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Hello, you! I'm Soph - a 22 year old girl currently living in Liverpool, spending most of her time writing, taking photo's, drinking coffee & trying not to eat too much cake.

My week in square photo's & 140 characters. Ep. 2



Happy Sunday, folks! 

The recent Instagram I posted of these beaut Ego boots has been my most popular post to date, so this had to come first! You guys seemed to have fallen for these boots as quickly as I did when I spotted them on the site, so a huge thank you to the Ego girls for sending them over to me. I'm still swooning over them!

The fact that they're slightly heeled may also come in handy, as this happened this week..

I'm pretty lucky to have a job that's super flexible. As long as I have my laptop and a good wifi connection, I can work from anywhere. Which is why I get to work from a lot. And if there's one bonus to working from home, its being able to go & try out all of the different coffee shops in the city when I need a change of location!


Speaking of work & coffee, looks like my boss had a similar idea, and left this for me before he went on holiday for a few days this week! Thankfully, the to-do list wasn't as long or as stressful as I'd first thought, and everything was just fine!
I also made the most of working from Liverpool all day and booked myself in for an impromptu hair appointment on Tuesday lunchtime. After attending a blog event at Sassoon a couple of months ago, I knew I had to go back, as the guys there were just so amazing.

I wanted to add a little bit of colour to my hair, but without bleaching it, if possible. The colourist recommended this chestnut ombre, to lift the bottom of hair subtly, without it being too drastic. I absolutely love it, even though it's not too noticeable, and my hair feels so much healthier!


The rest of Tuesday was also super productive...
Even if I did feel like this by the end of it. (Apologies in advance if this is too TMI. But y'know me, I like to tweet my life. ;) )

My new flatmate moved in last week, and so I took Harriet to the best place for breakfast in Liverpool, where we chatted our way through the most delicious pancakes. We then had a little walk around town, including this cute little street tucked away in the centre of the city, that always reminds me of Diagon Alley!


We then spent Saturday afternoon shopping, and I spotted these incredible Valentino dupes in Dune for only £60! I know. Unfortunately, they're out of stock everywhere in my size, in both the heels & the flat versions, which did break my heart a little, 'cause just look at them!


I spent a little time re-reading some of my old posts from last year and the beginning of this one. I found this where I set myself some blog goals for 2016 at the beginning of January. In this post, I wrote how I hoped to get to 5k followers on Instagram by the end of the year, which must've meant I was still quite a way off. And well..


It's things like this that really give me the motivation when my blogging inspo is a little down. Who says looking back is a bad thing, huh?

Soph

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I have this thing with...



...colourful houses.

If there was one thing that I wanted to get a photo of/with/trying to look cool in front of, while I was down in Brighton, it was one of the pretty streets lined with all of the colourful houses. 

If you haven't already, go and make yourself familiar with Louise, her blog & her Instagram. I knew that she was a Brighton blogger and her photo's were one of the many, many reasons I wanted to visit Brighton so badly, and so obviously I took the chance & cheekily snook into her Insta DM's to ask her where to find all of the good photo spots!

Kemp Street was just one of the places that she recommended, and boy, it didn't let us down! It was so, so pretty, and exactly how I'd imagined these cute, Brighton streets to be.


Like, seriously, I think one of the hardest decisions of our weekend was me trying to decide which house I liked the most to go stand in front of. A blogger problem if there ever was one! I'd also changed my outfit by this point too, because lets be honest, the red & black checked shirt I had on before this would've totally clashed with the pink door. Totally.

There's just something about these streets that I really love. Like, they're rows of blocks of coloured houses, that shouldn't really fit together. It shouldn't really work. But they do, and they look lovely. Each house is totally different and has something completely unique about it, and then put them all together and they create something that's even more beautiful.

I think I may just make it one of my new life goals to own one of these. Maybe a dusty pink one. Or this beaut mint green one below. If I ever moved here, I'd buy myself a pretty bike to match I think, too. One of those with a cute little basket on the front, obviously..

Can you tell I've fallen for Brighton, a little?


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Making each day fabulous & full of sparkle.



Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.

Firstly, can we just appreciate how beautiful this dress is. This was very kindly sent to me by the lovely people at Quiz, and oh goodness, it makes me just want to waltz around the room in it. I'm currently searching for an event that I can invite myself to so that I can wear it. And if that fails, screw it, I'm wearing it to Tesco.
                                                                                                                                      
A smile and a positive attitude is contagious. My favourite people are the ones that can brighten up a room just by walking into it. They're the happy go-lucky type, you never see them without a smile and they leave you feeling just that little bit happier than before they arrived.

YOUR MIND IS A POWERFUL THING. WHEN YOU FILL IT WITH POSITIVE THOUGHTS, YOUR LIFE WILL START TO CHANGE.

Of course, we don't know what's really going on in their lives, but this is the kind of person that I want to be. I'm a huge, huge believer in positive thinking, and I'm also a huge believer that you have the power to not only change your day, but the power to make someone else's day, too. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling pretty down. I was walking through town to grab a coffee when a stranger smiled at me. And that was all it took to cheer me up that day, someone to smile at me and remind me that everything is actually pretty okay.


If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that I love to look on the bright side, because sometimes when you're just having one of those days, if you can't just laugh at yourself and brush it off, then what are you going to do?

I love the idea that every day is a fresh start, a clean slate, a blank piece of paper. And making that day pretty bloomin' great all starts with our attitude from the second we wake up in the morning.

WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE EACH DAY INTO WHATEVER WE WANT IT TO BE, SO MAKE SURE TO MAKE IT FABULOUS AND FULL OF SPARKLE.

I found this quote on Pinterest and absolutely fell in love in with it, and I'm determined to make it my new life mantra. (I'm sure you've noticed by now that I love a good inspo quote!) It kinda makes me just wanna get up and start working on major life plans, too. Plans & goals that I've been thinking about for a while but haven't had the confidence to go and try and achieve them, yet.

But maybe I need to not focus on what scares me, but focus on what is going to make my future fabulous, full of sparkle, and one where I'm going to really enjoy waking up every day.

So this is me, kicking off my shoes, trusting in new beginnings, and the start of really going after what I want. Join me?


Soph




Disclaimer; some items in this post have been sent to me as a PR sample. For my full disclaimer, please click here.
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My week in square photo's & 140 characters. Ep. 1




I'm having a(nother) go at creating one of those regular features things...

When I'm not writing for this blog, I'm most probably providing you all with an insight into my fabulously boring life on Instagram & Twitter, and I always forget how much of a 'mini blog' those platforms can turn into. I mean, how cool would it be to be given a diary of all your tweets at the end of your life, or a photo album filled with your Instagram's?

It's always nice to look back, so I aim to do just that with these posts; mini diary entries maybe, or just a 'week in review' kinda thing, using just my Tweets & my Instagram posts, because there's always going to be so much that we forget about.


So, first up, was our trip to Brighton last weekend that I've basically not let you guys get away from. I'm not even kidding when I say that I have 2 weeks worth of 3 x daily Instagram content planned purely from all of the photo's I took. It was the best weekend away with one of my best friends, even if we do act more like a couple at times...

Then, Monday was spent doing all things blogging. I gave my blog a little revamp with a brand new layout, one that I think I'm finally settled on and absolutely love. I also managed to find the inspiration to write a blog post for the first time in weeks, which really made me happy.

Although, anyone else have this problem...?

Then, Tuesday was where my week started to get complicated, exhausting and frustrating. When I returned back to my flat for the first time in nearly a week, to find that the estate agents had changed the locks while I was away without telling me, and without leaving me a key. Basically leaving me with no where to stay. I'm not going to get too much into this because it'll just make me angry again thinking about it, but needless to say, a very strongly worded email was sent to them the morning after. 
And a thank you to the friend who let me stay at theirs so that I didn't have to sleep in my car or drive the 40 miles back to my parents when I was tired, hungry, and just wanted to cry with frustration.

Needless to say, getting back into my own bed on Wednesday was pure bliss...


Determined to put it behind me though, I spent the rest of the week making myself feel better, watching Bake Off, The Apprentice, treating myself with chocolate, and a little bit of lunchtime shopping to cheer myself up with the one thing that I know always will... clothes.


Oh, and then topped it all off with Chinese takeaway with the girls on Friday night, gossiping about the silly stuff & putting the world to rights at the same time. As well as watching the all important Stand Up to Cancer on Channel 4, which really put all of my problems into perspective, and didn't really make them feel like problems anymore.

Although, I did get a little confused about celebrity Gogglebox...

What were the highlights of your week?

Soph

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Shout out to my ex... and everyone else.



Shout out to my ex... and everyone else, for making me who I am.

I'm not even going to pretend that I haven't been listening to the new Little Mix song, on repeat, forever, for the last few days. Although, by the reaction this tweet got on Friday, I haven't been the only one and you guys have been loving it just as much as me. Which tbh, makes me feel A LOT better..



I've never really discussed my relationships/dating/love life on my blog or social media before, because I guess it's just one part of my life that I like to keep off the internet. Yes, there have been posts that have been about or inspired by certain people, but I've never openly talked about it. And, before you start asking, I'm not about to, either. 

But, I think there's something about the lyrics in Shout Out To My Ex that everyone can relate to. And no, I'm not talking about that line in the first verse either. ;)


I'm talking about how people from your past can fully shape the person you grow into. Whether that be an ex or just someone you dated for a few months. It could be the people you went to school with or a dance teacher. It could be an ex colleague or your old boss. You get my drift...

Our experiences with people can really shape us. They can change the way we react and deal with situations, they can influence the decisions that we make, and without going too clichΓ©, they really do make us stronger, even if sometimes we feel like they've made us more vulnerable. They most definitely haven't, I promise you.

YOU SURVIVED WHAT YOU THOUGHT WOULD BREAK YOU. NOW STRAIGHTEN THAT CROWN & MOVE FORWARD LIKE THE QUEEN THAT YOU ARE. 

So, this is a thank you, to anyone that hasn't made it easy. To those that have broken me, hurt me, walked all over me. It's only because of you that I've discovered the strength to build myself back up again, overcome things that I never thought I would, find the confidence to stand up for myself, and discover how to find happiness in just being me.

You haven't come out on top here. I have.


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How do you know when you've got your life together?



At what point do you realise that you've got your life together?

During our mini trip to Brighton last weekend, we stayed in the most beautiful AirBnB you've ever seen. This flat was just perfect; the furniture, the decor, the light, the accessories... everything about it just fit together wonderfully.

It was the kind of flat that I would absolutely love to live in permanently, and finished in the way that I can only hope my own home will look like at some point.  The longer we stayed, the more we fell in love with the place, and the more we realised just how much attention to detail had gone into creating this lovely lady's home. 

I think it was after discovering that the hangers the bath robes were hung on behind the bedroom door were embroidered, that Em just came out with,

'This woman really has her sh*t together, doesn't she?'

Yes, yes she does.


I mean, not only had she thought of everything that we might've needed and needed to know when letting out her own beautiful flat, she is clearly well traveled, has an eye for aesthetics, has decorated & sourced her own furniture, has (what sounds like) a good job, and she even has a house keeper. Like an actual house keeper.

How do I get one of those? And how do I get to this level of having my life together, please? And do you even know that you've got to this point? Or do we always feel like our lives are a bit of a mess compared to other peoples?

Life is one big learning curve, isn't it? And I guess it'll always come back that age old nasty trick of comparison. Like, compared to this lady, in my opinion, I definitely don't have everything together. But then maybe someone else thinks that about me? Who knows?

Maybe none of us will ever feel like we've got everything together, maybe those people that really look like they do, are just a lot better at keeping up appearances, and really, they feel the same way as the rest of us. That's what I'm secretly hoping for, I think!


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Sometimes, it's just the little things.



Sometimes, it's just the little things that can make you the happiest.

Last Thursday evening, I packed my bags and headed down south for a long weekend in Brighton with one of my best friends. It was a girly staycation that was so badly needed, that pretty much consisted of life chats and catch up's over coffee, walks along the beach, getting lost in The Lanes and hunting out the colourful streets & beach huts for future Instagram posts (okay, so that last bit was just me, but still...).

I lost count how many times both Em and I shouted 'I can see the sea!', how many times Em told me she was 'content' with the biggest smile on her face, or how many times that I too, realised I was just completely relaxed and feeling happy.


It's weekends like this that you realise how much the little things really do matter. Whether it was just getting a little more sleep than normal, cosy-ing up on the comfiest sofa with a cup of tea, blankets and Saturday night TV, eating whatever I wanted without feeling guilty, or laughing out loud for the first time in a few weeks.

THE LITTLE THINGS? THE LITTLE MOMENTS? THEY AREN'T LITTLE. 

It was also the first time in a few weeks that I felt like I had the time and the motivation to sit and catch up on all of my favourite blogging ladies, and there was something about Brighton that seems to have brought my inspiration right back from wherever it's been hiding. 

This weekend, I vowed to make sure that I didn't worry about anything, that I focused solely on enjoying myself, on spending time with my best friend and exploring somewhere new. Because taking time for yourself and appreciating these little things is really necessary every once in a while, right?


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Friends; your voices of reason.



Friends; your voices of reason when you need them.


I think I've mentioned this before, but I genuinely have some of the best people around me. I have incredible friends, both online and offline. Those kinda people where when you first meet or get chatting, you just kinda 'get' each other. You don't have to be around them all the time for them to be there for you, and you can literally tell them anything and they won't judge.

They're the ones you go to when you can't work out whether the guy you're texting actually likes you or is messing you around. They're the ones whose opinion you need on ALL major life decisions... like whether or not those really amazing unicorn shoes are justifiable or not. They're there to remind you how awesome you are, and they're your voices of reason when you really need them to pick you back up when life gets a little too much.

THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH A LITTLE LOUDER, SMILE A LITTLE BIGGER, AND LIVE JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER.


I've always believed that you need an amazing support network around you. It doesn't necessarily have to be a big one, just one that you know you can count on. 

Without mine, I'm not sure where I'd be. They've given me the best advice when I've needed it the most, even if it's just them telling me the harsh reality of a situation, because sometimes that's exactly what I've needed to hear and no one else would've felt they could say it. They've been able to think clearly for me when my head's been a mess, and they've been my life 'cheerleaders' when I've been feeling down.

IT'S NOT WHAT YOU HAVE IN LIFE, IT'S WHO YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE THAT MATTERS THE MOST.


They've been there ready, with tea, cake, pizza and all of the crap movies when I've needed distracting without me even asking, and I can only hope that I've been there for my friends too, in hope of repaying them just a little for making me smile and laugh on a daily basis.

I'm not really sure what the point of this post was meant to be, but I guess I just wanted a reminder of how amazing some of the people in your life can be, without them really realizing it. 



Soph 

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Never settle.



Never settle.


Do you ever feel like people around you are settling for things, just because it makes them comfortable?

I've had friends openly admit to me before that they've stayed with someone purely because they were just that, they were comfortable in the relationship, and they were scared for what would happen if they went after what they really wanted.

And I don't really want to just talk about relationships here, I'm talking about everything.  I'm talking about the life you create, the place you call 'home', your health, the friends you surround yourself with, your job, the list is endless.

For me, this is a really strange mind-set that I can't get my head around. Why would you not want something that makes you excited? Why would you not want something that makes you incredibly happy? Why would you not want something that makes you work even harder for the best results possible?

ARE YOU REALLY HAPPY, OR JUST REALLY COMFORTABLE?



I'm sure we've all been reminded of this, but life is so short, you never know what's round the corner. So surely we should make sure the 'now' is what we really want. And if it's not? Go and get it. The only way we're going to embrace the full potential of our lives is if we stop settling.

I'm totally guilty of this myself, but if you're sat there saying 'oh I'll do it tomorrow', you're already settling for less than you want.

If there's one thing I've learned in the last year, it's that timing is never going to be perfect. Waiting is never going to be the answer.

Again, I'm guilty of this too, but I feel that we're all terrified of change, of taking risks, and of failing at something that we're trying to achieve.

But I guess we can't really live like that.

I'm not trying to say that our lives need to be perfect before we're happy, because nothing will ever be perfect. But, it's about changing the things you can until you're perfectly happy.

Does that make sense?

TEN YEARS FROM NOW, MAKE SURE YOU CAN SAY THAT YOU CHOSE YOUR LIFE, YOU DIDN'T SETTLE FOR IT.



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