Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wednesday Wish List

This week, I have my eye on...

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I'm head over heels in love with Hell Bunny's new 'Harlow' Halloween collection! The print includes pumpkin-cherries, bats, skulls, spider webs, and spiders on a black background, and if this isn't the most perfect collection of Halloween attire ever, I don't know what is. The good news is they all come in both straight sizes and plus sizes, from XS up to a 4XL! I've linked back to the plus sizes, but you'll find separate listings for the straight size versions on the website here.

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I also love these two beautiful Hell Bunny skirts.

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I know it's a little early to be thinking about festive fashion, but Hell Bunny have just released the most incredible festive dresses in red and black, and I had to include them. The 'Blitzen' print is made up of pin up girls, reindeer, wreaths, snowflakes, candy canes, sweets, presents, and swallows, and they're basically the most perfect Christmas dresses I've seen in my life. I can't decide if I prefer them in red or black; I just know I need them in my life. Maybe I should just collect all four. (Straight sizes here).

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These awesome pins from Heartificial!

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Yet again, I have my eye on so many dresses from Dorothy Perkins. I need those cord pinafore dresses in every colour! (I already own the burgundy, and it's lush).

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Zatchels' new collection of 'Animal Bags' barrel bags is adorable. Obviously, the fox design is my favourite.

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I don't know what it is about this time of year, but with Autumn approaching, I always want to buy school supplies, and accessorise everything with brown leather satchels, even though I've not been a student since 2003. I've been looking for the perfect tan or chocolate staple day bag, and I love these beautiful barrel bags from Cut Make Trim. I just can't decide which shade I love best. I already have one of these bags in fuchsia, and it's so wonderfully crafted, and without a doubt one of the most beautiful bags I've ever owned. I definitely need a few more colours in my collection!

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I love these new Lyra Lady Voluptuous dresses from Lady Vintage, especially the gorgeous emerald green floral number.

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Bunny and unicorn shoes! No explanation needed.

Have you heard that Cath Kidston will be bringing out a limited edition Winnie The Pooh collection at the end of September? They haven't given away too much yet, but the collection will feature Winnie The Pooh characters added in to classic Cath Kidston prints. Being a little Cath K obsessed, I can't wait to see the full collection, and perhaps collect a piece or two. The fabric in the photo above looks adorable.

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And finally, I love these two novelty bags from Luna On The Moon. I need a flying pig and a glitter storm cloud in my novelty bag collection!

If you'd like to see more of the pieces on my wish list, check out my style wish list boards on Pinterest.

What's on your wish list this week?

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sunday Favourites #200

It's that time of the week again...

These DIY sandal hacks from Studio DIY are making me so nostalgic for my tweens and early teens! I swear I had a pair of shoes just like these in black.

These DIY tie-dye nail wraps are so fun, and perfect for festival season.

These Rice Krispie treats look ah-mazing.

Dear God, these fairy bread ice cream sandwiches look good! I really shouldn't put these posts together when I'm hungry!

This DIY watercolour paper squares back drop looks amazing. All that colour pleases me. I kinda want to make one to use as a backdrop for my blog photos.

How cute are these colourful little fairy bites?!

These little planters look adorable.

These floral tattoos by botanical tattoo artist Pis Saro are all so beautiful.

And this albino echidna is so darn cute. Just look at this video of him celebrating his 6th birthday.

Louise's Lovely Links

♥ I got a serious case of wanderlust reading part two and part three of Kate's trip to Paris. 

♥ Plus size model, blogger and columnist Callie Thorpe recently got married (and looked incredible!), and Cosmo picked up on the powerful message she left for brides and grooms everywhere with this lovely article.

♥ Why I see bands multiple times. I always loved going to see my favourite bands and singers more than once per tour before I got ill, and this post sums up why perfectly. It actually pains me that I'm rarely able to do this anymore. Yes, I'm a total fan-girl!

♥ Why I won't apologise for having fun while chronically ill. <--This. If you have a chronically ill friend or family member, or even if you don't, I urge you to read this article. 

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

40 Ways To Beat Cabin Fever

I spend the majority of my time cooped up at home, thanks to chronic pain and a few debilitating health conditions. People often ask me how I do it; how I can spend so much time confined between the same four walls without going stir crazy. I always tell them the same thing: I do go stir crazy, just like everybody else. Some days I'm practically climbing the walls, desperate to escape back to the excitement of the big wide world where the cure for cabin fever lies. Some days I feel so trapped I can barely breathe; I hate being tethered, but I don't have much choice in the matter. The truth is, in the five years I've been house-bound, I've just learned how to keep cabin fever at bay and how to pacify it when it does strike; I've had plenty of time to iron out the kinks, after all.

Why am I telling you this? Well, I figure most of us suffer from cabin fever from time to time, whether we're stuck at home because of illness, accident, unemployment, poor weather, loneliness, family commitments, waiting on a delivery, or for one of countless other reasons, so I thought I'd share some of my tried and tested tips for beating cabin fever in the hope of making your next bout that little bit easier. I hope they help!

1. Let's start with an obvious one: get out of the house if you're able to. Go for a walk or a drive, meet up with friends or do something fun. Just go do something. Anything.

2. Get out in to the garden or on to your balcony for some fresh air and vitamin D. Perhaps do some gardening, exercise, play sports with your kids or fetch with your dog, or just sit and enjoy the sunshine.

3. Open a window or your patio doors and let the fresh air in.

4. Turn the heating off / down so the house is less stuffy.

5. Take a nap and sleep it off. Naps make everything better. Fact.

6. Take a cool refreshing shower or wash your face with cold water to perk yourself up.

7. Change your clothes daily, even if it's just putting on a fresh pair of PJs.

8. Have a tidy and declutter to make the house less claustrophobic.

9. Make your home feel so cosy and inviting that you'll never want to leave.

10. Keep fresh flowers or plants in the house to add some life. If you can't go out to buy some, perhaps cut some from the garden.

11. Avoid watching travel shows, reading travel posts, or looking at travel photos on the net- they'll probably only aggravate your cabin fever.

12. Alternatively, if you think it will help you, do watch travel shows, read travel posts, and look at travel photos on the net and live vicariously through others.

13. Plan something fun to look forward to and focus on- a holiday, a concert, a trip to the beach, even a catch up with friends over coffee or cocktails... I find it's easier to cope with captivity when I know I have a break from it on the horizon, and something exciting to keep going for.

14. Keep yourself occupied at all times, so you don't just sit around bored out of your mind dwelling on your confinement. Distraction is key.

15. Mix things up- a routine can become so boring and predictable that it can feel like you're living a Groundhog Day life, making cabin fever rage. Do different things each day you're stuck at home, or at least do them in a different order to stop the days blurring in to one.

16. Start a project that will take some time to complete- make a cross stitch picture, crochet a blanket, write a novel, blog, upcycle a piece of furniture, paint, redecorate, start a new computer game... anything that will keep you busy for a while.

17. Get lost in a good book; after a while you'll forget you're stuck indoors, as you'll be submerged in another world. It's a good opportunity to get through some of the unread books on your bookshelf.

18. If you can't leave the house, invite friends or family over for dinner or a night in- bring the fun and company to you.

19. Play some 'happy' tunes up loud.

20. Watch a feel good movie or two.

21. Phone up a friend for a catch up.

22. Write and let your feelings and frustration out on to paper or screen. You don't need to share your words with anyone, but emptying them from your mind can help to lighten the weight on your shoulders.

23. Pamper yourself. Have a bubble bath, light some candles, put on a face mask, give yourself a mani-pedi, and just let yourself unwind. Heaven!

24. Bake something so the house smells inviting. Plus you get to eat something delicious afterwards, which is always a bonus.

25. Treat yourself to a tasty meal, whether it's a home-cooked favourite, or a cheeky takeaway. You'll be so full and content that you'll not want to leave the comfort of your sofa for the rest of the night. 

26. Make a list of all the things you want to do as soon as you're able to leave the house again, and start planning one or two of them.

27. Get around to all those odd jobs you've been meaning to do but have never quite found time for.

28. Hang out with your pets. Just spending time with them can make a huge difference to our moods, and stoking their coats can help to calm and relax us. Spending time at home isn't so bad when you've got an awesome buddy to hang out with.

29. Talk to a friend or a family member about how you're feeling. Venting your feelings can really help to pacify them.

30. Sit by a window and watch the world go by. Watch people going about their various concerns, rain falling from the sky, animals scurrying around, the wind moving through the trees... whatever you can see.

31. Stretch your legs around the house every now and then.

32. Spend time in different rooms, where possible, to change up your day a little. A change of scenery can do us some good.

32. Eat well and drink plenty of water so that you don't feel sluggish.

33. If you're at home for some time due to an illness, injury, or disability and are fortunate to have a great support system around you, don't shut yourself off from the people in your life. Let them be there for you. Believe me, feeling like you're alone in the world will only make cabin fever feel so much worse.

34. If you are alone and lonely, and don't feel like anybody can relate to the reason you're cooped up at home,  connect with like-minded people online. Talk to people going through the same situation or who share the same interests as you. Forge friendships. Build an online support network. It might just help you deal with what you're going through, and help to ease the symptoms of cabin fever.

35. Do whatever it is you enjoy most that can be done from home.

36. If you get claustrophobic and the walls start closing in, remember to breathe. Take lots of deep breaths, and concentrate on breathing in and out until it passes.

37. Make yourself as comfortable as possible while you're at home. Wear comfy clothes, go bra-less, if applicable (ladies you know what I'm talking about!), bring your duvet on to the sofa, spend a day in bed... do whatever you need to do to make yourself comfortable and relaxed. Make your confinement as pleasant as you can.

38. Open your curtains / blinds every day to let the light in. Hiding yourself away in the darkness like the Phantom of the Opera won't do your mental health any favours.

39. Use this time to learn something new. Perhaps you've always wanted to learn how to paint using watercolours, maybe you've always dreamed of learning how to play the guitar, decorate cakes, knit, start a blog, master creative writing, or learn a language. Being stuck indoors doesn't have to eat away at your life; it can add life to it!

40. If you're cooped up for a prolonged period because of your health and feel like you're not coping well mentally, speak to your doctor. He or she might be able to help you, or at least refer you to someone who can. Don't suffer in silence. Ask for help.

If you're looking for more ways to occupy yourself while house-bound, check out my 50 Ways To Beat Boredom At Home.

How do you fight cabin fever?

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Wednesday Wish List

This week I've been coveting...

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Erstwilder's new Galactic collection by Donna Mizzi is too cute for words. All of the kitsch, fifties-style designs are so fun. I think the Close Encounter (#1). Roxy's Ray Gun (#11), and the God of Time (#16) brooches are my favourites.

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I've fallen in love with these make up brush sets from Spectrum. My younger sister bought The Glam Clam set last week, and it's the most beautiful set of make up brushes I've ever seen. I wonder if she'd notice if I stole them...

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I love these beautiful pieces from Collectif. The Dolores Paper Pin Up dress and top are to die for, and the Pietra Fur Collar cardigan looks so glam.

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Yet more gorgeous Dorothy Perkins dresses on my lust-list. I already have the cord pinafore dress in burgundy, and I can't wait to wear it this Autumn. I may need it in black, too.

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Would you look at these beautiful eyeshadow palettes from Urban Decay! So many pretty colours. I definitely don't need any more eye make up (I already have an entire drawer full), but I'd still love to add these to my make up arsenal.

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These pieces from River Island Plus are so dreamy.

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I love these Coca Cola patches, and cross-body bag from Skinny Dip. The bag reminds me of those giant Coca Cola stools and cassette players that were around in the eighties. Does anyone remember those? My Auntie had one, and my parents still have two of the Heineken stools in the house.

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These pieces from ASOS Curve and Alice & You are all so beautiful. I'd wear them all to death.

Dragon slippers!

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And last but by no means least, these limited edition eyeshadow trios from Paul & Joe are stunning. I love that their packaging is always as beautiful as the make up itself.

If you'd like to see more of the fashion and beauty pieces on my wish list each week, check out my style and beauty wish list boards on Pinterest.

What's on your wish list this week?

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Sunday Favourites #199

Here's a new batch of my Sunday Favourites to (hopefully) brighten up your Sunday.

If I had my own office, I'd definitely make a Flair Chair like this one from Studio DIY. Doesn't it look awesome?!

This funfetti chocolate chip ice cream sandwich milkshake recipe from Aww, Sam looks ah-mazing.

I love these 'confetti grilled cheese' photos from The Confetti Bar. What a creative way to promote confetti!

I enjoy putting together gifts and packages for my friends and family, so I love these three care package ideas for gal pals from Studio DIY.

How cute is this DIY unicorn tote bag from Damask Love?!

These DIY mini plaster planters from Paper & Stitch look so pretty.

These cookie dough cupcakes from Sprinkles For Breakfast look delicious.

This DIY desk organiser from Lovely Indeed looks lovely, indeed.

Just look at all of these adorable baby animals!

This make up look is stunning.

Triple chocolate eclairs?? Get in my belly now! It's times like these that I wish I wasn't in tolerant to cream.

And these beautiful fairytale photos by Ukrainian photographer Iryna Dzhul, starring famous Ukrainian celebrities.

Louise's Lovely Links

♥ The struggle between teaching strangers about my condition and wanting privacy.

♥ When chronic pain forces me to confront my childhood fear.

♥ Chronic pain: I felt judged for having a bag full of medicine.

♥ It's not okay to compare my pain to 'someone who has it worse'.

♥ What it feels like to have an invisible illness.

♥ How to have a productive day living with chronic illness.

♥ Explaining my life to the stranger who will decide if I'm 'disabled enough'.

♥ The puppy rescuers of Alexandria.

♥ A gay couple were taken aside by a Sainsbury's security guard for 'inappropriate behaviour' after another customer made a complaint because they were holding hands! And apparently offering a £10 voucher as an apology was considered a suitable apology by the supermarket...

♥ I adore Melody's red and yellow gingham ensemble. A girl after my own heart.

♥ Attention bloggers! Are any of you guys still using Passionfruit Ads? You might want to read this post by Mandy.

♥ If you struggle with the Summer heat, you need to read Chasitity's brilliant 8 tips on how to beat the summer heat.

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