Featured Friday Bloggers: A Rose Like This

Name Rosie Astbury aroselikethis

Age 19

Location Manchester/Cheshire

Starsign Gemini

Introduce us to your blog… My blog is ‘A Rose Like This’ and I talk about everything from beauty and music to vintage and lifestyle.  I put a strong focus on plus size fashion and how I dress, being a plus size girl myself.

What made you decide to start blogging? I originally started blogging because of my college course. I just started posting pictures of me in my favourite clothes and realised blogging was something I not only really enjoyed but something I was quite good at.

What’s your biggest achievement in the blogosphere? My most recent achievement would be doing a video about plus size fashion for a company which was shown on ITV’s This Morning and had a feature in Closer Magazine. Other than this I’ve met some of my best friends through blogging and being lucky enough to meet people like Gok Wan.

Where do you look for inspiration when writing posts? I just blog when I want to, I have no set posts a week or anything like that as I’m the most unorganised person at the best of times! I get my inspiration from clothes I love, celebrity style or music.

Is blogging your day job or do you have another occupation? Blogging isn’t my day job. I’m a second year fashion student, but I’m currently employed at a publishing company working on their Vintage Life and Unique Bride magazines.

Any favourite blogs/bloggers? I love so many bloggers! And read a large number of blogs too, so I’ll just mention a few. I love Becky from http://www.mrsbebeblog.com , Dani from http://www.ablogfromblackpool.com , Lauren from http://www.pocketrocketfashion.com (who was one of the first blogs I read!) and finally Bethany from http://archedeyebrow.com/ because I basically want to steal her whole wardrobe!

Tell us about your style…  I would say my style is pretty eclectic as I wear whatever I want to and I’m not one for completely following a trend. Saying that, I always make sure I know what’s in style. I also adore vintage styling – be it antique style lace on dresses or the perfect pin up look.

Zip hem leggings £14

What’s the one piece in your wardrobe you couldn’t live without? As boring as it sounds it would have to be leggings, as I genuinely wear them constantly! I can dress them up or wear them casually and to me they are so comfortable. The only downside is very thin ones you can see your skin through, those I’m not a fan of!

Who are your style icons? I’m sure a lot of plus size women would say Adele and, as much as I wish my hair and make up was just like hers, I just think she wears far too much black. Though after her dress at the Grammys I’m definitely beginning to want to steal her wardrobe more. There isn’t one style icon I admire the most as I tend to be influenced by a number of different people. I’m currently loving Paloma Faith’s eccentric style but I also like the indie cool of Alexa Chung.

Share a style tip with us… This one’s more of a beauty tip but lipstick can instantly make a basic top and jeans look really polished.  And look after your hair, as it can have a real effect on how you feel that day. If my hair’s in a bit of a mess, you can be sure that I’m in a bad mood!

Flock spot prom dress £49

How would you describe our style? I would describe M&Co’s style as classic but with pieces you can mix up to make an outfit that’s really original. I’m loving all the prints and patterns at the moment and like that I can find things I love as a 19 year old, but my mum can also find pieces she likes to wear as well.

What’s your favourite piece from our current collections? I am so in love with the flock prom dress! It’s something that basically screams my name. Its vintage styling and adorable detailing just make it the perfect dress for me! Paired with a cute clutch, shoes and a slick of red lipstick it would have the perfect retro vibe.

Do you prefer to shop online or in-store and why? I like to do a mixture of both but I prefer shopping in-store to a degree because it means I get to feel the fabric of the clothes and see if it’s something that would suit me or not.

The one trend you’ll be wearing this season is… Monochrome, though I wear this all year round so technically it’s a classic look for me. That mixed with the cute fifties silhouette is my ideal style.

Jade Ruddy

Jade Ruddy

Content creative at M&Co adding the pretty pieces to html and keeping our social media fans in the loop. Lover of dresses, cats, rum and the Kardashians - but not always in that order.

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