As we enter a new season, fashions as well as many other things change. As the months get colder and the leaves start to drop from the trees its time to change your style into something warmer and comfier. This season, according to Vogue, is all about the wide leg trousers. They’re an excellent clothing piece for these transitional months into winter, they offer more insulation due to the extended space in the leg and not to mention comfort, (I felt like I was wearing pyjamas).
I found these candy blue striped trousers in Topshop for £39, and paired it with a burgundy top to illustrate Autumn. However, as the British cold weather decides to visit us once again, I will start wearing these trousers with cropped jumpers, this is so the ruffled waistline is still accentuated and gives the perception of a more hourglass figure.
There are many things that you learn in your teenage years. So when a friend of mine asked, ‘What is the biggest thing you’ve learn this year?’ it got me thinking of all the amazing life lessons that I’ve come to know, that I, myself have independently learnt.
1. Not Everyone is a Nice Person
Growing up in a village surrounded by friendly people was a beautiful upbringing, but though my older teenage years I learnt that what you see on the outside isn’t always someone’s greatest intensions. Most people are selfish, and they don’t have your best interests at heart.
2. Money isn’t Everything
My gap year has taught me a lot about saving and spending money, but mostly it has taught me that its better to have the memories rather than the paper notes.
3. Nothing is Worth Being Unhappy
You’ll never remember those small upsets in a year to come, so why waste a chance to laugh and smile.
4. You Wont Get Everything You Wish For
Being a child is great, you have very basic wants and needs and they’re usually met by your parents, but as we age these things widen and more people want them and they’re harder to achieve.
5. Embrace Your Inner Child
Be silly, sing louder, don’t rush to grow up, being old is boring.
6. Don’t Stop Doing What You Love
Never let anyone tell you what your passionate about, or what you love. Let that drive you forward and not push you back.
7. Always Say YES To Pudding
Life is too short to not eat the chocolate cake.
8. Not Everyone Will Want to Stay in Your Life
The friends you make at school wont always be there for you when you’re gone. But if they want to leave, let them. Its better to have a few close friends, quality over quantity.
9. Having a Job Teaches You a Lot
I am a massive advocate for having a part-time job while in your teenage years, it teaches you so much about life, and ultimately you’ve learnt lessons that others wont have thought about yet.
10. You Still Need Your Parents
As much as we don’t want to admit it, our parents are still a big part of our lives, and we do need them more than we think.
11. Be Thankful For What You Have
There are many people who have it worse than you, appreciate what you’ve got.
12. Read Lots
Knowledge is power.
13. Popularity Means Nothing
Once you’ve left school, no one cares about that stuff, you should want to be friends with someone for the person they are, not because of who they know.
14. Happy Girls are the Prettiest
You will ALWAYS look your best with a smile on your face, and everyone will see it.
15. Appreciate Nature
This is your planet and you have to look after it. After learning about how destructive humans are, I cant not recycle, and I cant not re-use bags. We make nature a happy place is we look after it.
16. Don’t Change Yourself for a Boy
…or girl. I learnt the hard way, but if they don’t like you for who you are, then they’re not right for you, and you will find someone who does.
17. Take Care of Yourself
You should never feel guilty for being selfish once in a while. You deserve the world!
18. Stress Less
Don’t beat yourself up over the little things, you’ll only get lines. HAHA!
Happiness, its a concept, an idea. The idea that if something good happens to us then we’ll be happy, but that’s not always the case. Often things can go wrong which then leaves us feeling unhappy, but these things are out of our control. However, what we can control is how we react to these stimuli, which means that we can be in control of our own happiness.
I feel it essential to share my top tips on happiness, these are habits that everyone is aware of but sometimes we forget to act on them.
1. DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS
Everyone is a unique individual and if you start comparing yourselves to others then you’re only hurting yourself. Of course there are times when you look at something and think “Gosh I wish I had her hair” or “I’ll never be able to do what she’s done”. I know the feeling but there are so many great things about you that other people wish they had or could do. So never put yourself down.
2. BE KIND
In life, I have learnt that there is nothing an act of kindness cant solve, and the great thing about it is that its free, and its contagious. Even a smile can brighten someone’s day: its the littles things that mean the most. Also be appreciative of others and try to recognise when others need support and they will then give it you in return.
3. STOP DOING THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO DO
This is your life! Do what you want! There is no shame in admitting you don’t want to do something and I know there are times that you do say those things, but if it really bothers you, then do something about it. Even if it means changing careers halfway through your life, do it! If your happiness is on the line then anything is worth it.
Sport is a great way to get out the house, meet new friends and clear your mind. Even something as simple as a 10-minute walk can brighten your thought process for the day. I know that intellectually, exercise releases endorphins into your brain that then releases serotonin; the happy molecule.
5. BE GRATEFUL
How many times a day do you use the words “Thank You”. Learn how to open up and you will receive and abundance of joy and happiness. Living in a first world country means that I have access to things I take for granted. Being grateful for what you have makes you appreciate the little things in life.
6. SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES
Although an abundant social and romantic life does not itself guarantee you joy, it does have a huge impact on our happiness. Spending time with the people you enjoy to be around are a must, try and make friendships a priority in life.
7. EAT HEALTHIER
I cant speak for everyone but I know that when I have a balanced and nutritious meal, including loads of fruit I always feel better about myself. I know that I am treating my body the way it was intended to be treated, that in itself makes me happier.
8. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR GOALS
Everyone have goals, whether that be big or small. But when you don’t keep track of them you can lose motivation and passion to for fulfilling them, or you might not even reach them because you cant satisfy them. Keeping lists and keeping steps to achieve those goals is a simple way of doing this.
I hope this posts helps someone in some way. Thank you for reading.
In the world of fashion Gingham is making a big come back, from when it first came into fashion in the Katherine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe era of the 1940’s. I couldn’t not join this gingham club and bought this red gingham Bardot top from New Look (links below).
So recently my diet has taken a slight turn for the better, and I have adopted more fruit and greenery into my meals. Which is a phrase I never thought I’d say! So yesterday I had a was craving something healthy, and salad like, but like many people out there I hate the taste of lettuce and other foods I feel belong in the grass. This is when I had the magical idea of making a fruit salad, but this was no ordinary fruit salad, I used a few little tricks that I had learnt while working in a kitchen to spice up the flavour.
Here are afew tips to enhancing the flavour in your fruit salads without cheating your diet!
First of all I bought a variety of berries, like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries which are known as a super fruit as they contain antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. I also added some red grapes and some plums, but feel free to add whatever fruits you like. Why not try some oranges or pineapples for a bit more colour. However, I would suggest steering away from fruits like apples and bananas especially if you wanted to bulk make your salad for a later date, or you prepare it in the morning for your lunch: as they go bad quickly. Also bananas release a hormone called ethylene which causes fruits to ripen quickly so your fruit salad can go off faster. Such fruits like blueberries and cherries are believed not to release this hormone.
After choosing your fruit, chop it up into a plastic container for later or into a big bowl. I like to chop them up into manageable and bite size chunks, for example cutting grapes in half, and cutting strawberries into 1/8 by cutting them lengthwise into 4 then in half again. When all your fruit is added in the bowl I like to add some lemon juice, which enhances the flavours of strawberries and raspberries, and also adding some finely cut mint leaves, these two ingredients enhance the flavours of the fruits in your salad.
You can either stop here or if you’re a sweet tooth like me you might want to add a bit of sugar. I would suggest adding icing sugar as that can add some moisture and a subtle layer of sweetness without having to layer it in granulated for the same flavour. I use this a lot when having strawberries as it means your not taking in as much bad stuff. Or if you’re really counting those calories just add some sweeteners as they are a healthier alternative to sugar and this was you don’t feel like you’re cheating yourself.
I hope you found some of these tips useful, and feel free to let me know how you get on.
Every once in a while there becomes a time in our lives where we think about where we want to be, and where out lives are heading. Having become too comfortable in a certain routine and what you want for the future. Here are 20 things you need to ask yourself about your future.
In 20 years from now, what do you want to remember about your life now?
What do you want to be remembered for?
What memory of the past makes you smile the most?
If not now, then when?
Has your greatest fear come true?
What makes you feel great about yourself?
In order of importance, where would you rank money, health and love?
What do you admire most in the world?
When has fear or failure stopped you from doing something?
What do you need to let go of?
Why do you do some many things that you don’t like doing, when life is too short?
When did you realise that life was too short?
What is success to you?
Are you doing what you believe of settling for what you are doing?
In one year from today, how do you want it to be different?
What would you do if nobody would judge you?
What is one thing you are proud of that you would never tell anyone?
Time or money?
What do you love most in life?
What have you go to lose?
To sit down and answer all these questions would take time, so just think about what you wanted to achieve out of life 5 years ago, and are you any closer to it now?
Change is and will always be a big part of life, something that you cant help from happening. So the only thing to do is embrace change. By being resistant to change you’re only hurting yourself. One little event can totally change your life plans, so make plans as they come. Don’t plan ahead, and don’t be mad when plans change.
Throughout my life I have had my fair share of change. From my parents divorce to something smaller like changing my university course last minute. There are some things that are purely out of your control like my first example. When this happened to me I was 8 years old, and this change affected my life more than anything else. Not being able to live with my dad affected me on a personal level, but I realise looking back at it now that it was a good thing as living in an unhappy household with both pareant would have been worse than happily living with one parent.
Change can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, other people can change and this may force you to change, but sometimes you change yourself and it can influence the rest of your life. Without change I would never be where I am now. When I originally applied for university I wanted to study sociology and if I was perfectly honest with myself I only applied for the benefit of my mother who thought university was the way forward. But with time, I realised that I am not cut out for sociology and what I really wanted to do was become a teacher.
Things happen for a reason, and you have to accept that. It isn’t a bad thing, and even if it may seem like it is at first. You’ll look back at that experience and realise you wouldn’t be who you are now without it. You have grown as a person, and that’s the best change of all.