Sunday, 15 January 2017

CHANNELLING KANYE








 
 
 
 
Today we went to our favourite antique shop in a little village a few miles away from us. My new years resolution is to drive further afield than I already do. I'm such a nervous driver, I hate it. I only really drive round my own town or to my nans in the next village... any further than that and I freak out to the point you'd think I'd never been in a car or seen a road before, let alone driven one. It's bad. So I was very brave today and went out of my comfort zone. I only nearly crashed once as well, which is good for me. I didn't think we would make it there and back alive, so I really did myself proud.
The weather has been absolutely horrendous here today, but I was determined to shoot a post. I was supposed to do one last weekend, but I was a bit naughty and didn't get in from my night out until about 4 o'clock on Sunday morning. I was absolutely in no fit state to dress myself. I very rarely do that sort of thing (I'm quite a granny) so I've got it out my system nice and early in the year and can focus now. So despite the wind, rain and cold I shot this little look. I'm obsessed with shearling jackets at the moment. This little Topshop bad boy is my new best friend, apart from the fact it is so super cosy, my favourite thing about it is that I feel like Kanye when I wear it. Now, he's not someone I like, let alone someone I'd like to be... so the fact I enjoy channelling my inner Kanye is as bigger shock to me as it is to you. But hey, the heart wants what the heart wants.
 
 
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Monday, 2 January 2017

BEING HONEST






 
Asos Farleigh Jeans  | Adidas Stan Smiths | Asos Handmade Sunglasses | Camel Coat (similar) | Zara Cable Knit (sold out)
 
First things first... HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Now, this isn't going to be quite the ideal way to start the year, but I was desperate for this jumper. It went in the Zara sale for £29.99 down from £50, went out of stock, came back in and then I managed to nab one! I was super chuffed. Now I've just looked back on these photos to post, I don't like it (hence less photos than normal). Typical. I did think about not posting it, but this is what I wore today and that's what its supposed to be about isn't it? Maybe I'm just having a bad day, maybe I'm just wearing it with the wrong thing, but I feel like a fat cricket player. I know I'm not really selling it to you and this is all very negative, but its best to be honest right? I'm sure it would look amazing on someone else, and I was probably picturing it on someone else when I brought it. Mira Duma or Danielle Bernstein perhaps. So I feel a little Depop visit might be necessary .
I promise my next post will be more positive, but for now it's over and out from the chubby cricketer.
 
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Friday, 30 December 2016

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU


This year has been such an insane one for me. When I officially set myself up as a business at the start of the year, I never would have dreamt I would be illustrating in Vogue by December. If someone would have told me that in January, I would have laughed right in their mother chuffin' face and maybe even given them a slight slap. I have never been the most confident person, so for me to achieve this all on my own is just crazy. I don't want to toot my own horn, but I tell you what I deserve it. I have worked so hard all year. My days off from my other job are spent painting or sorting out my paperwork 99% of the time. I get up early and sit behind a table all day with a paintbrush because this really is what I want to do. I know in my last post I spoke a lot about how this has affected my blog, and how it's had to take a bit of a back seat, but really sometimes the two things go hand in hand. This is my platform to share my life, and this is obviously a massive part of my life which I love sharing with you guys. I know I don't post about it that much mind you, because at the end of the day this is supposed to be a fashion blog, but it's nice to be able to share my passion (second to dogs obvs) with my readers.
 
Aside from what this year has had to offer, this post was mostly to say thank you. It's a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has supported me. Wether you've shared my posts, brought a print or commission, visited me at my markets or liked a photo. I really am a one woman band and work so hard so I can do something I love. Your encouragement will never go unnoticed. I think being part of the blogging community gives me that extra support to. This little internet circle really crushed my stereotype of people in fashion being pretentious and dare I say, a bit stuck up. I've had nothing but nice comments and encouragement from other bloggers since I started blogging and illustrating. I have to mention the absolute babe that is Chloe from The Little Plum. Now she is someone that I'm sure most brands are dying to work with, she's sassy, clever and beautiful... but this year she has featured my work on her blog and Instagram a few times and written some really lovely words. It's support like this that means the world to me. It makes me clutch my hand to my heart and let out a little "awh". I really believe in girl power and building each other up as women and Chloe has really shown those two things to me this year. So thank you gal.
 
To celebrate this wondrous year that has been 2016 (despite all those celeb deaths) I am giving everyone 20% off everything in my shop until 2nd January. Just visit www.helenhird.co.uk/shop and get clicking!
 
I cant wait to see what 2017 has to offer!
 
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Sunday, 18 December 2016

FAUX SHEARLING










 
Glamorous Cropped Tan Biker Jacket  c/o | Gucci Double G Belt  | Asos Farleigh Jeans  | Asos Long Sleeve Striped Tee (similar) | Topshop Boots (similar)


I haven't been able to blog for a couple of weeks. The combination of working in retail at Christmas and having a business where I have my most orders of the year to get out in time for the big day has proved somewhat tiring. I say tiring, I mean horrific. (that might be a slight exaggeration, but it has been hectic!) It stresses me out when I can't blog, I'm sure a lot of you will relate. Although in the circumstances, I do have to prioritise and learn not to freak out about it. I have had to learn to understand that I am only one person. It is not less important to me, but something has to give. I by no means think of my blog as a career, there are tones of amazing bloggers and influencers that I look up to that have managed to make a living from it, but for me it is a hobby. If I had the time I would love to make it my number one priority, I absolutely love working with brands and connecting with likeminded people, but I have to be realistic and I just don't have the time. This might seem like I'm shooting myself in the foot a bit and I don't want to sound unenthusiastic, but I have to be realistic about it. My business will always have to come first. Saying that, I still want to develop my blog as much as I can, and put is as much time and effort as physically possible. It's something I love doing, something that has brought me great opportunities and something I wont be giving it up anytime soon. I think writing this paragraph is just a bit of therapy for me! It's me declaring that it's ok not be able to be wonder woman and manage 3 big things in my life equally. I feel better for it.
 
 
On another, less thought provoking note, how nice is this jacket? I've been after a tan shearling one for ages, but the ones I liked would have cost me an arm and a leg. So although this Glamorous one is still £80, they nearly always have discount codes floating about. If they're not promoted on their site pay our good ol' pal Vouchercodes a visit. I think they have a £50% off dresses promo on at the moment. They don't do any of this 15% shit... they go in the with big guns.
 
If I don't get another chance to blog before Christmas, having an amazing time. Eat and drink what ever the hell you want and give all your loved ones big kisses under the mistletoe. If you want to keep updated with my goings on between posts & over Christmas you can follow me on Instagram @helen_hird 
 
 
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Sunday, 20 November 2016

MY DREAM CARDI











 
Muru Gold Coin Necklace  - c/o Tienne Jewellery | Cable Knit Cardi - H&M | Silk Blend Tee - H&M | Shawl Collar Coat -  Missguided | Topshop Boots - Similar
 
 
I'm not going to lie, I wish I had worn this outfit with denim jeans. I think I was having one of those days where I'd have a few too many mince pies the night before and felt a tad larger than normal, we all get it, I'm sure even you size 6 gals feel like that sometimes to.. I tend to reach for these jeans when I feel a bit bluurgh. They're the skinniest ones I own and make me feel a little slimmer than my ol' straight leg denim jeans that are a bit wider at the ankles. Paired with a slight heeled boot as well, they give me a bit more height than my trusty Stan Smiths. I still wanted to post this though, mostly because I'm obsessed with this cardi. I'm usually more of a jumper kind of gal, but I have not stopped wearing this. I wear it out, dressed up a bit and I wear it working from home with a pair of joggers because it's super warm and cosy. It's such an all round winner and such a bargain. So you'll probably see a lot more of it this season on my social media... I even wondered about wearing on a night out with just a lace bralet underneath (& trousers obviously)... would that be too much? Step to far d'ya think?
Time will tell. A few pre drinks in me and it's a strong possibility.
 
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