I thought this post would be a piece of cake, but it actually took me some time to think about the things that I’ve learnt in life so far. 24 may not sound old but that’s still a fair bit of living I’ve got down and I wanted to share some pearls of wisdom that have helped me thus far.

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  1. Be authentic. Don’t be a sheep and do what everyone else is doing because in the long run, it’s not going to make you happy. Just listen to yourself and follow your own journey.
  2. Not everything will turn out exactly how you want/planned. This does not mean you should be disappointed though, you never know what’s around the corner.
  3. Stay positive. This is the one thing that will change your life, satisfaction guaranteed.
  4. Remember that nothing is for free but that hard work always pays off.
  5. Wear things that make you feel good and get rid of things that don’t. Holding on to tiny clothes that don’t fit your fabulous body will only make you feel bad and no one should feel like that.
  6. Let go. Enjoy yourself and stop worrying, life is good and it’s to be enjoyed!
  7. Eat the damn cake! There is always time to indulge and cake will always be one of those times.
  8. Follow your instinct and don’t always take the sensible option. I’ve quit my job, worn ridiculous clothes, said wild things and followed my heart. Hasn’t failed me yet.
  9. Don’t take any bullshit. Ever. Rude, bitchy, negative people are exactly who you need to avoid and ignore. Like bye Felicia.
  10. Ru Paul is life, because IF YOU CAN’T LOVE YOURSELF, HOW IN THE HELL YOU GONNA LOVE SOMEBODY ELSE??
  11. If you didn’t get the last reference and you haven’t watch Ru Paul’s Drag Race yet, then your not living life right.
  12. Make an effort for the people that you love. It’s easy to take people for granted, or to fall out of touch but if people mean a lot to you, you should show them. My family is really important to me and the older I get the more I realise that it’s me who needs to be making an effort and planning stuff with them.
  13. Work hard, play hard. Life is a balance, it’s a little bit of everything that makes it exciting.
  14. Treat yourself. When you’ve worked hard, achieved big things or just really need some chocolate.
  15. Ask for help. You’d be surprised how lovely, generous and talented other people can be with their time.
  16. SAY YES. Don’t waste opportunities and take every challenge, it makes you grow and it opens doors.
  17. Think about what you want. I follow the secret, which I’m not pushing on you here, but visualising your goals and knowing where you want to be gives purpose to what your doing.
  18. Fall in love. It’s actually really fun and it’s good for your soul.
  19. Look after your feet. I’ve already failed at this which is why I now realise how important it is, the ghost of bunions future will thank ya.
  20. Invest in good clothes and look after them. A wardrobe full of quick fixes will only last you one season and maybe even one wash. Investing in good, classic pieces means you’ll always have something to wear.
  21. Be generous. With your time, love, advice, friendship and food.
  22. Never give up. Never, ever, ever. If you have a dream, you freakin’ get up and you get it.
  23. Have fun! Everyday.
  24. Always remember that it doesn’t matter what other people think about you. It’s what you think about you that counts.

I hope you enjoyed reading these and as always, if there is anything you’d like to share leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts x

There is nothing I love more than a mini bag. It’s the one thing that encourages you to throw out all those receipts, downsize your credit cards and live a shoulder pain free life. So in light of my fondness I though I would select a few of my favourites this season for your shopping pleasure. I feel like a mini bag is also the perfect opportunity to add some colour and some crazy to your wardrobe in a little dose. So don’t be shy with your choices.stylerarebit.com

From left to right: Knot Cross Body Bag, £29.99 Mango // Mini Metropolis Bag, £250 Furla // Beaded Bag, £29.99 Zara // Mix & Match Mini Bag, £35.99 Zara // Double Baguette, £1,590 Fendi

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From left to right: Shoulder bag, £1,250 Jimmy Choo // Mini Drew Bag, £1,230 Chloe // Dionysus Mini, £1,040 Gucci // Vixon Bag, £30 Skinny Dip // B-Rockstud Micro, £1,525 Valentino

stylerarebit.com stylerarebit.comHey everyone. So sales are pretty much ending now but I’ve been so busy recently, I haven’t had much time to share my purchases. The Mango sale was incredible though and there are still some really lovely pieces online. I first got this little bag which has been my favourite recent purchase. It’s not real leather which I normally avoid but I loved the style so much I bypassed my rule. I then went into town with my mum to buy clothes for her holiday and I ended up buying these stripy trousers. I love them! The glasses unfortunately were not sale but they are super cool and completely affordable, so justified. I’ve paired them with a long tunic here as I felt like a crop top would be too obvious and I like how relaxed it looks. Let me know if you’ve made any good sale purchases and make sure to catch up with my last post featuring Swag and Tassel. Happy Weekend!

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SUNGLASSES // MANGO

TOP // M&S COLLECTION

BELT // VINTAGE

TROUSER // MANGO SALE (similar here)

SHOES // ZARA

BAG // MANGO SALE

I’ve had this idea for a long time to do a project on my blog on Fashion in Wales and I’ve been looking for potential designers, photographers etc to get involved. One of these brands is Swag and Tassel, which I discovered on instagram and instantly fell in love with. The designer Sophie Wordsworth creates beautiful, unique bags out of vintage carpets, as well as a selection of small leather goods. After sending me the most beautiful bookmark ever, I asked her if she would do a quick interview for StyleRarebit and she agreed. She will also be the first person I’ve ever interviewed for my blog so it’s an extra special one. Here goes…

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When did you first discover the antique rugs and what inspired you to work with them as a textile?

I am lucky to have been brought up by parents who are antique collectors (and hoarders!) so have always had a real appreciation of antiquities, history and beautiful objects. My mum has owned a handmade carpet bag for over 30 years. A lot of my style inspiration comes from my mum, I can remember sneaking into her wardrobe to borrow this coveted one of a kind handbag. So when I was given a damaged antique carpet, ideas flooded in….

Most of the carpets I use are hand woven by nomads and villagers in Persia are not pre designed but created by the weaver as they go along. I try and work in much the same way creating individual patterns for each bag and letting the different thickness of the materials, the colours and the patterns influence each creation as I work.

I love the aesthetic of your brand, it’s so unique. What was your vision for Swag and Tassel before you launched your business and has it changed? 

I was never sure when I started the business whether I would be best placed in the craft market or the fashion market, I think finally I have found a good measure of both. I began creating carpet bags using leather as a structural secondary material, this has changed somewhat and I now use and appreciate both materials equally. As my vision began to grow I rebranded to what is now Swag and Tassel, this certainly helped me be more sure of the aesthetic and vision I want for my brand.

What’s your favourite piece you’ve ever made?

Its really hard to say as each piece is one of a kind, the materials are so precious and I put so much time and effort into each one… So I really love them all! Not to say I haven’t had a few disasters along the way… If I had to choose it would be a toss up between the handbag I made for my mums 60th birthday, its a hand painted veg tan leather shoulder bag I designed especially for her. Either that or the Finley Bag, that’s the name I gave to the large veg tan leather tote with a front carpet panel/pocket. It is such a simple and effective design, its the bag I use everyday.

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What’s a typical day in the studio for you?

Typical day in the studio for me begins with checking up on orders from Notonthehighstreet, I can then plan what needs to get made and sent out,and when. I like to get orders out the way in the morning and then leave the afternoons free to design and create new things. I recently made a collection especially for a stockist in New York using fragments of antique rug they had sent me so for about a month my days were spent blissfully designing and making a beautiful extra special collection.

Who is the Swag and Tassel woman?

The Swag and Tassel woman is someone with a very individual style who appreciates something completely different. Someone who appreciates elegant and simple effective design, with a certain Je n’est ce quoi. Age really doesn’t matter, two very stylish women I would like to see a Swag and Tassel handbag on would be Paloma Faith and Iris Apfel.

I think Wales is becoming more and more well known for creative talent all the time. What is it about Wales that inspired you to start your business here? 

The calm! My studio is in a little village in South West Wales. Its right by the water and is quiet and beautiful. It helps me create, I do miss living in London but feel more inspired and free here. I feel influenced by my surroundings and can’t imagine being anywhere but somewhere in Wales…

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I’ve noticed lots of little accessories popping up on your Instagram (like my gorgeous bookmark!) are these developments part of a bigger plan for the future? Do you see Swag and Tassel becoming a lifestyle brand?

As most of the handbags take days to make I found myself looking for smaller projects that I could see more immediate satisfaction with, I also found myself falling in love with working with leather and began experimenting with techniques and different small leather goods. I also like the idea of being able to personalise items. Notonthehighstreet has been a great platform for this development.

Are there any other designers in Wales who’s work appeals to you and how do you feel about the creative scene here? 

I am very lucky to have a number of creative friends in Wales who are always on hand to give constructive criticism. I am really inspired by a close friend who I began in college with 13 years ago, went to the same university with and have shared the same trials and tribulations of starting and running a small business. Her name is Rose Wood and she is an award winning jeweller who now runs a successful business and has a studio in the village of Drefach Velindre where she expertly teaches jewellery making workshops. She works with leather as well as precious metals so is great to go leather shopping with! I think you have to look for the creative scene in Wales, but once you find it, it doesn’t disappoint.

For more products and info visit SWAGANDTASSEL.COM

*All images from Swagandtassel.com / Nic Ford