Friday, 23 March 2018

The Jumper Dress :: Spring Wardrobe Essential

One of the pieces I'm always reaching for with the temperamental UK weather is a jumper dress. I find it's the perfect thing to wear in Spring, when it's certainly not hot, but a coat might be a little much (well, maybe not if the recent snow we've had rears it's head again!) I feel my best in a dress and tights as it tends to flatter parts of me I like the most and cover up areas I might like to hide a little more, but lots of dresses are more fitting for sunnier climes, that's where my fave staple jumper dress comes in. 
It's a classic piece I'll wear throughout most seasons - Spring, Autumn and Winter. Paired with simple or statement jewellery it can be dressed up or dress down to fit the occasion. If I'm heading out for cocktails, but wanting to combine comfort with style, I'll wear a jumper dress with statement earrings, belted at the waist with tights and heeled boots. If I'm spending a day out and about with friends, I'll go for simple jewellery, a belt, tights and flat boots. Oooor on the complete other end of the spectrum, it's perfect to just throw on for a day working from home, comfy and you feel a little better than working in tight jeans or slouchy PJ's! 

This is the *So Lost Sweater Dress from TOBI, an LA based clothing company with free worldwide shipping! They kindly got in touch recently and sent over a few pieces - this dress and beautiful star necklace being two of them. I browsed the site for hours, it's full of affordable clothing and there's a style for everyone.

What I'm Wearing ::

+++ the beaut mug is from Anthropologie

*These items were kindly sent to me, but all my honest own opinions. 


Friday, 16 March 2018

10 Wardrobe Staples

You know those clothes in your wardrobe that might as well be your uniform? These are ten classic pieces I'm endlessly reaching for and rely on to complete nearly all my outfits. These pieces go effortlessly together or create a good foundation to build an outfit around. Basically these are my fave wardrobe basics - stripey tops all day, everyday!

You can shop my key pieces above*. 
What are your wardrobe essentials?

Monday, 12 March 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week {12.03.18}

Things have been a little sparse on here recently, but I have a very good reason! I hoping to do a big ol' life update video soon which will explain what I've been up to. I have been regularly uploading on my YouTube channel though (have you seen my recent videos?)But I'm getting back on top of things with my favourite blog post that helps me focus on the little pleasures in life!
Georgia infront of Brighton Beach Sunset
Brighton Sunset
(a few snaps from a recent beaut Saturday in Brighton)

1. International Women's Day. Celebrating the leading ladies who have taught me how to be a strong, independent and powerful woman is the absolute best. Last year I wrote this blog post about the women in my life.  
2. Spring/Summer wardrobe additions!
3. A 'sing your heart out to Paramore' moment in the car with Em this weekend. The BEST! 
4. Salted Caramel and Chocolate Hot Cross Buns from M&S. There are no words.
5. Sewing lessons with Granny. I couldn't even take up a simple hem (I can now!) so Granny is taking the time to teach me the skills our Grandparents and Parents learnt at school. I can't ask my Mum to fix my clothes for the rest of my life, so time to get learning. 
6. Burning my Wild Mint and White Tea candle at my desk.
7. Seeing I, Tonya at the cinema - great film and crazy true story. Margot Robbie is outstanding as always.
8. The smell of Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia mixed with Peony and Blush suede, oh my. It's fresh, summery and slightly sweet - think I might make a purchase for my Spring/Summer scent.
9. Statement boots and statement earrings - my go-to to make an outfit more exciting!
10. Those moments where you realise how incredible and inspiring the people in your life are. I've had this feeling a lot recently, it leaves me feeling warm and fuzzy inside which just confirms the importance of these friendships and relationships. I might write a longer post on this, but for now, basically they're all the best babes I could ever ask for. 

What's made you happy this week?

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Highstreet Haul | Zara, H&M, Primark

Despite the recent snow-storms and minus temperatures we've had, I've been shopping for a few affordable pieces to kick start my Spring/Summer wardrobe. I'm loving prints and bright colours and desperate for a little warmth, sunshine and let's face it... a tan!

What are your fave pieces in the haul? Let me know! 


Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Meditation with Re:mind

Last week I started my Tuesday morning with a meditation session at a beautiful new drop-in studio, Re:mind.
Based just around the corner from Victoria station Re:mind is a sanctuary of calm in the hustle and bustle of London life. Calming colours, plants, crystals, salt lamps - the surroundings leaving you feeling at ease before your class even starts. 

I have dabbled in a little mediation before, but just guided meditation through helpful apps like Headspace. The 'real thing' felt very different and was a great experience. As someone who struggles with a lot of 'mind traffic', focusing on my breathing and my body and not on trying to switch my mind off was freeing, to say the least. I took part in the Re:breathe class with Michael and felt very comfortable as a beginner. 

After the class we were offered tea and could stay around to sip, chat and enjoy - a really lovely extra touch.
As it was a soft opening for the first week, the class I attended was free, but classes start at £10 and memberships from £35.

I just wanted to give them a little shout out and share photos of their beautiful space. 
Visit their website here: Re:mind


Thursday, 15 February 2018

February Primark Haul | £3 Boots?!

I'm desperate to update my wardrobe by slowly introducing a few pieces for Spring (longing for a little sunshine and warmth!) but I'm also really trying to watch my spending. I popped into Primark to pick up a few pieces, to refresh my style a little without breaking the bank!

Who doesn't love a Primark Haul?! They have some beaut pieces in there that I had to resist, but there'll be many more hauls to come, that's for sure! 

What's your favourite item? Blue velvet boots win it for me I think! 


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The BEST American Pancakes

Pancake day, an excuse to break all healthy eating rules and have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, right?
I thought I'd share my favourite recipe for thick and fluffy American pancakes!

It's a Jamie Oliver recipe and it's absolutely fail safe.

I'm strictly a lemon and sugar gal when it comes to crêpes, but with thick pancakes I like to change up my toppings - my favourites are Nutella and fresh fruit or Maple Syrup and Bacon.


Serves 3-4 people

3 large free range eggs
115g plain flour
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
140ml milk 
pinch of salt
lemon/sugar/nutella/fruit/syrup/yoghurt - whatever your desired toppings are!

1. Separate your egg whites and yolks into two separate bowls.
2. Add the flour, baking powder and milk to the yolks and mix to make a smooth, thick batter. 
3. Whisk the whites (much quicker to use an electric whisk) with a pinch of salt until they form stiff peaks. 
4. Fold the egg whites into your batter - the mixture should almost double in size and look light and airy with lots of air bubbles.
5. Pop a non-stick frying pan with a dash of oil onto a medium heat. Use a ladle to pour a small test piece of batter into your pan. 
6. Cook your pancakes for a few minutes on each side, once they start to firm up around the edges, they're ready to flip! 
7. Once you've used up all the batter, go crazy with your toppings and devour the most delicious American pancakes you've ever had! 

I've made this recipe so many times and it's never failed me. I'm hoping to master crêpes one day - much trickier in my opinion! 

What's your favourite topping for Pancakes?


Monday, 5 February 2018

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): My Story

I've debated whether to write this post for a long time, but it feels like the right time to open up and write something a little more personal than my usual posts.

In February 2017, I finished a course of 6 sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). When I say this, my immediate worry is what people will think. Will people think I'm depressed or 'crazy'? When in actual fact, I just worry too much, particularly about problems that don't actually exist. I wanted to talk to someone about it to work out the best way to have more control over my thoughts.
Awareness for mental health is ever increasing and although my story is small on the grand scale of things, I thought it was important to share it. I'm writing this blog post because I'm constantly hearing about people who feel exactly as I did and I can't recommend CBT enough. I, like most people I imagine, just thought 'well, that's the way my brain works and that's that' - I didn't realise something could be done about it. I was always saying 'I'm such a worrier' and 'I overthink everything' just assuming it's totally normal and something I just had to deal with.

Then I realised, it really really wasn't.

(I will say now, I am not a medical professional, but this is what I have learnt from my experience. Please talk to your doctor for proper medical advice and support.)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for many other mental and physical health problems.

It was a healthcare professional that recommended it to me, after chatting very honestly with her about how much I worry about things. She was kind, caring and said she felt like CBT was something that could really help boost my confidence and change my thought processes. I booked in with my doctor, discussed it with her and as I was also struggling with digestive health (which can be linked with anxiety/stress) she agreed it would be beneficial for me. She then told me it was free on the NHS and to my surprise, I could refer myself.

I was recommended ThinkAction. I called up and had to answer some questions and talk to a therapist so they could assess me and see if CBT would be the right fit for me. I had to talk through how I felt, as honestly as possible and the therapist agreed it would help me and booked me in for my first appointment, which at that point was to take place over the phone, rather than face to face. I had to fill in a questionnaire via email 24hours before each session to update them on how I'd been feeling.

The questionnaire gives them two readings - one for anxiety and one for low mood. It wasn't until I took my first questionnaire I realised quite how many boxes I could confidently (and quite upsettingly) tick. It asked about things I didn't even realise were negative, unnecessary thoughts that I didn't need to be having, but always put up with because 'that's just me'.

I would worry about everything. Talking on the phone, replying to an email, driving on the motorway, driving somewhere I didn't know, someone not replying to a message, plans changing, feeling inexperienced, job applications - big things, little things, things that haven't even happened yet - you name it, I've worried about it.

I was also experiencing low mood at the time, not depression, but I was unmotivated, uninspired, down and very easily upset over small things. It was the first result of the questionnaire that flagged this up actually, which I couldn't be more grateful for, as I didn't realise what I was slipping into.

For completely personal reasons, I choose not to call my worrying 'anxiety'. If I'm getting technical, it is a form of anxiety, but in my head, if I called it 'anxiety' I would have something to blame, a disorder to fall back on and I knew I would use it as an excuse, because that seemed easier than tackling it head on. So by not giving it a name, it couldn't win and it felt easier to beat.

Although I would put myself through the stress of worrying, the majority of the time, it didn't stop me from actually going through with the task at hand. I was not anxious about social situations, face to face meetings, interviews or parties/gatherings, however the thought of making a phone call would send my heart racing and mind spinning, but I'd still make than damn phone call eventually, sky high heart rate aside. Likewise with performing on stage, get me to sing in front of 200 people and I could do it and just experience very normal nerves, not performance anxiety. For this reason, I think people are quite shocked when I say I've had CBT. I can come across quite confident, but the people closest to me know the lack of confidence and overthinking that goes on behind the scenes.

'Georgia is so lovely and hard working, but I wish she had more confidence in herself'
 said every teacher, at every parents evening, ever. It's always held me back and every single one of my worries, is actually half a lack of confidence in myself and my abilities. Although CBT doesn't tackle this directly, I was offered classes that could help and I have worked on this myself over the past year and I have made a lot of progress.
My first two sessions took place over the phone, as I was told the waiting list for 'face to face' was quite long. After my second session I realised talking on the phone was not working for me. I was trying to hold myself together and it was not going to work if I wasn't a true, raw and honest version of myself. If I spoke to my mum about how I felt, I'd end up with a headache and red eyes from crying, but on the phone I was composing polished answers and avoiding awkward moments. My therapist said it was completely fine and the waiting list wasn't as long as expected, I waited just two weeks and had my first face-to-face session, which was a lot more beneficial for me.

There is homework to be done, the therapists as helpful as they are, can only tell you the best way of dealing with your thoughts, they can't do it for you. You have to be willing to put the time in and want to make positive changes for it to work. They will give you multiple ways to help, with lots of helpful diagrams and leaflets and you will eventually find one that works for you. Some techniques worked for me, others didn't and in the end I had three techniques that I focused on and still do to this day.

The biggest thing for me what realising that 80% of the things I worry about are hypothetical thoughts. They haven't even happened, might not ever happen and I'm sitting there fretting about it, from tiny worries to absolute worst case scenario. It's the most time wasting and exhausting thought process because there is no solution... the problem doesn't actually exist! Through a method of thinking about best-case scenario and worst-case scenario and how unlikely both of them would be, I'm able to manage these thoughts a lot better.

I won't go into the techniques that helped me (we'll be here forever!) maybe I can elaborate on those another day, but I wanted to write this to talk about CBT and recommend it to anyone who feels the same.

It's now exactly a year since I finished my course of CBT and I am so thankful it was recommended to me. Although I don't write down my negative thoughts or worries like I did during the course, I have so much more awareness of how my mind works and it's noticing these patterns that means you're able to make changes. I notice positive patterns and negative ones. I still worry about things, but a lot less than before! Reminding myself what I have achieved and overcome has been very helpful and I always have the techniques I learnt from ThinkAction in the back of my mind. I still have moments where I get frustrated and upset over very small things and I usually end up snapping at my family - which looking back, I used to do a lot. It's generally when I feel like something is out of my control and I feel overwhelmed. But this is so much less frequent and I generally know how to deal with those moments - and quickly apologise if I took it out on anyone, thankfully my family are so understanding and always supportive. (Funnily enough, I've found listening to Harry Style's album from start to finish perfect for when I feel like this. It's got enough punchy songs to get my frustration out and enough sweet songs to calm me down. I mean, I'm not sure this was his intention, but thanks anyway Haz)

I had a bit of a dip at the end of last year, where I felt low mood creeping back in and stress about lack of motivation and not achieving enough that year took over - I talk about this a little in my blog post about 2017. My Birthday and Christmas was a distraction (of the best and most festive kind) and a time to get myself back into gear, to move forward from that feeling in the new year - and I most certainly have! I feel motivated, positive and I've had a complete shift in attitude. I still worry and lack confidence at times, but as time goes on I get to know my complicated brain that little bit more.
Talk to your Doctor if you are worried, they are there to help. Here are some helplines you might find useful:

ThinkAction -

Anxiety UK -

Phone: 08444 775 774 (Monday - Friday 9:30am- 5:30pm)

Mind -
0300 123 3393 (Monday - Friday 9am-6pm)

NHS Website - Links and numbers for Mental Health Helplines

Our minds are incredibly complicated and fascinating things, sometimes we can control them and other times, we can't. But just know, if you are suffering with mental health, you are not alone. You are not 'crazy' and people will understand what you are going through. Don't be afraid to talk to someone, be it a family member, a best friend or a stranger at the end of a safe phone call.
As cliché as it sounds, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel and having someone help you find it can only make it brighter.


It's hard to talk about this topic in a concise way, it was a difficult one to write, but if it helps just one person, sharing my story was worth it.


Thursday, 1 February 2018

January Favourites

The ever-lasting month of January is up and February is here! So it's time to round up the things I've loved this month, a little lifestyle, beauty, fashion and a film (not too hard to guess that one...!)

What have you been loving? 


Monday, 29 January 2018

The Round Up: January

Why does January seem to go on forever? Unlike some, I don't actually mind January, I like to see the whole month as a fresh start (February is a different matter...!) so the longevity doesn't bother me, but once we hit Spring, the months seem to disappear so quickly! 

The 'new year' positive vibes have stayed with me this month and I've felt a real shift in my attitude and outlook on life - I'm loving it and if it could stick around that would be great. I've put a lot of time into one particular project the past few weeks and I'm hoping this year will see the results of it... whether they're the ones I intended initially or not.

I'm writing this on the day it'll be published, the last Monday of January and despite the aforementioned 'positive vibes', I'm feeling a little lost today, if I'm honest. A combination of a busy week last week, waiting to hear back about certain things, hormones, wearing comfys, no make up and a frizzy pineapple for a hair-do and a grey, dull day has left me feeling a little 'meh'. However, tomorrow is a new day! I'm going to wear my new polka dot shirt, pop on a red lip, see the sunshine (if the forecast is correct...) and do some life admin and catching up with my best friend. Pretty good medicine if you ask me! 

As far as self-care goes, I've taken some baby steps and stuck to them so far! I bought a big water bottle with a straw and have been drinking at least one of those a day, according to my app that's about half the recommended daily amount for my weight and height. I've had a few bubble baths to have some screen-free/destress time and it turns out I enjoy them a lot more than I thought. I've had a lot more awareness of the amount of time I'm spending on my phone and have stayed under my limit on 19 out of 29 days - which I think is good going! 

Once hump day is out of the way, so is the month of Jan and we'll be waving hello to February!
As I said I'm going to pep myself up tomorrow and hopefully achieve a little more mental clarity before the week is out... but for now it's time to wrap up my work, clean my room and dance/sing my heart out to The Greatest Showman soundtrack (obsessed).

new new new: I'm going to add a song to every blog post! Music's a big ol' part of my life, so it's only right it sits alongside my blog too. 

Monday, 22 January 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week {22.01.18}

One of my favourite posts to write, my little positivity log that makes me take a minute to reflect on the moments, big or little, that made my week a little sweeter.
Working Womans Handbook + Pen Flatlay
1. Working hard for something I'd really like to achieve, but also realising the hard work won't be wasted if it's doesn't work out. 
2. Daffodils in the shops and little snow drops starting to pop up in patches of woodland. Very early, but hopeful signs of Spring. 
3. A chilled weekend after endless weekends of celebrations since November. Called for sleepy mornings, relaxed evenings and comfy clothes. 
4. Turning to the last page of my first book of the year. 
5. Friends on Netflix. Need I say more? 
6. Learning so much on a Jessops photography course on Friday. I left feeling very inspired and excited to see what I could create with my new knowledge. I also love that classes like this bring together the most random group of people, and apart from having photography in common, you end up finding so many things to chat about. We're not as different as we all think! 
7. Reaching out to someone I'd love to work with on the off chance they'll agree and getting a YES back! 
8. Bubble baths. I could count the amount of baths I've had in the past 5 years on one hand, but this year I realised just how relaxing they are and plan to make time for one each week. 
9. A super fun shoot day with Ems for her portfolio. Arctic conditions, sassy snaps and some serious cry laughing. 
10. Still feeling the 'new year' positivity vibes.

What's made you happy recently? 

Monday, 15 January 2018

How to Spend a Long Weekend in Bath

In December, Henry and I booked a staycation in Bath, Somerset. I'd been once as a youngun' and always wanted to go back and discover a new place, that I secretly knew I'd undoubtedly fall in love with. We arrived and checked-in to our AirBnB on the Friday and left around midday Sunday, so we had a good few days to explore. 

We stayed in the most incredible (but affordable!) AirBnB called 'Beautiful Bathwick'. Modern, light, airy and full of colour. There fresh flowers in the kitchen and bedroom, a personalised typed message on the typewriter and a fresh loaf of bread with jams and a glass bottle of milk in the fridge. Our hosts, Daniel and Anna could not have been more helpful meeting us on arrival and leaving a huge list of recommendations on the table for us to browse. It was a 5-7 minute walk in to the centre of town, so location was perfect. Kitted out with all the basics, there was also a speaker to play your music, Netflix on the TV and a collection of classic books if you felt like having a good read! 
The Stable
If you're looking for beaut pizza, head straight to The Stable. (The cheesy garlic bread will blow your mind, just fyi) They do cider tastings, with over 80 ciders to try and the vibe is awesome. Perf for a fun Friday night.

Hunter & Sons
A banging breakfast spot. A hidden, but well known gem in Milsom Place. You can get your fix of  good coffee and they serve brunch until 4pm, which is great if you've been snoozing all morning. I definitely recommend the poached eggs (I've never seen such a perfectly poached egg in my life), bacon and avocado on sourdough.

The Dark Horse
The best discovery of our trip. An underground, dark and mysterious bar with the most divine cocktail menu. The menu is changed seasonally to ensure the freshest ingredients, which are all foraged in and around Bath. The bar-tender was an absolute babe and made me two 'off-menu' cocktails completely to my own taste, they were insanely good. With no standing about allowed, it's capped to the amount of chairs they have, which makes it feel exclusive and extra special. We were lucky to get a walk-in, but I'd recommend booking.

Koh Thai
If you like Thai food and love the idea of sharing small plates to get a taste of everything, Koh Thai is the place. Hen and I often go out for Thai and we both agreed it was one of the nicest meals we'd had. We had small plates to share for starters, but opted to have a curry each for mains (sliiight issue with sharing when you're an absolute spice wimp...) The Massamann Chicken Curry and Papaya Salad were delicious.

There are plenty of interesting sights to see including The Royal Crescent (pictured below), Roman Baths, Bath Abbey but we didn't particularly plan, we just wanted to see what we stumbled upon. With the town being a mix of your favourite high-street shops and quaint independent store there's a little something for everyone - Check out Liv Purvis' post here for the hot spots to shop. (Liv also stayed in the other AirBnb owned by Daniel and Anna - another beautiful place)

It was the happiest weekend and I've definitely got a little soft spot for Bath now.
Where your favourite places? We'll definitely be heading back!

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