Bravery


Bravery is hard to define. It's something vivacious; alive in many things, big and small.

It's there in the little things, like when you choose to cut your hair shorter, or wear a different colour in your clothes to usual. It's there when you paint your makeup to project another side of you, when your eyes are smokey or your lips red, even when your face is completely bare. 

It's there when you decide to take your career in a different direction, when you pack up everything you know in the pursuit of something new. It's there when you allow yourself to fall in love; but also when you garner the courage to take yourself away from a love that's gone.

It's in fighting for your beliefs. Your desires, and your passions. In standing up and not backing down. In helping others when you're not done helping yourself. It's being selfless in the face of fear.

It takes courage, love, passion - we all exercise bravery everyday, and it's important to recognise the moments as they happen. We are all stronger than we realise, and we should acknowledge and take pride in that. 

Bravery doesn't come easily. We all deserve to be celebrated for it. 

Wedding Guest

"I now pronounce you husband and wife" card by Caroline Gardner, "Just married" card by Blueink Studios (from local boutiques)

For me, this year's wedding season is fast approaching. I'm very lucky to be attending two this summer, and could not be more thankful for my invites - both are for university friends, and couples I don't get to see enough of - so I've started collecting some little bits together in excitement (...and a couple of months early).

There are no gift-lists for the weddings I'm attending, so I'm pulling together some personal favours instead. I'm the guest of two beautiful ladies, so my gifts are tailored towards them - and to fulfil this, I've gone with a tried-and-tested favourite of mine: Estella Bartlett.


I was browsing their online Bridal Edit, and came across these little bracelets. I wanted something that captured my friends' styles - I know Tiffany & Co. and bright silver are favoured by both, so thought this would be the perfect piece to stack in-between their daily pieces. 

Decorated with dainty heart and star charms, the Sienna Bracelet is composed of sterling silver plating, with everything thread onto a hardwearing elastic - guaranteeing a good fit for any wrist - finished off with a trademark Estella Bartlett cloud.



At the moment, this piece (and a few others!) are involved in a 3 for 2 offer on Estella Bartlett, making it a great time to stock up on gifts for upcoming birthdays, events and (of course) weddings.


If you are getting ready to celebrate this summer, I hope you have a wonderful time full of love and happiness.

Imperfections


It's far too easy to get caught up in fantasy when you're seeking perfection. You need a strong mind to deal with social media - not just when fielding other people's comments and criticisms, but with your own internal voice, too.

I've spoken about this topic on my Instagram recently, and thought it was something that deserved a full write-up (and probably seven more blog posts on top of that). I felt trapped by social media. I was focusing on numbers and statistics - obsessing over my follower count, my post engagement and the frequency of my uploads. But, aside from the digits, what really shook me was that my own desire to create content had left me. I had completely lost touch with what I was doing, who for, and for what reason. And it was horrible.

So I did what I knew how: I posted on Instagram, and admitted to my (freshly depleted) followers how I was feeling. I felt like owning up to it was the only way I could draw a line, and start again. The reaction that followed was unlike anything I ever imagined. The relationships I had forged with total strangers across the globe came to speak up, offering advice and support. It was a post with comments that brimmed with encouragement - and for the first time in a long time, I looked past the numbers and thought about the people instead.


Social media is fickle. Algorhythms get messy, and one post that's just as good as the next gets less engagement for no reason. The figures do not dictate your worth, or your success. When I look over that post, I don't look at the number of likes or the overall total of comments, I read the messages from the actual people who spoke to me. They helped me see the bigger picture - the picture I had lost whilst I was too concerned with why my pictures suddenly weren't doing as well as they once had. 

If you ever feel detached from social media, and feel that you don't know your place - relax. It's totally fine, and happens to more people than you realise. All you can do is stay true to yourself, create content that you are proud of, of things that inspire you. Remember who you started your account for - it wasn't for the thousands of anonymous likers - it was for real people. Stay true to yourself, and your content, and let the numbers fall to the wayside - and remember what is important in this life - and it will always run deeper than how many likes a photo gets.

The Romantic Bardot


Bardot tops are everywhere this season, and it doesn't look like they'll go away any time soon. And there's good reason. Just look at them. It's taken me a little while to dip into the trend - but yesterday I did. Let's have a closer look at this beautiful piece of art (not even an exaggeration) from New Look.

I was drawn in by the print. I love dusky-pinks and light, romantic colours (my majority monochrome wardrobe would lead you to believe otherwise). It's a mesh fabric, meaning it glides over your body and doesn't cling. The mesh fabric dilutes the print, and makes it look a little faded and aged, which I love - there's nothing brash or garish about the floral print.

The Bardot element is flexible, as it's composed of shirred fabric. There are also two shirred sections on the elbow of each arm, adding a little volume to the slight bell-sleeve. This is my only bone of contention - they're a bit of a fiddle to get into a position that's comfortable. The neckline sits perfectly, giving you enough room to move around, but still keeping in place so you're not constantly adjusting. 

A little online research has thrown up two colour-ways: the pink tone (as pictured), and a white tone. If I'm honest, I think the website photography washes the print out, and makes it look less appealing than it looks in person. The colours, although not bright, are stronger than the website and are more definite.  


In the past I've shied away from Bardot tops because of my chest - hear me out, this is a legitimate sentence. I have a big chest for my figure, and I'm always conscious of it. The idea of something off-the-shoulder sounds barbaric to me - why would I want to emphasise that section of me when I always try to minimise it? This top is different. The mesh fabric gives a fluidity of movement, meaning that it doesn't cling or draw attention. Instead, it maintains integrity of its silhouette, and actually flatters my body as a result (in my opinion, anyway). 

I love this piece for Spring/Summer. Have you been on the Bardot trend for a while? I'd love to know your go-to combinations for styling them up!

ASOS Farleigh Jeans


Let's talk jeans. I went through a phase in my life when I didn't wear them at all - I hated the feel, the fit, I much preferred tights and favoured long tops, dresses and skirts over anything vaguely related to structured legs. Fast-forward a few years, and I can't stop wearing them. I love having a structured base layer to play around with, mixing textures and different fits on top - tucking in leotards, wearing cropped tops, or (my go-to for everyday life) a tied-up shirt for ultimate off-duty chic. 

When I first dipped back into the denim pool, I wore Topshop Joni and Jamie - I loved the feel of jeans that weren't really jeans at all, and they were a good transition for my legs to get used to after years of exclusively wearing super-soft tights. Although I loved the feel, the structure wasn't there in those two styles - and with my style development, I learnt to love structure. 

I heard loads about the ASOS Farleigh on Instagram, and new styles and washes were always popping up on my weekly (it's probably closer to daily) New In browse on ASOS. So I decided to buy some. Enter: The ASOS Farleigh Mom Jeans.


I was so surprised by the feel of them - although the finish looks super structured and rigid in static images, they're so comfortable and have a small amount of give to them. I'm sort of short (read: I am short, at 5'3"), and my usual gripe with ripped jeans is that the rips aren't where they should be (like my lower shin, my ankle, the floor). I don't have this problem here - ASOS sell their own-brand jeans in waist size and leg length, so I was able to personalise my order a little. I bought a 26" waist, 30" leg (which equates to a standard UK size 8 with short legs, ie. me), and they're pretty much perfect. I do feel like I could have gone down a waist size as they're a little baggy, but I'm so happy with the fit of the legs that I didn't want to compromise that for the sake of a slightly better waist fit (and if I'm honest, it's rectified in about 30 seconds with a belt).

The wash is beautiful - a light denim with white fading running throughout, making them the perfect transition item through Spring and Summer. The rips give a sense of casual down-time which I love - and I can't wait to play these up for night with some nude stiletto heels. 


They're comparable in price to Topshop - working out slightly cheaper than the average Joni or Jamie at £35.00 (and as I'm still a student, I knocked off 10%, too). They're super high-waisted, comfortable, and give a breath of effortless-chic to any outfit. They're a piece that have totally inspired me, and I can't wait to style them up in the coming weeks. 

What do you think? Have you tried the ASOS Farleigh yet? I'd love to know how you style yours!

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