Monday, 21 August 2017

STAND UP FOR LOVE



STAND UP FOR LOVE



I am not really one to comment on the happenings of the world but recently our world seems to be taking a bit of a battering from people that want to disturb peace and goodness. With everything that has gone on i thought that a slogan as simple as this one on one of my favourite t-shirts was very fitting after the events. It is a reminder to fight for not only others but ourselves as well. 

Take a moment a stand up for the one you love, your family, your friends, strangers in the street and not forgetting to stand up for yourself. 



top: zara
trousers: whistles
shoes: birkenstocks
sunglasses: topshop



ALEX







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Friday, 26 May 2017

THE ALTERNATIVE NIGHT OUT LOOK











Happy Friday everyone! 

I hope you have had a lovely week and the weather has been as good to you as it has to me.

This week i choose to focus my look on the alternative night out look. If you are anything like me and are more likely to be caught in a pub or casual bar rather than a really fancy one or a club then i may have a little bit of advice when it comes to what to wear when one of these nights does arise. 

I have to confess. I go into panic mode when i am due to go on one of these nights out. Long gone are the days when they were a weekly occurrence and my wardrobe used to be full of "out out" clothes. No longer do we see body-con dresses and massive heels on the streets at night. Now it is filled with high waisted  trousers and cami tops. 

My top tip is to buy an item that is versatile and learn different looks that you can build around it. I brought this jumpsuit from Newlook at the start of the year and have found it has become  my go to piece for a night out. I can turn it into any type of look i want to just by switching accessories and layering.

The outfit i am wearing in the photos was inspired by a hen party i recently went to. It was a more casual one so i wore jeans and a nice top but it got me thinking about what i would have worn if it had been more of an evening event. I would want to look nice but not too over dressed. The jumpsuit is perfect for this type of scenario. Hear i have layered it with a light weight blush glittery jumper from Whistles, chunky heeled silver shoes from Asos and a textured patent bag by Miss KG. For a more casual look i would style it with a plain white t-shirt underneath, pair of converses and a bucket bag. But if you really wanted to go for it then i would just wear the jumpsuit by itself, a pair of pointed heels and a bold lip. 

Have a magical weekend and i will be back soon with another outfit post!


ALEX





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Sunday, 21 May 2017

MY WEEK 14TH - 21ST MAY 2017



Happy weekend everyone!

Whether you have spent the last couple of days letting your hair down or relaxing at home, I hope it has been a good one.


One of the biggest things to happen this week was the launch of Tom's new copper design Instagram and Etsy store, Crofts Copper. So far we have only listed a few items such as the medium candle holder and the small jewellery stand but soon there will be lots of new exciting products. If you have an interest in unique home decor then I would recommend giving it a look. 

On Wednesday I started going to my areal hoop class again after a month off. It is such a fun form of exercise but jesus christ is it hard work! I definitely need to work on my core strength if I am going to progress. Soon I would like to post some photos but I am working on getting one where my face doesn't look like i am in a lot of pain. 

The best part of my week has been the past couple of days. I only get every other weekend to spend with Tom and this weekend we really made the most of it. We went back to Brighton yesterday for a little bit of a shopping trip and it was so nice to have a wonder around. The last time we visited the city was in February and it was really foggy but yesterday was beautiful and sunny so we really made the most of being outside. The next time we visit we would like to spend the whole weekend and stay overnight so that we can go out to some of our favourite bars that we used to go to. 

Finally today has been a chilling day. The weather was nice again so we rode Toms scooter to a place called Bradgate Park near where we live and walked around eating ice cream with a flake.
Getting home i made a roast dinner and we have started to re-watch episodes of Robin Hood. Ahh what a lovely weekend we have had. 


Trench Coat: Whistles
Top: Asos
Trousers: Zara
Shoes: Topshop



ALEX


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Friday, 19 May 2017

KEEPING MOTIVATED




I usually like to keep my Friday posts focused on the outfit that I am wearing and when I was taking the photographs for this post I already had in mind what I wanted to say about the outfit. However due to some recent occurrences I would like to talk about something else.

 Keeping motivated. Something I find very hard to do within the world of blogging and social media.
I always find that I will get into a good groove with blogging and being happy with my content and be on a good run posting regulary for a few weeks, then all of a sudden without any rhyme or reason my followers will go down slightly and the number of likes I get on Instagram will falter.


Do not get me wrong, the main reason I blog and post on Instagram is because I love doing it. I love the whole process of taking the photographs, editing, writing and interacting with other people. At the end of the day if no one was to read my blog or look at my social media then I would still carry on because it is a great creative outlet for me. It is more that I am curious as to why followers and likes are so infrequent. Is it because my content is inconsistent with its quality or is it more complex than that? Are people only following me in the hope of getting a follow back and if i do not obliged within a certain amount of time will rid me from their feed? 

It is hard to tell what is really going on and to not loose motivation. To keep on putting effort into developing your online presence and to get little back can affect confidence levels in a big way. This week i have doubted my ability as a stylist, a writer, my looks and body. I have even thought about how likeable i come across on social media and blogging. 

At the end of the day blogging is an expression of yourself and if you are trying to be anything other than that then how can you be truly likeable if it is not really you? I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and I was saying that even though I am a trained stylist, more days often than not I am really stuck as to what to wear, or I will look at a piece of clothing and not have a clue what to put with it. I worried that that was coming across in my blog and my Instagram, but then i thought, so what if it is? The whole process of finding the right outfit is experimenting with other pieces. 

When I get dressed, I start with an item I want to wear that day and spend time finding what works best with it.


I did exactly that with the outfit in this post. I started off with the suede pleated skirt. Knew it would look nice with the long sleeved striped t-shirt, then threw my leather jacket over it and finally decided that a pair of leopard prints boots would complete the look. I am actually on the look out for a new leather jacket. One that is slightly shorter in the body and would work well with high waisted items. Obvious preference is black but i am open to other colours as well. 



I hope this post hasn't seemed like one big moan. I adore blogging and being part of this online community. It is my main source of inspiration in many aspects of my life. My biggest motivation for blogging is seeing the great content that others are putting out there. It is what drives me as a stylist and secures my faith in the fact that so many people are still passionate about fashion. My top five bloggers/inspirational ladies i would recommend at the moment are: Megen Ellaby, Lizzy Hadfield, Alice Catherine, Brittany Bathgate and Harriet Stewart




Jacket: Warehouse
Top: Warehouse
Skirt: Zara
Boots: Next


Any items featured in this blog post that are no longer available i will link similar products. 



ALEX






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Friday, 12 May 2017

A MODERN DAY 60'S INSPIRED GOING OUT LOOK


Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to this weeks outfit post.

As you can tell from the title, this is an outfit i put together that is inspired from the 1960's as something to wear in the evening. To be honest though most of my inspiration comes from the 1960's so you will probably be able to spot that in most of my outfit posts.


The core of this outfit would be the A line skirt. I got this one from Zara last year or possibly a couple of years ago. However they are still doing very similar versions and when i went into the store a couple of weeks ago saw that they now do it in so many different colours. I went for this lovely nude pink and love the fact it is leather look. I have worn this skirt many times in the day as well. Just pair it with a stripy top and a pair of flats or converse and you are good to go! 


The blouse i got is from warehouse and i think i brought it around early February. I usually stay away from really on trend pieces but loved the pussy bow detail and the speckled print. My only complaints of this top would be that when i put my arms back it can gape a bit at the front and that the flared sleeves can get in the way but apart from that i really like it. If you want less of a statement outfit then i have previously worn this top with high waisted black jeans and heeled boots. Perfect outfit for a meal out or meeting friends for drinks. 


I have to say i don't really do a fish net tights. The last time i wore these was at halloween when me and my boyfriend went as Sid and Nancy. I do think they work quite well with this outfit though but if you prefer without then just go for a bare leg or a dark pair of tights with black boots. 


If you are looking to add a statement boot to your collection then i would highly recommend a silver boot... or a leopard print. I could never choose between the two but these silver boots from office work perfectly with this outfit. They are also so comfy that i can wear them all day and not be complaining that my feet hurt after a few hours. 


top: warehouse
skirt: zara
tights: asos
boots: office
bag: chanel


I hope you have enjoyed this post. Please don't hesitate to comment/message me if you have any questions regarding the pieces or styling.

Have a great weekend!


ALEX





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Monday, 8 May 2017

09.05.17 PLAYLIST

Jeans: Topshop - Joni
Top: Asos
Jacket: Whistles
Necklace: Oliver Bonus



Good morning everyone! 
If there is one thing that is going to get you up and out of bed this morning it is this playlist! However if you are reading this post later on in the day/further on in the week, where you been at? 

Usually the playlists that i enjoy making the most are the ones that feature a lot of old music, but todays playlist is all new releases and i am so excited about them! I have to say that Logics new album Everybody is fucking fantastic! 100% one of the best albums i have listened to this year!  

I really hope you enjoy this playlist and enjoy listening to these tracks for the first time if you haven't heard them before. 

As per usual i encourage all feed back on my playlists and would like to ask you guys two questions. 
One: What type of playlists do you like from me? New releases? old tracks? or a mix?
Second: Are you able to listen to my playlists through Spotify or would apple music be easier? How do you usually listen to my playlists?


Thank you in advance! 


ALEX





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FLAT LAY 03


Dress: Zara 

Shoes: Converse

Glasses: Topshop

Watch: Oliva Burton

Powder: Chanel

Nail Varnish: Topshop

Ring: Urban Outfitters





ALEX

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

MY WEEK 1ST - 7TH MAY 2017

dress: topshop
bag: asos


top: zara
jeans: topshop

jumper: topshop
jeans: zara

dress: urban outfitters
jacket: zara


Welcome to my second weekly update! Sorry it is going live so late in the day but you can blame a beastly hangover and family time for that.

So the past week has been a bit of a mad one really. Last weekend i'd really hurt my back so i wasn't working at the start of the week, so my week basically began on Wednesday. In my last post i mentioned that my friend came over and took a few photographs of myself in some different outfits which was a lot of fun but also a massive eye opener. If you want to know more about how i got on with that then you can click here and discover my opinions on modelling for photographs and see one of the outfits. 

Thursday was quite chilled. I ended up going to the pub with Tom after work which called for my oldest navy baggy jumper, mum jeans and a pair of ballet pumps. My ultimate lazy casual look. 

Friday was really exciting because the week before i had secured tickets for me and Tom to go see Maximo Park in Birmingham. They were fantastic and it was such a good night out. If like myself your not 18/19 anymore and being in a club until 4am doesn't really appeal to you, then i would highly recommend just going to a gig. I always get quite hot at gigs so will go for a light material dress, my Dr. Martens because i don't want it to hurt if someone treads on my feet and a leather jacket. 

Yesterday i was at a hen party which was mega loads of fun! We went to this Mexican restaurant for lunch and then went to the Escape Asylum in Leicester. I won't lie, just before i went in i was absolutely shitting myself. I don't do scary films or anything like that because i am a massive pussy so the idea of being trapped in a room that was made to look like an asylum in the olden days didn't sit too well with me. However, when i was in there it was a lot of fun and defiantly worth it. We then went on for more drinks and i can tell you that my sister picked me up from town at 6:30pm and i was completely smashed. 

I spent today recovering at my parents house and then went for a roast, aka the perfect hangover cure. 

I hope you have all had a fantastic weekend!! 


ALEX





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Thursday, 4 May 2017

LEOPARD PRINT AND LAUGHTER



I think the title of this blog post sums up this photo shoot that i did with my friend perfectly. The second title alternative could have gone along the lines of "How to not take yourself so seriously". 
As i am delving a little bit deeper into the world of blogging and keeping up with a new Instagram, i have realised that to keep your head afloat in the world of blogging you really cannot take yourself too seriously. 




The other day i was talking with a friend about how i wanted the quality of my photographs to be better and we organised some time for her to come over with her camera and help me out by taking photographs of me and to help give me a little direction. 
From this i have learnt a few things.

1: I am not a natural poser.
2: I have three looks. Pouting, hysterical laughter and mardy arse.
3: If i cannot find humour in the photograph then i will find the negative.




I am not a model and thats ok. I have never wanted to be a model. I am a stylist and if outside of work i cannot find someone to dress up then i will just have to do it myself. All i can do is to promise to not try to be somebody any other than myself. So if you come across a photograph on my blog where i am laughing in a non posed way or have a slight resting bitch face, i can only apologise but whole heartily say that that is my true self and posing outside your neighbours nicely painted garage door with your friend pretending to be David Bailey is bloody hilarious. 



In this look i am wearing:

coat: asos
t-shirt: zara
cami: topshop
jeans: urban outfitters
shoes: converse
sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana
necklace: urban outfitters

This outfit is all about layering and alternative looks. As a base the mum jeans and the camisole look very chic and paired with ballet pumps looks quite Parisian. Add the t-shirt with the ruffled cap sleeves and you get more of a feminism look. Then on top of that adding a patterned coat and a pair of converse you get a slightly urban alternative outfit.



If the stores have stopped selling the items i have mentioned i will add a link that has a close resemblance to the ones i am wearing.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. I think it will take me a little while to get used to having my photograph taken but at least it gave me a good belly laugh.


ALEX




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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

02.05.2017 PLAYLIST




I have decided that Tuesday is the day i will post my weekly playlist, so happy playlist day!

If you follow my playlists then by now you might already know that they consist of whatever i have been listening to the previous week and often have a mixture of new releases and some old tracks.

This weeks playlist is a right odd ball. It starts off with this really cool remix of September/The Joker, then moves into some Boney M tracks because i am literally obsessed with Boney M and they are my ultimate party tunes. Honestly get rid of some of the shit in the charts and get the kids dancing to some 70's disco!

After that the playlist takes a bit of a turn into a lot of songs by northern bands. The Pigeon Detectives have been my big listen of the week. So much nostalgia there! Also thanks to Megan Ellaby, who's blog and vlogs i am obsessed with, i now know of the band Hello Operator which are bloody smashing.

I hope you enjoy the playlist. Feel free to let me know what you thought either via Twitter, Instagram or the comment section below.


ALEX





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Monday, 1 May 2017

FLAT LAY 02



There is going to be a couple of new series coming to my blog this week.

With the recent launch of my new Instagram account Patent and Blonde, my blog is going to line up with a lot of posts that feature on there. Every week i will post a flat lay like the one above. Hopefully if i am organised it will feature a lot of the items i use in another post which will be my favourite outfit that i wore in the week.

You can also expect a weekly update (the first one went live yesterday), a weekly playlist of all the music i have been listening to the previous 7 days and a couple of other post i will reveal in good time.

Flat Lay 02

jumper: zara

shoes: topshop

necklace: urban outfitters

lipstick: loreal paris - 330

mascara: chanel

glasses: tiger

watch: oliver burton

nail varnish: o.p.i - samoan sand 

ring: topshop



ALEX


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Saturday, 29 April 2017

MY WEEK 23RD - 3OTH APRIL 2017

coat: asos
jumper: & other stories
jeans: topshop
shoes: converse
necklace: oliver bonus 


This week was very much all about getting back to reality. 

Kicking off with leaving the beautiful and exciting city of Barcelona, on Monday we landed back on English ground. After an evening spent unpacking, the alarm clock was set ready for work in the morning and myself and Tom tucked ourselves in for an early night.
I spent the following fews days working and trying to get myself back into my old routine, which i partly failed at. Usually i ride my bike to work, go gym after work then ride my bike back home. This week however that damn snooze button kept on being hit and my bike didn't see the light of day, nor did my gym wear. Oh well, next week i will try again!

After work on Thursday i spontaneously decided to get a tattoo. It would appear the bug has been caught after getting my first one and i wanted another one that was a little bit more visible. A line drawing of a heart seemed nice and everybody could do with a little reminder that all you need is love, right?

Friday i had the day off, so i spent it going for lunch with my mum in a cute cafe in Leicester and having a catch up about my recent trip. Later that day i went for drinks in the evening with my boyfriend Tom. I had a rum and coke and a amaretto sour and called it a night. 

Song of this week has to be Risk to Exist which is my favourite track off of the new Maximo Park album. I am beyond excited to be going to see them play in Birmingham on the 5th of May. 



ALEX





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