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!

 

 

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Life through a lens

I was on my old photography Tumblr page the other day, looking for one of my old self portraits (featured in my previous post) and I realised how much I miss taking photos on an actual camera. I take a tonne of photos on my phone and share them with friends through Instragram almost daily. However there’s something so special about picking up my DSLR and heading out with purpose or sometimes without, just having my camera on me encourages me to capture the beauty around me. Over the summer I plan on dusting of my baby and going for lots of lovely long photography walks.

I thought I would share some of my old photos from the blog with you, lemme know what you think!

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Taken whilst on holiday with my Dad in Kent. This flower was flowing peacefully at the edge of a pond.

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Georgia Train from Bitter Ruin. They were supporting Amanda Palmer at a gig in London at Heaven. I spoke to Georgia after the show, she said she liked my hair. This gig was a crazy experience, I went spur of the minute with my friend. It was at a gay bar in the middle of London and we were only 16! So glad we went though!

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Space Snail! That is all.

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My friend Sam by Swanpool lake. I love it here, so beautiful and peaceful. Swans and ducks often congregate here, I love going down and feeding them. Soon I will be living near this lake and plan to jog around it as much as possible so expect more pictures like this!

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My best friend Taylor posing for a photography project. The shoot was meant to be inspired by Kate Bush’s video for Wuthering Heights, so we naturally spent most of the time dancing around singing and scaring off dog walkers.

tumblr_m7elws5d3e1ruwvago1_1280Taken in Paris on an art and photography trip. We were just outside the Louvre and I was so impressed with the architecture. I didn’t actually mean to get the biker in the picture, he kinda swooped in out of nowhere. It clearly was meant to be though as he makes the picture.

tumblr_m7em59zUmR1ruwvago1_r1_500  Another image from Paris (obviously!). We were hanging out on the lawn by the Eiffel Tower and it had just stopped raining. We weren’t originally going to stop there at all but we saw it from a distance and convinced the teachers to let us go. We had a hilarious time trying to get there though through all these back streets.

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This one is from a shoot I did using the clothes from the shop I used to work at. This is outside the National Maritime Museum just by the shop which is right next to the marina and is almost always windy as hell! I would always look great before work until I turned into the square and boom, hair is a mess and my skirt is doing a Monroe! Anyway the wind worked to my advantage for this shot giving it a real dynamic edge. My friend Shanice kindly braved the winds to make this possible.

I hope you like what you saw!

Here’s a link to my old photography Tumblr blog- http://pictureperfectmind.tumblr.com/

Hopefully this post will inspire me, and maybe even you to pick up you camera and go for an artistic walk.

I would love to know what you think of my photos, feel free to drop a comment.

Toodles! x

 

 

Let the good times roll

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Thought I would share a collage with you. I was chilling out with my love the other day when suddenly I had this massive urge to collage. I grabbed an old copy of Company magazine and away I went!

I first found the piece of text saying “let the good times roll” then went from there. I had so much fun doing it I’m all ready wanting to create more.

My journal is slowly becoming a radical self love bible, I really must sign up to Gala Darlings course soon.

I hope you like my collage, there will be more in the future. Why not put some old magazines to use and get crafty too?