2014 was a tough year, but I know now what I am grateful for most in life; My amazing and super crazy family, my gorgeous and equally as crazy friends and all of the wonderful moments that we share.
24 Nov 2014
I woke up to a tidy bedroom after a terrible nights sleep and a nightmare about ghosts of the past and blueberry ice-cream. After an acceptable recovery period of around 10 minutes, I checked my phone to find seven messages from my best friend about a man who took up two seats on the train and smelt of stale cigarettes. She know how to entertain and after a giggle I rolled out of bed to face the day. I had a bath and dried my hair before choosing an outfit.
I opted for my H&M velvet and sheer skater dress with a black belt and earring from New Look.
After a quick breakfast, I headed to my car and took to the Gower. I drove through common land filled with sheep, cows and wild horses and sang my heart out to the most awful songs on my iPod. I stopped at Oxwich bay and sat on the beach to make lists and breathe in sea air. Nothing calms me down quite like the seaside.
I returned home with a pocketful of beach stones and sea glass, shortly after an overexcited dog introduced himself to me. He jumped all over my writing and my dress and somehow ended up in my bag at one point. A warm greeting, but my bag is now full of sand.
26 Oct 2014
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.
(images from Pinterest)
9 Oct 2014
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
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?
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!