You're never fully dressed without a smile.


It's been forever yet again since I wrote a blog post. I am absolutely beyond obsessed with magazines, fashion bloggers, reading blogs, and stalking all of my favourite bloggers on a daily basis. Yet, when it comes down to writing my own blog I loose my confidence a little. I have so many ideas for content, and so many things I'd like to write about and photograph but not having anyone to take the photos for me proves difficult sometimes, and I've not really been feeling myself the past few months since coming back from London so haven't wanted to write.

However, I read a phrase recently which I absolutely loved... 'The comeback is always stronger than the setback.' And I SO hope this is true. Recently I'm starting to feel much more like me again, and totally getting my focus back.

I never lost it, I've always known exactly what I want to do, and where I want to be, it just got put to one side whilst I found my feet again after London and saved again, to which I aim to be going back very soon fingers crossed! The past year of my life has taught me a lot of painful lessons, you never know what's around corner, good or bad, and you can never take anything or anyone for granted. I don't agree with this next sentence fully, but we do control our own destiny to some extent and its time I got creative and confident again! So here goes...!

Enough of my life story and onto the main event - the outfit. Well mainly... THE BAG. Lets just talk about this beautiful bag that unexpectedly made its way into my wardrobe. I had some savings for a holiday this summer that didn't end up happening, so what better way to spend the money then on a Mulberry...? 

Me and my Mum went to York for a day out, and I wanted to go in the Mulberry shop to admire the beautiful bags from afar, (never did I ever dream I'd be walking out with one) but there it was. Just looking at me... with its beautiful Oxblood leather lambskin texture and perfect golden chain... I tried it on out of curiosity and because I was so drawn to it, but it was love at first sight. I didn't want to take it off. I'd gone into the shop wanting to look at Mulberry Lily's (which I do wish to own one, one day as they are such a classic bag...) and walked out with the beautiful Winsley. I absolutely LOVE the colour of it, the texture is amazing and the chain is perfect for me as all I mainly wear is gold, and I like that the chain isn't a bright brassy gold, its more of a dull molten colour. The chain also doubles up so it can be worn on the shoulder, but I prefer it long on one shoulder or across the body. 

If it wasn't for my Mum's persuasion and encouragement I probably wouldn't have bought it, as its the most I've ever spent on an item, (and I definitely had hot sweats when I was at the till paying) but I see this as a complete investment piece. And cost per wear makes it sooo worthwhile. I don't think I'll ever get bored of wearing it as it's timeless and definitely a love forever piece. I cannot tell you how excited I was walking out of the shop with it.

I finally own a really special bag, and for an absolute accessory and handbag addict this is a big deal.

I've always dreamt of having a designer bag collection, I could tell you the names of all sorts of designer bags, as accessories are my absolute favourite things in the world. Maybe this might be the start of that amazing collection I have always coveted... One can dream anyway! :)

As for the rest of the outfit, its quite basic (and all quite old), but I have photographed my shoes though, as they were an absolute BARGAIN. You know when you've looked at something all summer, and it sells out everywhere in your size, then you come across one pair and they've gone down in the sale... this is what happened with these little Topshop gems. Although I do feel a bit like a school girl in them and as though I should have pigtails in my hair! They are definitely not my usual style of shoe, but I quite liked these for a little change from sandals and sliders, plus they are gingham which has literally been EVERYWHERE, and if you don't know what gingham is (Sam I'm looking at you...) then were have you been hiding this Summer?!

PS. The last photo I took when I wore my bag to my cousins wedding recently, but how beautifully does it compliment and tone with the nude caramel shoes?

Sophie x 

The Shoe of the Season.

Gingham Floral mules - New Look 
Knotted Tan Leather mules - Zara 
Dusky Pink Leather mules - Topshop 
Fringed Leather Mustard mules - Topshop 
Black Pearl Slipper mules - Kurt Geiger 
Gold Metallic mules - Public Desire
Mint Green mules - Mango
Pointed Pink Leather mules - Topshop  

The shoe of the season is without a doubt Mules, they are literally EVERYWHERE right now! From high end to mega affordable, everyone can get in on a slice of the marvellous mule action. I have noticed in a lot of the shops that Spring pastel coloured mules seem to be the cream of the crop, with different shades of pink pretty much everywhere. But that's not to say classic black isn't just as stylish, or maybe a lustrous metallic is more your thing...?

There are also a lot of patterned ones, with beautiful embroidery on. The Gucci effect is still a strong influencer on the current seasonal trends with embroidery and flowers.

There are so many variations on the mule, from block heeled, slipper style, flats and statement, there really is a mule out there for everyone!

I'm not going to lie it was soooo hard to whittle the selection down to the few that I have shown as there are mules for all occasions on every website, and now I just want to own all of them to be honest...

I also need to mention my two absolute bargain pairs of Mules I picked up recently in the pictures at the top. The dusky pink ones are from non other than Primark and at the cost of £10 I am tempted to buy them in the other colours too as I know I'm going to be living in those shoes all Summer as they will literally go with anything, and will bring a welcome pop of summer colour to my outfits.

And the pointed suede nude/black dreamy Chanel dupes were from my favourite shop in the world -  ZARA. And they were reduced from £39.99 to £12.99 in the sale. I've only ever seen these shoes that one day and it was in a London Zara. I never even noticed them on the Zara website, so I do feel like I picked up an amazing purchase with those ones, and I walked out the shop feeling very smug and pleased with myself! haha. I also for one, never ever thought I'd be embracing a kitten heel... I'm not sure what's happening to me, maybe this is what happens when your not in your early 20's anymore, but I quite like this sophisticated shoe that has made its way into my collection.

I think for the perfect Spring/Summer shoe (that's not a sandal) the mule is without a doubt IT. Comfy... check? Go with pretty much everything...? Check. Don't have to break the bank to get in on the trend... Check. Effortlessly chic...? Check!

PS. Please also ignore my slightly patchy tan, it was almost time for my weekly ridiculously long, soak and scrub off all my tan so my skin is red raw, to then start again with fresh tan bath... Tanned life aint easy.

Sophie x

Glorious Gold.

Earrings mixed from - Zara & Topshop
Orbit Ring - Topshop 
Necklace - Monica Vinader
Chunky Ring - Mawi

I have sooo many ideas of things I'd like to blog, and outfits and accessories. But its quite hard when I only have myself to take the photos! So here's a random assortment of some pictures I took a few weeks ago when I first got my new camera, of some of my favourite gold jewellery pieces at the moment. I know the quality isn't amazing on some of the pictures, but I quite liked how they turned out. I was just having a little play with the camera and learning the various settings. I'm not normally a fan of big bright photos but I really like the bold white one!

Jewellery is my absolute one true LOVE, and I've had so many different post ideas recently that I plan to do, as jewellery really is having a major moment right now. I'm not a big lover of silver, actually scrap that, I love silver jewellery but not so much on myself, although there are some beautiful chunky silver pieces that I have my eye on!

I love unusual jewellery, and have quite a lot of beautiful chunky, bold pieces constructed with leather and gold, but there was something so eye catching and beautiful about the Monica Vinader necklace that I loved the very first time I found them on Instagram. Since I received this as a Christmas present from my lovely boyfriend, I've literally worn it almost every single day and I know its going to be one of those rare timeless love forever pieces. It's the perfect daytime necklace to add a subtle touch of gold to an outfit, but is also perfect for the evening layered with other delicate gold necklaces, or stands out on its own with a silk vest top or a low cut ruffle top. And how beautiful is the packaging?! The necklace also has its own little dust bag inside to protect it. I am a sucker for beautifully wrapped items, and when a piece of jewellery comes in a lovely box like this, you know your onto a winner. 

I haven't posted for three weeks as its been quite hectic for me... I have unfortunately had to move back home for a little while, and the London dream is over for now... 

Circumstances change, sometimes a job isn't everything you thought it would be, and things happen in life that make you completely question everything and re-asses your priorities, change your perspective and make you realise whats important, and so I made a big decision to hand my notice in at my job in London. Which was hard for me to do, as living in London has always been my absolute dream and I was finally brave last year and did it and moved on my own to a city where I barely knew anyone and landed myself a job straight away. So to take a gamble like that was quite risky, but I know I made the right choice and do not regret my decision. 

I then spent weeks and weeks applying for TONNES of jobs within the fashion industry, I had a few interviews but sadly wasn't successful. So in the end I had no other option but to come home, and I'm lucky that I have a lovely home to come back too. The past 6 months of my life, in fact the past year of my life has been a complete whirlwind, but I wouldn't change it. I've learnt a lot in the past year about who I am as a person and where I want to be in life, and if anything, the bitterly disappointing set back of failing in London this time has made me more determined to succeed should there hopefully be a next time. 

As everyone knows London is the not the cheapest place in the world, and living there was very expensive. So a lot of my photos and blog posts won't be like other blogs where they have the latest new in items every week as I am now VERY VERY skint! (as much as I would absolutely LOVE nothing more than to be able to do this!) haha. Although I feel like I'm totally contradicting myself here, as I must admit that most of the jewellery photographed here apart from the Mawi ring and the necklace, I bought during my 5 months in London. But we do have to treat ourselves every now and again don't we... :)

Sophie x

Embroidered Bags.

1. Topshop velvet bag 
2. Whistles clutch bag
4. Missguided backpack 
5. ASOS Leather clutch 
6. River Island drawstring bucket bag
7. Topshop leather studded bag

So, a trend I have noticed that keeps popping up everywhere this season is embroidered bags! And how lovely are they? I have my eyes firmly on the little velvet Topshop number, as I think it would look amazing with either a plain black outfit, or my leopard print jacket, and who says you can't pattern clash? Those rules are long gone.

I have already dipped into this trend, with my beautiful Zara bag pictured above. Its studded, leather, black, big enough to carry all my stuff in, has an across the body strap, and has beautiful embroidery on it. Need I go on?

Actually I will, as another big selling point on this one for me also was the zip. Strange but, the reason I was lead in the direction of a zipped bag being a must was because I had an incident on the tube - No I didn't get pick pocketed (this was also a fear though) but a big massive 'Sophie panics too much' incident occurred, where my bucket bag tipped up, everything fell out, I flapped about like usual and the poor man in front of me had to help me pick up all my belongings quickly whilst people were rushing by, all before I got to the bottom of the escalator and got crushed, there was hand cream, my purse, eyeliner and mascara everywhere. It made me so flustered!

This led me to go home and conduct an extensive search online everywhere possible for a secure bag. I ordered two from Topshop and when they arrived I didn't like them. I went into so many different shops and found nothing that I liked enough to buy, then when I went to Harrods at Christmas to see all of the pretty lights and have a little trip to the Ice Cream parlour (I totally recommend going here by the way, it was expensive but a delicious treat), I saw this in the Zara next door. And it was truly LOVE at first sight. Now she comes everywhere with me. And the best thing about it is I've never seen it again in another Zara or online, which I love as it means it isn't everywhere.

Embroidered bags are playful, and the perfect transitional accessory for now whilst it's still cold and gloomy they perk up an outfit and add some interest, and come Summer they will be perfect with little holiday dresses and denim.

I have listed and linked above some of the ones I have found online on the high street, all at various prices, but I'm hoping I have listed something for everyone! And of course, at the end I have shown a picture of the most beautiful bag from the Gucci SS17 Cruise collection. The bags in this collection are UNREAL. One can dream eh...?!

And for the creatives ones amongst you, why not purchase a plain black bag from Primark or New Look etc, and buy some iron on embroidered transfers from Ebay or a haberdashery shop and create your own? You can play around with different sized flowers like the Whistles one, or have big bold flowers like the Pretty Little Thing one. Plus, its such a nice feeling creating and making something yourself that is completely unique, and when people ask where you got it from, you can say you DIY'd it yourself.

Sophie x

Leopard Loving.

Jacket - Zara (Sold out now, but see very very similar here
Slogan tee - Missguided 
Coin necklace - Monica Vinader 

It's been a while since I wrote on my blog... almost a whole year in fact. A lot has happened in the last year of my life, quite life changing things, and I lost myself a little bit along the way.
My passion was always still there, and I've always still been very focused on my goals, however things happened and changed, and I massively lost my confidence, which resulted in me not wanting to do my blog and talk about the things I love, and not wanting to design and make my bags anymore. So I sold my camera, and put all my energy into moving to London. My life long dream!

I now have a brand spanking new camera, and have lots and lots of new creative ideas, and a fresher outlook on life. 

I have sat and thought about what kind of content I want to write about on my blog, then sat and worried about why I was overthinking it (as I'm not even sure anyone reads it anyway apart from my friends and family!) haha. (and I'm a total over thinker and worrier) However, I have just decided to roll with it, and talk about anything and everything fashion-y related that pops into my mind. The internet is saturated with fashion and beauty blogs, so mine isn't going to be anything ground breaking, however if it happens to inspire anyone along the way, I will be extremely happy. 

I've always thought of myself as quite a savvy shopper, however since living in London (and the months of saving before I moved) I have had to curb my shopping addiction massively, (sob sob sob the reality of London rent...) So most of my outfits and things I post will probably be a mixture of old, some very old, and some verrryy old items, with a sprinkling of new pieces along the way. I like to think I have however, become even more of a thrifty shopper now, and I must say I have picked up some bloody brilliant bargains in recent months. Hello ZARA SALE. 

I thought I'd have a little play around with my new camera the other day, and see how the photos come out, and I was so pleased with them! So I have decided to use these ones for my first post. I have taken quite a few pictures, for various posts, so I'm excited to see if anyone reads them and enjoys the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them! 

Now to the main event... THIS ABSOLUTE DREAM OF A JACKET. 

I first clapped my eyes on this jacket around August/September in Zara in Hull, it then sold out. And then sold out online. It sadly wasn't meant to be. I then popped into a Zara in London and low and behold my prayers had been answered and there was one left! I snapped it up before the little reasonable voice in my head told me not to, and reminded me that I had sensible things to pay for. 

I then excitedly rang my mum when I got home to tell her I finally had my hands on the jacket of my dreams, to which she then told me I had spoilt my Christmas present once again as she had already bought me it when I very first saw it! (My mum is very good at doing this the sneaky little thing) So, even though this then meant I had to wait three months until Christmas, it was well worth the wait. 

It literally transforms a plain outfit into one that makes a statement and a bold impact. This is definitely my new closet hero piece, and will see me right through to the summer months. Although due to the cropped length it is a little cold to be wearing it regularly now, it looks great with a big fur scarf for evenings out, or days where I want to look a little smarter. 

I have always loved leopard print, but I find with some leopard patterns they can look cheap, and a bit Bet Lynch off Corrie! But Zara have once again pulled it out the bag with their prints and coats this season. I'm a firm believer that everyone needs a splash of leopard print in their wardrobes, it's a classic item that never dates or goes out of style, and the fact this one has gold hardware makes it appeal to me all the more. 

The top is a little number I picked up from Missguided a couple of weeks ago. I have been after a slogan tee for a while as they are so easy to wear and style up, and was really pleased when the Missguided store in Stratford Westfield had this one in stock! The actual Missguided shop is like stepping into one giant marshmallow... its VERY PINK
Missguided isn't my go to online shop, as some of the things are a bit out there for me, and not to my style, but it's definitely a contender for when I have a particular item in mind, I know the chances are I will be able to find it on there for a very reasonable price! 

And lets just quickly talk about my necklace... it's no secret I am OBSESSED with jewellery and accessories, and my jewellery wishes came true at Christmas when I was surprised with the Monica Vinader necklace I had been lusting after for months! I've never taken it off since, nor do I plan too, as this is the perfect everyday necklace, that I can easily take from day to night.  

I appreciate this post is longggg... so if your still reading it now, thank you :)  

Sophie x

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