The reason behind why I started blogging

UK fashion blog - Why I started blogging
UK fashion blog - Why I started blogging

Hello world. Remember me? I was that girl that posted on this blog like a psychopath...then suddenly stopped for a little while. Apparently, my University course head teacher queen-of-schools person didn't consider the fact that I might want to actually post pictures of myself on the internet during my studies. So yeah, the past few days have been spent with me painstakingly typing out a case study filled with words I'm not even sure I know the meaning of. But hey, they sound good.

Anyway, it's been a little while since I've been blogging on my lonesome (for those late to the party/AKA my blog, I was on a network a few months back) and I like to think I've gotten back into the swing of things. Do not correct me if I'm wrong, just allow me to feel good about this for five seconds please.

So yeah, before the big move to this website I was starting to feel a little 'worked' by blogging. I mean sure, luckily blogging is pretty much my full-time job, but can I really call it that? It takes a lot of effort, planning and time (and obviously a genius brain, ahem) but I'm hardly a nueroscientist or super-smart academic. Realistically, I write things on the internet, take photos of things I like and get my boyfriend to take photos of me whilst all other inhabitants of my city look at me like a crazy person. I'm going off on one of those tangents I like to go on again, so I'll stop here.

Long story short, during the past few days I've seriously missed blogging - something that I haven't really felt for a while. I've missed typing nonsense on the internet in hopes that someone will read it and potentially laugh/emulate with what I have to say. And that in itself has made me realise that my original reason for blogging has changed completely.

I'll say something you've probably all thought at least once when looking through my pictures. Sometimes I dress weird. Not weird in a sort of 'oh that girl is so cool and different and individual' but more along the lines of being that girl in primary school that showed up on non-school-uniform day wearing a black and yellow Spice Girl mini dress that advertised my stomach without a care in the world. Uh yeah, I did that. Multiple times. I digress. What I'm really trying to say is that hey, I'm pretty much just an average girl (don't you hate it when internet people say that?) that's not a super model in the making, or one of those super cool fitness girls you see on Instagram, or someone with loads of money that can make you wish you were me. Nope. I'm pretty much just a born and bred country girl that ever so slightly detests overly social situations, with a fairly decent broadband speed and a wardrobe filled with things that aren't exactly the norm in 'countryside' terms. I mean really though, why don't more people wear fluffy leopard print coats these days?

So let's rewind (and let's also take a second to come to terms with a fact that this is yet another overly long post from yours truly. Sorry not sorry). I started a blog because everyone else looked cool doing it. That's it. When I was younger I wasn't exactly my number one fan, so starting a blog that - from the outside world - just looks like a website filled with photos of myself, may seem a little vain. Who knows, maybe that's exactly what it was! But meh (and I don't use that word/sound effect lightly) it was just what I was doing at the time. Copying others because I couldn't quite figure out my own little path in life *emotional music*.

But seriously, I started my blog because everyone else was doing it. It was the 'cool' thing to do and hey, all of the big bloggers just looked like they had the best life ever, so evidently if I just took a few pics of myself on an old Coolpix camera I'm bound to be snapped up by Louis Vuitton any second (side note: still waiting on that email, LV). But alas, that is still yet to happen. But you know what has happened? It's all in the title my babies. After all this time blogging and not knowing exactly why I was doing it, I've finally figured it out. And it's honestly the most insanely wild thing you'll hear all day. Ready? Okay. I started blogging because I like to write.

Woah. Journalism student. Girl that writes (wait let me count) eight paragraphs and counting on one blog post!? This girl likes writing!? I told you, it's a doosey. But that's literally it. I like sharing things with people - not because my life is so incredibly glamourous (seriously, I have hair removal cream on my upper lip right this second) or because I have any real wisdom to share, but because I just like taking words out of my mouth and putting them onto paper - or in this case, a blog.

I'll be the first to say it - I'M SOCIALLY AWKWARD! Which is so damn ironic because hey, that's what blogs are built around now - being social. I've spent so much of my real life being semi-quiet about life in general, and I've spent so long blogging about what I'm wearing that I've cracked. I need to talk, a lot. Okay scrap that. I need to talk in my head a lot, and then type it so the whole world can see what I'm thinking. Logical Steph, logical.

I'm not a fantastical traveller, nor am I a super chic style icon (god how I wish I could just change my blog name to 'normal person' - but I'm guessing that URL is probably taken and/or costs  bomb). At the end of the day - like I said above - I'm just a semi-boring girl that dresses slightly different to the other people in my street, with a lot of stuff to say but no real guts to say it in person. Oh, actually I think I summed that up pretty well. I am in fact, just a keyboard warrior - you know, minus the abuse. Okay that was a bad analogy. But I do feel pretty sorry for how many times I pound my keyboard a minute. 

But let's face it, if I can write this much in twenty minutes, just be glad I don't spill my guts in person 24/7. I'd never shut up.

What was the reason you started blogging?

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TRIWA sunglasses *
Chicwish backless sweater *
ASOS leather trousers
Forever 21 mules *
Forever 21 trio bag *

UK fashion beauty blog

Personalise your own Benefit Hoola bronzer

Personalised Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Hoola Days Haul Makeup Beauty

A few months ago all of my favourite beauty bloggers seemed to have their own personalised Hoola bronzer from Benefit, and I - being that person that likes everything and anything trending - so badly wanted to get my own. Then, just a few days ago a magical parcel came from the guys and gals at Benefit themselves, filled with some summer essentials (ie. jelly beans and an inflatable palm tree) and none other than the exact same bronzer with my name on it. Better yet? This time around, Benefit have actually made it possible for you guys to get your own. It's pretty much the most perfect matte bronzer around (as I'm sure you all know by now), and suits just about anyone, so if you're stuck for gift ideas - or you know, if you just want to get your name on a piece of makeup - I'd say go for it. Hell, why stick to just a name? 'A sexy babe's Hoola' sounds pretty good to me. Hmm, ideas.

Would you get your own personalised bronzer!?

Personalised Benefit Hoola Bronzer (£28.50) *
Benefit Ultra Plush Hoola Lip Gloss (£14.50) *
Benefit Dream Screen (RRP £25) *

10 things that happen when the clocks go forward

Cocochic Outfit Camel Coat Leather Skirt
Cocochic Outfit Camel Coat Leather Skirt
Cocochic Outfit Camel Coat Leather Skirt

If you're in the UK you'll all be very aware of Daylight Saving Time - AKA that dreaded time of year when the clocks go forward an hour and all hell seems to break loose. That Sunday lie-in you were looking forward to? Not much of a lie-in any more. But hey, I guess I can't complain too much (even though I'm evidently great at it) because at least the weather is about to warm up...sometime in the future, maybe. 

1. You'll crave meals at weird times of the day. Lunchfast, anyone?


2. People will try to make small talk with you about how they 'could have really done with that extra hour of sleep'


3. When the reality is we could all just go to bed one hour early the night before (ha, as if that's ever going to happen)


4. No matter how often you check your watch, you'll never fully understand whether or not the clock is lying to you


5. You'll wait until 00:59 just to watch the clocks change to 02:00..then you'll realise you have to be up in a few hours


6. No matter how old you are, your parents will always advise you about the clocks going forward (thanks Mum)


7. Mid day naps will become a must to get through the day without losing your sanity


8. You'll forget to change the time in your car, and eventually get used to reading the time wrong instead of actually fixing it


9. At least someone will make a joke about travelling through time


10. You'll feel robbed of an hour for the rest of the day, and have absolutely no one to blame 
 

Do any of these ring any bells?

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H&M camel coat (similar here)
SheInside wrap front blouse *
ASOS wrap skirt
Steve Madden ankle boots *
Fiorelli necklace from Jewelstreet *
TRIWA Nevil watch *

How to dress like a blogger in five simple steps

How to dress like a fashion blogger
How to dress like a fashion blogger
How to dress like a fashion blogger
How to dress like a fashion blogger

Sure, 90% of my wardrobe is pretty typical for a blogger, but today I've decided to throw all of my blogger must-haves together - for #thelolz. As always I'm wearing my infamous Warehouse jacket (I will never get bored of it) mixed with a breton stripe tee and my sky high heels that hurt like hell, but I love them anyway. I've also ventured away from black skinny jeans for once - note the acid wash? This is big news for me people. I'm considering shredding the hell out of them soon, just to make them that more generic-blogger because why the hell not. And the Celine trio bag? It's still very much out of reach, but this Forever 21 variation is doing the job lately. How to dress like a blogger in five simple steps = done.

Leather jacket from Warehouse (now over half price!)
Breton stripe tee from Hearts & Crosses (similar here)
Boyfriend jeans from Abercrombie & Fitch (cheaper option here)
Leather stilettos from Boutique 9 (budget version here)
Celine style bag from Forever 21 (real deal here)

Another white and black outfit

Black and white outfit
Another black and white outfit

Super quick outfit post today as I'm so close to falling asleep at my desk it's not even funny. Took another day trip to London the other day and arrived back at almost 5am yesterday morning, which means coffee and cat naps are my saviours right now. As always, wearing something black and white (when am I not?) but no leather for once. Times really must be tough if I'm not even working my favourite texture into an OOTD. Also, can we please talk about how I'm wearing a coat? The British summer came, and the British summer went - and I still don't even have a tan. Nap time!

Textured coat from W Concept (similar here)
White tee from W Concept (also love this top)
White sweatpants from Front Row Shop (out of stock but same here)
Faux fur slip-ons from Steve Madden (love these)