How blogging friends have changed my life

How blogging friends have changed my life

“When any elder relative likes to joke and remind me that
the internet is ‘anti social’ I would like to remind them that
would it not have been for the internet, I would have never
met half the amazing souls I have.”

Never would I have thought, that through my little blog, so many new friendships, that stretch the length of the UK and even the world, would be born. Nothing, like really, NOTHING beats the feeling when you instantly click with someone. You GET each other, you’re on the same wavelength, you can appreciate one another’s humour and even value your differences. Meet Emma. Someone I’ve not known too long, in the grand scale of everything, but definitely fits the cliche of ‘feeling like you’ve been friends for years’. When any elder relative likes to joke and remind me that the internet is ‘anti social’ I would like to remind them that would it not have been for the internet, I would have never met half the amazing souls I have. It brings people all over the world together.

We met through Instagram (how amazingly 21st century!) then in person at a press day and bonded over our love of acting, cheese and wine, amongst other things. A few days later we met again at the Cosmopolitan Influencer awards and then planned to spend our first fashion week together, helping one other navigate events, get lost, have a good laugh and a glass of wine (or 3!) A firm friendship was made and we’ve been pretty inseparable since, chatting daily, helping each other out, asking one another’s advice and even going on our first press trip together in May! For me, Blogging friends have totally changed my life and here’s why. 

A problem shared is a problem halved. This has really resonated with me since having some girls who I know are always there for a chat or on tap advice. Whether it’s a techy problem, a crappy comment or having an uninspiring day, they’re always there to lift me up and point me in the right direction. 

A problem shared is a problem halved.

Sometimes, blogging really can be a tale of two, very contrasting halves. On one hand it’s extremely socialable. You have hundreds of friendly faces willing to help you out or just have a chat over twitterInstagram or Facebook. Sometimes I’ll get a really overwhelming response to something I’ve shared on Insta stories, reminding me of how connected we can really be online. Of course the parties and press days can be super fun and the chance to meet some lovely people too. On the other hand, 80% of my time is spent by myself, for hours on end and sometimes even the events I do go to can be quite isolating and lonely. Particularly when you don’t know anyone, you can get stuck with that sinking feeling of not ‘not being good enough, cool enough or looking the part’. 

There’s also, unfortunately, the negative side of the internet – as with any job you have the best bits and the kind of crappy bits. I’m a VERY positive person, always wanting to be upbeat, spread positivity and see silver linings. However even the negativity of the internet can really get on top of me at times, it seems no matter how positive you are, there’s always going to be one person who fancies raining on your parade, and that can really suck. It’s hard to deal with and when it happens, I can’t tell you how much having someone to moan to and have a pity party with helps! I feel instantly better and literally like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders! It’s great to have girls there that can relate and sympathise!

You’ll be pleasantly suprised just how many people would
love to get to know you and have a good conversation.

My blogging girls constantly inspire me to push myself, try something new and work 1000x harder! When you work by yourself, having someone to go to for advice, a second opinion, or to share their experiences and essentially, act as colleges can be really helpful. Baring in mind I only really started to make solid friendships not even a year ago, so don’t feel pressured or deflated if you haven’t found your little tribe yet. When I lived in Devon I definitely felt a bit left out, not being able to go to blogger events, meet people and make friends. Moving definitely accelerated this process and meant I had the opportunity to meet people that perhaps before I couldn’t have. With all that said, I can’t tell you how many INCREDIBLE girls I have yet to meet but absolutely ADORE!

Instagram and Twitter has really helped me build online friendships, so much so that when I’ve come to bump into a few of them in person, it’s like we’ve met 20x before – that’s the beauty of blogging too – you feel like you really get to know the person behind it all! Don’t do what I did when I first started and expect these things to happen. If you can’t attend many events, see which ones you can go to, or try and set up your own little meet up with like minded people (with lots of cake and bubbles!) – be pro active! Compliment someones killer shoes on Instagram, join in Conversations on twitter and ask questions for peoples advice on things on Insta stories. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out just how many people are willing to share their advice with you and have a good chat.

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PRIMROSE

EMMA 

I really hoped you loved this one huns, finding some friends through blogging really has totally revolutionised my blogging life and I literally have no idea what I’d do without them!

I’ve also got so much Spring style, 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

This post was in collaboration wit Farfetch, for the launch of the exclusive, Manolo Blahnik Scipios shoe!

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Distressed denim – how to make it work for all occasions

Distressed denim – how to make it work for all occasions

“Never lets you down, always feels comfortable and
whenever I slip on a pair of my faves I instantly feel like
myself.”

Ah distressed denim, always my go to uniform. Never lets you down, always feels comfortable and whenever I slip on a pair of my faves I instantly feel like myself. This is always super handy in an industry that sometimes makes me question my personal style and leaves me feeling unsure of what I want to wear. “Am I under dressed?” “Crap, she’s wearing a dress and I’m in jeans”, “Will people think I’m boring”. “Am I wearing enough trends.”

Self comparison can be a dangerous thing and I wrote all about it here. It’s only natural to do it sometimes, even the most self assured of us do it. It just so happens I feel my best in a pair of slightly dishevelled looking jeans! Of course I’m always met with the sarcastic and slightly tiresome ‘ohh did you buy them like that’ – “You should buy more jeans, they have a hole in them” comments (particularly when I go back home to see family in Devon!) But hell, I feel damn good in a pair of ripped jeans and it just so happens you can really dress those babies up, like I did here with this stunning top from Coast and some killer heels!

 

“A white tee, blazers, heels, trainers, jumpers, the combinations are endless.They’re relaxed, effortless,choose your fave shape and dress them up or down! I feel surprisingly put together for an evening out in my fave ripped jeans, heels and a shirt!”

‘Not too perfect, rough around the edges and a little bad
ass. Myself, essentially, personified in a pair of jeans.”

I‘ve always been a bit of a laid back dresser, never one to make too much effort, always wanting that casual chic, vibe (unless the occasion calls for it – Then I go ALL OUT! Like at the Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards – God I loved that dress!) I’m guessing that’s why my eye is always drawn to distressed denim – not too perfect, rough around the edges and a little bad ass. Myself, essentially, personified in a pair of jeans.

If you’ve been following my style journey for a while, or my Instagram, you’ll know I’m an avid lover of my blacks, my whites, greys and nudes. Boring, some may say, but I’ve never been drawn to huge, colourful and bold pieces. I do, however, like my colour in doses – my nails, lips, a cross body bag and on my feet. I feel like these incredible, vibrant shoes totally make up for my lack of colour elsewhere and the subtle palette of my usual outfits really makes them pop!

“I ALWAYS feel good in denim and that’s why I love to wear it”

For me, I ALWAYS feel good in denim, and that’s why I love to wear it for all (okay perhaps not a wedding) occasions. Dressed down for lazy summer days, layered with cosy knits during winter and sassed up with heels and some lace or an oversized shirt and a red lip for evening. Gone are the days where denim was just seen as being a work mans uniform, rips or no rips, denim can be both laid back but also incredibly chic and elegant.

Pick your fave shape – high waisted, flared, skinny or straight (I’m a sucker for some baggy boyfriend jeans!) either buy with rips (Yes Grandma – I DID buy them like that!) or do a little DIY job (this is great when re vamping jeans you’ve lost a bit of love for). My Faves are Asos for a fab selection, Topshop (fits like a dream) New Look and H&M. Once you find ‘the one’ – everything else will fall into place and styling will become a breeze, whatever the occasion! 

My top, denim picks
What I wore

Shirt – Coast*

Denim – Topshop

Shoes – Ted Baker

Bag – Next (similar)

I hope you loved this one beauts, I’m a total denim obsessive and this is hands down my fave pair of the moment – I’d love to know your fave stores for denim, make sure you comment below, always looking for a new excuse to invest!

I’ve also got so much Spring style, 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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An introduction to luxury shoes – Manolo Blahnik x Farfetch

An introduction to luxury shoes – Manolo Blahnik x Farfetch

“As someone who grew up, sneakily watching marathons of
her sisters Sex and the City box set, this is a pretty big
deal.”

If someone would have said, almost 3 years ago, when I started up this little blog of mine, that in 3 years time I would have the opportunity to work with a brand as Iconic as Manolo Blahnik, I almost definitely, wouldn’t have believed them. As someone who grew up, sneakily watching marathons of her sisters Sex and the City box set, this is a pretty big deal. It’s a bit of a cliche, but whenever I think of Carrie Bradshaw, I think of Manolo’s – two absolute, fashion icons. In March, two wonderful brands, Manolo Blahnik and Farfetch, collaborated and a stunning, new shoe style, the ‘Scipios’ was born!

Inspired by Mr Blahnik’s iconic ‘stiletto’ design and NYC artist Mark Rothko – an abstract expressionist, famous for contrast, colour blocking (I LOVE the contrasting soles and vibrant colours, these babies have already had SO much attention!) The thing I love most about this shoe, apart from the beautiful design and elegant shape, is the whole concept behind them – each of the 5 colours (You can have a little peek here!) has their own ‘personality’ which really personalises the whole process of finding ‘the one’, perfect, shoe. There’s ‘The Romantic one’, ‘The Playful One’, ‘The Mysterious One’, ‘The Modernist One’ or the ‘The Wild One’ – I’d love to know which one’s your pick!

“To me, Manolo’s embody
everything about the kind of
person I want to be. Sassy,
playful, vibrant, elegant and
classic. Five words to 
summarise one seriously iconic
shoe and five words
I thrive to make myself,
because who wouldn’t love
to be described as sassy
and elegant atthe same time?!”
A pop of colour really offsets my usual, monochromatic
uniform.

Moving on to the ‘umm, is this actually happening’ moment – I was beyond thrilled to be invited to celebrate the shoe collaboration with 4 other wonderful bloggers and the lovelies at Farfetch and Manolo. We headed to The Lanesborough, in London (which makes me feel like a princess in a Disney movie every time I go!) for a beautiful dinner, drinks and good conversation. I captured the day over on my latest Vlog on my channel, so make sure you have a peek! Cue some hilarious pictures of me being overwhelmed with joy, unboxing my new shoes (the struggles of having an over animated face!)

If you’ve been following my style journey for a while, or my Instagram, you’ll know I’m an avid lover of my blacks, my whites, greys and nudes. Boring, some may say, but I’ve never been drawn to huge, colourful and bold pieces. I do, however, like my colour in doses – my nails, lips, a cross body bag and on my feet. I feel like these incredible, vibrant shoes totally make up for my lack of colour elsewhere and the subtle palette of my usual outfits really makes them pop!

Never has ‘Give the girl the right pair of shoe and she can 
conquer the world’ rung truer.

Now I’ve heard many a girls remark how comfortable Manolo Blahnik shoes are (praise, finally comfortable AND stylish shoes!) and I can confirm that this is totally true! Comfortable and stable, two words I probably don’t immediately think of when go to buy heels, but something which is so important when it comes to actually wearing them for over an hour! There’s also nothing worse (and embarrassing!) than wobbling down a street, catching your heel on absolutely everything and almost breaking your ankle (this has happened WAY too much in the past!) I can report no such occasions have occurred with these beauties. They’ve also survived London’s tube, which always makes a shoe champion, in my opinion!

Farfetch have a seriously gorgeous and plentiful array of Manolo’s – from the colourful, to the subtle, embellished to classic – there’s a Manolo for every girl. Next on my hit list are the black, Sicariata Pumps – some of the girls were wearing them on the evening and my inner magpie was instantly drawn! I also love how my colourful Scipios’s have really made me feel more fun and frivolous when it comes to fashion – even with a tee and denim, they instantly make an outfit more playful and for me, that’s the best part about fashion – having fun and feeling like you can take over the world.

My top, Manolo picks
What I wore

Shirt – Coast*

Trousers – Primark (similar)

Shoes – Manolo Blahnik x Farfetch*

Bag – Mango

I really hoped you loved this one huns, I had so much fun putting it all together, how beautiful is the spring sunshine in London! You can see what I got up to at the dinner with Manolo and Farfetch below, in my youtube video – enjoy loves!

I’ve also got so much Spring style, 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

This post was in collaboration wit Farfetch, for the launch of the exclusive, Manolo Blahnik Scipios shoe!

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3 Wardrobe classics anyone can wear

3 Wardrobe classics anyone can wear

“I never thought I’d be a blazer and court shoe kinda girl”

My style is classically laid back, minimalist and simple. I like basic colours, with the odd pop of pastel pink or vibrant red. I tend to pick the more basic of structured clothes, clothes styles that have survived past the 80’s, 90’s and into the new millennium. I also like to chuck the odd trend and crazy piece in for good measure (and to perhaps laugh at in years to come – because isn’t that just the best part about fashion!) When Ted Baker challenged me to style up a pair of their shoes, of course I jumped at the chance, I love a good styling challenge and I love putting my own spin on things.

 I love how an item can really inspire an outfit, a way of dressing and show a different side to your personality. I never thought I’d be a blazer and court shoe kind of girl. You can’t beat a classic court and that’s what inspired this look, that you can all put your spin on. Every one looks amazing in a killer blazer, heels and great denim. Worn together or separately, they’re 3 total sartorial winners in my books, and here’s why they’re the 3 wardrobe classics that anyone can wear!

A killer, girl boss blazer

Now I’ve got to admit something here; I actually really enjoyed wearing blazers as part of my school uniform. I felt put together, chic and like I could achieve anything. This has stayed with me through to adulthood. (crap, am I really an adult?) Buttoned, embellished or colourful, whatever your taste, find a killer blazer that will carry you through the seasons. The trick is something beautifully tailored to really bring some structure to an outfit. Also, can you believe this one was from Primark?! You guys were loving it in my Primark Haul!

My Picks
Heels that can conquer the world

Finding killer heels is one thing, but finding killer heels that fit, are comfortable and carry you through lifes best moments are another. I’ve always loved Ted Baker for their unique, classic and elegant designs, whether that’s their dresses, bags or shoes, so it was absolute honour to work with them on this! This pair immediately caught my eye, I love the metal detail, the patent, classic look and the signature Ted Baker bow at the back!. The heel is also that perfect height to take you through day to night without any sore feet at the end! 

I’ve recently started to dabble with luxury fashion a bit more, as much as I love my bargains I do love the quality and longevity you get with designer brands. I find that Ted Baker is such a wonderful intersection of the two – quality, stunning designs with those other little touches you get with high end shoes but with a slightly more affordable price point. Meaning that you can have beautiful, comfortable shoes that will last you for years but without sacrificing any meals! I truly feel beautifully put together and confident when I slip on my fave heels, there’s something about that ritual of putting them on for us that is wonderfully satisfying and gratifying.

My Picks
Denim that loves your body

I’m sure we can all relate to the very real struggle that is finding the right pair of jeans. Skinny fit, flared, straight, boyfriend or cropped. Whatever your preferred fit, there’s nothing more satisfying than finding a pair that really love your shape! This pair were featured in my March Fashion Favourites and I absolutely adore them!

Much like heels, the right pair of denim can also carry you through all occasions, day or night, spring or autumn. With trainers, flats, sandals or platforms, dress them up or dress them down. Pick your fave shape of the season (I’m loving straight legs and frayed hems!) and then hunt down a great pair at your go to store. I love Topshop because of the different leg lengths available (holla to all your short girls!)

My Picks
What I wore

Shirt – H&M (similar)

Blazer – Primark (The real deal!)

Denim – Topshop (similar)

Shoes – Ted Baker*

Bag – H&M (similar)

Watch – Ice 

I hope you loved this post and that you’ve been inspired to try out some pieces that perhaps you wouldn’t have before!

I’ve also got so much Spring style, 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

This was a sponsored collaboration with the beauties at Ted Baker!

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How to get over bloggers block

How to get over bloggers block

Ironically, I sit here writing this, feeling really drained, ill,
tired, with no idea what to write

Ah, bloggers, block. Writers, block, artists block, just general, feeling a bit uninspired and no with idea where to start. Ironically, I sit here writing this, feeling really drained, ill, tired, with no idea what to write, despite a seriously extensive list beside me of ideas for times like this. It’s not often I get really bad ‘bloggers block’ but when I do, I feel totally and utterly stuck in a literary hole with no way to climb out.

 I really enjoy sitting down and writing my blog posts, I’ve found that since I’ve begun to write a lot more personally, you guys have really been able to relate, perhaps find it helpful and reach out to me with your thoughts and stories, which truly is the best. So when the writing wall hits and you have no idea how to power through, it can be really tough. Here’s how I tackle the dreaded bloggers block.

Change your environment up

As much as the organisational freak inside of me loves staying at my functional desk, sometimes I can become bored and repetitive, especially if I have bloggers block. Escape to a coffee shop, the garden, your sofa or make a pillow forte in your bed. Make yourself a happy space, get cosy and get stuck in. I love to light a scented candle, be in some comfy clothes, play a chilled out playlist and make myself a nice cup of coffee or herbal tea. Hell, you can even go crazy and get some snacks along for the ride! Enjoy being in the company of your thoughts and let the creative juices flow.

Create your blogging bible

If anyone has been watching my insta stories recently, you’ll know that I have more than a few note books always to hand. These are my blogging bibles and I wouldn’t be without them. I make lists anywhere and everywhere I can, arms lengths long of blog post ideas. This always helps to look at when it comes to writing a post. My blog posts usually come together two ways: 1. It will be a collab with a much loved, brand and we will generate the written content and imagery together, so that it flows and connects well, whilst conveying the campaign message, etc.

 Or 2. I snap my outfits up, or my fave products and the accompanying text will follow. Sometimes an outfit inspires a whole post, but sometimes I’m at a total loss of what to write about. This is where my lists are like gold, I can easily scan down my ideas to see what would suit the imagery I have. I didn’t have a ‘blog post ideas’ list a year ago and I genuinely have no idea how I functioned without it! I get inspired late at night, on a train, walking down the road – I need something to hand to jot my ideas down, notebook, phone, otherwise my ideas will probably disappear!

Surround yourself with inspiration

Pinterest, is probably one of my favourite ways to easily become inspired. I’m very triggered by imagery. Fashion, beauty, interiors, food – I have boards for everything which really helps me in pulling together ideas for something. Have a browse through your favourite blogs too, become inspired by peoples words and photographs – think to yourself ‘why do I enjoy reading this persons blog?’ – is it their style? Their voice? They aesthetic?

Think how you can emulate that feeling into your own blog. Inspiration and imitation are two different things however, so make sure your don’t blur the lines! (There’s actually a post coming on this subject soon!) Magazines are also great – I love drawing inspiration from the beautiful editorials and adverts in Vogue (I know, how cliche do I sound!) Books are also great – I found that ‘How to Be Parisian’ and ‘Love, Style, Life’ (two classic blogger loved books!) really helped me realise why I love to write and what I want people to gain from it! 

Make the most of your creative mind explosions 

Like I previously mentioned, I get inspired at very random times. Actually, usually very ANNOYING times (hello 2am wide eyes!) You know, that sudden rush of ideas, feeling so inspired and motivated you genuinely don’t have the time or space to write all your amazing ideas down! I used to continue along with this train of thought, thinking that I’ll write my ideas down ‘in the morning’ or ‘another time’. DON’T DO THIS. The likelihood is, you’ll forget half of it and be unable to pick up where you left off.

WRITE THAT GOODNESS DOWN whilst it’s there! Even if I means getting out of bed and scribbling in a notebook. Some of my best, blog posts have been written this way and actually makes the whole process so much easier! You have ready made content from the heart that would have taken so much longer to produce if you were to try and get yourself into that mindset forcefully. Roll with the brain explosions!

What I wore

Shirt – Burton (similar)

Denim – Topshop (similar)

Shoes – Public desire*

Sunglasses – Ray Ban

Bag – Debenhams

I hope you loved this post huns and I really hope it helped you guys in some way – I’d love to hear your top thoughts on how to overcome the dreaded bloggers block!

I’ve also got so much Spring style, 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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Exaggerated sleeves – Why they’re here to stay

Exaggerated sleeves – Why they’re here to stay


I for one, have totally and utterly fallen under the spell of this trend – and happily so!

It’s no surprise that the whole world has gone crazy for a good, exaggerated, sleeve. Everyone and their dog are getting a slice of the sartorial action and I for one, have totally and utterly fallen for this trend! I wrote here about I don’t often dabble with trends too quickly (but when I fall for one, I FALL HARD!) I guess it’s fear of not being able to work it into my wardrobe or get a nice, lot of wear out of an item. In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than something sitting in my wardrobe, unworn and admittedly, unloved. However, after concluding in my end of 2016 trend post, that big, bold sleeves were in fact, my absolute FAVE trend of the year, I have a feeling that this is one trend that’s here to stay (Or at least, definitely for this gal!)



My Top picks



I mean, if the Tudors loved this trend, it’s got to be a classic, right?

I’ve (not so ashamedly) fully committed myself, my wardrobe and quite possibly, my life to the statement sleeve hype! My Pinterest pretty much consists of dreamy, Scandi, Interiors and sleeves! Flared, bell, embellished, cuffed – all the rules about buying two of the same thing have totally gone out the window. I’m repeatedly finding myself in the Zara changing rooms, rails weighed down with countless shirts.



In my books, I’ve loved this trend for just over a year and so for me, that’s a long, lasting, relationship blossoming right there.

The thing I love most is that it’s so versatile and everyone and anyone can rock it, all year round. Now that’s what I call a piece for LIFE. I LOVE a good multi seasonal piece and I feel like I have such a collection growing that it almost justifies a whole, dedicated YouTube Video! Leather trousers, under a jumpsuit, with denim cut offs, mom jeans – the combinations are endless! The sign of a bad trend is impulse buying that only amounts to it later ending up on Depop. The sign of a good one? Physically being unable to stop yourself from said trend, taking over your life. This Primark beauty was a total and utter bargain and I can’t wait to rock it all spring and summer long! You can catch my thoughts on it, as well as loads of other pieces I grabbed the other day in my Primark Haul, over on my channel this Sunday!



What I wore

Top – Primark (similar)

Denim – Topshop

Shoes – Ego (similar)

Bag – Matalan (similar)



I hope you loved this post huns, I’d love to know if you guys have taken to this trend or what’s going to be your most worn item this season? Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, I love the conversation you start up!

I’m also going to be doing a round up of my fave trends for spring over on 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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