Whilst I’m living in London there is so many amazing things I’ve had the chance to do and there’s still lots that I still want to do. I’ve got such a unique opportunity to be able to just head into London at the weekend; explore the museums, markets and cool places that you never have time to do unless you live here. The thing is with London, there is ALWAYS something to do. New exhibitions, events to visit, markets to explore and so much more. So, even though I’ve already done so many things since I moved here, I wanted to share my bucket list for the next 6 months. Full of things I really hope I get round to do doing.
I can’t believe that I’m already sitting here, writing this blog post, on the 2nd of February. This year has already gone so fast for me and I’m so excited for what else is to come. During last year I felt like there was so many things going on, that I didn’t get a chance to really look back on the year and remember all the amazing things I experienced and accomplished. So for 2020 one of my goals is so be more present and not take anything for granted, I know how quickly life goes and I want to remember every moment. So I’m creating a new monthly series over on here just to round up my month. For me to look back and remember some of my favourite moments and also catch you all up on what’s been going on in my world…
What I've Been Up To...
January seems like it’s been a crazy start to 2020. It’s not a month I particularly like as its always so dull, everyone is flat after Christmas and hoping their purses recover. For me it’s flown by as I’ve been super busy. I started the month with a a trip to Stratford with Ed and a girly spa day with my aunty, which was really needed after the rush of the festive season. I also had lovely trip to Center parts with my beautiful family last weekend. It was such a great time to relax and zone out from hectic London life. Then, one of my best friends turned 21 and so of course we had the most amazing house party to celebrate. I can say my days of staying up until 4 in the morning are long gone and it took me the whole week to recover. I’ve also had the chance to explore London more; spending time wondering around Notting Hill and have girly nights in with my lovely best friend/flatmate.
What I've Been Loving...
Last month was a fresh start for me and a chance to start getting back to doing some of my favourite things. I’ve really been getting back into dance and the gym. Pilates, Barre, and hopefully Yoga, are some of my favourite classes to go too. I’ve also been loving Cheer on Netflix and also so many other drama’s. Dead Water Fell on Channel 4 was incredible and would be perfect to binge watch on a cosy Sunday. Cheer just reminds me of when I used to compete in dance competitions, and I love how it showcases the drive and talent of cheerleaders across the world. Also, reading has been something I’ve really wanted to get back into during this year, and I managed to kick this off in January. I love using it to relax and just have time out to escape onto a good story.
WHat's Been Going on at work...
Well work over the last month has been pretty crazy. I’ve been super busy and really getting into my role. The start of February marks half way through my placement and its going so quickly. I’ve been taking part in strategies and seeing my teams vision for the season ahead, I’ve spent time comp shopping and been bonding with my team. January has been full of building my relationships, developing my knowledge, gaining experience and also having an amazing time.
What I'm Looking Forward To...
I’m looking forward to so many things over the next few months. At the end of the month I’m heading to Tenerife with my boyfriend and I can’t wait to get some winter sun, relax and have some quality time together. I’ve also got a trip up the shard and time exploring London booked into to my super busy month, which I’m excited about. I’ve not had much time to do it since I’ve been here, and so I’m taking advantage whilst I can. I should also be going on anther work trip abroad and I have to pinch myself every time I say that I get to travel the world as part of my job.
Instagram is becoming such a powerful tool in todays modern world. It’s so easy to be able to create and share a message. This could be about fashion, mental health, an awareness of an illness or just showcasing a different way of life. I love filling my feed with influencers who do all of these things. Ov er the last year I’ve really found following positive people, who talk openly about real life issues and things that affect people, are just as nice to have in my feed as someone with an arming sense of style. It’s all about the balance. So, I thought I would share 8 instagram accounts that I love and that I think you should give a follow to in 2020.
Let’s start with Victoria Magrath, with her account In The Frow. With a masters in fashion and a strong following through all her social channels, her career is on fire. What I love about her is her her personal style. She might often not wear brands that I could ever afford, but I love seeing her pair outfits together and her beautiful imagery is always super inspirational. Also someone who’s style I’ve always admired is Olivia Palermo. I always think she dresses in such a chic and classic way and I love seeing how she styles her outfits together. She is of course always jetting here, there and everywhere and forever got a different outfit for it. She’s constantly on my Pinterest boards and I just love her style.
Freddie Cousin Brown is also an influencer I love to follow for her style and her whole vibe. Her feed is to die for, her imagery is so beautiful and I’m in love with her vintage vibes. She’s a modern day Audrey Hepburn, obviously with blonde hair, and is such an advocate for mixing luxury in along with her high-street clothing pieces. Then of course there is Lydia Elise Millen. Again she will often wear pieces I could never afford, but I just love her style. It’s so me and it’s what I aspire to with my own wardrobe. I love her fashion content, her amazing walk in wardrobe and her instagram.
Then it comes to the influencers I follow more for the messages they preach about and their positivity. Chessie King is an influencer , model and body positivity campaigner. I love that she shows on her feed the power of a good photo angle and that no one has a perfect body. She is always so open, candid and whenever you see one of her posts it always makes you smile. In a similar way I also follow Carys Whittaker, on her account Busy Bee Carys. She and her husband James are just such a perfect couple which are so down to earth and normal. I love to her fashion content but most of all her body positivity and mental health references. She talks very honestly, is always so loving and positive to her audience and my heart feels so warm when I see her content.
Finally there is two of my favourites from this line up. Elle Darby is mainly a yotuber but also a influencer. I love her videos, especially her style and interior snippets. She speaks honestly about her family struggles and how her mum is battling with terminal cancer. She has a beautiful feed, is always talking so openly and positively to her audience. On the other hand, Olivia Rose Smith has actual battled cancer herself and has followed her journey through her instagram and style. I love her fashion sense, and how she’s an advocate for high-street fashion. She’s super inspirational and I admire her strength so much.
2019 what a roller coaster of year you were. I know it’s clique but honestly it was so up and down for me. I had some of the best moments of my life, like moving to London and starting my dream placement. But there was also so many difficult times, when I had to grow up and take on so much responsibility. It was the year for growth, memories and opportunities. I feel like I really found myself, and what’s important to me in life. So much happen last year and here’s 19 of my favourite moments..Going to Amsterdam with Ed and getting some wet deserved couple time after a super busy January. It was a place we had both want to go to for so long and we had the best time exploring and doing all the touristy things.
- Moving to London with my best friend and getting to live my dream of living in the city.
- Our family holiday to Spain in August. This is where this photo of me on the unicorn was taken, and honestly it was the MOST relaxing holiday and I loved every minute.
- My 21st trip with all my amazing friends to center parcs. It was such a lovely and memorable way to celebrate a big birthday and I couldn’t of asked for a better birthday.
- Finishing second year with a first, after a really stressful, life changing year.
- Going on my first work trip to Poland, and realising that through my dream job I will get travel to some amazing places and do some incredible things.
- Going to see some amazing west end shows during my weekends in London. Wicked will forever be my favourite, but I also loved Grown Up’s and The Bank Robbery That Went Wrong.
- Going to Winter Wonderland with all my best friends over two weekends. We had the best time and we smashed the ice bar and ice skating too!
- Going to see Take That live. They wouldn’t be the first people I would choose but we got given tickets and honestly they were the best band I’ve EVER seen live. They were so incredible.
- Having a weekend away with Ed and getting to go to Twickenham and spontaneously seeing School Of Rock.
10. Renovating and decorating my house to truly make it my own home.
11. Our annual family trip to center parts, where we just had amazing family time playing games, drinking and making memories.
12. A family holiday to Norfolk in July, which consisted of wondering round little villages, shops, games and family meals.
13. A girly spa day to celebrate finishing second year or university.
14. Lots of family meals and family evenings. My family mean the world to me and I just love spending time with them.
15. Canoeing in the Spanish sea with Ed, his twin and her boyfriend.
16. Starting work at my dream job in fashion buying and merchandising.
17. A girly bottomless brunch, with one of my best friends, for my 21st birthday present. It was incredible and we want to do it every week now.
18. Having a lovely surrounded by all my family and friends.
19. Going to see West Side Story at my local theatre on Boxing Day. I love going to see shows and this one was just brilliant.
Sustainability is such a massive topic in the fashion industry right now, and there’s no surprise. I’m not sure whether it’s because I study and work in the industry, that I’m so aware of what struggles its facing and problems its creating. But it’s a topic that everyone who’s a consumer should be aware of. So, I thought I would share a bit of an insight into what our fast fashion obsession is really doing for the environment and why it’s such a hot topic at the minute.
The fashion industry is the fifth worse industry for impacting negatively on the environment and it’s due to so many factors. It uses 98 million tonnes of oil every year and emits more greenhouse gases than all of the world’s air travel. This mean’s that it’s using non-renewable energy that is very resource intensive to gain and can also not be there for future generations. As the greenhouse gases contribute to the depletion of the o-zone layer and global warming. The amount of dyeing and treatment of our favourite fabrics, also contributes to 20% of global water pollution. This is going into rivers that developing countries use to wash and cook with. So not only is it causing massive effects on the environment, but also on the health of our world population too.
In todays modern world we are so lucky to be able to have access to clothes 24/7 and from any location we want to buy them from. However, this means that we don’t keep our clothes for as long, as we can so easily go and buy something new. It could be a few years, months or even just a day, for a special event. It’s been proved that on average the lifetime of a garment in the UK, is only 2.2 years. Also, £140 million clothes which are still wearable make their way into landfill every year. These are all items that we could donate to charity, sell or give away, and make sure it’s life continues, until it’s no longer wearable.
So, I think the question on everyones lips is what can we do to make this situation better. For a start it’s all about being aware of what you buy and how much you buy. Try to buy more high quality pieces that will last longer, and that will you will treasure. Over cheap items, that you will only wear a few times. This way you are not putting more items into the cycle and being more responsible with your clothing choices. Also, when you’ve finished with your pieces, they always have another life so make sure you give them away, donate them or sell them. An item you may be finished with is always someone else treasure. Finally, think about the brands you’re buying from. All brands usually have a statement or stance on sustainability and you can see what they do to be more environmentally friendly. Fast fashion brands are generally not as sustainable due to how they make their items so quickly, where they make them and also how many items they clear through ready for the next season launch. Just have a think and do some research before you buy an item. One small thing you do can feed into a massive change.