Stop Trying To Make Fetch Happen

mean girls outfitHolly Cassell Style BloggerHolly Cassell Style Blogger
shirt*, Truffle Shuffle // skirt, ebay // backpack, SanRio // sneakers, Nike // bracelets, gifts

I never really wore much pink growing up. It was something I only got into in my late teens, and even today I only have a few pieces in my wardrobe that I actually wear. One of my pink staples is this backpack;  it has been absolutely everywhere with me over the last couple of years. It was a Christmas present from my late grandmother, given in a completely innocent spirit, because she knew I liked Hello Kitty; but it’s been to the seediest places imaginable, and some unimaginable. I use it as an overnight bag whenever I go on adventures to London, and it carries all my equipment when I go on photo-shoots.

One of the reasons I love this shirt from Truffle Shuffle is because it has a little accent of pink on grey and white, so it’s super wearable. The dripping font is what first caught my eye, but I also love the looks people give me when they focus in on my chest to try and read it; from men and elderly women, it’s just complete confusion, but girls my age smile at me and we have a little moment for Gretchen Wieners. The only thing I would say about the shirt is that Truffle Shuffle sizing is a bit big, so you might want to go a size smaller. I’m a UK size 10 usually, so I got a Small, but it’s massive on me! Good thing I like baggy clothes. I wore it to go running last night and felt far more fabulous than usual. Although I really should get rid of those leggings with the hole in the arse, they’re not making me feel so great. I’ve started running LOADS lately so if anyone knows any great tips or cool fitness blogs, hook me up below in the comments.

Goody Good Stuff

vegan sweetsvegan sweets
All sweets*, Goody Good Stuff

People are always asking me how I manage being vegan. I often hear the exasperated question ‘but what DO you eat?!’, and the honest truth is, I eat a lot. I mean, I stuff my face. It’s not hard. You just have to know where to look. There are vegan, or gluten-free, or almost-anything-free treats out there, if you really look. I’ve been lucky enough to be introduced to some amazing brands by my nutritionist mother, that do delicious, natural alternatives, such as Goody Good Stuff.

Goody Good Stuff make a huge range of gelatine-free sweets that also happen to be soy-free, GMO-free, egg-free, free from High Fructose Syrups and are completely Kosher and Halal. For years I’ve been buying the Strawberries and Cream flavour, that come in tiny, chewy balls of just pure bliss, to be honest. I’ve been known to eat three or four packs of them in a night, but then I have always been a confirmed chewy-sweet addict. They do alternatives to most kinds of classic chewy sweets, like cold bottles, fizzy peaches, and gummy bears, so most people will find an alternative to their pick-n-mix favourite. When I give them to non-vegans they can’t tell the difference. For anyone who loves that feeling you get from having tasty treats that you know aren’t bad for you, they really are the best option. Anything that helps me stick to a healthy diet (whilst still tasting amazing and satisfying my never-ending chewy sweet craving) has earned it’s place in my cupboard. And handbag. And heart.

I See A Red Door And I Want It Painted Black

summer goth outfit
crop top and heels, both New Look // skirt, George at Asda // bag, Chanel

I’d say about 80% of my wardrobe is black. I love wearing all-black, even in the summer, when most people are in yellow tank tops and tie-dye shorts. In warmer weather I don’t like heavy fabrics or piled-on jewellery weighing on my skin; instead I tend to go for girly shapes and slightly retro styles, but in dark colours. It usually results in this kind of ‘summer goth’ look that I love. No frills, no bling – just feminine, monochrome clothes that are cool enough to wear through July. This skirt is so short that I don’t wear it out much in ‘real life’, but it looks decent on camera so I thought I’d show off my newly muscular thighs – I just finished a 30 day squat challenge and I’m feeling strong, like bull.

Get A Little Bit Of Bourbon In Ya, Get A Little Bit Suburban And Go Crazy

holly cassellholly cassell holly cassellholly cassellholly cassell

All clothes and jewellery, either vintage or model’s own // Model – Katie Parker at Whips and Furs

Here is another instalment of all the photos I took with Katie during our weekend of full-on photographic adventure in Barry, just outside Cardiff. We found the most amazing brick wall (in a forest, of all places) that had some epic light, and we set up camp there for hours, with only a few people and a couple of dogs disturbing our makeshift creative studio. At one point poor Katie did get accosted by a lecherous drunk outside of a Coral in the city centre, but after teaching him some manners it was all straight-sailing from there! I don’t know what it is with bald, midget football fans who spend their Friday mornings drinking lager outside of a betting shop that makes them think they are such an attractive prospect, but they sure do take the piss.


soy wax candles
Candles*, Beefayre

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction of my blog and the kind of things I want to use it to promote. As some of you will know, I am a vegan, and quite ethically-minded in my day-to-day lifestyle. I am by no means a saint, and I can’t claim to be a cruelty-free blogger; but I’ve realised that is what I would like to be. As small as my little corner of the internet is, I still want to use it to spread good things, clean things, fair things. I’ve always tried to make my blog as true to who I am as I possibly can, and I feel this is the only area in which I have failed. Because I really, really care about the environment, and yet I rarely (if ever) speak about it here.

My first step along my new cruelty-free path is to introduce you to a brand called Beefayre. Now, as I’m sure a lot of you would agree, you just can’t beat a good scented candle. I am properly obsessed with them. I think they just make a house a home in such a simple, sensuous way; it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love them. Most brands use paraffin wax, which a lot of people don’t know is extremely harmful to the environment, and highly toxic to the people breathing it in. Beefayre, however, uses 100% natural plant oils taken from their own supplier’s plantation, so there’s no deforestation! All their products are cruelty-free, certified by PETA, and everything is vegan except their honey and beeswax. They give 3% of their profits to bee conservation projects and all their materials are recycled. I’ve honestly never come across such an ethical candle company before, and let me just say, all their stuff smells DELICIOUS. I was sent two amazing fragrances to review; Honey Lily, and Rhubarb and Raspberry, as well as an adorable Lemon Lime lipbalm that you’ll see in an upcoming post. Both candles are damn near edible and sit in the prettiest little painted glass holders. Their wax is so pure you can even use it as massage oil! Now, for someone like me, who is a little bit kinky and loves having hot wax dripped onto her, this is a huge bonus. Having a safe wax-play candle that not only smells delicious but also gives my boyfriend a reason to give me a back rub is aces in my book! I’m sure it was totally accidental, but they really have created the sexiest candles around.

June Favourites

june favourites

Hello everyone, and welcome to my first ever favourites post! I always love reading these kinds of posts and I’ve taken so many suggestions and tips from them recently, that I thought I’d do my own. I’ve found so much wonderful junk lately and thought it was a good time to share, so here you go! First up is a beautiful vintage rose scarf* that ScarfWorld were kind enough to send to me. I absolutely love triangle scarves, they are so easy to wear and work so well with so many things. I’ve never shown my scarf collection on my blog but I’m thinking maybe I should, as it’s quite considerable. This one is a gorgeous addition to my stash, as I don’t really have any other light, summer scarves that I can pop on over a dress if I’m going out at night. I absolutely love the little rose detailing and I’ve been wearing it every day since it arrived. I’m sure you’ll see it in future outfit posts! Next I got a really scrummy Yankee candle* from Scented Candle Shop, Summer Scoop. It smells exactly like raspberries and ice cream and sugar, it's unbelievable. The make-up* is all from W7, and I'm really impressed with it. I'd never tried a fixing spray before I was a bit worried it would be like having hairspray on my  face, but it was actually really hydrating and smelled gorgeous. This lipstick is a lovely bright pink shade, which made a nice change from my usual matte red. As you all know I'm a big fan of Nylon and the latest issue, with Haim gracing the cover, was just a match made in heaven. I will be re-reading that for a while yet, I think.