Saturday, 19 April 2014

129. Let's make this happen

Blouse: Cameo Rose  //  Jumper: Vintage  //  Jeans, Sunglasses, Rucksack & Shoes: New Look

Hey loves,

I sort of threw this outfit on yesterday, experimenting slightly, and I really liked the outcome so I thought I would take some outfit photos (something which I haven't done in a long time!) and share it with you. I have always been a fan of collars poking out from underneath vintage jumpers, even looking back on baby photos I apparently rocked it, and that certainly has not changed. I especially love this combo using my short-sleeved lilac jumper as I think the white from the collar brings out the white within the embellished flowers on the jumper and just adds a bit of interest. At first I wasn't sure on the jeans with the top half as they're patterned, but again it brings out the white pattern and just sort After that it was a case of accessorizing with monochrome pieces like my sunglasses and bag and these gorgeous little heels from New Look which I cannot stop wearing recently!

I hope you are all having a lovely Easter weekend! Enjoy lots of chocolate and treats, the healthy eating can start on Tuesday ;)

Speak to you soon sweets,

Friday, 18 April 2014

New Look, Topshop & UO Haul & Gifts!

Hello my lovelies,

Yesterday I filmed a little haul video as it has been ages since I did one so I thought I would update you on what I have been buying and also a few little presents I have received from my New Look buddies and Jack's Mum :) I hope you enjoy the video! I have added in a couple of photos at the end of this post of my wine glass as I forgot to add in a little film clip so that you can see the writing that is engraved onto the glass :)


Speak to you tomorrow when I have an outfit post!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Braces Update - Second Tightening

Hello my loves,

Yesterday I had my braces tightened for the second time and as promised I filmed another video update for you. Can you believe I have had them on for two months already?! It's crazy how much the time has flown and how much my teeth have moved already!! Even my dentist was pleasantly surprised at how well they have moved already so that made me happy :)

My dentist changed both wires (top and bottom) again like he did last time, however I think he said something about putting on a stronger wire, whatever that means?! I'm assuming it works harder to move my teeth but I could be completely wrong so don't quote me on that! Anyway, I mention in my video that I wasn't experiencing any pain yet, however 1 day on and my teeth are a little tender. No achey pain luckily, just a little pain when eating more solid foods, and after eating too. Apart from that all is well and I am extremely pleased with my progress. I'll have straight teeth before you know it!!

Speak soon lovelies,

Monday, 7 April 2014

Life Update & Future Plans

Hello my lovelies,

I did a little 'Life Update' video which went live on my YouTube channel yesterday so I thought I would write a little post to go along side it and talk about some of the points I missed out in the video. I sort of see this video as a little stepping stone back into the blogging world to give you a little bit of background as to where I have been and my plans for the future. For some reason I sort of like to 'set the scene' if you will for my readers, after all this is a fashion and lifestyle blog!

Now I know I did a little 'Life Update' blog post not so long ago but 1. I didn't do a video to go with it so it was all pretty much kept under wraps still and 2. A lot has changed since that blog post believe it or not! So basically if you have watched the video before reading this you will get a jist on what has been going on in my life and how it has affected my motivation to blog and create videos etc. Some of the things I forgot to mention were just small things like not all New Look workers work night shifts. As far as I am aware at the moment it is just New Look Southampton Visual Merchandising team. We work 2 nights and 3 days a week so it is very tiring and stressful and it's hard for your body to keep up with the late finishes and early starts, plus we rarely get out on time which is also very annoying!! Haha! And another point I didn't really mention was the fact that I am looking for a new job because Monday-Friday day shifts would be much better suited to support my family with helping around the house etc whilst keeping a happy medium of spending time with them. Lastly, I would never usually leave a job before finding another one first but I was just so unhappy, completely not myself and I was unhealthy and lost some weight, probably due to the early days of having braces alongside the stress, but overall I just wasn't myself and I hated it.

I think that is possibly everything I didn't cover. This is in no way a cry for attention or sympathy, I have amazing friends and a loving boyfriend who have supported me through out and kept me going, not to mention the most positive, inspiring and brave family that I am so proud to be a part of :)

So here's to more blog posts and video's and getting back on that blogging band-wagon! Oh and a nudge in the right direction for my future business too :)

Speak to you soon lovelies,

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Diversity In Fashion Catwalk

Hey beauts,

On Saturday I was very kindly invited to sit front row at my lovely friend, and work colleague's, university fashion show. Pasha, who also blogs over at 'It's Fashion o'clock', put on an amazing, diverse fashion show for her final university project. She didn't just do the ordinary, she thought outside of the box and put on an amazing catwalk show involving all kinds of different models to show diversity which I thought was a really lovely and unique idea. The show was also in aid of raising money for 'Young Minds' and in memory of her friend Stevie who sadly passed away earlier this year.

The show consisted of this Spring's trends such as tropical, dark florals, whites and pastels. All clothing was kindly lent to Pasha from various companies around Southampton including New Look, River Island, Matalan and more. Pasha organised and put on this show all by herself! She rounded up a team to help her and arranged everything from the venue to the models to the outfits, and it was all worth it as it turned out to be a really great show, well done Pasha!! :D

Not only did I want to share this with you as it was such a great show and for a really good cause, but also because despite not knowing Pasha for very long she is one top gal! We work together most days and have such a laugh together and it's just so nice to interact with another blogger in person!! As strange as that sounds there aren't many bloggers in our area (or if there are, show yourselves!!) so it's really lovely to be able to talk to someone who holds the same interest and passion as you do. If you haven't heard of Pasha's blog, 'It's Fashion o'clock', before then head on over and give her a huge well done on her show as she did amazing!! 

Speak to you soon lovelies,

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

128. The Simple Life

Sunglasses, Jeans & Jelly Shoes: New Look  //  Jumper: Zara  //  Socks: Peacocks Kids

Hello my lovelies,

As I mentioned in my previous post (a little while ago now) I have had a lot on my mind, some rather sad news had come my way in more ways than one and it has been a tough couple of months. However I have still been reading blogs and keeping myself busy and today I thought I would re-enter the blogging world as I feel much happier than I was before. The main upsetting news I had is on-going, and will be for a while, and another bit of stress in my life is coming to an end so I am finally feeling a lot better and getting back on track with who I am and where I want to be in life.

I have to say, despite missing taking photos of things that I have been loving, I have had a really lovely, peaceful time away from blogging to really appreciate the smaller things in life. But, having said that, I just can’t stay away! I had a lovely little afternoon pic-nic a couple of weeks ago with my favourite twins Jack (my boyfriend) and Rob, and of course my gorgeous dog, who really cheered me up! We bought some bits and bobs from the shop and drove down to our local park which sits right on the beach and stuffed our faces whilst throwing sticks for my dog, Josh (such a human name, I know!). It was strange because despite wearing a really simple outfit I just felt like taking photos and realised just how much I have missed taking outfit photos and photos of the things I get up to etc.

All in all I had a really fun day just chilling out and having a laugh and watching the sun go down. It's days like this that make you really appreciate the simple things in life and to remember that even though you may be having a tough time right now, there are always people surrounding you who can cheer you up and take your mind off things, even if it's only for an afternoon :)

I hope you are all well lovelies, I'm looking forward to getting back into blogging after such a long time away! Speak to you soon,

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Life Update

Hello lovelies,

I think now is a better time than any to do a little life update on where I have been lately. I have said in the past that life has gotten in the way or life is extremely busy and time just fly's so I find it hard to sit down and blog, and that has always been true but no more than it is now. I apologise in advance if this post gets a bit rambly and hard to read, I am literally just going to write down what I am feeling and what has been going on in a matter of words and I already know that this post will be extremely hard to write. 

Since around October/November time my life sort of turned around and got a lot harder. I decided to take my life into my own hands, be selfish and pretty much cut the crap. In a way my eyes were opened and I realised a few home truths about my surroundings and the people that were in my life. It was extremely hard, I still get emotional about it all now, but for once I had done something for myself to make myself happy rather than always putting other people first, and I know deep down that I made the right decision. After all, it took me long enough to realise. Around this time my Dad was going through a tough time too which let to numerous blood tests etc and last month we found out some pretty devastating news. The kind of news where you wake up the next day and think 'did I just dream that?' until you find your bearings again and face the fact that it is in fact all real. This means that for the next 6 months, at least, things are going to get even harder until we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

This news has hit me hard and it has certainly effected my personality, my health and even just my presence. I'm sure we've probably all been in a situation before where we just 'don't feel ourselves', we feel stuck in a rut or daze and don't know how to snap out of it. I sort of feel like I'm just here waiting for someone to tell me how I can get out of this negative box that I feel like I am living in, and when I try a snap out of it I end up smacking a wall and end up back at square one. Obviously, incase you hadn't guessed, this means I don't feel inspired, motivated or even bothered about updating my blog, which is really bad and I resent myself for feeling this way but I just can't help it. I am still on YouTube as I find it easier to film a video, edit and upload than sit and write out a blog post, strangely enough.

What I am trying to say is, I'm still here but I'm not all there which is why I won't be blogging as much as I have previously, and as much as I would like to. Things will get better and we will get through this, my Dad is so strong and positive I honestly don't know how he is doing it. Luckily we have amazing support from friends and family who are keeping us smiling and laughing, keeping us strong. So for anyone who knows me and my Dad and knows the situation, I just what to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wouldn't still be smiling if it wasn't for all of you, you are the one's keeping me strong for my Dad.

Some people may not agree with this post but it is a fashion and lifestyle blog after all and I wanted you guys to know that this isn't it for Silent Sweetheart it might just be a little break, I'm not sure yet.

I hope you are all ok. Speak to you soon loves,