July Ruffles & musings on self confidence.

FIRSTLY: I'm loving it, but this ruffle trend had me in a bit of a dizzy state to begin with. Theres so many styles, cuts, shapes to go for this season. You've got the off the shoulder, the layered ruffled long sleeve, short sleeve etc, it's hard to find the right style that suit your body type and shape. I tried the off the shoulder ruffle and every time I looked at myself I just looked like I was drowning in material. It just didn't suit my petite frame, but I finally found one that suits me in this Guess number featured above! Thinking of doing a post on all of this soon so stay updated!

As I sat at home on a rainy day selfie taking in this new top (as you do), I started to think about how I analysed each photo, how I deleted nearly double the number of photos more than the ones I kept. And with that first photo, how I still keep looking at it and thinking oh no.. do I look too confident in myself? haha.

Confidence is something I know a lot of us struggle with day-to-day. And its sad, because it prevents us from honestly and totally being the people we were intended to be. Low self confidence grew in me throughout high school, the place it begins for most people, I guess. It changes throughout different seasons and comes in different forms (such as when you start your first relationship, or start college or even when you get married) but its still there, lurking. 

These days, I am very confident with who I am and where I am in my life. I'm not sure where I would be if I hadn't have met Frankie. But I do go through phases of low confidence in my work life, and in my image. How I feel about my skin might crush my confidence for the entire day. Or how I feel about an outfit because I'm so pale and can't be bothered to use fake tan every single week. Or when I go shopping and struggle to find jeans - or basically any pants - that don't look like they drown me because of my short-ass. Struggle is real, girls.

Balance is key. 
I'd love to admit that I'm perfectly happy in my skin all the time and don't get caught up in the downward spiral of my thoughts but sometimes, I do. The ultimate, would be to have 10/10 satisfaction every day, but it never really works out like that. 

It's about being less critical of myself, more critical of my attitude towards myself. Taking each day as it comes and not allow the reality of low-confidence prohibit me from enjoying the day ahead. It's about pushing past it and saying "its ok not to feel ok today, but its not the be all and end all, and it won't crush me". God made me who I am, and I'm proud of that. 

The main focus is about building yourself a foundational belief that you genuinely love yourself, because then having those less-confident days are ok, and they don't hurt as much.

I'm glad this post turned out to be just my thoughts splurged onto one page, and I hope you find something in here that you can relate to, too. Let me know in the comments below how confidence affects you on a day to day basis, we can only build each other up ladies! Have a good week!

Top from Guess (and its on SALE!)
Necklace from Lines and Current
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Summer Days & Celebrating Dad.

Playsuit - Lontra Studio | White tee - New Look | Patent boots - Public Desire |Denim Jacket - Primark | Bag - Miss Guided | Necklace "ODIN" - Lines and Current

Yesterday, was sed to have been one of the hottest days in Northern Ireland so far. It was so hot my hair turned to a humid ball of fluff and my mascara melted down around my eyes panda style. Attractive. Not what we were expecting, but it made for a brilliant family day, celebrating fathers day in the sunshine at Mount Stuart. We brought the picnic blanket, got the wine and beers out, bought some burgers and enjoyed the buzz. Happy fathers day to all those amazing daddies out there, and especially to those mums and dads who do it alone.. we salute you!

Ok seriously, this is a playsuit. I couldn't believe it when I opened it and tried it on, its the best colour possible (goes with literally anything) and its so light and comfy! Great, affordable buy from Lontra Studio. I'm always on the hunt for new brands that offer great pieces that don't break the bank, and because Lontra is a new online store not many people have heard about it, so I want to make them known. The girls who started it are so sweet and have really started a store worth checking out. Go go go!


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Making our first house a home.

One of the things Frankie and I have really tried to create in our house, since being married is making it a home and feel like one for those that visit, too. I know this is pretty obvious, but because our first home is rented, its not ours so we're unable to make the big changes you would be able to with one we own. So, its all about making small changes that make a big difference. Our downstairs is the hub of the house like any home, so here we have tried to create a warm and happy feel. Its just one long room (living room + dining table) and a kitchen, thats it. Its so small but its our space and we love it, so I'm excited to show you where we've got to in our home making.

The house we are living in is a small three up, two down terrace. The rooms are small so we have had to best utilise the space provided. We asked for it to be unfurnished (BIG factor in making a rented house feel like your own, by the way) so that we could fill it entirely with our own furniture, which we felt would make it feel more like our own. Its the small touches that make it. 

One thing I can't stand and that we can't change, is the wallpaper. Thankfully, its all been painted over but now and again I see the little squares and want to strip it all off. Never the less, I have put up as many pictures and frames as I can and decorated the house as much as I possibly can. Its of course, a work in progress but I love how it is coming along. There are so many little corners of our home that make me feel proud to know we created a space we feel so comfortable in, and its ours (kind of).

Home is where we come after work, where we rest, where our feet find our slippers, and our comfiest (and quite possibly ugliest) clothes can be worn with NO JUDGEMENTS,
where we relax, and where we make some of the best memories. 

Lots of pictures, lots of light, comfy corners, candles and the accessories that tie it all together.

Hope you enjoyed having a nosey as much as I enjoyed sharing our space with you! If you'd like to know where anything is from I've linked some below, if theres anything I've missed just fire me a message!

Be still my soul prints - Etsy
"You + Me" "Family" prints - Yorkelee Prints
Gold & glass hexagon terrarium - TKMaxx sold out - similar here
Large frames - Ikea
White and gold lamp - Ikea
"Wonder" decorative piece - M&S
"W" mini plate - M&S 
Hanging flower basket - Ikea
Three frame in mint green - Urban Outfitters
Large marquee letter "W" on wall - Ebay
Teal occasional chair (French Springtime Collection) - Sostrene Grene
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Vintage Nike x Trench.

Photography by Dave Bradshaw

Deary me it's been wet few days here in Belfast! I spent the whole afternoon in Ikea the other day - bought some of the cutest bits and bobs (check the Instagram if you dare!) - and the skies shone with sunshine most of the day. In fact, I actually wore sunglasses properly for the first time this year.. didn't last long did it?!

Todays post features this super cool vintage/retro Nike crew neck jumper I picked up in an old sports shop in Dunmurry, Belfast a few years back. As small and cramped as it is, they have some serious gems in there! This kind of jumper never goes out of trend, its an easy every day piece, great with jeans but I also love it with gym gear. Its a win, win! Also this Stradivarius trench has literally not left my back. Its definitely a purchase I'll never regret, season upon season.

Anyone else given in to the new spectacle trend? Glasses have become the equivalent of an excellent pair of earrings or a pop of lipstick, to really make your outfit your own. And now, with fake lenses they're taking the shops by storm, coming out in amazing shapes and sizes, the aviator being my firm fav. These I bought for a bargain on Amazon but I've seen them retailed for way more, so definitely take a look online!

I wanted to point out how much you really can play with denim this season. Im loving all the wide cut offs, odd cut, messy hems, frilled hems, frayed hems, tasseled hems (and breathe!) at the moment - there is literally everything a girl could imagine! I'm loving playing with my jeans right now. For example here, I'm wearing my new season TopShop Jamie jeans that have an uneven split cut at the bottom. I love tucking one half into my boots, as shown here or even pulling both out! Theres really so much you can do. Why not have a go with a pair of your own jeans?

Exact featured items:
Boots - Public Desire
Jeans - Topshop Jamie
Jumper - Vintage Nike (unfortunately can't link but heres some awesome vintage pieces)
Trench - Stradivarius


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