I am back…

Well, kind of. I am still not able to access Instagram from my phone, so it won’t be ‘business as usual’ for a few days. Truthfully, I need the break. The past few days have been a nightmare to say the least and have left me questioning a lot of things… Is there such a thing as ‘online safety’? – after my experience, I think not…We hand our personal information over to Instagram daily without much thought – photos of ourselves and in some cases, our children. The minute we upload, we are giving that content away and, as I have learnt, it can be in the hands of a nefarious hacker in the blink of an eye. My personal information (some of it very sensitive) was taken from me and was in someone else’s hands for four days and that has left me feeling incredibly vulnerable and anxious.

I have made a career out of sharing my life online, so where does that leave me? My gut instinct is to carry on, because I love what I do and I don’t want to let them win, but at the same time I am questioning whether it’s a sensible thing to do after what has happened. Is it even sensible to be writing this blog post?

I don’t really know the answer to any of these questions, but I do know that writing my blog makes me happy, so I thought I would bring it back to fashion today and share a few things that have made me go ‘oooh’ recently.

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  1. Blush Brushed Coat – Topshop, £69
  2. Oversized Merino Cream Knit – Stories, £79
  3. Nude Western Boots – Topshop, £89
  4. Mid Stone Raw Hem Straight Jeans – Topshop, £40

I have worn my oversized cream coat that I found in the charity shop so much recently. It’s a size large, so it is big, but strangely perfect in the sleeve length. I spotted this one that’s just landed at Topshop (and already trending!) which is very similar in shape and I thought it was a beautiful, soft shade of baby pink. They’re calling it ‘blush’, but that’s not blush pink to me?! Anyway, whatever the colour, it’s pretty! Stories have come up trumps for me recently in the knit department. Great shapes and classic colours and my knits seem to be washing very well. I thought this cream knit looked so soft and if I hadn’t recently bought my cream turtleneck from Stories, I think I would be buying this. For anyone looking for a new pair of jeans that don’t break the bank, Topshop is always my go to and I’m a huge fan of a higher waist with a straight leg. I find a higher waisted pair of jeans give the illusion of a longer leg and I’ve fallen out with a skinny leg recently. I just don’t think they are too flattering, except when they are black… Go figure?!

  1. Mesh Jaguar Midi Dress – Stories, £59
  2. Unstructured Wool Blend Coat – Mango, £139.99
  3. Suede Ankle Boots – H&M, £59.99
  4. Laser Cut Bucket Bag – Mango, £49.99

When it comes to coats, I think my black coat would have to be my most worn coat over the years. A good black coat is a wardrobe essential and yet, I have found it quite hard to find the perfect style. My black coat is a few years old from Whistles and is that classic structured style that hits the knee. It looks great worn with jeans/trousers, but is a little too smart for pairing with dresses and the length doesn’t look right with a midi dress, so I have been looking for a slightly less structured and longer black coat. This one from Mango felt like the right shape and the right price and on me it falls below the knee. The dress is so similar to my leopard print mesh dress from Urban Outfitters (that was very similar to the infamous Ganni Leopard Dress) and every time I wear it I get asked where it’s from, so I thought I would share this. I love the jaguar print, a little different from all the leopard we see. The suede boots from H&M are worth a proper look, they are from their premium quality range and the style feels very ‘Isabel Marant’. H&M shoe department have really upped their game recently…

  1. Rust Long Sleeve Blouse – M&S , £29
  2. Check Trenchcoat – H&M, £59.99
  3. Snakeskin Mid Heels – Zara, £29.99
  4. Bleach Editor Jeans – Topshop, £49
  5. Gina Ball Boxy Bag – Topshop, £32

This is the kind of outfit I would wear out for dinner or drinks with friends in say, May/June. I am finding the bag irresistible… highly impractical I am sure, but who cares when it’s that beautiful? All you really need on a night out is a phone, a credit card, keys and your lippy. I reckon you’d get that in provided you don’t have a mahoosive keyring. I really love the check on the trenchcoat from H&M, a modern twist on the classic trench and perfect for when the weather warms up a bit. The bleach editor jeans are the perfect shade of blue to compliment all the earthy tones…

So that’s it from me today. I have to say it feels really settling to be back blogging about fashion. I was supposed to be writing a blog about my three favourite concealers, but I had decided that it might be easier to film a video for IGTV so that you could actually see the colour and texture of the different concealers on my face. Sadly the hacker has deleted all of my IGTV content (including my makeup and hair tutorials and a video that I filmed with Caroline Barnes and didn’t save!) so I am feeling a little dejected about IGTV. I think perhaps I just need some time to get my confidence back up.

Anyway, thank you for being so loyal over the past few days. Everyone that has sent messages, emails, checked up on me, spread the word for me, and generally made me feel that there is a very loving and supportive community out there who have my back. It really has been the silver lining in all of this.

Much love,

Chloe x

7 comments so far.

7 responses to “I am back…”

  1. Jeanette says:

    So happy your back doing what you do so well with care and thought behind it all !

  2. Claire says:

    I’ve missed you! My debit card has certainly been quiet whilst you’ve been gone 🙁 please try not to worry and more importantly don’t give up this little area of the internet that you’ve created because you are amazing at what you do Xxxx

  3. Karen Robinson Walton says:

    Lovely girl , the intrusion must have been hellish. But this is your calling something you do with an honest & passionate heart. Lotta love for this blog ❤️

  4. Danish Pastry says:

    Great to see you back, Chloe!

  5. Jo says:

    Glad to see you back, my bank account isn’t as I’ve been looking for a pale pink coat ever since seeing you in yours last winter! 🙏😉 xx

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Chloe Samwell-Smith

Chloe Samwell-Smith

I am a fashion loving mum of three, blogging about my love for clothes, interiors, children's fashion, fitness, beauty and travel. I live in London with my husband, three children (Liv, Milla and Charlie) and our siamese cat called Sammy.

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