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Falling back in love with fashion | Getting out of a style rut

I struggle writing fashion posts sometimes.  Tbh I only call them ‘fashion’ posts because that seems to be the blogging norm, because I’d say ‘personal style’ would make a better descriptor.  ‘Fashion’ almost seems a bit overkill – Joli House is hardly The Place To Go for the hottest trend updates or style guides.  I’m just a girl who’s rather fond of clothes really. Looking back through my old blog posts (who else loses a casual hour here and there to…

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Being ‘driven’ without a goal

I’m the kind of person who finds themselves in casual conversation with strangers at any opportunity.  Trains, planes, buses, shop queues, the gym… I’m a chatty person.  Often conversations with strangers shift quickly from observations on the weather to ‘what do you want to do with your life?’ – funny how we discuss life’s big topics with people we’ve only just met, isn’t it?  Listening to people give the short version of their life story honestly fascinates me. Much as…

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For the love of pink and all things girly

I never used to be a pink girl.  I’d avoid it at all costs tbh.  I was a big ol’ tomboy and rejected anything that screamed ‘girly’.  My reasons why were a little odd – it wasn’t that I rejected being a girl – but I wrote about that all here so I won’t repeat myself.  My tomboy days are well and truly over and these days you’ll see me more often than not in a ‘feminine’ outfit with at…

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Connecting with creative people | Instagram ‘Shadow banning’

Life’s felt ever so slightly overwhelming the last few weeks, in that ‘omg I have so much to do so I’m gonna make lists and not actually do any of it’ kind of way.  The best way to be overwhelmed – lots on my plate but life is good.  Turns out juggling a full time degree (and essentially teaching yourself) with blogging / keeping fit / spending quality time with people / maintaining sanity is actually quite the task.  My…

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Most Bright Patterned Coat You Ever Did See

Brunette girl looking over shoulder at camera.

Happy Monday and here’s to all the #MotivationMonday hype because the sun is shining and life is good.  I’ve just returned from 2 trips last week and can’t quite figure out whether they’ve given me a boost of energy or I’m just past the point of tired now, but either way I’ll roll with it.  So to complement my rather bright and perky mood today, here’s an extremely bright and perky outfit in good old ‘here’s what I wore’ style. …

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No gape skinnies and a note on ‘smart casual’

Girl wearing long beige coat standing on platform at train station Manchester England.

Oh HI THERE side eye.  Totally unintentionally shade being thrown here I promise.  Ain’t nobody got any need for that on a Friday morning.  Far more need for coffee and the like. Anyway, gone are the days of the good old ‘here’s what I wore today’ outfit post and most of us just share when we wore something fan dabby dozy… but realistically how often do most of us wear those outfits?  Time for the boring but oh so good and…

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A High Street Shopping Experiment | Where The Nice People Are Round 2

Yonks ago, back in what feels like the blogging dark ages, I wrote a blog post about where the nicest shopping experiences were to be had.  Just as a little experiment to show appreciation for the friendly people who make your day that bit nicer.  And yesterday I decided 3 years down the line to do High Street Experiment Round II, with different shops, and see where had the friendliest staff and who made for the nicest experience as a…

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