Hello 2017!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!
Hope you all have an amazing, happy and healthy 2017! 

2016 has finally come to an end and what a year it has been.. for me personally, it has been a rollercoaster of a year. 2016 had it's negative parts but I'm focusing on the parts that were amazing! For instance, me and my boyfriend Harry went on our first 'proper' holiday together, okay it was only a week in Devon but it was one of the best weeks of 2016. I did plan to write a post about our time in Devon but it kinda got side tracked. Is it too late to post it now? This year I really want to travel more so hopefully there will be more weeks filled with adventures and happiness! and I will post about them this time! ;)

How are you starting the New Year?
I'm kicking off the year with an exciting work placement and not having to be back at uni officially until the beginning of March! This means I will have time to blog more and since I will be in London most of the time, I have the chance to gather lots of content for the blog!
*I'm also planning to move my blog over to Wordpress and to finally have my own domain!

There are so many things I want to change/do this year and I have decided to share my main three goals for the year. *Advance warning - The first two are not exactly 'happy' but these are things that I want to change in order to be happier and healthier this year.




My main 3 goals for 2017 -

1. The main thing I want to achieve in 2017 is to stress less -
2016 was filled with many stressful days, I admit that I do get stressed easily but I want to change that. Uni was one of the main triggers for me stressing. I know university isn't going to be a walk in the park and I knew this when I first applied for uni but when it gets to a point where you want to quit your career goals and leave uni to get rid of the stress, it's not right. Again, it is probably down to me allowing myself to get stressed that easily but still. I want to organise myself more and get into some sort of routine that will reduce my stress levels. Take more time out for myself and not let uni affect me as much as it has done over the past year and a half.

2. Another thing I want to concentrate on is making more time for 'Me' and doing more of what makes me happy! -
- Don't let uni take over my life (like I have let it over the past year).
- Don't let work take over. It's only a job and it's only in retail. It's just a stepping stone towards my future career. If I need time for myself and recover, then work can be pushed aside. The same goes with uni. I want to look after myself first. It's been so difficult in the past and it has affected my health and I don't want to be in that position again.


3. Travel more!!
I really want to travel to more places like Greece and Italy, especially Rome! I have been wanting to go to Rome for years and have never been able to go. So this year, I want to at least start planning to go and maybe even book it! Other than travelling around Europe, I also want to visit places in the UK such as Devon (again), Brighton, Manchester and Liverpool. If you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments as I would love to try and visit a few places.

 Other things I want to do this year -
- Experiment with my style more - I have loved changing and experimenting with my personal style this year and can't wait to push it further in 2017!
- Visit home and family more!
- Blog more and push my blog forward
- Read, I love reading and I used to read so much but over the past year I have only read about 6/7 books (that's hardly anything for me). So I really want to read more this year, if you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments! :)
- Go for long walks
- Take more photos - digitally and film! I have an Instax mini 8 camera and love using it but because of the cost of the film, I only really use it for special occasions. I need to bulk buy film or something so I can use it more.
- More days out to castles, zoos, London trips etc.
- Start the Happiness Planner or start a Bullet Journal
- Exercise more - start running
- Eat healthier! I say this but I'm currently stuffing my face with Maltesers...Once all the chocolate has gone from over Christmas, I'll be healthy! I promise! ☺




Leopard Print Coat - Topshop (in the sale for £40!!)
Metallica Top - Topshop
Pleated Skirt - Topshop
Bag - Zara
Velvet Boots - Primark

Lastly, I just want to thank each and everyone one of you for all the amazing support you have given me and my blog this year! I really appreciate all the likes/comments/shares you have given me and I'm so grateful for all the opportunities that my blog has given me! 
I look forward to pushing my blog further and sharing what I love with all of you! 

As always, thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!
Hope you all have an amazing year!! ☺
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Clashing Era's - Uni Project

Hello!

Sorry, I have been a bit absent on here recently. I have spent the last couple of weeks running around trying to get everything done for my uni deadline. But it's all done now! Well, the first project at least.    I have had so many ups and downs with this project but I'm glad it is finally over and I'm so happy with how my final garment turned out! I don't usually share my uni work on here but I love this coat so much that I thought I would share it!

*This is probably the quickest outfit shoot I have ever done! It took less than 10 minutes and this was the morning of my deadline! 



The inspiration behind this project stemmed from a visit to Leeds Castle. I loved the interior and the luxurious materials used for garments and furnishings. Most particularly, the 17th Century interiors etc. So I decided to use that as my main inspiration and then clash it with a completely different era for the silhouette and then modernise it. I loved researching this project as it was everything I loved, especially all the intricate details!




Coat - Handmade (Uni Project)
Jumper - Primark
Leather Look Jeans - New Look
Silver Boots - Primark

I really struggled to find the fabric though. I had very particular fabric choices and it was a nightmare trying to find anything that matched my 'vision'. I think I visited London fabric shops 3 times within the space of a week! Luckily, I found this poly mix wool in the colour I wanted and then found the embroidered lace straight after. It was literally a 'third-time lucky' situation. 
If you follow my social accounts, you may have seen that cutting out and prepping this lace took forever! I spent a whole week prepping it all as I had to attach the lace before I could put the coat together which left me with less time to make it. But I managed it! I'm so happy with how it turned out and it matches my research and designs too. 

Let me know what you think! :)
Thank you so much for reading and hope you enjoyed it!

Michaela
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Barnardo's - Outfit for under £10!

An exciting post for you all today! It's all about the charity, Barnardo's!
I was lucky enough to be invited to guest post on The Thrift by the lovely Barnardo's team and I was more than happy to accept! You can see the post here. You should definitely check out their blog! They have some great posts and some DIY's too!

I absolutely love charity/thrift shopping! I'm always popping into Barnardo's stores to look for a good bargain or two. I recently visited a store in the cute town of Rochester, Medway. The store was lovely and the staff were very warm and welcoming. After spending a good half an hour (or more) rummaging through the rails of clothing and accessories, I settled for some printed trousers that were originally from Zara (they even had the tag still attached!) and a plain high neck top which was originally from M&S. 






Really love the print on these trousers! 



The trousers were £4 and the top was only £3!! I managed to buy an outfit for only £7! I couldn't believe it then and I still can't now. I found two items that are in amazing condition for under £10 and I can style them all year round!
Now the weather has gotten colder, I can't wait to style these trousers with a chunky knit jumper or an oversized coat. I think a trip back to Barnardo's is due! Maybe I could do a haul post next? ;)

Do you go charity/thrift shopping? If so what's your favourite item you found? :)

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! Also a huge thank you to Barnardo's for inviting me to guest post for them!

Have a lovely day!
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Everything5Pounds - Metallic Florals

This is the third and final post from my 'Style on a Budget' series in collaboration with Everything5Pounds.com. You can find the first two posts below if you haven't seen them already. :)
First Post - Floral Frills

For my third and final outfit, I decided to style this beautiful floral blouse and metallic silver mini skirt. This outfit is my favourite out of the three and so I saved the best till last! (in my eyes anyway) I'm currently loving metallic silver this season and so when I saw this skirt online, I  knew I needed it in my wardrobe! The skirt is actually embossed with flowers and I haven't seen anything like that on the high street which sold it for me. 





This floral blouse is my favourite out of all the items! Pastel colours, floral print, pussy bow and ruffles on the sleeve hem? PERFECTION!! I love everything about this blouse even the 'V' shaped neckline! I really cannot fault this blouse. Amazing quality, it fits perfectly and it was only £5 to top it off!




I'm not sure what I'm doing in this photo...I think I was trying to show the sleeve details? 
or fly? haha :)


*All items are from Everything5Pounds and individually linked*

The bag and shoes are the same ones from the first and second post but just to recap; the shoes are amazing! They are great quality and true to size. They feature a faux fur panel on top of the shoes, which also come in different prints! The bag is great quality too and it is perfect for day to day use as well as on a night out! It is quite spacious as I can fit my DSLR camera as well as my usual items (purse, keys, lipsticks, etc.)

That's it! This was the last post in my Style on a Budget series, I hope you enjoyed it! If you haven't already, please check out Everything5Pounds.com! They have amazing stock and new items added daily! It is perfect for staying on trend whilst on a budget!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think of the series in the comments below! :)
Have a lovely day!
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Everything5Pounds - Statement Leopard Print

This post is the second one in my 'Style on a Budget' in collaboration with Everything5Pounds. If you haven't seen the first one you can read it here.

For the second outfit, I have chosen this statement leopard print cropped coat. I have been after a leopard print coat for a while now so I was so happy to find this one! Admittedly, I haven't always been a fan of leopard print. I remember when I was younger, I used to tell people that I hated it and would never wear it. Well...I've only gone and eaten my words! I think my younger self would be horrified! But anyway, it is only recently that I have started warming to the print. I don't think I will go leopard crazy but I like the more subtle versions. The print on this coat is probably as far as I would go with leopard print. A few people who know me well and how I used to feel about leopard print even said to me that they never thought they would see me wearing something like this. But they all loved it! Me included! I loved the print on the coat and I love how 'out there' the coat is. I loved experimenting with my style and this is perfect to take it one step further!

Anyway, back to the main focus of this post! The coat is excellent quality and since I ordered a size up to what I would usually order, I can fit a thick jumper underneath which is perfect for when it gets colder. But to be honest you may not need to wear a jumper underneath as it is quite warm on its own.  However, it is down to the person; I always feel the cold so I would wear a jumper too.





I decided to style the jacket with plain black trousers and a floaty blouse. I wanted to keep it quite simple as the jacket is the main focus of the outfit. These black trousers are so comfy but I must admit, they're a little big. I ordered a size 10 because I would rather them be a little bit too big instead of them being too small and not be able to put them on. The trousers do have belt loops so the next time I wear them, I will add a belt. Other than that, they're great quality and you can wear them all year round because of the colour and the style. You could wear them to work or for a night out, the style possibilities are endless!



Like the trousers, I decided to keep the top simple which is why I chose this ivory blouse. I adore the frill detail around the neckline and the sleeve hem. It's so cute and adds some detail to your outfit! I love the neck tie tassels too! I thought this blouse would look great with the jacket as when you take the coat off, you still have some statement details for the rest of the outfit.





Cropped Leopard Faux Fur Coat *Sold Out*
*All items are from Everything5Pounds and are individually linked*

Unfortunately, I cannot find the leopard print coat online anymore. Items sell out fast on the website due to popular demand. So if you see something on the website, be sure to grab it before it sells out! However, you can recreate this look with another statement coat! There are plenty to choose from and new stock is added daily so you may find something that is even better than this jacket! You can find more coats and jackets here. 

The bag and shoes are the same ones from the first post but just to recap; the shoes are amazing! They are great quality and true to size. They feature a faux fur panel on top of the shoes, which also come in different prints! The bag it great quality too and it is perfect for day to day use as well as on a night out! It is quite spacious as I can fit my DSLR camera as well as my usual items (purse, keys, lipsticks, etc.)

What do you think of this outfit? Are you a fan of leopard print? :) 

If you haven't already, please check out Everything5Pounds.com! They have amazing stock and new items added daily! It is perfect for staying on trend whilst on a budget!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! The third and final post will be live tomorrow morning, so make sure you keep a look out!
Have a lovely day!
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