Let's Get Reading

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

So if you guys know me, you know I'm an avid writer, and what goes hand in hand with writing is reading... right?

Ironically for the last year that's not been the case for me, I've really struggled with reading. I think it's mainly because I have been so invested in my own writing, and I wanted to ensure no distractions, no comparisons, nothing to halt my imagination. But now as I have found myself going through a writing block, I started turning to reading again and I'm questioning to why I ever stopped.

I have been reminded of why reading is such a valuable thing, and already can see such a change in myself, and my emotions, and well-being in the last couple of days.  So this post is on why I believe you should try to read at least 3 times a week

  1. It does help with your writing - Believe it or not. I was always very against this idea, as I felt reading made me compare my writing, doubt my writing, feel sad about writing. But honestly it has the other effect, it refreshes your mind, it draws inspiration from deep crevices that were hiding in your brain, and it educates you. It works in the same way music influences musicians, and paintings influence painters.
  2. Helps you sleep - Reading before bed is a better way to calm down and relax from your working day than going on your phone or watching a film.
  3. Calming - Reading a book is perfect to calm and relax your mind, shutting you out from the outside world. 
  4. It's fun!- At the end of the day reading is a form of entertainment, it's fun escaping to another world, learning things, educating yourself. It's great fun. Addictive fun. Once you look in those pages, you are somewhere different, even if you are sitting on the train, in coffee shops, cuddled in your bed, you could be fighting dragons or flying over mountains.
  5. Shut off from technology- In this day and age it's hard, almost impossible to find yourself shut off from social media and technology, and reading does just that. It's important to shut away for just ten minutes, it really clears your mind. 
Anyway, those are my reasons. I'm currently reading Girl In Pieces at the moment, but I would love to know any books you have read, please comment them down below, and don't forget to follow us on bloglovin, it'd mean a lot :) 


It's Okay To Feel Lost.

Friday, 21 April 2017

We've probably all experienced that stomach sinking feeling when your younger, the world is your oyster, you still haven't been here long so exploring and taking everything is key.So here you are in the supermarket, having a great time. But then you explore for that little bit too long because as you turn around you see your Mum is no longer positioned where she is. You've lost your Mum. You're running along the aisles tears streaming down your face, as strangers pass you. You've lost your Mum, you've lost her.

Well, sometimes life, in general, can feel like you're young again and you've lost your Mum at the supermarket. And when you feel like this, you notice you're lost, you notice you feel helpless, you panic. You start to overthink, compare yourself, you worry. But I've eventually come to realize that feeling lost is normal.  I promise you.

It's okay to feel lost.

I have felt this very way recently, and it's an awful feeling. But what is important to remember that we did end up finding our Mum at the supermarket again, and we will feel less lost in life again too. In these moments when you feel like you are wandering but not quite sure what direction to take, my advice is to focus on what you do have. Your friends. Your family. Your hobbies. Your passions. Your favourite food. Your favourite show, Your favourite music.  And talk to someone, because sharing to someone that you feel lost, well they might help you feel found. But if you're wondering around on your own, it makes it that extra bit harder. Sharing your problems with people really do help.

speak soon


Why Everyone Should Try Short Hair

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

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Dungarees // Tommy Hilfiger

This isn't the first time I've decided to take the short cut. Yes, that pun was intended and yes I'm embarrassingly happy with myself about it. Anyway I thought it was about time I told you why I keep coming back to this hair cut and why you should think about it too perhaps?

Some of my favourite people rock a short hairstyle; Alexa Chung. Lily Collins, Johnny Depp and my Mum are to name a few. So it wasn't unexpected to find that after scrolling through Pinterest at 11pm (#relatable or what?) that I would once again decide that I'm just going to do it, I'm going to cut my hair short.

I always get to this point where my hair ends up being so long that I constantly just put it up in a ponytail to get it out of the way, I basically just get bored of it. And after having my hair this cute length for a week I've remembered why I love it this way so much, and therefore it's my duty to tell you, right?

Bad hair, is still practically good hair
When you have long hair you can say you're having a bad hair day due to it being too frizzy, maybe it has no volume, maybe it's too straight, too curly, still wet from your shower or it hasn't been washed in a few days. But when you have short hair, your bad hair day turns into a messy long bob hair day, you've gone for the grungy look, the "tom boy" look, the "I haven't tried hard today look" - and actually I think this is my favourite look. Obviously, I'm not saying that if you have short hair, don't wash it and it'll look good, I'm just saying that in my opinion it's more flexible and a lot easier to maintain.
Flat hair, is impossible
Ok, maybe this is a slight exaggeration, but hear me out at least. When I had longer hair I felt like it was constantly flat by the roots and this was definitely due to the weight of the long hair. So obviously shorter hair instantly gives my roots more of an "oomph" but also, seriously guys I used to have to add a ridiculous amount of volume powder and it would still flatten after 20 minutes, now it takes a little sprinkle and Voila! (Well a sprinkle and a few head shakes upside down).

You can still do everything
So my only worry when it came to cutting my hair was "But I love putting my hair in a pony tail" - It's all good. If you want to have your hair still in an up do just make sure you work that out into the length before the cut- AKA if the hair length is below or resting on your collar bone, a pony tail and bun will work fine! I'll add that I am yet to try plaiting my hair with this style, because I used to use one knee with my hand to plait it and the short hair doesn't help this situation... but that's what your sisters there for, right? ;)

Anyways I would love to know if I've persuaded you, or what your thoughts are on my new hair (Be nice haha). Thanks guys!