Life Lately- January 2013

life lately

Pics taken from my Instagram, @misshollieb.

Somehow, it has been an absolute age since I blogged but time away from it has made me realise just how much damn hard work running a blog is and I take my fedora off to the likes of Louise, Alison and Alice who manage to run hugely successful blogs whilst also having small children. Ladies, you are Internet Super Women!

I thought now would be a good time to reflect on the last six months. When I last blogged, I was nearing deadline day on my degree (hence blogging. Because procrastinating). Now, in 2014, I’m a graduate and a full time working person with a real life actual job that people pay me to do. There’s even an office dog, for Christ’s sake! Basically, life got good.

Picture 1 is of me in Waterstones after a gin fuelled afternoon. At the time, I thought taking this photograph was the funniest thing ever. No, I don’t know why either…

Working full time means I now appreciate the weekends more than I ever did when I was a student or freelancing. Six months ago I’d be up at 8am to go shopping and run errands and go out and “seize the day” or whatever that means. Now it’s all about the long lie-ins and contemplating how the hell weekends go so damn fast. And gin. Have I said gin too much already?

The third picture is the office dog. Enough said.

In September time I went on Sky News (most nerve-wracking thing EVER!) and spoke about the latest infertility breakthrough. My face was shown around the world so I apologise to any Aussies that may have seen that face just as they were about to go to bed.

Following on from Sky, I discussed the same topic with Radio Five Live which meant sitting in a little studio in BBC Nottingham where, incidentally, one of my favourite YouTube ladies works! If you’re not following TalkBeckyTalk, go do so right now!

As ever, despite the long working days and the weekends hiding from the world in a onesie, I’m still as much of a beauty addict and I adore this recent NOTD. Sadly, I can’t for the life of me remember for the life of me the name or brand of the polishes. Useful, aren’t I?

Christmas this year was filled with parties, too much champagne and lots of dressing up. Going to the Zeebox UK party at The Savoy was a particular highlight and the Notts TV cocktail at my work party was to die for!

Finally, I started 2014 off celebrating seven years with Mr M. He is nice.

So here’s to a new era of Life of a Digital Girl- one with more NOTDs, OOTDs and OMGIADOGDs (that’s an “Oh My God, I am dying of gin” day). Thanks to everyone who has read the blog in the past, I hope you’ll stick with me as I find my feet once more.


Creating a new work wardrobe

In the style of Sprinkle of Glitter, ALOHA!

Wow, what a busy few months it’s been. Firstly, I’ve finished university and will graduate in November. It feels slightly surreal not to be spending days swamped with Indesign, Photoshop and on WGSN and I have to admit that I miss it.

Moving on from university, I’m now working freelance as a social media manager and content producer and I’ve been working with some really exciting clients which I hope to be able to tell you more about in the future.

Thinking about being freelance has got me thinking about my work wardrobe, or what could be considered a work wardrobe. When you’re freelance and more often than not working from home, it’s so easy to chuck on a university hoody, pj bottoms and no make-up and expect to see no-one but the postman who has already seen you looking rough about fifteen million times. But I want a smarter look, to reconsider my purchasing habits and to stop buying so much loungewear with the rationalisation that I can wear it during the day as well as in the evening.

My friend Rachel runs the brilliant Notes From My Closet blog and she’s been doing an investment closet project where she allows herself a set budget per month and tries to buy clothing which are better quality and fit with the rest of her wardrobe. Having just finished university and being in the early days of freelancing, I’m limited on budget but I can make much more care when buying clothing from the high street and what I wear on a day to day basis. I’ll soon be making a huge effort to sort my wardrobe and give to charity the clothing I don’t wear.

For me, things like slim fit trousers and jeans work well with a nice chiffon shirt or a soft jersey camisole with a maxi skirt and a long necklace. By carefully selecting my colours and styles rather than going “Ohh, pretty!” to everything Primark has to offer, I can create a work wardrobe that works for both freelancing from home and days I have to be out and about meeting clients.

With this in mind, I’ve made a mood board to showcase my working from home style and how I intend on dressing from now on.

Working from home outfit

Do you work from home? What are your top tips for dressing smart?