26 Oct 2014

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I feel as though I am ever so slightly losing my marbles of recent.
I have spent so much time pretending that I'm okay when I'm not that I have genuinely made myself more ill than I needed to be;  Tonsillitis struck and he struck hard. However, my hero, Antibiotics, have come to the rescue...all eight tablets a day of them. The positive side of acute tonsillitis? I finally had some actual headspace to start drawing and painting again. The most recent inspiration/fixation being mermaids. The purple haired, flower crowned, unfinished attempt (above) is my favourite mermaid of the batch. 

I would just love to be a mermaid.

Some inspiration;




(images from Pinterest)



9 Oct 2014

Honesty


I have recently learnt the hard way that you should never take for granted the wonderful things that surround you. The past month has been a blur of tears, smiles and realisation. I had not realised how much my family were there for me and had not realised how many true friends I actually had. To all of you, I am forever grateful. I have been forced to look at my life and at myself, and was surprised at what I found.


1. Sometimes, you really do need to remember that you need to look after number one. 
I have a terrible habit of putting everyone else's problems before mine, and in turn end up taking them on as my own, to the extend that I had completely forgotten that I actually needed some TLC! 
Remember, You are just as important! It is definitely still important to help others but you cannot take on more than you can handle for fear of losing yourself.





2. You are a Strong, independent, female human being!!
Own it! Everybody has those days where you feel like the whole world is against you and that everything that is going wrong is impossible to bounce back from. Pick yourself up girly, you got this! It's all about self belief.
Take time out for yourself; do something you love, go somewhere you love, paint, photograph, write, eat, drink - Just enjoy! 




3. Don't underestimate your friends and family.
Whatever it is that you are going through, they have and always will be there for you, just like you are there for them! They have your best interests at heart, they just want you to be happy and will make sure that they help to the best of their ability.
Remember why you surround yourself with these people. They are wonderful to you in every individual way and just like you love them, they love you right back!



Images from weheartit.com

8 Oct 2014

Autumn

All Topshop.

As the seasons change, so does our wardrobe. Autumn is my favourite season of the whole year and this year I am just as excited as ever! Usually I would covert anything burgundy, anything that looks hand-knitted by one of those grannies on the shreddies advert and, of course, the perfect pair of boots in preparation to take me through to the rainy winter that is inevitable seeing as I live in Wales. This year however, I am feeling ever so slightly more adventurous. Previously I have shied away from certain items of clothing because I believed that I was too large to 'pull them off', but lets cut the BS, we are all beautiful so why on earth shouldn't we wear what we like?!! So, in light of my most recent realisations, I am just dying to buy this light pink chenille cropped jumper and textured leopard print mini skirt!! I would wear them together with some burgundy shoe boots and my leather jacket for that extra edge. For a more dressed up evening look, I am very much fancying the digital floral print dress (above) with those very high, very cream, very classic heels. I'd pair them with a smart pastel coloured jacket and a floppy hat for a bit of glamour. I just cannot wait for Autumn this season!!

What are you coveting this Autumn?

Business Wear


This past month has been very busy and has required me to wear smart business wear. However, wearing the same shirt - skirt - blazer combination left me feeling somewhat uninspired. So, what does one do to update her business wear? 

1. Try a smart t-shirt tucked into a pencil skirt to update an otherwise standard business outfit.
A statement necklace will dress the look up.

2. Try a Bandeau dress over a fitted shirt. It fun and playful but smart. Why not jazz it up with a belt and a pair of court shoes.

3. Try a pop of colour! Bright, colourful accessories will update a black smart dress. Match your clutch to your shoes? Be brave!

3 Aug 2014

July

I made a Courting cake for my boyfriend and I's first anniversary.

This July has been a big month.

Firstly: It was me and Sam's first anniversary as a couple! The year has been one of my happiest, filled with beach trips, cake and laughter. So, to celebrate this, I made Sam a courting cake (above) and a scrapbook.

Sam with his scrapbook

Secondly: There has been plenty of drawing and creativity. I can't help but be inspired by everything and i'm never happier than with a pencil in my hand!


Fashion illustrations


Doodles

Thirdly: I am currently half way through the 'Go Wales Graduate Academy' and am completing my work experience at a wonderful design company! I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment so far and have met some wonderful wonderful people!




My Smart Business outfits

All in all, It's been a lovely, if not too busy, month.
I hope you all had a good July!
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8 Jul 2014

Ten Things I Know to be True Right Now

Monsoon Jacket/Topshop Dress

Its been a year since I left university as an English and Creative writing graduate. It has been a year of part time retail work, visual communications, romance, tears and general wondering about where my life is going. I feel it's time to tell the brutal honest truth, for those who have just finished a degree, as I had done last year: It's okay to struggle. After having spent most of a lifetime in education and at the ripe old age of twenty two, I have come to the realisation that I have absolutely no idea what to do with myself. I have a fantastic CV full of voluntary experience, retail experience, bar work, hobbies, goals, aim...blahblah..but what good is that when it seems near impossible of holding down one singular dream? I want to illustrate (Books, Leaflets, Adverts, T-shirts, Fashion features and basically anything and everything that crosses my path). I want to write (Articles in magazines, newspapers, websites). I want to be happy and comfortable, and I would really like to stop paying for everything in five pence pieces. However, what could be more character building than paying for something in small silvers and having a cashier laugh at you? It all makes for good literature, for good illustration. So, I have decided to take charge and stop moping around.  




Inspired by Sarah Kay, one of my favourite spoken word poets, I will write a list of ten things that I know to be true right now.

1. People are not always what they seem
2. Reading is good for the soul
3. Money doesn't make people happy. Money makes people ungrateful.
4. Happiness is the ultimate goal
5. The seaside actually calms you down
6. True Friends and/or Family are important to mental heath
7. Keeping everything inside will only make you bitter
8. The rain isn't always cold
9. Ice-cream doesn't solve anything, but it certainly helps
10. To draw is to see




22 Jun 2014

Cei Newydd







So, where better for a spot of photography than a day trip to New Quay West Wales?!!
I have been going to New Quay in summer since I was a little girl (ice-cream and jellyfish/dolphin spotting), then again as a teenager (wine drinking, running around barefoot, foolery) and now again, as an adult - somewhat. This time was a little more sophisticated, but so much more touristy. We all sat on the grass overlooking the harbour and beach eating ice-cream and giggling at the overexcited puppy that insisted on clambering all over my boyfriend and at my grandma dripping ice-cream down her skirt. After this, my boyfriend and I took a stroll up to the car boot sale, situated in the car park at the very top of New Quay, where I purchased a gemstone charm bracelet for a mere £1.50. We walked past Dylan Thomas' favourite watering hole, an array of flora and fauna and an abundance of very excited, ice-cream covered, bucket and spade carrying children. This was followed by a lunch at The Hotel Penwig, my favourite pub, and a wander down the pier that my best friend and I used to swim from, weaving through the boats on the mooring and back again. All in all, it was a lovely summers day! 

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