Friday, 30 December 2016

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU


This year has been such an insane one for me. When I officially set myself up as a business at the start of the year, I never would have dreamt I would be illustrating in Vogue by December. If someone would have told me that in January, I would have laughed right in their mother chuffin' face and maybe even given them a slight slap. I have never been the most confident person, so for me to achieve this all on my own is just crazy. I don't want to toot my own horn, but I tell you what I deserve it. I have worked so hard all year. My days off from my other job are spent painting or sorting out my paperwork 99% of the time. I get up early and sit behind a table all day with a paintbrush because this really is what I want to do. I know in my last post I spoke a lot about how this has affected my blog, and how it's had to take a bit of a back seat, but really sometimes the two things go hand in hand. This is my platform to share my life, and this is obviously a massive part of my life which I love sharing with you guys. I know I don't post about it that much mind you, because at the end of the day this is supposed to be a fashion blog, but it's nice to be able to share my passion (second to dogs obvs) with my readers.
 
Aside from what this year has had to offer, this post was mostly to say thank you. It's a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has supported me. Wether you've shared my posts, brought a print or commission, visited me at my markets or liked a photo. I really am a one woman band and work so hard so I can do something I love. Your encouragement will never go unnoticed. I think being part of the blogging community gives me that extra support to. This little internet circle really crushed my stereotype of people in fashion being pretentious and dare I say, a bit stuck up. I've had nothing but nice comments and encouragement from other bloggers since I started blogging and illustrating. I have to mention the absolute babe that is Chloe from The Little Plum. Now she is someone that I'm sure most brands are dying to work with, she's sassy, clever and beautiful... but this year she has featured my work on her blog and Instagram a few times and written some really lovely words. It's support like this that means the world to me. It makes me clutch my hand to my heart and let out a little "awh". I really believe in girl power and building each other up as women and Chloe has really shown those two things to me this year. So thank you gal.
 
To celebrate this wondrous year that has been 2016 (despite all those celeb deaths) I am giving everyone 20% off everything in my shop until 2nd January. Just visit www.helenhird.co.uk/shop and get clicking!
 
I cant wait to see what 2017 has to offer!
 
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Sunday, 18 December 2016

FAUX SHEARLING










 
Glamorous Cropped Tan Biker Jacket  c/o | Gucci Double G Belt  | Asos Farleigh Jeans  | Asos Long Sleeve Striped Tee (similar) | Topshop Boots (similar)


I haven't been able to blog for a couple of weeks. The combination of working in retail at Christmas and having a business where I have my most orders of the year to get out in time for the big day has proved somewhat tiring. I say tiring, I mean horrific. (that might be a slight exaggeration, but it has been hectic!) It stresses me out when I can't blog, I'm sure a lot of you will relate. Although in the circumstances, I do have to prioritise and learn not to freak out about it. I have had to learn to understand that I am only one person. It is not less important to me, but something has to give. I by no means think of my blog as a career, there are tones of amazing bloggers and influencers that I look up to that have managed to make a living from it, but for me it is a hobby. If I had the time I would love to make it my number one priority, I absolutely love working with brands and connecting with likeminded people, but I have to be realistic and I just don't have the time. This might seem like I'm shooting myself in the foot a bit and I don't want to sound unenthusiastic, but I have to be realistic about it. My business will always have to come first. Saying that, I still want to develop my blog as much as I can, and put is as much time and effort as physically possible. It's something I love doing, something that has brought me great opportunities and something I wont be giving it up anytime soon. I think writing this paragraph is just a bit of therapy for me! It's me declaring that it's ok not be able to be wonder woman and manage 3 big things in my life equally. I feel better for it.
 
 
On another, less thought provoking note, how nice is this jacket? I've been after a tan shearling one for ages, but the ones I liked would have cost me an arm and a leg. So although this Glamorous one is still £80, they nearly always have discount codes floating about. If they're not promoted on their site pay our good ol' pal Vouchercodes a visit. I think they have a £50% off dresses promo on at the moment. They don't do any of this 15% shit... they go in the with big guns.
 
If I don't get another chance to blog before Christmas, having an amazing time. Eat and drink what ever the hell you want and give all your loved ones big kisses under the mistletoe. If you want to keep updated with my goings on between posts & over Christmas you can follow me on Instagram @helen_hird 
 
 
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