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Last week flew past me. I’m feeling super settled in our lovely little apartment now, but it has been really weird moving away from home for the first time, so here’s a few things I’ve learnt in my first week.



I’m a Terrible Cook.

Really terrible. I knew I wasn’t very good at cooking when I lived at home, but I thought I would at least be able to throw something half decent together- I can’t. I appreciate cooking takes a long time to master but like all skills: some people just don’t get it, and I fear I’m one of those people (for now I will blame it on the fact we didn’t have scales so I had to guess measurements…).


You Have to Buy So Many Random Things. 

Even staying at a fully furnished apartment, we were missing loads of random knickknacks and gizmos we didn’t even realise we use all the bloody time- and they’re weirdly expensive for what they are. Kitchen scales, cheese-grater, shower curtain, a ladle, one of those vegetable steamer things that goes over the saucepan??

What would we do without IKEA?

Oh and condiments! Bloody hell. Salt & pepper shakers, spices, ketchup, olive oil, soy sauce, the list goes onnnnnnnnn.


Days Feel Much Longer. 

I’m getting so much done- it’s madness. I do miss my morning routine of eating breakfast while watching shit TV with mum (for what felt like 15 minutes but was actually two hours). And you wouldn’t believe how much more time you have when you don’t have dogs. I’m pretty sure I spent over half my time at home playing with the dogs- I really miss them though, they sadly don’t understand FaceTime.


The Highs are Higher but the Lows are Lower. 

I’ve been really enjoying living here. I’m loving city life- it’s so convenient. Bath is beautiful and work is a million times easier here. I’ve had days where I’m overwhelmingly happy but they seem to have been balanced by overwhelmingly sad days. I don’t feel like I’m finding it difficult to adjust, I felt settled almost immediately, I just keep having really down days where I struggle to do anything. I’m hoping it’s just because it’s such a big change, and it will get better over time.


I Don’t Feel Like an Adult. 

I thought everyone felt like this but Sam said he feels like an adult so now I’m worried. I feel like a child. I don’t feel immature in the slightest, I just feel like I’m not a ‘grown-up’. As if someone’s going to turn up at our door and be like “Come on Chloe, stop messing around, time to go home”- Since when have I been old enough to rent an apartment? Bizarre.


I’d love to know- what did you learn when you moved away for the first time?




Jacket – Urban Outfitters

Top – Primark (Similar HERE)

Jumpsuit – Reformation (Similar HERE)

Boots – Public Desire

Bag – Dylan Kain

Sunglasses – Rayban



I’m tired of feeling stuck, I’m tired of all the ideas I have that I don’t act upon. The feeble excuses.  It’s time to put my foot down and remind myself I never wanted to be the person who was all talk no trousers.

Don’t get me wrong- it has been hard. For the last three years grief has been my closest companion and I’ve been struggling to get out of bed most days. But the whole time I was saying the same thing- nothing will change until my situation changes. And thankfully, for the first time in the last three years I’m in a position to change my situation. So, I did. We moved into our little apartment on Monday and I couldn’t be happier.

Of course, grief won’t disappear with a change of scenery, there will still be down days- in fact, today was one of them (more often than not they don’t seem to be triggered by anything in particular, just an unshakable mood that I can only hope will be gone in the morning). But I’m hoping there will be much fewer. I feel really positive about this little adventure and for the first time in so long I feel really truly excited to get up and create content every day.

I won’t lie, Instagram hasn’t been my friend since this damned algorithm came into play and it has been very disheartening. But I think it’s about time I admitted it’s not completely Instagram’s fault. I was a poor excuse of a Fashion Blogger last year (I won’t beat myself up about it because I did all I could given the circumstances). The algorithm might be a complete ball-ache but I know that if my content is good enough, it will be seen. And last year, it just wasn’t good enough. I need to work less, but work better. I need to learn how to log off. I need to give myself space from my work so I can look at it objectively.

Bloggers who are just starting up often message me for advice on how to grow their audience, and every time (above all else) my answer is the same: “Quality and consistency.”

I’ve recently realised I’m awful at following my own advice. How ironic that for the last year I’ve been wondering why Instagram hates me when I’ve been neglecting my advice.

Quality & consistency is much harder than it sounds, but I’m going to put my advice to the test and see if it was actually never Instagram’s fault after all. Wish me luck.





Coat – Topshop (Sold out- similar HERE

Top – Urban Outfitters

Jeans – BDG

Shoes – ZARA (Old- similar HERE)

Bag – Dylan Kain

Sunglasses – RayBan


I have finally moved from to .org and had a redesign, I’ve only been meaning to do it for three bloody years!! Welcome to the new and improved CHLOEHELENMILES.COM.

I owe the biggest thank you to Phil at Pipdig, he did all the work and made it so easy it was even more frustrating I didn’t do it sooner. I’m over the moon.

Thanks to Phil, you can now do some very funky things like Shop My Instagram Feed, Shop My Wardrobe, & even shop My Wishlist before I’ve purchased the items myself!

This redesign perfectly encapsulates everything I want this year to be: a reboot, a fresh start (but more on that in my next post). For now, please just have a good root around and let me know what you think!




This is a paid post in collaboration with Superdrug and POPSUGAR.



As 2017 came to a close I was doing a lot of reflecting. Reflecting on how the year treated me but more so on how I treated myself. Shocker: not very well.

On the most basic level I neglected myself. I wasn’t eating enough, drinking enough, I wasn’t exercising, and I really suffered for it. It was a tough year, so I can’t be too hard on myself, but I know it’s time to take better care.

A New Year brings hope and promise, for brighter times and better habits. With last year’s negligence in mind there are a few very basic targets I’ve set myself for 2018.


Stay Hydrated

This is something I’m terrible with. I know how important it is to stay hydrated, so it sounds ridiculous, but I have never been fond of drinking water. I have to have something with flavour. I drink a lot of tea and squash, but I really need to substitute for something with less sugar (for my teeth more than anything). Luckily for me Superdrug have just launched their new Some Body range with three zero-sugar/aspartame-free drinks. My personal favourite is the Mojito sparkling water, it really does taste just like a Mockjito (my go-to). I have been guzzling it down happy as Larry so this should make staying hydrated much easier.


Superdrug Some Body Mojito Water


No More Smoking

I’ve never mentioned this online because it’s a terrible habit that I’m not proud of and I don’t want to glamorise it. I’ve been smoking for six years, on and off, sometimes a little sometimes a lot but way too much over the last three years. It is difficult to quit, I have tried many times before but I’ve never felt as compelled to stop completely as I do now. I’m going to try my very hardest to make 2018 onwards smoke free (I’ve managed the first 5 days- so that’s good, but I am very snappy ((sorry Sam)). If any of you have any tips or advice on how to give up for good, please let me know!


Superdrug Some Body Sweet and Salt Popcorn


Eat Well

By eating well I don’t mean eating clean. I mean making sure I eat enough and keep a good balance of different foods. I have a tendency to get lost in my work and forget to eat- I think we are all guilty of this from time to time. Keeping snacks at my desk is a great way to remind me to nibble throughout the day, Sweet and Salty Popcorn is my current desk side favourite. In an ideal world we would get everything we need from our food but often life isn’t ideal. Vitamin supplements and super-food blends are a great help when you don’t have the time to eat as well as you want to. I’m going to try my best to feed myself well this year, and try to remember to take vitamins when I’m busy or travelling lots.


Exercise Regularly

I have a bit of a toxic relationship with exercise, I must admit. I either seem to completely overdo it or not do it at all. Over the last year I have only been to my gym a handful of times. I’ve still been paying my monthly membership which makes me shed a little tear every time I think of that dead money. I’m always cautious because I don’t want to go back to being obsessed with the gym, it’s not healthy. I want to start this year fresh and start going to the gym a couple times a week and just allowing it to be a part of my lifestyle without being consuming.


Other Vegan products in the Superdrug range include:

Bellini Flavour Sparkling Water

Watermelon Flavour Still Water

Sea Salt Popcorn



Superdrug’s new range has a fantastic collection of vegetarian and vegan products, and refreshingly their message isn’t about weight-loss and restrictions but instead it’s about self-care and self-love. Encouraging you to be hydrated, nourished, energized, to be the best version of yourself. That is definitely a message I intend to keep with me to 2018.




Where on earth do I even start. In less than a week Sam and I are moving to a little apartment in the center of Bath… for two months.

This might seem random as hell so I’m going to try my best to explain why Bath, why now and why only two months.



I’m 22 and I’ve always lived at home- in the house I was born in would you believe it. After college I decided to go to an Academy instead of Uni, it was only a 15 minute drive from my house so there was no need to move.

I get along with my parents very well so living at home isn’t an issue in that sense, sometimes it almost feels as if we’re housemates. Sam has been living at my parents house with me for the last year, and for the majority of the two years before that too. There has never been any real need for me to move away. I have everything I need living at home, and we’re only an hour train ride away from London so it has been convenient for work.



One of the reasons I want to move is simply because I have the itch, to move away and to experience having my own space. But the main reason I want to move is for work.

I have been blogging full time for nearly three years now and I have struggled a lot with creating consistent content living in my hometown. There’s only one place here I think is tolerable to shoot- it’s a multi-storey car park and every time I go there the security guy chases me away because he thinks I’m going to jump off the edge (I understand how sinister that sounds, but that isn’t a joke).

If you google search my town you’ll find a popular article describes it as “The Vast Wart on the Backside of Humanity.” so I think that gives you a sense of it. I’ll be the first to say it’s a shithole but it’s my shithole, and I have to be honest I’m really proud of how much I’ve achieved living in my hometown.

To create content I love I have to drive about two hours away. Brighton, Oxford & Bath are my go-to places to shoot.

Bath stood out for me. I remember how easy it was to shoot there both times I went. I would step out of my hotel straight onto a beautiful street, the next street was beautiful and the next. The streets aren’t rammed like London or Oxford, it’s so easy to get photos without people clogging up the background. Not only do I find the whole place to be picture perfect, the people were so nice! No one was sneering ‘oh god another blogger’ (I can’t lie to you, it doesn’t matter how long I do this job, that still gets to me). People were smiling at me, and even complementing my outfits! It was bliss.



I never wanted to rent, it has always seemed like dead money, but buying a house right now is impossible so if I don’t rent I’ll probably be living with my parents until I’m in my 30’s, which isn’t really what any of us want.

I used to think I wasn’t a city person, but I think that’s because London was the only city I’d been to and London is more of a metropolis than a city- it’s far too busy for little ol’ me. I’ve been lucky enough to have had incredible travel opportunities over the last few years and I’ve realised that actually, I think city life is for me. I have loved almost every city I’ve visited but Amsterdam really stole my heart. I can’t quite put it into words but it just felt like home. All of the amenities and conveniences of a city but with a relaxed town atmosphere. I felt instantly inspired. I would love to move there one day but I think moving away for the first time will be enough of a shock without moving countries too.

Although there were many highs, 2017 was a really tough year. The majority of my year was spent offline with my family. Workwise 2017 never really got going for me. I didn’t have the opportunity to get out and shoot new content for a long time. As someone who is always itching to do more I found it very frustrating but sometimes there’s nothing you can do, life just gets in the way, and for me family will always be the priority.

With this in mind, I wanted to kick start 2018 by throwing myself into something new and inspiring, and really get the ball rolling. I’m hoping our little apartment will become somewhat of a hub for our blogger friends to visit and create content too. I’m very excited and quite nervous, and it feels pretty ridiculous considering a lot of people my age have probably lived in three or four different places by now but for me this is a big deal and I really hope it pays off.

So Bath is a test really, to see if we could move for longer and further afield. Two months to see if City life benefits my work enough to merit the cost of rent, and to determine if being two hours away from our family and friends is do-able for us.


Wish us luck! I’ll be sure to keep you updated!


Photos from Bath last year, shot by Michaela