SOPHIE ROSIE.

LIFESTYLE, INSPIRATION, FASHION & STYLE


Spring clichés that are totally worth the hype.

I literally adore Spring. I think it's the start of the lighter nights, the sun coming creepin' in every now and again, and just the general feeling of it being the season of new starts. I love all of the seasons, but I don't think that it's coincidence that the first day of Spring is also International Day of Happiness! 

So, here are a few Spring clichés that are totally worth the hype, and one's that I'm going to be all over again this year!

B l o s s o m.

Prepare for your Instagram to be inundated with photo's of blue skies and pretty pink bloom. I remember there was a point last year when this was literally all that filled my feed. But do you know what, it's SO pretty though that I totally love it and will most probably be posting 7689 photo's of it myself.


L i g h t e r  n i g h t s.

OMG it's 6pm and it's still so light outside! As much as I love getting all cosy in bed with a cup of hot chocolate and my blanket in Winter, there's something about the lighter evenings that just lifts my mood for longer. The clocks go forward this weekend which means we can all go back to taking photo's in the evenings again, too! I can literally just feel the relief from bloggers everywhere. 

F l o r a l  t r e n d s.

Particularly of the embroidered type, this season. There are SO many beautiful pieces out there this year that I literally just don't know where to start. I've basically not took these shoes off since I bought them in January, and these boots blew up on my social media when I found them in New Look a few months ago, too! Charlotte did a gorgeous post on so many of her favourite embroidered finds a couple of weeks ago, so if you need any inspo, check out her post


P a s t e l s  &  b l u s h  p i n k.

On a similar note, Spring is the time to pack away all of those autumnal hues (although maybe not quite all of your cosy knit's just yet because, oh hey, British weather.) and brighten up your wardrobe with pretty pastels, instead. The blush pink trend is another personal favourite of mine at the minute, and I'm having to try really hard not to buy everything. This suede biker jacket from Zara however, I just couldn't resist!

E a s t e r.

Cheap chocolate, Easter egg hunts and an extra few days off work. What's not to love about Easter!?


What do you love about Spring?

Soph




Mothers Day treats & that Disney inspired jacket.

On Thursday evening, me & my lovely Mum were invited along to the Metquarter in Liverpool for an early Mothers Day event, hosted again by the guys at Sassoon Salon, who I'd only recently visited a couple of weeks ago (read about my fab experience here). It was pretty much an evening of Prosecco, cake, styling and little beauty treats. What could be more perfect for Mothers Day?

We had Sassoon offering consultations and styling tips, Urban Calm giving us all the best mini massages and Illumination LED facemasks, and the girls at Illamasqua offering express treatments through the evening.

My favourite part of the event though (apart from the cupcakes from Patisserie Valerie... these were incredible omg) was when celebrity stylist Martine Alexander picked out some of her favourite pieces from around the centre. Let's just say, if my Mum hadn't have been there to stop me, I'd have probably bought half of the rail, including this to-die-for Beauty & the Beast embroidered jacket from the MinkPink and Disney collection, and these amazingly beautiful Kurt Geiger heels. 


It was such a lovely evening being able to chat to all the familiar faces at Sassoon, catching up with local bloggers and their Mums, and learning about what else there is to offer in the Metquarter. Events like this are my favourite, smaller events where you can really chat to everyone properly, have great conversations and network with bloggers & brands in a really relaxed atmosphere that's totally beneficial to everyone. 

Everyone at the event was super lovely and friendly, and I loved being able to give my Mum a peek inside the weird and wonderful world of blogging and events. Even if it was just to show her it isn't just me who has to take photo's of all of the food before anyone's allowed to touch it! 


What do you have planned for Mothers Day?

Soph

image credit: used with permission from Nina Holst, Stylizimo.

How to get out of living in a 'I'll be happy when...' mindset.

I'll be happy when I have the job that I want.
I'll be happy when I can have a walk-in wardrobe.
I'll be happy when I hit xx followers on Instagram.
I'll be happy when I can buy a new car.
I'll be happy when I lose some weight.
I'll be happy when I have that Pinterest inspired home office.

I'm fully guilty of living in a 'I'll be happy when...' mindset. I'm constantly looking at things that I want, thinking about things that I'd like to achieve, or watching others do things that seemingly have made them happy and thinking that if I can do or have that, then I'll be happy, too.

We all think about the future a lot. I mean, we kinda have to. And focusing on what you want isn't a bad thing, in fact it's pretty bloomin' essential and it's a way that we can keep our eye on our goals and ambitions and help us do some pretty amazing things. However, thinking too much about our 'ideal' lives, can sometimes just leave us exhausted and constantly unsatisfied.

So, here are a few little ways to live in the present a little more.

A p p r e c i a t e  w h a t  y o u  h a v e.

This probably sounds pretty obvious, but taking a little time each day to sit and appreciate what you have, instead of lusting after what you don't, can really help you to realise that you may be closer to your goals than you think. Recognising all that we have to be grateful for, is something that I'm not sure we do enough, and it might just be the key to living a little happier.

D o  w h a t  y o u  l o v e  o n  a  d a i l y  b a s i s.

If you're not doing something that you love, of course you're going to be thinking about something else. Quite often, we think that before we can do something that we love, we have to have reached some kind of personal or career goal. But, this simply isn't the case.

Ensuring that we're doing something that interests us all the time, we're enjoying our time now and creating new experiences, that may end up helping us in the future anyway! We're not thinking about how we may be enjoying our time in the future 'if' we manage to do something else.

D e c i d e  t o  b e  h a p p y  n o w.

Shift your focus from the future and bring it back to the present.  Turn your 'I'll be happy when..' into a 'I'm happy now.'

How?

Well, we're all in control of our own happiness, right? I read something once that said, what if the reason we're happier now, is because we decided to be. How powerful would that be?

Do you find yourself living in a 'I'll be happy when...' mindset?

Soph



Social media & me: My relationship with living online.

Social media has become a vital part of our everyday lives for most of us. Our whole worlds revolve around it, and in a lot of ways, it has had a real positive impact to the modern day life of a twenty-something. We're creating careers from it, influencing and reaching others in a way that has never been possible before, and of course, remaining connected to our loved ones no matter where in the world they are.

However, I've recently started to realise that my relationship with social media isn't always that healthy.

I often wonder how less anxious I would be if read receipts weren't a thing. If 'last active' wasn't available to us or if our whole online lives were left unfiltered and we could see everything or nothing. I mean, I'm not stupid. I know that the things that people share online isn't always an accurate representation of their life, but it's always hard not to compare and get yourself down about it, isn't it? There's been so many times when I've felt like I'm failing at life because I've seen something on Instagram or Twitter.


I'm not afraid to admit that I'm the kind of girl that freaks out if I can see you've read my message and not replied to it. I have a huge fear of people leaving my life suddenly, and it's like a read receipt and no reply is a trigger for this fear. No matter how much I try and convince myself that they're just busy, at work, distracted, eating (or y'know, anything else normal), my brain just won't have it. Instead, it convinces me that this person now hates me for life, is never going to speak to me ever again or that I've upset them in some way. That is until they text back 30 mins later having just gone for an impromptu nap.

This girl does not need this kind of anxiety multiple times on a daily basis.


And it's not just read receipts. There's seeing them having been active on Facebook, tweeting someone, viewing your Instagram story, 'last seen' on WhatsApp, or their snapchat score has gone up so they're obvs on their phone because how else would all of this have happened?

The reason I hate it so much, is because I know that without social media, I'd be blissfully unaware of everything, and not causing myself unnecessary stress and panic.

So, how am I making my relationship with social media better?

Well, I'm trying to restrict the time I spend on it, but we all know how hard that can be, even with the best of intentions! 

However, I'm also removing as many things that I can, in an attempt to control the anxiety I get from it. I'm muting toxic people on Twitter, I'm turning off read receipts on WhatsApp and the chat feature on Facebook. I'm unfollowing people on Instagram who's content makes me feel shit and I'm turning off my push notifications so I don't get into a panic if no one likes one of my fave photo's.

Hopefully, some of this will help in making me feel a lot better most days, and I won't be sat here worrying myself silly that I'm behind in life, that I'm super boring because my day doesn't look like hers or that my best friend has left me.


What's your relationship with social media like?


Soph



A work-life balance: how to find one and actually keep it.

A work-life balance is a lifestyle choice. It's being able to prioritise your work and your career, but still being able to enjoy and have time to yourself. It's being able to have a life outside of the office, too. It's being able to be driven and ambitious, but also being able to switch off, spend time with family and do things that you enjoy, for you.

My previous job didn't allow for any kind of work-life balance. It was a full time job where managers expected constant overtime, and any spare time that I did get back home was filled with studying and revising for professional exams under the constant threat of losing our jobs if we failed. 3 years down the line and guess what? I was done. I couldn't give myself 100% to my job anymore, and I didn't want to. I realised that while yes, I wanted a good career, this wasn't the way I wanted to do it. I knew that I needed to find a job that would allow me the forever coveted work-life balance.

Just over a year later, and I'm so much happier. I can't even express in words what a difference it has made to my mental health and my life. So, here are a few little tips and tricks I've learned along the way.

D e v e l o p  a  r o u t i n e  &  b e  s t r i c t  w i t h  y o u r s e l f

The nature of both of my jobs so far have meant that I've been provided with a work laptop and access to my work emails on my phone. While this is great because it means that I can work from wherever I like (*ahem* my bed), it also means that I'm constantly online and contactable. So, learning how to switch off 'work mode' once the working day is done, is something that's been really important for me.

There's always going to be something else you can do. There's always going to be another email you need to reply to. There's always going to be the temptation to check your emails if you have access to them. But creating boundaries and sticking to a routine, is oh so important. When it gets to the end of your working day, it's the end of your working day. Switch off, go home, relax and enjoy your 'you' time.


B e  e f f i c i e n t  w i t h  y o u r  t i m e 

Whatever your average working day is, make the most of it. Procrastination is the devil, and is generally what then forces us into working into our evenings. Set yourself manageable goals at the beginning of each day, and split your day into little bits to ensure you gradually but effectively tick off your to-do list. 

BUT, also make sure you take breaks. Working straight through the whole day without having little breaks or taking your lunch, is always counter-productive. Trust me, I've done this so many times with little effect.


C o m m u n i c a t e  e f f e c t i v e l y

If you feel like you're getting overwhelmed and your work load is getting too much, it might be time to have a little chat to your boss. Let them know them know how you're feeling and tell them if you are feeling overwhelmed. Any good manager will listen, help you, and set out a plan as to how to make things better for both you and the business. Don't be afraid to ask them for help either, they've been there themselves at some point too.

Another little trick is to make sure you manage expectations. Be realistic with time frames you give out to your boss or colleagues. There's nothing worse than saying 'I'll have that with you tomorrow', if you know you're already swamped, because this is just going to stress you more, and most probably have you working into the night. Set yourself a longer deadline, if only then to pleasantly surprise everyone if you manage to get it done sooner!


I m m e r s e  y o u r s e l f  i n  a  h o b b y  &  a  s o c i a l  l i f e.

For me, this is quite obviously blogging, but whether it's yoga, netball, dance, meditation - anything that you enjoy, keeps you active, but also helps you switch off from work is a good thing. Get yourself a hobby that means you have to leave work behind for a little while. 

Make plans with friends, see your family and just create the 'life' part of your work-life balance, and don't let anything get in the way of it. 


FEATURED IN THIS POST

Calvin Klein bag - c/o Tessuti Women | I can't even explain how much I adore this bag. It's sophisticated and elegant, but it's so spacious. I was a little concerned I wouldn't be able to use it for work as my current bag is a little bigger, but honestly, it's like a Mary Poppins bag in here! As always with Calvin Klein, the quality of the bag is also great - I can see it being durable and putting up with me for a while yet!

Flared sleeve jumper - Chicwish.com | LOADS of you guys have been asking where this jumper is from ever since I posted it on my Instagram. I purchased it here, however, I will just say that although I love this jumper, I've had an absolute nightmare with Chicwish & I'm still waiting on a few issues to be resolved. I won't go into details, but just go ahead and purchase at your own risk!
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