Are you a minimalistic but love your colours? Or maybe you just prefer the neutral tones.  I wanted to talk about all the different ways you can still keep a look minimal by adding just a pop of colour to your wardrobe.

I never use to be a fan of any other colour apart from black, white or beige. I thought this was my idea of keeping it “simple”. Recently, not only have I learnt to experiment with different colours, but I have learnt to appreciate what a pop of colour can do to an outfit. While this is not changing my style, it’s simply just evolving it.

I believe choosing a colour that suits your skin tone first of all makes such a huge difference. A colour I have been loving recently is lemon/yellow. It instantly lifts my mood whenever I’m wearing it (it just reminds me of the sunshine!), but I also find it suit’s my complexion and my dark features. It’s important to feel comfortable in whatever you are wearing and keep it natural, this way you know you can invest in similar items and therefore making our shopping habits that little bit more sustainable.

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Another fact I believe is important while still keeping it minimal, is to wear block colours. Try not to mix colours when putting together an outfit, it can sometimes look a little messy if the colours don’t suit each other – more so, it defeats the object of keeping it minimal. I’ve linked some items below which I’m loving but also to give you an idea of what I mean…

So the long awaited summer season is finally here! As much as we all love a good fashion trend, let’s not forget the importance of comfort and quality in the meantime.

I’ve recently purchased some linen fabric clothing and I can’t tell you how comfortable and light it feels. I’ve always heard good things about linen, whether that be clothing, bedding or even curtains, but never got round to trying it out!

Below I’ve listed some key advantages of wearing linen clothing:

LONG LASTING

Linen clothing is a hard wearing fabric and therefore provides a long lasting usage for everyday wear. It can be washed at the recommended temperature as often as needed. DID YOU KNOW: The more you wash linen clothing the softer it becomes.

BREATHABLE

Like I mentioned above, linen is so light fitting so its perfect for those warmer days! As linen fibres are hollow they allow more airflow over your body than other materials. DID YOU KNOW: Those who wear linen clothes sweat 1,5 times less than those who choose clothes made from basic cotton.

HYPOALLERGENIC

Many people suffer from allergies, especially during the summer season. It has been said that certain types of fabrics often agitate their symptoms due to the fabrics allowing moisture to build up. Well with Linen this is not an issue! As you now know Linen is very breathable, it allows air to move around freely and therefore, releases moisture very fast. Now I’m not saying this is going to get rid of your allergies, but it definitely seems the safer option given the above evidence!!

COMFORTABLE

As you may have already guessed by now, linen is very comfortable given its breathable and lightweight attributes. like I said at the beginning of this blog, we must not forget the important of comfort. Being in the sun can sometimes be uncomfortable as it is, wouldn’t you rather be wearing something loose than tight fitting? yep, I thought so too.

FASHIONABLE

So I couldn’t not talk about the fashion related benefit to linen clothing now could I? Linen clothing has been around for what feels like forever, by the 1990’s it had become a summer holiday staple! whether its linen dresses, white paper bag trousers, linen shirts or shorts – Linen is such a staple wardrobe piece! It can sometimes be a tad on the expensive side, but given its long lasting aspects and its stylish aesthetic it’ll definitely be worth the £!!!

BUT WITH THE POSITIVES, THERE MUST BE SOME NEGATIVES RIGHT?

Well sure, there will always be down sides to anything… that’s life right? So let me list a few things to consider when purchasing linen clothing:

  • Linen creases.
  • Linen is more expensive than cotton.

 

MY CURRENT LINEN FAVOURITES:

 

So incase you missed my last blog post I recently shared my favourite midi dresses that I’m loving, in my wardrobe and online!

Let’s face it its nice getting all glammed up sometimes, but what if we just want to snuggle up in our favourite comfy clothes? Below I’ve listed a few of my favourite casual looks which are super snuggly and stylish, so you’ll always look good no matter what you’re wearing!

 

 

 

One of my favourite things to do while being at home currently, is prancing around in the cutest midi dresses. They’re so lightweight, comfortable and not to mention flattering so you’ll never have a bad day when the postman arrives!

I thought I’d share a few of my current favourites that I have been wearing recently and also some that I’m loving online at the minute…

 

 

Does anyone else constantly put pressure on themselves? I feel like this is such a huge factor in life. I mean, it’s only normal to feel a little pressure every now and then. But what if i’m constantly questioning myself, overthinking and trapping myself in this enormous negative bubble… how do I control it?

I for one am a massive culprit of this. Specially with my blogging interests, i’m always feeling HUGE amounts of pressure, comparing myself to others, worrying if i’m creating the right content or losing followers and not getting myself out there as much as others. Pressure can really affect your mental health if it gets out of hand.

The reason I wanted to talk about this with you guys is because given our current situation, we have no choice but to stay indoors, some of us are struggling what to do with ourselves, whilst in the meantime seeing others doing a million workouts, making endless amounts of banana bread and posting 2-3 times a day. How do they do it all? Where do they find the motivation? Every single one of us is different. Some people like to take it easy, other like to keep busy at all times, and that’s OK! Just because others may be doing more than you, does not mean you need to do the same. You don’t need to put that pressure onto yourself. Stick on Netflix and binge Friday Night Dinner or grab one of your favourite books and create a little corner for yourself to get lost in.

One of my favourite ways to help dealing with pressure is to write it all down:

  • Make a list of all the things causing pressure to yourself
  • Evaluate why it is causing you so much pressure. Is it because you’re not doing enough? Or is it because you’re not doing it at all?
  • Write down all the ways you can release the pressure; if it’s a task, can you postpone it to another day?
  • Some people like to schedual their weeks, as much as it can be a good idea for some people to stay motivated; this can also create some kind of pressure if tasks are not met. SCRAP IT! If its causing you stress/pressure don’t do it. Do your tasks as and when you can.

Of course, if writing doesn’t seem like the best solution for you, talking to someone is the best alternative. Getting it all out in the open so you’re not holding this huge burden inside you. Talking to the right person means that they can hopefully give you some feedback/advise on ways to deal with your worries.

One very important thing to remind ourselves is that OUR MENTAL HEALTH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING. Do not lose yourself because you didn’t clean the house on Thursday or because you haven’t posted on instagram for three days. When it comes to your mental health, it’s not worth it.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If anyone is struggling with anything or needs someone to talk to, my dm’s are always open and I will try and give you the best advise… I’ve always been better at giving advise then taking it… so my mother tells me anyway!

Stay safe, Stay positive x

Blazers are such a staple wardrobe piece. Whether they are your neutrals or a bright colour for those extra days… every girl needs one!

But today I’m here to talk to you guys about my white blazer, kindly gifted by Misspap and all the different ways to style it.

As you may have already seen over on my instagram, I have chosen to style this blazer with a pair of loose white trousers and a sleek hairstyle. White on white is always a winner…(unless of course your eating spaghetti bolognese, then maybe I’d suggest changing outfits haha)


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I love the fact this blazer has a belt so it adds more detail to the complete look. Not only this but with the loose trousers it may be a little overwhelming. Adding the belt on the waistline just helps tie the outfit together.

I’ve added some items below that you could also wear with your white blazer:

  • Sequin tights
  • Cycling shorts (black or white)
  • White trousers
  • Crop tops/Bralette
  • White jeans

 

With this time stuck indoors, lets talk about self portraits, how to get creative and most importantly make taking photos FUN!

Steps in taking the best Self portraits:

Make sure you have a clear/neutral background –

If you don’t have a plain background indoors, not to worry! Just grab a couple white sheets from the airing cupboard, lay one across the floor and if you can find an area where you can hang the other sheet; maybe you’ve got a blind rail which you can clip it onto, or a door frame.. it really doesn’t matter, because when you’ve got it all set up you should hopefully not be able to see it in the shot anyway! (obviously if your sheets are MEGA creased, you may want to iron it out a little… I am guilty of this on a few occasions!)

This is one I created the other day:

Take a close up –

Ok so not everyone is super excited about getting up close and personal with the camera, I mean it could show off all our flaws right? Well here’s a few tips on how to create an ideal close up portrait:

Do your hair nicely – If your hairs naturally straight, maybe give it a curl so its something different for your viewers.

Put on a little eyeshadow – A close up will deffo make people appreciate the little details in your make up.

Pucker up! Add a little lipstick/gloss for a more bold look.

Find the right angle – Obviously we all have that “good side”.. well when you are closer to the camera its important to find the right angle which your most comfortable with. Trying new poses or tilting your head a little more than usual may just be that extra little step for that perfect close up.

Lighting – This is one of the most important steps in taking any photo! But when taking a close up you want it to be detailed, bright and eye catching. Making sure your photos are high quality will always be a winner to attracting more of an audience!

Jewellery – Like I said with the eyeshadow, it’s all about the little details which can really enhance your close up self portraits. Adding some earrings or a nice necklace not only will shine with your good lighting, but it adds more contrast to your photo.

Here’s an example I took the other week: (as you can see I forgot to iron this sheet, but being my first self portrait I think I’ll let this one slide…)

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Be creative! Add some furniture or a cute plant:

Why not make your self portraits a little more creative?! A white sheet is more of a professional and clean looking shot, which is always a winner. But for those who like to get a little more creative here’s some things you can add to help you get all artsy:

Sit on a chair/stool – Instead of just sitting on the floor or standing in front of your set up, add a coloured chair or something that will suit your theme (one for the bloggers) to add a bit of character.

Add in a cute plant – Whether its your favourite plant pot or a few petals on the floor, this really helps with the aesthetic of your portrait.

Coffee cup/laptop – If you still want that professional look but you don’t like a plain background these are the perfect ‘props‘ for you.

Here’s a couple of examples:

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If you guys do have any questions on anything I have covered or not covered in this blog post feel free to message me over on Instagram – @imchelsierose and I’d be happy to help!

Stay safe x

Hope your all enjoying your Bank holiday weekends and the sun is shining wherever you are… London is beaming!

This weekend is the best time to take a little time out for yourself and incase you wondered, what can I do with myself? I’ve listed a few ideas below for you guys:

Read a book

Catch up on your favourite series

Work on your skincare routine

Sunbathe

Rearrange your room

Bake some cakes

Pamper yourself

Exercise

Whether you’re spending this isolation period on your own or with other household members, its important to enjoy your own company at times. It makes us less reliant on other peoples presence and as individuals makes us more independent. With the likes of social media and advanced technology of todays generation, it has become very easy to always be surrounded by people both virtually and physically. Almost so that we may have forgotten what it’s like to be alone.

So how do we learn to appreciate our own company?

Set goals for yourself to achieve – whether that be reaching a desired weight by the end of the month or quitting a bad habit. It keeps you focused on what you want to accomplish that you don’t worry who’s around or not.

Writing – I know this may not be everyones cup of tea, but for me I feel like I can go into my own little world when I’m writing, so much so that it sometimes feels like i’m talking to someone while i’m writing my thoughts down. Does that make sense? or is this just a sign of madness? i’m not sure… but basically what i’m trying to say is that, although i’m alone it feels like i’m telling someone my story, so I guess it kind of gives you a sense of security that your not completely alone.

And if you don’t like the idea of writing a short blog/story, you can always write down future plans, bucket list idea’s – whether that be to travel, go into a new profession, build a family or doing something crazy like bungee jumping. Because here’s the thing, achieving your goals makes you more self assured, it builds confidence and with confidence you learn to be happy and comfortable in your own skin.

Catch up on things you may have postponed – spending too much time with other people can result in falling behind on things you wanted to do, things likes; clearing out your wardrobe, finishing your favourite book/series, or starting a new course. Use this time to accomplish those things, not only does it give you a sense of achievement but you’ll feel more relaxed and content within yourself. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my little clear out of my wardrobe a couple of weeks ago. this was something I was meaning to do for a very long time (if you saw my story, you’ll know how bad it really was!!) and after it was finished, yes I felt knackered… there’s no doubt about that, but I felt relieved, I felt proud and most importantly I felt content with myself.

But what happens if you haven’t got anything to catch up on? Well, that’s easy… start something new and exciting to do. It can be absolutely anything, the main thing is keeping yourself busy, for when your not busy you’ll most likely get bored and possibly irritated leaving you to dislike to your own company… and that’s not the aim here! 

Something that I wanted to address while learning to enjoy your own company is that being alone and being lonely are too completely different things and here’s why:

1. You can be happy while you are alone. The same can’t be said for being lonely

2. Standing in a concert full of people, you can be lonely. It is not a question of numbers, but of emotions. However if you are watching your friends video of the concert at home by yourself, well you get it, you are just alone.

3. If you fancy a drink when you are alone, that’s entirely up to you. If you want to have a drink when you are lonely… don’t do it. It’s nothing but a slippery slope that nine times out of ten will make you feel a lot worse.

Lastly, loneliness has more side affects with it; things like confusion, insomnia, it makes you overthink A LOT at the best of times. Don’t confuse yourself when you’re alone into thinking you’re lonely. “Being alone is a state of being; loneliness is a state of mind.” reference from thoughtcatalog.com

I hope this has given you a little bit of light into appreciating your own company and that there’s so many wonderful benefits of being alone, showing you what you can create or achieve by doing so.

 

https://thoughtcatalog.com/adrea-cope/2014/04/the-difference-between-being-alone-and-being-lonely/more great info about the difference of loneliness and being alone on this blog if you wanted more of an insight!

Are you use to taking photos on the go? Have a preferred location to shoot your outfits? Or do you always rely on a photographer to take your photos?

I’m here to talk about how to make the most of our current situation and how you can create content just as good content indoors! Majority of my content is shot outdoors (preferably London based) and where I live on the outscerts of London, its not just as simple as going out for my hour exercise and quickly snapping that outfit shot.

So here are a few of my tips while learning to create content indoors:

  • Find a location in your house that has the best lighting
  • Make sure you have a clean background (no dirty laundry on the floor or rubbish you left on the armchair etc..)
  • Keep your niche the same throughout – some people may find it difficult getting that full body outfit shot and go on to creating make up flat lays or taking endless snaps of their pets (cute and all..) but that’s not the reason your followers followed you in the first place. Some of your audience may loose interest and therefore jeopardising the balance of engagement.
  • Be creative – as well as making sure your keeping your area clean, try involving some of your home décor to attract viewers. A cute plant or stylish chair is always a winner.
  • Selfies – in my opinion selfies are a hit OR miss. If they work for you then great the more selfies the better! However if you find your selfies don’t reach as many viewers than normal try to avoid this if you can. You want to keep your engagement as good as it can be.
  •  Pinterest – this is always a good idea to get inspo from other creators. As long as you do not copy their work, it’s a very helpful tool to bring idea’s to life.

Lastly and most importantly, don’t be too harsh on yourself. At the end of the day creating content is suppose to be fun and exciting, you should post what you love and what inspires you.

So the past couple of weeks I’m sure have been very difficult for all of us. I myself have struggled getting use to working from home, adapting to creating content indoors and generally keeping up with day to day life. I feel everything is a bit up in the air at the moment and all I can keep thinking is how long will this all last? When are we going to get back to normal living? How will we know when its safe to leave our homes for good?

There’s so many questions that could be asked… but none of us know the answers.

That is why in todays post I wanted to share some handy tips that we can all use to keep us going and lift are moods, but most importantly to keep us SANE!

Exercise –

It’s so important during this period to use our 1 hour exercise where we can, whether that be walking your pets, riding your bike or simply just going for a walk. But if you don’t fancy going outdoors or the weather is miserable, why not try a home workout? I’ve recently been doing daily yoga to help relieve stress and reduce muscle cramps (it’s also a great alternative to doing an intense workout if this is not your cup of tea!)

Games –

using this time to spend quality time with your family / partner. Playing games kind of takes your mind away from everything and lets you focus on what you are actually doing.This is great way to lift the mood and keep you busy when your feeling bored. Although, I wouldn’t suggest frustration or Monopoly… it never ends well lets be honest.

Cleaning –

I know this may already sound boring, but has anyone else started cleaning and instantly you go into this zone, it’s like a trance and I swear you forget about everyone and everything. Personally I find cleaning very therapeutic. There’s also a great sense of achievement when it’s all done and dusted!

Make a change –

this could be about anything, whether it’s your style, rearranging your furniture, your hobbies or how you see /approach things. This is the time to use your ability to make changes about your lifestyle.

Communicate –

its important to keep in touch with your loved ones / friends during this time. Whether it be a simple text, phone, or video call. It lets the person know you were thinking of them and can really make an impact on peoples day. We are so lucky to have the internet and be able to stay in touch wherever we are. Let’s make the most of the tools we have, to help us get through this time together.

Quality time –

spending time with your family / partner / housemates is such a great way to connect with each other. For me I really enjoy sitting in the living room of an evening with my parents and just watching a movie together. You can also spend lunch/dinner times with one another – just catch up on how your all doing and have a bit of a chit chat!

I hope we all come out of this with positive minds and our outlook on life will be very different. Over the time spent indoors, we learn to appreciate what we may have took for granted – things like going to the movies, nights at the pub, date nights with your partner. But it’s not just about the activity side of things, in this time it really doesn’t matter whether your rich, poor, celebrity, non celebrity… we are all in the exact same boat. We are all living this moment together. We are all human.

Let’s all support each other by staying indoors, keeping each other safe and healthy. We’ve got this.