Saturday, 3 February 2018

A FEW STEPS AWAY FROM HAPPINESS


Lately, I've not been feeling 100% myself if I'm honest. My emotions have been a little all over the place and I've just not felt quite right. If you're new around here, you won't know that I moved to a different city last September for University and at times, it's been rather challenging. I am really happy here, don't get me wrong! I love my course and I've made some great friends but I occasionally go through phases of feeling quite down and lonely here, like I have nobody to talk to and right now I'm having one of those phases. 

Today I wanted to share with you all a few things I do in order to get out of this mind set and help myself focus on the positives. 

1. Talk to someone. It's always good to have a chat and get any worries off your chest. I like to FaceTime or speak to my mum every day which definitely helps to cheer me up if I'm feeling a bit rubbish. I also speak to my sister regularly which always lifts my mood. I push myself to seek someone to talk to if I'm feeling low, whether that be my flat mate Erin or my course mate, Sam. When I first moved to Southampton, I got into an awful habit of shutting myself away and spending a lot of time on my own if I felt sad...but now I know that's the worst thing for me. It's okay to go and talk to a friend and nine times out of ten, it lifts my spirit and helps me clear up any worries I have. 

2. Organise something fun! My first port of call is usually to see if my flat mates want to go out for a couple of drinks. Although alcohol is a depressant and of should by no means be used as a coping mechanism, it is something to do and get's me out and into a social atmosphere. Also, it's nice sometimes to go into town and grab a coffee with a friend or even just have a wonder around town (I'm doing this today with Erin, which will be fun). You could also organise a trip to the cinema, or the beach, whatever you fancy!

3. Focus on something you enjoy. I recently joined a new gym and challenge myself to go at least two or three times a week. I've also been attending some of their free classes which definitely helps to motivate me. Although it always seems like a huge effort to go to the gym, it makes me feel so incredibly happy and the buzz is great. I want to stay focused on this because it's fun, great for my health and also good for a bit of body confidence. 

All in all, when I'm feeling a bit down I try not to dwell on it. We're allowed to feel rubbish sometimes...it's normal. I had a long overdue cry yesterday and I genuinely felt a lot happier afterwards. Sometimes, you've just got to listen to your body and do what it wants. Stay focused on something you enjoy and take each day as it comes!

Leave a comment down below if you have any tips or let me know what you like to do to stay happy and change your mind set from negative to positive.

Emily Rose



Saturday, 27 January 2018

I'M MAKING SOME CHANGES


NOT MY IMAGE

I've eaten a vegetarian diet for the last eight or nine years of my life, and I feel like I'm ready to push myself to the next step, take it even further and try a vegan/ plant based diet. I originally became vegetarian because of multiple reasons. I never really enjoyed eating meat due to the taste and I also hated the thought of slaughtering an animal for food. I've always been such a lover of ALL animals and I always will be, so the thought of eating them when there are so many other delicious foods out there is absolutely beyond me. My reasoning for wanting to try a vegan diet is slightly different. The more I've researched into how much the meat and dairy industry is impacting our planet terrifies me so I've been trying to be a lot more conscious of how I'm living. Over the last few months I've taken a keen interest in the vegan diet and forever find myself watching vegan related YouTube videos and I've also bought a lot of recipe books to help inspire me! I was going to join in with 'Veganuary', however I was still living at home for the first few weeks of the month which isn't ideal. So I decided I would do 'vegan February' instead and see how I get on. This probably won't be a permanent thing, but I'll see how things go! 

I'm going to document a lot during the month of February so that I can let anyone who is interested know how easy or difficult I found it, and what struggles I face. There will be blogposts and videos on my channel all about the month and how I found it. 

I must say, I thought I would be slightly worried about consuming a plant based diet but I'm itching to get started and try lots of new, yummy foods that I wouldn't usually eat. I think a vegan diet will force me to be a lot more adventurous with my food alongside educating me about nutrition. I don't see it as restriction, I see it as room for adventure. 

I'm not writing this post to force ideas and opinions on anybody; I don't ever want to be that person. However, I do think it's important to be ignorant about what the meat and dairy industry is doing to our planet. Even if you're happy eating meat and intend on continuing your current diet, I think it's super important that you at least educate yourself and know what impact it really is having. 

For every 1KG of fish caught, up to 5KG of unintended marine animals are also caught and discarded. This includes dolphins, sharks and turtles. 

Cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people, more than the entire human population. If we ate the grain ourselves instead of feeding it through animals, there would be more than enough to end world hunger!

Animal agriculture is responsible for almost 91% of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. 

So there you have it, a little update and a bit of food for thought perhaps? I strongly suggest heading over to the PETA website next and just have a little read. Educate yourself and don't be ignorant towards the meat and dairy industry.

Leave me a comment down below if you have any vegan recipes for me to try! I'll speak to you all soon.

Emily Rose x






Friday, 5 January 2018

Hello 2018

It's been a very long time since I've posted anything on here and for that, I apologise. I lost all sense of creativity and didn't want to create blog post's for the sake of it, because I'd promised it. So I took a well needed break, and now I'm back in a very different head space with a different vision for this blog. 

I'm not going to make any promises. I want this blog to be a space where I can come when I want to get creative or get anything off my chest. I'm not going to force ideas and content just because I feel as though that's the right thing to do. I want this to all be very natural, and real. So I thought I'd start this new idea of mine with a post all about 2017 and how my mind set is different heading into this fresh, new year...2018. 

I would have probably created a collage with many more photos of the year but unfortunately my phone broke at the end of the year and I managed to loose all of my photos, so here are a few meaningful ones from my Instagram. 



I won't ramble on about everything that happened in 2017 because let's face it...nobody is going to read that, however there are a few important things I should address. 2017 taught me a lot, about other people and myself. I discovered I was capable of so much more than I ever thought and I have a few people to thank for that...my Mum, Dad and sister and of course my beautiful friend Erin, who I haven't known for long but she's honestly my rock. 

For me, 2017 was a year of heartbreak, adventure and new beginnings. I didn't start the year in a great way...everything in my life was a bit all over the place and I didn't feel settled or satisfied. I then found myself in a new job (working at Topshop) which filled a gap, but not quite the right one. I met a lot of great people working there but it didn't make me feel happy. It was just a way of earning a bit of extra money. I decided that enough was enough and I pulled my moping, heartbroken self up off the floor and applied for University. I worked hard and fought for a place on the course of dreams and next thing I knew...I had an unconditional offer! This gave me something to focus on, something to look forward to. 

Summer came around and I found myself (sort of) back at square one. I allowed the person who broke my heart back into my life which was probably a big mistake...but we all make them, and it was my mistake to make. I travelled. I visited Marbella with my sister which to this day was possibly my favourite holiday ever. We sunbathed by the pool day in, day out, sipping cocktails and soaking up the sun. It was a dream. A beautiful place with even more beautiful company, and I'd do anything to go back there again. I was then lucky enough to go on a second summer holiday...this time to Menorca with my boyfriend (at the time).  The holiday was lovely and one I'll always remember. At one point, it made me sad to think about, but not anymore. I'm now in a place where I can reminisce about those memories and just simply feel happy...no more sadness.  

September rolled up pretty quick after my summer (or so it seemed), and the month I'd been waiting for had finally arrived. I packed up my room, said goodbye to my family and moved my little life up to Southampton, and started University. I quickly became friends with my flat mate...Erin. My best friend, my rock, my world. I didn't find University all that easy to start with. I put on a brave face and tried to embrace it as best as I could. After all, freshers week was supposed to be the 'best week of my life', right?  So I tried to believe that and make it happen. It was fun, don't get me wrong, and I made some amazing memories in my first few weeks at Uni, however it was also really really tough. I went through (shock) another heartbreak, by the same guy and I knew that this had to be the last time. It was hard being upset at uni, away from family and friends...the people I would usually talk to about these things. Luckily, I had Erin. The amount of times she saw me cry in the first few weeks of our friendship must be ridiculous, but I was so thankful to have her in my life and she helped me through it! Ever since, University has been incredible. My course is fantastic, I've made a lot of new, great friends and living in a new city and moving away from everything has been the best decision I've ever made! I decided nothing was going to get in the way of making the most out of my uni experience. I've had so much fun and made so many memories in Southampton already and I cannot wait to see what else is in store. I've become a lot more independent and I feel as though I'm finally taking charge of my life and living my teenage years as I should be!

Places I visited in 2017 : Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Cornwall, Leicester, London, Marbella, Menorca and of course, Southampton...my new hometown. 

Songs that remind me of 2017 : Talk too much by COIN, Never letting go by Zac Samuel, You by BLOXX, Sink or swim by Lewis Watson, 26 by Paramore, Tyrant by Jorja Smith, Rum rage by Sticky Fingers, Cherry wine by Hozier, Coming over by James Hersey, Young by The Chainsmokers and Addicted by The Night Cafe. 

All in all 2017 was a year full of up's and down's (as most years are), and I learnt a lot about my strength as a person and I am ever so excited to see where 2018 takes me. 

Emily Rose x

Saturday, 27 May 2017

LOOKBOOK | MARBELLA OUTFITS

Long time, no speak! Hey everyone. I'm so sorry for my lack of post's recently, I've been super busy with several different things and just haven't had the time to write any posts.

When I was away on holiday in Marbella, my sister kindly took some outfit photos for me each evening and I thought I would pop them into a post and share them with you all. 

Outfit 1

Top - Urban Outfitters
Trousers - MissSelfridge
Shoes - Zara
Sunglasses - Ray Ban


Outfit 2 

Top - Urban Outfitters
Trousers - ASOS
Shoes - Zara


Outfit 3 

Top - Zara
Trousers - Topshop
LV Scarf
Shoes - Zara


Outfit 4 

Jumpsuit - MissGuided
Shoes - Reebok Classics



Outfit 5 

Top - H&M
Trousers - MissSelfridge
Shoes - Zara


Emily Rose