Wednesday, 28 October 2015

OVER THE KNEE BOOTS






Over the knee boots are a big trend this season. It’s a style I’m always crazy for come autumn; I think they look amazing with dresses and mini skirts, and have the added bonus of keeping your legs warm when it’s cold out. 
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Sunday, 25 October 2015

MEET MY NEW A/W COAT








Autumn is my absolute favourite season for fashion. The (faux) fur, the comfy knitwear, the layering, the boots! The thing I look forward to most though is shopping for a new coat for the colder months. Unfortunately, I always want far too many and struggle to narrow it down and choose one. This year, however, I saw this scrumptious beauty back in late August and immediately knew I had to have it. Last week it was finally cold enough to whip it out and take it for a spin.  Boy, am I in love. Now, I really struggle with the cold. For some reason, since getting ill my circulation has gone really bad and I’m always cold, my hands and feet especially. And when the cold weather hits it really affects me. So it’s important that I have a warm coat, preferably with big pockets to warm my hands in when I forget to wear gloves (all the time), and something that is still stylish and on trend. This Borg coat is perfect on all fronts for me and ticks all my boxes. It’s so warm and comfy cosy, I refer to it as my teddy bear coat. It’s so snuggly even Angel has tried claiming it, twice now I’ve left the room with the coat on my bed and I’ve come back to find her curled up on it. She aint dumb, that’s for sure, she always finds the comfiest places to sleep. It’s oversized shape and neutral colour is right on trend for this season, which is full of oversized and comfy textured coats. Shearling and faux fur are the most common options, but this Borg material is a winner. To top it off it has a contrast faux fur collar which is just adorable. I love me some faux fur!

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Friday, 23 October 2015

FASHION





Fashion means everything to me. It always has. It makes me happy. It’s how I express myself, who I am, how I’m feeling. It makes my heart giddy when I find something I just have to have and I’ve fallen completely head over heels in love with. I love being able to show my creativity in my outfit choices and being able to experiment with different styles. And it’s what gives me confidence. What I’m wearing and how I feel about it has the greatest impact on my confidence level (followed by my makeup). I think the power that fashion has to affect how we’re feeling is incredible. I was studying for a degree in Fashion and Textiles Retailing at The University of Manchester when I became ill. It’s my greatest passion, and I hope to eventually be able to have the career I had always planned on before all of this began.

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

MORE ABOUT MY PAIN

After my first post introducing myself and this blog, I thought it was a good idea to go into more detail about my health problems and what I’ve been through. This is probably going to be quite a long post, so apologies, but there’s a lot to tell.

As I mentioned, my pain began April 4th 2010. It was actually Easter Sunday. I was off University for Easter at the time and wasn’t working that day. As I’d done way too much shopping recently, and couldn’t fit any more clothes in my wardrobe (the constant struggle so many of us face), I decided to use the day to do some spring cleaning. Part way through I started with pain in my lower abdomen/pelvic area on my right side. Not long after I began to feel nauseous too. So I had a bit of a rest (watching Friends), and then continued with my room. I woke up Monday morning and it seemed to have gone, so I got ready and went to work. It was on my way there it started again, and was on and off throughout the day. By Tuesday, it was constant and had gone much worse. But being the stubborn person I am I ignored it and went to work. An hour into my shift the pain was horrendous. I worked at New Look and I was on the fitting room at the time and I just burst into tears and kind of collapsed to the floor with the pain, I just couldn’t bear it any longer. My supervisor sent me home and I went straight to hospital to the dreaded Accident and Emergency room.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

HELLO


Hi, welcome to The Style Blossom (formerly Girl’s Guide to Pain), a fashion and lifestyle blog. My name is Katie, I’m in my 20s and living with pain. I suffer from fibromyalgia, which is a chronic condition that causes pain all over the body. There are other symptoms too, such as extreme tiredness and fatigue, headaches, and problems with mental processes, amongst others. April 4th 2010 was the day my pain started. It completely turned my life upside down. I was a normal 20 year old, studying at university and working part time, and within a few days of the pain starting I was confined to bed. The last 5 years have been hell for me, but I have come a very long way and made an incredible amount of progress in fighting through and learning to live with the pain. I’m still limited in how much I can do, I’m still stuck in bed at times throughout the day, and I face constant struggles, not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. But I’m strong, I’m determined, and I’ll continue to fight and work my butt off until I am able to finally live a normal life again, regardless of pain!

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