Turin.

Following my previous post on my trip to Lyon, here are the photographs from my trip to Turin. Turin is a beautiful city in the North of Italy surrounded by the Alps. I tried to keep the photographs to a minimum but its so beautiful, I took so many photographs it’s difficult to narrow them down.

I went on to Turin with my sister, dad and brother. Me and Tiegan stayed with our aunt who lives out there. It ended up being a very inexpensive trip and visiting our aunt who we barely see was good for the soul. Hopefully we will be returning soon when its warmer and for longer than just a few days. Its amazing how much you can do in such a small space of time when visiting another city.

 

I also still have the photos to share from mine and Tiegan’s trip to Budapest which will be up next week! If you like the look of any of these photographs, some of them are available on my Redbubble page, available to buy as prints! Please have a look:

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Lyon.

Back in November, which feels like a lifetime ago now, me and my baby sister/best friend went on our first trip together to Lyon in France. Neither me nor Tiegan had been anywhere by ourselves before, all holidays and trips we went on were with our family. You can imagine that this was pretty exciting for the both of us.

We chose Lyon for no other reason than I had heard it somewhere and asked her if she’d like to go there. Both of us are pretty spontaneous and pretty rubbish at planning so when she said she’d like to go, I booked it the next day. Thinking about this now, I sound reckless to even myself considering neither of us had done anything like this before. I should add that we gave ourselves a bit of time to plan and we did think about everything we needed to such as transport, money, insurance and all that very important boring stuff.

I won’t give you a play by play of the whole trip but it was 4 days of lots of giggles, interesting museums and one very salty anchovy and caper pizza. Never again. I wanted to share some of the photographs of the weekend, France has the most beautiful cities and Lyon is no exception, its easy to get around and full of life and colour, if you like wandering around finding little library cafes and walking along beautiful rivers then add Lyon to your list of Places to Visit!

UPDATE! It’s been a while..

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been a while and I have missed a lot and a lot has changed since my last post way back in September. I love blogging but sometimes I simply do not have the time to post as frequently as I’d like to.

A few things are different now, I have a new job, I’ve been to a few new places and I have some exciting things coming up for the summer. I’ve got a lot of new photographs to share from trips to Lyon, Turin and Budapest that I’d love to share so I will be writing up individual posts about each one and showing all the pictures I took.

Part of me wants to start fresh but I also don’t want to undo all the hard work that I put into blogging last year. For now I’m going to take it slowly to start posting again. I’ll have a more relaxed approach this time, I always put too much pressure on myself to keep up with everyone else.

I’m also selling my photographs as prints and on canvas as well as some other products on RedBubble, so if you’re looking for some new decor for your room please take a look, I still have a lot of photos to upload too so keep an eye out for something you like the look of and if there are any photos I’ve posted on my blog previously that you’d like to have as a print then please let me know and I will put it up!

Thank you for reading this if you were a reader of my blog before and if you’re new! Sorry it’s been so long.

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September.

There is a lot of good things happening this month for me. The summer is now over and in a few days my entire family will be getting back on with their usual routines. This summer holiday has been really fun and I always enjoy spending time with my family. I’ll miss all of us hanging out together. It’s always good when the school holidays come around.

I know I’m officially an adult because tomorrow I’m getting a new mattress and (shamelessly) I’m really excited about it! I bought a new bed a couple of months ago and I’ve been waiting patiently and the time has finally come to put a new mattress on it. The only things I get excited about now is new furniture and new clothes. That’s normal right?

Next week me and Tiegan have plans to go to London to listen to Josh Savage, a singer/songwriter from Winchester, who I found through Stef and Hannah from The Michalaks. We both really like his music so we decided we would go down to London to have a listen. I’m thinking of doing a whole blog post on this day out so keep an eye out for that. You can find his YouTube channel here, I like his most recent cover of Dakota by The Stereophonics. (Who I just bought tickets for their tour in December.) I really recommend you give him a listen.

After that I’m starting my new job. I’m kind of nervous and I have an induction week in Bedford with the academy that runs all the training, since it is an apprenticeship. I usually get anxiety about these sorts of things but so far I’m only excited and really looking forward to getting stuck in.

After that, I start the job and I’ll be entering the adult world officially. Me and Fran from franciscarockey.blogspot.co.uk are hopefully going to meet up at some point during that week, which I am pretty excited about since she lives near by.

And then finally on the 30th me and Tiegan are going to see James Bay. It feels like it has been ages since I bought the tickets and I’ve had them sitting around waiting to be taken. Fran is also going to be there, which is why we are meeting up before hand and then hopefully we will meet up again for the gig!

What are your plans for the month?

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Being Happy With Depression.

We all know that there are plenty of misconceptions surrounding mental illness. As time goes on, more and more people are talking about their mental health and how we can correct those misconceptions we all too often hear.

Disclosing my mental health was never at the forefront of my plans when it came to my blog posts. Not because I don’t want to talk about it. I do and I think it’s important to.

But this is not a pity party. I’m perfectly comfortable and happy with my mental health. It’s not perfect. But that’s OK. Today, I wanted to talk about how, with the help of time and patience, I have become happier in myself and how my depression is now easier to live with.

I’m not going to get too personal, this isn’t about me. This is about other people who may be struggling and want to know that happiness isn’t impossible to achieve.

We all know now that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance. We know it’s not a trait, or a choice. It is simply just a chemical reaction. It’s the way my DNA is structured. If you want to read more about clinical depression click here.

So how can I be depressed and happy? For a long time I would only feel down. Happiness came few and far between and any happiness I did feel felt fake. Now, I feel both happy and down and whilst not at the same time, I am living happy, with depression.

“Am I really happy?” Is a question I often ask myself. On a good day this is easy. There is a lot of good in my life and I choose to be happy about it.

On a not so good day, this becomes a little trickier. In the midst of feeling depressed, it’s easy to forget about all of your other emotions. It takes time and patience to understand your depression.

There have been a lot of steps over the last two years which have led me to a point of acceptance. My entire outlook on life has changed. About a year ago my dad introduced me to meditation. I find that there is a fine line between my happiness and my depression. Things can change very quickly and for no reason at all. With meditation I can find a sense of calm and begin to accept how I’m feeling. Rather than trying to fight it all the time.

It took a long time for me to be able to laugh at something honestly. To smile at something fully. To be able to accept all of my emotions and feel them as they are. Depression can often make you feel guilty if you feel happy in any way. This is something that takes a lot of time and convincing to undo. But it is possible.

Making and taking time for yourself will feel uncomfortable at first. Sitting and telling yourself that you have a lot to offer and that you deserve happiness just as much as the next person will seem ridiculous. And as awful as this is; the depression probably isn’t going to go away. At least for me, I’m still facing it every single day. But this doesn’t mean you have to hate it. It helps make us who we are. I’m only who I am right now because of all the things my depression has taught me. But it doesn’t define me.

Accepting your emotions as they come and go is the easiest way to balance them. Accepting that you feel happy and allowing yourself to feel it is important. Do not be in denial about your happiness. It is there and it should be felt. Accepting your depression, your down days and all the awful things that come with it are important too. If you’re in denial about your sadness, you will always be ignoring it. Pushing it back and it will always fight its way forward and it gets uglier every time it appears. Once you accept that those feelings are there and that they need to be felt, it becomes so much easier to understand them. Then it becomes easier to overcome them. You begin to know what to expect and how to deal with it.

It can be difficult to accept. I’m not trying to make it sound easy. Sadness is not a nice way to feel. It’s painful. I’ve spent more of my time crying in the last two years that I have my entire life. Finding happiness with depression and having them run alongside each other is hard and sometimes terrifying.

A lot of people now assume that my depression is gone because I’m a lot better at dealing with how I feel. I can sit and enjoy spending time with those I love and not let my depression interfere. But it is still there. I still have bad days, weeks and sometimes months. I do have a brighter outlook on life now and I do handle my depression much better than I once did. But I can’t change my DNA. I can’t change the way my brain and body works. This is just how it is.

I’ll always be changing and growing. I’ll always be finding new ways to live a little easier. The point is, everyone deserve happiness and I just want to tell you that you can be happy too.

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Thank you for reading if you have made it this far. If you have any questions then please leave them down below. Of course, this entire blog post is relative to me. Take what you want from it and make it relative to you.

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My Ring Collection.

I’ve been collecting rings for about a year now and the collection just continues to grow. Rings are my favourite accessory and way to add to an outfit. My favourite places to buy myself rings from are Shop Dixi and Bohomoon. These are the majority of rings that I have and wear daily. I thought I would talk a little bit about some of them because I love them all. I did do two posts which have some of these rings featured about a year ago now and you can find them here and here. I bought all of these rings for myself.

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This infinity ring is actually my most recent ring purchase. I bought this from Bohomoon along with another one to give to my sister. They both say “Best Friends” on the inside. I saw these and knew I had to get me and Tiegan one because we’re besties.

The moonstone ring was from Shop Dixi but I’ve had this one for a year so I don’t think it is now on their site. It has lasted really well and it was already copper when I bought it. It fits really nicely and is great for minimal jewellery days. Shop Dixi is great for good quality rings that don’t fade of rub off green on your fingers. They are a little bit more pricey but they’re so beautiful so definitely worth paying that little bit extra.
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The rest of these rings are from Bohomoon and this is because they are slightly cheaper. Some of these rings do leave that gross green mark if you wear them for too long. I love both of these rings. The green stone ring is very pretty and always adds a nice pop of colour whenever I am wearing a simple monochrome outfit. It’s quite simple still so can be worn with other rings.

The black ring is on I like to wear with my Om Mantra ring in the next photo. It has a really pretty design on the band and it’s quite gothic so it looks great with simple rings or “pretty” rings.

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I spoke about both of these rings in my last post. The Om Mantra ring is my most worn and probably my favourite ring. The colour has started to fade and is now turning a weird rusty colour. I still love it, I like the effect but because I do wear it so much, the silver is rubbing off.

I still love my Amulet ring. I don’t wear this as much as I would like to because it’s hard to pair with other rings and looks odd on its own. Sometimes I’ll wear these two together. The Amulet ring hasn’t faded and the green stone is still just as pretty. When it comes to Bohomoon rings you have to hedge your bets on whether or not the ring will fade. But they’re good for the price you pay and considering I’ve had these for a year and I’ve worn them a lot, they’re still doing pretty good.

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I bought this little crescent moon and star ring in a Bohomoon sale. I thought the design was cute and it was really inexpensive ( Around £2, now £1.50!). I really like this ring because its simple and can be worn with any of my other rings.

I also bought the cross hatch ring at the same time. Again, it’s really simple and I love wearing it with any of the other rings. Both of these rings are adjustable so they do pinch the skin a little bit at the opening if it’s not sitting right.

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Lastly are these very pretty rings. The first ring, from L-R, is definitely my least worn out of all of these rings. It’s a size too big for me and only fits on my thumb. This can be solved by wearing a smaller ring in front because it stops it from slipping off. I don’t have any simple band rings that fit in front of this ring though so I can’t really wear it unless my fingers get fatter! I really love the design though and I still wanted to include it because it’s one of my bigger rings and I will wear it when I find a suitable solution.

The wishbone ring I spoke about in my Bohomoon post. I wear this one all the time and it’s my most worn in appearance. The silver has almost completely come off and it’s just about holding on. I think I will still wear this as a copper ring once the silver has come off and I can wear it with my moonstone ring.

Finally is this really pretty baby pink stone ring. This looks really pretty with the wishbone ring about it. I love this ring but it does get caught on everything because its so big. I have a necklace which actually matches this ring and I like wearing them together.

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All of the links provided are ones which I could find and ones which are very similar. Some of my rings are up to a year old now so aren’t available anymore. In order:

Best Friends Infinity Ring.

Sterling Silver Moonstone Ring.

Alima Turquoise Ring.

Effie Ring.

Om Amulet Ring.

Harmony Amulet Ring.

Crescent Ring.

Prizm Stacking Ring.

Shop Dixi Wishbone Midi Ring. – currently out of stock, will be getting more in.

If you just want to browse their websites:

Bohomoon

Shop Dixi

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Writing For Myself.

Back when I started blogging a few years ago, I started writing my blog out of boredom. I love writing and I have always loved reading blogs so I just wanted to give it a go. My blogging was inconsistent and didn’t really have a theme. I’ve been blogging for six months now, fairly consistently despite my recent 2 month absence. I have still been writing up posts just not posting them.

The reason being related to a post I wrote last week about being more honest  and I briefly said that the lack of honesty is why I hadn’t posted in a while. When I started this blog back up this year I knew that I wanted to talk about the things I love. And I have, but it still doesn’t feel true to who I am. To be completely honest with you, I got sucked into checking my stats all the time to see if people were actually reading. Over the last two months I have been thinking a lot about what I want to post and who I actually want to read it (not that I don’t appreciate those who have read my blog thus far, believe me, I do).

I would like to be able to write posts on subjects which I am passionate about, and I am passionate about a lot of different things and I have a lot of opinions. I would like to be able to write about them confidently and share with my readers what I think. I’ve always been afraid of writing posts like these because I don’t want people to think that I think I am always right or that I think my views are the only views that matter. I want to feel free to write about the things I love, the things which have helped me and made me who I am. The things that I believe could be helpful in someway to someone else. I don’t want to write posts which people are only reading to fill their time. I want to write posts which have something you can take away with you and use in your life. Or at least think about.

So from here on out, my posts will be a little different. If you don’t enjoy them then feel free to unfollow. I will still be talking about beauty products occasionally because I love to! But I will also be talking about things that I think are important. I know not everyone will agree with me. That’s perfectly OK. In fact that’s great! I want to learn what YOU think and what YOU know.

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