CHANEL ESPADRILLES: ARE THEY WORTH IT?

One brand that I have a mega soft-spot for is Chanel. If you’ve ever stalked my Instagram, or had a gander at my fashion posts on the blog, you’ll notice that the majority of my pictures feature my Chanel Classic Flap Bag – my 18th birthday present from my parents, bought at the Chanel store in Paris (THE DREAM), and the best investment piece ever. I’ve not really bought any handbags over the last six years, as I use my Chanel bag errrrrryday: it still looks as beaut and as on-trend as the day I got it, so my loyalty to Chanel is pretty intense.
So obviously, when the Chanel espadrille obsession started a few years ago, I was firmly on that bandwagon. I wear heels a lot of the time, so shelling out for super-spenny flats isn’t a priority – why waste hundreds of pounds on shoes I’ll wear for nipping to Waitrose, hungover, on a Sunday? – but the allure of the Chanel espadrille was real. I wanted them SO MUCH: in particular, the nude leather pair with the black cap toe; so, because I have the willpower of an emotionally-unstable Weightwatcher in a pie shop, I bought them. Yolo.
Six months down the line with my Chanel espadrilles, and the relationship is starting to get a little shaky. Wondering why – and if they’re worth the eye-watering price of £485 for a bit of rope and canvas? Read on…

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BRASSY TO ASHY: TONING YOUR HAIR AT HOME

Is dying your hair yourself ever a good idea? TBH, probably not.

I’ve had an ombre style for around a year now, and whilst I love having lighter hair in the summertime, I am noticing that it’s getting gradually warmer and brassier with every wash. Brassy hair is a big no-no in my eyes, so I was on a mission to sort it out ASAP – and, after a quick Google, it turned out that all I really needed was a toner to neutralise some of those coppery tones. I’m legit skint at the moment – moving house is sucking the life out of my bank account – so I’m not inclined to pay for a professional to do it.

After twenty minutes on YouTube watching hair dye tutorials, I decided I was basically a hairdresser (MMMMmmmmKay), so took a stab at toning my brassy hair myself – with mixed results…

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GINGHAM

I put this dress on, and my boyfriend told me I looked like I was wearing a picnic rug. Admittedly, gingham isn’t for everyone, and I swing between thinking it’s adorable and on-trend to nauseatingly twee. At the moment, I fall into the first camp: especially with the warmer weather and light, breezy evenings.

This Asos swing dress is ideal for summer, because it’s airy, oversized and has a bit of a sleeve – which, if you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know is a winner for me; bingo wings are defo not the one. The star of the show, however, are these red M&S heels: the struggle for a comfortable platform is legit real, and I’ve managed to find them, nestled between some Percy Pigs and a caterpillar cake. These shoes are like walking on air, even though they’re sky-high – honestly, I want them in every colour. Soz, bank account…

dress: asos | shoes: marks & spencers | sunglasses: wildfox | bangle: hermes

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IS BLOGGING RUINING MY RELATIONSHIPS?

For the past week or so, I’ve had a bit of an impromptu social media hiatus. It’s been totally by accident; to be totally honest, I just didn’t have any sassy pictures to post, so Instagram kind of took a back seat – and Twitter followed suit.

A week without being glued to VSCO and SnapSeed has been, admittedly, kind of refreshing – but, on the other hand, it’s made me realise quite how obsessed I am with the whole blogger lifestyle thaaaaang. Over the past few days, I’ve taken a look at my social media habits a little more retrospectively, and, in truth? I’m not all that comfortable with what I’ve noticed. It’s made me think: is blogging – and the associated social media addiction that naturally comes with it – ruining my relationships?

boots: missguided | jacket: river island | watch: burberry | bracelet: hermes

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LIFE LATELY

At the moment, I’d probably describe my life as organised chaos – which, realistically, is a polite and diplomatic way of saying it’s all gone a bit mental in the last few months. Comparing my life four weeks ago to how it is today is crazy – so much has changed in such a short space of time, and in the interest of oversharing on the internet, I thought I’d tell you all about it. Lucky you…

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