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Sunday, 22 April 2018

On Taking a Break from Blogging

Jumper: Uniqlo U
Trousers: Uniqlo
Sandals: St Agni 

It's been pretty quiet here on the blog over the last couple of months. You may remember from a post I published back in January that my boyfriend and I decided to up sticks and leave the UK for a new adventure in Australia. We arrived mid-February so we've just reached the two month mark, five weeks of which were spent travelling up and down the east coast in a campervan.

So it will come as no surprise that while I've been a prolific Instagrammer, my blog has taken a bit of a backseat to beaches, coffee, wine in the sun and exploring the country I'll call home for the next two years (yup, we love it that much we're currently doing our regional work to extend our visas by another year).

To be honest, I've been glad of the break. Before I left the UK I worked in content marketing for a luxury fashion ecommerce business and while it was great and I got to do what I'm passionate about every day (and get paid for it), I was ready to live a life away from a computer screen and a keyboard for a while. I had also kind of fallen out of love with blogging, felt uninspired by what seemed like the same imagery pop up again and again on Instagram, and was lacking direction with where I wanted my small space on the web to go.

Then I reminded myself that one of the main reasons for moving out here in the first place was to enjoy life a bit more, stop sweating the small stuff and stop just going through the motions. Taking a break from something that wasn't bringing me any joy and not worrying so much about how many likes I'd got on my recent post was all part of that.

I wanted to get back to why I started blogging in the first place, which was to share what I'm interested in (fashion, travel, interiors) and be able to create content that was purely for me - not for anyone else, not to make money for somebody else, and with no restrictions over what I produced. When I first started out I didn't think anyone would even read my posts, never mind that I would work with brands that I'd loved for years or have experiences that I'd only dreamt about, purely because of this blog.

It's taken this step back to remind myself of all of this, to stop comparing myself to others and to remember that this is a creative outlet, not something that should be dragging me down. So, that's the plan going forward. No pressures to grow, make money or question what I'm creating. Just me, what interests me and what I'm wearing. I'll be writing about my time in Australia too - starting with our five week road trip once I get round to sorting out my thousands of pictures - so if there's anything you'd like to know about moving out here or what life is like, feel free to send me an email, comment below or message me on Twitter/Instagram.

Oh and here's an unrelated snap of an outfit I've loved wearing recently (we're currently in Victoria in the south of Australia and we're fully in Autumn, so the heavier pieces have started to come out).


Monday, 5 February 2018

Two Monochrome Looks

Top: Armor Lux
Trousers: COS
Belt: ASOS
Boots: Dr Martens 

Monochrome: you can't get much more of a classic colour combination than black and white. It's also a look that I reach for again and again, mainly because these colours make up the majority of my wardrobe, but also because it can never really go wrong. 

Necklace: & Other Stories
Jumper: H&M
Trousers: H&M (similar)
Trainers: Ganni

These are two monochrome looks that I've been wearing on rotation recently, and I've been enjoying going back to basics with the pieces that have served me (and continue to do so) over the past couple of years. With the big move next week, I've completely stripped back my wardrobe and kept the pieces that I know will work in Oz and give me the versatility I need from just one suitcase full of clothes (wish me luck). 


Sunday, 21 January 2018

On Moving to Sydney

Coat: & Other Stories
Jumper: Uniqlo
Jeans: Weekday
Boots: Dr Martens 

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my latest news: my boyfriend Adam and I are moving to Sydney next month. We're leaving the north of England behind in search of a new adventure, a lot more sun and the taste of a different kind of (more relaxed) lifestyle, and I honestly cannot wait.

We went to Australia for the first time last April for a wedding in Perth and during our few days in Sydney I think it's safe to say we both became enamoured of the city within a matter of hours (I was expecting to feel that way about Melbourne but it was Sydney that I felt most at home). I remember sitting in Abu Dhabi airport on the way home, having just paid about £12 for a stale croissant and mediocre coffee, discussing what our lives would be like if we took the plunge and moved, but at the time it felt like more of a pipe dream rather than something we would do in reality.      

So we went back to Manchester, trying to get back to life as normal. But the post-holiday blues lingered a lot longer than usual and as much as we loved living in Didsbury, we couldn't shake the feeling that there's so much more out there for us both. 

And the thing is, my outlook on life and what I wanted from it changed a lot when we were there. The laid back culture, healthier lifestyle, and balance of city and beach life is probably what appealed to me most - and it's those things that made me happier than any amount of money of material things ever will. 

I also realised that I was just going through the motions of what I thought I should be doing in life. A good, steady job. Saving for a house to get on the property ladder, probably followed by marriage in a few years' time.  

So we were saving, saving, saving. But post-Sydney I asked myself: why? Why am I placing so much importance on something I'm actually not that fussed about in this point of my life? I feel like as a nation we have this obsession with owning property and that if you're nowhere near even having the deposit to buy a house in an ever-competitive and difficult market, you're failing at life.  

Honestly? I love my freedom and the fact that we were able to leave our rented Didsbury terrace with just a month's notice, and I don't want to spend the remaining few years of my 20s worrying about mortgages. 

We're doing what we want to do, not what society dictates we should be doing. And it feels amazing. At the moment, our visas give us a year in Oz with the option to extend while we're out there. We're planning on spending our first few weeks travelling up the east coast before settling in Sydney and trying to find jobs, a flat, and everything else that comes with moving to a new city. After that, who knows. I like not knowing. 


Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year, Same Style

Scarf: Hermes
Coat: McQ Alexander McQueen (similar)
Jumper: New Look
Bag: Zara (similar)
Trousers: COS
Shoes: Zara (similar)

Happy new year! Somehow we saw through the year that was 2017 and made it through the other side. I've been pretty quiet on here recently, mainly because December was a really busy one, travelling all through the UK visiting various family members, a couple of weddings, Christmas, and work in between (documented all on Instagram of course, which you can see here). 

The next few months are gearing up to be the same but I'm not complaining - 2018 is already promising to be one of my most exciting years yet, and one that I can't wait to share. For now, here's another all-black outfit with a red silk scarf because, y'know, I was feeling festive.  


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