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...

The problem with fashion trends #fashion

The existence of fashion trends date back hundreds of years. They signified to show how much extra money and leisure time you had. They signified your level in society, suggested your connection to royal families, that sort of thing. It would begin with whatever the reigning party, king or queen, liked – and the faster you caught on and followed suit, the better it indicated you were to observant of their tastes.

Studies have shown that kids begin to use clothing to conform to peer groups as early as eight years old. It’s odd, but perhaps it reveals a certain insecurity in many of us; a need to be recognized and legitimized that clearly goes back hundreds of years.

Here are a few things that following fashion trends say about you.

Image by Pexels.

You’re trying to fit in

Trends are something that are followed primarily by young people – all worried about image, trying to fit in, look cool etc. Today, what’s worth a lot more is authenticity. Being yourself. Self-expression. The rise of social media platforms, the selfie and a connected world allow for exactly that; doing your own thing. Some may make the argument that all of this has simply made conformity easier, but the fact is that it’s all made it easier to allow your personality to shine. After all, Instagram is where you can show off your unique sense of style.

You’re trying to be noticed

It’s odd, but true: people seem to be trying to fit in and stand out at the same time. They may see themselves as bland; they see the “cool kids” as people who have found each other through mutual respect of their ability to stand out. This isn’t exactly a contradiction, if you think about it. Birds of a feather flock together; and sometimes that “feather” is being unique.

Following trends is often people’s way of being noticed. And we hate to say it, but you’re probably doing it wrong. The way to get noticed is to go where your competitors aren’t, right? It’s about standing out. Again, this all ties back to authenticity. Trend-following appears most profoundly in our youth and even through to early adulthood (which many would still count as ‘youth’!). This also happens to be the time when we’re most self-conscious about our where we stand in relation to our peers and society at large.

Image by Pexels.

But clothing should also make us look unique. It should demonstrate our individuality. The fashion-forward individual tends to resist trends, goes for other ideas – they set trends instead of following them. Getting your own clothes designed or older clothes altered by the likes of my favorite tailor, or going to odd underground stores with really unique items; these things are much closer to authenticity than just Googling “what’s hot in fashion right now” and buying whatever you see. Speaking of which…

You’re spending money (like, a lot of money)

Skipping fads and defying trends can mean saving tremendous amounts of money. Think about it. Every scene, every holiday, every occasion…there is some sort of trending look or new color, fresh cut, whatever. Trends are often the same thing repeated in some shape or form. Animal print is out, now blazers-over-shirts is in. Blazers-over-shirts is out, now faux leather is the new thing. Faux leather is so yesteryear; it’s all about animal print now. Do things really ever go out permanently?

The whole marketing concept behind it is simple, and actually pretty clever, because it definitely influences the majority of people. Trends exist to make the consumer feel like they are missing something, out of date, behind the times… and as a result coax them into spending just that little-bit more on these “fantastic new looks!”.

Many fashion houses now produce around eight collections every year, and the whole thing is cycled rapidly. It is, of course, all a way of maximizing profit. The onset of trends keeps us buying for fear of wearing “last year’s stuff” — so more money goes to the fashion industry.

Image by Pexels.

Think of how much money you could save if you invested in clothing at your leisure, in articles that make you feel comfortable and confident. The only exclusion to this are the rich, wealthy and guys who have already proved they are a success. And they might as well. However, it’s the ones who aren’t that fall for it the most of the time.

Fashion trends are largely artificial, and chasing them costs too much money. Does this mean you should avoid anything that’s trending? No – you should buy and wear whatever makes you happy. Maybe it’s trending. Maybe it’s contrarian. But as long as you’re being authentic, you’ll be fine.

Fashion trend image by Flickr.

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