Rockalily Style - The tights are back

This was the first time I've worn black opaque tights for a very long time! Its a sign that we're heading into September! I also realised all of my tights from last year have holes in, so I had to bin them all and go shopping! I'm now ready, with a drawer full of black tights ready for autumn. I tend to wear shorter skirts in winter too, so my wardrobe changes a bit too. 

My off-shoulder top is from Primark, but I chopped the sleeves off. The nautical belt is vintage, and the necklace is from Next.

Blogstock 2015 - It's nearly time!

blogstock 2015 lineup

It's nearly Blogstock time! This is the 2nd ever year of the festival, and I was lucky enough to be invited to speak last year, and asked to return to speak again this year. Eeek!

Blogstock has a festival atmosphere, and is largely focused on the Saturday - a full day of sessions, workshops, and seminars about blogging. It offers something to the hobby blogger as well as the bloggers wanting to use their blogs professionally. 

If you're not able to go this year, you may want to keep an eye out online for the hashtags - I'm presuming #blogstock and #blogstock2015 would be a good start!

I love public speaking, but of course I get super nervous, as I imagine anyone would! I used to be a primary teacher, and it taps into the old teacher in my soul I think! I also enjoy the challenge of it; it's rewarding to do something that is a little bit scary!

Rockalily Style - Rockabilly from the Supermarkets

Keeping it bright and breezy! The top is from Asda, skirt is from Tesco and shoes are from Crocs. Who says you can't find rockabilly or alternative clothes on the high street? You just need to know what you're looking for!

I've been having a bit of a technological melt down, my camera stopped transferring to my laptop, my webcam stopped working, and then my printer broke. Grrr! It doesn't rain it pours!

1950s inspired skirts from the highstreet

This gorgeous skirt is more of an investment piece at £250

A soft feminine mid-length skirt from Ted Baker is £149

Karen Millen's midi skirt is £140 and perfect autumnal colours.

Fancy a modern twist on a classic shape? How about a suede skirt for £85 from Miss Selfridge? I love this as an idea for Autumn.

If you liked the idea of suede, how about leather? I love clashing genres like this. This skirt from ASOS is £250

A cheaper, and more classic vintage looking skirt is this one from New Look, for £35

This one is a bargain but looks much more expensive than it is (it's £25)

I couldn't not include some tartan. I adore tartan, and the autumn season calls its name. This one is £28

I miss my anonymous online life

I still have my very first diary, in a large box of notepads spanning large chunks of my life from aged 10 to my early 20s. It seems I've always been someone who uses words to create meaning, even when the words were never intended for anyone else's eyes but my own. The structure of words can create structure within a muddled mind.

In my 20s I found my safe space in forums. These were the precursor to social platforms like twitter and facebook; online communities where you shared under a largely anonymous pseudonym. I was a member of a particular forum for many years, and for the vast majority of those years I kept my online and offline life separate. This changed when we started arranging meet-ups, but I still felt pretty hidden; you'd only know the offline me, if I knew the offline you. 

I used the forum daily, and for hours, much in the way we spread our attention these days across a variety of platforms, and shared and discussed topics I wouldn't share online anymore.

Recently I've been craving that sense-making that writing gives, but on topics I'm no longer comfortable discussing online (now that we're not anonymous users). I've started writing diary entries in my bullet journal, or on the notes app on my phone.

Perhaps I'm not alone, perhaps there are others like me, who are considering returning to a traditional diary, now that most of us have shrugged off the veil of anonymity online?

Writing is powerful, and I adore being able to share it with others, and have it read. There is something awesome (in the true sense of the word) in having your words read. However, not all of our thoughts are to be shared, and picked apart by others. Maybe I need to treat myself to a brand spanking new diary, and get my some of my more private thoughts down on paper? 

Pastel Hair Trends - Did you see us in Stylist Magazine?

Did you catch us over on The Stylist website at the beginning of the month? They ran a feature about the rise of rainbow inspired hair colours, and included pictures from our salon, and some quotes from me.

Personally I love how social media has made us more open to trying new things, but it can lead to unrealistic expectations for sure!

Aww a large part of me missing my bright blue hair. It was like being a super hero (I'd whisper that to children who asked me about it!)