I’m in love with the Coco.

Chanel Chanel2 Chanel6 Chanel3 Chanel1 Chanel5 Chanel4Someone recently asked me what my GCSE grades were and for the first time in my life I wasn’t embarrassed to tell them that I didn’t even turn up to pick them up, so in actual fact I couldn’t remember. I’d always felt embarrassed because to begin with at school I was in the top 3 sets of the majority of my classes. But as we all moved full swing into our teenage years my grades fell off a cliff and I was completely written off by my teachers. As year 11 ended I was voted “Most likely to marry a footballer”, because I mean how could I possibly make a life for myself?

Genuinely it disgusts me that “Awards” like that were allowed to happen at my school, all those teachers sat around allowing my future to be made a joke of like that.

I allowed that mindset to take over and had no idea where I wanted my life to go, the kind of person I wanted to be or what legacy I wanted to leave behind. I attempted beauty school and soon dropped out. It was here that I landed my first job in fashion and how I managed to blag a place at uni. I worked as many jobs as I could fit in around my lectures and fed my clothing addiction by trawling charity shops and customising old clothes (which if you fancy a good laugh you can see some of back when I started my blog). As graduation came and went I landed a job at head office with a fashion brand but before long I realised my dreams were so much bigger than this.

I wanted my own home, I wanted a beautiful home, I wanted weekends to snuggle on wicker chairs in a garden full of flowers, I wanted to wake up happy every day, I wanted to be my own boss and as a self confessed fashion addict I eventually, once all that was achieved, I wanted a sprinkle of Chanel in my wardrobe.

Dreams do come true, you just have to work a harder than you ever imagined.


This post was shot on the Canon 5D MKiii and the 50mm lens.

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  1. Yianna 24th July 2015 / 7:53 am

    This post is serious blogging inspiration. As a new blogger, this gives me hope for the future! Thank you x

    Inherent Habits Fashion Blog:

    • lydia 27th July 2015 / 1:12 am

      Thanks Yianna! I hope it does and doesn’t come across too “I’ve made it” as i definitely haven’t I’m just happy with my life and don’t want others to be discouraged from following dreams to be happy with theirs <3

  2. Nicole 24th July 2015 / 8:05 am

    Another great post Lydia. You should read The Secret (if you haven’t already) love xx

    • lydia 27th July 2015 / 1:13 am

      Thanks Nicole! D’ya know what I’ve tried so hard to read it but its probably the same issues i had with revision, if its not a page turner I forget to finish it hahah!!!xx

  3. jasmine HARDING 24th July 2015 / 9:47 am

    These Beige Cloth Ballet Flats are soooooooooo beautiful. I love love love them! Perfect for summer and holidays in the sun!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.com

  4. Deepti @ Endless Postcards 24th July 2015 / 9:49 am

    I can’t believe they would even have that as a category to be nominated for — glad you proved them wrong! School should be a safe, healthy environment where each individual is taught that they can be successful and believed in.

    On a better note, I love your outfit. That purse is a dream. And having the luxury to sprinkle Chanel in my wardrobe is one of my goals as well — I just have to stay motivated and work my hardest! Great post, you look amazing!

    xo, endlesspostcards.com

    • lydia 27th July 2015 / 1:14 am

      Thanks so much hun! 🙂

  5. Bea 24th July 2015 / 10:29 am

    I was the same Lydia. My PE teacher said I would “be lucky to make it as a hairdresser” offensive to me and to hair professionals!!

    I still am unsure of what I do want to pursue and I think a lot of my confidence issues come from school and being treated differently because I had different learning styles.

    • lydia 27th July 2015 / 1:15 am

      It took me years to know what I wanted to do, in fact I still don’t know where this whole blogging thing will end up but the ride so far has been fun!xx

  6. Jessie 24th July 2015 / 11:42 am

    Good on you for achieving your dreams! Your blog is amazing and you should be so proud of what you’ve achieved. xxxx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  7. the gentleman 24th July 2015 / 1:11 pm

    For someone who is slightly nervous at public speaking you certainly pack a punch with your written word!

    Great post; if I’m honest I skipped the fashion as I saw the summary of the text on Twitter. Never a truer word said. I’ve got friends who are way ahead of me in the “life achievements” rankings who were written off at school!

    Ben | http://www.twentyfirstcenturygent.com

    • lydia 27th July 2015 / 1:16 am

      hahahahaha thanks Ben! Although not sure why you skipped the fashion part, this playsuit with you’re fancy pants shoes would be a dream haha!

  8. Beached blonde 24th July 2015 / 2:58 pm

    I love this post. You’ve inspired me to write more and believe in myself more. It is amazing what we all can achieve when we set our minds to it! And who cares if we’re not following the ‘rules’ so long as we’re happy. BB x

  9. Cori 24th July 2015 / 4:31 pm

    LOVE this look. Your tan is looking gorgeous, and that romper is stunning. Couldn’t agree more about working hard to reach your goals! Very inspirational, Lydia!

  10. El 24th July 2015 / 5:41 pm

    This was a great post Lydia, im very happy for you, for reaching your goals and attaining what you want in life. Keep going.


  11. Beth Norton 24th July 2015 / 9:12 pm

    A very beautiful and inspiring post Lydia, thank you for sharing. You’re gorgeous inside and out and you should be immensely proud of what you’ve achieved. You’re an idol. They say success is the best revenge …

    Beth xo.


  12. nueyork 25th July 2015 / 9:33 am

    I love reading stories like this, as there is way too much emphasis on grades and going to university. While they are both amazing things, if they are what you want, they are by no means ‘everything’. People used to go on and on about ATAR scores and their importance and once we all got into uni a month later they ceased to matter or be discussed.


  13. Hayley @ break the loop 28th July 2015 / 2:30 pm

    I love this, it’s funny because just yesterday I was remembering how I very nearly threw my GCSE results in the bin without even looking at them! I was a typical angst ridden know-it-all teenager, if I’m honest! They weren’t half as bad as I had feared but my point is that we all have a different path / story and academic achievements do not necessarily equal future success nor does a lack of academic achievement equal failure! I find it scary that our whole lives can be commented on and put in a neat little box when we are so young. Good on you for following your dreams and sticking two fingers up to what sounds like an absolutely useless bunch of teachers!

  14. Liv 28th July 2015 / 7:50 pm

    Your watch is gorgeous! Can I ask what make it is please? X

  15. Chanaley 30th July 2015 / 8:29 am

    Hi Lydia,

    As a student who also lost her footing in education before I found uni, I can seriously relate to this post.

    I’m thrilled that you’ve found your happy place.

    And as I’ve been watching your Snapchat – I sincerely hope that you get better soon. We need you back in full swing! ????

    I have a lot of time and love for your blog posts. Thank you for inspiring me to be nothing more than myself.

    With love,


  16. Madison Mccutcheon 3rd August 2015 / 4:13 pm

    I would have never assumed that you weren’t a great student! It’s so lovely to hear you speak about your past, you deserve the life you live with your work ethic! Every girl deserves a sprinkle of Chanel! xoxo

  17. lILY mARTIn 4th August 2015 / 4:17 pm

    This is such a beautiful post, you can see how hard you work so it’s more than well deserved. But, I completely agree with the ‘school awards’ so disgusting & if you had let that get to you, that could have affected your whole future. I hope the people who doubted you can see you now!! 🙂 xx

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