A RALPH LAUREN FAVOURITE

13 February 2017 Birmingham, UK


Well, good morning you lovely lot and sorry for being a little MIA on here. The past couple of weeks have been super busy BUT exciting for me too. I've just started a new job; so naturally I wanted to allow myself to settle a little and with that new job came a whirlwind trip to Paris! It was truly an amazing opportunity for me to be able to go but it left me mentally and physically drained. 6am wake up calls after hectic days are most definitely not for me but, of course whilst in Paris, one has to make time somewhere to take a stroll down Champs-Élysées and to see the Eiffel Tower somewhere... right?

Despite strolling down one of the most famous shopping streets in the world, I left Paris with absolutely no purchases in sight *sad face*. I guess that can only mean I have the rest of the month to make up for the poor show on my behalf. Have you been to Paris recently? Or been anywhere on holiday this month?!


Enough Paris talk (but srsly, go ASAP if you want to shop until you drop) and onto this bloody BABE of a jacket. 

This uhhhh-mazing Ralph Lauren jacket (you you read that correctly) was kindly given to me by my mother after she decided it's not really something she'd wear anymore. Of course, I swiftly took the opportunity to stick my nose in and jump at the chance to take this from her wardrobe so thanks Mom! I mean look at the detailing on the back. The bead work is all hand done and it's absolutely unreal. i know it might not be everyone's cup of tea but, it's definitely mine! 

There's a few other things I've also recently had my eye on so feel free to have a gander at my recently updated shop my wishlist section!


PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA GRICE
JACKET: RALPH LAUREN / TOP: MARKUS LUPFER / JEANS: AMERICAN APPAREL / SHOES: COS / BAG: TOPSHOP

Charlotte

THAT WHISTLES COAT

29 January 2017 Birmingham, UK


If there's anything I can actually say I like about the colder weather, it'd be the opportunity to wear big HEFTY coats like this beauty. Besides it being stupidly warm, I love the colour and of course being faux fur it's stupidly soft. I mean, just look at it?! Fluffy, pastel goodness. EVERYTHING about it is fabulous if you ask me, so a huuuuge pat on the back to you lovely people at Whistles for creating the perfect coat despite the fact you're not meant to get it wet.



To add to the already 'polar bear esque' nature of this post, what the hell, why not add an actual polar bear into the mix? Sadly not quite literally but this jumper will have to suffice. If you follow me on instagram (if you don't you should) or have read the 'about me' or have read my blog for a little while you will know that I am in fact a Menswear Design Graduate. If none of the above apply to you, I guess you know now... But anyway, Christopher Raeburn was one of the first designers I discovered when entering into my menswear journey. SO when Bicester Village had a 'British Designers' pop up I couldn't resist this rather cute number. 

Of course, one last thing. It wouldn't be a 'Charlotte' post without my beloved chunky Dr Martens. Sadly these aren't available anymore but for any of you that are interested these are called 'Bethan.' You might be able to get your hands on a pair via eBay or Depop!


PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA GRICE
COAT: WHISTLES / JUMPER: CHRISTOPHER RAEBURN / TROUSERS: ASOS (SIMILAR) / SHOES: DR MARTENS

Charlotte
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CASUAL AS EVER

22 January 2017 Birmingham, UK



Hello hello! How are you? I hope you're getting back into the swing of things after a well deserved rest? If any of you are lucky enough to work in retail, I feel your pain. Boxing day was spent running around serving customers who wanted to buy pretty much everything possible from the sales! But, with that said, now the new year has come it's a little quieter again. I think it's safe to say that post-christmas (and new year i guess) there is a serious need for more loosely fitting clothing... aka food baby friendly outfits! So here is one of mine, in all it's very casual glory.

Pleated skirts are a new love affair of mine. Admittedly this is the only one I own but it definitely won't be the last. I've seen quite a few I really like and they're the perfect addition to any wardrobe; especially if you're like me and seem to live in jeans. I've always loved skirts but, I felt like longer skirts (basically anything longer than mid thigh) were an awkward length and difficult to wear... until I hopped on the pleated skirt band wagon! 

Here's some of my faaaave pleated and mini skirts:
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA GRICE


JACKET: ZARA (SIMILAR & SIMILAR) / TOP: COMME DES GARCON / SKIRT: TOPSHOP (SIMILAR) / SHOES: VANS
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THINGS I LEARNT IN 2016

13 January 2017 Birmingham, UK



We've just jumped into a new year and everyone is talking all things new. Before jumping ahead, I wanted to spend a little time looking back. 

In september, when I got back to blog writing I shared this post explaining where I'd been and what had been occurring in my life. I had a huge response from so many of you and it was so lovely to come back to such a response so I thought it's that time; a time of reflection (good and bad) to think about what exactly I've learnt from 2016. 

2016 has been a massively mixed bag for me. Good has trumped bad and vice versa. It marked a few firsts; one of which was smashing an iPhone screen (bloody brilliant) and the other was becoming a cat mother. But what the heck, here goes...


1. YOUR OWN HAPPINESS REALLY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT

Sometimes, as hard as it may seem at the time, it pays to be selfish and think about yourself before others. The longer you go on sacrificing your own happiness, the further away from it you become and the longer it takes to get back to where you want to be. Sure, it may be shit for a while or you might get put in a tricky situation but, be true to yourself and follow your gut instinct. Even if it all goes wrong, you can hold your hands up and say 'I tried!' Life is too short.


2. MUSIC IS A LIFE SAVER

Not quite literally but, it bloody helps! Whatever the weather, no matter what mood you're in, you can always listen to music. Whether you want to get the day started with your favourite up-beat song or even 'contemplate life'. Apple Music or Spotify are your best friendddds and will continue to be throughout 2017! 

Here's a few tracks I've really loved listening to last year and recently:



3. ROUTINE IS THE AIM

Working in retail is the ultimate routine killer. No shifts are ever regular so it's not possible to even try and contemplate any sort of routine, especially when it comes to attempting to create blog content! The new year brings me a new job and therefore regular shifts, with the same timing. I'm hoping that getting into or having a routine of some sort will really help in the long run. 


4. TALKING HELPS

No matter how big or small you may think something is, a problem shared really is a problem halved, so don't be afraid to talk about things! 

In my 'Where have I been?' post spoke about my eczema returning but I didn't mention anxiety. Neither of those are something I thought i'd ever speak about on my blog but I've vowed to try and write more personal content so that post felt strangely good to write it down. 

Anxiety last year was a huge contributor to why I felt so... drained? Having a regular mental battle with your mind really does suck the life out of you but, it's not something we shouldn't talk about. I've spent a lot of time this year going backwards and forwards but if anything, talking about it has really helped!


5. BEING ORGANISED FEELS GOOD

Like, seriously. What's more satisfying than that huge to do list that you can just keep ticking off? Nothin'

Towards the end of 2016, when I got back into blogging I really tried to stay organised and I want 2017 to be exactly the same. Need help getting organised? I recently got this daily journal that has loads of sections including 'to do' and 'notes'! Honestly could not recommend these enough! 
FEDORA: ASOS / JUMPER: TOPSHOP (SIMILAR)

So, there we have it. Just a few things I've learnt this year. Feel free to let me know if any of the above apply to you or if there's anything you feel you've really taken away from twenty sixteen. 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA GRICE

Charlotte
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IT'S THE COAT AGAIN

8 January 2017 Birmingham, UK



If any of you follow me on instagram you'll have seen this coat occur and then reoccur a few more times. If I could whole heartedly recommend a staple coat to buy, i'd make it faux fur and of course leopard print. So many brands have amazing options for both and it's perfect to add a little something extra to a normally mega casual or plain outfit. Here's a few examples for ya' to feast your eyes on:
These jeans are a new addition to my wardrobe. I'm still after some perfect-fit high waisted boyfriend jeans but I absolutely love the panel work on these. H&M did something too I believe. Living in the city and walking everywhere I always want something to be super comfy but look a little different too so these jeans fit the bill perfectly!


PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA GRICE
COAT: TOPSHOP / TOP: WHISTLES (SIMILAR) / JEANS: ASOS / BOOTS: OFFICE (OLD - SIMILAR)

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