It’s no secret that the news is full of tragic events – pick up a newspaper and its slim pickings to find anything remotely positive. Bad news sells papers after all. Reading stories about the horrors happening across the globe is a sure fire way to get you down, and whilst it’s vital to stay informed, it’s equally as important to remind yourself that not everything is doom and gloom. In an attempt to cheer things up, I’ve put together some uplifting news stories to warm your heart…
Social media and I have a love-hate relationship. In fact, I would definitely place us under the ‘it’s complicated’ category on Facebook. If you didn’t know, my full-time job heavily revolves around social media so a lot of my time is spent online, posting on and monitoring Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and various other platforms. I then finish work at 5pm and spend chunks of my evenings scrolling social media, both in a personal capacity and for my blog.
Long time no speak! First things first, I’ve got to address the fact that I’ve had almost a three week long break from blogging. I’m pretty sure a week is the longest I’ve ever previously taken off from posting, and I’ve got to admit that I’ve got no particular excuse. I’ve taken copious amounts of pictures over the past few weeks that I intended to use for blog posts, but nothing seemed quite right. I’ve honestly just had a lack of inspiration and just became disheartened with it all! I became obsessive over my instagram and trying to gain more followers, and disheartened with how I can never quite translate what I have in my head for the aesthetic and topics for my blog to reality. I’m also a photographer down as my boyfriend’s (he takes my pics) work situation has changed so he has a lot less time to dedicate to helping me out! This also means that on his days off he doesn’t particularly feel like spending his time playing photographer. Nevertheless, after taking a step back I’ve decided that over the next few weeks I’m planning on throwing a lot of time and energy into my blog, and I’m working on getting a brand new template very soon.
So without further ado, I’ll get onto my outfit. Slogan tees are pretty much my favourite things right now, because not only are they incredibly comfy and effortless to throw on, they’re also bang on trend. Hallelujah! This particular one is from Topshop, as is evidently heavily inspired by the Gucci tee that’s been making the rounds recently. It’s also my third French slogan tee, the other two being featured here and here. I chose to pair it with this navy sack style skirt, as the red from the top brings them together perfectly. Navy and red is one of my fave colour combinations, for obvious reasons – they look fab together. The same goes for this uhmaaazing red mini bag from Primark of all places(!!!!). Although it doesn’t hold much, it’s the perfect bag for throwing your phone, keys and card in this summer, and it even has a cute little golden bee on the popper. What more can you ask for? It was a glorious sunny day when I took these pictures so I jumped at the chance of bare legs, no jacket and sunglasses, but of course opted for boots because I’m in them pretty much all year round.
You’ll be seeing a lot more from me soon with any luck, so make sure to click that follow button, and check out my instagram @daisycuttings
SKIRT | TOPSHOP
BOOTS | PRIMARK
BAG | PRIMARK
SUNGLASSES | PRIMARK
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…
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?
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.
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!
T SHIRT | H&M
SKIRT | H&M
SHOES | PRIMARK (similar here)
The corset trend is something that admittedly, I wasn’t on board with at the start. The idea seemed a bit ridiculous to me and I just couldn’t envision myself sporting it. Low and behold though, over the last few weeks it’s well and truly warmed on me and I’ve been seeing a lot of things inspired by the trend in shops that have caught my fancy. The style is obviously going to be flattering on many when you think about it, because it pretty much centres around accentuating your waist which is often the smallest feature, so I can see why it’s become so popular. The top I’ve chosen to showcase this trend is a little more subdued than some of the pieces available, so I think it’s the perfect way to dip your toe into the trend if you’re not 100% sold on it. It’s basically just a plain white tee with some lace detailing that you can adjust to your preference, so it jazzes up an outfit nicely in my opinion.
You’re getting two for the price of one in this post, because I chose to pair the top with this military style jacket which is another trend that’s been circulating this season. This particular one is from Primark for just £25 so it’s an absolute bargain. They also had one in a dark grey with black detailing, but I just loved the navy and gold combo and thought it was a bit more exciting. On the bottom I went with some light wash straight leg jeans as I feel they compliment the tee and jacket more than a darker pair would, and finished off with some backless loafers.
These posts will continue to come at you on a weekly basis, so keep your eyes peeled for next weeks post! If you haven’t read my first Talking Trends post, you can do here! As always I’ve linked my top 10 corset detailing picks down below!
Photography by Lorraine Connor
TOP | NEW LOOK
JACKET | PRIMARK (in store, similar here)
JEANS | MISS SELFRIDGE (similar here)
SHOES | ASOS (similar here)
My Top 10 Corset Detailing Picks