Pottery Painting For My Birthday Weekend

Pottery Painting For My Birthday Celebrations Those of you who read my blog quite frequently will know that I celebrated my 27th birthday (I know, I don’t look 27, lol!) on the 3rd August and I promised that I would share my day with you. I hadn’t forgotten, but my schedule has been incredibly busy lately and you might even notice that my layout has been spruced up to now feature a slider too! I love how it looks! But anyway, better a bit late than never! I wanted to do something different and fun for my birthday and as I’m not really a party person, I like to keep things low key and fun, so what could have been more ideal than pottery painting? Adam found a place here in Bath called Crockadoodledoo and you get to paint your own pottery pieces however you want. You pay £5 for the studio use which includes the paints, firing and glazing and then you pay per piece you choose. I opted for the cat money box and a butterfly, while Adam chose an owl and a rocket money box. It kind of took me back to my childhood actually and I loved every moment of it! I used to take pottery classes when I was younger and made a lot of bowls, mugs, plates, sculptures etc, but I didn’t need to make these pieces, just paint them! As this was something just Adam and I did together, my birthday celebrations kind of lasted the whole weekend as I was doing different things with different people, so all in all, it was…

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A Fashion Blogger With M.E – Anxiety & Depression

I wanted to start my ‘fashion blogger with M.E‘ individual posts with anxiety and depression. This is something that has played a huge part in my life for many, many years now so it’s something I’d like to share in great detail with you all and I hope it can help some of you out there in similar situations. When I first started to get sick around the age of 13/14, it was really difficult for me to take on. Being so young at the time, I didn’t really understand how to take care of myself and how to balance things out at all. I mentioned previously that everyday for me would be filled with some type of sports outside, it didn’t matter what I was doing, I just loved to be active. Even if I didn’t have anyone to play with or anything much to do, I would run or do athletic sports instead. I was one of those kids that loved the outdoors and being active, so when I started to feel ill and tired a lot of the time, it would really get me down that I wasn’t able to go outside and play with my friends or be active in general. It would truly make me agitated and restless just staying in and watching TV or reading a book. As the months went by, there were a few days here and there that I could go out and socialise with my friends gently and just get out for a bit, but it was short lived. Over time I lost a lot of my friends as I…

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A Fashion Blogger With M.E

There are a lot of you out there who have followed my fashion blogger journey since it began in 2010, which I am incredibly grateful for, and there are so many of you who joined me a couple of years, months, weeks or even a few days ago. Since my blog is so personal to me and I feel like we have built up a little community here which I trust and feel safe with, I wanted to explain to you something about my life that I have kept hidden from my blog all this time. This wasn’t because I didn’t trust anyone or because I’m ashamed, it was mainly because I wanted to make sure I could succeed in doing what I wanted to do without any sympathy votes or without it having an impact on my progress. 5 years have gone by now and I’m ready to explain things to you all, now that I know it wont have an impact on my blogging life and work. I have M.E. Kind of similar to CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), but a lot more symptoms are involved. I started getting ill with glandular fever when I was about 12/13 years old and after months, it had developed into M.E. I was going back and forth between hospital and doctors appointments for just over a year, trying to figure out what was wrong with me but after countless tests, studies, examinations and everything else, nobody really knew what was wrong. I found another doctor to visit and she ended up being my life saver. After a month or two of seeing…

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My Fashion & Style Blog Is 5 Years Old Today!

Today, March 10th 2015, is my blogs 5th birthday! I can’t believe Raindrops of Sapphire is 5 years old already! The time really feels like it has flown by, but at the same time, it feels like there wasn’t ever a time where I didn’t have my personal style blog. Raindrops of Sapphire is like an extension of me now, it’s a huge part of my life that just fits in with everything I do, making it like my third arm. It wouldn’t be where it is today (hitting just over 2 million views and collaborating with some amazing brands) if it wasn’t for all of you though, my loyal readers and supporters. Not a day goes by that I don’t smile and enjoy reading the lovely comments that you leave me, yes there are some hateful ones along the way, but the ones that are important are the ones of encouragement and positivity! A huge thank you is going out to all of you who read my blog, those of you who comment on every post, and those of you who read without commenting (it might be nice to finally meet some of you though!), as you all make it worthwhile! It’s nice to know that I always have your support and you are there to chat to! In celebration of Raindrops of Sapphire turning 5, I decided to make a video for you all. This one is a little different as I take you on a tour of one of my favourite places, the Botanical Gardens, and you also get to see a few panning shots of my…

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A Day With Me – What Do I Do?

I was extremely inspired by Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere today when I read her blog post on her daily routine. I enjoyed reading it so much that I wanted to do my own post for you to enjoy reading as well. I know it’s always fun to look into people’s lives and see what they get up to! So, this is my day on Monday 19th January 2014. I hope you like it! 10am – I’m really not a morning person, so I tend to wake up around 10am due to being a night owl. Once I wake up, I lie in bed for about 5 minutes to adjust as it takes me sometime to come around, quickly glance at my emails via my iPhone to see what I’m dealing with for the day and then head to the bathroom. 10:10am – I wander to the kitchen to feed the cats and play with them for a little while and get a glass of water. 10:30am – After that I go back upstairs to my room to get my Macbook, turn it on and check out some other fashion bloggers for inspiration, sift through my emails to respond to important ones, check to see if I have some blog comments to approve and general dilly dally around the internet, switching my brain on. 11am – After getting used to being online, I will then start work properly. I will make sure I respond to more emails that need working on and start the process of blogging. I start with DenimBlog as I get the posts edited and ready for…

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Here’s To 2015

I’m never one to make New Years resolutions as I truly don’t believe that just because it’s a new year, you should change your life if nothing needs changing, or because the date tells you to. I’m a firm believer in changing when it’s right for you and when you feel ready. With that being said, I do like to have goals and achievements for when I’m ready. I thought that in 2014 I would be able to go to Disneyland, go to Edinburgh Zoo and eventually fly on a plane, like I mentioned in my post last year. None of these things came true unfortunately, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have plans for them this year! I never know where life takes me and what opportunities might pop up! I definitely still have plans for Disneyland as it is one of my dreams. The main thing in 2015 though is that I want to keep pushing my boundaries, pushing myself with fashion, trying more new things and exploring things that I never usually do. I want to be able to feed myself with more knowledge, experiences and important things in life as well as travel more. I know 2015 will be a very significant year for me in some ways, but unfortunately those I can’t reveal to you just yet as they aren’t ready, but I have some big things happening. I was lucky enough to go out of 2014 with a bang, having got 74,000 views in the month of December alone. Raindrops of Sapphire is growing more and more each month and it’s all because of…

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My Fashionista Living List

About a month ago I was offered the possibility to contribute to the Living List, an online project organised by Beagle Street. The project consisted in rounding up a series of experts from different backgrounds to submit a list of things that you must do before you die within their area of expertise. Looking at the authors already contributing (Lil Bub the cat did her own list!) and having seen that funny “gremlin in the bathtub” ad on TV, I snapped up the opportunity to tell the world what 10 things every “fashionista” should do before they die! I also associated with the idea behind the campaign: it’s good to encourage people to live life through their greatest passion. There is no doubt that fashion has really shaped my life in the best possible way. Whatever your passion may be it will always be one of the reasons why you get out of bed every day and it is that one thing that you will always have with you no matter what happens, till the day you die. That’s why it’s something that I love sharing with you everyday here on my blog, it really inspires me and keeps me going. You can take a look at my list here. Some of my “musts” are experiences I have already lived, for example visiting Paris and Florence (Italy is incredible for fashion, the amount of good looking and well-dressed people will just stun you) or taking part in a photo shoot (see my shoot for ASOS here) and meeting the iconic designer, Giuseppe Zanotti. Others however are still on my to…

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An Early Christmas In London

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was taking a few days off from work and blogging to have a break. Adam and I took a trip to London from Wednesday until today, to spend an early Christmas together since we don’t get to spend the actual day with each other. We stayed in The Cumberland Hotel which is just off of Oxford Street and we had two and a half days worth of shopping time and exploring the Christmas lights. We didn’t worry about seeing Big Ben, the London Eye or Buckingham Palace again, we have seen the sights numerous times, so this time we just concentrated on buying the things we wanted in the sales and enjoying Christmas a little early! I even got to meet Santa (yes, he was the real one!) in Selfridges which excited me! It took me back to being a kid again! We ate in the hotels Brasserie, Prezzo and Wagamama, as well as getting our usual snack pieces from Marks & Spencers. It was really nice exploring all of the shops and this time actually doing more shopping for Adam than myself. I only picked up a couple of things in Topshop, a jumper in the sale at Diesel and some chocolate from Liberty. Adam was lucky enough to find a pair of his Bottega Veneta moccasin shoes at half price in the boutique and pick up a jumper in Gap, among a couple of other things in other stores. It was great being able to check out J.Crew in person too! Overall, I had a really lovely time in London…

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