I don’t know about you but one of my aims this year is to focus more on fashion and my style – and to create a personalized look that works for me.

I used to dress quite emo/rock chick when I was younger, then when I first started working at H&M, my style became a little more fashionable (which is a given when working in a clothes store!). Then when I moved to working in an office, comfort became key. Now that I’m back at H&M, I’m definitely leaning towards more on-trend stuff, but I still go from days where I want to over-accessorize, have my make-up on point and gravitate towards fitted and colourful clothing, to days where I just want to throw on jeans and an oversized jumper. Such is life.

It’s hard to find a total balance (although planning out outfits the night before helps!), but there are some small steps you can take to create an all round individual look that works for you – even on the days when you just want to dress lazy.

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BULK BUY
Buying in bulk helps a lot. If you want to go for a more simple look, places like H&M do a fab basics range where you can pick up t-shirts, vest tops, jumpers and more in a variety of colours for cheap. If you want something more classic, stock up on fitted t-shirts or blouses in a range of different colours and patterns – even if the style is exactly the same. Prefer something edgy? Oversized jumpers and tops always work well when you’re aiming for a look that’s a bit different – likewise, picking up some cheap basic tops but then distressing them, rolling up the sleeves or causing a few rips or tears in them can easily turn a basic outfit into something more defined and specific.

EXPERIMENT WITH MAKEUP
Regardless of what look you’re going for with your clothes, makeup (and hair) comes into account too. Minimal nude shades on the eyes and a simple pastel lip works well with any outfit, but if you want a specific look, why not perfect the perfect cat eye to wear on a day to day basis or be the one at work who always wears a bold and bright lipstick? How you do your makeup is also a great way to show off individual style.

PERSONALIZE YOUR CLOTHING
Customized clothing is making a comeback. You can pick up iron on patches almost anywhere these days – and online too – and these work well on tops, denim jackets and accessories like backpacks too. Screen printing t-shirts works as well – gone are the days when customized clothing meant dodgy phrases or childlike drawings – now you can practically create your own unique clothing line! Song lyrics always work great on t-shirts..!

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THINK BEFORE YOU BUY
Of course, not everything has to fit in with a specific style – just because you like to dress in band t-shirts and ripped jeans doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a beautiful and colourful dress. But it’s definitely worth thinking about tops before you buy them for example – though you may like the look of one, does it really have anything to go with in your wardrobe?

PHOTOGRAPH YOUR OUTFITS
Finally, it’s worth taking photos of what you wear on a day to day basis. Tons of apps and websites are great for this – I particularly love the app Today I’m Wearing – and this is a great way to look back and analyze what worked and what didn’t. This is also a great way to have a staple few setups that you know you can always come back to. If one outfit looks particularly great, hang it all together in your wardrobe for those mornings where you haven’t planned what to wear or can’t think.

Personalizing your style – whether that’s toning up a style in the making or creating a new style altogether -certainly takes time and costs money. The best way to do it is to buy classic pieces bit by bit (maybe just when they’re in the sale etc) whilst phasing out what you no longer wear – sell old stuff on eBay for example. Hopefully by 2019 you’ll have a set style or look that everyone knows you for!

Do you have a set style or do you just wear whatever you feel like? Let me know!

*Please note, this is a sponsored post but all views and opinions are entirely my own.

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This post has been a long time coming for many different reasons. Reason one being that my ex boyfriend’s post constantly goes haywire and/or missing, so what should have taken a few days for this particular package of clothing to arrive actually took nearly a month before being sent back to the depot without even having reached our door. The second reason was Christmas, lolz. And the third reason was that my (ex) boyfriend and I broke up just after Christmas and have been going through the motions of trying-and-failing to be civil/friends/find time to actually shoot a proper look regarding this post.

But I digress. When Jacamo clothing got in touch asking if we (or my boyfriend at the time anyway) would be happy to review some clothes, I was intrigued as I’ve never really featured men’s fashion on Formidable Joy before. I was more than happy to introduce this feature though and with my ex leaving me in the hands of picking what we were sent to review, I swiftly chose three items based on the fashion of Tyler Joseph of twenty one pilots/rockstars everywhere.

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I picked a classic Jacamo Buffalo check shirt, a Williams & Brown parker jacket and a Joe Browns Xmas Stag shirt because it’s the closest thing I could get to quirky-but-not-feminine-geeky-print and it was great for Christmas.

First of all, the stag shirt was a hit at Christmas. Though the pattern/design was a bit out there for what my ex would normally wear, it really suited him and had the desired effect of looking edgy/scenester geeky rather than just, y’know, geeky. He paired it with skinny fit jeans and, later in the day, an oversized cardigan, bringing the look together. It worked really well and if he’d just worn a pair of fake black-rimmed glasses, he would have looked like he’d come from Brooklyn (or, closer to home, Shoreditch).

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The check shirt was probably his favourite item and looked great as it’s so versatile. Worn with skinny fit jeans and converse it looked ideal, but he’s worn it a few times since underneath a plain cardigan and also unbuttoned with a vest underneath. The short sleeves makes it just that bit smarter too, meaning it can easily be worn for smart/casual.

Finally, the parker jacket has been ideal for winter. Although a little baggy, Vincent has loved that it’s a bit bigger as he dislikes wearing coats too tight or fitted. He’s worn it a lot since it’s arrival and commented how thick and comfortable it is, keeping him super warm in the cold weather.

Though the stag shirt will likely only be worn at Christmas time, both the check shirt and parker jacket are the type of items that can work all year round – even together! The parker jacket makes Vincent look like the body double of Tyler Joseph too, which I totally dig of course. What a rock star.

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Overall, we were both super pleased with the items from Jacamo. Everything fitted really well and was high quality – the parker jacket is something that will last for years and years for example and I’ve been told that Vincent plans to keep it as his go-to winter coat from here on out.

The clothing doubled up perfectly as a birthday/Christmas present for Vincent and I think I’ll be re-visiting the site later this year for my brother’s birthday too. With such affordable prices – and a variety of brands such as Adidas,  Joe Browns and Vans, any man in your life will be spoilt for choice.

Have you ever brought from Jacamo before? What do you think of what we chose? Let me know!

*Please note, although this post includes PR samples, all views and opinions are entirely our own.

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In light of my first LOTW in like, ten years (okay, I lie, a few years!), I must admit I’ve slowly gotten back into blogging about fashion. So when JD Williams got in touch to ask me if I wanted to review a few of their items, I was pleased as punch!

I’ve definitely gotten more into fashion again since working at H&M again too, choosing to style and mix up my outfits more instead of just choosing clothes based on comfort.

It didn’t take me long to decide what I wanted from JD Williams; two cute jumpers for winter and a gorgeous feminine pair of winter boots. I only really have ‘biker’ boots or my Converse to wear during winter, so I knew a more durable but stylish pair of ankle boots would go down well.

I’ve wanted a pair of boots like this for a while but could never find a pair quite right and I was always worried they’d end up being uncomfortable. These ones are a dream though; they’re really warm and comfy on the inside, keeping my toes nice and toasty. They’re super versatile too and you barely notice the heel. My feet only started to ache a little after a long day walking around Waddesdon Manor, which is a feat for me as usually any form of heel has my feet in pain within the hour!

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I also chose this sweet Oasis embroidered jumper. I bought a lot of thick and oversized jumpers for work recently so I thought it would be wise to pick a lighter and more stylish jumper for days out or when the weather isn’t too cold. Floral embroidery is really in right now so not only is this jumper really versatile but it’s bang on trend too. It has a sweet bow detail at the back and I also love the ruffle cuffs; so simple but sweet.
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As well as the black floral jumper, I also chose a looser light blue one with similar cuffs. This one is really soft and girly which I like and it’s so simple but stylish that I wish I’d ordered it in a few other colours too! It’s a really comfy fit and although it looks bright in the photos, in reality it’s not so harsh on the eyes and is more like a versatile icy blue – perfect for winter.

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Overall, I’m really pleased with my picks. They’re good quality timeless pieces and I’ll certainly be getting a lot of wear out of them this winter. I think JD Williams are fast becoming one of my new favourite brands too – especially for footwear!
What do you think? Have you ever styled anything from JD Williams before? Let me know! 
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Oh hello, cold weather. As much as I love summer, I have anticipated this chilly but somewhat comforting weather for a long time. Why? Because it’s finally an excuse to wear chunky knitwear, oversized jumpers and genuinely overly comfy clothes without giving a damn what you look like.
In celebration, I’ve put together a list of five of my favourite jumpers for autumn right now.

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ONE
Stripes are massive right now, so it’s only natural that this nautical striped jumper must be purchased for the winter season. Oversized and cosy, the design will spruce up any outfit and would look best simply with a pair of skinny fit jeans and chunky boots: simple as.

TWO
I adore this loose knit jumper, it looks super soft and easily fashioned. The pale pink is a nice difference to the usual winter jumper colours (grey, cream etc), which means it’s super versatile. It’s a nice length too, meaning a pair of high waisted trousers would go perfectly, but if you really want to stand out, try tucking it into a leather skirt for evening plans or faux leather trousers for an edgy take.

THREE
If you have me on insta, you’ll know that I LOVE this jumper. The story is that a lady came into my store wearing it a few weeks back and told me she’d purchased it from New Look next door that very day. So naturally I headed over to check it out and by the following payday, it was all mine. I really love the autumn colours and it looks like it consists of that scratchy material; however it’s one of the softest jumpers I’ve ever owned. I went a size up to feel extra cosy, but on days when it’s a little warmer, I roll the sleeves up. It’s a great fit too.

FOUR

This sweater has a nice seasonal feel to it with just the right amount of sparkle, meaning it’s great for any chilly Christmas events coming up but can also be worn down for work. The model pairs it with a suede skirt which I think works well, but again, for really lazy day, a comfy pair of jeans would suit it well.

FIVE
Finally, I really love this slightly preppy jumper. The simple but stand out stitch design makes it just that bit different, meaning whatever you wear it with, it’ll spruce it up. Even when totally dressed down, this jumper will give any outfit a stylish twist. As Topshop suggests, a clashing checked pair of trousers would complete the look, but for something less out there, a printed pair of trousers would also suit.

I’ve tried to shy away from the typical winter jumper offerings this year, and it just goes to show that you don’t always have to wear an ill-fitting bland jumper to keep warm this winter. What do you think? Do you have your eye on any particular knitwear for autumn? Let me know!

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Every now and then I stumble across a new brand that I fall absolutely head over heels for. This time, I discovered the brand via Facebook advertising, and that brand is the edgy but sophisticated Little Lies.

The brand is described as offering ‘boho’ fashion, home and accessories but I also think some of their things are really quirky and totally up my street for being a bit different. The name, Little Lies, comes from the classic Fleetwood Mac song and they have the most amazing ‘favourite things’ list.
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I mean who doesn’t love number seven? It’s one of my favourite feelings/experiences in the whole world…
The website has a thriving music section where artists are featured and playlists are created, which I love, and they even have their own blog.
Skulls and skeletons feature regularly so, yeah, I also love that obviously!
Although pretty much everything from the site is to die for, I’m particularly lusting after their homeware range.Here are some things (across the whole site) that I really want right now.

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ONE
This cute but eye-catching little necklace is a stunner. Dipped in 24 carat gold and otherwise completely natural, this necklace gives off an edgy-but-boho feel. What’s great is that each product differs ever so slightly (due to the Chrysoprase being natural), which means each one is one of a kind.

TWO
This desert skull jewellery dish is small but that doesn’t make it any less special. It’s perfect for rings and any other small bits & bobs of jewellery and I love that it’s a desert skull, meaning it’ll no doubt match my floral cardboard stag’s head I aim to one day get. The gold horns give it a real sophisticated vibe too.

THREE
Oh my. These hilarious but cool candles are what first drew me to the brand; of course my favourite is the rock hand but how cool are the peace ones and swearing one too? These would look great on any mantlepiece and would also double up as a great conversation starter. Plus, the colours they come in are uber cool too; gold, white and silver. They just need to launch a black one now – or would that be too obvious? You can buy all three, the pair or a single one.

FOUR
Another skull, of course. This skull candle jar is really something and I love that once the candle melts, you can use it for something else (my bet’s on cool cocktails). The wax is actually natural soy wax (so vegan!) and burns for up to 40 hours. There are also bigger skull candles available too (as in not in a jar), but I like that you can get a second use out of this.

FIVE
I’ve only had a quick look at the fashion but this playsuit immediately caught my eye. The model is totally rocking it with an oversized hat and loose curls, but the floral pattern can mean you can go from boho-rocker to super girly and sophisticated with just a change of accessories. The playsuit is aptly named ‘Stone Roses Playsuit’, and it’s only £34 which is a total bargain; I’d have expected it to be at least £40…!

These are just five products I’ve got my eye on from my new favourite brand, Little Lies, but I haven’t even properly looked through the site yet! The fashion is really versatile and wearable, no matter what your style is, and I love that the homeware is so different without coming across as tacky or trying too hard.

Have you checked out Little Lies yet? What do you think? Let me know!

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