It recently occurred to me that I write a lot about fashion and the things I find pretty but not a lot about the things I like and what makes me who I am. If you follow me on instagram (here) You’ll see that my little family is made up of myself, my husband Matt and our cuter than cute bulldog called Muffin. Matt and I first met when he was 17 and I was 15, he had just joined the army and I was finishing up at school, about to go to college. After a few weeks he became my best friend and 6 months of awkward flirting later, my boyfriend. It’s safe to say that he’s one of life’s amazing people, you don’t meet many like him and despite the challenges life continues to throw our way, I know in my heart that we will be ok. In 2009 after Matt’s first tour in Afghanistan he was badly injured. Along with the rest of his family, I went up to Birmingham and stayed near to the hospital for the 3 months he was receiving treatment and undergoing countless operations. It was only a few weeks since my last A-level exam that Matt was injured so I found myself A. Being able to make him the focus of my attention and B. At a loss as to what the future would hold. It was a lot for my 18 year old self to think about and I’m sure even more for the 21 year old love of my life. Seeing Matt struggle through physical and mental injuries has been hard and throughout I had one little escape – Vogue!
From the age of 14 I spent what little pocket money I got on Vogue (I lived in the middle of nowhere with nothing to spend money on so instead of pocket money my little brother and I were given sweets!!). Something about how the outfits were put together transported me to a million different fantasy lives where I could be a glamourous city girl or a Moroccan boho princess – very far removed from my reality of dog walking, dishwashers and homework. This escape is something that has stayed with me and I can still get lost in the pages.
After Matt’s injury I deferred and later cancelled my original place at university to study French in order to look after him and consider our future. It was during these years I came to discover that I get bored really quickly, and the prospect of being a housewife would drive me crazy and also that someone is putting these dream like magazine pages together- why couldn’t it be me? So after about 5 minutes of consideration I put together my application and was accepted to study a fashion design degree. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only have I met friends for life, I have gained confidence to believe in my work and ability.
Right now, my uni studies have drawn to a close and Matt and I are in a new ‘limbo’ phase of our lives. His service is about to end and we will both be *gulp* unemployed and facing a big move to London. This new journey is terrifying, but I’m excited for our future. I plan on making this blog a little more personal as, fashion is pretty and all but what makes me like what I do comes from who I am and the people responsible for shaping that, one of whom is definitely Matt!