Loving Myself

At the beginning of the summer I decided to treat myself by buying Gala Darling’s Radical Self Love Bible School. It’s a wonderful 12 week course that helps you create an art journal bursting with positivity. Each week you get an email with prompts for your bible which you can expand on and play around with however you want. You can also work though the course at your own pace, meaning there’s no pressure.

I have not always loved myself. During the first few months of this year I was pretty harsh on myself. I was not happy on the course I was on, I wasn’t happy with how I was acting, I spent day’s locked in my room alone. I was eating terribly and gained some weight. I wasn’t looking after myself at all. I slowly realised with the help of my family and friends that I could escape this hole of doom I had been slowly sinking into.

I made the decision to change course (which I have written about here) and from that moment on I started climbing out. I knew that moving out of halls would help massively because although I loved my flatmates with all my heart, I had created a room full of negative energy and I needed out. So I decided to sign up for the course at the same time as I moved into my new house. A fresh new start meant I could start loving myself again.

Although I haven’t done as much of my Radical Self Love Bible as I would have liked to by this point I am still happy with it. I have been out have been out having fun with friends a lot, which is an equally positive way to spend my time.

I want to share some of the pages from my bible with you- I hope you enjoy them and they inspire you to get creative and love yourself!

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My cover page. I am so in love with this hot pink glitter glue, I need to get more soon! Pretty much all of my collages are made using pages from Company Magazine.

SONY DSC“I dedicate this book to fun! Life is full of joy, excitement and adventures. Being silly, having a blast and not caring what other people think= rad!!!”

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“Sad to Rad. Things to do to turn that frown upside down: ❤ Bake a microwave mug cake ❤ Go for a walk ❤ Listen to “My Rollercoaster” ❤ Put on a pretty colourful dress ❤ Wear cat ears ❤ Hang out with some ducks ❤ Take a long shower then cover yourself in lovely body butter”

SONY DSCThis page is about my greatest love affair! “Pink! (is my favourite crayon) My love affair with the colour pink started just before prom when I accidentally dyed my hair pink. Turns out I love it pink. Since then I have never looked back. Pink is such a happy, positive colour. It’s passion, love, fun & excitement. I feel like myself with pink hair, my true self. One of my favourite things about pink hair is the reactions people have to it, mainly young children- it brings them so much joy!”

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What style means to me. “Style to me is all about expressing myself. I love to wear 50’s style dresses with odd little touches like cat necklaces and skulls on everything. I love the juxtapositions of my personal style- vintage, feminine, floral dresses contrasted with skulls and tattoos. I love my pink and blue mermaid locks and they never fail to give my confidence. I put no boundaries on myself and dress to make me happy. It’s amazing what a dress and some lippy can do!”

I hope you enjoyed seeing inside my ongoing Radical Self Love Bible. I will update you when I have worked on it a bit more. Shout out to my lovely mum because I used a blanket she crocheted out of my baby clothes as a backdrop for these photos. Here’s a link to her craft blog: Purple Rose Emporium.

Toodles for now!

 

 

Things I love Thursday

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(ootd- Crop top- New Look, Skirt- Top Shop, moonstone necklace- a spiritual fair a few years ago)

Hello wonderful people! Sorry for the lack of content this week! I am working on a blog post about something very important to me but I don’t feel quite ready to share it yet. Here goes:

❤ Wearing crop tops! I always used to feel I was too big to wear crop tops. I am a UK size 12-14, although more of a 14 lately, and I thought that crop tops only looked good on people smaller than I. But one day I came across this Tumblr- Fat babes in crop tops and I was instantly inspired. The site is run by a body positive woman who realised she could wear whatever the hell she wanted. My new summer uniform has become crop tops and high waisted skirts and I feel freaking fabulous!

❤ My lovely new uni bag

❤ Ordering books for uni

❤ Lovely long showers- one of my favourite ways to show myself radical self love

❤ Rupaul’s Drag Race

❤ Signing up for the Glitterati! I am so excited because not only do I get a lovely surprise box full of hair goodies I get an extra special one as it’s my birthday month. It’s my 20th birthday present to myself.

❤ Gala Darling featuring my 5 things I am grateful for today in her things I love Thursday! It’s such an honour because Gala is such a massive inspiration to me- I mean she’s the main reason I keep up my blog and make these gratitude posts.

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❤ Getting super excited for my upcoming tattoos! I will share them both with you when they are done.

❤ The birthday excitement really kicking in as people keep telling me that they have found perfect presents for me.

❤ Cornwall Pride was, as always, fabulous! The day was lovely and sunny, surrounded by friends in Victoria Gardens. Then on to the evening where we watched our friend do an awesome Lady Gaga inspired drag act. His a cappella version of “Born this way” brought a tear to my eye. I had a wonderful day being proud!

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Things I love Thursday

 

 

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❤ Long lunch dates with Sarah… by long I mean getting home at 11pm!

❤ Going to Flambards (our local theme park) with my Jenny (my sister) then having a sleepover at mine 🙂 we had popcorn and pizza and it was great.

❤ Lie ins

❤ Going to Flambards with Taylor and watching the fireworks which were in time with “The show must go on” by Queen which was super rad.

❤ The bag I wanted for uni being half price in the sale! 🙂

❤ Feeling body confident

❤ Getting books for my new course, it starts sooo soon

❤ My Birthday being really soon

❤ Chocolate coated waffles

❤ Writing my personal manifesto (will be up on the blog soon!)

❤ This great blog banner Lowri made me:

tumblr_nagibhCgMW1r0ks22o1_1280I mean look how cute that is! She made it for my tumblr (pinkmind.tumblr.com) and its just so perfect. It’s got all my favourite characters from all my favourite fandoms and a few fabulous actresses thrown in there. LOVE!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week, I’m off to dye my hair then party with the girls!

Toodles

You are my sunshine

photovisi-download (3)Just a little post to talk about how much I love living with my fuzzy man. We have been living together for about a month and a half now and it has been amazing. Moving in together was a massive step and I am so happy we took it. I know coming home to him after a long stressful day at uni will make all of those bad feelings fizzle away. He really does make me happy when skies are grey!

This has been short and sweet and I intend to leave it that way.

Toodles!

Things I love Thursday

Sorry things have been a bit quiet on here lately! I can’t even explain why but I’m sure my inspiration will pick up again soon. 

❤ Finally getting all the details about switching to English with Creative Writing sorted out

❤ Girls night out last Thursday

❤ Laying all my knitted squares out in order for my Mum to join into a blanket

❤ Finding the perfect 80’s vintage dress in a charity shop

❤ Watching the Red Arrows display

❤ Sitting on Swanpool beach alone, drinking hot chocolate, listening to music and journalling

❤ Buying stationary for next year

❤ Finding out about Crown and Glory’s “Glitterati” so gonna get in on that for September

❤ Baking vegan brownies

 

Things I love Thursday

1407282973766.2So another awesome week has passed! Let’s crack on with some gratitude-

❤ Silly selfies

❤ The little old woman in M&S today who told me she loves my tattoos

❤ M&S 3 bean wraps

❤ Finally finding the perfect crop top, well two actually!

❤ Skirts with pockets

❤ Drives in Beth’s car raving to music

❤ Pastel coloured everything

❤ Lunch dates with Oli at Swanpool beach cafe

❤ Tickling people

❤ Season 6 of Rupauls Drag Race being on Netflix

❤ DUCKS!

❤ Dancing in the rain (yay, something crossed of my 20 before 20 list)

❤ This song and video-

Cat Themed Etsy Haul

I have another video for you wonderful people! A while back I treated myself to s few cat themed bits and bobs from Etsy and thought I would share Them with you wonderful people!

 

 

Here’s the links to the shops mentioned in the video:

Craft Embroidery

Lolli UK 

I like CATS shop 

I hope you liked this video and if you did make sure to pop over to my Youtube channel and subscribe!

Toddles!

Adventure Time! No… not the show…

At the beginning of last week I went on two little road trips with my friends which is always fun. I am loving having my friends back from uni for the summer. It’s like the old days but even better because we appreciate our time together a lot more.

This post is going to be a bit picture heavy as I dusted off my camera and took it out for a spin during the trips.

On the Monday me, Beth, Emily and Lucinda hopped in the car and trundled off to St Ives. We were going for two main reasons- The Cath Kidston shop and FUDGE! Fudge is a pretty big thing in Cornwall but based on my expansive fudge shop experience St Ives has the most and the best in the county.

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Ootd- Dress- British Red Cross charity shop, Cat necklace- Just Like This, Cat badge- I Like Cats on Etsy, Bracelet- I have no idea (ooops), Sunglasses- A small shop in Falmouth that has sadly now closed however you can find similar online.

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St Ives in an absolutely beautiful little town. I was so upset to see the damage the storms earlier in the year caused it, however it seems to have bounced back pretty well. We sat over on a wall on the beach and nommed delicious ice creams while keeping a constant eye on the mischievous seagulls. St Ives plays host to the most vicious seagulls in the world – trust me. They will have your ice cream in a heartbeat.

10300210_807876795912908_6499514124289397158_n Talking of seagulls check out this shot I caught of one coming in to land. Sometimes I feel like I missed my calling in life and I should have been a wildlife photographer. Although seagulls terrorise me I do think they are incredibly graceful creatures.

We went to the Cath Kidston shop and Emily brought practically everything in site, I lusted over all the pretty dresses in Yumi and we all gazed at the pretty chocolate creations in the chocolate shop. We went to the Arcade and me and Beth had a blast on the dance game and guitar hero while the others played intensely on the 2p game. I brought far too much fudge, especially considering I ate it all when I got home! I was delighted to find a sweet shop that had a pick ‘n’ mix Jelly Belly jelly bean wall! I made a little bag up containing all the pink ones, very yummy indeed. I also brought a tiny little bottle of Cornish scrumpy, mainly because the bottle is cute and small.

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We took some photos in the booth at the arcade as a little throw back to out trip to St Ives last year. The photos on the left were then and the right is now. Still as goofy as ever!

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I love this view, looking out past the harbour towards white sand stretching on for miles, I really am so lucky to live in Cornwall. Also how cute is that little lighthouse?

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Me and Beth just had to take a selfie because that’s just what we do. This really captures the mood of the day though, really fun and free.

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On to our second adventure – the Eden Project. I can pinpoint the last time I went because it was the day after me and Oli got together… three and a half years ago… hmmm. Considering it is an amazing place I don’t know why I haven’t been for so long. Something did draw us in though… the dinosaur exhibition!

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I am a massive fan of dinosaurs. People know that if all else fails then a dinosaur themed present will never fail. I mean I had dinosaur bedding up until I moved to uni. Hell the only reason I don’t still have dinosaur bedding is because the don’t make it to fit a double bed! Anyway, when I found out they were doing a dinosaur thing at Eden I begged Beth to take me. So on the Tuesday me, Beth and my house mate Sonera hopped back in the car and set off. We had a bit of a set back when we hit a traffic jam however we made the best of it by belting out “Let It Go” at the top of our lungs in the car.

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Me and a T Rex, can we just take a moment to appreciate this?! I brought along my toy dinosaur Toby because he wanted to see his ancestors, duh! I have a rather scared look on my face in this photo. This is because A- there were small children everywhere and B- that thing is pretty creepy! It may not look it in this photo but it is massive and the animatronics are really great. Usually you can tell where the sequence loops on things like this, however I couldn’t! It looks and acts so real, even down to freaky blinking eyes. I loved it though, the day would have been amazing even without going around the Biomes.

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After having my first ever green juice (note to self I need a juicer, majorly) we headed to the Mediterranean biome restaurant for a spot of lunch. I had a divine margarita pizza which was made even better due to our friend Patrick joining us and using his staff discount. Then me and Beth went off to explore the biomes while the others went to chill in the sun.

photovisi-download (2)   Again check me with the wildlife photography! I love bees and moths, I am planning on adding them to my sleeve soon. They were really nice and stayed still while I photographed them. As it was a baking hot day anyway, the biomes were absolutely boiling. By the time I came out of the tropical one I looked like I had gone on a mountain hike.

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Looking out over the greenery from the overhead walkway really is spectacular. I love the contrast of the space age hexagonal shapes of the biomes against the natural wonder of the trees. It’s also very surreal when you feel so much like you are outside but you look up and see glass.

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Ootd- Dress- Gentle Fawn, Bag- New Look, Sunglasses- Peacocks

We were so relieved when we finally reached the cooling mist of the waterfall. So lovely and relaxing after the long uphill  trek. After struggling to get a good selfie of both me, Beth and the waterfall a kind woman came up and offered to take a photo of us. Our smiles are most  certainly due to the cool breeze given off by the flowing water.

We ended our day by meeting up with the others for ice cream then heading to the gift shop for a bit of browsing. I got myself some poppy and sesame seed rolls, a little fossil thingy, a fridge magnet with the T Rex on and a awesome succulent called Medusa. I was so ridiculously excited by the fridge magnet as I now have a fridge all of my own (well it’s Oli’s too but…) and in intend on smothering it with magnets!

Well done if you got to the end of this particularly long post! I hope you enjoyed reading about my adventures. I would recommend both popping to St Ives if you ever have the chance and checking out the dinosaur exhibition too! It’s on until the 2nd of September, and if you make your entry payment a gift to the Eden Project you can get a card that allows you to return free for a whole year because hanging out with plants is good for the soul.