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)

Charlotte
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NEW YEAR, NEW SUIT

3 January 2017 Birmingham, UK


Welcome to 2017! Happy new year to you all. I thought i'd share this post because y'know everyone loves a good 'new year, new ____' quote right? 

Anyhow, enough of that and more of this suit/shoe combo. Honestly, there's something about a suit that makes me feel somewhat empowered?! Is that just me or is that actually a thing? The Kooples hit the nail on the head with suits and i'm not just saying that because I currently work for the brand. When it comes to a high quality and well fitted suit, The Kooples have got you covered. 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA GRICE
SUIT: THE KOOPLES - BLAZER + TROUSERS / SHOES: SAINT LAURENT

Charlotte
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THE PERFECT COMBO

19 December 2016 Birmingham, UK


Well how are we you lovely lot? I'm sat here typing this on my break at work but, since I'm here until 10:30(pm) I thought I'd make my lunch hour a bit more productive!

If any of you have read some of my recent previous posts, you may have noticed me mention about my steer away from my usual black skinny jeans. So with that said I went on the hunt for again another pair of blue jeans but I wanted to go for something a little different. I found these bad boys on asos and couldn't resist that dark blue panel or everyone's favourite stepped hem. 

You can also say hello to another FAVE new addition to my winter wardrobe with this dreamy 'polar bear' coat. Duvet days are now a daily thing thanks to this baby and matched with my new jeans, it's a combo I just can't get enough of.



PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA GRICE


COAT: TOPSHOP / TOP: TOPSHOP (REALLY SIMILAR) / JEANS: ASOS / BOOTS: TOPSHOP / BELT: ASOS

Charlotte x
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THE KOOPLES AGAIN

12 December 2016 Birmingham, UK



Say hello to a brand I have a small love affair with, The Kooples. This dress is the PERFECT throw on for a day out or, add a pair of heels and it's the dreamy going out dress you've been looking for. Even better, it's now in sale (here)... 

I've paired mine with some dr martens to give it a bit of a super casual grunge look but, it'd look cool with some converse or these beauty's for a statement!

I'm sure you've been spending plenty of money on others before christmas so why not treat yourself to a little somethin' nice ey?


Photography by Joshua Grice


DRESS: THE KOOPLES / BELT: ASOS / JACKET: THE KOOPLES (SIMILAR) / BOOTS: DR MARTENS (SIMILAR)
Charlotte x
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