The Art of Layering & Why I won’t stay quiet about Politics.

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On Saturday temperatures hit below freezing in London so I had to carefully plan my outfit to attend my friend’s birthday brunch. The weather may have been quite literally freezing but I didn’t want to compromise on style and it was surprisingly crisp and sunny so I didn’t have to opt for waterproofs (JK when do I ever opt for waterproofs even when the rain is biblical!?). I paired one of my favourite go to basics – this Brandy Melville body- with this old skater style skirt from New Look, added a fur gilet and then put my & Other Stories teddy bear coat which is cosy and mid calf length on top to really seal the warmth in. I added some Zara (but don’t they look Celine!?) black ankle boots and a vintage CHANEL bag as well as my go-to Celine tilda sunglasses (I’ve had them for two years and they’re still my favourites) to complete the look.

Whilst I had a wonderful time at my friend’s birthday it meant that I had to miss the London Women’s March which I would have loved to have attended. We are living in turbulent times and one of the silver linings of that is that it brings us closer together as we fight for women, LGBT, minorities, climate change and more. It’s so important to not be timid about your voice – I lost around 50 followers on Instagram in the spate of a few hours for being vocal on my Instagram Stories about my view of the new President of the United States and my support for the marches and I received some messages that suggested I shouldn’t air my political views, but I believe that now more than ever it is so important to be vocal and to stand up for what you believe in. Anyway that got political, but hope you enjoyed my lewk!




  1. January 23, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    I love this entire look form head to toe! And I love knowing your political views no one should be quiet about their opinions.
    areli’s april

    • Gaya
      January 23, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      I agree with you completely Areli! Keep on Tijan! xx

  2. Lo
    January 24, 2017 / 3:26 am

    I actually have started to unfollow a lot of influencers because of their lack of political opinions… it gets harder and harder to be interested in people who don’t seem politically/socially/culturally conscious. As an American woman I am on the verge of losing many rights, and I think it is an outrage that people don’t use their platform to educate people. I respect other people’s opinions, but I can’t help but think those 50 people who unfollowed you are grossly misinformed or morally questionable people. There is no reason as a young woman should ever be in favor of Trump. Anyway, love your style and love that you have brains and political opinions!

    • January 24, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you Lo. I couldn’t agree more, as a viewer and reader of other influencers I have felt slightly let down as well by the Taylor Swift/bipartisan approach. Very scary times so staying vocal and aware of how scary these times truly are is the healthiest way forward and towards the light at the end of this darkness. T x

  3. Sarah
    January 25, 2017 / 4:49 am

    I never comment but I have to for this post. I really appreciate that you are standing up for what is right and not taking heed to “losing” subscribers. I respect that you are staying true to yourself and values and not being a youtuber/vloger who is just worried about numbers. This is why I continue to watch your videos. I like your style but what’s important to me is that you are genuine. Thank you Tijan!

  4. Antigone
    January 27, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I love that you use your platform for both of these topics! I think more bloggers should express their opinions and political views instead of only focusing on their looks and outfits! The reason why I follow you and why I adore your channel is that you write about things you care ( and I think everyone should really care for the woman’s march not only in the U.S. but also here in Europe, because there is nothing more personal than our rights) and you let your readers know who you are! Wish you a wonderful weekend Tijan!

  5. February 3, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I don’t understand why people can’t stand when other express their political opinions? Having conversations and discussions about current things and events is how we evolve I think. In how we think, how we understand others and how we learn that sometimes there is no right or wrong, but simply different views of the matter. I think you did the right thing, and I love that you thought that too. Don’t be scarred to say what you believe!

    Xx Frida

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