I love this parabell taken from one of my favourite books “Hapiness and how it happens” by The Happy Buddah. For me, the main issue I have with my anxiety is my tendancy to overthink everything. I actually went through a phase of asking everyone else what I should do because I just couldn’t think for myself! How crazy is that?! I have more than just a wondering mind, I get totally lost in my thoughts, going over things that have happened and what would happen if they were different, worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet and probably never will. I found this book so helpful, it teaches you about happiness, which isn’t really a thing.. bear with me! When your happy, you don’t think about it, you just are. When your unhappy, you replay things over in your mind and obsess over whats making you unhappy. So essentially, by learning to clear your mind and ignore your thoughts which are described in the book as “stories”, you can lead a happier and more relaxed life. I’ve found this so helpful, particularly at times when I have been over thinking and stressing myself out to just stop, remember that your mind isn’t you, and notice what your mind is doing. The important thing to remember is to not be angry when you notice your mind being negative, to just notice it and forget it. You can find the brushes I used to make this quote on photoshop here

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Current Favourites

I thought I would do a little post this week about what I’m loving at the moment with some of my current favourites. As a lover of all basics, stripe t shirts are part of my everyday uniform. I picked this one up from Zara whilst I was in Santander, massive tip guys – Zara is always cheaper in Spain ( this was 12 euros) so it’s the perfect excuse for some holiday shopping! I’ve had these jeans for ages, they’re good old primark and I’ve personalised them with some sandpaper and scissors! I love ripped jeans at the moment so Primark’s perfect because they’re so cheap, let’s face it your not going to take a pair of scissors to your Tophop Jamies! Check out A Pair and a Spare’s DIY blog for a step by step guide on DIY distressing denim. I love finishing off a girly/summery look with some black ankle boots and chunky accessories to give it a little edge. These H&M suede boots have served me well over the past few months and are still going strong! Top: Zara | Jeans : Primark| Boots: H&M | Bag: Brown & Berry | Ring: JJDR | Bracelet: JJDR | Sunglasses: Old

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Triangl

  So this week I decided to give up waiting for sunshine in the UK ( when I’m not at work – typical!) and waiting for my holiday in August ( too far away) and do a post on my new Triangl bikini. I arrived home from my trip to Spain to this beautiful piece of perfect swimwear! If you don’t know about Triangl already there’s honestly no hope for you.. where have you been? Colourful, neoprene and oh so stylish it’s the ultimate swimwear brand, be seen in one of these poolside and you’ll earn serious style kudos! Not only was I lucky enough to be gifted one of these beauties, but I got to choose my favourite style. After spending far longer than I’d like to admit deliberating over a style I decided to go for the new range of crochet bikinis. Crochet and neoprene.. do they go your thinking? It does sound strange I’ll admit, but honestly it works! I chose this shape because I always find it more flattering for my shape and the snug fit of this is perfect, ride any water slide and this baby’s not moving an inch. Because I had to shoot this inside due to the good old english summer, I decided to spruce up the borders with somewhere I’d rather be – the beach. I’ve styled it out with another of my charity shop finds, a cream embroidered kimono, my favourite sunglasses and did I mention you get this co-ordinating neoprene beach bag with each bikini? You can get my bikini here Follow me on Bloglovin

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STALF Studio

So this week I had the pleasure of being invited to visit the STALF studio to see what goes on behind the scenes of a clothing brand, and find out more about the brand. Paris is the one woman band running STALF from her Lincolnshire studio with her trusty seamstress at her side. I love the concept of the brand that it’s all made from scratch in Britain, right from the designing stages to the creating of the fabric to production. There’s only one batch of each style so once it’s gone it’s gone, I always think when somethings limited edition it makes it that bit more special, particularly if you know who made it ( see above!). STALF clothes are made with free sizing ( between a 6 -14 depending on the fit) and are perfect for people like me who prefer clothes on the looser side. Can we just take a minute to appreciate how beautiful her studio is? Converted from an old butchers this is a truly pinterest worthy! I’m obsessed with this tile counter! Visit the STALF website here for your own hand made pieces!

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DIY Gladiators

I thought I’d try my hand at some DIY gladiators this week. I’m a huge fan (as you already know) of the gladiator sandal trend, and as I got a pair of ankle sandals for my birthday I’ve had a go at upgrading them. The pair I already own are the gladiator style but I guess you could try this with any style if you already had a pair in mind! (Mine are from Topshop). So this idea came to me one day, (a light bulb moment if you will) I’d been looking for a nice (cheap) pair of long gladiators which don’t seem to exist! And suddenly thought, what if I could just get some longer laces? So off I went on an ebay search to find some matching laces, I have to admit 90cm sounds a lot longer than what turned up, so I decided to add them on top of the existing laces. I really like it, I thought it might look weird as the shoe stops at the ankle but I’m happy with how they turned out and I’m now on the hunt for some SUPER LONG laces, next time I’m going knee high! I always think the footwear and accessories are what makes an outfit, so I’ve kept it simple with my favourite denim skirt, my Brown and Berry bag and this beautiful crop I got from STALF Studios yesterday, I’m already in love. Top: STALF | Skirt: Primark ( Find similar styles here) | Bag: Brown and Berry | Sandals: Topshop | Laces: Ebay | Bracelet and Ring: JJDR

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