Uncategorized

On the path to recovery and self-discovery

I’ve been through my own issues, like everyone else on this planet. However, I’ve decided to try and deal with my personal problems through various paths. I’ve learnt a lot about myself within the past four years, going through different situations and life events. Of course I’m still learning, but then you never do stop.

I’ve had to deal with depression the past three and a half years, I wasn’t technically diagnosed (and didn’t realise) till a year and a half in. I quit university, Split up with my boyfriend, things just felt like they were getting worse.  My parents had told me before to go and speak to someone and that maybe counselling would be a good place to start. Of course I thought this was rubbish and I didn’t need it.

The first step to any mental health illness is acceptance. Accepting the fact that you are ill! Depression can be triggered off by distressing past life events or can just occur but it is an illness and at the end of the day is a chemical imbalance in the brain. I think my depression was triggered off by past life events and realisation of how those past life events had affected me. I hate the fact that depression and mental illness has this stigma attached to it, a stereotype.

The next phase is getting help.
I went down the path of first going to speak to my GP, I didn’t like the option of trying a mild dose of anti depressants but I thought If it worked then what’s the harm! Though I knew they wouldn’t solve my issues, so I seeked help through the path of counselling. I was issued 6 sessions on the NHS, but for my other sessions I went through the lady privately. Speaking to an outsider is helpful because they have no reason to judge you and can pick out things for you to think about if you haven’t already considered it as a reason as to why you’re there. I still go and see my counsellor every now and then, for a check-up if you wish to think of it like that. Certain options help certain people depending on the way your mind works I guess and counselling definitely works for me.

Sometimes the simple and free things in life really are the best.
Just having someone there to sit down, have a cup of tea with and talk to or to go for a walk or bike ride to clear your head, whilst getting exercise (which helps keep a healthy mind too!).I think it’s important that we share our experiences. Talking to friends, colleagues and family members is what made me realise that mental health problems are much more common than we think.  I am purely writing about my experience to help give hope to others out there.

For more information please see some links below:
http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/
http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth/Pages/Mentalhealthhome.aspx
http://www.mind.org.uk/
This is a subject I feel incredibly passionate about. I feel inspired by the fact that there is more to discover about myself.

P.S
I recently split up with my boyfriend for the second time (and for good!). It was a hard time but I’ve felt better in myself, I’ve regained my independence and new found love for an industry I never thought I’d feel passionate about again. Yes I still suffer, I have my bad days and my good days, but life HAS to go on.

Standard
c4 copy
Fashion, Uncategorized

PFW Chloe

One of the only shows i’ve paid attention to the past few weeks (I have yet to catch up with all the others).
I’ve always loved Chloe. Every season they never cease to amaze me with a feminine, yet cutting edge collection, and nice colour palettes, sometimes quite similar to previous collections, but that is what I love. The Chloe girl is always there somewhere underneath every garment!
Chloe were big in the late 1960s, 1970s when Karl Lagerfeld joined the house and rapidly imposed himself, becoming the exclusive designer in 1974.  This is what I have also loved about previous collections, the way they have used the 1970s as an inspirational point, as this is one of my favourite eras.

Here are my favourite looks from todays show.

Claire Waight Keller
Source of all images: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/F2014RTW-CHLOE

Standard
Source: http://awelltraveledwoman.tumblr.com/page/5
Uncategorized

Somebody out there for everyone

I recently had my heart broken, I wanted to travel the world with this guy, we were together for 3 years. Even though it may be valentines day (and yes, it does kind of suck when you’ve recently come out of a relationship and are single), I can’t help but think, despite the fact that I thought he was perfect for me and that I thought he was my soul mate, that there is somebody out there that is better suited to me, and someone who IS perfect for me. I mean yes, the 3 years we were together were amazing, i’ll never forget them and yes, he did break my heart (and so did a friend I thought a lot of) but he has helped me learn a hell of a lot and has helped make the person I am today; a stronger, kinder, more understanding person and my horizons have been broadened and I now have more passion to learn and visit different places. So if you’re alone today, don’t fret. I believe there is somebody out there for everyone…. and if you’ve found that person, no matter what you go through, if you love them hold on to them tight!

Standard
Travel, Uncategorized

A new chapter

So after a positive start to the year, I’ve decided there is a lot I want to accomplish in the next 12 months (Writing more blog posts for one…my apologies for that, however my head has been in a whirlwind the past 4 months). The first and most important thing I’d like to accomplish this year is happiness with who I am as a person, and to be happy doing things independently, whilst learning more about myself.

http://lifesbestadvice.com/2010/05/29/dont-depend-on-someone-else-to-make-you-happy/
This article pretty much sums it up!

The second thing is to sort out my career. From a young age I’ve been a creative individual and have always wanted to be involved in the fashion industry. Sewing, pattern cutting and writing are all skills I definitely hold, though it’s an extremely competitive thing to be getting into (especially when I do not hold a degree), and working for free just isn’t an option in my current situation, hence another accomplishment i’d like to achieve, to have some savings! I plan on taking some kind of short make up course in London, whilst still applying for internships in garment construction, sewing, social media and styling.

To think outside the box and approach things in a different way,

to enjoy the simple things in life,

and last of all to explore more of this beautiful world, and meet new groups of people and walks of life.


Standard
Fashion, Uncategorized

My favourite trends this fall.

I love fashion when it comes to fall. There are always so many textures, and embellishments as well as dark, rich colours. It is also an excuse to put on layer after layer.
My first fall I fell in love with was in 2008. When sheer, lace, leather, heritage, and dark coloured fabrics first surfaced to my attention. As you can see from the title picture which has come from a collage of trends that I produced in 2008. 

These are my three favourite trends that I’ll be shopping this fall:

PLAID

Source: www.elle.com Marc by Marc Jacobs

Source: http://www.elle.com
Marc by Marc Jacobs

Source: www.elle.com Rag and Bone

Source: http://www.elle.com
Rag and Bone

Source: www.elle.com Gucci

Source: http://www.elle.com
Gucci

LEATHER

Source: www. allsaints.com

Source: www. allsaints.com

Source: www.style.com Anthony Vaccarello

Source: http://www.style.com
Anthony Vaccarello

Source: www.elle.com Tom Ford

Source: http://www.elle.com
Tom Ford

THE CHURCH

Source: www.elleuk.com Dolce and Gabanna

Source: http://www.elleuk.com
Dolce and Gabanna

Source: www.style.com Givenchy

Source: http://www.style.com
Givenchy

Source:www.freepeople.com

Source:www.freepeople.com

Source: http://www.style.com
Dolce and Gabanna

Source: www.style.com Givenchy

Source: http://www.style.com
Givenchy

Source: www.style.com Dolce and Gabanna

Source: http://www.style.com
Dolce and Gabanna

P.s The dark red lip is also my favourite lip colour or pink lips, which are very fall 2013.

lips2 missoni 2013 lip

Standard
kg
Fashion, Uncategorized

Discovering Kirsten Goss

Whilst walking around London last week, I discovered a jewellery brand: Kirsten Goss.

Kirsten is a qualified jewellery designer and gemmologist. She launched in 2002 and is largely known more in South Africa, where her studio and workshop is, along with her other 2 stores. She has one store in Kensington, London.
Kirsten creates very unique pieces that are beautifully hand crafted in her Durban studio. Some of my favourites are the geometric pieces in her Urban Edge collection and the beautiful silver and gold necklaces and earrings containing semi-precious stones in the Bete Noir collection. The Lifesaver is a brilliant idea for anyone looking to create their own one off piece. You pick the chain, the hand-cut pendant and the semi-precious stone.

“Kirsten is inexhaustible in her passion for experimenting with metalsmithing techniques, stone cutting and inspirational combinations of the two.” http://www.kirstengoss.com/the-company

urban edge

bndp

kg

kir

Source for All Photographs: http://www.kirstengoss.com

Standard
Fashion, Music

Style Saturday

I’m feeling fully refreshed now :) and back ready for blogging. I thought as it’s a Saturday I’d show you some of my newer purchases (mainly from Free People again).

We the free lunch date top by Free People in pacific blue £68.00

The Chelsea ankle boots are from Topshop £62. These are a style staple, and I also felt inspired by Haim as all three of them wear Chelsea boots and pull it off so well!
My next purchases  I have my eyes on are:

The We Are The Free 3/4 Circle In The Sand Tee  in Ivory Black £78

The We Are The Free Circle In The Sand Tee £68 I have this is black already, but i’d like another black one (as I wear it so much!) and maybe one in Merlot too.

Threadbare stacking ring £38

Ruched seamless shorts £28 in black, To go underneath my dot mesh maxi skirt

Fantasy Fringe Tee £68 in black

Speaking of Haim earlier, they are touring after the release of their debut album Days are gone. They play the UK in December and I’m going to see them in London. After their amazing performance at Reading I thought I just had to go and see them again!

Days are gone comes out September 30th, go and buy it!

Standard
Uncategorized

Inspiration: Mental and physical wellbeing.

It’s been a week since my last post. Sorry, I’ve been recuperating from my week at Reading. So I thought this appropriate as I feel like I need a bit of a detox, Autumn/Winter is also nearing, and I need to get back in shape.
Here is some inspiration to help you de-stress, relax and detox.

Drink hot water with a slice of lemon in every morning, it apparently kick starts your metabolism. Don’t forget to drink lots of water and Green tea also has lots of antioxidants in it and comes in lots of flavours. I once remember sitting in Dim t (An oriental restaurant in London Bridge) drinking jasmine flower tea and I felt so

relaxed. I now have a Japanese cast iron tea-pot (originally known as tetsubin) at home and a collection of teas including gunpowder tea, which is green tea with a smokey after taste and Scented jasmine flowers which open up when you put them into hot water. Hungry? Snack on a handful of mixed fruit and nuts, or something rich in anti-oxidants like blueberries.

Introduce rose-water into your daily skin routine as a face spritzer to refresh yourself or as a toner. Rose water soothes the skin and helps to calm down any redness. You can buy it from health shops and some beauty shops, however try to buy pure rose-water as you then know it has no harmful chemicals in, or even make your own.  Here is how to DIY http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/03/diy-rose-water/


Don’t wash your hair everyday, if it gets greasy quickly use dry shampoo and tie your hair up. 
Also let your hair dry naturally every once in a while (I never use  a hairdryer unless I’m going out or want to style it). This helps your hair produce split ends less often.  I love the natural wavy look! Also rinse your hair in beer and leave it on for 2 minutes, once or twice a month. The proteins and vitamins in the beer help to develop healthy hair, and also adds shine.


Take 10-20 minutes a day to just relax and reflect on your thoughts.  Check out Headspace: www.getsomeheadspace.com/ It’s an app with relaxing meditation techniques. You get a free 10 day trial, after that it’s from £3.74 a month depending on how long you want to sign up for it. I just use the 10 day trial and I find it helps relax after a stressful day at work, or an activity like Yoga (Which also increases flexibility), sitting down with a cup of tea listening to music or a walk In the countryside. (which leads onto my next point…)

Get some exercise! Let’s face it, we all lead very busy lives but a 30 minute swim or jog three times a week will do before or after work, it will re-energize you. (This is something I definitely need to do more of!)

Make sure where you sleep is a peaceful environment so it’s easier to get to sleep and get at least 8 hours a night, there’s nothing worse than feeling tired at work, or on a night out, because you had 5 hours sleep the night before.


Get some sunlight. Sunlight gives you vitamin D, which is important for bone growth and also helps your hair and nails grow quicker!
When the suns out, sit outside on your lunch break, or on your day off go for a walk along the beach. (Don’t forget to protect yourself with suncream!)

The simplest things in life are the best!

Standard
Music, Uncategorized

READING UPDATE

Firstly I’d like to apologise, my internet signal was rubbish, hence why there were no updates.
However, I am back now, and ready to update you all.

DAY 1: Green Day, System Of A Down, Skindred and Bastille.
One of the first acts I saw were Skindred, a metal/reggae band. It was a weird combination, however I enjoyed some of their set. Bastille did a secret set at the BBC Introducing stage, before then going on to play the NME stage. We saw a little bit of both sets, they were very good and I got to see my favourite song: Laura Palmer performed live. 

The last two acts were System Of A Down and Green Day, both were AMAZING. System were crazy, luckily I wasn’t too far into the crowd. They played Chop Suey, BYOB and Sugar, my three favourite songs. I’ve been waiting to see Green Day since I was about 14, and they blew me away, playing the whole of Dookie, and songs from Uno!, Dos!, Tre!, and American Idiot (Their best album written) then ending with Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life).

DAY 2: Imagine Dragons, White lies, Lucy Rose and Eminem.
Saturday was fairly chilled, seeing little acts. The first act we saw were Imagine Dragons, who were superb, despite the fact I only knew of Radio Active and It’s Time. The crowd went crazy for them.
We sat from the side watching White Lies (Who I have seen before when they supported Muse in 2010 at Wembley along with Biffy Clyro) They played a set list consisting of songs from their new album and some old favourites. They were very good, the front man has a very distinctive voice.

Lucy Rose was due for a signing in the NME signing tent. I went along and met her before seeing her set later that night (She was really lovely!) After meeting her I went along to her set in the Festival Republic stage. She sang a few new songs which were slightly heavier, and songs from her album (Like we used to). I thought she was a lot more popular than she really is, and I can’t figure out why, she has a beautiful voice!

Unfortunately I missed Chase and Status as I was watching Lucy Rose, but after we casually watched Eminem from the side. Eminem isn’t really my kind of taste in music, however I decided to go along and see him play anyway, he was good I guess, however there was a slight bit of controversy as to whether he mimed or not.

There were some lovely food stalls at Reading, Stone baked pizza (Which were a favourite), Ostrich burgers, a Halloumi and Chorizo stall, liqorice, smoothies and cupcakes, as well as the usual fish and chips, chicken and burger stalls.

DAY 3: Twenty One Pilots, HAIM, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure, Nine Inch Nails, and Biffy Clyro.

I’d been recommended Twenty One Pilots by a couple who I’d met at Reading, so I decided to go along and see them. They are a very strange mix of music, the front man rapped, played ukulele, piano and sang through out the set. The drums were also slightly overpowering, and almost louder than the front man. I’d compare them to AWOLNATION, a couple of their songs are similar and have that cheerful vibe to them.

Next were HAIM (Probably who I was most looking forward to seeing). They did an amazing set, playing the popular favourites: Better Off, The Wire, Oh Well, Falling, Don’t Save Me, Forever and Let Me Go. All 3 of them looked as rock and roll as usual. Alana came down to the crowd, running along the barriers and every time Este pulled a BASS FACE there would be a massive cheer. Later on Este went on to DJ in the alternative tent during the propaganda set, which I sadly missed.

Afterwards I went to Chill out by the Main stage to watch Fall Out Boy. I wasn’t too fussed, so didnt stay for the whole of their set, but they were good playing new songs, as well as the old classics, Dance Dance and Sugar we’re going down.

Whilst queuing for stone baked pizza, I watched a bit of Disclosures set. They were pretty good, the kind of music that made you want to dance, playing the two most popular songs You and Me and White Noise.

Whilst waiting for Biffy Clyro I saw a bit of Nine Inch Nails’ set. I only know of one of their songs (That one that is on rock band), they’re a strange genre of music. Heavy Electro/Rock is the only way I guess I could describe them. The kind of music that would sound good in a movie, but live it was LOUD and Distorted.
Then came Biffy. I was in amongst the crowd when they came on, and boy did they cause a stir. Mosh pits to the left and right of me! I didn’t get involved of course, I’m 5 ft 2 and would be crushed instantly.  The played an amazing set, finishing off the weekend with 21 songs of the old and the new, followed by the setting alight of his guitar.

Overall my highlights of the weekend were meeting Lucy Rose and seeing her set, Green Day, System Of A Down, Haim, and Biffy Clyro.
Reading is a high energy, party rock festival with lots of interesting acts to see. If you’re after a fun filled, drunk, party weekend then it’s definitely the festival for you. I am absolutely exhausted and I reckon it’s going to take me a couple of days to recover.
Definitely not the place for children!

Standard