How I Save Money For My Designer Purchases

How I Save Money To Buy Designer Items I thought I would do a blog post on how I save money and how I acquire my designer bags and shoes. I’ve often had people mistake me for being rich, having a trust fund, or something along those lines, but none of it is true. I still live at home, I run my own blogging business that I built up from my home myself, and I am not from a rich family at all, in fact we actually grew up without much money at all. With all this in mind though, I wanted to show you how I afford more expensive things sometimes, and how it’s possible. I don’t have children myself, so I know it can be a little more difficult for those of you who do though. I wanted to point out as well that I would never buy fake pieces. I’m completely against it due to it being illegal and funding awful things in foreign countries, as well as damaging the original designers brand and your own integrity. It’s not a route that should be taken in the fashion blogging industry, especially when you might have the chance of working with some of the brands. We all have things we love and spend our money on, whether that’s fashion, technology, cars, sports, gaming, collecting stamps etc, or my designer bags/shoes, so I will always do anything I can in order to take the authentic route and have investment pieces. I remember reading a blog post by Dominique on That New Dress last year on how she affords luxury…

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Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – What It Looks Like

What does Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome look like? After announcing that I was recently diagnosed with Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and the support you all gave me, it meant a lot. As I said in that blog post, I didn’t want to include any photos in case nobody wanted to see, but you’ve all been pretty positive and I’ve received a lot of personal messages as well with intrigue, so I thought I would share with you what it looks like. I did want to point out that these are my own personal hypermobility symptoms and I’m aware that every single person in life is different, so every EDS sufferer is going to be different too. I’m aware that some people suffering are a lot worse than me and can’t even keep their joints in, or are confined to a wheelchair, but there’s also a lot with mild symptoms that aren’t too visible. I’m not sure where I would class myself, but if the Beighton Score is accurate, I am 9/9 on that and I would say I’m about a medium level – given the pain. I said before that I’ve always kept any of my hypermobile joints off of the blog because of abuse I’ve received and just from the general feel that they are not nice to look at, but as I’m trying to help others and shed some more light on the condition itself, I’m doing a blog post for you showing you what it looks like on me and how it presents itself in the physical form. I obviously can’t share the internal symptoms as they’re…

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Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – Diagnosed

Here goes! I wasn’t sure how to even start with this post as I’ve shared my health journey with you (see previous posts here) for the past few years now. Obviously I have suffered my whole life and have looked at many different avenues to find out what could be wrong, and after 29 years (very nearly 30!) I finally have a diagnosis. It’s been a really long journey and one that’s been incredibly complex and challenging, but I’m hoping now that I might be able to start getting the help I need and be able to live a bit more of an exciting life. So, without making this too long, I will start. I was diagnosed with Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is an inherited connective tissue disorder that is caused by defects in a protein called collagen. It is generally considered the least severe form of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) although significant complications can occur. Common symptoms include joint hypermobility, affecting both large (elbows, knees) and small (fingers, toes) joints; soft, smooth skin that may be slightly elastic (stretchy) and bruises easily; and chronic musculoskeletal (muscles and bones) pain. Although hypermobile EDS is thought to be a genetic condition, the exact underlying cause is unknown in most cases, but is often due to a mutation in one of more than a dozen different genes. The specific gene affected determines the specific EDS. Mutations in these genes usually alter the structure, production, or processing of collagen or proteins that interact with collagen. Collagen provides structure and strength to connective tissue. A defect in collagen can weaken connective tissue…

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Happy 8th Birthday Raindrops of Sapphire

The 10th March 2010 was when I was sat in my bedroom creating Raindrops of Sapphire. I remember spending ages into the early hours of the morning trying to get the layout how I wanted, the logo as I had hoped etc, and it’s with so many fond memories now that I look back over the last 8 years and see how far I have come. If you had told me back then that I would have almost single handedly grown my blog into my own business, I wouldn’t have understood what you meant. Back then, fashion blogging was still relatively new and it definitely wasn’t what it is today, so even the likes of Chiara Ferragni was just taking off and we have all had to make it on our own. There’s so much help and advice out there now for bloggers, even people you can pay to do it for you, but it was a sea of the unknown in 2010 and it was just a hobby that I greatly enjoyed, so I’m extremely proud and happy to be celebrating 8 years on and enjoying it just as much, if not more! I used to look back and cringe at my earlier posts – the outfits I used to put together I would never, ever wear now. I didn’t used to wear make-up, I didn’t know what Photoshop was, what good lighting or locations meant, or what an DSLR camera was. I didn’t know barely anything and as I’ve grown, Adam’s grown, the years have gone by, we’ve combined all of our knowledge and skills into making it…

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10 Years Of Love

I wanted to write this blog post not just because it’s around Valentine’s Day and I’m all for celebrating love, but also because 2018 holds a very big milestone (well 2 actually since I also turn 30 this year!) for Adam and I. We officially got together in April 2008 so in two months time, we will have been together 10 years! I can’t believe a whole decade has gone by as it feels like everything has just whizzed along, but at the same time when I look back, it feels like it’s been forever and there wasn’t a time when Adam wasn’t in my life. It’s hard to get my head around the fact that I’ve known him for almost half of my life now! I couldn’t be more happier if I tried though and when I look back at these photos from our engagement shoot, I just smile as I can really see the love and fondness shared between us both. I do consider myself extremely lucky and blessed to have Adam as my partner, which is why I wanted to dedicate this blog post to him. So many changes have happened over the 10 years, not just within myself and my anxiety and how much I have managed to change and grow over time with the support of Adam (and my mum and dad) but I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for him. He’s been nothing but patient, caring, respectful and understanding in every way when it comes to my issues and having that support has really encouraged me to progress and do…

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How I Cope With Anxiety & Stress

I start typing, then I delete. I type, then I delete. This is a subject I’ve been procrastinating over sharing in depth for some time as it’s so close to home and personal, but in doing so I am hoping it might act as some kind of therapy or at least lift some of the burden so it’s not something I’m internally struggling with anymore. I’ve briefly touched on the subject a couple of times before and so many of you have reached out to say you’ve been through anxiety riddled points in your life and you were hoping that I would share my story, so here goes… For as long as I can remember, since growing up, I’ve always had anxiety and worried about everything. I don’t know if this is because I’ve had so many long standing health issues since birth and frequenting hospital and having a lot of tests left me scarred and in fear all the time, or if it’s just my nature and the way my brain is wired in the sense that I overthink everything. It’s been a struggle and I remember a lot of nights I would just lie in bed as a kid feeling fear and worrying about everything, not sleeping. These worries were never for myself, but more for the fact that I didn’t know what could be out there, if people or animals were getting hurt, if someone was going to try and hurt my family etc. We lived next to a pub as a child so I was often witness to a lot of fights which were alcohol related…

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Tea Time With Tastea Aloha Vera Blend

A Luxurious Aloe Vera Herbal Tea Experience I seldom do blog posts on food and drink as it’s not really an area I share, however that changes when I’m really inspired and into a product that I adore. I recently found out about Tastea at the end of last year and thought the brand’s concept was great. I’ve never been a normal British tea drinker, but I am a fan of herbal tea and different tastes, which is why this brand stood out to me. Tastea was established from a need for natural and homeopathic products (which we all love) as they believe in the power and odours of nature. They specialise in luxurious tea blends, loose and herbal teas which can do something for you and it’s all 100% natural. Just how I like it! The founders and owners of Tastea invented the current tea blends in collaboration with Chinese herb experts, eminent physicians and tea sommeliers. The result is a huge variety of tasty and balanced teas, making something for everyone. A great taste quality is of high importance and is achieved in various ways. One way is by picking the tea in a distinct way – by hand, guaranteeing they only use the best tea leafs for their blends. The great flavour is another way, achieved by drying the tea between orange peels (you can see these in the tea cans), but this allows the tea ingredients to absorb the orange taste, while you can discover the other flavours as well. As you know I have a sensitive stomach and digestive issues, so I went for a…

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My Favourite Outfits Of 2017 + New Years Resolutions

2017 In Reflection The year is now over and it’s time to look back at 2017 and when I reflect, it’s filled with mixed emotions. I can’t say that I’ve done anything remarkable as I’ve been trying to look after my health this year and sort that out. I’ve made a lot of progress with my stomach issues and feel like I am on the right path, but it hasn’t been easy. Because of this, doing anything fun has been quite difficult. Our holiday to St. Ives in June was even quite stressful because my body was reacting so badly to food, heat and walking, so it’s definitely been a year that’s been testing. I’ve managed to do a few things like enjoy pottery painting for my birthday, the visit to the reindeer farm, attend my Buddhist group classes, and mostly enjoy things like cinema visits, park trips, working to rescue animals and the little things. I’ve noticed how much stress and anxiety really play a part in my health too, which is why I am deciding to actually make new years resolutions for 2018. 10 New Years Resolutions For 2018 I never usually do this as I don’t see the point, I make changes as and when I want to, like I usually do. However, I’m feeling a bit more proactive and making some goals for 2018 seemed like a good idea. I’m going to be 30 this year and everything seems to have flown by so quickly. I really can’t believe I’m hitting that big 30 number, so there’s a few things I need to start changing and…

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