Wednesday, 30 August 2017

It's a wrap / High street sizing issues - Style post

Hey Guys,

The wrap silhouette is having a huge moment right now between wrap dresses and tops like this one. 




I first spotted this top months ago in Cardiff Topshop and mum an I fell in love with it. Print wise its totally me, I'm forever buying pink, purple floral prints on black.  



But the wrap style was something new for me. In theory its perfect for my figure as it flatters the chest, cinches in at the waist and its then pretty forgiving on the stomach....perfect?
I am sure this is true as I now own a wrap dress from Zara which fits perfectly but this (and another I tried on but had to leave) from Topshop just doesn't fit right and I cant even work out why. I am a size 8 - 10, normally a ten in topshop but this is an eight so I assume its simply too small around the waist for me, yet there is so much bagginess around the chest.



Blouse - Topshop / Jeans - TU at Sainsburys / Watch - Olivia Burton /

The sizing on the high street is something everyone has been talking about at the moment, how in one store you can be an 8 in a skirt and need a 16 in the short which is ridiculous but its simply to do with each item being made in completely different factories or even countries.
However what has always annoyed me is how fashion forgets that boobs are a natural thing that small women can still have. I remember being a size 6 (hahaha those were the days) then we grew some boobs without putting on any weight else where but I therefore had to go up to the 8-10 bracket. I am well aware I could never be a size 6 now but sometimes even with a size 10 in the slightly more fashion conscious high street retailers (Zara and Topshop I'm looking at you) things with fit perfectly but be too tight around the chest, I always have to size up in anything button up and I know that plenty of girls have it worse of than me. I just want clothes to flatter around both boobs and a waist nicely, please and thank you, I'd love to know whats winding you up with sizing on the highstreet?

Love Charlotte
xxx

Monday, 28 August 2017

Alone but not lonely - Style 'nd personal post

Hey Guys,

It's been a long time since I did a chatty personal post like this and I've never put personal text along side an outfit post but lets give it a go. So I wanna talk about being alone physically but not being lonely. 


In the romantic sense I am seriously alone, I have only had one actual boyfriend and that was over four years ago. My thoughts on relationships are always changing, as a kid I thought everything just happened the way it did to my parents and grandparents (meet a guy at uni, graduate and marry him a few years later), then as a pre-teen I was pretty much a hopless romantic listening to Taylor Swift love songs but now I'm closest to Samantha out of all the SATC girls probably. I have dated people at uni but no one serious and I know 12 year old me would be surprised at how okay I am with this.


I watched Sex and the city for the first time last summer (shocking I know) and along with many other films / shows and my own amazing friends it kinda changed the way I thought about everything dating and friends wise. Hopefully I am exaggerating I probably realised these things before last summer but every time I re-watch it it reinforces things like how we should just chill out about dating.

I'm trying to be more relaxed about dating and stop with the asking the group chat how I should reply to his weird text and not to put as much pressure on myself for example on those nights we go out with the intention of pulling, yeah they should stop.
I have always been good at just being myself from day one, I don't want to put on a more 'professional' / 'glamorous' or 'cool' version of myself as someone gets to know me, what is the point.


Now aside from dating all through school I was one of those people with 2/3 close friends rather than a massive group and still am. I have three close friends at university and two back home and I know I'm only about to start 3rd year at university so its pretty ridiculous that I'm already worrying about this stuff but I've been thinking about what will have after graduation and we all either get jobs in various cities or move back to our home towns. It'll be the first time since school and uni that I won't see my best friends everyday either at school or due to living down the road from them. I have over a year to prepare for this so it doesn't exactly count on this list of ways I'm alone but not lonely. 


Last year at uni I had a pretty tricky living situation living and I felt like I was living on my own most of the time but I actually grew to love it. Mainly for totally selfish reasons like having complete control over the tele. Due to my part time jobs in Falmouth I've gone back to university pretty early and am living in our new house (with different housemates this year don't worry) on my own for a few weeks. Honestly its harder than I thought, well only after 9pm when its darker, the spiders start to appear and as its technically flats there's always noises from the building so its a little bit creepy but I'm getting used to it.

Hat - Topshop / Top - Urban outfitters / Trousers - TU at Sainsburys / Shoes - Zara

So I've been learning to love my own company, eating out or going to the cinema on my own is totally fine. I love going on little adventures to exploring new towns or long walks on my own too its just super relaxing. I'm not going as far to say all that crap about 'dating yourself'' but I am understanding the importance of taking time to yourself and not depending on company.

P.S hope you enjoyed this wordy style of post from me.

Love Charlotte
xxx

Monday, 14 August 2017

A little guide to Pembrokshire - Holiday pt 2

Hey Guys,

My second holiday post from our trip down West Wales is here this time looking at my favourite county (in Wales at least), Pembrokshire.

Saundersfoot 


Saundersfoot is a small town near Tenby that has a beautiful long beach, a harbour and a few streets of shops and cafes. Majority are just traditional British seaside kind of shops but the standout ones are Christkindl which is a lovely gift, home and card shop and I always end up buying presents and little things in there but its not all holiday souvenir specific. Walk on Water is a great surf clothes shop as much as the kind of brands are exactly my style its another kind of shop that I always love to have a browse in on holiday. For food I'd recommend The boathouse which is a beautiful seafood restaurant and bar but there is also a more traditional fish and chip shop with a great a few little cafes too. Finally as every seaside trip should include ice cream my favourite here is from the new Hive Aberareon ice cream parlour which is made using honey rather than sugar and its just amazing.




Carew Castle 




You know how much I love exploring castle well Pembrokshire is full of plenty, notably Pembroke Castle which is one of my all time faves but on this trip we explored Carew Castle which is really  near Tenby and we went one afternoon after having the morning and lunch in Saundersfoot. As a lot of typical medieval castle there are plenty of turrets to climb up and get views of the moat and a mill house further down.

Tenby


Tenby is probably the most popular town in Pembrokshire and its a great place to stay as it has everything and its very central for other day trips. With multiple beaches, a harbour, colour houses on every street, a castle, boat trips and of course so many cute shops to explore its always been on of my favourite days out in the area. I spoke in more detail about Tenby recommendations in this post but a new discovery in the fuchsia cafe which is a licensed restaurant and florist but the menu is so varied is perfect for brunch or dinner and cocktails or just tea and cake like we did but its such a cute place to sit inside or in the courtyard among flowers.




St. Davids 


St. Davids is the U.K's smallest city but its a beautiful place although apart from the cathedral there isn't much there. We went for lunch at the Grove hotel  then walked through the town there is only a few shops including Window on Wales, TYF a adventure and ladies clothes store, Unsunghero a skateshop with a coffee bar a there is a sweet book shop next to the cathedral walk as well as a Fat Face and a Moshulu. For food there is Cwtch* an award winning restaurant and St. Davids kitchen which is 'from farm to fork' organic restaurant as well as a few farmers markets and cafes.

Solva






Finally the end of our trip takes us to the little harbour village of Solva which when driving home (if staying anywhere nearer Tenby, Pembroke or Pendine like I was) is just outside St.Davids and I'd recommend stopping here for an hour before going home for a walk along the harbour and the high street which is so colourful and you'll find a few art galleries, a tea room and a bigger 'Window on Wales' which is a local department store curated full of beautiful seaside esque pieces for the home, wardrobe and family and its another place that we love to have a browse around every time we are in Pembrokeshire.

Hope you enjoyed this look into my favourite places we visited on this holiday (I know there is a so much little towns, castles and especially big beaches I could also talk about in West Wales) but this is definitely enough to fill a weeks holiday appreciating Wales' beauty.

Love Charlotte
xxx
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