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Is Solitude Really Bliss?

I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. Don't know where it goes, But it's only me, and I walk alone... ...

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A Missguided Ruffle Dress and 5 Blog Goals for 2018

Monday, 12 February 2018



Oh blogger friends - never has my blackened and darkened soul ever felt so light, positive about the future and happy. It seems you never truly realise just how much a negative situation is compressing your happy airways until you actually leave it.

So as you all may or may not know, for the past two years I have been working in a mental health hospital (for confidentiality reasons I can't say where) and it started off alright, but towards the middle part of last year, it started to get really sh*t. Now I don't just mean, had a "bad" day at work, had-an-argument-with-my-ignorant-colleague sh*t,  I'm talking full on, piled high, mountains of SH*T. I was walking knee deep in bad shiteee and my happiness began to dip. I guess this was roundabout the same time in which I actually started to distance myself from social media and the blogging world. I stopped attending events, cancelled blogging plans and had LONGGGGG social media detoxes ( We're talking 6 months a pop here) because I simply could not cope. The thought of interacting with the human race through computer or face to face, when the humans in my work life were behaving so horrid, was one that forced me to recoil from the inside.




Fast forward a few months on from that dreadful time, I have finally left the toxic work situation that was causing me so much strain and pain. Started an entirely new job and finally got the psychology job I have been craving for! I can only hope that this work situation continues to be a positive light in my life. 

Which leads me onto my next point...With my new job, I'll be working 3 days a week, as opposed to the 5 I used to do. This should hopefully mean that I will now have a lot more free time to myself, which will hopefully make way for some more blogging and creative work. So here are the 5 goals I would like to achieve in blogging and in my creative life for 2018:


BOOTS - Boden | SHIRT DRESS - Missguided | HAT - H&M | SUNGLASSES - Accessorize


1) Shoot more outfit photos and write more POSTS!
Due to the more free time I will have for myself, I'm hoping this one should be achievable.

2) Visit more cities and WRITE
Be they UK, European or worldwide cities, wherever, I just need to visit somewhere new and fresh and be inspired to write again. There is something about visiting new places that invokes the need to write something inspiring, so I hope that I can make this possible this year.

3) Attend more events and make more Blogger FRIENDS
Last year, due to stresses from my job and personal life, I became the serial canceller. I would cancel blogging events, blogger meet ups and so on. I've missed surrounding myself with cute cupcakes, people so similar to me we could be sisters separated at birth and just all of the good vibes and peggy porschen-esque chill out time.

4) Up the quality of blog CONTENT
The quality of blogs these days is literally second to none. There are some ridiculously creative, stylish and hardworking bloggers out there and I have been so inspired and motivated by their passion and dedication to the artistic movement. This year I don't necessarily want a growth in following - I want a growth in artistic quality, photography, style, words, the entire lot. This year my goal is quality over quantity!
5) Revisit a forgotten CREATIVITY
For a long time now i have become consumed to the scientific workings of psychological therapy and mental health care. While I am so passionate about this and the job that I do, I also miss the feeling of happiness, relief and passion I feel when i engage in a creative love and recently I've been worrying that I've forgotten what those feelings even feel like! This is the year I revisit a forgotten passion: be it joining an acting or dance class or re-start painting again, I am determined that I will regain my love for this creative form.

And that concludes my almost-interesting life update and blog/creative goals for 2018. 2017 ended on a bit of a sour note, but I am hoping that 2018 is the year in which I finally begin to shine and take on all that life has to offer personally and creatively too.

Also as a fashion blogger I suppose I'm obliged to say something interesting about this outfit. Well
1) It's ruffled and fabulous...
2) It's serving ALL OF THE FASH-UN...
3) I froze my arse off to get these shots, but hey...FASH-UN...
4) It feeds my adrogynously styled soul like no other...

As always thank you guys for reading, you rock my socks off!
Do you like this look? What are your Blog or Creative Goals for 2018?

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An Almost SAD Winter

Wednesday, 24 January 2018


For years, as the winter season would roll around, I would hear my Mother complain and moan about the horrible English weather, about the dark, grey clouds and the premature darkness that would engulf us all at 4:00 in the afternoon. For years, she would complain of having a lack of energy and tiredness around this time of year, and for years I never really understood why. I could just not get my head around the fact that all of a sudden, as soon as Winter would hit and the days started getting darker a person's entire mood and wellbeing could change.

I've never really understood it...until now. Winter used to be one of my favourite seasons, but now I can't even remember a time when I haven't hated it. Hence the fact when a work colleague looked flumoxed that winter was my least favourite season, as in the past I had apparently conveyed adornment to him - I couldn't remember ever saying it was.



This year, the winter period has well and truly knocked me for six. I kickstarted with an okay-ish summer, it was busy - yes, but there was an awful lot of F-U-N going on and that tugged at my heartstrings in ways I never thought possible. I attended weddings, celebrating the pure and honest love of family members, ate lots of dairy free ice cream and all round generally just lived my best-ish life. Alright, maybe it wasn't fabulosity at it's best, but it was a-OKAY. September passed and in crept October like a unassuming spider about to torture me. What followed on were some of my worst months of 2017, there were tears, anger, fear, a sense of loss of self and an all round I don't-think-things-will-ever-get-better. The days became darker and I started to hate the thought of going outside or even interacting with people. I become moodier, more isolated and the thought of Christmas almost made me barf (and I'm a major Christmas fiend!). The weather was cold, wet and the last few weeks of the year seemed to drag on endlessly.



One day as I sat in my relaxing man-made beach haven (otherwise known as my room) I started to wonder what this horrible dark feeling was. I knew I was going through a rough patch at work and things in my personal life were difficult at best, but I never really felt this down and hateful towards the most magical month of the year. Was I experiencing SAD? Did I now, finally - after years and years of confusion, understand how my mother has felt at this time of year?

Potentially yes...potentially no. You see, since those dreaded final months of 2017, things have changed and are hopefully, possibly, happily...looking up. I'm starting a new job, have removed myself from a toxic environment and it's as if the darkness of winter is lifting itself all on it's own. I still hate that it starts turning dark after 4:00 and that my 5:00am starts are as dark as Voldemort's soul itself, but I'm happier. I am radiating a light from within that feels oh -so positive and oh so strong.


Outfit Details (Clickable Links):
Sunglasses - ASOS | Pinafore Dress (SIMILAR) - BOOHOO | Breton Top (SIMILAR) - BODEN | Trainers - PRIMARK | Headband - H&M

I chose to share these sunny depictions from summer, for 2 reasons. 1) I have been absolutely dreadful with content recently (and I am not just saying that, I haven't blogged in MONTHS  - I mean will anyone even read this?!) *Insert panic face of horror here* and 2) We all need a little sunlight in the cold and dark winter months, for as a wise man once said: "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore

 

Thank you guys for reading and for always being a constant support network. Here's to more outfit/musings posts in 2018!


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Have you struggled this winter? How do you find the light in the Winter?

Banishing My Scrooge with Acceptance

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Seasons have passed, leaves have burned dry, the sun has faltered and the wind has conquered...life has happened and here I am back again for another summer season. The only difference to the last few that I have had is that I am actually feeling happy. Genuinely, truly and purely happy. It is not euphoric happiness, it is not crying happiness, it's more of a mellow one, it's satisfaction and it's acceptance.

You see, for so long I have spent every summer season, pining after the "perfect" life.  I craved perfection and for me perfection always involved having someone to love and being ridiculously successful at whatever career I chose to embark on. When I started to fail however I struggled to accept my mistakes and I failed to accept that my life was starting to look like something that was a lot less than perfect. For years, I would plaster a big, fat smile on my face, drown myself with tequila shots and then spend the rest of the year being internally miserable for the life I so desperately pined for.

My problem was acceptance, I struggled to accept that the love I so desperately desired just wasn't going to work out. I struggled to accept that the person I shamefully wanted to become was just not who I was. Over time I learned. I reflected. I grew. I changed. And I accepted.  Accepted my mistakes. Accepted my loves and accepted my losses. And with the acceptance came the derailment of the bitterness. And with the loss of the bitterness, I paved way for a new space in my heart, a space where joy and happiness could now reside. And with this newfound space of joy and happiness, I could finally start to fully enjoy all of the beauty and love that comes with the rays of the summer sun.

For years I have struggled to love myself truly. For years I have struggled to accept my inability to wholly commit myself to a person. But here I am, back for another season, full of acceptance. Full of happiness. Full of joy. And full of hope...hope for a brighter tomorrow and someone to share this with. From my acceptance I have gained hope and that is a greater gift than what any under-the-mistletoe-make-out-session could give me. I have hope.

As always thank you guys so much for reading...

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How To Style the Breton Top: Boohoo Dungarees

Friday, 7 July 2017

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Who doesn't love the Breton top? With nautical roots, the breton top originates from within the navy, and was designed with the idea that it would make sailors easier to spot at sea if in trouble. Flash forward decades and decades later and the breton top is now a firm summer staple and a great companion to the nautical trends of the season.

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I have been a lover of Breton tops and their stripy counterparts for a long time now and I finally was lucky enough to come into possession of one that I believe to be as authentic as some of the more earlier designs. I picked up this particular top while at 'The Bloggers Market'  from Kristabel's stand. My eyes immediately gravitated towards it (As they usually do when stripes are involved) and I snapped it up fast before anyone else behind me could!

This post will be the first in a two part series in which I share two different ways to style the Breton top this summer.  The outfits will be of a casual, summery and fun style which I hope will provide you with some inspiration on how to style your own breton this summer.

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The first look I have created is with my favourite Boohoo  dungarees and it's got a fun, I-should-be-a-children's-television-presenter type vibe about it.

Now, I don't know what it is, but Breton tops somehow always seem to work best with dungarees. From the days of me toddling around my living room in Sheffield, to the ever awkward mufti days of school; a breton top and dungarees was always the outfit of choice for me.

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I paired the dungarees with some simple, blue, converse inspired trainers from Primark at the fabulous price of £6.00, which is a hell of a lot cheaper than the real converse and they're quite comfortable too! I find that they go so perfectly with the dungarees, when the legs have been rolled up and help to enhance the 'I'm a children's TV presenter' aesthetic so much more.

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I've kept accessories simple, with this blue, paisley inspired headband from H&M which is the same as this red one worn in this post. I find that the band, helps to tie the whole look together and compliment the nautical style of the breton.

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Get the Look:

BRETON TOP (SIMILAR) - BODEN | DUNGAREES (SIMILAR) - BOOHOO | HEADBAND (SIMILAR) - H&M | TRAINERS - PRIMARK | SUNGLASSES - ASOS
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I'm a big fan of bretons and an even bigger fan of dungarees. So the combination of the two together makes for an outfit, kind of wonderful. I hope you all liked how I've chosen to style this breton and have hopefully found some inspiration on how to style your own.

Join me next week, when I share with you guys a second, fun and summery way to style the breton.

As always thank you guys so much for reading! Until next time...

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Is Solitude Really Bliss?

Monday, 3 July 2017


I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. Don't know where it goes, But it's only me, and I walk alone...

I guess you could say that I am what is considered to be a lone wolf. The popular Green Day lyrics, I've inserted above, were most definitely made for me. I'm a loner, I live for solitude and while it can often be the most blissful thing in the world to me, recent reflections and happenings have made me start to question whether I am too far deep in solitude that I'm forgetting to experience all of what is around me.

My solitude didn't truly begin until my time at university. Before that I guess I was what you would call an adventurous introvert. I enjoyed spending time on my own, but I also loved being amongst other people aswell - oh how I miss those times. It was the perfect balance between being able to enjoy your company but also enjoy the company of others aswell. I would attend parties with ease, dabble in between different social groups and still return home at the weekend and curl up with a good book - blissfully in solitude.

However, somewhere between a period of deep, dark sadness and my reprise, I started to spend more and more time on my own. I cancelled commitments, isolated myself from friends and entered into an existence of which was solo and something kind of lonely. When I did have to go out, it would be for a few hours at a time and I would always avoid getting into big, large crowds, where being with people a few more than myself was a possibility.


You see, solitude, a lone state of being...isolation, is only ever as blissful if it doesn't start to seep over into other areas of your life. For some time I had tricked myself into believing that mine had not transferred into other areas of my life, but I was wrong...oh so wrong. You see, I have gone so far into a period of isolation that I have managed to trick myself into the belief that I'm happy, content and optimistic about the future. The truth is that I'm not. The reality of it is, that I am terribly unhappy and terribly lonely. All that solitude is simply just - no longer blissful.

I have been living without bliss and I am so terribly sad for it.


I find it somewhat ironic that I have found myself back at the point of describing my loneliness to you all, as it was around the same time last year that I did the exact same thing - when I wrote this 'alone' post. Maybe it's something about this time of year or maybe it's something about me and my life that I'm doing wrong. Maybe I need to change. Maybe I need a change. I don't know.

I guess all I know is that in order to be better in life and to lead a better life we must surround ourselves with good. We need to shower ourselves with light, with happiness, with love and...with loved ones. It is only then, that we will truly begin to enjoy our solitude...

Photos by my best friend Arj.

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