Wednesday, 30 January 2013

A Flawless Holiday Read

I have recently been struggling finding that perfect novel that I can completely and utterly dissolve in, whilst lying out in the sun and enjoyed what is left of the sunshine. However I took a small trip to the library last week and found an author called Belinda Jones. Formally a magazine journalist and travel editor, she has currently written 9 novels based on all her experiences and adventures in different places around the world. She has visited over 25 different in her life so far and plans to write about all of them. 

I am currently reading her latest book; California Dreamers. I have really enjoyed reading this book as it is so interesting and I am able to just let my mind wander into each chapter. It may not be the most realistic plot line in the world, but I am certainly enjoying the fact that I can dream and hope that similar things might happen to me.

Belinda Jones also has her own website which tells you about her books, her life and anything interesting she thinks you need to know. Take a look at it here. I hope you enjoy her books as much as I do.

Lots of Love

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

My Happy Place

Recently I have found myself struggling to fall asleep. I haven't been able to just close my eyes and drift away to another world. So many people have told me that you need to create a place that you can go to to make you happy and take all the stressful thoughts away. This place is your happy place. I have never found the perfect happy place, there has never been anywhere that I could think of that would take me away from my everyday anxieties. 

However it was just this morning that I was taking part in a course with one of my mother's close friends and we were talking about our happy place. Suddenly I started creating a place in my mind that was everything I could dream of, it was my heaven. It started off with me lying on my back in the middle of a pure, clear blue lake. I then decided that I was lying on a bright pink lilo. Then all of a sudden the lake was surrounded by tall and strikingly beautiful pine trees. I felt the warmth of the sun shining down on my whole body, warming me from the inside out. In that moment, I knew that that was my heaven, my happy place. 

Create your own happy place, your own magical world that you are completely and utterly happy. It will help you sleep, help you control your fears and anxieties and most of all take you away from the things making you upset. 

Lots of Love

Friday, 18 January 2013

The Bedroom Makeover

Your bedroom is meant to be your sanctuary. The place that you feel completely and utterly safe in, the place that you can call your own and the place that feels like home. My bedroom has always been slightly off, and I have never felt like it was my own. Finally, I made a decision to use some of my savings and give it a complete makeover. I cannot wait for it to all come together once and for all!

Tumblr has been my main source of creativity with the different ideas for my new room. I have been forever scrolling through photos of rooms for things that I think might look decent in my own. Overall I have taken ideas from just a few photos and have decided on my overall colour scheme as being white, pink and red. I am all for as much daylight in my room as possible so I decided that white would be the best option for that and then wanted a pop of colour, so used my favourite colour combination of pink and red. 

When I first saw this photo on tumblr, I just knew that I had to incorporate some aspect of this lovely bedroom setup in my own. I ended up deciding that I would place my own bed in one corner of my room as well, so it would, in a way, be like a couch bed. 

When I came across this photo on tumblr, I loved the authentic look of the mattress lying on top of these crates to form the bed. I then thought about how I could incorporate that into my bedroom and decided that my own mattress could lay on them in the corner, however I would paint them white to match the colour scheme. 

For my duvet, I decided on a completely plain, white duvet cover with no patterns at all, with two white pillow cases, and two red pillow cases. Then I saw this photo and decided to also get a large amount of small pillows coloured in red and pink to decorate the bed with. 

Whenever I study at home, I have to be in full daylight, on a wide open desk, in a wide open space. Currently the only place that suits me in my house is the kitchen/living room, dining table ... of course my mother is completely against it, so she suggest me getting a trestle table desk, similar to the one above. I would position it right by the window in my room, for maximum daylight. 

When I fell upon this photo, I was curious to how I could incorporate this in my bedroom. I quickly decided that instead of a white trestle table desk, I could get a hot pink one similar to the photo and have a red chair. I loved the idea! 

All together my room is coming together nicely, but there is of course a budget that I have to stick too. I am paying for it all myself, and finding different ways around the awful prices I have come to find. For example, I found an old wooden chair in our garage that I have decided to sand down and paint red. I am also going to (hopefully, with the help of my father), make my own desk. So everything has been done within a strict budget, which has actually made it all the more exciting, especially since I am doing it all myself.  A little DIY project. It really isn't too hard, and anyone can do it. So try it yourself if you have time and want a change!

Lots of Love

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Summer Playlist

Music creates a whole other world. Whenever I listen to a song, I am able to zone out of the world that I am living in and for a few minutes live somewhere else. It makes me happy, sad, lost, and lonely all at the same time. It makes me feel so many different emotions, including my own. 

Over the summer holidays I have been listening to music continuously; whilst I am exercising, on long car trips, in the shower, whilst waiting for someone ... the list could go own and on. There are certain songs that just seem to never get old, mainly because when I first starting listening to them I was happy and experiencing new things. 

So here is my Summer Playlist of 2012/2013. 

1. Haven't Met You Yet, by Michael Bublé.
2. Hey Stephen, by Taylor Swift.
3. Who'd Have Known, by Lily Allen.
4. Won't Go Home Without You, by Maroon 5.
5. Your Song, by Ellie Goulding.
6. Somethin' Special, by Colbie Caillat. 
7. White Horse, by Taylor Swift.
8. Mountain and the Sea, by Ingrid Michaelson.
9. I Love It, by Icona Pop.
10. 22, by Taylor Swift. 

All these songs, I can completely relate to and make me feel so alive and different. I hope you like them too. 

Lots of Love

Thursday, 3 January 2013

2013 ... Be Good to Me

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had an amazing New Years Eve, filled with lots of laughter and happy times with all your closest family and friends. I am sorry that I haven't been posting much but I have been away at a small little beach in New Zealand with no internet other than my trusty 3G on my iPhone. So I wasn't able to post. In a way it was a really good thing though, because it is my first post of the New Year and it is my 100th post! Yay!

Isn't it just such a great feeling to know that we have survived the dreaded year of 2012, when the world was supposedly meant to end! I know for me, I am very happy for it to be over, because 2012 wasn't exactly the most happy year for me ever, and I am so excited to be in 2013 with new plans for my life throughout the year ahead of us. 

So I have set my New Years Resolutions and look forward to trying my best to make them come true. A few of them include, making new friends, being more confident and possibly even finding love ... haha. I love thinking about all the possibilities of the year approaching us and wondering what the year will hold. Will I be happy? Will something spectacular happen to me? My family? My friends? Will I finally do things that I have been waiting to do my whole life? Like getting a boyfriend? Writing a book? Finding a best friend? There are so many things, that the list could seriously go on for years! 

So I hope you all have an amazing New Year ahead of you and that it brings you happiness. 

Lots of Love