Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves when it comes to blogging?

Friday, 15 December 2017

These have to be one of my favourite sets of photographs taken on my blog Heartshapedbones, 1. because they were taken by the utter blogger babe Jess from Iamfoxxtails 2. I'm wearing a friggin beret and I am lurrrrrvvvvingggggg it! My best pal Robyn from Midnight&lace let me borrow hers and I'm sold! Finally 3. these photographs were completely unplanned and I love how this outfit sums up my casual day to day fashion. It was sheer luck that we came across this wall art, but I think the entire look of these photographs is exactly what I want my blog and personal style to be!

As a fashion blogger sometimes it can be incredibly hard to find inspiration for a new outfit look when you haven't updated your wardrobe in a while. I'll admit I'm constantly picking up a few items here and there, working with brands, finding a bargain for less than £10, but if I'm not feeling it on the day when I plan to take a bunch of outfit photographs than it's not going to happen despite whether I have new clothes to share. It's been a very long time since I've just taken photographs on a whim of the day I'm wearing that certain outfit out, and I don't know whether that's the reason why I'm feeling at a loss lately. Personally I think as bloggers we put a hell of a lot of pressure on ourselves to keep up, to be posting regular content, spending nights scheduling posts so that we can breath for at least a second. But why? Why are we putting so much pressure on ourselves? Our readers aren't poking hot forks in our bums forcing us to run our brains out of steam. We do it to ourselves and I think this is me saying I'm putting my foot down against myself to stop getting so stressed out about my little space on the internet.  

I don't know about you, but I can't be constantly splashing out my money just to buy new things for my blog. Of course it'd be the dream, but for me and probably a lot of other bloggers I just don't have that much of a luxury lifestyle. I have three trusty coats and I've probably shown them all to death now it's winter, so repeating an outfit is a huge worry as I want my content to be fresh! I don't want to be like 'here's the same coat or hat I've featured in 500000' posts I've done before, but I'm not going to purchase any new outer wear just for the sake of a new blog post. I am going to try to freshen up some old items to feature again because this is a personal style post, if I love something I'll wear it to death and it could be interest to see how differently I style an item than the time before. I hope it'd be something you'd want to see anyway.

What I love most about these outfit shots is they were completely a spear of the moment thing, meaning there wasn't any pressure put on them or me. It was a great feeling, just going out to take some photos in an outfit I'd put zero thought into because it's something I wear all the time. I think the photos really capture my natural style, but more importantly it felt so bloody good to shoot them. It put fun back into taking outfit photographs for me and that straight away made me want to evaluate the fashion posts I do on my blog. Scheduling is a saviour, but when I'm planning my outfits to shoot on my day off it just makes everything very inorganic. I think more of featuring new or different items than whether I'd actually wear them in my natural day, so I'm definitely going to try to put together more on the go outfit shots in the new year.

Despite items in this look being featured on my blog time and time before, I've styled them different and this look screams me all over. It's a very casual alternative look, something I'd usually never do on my blog but I wear it day to day. I'm constantly snugged in a huge mans jumper or hoodie, so finding one that I can style in a feminine way makes me feel super confident. I had a stall two weekends ago at the Mysticum Luna Anti Christmas Market in Rotherham and decided to indulge in Downfall clothing because I'm a sucker for a good hoodie. It's soft, a comfortable small and I adore the design on the front. I'll always support a small business, they show so much more effort and care into their products than fast fashion retailers. I had just worn a striped crop top but swapped it out for this hoodie, wearing it tucked into my PV skirt that is still on trend.

I've never worn a beret before because I didn't think I could pull it off, but my friends definitely swayed me to get on the band wagon so I've ordered a bunch in different colours! You'd almost think I'd planned the red lipstick to wear with the beret!

black downfall hoodie - downfall clothing
red beret - (borrowed from Midnight&lace Pull and bear)
PVC black skirt - primark
chunky sandal boots - boohoo 

A big resolution next year is definitely going to be to stop putting so much pressure on myself and really experiment with my creativity in fashion. The fact that this outfit shoot was so random but it's one of my favourites shows that whilst planning is so handy I do think it can stunt my creative juices. I plan to spend a lot of time with my blogger pals so I hope the content we can come up with will knock peoples socks off in 2018!

Ease up on yourself, blogging is all about pouring your love and fun into a platform on the internet and you shouldn't be hurting yourself to do so.

Until next time guys,

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I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
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Getting a little glam ready for the festivities

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

So when I bought this dress I definitely clicked buy before I'd even justified it's purchase, I had no occassion or reason to wear it, but I HAD to have it in my life. Compulsive buyer? I definitely have a problem but I'm going to just hide under the pile of clothes I own and forget about it. 

Nothing excites me more than when you find something online that you instantly fall in love with and nothing can come between you snapping out your bank card. When it comes to dresses this year I've definitely chosen comfort over anything extravagant, I don't go out much so the need for a fancy frock usually isn't there for me. Until of course I spotted this hidden pearl on Asos! I'd been browsing their site for a couple of days, wanting some items, adding them to my basket but never going the full way because I'm a shameless window shopper. I'm trying to save money, so I can save items but I definitely shouldn't be buying. On my usual lunch break scroll I came across this dress and nearly threw my pop across the room, I've always wanted to experiment a little with 1. star print because it's completely retro and 2. a fancy mesh dress which I think would be perfect for a party around the Christmas period!

Lately my personal style has consisted of anything that is comfortable, I work in an office located in a warehouse, I rarely go out in the week and my weekends consist of me trying to catch up with blogging or running all the errands I can't do in the week. Apart from date night I don't really go out which yeah I do miss, but going boozing into town just doesn't appeal to me when I no longer live in a city. I didn't choose the village life, village life chose me (lol) so buying a fancy dress just isn't on my list of priorities. However, it feels so damn good to be putting on such a nice dress! What an utter bargain, this dress was only £34! I think it's perfect for a number of occasions - Christmas work party, fancy dinner, date or even just going out for some drinks over the festive period! It's puffy, tight on the waist, mesh around the collar and arms with floaty mesh material hanging along the chest and arms. It's so different than anything I've come across lately instore and online, so to find it super cheap from a website which usually is just a little too high for my price range is amazing.

I'm late to jump onto the star print pattern, but by god I am completely sold and prepared to hunt for some good items in the new year! I love metallic/silver stars on back, it's 100% my style and so easy to integrate into both an alternative style and 70's inspired. It's a shame in a way I've gone for something quite dressed up when I love the pattern so much because I doubt I could dress then down for a day to day wear (that doesn't mean I haven't been wearing it every chance I've gotten!) I've paired it with my go to favourite faux leather jacket which is cropped slightly, meaning it doesn't cut off the puff of the dress. Being an alternative gal of course I've paired it with some chunky heeled sandals, but you could almost throw on some stompy boot heels or a chunky 90's lace up shoe/docs with fish net socks!

I am so excited for Christmas, I'm busy up to my ear lobes right until mid January and I'm just so thrilled to be getting out of the house. Family packed weekends, spending my actual Christmas up in Scotland - so it's going to be exciting to see how I put my blogging spin on things. Expect some travel diaries!

Have you found any bargains online perfect for Christmas?

Until next time guys,

Keep updated with me on social medias:

I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
& I also have a bunch of things listed on my Depop

Joe Browns Christmas Blogger Event, Meadowhall Sheffield

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Hello everyone! Decembers festivities are in full swing and I have an excited post to share with you to get the Christmas mood going here on Heartshapedbones! As I live in the South Yorkshire area I was kindly invited to the Christmas blogger event held by Joe Brown, a catalogue based retailer who just opened their very first store located in Meadowhall, Sheffield. How excited! I've popped into Joe Brown once or twice whilst being in the shopping centre for a browse, but to find out in more depth what the brands about was amazing. Their clothes are so unique, we got to have a chat with the founder and I have fallen more in love with their store. 

We had glasses of Prosecco and nibbles, looked around the store, entered a competition to win a £250 voucher & even had some photographs taken on the 'stage' for the fashion cat walk later in the evening. Simon Brown the founder of the brand gave a speech about how it all came to be and I loved his passion for what he'd created, along with his supportive team both in store and internal. He explained that everything he wants has to be remarkable. The clothing, the store, the unique hand picked decor in store, the staff and hopefully the customers that purchase from them. The clothing isn't going to be for everyone but that is what makes it special, they're definitely a brand who want to encourage being unique rather than following the crowd and what everyone else is spending.  

He created the brand whilst being down in Wales, he saw a group of young friends having fun on a beach looking amazing in their attire and wanted to capture that moment and put it into his brand. That feeling of being young, looking good, feeling good, that's what's bottled up in every design you can buy at Joe Brown. 

As someone who shops alot in Meadowhall it makes me so happy to have somewhere unique that offers a different style to the other stores. Whilst being around high street retailers, it's so refreshing to have a store full of unique/antique decor and interesting clothing. It almost reminds me of Alice in Wonderland with their unique shoes, tweet waist coats, etc! I'm almost expecting to see some huge hats with feathers!

With moving back to South Yorkshire this year it was my first time attending an event located in Sheffield and whilst I didn't know any bloggers from the area, my blogger best pal Jess from iamfoxxtailz was there and I even got to make a new friend also called Jess! Jess power woo. If it wasn't for them I would of been such a lonely party of one all night. Jess actually won the £250 voucher (how amazing!!) so it was lovely to then have an excuse to browse the shop because we helped her pick out some outfits.

To round off the night Joe Browns through a fashion cat walk showing off pieces from their Winter collection but also sneak peaks of the spring/summer range coming next year! It really as amazing, the team were so lovely and I was really happy to get a closer insight into the brand from having a chat to Simon. The décor was insane and they actually do sell some of the bits like a unique pink rabbit and a golden pig!

If you're having a little look around Meadowhall definitely pop in because I think there's a little something for everyone - I wouldn't say that the brand is for any particular age because I saw woman and men of all ages browsing, purchasing and even in the cat walk. I definitely need to go back in myself and pick up a few things because I think it's the perfect vintage chic that will look so good for Spring time here in Yorkshire.

Until next time guys,

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I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
& I also have a bunch of things listed on my Depop

Oddity Closet - Alternative Independent Brand

Friday, 8 December 2017

Hello lovely people, I hope Christmas for you is in full swing and you're feeling festive up to your boobies. If you didn't see my post on supporting independent brands this December then I definitely think you should check that out here, it's just another way for you to consider purchasing gifts for your family and friends whilst giving your money to brands that actually deserve it! You won't get more love and support than from a small brand, so definitely give that a little read!

Continuing my support for smaller brands, today I want to introduce you to another which I have completely fallen in love with because their products are so unique. Oddity Closet kindly reached out and sent me some of their alternative range of accessories and by god it is right up my street! As you know I love a darker style of fashion and over the years that love has spread to my homeware, I'm always more open to accessories when they're alternative in some way or spooky! Oddity closet have such a variety of products, accessories, homeware and gifts which would be perfect for this time of year. There's always that friend or family member who would love something a little different, so why not check out smaller businesses like Oddity especially when they're a great value for money and you're buying some unique than what's on the high street. Not only do they have a variety of products but the patterns are to die for, makeup bags in spooky tie dye colours and other accessories like shoulder bags that I definitely need in my life.

Just from the few items I was sent from Oddity Closet there's something for everyone - fashion interest? The jacket patches, loves makeup? Makeup bags! I'm incredibly impressed with the designs on the products, but they fit in so well with the aesthetic of my home décor!

Illustrated Skull Design Tin - The quality of this product is fantastic! I've been keeping it on my vanity chest to keep all my little nic nacs in, bobbles, hair pins, earrings, it's the perfect size just to keep your precious items.

Mandala Print Black & White Makeup Band - Amazing size. I love a makeup bag which is big enough to keep all of your daily cosmetics in but also not too large if you want to pop it in your handbag for a trip. I used to keep all of my makeup in a large bowl on my draws but now I have my daily stuff in the makeup bag and my 'for special occasions' makeup in the bowl. I've never seen a makeup bag which is less girly but totally awesome.

Patches - I am completely won over to the patch trend! I haven't seen many that I would actually buy, so to have some sent to me really has let me dip my toes into the patch craze and I. Love. It. These are so unique and I love how some of them are hand drawn! The ghosts, pumpkins and witches are everything I'm about so I've definitely stuck them on my denim jacket with pride!

Cute Bat Keychain - I adore this, so does my cat as Barry stole it thinking it was one of his kitty toys! It fits so perfectly with my interests and style of fashion so I feel so good to add it to my keys, even though I'm debating whether to attach it to my bag or jacket so I can see it more. I think it's a great idea for a alternative plushie to brighten up your keys! I feel like a proud bat lady.

It feels so good promoting a smaller brand at this time of year that I hundred percent think are a great addition to alternative fashion brands. Why shop on the high street getting items that millions of people will have to, when you could have a unique item that's going to feel so much more personal and possibly custom. You'll never find products filled with so much love than those sold by smaller businesses, so definitely think about where you're purchasing your gifts from this year, it'd mean the world to someone rather than a company.

I even have a little code for you to get yourself 20% off! Just use JESS20 which is perfect for Christmas time don't you think!

Until next time guys,

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I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
& I also have a bunch of things listed on my Depop


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

I want to be buried in these leather trousers. Please. 

Have you ever taken a risky purchase and it totally paid off? Thats how these leather flared trousers came into my life - I saw they were on sale and after a second of taumenting myself I thought 'JUST DO IT' and ordered them despite being unsure whether I could pull them off. I'm a short little bean, so not only do flares scare me but these looked like a length pair and that was just my first impressfions of seeing them online. I have to say I've never felt more confident in my life than I do in these shots, so I definitely think it's time we stop tip toeing around items online we're unsure would look hella bomb and just go for it! 

Confidence is everything, you feel good and it's going to shine right out of you! 

So I just want to say I think I am in love with these trousers because they make me feel so confident! I think they really show off my figure and I look well taller than I actually am. I never jumped on the flare trend because I always asumed with how short I am it just wouldn't look good. I've had to wear the biggest heels I own but I love how extended my legs look, and depsite the material being faux leather they don't clinge to my legs which I always fear. No one wants a rubbing inner thigh!  I love a darker style, even when I was younger I always fancied a man in leather who listened to heavy metal, so despite these being far out of my comfort zone they fit so well into my style of fashion. I really want to embrace my love for alternative fashion more with in the new year so I'm excited to go on the hunt for more items like this. I actually found them on Missguided for only £14!!!! Even if the risk didn't pay off at that price I couldn't not experiment with them, but now I have a love for flares that's getting a little dangerous as I hunt through Depop.

I think the trousers are so fun with corset lace up detailing on the front, which do help to bring in the trousers a little to pinch in your waist.

With the trousers being so bold I wanted to balance out the outfit but still allowing them to be the show stealer, so I found a plain white floaty t-shirt which of course has flared sleeves. Bells sleeves go perfect with the flare trend, this top being far too big for me but in every way gives it more character. I love how the sleeves completely gulf my hands, it's 70's at it's finest! Playing around with era's is the most fun I have with my personal style, the rocker style definitely being a path I want to dive into more here on my blog. You can find gems in the most unlikely of places, I actually found this this flared t-shirt in the H&M sale for only £3! I just feel so good in this outfit and it was so simple to put together, there's always good items in sales so it's worth having a good rummage around.

Sometimes there's so much to say on an outfit but this one is just quite simple, the items being quite staple so I've kept it really basic. Have you found any gems in the sales? I hope you've enjoyed a post more photograph than words. Let me know what kind of other looks you'd love to see!

Until next time guys,

Keep updated with me on social medias:

I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
& I also have a bunch of things listed on my Depop

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