Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Styled by Kimberley: Galentine's Day

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I'm a bit cynical about this whole Galentine's Day thing, to be honest. But while the whole notion of this friendship holiday is a bit tongue-in-cheek, it's never a bad idea for girls to big up each other. As a blogging duo with a history of Spice Girl influence, Girl Power is something we are all about (because you're great, no you're great). Too often- in blogging especially- girls get too caught up in that entrenched notion of competition and that is never a good thing. Comparison is the thief of joy, after all. Even if you do become 'the best' (if there is such a thing in this evolving hobby/ business) will that finally make you happy? I can tell you now, it won't. People at the top of the blogging game then just become scared of being usurped by the Next Big Thing. In such a fast-paced industry, it's too easy to get dragged under, and this takes your self esteem with it. There's a reason that even the most popular bloggers swing between celebrating their wild success and writing those deeply personal, anxiety- ridden posts about the importance of self-love. There are no winners here.

Separating your own insecurities from appreciation of others is really important and it's actually helpful to building your self esteem. Perhaps it's easy for me to say, as I don't really get hit by the Green Eyed Monster in this way. In some aspects of my life I am pretty harsh on myself. I'm a perfectionist, always striving to be better, but for me it's not really in comparison with other people. I'm fairly content that I'm awesome haha! Or at least that I'm doing just fine. And that is okay.
It is enough.

But seriously, at WC our entire attitude to blogging is 'We're just over here, doing our own thing and we're doing a pretty decent job. We could probably do better. Hey- look at those girls. They're doing a pretty good job too! Amazing!" This attitude has lead to us befriending, collaborating and just plain girl crushing over brilliant creatives. While we regularly share our fave blog crushes, it's nice to also big up some Girl Bosses that we just like. Helen mentioned a few on Monday (annoyingly ones I wanted to gush over- love you ladies too!!) Here are some more absolute babes doing their own thing:

Sew Cool Dolls
I ordered a pair of these adorable custom illustrated dolls for Helen's Christmas (because obvs she'd want a doll of me on her bed) and I was so impressed with Ellie's attention to detail in our outfits- and communication- that I ordered a pair for myself in tropical outfits. The price was a steal so I could've gone on building a Wardrobe Conversations army but that would've been creepy. For now I'm keeping an eye on this girl, she's talented!

Nikki McWilliams
Who knew that you could get so much leverage out of biscuit based prints? Nikki does. She is constantly focused and refreshing to keep up with trends. I have a number of her cushions in my home and I'm always excited to see more. Trying to justify an RDK collab Custard Cream purse in dusky pink...

LAYOUTLINES
Speaking of focus, Sonia from LAYOUTLINES has it in spades. I first met Sonia at last year's Blogtacular conference but we've met up a few times since and I've followed her move from lecturer and blogger to upping sticks to Iceland to focus on her own architecture and education projects. I personally love her travel posts (totally have to crash Reykjavic sometime) but her academic ones are brilliant for students.

Dead Sleekit
Alright, not a girl, but I do have a fangirl crush on this designer, so pretty much the same. I feel like I've been rooting for Iain at each stage as he's grown as a designer and business owner so I'm so excited to see that Dead Sleekit have a Kickstarter campaign that you can get behind to support the ethical production of the latest collection. Horror TV show-inspired prints? Pledge!

Boya Shen
Obviously I have to mention again the talented (and she's also beautiful, by the way) photographer Boya Shen. After meeting her for her MoveIt project, we were delighted to work with her again on this little shoot. You may have noticed the difficulty I've had cutting down the photos- too many good ones!
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Dress | c/o Vintage Kilo Sale
Jacket | New Look
Faux Fur | New Look
Shoes | Clarks
Brooch | Gambit Pea
Earrings | c/o Annie's Fingers
Glasses | c/o IOLLA

"Now... how can I make this about me?"

This outfit is another new one for me. I was supposed to wear something else but I've shrunk recently and my clothes don't fit properly. Suddenly I thought of this dress. I picked up the dress at the Vintage Kilo Sale last year but at the time I couldn't actually zip it up! Now it's got an oversized fit. I love the fresh lemony print. It's a great transition piece because it's bright but also quite a practical length. I wore a top under it to keep warm (can you tell it was the weekend of Storm Gertrude?) I paired the print with my adorable little Pablo Picasso earrings from Annie's Fingers. They're so cute!
Finally, these Clarks shoes were a little gift to myself. I seem to be very good at treating myself lately. They were half price in the sale and they remind me of the ones I wanted when I was five but wasn't allowed. You know the ones, with the little key in the sole? Good things come to those who wait.. and obsess...
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Coming up, we have a special Galentine's Day Be Our Guest post with the lovely Emily from Frankly Ms Shankly - and we've got some Galentine's tips for you and your besties.

In the meantime, here's some big squishy girl love from me to you. Enjoy this totally- not- just- made- up holiday and take some time to appreciate the girls who are doing a great job, just because.

Photos by Boya Shen.
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6 comments:

  1. Love this dress! I need to get back to the vintage kilo sale asap. For as long as I can remember me and friends have always had a galentines day to ourselves even if we have other halves, it's always nice to show your appreciation no matter what!

    The Little Things | Louise x

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    1. You've gotta treat your gals! And it's a great (if slightly silly) excuse! Kx

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  2. 'Comparison is the enemy of joy'. Brilliant.

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    1. I wish I could take credit for good ol' Teddy Roosevelt! Kx

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  3. Love this post! And the dress is gorgeous. Hugs and awesomeness 😊💜 x

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    1. Thanks sweetie, I can't believe how un-fussed I was about this dress when I first got it. Love it now! Kx

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