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  • Lifestyle,  Style

    5 Reasons why I love fashion… It’s not just about wearing pretty clothes!

    So, it was International Women’s Day a couple of days back and it got me thinking about some of the things that define me as a woman. One of the things that’s pretty close to the top of my list is… fashion. It might sound superficial, but it isn’t just about wearing pretty clothes (and shoes, and accessories, of course). For me, fashion was not only one of my first loves growing up,  but it’s also developed into a much bigger part of my identity over the years, so I thought I’d share a few reasons why that’s the case with you. The way you scratch your head when you…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography,  Style

    My kind of nude: Black girl friendly nudes for Valentine’s day, Galentines day and Every day in-between

    So, Missguided recently announced that they’ve started stocking nude underwear for a wider range of skin tones, and naturally I was pretty excited. My excitement was short-lived though, because when I went on their website, I realised that… Every. Single. Shade. Was. Shown. On. The. Same. Fair. Skinned. Model… Sigh. Now, don’t get me wrong – this isn’t personal. I’m not trying to create an ‘us vs. them’ dynamic where it’s cool to attack people because you’re frustrated by the lack of diversity, but here’s the thing: as a woman of colour, I can honestly tell you that there simply aren’t many things that come in our shade. So when they finally…

  • Lifestyle,  Style

    Fabulous Furs in Fashion: Is wearing faux fur ethical?

    So Queen Elizabeth II recently made the switch to wearing faux fur (okay, kinda late, but better late than never) and it kind of got me thinking about the ethical side of things. Most of us have established that real fur is a big ‘no-no’ in the 21st century, but should faux fur have any real place in the fashion world either? To help me answer this question, I put together a look featuring some of my faux fur faves, and got to grips weighing up the pros and cons in the fabulously furry debate. Putting on my (furry) thinking hat like…  Pink pointed toe ankle boots: River Island (similar) Faux…

  • Lifestyle,  Style

    Happy New Year! My top 5 blogging resolutions for 2020

    Happy New Year, lovelies! Still can’t believe we’re in 2020- I mean, how did a whole new decade even get here!? I’m super excited for what this year has in store and for my very first post of the year I thought I’d share some of my blogging resolutions with you, so sit back, relax and enjoy the pretty, pink look I’m serving you this time around. Happy New year! (emphasis on the ‘Happy’)… 1) Stop caring about the numbers As some of you may know, I started blogging about a year and a half ago and over the past say… 8 months, I’ve found myself getting a little too fixated with…

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    9 reasons why over-editing your photos is irresponsible

    Editing (a.k.a. image retouching). It’s something that’s become so normalised in mainstream media and, more recently in the blogging world. Admittedly, it’s one of the best ways to take your Insta snaps from basic to bangin’ when used in moderation, but with editing apps making ‘perfection’ so accessible, it’s easy to go overboard without thinking twice about the impact. And sure, I get that everyone wants to look their best in photos, but I also believe that people in the public sphere should be very self-aware when it comes to portraying a certain image. With that in mind, here are 9 reasons why over-editing your photos as a blogger, influencer or…

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    5 reasons to shop from your wardrobe more… #NoBuyChallenge 🛒🛒

    Okay, so I have a confession to make: I’m a bit of a shopaholic. It probably has something to do with the fact that I’m a (part time) blogger, but over the past year I’ve found myself constantly buying new clothes. I had this moment a while back where I looked around my bedroom and just kind of thought “Whoa there, girl… you have waaaaaaaay too much stuff.” So what did I do? I set myself a challenge not to buy any new clothes for the whole of October (shocker, I know) and guess what? I absolutely smashed it. I’ve found myself really enjoying my #NoBuyChallenge, so I thought I’d…

  • Lifestyle,  Style

    Dear Black Girl: An open letter to any black girl who’s ever felt like she’s not enough.

    Dear Black Girl They tell you you’re pretty… for a dark-skinned girl. I mean… sure, you’re an 8, but if you were just a little lighter? You’d be a perfect 10. They say you speak reeeeeeeeal good… for a ‘coloured’ girl. When you tell them you’re into classical; heavy metal; pop, they act surprised, like… shouldn’t you be into rap? Um… are you even… black? Walking towards that heart-to-heart with your black girls like… | Tall leopard print midi dress: Boohoo, similar at Asos| Brown square buckle leopard print belt: New Look, similar at Asos In school, they once told you your hair looked like their pubes; said your nose was so…

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    Shaded: The 9 best and worst High Street Retailers for Diversity In Fashion 🕶️🕶️

    DIVERSITY: Noun /daɪˈvɜː(r)səti/ – The state of being diverse. DIVERSE: Adjective /dʌɪˈvəːs,ˈdʌɪvəːs/ – Showing a great deal of variety; very different. It’s something that’s so incredibly important, but unfortunately, in retail, it’s often forgotten about… or worse, totally ignored. Growing up, the lack of women who looked like me in the media was definitely something I noticed, but becoming a blogger in the past year has really opened my eyes to just how far the fashion industry has to go with inclusivity and diversity. As much as I love blogging, I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been a little discouraging seeing just how uninclusive the blogging sphere can be……

  • Lifestyle

    Blog life update: Why I’ve been MIA, and why I made SWT cards! 🍍🍍

    Oh hai! It’s meeeeeeeeee! I totally forgive you if you’d forgotten that I even exist… I mean, it has been almost a whole month since my last post.  Sorry I’ve been a little MIA, but I’m back with some exciting (I hope!) news to share, so sit back, relax and get ready for a lil’ heart-to-heart. As you’ll probably know, it was my one-year bloggiversary in August. My journey with blogging has been absolutely amazing; I feel like I’ve grown so much, not just creatively, but also as mentally- in the ways I approach blogging and life in general. But the thing is *takes deep breath* in the last few…

  • Lifestyle,  Style

    ‘Summer Sunsets’: My last official summer look, plus 10 tips to embrace your height as a tall girl/woman!

    So we’re officially in September- the month that marks the end of all things bright, floral and beautiful, and the start of all things warm, leafy and wonderful. There’s something about changing seasons that always makes me do a little self-reflection, and over the last couple of weeks I’ve been reflecting on just how far I’ve come with my self-love journey over the past year. One of the questions I often get asked is whether I like being tall and the answer to that question is… Yes, I do. In fact, I absolutely love it. It’s taken constant effort to get here, but I can finally say I’m at the…

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    🎂🌻1 year of blogging: 5 things I’ve learnt 🌻🎂

    Oh My Gosh, Guys… IT’S MY BLOGGIVERSARY! Yep, that’s right- it’s exactly one year since I started my blogging journey and to be honest, I still can’t believe I’m here (#PinchMePlease)! It’s kinda weird- it seems like so long since I released my first blog post, but at the same time the months have actually flown by. I’ve grown so much over the past year; from my readership and the quality of my photos to the way my perspective on content creation has changed on the whole. As well as having lots of fun along the way, I’ve learnt so much and ’cause I love you, I thought I’d share…

  • Lifestyle,  Style

    Self-Love: It Starts With you: My top 5 tips on starting your journey towards loving yourself! 🌹❤️

    It’s been almost a whole year since I started my self-love journey, and I can’t really put my finger on what triggered it, but I can picture the exact moment when I started the journey to that happy little town called ‘Loving Yourself’. And when I say ‘picture’, I mean it literally. It all started with a selfie: Sounds bonkers, right? But it’s true. Up until the moment I snapped this pic, I’d spent the best part of about 12 years basically thinking I was the most butters thing ever to grace the earth. And then, all of a sudden, I found myself looking at a photo of myself and…