A little update & goodbye to Influence

Monday, 28 July 2014

Hi everyone,

So you might or might not have noticed the crickets over here on my blog. I've received some lovely mails and I thought it best to finally write this post. After a lot of deliberating, I've decided that it's time to stop writing Influence. I'll truly miss this little space of mine, it's been such an amazing adventure and has brought me the most incredible opportunities. It's quite emotional and sad to think that I'll no longer be writing here, but in my heart I know I'm not giving it my all and for that reason I feel it's the right decision to move on.

I think there comes a point for most people when you'll find you've outgrown a certain space. My life has changed so much in the last two years since graduating from Uni and lately I don't feel as connected to my blog as I once did. As much as I've loved it, I think running a personal blog isn't for me anymore - since becoming a mother my priorities have changed and I feel ready now to try my hand at something new! 

So on that note, I'm not disappearing from the internet entirely - I'll soon be launching my new project, which I've been mentioning for a while now. It's a brand new website, that I've been working really hard on for the last three months. It's not a new blog or anything, instead I'll be a little more 'behind the scenes' which suits me a lot better. Keep your eye on this space as my next (and final) post will be sharing all the details. Hopefully a few of you will check it out before you delete this blog from your browsers.  

But for now, this post is dedicated to Influence and all of the amazing bloggers and readers who have supported me and my blog. I've had the best time blogging, made so many great internet friends and I'll always be truly grateful for the wonderful opportunities that have come from it. Thank you so much everyone, it's been an amazing journey. 

Steph xo

A trip to North Berwick

Monday, 7 July 2014

North Berwick Beach daisies flowerpots North Berwick Church North Berwick Houses North Berwick Brick House North Berwick North Berwick harbour lobster shack North Berwick playground ice cream

Here are the photos from North Berwick, which we visited last week after our trip to the Archerfield Estate. We didn't catch it on it's sunniest day, but the town was still full of colour and beautiful old buildings. I kept taking photos of the houses as so many of them were painted in the prettiest colours. Sadly we didn't manage to try anything from The Lobster Shack on our trip, but hopefully we can go back again soon - Though I didn't spy lobster rolls on their menu, which is a shame as they're my absolute favourite! However, we did manage to get some ice creams, which we had as we wandered back through town to our car. Yum!

Wimbledon Hearts

Monday, 30 June 2014

Influence Blog Outfit Steph Influence Blog Links of London Necklace Outfit Details
Blazer - Zara, Top - New Look, Leigh Jeans - Topshop, Sandals - Carvela,  Wimbledon Effervescance Necklace - Links of London*

Like the rest of the UK, we've been caught up in the Wimbledon bubble! All of a sudden we're looking out where our local tennis courts are, blowing off the dust from our rackets and asking ourselves if Finlay is too young still to have a little rally with us. For me, half the fun of Wimbledon is all of the BBC coverage - I love tuning in for Scott Mills' "animal tennis" or watching it all out on the grass (preferably with a Pimms in hand). Then of course there's the fashion side and stalking what Kim Sears wore each day on the Daily Mail, I always think she's such a classy dresser. Doesn't she come across as such a lovely girl too? What is Murray waiting for?!

So today's outfit is Wimbledon themed, a combo of smart and casual dressing and what I'd imagine I'd wear if I ever got the chance to go. This Zara blazer has been perfect for throwing on over simple tops and ensembles, as the bright colour instantly livens everything up. It's quite a bold number for me, but on a sunny summer's day it's one of my favourite things to wear. This gorgeous Links of London necklace is from their latest Wimbledon inspired collection marking the 21st year of them being the official Wimbledon jewellery provider - If you look closely you can see the heart resembles a tennis ball. I think this collection is so pretty and sophisticated. The english nerd in me also loves how some of the pieces have been engraved with words from R. Kipling's poem "If". Such a unique touch! 

So who's everyone's favourite to win? Of course we're all behind Murray in our little household, but the big three are all on top form (dang!!!)