Valentines is fast approaching, and yes its nice to spend the day showing  slightly more affection to your partner, maybe you’ll indulge in a bunch of flowers or a romantic meal for two, but for me there is nothing more important than self-love that's why this valentines day and in-fact every other day you should treat YOURSELF to some self-love

    “Self-love is not selfish; you cannot truly love another until you know how to love yourself” 

    So if your single this Valentines or if you just want to indulge in some “Self-Love” here is a rundown of my top 10 ideas. 


    Get together with your best girls, get dressed up, put on those heels and head to the nearest cocktail bar. Although its winter, it's cold and we do feel like hibernating, there is actually nothing better than getting dressed up and having a giggle with the girls. 

    ***FACT - When you laugh or smile, it triggers a part of your brain that actually makes you happy*** (sounds good to me!) 


    This may seem such a simple pleasure, I actually really look forward to my morning take-out Latte, which I sip on my way to The House of 925 HQ. A daily coffee treat can make the morning just that little bit more bearable, it's such a simple pleasure. 


    Once in a while its good to have a little treat, I obviously like to treat myself, what with my daily lattes, and regular nights out with the girls…my Self-love is through the roof ;) but why not treat yourself to a manicure, massage or blow-dry, having a monthly treat can definitely help with a little self-love, when you look good, you feel good.

    4. GO FOR A WALK

    Fresh air and a scenic walk always help's me clear out the cobwebs and I feel much better about it afterwards. Its one of the easiest ways to get more active, it doesn’t acquire any equipment and more importantly its FREE


    I admit I do struggle slightly with my intake of water, but drinking water every day can actually boost energy, improves productivity and helps with healthy skin, sounds like a winner to me. 


    Take some time to yourself, make a cup of tea, put on your comfy clothes and watch one of your favourite films, without interruption from your partner or children. bliss! 


    Visit a different, city, maybe even a weekend break in Europe, this is one of my favourite things, visiting new places especially throughout Europe it a real treat and should be done as often as possible. 


    This doesn’t have to be extravagant, even if its just learning how to cook a new meal, how to create amazing images for your social media or learning something new about a friend. Keeping the brain active and just learning, in general, can make you feel as though your growing personally or professionally. 

    9. RELAX 

    Take time to relax this is similar to point number 6, but taking time to have a long soak in the bath, or watching a couple of episodes of your favourite Netflix show can be a real stress de-buster. Take time for you.


    Remember we only have one life, sometimes day to day life can seem a little like groundhog day, but try to make the best of each day, ENJOY YOUR LIFE AND INDULGE IN SOME SELF-LOVE YOU DESERVE IT! 




    Posted by Kate Frances

    We've been nominated for an award...Say Whaaaaaat...
    Posted by Kate Frances


    www.houseof925.com has found a new home at The Piece Hall, Halifax having had great success online we decided to venture into our very first store so that all you lovely folk can actually come and see our fabulous fashion faves in person. :) 

    We’ve now been up and running for a full month and what a month it's been, we’ve had so many fabulous customers through the door, we wanted to thank you for all your support thus far. We have lots of things in the pipeline for the coming months and dare we say the run up to Christmas, including fashion shows, competitions, and of course lots of new amazing clothes, shoes, and accessories in time for the party season. Very exciting! 

    So has are the first month in business been what we expected?…YES YES AND YES! 

    Deciding to take www.houseof925.com to the next level was a daunting and exciting thought process that did lead to a few sleepless nights, but here are a few facts that helped me make my decision…


    Location, location, location is everything - its most likely common sense to pick the right location for your business, and luckily for me, I couldn’t have picked a better spot than the glorious Piece Hall. I some times feel I have a fashion boutique in Italy with its fabulous architecture and its cosmopolitan vibe it's easy to forget I’m actually in Halifax. 

    This location was perfect for me it was close to my home, so a super quick commute, it's recently been re-developed and between me and you it felt right and for me that is the most important fact. 

    2. Follow your passion

    This is sometimes easier said than done, I’ve always had a passion for business, before I took the leap of faith I spent 11 years working in advertising and recruitment ( a little different from the retail and fashion industry) I spent a year working in New York and on my return I decided I needed to do what really made me happy, not that I wasn’t happy in my recruitment work, but it wasn’t how I wanted to spend the rest of my life, however, the skills I learnt and money I earned meant I was able to follow my dreams - and that I did I created www.houseof925.com and a year later Woll-Aaah we have the shop, hopefully, that will soon be plural and I will be reporting on all of my shops - Dream Big!

    3. Website or store first? 

    This question I’ve been asked several times and there is no right or wrong answer to this one, I created the website first as it's less of a risk than having overheads and being tied to an actual location, but since opening House of 925 I’ve seen www.houseof925.com grow massively as it's easy to promote the website to existing customers whilst they are in-store and for me it was the step I wanted to take to grow House of 925 

    4. Follow your gut instinct.

    I’m a massive believer in if something feels right it usually is, I’ve been really realistic in terms of what I expect and growing a business will not happen over night, in fact, the hard work is just beginning, working 7 days a week to build a business has now become life, but if you stick to your plans and goals and don’t listen to people’s negativity (believe me some people are negative about people wanting to achieve their own success - I know crazy!) I believe everything will work out just fine :) 

    Remember to check us out online at www.houseof925.com or pop into our lovely store at The Piece Hall, Halifax and as always give us a follow on social media.

    Facebook - @houseof925

    Instagram - house_of_925

    Twitter - house_of_925 

    Posted by Kate Frances


    Today is the start of a new year, and a new month, some may say"Happy New Year" whilst others may say "Happy Hangover Day" I myself can say I'm  not the biggest fan of New year and in my older age I would prefer to start the New Year feeling as fresh as a daisy on a summers day. 

    However, one thing I do like about the New year is the fact that it's just that "NEW" a New beginning, a NEW start, and maybe the start of a NEW outlook. I'm sure we all like to make New years resolutions in the hope that this year we will keep them. But the fact of the matter is within the first two weeks we've most likely forgotten and we're slowly on the decline back into our old ways slowly losing that Newness we were so excited about at the start of the year.

    That's why this year I've decided to take on a different outlook in the hope I can keep the excitement of the New throughout the entire year, I mean who know's what will happen we can't predict the future but what we can do is set goals,and plans of things we want to achieve both personally and professionally.

    For me House of 925 is NEW and I mean brand New, this is totally New to me and something I’m very excited about but also slightly nervous about. But if we never followed are dreams we’d never achieve the things that we set out to achieve and as they say this is the start of 365 days of opportunities so why not choose to slay. 

    Over the next 30 days I’m going to set myself a challenge of breaking a habit in 30 days, once I’ve completed the 30 days, I’ll set myself a new challenge for the following month. You can choose anything you want to break maybe it's smoking, or maybe it spending more time in the day for yourself whatever you choose let us know tweeting us @house_of_925 and #30daychallenge925 

    Don’t loose that Newness feeling!

    Happy New Year from the House of 925 Team xoxo

    Posted by Kate Frances


    Own It, Wear It, Boss It is what we live by here at House of 925 and we want to share our passion with you super savvy stylists! 

    www.houseof925.com was founded with a vision of bringing affordable and stylish fashion to the millennials of today, let's face it we're in an era of girl power! Times have changed from when our parents tried to drill school, college, education, working 9-5 or being a good housewife into our lives.  

    We're a generation of career-minded, money making, entrepreneurs don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with being a good housewife or being happy with the 9-5 grind (I'm sure we all dream of the big wedding and the handsome husband) but for some of us the "norm" doesn't quite cut the mustard, we just want that little bit more and why shouldn't we! 

    That's why we created House of 925 to hopefully inspire, captivate and motivate you to achieve your goals. House of 925 is not just about fashion although we do LOVE fashion, but we also LOVE sharing tips and tricks to help you in both your personal life and business life. 

    We've all heard the sayings "dress to impress" Fake it till you make it" this is something we truly believe, that's why House of 925 want to help you with all your fashion needs from workwear to date wear, the better you feel the more confidence will ooze out of you, just like the ray of sunshine you are. 

    This is just the start for House of 925 and we have lots of things we want to share with you on our wonderful journey. Please feel free to sign up to our mailing list or just drop in on our blog to keep up to date with the fun and frolicks, tips and tricks we have to offer you super slaying queens. 

    Always remember ladies "Own it, Wear it, Boss it" 

    House Of 925 Team xoxo




    Posted by Kate Frances