Thursday, 19 July 2018

CARBS LOVIN'


Nope, this isn’t an ode to bread, pasta or pizza (how great would that be though?) this post is a spotlight focus on one of my all-time favourite brands – CARBS. Bringing all my rainbow and sequin-filled dreams to life, CARBS is the ultimate festival fashion fix and deserves a lot more recognition for the unique pieces and collections that it has to offer.


Any time I wear CARBS, I feel great. And that’s what it’s all about right? Wearing items that put an extra little spring in your step and enable you to express your individuality with confidence.  

Many festival-wear brands offer a large variety of weird, wonderful (and often wacky) finds that are brilliant for the occasion but stay tucked away in the back of the wardrobe for the rest of the year. Now I’m not for a second going to deny that CARBS offerings are every bit as fun, colourful and bright as you’d expect from festival clothes, but there are some items that are just so gorgeous and feminine they could easily be worn on other special occasions or even nights out. Check out this figure-hugging dress for example, I felt so incredible wearing this - in fact if there was ever a ‘power dress’ to have existed THIS is definitely it.


Another reason I rate CARBS so highly is because I know how hard the founder, Jessica, has worked and is currently working to achieve her dreams and make her brand as big, glittery and wonderful as it can possibly be. With a very nastygal-esque beginning (involving rooms full of sequins, material and sewing essentials at her home) Jessica’s pure passion for the clothes that she creates has catapulted CARBS into its present day success.  

For more info on the brand or a better snoop at their incredible designs, have a look at their Instagram here (where you might find a few snaps of little old me!).

SHOT BY SARAH TREACHER
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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

The affordable skirt you need this summer

SHOT BY SARAH TREACHER

Summer is 100% HERE and I am so happy about it. Blue skies, light mornings, long days, beers in the sunshine… what’s not to love? And with the warmer weather inevitably comes the wardrobe switch up, digging out old dresses you forgot you owned and finding sandals you can't quite believe you once wore out in public. But let's be real, trends change all the time and people don't stay the same size forever (I ate a lot of pizza between September and June and I'm not sorry about it) so sometimes you're left with absolutely NO other option than having to spend money on pretty new weather-appropriate clothes. Heh heh heh.

Monday, 28 May 2018

How To Get Invited To Blogging Events

SHOT BY FORDTOGRAPHY

I count myself a really lucky girl that I get to attend some of the press and blogging events that I do. This year has already been an absolute whopper – Last month I attended the Stefflon Don x boohoo launch party in London which involved a really frickin cool performance from the legend herself (the free cocktails weren’t bad either, seriously a free bar just never gets old), and more recently I had a gorgeous breakfast meeting with seven stunning ladies at the Bloomsbury hotel to talk about and celebrate the Dafi hair straightening brush. There are some phenomenal events that I sometimes can’t go to because of working full time and it fully breaks my heart when I see the insta stories that evening of all my best gals partying it up – I get maaajor FOMO at the best of times – but then again I’m quite hopeful that another fun blogger event or meet up will land in my inbox before too long.

Once again, I want to reiterate that I am SO lucky, grateful… often bewildered even to get these invites, and I would hate this post to come across as braggy because any showy-offy stuff just makes me majorly cringe. I’m just being really open and honest about my own experiences and sharing a few of my tips that might help new bloggers or people thinking about blogging when they want to start networking a bit more.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Vintage dressing for a modern soul


I haven’t done a dedicated outfit post in what feels like forever, and this time I’m really excited because I’m mixing things up a bit and throwing it waaaay back to this 40s inspired sasspot of a number. I was about to claim that dresses really aren’t my thing before I realised that was a total lie, long boho maxi dresses are absolutely my thing, but cute tea dresses like this are more of an anomaly in my wardrobe.






Monday, 7 May 2018

Eyewear made simple with Arlo Wolf


I don’t know how many people know this but on a normal day to day basis it is rare you will find me without a pair of glasses glued to my face. I can see very little without them and since I started needing specs at the age of 17 my vision has got progressively worse. After an awkward trip to the opticians (has anyone else just had to totally make up which letters are up on the screen because they genuinely can’t read any of them??) I FINALLY got my myself a very overdue up to date prescription, and very quickly looked to get myself a new pair of specs to match.

This is where Arlo Wolf* absolutely came to the rescue.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Creating Colour with OSMO

SHOT BY FORDTOGRAPHY.

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while now will know that coloured hair is something I’m certainly not shy of. It all started a few years ago when I popped a little candyfloss pink on top of my blonde highlights, and over the years it’s evolved to a totally bleached base and just whatever colour I feel like having on my mop that day/week.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

What to do when your work/life balance is non-existent


Ahh, the “work/life balance”, a phrase uttered by so many yet achieved by so few. A state of pure equilibrium or a mythical concept entirely? I’ll let you decide. But either way, it’s definitely something that we should be talking about.

With April being stress awareness month (so the internet tells me) I feel it’s a really apt time for me to open up this discussion and just share some thoughts around what a work/life balance means to me and what to do when you’re struggling.

Monday, 26 March 2018

I’m not a ‘real’ blogger.. but hey that’s ok!

GILET - CARI'S CLOSET

Okay so weird title I know, but it’s the best way to actually describe how I’m feeling in this post. A quick search on google tells you that a blogger is “a person who regularly writes material for a blog.”, and I guess, yeah, I do do that (let’s use the term regularly very loosely here), but still sometimes I just don’t feel like I’m a blogger.

I don’t have a million adoring fans who sit refreshing my insta feed waiting for my next post, I don’t get all expenses paid trips to the Bahamas where I can post pictures of my croissants and orange juice in bed in the morning and I haven’t got my own In The Style collection (where you can get 20% off with my code!). Brand collaborations, no matter how small, still excite the HECK out of me, and I nearly fell off my chair when I got a couple of LFW invites last month… trust me, I am still just as pumped when I get an email from someone that wants to work with me as I was when I first started out.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

PRE-LFW VLOG

Hi there you babes, I'm not sure if you know but I recently started up a YouTube channel to compliment my blogging and tonight I have FINALLY gotten round to uploading a video that I filmed in the run up to London Fashion Week. 

I popped in to Sister Jane to shoot some stuff with CJ, then I went to the wonderful ELLE L X Fashion for Conservation event, and finally I had a dream of a time at the Boohoo LFW gifting suite. Watch the full thing below and please subscribe if you like what you see! x


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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Off Duty With Nicce


Something I often struggle with is getting the balance right when I don't need/want to style a whole outfit but I don't wanna look like a total bag of crap either. I'm pretty much all or nothing in most aspects of my life and my fashion choices are totally reflective of this. Finding decent brands to help me build out the "staples" in my wardrobe is something I haven't been doing enough of lately, as I naturally lean towards statement pieces or super colourful items. Show me a neon faux fur jacket with sparkles and rainbows and I'm all over it, one glance at some killer iridescent heels and I'm practically falling in love, but I just don't know where to start when I'm after that chilled kinda vibe.

Enter my new saviour, NICCE.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Date Day at Bob Bob Ricard


So with it actually being February now (finally, we all made it!) Valentine's is creeping round preeetty quickly and I can't even get myself a tesco meal deal without being bombarded with lame ass cards and generic love-heart embossed mugs, pencil cases, teddy bears etc. I firmly believe that Valentine's is great for everyone who wants to celebrate it, but as you can probably tell I just don't buy into the weird tacky side of things myself - I'd much rather spend my money on a really nice meal or something you can experience together, which is exactly what we did this weekend. 

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Stop sneering at ambition


Heyyy, so another topical post from me this week because I just can’t resist getting sharing my own two cents on these sorta things (what can I say I love a good natter) and unless you’ve been properly living under a rock recently I’m sure you’ll know exactly what I’m about to delve into. Yes *that* little internet moment involving a hotel and a blogger.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

You aren't worth more than me


Something that I can't - just really can’t - get my head around is the gender pay gap. So as a woman, you’re actually telling me that I’m going to do the EXACT same job as man, with the exact same results, hit the same KPI’s, generate the same amount of profit etc etc… but I’m going to be paid less because of what’s between my legs? Discrimination at its finest.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

2018: Acting more, thinking less


Well helllooooooo everybody and the HAPPIEST of New Years to you! So I've just done a little check and the last time I actually blogged on here was November, which means I'm definitely overdue a ramble. (I'm trying to crack a 'haven't even blogged THIS YEAR' joke but it's just gonna fall flat on it's arse so just appreciate the attempt was there.) Today I'm gonna talk about New Year's resolutions in general [brilliant or bollocks?] and then go on to discuss my own New Years' mantra, yes mantra.