An Update

So first thing’s first.. WHERE THE FUCK HAVE I BEEN?!

Seriously, what has happened? Why haven’t I been blogging? What have I been doing? The past few weeks have been a bit of a blur, and not in the “busy, exciting, making amazing memories” kind. It’s been more  of the “tired, uneventful, I’ve done nothing but where has the time gone?” kind. It’s rubbish feeling like that, I really don’t want my life to go by with nothing significant happening to the point where I can’t even remember what happened or where the time went. So enough is enough, I’m back on the blog bandwagon and ready to get my shit together (or try to) once again.

 

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As I try to piece together the puzzle of what I’ve done in the past few weeks, it becomes more and more clear that there is someone who is putting me down and lying to me by telling me I’m not doing enough with my time. That’s right, it’s me! Because although it feels like I’ve been living the Rihanna life – work work work work work work and I’ve no idea what in between, a lot has happened and a lot has changed in the world of Clo.

 

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I took an online course in social media marketing and got a little certificate to prove that I’m an educated human. I also had a long overdue date night with bae, had a long overdue visit back home, and a long overdue night out with my bestie. I moved a little step up my career ladder and had a training thing in Manchester. I had a consultation with a colour specialist on what shades I should be wearing (more to come on that). I got the fitness bug and have been hitting the gym three times a week, surprisingly I’ve been enjoying it, my muscles are telling me otherwise right now. I said goodbye to what has been a big part of my life for nearly 2 years – being a ChildLine volunteer counsellor, and racked up 300 hours of listening to other people who need my ears. But somehow I tell myself I don’t do enough.

 

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Life is too short to waste it or feel guilty just for living it, so it’s time to take the pressure off, love what we do and do what we love once and for all. Coming up on the blog you’ll hopefully be seeing some better photos as I am now the proud owner of an Olympus pen! And I have an exciting little fashurn project coming up next month with a certain someone. Stay tuned!

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5 Instagram Accounts for flatlay inspo

Spring has finally sprung!

It’s light when I go to work in the morning, it’s light when I come home, the sun is coming out from time to time, and I’m feeling that “new season, new me, new everything” vibe.

So with that in mind, I’m hoping to shake things up a bit with the blog and get this baby going, because I feel I’ve neglected it a little bit in my attempts to educate myself and earn the rent money (sorry blog!). BUT, after many failed attempts at sourcing the olympus pen, I FINALLY bought the camera of dreams and blogger clichés, and am currently waiting on the well dressed and reliable delivery service of mum to bring me the goods. So with the new baby on the way I’ve been finding inspiration from (a.k.a stalking) the instagram accounts with the most beautiful flatlays you ever did see, in phase one of the Chloe Dangerfield blog improvement plan: take better photos of things.

Without further ado, here are my five fave flatlayers on the gram right now. Let me know what you think in the comment box below, I would love to hear which account is your favourite and what has been inspiring you lately!

1. @justlikesushi

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2. @cupofcouple

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3. @mrpaddingtonbear

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4. @thepinkdiary

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5. @designbyaikonik

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Finding Motivation in 3 Simple Steps

 

Hey Stranger,

Not too sure how this has happened but it’s been about a week and a half since my last blog post! Where the hell has that time gone ?!?!

So I just wanted to write a short and snappy post on how to find motivation, because goddammit we’re nearly TWO months into the year already, it’s almost SPRING time, and I feel like I’ve got to get my ass moving and hustle hard before I end up in December ’17 with no goals met and wondering where the hell this year went! If, like me, you haven’t started any new year’s resolutions yet, can’t even remember what they are, and aren’t really in a motivated place right now, read on my fellow goal-getter wannabes.

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Be Specific AF and plan like a boss

I am the absolute worst for this and no matter how hard I try, I can’t escape my role as Chloe, Queen of Vague (damn if only that “a” was an “o”). My brain is programmed to think that if I’m super vague and non-commital with a goal, it will be easier to achieve and I can protect myself from failure. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work!! In my experience, there is no way you can reach a goal or even find the motivation to try if you aren’t precise with what you want and how you’re going to get it. You better get ready to make a mental or actual hand written note of your overall goal, when you want to achieve it by, and a whole load of sub-goals of how often you’re going to work on it each week and what you’re going to do so that your overall goal is within your reach. It’s all in the planning babe.

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 Be Realistic

Something I’ve learned is that a goal is waaaaay harder to reach if it’s hard to fit into your lifestyle. Once upon a time I would set myself the goal of going to the gym 5 times a week, when I hadn’t been to a gym in 6 months, had so many other things to do with my time, and didn’t really love the gym anyway. It didn’t work. Shocker. I would feel so rubbish if I only went twice a week that my health kick fizzled out quicker than it started. Moral of the story: be realistic, set a goal that you can fit into your everyday life, and remember that every little step counts!

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 *Insert Nike Slogan Here*

That’s right, there’s no use in reading this then doing nothing, and your goals won’t suddenly be met by writing them down. You have to actually start doing something that will get you to where you want to be (are you surprised?). If you want to start going to the gym after work, get your membership, take your gym clothes, and just go. We often think that the motivation must come first but in my experience, sometimes it only comes once you’ve started on your mission. So don’t wait around for a spark of motivation to impart its energy on you, just get going, drag your ass to the gym (or wherever you want to be – physically and metaphorically) and force yourself out of your comfort zone if you have to. No one else can do it for you, and you only have one life, so if you want to do something just do it, or at least just begin and the rest will follow one step at a time. Also, motivational mugs are good too (see photo below).

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Hope you’re feeling fired up and ready to reach a goal, I’d love to hear what any of you are trying to achieve right now, whether it’s big or small. For me it’s moving up the career ladder, growing my blog and maybe going to the gym from time to time.

Have a great week!

Valentine’s Day: A Love/Hate Relationship

 

So Valentine’s Day is only four days away and while many people get excited over this day of love, I’ve been feeling a bit “ugh” *eyeroll* about the whole thing for the past few years. Call me negative but I just don’t really understand why we’ve created ANOTHER day in the year to feed our egos and materialistic desires, show it off on social media, and make other people feel a bit shit as a result, without meaning to.

Now, any of you who knows me, I know what you’re thinking – “but Chloe, you have a boyfriend, you have someone to get presents from and do nice things with on Valentine’s day. What do you know about how rubbish it is being single on Valentine’s day and having no one?” Well, the truth is, I don’t know what it’s like, because the last time I was single I was 14 years old. Now I’m not trying to brag, so before you singletons get sassy with me, hear me out..

 

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On our first Valentine’s day together he gave me a red rose, and a cute card with cute stuff written in it. I went round to his house and he had made me a romantic candle-lit dinner of chicken nuggets and chips (don’t laugh! We were 15 and he made it all from scratch!). It was classic Valentine’s day romance, mixed with hormonal, teenage, cringey-but-at-the-time-super-cute first love. It was sickening. But at the time I felt like a princess, and it was as if all my (realistic) Valentine’s day dreams had come true. Fast forward three, four, seven (!?) years, and February the 14th is a completely different ball game! There’s a lot of inner conflict going on in your head during the lead up to the day: “Do we still “do” Valentine’s day?”, “will bae get offended if I don’t buy him anything?”, “does he really give a shit about Valentine’s day?”, “does ANY guy really give a shit about Valentine’s day?!”,“Should I ask him if we’re doing anything for Valentine’s day?”, “no because it’ll make it sound like I want presents (..but I kinda do)”, “we could go out for dinner?” “no because everywhere gets booked up like a month in advance”. Also, what TF you even get a guy for Valentine’s day?! Seriously, what do you actually buy the stereotypically less emotional and romantic gender for the most romantic and emotional day of the year?! It’s not such a nice and romantic day now is it!

 

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So this all started in third year (no not uni, third year of me and bae being together!). In the end, after all the self-questioning over the degree of romance that will take place on Feb 14th between me and bae (sorry to anyone who hates the word bae!), I opted for a lovingly chosen and relevant card (it had a chemistry reference and he studies chemical engineering. Cute eh). It was a nice, gentle, not too over the top way of “expressing my undying love for him” (eww), and I went on over to his flat to present him with this token of love I had carefully selected, hoping that he would have one for me in return. He didn’t. Turns out we don’t do Valentine’s day anymore. He didn’t really see the point and didn’t think it was a thing we did anymore. As you can imagine, I was absolutely gutted and a little bit irritated; I had been thoughtful and got sweet FA in return. It also confirmed the classic fears of being in a long term relationship; “oh my god, we’ve lost “the spark”, we don’t do cute things anymore, we’re not “in love” anymore”, “oh god this it it, we’re an old married couple and we’re not even 25/30 years old yet! – or in my case, TWENTY years old!” *shivers*

 

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But he had a point (don’t trap yourself a smart guy, you’ll never win an argument), and it made me think. Why do we have to have one set day in the year to show our love for someone? Why do we have to do it through buying eachother things? Why does it have to be about girlfriends and boyfriends and exclude other kinds of love, like friendship?  I started to realize that Valentine’s day is very illogical and makes no sense. So we sort of decided, without actually saying it out loud, that maybe we’ll do something like go for a few drinks, cook dinner together, or maybe even go out for dinner if we’re feeling particularly organised and loved up, but Valentine’s day is not a card/present giving occasion, we’ve got enough of those to worry about.

 

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And I’m totally fine with this arrangement, really, I am. This is what we’re going to do, it’s logical and it makes sense. But what about what everyone else is doing!? Every damn year, as Valentine’s day hits social media with all it’s #couplegoals, photos of red roses, cute cards, “I love you” teddies and chocolate, bottles of champagne, maybe even the odd Tiffany/Pandora/expensive jewellery item scattered in amongst sappy statuses of couples professing their undying love to eachother for everyone to see, all logic goes out the window. Because I, on the other hand, am so balls deep in an LTR that V day hasn’t even been mentioned, and I haven’t even thought to make plans with bae because of the logical reasons which I’m now questioning, all because of what other people might be doing. Jealousy is a bitch, and Instagram has a way of giving you major FOMO. If everyone else is doing it, it’s sometimes hard to resist the feeling that you should be too. if someone posts a loved up pic of all the presents they got from their other half, that means they’re in love, and if you don’t do that then you’re not in love, even though you know that you are. Stupid, but I bet I’m not the only one feeling the social pressures of Valentine’s Day. This is the harsh “reality” of the gram, and February the 14th is one of those days where it gets more intense and a tad overwhelming.

 

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So, to overcome my own jealousy and the icky, annoying, and overhyped extravaganza that Valentine’s day has become, I am encouraging you lovely people to join me in doing something nice for someone you love non-romantically. Send cute cards to your girl squad, buy your bff some chocolates, or have a mate date, all in the name of Galentine’s day (sorry, can’t think of a male equivalent). Because after all, some of the greatest loves we have are with the friends we can share everything with and be totally ourselves around. Or better yet, and perhaps even more importantly, do something for you! Buy yourself a present, do something you enjoy, look after yourself, and acknowledge your love for yourself. Or at least find it somewhere, because as the greatest drag queen of all has said; “if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gon’ love somebody else?” Amen to that Ru Paul! Us girls gotta stick together and be kind to each other, and ourselves, more often.

 

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Have a lovely Valentine’s/Galentine’s day when it comes around, I’d love to hear what you’re doing to celebrate it, even if you’re going down the traditional route of cards and a romantic dinner with bae! As always, I’d also love to hear what you think of this post or if you’re, dare I say, “inspired”, by my ramblings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Career Girl Academy Lowdown

 

Hi everyone!

 

It’s the weekend again already! Any of you Instagram followers will have seen that I had an exciting trip to London this time last week, so it seemed natural to write a post on what I was doing and what I learned for any of you who are wondering, or just plain nosey!

 

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So it all started with a 4:30am start on Saturday morning (the struggle was real), but the main event I had been anticipating kicked off at around 9:30 on Sunday morning. It’s not often a time that people want to be up and at ‘em on the day of rest, but where I was going was worth it! After going to the first event in November, I was returning to the very shmancy Hoxton Hotel in Holborn (say it fast five times), to the second instalment of the Career Girl Academy, hosted by Career Girl Daily.

 

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For those of you who aren’t aware, Career Girl Daily is THE blog for fashion and lifestyle, and career (obvs), primarily for young women (obvs). They have been firing out so much great content in the last couple of years that they are an award-winning online magazine, with just a modest global following of 1.5m people (!!!). So for me it was a no brainer, I HAD to go, and after feeling so inspired after the first Career Girl Academy, I didn’t want to miss out.

 

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Like the first event, myself and the 60 (ish) other aspiring career girls there were given motivational talks from successful businesswomen. They spoke about how to cope with stress, how to set up a business, how to get your name out there, and how they got to where they are today, among other career and business tips.

 

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First up was Kelly Mars from PURE, a PR company for beauty and skincare products. She was lovely, extremely passionate, and the biggest thing I need to take away from her talk was to stop overthinking and just do it. Next, Hollie Grant – the Pilates PT and creator of “the model method”. She spoke to us in such an honest, “same-level” way that I felt like she could be my friend. She talked about how to work smarter, not harder, based on her own experience of feeling low and overworked, taking care of herself more through Pilates, and then turning that hobby into her unique business.

 

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Best friends Rosie and Alice created their high-end supplement company, Equi London, when Rosie was trying to keep up a stressful lifestyle in the London banking industry, and Alice was a top nutritionist able to advise and source the ingredients to cope with such a hectic lifestyle. They shared with us ways to cope with stress in terms of nutrition and lifestyle. Fun fact: eat protein with every meal, and have regular digital detoxes (but read my blog first plz!).

 

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Sally-Ann Stevens gave us the nitty gritty on how to actually set up and run a business, and what she’s learned from creating her own global PR company. Her biggest pieces of advice? Educate yourself in everything – even the boring stuff like law and finances, and have a no fail approach – find your way through the problem no matter what. She introduced us to Chloe Watts, who gave a really inspiring talk on how she innovated her passion of coding into her web design company, ChloeDigital. She lives by the mottos of “fake it till you make it” and “your network is your net worth”. She explained how straightforward it can be to set up your business, and encouraged us to create more than we consume, which really go me thinking about how much time I mindlessly scroll through Instagram and watch TV.

 

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Last but not least, two of the women behind Career Girl Daily gave us the career girl survival master class. Through sharing their own experiences of running their blog, Beth and Ellen told us not to stick to the safe opportunities, to find your strengths, and to remember to take care of your most important asset – you!

 

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shoutout to ideasaboveherstation and haveasafejourney (Grace and Camilla)

 

It was easy to feel a million miles away from where these women are in their career compared to where I am in mine, but their down to earth personalities, and their genuine passion for what they do made success seem possible. It was hard to believe how relatable they were despite all their achievements they’ve had in their businesses, and it was so encouraging to hear that these women had actually started off in a similar mentality to all of us in the room. You could feel the infectious warmth of inspiration and togetherness in the room, and these women had an incredible way of making us feel we could do actually create our own successful businesses.

 

Business and blogging can be very technical, faceless industries, so make the most of any chance you have to meet these amazing people in person and get ready to feel inspired!

 

As always, thank you to anyone who reads this, please let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

4 Steps to Facing Your Fear

Hello everyone,

I wanted to chat about facing fears, ahead of an exciting but scary weekend for me as I go on a solo adventure to London. In case you haven’t been able to see the clue in the title, this has been a fear of mine! But, after I went and did it back in November, to the same place, the same event, and the same amazing, lovely girls at Career Girl Daily, the fear of travelling alone and going to an event had been bossed, and it was 100% worth it! Chloe 1 – fear 0.

 

 

We’ve all been there though haven’t we? (The fear thing, not the event I went to). Every once in a while you come across an opportunity – an event, an adventure, or a career prospect, and a voice inside you instantly shrieks with excitement just at the picture, or the title, and you think “oh my god I would LOVE to do that/go there/work there”. But after just a few moments of feeling like you’ve found your calling, you dismiss the chance, shutting it down completely. Why? A massive list of fears and anxieties, that’s why. Suddenly the rush of excitement is replaced with “I can’t do that”, “I don’t have time”, “I can’t afford that”, “I won’t manage”, “what would people say?”, “what if it doesn’t work out?”, “me?! Do that?! No. I can’t.” And I’m sure for a lot of us that’s the end of it.

But when you actually think about it, and you really pick apart at these fears, there’s never really much of a reason to them. I just feel a drop in my heart and think “I can’t .. because I can’t”. And any reason we can eventually think of is often fuelled by our own insecurities of who we think we are, when everyone else sees something different. Well let me fill you in on a secret – you’re actually the one who decides who you are and what you do. If there’s something you really want to do, where the thought of it gets you excited, and it scares you a little bit for all those anxiety-riddled reasons, you can actually kick those fears in the teeth and do it. Here’s how I did it:

 

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So you’ve found an opportunity and you’re thinking “YES! I WOULD LOVE THAT!!”. Before you even think of letting any fears set in, do something, right then and there that will get you to think “actually, I really could do this”. Start looking into what’s involved, visualize yourself actually doing it, or if you’re feeling fierce, go right ahead and book the damn tickets! Make yourself see that it really is possible before your brain tells you it’s not, and keep that spark of excitement burning for phase 2 (which is basically stage 1..)

 

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Act fast while you’re still at the excited “I want to do this!” phase and looking into what’s involved. Think about what you would actually need to do it before the fear sets in. For me it was money and time off work for travelling to London for the weekend. As soon as I heard about the event and when it was, I added up roughly how much it would be for flights, cheap hotel and the event itself and boom! – I proved myself wrong with the fear of not having enough money. It turns out a weekend away doesn’t cost the earth as my mind tricks myself into believing – Ok I might have to eat baked beans for the last week of the month if I overspend on other things, but that’s the worst that will happen. If baked beans is the worst thing that will happen on the money side of things, then wtf am I worrying about?!

 

What Will You Lose?

 

If you’re of an anxious disposition this is going to send your panic levels waaaay up, but think about what’s the worst that could happen (are you freaking out yet?). Ok, not things like “what if I get kidnapped”, but all those little irrational fears like – “what if people think it’s stupid?”, “what if it’s doesn’t work out and it’s a waste of money/time”, “what if I forget about what to do at an airport or miss my flight”, “aaaah I’ll be totally alone!”. So now you’re freaking out a little but relax, and think about what would happen if all this stuff actually became a reality, or how likely it is – You can actually choose whether you want to care about what people think or not. Trust me, try it. If it doesn’t work out as planned, at least you’re not left wondering what it could have been, and I bet there will be at least one good thing that comes from it if you think hard enough. Millions of people get on planes every day – if they can do it so can you. And unless you’re going to a desert, or the moon, are you really going to be completely alone? I was going to the most populated city in the whole damn country and I was scared of being on my own. It makes no sense! Slowly but surely you’ll start thinking “yknow what.. I actually can do this! Can’t I?” Yes you can, you’ve realised the secret – your fears aren’t real, they’re faking it and so can you, you may not think you’re the type of person who, say, goes down to London for a career girl event run by a hugely successful blog that you love – but you can be if you want to.

 

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We often worry about “what if”, but it’s always about the bad stuff and never about the amazing things that could happen. “What if I fall? – Oh but my darling what if you fly?” – one of my favourite quotes that helps to chill me out at times like this. Maybe this opportunity that you’ve stumbled upon will be amazing! Maybe you’ll do it and love it just like you thought you would as soon as you came across it. It could happen.

For me, the fact that I was getting up off my ass, going somewhere, meeting people, doing something new and exciting gave me enough reason to go and do it and forget about what people would think and what could go wrong, because there was more for me to gain than lose. So I went to London on my own, and I marched on in to the Hoxton Hotel in my leopard print boots with my head held high and a smile on my face. I learned more about business, blogging and career in one day than I had through four years at uni, and I felt more driven and excited than I had in a long time. I loved it so much that I’m going to do it again this weekend (!!!) and being a little bit more of who I’d like to be.

 

 

 

So if an opportunity comes up that gives you all the feels and all the fear – show your worries who’s boss and go for it!

 

I’d really love to know what you think and if there’s any fears you’re thinking about facing so leave your comments below, and follow my adventure over on instagram!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prague: The Top 4

Hi everyone,

So Prague: Wow! Any of you Instagram followers will have seen that it was pretty amazing and we had a v. good time during our four days there. No big surprise then that my next blog post would be a collection of my favourite things on our trip, but y’know, I can’t be this mysterious sass queen all the time – or ever really (I’m working on it).

The Buildings

When I was planning the holiday and seeing all these amazing reviews about architecture in Prague I was thinking “ok cool but what, am I gonna just stand and look at a building all day?”, it was more of an added bonus in my mind rather than a highlight. But damn the Czechs know how to construct some nice stuff! The Charles Bridge, the Castle, the Cathedral, the Astronomical clock and literally everything in between was stunning, every time I saw the cathedral I was like “woow”. All very gothic as well so Prague is a very different city to anywhere I’ve been before, which made it all the more beautiful. Our hotel (the Grand Majestic Plaza FYI – told you I was working on my sassiness) was located right in the Old Town of Prague so this beautiful architecture was right on our doorstep, which was ideal because every day we could have a nice walk through the Old Town Square and see it all without really trying. My photos probably don’t do it any justice so go see this city for yourself, it’s stunning!

The Food

Before we went I didn’t really have a clue what people ate over there, or if it would be nice, or if they ate weird stuff, like horses, but not tell you so you find out later and think “oh god. My life will never be the same.” (I tend to exaggerate. It’s called anxiety.) But oh my god their food is amazing! Very warming, cosy food to keep your temperature up as it’s bloody freezing over there – people said to us “oh Scotland? Ooh that’s cold”. I thought “Ha. Scotland is effing tropical compared to this! I can feel my limbs in Scotland!” The Czechs probably need all the carbs and hearty food they can get to keep warm, so a lot of beef/pork stews with dumplings (kind of like sticky bread?) featured on the Czech menu. Most Brits go to Prague (or anywhere really) to get chronically drunk or “get on the lash” as we say. And we were no exception. We did get on the lash – the goulash that is. And we did it two nights in a row because we are absolutely wild. The wild boar goulash I had at the Old Town Brewery was 100% one of the best things I’ve ever eaten and that’s not one of my exaggerations. I’ve never felt a satisfied, cosy food coma like it. And the Czech’s aren’t just good at the savoury stuff – their hot chocolates are literally hot chocolate. I didn’t know whether to drink it, have a fondue with it or get freaky and put my face in it. Holy crap it is soo good but so sickly so we stuck to a “choco shot” after I made the mistake of ordering a whole mug of it. No regrets though.

The Beer

I know what you’re thinking. Beer? You? Yes. I’m a sassy little blonde who loves fashion and girly stuff and I’m starting to enjoy beer (I told you I’m working on being mysterious). Fun fact: The Czechs drink more beer per capita than anywhere else in the world. Beer over there is cheaper than water! So on our last day we went on a micro-brewery tour which became a very exclusive affair as we were the only people on this tour, and it became a very Scottish affair as our tour guide was from Dundee of all places! This guy lived and breathed beer – ok not really because he wasn’t hammered – but he was an encyclopaedia of all things beer in Prague. Our first brewery was a fairly new one built in 1998, where we tried eight different beers from a little shot roulette type paddle which brought back some very drunken memories. Given the fact it was only midday and I’m a fairly new beer drinker I started panicking thinking oh god what if a) I get way too drunk after a couple of these because I’m a massive lightweight and b) what if I don’t like them and can’t pretend I do. But craft beer has a way of surprising you – the dark beers tasted light and the bright green potion had no hops in it whatsoever which is kind of essential in brewing beer. This was nettle beer, being Scottish and having a childhood of nettle stings made me reluctant to try this, plus it was bright green goddammit! But it tasted like good beer with a hint of “green” and I genuinely enjoyed it.

Brewery two was the longest running brewery (est. 1499), and brewery three was the oldest, being opened in 1466 but not ever since then (long story short – communism was a bitch and this brewery had to close but got re-opened after communism fell). This last brewery would be completely overlooked if you weren’t a beer geek as it was in a dodgy looking shopping centre next to a KFC. I’m not even kidding. It was so small it could only seat 40 people but the best part was that you could literally see the beer being brewed through the glass window, with a tap coming straight from the barrel. The freshest beer you will ever drink! (And yes after 11 different beers I was very boozy by the end of this tour).

The History

I scrawled through so many “top things about Prague” pages before going and, like the architecture, the history of the country kept cropping up but was something I initially overlooked. One thing I learned though was about a big red stick on top of a hill that kept moving like a ticking clock. I couldn’t get a good photo of it as it didn’t look like much and to be honest I didn’t really notice it until we were on a boat trip along the Vltava. The tour guide explained that during soviet communism, a massive 17,000 tonne statue of Stalin stood on this hill for seven years. After Stalin’s regime fell and because he was such a bastard the statue was blown up, and years later in 1991 a red metronome was put in its place to connect the tragic past with the present and future of the country as a symbol of time and democracy. It was one of those little things that made me feel a bit warm inside, and a reminder that we’ve got it not so bad these days and we maybe ought to remember that more often. And also to remember that you can’t change the past but it’s still part of the wonderful human that you are now and will become later.

So moral of the story; use the opportunities you have to travel where and when you can, try new things, learn, appreciate, repeat. Now go book your flights to this majestic city right now and have a good week!

A Fashion Girl Guide to Packing

Hello and Happy New Year everyone!

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Sorry for the massive photo up there or if it’s cropped itself in it’s “featured image” section of this post, I’m still figuring out this blogging malarkey! Welcome along to my second contribution to the blogosphere, and thank you so much for such a good reaction to the first one, I’m feeling much more at home on the world wide web than I was before, sort of!

So while many of you are still nursing the Hogmanay hangovers or getting stuck in to resolutions for the new year, I am packing my bags for an adventure to Prague! (sense the massive grin on my face!!!!!)

But ah what does one take on such an intrepid adventure? How does a typical fashion-loving gal pick a select number of outfits from her bulging wardrobe that will be practical, but won’t push her poor case over the edge of the 20 something kg baggage allowance, or worse; not look her best. At all times. The horror!

So here’s a fashion-y post for you to have a little nosey at some of the items coming with me to the Czech Republic, all of which are beginning with “D” to make a fun little game of I spy at the same time. What fun!

 

The Day ‘n’ Night Dress

 

It’s velvet. It’s pretty. Bonus points for the long sleeves in the cold weather. But wait a sec! I can wear this little Topshop number in the AM and the PM! By day I’ll be pairing it with some shiny new River Island trainers, my Topshop backpack, and a trusty lil bobble hat. By night, she will be taken down to the hotel restaurant with strappy black new look heels and some glammy accessories. I would like to stress that it will be the *hotel* restaurant because HA! LOL! Am I heck going out in minus degrees with my bare toes and legs out. A humble one degree and I would consider it but temperatures below zero?! It’s a no from me.

 

 The “Did you pack a..?”

 

There’s always one thing (or one hundred things) that your mum pesters you about packing even though you have managed to survive life so far remembering said things. “Did you bring your chargers?”, “Did you remember your passport?”, or in this case “did you pack a jumper?” Why yes mum, I packed TWO jumpers, and they’re soft and cosy and they go with basically all my clothes! Seriously though, these H&M jumpers are so good I got two exactly the same, double yay that they are now in the sales for SEVEN POUND! Overspending on clothes has become one less thing you get pestered for by your mum. You’re welcome.

 

The “Dayyum”

 

So this one is the “dayyum”, and boy she is a dame! She’s a River Island mesh crop top with some pretty floral embroidery and the sneaky low cut to big up the sassiness on a night out, but in a way that’ll still keep people’s eyes on your face. 10/10. It’s that stand out, bold, sass-queen item that screams one word and one word only. You have three guesses.

 

The Dazzlers

 

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ve been seeing a lot of low key, minimalist outfits that have been dressed up with a bit of sparkle, or “frosting” to the fans of how to lose a guy in ten days (Love. That. Film.). These are my trusty pieces of jewellery that will add subtle sass to my outfits with minimal baggage weight for the flight. Featuring my good old friends; Swarovski and Pandora, and a stunning rose gold set from Equilibrium, along with a basic black clutch bag from Primark and this beaut of a purse from the River Island sale for ultimate mermaid vibes. Happy Days.

 

 

 

Hope you have a fab first week of 2017, be sure to follow my adventures over on Instagram and feel free to leave a comment below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My First Blog Post

 

Well here it is! My first ever blog post! and my goodness has this been a long time coming..

2012 was the year of the London Olympics, the year the world was supposed to end, and the year I discovered these very personal but very public online diary type things called blogs. It was love at first read. The beauty hacks, the fashion inspo, the perfect photographs, the way someone you don’t even know could say everything you’ve been thinking and answer every question that you’ve been wondering about, making you feel a *little* bit more normal. I was completely obsessed. As the years have gone by I’ve been quietly keeping up with the writers who inspire me, secretly scouring Instagram for #lifegoals in photos and the perfect filter, and, most of all, wondering what I would do if I had my own blog?

So what exactly got in the way for four whole years? Well, those little bitches called self doubt and anxiety, worrying about everything that could go wrong rather than everything that could go right, and obsessing over everything I don’t know/don’t have/can’t do rather than everything I could do. Also, university kind of takes over your life too (she’s one humdinger of a bitch)! So here we go, I’m feeling the fear and doing it anyway, as any Dr Pepper advocate would say; “what’s the worst that could happen?”

As 2017 is creeping in closer and closer, I figured that in the spirit of new beginnings, new blog, new year, I’ll make a list of 3 quotes, or mantras if you will, that will carry me through the year and the start of my blogging journey (because who doesn’t love a good quote am I right?!).

  “Respond to every call that excites your spirit” – Rumi 

So this is pretty much why I’m doing this. I don’t know much about the techy side of blogging, my writing may well be a load of rubbish, and I probably haven’t quite acquired the seamless, “perfect” looking lifestyle of all the bloggers I love just yet. But I love blogs. I love Instagram. And I bloody love clothes and beauty and writing things and taking photos of anything and everything. AND PUGS. So never mind whether you’re actually good at something or not, if you love it, that seems like a pretty good enough reason to actually do it, right?

“Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person that you are” – Mandy Hale

Now I don’t know about magical or beautiful but weird and imperfect are 100% me. As much as I am fangirling my fave bloggers like they’re Beyonce and just kind of wanting to be them or at least be friends (did I mention that I’m weird?) I’m going to try and be myself and bring a little bit of realness to the blogging world as I make my own mark. 

“Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try” – Michael Jordan

This is a quote that got me through my final college exam 2 years ago, and one that I heard again from a lovely lady at a recent event in London. Remember those little bitches I bitched about earlier; self doubt and anxiety (oh you little bitches you!). They remind you about the chance of failure all the time. So much so that you forget it’s not actually a guaranteed outcome. Maybe I only make it to 10 blog posts. Maybe there is only one person actually reading this (hi there, thankyou). But, maybe this will be quite a nice little place on the world wide web, and maybe it will be what I have hoped it would be for the past four years? As they say, we regret the chances we didn’t take, so here it goes. Welcome to my blog, people!

 

 

I hope you have a Happy New Year, let’s make it a good one!