Sunday, 21 October 2018

What To Watch, Read And Listen To | October

Something I have really thought about the last few months is how I really want to get back into writing blog posts. I think it's something that has been so left behind but actually is a really important part of what I love doing and also the reason I started doing this all. Don't get me wrong, I love instagram but I can't write a big paragraph or two on instagram can I? Or get all of my thoughts and feelings out.

Plus being such a homebody and enjoying my own company or really getting hooked and sucked into something it just seems right that after seeing this idea from Chloe Plumsted I think it would be a fun thing to do monthly and it could perhaps become some sort of book club/series/movie chat in the comments, you never know!

So on with this months topics, first up is what to watch!

I'm a lover of anything with suspense. Whether it's watching from behind my eyes or sitting on the edge of my seat screaming at the tv. Don't get me wrong sometimes I need a break and to watch something light hearted but yeah give me anything with a bit of gore, or tense situation and where we are trying to guess who did the dirty and anticipating the need to know what is going to happen next. That's why this month I couldn't decide to just include one as I don't know if anyone else agrees but when the season changes to autumn ALL of the good tv starts to show and it's probably because they know people are more likely to stay in now it's colder but I am just so for it and loving everything at the moment. Plus because I have to watch everything on catch up its even better when you don't have to worry about adverts and you can fully engross. Let's start with the shows you can watch on catch up.

So first up is Bodyguard, while the series is already over you can still catch it on BBC Iplayer and if you haven't heard all of the hype surrounding it, well where have you been?! It has the suspense and the whole who did it kinda storyline because like I said who doesn't enjoy that? It's a 6 part series which for me actually really works as sometimes I find if a series goes on for 22 odd episodes I can find it hard to sit down and watch as I can get distracted by other tv series' and things but 6 was a good amount. They managed to cover everything and it was gripping, never was their an episode where I thought "yeah yeah come on!"

It follows a principle protection agent who makes a breakthrough linking to terrorist attacks against the home secretary but due to dealing with things that have happened to him in the past people begin to turn their backs on him and he has to try and win their trust and show them before it's too late.. oooo I should be a synopsis writer! (I joke I joke) Not to mention if you are a Game Of Thrones fans Rob Stark is your main man and who doesn't want to see him on your screen again?

It's on BBC Iplayer for the next 5 months so if you need a quick but thrilling series to watch when it gets really cold sink your teeth into this without the full commitment.
Next is The Cry. This is the program supposed to rival Bodyguard. Again another suspenseful show and really wanting you to do some guess working as well as eager to see the whole story unfold. A quick synopsis is basically a couple who have recently had a baby travel to Australia due to the husband having a daughter from a previous relationship and he has decided he wants to fight for custody. However after arriving in Australia the couples baby is kidnapped.

So far only the 1st episode has aired although I'm sure the 2nd would have by the time you are reading this. The first episode I feel was all about setting the scene for the whole show as I felt it was a little slow but I think it will be a key episode in all of the mystery unravelling. It is on every Sunday on BBC1 at 9pm and I am so looking to my early Monday finish just so I can always come straight home and watch a new episode. Again I think it's a short series so worth a watch if you don't want to make full commitment.

Last BBC Iplayer show (Damn BBC are clearly on fire already and autumn has just begun) is Killing Eve. An 8 part series and so much buzz surrounding it. BBC clearly know how to do short series' I have currently only watched 3 episodes and honestly don't understand the fuss.. however episode 4 looks like thats where all the drama starts so I will try to carry on with it because everone did say it was amazing

Lastly and all of my tv watches this month is Vikings. Now you can only watch this if you have Amazon Prime, but if you don't have it. It's worth getting just for this series. If you have a GoT's shaped hole in your heart (anyone else longing for winter to come) then I seriously recommend this. Although it can't rival GoT's, I mean can anything? It is a goodun' I am actually addicted. To the point that I get annoyed if I can't watch an episode a night - and that hasn't happened in a while.

It's basically Vikings raiding England and lots of battles and gore and just all the good stuff. Plus the story is so good and baring in mind it takes me a lot to cry at tv and movies I cried and that was only at season 2, so let's see what a mess I'll be as we continue, plus it's still going with season 5 coming soon!


Reading.. bit of a sore subject for me. I used to read ALLL the time, if your saw me I would tend to have a book with me. I flew through series such as Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, The Alex Rider Series. As reading hardcore books such as a boy called it (probably wasn't age appropriate) but I found books like those fascinating and then I moved on to books like Into The Darkest Corner, Gone Girl, all of the thrillers. But then I stopped. Along came my social life, a boyfriend and just general growing up and I never feel like I have time now. Yes, I know people will say well you make time for the things you want to do and I feel that's probably right, but along with catching up on TV or writing blog posts, working on my little brand it's slipped to the bottom of the pile.

But in the occasionally time I find to read I make the most of it. I am currently reading POWER. All about how the world; on in particularly boys cope when it turns out women have all the power. Honestly I am loving it. It's so good. It comes from loads of peoples points of views, mostly women but also from a boy too, they're all from different walks of life and it's well worth a read.


Lastly but by no means least is music. Music means a lot to me. I have so many songs that can take me right back to when I was young and me, my twin and mum used to turn up the CD player loud and dance around like crazy just before she went out for a driving lesson. I have songs that remind me of sad times, of good times and all of the between. I listen to it every day to and from work, I listen to it in the shower, when I can't be bothered to watch anything, when I'm working on posts, in the car. One thing I do struggle with though is finding new artists/bands to listen to.

That was I came across my twin HannahIvvy's spotify playlist. I feel she is going to be so smug about this. But ah well it's a goodun'. It has your 'mainstream' radio songs to all sorts. It ranges from Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus to The Chainsmokers, Kygo, The XX, SZA. It has such a range and I love it. It's just what I needed to get me out of slump of not knowing what to listen to. The songs make you want to dance and they make you want to sit and just listen to the lyrics its a real contrast and yet it works so well.

If you want to follow her playlist her username is Hannah Apps and the playlist is called def.

That concludes this months what to watch, read and listen to. Have you watched any of the series' I mentioned? Let me know your thoughts and let's discuss them! What about the book, read it? Don't give spoilers but is it a goodun? and Lastly the playlist, what was your favourite song, artist, do you know any playlists similar? Let me know!

On another quick note if you want to make your laptop or phone case look as extra as mine, because lets face it using my phone and watching things on my laptop then you can go to CaseApp and make a personalised Iphone case or personalised laptop skin using the discount code PAGESFROMBETH20

I really want to open up my comments on my blog and also on my instagram I really want to chat to people and make my place on the internet a two way thing between me and you.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

24 Things I Learnt By 24

Today I turn 24 and to say I'm not shitting myself at the fact I'm a year a way from 25 which means a year away from being closer to 30 than I am 20 is absolutely terrifying. But currently I am in London and London Fashion Week Festival with my mum, aunt and twin, hopefully having one too many glasses of prosecco or gin's and forgetting that I have to get up and go to work tomorrow. But on the run up I have had a little reflection on the things I have learnt in my 24 years.
1. It's ok not to have everything together at this age - house, proper career, family and all sorts included.
2. Always carry lip balm, chewing gum, spare sanitary, house keys and hand cream.
3. Not everyone is going to like you and you're not going to like everyone - that doesn't make you a shitty person.
4. Who cares if people see you are listening to mamma mia and disney classics on your spotify.
5. It's ok not to have a girl best friend to text every day, even if some days it makes you feel down.
6. You are never too old to start pursuing what you want to do, whether its just a passion or a career you desire.
7. It's ok to be 'boring' and prefer sitting at home in your dressing gown and a good film/book.
8. ALWAYS have pants just for periods
9. It's ok to stop seeing people and stop being friends with people if they don't make you happy.
10. Wash your bed sheets every week, nothing like clean bedding.
11. No matter what kind of mood you're in, always be polite to others.
12. If you're feeling angry or upset, go for a walk before making any decisions, fresh air does you a world of good.
13. meditation and yoga are so good for your body and soul, do more of it.
14. Eat that chocolate, packet of crips, sweets, takeaways - life is too short to disallow yourself the good stuff.
15. But remember all in moderation, you don't want to feel sick.
16. Focus on you, you cant compare your chapter 1 to somebodies chapter 5, 10, 20..
17. It's ok to cry, have your times of feeling down but don't let them consume you.
18. If you're going to congratulate and celebrate peoples achievements/steps forward in life , mean it.
19. After drinking too much alcohol take two paracetamol and a whole glass of water, thank yourself in the morning.
20. Never settle for less than you deserve, asking for what you want should never be asking for too much.
21. If you're tired, sleep. It doesn't matter if you need to nap at midday, 3pm, 5pm or even be in bed by 7pm. Your body needs rest.
22. Learn to appreciate and feel gratitude for the small things, a kiss in the morning, the cup of tea, a bus being on time - the more you appreciate things in life the more good will come to you.
23. Wear what you want and don't worry what others think, if you feel BOMB you definitely look it.
24. Drink at least 2 litres a day, the difference in your skin and health is amazing.

*blog post idea from beth sandland

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Ways To Bring Positivity Into Your Life

Life can sometimes get confusing. Sometimes we find ourselves at crossroads not knowing which way to go and it can be all so overwhelming and we start to panic about what we're going to do and how we're going to create these kickass lives - especially in our 20's when we have been told from  young ages that this is when we need to get our shit together and that in our twenties we should have found another person to spend our life with, be engaged or married with them, be in a successful career for x amount of years, have children and have a house. Achievable? WRONG! Nowadays it's harder than when grannie and granpa were our ages and so we feel like we are failures. I'm not by any means saying that if you do all of these tips you will get the things stated above. It's merely to help you in those times of disarray to remember that life isn't scary and we will all reach those milestones we want to reach if we keep working and keep ourself positive in any way that we can whether you pick 2 or 1 of these ideas, apply it and run with it.

 Take Time To Rest (and don't feel guilty)
Probably the most important one for me. I am someone that can burn out quite easily, I get easily overwhelmed if I have lots planned in my week and so I always need a day or a long evening (meaning when I finish work at 3:30pm) and then I'm fine. These rests for me mean I don't do much, I binge Netflix, write a blog post or two, watch youtube, read, pamper. You name it. Anything that is 'me time' is what you should be doing in this time. But most importantly not to feel guilty about it. Because when you feel guilt you don't relax properly and then you can be left feeling a little tetchy.

Say Yes To The Things That Bring You Joy And No To Those That Don't
This can be a hard one. I'm someone that will always do things for people otherwise I feel really bad and guilty for it. I like to put everyone's needs before mine, it's just me. I will always go out of my way to help those that I love. But sometimes it's ok to say No, because sometimes you just need to look after yourself, after all if you haven't looked after yourself how are you supposed to look after others. Similarly, though it is important to say yes to opportunities, because if you think it's going to be something that will bring you great joy. Do it! Don't worry about any consequences or money, just do it because it could just be amazing.
 Be Grateful For The Things In Your Life 
One thing I really try to do is write down things I'm grateful for. They can be really simple, like I'm grateful for my morning tea. I'm grateful for my bus being on time. I am grateful for such and such doing this for me. Absolutely anything. I try to write or simply think of 3-5 things daily. Because I believe as soon as you show gratitude more gratitude will come your way. But it's really about noticing those small things in your life and even the big things no matter how bad a day you may be having.

Notice The Things You Like About Yourself
Similarly to the grateful idea. I think everyone needs to love themselves, if you can't love yourself how can you expect somebody else to love you right? It's the MOST important thing we should all learn, alongside the whole learning to enjoy our own company. One way that I practice self love and something that could help make you instantly smile is just by saying or writing down 1 thing you like about yourself daily. It could be that you like your outfit that day or that you like your smile or hair, or even that you like how caring you are towards others. Again it doesn't have to be major but that one thing about yourself could really help perk you up.

Learn To Live In The Moment
Easier said than done. But how liberating is it to just live in the moment. Who cares about that thing that is happening tomorrow or next week or next year. Who cares about that house you are trying to hard to save for. Live in the moment, drink it up and take it all in because you blink and that moment is gone, not to be redone. Enjoy the time with friends and family or time by yourself and don't stress about tomorrow. Everything will fall into place, it may not be exactly what you had planned but it will be ok just enjoy the here and now.
Don't Be Afraid Do Things Because Of The Fear
In our twenties it's our prime years to do everything and anything, try all those jobs even if it doesn't sound right up your street try it anyway. Just don't say no because you're worried of failing or not achieving what you want to do because if you say no, well you will do the things you fear. You can only accomplish things if you go at them with full force and not worrying about what could happen, because what if what could happen is the exactly what you actually want and it happened all because you didn't care about the fear.

Sing And Dance
Exactly what it says in bold. Do you feel a little sad, get up put your jams on and pretend you are giving a concert, sing and dance your heart out to all of those songs you love. Dance until you can barely stand, feel better yet? Good.

These are a few things that I try to do. Especially with the change of the seasons, it can be a hard one for many. So try to remember simple and small ways to bring some positivity to our lives.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Can Life Get Boring Or Can You Just Get Boring?

At the age of 23 I am constantly questioning what I get up to in my life. I wouldn't say I have the most riveting life. I don't go clubbing, even though that by no means makes me boring it's just something I don't particularly enjoy. But it's things like this that get me thinking that I am not living my 20's the best of my ability.                                     

Ok, so let's run through a normal day to day in the life of Beth.
6:45 am: wake up, have breakfast and get back into bed with youtube.
8:15 am: leave for work
8:30am-6:00pm: work
6:00pm-11 ish - dinner, shower, maybe workout, sit on my laptop or watch a tv series.

With Saturday and Sunday varying but mostly with shooting outfits (which I love) but again mostly sitting around at home on my laptop or watching tv, perhaps visit my family and the occasional (a lot more often in the last year) meet friends for coffee, food and a good gossip.

It's boring or am I boring?!

According to Sam every 2 months - his words. I get upset and down in the dumps because I feel like nothing exciting is happening in my life and I'm going to look back even when I hit just my 30's and think was that it? Is that all I did? That terrifies me. The thought of it actually makes me feel slightly sick.
 Ever since I was little I've known I wanted to do lots wth my life. 6 months being a surfing beach bum in Hawaii anyone? Yes I know that's a little extravagant. But still I want to see lots of the world. Even England, I've only seen Newquay, Edinburgh and London. I just want to have these crazy memories that I can look back on and think. Fuck yeah, look what I did! I can tell my kids about all the things I did. I can tell their grandchildren!

But yeah here I am sitting in my bedroom most days doing what? Nothing. I blame work, I blame having to work and earn money and save for a house and I blame the fact that Sam likes to sit on his xbox and do you know what, that's just stupid.

It's no ones fault, it's definitely not Sam's fault. The only person that can get their arse into gear and instead of sitting around start doing this, is me.  Life isn't boring. It's only as boring as you make it.

Yes we have things like work that we have to get through and sometimes after work we're so knackered we just need to curl under a blanket and nap. But I'm 23 for peak sake I have all the time in the world to sleep (need to get the fatigued feeling under control) I should be doing things with my time and having funny stories I can share with my blog and just look back on what I did feeling super happy and fulfilled.
 Because that's the thing isn't it. We all want a fulfilling life. I want those days or evenings of little things, bowling, mini golf, walks ANYWHERE, cinema, drinks and getting tipsy (not clubbing), games nights, weekends away, weeks away, trying out new sports. Honestly I could probably write a huge lists of things I want to do.

But really, my mood isn't going to improve until I start doing them and the only person that is going to be able to get this stuff to happen. Well me of course. I need to ask people to do these things with me I need to book these weekends or weeks away. I just need to do as much as possible. At weekends, in the evenings whenever I am able as much as I can.

Life isn't boring, it's as boring as you make it and I am through with being boring.

Don't get me wrong I still want days where I stay in pyjamas and I only change when it's a shower in the evening but change into new pyjamas kinda day. Because they are pretty great. But if I want to do something instead of being like 'oh, that would be nice if one day we did..' and just say, can we do this, on this day or yada yada' you get the idea.

Because let's be honest the quote "You will never have this day again so make it count" has never been truer!

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

A Week In Newquay, Cornwall

Between a 4-6 hour roadtrip away (dependent on the time you start your travels) Newquay, Cornwall can be at your finger tips. Just ensure that you make a killer playlist - or if you're like me fill it with songs from your past such as Westlife, Alexandra Burke, Busted, Britney Spears all that good cringe stuff that you can scream at the top of your lungs as your boyfriend looks onwards and like he wants to leave the car running and just jump and roll out the drivers door. The joys of driving is you can load up the car as much as possible and not have to pay for any luggage check ins and when you're camping this can be very handy. Not mention the foot well on the passengers side (which should preferably be yours) can be stocked with all the road trip snacks required.
Coming from Brighton, which yes we are lucky to have the seaside, city and field vibes all on one doorstep comes at a price. We don't get waves, which means no surfing and if we're lucky to get waves it's when the winds are vicious the rain is lashing down and it's probably also bitterly cold. So that's a big no from me. Instead heading to Newquay means wave and surf heaven. Not mention actual sand beaches which can be a nice change from pebbles. Although I do love the pebbles because it means no sand, which is bliss as that stuff gets EVERYWHERE.

We booked a camping site, which if it's really not your think they have plenty of B&B's which forever have vacancy or no vacancy signs in and I'm sure there are plenty of AirBnB's to go for too (but book early as they do go quick with sea views) But if you can hack a campsite ours had lots of clean showers, a heated outside swimming pool, an arcade - which we did go to for a couple of air hockey rounds and an onsite pub.

Most of our time was spent at the beach surfing but there were a few foodie spots that I thought were cute little gems worth mentioning and also the beaches need to be mentioned too.
Tolcarne Beach
Be prepared to get your butt into shape for this beach because there are ALOT of stairs going down and a lot going back up if you want to reach this beach. A personal favourite for me though. They have a kiosk for hot/cold food and snacks and they even do gluten free and veggie options so if you want their burgers (which I recommend) you can get it bunless and in a big salad leaf or two. You can also hire boards and wetsuits right on the beach so no worries about clambering up the stairs with a massive board, because if like me you are a beginner and only stand up 50% of the time you're going to need a sturdy 8 foot foam surfboard and those things are difficult to carry! They also recently created a very good looking restaurant which I have yet to try but something on my list for next year as it looked amazing and the food sounded delicious. Although quite a popular beach it was never overly busy, so when we went in the sea and spent 2-3 hours at a time in their I felt fine leaving our stuff on the beach, phones and all as you could always kind of see it. Also another bonus, the water was never too busy so you didn't have to worry to much with either being a wave hogger or someone getting in your way (although that doesn't mean to say it never happens so beware)

Driftwood Kitchen Coffee Deli
Every year there seems to be a new opening of some sort and while I think this was open last year we only ventured in this year and my goodness am I glad we did. It was insane. I ordered a buddha bowl which I was informed would be a selection of all salads on offer at the counter. I had pesto pasta, potatoes, cauliflower rice, a green leaf salad with croutons my goodness it was delicious and washed it down with a iced latte with a caramel syrup - my go to. Sam got a toasty. But all sandwich selections can come toasted or untoasted so if melted cheese isn't your thing and the best thing is. The deli comes with a view of the beaches, beautiful clear blue water and sandy beaches. How else would you want to eat your food and sip that coffee.

The Brew and Tattoo
A place visited last year, but not fully embraced. This time round we fully took advantage, I got a pot tea while Sam got a latte, which he said was tasty and we both upon the recommendation of Jodie got a brownie. EVERYONE needs to get this brownie. Firstly it is not a stingy little square that I find a lot of cafe's give you. It was a good big chunk. Secondly they drizzled it in caramel sauce. It was insane! The brownie even had caramel sauce in it so it was so nice and gooey, probably the best brownie I have had. As said in the title they sell coffee and do tattoo's. The coffee shop being downstairs and the tattoo studio upstairs. They offer walk in tattoos from £30, very tempting - how cute would a hibiscus on the back of my arm above me elbow be? But I resisted. However Sam did cave and he got his first tattoo! One thing I find intimidating about tattoo studios is the decor. It's all dark and full of skulls and the artists are covered head to toe, which I really don't mind but can be intimidating. However this space was open, airy and quite colour with summer hits from the 00's playing on the tv. The girl that tattooed Sam said that upon working in many studios she knew how intimidating they could be so wanted the polar opposite and it really works!
 Fistral Beach
One of Newquay's most famous but busiest beaches. This is one of the ones most people flag to so I do tend to stay clear. But I still can't help but visit once or twice as I do still love it and its where the photos featured in this post were taken. Plus when Boardmasters - Newquay's surf and music festival is on. It's where the surf contests take place and where the Boardmasters village is held. With events, food stands, clothing shops and all sorts are situated. (The music side is on the cliffs by Watergate Bay) Plus all the water can be very busy when the waves are flat at Tolcarne (due to it being in a cove) this can be a good second because as there is usually always something. Plus last year, on the sound side of the beach while climbing yet more stairs there is a cafe on at the bottom which does a delicious acai bowl!

Barefoot At The Beach
On the last night we decided to hit up this beaut place. Probably the newest bar/restaurant in Newquay and definitely decorated that way. Think hanging bulbs. Open and minimalist with beach features it ticked all the boxes. On this night I was VERY hangery. So ended up ordering a Pesto Fettuccine with a side of chips and Sam ordered a burger with a chilli jam and bread with hummus to start (we shared the bread of course) Some place I'd definitely go back to sample more because A their menu had so much to choose from and B I didn't have ID (due to passing my driving test and in England they take your provisional away so you get your license quicker) and they had a HUGE list of gins cocktails and an even bigger list of gins which you can pick from to create your own gin cocktail. So next year I will be going back to sample. Not to mention again lovely views of Towan beach.
 A short but sweet little post on the gems that is Newquay. Now as said because we spend the majority of the time in the sea we don't see enough of the surrounding area and sample the cafes and all sorts but I'm sure next year there will be new places to sample and a new post to follow. Not to mention we already have a place we want to visit a short travel from Newquay which I know I want to show you guys.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Festival Time With PrettyLittleThing

Festivals are in full swing and to say that I'm not slightly jealous watching everyone going to see amazing bands and enjoy the whole festival vibe would be a lie. But my day will come (18th August to be exact) and I couldn't be more excited. The only problem is. I'm not a huge fan of festival wear.. I'm not a big wearer of colour or sequins two big things that I see at festivals. But again, PrettyLittleThing challenged me to create some festival outfits and so I thought.. Challenge accepted.

So off I went to the Festival Feels section and started by filtering the search to the colour palette I know works in my wardrobe. My word was I surprised. There was SO much to choose from and so I had to start creating  mood board after mood board on what I thought would work together to help create that vibe I wanted and here we are.

Outfit One - Oversized Tee As Dress

I have been seeing oversized tees worn as dresses for a while now and I just think they're super easy and breezy to throw on for a festival. When I saw this tee on the website I knew straight away I wanted to size up and wear it as a dress. Although I probably could have sized up once more (I got a size medium) I definitely think this is going to be a strong contender for Rize Festival. With the oversized feel I don't have to worry about my arm pits not being able to breathe (don't pretend you don't sweat from the arm pits, we all do) And I just want to help them as much as possible. Not to mention the motif on the tee gave me all the band tee vibes without being a fraud and wearing a Joy Division or Rolling Stone tee when actually I probably only know one or two songs and those being the most popular and probably will only recognise them if the song came on and someone said "oh this is so and so" So I'll just stick with the pretend band tee vibe. Then I thought it would only be wrong not to throw in a fedora because A have always wanted to wear one to a festival and B it's all about the head protection against the sun kids! We're outside all day so it all makes sense, especially because I only recently realised that the UV rays can damage your hair!

Outfit Two - All White with Black Details

All white to a festival!? Is she mad?! I hear you scream. Well yes, it would be pretty daring. Especially considering I am known for ALWAYS getting food down me. To the point where Sam has said that when I get in from work, if I am wearing white I have to change out of it before we have dinner! But honestly white and a tan just go hand in hand and I couldn't resist. Not to mention how cute this little top is, it is currently out of stock online but I have linked a very similar PrettyLittleThing top. Since trying out a white denim skirt I have also wanted to give white denim shorts a go. Because I mean if you're wearing shorts you can do all the drunken cartwheels at a festival right? These fit so nicely. They hit me just where I want them to so I can wear crop tops in comfort and they don't cling to my thighs so no chaffing for me. The only thing I would say is size up just one size as they are a little bum cheeky.

Outfit Three - The Most Sort After Co ord.
 Yes, this coord sure has done the rounds. Especially in the white colour. But you know, I'm not that daring. I couldn't have two white outfits and so I HAD to get it in the stone colour. I just feel the sleeves really give it such a boho vibe and it's pretty hard to resist. Not only has it got the button down detail which I am obsessed with still but you cannot beat an off the shoulder vibe. Both stop at the perfect place showing a cheeky bit of skin in between but not too much so I can still help myself to that all important burger from the greasiest burger van going at the festival and then to tie it all together these killer boots. With a heel not too big, but big enough to stamp on the toes of people that push too much in the crowds (total accident of course.) Plus with the studded detailing I just feel it all ties together for that all important festival vibes.

So there we have it. How I'm going to pick one of these to wear when we go to Rize Festival for one day I don't know. Perhaps I'll have to be totally extra and change in the grim portaloos in between acts just so I can wear all three.

Have you guys got any festivals planned for this summer? I'd love to know where you are going.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

A Little Life Update

So yesterday I broke up for summer. Halle-freaking-lujah! Yes the luxury of working in a school. Everyone was saying that this last term is a killer and I seriously brushed it off and thought it couldn't be that bad, as long as I have the sun then any playground duties and outside duties at after school club will get me through the 7 and a half week period. But my word. They have been tough, you can tell everyone is tired. Even the children and as the weeks have crept closer and closer I have been losing my patients just a little bit, however I have kept my cool and got through it. My little corner of the internet really has taken a back seat. This is mostly due to absolutely exhaustion at the end of the day (I will explain more). I literally come home, have dinner and a shower and climb into bed. If anyone is thinking about working with children in a school or anywhere else because "it'll be piss easy" trust me it's not. But that doesn't mean I love working with them because I sure as hell do. I am so grateful that although I didn't choose to persue a career as a teacher (see why here) Also noted that I seem to right life update posts every July. I have still been given the opportunity to teach at the school I work with, just without all the added paper work as well as acting like a big kid myself, children really are great.
Like I stated above I haven't been the best with my little blog due to exhaustion. Some may call it sheer laziness. However for me its been getting little out of had. To the point where when teaching children in the afternoon, instead of sitting at the table with them I have had to stand and rock from foot to foot as if I sit down I fall asleep, I can't keep my eyes open, no matter how hard I fight and I did actually nod off once. Now for someone that get's enough sleep, has started drink at least 2-3 litres of water a day and has no stresses in life at the moment it did feel a little concerning. So I took myself to the doctors for a blood test. I got no reply, which they said means nothing will be wrong if I don't get a text. However for me that wasn't a good sign. It meant I was no closer to finding out why I was becoming exhausted early in the afternoon. So I took myself to the doctors website and low and behold I can actually view all of my records. I scrolled through and it mentions something about thyroid and how I should speak to a doctor. Although I haven't made contact yet, due to the next 2 weeks being busy and me also heading to Newquay for a week of surfing it is on the top of my list to do when I get back. It'll be interesting to see if the doctors have anything to say and many people have actually mentioned that I should try taking B12 tablets which I am looking into so that I will keep you posted on. I feel this paragraph was a total anti-climax.. oops!
Ok, so now that the summer holidays have hit. It's full steam ahead with my blog. Yes I know I can't just do it in the summer and slow down because it doesn't work like that. But I have given myself the goal that is - this time next year I will be quitting my school job and becoming a full time influencer. It is out their now in the world. Everyone knows my goal and so it will happen. It's all pretty exciting. I'm going to my first event tomorrow and I am so excited to be meeting some gorgeous girls I have been speaking to for a while on instagram and I feel that is the start of everything that is about to happen. Not only am I doing that but I have set up a Youtube account. I just feel it is the next big step. I have been hearing bloggers saying that blogging is dying out. Which breaks my heart. But with Instagram being a platform that brands are constantly wanting content for it can become tricky. Youtube is also something so easily to digest. I tend to watch youtube every morning and evening as I can do other things while it's on. I love the whole idea of videography in vlogs and things to and I also dipped my toes in with IGTV and really enjoyed. That is another platform I want to be using as I think it is really going to take off. So this summer is all about setting up a Youtube, IGTV and continuing my blog and instagram so that when summer ends I can keep up with them and within the year be able to do something I love full time. I am planning on uploading to Youtube twice a week - Wednesday and Sunday and same goes for my blog, I'll be trying to upload on the same days so there will be plenty of content for you to get your teeth into. Not to mention how well we're all going to get to know each other as I want to be as honest and as open as possible and really be talking about all sorts of topics. It's a dream I can feel coming true so keep watching, I am super excited for this journey.

Those are the three big updates for now. Who knows instead of a yearly update I might make a three month thing. We will just have to see if the life of pagesfrombeth becomes interesting enough. I feel good things coming guys.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

A Pretty Little Thing Holiday Haul

England is actually hot and has been for a good couple of weeks. It's quite a big rarity here in the UK so I've been making the most of my summer wardrobe and wearing it as much as possible as well as adding to it. The more summer clothing I add the longer it will stay hot and sunny right? So with that idea in mind I went full blown over on PrettyLittleThing and ran to the Holiday Shop because nothing screams summer like a bit of summer holiday shopping and pretending to plan that Santorini or Italian holiday in your head. But in reality I'll just be swanning around Brighton Beach in these gorgeous pieces.

PrettyLittleThing very kindly allowed me to pick some pieces that would help me create my summer wardrobe for the season and honestly I took so long scrolling through, mostly because their was just too much choice and I wanted it all. However the pieces I decided on I am in love with!

The first outfit I went for was this gorgeous striped two piece. Now I have recently decided to change my whole look on instagram as I want something a little more sophisticated and what better way to start than by picking a clothing colour palette. As I was searching through I stumbled through this and ticked three of the colours all in one outfit, Jackpot!

 With a cute tie front top and a simple mini pencil skirt you can really create a summer vibe with all the gorgeous neutral tones. There is just something about this top that has me feeling quite outgoing and I love how I can continue to get that bikini tan as I wonder around or sip a few drinks or even just forget a bikini and head to the beach. I also was kindly sent these sliders which have actually received lots of compliments. I feel western vibes are making a return and these simple sliders with a western buckle are a perfect way to incorporate that trend, plus still hitting the colour palette. One thing I do recommend is sizing up for the top if you are a little larger in the breast area and just staying your normal size for the skirt, which FYI wear nude underwear with because it is a little see through, but who really minds when an outfit is this cute?

 The next holiday outfit is this gorgeous bardot. Blue being another colour I want in my wardrobe I opted for this colour although they do so many colours. I paired it with a white denim skirt and a black bag and sandal as well as adding this gorgeous layered necklace, I am all about gold jewellery for summer especially if you have that golden tan I just love it! But this blue bardot is stunning. With two tie up details (be careful of a little too much nip) and a cute off the shoulder detail which again before for the summer. I just think it's perfect and something nice about it if you're not all for showing your arms.

Now this two piece and I semi turned into a dress. I got a size too big and perhaps it's because you can tie the two shoulders so could just do with a tightening but because it felt so baggy I styled it with a belt to pull it all in and give me a little shape so if you want to wear it as proper separates I suggest buying down a size from your usual. But again in keeping with the colour palette I want hints of reds and things in my wardrobe too. Again I styled it with black accessories and the sliders just to pull all together and the western vibes with my belt and sliders. Nailing that trend I feel.

Lastly is this outfit. The most simple of them all, but nonetheless no less cute. Just a simple stone colour crop top and some black denim shorts. I ordered this crop top in a size medium and thank god as I don't think it would have covered much if I had got it in my size. I probably would have sized up again if I had known how cropped it was just because I'm not a huge fan of my tummy as you can tell. (signing up for the gym this evening) and with the shorts I would have sized down because they really are MOM style and I have turned them up to make them a little shorter. However if I can get that toned tummy I will definitely be wearing this to a festival we have planned in August because I know I can do silly things and not worry about flashing. Plus it's uber comfortable with that knitted vest.

Also this is a quick introduction to my new hair! As you can see in my first ones, my hair is a different colour and I've gone for a blonde balayage! Which I am still getting used to but beginning to love!

That's it for my holiday and the beginnings of a strict wardrobe colour palette which is fine by me. I'm so glad that the weather is still warm enough for these pieces. But to be fair you could wear the tops with jeans if the weather is cooler. But regardless I will be wearing these pieces throughout the summer and continue that whole holiday vibe.