Monday, 24 April 2017

Why I Adore Thrifting


I am part of the small minority of girls my age that when going shopping will opt for a decent charity shop rather than a usual high street store. I love to "thrift" and love entering a store not knowing what gem I am going to find. Today I wanted to share my opinions and why I think more people should give it a try, the majority of my fashion posts are based on thrifting so I thought it makes sense explaining my feelings on it all!

Prices

Firstly I am a student and I do not have a disposable income to spend on the newest clothes and trends. Since starting university my wardrobe has almost tripled in size and there is no way that could be possible if I bought my clothes from the high street. I love having new outfits to wear and I love experimenting with my ever changing style which due to the low prices thrifting allows me to do. I believe you do not have to break the bank to look fabulous and thrift shopping is a great way to do this. 



Uniqueness 

One of the most appealing factors of thrifting for me is finding unique items of clothing. One of my major fashion pet peeves is turning up to an event where everyone is wearing the same thing. Before I discovered my love for thrifting, I was once at a night club in a play-suit I had purchased from Primark that day. Me and at least 5 other girls were wearing the exact same outfit and because I am a super conscious person I felt mortified. Do not get me wrong I love to follow trends but I also love to have my own personal style, this is why I fell in love with thrifting. I can still adapt trends to fit my style but I also know I am not going to turn up to a party wearing the same outfit as a few girls there. Not to mention you can find some beautiful pieces that you would not find on the high-street. 



Sustainability

It was not until recently I knew about the affects fast fashion is having on the enviroment. I had always known about climate change and the impact waste is having but since studying for my degree and learning more about the supply chain, it has really shown me the bigger picture. I view thrifting as a way of recycling old unwanted clothes that could of ended up on the landfill. Statistics show that we no longer buy clothes as an investment but more to wear once or twice then throw out. I do understand buying an item for one occasion then not wearing it again but instead of throwing it out, charity shops would love the donations. Like I previously mentioned my style does change and I will only wear certain items once or twice, but when I am done with them I will up-cycle or donate. Thrifting is ultimately a small way of helping the enviroment and causes less textile waste.


Up-cycling

Up-cycling is my newest hobby that I really enjoy doing, Up-cycling is simply taking something old and making it new. Like I mentioned previously I sometimes will wear an item twice then get bored of it. Up-cycling allows me to restyle a garment into something I love. Since learning how to sew, I now actively seek new materials when I go thrifting, it is cheaper than going to a fabric shop and it is less wasteful! 

My Outfit


I wanted to feature a completely thrifted outfit just to show how easy it is to find high quality fashionable items. Every thing including the shoes is secondhand and cost me under £5. I want to especially mention the top I am wearing, it is a 1970's top I purchased from a Mooch Vintage kilo sale. It cost me around £3 and if it was hanging up in a store today it would not look out of place. I used this to demonstrate how trends come back around and how I put together a timeless outfit for the fraction of the cost of what you can find on the high-street.

Overall I think there is a bad stigma people my age have about thrifting . I have had girls compliment me on outfits and when telling them I thrifted the majority of the items have turned their noses up at me. I am fortunate enough to have friends who love to come thrift shopping with me and love it for the same reasons I do. I hope this post explains more about why I enjoy it so much and maybe encourages others to give it a go!

Shannon x


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Why I Adore Thrifting
Tuesday, 18 April 2017

How To Grow Your Hair One Inch Overnight?!


Since revamping my blog I have wanted to feature more beauty posts since I love trying out new products and new styles. One of my favourite beauty things to do is try out quirky beauty hacks that are on YouTube and Pinterest, so I thought I would start a new segment on my blog where I try and test these to see if they actually work. Today I thought I would share this hair mask that all the guru's are trying, a mask that claims to grow your hair an inch overnight (crazy right!?). I am so sceptical of masks that make such bold claims so I am going to share my honest experience and what happened to my hair.

The Actual Mask

You would think this kind of mask would involve fancy ingredients but it is simply made up of two eggs and 4 tablespoons of olive oil mixed up together. You massage it into your hair, wrap your head in clingfilm and leave in for an hour. Sounds simple? Putting the mask into your hair can be a messy ordeal and the clingfilm can feel uncomfortable after a while. I had to get my boyfriend to help me cover my hair since it is quite long already so the process took about 25 minutes.

The basic science behind this mask is that hair is mainly made up of protein, the eggs contain a lot of protein so adding extra to hair encourages it to grow!


One thing I must add if you plan on doing this mask is that it does dry your hair out, a lot of people use coconut oil after applying this but I just deep conditioned my hair. Also when washing this out, use lukewarm water otherwise you will end up scrambling the eggs in your hair which is not cute! 

My Hair Before:


My Hair After:



My Thoughts:

Did it grow an inch over night? It has definitely grown a few centimetres and it is does feel slightly thicker. On the before photo my hair was quite frizzy from the weather and the mask definitely made my hair more sleek and glossier. I think this mask works differently on different hair types, I have seen people grow up to a few inches over night with this mask, others only a centimeter. For me personally it did work and my hair feels very healthy. Since this mask is affordable to make I would recommend trying this but make sure you have a few hours free to allow it time to do it's work!

Would you try this out?

Shannon x

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

What is Too Primadonna?

Since starting this blog back in 2014 I have always had questions asking what "Too Primadonna" means and why even name my blog this? I even have people who know me in person and read my blog refer to me as Too Primadonna which I do find amusing. I get asked this so frequently that I realised I have never actually posted as to my reasoning behind such a broad name and even as to why I started blogging in the first place. So today I thought I would share a post on what started my blog, why "Too Primadonna" and even share some photos from my first ever blog posts.

Why did I start blogging?





I officially started my blog around July 2014 when I was 18 years old. There was a few contributing factors as to why I started it. Firstly I had read blogs and watched YouTube videos since I was 14 and knew I wanted to make my own content. As a shy person back then I thought having my own blog was the best thing and for a while I did not share my blog around but as I grew more confident I started to share on my social media and received positive feedback. My second reasoning is that I was going through a tough time in my life, I had recently left sixth-form and no idea what to do next which was causing me a lot of stress, to add to that I had also recently been dumped and needed something to distract myself with. My blog was an outlet which I focused all my energy on and I can honestly say it has helped me grow as a person. My third reason was for the simple fact I loved anything fashion and beauty related, I'm not saying I am an expert (which I am far from) but I had always been told I had a talent and really wanted to start building a platform around that. I had never been able to do any fashion related subject at that point so my blog became my own fashion project and until this day is something I love doing. 

Why "Too Primadonna"?

According to google definitions "Primadonna" means:

"a very temperamental person with an inflated view of their own talent or importance."

I wanted to name my blog by describing my personality and thought Primadonna was the most fitting,

Obviously I am completely joking, the truth is I am a Marina and the Diamonds fan girl. Ever since the Family Jewels had been released I was obsessed with her and her music. She is my idol and I adore what she stands for. When thinking of blogging names I wanted to name it after one of her songs, Electric Heart is my all time favourite album and at the time "Primadonna Girl" was my favourite track. My blog was originally called "Too Primadonna For You" but got shortened to "Too Primadonna" as of last year. I really wish there was a witty or scandalous reason behind my blog but in all honestly I just wanted to incorporate my idol into my blog.



My First Posts

I wanted to reminisce about my first posts and see how far my blog has come so I thought it would be nice to include an earlier outfit. For my first few posts I did not post photos of myself but after a few months I got a bit braver.



When looking back this is not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I remember getting a very confused friend to take these and feeling incredibly awkward to pose, now I can happily pose wherever in public and not care about the odd "what is she even doing?" comments but back then I had to find the quietest lane and hide whenever someone walked past. I actually remember ordering this bowlers hat with the intent of posting an OOTD but it looks like I didn't even wear it in the end! Oh the differences compared to my current posts!

I hope you enjoyed this post about my blogs history and the reasoning behind my name. I like doing these more personal posts, next I am planning a post on what I got up too after leaving sixthform! 

Shannon x

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Start Of Spring OOTD



The sun is finally out and I have started to get hey fever so that can only mean that spring has officially arrived.  Like my post from last autumn I find it somewhat awkward to dress appropriately because of the season differences so since I actually liked my outfit today, I thought I would share an OOTD. It is super simple compared to my usual outfits but sometimes it is more useful to show an everyday casual outfit. I had a study session with my friends at my local Costa here in Norfolk so I wanted to keep it basic but also look slightly put together (I work better when I feel good about myself).







Sunglasses // Primark
Top // Thrifted
Skirt // Primark
Shoes // New Look
Scarf // Vintage Fendi 

I get asked a lot of questions about my Fendi scarf, I found it at a vintage kilo sale hosted by Mooch Sheffield. It cost me about £1 and I am in love with it, if you're into vintage keep an eye out for Mooch, they by far have the best stuff when it comes to kilo sales! Also a massive thank you to Gabrielle at www.heartrogue.com who took and edited these photos, they looks so professional! Go check out her fabulous lifestyle blog! 

What is your favourite season to dress for?

Shannon x

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Start Of Spring OOTD
Monday, 27 March 2017

Thrifted Transformations: White Co-ord



So my newest hobby that I have recently discovered is up-cycling clothing (It doesn't sound like the most thrilling thing but trust me it's amazing what you can do with an old shirt!) and I wanted to start featuring some of my creations on my blog. It is not only a cheap way of creating some unique pieces but it is nice having tailored clothes and it's more sustainable. I spent a few weeks learning how to sew (I hand sew everything so my projects take quite a long time) and I eventually started doing minor alterations to old clothes. I wanted to share this cute co-ord I made for my first post about transformations.



I bought a simple white bodycon dress from a local charity shop (For around £1?!) and since I have been wanting a new co-ord set, made this cute white one out of the material. It was simple to make and I am happy with how it turned out. I love the the subtle embroidery and I think it will be perfect for a spring night out!





Sunglasses // Primark
Jacket // TK Maxx
Boots // Primark

I regret not taking a before photo of the original dress just to show how I up-cycled it, I decided to pair my new co-ord with a simple pink bomber jacket, black boots and these quirky sunglasses that all the fashion bloggers seem to have! I plan to post more of the transformations I create and I want to see how creative I can get with it!

Have you ever tried up-cycling? 

Shannon x

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Thrifted Transformations: White Co-ord
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