The thing is, I've never really suited the fleeting trends, often much to my dismay. Some of my friends look like actual A-listers in the most inexpensive on trend item, and me? Well I just look like I'm trying too hard. I'm not all that cool really, and I don't want to wear a bodysuit slashed to my navel, or the latest bralet. I look stupid if I try.
Although it may not be 'cool' I gravitate to classic preppy or elegant styles, I also seem to suit more classic cuts that never tend to go out of fashion. With that in mind I tend to chose predominately premium high street brands like Karen Millen, Whistles, Joules and Ralph Lauren to name a few with one or two more expensive items should I be able to afford it. This isn't about snobbery, more because they last really well, and the cuts tend to be more flattering to my body shape. Now don't get me wrong, there are some absolute gems to be found in more affordable stores, but in my experience over the years, every time I come to clear out my closet it tends to be those cheaper items that don't make the cut - mainly because they seem to show signs of wear very quickly and look old before their time. For me, this has often ended up being a false economy where I could have bought the more expensive item for the same price as the four I've had to donate. I'm by no means 'rich', so I often have to have just one piece anyway instead of four, so I guess it depends on individual preference. One big secret though, where I can, I buy most pieces in the sale!
It's potentially not just Beauty and Fashion though...
Now in a way I've already started discussing this on my channel through my makeup no buy series, but as I will be turning 35 this year I'm becoming more interested in savings too. Many of us are working in industries that are far less stable than they were 20 years ago, in fact I have found I hear of someone being made redundant almost every month, so having a little in the bank isn't a bad thing, even if its just for peace of mind should the worst happen. I'd love to share ways I've managed to save, or things I've stopped buying to look after the pennies.
I'm also really interested in leading a healthier lifestyle. I've always eaten relatively well (albeit probably too much of it), but from this point on I'm focussing more on a healthy diet especially after discovering I have various food sensitivities. I absolutely LOVE a homemade smoothie and cooking from scratch so would be great to share that with you too, probably on here at first, but potentially on YouTube too. I'm also interested in a healthy lifestyle in the way we think, how we organise our homes, and how simple things can often bring us such joy and happiness.
I'm becoming much more confident with who I am and how I like to spend my time these days. As I said earlier, I am probably not the epitome of cool by social media standards. I like donning my Hunter boots and taking a walk in nature, enjoy visiting stately homes and spending time in quiet yet beautiful surroundings. Whilst I love to relax over a glass of bubbly in a cool sleek wine bar, I'm unlikely to be found in the latest club pushing my way to the bar with girls that are young enough I probably babysat them in my teens. I want to be myself, embrace the fact that I am no longer 21, and share my life with you in a more authentic way. If you follow me over on instgram you might have already noticed a change that is starting to encompass who I am a little more.
I hope that this is a journey you will join me on but if my changing content isn't for you, whilst I'm somewhat sad, I understand. I wish for you as I wish for myself, for us to be our most authentic selves, and I'm excited for my new journey to begin!