Current Jewellery Favourites

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Initial Bar Necklace - Onecklace
Hamsa Hand Necklace - GemsInVogue (Etsy)
Crescent Moon Ring - Fashionology
Plain Silver Rings - Fashionology

I waver between gold and silver jewellery. I think both suit my skin tone quite well, so some days I'll choose a few gold pieces and other days I'll wear all silver. At the moment I'm wearing a lot of delicate silver jewellery and layering up. Two necklaces, three or four rings and a simple watch. I'm wearing Master Plan by Essie on my nails which works so well with silver jewellery and it's just the right nude/grey shade for the time of year.

3 Ways to Wear | Blanket Scarves

Saturday, 4 October 2014

My favourite season is here! Autumn is the best time for fashion. I like to be able to layer up and wear a whole selection of my wardrobe at once! One of the biggest trends you'll see this year is the blanket scarf. Oversized, slouchy and extra wide, the blanket scarf is designed to be worn in several ways. It's multi-functional and when it's not wrapped around your neck it can be used to keep your knees warm or, I guess spread out on the ground for a picnic! Voucher Codes invited me to style up the blanket scarf on a budget and the following three looks are made up of high street brands, bought with discount codes or sale items. Which is your favourite?


These leather-look skinny jeans are incredible comfortable and stretchy. Swap them for your regular black skinnies to transform an outfit. I'm wearing this ASOS scarf wrapped loosely around my neck twice. It's so so soft and has camel-brown undertones which makes it a beautiful shade for autumn. Finish with a biker jacket or long midi-cardigan. Of course using discount found on Voucher Codes and my student discount to save money on New Look and ASOS online.


I'm changing my overall colour palette for autumn with this pastel check/tartan scarf from Warehouse. It goes perfectly with my long boyfriend blazer and I'm keeping it casual with gold converse. I've looped this blanket scarf over one shoulder. This one is my favourite for transferring into a new season. 


This scarf is an old favourite, it's so huge I can wear it as a poncho or a scarf. I hang this one over my shoulders and pair it with slimmer fitting items such as this pencil skirt. As the weather turns cooler I'll be wearing this over a coat/jacket and adding a pair of tights. Will you be trying out the blanket scarf trend this season? I'm on the look out for a wear-with-anything poncho to layer up with these scarves. I like to go big and oversized on top and keep the rest of my outfit close fitting.

Hot Rollers for Shoulder Length Hair

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

This is my first time using hot rollers. I was recommend to try them out by my hairdresser who said she saves so much time by popping these in her hair before a night out. I opted for the Diva Stay Hot Rollers. They come in three sizes; large, medium and small with colour coded grips and big spring clips. I was really impressed with how many grips came with the rollers - more than enough and they are really easy to use. The rollers themselves are in this neat stand-up box and at first I was worried I wouldn't have enough. My hair is fine but I have a lot of it and I didn't think 20 rollers would do my whole head...

But in fact even when using small sections of hair I still had a couple of rollers left over. I used the biggest barrels at the crown of my head, the medium sized barrels around the middle layers and the smallest orange rollers underneath. They heat up in 5 minutes (door closed) and then stay hot for quite a while giving you time to leisurely put them in. 

The rollers weren't burning hot to the touch - I'd say 'very warm' so I didn't think I'd be able to achieve a god curl but I was surprised that although I could hold them they did a great job of creating big ringlets! I imagine these are better for your hair that a curling wand or straighteners as the heat levels are kept low. I left them in my hair to cool for about 30 minutes. The instructions say the longer the better. You want the rollers to have cooled down completely for longer-lasting curls. 

Removing the rollers gently (not pulling on the curl) I had a full bouncy head of curls that needed taming! The curls were smooth and soft, so I just used my fingers to comb through my hair and shape/style them. I prefer big waves to tight curls and this is exactly what I was left with. 

Diva Stay Hot Rollers* - Fragrance Direct
Leopard Print Tee* - Sugar Hill Boutique

The second time I used the rollers I was much faster at putting them in - so I think with practice it would really cut down my 'getting ready' time and whilst you're waiting for them to cool you can potter around, put on makeup and choose something to wear. I'm yet to test how long the waves last on a night out and this style is definitely bigger and bouncier than I'm used to (see my mermaid waves) - so one to save for special occasions.

Bloggers and Brands | Feeling The Strain

Monday, 29 September 2014

Let me start by saying I wrote this post last week and it has been sat in my drafts folder for days because I wasn't sure whether or not to post it. I've recently felt disheartened with aspects of blogging and at this time I wanted to share my thoughts.


A collaboration between a blogger and a brand can be wonderful. Glorious. The brand gifts the blogger with a product, or pays the blogger with actual money for featuring their stuff in a blog post. The brand are rewarded with fantastic exposure, especially if the blogger is well known and receives lots of daily traffic. And the blogger is rewarded with a lovely freebie or some pennies to go into a savings account. I'm not against sponsored content at all - I have worked with many, many brands and companies over the years and made strong connections with the members of their PR team, lovely friendships and nice neat transactions.

But recently I have been feeling the strain and stress that is associated with this type of blogging. Partly it is my own fault. I have been taking on more than I really have time for, and agreeing to work with people because I love the company or I want the free stuff. I'm not pacing myself or my workload. I hope my blog does not come across as a money making machine as it most certainly isn't. Blogging is not my full time profession and it does not pay the bills. The money I earn from blogging is small and goes into a rainy-day fund and also helps me to produce new fresh content on This Fashion is Mine. I try to keep any sponsored posts to a minimum and feature only the products and brands that I genuinely like/would recommend. I always give my honest and true opinions. I have a disclaimer that appears in my sidebar at all times.

I had a little moan on Twitter the other week about feeling a bit 'used' and 'under pressure'. What I meant was that sometimes brands seem to take advantage of bloggers and expect too much. I have set terms and conditions which I forward to the people I work with, but often my terms are ignored and their terms take precedence. Occasionally brands will try to make compromises with my rules or (I feel) ask for too much. I'm not always sure the deal I'm making is a fair one. 'Would you like to feature a dress from our site, please choose between these five dresses, please post at least three photographs of yourself wearing the dress within 14 days of receiving the item and include these two links, please ask your readers to like our Facebook page, oh and don't forget that no affiliate or nofollow links are allowed.' And that's not even an exaggeration. Crazy isn't it. And then I actually worry that the blog post I've created for this company won't be good enough! WHAT!? I worry that my post won't be up to standard for someone else, on my blog! Surely the only standard that matters is my own.

Sending a blogger a product to review is the cheapest form of advertising for a company (Ok - bit of a guess, but I imagine it is one of the cheapest forms of raising brand awareness when compared with the price of a magazine feature, TV advert, billboards, posters, leafleting and online ads such as Facebook/Google etc.) Because of this I think brands should be willing to be a little more flexible with bloggers and appreciative of the hard-work and time put in to promoting their products.
Lots of companies are doing it right. They have positive relationships with bloggers, giving them time and space to choose how and when they will review items. They fully acknowledge their blogger collective as a powerful voice and fruitful members of their PR team.

A few years ago everyone was very new to brand-blogger relationships. They existed but they weren't as wide-spread as they are today. Now brands love bloggers. We review and feature their items for very little cost to thousands of people. The opinions expressed in blogs are those of real people. Which is so much more powerful than just reading the seller's description. How many times have you Google searched for honest reviews of an item before buying it?

I said on Twitter that I would be going ahead with any scheduled collabs and then taking a break from working with brands. I don't think my blog is heavy on product-placement anyway, but personally I'm starting to feel a bit lost. I need to get back to blogging 'just because' and writing about the things I'm passionate about. And yes, I'm often passionate about products. Beauty, fashion, food, a new lens for my camera - but these items will be featured on This Fashion is Mine because I really want to talk about them, not because I've decided to 'take on the job' or I feel obliged because a company was nice enough to send me something for free.

This is not a post declaring that I will never work with brands again. Of course I will! I'll work with all the generous people who appreciate what bloggers do and give me the freedom and leeway to do things my own way ON MY OWN BLOG. I must not forget, that this website is my own to do with as I wish. I can and do turn brands down regularly, but even when I agree to collaborate, I need to remember that I run this show.

I hope my recent experiences are not a sign of things to come. I hope brands fully appreciate what bloggers can do for them and bloggers in turn, refuse to be taken advantage of. We are not PR robots who will promote, promote, promote for next to nothing in return - we are not employed by these companies, we owe them nothing. Sometimes I think bloggers sit down at their desks on a Monday morning and think 'Ok, what am I advertising this week then?' And go ahead and write up 10 blog posts about all the freebies they have received until they are fresh out of ideas. That is until the next package arrives in the post, or the next email drops into their inbox.


Since writing this post I'm starting to feel better about blogging again. I still stand by what I've said and finally plucked up the courage to post this. I'll be cutting down my brand collaborations for a while so I can concentrate on 'me' blogging. Also a little disclaimer, this post was not directed at any one brand/company in particular and should not reflect all of the collaborations I have recently taken part in or the current on-going partnerships. What are your thoughts on brands working with bloggers? Have I just had a few bad eggs, or is the whole nature of the blogger/brand collaboration shifting?