Sunday, 31 August 2014

#JohnLewisEdit | Wonderful You & John Lewis' Winterflora Edit

Wonderful You collaborates with John Lewis for their Winterflora #JohnLewisEdit
Wonderful You collaborates with John Lewis for their Winterflora #JohnLewisEdit
Wonderful You collaborates with John Lewis for their Winterflora #JohnLewisEdit
Hello my darlings,

Back to happiness!

Sometimes my blog hands me seriously wonderful, crazy opportunitues and this week was one of my favourites yet.
I got the chance to work on a little collaboration with John Lewis and their Winterflora Edit (see #JohnLewisEdit for all the snaps, deets and more). 

What is the Winterflora Edit, you say? Well, let me tell you...

It's John Lewis' winter twist on floral, autumnal trends. And to showcase the collection they picked myself and the (absolutely breathtakingly beautiful) Laura who writes the blog Tiny Twisst, to participate in a photo shoot come YouTube video.

I was so super excited to take part that I wanted to blog the footage. For memories, but also so you guys could see how much fun I had.

I hope you enjoy it and keep your eyes peeled for the finished photographs and video which will be appearing on here and my YouTube channel!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

How it Feels to be Heartbroken

A blog post on how it feels to have your heartbroken and that it's okay not to be okay
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 And then there was a sadness in her heart that couldn't be lifted.
A weight so heavy that the pressure of it pushing down made her bones ache. A weight so crushingly suffocating even a silver lining couldn't soften it.
And then there was the realisation.
This was what it felt to be heartbroken.

It's a bizarre feeling. To be aware of your feelings and what's causing them, but have absolutely no definitive answer as to why you feel numb, nothing and then absolutely everything so horribly intensely all at once. Of course, heartbreak is what it says on the tin: a love so great that doesn't go to plan. But no one can ever prepare you for the feeling.

I suppose we all feel it differently - who is to say what heartache actually is. 

All I know is that the world goes on, but that even in that truth you couldn't care less. Who needs to know that everything will be alright in the end when you thought what you had would last forever?

Words of comfort don't help but are expected, received and filed away for when you can look back and appreciate them.

A constant and overwhelming nausea of everything you ever experienced coming to an end consumes you - to start a new beginning, to begin again. 

And I think that's what it means, to truly have loved - knowing that no matter the cards you were dealt, no matter the hurt, you will always love them and you will always hold a piece of them. In a good, peaceful way.

I've learned, lately, that writing things down help me and that sometimes, somehow it helps other people too.

I know we'll be fine. We'll carry on and life will be wonderful. But for now, I am sad and confused and angry and all the other emotions x100. That's okay, though.

'Tis better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all. - Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Afternoon Tea with One Love Organics | Sanderson Hotel, London

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel, London
Blog Review on One Love Organics
Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel, London
Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel, London
Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel, London
Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel, London
Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel, London
One Love Organics Beauty Blog Review
Afternoon tea. What better way to my heart? (apart from perhaps Joseph Gordon-Levitt served on a plate, ahem).

Back to reality with a delicious thud, at the Sanderson Hotel's Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea.

A blistering hot day in the city called for a table situated in the Courtyard Garden - a backdrop of bamboo, flowering trees and a meandering stream created instant tranquility. With menus buried in old hardback books, sugar cubes served in jewellery boxes and flavoured tea leaves in perfume bottles it wasn't going to take much to make it the best Afternoon Tea I've experienced.

I opted for mint chocolate chip tea - yes that is a thing (the best thing FYI). Alongside an array of rolled up sandwiches, marshmallow toadstools and even a 'drink me' bottle filled with 3 layers of crazy good flavours, I could've easily been Alice in Wonderland.

Now, you may have noticed some pretty little additions to the table, in the form of One Love Organics. Amidst the amazing food, I was really there to find out more about this American brand.

The packaging is simple and pretty with no fuss. Clearly, organic and natural brands are huge - everyone is getting on the hype, but One Love Organics are one of the better ones. They use 100% natural ingredients, don't plump any of them up with water and are all hand-made - and because they're so pure, it means their products are multi-purpose, making them suitable for you, me, our grandmas and our babies. Being an organic brand, some products can be pretty pricey - but with some items starting as low as £9.00 you'll be sure to find something within everyone's budget.

Keep your eyes peeled for a in-depth review on the products themselves, I'm particularly excited to get down and dirty clean with the Brand New Day masque.

Probably definitely one of my favourite events I've attended since starting blogging - and I can't wait to share more with you on this lovely brand!

Monday, 18 August 2014

See You, Summer

Fashion Blogger UK wearing summer clothing in the countryside
Fashion Blogger UK wearing summer clothing in the countryside
Wonderful You Blog
A Personal Style and Fashion Blog UK
A Personal Style and Fashion Blog UK
A Primark Maxi skirt paired with a topshop bralet
A Primark Maxi skirt paired with a topshop bralet
Summer Bohemian Chic Outfit
Summer Bohemian Chic Outfit
Bralet: Topshop. Maxi Skirt: Primark (similar here). Hat: Thrifted (similar here) Sandals: F Troupe (similar here)
Who doesn't love a good hay bale? My little sister Lily and I went on a country walk and she hoisted me up on top of the hay for a few cheeky outfit shots. We didn't realise how immensely windy it was going to be so these shots are the best of a bad bunch - yes my hat did fly off numerous times. But it's all in the name of fun, and we did have a giggle :-)

I'm sad to say that this may well be my last summer inspired outfit post as the sun seems to be a bit peed off of late, hiding behind grey clouds for hours upon end.

So summer, if this is it, I bid you farewell in the summeriest outfit I own.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Beautiful Bottoms Lingerie: A Review

Beautiful Bottoms Lingerie Review
Beautiful Bottoms Paisley French Knickers and Bra
Beautiful Bottoms Plasmic Paisley Underwear Review
Beautiful Lingerie Blog Review
Plasmic Paisley Lace Cup Bra & Plasmic Paisley French Lace Knickers: Beautiful Bottoms*
Every girl has their 'thing'. A weakness for something beautiful, be it shoes, handbags or men guaranteed there isn't a woman in this world who doesn't covet something.

My weakness? Lingerie.

When I first started wearing a bra (shout out to Tammy Girl), I could not stand wearing anything that wasn't padded, under-wired and frankly, ugly as hell. It ain't no secret that I ain't blessed in the lady lumps department, and when I was younger all I wanted to do was try and make them look bigger.

Then I grew up and realised there was a hell of a lot more to undies than I first thought. Embracing the bee stings I swapped my push-up plunges for lacy loincloths and felt like a new woman - My underwear drawer became the favourite part of my wardrobe.

Don't get me wrong, I totally still wear old granny pants, but for the days I want to feel sexy? Gimme gimme.

This set, from Beautiful Bottoms London is my newest addition and has to be the most incredible lace set I've ever owned.

With a silk covered elastic back and white lace cup it doesn't get more comfortable or beautiful than this. The knickers fit like a dream - there's nothing better than wearing lingerie that feels like it's not even there, and although it's pricey it's the perfect treat to you (and him).

Not only is it a set for the boudoir, but it also looks incredible under sheer clothing - I could gush for hours, but you get the gist.

I know this may not suit the ladies whose boobies are bountiful - but if you're lacking a little like me and want something to make you feel properly gorgeous? Look no further.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Raise Awareness for Depression | What Do We Know?

Talking about depression and how we can raise awareness for it. What do we know about depression? How can we do more to help?
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And what do we know of depression?

Very little.

Today we lost a man, a true genius - Robin Williams. It makes me sad that it's taken this tragic loss to spark the idea that I speak about depression on my blog. It makes me sad that amongst the wonderful memories of him being shared online, there are bouts of misunderstood, confused individuals, claiming selfishness played a part in his departure. It makes me sad that we aren't educated, as a society, to cope with the sheer volume of individuals battling depression. It makes me sad that such a travesty must occur to raise awareness for an illness as severe as depression. It makes me sad, that not many see depression as an illness.

Depression has a face

That usually represents a smile. Because when one smiles on the outside, it seldom means their feelings are replicated on the inside - quite the contrary actually. Statistically 1 in 4 of us will suffer with a mental illness at some point in our lives. When you think about a physical illness, such as Cancer, with statistics of 1 in 3, they're pretty similar in severity - so why aren't we taking it more seriously?

If someone is ill...with something you can look at, objectify, we don't necessarily have to have experienced that illness to understand it. We can sympathise, we offer ourselves unwittingly to be of service in any way we can, to help soften the blow, ease the pain. So why aren't we doing the same for depression?

It's difficult to look at someone, like Robin, who on the outside is everything you wish you could be. Effortlessly hilarious, successful - but what we need to recognise is that there doesn't have to be something bad going on in your life to suffer with depression. Sentences like 'but their life is so perfect, they seem so happy, I just don't understand' really get my goat. Guess what, they don't get it either.

We don't have to understand. In fact, we can't, just like you can't really understand Cancer unless you've had it. But what we can do is try to support and recognise.

Depression is loneliness 

Now I don't claim to be an expert, but if one thing is clear to me it's that it stems from an empty feeling, that can't be explained. The lack of support, the unknown, the negative stigma surrounding it, all these factors make someone suffering afraid to speak out.

Why should we put ourselves on the line? To essentially be told: SWIM, GOD DAMMIT, when clearly we are drowning? [tweet this].

Because realistically, that's the awful opinion many of us have. 'You can do it, you just have to believe in yourself', I'm afraid is not the answer and 9/10 will just push that person further away.

We raise money for Cancer by running races, coppin' a feel, baking a cake, because well that's what you do isn't it? When did you last think about raising money for MIND? Point and case.

My beautiful friend, Laura, posted this snippet from one of Robin's best:

"Mork & Mindy: In Mork We Trust (#1.21)" (1979)
Orson: The report, Mork.
Mork: This week I discovered a terrible disease called loneliness.
Orson: Do many people on Earth suffer from this disease?
Mork: Oh yes sir, and how they suffer. One man I know suffers so much he has to take a medication called bourbon, even that doesn't help very much because then he can hear paint dry.
Orson: Does bed rest help?
Mork: No because I've heard that sleeping alone is part of the problem. You see, Orson, loneliness is a disease of the spirit. People who have it think that no one cares about them.
Orson: Do you have any idea why?
Mork: Yes sir you can count on me. You see, when children are young, they're told not to talk to strangers. When they go to school, they're told not to talk to the person next to them. Finally when they're very old, they're told not to talk to themselves, who's left?
Orson: Are you saying Earthlings make each other lonely?
Mork: No sir I'm saying just the opposite. They make themselves lonely, they're so busy looking out for number one that there's not enough room for two.
Orson: It's too bad everybody down there can't get together and find a cure.
Mork: Here's the paradox sir because if they did get together, they wouldn't need one.

It struck a chord, it made me cry, because even when saying the words out loud, no-one is listening. So please, if we do one thing today, let's speak out about depression, let ourselves be vulnerable if we suffer, let ourselves be strong for others if we don't.

Together we can combat this awful illness, together we can make the world a less lonely place. Together we can ease the pain.

For Robin, words can't explain the joy you brought to so many lives. A hero, in every sense of the word. xxx

Monday, 11 August 2014

Brush Your Shoulders Off

How to Style Leather Shorts
Bloggers Wear Missguided
Bloggers Wear Missguided
How to style cut out chunky boots
Fashion Blogger UK
Feather Hair Clip Blog Review
UK Fashion Blogger
Missguided Cropped Cream Jumper
Cream Jumper: Missguided*. Faux Leather Shorts: Little Mistress*. Feather Hair Clip: Kelsey's Feathers*. Boots: Missguided*. Hat: Urban Outfitters.
Right now is my favourite time - we've just about sucked as much as we can out of summer in the UK and we're safely making our way to the Autumn transition, which means one thing: best wardrobe period.

This off the shoulder cropped jumper from Missguided is perfection. Thick enough to take through to the winter months, but baring enough of the skin to keep you cool, it hangs beautifully over literally any item of clothing.
Today, I've paired it with my first ever pair of faux leather shorts which can I just say are the comfiest effin' shorts my booty has ever experienced.

To soften the look I've added my beloved earrings and hair clip from Kelsey's Feathers. The love I have for Kelsey's online etsy store goes above and beyond a healthy obsession. Handmade to order and shipped all over the world these beauties help to give any outfit a chic, bohemian feel - not only are they mega affordable but shipping costs less than most UK stores. Gimme them ALL Kelsey, I'm in love, girl.

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