Friday, 31 October 2014

My Imaginary World

So I'm going to try and explain this without sounding absolutely insane. Basically when I get stressed or am feeling overwhelmed I have a place in my mind that I retreat to which is pretty much an imaginary world where everything is peaceful so I can just escape for a while.

My imaginary escape is a tree house in the middle of a big open forest where the sun is always trickling through the leaves and the rain always smells fresh and cool. It has bridges leading from tree to tree and it's always quiet. All you can see for miles is trees and plants there is literally no sign of normal civilisation or technology.

It's a place for me to be alone so I can just think and reflect on what's happening in my life without feeling bogged down by it all. I think imagination is such an underrated thing, you can create an entire escape for yourself without actually having to move, isn't that incredible? I use it as a way to cope with everything that happens in everyday life - sometimes it's nice to be able to separate yourself from all of it and look at things from a distance.

I would love to hear about your imaginary worlds or the thoughts you have on this concept. I hope you are all having an amazing day. (: x

Thursday, 30 October 2014

What Even Is a 'Slut'?

Ok so this is probably something you'll hear a lot throughout life

"Ugh she's such a slut..."

"She looks like a slut."

"I can't wear that, people will think I'm a slut."

What does that even mean?

The common response to 'what is a slut?' is 'a woman who has too much sexual interaction with too many different men.' (This is a summary of most of the responses I received when I asked people and I cleaned up the language a little.)

My response to this is how many is 'too many'? Is it over 5? Over 10? Over 100? Who decided that there is a limit on how many sexual encounters you can have in your life? When I asked people to clarify some people said it depends on the person, that just seems unfair. According to many people it falls on a spectrum and it's a combination of clothing, actions and general personality...meaning if you're just a naturally flirtatious person - even if you don't realise it, you could be classed as a slut. This idea confuses me, mainly because it just seems like a leftover ideal from when you weren't meant to sleep with anyone until you married them and men and women could only interact in a distant but polite manner. The concept of too many sexual partners just seems dated to me, I thought we'd moved past this?

My next source of confusion is how do you 'look like a slut?' As far as I'm concerned your sexual preferences aren't directly linked to the way you dress. So how can we define some-one as a slut or a prude based purely on their appearance as they're walking down the street? Is some-one 'slutty' if they're wearing a crop top and shorts...what if it's just really hot outside?

I honestly believe that sluts don't exist, it isn't a real thing. Different girls have different styles, sexual preferences and general personalities. The term 'slut' is as far as I'm concerned a made up term to try and keep people in unnecessary categories that don't actually make any sense.

In conclusion, don't call people sluts! It really is that simple. All you're doing is trying to put someone down for doing something that isn't actually wrong...

I would love to hear your opinion on the term 'slut' and other terms that pretty much mean the same thing. Do you agree that it isn't actually a real thing? Let me know and have an absolutely wonderful day! (:

How To Handle Setbacks

Everyone in their life is going to experience set backs at some point in their life but in my experience and from what I've seen the most important part is how we choose to react to them. There are so many problems that can arise in day to day life but if you react positively they go from being disasters to learning curves in seconds. Here are some of the tactics that I've used for managing setbacks and bouncing back. . .

Be prepared for as many possibilities as you can - This doesn't mean you are setting yourself up for failure it just means that you're ready for the fact that things don't always go to plan. This way if something does go wrong you can take a breath and carry on.

Focus on finding solutions - When you're faced with a setback don't drag yourself down with all the other problems it could cause. Take a step back and focus on finding a solution one little bit at a time. No matter what the setback there is always a solution out there.

Ask for help - Sometimes we forget that it is ok to not know everything. There is always someone out there who will be willing to help you so don't be scared to ask around if you need a bit of extra input. That's what your friends are there for.

Most importantly stay positive - Setbacks can be upsetting, disheartening and all together heart breaking at the wrong moment but don't let it get the better of you. Instead of obsessing over the setback try and let it lead you to something better because very often it will.

How do you deal with setbacks or disappointments?

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Going At Your Own Pace

Recently I was invited to a reunion for my school class - I went to a Steiner school so each year only had one class and we were all incredibly close knit. This is such a lovely and exciting concept but it also terrified me because I haven't seen most of these people since I left year 11 and went to sixth form. (The Steiner school I went to ended at year 11 so I had to move onto a 'mainstream' sixth form or college.)

As is very common when confronted with the prospect of seeing old friends I found myself comparing my achievements to theirs. Now my life hasn't exactly been a dream world since I left Steiner. (Warning this is about to get quite personal but I promise it is leading to a bigger picture.)

I ended up at a grammar school sixth form which flared my anxiety to a point where I was completely unable to function. It got to the point where I couldn't go to classes without having a panic attack and after only two months I had to leave because it was causing problems not only with my mental health but physically as well.

I moved on to an apprenticeship which was perfect for me, it gave me a chance to tackle my anxiety without the pressure that I had to resolve my issues in a set time and within a few months I was pretty much back on my feet. However I couldn't complete my apprenticeship due to a devastating loss in the family which threw me backwards when it came to my anxiety and obviously generally chucked my life up in the air.

So when I was first confronted with this idea of a reunion I was terrified. All my friends have been off doing brilliant courses and doing amazing things, checking off every life event box on the way so I was left feeling like I was behind and it felt a bit like I hadn't accomplished anything.

Then I thought about it more calmly.

I realised that although this has been one of the most difficult times of my life over coming that is achievement enough for me. Getting to the point where I feel like I could go back to working and not have a mental breakdown is such a huge deal to me even if it doesn't mean much to other people.

I haven't spent this time doing nothing, I've been educating myself, learning all these incredible things and am finally starting to figure out what I want to do. This is my point. When we compare ourselves to other peoples accomplishments it is easy to make our own seem insignificant when really they are just as incredible. It's ok to go at your own pace, to take the time you need to achieve your goals. It's taken me 18 years to realise that life isn't a race.

We don't need to live in fear of keeping up with everybody else in our lives, our lives will move at their own speed with setbacks thrown in occasionally, but that is ok. As long as you keep trying it doesn't matter if checking off those life event boxes takes you longer then everybody else. Your twisting, turning, epic journey through life will be completely unique to you. So don't worry yourself with what other people are doing.

Do you guys ever feel this way? Let me know your thoughts and I hope you're all having an amazing day. (: x 

Autumn/Winter Playlist

As the weather changes my taste in music changes as well, I can't relax properly without the right music to set the mood. These songs are tucked away in my 'Lazy Days' playlist and always help me enjoy curling up by the fire on those chilly Autumn evenings.

  • Matthew and the Atlas - Out of the Darkness

  • Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson

  • Sky - Joshua Radin

  • I'd Rather Be With You - Joshua Radin

  • Come Away With Me - Norah Jones

  • Be OK - Ingrid Michaelson

  • Samson - Regina Spektor

  • Eet - Regina Spektor

What are your favourite songs for this time of year? (: x

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Difference Between Dreaming & Doing

There are so many motivational speeches out there about how it's important to have dreams. Which is true, all these posters about 'dreaming big' and 'you can achieve anything if you just believe' are completely true. However I think people have a tendency to dream their hearts out, they write about their dreams, stare at the sky and talk wistfully to their friends about things they wish they could do. . .but never start doing. (I have been so incredibly guilty of this.)

But if you think about it the really successful people in the world didn't just sit there and dream, they went out and did things. They took the long and tortuously uninteresting steps they needed to take. That's the important thing. It's important to have dreams - to aim as high as you want to in life. However I think a lot of us get wrapped up in the dreaming about how wonderful it will be and the planning of it all but never actually do anything about getting to that point. One-day we all need to stop imagining and start doing. Even if that means we spend years slaving away, failing to quite reach it, those are the steps you have to take if you want to stop imagining and start actually living your dream.

When my house is finished this is the motivational quote I plan to have in my room:

Because that's the whole point of dreams, they give you something to strive for - but dreams don't come true just because you dream them.

What are your dreams? Do you suffer from the same thing I do of lots of dreaming but not much doing? I hope you're all having a wonderful day (: x

Friday, 24 October 2014

My Amazing Dad

I honestly never believed I would talk about this in here but for some reason I feel the need to talk about it and this seems like the best place.

On the 8th of July this year my dad passed away due to a bleed in his brain. He was taken to hospital 3 days before when I came home and found him after work but it was too late and there was nothing anyone could do, so after being in a coma for 3 days with no hope of helping him we had to let him go. My mum, my sister and I were with him until the very end.

My Dad was an unforgettable character, he taught me to be whoever I wanted no matter who said it was impossible or told me to grow up. He was my inspiration and I will never stop being grateful for all the love and affection he gave me. I try to be strong like he was and go on living like he would have wanted but it still hurts everyday that he isn't with me.

What you are about to read is a poem I wrote a few days after he died to try and express some of my feelings. 

Dear Beardy Man,
You were the knight in shining armour,
Who didn't need to check under the bed because monsters flee from the sound of your voice.
You were the hand, outstretched,
guiding me through any fear or darkness,
You were the warmth of a hug that brightened my tear stained cheeks,
as I listened to the sound of your voice you were everything. I need you.
Dear Beardy Man,
You were hope, hope at the end of the day
after tears had drained my dreams away you were strength and fire and light.
You were the song that played on repeat,
in my head your voice, your words clung to me. I miss you.
Dear Beardy Man,
If I could turn back time,
I would relive the day you taught me I could be whoever I wanted to be
the night we stayed up eating chocolate because I was too scared to sleep.
If I could turn back time I would go back to the day I was mad at you,
because you didn’t pick me up from work and I got home late.
Too late.
Too late to save you. I’m sorry.
Dear Beardy Man,
I don’t hear that beat, that song anymore.
All I hear is monsters crawling under my bed
now they know the fire is gone.
My fear is blinding with no hand outstretched and I feel no hope for the end of the day.
Dear Beardy Man I need you.
Dear Beardy Man I miss you.
Dear Beardy Man I’m sorry.
Dear Beardy Man I love you.

A Reminder of How Wonderful You Are

Hey guys, this is just a reminder of how incredibly brilliant you are. You probably aren't thinking about yourself much right now because the world is a busy place and the human mind is always full of other stuff. So I'm here to let you know that you are amazing!

You are beautiful all the time - even at 6am in your pyjamas and with bed head you are beautiful, anyone would be lucky to have you in their life. Not that it really matters because you're strong and independent which is amazing, seriously.

You are ridiculously smart - Not just academically but about the world to. You're creative.

I wish we were friends because you are literally the sweetest person - You make everyone who meets you smile and feel warm inside I'm not kidding. Plus you are hilarious, whilst being charming which is so unfair I wish I was like that.

You are simply amazing and you should always remember to compliment yourself.

What ever you are going through, what ever you are struggling with (because we all have something) I know you're going to get through it because you're incredibly strong and because everything I just said is 100% true.

However you will probably forget about your amazing-ness because life is hard and likes to fill our minds with irrelevant stuff so just remember that this post and I will always be here to remind you of just how wonderful you really are. So here's a hug...

Now go show the world how awesome you are! x

Thursday, 23 October 2014

My Pick Me Up Playlist

We all have those songs that instantly cheer us up & I thought I would share with you some of the songs that I listen to when I'm feeling really crappy. These songs always put me in a better mood & some of them are incredibly cheesy but sometimes that's just what you need.

  • She's So Lovely - Scouting For Girls I know it's been years since this came out but it's the best song for getting me psyched up to actually get ready for going out.

  • Last Friday Night - Katy Perry Every time I hear this song I think of the hilarious video and I can't help but start laughing.

  • Mr Mistoffelees - Cats (the musical) I am a musical addict! I saw this show when I was little in London and this song has been my favourite in the entire show for years because it's so incredibly awesome! Then again everything about this show is amazing!

  • Everybody - Ingrid Michaelson It's just such a lovely song...seriously it's just adorable.

  • Mr Blue Sky - The Electric Light Orchestra This song makes me sad and happy at the same time because it has a lot of back story for me. It's a song that my Dad always loved and we always used to listen to and sing along with whenever we had a long car journey. So whenever I listen to it I'm reminded of him and those amazing times we had together.

Let me know what your favourite pick me up songs are, or maybe recommend some because as far as I'm concerned your collection of instant cheer up music can never be too big. :) x

Ridiculous Standards of Beauty

I know I'm not the only one who is sick of feeling constantly pressured to stay thin so I can be considered 'beautiful'. We are bombarded with diet plans and images of thin women who look amazing all with the message that we will be more attractive if we lose that few pounds...

What people forget is that as well as photo retouching and clever camera angles these women probably have fast metabolisms and small frames anyway, so trying to emulate them by cutting out foods is just not going to work.

Now I know what a lot of you are going to be thinking:

'Remember the days when Marilyn Monroe was the most beautiful woman in the world?!'

'Yeah! Real women have curves!'

Sorry guys but that's not where I'm going with this...

As far as I'm concerned that's just a different beauty standard which is just as unrealistic as being really thin with zero effort. When people say these things what I hear is:

"Yeah the modern beauty standard is stupid and degrading...lets have this one instead."

Here's a novel idea, how about we don't have any beauty standard at all? What we need to remember is that what people consider 'beautiful' comes down to 100% opinion. So trying to divide people up into these categories that define them as beautiful or ugly is ridiculous. Everyone has something beautiful about them. Absolutely everybody.

We are trained to focus on the things about ourselves that we don't like, most of the time so we can buy things that we don't need. What I'm suggesting is that when you look in the mirror you try and focus on the things you love about yourself. Don't worry about what other people will like about yourself, they really aren't that important.

You can do whatever you want to your appearance, gain weight, lose weight, dye your hair, don't dye your hair. wear loads of make up, wear no make up, wear boys clothes, wear dresses etc. as long as it doesn't harm you and is done for yourself. It doesn't matter what other people say, their opinion doesn't define you.

So lets just throw out these unattainable beauty standards and just say everyone is beautiful, because honestly everybody is, we just need to learn to embrace it!

Let me know how you guys feel in the comments :) x 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Am I a Good Person?

Please excuse the purple hair (old photo)

This is a question people seem to ask a lot, 'do you think you're a good person?' and at first I would say yes because I always try to do good things, help other people and do all the things that seem to sum up an inherently good person. However this question has a lot of different parts to it.

How do you define a good person?

Obviously at first you think about the basic things such as, they're kind to others, always try to help others and generally just be good. So what about mistakes, everyone makes mistakes or doesn't think something through well enough and does a bad thing. Does that make them a bad person? We tend to learn more as we grow older and to do that we have to learn from our mistakes so does that mean when we are younger we are bad people? This brings me to my second point:

Are we the same people we were when we were younger?

Personally I would say no. My experiences have changed me bit by bit forming a new person from the old one, when I look back at my younger self I don't recognise many traits at all. We are forever changing and evolving as we learn from our mistakes and general life experience until we become completely new people. It's slow enough that you may not notice it but lets be honest when we look back at old photos of ourselves or talk about things we did years ago am I the only person who feels a certain amount of detachment?

My point is that we both have good and bad inside of us and I feel that splitting the majority of people into the categories of good and bad is skipping over some of the complexities that make being human so incredibly interesting. 

Let me know what you guys think in the comments below :) x

Monday, 20 October 2014


I share a lot of my thoughts on this blog so I decided this would be a good place to share what a complete weirdo I am...please forgive me...

1) When I was little I used to talk to the poppies in my Nan's garden and thought they were my closest friends, apparently when I talked about them they all had vividly different personalities.

2) When I first dyed my hair blue and it was really bright a little girl  who was about 7 asked me how it got that colour, without thinking I told her it was because I stole a mermaids soul...I have no idea why I did that, there is now a little girl in the world who thinks I steal the souls of mermaids. I have never felt more guilty about anything in my life.

3) I used to tell people that when I grew up I wanted to be an angel.

4) Babies hands freak me out and I used to be unable to hold a baby because of their scarily tiny hands.

5) I talk to my dog like he is a human and often ask him how his day has been, but he hasn't replied yet so I'm obviously not completely mad.

6) I often feel tired enough for bed by about 8.30pm but never actually go to bed before midnight.

7) My uncle once jokingly told me babysitters sat on babies, I believed him for a good 3 years despite the fact that a babysitter never once sat on me.

8) I believed in Father Christmas until I was 13.

9) Once someone was trying to force me to eat watermelon (I hate watermelon) when they wouldn't shut up about it I panicked and said I was allergic.

10) If given a choice out of any music to listen to I will pretty much always pick Disney music.

I think that's enough for one day, share your confessions in the comments below! :) x

Self Portrayal on the Internet

About a week ago now I did a little experiment on tumblr. I was curious about how easy it is to portray yourself as something different on the internet, to make your life seem more exciting or completely different to how it really is merely by slicing bits out or overplaying certain aspects. I think one of the most amazing things about social media is that you can be whoever you want to be and certainly in my case I'm a lot more confident when it comes to talking about things if it's on tumblr or on this blog, but I wanted to see if I could show a completely true version of myself.

To do this I uploaded nothing but pictures without any captions or editing, it was a completely honest representation of an average day for me.

Here are some of the pictures I took:

Morning face with leftover make up from the night before. (Bad Amber)

Tea for everyone!

Packing my bed away before builders arrive!

Dog walking in the sunshine!

Time to write!


 Shopping time!

Relaxing for a bit. 

I love this meerkat!


Evening snuggles.

We have no heating at the moment so this fire is a godsend!

Next mornings sunrise!

That was it. A completely average day in my life. It really drew my attention to how I seem online compared to my everyday life. I think it's amazing that we have a place to express all of our opinions
and be whoever we want to be but I think it's nice occasionally to show a completely unedited version of my life which is wonderful but not as interesting as my online persona may show it to be.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

My Problem With Disney Princesses

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE DISNEY. However I have vivid memories of dreaming of being like these classic Disney Princesses and go on amazing adventures while singing about everything as I searched for the love of my life. The problem was I didn't and still don't look like this:

Or this:

Or this:

These women were my idols as a kid but as amazing as their stories are they don't really give realistic advice when it comes to future issues like the classic one of finding love. They loved someone almost instantly, it was eyes meeting, a pretty duet and a marriage proposal. As a child I thought that was how love worked. Obviously I was wrong as y boyfriend and I did not introduce ourselves by bursting in to a heart felt duet about true love. [Insert sobbing noise here.]

I just wished I had been witness to some more realistic stories of what to expect from a relationship.

Also not a single Disney princess has any unwanted fat or flaw, how do these sixteen year old girls never get spots? The only people with some decent curves are villains for example:

I love Ursula! I think she's badass! But when I was a kid she was evil, everything about her the way she looked, the way she talked I equated it with evil.

This is the power these films hold over young children. They are determined to be like a Disney princess and they believe that to find love they need to be as flawless as the people they worship. I dream of a princess with spots and a bit of chub. A princess who could easily be a real person.

The way the media portrays beauty is another topic completely but it starts at the very first image of beauty a child sees...We need to teach young people to embrace themselves as they are and the only way to do that is to show them realistic images from the very beginning.

We drill into 15 year old girls and boys that no matter what they look like, big or small, spots or no spots they are beautiful but why don't we start teaching them that from when they're at their most impressionable?

Does anyone else share my opinion? Let me know in the comments! :)

Friday, 17 October 2014

If I Could Talk To 14 Year Old Me

I think we've all thought about this at some point, what would we say to our younger selves? What advice would you give? Here are some of the things I would say:

You look fine: Of course you don't look like the girls in the magazines they're older then you and airbrushed beyond belief. That isn't what they look like either.

Your parents don't hate you: They love you, they're protecting you and really do know more about the world...they've been on it longer...basic logic there.

The bullies are not better then you: They're the only ones saying they are but trust me I've seen how they turn out don't try to be like them.

Stop trying to change yourself: You are not weird, you do not need to change who you are.

Do your god damn homework: Seriously, I know it sucks but just do it.

No matter what anyone says, you can be whoever you want to be. Don't let it take four more years to figure that out, don't let people drag you down. You really can be whoever and whatever you want, just take the leap.

So that is what I would say if I could meet 14 year old me, what would you say?

How Waking Up Earlier Has Helped Me

Since we've been having work done on the house the builders have been in at 8am which means everyone has to be out of bed by 7am to feed the dogs and make sure things are out of the way.

At first this was hell for me, I am not normally an early riser mornings make me stressy and irritable. However now I've adjusted to this new schedule I've found myself being so much more productive because lets be honest you can do a lot more during daylight.

So I'm up at 7, I roll out of my camp bed. (I will have a real bed when the work is over) Help feed the dogs, have breakfast and a speedy shower. By 8am I'm ready to face the day.

That leaves me with all this time to write, draw, walk the dogs, read, chat with the builders and help mum out with all the daily chores. It's amazing having all this time on my hands plus now I'm fully adjusted to the earlier start I feel great in the mornings.

It also means that I'm actually eating three meals a day which is amazingly rare for me!

(I feel I should also point out that none of this is being run by coffee)

Are you a morning or night person? :)

Thursday, 16 October 2014


Whoa intense post. Well more of a rant really, I do apologise.

So I've suffered with anxiety since I was about twelve and it means that sometimes things that seem really mundane are actually really terrifying for me. For example: When I'm out for the night at a busy pub or something like that I am too freaked out to go to the toilets on my own because I worry that I'll loose the group of people I'm with in the crowds. Yes it's childish but it's a genuine fear that I have like someone who is afraid of spiders. Yet when someone far older and 'maturer' then me says they're afraid of spiders so could you take your spider out of the room it's met with understanding. If people find out that I'm freaked out by going places on my own they tell me I need to be more independent. It isn't about lack of independence.

When people hear the term anxiety they tend to think of panic attacks, which are a part of it but it's actually only a very small part of it for some people. There are a million other aspects like my earlier example, or just feeling horrifically anxious for no reason, or feeling like locking yourself in a room because you're worried the world will crush you.

There is a difference between anxiety and feeling nervous.

I hear all the time that if I just stopped being so nervous about things then it would all get better but that's like telling someone who's crying to just stop it and be happy. Being nervous isn't the same as having anxiety and when people say they know how I feel because they're a really nervous person I just want to scream because that isn't how it works. I know that people are trying to be understanding and grasp the concept but there is a big difference between being a bit nervous and struggling with anxiety.

I have been told off more times then I can count because sometimes I feel more anxious then normal and people tell me I'm not trying hard enough. Which is silly. Of course I'm trying I haven't just given up that would be ridiculous.

My point is if you're reading this please try and understand that people with anxiety sometimes get bad moments or days or longer periods of time for absolutely no reason at all, even if they're trying so please be understanding. Also if you suffer from anxiety or any other mental condition remember that you aren't alone and no matter what anyone tells you you're incredibly strong and can get through it.

Sorry rant over I promise tomorrow will be a cheerier post...pinky swear! :)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

My Realistic Bucket List

So I think we've probably all thought about things we would like to do in our lives and probably made a bucket list at some point. Well I know I have, in fact I've made many because there seems to be a genetic love of lists in my family. However in a recent splurge of boredom I decided to make a realistic bucket list and actually think about how I would achieve it. (Because I'm cool like that.) She here it is, my realistic and hopefully achievable bucket list.

  • Write a book - I don't even particularly want to have a book published, I just want to write one and maybe share it with close friends and family because I've always loved to write. (Hence the blog full of ramblings you're looking at right now.

  • Travel around America - I've always wanted to go on a road trip around America and visit all the different states to see all the different historical places. Plus I just want to experience what it's like in America.

  • Live in Scotland - Ever since I was little I've adored Scotland, my grandparents live there so I've always visited lots but I feel like it would be amazing to live there for a while. Specifically I want to live on the Isle of Arran because look at these views:

Not the sunniest of places but still pretty damn beautiful.

  • Take a photography course - I'm not sure why I've always wanted to do this I just feel like it would probably be really interesting to learn about.

  • Start a youtube channel - Not for lots of people to watch but just as another way to express my thoughts. This is more of a confidence issue then anything else, I find sitting at my screen typing my words a lot safer then recording them.

Do you have a bucket list? If so let me know what's on yours! :) 

Monday, 13 October 2014

A Review of the Week

  1. The Bare Face Challenge - Last week I went without make up for seven days and I can honestly say it has done wonders for my skin. The spots I had have cleared up and I didn't feel uncomfortable going out make up-less once. It's definitely made me more confident about my natural face.
  2. The Battle of Hastings - On Saturday I went to see the battle of Hastings re-enactment which was awesome. I used to re-enact when I was younger but it was really interesting to see it as a member of public. The stalls were amazing and I bought some gorgeous fabric which I'll be making things with later (and doing a post on). The battle was epic and I am in awe of the people who do it because it looks terrifying.
  3. Toy Dinosaurs - So when it comes to dinosaurs I am a massive child and this week saw two new additions to my little collection of dinosaur things...
  The big one is called David and was a gift from a friend and the little one named Charlotte Brontosaurus was a gift from my boyfriend. 

4. Writing - I didn't do as much writing as I'd have liked this week both on and off my blog. This week I'll hopefully get more done.

How was everyone else's week?

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Getting Crafty

So Mum decided she wanted some extra decoration in the kitchen using Stencils to brighten up the place. We found a brilliant website that sells reusable stencils in beautiful flower and vine designs where the options were endless. We settled on a border of morning glory flowers for the back of the counters and a dangling vine one for around the back door.

They arrived in the post yesterday and today I've been testing out the border on a spare bit of painted wood we had lying around for no good reason.

In progress: I did half the stencil at first to practice joining up ends

The completed first attempt.

This was really fun to do as well as being really simple. Using the roller took some getting used to but I cannot wait to do this on the kitchen wall! I think adding things like this to your home make it that bit more personal and really brightens up a room. Plus I love that I'll be able to look at it and think 'I did that.'

3 Large Dogs & Me

A very big part of my life is the three beautiful family dogs who I can honestly say are my best buddies. We adopted them all from rescue at different times and they all have their issues but they are all very loving towards us and incredibly comforting to have around.

I've always loved big dogs, ever since I was a little girl. I just find them so comforting to have around, especially on a cold autumn evening curled up with a blanket, a hot chocolate and three balls of warmth. . .

Does anyone else have love for big dogs? Let me know :)

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Bare Face Challenge

This week I have decided to set myself a bit of a challenge. I'm a firm believer that every-bodies skin needs a bit of a break from make-up sometimes so for 7 days (starting yesterday) no matter where I'm going or what I'm doing I will wear absolutely no make up. I know this sounds a bit silly but I've always found it's way too easy to become reliant on wearing make up, there is nothing wrong with wearing make up, I love it. It's fun to experiment with and try out different looks but that's how I want it to stay, fun! I don't want it to become a chore, or something I feel like I have to do.

I'll be keeping on track with my usual skincare routine and I think it'll be interesting to see whether or not my skin improves at all. Plus you never know it could turn into a longer period of time!

So here goes. . .here I am bare faced, in my pyjamas and half asleep. . .wooo!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Growing Out a Pixie Cut Gracefully

At the beginning of this year I had hair down to my waist, then I suddenly decided to cut it all off to look like this:

I kept it like this for a while but now I'm missing having lots of hair to play with so have decided to grow it out. I've been indecisive about this for a while because it means I'm now at the beginning of the dreaded awkward stage:

It doesn't look like a lot of growth but it's starting to grow over my ears and the layers are getting to irritating lengths so I've been doing endless Google-ing into how to get through the awkward stages without looking a mess.

Here's what I've been doing to keep my hair under control. . .

Keep it healthy: Hair masks and good quality conditioners are most definitely your friend. The healthier and stronger your hair is the better it will grow.

Use hair accessories: Hair bands, flowery hairpins, anything that appeals to you. Just because you don't have much of it doesn't mean your hair can't be filled with pretty things too! (They also help in holding down any awkward bits that now stick out in the wrong direction)

I enjoy making my own flower hair grips out of scraps of fabric that I then embroider, that way I have something completely unique but there are endless options out there.

Keep the back trimmed: Avoid the dreaded mullet by keeping the back trimmed so the length can even out. Also make sure to get split ends cut off so your hair stays nice and silkily!

Use Product to keep it controlled: I use G2B Powderful which is normally used for adding volume but also gives a really lightweight hold. You literally need a pinch of it as a little goes a really long way and it stays in all day. It's a bit odd to get used to but I find it so much nicer then hairspray or wax.

If anyone else has any interesting tips on how to grow your hair gracefully then please share in the comments! xx

Bedroom Design Dreams

As you know I'm currently in the midst of a complete house rewire and redecoration so things are a little bit crazy at the moment. However despite the lack of furniture, radiators or electricity at some points I'm staying cheery by searching for some special little extras to make my bedroom feel that little bit more personal. . .

I think this table lamp is adorable but that may just be because it matches my favourite mug.
(Dunelm Mill)

These make me chuckle every time. . .

I love that these aren't lined up perfectly and I want to fill my room with family photos
(Dunelm Mill)

I love the natural colours of these, plus the simplicity of the design is beautiful.

These are just a few ideas I've had for little touches, I'm sure I'll change my mind a thousand times before I actually buy anything.

What would you have in your dream room?