Where I get my fashion inspiration

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Right now I am so obsessed with nudes, whether that is in the form of a t-shirt/jumper or trousers, in fact if you guys follow me on Instagram you’ll see my perfect nude flared trousers from Mango. When I first saw this draped nude top from Romwe I loved it, and knew instantly that I wanted to pair it with a pair of trousers with a similar tone. It is also quite a dressy outfit, so I dressed everything down with pair good old Stan Smith trainers & a fluffy white jacket from Topshop.

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So I just wanted to let you know how and where I get my weekly (often daily) dose of fashion inspiration. Of course there is no surprise that my absolute favourite place to find inspo is Instagram. I have go to accounts that I will check usually on a daily basis such as @deborarosa who really is my number one style icon, @pepamack giving me all of the minimalist inspo I need & @wethepeoplestyle who is never predictable in her style and I absolutely adore that.

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I travel down to London on the train quite a bit for work, and I love to buy a Vogue magazine (and this is getting really old school now) and a pen and mark all of the bits in the magazine that really make me excited. What I love about this is it can be anything, hair styles, make-up, and when you really feel like you have no idea what to wear it’s great to revisit the magazines.

Grace

Xx

Nude wrap over blouse – Romwe

Nude wide leg trousers – in the sale – H&M

White trainers – Adidas Stan Smith

White shearling jacket – Topshop

 

Items I would never wear for my body type

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Ok so I know I am mad wearing all white, especially being the most clumsy person in the world (I managed to spill half a can of coke down my sleeve the other day, down my sleeve!!!) but I just love this combo so much & I think it’s so chic for winter. This white jumper from Romwe is so comfy and warm, it’s a really thick knit, which is so perfect for the cold winter we are having in the UK. And these white trousers from All Black Everything, which are honestly the most comfy flattering white trousers ever. I just want to share a secret with you babes, I always size up when it comes to coats. This coat from ASOS is a size 12 and a tall because I love the longer length and long sleeves.

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So babes I just wanted to talk to you guys about some items that for my body shape I just wouldn’t wear.  That’s not to say that for you they wouldn’t look amazing. Must first items is white skinny jeans, they honestly look so bad on me, I love a pair of thick mom style or wide leg jeans, but skinny jeans in white are a no no for me, I always find that these stye of jeans are always pretty see through too. Short body-con skirts, I have larger legs and calves and for me a short body-co skirt is really not flattering on my legs and makes them look so much bigger.

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Smock dresses, now I have dabbled in smock dresses before and sometimes it works, sometimes it really doesn’t. As I am an hourglasses shape it is way more flattering for me to wear something that really nips me in at the waist, instead of hangs over my body. Shoes with ankle straps, again this is something I very occasionally wear, and usually I do regret it when I do it, but as my legs are on the bigger side, and ankle straps are known to shorten the look of your legs.

Grace

Xx

White knitted jumper – Romwe

White trousers – All Black Everything

Cream maxi coat – ASOS

Black trainers – Vans

 

Grace Surguy – 4 things you may not know about me

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Lets talk about this maxi coat of dreams from Shein, I am so into nudes at the minute and this coat is the perfect mix of pinky nude and beige nude, its also that very long maxi length that I really love, and this beaut is only £25!! I’ve been after a pair of white jeans for months now, and I’ve been unable to find any that I actually like, this pair from Mango are perfect and I love the raw hems on both the legs and waist, it also comes with a cute little tie belt. Also lets appreciate the little black heart, this my loves is the most perfect t-shirt I own, from Comme Des Garcon Play (which I have only just discovered is a Japanese brand) is my most favourite basic piece.

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So in todays post I just wanted give you a few nuggets of info, many you guys can to get to know me a little more, so 4 things you probably don’t know about me; 1. I am a black belt at kickboxing – so I am not going to lie its a while since I have kick-boxed, however I’d love to get back into it, its such a great activity to really test you, and take you to that next level of fitness, the only problem is that I loved my old club so much that I really have struggled to find one that I love just as much. 2. In my ‘real’ job I am a digital project manager – I absolutely love my job and am so lucky and grateful to be able to do what I do, and work with such a great team and client. I am mega organised, I know I wouldn’t be able to manage my blog & work a full time job, so its great that my skills at work can be utilised in my personal life.

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3. I have an English Literature degree – when I actually get the time to do it, reading is one of my absolute favourite past times, and to be able to study some of my favourite works in my degree was amazing. I actually wrote my dissertation on Charles Dickens and the hierarchy of money in three of his novels. 4. I get married next year – for my babes that follow me on Instagram this may not be so much of a surprise, however its something that I could not be more excited about, so many fun things to plan, the dress, the food! Then of course marrying the man of my dreams.

Grace

Xx

Nude maxi coat – Shein 

White jeans – Mango – now in the sale!! 

White t-shirt – Comme Des Garcon Play – Available at End Clothing

Bag – Kozha Numbers

 

Changing up my style

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Happy new year my loves, first of all I want to say thank you so much to each and everyone of my readers, you have no idea how much your time and attention on my blog means. In 2018 I intend to give my babes the best content I possibly can, and hope you all keep enjoying what I do. So to the worlds most perfect checked blazer from Shein what I love about this blazer is it is more coat less blazer (if you know what I mean) worn with a skinny rib jumper its really warm. As with all of my Shein pieces, it is mega good value for money too, at only £26.00!! Next, to the most perfect straight leg jeans from ASOS which are literally the perfect fit for me, I have quite large calves and usually struggle with non stretch jeans, but these guys don’t cut into my calves, plus they are the most perfect high waisted fit.

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So what I want to talk to you guys about today, is how I’m constantly changing up my style, and actually how I think I have made me biggest style move so far. Recently I’ve been taking in so much style inspiration from Instagram, and so many other places and I am always so drawn to the minimalist, androgynous styles with a feminist touch, that are possibly a little more grown up.

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So babes for the new year this is the sort of styles I am going to be wearing because I honestly do love them. So get ready for lots of oversized blazers, straight leg jeans, long maxi coats and the most perfect basics.

Grace

Xx

Checked blazer – Shein 

Straight leg jeans – ASOS

White ribbed jumper – sold out – in black Topshop

Pointed black boots – Topshop

Black ring bag – Kozha Numbers

Review – Milk and Blush hair extensions

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Let me first just explain to you babes, in my younger years I was an absolute avid hair extension wearer, as in wouldn’t go out of the house without them. I tried cheaper ones that I bought from market stalls, that I would spend hours and hours sowing together so they they would be thicker! I then discovered Milk and Blush, who at that time were called Dirty Looks, I honestly couldn’t believe the quality and the clever beans at Milk & Blush, had obviously felt my pain when it comes to hair extensions being too thin, meaning there are triple and quad versions available.

A couple of years ago I felt I became a little too reliant on hair extensions, barely able to go out of the house without them in, or even the gym, if anyone has ever worn clip in extensions to the gym its not fun, or necessary!! I have quite a short bob, and although I love it, girls who also have a short bob will know that there is not too much in a styling sense that you can do to it. If you fancy a different style for a night out or a special day, to change it up. So I decided to go back to Milk & Blush to try out their extensions again.

As expected man was I not disappointed, they are so flipping good, the set I am wearing above is the full head quad weft set in sweet like chocolate the hair is soft, does not tangle, styles so easily, and I know from years before that they last so long, of course as long as you take care of them (no falling asleep in them drunk girls, even a tangle teezer is going to struggle with that!!). The fact that these extensions are quad weft is insane, they sit so flat to your hair, also babes, from the picture above and my most recent Instagram posts lets just appreciate how short my natural hair is!!

Thanks for listening babes

Grace

Xx

Hair extensions – Milk & Blush

White ribbed top – ASOS

Jeans – Topshop

Earrings – sold out – similar ASOS

Necklace – Cinco Store

2018 resolutions and why I totally believe in them

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Clueless vibes you say? Hell yeah! I know we see the check/plaid vibe come around on a yearly basis, but this is a trend I will continue to love, year after year. I also love this staple black jumper from Romwe I adore the lantern sleeves, also as the jumper itself is not too oversized, it is very easy to tuck into a skirt or pair of jeans without looking too bulky. Also guys its a total bargain at only £22!!

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Although I do not technically believe in ‘new year’s’ resolutions, as I think it is important to set goals and challenges through the year. However I do think the new year is the perfect new start to really think about what you want to achieve in the coming year. I am a serial goal setter, and I honestly think that I wouldn’t be where I am if I wasn’t.

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So what are my goals for the new year;

    1. Put my health first – I am a such a yoyo dieter, and it really frustrates me that I am like this! A person of extremes, one minute I am extremely regimented and get really upset with myself if I do the smallest thing ‘wrong’ the next I am eating Mcdonalds 3 times a day. So in 2018 I want to establish a healthy and balanced lifestyle, not depriving myself of anything but making sure a am putting goodness into my body on a daily basis & exercising as much as I can, without going over the top.
    2. Save for our wedding –  I am terrible with money and even worse at saving, but in 2018 I fully intend to save hard so we have the wedding of our dreams in 2019. Even if this means a slightly smaller wardrobe (only slightly) and no summer holiday (rubbish but necessary)
    3. Grow my blog/social following – after nearly a year of blogging again I have absolutely loved it, and worked with some wonderful people and brands along the way. In 2018 I want to redesign the blog and carry on doing what I’m doing now, with the same amount of passion and love.
    4. Look after my hair – ok so you might not think this is big enough to go on this list, but man my hair has been through some shiz in 2017, bleach, pink dyes etc, it needs a real break. Its dry and very very damaged, so back to brown and lots of hair masks and trims, and as little heat on it as I can manage, so that 2019 is a better hair year for me.
    5. Spend quality time with my fiance, family & friends –  I am absolutely awful at getting very easily distracted, whether its by my phone or something I am thinking about. In 2018 when I am with my loved ones I want to be there with them, every second, not in my head or on my phone, thinking about my to do list. It’s so important to be in the moment as much as possible, and to really feel the joy of every moment.
    6. Grow professionallyoutside of blogging I am a digital project manager, and I absolutely love my job. For me in my job I intend to learn and grow on a daily basis, whether that is with classroom training/courses, or whether that is learning from my highly skilled and experienced colleagues on a daily basis.

 

 

 

 

And that’s it really babes, take some time to write down your goals, because if nothing else it’s extremely cathartic, and I really do think it sets you on track for a positive year.

Grace

Xx

Black lantern sleeve jumper – Romwe

Checked mini skirt – Sold out in this colour, different colour – Topshop

Leather boots – Topshop

Bag – APC

3 things I wish I’d said to my 20 year old self

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I am so obsessed with anything knitwear from Romwe at the minute & this yellow dreamy jumper is no different. I love the oversized fit and as always a roll neck. I love pairing quite an oversized jumper with wide legged trousers, and these black ones from H&M are my absolute favourites. Then the classic white trainer, is there anymore perfect shoe for a capsule wardrobe? I think not!!

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I have a 15 year old sister, and as soon as she was born she changed my life, because of the age difference between us, she has always been more like a surrogate daughter than a little sister. There is not much I wouldn’t do for that girl, to make sure she is happy in life. However there is one thing I can and will do. As a 30 year old I fully understand and embrace popular culture, social media, all of these things that are now so prominent in our lives. 10 years ago they were of course less entwined within our everyday life, but the themes are still same. So this is what I would tell my 20 year old self, my 15 year old sister and anyone else who wants to listen.

  1. Love yourself for being you – As young adults, man can you guys be hard on yourself! I was exactly the same at your age and with the rise of social media it’s so much harder for you guys to step away from the idealistic view of the world we are served on a daily basis. Imagine the amount of time we could put into our own self love, if only we used the time we take to beat ourselves up,and tell ourselves we are not good enough. There will always be someone prettier, more intelligent, richer, but you are you, kind, passionate, thoughtful, loving and there is only one of you. Spend time with your friends and family and people who bring you joy and make you feel wonderful everyday. And do not criticise the way you look or your body, look after yourself and love your differences as they make you, you. This image you see in the magazines, Instagram is not real, how can you even aspire to something that is fake? Clothes and beauty are fun but thats all they are, family, friends love are everything.

 

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  1. Work hard – In your 20’s you have the world at your feet and your whole future ahead of you. Take this time to decide what you want to do and work hard to get there. Whether this is in business or an apprenticeship (which I genuinely think are the best things ever, by the way) or a more creative role. At 20 I fell into marketing, although I felt my role at the time wasn’t my calling I worked hard within the industry and am now in a role that I love, and I know is perfect for me.
  2. Look after yourself – At university, I never ate vegetables, barely ate fruit and very rarely exercised. As your bodies are young they can take this treatment, but you really will feel better if you look after yourself. We all get into ruts where we eat badly for a few weeks, and realise we have put nothing green into our bodies for a while. If you eat well your body will thank you for it and you’ll feel healthier, with more energy and positivity than you can imagine.

I hoped that helped my loves, and remember it takes time to become who you imagined you be, it took me 30 years, but the journey to get there will make you who you are.

Grace

Xx

 

Mustard knitted jumper – Romwe

Wide leg black trousers – Sold out – Similar- H&M

Platform white trainers – Adidas Stan Smith

Bag – APC