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OOTD: An Arabian Theme Outfit

Hey peeps. Another day, another outfit post. I promised this year would be a year of outfit posts on Fashion and Style Police, and so far, I am keeping to that promise. Say hello to the second outfit post of the year – An Arabian Theme Outfit.

I got this lovely kaftan in the Gold Souk (market) in Dubai some weeks ago, and I really like it. I wore this outfit to a birthday party the other day, and it felt good to stand out. I was as colourful as the venue; it was a play center in Essex.

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I remember braving the cold for a few minutes to get this photos taken. It was freezing cold on that day with the fog and all, so I had to wear sensible shoes, and my gold old sneakers came to the rescue. I am not one to just take photos for the blog. What you see me rocking on here, is how I was dressed for the entire day.

I like my kaftans short. The long designs swallow my petite frame up most of the time, so I like to go for this length. I find them comfy and stylish.

I remember going round the Dubai market with my sister, in search of the right kaftans. Most of the designs out there were longer than I wanted, so it took me some time to find the styles I wanted.

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It is all in the details for this beauty right here. I like the attention to the details on the kaftan. It stands out and I can see a lot of work went into it. I love it.

 

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What do you think of this look? Please sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a lovely day.

 

WHAT I WORE

Green Kaftan – Dubai Gold Souk

Black pants – Jasper Conran

Gold Sneaker – Michael Kors

Brown Bag – KNOMO

Socks – ChattyFeet

Watch – Fossil

Earrings – Swarovski

 

 

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The Highs & Lows of the Self Employed World 2016

Happy new year everyone. I hope you all are having an amazing start to the year. I am currently down with flu (booo) but I am getting better. I have been under a lot of stress lately so I guess that is the reason for my body shutting down.

 

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We had an amazing time in Dubai, it was the best holiday ever and the kids had so much fun. But everything went wrong when we landed at Gatwick Airport. I stupidly picked up the wrong luggage (it was the exact size and design as mine and even had the same padlock), and someone else picked mine, and I didn’t realise until I got to the hotel room. I could open the box because it was the same padlock (can you imagine the coincidence, the same box and padlock on the same flight) but as soon as I opened it, I realised it wasn’t mine.

This has never happened to me before so I was in a very bad state. I usually tag my boxes but this box was a new one; a Tripp flowery black and red design, so I thought it was unique enough, well I thought wrong.

We had to make the long trip back to Gatwick twice the next day to pick up my box and to drop the wrong box. It was a very stressful period as you can imagine, all valuables were in there, but I am thankful the lady that picked my box was honest (she took it back to the airport and kindly sorted out a leakage in my box), and I am also thankful we were still in London. Imagine if we were back home in Cheshire, that would have been horrid.

The good thing is it would never happen to me again, I will always tag my bags boldly whenever I travel so I don’t pick a wrong box and no one picks mine.

 

Anyways back to the highs & lows of the self-employed world in 2016. I wrote a similar post in 2015, and it was nice to read it a year after.

There are so many highs and lows, so I will try to focus on a few to keep it brief.

 

The Highs

 

Writing a book

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I wrote an eBook last year – How to Cash In as a Blogger. It was released February 2016, and it is a dream come true. I always wanted to write a book and I am happy I got to fulfil this dream last year. This is the first of many books to come.

It is currently available exclusively on Amazon for £3.44 and free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. It is a great book for new bloggers or bloggers trying to monetize their blogs, so do have a read if you have not done so already. And if you have read it, pretty please leave me a review on Amazon, I need those reviews like I need air.

 

Freelancing

I took the freelance industry by storm in 2016 and grew my portfolio. I currently do PR and Blogger Outreach for 5 brands and I am hoping to double this figure this 2017. I also do freelance writing for a few websites and I plan to grow my freelance writing business this year.

 

Fashion and Style Police turned 4

Fashion and Style Police turned 4 last October, and it is great to see how much the blog has grown. It has over 40,000 combined followers now, and I still have to pinch myself every now and again to be sure I am not dreaming. This blog has opened many doors for me and I am super grateful to everyone who reads, shares and comments. You guys are the real deal!

 

The Lows

 

Chasing Payments

This has always been an issue and it still is but hopefully I will be able to manage this situation better this 2017.

 

Unprofessional Bloggers

While doing blogger outreach for brands, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of bloggers. I have worked with so many lovely bloggers, and I can’t wait to work with them this year, but I have also had the misfortune of working with some unprofessional bloggers. These select few are giving bloggers a bad name.

The ones that stop communicating with you as soon as they receive the review products, and they never write a post. The rude and entitled ones that believe their blog is the best thing since sliced bread. The lazy ones that take weeks, and sometimes months to post but you can see them on social media chatting all day. I can go on and on.

The good thing is my little black book is growing and I will never work with such bloggers again. But it is a shame that these bloggers are giving the entire industry a bad name.

 

Burn Out

Last year was incredibly busy. It was so hard for me to juggle the blog and freelance jobs at the same time but I did somehow. The last quarter was the busiest, and I struggled to get it all done before the holidays but I got there in the end.

This year I am going to take more time off work to avoid losing my mind.

 

Overall, 2016 was fabulous and 2017 is even going to be more fabulous. I am so looking forward to it.

How was your 2016?

 

 

Happy New Year

Happy new year everyone! I hope you are all having a great start to the year. I know 2017 will be a lot better than 2016. I can feel it in my bones and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings.

 

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I am back in the UK but still enjoying the holidays.   I am trying to get back into work mode but it hasn’t been easy so I am just making the most of the break, and trying to get back into the swing of things gradually.

I haven’t blogged or thought about blogging in days and this is the first time this has happened in over 3 years. I decided to take this long break over Christmas because I needed it.  I worked so hard all through last year, so a good break and digital detox was well deserved.

 

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I had an amazing time in Dubai as expected. Dubai is the place to visit, so if you haven’t visited already, I would advise you do. It would be a holiday you would never forget for sure and it would have you thinking about the next time you would be able to visit.

I have another mini vacation in a few weeks and I am looking forward to that but for now, it is back to reality, which is work, work and more work. You can see more of my holiday photos on Instagram.

I will be making some new year resolutions but I will be keeping them private as usual. Life has taught me to not tell people my dreams but show them, and it does the trick.

 

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I pray this new year is filled up with joy, laughter, happiness, prosperity, good health, peace and everything else that is good in life.

Thanks for sticking around and reading Fashion and Style Police. I promise to make it worth your whole.

Have an amazing year xo