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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.

How to get yourself through a bad day.



How to get yourself through a bad day.

Bad days. We all have them, right? I've had quite a few of these recently, if I'm honest. And I guess not always in the sense that loads of things have gone wrong, but in a 'I'm have having a really bad mental health day' too. Those days when your thoughts, anxiety, and emotions are all over the place, and you really just wanna climb back into bed and not move for the rest of the year.

So, here's a little run down of the things I always try to cheer myself up a little.

Let yourself cry. Feel sorry for yourself. | First up, you've sometimes just gotta let yourself feel sad. So, let yourself cry and feel sorry for yourself for a little while. But then pull your socks up and know that you can beat whatever's getting you down, and that you do, in fact, totally got this.

Grab a cuppa. | I'm a firm believer that a cup of tea can fix anything. So, if I've had a bad day at work, or I'm at home and I'm starting to feel a little down, the first thing I do is put the kettle on. There's something so warm and calming and relaxing about a good cup of tea.


Treat yourself. | In my case, this is normally with pizza or chocolate. Or both. But let yourself indulge in something you normally wouldn't. Buy yourself some new make up, get your nails done, grab a face mask so you can have a little pamper session at home. Make time for you.

Netflix it out. | Similar to the point that's coming up below, for me, this is a way of taking my mind off stuff. Grab your laptop and whack on your favourite show, old or new, and immerse yourself in someone else's life for a bit! A good chick flick or a feel good musical is always a good option, too!

Sleep it off. | And then, if all else fails, sleep it off.For me sometimes, there's no other way of trying to shake off a bad day than sleep. When you're asleep, you can't think, you can't overthink, you can't analyse and go back over everything that's happened, or not happened, that day. Now, if only there was an easy way to get to sleep when all of this is racing through your mind!


How do you cheer yourself up when you're having a bad time?


Soph

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My week in square photo's & 140 characters. Ep. 6.



We're now officially less than a month away from Christmas!

This week has been a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Mainly because of what I wrote about yesterday, but also because it's now less than a month till Christmas so I'm getting all super excited for that, and then also because I came on this week so of course I spent the few days before crying for no apparent reason. Bloomin' hormones.

Anyway. How beautifully festive does John Lewis look (above)?! I also spotted this set up for Modern Rarity, a brand created by John Lewis, which I hadn't actually seen before, but the copper, rose gold and pastel tones of the space caught my eye immediately and now I'm a little obsessed.

Speaking of obsessed, this guy definitely wasn't giving up last weekend.

Although I did admit to doing this, so maybe I'm just as bad? ;)



Once back in Liverpool, I went and did one of my favourite things to do, and just have a little wander around the city, with a warm coffee in one hand and my camera in the other. I think you all know my love for Liverpool by now, but just look at how pretty it is, no matter what the weather!

I've recently joined the world of Pinterest, and I tweeted this one day last week and tbh I'm very thankful that so many of you agreed with me! Some of the names of your Wedding Inspo Pinterest boards that you tweeted me back with made me giggle out loud!


Then, my my boss (or, technically my boss's boss..) brought in some of the cupcakes they had for her little boy's 1st birthday. They were superhero themed and just look how cute they are! I can also confirm they were delicious.

By Wednesday, I was feeling a little unmotivated. So, I bought myself some Oreo's to cheer myself up (obvs), and well...

But, it was all okay because Wednesday was my last day in work before a lush 4 day weekend, and heading down to London on Thursday to get all glittered up & have a fabulous night.


And then, to top the week off completely, this absolute beaut of a bikini arrived in the post from the lovely girls at Triangl. It even came with a matching bag! As always, I'm forever so thankful for the opportunities I get to work with some fabulous brands.


I hope you guys have had a lovely week, too!

Soph

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The thing about beating a spell of anxiety



...is that sometimes you just need your friends.

SO. It was the Boohoo bloggers christmas party on Thursday night, held at the beaut W Hotel in Leicester Square. The second the Save The Date dropped into my inbox, I was so excited. It brightened up my Thursday afternoon, and gave me something super exciting to look forward to. I'd already spotted a few of my favourite bloggers on Twitter saying they were heading down, and it was a chance to go and find something sparkly to wear for my first festive event of the season!

Or so I thought. That was until we got to last Monday when, in the anxious part of my brain, it seemed to be all systems go. 

Wait, but what if you get there and you actually don't know anyone?
What if you end up just standing in a corner all on your own with no one to talk to and feeling super awkward?
Oh god, it's going to be a room packed full of people. The last time you were in this environment you needed to get out.
What if you can't get out into the fresh air quickly cause there's too many people?
What if you can't find anyone to go outside with you?

Basically, I was panicking about the possibility of panicking. How bloomin' silly does that sound?


Right up until 2pm on the day of the event, I wasn't sure whether I was going to make it or not. But, I did. I went. I hopped on an earlier train last minute and I made it, and I had a fabulous night and I'm actually pretty damn proud of myself. 

The only reason I made it though? Because I have the best friends ever. Friends that understand and know exactly what to say. Friends that don't judge you for freaking out about the silliest of things. Friends that will go an extra tube stop with you because they know you hate the tube. Friends that send you motivational messages of support that say 'I know you've got this.' Friends that never stop checking up on you, and friends that offer to go way out of their way to be with you if you need them.

So, this is a special thank you to the girls that I'll be forever grateful for meeting, and to the girls that made Thursday night a really great, fun and anxious free night for me. And of course, a special shout out to Kay (Very Berry Cosmo) for looking after me. You're all the best.

Soph

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Gift Guide: The Body Shop



Skin care with The Body Shop.


I remember the first time I ever ventured into The Body Shop. I was in about year 8, and I'd gone shopping with a friend, and she wanted to pop in to get one of the latest lip balms. I remember walking in, being overwhelmed with all of the amazing smells coming from each of the ranges, and then being a little confused because 12 year old me didn't even know what a skin-care regime was.

To be honest, even now, there's a lot of products out there that I'm not quite sure how to use, or what they're supposed to do. But The Body Shop have been one of my favourites ever since this first visit 10 years ago. So when the lovely Lara asked if I'd like to be sent a little gift package of their latest releases, of course I said yes!

Here's a little run down of my favourites.


British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask | I'm going to be honest again here, I've never been a face-mask-kinda-gal. BUT, that was only because the first one I tried was one of those black ones that was the most painful thing to get off my face. Kinda put me off a little. This British Rose Fresh Plumping mask couldn't be more different though. It's a gel, to start with, and as soon as I applied it, I could feel my skin starting to feel more awake and fresh. This mask is definitely for skin that needs a little more moisture and a gentle refresh. The gel feels soothing, and is super easy to wipe off with a hot cloth. 

British Rose Hand Cream | Who doesn't love hand cream? I think my collection is bordering on obsessive, but there's something about applying hand cream that soothes the whole of me. The British Rose Hand Cream is definitely no different. The rose scent is divine, and also lasts and stays floating around for a while. The cream itself is easily absorbed as well and doesn't leave your hands feeling all greasy. 

Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist | I've only recently been introduced to face mists, after my flat mate let me try her Liz Earle one. But omg, how amazing are they!? This Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist fits the bill in terms of leaving you feeling refreshed and your skin a little more hydrated after use. I, personally, use it after my moisturiser if I'm venturing out make-up free, or after I've applied my make-up to almost help set my make up, too.  Also, the little burst of freshness it gives you, I can only imagine would be perfect on a hot day to cool your skin down!

Instaglow CC Cream SPF | If you're looking for a fabulous little pre-foundation primer, this is your thing. The Instaglow CC Cream gives a good coverage, and most definitely reduces the look of, and disguises those pesky little blemishes. It definitely has a slight moisture to it as well, and reduces shine to provide a great base for your foundation. I've been using this for the last few days and I genuinely love it. I've never settled on a primer before, but this might be the first that I use again!

Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence (SPF 50) | And finally, the Skin Defence Multi Protection cream. Now, I wasn't entirely sure what this was supposed to do when I first opened this, but after a little google, it's basically almost like a second primer, that's there to protect your skin against everything that's out to make your skin unhealthy. Think UV rays and environmental pollution. I'm not sure if this is something that I'll add to my daily routine, as a lot of my make up has SPF protection in it anyway, but it is very light to wear, and I noticed it did brighten my skin a little! 



Soph


P.S Would you like to see more beauty/skin care on my blog? I've never really included this before, but I really enjoyed writing this post...but I'm not sure whether to do more. What do you think?

Disclaimer; items in this post were sent to me as PR samples for review.
However, all opinions, words & imagery are my own. Full disclaimer here.
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My week in square photo's & 140 characters. Ep. 5



I can't believe I'm sitting down to write another weekly roundup post again already. Like, bloomin' heck can we just slow down a little?

Pretty please. I really don't like how quick the weeks are going at the minute. I think it's because everything is a little hectic, with a rolling to-do list that never seems to end, a constant battle with keeping my emails under control, and lets not even forget that Christmas prep has now officially begun, too.

One of the things I do like to keep free though, are my evenings. My evenings are my officially designated 'me time'. The few hours of my day where I can do things for me. And it's been really lovely the past few weeks in using my evenings to get to know my new flatmate, too. We've been out for walks, grabbed coffee and taken a tour of the Liverpool Christmas lights...




Then, after a day of working from my bed and in my pyjama's on Tuesday, I decided that it was probably time I invested in an actual desk, now that I've created the space for it in my room and everything. However, there's just one problem with this idea..

Maybe I'll just keep working from my bed, huh...? I have gotten to like taking outfit photo's in my mirror!


Speaking of my bed, sometimes it's just REALLY hard to leave it in a morning. My bed is so, so comfy, and now the morning's are so dark and cold and wet, it just makes getting up early nearly impossible.


Then, on Wednesday, my colleague was writing a piece of content on the Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year, and the words that had made the shortlist. It made me so happy to see this (even if I did have to explain it's meaning to her!);



Also, did I mention that my blog turned 2 last week? ;)


Can we also just take a second to talk about the weather this week? We've had snow, like actual snow! I drove out of the car park one morning this week to see the ground covered in the stuff (I was since informed it was just a hell of  a lot of hail, but I don't care, I'm pretending it was snow!).

Which was great and everything, but made this even more of a problem...
As always, part of my week this week involved shopping. H&M did have a little bit of a surprise in store for me though when I went to try this jumper on.

And also unsurprisingly, my shopping trip did involve pretty new underwear. I discovered the Forever 21 range, and at just £9 for some of their most beautiful and feminine pieces (like this one), I'm literally in love. Totally.


How was your week?

Soph

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Wait, but what if I don't have a plan though?




 All of my friends seem to have a plan, and I don't. Do I need one?

I'm having a little bit of a 'f*ck I still don't know what I'm doing with my life.' kinda day. Everyone I seem to speak to at the minute has a plan. They've figured out what they want to be doing, where they want to go, or their next adventure that they wish to take. 

Admittedly, a lot of these plans involve travel. Whether it be a dream of taking a year out to see the world, people taking opportunities for work and their careers, or people wishing to up sticks and leave completely and move to the other side of the world. Which for me, as their friend, is a little sad. In a completely selfish way, of course. Seeing people leave is always really hard for everyone involved, but then I'm also so, so happy for them because I know it will make them happy.

For me, I've never really had the urge to travel. Maybe it's because I've not really done any of it yet, so I haven't caught 'the bug'. But, I also think it's because I'm so much of a home girl. I feel settled, in my little flat, in a city that I love. The thought of not having that any more scares me, and is something that I don't want to give up, just yet. That's okay though, right? It's okay to not want what everyone else does?


But then, after one of these many conversations with a friend this weekend, that went a little something like this from their end;

'yeah, this time next year I want to have taken my job to here, then I'll move on.'

And it got me thinking about my plan. And it was then that I realised that I didn't actually have one. Oh. I hear a lot about the importance of creating a 5 year plan. I have no idea where I want to be next year, let alone 5 years on from now. I don't know what job I want to be in, where I'd want to be living, what stage of my career I want to be at, or anything else that comes with planning your life.

So, while one part of me is saying that it's completely okay to not have a plan, to take life one day at a time and that I'll figure things out in my own time, the other part of me is terrified of falling behind. Of not achieving anything or experiencing the things that I should.

Right now, I'm trying to convince myself that the first one is just fine. Some people have a plan, other people don't. Quite often, it's the unplanned things that are the best anyway, right?


What are your thoughts? Do you have a plan?

Soph

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2 years of blogging, in numbers.



Can you believe I've been blogging for 2 years?

I can't. 2 whole years I've been faffing around on the Internet pretending to know what I'm doing, and somehow keeping you guys reading for that time, too. There's a lot happened in the last 2 years, that's for sure! So, I thought I'd do a little round up to celebrate me actually getting this far! :)

200 published posts (incredible that this has fallen on my 200th post!)
3 different blog names
12 layouts (lol, indecisive me.)
1 camera (bless you, Olympus Pen)
2 lenses
11.4k Instagram followers
1 blogger holiday/huge sleepover
44 posts still sat half written in my drafts
1 blog award nomination
7.5k Twitter followers
17 blog events
1 MacBook
3 notebooks
25k photo's on my phone (including all the duplicate edits!)
1.1k Instagram posts
Hundreds of hours sat in a coffee shop

...and countless friends that I now can't imagine my life without.


I've most definitely missed a lot of things out of this post that I can't think of, but blogging has become a passion of mine, something that took over my life the second I set up my blogger account all of those 732 days ago. 

I think we all say this a lot, but I'm so, so thankful for the opportunities, experiences, skills, and people that blogging has brought me, and I'm certainly not thinking of giving it up just yet.

Soph

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Christmas with Harrods.



Christmas with Harrods.

First up, I'm so terribly sorry if these photo's are more grey looking than white, but something happened between me editing them on my phone and them appearing on my Mac, and I'm not exactly sure what. But hey! It doesn't make them any less christmassy, right?


I'm SO excited for Christmas. The older I get, the more excited I seem to feel for the festive season. So when I was asked if I wanted to work with Harrods and be sent some of their luxury christmas decorations for a feature, I genuinely squealed out loud. So much so that my boss thought there was something up. Whoops.

Harrods at Christmas is like a festive haven. I remember visiting for the first time, and I literally didn't know where to look. And let's not even think about how pretty and Christmassy it looks from the outside with all of those fairy lights on the building. It's genuinely making me happy just thinking about it.

These Christmas decorations are seriously as adorable. The detail on the Harrods store & Big Ben is amazing, and let's not even start on how how beautiful the baubles are.

I don't normally put a tree up in the flat, as I normally go home for the majority of time over Christmas, but I'll most definitely be forcing my Mum to hang these on the tree, even if they don't fit her theme! ;)

If you want to have a look at everything 'Christmas' Harrods has to offer, you can do so here!



Soph


Christmas decorations sent by Harrods for feature. However, all words, imagery, opinions & love for all things Christmas are my own. Full disclaimer here.
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My week in square photo's & 140 characters. Ep. 4



Well, I'm not sure many of us are going to forget this week in a hurry, are we?

I've never been one to follow politics, and if I'm completely honest, there's a lot that I don't understand, but I think we're all aware of the huge impact that the US election is going to have on all of us, and you only had to open Twitter this week and the sadness and fear that it has caused is quite clear to see. I'm not going to dwell too much on it, but this 'throw kindness around like confetti' print, has never been more appropriate, don't you think?

I mean, I tweeted this pre election, but maybe I'll just go for a flying visit now, instead?

And, in completely other news, Starbucks finally brought out their red cups on Thursday, and I'm not going to lie, I'm most definitely a little bit in love with them this year. They're so pretty!


And whilst I was in Starbucks getting my hands on one of their festive drinks, I spotted this guy in the queue in front of me and I kinda couldn't not tweet about him. Seriously, he was really wearing this outfit well.
As I was browsing round the shops last weekend, I spotted this little gem in Liverpool One. Needless to say, I'm EXCITED for this to open!


I also treated myself to these two beaut's while I was having a nosey around John Lewis yesterday. The Katie Loxton candle smells incredible, just fyi. I've currently got it burning and omg, it's amazing.

And then, I got to work on Monday morning to have a quick one-to-one with my boss. He asked me this...

You can tell what kind of environment we work in! Nothing is ever taken too seriously, and I absolutely love it.


Later in the week, it was back to working from home again, which meant spending all morning in my pyjama's, and only getting dressed for my daily coffee run! Bliss.

If there's one thing that I've come to realise more than ever over the last couple of months, it's that some people will never understand what it's like to try and fight anxiety, or any other mental health struggle, no matter how many times you try and explain it to them, they'll never 'get it'.


But, do you know what? That's okay (I mean, it's not really but...), because there are so many people that do get it, whether they've experienced it or not, and they're the kinda people you need to surround  yourself with.

My week then ended with this incident while I was sat in Caffe Nero...


And no, I have absolutely no idea where the name Percy came from, either. He did leave me alone after that though. #win.

Lastly, Christmas is officially on! The lights were switched on in Liverpool this week, and they're as beautiful as always! I'm so excited and ready for everything festive now!


How was your week?

Soph

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I'm not sorry for being sensitive.



'It's both a blessing, and a curse, to feel everything so deeply.'

'I'm sorry.' Two words that I say a lot. And I mean, a lot. I can't really help it, they kinda just come out. I think I say them because there's a part of me that is terrified of the thought of someone being angry or annoyed with me, so it's a natural mechanism for me to try and prevent that from happening. 

But, if there's one thing that I've learned not to be sorry for, it's for being a sensitive soul.

I'm sure anyone that knows me will agree that I am indeed, a little sensitive. I mean, I cry at everything. Okay, not everything, but if there's anything even slightly emotional on tv, you might wanna provide me with some tissues just in case. 


But, being sensitive doesn't just mean that it's easy to make me cry. It means that I deeply appreciate the little things. It means that my head is often a creative buzz, overthinking and empathising with situations and people that I barely know. It means that I have a high awareness of what others may be feeling, and a desire to make sure that they're okay, and not hurting like I have in the past.

THE HIGHLY SENSITIVE SUFFER MORE, BUT THEY ALSO LOVE HARDER, DREAM WIDER, AND EXPERIENCE DEEPER HORIZONS AND BLISS.

That's the thing, though. It probably is a lot easier to hurt me than it is others, because I take everything to heart. You may not mean anything by what you say, it could be an off hand comment, or an action that you don't think twice about. But to me, it'll get stuck in my head, and I'll replay it over and over until I'm an emotional mess wondering what I did to upset you.

But the reason I get like this, isn't because I'm weird, or crazily attached to you, it's just because I care. I care about people easily, and I'll care about them a lot. Sometimes, I really wish I didn't, because it wouldn't hurt so much when it becomes clear that someone else doesn't, but I do and it's a big part of who I am.


Quite often, being seen as emotional is depicted as a sign of a weakness. But to me, I don't see that at all. I see it as me being genuine and honest with you. I'll tell you anything if I decide to put my trust in you, and I'll most definitely not do anything to hurt you. I couldn't. Because I couldn't live with the pain and the guilt that I would feel afterwards. And if you, or something is hurting me, I'll tell you.

The thing about being sensitive is, it's the constant mix of highs and lows. We feel them both, and we feel them a lot. Each day can be a complete mix of feeling incredibly happy, to feeling upset & hurt about something.

So no, I won't apologise for being sensitive. But, that's just me, and I'm not scared to let other people see it. 


Soph

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