A Return to the Blog

I”m going to try again

image The Chriselle Factor

So as usual I have fallen off the grid. The blog has been dead for quite some time. I’ve lost many things – motivation and confidence among the biggest and instead I’ve fueled a belief that this blog isn’t worth anything if it is not perfect. #LAME I know. People keep asking me if I’m still blogging or how the blog is going and I get embarrassed and roll my eyes and say that I just don’t have time or anything to write about, blah blah.

The truth of the matter is that I am 1. scared (yes I said it)  and 2. indecisive. Oh wait and there’s 3. I’m a perfectionist.  These three things rolled into one mean that I can’t conquer this fear unless something is perfect (which in my head it never is) and I feel it’s worth something (which I never do).

I have this terrible habit of putting my life down especially when comparing it to other peoples’ (damn you Instagram). So what I always end up doing when I have some free time is reading/watching other peoples blogs/vlogs and never committing to something of my own. Which defeats the purpose of creativity…I think… It also means I’m constantly restless which is never a good thing as a freelancer. You need to keep yourself busy. When you don’t have actual paying-the-bills work, being left with your thoughts for too long is detrimental to your sanity (another blog post on this later).

Oh and side note to the reasons why I haven’t been blogging?  I also think a blog is going to start making millions of £$€ within 2 seconds of me becoming a ‘blogger’ which I know rationally is never going to happen. And yet I get so despondent when I hit refresh and my page views haven’t gone up that I think what’s the point? #2xLAME

The point is that I have the time. The point is that I am going to try. The point dear readers is that life is about living rather than sitting around wishing you had a direction or knew what the right thing was to do, or say or write. There isn’t a ‘right thing to do’. The point is that we just have to try. Every day we get up and try. So that’s what I’m doing… trying…Even when I struggle to hit the post button. It must be done!

And I will probably fall off the band wagon at some point….I will get bored or despondent, but today…today I have done it. And the funny thing is that the motivation has come from spending almost all day watching vlogs by Casey Neistat. Specifically this vlog which I found mega inspiring. Now I might not be good at this (the tech skills are shocking) but I live in one of the most exciting cities in the world and I feel that I should use that to my advantage and maybe create a little diary of my time here. Not sure how or in what format or what it will come to but I think I must if nothing else, just try. More on this to come. Have a fabulous day and thanks for reading (specific shout out to Bron and Max my two biggest blogging fans, if anyone reads this I know they will).


Saturday Morning Round Up…

I love having a quick scour of all the blogs and sites for pics that inspire me on a Saturday. Here is today’s mash up..





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images: theyallhateus + thehautepursuit

Sporty Stripes

Stripes are always in as far as I’m concerned. They are easy to wear and timelessly chic. Think le breton, Riviera resort collections, rainbow shades and everything in between. At the moment I’m absolutely head over sporty stripes. Like this little number from DKNY. Fun, flirty, sporty (and on sale!) all rolled into one…


Here’s some more stripey inspo for the week…







Images: bimba y lola ; vogue ; zara ; nytimes ; theyallhateus ; style.com; pandora sykes ; whowhatwear

Sale Season

‘Tis the season to spend! Summer sales are heeeeeeeeeere! 

image: zara
image: zara

Now I am terrible enough as it is (and it doesn’t help that I work within card swiping distance of Oxford Circus) but add a red SALE sign into the mix and I’m impossible. Especially when it comes to Zara. I was in there the other day and they started lining all the rails up – you know how they do it… My nose started twitching – it was coming! I could feel it in my bones… But of course no one will tell you when exactly (i.e. so you can’t sit up late at night with your fingers over the ‘buy now’ button like you do for the H&M designer sales, shhhhh don’t tell anyone).

And then one morning you wake up and your friend – who is always a little ahead of you (we all have one) – has messaged you squealing over the suede boots she’s just bought and you leap out of bed because you are being left behind! And  the world is in a frenzy. Yes- the WORLD. All of a sudden that leather dress for £69.99 seems a steal at £59.99 and before you know it you’ve bought more than you can carry. You haven’t tried a thing on (have you seen those queues to the change rooms which are full of dust and curtains that don’t close no matter how much you tug) and bought sizes that in your heart you know you won’t fit in, but it was the last one and you just never know. And then you end up taking half of it back and you think, “Actually I haven’t spend that much money,” but you have because you just exchanged all those items for other items without actually taking anything back!

So you think to yourself – I am never going to do that again, I”m going to cut down and have a simple, 21 item capsule wardrobe……………………………….

….and then you see them lining all the rails up.

Scented Summer Vibes


When Summer starts showing its face (which it’s haphazardly trying to do in London at the moment), I feel the need to change fragrances. Enter The Body Shop’s new Fuji Green Tea Eau De Cologne. I hate the word ‘zesty’ but that’s exactly what it is…think dappled afternoon naps, the sound of water brushing wood, cool outdoor showers, clean linen and chilled white wine. That’s where this fragrance takes me…