4 May 2016

Growing Blogger.

Yet again another month between posts.
 
This morning I have been trolling through 100s of blogs about last night Met Gala, and I remembered about when I first started blogging and these events were what I wanted to talk about and share my opinions on.
 
But this is not what has happened...
 
I don't think my blog has changed a lot in terms of content. I've always shared what I've worn, which is all I wanted to do when I first started. I've done posts here and there about other things like beauty, food, lifestyle, which I enjoy throwing in! I've noticed that the way I prefer to blog has changed.
 
Once I would sit at my computer every night and blast out short posts about why I had chosen a certain outfit or the story behind how I acquired an outfit. Later I sat one night a week and scheduled 5 for the week ahead. Then I started to do the whole photo shoot, edit, write and schedule on my days off ... but nothing has stuck.
 
My posting has become less and less and to be honest ... I've stopped feeling guilty about it. I think I would feel different if I was being lazy and not posting, but I just DO NOT HAVE TIME. I don't get paid for blogging, its my hobby - and that's the way I want to keep it. At the moment I work 11 hours a day including travel, meal prep and decide what to wear for work and go to the gym for 2 hours 5 days a week. Any spare time I have is spend relaxing and being with my family and friends ... mainly drinking vodka.
So blogging comes dead last.
 
Blogging via Instagram has become my way of sharing outfits and I enjoy it more. Its fast, easy, minimal editing and gets across what I want to do - Show outfits, that's it. I've found as well that any events I go to I prefer sharing it over social media rather than a boring (and lets be honest, awkward) post about "Oh Heres What I Done At This Event". Through Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, my followers can be there with me! Its much more interesting and Exciting! Plus I still get to promote the brands/events. Win Win.
 
Again, when I first started this I wanted it to help me in my career, but this year I've gone off the idea of working in the Fashion industry ... so far I have not had good experiences of it, so unless the perfect fashion job came along for me, I'm over it.
 
The blog will stay here but I will only be doing it very sporadically.
 
A better way to follow is through my social media! I have;
Instagram
Snapchat
Twitter
Pinterest
Depop
 
My Handle is the same for all of them!
 
@Brantastic_x
 
 
... and my opinion on the Met Gala ...
 
I think 90% of the attendees got the theme SO wrong!
I liked Beyoncé's dress but I think she should have stuck to one sleeve length.
Zac Posen is the winner hands down, he can do no wrong, perfect for the theme and it was stunning!
 
Paula x




11 April 2016

Basic Nudes.

 

 

Top Topshop
Trousers Primark
Necklace Primark
Shoes Vans 

Sweet Dreams 

Paula .. x


8 April 2016

Bran Gets Gunged.

Anyone who has been reading for a while will know I will do just about anything to raise money for a good cause! 

The sillier the better!

Recently I was asked if I would take part in doing something fun to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. Obviously I was very interested but of course you get that nervy moment when you wonder what stupid thing your going to have to do?

So the challenge was to get gunged on camera and have people donate to see the video!

So of course I was up for it! For anyone who grew up watching Fun House or Live n Kickin get gunged is basically a childhood dream come true!



I enlisted the help of my 2 little cousins to get gunged with me, I thought since it's a charity for Teen Support, why not get some teenagers involved to really hit the message home. They were absolute stars for getting involved and it was so much fun to be able to share it with them!


I have a target of £150 and once that is reached the video will be released! Simple

But I think we can do better than £160!

I'm asking all my followers to give as much or as little as they like! If all my followers donated just £2 each, that's over £2000!!


Cancer is such a tough thing for anyone to go through, but the teenage years can be a tough time any way! Then when you become an adult you realise that it's actually the best time of you life! Imagine having that taken away from you?


The Teenage Cancer Trust gives young cancer patients the chance to do teen things like days out, go to events, gigs and just mingle with other teens who are going through what they are, and feel like a "Normal" teenager!

They bring normality to a very confusing and frightening time of someone's life and I truly believe that what they do will help give people the strength to fight cancer harder! 

Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated, and that you to anyone who does! I really appreciate it and the charity will too!


Sweet Dreams
Paula x

Hunted Vintage Launch.

I am a huge lover of vintage clothes, especially the variety in Glasgow, I think it's all about timing to get something magical but even in that Glasgow has been the spot where I have discovered most of my beauties. 

So when I was invited along to the launch party of a brand new Glasgow Based vintage company, of course I was there.

Hunted Vintage is the brain child of a lovely fellow blogger Nicole Perry. For the past few weeks she has been teasing us with little sneak peaks of the pieces available on Instagram. So I've been very excited. 

Hunted Vintage has a great concept that I've been in love with since I first heard it;

"Let us do the hunting for you" 

Already in my mind I'm anticipating some special finds perhaps a little different from what Glasgow is already offering?


So the launch itself was held in new Glasgow Club, SWG3, in the Poerty Club. First time I've been in and it was a great venue for something like this. Three different areas to enjoys the night, the bar area for greeting and mingling, a dance area for anyone in it for the long haul, and a space dedicated just to the clothes ... That's where I'm headed!


This is my Caz, she has an AMAZING BLOG ... Check it out now! 

We checked out the clothes and took some outfit shots, obviously. I feel really bad I didn't get more photos, I think we had got there a little late and a lot of people had things in their hands that they were not letting go of until it went on sale, I would have done the same :)


Everything available in the night (that is still left) is online now here!

Thank you very much to Nicole and the Hunted team for having me along! 
Well done! 
I'm excited to see what Hunted bring in the future ... More Dior Please!





Jacket Altered/Customised ASOS
Top Topshop
Trousers Primark
Neck Tie Topshop
Brooch Camden
Bag Vintage
Shoes New Look

I really wanted to wear something that was vintages, I was in such a rush to get out though that I just threw this together!
I've wearing this "duster" loads before on the blog, but if you don't know that story, it's basically a size 18 cold shoulder shirt that I got for £1.50 in a charity shop. I cut off the collar, pulled in the shoulders, and there you go, floral duster of dreams!

Sweet Dreams
Paula x

3 March 2016

Topshop Clueless Skirt.


Top Primark
Skirt Topshop
Necklace Vintage
Boots Topshop

The Clueless Tartan Skirt. It's all the things that shouldn't work, pleats, tartan, YELLOW!?! But because of our angel Cher Howowits it acceptable, and date I say it, a classic.

That's the power of fashion, you can do everything wrong, but if you get one element right, it will be remembered and imitated forever!

Sweet Dreams

Paula x

PLT Yellow Biker.




Top Topshop
Jacket Pretty Little Thing
Jeans Topshop
Earrings Primark 
Necklace Primark
Belt Primark
Boots Topshop

I am not one for Internet shopping, probably the only time I online shop is Topshop, because I can collect from store and return there and then, I know my sizes in Topshop tend to stay the same so I know what's going to fit, and I can look at it in store before I buy it. If I can't do these three things I generally won't buy.

Last week one of the girls in work came in wearing the most amazing LIME GREEN biker! She told me if was from Pretty Little thing. I was straight on it, now I didn't get that jacket (still heartbroken) but I saw this mustard one. I was going to look at the Zara one, I know it's only £40 (on yersel Zara!) although I'd not checked if it's leather or suede yet so when I saw this one I knew I wouldn't have to worry about it being real leather or suede, then I saw the price, £17.50 ... Straight in the basket. You cannot get better than that really, I'm not crazy on the fringing but the price is worth it ... Plus I've seen about 40 girls in the Zara one already. PLT for the win.

I've since been on PLT every day because everything I've bought has fit perfectly! The 6s are small (plus they do 4s) so I'm not worried about fit, also I think you're getting what you paid for. I feel like other online sites make things look too good online and when they arrive your just like "eugh". I know that what I'm getting isn't going to be hand stitched by fairies, but I feel like I'm getting what I paid for, and I'm happy with that.

Post is no way sponsored by PLT HAHA ... I'm just buzzing about this jacket!

Sweet Dreams 

Paula x

26 February 2016

Tartan Pinafore.





Top Topshop
Dress Vintage
Choker Topshop
Boots Primark 
Rings Primark

Sweet Dreams

Paula x 

21 February 2016

American Apparel Skirt Dupe.




 
Top Topshop
Skirt Primark
Necklace Vintage
Rings Primark
Belt Primark 
Boots Topshop

I am definitely still trapped in my Clueless phase. 

When I first seen this skirt I wasn't 100% sold in it. I don't wear much maroon and I thought it might look to school ur. Then I seen the price compared the the American Apparel Version and well. It would have been rude not to. I also got it in black ... And I'm hoping that come spring we wil get lots of pastel versions!

I'm already planning my spring wardrobe around Scream Queens. Structured, Pastels, fluffy and sequinnes everywhere, it's a dream!
  
Sweet Dreams

Paula x

17 February 2016

Glasgow Drag Shows.


 

 

Dress River Island
Belt Primark
Earrings Primark

I know you're not meant to have big lips and bright eyes ... its like the legs or boobs cosmetic equivalent. However I was off to a drag show in Glasgow so I thought would be better to be OTT rather than dull for a drag show.

I feel like I was the most dressed up person in the place, but again, who cares!

I've had this dress for a few years, I bought it in the River Island sale a while ago and it has hung in my wardrobe ever since waiting for the perfect opportunity to get out. I feel like it would be a great option for something 20's or Gatsby themed.

Sweet Dreams

Paula x

16 February 2016

Fuchsia Biker Jacket.



 

 

Jacket H&M
Top Ebay
Skirt Forever21
Hat H&M
Necklace Vintage
Boots Topshop 

I think this pink fuchsia jacket might be my favourite item in my wardrobe. (How often do I say that?) Colourful biker jackets seem to crop in every year and are becoming a definite classic. This one is a few years old, I've never seen a colour like it! I'm on the hunt right now for a new electric blue, mustard and bottle green one.

Faux Suede Obviously.

Sweet Dreams

Paula x

15 February 2016

Harris Tweed Tartan Scarf.

 

 
 

Jumper Vero Moda
Jeans Topshop
Hat Miss Selfridge
Necklace Vivienne Westwood
Rings Primark
Scarf Harris Tweed
Shoes New Look

Sweet Dreams 

Paula x


13 February 2016

Forever21 Maxi Dress.



Dress Forever21
Necklaces Vintage 

Ever have one of those mornings when you get up early but you waste the morning messing about and next thing you know it's 3 minuets until you HAVE to leave so you dive into your sisters wardrobe and pull out this dress and now you love it like your own, and now it's your dress ... Well that was Wednesday.

Thanks for my new dress sista!

Sweet Dreams 

Paula x

10 February 2016

Miss Selfridge Lace Trousers.




Jacket Vintage
Top Primark
Trousers Miss Selfridge
Belt Primark
Shoes New Look

I love these trousers but the zip has broke and now they are constantly unzipped! I need a wee seamstress to live with me for things I can't be bothered fixing myself ...

They have this cute pearl detailing all over them and I'm amazed that they are still going strong, I've had them a good few years now so I suppose is shouldn't moan about the zip.

Sweet Dreams

Paula x

3 February 2016

Another Topshop Skirt.


 

Top Primark
Skirt Topshop
Necklace Vintage
Boots Topshop 

I feel like I'm going through this thing were I want to look like Cher Horowitz in Clueless. I'm binge wearing tartan and all my accessories are fluffy ... can't overdo it though, no one wants to be Amber. Ew.

This skirt had been worn so much, as much as I don't really rate Topshop, any skirt I get from there I wear 1000s of times. Now that I think about it the majority of my skirts are from Topshop, so I know where to go for the next time I need a skirt.

Maybe thats the perfect way to shop, narrow items down to one place, Skirts at Topshop, Dresses at Zara, Jeans at Urban Outfitters, etc etc ...

Sweet Dreams 

Paula x

1 February 2016

Berets are Back.

 


Top Miss Guided
Skirt Forever21
Hat Primark
Rings Primark
Necklace Vintage

I think I'm going to adopt this homage to Cher Horowitz in Clueless as my new winter theme. 

I think anything is timeless if your brave enough to go for it. 
Fuck what the basic "fashionistas" might say. 

Also - Fuck trends, following trends are for basic bitches, don't let anyone ever tell you what you should wear!

Sweet Dreams

Paula x

26 January 2016

Painful Primark Boots.




Jumper Zara
Jeans Topshop
Necklace Primark
Stole Select
Boots Primark 

These boots were down to £10 in the Primark sale ... You never get any size 3s left this late into sale so obviously I bought them in both colours. Lesson learned, if something seems too good to be true, it is. These boots are agony and the other pair are going back to Primark immediately. I hate when that happens.

Sweet Dreams 

Paula x

25 January 2016

Topshop Taffeta Skirt.




Top Topshop 
Skirt Topshop
Stole Vintage (Faux)
Earrings Topshop
Necklace Primark 
Shoes Topshop

I got this taffeta skirt in the Topshop sale for £5, original price was £45. I hate paying full price for anything - especially Topshop - so I'm always one of those nutters in the 7am sale launch! I wore this to work, hence the flat shoes, if I wants working this sort would look better with boots. Although next time I wear it I think I'll go for a band tee, lamest her jacket and my converse for more casual outings. It's a good skirt!

Last time I was blogging I talked about how I would get a full day of outfit deciding and photographing done. I did. But I don't like the outcome. The photos all looked so unnatural and weren't as good as I wanted them to look so we are back to the mirror selfie OOTD. Which I don't mind. I don't have anyone to take my photos so this is just going to have to be the way that is done. It might not look super professional, but I don't want to be a profess blogger, so who am I tryna impress?

Sweet Dreams

Paula x

22 January 2016

H&M Pineapple Skirt.




Top Topshop
Skirt H&M 
(For Sale on Depop @Brantastic_x)
Shoes Barratts

This is what I wore for a night out in Stirling for my friends birthday. Since I haven't been shopping since I left Topshop I am trying to make the most of what is in my wardrobe. This skirt for instance, I am selling it on Depop but since I couldn't find ANYTHING else I wanted to wear I decided to pull it out for one last time. It's fun, young (exactly what I needed going out to a student night in a student town with students who were very keen to know what I was studying... Very sweet but I'm 105 years old and that ship has saileddddd...) and keeps my legs covered since it was snowing outside.

It shouldn't be hard to make the most of my wardrobe since I have tons of clothes, but I'm struggling for inspiration at the moment, in everything! 

Blogging wise I have set up a plan that in my days off I will chose my outfits for the following week and photograph them in one day. I really don't like doing this because it feels unnatural to me, as if I'm cheating but I'm thinking it's the only way I'm going to get photos and outfits most days. I'm also thinking it will entertain me on my days off since I have no money spare to do anything fun, but more on that later...

Sweet Dreams

Paula x

12 January 2016

I Blame Instagram.

If you follow my Instagram (Which you should cause I post there a lot more often!) last night you might have seen my latest selfie ... I feel really embarrassed about it. I'm not one for deleting Tweets/Grams so I just wanted to explain myself and why I posted it, and why I'm embarrassed about it!

 Here is the gram in Question:

 

 

The main reason I posted this is because its been on my mind for a while, and I just got a bit fed up with myself and needed a rant! I did question putting it up for a second because I didn't want to seem like I wanted the attention. I thought I'd get a couple comments from my friends because I know what we are like and we are all total cheerleaders for each other and we comment a thousand emojis to each other, snap each other like "BITCH HOT SELFIE" and show it to all our male friends like "Look how hot so and so is" ... its just what we do and I wouldn't have it any other way.

However ... I got a couple more comments than I anticipated (Shit people actually read my captions) and that is why I felt stupid.

But then I thought ... no one is agreeing with what I'm saying, surely I'm not the only one who feels this way about Instagram? Surely I'm not the only person who sees an account and thinks; Why don't I look like that? Why is my life not that easy? WHY DO I NOT HAVE A PET PIG?

The key word here is filters, Instagram allows us to filter our images from what they are to what we want them to be and therefore we project an image of our lives that aren't real. Then when we can't replicate that in our lives we feel bad about ourselves.

I am not usually an insecure person about the way i look. 
When I was growing up I was constantly told I was ugly, from girls from boys even from people who were my "friends" so when I was a kid I hated myself and the way I looked. I think the fact that I was tiny and therefore already made to feel different from everyone else only made it seem like a bigger problem in my head. Skip forward to when I was about 15 ... I started wearing make up, fake tan and hair extensions and it made me feel better about myself. (I am so Anna Farris in House Bunny right now!) I stopped feeling ugly. Don't get me wrong I didn't think I was pretty either but I wasn't as ugly as I was before  ... I could deal with that. Anyway I hid behind that mask of fake eyelashes/hair/nails/everything until I was probably about 20 and then I just stopped caring. I realised that my looks were never going to change and that I should be grateful that I wasn't born with any real problems and I just accepted myself. I felt very free.

In recent months I have found myself getting more and more negative towards myself. I feel like the more and more I sit scrolling through beautiful photos of beautiful girls the worse I feel about myself. Its the the new wave of "Models cause low self esteem" but the models never affected me because they were models, they aren't real. Instagram feels more real because its real girls ... but here is the thing ... ITS NOT REAL!!

We have to remember that we only see what we are supposed to see. That amazing body on the hot blonde with 15k followers, we don't see that she works out 5 days a week 5 hours a day and DOESN'T EAT CARBS. The new Louis Vuitton bag "Just Because", we don't see the hours of "work" that her boyfriend put in to buy it for her by selling Ket to 17 year olds. That amazing selfie with fleeking eyebrows and perfect Kylie lips ... we don't see the 3 apps and filters used to make her look that good, then when you see her in Topshop you don't recognise her because guess what, she doesn't look like that in real life.

If there is anyone else out there who feels like this, please, be stronger than me and remember that it is all fake, its not important and there is no point in feeling bad because at least if you go missing everyone will recognise your selfie and you will be saved, not being filtered could save your life!

Sweet Dreams

Paula x


5 January 2016

Vero Moda Split Top.






Top Vero Moda
Skirt Topshop
Necklace Vintage
Hat H&M



Sweet Dreams

Paula x