Christmas Tag

Hello Sweet Peas,
Guess what? It’s just 16 days till Christmas!!!!!! (just thought I’d remind you..) The countdown to Christmas this year seems to be everywhere and everyone seems to be really full of Christmas spirit, I absolutely love it. I have a few blog posts planned as we get closer to Christmas and a little surprise as we get to the ’12 days before’ 😉 (and that’s all I’m spilling)
However I wanted to find some Christmassy blog post to please you with right now and trying to scan through the whole of my brain finding some inspiration has proven to be rather difficult. So I thought I’d find a little Christmas tag to get me even more excited for Christmas..
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1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
I love practically any Christmas film but it’s certainly a close call between Elf and The Holiday, they are the ultimate Christmas films. Eeeek.
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning ALWAYS. Santa doesn’t come till then…. Phfsss….
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I have so so so many. Christmas is such a memorable time as it’s a time me and my family really properly get together. The whole of the Holidays is spent together as it’s most of our birthdays in December also, so the whole period is such a special time.
4. Favourite festive food?
1. Chocolate… preferably Roses….
2. Pigs in blankets
3. you’ll think I’m crazy…., but ….. sprouts!
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
I love homemade and thoughtful gifts, this year I’m making my whole family their own personalized gingerbread man to suit them and their personality.
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
ANYTHING CINNAMON
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
The typical mince pie and whiskey of course 😉 but other than that, not really however this year we’ve decided that Christmss pj’s and Christmas films is a must!

8. What tops your tree?
A very funny looking fairy

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I’ve thought long and hard about this and have actually gone mind blank.. oppss.. one thing I did always want however was one of them funny little penguins that made slusshy ice.. yep never got one.. Haha.

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Well this could be a very long list……
I love the clothes, warm cosy nights, twinkly lights, tinsel, singing with my grandad, fluffy socks, Christmas candles, hot chocolate, Christmas shopping, Christmas chocolate, Christmas films, Christmas songs, that Christmas eve feeling. Yep I’m a huge child… and no shame.

I hope you liked this little Christmas post, and if you weren’t in the Christmas mood just yet, you best be now!!!

I tag anyone who fancies a go at this,

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

Christmas sparkle has begun….

Hello Sweet Pea’s!

It’s December! Finally! And yes, as you can most likely guess I’m already squealing in my seat at the fact Christmas day is now only 24 days away (even if I did start hitting the Christmas playlists at the end of September…)

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And yes, in the old Murray house hold, the Christmas tree has sprung up and the festiveness has taken over our house, and I absolutely love it. I am simply not ashamed to say that when it comes to Christmas I most certainly turn into the world biggest child because yes the Disney Princess touch was my doing…

Yesterday was so lovely getting into the swing of things. Me and Mumma had the Christmas playlist happily blasting while we sang along, dancing around the front room. Once managing to finally build the tree and having to go on the search for new lights (I swear we loose them every year!!) we were able to resort to the decorations and decorate the tree, something we never fail to do together. I love looking at all the little memories over the years, even back to my very first Christmas decoration, it reminds me of how much I am actually loved and how lucky I am to have the family around me that I do.

And of course whats December without having a little chocolate every day?! No matter how old an advent calendar is most certainly needed and you really cannot beat good old Cadbury’s.

I cannot wait for all the Christmassy things that come alone with December – Big scarfs and cosy slippers, big blankets and Christmas films, mince pies and hot chocolate and of course lots of Christmas shopping. And well, my Birthday 😉

What are your favorite things about Christmas? I’d love to know.

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

 

The dreaded ‘F’ word

Do you really know what a feminist looks like?

Maybe I’m a feminist. Maybe you’re a feminist, who knows? How would you know? That word, the dreaded F word has caused such tedious stigma for quite some time. A stigma that disgusts me. As a society we’ve given feminism one of the worst connotations. The debate towards claiming your husbands last name, reducing rape numbers or the role of female superheros floods our mouths and minds as we explore the feminist world.

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As soon as you even hear the word feminist you more than likely force your minds into imagining some man-hating,angry, undersexed woman with hairs sprouting from her armpits and beavers growing on her legs. A woman that would instantly burn you alive at even suggesting she should put you together a delicious bacon sandwich. You probably sit there thinking how much you want to tell these called feminist bitches to ‘quit cryin.’ Well let’s have a reality check because honey you’re living in the wrong century.

Let’s get one thing straight without the label ‘feminist’ the bottom end of it is simply, equal rights, equal chances, equal opportunities. Not just for women however every single human being. I feel it’s an opportunity for a stance in empowering men and women to break certain gender roles.  And why would you be that ignorant in disagreeing we all deserve a chance, is equality that inadequate to you?

‘I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there’s on thing I know for certain, this has to stop.’ – Emma Watson

I adore this quote because of the amount of truth is provides. The way many people view feminism is simply down hatred and anger, is this really the way we should be displaying equal opportunities to our younger generations? Rather than the word being taboo, we should acknowledge feminism in a positive concept to progress humans in many ways. I think rather than creating this label upon women, we should be proud and stand forth in and to show confidence and independence in what we believe. If you’re a women that cannot bring herself to the thought of doing and cringe at the thought, then I hand you my disgust.

What causes my skin the crawl most and my blood to boil is the sense we’ve created that to be a feminist you have to portray yourself in some certain manner. For one it doesn’t matter at all if you are male, female, old, young, gay, straight, English or American. Whoever you may be if you consider each and every individual to have a right politically, economically, or socially,  you’re a feminist.

And yes! You heard right you can be male and be a ‘feminist’ without it having to send you down the daunting road of less masculinity. As I said we aren’t out to murder you with like feminist witches however this is just another expectation and connotation, a pathetic one if that. There are many males who have claimed to be feminist recently; Prince Harry and Joseph Gordon- Levitt and there is no shame at all in them doing so. I believe that truly portrays what the whole subject is about – standing up for what you believe.

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Honestly I don’t quite understand the huge deal towards feminism. I say you break the rules a little, go on stand out your comfort zone. I’m a feminist and proud.

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

Boo Hoo and Misguided Winter Wish List

Hello Sweet Peas,

*Ques Christmas music and excited squeals*

Eeeee yes you know it, Christmas is just around the corner and now Halloween is done and dusted the whole world is turning to good old Christmas spirit. I’m literally counting down the days now till it’s acceptable to put the Christmas tree up and dive into the Christmas chocolates… aka 1st of December I become a huge kid over advent calenders!

I absolutely adore the Christmas season, warm hot chocolates, Christmas music and films, and all the pretty lights please me massively. This year I’m especially looking forward to Christmas events around the season and one of my my most favorite parts is the outfits you can perfectly create. So, I’ve been absolutely loving BooHoo and Misguided lately and they have some gorgeous pieces waiting and screaming for me to buy them.  I’ve attempted in depressing myself in all the never ending lists of clothes I love and need…

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1. Caroline Long Sleeve Mesh Top – I struggle in finding the perfect long sleeve tops during the winter however sometimes I find myself just needing something quick to slip on  and still look flattering. I absolutely adore the mesh back on this with the Khaki, I honestly think it works so well to dress up or down.

2. Lauren Cross Back Check Print Play suit –  I absolutely adore this little number and having a few little Christmas parties on the way, I think it would world absolute wonders.

3. Eva Merry Christmas Ya filthy animal jumper –  Of course everyone needs a good old Christmas jumper and I’ve seen this one multiple times now and desperately need it.

4. Ebba Heart Elbow Patch Boyfriend Cardigan – Another perfect winter essential is big cozy cardigans and I can express that I am most certainly in need of one. I have really fell in love with this and the heart patches on the elbows finish it off, with extra cuteness.

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1. Celine Teddy Faux Fur Coat – I’m always on the hunt for winter coats and I do love my beloved parka however I saw a girl in something similar to this the other day and literally fell in love. It’s perfect to dress up or down and looks incredibly snug. Lets pray this is placed in the January sales ey…

2. Cheyanne Velvet Strappy Midi Dress – Now this perfect little piece is ideal to get you into that classy Christmas spirit… Bring on the Christmas parties!!!

3. Ivy Mermaid Sequin Long Sleeve Mini Dress – I’m loving the dresses at the moment and have seen so many of these beautiful sequin dresses which I think are perfect for Christmas

4. Ayvan Slash Neck Knitted Dress – I think this is perfect to add something slightly different to your daily look, with a pair of tights and cute boots and knitted dress is perfect.

5. Nicole X Sequin Midi Skirt – I absolutely love Nicole’s range on Missguided and if I could I would have absolutely everything she models however this skirt I’ve been eying up for so long. Sequins, Sparkles and black… it’s basically me summed up in a skirt!

6. Lara Faux Leather Front Split Midi Skirt – Another item on the skirt hype is this little beauty, I just adore the leather look recently and feel this would look amazing for Christmas paired with the burgundy or red crop.

7. Argona Strappy Mesh Detail Jumpsuit – I really love jumpsuits and on the right person they look amazing! For ages I’ve really wanted a classy, sophisticated one with the flared legs. I think again it’s perfect for a party, night out or Christmas meal.

8. Riley Floral Print Boyfriend Shirt – Last but not least I’m a sucker for shirts at the moment and the detail and pattern on this shirt is beautiful. I feel it would work so well with leather look trousers or black skinny’s.

So there you go there’s my little list of winter wonders… Now I’ll go silent cry at the price list.

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

Together or Not At All…

Hello Sweet Peas,

I have a few photos to share with you…

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Here’s one of my best friends Chloe, or in my case Beardy. No one ever understands why we are so happy to see each other. Why we connect the way we do. I want to tell you a bit about here because by the end I can swear to you, you’ll adore her as much as I do.

Back in the days when I’d rather not remember my hair decisions or my fashion choices, I met Chloe. I hate to say it but never for a second did I ever think she would have the impact on me that she has. Over the years without realization me and beard have become almost dependent on each other. It was only however when we didn’t have each other there to bounce off, did we come to acknowledge it – only allowing us to resemble a married couple.  I can honestly say that she’s been there thick and thin whenever I needed her, from the smallest to the biggest thing. It’s not often you find someone like that, that can be there day in day out and it’s only when they’re gone you say “hold on a minute, they were my bloody partner in crime” …

I feel privileged in knowing that Beardy has come to me for various things over the years, little aspects of her life she has slowly but surely began to open up to, knowing she can put her trust in to me is wonderful. I’ve watched this trust build up, at first cautious however slowly but surely finding hope in me.

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You know the person who is the strongest? The joy to everyone’s day with not a single bad word pass their lips and spark in their step. I always see this in Chloe, no matter what she’d be there for anyone and everyone. I’m one of the only people who have seen the slightly different side. The less confident, scared and lonely girl just wanting to be saved from all the demons many of us face in different ways.

As you know, I’m extremely up in raising awareness towards any mental illness and reducing any kind of stigma. I want people to be fully aware that 1) they should never be ashamed, it makes you who you are in which many people love you and wouldn’t change you for the world and 2) you’re never alone, there’s so many other people out there looking and searching for the exact same support and comfort. Well, I want to raise awareness for something my wonderful best friend has been fighting for many years and I cannot express how god damn proud I am. To hear to words that she finally feels happy, in which she only said a few days ago is like complete joy and excitement to my ears.

Chloe has suffered with the awful mental illness Trichotillomania, a mental illness where a person has a need and impulse to pull their hair out as well as eyelashes and eyebrows. It’s often due to stresses, depression and anxiety however it becomes a addictive and extremely controlling and watching someone be so traumatized by it for so many years is devastating. This illness can cause so many medical issues, such as being blinded and it also impacts on your confidence and increases isolation and social skills. It can lead to frustration and embarrassment in social aspects of life, and involve many restrictions.

I’ve always wanted Beard to know she is not alone and being on this journey and watching her slowly but surely start to overcome these challenges has been outstanding. It will always be a trouble in her life, just like all mental illnesses are in any case however we can clearly see there is a light at the end of every tunnel. Just like me and Anorexia there is always that evil side of you that wants to turn back, it being part of you life for so long these addictions become close friends however with the right love and support we can prove that together we can fight anything. It’s true that these addictions become a coping mechanism, so reach out, don’t be scared to talk about it even if it’s just building up that trust with one person like Chloe did with me. We may have just helped save each other lives and happiness.

If you ever want to contact me or Chloe with advice, support or questions, feel free to e-mail us;

Hollie – holllie54321d@hotmail.co.uk

Chloe – chloebeard1998@gmail.com

Chloe has also recently took the big step in talking about her mental illness and has actually launched a blog herself – http://justcallmebeardy.wordpress.com/

If you could hop over there and send all your love, support and huggles like I know you all will do, Id be so grateful.

Sending love and sparkles to all you little fighters out there.

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

Autumn Tag

Hello Sweet Peas,

Ah I was tagged by the lovely http://jacquelinemorby.co.uk/ to do this tag and I’m rather excited. It’s something a tad different ey!

  1) What’s your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/ Costa/ Cafe Nero etc?

I’ve only just begun to get into the Costa vibes (I know late on the band wagon) At the moment I’ve been massively obsessed with the coffee coolers from Costa however they have been my ultimate summer drink and with the cold weather making it’s way, I’ve had to broaden my horizons. So of course I went for the most comforting sounding beverage and one I’ve been dying to try for ages – Gingerbread latte – and now I can quite wonderfully say this is my Christmas drink.

2) Accessories – What do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?

Scroll down my blog and you’ll soon realize I’m the biggest scarf lover, especially big fluffy, white ones.

3. Music – What’s your favorite music to listen to during Autumn?

I don’t in particular change my music taste due to season, I listen to pretty much anything and everything whenever I tend to feel like it. Although, I must say as the winter starts to call in… So does the Michel Buble Christmas album… (I have no shame!)

 
4. Perfume – What’s your favourite scent for this time of year?
I hate to admit but I’m awful with perfumes, I pick and choose them like they are flaming underwear. I can never really find a  sent I love and will stick too however one perfume I always ask for towards Christmas is ‘Angel’ by Thierry Mugler. I absolutely adore it.
5. Candles – What scents will you be burning this season?
Cinnamon, cinnamon, CINNAMON! Oh god, If you do happen to know me, you’ll be highly aware 1. I adore candles 2. cinnamon is my favourite sent and taste of all time. I certainly need a cinnamon candle spree! Mmmmmm!
6. What do you love most about Autumn?
The colours, the fashion and of course good old Halloween. It’s all so exciting and something about it creates a warming and comforting feeling. I despise the cold weather but adore boots, jumpers and massive coats. It’s excuse to look like a chubby eskimo right? And of course my beloved onesies, my reindeer onesie has already made a reappearance.
7. Favorite make-up look?
I’m pretty dull with makeup, I tend to stick to neutral and natural shades, unless I’m off somewhere fancy. However as summer is disheartening I’ve been using a few darker, warming browns on my eyelids which I’ve been enjoying. Also, I usually stick safe with my lips, It’s a massive no no NO to ever go dark, yet today I ventured in buying a red lipstick… Ow…
That’s it my chickens, so I hope you enjoyed, I actually really enjoyed doing this slightly different post. Let me know if you want to see a few more like this, as I’ve been thinking about a Q & A post.
I tag – http://angisliving.wordpress.com/ My lovely lil fighter and anyone else who would love to do this!
Autumns a fabby time, so make sure you treat yourself to lots of hot chocolates!
Speak soon,
Holl xxx

The last of summer #OOTD and a slight change…

Hello Sweet Peas,

I hope you are all well and your days have been wonderful, mine was great thanks for asking.  It’s been rather jam packed would you believe, so now sitting down with my very much loved peppermint tea, Emmerdale and my little blog is 100% appreciated.

Firstly I had to run a few errands however I felt my outfit today was totally worth sharing with you all, PS. the sun was out this morning, I’m trying my best to hold onto summer! I recently bought this playsuit and absolutely fell in love with it, it fits perfectly and is brilliant for anytime of year. Winter with a pair of tights, cute boots and fluffy scarf? yes yes yes!

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Playsuit – Topshop

Cardigan – River isalnd

Shoes – New Look

Ring – Silver.com

 

While popping out with my sister for a few of her birthday presents, I of course couldn’t resist a cheeky trip into next while she ventured the sports shop. When I go into next it’s always hit and miss, I either see a few bits I love of nothing at all however I must say at the moment their shoe and bag range is absolutely brilliant. I also find next extremely useful for any home wear (I’m secretly a massive sucker for that)

Taking in mind I said I wouldn’t spend anything but also taking in mind I really needed a new pair of boots, I of course went for the second persuasion and bought a new pair of boots… But hey they were too beautiful to resist and only £36, which personally I thought was rather decent. I also picked up a new room diffuser and the cutest scarf, perfect for pairing with some black skinny’s and the boots!

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I also went for a little change today and yes in the hair department, after all my morning rushing around, I had a hair appointment booked for 1. Lately my hair has felt limp, under nourished and un styled and for someone who uses her hair as her pride and joy – this is extremely depressing. I found myself almost in tears the other night claiming to my mum how “down” it was making me feel, and that is sad it itself… haha. So, I’ve decided to mix it up completely and instead of my usual dark try out the old Ombre, and I’m in love. I feel like I’ve got my hair back again and what’s better than a hair dressers trip because hey my hair now smells amazing.

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All in all today has been extremely successful and has left me feeling upbeat and positive! Some times giving yourself a little time and treating is well worth it.

Remember to treat yourself every day,

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

 

 

A little “pick me up”

Hello Sweet Peas,

Oh heck it’s been a while, I’ve missed my blogging but I’m back don’t worry too much…

Anyway, what the hell has happened to summer?! I’m currently sat here back into my jeans, slipper socks and over sized hoodie attempting to to allow my body to feel the warmth again. I even resorted in getting the old parka out of the back of my wardrobe on my shopping trip the other day… yes I was that cold or my body just simply refuses sudden weather change. I can’t lie though I did enjoy starting the winter shop, baggy jumpers and huge scarfs, yes please! On that note, yes you heard right once again I had one of my fabby shopping trips, of course only meaning a haul very very soon!

However today I feel as if due to this now gloomy weather we are all in need of one of Hollie’s little inspirational ‘pick me ups’ of course. Well I know I do and a complete ‘sluggish’ feeling is most certainly hazing over me.

I’ve trying my complete hardest everyday to stay as positive as I can recently and one of the little sayings that is helping me strive through is;

“Storms make trees take deeper roots”

I’ve been meaning to share this for a while now because I absolutely love it and lately speaks a whole lot of truth. There are many times I’m coming to face that the whole world around me appears to blow up into a complete whirl wind. Like a dark cloud is hovering over day to day, as a storm kindly brews. Of course through a storm the trees have to take their hold or they’re simply blown down indicating that they take deep roots. It’s like that for ourselves – our storms, our mistakes and experiences can only make us stronger because as humans we set in ambition to make our mark on the planet. We aren’t made or placed upon the Earth the to just ‘give up’ because I believe the universe simply doesn’t work that way.

I want to believe that each struggle that I am faced with It’ll only impact on my drive towards my aspirations in life. They will continue to provide me with the drive to carry on striving for everything I want.

So, if today seems gloomy or you’re having a little rough patch, look in the mirror and confirm with yourself that this will soon pass and when it does? you shall be a hell lot stronger. You’ll be able to face your day straight on with the need and want to live.

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

#OOTD – Wear what you feel good in

Hello Sweet peas,

I feel amazing today and extremely positive, I feel like I’ve gotten that spring bag in my step a little. It’s such a wonderful feeling, despite the great summer of rain I can witness outside my window (freezing cold in August? Surely this isn’t right!)

I also feel fabby towards my outfit today, as I’ve purchased some beautiful new trousers from Asos which arrived yesterday. I absolutely love the style of my tapered pair from TopShop which I showed in my last OOTD, so finding these on Asos I literally couldn’t say no.

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Aren’t they gorgeous? I’m in love once again!!!

I’ve always been very various about what I wear (check my personal style post for more on that!) in the fact, patterns such as this were a big no no no. Standing out? Being anything but simple or fitting in? Ah no chance however it’s the silliest thing on the planet. If you love the look of something and want to try it then do and I want you to feel bloody amazing in it. If you aren’t a shorts person because you ‘hate’ your legs but adore a pair of shorts you’ve recently seen, buy them. If you find a dress you love but dresses have always made you too feminine, buy it. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident.

I always thought patterns such as this would make me feel like a massive elephant in which I could never pull off, especially along with the ‘baggier’ style. Yet I’ve never felt so confident, I feel amazing and what’s better they’re extremely comfy? As good as pyjamas 😉

Speak soon,

Holl xxx

#OOTD – I’ve fallen in love with a pair of trousers

Hello Sweet Peas,

Once again to my pleasure I received a Top Shop order this morning, which obviously meant a fabulous day ahead.

So I thought I’d give you a quick OOTD because quite frankly I’ve fallen in love with these trousers.

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I literally adore these pants, they’re extremely comfy and the pattern and colours are perfect. Even if I do feel slightly conned into thinking I’m wearing pyjamas, I think I shall be ordering plenty more of these 😉 for just £25 how could I not!

Speak soon,

Holl xxx