Wednesday, 31 December 2014

✦♢ 2015 Goals ♢✦

It’s been such an incredible year this year, one with it’s ups and downs of course, but there’s been so many great things, and I’m looking forward to making 2015 even better. Looking back on 2014, I'm so grateful for everything that's happened. I’ve achieved things I never thought were possible and that I could do. Things like, modelling for Urban Outfitters and being on their homepage, building up my own vintage business and it being a success, (still having to pinch myself), having the chance to work with some of my favourite brands, becoming vegetarian, for me it’s been such a year of change, and mostly change in a really good way. I’ve learnt so much, and I’m still learning. But there’s still lots of things that I feel do still need some work in regards to myself. So, some of my goals for 2015, in no particular order are:

Stop taking things so personally.
Running my own business I put my heart and soul into everything I do so I do find it incredibly tough if anything is criticised, and I know I should never take it as a personal insult but sometimes I can’t help it, so I need to remember it’s not and it never is, and to learn to let things go too.

Have more confidence in myself.
I’m full of self doubt and anxiety a lot of the time and I know this is something I massively need to work on, which I need to start with learning to love myself and being comfortable in my own skin, and being really proud of my achievements instead of constantly criticising myself. I’m such a perfectionist which doesn’t help either, so I know I need to let the little things go and not be so hard on myself.

Take time to relax-make time for family and friends
Being self employed, this is such an important one for me, especially towards the end of this year where I was working non-stop day and night, and felt I couldn’t take a break. Deep breaths and to also remember, it can wait. It's not the end of the world if something doesn't get finished until the morning. it’s so important to take time out to recharge otherwise you’ll just burn out. Make time to see friends that I don’t see very often, even if it mean sacrificing a few hours of work, being around those you love and spending time with them is so much more important.

Stop Procrastinating/Be More time efficient and productive
I’m the queen of putting things off, and it’s usually because I’m too scared to face them. Which sounds so silly I know. For example, I'll open emails and being so busy, I'll start to panic about what to reply and what to say, and think to myself, oh it's ok, I’ll just reply after a few days, which then turns into weeks, or just never finding the time to which is awful. This I know again is a confidence issue, I need to just reply straight away, and to not being scared of saying no, to be honest or to turn things down either. The same goes with posting on here and my work in general. I always, always leave things until the last minute which puts me under stress that I don’t need and that needs to stop. Productivity is key for me in 2015.

Put myself out there more- Being more socially active on social media
I do love social media, instagram is my favourite and having two accounts means I really love to spend time making my photos look great, and I love getting really creative with them. However I do need to push myself to interact more and comment more on other instagrammers/blogs I love, my excuse is always that I’m too busy, but I do want to take the make new connections and new friends. Talk to more people! And to make sure I try my best to reply to all questions/comments. The same goes for twitter and my blog too. I am such a private person but I know I need to put myself out there more.

Staying true to myself
Of course although social media is great, I find it’s very easy when I’m feeling down to start constantly comparing myself to others and feeling like I’m not good enough, my style isn’t the same, my blogs not right etc etc. It’s so easy to get distracted by thoughts like this and in turn it leads me into negative thinking about myself. I do sometimes forget that it doesn’t and shouldn’t matter what anyone else thinks, this is my blog/twitter/instagram and I should just post what I love, what I love to wear, and stay true to what I wear/like/believe in, instead of getting distracted and allowing myself to care too much what others think and what I think I should be doing instead of what I want to be doing. Never be afraid to be myself and staying individual.

Rid myself of any negativity in my life 
I’ve already done this quite a bit in my life so far, as i've gotten older I've removed myself from friendship groups that made me really unhappy and was a constant source of negativity, but to now I need to make sure I’m not around anyone that has negative energy, and the same goes for my own thoughts and energy. I need to stop being negative in my attitude, think positively and surround myself with positive people that make me want to better myself.

Happy New Year!
What are your goals for 2015?


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

✩ Happy Christmas Eve! ✩

Bell Bottoms: Novella Royale
Fringe Vest: Vintage from Texas
Jumper: Somedays Lovin via Out and About Sample Sale
Bralet: Free People
Necklaces: IDA* and Waiste Vintage
Boots: Ash
Hat: catarzi via ASOS

Merry Christmas! I thought this outfit has a slightly festive feel to it. I finally got my hands on not one, but three(!) pairs of Novella Royale Bells, thanks to their incredible 50% off Black Friday sale and they are amazing, they fit like a dream. I've got to wait until my birthday for the next pairs though. I'm so in love the print on these, it's weird finally owning a pair after seeing them on so many of my favourite american bloggers/instagrammers.

London, I'm not sure if you're ready for these yet, but I don't care, I'm going to be wearing these as much as possible!

A very Merry Christmas to all my lovely readers, I hope your christmas is filled with magic and sparkle. See you on the other side.

Monday, 22 December 2014

❈ Home Details ❈ (Picture Heavy Post) ❈

Now that I've got some free time to step back, relax, and really look at this blog, I thought it would be time to have another home post. This year, because I've been so focused on building my vintage brand, although I do love blogging, it's more something I love to do occasionally when I've got the time. I've found that more often than not, it has become too easy to just post when I have to, rather than what I want to. I don't feel as though this blog is a reflection of myself and my personality as much as it could be, and so I've promised myself in the new year I will take the time to start to create content that is and really spend time making this blog special, and I will post because I want to.

I'm such a perfectionist too, I always get asked so often if I'd do a home post and I always said I wanted to wait until we had everything finished in the flat until I did, as I feel as though this is quite a personal thing to post. But we still haven't and I know that if I don't do this post now, I probably never would. Even now I'm still thinking... is this good enough, I should have taken more pictures of such a such a thing...etc... honestly the negative voice in my head just won't shut up sometimes. This is the first time my boyfriend and I have lived together, it may be small but it's a special place. So when we moved in he gave me free reign of the decorating (although I always still asked him first) and almost everything you see above has been thrifted, sourced from vintage and antique shops, found at carboots or on eBay. I've never decorated a whole flat before and I wanted it to have a little character. Throughout the ongoing process it's been so much fun hunting for treasures, and I've realised what's worked and what hasn't, and I'm still learning. I'm still looking for that perfect vintage sofa too.

I have posted a little about about my flat before, you can see previous posts that include bits of my flat here and here too. But all the images above I've collected from my laptop, tumblr and phone, they are little snippets of it's progress, taken throughout the 7 months my boyfriend and I have lived in our flat. Because I'm currently staying in my childhood home for Christmas, there's so much more I want to photograph but I can't, and that's probably a good thing anyway as I can save those ideas for another home post later instead. There's so much more I want to do, but it's finally starting to feel like home. If you want to see even more, come follow me on instagram: @sara_waiste

Sunday, 21 December 2014

✿ 70s Sundays ✿

Skirt, crochet blanket Waistcoat: Waiste Vintage
Boots: Ash
Crop Top: Missguided*
Necklace: Rock n Rose*

Spending a lazy Sunday listening to the Velvet Underground of course. The late 60s early 70s will always be, in my opinion , the absolute best decades of both music and style. I'm not one for following any trends or fashion or 'what's in right now', my style is just me regardless of what's 'in' or not, if I like it, I'll wear it, I dress for me. Of course the 70s style is a great love of mine, vintage pieces making up a lot of my wardrobe of course.

Obviously there has been a recent resurgence into the 70s trends (thanks a lot Saint Laurent) which was bound to happen again sooner or later, although it's great for business and the fact I can buy bell bottoms that fit properly, it does actually annoy me in the fact that I really don't want to see cheap knockoff mass produced highstreet pieces of iconic styles everywhere. Cheap mass produced crochet/penny lane style coats are my ultimate pet hate. 

I just think if you're going to do a trend, do it right. Buy vintage. Not only are you buying a completely one off unique piece that has lived through that very decade (and if could talk think what tales it could tell) you're also helping the environment and looking awesome in the process. Now I think that's pretty cool. And if you can't find vintage versions of the pieces you want, try and shop at ethical, independent or handmade clothing companies instead, there's some great ones out there, especially 70s inspired, I might do a post on them in the future. 
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