WELL HELLOOOOO CHRISTMAS SEQUINS, this is one hell of a Christmas top. I have featured this on my YouTube but really do feel this is perfect if you want to find a way to avoid wearing a dress/still managing to stay in jeans while also being a Christmas princess. It is so chic with the high neck and the long sleeves, and I love the loose fit. In the aforementioned YouTube video I momentarily went colour blind and described this as black, clearly it is navy blue and you all should ignore me. I styled it here with my Weekday Row jeans, and Tibi Heels. I am thinking of wearing it on Christmas Day but not with these jeans which leave no room at all for Turkey, and instead perhaps with some pyjama bottoms for a very ‘effortless, just woken up’ look.
I just wanted make this blog post a touch more serious with a note about Christmas and how we may feel differently over the Christmas period. This is something I have touched on on my YouTube channel over the past couple of years, and have again in today’s vlog, but I wanted to write something here too.
Basically I feel an odd duty with my influence online to make clear that Christmas shouldn’t come with a pressure to feel a certain way. Especially when Christmas is promoted in a way I sometimes find sickly sweet online, especially with vlogmas. Bad mental health doesn’t take a month off from December 1st, the the contrary, mental health issues can be really highlighted this time of year. It’s a naturally nostalgic time of year, and if that feeling brings up grief, loss, heartbreak, any sort of sadness - it can be very heightened when the pressure to feel a certain festivity is all around us, and becomes quite inescapable. I have had Christmases spent in the Middle East to escape it all together, ones incredibly happy at home, ones very miserable indeed. No two have been the same since my dad passed away, and other things in my life year on year effect how I feel about Christmas too. This year I feel indifferent, I’m not excited, I’m not dreading it - I’m not bothered about it. Hence the lack of Christmas content around here, it hasn’t been relevant to me and I am not going to pretend to feel a certain way for views/to play into a certain aesthetic for my content (especially YouTube/vlogmas).
What I am trying to say, but not very succinctly, is look after yourself. If you live with grief or loss and still love this time of year, embrace it without any hesitation or guilt. There is no harm in this content I am referring to online at all, the dedication to creating it is to be applauded, and if it makes you feel good and a sense of escapism then throw yourself head first into it all. On the other hand, If you hate this time of year, know it will pass, and do all you can to look after yourself in the meantime. But don’t feel a pressure to be watching back to back Christmas films every evening in a house so full of fairy lights your electricity bill is going to cause a national debt. Do eat mince pies (obviously), do try to use the generally lifted spirits and atmosphere to socialise with friends in a way that makes you feel better, but don’t expect this time of year to feel the same every single year.
PHOTOS BY LAURA ALLARD-FlEISHL