Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣

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Sometimes I like to have...

I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!

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I had a busy Sunday...

#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio

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#ad Coat & Boots from @idealworld.tv and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

#Beauty is in the eye...

This might seem a little random after the sentiments in my last post. But bear with me... cleaning & #diy can help me with my mental health.

I’m not sure why but when I’m anxious, need to think or cross I clean. Like the deep clean stuff, it’s almost as if I get adrenaline from somewhere to give me the strength to scrub things that I wouldn’t normally. Or tackle something I wouldn’t normally.

On Thursday, whilst anxiously waiting to find out what was wrong with my grandma, I was shaving millimetres off Isla’s bedroom door. It was hard work but I didn’t want to just sit about.

Today I’ve painted the radiator and woodwork in our dining room with Frenchic. I now have a white and bright radiator and grey door. It looks so much better. Again, it’s something I can do whilst being lost in my thoughts.

Does anyone else do this?

Whilst promoting cleaning and mindfulness, check out my blog for a competition to win some goodies from @astonishcleaners #astonishingresults 
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This might seem a little...

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what beauty shared this on her instagram before Christmas:  @carolineflack you’ve broken my heart.

She was funny. Caring. Kind. Absolutely beautiful and that smile lit up the world. Not perfect. But who is? No one.

I can’t comprehend how someone of such radiance and sparkle can end their life. But I only assume her mental health was suffering. She felt so trapped that was her only way out. A way of ending the pain that nobody could see.

Mental health is invisible; yet mental health is all consuming. Mental health is complicated; yet mental health can be helped with a simple cup of tea and chat.

Smile on the inside and on the out.

Make time for yourself.

Love yourself.

Make time for others.

Be kind.

Always. 
In a world where you can be anything, be kind  #bekind #ripcarolineflack

I’m sure I don’t need...

This is sheer appreciation. This man. My lobster 🦞. Who made me the scrummiest meal last night & dreamy Vegan brownies. Showered me with thoughtful gifts & my cute note (in my stories) I recieved in my lunch bag.

However, I was a complete emotional wreck yesterday as my Grandma was taken into hospital. She was distressed, confused and sounding a little slow. It was scary.

So the Valentine’s Day love went all to Grandma from my family; wishing & hoping they find out what’s wrong.

We’re currently waiting to find out if her BP has reduced. It was sky high. Hoping she’s better & I can bring her home today.

This photo was from last Summer when we went to @carluccios in Cambridge. I love it. Happy memories. I’m lucky to have these. Noahs a people watcher, he was distracted with the crowd. Incidentally Carluccio’s have the offer on again: kids eat for a £1... #appreciation #family #love #mummyphotoaday

This is sheer appreciation. This...

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍

A lot to be thankful for today. Love is a big word. I love these two quotes and perfect for today.

Yes it’s about celebrating your life with your lobster 🦞(mine is rather amazing) but it’s also about family.

Family is not just an important thing. It’s everything. So true.

I don’t know where I’d be without my lobster and my family... I hung these beauts in our bathroom and I love them. They make me smile everytime I clean my teeth! Which helps 😂

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#ad Prints are from @coulsonmacleod - so beautiful

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍 A...

I love this new story corner I’ve created for Isla, with a little help from @vertbaudetuk. It is a gorgeous space and I couldn’t wait for her to get home and see it. She was so happy!

I love the large floor cushion, I want an entire room kitted out with them so I can just chill in the middle. It would be so cosy. Or even just #half a room! 🤍

Isla loves reading and so I thought this little corner would be perfect for her. She loves it.

I started with the floor cushion, I hung the coat rack for her monkeys and dressing gown and then I hung the shelves. They are so cute. I finished it all off with the mirror. I love all the colours and shapes. It really finishes off her room.

Who else wants the futon cushion? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #mummyphotoaday #ad

I love this new story...

7 fashion tips to celebrate your curves

For many of us, obtaining that model size figure we all see strutting down the catwalk can be unachievable. It’s a known fact that many women struggle with our bodies or may even be just naturally larger than what is sometimes perceived as ‘average’. My body has changed so much since having my beautiful children. But that is not to stay that us curvier women still can’t be fashionable. Although dressing a frame that has been blessed with womanly curves can sometimes seem difficult, there are some tips that can ensure you accentuate your body in all the right places. Below is a list of seven fashion tips that will help you to look and feel fabulous, whilst letting you and all those around you embrace those glorious curves.

  1. Invest in quality underwear

Well fitted, high quality undergarments should be the starting point of any great outfit choice. Not only does good underwear make you feel amazing but it should also support your body correctly and emphasise your curves in all the right places. Choosing pieces that pull you in at the waist or slightly lift your buttocks can also be a good way of making the most of your womanly figure.

  1. Determine your specific body shape

Bodies come in all shapes and sizes so finding your specific body shape is key. Once you have determined your shape, it will become so much easier to look for clothing that flatters your figure. If choosing certain cuts or shapes of clothing sounds difficult, it may be a good idea to seek the help of a personal stylist. Companies such as Style With Cindy have the knowledge to both determine your body shape and advise on what will best suit your body.

  1. Cinch in your waist with a belt

Belts are an excellent way of drawing attention to your waist (which is often the smallest part of your body). Whether you choose to wear something thin and dainty or a wider statement piece, belts are always a good way of adding detail to any outfit. They are also great for showing off your curves when hidden in a loosely fitted ensemble.

  1. Don’t shy away from figure hugging clothing

Many women seem to believe that the only way of dressing a curvy figure is to opt for slouchy, oversized pieces that will totally hide their figures. The truth is that dressing in this way will only make your body look larger and often completely shapeless. Instead choose figure hugging outfits that fit your curves correctly and celebrate them! A bodycon style dress is the perfect example of well fitted clothing that will flatter your figure and draw attention to all the right areas.

  1. Skinny Jeans are a must

High-Waisted skinny jeans are another essential when choosing clothing that celebrates your curvaceous figure. Not only are they incredibly easy to style, but they are also suitable to both day and night. Skinny jeans often provide support in areas like the stomach, hips and buttocks and are great for drawing attention to these areas too.

  1. Avoid high-necklines

If you have been blessed with a larger bust, then it’s important to avoid high-necklines that will cover your figure and make you look top heavy in a bad way. Instead choose a more flattering neckline such as a scoop, v-neck or boat neckline that will subtly draw attention to your assets.

  1. When accessorising, bigger is better

Accessories are a major part of most outfits but you want to ensure you get the balance right. Smaller accessories can often look out of proportion on a curvy figure, so instead choose chunky, statement jewellery and larger handbags and sunglasses.

All of the above should make it just that much easier to embrace your curves and keep looking stylish all year round.

Fashion image by ShutterStock.

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3 Comments
  • Erin
    July 19, 2016

    You mentioned all necessary topics in this blog, you are 100% right about choosing clothing. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of work.

  • Ravi Roshan Jaiswal
    August 29, 2016

    Hi Sonia, Such a cool fashion tips. I like you style to present these tips in front of us.

    I agree with your #tip that is determining our specific body shape is really necessary. You have mentioned here each and every special tips which is really necessary to follow.

    Now a days, women confused on fashion, they don’t have a proper knowledge on fashion and style. And for them, I must recommend this post to must read this fashion tips. I have dropped the post link over twitter too so that my follower will know about it better.

    thanks for the awesome tip.
    Best regards. 🙂
    – Ravi.

  • katie
    December 6, 2016

    Cinching waist with a belt is awesome idea.Other tips are useful too.thanks for sharing!

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