Glorious Chic

I am without a doubt  incredibly happy at the minute, so much so I didn't really want to jinx it at first but have come to accept that I shouldn't hide it and instead should talk about just what is making me so happy...even if it seems like nothing big. Happiness to me is a tricky ole thing, we often search long and hard for it, wondering why we can't seem to ever be happy for long periods of time, and why sadness comes to creep up on us on days we least expect it to. I'm actually at the moment, the happiest I have been in a very long time and even though I'm not quite where I want to be I know that I am on the right path and focusing on building as a person and choosing which people I want to surround myself with and making more of an effort to plan trips and take days of just for myself...things I think are always key to feeling even if just a little happier. 

So here are my lessons in happiness...

Take time out for yourself and don't feel bad about it:

A lot of the time in life we forget that it's important to take time out for ourselves to focus on things that make us happy and make us feel more alive. It's always good to have lots of plans and keep busy but sometimes it can get too much and we forget to take some time away from our busy schedules and focus on maintaining our health and our souls. I've always been one to keep busy, I used to always prefer the company of others to being on my own and found it quite tricky to just have time to myself...It wasn't until I got older I started being more proactive when I was by myself and actually found this to be something that helped me push myself the most and to become happier. When you are less reliant on others it helps you find happiness within yourself. 

Stop apologising for the way you feel:

We are often quick to apologise for the way we feel or hide our feelings all together, sometimes it seems like the best solution and the only way to not admit you are feeling a certain way, or let anyone have any reason to doubt how you are feeling. I used to do this all the time. I thought if I spoke on my feelings and not everyone agreed with me, the best thing to do would be to just apologise, but oh how wrong I was and how I realised this doesn't solve anything or make you feel any better. I've learnt that when I am feeling something it's better not to bottle it up but instead open up and talk to people about it.

Love the crap out of things and don't deny it:

I have always been the type of person to have quite an obsessive when I like or enjoy something I can't stop thinking about it. Blogging has been the best way for me to really open up and share with everyone my passion for writing, fashion and photography and it's something I could talk about 24/7...if someone let me. Sometimes we are quick to deny loving something or having a real passion for something when someone puts a downer on the topic or doesn't understand why you would love blogging...and believe me I've had people who just don't understand what the hell blogging is and think it's just 'a way to get free stuff''...I laugh when people take this approach and have learnt that instead of being embarrassed or shying away from talking about it, I tell them just how much time and effort goes into it, and why I do it to make me happy. 

Know that not every day will be a good day but be optimistic that the down days won't last:

Good days come and go, just like bad days come and go. Nothing is set in stone and you really can't say how you are going to feel from one day to the next, or know what is going to sprout up that can turn your mood from feeling on top of the world, to absolutely shit. It sucks when you are having such a great day and something flies in and destroys it, but you can do one of two can let whatever it is ruin whatever happiness you had inside you and vow you won't see any rainbows for the next few days, or you can be optimistic that the sun will shine tomorrow and you will be on the up to feeling happy again, or at least trying. 

'It's not all sunshine and rainbows but a good amount of it is'

Accept that you are different:

I've talked about this before on my blog but it's something I've learnt to focus on in order to make myself the happiest I've ever been. I like to look at it as realising that being a sheep in this robotic world really doesn't get you anywhere, but what does is being yourself. I look at myself as headstrong, someone who can be bloody crazy and weird as hell, someone who isn't afraid to go a little out there with her style at times and doesn't ever wanna be seen as simply 'fitting in' with the crowd...that's really no fun if I'm honest! Accepting you are different takes time, but focusing on this over the years has made me realise that it's one of the key things to being truly happy with my life and myself. 

'There isn't any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself'

Choose your friends carefully:

It's probably only up until this point  where I look at the people I've chosen to have in my life and think to myself  'you've chose well Caitlin.' But it wasn't always like that and for years I chose to hang around with people that really made me feel nothing but small...the type of people you can't really be yourself around but you hang with them because you feel kinda stuck. I had no real common interests with these people, I wasn't as clever as them and they made that known. Looking back I wish I had chosen my friends better at the time. I'd have gone for people who made me feel good about myself and made me feel wanted...which is exactly what I have done now and I am over the moon about that. 

'Surround yourself with things and people you love. Disregard the rest'

Realise you aren't in competition with anyone:

It's often easy to look around and see what other people your age are doing, and what they are achieving. They may be achieving more or getting more opportunities than you and in turn you feel like you must be failing or simply doing something wrong. This one is something that drives me crazy and I constantly tell myself to stop doing stop thinking that I should be achieving so much more than I am at this moment in time. To stop comparing myself to other girls, or other bloggers and  instead start realising that I am actually making my own successes, things that are completely unique to myself and that's what is important. 

'Ignore what everyone else is doing and achieving. Your life is about breaking your own limits and living your best life'

Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself:

When I'm feeling happy I always want to document it. I carry my camera around with me pretty much everywhere and am a freak when it comes to possibly 'over capturing' moments. I love being able to look back on the moments I was feeling the happiest I've ever been and simply smiling because the feeling comes back around. I adore capturing my most loved outfits and sharing them on social media because it makes me feel good about myself, and I'm not going to deny that. I cherish the images of my family, friends and boyfriends from days that I never want to forget. Days where I felt so loved and happy. Days that will always have a place in my heart. I think it's important to live in the moment, but to also document memories so that in years to come you can look back and think about just how happy you really were!  

'Don't forget to fall in love with yourself first'

What I'm Wearing:

Dress: Topshop *similar
Boots: Asos
Bag: New Look *similar
Necklace: H&M *similar

Photos by Katherine Mcmorran:


 I'm loving the regular posts on a Friday now and I am really hoping to make them a regular thing ( you can do it Caitlin!) I've literally had such an amazing week; my grandparents had been down from the previous week and that left me feeling super happy. Most of my friends are back from Uni and I've managed to catch up with them and get all the gossip on what they've been up to. I've planned a tonne of things for this month and August which is making me more than just a little excited...and lastly I can finally share with you all the amazing photos from my shoot with Katherine Mcmorran that we took in London a few weeks's safe to say she's a talent and a half!

Now...let's talk about 'sportswear'- a trend that I feel I've neglected for quite some time; even though I've had these trousers in my wardrobe since last year I feel like I haven't really gave them the attention they well and truly deserve. I don't know whether that's because up until now I found sportswear to be quite a tricky trend to master when it came to dressing for my style and using things in my wardrobe to make the outfit 100% me, because let's face it I won't wear a trend unless I actually love it. However when I saw this trend come about a few years ago I wanted to hop straight on it, and find it funny that's it's only been in the past few months I've felt confident enough to style it! I think a lot of the time when we refer to the trend we think we have to actually be sporty to wear it, but oh how wrong I was. Sportswear can be taken right from the courts and onto the street!

These trousers are the definition of leg lengthening. Admittedly wide leg trousers used to petrify me, which I find funny now as I feel as though they are key to my wardrobe; my days of super skinny trousers are well and truly over! The athletic stripe down the side is perfect for mastering the sportswear trend without being too over the top. Pairing it with this red bodysuit is key for this time of year, and especially for me; someone who is slightly obsessed with red...who am I kidding, I mean totally obsessed with red. Now I could have thrown on a pair of trainers to completely capture the sportswear essence but mules to me are a way of contrasting the trend and making it a little more high fashion and chic, as well as making me look a little taller. To me, this outfit is a definite game changer and will be following me into the Autumn and Winter months: think turtle neck jumper tucked into these trousers, oversized leather jacket on top, black boots and a red bag to finish of with.

You can call me the modern Sporty Spice!

Scroll down to have a look at my top sportswear picks!

What I'm Wearing:

Top: Zara
Trousers: Mango *similar
Shoes: Zara
Bag: Vintage*similar
Earrings: H&M


Photos by Katherine Mcmorran:

I've had my blog for however many years now, and still feel like you guys don't know me that well. So with that said I've decided to base today's post on sharing a little bit about me; what I love, what I hate, who my favourite bands are, what motivates me, my go to outfits... so you can get to know a little bit more about me and my blog Glorious Chic.

How did you build up the courage to share your first blog post?

I actually really struggled with this one and because I was in Sixth Form at the time the idea of actually sharing my first post kind of petrified know how people in School can be. One day I literally just decided to publish it, after telling myself at the end of the day I'm doing this for me, and no one if it makes me happy then just embrace it and feel confident I'm doing something for myself. Sometimes I still feel nervous sharing personal posts about myself, but these are the types of posts I actually love the most as I feel they are more me than anything else I write...which is why I probably get so nervous sharing them (I tend to pour my heart and soul into them.)

Do you see yourself living in London in the future?

YES! London has been my favourite city since I was young. I think the job opportunities in London are incredible and just the overall vibe in London makes me so excited. There's never a dull moment when I travel to London and I always feel like each time I go I do something different...I think that's sometimes the great thing about big cities; no matter how many times you go you always come across something new. So  yes I definitely see myself living there...maybe even in the next few years *fingers crossed!

What are your go-to essential clothing items and your go to outfit?

For the colder days (a typical day in England) my go to essentials would be denim jeans a graphic t-shirt and a statement jacket...can't live without the statement jacket! In terms of an actual outfit I'd say my BDG Kick Flare jeans, my 'New York I Love You' t-shirt, my Missguided mustard jacket and my white mules...oh and a little white bag to complete the look. However for the warmer months I'd say a little denim a-line skirt, a matching indigo jacket and a cute slogan tee.

What motivates you to blog?

Being totally honest I'm most motivated when I'm not stressed and having a break or travelling. That doesn't mean I'm not motivated when I'm getting on with my day-to-day life but there's just something about being relaxed and travelling to a place that isn't home that makes me even more motivated than ever. I have such an obsession for writing, taking photos and overall producing content so this is my biggest motivator, being that I truly have a passion to do all of those things, and blogging is one of the best ways I find I can do all of that!

Who inspires your style?

I have quite a few people that actually inspire my personal style. I'm super inspired by Lana Del Rey and her care-free sense of life and dressing...her music also inspires me a lot. In terms of other bloggers I am inspired by Megan Ellaby's colourful way of dressing and having the confidence to wear and look amazing in literally everything. I'm also inspired by Mary L Jean, I love her city style and how fun her dress sense is. Then last I'm inspired by Lucy Williams and how classic her style is: vintage jeans, basic tees and the most amazing bag collection. I love how each of these girls constantly experiment with their style which always inspires me to do the same.

Desert Island: What 3 things can't you live without?

This is so hard...I'd definitely say my family would be the first one. Netflix next, so that I can still catch up on my favourite programmes and my Olympus Pen comes everywhere with me.

What are your favourite three high street stores?

Zara is the first...if you know me well you will know how obsessed I am. Next would probably be H&M I love how you can buy pretty much everything in there. And last I'd say Mango I love their classic pieces.

What is your favourite place in the whole world?

New Zealand or California (I can't decide between the two.) I have been to New Zealand twice now and am in love with the natural beauty of the country as well as the fact it's probably the most laid back place you could ever visit. California on the other hand is so exciting and actually one of the only places I've visited where I felt at home. 

Who is your favourite band and/or artist?

My favourite artist would be Lana Del Rey and band (atm) would be PVRIS! I always remember being in the car with my dad when I first heard Video Games and fell head over heels for Lana...the obsession has never ended.

Where do you enjoy eating?

My favourite place to eat would be anywhere with tapas (my favourite) or Frankie and Bennie's; purely for their penne carbanara. 

What is your favourite film?

My favourite all time film would probably be Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire but I also love Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging...I'm pretty sure most of us girls can quote nearly the whole of that film!

What are your pet hates?

I absolutely hate when people cancel or change plans last minute. I'm such an organiser so I feel anxious when things are left to last minute. I also hate when people are narrow minded. I'm someone who likes to listen to both sides of an argument and wouldn't ever believe that my opinion should be the only when people act like this I really don't get it.

Any Interesting facts?

I can say the alphabet super fast in all lower case. I've also never had a pet...not even a goldfish!

What I'm Wearing:

Jacket: Zara *similar
T-Shirt: Kate Spade 
Skirt: Asos *similar
Shoes: Zara 
Bag: H&M *similar
Ring: Oliver Bonas


Photos by Katherine Mcmorran:

I hope everyone's week has gone as planned, I'm still not quite sure whether mine has or not. I mean I had a hell of a lot of 'to do's' and I feel like I might have ticked most of them off. One big thing I did manage to get done a couple of weeks ago was to 'update and freshen' my blog, and by that I mean 'change the complete look of Glorious Chic and make it a little more, well, me.' So I hope you are enjoying the changes as much as I am!

I'm pretty sure this whole outfit has been on repeat since I got the coolest fringed leather jacket from Shores the other week. Not only does it make me reminisce about festival season, but it also changed my persona to what I'd say was feeling a little cooler, and edgier ( something I would't really say I ever was...sorry Caitlin you were never one of the cool girls). I'm such a over-thinker when it comes to Summer dressing, I live for Autumn months: layering heavy knits with jeans, boots and a large oversized when it comes to dressing for Spring and Summer I feel sort of lost, like I haven't ever really found 'my summer style'. That was until this jacket came along. For a girl who doesn't really wear tea dresses, denim is always key for me when it comes to this time of year, and pairing it with an oversized leather jacket...I feel more me than I have ever done in the Summer. Could 'festival' style be my style for summer?

I have been absolutely desperate this year to go to a festival, so dressing festival appropriate has got me even more in the mood to head to the nearest Summer festival, put on my denim, my band tee, my oversized leather and get to enjoy and listen to my favourite bands while roaming around with that care free attitude (god I love feeling like that.) The last time I went to a festival was Reading, and I've been absolutely desperate to go back to another festival since! I think this outfit would be more reminiscent of Coachella vibes however, somewhere I am dead set on going to in the next few years, and somewhere I can let this leather number have it's big moment.

But in the meantime, with no festivals planned, I will carry on wearing my festival jacket and listening to my 'festival' playlist:

My Summer Festival Playlist:

PVRIS - Smoke
PVRIS - Heaven
Alt J- Bloodflood
Arctic Monkeys- From the Ritz to the Rubble
Arctic Monkeys - 505
Bring Me The Horizon - Doomed
Boston Manor - Laika
Coasts - Your Soul
Darlia - Dear Diary 
Deaf Havana - L.O.V.E
Deaf Havana - Night Drives
Don Broco - Fire 
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Haim- Falling
Lana Del Rey- Ride
Linkin Park - Burn It Down
Little Comets - Bridge Burn
Dua Lipa - Begging
Lonely The Brave- Backroads
Lonely The Brave - Victory Line
The Neighbourhood - Sweater Weather
The Neighbourhood - Cry Baby
Paramore - Told You So
Paramore - Still Into You
Marina and The Diamonds - Radioactive 
Peace- California Daze
State Champs - Secrets
Swim Deep - She Changes The Weather
Turnover - Super Natural
Waterparks - Dizzy
The 1975- Sex

What I'm Wearing:

Jacket: Shores
T-Shirt: Topshop *similar
Skirt: Mango *similar
Earrings: Next *similar

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