LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM LONDON

LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM LONDON

I’VE ALWAYS LONGED TO EXPERIENCE THE FAST PACED, EXCITING, ANYTHING-IS-POSSIBLE CITY

 

I will forever hold a slightly, rose tinted view of London; forever choosing only to see the best, forever perhaps being a little naive. I was born close to London and moved to Devon shortly after and that’s where I’ve grown up. This upbringing made me dream of what a busy life would be like, in stark comparison to the sleepy (and OAP populated) towns I’ve lived in. I’ve always longed to experience the fast paced, exciting, anything-is-possible city and I feel like although over the last year I haven’t lived in the centre of it all, I’ve certainly experienced it well and have learnt a hell of a lot (as well as successfully being able to navigate the tube without a map or getting lost 😉 )

The people, the restaurants, the shops and the architecture all excites me and fills me with drive, happiness and motivation. It’s fast moving and dissolves your troubles instantly, reminding you to put life into perspective sometimes and focus on what actually matters. It’s filled with all sorts of wonderful souls from all walks of life (making for incredible people watching from coffee shops – yes I’m a walking cliche!) And with that, I’m sharing my life lessons learnt from London and how it’s shaping the person I’m becoming!

LET THINGS GO & PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING

 

Whenever I come to London and then back to Devon, I not only learn to appreciate both, but also how different they really are sometimes. I’ve been in London when I’m on a complete, career driven high, but also when I’ve been feeling really down, trying to carry on as if life is dandy and be almost distastefully chirpy in meetings when really, I want to curl up into a ball and cry. This is short lived and a walk down Soho, Oxford street or Covent Garden soon reminds me that this city is full of people, full of opportunities and things can change in a second. A look around and you realise all these people are living these crazy lives, from mansions in Notting Hill to tourists flocking onto Regent Street. They each have their own stories and when ever I’m feeling down I’m reminded that there’s people worse off than myself and I’m just happy to be alive, breathing and appreciative.

PEOPLE ARE WONDERFUL (SOMETIMES ANNOYING, BUT MOSTLY WONDERFUL)

The people, oh my goodness the people are without a doubt the TOTAL HIGHLIGHT of this city! I’ve met so many incredible friends for life within the last year, sometimes when you grow up in a small town the opportunity for meeting people can be difficult past school and you can get stuck in the rut of ‘school friends’ and then your ‘work colleagues’. Being self employed means that it’s all the more difficult for me to meet new people sometimes, which is why Badoo is blooming marvellous and a godsend for my single gal pals – a place not only to safely meet new friends but also a spot of dating (you can also see who’s in your area (fab for those who don’t live in cities) and who you’ve bumped into which I think is amazing!

I’ve been in a long term relationship and when conversation between me and my friends turns to dates they’re constantly updating me on hilarious fails and dates gone wrong. I worked with Badoo last year and really admire how they’ve approached dating (because if I was single, man would I be clueless and need a little help!) They’re also the largest dating app in the world, so if that isn’t reassurance, I don’t know what is! I recommended a few of my friends download it, as I feel like it’s personally a more relaxed, friendly vibe as opposed to the fear of being Booty called like some others are notoriously renowned for! Their safety and verifying features are also super reassuring (because who hasn’t heard an online dating disaster story or two) so there’s no dodgy cat fishing going on – leaving you in a safe environment to meet similar, amazing people to yourselves! I must admit I’m a sucker for browsing through the ‘lookalikes’ feature just for a little look at who my lookalikes are (there’s also matched lookalikes for people like Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellie Goulding.. Just sayin’)

HAVE FUN, DRESS HOW YOU WANT AND DO WHAT YOU WANT

Further more on the subject of the amazing population of London, one thing I’m always mesmerised by is people watching and admiring peoples style! I love my home town but the style is seriously unvaried in comparison to cities and with London being an incredibly vibrant place, I feel a lot more confident expressing myself there! I’m a pretty laid back dresser as you’ll know and my style is pretty boring in comparison to most bloggers (okay let’s stop the self depreciation – it’s not totally boring, just basic, classic) but I still get strange looks whilst walking through a small Devon town in my everyday attire, but London has taught me to dress for myself and do what makes me happy, regardless of others judgment (more on the topic of judgement here!)

I’m forever finding myself on the tube, creating little stories of who all these people are and what they do – that bloke is DEFINITELY a writer and that woman must have a pretty awesome job to be dressed the way she is. There’s so much to be told and a story in every corner – you literally can’t help but feel the pulse of the city below your feet and feel inspired by the energy! Life is waaaay too short to live it anything else but spectacularly. Do what you love and do it unapologetically!

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I really hope you loved this one my loves – whether you’re a city dweller or never experienced London  I’d love to know your thoughts and where inspires you! Send over your fave places, I’d love to know as always!

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As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by Ben Kapur

This post was very kindly sponsored by the beauts at Badoo!

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CREATING YOUR HAPPY SPACE

CREATING YOUR HAPPY SPACE

LET’S BE HONEST, HOW MUCH EASIER IS BEING A BLOGGER WHEN YOUR HOME IS INSTAGRAMMABLE?

I‘ve been obsessed with interiors ever since I can remember – from Ikea trips as a 10 year old to visions of a dark, purple painted, Harry Potter adorned bedroom – I’ve always loved to dream up my ideal space. The Harry Potter obsession may have been tamed since, but the love and desire to create a happy little space of my own has well and truly stuck with me. I don’t own a beautiful, huge home – hell I don’t even know where I want to live right now or in the future, but I do know that it’s super important for me to put my own stamp on my own space, wherever that may be.

I’ve really enjoyed adding more and more items into my little interior collection over the last year or so (cute homewares always make fab insta flatlay props too – always an excuse right 😉 ) However I always felt like my space was a bit bare and lacking something – apart from a few disposable camera shots in frames, I have no prints and my walls were screaming for a makeover – so I’ve teamed up with the beauts from Desenio  and chosen my fave pieces to work into my space! It’s so important for my happiness to feel comfortable and relaxed in my home, so I’m sharing how I go about creating my happy space!

ADD A TOUCH OF HUMOUR

 

I love a good, sassy print as much as the next blogger – who doesn’t want their walls adorned with motivational quotes and phrases to make you laugh?! In fact, if you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll know I have quite the collection of fab quotes – ready to pull out at any occasion to pick up, motivate and inspire myself! Desenio even have a print section dedicated to motivational quotes (I spent a good few hours browsing this haha!) Waking up and wandering downstairs to make myself a morning coffee and seeing these prints makes me smile and that’s definitely a damn, good way to start the day! Pictures and prints don’t have to stop in the lounge and bedroom – spread the fun all around your house – kitchen, dining room and the bathroom for a pop of happiness and style in every corner. From girl bossy quotes, life inspiration, love, life and fashion – there’s something to suit all personalities and taste (I also love how much people laugh when they see my ‘Oh Crepe print! 😉 )

STYLE RUT? PINTEREST IS YOUR BESTIE!

We all know the wonderful, soul sucking feeling that is comparison – something creators and bloggers are particularly wonderful at! Even after finishing some of your best work, it’s so easy to instantly look at someone else’s and feel like chucking the towel in and hibernating until the foreseeable future! It happens to the best of us and it’s normal to feel lacklustre about your space sometimes, especially when you’re not where you want to be or looking to move! It’s all about making the best of what you have – small room in a shared house? Use space saving techniques to de clutter and clear your mind reading for those little homely touches like prints, candles and flowers.

I have TONNES of Pinterest boards full of home inspiration for each and every room and space, this is the biggest help in the world when you’re feeling unsure of what you like or questioning how to decorate and style rooms. One browse through my boards and I’m back on track, reminded of what I love, my fave colour palettes and full of inspiration! When choosing the frames and prints I was mindful of what would work with my current colour palette, I love how the pink flower print came out and brightens a space! I’ve never seen such a beautiful and chic selection than on their website – nailing it down to the last chosen prints was pretty hard when I bookmarked about 50!

IF STYLE IS A REFLECTION OF OURSELVES, SO SHOULD BE OUR HOMES.

We dress to feel good and it speaks for us without whispering a word, so your home should also be a reflection of yourself. When I dress how I love, I feel happy and so when my house reflects me and my personality, I feel happy too! I love to buy things that show the kind of person I am – I collect books, prints, decorations and pieces that embellish a space. Desenio have really nailed their curation of products to choose from – chic, modern, beautiful and affordable (I was also really surprised by how easy the prints were to pop in the frames –  I normally suck at this!) Whether you splash 50 colours over the walls or prefer a white space with pops of print, create a little space that you feel reflects you in all of your amazingness! I genuinely feel happy every time I look around and see all of the lovely things I’ve collected over the years and the things I’ve consequently bought to compliment them – like how good does this print go with my fave, bed cushions?! Life’s too short not to enjoy your space – no matter how big or small!

DRESS YOUR SPACE TO MAKE YOU FEEL HAPPY AND MOTIVATED TO SMASH LIFE!

It’s super important to enjoy your space, but it’s also really important to inject your energy into the spaces you use most – working from home means making my desk a nice (and cute lookin!) place to work is key. I feel super motivated having a collection of nice images, quotes and decorations on my desk! It’s a nice little space and my productivity is really heightened when I work somewhere I enjoy! I forever love looking at cute desk inspo on Pinterest, it means that should I ever tire of my space, a little click through some pins and I’m instantly inspired to give it a little revamp! Browsing through the Fashion category in particular really gave me a boost of inspo, especially as theres also shots of the prints in situe to give you some further interior inspo on how to style your prints!

I’m almost, definitely, totally obsessed with this Elizabeth Taylor print – simple, minimal, classic and oh so sassy! Perfect to perk me up at that mid-day slump or when I’m feeling a little uninspired! Creating a cute desk is probably my fave thing and I regularly move bits around as to how I feel. I also love how the gorgeous lipstick print brings something a little arty to my vanity corner (that gold frame though!)  you don’t realise how bare a space really used to look once you pop a print up in it’s place! I feel like prints really speak a lot about the person who chooses them and I definitely love how these ones sum me up! (Coffee addict, lipstick hoarder who wants to take over the world from her bed!) Would love to know what your fave is!

 

SHOP MY INTERIOR FAVES

 

I hope you loved this one beauts and enjoyed having a little peek into my love of interiors! I’d love to know how you put your own stamp on your home and your fave way to decorate places to make it your happy space! Leave a little comment below and tell us your tips and ideas! 

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As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

This post was a sponsored collaboration with the lovelies at Desenio

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4 AFFORDABLE THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE END OF SUMMER

4 AFFORDABLE THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE END OF SUMMER

THE TANS WILL FADE BUT THE MEMORIES WILL LAST FOREVER

I‘m a January baby and very much looking forward to the onslaught of Pumpkin spice latte insta pics, cosy knitwear and ankle boots ( snuck them in a bit early in this post, you may have noticed 😉 ). However, I’m not quite yet willing to let the last, sweet taste of care-free summer disappear. I’m off to Greece next week which has somewhat extended my summer timeline and made me really excited to make the most of thin layers and warm skin! This year has flown by and with that, summer a blur before my eyes. I’m taking the time to slow down, be still and catch the last breathe of the warmer months. This year I haven’t felt guilty for not attending a million festivals, going to a tonne of parties or living at the beach. Instead I’ve prioritised the simpler things and it’s felt seriously good.

These ideas might not be groundbreaking, they might not be nothing new and at best, a little cliche. But it is true what they say, the best things in life sometimes are free and I’ve felt really appreciative of just being in the moment this summer, whether it’s watching the sun slowly come down or playing board games in a haze, here’s a list of my 4 affordable things to do before the end of summer and what’s made my soul happy this year!

WATCH AS MANY SUNSETS & SUNRISES AS PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE

 

Probably the most cliche of all summer activities but this truly is the most magical thing I’ve done and I’ve lost count of the amount of times I have simply just sat still this summer and watched the evening fade into darkness. On sandy beaches with a bottle of cheap beer, on a dewy, grassy hill or perched on a rock over looking the sea, these are my fave places to sit and watch a day melt into another. The other evening, I saw the pinkest sky reflect onto the water below and felt an overwhelming sense of calm, my troubles lost and really just felt appreciative to be alive and in the moment, because really, that’s the only thing that matters. This is one activity that costs nothing but makes you appreciate everything – highly recommend if you’re feeling a little stressed or like life is getting on top of you!

GRAB A DISAPOSABLE CAMERA AND PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING

I bloody love disposable cameras, the images they produce always fill me with happiness and have a certain charm about them. I love how they’re grainy, often out of focus and capture the flare of a hot, summers sun. Go to boots or a supermarket, pick one or two up for about £4 each and whack one in your bag whenever you head out! Each take about 27 images and you can get them developed for a small price (about £4, including both hard copies and a CD for that all important insta shot 😉 )

People often laugh and wonder why I don’t just snap images on my camera all of the time, but I love having these blurry snaps from a chilled summers evening with friends or a holiday to put into frames and into photo albums. I took one on my french exchange to Paris in sixth from and I always look back on those photos and smile. They have that vintage look no filter could replicate and I love whacking it out when I’m having a happy moment, with absolutely no idea what it’s gonna look like, no need to edit or delete!

GO ON A SPONTANEOUS CAMPING TRIP

Camping is SO underrated! My childhood was filled with my dad taking us on camping trips around Devon, come rain or shine. (Because have you really camped if the tent hasn’t fallen on your head through the pressure of the down pouring rain? ) We decided to spontaneously go camping the other week and within 2 hours we had a packed up car, a pitch booked and were on our way! There’s something beautifully freeing about letting go of all your materialistic items, wifi & television for a night or so and just taking time out!

We brought BBQ’s, beer, prosecco, veggie sausages and snacks and wandered off for walks along the coast, star gazing under blankets and photographing the milky way. Looking up at that huge sky really put life and my small, petty troubles into perspective. These are the magical moments that make you appreciate life and our insane world and the beautiful people we choose to share it with! Pack up your car and head off, even nearby and just camp, play card games and have fun! 

SWIM IN THE SEA OR RIVER OFTEN, IT’S LIBERATING & AWAKENING

Let’s be honest, no matter how sweltering the day, the water temperatures in England will never really be comfortably warm, but that’s all part of the charm! There’s something hilariously fun about diving into glacial temperatures! Walking along Lyme Regis sea front I’ve met countless people who, over the course of their 50 or 60 years, have sworn by daily dips in the sea, no matter what the month and I find that super admirable! I like to believe it’s good for the body and livening for the soul – late night paddles or afternoon swims when the odd heat wave decides to greet us, you can’t beat the feeling of running in and screaming once the icey temperatures hit you. This one is great to make you feel alive, young and care free.

 

SHOP MY SUMMER & HOLIDAY PICKS

 

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I hope you loved this little post and found a little inspiration! I’ve been doing all of these things for the past few months & I can’t tell you how happy they make me, especially when life can get over complicated! What are your fave things to do in summer my beauts?

I’ve also got so much Summer style & travel goodness coming to my channel, so make sure you’re subscribed! 

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by the lovely Emma from The Emasphere!

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IS THE BLOGOSPHERE BECOMING OVER SATURATED?

IS THE BLOGOSPHERE BECOMING OVER SATURATED?

TIMES ARE CHANGING AND EVOLVING, ALWAYS

The ever changing face of the blogosphere has been truly fascinating, inspiring and incredible to watch over the last several years. Things have rapidly evolved, grown and changed, particularly within the last year or so. Some long for the old blogging days back of self timed images in our rooms and back gardens, when reality is our imagery is getting more incredible by the second, with online tutorials and blog posts making it easier for us to learn editing, camera settings and SEO. People are beginning to smash their first blog posts out with a perfectly bokehed background and impeccable style (though mine certainly was not!) However this topic seems to have taken a slightly negative turn if you have a scroll through Twitter nowadays.

I must admit I’ve only really started to avidly use Twitter daily within the last few months, but negative threads & the odd bitchiness aside, I’m actually loving it! Such a wonderful place for support, discussions and recommendations. Its a place for a plethora of opinions, which also makes it prone for arguments here and there, particularly amongst us bloggers nowadays it seems. I can understand how some long standing bloggers feel as though too many are cashing in on the blogging industry too fast, imitating others, but then again we can’t let new things and change make us bitter. Industries change rapidly, whether it’s the Health industry, fashion, the arts or blogging and there’s always going to be new competitors arising, so I’m asking is the blogosphere becoming oversaturated, or do we just need to embrace all that it’s becoming?

IT STARTED WITH A TWEET

It’s no surprise that this debate probably wholly originated from the twitter world – a place to vent our frustrations, share our comedic mishaps, scream good news and spread good vibes. A daily scroll will present itself as a timeline full of empowerment, petitioning, retweets of killer blog posts and a good old moan too. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s good to discuss what’s important to us and what needs addressing, especially as this is such a new industry with no wrongs, rights or boundaries. But as we know, things can turn all too nasty with a seemingly innocent tweet, ensuing battlecries from all corners of the internet. Of course there will be some out purely for the money, with no regard for others, just like their are in other businesses. But do we ignore it, fight it or continue to focus on ourselves and stay in our own lanes?

DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO

I’m a sucker for a good quote, and I will never have enough love for this one. Life is way too short to live it mundanely, I’ve never settled for anything less than something that sets my soul on fire, even if it meant that I’d be penniless. Many have found this stupid, but I’m truly happy when doing what I love, finances are not the be all and end all, at least I’m trying to live that way anyway! What matters is those you love and your happiness. My happiness has always stemmed from ambition, which is why I’ve pushed and pushed this little blog of mine, kept writing, kept photographing, even if it never amounted to a job, I love it so I do it.

If you adore blogging, do it for the love of creation and no other reason. I’m often approached by old friends, asking for advice on starting a blog and that they’re put off because so many others seem to be doing it now. The most important thing to remember, in any profession is that there’s only one of YOU and that’s your best selling point! It doesn’t matter what others are doing, it doesn’t matter if there’s 100 or 1,000,000 people doing it it – do what you love and do it full heartedly, because that’s where the real magic happens. When you truly enjoy what you’re doing, other’s will see that and also begin to enjoy what you’re doing too!

SUCCESS IS THE BEST REVENGE

Do you think if someone told Meryl Streep there were too many actresses she would be like ‘Oh, okay then, fair play’ and then give up?! No, it would push that woman so far forward that she’d show that person just how wrong they were. (after all, success is the best revenge 😉 She was apparently turned down for King Kong for being ‘ugly’ (I know, WTF!) and man did she use that as motivation to succeed even more! The thing is, there can never be enough actresses, doctors, horse riders, musicians, painters and vets. There can never be too many of anything, if you love something DO IT! If the blogging industry was ‘over saturated’ and we all stopped, once this generation of bloggers stopped then blogging would cease to exist.

We need the veterans to inspire the next generation of budding writers, vloggers and bloggers. Yes, some may perhaps be unsure of what direction to go in, they may not have found their ‘niche’ and perhaps imitate someone a little too much but thats’ life. Imitation, as annoying as it sometimes can be, is the highest form of flattery. No one can be you, and if they try it’s obviously because they admire you and your work so much and strive for that! We can’t get annoyed at people wanting to do what they love, just because it’s your hobby or career, doesn’t meant there’s no room for anyone else. If someone tries to tell you otherwise (sorry to the bullies in my early blogging years, I’m still here 😉 ) work your little butt off and prove them wrong, it’s a good feeling, trust me!

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I’ll always be a firm believer in there being room for all, even if the whole world was blogging, we’re each our own person with our own thoughts and inspirations! I really hope you loved this one – would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this topic! Please do pop a comment below or join in the convo on twitter!

I’ve also got so much Summer style & travel goodness coming to my channel, so make sure you’re subscribed! 

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by Ben Kapur

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LEARNING TO LOVE YOUR BODY

LEARNING TO LOVE YOUR BODY

“WHAT WITH ASOS SHOWCASING THEIR BEAUTIFUL MODELS UNRETOUCHED & BLOGGERS BRINGING RELATABILITY TO THE GAME, YOU CAN’T HELP BUT CELEBRATE WHAT THE INDUSTRY IS BECOMING!”

No matter who you are, where you came from or how you are raised, I’m sure we all share this common attribute – that in some point in our lives, we’ve all perhaps encountered some issues surrounding body confidence and our feelings towards our bodies. It’s a delicate subject, one whereby if you don’t choose your words carefully, you could unintentionally cause offence. But it also has the power to unite, inspire and empower people all across the globe and that’s one thing worth focusing on! Social media, catwalks and magazines of course traditionally sometimes plant ideas in our minds that we should perhaps appear a certain way. That blemishes, stretch marks and scars should be erased and with that, sometimes ourselves.

 But what with the likes of ASOS embracing their beautiful models in their full, un-retouched glory and bloggers bringing some more reliability to the game (SO many gorgeous, unique and wonderful gals!) It can’t help but make you celebrate the changing times and wonderful diversity of the industry. There will always be downfalls, you could choose to focus on the negatives or embrace the beautiful thing it’s becoming and see the good. Let this post motivate and inspire you to love your beautiful selves and be confident in your skin! Here’s a few ways I like to build my confidence up and remind myself to love my body!

POWER DRESSING

Ahh the power of clothes. Not only are they pretty and fun but they also have the power to make you feel like a total boss. Dress how you like and love, not how you think you should dress. Everyone feels good in different things, some people feel like they can take over the work in heels and dresses and others in denim or a cosy knit. There’s no secret formula but don’t settle for clothes that don’t make you FEEL good. These Sweaty Betty leggings for example, the luxe material and unbeatable fit makes me feel absolutely amazing! Similarly my fave Topshop Jeans are always something I can rely on to boost my confidence. When shopping, spend time trying on different styles and sizes, you’ll know when its ‘the one’ because you won’t be able to pull yourself away without the item in tow 😉

NOURISH YOURSELF

I‘ve mentioned it before and I’ll say it again because I’ve found that nourishing yourself really is key. I’m not an expert, nor a nutritionist, but I do know that when I eat well, I feel damn good. When I feel good, I don’t feel like I need to look a certain way, because truly feeling good in yourself surpasses any other feeling for me. We know we should be eating fresh, wholesome and as natural as possible. I bloody love pizza, cheese and wine and there ain’t no way in hell I’m giving that up, not for all the abs in the world.

I won’t let myself feel too guilty because life is too short, however my body confidence does tend to plummet if I continually eat things that bloat me out, high in sugar or processed. Everything in moderation and if you try to keep the majority of your diet fresh and wonderful, you definitely should enjoy that prosecco and cake! Your body was built to look after your beautiful soul, so look after it 🙂

DO THINGS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL AMAZING!

Similarly to nourishing yourself, doing things that make you feel amazing do wonders for your self esteem. I’m not going to lie – I do feel guilty when I don’t exercise – of course I do. Our bodies were made to do amazing things so I try to get this butt moving whenever I can. However, in the same breath there’s no point beating yourself up when you don’t live up to that brutal workout regime you vowed to stick to at new years.

Some people adore the gym, others don’t. Find something that excited and motivates you! Brisk walks, boxing, swimming, dancing – get your body going, release endorphins and feel amazing and alive! If you go to the gym 4 times a week or none, go at your own pace, be kind to yourself and don’t compare – we are all amazing and unique!

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I hope you loved this one and that it inspired you to give yourself a little bit of love! I’d love to hear your body confidence tips & ways of making sure you always feel amazing!

I’ve also got so much Summer style & travel goodness coming to my channel, so make sure you’re subscribed! 

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by my babe Emma Spencer! 

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3 WAYS TO CHANGE UP YOUR WORKWEAR STYLE

3 WAYS TO CHANGE UP YOUR WORKWEAR STYLE

“PREVIOUSLY WHEN I THOUGHT OF WORKWEAR, I THOUGHT OF CLINGY, ITCHY MATERIAL, ILL FITTING BLAZERS AND CLUNKY SHOES OVER TIGHTS THAT YOU EVER-SO-CAUTIOUSLY TRIED TO KEEP LADDER FREE”

 

Ahh work wear, something which used to fill me with dread at school work experience days, sifting through my wardrobe only to dress like a dowdy woman 30 years my senior, only to sit in a office I had no desire to be in. My first experiences of ‘proper work’ didn’t exactly excite me nor fill me with a burning desire. Previously, when I thought of work wear, I thought of clingy, itchy materials, ill-fitting blazers and skirts and clunky shoes over tights that you ever-so-cautiously tried to keep ladder free. Admittedly I loved wearing uniform at school, I felt smart, put together and didn’t have to fuss about what to wear every day or people judging your social status on your River Island handbag and choice of outerwear.

Fast forward into my little adult life and I’ve become quite fond of work wear, probably because I’m minus the uninspiring jobs I had to sit at for a week at work experience! Our clothes have the power to motivate, inspire and make us feel pretty damn good, so why save your fave pieces for the weekend? Whatever your job, you dress yourself in the morning ready to smash the day ahead, so whether you have strict dress rules or not, there’s always some way you can put your own little twist on things. Here I’m sharing what I’ve learnt and 3 ways you can change up your workwear style, to really lift your confidence, mood and make you feel like you can boss it everyday!

SWITCH UP YOUR ACCESSORIES

 

Your work bag doesn’t have to be boring and practical doesn’t have to be boring either. Keep it smart, structured and with enough room for all your days essentials. You can never go wrong with a structured cross body or a little classic handbag. For work I like to keep the shape simple and then perhaps look for bold colours, prints and details, or if I’m going for an interesting shape, I’ll keep the colour paired back. Accessories really have the power to bring a simple look to life, even a humble, white, shirt and black trousers. Pair it with one of these babies and let the compliments flood in!

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LOOK FOR TWISTS ON CLASSIC PIECES

It’s no surprise that tailored, black trousers are pretty much everyones workwear staple, so why not invest in some that have little twists and details? Getting the tailoring on point is key and I must admit I was really impressed with these Fashion Union babies that I’m wearing – they’re super affordable but also the tailoring is pretty good for your buck – being the shorty I am I thought they’d be super long but was pleasantly surprised! 

Look for little twists on staple pieces – like the lace trim on these! A tie waist, pleats, bows, embellishments, cropped, prints and stripes. It doesn’t have to be plain and boring, you can choose a classic shape and then hunt down pieces that are a little bit different – ASOS are awesome for this! Also make sure you spend time trying them on and really getting a pair that fit properly, are comfortable and make you feel UHH-MAZING!

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YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY SHIRTS

Okay, so perhaps you’d have to draw the line at some point, but if there’s one thing I can’t physically stop myself buying, it’s shirts! Whenever I stroll into Zara, my changing room rack is practically collapsing under the weight of the sheer amount of shirts I grab. I like having my favourite few pairs of trousers and go-to denim, so shirts for me are where you can really change things up! The biggest tip, especially for work wear is having comfortable and breathable material – so spend some time actually feeling the pieces your trying on!

This shirt has been my fave for over a year, simple, breathable but with those all important flared sleeves! If you’ve read this post you’ll know I love a bit of sleeve action 😉 Similarly with trousers, look for details and updates to bring your shirt collection up to the current season and trends. Ruffles, frills and flared sleeves are my go to at the moment! I also love matching my lippy for the ultimate power-dressing look (also nothing makes it appear like you have your life together like slapping on some bold lippy 😉 )

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Thanks so much for reading this one beauts – I hope it gave you a little bit of inspo, wherever you work, whoever you are! I love a good bit of tailoring, would love to know your fave tips for styling work wear or how you dress for a day of bossing it! 

I’ve also got so much Summer style & travel goodness coming to my channel, so make sure you’re subscribed! I also was thinking of doing a little styling series/lookbooks – would you be interested in seeing a work wear one? Let me know beauts!

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by Ben Kapur

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