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The Happy List #24

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Hi! So this week has been really, really great - I feel like I say this every week but that's no bad thing. Obviously there's bad moments that happen too but there's no point on dwelling on them because the way I see it I'm only here now because of somebody's last amazing act on earth. I plan to live for both of us and literally every moment for me is so exciting because I shouldn't be here now. If I were to spend the rest of my time being negative and unappreciative how ungrateful would that be? The chance I've been given is so rare and precious and it's a shame that some people just don't understand that. So I'll keep on being super happy about life because I'm so lucky and by celebrating life I'm celebrating my donor. It's a shame some people are completely missing the point and think I'm showing off or whatever but never mind. I know I've mentioned it before on Twitter but just thought I'd clear it up in case I'm coming across as braggy haha. On to the happy things! 

1. Being on the TV and radio. On Tuesday I was discussing organ donation with Sally Johnson, who is the Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, on some local BBC radio stations and then the Channel 5 news in the evening. It was all live so I was totally out of my comfort zone but I just hope I helped them out in some way and didn't let anybody down! I still can't bring myself to watch it though, there's a reason I don't do YouTube haha! What an experience though and everyone was super nice. It's bloody fab that 50,000 people are alive in the UK today thanks to organ donation and the amazing selflessness of others but the sad fact is on average three people a day due to lack of donors. Please, please consider signing the register and having that conversation with your family to let them know your wishes.  

2. The best bargain ever. Ok well what I bought was still expensive but not compared to what they should have been! I have a post coming up on this so keep your eyes peeled. 

3. Charity shop haul. I always buy my books in charity shops but never really considered looking at the clothes but I found some right gems! I didn't try it all on so some of it doesn't suit me so I'll be donating them back but as everything was only like £1.50 it doesn't matter and it all goes to the British Heart Foundation - a cause that is, well, close to my heart! But I'll be showing you what I'm keeping soon. 

4. Time alone. My parents are on holiday (but back tomorrow yayayay) and while I've missed them I've been using the opportunity to Get Shit Done as I have no distractions (my mama and me always end up going out for lunch or shopping haha!) Mainly blogging stuff, I *think* I'm kinda going back to the kind of outfit pics I used to do but I get bored easily so that may change soon.

5. Liv and Lucy video. Absolute dream team! Two of my favourite bloggers made a vid on Olivia's channel, check it out here because it's so bloody good. Who doesn't want to see inside the wardrobe of Lucy Williams?  

6. Shoreditch night out. I couldn't stay for long and well done me for not getting silly drunk but still had the most fun! I thought it'd be awky as I only knew one person but it was actually great. We went to the Nomadic Community Gardens which is a really nice place to hang out on a summer eve.

7. Tidy room. Like it's so tidy I love it! I had a huge clearout and it's just lovely having so much space. Goodbye floordrobe!

8. Tickets for The Killers. They're a band I've loved since I was like 11 so I'm mega excited, you have no idea. It's not until November but I'm counting down the days!

9. £5 dream dress. I'm not sure I can pull it off or if it's a bit Halloweeny but in my head when worn with a leather jacket and long boots it's a bit Kate Moss/Florence Welch-esque if you squint hard enough and use your imagination haha. I've not bought off of Boohoo since I was a young teen but they had some surprisingly nice things onsite. I got the black (obvs) but it's also in khaki. Available here

10. Alexa Chung and me becoming besties. Ok not true but she liked a pic on insta and I think that makes us BFF's now (just let me have my moment please haha!)

How was your week? Was it fun? Tell me what the best thing about it was! 

The World Of Anna Sui | Part One

Last time I went to the Fashion and Textile Museum in London it was to visit - unfortunately I missed  but I'm back now helping out with  which is super fun (and the first retrospective of an American designer in a British museum.) It's also quite nostalgic for me personally as Secret Wish was my first ever perfume! I kept that fairy topped bottle for years. 

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The Happy List #23

You guysssss! How are you? I'm starting to miss this little space on the internet of mine (maybe a break was all we needed after six years?) so I felt like having a natter with you today. It would help if I had a different blog name as it's fair to say that over the past year I've outgrown this one - next week is my one year anniversary since I got my new lungs, eeep! But yeah, I've been struggling for a couple of months to think of something new so hopefully some inspiration will hit me at some point. Anyway this week has been excellent so here's a little update on stuff that's been going on.

The Happy List #22

It's been ages since I did a Happy List and also a while since I blogged actually. I feel like life is non-stop but this is a good thing. So hi! How are you? Here's a load of nice things that have happened since we last spoke.

1. Baby Shower. There'll be a new bubba in our family in August which is super exciting! So there was a little baby shower to celebrate which was luverly.

2. New friends and old. I've been lucky because I've been able to see my friends a lot lately, both people I've known for years and also some new pals too. I met a fab group of girls through Bumble actually, the concept may seem weird but I'm glad we met because we've had the most fun nights out!

3. Fashion and Textile Museum. So I'm going to do Fashion and Dress History at uni in September so I'm spending the summer volunteering at the museum for some experience and also, I just love it! The exhibition at the moment is all about Anna Sui, I have a whole post coming up on this but for now I'll just say it's a must for all fashion lovers.

4. Summer! I am obsessed with this weather. It's funny because for the first time in my life I can actually enjoy it without feeling like I can't breathe - thank you new lungs <3

5. Baby Florrie. Not even any one thing in particular that she's done, just Baby Florrie in general! She makes me so happy, I just luff her.

6. Week alone. My mama and stepdad are away, it's been pretty quiet without them but relaxing too. Saying that I kinda miss them haha!

7. The Handmaid's Tale. I don't watch much TV but I'm obsessed with this, it's so scary but amazing too.

8. Making plans. Much excitement for the summerrrrr.

Sorry this post is so short and sweet! I'll try and blog properly again soon but you know I've been saying this for ages so I can't promise anything haha. 

A Song For Tomorrow

I've  been meaning to review A Song For Tomorrow by Alice Peterson for a little while now but while I hate to sound wanky I just couldn't because it all felt kind of raw. I'll start off by saying that it's based on the life of Alice Martineau, a singer who happened to have cystic fibrosis which is why I felt such a personal connection to the book. However it's also a bloody good read, maybe not my usual thing but I bought it on the day of release and practically devoured it.

It's been compared to The Fault In Our Stars and Me Before You but whilst the characters in that are annoying af Alice is not. I remember watching a documentary on her as a kid and I just thought she was so cool - wickedly funny and talented and I'm not just saying that either (I mean if she wasn't that fab a book wouldn't have been written about her no?) The book follows her journey as she tries to make it in the music biz and meets a lovely new fella Tom around the same time CF decides to be a major dick and she is placed on the list for a double lung transplant.

One thing I really appreciate about the book is that you can tell how closely the author worked with Alice's loved ones and also the CF Trust. I obviously can't speak for everyone but personally I thought it was the most accurate depiction of CF I've ever read by someone who doesn't actually have it. Not everyone gets it right (Bates Motel, Grey's Anatomy, Holby City I'm looking at you) but I think Peterson got it so right when she describes not just the physical effects but the emotional too. I related so much to Alice's worries about relationships, what other people think, holding others back and most crucially, not having enough time. That in particular is something people don't seem to understand, especially now I've had transplant. I get told off for being 'morbid' but I see it as being realistic and like Alice, prefer to use it to push for the things I want out of life. There was a quote in the book, I can't remember exactly what it said, but it was along the lines of CF forcing you to grow up from a young age but at the same time robs you of so much independence. SO ACCURATE. Alice's closeness with her family and yes, also her occasional frustration with them, was something I felt closely mirrors my own life too.

I found it to be a hard read, obviously now with these new puffers of mine I can breathe easy (lololol that was just for every other person with CF that wants to vom when they read that) and while I hadn't forgot what that drowning feeling feels like I guess I just hadn't thought about it for a while. As if I needed reminding, I kept thinking again how bloody lucky I am to have got my new lungs and my heart broke for Alice's family and friends. I think they're so brave to have helped this book become a possibility. I think it's a fitting tribute to Alice's extraordinary life.

The Happy List #21

I had SO many plans this week but then illness came and ruined most of them. I can't complain as obviously it's nothing at all compared to how ill I used to get but I've just basically been crashed out whenever I've been indoors haha. So I was feeling kind of sorry for myself so ordered me two pizzas but Pizza Hut trolled me by not including any pineapple :(

1) Blossom. Or rather the last of it. Really sad to admit but it's pretty to walk through haha.

2) Brunch. Continuing our weekly tradition of a girl's brunch me, my friend and her little girl met up for a massive plate of food and also big ice cream sundaes. Best idea we've ever had.

3) Naps. I used to be the NAP QUEEN but rarely do these days. Everyone was like 'No parties when you're home alone hahaha' but all I could think of was 'YES unlimited, uninterrupted naps!'

4) The Big Tidy Up. That I have yet to complete, but I've started which is good enough. Tell me how does one acquire so much stuff in such a short life? But please buy my shit on depop haha ('sickchickchic' of course!)

5) Shopping. Oops, wasn't supposed to do that. But I got something yellow which I never thought would happen.

6) Not getting lost. I know it's the little things but I get lost on my own street so the fact I managed a 40 minute walk home without needing directions or any help is an achievement of sorts.

7) McFlurries. I rarely eat at McDonalds any more but Creme Egg McFlurries are the one.

8) Blink 182 tickets. For the nostalgia! I shall be missing Tom DeLonge but still can't wait.

9) Night out with Marie. I've known Marie since we were tots, she has CF too and has also had transplant (read her amazing story here!) I know the word 'inspiration' gets chucked around a lot but she really is someone I so look up to, she's just so bubbly and positive and lovely! So we went out on Friday to celebrate her birthday and got ridiculously drunk.

10) Return of mama and stepdad. I was lying in bed Saturday morning dying and I heard them, I didn't even know they had got back so I was like 🌝 thinking they'd come to save me but all I got was 'OMG were you sick in the bath?' 😔

How was your week? I hope you're having a fun bank holiday, I'm seeing Ed Sheeran tomorroooow!!

Style Diary #4

You'd think that doing these posts would shame me into tidying my room but nah. I have two wardrobes yet still I chuck everything on my bed. You can tell that this week's outfit choices were inspired by whatever was on top of my pile of clothes and also I love that I was fairly glam all week until I gave up on life at the weekend.


The Happy List #20

so I thought I'd resurrect them on a Sunday! I feel like I've been out loads lately, it's been fun making up for lost time but maybe I need to slow down a little and find some balance because I feel a little bit rundown, plus I'm poor af right now hahaha. But I just get bored so easily so need a focus until I start uni so why not try and blog a bit more! I always feel a bit weird in the summer so it'll be kinda nice to have something to concentrate on. The thing is as well I've not been blogging much because I've been feeling so disconnected from it all and I just find the whole thing to be so weird sometimes. I'm happy doing my own thing but every now and then I feel a bit unsure of my place in this blogging world and I don't like this uneasy feeling, then again it's how I feel most of the time every where else anyway. But for now I'm happy just feeling like 'whatever' about it all and I'll just do me - it's all you can try and do innit?

Style Diary #3

Another week of crappy mirror pics for your pleasure. Enjoy!


24 Things I Have Yet To Learn At 24

Last weekend I turned 24. Might have mentioned it, in fact I definitely did - I like to drag my birthday out like the Queen. So even though it was a whole week ago I thought I'd do a lil' post on it, the original plan was to do one of those 24 At 24 things that people do but that just got me panicking when I realised that I know eff all about most things. I couldn't complete the list but seeing as there's plenty I still don't know here's an alternative list of 24 Things I Have Yet To Learn:

Style Diary #2

Hello! So last week was fun, it was my birthday at the weekend and the weather was stunning for a change as I swear usually every birthday outfit gets ruined by tights and a coat. Sorry again for not blogging much (if anyone cares haha) but I think whilst I was ill one of the few things I could do was blog and now I'm better I don't really feel inclined to sit at a laptop that much any more when I could be out being busy! But I think these weekly posts will be a nice way to updata ya's and do fashun posts too. It's a bit of a long 'un though just to warn you!


Franny & Zooey

So I'm restarting book reviews on the blog with Franny & Zooey by J. D. Salinger. I bloody loved Catcher In The Rye and have read it a few times, although how I feel about Holden Caulfield always changes depending on where I am in life at that moment - he either infuriates me or he's my hero. I have a bit of a thing for American literature from the 1950's and it's quite a shame that Salinger didn't leave behind a great deal of work so when I found Franny & Zooey in my local BHF I had to pick it up.

The Happy List #19

I fully intended to blog more last week but then when the attack at Westminster happened it felt a bit silly to chat to you about clothes and the stupid things I'd done that week. I know the best thing we can do is carry on as normal and live our lives in the same way but I grew up in London and have walked over that bridge a thousand times so I couldn't help feeling really sad about it. I wish I had something more profound to say but I think it's all been said already by everyone else. I'll just say what I always do which is there are more good people out there than bad, that's for sure. And I'll carry on with my happy list because it's important to focus on the good stuff.

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The Happy List #18

Unusually I was really struggling to come up with things for this post, I've had a funny couple of weeks. There's been so much good happening but there was a lot of down moments too for reasons I can't even explain! It's like every now and then I feel it start to kind of bubble under the surface til everything kind of explodes and I have a few days, weeks or months of feeling pretty strange and sad. It's always been this way since I was really small and I don't know if it's normal or weird but what I do know is it's bloody annoying because it makes me not able to sleep or sleep too much. Plus I hate being miserable for no reason, makes me feel like a right n00b! You know this isn't how I usually am and it's the main reason I'll not blog for a bit now and then. I never really tell anyone so why I'm telling you I do not know. But I won't bother rambling about it because what's the point, let's talk about some good things instead!


The Happy List #17

Hey! So I had a little break, I suppose I just wasn't feeling like saying anything even though lots of good happened. Maybe I'll have a chat about it if I want to but for now here's the happy stuff from the past two weeks!

Weekend Reading List #7

Hey, hey! So once again I've been a lousy blogger when it comes to commenting (I promise I will get back to you soon!) but I'm keeping up with this little round up of the best posts I've read on t'internet this week.

* Laila has stated and I feel quite inclined to agree with much of what she says, not about anyone else's style (and especially not Laila's as she has such an interesting and quirky look) but rather my own. I used to experiment a lot more but I suppose when I was ill I dressed more for ease and comfort as it was a bloody miracle if I got out of jimjams. Here's to experimenting more with fashion!

* I wanted to mention because I think she rocks! If you fancy watching something a bit different, Emma's ya girl (I've particularly been enjoying her travel vlogs!)

* Holly has written about, something I think a lot of us can relate to right now. I for one am looking forward to reading future posts on film and green fashion (as much as I love Summer and Holly's fashion posts now!) 

* Bianca writes one of my favourite blogs - she's just so honest and very 'human' if you get what I mean. Her latest, , is very inspiring - we all fear failure don't we? But it's something we can definitely learn from.

* I've been reading Lydia's blog for yonks and I loved her latest post on . She is right that the power to change how we feel about blogging comes from within us and in the current blogging climate it's more important than ever to support each other and just, well, be nice

* When oh when is Jennie going to publish a book? It needs to happen, no? We're so lucky to have her lovely blog in the meantime. had me in tears and I'm not ashamed to say that. Just go read for yourself and be inspired.

*  Helen always looks incredible and this is an outfit I want to copy ASAP. Need that Mulberry pls.

* I love Michelle's blog, it always makes me giggle and is no exception. I've not done anything official but I've been going for runs in the park lately in a bid to get fit and I could relate so much to this!

* Amy has the best style and I'm now after to wear with my silver boots (although I won't look half as cool as her!)

* (and doesn't she have the best name ever?) I'm so happy for her, although I of course will miss her posts whilst she's AWOL haha!

March Goals

February was busy, busy, busy! Not complaining one bit though because I've been enjoying it. Pre-transplant a question I used to get asked a lot was 'Don't you get bored?' And I always answered no because I really didn't. I would literally sit in one room for weeks at a time attached to all sorts of machines and while I felt frustrated I'd not really say I was bored. I used to think I was just maybe a boring person haha but I realise now I was just so ill I had no energy to feel like doing anything! Now I'm better I always have to be doing something, now I can't bingewatch shows on Netflix because after an episode or two I have to leave the house or I'll go stir crazy. It's so weird! But again, not complaining one bit. Anyway, as for my I was a bit hit and miss. I um, quit the gym and instead bought a cinema card haha but I exercise at home every day anyway so I've proved to myself I can motivate myself to do it without having to pay for the gym. I did not shop less but I do have a nice little haul to show you! And while I didn't buy many beauty products last month (I'm still doing the empties challenge) what I did get has been cruelty-free, so at least I've managed that goal! Here is what I want to achieve this month...

1. No new clothes/products.

Ok so I know I said this last month but this time I mean it because I really can't afford to buy any more and keep on going out so something's gotta give! But I'm really happy with everything I have at the moment so I'm sure I'll survive a month without new things...

2. Work on my Etsy.

I'm so close to getting it all set up so a big goal for the month is to relaunch it! I have no massive plans for it, it's just something I loved doing so it'd be nice to run it again. 

3. Drink more water. 

Keeping up with still I'd like to drink more water. It's the only thing I really drink unless I go out so I'd like to see if I can cut out everything else all together but we shall see! 

4. Keep saying 'Yes' to more things.

I used to be the worst for sticking firmly in my comfort zone but this year I've been agreeing to more things from meeting new people to trying new things and it's paid off because I'm having a lot of fun! It's difficult, especially if you're a bit introverted like me, but so worth the 'risk'. 

5. Read more.

Not just books, but blogs too. I've neglected both recently (probably because I've been out more!) but it's something that I really miss so I'd like to make more of an effort with both. 

Ok, so what are your plans for March? Anything exciting?

The Happy List #16

Hello! So it's Monday again, somehow and last week was busy. All good stuff, as always although I've been a bit ill and it's kind of knocked me for six. I think now I don't have rubbish lungs to contend with I have a much easier life and have turned into a wimp haha! I was actually a proper wimp but more on that soon.

1. A walk in the park. There's been a weirdo lurking in the park where I walk Freddydog so I made my parents come with me on Monday. They were like 'Yeah OK, we can get fit at the same time!' except they brought along 'sweets for the journey' lmao. But we had a nosey in this building that I walk past nearly every day and inside was some kind of winter garden that was all kinds of beautiful! A real hidden gem.

2. Breakfast at the cafe. I had a massive fry up with all the extras, everything and I know it's so bad for you but I have no regrets.

3. LUSH Bath Bombs. I'm obsessed, I need help. Gotta catch 'em all, like Pokemon.

4. Location scouting. My nanny will be 80 this year (don't tell her I told you) so we went on a mini mission to find a nice place to celebrate. We found a cute little pub and it had the most beautiful rabbit in the world living there ()

5. Baby Florrie sleepover. She always brings me so much joy. We went to Clinton's and she was looking at the tsum tsum teddies but found a money box one and dropped it hahaha. It's fine, she was safe and everything but her little face! </3

6. Pactster workouts. My physio at the CF clinic recommended these as they're workouts specifically designed for people with CF. Maybe not as useful for me now I have these non-CF lungs but I've been fitting them into my daily routine as they're quite short so there's no excuse to not do them!

7. Ghost hunting! At the weekend me and some friends went to Pluckley in Kent as it's apparently . I got as far as the end of the graveyard, decided nah and went back to the pub (see pics!) No ghosts were found, unsurprisingly, but we had a good time and it was something different innit?

8. Films. I used to watch a film every day but haven't had the time lately so  had a good catch up! I was thinking I'd do a monthly round up of everything I've watched because I love films but rarely talk about them on here. I went to see Manchester By Sea on Sunday and I just can't stop thinking about it, I need to buy it when it comes out to watch over and over again because I must just like a good cry or something.

9. The Oscars. I stayed up to watch the whole thing, I don't know if that was an achievement or a real stupid idea because my sleeping pattern is now fooked. Actually it was worth it to see that absolute cock up at the end, what the actual fook happened? Someone has lost their job but I shall be living for the memes today. Anyway I love The Oscars, it's a bit la di dah I know but also quite magical. I'm unsure about how I felt about the stunt where they surprised the people by letting them into the ceremony - it obviously is gonna be a highlight of their lives but I found it to be quite patronising too. Like 'Let's let the commoners in' haha. I think it was Jimmy Kimmel and his comments, I'm not his biggest fan anyway so that doesn't help. What did you think? But I agreed with all the winners and usually there is always at least one disappointment haha. Wait actually there was - Suicide Squad for Best Makeup and Hair Design when literally every girl rocked up as Harley Quinn for Halloween?

10. You. Yeah, you. I've just had some really lovely comments/tweets/emails lately so thank you! I mean I always do but, , the community has been feeling a little less connected lately so it does mean a lot 💗

Did you watch The Oscars? Do you believe in ghosts? Two weird questions for you to ponder! 

A Blogging Backlash?

Recently I've been feeling quite disconnected with the blogging world and I know I'm not the only one. I've seen countless tweets saying the same thing and so many 'final' blog posts stating they just don't feel the same anymore.

I think that blogging has got so huge that the bubble was always going to burst for some of us - this backlash is kind of inevitable. The blogging world is bigger than ever with it's changing landscape and new blogs popping up all the time - it can be a bit overwhelming and difficult to keep up. We all know we shouldn't do it but we do compare ourselves to others sometimes - it's an annoying part of being human! Especially when it comes to social media, there's always someone who you feel has better content, better photos, better outfits etc. But to me blogging is like film or music or art - it's all subjective so just because a blog is someone's cup of tea not everyone likes tea (or something like that, you get what I'm trying to say!)

But I don't think we can blame all the changes on the blogging world - we're to blame as well. I know for me personally I've written this particular blog for about five years and it's the longest I've ever stuck at anything so it's no surprise I've been feeling less enthused about it than I used to. I can't complain about less engagement when I know that I myself have been commenting less on blogs. I don't have as much time as I used to and I think this is true for a lot of people - most of us started blogging when we were at uni with a lot of spare time but after a few years I suppose we've grown up a bit and are just busier people. It's just life! We're also reading a lot of blogs via mobile now, which makes it harder to comment and also I think we interact a lot more on twitter. A lot of my favourite bloggers are now solely blogging on instagram (something that I think will rise with the multiple photo feature.) Blogging and ourselves have changed and change is always inevitable over time.

But I have a choice - I can be moany about it and give up a hobby that I really enjoy or I can just carry on doing my own thing. I know what I'd rather do! So this year I stopped checking Google Analytics, stopped scheduling tweets and just posted whatever I've felt like whenever I've felt like and it's quite liberating. It's feeling fresh again and like it belongs to me - one thing I loved about blogging in the beginning was having a space of my own on the internet and it feels good to reclaim it again. It's so brilliant to have ambition but if we're to be realistic for the majority of us this is going to be a hobby - so why not just enjoy it? Take the pressure off, write about what you love and even make some friends and I think it's just the funnest thing ever. I'm enjoying just like I used to. So here's to blogging old skool styley this year!

What are your feelings about blogging right now? I'd love to know your views on this!

Weekend Reading List #6

Another week, another round of fabulous blog posts for you to browse! Hope you enjoy.

* I cannot wait to get inked again and Mia's round up of has got me wanting to book myself in ASAP! The only trouble I have is choosing which design to go for.

* - she is a sequin dream!

* and I found her reasons very interesting - I think it's actually a very liberating thing to do!

* One thing I've never quite mastered are white jeans but provides the perfect dose of inspiration! 

* Lizzy has also done and is looking incredible (as always!) so now I'm really feeling like I need to get myself a pair! 

* It's been a little while since I had a splurge on ASOS and (I LOVE all of the pink things!) 

* is perfect if, like me, you love that fuller pout look but don't want to commit to anything a bit more permanent. 

* is something that I think we can ALL relate to. I think the important thing to remember is that blogging is supposed to be FUN!

* Of course Amy's house is JUST as cool as she is - for some serious interior inspo (and be as surprised as I was about where a lot of the decor is from!)

* Finally, - perfect for this weird, can't-make-up-it's-mind-weather. 

Anything catch your eye here? As always, I'd love to know your favourite posts of the week!

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