Well I hope you all had a fantastic first week back at work or your normal routine. I certainly did!! I went on holiday with the family before the children had to go back to school, but then came home to my website had crashed and my LG4 phone, completely died and losing all my photos as Google had stop backing up my photos and I had not noticed. So this is a bit belated.
I wanted to start this post off thanking all of you who comment and have liked, shared and basically been very supportive. I look forward to keep on growing and with going back to work properly in the New Year as my youngest starts nursery (boo) that I will be churning out more content for you all.
I started my blog back in March 2015 and when I look back even to last year how just getting a DSLR in June (Anniversary Gift from the old man) my photos have come on leaps and bounds and it was a real game changer for me. I’m sharing some of my Favorite posts and some that you guys really liked. So here we go…
I wore this (blog post) back at the beginning of 2016. I loved this Red Jumper from HM (Old stock) (similar) and Leatherette skirt from ASOS as I felt smart,comfortable yet casual. This Jumper I wore endlessly over the last few months until it got so incredibly bobbly that I had to put out to pasture, Or so I thought I had just stored it away and resurrected it bobbles and all for a Lookbook for my YOUTUBE channel I did for Kaleidoscope in December. Such a well loved jumper that I did finally say goodbye to it.
This picture makes me laugh so much, as I thought I looked so cool (I didnt) Look at how I have poured myself into my beloved Leather Jacket that I just couldn’t come to terms with, that I had outgrown it (to put it polity). I bought it on a amazing trip to New York when I was 18 years old and now I am (cough) 36 years old its time I will have to let it go. Look at the quality of my photo this was taken on a point and shoot. What a difference to my DSLR photos!!.
This was my first semi popular makeup tutorial on YouTube and I really enjoyed creating this super easy Smokey Blue eye Makeup tutorial. Why not have a butchers, if you missed this as its quite amusing. Oh and informative of course!.
Its always the things we think of last minute that strike a cord with others. This is exactly what happened here. I had finished creating a winged eye makeup tutorial and thought it would be fun to quickly braid my fringe (video here). It took me 3 minutes and to date it is my most watched video! It goes to show you never can tell. Why not have a try of this Braid as its a time saver for the mornings when you want a extra 10 minutes in bed!.
This was my first semi luxe purchase I had saved for the All Saints Bale Leather Jacket for 3 months. You can’t say I didn’t deserve a new one it had been 18 years since my last one!!. I think this was my first proper dabble into fashion blogging and I realized I really liked it. At this point my whole life had been turned upside down, a lot was going on in my personal life. I manage to keep this separate from my blog as long as I could as I was just going through the motions.
My best friend, my confidant, My Mother, was diagnosed with Lung and Thyroid cancer. She had just only beaten breast cancer back in 2012 and here we were again not just facing one, but two major fights on our hands. I say ‘ours’ because I was with my mum every step of the way I wouldn’t of missed any of those appointments, to finally be able to give support to her when she had supported me so much over the years. As things got more intense I began to throw myself more into my blog as I found talking about mundane stuff hair, fashion and make up, gave me a relief from the tenseness of having to process life and death decisions. My mums Lung cancer (never smoked in her life) was spotted by a chest infection that just wouldn’t shift. She is so fortunate to have had such great care from the NHS and Macmillian nurses. Mum is doing really well now but it was such a scary time to see the one you love and admire so much, needing you to step up to the mark. It changed my whole outlook on things, in a good way. Not to sweat the small stuff, trying not to react to drama that having such a big family can create and appreciating little things in life.
This was my Bronzy, Beachy look that I loved creating with Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion. It was so easy with Surf Infusion and I did a tutorial of it on Youtube. It worked very well showing it in our Hair salon as it such a quick technique.
This photo is my collaboration with UnCloset a Luxury Handbag service. Look how beautiful the Chloe Georgia bag is? I loved using it and it photographed perfectly. It was a scorching hot day at the Trafford center in Manchester and I was melting taking these photos. A far cry away from how the weather is now. From now on you see my photos improving as I have my baby Nikon D5300 DSLR its a cracking camera. Have a look at the Amazona Loewe Bag and my favorite Celine Diamond bag.
This was my first collaboration with the a fantastic brand Kaleidoscope. This gorgeous Zig Zag Faux Fur Jacket (sold out Similar) is so incredibly warm and every where I wear it someone always ask where it is from. I then got the opportunity to film a Lookbook how to style a party dress 3 ways.I styled the gorgeous Animal Print velvet dress is was a breeze to style. It was so much fun to film and edit and I cannot wait to do another one.
There has been some great collaborations and I look forward to seeing what happens in 2017. I think I have slowly found my feet and getting the hang of this blogging lark! I hope you will carry on joining me for the ride. If you get a chance please take a look and my YouTube channel its coming on slowly!!. Take care and don’t forget to shop my pieces below.