6 Jan 2014

Here's to an organised 2014

I imagine I'm not alone, but between working full time, blogging, getting to the gym, seeing friends, and (most importantly) sleeping, I can honestly say there are never enough hours in the day. As much as I try to keep evenings free for impromptu plans and aim not to schedule my weekends with military precision, sometimes you really do just need to...plan ahead. Now I know this might seem a very regimented way of going through life (there's definitely a free spirit in me somewhere sobbing as I write this), but in my experience, if you don't write it down it's not going to get done.

I've always thought I was quite adept at keeping a diary - making a note of commitments and having a vague idea of where I've told various people I'll be at various times. I'm also perpetually writing to-do lists, and I spend each day at work ticking off completed items with great satisfaction (whatever makes you happy).

As such, I realised things must be getting fairly busy towards the end of last year when I started double booking myself, forgetting plans, and feeling generally unorganised and overwhelmed. I found myself with one diary at work, another planner at home, and various notebooks containing blogging ideas and notes. With a very busy work schedule and a personal commitment to spend more time on my writing, I realised I needed to step up my planning in order to keep on top of it all.

And so I bought a Filofax. Ahhh my beautiful Filofax. For anyone that knows me and has had to endure this speech already, I apologise, and appreciate I probably don't get out enough. This shiny black leather planner was without doubt the best £52 I've spent (life-wise, you understand. I couldn't really compare it to money spent on shoes). It has been an absolute life saver over the Christmas period, and I can honestly say I feel calmer and more on top of things now that everything is written down in one place.

This little black planner, pricey as it was, now contains my life - my plans, my ideas, my inspirations, who I'm seeing at the weekend, which mornings I need to wake up painfully early to work out - even my food diary (got to keep track of those pesky sharing-size chocolate bars, they can really creep up on you).

For anyone going into 2014 wondering how they're going to fit it all in, give it a go. Write it all down, plan it out, and why not see if it makes life easier? If nothing else, you'll have more time to dedicate to Netflix, and that's never a bad thing.

Emma xx

5 Jan 2014

Primark SS14 January Drop

Every item here is under £20. I repeat, £20 and under. Yes, really.

It can only mean one thing - the latest drop from Primark, with the first of the SS14 collection hitting stores this month. Each drop is awaited with much anticipation (from myself, at least) and seems to be well documented in fashion magazines and online lookbooks alike.

You can't blame the fashion folk for getting into a frenzy over these collections. With on-trend pieces that leave you with change from a ten pound note, there's a lot to get excited about.

As a bit of a Primark obsessive myself, I'm looking forward to rummaging through the racks this month in the hope of bagging a bargain (as I do, without fail, every month). Some of my favourite, most well-worn pieces have been found in this store, and by the look of this collection I don't think I'm going to be disappointed.

Are you a Primark fan? What do you think of the SS14 collection so far?

Emma xx

Photo credit: PRshots.com

4 Jan 2014

Satin and Leather

Top: Topshop | Skirt: Topshop (similar here) | Watch: Michael Kors | Bag: Mulberry | Boots: Topshop

The first thing that struck me when I came to edit these photos was that I really need some sun/fake tan. Oh the perils of having white bed sheets and a boyfriend who'd rather I didn't sleep next to him smelling of digestive biscuits... 

Aside from the fact that the colour of my arm blends in almost perfectly with the off-white of the skirt, I loved this look and wore the outfit to one of our office Christmas parties and for a family dinner on Boxing Day.

My number one clothing requirement throughout December was the ability to hide all manner of sins, so the loose fitting satin top was spot on to accomodate the mountain of food I ate whilst wearing it. 

Hopefully my outfit choices in 2014 will be less reliant on whether the waistband is elasticated.

Emma xx

3 Jan 2014

Brightening up the bleak midwinter with Coast

I don't know whether it's just me, but the second Christmas and New Year are done and dusted I become incredibly impatient for spring - warmer days and lighter evenings can't come soon enough as far as I'm concerned.

In order to inject a little of the spring/summer collections into my winter wardrobe each year, I tend to find myself gravitating towards bright accessories and jewellery I can pair with a glowing tan later on in the year. With a serious absence of twinkling Christmas lights come January, we need something to brighten up the bleak midwinter...

Cue these gorgeous picks from Coast. Whilst browsing the site over the festive period for party dress inspiration (worth a peek - I've fallen in love with the Decorine skirt), I was impressed with some seriously on-trend pieces and an accessories collection that made it straight onto my favourites bar.

Emma xx

In association with Coast

2 Jan 2014

Camel coat and leather trousers

First things first - Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to the year, and now that the hangovers are starting to subside, can begin to appreciate the fresh start and new opportunities that 2014 brings with it!

2013 was an interesting year for me to say the least - there were many highs and many lows, and a healthy (or unhealthy, it could be argued) mix of laughter and tears. It was the year I experienced loss for the very first time, landed my dream job in January and then realised I had been following the wrong dream, moved house twice, and finally settled in a place that I can call home for the first time since leaving my parents over six years ago.

I can't say I'm sorry to leave the past 12 months behind, but they've taught me a lot about what I want from my career and the people in my life that are dear to me. I feel incredibly content and am very grateful for everything and everyone that I have around me, and I can't wait to see what opportunities and excitement 2014 brings - both on a personal level and for acidbrights.com!

Thank you to everyone who has read or supported this blog in the past year. I can't tell you how much it means to me each time someone comments on a post or I see that I've gained a new follower. I've made some wonderful friends through the blogging community and love the way it gives me the opportunity to connect with so many like-minded people (not everyone in real life wants to hear me gushing over my favourite SS14 collection. No idea why).

Coat: La Redoute | Shirt: Primark | Trousers: Topshop | Boots: Topshop

On a less soppy note - here's one of my favourite outfits from the past few weeks! These leather Topshop trousers have become a wardrobe staple and have even overtaken my Leigh jeans (no easy feat), and the oversized Primark shirt is one of my biggest December bargains - perfect to wear now layered under a coat, or even better paired with a tan and a pair of cut off denim shorts come summer.

Emma xx