Monday, 27 February 2017

The Happy List #16

Hello! So it's Monday again, somehow and last week was busy. All good stuff, as always although I've been a bit ill and it's kind of knocked me for six. I think now I don't have rubbish lungs to contend with I have a much easier life and have turned into a wimp haha! I was actually a proper wimp but more on that soon.

1. A walk in the park. There's been a weirdo lurking in the park where I walk Freddydog so I made my parents come with me on Monday. They were like 'Yeah OK, we can get fit at the same time!' except they brought along 'sweets for the journey' lmao. But we had a nosey in this building that I walk past nearly every day and inside was some kind of winter garden that was all kinds of beautiful! A real hidden gem.

2. Breakfast at the cafe. I had a massive fry up with all the extras, everything and I know it's so bad for you but I have no regrets.

3. LUSH Bath Bombs. I'm obsessed, I need help. Gotta catch 'em all, like Pokemon.

4. Location scouting. My nanny will be 80 this year (don't tell her I told you) so we went on a mini mission to find a nice place to celebrate. We found a cute little pub and it had the most beautiful rabbit in the world living there (see for yourself, you cannot deny it's beauty!)

5. Baby Florrie sleepover. She always brings me so much joy. We went to Clinton's and she was looking at the tsum tsum teddies but found a money box one and dropped it hahaha. It's fine, she was safe and everything but her little face! </3

6. Pactster workouts. My physio at the CF clinic recommended these as they're workouts specifically designed for people with CF. Maybe not as useful for me now I have these non-CF lungs but I've been fitting them into my daily routine as they're quite short so there's no excuse to not do them!

7. Ghost hunting! At the weekend me and some friends went to Pluckley in Kent as it's apparently the most haunted village in England. I got as far as the end of the graveyard, decided nah and went back to the pub (see pics!) No ghosts were found, unsurprisingly, but we had a good time and it was something different innit?

8. Films. I used to watch a film every day but haven't had the time lately so  had a good catch up! I was thinking I'd do a monthly round up of everything I've watched because I love films but rarely talk about them on here. I went to see Manchester By Sea on Sunday and I just can't stop thinking about it, I need to buy it when it comes out to watch over and over again because I must just like a good cry or something.

9. The Oscars. I stayed up to watch the whole thing, I don't know if that was an achievement or a real stupid idea because my sleeping pattern is now fooked. Actually it was worth it to see that absolute cock up at the end, what the actual fook happened? Someone has lost their job but I shall be living for the memes today. Anyway I love The Oscars, it's a bit la di dah I know but also quite magical. I'm unsure about how I felt about the stunt where they surprised the people by letting them into the ceremony - it obviously is gonna be a highlight of their lives but I found it to be quite patronising too. Like 'Let's let the commoners in' haha. I think it was Jimmy Kimmel and his comments, I'm not his biggest fan anyway so that doesn't help. What did you think? But I agreed with all the winners and usually there is always at least one disappointment haha. Wait actually there was - Suicide Squad for Best Makeup and Hair Design when literally every girl rocked up as Harley Quinn for Halloween?

10. You. Yeah, you. I've just had some really lovely comments/tweets/emails lately so thank you! I mean I always do but, as discussed yesterday, the community has been feeling a little less connected lately so it does mean a lot 💗

Did you watch The Oscars? Do you believe in ghosts? Two weird questions for you to ponder! 


Sunday, 26 February 2017

A Blogging Backlash?

Recently I've been feeling quite disconnected with the blogging world and I know I'm not the only one. I've seen countless tweets saying the same thing and so many 'final' blog posts stating they just don't feel the same anymore.

I think that blogging has got so huge that the bubble was always going to burst for some of us - this backlash is kind of inevitable. The blogging world is bigger than ever with it's changing landscape and new blogs popping up all the time - it can be a bit overwhelming and difficult to keep up. We all know we shouldn't do it but we do compare ourselves to others sometimes - it's an annoying part of being human! Especially when it comes to social media, there's always someone who you feel has better content, better photos, better outfits etc. But to me blogging is like film or music or art - it's all subjective so just because a blog is someone's cup of tea not everyone likes tea (or something like that, you get what I'm trying to say!)

But I don't think we can blame all the changes on the blogging world - we're to blame as well. I know for me personally I've written this particular blog for about five years and it's the longest I've ever stuck at anything so it's no surprise I've been feeling less enthused about it than I used to. I can't complain about less engagement when I know that I myself have been commenting less on blogs. I don't have as much time as I used to and I think this is true for a lot of people - most of us started blogging when we were at uni with a lot of spare time but after a few years I suppose we've grown up a bit and are just busier people. It's just life! We're also reading a lot of blogs via mobile now, which makes it harder to comment and also I think we interact a lot more on twitter. A lot of my favourite bloggers are now solely blogging on instagram (something that I think will rise with the multiple photo feature.) Blogging and ourselves have changed and change is always inevitable over time.

But I have a choice - I can be moany about it and give up a hobby that I really enjoy or I can just carry on doing my own thing. I know what I'd rather do! So this year I stopped checking Google Analytics, stopped scheduling tweets and just posted whatever I've felt like whenever I've felt like and it's quite liberating. It's feeling fresh again and like it belongs to me - one thing I loved about blogging in the beginning was having a space of my own on the internet and it feels good to reclaim it again. It's so brilliant to have ambition but if we're to be realistic for the majority of us this is going to be a hobby - so why not just enjoy it? Take the pressure off, write about what you love and even make some friends and I think it's just the funnest thing ever. I'm enjoying just like I used to. So here's to blogging old skool styley this year!

What are your feelings about blogging right now? I'd love to know your views on this!


Saturday, 25 February 2017

Weekend Reading List #6

Another week, another round of fabulous blog posts for you to browse! Hope you enjoy.

* I cannot wait to get inked again and Mia's round up of 30, Inspiring Small, Delicate First Tattoos has got me wanting to book myself in ASAP! The only trouble I have is choosing which design to go for.

* Sophie is rocking THE ultimate birthday gal dress - she is a sequin dream!

* Leah is considering making her blog a PR free zone and I found her reasons very interesting - I think it's actually a very liberating thing to do!

* One thing I've never quite mastered are white jeans but Charlotte's post on ways to wear white jeans for Spring provides the perfect dose of inspiration! 

* Lizzy has also done The White Denim Edit and is looking incredible (as always!) so now I'm really feeling like I need to get myself a pair! 

* It's been a little while since I had a splurge on ASOS and Sophie's wishlist is full of gorgeous pieces for Spring (I LOVE all of the pink things!) 

* Lisa Eldridge's video on how to supersize your lips is perfect if, like me, you love that fuller pout look but don't want to commit to anything a bit more permanent. 

* Kirsty's post on Blogger Burnout and Self Inflicted Stress is something that I think we can ALL relate to. I think the important thing to remember is that blogging is supposed to be FUN!

* Of course Amy's house is JUST as cool as she is - check out her Little Home Tour for some serious interior inspo (and be as surprised as I was about where a lot of the decor is from!)

* Finally, Ellen's Oversized Blazer outfit is a masterclass in layering - perfect for this weird, can't-make-up-it's-mind-weather. 

Anything catch your eye here? As always, I'd love to know your favourite posts of the week!


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Wondering What To Do With Life

Jacket | All Saints
Dress | Topshop (via Depop, alternative here)
Boots | Topshop (alternative here)
Bag | Kate Spade

So I utilized this wall in my garden again and got caught by my neighbour. He'll be 100(!) this year, isn't that bloody amazing? He's great and has all these stories, he knows so much but he was left perplexed by what I was doing and I think he just thought I was a bit bizarre. 

I've had one of those stressy nights where I've been up all night wondering what to do with life - funfunfun. In lots of ways I feel like I'm a little bit behind other people my age because of the age I was when I started to get really ill and I've been doing that ridiculous thing of comparison which is just completely stupid because my situation is different to someone else's. Not wanting excuses or anything, but it's just proof how you shouldn't compare as we don't know what someone else's story might be. 

Yoko Ono said that 'Time is a concept humans created' and I find myself going back to that quote often. Life isn't a race and you have to do what's best for you - it's so silly how we think we have to have a list of things achieved by a certain amount of time when we all know how unexpected life can be. I think I'll write more about this specifically to transplant but one plan isn't going to work for all of us! We're not made in a factory line, we're individual and all have our own unique journeys in life. Now if I could just take my own flippin' advice...

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