29 October 2018

Finding My Personal Style With Topshop, Belfast

Finding or refining your personal style can be quite the predicament. I can't tell you how many times I have peered into my wardrobe brimming with clothes and thought why do I have nothing to wear today?, whilst frustratingly flinging my hands above my head in distaste, because despite my recent shopping trip... I still have nothing to wear to my interview or to Matthew's graduation, let alone dinner this evening.

In April 2018 I enlisted in the help of Joanne Lyttle, Belfast's very own - Topshop Personal Stylist. The Topshop Personal Shopping experience is a premium, complimentary service available at an array of stores across the United Kingdom (Belfast being one of them). Here they cover appointments such as; The Essentials, The Big Event or in this instance The Wardrobe Overhaul. I would be lying if I said I wasn't absolutely bricking it about my appointment, but I was. I think the thing that worried me the most, was that I wasn't sure what to expect from the shopping experience, would Joanne really be able to help me? Would she be able to suggest outfits I would actually like?

I arrived at my appointment early, met Joanne and then spent some time walking around the store. This allowed me to suss out what was on offer before my appointment and if you're aware of the Belfast store in Victoria Square, then you'll know that there's quite a bit to choose from.

Joanne guided me into the personal shopping room, sat me down and made sure I was at ease. Here there were an array of buns and drinks, with several magazines. Joanne and I then had a 10 minute chat about what I was expecting from the day, which styles I liked and what my favourite colours were before she disappeared. It wasn't long however before Joanne returned with a clothing rail full of eye-catching outfits for me to try on, all based on the information I had provided while booking, but also through our short discussion on arrival.

Joanne focused on outfits she knew I would get wear from, but would also be able to mix and match. For instance; we picked out two pairs of jeans, paired these with t-shirts (both slogan and dressy), as well as jackets and coats, before accessorizing these with belts and shoes. It honestly really opened my eyes and I discovered styles that I hadn't tried before, as well as colours far from what I would say is my comfort zone.

Upon reflection; I'm pleased that I persuaded myself to ask a personal stylist for help. I felt as though I genuinely needed the boost I received from my appointment and am now confident I can invest in clothing that I will wear time and time again - this is just another reason why I was keen to share my experience in finding my personal style with Topshop, Belfast.

22 October 2018

What Is The Future Of She In The Know?

Blogging is one of my favourite ways to share content online, besides Instagram - there's just something gratifying about taking photographs, compiling a list of ideas and then being able to freely publish them online. It's an industry with a story to tell and one that I did not anticipate would propel in such a way. It's actually hard to fathom at times that I am the owner of a blog, on a self-hosted domain.

I curated She In The Know back in 2015, primarily as a lifestyle blog. But it's been here that I have struggled; struggled patently for years to find my vision and my voice in what we can only assess as quite a profoundly over-saturated market. This is why I habitually find myself clicking ctrl, alt, delete, taking time out to not only digest my content but to evaluate it and my blog goals because sometimes you just need to step back and appreciate the bigger picture for what it is.

There is no denying it, I have asked myself what is the future of She In The Know is time and time again and although I want to answer that as honestly and openly as I can, I simply don't know. I do know that I thoroughly enjoy creative writing, it's something I have always enjoyed, between studying English Literature and Journalism as GCSE's it just felt like I had a real knack for it. However... much like the times, my style and interests have changed over the years and generally so has the direction of my blog.

Something I have in a way become renowned for on Instagram; is my ability to share REAL life experiences via Insta stories. I like to cut through the crap and get straight to the point. I'm certainly open to the idea of discussing my experiences, including my trials and tribulations as a twenty-two year old woman. In-fact it was through a recent incident that occurred, where I really started to hone in on the idea of the future of She In The Know. I've been writing blog posts to fill this space for what feels like an eternity, but none of these posts have resonated with me, so why should I expect it to resonate or make an impact on anyone else?

Going forward I want to utilize She In The Know as well as the social media accounts connected, to simply engage with people. I want to speak openly about the nitty gritty and I want to do so in my own way and my own time. I don't want to feel as though I am constantly tiptoeing around everyone else in this industry. I want to ramble on about my favourite products from Lush, what I have picked up from Topshop and which playlist I've been loving lately because these are all a part of me.

She In The Know will be an extension of who I am; inside and out. I am done with conformity, I'm ready to just be undeniably and unashamedly me.
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