Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Do Not Fear The Future

fashion blogger winter outfit

Dressing in red and green to prolong what little is left of the festive vibe! 

Oh, why can't Christmas last longer! Is it still ok to eat half a box of chocolates for breakfast? How about chocolate rice crispies? Cereal is cereal!...

fashion blogger winter outfit

Unless it's a Christmas jumper, you'll have noticed that thick jumpers are not my favourite item of clothing to wear, especially if it has a wide neck. 

I'm just not a fan of winter fashion, and I'll usually try and get away with the lightest clothing as possible with a cardi thrown over it. I don't like layer upon layer and because ugh, restrictive body movement. 

layering up a winter jumper

However, if a jumper is one of my favourite colours, I'm not going to resist. Especially if I can wear it with my favourite white collar top underneath! 

And as I've got a thing for bright accessories lately (it's the one thing that gets me out of a style-rut, to be honest!) so I had to bring my red Brit-Stitch bag, from the Make It Your Own section. 

red leather bag from brit stitch

I chose a dark red for the main body of the bag, with an olive green side. When I wore my pastel green jumper from F&F with red nail polish, it was a total coincidence that it just happened to match the colours on the bag!

red leather bag from brit-stitch
black and gold ballet pump shoes

My pretty shoes are from Miss Hamptons, all the way from Spain. It says "Miss" in gold, which is a nice touch, I thought. I definitely need to wear them in a bit more!


As I am currently suffering from a case of the January blues, I've decided to stay away from dark coloured clothes for the rest of the Winter. Anything to keep me feeling a bit more positive!

So. I have finally closed down my jewellery shop which I had been running since 2008. In essence, I have quit my job. 

It was something that I'd been considering for the past 12 months. I keep telling myself that it is not big deal, but I started the business during University with money I saved up, and I continued working on it after graduation so it has been everything to me for the past five years. 


do not fear the future
Image credit: Mary Harvey
It's scary but I'm ready for something new, I'm just not sure what yet - and that's where I'm having difficulties getting my head around. I've learnt so much in that time and the silver lining is that this blog stemmed from that.

I won't waffle on, not knowing what the future holds is increasing my anxiety levels are at an all time high and there has been many sleepless nights! I should be excited for a new chapter, but I'm really quite scared. 

I took last week off from blogging to tie up lose ends and sort things out. I have a couple of exciting short-term plans lined up already but that still doesn't stop me wondering and worrying about what will happen after that. 

I must remind myself that I don't have to know everything, the future is unpredictable no matter how much we plan things out. I have to remember that worrying about something (anything) isn't going to benefit me in any way at all. 

So I have to find a way to channel that energy and change things for the better for myself. You've just got to get on with things, don't you? 

Everything will eventually be ok!

Outfit Details:
Hat ASOS / Jumper F&F / Jeans Topshop / Shoes* Miss Hamptons /  Bag* Brit-Stitch

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31 comments

  1. You look gorgeous here hun, I love the satchel! xx

    www.lurchhoundloves.com
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  2. Such a lovely bag, I really like the colour combo! You really suit fedoras. :)

    I think you've achieved so much and should definitely be proud of your store and where it took you! I feel a bit unsure about where I'm heading too and I get really anxious, but then I'm reminded about the important things in life - good health, family and friends! I'm sure we'll both find our way. Onwards and upwards! :)

    Tara xo

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  3. So brave of you Sarah, but it really does sound like a good decision, especially if you'd been pondering it for 12 months. Sometimes it's better to let new things fall into place, even if it means feeling uncertain for a while. I have every faith that you'll be a success at whatever you choose next, lovely! x

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  4. Onwards and upwards lovely lady! Great things are in your future, I'm sure of it <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  5. Don't worry, you'll figure it out, things always work out in the end. Would just be nice if we didn't need to feel so stressed and anxious on the way there!
    B x
    beabopsstylediary.com

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  6. I can relate with you!
    For once, I also hate to wear too much clothes during the winter time (right now it's freezing here and the sun is taking a long vacation...it makes me quite depressed) and I know how lost we feel when things don't turn up right...I've been having problems with school because I wasn't doing what I love and enjoy. I had to stop and take my time (which is why I'm currently learning Chinese).
    I've finally set up for what I really want and I've been working on some projects - I'm also learning how "not place the bulls ahead of the car" and let things grow with time.
    Anyway, I wanted to tell you take you shouldn't feel bad. You are an amazing person and you'll be able to find light at the end of the tunnel.

    Take care dear, have a nice day*

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  7. Super cute oufit, as usual ! x
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  8. You look so great. Totally lovin your casual look. :)

    http://yourfashiontroubleshootingguide.blogspot.com ♥

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  9. Serious bag envy here. Love the hat.

    xoxo
    Ivy
    http://www.purrpleivy.com/

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  10. I had no idea you'd closed your shop. I really wish you all the best with whatever you decide to do and I am sure it will work out for the best. I struggle with not having everything planned out too. I have just started maternity leave and I am already worrying about going back to my 60 hour a week job even though I intend to take almost a year off. I often think about a career change, but I'm just so cautious! I know what you mean about jumpers too. I feel too claustrophobic in them, but I've started wearing more. x

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  11. Stunning photos! I adore the look of them, and the bag is just gorgeous xx

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  12. woah your hair looks so beautiful in this!
    The outfit really suits you.

    www.sincerelybrionybea.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I LOVE that bag. I keep seeing so many cute Brit-Stitch bags, I really need to purchase one at some point.
    Also, that's such a brave move to take a new direction in life. Whatever you end up doing in the short-term or long-term, good luck! :)

    IAmLinderella.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Yes, the future should not be feared (and you are most certainly not a failure for wanting to try something new) xx

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  15. Love that jumper - the colour looks great on you!

    A Forte For Fashion

    x

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  16. sarah i hope you're okay! if you weren't happy you've done the right thing, and you'll be brilliant whatever life throws at you xxx

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  17. Love the red and green!

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  18. Delightful look darling, love the collar with the cable knit sweater, and those flats are so pretty!


    Elizabeth x

    www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.com

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  19. Oh Sarah, I totally didn't know you'd done that, but wow! I really admire you for taking such a huge step, that takes serious guts - I know I've never been able to walk from anything and it only ever lands me where I don't want to be! And eh, its ended on a high right, your shop was pretty amazing? Sometimes its the right time to move onto something new though, and although you might not know what that is yet, I REALLY HOPE ITS ANOTHER AWESOME THINGYMAJIG. Hope you're doing okay x

    On a lighter note, this jumper is made of win, and I'm just the same as you. Layering and lar di dar is so much effort, I get static hair, and I look like an idiot. Instead, gimmie a skirt and a shirt any time. Or something like that <3

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  20. Cute outfit, love love love the bag.
    Sorry to hear about your difficulties, I myself am going through work difficulties but I'm just trying to remain positive and realise that sometimes change is good and sometimes things are a blessing in disguise.
    Don't fear the future, let's embrace it!

    Kelly x
    Win Topshop Beauty Editors Pick

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  21. Gorgeous jumper, I love these two toned woolen items that are everywhere atm, hope I can get my hands on a jumper before it's too late!
    Raffles Bizarre Blog

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  22. Well done you for being brave enough to make that decision. If it was something that wasn't making you happy anymore, then it's definitely the right thing to do. Like the saying goes, everything will be ok in the end, if it's not ok, it's not the end. You need to take some time out and figure out where you want to go from here, no rushing into anything, just take a breather and have a think about it. And try to stop worrying!! I'm a worrier too, so I know it's easier said than done. But as you said, you can't predict the future and everything happens for a reason. It will all fall into place lovely. Whilst you're pondering things over, it's definitely still ok to eat chocolate for breakfast or chocolate cereal or even cake! It's still Winter after all haha. It's hard to adjust to not eating chocolates all the time, there was a big box of chocolates in work yesterday and it was like a relief to eat them again in the middle of the day (definitely need some adjusting!). That aside, you look beautiful as always Sarah, I love the colours in your jumper and the way you layered it over your white collar. My white collar top is a lifesaver, I wear it all the time for work underneath jumpers. Wishing you the best of luck in whatever you decide to do :) xxx

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  23. Everything will be ok.;) I'm kind of scared of the future too, because I want something to do,but I'm so scared it would became a failure and everyone would be disappointed in me...
    Well, that's hardships we have to overcame.:)
    Muilo Burbulai

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  24. My favourite post so far, my lovely!
    LOVE the outfit!
    x

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  25. Your pictures look so sophisticated <3
    I don't think that it looks christmas-y. It's very fresh actually and I really like that ^.^

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  26. Of course you feel anxious and having sleepless nights, you've just said goodbye to a big part of your life! But there were obviously reasons for doing it and even though it might not happen immediately, everything happens for a reason and I have no doubt you'll be successful in your next venture judging by the popularity of your shop and blog.

    My favourite saying which helps keep me going through tough times is 'everything will be ok in the end. And if it's not ok, it's not the end'. I hope you find it useful too.

    Now onto the more shallow subject of your bag! It's so cute! Love the colour and looks very good quality. Bright accessories are a favourite of mine too :-)

    Best of luck with your future endeavours Sarah!

    xx

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  27. It's a shame you had to close it down! I remember my younger self when your shop was new and marvelling over jewellery that I never knew I had an interest in. However it is good that you want to do something new :) It is frightening I know but by the end of the year I bet you'll be posting about how well things have gone and all the things you have achieved. Good luck!

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  28. This jumper is so lovely, Tesco have such lovely clothing! I think it's really brave of you to start something new Sarah and even though I will miss your jewellery shop as it had such cute pieces I think the future will be very bright for you and bring many more exciting ventures :) xx

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  29. You are so cute on the first pic! I'm a big fan of hats and that one looks great on you! The jumper is absolutely gorgeous!

    End of tenancy cleaners London

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  30. Sounds like exciting times ahead for you, amazing bravery to shut down something that's been so important to you, but kudos for having some thought to what next. Much love as ever and you look freakin amazing in that jumper and the shoes are to bloody die for.

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