Wednesday, 30 November 2016

A/W Jacket Lookbook with Superdry Global

Some of you may have seen and read my recent posts with Superdry from when I was lucky enough to go behind the scenes for their amazing A/W Jacket campaign. I have just partnered with them to present to you my absolute favourite picks from their jacket collections that you can pick up and style this winter! I wanted to create a few different looks with some of my favourites from the collection, both practical and stylish. Keep reading on to find out how I styled them all up. 

I have always loved the snow, I am going away to Canada in the new year and am always on the look out for something cosy and stylish for when it gets a hell of a lot colder or if I am going away somewhere where there will be snow! I am also a huge lover of going on walks in beautiful places, so as it gets colder, its nice to find something to keep you cosy on your little mini adventures. 

This is their Glacier Biker Jacket in white, I absolutely loved the fur collar, I knew it would make this coat super cosy. I have always liked fur hooded padded jackets for when its cold, but I would normally opt for a darker colour, usually black. This time however I wanted to try and style this more practical jacket in a more 'stylish' way, so I thought going for a crisp white would be a really amazing contrast with the outfit I paired it with, or it would be a perfect pop to an all black look! Pair this with a black roll neck jumper, some black jeans and heeled boots and you can rock winter style without turning into an icicle!!

I paired this coat with a simple pair of blue jeans (always a winner, cant go wrong!) and a Superdry turtle neck jumper. I was really drawn to this jumper because of the gorgeous detailing on the front. I usually go for very plain colours and styles in my jumpers, just because it tends to make them more versatile and practical. However this beauty really stood out to me, it just gave the look a little something extra I thought!

I think when it comes to your Winter wardrobe, its essential to try and make sure that whatever your buying is comfortable and practical, ESPECIALLY when it comes to buying coats and jackets. Sometimes you can be a little bit blinded by a current popular style or a design you really like, but if you spend money on something poor quality or something that won't keep you warm when you wear it, you loose out. I have been wearing all of these jackets for a few weeks, I wanted to be able to give you an honest review and opinion on them, and this style is ridiculously cosy, so if you're wanting something to keep you very toasty yet looking good at the same time, this is your coat!

Next up is a jacket with a very on trend style of the time, suede. Suede has absolutely taken over the high street and online fashion retailers recently and I know I have definitely fallen in love with the look (and the feel!) of it. If you are a avid lover of a good leather jacket, but perhaps feel like you need a slight change, but you know your heart truly lies with your leather... This may be for you, a suede leather jacket!! (haha). I have a few leather jackets I wear frequently, my favourite of which is actually in the next look. But I absolutely loved the feel of this jacket, with the gorgeous pocket detailing, its simple, but the material gives it that something special. 

This was a very simple every day look, I always try and give you guys outfits and looks you can easily recreate at home if you like. I took the same turtle neck as before, and wore it with some plain black jeans and ankle boots. The all round monochromatic feel of this look makes it really easy to wear, and to dress up or down too. Switch the jumper for a nice shirt, and the ankle boots for heeled boots and you've got yourself some winter date night attire!

Writing this, I have found it amusing how my idea of 'not black' is white, which is still just an unadventurous with colour... Oops! Sorry about that loves!

Now to my favourite part. THE LEATHER. I absolutely completely and utterly fell in love with this jacket while I was on location at the shoot at RAF Cardington. I remember saying 'oh please can I borrow this jacket to shoot some pictures quickly!' it got quickly and secretly robbed off one of the models and I snuck outside to shoot the amazing images in front of the hanger. They ended up being some of my favourites shots of me from 2016, the green tones were just gorgeous against the all black outfit. That day I paired it with a pair of black jeans, a black roll neck top and my trusty Prada boots, an all black match made in heaven. 

This is definitely my favourite looks of all the ones I shot, I didn't want it to be all black again, but wanted it to stay relatively simple and focus on the look of the layers over anything else. This look is all Superdry bar my jeans, isn't it to die for!

Superdry was never somewhere I would think to look for shoes, however I saw these suede ankle boots when I was down at the Regent Street store and was taken aback by the quality and fit of them. I knew they would work amazing for this shoot, and have been a favourite boot of mine ever since. 

A scarf is the biggest winter necessity you will need, get yourself a good collection of cosy big ass scarves and you'll be laughing when the snow comes. The good thing about wearing relatively understated colours and plain patterns means you can add a touch of interest with something like a scarf. I really loved the length of this v neck jumper, I loved how the layering looked under the jacket and the dangling buckle, a match made in heaven!

I really enjoyed shooting this look book for you, I hope you have found some winter inspiration for when it will be getting much colder, alongside perhaps a few items to add onto your christmas list! All links to products will be down below for you, so you can shop the look yourself! A huge thank you to Superdry for working with me on this, you're all amazing!


H x

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The 'pursuit' of so called happiness.

Happiness is something we are apparently always searching for, as if there is some huge emotional light at the end of some traumatic 'unhappy' tunnel that is apparently life. Its spoon fed to us that a lot of our lives are or should be spent searching for happiness. Whether that be in a partner, in our career, social life, or way of life. As if happiness is one huge pinpoint crescendo in our lives, when in my opinion its the complete opposite. I think the 'pursuit of happiness' is a load of bollocks, albeit the film is one of my favourites, but yeah its a definite no from me. For my A Level English Language coursework I essentially wrote a piece on how the main ideas behind self help are in essence, useless and the only way to really evaluate where you're at and move forward is by being realistic with yourself. 
I figure its the same with your happiness. We are told that happiness should come in large life affirming moments, and I am not denying this is true, but if you sit and wait for these huge moments to come along, you're depriving yourself of happiness in-between. In my eyes, you have to learn what makes you happy, in its smallest form and that way, you always have certain and specific ways of making yourself happy. 
I was on my way to Preston the other week to watch a gig, and it turned out I was inadvertently an hour or so early, so I figured I would find myself a service station en route and grab myself a drink. When I walked in, there was the standard Subway, Burger King, Starbucks and WH Smiths and instead of making a b-line for the Starbucks, I walked into the WH Smith. I'm a reader, always have been. I find a huge amount of joy in a book, I see reading as an escape when I am needing one, and a dream when I want one. I walked through, and thought, why not read? I picked up 'The Girl On The Train' (I did see the movie so I regrettably did it in the wrong order, oops) and THEN headed to my homeland of Starbucks. I sat in this empty service station Starbucks, next to the window onto the motorway, book and hot chocolate in hand and started to read. I forgot how easily I can spend my time reading somewhere peaceful. I saw people come and go, and I just sat a read. After a while of not really looking at my phone or the time, I realised this was bringing me an insane amount of happiness, and by that I mean, I was completely and utterly content with exactly what I was doing in that moment, and I guess for me, thats my definition of happiness. I have found that it has allowed me to have, I guess, more happiness.
I do try and make my own happiness, and this, alongside being independent is something I am always a huge advocate of. Other people and things around you can of course make you very very happy, but to avoid disappointment and unhappiness when things fall through or don't work out, if you have a foundation of happiness and things that make you happy that you have brought into your own life, then I think it helps keep you pretty sane. I have found it does anyway. 
I enjoy the surprises of new people in my life, I enjoy the happiness they bring alongside new experiences. However I know that if I make sure I focus my energy every now and again into doing something I know will make me happy regardless of what else may be going on, I can keep a level head. 
For example, right now. I am currently in Atlanta, flying home tomorrow afternoon. I've done a lot of lone wandering around on this trip, and I did this because I knew it was going to make me happy getting out and about when I otherwise would have been inside. So, this is what I have done almost everyday. This morning, I was inside longer than I wanted to be, so got my ass up and dressed and headed out. I found myself a Starbucks, and I am currently sat outside in the sun writing, and yes, I brought a book. This, to me, is a little brief period of happiness, brought about by myself, because I wanted it. I guess thats how I try and be a lot of the time. Sometimes I wake up, feeling uninspired and not wanting to be inside my own house, one of the downsides of working from home, so some days I may venture out to Manchester, or just down the road for somewhere else to work, a different environment, that makes me feel happy because I am out doing something. I may even take a day to go and spend time with someone, because my time is flexible I am lucky enough to be able to do this, and that also makes me happy. But, these are all things I am in control of, and I guess thats what I am trying to stress here. 
I write a lot in my blog posts, and trust me I could write a hell of a lot more, but if I am honest I don't really like the idea of boring you with my writing, but if you don't mind my ramblings on, then do let me know below as it'll give me a good gage as to whether I can keep writing or whether to reign it in a little from time to time...
What I am really trying to say here, to you. Is that, I know we wait for these huge momentous occasions in our lives to give us this happiness we crave, and I am sure they happen to everyone eventually in one way or another. In the meantime though, I encourage all of you to actively sought out your own version of happiness, in its smallest and most simple form, and hold onto it and make it happen as often as you need. Whether it be reading, or writing, or shopping, or facetimeing the person you love, or catching up with your best friend, or eating pringles (we all do it), whatever it is just try and find it, as its your best friend and I promise you it'll keep you sane. I find wonder in anything new, hence why I could walk for miles and miles just to see new things and experience everywhere I visit to the best of my abilities. I find happiness in being super content, both alone and sharing that peace with people I hold dear and close to me, and I'm all set. 
I hope you enjoyed this post, and I haven't rambled on too much. Just take some time to focus on the little things and figure out what it is that you enjoy doing most. 


H x

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Lone Traveller Series - Kicking off some Independence

Some of you may have seen the Instagram image I posted a few weeks ago, I am wanting to expand the travel side of my blog. Travel has always been something i absolutely adore, whether it be travelling with my family, with friends or alone. However, with this series, I am wanting to add in an element of independence, something which I am a huge believer and promoter of through my blog and within my own life. I am aiming to have a segment on my blog at least once a month for you all about the travels I have been on, with tips, tricks and more personal reflections on these experiences I have been able to have.
I added the 'Lone' aspect of this series to represent the fact that I am wanting to promote the idea that you don't need someone to travel with to be able to visit and experience the places I have always dreamed of. I don't believe that something like not having anyone to go with should stop anyone from being able to enrich their lives through travelling, or anything else for that matter. You wanna do it? Go ahead.  I would hope that perhaps this series may inspire some people to take the plunge and go to the places they want to go either with the people around them, or by themselves.

There are so many places I am hoping to be able to travel to, to be able to create some gorgeous and different content for you all on my Instagram and my blog. I have my Amsterdam travels to write up for you and I am currently in Atlanta, with some 'lone' long haul travel posts coming your way, I am really excited for this series, I am hoping that its something a little different that you will love reading.

I would love to hear from you all about what aspect of travel you would actually want to know about, I have always found that when reading travel blog posts or reviews, sometimes its all positive focused with less of a realistic approach to what actually happens when you travel to certain places. Or, what not to pack and what wasn't needed when perhaps it was assumed it was. I want to try and give a much more honest and open approach to my travel and as to whether it ended up being what I thought it was going to be or not.

I really can't wait to kick start this series for you all. I have high hopes for it, and that it can be something you will all enjoy.


H x

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

A Little Bit of All Black and Learning to Express Yourself

I have such an ever changing style and frankly its one of my favourite things about myself, I adore make up and beautiful shoes and handbags and pretty sparkly skirts and dresses, but on the other hand I adore oversized shirts, all black and comfy trainers. I think there is so much creative leeway within your personal style and it can be a relatively safe place to express yourself in as little or as big of a way as you want. I am sure a lot of people are the same in that what they walk out the door in sometimes varies greatly dependant on what music they were listening to when they were getting ready, I know I am guilty of this!!

I think that there is a hell of a lot of common practices and convention in the way of people expressing themselves, in whatever manifesto this may be. Some people do it through music, art, fashion, writing, or to be honest it can be any way possible. But for me, I find that the way I style myself to be my greatest form of expression, with both my outfits and my makeup because lets be honest my hair never changes its just consistently poofy... Meeting like minded people always makes me want to express myself more and more, and over the past few months I have been able to meet so many inspirational people such as fellow bloggers, or some of the incredible employees at some of my favourite brands, and it just makes you realise how amazing it is to be yourself. 

I have said many times before on this blog that I am a huge believer in doing things that make you feel comfortable and this includes what you wear. If you would rather not be hugely out there with your style and would rather stay relatively understated then this is your perfect form of expression, it doesn't have to be something that someone else classes as expression, just what you do. I think self expression can, in my opinion, often be mistaken for being different. I don't think this is the case at all, if you have a passion for something that is seemingly very popular, that doesn't discredit your self expression against someone else's less popular interest. 

I sometimes feel, as I am sure some of you do too, that I am not being 'myself' and am perhaps following the crowd in some respects and this may sometimes be taken in a negative way towards myself. But really, as long as you are on the right path to do what it is you love and do it in a way that makes you happy, thats self expression to me. 

This outfit really made me happy and prompted this blog post, there was something about it that really made me feel like myself. I think it was the fact that the majority of it was all black, something I used to only wear and completely swear by, and in fact, still do. I am wearing all black out tonight! But now, what I love is pairing the all black with something more bold, like these comfortable white trainers, or a bright handbag. I love how black contrasts with my hair now its lighter and all in all, this was comfort and easy style rolled into one. I can't ask for more. I think finding your favourite outfits and items that you really think suit you as a person is so important to feeling yourself and confident in what you wear, it can make such a difference. 

If you'd like to shop this more laid back style by me there are links and alternative items below for you to shop, also check out the blog shop at the top of this page in the menu bar to keep up to date with my wardrobe and you can shop it too!

I hope you enjoyed this post, a little bit of style and something a bit more personal all rolled into one, I think this is my current favourite way of writing my posts, what do you think?


H x

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