Hey! Long time no see! How are you?

After a long break from blogging (almost 2 years I think), I am back and raring to go! I can't remember exactly why I stopped blogging back then, but it was most likely because of uni and wanting to focus on finishing my course. I think there was a lot going on at the time which just made me stop abruptly and not go back. Although, starting blogging again has been at the back of my mind for the past year or so now and I was in two minds as to whether I start it up again as so much has changed in the blogging world. I feel like a complete newbie coming back into it again yet I've had this blog since 2014. I felt like I couldn't come straight back to Delicate Rose and pick up where I left off because...well, it was two years ago and since then a lot has changed, mainly myself. I've grown as a person and now feel like this little blog needs to have a complete refresh/update before I can continue. 

I've decided to update the name Delicate Rose to Ragged Rose, 
1: just because I've outgrown Delicate Rose 
2: because I feel like Ragged Rose suits my personal style/blog better 
3: this name and domain will eventually/hopefully be a brand name for my own clothing brand (more on this in a future post). 

I've also updated the theme to a one that I found on Etsy, this one is called Clementine by Eve (FearneCreativeDesign). It's such a lovely theme and it has given the blog its much-needed refresh. Eventually, I would like to get a blog header designed but for now, I like the theme font as it is. Whilst I get my blog back up and running again properly, there may be a few little hiccups so please bear with me as I try and sort it out.

Artisan Coffee, Fulham London

Brief catch up since I last posted -
Since my last post in 2017, I've graduated from University with a first in Fashion Design in June 2018! Finally, I had finished and after three years of hard work stress and lots of tears, my time at uni was over. It was one of the hardest things I have done so far but I'm so happy that I managed to get through it, even though I said many many times that I wanted to quit/didn't want to do it anymore. I'm glad I fought through those feelings and got through to the other end.

All my hard work had paid off though as I was lucky enough to be selected to show my graduate collection at Graduate Fashion Week 2018! It was a complete shock, I really didn't think my collection was good enough as there were so many other collections that were better than mine. I did go through a stage of feeling bad for being chosen because I felt like I didn't deserve it. But, after having the support of my friends and family, I come round to the idea and let myself be proud of what I had accomplished. I was thinking of writing a post about my last year at uni and my time at GFW, would this be something you would be interested in? Let me know!

After graduation, I pretty much just took some time off for myself to recover from my last year at uni and went to Liverpool for a mini break, there will be a post about my time in Liverpool coming soon!
Oh and I also got engaged! No biggie... my boyfriend of 7 years, finally popped the question! It was a complete surprise, I had no idea it was coming and of course, I said yes!

The rest of the year I spent applying for jobs and working in retail (ugh). Fun... *eye roll*

Outfit details - Teddy coat & Leopard print dress - Topshop, Top & Beret - New Look, Belt & jewelry - Primark, Trainers - Converse,
Bag - Fiorelli 
Fast forward to present day 2019 - 
I'm now 24 and starting to panic that I haven't got my life sorted out?! I graduated back in June 2018 and have been applying and going for interviews since... but bloody hell it's hard! I knew it would be difficult to get into the industry, I've known that since day one but I don't think I was ready for the 'real life' aspect and the finance side of things. Apart from the job thing, the beginning of 2019 has been a bit of a rollercoaster, with the main high point of going to Rome, Italy in March. Other than that, it has pretty much sucked so far. But I'm trying to keep a positive outlook and trying to ignite my creativity again which is why I finally decided to start my blog again.

I missed blogging but I lacked that creativity and motivation to blog during my last year at uni but now I feel like it will be a good place for me to get back into things and use it as a bit of a therapeutic outlet. Now I don't have to plan my spare time around uni, I have more time to play with when it comes to blogging and creating content so I have a lot of ideas that I want to try this time around. Just to give you a rough outline, this is what I'm thinking of posting - more fashion/creative DIY's, sustainable/lifestyle related posts and I've also got a couple of travel posts lined up as well. I don't think I'll be creating any beauty/makeup posts as I can barely do my own makeup, I usually go for the 'natural/bare face' look but that is purely because my makeup skills are minimal...so I'll be staying clear of that topic! I may do a skincare related post but that's probably as far as it will go!

I'm going to wrap this post up here, otherwise, I'll carry on rambling on...
Hope you enjoyed my first post back after so long, let me know what you think!

M x
Since the weather has been so nice the past few days, Harry and I decided to go on a spontaneous trip up the countryside to the hills. In Folkestone, we are lucky enough to have the coast one side and the countryside on the other, so we have a choice of either going to the beach or climbing/hiking up the hills in the countryside. As we lived in Chatham for the past two years, we desperately missed the countryside and so we decided it would be a nice idea to walk up the hills and make the most of the sun!

As much as I knew it would be best to wear my trusty Vans up the hills, I still wanted to wear these studded sandals (Topshop) because I love them and they are so comfy! Will most likely create an outfit/style post featuring them soon!

However, I did end up changing into my Vans as soon as we got there. Another slight error with my outfit is that I stupidly wore a skirt. I completely misjudged the wind and ended up having to use my denim jacket to hold it down whilst we walked. Only I would think it would be a good idea to wear a skirt when I knew I would be walking/climbing up the hills... haha

The bag Harry is wearing is actually a DJI drone case, we were hoping to fly the drone up the hills but again, we misjudged the strength of the wind.

His 'n' Hers Vans ft. Pale legs 

We didn't choose a specific nature path to follow, we decided to follow wherever the path took us. However, there are different paths you can follow that will lead you to specfic places and areas in Kent. For example, the North Downs Way is a National Trail that will eventually lead you to Dover from Folkestone. I think it would be nice to actaully follow one of the routes one day and see where we end up.

Of course, I had to stop and take loads of photos of the flowers! :)

After walking for near on two hours, we couldn't take the heat anymore and we both needed food and drink. We decided to take the back road rather than trek through the hills again and we come across this pretty lane! There were so many bright and colourful flowers that I had to stop and take more photos...I think I'm obsessed.

It was so nice just wandering through the countryside and leaving the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a couple of hours. It was so hot but it was worth it! We're planning to go for a longer walk and maybe follow one of the national trails next time and I will actually dress appropriately and take lots of water and snacks with us!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! It's a little different to what I usually post but I'm wanting to expand into the lifestyle more as well as my usual fashion/style posts. Let me know what you think! :)

Have a wonderful day!
After a full on and stressful couple of weeks, I have finally moved back to my hometown Folkestone and finally starting to relax. Living away has made me realise how much I took for granted before I left for uni. I'm finding myself admiring my surroundings more and wanting to walk everywhere. Even though I have lived here my whole life...it feels like new (does this make sense? haha). Anyway, due to this I am wanting to find new places to visit, especially since a lot has been built around Folkestone town and harbour since I was away, I want to explore more.  

The other day I visited a new and upcoming restaurant called The Bouverie Tap with my boyfriend and my brother. We were greeted as soon as we walked in and we were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the staff. The decor of the restaurant instantly sparked our interest and we found out that all the items displayed were authentic, vintage items that the owner had collected over the years. 

The interior of The Bouverie Tap is covered in authentic memorabilia ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s. As well as the items on the walls, all the tables are hand decorated and finished with pages from old, vintage newspapers with some dating back to 1904! It was interesting to read sections of the pages and learn what was happening around the time that they were printed. 

The food was honestly amazing! We ordered handmade beef burgers with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese (you could choose stilton) and a brioche bun. Served with homemade double cooked chips and a side of rocket. I couldn't finish the whole burger due to it being so filling! The handmade chips were divine, I could honestly eat a whole plate of them. I don't actually like rocket so I didn't eat it but the other two said it was nice. 

Out of all the details, I found the lights interesting as each of the lights were made out of vintage army helmets, so each of the lights are different adding the finishing touch to the overall aesthetic of the restaurant. The lighting is that of a orangey tone, making the atmosphere quite soft and relaxing. Our overall experience was amazing and we can't wait to back there again!

If you're out and about around Folkestone, Kent or if you're planning to visit the seaside town, I would highly recommend visiting The Bouverie Tap, whether it is just for a drink or an early lunch; it is the perfect place to have a break and relax. Make sure you take a look on their Facebook or Instagram pages to see what else they have to offer. (Links below)

Facebook - The Bouverie Tap
Instagram - @thebouverietap

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! I'm planning to write more lifestyle posts like this so let me know what you think! :)

Have a lovely day!
This is the last post in collaboration with everything5pounds.com. You can find the first post below if you haven't seen them already. :)
First post - Spring is here!

I absolutely love this jumpsuit! Even though the bright colours make me look ridiculously pale...(I definitely need a tan!) Other than that, I couldn't fault it. The relaxed style of the jumpsuit makes it so comfy to wear and the fabric is soft too. I can't wait to wear it out properly in Summer! 
It would be perfect for festivals too! Just chuck a denim jacket on, replace the heels with statement sandals and add some layered necklaces with a choker and viola! To be honest, I do think I should have added a choker or necklace as I felt quite bare and as I'm not used to wearing V-necks, it would have helped me not be so conscious. 

*Bag update*
In my previous post, I mentioned that the latch on the bag doesn't always stay closed. After using the bag more, I have found that it does stay closed if are not many items inside. All I had in the bag for this shoot was my keys, phone, lipstick and my purse. I did have my camera in it too but it made the bag too heavy and so the latch wouldn't stay closed. It's a handy little bag if you don't want to carry around much and only have the necessities with you so it would be perfect if you were going out to dinner or a day out somewhere.

Flower Print Cropped Jumpsuit *Unfortunately sold out :(  
Alternative - Jumpsuits

*Unfortunately, the jumpsuit I'm wearing has sold out already! But I have linked alternative jumpsuits if you want to take a look! There are some really cute ones that would be perfect for spring/summer)

On an odd note, I think my confidence rises when I wear it as I had a big presentation at uni the last week and I hate presentations. I get so nervous, I start to shake, feel sick, my voice breaks every time I give presentations... I just hate them. So I decided to wear this on the day as I thought it help me feel better about the presentation and make it look like I was confident even though I wasn't. Long story short, I come out of that presentation with a huge smile on my face because it went so well! I shocked myself by being very talkative and I apparently sounded confident too! Even my tutors said that were so happy with how I presented the work and they loved the fact that I looked professional and confident with the bright colours of the jumpsuit. Sounds odd I know but yeah... the jumpsuit has helped me become more confident.  

That's it for today's post! Hope you enjoyed reading both posts in collaboration with Everyting5pounds.com! I really enjoyed putting these posts together and if you haven't already, please check out their website. They have amazing stock and have new items added daily so it is perfect if you want to stay on trend but with a budget!

Have you had any items of clothing that have helped you feel more confident? What do you think of the outfits I chose? Let me know in the comments! :) 

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! 
Have a wonderful day! :)
Finally, Spring has arrived and we can start saying goodbye to our Winter wardrobes! Although, I would keep a couple of jackets out for those typical 'British weather days'. As much as I would love to start wearing summer clothes, the weather just isn't on our side just yet. Yesterday was so warm and sunny with clear skies...and today has been the complete opposite. Anyway, today's post is all about Everything5pounds.com! I have been lucky enough to team up with Everything5pounds.com again and bring you another two outfits for under £20 each! The outfits will be spread over two posts, today's one is all about these amazing floral culottes!

For those of you who haven't heard of Everything 5 Pounds, they are an online fashion retailer that sells on trend and good quality clothing, all for £5 each! They also sell, menswear, shoes, accessories, homeware and toys. As well as this, new stock is added daily so you can keep up with the latest trends!

For the first outfit, I chose these floral culottes as I thought they would be perfect for Spring. I fell in love with the cute floral print on the culottes and as you know,  I love anything floral so I had to have them! I thought the colours used in the floral print go together really well. It's a nice way to add some bright colours to the culottes without the colours overtaking the look of them. Since the culottes have flowers printed on them, I wanted to keep the top quite plain but with some detail too. Which is why I chose this sleeveless polka-dot blouse that features a bow at the neck. The blouse is so soft and lightweight so it will be comfortable when the warmer weather comes around. It is a little see-through but as long as you wear a nude bra/top underneath it will be fine as the bow covers the front too.

I chose this cute black bag mainly because to me, it looked similar to Céline Trapeze bags and I have always wanted to own that style of bag. Anyway, the bag is so handy when you don't want to carry a lot with you but it is also big enough to fit a DSLR camera in so it is still quite roomy compared to its size. The lining of the bag is stunning, it is a bright cobalt blue and it really makes the bag stand out. The only downfall with this bag is the latch doesn't always stay shut but that could be due to the items I had in the bag that made it a bit heavy on the latch or even that I hadn't locked the latch down properly. This was the first time I had used the bag so I will keep you updated in the next post!

To finish the outfit, I chose these black suedette shoes with block heels. I wanted something that would be easy to walk in as well as making my legs look longer when wearing these culottes. When I first tried these on, I genuinely felt like Bambi when I practiced walking in them..(I don't wear heels often..). Thankfully, I got used to them and I can kind of walk normally in them without looking like Bambi on ice. This is why I opted for the block heels as they are much easier to keep your balance and walk in. 

That's all for today's post! The next outfit will be live tomorrow morning if all goes to plan, if not it will be live on Friday morning. If you haven't already, I really recommend Everything5pounds.com as I think you will be pleasantly surprised at what they have to offer! Since all their products are £5...maybe treat yourself? ;) 

Have you ordered from Everything5pounds before? If so, what did you think of their items? Let me know in the comments! :)
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!