Coffee Work Sleep Creatives X The Northern Dough Co

We all know that working on your own can get lonely, whether that’s creating in a workshop or tapping away at your keyboard in a coffee shop or late into the night while your kids sleep. Not having colleagues to bounce ideas off to or just chat to about last night’s must see TV can soon become something you really miss. This is one of the core reasons why I created the Coffee Work Sleep Creatives, my community of creative entrepreneurs and small business owners, as much as this introvert loves having her own peaceful space to work I do miss having real life connections with people. I knew that I didn’t just want my creatives group to exist solely online but to have actual physical meet ups too. After a few months of just being a Facebook group I tentatively floated the idea of having a meet up and was blown away by the interest, not just from people I knew and already met for coffee one to one but people I’d never met in real life before. Last month we held our fourth meet up, and this one was a little different. Instead of being hosted by the team at Town House we met at the home of Amy and Chris the founders of The Northern Dough Co.

You might have spotted The Northern Dough Co products in the frozen section of your local Sainsburys or Waitrose, it’s ready to roll pizza dough. So what better way to showcase their produce to fellow Coffee Work Sleep Creatives than to host a pizza party! With cakes by Bex – The Brinscall Baker, who was our business spotlight for that month, it was the perfect culinary themed meet up.

   

 

Our members are from all over the North West of England (also a few based in North Wales and Southern Scotland!), but these meet ups usually attract those a little closer to Preston. One day I hope to have meet ups like this all over, but lets not run before we can walk.

 

Amy, Northern Dough Co and Bex, Brinscall Baker

   

 

Sometimes our meet ups are based around a particular theme, this time however, apart from quick intros from myself, our hosts and Bex the baker it was all about the mingle and the pizza and cake. Informal chatting at it’s finest. I loved having a wander and catching snippets of conversations, there was skill sharing going on, ideas being talked through as well as general ‘getting to know you’ kind of chats. 

 

 

The pizzas were delicious, as you’d expect them to be. Amy and Chris prepared them as we chatted and each pizza was stone baked in their outdoor oven. This totally got me Googling outdoor pizza ovens and imagining hosting our own family pizza parties in the garden! Of course, I’ll be hitting up my local Sainsburys to stock up on Northern Dough Co pizza dough.

 

   

If you are a female freelancer or creative business owner in the north west and would like more information about the group and our meet ups then take a look here –Coffee Work Sleep Creatives

We’ve got lots of exciting plans in September so come join in and be part of our community.

 

 

A huge thank you to Amy and Chris for hosting us and of course to Robyn Swain Photography for capturing the event so beautifully.

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Christina of Fish2 Photography shares her business Start Up Story

Lancashire based photographer Christina of Fish2 Photography is a friend and fellow CWS Creative, our paths cross personally and professionally and I’m always bowled over by the images that she captures in her work. I love finding out what motivated people to set up their business and how they manage it on a day to day basis, this is really what inspired me to set up the Start Up Stories feature. I hope you enjoy my interview with Christina, and don’t forget if you have any further questions just pop them in a comment at the end of the post.

Hi, I’m Christina and I am married to Rob. We have a little(ish) 17 month old crazy toddler called Ethan. I’ve been married for almost 6 years and I started my business back in 2008 which seems like forever ago now. I used to work for a local charity as well doing  graphic design, photography and videos but late last year I decided to quit and to focus solely on the business.

If you ever meet me in real life I am what is referred to as a fiery red head (haha) and with that have the rarest hair and eye colour combination in the world with my blue eyes and ginger hair.

 

Tell us a little bit about your business 

My business is called Fish 2 Photography and has been going for 10 years. I get asked a lot about why the unusual name and not use my own name like most photographers. Well when I sat down to think about what I would call my business I wanted to have something a little different and not just my name especially as I thought I might get married at some point and that would be a nightmare having to change EVERYTHING! When I was younger I used to get teased for having big eyes and I got called Fish and frog a lot so I decided to turn a negative into a positive and decided on Fish 2. There was never a fish 1 but the name also is initials for something else.

Once you knew you wanted to pursue a career as a photographer how did you go about turning it into a reality?

I decided about 5 years ago I really wanted to do this business thing properly and not just do bits here and there. I realised that I love capturing moments in people’s lives and I wanted to focus on their stories and helping to create memories.

I sat down and created a website, Facebook and Instagram pages and set myself a goal of being a fully functional business in 5 years time.

I decided to update my skills, as the last time I studied photography was at Uni,  so I signed up to do an University of Arts London course and put every penny the business earned into updating my equipment and making sure I was all legal, insured and a member of several guilds.

I had (and have) great clients who passed the word around and for the first 2 years I relied solely on referrals. I now do a bit of marketing and attend a few wedding fayres but I still think word of mouth is the best way to meet new clients.

Like so many of us you have what we call a ‘portfolio career’ where you not only have one job or business but a few on the go at the same time. What do you do and how did it come about?

I am a bit of a Jack (or Jill) of all trades as I can do graphic design, film, edit and produce videos, paint, sew, make model space guns for a TV show (don’t ask), photograph basically anything creative I will have a go at and have probably done at one point or another. My passion is definitely photography although I need the other bits to help keep me balanced and feeling creative.

With this I have done many different jobs through the business when people have asked me, especially ones who have seen my other work, and I do love doing them. I especially love helping out other local businesses and charities and sometimes just can’t say no. I think diversity helps creativity but I always come back to my camera, it’s like a part if me.

 

What’s been the hardest part of your life as a small business so far and how do you overcome those kinds of hurdles?

The hardest part I think is balancing the finances and not beating myself up about silly stuff. I’m not a maths whizz so I have to think carefully about what I spend money on but also I need to help provide for my family. and in all honesty, some months that can be a hard thing to balance. The creative side is easy and I love going on shoots and meeting clients but anything legal or maths based I always get Rob to help me out. I was definitely born a creative and not an academic!

I run on black coffee and chocolate biscuits when I’m working, what couldn’t you live without?

I used to run of cake and chocolate but since having my boy I’ve become dairy intolerant (boo!) So I now run on soya hot chocolate (thank you coffee shops) and any cake I can persuade my husband to make for me…that and Haribo!

 

When running a business these days, you need to build a strong social media presence, which is your favourite platform and do you have any tips for running it?

I love Instagram, I love seeing other people’s artwork and their creative ideas and also just normal un-posed photos of people’s daily lives. I have a real love for moments and stories and Instagram does that well without any, or much, of the drama you’d find on Facebook.

I don’t really have any tips, just be you, you can’t go wrong then.

 

What is the best part of running your own business? Has there been a ‘pinch yourself to check it’s real’ kind of moment for you?

Yes, a few times. It sounds weird but I still think that whenever someone books me either to do a commercial shoot or to do a wedding or family shoot.

I think the best part is that I’m happy, I’m starting to live out my dreams and that’s amazing, I never thought it would happen.

 I also get to control my work life balance. It’s hard at times don’t get me wrong but I got to see my baby grow up into a cheeky toddler at the same time as building a business. I usually get to work the hours that suit us as a family, spending some days with my boys where we can just play and have fun memories and some days working all day and night to get a job done. I honestly wouldn’t change it back to what I had a couple of years ago before I went on Mat leave.

Has being a parent influenced the way your business works? 

Yes and no. I don’t let being a mum stop me doing my work but I do try and work in days together as a family or just mum and son days into the diary. Being a parent helps me understand families more although my sister in law has always called me the baby whisperer, I think it gives you a different viewpoint.

It doesn’t change who you are as a person but it changes your motivations. I actually looked at this in a small personal photography project I did a few months ago where I photographed mums in their lives – work, business, home. I wanted to look at different people’s perceptions of what a mum actually is and how we don’t lose who we actually are.

 

Running a business as a ‘one girl band’ means you have to be and do everything from managing your budget, to marketing yourself, to being good at sales, what do you do to manage your time and what tips do you have for avoiding being overwhelmed.

I try and have set days for set activities. Monday afternoons are usually admin and catching up. I spend a lot of time on shoots, editing or meeting clients so I squeeze as much in as I can to that afternoon/evening so I’m ready for the week ahead and I start planning for the four to six weeks.

My biggest tip would be sometimes just give yourself a break. Have a little extra time eating your lunch in the sun, read a little longer, play with your kids an extra 30 minutes. Whatever you do that fills your ‘tank’ is going mean that you are filled and ready to give everything to your work and you aren’t likely to burn out.

 

What’s been your favourite shoot so far and why?

Hmm.. this is a really hard one as there genuinely are so many amazing people I’ve worked with and special moments I’ve captured I’d find it hard to choose.

I think I’m going to pick with my son’s first birthday cake smash. We waited for years to get pregnant and for a baby to ‘stick’ that it’s incredibly special to me personally. I spent ages planning it and getting props and a little studio to shoot in that I will always remember the chaos that happened and the moments I captured.

He’s such a wonderful little boy and has such a strong character I can’t wait to annoy him with the camera for the rest of his life haha!

Got any new ideas or goals you’d like to hit in the near future?

I think my next 5 year goal is to keep growing the business. I’d love to work with more local businesses, especially run by women so we can build each other up, and continue to do weddings. I’m not sure what else life will hold but I’ll be happy if I can achieve this. The other things relate to buying camera equipment and I really don’t want to bore you with that!

Whether practical or inspirational, what is your top piece advice for anyone out there wanting to take that leap and start their own business?

Go the extra mile, take the hit, do your best.  If you do this people will notice, maybe not right away but they will.

Treat everyone you work with respect and honour no matter if they’re in charge or you are.

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A huge thank you to Christina for sharing her story with us, I hope you found it interesting and please do get in touch with her if you’ve got any questions, or leave a comment below. 

 

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July’s #LittleLoves

This month saw the end of term busyness and the sigh of relief (mixed with a little panic) of the summer holidays beginning. We’ve had sports days, training events, a swimming gala, a secondary school opening evening and so much more. I enjoyed taking this time while writing my post to reflect over the month, remembering the things we’ve done and how we felt.

Without further ado lets get onto the wonderful little things from this MONTH, oh it still feels weird saying that after being weekly for so long, go on grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

 

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Books

   

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown*

I wish I could just download everything Brene Brown has ever written straight to my brain. This lady is so wise and has done her research meaning her books are the kind of books that make you want to nudge a stranger sat next to you imploring them to read what you’ve just read. Or read bits aloud to your disinterested husband!

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett*

I thought this was going to be a thriller when I first looked at it in the bookshop, it’s not, but it was a good read. The characters were well written and you become intrigued by the new neighbours just as the protagonist is.

Don’t Read This Book – Time Management for Creative People by Donald Roos

I’ve dipped in and out of this book, but I plan to set aside time to read it properly in the next few weeks.

Blog posts 

Just a few varied favourites from the last few weeks, do have a click and check them out.

How to Be More Minimalist When You Love Stuff  – Kerry Villers 

The Creative Entrepreneur’s Guide To Lead Gen – Fiona Humberstone 

My Friend Kate #bemorewitwitwoo – Mostly Yummy

Has Spending Less Time On My Phone Radically Changed My Life? – Inside, Outside and Beyond

 

watched

We’ve had two Sports Days, swimming galas and all sorts relating to the children this month, I think that June gets busier with that kind of thing ever year!

Netflix

Good Girls

Starring Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Retta (Parks and Recreation) and Mae Whitman (The Duff) as three suburban mothers facing financial difficulties who find themselves risking it all to provide for their families. If you liked Breaking Bad then I’d give this one a try.

Prime

Dietland

Plum Kettle is a ghostwriter for the editor of one of New York’s hottest fashion magazines. Struggling with self-image and fed up with how she’s treated by her boss and society, Plum sets out on a wildly complicated road to self-awakening. At the same time, everyone is buzzing over news reports about men, accused of sexual abuse and assault, who are disappearing and meeting untimely, violent deaths.

The feminist narrative is strong in this one! A disturbing watch at times but lots of valid points being made.

 

TV

Love Island

OBVIOUSLY!
I blame Love Island for my lack of social life and blogging! When 9pm rolls around I’m on the sofa in my pajamas with wine/gin and snacks! Just a few days left to go now, Jack and Dani are the obvious winners, right?

Films

Mamma Mia Here We Go Again

I took the girls to the cinema after they broke up from school last Friday, it’s something that’s become a little tradition for us. They chose the new Mamma Mia film, which was no surprise considering just how much they loved the first one. If you do fully expecting a slightly contrived plot, a whole lot of cheese and of course belting Abba numbers then you will not be disappointed. We loved it! The only thing I will say is that towards the end there is a scene that threw me and I got super emotional. If you’ve lost your mum or the mother daughter relationship is a touhg one for you then this is a little heads up.

While looking through trailers to share I came across this interview and loved the editing so decided to share it instead – 

 

 

 

MAde

So the time has come to start making choices about which secondary school we’d like our eldest daughter to go to. We went to an open day for one the other week and have another planned for September. I can’t quite believe that we are at that stage of life already.

I’m a planner, not a rigid one, but I like to have some sort of plan in place for the holidays. When the girls were little I was a lot more structured, for me it was the only way I could face 6 long weeks with a one year old and a four year old, no car and very little money! I know planning isn’t for everyone but if you need a little structure and balance I’ve put together these printable planners you can download for free – here

Earlier this month I shared my Petite Picks for Summer

 

I’ve also shared about my love of Gold Minimal Jewellery

And my new Jack and Freda tassel earrings

jack and freda discount

 

heard

Earlier this month we went to hear Rob Bell talk for his UK leg of the Holy Shift Tour. He is such an engaging speaker, I was literally on the edge of my seat for nearly two hours that he spoke. He’s quite a controversial person in more conservative Christian circles, but I find him so refreshing and he so often puts into words the ideas that I mull over in my head.

 

and lastly

If you fancy joining in but don’t have a blog but you do have Instagram then you need to save this picture and upload it to Stories! Be sure to tag me in it @coffeeworksleep and use hashtag #littleloves

 

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

 

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5 Things You Need to Hear if You’re Juggling the Kids and Work This Summer

This is a post for all those freelancers and small business owners that will be working from home and looking after their children over the summer holidays. This will be my third summer doing the juggle and I’m still not a pro! In fact I think I’m the least organised and prepared that I’ve ever been!

Whether you are feeling ‘on it’ and armed with a ton of activities, booked holiday clubs etc, or if you are facing the six weeks with trepidation here are some things you need to know.

 

You Can Do Anything But Not Everything

 

This is my summer holiday mantra for sure.

Managing my expectations (and my children’s) is key to the summer. I won’t be able to get through my work AND do fancy day trips every day. Something has to give. A great thing to do is to take a few minutes to think about the work you have on and when and how you’ll do it, chat to your kids and get some ideas of what they’d like to do. Maybe involve them in the planning? This will communicate to them what’s realistic for the holidays, ie expensive days out every day may not be do-able. Some parents find that working in the evenings when the kids are in bed means that they have most of the day free, or getting up early to work before they wake up. It’s going to depend on the age of your kids and when you work best. Personally I try and get a couple of hours done in the morning most days when I know my daughters (7 and 10) just want to laze around in their pajamas watching TV. 

You cannot do it all though, if you try you’ll most likely end up feeling frustrated.

In light of that..

 

Don’t let the parent guilt take over

 ‘We get 18 delicious summers with our children. This is one of your 18. If that’s not perspective, I don’t know what is.’ Jessica Scott. 

Have you seen this floating around social media recently? Talk about piling on the parenting guilt! If you’re a working parent whether outside the home or from home this kind of quote is just so shaming. I don’t know about you but as a child most of my summer holiday memories involved me playing out with friends. I think I can count on one hand the trips I went on with my parents. Yet, I can hand on heart say I had the best childhood. I don’t look back on the summer holidays and wish my parents had made sure the summer revolved around me. Now, as a parent myself I am definitely not buying into this emotional manipulation. It’s not like I’m locking my kids away for six weeks, we will do fun things together, but both my husband and I are showing them that hard work goes into giving us the life that we have AND everything does not revolve around them! 

We can’t afford a fancy holiday this summer and I know that in the next few weeks my Instagram will be flooded with families having wonderful holidays. It’s hard not to feel down that I’m not giving that to my children this year. This is where my resilience has to step in and I put my positive pants on. I find that if social media is causing the comparison monster to rear its head I know I need to step back and re-evaluate. Sure, we might not be sunning ourselves in the south of France but we can create good memories here too. They don’t need to be insta-worthy, just fun for us.

 

Don’t be afraid ask for help

Swallow that pride, you really don’t have to do this on your own. In my post on surviving the summer one of the business owners tips is to organise childcare swaps. Chat with your friends and arrange a few days where you take their kids and another day they take yours. This frees up a day for each of you to work. Maybe you have family members near by who can take your kids out to the park one afternoon? Hit people up and plan it in, you don’t always need expensive holiday clubs – though they are useful.

We don’t have to do it all alone, we were never meant to – Brene Brown

 

Be present over perfect

Right, let’s get this out of the way  – you probably won’t have a plain sailing, perfect summer. Do yourself a huge favour and get the idea of perfection that you are hoping for or dreaming of out of your head. It doesn’t exist. Things with be so much better if you approach the six weeks with a dose of realism. Be present in each moment rather than wishing it was different or better or more Instagrammable. Honestly, you’ll find you enjoy things much more if you appreciate them for what they are rather than always wishing they were different.

 

You’ve got this!

However you decide to organise the summer holidays just know that you can do it. You and your kids will survive, and most likely will make some great memories in the process.

 

Free Weekly Summer Holiday Planner

If like me you’re a bit of a planner and you love getting ideas down on paper you might find my weekly summer planner useful. You can print off six copies and use them to break down the long weeks. I find having a few trips out planned and put down on paper help my kids know what’s going on and that mummy won’t be working all the time! If you’re dreading the holidays this is a great way of breaking the weeks and days into smaller sections so the six weeks don’t feel quite as daunting. However you’re feeling about the summer holidays having some ideas up your sleeve or a visual plan is always going to be helpful

free printable summer holiday planner

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free weekly summer planner

 

 

How are you feeling about the summer holidays?

If you’d like any tips and help on how to practically balance work and kids then take a look at this post full of advice from parents that are in the same boat – The Juggle is Real

 

 

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Holiday styles – from saving to splurging

When it comes to going away on holiday figuring out what your budget is has got to be pretty high on your list. Even once you’ve booked the destination it’s important to think about activities, trips and food – well unless you’re all inclusive and don’t plan on moving from the pool. You lucky thing.

There’s nothing worse than planning a holiday and realising that you’ve not saved enough for the things you wanted to do. Not that we’ve ever done that….!

The nearest to a splurge holiday we’ve ever had was our honeymoon, we were in our early twenties and we had two blissful weeks at an all inclusive resort in Cuba. Think strawberry daquiris by the pool, 24/7. This actually turned out to be our only real holiday before having children! Our first holiday with a baby was a long weekend in the very rainy Lake District in a friend’s cottage. A bit of a difference, eh?

These days we mostly have holidays that involve visiting friends and family like this one, The half term roadtrip, or a child free weekend in Istanbul, or even surfing in North Wales.

We’re definitely not family travel bloggers zipping around the world but we do love planning trips, even if it’s within the UK. Our budget definitely dictates where we go and what we do and with both myself and my husband being self employed we have to be careful what time we take off as there’s no holiday pay for either of us! 

We’ve been looking at last minute summer holidays online, both with our list of expectations as well as keeping in mind the strict budget we have. My wishes and expectations have to be very firmly managed by my husband, who also happens to be a financial planner – which is rather handy (and annoying!). It’s not just the destination you need to decide on but also what kind of holiday you want there. Will it be a no expense spared treat of a trip (maybe one day!) or one that needs to be carefully planned and budgeted for.

Travel Planners have put together a handy tool to help you plan your holiday to Dubai based on whether you are going to save, spend or splurge. I think having one of these for holiday destinations around the world would be so helpful!

I’ve never been to Dubai but I have a lot of friends that have and I know this kind of tool would have been really helpful for them. It’s definitely helped me realise that you can holiday in Dubai on different budgets and still have a great time.

For now though I’m going to plan in some ‘staycation’ trips and get on and book that last minute holiday!

 

Are you going anywhere this summer?

What do you think of this kind of tool to help plan holidays?

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Why I’m Loving Modern Minimal Gold Jewellery

I’ve always been a bit of a magpie when it comes to jewellery and accessories. Even at the age of three I had a treasure box full of costume jewellery gifted to me by a few lovely elderly neighbours. I’d prance around with layers of beaded necklaces and bejewelled brooches and possibly even a tiara.

Even as I got older this more is more attitude continued.

At the age of ten I remember spending all my pocket money in Bow Bangles, which would later come to be Claire’s Accessories. From snap-bands, to magnetic earrings to those plastic tube bracelets with the water and glitter inside, remember them? I was obsessed. My friends and I would march around together arms full of plastic and rubber bracelets, oh and of course we all wore those plastic choker necklaces. Plastic was definitely where it was at for 90s kids! 

Even as a teenager I followed all the trends when it came to jewellery and accessories. I couldn’t afford new outfits all the time so updating my jewellery and accessories was a great way of staying current. Things came full circle when I went through a phase of wearing vintage clothes, I ended up raiding all the old costume jewellery I had, though I’d like to think that I wore things I little more sparingly than when I was three!

I just love how you can use jewellery to express your personality and style. Now, contrary to my younger self, I’m really keen on keeping things simple – in all areas of my life. I may have rings on my fingers but when it comes to earrings and necklaces less is definitely more. Stylish simple pieces catch my eye now – with the occasional statement set of earrings for some fun!

I recently chose a few modern minimal pieces of gold jewellery from Misskukie, ones that I thought reflected my style. There was so much choice and I had to resist just choosing rings – I have far too many of those already, though I was super tempted by the range of stacking rings!

  

  

Now that I’m embracing minimalism in my clothing choices, our home and lifestyle in general. It makes sense that I think through my choices of jewellery. It pained me to do so but I’ve taken bags full of jewellery and accessories to the charity shop, only keeping sentimental pieces and ones I wear now. I really thought through the pieces I chose from Misskukie to ensure they’d be ones I wear often – I don’t really subscribe to keeping things for special occasions. I love that modern minimal jewellery is just perfect for the everyday.

 

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Small Disc Jewellery SetHexagon Stud EarringsCircle Necklace

 

About Misskukie

I asked Kat the owner of Misskukie to share a little about her inspiration and what she loves most about her store

 

I always loved fashion and strongly believed good taste and style does not equal expensive designer products. And so, after a couple of years trying to find my feet, I started to design collections true to my own taste. I wanted the pieces to be affordable and yet luxurious, collectable and interchangeable. Delicate minimal designs for everyday wear.

The jewellery designs are a total reflection of me, my style and personality. And that’s the reason the collections have and will change from year to year, as I grow and change the designs develop too.

I started researching and designing in 2010  but the business didn’t properly develop until 2012 when I started selling through Notonthehighstreet.com which propelled Misskukie Jewellery into a fully functioning small business with almost 10 000 sales under our belt.

I work harder and longer than I ever have before starting the business, but with every hurdle comes this super huge reward feeling, I did it! I don’t think I ever felt proud of my work in previous 9-5 jobs. Now I feel proud and a sense of achievement most days, it’s priceless.

And then there are of course customer reviews, thank you notes and photo sharing. Knowing someone has falling in love with my work and chosen it for their wedding, special anniversaries, birthday gift or just to splurge and spoil themselves. It’s a pretty epic feeling and makes all the long hours worth while.

 

I love that Kat’s collections are true to her own taste, her store looks to be going from strength to strength and with her modern minimal designs, I’m not surprised.

 

What to you think? Does your choice of jewellery says something about your personality?

Do you subscribe to the less is more philosophy or are you a maximalist at heart?

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My Petite Picks For Summer

So it turns out I don’t have a whole lot in my wardrobe for summer. I think this is because we’ve had such rubbish summers over the last couple of years and we’ve not been on holiday anywhere hot during those summers either. I’m left scrambling the back of my wardrobe for whatever I can find that looks a bit summery!

This has of course led me to do a little browsing of certain online shops to see what they’re offering a petite, black wearing, unprepared individual like myself.If you’re petite like I am finding skirts, shorts and dresses – especially maxi ones – that don’t swamp you or look an odd length can be tricky. 

If you like my style then I’ve done the hard work for you and put together some of my favourite petite summer items for you to browse through. You’ll be proud of me, not everything is black, though there’s still a lot in there! I’ve tried to include a little variation while still keeping it simple. If you’re looking for flamboyant, skimpy clothes, this might not be the list for you 😉 

Boohoo Petite Denim Jacket
New Look Petite Button Through Playsuit
ASOS DESIGN Petite tab back drape hareem maxi dress
TOPSHOP PETITE Black Spot Pinafore Dress
ASOS DESIGN Petite maxi skirt with button front and split detail
TOPSHOP PETITE Square Neck Jumpsuit
ASOS PETITE Plisse Short in Spot Print with Lace Hem
ASOS DESIGN Petite wrap jacquard midi skirt in mixed floral and spot print
ASOS DESIGN Petite Deep V Strap Back Jumpsuit
ASOS Petite floral maxi dress
Petite Nude Button Front Boxy Shirt
ASOS DESIGN Petite linen button through maxi dress in stripe
ASOS DESIGN Petite Pocket Stripe T-Shirt With Contrast Binding
ASOS Petite | Design Ditsy print maxi dress
TOPSHOP PETITE Lola Duster Coat
ASOS DESIGN Petite off shoulder popper front midi dress in rib
ASOS DESIGN Petite easy spot tie waist culotte

What do you think of my petite summer picks?

Any favourites?

morganaMy Petite Picks For Summer
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