A couple of weeks ago, Georgina Grogan (of She Might Be Loved) ran a series of guest posts on her blog under the umbrella of Chronic Pain Awareness Week. It blew my mind. I found it incredible and eye-opening in so many ways, not least because it highlights the experiences of so many people who suffer with chronic pain in one form or another. Chronic pain takes so many forms.
Ever since I started blogging, I have been conflicted over whether to be upfront about my own illness. I have alluded to it a number of times, I’ve flirted with the idea of just bloody saying it but I’ve never fully committed in any useful or definitive way. BUT after reading the wide variety of experiences included in Chronic Pain Awareness Week, and knowing the impact that the openness of others has had on me, I realise representation is key in making invisible illnesses visible. So, here goes…. I have fibromyalgia with associated chronic fatigue syndrome.
Let’s just get this out of the way at the start. I’m not by any means a beauty blogger, my application skills are passable at best… But lately I can’t stop watching make up tutorials, there’s something ridiculously therapeutic about them: that shit is art! Anyway, I’m so intrigued by contouring, it’s something I have always done my own version of without realising (using two different blush colours) but I’d like to learn to do it properly. Recently I have seen loads of rave reviews for the Sleek Face Form palette, and considering it’s affordability I figured it was worth a try. I was struggling to choose between the Fair and Light shades, so when I saw the 2 for £10 promotion that Superdrug were running on Sleek products I jumped at the chance to get both to try and write about for anyone else who might be trying to make the same choice.
I absolutely love pulling together an outfit that almost looks like it was a bit of a mistake, so I’ve been really excited to see a lot of it happening in fashion circles lately. The term being used for it right now is ‘pattern mixing’ and I’m sure by now you’ll have seen plenty of it. I recently picked up this skirt by City Chic from Evans, the orangey red floral pattern immediately grabbed my attention and I knew exactly which one of my shirts I’d be wearing it with…. my trusty black and white polka dot number. So what better time to share some tips with you about mixing up patterns too?
If ever there was a brand whose clothing 100% represented me as a human being then it would be Marina Rinaldi. Of course, sods law dictates that my designer soulmate is high end and so incredibly out of my price range that it’s ridiculous… even when they have a sale on (which they right now on the website if you want to have a look). I often find the time to browse their website for inspiration and to make lottery win wishlists / drool over the beautiful prints. Today’s post is based on pure self indulgence I’m afraid; I’d really like to share with you just how beautiful these clothes are so I’ve picked out some of my faves, I hope you love them as much as I do!
Here we are in July already, I can’t quite believe it! As well as being the halfway point for the year, July 1st also marks the third year of the CF Trust’s Wear Yellow Day and it’s your chance to get involved by posting your yelfie! Wear Yellow Day was started to raise money and awareness for people with cystic fibrosis, so if you’d like to get involved then please wear something yellow, share your yelfie using #cfyelfie on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and then challenge your friends and family to do the same. If you are able to make a donation too then please text Yellow to 70500 to donate £5 or visit the website for other amounts / other ways to help. I’ll be sharing my #cfyelfie on my social media channels this afternoon and I’d love it if you could do the same!