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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS.

The day after my 26th birthday I got my first tattoos. Plural.

Because: Why not?!

(Well, I was massively hungover from my birthday celebrations, so that would've been reason enough to avoid it but...sensible is my middle name).

And hungover or not, it was happening.

I decided at the beginning of the year that I'd do a lot of things in 2015 and getting a tattoo was one of them.

I'd never wanted one before - I'd always said I'd have to be so sure on what I wanted, and there was just nothing I felt strongly enough about to go ahead with.

And then, 2014 was one of the crappiest years I've been through, but there was one particular quote, that kept me going:
GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS! The first look at my new tattoos done at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester.
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And when I read that, I knew I needed it to stay with me, in a permanent way. As cheesy as it sounds, I wanted it as a constant reminder.

As a tattoo.

Having the entire quote would've taken up too much space on my body, I wanted something simple, delicate - so I decided on an arrow. The message would be clear to me, and that's all that would matter.

The second, is a jigsaw piece and it comes from my friendship group at home. All of the girls have a jigsaw piece somewhere on their body - to show how we'll always slot together in some lovely (but absolutely mental) way. They were a huge part of bringing me back up from a very low point in my life and I wanted to join the tribe to show how grateful I am for their presence in my life.

I asked Charly, my best friend and Jamie, my boyfriend (oh, well that feels weird to write on here!) to  come with me. It certainly wasn't something I would be able to do on my own - I am the definition of wimp. Deciding on a tattoo artist was a pretty big part of the process, too. I didn't want just anyone doing it - it needed to be someone I knew I could trust to do a good job.

Alex Candela is a tattoo artist at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester City Centre. He's also Jamie's friend and designed the most badass piece on his arm - once Jamie suggested me going to Alex, it just made sense. I already knew that his work was amazing and bringing Jamie along with me meant I'd feel far more comfortable with the whole process, too.

Hours before, waves of hard hitting anxiety washed over me and I was sure at any moment I would throw up, physically crap myself, or something equally dramatic. When I arrived at the shop it was no different and I think Alex could see the panic written across my face. But he was certainly the right pick!
I couldn't have asked for a calmer, more understanding person. Alex is covered head to toe in tattoos, yet hates getting them done himself, so he totally appreciated my 'first time' fears!

He very kindly offered to have a go with the tattoo gun on my back without any ink in it - so that I could feel the sensation of how the process would feel, without committing to actually having it done.
I was so grateful, because even though I was so certain about what I wanted, I wasn't sure I would be able to cope with the pain. So getting to feel it before there was anything permanent on my skin, really helped.
GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS! The first look at my new tattoos done at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester.
GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS! The first look at my new tattoos done at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester.
GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS! The first look at my new tattoos done at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester.
Deciding on positioning was easy. I knew from the off that I wanted the arrow in-between my shoulder blades and the jigsaw piece somewhere on my wrist.

We started with my back and funnily enough, it didn't hurt. Being right on my spine I was convinced that I would be crying like a baby with the pain - but it just felt, well, a bit irritating and uncomfortable to be honest, and my face was constantly scrunched up to match the tension in my body. People are right when they say you can't quite explain the sensation and that everyone experiences it differently. What's painful for me, might not be for you and vice versa.

My wrist however, hurt like a bitch. I didn't look at it once and my hand was so sweaty that I had to put a piece of tissue in-between mine and Charly's hand to soak up the sweat...attractive, I know. I can't really explain the pain, it just didn't feel good. 

Here are a few snaps of the process...
GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS! The first look at my new tattoos done at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester.
GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS! The first look at my new tattoos done at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester.
GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS! The first look at my new tattoos done at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester.
GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS! The first look at my new tattoos done at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester.
GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS! The first look at my new tattoos done at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester.
GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS! The first look at my new jigsaw piece tattoo done at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester.
I went for simplicity with the design on my wrist and just had the outline of the jigsaw piece - but I wanted a little more detail on my arrow, so I asked Alex to put some light purple shading through the feathers. What do you think?

I've popped a few snaps below of the tattoos a few weeks after I got them done too, so you can see them more clearly now they're on the mend:
GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS! The first look at my new tattoos done at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester.
GETTING MY FIRST TATTOOS! The first look at my new jigsaw piece tattoo done at Black Market Tattoos in Leicester.
I'm head over heels in love with both of them. From the positioning, to the style, to the size and the colours - they are both just very, me.

I'm so thankful to Alex for being such a champ and to Jamie and Charly for coming with me as support. 

I couldn't recommend Alex enough and hope if you're local to the area you'll pop in to see how truly incredible he is first hand.

I'm actually thinking of filming a video on the process from deciding what you want to actually getting it done and the aftercare - would that be something you'd like to see?

In summary, it wasn't anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be. It's one of the weirdest sensations I've felt, but even the 'pain' on my wrist was bearable. The adrenalin 100% enables you to push through any feelings of discomfort, and it's totally worth it for the end result.
I think I might've even caught the tattoo bug too..what shall I get next guys? I was thinking maybe a fox... ;-)

Make sure you check out Alex's work, too. All his links are below:

*This isn't a sponsored post, I'm just dead excited to share the experience with you lovely lot :-)


Monday, 31 August 2015

GHOST GIRL | DARE TO BE YOU.

A blog post on the launch of Ghost Girl the new fragrance. Dare to be You and release a brand new side of you. Photography by Alexandra Cameron


When visiting this blog, you'll typically find fashion. AKA, me, styling up the latest must-haves in my wardrobe. And I'll play it safe, most of the time. Typically I feel most comfortable in a pair of my black skinny jeans and a t-shirt - standard.

But then, Ghost approached me with the launch of their brand new fragrance and guys, the idea behind the campaign is absolute genius - And let me tell you, this won't be your standard perfume review...

The new fragrance is Ghost Girl, and their motto? Dare to be you.

Simple, but not as easy as you'd think. To take a journey of self-discovery - challenge yourself to reveal a more edgier, daring and stronger side to who you are.

Now, this could be anything, on any level - but I wanted to stick with fashion - I wanted to create something completely different to what you'd usually find on Wonderful You. To step out of my comfort zone and create a look that contrasts the more masculine, casual style I always go for. It's been a turbulent few years in my life, but it's taken me even longer to get to a place where I feel confident in my own skin - so I think it's about time I took a few risks with my wardrobe, too.

I picked out a rather fancy frock - and anyone who knows me, knows you'll rarely see me in a dress, let alone something so elegant and pretty; but I thought it would be a pretty perfect fit.

With fresh, fruity scents such as pear, pomegranate and orange blossom the perfume lends itself to a girly and dreamy persona - but punches of cedarwood and musky amber contradict that with bursts of attitude and strength coming through. The same goes for the packaging with a graffiti, street style print across the bottle, giving it an edgy look with a bright pink lid to bring back the element of femininity. Contrasting in the most beautiful way.

That's what I hoped to create in these images.

The dress - ethereal in it's beauty with a tight, body boosting bodice and a full but light wispy skirt work together to bring out that feminine, delicate side to my personality. But the smoky eyes, haunting feeling of the woods and the grey, almost eerie tones to the dress allow for an element of strength and edginess.

I feel incredibly girly. But I also feel like I could pretty much conquer the world. Two things that I rarely feel when getting dressed. And d'you know what? I really like it. 

I love that a perfumes campaign has been able to make me think outside of the box - get dressed up and let myself celebrate that just because I'm not curvy, doesn't mean I can't try and pull off beautiful ballgowns and still feel good about myself in the process. It's given me the confidence to look at dresses more when I'm shopping, even get myself a little excited at the prospect of having an occasion to wear one...who knows, I might even brave a gown for my friends wedding coming up next weekend!

So. This is me. Being comfortable, out of my comfort zone. And smelling damn good, too.

Do you know what? I think it's my favourite set of images since starting this blog back in 2012...goes to show what a bit of change can do, hey?
A blog post on the launch of Ghost Girl the new fragrance. Dare to be You and release a brand new side of you. Photography by Alexandra Cameron
A blog post on the launch of Ghost Girl the new fragrance. Dare to be You and release a brand new side of you. Photography by Alexandra Cameron
A blog post on the launch of Ghost Girl the new fragrance. Dare to be You and release a brand new side of you.

Does this make you want to challenge yourself? Is there a side to you that you rarely explore? 

#DareToBeYou and get involved with the launch of #GhostGirl too - make sure you tag me in your snaps, I'd love to see!!

GHOST fragrances have been on a bold journey of self-discovery and unveil their edgy side presenting a brand new feminist floral that is complimented by a brand new look and feel. The scent, like the campaign is bursting with attitude for the strong, daring and fun-loving girl of today.

Their most fearless fragrance to date, this intoxicating scent marks a change of direction for the brand adding a young, mischievous edge to the existing classical collection.

Ghost Girl. DARE TO BE YOU.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Ghost Fragrances via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ghost Fragrances.

Photography by Alexandra Cameron


Thursday, 27 August 2015

FESTIVAL READY WITH LEVI'S, MISSGUIDED & MORE!

Festival fashion on Wonderful You with Missguided, Levi's and Dr Martens.
Festival fashion on Wonderful You with Missguided, Levi's and Dr Martens.
Festival fashion on Wonderful You with Missguided, Levi's and Dr Martens.
Festival fashion on Wonderful You with Missguided, Levi's and Dr Martens.
Festival fashion on Wonderful You with Missguided, Levi's and Dr Martens.
Festival fashion on Wonderful You with Missguided, Levi's and Dr Martens.
Crop Top: Missguided. Shorts: Vintage Levi's via Urban Outfitters. Sandals: Dr Martens. Bracelet: Azuni London. Watch: Daniel Wellington. Sunglasses: Oasis. Jacket: SheInside (similar here). Belt: Vintage.
What is this weather? One minute the skies are glorious and sunny and the next we're running for shelter from that goddamn bitty rain. Make your mind up England. My hair is not enjoying the frizz.

These snaps were taken on a jolly weekend with my good pal Ally, just before I went away to America. The sun was shining, but like always here in the UK there was a cool breeze and a cloudy sky - needless to say a jacket of some sort would be required.

And that's where this hooded sweater coat from SheInside comes in. Basically, it's like all my granny, vintage inspired hippy style dreams have come true.

Not only is it the comfiest, softest, thickest jacket I own - but it also has pockets and a pixie hood that covers my entire face when I put it up. It's the perfect accessory for the summer festival season and carrying it through to the evenings in autumn. It's out of stock at the moment, but there are heaps of similar ones flying around the internet and if you add it to your wishlist there's always a chance this one may come back in stock :-)

I've never been to a festival before (here's hoping for next year, eh!) but I imagine this outfit is similar to something I'd pick out to wear - with some wellies packed too for safe measure, of course.
Shorts are an easy staple for long festival weekends; you can simply whack on a pair of tights if it gets a bit chilly, and Missguided always rule the roost when it comes to basics, with this crop top being no exception. I always figured that less would be more with fashion at a festival, and comfort would 100% be my first priority. My first pair of Dr Martens help to finish off the look perfectly - they're super sturdy but have the softest leather so there won't be any blisters from all the walking around!

Are you attending any festivals this year? What would your festival wardrobe look like?

Get my look here:


Photos for this post were taken on the Olympus PEN E-PL7 with a 45mm Lens.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

BACK FROM AMERICA!! TALKING FULL-TIME BLOGGING & LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF

A Blog post on full-time blogging and making sure you look after yourself in the process.
Poorly Face C/O: Me. Adidas Crop-Top: Urban Outfitters

I'm back! My feet are firmly back on UK soil and it feels so good to be home.

If you follow me on instagram you'll have been inundated with snaps from all of the places I visited - but I'll be writing about all of it on here too, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

It really was the trip of a lifetime and something I'd love to film a video on too, i.e. the process of booking it, how much spending money you'll need etc. So if you have any questions about it, please leave them below and I'll make sure I answer them.

But today, I wanted to talk to you about the reality of being your own boss.

I arrived back in Heathrow airport last week and realised I didn't have a 'job' to go to. My office was my home. If I didn't work, I wasn't getting paid. Simple.

I took a few days to recover from jet lag and let myself have that time to get back to normal before setting up camp at my desk.

Then I woke up on Friday morning, sick as a dog. With quite possibly the worst fever I've ever had - dripping with sweat, an achy body and a full of cold. Excellent.

And all I could feel?

Was guilt.

I needed to work. My inbox was bursting with emails and my blog had never looked so lonely. It just didn't feel right to leave it any longer. I felt bad that I wasn't tweeting about everything I had planned, or writing bunches of blog posts and filming videos. So I spent a day working through my inbox, replying to every email since I'd left for New York back in July - and then responding to their responses to my replies and so on and so on. I arranged shoots to get the ball rolling for the next month and got myself ready to go and take some initial outfit shots, drove to a location and had to go home because the heavens opened and I got drenched.

And basically, I just felt, really really shit.

I went to bed feeling crappy but I woke up today feeling even worse. Not being able to move my head off the pillow this morning for the blinding pain in my face, I'd only gone and landed myself with a tooth infection too.

So I thought to myself - would I be pushing myself like this is I was still working in a 9-5 office job? The answer was, in short: absolutely not.

I've found my passion, something I feel so strongly about. That I get excited to get up every day and work makes me feel like the luckiest girl alive. And in my head, there's no way I can sacrifice even a second to let it be anything but all guns blazing.

But that doesn't mean my health should suffer because of it.

My lovely friend Tami said something so brilliant to me on Twitter today:

You do your best when you're feeling your best. Sometimes you've just got to put yourself first.

And she is so right.

Whilst it's positive that I feel so passionately about this new adventure, I still need to look after myself. Make sure I'm healthy - because if I'm not, I won't be my best self and it certainly won't be my best work.

It's going to take a while to adjust to only having myself to answer to. Being my own boss. I'm lucky that I won't struggle with finding the motivation to get up and at 'em, because this is exactly what I want to do - but I need to take time for me, too.

This is the industry that never sleeps, but it's important to remember that we must.

So I'm taking the hit, admitting I'm too poorly right now to have all of my shit together. It's okay to take a few days to recover. And when I'm better, I'll have double the hunger to kick that days ass. And most importantly, and why I'm writing this all down in the first place - is because I know I'm not alone. I know there are heaps of you, doing it full-time or not, that beat yourself up over not having enough time to do all the things you feel you must. Or not letting yourself have a day off to recoup with family or friends because you feel like you're letting people down on the internet if you do. So here's a gentle reminder:

It's okay. It's okay not to be okay. It's okay to take a break. It's okay to step away and reflect. And it's definitely okay to rest and be healthy. No apologies needed. Don't feel guilty for your body telling you to take it easy. It knows what it's doing :-) and know...

Believing in yourself is one of the hardest things to do.

But acknowledging you're not invincible is even harder.

Oh, and you can shop my look here:



Thursday, 16 July 2015

TURNING 26 @ THE ROOF GARDENS, KENSINGTON

I'm not usually one for a big Birthday night out - most of the time I much prefer my home comforts and a takeaway. However I've had, without a doubt, the best few months of my life this year and wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate that with all of my favourite people in one place.

And so, for my 26th birthday, I rallied us all together for a special night at The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London.

And yes, it's as downright posh as it sounds.
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London

Based on High Street, Kensington the club, bar and restaurant boast stunning views of London from 6 stories high. Dress to impress is their motto and so my friends and I got suited and booted in preparation for what promised to be quite the epic birthday night. In all fairness, I was totally crapping myself - I mean, I'll pop out for a few drinks every now and then but nothing quite as incredibly beautiful and classy as this.

On entry we shuffled ourselves in to a lift which took us up to the top floor where music was blaring.
It felt far more intense than a usual DJ set and we weren't wrong - turning the corner a live drummer sat next to the DJ playing along to the set...Guys, it was ridiculously good.

We were seated in our VIP area and soon enough the drinks were flowing, quite literally, out of watering cans. The club itself was breath-taking – I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. I found myself taking a step back away from my friends, to appreciate that we were all here, in this incredible club, drinking out of bloody WATERING CANS with actual FLAMINGOS outside - I mean COME ON.
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington LondonWonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
Wonderful You Blogger reviews The Roof Gardens in Kensington London
WHAT I WORE: Dress: Missguided. Shoes: Topshop. Bag: Topshop. Lipstick: Estee Lauder
Inside the club were different areas and dance floors as well as a huge amount of outdoor space with champagne bars, seating areas and a casual massive BBQ, you know, in case you got a bit peckish from dancing along to the epic live music.

They've just got it so right. 

Partying isn't really my scene and I had visions that this place could be pretty pretentious and uppity, but I couldn't have been more wrong. There was such a happy atmosphere, everyone did their own thing and the VIP areas meant you could spend all your time with the people you'd chosen to come out with. The dance floor was a hot, sweaty, happy mess and the staff couldn't have been more attentive.
The music was epic, albeit I couldn't tell you exactly what was played, there were definitely a few chart toppers and golden oldies thrown in to the mix.

The club also put on regular day-sessions where the gardens are open to view in all their glory, bringing the club from the inside, out! It's quite the celebrity hotspot, too. So you can expect to see a few famous faces if you end up paying it a visit.

Basically, if you're looking for a seriously special night out, then this is 100% the place to be.

I had the best time - It was a really special treat to celebrate my birthday in such a glamorous way and I think the pictures go to show what an amazing time we had :-) 

If this tickles your pickle, you can get yourself on the guest list at The Roof Gardens by contacting Lux Guest List here!

And here's what I wore...




Tuesday, 14 July 2015

WONDERFUL YOU x #LIVELookbook WITH SCHWARZKOPF LIVE

A blog post announcing Wonderful You's collaboration with Schwarzkopf Live on their #LIVELookbook Campaign
Dress: Missguided. Lipstick: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lipstick in shade Envy
So today I have some pretty damn exciting news to share with you... 

My redheaded locks have somehow managed to grab the attention of Schwarzkopf LIVE and I’m lucky enough to be participating in the next installment of their #LIVELookbook campaign. 

I KNOW, RIGHT?!

I can't give away too much just yet, but what I can say is that I'll be walking away with an updated hair colour very, very soon.

I treat my hair like an accessory to an outfit – a lot of the time I’ll find myself reaching for simplistic, monochrome and basic pieces, but every now and then I’ll throw in a bold print or bright colour. I love that having brighter, bolder hair enables me to be versatile with the way I look. Be it clashing fabric colours with my hair or letting it do the talking and wearing something plain and simple.

It’s not all plain sailing though - being a redhead is a risky business. It’s quite the task to keep it looking vibrant between appointments and leaving it a good 6 weeks at a time to maintain healthy hair means I always face my colour fading slightly. I mean, if I don’t wash my hair for a while it helps to keep the colour for longer, but let’s face it that’s not always realistic (or attractive).

Initially my hair is exactly how I want it, punchy and loud, but it’s a little frustrating having that colour fade after a few weeks and leading up to my next appointment my hair can be left looking a little dull and lifeless. 
So - with that being said, I’m determined to take one for the redhead team and make it my mission to find a way to keep our fierce locks looking vibrant between visits to the salon.

Keep your eyes peeled for top tips and helpful hints coming soon on this page and the livecolour.com website!

Stay posted on #LIVELookbook to see how it turns out! I'm so excited to bring you along on this journey with me :-)

This post is brought to you in association with Schwarzkopf LIVE but all opinions are my own.


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