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SHINOLA LOOKBOOK & MOTHER’S DAY

If you were looking for yet another cool thing about pushing 30, I’ve got one for you. I’m a much more savvy shopper these days, almost disgusted with my old shopping ways when it was mostly about quantity rather than quality. A bright red sale label would almost never fail to drive me straight to the till, allowing the clutter to live on. Double tap if you can relate type eh!
But age not only made me crave for more space and order, it also taught my eye to seek quality and long lasting staple pieces. I genuinely take pride in having an embossed journal, and very good leather bags (this I got from my mama!), these quality accessories that make me feel like I’m an adult who’s got their stuff together. Well, Shinola embodies all the above as a brand, they’re perfect for good staples you can rely on over time, so I was excited when they asked me to style some of their latest pieces for a Mother’s Day’s lookbook.
And since we’re talking Mother’s Day, I wanted to shoot indoors, which is where I spend most of my time, having joined motherhood exactly 4 months ago as I’m writing this.

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SS17, Marks & Spencer

Whilst Fashion Week is supposed to gear us up for Autumn Winter, for me it’s always a reminder that spring is round the corner. If you thought you were pushing it with your heeled sandals over the party season, now they’re officially fair game. Dust off your crop tops and grab the first floral number you find: we’re back on! 

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BODEN, BLOOM & WILD

As the title mentions, Boden. I’m just going to drop it in there because if you haven’t checked them out recently, you’re in for a treat. I know I teased you all on the gram with this pair of mules Alex and I are obsessed with. Whilst they might have seemed too casual for some, I’m channelling some of that weekend mood to focus on occasionwear today.

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SELF-LOVE, FIRST & FOREMOST

I’m not usually one for Valentine’s Day, I’ve never really been. But this year I’ll be the one knocking down glasses of champagne with a very special date: myself.

I know I’ve only been a mother for 5mns, but my life has changed in ways I haven’t been able to comprehend just yet. Someone asked me this morning what it felt like to be a mother, at that stage she could have handed me a pen and paper and given me 4 hours to dissert. The lack of sleep, the flow of hormones, and the soreness of both your mind and body will have you quite confused; throw society’s expectations on top and you have no idea what’s what.

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