Finding The Perfect Pair of Jeans

Now I may be speaking alone here but if any of you reading this also have a hoarder draw of denim then you will understand this.

I love doing clear outs, I find it therapeutic and I am an organisation addict. However every time I open my jean draw, I can never will myself to throw them away. Every time I’m about to put a pair into the Depop pile, I panic because what if next week I go out for cocktails with the girls and this pair is the only pair that will look good with my new top. THE HORROR.

The reality is however, that this particular pair of skinny jeans has not left the draw for over a year so they need to go. As jeans are not normally the cheapest purchase, I cling on to them like I’m Gollum’s second cousin. Even if I haven’t worn them in years, they have faded to grey and I don’t even particularly like them- they suddenly become ‘my precious’.

So, getting back to the point- I was on the search for my perfect pair of jeans. Now I work in Topshop so this may seem bias but for me Topshop jeans have everything I’m looking for. Having extremely long legs and a distinct lack of waist and hips can prove extremely difficult when looking for jeans. (Don’t even get me started on Zara jeans, I am yet to find a pair that fit). If I do find any cheaper alternatives with Topshop’s huge variety of sizes on my travels, I’ll update you all.

I’m not sure what other people have experienced but I have always been able to find the perfect fit with Topshop jeans because they are not sized in the generic 6,8,10 but instead in waist size and leg length. (Like men’s jeans). For me Waist 26 and Leg 30 works a treat. I have crazily long legs for a short person so I’m actually leg 32 but I prefer to have a bit of ankle mid drift out. If like me you like to be a tease and have a flash of ankle, I either buy jeans that are a leg length shorter or look for the jeans that have ‘ankle grazer’ written on the label.

Finding the style of jean however is a whole new ball game but luckily because Topshop brand the style by male names- it makes it a little easier to remember your style preference. My all time favourites at the moment are ‘Crop’ and ‘Dree’. (Orson is pretty funky as well though). Over the years I have tried the odd Lucas, Sidney and Hayden but at the moment I’m obsessed with the denim culotte look- tight on the bum but wide on the leg. This style also works perfectly paired with a chunky boot which is one of the many reasons they have become my everyday jeans and my skinnys have been neglected and sent to the dusty denim draw.

Now if I was writing this a year ago, gosh would it look different. I have lived in skinny jeans since the dawn of time but I have always been slightly unhappy with the way they look and I couldn’t figure out why. Now every nineties/noughties girl has gone through the Joni stage, I have, my peers have and I think even my mum has some. If you heard wind of a disco coming up or better yet a house party, the first thing you purchased were black high waisted Joni jeans, come on tell me I’m wrong. They were the shit! (Until you washed them and they turned grey).

Despite buying them in the truck loads, I would see myself in pictures afterwards and it made me feel awful about myself. I would like so unbelievably thin and gaunt looking and despite being just over 5ft, it looked like I had 7ft legs. People at school would make comments about me looking anorexic and it made me crave a curvier look, which is pretty difficult when you have the hip structure of a 12 year old boy.

Despite skinny jeans taking a back seat in my life, I must say that once you go Jamie, you won’t go Joni. For my petite frame, Jamie jeans are the best skinny jeans that Topshop offer although. Jamie’s look more like your everyday jean, they compliment the booty and for non-curvy girls like me- they give the illusion of womanly hips. It’s a win, win. If you are going out and want a ‘jeans and a nice top’ vibe then Jamie’s are my go to, sorry Joni’s you’re fired. As well as making me look like slenderman, Joni jeans are also famous for fading in the wash so here are some tips and tricks on how to keep your black Topshop jeans black.

50 Shades of “I don’t want grey jeans” Tips
-Wash them bad boys inside out
-Tumble dry makes them tumble die.
-Mans too hot- wash them on 30 degrees.
-Fabric conditioner is a no go my friend.
-Wash them every 7 wears. Even the flares.

Peace out and may your jeans forever may your but look luscious.

P.s If you have any denim disasters then feel free to message me, I'm currently a denim specialist at Topshop (Although I prefer the job title: Jean Queen) so hopefully I can offer some wisdom.

Red Sock Boots- Topshop
White (cosy as fuck) jumper- Urban Outfitters
Black Kitten Heels- Dorothy Perkins
Mid Blue Cropped Wide Leg jeans- Topshop (Of Course)
Postbox- County Council

Eighteen Musts for 2018

As a self-confessed Christmas addict, I never really pay that much attention to New Years. Normally I am too busy mourning all things festive to make new year’s resolutions however this year I am really looking forward to 2018.

For many reasons 2017 was a bit on the crappy side, I struggled a lot with my mental health, listened to my sad songs playlist way too much and just had a negative outlook on life. Normally I dread January because that means returning to my soul sucking admin job, however 2018 has started better already as I have binned off the awful admin job and I am now a denim specialist at Topshop. WHICH I LOVE! Can I get a woop woop?

Therefore this January is very different for me, I feel extremely motivated and I am really keen to work hard (especially on my blog) and have a fabulous year. For me, 2018 is going to be all about throwing myself into my career and learning to love myself a bit more. I’m a strong believer that you cannot even begin to fully love another person and cherish them if you do not fully love yourself. So bettering myself is something I really want to work on.

So here you are guys and gals, my new year’s resolutions/goals for 2018/list of things that will hopefully better my life/ soul makeover.
1.       Get back into the gym. As much as I am happy with my weight, I am very petite so I would love some more curves. Therefore I need to get back to some serious squatting and take my new Nikes for a spin. I’m determined to have a Kim K booty before the year is out.
2.       Drink more water! Its great for you and it gives you sexy skin. Sometimes I’m so busy, it gets to 8pm at night and I realise I haven’t drank any water that day. Less tea, more water is the way forward.
3.       I have always been a bookworm but in the last few years, my life has been too busy for reading. Therefore I want to read at least one book a month. (That really does not sound like a lot but I want to start with a realistic number). So when I come home in the evenings and procrastinate in front of the TV- instead I need to pick up a book.
4.       Anyone that knows me, knows I am very very fussy about my nails. I have my nails done every 2 weeks and I really struggle to be adventurous with the colours. I play it safe with white, light grey and nudes so this year- I need to step up the nail game. Red is next on the agenda.
5.       Try and recycle outfits rather than buying more. Shopping is a major addiction of mine and it will be a hard habit to crack so this year I am only going to buy something if I love it and if I can wear it with a lot of clothes I already own. Time and time again I will see something ‘I like’ and I’ll buy it because ‘it might look nice with this top I have’. Or because there’s only one left and I don’t want to come back another day to find it gone.  My wardrobe is now full of multiple items (with tags still on) that I am not extremely fond of. Why do I do this to my bank account? Urgh.

6.       Make more selfish decisions. Being selfish in little chunks can sometimes be a good thing, this year I want to take a step back and look at my life. What makes me happy and what doesn’t, if something isn’t making me happy I need to remove it from my life. Toxic people are definitely a no go.
7.       To not be afraid of more ‘out there’ statement pieces. Countless times I have been shopping with friends and they have picked something up and said ‘who on earth would wear this?’ and I’ve scoffed and agreed when actually it is something I would wear. I like to be different and buy things with a bit of character. I bought some yellow pom pom earrings from Zara a few weeks and I have been so scared to wear them in case I get ‘judged’. Well not anymore, this year the pom poms are coming out and my ears will look like mini cheerleaders.
8.       I have never been to The Clothes Show so this year will be the year that I finally attend.
9.       Eating more healthy. Now I love healthy food and I am one of those weirdos that loves vegetables  however healthy food always seems to be more expensive and more effort. Therefore  I need to be more proactive about making healthy meals rather than grabbing a ready meal. Seriously though, a bag of kale is like 1.50 but I can get a giant snack bag of chocolate animals for 50p- what is that all about? If any of you reading this, regularly cook healthy lunches and dinners on a budget, please give me some recipe ideas. Help a lazy cook out.
10.   Carrying on with the food theme and as its veganuary, this year I am going to stop eating meat. As a major milk and cheese lover, jumping straight into veganism will be a major shock to the system so this year I am going to attempt to go veggie. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bit of bacon or steak and peppercorn sauce but there are alternatives so vegetarianism here I come. Again if there is any non-meat eaters out there that know of any snazzy alternatives or just some funky veggie dinners then please let me know.

11.   Start a journal/diary where I keep track of everything I’ve been doing and want to do. Iphone calendars are handy but I do like having an old fashioned paper list.
12.   To reach at least 500 followers on Instagram and hopefully have some more people reading my blog. I know it’s not all about numbers and if my blog makes one person’s day then I have done what I came to do. However I have been inspired by so many blogs and reading something relatable can make you feel less alone. Therefore in 2018 I hope to do many more blog posts relating to mental health, grief, feminism and many other issues that need a bigger voice.
13.   Now this is a biggie and apologies if this offends anyone but I have never eaten an avocado. Countless times I have popped to the shop and bought one, left it to ripen in the fruit bowl and then completely forgot about it so it went off. Therefore this January I am determined to purchase and demolish an avocado- I need to know what about the fuss is about.
14.   Put aside at least 1 hour a week where I have a little pamper session.
-Face Mask
-Dead skin removal (Got to keep those trotters looking pretty)
-Full body moisturise
-Hair mask/leave in conditioner
-Cucumber on the eyes
The whole shebang people!

15.   As a newbie to the blogging community, I would love for the opportunity to meet with some bloggers and exchange tips over a large mug of caffeine.
16.   Another thing on the bucket list for 2018 is to attend a blogging event. Over the years, I have seen so many fab soirees and I would love to be a part of some of them.
17.   Wear brighter colours! Monochrome is my one true love so this will be a difficult one. Even blue jeans have taken a back seat so this year I need to brighten up the wardrobe. I’ve already got the ball rolling with the pink fishnets I ordered yesterday. Eeeeeeeeek.
18.   Now this is the big one. The creme dela crème. The big finish. 2018 is the year I will stop dwelling on the past and leave negative people in 2017. This year is all about personal development and having a whale of a time. Life is too short for shitty friends, badly made cups of tea and Insta stalking your old flame. So happy new year my lovelies- may your 2018 be bloody brilliant.

I’m now off to do a massive wardrobe clear out, drink some H2o and purchase some avocados.