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Things I Learned From Instagram This Week

…that I really must get myself down to DIFC’s newly-opened Firebird Diner to stuff my face with their Elvis French Toast, comprising peanut butter, caramelised bananas and lemon creme. Worthy of the name by the sounds of things.

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Discovered via @jadestyledirector

…that Hannah Al Rasekh is my newest crush – in many, many ways. Wardrobe, mainly. See also: life/ career/ interiors. If it sounds creepy, it’s because it is.

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Discovered via @hannahrasekh_official

…that a Cereal Killer Cafe is opening in Dubai – next month, no less. I can’t imagine it will incite riots in quite the same way as it did in Old Street, but I might get a bit lairy if they run out of chocolate milk and marshmallow toppings.

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Discovered via @cerealkillercafe

…that Rough Rugs is my new favourite way to spend money I don’t have. The Rotterdam-based brand do a mighty fine line in keffiyeh dresses, printed bomber jackets, customised army coverups (like the one in the holding picture above) and even some pretty sweet woven pillows and rugs too.

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Discovered via @roughrugs

…that @shesvague is the new @gabriel_held. MARK MY WORDS, the perma-tanned, Juicy Couture-d, supremely bedazzled heydays of Paris, Nicole and X-tina Aguilera are on their way back, in no small way pioneered by NYC stylist Gabriel Held and, my newest obsession, She’s Vague. She describes herself as a bored, wealthy housewife living in Melbourne although I’m not entirely sure she’s not actually just me using the other 90% of my brain whilst I’m asleep.

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Discovered via @shesvague

Think You Can, Think You Can’t. Either Way, You’re Right

 Olivia Phillips beach Indonesia boat

I was asked to do a few blogs for Stylist’s website (you can check them out here should you be so inclined), and since I’m writing to represent the ‘career climber’ tribe (•cough•), I naturally had a few words to say about my new-found funemployment. Here they are, below…

I’ve never questioned my dedication to my career. It always seemed like the most natural thing in the world to want to have a goal in mind and go after it relentlessly. My parents, despite not particularly being cut from that kind of cloth, were instrumental in that they supported me every step of the way. They even allowed me to live at home for longer than was probably wise while I suffered the unpaid internships deemed necessary to break into the fashion industry. It wasn’t completely out of character, then, when I decided to make the leap from full time at Stylist magazine to fully-fledged freelancer; a career move that I thought of as empowering, if a little reckless. Still, exciting all the same.

The older I’ve got the more I’ve realised the meaning in creating something of your own, and the importance of constantly challenging yourself to progress and grow into who you really want to become. Cheesy, yes, but true nonetheless.
A leap of faith was required, a gamble and a prayer, but there are three mantras that have kept me going when I’ve woken up in cold sweats, plagued with self-doubt and wondering what the hell I was thinking…
1. “Think you can, think you can’t. Either way, you’re right.” Henry Ford said that. I’m ever-so-slightly ashamed to say that the first time I came across it was on Twitter. Regardless, it’s a quote that stuck with me and I love it’s pithy accuracy. It reminds me of the importance of positive thinking and having faith in yourself.
2. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.” This little gem was written by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female President. And yes, I discovered this via another extremely high-brow source; Pinterest. To me it means that a little fear is good, it keeps you moving forward.
3. “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” So said golfer Gary Player. I’m inclined to agree. I think that a total belief in fate can be dangerous; if you want something, graft until you get it – don’t wait for it to fall into your lap. That, and be nice. Simple, effective and brilliantly summarised in Anthony Burrill’s poster that now hangs in my makeshift home office. (See below).
Anthony Burrill Work Hard
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I’ll go now before I start quoting ‘with great power comes great responsibility’…

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And finally (well done to the stoic among you who actually scrolled to the end), this little number. I found it on Pinterest ages ago and have no idea where I can buy it. A drink to the first person who can tell me.

Inspire Me

It’s London Fashion Week Eve Eve. For me, this means three things. One; street style blog stalking like a maniac. Two; the slow but horrifying realisation that I own nothing of any real sartorial value. And three; wishing I’d had time to paint my nails/ get a spray tan/ stop eating.
Yes, I am every form of terrible fashion girl cliche. The worst bit? There are hundreds of us…
Outfit inspiration below. Sources: everywhere.