Monday, March 30, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Over the last couple of weeks there's been a slow transition from the dark mornings and cold nights. There's a hint of spring in the air but it's still not quite warm enough to switch to my summer wardrobe. We're definitely getting there. For the last couple of weekends I've been able to get away with lighter coats and bare legs. Although I'm not quite ready to pack away my jumpers. I picked up this BDG jumper the other day in Urban Outfitters and it's perfect for this in between transitional season. It's made from 100% cotton and was reduced from £45 to £30! It's just a little on the slouchy side and I had to downsize to an XS. I can already tell it's going to get plenty of wear.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
In my last post I mentioned stepping up my blogger game. I'm getting a new focus on my blog instead of putting it to the back of my mind. Or treating it like it's a chore. A camera upgrade, a new outlook and a hand from a bloggers like Charissa and Sarah, has helped. Obviously. But a lot of stepping up was about changing my mentality. Not worrying about what to post and being more organised with my posting. Although that's arguably still in progress.. But I guess what's changed is that I've stopped focusing my energy on negative stuff. And actually I'm back to being excited about stuff. Clothes especially! Lately I've not stopped buying. You know when you go for months without getting anything new? None of your usual high street haunts seem to be getting it right. Nothing really floats your boat. Then all of a sudden it's like all the bits for your perfect wardrobe is EVERYWHERE. Yeah that.
I'd say it's pretty safe to say that everyone has an era that they've got a style affinity with. It's that 'wish I'd be born back then' feeling you get when you see the shapes, the fabrics, the prints. I'd always say mine is the 60s. But right now I'm loving the early 70s vibes that are all over. Gimme all the A line skirts please. Like everyone else with eyes and decent taste, I've been lusting after that AC for AG skirt. I want it. More than anything else. But at its pricetag, and with 2 pending holidays, I can't have it. Luckily for me this Cooperative dupe from Urban Outfitters is the perfect antidote. Since I got it the other week, it's been like some sort of second skin. And like all A lines, it's so ridiculously easy to wear. The top is BDG made from a sort of woven cotton. I love the elegant little neckline. It makes me feel like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. You know the bit right near the end where she nips out for food with Fred? Casual but with an ever so slight old-world elegance. Especially when paired with my new favourite red lipstick, Smashbox Be Legendary.
Friday, March 20, 2015
First of all, I've been thinking for probably the better part of a year about my blogging. About where it's going, what I want from it and what ultimately I need to do. In my full time job I work as a brand manager. I'm somewhere between an account manager, a copywriter, and a social media strategist. I help my clients to figure out the personality of the brand. And I create a voice for them that helps them to spread their message. My daily life is about helping define other people's brands, creating communications plans and helping them market themselves online. So why have I failed to practise what I preach? For a while now my problem has been my blog name. Raspberry Kitsch. When I first set up my blog in 2009 it probably had some kind of meaning. Now it feels a bit twee. It doesn't really fit the content I want to create and so I want to change it. I want to make something more of my blog, and have it as a platform that relates more to my professional life. I'm already taking steps to improve content. I'm going to photography classes. And I've been meeting up with other bloggers like Charissa to shoot more outfits. But my name is still a sticking point. And I'm torn between tearing everything up and starting fresh (and what the repercussions are for things like Domain Authority and Page Ranking), or trying to persevere. And it's the confusion of making a decision (ie forcing myself to think of something better or sticking with what I've got) that's winding me up.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
I've got summer on the brain. All of a sudden the nights are getting lighter and I'm waking up to sunshine instead of street lamps. It's not just me though. Healthy eating and fitspo pics have started flooding my instagram feed. Bikinis are starting to appear back in stores and the 'Holiday Shop' has started making its way back into the categories of my favourite online stores. I'm sick of layering and wrapping up. I'm ready for days spent lying in the sand with a good book. And feeling the sunshine on my skin. So really it's not surprising that in the last few weeks, as my wanderlust hit a high point, I decided it was time to start making summer plans. But with the warmer months still seeming years away, I wanted a little early season. Cue the headache of finding somewhere warm where the weather is reliable early in the year.
Turns out your options are fairly limited. Unless you're looking at Caribbean cruises or heading south of the equator, there's not a lot of places you can venture with guaranteed sunshine in April. And then I stumbled on Cape Verde, a lush cluster of islands just off the coast of Africa. With crystal clear, turquoise water and white sandy beaches, Boa Vista seemed like the perfect little paradise to spend a week in the sun. So I'm starting my summer wardrobe planning a little early. I want simple, pieces like little crochet tops that I can throw over a bikini and some little denim shorts. Straw fedoras, thick black birks and huge sunnies at the ready. Simple leather bags that I can throw over my shoulder, full of books and sun cream, when I'm heading to beach. Bumble and bumble styling spray that I can spritz into my salty, sun-bleached hair before heading out for an evening meal.
I'm a big fan of holidays where figuring out what to wear isn't a hassle. So the outfits I'm planning are low maintenance. I'm already making pinterest boards and planning my holiday reading list... any recommendations?