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And a big welcome to all my new subscribers!

First off I'm going to start off with an apology, things have been a bit irregular around here with the emails and it's not going to get any better. I'm on the big countdown and will also be away for the first two weeks of August and plan to take those two weeks off from this newsletter! So while I'm going to try my best and see how it goes over the next couple of weeks there is every chance this email will be a bit more sporadic.

So this week I'm thinking about something that has always stumped me and does even more so now we live in the world of social media...

Originality is a funny thing. When I was younger I hated looking the same as other people, I chose to dabble in the emo/grunge phase for years because I felt it made me look different and for the most, part being in Essex, it did. I remember having a friend in school who would copy everything I wore and I hated it. Of course, now I know people wanting to wear the same thing as you should be flattering but I was 14 and it annoyed me. Tbf a small part of me would still 100% hate it now. Ok maybe not even just a small part.

Wanting something different is partly why I started making my clothes, I wanted something other people couldn’t get. While making something yourself can make it more originally with the ever expanding popularity of sewing particularly on social media, it is not uncommon to arrive at a sewing event wearing the same thing as someone else.

 So how in a world where social media reigns, do you stay original when your mind can be oversaturated with what everyone else is doing?

Whether you’re into fashion bloggers or sewing bloggers, seeing the trends and what people are wearing or making, make it hard not to be sucked in. In the end you can find yourself wearing the same thing or a variation of that thing.

Be inspired by everything. Don’t be pigeon holed into one style. Remember my emo phase? During that time I was only allowed to wear black and girly dresses were an absolute no-no. If you know me, this is 100% not me - and even then it really wasn’t truly me - but because I’d defined my style as one thing, I felt I had to stick to it. Try to do the same now: If you’re really into 60s style that doesn’t mean you can’t rock a pair of 70s flares. Why not even mix things together?

Think about how you style your items. Tea dresses might be really popular but what you pair with it might make your version stand out. Don’t think you always have to match. A bit of colour matching is great, but mixing things up is equally as good. I’ve mentioned before how I love wearing really girly things with utility jackets and trainers. It gives my clothes a new lease of life to wear them in different ways.

Take parts from other people. You are you after all and you don’t have to be anyone else. I love Alexa Chung, she is my style queen, but while she can rock a pair of tiny denim shorts they’re not going to do me any favours so I’m steering clear.

This all might seem obvious but sometimes when we are scrolling through Instagram or the latest sewing challenge appears, we can find ourselves getting a bit lost.

But remember You Do You.

Drake - Scorpion
What a treat it was when Drake decided to drop a new album and even more of a treat when it's this good. It is not an exaggeration when I say I have had this album on repeat.
Skip to Summer Games, Sandra's Rose and Finesse.

Social Fabric
Last newsletter I recommended Ugly Delicious and really hope you watched it. But if food is not your thing but clothes are then step up Social Fabric. Each episode designer Karl Ng looks at a different item of clothing. He explore its history, its place in society and its place within different cultures. 

Stitchers Brew - Episode 18
Last but not least I'm on the latest episode of the Stitchers Brew podcast with Shauni from Magnificent Thread. Hear us talking about fashion, sewing, style icons and lots of other things with Gabby and Meg on episode 18.
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