Saturday, 5 September 2015

The Dark Cloud.

In the words of Amy Poehler 'we all have a demon'. This demon happens to be that little voice in our head that tells us we are too fat or thin, or too pale or that out teeth are too wonky and unfortunately it's pretty hard to ignore. If you've followed me for a while you'll know sometimes I struggle with my mood and recently that dark cloud has been following me around a little more.

I am the Queen of self criticism, which is pretty rubbish. I am able to pick myself apart in a matter of minutes, of things I dislike about myself. However saying something positive about myself is near impossible. The last few weeks the 'dark cloud' has been hovering in the background making me not the nicest person to be around. I refer to it as a cloud cos even when the sun is shining and I have everything I could possibly need/want to make me happy there is that doubt or negativity that keeps me from truly being happy. Don't get me wrong, I have my good days where I will like my hair or my make up and those days will be pretty okay. 

Over the years I've learnt a few things. It's okay to cry - but for me it has to be when I'm alone. For some reason I see myself crying as a weakness. Sure, I'm the first person there to console someone when they're upset, but if they see me vulnerable I'm embarrassed for life.  Unfortunately for me, I am an emotional person so keeping everything in all of the time can get pretty tiring. Lately everything has been making me well up and it's getting pretty silly. I mean who cries cos they saw a YouTuber hug their Grandma?! Oh, that would be me...

There was no particular point to this post, just a heads up if you're feeling low - you are not alone. Accepting that you are not the only one is one of the hardest but most rewarding things you can do with depression. Today might not be a good day but tomorrow might be the best. I surround myself with motivational and positive things, my phone wallpaper always has a quote or picture that helps keep my head above water. So if you're feeling rubbish here are some things that may help..

Finally this is for my husband.. Thank you for always believing in me, even when I doubt myself. You are the strongest person I know and my rock that keeps me from drowning. I know I am sometimes very hard to live with but I will, as always, I will weather this storm and keep swimming. I love you, forever and always.

Katie xx

Thursday, 3 September 2015

#JumpNJeans Challenge with George.

A few weeks back George at ASDA challenged me to create a #JumpNJeans outfit for £50. Yep, that's right this outfit (minus the boots) is all from ASDA. There was a huge selection to choose from and my only rule was one piece from the knitwear section and one pair of jeans - the rest was up to me.

I ended up picking out some gorgeous products. Of course, the second I spotted the rabbit jumper it was immediately added to my basket. The quality of this knit is incredible, it's just so soft and feels so much more expensive than £14. I teamed this with a beautiful black fur gilet. I was a little on the fence about ordering the gilet, but when it arrived it was love at first sight. I can't explain how much I love this piece, I've literally not had it off since it arrived. It goes with everything and is a great alternative to a coat from Autumn. 

Finally I chose these jeans. I wanted something a little different and these have really cute zip detailing. I'm not your average Joe height-wise so these are slightly too long for me, but that's nothing a little rolling can't solve. I've always avoided buying jeans from supermarket brands because I was worried about the fit, however George have certainly converted me to their clothing.

Do you ever shop in George?

Katie xx

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Bolton Food & Drink Festival.

Wednesday mean only one's GBBO day. I am incredibly excited about tonight's episode cos it's all about free from baking - which FYI is pretty damn tough. So with all that food excitement I thought I'd bring a food-related post to you all.

Last weekend saw Bolton Food and Drink Festival return to town, which had surprisingly, lots of free from options for me. Bolton has the biggest and best food festival that I've ever been to in England. This year marked the 10th anniversary, which meant there were extra stalls and so many tasters to give a try. We also bumped into Mr John Torode from Master Chef, he was filming at the festival so I took a sneaky photo! 

 Mr A didn't end up getting lunch as he was full from all the different foods to try, but I opted for vegan and gluten free onion bhajis which were so good. I then of course, had to have a strawberry meringue for desert - it was huge and just the right amount of gooeyness. I even manged to pick up some gluten free tortilla wraps for when I want to fill myself up with Mexican food. On another note I'm pretty obsessed with tacos at the moment...

If you're ever in the North West on August bank holiday I would certainly recommend popping to the food festival, it's easily the best thing to happen in Bolton.

Katie xx