OOTD | SNOW DAY


Coat // ASOS// Scarf // H&M// Boots // Urban Outfitters // Gloves // Anthropologie // Hat // Woolrich// Sunglasses// TK Maxx

Much to my excitement, last week my hometown was graced with a beautiful dusting of snow. Although I love summer, winter is without a doubt my favourite season, I just love bundling up in cosy jumpers and thick coats. I thought I'd take advantage of the idyllic snowy scenes and showcase my go-to coat combo!

I filmed a little "Get Ready With Me" / "OOTD" video for this look on my youtube. Feel free to check it out below.

S.B x









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AN OPEN LETTER TO MYSELF


As I prepare to relaunch myself into the blogosphere, I knew I wanted to begin 2016 with a reflective post. I could sit here and write out a handful of pretentious new years resolutions, which I will fail to live up to by next week, or I could offer you ideas on how to better yourself in a lengthy, motivational spiel. However, you could find this information on the majority of the some 152 million blogs that currently exist on the web. So, as I was pondering exactly what I wanted to get across in my first post of 2016, I figured I should use this fresh start to speak directly to myself. At the risk of sounding conceited, I consider myself to be very good at giving advice, however I fall short at putting the advice I give to others into practice in my own life. Therefore, I'm going to write myself an open letter with the intention that I or anyone else who needs it, can revisit and re read when needed.
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Dear Self,

First off, well done for getting through 2015 relatively unscathed. It was a tough year but also extremely rewarding. When it was great, it was really great, remember that, and try not to focus on the not so great things that happened. Life is too short to dwell. What will be, will be.

I know it's difficult at the moment, but don't agonise over the fact that you're not where you want to be in life. Some people get really lucky, really quickly, others only earn success after years of hard graft. Your time will come. Take every opportunity that comes your way and be brave enough to put yourself out there - if you don't ask, you don't get!

On that note, in 2016 I think you should try being more impulsive. You've spent so many years of your life being plagued by fear and anxiety (more on that in a bit) and quite frankly, I think it's time to inject a little more fun and spontaneity into your life. Save, book a flight and create an adventure. You are not going to see the world by sitting on the sofa binge-watching  Criminal Minds and drinking tea. Likewise, you won't be able to afford any kind adventure if you keep wasting your money on things you really don't need. Be careful with your money - you're most likely going to go off that jumper in 2 months time. Remove it from your basket and put the £45 in your savings account - that could be a night in a hotel somewhere across the globe!

This year, try not to care so much about what people think of you. I know it's hard, you're a people pleaser and always try to stay on everyone's good side. But it's very easy to get caught up in the personalities of those around you. Don't join in on the bitchiness, it's not you. Also, don't waste your time longing to be like someone else, that is time wasted you could be using to build on yourself.

Let's try to limit our time on social media this year. You've pretty much become a slave to your phone and it's about time you stop living through your iPhone lens. Why? Because it's not real. You know all too well about creating a false reality on instagram, because you're good at it. Everyone is. But let's try and be more real. Turn off your phone once in a while and appreciate life and the people you have in it. *side note, make time to tell those you love how much you appreciate them*

Cook more, and take a yoga class. You've been dying to. Also, EXERCISE. God may have blessed you with a slim figure but boy are you unfit! Let's see if by the end of 2016 you can run up a flight of stairs and still have your breath when you get to the top.

And lastly, I know this is a difficult one, but it's time to go back and get help with your anxiety and eating issues. You've struggled on your own for too long and no matter how much you lie to yourself and others, you are not fine. But don't worry, you will be. Chin up champ, you got this!

No matter what this year throws at you, remember that you are strong enough to cope with it. Life doesn't give you challenges you can't handle. Never loose your spark. Never stop listening to One Direction because you're friends make fun of you and if in doubt - What Would Olivia Pope Do?

x


Photographer: Fiona Rennie




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OOTD | BLUE ON BLUE ON BLUE

Shirt//H&M// Jeans// All Saints// Shoes// Kurt Geiger// Bag// Mulberry// Watch// Daniel Wellington// Sunglasses//Quay x Shay

Well, it's official. I am now no longer a fashion student, but a fashion graduate!

Last week was pretty much the most hectic week of my life. However in-between traveling up to Aberdeen for graduation, back down to see my family and back up again for grad ball, my parents and I managed to go out for a lovely meal with my grandpa to in order to celebrate graduating with first class honours.

As for my outfit, I wanted to feel a bit glam. At the moment, I'm enjoying experimenting pairing heels with super casual outfits. I feel like it completely changes the look, moving from everyday casual to effortlessly glam! I'm also super into buying shirts that are 3 sizes too big for me! I feel larger sizes hang well on my small frame, especially when messily tucked into jeans.

I hope everyone is having a splendid summer so far. Until next time,

S.B x


Photos by Scott Camlin
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IN LOVE WITH THE CRO CRO | CROATIA 2015



Hvar is by far the most breathtaking place I have ever had the pleasure of visiting, and was well worth the car, plane, bus and boat journeys it took to get there! 

The island itself is an idyllic sleepy town, with restaurants and bars overlooking the harbour, which is filled with everything from small fishing boats to large lavish yachts. When you explore the island further, you are met with beautiful beaches complete with crystal clear, aqua blue water. This place truly is Europe's hidden gem, an oasis of calm and serenity juxtaposed with it's lively, yet high-class nightlife.

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Following a fatiguing day of traveling, 8 girls hauled 4 massive suitcases off a boat and down a rickety ramp, marking the beginning of what was set to be a remarkable week of sun, sea and memories that will last a life time.

Most days were spent relaxing by our villa's pool or down at the beach, whilst enjoying delicious home cooked (thanks to Lauren and Megan) lunches and dinners out on our terrace. When we did venture out to eat, we mainly headed down to the harbour, where we could take in the beautiful sights whilst enjoying the local delicacies that the island had to offer. 

A definite highlight of the trip was visiting Hula Hula beach club. During the day, you can relax on sunbeds that overlook the island's crystal waters whilst sipping on cocktails or devouring the delicious food from in-house restaurant Bubba Gump. However, the fun truly begins at 5pm, when a DJ emerges and the after beach party begins. The girls and I spent all evening drinking, dancing and watching the sunset - a night that was so special, it will stay with me forever.

Other highlights of the trip included: my brief attempt at paddle boarding (I lasted 15 minutes!), hiking up to the top of the island to take in the breathtaking views from Hvar's fortress, and wandering around the town's market stalls and boutiques. 

Before we knew it, our week of bliss had come to an end, and it was time to make the long trek back to Scotland. Our trip is one in which I'll never forget - I'm so lucky I got to share it with 7 of my very best friends. Hvar, you were a dream. Until next time...

S.B. x
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I WANT WHAT SHE'S WEARING | CROATIAN INSPIRATION


Well, well, well, it's been a while! My final semester at uni completely took over my life, allowing little time for fun activities such as looking after my blog, but it's all over now and I have a lotttt of free time!!

In a little under two weeks, the girls and I are off to Croatia and I couldn't be more excited! Although I've got most of my outfits sorted, Pinterest always seems to supply me with last minute inspiration, which is great for me, but not so great for my bank balance!

This week's IWWSW is 100% bohemian inspired! I'm completely obsessed with the idea white lace, flowing kimono's and layers upon layers of jewellery. I've never been one to make an effort while on holiday, especially if it's a beach vacay, however this year I feel that going away with 8 other fashion graduates will definitely change that! 

Have a great weekend everyone,

S.B x 
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LIVING WITH A FOOD ANXIETY | MY TIPS


Guys, I'd grab some snacks and a cuppa, this is gonna be a long one!!

When I originally thought about writing this blog post, I was unsure of what to call it. After receiving such a positive response from my previous posts detailing my issues with eating and phobia of vomit, I knew I wanted to revisit the subject and offer my advice for those who have gone through, or are still going through, a similar situation. Upon googling "Food Phobias" with hopes of finding an image to go along with this post (as you can see I ended up just taking one myself), I came across a lot of links with the title "ARFID". Unbeknown to me, it was just introduced in 2013 as a new type of eating disorder and much to my excitement, it describes EXACTLY what I went through as a child/continue to go through as a young adult!


The ARFID diagnosis describes individuals whose symptoms do not match the criteria for traditional eating disorder diagnoses, but who, nonetheless, experience clinically significant struggles with eating and food. The most significant trigger that stood out to me in the list of causes was described as "being afraid to eat after a frightening episode of choking or vomiting". Holy smokes they've got it in one!!  FINALLY, a food issue that has nothing to do with body image has been classified as an eating disorder, is fully diagnosable and treatable! (This feels like a wonderful FU to all of the doctors who believed I was anorexic and couldn't fathom that I was starving myself because I was afraid!)

Anyway, I digress. This post was supposed to be a helpful nugget of information on how I deal with my food troubles and it has turned into a sort of ARFID online information point!! Back to it!

Food phobia survivors, ARFID survivors, Anorexia survivors, Bulimia survivors...
they tell you it's going to be wonderful when you defeat your disorder and come back out the other side, however what they don't tell you is that it can be just as difficult to not let your mind fall back into the vicious cycle you were in when at the height of your illness. Although my eating issues are no where near as severe as they were in the past, I still very often get pangs of anxiety when it comes to mealtimes and my mind still has difficulty distinguishing between feeling intense anxiety and feeling physically nauseous! So, I wanted to share a few of my tips and tricks on how I keep on top of my food anxieties in day to day life.

1. Cook for yourself: I often find having that control of what I'm eating helps to relieve some of the anxiety I experience around mealtimes. I like the feeling of choosing what to eat and especially choosing a potion size that I am comfortable with. I also find if I've cooked a meal from scratch, I'm actually excited about eating it, rather than eating it being a chore.

2. Eat on your own time schedule: This is another thing that I find really helps control my anxiety. It's as simple as eat when you're hungry, don't eat when you're not. Now, i'm not talking about skipping meals here, but if you're not hungry for dinner at 5, wait a couple of hours until you are! Forcing yourself to eat when you aren't hungry, from experience, only causes more anxiety and that isn't going to help at all now is it?

3. "Safe foods" are okay: I'm sure anyone who has suffered from an eating disorder will know what I mean by the term "safe foods", and despite what I've been told, I think that it's okay to stick to the foods you are comfortable with when feeling anxious! Better eating something "safe" than eating nothing at all! Although this is not something that should be done every day, a couple of times a week does no harm in my eyes!

4. Eating out vs Staying in: Eating out is still something I find really difficult and often gets in the way when making plans with friends. My advice on this one is to try and step out of your comfort zone - if you and your friends have made plans to go out to eat, join them, missing out on activities just makes you feel rubbish. So, my tip here, if you're feeling anxious, order a starter and eat it as a main! That way the portion size is more than manageable and you can just pick away at what you feel comfortable eating (starters tend to be picky foods anyway!). Just make sure the waiter knows to bring your portion when everyone else gets their main!

5. Talk to people: This was a difficult thing for me to do, but in the long run it really does help to speak out when you feel like you are struggling or have taken a turn for the worst. Parents, friends, doctor, whoever you feel most comfortable talking to...SPEAK OUT! There is nothing worse than suffering in silence. As this is something I've been dealing with since childhood, it's always my parents I go to when I'm having a difficult time. Since they've been through the whole ordeal (twice) I feel like they are the ones that give me the best advice on how to tackle things! Way to go mum and dad!! 

6. Take a walk: Taking a walk is good for clearing your head, calming your mind and working up an appetite (bonus!). If things are getting a bit too much for me, the thing that I find calms me down the most is going for a walk - just me and my iPod! And I often find that when I get home I begin to feel peckish anyway, eliminating a good chunk of my anxiety!

7. Manageable portion sizes: I feel like this is an obvious one but manageable portion sizes are key in battling mealtime anxiety. With the exception of Christmas Day, if I'm faced with a plate overloaded with food I just freak out and don't want to touch any of it! When cooking for yourself, pay attention to the amount of ingredients you're using and if you make too much, just pop the excess in the fridge and eat it the next day! Make sure if someone else is cooking for you that they know you'll probably be eating a smaller portion than them, or would prefer a smaller portion size in general (Yes Kyle, i'm talking to you!)

8. Don't let the anxiety consume you: Ugh, the words that make any anxiety sufferer roll their eyes and think "If only it was that easy!" But something I've learned from my years of CBT is that I am the one who is in control of my mind and I have the power to determine how much I let my anxiety consume me. Only I have the ability to regain control of my mind and calm myself down. These are the things I like to think to myself when I feel panic. It's like a gentle reminder that I'm fine, I can cope and I will get through it!


Well, I hope this has been of help to anyone who may have needed it. Food anxiety is tough but remember you are not alone and you don't have to deal with it alone. If anyone has any questions they'd like to ask me, public or private, you can find all the details on the "contact me" page right here on my blog, or feel free to leave a comment below!

S.B x



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GUIDE TO A MINAMALIST WARDROBE | SPRING

 T-shirt Trio// H&M // Cream Jumper// Topshop // Camel Jumper// River Island// Chambray Shirt// Topshop
White Shirt// Topshop// Stripe Shirt// H&M // Cream Coat// H&M // Leather Jacket// River Island
Navy Waistcoat// Topshop // White Ripped Jeans// Villa // Grey Jeans// River Island // Blue Jeans// Topshop
Nike Roshe Run's// Nike // Pointed Flats// Mango // Brown Boots// H&M // Brown Cut Out Boots// Topshop
Bag// Zara // Sunglasses// Quay // Straw Fedora// Topshop// Brown Fedora// H&M


It's official, although it doesn't feel like it, Spring has sprung and what a perfect excuse that is to update your wardrobe! If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know neutrals are my thing, so with that in mind, I've put together a little guide for anyone who is thinking of refreshing their wardrobe for SS/15. I tried to select some basics that can all be worn together or styled separately with other items you already own - thats the secret to revamping your style on a budget!

I hope you enjoy scrolling through this mini guide and wishing you all a lovely weekend!

S.B x
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I WANT WHAT SHE'S WEARING | SPRING 2015


Lately I've become obsessed with Pinterest, and I mean OBSESSED!! I never really understood the hype before but now I am completely converted and every time I get a free moment you can bet I'll be scrolling and pinning, scrolling and pinning!! 

I thought it might be fun to start rounding up my favourite looks from my "Outfit Inspiration" board and posting them on my blog, entitled "I Want What She's Wearing" or IWWSW for short- we all know I love an abbreviation! Not only is this a great source of style inspiration for myself, but also may be nice for others to look at who share a style similar to my own! 
Plus, now that I've given up my job to focus on finishing my degree, I've turned into more of a window shopper than a big spender...*sighhh*! 
Anyway, let me know what you think!

As the weather is getting warmer *coughs*, and the sky is becoming bluer, I feel myself gravitating towards wanting to wear a lot of white, a lot of camel and a lot of stripes! Not to mention dungarees, yup, that obsession still hasn't died! 

If you'd like to have a peak at more of the things I'm pinning (everything from outfits to recipes) feel free to follow my Pinterest
Wishing you all a great week! 

S.B x

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My Favourite Beauty Secret | Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm


I wasn't familiar with Neal's Yard Remedies until last summer when my mum took me into their Covent Garden branch. As soon as I walked in the door I could tell it was going to become a brand I'd be obsessed with. I didn't go in looking for anything in particular, but as soon as I saw their vast array of lotions and potions, I just knew I needed something. The sales assistant suggested I try their bestseller and all time customer favourite: Wild Rose Beauty Balm, and boy am I glad I did!

Up until this point, I wasn't familiar with beauty balms at all, so I was intrigued when I found out it had a variety of uses! This product can be used as a rich cleanser, gentle exfoliant or deeply nourishing balm. Ingredients include high levels of rosehip oil (which we all know is the messiah of skin care) combined with geranium, starflower, hemp and rosemary oil... "to help decongest and enrich the skin, restoring its natural radiance".

Upon first look the product appears as a hard wax, however after contact with the skin, the warmth of your hands causes it to melt into a luxurious oil, one of the nicest aspects of this balm!

I can honestly say, this product has changed my skincare routine for the better! Not only is it perfect for getting every last patch of dirt and grime off of my face, it is extremely moisturising and leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished. My favourite use for this little miracle is as an overnight moisturising mask. When my skin is feeling particularly dry, I slather the balm all over my face and head to bed. By morning, my skin is soft, radiant and feeling a lot less dehydrated.

Aside from its traditional uses, this balm works great as a cheekbone highlighter, eyebrow tamer, lip balm, cuticle softener, spot soother, acne scar reducer...I mean, it's a true multi-tasker!!

However, at £38 this product does not come cheap, but I do believe it is 100% worth it and will most definitely be making a re-purchase once I get through the rest of my current jar!

S.B x

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