19 Dec 2014

Acne Studios love

At the beginning of this week I had one of the best times I've ever had. One of my closest friends, Lucy, came up from Oxford so we could go to XFM Winter Wonderland. It was incredible. We stayed in a roomy apartment (which we exploded all over, the amount we took for one night was a little excessive) and headed out into Manchester after the gig where we were chatted up by a 20 year old police officer. Smooth. The next morning we popped out into the Northern Quarter for some much needed breakfast at Home Sweet Home- FYI if you've never been, for goodness sake GO. I wore layer upon layer because I was A. hungover and B. freezing.

Bottom to top!

Girlfriend jeans- ASOS

I hope you have a lovely Christmas week and Father Christmas brings you everything you ask for! It's gonna be a good one.

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18 Dec 2014

XFM Winter Wonderland

 BEST night ever. Are the three words I would use to describe the fun we had at XFM Winter Wonderland in Manchester last week. A line up that my dreams are made of, a night with my bestie, all the cider I could hope for and the rekindling of my 'indie' roots. It's the first time I've been to XFM Winter Wonderland after YEARS of intending to go and never doing so. As soon as tickets went on sale, I was sat, poised and ready to strike with my debit card. It really was such an incredible night with a handful of my absolute faves in one line up. I have always loved gigs and live music....give me a gig with a sticky floor over wearing a dress and heels ANY day. There's something so incredible about live music and the way it brings people together. I don't mind being pushed up against sweaty strangers one bit during a gig.

The epic line up...

Catfish and the Bottlemen
George Ezra
Wild Beasts
Ben Howard
Liam Fray

Hannah from Hannahlouisef.com recently posted about her 2014 live music experience and it inspired me to pop this post up for you. I have had a pretty rough few months and if it wasn't for some of these bands, giving me some much needed perspective, I'd probably still be struggling.

Who are you into? Comment if you've written a post about your favourite bands/gigs of 2014, I would love to read it!

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Christmas Crafts with Laura Ashley

On Sunday I was lucky enough to be invited to a Christmas crafting session with Laura Ashley at a very beautiful venue, Rosylee, in Manchester. Now crafts and I have never and will never mix but I was excited to have a nice Christmassy day out with my fellow blogger and mate, Luisa from A Stylish Something. True to form, Luisa aced everything and I made a total mess of everything and had to restart both of my projects. What a nightmare! The first project was to create beautiful gift boxes with incredible Laura Ashley printed wallpaper using an origami technique. I got there in the end and the result was pretty special! The second was to make a Christmas sack, I haven't used a sewing machine for 13 years. And even then it was touch and go. I lost patience pretty quickly and stabbed myself with pins more times than I care to remember but I still loved it because it was beautiful and festive! I don't think I'll go into the crafting business in future.....but now I know how to make some pretty serious gift boxes.

I hope you're having a gorgeous week.


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11 Dec 2014

For the Love of Blog

For the love of blog:
I thought I would write a short post for those of you who are thinking about starting a blog or already have one, just because sometimes I can become lost and some clarity helps me to focus again. You need to know why you want to start your blog. What makes it interesting? Why will people want to read your blog? Whether it's fashion, fitness, beauty, lifestyle or interior design, you've got to love whatever it is you're writing about. I think as much as it's important to be passionate about your blog, you have to have a unique selling point to enable your blog to blossom organically into something you become very proud of. For those of you who would like to do a little more research into domain names, I would recommend 34SP.

Choosing your blog name:
One of the biggest challenges when starting out is what on earth to call your blog. I am the most impulsive soul you will ever meet so mine took me all of 30 seconds. I was sat with my Blogger tab open, curser waiting, until I had an epiphany that stumbled out of my mouth. I had said aloud to myself, "I just need to learn the ropes" and I had also been keen on the idea of having my surname in the mix, shortly after, Ropes of Holland was born. Although my blog is a Fashion Blog, my blog name doesn't exactly scream Fashion Blog. I'd say your blog name should have some relevance in it's title but it's not a complete must.

Blog branding and design:
When it comes to branding, you need to capture your own sense of style. Whether thats beautiful, elegant branding for a vintage clothes lover or bold minimalism for an interior blog that only showcases monochrome design inspiration. I used PipDig designs for mine and I couldn't be happier with how it emulates my sense of style. 

I hope this has been a little useful to some of you!

Have a lovely night. TGIF tomorrow!