Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Welcome to the jungle - Style post

Hey Guys,


So it's been awhile once again, but I've finally finished my degree and have spent way too much time relaxing and celebrating.




Summer is well and truly here and this year I am loving it. I am much more into dressing for winter weather and hate hate hate getting my legs out but I am loving dressing for summer at the moment, it hasn't got too hot yet I guess. 


I can come across as a pretty confident gal, most of the time or at least to people who don't know me so well. It is true in some ways that I am confident with my body, more than some but its completely natural and I do still struggle with dressing for summer. What's key is to find the things you do like, your strengths and then knowing an area that you'd rather cover. For me this my legs I always try to hide and this is why I'm loving lose, wide fitting trousers always teamed with crop tops this year.





Top - New Look 
Trousers - Zara
Sunglasses - New Look 

This kind of top is something I would never have gone for before, I never understood knitwear being in crop tops and things plus two colours I never wear is red and green but this top I have just been drawn too and I love the rainbow and bits of colour wherever I can. 

I am so excited to get back into blogging and shooting some more summery outfits 


Love Charlotte
xxx

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Adjusting to change - rambling post!

Hey Guys,

University coming to an end is the one thing I hate to think about but at the same time can’t stop thinking about. It’s currently two weeks till my final deadline and then I will essentially be done with university, this is the scariest thing to me.

Life just had a natural plan to it after GCSEs it was college for A levels then straight to university I liked the certainty and following what was the obvious pathway but three years after I moved away from my parents and started university now what?
Our whole lives we are guided and told what to do next, until now.
I know deep down I came to university for the wrong reasons. It was the natural next step, the same as my parents and grandparents had done, my grandad who is one of my biggest inspirations told me amazing stories about pranks and parties he enjoyed during his university years and always encouraged me to go to make the same kind of memories he did. University was also where my grandparents and parents met each other. These are silly reasons to feel that it was a natural move, rather than for my career but I also wanted to in order to take that first step of independence.

Moving to university in September 2015 was the scariest thing and for the first three days I’m pretty sure I didn’t leave my room or stop crying but it just took me a few days to adjust to the change. I’ve had a weird relationship with my course mostly hating it and thinking it’s a waste of my time and money but university as a whole? I have loved nearly every second of it.


School was always difficult for me in many ways but I never really made strong friendships in school but at university that has been so different, I know it’s a huge cliché but I have met friends for life here but just like at school does it only feel like this because we see each other every day and live in such a close proximity, being taken out of the bubble of university I’m not so sure.


There is something weird about friendships in university especially in first year living in halls, you never make plans or do anything in particular you just spend hours hanging out in the dirty kitchen or at spontaneous flat parties that never seem to end. I was put together to live with seven other people at random and not everyone is so lucky but we all got on straight away and had such a great flat dynamic (mainly getting drunk to the TV channel challenge watching re-runs of eighties game shows) but already, coming to the end of third year I have friends I lived with in first year that I never seen any more and if I do its just if we bump into each other in the library and procrastinate while catching up.
University for me was always going to be about the social aspects the house parties, living with friends and attempting a love life here has been interesting.
I honestly don’t know who I’d be if I didn’t come to Falmouth or university in general, I’ve grown up and changed so much and if I’d stayed living at home with my parents, working in Caerphilly I don’t think I would have had half the experiences I’ve got.


Dating at university wasn’t quite what I thought it could have been but I’ve loved (always unrequited), hurt and had the most fun and if I didn’t come to university I probably still wouldn’t even know how to talk to guys.
One of the biggest things university has done is increased my tolerance for alcohol, I was always the one knocking on everyone’s door in halls trying to convince people to come out no matter how close to deadlines or how poor we were, I’d find someone to come to the grossest club  in Falmouth with me. I’ve had some tragic nights out and some of the best nights of my life but again don’t regret any of the messy ones.
I’ve never dealt with change well at all, I currently have roughly two weeks till my final ever university hand in and thinking about post university life makes me feel sick and I want to cry at the same time, as much as I hate my course I can’t bear thinking about this bubble of university ending.

No one wants to be asked by annoying family members “So what do you have lined up for university?” it panics me to know end. I know I’ve made it difficult for myself by not taking full advantage of and enjoying my course so much and questioning every career focused decision I’ve made. The option of going back to live with my parents I know will be a disaster in so many ways apart from financially, it’s not even as if getting a post grad industry job in Caerphilly as much more likely than in Cornwall.


I am so unsure of what I want to do but so aware of how hard it’s going to be, my friendships at university are all so great but only because we are in this bubble as we graduate and move all across the country who knows if they’ll need me and if we’ll talk as much, my social life will change so much, going back to my parents who knows how often I’ll see people my own age or when I’ll get to go on a night out, I’m going to have to learn how to make friends and date all over again and all of this only matters once I have a job sorted.

Ideally I just want everyone to stay in Falmouth, start working but to still be living with my best friends with the best social life I need for at least another year while I put off adulthood and I’ll be much happier, please? 


I hope you enjoyed this very different more personal post from me, let me know if you'd like more posts on anything mentioned such as dating stories or further explanation of my course side of things at university. If you have any tips or could share you experiences on dealing with this weird time of leaving university, please share them. 

Love Charlotte
xxx

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

As Yellow as the sun - Style post

Hey Guys,



It's been another hectic few weeks for me between third year university stresses and I have a lot going home so i thought I'd share with you another shoot I recently did with Betsy  in Plymouth. Which meant shooting on 35mm film again which is slowly become my new favourite. 



Yellow has been one of those trends that has stuck around longer than I thought and as much as I love it I haven't really bought into. This top is from last Autumn in zara and it was perfect for me to easily try the yellow trend in my own style. I am obsessed with the textures on this top as well, its almost fluffy. It may be a piece from an autumn collection but because of the colour and sleeve length I have been wearing it through this transitional period too. 






Part of the brief for this shoot was to dress according to my personal style which was something I found quite hard to sum up in one outfit but I tried to successfully balance between my love of 70's vibes with the colours on the top and shape of the denim. Then teaming it up with my usual leather jacket, black studded pumps and my silver jewellery. 



Jacket - Primark 
Top - Zara 
Jeans - Zara 
Shoes - Zara 
Necklace - Topshop 

I hope you enjoyed this post and are too loving the yellow trend for spring. 

Love Charlotte
xxx

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Moving into Spring - Style post

Hey Guys,



It might be Easter this weekend but it's still pretty cold out there,these kind of sunny blue skies that are still really cold out are my favourite. 



It is time to slowly move away form our beloved winter coats and move to jackets (not quite ready to live in our denim jackets yet though)
A jacket like this which I got at the end of last summer in the Debenhams sale is perfect for early spring, its very warm but floral and has plenty of colour for the new season.











Dresses like this have been around on the high street especially places like Urban Outfitters and topshop for a while now and are ideal for transitional weather. While the dark burgundy colour of this one is still quite autumnal I think the corduroy effect keeps it in line with the never ending 70s trend which I plan on keeping in my wardrobe for a long time.








Top - Primark 
Dress - Shein *
Boots - Next 
Necklace - Topshop 
Jacket - H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams 

I'm still wearing mostly black with my outfits but with jackets like this I am slowly moving into spring and am hoping I can make this dress work later in the season with a white shirt or graphic tee underneath.
In nature the changing of the seasons especially at spring with the start of new life is my favourite time and it can be one of the best times for style too we don't need to think quite as practically and ruin our outfits with coats and endless knitwear but its not the dreaded weather which means getting our legs out. I hate summer style full of crop tops and shorts but I love a bit of colour and being more experimental, coming out of the cycle I get stuck in of jumpers and jeans in winter so Spring is the best time for me to be creative yet comfortable with my style.

Hope you are all well and enjoying the start of Spring

Love Charlotte
xxx
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* Items with a * may have been gifted for consideration to feature but all thoughts are my own. 

Friday, 16 March 2018

The Price of Wales check - Style post

Hey Guys,


Spring is taking its time to come around this season, only the other week we had snow in Cornwall.


As I am looking forward to Spring but we all know Winter is my favourite season so I love this time to compromise, keeping jumpers, dark colours and boots but slowly getting warmer no need for coats all the time its great. 


I got both this jumper and trousers in the end of the last Zara sale and have been wearing them both loads. Especially this jumper which is so fluffy and oversized it works well over the top of a body-con skirt too. 





Hat - New Look / Jumper - Zara / Jacket - Primark / Trousers - Zara / Boots - Next / Necklace - Topshop 

I am so glad I finally managed to find the perfect check trousers, last season the check blazer was everywhere especially on instagram and now I think the trousers will have a moment too. 
As I am forever saying I love being able to style a classic tailored piece with graphic tees and over sized band tees. I adore the little touch of the lace trim along the hem. 
I am definitely not a hat person and have barely worn this check baker boy hat, still not sure I can pull it off, need more confidence wearing hats, would have been useful when we had all the snow.

I think its going to be awhile till I move into spring style with lots of colour and put away my boots.


Love Charlotte
xxx

Friday, 23 February 2018

Women in music - Style Post

Hey Guys,


As promised in my last post here is the second part to my film shoot with Betsy. 


For this look we went for a much more rough and 'urban' styling. In my head I think I was pretending I'm so cool female solo artist like Charli xcx or someone. I wish !


As you know I have a pretty varied music taste ranging from early 2000s pop punk to 80s new wave and here was a time when I'd say 90% of the artists I listened to were men. Just looking at the 2000s emo culture pretty much the only woman we had to look up to was Hayley Williams (who is still just as inspiring) and there are a few more women in that genre now such as Lynn Gunn of Pvris but its such a male dominated genre of music that women are treated so differently. 
Then looking at the older music I listen to again its mainly men the likes of The Cure, Talking Heads, Hall & Oates, Prince and more. A while back I sat down looked from my Apple music and realised that the only female artists I really listened to was Carole King, Blondie, Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton.  


This is obviously partly due to my own lack of variety in who I listen to and not going out of my way to discover new artists earlier however its also linked to the way the media treats female musicians but most importantly the kind of opportunities they are given and how they differ to those of male musicians. For example the control some agents and producers have over every part of the female musicians process from songwriting to the clothes they wear, obviously the happens to male musicians on some level.



Top - Zara / Fishnet top - Zara / Trousers - Bershka at ASOS / Nike air max - borrowed from my housemate.

So as I mentioned as I became increasingly conscious of the lack of female musicians in my music taste, I tried to find more female musicians but the last year or so its become increasingly easier so I thought I'd share with you so of my favourite female musicians I am adoring right now.

Hinds - I've mentioned in a few previous blog posts (here) are a really cool Spanish four piece girl group who have super catchy pop vocals. A few of my favourite songs by them include I'll be your man and I will send your flowers back.

Charli XCX - Has been around for a while now, I think her first big song was featuring on Fancy with Iggy Azalea but 2017 was such a great year for Charli XCX between releasing both Number 1 Angel and more recently Pop 2 and the single Boys with that iconic video she has been on repeat all year.

Jorja Smith - Is someone who I've only recently discovered as she released a collaboration with Stormzy titled Let me down, which is such a beautiful song but also listen to Blue lights which is so poignant. Jorja is gonna to such a star already on the cover of so many magazines and winning awards at the BRITS.

GIRLI - Is a super underrated singer who released an EP, titled Hot Mess last year, she has such a girl power ethos (as all of these women do) through her lyrics. What I adore about GIRLI is her unique approach to electronic pop that's balanced with rap and punk spirit. Her songs cover all of my favourite topics about gender quality, mean girls, boys and societal pressures.

Dua Lipa - When New Rules was released last summer it was just everywhere and quickly became the first solo female single to hit UK number one in over 2 years which is a shocking stat. New Rules is a super catchy song with super relatable lyrics but I thought it was just a generic pop song but once I gave the album a full listen I fell in love with this girl some of my favourites on the album are Thing 'bout you, homesick and blow your mind (Mwah). The BRITS happened this Wednesday which is partly what inspired me to write this post, Dua Lipa made history this year with the most nominations for a female solo artist ever and took home two of these awards. She also gave an amazing speech (watch it here) in which she speaks about how inspiring the women who had been on that stage before her were and not just to female musician and it summed up for me how she is changing the music industry for women.

Lorde - Again I'm pretty sure I've spoken about my love for Lorde multiple times on here. I first loved Lorde back in 2013 with the single Royals which was repeated everywhere that summer but in 2017 she took it to a whole new level with the masterpiece of an album. Melodrama has quickly become one of my favourite albums of all time, it has stand out singles like Green light for the radio and to play at pre drinks but it is also so special to play in order. It tells such a beautiful story in that way she described it has being the story of a house party while also going through the stage of a relationship, I used to be slightly bitter of Lorde's talent as she is the same age as me and she can put into words exactly how certain things feel, especially when it comes to dating at this young age in ways I could never explain.

There are also so many other people I could talk about such as Bulow, Mabel, Sigrid, Chastity belt etc but I've also made a spotify playlist to go alongside this post with loads more artists like this featured, find it here. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and the photoshoot. Please suggest in the comments some more artists like this I should check out xo

Love Charlotte
xxx
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