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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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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...

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A Day out in Eastbourne

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

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It's been a while since I've actually been outside of London, so when I got the chance to visit Eastbourne last Saturday with a friend's church group, I was filled with joy at the prospect of escaping the big smoke and experiencing relaxing waves and blue skies.

Unfortunately the blue skies went amiss as it rained for the majority of the time that we were there, but being the avid optimist that I am, it did little to dampen my spirits as I began to explore my way through this quaint seaside town.

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I'd been to southend-on-sea before (again with church) and I found Eastbourne to be very similar. It was your typical English seaside town, complete with an aging pier, marina inspired hotels and crashing waves that were of the perfect level of current to get your surf on (not that I even know how to get my surf on).

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Due to the heavy rain that began at the beginning of our trip, we decided to head for shelter in Eastbourne town centre. The centre, was much like typical town centres in London, equipped with all of my high street shop favourites and inviting sales to make me want to spend all of my money.

I didn't actually manage to get many photos of our descent to the town centre or the centre itself as it was absolutely pouring down and my camera would've got heavily soaked.

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Upon finishing we returned back to the pier and had lunch in Harry Ramsden's chip shop, where I had the best fish and chips and mushy peas I have had in a long time and like the silly blogger I am, forgot to photograph it! The meal was deliciously accompanied, by a fruity, pimms cocktail - which lo and behold, I did actually remember to photograph.The food here was amazing and I would definitely reccommend stopping by for a bite to eat if you're ever in the Eastbourne area or other seasides in the UK.

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At the end of the day, as I pressed my behind against the pebbles of Eastbourne beach, with the rain dripping down my face, my stomach packed to the brim with fish and chips and pimms, I couldn't help but find the entire experience quintessentially British and it filled me with an equally quintessential-esque (is that even a word?) joy.

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I could've sat on that pebble beach for hours, regardless of the dampening rain, aggressive waves or internal fear of being used as a toilet by those pesky seagulls. There's something about being surrounded by water, open space and fresh air that just makes everything seem alright again. It makes my mind clearer, my heart lighter and my soul happier.

Regardless of the weather, I had a lovely day in Eastbourne on Saturday and would love to visit again when the weather picks up and the pier fair comes to town. Here's to more trips to quintessentially British seasides this summer.

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Restaurants for Summer: Blues Restaurant and Bar

Friday, 23 June 2017



There is something quite wonderful about the sun being out isn't there? It brings about more smiles, laughter and adventures to places never been tried or long forgotten. Whenever the sun shines, you will always see people flocking to their nearest park, pool or beach, but that's probably the least thing on my mind. For me, the sun being out, means a chance to visit restaurants and indulge in the thing I love the most...food!

Eating out in the summer time is an experience like no other, whether it's enjoying an ice cold glass of white as you stare through open windows or licking your fingers clean of spice as you perch on an outside table, food during the summer is a great way to make use of those long, hot days.Recently with this warmer weather, I have been visiting and re-visiting lots of old and new restaurants and I thought I would start sharing a little bit more about where I've ventured to, for the people who love food just as much as me!

So today is the start of a new set of posts I'll be sharing on the blog in the next couple of months, which will showcase fun restaurant suggestions for you to visit this summer along with a series of mouth watering food photos to tempt you with!

Blues Restaurant and Bar...

Perched atop the hill of Harrow, Blues Restaurant and bar has been somewhere I have wanted to visit for such a long time. I have spent the past year driving past it's blue, glassy, exterior; morning, noon and night on my way home for work and I have yearning to go there ever since. I finally had the chance to go last Friday with my best friend and we had a catch up over spanish tapas, good cocktails and an old, rustic interior which was just perfect!


We visited during late afternoon, which was great as the restaurant was empty and gave me the opportunity to really take in the space and interiors of the restaurant.



It's interior has a shabby chic look about it, with hints of vintage charm. With it's red leather and terracotta colour scheme and chalkboard menu, this restaurant is one of those small hidden gems you don't hear a lot about, but you must visit.

The restaurant is set amongst a trail of quaint restaurants, cafes and bars in the hills of Harrow. It's about a 20 minute walk and 5-10 minute bus journey from Harrow on the hill station so it's easily accessible. Also being in the hills of Harrow, it's close to some of the prettiest side streets/inner city villages I've ever seen, so i would urge you to definitely give to give this place a try for summer, you'll love it.



Moving on to the food, which arguably was the thing that I loved most about this place! The restaurant is known for it's Spanish cuisine, particularly their tapas, so of course, my friend and I had to have a sample of their tapas dishes.


For the tapas, they have both a meat and vegetarian list of tapas and as I'm not that big a fan of the red meats that were on the meat menu, we decided that we would have a mixture of the two. We had a mixture of chicken, prawns, peppers and mushrooms and tortilla chips and guacamole. Each bowl was equally as delicious as the other and it was all so filling, it was hard to finish it all.

The restaurant also has a bar which is equipped with every type of alcohol you could ask for. I went for a mojito as it was the perfect, refreshing, pairing to the tapas and the blaring heat outside.



All in all I have to say, I have found a new love for small, cute restaurants such as this one. Blues Restaurant and bar gave me a little slice of Spanish life last Friday afternoon and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is in the area of Harrow and fancies a quick yet flavourful bite to eat.

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