Over the last month or more there is something that has really been on my mind so following on from my recent Instagram post with regards to Mental Health Awareness, I thought I would head on over here to get my opinions down in writing in my little space that I occupy on the World Wide Web! After all, that is what a blog is all about no?
People may or may not always agree with what I have to say and that is absolutely fine. It’s my blog and I write my thoughts and life experiences down. You don’t have to like it and you certainly don’t have to read it. With that said I am writing about a sensitive subject today and would love to know your thoughts or even experiences with what I will go on to talk about because I find it very interesting what you all have to say also.
I won’t beat around the bush and get straight to my point. Mental illness or poor mental health is not a joke. It never was and never will be so it angers me incessantly when people use it in a ‘jokey’ way. It is neither cool, funny or OK to call people ‘crazy’, ‘psycho’, ‘mental’ or any other words linked to mental illness in a derogatory manner or as a means of insult. It actually reflects more on the person calling others names than it does on the person it is being aimed at. It is in fact a very serious illness that should be taken far more seriously than it currently is because people that take part in this behaviour, in my opinion, are part of the problem.
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I just got back from a flying visit to my other home, Corfu – Greece. I was there for Orthodox Easter and if you have never visited Greece before then Easter is definitely one of the best times to go. Namely Corfu, as they have their own traditions that really set them apart from the other islands. I will go into more detail about that separately because it deserves a dedicated post, it’s THAT GOOD! I also warn you that this post is fairly photo heavy, I have some fab new spring pieces to share with you.
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My 3rd decade is rapidly approaching (tomorrow in fact) and I got to thinking about a number of things lately.
What have my 20’s taught me? What valuable life lessons have I learnt? Would I do anything differently? If my 30 year old self could meet my 20 year old self what would the wise old me tell the naive young me? What advice would I impart?
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A human can go for more than three weeks without food (Mahatma Gandhi survived 21 days of complete starvation), but water is a different story. At least 60% of the adult body is made of it and every living cell in the body needs it to keep functioning. So there you have it, you cannot survive without water…..Micellar water that is!
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Believe it not I started writing this blog post 2 years ago!! It has sat in my drafts ever since. I have edited it, added to it, removed parts, even at one time I deleted it! Each time it has had a very different tone. When I first read it back months after initially writing it, I felt like I was reading something written by someone else. It certainly wasn’t ‘me’ at all and in actual fact quite a surreal experience to see just how affected I was by everything at the time of my first draft. I will warn you now it is long!
Fast forward 2 years and how things have changed! I am finally ready to publish my inner thoughts on the subject. What I went through and how things are on the other side of the nasty experience that is a broken heart….
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A while back I put together a (very long) post about my wonderful weekend in the beautiful city of Rome. I rambled on (and on….and on, sorry!) for a while about how great the place was and reminisced about all the amazing food I consumed. This post is going to be more about tips and places I really enjoyed that I would recommend others to visit. If you have an upcoming visit planned then read on. I like to research a new place before I visit and I would have loved to stumble across a post like this when planning my getaway. So I will get straight to it and I hope the information I have put together will help you plan a successful trip to this beautiful city. (Beware, it is a text-heavy post!)
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Firstly I should apologise for my absence. I am currently away in Greece all summer and I have decided to have a complete break from blogging while I am here, for a number of reasons.
I don’t have Internet access in my apartment and I am out all day and night without my laptop. I also just wanted and needed some time out. Blogging takes a lot of time and dedication. I feel I have become stale in my blog posts of late and therefore don’t want to continue with the same content that I am not 100% happy with. I want to bring you fresh content and this is going to need dedicated time when I have it, I don’t want to just rush out poor quality posts in order to just have content available. Towards the end of summer, October time I will be back and using the opportunity of where I am to get some great photos and create a whole host of content for you guys.
I also want to add new content but not entirely sure on which way I want to take the blog yet. I also need some me time, after going through quite a lot last year and hitting some real low points I just need time to be selfish and focus on myself. I am learning new things everyday and sometimes ‘me time’ does you the world of good. I have never been happier than I am right now and I want to continue this fun journey.
I am still posting all my outfits and pictures of when I’m out and about over on my Instagram – gillianleerose so follow me there to see what I’m up to.
Thank you for being so understanding and above all patient and sticking around.
Swimsuit : Missguided
Dress: Honey Dolls Boutique* // Shoes: Boohoo* // Lipstick: Sleek Make Up
Looking for a dress for all your Christmas parties? Look no further! Honeydolls boutique is a newly set up online boutique stocking bandage dresses in a range of styles and colours, the best bit is they are about half the price of what other retailers charge for these style dresses. They are so figure hugging and such good quality that they really hold you in and keep it firm in all the right places. They also do a small range of tops and skirts so you can mix and match to find a combo you like.
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Dress: Red Velvet* // Boots: ASOS // Watch: Michael Kors
As Christmas is just around the corner, like mine, I am sure your social calendar will be filling up fast with parties and events. Whether it’s your office Christmas do, dinner parties or even just afterwork drinks with friends you will want to look your best. Everyone makes that extra special effort at Christmas time and theres always a whole lot of sparkle during the month of December. This dress is an absolute gem….literally! It has beautiful neck detail and the best bit is there is no need for any accessorising. The dress does all the work so it is the best option when you are in a hurry and need to throw something on without thinking about all the extras to go with it.Read More »
Coat: Missguided // Jumper: Joy* // Skirt: Topshop // Boots: ASOS (similar)
Hat: Primark (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors
Monochrome never fails to date. It always looks simple but chic and you can rely on monochrome when you’re having one of those days, we’ve all had time and time again, when absolutely everything you try on looks hideous. Monochrome comes and goes in the fashion world and as a trend will continue to do so for the long foreseeable future. Items like black boots and fedoras just finish off a look so well in the winter. Boots mean that you can brave it and bare your legs but still keep toasty with warm socks and a pair of go-with-everything ankle boots. This cosy teddy coat is one of the warmest coats I’ve bought in a while. Missguided have really stepped up their coat game this year and that is where I have bought the majority of mine so far. It really does keep you super toasty and the colour goes with so much too.
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