Holiday Lookbook: 90s vibes

My Goals for Blogging for 2018 and lookbook for those Holiday Paries….

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I  was talking to my friend about how I wanted to do Holiday themed stuff but I don’t want to do what I’ve seen, that looks so perfectly places or an Ad yet I am not getting paid so why should I make it look like one? When I could make it more artistic, more me, more real? And that’s the thing that I feel so frustrating with blogging the lack of creativity, along with how its so copy and paste. I look at other accounts, other bloggers, see what they do, for inspiration but also to figure out what I can do to increase my blog. Looking at the hashtags they use, what they post, filters, what the say etc. And I do all that, but I’m still not getting anywhere and I question is it me? The Girl who isn’t afraid to be herself!?

I know I say don’t care about numbers which I don’t but to say that my goal by March, my birthday month, is to have 1,000 followers by than. It isn’t really me caring about the numbers but more of a goal and achievement. Here I am sharing realism, imperfection, flaws, writing about topics and subjects that not many bloggers talk about until after they have a following, but I talked right from the start about my body and tattoos, I talked about being a feminist, young girls, depression, having a learning disability, struggled of moving back etc. Doing that is so against everything what blogging is (big chunk but not always). People want flawless, they want perfection, they want to talk about clothes, you want christmas gift list, you want me to tell you when a sale is happening, have a discount code when really you could go on the website and see there is one there for you. I don’t want to reach 1,000 followers by doing that. And if I reach a 1,000 followers by being 100% that means I’ve changed something, I made an impact. A 1,000 followers would mean that there is change and finally being real and perfectly imperfect means something.

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But instead every time I DON’T post a picture of me standing in the street with an outfit, telling you about how I got a coffee and go to this link to find what I am wearing OR take the right perfectly places picture on the street- I lose followers. We say being different is good thing, than why do we still want to be like everyone else?

I could easily do it, I know how exactly what to be and wear to be liked, to get those 1,000 followers. But it wouldn’t feel good and I sure in hell wouldn’t be me. If I reach 1,000 followers instagram it is saying that its okay to staying true to yourself.Holiday Lookbook 90s Vibe A City Girl Story H&M silver tang top.jpg

Don’t get me wrong I don’t need strangers or anyone telling me that its okay for me being me. But the battle of staying true to yourself no matter what is still a hard one. Not only in blogging.   And if it doesn’t happen this year well maybe next year. Because to be perfectly honest my main goal is for people to READ my blog. And to not only love and enjoy the visual content that I work so hard to create but to read my words under the pictures–and to have a reaction, spark a conversation, not comment below with an emoji unless its the elephant one. Or text telling me how I’m cute just to give me a compliment that I didn’t need or ask for, when you could have read my blog and started a conversation via that instead. What I want is for you to read my words so if its not 1,000 followers at least 2018 let’s read my words and not make me give up blogging because my god this has been annoying year.

My other goals for blogging 2018 is to put out better more visual appealing content, I want to expand city girl story into different outlets which could be a little scary because I am a writer; writing is what I do. Podcast has crossed my mind.

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Five Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Plus a Fenty Beauty Highlighter review

Stocking Stuffer Ideas a city girl story

 

A lot of people focus on the big gifts but to be honest my favorite thing to open is the stocking. Because it’s really the littlest things, usually the most thoughtful bits like hey I saw this and thought of you that are in there. Sometimes the stocking is the worst thing because how many more socks are you going to find in there?! Well, I got some little bits of things you can stuff in your Xmas Stocking ideas for you!

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  1. Address book:  I know what your thinking but as I get older and every year I send out Holiday cards and every year I have to message the same people asking for there address. Having an address book is so cool and loving because you’re going to fill it up with so many people you know and can contact. It’s vintage Facebook and I love that!
  2. Gold Jewellery: I am obsessed with gold jewellery and think gold really pops with the holiday colors of green and red (some may say silver). Jewellery doesn’t have to be too fancy, it can be fun, something you saw and was like that would be something NAME would wear. Gold hoops?! could never go wrong with gold hoops. Or maybe an Eire necklace from woman own Temple Wolf company?Stocking Stuffer Ideas Temple Wold Eire necklace.jpg
  3. Polaroid Printer: You’ve seen the cameras, but what’s handier than taking the pictures you took on your phone and instantly printing them? I love mine, it’s so handy and can print so many the pictures I will forget about but love right away. It’s small and would be perfect for the stocking!
  4. Book: you can’t go wrong with a book and why not a classic book. There are so many good books out there, but if you can find their favorite book, maybe can find that book with something special to it. Like an original cover maybe? They say books will go out of style but I don’t think so.
  5. Make up: Little bits of make up is always a nice touch especially if the girl or guy you know likes make up. I’m not talking about getting them an eye palette. I’m talking little things, things they would never think of! Can’t go wrong with Eyeshadow Cran-Nars ones I like. Nail Polish is also good. Or highlighter compacts are fun!

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Fenty Beauty Highlighter: Everyone is talking about Fenty Beauty and I got  myself the highlighter (i have a highlighter problem). And it took awhile to determine if I liked it as much as my Sleek highlighter. The reason why it took too long as there are two different ones in the palette I got was Killawatt with Lightning Dust & Fire Crystal. When I put them on I also couldn’t determine if it was even on there, because when I put the Sleek on I saw the shine right away. I was very confused since Fenty was so vivid on my finger. I did a comparison with Sleek on one side and Fire Crystal on the other. I realize it could have been the light. I do love it I still not sure which one I like more and don’t think it has replaced Sleek because Sleek was like 15 for the whole pallet and this was 45. But I have been going for my Fenty Beauty (but that might be cause I don’t want to lose Sleek which I’ve hit pan on!)

 

Those are 5 different stocking stuffer ideas to stuff your friend, family or love the one with! Or maybe even yourself?!

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Lookbook: Holiday Dress

First Holiday post & to be honest I don’t know what to post or write. Because my goal isn’t to give you some pictures, three lines and some links; and I so don’t want my pictures to look like advertisement but stories to tell. So here we go…

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I saw this dress in H&M and thought Xmas right away. It’s the perfect dress & here is the story….

When she wake ups on the 25th of December the day feels more brighter and happier. The sun is brighter, the snow is whiter, the morning growns don’t exist. Everyone can’t wait to wake up on Xmas morning. There is a large sack under the tree, Santa has come even though he doesn’t really exist its nice to know he still comes every year. She spends her morning  in her PJs and eating cinnamon rolls. But soon she has to get ready for the festive day a head.

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She lays out this velvet green as the Garland on the stair rail dress. A perfect V neck, with a fitted waste and button cuff sleeves.A dress like this is perfect for the Holiday season.

 

 

She isn’t much of a dress kind of girl, but when she saw this dress in the store she saw herself in it. Wearing it out to Christmas dinner, through the snow the green would pop, make it a little wild with her leaper print boots. She’ll rock the christmas work party.  And to wear it on Xmas day she new she get a lot of compliments. She’ll smile  saying thank you I got it at H&M.

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Trying to find that perfect Xmas dress can be hard, you don’t want to be too tacky, and do you want to have another year in your rain deer sweatshirt and bell socks. The best thing about this dress is can wear it even after christmas, wear a belt around the waste, grunge it up with a chocker,wear it out to a cocktail night, strapy heels. No matter what time of year it is or how you wear it you’ll feel like a powerful stylish woman especially if you hardly ever wear dresses.  What are you wearing this Holiday season? Don’t know I have a few more lookbooks to come for some inspiration!

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How to dress like yourself in a professional setting

Knowing who I am never was the problem. The problem has always been being who I am in a world that wants me to be someone I’m not. I definitely feel this when I have to go to work, wearing clothes that are professional but aren’t me. Like you go to work and you actually aren’t yourself. I don’t like khakis I don’t like how they feel, a lot of dress pants look weird on me, and blazers I feel like a kid with an oversize jacket pretending to be “mother”.  A lot of time I began to itch at myself, I just want to put on my clothes but I can’t because I’m in an adult job. But who says you can’t wear your clothes, your style to work?

So how do you dress for work but still be yourself? Here are a few looks I put together that I would wear to work.

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Lets be honest trying to wear clothes as a women is hard. Have you seen the school rules girls have? I find it very hard when I walk into work and I get a look up and down with that eye thats telling you something is wrong with your outfit. It’s like my skirt is at finger tips and I am short. Also if you have an issue with what I am wearing, I think we have to look in the mirror. Am I right? But lets focus on trying not to feel like a kid playing dress up while going to work.

Above is a cozy, simple outfit. I like this outfit because the sweater isn’t too tight where when things are tight I am very itchy and that effects my focus. The skirt my mom made and I like the ruffs brings a little girly to my look. Leather sneakers for those days where my feet can’t do heels! And bun up because its better to have your hair in a bun out of your face!

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Switching to a different top and some wedge heels that lace up. I like this because I’m still me in my bold jewellery, black clothes yet I’m still professional. The jacket I picked up in a shop three years ago off in Cork, its the shop next to Pennys if anyone is familiar. I liked that its a very nice jacket with leather=like lining around it but not your usual suit jacket. Like I said I can’t wear a suit jacket!

When I have to go to work and I have to wear more professional outfits and its a struggle; because I am such a T-shirt and Jeans girl, clothes can really bug me when I’m stress and nervous. So, I always go for a nice button up that’s not too tight, some black jeans or a skirt. You really can’t go wrong with dresses except I haven’t found a dress that feels like me but professional. The little black dress I’ve had since I was 17 so maybe that’s the problem.

Here are some looks I’ve pinned that I pinned under “grown up” board that I would consider wearing to work and are still “my style”:

 

 

Maybe this whole thing is a metaphor. Maybe this is me saying how people really got to stop looking at me like a child. Or maybe this is me telling myself I really shouldn’t have bought those patch jeans like I am some teenager in the 80s. What does it mean to be an adult? I don’t know, I thought it was when I could vote, then when I could drink, then it was after I graduate college, after I got a Masters, now when I get a big girl job, but like I stopped calling that and started to call it a career so maybe I’m an adult now? Anyone else feel like an adult yet? Or do you feel as awkward and weird in suits as much as I do?! Let me know!

“Life isn’t where I want it to be most definitely not and I never wanted my life to be stuck and determine by what I have to do so do what you love and fuck the rest. “

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Black Friday Sale!

Such GREAT DEALS for this Holiday Season!

ebadbaa91e210b5d64c1c5fc314ec275-1Ever since moving back, I began to take note of how there a lot of advertisement and there seems to be an excuse for a SALE. Columbus day SALE, Mother’s day SALE. The joke I gave is Ireland has Bank Monday’s it’s an excuse to drink while State Side excuse to have a SALE. And the biggest sale of all is Black Friday. For so many years the Black Friday Sale would start on Thanksgiving. A day where you should be with your family but instead, you have people working and others participating. It’s our own fault we go, we buy thus companies, marketing will keep going. We are the consumer after all. I think that’s the only economic concept I took from my high school class.

Thanksgiving has become such a messy holiday with Black Friday Sales. I think this ruined Thanksgiving for me, for the fact people would rush from their dinners to go shopping, to buy the best deal on TV. I get it a really good deal, but like do I really have to spell it out for you?!?! I personally don’t think anything should be open on Thanksgiving even in the evening, maybe grocery stores but only for the morning. But it isn’t even Thanksgiving. Its how we are watching more ads then the show, how bloggers talk about sales, and we just keep spending. Or what about with social media with sponsorships. I have nothing against #ads, especially when you know they got to get their money somehow and you know the person would never like do something that they wouldn’t like–you would know if they were that kind of people (trust me).

But, it seems to be like every post (forget that everyone is standing on the street wearing clothes and calling them a fashion blogger), everything someone does is with something. And it feels like a lot of the time I’m in a world of advertisement and perfectly placed items with perfect words. Wonder why I couldn’t get the whole businesses side of my advertisement class or even want t take more than intro because MY GOD it’s so boring!! I turn on my TV there is an ad, I go on my computer put on youtube, Spotify MORE ADS, ADS, ADS, ADS. Like I said I get its good for the economy and such, I get things need to be paid for, people need to make money. but does it have to be this bad?

I realized I would never be able to go into advertisement because I would never be able to conform to what advertisements need to do to SELL. Kind of like how I will never be the definition of a blogger.

My Favourite shop: H&M and their Holiday Deals

I’ve seen a lot of these kind of post of where people screen shot from companies and talk about their favourite things. I usually do similar on my FB page because really I don’t know what to say for those things but I thought I’d do something similar with a twist.  I’m not only going to share what I like, what their deals are for Black Friday but why I also like H&M.

Coming back a year ago in Ireland (if your new here I lived in Ireland for two years it really impacted and influenced me a lot)  I was having a hard time finding stores that had items I would wear or my style of clothes. I would go into shops and sure they had an item that I would by but it wasn’t me it either was to prepy, to badly made, or the colour was all wrong. One day I stubbled my way into H&M, now I’ve bought things in H&M but it was always like it was a good year for H&M or it wasn’t. I began to find items that I loved, that fit me, that were me and also brining the suffiscated, sexy look to my wardrobe. The best part H&M has really good values of where they make their clothes, being very environment friendly, and price. Suddenly my closet was filled with H&M.

I usually find myself in H&M a lot these days. There stuff is still trendy meets dressing for my age. Which is a struggle. You can honestly find the cutest things at H&M, but do note you wont find any ‘brands’ no levi jeans or anything this is ALL H&M own clothing. It’s also not a department store so you might not find a matching outfit, the store is laid out for you to create outfits a lot of the time. Which I love just going in and suddenly I got myself an outfit, or I got a few key pieces.

Here are a few things I love and Holiday Deals!

While living in Ireland black Friday wasn’t really as BIG as it was state side, I walked past Opera Lane and just saw a sign in the window BLACK FRIDAY sale. No one is rushing. To be honest, I think Black Friday and what people do, how they actually go to stores ON Thanksgiving is one big metaphor. But a sale is a sale and H&M is having a good one with up 60% off–you can get jackets usually 60 bucks for 15! That’s a deal!! Here are a few things that are on BLACK Friday along with a few things I just like. Oddly enough when looking over H&M doesn’t really have much pants for the Black Friday Deal…..

H&M and holiday deals Flounced Top Green
This is such a CUTE little top you can wear to work or out on the town. I love the colour it fits for the season but it comes in an off white as well!
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Little black dress. And in Jersey Fabric it’s COMFY! I liked how they styled it online over jeans with some heels (self reminder I need to find those businesses like pointed Barbie wore heels that fit my feet)
H&M and holiday deals Patterned Dress
I am not one for plaid think people wear it too much over here, but this little plaid dress is so cute and its black ❤
H&M and holiday deals Patterned Pants
I like pants that don’t go right to my foot, show a little skin but also gives room to like had a some socks.
H&M and holiday deals Viscose Dress
I wouldn’t be one to wear this dress I thought it was very cute. And there is a similar one like this in stores that is ON SALE for BLACK FRIDAY for 20!
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New Years is coming up and saw a lot of girls in the beginning of Sep. wearing sequences and now they have one I’m sure this will be on SALE sometime soon!

 

It’s hard to find clothes that fit my style that I have developed into a mix of Irish influence and the grunge Tom boy, casual girl I always have been.  But I think H&M does that, it’s I shop I think has gotten out of the hit and miss part, it really needs work on its Marketing in store the signs are very confusing, take note when in there! Maybe its a translation issue? H&M is a Swedish company.

The way you looked at me in those tight Grease like jeans.

Creative thought piece plus lookbook feature black Jamie jeans from Topshop

Before I get to my Story lookbook I thought I say “hi it’s been awhile” since my last blog post which can read here. It’s been three weeks and all I have been doing is working and it was stressful so I stepped away from blogging.  I even deleted my Instagram for a few days and reloaded it just in time for one of my all time fav moments in blogging. I’ll keep that to myself 🖤 Every day I worked I felt overwhelmed, stresses and exhausted.  I also still felt the same with blogging as I last shared.  As I slowly returned to my blogging routine with a styling post to my Facebook page, that not going well and seeing my following numbers going down the fucks kind of went out the window (it took a bit). I like being creative wether its creating visual context, working on my Ipad, taking pictures, writing, putting words and pictures together, etc. That is something I like to do and its nice to have a place to put all the stuff I created rather then it to sit on my computer like nothing. I need a place to put my creative abilities to work while I’m figuring out life at 25!  So I’m coming back to blogging with a story lookbook, its nice to have a place to share it. 


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The boy bit his bottom lip, saying damn to her in those black jeans, skin tight. Giving her that look. The way a girl wanted to be look at. Kind makes you nervous, a little terrified but a whole lot of happy. A look to her like she was worth something to him. The one that reminded him how lucky he was to have her. The look he gave her in those jeans was all for her. She new he wouldn’t be able to resist.

Story lookbook a city girl story jamie jeans topshopNo one would. She put them on like a superhero cape, like Marilyn Moore put on lipstick, embracing herself. The confidence. Everything about her felt good in those jeans. She walk and see other boys giving her a look but it was never the right one. She roll her eyes because they gave her that look like she needed it. But she didn’t need it, she already had it. Somewhere out there were  hazel eyes that looked at her in those tight Grease like jeans.

That looked let her know that no matter what there was a boy out there who wanted her,broken or together she had it. Reminding her what who she was. Because the truth was she new what she could do in those jeans and thats all she needed.

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If you liked this post like it! After 30 days of working, getting back feeling better-I felt better after my friend remind me again to do what I love, post what I want when I want, but also for strangers giving me that look I fear of ‘so this is what your doing with your life.’ kind of look. Which gave me a great idea for next post! To be countined.