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
Monday, 1 May 2017

My New Wash Journey

I love trying out new beauty products, especially ones that are proven to be more natural and healthy for the body. Recently I have been experimenting with hair products and finding what is best for my hair type so when given the opportunity to try out New Wash* by Hair Studio I knew I had to try it.

New Wash is not your typical product, it is a hair cleanser that is supposed to replace all hair products including shampoo and conditioner, intriguing right? The cleanser itself is made up of essential oils and more natural ingredients,  making it completely detergent free. Detergents are the ingredient in regular shampoos that will break down the body's moisture barrier, they clean the hair but are not the healthiest of options. I am trying to grow my hair out and since my hair is quite fine, I really want to try out more natural products. Hair Studio have set a 30 day challenge to completely replace all hair products with New Wash, I am so excited to see if there is any difference in my hair and if the condition improves!



The first time I used New Wash?

This product really has me intrigued. The first time I used this it was definitely a different hair washing experience than what I am used too. Firstly since this is a cleanser, there is not that usual lather you experience when using a regular shampoo. It felt as though I was rubbing conditioner into my scalp which is an odd feeling to me since I usually only condition the ends. Secondly you really have to make sure you wash this product all out, I found it stuck to my hair more than shampoo would. The scent to this product has a very floral essence and made my hair smell so clean. When rinsing the product out my hair did not feel striped down and dry as it usually does when using a regular shampoo, it felt moisturized and strong.

Do I like New Wash?

I can honestly say that I do! Once I had gotten over the weird sensation of washing my hair with a cleanser and I had dried my hair, the results amazed me. My hair was sleek and soft but also had a nice shine to it. My hair usually looks quite dull but this gave it some depth and felt so healthy. The hair was completely clean and smelt very fresh.



Overall I am excited to take this 30 day challenge. Already my hair feels super healthy and I cannot wait to see what results I get after a full month of trying this product. If you would like to check New Wash out you can find them on Hair Studio's website along with other natural and hair friendly products.

Would you ever consider replacing your shampoo's for more natural alternatives?

Shannon x

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My New Wash Journey
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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How To Grow Your Hair One Inch Overnight?!