Monday, 6 February 2017

Gossip Girl Inspired OOTD

Recently I have become obsessed with Gossip Girl again, particularly the fashion. I love Blair's preppy style and Serena's elegant wardrobe so I thought I would post an OOTD inspired by the TV series. Since I am a student and I cannot afford the designer labels that the cast wear, I have complied an outfit that I completely thrifted (minus the statement shoes) that is worthy of Blair Waldorf herself but for a fraction of the price.






Coat // Thrifted
Dress // Thrifted
Bag // Thrifted
Shoes // Tk Maxx
Lipstick // Mac Diva 

I wanted to make this outfit preppy but still quite wearable so I thought the black collared dress created the perfect balance. I picked up this gem for £2 and I cannot stop wearing it. It's perfect for those days where I want to dress up but feel comfortable at the same time. I paired it with this beautiful trench coat (£3) and finished the look with these statement boots that I've featured before. Overall I am super happy with how the look turned out, am I upper East Side worthy yet? 

Are you a fan of the Gossip Girl style?

Shannon xoxo


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Gossip Girl Inspired OOTD
Sunday, 11 December 2016

Goals For 2017


I think goals are a great thing to set at the end of a year, they give you something to strive for and are so motivating. Today I want to share my goals and ambitions for 2017. I'm sharing this in December because I'm already striving for these and want to start now.

University

In 2017 I want to improve my grades and really focus on university. I'm content with how well I did last year but I really want to take my grades up a level. I have always achieved my target grades academically but I am always wanting to improve. This year I want to focus more and really utilise the resources University has to offer. 

Work Placement

I do a sandwich course at Uni meaning next year (I'm currently in 2nd) I have the option of doing a work placement. My dream is to work in marketing so my goal is to get a internship in that sector. It would meaning moving away from Nottingham and starting again in a completely different area however I am up for change and I really want to work within the industry.

Blog

I have become more serious with my blog the past year. I have done collabs with companies and have seen a rise in readers but this year I want to take it up a level. I have not really had a blog schedule so this year I want to stick to one and try to pre write posts before the day they go live. Blogging is one of my passions and I find writing and working on my blog always distresses me.

YouTube

This is probably an unexpected title to some people who know me. I have been following YouTubers for as long as I can remember and I have always wanted my own channel however I have always found reasons to not start. I have already made a channel and I have started planning, I should have my first video uploaded early January. I'm beyond nervous but I have always wanted one so watch this space!

Overcome Anxiety

I like to be completely honest on my blog and to my readers, I do get anxiety. It has stopped me from putting myself out there in certain situations and some days are hard. This year I want to overcome it and really focus on my well being. 

Do you set yourself yearly goals? Do they help you stay on track?

Shannon x

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Goals For 2017
Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Living With Migraines


Migraines are the bane of my life. They have affected both my everyday life and also my academic life. I wanted to share a blog post today of my experience with them and how I cope when I get them. I think it is important to be aware of migraine attacks and understanding of people who get them. An estimated 1 in 4 women will have at least one migraine in their lives, migraines being the 6th most disabling illness in the world. Migraines are an invisible illness and can have a huge impact on quality of life.

I'll start with my experience. I never suffered with migraines as a child, I used to get bad headaches but nothing that stopped me from carrying out my usual daily life. Fast forward to when I was 17, I started getting migraines. In the earlier days of my migraines I had "mild symptoms" meaning I had the pain in my eyes and I would see an aurora but after a few hours of laying down and taking extra strong paracetamol I could usually recover. Don't get me wrong they were still very painful but I could usually sleep them off and be fine. Over the next year they gradually became worse. I remember my first extreme migraine very vividly. I had come back from the Reading festival and I had a college induction day. I went in even though I could feel a slight pain in my right eye which I shouldn't have ignored. I sat through the next few hours with the pain slowly spreading and becoming more intense. As soon as I got home that night I was badly sick and couldn't even walk. I was struggling to see and I can honestly say it was at that point the worst pain I had ever experienced in my life. After this I decided to go to the doctors where they prescribed me some extra strong painkillers that I later discovered when having my next migraine done nothing for me. I kept going back to the doctors and eventually was prescribed some pills that would work but only if I took them as soon as I felt slight pain in my head.

I think the scariest thing about migraines is that the cause and reasoning for them is still unknown, it makes sense for scientists to not have found an actual cure for them as my doctor explained. So I started university and before this point I was perhaps experiencing migraines once every two months. They were unbearably painful but I was thankful they were not so frequent. Of course they had to get worse though. I started getting them monthly and then started getting them every two weeks. It was at this point it really started affecting me academically and impacting my daily life. It was my first year at uni and settling in was hard enough let alone having this illness. It got so bad that I had to have a meeting with tutors about my poor attendance, it was at this point I discovered migraines are classified as a disability and the university could offer me support with them. I ended up missing my end of year exam because of a 3 day long migraine and had to retake it a few weeks later (I passed and achieved my target grade yay!). I'm now also given extra time in exams and for assignments if I need it. 

It's now second year and yes I still get them. From September this year to mid November I was getting them twice a week (I really don't know why, I'm just thankful I haven't had one in a few weeks). The pain is unbearable and the symptoms that come with it are awful but I am learning to deal with them. I think it is important to understand migraines and accept that they are an invisible illness. So many have said "oh you get migraines, so like a bad headache?". To break it down, have you ever had a "bad headache" that has caused you to violently throw up, impair your vision, pass out from the pain, prevent you from walking and hindering you from thinking straight for the next few days? In my opinion more research needs to go into migraines and I think more awareness is needed to get over this notion that migraines are just "bad headaches".

Tips:

I've had them for a few years and because of this I have a come up with a few little tips to help migraine sufferers. There is no cure but these will help with the symptoms. 

This might be an obvious tip but really helps. As soon as I feel the pain coming on and I don't have my medication with me Anadin extra works wonders. If I have already got a full blown migraine it has little effect but if I take it as soon as I feel slight pain it can usually prevent it. I carry it everywhere!

When getting a migraine the obvious thing to do is lay down and sleep it off. For me I find sleeping on my side where the pain is eases it dramatically. For instance I usually feel the migraine on the right side of my face so laying to my right puts a little pressure on it and eases it a little.

Another tip that really helps is staying away from phones, laptops, TV's ect after you have had a migraine. I find screens can sometimes trigger my migraine again due to straining my eyes so after having one relax and stay away from screens! 

Don't force yourself to go to work, school ect if you feel yourself getting one. I have done this so many times and I really wished I had not. The majority of the time I would have to leave and end up making my self feel worse. Employers and schools recognise migraines as a disability and understand that you can't function properly when experiencing one. 

I know this isn't my usual fashion post but I really hope this gave insight to what it is like living with migraines and the tips help any suffers! If you have any extra tips let me know in the comments!

Shannon x

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Living With Migraines
Monday, 21 November 2016

OOTD + Update

Usually I would go straight into an OOTD and act like I haven't blogged in two months but these past few months have been crazy/stressful that a mini life update is needed. Uni has started and can I just say second year is VERY different to first year. I love always having something to do and I love what I study don't get me wrong but it has taken a while to adjust back to uni life after 4+ months off. My blog has been slightly neglected due to this but now I am getting used to uni again and managing my time better I intend to post my usual weekly posts.

Moving on to my OOTD. For my birthday I bought these gorgeous over the knee boots which are so out of my comfort zone but I was determined to style them into something I would be happy wearing.  I always see girls style these flawlessly on Instagram and I love over the knee boots!





Coat // F+F
Sheer Top // New Look
Skirt // Thrifted
Clutch // Vintage
Boots // TK Maxx

These boots are so different to my standard style but I love them so much! Tk Maxx have an array of colours including black and grey but I wanted more of a statement colour! Burgundy is a perfect for this season and I know I'm going to get so much wear out of them! I also love this skirt, I found it in a charity shop for around £3 and it reminds me of the skirt Cher wore in Clueless. I'm also going to mention my hair, no I have not drastically grown it after two months! I purchased some hair extensions from Lullabellz and I am obsessed with them. They have so many shades and they are not overly expensive, I can do a review if anyone is interested!

Shannon x

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OOTD + Update
Monday, 12 September 2016

Transitioning From Summer To Autumn



For me this time of year is so awkward when figuring out what to wear. I am a massive fan of autumn fashion. The colours, layers and trends are my favourite style but it is way to hot to even considering layering and I find mixing up summer clothes hard. So I challenged myself to scourer my wardrobe for an outfit that meets both seasons trends and came up with a few tips to help. 
Transitioning From Summer To Autumn
Saturday, 27 August 2016

10 Tips To Beat Insomnia



Insomnia is a condition I struggled with for months, It can have a major effect on your everyday life and even work/school. I first developed insomnia when I first started university due to feeling so anxious of moving to an unknown city and worrying about my future. I found it impossible to sleep and this dragged on through out the year. It got to the point where I would miss lectures and became so unproductive both with coursework and my blog, I knew I had to do something. So I researched and tried so many techniques that I adapted to make them work for me. Today I thought I would share a few tips that'll hopefully help anyone suffering from insomnia too!

10 Tips To Beat Insomnia
Thursday, 18 August 2016

Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid: Get The Look




One thing I noticed the other day whilst shopping for AW16 is that nautical is everywhere. From military jackets to reds to timeless stripes, It's clearly going to become one of our key trends this season. I have always loved nautical however I wasn't particularly excited by the styles until I saw Gigi Hadid's autumn collection collab with Tommy Hilfiger. Flicking through Elle and Snapchat had me instantly inspired. I thought I would post a "Get The Look" lookbook to show how anyone can shop this trend and be inspired by the collection without the massive price tag. I chose 3 of my most favourite looks and featured a few similar items along those lines.

Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid: Get The Look