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Friday, January 20, 2017

I've had this overwhelming feeling that 2017 is a year where people come together and support each other in new ways, and I've seen it pick up pace already - bloggers coming together for planning sessions and helping out with content, monthly meetings to help push one another further, heck even bloggers making jobs be it on the side or from their work.

One other thing I've picked up on also is people calling for more support and teamwork - whether that's in the literal sense of having a team to support you on things, or helping out a fellow blogger/creator with help in return, or just promoting and shouting out about someone you love, people seem to want a sense of camaraderie again.

So today, I'm shouting out the people whose content I can't get enough of, and whose personalities and creativity inspire me with every tweet/photo/video they post - and if you don't follow them already, you probably should now.

Megan from Thumbelina Lillie

Myself and Megan are similar souls (we both scored ISFJ on a personality test I linked to so we really do get how one another thinks) but she is honestly the nicest, sweetest and most loved person I've met online. I can tell she wants to pour every bit of love and heart and soul into what she wants to do, and the amount of times I've cry laughed over her naturally candid and honest Instagram stories is too much to count. Being a total boss the last year, she's gotten engaged, bought a house, got a smashing job and kept running a smashing blog, all whilst being a true gem.

Lucy Moon

I find it really difficult to find and enjoy new people online, partially because I'm stuck in my ways sometimes but mostly because there are so many people - it's overwhelming at least. I'd watched a few of Lucy's videos before but at around Christmastime I really got into her channel, and her videos have the perfect balance of honesty, relatability, and creativity, and what I like is that she can take the most simple of formats and make it interesting or like a real life conversation. She's one of those people who comes across as interested in everything and can articulate on number of subjects, and I find it refreshing but also inspiring to discover new things past what I usually consume.

Charlotte Goodowl

I BLOODY LOVE CHARLOTTE - I've never come across someone so cool, so creative and generally so nice. Fun fact, Charlotte and I were both featured in the same issue of COMPANY as Upcoming Fashion Designer (her) and Upcoming Fashion Photographer (moi) and met a few years later at an event, and since then I've only met her one other time but it feels like forever. I watch her videos in complete awe, at how cool and expressive she is, and I just want to put her in my pocket to inspire me daily and let me take photos of her. Her talent for fashion and design is impecible and I hope one day I can sit front row at her solo LFW collection show.

Jemma from Dorkface

Jemma will absolutely lol at this but I remember being so intimidated by how sucessful she is and how much people love her - if I see any more love go towards her I'm pretty sure she'll have enough to rival Harry Styles, but she's one of the most humble and hilarious and kind people I've come across on the internet. She's created a community within a community, put her illustration skills to use with a super cute stationery and art business, and still feels she has to do more (Jemma you're a bloody boss). Jemma you keep me smiling on Twitter and I love it, so thank you.

Kristabel Plummer

Engagement is a big deal with what we do, and I noticed almost immediately how much I engaged and enjoyed Kristabel's content - I briefly met Kristabel at her Blogger's Market, and then saw she was echoing similar thoughts of connecting with bloggers on Twitter so I got involved, basically stalking for an update of when it would be so I could get involved, and slowly that turned into nodding along to and liking all her recent content. Like I said, I don't find it easy to find new people, but immediately I loved her approach to blogging and the topics addressed, and I kinda just want to sit and listen to what she has to say all day long.

I feel these types of post almost got a rep for promoting the same people over and over, and that those who were truly undiscovered found it harder to be seen - I mean, that's truer now more than ever thanks to algorithms #algNOrithms - but as I said, people seem to be coming back round to that view of 'hey, so and so is doing awesome, let's shout them out!' regardless of whatever number or 'status' they have, and hopefully this has expanded your weekend reading and viewing list. If you want to recieve love, you've got to show love, am I right?

Happy Friday! x

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I don't know about you, but I bloody love a quiz. Anything where I can have my personality or general self rinsed on the topics of 'what animal represents you emotionally?' or 'can we guess your relationship status by the last thing you ate?' (it was a massive jacket potato followed by pasta, so single yet satisfied in my stomach).

Basically, I love knowing who and what I am and getting a stamp on it with detailed explanation underneath bullet-pointing each factor of why I got that result. So exciting.

A few weeks ago someone left a comment on my Instagram noting their personality letter-combo, and it inspired me to retake the 16Personalities test because I'm pretty sure I'd changed/forgotten mine and, hey, IT'S A TEST. At the time, I was feeling a bit wobbly and uncertain with what the heck I was doing with myself and how I was approaching things, so it gave me clarity in some sense.

It turns out I'm an ISFJ-T aka The Defender - Introverted, Sensing, Feeling and Judging which I have to say is bang on (if you know me, even on the surface, this is off the bat) but the uniqueness of ISFJ is that with a majority of introversion, there are well-developed people skills as well as analytical perspectives in a mainly sensing environment, and again judging what you see and know with experience but being open to the new and changing, which I like.

I won't list the traits in full (you can read that here and take the test yourself) but there's very clear signs I'm someone who likes to go above and beyond, takes things personally and will protect those with whom I have a connection with dearly. I'm also in the same category as Beyonce (she's an ISFJ) so bloody get me in formation ASAP.

If anything, it's made me worry less and focus on my strengths, taking this test; at the end of the day, it's chemical programming mixed with environmental upbringing that shapes us, but understanding how it makes us work can help us play to our strengths - something that helped fix my wobble was the passage stating 'Home is where the heart is...and in no other area of their lives do they strive with such dedication to create the harmony and beauty they wish to see in the world. The trouble is, these are the benefits of an established long-term relationship, and ISFJs’ unbearable shyness means it can take a long time to reach this point...and only enter into relationships that have a real chance of lasting a lifetime.' - in a moment of rare honesty, I will admit I have certain guards and barriers with people, even those I'm closest to, and wish often to be given a chance to say everything and be heard, but I can't, because the need for value and reciprocation is something I need.

Then again, it may just be me searching for an explanation, something outside myself to validate a feeling (but with a J letter meaning 'I'll believe it when I see it', I think we can maybe disregard that) - it's an interesting way to recognise and deal with strengths and weaknesses that may creep in and steer you in ways that feel out of control. The letters don't have to define you (but my Ravenclaw sorting will do, BLUE RAVENCLAWS FOREVER) but you can give yourself a good personality rinsing and get back to kicking ass at the day knowing that blip is easily solved because you're someone who puts 110% in daily - you go pal!

Now if you don't mind me, I have a few more tests to run including 'which biscuit represents your star sign?' and 'how old are you emotionally?' (I got 82 FYI).


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Oh man, I am so out of practise writing outfit posts - genuinely considering a quick Google to get inspiration, a topic, anything to spur some words to flow.

Let's talk about fashion; whilst the writing side of this seems hard, I've actually loved picking up new pieces and finding new brands - this Lovely, Lonely jumper from He is honestly me right now,  I adore the uniqueness of each piece and equally more the ~cool vibez~ of every Instagirl I've seen wearing the brand.

There's even been a few lookbook/fashion video ideas floating around in my head that I'd love to do and I've felt my creative potential has increased since the start of the year, but implicating it has felt so hard! What I've identified again is that blogging and creating can be incredibly lovely, but incredibly lonely - where I live is beautifully quiet, with space and lots of green, but not a lot of people I can relate to; it's a journey into London or Brighton, which for someone who doesn't exert a lot of energy and mental capacity for people on the regular, takes it out of me, so despite getting to see the people I want to, dealing with the vibe of trains and tubes and mass amounts of people makes me feel tired and depleated, knocking me for six.

I've wanted to make the most of opportunities this year to go and see people, to have a catch up and chat but also feel renewed in inspiration, proper idea spurning sessions and collaborative work where you feel understood and connected to a bigger thing; I've already had a mare trying to meet up with people already (thanks trains and snow) and it's only building angst to go and have human contact with others whom have a fresh perspective on ideas, but for now I'm trying to focus on the solo work - developing inital ideas, doing things that make me happy, and trying to find ways to satisfy my time,

Jumper - He Official | Trousers - All Saints | Bag - Next* (similar) | Chelsea Boots - Next* (similar)

I'll tell you one thing though, this little creative-interaction dry spell is making my shopping habits itch, just one or two or five online orders won't hurt will they? I mean, I may just even get some inspiration, and equally treat my lonely (solo) self to something lovely...


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Friday, January 13, 2017

You know that really awesome feeling when you go for a back massage and all the knots are pummled out of you and you feel like a loosey goosey? Yeah, that's the best; in fact I could do with a good back clicking and shoulder rub myself, but one area I neglect most is my face, and until you've given your cheeks a proper massage you forget just how tense the muscles get from talking, smiling, and definitely from holding stress trying to write when the words aren't coming...

My jade roller had been gathering dust for a while and even when I did use it, I was only rolling quickly to stimulate some lymph movement, but after visiting Emma at her treatment rooms in London for a Reflexology facial (specifically the Zone Face Lift) I've had a renewed love affair with this little relaxing device and have felt a lot more elasticity and vitality in my skin since! The facial itself is to encourage tone and firmness to the skin, aimed more at mature skin as a non-surgical face lift, but even for my skin it helped clear blockages, relax the muscles and honestly, sent me into a revitalising sleep I was in dire need of.

Some of the techniques within the Zone Face Life facial are super easy to replicate at home, and they do make getting out of bed a little easier - for example, in the diagram below where there's a white highlighted area, applying pressure and massaging under the muscle helps clear the liver which causes a build up of toxins, leading to anything including spots - yep, I've seen a noticeable difference since working out the blocks in my cheeks! 

Also, those green vertical lines and rainbow dots around the eyebrow? Perfect for relieving tension in the head and brain - you'd be surprised how sensitive your eyebrows get when you've had little or broken sleep, you can really feel it, and a little applied pressure every day just eases it out - moving your fingerd downwards where the lines are promotes lymphatic drainage, and a little pinch or pressure on the brow points helps boost collagen and relieve tension. Something I also like is using the knuckles of your fore and middle finger to rub across the forehead will relieve any morning sleepiness and yawns that are telling you you can't be awake at this hour, and gets your energy flowing again!

Additionally, I like to take the space between my knuckles and work in upward motions from my chin to my cheekbones as the former is renound as being the parallel to your butt, basically holding all the waste toxins (like those chin spots that won't gtfo) so by massaging it up to the lymphatic drainage points you can steer it away from the face and allow the lymph to deal with it properly ;) Plus it makes your face muscles feel all kinds of soft and relaxed so huge bonus yeah?

And to keep your skin looking firm and glowing and basically 'living' all day long, I really recommend taking your fave oil cleanser in both palms and alternating firm upwards strokes with each hand to improve circulation and really work both the product and your inner glow - honestly, your cheeks will thank you!

I've basically talked myself into a relaxed state just writing this up, so I'm going to go give my skin some overdue loving - I suggest you do the same, I can hear that weekend pamper session calling...


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