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 *

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The best budget basics and dressing for summer

UK Fashion and Beauty Blogger Cocochic
UK Fashion and Beauty Blogger Cocochic
UK Fashion and Beauty Blogger Cocochic

It feels like a while since I posted an outfit, but I assure you, I do still wear clothes. Sometimes. For todays look I've decided to throw together some of my favourite basics that help me transition from freezing cold British weather to...slightly less freezing cold British weather. That being said, I'm not sure my choice of skirt was overly fitting for the mild hurricane we seemed to have that day. But hey, you see pretty much every other angle of me, so why not my chilly thighs too?

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Warehouse leather jacket (similar here) *
Hearts & Bows stripe crop top via Ark Clothing (on sale) *
Forever 21 side slit midi skirt *
Steve Madden ankle boots (on sale) *

Forever 21 Sale Picks

Click on the images to shop the look!

So here I am at 3am searching through the Forever 21 sale page, and it's safe to say that they've just earned a big chunk of my money. I usually shop bargains at the last minute when everything is on final sale, and because of that I'm usually left rifling through some rather questionable knits and pairs of shoes that are about four sizes too big. But this time? I picked up so many amazing pieces at just a fraction of their original cost. You'll have to stay tuned for the inevitable haul video..

Sale ends tonight (Sunday 8th) - go go go!

Cocochic


Wearing Forever 21 during the summer evening

Forever 21 summer outfit
Forever 21 summer outfit
Forever 21 summer outfit
Forever 21 summer outfit

For me a night out during the summer consists of two things - BBQs and BBQ food, which is exactly what I wound up doing and eating a few nights ago. I'm one of those people that are always slightly cold, even in a full-on heatwave, so when it comes to the evening I have to wrap up warm even if it's just that - warm. My obsession for v-neck tees and bulky leather jacket grows and grows - especially considering they cost less than £50 for the pair. Fake of course, but hey, the fake stuff doesn't stick to me as harshly as the real thing does. All in all, with a full stomach, some (faux) leather on my back and a mildly happy bank account - I'd say I had a pretty good night.

How do you dress on the cooler summer evenings?

Leather jacket from Forever 21 (bought in store but similar here)
V neck tee from Forever 21
Slouchy trousers from Forever 21
Bag from Forever 21

My Forever 21 beach outfit

Forever 21 beach wear
Forever 21 beach wear
Forever 21 beach wear
Forever 21 beach wear
Forever 21 beach wear

Of course the sun decides to go in when we were shooting this beachy style look - it's pretty much Blogger luck no? Either way, this is an idea of what I would wear (if the weather allowed it) to the beach: a pair of distressed shorts and a baggy boyfriend top. The ice lolly and seductive eating pose is optional, but I'd highly recommend the previous. Let me know what your beach style is in the comment section below!

Henley top from Forever 21
Denim shorts from Forever 21
Trio bag from Forever 21
Slip on shoes from Forever 21
Sunglasses from Forever 21