Sunday, 5 June 2016


'Today, do one thing your future self with thank you for.'

I was recenly sent these very sweet books. These are the first in a new and inspiring series of vibrant, feel-good gifts by Dani DiPirro. Dani has already shared her practical advice and personal insights about living positively in the present moment, on her own site, Positively Present.  These books are filled with memorable affirmations - I've been practising these everyday, it's so easy to do and in time will become second nature.

Each page is filled with quotes and exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime. It has so far inspired me to be more conscious about my mental well being. We can be so negative about ourselves - I have been in this negative cycle more times than I can remember, we forget to see the good/positive side of things.

These books have found their place among the day to day rush. Sat prettily on my bedside table, I'm able to start and end my day with a positive quote or thought - being mindful and grateful is the essential message these books relay. These colourful books really are perfectly titled and make a wonderful gift, or the perfect pick-me-up self purchase. 

I'm very thankful to be sent these (see, I'm practising gratitude) and I will continue to read them daily, even if for a minute. These books and more are available from Dani DiPrro's shop HERE and HERE

'Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.'

Thursday, 21 April 2016


I know I'm very hit and miss when it comes to my blog. I have a tendency to take breaks here and there, weeks at a time, with little explanation. However, I always find myself returning, tail between my legs, excited to blog again.

Today, I want to share some of my mum's treasured records. In her heydays, she was a big music lover. My mum was part of the era that gave us Beatlemania, Motown and classics that are still loved today.

I had to retrieve these records from the attic - it was no mean feat. After gracefully climbing down from the attic, we sat down to go through them.

The Beatles were a main feature. There were so many records by them, some that I had heard of and some that were a mystery to me. My mum was a BIG fan. She saw them in concert in Cardiff, but said it was near impossible to hear them above the screaming fans. It was 'deafening' according to my mum, who also saw Gene Pitney and The Beach Boys live.

Here are a few of her favourites;

The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
Marvin Gaye - Heard It Through The Grapevine
Otis Reading - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Gerry And The Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone
The Monkees - I'm A Believer
Beatles - Twist And Shout
The Who - My Generation (Fun fact: my mum and dad first met when The Who played at Swansea University).

''It was a great time for music!'' My Mum

This really does put my record collection to shame. In fact, I don't think you could call mine a collection. It's a work in progress, that's for sure. But, I'm looking forward to purchasing some of my favourites and having my very own stack of vinyl.

Friday, 5 February 2016


 Soft Bra / Nike / Tote

If you follow me on twitter, you will know I'm an avid watcher of the programme First Dates. I can't help but go through the emotions when watching this programme. There are highs and lows as people meet for the first time, hoping to find love. It makes me want to date, dare I admit!

So, I put together a date outfit. This outfit is both casual and cute. I'm certainly not one to over dress, but, would rather wear an outfit I was comfortable and confident in. This is why I chose a pair of Topshop jeans paired with a Zara textured top. It can be dressed up and dressed down, depending on the venue of said date. Personally, I would opt for drinks in a cool bar, rather than a meal somewhere more formal. Then, I would be able to wear these Nike mauve trainers. It's the colour that got me. I'm not a fan of Air Max trainers, but in this colour, I had a change of heart!

The outfit was chosen around the Topshop belted truster. In a light pink shade, I thought it was the perfect coat for date night and with Valentine's day approaching, the colour seemed more than appropriate. I simple adore soft and 'dusty' shades, along with this stone coloured tote from Cath Kidston.

I thought the cheetah print lingerie set was fun and playful. Even, if no one but you will see it, I think a sexy little set can make you feel confident. The Georgia Perry Lips pin is just a little addition to celebrate all things Valentines. Georgia Perry also does Kim and Kanye enamel badges - I'm already sold on these!

What would be your perfect date outfit? 

Monday, 18 January 2016

Kindle Paperwhite

Flynn is a brilliant plot-twister and manipulator of readers' expectations. The Grownup keeps you guessing until the end - and beyond. (THE TIMES)

In the past few years, I have become quite the book lover. So you can imagine my delight when I received a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. This was completely unexpected, as I thought the wrapped parcel was a DVD (very similar in weight). I've never used a kindle before, so I was excited to try it out! I decided to read The Grownup written by Gillian Flynn as my first kindle book. It's a fast paced short story, very like her best-seller, Gone Girl.

There's a reason why Kindles are so popular. It's lightweight, easy to use and you can have the book you want to read instantly. The screen's brightness can be adjusted to be read in any light. I often struggle reading in the evening - those energy saving light bulbs are far too dim to read under. I also find it easier to read horizontally. I've yet to find the perfect way to prop open a book whilst laying down, it can be very tricky! I have read that you can share books with other kindle readers, so I must find out how this works and connect with family and friends.

Overall, it has been a positive experience. I was a little wary at first - can technology really replace actual books? Well, I will be alternating between books and the kindle. I like knowing how far into a book I am and how many pages I have left to turn. So, I guess I'll be having the best of both worlds. As a gift, the Kindle Paperwhite was a complete hit! Thanks Dad!

Monday, 11 January 2016


I was scrolling through instagram, as you do, and came across the picture above. I thought, 'cool socks'. The socks in question are by British fashion legend, Dame Vivienne Westwood. I started to scroll through the owner's instagram and came to the conclusion - I would very much love to have her wardrobe!!

This leads me to the question - If you can have any celeb's wardrobe, who would you choose? I would have to go with the former Radio 1 presenter, Fearne Cotton. Yes, those designer socks certainly caught my eye and fancy...

Fearne Cotton's personal style is often a mix of high street and vintage, which for me, is a winning combination. The vintage pieces she wears are always fun and chic, whether it be a beaded dress or a statement coat from the local thrift store. When it comes to wearing prints and bold colours, Fearne does Fearne and she always makes it work. As with the newest trends, she tailors what's current into her everyday look, all whilst staying true to her own style.

It's her rock chick, down to earth style that makes her very relatable, and her outfits attainable. Of course, you can purchase your very own inspired pieces from her fashion collection from Very. Fearne is soon to be on our TV screen, alongside Gok Wan in a new show on ITV Be (Does anyone watch this channel?). They will be discussing who was rocking the red carpet and who wasn't... Luckily, Fearne always rocks the red carpet!

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Sunday, 3 January 2016


“People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you're fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly.” 

Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Friday, 1 January 2016


A new year, a new me?
Wait a second, where did 2015 go? The year came and went in such a hurry, I've not even had time to reflect on the past 12 months. Though, there isn't much to say, I survived the year! Apart from the odd bump in the road, it was rather ordinary. 
I want this new year to be different.

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There's a world out there and I want to see it!
Well, last year, I finally got my passport renewed! This would surely allow me to go on holiday and visit new places. The only thing stopping me, is myself. Oh, and that problematic hold that anxiety has on me. However, with passport at hand, I went to Paris with my mum and two sisters. Even though, it was only for the day, it was quite the achievement for me. I had the BEST day and like so many, I fell in love with the city. I need to do this again and so much more in 2016.  

I would like to become body confident again. 
I turned 30! I have no qualms with turning 30, it's just another birthday to me. One thing I have realised though, is that my metabolism has slowed the fuck down. I'm pretty sure age plays a big part in this. I can no longer eat what I like and still fit into my skinny jeans. This year, I will not shy away from exercise. I will not hide under my duvet and moan 'all my clothes look rubbish on me!'. It's time to get fit and eat healthier - this is not just a generic new year's resolution but a promise to myself. 

Finally. this little blog of mine. I want to post more frequently and freely. Also, I would like to delve into the world of collage - an art form that I love! Images are the perfect substitute for words and so many times I struggle to find the right words to express myself. So, more images to come.

PS. Happy New Year! Hope this year brings you lots of JOY!