5 years of galsgoss 💕✨

Five fucking years. What the hell?!

I can’t believe I’ve been writing this blog and I am now referred to as galsgoss for the last five years of my life lol.

When I started this blog it was on a complete whim when I still worked in Tesco, serving my best looks in head to toe bakery whites – a fashion blog being the obvious next step, no?

I always had a shopping problem (I blame my mum) and knew I was destined to do something in this line of work so this was the first little feel of that I really had. I worked really hard on my blog, writing at least two posts a week. Back then it was more of a thing to write than it was to post a photo to Instagram every day. My insta was full of my mirror OOTDs from my days off. I maybe should have kept them mirror selfies up, I could have been the next smyth sisters 🤷🏻‍♀️.

Fast forward on some time and I started to get involved in some events in Belfast. Belfast fashion week being the first and foremost. Thankfully for Cathy Martin I was able to join the fab community of Belfast bloggers and meet some of my best friends that I have today.

The following year I took a leap of faith and accepted a job in topshop. A step back in terms of money and experience but I knew this was a risk I had to take. Within 6 months I was signed off as a team leader and within the following year I accepted a temporary position as personal shopping assistant. Again a role I knew was a slight step back and it wasn’t an easy 9 months to complete let me tell you but I got on with it and knew it would all pay off.

The minute I joined topshop I knew i wanted to be a personal shopper, the minute I was in the department I knew this was what I was meant to be doing and as it was only a mat cover role i knew some changes were going to happen. I bit the bullet and expressed interest in moving to another city for the role. Low and behold (without yapping on any further) I interviewed for a shopper role in London and April 2019 I moved to the big smoke.

When I sat down to write this post I was thinking what do I really have to say, I defiantly haven’t became some Instagram superstar, I haven’t worked with 100 different brands or have the following I would like but when I read all of the above I realise i wouldn’t be where I am today without galsgoss. I’ve been so lucky that my career and hobby if you will, coincide so well. I have been to some amazing events, I have worked with some amazing brands and I have met some of the best people. I’ve created a YouTube channel, I’ve watched my Instagram develop slowly but surely and know that this year I am going to put my all into becoming as successful and happy as I can be.

So a massive thank you to everyone who made it to the end of this post lol and to everyone who has been with me since the Thursday ootds back in 2015, I am so grateful I still have the passion and support to work on my little platform.

Here’s to another 5 years.

Speak soon,

Lotsa love

AG xxo

How to Afford Fashion Items when you are On a Shoestring Budget

If you want to start buying far better clothes or if you want to try and expand your fashion sense but you don’t quite know how, then the first thing that you need to work on is your budget. You need to find ways to afford great clothes without spending a ton of money, and this is more than possible for you to do.

Look on Resale Sites

The first thing that you need to do is go onto resale sites such as Ebay. You might even want to pay a visit to charity shops as well. When you are able to do this, you can then find great items at budget prices. It may even be worth selling those items on at a later date as well, so that you can make a profit to buy even better clothes that you love even more. By buying on auction sites, you can also be sure to buy clothes that you wouldn’t normally be able to buy and this is a great way for you to really expand your wardrobe. It even helps to look into your Experian dispute as well, so that you can find out if there is anything you can do to help repair your credit, as this will help you out a lot when it comes to your budget.

Alter Items

The problem with sales is that you may find that some items just don’t fit you. This can be annoying, and this is especially the case when you find an item that you love. Instead of leaving the item on the rail and walking away, why not try altering it? You may easily be able to find something that you can do this with and if you use your imagination then you can really get a good result out of your purchase. You may even be able to take your item of clothing to a tailor to see if they can help you with that. This is especially the case if you have tried to alter it yourself but to no avail, because it means that you are still getting a good amount of practice along the way.

Buy a Slip Dress

Cheap fabrics tend to look see-through or they cling too much to the body. The main reason for this is because they aren’t lined. For this reason, it is well worth investing in some kind of dress or even a slip-skirt so that you can wear it underneath your outfit. The best thing about this is that it will make your outfit look way more expensive and it will also make it look way more flattering as well. It doesn’t take much to get this done and so many stores have offers on things like this on a regular basis.

Save on Your Layers

Layering is a fantastic way for you to add a bit of personality to your outfit. You can buy cheaper layering items from discount stores and then cover them up with more expensive garments. Nobody will know and you will always be saving money.

Will you gals try any of these tricks?

Speak soon,

Lotsa love

AG xxo