I’ve seen a few of these posts going round such as Olivia from What Olivia Did’s Anti Bucket List and I couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon and creating one of my own. After all, 2015 has been a pretty eventful year for me, overcoming huge obstacles and making very difficult life decisions! One thing I learnt from my therapist this year was to try and turn every negative into a positive, so thats exactly what I intend to do, not that the whole years been bad – far from it actually! My 2015 Losing three months I pretty much lost the first three months of my year, I was signed off with stress and anxiety from my job as a Buying Assistant and kind of sleep walked through the weeks without realising how much time I had been mentally absent for. I guess it took me that amount of time to realise that actually my work friends were really anything but friends and had caused me to be the way I was. I think that realisation and the decision to not give a damn about them and what they thought anymore was what gave me the strength to realise that it wasn’t me. So at the age of 25 I packed it all in and decided to take some time to get back to who I used to be and start again! Starting a new career I went for a few interviews in a similar field whilst freelancing as a stylist. It got to the point that I was pretty much working full time styling, something I’d never considered being an actual career because it was far too much fun to be a real job. Then I thought, hey, life’s about more than money and if I can do a job where I laugh to the point of tears every day then why the hell not? Creating a blog On my quest to become a freelance stylist I decided to make a website to show what I did and although the thought cringed me out, the obvious choice was a blog. I never knew how much fun I would’ve had blogging and what great friends I’d have made! Otherwise I’d have done it years ago! 1 year anniversary with my Boyfriend My first real boyfriend and hopefully my last! I don’t generally like being soppy in public but I honestly cannot understand/ am so grateful to him for standing by my through my anxiety – or as I like to call it my bitch months. I was a nightmare, and I wouldn’t have blamed him if he hadn’t stuck around, but I truly feel that having gone through such a difficult time together has given us a true understanding of one another. Basically he’s my rock. Seeing my sister get married Me being the youngest and her being the oldest with over a decades age gap, me and my sister don’t always see eye to eye but seeing her get married in Greece was such a lovely moment. It was…

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Secret Santa with Figleaves

*Dressing Gown : Figleaves \\ *Candle : HoboSoyCandles Before I start this post, can I just make an excuse about the photography? Has anyone ever tried to make a dressing gown look good in a picture? Well don’t bother its impossible. Way back in October I was contacted by the lovely people over at Figleaves about being part of a Secret Santa game with a few fellow bloggers. Obviously I couldn’t resist, who doesn’t love giving (and receiving) gifts? It was all in aid of their new online magazine which launched this month. As a website selling predominantly lingerie, I set about trying to find the perfect set of underwear that wasn’t too saucy (that would be weird).  I settled on a pretty soft lace bra with embroidered detail that came with matching pants, convinced that my chosen blogger was going to love it. So this is when my first shock came, the pants were a thong. Now, I’m not dissing the thong here, if you like thongs, then good for you, I’m just saying that it’s probably not the best thing to gift someone you’ve never actually met before. Regardless, I wrapped it up and took the pictures for the magazine then sent it off to said blogger. Second shock – when the magazine came out. There were beautiful pictures of everyones gifts they’d brought and the game was that when you got your’s you had to guess who had picked it. Looking through the pictures desperately mine stood out like a sore bloody thumb. Cute dressing gowns, check, pyjamas, check, underwear? Nope, just me! All I can do now is sit here and wait of the blogger to receive her thong and hang my head in shame. You never know, maybe she likes thongs? From random people? Anyway, Robyn from Phases of Robyn was my secret santa and she was incredible! I got the parcel when I was in my full flu/bed bound phase so there’s literally nothing more that I could have wished for than a soft and fluffy dressing gown! Well done Robyn, you da best. Please, please share your embarrassing gift giving stories (you must have at least one), to make me feel better about my situation!! And don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’!  

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How to make the perfect distressed jeans // DIY

Now when I say perfect, we must use that word loosely. They’re perfect in my eyes, because of course I copied a pair that I saw and thought – I want, no need those jeans. And because I just so happened to have a pair in that exact shade of charcoal grey, one thing led to another and there I was sat with my jeans in one hand and a cheese grater in the other.Image courtesy of Aylin Koenig I first saw these jeans on instagram which led me to Aylin Koenigs blog so that I could get a better look. I don’t know what it was about them that caught my eye but I’ve been thinking about them a lot which in my head means, it’s fate and they must be mine. Now I’m a bit of a hap hazard DIY-er so I don’t really have a specific method that I used, A lot of cheese grating and sandpapering went into this. My general tips would be to use nail scissors to make small cuts and pull it apart gently to make sure you’re in control of the rip. I also used the sandpaper to make the cuts look more rustic and frayed. I am gutted though that I don’t know how to make the stringy bits on ripped jeans – does anyone know? If so can you help me? I’ve heard that tweezers help but I’m not sure if because these ones are super stretchy it isn’t possible to create that look?Anyway – heres the finished result! Let me know what you think? Is anyone else a casual DIY-er like myself? I always read blogs like a pair and a spare and just wish I had the motivation to make such beautiful stuff! I do have the odd burst of enthusiasm for it though! Give me some love and follow me on Bloglovin’! Jumper : H&M | *Scarf : Like Mary | Brogues : Topshop Old If you don’t fancy yourself as a DIY-er then I’ve linked some of my favourite distressed jeans all done for you below!

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How to bring more happiness into your everyday life

*Rings : Little Findings | *Mug : Yonder Living | Colouring Book : Amazon | Pens : Amazon I saw a great quote the other day, I can’t actually reference it because I didn’t do my usual screen shot, but it really resonated with me. I love quotes that point out the most simple, everyday things and make you look at life from a different perspective. “Write two lists, a list of your day to day routine and a list of what makes you happy. Adjust the first list accordingly” Reading this just reminds me how much I go into auto pilot mode in my day to day life. You shouldn’t have to take time out to make yourself happy and indulge – obviously that’s a lovely thing to do but if it’s something that you have to make time for then you usually won’t do it. Why not adjust the things you already do to bring you happiness on the reg? Here’s a few things on my list and what I do to make myself happier: Breakfast – I get up slightly earlier to make a lovely healthy and warm breakfast. It sets me up for the day and doesn’t actually take much longer than making a slice of toast! Drive to work – I make myself a cup of tea to have on the way whilst I listen to Nick Grimshaws show – I find him so hilarious and there’s nothing like laughing hysterically on the way to work to put you in a good mood! Drive home – I listen to queen bee – she helps me to leave work at work and put my sassy hat on Bedtime – This one I find the hardest, I try to go to bed earlier and switch of from social media. I’ve started making time to read before I sleep, I love reading but never seem to do it anymore Do you make time for things that bring you happiness on a daily basis? If not what are you going to change? Follow me on Bloglovin’ and bring a little more happiness to my day!

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whatsmysofa with Next

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the whatsmysofa event hosted by Next. They definitely know how to put on a good event and this one was no exception. As I was allowed a guest I thought I’d bring along one of my besties for some much needed girl time and make the most of a day out in London. Wardrobe and parking dilemmas meant that we were running precisely 2 hours late by the time we actually got there but we definitely had more than enough time to kill. To be honest top of my agenda was checking out the new H&M beauty range, and not spending too much money. Rosie had seen this amazing restaurant called Clos Maggiore in Time Out so we decided to try it out, when we got to the event we were informed by the Next girls that it’s one of the top places to go in London at the moment which we were pretty pleased with ourselves about! The food was incredible and who the hell cares about the food when the resteraunt looks like this!?After stuffing ourselves on squid and truffle mash – sounds weird but it worked, we decided to walk off the food babies with a light stroll from Covent Garden to Oxford Circus. Oh so foolish, my feet were bleeding, next time I decide to do something like this I’m wearing trainors! Ouch is all I have to say, we literally couldn’t take another step by the time we left the next event and resorted to an Uber then hobbling through Kings Cross to find our train! I’m not even over reacting when I say Rosie’s feet swelled to twice the size, I’ve never seen anything like it!!!Anyway, £90 lighter and 1 Zara coat heavier we headed to the event which was uh-mazing. What more do you want to do after a hard days eating and shopping than kick of your shoes with a glass of champagne, popcorn, pick ‘n’ mix and breakfast at tiffany’s ? Such a lovely event! and as always I came away with a bag of treats, old school snowies and jazzies, honestly the softest blanket I’ve ever felt and a lovely candle! All in all a good day! Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’

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