How I got here…

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So let’s start with “Hi”

My name is Allie, I am a thirty something Mum of two children, a daughter aged 7 and a son aged 4. I am an East End girl  but now live in Essex with my family, our two cats and a crazy Cocker Spaniel. Life is good.

So I guess you could say I have recently been on a journey of rediscovery. It all begun when I started an Instagram blog as a place to express myself and channel my creativity, as well as develop my sense of style. I never dreamed I would find a community of similar minded people who not only empower each other but continuously inspire me! This discovery has given me the confidence to put pen to paper and start a blog. I hope you enjoy it…

I have always dabbled in all things creative, a keen writer, an enthusiastic doodler and a trier of crafts, but my heart lies with fashion. I love clothes. I love the power they give you to express who you are and how you feel. Putting outfits together has always been a keen hobby of mine and I’ve found it to be a real form of escapism. I recently came across a notebook of mine from my late teens, it was full of carefully planned outfits to match the list of the week’s events. My #ootd (outfit of the day) in effect, I was so ahead of my time!

Having my children has been the most amazing experience of my life but for a time it completely altered my sense of identity. Although my children completed me in a way that I never knew before, I also felt out of touch with myself as an individual. It may sound dramatic, but I felt like I needed to find a way to reunite the two sides and feel whole again.  I’m sure others can relate to the feeling of loss over the carefree person you used to be prior to motherhood. Then there comes the guilt for feeling that way, no one tells you about the guilt. From this ongoing journey, I have learned to accept that motherhood comes with a bucketful of guilt, however I have also come to realise that a happy mum equals happy children. Looking back I was once a confident twenty something who strutted around the streets of London, often wearing the most amazing vintage pieces, the quirkier, the better. I was definitely not a wallflower! Fast forward to motherhood in the suburbs and I begun to feel disconnected from myself. I relished my new role as a mother and threw myself into it with great gusto, however the creative side of my personality had been sidelined (finger painting and imaginary tea parties notwithstanding) the pull  of fashion as fun rather than just practical was calling me.

I begun admiring/lurking on a few Instagram accounts and found the women so at ease with themselves, it inspired me to start my own. I was hooked immediately! The outfit planning, the shopping discussions, being able to relate so well and the feeling that I could indulge in this part of my life again, filled me with so much positivity. It felt like an awakening!

So here we are, I hope to share my love of fashion, as well as the roller coaster that is motherhood. I really do hope you enjoyed reading and would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you so much x

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10 thoughts on “How I got here…

  1. I loved reading all about how you came to start your blog and I can relate to it almost in its entirity!

    Well done for getting going I will be following you avidly.

    Mrs Magpie x

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  2. I’m soo pleased you’ve started a blog!its fantastic!I thoroughly enjoyed reading your first post!
    I could relate to pretty much everything you said!
    Last year I suffered with anxiety and I found reading blogs and checking out outfit ideas was a real escapism.ive always been so confident and loved fashion and since falling in love with Instagram it’s helped me remember myself 🙂 I love the outfits you put together. Can’t wait for the next post xx

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    1. I can’t tell you what that means. I can totally relate to what you are saying and so pleased that I have found such a wonderful community of people who champion eachother 😘😘

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