The weekend is upon us – YAY! I couldn’t be more happier to see the end of this week. I hope the weather has good intentions this weekend because I have a lot of catching up to do and fun things with the kids planned. It is seems we normally have a million parties and social things with other people going on leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas but this weekend it’s just me and the kids and I really can’t wait.
Many of you might have caught my instagram post the other day about struggling with some bad family news and trying to still maintain a perfect balance with how I look, the kids, the house, work, blog, social media and how striving for perfection all the time is hard but even impossible when you are struggling emotionally. I am so grateful for all the comments and support coming in. I think sharing your life online as a job becomes a little tricky when you are trying to get pass something emotional. While I am very much the person you read on my blog and on social media, I hold back so much. I have always been a people pleaser and the one that strives for perfection in EVERYTHING. It’s totally exhausting on normal days and lately I have been looking at it so differently.
I am finding the courage to open up and share more of my personality and more of my life than just the easy family fun stuff. Not to say that it’s going to become all doom and gloom here on LTM – that will never happen, that isn’t me at all. But I want to break out of my comfort zone and stop comparing and striving for perfection in so many things that don’t matter in life. I realized going through all that I am going through, at the moment, the only person that cares if my house is perfectly clean and organized – is me! The only person that cares if my hair and makeup and outfit are perfect – is me! The only person that cares if I have responded to every comment on my social media, instagram and blog – is me (ok maybe two others because no one knows we reply to comments unless they are on wordpress themselves). You get the picture. I am putting all this pressure on myself each and every day to only look back and think what am I doing? No one else cares about all this extra effort to make my life look and feel like a picture perfect experience when it’s perfectly imperfect just how it should be. I wonder what made me be so vain. I will admit it. It’s only vanity that would make me care how I appear to the people outside of this house whether that’s baking, cleaning, organizing, running around with my head cut off, taking time to curl hair and pick out outfits for the school run. I hate that part of me. So as I work on myself, work on finding courage and also changing a few things on my vlog and my blog, I hope you will stick with me. I also hope I will motivate and inspire you to do the same. I will be sharing another separate blog post, but it’s so easy to compare ourselves with others and fall into this striving for a Pinterest Perfect life. Don’t do it!
THIS WEEK I AM LOVING…
I am finishing up a few books that I mentioned last week and been pouring over everyone’s cozy winter fashion blog posts this week. I have been searching high and low for trendy bobble hats, cozy sweaters, tall boots and nice tops for winter. I swear everyone is finding these items very easy this year and I just haven’t landed on some that I am ready to purchase and in the meantime I am absolutely freezing.
Fritha is the biggest fashionista I know. I swear she should be in fashion magazines and strutting for brands left and right. She always has the perfect pose and looks amazing in everything. I love her style. Here this post is bursting with her vintage chic look with three items and accessories too. Check her blog out….
I admire and love Alison’s blog and love her style too. It is usually bursting with color and style all the same. I pour over her style on instagram and just drool with envy because she puts items of clothing together so funky and chic and I wish I had the knack for that. I am loving her latest Autumn Winter Styles including this cozy jumper above. It looks the part and she is working it. You must check out her blog…
Have you heard? I am running a few Christmas giveaways leading up to the big festive day to give back to all my loyal readers. This week, you could WIN a Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar by entering below. It’s the creamiest and smoothest chocolate I have ever tasted. I love getting a box in for guests during the holidays and each year I team up with them as they always have something new and exciting for the holidays to try out. I am truly in love with their variety of flavored chocolate wreaths like the large Christmas Wreath Cookie. It makes me drool just typing it. We are testing out the Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar like the one I am giving away which feels extra special.
I have been working hard revamping my youtube channel and getting it ready for Vlogmas. I really want to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone and try to get more comfortable in front of the camera. That won’t happen if I don’t push myself to vlog more and do it more in public. SO I have a lot of ideas to share with you this Vlogmas from room tours, shopping hauls, days out, to a few personal challenge vlogs in between. I hope it will be interesting enough to come watch every day leading up to Christmas. So to prepare I have been making all my thumbnails the same so it flows across my channel nicely. Putting end cards to all my videos and changing a few things around with sections so you can find the topics you love to watch easier. I hope this makes you all enjoy my channel easier and more. Here is out latest video from Half Term if you have a minute. Would love a thumbs up please!
It’s been pretty boring if you haven’t notice on my ig stories this week. I normally, share my daily outfits on there and sometimes the kids too. It’s been raining, dark, horrible and I am full of a cold and cold sores. UGH, no one wants to see those. So it’s been minimal on the wardrobe front. I did scoop up this gorgeous sweater for MM though at Asda. I love it so much full of sparkle and ears are 3d. It was a bargain price too at only £6!
I have been working on my food styling while taking Emily Quinton’s Makelight Food Photography course. I hope that it is showing in my photos too. I have such a passion for styling food and creating images that make you drool or tell a story of what you are about to make. I only wish I was a better cook to go along with it. lol Here I was getting ready to make some rosemary roasted potatoes cut into little squares as the kids absolutely love them and all you have to do is cut potatoes up and fresh rosemary and place on a cookie sheet with some oil and bake! Presto!
It’s been a beautiful week over on my instagram community hashtag – #lifecloseup! I get so excited with new instagrammers joining in each week. I am a bit giddy about instagram if you haven’t notice over the years of my blog. If I have to say, it’s my favorite social media by far and adding in ig stories. I truly spending most of my time on there…. I can’t help it when you are all sharing these gorgeous captures that pull me in like these below. Click the grid to be taken straight to the hashtag community and see for yourself! Most importantly come join us!
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