Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pineapple Love...

I have a thing for pineapples. Which is funny as I don't actually like the fruit, but anyway... I've currently got a pineapple phone case, top, dress and now shoes! As soon as I spied these beauties on Instagram, I knew I had to have them. I'm currently on a spending ban (hello Excel spreadsheet so that I don't hit my overdraft 👋) but my credit card may have accidentally bought them for me. What can I say, I needed these shoes. Velvet - check. Comfort - check. Pineapple embroidery - check. Value for money - double check as I managed to bag these in the Zara mid season sale for £14.99. It's love!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Accepting you...

'No one can make you feel inferior without your consent' - Eleanor Roosevelt

I've had this quote in my Twitter bio for as long as I can remember. Some time ago I made a conscious effort to not let other people's opinions/perceptions have an affect on me. I was fed up of worrying people didn't like me. Fed up of feeling like I should be more like {insert random name here}. After seeing this quote online, I decided to change my mindset to: 'all that matters is if I'm happy with me.'

Part of the problem with this mindset is, what happens when you're not happy with you? How do you get to that stage where you accept yourself for you. Where you embrace the fact you'll never be the girl who's up for partying every night. You're not the type of girl who has a thigh gap. You're the girl who loves nothing more than an evening in front of the tv watching Harvey Spector give someone some sass while eating a double decker.

If you read this post you'll know that putting my face in front of the camera is something I'm not actually that comfortable with. If I'm 100% honest, getting the shots for today's post gave me anxiety. Not because I'm scared of standing in front of a camera but because of how I see myself in the photos. From the 40 or so that we took, these two are the only ones I could bring myself to post. I've gone against my own personal mantra and let others make me feel less than I should. Or rather, I've let myself feel I should be more like the pictures I see online and on other blogs. I've let myself slip into comparison mode and it really is the thief of joy.

I guess it's an on-going process. As I said in January's post, I'm already one step ahead of where I was. I'm actually stepping in front of the camera and putting more of myself on here which is what I've wanted to do for a long time. If practice makes perfect, I better get back in front of the camera this weekend! So, here's to no thigh gap, acceptance and plenty more blog posts featuring pictures of me feeling like a right idiot.


Sunday, March 05, 2017

Quill London | Modern Calligraphy Masterclass...

When I was 10, I was given a calligraphy set that I fell in love with the first time I used it. No matter what I was writing, I'd use my new set. I'd sit there for hours changing the nibs and coloured inks, writing random words over and over. So when calligraphy workshops started popping up in recent years, I was desperate to book onto one. This Friday, that all became a reality when after work I jumped on the Northern line to Angel and to one of Quill London's beginner classes. 

I was a bit nervous as I was going on my own but as it turned out, only two of the ladies in attendance knew each other! Quill London owner Lucy ran the workshop giving us beginners tips and tricks for getting to grips with modern calligraphy. We managed to pack a lot into the class, from how to set up our pens to mastering changing the pressure put on the nib, the two and a half hours flew by! As part of the cost of the class, we got to take home the pen, nib and ink along with some handy guide sheets to help us practice on our own. 

Apart from being super impatient and a bit of a perfectionist, I'm now obsessed with mastering this new skill. I've already spent a couple of hours this weekend practising those damn tricky y's! 

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