2017 REVIEW

Happy New Years Eve! I woke up this morning feeling quite reflective on the past year. It has been a year of some major milestones for me personally, career wise and some blogging highs. 2017 started on a real high for me and Joe as finally after years of wanting and wishing, we finally have a very own little dog. We picked up our furry little child in February and I still think it's the best thing we have ever done. As well as looking after my fur baby, my career took a turn that I didn't see coming. I have always designed women's wear but this year I started designing girls wear and eventually moved onto this product area full time. Honestly looking back I should have made the move years ago and even though it's a crazy amount of work. It's the most fun design work, drawing unicorns and putting glitter on any slogan we design. Making that move has cemented where I want to take my career for the future.

2017 has also been a very successful year for my blog. I feel like I've come along way with my style and increased my following loads this year. I also feel I’ve constantly improved my photographs across both my blog and Instagram. Here I have featured my top engaged photos from the app we all love to hate!

 

Another highlight was attending London Fashion Week for the first time. I know you asking yourself why are you a designer and only now attending the shows. With the beauty of the internet it means shows get uploaded almost instantly so we can download them and study the garments in detail without leaving my desk. Of course nothing beats seeing the clothes in real life though and feeling the atmosphere as the show unfolds.

Another great achievement this year was working with Forever 21 for Glastonbury. I absolutely love Glastonbury festival and wouldn't have missed this year for anything. It is literally my favourite place in the whole world and it only exists for 5 days a year. So when Forever 21 wanted me to do a festival look book, it married up perfectly with me going to Glastonbury.

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The number one highlight for my blogging this year has to be my trip to LA with H&M to see the Erdem collaboration collection. This was a dream come true for me. I follow H&M every year to see who they have collaborated with, following the hype of what collection the designer will bring out. So to win a competition to see the collection at their launch show was just insane. It felt like all my hard work, all the extra hours I put into my blog started to pay off. It was a real pinch myself moment and one I won't be forgetting anytime soon.

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I'll be raising a glass tonight to the amazing memories I've made and to all the people who have supported me and followed my blogging journey so far. Here's hoping 2018 brings some more amazing adventures and achievements. See you on the other side guys!

Joey x

A CASUAL NEW YEAR

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Yes as the title suggests this new year is going to be a relaxed one. I've had the most fun-filled December, so much so I honestly think I've partied myself out! But all that could change by tomorrow night and I could still end up out. Even if I was to go out I wouldn't be dressing up for New Year. For me, New Years is best spent at a house party with your close friends or family so dressing up isn't needed, as I probably get to a point in the night where I just want to curl up on the sofa chatting with friends. So if anyone asks, I will be wearing 'jeans and a nice top' because ultimately that is what I feel most comfortable in. From this past year of blogging, I've realised just how much I love nothing more than styling my jeans. I make sure that everything I buy will go with my jeans collection, from my boots to jewellery.

 
 
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This classic me look started with these jeans I managed to buy in the Topshop sale a couple of days ago. In my last blog post Sale Shopping, I talked about the sales and how I think Topshop have the best jeans on the high street, there is no need for designer denim when the UK high street covers it so well. So when it comes to the Topshop sale I stock up on 3 pairs of jeans, as they are a steal at £22 each. For added contrast, I've worn this tie front burgundy blouse and an old favourite of mine, a black velvet blazer. Out of all the things I have worn this year these three velvet items have been high on my favourites list. My black velvet blazer which I bought in last years Boxing Day sales gets brought out for these kind of nights out. The green velvet chunky heels that I wore to fashion week, still some of my most comfortable going heels I own and my velvet, pearl chain bag. This bag gets so much attention I think because of the 1920's vintage styling. What I love about this look the most is that is mixes just a small most of newness and championing old favourites. This is what I intend to wear to see in the new year, fashionable comfortable.

Here's to a Happy New Year guys and have a good one whatever you end up doing!

Joey x

TIE FRONT BLOUSE - TOPSHOP

JEANS - TOPSHOP

VELVET BLAZER - ZARA

VELVET CHUNKY HEELS - MONSOON*

VELVET BAG - ZARA

NECKLACE - TOPSHOP

Anything marked * has been gifted

SALE SHOPPING

Hey guys and Merry Christmas, I hope you are having a lovely holiday so far. I know I am enjoying relaxing and eating as much cheese as humanly possible, I think I've had over 10 cheese boards in the space of 5 days! As well as all the eating, I have done a bit of sale shopping from the comfort of my sofa. I did attempt the shops yesterday and failed massively. It's far too busy and messy in the stores so I headed home to carry on online sale shopping. 

Here I have put together some of my top items to invest in when it's sale time. These are the things I normally look for when there is a sale as it means I can either stock up or invest big while still getting a bargain with my Christmas money. 

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Jeans

Well, this piece of clothing is nothing new. If you have ever come across my blog before or visited my Instagram page you will know I looove denim. So when the sales hit my first stop for jeans is Topshop. They are my number store when recommending them to anyone wanting jeans. And in the sale, these styles I have picked out are an absolute steal at £22 each! Of course with any sale the popular styles sell out fast but these styles seem to be still on the website.

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Knitwear

I am an absolute sucker for a grey marl jumper. It is up there as one of my top 5 basic items everyone should own and if you invest in a good quality piece it can last you years. The store I am also drawn to for plain coloured clothing is Cos and they also have some amazing sale deals. These jumpers I have picked out still come up to £50 but I believe they are a great layering piece for keeping you warm.

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Boots

Every year without fail I check out which ankle boots go on sale. This season I have had a thing for suede boots, including purchasing the khaki ruffle ones at full price, but now they are on sale for more than half the price. If you have had your eye on a pair of boots, it's always worth watching and waiting to see if they go into the sale. Essepecilaly when you know you have enough shoes but can justify buying a bargain like these above.

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Designer Handbag

These sales are a great time to purchase a designer handbag. Normally I would recommend going into store if you are spending a fair amount on a bag, but if you feel confident shopping online these sales are the perfect time to save on designer purchases. Here I've picked out an old favourite brand Marni as I know this brand also has great quality bags and comparing the original price to the sale one you know you are making a saving.

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Bedding

As I get older I'm finding myself more interested in interior pieces for my home. Bedding is one of those items I actually really enjoy shopping for. The covers that I love to interest can be very expensive but on sale, they are a lot more affordable. Stores like John Lewis, Made.com and The White Company always have amazing savings. 

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Homewear

Like I mentioned before my love for the interior is forever growing. So taking inspiration from my Pinterest boards I have found four beautiful pieces that I would love to see in my home. I have been lusting over a pink velvet chair for over a year now, so a sale is a perfect time to invest in a piece like this chair. At the moment I am loving dark wood furniture against white walls so I've picked out these two contrasting items from French Connection.

These have been my top sale items I have searched for in this year's boxing day sales. I would love to know your thoughts on any of these pieces or what you have been lusting over in the sales?

Joey x

LOVE CHRISTMAS

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So this is my final Christmas party look for you guys. Of course I might have something up my sleeve for New Years and drinks over the weekend but this is the last skin tight party dress for this season. I have officially put my out of office on at work and I've checked out from work duties. This makes me so happy after having a mad few weeks on the lead up to this years festivities, I am definitely ready for a chilled few days eating and drinking with friends. I also have two weeks off spending time with my little dog!

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While I slowly switch for Christmas, I wanted to talk about why I love this time of year. There are so many things about the holiday season that makes me happy, mince pies is just one of them! From the moment it turns the 1st December I'm fully in Christmas mode. And here are a few reasons why...

The build up

Let's start with the build up. I know most people scoff and moan that Christmas starts too early but for me it's one of my favourite parts of Christmas. I love looking out for the adverts and attending all the various Christmas parties. Everyone is in a good mood and getting into the festive spirit. I think I love the lead up more than the actual big day!

The food

Well ... I love food anytime of the year but when it comes to Christmas I do love to indulge a little bit more than normal. I even go as far as buying novelty Christmas shaped food, yep I am that person! As well as novelty food items I think food at Christmas brings people together and I love nothing more than catching up with friends over a festive theme meal.

The outfits

Christmas is the perfect excuse to dress up even if it just for just a few drinks. I find myself being drawn in by the high street to the shimmer and shine of the party looks that are on offer, knowing full well I might only wear them once. This year for me velvet has been the fabric for me, in particular, this dress from the Debenhams party dresses section. I just love the luxe hand feel of the fabric and the shade of violet. I featured a velvet look for my first party look and now for my final party outfit another velvet piece, I just can't get enough of this fabric. I do find myself experimenting more with the glitz and why not add more glitter to your look for this time of year.

Spending time with friends and family

I think this ties the last three points perfectly together and is my favourite thing about Christmas. This year my December has been booked up with events, parties and meals all spent seeing people I love and spreading the festive cheer. I fully intend to carry on the festive cheer this weekend with a few cheeky Christmas bevvies!

On that note, I hope you have an amazing Christmas.

Joey x

VELVET DRESS - MISS SELFRIDGE

BOOTS - MISS KG

BAG - ZARA

COAT - STRAND