Ponies and Kittens

Hey Guys,

I am such a girly girl. I’m a sucker for anything pink, sparkly or kawaii and I adore kittens, unicorns and ponies. So you can imagine my squeal of excitement when I came across this my little pony sweater in Primark. I just had to have it!

June 058 edit June 062 edit June 065 edit June 060 edit June 066 editSweatshirt – Primark // Leggings – Primark

OK so I know this outfit is not going to be to everybody’s taste but I think it is the cutest thing ever. I mean look at the leggings, they have kitten faces on them! kittens!!

The sweatshirt is fantastic in my opinion. It was an absolute steal at only £5. It’s deliberately oversized so is super comfy and slouchy, which is just what I want if I’m going to wear a sweatshirt. I used to love my little pony when I was young, I had loads of the toys and can remember brushing their hair and making them fly around my bedroom. So I am totally digging the retro print.

This is the kind of outfit I would wear for a girly night in with my friends or for just chilling at home with the fella. It has a super casual laid back vibe but is still cute and quirky enough to fit my style.

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Losing my blogging mojo – and how to get it back!

mojoHey Guys,

I’ve lost my blogging mojo, I’m in a rut, I’ve fallen out of love with blogging. These are just a few terms I could use to describe how I feel about my blog these days. My blog used to be such a huge part of my life and I loved that but it seems to have taken a back seat lately. At first I told myself it was because I was simply too busy with work, study and moving house to focus on blogging. However, I have now started a new job (which gives me more free time), more or less finished with uni for the summer and have settled into my new home so I can’t really use that excuse anymore. Take last week for example, I didn’t post once, was I too busy doing super important and productive things? Nope! I spent most of my free time sitting on the sofa eating junk and marathoning episodes of ‘Catfish’. I think it’s time to admit I’ve lost my mojo and from what I can gather I’m not the only one. From talking to other bloggers and reading a few helpful articles it seems to me that most bloggers find themselves stuck in a rut every once in a while.

Signs you have lost your blogging mojo…

  • You can no longer be bothered to read or comment on other blogs.
  • You have no ideas for blog posts or you do have ideas but can’t find the motivation to actually write them.
  • You constantly procrastinate and your posting becomes much less frequent.
  • When you do post something, your writing is lacklustre and unenthusiastic.
  • You no longer make an effort on social media.

So what am I going to do about it? This is a question that I have been mulling over in my mind for the last couple of weeks. I’m not going to lie, I’ve even questioned whether I should continue blogging at all. My blog still means way to much to me to just quit. So I have come up with some goals to help me get back on track. If you feel you’ve lost your mojo too then maybe these tips could help.

Step back into the blogosphere

I’ve gotten really out of touch with other bloggers, weeks can go by without me properly reading anything from my Bloglovin feed. I haven’t commented on another blog for absolutely ages and I just feel so out of touch with the blogging community in general. From now on I plan to make time to start reading other blogs and connecting with other bloggers again. The blogging community can be such a wonderful and supportive place, I took myself out of the blogosphere but now it’s time to get back into it.

Be more active on social media

It has dawned on me recently that my social media use isn’t actually that social. I’m not really interacting with others as much as I should be. Most of my tweets are generic “New post, here’s the link” kind of tweets, lame! It’s been ages since I last joined in a twitter chat so I will be trying to do more of that from now on.

Ditch the schedule

Having a clear cut plan of what you want to post and when can be great. I’ve been using a blog schedule for a long time and it has been a very useful way to keep my blog structured, organised and on track. I plan all my posts at the beginning of the month and then tweak the schedule every time I sit down to blog. This worked really well for a long time but ever since I started struggling with my blog the schedule has made it seem more like a chore than a hobby. Every time I would miss a post I would really give myself a hard time for it. I began to find that the schedule was actually limiting my creativity. So as a little experiment I’ve decided to ditch the schedule for now and just post what I want when the mood takes me rather than trying to stick to a schedule.

Step away from the screen and use real paper

I don’t know why but sometimes it really helps me to jot things down on actual paper rather than just type everything all the time. I’ve bought myself a notebook which I’m going to use to write down any ideas I have for posts. It’s much easier to brainstorm ideas when I can doodle in a notepad and not be distracted by emails, twitter, etc.

Collect inspiration and step outside your comfort zone.

One of the reasons I feel my blog has gone stale is because every post is becoming the same: “here is what I’m wearing… It’s from this store… generic statement about how much I love it… etc” Ive been searching all over the internet for some inspiration and have come up with some ideas for different posts. In the past I have been nervous about writing about different kinds of topics other than just outfit posts. I suppose I worry that it could alienate my readers, but now in order to get out of this rut, I think I should just go for it. I really want my blog to grow and diversify so from now on if I want to write something other than an outfit post then I will.

Commit

I have never really had set times to blog, in the beginning I would do something with my blog every day because I wanted to but lately it just keeps getting pushed back in favor of other things. Obviously that is not working anymore. I have now decided to commit to spending 1 or 2 hours everyday doing something blog related such as writing, taking photos, tweaking the design, reading other blogs or taking part in blogger twitter chats.

 
At the end of the day just chill out!

It’s so easy to get caught up in worrying about where is my blog going? How can I get more traffic? Why are other blogs more popular than mine? Why did no one comment on my last post? And then you can forget that this is actually suppose to be something fun. So I’m just gonna chill out, forget about where my blog is heading and get back to just blogging for myself.

I’m hoping that all these things will make a real difference and I will rekindle my love for blogging soon. To be honest just writing this post has helped. I feel like this is the first piece of real writing I have done in absolutely ages and I actually feel happy to publish it.

Have you ever lost your blogging mojo? What did you do about it? I would love to hear your experiences :)

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Patterned trousers

Hey Guys,

These are the last of the pics that I took at my old place. Please excuse the crappy picture quality, I think I must have been in a rush and didn’t set up my camera properly, Boo!

may 14 073 edit may 14 074 edit may 14 075 edit may 14 072 editTrousers – Primark // Shoes – Boutique // Top – Cage City

These are my new favourite trousers and I’ve been wearing them loads! I love the pattern and and the colours, they are very bright and definitely eye catching.

Sorry it’s such a short post today as I am about to go furniture shopping with the fella. How very grown up of us :)

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Another mini haul

Hey Guys,

I have a mini haul post for you today, I went shopping for the first time in ages last week and here’s what I bought.

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haul 020 edit I am sooo in love with these shoes! They have been very popular over on my Instagram account too. I was walking past Bank and spotted these in the window, they had been reduced to only £20. I couldn’t resist and there was only one pair left in my size so I snapped them up. I adore white shoes at the moment and I just love the chunky sole. haul 015 editThese cut off shorts are from Primark for £5. I already have a pair in pink but I loved them so much I picked up these in blue.  haul 029 editBlack trainers from New Look. Not very exciting but I needed some black shoes for work. I always go to New Look for work shoes because they are inexpensive but don’t fall apart straight away like other cheap shoes.  haul 026 editI am so excited to try these out! The rose conditioner is specially created for dyed hair and actually adds a touch of pink to your hair. I also picked up this resurrection mask as I am always looking for ways to treat my dyed hair. haul 027 editAnother boring purchase. We are currently transforming our second bedroom into a dressing room and I’ve only just realised exactly how many clothes I have. We keep running out of clothes hangers so I bought this pack of 10 velvet hangers for £4 from Primark.

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Henry Holland Playsuit

Hey Guys,

Hope you all had an awesome weekend and Monday wasn’t to hard on you! I’ve just come back from a weekend away in London with some friends. We had a great time and since the weather was so fantastic we made the most of it by visiting some superb rooftop bars across the city before ending up dancing the night away in a club in Soho. We were in London all day Saturday and stayed out well into the early hours of Sunday morning. I wanted to wear something that would be comfortable enough to trek across the city in but would also be dressy enough to wear to the club later on. I opted for this beautiful playsuit.

June 039 edit June 035 edit June 033 edit June 030 edit June 037 edit June 046 edit June 044 editPlaysuit – H! by Henry Holland // Flatform sandals – River Island // Kimono – Primark // Backpack – Primark

Can you believe this is the first playsuit I have ever owned?! shocking, I know :) I’m pretty sure my friends are getting sick of the sight of it as I have pretty much worn it every weekend for the past month. I absolutely adore it! The all over heart print is so adorable and the cotton is soft and lightweight making this really easy to wear. It is so comfortable. I also think the tie at the waist is a nice touch as it creates a more flattering silhouette. I don’t know why I waited so long to buy a playsuit but after becoming so enthralled with this one I think I will definitely be investing in a few more soon.

Here I have teamed my playsuit with this cute pink crochet kimono, which I picked up in Primark for just £7. I think they had the same style in a few different colours and I would definitely recommend picking one up if like me you are a big fan of kimonos. I am also wearing my super cool pink holographic flatform sandals from River Island. They still amaze me every time I wear them. In my opinion, the perfect summer shoe.

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Lifestyle // New home

Hey Guys,

Last month Dave and I moved into our new flat. It’s all I’ve been talking about for months so I am sorry if you are sick of hearing about it! It’s a big deal for us as it is the first time we have lived together alone rather than in a shared house or with our parents.

They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can ever do and I can definitely agree with that. The weeks leading up to the move were pretty tough but luckily the actual moving day was smooth sailing. We were very lucky to have a lot of our family and friends offer to help out.

There is still a lot of work to do before we can say that the flat is finished and done how we want it. So far the kitchen is finished and the living room is almost done but our two bedrooms are still a mess!

June 076 edit June 078 edit June 079 June 082Bread bin and pots set – Argos // Matching kettle and toaster – Argos 

June 074 editGrandfather clock wall sticker – Ikea

June 070 edit June 072 editPug cushion – Next

June 101Scratch off world map poster – Not on the highstreet.com

I will post more pics as the flat comes together. I am planning on converting our spare room into a kind of walk-in-wardrobe so you can expect a post on that coming soon.

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Club Tropicana

Hey Guys,

I’m actually feeling really unwell today :( I’m currently writing this whilst snuggled up on the sofa in my pyjamas so I’m gonna make it short and sweet…

may 14 052 edit may 14 056edit may 14 066 edit may 14 059 edit may 14 068 editTop – Primark // Shorts – New Look // Shoes – Boutique

I absolutely love tropical print at the moment, aren’t these colours gorgeous? This top was only £4 from Primark. It is loose fitting and slightly sheer. They actually have a few different designs/patterns available in this style. I would say it is well worth picking up a couple.

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Daisy dress

Hey Guys,

Happy hump day!

may 14 031edit may 14 024 edit may 14 023 edit may 14 027 edit may 14 033 edit may 14 020 edit may 14 034 editDress – TK Maxx // Shoes – Boutique // Bag – Vintage

I love this dress so much!!! I didn’t mean to buy it, my boyfriend went into town with his friends and I tagged along for the ride. I mooched around the shops whilst the boys did whatever the hell boys do when they go shopping (???) I wasn’t intending to actually buy anything but when I saw this dress I couldn’t resist. It was only £16 which I think is a total bargain.

I have been referring to this dress as my daisy dress but actually looking at it now, I don’t think the flowers are daisies at all. Every year loads of floral dresses hit the stores in time for spring/summer. I’m a big fan of floral but lately I feel like it has been getting a little samey…

Meryl Streep floralsHowever, this dress caught my eye because I feel like it is a slightly different take on the floral trend. I like the simplicity of the flower print, and of course you can never go wrong with monochrome. The buttons up the front give it a slight 90′s vibe and the caging at the back is stunning. I always love dresses that can go from day to night and this is definitely one of those. Here I have teamed it with some chunky heels in forest green just to add a little splash of colour. Did I mention these heels only cost me £2.50! I love a bargain :)

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Parental Advisory

Hey Guys,

I took these photos absolutely ages ago! They are part of a set of photos I took before we moved but never got round to posting, so I am posting them now :)

Sweatshirt and boyfriend jeans parental advisory sweatshirt Alexander Wang dupe parental advisory parental advisory mesh sweatshirt parental advisory mesh sweatshirt Alexander Wang sweatshirt dupeSweater – SheInside // Jeans – Primark // Shoes – Boutique

I think this must have been the first time I have worn jeans in about 4 years. I’m really not a big jeans fan but lately I have spotted a few styles I like. I decided to try a cheap pair from Primark before I committed to buying any expensive Topshop jeans. I chose these ripped boyfriend jeans with an all over flower print. They are fine I guess, jeans don’t really excite me so there isn’t a lot I can say about them. I’m glad I chose to try a cheap pair first as I have decided that I still don’t like wearing jeans. I just find them too constricting and uncomfortable. This pair are now only worn for cleaning and housework and I’m very glad I didn’t splash out for a more expensive pair!

This fun sweatshirt is from Sheinside and is actually the first thing I have ever bought from them. Obviously it’s a dupe of the Alexander Wang parental advisory sweatshirt but only cost me £15 which is way more budget friendly than the £835 price tag for the real thing! As far as dupes go it is pretty decent. Unfortunately, I had an allergic reaction to the mesh and so won’t be wearing this top again (boo!) but I’m sure it would be fine for someone who doesn’t have such sensitive skin.

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