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Have you ever seen someone wearing a piece of jewellery that you love and then you go out and buy it for yourself only to find it doesn’t look right?

If that’s the case, it could be because you’re not choosing jewellery that works for you; you’re choosing jewellery that works for someone else.

I’ve always had an interest in how jewellery can make an outfit and I love experimenting with different pieces, but when I look back at some photos, there are definitely some choices that I tried to follow a trend with, and just didn’t work!

There are so many different things that matter when it comes to choosing the right accessories and jewellery, and today I’ve compiled a few tips on how to find the right items for you.

Don’t be Bound by the Expectations of Others

Deep huh?

The first thing to remember is that other people’s thoughts really don’t matter when you’re choosing jewellery for yourself to wear. If you worry too much about what’s cool and what’s in fashion, you’ll end up with a bunch of jewellery that’s not right for you. So stop buying what you think you should buy and start buying what you want to.

 

Consider How Your Lifestyle Will Impact What You Wear

We a go about our day to day lives in different games ways, so it’s important to consider how your lifestyle will impact which jewellery you wear.

You don’t want items to get in the way or annoy you day to day, so consider how you can make the right choice for you.

 

Always Research Ahead of a Big Purchase

There are some jewellery purchases that are more significant than others, and they’re the ones that you really need to take the time research before you hand over your cash.

If you’re picking out ‘THE’ ring that your partner can buy you for that special day, places like https://www.whiteflash.com/engagement-rings/tacori/ can really help. And don’t be afraid to ask for help or get involved! Girls choosing their engagement ring is becoming increasingly common, and it’s one purchase you want to get right.

Anytime you’re planning on spending a lot, you should do plenty of research into the options.

 

Take Your Face and Body Shape Into Account

This is quite a strange one to think about as jewellery is usually worn on the neck upwards, but the shape of your body and the shape of your face will both have an impact on what kind of jewellery you should wear each day.

If you end up with a pattern or shape that simply doesn’t show off your body or facial features, it’ll look all wrong. Do some research into this and find out which shape you are; it’ll make all the difference in the long run. 

 

Complement Your Skin Tone

As a pale girl, I know that the more silver something is, the more washed out it can make me look, so this one is really important to think about, espeically if you are investing money into the pieces.

Your jewellery will most likely be resting against your skin when you’re wearing it. That’s why you need to think carefully about how your skin tone could be having an impact on how your jewellery looks on you when you’re wearing it.

It’s something that’s definitely worth being aware of. There’s a solution out there for very skin tone so you won’t be short of options.

Picking out the perfect jewellery for you is not always easy. But if you’re willing to think things through carefully and reach considered conclusions, you’ll get the hang of all this in no time at all.

It might seem a little overwhelming now, but by understanding all the factors mentioned above, you’ll save yourself time and money going forward.

What are your tips for picking out the perfect pieces? 

xx

It’s been a while since I did a fashion post, so when Pretty Little Thing offered me the chance to collaborate with them for their Christmas Jumper edit, I jumped at the chance as I am a huge fan of the brand (and Christmas).

I’m always the one who wants to wear festive jumpers as soon as it hits November 1st, so I feel as though I have refrained myself quite well this year by holding out until now which is why I was excited to get in the Christmas spirit.

Today I wanted to share some of the shots I got wearing three of their jumper choices that I picked as my favourites from the whole collection, which you can find here.

Black ‘Express Your Elf’ Jumper £15

Like any millennial girl, I always seem to be drawn to a slogan jumper, and one with a pun is even more appealing. I love the gold writing on this one, and I can definitely see myself wearing this to Christmas drinks because it isn’t too out there (please excuse the major close up of my breasts…)

 

Red Fairisle Reindeer Jumper – £18

Is there anything more festive than a Fairisle knit? I think not. I chose this style in the red (it also comes in grey and navy) because I never buy that colour as I think it clashes with my is-it-ginger-is-it-not-maybe-slightly hair colour, but I’m glad I bit the bullet as I love it – red just instantly makes me feel more Christmassy.

 

Cream Ho Ho Ho Sequin Jumper

Hello, it’s me, the Mrs Claus wannabe…

Call me a magpie, but I always seem to be drawn to sparkly things, and this jumper was no different. I love that although it has the sequin detail, the overall jumper isn’t what you would class as a typical Christmas jumper, as it is much more subtle and one that I might try and get away with before it even hits December.

So there you have my favourite Christmas jumpers from the collection at Pretty Little Thing – I hope you liked what I picked.

Photos: Jacinta Dawn

This post was written in collaboration with Pretty Little Thing, and the jumpers were very kindly gifted to me. But as always all views are my own. 

However much this does sound like the title of a dissertation, it is something that has been on my mind for a while. For the last few weeks, I have been inundated with adverts on my social media channels with celebrities endorsing products, that I will guarantee, they have never used.

Trackback 10 years ago… Celebrities were all over the place advertising drinks, cars, perfumes, haircare, makeup – the lot. They were used to maximise the impact of a marketing campaign and build brand awareness amongst consumers with their recognisability. But fast forward to the present, and these well-known endorsements are few and far between.

Back in the day, when we saw a face that we knew advertising a brand, the teenager in us would associate the familiarity with trust, and with that, we would more than likely purchase the product – easy for big brands to make a sale to susceptible youngsters who want nothing more than to fit in with the masses.

But now, with the more and more brands that there are out there, the harder it is for companies to get into our heads and influence our buying habits, even if they do use a celebrity to try and sway us.

Around eight years ago, something amazing happened to the way that we would purchase items for the foreseeable future – something that was so disruptive for brands, and something none of them knew how to jump on as it was happening – the YouTuber, Blogger hybrid, was born.

YouTube had been around for many years before this, but it was only in about 2009 when girls from all over the world started showing their ever-growing audiences what they had purchased – and the haul video as we know it, was born.

This was such a new way for consumers to see what clothes and makeup looked like on actual, real-life girls and not 6-foot tall, size 4, airbrushed-to-the-max supermodels. All of a sudden, the fashion and beauty industry had to take these new ‘influencers’ into account and try and get them on their side to promote their products.

At first, a lot of these new YouTubers were happy to accept clothes and makeup for free in exchange for an honest review on their channels, but as the industry got bigger and bigger, a lot of them realised that they could make a living by doing this full-time.

However, because of the uncertainty surrounding the blogging industry, a lot of brands didn’t see a future in this and continued to endorse their products with celebrities; but they soon realised that the average twenty-something is much more likely to buy a dress from a face they know and trust, who, at the end of the day, is a twenty-something themselves, telling them the honest ins and outs of a product.

Do you remember back in 2016, where Scott Disick pasted the instructions of what a brand wanted him to write into his Instagram caption? Or when Daley Blind broke the illusion that he actually liked and purchased his new Adidas shirt instead of being paid to advertise it? Brands are now just telling their endorsers what to write showing that the celebrity has no interest in the product whatsoever, as long as they are being paid to talk about it, which makes the blogging industry even more refreshing.

For the past few years since I have been a part of this industry myself (albeit, on a much smaller scale) I have noticed that Bloggers, YouTubers and Instagrammers all have so much more sway on what the 14-30 year-old market is buying because they are people just like you and me.

With the introduction of Instagram stories and the ability to add in links to the products you are wearing (the ‘swipe up’ links that you can only do if your following is more than 10,000) as well as YouTubers linking every product they are talking about in their videos in the description box, it is becoming even more accessible for us to purchase these items in a quick and timely manner – because as a generation, all we ever talk about is our lack of time – so anything that is made quick and easy for us, we love.

To me, celebrity endorsements have been dying out for years, as the evolution of consumer’s buying habits continues to change. We are no longer drawn to Pantene because Ellie Goulding has nice hair; we no longer want to buy L’Oreal because Penelope Cruz looks flawless, and we longer want to shop at Iceland because Kerry Katona told us how cheap it was – that one was a long-shot anyway.

As consumers, we are more likely now to make our own decisions, instead of being swayed by a face we know. We’re not stupid: We know the amount of choice there is out there, so we want to make an informed judgment instead of jumping on the bandwagon.

The honesty and relatability of the everyday girl talking about Topshop Joni jeans, the latest Naked palette and which foundation is the best for night’s out if much more appealing than air-brushed celebrities on our TV screens who have probably never picked up the product in their life.

Maybe I’m wrong; maybe one-day celebrity endorsements will make a comeback: But in my eyes, the new generation of influencers are becoming the celebrities that we recognise and trust, as they are more self-aware and care about the products they are reviewing, and it’s only a matter of time before we see social media taking over another part of the world.

xx

It’s the start of September (already!!) which is one of my favourite months of the year and it means that autumn is just around the corner but also time for my next wishlist.

I really enjoyed writing the last one, and you guys seemed to enjoy reading it so I’m going to try and keep this up as a regular feature.

The great thing about September is that it seems to be slightly warmer than August, but not as cold as you would think here in the UK, which makes for some gorgeous autumnal days and it’s a great time in my eyes on the run up to the end of the year.

I’ve got some exciting things planned for September, including the wedding of one of my best friends, which I can’t wait for and a little trip away at the end of the month.

1. Update My Wardrobe

Autumn to me means chunky knits, jeans and big scarves, but also a time to invest in some key pieces for the upcoming season. I love getting wrapped up (I think it comes from absolute hatred of being cold) and going on long walks, or snuggling up in a beer garden, and I can’t wait to see some of the collections the shops bring out!

2. Bake More

With our charity bake sale at work meaning that I baked the world’s amount of cookies, I remembered how much I enjoyed baking, plus having the bake-off start again gave me a whole new lease of life in the kitchen. This month I definitely want to start to bake more and develop my skills in that area, and maybe finally open one of the many cookbooks I own.

3. Research Italy

At the end of the month, Hannah and I will be taking a little trip over to Italy. We’re starting off in Rome and making our way up to Florence and then Pisa. Although we’re only there for a short amount of time, I want to make sure we both see the sites we want to and expose ourselves to as much Italian culture as possible. If anyone has any recommendations or blogs, please send them my way!

4. Go For A Long Walk

Because August was such a busy month for me, I felt as though we didn’t have enough time to get outside and go for a walk in the countryside. We’re lucky where we live that we’re only about a 20-minute drive from some beautiful parts of the country, and this month I would love to go and explore a bit more.

5. Catch Up With My Family

Although I saw a lot of my Dad’s side of the family in August, its been a while since I saw the other half of them, and I think this month we will all put in the effort to have a bit of a reunion.

6. Try A New Cuisine

Although Jordan and I went to Belgium back in March, we didn’t have much traditional food (except a lot of chocolate and beer). I’ve been invited to try out a restaurant called Cafe Bock in Manchester, which I’m really excited about, and if we get the chance, I’d love to try another cuisine which I never have before. The meal we’re trying out is the roast dinner, which is basically a fondue style that you dip in gravy, which sounds pretty amazing to me.

7. Celebrate Birthdays

This month I’ve got one of my closest friend’s 30th birthday, and a lot more others to celebrate too. I love celebrating people’s birthdays with them, and I’m going to make it my mission to make sure they have the best day possible.

8. Support The Northern Blog Awards

Although I won’t be able to make it to the Northern Blog Awards as I’m at my friend’s wedding, I can’t wait to join in the hype on social media and hear all about what people are wearing. I know my friends over at We Blog MCR have done a fantastic job of putting the award show together, and I’m already excited to see the photos from the night.

9. Attend The Blogger’s Blog Awards

On the topic of blog awards, myself and Jacinta will be heading over to Leeds at the end of the month to celebrate the Blogger’s Blog Awards with some of my favourite girls, hosted by Hayley. I couldn’t make it last year so I’m incredibly excited to be able to go this time round, and finally put some faces to names.

10. Enjoy My Friend’s Wedding

A bit of an obvious one, but one I thought I would mention nonetheless. This is my 3rd and final wedding of the year, and I’m sure it’s going to be such a fun day. I’ve known Siobhan and Nick since the first days of their relationship and have seen it blossomed over the years, and I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle.

11. Celebrate The Departure Of My Best Friend

At the end of the month, my best friend is having a leaving do because she off travelling in October. Although it will be such a sad occasion, I really want her to have a great night with her friends and family and a really good send off – and I’m going to try really really hard not to cry!

12. Explore Leeds

I’ve got two trips to Leeds planned this month, which I’m really looking forward to because it’s a place that I’ve heard so many good things about. I know a lot of people who I’m friends with in the blogging world are from Leeds, so if any of you lovely ladies are reading this, please send me some recommendations.

And there you have it, my September wishlist. I hope you enjoyed reading it.

xx

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So it’s the start of August, and I’m just wondering if anyone can tell me what they did with July?

Anyway, back to today’s post…

I’d been thinking for a few weeks about doing a post at the start of every month with things that I’ve had my eye on for a while or things I’ve been loving, and although I love watching and reading ‘favourites’ posts, I don’t think they’re for me.

I’ve done a few wish lists here and there over the years including beauty, fashion and homeware, so I thought I would do something a bit different: Instead of bombarding you with links and photos about things I’m lusting after, I’ve decided to do a list of things that I hope will happen and some mini goals I would like to achieve throughout August.

Although I’m never one who works to targets in my personal life, I think having some direction of where I want to be at the start of September will help me grow as an individual and help this blog develop.

1. Try A New Restaurant In Manchester

Would you have guessed that the first thing on the list would be about food? Probably! Every time I go into Manchester now, I feel as though there is always somewhere new to try, and I’m going to make it my mission this month to go somewhere I have never been before.

2. Find A Dress For My Friend’s Wedding

I have two weddings coming up in the next couple of months (my cousin, and a close friend) and I have been looking for a dress for a while but have yet to find out I like. I’m on a mission to find one that isn’t overly pricey and one I’ll get a lot of wear out of.

3. Work With A New Brand

I’ve read a couple of posts recently about bloggers going to brands directly in order to collaborate with them, and it really resonated with me. I’ve been lucky to have had the chance to work with some great brands this year, but I definitely think it’s about time to bite the bullet and made the first move.

4. Start A Recipes Series

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m actually not a huge fan of cooking. Since buying our own house, one of the things I wanted to do was make more recipes to share on my blog, but I’ve yet to get round to it. This month seems like a good a time as any to start!

5. Finish A Book

At the start of the year, I was doing really well with reading every night before I went to sleep, but with moving house, starting a new job, and trying to blog more, I’ve felt as though I don’t have the time to do so. This month I’m going to actively make sure I have some down time before I sleep, and hopefully finish a new book.

6. Book A Trip

I love discovering new places, whether it’s a trip I’ve been dreaming of for years, a city break in the UK, or just a different part of my hometown and this month I want to book something to look forward to in the months leading up to Christmas.

7. Make Plans With Friends

Quite a cliche one, but recently I’ve made so many good memories with my closest friends, and I really want it to continue.

8. Upload My Billions Of Photos

This may seem like a silly one really, but I’ve still got over 500 photos that need editing and uploading to Facebook and my blog that are clogging up my phone (and have meant that I’ve had to upgrade to a different iCloud plan…) this month I’m definitely going to have a clear out – watch this space!

9. Insta Stories

One of my goals for the year was to start vlogging properly; well, it’s August, and I still haven’t. When Hannah and I went to Paris back in June, I vlogged the whole trip, but I wasn’t happy with the end result (I may still upload it in the future, I haven’t decided). I’m going to take that as a test run and hopefully make a few by the time the year is up. To gain some confidence in this area though, I thought the best place to start was with Instagram stories.

10. Continue To Enjoy Work

I’ve mentioned to a fair few people how much I am enjoying work at the moment, and I really want it to continue for the foreseeable future. Not only is the job very suited to my skillset, the people I am working with have made me feel so welcome, and I haven’t felt this content in a long time.

11. Up My Fitness Routine

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the fact that I’m actually talking about fitness… but in reality, having a best friend who is a fitness blogger was always going to take its toll (I kid) but she has inspired me to actually mix up my routine in the gym. Back at the start of the year, I incorporated more weights into my routine, and I loved the feeling of getting stronger. Six months later, and I have completely lost that strength. If I’m being honest, I’m finding it harder to fit in the gym with my longer hours and commute, but it is definitely something I hope to get back on track this month.

12. Enjoy Every Day

I talk a lot on this blog about not sweating the small stuff, being positive and that life is what you make it, and this month I am actually going to take my own advice and listen to my body and mind. My anxiety has been all over the place this year as I’ve been through some pretty big life events, but now I finally feel as though I am on the right track, and I really want that to stay.

And that marks the end of my August wish list. Make sure you visit back in September to see how many of the things I actually managed to achieve.

xx

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