Shelley Morecroft

Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

What I learned from my first internship.










No one else but myself will look out for my career.


I moved to the big city and I was super excited to start a new chapter in my life and to finally be having a full-time job with a lovely paycheck at the end of every month. But sometimes things don't end up how you want them to be. 


Trust is the very premise of all relationships – and the first employment relationship is critical. Leaders please give your 
people a reason to trust.

Within days it went from bad to worse and within weeks I wanted to leave, not only did I feel disrespected but I wasn't valued as an employee. I am a hardworker and will give as much as I can, even doing extra work on days off. But wanting a simple 'thank you' really isn't that much too ask for.

I am still a student and currently on placement and for many people this is their first working experience, it's a shame when they have to encounter a job that will leave them feeling upset and worthless. A employer is a role model and is supposed to lead by example. 

Internships are all about the learning experience. Maybe all internships, like news, are good. Or maybe not… But every experience can provide a learning opportunity. At the very least you’ll learn what kind of work place best suits you and have a stronger idea of what kind of co-worker or supervisor you want to be in the future. Take away what you did learn from the experience, even if it was not exactly what you wanted or expected.

Don't let a bad internship damage your self-esteem, personal growth only comes with experience. Becoming successful with handling challenges is one plus that comes with a negative experience. As cheesy as it sounds, but what doesn't break you only makes you stronger. 





But I took matters into my own hands, looked for a new job and found one in August. I couldn't be happier, they not only treat me with respect, but value everything I say. It's closer to home and has better working hours (what a plus). 


This post is not intended to name or shame anyone, I just simply wanted to share my experience in a few words.


Suede Coat: H&M
Dress: Missguided
Heels: New Look (On Sale Now)


Once again, huge thank you to Rachel for the flattering images. 




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Friday, 12 August 2016

Embrace your pale skin.







Embrace your pale Skin and say bye to fake tanning products.

'Why don't you get a tan Shelley?', is the same question I get asked every summer. I just simply don't like fake tanning products and a higher chance of getting skin cancer through sunbeds sounds even less appealing. I personally am very happy with my pale skin, despite the constant remarks I get; pale skin can be just as beautiful. A white dress might not look as good on me as it does on someone who is tanned, but we pale people look super hot in red dresses. However I do wonder why it seems so unimaginable to be pale for so many people, the exact people who always say love yourself for the way you are and that's what I do. I embrace my pale skin and wear whatever I want and not what suits my skin colour. We accept people in all shapes and sizes, so why not accept different skin tones?

Pale is beautiful

Pale is beautiful ladies and I find it ridiculous that tanned skin gets associated with being super healthy and we pale people always get asked if we are ill. Look at Nicole Kidman, she looks stunning the way how she is and doesn't need a tan to change that.

I love my pale skin and so should you


For one, fake tanning can easily look tacky and I rather not have wrinkled skin from too much sun exposure or look orange because of a fake tanning accident. My skin is healthy, looks good and feels good, so why should I ruin that by trying to reflect some idiotic body ideal? Don't get me wrong, I don't judge anyone who uses fake tanning products: Firstly, I don't know how to use them and secondly I rather not expose my skin to such strong chemicals.

How I learned to love my pale skin

I always used to be one of those girls that wore skin coloured tights in the summer to avoid the comments of friends and family. Moving to England was also very ideal for my odd obsession, the summers were short and I could easily get away with wearing tights in the 'summer' without anyone asking if I'm not too warm. But one summer something happened and it clicked. I wondered why I was hiding myself so much? I have nothing to hide, there is simply nothing wrong with my legs. All these years I was listening to people telling me I should get a tan and that I'm too white, but who are they to tell me I'm too white? Just because they can easily get a tan and I can't? Times have changed now, I embrace my pale skin and take inspiration from celebrities such as Anna Hathaway or Gwen Stefani. Flamingo pink lipstick looks amazing on people with porcelain skin complexion, it's bold and sexy. It's okay being pale ladies.
Dress: Pretty Little Thing (Similar) Shoes: New Look (Now on Sale) Bag: Ted Baker (Now on Sale) Sunglasses: Brick Lane Vintage Market Necklace: eBay
& sometimes you find a photographer who takes the most flattering images of you. Thank you very much Rachel for these gorgeous images!
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Friday, 5 August 2016

#ThisIsNewLook






Cute Outfit in front of a cute background - #ThisIsNewLook 
Last month my boyfriend and me booked a last minute holiday to Gran Canaria (blog post to come soon) and during a day out we stumbled along this super cute wall, couldn't resist but get my boyfriend to take some pics of me.

I'm wearing a all New Look outfit, including this super on trend Midi Slip Dress that can also be worn with a white T-Shirt underneath to make it office appropriate. I combined it with a belt around my waist and a cool pair of heeled sandals with embroidery on them, they are super comfy and look great to any outfit. I am also a big fan of chokers (see previous post) and added a few, simple gold chains to the look.

In case anyone didn't know yet, New Look has a awesome new feature on their website called #ThisIsNewLook and by adding the hashtag to your instagram post you can get featured online, how awesome!

Add me on snapchat/instagram @shelleyannem

Dress: New Look
Heeled Sandals: Unfortunately Sold Out Now, New Look
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Sunday, 31 July 2016

A 90s Throwback.







Just another Throwback Trend to the 90s, the Choker - another jewellery love affair.

One of this summer’s biggest, actually this year’s trend, are Chokers. They are creeping back thanks to an overall 90s resurgence and have been spotted on models-off-duty looks, everyday cool girls, the rich and famous of Instagram and lately even on North Wests neck. Yes, that little girl has style. But what can you expect with Kim K as her mother really.

So, the 90s Trend is back and it looks better than ever. No more plastic chokers combined with blue eye shadow and butterfly clips in the hair, trying to look as classy like Cher from Clueless or as cool as Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Those days are over now, the Choker had a revamp and we girls finally know that blue eye shadow isn’t that cool actually.


The Choker is now available in all sorts of forms, fabrics, styles and sizes. Balmain, for example, designed a beautiful Choker for last year’s H&M designer collaboration. It was a gold tone metal choker and the Queen of all the Chokers.

I personally love to combine my choker with a layered chain necklace underneath, because is there even such a thing as too much jewellery? 


Jewellery: Asos - Bow Choker
Urbiana Choker 2
Urbiana Choker 3
Suede Coat: H&M
Dress: H&M
Shoes: New Look
Watch: Vivienne Westwood

Sunglasses: Brick Lane Vintage Market 
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

The holiday is approaching.



This year's summer holiday destination is Gran Canaria; 7 days of sun, beach and cocktails. 

Only a few more days to go and all I can think about is what to pack?! For a major fashion lover like me everything needs to be planned and thought through when it comes to outfits, especially with a restricted amount of 15kg. For me 7 days means I need at least 10 outfits, I hate feeling limited when it comes to picking what I wear and rather have more to choose from. 
Packing is super exciting, but also mega stressful. The thought of forgetting something is unbearable, imagine I would leave my favourite pair of sunglasses at home? THE PANIC! 
To feel less stressful about my upcoming packing nightmare I have decided to create my own little, holiday, essential list to avoid stressing over my baggage allowance.

My Holiday Essential Guide 


Sunglasses.

There is nothing better than sunglasses and they are so important to take with the sun shining every day. I will be taking my black mirror sunglasses from the Brick Lane Vintage Market and my beige ones from River Island. I picked two colours that can be worn with anything, so I won't have to worry about the colours clashing with my outfits.

Sun cream and Lotion. 
Huge essential, probably the most important one, is sun cream. No one likes walking around like a Lobster and let's not forget how damaging it is for your skin. I always used to be a bit careless when it came to protecting my skin from the sun in the hope of developing a better tan (In my case, actually getting a tan and not staying super pale). I have learned from many sunburns and won't leave the house now without sun cream. Despite that, on my last holiday I used factor 50 and still burned my bum!



This year I will be taking the Piz Buin Tan & Protect Tan (Buy 1 get 2nd Half Price, grab a bargain!), Nivea Sun Protect and Bronze and Piz Buin After Sun Soothing & Cooling Moisturising Lotion with me. I am a big fan of sun lotion that will support my skin's own melanin production for an even and natural looking tan, simply because I am one of those super pale people that need ages to actually develop a decent tan. 

Sandals.
I am a big heel lover, but decided to only take one pair with me for fancy dinners. I therefore had to invest in new shoes for the holiday, life can be so hard sometimes. I decided to buy a pair of Gold Jelly Sandals Asos Frenchy Jelly Sandals , please check them out! They are super cute and super cheap for only 10£! The second pair are also from Asos and tie up sandals, Glamorous Black Plaited Tie Up Sandals, super cute as well! I will also take another pair with me from my last holiday, you can never have too many sandals.



Passport and Money.
Never forgot my Passport or cash yet, thank god. Without the passport I obviously won't be able to actually leave the country, so must have to not forget! I know, I know, it's super obvious and everyone knows to take it with them. But let's be honest, we all know at least one person who forgot their passport or cash at home. 

Bikinis.
The day we booked the holiday I ordered a new swimsuit from Missguided, it's black and has a plunge design and super fashionable right now. I will of course be taking a few with me that I have from my last holiday, but who doesn't love buying new Bikinis for a upcoming holiday?  Missguided Plunge Halter Neck Swimsuit and this super amazing bikini  Wolf & Whistle Plunge Macrame Lace Up Bikini. The Holiday can come with these new beauties!

Mini Beauty Products.
Going to Boots and looking through the holiday section is always fun, from little bodysprays to new shampoo and anything else that is super cute because it's so small! Boots once again has an amazing offer on which is any 3 for 2, so I went a bit crazy and bought all my favourite products in miniature size! I had to get a small dry shampoo bottle from Batiste, Impulse body spray, toothpaste from Aquafresh, shampoo and conditioner from Aussie Hair and Nivea shower gel.

Camera. 
I love taking pictures and going on holiday without a camera would be super sad. I therefore decided to take my Olympus Pen E-PL7 with me and my super cute Polaroid from Fujifilm. Both are compact, cute and fit in any bag.

I will of course be taking more with me, however these are my essentials that I would be super sad about forgetting. 


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