Thursday, 15 January 2015

Snippets of my wee flat

I'm not usually one to share pictures of where I live, but recently I've realised how many lovely things we have collected over the past few years, that I just had to write it down and show you guys. 

Now our flat is very small, and has very dull walls. In Leamington you'd be lucky to find a flat/ house for under £700 with light, that's the problem with living in such a expensive town. No light and no space ! So these pictures were taken using my iPhone and edited using VSCO. I shall be doing a post on VSCOcam later on, due to it being awesomeeeee !!
On our bookshelf we have such a collection of things. Alex, my boyfriend pins butterflies and other bugs , which means we have them dotted all over the place. It's nice because it gives us a little extra money, and I get to see so many beautiful butterflies from across the world !
Also I have some crazy obsession with making pom poms, which again means I'm making garlands and putting them up everywhere ! One of my crazy dreams is to open a business and set up a pom pom shop selling rugs, garlands, and all kind of crafty magic ! (I'm deluded I know !!) Other bits on the shelf are a pair of wooden cloggs from when I was 15 and went to Holland on a school trip. I can't remember much from it, apart from milking a cow, and lots of disposable pictures being taken but now nowhere to be seen ! We also have my money jar, I'm trying so hard to keep adding all my loose change into it, rather than spend on chocolate, but it's not working. Last time I counted I had £22, which isn't much, but will make a big difference to my food shop !

The top of the shelf is mostly Alex's things. I went and bought some daffodils yesterday ( so surprising- it's January !!) So I put them out , and they've flowered so well, I'm so excited for spring ! Also we have a pair of water buffalo horns, we got them for an absolute bargain from a place called Tunnel Vintage in Leamington. Full of quirks and creepy things! I'm super excited for when we get a bigger place and they'll be in pride and place ! It's amazing how a piece of taxidermy can change a home, I'm usually freaked out by it all, but since I've moved in with Alex it's all he buys ! I also have a sweet (hilarious) post card from my old manager, which is just me all over,  I love it when someone just gets you, it's so lovely ! 
On the mantelpiece I have a couple of old pieces from my grandma. She gave me the cat and dog figurines when I first moved out, I've always been a fan of them, and I wouldn't want them anywhere else. They are so cute and tiny, and remind me of my childhood in the countryside ! Also we have 2 A's from the cafe rouge opposite my work. They were having a refit and were throwing out all the old signs , so obviously I wandered over and asked for the two A's, one for me and one for Alex. I'm still debating on if I should paint them or not, the old gold looks so nice, but it's quite dull and doesn't stand out much ! Other than that I love them ! 

What's your favourite things in your house ? Let me see !

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

January blues

I hate seasons. How they change, how the leaves change, how they change us. I suffer from extreme anxiety, and other 'issues'. These months don't help. It's January, I work in retail, the hype of Christmas has just passed and now we are onto the hype of sale time. Why do people come out ? Do they have nothing better to do? Most people went back to work yesterday (being the 5th) so now we have to endure the cold silent months from January to mid April. Then the summer comes and everyone seems in a lighter mood. But that's still a good 5 months away. I should be happy at the minute, I have just been promoted (yay) but that means I have lost my right hand lady to another promotion, so I'm left with staffing issues. I'm 23, this is my life. 

It's dark when I get home, and cold. My bills are extortionate due to living in such an overly priced town, I have put on weight like no tomorrow, and I'm losing sleep because I keep having panic attacks at 3 in the morning. Then the summer comes, and pretty girls are wearing pretty dresses, showing of their slim figures and their pretty tanned bodies. I'll be pale, freckled, snotty nose due to hayfever, and probably 3 stone heavier than I am now, because I have motivation to make a difference in my life. I do yoga. I stretch. I duck. I relax. For a whole 35 minutes a day. Although even saying that I don't! We aren't trained to switch off, we aren't trained to be like that. January blues are getting to me. Someone help! 

Sunday, 4 January 2015


Happy new year all ! Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas spent with loved ones! I was extremely lucky this year to have spent a whole 3 days with my family back in the countryside, it was bliss. Being away from the noisy town and getting back to my roots (and my cats) was just lovely!!
So whats on the agenda for this year ? So far nothing (brilliant I know) I have just been promoted at work to Assistant manager, which is wicked, finally something good from working in retail for so long i guess! Anyway, this is just a blah blah blah post, i am going to be focusing more on my blog this year, and i have just created a new instagram page called '365daysfrommyview' , which is documenting everyday from my view for the year, i think it will be good mentally for me to see where and what i have achieved by next year. So give that a follow, and i shall still be using my other account which is linked on my page ! I am going to be getting a lot more into my crafts this year, picking up the knitting needles and get back onto making little things for people. Also my yoga practice will be back, cant wait to flex it all out again !

Anyway, i have cats to snuggle. Love A. X

Monday, 15 December 2014

The sad season

So. I suffer with extreme anxiety and depression. Well whilst writing this, it seems extreme. Im having such a bad time recently, I mean the other day i couldn't even get out of bed !! My dad calls November through to January the sad season, which is sad because i love christmas and new year, but i just keep thinking that my life is so pointless.
All I do is work in a shop,  5 days a week and then 2 days a week i do NOTHING. i never have any money, and I'm only 23 years old, i haven't seen any of the world, i didn't make it through university. I see everything as a failure. And i know that sounds so ungrateful, but its what depression does to you, turns you into something you dread, and what other people dread!
So just a quick post on how I'm doing. Nothing overly flashy or festive today.

 Big love folks, stay happy xx

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

10 Things

It the season to be jolly. Or the season to be sad. So I have been thinking about the past year and how much I haven't achieved! So I'm setting up early for my new years resolution, and these are a few things for me to keep in mind !!

1-  Travel. If not the world, then the UK. Go to places and meet people
2- Physical challenge, 5k or 10k. Training WILL be needed
3- GET FIT! I used to be a size 10, and now I'm a 14/16. Its not bad, but its not toned I need to get back to being fun and fit, enjoying exercise!
4- Learn a language
6- Become more crafty. Im crafty anyway, but this could be the start of something ?
7- See old friends more often.
8- Make more of an effort with myself, hair , make up, and clothes.
9- Save money!
10- Have a clear out, and take things to charity shops etc!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Winter favourites !

All I can think is knitwear, berry lips & brushed cotton covers!! And this year everything seems so reasonably priced, which makes it even more exciting!!!

So this grey H&M jumper is my life. I have been wearing it nearly everyday, as its so comfy and you can wear it with ANYTHING!! Today I wore it to work with my black skinny jeans and black loafers, but I've also worn it with a floral skater skirt, which looks lovely as the jumper is slightly oversized!

  If you didn't know already, I'm slightly addicted to Alex Monroe jewellery. I already have 2 pieces from his collections, one being his iconic bee, and the second being a burts bees edition necklace, which is just beautiful. But now his new collection has been released and I'm again, slightly obsessed. Its called the Haberdashery collection, and its based on vintage finds within your old sewing box, which is perfect for me, as I love a bit of crafts, sewing and D.I.Y. The scissors for me are a real winner, they are just so dinky and cute, and you can layer them with other pieces from his collection, so it looks like my christmas list will be expensive this year !!

Also its that time of year again for Berry lips. Now I have a face full of freckles, and a very pale complexion, so usually I stick with the more neutral shades, but its party season, and I'm thinking of going bold, and this lipstick really stood out to me at my local space NK.  The lady applied it really well, which made me feel even better about wearing it, so I'm feeling a little splurge coming along, beware bank account!

Flannelette !! I love Flannelette!!  Its so cold and windy, and all I want to do is snuggle up in a nice brushed cotton duvet cover. And as christmas is around the corner I thought these sheets were perfect, they look very cosy, and I can imagine getting into bed, reading a good book & drinking hot chocolate. I can't waiiittttt !!!!

So thats my favourites, what are yours ??

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Its that time of year again ..

Oh yes, its that time of year again, the digging out of the decorations, the writing of lists, and of course the music that fills our ears and our hearts. Christmas. I guess halloween and bonfire night flew by so quickly we all forgot it was the season to be jolly. I for one defiantly did.

My anxiety and depression has been running me wild. Basically ruining my relationship with my partner. Its such a struggle, I try and put on a brave face each day, in the end it becomes exhausting, making me feel even worse. I try and focus on the good, but sometimes I think 'is this my life?' and yes it is. Working in a retail job, next to minimum wage, not affording rent, yet affording to eat every rubbish food I can find, which results in my extreme weight loss. When did life get so meh. I guess there are ups & downs, its a personal journey in which I'm sure a lot of you are going through. <p>

Anyway, I have ordered some really good pens, so I'm going to start my christmas cards early and get on the typography hype :)