Shelley Morecroft

A Petite Fashion Blog.

Mercari App #DetoxChallenge - the ultimate wardrobe clear out

I don't believe in 'new year, new me' kinda bullsh*it (Why I don't believe in New Years Resolutions) but I do think that a good clear out can do wonders. Also, I like a little challenge, I mean who doesn't, so when the marketplace app Mercari asked me to take part in their #DetoxChallenge this January I was more than happy to take part. Mainly because I currently have three black bags in my storage room waiting for their new home and also because I know that we have an upcoming move once uni finishes in June - scary. I know it's only January but time goes fast, especially when you have two dissertations and endless assignments to write.

Anyway, I was super excited to give this app a try after seeing Sinead Crowe mention it in one of her vlogs. The app is super easy to use, it takes no longer than 2 minutes to upload what you are selling and it's not about building a following like similar apps. However, I do have to add that it's not suitable for higher valued items as most people do try to get it as low-priced as possible. But there is no selling fee, yes you read right - NO SELLING FEE!

Back to the Detox Challenge now, I was asked to upload new items daily based on topics starting with winter clothes, following by shoes, accessories and lastly leftovers. I uploaded over 30 items during that time and have more to come, so keep an eye out! I sold roughly 5 items and they even simplified the postage process by having an in-app Hermes delivery page. It allows you to print off a unique Hermes sticker and immediately notifies the buyer with the tracking code and the postage price will be automatically removed from your credit - easy and efficient!

The money will be available to pay out once the buyer has received the item and has left a review. However,  I have yet to reach that stage so I can't comment on that right now. In summary, I love the app so far and I cannot continue to sell my clothes on it -> username shelleyannem. 

3 Tips to successfully clear out your wardrobe

I have moved a lot in my young age and I always stick to the same three principles: 

Don't be kind

Haven't worn it in a few years? Say bye-bye. I fully understand how hard it can be to throw away clothes as I can get a bit sentimental with them; it's how I remember special memories. For example, the first date with my boyfriend. I still remember what we both wore and last year I had a little iron accident with the top I wore that night and got so emotional about it. But why keep something that no longer fits, no longer suits your style or is broken? Throw it away and make space for new.

Get naked

Throw it all on the floor. Empty draws, shelves, rails - EMPTY IT ALL and you will have a much easier outlook on all your clothes. Little Tip, have three piles on the floor one for keeping, selling and charity which will make simplify your clear out. 

Sell it / Charity 

Don't throw it all in the bin. You can sell it or give it to charity. I always sell the higher valued items and will give anything else to charity; also the clothes that don't sell after a month will be removed from online selling portals and also given to charity. I always like to keep a nice balance between selling and doing something good.

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PR Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Mercari however, all my views are my own. 

The truth behind some bloggers - My personal issues with the blogging community

I have a little confession to make and this is not intended to cause any drama, but rather a post on some thoughts I've been having for a while now. So here you go ...

I'm still a newbie in the world of blogging and am currently (only) close to 25k followers on Instagram. A nice number but still nothing fancy in comparison to my favourite bloggers who have more than 40k. We all know that this industry is all about numbers, especially if your aim is to make it as a successful blogger. I often hear people say how they don't care about numbers, but we all know deep down they get just as annoyed as anyone else when they lose followers. Blogging has obviously changed a lot recently with micro-influencers booming more than ever, but so many brands still only care about the big numbers and not the overall engagement, committed followers or fantastic content.

So, now to my actual issue. It's not just brands who care about numbers but also so many other bloggers. I have been very fortunate to have attended some amazing events organised by fantastic brands in the past year, the guest list for those are always filled with big and 'famous' bloggers. Attending events is always an opportunity to network and meet more like-minded people, you would think anyway. But instead, I, and many of my other friends, have experienced questionable behaviour by the more 'bigger bloggers'. Some of them ignoring us when trying to start a conversation or moving their bags onto an empty chair/seat so others can't sit there when walking over. I always get excited attending events but instead leave them feeling self-conscious sometimes.

It's a mean girl kinda thing; you can't sit with us if you don't play in our league, aka if you don't have enough followers.  

They used to be in our shoes, they used to be the once not knowing people when attending events. They are us and we are them, just with a different number on Instagram. We are actually the people who helped them get to that stage through support and looking up to them. But instead, they make us feel insecure.

We won't all be best friends or have more in common other than our blogs, but we should still be nice and support one another. Why be rude to newcomers and make them feel unsure about themselves. Why be that person, THAT person who can't be happy with someone else because they've also made it on the guest list. 

This is obviously not aimed at every bigger blogger, just some observations I have made in the past. Despite the few negative experiences I have also meet some great people at events; I'm sure we all have but I can't help and wonder why some people can't be happy for others. The thought of spending my life in misery and hating on every new blogger at an event seems like too much to worry about or waste my precious life on - as cheesy as it sounds, but we only live once. 

New Years Resolutions don't work and here is why:

Every year I see people write statures about 'New Year, New Me', every year my friends tell me about their New Years Resolutions and every year 99% of those don't stick to them. I believe in goals and wanting to be the best version of yourself, but I don't believe in New Years Resolutions.

In other words, you know you need to change or change something and wait months for a New Year to make it happen. Why not do it then? Why wait? Why set yourself up for failure with changes that you are not ready to go ahead with? If you know you need to change in March, June or November why wait and not start then?

A New Year is amazing for self-reflection and to start with a clean slate, but you shouldn't wake up on January the 1st and suddenly decide you no longer want to do online shopping or you want to run a mile every morning before work. Don't treat the New Year as a life-changing event, treat it like a new page in your diary. Continue your life as you did before, but with minor changes for example that are more realistic to pull through. I want to shop less as I'm planning a massive trip this summer, but I can't fully stop online shopping just because it's 2018 now. Instead, I will set myself a more realistic goal and try not to go over a certain budget a month - why sprint up a hill and use up all your energy at the beginning if you could jog or walk it? So why use all your energy in January to try and stick to unrealistic goals if you could start slow?

We should reflect on our lives more than just once a year. We should grow every day and set ourselves goals more than just once every 365 days. Don't save all your goals, ambitions and improvements for January and instead work on them as soon as you can. Don't sprint if you can walk and save your energy.

Success is not a sprint but a marathon and doesn't happen overnight. 

My favourite picks from River Island this month 

We all know that December is basically one big celebration; starting with pre- Christmas parties, following by Post-Christmas parties and then New Year's Eve. Parties equal partywear which means we all have to look our best. But, I'm not your typical party girl who goes out wearing bodycon dresses anymore - that would have been me 3 years ago. The much older and more practical Shelley likes partywear cosier but still just as glam. So instead of reaching for the rather uncomfortable bodycon dress (in which you can't pig out as it will show immediately), I went for a skirt and jumper combo.

But not any skirt and jumper combo; instead it's the ultimate duo of bling and glamorous combined
-> The skirt embellished with beautiful gems and a jumper just as sparkly. 

Find your perfect Knitwear.

There is nothing boring about wearing a jumper to a party. A low Bardot neckline can be sexy, styled with some necklaces for a perfect look. 

Find your perfect skirt.

Skirt always shouts party, especially when it's covered in sparkling gems and hugs your figure flawlessly.

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PR Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with River Island in exchange for the clothes, however, all my views are my own. 

Party-ready with Wilkinson Sword 

It's a week until Christmas and the Party Season is in full swing. We all know there is only one question we have to ask ourselves this winter: 'To bare or not to bare?' & like any other year, the answer will be YES. I might not be your typical 'Friday up town kinda girl' but I can relate to the issues with tights that we all experience this winter and no outfit should have to suffer because of them. Winter might be here, but so are bare legs. However, before you dare the bare leg look are your legs ready? 

No bare leg outfit is complete without the right care such as shaving your legs. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than showing off your (fake) tanned legs and you realise they are covered with little stubbles? Ohh the horror! The Wilkinson Hydro Silk is my go-to razor for the ultimate bare leg party look and is equipped with all the needed features; read more below. 

The Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Razor

I actually like shaving; it's relaxing, gives me silky legs and there is no better feeling than smooth legs on fresh sheets. But shaving on nearly a daily basis requires the right tool or your legs will feel anything but smooth and silky. I've tried out so many different razors and always go back to Wilkinson Sword because they truly are the best.

The Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Razor is by far my favourite for a few different reasons:

1. The razor has a water-activated moisturising serum infused with Shea Butter that kicks in when you start a wet shave and stops the skin feeling dry post-shave for up-to 2 hours after shaving - moisturises the skin, especially during the colder months. 
2. The 5 curve-sensing blades on a pivoting head minimise irritation through a tighter shave and adapt naturally to the curves of your body3. The price. The Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Razor retails at £8.99 which I think is a great price

Will you dare the bare legs this season? 

Heels: Rebel London

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PR Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Wilkinson Sword however, all my views are my own. 
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