MONDAY ESSENTIALS #2

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(Picture is by my best gal pal, photographer Alishia Farnan. This is an image from her project Leafy Dreams, and it makes me the happiest. I have it framed, too. Instagram link here.)

  • The new The Xcerts album: currently streaming on The Independent alongside an interview with the band. I've been waiting 4 years for this album!
  • Nars Cruella lip pencil.
  • Dry shampoo - my current pick is Lush's No Drought.. and a lot was used this morning. 9am Monday morning lectures are not the one.
  • Several cups of chai tea.
  • The heating being on.. it's pretty chilly today.

I had planned on putting together another post last week, but it was a bit of a strange one and circumstances left me not wanting to/having nothing to post about.

What have been your Monday Essentials this week? Let me know in the comments! And don't forget to check out Alishia's work!

MONDAY ESSENTIALS #1

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Pretty (but comfy) underwear.
A cosy knit jumper or cardigan.
A good workspace. (Isn't my new desk just delightful? Still working on making it super "me".)
A plan for the week ahead.

And this song; because how could you not want to dance around like a crazy person when you hear it? Just me?

This post is based on this tweet I made last week. But maybe they will become a regular thing? Monday's are hard to get through after all.

What are your Monday Essentials? I'd love to know in the comments or on Twitter!

AUTUMN VIBES

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autumn vibes

This afternoon Callum came up to Glasgow and we took a little walk up to the Glasgow Necropolis, first stopping in by Tinderbox for a warm drink to keep us cosy. Mainly because I haven't yet bought gloves this year and needed something to keep my hands warm. I've never been to the Necropolis before and it was really interesting to see all the graves of people who died mostly over 100 years ago. It's so peaceful too, which is a nice escape when you live in the middle of a massive city.

Autumn is my favourite time of year. Everything feels so clean, crisp and new, a bit like a fresh start. I'm just trying to enjoy it as much as possible before it ends and we're in the depths of winter.

Im also selling my Dr Marten 1460 boots over on Depop (here). Selling them to fund a new pair as my feet just hate these for some reason. If you, or someone you know, is after a pair please take a look.. I'm asking £50.

Outfit;
Forever 21 trousers and coatigan, vintage jumper, Dr Martens 1461 pw shoes
Urban Oufitters scarf, American Apparel hat, Next bag, Tiffany & Co. necklace.

THE SUN STILL RISES, EVEN THROUGH THE RAIN

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In the six months (yes, six!) since I have last updated this little space, not much has happened and yet, a lot has happened. I've finished my second year of university, been to America to meet family I've never met before, had problems with my stomach (which are still ongoing), went to London with Callum, got a new tattoo, got my hair cut short, one of my best friends had a baby who I am in love with, I worked full-time in a job I love (as much as retail can be shit sometimes, it can also be good) and started my third year of university.


At the start of the year, I began to acknowledge the fact that for the past seven years, the sadness I have been feeling is actually mild depression. I had never regarded it in this way before, because I always thought it wouldn't happen to me.. What do I have to be sad about? The answer to that is nothing, and yet here we are. I just am. In the summer, I started to experience anxiety in a way I have never experienced it before and actually had to take time off of work because of it. I struggle with both of these things daily. Sometimes it's hard to get out of bed, shower, make a phone call.. even reply to a text message. It's hard to remember that I am not alone. But I'm not, I have a wonderful support system all around me. From friends not giving up on getting me to hang out, to ones just checking in, to my parents for offering up their support in any way. All of this came from opening up about how I'm feeling. A lot more people suffer from mental health issues than you may realise, and it's nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.

However, there's such a stigma with mental health. It isn't talked about, and if you can't see the problem then it must not exist. It must not be serious. But it is. 1 in 4 people will experience a problem with their mental health (reference), which I find some comfort in if I'm honest. You are not alone in how you're feeling, and you don't have to deal with it alone either. Help is always going to be there for you, you just need to pluck up the courage to ask for it.

Today is World Mental Health Day. This isn't why I'm making this post, I had planned to do a catch up/"hey I might start blogging again" post sometime soon, but today seemed quite fitting to make it. In no way am I recovered, but I'm trying. Really trying. And it really does make all of the difference to ask for help and to just try.

So there it is. What's been going on with me. If you still follow this blog in the hopes I will post again, then I do thank you. Because I plan on it. I'm not sure what about, but I may just go for it and see what happens.