22/03/2018

5 Tips for Starting a New Job






*This is a sponsored post*

Jacket - Topshop
Top - ASOS
Trousers - Zara
Boots - Topshop
Bag - Stella McCartney

Whether you've just graduated and have landed your first post-grad role or are further ahead in your career, starting a new job can be a seriously scary. Leaving the comfort of your current role, where you know the job inside out and have probably made some good friends that help you through each day is nerve-wracking enough, but throw in the thought of being the newbie again, having no idea what you're doing day-to-day and freaking out about whether anyone will actually like you and I for one start to really work myself up worrying. Since graduating a few years back, i've had a few jobs and have been lucky enough to have some great experiences and also make some of the most amazing friends. I started a new job just a couple of weeks back, and I had the same fear and worry about being new again, so with that in mind I thought i'd put together my 5 top tips for starting a new job. 

1. Exercise. This one applies to any situation that makes me feel stressed, but when starting a new job, I always make sure to go for a run or go to my favourite spin class to burn off some of the nervous energy. Exercising really helps to clear my head and focus on the activity, even if it's just for an hour and I always feel less stressed and worried afterwards. I don't usually tend to spend too much money on new gym bits, but treating myself to some womens joggers helps to get me motivated and ready to hit the gym. 

2. Prepare for the big day. This is probably a really obvious one but before starting a new job, I make sure to spend the weekend before just re-reading over my job description, looking at the companies website (I work in ecommerce so this is v.important for me) and preparing myself mentally for my first day. I also find that getting some nice new stationery and a new notebook makes me feel more confident and prepared on my first day. Also, have a chilled weekend.. no drinking til 3am and slobbing out on Sunday, it's a nice dinner and a glass of wine in front of the TV to make sure i'm refreshed and ready for a new start. 

3. Talk it out with your family and friends. It's natural that you're going to feel on edge when pushed out of your comfort zone but instead of bottling it up, share your feelings with your family or a close friend. Talking through their experiences will help you to realise that you're not alone and they may be able to share some tips with you too. 

4. Treat yourself to something new. Being the style obsessive that I am, I always like to look and feel my best, especially when i'm meeting new people for the first time. I always like to treat myself to something new for my first day, whether it be a new top or dress or even a pair of H&M earrings, I always feel more confident when i'm comfortable and happy with my outfit. 

5. Relax. Last but by no means least, and possibly my best tip.. just relax. Your first week or so will be spent getting to grips with your new role and trying to fit into your team, so use your evenings to relax, whether that means reading a book or magazine, running a bubble bath or just getting an early night. I always find myself avoiding social media when i've started a new job as I just like to relax and get into my new routine, but within a month I feel relaxed and inspired and ready to get stuck in again. 

So there you have it, my top 5 tips for starting a new job. If all else fails, just remember that they wouldn't have hired you if they didn't think they were perfect for the job, and everyone has been the newbie at one stage. Do you have any tips for starting a new job?

Lx

11/02/2018

Injecting some fun into your personal style





*This is a sponsored post*

Dress – Warehouse, Boots – Topshop, Bag – Gucci, Earrings – c/o Warm & The Wild

Hello and welcome to my first post of 2018. At the beginning of the year, I thought about writing the usual ‘new year, new goals’ post but in all honesty, I haven’t really set any for this year. Every year I promise myself that I’ll blog once a week or reach a certain number of followers by x month, but I find myself to be much more productive and driven when I just go with the flow. I work a full-time job with a 4 hour round daily commute, and my weekends are often spent catching up with friends or spending time with James. So far this year, I’ve just been trying to post on Instagram when I’m inspired and take the same approach here, and it seems to be working so far.

When I think about my personal style, I feel like I’m finally starting to get to know what suits me. I follow lots of people who really inspire me, but I’m not a casual kind of girl, nor am I really dressy. I like to think my style is quite playful, sometimes trend-led and sometimes more fun, and this Warehouse dress is certainly that. I popped into Warehouse last week to look specifically at their range of midi dresses for a baby shower I was going to at the weekend. Midi dresses happen to be something that I often find myself reaching for when dressing for an occasion and I came across plenty in Warehouse that I was seriously tempted by. You can shop their midi dress selection here. Despite originally looking for a longer length, I found myself leaving with this spotty, cherry covered, ruffled dream. Polka dots are set to be a huge trend for Spring/Summer, and I was immediately drawn to the playfulness of this dress. I’m lucky enough not to have to dress smartly for my day job, but often find myself reaching for the same safety nets of jeans and a jumper, especially in the cold. When I saw this dress, it reminded me that we all need to have a bit of fun with our personal style once in a while. Paired with silver boots, pom-pom earrings and a red bag, this combo made me smile, even when shooting in the pouring rain.

I’m feeling super inspired this year to shoot more with my best friend and photographer extraordinaire and share lots more of my favourite outfits with you, I hope you enjoy too. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to keep up with my outfits.


L x

12/04/2017

Summer Lovin'









Jacket - Vintage, Top - River Island, Trousers - Topshop, Shoes - Miss Selfridge

Ahhh Summer, my favourite time of year. There's no doubt that i'm a summer baby, when the days get lighter and the sun is out i'm so much happier. It's so much easier to get up in the mornings, the weekends are always packed with fun plans and the mood generally lightens a bit.. something that is seriously important when you're packed on trains under someones armpit to get to and from work every day. 

I do feel like summer makes me more of a positive person. There's something nice about waking up in the morning to daylight and feeling like you're going to get things done during the day. I love Christmas, wrapping up and being cosy but I do find myself to be more negative in the cold winter months, something that instantly disappears as soon as summer rolls back around. 

Last weekend the weather was so unexpectedly amazing, I spent Sunday with my best friend drinking ciders in the park, eating ice cream and shooting these photos on the way back home for dinner. I'd been waiting to show you this jacket so even though it was boiling I had to change and show it off. I spotted a similar jacket recently in Topshop but at £185 it was way out of my price range whilst i'm saving so I went straight to Depop and found this b.e.a.utiful jacket as an alternative. I love the colour and the style, I usually opt for biker jackets but wanted something a little bit different and this ticked all the boxes. It's no secret that i've got a serious gingham obsession at the moment. I love the frill waist detail on these Topshop trousers.. and although I've got lots of gingham in my wardrobe, I haven't actually got any trousers soooo...

Are you happier in the summer? When do you find your mood lifts most?

L x

26/03/2017

5 Things I've Learnt Since Starting My Blog










PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNIE MALONE

Dress - Topshop, Boots - ASOS

Three years ago this month after lots of debating, worrying and excitement, I published my first post here on LC. Back then, I was desperately trying to get my foot in the fashion door. Having graduated from university with a First Class Honours degree in Marketing and a number of internships behind me, like most students I thought i'd land my dream job straight out of uni.. L O L. I sent off application after application for jobs, paid internships and unpaid internships and after hearing nothing back I decided I needed to create something that would help me to stand out. Fast forward 3 years and i'm finally where I imagined i'd be. As it's my little old blogs birthday this month, I thought i'd share 5 things i've learnt since I started blogging, do let me know if you relate to any of these!

1. When you start a blog, people are going to laugh behind your back. Everyone has those friends that you've fallen out with over the years, and I knew when I started a blog those girls would laugh. But I wasn't quite prepared for how much it would bother me when i'd meet up with mutual friends who told me all the mean things they were saying about me. Fast forward 3 years and I really couldn't care, who's blog helped them to land their dream job at ASOS then progress on to marketing at a luxury lifestyle brand HUH. Let them laugh.  

2. Your photography will get better. Oh wow how I cringe when I look back at the first posts I published here with my brother taking the photos in my back garden on my iPhone. They say that you don't need fancy equipment to blog, but if you want to compete with the magazine style blogs out there, you certainly need something a little more than an iPhone and a willing little brother in my opinion. 

3. Your blog will help you in your career. I don't doubt for a second that this is true, when I interviewed at ASOS, they asked more about my blog than my degree! Even though I can be a bit sporadic with my posting, i'm pretty sure my blog and social profiles have helped me a little when applying for jobs.

4. Blogging is HARD HARD WORK. Seriously, I am so inspired by bloggers who work full time then manage to post even once a week. I definitely didn't realise how much hard work and effort  goes into the whole process of posting just one post. From finding a photographer, location scouting, outfit picking (changing in a dingy cafe half way through), editing, writing, promoting on social media, there are so so many aspects to blogging you don't even consider when you start a blog. 

5. You will make friends in the blogging community. This year, i've made a real effort with engaging with the gals who's blogs and outfits I love and it's resulted in making some lovely blogger friends. It's so nice to comment and share when someones totally bossing it and you definitely feel the love when your pals comment back on your content. Who knows, maybe online friends will become real-life friends too! 

L x 


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