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4.3.18

Reflection.

Why hello there, once again I vanished off the face of earth when it comes to blogging and I'm truly disappointed with myself. I could come up with many different excuses and reasons on why I haven't been active on my blog.

I'm not too sure on where to start, a lot as changed since I last posted on
here. I guess the biggest change is that I recently got myself a new job and I'm truly over the moon with this change. For a long time I fell down a hole of depression, boring routine and working hard without any appreciation in my old job. But my problem was that I felt safe, in a weird way that job was a safety blanket. I had worked for the same company almost 5 years, it was all that I ever knew. Leading up to Christmas I finally snapped and realised that none of this was doing me any good, I was depressed and it felt like my life had no real meaning... deep I know.

Now reflecting back on everything from last year, I don't even recognise that girl from 2017, she was broken and damaged. I can't get over how badly I let my old job take over my life. It was effecting my relationship with my boyfriend, my parents and even my close friends. I couldn't see it at the time, it wasn't until my boyfriend sat me down and basically said I've turned into a horrid person and it's my job that's doing it to me. Deep down I knew I was getting nasty because I wasn't getting anywhere within my career and was taking it out on others.
I finally sat down with my manager and asked him out right 'Do I have a future career with this company?' and he just stared at me blankly and gave me no real answer, that pretty much summed it up for me that it was time for me to move on from this path and find a new one. I didn't want any old job I wanted to find a company that was passionate and excited about their staff and customers. So I started hunting for jobs late November and I found the perfect job for me. It was for a company/brand that I always got excited about thanks to my old manager who also currently works for them. She would always tell me how amazing the company is and how much they care about their staff. So I applied for that one job and just hoped for the best.
I had my interview early December and didn't find out until the start of January that I had the job. I worked 4 weeks notice at my old job and they truly gave me a hard time, which just opened up my eyes on how petty and horrid they were. I worked really hard for that store for 2 and half years and my manager at the time didn't even have the decently to say thank you or good luck to me. Which just summed up my time with that store. But I've moved on to bigger and better things now, if it wasn't for my manager treating me with no respect and basically pushing me out I wouldn't have found this new amazing job! So in a weird way I guess I should thank him, for being a jobs worth and a bit of a knob?
JACKET - ZARA // TEE - TOPMAN // SHOES - TOPSHOP // BAG - CHANEL
I've currently worked 3 full weeks at my new job and I can truly say I can't compare the company or staff to my old job at all. They are all so lovely, hard working and caring people. The company is amazing that truly care about their staff and not just how much money goes into their tills. The culture and brand worth is honestly the best thing I've ever witnessed and I'm so excited to be a apart of it all! Within my first week there I could feel the difference within myself, I was more happy, upbeat and confidenced. My life as completely done a 360° within 3 weeks all because I got myself a new job, it's completely blown my mind. So I guess the whole point of this blog post is if you're not happy, do something about it even if it's a scary big change. 

Carrying on with the reflection vibe/theme of this post I've also decided that I'm going to take a step back from YouTube and focus more time into this blog and Instagram. As much as I love creating content for my YouTube channel, it takes a lot of planning and time to get a video up. Recently YouTube emailed me saying they are pulling adverts from my videos, which is heartbreaking as my videos just haven't been getting the views, specially when you compare how many subscribers I have, it just doesn't add up. I've contacted YouTube about this so many times now and they just haven't done anything about it. If you've followed me for a while I've been very open about how much I earn from my videos and it's little as nothing, roughly £60 a year. I don't create videos for the money at all, I create them to give advise but also talk about my personal experiences which might help others. But if my videos aren't being seen by my subscribers that I've worked so hard to get, then what's the point? Sounds all negative I know but I'm just not too sure on what else to do. If you have any advise please get in contact with me! 
But on a positive note! I'm going to try and post on here on a weekly bases, I haven't decided if I will have a schedule a such but time will tell! 
Much Love!
Charl .xo
Photography by Billy Shatford

26.2.17

A Cute Dress & Fishnets

| DRESS: TOPSHOP | JACKET: TOPSHOP | TIGHTS: EBAY BOOTS: MISS SELFRIDGE 
Heya! It's me again. I know I've been terrible and haven't posted in forever but I'm here posting this outfit because after wearing this very outfit at work and having a couple of the girls say 'you need to blog this outfit' I think you should take it that as a hint to post about it! So if you've been following me for a while you would most likely know that I don't really do the whole 'girly girl' kinder thing when it comes to my outfit builds. I enjoy making outfits my own by jazzing them up with a chunky boot and a leather jacket (in this case) or even throwing on a oversized hoodie or denim jacket. I've noticed the whole ruffle, frill and lace layering and bibs style is coming in and being showcased everywhere at the moment but being a girl with a big chest and not so girly I wasn't completely sold on the idea of investing in this trend until the other day when going into my local Topshop and I laid my eyes on this dress. Not even going to lie I walked around that store for about half hour holding the dress trying to decide if I needed it or not while also trying to figure out what the hell I would wear it with to make it my own. With some convincing from one of my friends I took the dive and bought the damn dress, plus many other things... Topshop is a dangerous place to be with payday around the corner plus having staff discount, things just happen to slip into your shopping basket. Shit happens as some say.So with that all being said I made this dress my own by pairing it with my leather jacket which I picked up from Topshop in Oxford Circus about a month ago and I can't lie, doing this almost made me miss my train back to Cardiff because I got too distracted and engrossed with their sale. Oopies but was totally worth it though, just look at how wonderful it is! Another trend that I'm completely inlove with is fishnet tights! it's a thang and I'm enjoying it as I feel like I can show off my slutty side but in a sly way LOL JK but I can't lie I've been wearing them at lease twice a week even though we really haven't had the weather to do so, but you've got to live life on the edge a little specially when it comes to fashion! Then at last I've got my Miss Selfridge boots on, yup you've read right these bad boys are from Miss Selfridge it took me a little off guard too. I've been on a hunt for a while looking for the perfect boot that can be worn all year around and I truly believe these are them, I adore that they have the cut outsides ready for summer but I can also show off my slutty ankles in my fishnet tights this season, hehe. I've also noticed that metal hardwear and buckles on boots is also a big thing this season. Also I would like to add these boots are super comfy I highly recommend them to anyone thats looking for a good pair of boots, plus their only £49 at the moment.
I finished the overall look with a red lip and a neutral eye as I didn't want too much to draw away from the dress detailing. I would love to know how you would personally style this dress to make it your own.
Much Love, Charlotte
photography credit: Sammy Hamilton | www.elephantphotography.co.uk
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7.11.16

PINK GAMER

 | SWEATSHIRT: PRIMARK | SKIRT: TOPSHOP | TRAINERS: STAN SMITHS ADIDAS | BAG: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD |

HEY!
So if you've been following me for a while you know that I'm a bit of a gamer.... to the point I have a playstation tattoo, yes you read that right but that story is for another day! So moving right a long with that new bit of information for ya this sweatshirt purchase makes sense. Well kinder. Let me explain this purchase to you.
So on top of me being a bit of a geek and love playing Call of Duty I've also noticed recently that printed sweatshirts are everywhere this Autumn/Winter. I've seen them on catwalks, on bloggers and oh course on the high street. I've been expanding my Autumn/Winter wardrobe and been looking at buying some key on trend pieces, specially a printed sweatshirt but I didn't want to purchase any old sweatshirt I wanted something that screamed at me and this one just did that! I picked this bad boy up at my local Primark in the men's department for just £12. My favourite thing about this sweatshirt is that it as print going up the sleeve which is the main thing about this current trend that we're seeing everywhere.

With the rest of my outfit I wanted to create that girly casual twist that's still on trend at the moment so by doing this I added my wonderful pink pleated skirt and with my Stan Smiths. I wanted an extra pop of colour so I paired my Vivienne Westwood bag, I love the clash of pink and red together plus I felt this dash of colour tied this outfit up nicely.

What is your on trend staple piece for this Autumn/Winter?
Much Love
Charlotte .xo
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