black midi dress, fryent country park, fashion blogger, 100 Ways to 30, Style & Fashion

The dress is from Boohoo and as I said was bought last year winter, only to never see the light of day for an entire year. However once finally worn, I have never known a dress to make me look so conservative yet so damn edgy and cool at the same time. When I put this dress on, it clings to my curves like a monkey clings on to a branch and it makes me feel elegant and feminine. The A line skirt is big and swishy, which is just what one needs when trying to look effortlessly chic and feminine, like I'm so desperately trying to do below. (I wonder if it worked?)


Boohoo black midi dress, fryent country park, fashion blogger, 100 Ways to 30, Style & Fashion

This dress just makes me fall in love with Boohoo all-over-again! Their clothes are always affordable, stylish and are so perfect if you're looking for that piece that looks a little bit different to what everyone else has on from the high street. With the dress's billowing skirt and the wide brim fedora, the look gives off a kind of Christian Dior-esque air, which just breathes classic fashion. Quick! Someone go and fetch my horse and carriage from the stables. 


Boohoo black midi dress, fryent country park, fashion blogger, 100 Ways to 30, Style & Fashion


Boohoo black midi dress, fryent country park, fashion blogger, 100 Ways to 30, Style & Fashion


The boots, like the dress are simple in colour and style but tie the whole look together in a very, farmer-girl chic kind of way. They are from H&M (because in all honesty, do I ever shop anywhere else these days?...Apart from Boohoo) and are of a faux suede brown material. These boots are like heaven on earth; comfy to walk in and manage to be styled with just about any outfit under the sun, they are so versatile.


H&M Brown suede ankle boots, fryent country park, fashion blogger, 100 Ways to 30, Style & Fashion



Boohoo duster coat, Boohoo black midi dress, fryent country park, fashion blogger, 100 Ways to 30, Style & Fashion


OOTD - Get the Look (clickable links)

DRESS (old) - BOOHOO | HAT - H&M | BOOTS - H&M

Boohoo duster coat, Boohoo black midi dress, fryent country park, fashion blogger, 100 Ways to 30, Style & Fashion

Did you like this look? Do you like wearing below the knee dresses?

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