Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Get To Know Me Tag




I've had my blog for 3 years now and I have never done a simple get to know me tag, quite odd considering every blogger I know has done one. I am not going to waste time with the intro as there is quite a few questions in the tag so I shall get straight in to it.

Are you named after anyone?

Usually people assume I am Irish or have some Irish in my family since my name is Shannon, I was actually named after Nicole Kidman's character "Shannon Christie" in the 1990's film Far and Away. My parents really liked the name Shannon after watching the film.

When was the last time you cried?

About two weeks ago, it was actually tears of happiness for getting a 2.1 this year!

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

Probably not, I can be quite annoying haha (shout out to my actual friends who put up with me)

Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Me? Sarcastic? Of course not!

What's the first thing you notice about people?

I am pretty good at picking up on peoples vibes so the first thing I tend to notice is mannerisms and whether I am getting a positive vibe off of them.

What is your eye colour?

Green!

Scary movies or happy endings?

Happy endings! I would love to get into scary films as I love a good horror story but I have such a phobia of jump scares, props to anyone who can watch them!

Favorite scent? 

Chance by Chanel, I love it but cannot afford it!

What's the furthest you have ever been from home?

I went to the west coast of the USA a few years ago so probably there.

Where were you born?

Norfolllllk

What are your hobbies?

Blogging, thrifting and I also have a little resell business which I consider a hobby.

Do you have any pets?

I have a black cat called Max and a flame point Siamese called Zak who I am constantly tweeting/snapchatting about.

Do you have any siblings?

I have one younger sister.

How tall are you?

5ft8

How many countries have you visited?

7

What was your favourite/worst subject in highschool?

My favourite was probably biology and my worst was PE where we had the rudest teacher.

What is your favourite drink?

Those iced lemon teas from Starbucks are by far one of my favourites at the moment.

What sports do you/have you played?

I am by no means a sporty person now but back in the day I did do a little. I used to play netball,  I have always been taller than most of my peers so I was pretty good as a goal keeper. I also used to do a lot of running, I did receive a few awards for cross country and racing but I stopped running because of bullies!

Who are some of your favourite Youtubers?

This is quite a tough question since I am obsessed with Youtube. I would say my favourites are Gabi Demartino for her girly style. Sophie Shohet because shes so inspirational and finally Lily Like for her motivational videos.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

Again this is a pretty hard one, I would say it depends on my mood. Most days I would be wearing a skater skirt with a pretty shirt which can appear preppy but then other days I like to dress in vintage inspired clothing. I am going to go with 1960's/Preppy/Taylor Swift inspired.

What phone do you have?

I currently have a rose gold IPhone 6s!

Tell us one of your bad habits

I would say one of my major flaws is that I trust far too easily, something that I need to work on!


I hope you liked this little Q&A, please feel free to answers these too!

Shannon x

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

My 2017 Goals Updated



Let's admit this, we all set goals at the beginning of the year. Some we strive towards, others we drop within months. Today I wanted to look back on my goals that I set myself at the beginning of the year and reflect on whether they have changed or stayed the same. We're officially half way through the year so I thought now is the perfect time to check up on what past Shannon set herself. 

University

In my previous post I mentioned how I wanted to improve my grade and work harder towards my degree. In 2016 I let my health get the better of me, I did pass but I felt I could of got a higher grade had I worked harder. This is the only goal I can 100% I have accomplished already. Last week I was awarded a 2.1 for the second year of my Fashion Management course. I really pushed myself and super happy that I managed to improve my grade by 14%. My aim now is to achieve a first in my final year!

Work Placement

This was the objective that I set myself which I have completely dropped. I was studying a degree where a work placement year was really pushed on us. After attending interviews and receiving two offers I decided a work placement was not for me. It would have meant moving to London which I do not feel personally prepared for and meant I would be studying until 2019. The main truth was I was unhappy with the degree I was studying, I want to be involved with PR and create things. Something my course has not offered me and lacked on massively. I was presented with the option of transferring to another course called International Fashion Business which suits me better as a person and I am genuinely excited to study. I also have a mini job in marketing and I am studying a summer course in Events Plannings. A placement is just something I did not want to do and now I am genuinely happy with my choices and where I am in terms of progressing towards my dream career. 

Blog

My overall aim at the start of the year was to take blogging a bit more seriously and raise my blog up a level. This was and still is an ongoing aim of mine which I feel I am working towards. I started by posting once a month then around April started posting once a week, a major improvement from last year where I rarely uploaded. I have also been doing more collaborations this year and have started to see an increase in engagement. So far this aim is going well and something I am always striving for.

YouTube

I was so set on this at the start of the year, I had a tripod, lighting system ect prepared and I was ready to upload but Youtube did not just happen for me. There is two main reasons as to why. First off I have been so busy, second year was quite demanding and also keeping up with my blogging was very time consuming. Secondly I got too nervous to upload, I filmed one video and just could not upload because I thought I would get judged so much by people who know me. This might be a future aim again but for now Youtube is taking a backseat. 

Anxiety

My last and most important aim was to overcome anxiety. I am very open and honest about mental health on my blog so I will admit that my anxiety has actually become worse. I put it down to stress and my health but with the support of some amazing friends I am doing fine. I am constantly trying to figure out some ways to control it which means experimenting on a trial and error basis. I plan to do a whole post on anxiety so let me know if this is something you would be interested in.

Overall the past few months have actually been great in terms of my achievements and blogging. Re-evaluating them has made me feel more confident and content with the career path I am taking.

Do you set yourself yearly goals?

Shannon x

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My 2017 Goals Updated
Thursday, 6 July 2017

Maintaining My Blonde Hair

First and foremost, I want to apologize for my weeks absence on my blog. I have been busy packing for Norfolk and sorting out all those last minute details, blogging had to take a back seat. However now I am finally settled expect to see a considerable more amount of content on Too Primadonna.

For this weeks post we are going to be talking about hair, in particular blonde hair. I have had my fair share of hair colours over the past few years and the most difficult one to maintain for me personally (except bright red) is a honey blonde toned colour. Last summer I had blonde hair and I will fully admit it looked awful, I did not understand the importance of toner and the actual colour being far too light for my very pale complexion. A month ago I decided to take the blonde plunge again and this time do it properly. Today I am going to be sharing how I maintain both the tone and health of my hair and recommending my go to products.

My blonde hair

Toning

I cannot express the importance of toning and I do not know why I did not do it before. Toning is a process of taking those brassy and orange hues out of blonde hair whilst leaving ashy or warm tones. I tone my hair using the Bleach London Purple Shampoo, obviously this is a shampoo but due to the highly pigmented purple colouring can be also used to tone. Once every two weeks I will apply this to damp hair, wrap my hair up in cellophane and go carry out my day for 45 minutes until it needs to be washed out. This always takes away any emerging brassiness and leaves my colouring looking fresh. A little bit of this shampoo goes a long way so do not be put off by the price and small bottle! It is my holy grail for toning my hair!

In between those two weeks I still like to prevent that brassiness from coming back by using the Provoke Brightening Shampoo, it is not as strong but is great for when I want a quick fix in between toning. I do find it to be a little drying but that is nothing a little conditioner can't solve!

My go to products for toning

Moisture

It is no secret that bleach dries hair out and I personally bleach my roots every 6 weeks so moisture is something I like to focus on. I have very long hair which has taken me a while to grow so I am not ok with bleach suddenly ruining my length. To prevent the damage I like to opt for moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. My favourite conditioner to use is the Bleach London Purple conditioner, it is aimed at blondes so it already contains ingredients to help any damage done by bleaching. I usually leave it for 10 minutes as a hair mask then wash out, my hair always feels so silky and less damaged after using this!

I also occasionally like to put a little coconut oil in my hair as a deep cleansing mask, this always makes my hair feel soft and makes it less frizzy when it is washed out!

My go to shampoo and conditioners

Finishing Products

When drying my hair, I usually let it air dry to not cause anymore damage however when I do, I opt for a protective styling spray. I love the one from PS, it protects my hair but is also not too heavy. One of my pet peeves with sprays is when you can feel the product weighing your hair down, this one just soaks into the hair and still allows for volume.

The only daily regime with my hair that I always do is applying a little argon oil to ends, my hair is very long so breakage can occur more easily. Since adding this to my routine, I have noticed a massive difference to the condition of my hair and find it grows quicker.

The argon oil I use daily

And that concludes all the steps in maintaining my blonde, this is the routine that has worked out great for my hair so I thought some of these products might also help out a fellow blonde!

Do you have any hair recommendations?

Shannon x

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Maintaining My Blonde Hair
Monday, 19 June 2017

Summer Evening OOTD

Hello lovelies, today I wanted to share a simple summer outfit and show how I have accessorised. I find recently my style has somewhat reversed itself, I have been experimenting with different silhouettes but I still manage to drift back to my typical skater skirt and cute top. I think this combination is perfect for the summer and perfect for this kind of heat.

I have also partnered up with Jaccessories who sell a huge range of women's and men's accessories. They sell some really unique and on trend items which I wanted to include in my outfit post.

The Outfit






 Skirt // Hearts and Bows
Top // Primark
Shoes // Primark
Belt // Thrifted
Sunglasses // Unknown
Choker // Jaccessories 
Knuckle Rings // Jaccessories

I love this outfit because it was so lightweight which is perfect for the temperatures currently here in the UK. I chose this off the should top that featured a similar colour to my skirt and added this belt to give more shape to my figure. To accessorize I added this gorgeous choker and gold knuckle rings from Jaccessories and wore some simple black flats. 

Jaccessories has kindly given me a discount code for all my readers, I highly recommend checking their website as there is some fab items on there. Code: Shannon15

How are you finding this extremely hot summer?

Shannon x

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Summer Evening OOTD
Thursday, 18 May 2017

A Very Vintage Summer OOTD

Amidst all of my exam stress and project deadlines, I still want to take time to upload quick blog posts on the current fashion I am loving. Today I thought I would share a simple OOTD showing off one of my new vintage dresses and how I style it. Recently my style has been changing quite dramatically and I want to document this on my blog.

The Outfit






Dress- Vintage
Belt- Primark
Shoes- New Look
Shades- Unknown
Lips- Rimmel London 001

This dress is an original piece from the 1980's that I had tailored and shortened, it reminds me of tennis dresses and is such a light weight material. I paired it with some brown mary janes that match the belt and finished it off with some bright red lipstick. It is so simple but in the summer I am not to fussy with my outfits. 

Hair

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will notice I have had a major change to my hair. I now have a full fringe and I am completely blonde. I haven't changed my hairstyle in 5 years and my hair was getting to the point where it had no shape and looked so damaged. I decided one morning that I wanted a full fringe and so with a pair of scissors and nerves cut it myself (I am not recommending this) and it turned out not to look too bad. I am so happy with how it looks and really don't know why I have not done it before.

Shannon x

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A Very Vintage Summer OOTD
Monday, 8 May 2017

How to Buy Affordable Vintage Clothes

It is no secret that I adore vintage clothing, I love how unique the pieces can be and how timeless the styles are. Vintage clothing however can be expensive (especially if you are a student) and since being at uni I have found a few ways to carry on with collecting vintage clothing all while keeping it affordable. I know that vintage shops exist where you can get a 1990's tee for £8 but I am more into 1960's fashion so buying dresses from that era is a lot more expensive. I also do not want to hugely invest since I rarely wear my vintage clothes out, most days at uni I like to keep it casual and vintage is more for evening or blog looks. I am going to share a few tips today on how I find some lovely pieces for the fraction of the cost and also share this 1960's inspired outfit I have put together.


Kilo Sales

This is a tip I would recommend to anyone interested in vintage, kilo sales are your best friends. I buy the majority of my clothing from these and I save so much money. Although I would just like to point out, some are better than others. Speaking from personal experience, I find the sales held at my uni are not as good as the more independent ones. I paid entry to a uni one once, and I could only find jumpers and shirts for women at £15 per kilo. Where as "Pre-loved Vintage" by Mooch (highly recommend if you're in the east midlands area) sells everything, I have found so many dresses, tops, skirts, bags, jackets ect for the same price per kilo as the uni one but there was so much more variety. I always get to sales in the morning but not when the doors open as that can be quite chaotic, with the independent ones I attend they usually put new items out throughout the day so there is always going to be loads to look through. I recommend bringing someone who is also into vintage as an extra eye for any styles you will both love, luckily my boyfriend is a vintage fan so I always bring him along and he usually finds the majority of my clothes for me haha. Overall vintage kilo sales are amazing for saving money plus the experience of going to one itself makes for a fun day out.




Charity Shops and Car Boot Sales

I thought this might have been an obvious suggestion but I still wanted to include it, charity shops and car boot sales are gold mines for affordable vintage clothing. Since living in the city I  hardly visit car boot sales but I have found so many quirky items in charity shops, just last week I found a vintage Chanel tee for £1! The majority of the time charity shops will not mark up vintage items and sell for the same price as the usual clothes, there is also specialised vintage charity shops where the prices are a little higher but for the fraction of the cost compared to a vintage boutique. If you want to read more into my "thrifting" tips, click here!  





Vintage Shop Sales

There is actually some affordable vintage shops out there (Thrifty Store is great for those of you in Sheffield) that I love to shop in, especially when they have sales. With actual vintage stores, you can be sure that what you are buying is legitimately vintage clothing. I love the smaller vintage boutiques because usually the owners are there to give advice and it is quite fascinating hearing about the clothes. I do occasionally treat myself to a more higher priced piece but when they are hosting sales I always make sure to check them out.  I have found some gems in the past like some gorgeous 1970's pink blouses for £1 from the Thrifty store that would usually be priced higher.





Relatives

I personally have never got any vintage clothes off my family however I am mentioning this because I know a few people who swear by this tip. If you are fortunate enough to have relatives who have kept their clothes from the past decades, ask if you can check them out. Not only do you know that it is 100% vintage but also you're not going to have to pay for the pieces.

Ebay/Depop/Vinted

Reselling websites are fabulous for vintage items, you can usually find them cheaper than a boutique and there is obviously a more vast selection. One thing I would like to mention however is that you should still be a bit cautious as to whether the clothes are actually vintage, Ebay have rules whereby the seller cannot lie about the product however apps like Depop are a bit more relaxed with their rules.





I hope these tips help with affordable vintage shopping! I am planning on doing an updated thrifting tips post soon!

Do you have any tips for affordable vintage?
Shannon x

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How to Buy Affordable Vintage Clothes
Wednesday, 3 May 2017

My High School Experience


Before I get into this post I want to make a disclaimer, this post is by no means a sob story or to call anyone out. With bullying being such a relevant subject right now in the media, I have found I have been discussing what high school was like with a number of people and I also know people going through a similar situation as to what I went through. I want to share my high school experience and the advice I would give to my younger self.

I'll start with a little background information to set the scene on what my school was like. I grew up in a small rural town where everyone knew each other. The high school I went to was one of the many in the area and there were maybe 80ish people in my year, it was such a small year that I could literally name everyone I had class with. At the time I thought my high school was huge but as soon as I went to sixth-form I realised how oddly small it was. Back then I was a very quiet student, I had a small group of friends and tried to keep attention off myself which is quite hard when you're one of the few "emo kids" at your school. I used to love rock music, dressed in Hello Kitty and teased my hair to breaking point. I would say that was pretty much my style the entire way through high school, I cringe now and find it quite funny but I know that I loved it back then haha. Academically I was quite clever, never failed any tests and I did actually enjoy learning to some degree. During my first 2 years at high school I was part of a few clubs my favourite being French and art. I would say I was outgoing but very shy about it. I really did like my high school, I met some of my best friends there and in terms of teaching it was fantastic, in terms of my mental health not so good.


 I have included a photo of me from high school, I had to go through my old Deviant art account to get this gem haha.

"High school is supposed to be the best time of your life" adults always used to exclaim to me back when I was there, I always used to hope this statement wasn't true (spoiler alert: it's not). I would genuinely say 70% of my time at high school was positive, the other 30%? Not so great. Being a teenager is tough as it, with all body image issues within media, the worrying about what career you want to pursue and just the stress in general is enough for anyone. The extra blatant nastiness from fellow teenagers is not needed. I do not like to describe what I experienced as bullying but by definition it was. I was a under confident person back then, I could not look in mirrors, I would always compare myself to others and I did not believe in myself. Of course these were all personal issues but then I started experiencing random actions others would do to put me down. I would be tormented about my eating disorder, ridiculed for being "ugly" and insulted about the smallest of things. I could list what happened to me in high school but like I said this is not a sob story. Instead I am going to mention one key point that I still have a physical reminder of.



I was 16 at the time and this happened in my final year. Still to this day, this "joke" is always brought up and I want to use this as an example to show how badly I reacted and to what advice I would of given myself at this point in time. Every year my school had a sports day where each class had to compete in every activity. For some reason I was put forward to do the tug of war (with my strength we were never going to win haha) in front of my year. There was a few rounds and when it came to the last round, I noticed the other team who happened to be some girls who were bullying me at the time, whispering and laughing. I ignored it, picked up the rope and we were told to pull. I pulled with all my strength and of course the other team let go of the rope, sending me flying backwards. The girls on my team knew what they were going to do and were in on the joke. I landed on my left side and felt instant pain in my ribs. My only extinct was to walk away and cry due to the pain I was feeling. I was ripped into for this, everyone thought it was hilarious. I never really openly told many people but I ended up with a bruised rib and to this day my rib-cage is at an abnormal position, I was so skinny back then that a fall like that could move my bones. If I now lean on my side for too long I experience slight pain in my bones. I remember the PE teacher following me inside and telling me to "man up, it was only a joke" whilst I cried my eyes out in the changing room. It was after this experience that adults started noticing the change in me, my teachers made me go to counselling where I would not talk and my parents really did try to help since I kept coming home from school and crying in my room. 

Looking back now I always think, Shannon how could you let yourself get like that? I wish I would have spoken up at the counselling, I wish I would have told a teacher what was going on and I really wish I would have been more honest with my parents. Any advice I would give to a younger person going through this is that you should not have to put up with anyone putting you down. For me personally, I thought that I deserved everything because maybe these people were right about me? Obviously that is beyond the wrong way of thinking and such a reckless thought. If you had told 16 year old Shannon that she would be studying fashion, living in a different city and running a fashion blog, she would of laughed at you. My advice for younger people experiencing the same thing is to stand up and talk to someone you trust about it. I missed out on so many experiences at high school  such as prom simply because I did not want to face the people who intimidated me and I regret missing out on so many opportunities. My mantra that I have adopted over the past few years is that no one can put you down unless you give them the power to, something I wish I would have lived by in high school.

How did I get over the bullying? There is no straight answer for this. It took me a while to get over the insults and slowly over time I started to grow more confident. After high school I went to sixth form where I was amongst like minded people who at that age were mature enough to not randomly start on someone. My self belief and confidence started to develop over the next few years, and now 5 years later I have accomplished so many things I never dreamed I could do. I was that girl who did not speak to anyone, spent so long doubting myself and believed what the bullies told me. Now I am a fashion student living in a completely different area on the path to achieving my dream career, I am surrounded by the most supportive people and I have a wonderful boyfriend who is there for me no matter what. This blog has grown with me and with it now being 3 years old just shows how far I have come with my confidence. My point is high school does not determine who you are as a person or what your life will be like. Take it from someone who has been through it, if I dwelled on my past I would not be where I am today. Like I previously mentioned my overall advice to anyone currently experiencing what I did, tell someone, realise your self worth and don't be afraid to stand up for yourself.

This is a very personal post that I would not regularly share on my blog however I felt the need to voice my experience and if this has helped just one person, I am happy. I plan on following this up in the near future about how I started to become more confident and how I managed to overcome self doubt.

Shannon x 


My High School Experience