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Finds This Season : Bershka


This week I went shopping and did some extreme damage to my bank account (don't get me wrong, I was spending money I don't have, and now I have to be the typical rock bottom student and live off pasta... maybe Heinz spaghetti hoops if I'm feeling boujee).

I got two items from Bershka that I wouldn't normally go for, so I thought I'd do a post on my brand finds.


Top - Bershka (duh)
Jumpsuit - Bershka
Shoes - Bershka
Slightly Bersha obsessed if i do say so myself...

The first item I got I wouldn't normally go for because of the colour, but it was one of the first things that caught my eye. I've been seeing this trend of the two hanging pieces on the side EVERYWHERE, and I"m not going to lie, I love it. It kind of reminds me of the strange viral fashion trend of turning an idea bag handle into forms of accessories, and if it has actually been inspired by that, I approve. 


Cap - H&M
Top - Bershka (Duh...again)
Trousers - Zara
Shoes - Bershka

When I first saw the fluffy top style, I hated it. I thought that it would just one of those that appeared comfy but in reality just left you itching 24/7 while every single piece of fluff you come into contact with would be stuck on you for the rest of the day. 

I don't know if it was because I was in a state of "I'm having one of those days where I'm going to buy absolutely everything and give zero fucks" but like always, I changed my mind and ended up buying it. 

I love being indecisive.

This top is the COMFIEST, SOFTEST thing I have ever purchased. Bit of an over exaggeration? Maybe. But it is extremely soft.

After about 10 minutes of deciding if I wanted to purchase it in red or black, I settled for black because I would be able to pair it with more things. That, and the fact that the majority of my wardrobe is black. In order to dress it to suit my athleisure style, because I don't think most people associate fury with sporty... I paired it with my cap and my striped trousers from Zara. 

What do you think about Bershka as a brand?


If you like my style, you can also find out where I get my outfits from on my 21Buttons account. User: Clxelouise
Shameless self promo ;)

Why It's Okay To Not Know What To Do With Your Life



If you asked 5 year old me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said a teacher.
If you asked 10 year old me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said a dancer.
If you asked 15 year old me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said a fashion buyer.
If you asked 20 year old me what I want to be when I grow up, I wouldn't have an answer.

For ages I beat myself up about not knowing where I want to go with my future. To me it seemed like everyone else had it all planned out - they knew what university course they wanted to do, they knew what career path they wanted to take, they knew all the right steps to make. Then there was little old me, just plodding along. 






Truth is, nobody really knows what the hell they're doing or where they want to go, especially at my age. Around your 18-20's you're pressured with so much;

Are you going to go to university?
If not, what job are you going to get?
What career path are you going to take?
Do you know how to get there?
How are you getting money to support yourself?
What are you going to do after you graduate?

Sometimes it all gets a bit too much. For all of our lives up until now we have been used to education, regime, deadlines and authority, and now we're faced with this whole load of freedom and the majority of us don't know what to do with it. 

 

But you've got to realise life is not a race and there's not one set of rules.

Some people will have two kids, some people will have 3.
Some people know what they want to do at 15, some won't realise until they're 40.
Some people will get married at 20, some won't ever get married.

Don't judge how well your life is going compared to other people. We all live life at different paces, which makes it so unique. We're not at school anymore, you don't have anyone telling you what to do and when to do it. Take as much time as you need to figure out whatever it is you need to figure out.

Do what makes you happy because the more happiness you bring into your life, the more content you will be with where you are.




Don't have the mindset of, "Oh all my friends have boyfriends, I need to look for one", or "I want X amount of kids by the age of 30!" The best things in life happen unexpectedly and when you're not looking for them. 



Always be content with who you are and what you are doing. It will all work out in the end.

Cloe xox


OUTFIT DEETS:
Jacket - The Couture Club
Trousers - Zara
Shoes - Bershka
Bag - River Island

New Beauty Buy : Kiko Into The Night Mascara



For me, Kiko is my go-to destinaton when it comes to makeup for the eyes. I have countless mascaras, eyeshadows and eyeliners from the brand, and they never disappoint. This Christmas I was gifted this Into The Night mascara by Kiko from my Mum who lives in France, and I'd never seen this product in a UK store before (and trust me, I shop in there A LOT). Therefore, I thought I'd do a little review on it!


Can we please all just appreciate the packaging of this product though?! Usually Kiko products are packaged in a sleek black box, however this mascara is right out there with its illustration and raised design. Obviously, from first glance, you can tell this mascara is going to be extremely different to their normal range.

I quickly realised that this mascara was created in collaboration with Au Jour Le Jour, a French designer brand, hence why the product  was available in France and not the UK. 




Being marketed as a volume effect mascara, it seriously doesn't disappoint! The wand isn't too large to the point that I end up with half of the mascara on my eyelids opposed to my eyelashes, which is normally the case with these types of mascaras.

The photo of me above (Hiya) was taken after just one application of the mascara... yes, one. Not only did it provide an easy, non clumpy application, it also added length to my lashes which are quite damaged due to my constant use of strip lashes.

Could this be my new favourite mascara from Kiko? It's definitely a contender!

What's your favourite brand of mascara?

Cloe xox

Stepping Into 2018 A Healthier Me


I can't believe I've been M.I.A on my blog for basically a year! 2017 was one of the best years of my life so far. I went through so much personal development by learnt so much about myself, my career prospects and a whole load of other things. Experiences I went through, both good and bad, will stay with me for a lifetime. Here's to making 2018 an even better year!

Sure, I've set myself some achievable goals and resolutions this year, but my main priority is stepping into 2018 as a happy, healthier version of myself through my mental, physical and internal wellbeing.


 

MENTAL

Mentally, 2017 was the toughest year ever for me. Not only was I battling with my own personal struggles but I found myself becoming extremely unhappy with aspects of my life such as university and work. 

I started the year with what I could describe as one of my dream jobs. I was on an incredible income for my age and I got to travel to places no expenses paid for training. I couldn't believe it. But it taught me a valuable lesson in that money isn't everything. I started becoming extremely unhappy with my job to the point I was was crying some days before I started because I just didn't want to go. While the benefits of the job were out of this world, the environment in which I was surrounded by was making me extremely unhappy. I couldn't take it any longer and quit in June after 6 months and took the rest of the year to decide just what it was I really wanted to do career wise. 

Regarding my career I was also torn with my university situation. I finished my first year with a 1st which don't get me wrong, I was over the moon with, but I realised the course isn't something I really wanted to be doing. This led me to question myself several times about what I want to do with my life. I basically had a mid life crisis at the age of 20, ha!

Taking time out at the end of the year to really sit and think about where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do was a big eye opener for me. I realised that I should put my happiness at the forefront of everything I do. So what if other people don't find it practical? Its not their life. Everyone lives their life at different paces. 

I've now secured myself a new job which I start later this week, eek! And I've also made the huge decision of finishing my second year of university and then changing courses to something I know I'll be happier doing and which will help me to get to where I want to be career wise, now that I know what that is. I've finally got a clearer picture of where I want to be in the future and hopefully these changes will allow me to mentally see clearer.












PHYSICAL
Obviously I'm with the entire human population of having a resolution of becoming physically fitter, guilty. But exercising just isn't my thing so I'm not going to start wasting my time and money with a gym membership I'll only use twice (then forget to cancel and be charged... learning from my mistakes).

I'm the queen of laziness. I can sleep for days, and once my Uber bill for just ONE MONTH came to over 200 pounds... I need to change.

Small changes such as not getting Uber's and walking places, and getting up earlier and being more productive will all help me to achieve being more physically fit. Then who knows, I might even join a gym then. 


INTERNAL

As well as being the queen of laziness, I'm also the queen of takeaways. I put it down to me living the uni life, but I noticed it started becoming a bit excessive when A) My friends started messaging me when they were getting takeaways so I'd be proud of them, B) My local Chinese delivery driver started texting me, and C) The Indian takeaway sent me a Christmas card. (I wish I was lying...)

Not only will I save heaps of money, but by eating better and fresher I will also be aiding my mental and physical growth. After turning vegetarian for a short time period around two years ago, I've also made the decision to try and reduce the amount of meat I consume for both health and ethical reasons, hopefully allowing me to return vegetarian by the end of the year.



While all of these things will be a gradual process, at least I can pretend I'm active and have my shit together with my athleisure style. This co-ord set was part of the Misguided X Jordan Dunn collection which I basically threw all my money at! Paired with my Adidas originals, as per. 

I love reading about what other peoples goals are and how their year went! Make sure to tell me all about yours in the comments!

oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Cloe xox

Fall Florals


I can't believe it's Autumn. I mean excuse me, but what did I do with my life over the past 3 months? I can't believe how fast it's gone!  As much as I love almost everything about the colder months, I refuse to let go of Summer just yet. 




Ironically, I live in Manchester - known for it's not-so-beautiful torrential downpours and where the word "sun" does not exist. But floral prints are known for keeping a hint of Summer alive, and are perfect wardrobe transition pieces for going into Autumn. So at least I can pretend it's still warm...




I never go out of my way to incorporate prints into my wardrobe, especially bold prints such as florals. I always play it safe, but when I saw this top in River Island I fell in love and thought I'd try out something new. Paired with my ripped jeans from Boohoo and my heeled boots from Bershka, I'm not really sure what look I was going for, but I found the ripped jeans took away the initial strike of the floral print, as I wasn't quite used to it yet. 


What do you think about floral prints?
Cloe xox

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