Thursday, 17 May 2018

I'm not attention seeking

Even though I've written a few posts now on mental health I still find it extremely hard to talk about. It's always encouraged by mental health professionals that talking about it is a good thing. However there is that worry of being seen as attention seeking by people who have never experienced mental health issues and just don't understand. 

Because of that a lot of people including myself feel like we are being a burden and end up pushing our loved ones away. This means I find it hard to ask for help when I need to.

Yesterday I went to see my GP as I have found things have been getting too much for me mental health wise recently. I've got into unhealthy habits of over eating and not being able to sleep. My anxiety has been sky high causing me to feel sweaty and panicky. Depression has left me with moments tearfulness, amongst other things. On top of this I'm not sleeping well and during the day I feel so physically exhausted. 

Yes it was hard for me to open up about how I am feeling, however I'm so glad that I have. Now I've had changes to my medication and have been given sleeping tablets to help me out too. Hopefully this will have a positive affect.

Talking about mental health is good for many reasons:

- You can get the help and support you need
- Reduces stigma 
- Raises awareness
- Saves lives. 

So when I share on my blog about mental health I'm not attention seeking and its certainly not a weakness. I want to be open and honest so that if someone reading my posts are feeling the way I do that opening up is not attention seeking and no matter how hard it is seeking help is such an important thing to do. 


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Summer wishlist with Spartoo

I'm so excited for the summer especially with going on holiday in June. I'm hoping that the week we have away will be filled with sunshine. With this in mind I've compiled a wishlist of a few summer fashion items from Spartoo.
All the items I have picked are from the women's section however they also cater for men and children with a wide selection of clothing and accessories.

Vero Mods | £25.99
 Maxi dresses are my favourite thing to wear during the summer months. The dress above is very similar to maxi dress I already own but not as bright. I tend to find navy suits me well and I adore the floral print.

The maxi dress below is different from any maxi dress I've had and I really love its bright colours. I think this dress is the perfect summer look with not only the bright colours but the wrap style bust area looks flattering.

Desigual £65.99

Having a great bag to carry things around during the summer is ideal.  I love the look of the casual Superdry beach bag for lazy days on the beach. It's a great size for fitting in all your beach essentials.

The Guess Trudy Satchuel is fashionable and practical bag for daily use and looks great when you are dressed up or down. It comes in 5 different colours too so that you can choose one that suits your taste.
Superdry £34.39
Guess Trudy Satchel  £135

I love to have a good selection of comfortable shoes during the summer. Even though I rarely wear heels these stunning colbalt blue Moony mood sandles have made it to my wishlist. They would go perfectly with the Desigual maxi dress.

The second pair of shoes are these stunning Ralph Lauren ones. Admittedly they cost more than I ususlly spend on a pair of sandles however they remind me of a similar pair I own which are so comfy and go with everything.

Moony Moon £17.59

Ralph Lauren £71.99

What are your summer fashion essentials? Have you ever purchased anything from Spartoo? 

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Book Nook: Time Machine

This month, for Blogger Book Nook it is all about historical fiction.Histrioical fiction is within my top 3 favourite genre's so I was excited to pick a book to fit in with the prompt. Some of my favourite historical fiction include books such as The book thief and All the light we cannot see to name a few.

 1.If you could time travel either to the past or the future, which would you pick and why?
Definitely has to be the past. I'd love to be able to visit some of the places mentioned in books I've read. This way I could see them for myself rather than rely on what my imagination comes up with. This also applies to situations as well as the places featured in historical fiction.

2.Historical novels aren’t always accurate in their details - is this something that bothers you? Why / why not?
Yes and no. Most of the time it doesn't really bother me as of course I'm reading fiction. Other times I like that some of the information to be accurate. I think it really depends on the book I am reading and what the storyline is about.

3.Is there one specific historical era that especially interests you? What novels set in that time would you recommend?
It has to be around the war time as I love reading the experiences of what it was like during them times. It also makes me feel thankful for what life is like for us today compared to back then. My favourite has to be book theif I liked the film too.

 4.Which historical figure (fictional or real!) would you most like to have dinner with?
This is a tough one and a question I'll have to come back to at some point.

5. Do you find historical fiction an appealing genre? Why / why not?
Yes however It does depend on the era and the story I tend to enjoy books based in the 1900's.

The Muse By Jessie Burton

First of all this is the first book I've read by Jessie Burton as I've yet to read her first book The Miniaturist. 

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . 

I had high hopes for this book as it sounded a great read for historical fiction however I was disappointed. The book goes between the story of Odelle in 1967 and Olive in 1936 which I liked the idea of. Unfortunately I struggled to get into it as I found it a slow starter. I did get into the story eventually however as much as it was an ok book it's definitely not one I'll be reading again. I think it's a book that seems to have mixed views, so if you have given it a read I'd love to know your thoughts.