Sunday, 24 August 2014


1.   Co-ord: @serickarose via Depop
2.    Choker – Ebay
3.    Pool sliders – Topshop

Hello lovelies!

Today’s post is another instalment in the ‘What I Wore on Holiday’ series, featuring this GORGE blue checked co-ord I bought off Depop. I’m a big fan of co-ordinates and this set cost me only £20 – a definite win in my book. The seller even gave me a choice of an elasticated waist or a zip which I thought was a lovely touch.
In other news, I’ve been full on obsessed with wearing these Topshop pool sliders/Birkenstock copies and wear them with absolutely everything. Even my new cropped cuff pyjama bottoms. Out in public. You can check out the evidence of that little feat on my Instagram – saramacauley. Leave me a comment on there so I can check out your insta too, I’d love to be more connected with you fashionistas.

Other than working for pennies, spending an unhealthy amount of time watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix and drinking copious amount of tea I don't really have a lot to update you on. Which in summer, is quite frankly the way it should be. Hope you're well and feel free to drop me a tweet, comment on here or on insta if you fancy a chat. I'd love to hear from you.

Lotsa love,

 Sara x

Thursday, 14 August 2014


The brainchild that is this post was thought up on a blistering hot sunny day in Majorca, whilst I was wearing my Topshop high-waisted black bikini and nursing a ridiculously bloated tummy (seriously cocktails, must you?!) Perched on a heinously uncomfortable plastic chair on my hotel room’s balcony sipping a badly mixed vodka and lemonade, I started to think about body image. The subject of body image is a complicated minefield of opinion, fact, words like ‘disorder’ and sadly, more often than not feelings of negativity. Firstly, I’d like to hold my hands up here and say I am in no way claiming to be definitively right on the matters I discuss in this post, I’m a teenage girl growing up in the thick of the digital age where body image is a massive issue, and I’m simply stating my opinion.

To use myself as an example, before I went on this holiday I exercised at the gym for about a month, ate healthily and cut out excessive alcohol and treats. My reason being that I wanted to look like the best version of myself and feel proud of my appearance. In the days before jetting off to Majorca, I’d discovered some newly found ab muscles and a slightly more even complexion. All in all, I was happy. So why was it, that AS SOON as I whipped off my kimono to reveal my bikini bod I immediately felt on edge? Honestly, in my head it was as if the lifeguard had sounded an alarm, called round his mates, and set up camp in front of my sun lounger. I felt as though walking to the bar was an inspection of my fat percentage and muscle tone. Let me just interject here to say that my hotel resort was like a retirement home - my dad is a typical grumpy old man and had carefully selected an adult only resort to avoid the hordes of school children, and every single person besides me, my sister and one other twenty-something was over the age of fifty.

Nobody gave a shit what I looked like in my bikini, but there I was breathing in so fiercely I probably looked a bit blue. WHY? Why do we, as women, have an incessant need to please others and fit into the mould of a certain beauty ideal?
We’re a generation obsessed with our appearance. Our mornings spent poring over the likes of Instagram and Tumblr have undoubtedly changed our mental perceptions of what we consider beautiful, and most importantly, ‘normal.’ Perhaps controversially, I’m not going to claim that’s a bad thing. As a fashion blogger, I find visual images of models, clothes, and other everyday women looking amazing really inspiring. To me, there’s no harm in recognising that another human being is having a good beauty day. The danger becomes apparent when you start using your own appearance to hold up as a negative contrast to Jourdan Dunn/Cara Delevingne/(insert other insanely gorge lady here.)

There are a multitude of reasons for low body confidence, but one which I’ve particularly noticed is actually girl on girl shaming. I’ve been programmed to assume that someone is always judging the way I look. Way too often do I hear girls slamming other girls for taking ‘selfies’ and posting pictures of themselves online, branding them ‘self-obsessed’ and ‘stuck up’ the moment they upload, unpicking every inch of the snap in question. I’m not going to go into detail on this particular aspect of body image, but Shona wrote an amazing blog post vis a vis selfie shaming here if you want to go and have a read.

If we as girls don’t have the confidence to applaud others on their good hair days, a fab outfit combo, or just a bloody brilliant body, who’s going to? In my opinion it’s high time that we started focusing on the good things about ourselves, and that’s always easier to do if somebody else notices it too (back to that incessant need to please others eh?) So instead of sighing at each other’s selfies, rolling our eyes when a girl struts past confidently, try giving her a supportive ‘like’ or smile.

Maybe it was the vodka in my drink or maybe it was just the slightest whisper of maturity, (scary) but staring out at the Majorcan sea, it was easy to see that appearance is not the be all and end all. Bloated or not, I was still on holiday, I was still enjoying cocktails on a faraway Island, and as far as I know the world did not stop turning because I was wearing a bikini.At that moment, I decided when I headed back down to my sun lounger I was going to breathe out, sit back, and sip my drink. And do you know what? No-one ran away in horror. Except the Spanish bar man when I tried to order a drink in his native language. And that was only because he was dumbfounded by my superb linguistic abilities. Probably. 

Sara x

Sunday, 3 August 2014


Me: Hat – H&M | Jumper – ASDA men’s | Skirt – Primark | Shoes – Mr.Shoes | Bag – Zara | Lip pencil – ‘Current’ by MAC
Megan: Sunglasses – New Look | Kimono –H&M | Bag – zara | Shoes – Topshop

Forgive me readers for I have sinned.

I’ve probably broken the no.1 rule of blogging, which is ‘thy shall not upload grainy snaps.’ However my memory card full of pretty, clear, blog-worthy photographs has gone walkabouts, and I didn’t want to leave you with absolutely nothing to read on this super rainy Sunday evening. (Because clearly this blog is your number one and the only thing you ever read, right?)

Moving swiftly on, these few pictures were taken a couple weeks ago when I was having a particularly good outfit day. And by that I mean that I managed to find the motivation to change out of my pyjamas and wash my hair. (I even wore a hat! Look at me go!) My best friend/photographer Megan and I meandered into town for a mooch about, her in her summer neon, me in my crypt keeper monochrome.The hat I am wearing is from H&M and a particular fave of mine – every time I put it on I feel like I’ve upped my sophistication levels by about 50%. The hat is the answer to any crap outfit day, just pop it on with your laziest of outfits and you immediately trick the world into thinking you’ve made an effort.
On another note, Megan’s bag looks so much like Celine and I’m seriously eyeing it up. How gorge is it?!

Anyway, that’s all for now. Hope you’re not going to abandon me for breaking all ze rules (please don’t leave, I love you all very much.)

 I’ll see you soon,

Sara x

Friday, 1 August 2014


1)     Halter – Depop (@nataliemjs)
2)     ‘Levi’ Shorts – Ebay
3)     Shoes – Mr Shoes

Another day, another Depop purchase. Seriously, this app has increased the uniqueness of my wardrobe by about a million percent. This gorge flowery halter was purchased for a mere £9 and I loveee it. It’s bright, flowery and most importantly not black, so I’ve successfully achieved my aim of looking marginally less like a goth in the summer months.  On the bright side, (dark side?) the top can be made edgier and that little bit cooler with the addition of some black accessories such as these chunky shoes which we all know I am slightly too obsessed with and this pair of (quite possibly knockoff) Levi shorts which I picked up for about £7 on Ebay. Job’s a good’un.

I wore this outfit on an Island tour and it was the perfect lightweight outfit for prancing around on top of mountains. I did, however, bear resemblance to a lobster at the end of the day. *note to self, exposed shoulders, factor 8 sun cream and a full day of lounging on top of a boat do not mix well. Neither do the badly measured mojitos and sex on the beach cocktails from the free hotel bar. 

                                                                          Sara x

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