Sunday, 31 July 2016

My Favourite Quotes & Why






"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

One of the reasons for me liking this particular quote is because it was the first one I was introduced to, by my Dad, when I was quite little. He said that I'd begin to realise this more as I grew up, and I think I have over the years.

"There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing." - Aristotle

I am a "people pleaser." I care far too much about peoples' opinions of me, even when I do not have much respect for them. I think this quote is both motivating and encouraging. It simply means you won't get anywhere without being criticised - and perhaps that is very true.

"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn't understand the assignment, I told them they didn't understand life." - John Lennon

I love this quote, so much so that I wrote it out, added a few flowers and entered it into a photography competition (many moons ago) on this blog.

"If you're sad, add more lipstick and attack." - Coco Chanel 

I remind myself of this when I'm feeling low... Then proceed to applying lots of lipstick and heading out with a smile and my "determined walk," (as named by my friends!)

"If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting until the rest of our lives." - Lemony Snicket 

This one is important, I think we all struggle to pop the bubble named "comfort zone," we spend too much of our time in. I've really realised this Summer that you only live once, and therefore you should never let anything hold you back. (Unless it's death, or puts you in any serious physical or emotional danger... perhaps you can wait for that one a little bit!)

This was something a bit different - what'd you think?
What are you favourite quotes? 

Sunday, 17 July 2016

DIY Party Decorations



In May, I held a party to celebrate both my birthday and the end of exams. Like many, I did not have an infinite budget and therefore headed to Pinterest for some inspiration. This is what I created...












FLOWERS // To make these, I used old tins. I started by washing them in warm, soapy water so the labels would come off and reveal the shiny surface underneath. I then walked around the woods nearby and searched for wild flowers as pictured above. (Don't worry, all flowers that were not in abundance and would be missed were not picked - the pansy is one that had fallen in my Mum's garden!)

PAPER BUNTING // I printed this from Pinterest and was amazed at the quality. You can select your letters and print as many as you choose, all at no expense whatsoever! Click here if you would like to print your own bunting. 

RIBBON BUNTING // I made this by tying bits of old fabric, that my Mum (an avid sewer) did not need anymore, onto string. I tried to colour co-ordinate and decided upon reds, whites and pinks. My favourite scraps were the red gingham and the strawberry print. To pad the fabric out, I used ribbons of different widths to add some variety.

RECORD PLAYER // This was the source of music for the party, a favourite was a Beatles vinyl as most knew at least a few of the songs. (Can't beat the classics like "Yellow Submarine"!) However, if you do not have a record player, simply use any music you'd like! Possibly by amplifying phone music, or using a CD player etc...

BALLOONS // There were balloons EVERYWHERE in my garden, just tie them in all the random places you can find and watch as your surroundings transform into a plethora of party madness!

If you'd like to view my main source of inspiration, here is the Pinterest board I created for the event.

I hope you enjoyed reading and can take some ideas from my creations, how do you like to decorate your house for celebrations?

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Details


I am a firm believer that accessories are just as important as the main outfit. Therefore, I have decided to list a few of my favourites at the moment...

Olivia Burton Watch // I received this for my birthday and still can't get over the fact that I have a watch as beautiful as this. It makes me feel fab when I wear it (which is every day) and I feel proud as punch when somebody asks me what the time is!





Polka-Dot Scrunchie // I wear this on the days when my hair is a bit flat, a bit boring and just in a need of a helping hand. I feel it adds a cutesy touch to an otherwise simple updo.



Flower Necklace // This necklace is so dainty and beautiful, and because it's silver it goes with anything. It's perfect for both the day and night and compliments any outfit perfectly.



Anklet // I got given this from a friend who bought it for me in Spain. I'm going to see how long it lasts me - who reckons I can wear it all Summer?



Frilly Socks // If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. I love how these look with both a pair of converse or suede ankle boots, they're so blooming cute!



Daisy Chain Bracelet // I was so lucky to be given this Pia bracelet from my parents for Christmas. It's elegant and falls loosely on the wrist, so it's lovely for Summer where you don't want anything too tight against the skin.



I hope you enjoyed reading! What are the favourite details you like to add to an outfit?


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

How To Escape




I am sure you are well aware of one of the simple facts of life - it can be stressful. Sometimes, very stressful.
I am lucky to have finished my exams and am trying to enjoy a summer which is as relaxing as possible. However, sometimes the little things get us down and we need a way of escaping the daily chaos of life.

Need a break? Try one of these...

Have a bath
Sometimes all you need is to immerse yourself in hot water and listen to the pop of bath bubbles. If you want to escape pondering over what's on your mind, try watching a favourite film or television program. Just make sure it's a safe distance away from the water!

Read at least one chapter of a fictional book 
I find reading is a truly successful way of escaping thoughts. Pick up a good book and dive into a world which is not this one.

Tidy something
If this seems like the last thing you would want to do in times of stress, skip it! However, I find that organising books or my wardrobe can provide a much needed sense of relief and accomplishment in times of worry.

Go for a walk 
When you're cooped up indoors, you're cooped up in your feelings. Go outside, perhaps take a camera and appreciate the world around you. It'll make a refreshing difference from your bedroom walls, trust me!

Listen to some relaxing music/sound (with headphones to achieve full effect)
Classical
Rain
ASMR** - (This is created by one of my favourite youtubers, I recommend having a rummage around her channel!)

Have a "no internet" rule for a decided amount of time. 
The internet is such a massive part of our lives these days, that sometimes it's best to step back and experience the life our older relatives led at our age!

Have a cup of your favourite-hot-something
This doesn't need much explanation. My favourite is tea - strong with no sugar please!

Do something completely irrelevant to what's on your mind
Some ideas could be to paint your nails, write a story/poem, learn a new song on an instrument (if you play one) draw, paint, play a game on your phone, bake a cake etc...

Brush your hair
The continuous sensation of brushing your hair can cause the muscles in your body to relax, therefore causing your mind to do the same.

Lastly, if escaping your feelings/stress does not seem to work, try writing them down to be rid of them.
Write them down in scrawly paragraphs, neat bullet points or sharp sentences. However you feel most comfortable, writing can be a good method to achieve relief from strong senses of emotion.


** ASMR is Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It is basically supposed to achieve the sensation some people get when their hair is stroked, kind of a fuzzy and warm feeling. Although it doesn't do this for me personally, it certainly relaxes me - I only like certain ones though, similar to the one shared above. The ones I enjoy are basically audio books!