19 September 2017

Sometimes You Just Need To Escape

"Life is an amazing and magical gift." WE KNOW! We all know that life is full of incredible opportunity. But life is also full of other things - sadness, hardship and difficulty. Sometimes things get miserable and we can't see the wood for the trees. Sometimes reminding ourselves of all that life has to offer isn't enough, and we can get so pulled down by things that, well, we hit road blocks or ruts that we can't get out of. 

So, what do you do about it? What do you do when you literally don't know what to do?

Well sometimes, you need to escape.

I located myself hanging out, or rather, wallowing, in one of these ruts recently. And whilst of course there are so many atrocious things going on in the world, in my little world, I'd seriously had enough. 

So last week, seriously tired and disgruntled, I packed my bags and joined my family in Derbyshire for a few days. Now, it wasn't meant to be a jolly jaunt, which is why what happened next was so surprising for me. It was, in fact, to attend my great Aunt Peggy's funeral. Naturally, I thought it would be nothing but a terribly sad occasion.

Of course it was sad. But, living late into her 90s, it soon became apparent that because she'd lived such a long life - it could be nothing other than a celebration of her legacy and a very natural goodbye. My Mum hails from the North and moved South when she was young, but we have a lot of family who live in and around Derbyshire, who all gathered for the funeral and the reception afterwards. A.P was a family-loving lady, who I honestly think would have loved nothing more than the whole family gathering together and re-connecting because of her.

But also, hearing her eulogy, and listening to stories told by my Granddad and other family members,  I found it incredible to learn more about the people I descend from. They certainly weren't moping martyrs by any stretch, I'm sure they all had their down days, but they were - and are - strong, powerful people who lived through war and hardship and, by the sounds of it, took no nonsense whatsoever. Even just tapping into a bit of family history provided me with a shift in perspective and a sense of needing to honour the life they fought so hard to carve out. If they hadn't, I wouldn't be here.

Whilst in Derbyshire, we stayed for three days in The Peak Edge Hotel, which is nestled right on the edge of Derbyshire's Peak District. I logged out of all my emails and social media (except for the odd instagram post, obv) and checked out of my life as best I could.

It's honestly AMAZING how being somewhere different (and disconnecting from social media) can make you feel like you've escaped the world, and especially somewhere like the Peak district, which is so different to where I live. It may not be a 30 degree beach, but it's entering a beautiful bubble of rolling hills, low stone walls, cottages and roaring fires. Also everyone seems so much friendlier up North...just saying!

The bedrooms at the Peak Edge are beautiful and the one I stayed in had a stunning view out over the fields, literally nothing to be seen for miles except rolling hills and an a stone chimney peeping up in the distance.

The hotel restaurant was also an amazing place to relax - no plastic or modern stuff in sight, simply endless beams, wooden tables, cosy side rooms and huge armchairs in front of an enormous fire. We also found some time to do some exploring of the local area, where my Granddad and great Aunts/Uncle grew up. I even got some walking in, and honestly, walking can be the best thing to quiet a manic mind - it's like a form of free therapy!

And so, in just a few days of escaping reality, I started to feel my perspective shifting and sense of 'renewal' in my approach to life. Perhaps we all need to escape from our day to day sometimes and go somewhere that means something to us, to remember where we come from, and let that act as a guide towards who we're meant to be.

So, if you're feeling lost or in a rut, have a think - is there somewhere you loved to go when you were younger? Have you got some family or friends or a connection to a certain place where you can visit?   They say that whenever you go back to somewhere you've been before, you can re-connect to a part of yourself that you left there.

Sometimes escaping from your day to day is the best thing you can do if you're restless, or lost on what to do. This little trip gave me a break, reminded me that I descend from some seriously strong people, and renewed my perspective on things. Like a breath of fresh air, I feel ready to tackle life again, make some decisions, and get moving forwards. 

It's reminded me that my life is far from terrible, and that I should be grateful for so many things, and focusing on what I have got and not what I haven't. And that actually, whatever comes next, I'm resilient enough to cope with it - like so many people have before me.


5 September 2017

Injecting Some Colour Into Your Wardrobe

 We all have an easy, wardrobe go-to...and mine has always been anything in black! But as there is so much more to life than black jeans and jumpers, here's how I've been injecting some more colour into my wardrobe!

24 August 2017

Learning To Let Go

Without a doubt, I am what you would call 'a planner'. I love a good plan and I'm constantly master-minding and scheming. But sooner or later, you realise that there are some things you cannot control and so sometimes, you have to learn to let go. 

17 August 2017

Last-Minute Love For Gingham

Gingham is everywhere at the moment and (late as usual) I've jumped happily onto the bandwagon of this particular trend. I say better late than never though and I'm now seriously loving adding gingham into my wardrobe. Here's why...

14 August 2017

Most Wearable Autumn 2017 Trends at a Glance!

Autumn 2017 collections were full of surprises, and there was something for every girl. While some designers tried to redefine the classics with newer elements, others chose to work with colour palettes and prints in ways that didn’t feel like the “fall”. In this special post, we will talk of the top trends of fall 2017 and how you can get these looks right!


10 August 2017

Get To Know Me: 26 Things

I am so rubbish at talking about myself (in real life and on this blog) - but I absolutely love reading blogs with a bit of personality behind them, so I'm going to make a big effort to try and be a bit more chatty on here. 4 years of blogging and you'd think I'd be better at this!! But I thought I'd start of with a fairly easy one - I'm 26, so, 26 things about me...

7 August 2017

Styling The Polka Dot - My Top 10 Blouse Picks

Soo, I officially went there and bought the Topshop polka dot blouse that everyone has. But I've always loved the timelessness of the polka dot and couldn't resist getting myself involved.

3 August 2017

5 Tips For Getting Back Into Blogging After A Break

There's no doubt about it friends, blogging is is time consuming! And I think it's the case for a lot of us that sometimes, life can get in the way. You might have a month where work takes over, or things happen in your personal & social life, and for one reason or other, you find yourself taking your foot off the pedal and having a bit of a blogging break. 

26 July 2017

Where To Find Your Long Floaty Dresses This Summer

I love a long, floaty dress in the summer (who doesn't?) but when you're a petite lady, these can be pretty tricky to come by. If you're struggling to find THE ONE, I've got some suggestions that might help.

23 July 2017

20 Striped Tops Under £20

Every year I have something (ok, many things) that I get obsessed by when it comes to clothing. This year - it's tops with stripes! I am seriously loving the striped thing this summer, especially if it's bardot style.

18 July 2017

The Charm Of Handmade Jewellery: Christy Art Zimmer

Choosing jewellery is unique for everyone and there are so many options out there now. But I still believe that if you're lucky enough to own a set of freshwater pearls, then you're a very lucky person indeed!

13 July 2017

Styling Lace For Summer

I think it's becoming very obvious (for any of you who follow me over on Instagram) that I'm obsessed with lace at the moment! I've always liked it, but this year, anything that has any sign of lace on it = I want it!

6 July 2017

The Pink Shades You Need In Your Life

How could you possibly see a pair of bright pink sunglasses and resist them? As an avid pink lover whose vowed to get more colour into her wardrobe, I felt like these shades so had my name on them...and clearly I couldn't resist them!

18 May 2017

Petite Embroidered Jackets | Fenn Wright Manson

What says Spring/Summer better than a pink embroidered jacket? Florals and embroidered patterns are everywhere at the moment and I've been hunting for a pretty embroidered jacket for quite a long time! Being Petite, it's never straightforward buying jackets or coats (short arm problems) but recently I found my answer.

20 March 2017

Brightening Your Day With Stationary From Jeeves & Co

I am a huge lover of stationary and always have been. Whether it's writing paper or cards, invitations or headed paper, I really believe it can brighten your day - and your desk! Recently I was lucky enough to receive a set of beautiful, personalised stationary from Jeeves & Co to sample - read on to see some of the gorgeous items from the collection.


16 March 2017

If It Makes You Happy

Now and again, you'll set eyes on something that you just have to have. Not because you're a spoilt princess or a greedy shopaholic, but because you're bored of saving all your wages up for nothing in particular, and fed up of constantly trying to talk yourself out of buying anything that you don't 'absolutely need'. If you work hard and you want something for yourself then sometimes, it's actually best to say sod it, and just buy it!

6 March 2017

Mom Jeans & Long Coats: How To Style If You're Petite

There are certain trends and styles out there right now that I absolutely love, but that I seriously struggle with as a 5 footer. One thing I've found tricky is the Mom Jeans - everyone's in them, but I've struggled to find a pair that fit well (lets face it it's not always the most flattering style). 

28 February 2017

10 Quick Steps To Help Combat Morning Anxiety

They say the morning is the best part of the day, but if you suffer from morning anxiety, then you'll know that that isn't always the case. My own morning anxiety is very up and down, I can go weeks without it, but if I'm stressed or unhappy, then just as easily I can wake up with it every single morning for weeks and weeks and weeks. Over time, I've found some quick ways to help get on top of it. I can't promise all of these will work for you, but I wanted to share some of my findings with you in the hope that it might help you too!

14 February 2017

I Don't Know How I Feel About Valentine's Day

No seriously, I really don't know how I feel about Valentine's Day at the moment! I'm really not sure what I think about it, so I thought I'd share some of my ramblings with you below.


7 February 2017

Better Late Than Never

Would you believe I shot these photographs back in December 2016! How time flies. But better late than never, right? A huge amount has happened since the day these photos were taken, so much so that I wasn't even sure whether to post them or not?!
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