Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Week in Photos/Life Updates

It's10PM on a Tuesday evening and I begin this blog post half drowsy and half feeling nauseous due to attending an orthodontist appointment today. I had my braces tightened and I'm in immense pain so going back to my good old helpful buddy co-codamol, here I am, throbbing with pain. I apologise now for any mistakes or stupid sentences that do not make sense. 

This weeks post is going to be a week in photos kinda post with life updates because I have a couple of posts lined up but I haven't got all the bits and bobs required for those yet. But they are coming in the next upcoming weeks and I think they're exciting!!!

First BBQ of The Year

My family were very late to this, this year and I think it's down to the untrustworthy weather we experience in the UK. I say it's my first BBQ of the year but in real honesty, I don't eat meat nor carbs so no white burger rolls for me I'm afraid. Instead, I made myself a small salad with lettuce, cucumber and avocado, also my latest yummy discovery is cashew nuts and I couldn't stop myself putting them into my salad (with a cheeky bit of mayo mmm). Fruit, mushrooms and turkey Quorn burgers which I must add taste absolutely ravishing, I could live on them for the rest of my life. My unhealthy splurge in my meal was the processed sliced cheese but it's a BBQ I couldn't say no.

Shopping Day OOTD

Last Friday, after my short shift at work and it also being payday meant that I took a trip to the next town and did a cheeky bit of shopping. I won't tell you what I brought because that's another blog post. But here's a mirror selfie of my outfit which I loved, especially these jeans that are from Topshop. Also featuring the top that appeared in a blog post a couple of weeks back. 

Keeping Healthy - Long Walks

Nearly every night after our dinner, me and my mum will go for a long walk. It's cute, we talk about life, plans and the future often with the occasional bitch about somebody (this is where me and my mum are very similar). I enjoy our walks a lot lately because it's so lovely and warm and we walk past so many adorable dogs being walked by their owners and also because it's great exercise especially as I don't have the time/patience/money to go to the gym. This is just as effective.

Socks and Sandals

Rocking that latest trend of socks and sandals and getting away with it. Sunday morning, I woke my family up early, yes 8am on a Sunday morning, it was safe to say they hated me. We went out for the morning/afternoon to some garden centers about a 30 minute drive from out home. It was nice because it was sunny and we hadn't been in so long because normally on Sunday's I work awkward hours but on this particular day I had a later shift so I used my morning wisely. I wore this fairy/witch style skirt which is from Topshop and these recently purchased sandals from New Look with the classic pastel coloured Topshop frilly socks. 

Garden Centre Exploring

The garden centres that we looked around have always been my favourite since I was a little child because at Christmas and Halloween they are very themed and so beautiful and magical. It's like going to a completely different world. Obviously it's July and we're not near Halloween or Christmas just yet but the shops are just as fun to walk round. Me, my mum and my sister probably spent around half an hour smelling all the different scents of Yankee candles which I must say are incredible. I had to stop myself buying so many and ended up buying my mum a gift of one of them. I can't remember the exact name but it involved ginger.

Bright Colours

I recently purchased a new nail varnish (another one because I am addicted and running out of storage for them all) and I fell back to my trustworthy brand Rimmel. I don't know what it is about the 60 Seconds Nail Varnishes but I adore them. This beautiful teal colour is called 'District-ly Come Dancing'. I get attracted more to the colour if it has a cute name and I'm guessing I'm not the only one hahaha. Ignore my badly painted nails, I'm not very good at this kind of thing. I love these polishes because they're so reasonably cheap, pricing at around £3.69 each. I'm loving this skirt again at the minute, I brought it last summer in the Topshop sale for just £5 and admittedly I only wore it once last summer so this summer, it's back for good.

Fruity fruit

Currently loving to eat a lot of fruit despite the fact it doesn't agree with my blood sugars. Nothing more satisfying to me than a plate of fruit with a glass of water. Oh what lovely pale, chunky legs I have and fabulous pajamas's, bear in mind that this was at half past 1 this afternoon. Does anybody actually get dressed at a suitable time in the holidays? No, I didn't think so.

That's all from me this week, I like to think I have a couple of exciting posts coming up in the next few weeks and I hope you do find them enjoying. A little hint is that I'm going on holiday to Cornwall on Sunday for a week so we might have a post on that. Who knows?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Living a Positive, Healthy and Happy Life.

Hello, I've been wanting to write a post about positive living for a while now and I've finally planned it. Here we go. Obviously I'm not a professional in healthy eating/living/being positive about everything life because like any normal person I have my bad days and I'm sure you do too. I'm not telling you that this is how you should live your life or that you should listen to anything I say but if you maybe want to improve a part of your life and this applies to it, then why not? 

What have you got to lose?

1. Get rid of all the negativity in your life.
Maybe if it's a person that is making you unhappy or your lifestyle is making you miserable. Do something about it, I can't emphasize this enough because it has done me so good. Having people in your life who bring you down or just make you feel bad/insecure about yourself will not make your life any happier. The first step is to get rid of it, get rid of the thing that's making you sad. 
Surround yourself with people who are positive, who make you happy, who make you feel good about being you.

2. Focus on today.
Focus on the day that is ahead of you, not yesterday and not tomorrow. Dwelling on the past is soul destroying, it can tear you apart and what's the point in thinking about what has already happened? What can you do about it now? The best thing to do is just move on from it, if something has gone wrong in your life then think briefly about why it went wrong and work from it. Learn from your mistakes but definitely don't keep thinking about yesterday or last week or last year. Thinking about tomorrow is pointless too because what if, WHAT IF today is your last day here on Earth. Although you won't know what day is going to be your last, you need to make sure every day is the best you can make it. If you were to die tomorrow, what have you done today that made a difference? What have you done that made you happy?

3. Get enough sleep every night.
I would recommend getting at least 7-8 hours sleep every night as it is so good for you. Too much sleep can make you feel like a slug and too little sleep makes you spaced out and delirious. You'll feel so much better getting up at 8am instead of 1pm and wasting your day.

4. Drink lots of water.
Especially when you wake up in the morning. Drinking water refreshes your skin which for me is the most important because I get quite blotchy skin (ohhh being a teenager). If you're reading this and you're thinking that you don't drink enough water, DRINK, GO DRINK SOME COLD, REFRESHING WATER. Having just one extra glass of water a day can make a massive difference. 

5. Don't skip breakfast.
Change your life greatly by making sure you eat breakfast in the morning. Doing this fills you up for longer and you won't feel peckish before your lunch. Although it is tempting isn't it? To reach for that chocolate bar or that mouthwatering cake your colleague just brought into your office. Sometimes peoples excuse is that they don't have enough time in the morning, well make time. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier than you normally would, get up and make yourself a nutritious breakfast. 

6. Wear an item of clothing or an accessory that makes you feel good.
Feeling good in what you're wearing is vital, even if you're not actually planning to leave the house today. I'm not saying wear your prettiest, most glamorous dress for a lazy day just wear maybe a pretty necklace or a cute top. If it makes you feel good, wear it. Bloody well wear it, who cares if somebody around you doesn't agree with what you're wearing? Wear it.

7. Find yourself something to do.
Again, if you're not planning on going out today, plan something to do inside. Even if that is to read a book that you've been meaning to read for weeks or watch a cool movie that you've never seen before. Tidy your room. Watch your favourite TV show. Do some baking. Make your day worthwhile, don't mop around the house all day every day feeling sorry for yourself. Referring to the first image of this blog, make the days count.

8. Smile at a stranger.
Unless you're not going out today then this is difficult but if you're planning on a day out, make sure you smile at somebody. It instantly makes you feel better about yourself and you never know, it could make that person's day survivable. The person you smile at might be going through a lot of problems that they need help with and you smiling at them could give them the boost they need to improve their life. So do it today, smile at somebody.

9. Don't care what other people think.
I've left this one to last because it's the trickiest one to deal with. Not caring what other people think is easier said than done and I'll admit that. I struggled for years with this, always caring too much about how people saw me and what they thought of the way I looked. I'm not sure what's changed in my life recently but I no longer worry too much about what the people around me think. Of course, I still think about it but not as much. Not caring about what people think will improve your life. Your confidence within yourself with rise. 

You don't have to be happy every single day of your life because we all know that sometimes we just like to be lazy with our day in our pj's and watch stupid daytime TV and eat lots of unhealthy junk food.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

H&M and Regalrose // Fashion


Hey so I am terribly sorry that I haven't written a blog post in over 3 months. My excuse is that I have had a lot going on in my life. I last posted in April and that was just before exam period although I never actually sat my AS exams this year because I landed myself a stay in hospital. Sigh. So that was all a bit crazy and since then life has just been hectic, battling with my physical and mental health. 
Enough of the depressing stuff, I've also been to a couple of university open days including Brighton and Goldsmith's in London. I had a fabulous weekend visiting them and I'm very excited to be applying for uni this year. 

Here I am now, currently on a positive, radiant streak in life. I'm trying so hard to be happy and to appreciate life more. The last couple of months I have just completely broke down and I think it helped me. I'm feeling confident and happy and just enthusiastic about life.

Let's crack on with the blog post. Yay. I went shopping this week although I'm supposed to be saving my money for my holiday next month. My excuse is that it's okay to spend money because I'm working extra shifts at the moment so I have extra £££. 

You can sit with us
I brought this shirt from H&M after seeing it featured in H&M's Summer Looks with Ashley Benson (who I'm seriously girl crushing on at the moment because of Pretty Little Liars and Spring Breakers). I've been trying to buy some actual t-shirt length shirts, if you get what I mean because I live in crop tops and it needs to stop. So when I saw this on her collection online, I knew I had to find it. I thought I wouldn't find any of the items in my local store because it's pretty poop compared to the larger London stores but I was surprised. I found it and squealed inside. It's kinda see-through, but it's an acceptable see-through and it's also a very summer friendly material. Lightweight and thin. A bargain for 7.99. 

Recently I've been loving Ellie Goulding's style a lot and I noticed she has been wearing bindi's at festivals and gigs etc. I searched online for a couple of hours trying to find some at a suitable price range and here I found Regalrose. Regalrose is an online site selling jewellery and cute accessories. A few celebrities have been spotted wearing Regalrose products, obviously including the Queen Ellie Goulding. These bindi's that I brought cost me £8 and I received 12 of them which is super good. After an annoying 'sorry we missed you' leaflet through my door from Royal Mail, I collected them and immediately put one on and took a product advertising selfie (You can see this selfie if you really want on my Instagram @brihend3rson hahaha) I absolutely love this accessory and I definitely think I'll be wearing them a lot. They attach well to your forehead and don't fall off. What more do you want/need? I'll will for sure be purchasing more from this site.

Epic weekend
I've had my eye on this crop top for a couple of weeks now and every time I've walked into H&M it's caught my eye. I finally brought it this week after pondering whether or not I really needed ANOTHER crop top to my wardrobe. The answer was yes, I did need another crop top, especially when these are so cheap selling for £.3.99 which is definitely value for money. I don't own many black crop tops so this was essential. 

Lipstick. Notebook. Pen. Random Stuff
This fabulous cloth bag is going to be my summer favourite. I always avoided cloth bags for some reason, I think because I thought just elderly people used them, not that there's anything bad about elderly people (They're cute). I saw this in H&M and immediately picked it up without hesitation. It's so adorable and simple, however I'm afraid that because it's white I'll spill something on it and ruin it. BUT then it's also a cloth bag and can be easily washed so I should probably stop fretting. It only cost £2.99 so it's worth it.

And the last image, well a mirror selfie in the Topshop changing rooms today. Excuse my pout, I just needed a photo of my outfit on my phone, featuring the you can sit with us shirt and cloth bag. 

I apologise for the long post but I hope you enjoy it.