The Importance Of Investing Time For Yourself

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Bank Holiday weekend! How are you spending your extra day off from the working week? Bank Holiday's are always the perfect time to treat ourselves with some much needed 'me time' as a reward for all of our hard work. 

If you are a regular reader of mine, then you may have probably noticed that I have recently been on a blogging hiatus. As guilty as I felt about missing upload days, missing the opportunity to post seasonal content; everything had just become a little bit too much and I needed to step back away from it all for a while. You can find out more about my recent break in my last post here. Having time management skills and the ability to balance everything all at once is great. But sometimes you really just need some time away from it all, whether that be an hour, a day, a month, or even more. You just need to invest time for yourself. And here's why...

'Hobbies' and activities which we take up in our spare time are meant to be enjoyable, not stressful. Blogging for me was once a hobby. An output for me to share my thoughts on fashion and beauty with likeminded individuals. But eventually, that stopped. Long story short, I was essentially blogging on 2 additional platforms to Clarke Couture alongside my other work and university studies. Writing just wasn't fun for me anymore. It was tedious and any attempts I made were simply 'dull'. I was too drained to add my personality into my writing anymore. And now I've finished university for the summer, I have too much time on my hands. It's all about finding the balance and I love to keep myself busy but once again, there's a fine line between being 'busy' and being 'overwhelmed' by the amount of work you are taking on. 

Traditionally, Sunday's have always been viewed as a day of rest. But in the modern world, many people are working seven days a week with early starts, some with late finishes and feeling too tired by the end of it all to fit anything into their day. And as exciting as it is to be living in the modern age of technology, it has its drawbacks. 'FOMO' or the 'fear of missing out' plagues us modern millennials with feeling the need to be constantly checking our social media pages due to the fear of missing out on the next celebrity conspiracy theory or juicy piece of Twitter drama. Endlessly scrolling through our feeds both morning and night, we never truly have time for ourselves to just step back away from the world and immerse ourselves in a good book or a pamper session. 

Once a week, find a day to treat yourself as a reward for all of the hard work that you put in. If not for yourself, at least do it for your own sense of sanity. Whether you love flicking through your favourite magazine, browsing through the shops in town, treating yourself to a manicure or going all out with a pamper session at home; face mask, hair mask, bath bomb.. the works! We all deserve a little treat every once in a while. You work hard, you do deserve it. 

There's nothing I love more than an at home pamper session, even if it is just relaxing with a bath bomb for a good half an hour. Cliché but I am an absolute Lushie and for me nothing beats my weekly dose of Oatifix and immersing myself into another world with the Intergalactic bath bomb. Then getting into my cosiest dressing gown with a hot chocolate and flicking through the pages of the latest edition of Elle magazine. Heaven.

What's your favourite way to wind down?
Until next time queens xo

British 'Summertime' Blues

Monday, May 22, 2017

What happened to the sunshine?! This past week in Manchester the weather has been 95% gloomy af with frequent rain showers making it difficult to find the opportunity to shoot some snazzy outfit shots for what is meant to be the 'summer'. Oh how I love British weather. Thankfully the weather Gods spared us from the rain this Sunday meaning I could share with you all this cute little blue number I'm currently loving. Featuring my newest pair of shoes from Zara... how beautiful are they?! 

Outfit details
Jacket - Zara (old - similar below)
Top - Dorothy Perkins (below)
Jeans - George (old - similar below)
Shoes - Zara
Sunglasses - Quay Australia
Bag - Missguided (old - similar below)

This time of year is the most difficult to dress. The days begin cloudy (usually raining) and then by 4pm it has brightened up and the sun is in the sky. This outfit is perfect for those unpredictable weather days. Jeans (black of course because I am so summery) and a leather jacket to keep you warm if it rains, but can easily be switched up with sunnies and look summery with last year's staple bardot tee. Featuring the prettiest tie sleeve detailing. Effortless British summer dressing at its finest. 

As you can probably tell, I live for simple, comfort dressing. But who says simple can't be hella stylish?! Every single pair of new shoes I ever buy ALWAYS cut the back of my ankles to shreds. Even trainers. The struggle is real. And so when I came across this pair in Zara I instantly fell in love. With an open back made for comfortable wearing and the prettiest subtle fringing detail; I just had to have them. 

I spent my Sunday indulging in a lush af pub lunch. Nothing better than that on a Sunday, am I right?! 
What have you been up to this weekend? Share your activities in the comments below!
Until next time, 


Monday, May 15, 2017

My oh my, has it been a looooooong time since I last sat down at my computer and wrote a blog post. 2017 has so far been one of the most hectic years of my life. With university, a job and more recently moving house - This year has been mental to say the least. Blogging has had to take a back seat in my life for quite some time now but as I've now officially finished my university studies for the summer I FINALLY have some free time to kickstart my blog again and I couldn't be happier.

Outfit Details
Top, watch: Topshop (old)
Necklace: Debenhams (old)
Sunglasses: Quay Australia 'My Girl'

I never thought I would say this but there came a time when I actually began to 'hate' blogging. For those of you that don't know I'm a fashion student, fashion promotion to be exact and my coursework this year involved a lot of portfolio showcases and research. Research to be outlined in a blog, every week. Alongside this, I am currently undergoing an internship for The Gypsy Shrine, a promotions internship whereby roles involve writing content for the brand's blog. At first, I thought great. I love writing, I have a blog of my own anyway - Why not take on two more? But when it came to producing content for Clarke Couture, I just couldn't. The motivation and spark I once had for this little space was just suddenly burnt out. All of my time and energy went into both my job and university work that I just simply couldn't even face the idea of producing content for my own blog. And it wasn't just my blog that became affected. It was everything. I've taken the largest step back from social media recently. Last year I felt so consumed with my online image and I was obsessed with having the 'perfect' Instagram theme; guys I downloaded VSCO cam purely for the square gallery feature to organise the order I wanted my next images to be published in. We've all been there, admit it.

But then I attended a blog event. My first blog event, except I didn't attend as a blogger but as a worker for the glitter queens at The Gypsy Shrine. You can read more about the event in my previous blog post here. It was an interesting experience to be on the other side, rather than in the mindset of a blogger. But then I got speaking to the bloggers at the event and hearing their reasons for blogging and seeing that spark and joy they had just from simply speaking about their blogs, it was that same and spark and joy I used to gain from taking part in weekly blog chats on Twitter, and I suddenly felt re-inspired to relaunch my blog once again. 

So here I am, giving this whole blogging thing another go. I've wrote a complete plan of potential post ideas right through until July and I am beyond excited to share them with you all!! As Clarke Couture will be turning 3 this summer I can't wait to hopefully create some highlights to look back on over the next coming months. 

Have you ever struggled with finding the motivation to blog? How did you become inspired again? Share your tips in the comments below!
Until next time,

On The Gram

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