Party season is well underway, in fact I have my first festive night out coming up tonight to celebrate one year of George's bar "Jimmy's" I can't even explain how fast that has come around!
I also have my team Christmas party with the Gleam lot on Monday which I'm seriously SO excited about and therefore I feel this post has come at the perfect time!
My sister and I got snap happy last week at my house and took a whole host of festive party looks that I am SO excited to share with you. Sometimes it's all about those simple, flash photographs, the hair and make up thats dropped out and faded after a hard days work and a sister you can just be yourself around that creates the most wonderful of shots, AMIRIGHT!?
And whilst these shots are far from perfect, I have to say that these, along with the other sets we shot that evening, are some of my favourites ever. They're me, in my truest form. I'm unedited, I have greasy hair and make up thats about due to be removed, but this is me, in my home, wearing some of my fave party pieces of the season and to be perfectly honest, I surprisingly think I look great.
I really wanted these shots to be real. To show me as me, without a fancy photographer, without being edited in any way and to be shot in my cosiest of settings by someone that knows and loves me for me. The thing I find myself repeating over and over again with you guys, with people I've just met and with friends is the importance of just being yourself.
I think it is so damn important to just do you; as I stated above it's my biggest piece of advice whenever anyone asks me how to stand out in the blogging world, how to make it in the fashion industry or how to find the confidence to wear colour, it's simply all about just doing you!
There's only one you in the entire universe with your unique traits, quirks, flaws and all, everybody else is taken so simply just do you.
I also believe that it's almost more important to remember this at this time of year.
If you is an LBD, a smoky eye and a pair of killer heels then do it! But if your you is embellished jeans, a band tee and a slick of eye liner then once again just do you. And if you, like me, is all about throwing on a bright dress that makes even your boyfriends eyebrows twitch in mysterious ways, then just bloody well do you!
At this time of year the press go a little bit wild with typecasting women, putting us into pigeon holes (something I've discussed previously in this post here) and trying to tell us exactly what to wear throughout the festivities.
That being said I appreciate that I am a less traditional part of the fashion press, however, I like to think that I offer more of a well rounded selection of whats available for a variety of ladies at this time of year.
Who am I to tell you what to wear? Heck I often have no idea what I'm going to wear until about 30 minutes before I'm due to leave. It's all about feeling a moment, a vibe or simply the weather and rolling with it. But that of course is significantly helped if you're prepped and have done a little bit of party-wear shopping beforehand!
Just last week I shared a very "me" party outfit, fit with A-line, figure flattering wrap dress, star print, statement shoe and faux fur coat situ, the week before that I was explaining how it's A-okay to rock double denim on a night out if thats what you fancy, there are no rules when it comes to party dressing or dressing in general, you've simply just gotta roll with it!
I honestly get a little buzz when I see a group of best friends on their festive night out together, each doing them! They don't match or coordinate and they certainly won't be the next Little Mix. They're friends because each of them has the confidence to just be themselves no matter what they're besties are doing, they're not clones of one another and that is seriously such a beautiful thing!
Don't over think it this party season ladies. Throw on your brightest and most eighties or puff shoulder mini dresses similarly to this baby from ASOS, bring out your most extra of handbags, here's looking at you Skinny Dip, and dance the night away with your other oh so individual BFF's! I know we've all got it in us to be proud of the people we are, it's just about finding the confidence to let it shine.
I don't know about you lot but I'm starting this party season and tonight!