Friday, 29 April 2016

A few of my favourite things..

Recently one of my incredible Aussie friends, El, wrote a post about fifty things she loves most. Whilst reading this I really could not help but think that this was the most beautiful and stunning idea ever. Then later on in the week Rosie, in her purple cardigan, wrote a very similar post which I thought was just as heartwarming. 

I really don't think I can top their lists, but by golly I'll give it a go!

Sending and receiving letters
The smell of twilight bath bomb from Lush
My wonderful friends 
Record players

Denim shorts
Handwritten notes
Emerald Fennell

Alice in Wonderland
French music
Yellow Rain Coats

Red Roses
Dressing Gowns
Beach huts
Old perfume bottles
Clean bedsheets
The colour blood red

Taking photos
My family and all their quirks
Making things
Italian pizza

Winter boots
Hot chocolate fudge cake
Tartan Scarves
Autumn days
Feeling loved

Obviously I could go on and on and on but I'll leave it there before you fall asleep. What are your favourite things?

Friday, 22 April 2016

Do wallabies lay easter eggs?


Today was a surprisingly spring-like day, contrary to what the forecast said. Because of this, we decided to go to Thorp Perrow which is an arbitration just outside of Ripon. I went with my mum, dad, two sisters, brother and sister's fiance. It took about twenty minutes to get there and the journey consisted of mainly playing 2048 (which is a surprisingly addicting game) with my little brother. 

When we got there we went straight to see what was left of the bird show (don't laugh) and then over to see the meerkats and wallabies. It was at this point that I noticed that there was still an Easter egg trail open. How strange when Easter was almost exactly a month ago! It turns out that this place is actually huge and it took hours to walk around it all. There were so many pretty islands and ponds and even a pet cemetery! We got home at about half past three and I spent the rest of the evening at home with my family. 

Friday, 15 April 2016

A day in the life


Whitby. A seaside town so different from its sisters. A place where very few people care about the beach or whether it's raining (which it very often is) and more people care about her dark nature. It's the home to a number of goth trinket shops selling anything from voodoo dolls to herbal remedies, a fishing port, several vintage shops and Whitby Abbey.

So on Thursday morning we got up early and headed East. The journey took an hour and a half which really isn't too bad. We went to the Abbey first via some small independent shops and walked up the 199 steps! As usual, the view was incredible, so be it if it was a little windy. Then for lunch we had chips before heading for the 2p machines (come on, it's tradition!) and up the hill to more shops. It was on the way up the hill that we stopped by a little
 vintage shop selling all sorts of crafty things. I bought a 1950s chocolate tin in there with the intention of putting letters in it. It was £4 and I would have paid a lot more. After going to some more vintage shops we came home and I finished the day off with Intergalactic bath bomb from Lush and a long conversation with Lou which was when we decided to collab on this post. I'll leave her lovely blog at the end.

ft my mum and +Jay Stelling 

Friday, 8 April 2016

What's in my bag? Spring edition

As spring came rolling around so did my desire to purchase another handbag to replace accompany my other one. It's not that I don't have other bags, it's just that none of them come close to being as remarkably beautiful as this one. It's a gorgeous, vintage leather cross body bag with no pockets and a buckle fastening. It's rather small and will not fit much more than my phone and purse but nonetheless it's a beauty. I deemed it irreplaceable until I stepped into Urban Outfitters and saw this marvelous creation. I've always hated the majority of bags you'll find in the high street. For one they're never strong enough to last more than a year or two, they just look cheap. I'm sounding like a real snob here but I may assure you I'm really not as the vintage bag originally came from a charity sale in the city hall for a few pounds. I do not believe in spending hundreds of pounds on a bag, I believe in knowing what you like and searching for just that. Like I say that cross body bag came from a charity sale in the city hall and as did the leather purse I'm about to mention. I had to dig through tons of cheap looking wallets until I saw this one but when you know what you're looking for it's not hard to miss. A genuine leather purse can cost you around £20-£100 and I got mine for £1.  

This bag from Urban Outfitters cost me £36 which is a deal more than I'd like to spend BUT it's exactly what I needed and will last me for a while. It's also tan in colour but is much larger in size and fastens by a hidden magnet within the lining. It has two handles to carry it in the crook of your arm and a long strap for the option to carry it over your shoulder. Inside the lining is black and it comes with a detachable pouch which I've been keeping things like my keys, lip balm, hay fever tablets/paracetamol and receipts in. I think that this is a really nice addition to the bag as it self has no other pockets inside it. So after considering planning out what to put in my bag and showing you like many bloggers do (and I'm by no means blaming them, I've done it before) I decided it would be much more realistic to show you what's in my bag after using it afew times and not sorting through it.  Everything in here has remained here since I last took this bag out. Let's see what we can find shall we? Also, I apologise about the second photo. I planned to do a really artsy garden photo but it was so windy and cold that everything nearly blew away in the process. Then it started to rain so I had to take a photo and run, nothing can beat British Spring can it?

contents (left-right)
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth, headphones, house keys, compact Tangle Teezer, Extra spearmint gum, paracetamol, Burt's Bees Hydrating Hydrant lip balm, The Body Shop White Musk eau de toilette and my purse stuffed with receipts, loyalty cards, McDonalds monopoly coupons (guilty as charged) and some money. I'd also usually have my phone and kindle in here but they were both on charge.

Friday, 1 April 2016

BIG issues

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ~Lucille Ball

Oh I do love my inspirational quotes. If you haven't yet noticed, today I have a really exciting post planned which El, Lou and I have had planned for the longest time ever. It's about..knock knock (who's there?) biggish (biggish who?) sorry not today thanks. The Big Issue? This is my trying to be funny by the way, so anyway we each chose a different topic relating to society to write about which will hopefully make you think about such issues in a different light. To be perfectly honest, even if this post only helps one person, doing this series will definitely have been worthwhile.
The topic I chose is happiness. Happiness means loving yourself and finding beauty in everything. I saw a poster on the wall somewhere in school which read quote by someone who's name I can't bring myself to remember that said ''You are responsible for your own happiness and If you expect others to make you happy you will always be disappointed''. I think that the reason that this quote has stuck with me is because it's something we all can relate to. We all expect others to make us happy and tend to spend time with those who we expect will. But when those people don't make us happy we are all so very disappointed when really it's no more their fault than ours. We all have bad days when we really don't feel like being funny or admiring others. You may be that person who another relies on for happiness and when you're having a bad day, they'll be disappointed that you haven't made them feel happy and therefore, they aren't happy either. Following on from that, they may be the person who makes somebody else happy and when they're not making that person happy, that person has no happiness either. It's an ongoing cycle and that's what people mean when they say negativity rubs off on people.
That's honestly not to say that you should be happy all the time. If that were the case, our world would be full of strained smiles and we'd all go mad from not being able to be unhappy. Sometimes, crying makes everything better and we're back to being ourselves afterwards. We don't always need a reasoning for being unhappy, it's just an occurrence that strikes us off guard. Surround yourself with people who make you feel your best but don't rely on them for it. We all need to learn to become our own best friend which I'm aware is way easier said than done. My best advice is to remember that nothing you're feeling is permanent and everything gets better with time.

On that note I'll leave you there. I hope this has helped at least some of you realise that real confidence comes from within and I do hope you enjoy reading the other lovely girls posts.