Dark Alternative Fashion Is My Comfy Go To

Sunday, 19 November 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

How to use your blog to get yourself a career

Friday, 17 November 2017

A couple of months ago I landed my dream job and it was actually all thanks to my blog! I managed to turn my 'fun fact' that I mention in interviews briefly into an entire reason as to why I got employed and it feels immense because I've put so much hard work into Heartshapedbones. It makes me so happy that my place here on the internet has benefited me in getting a career, but I see it more as it's a building stone which is apart of me, working in cosync with the career I'm creating for myself! I hope that makes sense. I work online for a vintage clothing brand, but I also work on their social media - so 98% of my job is built up of skills I've actually taught myself through blogging or having my own business. It's the first time I've ever felt comfortable going for an online position and actually thinking I have a chance here with my experience (unlike if I wanted to go into banking, jobs like that etc) so I thought it could be quite helpful for y'all bloggers if I put my experience into a blog post to help you use your blog to get yourself a career.  More than half of us are bloggers also working a full time/part time job, so I think it's amazing that if blogging is a huge passion of yours, why not use it as a tool to get yourself a job more in the online field. 

When I was in my third year of university we under took some classes on how to find a career in the art world and we created ourselves a CV which was more creative than our basic CVS for like retail jobs, etc, so I did the same with my online experience. After working for a big retailer I decided that I was done with work I didn't love, so I used my blog and the skills I gained and put them into my CV. I have my own art print business so I also wrote this into my CV, relevant information going into my work experience, etc but where I think you can really let your blog shine is in your personal section and skill set.

To edit your blog into a CV I'd briefly mention it in your introduction, but focusing mainly on getting across everything you have learnt from that. Yeah an employee might take a look on your blog, but it's not about getting your blog views up. You want to briefly mention what you do on your blog then go straight into what it's done for you, those skills and the experience you've gained can really help an employer see what you're capable of.

I always involve a key skills section in my CVs and personally my blog has given me so many, here's a few that you could involve:
  • experience in editing software's: photoshop, lightroom, video editing software, etc
  • admin skills - emails, how to run a website
  • working with clients - if you've worked with brands this is good for communication
  • networking - also comes from working with brands
  • creativity
  • website management
  • organisation
You can even mention in there the management of social media skills, in todays online age a lot of companies (more likely independent) will find this a benefit to have someone with communication skills on their team. Of course include any other relevant skills you have already outside of blogging, but with how much you can learn from being a blogger I think you'll have a strong skills set list.

My own employer found it not only interesting that I ran my own blog and art store but it pretty much got me the job because it displayed my skill set in action. Yourr blog could really help you get your dream job if in the relevant field, so why not pop it on your CV as work experience.

I hope this blog post was helpful in some way, not all of us can be a full time blogger so at least let your passions help you get a job you can love!

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

Wearing Florals In Winter

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Ok so the weather is getting so chilly but instead of doing the obvious post sharing how I'm layering up, I wanted to do something a little more refreshing and get my girly grungy on! Floral dresses are something I think can fit into anyones personal style, whether you're that barbie girl or the ultra goth. Depending on what colour or shape you go for, theres so many ways you can style a floral dress which is probably why they're one of my easy go to's for all seasons. 

Personally I love to grunge up or goth out a floral dress, so when I saw this gorgeous 90's style red number I thought of so many ways I could make it more alternative. Straight off the bat I love how the sleeves are a little puffer than what you'd find on the high street, with a little tie bow on the back to either give you shape if you want it or like me I've just left it hanging loose. It almost looks like a collarless shirt dress with the button down feature on the front, making it quite the unique item.  

Now that winter is right around the corner I've found myself rarely reaching for a dress, which is unlike me as I normally rebel against the cold weather right up until there's snow on the ground and I have to wear something more practical. But this year I've definitely found my love in culottes and loose fitting trousers, definitely unheard of. I felt a little disconnected as I put the dress on - like I didn't know how to style it at all, so I went in a very basic direction. I find with a bold dress, even if it's a subtle feminine one like this, less is always more because the dress is going to be the show stealer anyway. I voted against wearing a belt or even a jacket, just some basic black accessories like tights and some stompy boots. A lace chocker to bring it back to the 90's vibe I love to create.

I found these shoes on Depop (I can't rave enough about the bargains I've been finding) but they're the comfiest boots I've worn in a very long time. Despite them having quite the platform they're so comfortable for long walks. I think this is a really easy outfit to put together so I don't have much else to add, I'm really loving the fit of vintage items so if you're looking for an item that's a little more unique check out the boutiques on Asos.

Floral Dress ~ The Vintage Scene . Chunky Boots ~ Topshop . Choker ~ My store (Witch Crafts) . Black Wig ~ Amazon .

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

Viking Arty Party Bloggers Craft Event #Vikingartyparty, Leeds

Sunday, 12 November 2017

This could be an unpopular opinion, but I am FRIGGIN MERRY FRILLED to be celebrating Christmas early and it's all thanks to Viking who kindly invited me to their crafty #vikingartyparty event! It was held in Leeds a city I love, so even though I didn't have a Christmas jumper on hand I found something red and got ready for a super festive crafting session which I definitely needed.

I warn you now, there are so many photographs in this post but who doesn't love a good event stalk! Viking really went all out, mulled wine, Christmasy style sandwiches, nibbles and then a giant Christmas tree in the corner with a bunch of presents next to it piled high. It definitely got me excited for the winter season despite it being October, but for the sake of not doing things too early I thought I'd wait till at least November to share this post with you guys!

Even though I crafted for my own business it was amazing to spend the day learning three new crafts; calligraphy, block print painting and advent calendar making! Everything was super fun and all the supplies from pens to paper we're from Viking and we got to take home everything we made. First up I tried my hand at some calligraphy, which was so much harder than I originally thought but we had an awesome tutor who walked us every step of the way! We got our very own ink pens and endless sheets of paper to experiment with, following the letters that we're examples and learning how to use the pens nib to our advantage! I loved it, my Christmas card sucked but I managed to do my name and I've never been so proud of myself. There was a bunch of different pens to try out and we we're taught so many techniques on how to really handle a brush pen. Since then I've been constantly trying them out at home to create my own text! I've even been using some of the pens we we're given to create illustrations and I just love how easy the  flow of the pen is to create different thickness of lines.

Next up we had a little go at block painting, which at first I thought was a way to create art prints but it was so much more fun! We started with our very own file holder which is of course from Viking; we did a little DIY to pop them together and got to work at creating our own stamps! The world was literally out oyster along as it was able to fit into a small square shape. I did something a little abstract with plans to add more at home, cutting out a lot of triangle shames and them stamping them in different directions on my file. I then later drew a floral pattern with a sharpie when I got home! I love how handy Viking made these craft tutorials, I now have a file that I use pretty much every day for my blogging needs.

Last but not least (I was so SO excited for this) we learnt how to make our very own advent calendars! Unlike the conventional black board calendars we create them out of crackers, learning how to make each one and them getting to work making as many as we can! Again Viking supplied all the things we need and we we're able to take so much home to complete more in our own time! I love how DIY/crafty this event was and I definitely have gotten so inspired for my Christmas this year. Everything from bunting to wall decor is going to be crafted by myself and I'm definitely making my very own advent calendar to hang across my fire place. 

Despite me being a bag of nerves upon arrival I enjoyed myself so much! I loved how excited everyone was and how fun each crafting exercise was! The ladies hosting and also teaching each craft we're super lovely and it's definitely got me so pupped up to get Christmas started. I start to buy everyone gifts in November so I feel like Christmas has already started for me, I'm itching to get the decor up as this event was so festive I wanted to take it home with me.

Thank you so much all of the team over at Viking (so many thankyous for the amazing present you gave each of us!) I feel super organised with all my stationary to get crafting. 

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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