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(OUTFIT - ZARA SALE GBP 17.00 | PHOTOS - Liliana Zaharia

I may be the little devil on your shoulder right now but at the moment that kind of sucks for you, doesn't it. Random treats need justifying.. they just feel wrong, like I should be grown up and actually put money into savings... yet, that little black beauty is burning a hole through the walls from across the road as I walk past H&M. I don't particularly know which dress but I KNOW that there is something in there that I love and well, I need it.
I've dished up some excuses for us to take the plunge. I'm just being a good friend and we both want to be happy about life, what's money when you could very well die tomorrow? ..I promise that's my only pessimistic excuse.. cough, even though it's true.

You bloody deserve it!

Yes, you bloody well do. Whether you work 9-5, a full time parent or literally just trying to keep your head above water. Trump is now the president of the United States of America. 
Life is full of bullcrap. 
Treat yourself.

I will look super hot in it..

Yes, you're dam straight you'll look hot! Embrace the little summer we get and all of the good vibes. A pick me up is definitely in order for you my friend!

'I can always take it back' 

One of my favourite scientifically proven facts is definitely how shopping/buying nice things for yourself is good for you. I often pull this fact out of the bag from time to time but I'm giving it to you as a little, don't go without food gesture. If you can't afford it and haven't wore it, tell yourself you will take it back, as simply as that. A little reassurance, just keep your receipt,  It felt good buying it though and if you need it back in your life you know it's meant to be!

But it IS an investment!

..In not only yourself but the people who have to witness you walking around with a face on you. C'mon, think of it like this, it's happiness too, am I right? You basically get to wear it for the rest of your life or you sell it on depop as vintage. You'll be rich.. It's all good.

£80?! I can always skip coffee maybe lunch for a week?

Take cold toast if you have too! Make it happen.. The worst case scenario you eat at your mates, you suddenly decide you hate it one day and instead make beautiful cushion covers for your room, SORTED.

I haven't bought myself something in ages!

Chances are you've been pretty good at saving, maybe you haven't but I definitely know how christmas feels like ages ago now and how you tried to forget about those few little big gifts from you to you.. If it makes you feel better, sell a pair of old shoes on gumtree. Done.

Pay day does exist you know.

Not that I need to remind you that. Whether it be 7 days or 17, it will roll around again. Unless you don't have a job or are a student or something. In that case, let's hope it goes on sale babes.

Your bae needs cheering up..

Yes, blame it on them. How nice are you though! Making yourself look all nice for the bae.
Your bae can also mean your dog or hamster. Trust me they know.

I'll actually do something with my life now. 

It's enough of a reason to leave the house. Why would you let a perfectly beautiful and clean dress go to waste. Now you can actually live life to the full! Your life is literally complete!

Oh, and also did I mention, YOU DESERVE IT. Well, yes, you do. Go get it girl!

EXCUSES TO BUY THAT DRESS


For as long as I can remember I have been on the hunt for the perfect oil for my hair. An oil that wasn't going to make my hair immediately  greasy when used between washes.. That was going to keep a sleek and healthy texture until my next wash, avoiding the straighteners.. But also an oil that was going to make my hair shine like a batboy! Say hello to Diamond Oil by Redken
I'm openly admitting my obvious obsession with Redken and I'm not shamed either because I can't even find the right words to describe how it actually MAKES my hair a million times better.
From the minute I wash my hair, starting with Colour Magnetics to finishing off with Quick Dry Finishing Hairspray
I can't stress enough the importance of using good products when you have bleached/coloured hair - I've really seen a difference in the overall maintenance and health of my hair and honestly, you should definitely invest in your hair if you wish to go with these crazy colours! Your colour will be less lightly to fade, will maintain shine and less likely to break.. basically it's a no brainer!
Let me know your routine! I would love to hear about the products that work best for you!

SHINE BRIGHT | REDKEN

(SNEAKERS, TOP, TROUSERS - ZARA | CHAIN - AMAZON | KEYRING - H&M | EARRINGS - FOREVER21)
Clearly I'm loving Zara right now, there's no denying nor is there any excuse for this bout of spending I'm currently being subject to addressing. Gone were the days you had your mum telling you not to spend your money on crap.  It can't go on and it's getting out of hand. None the less, I give to you my inner sporty spice of Kings road!
Take note of my key ring obsession.. I think 5 have made it into my shopping back in the past week!

THE SNEAKS

Say hello to Kimmy! Don't let her angelic facial features and delicate pixie-cut fool you..  She means business! Kimmy is the creator behind The Alkonost!
Check out Kimmy's latest collections over on the link provided for more!

SILVER + GOLD

(Photographer: Laura L | Models: Myself and Rebecca Gao - Outfits: Myself: All Zara - Rebecca: All Urban Outfitters)

Red. White. Blue. 
The United Kingdom. 
A place that although welcomes diversity in every form, also struggles to keep afloat in a world where there are still so many differences.. 
I won't beat around the bush here; it's breaking my heart that there's people who want to see you suffer out there.
I know it's important to desperately cling onto the light and I try.. but even when I'm typing this right now I'm struggling to insure I turn this around. I'm struggling to find any positivity that could possibility be as a result of what is going on right now.

I'm broken.
Just as you.. 
So tell me..
Tell me how many more f****** candles do we need to light!

_________

Right.
 I'm going to to try and do this.. I'm going to attempt to open a window. 
Because what can we do?
Grow even more bitter?
Be tempted by violent retaliation?
Become them?

Instead I urge you to use the little time you have on earth to Love in every sense of the word.

Smile at strangers..

COMPLIMENT.

Because this piece right here? I wanted to take this time for you to vision a better you.

My little platform is a snippet in a comparison to such a world full of personality but if we all used our voice to push positive vibes then perhaps this world will be a better place.

Terrorism.. history.. I know it's beyond me but is pushing love ever going to be a waste of anyones time?
No.
You'll leave this earth behind you a little brighter and in advance, I truly thank you for that.

UNITED K

(Jacket | Zara)
I was bullied. Big time.
When I was around 14 I didn't have hindsight.. I couldn't see an end.
All I wanted was out.
The bullies were ruining my life..
In high school I was very shy and a major push over. I was a part of a group girls who could one day be my bestest friends and the next hate me (Apart from two - who know who they are)
There was one girl in the group In particular who was disgustingly horrible to me and I could never bring myself to stand up for myself.
We were walking home one day and she turned on me as she often did.
"Put your hand up if you have a man voice" she stopped in her tracks as we were walking over the golf course.
From the minute she started to walk with us from the gates, I was praying I could click my fingers and be at home.
Because I didn't raise my hand, she threw a can of drink that was open at my head and got my other friends to all laugh at me.
Another time she tried to start a fight and got everyone around us to shout 'Fight, fight, fight'
I was terrified and started crying, which made it worse.
I couldn't see an end to this all.. I remember wishing I could have the courage to walk in front of a car so then it would all end and my mum would not know I intentionally killed myself.
I remember my heart aching at the thought of waking up and facing another day at school.
One of my friends and I wrote down a plan to run away..
She was subject to racist remarks in school and wanted out too. I remember talking to her about ending our lives together but luckily she didn't want too.
I know I wouldn't have done it but I remember feeling so wrapped up in my self that it would have been so dangerous for me to be around the wrong people.
In year 9 things started to look up and I came out of my shell more but still a target for bullying.

This is a message to those of you who are subject to bulling from an older and wiser person who was going through the same.
I didn't want to come forward and tell people about how bad it was getting because I felt it would make things worse and that she would be even more angry with me.
It won't be forever. You won't know these people in a few years time. DON'T STAND FOR IT.
My biggest regret is never standing up for myself.. I thought she would hurt me if I did and when I look back I wished I had told someone just how serious it was getting.
It's so important and trust that they will handle it in the right way.
That's what scares me most.. Is that people suffer alone and
I can totally see why.. I was also that person. It doesn't have to be that way! They need to be stopped so they don't make anyone else lives a misery.
The girl I'm referring too is going through a lot of issues now and I don't even call it karma..
She was horrible and she chose certain choices in life.
All you can do is continue to be kind and a better person and you WILL come through the other side.
I'm so so sick of hearing of people ending their lives because of bullying.
BE KIND. Question your actions too.. don't upset people and stand up for people that may be subject to bullying.
It's so incredibly important to make it your aim in life to simply be kind to one another.
We have one, very short life.
Love is everything.


FEELINGS CLUB | BEING BULLIED


Along with evening binge sessions on youtube and admittedly way too many loose-woman catch ups than I'd like to admit, I also like to be a grown up and read self-health and wellbeing articles.
I have openly shared my own issues involving mental illness on my social media accounts.. Unhealthy/lack of eating habits as well as experiencing ongoing depression and anxiety, I find these blogs to not only self-inspire but an absolute credit for contributing towards general human-health and happiness!
One website that's worth referencing is girlboss.com - the website offers work/health/fashion relatable content thats is presented on a person scale by different authors.
One article in particular offers advice by the CEO of Flywheel Sports Clearly she boasts a very full on and challenging life and with that comes stress..
So can we have a balance? I ask myself this every day.
Sarah mentions that being the best version of yourself is the key to success.
I believe that whatever you try in life, you ask yourself if you're really trying hard enough and whether you really want too.
Don't get in your own way. Believe in your decisions which in turn leads to self-confidence and and really appreciating your worth.
Best of all, learn that your failures lead to your successes.
So this is all well and good, right? But in practice it isn't so black and white.
That's because we constantly face our inner demons on a daily basis to make life even MORE hard!
So here's the thing.
I should be at least on the right pathway to a successful career, right?
But then half of me wants to just live in hotels, out of my suitcase, earning enough to get me by but travelling the world, which of course to me is priceless.
In a world where there is now endless opportunity I can't help but feel my focus to be blurred.
It's like I'm in a supermarket and there is a huge row of aisle and it's like I can only go down one, but I want to see the other and what I may be missing out on.
Theres a time limit and we aren't always aware of it. We assume we have all the time in the world.
Sit down and tell yourself you are 10 years older than you are and how you feel about it.
You might be married with children, working the same job, a little bit more money?
Time creeps up on you. May I remind you that the paramore days were 10 YEARS AGO.
It's the unknown, so yes I know it's hard but tell yourself you are now, say, 35.. You are working in the same job, maybe more money to buy extra treats at the end of the month..
How did you feel about it?
See, I did this and it scared me.
I  closed my eyes and I still want to travel the world but also have a successful career and that is because of how I feel RIGHT NOW.
I need to make a decision and that is the answer right now.
People change, that's a given. But if you aren't happy in your current situation NOW you have to change it yourself NOW.
We as humans are great at making excuses but time doesn't give a flying crap about your excuses.
It can't even promise you tomorrow.
- To end on a positive -
If you take anything at all away from this article, take away the importance of effectively making your everyday life as happy as possible TODAY.
Keep on keeping on.
When it gets worse.
IT WILL GET BETTER.
One of my favourite ever people on this planet says something often that truly sticks and that is
"If you always do what you've always done, you always get what you've always got"

KEEP ON KEEPING ON


ETSY FINDS