Stepping out of my comfort zone with a vintage Spring dress

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

How epic is this wall mural? If there's one thing I learnt from visiting a super kind and cool human which is Meg over at Mysticmogwia is that she bloody loves a good wall mural and there are so many gorgeous creative ones located around Hull! I may of possibly found my love for the city which  I never thought I'd say, but when you're raised in a tiny village you start to appreciate the little things like just being around people that aren't old or in fact aren't human at all and are sheep. Yep, that's my sort of village. 

Anyway, I wanted to get this post up now rather than later because whilst the dress in action is perfect for summer, I decided to dress it with a cooler temperature in mind! The heat is here in the UK guys and I've shot so much content involving my nice new summer wardrobe, so I'm super excited to be getting back into blogging! It's been a slow burner for me to get my motivation back this year, but from shooting a lot and speaking to other bloggers I feel inspired more than ever with the looks I have ready. If you didn't know already I work with vintage second hand clothing as my day job, I love it! I get to do a lot of things I love like take photographs, edit and most importantly hang out with unique clothing all day and try not to buy anything despite me loving most of it. I have a more alternative sense of style than my work colleagues, but I love how we all have this passion for vintage. With it being summer we're getting a lot of 90's style dresses in and whilst the sizing can be off for me, this one was actually perfect and the light blue floral pattern was to die for! It's slightly out of my comfort zone...but I was excited to experiment with bringing it into my personal style this Spring!

Wearing the dress on it's own is not me at all, I love to layer so I decided to pair with black and go a little grungy for that true 90's style. A trusty long black t-shirt and my creepers we're my instant go to, I instantly felt comfortable to be wearing such a different colour for me! With most vintage items it's going to be slightly oversized and yeah this midi dress is definitely long for me, the top half having a ribbed elasticated looking detail which I love because it's so different. The bottom half isn't pleated so it causes the waist of the dress to be straight down like a shift, which isn't what I'm used to but I just love the colour and pattern. Light blue is also something I come back to when summer hits, it reminds me so much of Miss Honey from Matilda which means this dress is now referred to as my Miss Honey dress!

I'd say from working with vintage clothing it's definitely opened up my eyes to new styles and being a little bolder with what I wear. I love 90's fashion and this gives me giant Friends vibes. 

blue floral dress ~ the vintage scene
black crop top ~ h&m
fish nets ~ primark 
creepers ~ ebay
black faux fur coat ~ new look 

(I think it's safe to say that the fur coat has been put away till winter!)

Until next time guys,


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Giving myself some needed self care

Sunday, 20 May 2018

I actually sat down on my sofa  the other night and finished off a book I'd been meaning to complete...considering I used to read a whole book in a day sometimes really says a lot about that 'I'm to busy all the time' or 'always something else to do' place I've fallen to in my life. I won't lie, I feel like it's been a very long time since I set aside some time dedicated to just me and it's burning my brain out. I miss that comfortable feeling of being tucked up in comfy clothes, settling down to watch something or do something as simple as reading. There's always something on my brain, always a blog post to write, Instagram to check, snapchat to's exhausting so I really wanted to write a little honesty post of how I've actually been feeling lately because it's not good.

This year didn't start out well for me and it was progressively getting worse till a complete of months ago. I felt ok, everything was picking up, work was good, I was really happy with my home (still am) but I've started to have a little lapse and my minds back in a really shit place. I rarely leave my house, I don't see people because of course everyone has busy lives that I can't expect to stop because I need someone. The weathers fantastic but that's all fine and dandy when you're sat in your garden alone drinking gin at 2 in the afternoon because you have no one to go to the pub with. I know that I don't need someone else to use as a crutch for my happiness, but it doesn't help that god awful feeling of being lonely when you're indeed alone. With it being mental health awareness week I really wanted to just have an honest word spill on my blog, pair it with a shoot I was really happy with and felt really good on that day to tell myself to constantly look up.

It can be really hard to give yourself some well needed self care moments when you're a busy bee, I have a lot on my plate and hands in a lot of pots, so getting that deserved time can be hard. Most of the time when I get home from my day job I'm editing, writing up blog posts, drawing and I've never thought about it but that's none stop working from 7am till about 10pm at night. I'm burning myself out, but sometimes when I get home sit down I'm exhausted and it just doesn't feel like unwinding time that I think everyone needs. I miss having those days off where I did nothing, where I just chill at home, don't get dressed and just kind of slob out. Slobbing out stresses me out though because I don't feel comfortable, but it's been a very long time since I just took a day off for myself and it does work against my anxiety. I'm always stressed and worried that I'm not doing enough, I'm not putting myself out there social and then I just feel bad if I say I'm doing nothing on a weekend. Is that stupid? I generally dislike someone at work asking me what I'm doing this weekend because it's been sweet f**k all lately. Dating is a bust, my friends are busy, I have people to talk to online but really I wanna be soaking up the sun in a beer garden and not sat in my room alone watching 13 reasons why trying not to cry about my own problems. 

Sometimes self care can start with having time to yourself but I've had enough time alone, surrounding yourself with people can be the best medicine and it's definitely well over due for me. 

In situations where I need some time to myself or to atleast feel like I'm sorting apart of myself out, I like to have a huge clean where I go through boxes or stuff and access what I have. I love to organise things, so whether it's documents on my laptop to my wardrobe, I also find comfort in just tidying up. I recently went through the spare room and threw away a bunch of stuff I was keeping for no reason - tidy home tidy mind after all. It felt so good but also I found a bunch of stuff that gave me great memories and now it all has a proper home. This sounds so typical but when things get too much in my head or I just feel uncomfortable where I am it's always good to get fresh air and walk. I really appreciate those moments where I pop my headphones in and walk, whether it's to the shop or even in a morning when I'm walking to work! I took myself to the park the other night to shoot some sun down photographs and I just loved it so much, so peaceful and I was completely in my own bubble. 

Something that's always got me through tough times is throwing myself into my own, and despite this being where the stress comes from it's also fun to create content. It's a breather, whether it's creating art which I find so therapeutic I also love to take photographs. I've been picking the camera back up lately and shooting what I see on my travels - I miss doing it! I also picked lots of flowers to press to make some collages, it always used to excite me collecting prints and paper for a good collage. It's finding those things that make you happy and throwing myself into them, so I've decided to atleast put aside time on a weekend to step away from online and do them. I am going to make an effort too to spend more time with people, I remove myself from contact when I feel 'wobbly' in my head and I know Ive been doing it a hell of a lot lately. I just have this lost feeling and currently it's hard to imagine what I'll be doing in the future because I just think of the weeks I have no plans and it worries me.

With the weather being glorious I do think this lifts up my mood! I've been transitioning my wardrobe ready for the sunny months and whilst this outfit isn't exactly bright, I love 90's vibes it brings. This vintage floral maxi dress reminds me so much of something Monica off Friends in the first season would wear, paired with white trainers and probably a white top! I went for black of course just to keep things a little Spring witch, but I love the little highlights of pink and it's surprisingly super breezy to keep me cool. I love to layer even when the weathers warm so I think it's a statement piece you could easily dress up or down. 

I think it's so important to express what's in your head, whether it be just noise or something that's really affecting you. This blog helps me to say my piece and just get things off my chest so I hope you can sort of understand the fog I'm currently in without being in it yourself, I don't wish that upon anyone. 

Until next time guys,

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Tallulahs Threads

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ok so I'm in the cutest checked dress and I'm in a graveyard? I'm definitely living my little goth dreams. I've always wanted to shoot in a cemetery but the idea of going by myself with a tripod just seemed a little weird, so when my ginger sister Meg over @ mysticmogwai said she had one pretty much in her back garden we just had to go take some pictures! I love Meg's style of photography so I thought she'd be perfect to help me capture this checker board dream dress and also join in on how excited I was to be amongst cool carved gravestones. Is that interest of mine a little too dark? I just think graveyards are utterly beautiful especially when they're so well kept my the community, so I hope you guys love these photographs just as much as I do. 

I've been obsessed with Tallulahs Threads on Instagram for so long now so I'm ecstatic to introduce them as a new brand on my blog! I find myself constantly looking at their cute dresses and swim wear especially with the run up to summer. A lot of their dresses are the soft jersey style kind with a print or pattern, but they've taken themselves to the next level with this checker board skater dress*! The style has to be my favourite thing in the world because it can be flattering on literally any body shape, especially with me being a small human it makes me feel like I have a form a curve to my waist. 

Checker board is so on trend right now I feel like I'm living a feminine 90's skater body dream! I'm happy to see that this year that the likes of vans and that edgy style is coming back into mainstream fashion! Yeah it means a lot of people will be fake skaters and 16 year old girls will all have those platform vans trains I so desperately want, but if it means I can pick up clothing I love really easily from reliable shops then I'm all on board. I've had my eyes on a number of pieces online especially from independent stores like Tallulah Threads, smaller businesses being who I tend to follow for more unique items despite if the price point is higher!  

Checker board dress* // Tallulahs Threads . Black high neck top // H&m . Floppy hat // Boohoo . Creepers // Ebay 

If you haven't noticed from most of my fashion posts here on Heartshapedbones I live in the middle of no where and 98% of my photos are taken myself using a tripod, so to actually have help for once was a huge god send! I love shooting with Meg and I feel such warm feelings looking back at these photographs because I love them so much. She's seriously talented! Blogging can sometimes be a one man band so I appreciate it so much when I get to come into contact with like minded people that I love to spend time with. 

Until next time guys,

(DISCLAIMER : Item marked with * was gifted to me for free in exchange for a blog post. All words are my own and the truth)


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