SS: Sunday Saves (#83)

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Hello everyone and welcome back to another Sunday Saves! If you’ve never been here before, this is the time of the week where I choose five posts that I have read and loved, relating to a chosen topic, and talk about them. This week I’m talking about personal style, and I have a blog post coming up soon on my own personal style struggle and how at twenty six, I’m still trying to find my own style.

1) Katy Belle (On Discovering Your Personal Style)

There’s always one woman you know who kills it every time with style and fashion and makes it seem so effortless; Katy is this woman and if you just look at her blog, you’ll see very fast why I think this. This post of Katy’s is about two years old but for me, it’s still very relevant. She talks about being in a similar position to myself but also realising that she wants to set herself free from buying clothes that she only likes and doesn’t love. It’s really important when buying new clothes that you genuinely love them, or else, why do you want to spend your money on something that you either don’t feel confident in or you “think” it will grow on you.

2) Thred Up (How To Wear One Pair Of Jeans All Weekend Long)

Hilary is my type of woman. I live in jeans; if I’m not in my workout leggings, I’m in jeans. I went through a stage in college when all I would wear was jeggings but I’m a jeans woman through and through. From the office, to a date night right through to Sunday brunch, we can see how one pair of jeans can do quite a few occasions and that’s what I really loved about this post. With my personal style in particular, I want to move from a plain jumper and a pair of jeans to dressing it up a little more so I’ve found some real style inspiration from this.

3) Life Unexpected (What Mama Wore #1)

Chloe’s idea behind her new weekly series “What Mama Wore” is lovely. She talks about her blog has primarily been focused around her daughter (who is so adorable!) but now that she’s starting school, she’s wanting to bring the focus back to herself and developing her style is one way that she’s planning to do this. I can’t wait to see how this series developed with Chloe; her first post talks more in detail about her style fears and her reasons for wanting to develop into more of a personal style. I also love the pink jumper she mentions (even though I have just said above that I want to move away from wearing jumpers all the time), I might need to see if I can find a similar one (and she gives you recommends on ones that are similar to the one she’s picked). I just really love the idea behind it!

4) Style & Life by Susana (Basic Wardrobe Winter Essentials For Style)

If you’re not sure about the winter essentials that you need to look good but keep warm, Susana has you covered. I already have a statement coat and while I feel like I’m too short to pull off over the knee boots, I feel like a turtleneck jumper is next on my winter essential wish list. Absolutely loved this must have list by Susana and I would even say this would be a good list if you were trying to structure your wardrobe by a capsule wardrobe theme or a seasonal minimalism view, this would be perfect.

5) Colours and Carousels (Finding Your Own Style Comfort Zone – And Going Beyond It)

Charlotte and I think on the same wave length. She talks about her metallic dress and on the rare time I wear a daytime dress, my first thought also is “How can I dress this down?” because I know for me, if I were to wear a dress and no-one is used to seeing me in a dress, I feel like I stand out like a sore thumb and everyone is looking at me. I get very anxious and because I’m not someone who loves attention on myself (This is one of the reasons why I don’t have birthday parties and it’s the main reason I dread when I get married; everyone looking at me? Aah!) dressing it down would be my go-to thought. Charlotte’s main point of her post is to find your comfort zone and just push past it with little baby steps. For me, I don’t want to dress down that dress, I want to dress my jeans up with a fancy pair of heels or wear a statement necklace to bring out a neutral outfit. It’s just about taking those baby steps first.

Well that’s all from my Sunday Saves today, thank you so much for taking the time to read and make sure to take a read of the other blogs mentioned too. Have a great week!

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SS: Sunday Saves (#82)

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Good morning, good afternoon or good evening all, and welcome back to another edition of my Sunday Saves. As you know from last week’s post, I decided to make a few changes to the series and I got quite positive feedback from it which I’m over the moon about, so thank you if you are a reader of the series. 

This week’s theme is minimalism. For the last number of months, I’ve been thinking of decluttering, minimising and becoming more of a conscious buyer so it’s a subject that I am very interested in at the minute. I asked on Twitter during the week for minimalism blog recommendations, so I’ll link the tweet here so you can go and see the other recommendations.

1) No Side Bar (7 Ways To Make This Year More Mindful)

Coming off the back of last week’s post about New Years Resolutions, I thought this would be quite a nice one to start off this week’s post with. Melani talks about being mindful and no, it’s not all sitting for three hours a day in silence, it’s so much more. Having a daily practice, even if that’s waking up at the same time every morning and having a cup of tea or taking time out first thing in the morning to meditate for five or ten minutes. Another tip is connecting people who are like-minded individuals so whether that’s online or finding a new group for a hobby that you have; because they always say you become most like the five people you surround yourself with, and you want to be the best version of yourself, right?

2) Break The Twitch (10 Minimalism Tips To Kickstart Your Decluttering)

Anthony’s post is needed for anyone either beginning their minimalism journey or simply someone trying to have a New Year clean (or an early Spring Clean?) because I think we can all admit that any type of decluttering can be very overwhelming. Starting small, moving on to something else if you get stuck and realising that this process won’t take one night or one weekend, are a number of the important tips that Anthony gives and it’s a must read for everyone and anyone no matter what type of cleaning you are doing.

3) The Tiny Life (Organizing Versus Decluttering)

Do you know what the difference between organising and decluttering is? Amanda has a short post on what she used to do and how she soon realised that what she was doing as organising and not decluttering. She said “this experience taught me that decluttering should always come before organizing” and I couldn’t agree more.

4) Less Feels Better (I Wore The Same Pants For 3 Months And No One Noticed)

I found Brianna’s post quite surprising to read; if you read the title, especially being a woman, it’s often us who are called out for wearing the same clothes over and over again, whereas it doesn’t seem to happen that often to men. I know the well known day-time talk show “Loose Women”, one of their presenters wore the same shirt each time she was on and she eventually had to address it whereas there was a news programme where the male presenter of this particular programme done the same thing with a suit, and no-one noticed. Brianna talks about her experience of only wearing the same pair of trousers three times a week, and it’s a very interesting insight. In my personal opinion, this technique wouldn’t be for me, I would like to own a few extra pair of trousers, only because I don’t have a tumble dryer and I would have to wait ages for them to dry naturally or over a radiator. I love this quote from Brianna, “it just shows you that people don’t notice things nearly as much as we think they will.”

5) Minimalism Life (Why I Love Saying No)

Saying “yes” seems to be one of the new trends to make us seem more appealing as people, to make us seem more fun and to give us more opportunities but Thomas is saying no. He’s simply saying no for a simpler life and I believe it’s an approach a lot of us should take. Doing everything all of the time, helping everyone out all of the time and being available all of the time is exhausting and stressful. His approach to saying no doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be a minimalist, it should be something we all take into consideration no matter where in life we are. He doesn’t just mean physical opportunities either; we could say no to spending less time on our phone, less time spent pondering over what someone said about you that you’re still thinking about. He’s teaching us to be more aware of what we REALLY spend our time on.

I hope you enjoyed today’s chosen posts, I like that there are very different topics but are still under the same umbrella of the subject of minimalism. It’s something I believe we should all be incorporating into our own lives, even with baby steps so make sure you go and click on today’s posts, leave them a comment or two or tweet me over on @RetroSnowflake with some feedback (Good or bad of course, just be nice about it if it is bad!)

SS: Sunday Saves (#81)

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Welcome to the first Sunday Saves of 2018! I decided that I needed a few weeks off from my Sunday Saves towards the end of December but I’m glad to be back in this New Year. Before we begin today’s post, I wanted to talk about two changes I’m making regarding this series. 

Before, I was talking about three different blog posts each week and now, I’m increasing that to five posts. For me, it’s first and foremost, I believe it will keep me interested in perusing the series and not losing interest. The second change which relates to the first change is that at least twice a month, there will be a theme. I found especially towards the end of last year, because I didn’t have a theme, I was able to choose blog posts very easily and it wasn’t challenging. Not that I don’t love those blog posts that I chose (because I truly do) but I want to be more selective, I want them to ignite something in me and hope that it translates to the reader too.

1) Not Dressed As A Lamb (How To Make 2018 Your (My) Best Year Ever)

Catherine listed a number of resolutions that can apply to anyone and I believe we should be implementing them into our lives in some shape or form. She talks about not letting people take advantage of you which I know, even today, I still let this happen. Not neglecting your health and putting yourself first go hand in hand because we know that we often treat our friends or our pets better than we treat ourselves and we shouldn’t. We should have the same respect for ourselves so those two resolutions are something we should all try and aim for.

2) Harmony Blaze (My Commitments to 2018)

Emma discusses three commitments rather than resolutions, that she would like to move forward in 2018 with. Living more consciously towards the environment and Meat Free Mondays go very well together and I believe it’s something that is very simple to make those small changes in order to achieve that. She also mentions self care and it’s something we can make more of a priority of ourselves, because I know that I feel guilty for having an extra lie in in bed on a Sunday morning, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

3) Ideas.Ted.com (9 Creative New Year’s Resolutions)

If you’re looking for creative New Year’s Resolutions then Ideas at TED has you covered and I was surprised at how out of the box their ideas were. Celebrating one of your failures with your friends, doing one thing that scares you knowing you’ll get rejected and choose one person you disagree with and take them out to lunch. Not your conventional resolutions right? That’s what interested me so much about them. Each of the resolution ideas have TED talks attached to them so if you’re a TED Talk watcher, you’ll love this article.

4) Poco Petite (New Year’s Resolutions and Reflections)

In her post, Hannah talks more about reflections than resolutions. While setting intentions for the year, I believe it’s important to look back on the year that has just past to see what worked for you, what didn’t work, what you want to improve on and how you felt. Hannah’s attitude to both these subjects of resolutions and reflections is refreshing; I tend to look more at my failures than my successes and reading her post, it’s something I need to take a more in-depth look at and see how far I have truly come in a year.

5) Twisted Paths: A Journey (New Year’s Reflection: Slow Down)

My final post for this week is by Hiro Nishimura and it is quite different to the other posts featured. It’s a “grab a cup of tea” post because it’s quite long but trust me, it’s worth it. She talks about a range of topics; living in the busy city of New York, not taking time to slow down and she talks through her story of how she had been diagnosed with Arteriovenous Malformation and then finding out later down the line that she had developed a brain tumour. It’s a harrowing story and she also discusses gratitude; how she really does appreciate the little things because she has been so close to death before. How one person went through such a health journey is so surprising and she now blogs about having a disability and life as a brain injury survivor.

That’s all from my Sunday Saves this week. I hope you can see how the changes have positively impacted the post because I can certainly see it myself and it’s given me that little boost I felt it needed. Thank you so much for reading and have a great day! ☀️ 

SS: Sunday Saves (#80)

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Good morning everyone and Happy Sunday! I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend so far. Today I’m back on the blog with the eightieth edition of my Sunday Saves; if you’re new to the blog and you don’t know what my Sunday Saves are; it’s when I talk about three blog posts I’ve read during the week that I either relate to or I find interesting. I believe bloggers should support their fellow bloggers and this is just my little piece of that puzzle each week. In today’s post, I’ll be talking about winter changes, a different view on the phrase “everything happens for a reason” and asking ourselves if we are relatable enough.

1) Sophie’s Makeup (The Changes I’ve Made In Prep For A Cosier, Happier Winter)

Sophie’s post is something we all strive for in the winter months. Hot water bottles, cosy blankets, fresh sheets, Christmas markets and gentle yoga are a number of suggestions that Sophie talks about in her post. We all like a little change when it comes to this year so if you’re looking for inspiration, you know where to go.

2) Anticallacy (Everything Doesn’t Happen For A Reason)

“Everything happens for a reason” or does it? Well that’s what Piper is discussing in her post and I have to agree with her. I try every day to think positively, and while it’s hard, when something bad happens, I try and tell myself “everything happens for a reason”. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I love Piper’s commentary on this subject because it really feels that there are so many layers but there’s not, and it’s about opening your mind to simplify it down. Bad things simply happen for no reason, and it’s something that I’m trying to believe rather than have my mind go in overdrive trying to explain something happening.

3) London Damsel (Are You Unrelatable?)

A constant battle with bloggers; Are we relatable? Do we want to be? Do you want your Instagram feed to be filled with people who have the exact same interests as you? For me, I follow different blogs because they gauge my interest in various aspects. I might read someone’s blog who really inspires me to be more adventurous with Autumnal styles. I might read someone’s blog who gives me the low down on the latest budget friendly skin care. At the same time, my fashion sense isn’t one of my strong points and I don’t know very much about skin care in general but those blogs draw me in because I’m taking away something from their blog posts. Maya talks about being yourself and producing content that you are passionate about, rather than what you think others will enjoy.

Thank you so much for reading today’s post; remember to take a look at today’s choices and send them some love on social media. If there are any posts you want to send me, please do over on my Instagram or Twitter socials! 

SS: Sunday Saves (#79)

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Good morning and happy Sunday! Can you believe we’re already in December? I’m so stressed trying to get everything sorted but my week off from the blog last week was much needed. So I’m back, fresh as daisy, to deliver you weekly Sunday Saves. I didn’t want to do a theme of Christmas every week for the next few weeks so it was purely coincidental that two of today’s posts are Christmas themed.

1) Hey There Robyn (Why I Won’t Be Doing Blogmas)

Robyn posts speaks to me, and quite frankly, it feels like I’ve written it. I took part in Blogmas last year but I only posted every other day. Even that was a lot of work and I went on a short holiday during the month so I had to make sure I was organised ahead of time. Posting every day or every other day is a lot of time, work and effort anytime of the year never mind Christmas so I praise those that can do it year after year. Like Robyn, I don’t have time this year; I feel like I have too much on my plate to commit to it. She also talks about blogging guilt and pushing herself too far, two things I do myself so I can completely relate.

2) Sian Blogs (Right Now | Finding Yourself Series)

This series of Sian’s that she has started up is something I know I’m going to be keeping up with. Many of the techniques used in this particular post are something which I used in a number of CBT sessions so it’s nice to see the technique being used more openly and explained on a blog post. Her series is called ‘Finding Yourself’ so I’ll let you click onto her post to let her explain in detail about it, but it’s an interesting one for those of you who feel like they need to explore themselves further.

3) The Ethical Evolution (Have A Very Vegan Christmas)

Is this year your first vegan Christmas? It’s my first so I’m excited to see what I’ll be having. If I’m able to make some Yorkshire puddings, I’ll be such a happy woman. Lizz has some top tips and advice for foods you can get from the supermarket in order to make your Christmas dinner not so complicated.

That’s all from me this morning. Make sure to take a look at all the posts and give their blogs a longer read if you like the look of their content. Have a great week!

 

SS: Sunday Saves (#78)

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Good morning everyone and Happy Sunday! I hope you’re all having a lovely day so far. Today I’m back with another Sunday Saves and I’ll be talking about running a marathon, letting people help you and being in a blogging slump.

1) Claire Bella Loves (This Mum Can | I Ran A Marathon)

Claire ran a marathon! How amazing is it? It’s definitely a dream of mine but she done it, how incredible! In her post, she talks about when she started running and how it’s progressed from there; even when she couldn’t run for thirty seconds to joining a running club then to train for a marathon. Well done Claire!

2) Nothing Good Rhymes With Charlotte (Strength Is: Letting People Be There For You)

Before we get into Charlotte’s blog post, can we just appreciate the greatness of her blog name? Brilliant. So just by the title of Charlotte’s blog post, I knew I was going to relate to this because this is something I have struggled with. It’s hard to open up to people, it’s hard to tell someone you’re struggling and it’s even harder to be okay with the fact that you feel extremely vulnerable in that moment. She talks about anxiety and panic attacks; two things I’ve been unlucky to suffer from too so if you struggle to let people in when you’re at your most vulnerable, I think Charlotte’s post will help you.

3) Essential Twenty (I’m In A Blogging Slump)

I’ve featured Sophie quite a few times on my Sunday Saves but from her writing, we do seem quite similar so it’s not surprising she’s always featured. Blogging slumps; we all get them and right now, I would say I’m currently in a slump at the minute but not in a “I don’t have any ideas” way. I have quite a lot of ideas but for me, it’s finding the time. This week I didn’t have a free night after work and this week coming, I only have Tuesday night free. I know it’s all about balance but finding that balance is tough. If you’re in the same boat as us, go and give Sophie’s post a read.

That’s all for today’s post! I hope you’ve enjoyed all three posts and remember to head over to the blog posts themselves and take a read. Thank you for reading!

SS: Sunday Saves (#77)

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Good morning everyone and happy Sunday! After a three day weekend including two very productive days, I’m in a quite a good mood bringing you my Sunday Saves today. We weren’t meant to have a theme today but all the posts I have chosen all have the Autumn theme with two being quite focused on photography, quite appropriate right? I’ll be talking about photography (of course), interiors and musings. 

1) Dolly Dowsie (A Perfect Goodbye to Autumn)

If you’re looking for the perfect photography that combines the atmosphere of Autumn with the cuteness of a young family playing in the leaves of the season, Fiona’s post is what you’re looking for. It’s very cute and a lovely Sunday read.

2) Dayna Marie (Autumnal Home Additions)

Dayna’s post also includes some photography but more so of her interiors as she decorates for the Autumn months. I do love the chalkboard for meal planning and one of the reasons I want a ‘proper’ clock like Dayna is because it looks very elegant, I love it! If you’re looking for Autumnal inspiration for the home, check her post out.

3) An Enthusiasm For… (Autumn Wanderings & A Little Catch Up)

Again, as I said at the beginning of this post, all three of the posts has some element of photography and Kayleigh’s post is no different. As well as her photographs, she talks about how she has generally felt over the Spring and Summer months, and it’s something I can certainly relate to; comparison, self-doubt and anxiety (especially over the past month or two). You might be thinking why I chose a post that talked about general monthly musings? Well, I genuinely find bloggers who just write about little musings every so often, really interesting. It’s nice to find out how they feel in little snippets of their blog and especially if you don’t know them or have never read their blog before, it’s a nice way to find out more about them.

That’s all from me this morning, I hope you all have a lovely week ahead. If you have any posts you want to send my way, please send them to me over on @RetroSnowflake on Twitter!