Introducing New Things Into Your Personal Style

30 Aug 2018

This year I've been definitely experimenting a little more with my personal style, expanding out from my go to black options and actually introducing some colour this summer. It's been weird to see myself dressed in a little colour, but I've come to terms with not sticking myself in a box when it comes to clothing and shaking any labels I might want for myself. I love alternative clothing and looking the part don't get me wrong, I'm still the black haired little elf with spooky tattoos...I just want to also feel like a cute colourful summer baby sometimes too! 

It's the last few days of summer so I almost want this post to be a little 'see ya!', sharing with you guys one of my favourite looks I put together whilst frolicking around in the heat we had for months. 

I love yellow. It's become my new obsession and definitely a trend I'm taking into fall with me. With bright colours I never really know what to pair with them and that's what makes me apprehensively running back to black clothing. Not only am I experimenting with colour but any form of sports wear clothing is different for me. I've never been one to get into sports luxe or even the popper trackies trend, but one fun thing to come from working is brands is being able to expand from your normal and try new things you might not without that opportunity!

Headlock vintage a second hand clothing boutique got in touch to style some of their pieces and I took this as the right time to get out of my comfort zone. T-shirts are an easy go to so I went for this yellow Puma t-shirt*  , super comfortable and I already had a number of ideas on how to style it for different occasions. 
I think that's the worry I have with sports wear or items more on the casual side - I never know how to style them so I just stir away and go for alternative pieces. However, looking at this Puma t-shirt* I thought I could easily dress it girly with a floral skirt, under a dress, casual with some culottes or even wear it for when I do yoga because I love t-shirt with a bit of room. To match the occasion of beautiful weather I decided to pair the t-shirt with a sunflower print skirt and go full out yellow, stepping over my fears and putting alot of colour into my outfit. 

PUMA YELLOW T-SHIRT ~ Headlock Vintage // SUNFLOWER SKIRT ~ Depop // BAG ~ Primark // SLIDER SANDALS ~ H&M  

I love sunflowers so I'm surprised I've not shared this skirt with you guys sooner - it's a little high waist skater style, but the yellow matches perfectly with the t-shirt and brought alot of detail to a simple outfit. I think one way of introducing new items into your wardrobe is pairing them with either something you're super comfortable in, or treating yourself to an out there/exciting outfit with interesting detail. If I feel washed out I'm not going to like the new item I've purchased, but feeling super confident will get me wearing it over and over. I know confidence isn't something we all have or is achieved easily, but I felt so good about myself this day of shooting this outfit that I felt so comfortable in sports wear for the first time ever. 

Until next time guys,
(DISCLAIMER: Items marked with * we're sent to me for free in exchange for a blog post. All words and opinions are my own)

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My Goals & Plans for AW18

26 Aug 2018

Theres a cold breeze outside and the trees are already starting to turn, can anyone scream fall season louder and more excited than me? Whether you're a returning reader or a newbie to Heartshapedbones it goes without saying I am a big lover of Autumn and everything that comes with this period of time. Halloween is my thing, I am the Halloween witch queen and I generally feel so excited for the content I have planned and want to make this season. 

It feels like I've been stuck in a little rut as of late and I'm finally breaking out! On trying to pin point where I've been failing I really do think it's because summer just isn't my time when it comes to dressing myself. This year I've not really gone on any summer trips, theres been no holidays on my agenda and I've just been a sweating, working mess instead of a fabulous put together fashion blogger. I get no warm feelings about summer and yeah I do love not having to wear tights...but it doesn't feel me with uncontrollable excitement like fall does. I'm looking outside of my window right now and even though it's sunny and we're still in August, I can just tell theres a change in the air. I can tell it's cooler and dressing gowns are being dug out from everyones winter wardrobe. 

At the beginning of this year I over looked goals and plans I wanted to achieve and overtime I see someone online saying 'yay just ticked off one of my goals/plans for 2018 woo!' I'm always reminded that crap, yeah I completely forget to set myself any. I wasn't in a good place what so ever at the beginning of the year, so now that I'm back to feeling myself completely I wanted to dedicate a little post to the rest of my year.

Psychical plans:

- I really want to return to York. One of my favourite things about this season was always living in the city. I loved walking the walls, browsing the little pop up stalls that would appear in the square and the start of Autumn decor coming through into home sense/tk maxx, etc. Even if it's just for the day on a weekend I really want to re visit my last home and just get a little nostalgia. 

- I really want to throw a Halloween party!  Last year I spent Halloween learning to snowboard which is completely not what the night is about. I say this every year but I have such a good time building up to the date but then I actually do nothing for it. So this year I really want to throw a Halloween party amongst my friends, I'm definitely the more spookier one of the lot. 

- Pumpkin patch! I LOVED visiting a pumpkin patch for the very first time last year and I want to do it again. I've been making little plans here and there with a special human so hopefully it'll be super cute and I can get myself lots of cute/weirdly shaped pumpkins to decorate the house with. 

- With moving from York last year I didn't actually get to go to a winter market and it just threw my life into chaos. I love going to winter markets! It's cold but it's busy, everyones happy browsing little stalls for ideas on Christmas and I love the food stalls. A mulled cider & brownies are my go to stalls! 

- This is going to sound strange but I actually love going to seaside towns out of season. It's always overly busy in summer so I love to go to places like Whitby in autumn. Everything's crisp, the seas a little more wild and eating take away sat outside a fish & chip shop warms you up rather than makes you sweat like it does in summer.

- Another thing that threw my winter into chaos last year was I didn't go to spoons and get a mulled cider! With working there for years when I lived in the city I would always go over board on drinking mulled cider, so this year I want to try my hand at making some! 

- This is the first year I'll be spending autumn in my new home, so I'm excited to get to decorate it how I want for both Halloween and Christmas! My house mate is very laid back and lets me kinda go to town with my home decor, so it'll be fun to go all out like never before. 

- This is planning very into the future but to feel like a top adult I really want to throw my own Christmas dinner with friends. Even if it's weeks before the actually big day, I really would like to have everyone I love under one roof and be a host for the first time ever. 

Online goals:

SO, as an influencer online of course I have some personal goals I'd love to reach. I never really set myself any this year and I just wanted to see how all my platforms grew, but I think doing this has allowed me to just stop trying. I don't monitor my progress on anything and it means I can't ever see how my journeys going, so I thought it'd be a good thing to finally set myself some for the rest of the year!

I just actually hit 7k on Instagram which has felt like it's been coming for FOREVER! I honestly think with how messed up Instagram has become to grow your profile it's taken me nearly two years to get to 7k from being at 6k, but finally it's given me a brighter outlook that I'm actually growing again! People like my content and it's so encouraging to know what you guys like, so I plan to do a lot more styling videos and be very fashion based with a little artwork here and there. I really would love to hit 8k on Instagram by the end of the year, aswell as hitting the next big number on all my platforms like youtube, etc. 

I'm finally getting my mojo back it feels so I really want to start posting three times a week again on my blog and twice on my youtube! 

Personal goals

- saved some money
- small trip somewhere (even if its to a seaside town or cabin in the UK)
- more time for my business (witchcrafts)
- work more on my tattoos sleeve to complete it early next year 
- thrift more
- drink alcohol less
- fitness
- yoga
- read more
- flatly the hell out of AW18
- Christmas range on my art store 
- one new print a week atleast 

I don't know why I didn't think to set myself any goals this year but it feels good to have atleast a list now that I can work towards! If there is any style of content you'd like to see on my blog then please don't hesitate to leave a little comment below!


Until next time guys,

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What I've learnt from running my own business

5 Aug 2018

I started selling my own artwork when I was at university, so after 5 years of building my own business I'd say I've definitely learnt a lot whilst at the same time still experimenting with how to be my own boss! I read a great post by Emma Inks recently on things she wishes she'd known before starting her business and I couldn't of agreed enough - selling products online isn't just as black and white as it sounds. You need many skills to not only set up your business and networking is hugely key, so unfortunately the illusion of creating art all day and making lots of money as you're doing it might be just that for a long time.

I really want to share more about myself as an artist and my own business here on Heartshapedbones so hopefully for other fellow artists wanting to set up their own store this will be helpful! 

you can't just slap art on internet and say 'buy it pls'
Back in the day I would take a photograph of the art print I drew on my bed, put it onto bigcartel and then be really sad when it didn't get tones of people buying it instantly. It's never been that simple, unless you have thousands of followers and you've become a big internet sensation in the online art world. I've found the more effort into selling a piece of art the more genuine interaction it gets, this means from product shots, the quality of the actual photograph and then the networking that follows. You'll spend most of your time  networking whether it be with customers, potential clients, other artists or just making your business known on the internet. never feel like you're 'spamming' too much because with how apps like Instagram and twitter filter what you see, not everyone is seeing your posts.

admin work is just as important 
This applies to running of a blog too, sometimes those days of sitting on your laptop and organising yourself is just as important as they days where you're creating the content. I find hard to make time for the writing side of my blog, but I always feel 10 times better once I've written the posts, answered the emails and done the little bits to my websites that you guys see. When I worked for myself last year I'd spend organised hours doing certain things and the first thing I'd do in a morning was to answer all my emails and do some general admin things like refresh stock, plan how my day would go and also schedule what to share on social medias. 

losing inspiration can mean losing business 
It's so important to be putting out new products but without fueling out prints that have zero passion to them. I find myself in funks sometimes where I feel like I never draw thing for myself anymore, purely because I have to see things as potential products. It does add pressure - but it also means if I stop creating the art I see a drop in my store. Obviously it's so hard to just make yourself have inspiration but I aim to atleast have a new print up every week. 

treat it like a job with planned hours
For the brief months last summer when I worked from home for myself I found the best way to organise myself was to have a spreadsheet that determined what I did every day! It made it more apparent that it was a job, I knew when I could be networking, organising, making art, packaging up prints and also when to have a dinner break. 

you have to do the jobs you really hate
It's just one of those things you have to do, if you ever feel like it's one of those days where you just don't want to talk to people, well tough your business is a reflection of yourself - get up, answer the emails, fix your problems and venture on. Working with clients has always been a part of the job I hate, you can work for people who don't really know what they want and make things ten times harder than things have to be. I love getting commission work and they can be the funniest part of my job, but at the same time working to a deadline for someone can be overly stressful especially if you don't mix well as two creatives. 

its lonely
I recently mentioned in a blog post how lonely being a blogger can get especially as I don't live in the city. Well, the same goes when you're running a business alone! I've currently been working with a few other people and it's felt amazing to interact with other creatives because half of the time I'm sat on my sofa with my headphones in having a little draw. Working on my laptop takes away my attention to other things and whilst I would love to be in the pub catching the sun, I need to be selling myself as a business because you need to put in the effort to reap any rewards. 

you need funds in place before doing anything
I wish I had known this when I was first starting out, but you definitely need a little money in your business first before you start doing anything. Building a site whether you do it yourself or get someone else to do does require a little money to get the best results. Paper, printer, if you're making t-shirts, even if its just a little I recommend saving first before you think to start selling things. 

Until next time guys,

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