Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Tinkling

In summer I find so much I want to photograph. The sky for starters gives infinite inspiration on it's own and as a gorgeous backdrop for everything else. Blooms are a-plenty. These unusual displays are a once a year treat - the great big, sturdy sticks have delicate pearly bells which a just a tinkling short of perfection.
Summer is there for everyone to enjoy; fill your boots, dive in and wallow a while. There's just so much to see. I just can't get enough personally; if it was up to me I'd spend hours outside every day with my camera, capturing different places and sights then share them all with you in a consistent cataloguing of my life. What a way to spend a summer, or a year.

I have plenty to share over the coming days so keep your eyes peeled. In the mean time, if you liked my summer holiday style then I'd love you to vote for me over on the Bonprix blog.
Take care,
Sophie

Monday, 25 July 2016

Styling the dress of the month from Boohoo

Boohoo x blogger dress of the month collaboration

Boohoo x blogger dress of the month collaboration
It's not often you see me in a white dress; I'm all about summer comfort at the moment and this cool midi is perfect for sunny days out and about.
I was invited by Boohoo to take part in their new dress of the month feature and we all know I adore a little styling challenge. The exciting part was not knowing anything about the dress before it arrived (and I must admit I was a little nervous that I was completely in the dark about it) then wearing it however I fancied. We'll see how the others wore it by the end of the month too. I've often browsed the Boohoo site and know they have a really varied selection of pieces, something for every occasion so it really was a mystery what the dress would be like!

When the parcel was delivered I was relived that I instantly liked this pretty white lace panelled dress. It's one which I wouldn't have chosen myself on the basis that it's quite strappy and I would have been concerned about the lace panels being too revealing but honestly, I needn't have fretted because this dress is an absolute dream! It just goes to show that I ought to step out of my comfort zone more often and try new styles as there is much fun to be had.
Boohoo x blogger dress of the month collaboration

The skirt is a swishy beaut. I love how it has plenty of material but not too much to be bulky. The length is ever-so-practical and flattering. Knees covered (usually) but equally, the hem is well out of danger from dragging in the mud.
Boohoo x blogger dress of the month collaboration
I decided to style my dress in the way that immediately sprung to mind - because gut instinct takes a lot of beating. My little cropped denim jacket was my first choice as it's a really easy light way of adding a layer without completely covering up. I also reached for a skinny brown leather belt to break up the long length and add  little detail to the blank canvas. I'm still feeling chuffed I tied it in a cute little knot - so much more interesting than just using the punched holes.
Boohoo x blogger dress of the month collaboration
My pretty necklace was a gift from Hazel who perhaps knows my taste as well as I do, isn't it a beaut? As usual, a stack of bright bangles on my arm which always makes me feel at home. And last but by no means least, my trusty brown ankle boots.
Boohoo x blogger dress of the month collaboration
I feel like this dress has plenty of scope for restyling up for autumn. On a cooler day I would wear it with my cowboy boots and a chunky knit jumper. Or huge sturdy heels and a jacket. But this is a dress which has so much potential.
Boohoo x blogger dress of the month collaboration
Boohoo x blogger dress of the month collaboration
What do you think of my outfit?
Sophie
Big thank you to Boohoo for sending me this dress to style. All content and opinions are my own as always

Friday, 22 July 2016

Beach time

beach life Norfolk

This was the week of the heatwave. It got so hot. I played along with the whole 'it's too hot/inconvenient thing' but secretly I loved it. I'm a hot weather person! I'll stifle in the humidity; mopping my brow and sipping water every half second with my clothes kind of stuck to me and hair going a little haywire. Throw me another degree. Twenty eight? Pah. Make it thirty.  Of course, the soaring temperatures weren't so great for Lincoln but when in the car I whacked the air con up to full blast and basically turned it into a fridge (me, goosepimpled).

The ground, which over the last six months had gone through dousings upon dousings became dry and the grass parched. We made the most of the unseasonal weather by heading to the beach. Last year we didn't have a single opportunity to sunbathe as it wasn't hot enough so we were determined not to miss the chances that cropped up this summer. Three days on the trot we went to the seaside which is almost unheard of. The first two were a triumph but the third occasion was the usual rainy disaster.
beach life Norfolk

beach life Norfolk
 I even restarted my book, which made for a treat!
beach life Norfolk

beach life Norfolk

beach life Norfolk

beach life Norfolk

Wells-Next-The-Sea was glorious and calm. We did see the most extraordinary sight of a 360 being barged back into the harbour in what looked like very little water!

On the West coast of Norfolk (yes, there is one), we chanced it at Heacham which although isn't the most picturesque of places, benefits from being accessible and relatively quiet. The sun set over the sea and looked amazing.
beach life Norfolk

beach life Norfolk

beach life Norfolk

beach life Norfolk
However, on the last day of the heatwave we were too late and the storms bringing torrential rain beat us to the beach. We scoffed down our sandwiches and watched the enormous clouds get closer and closer until we felt the first drops of rain and beat a hasty retreat back to the car.
beach life Norfolk
Summer!!!!
Sophie

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Let's talk #CancerConversations

#CancerConversations campaign Big C

Sometimes talking can be difficult; I'm the first to put my hand up and admit that, but it's important to remember that we're all in the same boat. Our local Norfolk cancer charity called the Big C has created a new campaign to raise awareness and to signpost men diagnosed with cancer to the different services and support available to them in Norfolk. Men - don’t bottle it up, join the conversation @BigCTweets #CancerConversations. For more information go to www.big-c.co.uk/conversations

I imagine everyone's lives have been impacted by cancer in some ways. There is no escaping it. Some more than others. Both my grandfathers died from it. I know peoples parents' died from it at school. I know a family friend's young child died from it. Others are living with it or have to fight it time and time again. Lots of others have been touched by it.
Thankfully, help is out there. Treatments are improving all the time but the BEST thing you can do is to tackle things head on at the first sign of something being wrong. Have that difficult conversation. Tell someone. Seek advice and get the support that is out there. 

Let's have a conversation with ourselves (I'll stick with one)

Question: If you could have a conversation with your 18-year old self, what would you say?
I always find these questions pretty tough. It makes me sad. I don't know what I could say without either casting a dark cloud of doom over my young mind or completely perverting the course of my existence. That sounds rather gloomy but it's true enough. Maybe upping sticks and making tracks while I still had a lifetime of possibility would have been pertinent. Who knows. 
Perhaps to 18 year olds in general I would recommend a few basics:
  • Be guided by your own moral compass
  • Don't let anyone tell you what to do/feel/believe. You're an independent human and your opinion shares the same validity as anyone else's - regardless of their years of life experience
  • Learn what makes you happy. Do it. Keep doing it and share it with others.
  • Accept your body, understand how to take care of yourself and recognise that you will never look this young again - so appreciate it!
  • Make plans but be flexible. It's fine to change your mind.

It must be easier than ever before to reach out to others; whether it's family, friends, support groups or strangers. There are so many ways of receiving support that even if you find it hard to vocalise your thoughts then maybe look online and take things from there. For more information go to www.big-c.co.uk/conversations there is so much information and free support out there.

Donating £3, less than the cost of a pint, can make a difference to #CancerConversations campaign @BigCTweets Text BIGC1 to 70660 to donate

Sophie