The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

I’ve been nominated for my first blogging award! The Liebster Award is an internet award tag in which bloggers learn more about one another, the community and themselves. I created my website to write about my passions as well as create a support network for others so it’s really exciting to be involved in something like this.

Thank you so much Oh, Nath for the tag. It means a lot to be acknowledged!

I personally really enjoy her quarantine update posts so I definitely recommend checking them out.

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  • Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link of their blog to your blog.
  • Answer the questions given to you.
  • Nominate 2-6 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about the award and notify them about it.
  • You may/may not create 11 new questions for your nominees. If so, the more creative the better.

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1. Describe your blogging journey in 3 words.

Fulfilling. Creative. Inspiring.

2. What do you love most about blogging?

Certainly the freedom to write about whatever I like. I enjoy writing posts that make people feel less alone, it’s therapeutic for me and hopefully beneficial to readers.

3. How long does it take you to compose a blog post?

It really depends on what I’m publishing. Most posts take 40 minutes minimum. Articles that require lots of prior research or work (such as my ‘Join My Journey’ series) are the most time consuming in comparison to personal posts that are more spontaneous and less structured.

4. Imagine visiting your 7- or 10-year-old self, what would be his/her advice/message to your current self?

My 10 year old self would encourage me to do lots of writing. Hopefully I’ve made her proud through my hard work.

5. What’s one thing you learned during this time of quarantine?

The importance of balance. Balance between rest and activity, silence and cacophony, peace and chaos etc.

6. Coffee or tea?

Tea 100%. I drink about 5 mugs a day…

7. What are the three things you are grateful for today?

Family, friends and my record player.

8. When you are feeling down, what do you do to cheer yourself up?

Listen to music, I think I have a playlist for almost every human emotion. My favourite musicians are Harry Styles, Mac Miller, Frank Ocean but Fleetwood Mac are my go-to band if I’m feeling down.

9. What’s one habit you want to break and why?

Analysing myself in the mirror/ a picture of myself until I dislike every part of my appearance.

10. What is your dream destination?

I have two, is that cheating…? Firstly, Kenya. (I’d love to stay at the Giraffe Manor hotel.) I’d also love to visit Iceland and bathe in the Blue Lagoon.

11. What language would you like to learn?

French – each sentence sounds so romantic and poetic.


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I nominate…

Arshia, Georgina Kate Allen and Ayesha as I love all of their blogs. I also nominate anyone reading this that wants to get involved. This is obviously optional so don’t worry if you don’t want to join.

Questions for nominees!

  • 1. Explain the title of your blog
  • 2. What is your goal in life?
  • 3. What is on your bucket list?
  • 4. What blog posts do you enjoy writing the post?
  • 5. What blog posts do you enjoy reading the most?
  • 6. What is something that someone has said to you that will remain engrained in your memory forever?
  • 7. Do you prefer reading or writing?
  • 8. Who/ what inspires you?
  • 9. What scares you?
  • 10. What’s your dream career?
  • 11. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Thank you for reading and thanks again to Nath for the nomination. Her post is linked here: https://ohnananath.com/2020/05/26/the-liebster-award/

Stay safe!

Grace x

Reflecting On Mental Health Awareness Week

Reflecting On Mental Health Awareness Week

As Mental Health Awareness Week comes to an end, we can reflect on how society should come together every day of the year with strength and love to acknowledge how every mind matters .


Focusing on mental health is crucially important in 2020 as we deal with the stress of the coronavirus which has changed the world and millions of lives. Many people joined the movement and supported both strangers and loved ones to ensure everybody feels loved in the midst of the global devastation. Hopefully, as humanity realises the importance of community and togetherness, the attitude will continue forever.

The theme this year was ‘kindness’ which is something that should always be prevalent in society. People were provoked to be kinder to themselves and those around them.

What happened? Who got involved? How did they make an impact?


β™‘ Individuals shared their personal stories of giving and receiving kindness for the Mental Health Foundation. Read them here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-stories

β™‘ ITV initiated the ‘Britain Get Talking’ campaign in October 2019 yet the vital message continues to be shared. In time for Mental Health Awareness Week, they shared an advert encouraged the importance of checking up on your friends, even if it’s just a simple text. Read their article here: https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2020-05-18/mental-health-awareness-week-2020-let-s-get-talking-1/

β™‘ Mind, a well-known mental health charity introduced #SpeakYourMind to provoke open conversations so that nobody feels alone. People from all over the world shared tips and personal stories and this created a beautiful support network between strangers. Watch the Mind video here: https://youtu.be/UdT4vxxCfv8

β™‘ Spotify teamed up with CALM to promote podcasts and songs that will uplift listeners. From low fidelity beats to happy music, they covered everything! Browse the selection of playlists here: https://open.spotify.com/genre/kindnessmatters-playlist-pick

β™‘ Social media was crucial this year as people can’t physically see one another. However, there were thousands of virtual hugs shared as people posted their own experiences, advice and quotes on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Here are some of my favourite quotes that can provide comfort when your mind forces you to overthink:

Source: Pinterest

Thanks for reading today’s post! Hopefully you’re looking out for yourself as well as those around you. Remember: your mental health is just as important as your physical help so reach out for help if you feel it’s necessary.

Stay safe!

Grace x

Iconic Met Gala Looks That Epitomize The Meaning Of Fashion

Iconic Met Gala Looks That Epitomize The Meaning Of Fashion

The Met Gala is a parade of couture excellence held annually to raise funds for the Metropolitan museum of art and costume institute. As the world’s most spectacular fashion event gets cancelled for obvious reasons this year, today we’ll reminisce on the best Met moments. Innovative, inspiring, invigorating… these looks are what makes the Met Gala so ICONIC.

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Last years’ theme, Camp, successfully encapsulated what fashion is all about: relentless expressionism and creativity. With most guests following the theme perfectly, it’s so difficult to narrow the list down, however, Lady Gaga makes the task a little easier as her costume springs to mind immediately. The metamorphosis queen, Gaga, created a jaw dropping performance on the pink carpet, transforming from a huge fuchsia dress from Brandon Maxwell to gorgeous black lingerie. With 4 separate and juxtaposing looks, she certainly was a transformative icon who took Camp to a new level with outrageous yet immaculate decisions going into her outfit. The attention to detail in the look ensured it was theatrical, exciting and all importantly – CAMP. What more would you expect from the co-chair and fashion experimenter that is Gaga?

It wasn’t only women who pushed boundaries and raised eyebrows at the 2019 Met Gala, Ezra Miller is a wonderful example of a man who owned the pink carpet and the entire night. Miller left us with an hundreds of questions, which is certainly a good thing as it embodies the camp theme. This curiosity sparks from his unexplained blank mask as an accessory, contrasting with his EYE catching face, as well as the Burberry suit paired with a dazzling diamond corset and not forgetting to mention his 7 eyes, obviously. Makeup was a large element of his costume, with intricate painting on the face being revolutionary. Although men have been wearing makeup for many years, especially in the music and punk industry, it still hasn’t been normalised enough in society so his look was far from basic. As face art advances throughout the years, Ezra Miller made a lasting impression which will inspire artists both now and in the future. You truly don’t know where to look with his outfit and that’s what makes it so beautiful.


If we’re talking about iconic looks, 2017 is a great Met Gala year to reminisce on due to the theme of: Rei Kawakubo and Comme Des Garcons. This revolved around creativity, recreation and construction due to Kawakubo’s iconic aesthetic and legacy.

Cara Delivigne looked like she’d stepped off a spaceship straight onto the carpet in 2017 debuting her bald head and metalic Chanel suit. The breath-taking silver look screamed for attention which is what it truly deserved. Again, the attention to detail was sensational. Delivigne’s chest was sprinkled with glitter to add yet another dimension to the look, perfectly connecting to the theme. The costume complimented her stunning figure as well as exemplifying a modern approach to fashion.

In a delightful Dolce and Gabbana gown, Zendaya was another Met gala 2017 icon. The design of the dress was just exceptional, hugging her body and accentuating her beauty. Covered in tropical parrots and flowers, you could anticipate the gown looking OTT but this was proven wrong as Zendaya floated across the carpet.


Let’s time travel another 8 years earlier to when the theme was ‘The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion” in 2009. It is truly jaw dropping to analyse just how much creativity evolved in just a century from 2009 to 2019, with stars much more inclined to get out of their comfort zone and societal boundaries nowadays. With that being said, guests of the 2009 gala did not disappoint, with Rihanna as an honourable mention. Women in suits: classic and timeless. Rihanna took it a step further than a plain black suit by adding large shoulder pads that almost met her ears to add an unusual structure and reshape the look, perfect for the theme. Her edgy hair complimented her stunning face shape, this along with her chunky heels were representative of her popular personality and ability to make herself stand out.


Founded by Eleanor Lambert, the Met was established in 1948 and continues to be a highly anticipated event every year. The media becomes more involved in the ball as the years go by and it’s interesting to see how this affects the dynamics of the hugely anticipated event annually. This year, the media has the biggest role yet. The high fashion twitter community (hf twt) have invented the best solution to the fashion shaped hole in our lives at the moment… a virtual met gala! Join the fun and innovation from young enthusiasts on Monday 4th May.


Thank you for reading today’s post! There are so many looks I could have mentioned so I’m sure there will be lots more Met Gala related posts on my site in the future…

Like it if you liked it and follow to read more. Leave a comment below sharing your opinions or your favourite fashion moments.

Stay safe. Lots of love,

Grace x

You Are Enough, Stop Criticising Yourself (especially during these unforeseen times)

You Are Enough, Stop Criticising Yourself (especially during these unforeseen times)

Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much? Am I being overdramatic? Am I too calm? Am I being lazy? Everyone’s working out… should I be working out?

I’ve said it before, your mind can be a bully and overthinking can be a terrible result of it’s unkindness.

Working on yourself is healthy and helpful, HOWEVER, crossing the line and taking it too far can be harmful! During this unforeseen and hugely difficult global circumstance, the free-time many of us have may allow your overthinking tendencies to increase and those with mental health issues may be struggling.

Humans love to compare. It’s in our nature. This attribute of mankind has been evident during the extraordinary times in lockdown but here is a reminder to make healthiness (physical & mental) your priority.


Generally, everyone has unique approaches to how they spend their time. We all have different interests and lifestyles, working on things in our own personal schedules. Similarly now during this pandemic, everyone is approaching these times in their own ways… and that is valid!

Key workers are busy, sacrificing themselves to save lives. Most others are on lockdown (UK) and this dramatic lifestyle change means some people are exercising, some are quizzing, many are baking and lots are chilling. As long as you are following governmental guidelines, you’re already doing one thing right!

Obviously I can’t address the entire population but here are some short affirmations.

  • Don’t feel guilty for sleeping in. If your body tells you to rest, you should! This is potentially your first opportunity to relax for days straight without work/school/commitments stopping you.
  • On the other hand, there’s obviously nothing wrong with wanting to wake up early. Spend your days however you like!
  • You may feel helpless, like you should be doing more to help. Remember, by staying at home, you are helping. There are other ways you can help from home such as volunteering or donating to local hospitals, charities or businesses if you have the money.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself if your motivation has plumetted, it is entirely normal when your schedule and surroundings change.
  • Don’t criticise yourself if you’re not doing as much exercise as others you see on social media. Although staying healthy is great, it’t not a competition. Set your own goals rather than comparing your routine with others.

Things you could do when feeling negative about yourself:

  • Write a list of things you achieve each day, be it small or big tasks
  • Start up a self love scheme or journal
  • Call a friend or family member as a reminder that you are loved

Due to the sensitivity and complexity of today’s topic, I probably rambled in this post but hopefully I managed to convey the message to prioritise looking after yourself as well as one another.

Lots of love,

Grace x

Dreamy Summer Style 2020

Dreamy Summer Style 2020

Manifesting a Summer full of healthiness, happiness and beautiful fashion…

Today I’ll take you through major Summer trends, along with my favourite garments in my unrealistic wardrobe wish list. If it gives the same aura as an ethereal perfume advert, it’s going in my virtual basket.


PASTELS


Pastels: a timeless trend associated with the beauty of spring and summer, blossoming trees, lavender fields, Easter eggs. Add these soft colours into your wardrobe for an effortless Summer statement.

EMELIA WICKSTEAD JUDE GINGHAM CLOQUE MINI DRESS

This first piece combines 3 stunning trends- pastel, gingham and a sweetheart neckline to create a perfect Summer dress.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/emilia-wickstead/jude-gingham-cloque-mini-dress/1235416

VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM MINT TWILL WIDE LEG PANTS

Pair these elegant trousers with a tight fitted top for a chilled daytime look or add the matching jacket for a sophisticated summer evening outfit.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/victoria-victoria-beckham/victoria-twill-wide-leg-pants/1237140

FAITHFUL THE BRAND, LILAC LILLA CROPPED SHIRRED LINEN TOP

Oh how easy it is to fall in love with this top: the airy material, adorable bow detailing and puffy shoulders. A dream.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/faithfull-the-brand/lilla-cropped-shirred-linen-top/1193936


SILK / SATIN


Luxorius yet lightweight, silk pieces are guaranteed to make you feel like royalty throughout summer.

NILI LOTAN GOLD ARIZONA TIE-DETAILED SILK BLOUSE

Despite it’s subtle colouring, this blouse is both graceful yet eye catching. Also, someone needs to send it to Harry Styles immediately.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/nili-lotan/arizona-tie-detailed-gathered-silk-charmeuse-blouse/1190056

ALICE + OLIVIA BLUSH ATHENA SATIN MIDI SKIRT

This material + pink are a match made in heaven. Imagine an evening on the beach watching the sun set, this is the perfect skirt.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/alice-olivia/athena-satin-midi-skirt/1206318


ANIMAL PRINT


Whether it’s simple leopard print lining or zebra-all-over, animal print makes any outfit look bold and captivating.

SALLY LAPOINT IVORY BELTED COTTON BLEND ZEBRA TROUSERS

Zebra trousers are so popular right now and the hype is certainly understandable. These playful trousers and eye-catching alone but you can buy the matching top and jacket for a dramatic evening look.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/sally-lapointe/belted-cotton-blend-zebra-jacquard-straight-leg-pants/1232998

REDEMPTION ZEBRA PRINT ONE SHOULDER RUFFLED BLEND DRESS

Make a wild statement with this one shoulder dress, beautifully designed with dramatic ruching and a figure hugging fit.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/redemption/one-shoulder-ruffled-zebra-print-cotton-blend-dress/1238901


BAGS


A bag is often the most crucial element of an outfit, with the potential to make or break the look.

JACQUEMUS WHITE LE CHIQUITO MINI LEATHER TOTE

Jacquemus managed to create such a huge statement with such a tiny bag. This white version is perfect for the Summer (if you don’t have much to carry but still want a beautifully executed outfit.)

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/jacquemus/le-chiquito-mini-leather-tote/1214462

DIOR DUSTY JADE SADDLE BAG

Dior’s saddle bags are charmingly versatile and can be paired with both summer and winter outfits. This dusty jade colour compliments neutral garments for a simple but gorgeous summer look.

https://www.dior.com/en_gb/products/couture-M0446CWVG_M52H-dusty-jade-saddle-grain-calfskin-bag

DIOR TROTTER SADDLE TOTE IN PINK

I’ve included another Dior saddle bag but this time, a more eye-catching pink one. This has been my dream bag for a long time now and is currently not on the Dior website so here’s a link to a pre-owned version!

https://www.farfetch.com/uk/shopping/women/christian-dior-pre-owned-trotter-saddle-tote-item


Thank you for reading today’s article! Hope you enjoyed having a look at some of my dream pieces- share some of your favourite garments or bags for Summer in the comments below.

Follow/ subscribe to my blog for more fashion related content as well as posts covering other topics such as beauty, lifestyle, mental health and more!

Stay safe. Lots of love,

Grace x

You Are Not Useless… Here’s Why.

You Are Not Useless… Here’s Why.

Hearing others refer to themselves as “useless” or insinuating this belief with other words breaks my heart. Many people struggling with anxiety, depression or confidence issues may be familiar with the feelings of worthlessness or incapability but I want to assure you that your mind can be a bully and relentlessly bombard you with negativity even though you are definitely NOT useless. You ARE: worthy, necessary and USEFUL… here’s why.


Not a single person out of the entire population of the planet (7.6 billion people!!!) is the same as you. Your voice, smile, face, personality… everything about you is unique.

Your self reflection shows that you are conscientious, you want to put the best version of yourself out to the world. This in itself is admirable.

Making mistakes is not a sign of weakness or stupidity. Everybody messes up but you probably only notice when it happens to you. These accidents or errors will help you grow as a person: embrace them as much as you can.

You have a multitude of talents and passions even if you haven’t discovered them yet. You’re capable of learning new skills or enhancing current ones whenever you’re ready to work on them.

Negative comments from other people are not equivalent to them disliking you as an entire person. As mentioned earlier, you can have flaws but they are not a reflection of futility. Accept rejection and take criticisms as a way of improving yourself rather than punishing yourself.

The people around you are grateful for your existence. Friends, family, peers, strangers. Even though you don’t always notice, you are surrounded by people who appreciate you.

You’re allowed to be sad. You’re allowed to be happy. You’re allowed to be anxious. You’re allowed to be confident. Your feelings are valid and natural.

The list could go on but hopefully by now you can start your journey of understanding how worthy you are. May your confidence flourish.


If these feelings are becoming overwhelming and are negatively impacting your life, please reach out to somebody for help.

I’m not a professional so here are links to some websites that may provide more information, help or support if necessary:

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/feeling-worthless

https://psychcentral.com/blog/when-you-feel-worthless/

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/open-letter-feeling-worthless

I am here for you all! Although my audience is small, I really hope to create a supportive community that can have open conversations without judgement. Please share any thoughts or ideas you could add with regards to this post in the comments.

Thank you for reading! Follow and like for more.

Stay safe, lots of love,

Grace x

Join My Journey: Studying Fashion From Home (Part 1)

Join My Journey: Studying Fashion From Home (Part 1)

Fashion is an aesthetic expression I’ve always been hugely fascinated and excited by, therefore, I decided now is a great time to develop my knowledge of the art form further. This blog post will introduce you to my journey of studying fashion from home; looking at areas of inquiry and certain designers I am personally interested in. Please feel free to join the journey!

Please note: I am not following a syllabus and I’m certainly not a professional. This is purely for the satisfaction of learning new content whilst in quarantine, with the hope of continuing it for as long as possible.


Without further ado, welcome to part one…

I adore fashion journalism: it’s a dream job of mine. The first step of developing my knowledge of the fashion spectrum was simple because it was something I regularly do anyway… reading and writing articles, blogposts and magazines. Links to my favourite recent articles:

Secondly, I decided to take an online course from Institut Francais de la mode (French Fashion Institute) on FutureLearn entitled “Understanding Fashion: From Business To Culture” and so far, it is marvellously motivational and informative. I’m currently one week 1 of 4 so shall talk in more detail about the course in a future post. During week one, hearing from Simon Porte Jacquemus truly captivated me as his intense love for his job was revealed. This leads me onto step 3…

Step 3 of this exploration was the point in which I moved onto studying an individual designer… Jacquemus who has created one of the most well known upcoming brand in the industry. Having previously been obsessed with his lavender field runway (s/s 2020 β€œLe Coup de Soleil”), mini bag trend and after understanding his dedication during the online course, I was inspired to delve deeper into everything Jacquemus.

This began by me rewatching the Le Coup de Soleil runway video, this time taking note of anything significantly thought provoking (favourite pieces, artistic references etc). It was difficult not to make note of every single detail because I almost certainly could have… the collection is wonderful and the entire production is perfection. Next, I looked at previous collections and runway videos. Moving onto interviews, I began to establish a more detailed understanding of Jacquemus’ creative process and reasoning for creating his brand in the way he has. Before I knew it, I’d become a huge fan.

Inevitably, step 4 was MORE RESEARCH! I was eager to study more designers in detail, getting to know their garments as well as their motivations in the industry, using similar methods to those mentioned previously with regards to Jacquemus! Below is a list of a few more designers I looked at:

Step 5 will begin for me tomorrow, moodboard creation. Scrapbooking is something I have loved for a long time, it’s therapeutic, relaxing and satisfying. I am going to build up a portfolio/ scrap book of runway looks and magazine cut-outs and formulate them in a way in which I can annotate but is also aesthetically pleasing. If this goes well, I’ll share the results in the next post of this series!

In true Pinterest style, here are some pictures that captivate fashion study/ work to motivate us!

CREDITS: (order of top left to bottom right)
freyawewer on Instagram
Rose Inc. on Instagram
FashiionGoneRouge @ bellathomas on Instagram
Deborah-lovegrove on blogspot
DGTRF on Pinterest

Thank you so much for reading today’s post. I hope you enjoyed the first part of the ‘Join My Journey’ series! Part 2 will be up soon. Comment any thoughts or questions you have below, leave a like if you liked it and follow for more content!

Stay safe! Lots of love,

Grace x