I’ve become a hat person | Favourite ASOS Hats

Hello my lovely people! I hope you are well :) I’m sat at home looking after my ‘pawly’ cat (she broke her leg… well done Paloma!), so I decided to write a good old fashion blog post. Recently I’ve become a hat person. I’ve fallen in love with the whole ‘floppy hat on the back of your head’ vibe and the messy hair that sits underneath it. I blame Suki Waterhouse mainly… *sigh*

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When a code from ASOS slipped into my inbox last Saturday night, I grabbed the opportunity to buy something sneaky from my Saved Items. The code was 30% off for Premier members (it’s a dead code now, sorry!), so I had a browse and decided to cave in and give them my ££ for a new floppy hat. Ever since I got my summer one, I’ve loved wearing it, so a winter version didn’t seem too bad an idea. The code made my purchase a lot cheaper, so I grabbed this basic felt floppy hat for just £14, and I’ve worn it a lot already! It’s the perfect size to wear properly, or on the back of my head like I mentioned earlier. What do you think? I’m loving it personally.

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I decided to have another browse, just for you guys, and pick out some of my favourite styles in the ASOS hats section (I promise this isn’t sponsored, you guys know I love their stuff). There are some cheaper ones on there, and some more pricey versions, so if you like the look of one, just click the numbers above. My favourites are probably the blue fedora from Whistles, the kitty cat beanie and grey fedora with the braid detail. They’re all very autumnal even though it’s still pretty sunny, but I love them nonetheless. I’m definitely classing myself as a hat person now… are you?

Speaking of hats, you might be needing a new outfit for a wedding or prom, and want to wear a nice hat or fascinatior but still haven’t got the right dress. Why not check out TopWedding‘s selection of party and cocktail dresses? (This is a sponsored link. Full disclaimer here.)

Psst. It’s only one week until my new site design launches! Eeep! :D

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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5 Reasons Why You Should Start A Blog

Ever since I did my LFW At Home post, I’ve been really inspired to do ‘list posts’. I find them a really easy read on other blogs, so I thought why not do another? Today though, I thought I would talk about blogging. I get so many questions about blogging whether it be on Twitter, Instagram or by email, you guys just want to know the ins and outs of blogging. So today is for those thinking of starting their own blog, or perhaps for those who are new bloggers who just ‘don’t see the point’.

5 Reasons Why You Should Start A Blog

1. It’s a hobby…

Blogging is a fabulous hobby. In fact, it’s more than a hobby, it’s a project. That’s exactly why I started mine, for something to do in the summertime. Okay, it is a bit like a full time hobby at times, but that is if you want it to ‘lead somewhere’. Blogging has no rules, and I think that is something we ignore… You can write and do whatever you want! I believe in this little circle of beauty, lifestyle and fashion bloggers, we forget that we’re not the only bloggers. There are science, art, language, relationship, university and whatever you want bloggers! You can blog when you want, what you want and how you want… It’s just like every other hobby, there are no boundaries!

2. It’s a learning curve…

There are so many things you can learn from blogging. It’s not just writing like you might think… Blogging teaches you about language, grammar and spelling, social media, PR, coding, site design, photography, culture, admin and management, the blog topic you write about, and believe it or not, yourself! Now if that isn’t making you want to start a blog, then I don’t know what else will. I didn’t even know that brands sent products to people before I started! I had literally no idea what a page rank was and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would know what an f/ stop was either!

3. You can gain new connections…

Whether it be new friends or possibly your future boss, blogging opens thousands of new doors. Even just tweeting in Twitter chats starts a conversation with a new group of people, and just like in ‘real life’ this can lead to even more. I have met and chatted to loads of lovely people from all around the world who genuinely support me and want to help out in making my goal become a reality. I’ve worked with brands who I used to shop at all the time, and I have made some amazing friends.

4. You can record your life…

Just like a diary, a blog means you can look back on all the memories you have captured and shared. This can be fashion related, so you can see all the outfits you have recorded over the years, or lifestyle related, with all the days out that you took your readers on. I’m most looking forward to seeing how my style has developed, which is such a nice benefit to writing this site!

5. It has it’s rewards…

I’m not going to lie, I like to be honest so… I enjoy getting freebies from time to time. This isn’t a reason to start a blog… at all. It’s just a bonus, us bloggers have to be upfront and say we enjoy receiving parcels. If you want to, and once you get to a certain stage, brands will be interested in sending you things to try out. If you start a blog for this reason.. well it will be obvious and most likely people will just think of you as a freebie hoarder. Also not really a ‘reason to start a blog’, but a bonus, is the opportunities you get, including being in magazines, on TV, radio and designing things with brands. These things don’t come easy though, you have to work hard for them, and I really want to make it clear that these things are bonuses

I hope you enjoyed this short little insight into why many people start blogging. I honestly couldn’t say a bad word about blogging. It has made me look at certain things in life in a new way and made me such a more care free person. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have made my blogging journey a whole lot better, you guys rock!

Psst.. 10 days until the launch of my new blog design! Eeee! You can see a snippet on my Instagram! Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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My Style: A Little Transitional Outfit for Autumn*

Well hello there my friend! I’m back with another outfit! Excuse the different editing of these images (if you can tell…) but I’m deciding on what works best for me so you might see different styles in the next few My Style posts. Speaking of different styles… this outfit is quite a different style for me! It’s quite a transitional one… not much colour, but I like it nonetheless and I hope you do too! :)

Transitional outfit for autumn new look johnnie b boden

Transitional outfit for autumn new look johnnie b boden

Transitional outfit for autumn new look johnnie b boden

What I Wore: Fluffy Faux Feather Jacket (Matalan), Lace Hem Breton Top (Johnnie B – Sold Out)*, Mom Jeans (Jumble Sale), Cat Ear Bowler Hat (Claire’s)* & Blue Folk Print Hi-Tops £15.99 (New Look)*

I told you it was a slightly different outfit than usual! Where the heck has the colour gone?! I think sometimes it is refreshing to change it up though, especially since I basically wear colour 9 til’ 5. Claire’s sent me this adorable cat ear bowler hat (which I believe is from the new Katy Perry collection), and I new straight away I had to whack out my old Matalan jacket… which wasn’t quite as ‘cropped’ when I first got it… if you know what I mean ;) It was also another reason to brave wearing black/grey with navy… it worked out alright in the end!

Transitional outfit for autumn new look johnnie b boden

Transitional outfit for autumn new look johnnie b boden

Transitional outfit for autumn new look johnnie b boden

Transitional outfit for autumn new look johnnie b boden

How cute is the hat though?! My brother doesn’t like it, and to be honest I never knew it would suit me, but it’s definitely won me over. The ears add that cuteness, and the grey/black shade adds that touch of sophistication. I wear it on the back of my head and swoop my hair back into miniature curtains and I love it! The colour also compliments not only my skin tone, but also my hair colour… what do you think of it? Ooh, and let’s not forget the cute little Breton top that I chose from Johnnie B. You can never have too many striped tops! It’s a slightly wider fit than I would usually go for, but it looks really casual of jeans or a flowy skirt. The lace adds a really nice touch too, especially layered over tulle.

Let’s talk shoes! I’ve had these for a while now from New Look, and they are super duper comfy! I always tend to wear these with jeans because they look awesome with them. The paisley print is such a nice touch too.

Transitional outfit for autumn new look johnnie b boden

Transitional outfit for autumn new look johnnie b boden

Transitional outfit for autumn new look johnnie b boden

Ahh Autumn, I’m glad you are back! Although it means it’s time for thick tights and cold noses (and toes!), it also means it’s nearly Christmas… and then nearly 2015! I think this outfit has made me realise that I need to take this season to rediscover some gems in my wardrobe and perhaps replace them with a few new items. Are you feeling the same? Tell me!

Before you go though, I have some news! I can finally say that Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion is getting a re-design! Eeee! :D I’m going to be launching it on the 25th October 2014. That means my site will probably be down for maintenance on the 24th, but do not fear, it’s for the good! I am SO excited now… it’s all coming together so so well! It’s going to be a big change but I hope you like it! The countdown begins… Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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The Ultimate Guide To Being a Teenager 2.0

1 year ago exactly (even at the same time!) I published ‘The Ultimate Guide To Being A Teenager’. If you don’t know what it was, it was basically a little advice post for teens and people who are of a similar age to me. In the end it was really successful and ended up not just helping teens, but older people too :) I know I’m only 14, I haven’t experienced everything yet, but I personally think it is so helpful to hear opinions from somebody your own age. Sometimes you don’t want to necessarily turn to your friends or your family, you want some new ideas that could help you, so that’s why I decided to write it.

The Ultimate Guide To Being a Teenager 2.0 Positivity Motivation Believing In Yourself

Yup, I did it again! I’ve written ‘The Ultimate Guide To Being A Teenager 2.0:D Dah-dah! This time around, instead of focusing on things like looks and physical stuff, I’ve focused mainly on mental topics like motivation and positivity. It’s one of those things which isn’t touched on that much in my opinion, so I gave it some thought. Just like last time, the whole ‘guide’ is on a separate page, so if you do want read it, click here or on the image above! This obviously isn’t a ‘how to be a perfect human’ article, it’s just a few of my thoughts. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts and feedback as I always love hearing it on things like this. I’m thinking of doing this annually on October 5th… what do you think!? Eee, I hope you enjoy it! There is also 2 FREE iPhone & iPad backgrounds for you to download! Aren’t I nice?!

Want to read The Ultimate Guide To Being a Teenager 1.0? Click here. Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Scrap Social #2: Experimenting With Texture

Wahey! It’s time for my next scrapbook round-up! If you didn’t catch Scrap Social #1, then makes sure to do that! Basically for you new people around here (hiiiii), it’s a little project I started to get me off the internet from time-to-time… with sharing being the ‘social’ part. You guys seemed to really like the first one, so here’s another… Like before, most cuttings are from different magazines and catalogues.

how to fill a scrapbook scrap social

how to fill a scrapbook scrap social

These four pages are generally quite similar in style to those of the first post. They’re quite full, they have lots of doodles and are quite fresh and cute. I really like the sort of ‘Lazy Oaf’, cartoon style vibe that the first page (page 12 to be precise) brings and the contrast of pages 14 & 15. They’re fun, and they all inspiring for different moods. Those love hearts took me a while to doodle in though! :)

how to fill a scrapbook scrap social

how to fill a scrapbook scrap social

I then sort of randomly went for a more minimalist feel and basically started to stick things on top of each other… random yes, but I like it. I especially love the sort of metallic, liquid metal page. The other page was really an experiment with texture, with a cut of piece of a Topshop sunglasses case, which adds a cool effect. Anything random can come together in it’s own unique way, it really is just a case (I’m so funny) of trying everything out. I added even more texture with some gold stars… I love the way the blue fluffy coat in this editorial picture contrasts with the black doodles. The Whitepepper magazine came in handy for this weird abstract page. Doodling things which would ‘make sense’ seems to work… like the wet dripping hair.

how to fill a scrapbook scrap social

how to fill a scrapbook scrap social

These 2 pages are probably my favourite out of this selection. I just love the way they look together. For the first page I used a Celine advert, cutting a section from it out, and covering the white in doodle flowers (I do love them!) It creates a really nice feel and I think it will be great for inspiration. The next page really is a ‘scrapbook’ page… I used scraps from my scrapbook, tearing them up and sticking them in random places. I then dripped black watercolour over it and I am so pleased! The pieces of torn paper are only stuck down in one place so they over lap and ping up. I just love it! What do you think? I definitely want to experiment with texture some more.

how to fill a scrapbook scrap social

how to fill a scrapbook scrap social

The last page of this Scrap Social post is slightly more obscure. It’s a mix between love and Bohemia… weird or what. I’m not 100% sure on the kissing page… it’s very odd but maybe that’s the beauty of it. The other page is cute though, it’s young and fresh and it all matches nicely. I love the way it all ties in together.

What did you think of this #ScrapSocial post? Which was your favourite page? Do let me know in the comments below! Don’t forget to share your scrapbook photos with the hashtag #ScrapSocial :) See you soon!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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My Style: Tennis Court & Dr Martens*

Eeeee! I am so excited to share these pictures with you! Yesterday we found an old abandoned tennis court (it was at the top of a weird path at the top of a hill), and my outfit seemed to fit the setting really well and it came out with a really cool urban/grunge vibe. I’m really inspired by fashion editorials and the way they are done at the moment so sorry for the photo spam! I really hope you like these as much as I do! :D If you want to see where everything is from etc, scroll through the pictures to the end…

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ootd photoshoot fashion blog violet mirror dr martens cool kids club asos

ootd photoshoot fashion blog violet mirror dr martens cool kids club asos

ootd photoshoot fashion blog violet mirror dr martens cool kids club asos

ootd photoshoot fashion blog violet mirror dr martens cool kids club asos

ootd photoshoot fashion blog violet mirror dr martens cool kids club asos

ootd photoshoot fashion blog violet mirror dr martens cool kids club asos

ootd photoshoot fashion blog violet mirror dr martens cool kids club asos

ootd photoshoot fashion blog violet mirror dr martens cool kids club asos

ootd photoshoot fashion blog violet mirror dr martens cool kids club asos

ootd photoshoot fashion blog violet mirror dr martens cool kids club asos

ootd photoshoot fashion blog violet mirror dr martens cool kids club asos

What I Wore: Cool Kids Club Sweatshirt (ASOS), White Star Print Blouse (Jumble Sale), Pleated Skirt (H&M Girls), Socks (FOX) & Dr Marten Pascal Mirror Shift Suede Boots (Mastershoe-MyShu)*

Dah-dah! I’m just SO pleased with how the photos came out! I don’t care if that sounds vain, but it’s just exciting when something comes together, especially when it’s spontaneous! I also absolutely love this outfit too, it’s quite autumnal I suppose, but it feels right now that the leaves are changing. You might recognise this jumper from my LFW outfit ideas… I finally caved in and purchased it after I found a 20% off code, hooray! I adore it.

I also adore my new Dr Martens… they’re SHINY! They’re beautiful. They’re the kind of iridescent metallic that looks different at every angle, I’m actually obsessed and can’t stop looking at them all the time. I highly recommend visiting the Mastershoe-MyShu website also, because they have a fabulous range of shoes, and loads of brands… plus they are super lovely, supportive people too. May I add that the socks I am wearing are the best kind of socks for Dr Martens, ever. They’re not too thick or too thin, just perfect!

What do you think of this outfit and this kind of post? Did you like the pictures? Let me know in a comment below, I love to know your thoughts! :)

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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