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SS: Sunday Saves (#83)


Hello everyone and welcome back to another Sunday Saves! If you’ve never been here before, this is the time of the week where I choose five posts that I have read and loved, relating to a chosen topic, and talk about them. This week I’m talking about personal style, and I have a blog post coming up soon on my own personal style struggle and how at twenty six, I’m still trying to find my own style.

1) Katy Belle (On Discovering Your Personal Style)

There’s always one woman you know who kills it every time with style and fashion and makes it seem so effortless; Katy is this woman and if you just look at her blog, you’ll see very fast why I think this. This post of Katy’s is about two years old but for me, it’s still very relevant. She talks about being in a similar position to myself but also realising that she wants to set herself free from buying clothes that she only likes and doesn’t love. It’s really important when buying new clothes that you genuinely love them, or else, why do you want to spend your money on something that you either don’t feel confident in or you “think” it will grow on you.

2) Thred Up (How To Wear One Pair Of Jeans All Weekend Long)

Hilary is my type of woman. I live in jeans; if I’m not in my workout leggings, I’m in jeans. I went through a stage in college when all I would wear was jeggings but I’m a jeans woman through and through. From the office, to a date night right through to Sunday brunch, we can see how one pair of jeans can do quite a few occasions and that’s what I really loved about this post. With my personal style in particular, I want to move from a plain jumper and a pair of jeans to dressing it up a little more so I’ve found some real style inspiration from this.

3) Life Unexpected (What Mama Wore #1)

Chloe’s idea behind her new weekly series “What Mama Wore” is lovely. She talks about her blog has primarily been focused around her daughter (who is so adorable!) but now that she’s starting school, she’s wanting to bring the focus back to herself and developing her style is one way that she’s planning to do this. I can’t wait to see how this series developed with Chloe; her first post talks more in detail about her style fears and her reasons for wanting to develop into more of a personal style. I also love the pink jumper she mentions (even though I have just said above that I want to move away from wearing jumpers all the time), I might need to see if I can find a similar one (and she gives you recommends on ones that are similar to the one she’s picked). I just really love the idea behind it!

4) Style & Life by Susana (Basic Wardrobe Winter Essentials For Style)

If you’re not sure about the winter essentials that you need to look good but keep warm, Susana has you covered. I already have a statement coat and while I feel like I’m too short to pull off over the knee boots, I feel like a turtleneck jumper is next on my winter essential wish list. Absolutely loved this must have list by Susana and I would even say this would be a good list if you were trying to structure your wardrobe by a capsule wardrobe theme or a seasonal minimalism view, this would be perfect.

5) Colours and Carousels (Finding Your Own Style Comfort Zone – And Going Beyond It)

Charlotte and I think on the same wave length. She talks about her metallic dress and on the rare time I wear a daytime dress, my first thought also is “How can I dress this down?” because I know for me, if I were to wear a dress and no-one is used to seeing me in a dress, I feel like I stand out like a sore thumb and everyone is looking at me. I get very anxious and because I’m not someone who loves attention on myself (This is one of the reasons why I don’t have birthday parties and it’s the main reason I dread when I get married; everyone looking at me? Aah!) dressing it down would be my go-to thought. Charlotte’s main point of her post is to find your comfort zone and just push past it with little baby steps. For me, I don’t want to dress down that dress, I want to dress my jeans up with a fancy pair of heels or wear a statement necklace to bring out a neutral outfit. It’s just about taking those baby steps first.

Well that’s all from my Sunday Saves today, thank you so much for taking the time to read and make sure to take a read of the other blogs mentioned too. Have a great week!


SS: Sunday Saves (#76)


Good morning on another edition of my Sunday Saves! If you don’t know what my Sunday Saves are, each week I choose three blog posts that I’ve read throughout the week that I think those reading the blog should read too. Today I’ll be discussing regrettable spending habits, ethical fashion and growing your own confidence.

1) The Financial Diet (7 Regrettable Habits From My 20s That Stopped Me Saving Money)

I came across the Financial Diet on YouTube quite recently and I have been loving their videos, but I only started reading their blog over the last week or so. The post I’ll be talking about is habits that the author Samantha took part in during her 20’s that prevented her from saving money, and with my last monthly intentions post talking about a savings plan (That post is linked here!) I was interested to see if I am taking part in the same habits. The biggest one I can relate to on Samantha’s list (to a certain extent) would be not looking at my spending habits. I do try to at the start of the month but I seem to fall behind. Another thing I liked about Samantha’s post was that it wasn’t the same thing we’ve heard one hundred times. We know we shouldn’t buy a coffee (or a tea in my case) every day, we know we need to not buy lunch out all the time; I’m glad she came at it from a completely different angle. It was very refreshing.

2) Tolly Dolly Posh (The Answers To Your Many Questions | Survey Response)

I have been thinking a lot about ethical fashion lately and it’s something I want to dive into and discover for myself. In saying that, I’ve been one of H&M’s best customers lately because of my wardrobe overhaul I’m hoping to have soon (I also mentioned it in my new monthly intentions, linked above!) so while I’ve been thinking about it, I haven’t been putting it into practice, I’ll hold my hands up to that. If you’ve ever had questions about ethical fashion, Tolmeia’s post is the one to read. She’s squeezed in some key questions and answers about it while explaining it in a way that everyone can understand.

3) Mode Lily (Project Me Time: How To Grow Your Confidence)

Something I should bring up about Lily’s post, just like Samantha’s, is that Lily isn’t telling us what we’ve heard before. Her post is about growing your confidence; she’s not telling us “just to be yourself”; to a certain extent she is but she is helping enhance with her six tips. Her point about writing a list about what you love about yourself sounds like quite the challenge for me because I tend to dislike more than liking things about myself. That’s a comfort zone pusher right here! She also talks about giving yourself that extra push and incorporating everything with gratitude (something which I am passionate about too). It’s a really nice post and I recommend it very highly.

That’s all for this week’s choices; remember to click on their links and give their posts a little read too. Thank you so much for taking time out of your week to read this and have a great rest of your day!

SS: Sunday Saves (#44)


Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back to another Sunday Saves where I try and spread a little positivity into your Sunday morning. This week I’ll be talking about transferring your own blog, my favourite face mask and style worries.

1) Tea Is For Tina (The Simple Guide to Transferring Your Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org)

For the past year, I’ve wanted to have my own website but I have no idea how to do it on my own. Tina’s guide is so simple that I think I could even do it. So if you’re looking a quick and easy guide on how to move your blog,  Tina’s post tells you how!

2) Black Coffee Breakfast (Holy Grail Face Mask – LUSH Cosmetics)

They always say great minds think alike and that’s no different when it comes to bloggers. Like Elen, I am in love with the Cup O’ Coffee face mask from LUSH. It is probably the best exfoliate I’ve ever used and I tent to treat myself once or twice a week with it. I do disagree with Elen on one thing though; I tend to find it a pain to get off if I’m standing over the sink with a flannel but if I’m in the shower, it’s easy peasy! But if you’re looking a really good face scrub and don’t have really sensitive skin, you should give Cup O’ Coffee a go!

3) The Little Plum (Dress For Your Style, Not Your Shape)

Let me just start this off by saying I have no style. Okay, everyone has style, I just don’t know what mine is. I’m a jeans and jumper girl and recently I’ve pushed the boat out by rolling the bottoms of my jeans up, wearing a pair of white trainer socks and white shoes, and you’ll be amazed by how “stylish” I feel. I know, not exactly groundbreaking but we all have to start somewhere. I loved Chloe’s post because like her, I’m petite and it doesn’t matter what height or size you are, we’re always told “Oh don’t wear that, <insert body part here> won’t look very flattering”. It can be frustrating so maybe that’s why I lack any sense of style. Chloe’s post is definitely one to read if you feel like you’re stuck in somewhat of a rut because you’re being told you shouldn’t wear something because you don’t have the shape for it.

That’s all from my Sunday Saves this week. Remember to click on the girl’s links and give them a read, they’re all worth it, I promise!





SS: Sunday Saves (#30)


Happy Sunday and welcome back to my Sunday Saves! It’s the last Sunday Saves before December too! As always, if you haven’t seen the other twenty nine editions of my Sunday Saves, you can click right here and you’ll see them all together. This week I’ll be talking about Autumn fashion, Catfish and moving on after illness.

1. Robowecop (I Love Autumn)

If you’re looking for a good outfit post, Rihanna’s post on her favourite Autumn outfit will be for you. She just looks so cosy but so comfy! I think I’m a little in love with her shoes too, they are really cute!

2. Pieces of Ashley (6 Things I Learned From Catfish)

If you haven’t watched Catfish, where have you been? One of the better reality shows on TV in my opinion. Plus, how can you not love Nev and Max? Ashley talks about what she’s learned from Catfish and I couldn’t agree more. Pretending to be someone else and hurting someone who truly cares about you, revenge isn’t so sweet. Once you read this, go and watch an episode; I can pretty much guarantee you that you won’t just watch one. They’re really addictive!

3. Find Your Own Hope (Making Good From Bad – Things I Have Learnt)

Find Your Own Hope (I can’t actually find out what she’s called, sorry!) talks about how she struggled with moving on after her illness but she also talks about how she has finally accepted that her life won’t be like it used to be and what she’s planning on doing now. I have never had a serious illness that has affected my life to the point where it has been life changing but I can’t imagine how hard it must be to deal with. FYOH describes it as grieving your former life and personally, I think that’s the best way to describe it to someone who doesn’t quite understand what it’s like.

That’s all for this week’s Sunday Saves! I can’t wait to start talking about people’s Christmas blogs, and I’m taking part in Blogmathis year too, so make sure you keep coming back to the blog to read (or follow me at @RetroSnowflake on Twitter to keep updated on when there’s a new blog post!)

A Visit To: Synergy Studios

A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to visit the sunny seaside of Newcastle to visit “Synergy”, a shop based on the Central Promenade selling the best of local artists work. The lovely Lewis Robert Cameron from Beyond Man Magazine contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in the opportunity and I, of course, said yes.

I had never heard of Synergy Studios before but to be fair, the last time I went to Newcastle was just for a little walk, so you can’t blame me. It’s such a lovey shop and one of their main focuses is that every product in store is made locally in Northern Ireland, which is fantastic because we seem to be seeing more of these type of shops pop up in Northern Ireland.

For me, I’m really focused on moving out in the New Year so I used this experience to look in particular for quirky house accessories that I feel I would like when I move out. Going into a new shop always has you leaving with quite a few new inspirational ideas!

 I only purchased one product on the night; it was a glass plate that will be perfect for my rings or bracelets. It’s the perfect size and I loved the green and white together! With it being locally made, it’s quite nice to have unique products that you know other people won’t have because each piece is hand made so there will never be the exact same product made.


For the night, there was also a fashion element and Lewis was styling the two stunning models for the night. I don’t know the first thing about fashion but I loved the edginess that Lewis brought to the night.


It was such a lovely night; the staff couldn’t have been more helpful, there was a great turn out and it has a really lovely atmosphere, so next time you’re in Newcastle, take a pop into Synergy Studios and you might even pick up a gift or two!

Synergy Studios is located on Central Promenade, Newcastle BT33 0HH, Northern Ireland and you can find them on Facebook right here!