Life Update: A Season of Changes

Life Update: A Season of Changes

Hello lovelies, it’s been a while hasn’t it? I couldn’t believe it myself when I saw that the last I’d posted to my Instagram was about a month ago!

Honestly, I didn’t even realize how much time had passed because these last four weeks have been quite the ride, let me tell you. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, the shift in seasons has stirred up the beginnings of many changes to my life, personally.

Basically my uniform these last few weeks.
Denim Jacket and Top – Forever 21
Trousers and Slip-ons – H&M

The first of many of those changes is that I have officially begun the process of changing my name – well, truncating it to be more precise. In my mind and heart, I have always been Aimesha Kurbah – no more, no less – and I have mostly referred to myself as such, including on my socials. There is much history behind it all, but I won’t go into it further. At least, not for now.

The second is a change to my state of employment. A new job, a new chapter awaits me and I am very much looking forward to it. I’ll forever be grateful to my friend and lou, Boo Boo, for sending the ad for it my way because I had completely missed it by myself. What I did to be blessed with the best friends I have, I’ll never know.

As for the rest, I’ll keep those to myself. I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m good; and that the happiest moments I’ve had these last few weeks were the simplest: just me, my loved ones, my boyfriend and my cat just chilling and enjoying some lovely sunshine and great food (of course).

My love goes to all of you who have stuck by me while I was taking a much needed break. Thank you, my lovelies.

A snapshot of one of my many simple, happy moments this past month. I think Mavis may not have seen my intrusion into her personal space the same way though.

What to Look for in a Great Basic Blazer

What to Look for in a Great Basic Blazer

Hello, lovelies. I hope you’re all doing as well as can be.

Twice a year, the changing of seasons brings about the dilemma of how to dress for days that see sunshine and pleasantness one moment and then perhaps rain and dark skies the very next. For times such as these where we could see two or more seasons in the span of a single day, I have one word for you: layering.

One of my favourite layering pieces is a good blazer. They’re really good for making a casual outfit – like this first one with a t-shirt and a pair of jeans – look that much smarter and put-together; and I can’t think of the words ‘smart casual’ without a blazer popping into mind.

The thing with blazers is that they’re really easy to get wrong when you’re shopping for them on a budget. When I’m looking for one, I make sure to keep an eye out for five things that – to me – make a really good basic blazer: material, structure, fit, colour and print.

The material and structure of a blazer affect how it will sit on your body. Personally, I never buy blazers that are made of a material that is too thin or has stretch in it because even when the blazer is lined, it can’t hold its shape and there’s no sense of structure. They sag and pull at the seams and it’s just not a good look.

BlazerH&M
T-Shirt – SheIn
Jeans – Lulu & Sky
Shoes A local shoe store

When it comes to fit, I prefer blazers that are straight-cut, longline and have full-length sleeves (that are not pre-gathered like this one). In my experience, blazers with these features are way more versatile. The blue one I’m wearing is worn more casually in the first outfit, but fits in easily with a more formal outfit as well.

As for colour and print, again, you’ve got to keep in mind versatility because when you’re on a budget, you want your blazer to go with a lot of outfits. So of course, solid black is a great colour to have a blazer in. If you’re not into dark colours as much, then a solid beige- or camel-coloured one is also fantastic to have. Prints are reserved for other clothing in my wardrobe, such as my tops or dresses, so that I can mix and match my solid-coloured blazers with them more easily.

Blazer H&M
DressCustom Made
Bag Gifted
Shoes – Mast & Harbour

When you’ve got your basic blazer pieces down, feel free to graduate to other colours, prints and fits. I made sure I had a great solid black blazer as well as a solid camel one before I moved on to buy this blue blazer and then, more recently, a mustard one – which I’ll be showing you in a haul on my YouTube channel very soon!

I hope my tips help you find your perfect blazer. Until next time!