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11 June 2017

The Great Outdoors

I thought I would do a different type of post today and upload some of the photos that I have had sitting in my camera roll for a good few months now. 

When I was too unwell to even leave my bed, the one place where I desperately wished that I could instead be was outside within nature. Sometimes it's not until you know what it's like to feel truly unwell that you fully understand how completely freeing being within a forest or in the middle of the countryside can be. So now whenever I am able to, I take my camera and never take any of the great outdoors for granted. 

A big thank you to my brother for always being my go-to model!


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3 May 2017

- Bershka Denim -



I love this oversized denim jacket at the moment. It's so easy to throw over outfits, perfect for warmer days and only £25.99!

Bershka Oversized Denim Jacket - Here

4 April 2017

Prom Simplicity

As it's coming up to prom season I thought I would relive my prom dress shopping days through my blog and hopefully help to give you some inspiration in case it's your prom coming up this year.

The truth is I have never been a fan of most prom dresses, as I love simplicity when it comes to clothes. So when it came to prom dress shopping for myself I was searching the shops for plain floor length gowns, rather than dresses covered in sparkle. They didn't seem to have any like I had planned to wear in my head and when I thought I had found a lovely plain floor length dress, I would turn it around to find a giant non removable bow on the back. So after purchasing three dresses I finally found 'the one'.

There are now so many simple prom dresses online and at such affordable prices too. So I thought I would share some of my favourite finds with you, be sure to let me know what your favourite dresses are!

This dress is more a less exactly what I wanted for my prom and I can't believe that it is now sold at Missguided for only thirty five pounds, bargain.


Black Maxi Dress - Here

Again being very similar to the last dress and so amazing! I love the style, cut and colour of this dress. It is also available in other colours but I think that red is just perfect for prom time and will undoubtedly stand out from the crowd! I would pair this dress with some simple gold jewellery to really bring the whole look together. 

The fact that an extremely similar dress to this was only available from a little boutique in America when I was searching for my prom, makes me feel ancient and it was only a couple of years ago!
                                                               
Red Maxi Dress - Here
  
                                                   
This dress is just simply STUNNING. I have ever so slightly fallen in love with it and want to purchase it for myself, even though I would never have any events to wear such an amazing dress to. So for this reason I thought I would include it in this post! This dress does seem to be selling out so quickly though, so I have also added the link to an alternative grey dress. 

Pair it with some nude heels and if you fancy some glitz to go with the glam, then add a sparkly gunmetal grey coloured clutch to really finish the look off! 
                                                               
Grey Maxi Dress - Here
Alternative Grey Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress - Here

Last but not least is these beautiful dresses. The ruffle detail gives them such a traditional Hollywood feel and then the cut and fit just makes the dresses so elegant and perfect for this day and age! 
                                                             
Red Ruffle Dress - Here
Grey Ruffle Dress - Here

I am so jealous of all of you who are going to get the chance to wear one of these amazing dresses this year!
                                                                  
                                                    Have a fantastic prom!

19 March 2017

My Holiday Wardrobe

Currently I sit looking out of my window to a very dull day yet again here in England but that's really no surprise, I suppose we should count ourselves lucky for getting at least one day of sun this week (major rolling eyes emoji). 

So I thought I would share my top holiday picks and the typical outfits that I always have ready to take away with me, as lets be honest who isn't thinking about holidays and the lovely sunshine right now! 

I ordered this swimsuit after coming across it whilst searching for items to feature on this post and I LOVE it. I feel like this style of swimsuit is great on every figure but also super flattering if you have curves. Are you a swimsuit or bikini type of person? I always have a tendency to overpack with a huge variety of both, oops. 





 You also have to have a beach coverup to hand and I think that this one from Asos is so simple and perfect. 


                                                      Black and gold swimsuit - Here
                                                      Beach coverup - Here

I don't know about you, but when I'm on holiday I love getting dressed up in the evening to go for a nice meal but then somedays I just feel too exhausted and relaxed to even comprehend putting makeup on or trying to make my hair look nice. So I always have dresses that can be worn and are dressy enough to suit both moods. I think that as long as your dress stands out for itself then doing your hair and makeup doesn't feel as much of a necessity, so basically feel free to chuck your hair up in a messy bun and head out in one of these dresses!



Dress one - Here
Dress two - Here
Dress three - Here
Dress four - Here

I hope this post may of helped to give you some inspiration for one of your next holiday outfits.

 Happy holidays!


4 February 2017

- E I G H T E E N - 18 & BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL -
































On the 24th of January 2017 I turned eighteen years old! So to celebrate I went to the theatre with my friends Pippa and Lizzie to see Beautiful - The Carole King musical. As someone who should of really been born in the sixties due to my endless love for music from the past eras, as soon as I saw that this musical was on in the West End I was desperate to see it and luckily I finally had enough energy to be taken back to the sixties for two and a half hours for my eighteenth birthday. 

As someone who is a sufferer of M.E, I can not look or do too much research into peoples stories as I easily relapse and end up even less in the know about things than when I started. So I went into this musical with only the knowledge of what songs Carole King wrote and performed alone and also with her husband. The show ended up being so amazingly easy to follow and full of incredible costumes (that I secretly really wish would still be acceptable for men and women to walk down the streets in nowadays!) 

Overall I would highly recommend this musical, it is perfect for if you fancy a good night out or just need a pick me up. Carole Kings story is extraordinary and she proved the critics of her early career wrong by being a woman and striving and succeeding in getting the career that she had always wanted.

Even though a part of her life didn't go totally to plan, she turned it back around and made the best of herself and I think that is really inspiring.
                                   
- Location - Aldwych Theatre -













 - Pippa & Lizzie -







               -   Beautiful - The Carole King Musical  -  Music - Original Broadway Soundtrack  -

Here's two of my favourite songs from the musical, even though it was near impossible to choose just two! - Some Kind Of Wonderful & One Fine Day

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12 September 2016

An Evening At The House Of Commons

On Wednesday the 29th of June, my mum and I had the honour of attending Action For M.E.'s Five Year Strategy launch at The Speaker's House, House Of Commons. Action For M.E are a charity that are very close to my heart after discovering them in early 2015 from watching a video on YouTube of Sonya Chowdhury talking about M.E at a conference. So when I received an email from Sonya with an invite for my mum and I to attend such an important event, I was overjoyed.

Photographer - Andy Colbourne

Action For M.E.'s latest project is made to tackle the ignorance, injustice and neglect that very wrongly comes with the illness M.E. This will help our generation of unfortunate sufferers but most importantly the future generations of people, who are going to one day have their lives turned upside down by becoming unwell with the extremely misunderstood illness that is M.E. The past does lay down foundations for future generations and by talking up and having plans like this put into place now, the future generations of sufferers will not have to go through the disbelief and neglect that unfortunately all of us sufferers have experienced in this day and age. There will be help towards an end to isolation by newly developed services and most importantly change and support for people who have to share and give up their everyday lives to M.E. So instead of many more lives being turned upside down, sufferers will instead have support and a helping hand when they need it the most.
Photographer - Andy Colbourne.  Photographed - Catherine Hale, Sonya Chowdhury and Alan Cook
The evening opened with speeches by Action For M.E.'s chairman Alan Cook, Chief Executive Sonya Chowdhury and Catherine Hale. It was extremely inspiring to hear what change is going to happen in person and also their individual stories.


I asked Action For M.E how they feel the five year plan is going two months on from the launch and how they feel the plan will help sufferers with M.E, Sonya Chowdhury, Chief Executive of Action For M.E, says- "Our Speakers House reception offered a wonderful opportunity to highlight the impact of M.E. and celebrate those who take action to make a difference. We are putting together detailed plans that set out how we aim to achieve the targets set out in our strategy to improve the lives of people with M.E, to inspire action at all levels, and to invest in change. We know what needs to be done, and we have the drive to make it happen. With support from people like you who share our ambition to end the ignorance, injustice and neglect experienced by M.E, we have a real opportunity to create lasting change."


 Not only did I get the chance to step into the most fascinating building, full of history. I also got to be in a room full of people who understand M.E, most who suffer themselves. To anyone who may be reading this from the event, I want to say it was an honour to meet and talk to you all in person. You are all so strong and inspiring and I wish you all health and happiness.

Photographer- Andy Colbourne. Photographed - Action For M.E's President, Clare Francis 

With fellow sufferers - Lizzie Guntrip and Pippa Stacey 



Photographer - Andy Colbourne.  Photographed - Helen Buckenham, Liz Smith, Sonya Chowdhury and Michael Xavier 

Photographer - Andy Colbourne.  Photographed - Fiona Wright and Clare Ogden


Also a big thank you to Sonya, Clare and everyone at Action For M.E for inviting me to such an important event!