Monday 6 August 2018

Spain Travel Diary: Day 3 - Jeep Safari

Hi all

I am back with another Spanish adventure, on Tuesday we had a jam packed day on a jeep safari, it wasn't an animal safari, instead think mountains, vineyards and little villages and hidden lagoons. Our day started at around 8:00am when we were picked up in the back of the Safari truck with the windblowing through my braids, sun beaming down, and 2 hours later we were whisked away to a mountain top where we saw the most breathtaking views of Spain.

My favourite part of the whole day, was swimming in these beautiful hidden lagoons and lakes. We had to climb down the sides of some steep hills to get to them but it was well worth it. The water was so blue and the landscape was so pretty I literally just sat there for a while and just appreciated the scenery, nature is so beautiful and calming - I think everyone should travel at least once a year for a different experience. 

Half way through the day we stopped off at a lovely little vintage looking restaurant in a village where the population was just 12 people, and they make lovely young wine from the vineyards close by, which meant wine tasting for us - Yum! 

Over all I had the most fantastic time on the Safari. It was great just to have an adventure and do something a bit out of my comfort zone, I loved it! FYI my tips if you are going to do a trip like this:

- Wear a hat / sun hat: Your heads will be exposed to the sun for hours so it's best to have some kind of protection on your head

- Womens Shorts - It was so hot when we went and when going down the side of the mountains, its better to have on items of clothing that you will cool in and less likely to catch on any branches or rocks.

- Wear shoes with grips: You will need to wear shoes that protect your feet from the rocks and to stop you slipping and falling down the sides of the hills.

- Drink plenty of water through out the day

- Wear sunglasses / goggles - They will protect your eyes from any dust from the safari truck

- Wear plenty of suncream

This is the happiest I've been for a while :) xx


Wednesday 1 August 2018

Travel Diary: Salou Spain, Day 1&2, Beach & Cocktails

Hi there my lovelies!

I am greeting you from sunny 'Salou' in 'Spain ', and so far my Mr and I are having an absolute blast, I love it. It's been a couple days of going the beach and relaxing so I thought I would share what we've been getting up to.

After dropping our bags off at our hotel the Adults only 'H10 Delfin', we wasted no time getting straight into our swimwear and headed straight for the rooftop swimming pool for some chill time, before deciding to explore and find the beach. For me a beach is a must on a holiday, I just love the sea, I love being in it and it makes me feel tranquil and calm when I'm looking out at it.

For the beach I opted for this lovely bikini from pretty little thing. It's such a simple bikini but it is so flattering, not to fussy, I love that it is high cut, I love the print and it doesn't give me muffin top like some other bikinis I've had in the past. I'm also quite busty (32F) but I feel very secure and strapped in this, so it's definitely a thumbs up from me.

We are located right next to the tourist market strip and the beach so at night the area really comes alive which is fantastic. After dinner I got glam in a  pencil skirt and  bandeau from TopShop and we headed out for cocktails and Shisha. Of course I had to have my favourite cocktail which is a strawberry dacquiri & to follow up a refreshing mojito. My Mr surprised me and bought me roses from a guy walking past which warmed my heart and I honestly couldn't stop smiling nawww. *giggles*

So far we have had such a good time, we've got a packed week ahead. We booked 4 excursions to really explore Spain. Tomorrow we are going on a jeep safari and eek I can't wait! In the meantime I'm off to have breakfast, pancakes eggs bacon and syrup, yum! Xxx :)


Wednesday 4 July 2018

The Handkerchief Dress & Dinner


Dress - Zaful
Shoes & Bag - Primark
Sunglasses - Zaful

Hello my lovlies!

This weekend I had the pleasure of my Mr whisking me away for an evening of dining and cocktails at a lovely restaurant called 'The Long Bar' at the Guildford Harbour Hotel and awww it was so lovely! The setting was so beautiful, yellow settees, with marble counter tops, so I
 thought what better dress to wear than this gorgeous striped dress from 'Zaful'.

I adore this dress, usually I don't wear handkerchief dresses, but when I saw this I just had to have it. It exudes sexiness with the plunging neckline and choker, but it is also sophisticated and classy with the low back and dress length.

I paired with these simple barely there shoes and a nude clutch from Primark.

These Sunglasses are everything! I literally wear them everywhere, I love the gold on the side and they immediately make every outfit that I wear look cool.

Overall my weekend was fab! I went out for dinner, went to a comedy show, went for a walk in the park, and to the 02. My weekends in London are always fun, but they are even better when you wear a fabulous outfit. :)


Thursday 14 June 2018

Mental Health In Fashion: Depression & Self Care - Let's Talk About It

Hi all,

As most of you have probably read, the luxury fashion designer Kate Spade committed suicide on June 5th 2018 for reasons which are still not 100% clear, but it had been revealed that Kate Spade had been silently battling depression for years. When I heard the sad news my mind immeditely flashed back to that day in 2010 whilst on my foundation course at LCF that the highly acclaimed designer Alexander McQueen had committed suicide, both such genius creative minds gone far too soon, whose only form of escape they felt was to end it all. At some point we have to ask - what is the fashion industry doing about mental health?

In the fashion industry we are often applauded if we deprive ourselves of sleep for days at a time to complete a piece of work, run around like headless chickens days before fashion week (or in general) and then we wear exhaustion like a badge of honour because we think it shows we're 'committed' - In recent years I've learned that is complete nonsense, there is nothing cute about working till you drop.

In 2018 whilst there are steps towards progression in many areas, there are so many societal pressures that people are facing. Depression is something that is very common amongst people that we know, and it's not always easy to spot because people can be great at wearing a mask. Below I have come up with 8 tips that have helped me with my own struggles with depression and I hope they can help you too.

1.) Check up on your 'Strong Friend'

You know that friend we have - the one everyone goes to for advice, who seemingly has everything under control, knows what they are doing in life - yeah that friend. Check up on them, very often these friends keep everything bottled up and don't share how they are feeling. A simple call, or a text to say 'I'm thinking of you' or having a catch up over a coffee can really help. Everyone has their own personal hell they deal with and sometimes a simple interaction can totally transform someones day. As my mom always says, 'give people their flowers while they're alive' if someone crosses your mind - reach out.

2.) Have Daily Affirmations printed out and stuck up on your wall

Sometimes motivating yourself can be a mammoth task, so what I have done is printed positive affirmations such as 'I am great', 'I am fab' and stuck them on my wall so that when I get up its the first thing I see, and subconsciously it sinks in everyday.

3.) Keep a journal

From a young age my parents encouraged me and my sisters too write in a journal, which is probably why I enjoy blogging, I find it therapeutic. Writing is a great way to get everything out of your head and onto a page, sometimes I get a huge A2 piece of paper and literally just have a brain dump, I do this with my thoughts and feelings, pros and cons and also my ideas, sometimes I keep the piece of paper to remind myself how far I have come, sometimes I screw it up and throw it away, either way, I will have expressed myself and got my thoughts out of my head.

4.) Have a hobby outside of fashion

I believe it's very important to have a hobby completely different to what you do or what you revolve your life around. In my case fashion, so 3 days a week for an hour I go to the gym and do my legs bums and tums class, and honestly I love it, it helps me to relieve any stress that I have, it helps me keep active and releases endorphins, and by the time I leave I feel completely energised and I remind myself that I am Shara fucking Johnson, and I can do this! My next step for myself is too join some sort of dance class I'm thinking Kazumba / pole dancing / salsa.

5.) Turn Off Social Media for a few days

There is nothing worse than already feeling depressed and then adding to it by endlessly scrolling through the lives of people who appear to have everything worked out portraying an image that everything in their lives is 'perfect' - it isn't - Instagram is the highlights reel - and most of us know this and yet we still compare and put ourselves down. Whilst I don't doubt that social media should inspire people, its a great way to promote yourself and your talents, like anything too much of something can be harmful to you. What's worse is that if you work in fashion, having social media is usually most definitely a 'must have' criteria. I do not believe that we should be spending so much time consumed by what everyone else thinks or what they are doing in their lives. It can cause you to compare your life and make you feel inadequate, like you are falling behind and think 'why am I not where they are?', cause body dysmorphia if you are not happy with your body, make you feel that you are not excelling quick enough in your career etc. Let me be the first to tell you that 'comparison is the thief of joy', and you MUST preserve & protect your energy, your peace of mind, and what you allow yourself too consume, and sometimes it means taking a break from things.

My advice: Put your phone down for a while, or uninstall social media apps for a couple of days or a week. Sometimes I randomly just take breaks from social media for a month, because I have gotten so fed up with all the noise / distractions of what everyone is doing, and it feels great! I call it a 'Social Media Fast' and they are so necessary for me. 

6.) Listen to Motivational Audio

I most certainly have struggled with severe depression particularly when I graduated (graduate depression is very common and is often ignored by the industry), and still sometimes now. I was thrown into the real world, there was no structure, there was no aftercare / support from my university, oh and the endless amount of rejection letters I read from countless applications began to take its toll when a fashion brand / magazine would tell me I just 'wasn't the right fit' for them, and when I asked for feedback I was either ignored or the feedback didn't make sense - that hurt my soul - to the point where I couldn't get out of my bed, I would get palpitations and anxiety leaving the house, I was crying till my head hurt all the time, and would avoid going to social events like the plague because I didn't want to be asked the question 'Shara! What are you doing now? Hows the fashion going?' - to someone with depression that question feels like an attack / an interrogation. After a while my confident resilient bubbly nature had been chipped away at so much, the rejection began to affect me mentally (I'm actually crying as I write this). What really helped / helps me through those times is listening to motivational audio books and talks. I've began to retrain my thought process and retrain my mind to look at things from a different perspective. Not getting hired in the industry meant that I was forced to go freelance and have my own clients, set my own rules, spend more time on my blog, look for opportunities in unconventional ways. I now start every day listening to motivational audio and with a prayer. If you are struggling with depression, try meditating to some motivational audio / your favourite song:

Audio's to listen to:

TD Jakes: Building Your Vision From The Ground Up

Meditation & Affirmations

Phats & Small - 'Hey what's wrong with you?' (This is one of my fav songs ever lol)


Soar - TD Jakes
The Bible
Sh*t Happens
Don't Let The Bastards Get you down

7.) Talk to someone

I know it can be hard to talk to someone when you are feeling depressed. I've been there and I'm still getting there. Writing this post is the first time I'm being public about my struggle with depression with anyone outside of my immediate family, and as someone who likes to hold their cards very close to their chest and likes to only show me being fabulous and got everything 'together' (whatever that means), it was very hard to talk to anyone about it, out of fear people I know wouldn't understand, feeling like I was a burden and most of all out of fear that I would appear weak. But trust me, talking helps, it doesn't solve any issues, but it helps and eventually it can get better, talk to a friend, a family member, but if you can't or they don't understand there are services that can help below:

The 'Samaritans' helpline - 116 123

Luminous Counselling 

I actually had some counselling earlier this year, and I only had a couple of sessions but it helped.

Say this with me out loud

'I am not a failure, I am not a burden, I have purpose, my life is worth living and I am destined for greatness, my life and dreams matter'.

If you are a fashion graduate or someone that struggles with depression or suicidal thoughts and you have just read this article, I want you to know that you are amazing, you are beautiful and you are not alone, it can feel like it, it can feel like nobody else is going through what you are going through but there are people that can relate. Self care is so important, please don't neglect yourself. Take each day one day at a time, find joy in small things, like washing your hair, going for a walk - the other day I was so pleased with myself because I made a bad ass lasagne - sometimes we rob ourselves of tiny moments because we are so consumed with what we believe 'should be happening'.

I don't have all the answers and fashion is a competitive cut throat industry. I'm still trying to work things out myself, but I hope that this post has helped someone in some way, it's definitely helped me just writing it, and if you ever need to talk my email address is

Thank you for taking the time to read this

Lots of Love and Hugs
Shara xxx :)


Monday 11 June 2018



Trousers: Zara
Bodysuit: Zara
Shoes: Zara
Sunglasses: Ebay

Hi all!

I've just got back from a marvellous weekend in London, and although Birmingham is and always will be my home, London definitely has my heart. There is just so much to do, places to go, new things to try - my weekend was jam packed. I had a filming session with the fashion network I'm a part of called 'The Junior Network', I went raving until 5:00am (oh my gosh I was so mash up I can't do it like I used to lool), I went to the gym, and had a lovely walk with my Mr before meeting up with some friends to double date for dinner, which is why I wore this fabulous mustard outfit.

The combination of yellow & mustard against brown skin is just so beautiful and makes my melanin pop, I definitely feel like it's my favourite colour for the summer.  These paper bag trousers are light and not restrictive for this warm weather, and ladies if you've got some junk in your trunk like me, then these trousers are perfect! I usually find it difficult finding nice trousers that fit my waist and bootay, but these trousers in a medium from Zara are everything!

To make this look more casual for a walk in the sun and some dinner at a Mexican restaurant, I simply paired the outfit with these leather flats from Zara and a nude clutch with a gold chain.

After dinner my Mr and I headed to Shoreditch to a neo soul music event, so I switched it up to an evening look by putting on these gorgeous multicoloured slingbacks.

I'm obsessed with tops and bodysuits with this shape at the moment, they are so simple and yet very sexy.

Over all I had another fab weekend, I'm ready and energised to have a productive week, have a good week everyone :) xx


Sunday 20 May 2018

The Wedding Guest Wish List!

It's Wedding season! From the Fairytale Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle that took place yesterday, to the beautiful weather and atmosphere of love in the air, I thought it only right that I do a wish list of fabulous must haves this season if you are attending a wedding as a guest.

My tips for any wedding this season is to keep everything bright and fun. Shops like Karen Millen have beautiful colours like fuschia pinks and yellows in store at the moment. Floral prints are always a good choice, especially on a bardot dipped hem dress or a pleated midi. If you are a bigger busted woman then a wrap dress should be your best friend, they are fabulous at keeping the girlies covered, are flattering and appropriate. If you don’t want to go too over the top, then choose a simple silhouette in a neutral colour and a pretty lace.

If you don't want to break the bank but still want to look great, amazing shops on the high end high street like ‘Reiss’ do great suits for around £450 or dresses for £195, and the staff will go the extra mile to tailor it for you. Shops ‘Whistles’ and ‘Ted Baker’ have great wedding options for around £200, and if you are still watching your coins and don't want to spend over £100, there are great brands such as: ‘Chi Chi’ London that do beautiful dresses from around £60 - £85.

The essentials for a wedding would first and foremost would be your invitation, and
definitely a fascinator if its a high profile wedding. I think its important to pay attention to details like your accessories to really pull an outfit together, so ladies a statement clutch bag would be great, and gentlemen bring out those good cufflinks, and finally, bring a packet of tissues just in case you have little cry. 

Those are your fashion tips from me folks, have a productive week enjoy the weather and stay fab! :) xx


Sunday 13 May 2018

Multi - Coloured Stripes


Co-ord set - Zara
Shoes - Kurt Geiger (old)

Hi my lovelies!

Last week we were blessed with glorious weather of 26 - 28 degrees for 3 days straight, and in England that is major! That is 2 outfit changes a day so that you can get a good wear out of your summer clothes before the sun disappears again, so of course I decide to get my afro out and werk my looks while I have the chance!

I adore this lovely two piece set from Zara, I've always loved stripes on clothes and this multi coloured co ord is everything. The colours are great because they can transition right through to Autumn, the pieces look great separately if you want to break the stripe up with another item of clothing, and the co ord fabric is nice and light so you won't suffocate in 26 degree weather on the London tubes.

I am obsessed with these Kurt Geiger shoes OMG aren't they just marvellous? (rhetorical question - of course they are). The heel is what made me buy these shoes, I love that it's a block heel which make them suitable for both evening and day time events e.g Bbq during the day, date night in the evening. the multicoloured heel is so striking, I could just have on a simple black dress and the shoe would make a great statement.

When it gets to about April I love to leave my natural hair out for a while so it can breathe, there is something I find so freeing about just walking around with my fro out in the warmer weather its just great. To keep my hair healthy I keep it moisturised by spritzing it with warm water and seal the moisture in with coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and shea butter.

Over all the good weather makes me happy, makes me smile a bit harder and puts me in a great mood. Have a great week everyone :) xx


Wednesday 9 May 2018

My Bank Holiday Weekend!

Hi all,

The sun is out and I am loving it! I had the most fabulous weekend jam packed with lots of things to do. From doing a fashion and style segment on the 'Royal Wedding' at BBCWM, going rock climbing, to going to see 'Motown' the musical, this has hands down been one of my favourite weeks of 2018 thus far.


On Thursday my Mr man had a surprise in store for me, so I put on a a lovely dress and began guessing what it could possibly be, and then we arrived outside the Shaftesbury theatre in London. I literally squealed with excitement when I realised he was taking me to see 'Motown' the musical,  I adore the theatre and if I didn't do fashion I would've done acting. The musical didn't disappoint, it was filled with our parents old time favourite songs like 'My Girl','Signed Sealed Delivered', and of course the beautiful sequinned gowns that were worn by the lady who played Diana Ross just took my breath away. After that it was a double date dinner at Wagamamas before a stroll down by Somerset house.


On Friday morning I raced back to Birmingham to prepare for my fashion slot on BBCWM's 'Richie Anderson' radio show, where I spoke with Richie about the 'Royal Wedding' giving my style tips on what colours and silhouettes people could wear to weddings, and which designer I think should design Meghan Markle's wedding dress. I had a monthly fashion segment for the whole year in 2016 so it was great to be in the studio again with Richie Anderson.


Sunday was probably the busiest day of the week. In the morning I went to church which was great because I hadn't been for a while and I always enjoy the word that preps my mind for the week. The weather that day was beautiful with crystal blue sky, so my Mr and I took full advantage having a little picnic with chicken, chips and cans of pineapple KA before heading to the ice-cream parlour for passion fruit and chocolate chip ice cream (yum). At around 6:00pm I changed into a lovely orange dress, fluffed my afro and we headed out to the 'Jamaica Vs The World' Comedy show in Shepherds Bush. I laughed so hard, the show was hilarious with my favourite comedy sets coming from Aurie Styla and Shabba.


On Monday I completely stepped out of my comfort zone and went indoor rock climbing at 'Strong Hold' in Tottenham. I was worried at first because we had no ropes or safety harnesses, just cushioned crash mats, but once I jumped straight in I had so much fun, it was great and something I definitely want to do again. After rock climbing we drove to Oxford for a friends birthday at a lovely rooftop restaurant called 'The Alchemist'. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better day, it was sunny, I had on a backless dress, there was a beautiful view, I had a strawberry daiquiri in hand, and a lovely dinner of lamb with cous cous.

Over all my weekend was AMAZING! I didn't want it to end and my boyfriend really went the extra mile to make me feel special and pretty all weekend long. I hope we have more weather like this, I genuinely feel like everyones mood is much better and doing little things like going to the park and living in the moment is what it's all about.

Until next time have a great week guys xx :)

Wednesday 18 April 2018


Hi all!

I just finished watching Beyonce's Coachella performance and I AM SHOOKETH! Jeez I felt that down in my spirit - like right in my shondo, my edges are gone, I nearly threw my slipper at my laptop how dare she be so good! I was like YYYAAASSS GET IT! Not only was her performance brilliant but she also made history as the first black woman to headline 'Coachella' in twenty years and I am here for every bit of this black excellence, and although I wasn't physically there, the performance was so electrifying I just felt inspired to do this illustration below.

I loved the whole production and how she referenced HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) sorority and fraternity culture, from the steppers, to the drumline, the musicians, the orchestra, the dancers, and when the young lady in the white came out twirling those batons I was like girl you better throw that in the air! I just felt so proud, and then I wanted to cry, because black culture is so rich, cool, effortless and there is something so special when they grace and command a stage, something magic happens. This here was hands down the best live performance I have ever seen, and when Solange and Destinys Child came out I damn near lost my mind, this was literally the definition of black girl magic.

The five costumes gave me life which were all custom made by Balmain. The 1st look gave us Egyptian goddess vibes with a heavily embellished cape and one piece, the 2nd look was regular everyday girl that we can all relate too with reference to the college hoodie, and a staple denim festival short paired with custom Christian Louboutin boots which moved and glistened underneath those glorious stage lights.

In conclusion, I feel inspired, honestly this performance was just simply mesmerising,  and how on earth Beyonce danced and sang for 2 hours and not one note was off key, NOT ONE! She really did not come to play! It was great to see the spotlight on so many talented individuals, it felt like team work, and it shows that greater things can be achieved in numbers, this was such a powerful statement and unapologetic in every way. I'm now going to find my denim booty shorts because I want to recreate this look - but first let me find my wig (if I had one) because this performance snatched me bald, they don't call her Queen Bey for no reason. :) xx


Sunday 8 April 2018

Serene In Green


Dress - Zara
Coat - Bloggers Market Place
Shoes - Aldo
Bag - Primark

Good Evening my lovelies!

I am writing this from the lovely city of Manchester, I honestly just needed a break from Birmingham over the bank holiday and so decided to come to Manchester to spend some time with my sister and, and honestly I love it! It's my first my time being in Manchester properly having a look around, and the energy and hustle and bustle almost reminds me of a mini London.

The transport links are brilliant and the people are so friendly. Whilst I've been here I've just been reading, setting goals, going to the gym and kind of just keeping to myself and doing some reflecting, I love doing that, I'm a reserved person by nature so doing that is always nice for me.

On Thursday my sister and I decided to head out for a bite to eat, and me being the extra person I am, I decided to go with this lovely long sleeved khaki dress paired with this fab green trench coat that I picked up from the 'Bloggers Market Place' for £5! Bargain!

I bought this dress spontaneously about 2 years ago and it has been such a wardrobe staple, if I need a  sexy dress to wear that's not black, is warm, and that I can just throw on in 2 mins, this dress does the trick, the only down side to this is if you eat to much in it, you run the risk of looking 3 months pregnant lool (I love food).

These simple sunglasses have a diva vibe about them which I love. I saw a pair of similar sunglasses  in Reiss for £100 which was far too expensive for me, and then I stumbled across these £2 sunglasses in Primark and you would never know the difference!

About a year ago I wasn't really a lipstick wearer, I was more of a lipgloss person, but since discovering the Mac colour 'Ruby Woo', I'm obsessed with it and wear all the time.

I got glam with these silver shoes which are from one of my favourite shops - Aldo. I just love their shoes, good quality, trendy, they make a statement, and they won't break the bank either - well as long as you buy the shoes in the sale (which I always do).

The block heel makes these easy to walk in and I adore the embellishment on the back. My only criticism of Aldo shoes is that they can come up quite narrow sometimes and pinch the sides of my feet, so after about 2 / 3 hours I want to take them off. Other than that their shoes are fabulous.

Over all my week has been great, I feel ready to go forward with some new ideas and a fresh perspective. :) xx

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