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This week’s black and white post is going to be very different from the rest. I decided to share my playlist after one of you lovely folks asked what inspires me. The answer is music. Truth be told it’s one of the few things that inspires me. The right song can ignite a spark in you that can burn through a lifetime. I’m one of those people who doesn’t listen to a lot of mainstream music. In fact, you’ll catch me listening to the same songs and artists over and over again. Most of the songs I love listening to take me back to a particular moment in time and hearing the words and sound feels very much like de ja vu. I’m one for deep thinking so music with lyrics that have substance tend to move me.

One might say I tend to be drawn to sad songs. They seem to be the ones that move me the most. Whenever I feel down, I listen to music. And if the song can move me to tears in that moment then it means it’s giving me the comfort I need to let it all out. I always say after sadness comes joy so it’s no wonder I feel inspired to find joy in other things after listening to these songs. The first song on my playlist, Holocene by Bon Iver, is one I accidentally came across when looking for inspiration on Youtube after feeling unsure of what type of content to create. And now it is my go to song whenever I feel stuck. I’m actually listening to it right now while typing up this post. It always seems to get me writing down creative thoughts. And then we have A Life That’s Good which I came across while watching the TV show Nashville. It’s a song of gratitude. One that makes me feel very grateful for the little things in life like family and friends.

The list goes on, and so do the circumstances in which I came about them. You can listen to my playlist here to see the type of music that inspires me. And hopefully it gives you an insight to more of me.***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

August 18, 2017
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So we’re on number two of our coffee diaries. This is a series I’m totally enjoying. I headed over to the Northern Quarter yesterday to try out some new coffee shops. I ended up in a quaint little French restaurant which happened to have outdoor sitting, one of my main attractions to a coffee spot. I ordered a latte and made myself very comfortable outside. The weather was sunny but also accompanied with some slightly cool breeze. I threw on one of my latest wardrobe additions which happens to be this cool navy blue knitwear from Next. I love the details a on the back. The silky ribbons give it a much more interesting look for otherwise what would have just been a jumper. Paired with my classic mom jeans for that extra comfort and gold trainers, I was in the zone to come up with some very creative ideas.

This coffee session inspired me to create one of my artsy Instagram stories. I did a behind the scenes type video. Where I showed off my ukulele which I don’t know how to play by the way, but thankfully I can at least sing. I shared my work space which is where all the magic tends to happen. My ring station made the cut. More of this outfit was also shown and the inspiration behind my classic poses which happens to be music. I swing and sway to the sound of sweet melodies in my head until we get the shot. Thanks to my new Kate Spade New York planner which I scored at my last blogger event in London, I am staying on top of my work and I couldn’t be more organised. Be sure to catch up on this story on my Instagram. Until next time, enjoy the coffee.***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

August 14, 2017
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On Wednesday I headed down to London to attend a couple of blogger events and to run some errands as well. I find London to be very fast paced which always makes me feel like I need to be alert at all times. Bearing this in mind, an easy going outfit was the way to go. Something that made me fit in with the crowd while still being a blogger babe. It wasn’t entirely deliberate but I ended up wearing black and white. The all time classic look. Dressed in skinny jeans and a white top, the blazer was the perfect shield from the cool breeze thanks to the English rain. My flat PINKO SS17 shoes gave it the finishing look coupled with the black tassel hand bag.  This London chic look was a hit as I got a few compliments about my outfit. It made for an easy running around in the tubes and city.

The first event I attended was a ring making session thanks to the lovely folks at The Workbench and GLITZBOX. I got to carve a ring for myself on a moulding wax. The event was packed with other bloggers alike. It was a really fun experience. I look forward to seeing the final results and sharing my masterpiece on the blog. The second event I attended was hosted by Kate Spade New York to launch their monochrome service. This event blew my mind away. Everyone was looking extra lush. There was plenty to eat and drink. I ran into a couple of bloggers I follow on Instagram which was quite exciting. We had a chance to pick a leather good and have our initials engraved on it. I chose a small purse that I can move between handbags. The goody bag was a hit as it had a 2017/2018 planner with my initials engraved on it. It was the perfect practical gift as I’ve been looking for a way to stay organised amidst my crazy schedules. We also got 30% off and I managed to score a good deal on some glitter shoes. Can’t wait to rock it!***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

August 12, 2017
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This last week saw me doubting myself at almost every turn. Call me naive, but I didn’t think it’d be something that I expected to happen especially at this point. When I made the decision to take my blog full time, I was full of so much confidence so much so that nothing scared me. Almost as if I was on top of the world. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t lost my confidence, I just experienced a moment of weakness by letting certain fears occupy a space in my head. The thing with self doubt is that only you can really talk yourself out of it. Others may try to convince you otherwise regarding the things that make you question yourself. But if you’ve not managed to convince yourself, these doubts will linger on. The effects of this is often very crippling. Almost as if you’ve experienced some kind of mind paralysis. You’re stuck with these thoughts and you can’t find your way out. Having experienced this a number of times, I know exactly what it feels like to allow myself get caught up in it.

I’m a strong believer in learning from past experiences. One of my favourite speakers phrased it rightly; success leaves clues. I always tend to think back to the last time something similar happened and try to figure out how I managed to get myself out of it. Seeing that my time is valuable being my own boss means I cannot afford to lose any of it wallowing in something negative for too long. To regain control of my mind, I went out for walks which is always a good idea. Getting a bit of fresh air and a change of environment is a great place to start. Giving more thought to this, I felt it was time to plan another short holiday so I got one booked for September. I listened to Holocene by Bon Iver over and over again. Although, it could be described as a sad song, it does tend to get me writing in my journal thus allowing my creative juices to flow. I faced my fears by revisiting my old work to see how far I’ve come which is always a good source of inspiration. That’s why I never delete old posts. It serves as a good reminder of progress to myself and others alike. It makes me feel even more human cause I know I started from somewhere and now I’m here.

I’m excited to say the weekly vlogs will be making a comeback on my YouTube channel so be prepared to see more of me. I’m looking forward to sharing  my new life and hopefully give you folks some insight as to what it’s like to pursue a career in blogging. I’ve got a few projects lined up and looking forward to taking you all along with me.

August 8, 2017
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Coffee diaries is a weekly  series that will be published on my blog just like my black and white series. Like every other blogger I know, spending time in a coffee shop seems to be a part of the blogger lifestyle. Since taking my blog full time, I and my blogger friends have been hanging out in cool coffee spots to create some content. Although, with this shoot, it was more just stopping for a nice coffee on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. Given the weather, something light as an outfit seemed very appropriate. Denim being one of my favourite go to pieces, I decided to go with the double denim look. Wearing my latest addition to my collection, the Nicole dress by Cosmic Fox and pairing it with an older piece, the light denim top which was the perfect shield from the slightly cool breeze. The gold trainers gave my outfit a little attitude.

I stopped by a nice Greek restaurant located in Manchester city centre. The classic white and blue decor drew me in which was very reminiscent of my recent trip to Mykonos, Greece. The menu was packed with various coffee options. The one that caught my eyes was the frappé; iced coffee with ice cream. I couldn’t resist especially since the sun was out and somewhat flirting with me. Taking advantage of the outdoor sitting, I sat in the sunshine and enjoyed my frappé.  Something about chilling in a coffee shop inspires ideas which is why it’s become a part of my routine. It was actually there I decided to start this coffee diaries series on the blog. I look forward to exploring more coffee spots and sharing the ideas that come out of my visits.

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August 6, 2017
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I’m currently suffering from travel withdrawal syndrome after visiting four countries in a space of two months. I’m itching to plan another vacation. Perhaps something much more exotic like Spain or Morocco. In the meantime, I decided to explore more of Manchester to see what it has to offer. Having always resided around the city centre, my knowledge of other areas seem very little. Doing what I do best, I decided to put in a quick search on Google Images for Manchester gardens and I was amazed at what I saw. The funny thing is that while growing up, I was never into nature. Somehow I’ve come to love it and have this need to explore it. Parsonage Gardens located in Didsbury village caught my eyes. With palm trees and dropping trees that made for the perfect exotic holiday illusion, I knew I had to visit it. Looking at the weather forecast, it was full of sunshine and a nice warm temperature.

To keep up with the flavour, I threw on a stripe co-ord. I’ve subconsciously become obsessed with stripes. The frills and layers on the top did give it that Spanish dancer look. The slit on the skirt made it a sexy feel. My white EGO espadrille was the obvious pair of shoes to compliment this outfit. The crochet on it gives it that boho look which I’m always down for. Coupled with a rattan bag and straw hat, I was ready to take over this jungle, lol. After walking the grounds of this garden which also connected to Fletcher Moss Garden, it was time to break for some food. Still sticking to the theme, nachos and olives were a must have. All in all, this day out turned out to be a wonderful experience. Just another example of how you can make the most of what you have. Until my next holiday, I look forward to finding me hidden treasures in Manchester. ***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

July 23, 2017
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I’ve always been a fan of Ray-Ban. Who isn’t? The brand has become a classic household name thanks to its iconic frames introduced into fashion in the 60s and the revolutionary ‘pop’ culture. Just until two years ago, I was the proud owner of at least four Ray-Ban sunglasses. Making sure I had different colours and designs that matched with a number of outfits was essential. As with anyone who  is  close with their siblings, you’ll find that they sometimes borrow items from you permanently, lol. This was how I came to lose my Ray-Ban collection. Since then, I’ve been on the look out for the perfect pair that would work with pretty much any outfit. It was a given that it had to be stylish and compliment the shape of my face. Thank goodness to the power of hashtags on social media, I was able to perform a search for Ray-Ban to see what shape of frames best suited folks with an oval shaped face. The RayBan 3447 Round Metal Sunglasses was a definite hit.

The best place to score these bad boys are from Sunglasses Shop who offer them at £33 lower than the recommended retail price at a whopping £92. Once it arrived in the post I couldn’t wait to wear it, hence why you’ve seen it flooding my Instagram timeline. I love how it has a retro vibe to it, giving it this rock ‘n’ roll feel with a touch of mainstream. It does a great job of protecting you from the sun (UV400 lenses) while looking effortlessly cool at the same time. The RayBan 3447 Round Metal Sunglasses is a must have accessory this season and any season as a matter of fact because I plan to rock them even in winter. Talk about making the most out of a statement piece!***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

July 20, 2017
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