Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear me, happy bithday to me!
Well incase you hadn't guessed from that very subtle intro, today is my birthday! I plan to spend the day treating myself, eating my body weight in cake and drinking more than my fair share of bubbly not to mention opening some hopefully very lovely presents. So to share the birthday love you can take 25% off all orders placed this week using the code BIRTHDAYGIRL. The code expires at midnight on Sunday so you have plenty of time to treat yourself to some beautiful sparkly presents of your own!
I've been having a little bit of an identity/early mid-life crisis recently, I should know better but sometimes it is just too easy to get dragged down into the day to day drudgery that life can become. I am a wife and I am a mother but that doesn't mean that I should abandon myself. Should I give up the things that make my heart sing and add sparkle to my life? I love my daughter but having a baby and managing to keep her alive for the last four years (whoop go me!) shouldnt feel like my defining feature. FYI nursery teachers my name is not Lily's mom it is Holly! I love my daughter but I also love ridiculous shoes, searching for the perfect vintage dress, drinking gin and dancing til my feet bleed.
I often feel like I am caught between two worlds and I'm not really sure I belong in either. I will never be part of the mumsnet brigade but equally I have responsibilities so I can't be spontaneous and have new adventures like your average twenty something. (Seriously I require at least four weeks notice for an evening out!) People talk a lot about work life balance but never about balancing the aspects of your personal life. Is it not important to make sure that your entire life is not defined by one part of who you are?
Being a mother and retaining your identity is fucking hard, doing that and running a business is even harder! There may be days when it all just feels too much and I feel lost in a sea of demands and housework but I will never stop trying to find that balance. Yes I am a mom but aside from that I'm also a pretty god damn awesome human being. Finding the balance may be a struggle but it's got to be possible. (Please tell me it is!)
Do you ever struggle with finding a balance? How do you go about reclaiming yourself when you feel lost? Hit me up with your tips and tricks!
I am guilty of regularly beating myself up for not being perfect, but no more! Our imperfections are what makes us interesting, they are what make us unique.We should all strive to be the best person we can be but we should never berate ourselves for falling short of some hypothetical ideal.
Work hard, enjoy all that life has to offer and love yourself completely!
A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to be invited to an amazing event. The very lovely Sarah of The Prosecco Diaries organised an amazing evening of prosecco tasting, cheese, bloggers and some good old-fashioned pampering at super cool vintage salon The Painted Lady in Shoreditch.
After hopping on a train from the midlands to the city I arrived at The Painted Lady and immediately fell a little bit in love. Spread over two floors the salon is a little haven filled with stunning decor details. The exposed brickwork, fairy lights, art deco furniture, working record players and even taxidermy come together to create an uber cool piece of paradise in the centre of Shoreditch. ( I will definitely be booking myself in next time I'm in london!) Always the early bird I was the first one to arrive while our lovely host was getting her hair done, it was a cunning plan on my part as it meant I got first dibs on the yummy pink arrival cocktail! Sarah created a beautiful rhubarb and custard cocktail that was sneakily lethal after a few glasses hic!
The next few hours were spent getting our nails did, having our hair primped and preened and indulging in lots of yummy M&S cheese, seriously girly cupcakes and bottle after bottle of prosseco very generously provided by Marks and Spencer (Bellant NV and Prosecco Zardetto NV), Tesco (Finest Prosecco NV), The Co-operative (Co-operative Prosecco), Sainsbury's (Taste the Difference Prosecco) and Waitrose (Waitrose Prosecco)
After much giggling, gossiping and prosecco guzzling it was time to rate our favourites. Although all of them tasted pretty darn good to me my winner of the evening was the prosecco from Waitrose I could have quite happily carried on drinking it all night! (I doubt my head would have thanked me in the morning though) I only wish that all evenings could be spent chatting with some incredible bloggers, stroking Nelson the fox, drinking bubbles out of vintage teacups and getting my nails done by the lovely Tina of Shoreditch Nails, my manicure even lasted a full seven days which is definitely some kind of record for me!
I very sadly had to leave the party early to get my train back to Birmingham - majorly sad times!!! But to cheer me up I headed on my way with a goodie bag filled to the brim with some seriously fabulous things!
This isn't even everything! We were treated to gorgeous floral tweezers, eyelash curlers and some flirty eyelashes from The Vintage Cosmetic Co, fun acrylic earrings and hair clips from Punky Pins whose new valentines collection definitely has my heart a flutter, some quirky temporary tats and nail decals from Inkwear and some vintage perfect seamed stockings from the amazing What Katie Did. Not to mention one of the must haves for any red lipstick wearer - some Lipcote, pretty stationary from The Magic Notebook, amazing hair products from Davines, more Hampstead tea than you can shake a stick at, beautiful accessories from Gemma Bishop, luxury chocolate goodness from Melt and a very cheeky calendar from The Cheek Of It Burlesque. I also provided some super sparkly heart shoe clips for my fellow bloggers to pretty up their shoes with!
I would like to give a massive thank you to Sarah for organising, the staff at The Painted Lady for being amazing, the sponsors for being so incredible generous and to all the lovely ladies that attended for being so much fun to gossip with! Here's hoping there shall be another one very soon!!!
2014 is now upon us and the internet is awash with hope filled resolutions and dreams for the year to come. The food and alcohol fuelled haze of the festive period has been shaken off it is time to put your best foot forward.
It has taken me longer than usual this year to decide on a "resolution", I remember all too well the abandoned or broken resolutions of years gone by. So this year I wanted to keep it simple, I wanted to focus on something that I would be excited to commit to. I wanted to make a promise to myself that would make the year to come full of possibility and new experiences.
So I have set myself just one resolution for 2014. I will make this the year that I say yes more. I will not sidestep new experiences because they scare me. I will open myself up to exciting opportunities and new adventures. No matter how big or small, in my personal or professional life I will take full advantage of all that 2014 has to offer.
I have taken the first baby steps to being open to the unknown by relinquishing my obsessive control over my hair. I am going to be a hair model for a competition which means my hair will be cut and coloured with no ideas or input from me - EEEK! This may not seem like a big deal but no-one other than myself has touched my hair in over 4 years so expect some Americas next top model style makeover meltdown!
Let's make 2014 a rollercoaster ride of love, excitement, happiness and maybe even a few surprises. All you have to do is say yes!
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