How To Stay Happy & Live In The Moment

Living in such a fast paced city, it’s made me realise just how hard it can be to live in the moment and feel present. A lot of my personal anxieties come from worrying about things in the future and what could happen, and I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of you too. When I’m on my commute to work everyone is looking down, on their phones and has no idea what else is going on around them. I’ve got to say that I am just as guilty as all of them but over the last few months I’ve decided I don’t want to be one of those people anymore. I still like to put my ear phones in and drain out the house of screaming children on the bus every morning, but I try to listen something and be present still. Looking up, around and out of the window. I don’t want to be so busy not appreciating what’s around me that before I know it I’m not living in London anymore and I’ve moved back to the midlands. Time goes so quickly and I know this could so easily happen. 

Since being I quarantine, I feel like it’s forced us to be present and think about what’s going on right here, right now. How quickly everything has changed, and four weeks ago we were more or less living our normal lives. Now we’re in lockdown and everyone’s routines have completely changed. Because we don’t next know when we’re going to be able to go out properly or see our families, we can’t look that far into the future; and you know what sometimes that’s good for us. One thing that I like to do now is just take a walk and look around. Take in my surroundings and breathe in fresh air. Realise how lucky you are too have an amazing life and the beautiful friends and family in it. It helps me just to become more present, not worry about the future and try and enjoy the times we have at home. To get jobs done, spend quality time with the people you live with and on yourself too. 

This is a real key for staying happy. There’s so many ways we can make ourselves unhappy; such as comparing our lives to other people’s on social media, not appreciating the small things that we have or the things we have done and can look forward to down the line. But now is a really good time to get back to the core of what truly makes you happy. For me doing a job I love, writing this blog and spending time on my self make me happy. But also spending time with my boyfriend, family and friends gives me the most happiness in my life. I can’t see my family or my boyfriend at the moment, so FaceTiming and calling will have to do, but I can focus on the other things on that list. I’d recommend you have a think about your own list and try to get them back in your life during quarantine. Whether that’s making time to pamper yourself, catch up with an old friend, create that blog you’ve always wanted or just spend time with the people you love. Although quarantine has taken away us being able to go out, we can still enjoy, have fun, love and care for ourselves and each other. 

  • Go on a walk and spend your time enjoying the environment around you.
  • Have a day away from social media and focus on reconnecting with friends and family.
  • Download a relaxation app. My favourite is calm and it's a great way to spend some time listening to music to either meditate or a story to listen to whilst you drift off to sleep.
  • Do something creative. This could be the scrapbook you've been meaning to do for ages, a colouring book or some home D.I.Y that you need to do.
  • Make a list of the things that make you happy and try to get at least three of them back into your life.
  • Take some time out on your own, to be comfortable in your own company and do something just for your benefit.

50+ TV Shows & Films To Binge During Quarantine.

During these crazy times of being quarantine, I’ve been finding that delving into a new series or film is a really good escape. It’s a time that you can zone out into a storyline for a while and just settle your anxiety. Switch off all your other devices, grab a blanket and of course a biscuit, and spend your afternoon binging something new. So, to give you all some inspiration of what to watch over the next few weeks, I thought I would share over 50 of my favourite’s, that I know you will love just as much as I do. 

TV Series:

Digging into a gripping new series, whether it’s a drama, documentary or reality show is one of my favourite ways to relax. I love the feeling of not being able to wait for the next episode and searching everywhere to find it, or spending hours binging the whole series. If you have Sky then you can explore some of their amazing original series such as Cobra, a grabbing drama about the government and the decisions they have to make about the country, or Stella, written by Ruth Jones and is just a light hearted comedy about living in Wales. I love her work and of course Gavin and Stacey also had to be on there too, as I could never get bored of re-watching the series again! 

Or if Netflix is more you thing, then there’s so many series I’ve loved to watch. A great one for all the dancers and cheerleaders out there is Cheer. Everyone was raving about it and honestly it’s a great watch. Shows the high’s and lows of cheer training as well as the athlete’s stories along the way. I also love Next In Fashion, if you’re looking for the a new Project Runway kind of series to binge, and Instant hotel is great for all you interior design lovers out there. 

  • Liar (ITV)
  • Keeping Faith (BBC)
  • The Split (BBC)
  • Last Tango In Halifax (BBC)
  • The Cry (BBC)
  • Breaking Fashion (BBC 3)
  • The Mummy Diaries (ITV Be)
  • The Real Housewives Of Cheshire (ITV Be)
  • Cheer (Netfix)
  • Vicky Pattison: No Filter (Quest Red)
  • Geordie OG's (MTV)
  • Fleabag (BBC 3)
  • The Wrong Mans (BBC 3)
  • I'll Get This (BBC)
  • Instant Hotel (Netflix)
  • Selling Sunset (Netflix)
  • Glow Up Britain's Next Makeup Star (BBC 3
  • Delicious (Sky)
  • Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4)
  • Cobra (Sky)
  • Stella (Sky)
  • Gavin & Stacey (BBC)
  • Derry Girls (Channel 4)
  • Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over (BBC 3)
  • Good Girls (Netflix)
  • Mad Dogs (Sky)
  • The Good Karma Hospital (ITV)
  • the Trouble With Maggie Cole (ITV)

Films:

When it comes to films there’s so many different types that I love to watch depending on what I fancy. Usually I don’t get much time to sit and focus on watching a film for a few hours, however now is the perfect time to tick some off my to-watch list. So, if you’re looking for a girly romantic comedy, to cheer you up, then Girls Trip is a perfect choice for you. It was actually on channel 4 last night, so I’m sure you could find it on catch up and watch it straight away. Or if you’re looking for a film for all the family, then you can’t beat a Disney film such as the new Aladin or Lion King. I know are doing a special discount for their new subscription service at the minute, so that would be perfect if you want to re-watch all your favourite’s. 

There’s also some amazing film series that I love that will keep you gripped for the whole day or even weekend. The Kingsman series is a great one for anyone in the family, with its spy and action storyline and with three films to keep you watching for hours. Or, if you’re looking for something more girly, then the Bridget Jones Diary series is incredible. It follows Bridget, a single girl on her quest to find a man, and all the hilarious and embarrassing things that happen along the way. If all of these don’t sound like you’re thing then you must love a good musical and so the two Mama Mia movies would be perfect. Even though the first one is a classic, I actually love the second one so much. The storyline is so perfect and the songs stay in your head for weeks. They’re a real feel good series to watch and I would really recommend. 

  • The Duff
  • Girls Trip
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Mama Mia: Here We Go Again
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Rocketman
  • The Kingsman Series
  • Murder Mystery
  • Bad Moms
  • Aladin
  • Lion King
  • Frozen 2
  • Street Dance
  • High School Musical Series
  • The Greatest Showman
  • The Bridget Jones Series
  • Fisherman's Friends
  • Baywatch
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Coco Before Chanel
  • Sex And The City Series
  • Me Before You
  • Couples Retreat
  • The Fault In Our Stars

My London Bucket List

Whilst I’m living in London there is so many amazing things I’ve had the chance to do and there’s still lots that I still want to do. I’ve got such a unique opportunity to be able to just head into London at the weekend; explore the museums, markets and cool places that you never have time to do unless you live here. The thing is with London, there is ALWAYS something to do. New exhibitions, events to visit, markets to explore and so much more. So, even though I’ve already done so many things since I moved here, I wanted to share my bucket list for the next 6 months. Full of things I really hope I get round to do doing.

  • Get to be a true tourist and go round Buckingham Palace. Its one of the few tourist things that I've never done and I feel a bit ashamed that I've not done it yet.
  • Visit Kew Gardens. It always looks so beautiful and I thin k it will be the perfect spring or summer day activity.
  • Go to another bottomless brunch. There is so many different types around the city, and I can't wait to get anther one booked when my family come to visit.
  • Go and see Mama Mia in the West End. This is one of my favourite movies of all time and it's supposed to be incredible in the theatre.
  • Browse around spitalfields market. This is one of the few famous markets I've not been to and it's somewhere I really want to tick off my bucket list.
  • Eat in the new Seven Dials food market. A massive mix of all different types of food in the heart of London, Covent Garden.
  • Go and see a outdoor, rooftop movie. There is so many in London and I cant wait until it gets warmer and we can book tickets to go to one.
  • Go and have a drink in the Sky Garden. It so hard to get a slot to go up there but it's got amazing views and is so iconic to the city.
  • Visit the Bond Museum. Not something I thought I would say, but I've heard its super interesting and if you love James Bond, even a little bit, then it's the place to go.
  • Go to Box Park. If you've never heard of it, it's a park full of shipping containers with different shops, cafes and bars in that's perfect for a few hours out with friends.
  • Have a cupcake from Peggy Porschen's cupcake shop. It's not only got an iconic girly interior, but the cakes are supposed to taste amazing.
  • Go to Madame Tussauds. The tickets are crazy expensive but I would love to get the time to go and have a look.

My January Round Up

I can’t believe that I’m already sitting here, writing this blog post, on the 2nd of February. This year has already gone so fast for me and I’m so excited for what else is to come. During last year I felt like there was so many things going on, that I didn’t get a chance to really look back on the year and remember all the amazing things I experienced and accomplished. So for 2020 one of my goals is so be more present and not take anything for granted, I know how quickly life goes and I want to remember every moment. So I’m creating a new monthly series over on here just to round up my month. For me to look back and remember some of my favourite moments and also catch you all up on what’s been going on in my world…

What I've Been Up To...

January seems like it’s been a crazy start to 2020. It’s not a month I particularly like as its always so dull, everyone is flat after Christmas and hoping their purses recover. For me it’s flown by as I’ve been super busy. I started the month with a a trip to Stratford with Ed and a girly spa day with my aunty, which was really needed after the rush of the festive season. I also had lovely trip to Center parts with my beautiful family last weekend.  It was such a great time to relax and zone out from hectic London life. Then, one of my best friends turned 21 and so of course we had the most amazing house party to celebrate. I can say my days of staying up until 4 in the morning are long gone and it took me the whole week to recover. I’ve also had the chance to explore London more; spending time wondering around Notting Hill and have girly nights in with my lovely best friend/flatmate. 

What I've Been Loving...

Last month was a fresh start for me and a chance to start getting back to doing some of my favourite things. I’ve really been getting back into dance and the gym. Pilates, Barre, and hopefully Yoga, are some of my favourite classes to go too. I’ve also been loving Cheer on Netflix and also so many other drama’s. Dead Water Fell on Channel 4 was incredible and would be perfect to binge watch on a cosy Sunday. Cheer just reminds me of when I used to compete in dance competitions, and I love how it showcases the drive and talent of cheerleaders across the world. Also, reading has been something I’ve really wanted to get back into during this year, and I managed to kick this off in January. I love using it to relax and just have time out to escape onto a good story. 

WHat's Been Going on at work...

Well work over the last month has been pretty crazy. I’ve been super busy and really getting into my role. The start of February marks half way through my placement and its going so quickly. I’ve been taking part in strategies and seeing my teams vision for the season ahead, I’ve spent time comp shopping and been bonding with my team. January has been full of building my relationships, developing my knowledge, gaining experience and also having an amazing time. 

What I'm Looking Forward To...

I’m looking forward to so many things over the next few months. At the end of the month I’m heading to Tenerife with my boyfriend and I can’t wait to get some winter sun, relax and have some quality time together. I’ve also got a trip up the shard and time exploring London booked into to my super busy month, which I’m excited about. I’ve not had much time to do it since I’ve been here, and so I’m taking advantage whilst I can. I should also be going on anther work trip abroad and I have to pinch myself every time I say that I get to travel the world as part of my job. 

8 Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow in 2020

Instagram is becoming such a powerful tool in todays modern world. It’s so easy to be able to create and share a message. This could be about fashion, mental health, an awareness of an illness or just showcasing a different way of life. I love filling my feed with influencers who do all of these things. Ov er the last year I’ve really found following positive people, who talk openly about real life issues and things that affect people, are just as nice to have in my feed as someone with an arming sense of style. It’s all about the balance. So, I thought I would share 8 instagram accounts that I love and that I think you should give a follow to in 2020. 

  • Victoria Magrath
  • Chessie King
  • Elle Darby
  • Olivia Palermo
  • Olivia Rose Smith
  • Carys Whittaker
  • Freddie Cousin Brown
  • Lydia Elise Millen

Let’s start with Victoria Magrath, with her account In The Frow. With a masters in fashion and a strong following through all her social channels, her career is on fire. What I love about her is her her personal style. She might often not wear brands that I could ever afford, but I love seeing her pair outfits together and her beautiful imagery is always super inspirational. Also someone who’s style I’ve always admired is Olivia Palermo. I always think she dresses in such a chic and classic way and I love seeing how she styles her outfits together. She is of course always jetting here, there and everywhere and forever got a different outfit for it. She’s constantly on my Pinterest boards and I just love her style. 

Freddie Cousin Brown is also an influencer I love to follow for her style and her whole vibe. Her feed is to die for, her imagery is so beautiful and I’m in love with her vintage vibes. She’s a modern day Audrey Hepburn, obviously with blonde hair, and is such an advocate for mixing luxury in along with her high-street clothing pieces. Then of course there is Lydia Elise Millen. Again she will often wear pieces I could never afford, but I just love her style. It’s so me and it’s what I aspire to with my own wardrobe. I love her fashion content, her amazing walk in wardrobe and her instagram. 

Then it comes to the influencers I follow more for the messages they preach about and their positivity. Chessie King is an influencer , model and body positivity campaigner. I love that she shows on her feed the power of a good photo angle and that no one has a perfect body. She is always so open, candid and whenever you see one of her posts it always makes you smile. In a similar way I also follow Carys Whittaker, on her account Busy Bee Carys. She and her husband James are just such a perfect couple which are so down to earth and normal. I love to her fashion content but most of all her body positivity and mental health references. She talks very honestly, is always so loving and positive to her audience and my heart feels so warm when I see her content. 

Finally there is two of my favourites from this line up. Elle Darby is mainly a yotuber but also a influencer. I love her videos, especially her style and interior snippets. She speaks honestly about her family struggles and how her mum is battling with terminal cancer. She has a beautiful feed, is always talking so openly and positively to her audience. On the other hand, Olivia Rose Smith has actual battled cancer herself and has followed her journey through her instagram and style. I love her fashion sense, and how she’s an advocate for high-street fashion. She’s super inspirational and I admire her strength so much.