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Figuring out the weird

13/11/2017

It's 22.04 on a Saturday evening and I'm coming to terms with my crap, work / life balance. Since coming back to uni, I've been trying to find routine to bring order to all the shit I have to complete for every deadline. Taking 12 months away to go on placement was an incredible experience that I don't regret at all but I never really considered how it would change and effect my return to uni. 

I relied so heavily on making it through any tough times in London by remembering I would be back up north surrounded by a community I felt at home in. I didn't consider how much placement would effect myself, my views and opinions as well as everyone else who went away too. I was so excited and ready to come and embrace being a fashion student for another 9 months before calling myself a graduate (well fingers crossed anyway).

That being said, settling in took me a while but I am so happy to be back in Manchester and I am incredibly inspired to be back working on projects. But coming to terms with my mental health around this time last year, it's making me reflect on who I am today.  Through out my first and second year I never really noticed or can remember experiencing the way I feel now, back then, so I think that's another stepping stone I'm having to face. 
Being aware of my mental health and coming back to my final year, it almost feels like starting from scratch on how to make things work for me. On placement year, I knew it all mattered in finding the small things that made me happy, taking it a day at a time, then spending time doing what I wanted to do. Having different systems in place that helped me when things got a little too much, really alliviated some of the stress I may have been feeling. Uni is different, there's modules, sometimes 4-5 projects at a time, all the work and pressure that comes with it (mainly from myself). Then there's socialising and maintaining friendships and relationships as well ensuring there's time made for yourself, plus many other things to consider.

Sometimes I feel like I'm crashing and other days I feel like you know what Chlo, you're doing alright, you got this. I guess that sums up my mental health and it's something I'm working on. Getting that routine and that balance in working but finding time for me and those that I love. 

Mental health doesn't just stay the same, that wouldn't make sense. As humans we're constantly changing and developing, so our mental health changes with us. I never really considered it until the past few months, some days will be easier and some a bit harder, and that's okay. I'm working on making it work for me.

C x

Red Shutter Monochrome

29/10/2017

Jacket : Vintage
Jumper : Universal Works
Trousers : Pull & Bear (sale)
Old Skools - ASOS
Tote - Goodhood
So these photos have been waiting weeks to be put into a post and actually get published too. I have quite a few photos in storage but with the proscratinator and perfectionist in me, can't seem to make them into published posts anymore. 

Anyway before uni started, Sam and I went to Liverpool for the day as it's only a short train ride away from Manchester. We spent the day wondering around and seeing what the city had to offer as I'd never been before. After a walk down side streets, we spotted this red shutter outside a bar and knew it would the perfect backdrop for the monochrome outfit I was sporting that day. 

White or cream trousers and jeans were the 'it' thing over summer but after buying these in the sale towards the end of the glorious weather, I knew I still wanted to find someway to get use out of them. Welcome the big grey jumper and oversized denim jacket. Perfect partners for the upcoming colder months, espeically now residing back up north. 

Here's to being a true Britain and trying to wear our clothes all year round despite the awful change in weathers. 
C x


Seaside School Girl

08/09/2017

Tee : &Other Stories (similar)
Skirt : Charity Shop
Straw Hat : Typical tourist shop (don't judge) (similar)
Workshirt : Vintage
Birkenstocks : Office
Maison Kitsune : 18Montrose (similar)

Location : Torquay
Photography : Emily 
I know what you were probably expecting with a title like this; an American Apparel tennis skirt, crop top and piggytails like some budget Britney Spears 'Oops I did it again...'. Well I'm sorry to disappoint that this outfit couldn't be further from that. This is more St.Trinians, Girls only School, on a trip to the beach vibes. Not very 'sexy' at all.

This outfit is probably my favourite out of everything I wore whilst on holiday (also my boyfriends fave so win win). The skirt I managed to pick up from a Charity Shop whilst wondering round one of the many small towns in East Devon. It has pockets which is obviously the best feature and I can't wait to wear it with thick jumpers and Dr Marten boots in the Autumn / Winter (I mean summer is basically over for us Brits now). 
The boater hat is something I have been after for years (okay well maybe not that long) but I could never find one that fit my head properly. I spotted this one whilst half way through eating my subway (glamorous I know) and tried it on asap (well once I'd finished said Subway, I wasn't going to leave my food???). Long story short, the hat is now mine and will remind me of British Summer Holidays forevermore. 

The bag is a gift from my wonderful boyfriend (I wrote that myself, he didn't force me to say it...) and it's a lovely addition to my growing tote bag collection. It's an incredible pastel lilac colour and has the signature Maison Kitsune logo on the front. I think it works really well with the blues and white in this outfit, which is what my wardrobe 85% consists of. 

I hope you're all have lovely weekends!
C x

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Pink and Red - a new me?

13/08/2017

T-shirt : Carhartt
Tulle slip : H&M
Levi's : Blue Rinse

Location : Nottingham 
Major thanks to my boyfriend for knowing about this amazing turquoise blue shutter backdrop to help showcase this wonderful combo I wore the other day and am completely in love with.

I have mentioned before (approximately 20532 times) how my style changes and I go through many a style identity crisis'. Following so many amazing gals (and guys) on instagram and pinterest, gives me major style envy. Sometimes I get so much inspiration that I just don't know where to start and end up wanting to try it all at once.

This outfit is definitely influenced by others and I guess that what fashion is all about sometimes, trying new things out to then find what you can truly define as your 'signature' style. 
I feel I have kept this look 'me' with 501's that never leave my body, funky socks and my old skools. It's about trying new things, new colours and new shapes but adding those 'comfortable' pieces bring you back to a happy place rather than feeling so unlike yourself that you wish you never ever bought the bright red tulle top in the first place!

Here's to future style ruts, finding ways out of them and being inspired to give new things a chance. 

C x


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