Six Days of Style: In the Name of Fashion!

HEY GUYS, I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter 2017 filled with sunshine and chocolate eggs! I know mine was…Anyway, as promised here is the long awaited article featuring my modelling adventures in the beautiful city of York this Spring, ENJOY!


For those of you who follow my Instagram, a.little.and.a.lot, you may have seen that on the 7th April I participated as a volunteer model for Fashion City York‘s feature event ‘Six Days of Style’ at The Fashion Village on Parliament Street. FCY host a York based fashion occasion annually in the Spring, this year running from April 4th to April 9th promoting fashion, events and discounts across York! And lucky me, I happen to be friends with a fantastic woman involved in the planning and putting together of this marvellous week, Sam Lyth. She came to me a couple of years ago with the opportunity to model for a fantastic brand, Life & Soul clothing. And this year I was honoured to do it all over again, along with showing off some fabulous new designs by Little Ditsy whose designs were being featured for the first time by FCY.

The Fashion Village, a bustling marque set up in the heart of York featured stalls of various designer pieces, accessories, and wonderful people all collected together to celebrate fashion in all its glory. A charming refreshments van sat outside the entrance to the marque keeping both the audience and models alert before the start of the show at 14:00PM, and kept us all going until the final 15:00PM show ended. Crowds began to form filling the tent from end to end as the music started to play, and Official photographer, Olivia Brabbs stood front line and centre followed by my own personal photographer and boyfriend Stu Henderson (you’ll find his professional blog link here).

Here are just some of the brilliant snaps taken by Brabbs…

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Modelling the Life & Soul collection featuring a light blue button down shirt with pearl accents, silver heart design bracelets, and carrying a sheer neutral scarf with a simple floral print. (Bottoms and footwear  in all images are my own.)

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Modelling the Little Ditsy collection featuring a simplistic white vest with a scoop neckline, a delicate peach silk sleeveless kimono with floral stitching, and a rose gold statement necklace.

And a few images taken by Stuart Edward Henderson…

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Image features Myself and Shelley, the designer behind L&F. Modelling the Life & Soul collection featuring a light blue button down shirt with pearl accents, silver heart design bracelets, and carrying a sheer neutral scarf with a simple floral print.

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Modelling the Life & Soul collection featuring a sheer layered effect high neck black blouse, and a long silver statement necklace for accent.

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Top image: Featuring myself and Clare, designer behind Little Ditsy. Modelling the Little Ditsy collection featuring a simplistic white vest with a scoop neckline, a delicate peach silk sleeveless kimono with floral stitching, and a rose gold statement necklace.

Bottom image: Modelling the Little Ditsy collection featuring a simplistic white vest with a scoop neckline, a crochet duck-egg blue vest overlay, tan leather belt, and a rose gold pompom accent statement necklace.

I would also like you all to pop on over to the official page of FCY blogger Elise where she has written outstanding fashion and lifestyle features that blow mine out of the water! FCY need your support, and following this marvellous blog is one big step in the right direction. And follow her on Instagram @eliseeverse to keep updated on upcoming articles and to get to know the people behind the face of Fashion City York.

Now, the sub-title of this article ‘In the name of fashion!’ is about more than just the ever growing love of style and increasing taste of the Yorkshire folk, but about how I dealt with a few personal issues IN THE NAME OF FASHION! Something I haven’t touched upon with all of you yet is that I have had a history with low self-esteem and anxiety. Since secondary school I have dealt with the repercussions of being bullied, having a warped self-image, and suffering from multiple skin conditions including being diagnosed with psoriasis. All of which resulted in wanting nothing more than to shy away from social situations and crawl into myself where no one else could see or judge me.

Considering this you can imagine just how anxious I was the first time I stepped up onto that stage and felt a dozen eyes on me, staring. And doing this even a second time around was such a big step for me. When I agreed to help out I had no idea what to expect. Standing on a runway waiting for my name to be called with dozens of people waiting on me sounded like a nightmare turned real…and frankly, I wasn’t sure I could follow through. However, with the knowledge that I would have the comfort of my fellow volunteers and the fabulous FCY team, I found the strength to power through. And to top it all off, the stunning women behind these pieces were nothing but supportive, friendly and positive. They encouraged us to work with them to find a balance between expressing our individuality and modelling their designs to suit their target audience. And when all is said and done, working with these inspiring women was the most fun I’ve ever had!

I would like to say that I had some fail safe plan or routine that helped me through the situation, or that I had some inner revelation that made all the negative emotions I was feeling just melt away into nothingness, but the fact of the matter is that none of that happened for me. And this is going to sound cliché, but at the end of the day the only one standing in your own way of over-coming your own anxieties is YOU. I decided that I would regret saying no, and being a by-stander every time a new opportunity came along more than if I took a chance on myself. What is the worst that could happen? Turns out, the worst thing that happened was that the bus that was taking me home afterwards turned up 5 minutes late!

Take a chance on yourselves people, and to quote A.A. Milne – “You are stronger than you seem, Braver than you believe, and smarter than you think you are.”


Get involved and tell me about experiences of your own, be they battling anxiety or maybe you have your own fashion stories to share? Don’t be shy and leave me a comment or two and let me know what you thought of this article, or any of my articles for that matter! (Criticisms accepted, I can only improve on what I know needs improving).

Edinburgh Tips & Tricks

First of all I would just like to apologise for my unexpected absence…well, expected for me and unexpected for the rest of you! Me and my partner have been in the process of moving…again. After careful thought and planning we made the plans to move back to York and back into my parents house, lucky them! While my other half will be resuming his research studies in the field of Archaeology, I will (hopefully) be attending college on the fast track back into university! Which is very exciting news for me as unfortunate circumstances led me to give up my studies at the beginning of my third and final year. Anyway, I digress. With one very lovely holiday to Lanzarote (pictures coming soon) had at the end of March, we are now uprooted, moved and, living like kings in the stunning city of York in Yorkshire and I am back to blogging. Only this time, with a slightly sunnier view!

So, after having lived in Edinburgh for the past year I feel it is my duty to impart some wisdom unto those who are thinking of visiting or even relocating to there sometime in the near future. I hope this helps!

  1. Use the Lothian bus services, for 2 reasons. Reason the first being that buses in Edinburgh are about as green as they can get, which is always a plus! (For more information, see the link below.) And the second is that they run like clockwork! I honestly cant recall I time my bus was late, getting to and from work has never been so easy. One thing I should probably warn you of is that the buses in Edinburgh DO NOT OFFER CHANGE. you must have the correct change prepared for your ticket or risk losing what would be left over. It may take a while to get the hang of, but it sure does make the whole process a lot less painful.             Environment – Lothian Buses
  2. When we first moved to this miraculous city the first thing we encountered were the extortionate prices for city centre (or anywhere even close) parking. However, a blessing lay hid at the very end of every week…Sunday parking is FREE FREE FREE! So pack your bags, grab the car keys and visit a castle or two with the ones you love. From now on, let every Sunday be a fun day!
  3. Hidden bars…they’re worth a Google. Trust me.
  4. Braces yourselves, for every day around 1PM (on the dot actually) a canon of Edinburgh Castle will sound. And if you’re even half as ‘away with the fairies’ as I am, then you’ll be needing something to run and hide behind! Its a charming tradition, and good for those whose strong suit is not time keeping. But don’t say I didn’t warn you…
  5. This may sound silly, but I genuinely had no idea just how Scottish Scotland would be! Bagpipes playing in the distance, quotations by famous Scottish writers and theorist scattered in the winds and of course KILTS! Anyway, the point I wish to make is this…Scottish pride is a force to be reckoned with. Don’t believe me? Then all you need to do is pick up the remote control and turn to any and all of the Scottish alternatives to English TV, for example how genuinely elated the presenters all look and sound on STV at the mere mention of anything good and Scottish. (I’m sure there’s a fantastic drinking game opportunity somewhere in there too!)
  6. As far as a night out on the toooooon in Edinburgh goes…it isn’t cheap! Now we aren’t talking London figures, but there are so many times of year when prices sky rocket in the city centre of Edinburgh due to upcoming festivals, markets and attractions that these tips might just come in handy one day. Firstly, PRINK! And if you’re feeling particularly naughty, whip out old reliable. Now, I might be talking flasks. Then again, I might not be. Depends how much you would mind being thrown out of your favourite bar if seen with one! Secondly, UBER. the taxis in the city are pretty decent, but there’s nothing like being able to see your ride LITERALLY on it’s way to pick your, drunk up! Your move…
  7. This ones for those of you out there looking to socialise and meet new people in a strange city (long term visitors only.) Edinburgh has so much diversity and a result groups of strangers are banding together to enjoy each others common interests…theses my friends, are called clubs. NO, not the kind you find yourself in at 3AM reflecting on your questionable life choices but the kind you attend once, maybe twice a week to discuss things that interest and stimulate you. I attended a creative writing group once a week called ‘Visible Ink’. It can be a little hit and miss sometimes, but the best part is searching and finally finding a club that suits you.
  8. Pack for all weather conditions! There is a lot more than snow to be found in this beautiful city. One day you may be needing sunglasses, and the next you will be quivering in your thermals. Either way, keep that weather forecast app handy, and get stuck in!
  9. If you don’t already (which you SHOULD) then learn to recycle. The Edinburgh city council provide you with all the tools you need. Bins for Glass, Compostable, other recyclables, and general waste. And it cant get much easier than that. So, even if you’re not currently in the habit of recycling then you had best get used to it because Edinburgh is getting greener by the second. As the saying goes, if you cant beat em, join em.
  10. I would count this as more of a suggestion than a tip but here goes…save up and treat yourselves to occasional meals out. The dining experience in Edinburgh as a whole is so varied and unique that you’d be mad not to! From traditional haggis and tatties, to endless vegan establishments there should be a taste to suit everyone. And I personally recommend requesting the window seat as more often than not, the views of the city don’t disappoint either!

If anyone has any personal experiences of their own to share, or anything to add (restaurant recommendations, sights to see or tips of your own perhaps) then comment below. Edinburgh is a stunning city with a lot to offer and I very much enjoyed my time there and I hope you all will too! ENJOY!

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*DISCLAIMER* These tips are a result of my own personal experiences and may not apply to everyone reading this. I am not qualified to give legitimate travel/excursion advice, I just wanted to share my thoughts on this proud and grand city experience. Thank you.

 

The Underrated 7 (Part two)

(SPOILER ALERT: the following non-profit article is my personal opinion of some of my beloved childhood Disney films that I feel have been over-looked by my generation and in order to open up a few eyes, minor plot details are revealed. Do NOT read if you feel this may not be what you’re looking for!)

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The pursuit of cruelty-free: a simple LUSH review

‘Lush Ltd. is a cosmetics retailer headquartered in Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom. The company was founded by Mark Constantine, a trichologist and Liz Weir, a beauty therapist. They met in a hair and beauty salon in Poole, England. A few years later, they decided to branch out and start their own business selling natural hair and beauty products.’ – Wikipedia.

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My 2017 resolutions…

NEW YEAR, NEW ME! Actually, I’m quite happy being myself for now…but maybe getting rid of a few bad habits and gaining some new ones instead might be nice!

So here are my 2017 resolutions, and just for the record, I never keep up my resolutions for the whole year! The reason there are so many is so that an odd couple of them I can take up for one month as a more realistic, short term goal. For instance, last year I gave up drinking alcohol for one month! I still sent out partying, but I got to do it in a totally different way AND give my liver a break at the same time. (I’d recommend it if your partial to a good cocktail or two as well, its amazing how refreshing it can feel.)

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The Underrated 7 (Part one)

(SPOILER ALERT: the following non-profit article is my personal opinion of some of my beloved childhood Disney films that I feel have been over-looked by my generation and in order to open up a few eyes, minor plot details are revealed. Do NOT read if you feel this may not be what you’re looking for!)

Continue reading “The Underrated 7 (Part one)”