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So we all have those moments when life gets ahead of us and when we may not know where exactly we’re headed. Well, there’s this blog that I read frequently and you may have heard of her, but if you haven’t she goes buy Zanita Whittington. I thought my platform was super positive until I began reading hers, so that’s why I’d like to share some links that personally helped me as a growing fashion and lifestyle blogger.
I hope it helps you as well! Please leave a comment if so and also let me know what you want to hear/see more of on my blog.

Have a lovely week Ribbons! Xx

 

  • Do you ever feel like you’re putting your ‘all’ into your blog, but not seeing results? Well this post on ‘the secret to growing your following’ will definitely help you.
   
  • So, I know that I personally struggle with goal setting, because they tend to seem so far away and almost impossible (because my goals and dreams are rather big, lol) but after reading this post on ‘the best approach to setting goals and achieving them’ definitely gave me a positive outlook.
 
  • So this post is directed at my fellow blogger girls. The harsh truth that we all need to hear, but not a discouraging one still. ‘Why only 4% of bloggers make it’. As I mentioned, this is not to discourage you all, but to keep you abreast with the harsh reality that comes with blogging. Fashion blogging, to be exact.
 
  • Have you ever been in a difficult situation and just had no idea where to go next? Confused about the how’s, the why’s and the when’s? Well this post on ‘how to make smart choices in difficult situations’ will definitely be helpful to you.
  Hope you’re all having a great start to the week and if you'd love to learn A LOT more on life and entrepreneurship, head over to Zanita Studio! xx  

Missguided Dress, Mango Bag

 

For the past couple months I’ve written posts that focus on bettering oneself and pretty much believing that there is more out there for you and I’m really pleased with the responses I’ve gotten via various social media platforms. Sometimes when you’re going through something you tend to think you’re alone, but it turns out that everyone else has either been through it or is going through it.

 

Well, I thought I’d add on to this instagram post that I uploaded two days ago about ‘feelings’. So I’m a pretty emotional person and that’s how it’s been since I was little. I would tear up whilst simply talking about something that someone did that was so touching, or something/someone that hurt me or just memories that I held really close to my heart. I used to absolutely HATE it. I would get emotional whilst speaking to my mum about it, asking her why I always cried during such moments. I went on about how people would think I’m weak if I continue on like that. Needless to say, she hit me with some knowledge and I didn’t question it any longer. I used to think that having deep feelings or always tearing up was a sign of weakness, but then I realised that the only reason why I get emotional when thinking of how things once were (be it a couple days, a few months or years ago) is because it was very important to me and really meant something to me. So why should I feel ashamed or feel as though I’m being ‘weak’ by reacting to a situation in my own way? It’s so silly.

 

Anyway, this is a short message to say that if you’re like me, and you have a heart that feels things so deeply; just know that by no means are you considered ‘weak’. We just have to embrace it and perhaps just know that people like us have to be extra careful who we let into our lives. These days, almost everyone needs extra vetting, so vetted they will be.

 

Hope you have a lovely week Ribbons!

 

 

 

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Amente T Shirt, Missguided Skirt, (camel) ZARA Heels, similar here, Mango Backpack



Hey Ribbons! So I know it’s been a while, but I’m here now with a lovely collaboration that I believe you will all love. Before I get into those details, I just want you to know why I’ve been a bit MIA. I have been working very hard on my womenswear line that will be revealed to you all in the New Year. There is still a lot left to do with regards to manufacturing and fabrics, but I must say it is coming together very well. I prefer to take my time on these things, which is why I haven’t really had much time for blogging.

You know me, whenever I blog, I prefer to bring you guys something substantial. Needless to say, words of substance take time, which I don’t seem to have too much of these days. If you would like to keep up with my design process, then follow me at @nengiwilliepepple on instagram. So the lovely jewellery brand motif.me contacted me with regards to a small collaboration and once I saw their pieces, and because I absolutely love jewellery and especially stacking rings and bracelets (and more recently, layering necklaces too), I was ready to sign on the dotted line.

Christmas is around the corner and what better way to surprise your mum, sister, girlfriend, niece, aunt and any other special lady in your life than to get her something delicate and tasteful. Well now you can, if you head over to (motif website), you can now get $20 off your first order by entering my promo code ‘runwayribbons’ at the check out. For my non US readers, fear not, they offer frees shipping, so all you will be paying for is your newly discounted piece(s) of jewellery. I wouldn’t promote something that I genuinely didn’t love, so you can rest assured that these pieces

 

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TOPSHOP Body, MANGO Feather Skirt, similar here, Forever 21 Bag

 

Whenever I complain about something trivial, I pause, take it back and remember that I am alive and breathing. It’s this new thing I do. Life has been quite overwhelming recently, which is the reason for my absence on Runway Ribbons. I apologise and promise you all that I will do so much better.

I absolutely love my blog. I put a lot of time and effort into it, from it’s general aesthetics, to the quality of my images, to my actual content. I will be more frequent with my lovely and uplifting Thursday Thoughts, I will be giving you all more of my opinions on everyday life situations, I will be updating you on things I do in the fashion world etc

I have a lot going on at the moment, but I see that as a good thing, because it means that when I reveal all to you, you will understand why I wasn’t able to keep up to date with Runway Ribbons. Please leave me comments and let me know what sort of content you would like to see from me.

 

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Missguided Choker Top, similar here, Band of Gypsies Shorts, similar here and here

Mango Strappy Shoes, similar here

 

Wearing shorts in London is something I never do. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever worn shorts in this city. Yes, even in the summer. If you know anything about London, you’ll know that it’s a city that blows hot and cold (quite literally). Our weather fluctuates like nothing you’ve ever seen before and almost everyone carries an umbrella ‘just in case’ of rain. So you can imagine that when I was putting this outfit together it felt a little strange to me. I actually felt like a tourist in my own city, because wearing shorts feels too reminiscent of a holiday, which it is far from.

 

As seen in my Miami vlog, I wore shorts with confidence, because I was in that environment, but when I’m in my own city, it just feels weird. This beautiful Forever 21 top goes so well with shorts though, so I decided to style them together regardless of what I think/feel about me wearing shorts in London. I am such a big fan of clothes with dramatic elements to them, so this crop top was right up my street. The sheer finish, the sleeves and the tiny polka dots just came together beautifully and I shot with my friend Andrea this time! She is so talented and I can’t wait to do some more cool shots with her. Check out her blog here. Wishing you all an awesome weekend!

 

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Forever 21 Top, Bershka Denim Shorts, similar here, Mango Strappy Shoes, (sold out)

 

 



Runway_Ribbons_Bbq_01Runway_Ribbons-Bbq_02Runway_Ribbons_Bbq_03Runway_Ribbons_Bbq_04Runway_Ribbons_BbqRunway_Ribbons_Bbq_05I was invited to a roof top bbq by a brand called Kit & Ace. They have the most luxurious minimalistic pieces you have ever felt. Not seen, felt. I can’t even describe the feeling but it’s pure technical cashmere bliss and best of all, it’s washing machine approved! (Isn’t dry-cleaning such a hassle?) The way I’m going on about this brand you would think this post was sponsored. It wasn’t. Anyway, I can’t wait to get my hands on one or three things!

 

Anyway, the brand is Canadian but they are breaking into the European market and I’m so glad because that means they’ll be right on my doorstep! The barbecue kicked off at 1pm and there was overflowing pimms, burgers, sausages and fresh fruit. (If you count the fruit in your pimms as fresh fruit after it has been soaked in alcohol for a while. I do) Needless to say, it was a lovely afternoon and I can’t wait for their launch party tomorrow! Hope you’re all having a lovely week so far!

 

Missguided Body (previously worn here), Missguided Jeans, similar hereMANGO T-Bar Sandals

 

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Runway_Ribbons_006Runway_Ribbons_005Runway_Ribbons_003Runway_Ribbons_004Runway_Ribbons_007Runway-Ribbons_001Runway_Ribbons_002After putting this outfit together, it took me a while to realise how Roman-esque the ensemble was. It was only when my friend commented on my instagram picture saying ‘Slaay honey! I feel like you need a sword and a metal shield, that I realised how 105 BC my entire outfit was. I quite like it though, it reminds me of the TV show Spartacus, which I enjoyed for the story line, but mainly for the scantily clad gladiators. 😉

 

With regards to my outfit, let’s just say that I couldn’t love Zara anymore if I tried. Everything I’m wearing (except the cape) is from Zara. The gladiator sandals are actually two years old, and I still remember when they got delivered to my student house in Leeds. I was so excited! I love items that you can have for years without them really going out of fashion, and I would say that is one of the joys of buying real leather over pleather. Lots of stores are currently stocking variations of gladiator sandals and I love them all! I will tag a few below.

 

P.S So I got this cute boxy tote (pictured above) from Topshop and I was so upset when I realised that the manufacturers had pretty much engraved the TOPSHOP lettering on the front of the bag. What is up with that?! They are not a household name so why do such?! It really did put me off and if I wasn’t desperate for a bag that was a little bigger than my usual shoulder bags, I wouldn’t have purchased it. Anyway, I coloured the letters in with black permanent marker so that the words wouldn’t be noticeable. Hash-tag, problem solved.

Does anyone else feels this way?

 

Mango Camel Cape, similar here & here, ZARA Sleeveless Knit, similar here,

ZARA Skirt, similar here, TOPSHOP Tote, ZARA Gladiator sandals, similar here and here

 

 

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With the amount of times that I have donned this camel cape on Runway Ribbons, some people within the fashion industry would probably think that I would taken away by the fashion police, guilty of being a repeat offender. But is there anything at all wrong with re-wearing clothes that you’ve spent good money on?!  Should we have a time frame in which we are allowed to wear clothes?! I think not.

There are a lot of fashion industry elites who don’t believe in the repetition of clothes because of some sort of stigma it has. Where this stigma came from, I really do not know. Why should we as women feel as though once an item of clothing has been on our backs they have to be pushed far back into the crevices of our wardrobes, never to be seen again.

 

Sometimes I wonder how the clothing manufacturers would feel if they knew that the time and energy they put into making specific pieces garments were all for little to nothing. In the instance of couture garments, I can understand why one would wear lets say, a John Galliano couture gown and not want to wear it again. In that instance it has probably served it’s purpose. However, when it comes to regular pieces of clothing. I am aware that everyone will have their reasons why they would never repeat an item of clothing and I’ll probably never understand why, but that’s absolutely fine.

 

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MANGO Camel Cape, similar here, H&M Crop Top, similar here, Giraffe Clutch (self made), Vintage Culottes, similar here

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Runway_Ribbons_Golden_Gates_2Runway_Ribbons_Golden_GatesRunway_Ribbons_Golden_Gates_3Runway_Ribbons_Camel_FurRunway_Ribbons_Golden_Gates_1Runway_Ribbons_Gates_4I’m currently so ill and on antibiotics as I write this post, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Remember here, when I talked about my colour preference for Autumn/Winter?! Well it seems that I have stuck to my guns with my overload of camel on Runway Ribbons. It’s such a complimentary colour and I must say it has been my go-to this season. See herehere, here and here. What was your colour of the season?

 

P.S I can’t believe 2014 is almost over! Looking forward to the new year as I have a few goals for my self and for this blog in particular! Watch this space.

 

Forever 21 Mini Dress, similar here, TK Maxx Gloves, MANGO Camel Cape, NEXT Thigh High Boots, similar here and here

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Runway_Ribbons_Caramel_Sundae2Runway_Ribbons_Caramel_Sundae12Runway_Ribbons_Caramel_Sundae8Runway_Ribbons_Caramel_Sundae10Runway_Ribbons_Caramel_Sundae_CollageRunway_Ribbons_Caramel_Sundae11Runway_Ribbons_Caramel_Sundae9Runway_Ribbons_Caramel_Sundae13Runway_Ribbons_Caramel_SundaeYou’re probably wondering why these photographs look a lot more professional than the ones that are usually on Runway Ribbons. Well, that’s because I did a little photo shoot with a photography team called SLR Memories. I felt so comfortable behind their camera because Rohan, who captured the photographs was very friendly and professional. He absolutely captured everything that I envisioned. The photographs were shot a couple of weeks ago in Southwark Park, with the prettiest scenery that just screamed autumn, winter.

 

I decided to wear colours that could rival a caramel sundae and the combination really made my pictures stand out, as well as compliment the general aesthetic of the backdrop. I am currently looking for a photographer that I can collaborate with on a more regular basis, so if you know anyone, let me know. I would love to shoot with SLR Memories again, because I am really pleased with how their pictures turned out!

 

MANGO Camel Cape, Bershka Turtle Neck, ZARA Circle Skirt, similar here, MANGO Courts

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Runway_Ribbons_Pinafore_1Runway_Ribbons_PinaforeRunway_Ribbons_Thigh_High_BootsRunway_Ribbons_Pinafore_2Runway Ribbons Pinafore CollageI absolutely love the fashion cycle, because it always manages to leave me in awe of literally how the old becomes the new becomes the old becomes the new.

A few weeks ago, my friend mentioned how she really wanted the Stan Smith Adidas trainers and I was like: “Yeah, they’re pretty nice but I remember having them in pink in Primary school… what’s the hype?” I can’t remember her response now, but eventually she got them and is happy with them.

 

Fifteen years ago, if anyone told me that I would be wearing a pinafore by choice, I would have laughed in their faces and made onomatopoeic sounds that expressed my disgust. I didn’t necessarily hate pinafores, but in my mind they were always labelled as ‘primary school uniform’, which is why it’s funny to see me here today, older, wiser and embracing of the old. I absolutely love them now and if I could, I would get them in multiple colours, as they remind me of my youth. (I use the term youth loosely, I’m not even 25! Lol)

 

MANGO Camel Cape, MANGO Turtle Neck, TOPSHOP Pinafore, love this one hereNEXT Thigh High Boots

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Runway_Ribbons_Sandy_Hues3Runway_Ribbons_Sandy_HuesRunway_Ribbons_Sandy_Hues_7Runway_Ribbons_Sandy_Hues_5Runway_Ribbons_DetailsRunway_Ribbons_Sandy_Hues_CollageRunway_Ribbons_Sandy_Hues2Runway_Ribbons_Sandy_Hues_8My belief is that if you can look really good in winter, then you posses a certain degree of style. Autumn/Winter is a time of year where latte’s, and snoods become our second skin. The chill in the air is such that takes you to a different head space. I find myself contemplating life and all it’s wonders, when I see a scantily clad female approach the bus stop. In my head I think ‘Is she not cold?’ ‘She looks bangin’ though!’ ‘But really is she NOT cold?’ These questions go through my head so quickly that I don’t know which I even thought first. Part of me is envious of her attire because she does look bangin’, and when someone looks good, my natural instinct is to check myself because I pride myself on my attire, and like, ‘Am I living up to what I love?’. Hashtag ilovefashion. Anyway, I slowly look down at my chest, which I realise I can’t actually see due to the 3 layers of fabric that conceals it. Silence…

 

After about five minutes of pondering, I disregarded her outfit and went with the assumption that she was not cold. I comforted myself with the knowledge that you don’t have to be half naked to look attractive. When I was younger, I would go clubbing in mini dresses which looked great and turned heads, but looking back at them now I realise that they were really a tad too short. Why did we do that? Peer pressure? Who knows! I’m only twenty two, but I’m glad that those days are long gone.  I have friends who dress scantily clad going out at night, and I certainly do not judge them, (just like I didn’t judge the warm girl who got on the bus) but I’ve been in a different head space for a few years now. What are your thought on this? Do you feel that you’ve matured in different ways?

 

MANGO Camel Cape, TK Maxx Wool Scarf, similar here, MissGuided Clutch

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