Screw it, and do it.

Screw it, and do it.



They always say that you're never going to achieve anything if you live your life within your comfort zone. And as a major worrier about anything and everything, if I lived within my comfort zone on a daily basis then, well, I wouldn't get much further than the end of my bed. But that's beside the point. 

Really pushing ourselves is where our strength lies. Doing things that we never thought we'd be brave enough to do is how we create our favourite memories. Some of the best things that have happened (and that I've bought... whoops.) this year have been because I've pushed myself to not listen to the, *ahem*, more sensible voices in my head, and to think 'do you know what, screw this, let's do it.'

So in the next few weeks, that's exactly what I'm going to do. Screw it, and do it

I'm not entirely sure how things are going to pan out, and if I'm honest, what I'm planning is probably the least sensible thing I've ever done. BUT I know that it's what (I hope) is going to make me happy.

2016 is going to be the year where I start doing things for me. Things that I want to do, and not things that I think the world expects me to do.

While I'm super nervous about what could happen if everything goes, um, well, tits up, I'm so so excited to get started with the new year. I'm sticking to what I wrote in this post about not making any new years resolutions, but it doesn't mean I'm not looking forward to the new start that January 1st will bring.

Here's to the new year guys!

Soph

80's fashion and baby photo's.

80's fashion and baby photo's.


Gotta give it to Mum and Dad, they can take a good photo when they want to!

I love going home. Ever since I moved out, going back to Mum and Dads is always some kind of treat (and not just because I get to eat their food). I love spending time with my parents, and Christmas is always the time of year you get to spend some much needed time with family. 

What better way to pass some time on these in-betweeny days when, lets face it, none of us quite know what to do with ourselves than to dig out all the old family photographs from the depths of my Mum's cupboard. And, as you'd expect, I came across some absolute crackin' photo's from decades gone by. Like these ones. Showcasing how cool I was as a baby. Obvs.



I absolutely LOVED looking through these photographs. And some of my favourite ones to look through were of my Mum and Dad when they were younger, way before they married, and donkeys years before me and my brother were even thought of. I know, it's weird to think of your parents as anything other than your parents, let alone a fun-loving young couple who didn't give two-hoots about anything!

One thing I did notice was the fashion statements of the 80's that have made rather a swift turnaround and graced the shops once again. And with her permission, of course, I managed to snap a few of my Mum's favourite outfits from our photo albums, so for this post, I'm handing over to my Mum to pose for OOTD's, including bralets, bomber jackets, and of course those white heels! ;)


Seriously though, how much did she rock these high waisted leather trousers?!

It's also a little bit scary how much I look like her too. There's a little joke in our house that neither me or my brother could ever pretend we were from any other family. I mean, the resemblance even goes way back to our baby photo's. If it wasn't for the, um, questionable decor, and photo quality, we could've literally been the same toddler. 



I can't believe I'm putting baby photo's on my blog. I think all the Christmas festivities have got to me a little too much...

As much as looking to the future, and living in the now is so important, looking back can be so much fun. Do you ever look back through old photographs? Let me know if you've ever found some crackers!

Soph

22 things when you meet someone IRL.

22 things when you meet someone IRL.



Let's face it, it's nearly 2016, it's not uncommon for us 'young'uns' to meet people online before we actually meet people in person. I wrote this post a few months ago (shameless plug, soz.) about how you guys that I've met through blogging are pretty damn awesome, and, while we're a sociable bunch, with things like online dating and the power of social media becoming ever more popular, becoming friends with someone you've never actually met is fast becoming quite the norm, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that
Except when you decide you're actually going to meet.
So, having had a few (read, a lot) experiences of this this year, here are 22 things that generally go through my head before I'm meeting someone that, actually, probs know's more about me than some of my IRL friends.

*Side note: really hope these aren’t just me. Otherwise, this post is going to be proper awks.*
1      I really hope it's not dead awkward
2      Oh god, what if there's loads of awkward silences?
3      Deffs gonna end up talking about the weather if there is.
4      Omg then they're gonna think I'm super boring.
5      *Quickly looks back through conversations for a talking point if everything goes silent*
6      Is this really a good idea?
7      Like, we could totally reschedule and overthink this another day, right?
8      Wait, how do we greet?
9      What if I go for a hug and they're not the hugging type?
10    I hope they still laugh at my jokes, in my messages I have time to think of those.
11    Do I really look like my last Instagram selfie?
12    What if I've gone way OTT on the editing!?
13    It's fine, it was just a VSCO filter. And some alterations on the brightness. And I flipped it to my good side. What could go wrong?
14   *Quickly makes your best friend aware so you have an escape plan if everything goes tits up.*
15   Where did we say we were gonna meet again?
16   Completely forgot.
17   Good start Soph.
18   WHAT IF I FORGET THEIR NAME?!
19   This is going to be a fiasco.
20   PLEASE LIKE ME.
21    Oh, hello! How was your journey? I like your shoes. Where are we going again? Shit, I left my card in the car. Stopped for a Starbucks en-route you see. Be back in a sec. Stay. There.

22    NAILED IT.

Soph
My New Years Resolution.

My New Years Resolution.



Is to not make any New Years Resolutions.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to take a little break from blogging, but now I feel like I'm ready to jump right back into it, and while this feels like a bit of a new start, I thought I'd jump ahead a few weeks to the new start that's heading all of our ways come January 1st.

Last year, I remember reading so so many New Years Resolutions posts, and I even did one myself. But this year, I'm taking a bit of a different steer on things. If there's one thing that I've learned this year, it's to expect the unexpected. Life has it's own little way of throwing things at us, some are totally pleasant surprises, while others, seemingly, are out to test us. Which, is actually totally fine, because life would be a little boring otherwise, wouldn't it?

We always start the year with all these great plans, and then January 2nd arrives and they're generally already out the window, and then you basically sit there and think, 'oh, well, that's failed so I might as well just wait till next January 1st, and start again then. That's totally fair. Right?'

Like eating healthy.

And going to the gym regularly.

And being super dead cultural. 

And basically not failing at life which is how I feel right now. 

So, the only thing I'll be promising myself this year, is to just take each day as it comes. 

Nothing that we do right now is going to change what's to come. Promising ourselves that we're gonna ditch all the chocolate, dig our gym kit out from the depths of our wardrobe, meditate every morning, or read all those books that are gathering dust on our bookshelf, is going to help us when life shakes us all up and sends us in a direction that we didn't even know existed. 

Like when someone in your life suddenly leaves with no explanation, when you decide that what you're doing with your life isn't what you want at all but you can see no way out, or when you have to restrict yourself to eating lettuce for lunch for a few days 'cause you didn't ditch the chocolate and you can no longer fit in your fave pair of jeans. 

LIFE. I'm not planning you anymore. But I'm still gonna try and not fail as badly next year. Promise. ;)

Soph

Losing sight.

Losing sight.



I love blogging. It has become one of the most important things to me in my life, I've met the most amazing people and the last year has genuinely been incredible. However, recently I feel like I've lost sight as to why I started my blog in the first place.

The last week I've been beating myself up over the fact that I haven't blogged in over a week. I have SO MANY emails that I need to reply to, a ton of blog posts that I need to write for brands, and well, that YouTube series that I started last week isn't going too well so far. I'm having a bit of 'bloggers block', to put it one way. My blogging motivation is at a bit of a low. 

But I started this blog for me. Not for anyone else. I started this blog as a creative outlet, somewhere to write, document my life and my thoughts. It was supposed to be a hobby and something that I loved to do. And don't get me wrong, it is, but it was never supposed to make me feel down if I didn't feel like blogging one day. 

I've got too wrapped up in being worried that if I don't blog, no one is going to read anything I write in future, or offer me any more opportunities that I'm always so thankful for. The fact that I haven't got round to filming a video, or writing up the posts that I needed to this weekend shouldn't be making me feel so guilty. I know that this is just a phase, and give it a week or two and I'll have my blogging mojo back and won't have enough time to write down everything that I want.

So I'm taking a bit of a step back. If I suddenly get the inspiration to blog tomorrow, then I will. But if it doesn't come tomorrow, or the day after, or the day after that, then that's completely fine too.

I started this blog for me.

Soph

Soph's Sunday Round Up. No 1.

Soph's Sunday Round Up. No 1.



Oh, hey guys! Super quick post today, because it was just to let you know that I FINALLY have a new video up on YouTube! I first started YouTube about 3 months ago, but haven't really been able to do too much with it since, but I'm really keen to get back to  it properly.

SO, here's my idea. Weekly video's where I talk about anything and everything that has happened during the last week. Whether it be blogging news, something that I've seen on Twitter, something cool that's happened in the news or something I've seen on TV. Literally anything. And I'll just babble on about it for a bit until I've got enough footage to make a video with. Sounds good? No? Oh, well, I'mma do it anyway. ;)

Please don't forget to hit subscribe if you liked this video, and please let me know what you think!



Speak to you guys soon!

Soph


Cosy casual.

Cosy casual.



Well, I think it's safe to say that winter is officially upon us, right? There's so much I love about every season, and wrapping up warm and cosy is one of my favourites about this one... and well, CHRISTMAS. 

I've been wanting a bobble hat for AGES, ever since I saw Tash don hers one morning, but I seem to have a bit of a small head, and, um, the bobble just sometimes bobbles a bit too much. If ya get me...? Probably not. But anyway... I saw these pastel coloured ones in Topshop last weekend, and thought screw it, I'm gonna get a bobble hat!

As well as keeping you nice and cosy during the winter months, it's also awesome for keeping your hair in place whilst it's so flippin' windy at the minute! As long as you don't mind a bit of hat hair. Obvs.


My camel coat is definitely a staple piece in my autumn/winter wardrobe, and there's rarely a day when I don't wear it. It just goes with EVERYTHING! This one I picked up from New Look last year, and it was actually one of those with a detachable fur collar. I may have misplaced this part of the coat since. Whoops. 

Also, roll necks. If you need something to keep you warm, grab yourself a roll neck. This is exactly why I love winter. ALL the layers! I normally like to layer a roll neck under neath a dress or a waistcoat, but for this outfit I opted to keep it simple, tucking it into my jeans instead, and I actually really like this look!


Can I just mention how amazing this location was to shoot. Believe it or not, we're actually slap bang in the middle of Liverpool City Centre. This is why I absolutely adore Liverpool too, there's so much history here, and so many beautiful and ornate buildings in the middle of a bustling city. 

What are your go-to casual winter pieces?

Soph

November 18th.

November 18th.




WHERE THE HELL HAS THE LAST YEAR GONE!?

I cannot believe my little blog is 1. I never, ever thought that I would keep this thing up for a year, never mind still be here and have no intentions of stopping! Looking back at my first few blog posts (no, that doesn't mean you should also go look, they're embarrassing, WAIT, nah-uh, DON'T DO IT, stay here!) makes me so proud of how far I've come and how much my little blog has grown in the last 12 months.

I didn't quite 'get' blogging when I first started, I don't think any of us do! And I most definitely didn't know what kind of blog I wanted mine to be. I just knew that I loved the little feeling that I got when I saw that someone else had read one of my posts! This is a little feeling that I still get now, and it still amazes me that anyone reads any of the waffle that I do write, if I’m quite honest!


I can remember quite vividly exactly where I was, (and funnily enough, also what I was wearing!) when I very first hit publish on blogger. I was drinking coffee (no surprise there...) in Central Perk when I decided to go for it.

Thinking back, I was in quite a bad place before I stumbled across blogging. I felt like my life didn't quite have a purpose, and I was a bit, well, lost. It felt like I didn't quite fit with anything that I was trying to do. I didn't have anything to focus on. A lot of the time it was just me and my thoughts (and we all know how dangerous that is!), and I was trying to be someone I just completely was not, for someone who didn't care at all.



A year on and I'm genuinely the happiest and most content with my life than I think I ever have been. And a large part of this is down to my blog. The opportunities I've had, the events I'm always forever thankful to get invited to, and mostly, the genuinely incredible people that I've met through blogging, both directly and indirectly.

A year on and my blog has also changed quite a lot. We've been through 3 different name changes (here's hoping this one's to stay!), a fair few different layouts (again, here's hoping this one's to stay!), loads of different types of content, and more life rambles than I care to admit sometimes.

A year on and I've learned so much more than I ever thought I would too. I've learned a lot about myself, about anxiety and mental health, that I didn't quite understand, but that are a lot clearer for me now. I've been shown what's important, and had some life lessons taught to me by some very special people that I'm hoping I'll always remember. 

Oh, and I've learned how to HTML the crap out of a blog to get that thing looking just how you want it. ;)


Like all good soppy posts like this one, I need to say thank you. Thank you to anyone who's ever read even a paragraph, a word, or even just clicked on my blog to be nosey. Thank you to everyone that I get to talk to on Twitter on a daily basis, thank you for making my days so much brighter, and for all your amazingly lovely comments that make me smile like an idiot. Every, single, flippin', time.

Same time, same place, next November 18th? ;)

Soph

Take Me To The Hamptons.

Take Me To The Hamptons.



Oh hey guys! So today is a really quick post because I bought this jumper yesterday, and immediately fell in love with it, and I wanted to show you guys ASAP! This is one of the things I love the most about Autumn and Winter, ALL THE JUMPERS. Especially slightly over-sized, super-soft-and-cosy jumpers like this one.

I went shopping yesterday, inspired by the lovely Liv Purvis, on the hunt for a pastel coloured jumper in a similar style... didn't go too well, did it? No, I'm joking! I found this one in Topshop, and I love it just as much, and well, who wouldn't want to get whisked away to The Hamptons!?


Oversized jumpers + high-waisted jeans + loafers = perfect casual combo? Right? Maybe. I don't know. But I love this kind of outfit because it's so quick to put together, but add some lipstick, and your favourite jewellery, and it immediately looks like you've made a little bit of effort, on those days when, let's face it, you want to do anything else but make an effort. Maybe do something with your hair next time though Soph...

While I was in Topshop, I also picked up this awesome scarf. I have a few very similar designs to this one now, but the colours in this one are what caught my eye, and the fact that it's basically the size of a blanket helped. A lot. Who doesn't like to be all cosy!?



What are your favourite winter wardrobe items this year so far?

Soph

Breakfast | Quick, easy, healthy.

Breakfast | Quick, easy, healthy.




I love breakfast, and I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I've recently started to get back into the routine of having breakfast during the week. But the problem with now actually having breakfast 7 days a week? As much as I love you, Special K, you're not exactly the most exciting, are you..?

Oh, and cereal is expensive!

So this has had me craving something different. Something that's healthy, but that's still going to give me the kick-start that I need at 6am on a Monday morning. These three alternative options have been my favourites so far, they're quick, easy, and most importantly, are healthy and full of all the goodness and nutrients that you need!



1. Porridge || I think porridge is one of those things that's always looked worse than it tastes, and having recently discovered that actually, it tastes pretty okay, it's become one of my favourite meals! Porridge is super filling, meaning that a bowl of the stuff generally lasts me until lunch-time, without the need of those naughty elevenses! It's full of all-things-good-for-you, and also ensures it gives you some of that much needed energy to start off your day well!

I, personally, cheat a little, and use Quaker Instant Oatmeal, but purely because it's just that. Instant! I also tend to just sprinkle a few berries on the top for a little added boost!



2. Nut butter & banana on toast || Now this was another one that I wasn't entirely convinced I was going to like, but OMG. I've not had peanut butter for years, siding instead with a certain, *ahem* more chocolate flavoured spread... but this is definitely staying in my cupboard for a little while yet!

Peanut butter is full of protein, and combined with the vitamins found in a banana, this is definitely a healthy start to your day. I used to try and avoid protein, thinking that it was purely for people that wanted to, um, 'bulk up', shall we say? But protein is so bloomin' good for you for so many different reasons, that as well as counting calories, I'll also keep my eye on my protein in-take too, particularly if I am in a gym phase!

Here, I've added some chia seeds on top, and I've been told that a little bit of honey doesn't go amiss either! ...However, I haven't tried that one yet!



 3. Fruit & Yoghurt || This is what I have when I can't be bothered wapping the blender out from the cupboard. 'Cause it's basically an unblended smoothie. With a spoon. 

It literally takes about 12 seconds to put together, pouring some flavoured yoghurt into a mug, and topping it with some fruit of your choice! It couldn't be a quicker way to get some of your 5-a-day in early, and it's easily customisable depending on your mood... if that's even a thing! Some day's you might just fancy vanilla yoghurt instead of strawberry... or you might want to throw a banana in there, or an apple. Or whatever else is left over in your fridge. You get me! 

How do you start your day?

Soph