How To Deal With Ageing & The Expectations That Come With It


As a few of you might know, it was my birthday in June. Whilst it wasn’t one that’d be classified as ‘major’ (I turned 26, FYI) it meant that I’ve now reached the age at which I’d always imagined I’d be a married homeowner with a baby on the way. Despite these dreams being those of a much, much younger me I’d always imagined twenty-six to be the age at which I have my shit together. This is absolutely not the case and my existential crisis is as true and as major as ever.

Whilst my friends and I all worked hard at school, went to good universities and passed with mostly 2:1’s there’s such a dramatic divide between where we’re all at both financially and emotionally. Although this is pretty normal and almost rather expected, every single year that goes by increases my surprise and shock at pregnancies, engagements and divorces of past school/university friends. It’s that awkward moment when you feel oh so not ready for any of those things whist also feeling the pressure to conform to all the societal norms. Which slowly but surely seemingly loom around everything.

So as my birthday approached this year I felt more and more conscious of what (younger me) I had presumed I would have achieved by now and the vastly contrasting reality of where I’m really at. So, while most people tend to look forward to their birthday and eagerly anticipate the date weeks in advance, this year mine rather loomed over me as a reminder that I’m not a homeowner. 

I tried to go along with the excitement of it and booked a holiday with my boyfriend and family on a dreamy hot island in an attempt to embrace the age and pre-empt my inevitable tidal wave of melancholy. It was all going to plan until my younger brother was taken ill (thankfully very briefly) and a whole new level of perspective was given.

As I told myself over and over when friends of friends tragically died too young age is a privilege not afforded to many and although I don't own a house, am yet to sign any form of permanent job contract and have failed to purchase any form of designer bag it's not the be or end all.

I read a really excellent quote this week that encapsulated all my anxiety towards ageing and the expectations that come with it so perfectly. 

So, don't worry. Or at least take a deep breath and remember you're not in this alone. Everyone gets overwhelmed by pressures and expectations, try to be kinder to yourself and know that you're very much going at the right pace for you. 

Try to handle your expectations. It honestly takes me a little while to work out whether I'm actually happy about something or if I just simply like the idea of it and then, whether being happy ALLLL the time is even happiness. It's all so painfully subjective. 

Whatever you do for your birthday be selfless and make it about you. Whether that's treating yourself to a pedicure or yoga class in the morning, prioritise the things you love. So whether you're feeling it or not your birthday will be a little of what you wanted and all the more rosy because of it.

But what I have learnt, amongst this jumble of thoughts is that ultimately, birthday blues are manageable - it's your party you can cry if you want to. I absolutely have and inevitably probably will do when 28 comes around too. 

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The Best Summer Read's Of 2017:



2017 has been yet another great year for really great books.

I don't know whether my recent inability to read a single book apart from when I'm away on holiday which has made me appreciate a really great one all the more.

Whilst its hard to define what makes a great summer read a great summer read, holidays provide the perfect excuse to get into a good one and quickly forget a bad one. Whether it's a real-life thriller, gritty crime story, or heartbreaking novella that'll have us sobbing into our sunbed. Holidays give you a guilt-free window to read and read, soaking up plots as quickly as you soak up the sun.

So whether you're moved by memoirs or captivated by cutesy reads there's something for everyone...


The Girls, Emma Cline

An evocative and thought provoking read. I could not put this one down. Cline's debut novel came out last year but reallly picked up the heat this summer. With the focus upon a teenage girl who joins a dangerous commune in late-60s California. Inspired by the Charles Manson affair, it's so hard not to review these without giving too much away so all I'll say is go buy it now.


What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories, Laura Shapiro

Literally feed your mind with this witty memoir. Detailing everything from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's love of bread-and-butter sandwiches to Eva Braun's last supper this love story about fitness, dieting and body images also gives a whole new perspective on social history.


The Goddesses, Swan Huntley 

For thrill-seeker's this haunting story is ALL about betrayal and forgiveness. Telling the tale of a woman who moves to Hawaii with her family only to find herself getting a little too close to her yoga teacher and then irrevocably wrapped up in a dangerous friendship.

Yes Please, Amy Poehler

I re-read this again this summer. I bloody love Amy Poehler and when I first read her memoir it spoke to me and really helped me gain a fresher perspective on things I was going through at the time. It was so great that I often quote it (and her) to pals who encounter the same things. There's a whole Pinterest board dedicated to her sassy and inspiring quotes... 100% worth picking up again.



Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney

Sharp and intelligent this novel on friendship, lust and jealously covers the unexpected complications of adulthood. A really brilliant observation of human frailty it's hard not to identify with Frances.

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Levy's follow-up to her Booker-shortlisted Swimming Home is a clever tale of duty, obsession and identity. Following a mother and daughter who embark upon a journey in search of a medical cure for the Mum's paralysis in a Spanish village. With almost expectant twists and tales its a realllll page turner.


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15 Maxi Dresses Under £100:


Maxi Dress, Boohoo (I didn't realise this was maternity when I purchased it - oops!)


So, let's chat maxi's. If there's one (workwear appropriate) garment that's help you take on the rising temperatures it's the maxi dress and goodness me we need it. 

This week has been absolutely mental. The weather is literally like nothing I've ever, ever experienced before. Especially in London travelling on the tube has been utterly gross. A gross sweaty mess would even be an understatement.

An effortless staple the maxi dress is super versatile and can be whatever you'd like it to be. You can go classic or all-out bold. From colourful striped styles to off-the-shoulder options there's everything you could ever want. I'm personally loving the delicate embroidered styles and think this M&S dress is the absolute dream. 

A go-to for every summer event and party from formal occasions to beach bbqs I've compiled a little edit of 15 of my favourites from my go-to high street stores:

Topshop


River Island

Asos

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6 Things To Do Before A Holiday:


So, as ever, I've left it a little late and am two sleeps away from going on a little trip to Marseille with Roxy and then immediately heading away on my own summer hols.

To say I have major pre-holiday anxiety would be such an understatement I can't even tell you. Last night I tried on (yes, in this absurd heat!) every single thing I'd optimistically purchased over the last few months ahead of both and was left feeling beyond flobby and wholly unprepared. So, I thought I'd pop together a little list on her, almost as a reminder to myself, of all the things I cannot and must not forget to do/pack/prepare.

For those of you who, like me, are rather leave-everything-until-the-last-minute-and-then-panic packers..,

1, TRY YOUR HOLIDAY CLOTHES ON BEFORE YOU PACK THEM
This sounds pretty basic and rather obvious but changing rooms, the awful lighting and the huge queues that precede them are hideous and as such, I never ever try anything on in-store. This has long been my go-to and often failsafe option. But 90% of the pieces I tried on yesterday were bloody awful on me I now have no option but to brave Oxford Street in 30+ degree heat to return and exchange things. Yuppp I've learnt my lesson.

2, MAKE A LIST & CHECK IT TWICE
So once you've tried on your holiday clothes and made sure all your old favourites are freshly washed and good to go. Go old school and make a little list of key essentials that you know you couldn't make it through the week without. I generally tend to forget either my pjs or a toothbrush, both of which can easily be replaced. However, things like your beloved sunnies, the book you were desperate to read and  always prove to be a little difficult.

3, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HAND LUGGAGE
Whilst my pre-holiday organisation is pretty poor one thing I'm blooming proud of is my ability to pack a pretty solid hand luggage bag. I honestly thing they're more important than your hold luggage. There's nothing quite as lovely as having your chewing gum, fave pair of fluffy socks and sheet mask to hand. I don't get on a flight without a see-through handy pouch with lip balm, hand cream and a roll-on fragrance.

4, THE BORING BUT ESSENTIAL BITS
Your passport goes without saying but visa's and travel insurance (more below...) are absolute must-haves. SD cards, waterproof phone cases, CURRENCY - so, so important! Camera's, chargers, laptops. Any prescribed mediation, antihistamines, bite-creams and paracetamol. Also, always take a few plasters as you just know you'll be caught out by your new sandals.

5, BEAUTY PREP
Sometimes life just gets in the way and the mani-pedi you planned on getting just doesn't happen. Try not to stress over it and don't panic as you can always rely on the Boots at your airport for a nail file, polish or two and a last resort new-razor.

6, INVEST IN GOOD COVER
If you're lucky enough to travel quite often investing in something like annual travel insurance is a great idea, some options are only £20/5 per year and if you ever needed to use it it'd be worth every penny.

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The Best Wedding Guest Dresses Under £200

Berkley Floral Midi Dress, Finery London; Bag, Me & Em; Shoes, Marks & Spencer

Wedding season is officially on us and next weekend I'll be attending my first wedding of the year! I always get quite overwhelmed with the idea of finding the perfect dress to wear to a summer wedding and thought I'd share an edit of the best styles I found on my search...

If you dare to bare this summer do so with a pastel or printed dress, balancing out the shoulder-showing style by opting for a midi or maxi length. The off-the-shoulder trend is hugee, yet again, this summer and I'd recommend embracing it wholeheartedly. Whilst a classic lace style always makes for a timeless choice. Make a sweet, but subtle statement in a pastel lace style - simply pair with tonal accessories and loose curls and your good to go!

Maxi Dresses

Lace Dresses

Floral Dresses
Button Bardot Dress, Flynn Skye; Lotus Floral Dress; Finery; Garden Floral Wrap Dress; Topshop; Floral Dress, Asos; Floral Maxi, Finery London

Wrap Around Shoes
Marrakech Block Heel, Topshop; Floral Sandals, Zara;  Mayfair Tie-Up Heels, Kurt Geiger London; Jostle Heels and Real Frill Sandals, both Topshop 


Clutches


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55 Summer Buys Under £55:


Jeans, Marks & Spencer; Bag, Me & Em; Shoes, Office

So, one of the lovely perks of my little job is getting to spend a little bit of time each day or so looking for the hottest pieces on the high street. I've spent quite a lot of time doing it today and thought I'd give you guys a little round up of the best bits I've seen... From H&M's dreamy earrings to Boden's swimsuits and Mango's statement tee's I've put together a lovely little edit of 55 pieces under £55 to get you summer ready - whether you're heading off on your hols home or away!

Shop, enjoy! And, let me know if you've purchased any key pieces that I'm missing...

Floral Shirt, Mango; Pink Mules, Topshop; Bikini Top and Bottoms, Next; Embroidered Bardot Top, Marks & Spencer; Earrings, H&M; Straw Bag, Gap; Embroidered Pearl Skirt, New Look; Dress, Marks & Spencer; Sisterhood Jumper, New Look; Espadrilles, Boden

Tie Front Dress, New Look; Palm Beach Tee, Mango; Ruffle Top, H&M; Embroidered Tunic Dress and Floral Skirt, both Marks & Spencer; Sun Hat, Boden; Striped Wrap Midi Skirt, Topshop; Woven Bag, White Stuff; Swimsuit, Boden; Sandals, Next

Wrap Around Top, Zara; Eh Oui Top, Whistles; Straw Hat, Ruffle Sandals and Blue Floral Dress all Marks & Spencer; Niki Bag, Oliver Bonas; Floral Dress, Mango; Denim Skirt, Topshop; Flute Sleeve Jumper, French Connection; Crab Bag, Zara

Yolander Embroidered Top, Joules; Shorts, Monki; Mules, Mango; Playsuit, Topshop; Swimsuit, New Look; Earrings, Marks & Spencer; Bikini Top and Bottoms, Joules; Skirt, H&M; Top, Warehouse; Floral Top, Joules
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The Best Gingham Skirts Under £40

Jumper, Boden; Skirt, Urban Outfitters; Shoes, Next; Bag, Lulu Guinness

Gingham skirts have quickly become my go-to. Such an easy alternative to your everyday options a gingham style not only taps into one of the summers most popular trends.

Opt for styles with either an asymmetric hem or ruffled detailing to make a real statement, simply add a simple knit or tee to go from day-to-night with ease. Fresh, fun and a little flirty.

Here are 10 of the best on the high-street and the best bit is that they're all under £40!!


Best Gingham Mini Skirts:
Black Fill Mini, New Look; Gingham Wrap Around Skirt, Topshop; Asymmetric Frill Skirt, Urban Outfitters; Gingham Ruffle Skirt, Urban Outfitters; Ruffle Wrap Skirt, New Look

Best Gingham Maxi Skirts:
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The Shacket:

Shacket, Tee and Clutch all Mango

Say hello to the shacket. As those of you who've been following my blog and/or my YouTube channel for a while will know I have a jacket obsession. I even filmed a video solely dedicate to my coat collection. So it should come as absolutely no surprise that when a slightly new style comes out I'm very keen to try it out (and almost inevitably end up purchasing two or three...). Right now it's the shacket. 

A shirt/jacket hybrid the shacket is the ultimate item for these weird few weeks/months where the weather's so undecided on what it's doing that a coat seems too heavy but leaving the house without some form of jacket is just too irresponsible. This is what's oh-so-great about the shacket you can throw it over literally everything from tees to camis and it's been so useful for weekends and after work drinks.

This forrest green Mango shacket was my first ever foray into the shacket world and its totally converted me. With a cute embellished detailing on the pocket and 3/4 fluted sleeves it ticks all of my boxes. There are some great options on the high street at the mo and I thought I'd share a little edit of a few that have caught my eye and are currently in my shopping baskets patiently waiting until payday.

Whether suede, denim or khaki there's something for everyone...

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The 25 Gingham Pieces To Shop RN:



It should come as no surprise that trusty Toppers would take each of SS17's most popular trends and combine them into one to create this dreamy must-have top. You'll have probably seen it alllll over instagram already it's the sweetest. Gingham ✔️ Ruffles ✔️ Asymmetric ✔️ I'm obsessed.

You know me, I love a little monochrome and surprisingly my newest obsession isn't a failsafe stripe but rather a paired back update on a previously twee picnic check. Up to last summer I wasn't really into gingham as it was always on more vintage or super girly pieces that weren't really my vibe. So when more classic cuts and trend-led pieces started to come through I got really excited and then, inevitably oh so into it.

The paired back vibes of the new-in pieces, especially the ruffled skirt - but more on that one another day - are so up my street. I wore this tee tucked into my favourite Marks & Spencer jeans for dinner over the weekend. 

Shop my edit of the best gingham pieces in-store right now below…

Gingham Trousers

Gingham Swimwear

Gingham Jumpsuits

Gingham Tops

Gingham Dresses 






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Top 5 Jumpsuits For Summer:

Jumpsuit, Monki; Mules, Marks and Spencer; Cross Body Bag, Marks & Spencer

So, despite what you might have seen on both here and my instagram (I'm @SarahRoseGoes if you're not already following me) I've been making a conscious effort to wear something other than jeans. I don't know when it happened but I suddenly changed from being a skirts and dresses girl to a jeans and a tee (and at the moment, a knit, a coat and a trench) kinda girl.

Since the weather's slowly, but surely improving it's becoming that little bit easier to opt for something other than my go-to M&S jeans and roster of tees. But, regardless of the weather and it's indecisive and unpredictable nature a jumpsuit can really get you through the day, from desk-to-dinner working with everything from sandals to mules and ankle boots. And, the best bit is there are so, so many gooduns that you can shop rn.

Topping my edit of the best jumpsuits available this spring are

1, Florals

2, Bardot / Strapless

3, Denim

4, Striped 

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9 Of The Best Straw Bags You Need This Summer:


Shirt, Boohoo; Jeans, Topshop; Mules, New look; Woven Tote, Gap

It's official I am straw bag obsessed. Whether it's a wicker or woven style I'm sold. I am so into them, not only do they make a very everyday outfit feel that little more summery, which is so needed - especially given the rainy and grey summer we've had so far!

A weekend and vacation staple – whether you’re shopping in the city or sunbathing on the beach, a statement straw bag is a must.

Tote yours to a pool party, barbecue or even work through your holiday blues by carrying yours into the office – when the sun’s out everything’s possible. If you’re feeling bold look to ASOS and Sensi Studio’s playful options – all of which are spacious enough to double as an over-night bag.

Whilst I first fell in love with Nannacay's beyond cute styles back in December (their woven 'hello' bag and wicker pom pom styles are unsurprisingly two of my faves from their summer collection) I'm really thankful that the lovely high street has followed suit with some bloody great purse friendly options, so you don't feel too guilty buying a wicker and straw option to tote about on your summer holidays.

I’ve compiled an edit of the best holiday bags which have summer written (quite literally in some cases) all over them! Available in all shapes and styles, these these playful styles are perfect for packing in all your essentials: roomy enough to fit your beach towel, magazine and sunblock while abroad, or iPad, jacket and umbrella when at home.

Shop my favourites below…

Clockwise from top left: Seashell Straw Bag, Hat Attack; Donna Beach Bag, Boden; Straw Bag with Pom Pom Detail, Glamorous; Straw Cross Body Bag with Tassels and Pom Poms, Glamorous; Straw Clutch, H&M; Honey Summer Tassel Bag, White Stuff; Beach Tote Bag, Zara; Straw Beach Pom Pom Bag, Pitusa 
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Feeling Inadequate?


In all honesty I feel utterly inadequate at least twice a week. Tending to flitter between feeling either personally inadequate, professionally inadequate or physically inadequate. I worry a lot (as you can probably tell...) and over questioning and over analysing things all the time certainly doesn't help.

So when I sat down to film a little haul a couple of months ago and just didn't feel quite up to it I thought I'd just have a little chat about my insecurities and my hang ups instead. It ended up being quite a ramble and it look so so so so long to edit it down into something that sort-of made sense. I was almost finished with it and unsure what to do when it was completed when I was reminded that this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. I'm so passionate about mental health and promoting awareness of and conversations around it that I thought it would be quite selfish not to post it. If it resonates with one of you then it will 100% be worth the hours and hours of editing.

This is something totally different to anything I've ever filmed before so do bear with me...

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13 Of The Best Spring Shoes:


As you might have already guessed from my earlier post, wholly dedicated to slingbacks, I love a good shoe. Spring shoes are my favourites. Flats in particular and thankfully due to the continued catwalk trends of low-heeled styles - including the cute and very retro 80s inspired kitten heel mean that fail safe flats are here to stay.

There are so so so many great styles on the high street, I have a tonne in various saved baskets and I've bought a few pairs (or so...) over the last few weeks. Despite absolutely not having the money for them there's something quite nice (and almost equally slightly agonising about having a pair of spring shoes ready for when a lovely sunny spring day comes along. Plotting and planning outfits to wear with them and occasions too wear them to.

So here's my little spring shoe edit.
11 pairs of the best go-to styles that'll see you all the way through the summer. Whether you love a classic pastel mule - or a chic pointed mule (Toppers have typically got the dreamiest pairs) - the spring shoe comes in endless forms from cute crossover sandals and colour pop kitten heels to espadrilles there's something for everyone...


Clockwise from top left: Fran Crossover Sandals, Topshop; Red Lips Espadrilles, Sonia Rykiel at Zalando; Mayfair Tie Up Sandal, Kurt Geiger; Tassel Pointed Pumps, La Redoute; Floral Embroidered Gingham Mules, New Look; Floral Embroidered Block Heel Sandals, Marks & Spencer; Kara Pointed Bow Pumps, Topshop; Pearl Strappy Sandals, Zara; Khaki Mules, New Look; Palm Leaf Mules, Urban Outfitters; Jackie V-Cut Kitten Heels, Topshop; Mosco Mules, Dune
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5 Things Instagram Made Me Buy:


Goodness me, when I started to think of the things that instagram has made me buy I was actually pretty surprised as I've (unsurprisingly) been inspired to shop on far too many occasions by the people and pieces that pop up in my feed.

I don't know about you but I doesn't take much to get me shopping. Whilst studying at university I maxed out my overdrafts and made full use of my loans in the worst way. Purchasing everything from the original Naked palette (that every blogger just had to have), to a Clarisonic Mia just because. Thankfully I'm a little more savvy and my sprees have been majorly curved but that hasn't stopped me wishing after 78% of the pieces that I scroll past on instagram.

Whether it's the perfect Panama hat or the pair of Gucci loafers I dream of nightly Instagram is a fresh place for outfit inspo and tried and tested beauty hacks. Here are five of the favourite things that instagram made me buy...

1, H&M's Moss Knit Blanket

This blanket buy was a super quick one for me. I'd spotted it on four or five instagram accounts over one weekend and popped instore over lunch the following Monday to buy one for myself. Its literally everything I could ever want in a blanket: it's grey ✔ it's super cosy ✔ it's textured ✔ it has tassels ✔ and it's oh-so instagrammable ✔✔✔

It's now available in light beigenatural white and millennial pink. I'd snap up one of each colourway in an instant if I was lucky enough to own my own home.

2, A Straw Hat

So, I have a little confession... I'm never not looking for the perfect hat. My quest for 'the' straw hat is so resolute that I welcome double negatives in abundance. I scour the high street each summer as well as every little shop I see when I'm away on my summer break but I never ever, ever manage to find the one. So whilst I see at least three straw hats a day (during the spring and summer months) on isntagram that appear to be the one they always look a little different IRL. I've purchased at least 7 straw hats simply off how great the gals I see in theirs look.

3, That M&S Jumper

Oh you know the one. Whether you opted for the pink or grey fluted sleeved style it was undoubtedly one of the most popular knits of the winter. I held off from purchasing it for a little bit as I was reluctant to own something every other person I knew also owned but after seeing a lone pink style in store whilst out on appointments I concluded that it'd be rude not to join in.

4, A Diptiyque Fragrance

Possibly the most innocuous and covetable brand on instagram, a harmless Diptyque candle or fragrance is sure to get alllll the likes each and every time. This little gem was so delish I picked up two as, during the long and miserable winter, nothing got me out of bed and set my head straight for the day quite like it. Anything Dipttque also makes for a dreamy flatlay.

5, Topshop's Red 'Maggie' Boots 

As those of you who've been reading my blog or following my instagram (I'm @SarahRoseGoes if you're not already following me) will know, I have a major thing for ankle boots. So it should come at no surprise that Topshop's Maggie boots very quickly became my new favourite thing. Whilst I immediately purchased the Maggie in blush pink, I was unusually cautious about splashing my cash on the insta-friendly pillar box red pair. I worried that I just wouldn't get enough wear out of them, but after seeing 101 ways to wear them on insta I added them straight into my basket and promptly checked out.

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7 Slingbacks To Get You Through Spring:



Slingbacks are my ultimate summer shoe. I became a fast fan of the pointed style last spring after picking up a pair (similar to these) in an Office mid-season sale. Super versatile a pair of slingbacks easily elevate go-to everyday options like, jeans and a tee, whilst also working as a lovely alternative to heels for an evening event.

I barely took my pair off and was so excited to see so many lovely pairs on the high street again ahead of this summer. Marks & Spencer and Next have some of the cutest pairs. You'll have absolutely already seen a tonne of of your fave bloggers wearing this style on insta already. I was equally as obsessed, and wore mine everyday on my Italian Road Trip (more coming on this later this week!). So it should be no surprise that I ended up picking up the same style in black too. I also picked up this cute cream style from M&S as I loved how polished they look. They're under £50 and almost a little Céline esque which is a win-win in my book.


The resurgence of the slingback is mainly thanks to designers like Hermes and Marni whose slingback styles made such an impact on the SS17 catwalks. Whilst the 80s inspired kitten heel made a major mark,  a flat block heeled slingback is a lovely alternative: maintaining the flattering leg-lengthening low-v design whilst also tapping into the trend.

You can get so many styles in almost every height and with colours from grey to green there are endless options. These are just seven of the sweetest styles I'm currently loving the most atm...

Clockwise fromt top left: Fantasy Suede Slingbacks, Office; Flat Slingbacks with Beading, Zara; Gingham Slingbacks, Zara; Slingback Ballet Pumps, Love Moschino; Satin Slingbacks, Zara; Red Leather Slingbacks, Next





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5 Things To Help Your Mental Health.

 

It’s been a very weird month (or so…) for me and, as a crystal healer I met at a press day today remarked, I’m quite fragile. Which I hate. I hate not feeling like ‘me.’ Whilst this is down to quite literally 101 things (that I absolutely won’t bore you with) that are mostly entirely out of my control I’ve been on a mission this week to give myself a little bit more self-care. Making time for me is something I’ve always struggled with; I try and have great intentions. But, something always, always, always crops up or gets in the way. 

So as I’ve been (actively) making time for me, I thought I’d share 5 little things that have been helping. Up to now they’d sadly been rather forgotten, but now I've cleared some time and prioritised them they’re certainly helping me to feel a little less stressed, anxious, uneasy and (yes!) ‘fragile.’

I really hope my little post encourages one of you to set some time aside for yourself this evening as your mental health is bloomin’ important! To quote a rather cliched quote, that I've become quite fond of, 'the relationship you have with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship that you have.' If you can't make time for yourself and put yourself at the top of your own to-do list then the likelihood is that others won't. Make time for you!


1, See proper pals
Making time to see pals who’ve known you at your best and your worst is always a good idea. Not only does it give you a little perspective, you can truly be honest with them. They’ll have context and know the back-story. It’s also quite lovely to have a chat where Internet things just don’t get bought up. Switching-off a over wired brain by getting nostalgic and chatting about hometown gossip is pretty great.

2, Pamper yourself
Whether that entails a trip to Cowshed, or simply popping on a sheet mask and painting your nails off-line activities instantly make me feel much, much better. I may actually write up a little post on my go-to pamper routine as thanks to this situ I’ve got it pretty much down to a tea.

The best thing about this is that you can go all-out and get a facial, massage and mani-pedi OR just simply indulge in a hair mask and take all your make up off. There’s something very satisfying about removing all your makeup and popping on a luxe facial oil.

3, Hot Water Bottles
Whilst it’s pretty pathetic to admit, sleeping alone for the last month has been so cold and dull that my trusty hot water bottle’s quickly become my best pal. Up to now I’d totally underappreciated mine and am honestly (still) quite astonished at how comforting they are, popping the kettle on and making one up’s become part of my night-time routine.

4, Tidy-room tidy-mind
Those of you who follow me on insta (I’m SarahRoseGoes) will have seen that I had a huge clear out last weekend. To say it was a long time coming would be such an understatement, getting on top of things and having a good clear out was so needed. There’s something incredibly soothing about going to bed in a tidy room and knowing that everything’s where you want it to be.

5, Making time for a hobby
The days where dance classes, swimming and gymnastics are, SO long gone for me. I seriously envy my little cousins who are able to go running 4 times a week and see their friends. After wanted to learn calligraphy for the past three years or so, I finally sat down this week and started practicing in my pjs. Sitting down and not looking at a screen of any kind for an evening felt so odd. But not constantly refreshing twitter or insta was quite a nice break.

If you can, get outdoors. Go for a walk, a run, even a picnic. Getting some fresh air works wonders for me.
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Spring Primark Haul (April 2017):


Spring Primark Haul... dresses, sportswear, bags and tees!


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