Hello there, I hope you're all doing well, it's been quite some time since I've written on here and for that I apologise, I disappeared for some time without saying anything, the first time I've done that in my whole 7 years of blogging. Thank you to those who sent me well wishes, I'm so sorry you were concerned. It's always tricky when something goes on behind the scenes, something personal and not something I want or need to share online and I'm always SO appreciative of those who get it and understand that you never know what is going on in real life and to be gentle and kind to others. And for those who were disappointed in me for the timing, I get it, it was crappy timing, but I had no other choice and perhaps we could let this be a lesson to us all that we never really know what is going on behind our screens.
Taking time out was so great for my head and my heart, despite being in lockdown and not being able to go anywhere... And I feel I have a little bit of fire back within me which is nice I must admit.
What a crazy year this has been eh, an absolute rollercoaster of emotions for each and every one of us. I can't comprehend that we'll be in July tomorrow and my birthday will be rolling around again this weekend... BONKERS! It hasn't been the year any of us had planned but I do feel that it's been a great year for learning and for bettering ourselves, I just hope we don't forget the lessons learnt when we go back into the real world full time.
I'm sat in my garden currently as it's such a delightful day and this is the first time I've written anything in around 5 weeks, I'm feeling super rusty and I don't often like to write without an aim. But writing feeds my soul, despite the fact I am not the best writer in the world, and I find it so cathartic so I hope you don't mind my mutterings too much.
I'm looking to restructure the way I do things here on the blog and over on Instagram, shake things up a little bit and try out some new things. Next year it will be 8 years since I started my blog and things have changed a hell of a lot. I never wanted to be an influencer, heck that word didn't even exist back then.
I was just a young 21 year old who was studying fashion and interning, getting up that little bit earlier to shoot my daily outfits with my tripod on my parents driveway. It spiralled into my job and with that came pressures both from myself and from others, incredible highs and also some lows too. I'm also turning 28 this week so I've of course changed too, I have different priorities now, different hopes and dreams for the future and of course different tastes and opinions all of which I am going to reflect on going forward. I can't imagine things changing too ~too~ much, but I am going to make sure that the focus is constantly on fashion and styling rather than other more personal and lifestyle related topics, I'm thinking back to basics with blogging and the reason I fell in love with it so much; the self expression, the passion for styling and using my degree and knowledge of fashion.
So with that I'd love to hear what you would like to see more of both here and over on my Instagram. Perhaps wish lists and shopping edits could be a regular feature? I do love putting those together.
General trend overviews? Styling and restyling the same pieces, perhaps looking into the wardrobe of particular fabulous people and "getting the look" for ourselves? I'd love to get you involved, perhaps you could do a guest blogpost some time if that might be of interest too? Who knows, I'm up for anything, all I know is that I adore my blog and I bloody love you guys who I know come here for fashion and styling, that will never change. I want to amplify my love of styling and get back to why I kickstarted this crazy journey in the first place.
They'll still be sprinklings of my other loves such as interiors, music and books of course but fashion will be reigning supreme over here and I hope that's okay with you.
Anyway enough about me, how are you all? I hope you're doing good and you're keeping safe and well. How are you feeling about the restrictions being lifted? I'm not too sure to be honest. My hair could do with a refresh and I'd love to visit a pub but I think I'm going to wait a wee while until I venture out properly. Although I am keen to have a nosey around Manchester sometime soon, it's been 3 MONTHS since I've stepped foot in the city and my goodness do I miss it!
I hope you're all happy and healthy and please do let me know in the comments what you would like to see more or less of from me, I'm excited to get back to work, to say farewell to the fog and hellooooo to the sunshine.
Lots of Love