Brighten up, baby.

Hello if you're new here, and thanks for popping back if you have discovered my blog tlc before. I haven't posted here in months, so I figured it was about time I got back to it! I have no reason for lacking in the post department, other than I simply don't possess time management skills to remember to post on the correct day or make sure I slot in those outfit shooting days because it never seems to happen when I plan it. If you're a blogger and reading this, I know you will catch my drift we have all been here time and time again. Its time to stop freaking out about it and just relax! So thats what I'm doing, I'm going with the flow and so happy you're still here reading  my posts and checking out my looks.

It's all about the colour baby! I don't know about you, but Autumn colours are my colours. As much as half of my wardrobe is black and grey, I love autumny dark nude and cappuccino lipsticks, and swear by mustard and burnt orange tones. I died when I saw this mustard-yellow knit, and its my most commented on jumper ever. Every time I wear it someone asks me where its from!

Jumper - Guess | Over knee boots - Guess | Denim - Topship (Jamie) | Velvet bag - ASOS

I don't know about you, but I'm very funny when it comes to cropped knits, I find that most have a thinner material in comparison to full length knits.. which is weird because surely at this time of year everything should be as think as possible! And they need to be loose enough so that I can tuck the front in because I hate feeling the cold air run up my middle at the slight gust of wind.. BUT this jumper is so soft and thick and this balances out the fact that I can't tuck it in because why would you when theres that gorgeous cable twist there?! And just so you know.. It also comes in an incredible bubblegum pink colour, grey and a nude tone too!

Side note: who else finds it incredibly difficult to get over knee boots that FIT. I have very short, and slim legs which don't make light work finding suitable boots and stay up and don't look like I'm wearing long wellies. These suede babies fit like a dream and are also from Guess! They are quite high so not the kind of boots you'd be able to wear all day long but definitely a statement and staple for your autumn/winter wardrobe!

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Staying timeless with JORD + Giveaway.

Watch featured: JORD "Frankie" (in Ebony)
*post is sponsored by JORD, but all views are my own, honest opinion*

I dont tend to be very good with wearing jewellery. I wear the odd necklace and love earrings, but generally it's fiddly to get on, and then I find myself jingling every time I move my wrist or get caught on a zip or whatever the hell else I'm close to. It'll probably last about an hour and then its bye-bye arm candy. In fact, even wearing this gold bracelet above was a first for me.

Watches on the other hand, are my staple. I wear one every day, usually sticking to silver but this one took me right out of my comfort zone, and I'm loving having something different to style.

I have always been a fan of pieces that are timeless and what I love about JORD Watches is their passion for timelessness in design, great quality (having Swiss made parts in every watch) and using ethnically friendly materials to make their watches. If you didn't know already, they make all of their watches from wood. Thats right, the watch featured in this post is made entirely from wood, specifically ebony which is why its such a deep tone but there are twelve different types of woods they use and all kinds of shapes and styles available. Great materials, great quality, great style, what more could you want?

The watch JORD sent me, is the "Frankie" in Ebony and gold detailing, but this series also comes in other colours, so my advice would be head to the website and see what shape you like before choosing which kind of colour. My husband Frankie thought that the name was rather convenient! It comes in a stunning wooden box, with cleaning accessories and spare links which means he gets to steal it and wear it too (another great feature is that some of them can be unisex).

My friends at JORD and I have an amazing competition on its way for you guys, so stay tuned for my next outfit post for more information! And don't worry if you're thinking but Emily I never win anything, theres something just for entering too!

Emily x
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July Ruffles & musings on self confidence.

FIRSTLY: I'm loving it, but this ruffle trend had me in a bit of a dizzy state to begin with. Theres so many styles, cuts, shapes to go for this season. You've got the off the shoulder, the layered ruffled long sleeve, short sleeve etc, it's hard to find the right style that suit your body type and shape. I tried the off the shoulder ruffle and every time I looked at myself I just looked like I was drowning in material. It just didn't suit my petite frame, but I finally found one that suits me in this Guess number featured above! Thinking of doing a post on all of this soon so stay updated!

As I sat at home on a rainy day selfie taking in this new top (as you do), I started to think about how I analysed each photo, how I deleted nearly double the number of photos more than the ones I kept. And with that first photo, how I still keep looking at it and thinking oh no.. do I look too confident in myself? haha.

Confidence is something I know a lot of us struggle with day-to-day. And its sad, because it prevents us from honestly and totally being the people we were intended to be. Low self confidence grew in me throughout high school, the place it begins for most people, I guess. It changes throughout different seasons and comes in different forms (such as when you start your first relationship, or start college or even when you get married) but its still there, lurking. 

These days, I am very confident with who I am and where I am in my life. I'm not sure where I would be if I hadn't have met Frankie. But I do go through phases of low confidence in my work life, and in my image. How I feel about my skin might crush my confidence for the entire day. Or how I feel about an outfit because I'm so pale and can't be bothered to use fake tan every single week. Or when I go shopping and struggle to find jeans - or basically any pants - that don't look like they drown me because of my short-ass. Struggle is real, girls.

Balance is key. 
I'd love to admit that I'm perfectly happy in my skin all the time and don't get caught up in the downward spiral of my thoughts but sometimes, I do. The ultimate, would be to have 10/10 satisfaction every day, but it never really works out like that. 

It's about being less critical of myself, more critical of my attitude towards myself. Taking each day as it comes and not allow the reality of low-confidence prohibit me from enjoying the day ahead. It's about pushing past it and saying "its ok not to feel ok today, but its not the be all and end all, and it won't crush me". God made me who I am, and I'm proud of that. 

The main focus is about building yourself a foundational belief that you genuinely love yourself, because then having those less-confident days are ok, and they don't hurt as much.

I'm glad this post turned out to be just my thoughts splurged onto one page, and I hope you find something in here that you can relate to, too. Let me know in the comments below how confidence affects you on a day to day basis, we can only build each other up ladies! Have a good week!

Emily x

Top from Guess (and its on SALE!)
Necklace from Lines and Current
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Summer Days & Celebrating Dad.

Yesterday, was sed to have been one of the hottest days in Northern Ireland so far. It was so hot my hair turned to a humid ball of fluff and my mascara melted down around my eyes panda style. Attractive. Not what we were expecting, but it made for a brilliant family day, celebrating fathers day in the sunshine at Mount Stuart. We brought the picnic blanket, got the wine and beers out, bought some burgers and enjoyed the buzz. Happy fathers day to all those amazing daddies out there, and especially to those mums and dads who do it alone.. we salute you!

Playsuit - Lontra Studio | White tee - New Look | Patent boots - Public Desire |Denim Jacket - Primark | Bag - Miss Guided | Necklace "ODIN" - Lines and Current

Ok seriously, this is a playsuit. I couldn't believe it when I opened it and tried it on, its the best colour possible (goes with literally anything) and its so light and comfy! Great, affordable buy from Lontra Studio. I'm always on the hunt for new brands that offer great pieces that don't break the bank, and because Lontra is a new online store not many people have heard about it, so I want to make them known. The girls who started it are so sweet and have really started a store worth checking out. Go go go!

Emily x


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