Shelley Morecroft

A Petite Fashion Blog.

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Decorating with Desenio prints & 25% off

Uni has started again this week, which means that I'm back in Birmingham. The only difference this year is that I actually have my own flat with the boyfriend instead of sharing with others (I couldn't handle the constant food and cutlery stealing anymore). So a new flat in my eyes equals new interior designing, aka going mad on Desenio prints and turning the flat into a Desenio paradise. Does a thing as too many prints in one flat exist? I don't think so.

I picked a handful of different prints that are very me and not really specific topics. I mean, look at that classic mojito one, it was basically made for me?! (FYI, they also have a martini one). The reason why I actually really love Desenio is the fact that you also have the option to add frames when selecting your prints. It makes shopping for the perfect prints so much easier and means you won't have to worry about buying the wrong frame size - always happens to me!


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Who is Desenio? 

Desenio is a brand who are passionate about interior and started in 2010. However, since then they have expanded to 33 countries and are the number 1 for prints. If you still haven't heard of them you must be living under a rock, no offence, but seriously though. Unlike other brands, Desenio is affordable and offer high-quality prints for as little as £.295. They also have the most Pinterest worthy Instagram that will make you cry out of happiness and jealousy for not having a flat like that. It also gives you all the inspo you will need to find your perfect prints. Or you just pick randomly like I did, every print that stood out was immediately added to my basked and later on ordered!


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Additionally, I'm not able to use any nails in my flat so I instead used 'picture hanging strips' that are lifesavers. They don't leave any marks, holes or any unwanted scratches on the wall so your landlord can't say anything! Or you lean them against a wall which can look just as amazing as hanging them up, there are so many possibilities to make prints work that doesn't involve nails or hanging strips. 

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Blogger Ambassadorships - Underminding a bloggers value or a killer marketing strategy? 

In the past few weeks, I've noticed a few bloggers talk negatively about certain brand ambassadorships on Twitter and it got me thinking. I have recently been picked as one of Boux Avenue's brand ambassadors and their contract was standard and amazing. No loopholes and they value me and my work, which is the most important factor in an ongoing partnership. It's the kind of ambassadorship that I could only dream of having; it inspires me to create beautiful content and strengthened the belief I have in my own work.

However, the issue I have is when brands don't value our work. When they expect a ridiculous amount of content each month for little or no payment or just a few products in exchange. When bloggers agree to these Terms and Conditions they shape a path that will make it impossible for bloggers to be taken seriously. Don't be so naive, read the small print or ask a friend to read over it. Partnerships like these won't help you, all you do is give the brand content they can use for free. They will use your images to promote their products for FREE; images that should cost them. We have an amazing community that is supportive and hard-working, don't undermine us. Every time a blogger accepts a low offer they will prove to the brand that they don't have to change their proposal. It doesn't matter to them if one person turns it down as they will find someone else who hasn't yet understood the meaning of value.

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Blogger Ambassadorships if done right can be a killer strategy to get your brand out there with fantastic content; if a brand respects our work both parties will benefit from it. New Look, for example, has an amazing ambassador programme. They not only pay their influencers but also give them vouchers every month to purchase their own clothes. They let the influencer have the creative freedom. Accepting a bad proposal reflects badly on every blogger; it decreases the value for us all as we are one community.

Work hard and wait for the good offers, don't sell yourself out. 


Dress: Shein
Earrings: similar H and M





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Designer Dupes - To dupe or not to dupe? 

We can't escape from runway fashion trends. Everything we wear has been inspired by a trend from Fashion Week; it's what gives high-street brands the inspiration. Not everyone can splurge money on stuff like there is no tomorrow as well. Dupes are therefore great for those who don't have that spare cash for a £1000 bag; your girl gotta eat and pay bills first too. Also, instead of one or two mega expensive designer bag, I rather have 20 to mix things up a bit. However, the main issue with dupes is when they are no longer a look-a-like but more a cheap copy of the real deal; I do get that. But places like Zara and Mango, for example, have mastered the art of the perfect dupes; taking note from the big once and putting their own twists on it; so why not follow the trend of the dupe?


Dupes here, Dupes there, Dupes everywhere - where can I find one? BELOW are my favourites. 



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Designer: Paying for the name or the quality?
Dupes: An affordable way to follow trends or stealing someone's design?
Fake: A cheap knock off pretending to be the real deal or another word for the Dupe?


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Why I buy Dupes

A fake is a replica pretending to the real deal, a dupe has similar features to the designer product but doesn't claim to be said designer product. I think we can all agree on the fact that we would all buy designer products if we had the spare cash, but we don't all have that. Not everyone has rich parents or a well-paid job in their early twenties or even in their forties. I would love to buy myself a Chanel Bag, but why would I now use up all my savings for a bag? That's not being a responsible adult but rather an idiot. I rather have dupes until I can invest in a designer bag; until I have that job of my dreams. Right now I'm happy with my Gucci Dionysus dupe bag from Primark - people look at it and now it's not Gucci, but they still compliment how inspired it is by Gucci.

Did you know that Diesel Jeans are made in the same factory as other high-street brands? With Diesel, you pay for the name, not quality. Just to give you something to think about. 


Designer prices don't always mean designer quality. There are so many similar versions, or dupes, to the big once and there should be no shame in buying and showcasing them (Different story of course if you pretend it's the real one, I'm all against fakes/replicas). 


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I would love to know your thoughts on this topics; do you buy dupes and if not, why? If you do, please show me all of them - Tweet me @shelleymorec https://twitter.com/ShelleyMorec

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Outfit Details

Dress: Missguided
Shoes: JustFab






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City Chic with Paul's Boutique and the issues with being the 'relatable blogger'


London is a beautiful city that has so much to offer; from great lunch spots to the famous Oxford Circus Street. Living in such an amazing city calls for the ultimate casual-chic look to match the vibe of the city - for me, that means jeans, a cute top and a nice bag for all my belongings. Speaking of which, Paul's Boutique has had a massive re-design of their brand in the past few years. They are now the perfect destination for sophisticated and chic bag designs.

Personally? Every blogger needs this bag, due to the design and the size - it's the perfect blogger camera! It's big enough to fit your DSLR or MAC and probably both at the same time, to be honest. Whilst also having enough space for other belongings such as a wallet and your travel makeup kit. Despite the size, it's the design just stunning? It also comes in 2 smaller versions and different colours, how perfect right??


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Being a relatable Blogger 

Every blogger will question themselves whether or not they are 'the relatable one'. It's what we all aim for, but what really makes us relatable? For me it's being honest, trustworthy and being me to 100% - I want the online and offline me to be the same. However, everyone has a different idea of what makes us relatable of course, but the main issue I have come across is when people never re-wear clothes. I often see this on Instagram - people will be talking about their favourite new jacket and then you never see it again. For me, it's not authentic to constantly showcase new clothes on my Instagram. I'm a student and only in my twenties, it doesn't seem realistic if I wear new clothes every single day and then forget about them in my wardrobe. I have my favourite key-pieces which I will always restyle. I love to showcase how I can style a cardigan differently; it makes us a bit more 'human' in a way? Now I'm not judging people who do wear different things all the time; I just personally find it hard to connect with them.

When I buy a new jacket or pair of shoes that I love, you will see it more often on my Instagram just styled differently. It's all about combining new and old. In this case, combining old jeans with a cardigan and a new bag - it's different to what I styled the jeans with before so it will have a different effect whilst showing how differently you can style pieces. 


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Outfit Details

Top: Forever 21
Jeans: River Island
Cardigan: Primark
Necklace: Ted Baker
Belt: Gucci
Bag: Paul's Boutique





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Rude or just direct? - I'm not rude, just up front

I recently read an article on the '10 rudest country' and surprise, surprise Germany came fourth and the UK third. Funny considering that at least once a week a British person calls me rude for speaking the truth; don't ask me what I think of your new skirt if you are not prepared to take an 'I don't like it'.   I'm a very honest and direct person, a trait very common for German nationals. Telling you that I don't like your outfit is not rude, it's honest, so why call me rude for answering your question truthfully? I'm not writing this after one person called me rude for saying I don't like her skirt; I'm writing this because there is that misconception of rude Germans and because people tell me that I shouldn't be 'so rude' on a regular basis. Every culture has rude people, every culture is different but calling me rude for not sugar coating everything doesn't make me a bad or impolite person. 


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The difference between rude and direct

I've been in the UK for 6 years now and yet I still have to explain myself. People asking me to change my ways. Funny story actually, I knew this girl at Uni who was as sensitive as a basket of kittens and asked me to change my directness. Ehm, excuse me? Why should I change myself if you could simply do the same? I get that not everyone will get along and we can't all be friends, but people telling me that I'm rude is just plain rude? 

Being direct and assertive involves being honest and genuine while remaining appropriate, diplomatic and respectful of yourself and others. It is not passive (being a doormat or a wimp), passive-aggressive (indirect communication, like not returning calls or emails hoping somebody gets the hint) or aggressive (being hostile and rude.)

Personally, being direct requires a fair amount of confidence and courage; the courage to be real.

The difference between rude and direct is very simple actually. Rude definition: discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way. Whereas direct defined means: straightforward; frank; candid, without intervening influences, factors or filters. Why beat around the bush if you could simply say what you are thinking? Why lie to your friends because you might upset them?

Why I think it's important to be direct:
- it's honest, authentic and truthful
- respect for others by being truthful
- saves time, energy and in certain situations money too
- you make yourself more vulnerable by being direct, but it's also more intimate 

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Free Yourself by being direct - The Rude German

I think we can all agree that this will never stop and 10 years later people will still call me the 'rude German'. However, for this blog post, I had a little look on Google and stumbled upon a post called "How to tell when Germans are really being rude versus just being German". A bit of an offensive title in a way but anyway; some of the comments on that post are actually disgusting. The post mainly discusses different cultures and how people are not open to accepting that Germany is a direct culture whereas England is all about pleasing others and then stamp everyone as rude which is clearly an overreaction.


Read some of my, let's call it, favourite comments:


'Nevertheless Germans seem to have a very hard time interacting with people from other cultures either in Germany or abroad and seem to have a very disturbed notion of their rights and obligations when dealing with other people.' - and apparently I'm rude ...
'I was brainwashed by Germans on how bad French people are before moving there' - Ehm, what? You can only laugh about this one


'I guess European think that smiling means that you are being unsincere…so, being serious and cold means that you are a sincere person? C’mon!' - this is a good one, apparently Germans think by smiling when saying something rude it makes it okay, alright then

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Outfit Details

Dress: Missguided
Cardigan: Primark
Mules: Dorothy Perkins - similar Marks and Spencers
Bag: Love Moschino


A massive thank you to my favourite Instagram buddy, Victoria for taking these stunning photos xoxo 





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