Not sticking to your blogs 'niche'

26 Nov 2017

Whilst I love that my blog has an over all style, sometimes I absolutely hate boxing myself in to only derss one way purely for the reason of wanting to be put into one catogry of blogging. Stupid right? I know it is, I love that my style of fashion is some what alternative but really I just wear whatever I feel like throwing on that day. I never have a plan unless I'm being super organised for blog posts or it's a brand collaboration, in the real world I just throw on what I fancy in the morning and a lot of the time I just want to be hella comfy whilst I go to work.

I see both sides to having a niche, in the online realm as blogger it's pretty helpful because then your audience knows exactly what they can get from reading your blog. Your niche is your style, it's a natural thing - alternative fashion is my niche as it's what I love and what I'm best at, but at the same time I've started to see a niche as a way to put yourself in a box. When I was just starting out blogging and getting into youtube I saw a lot of others always suggesting to create your 'niche' as a way to build your blog - create your niche and show your audience what you're exactly offering. I found it incredibly hard to pin point what I was about, through just being myself and seeing where my blog would grow I found that my love for a darker fashion really defined what I wanted to convey. I love dressing different, I love feeling unique in clothing that isn't on the high street, but then I come to my second point where sometimes I do buy items from the high street, on trend pieces and that's also fine.

Over the course of 2017 I've been experimenting with the fashion I've been wearing, sometimes pushing the boat out away from just wearing black and then on the other end embodying my goth queen Morticia. It's never a set style with me and that's what I love about my personal style, I love to style different pieces of clothing and that leads me to think 'to hell with a niche'.

With the cold weather setting in I want nothing more than to keep my clothing comfortable, and I've found it quite hard to swap out my dresses and skirts for other alternatives. I've never been much of a trouser person until this year and thank god because I'd of definitely struggled with my job if I was obsessed with wearing A-line skirts still. I work in an office and have quite a walk from the train station, so I've had to adapt my style pretty quickly! It's hard to keep fashionable and comfy at the same time, but I've learnt that with the items I've been styling I can feel so comfortable but feel like I'm rocking it all at the same time!

Culottes are my easy go to this winter and as a short person I can get away with them covering most of my legs! Tight jeans aren't my thing and I'm finding it really hard to find a  good pair of mom jeans, so I hunted on the depths of Depop and found a couple of pairs that pretty much will go with everything in my wardrobe! Two of my favourite things, black and polkda dots - these high waist culottes are by far the most comfortable bottoms I own at the moment. They've been just an easy throw on to go to work in, but then I also feel comfortable enough to then say go out for a drink after work on a Friday at a short notice! A statement pair of trousers always makes me feel more purposely dressed then I actually am, and these definitely give me the confidence to not feel like a total not properly put together tired mess everyday.

I'm going to assume that you haven't been living under a rock and that you've seen the latest season of Stranger things or atleast know about the series, because I LOVED IT. I sponged watched the second season in a night and morning and bloody loved every second, it's by far my favourite out of the two seasons! I was totally on board for the series when the first season came out, but now I find myself completely obsessed talking to anyone I can about it. I saw a lot of people sharing some of the amazing merchandise that people have been coming out with and I thought I would indulge, finding two cheap t-shirts on Amazon and this one is definitely very different than the t-shirts I would usually go for!

I've never really had a ringer t-shirt but I thought why not, I chose the white option with red because it definitely brings a vintage style to this outfit. I really want to bring in more periods like the 70's, 60's or 90's to my outfits and I thought this t-shirt would help me do so, especially when I'm styling it very casually. I've been wearing easy t-shirts with these culottes, throwing it together with a pair of my white converse to balance out the outfit! Even when I am dressing casually I do think things through and this is definitely a complete different style of fashion that I normally share on my blog.

That's the thing, I'm tired of feeling a little worried about not sticking to one set style. I love alternative fashion and I would call myself an alternative fashion blogger, but this outfit is pretty safe and definitely not what I would call edgy in the slightest. But so what! I love many styles of fashion and the 60's/70's wagon is one I am fully getting on board with. I added my sheepskin bargain coat I found in Primark for only £25! I think whilst bloggers say a niche is good it's also ok to just do what you want. Dress how you want, try new styles, just be you and the confidence will shine out of you!

I feel like I put a lot of pressure on myself an the looks I share on Heartshapedbones, but I think in the new year I'm going to focus on experimenting a lot with what I wear, especially now I'm diving into vintage items a lot! Let me know what you think.

Until next time,

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

Discovering new cosmetic brands when on a budget! BarryM

24 Nov 2017

I can never go into stores like Superdrug and only buy what I need to, I always have to browse and come out with a big bag rather than just a top up on my foundation. Even though my bank balance might be screaming as I pop products left right and centre into my basket, one thing I love about Superdrug is there are always items at amazing prices that I've never even hard of. I wouldn't say I blog much about beauty, its the rare product review here and there - so I definitely am not clued up with all the on trend beauty items or whats currently popular on the selves. I go to top up on my foundation at least once a month and this is when I get the browsey makeup eye as I like to call it. 

I have a lot of things happening as we get closer to the end of the year so I'm definitely in saving mode, which means yeah I'm not splurging on the expensive stuff but if I see a brand which is super good value for money I'll definitely try it. I was feeling a little hopeless as nothing exciting had caught my eye as I browsed, but when I saw these metallic lip kits from a brand called BarryM for less than a tenner I had to give them a try. 

BarryM's brand name is definitely familiar to me but I can't put my finger on where I've heard it - but I'll definitely be singing it's praises because by god the quality looks amazing and the prices are so affordable. When it comes to trying a new brand I always go for some sort of lip product, a face product and normally an eye shadow palette but the jury is still drawn on that one! I like something nude or matte but everything on the BarryM counter was shimmery which was unfortunate (online they have so much more). I didn't even know that the lip products were actually lip KITS, I just saw the words metallic and picked up two to try with also a matte to try out something more to what I'm used to. This brand definitely came at a good time because I'm trying to save money, so it's a pleasant surprise that I can still experiment with something new and not break the bank. 

matte me up liquid lipstick kits - metallic & matte
These lip kits have to be the greatest value for money I've ever seen, at only £6.99 you can get yourself either just the plain matte formular or these metalic shades which are so pigmented! I always asume that if you want good quality you have to fork out an arm and leg in the beauty market, but this brand is my new life saver. The pencils are so creamy and even the metalics have a pencil shade similiar to the liquid lip. Once applying the lip pencil the metalics literally look like you're putting that colour over the top with a shimmer - which I think is a great attention to detail from a brand especially when they're offering a cheap product. The formula for the actual liquid lipstick is so pigmented and with me going for darker shades I would of expected streakiness but there isn't any. I dip twice to do both my lower and upper lip, the lipstick then drying immediately and still stays perfect even when I'm eating. I'm a big lip toucher but nothing comes off onto my fingers - but also doesn't stain my lips when it comes to taking it off. 
The matte liquid lip formular is a little drying but to be fair I am testing these out in the season where I suffer most from dry skin/lips!

lip scrub - marshmallow flavour and free?!!
Apparently if you purchase from BarryM in Superdrug (I don't know if this is limited in any way like to price of purchase) you get a free lip scrub?! Between two flavours strawberry and marshmallow I was overwhelmed and so intrigued in both because HELLO FREE LIPSCRUB? I forget how much I love a good lipscrub so I went for the latter, the taste literally does taste like Marshmellows. As any lipscrub it works well, rough against my lips and solves the problem of dried/broken skin which is perfect for this time of year. 

mist & fix matte finish setting spray 
Last but not least I thought I would go for a matte finishing spray, purely because it was dead cheap but also because I've been wanting to try one but just don't know where to start. If you have any cheap suggestions please throw them my way! Anyway, I never really got the point of a finishing spray until I used this and now every morning I'm spraying my face before I head out of the door. Especially in the wind it just keeps all your makeup where it should be. It doesn't wear away through out the day and I can feel the effects working straight away as a 'matte finish' feels a little tight on my skin but just how say a moisturiser would. So far so good with this!

I feel a little silly never hearing about BarryM before as the team at work told meit was definitely a brand everyone knows, but I'm happy to have found super awesome products for cheap! I'm going to be trying some of their eyeshadow palettes too now that I'm totally won over from these products.

Until next time guys,

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

A year on from Graduating University

21 Nov 2017

I rarely go on Facebook, but one feature I do find interest is the 'on this day' where you can see past posts and photographs of what you were doing on that day throughout the years you've had Facebook. I find it funny to see past posts from 2010 where young me posted sentences full of slang, jokes between my friends and I or talking about films I really loved to watch. It's cringy sometimes but it's also amazing to remember those moments again, so when I saw that it was a year ago since I graduated university I was a little stunned! I hadn't been keeping track at all, but by god I think a lot has happened in the space of me leaving university.

Sometimes I think back to my time living as a student and I do miss it. Now that I no longer live in the city I studied in I do miss it a lot, I didn't really think I'd ever live again in Doncaster but here I am, with a nice house, a fiancĂ©e and life is actually really great. I found myself growing up a lot when I headed off to university and in the space of three years whilst studying I grew into the person I am now. I got a full time job I loved, opened my own art store, fell more and more in love with blogging and I met my future husband! Almost like stepping stones I've seen myself reach a higher point in my life and since graduating I've reached another, so after seeing the photos of me in my universities gown last year, I really wanted to do a post just addressing university and what I've been doing since.

I actually loved third year of university. I loved writing my dissertation which I actually got a 1st for! With creative subjects (I have a degree in fine art, don't all rush to applaud, I'm a Batchelor of Arts I'll have you know) your dissertation is only a small percentage of your overall degree and your coursework/subjects, final exhibition counts for a lot more - so even though I got a first for my dissertation I came out with an overall 2:1 which I am still so proud of! Not even half a mark off a first and they couldn't find that 0.30 point of a mark...I'm still sour. Anyway, I loved writing my dissertation, loved putting together an exhibition and I found a love for feminist artwork along with using textiles and stitchwork as a form of artwork! I actually studied the woman's art movement as part of my dissertation and from that dived into medias of work certain artists we're famous for. I really want to upload my dissertation somewhere so people can take a read because I am so proud of myself and my writing, so let me know if you'd love to read that.

I get asked occasionally about my time at university but never about what I actually did, people just assume it was a lot of art theory but we we're constantly in workshops and in our studios putting together our semester projects. In third year it all went towards our final exhibition relating to our dissertation, I mixed my research into sexuality, sex and gender with material artwork and created some of the most crude but hilarious art pieces looking at my subject. My exhibition was a collection of photographs of my 'sculptures' where I had created very large sewn genitals and other body parts and shot them with models, dolls which displayed typical women taboos like periods, leg hair and then two books full of my art work along with a zine. My main focus was not only getting across messages that we're present in the woman's art movement but also creating humour.

It was seriously a lot of hard work but worth it in the end, I graduated a couple of months after actually leaving university and we did it in the cathedral in York! From then on I guess I just became an adult, I trained to be a manager for a retail company, created my own online business which lead me to working full time for myself, got a house, got engaged, as well getting two little furry friends to add to our family. Adulting right.

I have that weird feeling of time not passing at all but at the same time feeling like it was a life time ago. I feel the same way about living in York too, Joel and I made so many amazing memories and we packed them all up in the boxes we used to move away and start another chapter of our lives. Since graduating last year it was full go a head all at once, we moved, I started a new job, took some risky moves and now found a career I absolutely LOVE. We set ourselves up and now we're in a really comfortable period of our lives and I'm so happy everything came together rather than me having to go back home which a lot of students do. I couldn't think of anything worse, so I'm definitely thankful to myself for working hard and giving myself the life I want.

I loved university but I love the life I've started to build for myself with Joel. It's crazy how much things can change in the space of a year and I'm excited to see what more I can achieve in another! I wonder what friends I made at university are doing now, it was such a great day to graduate with some of my favourite people and it's a great memory I have when I think of York!

Are you at university? Just graduated? What's your favourite memory of university?

I do want to do more posts on experiences I have or advice I can give, so if you want to see any more posts on my university experience just let me know!

Other posts you can check out are: Why university wasn't for me, What I learnt in my third year and moving away to uni!

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

Dark Alternative Fashion Is My Comfy Go To

19 Nov 2017

I am seriously in my element in this shoot because not only am I knee deep in leaves but I'm rocking the most comfortable outfit and of course it's black. Black has always been my comfortable go to and if I'm honest it was how I got into alternative fashion when I was a young teen and had no pennies. It was so easy to throw on a pair of black skinnies and a black vest top, rock it with some converse and have a rockin' outfit with my firey red hair (yes I wanted to be Hayley Williams so bad) but for me wearing black has always just been an easy thing. If I don't know what to wear I go straight for black, want to look smart = black. Black is always the answer for me, even if I'm trying something new out, if it's black or has a black option I'm always going to feel much more comfortable about the item than if it was a brighter shade. For me this outfit right here is everything I'm about, it's black, comfy, a little edgy and looks a lot more than what it is. No effort went into this outfit but I'd feel comfortable enough to rock it out into town for a couple drinks or even just going round to my mums for a cup of tea. It's diverse.

Two of these items we're actually hunted on Depop, my favourite app for finding clothes since I'm seriously on a budget with me saving up for a holiday and wedding. It's such a good idea to find cheaper items if you don't mind them being pre worn, but in my eyes I feel so much better almost upcycling clothes to a new home then adding fuel to fast fashion companies. It's a subject I've been looking more and more into this year and I definitely want to decrease my spending from companies who aren't doing our environment any good, so Depop is fantastic to give clothes a second life.

The two items I bought we're some stompy thick platform heel boots originally from Topshop & this striped knit cropped jumper originally from Missguided. Both brands I would never usually shop with, but I love these items so much and they've barely been worn by their pre owners. I've never worn such comfortable platformed shoes before, you can barely tell that they have a heel as the platforms quite balanced. As for the jumper, I know it's not the most practical item for winter but whilst being really comfortable it also is super thick. The arms are quite long so I can burry my hands away from the cold and the fit really suits my body type in my opinion. I love anything that gives me a little shape, so with being cropped it means I can wear high waist trousers/jeans and show that I do actually have a little curve to me. 

I decided to pair my two new items with some trusty faithfuls, my black Mom jeans as I always steer towards high waist denim and my black faux fur coat that I bought nearly four years ago. When I headed off to university I wanted a proper big winter coat that was also really stylish, so whilst browsing on the high streets (York is gorgeous for shopping) I actually found it in New Look for only £60! Bargain. I've had it four years, can't recall how many times it's been washed but it's in super good condition still. The fur is still soft and I wear this coat every winter without fail. Even though I recently bought a white sheep coat I'm still reaching for this black faux fur one because it can't do me no wrong. So whilst dressing in my go to comfort colour, I also picked my favourite items to pair something new with. Thats how I prefer to introduce any new item to my wardrobe, by wearing it with something that can't do me no wrong. 

I still feel very in the realm of October as theres still orange leaves on the ground, the cold air is replaced some days with gorgeous sunshine, but the nights are earlier and I can tell one morning we're just going to wake up and it'll be full on winter. November always a weird month because I get so excited preparing for Christmas whilst still wanting to keep the autumn dream alive. 

I'm so happy to not be spending as much money as I normally would now that I keep returning to Depop, do you have any tips for me to spend little whilst I'm saving? 

Until next time,

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