On The Art Of Being Your Own Cheerleader

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

 "You my darling, are a piece of ART!"

You've gotta believe in your slay as the saying goes, but it's much easier said than done, and lately i've found myself falling down the rabbit hole of self deprecation, loneliness and a generally unhappy pattern of thought.
Living in a new place with no family or friends does that to a person, and in a last minute bid to wrangle myself from the depths of "The D-Word", i've been channelling my energy into doing absolutely anything and everything, from finishing uni projects early, to feng-shui-ing my room, i've tried to keep busy and keep some sort of smile dancing upon my lips. One of the best things i've done over the last couple of days was to ink little positive messages for myself and put them on my walls so that they're the first thing i see when i open my eyes in the morning, and the last thing I see when I go to sleep. It seems silly, but even in the act of painting itself, i've found a sense of peace and a lingering sort of positivity that isn't overpoweringly nauseous or annoying, it's more of a "C'mon Sade, remember that you've come this far, you can do it!" type of encouragement. These little tidbits are by no means is universal as depression is so unique to everyone, and each person deals with it differently, for example i refuse to go on anti-depressants despite my doctor's advice, and maybe i'll write about that another time, but for now let's keep things light and talk about ways to encourage yourself when you're feeling lost, exhausted and alone.

The Monochrome Coat.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

winter outfit inspiration


My mornings start at 7:30am these days, and I leave the house with a spring in my step, scarf bundled around my neck, and a coffee in my clutch. I love Winter. I love the crispness, the bright sunny days, the warmth of a hot drink against my lips, everything feels better (minus the cold toes). I think the fast approaching of Christmas and me not living close to my family anymore means that for me, cold weather = family time and I can't wait to get back to London in about four weeks! I've missed the red buses, grumpy commuters, having a Pret a Manger on every corner and going for Pancakes with my sister.

Blog Love #3

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Men's Fashion, Illustration and A Whole Lotta Pink…

I have a huge list of old reads and new finds in the blogging community, and i'm keeping my promise to share them with you on at least a monthly basis. So here is my monthly #bloglove for Novemver (make sure to share your favourite blogs with others using the hashtag #bloglove on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, sharing is definitely caring. I've been reading a lot of blogs lately but have struggled to find the time to comment as much as i usually do (Boo Architecture!) but now that my Urban Design submission is out of the way, i have more time to blog, and read blogs hooray! So as always let me know your new blog finds, and leave your links for me to have a gander!
jordan bunker
Jordan's blog is a beautifully curated visual delight, filled with elegantly shot imagery and concise, clear thoughts. If i'm feeling low on photography inspiration, Jordan's blog is one i visit and re-pin a lot for inspiration. Everything is just so professionally done, from his style, to the layout of his blog. Everything is crisp, clear and super cool, and for those of you folk who aren't menswear enthusiast's like myself, it's still a brilliant read, and it's really changed the way i look at menswear blogs (we need more of you!)I now have a newfound respect for how men put together their outfits, and how their looks can inspire my own fairly femme style.

amalia andrade
Where does one begin with Amalia's work? A lot of the time it feels like she's managed to pry inside my brain and spill out it's contents on paper. Her work is beautifully honest and there is a rawness and relatability to it that i simply love. I actually first came across her illustrations and graphics from Celia who runs a pretty snazzy blog herself, but more on that in another Blog Love post. There is just this boldness about her work that really resonates with me and I even have one of her quotes saved as the background on my phone. I find her Instagram particularly awesome, so go check her out!

Mermaidens blog
Mermaidens summed up is an explosion of pretty pink pastels, glitter, mermaids and beautifully curated photo's. Kailey is just a sweetheart, and despite her blog's huge success, she's remained such a down to earth girl! She's such a darling and i'm so happy to call her a blog friend despite her living across the pond. Her photoshoots with Hana Haley always leave me in awe and wanting to pick up my camera, but i've got to say her self styled portraits have always been my favourites. She's truly a lovely soul with such a bright and happy blog!

This rounds up my favourite three for this month, let me know if you've come across them before, and let me know your blog faves for this month! Let's try and share the love a little bit more. Have a lovely week.


Winter Vintage.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

vintage fashion bloggers uk


One of the struggles i've found with the vintage items in my wardrobe, is not quite knowing what to do with them when the weather becomes colder. I've been determined to get more wear out of my clothing after a mini clear out on my depop, and i've been enjoying the aspect of layering more and more as the temperatures are dropping and this blue vintage button dress has been doing the rounds over the past few weeks, with a mixture of brightly coloured tights, scarves, jumpers and belts. The fit makes it easy to wear as a dress and even as a longer layered top or cardigan, which works perfectly now that i'm a skint student.

A big tip i'd give in regards to vintage clothing is to go by fit and not size if that makes sense, for example this dress is a size 20, but i like wearing it fairly oversized so that it get's cinched in at the waist for a style that i find more flattering to my figure.

'NANCY' London Retro

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

london retro glasses review

Feeling Spectacular….

I'd like to think that a good part of my image is centred around my love of eye-catching frames (see what i did there!). And although i'm not always wearing them in my blog posts, on a daily basis you'll be sure to see my sleepy face framed by one colourful pair or another (i practically have an eye-wardrobe at this point), so for me it's important to keep things fresh considering i wear my glasses so often, especially if i'm working in studio. My latest acquisitions are the 'Nancy' Glasses* by London Retro, an eyewear brand i can truly put my heart on my sleeve and say i really, really love, the styles are, well retro inspired and it fits in perfectly with my aesthetic, vintage looking, slightly kitschy, and maybe a little colourful. I've actually previously blogged about two of their other frames, the infamous Fitzrovia glasses, and the classic Malcolm glasses, inspired by the man himself.