Surviving adulthood (and life in general)

Velvet LBD outfit
Black knee high boots
 
H&M black dress

Something dawned on me the other day: I'm officially an adult. For the past three years I've been semi-adulting - paying the bills, cooking (the best cheese toasties ever) and doing the dishes and laundry when I can be bothered / run out of knickers. But alongside all of this I've also been able to fall back on the fact that, hey, I'm a student, it doesn't matter if I'm still trying to figure things out and work out what the hell all those buttons mean on the microwave. I'm allowed to not have my shit together. I'm a student, remember!?

Only a few weeks ago I actually stopped being a student. I handed in my final assignment and now - apart from that weird flat cap I'll have to wear in August - I'm officially a graduate. I'm also now closer to 25 than I am to 20. Gross. When did all of this happen!? I could have sworn I only finished college a few years ago. Turns out, that was over four years ago now. Again, sickening.

So now that we've established that I have zero concept of time (apparently) lets address the big fat elephant in the room here. I hate to break it to you, but we're kind of already adults (unless you're one of those young people..in that case, get off the Internet and go build a fort!) and we have been for a while.

Now I'm sitting here thinking, wait, wasn't I meant to be at the top of my career by this point? Wasn't I supposed to know

what the hell I was doing with my life, let alone obtain the knowledge on how to successfully iron a pair of trousers? But you see, I've figured it out you guys. Our parents lied. The whole time they were giving the impression of having their shit together when we were kids was all one big cover up. Because I don't know one single person that has a clue about who they are, and what they're doing with themselves.

No matter how old and no matter how successful someone might seem from the outside. Inside, chances are they're just as crap at adulthood as the rest of us. Doesn't that feel good? Knowing that all those fancy professors and lecturers, doctors and businessmen are walking around - just like you - thinking 'Crap! Play it cool Jonathan. (other adult names are available) If you look like you know what you're doing then no one will ever question why you're wearing the same socks as yesterday.' You know?

You know. I know you do.

So when it comes to adulthood, I hate to break it to you, but chances are you're already doing it, whatever 'it' might be. But just remember, when things do get too real adult-wise, there's nothing stopping you from hiding under your bed, building a fort and eating potato smileys until the sun goes down. Trust me, us adults do it all the time.

So, who's going to join me in my anti-adult fort?

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What to wear to a festival

Today appears to be very festival focussed, but with lots of exciting things filtering through my inbox over the next few months I can't help but get excited. And so instead of doing, well, anything, I've been doing what I do best in the form of cyber shopping. I recently rekindled my love for Lyst and - with that - I've wound up with a wish list as long as my arm (and trust me, my arms are lanky). So, instead of just reeling off all of my favourite things for you guys I've decided to d a mini festival 'what I would wear' in hopes that karma will work in my favour and these babies will magically appear in my wardrobe. A girl can dream, right?
 

LACE UP ANDORA DRESS BY MAGDA BUTRYM
BLACK LACE UP ALCYONE SANDALS BY ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS
BLACK CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE JACKET BY SAINT LAURENT
BLACK FAYE MINI BRACELET BAG BY CHLOE

 

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*This post is in collaboration with Lyst*

Summer Festival Get Ready With Me

Festival season is upon us, which means that - for one time only - I step outside of my comfort zone and attempt to transition into some sort of super cool Coachella chick who's friends with the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. I'm not sure how realistic the latter part is at all, but hey, a girl can dream right?

Anyway - since you guys requested it - I decided to film my first ever get ready with me video over on my Youtube channel, featuring everything from how I style my hair using the Remington Silk Styler to my go-to makeup routine, my festival skincare routine featuring some of my favourite Balance Me products to even a cheeky outfit of the day at the end. Be sure to check out the Remington Festival Hub for more festival style inspiration. And, you know, subscribe if you fancy it!

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*This post is in collaboration with Remington, but all thoughts, opinions and dreams of being Gigi are my own!*

 

How to fall back in love with your blog

How to fall back in love with your blog
How to fall back in love with your blog

It always feels a bit strange writing the first line of a blog post when I haven't really been around for a while. It's like when you bump into someone from school that you haven't seen in ten years. 'Whats new?!' they say. Oh you know, just everything. About four hundred hair cuts, puberty - you know how it goes.

So, what is new, you might ask? Well puberty is still going strong and I have had a few hairdresser trips lately (more on that soon) and - you know - I finished University with what looks to be a high 2:1, I've been on holiday and developed a (real!) tan for the first time in about five years and - above all - I'm just really really happy right now. Things are good.

I mean, things were never awful, but a few weeks ago I was struggling a little bit behind the scenes. I was finishing up my dissertation, running to and from London for multiple jobs just to make sure I didn't end up in my overdraft after my student loans stopped coming in. I was taking on as many jobs as I could to make sure I got a decent start at doing this whole full time blogger thang, and that resulted in my blog turning into sponsored post central. Now, of course I only worked with brands I wanted to that fit with my blog style (I mean, I'm not quite desperate enough to start advertising continence pads..yet), but because I was posting so sporadically it felt that every other post came with a disclaimer. Sorry about that, but, you know, rent and cat food bills are a killer.

So the thing that I could usually turn to when I was feeling stressed (AKA this blog) wound up being something that I had to fully rely on  to ensure I didn't get behind on my rent or - worst of all - not being able to prove everyone wrong who said I could never do the internet as a job. But, like everything else in life, we all come out on the other side, and after a much needed holiday (seriously, I slept for about 5 our of 7 days of it) I've  

 

 

come back to my computer, more excited about blogging than ever before. 

Blogging has always been something that I just liked to do, and every so often I'd get a bit of money thrown my way or the odd opportunity handed to me, making it that little bit sweeter. But when my life became a big ball of stress and I began using my blog for work as opposed to fun (with a few pennies here and there) it ended up becoming yet another thing that I felt I 'had' to do, instead of something I wanted to do. So after finishing uni I decided to fall off the radar for a little while. I wasn't sure if I'd be gone for a day, or if I'd choose to scrap the idea of blogging altogether, I just knew I had to take a breather from everything for a while, and come back when I was actually ready to, not when I felt like I should have been ready.

A week without any real internet did me good. At first, I didn't miss my overflowing inbox in the slightest. I was quite happy Snapchatting here and there and posting Instagram snaps like any other person on holiday would. For that one week, I had no need to login to wifi unless I simply wanted to. By the last day, I was itching to get back home and answer my emails. I felt like I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with this blog and my Youtube, and for the first time in months I actually got excited about piecing together a blog post. 

How to fall back in love with your blog

Because you see, there really can be too much of a good thing. You can love your job more than anything, you can be completely infatuated with someone, or you can just really, really like cake. But if you're forced to eat cake every single day of your life (#goals), after a while, you'll probably wind up craving some sort of salad. Unless it's an exceptional red velvet - that's a whole other story.

School holidays, bank holidays, weekends - these things were all invented for people to just chill the eff out - something I hadn't really done in, well, since my last holiday over three years ago. And after a few weeks away from uni, working blogging and just about anything that doesn't me sleeping and/or eating, for the first time in so long I've been able to blog - stress-free - just like I used to back in the day of bad photos and baggy clothes. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, they say. And whilst I'm not overly sure who 'they' are, they do seem to have a point. 

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Primark Holiday Haul & Try On

I used to be such a die-hard Primark fan. Seriously, whenever I mention anything regarding Primark to my Mum she reminds me of that time I spent five hours in one (embarrassingly small) Primark store. There was entire shopping centre to explore, and I'm pretty sure I spent the entire day buying copious amounts of cheap pants and pyjamas. I literally re-visited that same shop about five times that day.

Now don't get me wrong, I still love that crazy shop, only these days I'm a lot more speedy when it comes to filling up my basket. I am still partial to a few pants and PJ sprees when the feeling's right though. Don't worry, there's no try on panty parades in this video. And if you were looking for that sort of thing..you're probably on the wrong part of the internet.

So anyway, a few weeks ago I found myself grazing the aisles of Primark in preparation for my upcoming holiday to Turkey (FYI: Whilst you're reading this, I'll be on said holiday, potentially starfishing by the pool) and - since I bought a fair few things - I decided to haul the hell out of it over on my Youtube channel. You know the drill. Let me know what your favourite piece was and (shameless plug) make sure you hit that subscribe button!

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