Hello hello, lovely humans!
I’m currently sitting here writing to the backdrop of the August rain (“August rain” should not be a term but w.e.), ensconced in the corner of the sofa with a giant mug of tea. I had been located in the office, which is slightly more official sounding and not quite so stereotypical of Millenials, but Keiran came home early due to the rain so I couldn’t resist a blanket and toasty feet situation. His early returns and the fact that I don’t have to water the garden are the only two things that are good about the wet weather; other than that, I’ve been resisting and resisting the end of summer, but what can I do gals? All I’m seeing on the Met Office website is an endless stretch of cloud or cloudy rain, so I guess it’s time to call quits on the impromptu wine-guzzling sessions in the garden and get my head screwed back on.
You might have noticed that I’ve been a little absent on the blog-writing front lately. Freelance work has been a bit frantic, what with a total rebrand, new website build and a new clinic location opening up in London. Whenever I mention my freelancing on Instagram Stories, I’m always asked what it is that I actually do; the actual role encompasses everything from strategy to creative to admin, but my official title is Operations Manager, and I work for an aesthetics clinic who offer dermal fillers, Botox, chemical peels etc.
I started two years ago as a Social Media Manager and as the business grew so did my responsibilities, but now we’re at the point where I can’t possibly manage everything and continue to run a business of my own, so we’ve invited a new Operations Manager on board and I’ll be moved over to Creative Director. I’m much happier running blogger outreach, managing the social accounts and composing campaigns than I am in the logistical side of things, so hopefully with the addition of a new team member this October, I can get back to putting the majority of my energy into blogging. Freelancing became my main gig for a hot minute and so it probably looked I was doing sweet f all, but when you’re juggling two jobs, sometimes one gets the better of the other and you just have to try and restore the balance when the time is right.
Blazer - & Other Stories (similar here)
Dress - ASOS
Shoes - Gucci
Bag - Zara
Aside from freelancing, I’ve also requested a few changes be made to my blog layout. I’m not entirely happy with the overall look to be completely honest, but I’m not sure which direction I want to head in or how I want everything to sit, so for now I'm sticking to the 'if it ain't broke' mentality.
If you have any insights as to what you do/don’t like when you’re reading a post, however, that would be really helpful. Even though I’m a blog reader myself, sometimes it’s hard to pull myself out of the perspective of ‘blogger’ and see things from the other side, so outside input is a real juicy treat. More and more blogs are moving in a decidedly ‘website’ direction, forgoing the traditional one post and column of text format for lots of easy to digest segments and clickable content, but I don’t want to lose too much of the original essence, y’know? I still want everything to feel like it’s coming from a 20-something year old bundled up on the sofa, because it is.
Outside of work, I’ve been indulging in a proper knees up summer. The warmer months have been punctuated with festivals, BBQs, our trip to Italy and lots and lots of gin. Copious amounts. Heinous amounts of gin, if I’m honest (no ragrets). I feel like from the age of 18 to 23/24 I was really quite sensible, enjoying gin but not ~ e n j o y i n g gin ~ and instead focusing on building up the blogging side of things and trying to find my way in the world of work.
Now that things are a little more settled and I can afford to take my foot off the pedal somewhat, I’ve gone wild on the enjoyment front. And it has been a delight. I’ve seen my friends, spent time with my family, revelled in a lot of legendary memory-making and discovered how truly excellent it is that UberEats will deliver a McMuffin straight to your door. If anything, I’ve regressed from semi-adult back down to rebellious teenager, and I’m not embarrassed. I feel like I deserve it, you know? It’s time for me to be 18 for a bit, even if only for the summer months.
In other, more exciting news, I recently treated myself to a new bag. I’d made a deal with myself that I’d only splurge on one big treat every November, but I wandered into Selfridges with Hannah earlier this week and, well, one thing led to another and I left London with a new companion.
I opted for the small Loewe Puzzle Bag in the mink/sand colourway, a welcome addition to my otherwise overwhelmingly black bag collection. In truth, this was the bag I had planned on buying come November anyway, and it will hardly be a surprise that my self-control when captivated by nice goodies is pretty poor. Plus Hannah was there enabling me, so what could I really do??? Exactly. I’m glad you agree.
I’ll pop a full review up in a month or so after I’ve had a chance to put the bag through its paces, but it’s safe to say I’m feeling like a proud parent. There was a beautiful irony in buying this bag too; I walked up to the counter sporting my giant Sainsbury’s branded carry-all, pulling my 4 year old, withering purse out of my £30 Zara bag, and afterwards, came home to my rented house to eat £3 stir fry. That’s isolated luxury if I’ve ever heard it.
Anyway, I just wanted to check in and say hey! I feel like amongst the think-piece articles and fashion content that sometimes a good ole chat is needed, so I like to do a bit of rambling every now and then. I feel more focused than ever to continue sharing my Suffolk-girl life from the corner of my sofa, and being able to connect and goss with so many other queens is legit an actual dream. Lucky, lucky me.