Thursday, 14 January 2016

Inspiration | Who, Where & Why

As a lover of fashion and experimenting I do enjoy observing other people's way of styling themselves and it really brings inspiration on how I style myself. This can be from scrolling endlessly on social media sites, looking at other bloggers and celebrities and even seeing people on the street when in town; I honestly wouldn't hold back asking there certain pieces of their outfit is from or even complimenting them. So on this post I feel I should share some of by style icons ands where I find my inspirations.

Bloggers
Samantha Maria - samanathamariaoffical.com
Definitely one of my favourite bloggers and probably the one blogger who actually got me into blogging, formally known as 'BeautyCrush' Sammi has her own individual style that I love and personally is similar to mine. She inspires me so much as she's petite like me, same-ish skin colour and isn't afraid to test the waters of her style. I've watched her on YouTube for so long and she always helps and motivates me with so much and I have always loved her videos, total style icon to me.
Yanin Namsonthi - idressmyselff.blogspot.co.uk
Another one of my favourite bloggers with a particular style I love, I wouldn't know what I could categorise it as but it's just hella cool and edgy. It's the complete opposite of girly, it's involves very minimal pieces and she has such a different vision of how to style them, like her outfit choices I wouldn't think about combining them together but she makes it work with like everything it gives me such inspiration of trying different stuff out.

Celebrities
Zendaya
My god, this girl SLAYS at pretty much everything, if you follow me on Instagram or any social media you may know I am a hue fan of this lady, her red carpet looks are always amazing she isn't afraid to try new things out with her look if that's with her hair or her fashion, she is definetly one of my top style icons.
Kylie Jenner
You cannot deny how incredible this woman's style is, I've liked her from her early teens, but the older she's gets the more stylish and bolder her fashion is going. I love her street luxe style she goes for probably the most but if I'd love to share styling tips from her, maybe just her wardrobe whilst I'm at it.

Social Networking Sites
Media is the perfect way to get inspiration for clothing without completely stealing someone's style. My main three forms of social media I use for inspiration is Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest; Instagram is great to see a range of people's style with clicking on hashtags and following style profiles. Tumblr is great if you follow the right people if you're looking for inspiration, I go on archive mode and my screen is full of so much fashion I just reblog everything I like but it's mainly fashion base and everything I reblog is based on the fashion. Pinterest is also just as good as both of them put together, I have a board full of inspiration and I mainly use it if I got a new piece and don't know how to style it, that is the perfect way, you'll see as well on my style posts I make little mood boards at the bottom of my posts.

Hopefully by reading this you may have in common some of the style icons I look up to as your own, found some new people to take tips of their style for and find new ways of accessing fashion. Who are your style icons?

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x toni x

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

First Time For Everything

As a young and fairly new blogger, I've still been awaiting for any opportunity to really put myself out there and I had my chance recently. I got asked by my local television station if they could interview me talking about my blog and the current Christmas trends, literally I never felt so happy about being sited with this opportunity I had to take it. It was my first ever interview and I wasn't as nervous until I was informed it was being aired on the county freeview station that very night, but however I go through it and talked so much me and the presenter nearly got into over time.

As obviously not everyone has freeview or knew about it so I am happy to share my interview with you all now, I think my nerves got the better of me and you can tell in my body language but you got to keep in mind it's my first ever time doing something like this and you got to start of somewhere to get the hang of it. It was an amazing experience however and the other two girls Sarah ans Patty were fabulous.

Would like to thank That's Lancashire for this one more time and I really hope you'd invite me again for any other fashion talks.

(May not be so relevant since this was filmed back in December but do watch and enjoy)
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Saturday, 9 January 2016

1 Year of Blogging

I actually can't believe it has been a year of blogging for me, wow. I remember the days before I began telling my friends that I am going to make a blog, giving them the URL to my first introduction post. It shows how time flies and this is time just to reminisce about what's happened throughout.

I came into blogging lost and very cautious of what over people would think of me doing something like this but now I feel like I've gained so much confidence and want to explore deeper into the world of blogging. I remember when I was showing samples of clothes I've make and contemplating starting a small business, now there isn't time to make clothes but doesn't mean I'm completely stopped at that, just need to get into the rhythm and who knows maybe DIY with Toni will be making a comeback. Instead of me listing out small things lets play a game of Q&A with myself to see what's the perks and best things so far and what is there to see in the future of my fashion blog.

So what has been the best thing about blogging this year?
That has to be  getting the confidence to finally express myself to everyone. Corny I know but I've experimented more with fashion and found an identity and a personal style within my blog.

What has been something you wish to improve in your blog?
Easy, being consistant. I wish I blogged more over the years, my drafts have been crazy and I've let them stay because of time not to take photos or bloggers block. However I feel like that will change within my upcoming year of blogging.

Favourite & enjoyable post I've done?
There are a few, I personally enjoyed creating the Royal Ascot x Farfetch post as it was a great collaboration and personally had fun creating the looks. My favourite outfit post may have to be the Pink Yeti, new hair and the coat is my favorutie thing ever.

Are you thinking of rebranding yourself this year?
Personally yes, I want a name for myself by actually coming up with a new blog name instead of my name, so far I have PETITEAFCHIC which highlights the fact I am a small girl the 'AF' for my Afro (which is still currently hibernating) and chic is just to show a part of my style, also it roles of the tongue well. However I don't know what else it could be so that's currently on the drawing board.

Are you thinking of changing the style of your blog a little bit?
Most definitely, I want to improve the layout of my blog make it more professional, I'm thinking investing into a layout or even finding someone to help create myself mown personal layout. I want to also incorporate more travel and photography's posts as well and even more beauty but I will have to see what happens in the rest of the year.

What's the next big thing for you?
I have seriously been debating with creating a YouTube, I enjoy filming and editing a lot so I may se that to my advantage. I've been told I'll be good with it as well with all my enthusiasm but I know my speech is terrible but that could be something I can work on if I go in with it, also I got a new camera which will be good for vlogging so the odds are strong. 

So happy 1st birthday to my blog, I hope it grows and becomes successful and I hope you all are as excited for what's to come just like myself.

x toni x

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Midi

First post of the New Year so I begin by saying, Happy New Years to you all, I hope you are ready for the new year like I am. Not gonna make my expectations high but it will be the best year of my life (as I say every year) but it will be the biggest as I'll be becoming an adult and becoming more dependant and hopefully be travelling and doing everything I want to do. So let's get on with the first post of the
year.
I am very cautious when it comes to bodycon clothing, anything tight to my belly makes me feel uncomfortable, especially after devouring that christmas dinner: however my body confidence has gone up the slightest bit and I have said f*ck it and flaunt it. With that said, I discovered how midi length skirts can flatter your height and your figure in many ways I have gotten a little thing with them and the collection is slowly growing. I like to style them for myself with something baggy on top or tucked in. This oversized knit does the trick with this gorgeous faux suede midi skirt just coming up to my knees.
// Skirt: Missguided // Jumper: New Look // Boots: New Look//

x toni x