How to make a high street wardrobe look high end

How to make a high street wardrobe look more expensive

I am not a millionaire, not even close. I've bought designer bags in the past, and I've spent weeks eating beans on toast and/or e-baying half of my wardrobe in an attempt to make up for the whopping dent it made in my bank account. I love fashion - both high street and designer - but I don't think I'll ever be one of those people that can justify (let alone afford) a wardrobe full of Wang. These days, the majority of my money gets spent on council tax and cat litter, so when it comes to getting glammed up I'm always on the look out for pieces that look high end, but have a high street price tag. I live for the moment that I can tell

people my new shoes aren't in fact Marni, but from my local supermarket instead. I love it. I love seeing their faces change from somewhat impressed, to sheer confusion, (sometimes judgment) to absolute amazement. Having grown older, I've moved past the pressures of wearing the latest labels, and instead I focus more on - quite simply - whether or not I like the look of something. Of course quality control comes into account, but when you hunt enough it's 100% possible to compile an entire wardrobe that has longevity, a low price point and loads of style. Scroll down for some of my top tips!

How to make your clothes look more expensive
How to make your wardrobe look more high end


foCUS ON FABRICS

Generally speaking, super cheap jersey neither lasts, nor looks good. If your're scrimping on style, opt for more trustworthy fabrics like denim and wool.
 

LOOK AFTER YOUR CLOTHES

Cheaper clothes tend to wear out quicker, so it's important to look after them. Dry clean, lint roll and hang up pieces to ensure they're pristine for longer.
 

AIN'T RIGHT? DON'T BUY IT

Cheap price tags are tempting, but if it's not exactly what you want, don't buy it. Sure, it's cheap, but what's the point if you never end up wearing it?
 

BUILD ON THE BASICS

I'm much more inclined to spend more money on a basic that I intend to wear every day. My advice? Save up for wardrobe staples, skimp on trend pieces.

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Is 'blogger' a dirty word?

I always feel awkward when people ask me what it is that I actually 'do'. Chances are as soon as I utter the word 'blogger' I'll be judged in some shape or form. I mean, seriously, blogging isn't exactly a real job, it's it? All we really do is sit in our PJs (which were obviously gifted) drinking coffee (which we obviously Instagrammed), writing about the new Chanel bag our rich parents bought us. Sounds like a pretty easy life to me. 

Of course I'm joking about the rich folks anecdote up there, but in reality that's how a lot of people see us (very average) Internet folk. True, I do potentially spend far too much time in my pyjamas, and I probably don't need to take a picture of my cappuccino every single morning just to get a few likes, but hey, it's part of the job. Some people get health benefits, some get a company car, I get to work from my bed. Perks, my friends, perks.

But anyway, what was I saying about blogging as a job? Oh yeah, people don't consider it as one. I mean, I get it, I pay my bills by writing down my thoughts on the Internet, prancing around in free clothes and taking pictures of my lunch on Instagram - I'm not exactly changing the world here. But do you know what makes blogging a job for me? The clue was in the previous sentence. It pays my bills. And as long as I'm not harming anyone or doing anything illegal here, what exactly is the problem?

The problem is the misconceptions people have towards bloggers. For some reason there is this idea that bloggers are essentially just lazy privileged kids that fell into what they do. They weren't trained to be bloggers - they didn't get a qualification and work their way up the career ladder to become a blogger, they just started posting photos of themselves (or whatever their niche is) and telling the world all about it. These days these 'lazy bloggers' are doing everything from appearing on the covers of magazines, to creating their own makeup line to even writing their own books. Sure, they probably aren't trained in doing any of the above, but that's what makes it so bloody great. 

Normal people are turning their lives into a career. What could be more inspiring than someone being themselves, and actually earning a living from it? Could you imagine kids in five years time being asked what they wanted to be when they grow up, and simply being able to reply 'myself' and that actually being a viable answer?

Now I get that there can be negative connotations that come with being a blogger - honestly, I do. We get all these opportunities and get paid for all these different things, how can you really know what's genuine and what's an advert anymore? But wait a minute, isn't that what we're constantly inundated with each day anyway? TV ads? Glossy advertorials? I don't know about you guys but I'd much rather be sold something by a real person than a multi million conglomerate that doesn't need the dollar. We've got bills to pay (and I've got cats to feed), people!

I remember my mum once telling me she used to work two or three jobs pulling pints and scrubbing toilets just to pay the bills when we were kids, and there is absolutely, 100% no shame in that what so ever. In fact, I have nothing but respect for people that do those kinds of jobs in order to pay their way. My Mum didn't choose to scrub toilets - she just had to. But blogging, on the other hand, probably started out as the total opposite for the most of us. We blogged regardless of the money (because at that time there wasn't any) and instead we did it just because it was something we loved. And after all, isn't that just about everyone's dream career - doing something they're passionate about? What could be more honest than that?

Do you guys think there is a stigma attached to being a blogger?
 

What I'm wearing:

Bershka leather jacket *
Bershka blue shirt *
Bershka suede skirt *
Bershka western boots *
Bershka bag *

 

Shop the look:

Head on over to the Bershka B Scene blog to see how you can update your winter wardrobe!



Overcoming blogger envy

UK Fashion and Lifestyle blogger
UK Fashion and Lifestyle blogger
UK Fashion and Lifestyle blogger
UK Fashion and Lifestyle blogger
UK Fashion and Lifestyle blogger

I am a girl (in case you hadn't noticed) and - I don't know about you guys - but I'm pretty sure us girls have this whole envy/jealousy thing down. In fact, I'd go as far as saying that I could probably go right ahead and list it on my CV as one of my most-used skills, right in between my talents for watching an entire TV series in one weekend and eating a McDonalds double cheeseburger in less than a minute. I can also say the alphabet backwards, but hey, let's not get too impressive here.

So anyway, despite my extensive list of useful talents, I am very much a jealous sort of gal - and it's probably my biggest downfall. Being surrounded by (quite literally) hundreds of thousands of bloggers day in, day out, can it can do crazy things to a girl's confidence. One minute you're on top of the world, the next you're floating around in your PJs for days on end questioning everything that you do, and beating yourself up about the most irrelevant things that - in hindsight - just do not matter in the slightest.

Take a few weeks ago for example. I was sitting at my desk, minding my own business, when I was contacted by a company who were putting out feelers for an upcoming campaign. Pretty exciting right? That was, until the company backed out from the collaboration and decided to go with a different blogger who they felt fit their target audience better. Bummer. But whatever, this sort of thing happens all the time in the blogging world - I can take it.

Two hours later and I was contacted again - this time by a well known publication. A few weeks prior to this they asked me to create content for them to go in their magazine, which I (very excitedly) agreed to. I opened up the email in hopes to see some sort of screen grab of my feature or something, but instead the email simply informed me that the magazine had decided to scrap my feature. Ouch. Not gonna lie, that one did hurt a bit. But again, it is what it is.

Then - in my semi-feeling-sorry-for-myself state - I decided to hop on over to Instagram for a bit of lunch time procrastination (also known as a self-loathing session). Big mistake, because now, for the next twelve hours all I'll be doing is asking myself questions. How do these bloggers look so great all the time? Why is their life so much more interesting? How did they get so many followers? Why did my photo of a cup of coffee not get as many likes as them? I feel crazy even writing that.

But I guess that's just the name of the game in blogging isn't it? It's basically a bunch of girls passively competing with each other to get the next job or reach their next follower milestone. If you're the one getting the job, chances are someone else is missing out because of that, and vice versa. I think blogging must be one of the only industries that someone's worth is (generally) based on the amount of numbers they can rack up on one platform. The more followers you have, the more opportunities you get, the higher you're ranked in the blogging community. The higher you're ranked in the blogging community, chances are the more you're going to get paid. When there are bills to pay, why wouldn't we want to be the best at what we do?

Now obviously I know it's not actually a competition between us bloggers. I mean, despite getting jealous about silly things, I'm seriously proud of all the bloggers out there making a name for themselves. Like, just think about it. These people are getting recognised, making money and (sometimes) even turning themselves into celebrities by, well, by just being themselves.  Which makes envy and jealousy a completely useless thing to feel. Take for example the lovely Lydia Millen (who is forever a source of my insecurities thanks to her all-round perfect genetic make up). I'm jealous of Lydia for doing so well, and looking how she does. Can I look like her? No, not unless I spend my entire life savings on surgery (wouldn't that be creepy). So why should I spend so much time thinking about it? Can I ever do what she's doing? No, not exactly. I mean, who knows what the future might hold for lil old me, but that girl - like all the other successful bloggers out there - is doing well for doing what she does best. Is ther best, my best? No, it's probably not. So again, why dwell on it? If you can't become that person, stop thinking about it and focus on the person you can be, which is yourself. 

I guess it's also important to note that when it comes to social media and blogging, things are never quite how they seem. I like to keep everything I do as transparent as possible, but even so, you'll never 100% know me just through a series of blog posts and pictures. Could you imagine if I blogged what I actually did every day of my life? It would just be a series of University essays and leggings with holes in. Not the most instagrammable things in the world, I must say.

I guess what I'm trying to say here, is that we as online-folk tend to only show off the things we want people to see, in the best filter possible. I mean isn't that essentially a blogger's job half the time? Encouraging others to buy into things (be it a sweater or a lifestyle)? I'm not denying that some of our fellow-bloggers aren't absolutely killing it in pretty much every aspect of life, but - and this is my non-jealous, fairly clear-thinking head talking - I refuse to believe that anyone's life is as perfect as their Instagram shows it to be. Think about it - would you really be jealous of their jet lag and tax returns, or even the nasty comments? Just think of that next time you get that dreaded blogger envy. And next time I get it? I'll be sure to log out of Instagram ASAP.

Do you guys experience a bit of blogger envy? How do you deal with it?

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What I'm wearing:

Bershka beanie hat (similar from Missguided) *
Bershka leather jacket (Similar from Noisy May) *
Bershka striped top (similar from Warehouse) *
Bershka flared jeans (similar from Missguided) *
Bershka bag (similar from Kurt Geiger) *
Bershka slip ons (similar from Vans) *

[Head on over to the Bershka BScene blog to see more snaps from this shoot!]

Braun Silk-épil 5 review #breakfree

Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review
Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review
Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review
Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review
Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review

I'll be the first person to admit that I am a hairy, hairy girl. And sure, this seems to have benefited me in terms of (head) hair growth and the general density of my brows, but - where everywhere else is concerned - its been more of an annoyance than a blessing. Can we get a #hairygirlproblems trending over here? Man, I'm glad we're all friends here. Could you imagine how awkward it would be telling complete strangers about my hairy limbs? Oh, wait..

Anyway, I know I'm not the only one out there struggling with #hairygirlproblems (seriously trying to plug that one eh?) so when I was given the opportunity to try out the Braun Silk-épil 5 Wet and Dry Epilator* I couldn't exactly say no - especially with a holiday coming up in the next few weeks. I mean, I don't know about you guys, but stubbly legs and a five o clock shadow (again, on my legs) doesn't exactly scream 'beach babe', does it? Something had to be done.

So I guess I should talk a bit about epilating, which is basically really, really fast tweezing that keeps body hair at bay . I've had a really cheap epilator for a few years now, and it worked, but it also hurt like crazy and took multiple 'sessions' to fully de-hair my fuzzy female body. After a while I would just give up and go straight back to my disposable razors. Hello, ingrown hairs and goodbye money. However since trying Braun's little variation I'm basically a changed woman. No, seriously. The amount of hair on my body has decreased to a level that I can actually pass for a woman now, as opposed to some form of mystical wildebeest. 

So what makes it so special? I'll tell ya! With twenty eight individual tweezers the Braun Silk-épil 5 picks up near enough every hair on the body, including hairs that are 0.5mm in length. Like every other epilator, It's not completely painless, but it's a lot more bearable than any other that I've tried in the past and - since you're able to use it in the bath or shower - it means that beginners (or wimps like me) can use it with ease. Better yet, the more you use the Silk-épil 5, the more comfortable it'll feel on your skin. Not only that, but - with constant use - this little miracle worker can actually help to slow down your hair growth, which means less hassle and more super soft legs. How did I survive the entire summer without it?

This post was sponsored by Procter & Gamble, however all thoughts are very much my own!

What I'm wearing:

Forever 21 faux leather jacket
Miss Selfridge 90s crop top *
Forever 21 side split skirt *
Miss Selfridge Cuba heels *
ASOS cat eye sunglasses *

When to say no to blog opportunities

I don't know about you guys, but as a blogger I'm constantly inundated with hundreds of emails each and every day (granted, a large percentage of those emails are mostly centred around penis enlargement pills and/or Candy Crush invites from my Mum..) asking me to promote a product, review a service or simply guest post on someone else's website. Since more and more companies are beginning to understand the influence bloggers and internet people can have, the amount of opportunities that arrive into our inboxes are only going to increase. 

Now obviously I feel very, very lucky (and sometimes completely unworthy) to even be considered for some of these different jobs, but I can't go around accepting everything that pops into my Gmail account without sacrificing my readership (AKA you sexy people) and generally working my fingers to the bone. So sometimes you do just have to suck it up and politely said 'no thank you'. It might seem a little counterproductive, but trust me, the more picky you are with the work you accept, the more brands will respect you, and the happier you'll be with your blogs content overall. I mean, did you really want to review dog poop bags for the sake of a free £10 voucher? Maybe not. So here are some questions to ask yourself before accepting (or denying!) an opportunity.

Does it fit with the style of my blog?

See above - do dog poop bags really fit with my blog? Considering I don't even have a pooch (woe is me) I'd say not really. I mean, sure, it's all down to you and how you feel bout what's on offer, but if you want to keep your blog to a certain standard ten it's best waiting around for the better, more relative opportunities to come about. I always say that if it's something I could write about without making it look like an ad, then it probably fits with my usual blogging style - if not, well, then it might be a good idea to let someone else have this one.
 

What's in it for me?

Whether you're just starting out as a blogger or someone that does it as a full time job, if you're doing something for someone else you need t make sure there's something in it for you. This could be anything from free products, to actual payment, to promotion on social media. Either way, you need to make sure you're not constantly working for free, and that you're going to benefit from your partnership as well. You wouldn't serve tables all day for free, so why give away your skills for free too? If a brand is reputable, they'll compensate your time in some shape or form.
 

Is it worth doing?

Similarly to the above - f you are getting compensated for your work, you need to make sure it's actually worth your time. Think of your time spent on your blog like any other job. If it tales you an hour to write a blog post, a product worth (or more than) minimum wage is probably worth it (if it' something you want, of course). But what if the work your doing will take around ten hours in total? If you feel like you deserve more than a free pack of face wipes, you probably do.
 

Are there too many demands?

Sometimes PR companies do have a few regulations for you to follow if you agree to work with them, which is expected, but sometimes those requirements turn into a huge list of demands that give you little to no freedom for making the post your own. If it sounds like the company are asking too much of you, or you simply don't feel comfortable fulfilling everything they ask, offering them an alternative. If not, pass it on..
 

Am I breaking the rules?

There are so many laws and rules that come with blogging these days (check out my blog post all about blogging rules to follow for more info) that it can be hard to stay u to date with what's what sometimes. In the past I've had companies ask me to create posts that don't quite coincide with the law. I've obviously denied them, but I know of other bloggers that have said yes just because they weren't clued up on the legalities of things. It's worth swotting up on to make sure you don't get yourself into trouble further down the line!
 

Does it sound a bit spammy?

Copy and paste emails are generally a no go for me, because they usually end up being more spammy than anything else. For this sort of offer, I usually send back a bog standard (yet still polite) no thank you email, but if it does seem super spammy in a 'this will eat your computer' type of way', I put that email where it belongs: in the spam folder. Sometimes of course these emails may just look spammy, as opposed to actually being spammy, but I always think that, if they can't even bother to write an email to me by name as opposed to 'Dear blogger' or (my personal favourite) 'Dear webmaster', then they're probably not the best sort of company to work with in the first place. Unless your first name is actually 'blogger' or 'webmaster'..

Of course these are all personal to me, but hopefully this blog post helped you guys in some shape or form! Oh and uh, sorry about this Tip Tuesday being on a Wednesday - the days kind of got the best of me this week..oops. Leave your own tips in the comments below for others to take a peak at!