This week I’m serving you smart casual chic with another great cropped shirt top thing that I’ve been loving recently. Although, my favourite part of this fit are these flowy culottes from Zara. Before the sales even started I saw so many people with these on, styling them in so many different ways so it was top of the list of items I wanted once the sales started. Of course, it sold out online in a flash and the store stock availability on the app is quite unreliable so I gave up and said if I find them great, if not cool. The first pair I found was on a random colourful rack so they stood out. They were an XS but I bought it for a tenner anyway, hoping to try it to see what size I would be (you know Zara sizing is dodgy for us girls with curves) and then I sold them, knowing I may never find them again let alone in my size. A couple of weeks later, I spotted them on a rack near the returns desk at my local Zara and literally left my position in the queue to grab them and they were my size *love struck face*! That’s my luckiest sale find story to date. I would love to say I’ve worn these loads since but now the September sun has moved on, I’m sure these will make a reappearance next summer. Similar to last week’s post, I decided against makeup as a way of proving (to myself more than you) that (in my opinion) I/you don’t need a full face to complete a polished look. The week before last was the worst I’ve ever had at a job. So bad that I began to question my career and where it was heading. I currently work in education simply because I love working with young people, inspiring them to be self-sufficient, confident and versatile individuals. However this year made me realise that that is where my passion for working in education ends. What about what inspires me to be the best individual I can be? And If I always put others first, will I ever know what self-fulfillment feels like? My most recent epiphany earlier this year was that too many aspects of my life were focused on helping others and finding solutions for everyone else’s problems rather than my own. Since then, I’ve made some life changing decisions from moving out, joining a team at church and not forgetting launching this blog. 2017 will forever be known as a major paradigm shift. Career wise though…I’m still working on that one. Ideally, I would love to work within the fashion industry but I know that this blog is not enough to stand on in order to stand out. Sometimes we make these big decisions for ourselves, assuming others will recognise its significance when in reality it may look minuscule to others because they lack understanding of your vision whether that be those around you or a company that you’d love to work for. My message with this post is that the opinions of others will never take away from what that decision meant to you. Just keep going and everything else will come in due course. Continue to take your talent and present it in ways that express what a well-rounded, creative person you are regardless of what it is. I think it’s easy to get lost in this new world that revolves around everybody being so ‘creative’ all of a sudden but that’s why you have to keep focused on yourself and yourself only. I tweeted last week that I feel the most motivated when I’m not on Instagram 24/7 and it’s such a great feeling to be in tune with your thoughts minus any influence. I have to trust the brand I’m building and until I get presented with opportunities, I’m going to have to create some for myself and that’s okay.