Tuesday, 10 October 2017

My Autumn Looks

The leaves on the trees are changing colour, the temperature has dropped and pumpkin spiced lattes are back in Starbucks. Yep Autumn is well under way, it's time for that awkward transition where it's far too chilly to get your legs out anymore but not quite cold enough for a matching hat scarf and glove set. I have a few ideas to help you out and to help you keep warm but look stylish at the same time. I will try and say where everything was from but some things I got a while ago and just can not remember, I feel like I am going through a Newlook phase as they have far too many nice things right now. I am no model and I don't have a professional set just my back garden and surrounding area where I live but I did style all of the outfits which was so much fun. 

Burgendy Floppy Hat from Newlook (but a few years ago), Blue Corduroy Pinafore Dress also Newlook (last year), Pink Frilled Sleeve knitted top Newlook, Black Tights M&S and Boots from Primark.

Pink Suede Jacket from Zara, Dress from Newlook, Tights again from M&S and Velvet boots from River Island (I am in love with these boots I'm not going to lie!)

Red Jumper and Black Patent Shoes both Newlook, my Check Trousers have made my camera go a little crazy but these are from Primark and I love them, I;m not usually a trouser person but I really enjoy wearing these!

Navy Stripey Top and Tan Jacket both Newlook, Green Tulle Skirt Primark and I have no idea where my boots were from. They were online and I have had them for a couple of years.

Yellow floral Kimono Newlook, Vest top and black floppy hat Primark, Black Skinny Jeans Newlook and Brown Tan Gladiator Sandles also Newlook. 

Monday, 9 October 2017

Top Moments Over the Summer

With it officially being Autumn I thought I would look back at my Summer and pick my most favourite moments and memories. I may just put a few random ones in because I like my outfit.

Visit to Edinburgh
I absolutely loved visiting this City, there is something about the atmosphere there that makes me feel like I could live there. We did so much there and saw so much yet there were still lots we didn't get round to which is a good excuse to go back. The people there are friendly, I would love to go back for Fringe Festival or around Christmas time.

My Cousin's 21st Birthday
It is very rare we all get together so it was nice to get the opportunity to on this occasion. We had a nice meal and just lovely family time.

Day at the Races
I went with my Auntie and some people that she works with, it was a really nice day and I even got a little sun burnt it was that hot. I love an excuse to dress up and wear a feathery thing in my hair. 

I really enjoyed making this dress, it was an easy make and I love the fabric. I liked to wear it with my vans or nude heels for a more dressed up look. 

My Brothers 30th Birthday
We went for a lovely meal to celebrate my brother being 30, I am very family orientated and enjoy spending time with them all together. 

Practise Round of the Open at Royal Birkdale
I'm not going to lie, I only really went to earn some good girlfriend point but I actually ended up having a lovely time. Marcus was in his element getting photographs with the players and getting their autographs. We had lovely weather too!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

August Favourites

I have missed doing my favourites posts but I think I needed the break to find some new and exciting things. I would love to hear what you have been loving the past month.

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I was lacking a bit of highlight in my make up bag so I thought I would try this Barry M Cosmic Lights Palette. At first I wasn't really sure how to use it especially the more creamy colours but the powders are so  beautiful and give off the most beautiful shine.

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The Stay Matte liquid lip colour by Rimmel in the shade Pink Blink has been my go to colour. I love the formulation, it is long lasting and perfectly pigmented. I have my eye on the plum shade. 

I saw this quite a while before I bought it, I instantly loved it but had no idea what I would wear it with until I saw a girl wearing it with a pair of jeans. I'm not really a jeans person but I decided it would go really well with black jeans. I saw this in the sale for £9 and at that bargain even if I only wore it once it wouldn't really matter. I have been wearing this quite a lot I'm not going to lie! Any styling ideas are welcome. 
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I am into Vans right now and I thought it was about time I got a new pair. I love wearing them with jeans or dungarees or even dresses. They are so comfortable and this blue pair is the kind that will go with anything, they have little multicoloured speckles on which you can't really see from the picture making them different than other pairs I have seen that everyone has.

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I have been looking for a trinket dish for so long to put next to my bed to keep my earrings and bracelets in. I always end up losing something when I take them off in the evening or when I go to have a bath so I just wanted a little place to keep everything together. When I saw this unicorn one in Primark I knew I had to have it. 
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There has to be a food favourite and last month it was Kelly's Ice-cream in general but mainly the Chocolate Brownie and Salted Caramel flavour. It went very well with the sunny weather, not the healthiest but so so good. 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Life Update

I feel the need to do this post just because I didn't have such a great a start to the year and lots of things have changed. I feel like I've grown a lot as a person as a result of the things I have been faced with recently.
Unfortunately it has meant that my blog has taken a back seat and I haven't posted as much which I apologise for. I am keen to get blogging again and am excited to get creative with new ideas.

So at the start of the year I was made redundant, I won't fully go into details as it is what it is but I wasn't given a lot of notice and it really affected my confidence, mood and anxiety. I got quite down and my panic attacks got more frequent. I applied for Universal Credit which meant I had weekly appointments with the Job Centre as well as other sessions they advised me on attending.
Having more free time was nice to begin with but it left me with no routine and for a good while I felt like I had no purpose. I had nowhere to be and could get up whenever I liked but this left me with low moods and it would be embarrassing when people asked me what I did as a job. I spent a lot of my time applying for jobs but it left me questioning what it was I wanted to do, my confidence was at an all time low which after a while made me not want to apply for jobs as I just didn't have the confidence to sell myself at an interview.

In March I started my CBT sessions for my anxiety which I will speak about another time, honestly they couldn't have arrived at a better time. A few weeks later I went to an interview course which the job centre told me about. It was a bit challenging for me to even go but I did it and it made me so much more prepared and like I knew what I was doing. I had a couple of interviews all of which I didn't get but I took it all as experience. I had an interview for a work experience which I thought I had done absolutely terribly in, I wasn't wearing 'traditional' interview clothing as I had made the decision to dress in my own quirky style and I felt like that may have worked in my favour. In my other interviews I wore mainly black which is smart but just isn't me at all, I never wear black and I never felt truly comfortable.
I did an 8 week work experience which then lead to me working there permanently as they were impressed with me and my work ethic.
I feel so much better in myself, my confidence has gone up and I just enjoy going to work now as before I didn't. I like everyone I work with and I just enjoy the atmosphere a lot more.

Things aren't perfect but when are they ever, they are a heck of a lot better and I am somewhere now a few months ago I never thought I would be. For anyone who is currently unemployed my advice would be to stay positive, I know it is difficult but keep trying and something will come. Get a routine and keep yourself busy, this will stop your mood from dipping. Go to your local job centre, mine were really helpful they advised me on courses and I wouldn't have got my job without them.
Finally exercise, this will help clear your mind and keep you focused.

As you can see from my picture, I have new glasses. Just another change in my year of changes!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Exploring Edinburgh



 This time two weeks ago I was in Edinburgh, it is the second time I have been there now and I just love it there so much. There is always something to do and I just like the general atmosphere there, it feels friendly and welcoming. I had arranged the trip as Marcus' birthday present, he had never been before so I thought it would be nice to explore it together. As you can see above we packed a lot of things in, we did so many touristy things and there were still things we didn't get round to doing but that's just a good excuse to go back. We did a bit of shopping when we arrived on Princes Street and Georges Street, we did the hop on hop off tour bus which is a really good way to see everything, we did a tour of the castle, we saw the Grey Friars Bobby statue and grave stone, Voldemort's grave stone and went to the Elephant House cafe where J.K Rowling wrote the first few books. There was a tourist attraction called Mary Kings Close which I highly recommend, it is located on the Royal Mile and is definitely worth visiting. I enjoyed walking round and exploring and going in the quirky shops. We stayed in an apartment rather than a hotel which is something I haven't done before, it is so much easier and we had our own space to just make breakfast or chill out watching Netflix (which is what I did when I couldn't sleep at five in the morning.) I had the best time and I know I will be back there soon!