Sunday, 25 February 2018

Lessons in being yourself

Who are you? I mean really. I feel like that question is posed to me almost daily, though not in as many words - hence the lack of quotation marks.Instead, it's the way life presents itself, and in the you react to it. In those small moments, often tiny intracies which are between the lines of our existence does the way we really are become exposed.

These things, of course, are nearly impossible to change, often only visible in sparks of emotion which are instant and finite; which, whilst slightly worrying, is quite comforting. We're constantly told to be ourselves, that the only people worth knowing would be the ones who love us the way we are.

So why is it that I try so hard to please everyone I meet?

Whether it's at work, waiting for the bus or hastily vacating a booked train seat following apprehensive glares, I am desperate for people to like me. Something which I know, of course, is an impossible task, not to mention exhausting. Going beyond the regular 'just trying to be a genuinely nice person' to 'shit, did my smile look fake when I passed them in the corridor? Must talk to them at lunch to make sure we're ok'

So how do we become comfortable in ourselves? Is it purely based on what everyone else thinks?
For me, no. I think once you stop doubting yourself so much and start to trust the choices you make, you can begin to really be yourself. Whilst I'm lucky enough to be at that stage with the people closest to me, I need to understand that to reaching that point with everyone would be an impossible task. And one that I don't need to undertake.

I really need to take a lesson from the Georgia in the photos above. Effortless, carefree and not feeling like I need to be someone I'm not. Something which is harder than we'd like to think.

Photos c/o the amazing


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Back to basics

top - Primark
dress - Shein
boots - Primark
bag - Gamiss

co-ord - Shein
trainers - K Swiss

 dress - Shein
boots - Primark
bag- New Look

This post is an ode to basics, namely from Shein.

You know the ones.
The go to black t shirt, the jeans that fit oh so well or the jacket that goes with eveeeeerything.

Try as I might to veer off the beaten track when it comes to wardrobe choices, I tend to stick with the familiar; the ones that are easy to wear and require minimal effort. In other words, the one's you've worn time and time again without being let down by a slipping strap or digging waistband.

Would you go back to basics?


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