Sunday, 1 October 2017

10 Reasons I Will Never Be A Fashion Blogger

I've had this blog for a long time, since it was recommended at University. I've never really found my niche with it, and every now and again I'll get a boost of motivation and go out and do a shoot and bank a few fashion posts and the blog lives on.

I've been reflecting a little on my blog and instagram (you know, the important things in life) and I'm not really being real with myself. I'm a writer, not a fashion blogger. I can write 2 pages about the new Gucci release but I won't be the girl toting it around taking photos of it and looking glam.
(Big up respect for any real life fashion bloggers, you are the unicorns of the world.)

But for me, these are the 10 reasons I will never be a real fashion blogger:

1. I will always have a hairband on my wrist and a bag big enough to carry around everything I *probably won't* need, and it's just not very chic.

2. Fashion influencers seem to look amazing every time they leave the house. Honestly, I just can't be assed putting that much effort into my appearance.

3.  They also seem to have permanently growing wardrobes, whereas I am constantly trying to throw stuff out from mine - counterproductive for a fashion blogger I would imagine.

4. If I have twenty quid I'd rather spend it on a large pizza and bottle of wine at the weekend than on a top  -  and you can't blog about the pizza. (Or can I.... ? Stay tuned!)

5. It's actually a lot of hassle finding somewhere that looks nice with good lighting to shoot - plus you have to ask your friends to take all your pics for you when really you all want to be doing something else.

6. *Waits for backlash* I'm not thin enough. Fashion bloggers are aspirational and that's why they gain following - because they look incredible or  have amazing wardrobes. Constantly comparing yourself to other people is pretty unhealthy, but you can't help it when you're scrolling through the feed all day.  Realistically, I'm not thin enough to look great whatever I wear, and I'm not willing to give up the aforementioned pizza and wine nights to get there.

Edit : I'm not saying I approve of this 'thinner looks better's mentality but it's rooted into society and makes us all feel a bit shit sometimes I think. 

7. Shooting honestly feels like a bit of a chore rather than fun for me - and weekends are for having a merry old time, not chores.

8. I don't actually dress very well. Pretty key if you're talking about personal style.

9. It's been like 7 years of selfies and I still haven't found 'my angle'. It's time to accept I probably don't have one. (I'm crying tears shaped like Kylie Jenner as I write this admission.)

10. It's just too much pressure trying to be something you're not.

So it's taken a while but at least I can cross one thing off my list of potential blog niches. In all honesty my blog may well go back to what it was in the early days - a place for me to write about all the things I hate. (Apparently myself, judging by this post.)

But seriously, it's important to do the things that make you happy and feel fulfilled, and I've realised that fussing over an instagram theme and fretting about getting a great shot rather than experiencing the moment without a phone isn't making me happy. It's not an accurate representation of who I am.

An accurate representation of who I am would be this gif:

And this gif is probably an accurate representation of what is to come for my blog, so prepare your loins and girdle up, lads.

Let me know your thoughts on fashion blogging,my fashion posts, and anything else!


Monday, 18 September 2017

A definitive ranking of my Game of Thrones crushes.

A hot-topic and trigger for many an office debate, I know a lot of you have probably had many sleepless nights wondering who exactly I fancy the most from Game of Thrones. I admit, I've had sleepless nights myself trying to work it out as it seems to change episode-to-episode. But I forced myself to consider all points and form a definitive list.

In order, and without any hesitation:

1. Daenerys Targaryen
Nobody can argue, she is an absolute dreamboat and she has blooming dragons. The exact opposite of a crush with baggage. She is clearly the ultimate #GirlBoss and thus honoured with number 1 place in my heart and my list of crushes.

2. Khal Drogo
LOOK. AT. HIM. And when all the Dothraki are riding around standing on their stallions waving their spears around... let's just keep it PC and say they need more airtime.

3. Jorah Mormont
I'm just obsessed with this guy. I would honestly get greyscale just to spend some alone time with him in his cell. Pushed down from first place to third because of how obsessed he is with Daenerys - I can't really compete with that. 

4. Missandei
Probably the most beautiful person on the show, but minus points for being kind of boring. Sorry hun. 

5. Greyworm
He always looks slightly concerned but if he didn't he'd be super hot. Loses some points for not having genitals. (Probs why he always looks concerned tbf.)

6. Littlefinger 
What can I say? I'm a sucker for a sexy accent.

7. Margaery Tyrell
What a go-get-em kinda gal. Big fan, and she had incredible hair and bedroom eyes. Plus her grandma would be the coolest ever grandma-in-law. (Unless you're Joffrey, in which case she was kind of the worst.)

8. Jaimie Lannister
Hottest guy but lost a ton of points for the whole incest thing. Can't really see past that.

9. Daario Naharis
Yeah I mean he's cute but what even happened to him?

10. Podrick Payne
I've heard big things about Pod. ;) Also just look at him. He is so pure and innocent and protective and I just love him. Lost some points for looking like a little brother, although he's aging nicely as the series progress. 

11. Rob Starke
Undeniably pleasant to the eye but doesn't listen to anybody else and a little too arrogant to make it any higher than 11th place.

12. Jon Snow
Likewise, Jon is aesthetically pleasing there is no denying it, but he has absolutely no banter.
We are 6 seasons in and he has never laughed or made a joke. I need a little more bantz from my bbz.

13. Tormund 
Oh, I do love a **(Edit: NORWEGIAN?!)  man. Plus he's super badass. Loses points because I want to see him kiss Brienne more than I want to kiss him myself, but the attraction's there for sure.

14. Bronn
 I mean, who doesn't love a badboy?

15. Gendry
 I like how he wields a hammer instead of a sword. Absolutely no fucks given and that's the kind of guy I'm a fan of.

16.  Renly Baratheon
Plus points: Handsome face and great hair. Negative points: Gay

17. Talisa Stark 
Absolute mega babe, but didn't get enough air time for me to fall in love with her properly. Also she had the opposite of a sexy accent. Lastly, she came across a little too 'mumsy' for me to even really want to take her on a night out. 

18. Tommen Baratheon
Ok, I know he's like 12, but what a beautiful little face he has. He's on here as a premeditated guess that he's going to be even more handsome than Jaimie when he's older. I could be wrong - I thought Bran would grow up to be handsome. But for now, I have high hopes for little Tommen. 

19. Tyrion Lannister
We could drink wine together, pee our pants laughing together, plot the demise of our siblings together, and also he's super intelligent, which is always a turn-on. Only this far down because he only fancies  prostitutes. 

20. Sansa Starke
Number 20 because she is beautiful, but also miserable as sin.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

15 Fears

1. Bumping into my exes when I look like shit.

2. Spiders.

3. Someone finding my entire life-worth of internet history.

4. Liking someone's photo from 48 weeks ago on Instagram.

5. What the doctor would say if I told the truth when they ask how many units of alcohol I drink in a week.

6. Hangovers.

7. The biscuit breaking when I dip it in my tea.

8. Farting at the gym.

9. Domino's being delivered without the extra dip.

10. Discovering an intolerance to cheese.

11. Going for a handshake when they go for a hug.

12. Thinking my headphones are plugged in but they aren't so everyone knows I sit listening to the Legally Blonde broadway musical soundtrack in my spare time.

13. Discovering my boyfriend is secretly one of those people who argues with strangers on celebrity Instagram pages.

14. My foot somehow getting caught on the escalators in the tube station and my leg ripping off when it reaches the bottom.

15. Falling instantly in love with the driver of a white van when he shouts out the window at me and then him driving away and me never seeing him again.


Friday, 15 September 2017

A (nother) Floral Dress

The final Summer post is a little late as it's already looking pretty orange and cosy outside, but in fairness this was shot a few warmer weekends ago. (Thanks @ItsTahnee.)  Obsessing a little bit over this dress and trying to make the most of the bardot trend before it gets too cold to bare a little skin...

The dress is from Miss Selfridge, and so are the mules although they're pretty old now. I feel like this dress could be carried through into A/W with some biker boots and a leather jacket though, so you may not being seeing the last of it just yet! Also, how much blonder is my hair? Considering I was box-dye black a couple of months ago, it's pretty miraculous. Big up to Alice at The Painted Lady - I would recommend her to anyone!


So I guess I'm waving goodbye to Autumn and switching the shoes out for boots and getting some cosy jumpers ordered. Stay tuned - we all know Autumn is one of my favourite times of year...

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Miller Harris Perfume Review

I've never found 'my scent.' I don't have one perfume I like to stick to, I play with different scents (an expensive habit for sure), but nothing has felt distinctly me. You know when a woman walks past and you get a whiff of her perfume and everything smells great for a minute? (Yes, I realise how creepy that all sounds.) Well, I've never found a perfume that sticks with me throughout the day and that people can affiliate me with. 


So when Miller Harris asked if I wanted to try one of their perfumes, I opted in. I hadn't heard of Miller Harris before, but it's essentially a London Perfumer who work with super high quality raw and pure materials to produce the loveliest scents. I wasn't sure which one to go for, but I said I preferred fruity scents over floral-y ones, (floral scents make me thing of old-lady soaps for some reason), and they recommended Poirier d'un Soir.

The website describes it as 'autumnal warmth' with 'dusky Turkish rose and peony accented by tangy blackcurrant and a swirl of caramel'.
It smells like how I imagine Marilyn Monroe would have smelt. It's sweet, a little musky, sexy and subtly fruity.

If you're willing to give it a go, you can buy it here. I don't know yet if it's 'my scent', or if I'll ever even have one, but until I figure that out I think you can't go wrong with something that smells like Marilyn Monroe. Feminine, sexy and with a little bit of a kick to it - if I can't live my life that way, at least my perfume can.

**I was sent this product as a gift, but all my opinions are my own and completely genuine! 


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road flower market is probably one of my favourite things to do on a Sunday afternoon. And probably one of my least favourite things to do in a Sunday morning - it is hectic! If you're anything like me and get a little panic-y in crowds or claustrophobic situations, I definitely recommend waiting until after 1pm when it starts wrapping up and the crowds have dispersed. 

I dressed for the occasion in my black floral maxi - from ASOS by Y.A.S.  My mules were also from ASOS by Depp and currently in the Sale - but my weirdo flat feet were too wide for them so I had to get a little DIY and cut little triangles into the inner corners to stop them cutting in uncomfortably. Now they're a dream though... although definitely not secure enough to run in when you're late for a train. (Tried and tested.) 



My ram skull ring is by by Empty Casket - currently sold out but they restock constantly so keep checking back if you want it. The larger ring is from (I think) Regal Rose or Shop Dixi, but  both are great for bohemian-style rings. I don't buy anything that isn't sterling silver anymore because I hate green fingers! They creep me out I feel like they're rotting.

My glasses are Topshop, but must have sold out literally this week because I can't find them anymore - similar here though. I got myself some wildflowers for the flat because I am a firm believer that you can never have too many flowers in your life. (Hint, hint, Steven.)

(Photos by Tim Chung!)

Wha'ts your favourite market to go to in London?

Monday, 28 August 2017

The Trend I've Bought Into For Summer...


As a general rule I try not to buy into trends, but the straw bag has won me over for SS17. Starting off as a big thing in the 70s when launched by Birkin and making a comeback this season with Dolce and Gabanna, it's trickled down to the highstreet and my peasant-self is glad.

My bag is by South Beach and bought via ASOS -  I love the crochet detailing and little tassels for a boho-ey vibe. I had originally bought a different one but when it arrived it was a little too small for beach days and towels, so I had to send it back. This one I had thought was a little too big for everyday use, but looking at the photos now I think you can make it work. I will be toting it about the pool in Florida next month for sure.


My dress is a total dream. I actually got it on Depop from the stylist Emma Thatcher, after one too many wines on a night out. I had been eyeing it during the day and a little dutch courage and my bank balance wasn't a concern any more... woops! It was actually from the H&M Studio SS17 collection, and is made from a gorgeous silk blend which makes it really lightweight and breathable. Don't get me wrong, I still sweat like a little mole rat when taking these photos.

My sandals are from Warehouse via ASOS, and although at first they hurt like a lil' bitch, my feet have somehow gotten accustomed to the metal ring and they're super comfy to traipse around in all day. (They're in the sale now, so if you're quick...)

Sunglasses are super old (sorry!) and Topshop own.


My photos were taken for me by my friend Tim, who kindly put up with me stopping to pet dogs, stopping to complain about how much I want a dog, and to take a little wine-break at a pub even though he wasn't drinking. Girl's gotta wine when a girl's gotta wine. All a part of upping the quality of my blog for you guys, so let me know what you think!

Have you bought into any trends this season?

Monday, 21 August 2017

The Relaunch of CallieKazumi


Blogging got forgotten about for a long time. Life got really full-on and I haven't had any time for myself to do what I love - writing.

On top of this, I felt a little lost style-wise. When I started this as a fashion blog five years ago I was at university and my style was both a horrific mix of clashing prints and colours and yet totally 'me'. In the last year or so whilst focusing on my career, my style fell by the wayside and nothing felt worth posting.

My wardrobe was full, but nothing made me feel excited to get dressed or good about myself. My style had become boring, comfortable and... *shudders* practical.   In a world where I'm working with the most fashionable women in London every day... to say I felt like a Plain Jane at this stage would be an understatement.

Enter: The Curated Closet. The ultimate guide to rediscovering your style and building a wardrobe to match.   Au revoir, crappy cotton t-shirt that I don't even like but wear 4 times a week.

So  I rediscovered my sense of style and decided it was time to relaunch my blog with more regular posting, better imagery, and a new design.

I've archived the majority of all my old posts for fresh starts all round - I'll toast to that (obvs).

To catch you guys up on what I've been up to and how I've changed so dramatically that it warrants archiving 300 blog posts... a walk through my Instagram, from the start of my blog until now. Brace yourselves.

  • I got a puppy called Draco Malfoy. He is my one true love.
  • I was living in Scotland (but disliking Irn Bru and haggis).
  • I was dressing like an urban 15 year old boy.
  • I had a lot of piercings and holes in my face.
  • I went out a lot.

  • I graduated from University.
  • I was interning at fashion magazines and doing the Devil Wears Prada thing.
  • I started dressing more like an adult, albeit still with clashing colours & prints.
  •  I moved to London where my asthma got precisely 70% worse due to pollution.
  • I met Steven.
  • I had the fullest of fringes & a dodgy ombre.
  • I lost the facial piercings much to the relief of my parents.
  • I discovered my affections for red wine.

  • I was working at Jack Wills HQ as a Copywriter where we ate a lot of party food.
  • I stopped wearing colour in a bid to look more sophisticated.
  • I fell in love with Paris.
  • I ditched the fringe.
  • I was working at Miss Selfridge HQ on Digital Content & Social Media .
  • I moved in with Steven.
  • I discovered my love for girly bohemian style.
  • I went to Disneyworld and it was magical.
  • We got a house bunny - Pixie Lopp.
  • I got a Scholarship for a Masters in Political Marketing which I do in the evenings for lols.
  • I got a job as Head of Fashion at the coolest East London agency ever.
  • I got sad about my big forehead and reintroduced a (less heavy) fringe into my life.
  • I bleached my hair. (RIP.)

So I guess that's my recent history all condensed into bullet-points and dodgy instagram selfies. I want my blog to continue being a place where I can document my ever-changing style, alongside a political rant or two. I hope you'll stick with me through it all!

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