A Fashion Blog By Gemma Talbot

Friday, 6 September 2019

Weekly Round Up: Feeling Motivated, Dream Collabs and Sustainability

Firstly, let me just say doesn’t it feel like autumn is finally here? As I’m sat in Black Lab in Clapham Common writing today’s blog post, I can actually see the autumn leaves blowing around in the wind. It certainly is beginning to feel a bit nippy. Admittedly, I am here for it. I can’t wait for some milder temperatures and to delve into my autumn wardrobe. I love chunky knits and layering faux fur coats over pretty much anything. Ask me in a couple of months time, when the tips of my fingers are red raw and my nose looks a little like Rudolph’s and I’ll be counting down the days until summer. Summer 2020, now that’s a scary thought. I’ll be 29! Jeez there’s a scary realisation for you. I’ll just pick up my oat milk cappuccino (because after all I am a milk and coffee princess) and pretend that thought never even entered my mind. As of late all I keep seeing is “We are engaged”, “We are married”, “We bought a house”, “We are pregnant”. Whereas I am here slurring “ I am drunk”. Well on the weekends at least. That’s what your twenties are for after all and learning things the hard way. Whilst I’m not one to compare (or at least I try not to), don’t you sometimes look at people the same age as you and think wow you really do have your shit together?

That leads me nicely onto the first topic of today’s blog post as part of my weekly round up. Getting drunk. Don’t get me wrong, I love going out. Enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two, ok maybe 5 but who’s counting (inserts IDK emoji because I love her). The minute alcohol hits my veins, the twerk comes out and I just cringe the next morning. Why do I do this? What I will say though is that as much as I would want to go out on Friday and Saturday of every weekend, both my body and bank balance won’t allow it. A single gin and tonic is definitely a purse friendlier option but I’m not about the single shot life. I'm definitely not a half measures kind of gal. I’ll easily spend £100 on a night out and if you are doing this weekly it sure adds up. I went out on Saturday night with Poppy and Xantha on our BNO and whilst I had such a fun night I ended up going to bed at 7am! This was mainly due to the fact that Louis stayed over and we ended up just talking until the early hours but when it’s light outside and you’re still awake you sort of feel a bit gross. Like those nights in sixth form where you went to a RAM records rave and was coming home when others were going on their morning coffee run, half hanging your head in shame. 

I only managed to sleep for 3 and a half hours then just wanted to eat garbage all day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the 80/20 rule when it comes to food and I definitely opted for some treats. Ben and Jerry’s vegan ice cream because I’m not about that diary, wake up on Monday morning with spots on my chin and a bloated belly kind of life. I can’t recommend it enough though if you are looking for a tasty vegan ice cream. Anyhow, when my 7:30am alarm went off on Monday morning I could barely open my eyes from extreme tiredness. I actually felt like my eyes were glued shut, conjunctivitis style. It’s now Wednesday and I still feel exhausted. Already fuelled by two coffees which is better than the four I had on Monday, is it that I am just getting older and cannot handle the effects of alcohol anymore? That or I’ve become immune to coffee. I pray the latter is not the case. 

You may have read from last weeks post that I have recently moved flat. As everything is slowly falling into place, I am feeling much more motivated. I don’t know if this is because I seem to have more of a routine in place but I’m 100% here for it. For a little while, I let things slip and almost let life pass me by. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I was depressed but things in life definitely lost their meaning to me. I had next to no motivation to do anything and this had a knock on effect on my energy levels. I started making excuses not to gym and was lacking that drive I usually have towards work which being self employed is fundamental. For anyone that knows me well, they’ll know that I’ve always had that get up and go mentality. I’ve even been compared to a Duracell bunny (not the bedroom kind) because I sometimes operate like a machine. This feeling and lack of motivation felt alien to me but was totally consuming me at the same time and worse still I was allowing it to do so. 

Fast forward a few weeks, this last week in particular and I feel like the motivation and drive has come back. I think when reflecting on it, I really thrive off having a routine in place and when this is thrown off it has a complete knock on effect. Safe to say, I am putting all my efforts back into work, gyming (I now have two memberships, so zero excuses) and I am really excited for what the next few months may hold, both personally and professionally. That totally sounds like something that belongs on a C.V.

Just over a week ago, an email pinged through to my inbox. The collaboration of all collaborations. I was actually stuck behind a removals van full of our furniture and I literally screamed with excitement. It was a paid Instagram project with Topshop! Some of you may not know but I actually worked at Topshop in their personal shopping department before I went full time as an ‘influencer’. If someone was to ask me what was the one brand you’d love to work with my answer would be Topshop. No questions asked. It was a real pinch me moment and also made me so grateful for the opportunities that my job brings me. Not to mention that I am fortunate enough to do what I love full time and earn a decent living from it too. I really am one of those girls that gets giddy when these things happen and doesn't expect that the world owes me something. I am so excited to work on this campaign to create the content and who knows it could lead to more work with the brand in the future. Although I don’t want to get my hopes up at this point. 

Benjamin Parker once said “with great power comes great responsibility” and whilst I would not say I have either I do often feel a certain pressure to do as people expect of you. I have often found with social media that people are very quick to point out the negatives. Case in point, I buy a keep cup from Primark as I love coffee and want to do my bit for the environment when it comes to recycling. I get slated for buying the keep cup from Primark because it’s a retailer that mass produces clothes on a huge scale and is not sustainable. The truth is, I do sort of get where people are coming from but at the same time I liked the glass version over the plastic branded keep cups and they were much cheaper. Consequently, I bought two. One flat white sized cup and one cappuccino/latte sized one. The one day where I was talking on stories with a coffee in my hand that wasn’t in my keep cup, I get a few DM’s asking where it is. It sort of feels as though you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.  I'm not out here promoting slimming teas that make you lose weight because they give you the shits so it sort of feels like give the girl a break. 

This leads me onto my next point. I’m still a bit of a newbie to YouTube. Check out my channel here, shameless plug I know. I am trying to be more consistent with my videos and posting every Sunday. I currently only have just over 2500 subscribers but I genuinely love making videos. For a little while now, I’ve always wanted to do haul week. For those who don’t know, it’s a week of hauls each day from a different brand you love. I put a vote out on my Instagram stories and was astounded by the results. 89% voted ‘yaaaas girly’ to seeing haul week but I did have a few DM’s from girls asking me to rework existing items in my wardrobe instead. I often feel conflicted because I want to have a good moral compass and be promoting ways to be more sustainable but 1) sustainable brands are expensive and 2) I’m not going to buy something I don’t like just to say I’ve bought from a more ethical brand. I don’t think a haul consisting of the pretty dress I bought from Reformation would make it to a ten minute video. 

With being a full time ‘influencer’ I do love to keep up with the latest trends which does mean that I buy and get sent a lot of clothes. I do however make conscious efforts to give my clothes away to both friends, charity and also sell some via e-bloggers. Whilst I will always make conscious efforts where I can to be more sustainable let’s face it, I’m trying to live a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade wage 😂 I think I will give haul week a go, even though it’s going to be so much work my end; filming, editing, creating thumbnails, writing a description to include all links etc but daily as oppose to weekly. If you follow me on YouTube then this will be up in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled. 

I hope you all enjoyed reading this weeks round up and that you have a lovely weekend. 

shop this outfit:

Jacket - Revolve (gifted)
Hoodie - Topshop
Jeans - Primark
Trainers - Alexander McQueen
Bag - YSL (sold out - similar)

Photography by Fifi Newbery

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