Sunshine Blog Award

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The fact my blog/ content has made some sort of impact is an incredible feeling. Thank you ~Curiosity~ We have only just come across each other’s blog’s in a short amount of time, and for you to have nominated me, despite the amount of blogs you read on the daily is so kind! A real confidence boost! For sure, this blogger does share quality content, I always find their posts relatable, from light to real life stories and some colourful and calming quotes, its totally my kind of zen zone, where I often go over too and you should get following also!

Sunshine Blog Award:

An award given by a blogger to a fellow blogger that is considered to share positive and creative content. Most importantly, it helps bring bloggers together and shine a light on the ones who work so hard to give their readers/ audience what they like to see. So, again Thank you ~Curiosity~

So here are the Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

Here are my 11 questions asked of me by ~Curiosity~ :

  1. What do you like most about you?

I have to be honest, I could go on about my appearance because I think its always important to love the way you were born but what I’ve noticed over the years is inner beauty. Happiness is beautiful and I love how happy and content I am in myself, my friend told me the other day “I am a pretty self assured person” and really, I think that’s a great compliment.

2. What is the one country/state/city you want to visit this year?

Well the one place I do want to go is Thailand and I get to go this summer in fact with my partner. I still can’t grasp that I am ticking this off my bucket list. We all have a bucket list and to be fair it takes a while for us to tick off some of the list but I have to say I am doing pretty well because last year was Rome… check!

3. What is the one book you recommend everyone read?

Well I used to read adventure books, but I changed my love of adventure books to more profound adventures such as buddhism. I am always down for a good humanism book, that focuses on the rational outlooks we should all obtain because life can get crazy man.

4. What is your favorite Disney Movie? and Why?

I am not a huge fan of Disney, if I had to pick, perhaps it would be Snow White in 1938. The grainy animation and colour fascinates me of that time fascinates me, her blocked coloured puffy sleeve dress makes me chuckle? The vulnerable elegant voice is warming and hey, those 7 dudes are funny!

5. What is your favorite Marvel Movie? and Why?

It is now Black Panther, the story was as predictable as any other Marvel but the way in which they gave the actresses a very strong and empowering roles was a breathe of fresh air. I am so sick of seeing lady hero’s in tight skimpy outfits. Wonder Woman was a no go from me. This is a jump from Snow White but I appreciate all types of women. DO NOT SEXUALISE WOMEN WHEN SHE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A STRONG HEROINE… HER BODY SHOULD NOT BE USED TO SELL FILMS. It’s 2019. I’m cool…

6. What would you do for free?

Money I definitely the source of all evil. It’s great having it if you earned it but sometimes money is not the source of all happiness, I would always help out people less fortunate for free because thats the biggest gift you can give and to yourself. To be a good person is to show compassion for others.

7. What three words would your best friend use to describe you?

‘bitch’ but not in a nasty way as in like ‘biiiiiiitch…’ like slaaayy girl. HAHA! We always say this. ‘funny’ always cracking others up with my words, cruel/ dry (tough love) or light. ‘crazy’ I tend to go on a mad one every once in… well all the time. I have a lot of energy!

8. Where would you rather be right now?

In Thailand! Italy! Greece! Bora Bora…

9. What is your favorite drink?

Alcoholic would be Pina Colada. Then ordinary would be squash or coffee with soya milk!

10. What is your favorite country/state/city that you visited and why?

I have been to so many wonderful places, I truly have been blessed. It be hard to choose from, NYC, Florida, Miami, Barcelona, Rome, Italy skiing, and then the regular Spain holiday’s to Salou. (And so much moooore) I can’t choose I mean look at all those amazing trips I listed. I have to say though the trips have been were made extra special because of the people I experienced them with. Got to love family.

What inspired you to start a blog?

Well, I always wanted one. I saw some girl in uni had one and I wanted one. Just for the fun of it, I thought fashion and beauty would be an easy one – I alway liked fashion anyways but never took as seriously as I do now. Turns out it’s one of the hardest things to blog about, trying to come up with more fun innovative content that keeps my readers interested and finding new products/ brands to try out in order to explore and learn more beyond my horizons in the fashion world. My fashion sense has really matured and fashion is not just the clothes you wear, your making statements beyond the wardrobe. I have since come across amazing experience in fashion journalism and love how this area of the internet REALLY keeps me on my toes.

(So sorry for the long winded answers, I talk too much)

Here are my questions to the ones I nominated:

  1. How and why did you become a blogger?
  2. What is the most important and favourite thing about being a blogger?
  3. What do you care about the most?
  4. Where do you see yourself in the next few years? Do you have any goals?
  5. Where do you want to be right now on this earth? Name a place?
  6. Say 3x things you love about yourself
  7. Describe yourself in one word
  8. Are you religious or are you a humanist, (more mind, body and soul)
  9. What’s your fashion style?
  10. Whats your go too outfit stable, nice bag or jewellery? Good jeans or skirt??
  11. Do you want to become a professional blogger

MY NOMINATIONS:

Rohan Gandhe Your posts are so inspiring to me because of how raw and in depth they go, about really fun topics.

ELLEGUYENCE Really unique style of blogging, I’ve never encountered before but it works so well, your so engaging and it’s always great to click onto your blog.

Irowen really helpful when it comes to sharing posts, I learn so much from little things and your so interactive with your audience I just think its so important.

Chomeuse with a Chou This blogger has been so kind and supportive and every blogger needs a fellow blogger like Chomeuse with a Chou! if you want to read a bit of everything this blog is your go too! I love reading different things one after the other.

Crystalsandcurls I love the gorgeous images, the tone of the blog. Really transcends some light topics into must reads! Her words don’t stop carrying you through until the end.

Those are my nominees, again thanks to ~Curiosity~ because doing this makes me feel closer again to my reader now that they know more about me. I always love sharing personal notes about myself, so a huge honour.

May you all be safe, happy and healthy! (the three keys in life)

Love Jess xox

Don’t wait for something to make a comeback

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Make it your own… I’ve learnt over the course of time that fashion always has a throwback but style endures. I kinda stole that from madam moiselle herself. Anyways. It’s true.

Also, flickering through old pictures of my nan, it REALLY stands out how much the style in her time as prevalence in today’s fashion.

If you see the feature image, her oversize blouse, big buttons and high collar. To die for! So vintage but maybe to some the collar is a miss because, ya know, Dracula. But I say whatever. I need it and it would be fab with corduroy trousers. Another one that was considered old man’s pants and a disgusting material let’s not forget people’s marmite love for velvet. Now it’s probably the most favoured material.

Not long ago, denim on denim was yuk, and then all of a sudden the haters are lovers… I bet people reading are thinking “that was never the case” but it for sure was. I remember I tried to pull off denim on denim on holiday years ago and my girlfriend said “no. Just no.”

I’m mature enough to know now that anything goes, when ever!

Just love your fashion confidence! I know I certainly am.

I was once thinking about how when I was younger I used to put a waisted belt on everything and 14 year old me was like “thats so lame.” But it’s so ANY TIME!

Like… it is an amazing staple for your outfits. I can find maxi dresses look boxy on me somehow, so for something to cinch my waist… I’m going to find me a nice waisted belt to go with everything in my wardrobe!

Any features/statements from the past are welcome!

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My new lifestyle

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It’s been a long journey and the longest I have ever gone on a health plan, I am the best I have ever felt.

I started at the beginning of the year during a time where it was so hectic but I thought if I don’t do this now I never will. Over the course of time from then and now I have lost nearly a stone!

I first weighed in at 9 stone 4 and now I am 8 stone 8! I need to get to 8 stone 6 and I would of hit my target.

The thing is though as soon as I hit target I can’t stop there, no I don’t mean in a dangerous way. But it’s become my lifestyle now.

I’ve cut out bad lunches which seemed to be the main problem. I have become more aware of calories which is not a bad thing at all and portion sizes are crucial. I have really become educated and feel so motivated all the time. I feel more in control of what I put into my body. I really have proven to myself that I can do it.

It does amaze me how people on slimming world loose so much weight so quickly because I certainly haven’t. But I have to say my way of doing things has been my preferred way.

I’ve learnt over the years, where I had lost weight quickly, I took advantage and ate bad and thought “awh well I’ll just loose it again another time”. Health and fitness is a lifestyle change and there is no quick fix. I do tend to see many on slimming world fall back into bad habits after such a quick weight loss.

Lifestyle changes and routines really help you make those big important steps.

Sometimes if I found an upcoming week where I had free time I would go very intense with my diet and do 800 calories a day and then burn 600 of it off everyday!

This seems dangerous and it could be if you don’t educate yourself enough and get information via doctor. But this is great to loose a few pounds within a week. (I started off small first like 1,000 and then dropped it down more)

The things I was eating were already low in calories anyways. Such as spinage and kale and vegetables. I stuck to quorn meat instead of real meat.

I prefer it now anyways.

It really does involve discipline and it can be very draining so that’s why I always made sure that it was during weeks where I was free.

This can’t be a regular thing though. If you want to do this continuously which I did for 6 weeks. That is plenty! Otherwise you can become dizzy, have nausea, thin hair and constipation.

Any other time just reduce the calorie in take to 1,100/200. And DRINK 2 LITRES OF WATER. This will for sure fill you up and give you all the goodness. Detox is the key to a good health and fitness journey.

Cheat weekends are also very important. Friday and Saturday are my days to eat bad and not feel guilty. This actually helps your body guess itself and your metabolism goes into beast mode. I found I was loosing an extra pound by Sunday!

It’s all about discipline. And I always felt with diets you were missing out and “life’s too short”. That old chest nut. But if you have cheat days you are bound to stick to your diet more and feel you have something to work towards in the week.

A great way to speed up your mstobilmsim is Apple cider vinegar! Two tablespoons in your drink and knock it back 2x a day.

I am now on a 900/1,000 cal a day for a week or 2 and see if I can drop some of those stubborn pounds. I can’t wait to hit target but that doesn’t mean it’s game over.

You always have to maintain to look and feel your best.

I feel so energetic and motivated. So happy I have found a health path that works for me.

Remember always consult your doctor because they can give you the best tips and assure you what’s good for your BMI.

6 short tips

– find someone or something thst influences you. My inspiration was Kourtney Kardashian! Her legs! This can help give you an image in your head. (Bare in mind we are all different but it’s always nice to have something to aspire too)

– try out loads of different health foods to see which ones work for you. I love avocados now.

– research!!!!!

– download apps that help you keep track of your meals/ calories

– make a food diary via app or notepad!!! Hang on your wall as a reminder every time you pass it.

– always wake up a little earlier than before to make healthy breakfast and a good lunch. In time you will become much quicker at preparing foods! I’m so quick now!

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My guardian angel

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It feels wrong almost to write about this stuff, but this is my space.

It’s strange actually because the very last blog post I posted before this one, the moment I pressed publish, my world shattered.

Click and then the door flies open – mum rushes in and shouts mum’s died.

Mum is my nan, I called nan mum like we all did, because she was.

The snow came the very next day and we were forced to stay in doors. She knew what was to come and she left us at her own right time. Her moment where she felt it was ok.

The snow acted like a mourning blanket. It settled for as long as it was all fresh. The pain was raw and the snow was a savour to let me be with the ones I loved.

My other two angels. They have been amazing in supporting us all together through these tough moments.

Ben and Isabel have been eachothers support as well as me and its so incredible to have that kind of love around you at all times.

This was a great hour outside the house and just being with eachother and forgetting about the pain for a moment. Mum was just outstandingly fabulous and whenever we reflect there is sadness but a whole lot of smiles and laughter. She was a character.

There was no way anyone would of said different things about nan. Everyone says the same thing about mum. How amazing, loving, caring and strong willed she was. No one knew different because she was her authentic amazing and beautiful self.

The woman who survived a war, lived in Wales all by herself without speaking English. Taught herself. Made friends by herself. Raised a daughter and then raising grandaughters.

She was so full of life and my last moments with her were so precious, me and Ben visiting her, having a lovely chat and some tea. Seeing her look over at us, smiling. She loved Ben, she loved us. She is so happy I have someone to look after me. She couldn’t of been more proud.

She idolized me and my sister. Always telling me I looked like a film star, and that I get my looks from her! Haha, she knows!😙

I know she is beaming with pride. I always think of her, and I smile. That’s the best, we were so lucky. No pain no suffering. Just peace. Deserving peace.

A striving woman.

I have her middle name but I hope I’m the double of her strength and brilliance.

I know my children have missed out on knowing a great grandmother like her but I know my mum is every bit the same.

Thanks nan for raising and having my gorgeous mum and for being you, so that mum could see what a fantastic person you were.

Happy mothers day❀

Work play outfit

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That’s what I call it anyways…

Because that’s what it looks like to me. Whats not to love about an outfit that makes you feel like a student but also looking like a part time bad ass boss at work.

A casual and comfy turtle neck jumper, a pair of elegant slim black trousers, with a beautiful styled silver ring buckle. The patent burgundy boots (featured a lot on my blog…oops) give this dark toned outfit a pop of colour but not too bright as it would through the monotone palette way off. But red would be a nice touch to make that sheer statement.

I love these trousers from missguided and this reliable knitted jumper from H&M.

I’m hoping to go with this same work play outfit but really focusing on the two counter parts.

I’m on the hunt for a white sweatshirt with prefably a red logo to match a overly sized red knitted cardigan for perfect layering. This will really play on the “play” side of my apired look and will help me out a lot during these treacherous weather winds. Let’s layer!

Work trousers, and some sexy office heels. Much like these black high heel pumps…

I would have a picture demonstration for my apired outfit but all will be revealed!

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No flowers with out rain

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“Smooth seas never make a good sailor”

I’ve felt a lot, a lot of lows and a lot of highs. My horoscope and palm reads have indicated that my life has no middle ground. My life moves from one extreme to the other. That’s how my life has been, with any situation, with people, family and within myself. My emotions and thought process flys on and off the radar.

Today, I felt balanced. I don’t know what come over me but I left the place where I had spent the day and realised nothing crossed my mind. It was just me, my partner and I, sitting, chatting and laughing. Family visits and warm glows within us. How happy we are and noticing the love we have and the love our family has for us.

Im just so lucky. I’m just so lucky, and at times I feel out of luck. But I am not, you always want what you can’t get, you always compare, taken each day at a time is hard but you can get there. Calculating my day and my thought process and putting a positive spin on everything.

I’ve noticed my negative thoughts have turned positive and realising I blow things way up.

I’m getting good and I’m feeling good. I’m helping myself to become more balanced despite my fate line, but I couldn’t of done it without the support my loved ones give me, everyday.

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How mindfulness gave more essence to my life

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Let’s start from the beginning of my personal journey.

A levels, that’s where my love of buddhism developed. I learnt the life and the teachings of the Buddha and I became hooked on what I considered the perfect philosophy. I always wondered how to bring buddhism into my life, but you get caught up in things and become busy, you forget and move on.

My first year of university was a huge stress ride and I became very upset and felt very lonely a lot of the time. I lost a lot of meaningless friendships. Which made me feel empty, realising I was completely at a loss with people that didnt have much of grip anyway.

I felt completely lost and helpless. With perseverance, (and a lack of options anyways,) I stuck out the year and waited for the 2nd year to kick things up. They did and my soul friends, partner and family can see how well I am doing and how enthusiastic I am about things now.

Through the tough journey the people that cared and gave me love and support made me feel whole again. They gave me essence to my life.

My personality is a firey nature. Which can be good but quite self destructive. My family on both sides have terrible tempers and bipolar tendancies. My nan unfortunately passed away with cancer at such a young age during my A levels. We all knew how much of a stressed person she could be. Perhaps that was one of the things that killed her.

Buddhism has fluttered my mind through these time gaps since finishing school. To do it or not to do? How and what do I need to do to become part of it? Fleeting thoughts that occurred.

As of recently, with wider knowledge to my desired perspective, I am in fact following the practise. To help give my self understanding and perspective on how to live my life as balanced and as mindful as possible.

Life is chaos and to have your life achieving balance is a perfect outlook to have. Since following the practise I have been so much more calmer, wanting to achieve a better health. (As I have health issues when put into a stressful environment.) To have a better mind and respective nature.

I feel more positive things are circuling around me with the more positive outcomes I put into my life. Times can be hard but now I have a path to follow I will be able to gain more perspective about things.

My mother bought a happiness book by the wonderful and so relatable lady, Miss Cotton. It’s great and her little captions help set out a plan for me to talk about certain topics for each day.

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – The Buddha

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My 2017 timeline

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Well it was a tough start to the year in terms of dreams and goals. Me and my partner struggled to settled down in our roles of university and apprenticeship. 

We hated where we were and couldn’t see a positive end. Both worrying and teary nights, motivating ourselves to keep going and hoping things got better. 

They did! Things got better as they do, I found my interests and my ideal goals for where I want to be and for when I get out of university. My partner settled into the work place and is flying through his job! 

We had our first holiday together in Spain and this is where I become serious about fashion blogging and found workplacement with a number one global online magazine, as a style blogger. 

I discovered my strengths from journalism and what I enjoyed, thus being editing and wanting to go into video production. I found out that my goal was to progress into creative director in both documentaries (on the environment) and in fashion magazines. 

I lost a lot of friends through out the year. Randomly not speaking not seeing eachother for months, distancing because life moves on or the simple fact that people are rude. That’s fine because you realise your so much better off. 

I got upset and chased after people but realising who was there all along, made me feel like a brand new person. 

The people who have always been there and always supported me through all my achievements have been my loved ones! 

I am so greatful for a happy and healthy family and that this year we were all safe. That’s all I wish for in the new year. 

My resolutions are

To be more calm 

To loose a stone and to fit into a definite size 8.  

To find great work experience and to pass with a good grade in my second year. 

To pronounce my T’ s properly for broadcast. This seriously going to be the hardest one!!!

Here are my favourite moments♡

Work I produced this year

My holidays with my amazing partner!

Coldplay concert!

My best gals

MY 20TH!

Lost some work pals this year but gained a bunch load which is great because it started to get lonely when people started to leave.

I’m ending the new year on a high note and I am feeling very content. I’m happy and lucky and healthy that’s all a girl can ask for and the same for my loved ones❀ Roll on 2018 and bring on Thailand with my man❀ AHHH elephants❀ 

HAPPY NEW YEAR💋

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Power in style 

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I don’t know if it’s because I have been binge watching That 70’s show or my hobby of scrolling through Instagram, subconsciously finding styles from the 70’s, but I became aware of my interest after unknowingly piecing this outfit together and figuring out that, yes, perhaps I have become a little obsessed with the 70’s inspired look. Also, the Fashion blogger, Lucy Williams’s wardrobe definitely plays a part in my copy cat style.
My sweet partner bought me this very cute Power T. I love the yellow print and bold typography. It makes for a plain white T and to which is very colloquial to the 70’s.

My love for the fur coat is real and it has been a long time coming. Where have they been? It’s been a while for its come back and so I guess it’s bye-bye to my last year’s trench coat and hello to my furry friend. Let’s be clear this is fake fur! This coat goes well with high end styles (obviously because its known for being luxurious) and the relaxed look. Heck, chuck on a pair of Adidas originals and call me a pro.

Last but for sure not least, my burgundy patent stretch sock boots. They go with just about everything and I love them hidden underneath a good pair of three quarter length mom jeans. I’m on the hunt for a more flared three quarter length trousers. Preferably black and not mom jeans so if you have any suggestions please feel free to comment.

The accessories I would wear would be cat sunglasses for a cold sunny day. To keep that chic look. Perhaps a nice vintage ring. Keep it simple, the outfit is already a statement.

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To shop my look:

Coat – boohoo– out of stock (they do very affordable faux fur coats)

Power top – Nastygal

Mom jeans – Nastygal

Patent boots – Misspap

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Lucky for you they are all in sale!

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5 years with my man! 

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Five years since me and my man got together. We were the same age as my nan and bamps when they got together, 14 years old!

It doesn’t seem like we were that young. It doesn’t seem we have been together that long!? But it’s probably, most definantly because, we have had the best time! And we are gunna have the many more best times…

Take a look at my video guys just to see what we have got up too so far and what is to come;)

Of course I got gifts as well people! I mean I was expecting flowers, that’s a must, but he spoilt me rotten with MICHEAL FREAKING KORS bracelet and watch!!!!!!

So expect to be seeing these bad boys in my fashion posts;)

P.s sorry I haven’t been posting a lot since my holiday. I found a writing job so it’s been crazy trying to settle in but it’s amazing and I’m so happy and especially happy I have my number one fan beside me all the way!