5 ways to instantly brighten your mood

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Hello all, thank god it’s the weekend am I right? The sun is shining, the drinks are flowing and everyone seems to be in a good mood. Nice weather is something that we don’t get that often here in England, but when the sun does eventually come out to play it feels like a weight has been lifted and suddenly that thing that’s been stressing you out doesn’t seem that important after all. So, today I’ve decided to share some of my bad mood busting tips for when the sunshine isn’t around to give you a helping hand. Without further ado…

Puppy videos.
Or any dog really, young or old. This has got to be my number one tip, and I cannot stress enough how much happier it makes me. Whenever I’m feeling sad or down, I sit on my bed, get YouTube up and watch endless videos of dogs. My personal faves are labradors or golden retrievers, and if you really need cheering up, type in dogs playing with babies – trust me, you will not be disappointed.

Eat some chocolate.
It’s scientifically proven that chocolate releases endorphins that make you happier. Do you need me to say more?

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Clean.
This may not sound like something that would cheer you up, but it can be quite therapeutic and it always feels good to have a clean and tidy home. I find that cleaning and tidying gives me time to think about things, whilst also doing something productive. My flat is tidy most of the time anyway, so I don’t always have much to do, so I like to organise things like my wardrobe or food cupboard. Maybe I’m just weird, but each to their own!

Have a bath.
Is there anything more relaxing than a nice bubble bath with a few candles? I always end up getting books wet in the bath, so I tend to prop my laptop on the toilet seat and watch something. Whenever I need cheering up I stick to easy watching comedies, like New Girl or anything with Karl Pilkington. He makes me laugh more than anyone, and I listen to the XFM podcasts with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant all the time.

Read a good book.
Reading is something that I did literally ALL of the time when I was younger, but I got out of the habit when I went to uni. Thankfully though, over the last few months I’ve started to read a lot more, and I honestly believe that it’s good for the soul. I’m currently rereading To Kill a Mockingbird, which I haven’t read for about 6 or 7 years, and I just love curling up in bed with it after a long day.

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So, basically my advice is watch puppy videos in the bath, whilst eating chocolate, and afterwards read a book in your clean and tidy home.

I would like to point out that these tips are just my own personal preference, and obviously may not work for everyone. If you’ve been feeling down for a while then please don’t hesitate to speak to someone or seek professional help!

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T SHIRT | H&M

SKIRT | H&M

SHOES | PRIMARK (similar here)

20 facts about me

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Hello and happy Friday everyone! I’ve decided to do something slightly different on my blog today, I’m having a bit of a mental block and can’t come up with one thing to write about which isn’t usually like me! So, I’ve just decided so share 20 random facts about myself. I’ve been mulling this over as a blog topic anyway, and now seems as good a time as any to do it, especially since I’ve had a few more views of my blog recently. I don’t know whether this comes across as a bit egotistical, and I don’t know if anyone will actually be interested in a post like this, but I always enjoy reading similar posts from other people so thought I’d give it a go. Of course, all details of the outfit are at the bottom as always!

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  1. I grew up in Chester, and moved to Liverpool for uni when I was 18.
  2. I’m a huge animal lover and wanted to be a vet when I was younger until I realised I would have to put some animals down. I also have a dog shaped hole in my life and want to fill it ASAP, preferably with a lab (rescue of course!).
  3. I have an actual fear of sea food. I don’t know why it is, and I’m fully aware of how pathetic it is, but the thought of some kind of fish or prawn even touching my food makes me feel a bit queasy!
  4. My fave cuisine is definitely Italian, mostly because they put cheese on pretty much everything and I LOVE cheese. I’m yet to find a cheese I don’t like (apart from that smoked one that looks like a sausage and tastes like cigarettes.)
  5. I have a degree in History, and hopefully will soon have my Journalism qualification.

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6. I would love to go on a safari in South Africa so much, it’s probably number 1 on my bucket list.
7. When I was about 8, I accidentally set the fire alarm off in a hotel and 2 fire engines came and everyone had to evacuate the building. This was at about 8:30am so a lot of people were standing outside in their dressing gowns. The hotel never found out it was me thankfully.
8. I fancy Miles Teller, a lot. Most people seem to think he’s a strange choice of celebrity crush but I really don’t understand what they mean – he’s beautiful.
9. I’m a bit of a hypochondriac, but used to be much worse. I once had a week off school in year 9 because I thought I couldn’t breathe. The fact that I hadn’t died didn’t even convince me!
10. My favourite TV programme has probably got to be Game of Thrones. Jon Snow ❤

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11. I have my grade 5 in flute and 4 in piano, and taught myself the guitar – I play all as equally as bad as each other.
12. The best school trip I ever went on was to New York when I was 16.
13. My drink of choice is either a malibu and coke (I ordered it so much bartenders around Liverpool didn’t even need to ask me at one point) or a glass of rosé.
14. I probably partied a lot too hard when I was at uni (god knows how I managed to get a 2:1 still) and now my perfect night out ends at midnight with a pizza in bed.
15. I LOVE MINI EGGS

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16. I went to Glastonbury festival with a group of friends when The Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys were playing and it was amazing.
17. I live with my boyfriend in Liverpool City Centre, and we’ve been together for around 3 ish years after meeting on the same course at uni.
18. I went to an all girls secondary school, which tends to invite a lot of questions. It really wasn’t as big a deal as most people think it to be!
19. My favourite night out in Liverpool is definitely Mathew Street. This is only really relevant for people in Liverpool, or those visiting. Seel Street used to be my go-to, but Mathew Street has a much more fun and care free crowd which I love! Also, Sgt Peppers is a great night if you want a good dance to a live cover band. It’s often full of cute old men having a jive you can have a nice chat to as well.
20. My boyfriend and I will have a conversation about pretty much anything and everything with other people. No matter how disgusting or in depth. I find awkward topics hilarious for some reason. A lot of our friends tend to be taken aback at first but come to love it and join in. It makes for a great conversation on nights out!

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SKIRT | H&M

JUMPER | H&M (sold out, similar here)

FISHNET TIGHTS | PRIMARK (in store)

BOOTS | MARKS AND SPENCER (sold out, similar here)

Casual Fridays

TGIF. I feel like I don’t have the right to say that since my structured days ended with my course last week, but this week has been incredibly busy and I’m beyond happy that this evening will be filled with friends, wine and board games. I swear I’ve never heard of a better combination than those three things, and my 2017 will quite possibly be made tonight as my friend has told me he has Friends Scene It – OH EM GEE.

It’s not been the easiest weather to take pictures in this week, I must say, because the wind will just not die down for more than a few seconds at a time. Does it not know that some people are trying to keep a consistent blog going over here? So inconsiderate. Thankfully we managed to find some shelter from the gales in a very glamourous car park so not all is lost, but unfortunately my windswept hair could not be saved. You win some you lose some.

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I opted for a very sensible, weather appropriate outfit today (minus the bare ankles – one can only be so sensible.) This jumper has been an absolute life saver for me this winter, so you can imagine my panic when I couldn’t find it last week. Thankfully it had just managed to make its way into the chaos that is the bottom of my wardrobe (I can’t be the only one). It’s from H&M, who have been killing it with knitwear recently in my opinion. My jeans have featured on my blog before, and it’s no surprise that I’m including them again because they’ve hardly been off me since I bought them – I’d had my eye out for the perfect pair of light wash, cropped straight leg jeans, and I definitely struck gold with these. They’re the FAYE jeans from the Miss Selfridge sales, which means that unfortunately they may not be available in store anymore but you can find similar pairs pretty much everywhere on the highstreet at the moment if anyone is interested.

The shoes are my favourite aspect of this outfit, and tie everything together quite nicely I think. They’re covered in some kind of reptilian print (possibly snake? possibly some type of lizard? I don’t know but I like them) and have a wooden block heel. They’re from Topshop, and yes, I’ve done it again and included something that is no longer available – SORRY. I’ve included something similar down below though.

Anyhoo, time to crack open the rosè and brush up on my Friends trivia (like I need to brush up pfft).

-Daisy, x

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JUMPER| H&M (similar here)

JEANS | MISS SELFRIDGE (similar here)

BOOTS | TOPSHOP (similar here)

BAG | LIPSY (similar here)