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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 WordPress.com 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!

 

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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

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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.

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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

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DKNY Be Delicious

Christmas is special for so many reasons and there are so many things I love about this time of year.

I love the magic feeling of warm fuzziness in the air, everyone’s lifted spirits and Christmas cheer. I love wrapping up warm to brace the cold and I love cold rainy days being the perfect excuse to snuggle up with the ones you love and watch films under blankets. But more than anything I love the excuse to spoil the ones I love.

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For as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed giving gifts more than receiving them. There’s nothing quite like that feeling when you know you’ve absolutely nailed it. Making loved ones happy is invaluable.

I could watch the hustle and bustle of people searching for the perfect gift for hours on end, it fills me with so much joy.

When it comes to gifts I don’t think the value of the item matters. I know it’s cliché, but it often really is the thought that counts. “I saw this and thought of you.” melts my heart every time.

Fragrance is one of my favourite presents to buy. It’s so personal, a scent can instantly transport you to a place and time. It can be difficult to get right but DKNY’s Be Delicious is a Christmas present fail-safe, it’s a classic scent loved by so many.

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This is a paid post in collaboration with Reserved. All opinions are my own.

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 My love affair with High Street stores developed when I was in my early teens and hasn’t stopped since. When I first took an interest in clothes the High Street was my only option (low end High Street at that), and new clothes were a Christmas/Birthday kind of occasion. That’s the way it was until I got my first job at Domino’s Pizza for £4 an hour. I started at 16, while I was finishing my GCSE’s, and received my first paycheck in the Summer before starting college. By this point dirt-cheap online retailers were all the rage, I spent the majority of my pay on new clothes for college. These brands were ideal while I was at college and uni because my income was tight. They were so cheap, and it really showed in the quality, but I never minded because the items were all under £10 I would only wear most things once or twice. This type of excess buying makes me feel ill now, but I think it’s very common for students. Luckily when I left education I left that shopping habit behind.

When I finished uni I started working more so I had a bit more in my back pocket, it was around this time I really got back into shopping on the High Street. Novelty items from budget online retailers that would only last a couple of wears weren’t tickling my pickle anymore.

Over the last few years I’ve been championing the High Street again. It may seem silly to anyone who had a little more to play with growing up, but I still get so excited to be able to shop in the mid-range stores I dreamt about as a teenager, and occasionally High-End High Street too.

 

 

Reserved is new to the British High Street this year and it has kicked up a storm. It’s clear to see why. The clothes and accessories are constantly on trend, hats off to the buying team. I have a solid 70% of the website in my wishlist. The price point is what I would consider Mid-Range High Street, and the quality of the items I have received from them is tip-top. I could rave about this brand until the cows come home. It has become one of my go-to’s for online shopping. Delivery is speedy (and free when you spend over £30). I really have no complaints.

 

 

Although their items are very much on trend, they seem to have a fantastic eye for classic styles. The brand has captured the hearts of many of my favourite bloggers & Instagrammers too, even those with minimalistic style. Seeing so many of my faves wearing Reserved really is a testament to their versatility and quality.

Reserved are definitely one to watch in 2018!

 

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