How to style the knitted vest

23 February 2021


Knitted vests. The 70s are back again! 

They are pretty much everywhere now and yet again, I've jumped on the bandwagon and bought a few for myself. So I thought I would share a few ways on how I would style them. I think they're so versatile, as you can wear them in summer on their own or with a t-shirt and in the winter with a turtleneck; perfect for layering! 

Cream vest- New look

Striped vest- Urban Gal but was originally sold by Zara

Striped top- New Look

Cream turtleneck- Bershka

Purple top- Stradivarious

Flares- Topshop

1. The turtleneck

I've been wearing a turtleneck under my vests these past few weeks and I feel like it's the perfect way to add an extra layer of warmth and still feel like you look 'put together' at the same time. Especially in lockdown and more specifically a lockdown in winter, you want to be warm and comfortable. This combination ticks both those boxes. If the vest is plain, I love pairing it with a long sleeve top that has more pattern and colour to it to add more to my outfit. I also wear any of my jeans with it but my flares are still up there as a firm favourite! 

2. The t-shirt

Such a spring outfit that I can't wait to wear, with the knitted vest over the top if the breeze picks up and for those days that are still a bit chilly. Still with a pair of jeans and trainers for a casual look. Although I tried one of my vests on the other day with a white t-shirt that I already have in my wardrobe and it didn't look how I envisioned haha. Only because it was a regular size and not oversized so the sleeves looked too short and kind of pointless. I think oversized t-shirts are a good staple to have in your wardrobe anyway so will definitely be stocking up on those for Spring.

3. Over the top of a dress

I'm picturing maybe a shirt midi/maxi dress with a knitted vest over the top and a pair of trainers to give a bit more of a feminine look, if that's your thing. I will probably always be in my trainers though, until they find me a shoe more comfortable. Slippers are a no-go. I've seen knitted vests with ties at the side which would look better with a dress than the ones I'm wearing in these photos as you would be able to see the dress through the sides! This will break it up the outfit a bit more and look more flattering. 

4. On it's own

I can't wait to wear this rainbow striped vest (pictured above) on it's own with a pair of jeans, shorts or any of my midi skirts when the weather gets warmer and no layering is needed. I feel like this vest gives all the Summer and positive vibes we need, especially when the future is looking bright too. Although you wouldn't be able to wear every knitted vest on their own, unless you like the look of everything being a bit on show! 

Now we know the world is going to pick up again in Summer (hopefully), it makes getting dressed even the more exciting and I can't wait to wear my clothes to events with people, actual people and not just having it's debut on my Instagram! It also means all the more photo opportunities. 

Have you bought into the knitted vest trend yet? 

Bethan xx

A change of morning routine | Learning from home

12 February 2021

This year certainly had a different start. And for someone who doesn't like change; there has been quite a lot of it! I had been off school since December 10th as our school decided to shut early so I already had a taste of what home learning would be like but I thought that would be it and I would be back at school on the 11th January. 

But then the Lockdown announcement happened and we got told that we were in Lockdown until at least mid February. And now it is going to be for even longer! 

With being in Sixth form, I'm quite lucky that I have a lot of free periods but then that does balance out with the amount of work load. I'm just trying to juggle everything and hope for the best. 

My morning routine when I'm going to school is very different to when I'm learning from home. Going to school, my morning is a bit of a rush and I'm usually running to the bus with two minutes to spare! I was a bit worried about how my mornings would be at home if I was lacking motivation as my lessons still start at 9am, and the thought of staying in bed a lot longer would be very appealing. However, it does give me an extra hour because I don't have to travel on the bus. 

I decided to keep my morning routine very similar e.g still wake up at the usual time and get showered and properly dressed for the day as it just makes me feel so much better. I'm definitely not a working from home in your pjs kind of girl. But if you are, that's okay too. 

Because I've had more time, I have added in some things at the start of my day so I can have time to do things for just me as I think that's so important, especially in Lockdown. My day after my morning routine is super busy with online lessons, school work, staring at a screen for hours on end sometimes and whatever else I have on my mind that I need to do. But starting off my morning well makes a huge difference on how I feel towards tackling my day, viewing it in a more positive light. 

I thought I'd share my morning routine when I'm learning from home to maybe inspire some of you? I mean that's my aim anyway! But also disclaimer: some mornings do not go this way and sometimes I'm rolling out of bed at 8:15am when I've got a live lesson at 9am and I've got to wash my hair and look somewhat presentable. This is how it goes on a good day and wow do I celebrate those when I have one as they certainly don't happen often! 

6:45am- The dreaded alarm goes off on Alexa and I tell her to stop talking. I stay in bed for a little bit longer and think about the long day ahead. I then think about getting up and putting my workout gear on to take my mat and laptop downstairs. Eventually, I do it. 

7:00am- I do any form of exercise for around 10-15 minutes. I love moving my body around for my mental health, it makes me feel like I can see the day a bit clearer. Sometimes I don't really want to or I skip it if I wake up later but I can really tell the difference in how I feel if I don't exercise.

7:15am- Jump in the shower. I'm going to be honest, these times are a bit messed up if I'm washing my hair as getting ready takes longer. I normally just change everything around and leave my hair wet for my online lesson! 

7:30am- BreathPod. I take part in their breathwork Instagram live sessions in the morning, over on the @Breathpod instagram. There's a lot of controlled breathing that goes on, as well as meditation and affirmation work. I love it! During the period between Christmas and the new year, I struggled with being anxious quite frequently and watching the IGTVs really helped a lot and has given me so many more breathing techniques to use when I feel anxious. The lives are such a good way to start your day in a calm way. 

8:05am- Finish off getting ready. This consists of getting dressed, even taking time to pick out a pair of earrings, making my bed, drying my hair if I've washed it, straightening it and putting a bit of concealer under my eyes to make it look like I'm wide awake. 

Around 8:40am (this varies!)- Have breakfast. Anything from a bit of yoghurt and fruit, toast (nutella is my favourite) or cereal! 

8:55am- I'm normally am, well should be, at my desk by this point with my laptop open ready to join my first live lesson of the day. 

I sometimes have my to-do list already written at this point or I'll write it after, but the schedule of my day is different everyday as sometimes my lessons won't start until 12:30pm on a Monday and that means my morning is a bit different! I'll stay in bed just a tiny bit longer. 

I find it really helps to have a to-do list so you can tick things off as you go throughout the day but don't be hard on yourself if you don't complete everything. I've also got back into watching series on Netflix (loved Bridgerton!) or I love listening to a podcast or going for a walk so I make sure I do something like that in my day too, it's so important to give yourself breaks especially when working from home to change things up and to make sure you're not staring at a screen for 10 hours straight. 

A week or a month learning from home can often feel like a never ending day when every day feels exactly the same but I always remind myself that I will be back at school one day and I'll finally feel way more confident to be back answering questions in class, instead of online. Haha. Anyone got any tips?

I hope this helped some of you in any way! Or even just to know that you're not alone in feeling like the work load is too much or you're finding it hard to concentrate. It's not easy! 

Sending love to you all! 

Bethan xx

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