L I F E | lockdown PR

Morning Campers how are you all doing today as we enter week 6 of lockdown ?? I think its week 6 anyway – who knows ?

[ I’ve just been advised it’s actually week 7! Bloody hell how time flies when you … don’t do much ! ]

Is anybody else losing track of the days, or is it just me? Days are blending into days and weeks into weeks ; it’s like one big old round of Ground Hog Day!

I have to admit I’ve not struggled too much with the lockdown, in a weird way I’ve actually enjoyed some parts of it. Tik Tok. Reading actual books . Afternoon Gin in the garden followed by decadent baths. Binge watching ‘Gangs of London’ and the beautiful ‘Normal People’. Friday Night Zoom quizzes with my friends. However as the weather has taken a turn for the worse and I’ve found myself confined indoors I have found myself feeling a little like spider man … and crawling walls !

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S T Y L E | Jean Milburn made me do it

Hi I’m Tracey.

I’m not a stylist, scrolling through my Instagram you’ve probably realised this already ! Truth be known just like the contents of my head … I’m a little bit all over .

To be honest my style was probably ‘more me‘ before I joined Instagram . I have got a lot better over time but in the past I’d find myself scrolling , bombarded with and drawn to ALOT of looks … I’d like ALOT of those looks but not all of them liked me back. I got carried away, confused what suited me – tried to be something Im not. I’ve bought things in the past I’d never dream of wearing , things I’ve worn maybe once. Some items scream … what the hell where you thinking?

Instagram made me do it!

There I said it …

Saying all that I have recently been inspired by somebody else’s wardrobe. They are not on Instagram, this time they are over on Netflix . . .

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L I F E | my 2019 highlights

One of the most important lessons  I’ll take from 2019 .

Why not me?

I have always struggled with the assumption that I wasn’t good enough… pretty enough… cool enough… ‘whatever it is’ enough. Or that if I was I would inevitably fall at the last hurdle and feck up whatever it was I was working on.

My lack of self-confidence drove my parents to the brink of despair and I guess over the years I’ve turned down various opportunities because it was easier than trying and failing. I mean come on I could potentially have been a weather girl on bloody Calender News had I followed up the invitation to audition many years ago.

In 2019 I guess something shifted … combined with the loss of my mum a few years before … I gained a new frame of mind.

So back to my revelation.

Back in early autumn I announced excitedly to a few people [including a few influencers] that I had been asked to be a Regional Ambassador for M.A.C.

The look on a couple of their faces was priceless. Maybe it was my age, maybe they thought my following wasn’t large enough … whatever it was it screamed “you? why you??” some people really need to work on their poker faces.

I admit to thinking that myself initially but I always question EVERYTHING. I joked about how they had obviously emailed the wrong person, but it did make me think …

why me?

or rather why NOT me?

STYLE | Joe Browns celebrate 20 years !

Have I told you I’m a frustrated performer? You know the one … can’t sing, can’t dance, [ what do you do ?] but longs to entertain. Longs to tread the boards.

Well it’s no surprise then that I like my clothes to have character too. Your probably thinking what is she waffling on about now …?!

Well basically I like to put my clothes on and take on a new persona. Clothes that give you life so to say. Make you happy.

Take this fabulous coat for example from Joe Browns I pop it on and I’m no longer Tracey from Sheffield [ well I am it’s not that fabulous!] But I feel like I could be the love child of John Lennon [during the Sergeant Pepper days] and a Bond baddie [ a sexy Russian lady one obviously]

It makes me feel sassy …

though I don’t necessarily look it . These photos were taken while I was quite poorly.

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STYLE | the one where I talk about River Island dresses …

I’m still bloody singing Cliff Richards ‘Wired for Sound‘ I’m starting to not only do everybody else’s heads in , but even my own now !

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about because lets face not everybody follows me over on Instagram . I woke up yesterday morning with this song running around in my head which I’ve proceeded to sing / hum / whistle for the past 24 hours. I’m sure the last time I heard this tune was around 1984 so gawd knows where it came from , or rather what I was dreaming about last night !

Me and Cliff * shudders *

In an attempt to rid my mind of this ‘evil’ I thought that now would be the ideal time to grab a big coffee and talk to you about dresses. More specifically a couple of dresses from River Island that I received earlier this week.

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Style | Lots of Klass . . .

It’s always lovely, but a complete surprise, when you get approached by a brand enquiring whether you would like to collaborate with them because they like what you do. I’m still the person that worries they’ve emailed the wrong person … despite working with a lot of fabulous brands in the past !

Of course it’s not always the right fit for you or your blog . I’ve turned down a few cooking ‘experiences’ and numerous offers of sheepskin slippers.

I don’t cook [ if I can avoid it] and I don’t wear slippers … even of the sheepskin type [ preferring bare feet ]

However when Klass Collection got in touch to see whether I’d like to style some of their latest collection I had a look and spotted a few items that really stood out.

I’ve got to be honest it’s not all for me. At 47 I’m no spring chicken myself but some of the pieces felt a little too ‘mature’ for my taste; BUT there was enough to keep me interested…

Klass is a ladies retailer offering a range of women’s fashion available in sizes 10 – 22, suitable for all ages. We are constantly developing our collections to ensure we have the latest looks to keep you on-trend every season. Make shopping a pleasure and take a look at our range of dresses, tops, knitwear, coats, jackets, skirts and trousers for all occasions.

So here’s what I choose:

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