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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

LILAC LOVING


Evening all! Firstly I want to apologise that this post is going up a day late. I was meant to finish this yesterday but I went to the gym after my retail shift and it literally knocked me out! I was in there for an hour and a half because I've just changed gyms recently and I'm just getting used to the environment there, and what time slots are busy etc. Lets just say after trying out their stair climber I felt RUINED! That buzz you can get after a gym session can feel very rewarding but I was worn out and I struggled to keep my eyes open throughout the evening. 

So this is my last post with my purpley grey hair wahh! You have probably noticed, but I have been fading out the purple hair for some weeks now because I have been wanting to change it for summer but before I could add any new dye I needed to get out as much purple as possible. I had my hair appointment today to change it and so far I am loving my new hair colour but I am just getting used to the colours being warmer when I am so used to my ashy grey tones!

Since working in New Look I have been getting more and more sucked in to their clothing, and their staff discount can make their clothing feel cheap as chips so I treated myself to this gorgeous lilac faux suede jacket. I had to blog this jacket before I changed my hair colour!! It's a lovely soft material and considering it's an unusual colour its very easy to style! It will literally go with any white, black or grey tops and will also look great with light denim. I also own the stone coloured one which I blogged here, but they do other colours if lilac or stone isn't your cuppa! Although it's more the expensive side of New Look pricing I would highly recommend this and you are bound to get loads of compliments! I stuck to my size and I'm wearing the size 10!

So I wanted to keep the outfit rather girly so I have styled it with my trusty Missguided denim skirt which I got last year. Luckily they have brought it back for this year although I'm wearing the tall version which I think is PERFECT for anyone thats 5ft 8 and up. You never feel concious bending down in this! 

We obviously have to discuss these studded sandals now which are also from Missguided. I love the crossover front and these are so easy to walk in! They keep selling out but I would also suggest to check ASOS and Zalando to see if they appear on these websites too!

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Jacket - New Look 
Top - New Look 
Bag (*)- Boohoo 
Sandals - Missguided 
Skirt - Missguided
Belt - ASOS
Sunglasses - Quay 

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

MY EXPERIENCE WITH HYPNOTHERAPY

Slightly different blog post to my several fashion ones, but this one is about hypnotherapy! Now if you remember back to last summer I wrote a blog post about how 'Working from home has ruined me mentally'. I remember coming back from my holiday in September knowing that I needed to find some kind of part time work to force me to get out of the house, but me feeling depressed and anxious as ever, I knew I needed to get into a better mind set first to get myself out there. I've been on and off antidepressants since I was 16 and looking back at them now I really wished I never took them in the first place. Every antidepressant I have been on has either made me feel worse or left me with side effects which have always resorted to me eventually coming off them. In this instance I knew that trying out a new antidepressant would take some time to potentially feel any benefit and I wanted to find a job pretty quick so I did some research and booked myself in for a hypnotherapy appointment.

Now whenever I tell anyone that I've had hypnotherapy I get asked things like 'Do they knock you out?'. 'Do you remember anything that gets said to you?'. 

DID YOU START SNORING!?

Defintion of Hypnotherapy/Hypnosis according to google: 

''the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behaviour, has been revived but is still controversial.''

When I spoke to my hypnotherapist, she told me that everyone reacts to hypnotherapy differently. Although I didn't fall asleep through the process, some people do knock out and some people can't remember a single thing. For some people hypnotherapy works wonders and for some people they may feel little or no effect afterwards. I can only go by own experience so heres what happened:

The first appointment was ninety minutes long, the first hour my hypnotherapist (Denise) wrote down everything I wanted to get out of session but in doing so she needed to know some information about my background, school life, family life, work life etc to get a full understanding of my scenario and what my personality is like. In this instance I basically wanted to boost my confidence and self esteem, and I also wanted to go over my spending addiction which I've had problems with ever since my parents split. 
For the last half an hour I actually experienced the hypnosis. She put some calming music on and got me to really relax. Now I have always joked in the past and said if I was ever going to get hypnotised I would probably fall asleep, but I didn't! I was so relaxed to the point where I felt like I couldn't move and my arms felt so heavy. I even had an itch on my nose and I couldn't scratch it because I almost felt paralysed (but not in a scary way)! I felt like I was sinking into the chair and I could feel my eyes shake under my eyelids. In this mini session it was very generalised and she wanted me to practice relaxation. Denise just spoke out loud about how much of strong being I am and to visualise myself in five years time as a strong and confidant person. I have always struggled with confidence so this still benefitted me even though it wasn't anything specific. 
The half an hour flew by and I did feel really refreshed! To be honest whenever I try anything new I feel optimistic and hopeful that something might work from it. Denise did say that it can take a few days to actually feel some effect but also said I might be able to complete tasks easier than I normally do or deal with difficult situations better. A couple of weeks later I had another session going over my spending and a week later I had another session going over everything again (because I felt like the side effects were slow).

 All of this happened in November and December so how have I actually felt? I would honestly recommend hypnotherapy to anyone! I'm not sure if it's placebo or having some real benefit but these past few months I have been able to settle into a new part time job whilst being able to juggle blogging, and I have been able to manage tasks better than I normally would. As for spending I think I will always struggle in that department but I am saving more than I ever have done and I think more sensibly into buying things compared to spontaneous purchases before the hypnotherapy. 

But I am going to be honest with you guys, I have got another session with Denise tomorrow. 
Now I can hear you all going 'But I thought it worked!? Why need another session when you are saying you have feel so much better?'

In this last month I have felt myself slipping back into old habits. Hypnotherapy is all about re wiring the brain subconsciously and I think over time maybe it's easy to slip back into a negative ways, or maybe the environment which one can be in can be too much to manage. For me, certain work has made me very miserable and the negativity and intensity I'm dealing with is effecting my days off or when I need to focus on blogging. I know I love the balance of retail and blogging, but right now the negativity is over riding the positive so I'm hoping another session will help me manage things better. 

I think the only downside of hypnotherapy is the cost. Mine has always been £50 for an hour and the worst side effect I have had from it was a funny tummy a couple of hours after my first session (thats meant to be really common, due to your body and muscles being really relaxed). I like the idea that no chemicals have gone into my body or 'blocked' any negative or positive feelings (anyone ever experienced that 'numbing' feeling on an antidepressant?). The way I look at it is if antidepressants cost roughly £8 a packet and you might be on them for a few months or more, then you have the process of coming off the meds and if you ever need to go back onto them then you might as well be starting the process all over again. In my eyes it's just a vicious circle. 

If antidepressants obviously work for you then thats great! A part of me wishes I did find medication that worked for me and then I could have had a sense of control on the dosage and time period etc, but I have never had a positive experience. 

If you do consider trying hypnotherapy I would advise these tips.

1) Do your research! Ever therapist might specialise in certain topics so find one that can help with your specific problems. 

2) Try and book a late afternoon or evening session. I found myself feeling really tired after my sessions so if you have one at the end of the day at least you don't have to deal with a days work feeling pretty drowsy. 

3) Hypnotherapy will only work If you want it to work yourself. This is mainly for people suffering from addiction. The hypnotherapist can only do their side of the work, but you HAVE to want to make changes yourself. There is no point going in for a session saying you want to quit smoking then having a cigarette straight after. When you want to quit an addiction you need to be in the right mind set first and the work from the hypnotherapy will hopefully help you stay motivated! 

4) Hypnotherapy doesn't always work for everyone. This may be down to you not getting along with the hypnotherapist (you have to like their voice because you are going to be hearing it for an hour!) If you find their voice annoying or irritable then I can't see that going well! If you go into a session with a stubborn mind thinking it won't work then chances are it won't benefit you. Stay open minded and if you can afford it at least give it a go! 

5) If you have problems sleeping then try ASMR (stands for autonomous sensory meridian response ) you can search ASMR videos on youtube and it normally involves someone creating sounds with items or whispering role play scenarios. If my mind is racing when I go to sleep then this really helps me take my worries away and it helps me sleep better. I would recommend Olivia Kissper and SpringbokASMR.
If you cannot afford hypnotherapy and have problems sleeping due to anxiety then I would suggest this for the time being. 

I hope this helps anyone! If you have any other questions please feel free to message me! I may do another update in a few months after I've had my next session. 


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Outfit details

Studded Jacket - Mango (similar below!) 
Bodysuit - Bershka (similar here) 
Skirt - Missguided
Bag - Missguided 
Boots - New Look old (similar here) 
Sunglasses - Topshop 


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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

RUFFLE TROUSERS


Where on earth has April gone? Thank goodnessit's my pay day today woo! There is so much summer clothing thats slowly emerging online that I need to get my hands on! Missguided in my eyes are KILLING IT! I'm desperate to make a trip to the Westfield store but its two and a half hours away from me, and what if I arrive and all the good sizes are out of stock!? I do love ordering things online but I do miss a hardcore shopping trip where you can physically see the clothes in the flesh and prance around afterwards with a load of shopping bags ha! 

Not even sure why I'm waffling on about Missguided because it isn't even included in this outfit post! Instead, I have decided to style up these ruffle trousers that have been floating around for a while . These actually got purchased in River Island when I was shopping with a friend. When it comes to trousers, I don't get much thrill when purchasing them (I'm always a jacket girl), but I spotted these in store and thought I would try them on. These were beyond my expectations and I love the flattering fit! It does feel weird wearing trousers that feel like school wear material but the ruffle hem makes these so feminine and different. After admiring these in the mirror for ages I then forgot to look at the price. These aren't cheap and I did feel guilty spending £38 but then I convinced myself that I made the right decision. I COULD have ordered similar ones for a lot cheaper but then I'm totally gambling on the fit and the length. These ones from Rivers are perfect for me and my 5ft 8 frame (I am wearing the size 8 so I'd suggest to size down if you consider them). I don't think I could have found a better fit elsewhere. 

So I styled these gorgeous trousers with this amazing floral Shein dress. Please note, this is meant to be a dress and the model online wears it like a dress but being lanky I'm just accepting that I only wear it as a long top but I'm okay with that. The print is gorgeous for Summer and it's great to wear if you are ever feeling bloated or having a fat day. If you can wear this as a dress then this would look amazing with a tan and gladiator sandals! I probably will wear it looking like a dress, I will just need to wear shorts underneath! 

So lets also talk about how pretty the Guess jewellery is. I got seriously spoilt from their team and I'm honestly in love with their new Spring Summer collection. The rose gold watch screams luxe and the peal face design give it a subtle but glamorous feel. The watch also went great with the two tone circle necklace which is perfect if you like your dainty simplistic jewellery. 
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Floral Dress (*) - SheIn
Necklace (*) - Guess
Watch (*) - Guess
Sunglasses - Sunglass Shop 
Shoes - Public Desire old (similar here) 
Trousers - River Island 
Bag - Mango 

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

JENNA JEANS


Evening all! Hope you had a fabulous weekend and enjoyed scoffing lots of chocolate! I'm sick of easter eggs now and just want to roll on with summer and working on feeling good about myself in summer clothing (I say this and I haven't even booked a holiday yet!)
One thing I did notice on my blog is that I have photographed black jeans THREE TIMES RUNNING! I honestly didn't realise! Goes to show how much I like wearing black on the bottom half but in todays post that has come to a halt! Since working at New Look I am starting to reach out and try new jeans and I have been eyeing up these Jenna floral print for a while in our store so I thought I would give them a go. I haven't tried on a pair of New Look jeans in years and it did feel odd considering I'm so used to my stretchy Topshop Joni. Although I love the light coloured denim and the floral print, these lacked a lot of stretch and were a wriggle to get on when I'm wearing the size 10. Once on, they do give quite a bit, hence why I'm wearing a belt (I'm so annoyed that kept on moving whilst taking photographs dammit!!) but apart from that I do really like these and they are a lot cheaper than any Topshop pair! If you are after something different for summer then I would recommend these, but when comparing to Joni jeans, they are a much thicker denim, less stretchy (so stick to your size) and they are more a mid rise to a high rise style. 
So I decided to style these with my New Look suedette jacket which I am obsessed with at the moment! If you have ever purchased one of the Missguided faux suede biker jackets over the years then this is a great alternative. The fit and the quality feels just like my Missguided ones, but I have never seen this colour before and I love how nice it looks with light denim! I would stick to your size if purchasing this, but you will get lots of compliments when you wear this I promise you! 
Now lets discuss the Adidas Gazelle trainers. I spotted these a couple of months on a facebook ad and I feel in love with them instantly!! I'm not normally a shoe person but when I do love a pair of shoes then I HAVE TO HAVE THEM! These are a gorgeous suede and the pink (almost like a coral colour in person) screams summer vibes! The gazelle shoes arent cheap, but they are the perfect lightweight trainer which won't feel too bulky to wear on a humid day.  

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Jacket - New Look 
Jeans - New Look 
Bodysuit - Missguided 
Sunnies - Lamoda
Bag - Shein (old) 
Trainers - Adidas Gazelle

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

ROSE BOOTS


Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone enjoyed the lovely weather over the weekend. Can you tell I was able to do some shooting? I'm not sure about all the harsh shadows in the photographs but I weirdly like it so I'm going to roll with this for now whenever I have to take photographs in sunny locations, but I have to admit I did get warm wearing this outfit! 

Okay so firstly I need to discuss these Ego Rose embroidered boots. I got these in the post and they were a total surprise! The girl I always speak to through Ego thought of me when she saw these and sent them over. Now I'm going to be totally honest here but I didn't know what to think of these when I first saw them. I never wear high top boots and normally if I ever wear boots they tend to have a slight heel on them. I totally love the embroidered detail on these! It was just the style of them that made me very unsure. I tried to have an open mind and thought I would still give them a go to style for an outfit and overall I'm really happy with the result! What was tricky with this outfit was making the shoes do the talking for a change, when normally I'm styling a statement jacket or top. I was having to keep the rest of the outfit plain, but not make it look boring if that makes sense. Thats when my secret weapon came along and a Primark purchase from last month came in handy for this... yes the denim flared sleeved top is from Primark people!! I was origianlly going to wear a denim shirt from Zara which I spotted last week, but it was £40 and I didn't want to be buying something for the sake of an outfit. Then I remembered this top which I think was roughly £12- £15 and I had a lightbulb moment. I think this top really makes this look a lot more girly, considering the style of the boots are rather boyish. It helps balance things out and gives the over all look some shape, when I normally rely on a jacket to do this. The back of the top is split, so I had to remember to tan my back, but apart from that THIS TOP IS A WIN and with these Ego boots I am literally loving this combo! 

The Missguided Vice jeans also helped with what I imagined. I could have worn some plain black jeans from Topshop, but then you would have never have seen the lace up front which I think helps add some detail.. These ones are the wet look design, and the zip is on the side to fasten them. I was worried that the size 8 wouldn't have that much stretch but luckily they just about fitted yippee! It would have been a nightmare thinking of an alternative to wear instead! 

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Boots (*) - Ego
Top (similar) - Primark 
Jeans - Missguided
Sunglasses - Quay Australia 
Bag - River Island 

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

GUCCI STYLE MULES

WTF WE ARE INTO APRIL ALREADY!?! I'm actually not sure where these months are going but it's seriously freaking me out! I'm not complaining about all the lush weather we have had recently, although I was stuck inside working in retail on those sunny days last week but I do love leaving work in daylight though! Hurry up summer! 

To be honest though, the temperature hasn't got that much warmer and jumpers can still be worn with some light layering. I have already started to put away some of the heavy knitted clothing but one jumper I can't ditch just yet is this flared sleeved jumper one from Mango! I should have blogged this months ago but it's just one of those items I haven't got round to wearing, nor have I thought really about how to style it. Only recently though I purchased this stone coloured suedette jacket from New Look and the combination just works! I love that the sleeves poke through the jacket, however these sleeves are a nightmare whenever you have to wash your hands! 

Now where do I begin with these Boohoo mules. I originally saw these at a gifting event of theirs over a month ago and they caught my attention. I've seen this style for a while (known as the Gucci dupe), but I've honestly never thought much of them (my Mum thinks they look ridiculous but I'm staying open minded). I think finally seeing a pair like this in person swayed me to actually try them out and after shooting them I've decided that I really do I like them! With these ones I liked the silver chain going across them and they also look lush with light denim. My only issue with them is that if you are a naturally fast walker or heavy footed then you might end up slipping in them as there is very little grip on the bottom! The first time I wore them out I actually slipped over but I was dashing to my car and my left foot skidded forward. The more you wear them the more you get used to walking in them but I would recommend wearing these for short lesiurely trips out the house first. They also come in Nude! 

I'm also loving now how it is more acceptable to wear sunglasses! I wear sunglasses in all my blog posts but at least the weather is actually getting brighter now so we have a reason to wear them whilst shooting. These Prada ones from Frames Direct were a favourite of mine last year and will be worn loads again this year. I love the cat eye design and the brown tones on the frame. They literally go with everything I wear in my wardrobe. This cat eye design is so popular these particular Prada sunnies come in eight different colours *adds all to basket*. Check out their website! 

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Jacket - New Look 
Jumper (similar here) - Mango
Bag - Mango
Jeans - Topshop 
Loafers (*) - Boohoo
Prada Sunglasses (*) - Frames Direct
  
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