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I have got the summertime sadness bad. I'm home, it's raining, and my summer holiday is well and truly in the past. How gutting is that? I would honestly give my left arm to be back exploring in the spanish sun but instead I'm sat on my sofa binge watching love island and editing blog photos. Welcome back to reality.

So let's have a little chat about these snappy snaps shall we?
Spain was HOT, like really hot. I mean obviously because it's Spain, but I was super toasty all week which meant one thing, I dressed for comfort. I'm a big fan of comfort dressing as it is to be totally honest, but when you're walking around in 30 degree heat and your whole body is sweating the last thing you want is to be wearing clingy clothes. Enter the midi skirt.


Now I've always loved the look of midi skirts on others but they're not usually something I would reach for when out shopping. There's two reasons for that. The first is that I didn't really think they would suit me. As a bigger girl I guess I always thought that I should wear flattering clothes, I should wear clothes that slim me down or reveal a good chunk of leg. I think I just thought midi skirts would make me look larger than I was and they aren't sexy either really are they? As a chunky girl you are told by the media that you don't matter unless you're a sexy fat, unless you're a desirable fat, but you know what? Fuck that. I love this skirt and I look cute in it. 

The other reason I've avoided midi skirts is the chub rub. Come on girls you know what I'm talking about. The pain and embarrassment you feel when the top of your thighs rub each other red raw. I've been there many a time. Now in the UK it's usually mild enough to wack on a pair of nude tight and that mostly does the trick. But in the mediterranean wearing tights in that heat is just asking for trouble, so I usually consign myself to playsuits. That was until I discovered anti-chafe shorts.



I guess these have been around for a little while now, but I've clearly been living under a rock because I've only just managed to get my hands on a couple of pairs. The anti-chafe shorts that I'm wearing were kindly gifted from the Big Bloomers Company who do several different style of shorts. I received the Aztec Slip Shorts which retail at £15.95 and come in 6 different colours. 

The shorts are short enough that you can still wear high skirts and dresses, but low enough that they cover a good area of chafable (??? is that a word?) skin. They're also high waisted which is perfect for me as I find them more comfortable. I did find that I had to readjust the shorts every now and then as they did ride up slightly but I imagine any other similar products would do exactly the same unless they were held in place somehow. I did also find that the aztec pattern could ladder slightly if you aren't careful when pulling them up. This isn't a massive problem though, it just means you have to be a little more cautious when wearing the shorts. 


The shorts are designed so that you care wear them as underwear if you wish but honestly I just wore them over my pants as I only wanted to take one pair on holiday with me. They're also really easy to wash and dry as the material is fairy thin and lightweight which means they dried in no time. I ended up wearing them a fair bit on my week away and they even inspired me to purchase a second midi skirt while I was on holiday as I was enjoying just how comfortable the shorts/ skirt combo was in the heat. 

It's safe to say that one of my biggest summer concerns has been well and truly solved by a pair of stretchy shorts. Now if we could just solve the small issue of the fucking horrendous British weather that would be fab!

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* The aztec anti-chafe shorts were kindly gifted to me in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own and I would never promote anything I didn't 100% believe in.

OUTFIT | STOPPING THE 'CHUB RUB' THIS SUMMER*

So here's the thing, last week I spent a couple of hours writing a post to go with these outfit photos. It had nothing to do with the actually outfit itself, I was just kind of ranting and letting out some feelings. I did publish the post earlier today but I took it down again about 5 minutes later. I think I just decided it wasn't the kind of thing I wasn't happy putting out on the internet. I know I share virtually my entire life with strangers online but sometimes it's nice to keep things to yourself. 


To give you quick a rundown of the other post, it was about how I no longer feel like I'm behind other people my age. Someone I loved once told me that I was falling behind, I wasn't advancing blah blah blah... Well I don't feel like that anymore. My head is in a good place, I've got a decent job, I'm seeing the world bit by bit, and most importantly I'm living the life I want. Things are pretty good.



All that being said I do think the post ended up getting a little bit too personal and even slightly negative. I know I can't expect every day of my life to be happy and positive but I can make an effort to ensure anything I create oozes good energy. So I scrapped that post and now I don't have any text to go with these snazzy little outfit photos, but such is life. 

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These outfit of the day type images were actually taken by my lovely friend Tori on our trip to Liverpool. I'd been once before with my sister but we were only there to see the Terracotta Warriors (which was amazing by the way) and didn't get chance to see any of the city. So When Tori and I had a free Saturday last week we decided to explore. It was going to be an absolute scorcher of a day so I wore the comfiest thing I could find - a cool Asos shirt and jeans paired with my very worn in Converse. 



Honestly Liverpool left such a lasting impression on me. I know I say that about most cities I visit (I literally fall in love with everywhere I go) but it really was such a vibrant place with some interesting history. The bank holiday vibes, the drinking culture, and the glorious weather all probably added to my good impression of the city but I stand by my words. I'll more than likely do a post around our day trip, but for now please enjoy these photos of myself lounging in the sun wearing mostly Asos items as usual. 



I'm thinking of returning to Liverpool over the summer so I'd love to hear any recommendations for things to do in this fun little city. 

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P.S can someone please appreciate my lyric title that's actually relevant to the post because its mildly about a day trip to Liverpool and you know... Beatles and stuff. 

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OUTFIT | SHE WAS A DAY TRIPPER

So I've got a confession to make. I've never been to a proper festival. At almost 24 years old I've never seen the likes of V-fest, Glastonbury, or even Bestival. As someone who's such a free spirit and loves spending cosy nights in a tent you'd think I'd be an experienced festival veteran by now, but nope.
The one festival I have been to is Elmfest. Not heard of it? Of course you haven't. It's a teeny tiny homemade festival on a small campsite in the middle of Gloucestershire. Although it's small, it's fun and friendly and pretty local to us so that's perfect. It also allows dogs and campfires on site so we can take our angel George and keep cosy when the sun has gone down!

Now, just because Elmfest isn't a real festival doesn't mean I'm not going to dress up and treat it like one! I'm probably not going to get my first taste of a big festival for a few years yet unfortunatly so when I knew Emlfest was coming back around I took full advantage. I started planning outfits and buying face glitter! I actually invested in some biodegradable body glitter for the weekend, which I'm hoping to create some fun makeup looks with in the coming weeks.

Although a lot of my outfit plans changed due to the cold and then the extreme heat we had one day, this outfit I wore on the Saturday night stayed the same. It's not the most generic festival wear, after all I am in a random field with about 200 other people, I can't really go all out. Its not like a normal festival, it's less anonymous, if I did the whole glitter tits thing people would remember! So I went for a comfortable outfit with happy carefree vibes to it. I feel like this is something I would actually wear to a festival if I did get the chance. Maybe I would add more sparkles and a bit of funky headwear but the base of a good festival outfit is definitely there. 

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Hopefully one year I'll get to see one of the big UK festivals. I'll probably hate every second of being claustrophobically close to people and the horrible smelly toilets but I'm sure it will be an experience to remember. Until then I'll carry on enjoying my little local Elmfest with a roaring fire, a couple of cans of Dark Fruits and some of my fave people. 

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CUTE CASUAL & COMFORTABLE - THE PERFECT FESTIVAL OUTFIT

Do you have that one outfit that you know is pretty fucking basic but you love it and feel banging in it anyway? Well this is that outfit for me. The black jeans, leather jacket, converse, band tee combo is my go to look when I can't be arsed but I still want to look kind of put together, and I think it works. This is probably the universal basic bitch outfit but I literally don't care. 


I wasn't actually planning on taking any style photos the day I wore this outfit. I know it isn't anything special, but I felt great, the lighting was pretty decent and my surroundings were kind of cute too. These photos were actually taken on a day out to Lichfield with my mom who stepped up to be my photographer for the afternoon and considering these pics were taken on my phone by a woman who still isn't really sure how to use it, I don't think they are half bad! They were also never meant for my blog either, I only really wanted some photos for Instagram but I thought I might as well share them here too, thats why they are square!


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I pretty much always plan my outfit shoots, I'm not really fun or spontaneous enough to take daily outfit snaps and I wear the same comfy clothes over and over again if I'm honest. I know this outfit and the photos aren't going to blow anyones mind but I kind of like how raw they are. This is an actual real outfit that I would wear day to day and although the quality isn't really up to my usual standard I might start taking outfit snaps like this more regularly. What do you guys think?



Also just a little side note, how fucking cute is my new silver backpack, please? I won it at a Brum Bloggers Accessorize event a couple of weeks ago and it is literally my new favourite bag. I'd been eyeing it up all night to be honest, so when I was given the choice of any non leather bag in the shop (yep I almost cried) I decided to take this little metallic beauty home with me. It's already been on quite a few day trips and bike rides so I know I'm going to get a lot of use out of it this summer!

Do you have a 'go to' basic bitch outfit?


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BASIC BITCH OUTFIT


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I'm not going to lie, I find dressing for autumn/ winter super hard. Unlike pretty much every other blogger out there, I'm a big fan of Summer. Nothing makes me happier than being able to walk around in minimal clothing and still be nice and toasty. But now it's getting cooler and that's just not possible anymore.

I'm not a massive fan of coats, but I like to be warm without wearing 100 layers. I find most jumpers to be big and bulky on me, and I definitely can't pull off the cute wooly hat look, so what do I wear? Well there's not much choice really. For the next couple of weeks I'll try and get away with autumnal shirts and blouses but after that I'll be rocking the frumpy jumper look until about May! 

What sort of things do you wear in the cooler months?

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OOTD | AUTUMN STYLING


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So I am finally back with another outfit post! It feels like forever since I posted an OOTD which is a shame really because I really love dressing up and prancing around in front of the camera. I still find it super awkward to pose in public though, not going to lie.

I've actually used my new camera for these photos which is why the quality isn't as good as usual but if I'm honest I was out for the day and I just couldn't be bothered to lug my big DSLR around with me. I know the photographs will never be as good using this new little camera but my old lady back just can't handle the weight of my other camera anymore. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I will try my best to create them more often!

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OOTD | BELL SLEEVES AND BOOTS

So I managed to drag Sean out of the house on a very cold Sunday afternoon to take some outfit pics for me. I'm not going to lie, it was literally freezing when we snapped these photos; you can even just about see the ice forming on the canal. Regardless of the cold I'm so glad we got out to enjoy the sun, I know we won't be seeing a lot of it over the next few months!


So this is the outfit I actually wore to The Clothes Show last Saturday. As always I was driving myself mad trying to think about what I was going to wear. I wanted to be comfy but at the same time it's The Clothes Show, you have to dress half decent, especially as this year I was given a press pass. Believe me I almost cried when I got the email!

I settled on my new favourite coat from Dorothy Perkins, £60 down to £27 in the sale. I paired that with a slightly oversized pink turtleneck from H&M and my very well loved black Asos jeggings. I also chose to wear the most beautiful pair of boots you have ever seen in your life. They may be pretty but honestly after a few hours of trotting around the NEC they almost destroyed my feet. Turns out I'd managed to leave some of the packaging inside (don't ask) which rubbed my little toes until they were sore.


To top the whole thing off I chose my fave statement necklace from Primark and my new Vivienne Westwood bracelet. Before buying it I was a little apprehensive about forking out that much for one piece of jewellery, I mean it's not even silver, but truth be told I've already gotten that much wear out of it I'm considering going back for the matching earrings. I'll try and link everything or a similar alternative down below.

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I absolutely loved shooting these so I hope you guys enjoyed looking at them.  I say this at the end of pretty much anything I create now but I'm really hoping to do more of this and I'd love to hear some feedback/ constructive criticism!

Did any of you manage to get down to The Clothes Show last week?

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OOTD | IN THE WINTER SUN

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