BlogConf 2015 in Bristol

BlogConf Bristol 2015

BlogConf is a wonderful blogging conference aimed at bloggers of all levels and genres. It’s a new conference on the UK scene, which held its first event in Swansea during October 2014. It’s second event took place last Saturday in Bristol at the Racks Bar & Kitchen. Tickets were ยฃ45, but early bird tickets were ยฃ35, if you were able to snag one (like I did). Tickets included the full day of talks, a pen with a custom notebook for the day, lunch, the option to stay afterwards to network, and a great little goody bag from their sponsors.

This was the first blogging conference I’ve ever attended and I was a little nervous about what I might get out of the day. I’ve only been on the blogging scene for about a year, but I think it’s time to start putting a lot more effort into this space to see where it could go. So, I thought I’d cough up the cash and see what BlogConf could offer. It turns out that BlogConf was exactly the kind of event I was looking for to get equal doses of valuable information and easy networking. The full day event was filled with wonderful information from a variety of speakers with plenty of time to chat and make new friends.

Lara Watson & Lottie Stoery at BlogConf

The Bristol event took place at Racks Bar in Clifton where the staff were helpful and conscious of the fact that our event space was right next to their bustling kitchen. We arrived just before 10am, settled into one of the tables and had time to introduces ourselves to our neighbours before the first talk. There was a slight mix up with the first speaker and we were unable to have the full talk on monetizing blogs, but this didn’t put a damper on the day as it was absolutely chalk full of valuable information.

Danny T at BlogConf 2015

The Speakers

The speakers at BlogConf all had their own form of wisdom to share and style of presentation. One talk included exercises for us to do among ourselves, one was a kind of Q&A session, one had live demos, and others shared personal experiences of bloggers to help newcomers and veteran bloggers alike connect with the realities of blogging. There was range of personal and professional expertise for all us attendees to benefit from. And we did! Between each speaker we all feverishly talked about the great and interesting facts we had just learned. My little BlogConf book was a burst with notes by the end of the day.

Our talks included:

Joe Stutter – How to Improve Your Online Presence for Success

Lara Watson & Lottie Storey from Mollie Makes – Freelancing & Magazines

Danny T – Photography

Gemma M & Mel Peck from Trunki – Working with Brands

Will Guyatt from Instagram – PR & Social Media

Olivia Wellings – Vlogging

Sophie Bolton – My Blogging Story

Will Guyatt at BlogConf 2015

By the end of the day, I was completely knackered but feeling highly motivated. I was happy that I’d bought a ticket (which had completely sold out!) and committed my Saturday to BlogConf. I’m sure I’ll be able to revisit my notes again and again for guidance and inspiration.

Throughout the day BlogConf ran a competition for activity on their social media pages. I would have spent a portion of my day tweeting and instagraming interesting moments anyway, but I made an extra effort with the running competition. I was very pleasantly surprised at the end of the day when I actually won! That never happens to me! As a prize I was given a lovely gift box from Lush which I’m over the moon with as I’ve been dying to try some of their products!

Lush Box Prize at BlogConf 2015

One of the best aspects of the day was all of the amazing people I connected with. They made the day so much more enjoyable and added a lot to the experience. I met a bunch of new bloggers and business owners that were simply inspiring to talk to. I hope to have made a few new friends that I’ll be able to see regularly in Bristol!

Goody bag from BlogConf Bristol 2015

BlogConf moves around the country for its events, and the next one is already scheduled to take place in Glasgow. For more information, or to get involved as a speaker or sponsor, take a look at their website. I would highly recommend BlogConf to anyone who is looking to get their blog off of the ground and connect with like minded bloggers.

If you have any questions about my experience at BlogConf, please feel free to comment or email me!

Do you know of any other great blogging conferences or networking events? I’d love to know.

Hearts and blogger power,

Colette xx

Black Heart Creatives Jewellery Workshop

Black Heart Creatives Workshop

Calling all big sparkly heart lovers! On February 12th, I attended a fabulous little workshop by Black Heart Creatives, hosted at The Crazy Fox cafe in Bristol. I’ve never tried my hand at jewellery making, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought it would probably be a very straight forward “how to” on the basics and we’d all end up walking out with the exact same set of Valentine’s themed heart earrings and matching single pendant necklace. Well, I should have known better considering that Black Heart Creatives was at the helm of this workshop.

BH Creatives Workshop

The Business

Black Heart Creatives is a custom, statement laser cut acrylic jewellery brand. Founder, designer, and jewellery maker Charlotte is an amazing spirit. She’s all personality and sass, with a strong sense of her brand and industry. It’s no surprise that her labour of love has quickly become a recognized contender among independent brands providing affordable, unique, and custom acrylic jewellery. I was totally in love with her fun, open, straight-talking nature. And a quick look at her website shows you her pieces are too-die-for if you love bright, bold, and chunky jewellery.

Black Heart Creatives Jewellery Workshop

The Venue

Entering the inviting Crazy Fox cafe, I skipped over the idea of an evening coffee or tea and grabbed a cider. And in typical Colette fashion, I bought a delicious veggie panini only to find I was the only one eating. Not too surprising as I’m ALWAYS eating! Anyway, luckily someone else showed up a bit peckish and ordered a tasty looking bagel to level the snacking field a little. The Crazy Fox is an independent coffee bar. Their staff were really sweet and helpful. The cafe itself had a nice vibe, and I can’t wait to revisit for a coffee. I’ve been waiting for a cafe like this to appear around Broadmead, especially after my old favourite one closed down.

Custom Jewellery Workshop

Custom Acrylic Jewellery Black Heart Creatives

ย The Workshop

Lovely Charlotte brought pre-cut acrylic hearts and arrows in various colours and everything we needed to create our own bespoke earrings and necklaces. Her wealth of knowledge helped us create pieces that represented our individual flair within the two hour workshop. The atmosphere was very relaxed as we chatted away, balancing racy conversation and polite compliments. I had so much fun vibe-ing with these women and finding a different outlet for my creativity.

Acrylic Jewellery Workshop

I was very happy with the way my necklace turned out. I wore it on Valentine’s day and I’m sure I’ll find many more reasons to don my sparkly hearts and arrows. Using the skills I gained, I should even be able to fix a few broken pieces of jewellery at home. Black Heart Creatives plan to keep the workshops going, and I definitely recommend hitting one up. So stayed tune to their twitter, or events page for an opportunity near you. This workshop was ยฃ16. But there’s no reason to wait, you can buy your own custom piece or one of their fabulously kitch designs on their website.

Colette's Custom Jewellery Black Heart Creatives

I’d love to know if you’ve attended any workshops lately? Or maybe you make your own jewellery too? I love independent brands and creatives of all types, so I’d be really keen to hear all about it!

Hearts and sparkles,

Colette xx

Tarot Card Reading from Kisses & Chaos

Kisses & Chaos Single Tarot Card Reading January can be a bit hectic with all the momentum of doing EVERYTHING we envisioned for ourselves at the end of 2014 all at once. I’ve definitely been feeling a little bit like a hamster in a running wheel trying to keep up with everything I need to do and everything new that I’m trying to make work. A great way to counteract this is with more fun new things! No but really, a little outside perspective and clarity can help you regain your composure.

I’m also all about trying new things and one of my driving feelings that I’m trying to bring into the present moment is to feel magical; so really nothing makes more sense than having my first tarot reading done. Luckily I was in possession of a discount voucher for a single tarot card reading from Kisses and Chaos, which I received in my goodie bag from the Urban Retreat I attended last month.

Kisses & Chaos Tarot Readings

Kisses & Chaos

Getting onto the Kisses and Chaos website is already an experience with all of the weird and wonderful work by the lovely Alli Woods Frederick to check out. Among a number of things, Alli is an intuitive, photographer, artist, and blogger. And among her products are Single Card, Three Card, and Year At A Glance, an yearly subscription tarot card readings. Perfect for a taster experience, I grabbed my coupon code and sent away for my blind single card reading. Generally, Alli gets back to you with your beautifully laid out results in 2 business days, but it can take a bit longer over busy periods (like the new year).

Kisses and Chaos sells blind tarot readings which means that your reading is done without them having any information about you. You don’t get to ask any questions, request that the reading be about a certain area of your life, or anything. “What? Why?!” you say. The idea is that you’ve asked the universe to give you feedback on your life, and the reading you receive is the universe sending you some vibes, via Alli and the internet. More importantly, you get the message that you need to hear, rather than the message you want to hear.

My Reading

Kisses & haos Tarot Reading

The style of the reading is attractively laid out in a PDF. It’s all very easy to follow. Having never done this before I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I received an idea of what the card means and Alli’s interpretations on how that card would relate to my life. As with any intuitive work, there were some pieces of information that I didn’t find very well suited to me, but I’m trying to keep an open mind as to how the insights I received may have different reverberations than implied. After all, the idea is supposed to be that your reading provides what you NEED to hear, so sometimes you just need to take a little time for it to sink in and make sense. There is definitely something magical about feeling like someone has connected to your energy from thousands of miles away.

I was also moved by how sincere and thorough my reading was. You can see that Alli takes her time to really get in touch with her intuition and your energy. She clearly gives even a single card reading her full attention. I don’t know that I’m ready to go in for a monthly subscription yet, but I’d definitely be interested in pulling a card from fate’s clenched fist again some time in the future.

Mission totally accomplished of feeling a little more magical in my everyday, and plucking some wisdom and perspective from the universe.

Discount Voucher!

If you’d like to see what the cards hold for you, I have a little sumthin’-sumthin’ that you’ll like! You can use my discount code created especially for you lovely people to get a deal on your very own Kisses & Chaos tarot reading. Just hop over to the website, and use the code below when purchasing ANY of their tarot reading services. That’s right you have your pick of the lot. There are only a limited number of yearly subscriptions left, so don’t delay if that’s what you’re drawn to. You have until midnight on Valentine’s Day to show yourself some love and take advantage of this gracious offer.

Kisses & Chaos Love, Letty Voucher

What do you think of tarot readings? Have you had any interesting experiences? Are you keen to get your own Kisses & Chaos reading done? I would love to know!

Love, Magic, & Perspective,

Colette xx

Photos: All images in this post are ยฉ Alli Woods Frederick

10 Alternatives for New Year’s Eve

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It’s the day before New Year’s Eve and I’m still not sure what my plans are for it. I’m not a fan of working New Year’s Eve into a monumental event of incomprehensible expectations, so I usually avoid anything with a queue or a pricey ticket. The best celebrations are often those with little pressure involved. My favourite New Year’s memories involve house parties, staying in with the family, and ringing in the new year with people I love.

Whether you don’t like the hustle and bustle of spending NYE on the town, or you’re looking to keep spending to a minimum this year, there a ton of ways to spend your night. I think my list below has something for everyone!

1. For Expats/People Travelling alone: Go for a long walk in your new city and wind up in the most traditional local boozer you can find. Grab a drink to ring in the new year with locals.

2. Celebration For One: Stock up with your favourite drink of choice and snacks. Take a long bath then get dressed to the nines. Spend your evening however you choose reading, watching a film, writing, or planning your new year. Ring in the new year with a good old fashioned telly countdown and then call all your fam!

3. Celebration For Two: Make NYE a glammed out date night. Go for dinner, come home to bevvies, snacks and board games. Give your darling a big smooch when the clock strikes 12!

4. Dinner & Dancing Chez Vous: Invite a few friends over for dinner. Have everyone bring some drinks and a play list. After dinner have the best dance party of 2014 in your front room.

5. Nature Lover’s NYE: Bundle up tight, pack some snacks and a hot flask of tea, hot chocolate, or a spiked tea. Go for a nature walk and meet the new year under the stars. Howl at the sky to let your inner wild side out! (Make sure you take a flashlight and be aware of any dangerous wildlife or terrain in the area.)

6. NYE Girls Night: Get your closest goddesses together in one room to hash out the past year and dream about the year to come. Have everyone wear their fanciest, glitteriest outfirts and prepare a finger food buffet. If you’re all keen you could write lists of everything you’re grateful for from this year, everything you’d like to let go of, and everything you’re dreaming for in 2015. Then rip up all the lists into tiny pieces, mix it up into confetti and glitter and throw it all into the year at midnight. Don’t forget to dance to your favourite tunes to release any negative vibes from 2014!

7. Me Time: Give yourself the love and respect you deserve. Allow yourself to do whatever it is you need to do to move into the new year feeling rejuvenated. Have a spa night, catch up on reading, check a few personal tasks off your list. RELAX. Write yourself a love letter to read this time next year.

8. Fireworks: Have some warm grub and a mini dance party at your house to get yourself feeling fuelled and festive. Then bundle up and trek out to watch the fireworks in your area go off. Invite friends or loved ones.

9. Plan Ahead: Order take out, get comfy and use NYE to reflect on 2014 and prep your plans for 2015. Review your achievements, lessons learned, and even the nitty gritty negative experiences you had in 2014. Release all these experiences and focus on everything you want for 2015. DANCE THEM OFF! Then be specific when you plan goals. Break them down into actionable steps to make them easier to accomplish. And please don’t make it all business, plan the fun things you want to do too, build them into your year.

10. Craft In The New Year: Get down with some glue and glitter. Find that DIY project on Pinterest that you’ve been dying to do and burst out your crafting gear. You can make it a crafting party, a DIY night with your partner, or as a little bit of creative therapy for yourself. You’ll have a shiny new accomplishment to bring into the new year!

Richard and I are going to attempt going vegetarian in the new year and want to get in one last tasty meaty meal at our favourite local Mexican restaurant. So our plans at the moment only go as far as dinner at Viva la Mexicana. We may also pop into our local pub The Windmill for a festive drink, but I think we’ll likely mix and match a few things from this list to do at home and ring in the new year with our fluffy pup. One thing is for sure, I’m going to be dancing at some point!

What are your plans for this New Years Eve?

Happy New Year

Glitter and fireworks,

Colette x

 

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Focus on the Positives

Scardey Cat by Kurt Halsey

Today I’m trying to focus on the positives. Just moments ago, I wasn’t doing that. I was looking at my blog thinking, “You were picking up some traction, writing more regularly, and then you slipped -like you always do! If you want to have time, you need to make time!! Your baby blog can’t grow if you don’t nourish it!!! I’m killing my baby!!!!” Then I took a breath, and scrolled through my posts again. I noticed that I’ve consistently posted a blog a month for the last few months, then in October I posted twice. So really, that’s progress. I haven’t moved any mountains here, but that’s better than not having made any gains. It’s only November 3rd, I have tons of time to also post twice this month. Progress, that’s what’s important. Nobody builds anything amazing in a day! (Especially an amazing blog.)

Right?! Of course I’m right. So now I’m grasping onto that tiny slice of progress. That teeny little positive. Focusing on that, I feel hopeful rather than hopeless. That is the power of focusing on the positives.

The point is this: I try. And just because I didn’t make a vast transformation all at once, doesn’t mean I have to be mean to myself about it. And neither do you. Even if I hadn’t written an extra post in October, I could have seen that I am producing varied and interesting content, or that I went to my first blog event. There is almost always something positive you can focus on in a situation.

Negative thinking is all too easy to be consumed in. I’m not religious, as much as spiritual, but we all know that everyone is a sinner. For some reason we’re all too quick to see ourselves as undeserving of happiness and positivity. I promise you, there is nothing productive to come out of negative thinking and self-loathing. By indulging in a negative thought cycle you become closed to the possibilities around you, by finding something positive to focus on, you instantly become more open to better things that are coming your way.

So the next time you’re being a negative Nancy about your own failed efforts, I want you to stop yourself in your tracks. Take a breath to release the fear that is gripping you. Grab a pen and paper and write down the positives about your situation. If you truly can’t see anything in your current situation, write down anything you’ve accomplished recently, any progress you’ve made, and anything positive that has happened to you. Even small things, like making your bed, or remembering to water your plant should go on the list.

Open your eyes to the positives and hold them tightly to your heart.

What do you do when you start to feel negativity take over?

Love and hope,

Colette x

Image: http://kurthalsey.com/products/scardey-cat

Quick Tips – 2 Minute Makeup

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Hello my lovelies!

I’ve decided to try my hand at a Quick Tips series, which will probably feature a range of topics from style to cleaning and anything in between.

For our first Quick Tip I’ve chosen to let you in on a little makeup trick I like to use. Now, this trick isn’t going to work for people who are fervently committed to applying everything from primer to finishing powder every day, because this routine hinges on not doing most of that. I personally don’t wear makeup everyday, even when I go out (shocking, I know, the horror!). Seriously though, I often skip makeup all together, even though I do love the stuff. Even when I wear makeup I often like to go for a more natural look. (Except for when I don’t. I like to mix it up. ) Anyway, this look is for days when I want to look more “put together” or “finished” without having to dabble with foundations and blushers etc. So let’s get to it!

Get the look above in 2 minutes, or 4 simple steps:

1. Under eye concealer to hide the bags under my tired eyes. I’m using an e.l.f. concealer from one of their concealer pallets that I’ve had forever. (You can shop their whole range here.)

2. Lightly outline and fill in eyebrows with the eyebrow kit of your choice, and then brush them into place. In this look I’m using an Annabelle medium brown eyebrow pencil.

3. Apply a single coat of your favourite mascara. You want your eye lashes to have full coverage, but we’re keeping it light with a naturally, daytime look. Today I’m using Avon’s SuperShock mascara. (If you’re in Bristol, U.K., I can hook you up through my online shop here.)

4. Add a shade of lippy. The one used here is Avon’s Perfect Kiss lipstick in Berry Smooch. Which I might add is a perfect shade for the season.

And that’s it, you’re done! You can get on with your day!

The key to this 2 minute routine is to just focus in on the finishing touches. Bright lipstick, and perfect eyebrows give the illusion of a carefully put together makeup look without all the extra labour. When I’m feeling really washed out in the face, I’ll also add a quick dose of illuminating or bronzing pearls to the top of my cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. And when I’m feeling really lazy but need a pick me up, I forget everything else and just throw on a swipe of bright lipstick. It can do wonders, trust me. I even get loads of people telling me how “nice I look” when all I’ve managed to put on before stumbling out of the house is red lipstick.

Did you like this post? Would you like to see more like this? Please let me know!

Do you have any of your own quick makeup tips?

Berry pecks & cheeky eyebrows,

Colette x

Bristol Fashion Week

Bristol Fashion Week AW 2014

Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending my very first blogging event at the Bristol Fashion Week’s Autumn Winter show. The week long event features 18 catwalk shows of high street fashions. It all takes place at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and is the largest fashion event in Bristol!

Bristol Fashion Week at The Mall at Cribba Causeway

I was excited to head down to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway. I had never been before, so there was the intrigue of both checking out the mall and seeing the show all in one go. The show I saw was the Live Blogging Show where you were encouraged to tweet and write about your experience. My invite to the event included a pass to a Friday evening bloggers showcase runway show, a raffle ticket for a John Lewis prize, a booklet full of tons of coupons and raffle tickets for stores located in the mall, and a goodie bag that came in a lovely cotton Bristol Fashion Week tote bag.

Colette at Bristol Fashion Week AW 2014

What I wore – Blouse: French label Cache Cache, Skirt: Club Monaco, Tights: H&M, Bag: Danier Leather (barely pictured!).

Leading into the show we were offered light refreshments, during which time I got to talk to a few cool people. I have to admit that I was pretty nervous and didn’t approach as many people as I would have liked this time. It can be a little intimidating being in the mix of little tight knit groups of blogger friends and notably established bloggers! Next time though, I will definitely be more outgoing. (I promise!)

 

John Lewis & Sunglass Hut BFWAW14

John Lewis & Sunglass Hut

The catwalk show blew me away! I have never attended a proper fashion show before, but I had not expected there to be so much acting and dancing as was involved. It was a highly entertaining event. The scenes were all thoughtfully laid out and in tune with the season. Models ranged in ages and sizes from adorable children to sophisticated older women. And my favourite, was a gent sporting a delicious little mun! (I have quite the mun obsession.)

 

Business Mun BFWAW14

Business Mun

Designers included John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Gap, River Island, Jack Wills, Next, Rayban, Vision Express, Lipsy, Clark’s, Timberland, CC/Viyella, Austin Reed,ย  Warehouse, Phase Eight, Oasis, and Karen Millen. And the show fabulously tied into the mall’s offerings. All of the runway pieces that can be found within the mall have “Featured in Bristol’s Fashion Week” tags on them, making it easy for fashionistas to pick up their favourite items.

 

Next Children, River Island, Lipsy, Claire's BFWAW14

Next Children, River Island, Lipsy, Claire’s

 

Warehouse, Timberland BFWAW14

Warehouse, Timberland

Tickling My Fancy: I enjoyed the amount of capes and oversized shalls that were being showcased for both women and men. I am also a sucker for coloured stockings, so the bright red, royal blue, burgundy, and silver sparkly tights were great to see on the catwalk. Over the knee socks are another look that I’ve been enjoying for quite some time, but I’m planning to up my game on that front this season. Also, hats. I love hats, but I want to branch out from the slouchy berets and beanies I’m prone to wearing.

Jack Wills, John Lewis BFWAW14

Jack Wills, John Lewis

 

Bristol Fashion Week Blogger Show Finale 2014

The Big Finale!

Hot Trends: Mixing prints and fabrics will be a huge trend, as well as flat clunky and metallic loafers. Lace in all forms is still good to go into autumn/winter 2014. There were a lot of 1970s inspired designs, though the last scene of the show was dedicated to the 60s. And if you’re thinking about your next coat purchase you’re good to go in any kind of parka, faux fur, or brightly coloured coat.

 

John Lewis BFWAW14

John Lewis

 

Phase Eight BFWAW14

Phase Eight

Another highlight of the show were styling tips from fashion stylist Mark Heyes, and hair tips from celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton. Including this one I tweeted. I was happy to hear that statement hair accessories like facinators and rhinestone hairbands are continuing trends. I’m dying to get my hands on the perfect sparkly hair statement piece… some kitty ears perhaps!

 

Fashion Stylist Mark Heyes BFWAW14

Fashion Stylist Mark Heyes

 

Celebrity Hairdresser Andrew Barton BFWAW14

Celebrity Hairdresser Andrew Barton & a gorgeous hair accessory from John Lewis!

Well there you have it, my first fashion and blogging event experience! Are there are any autumn winter trends that you are looking forward to testing out? Anything from your personal style that you see creeping into the high street? I’d love to know!

 

Thigh high socks and fashion muns,

Colette xx

 

 

I Finally Have Instagram!

@polka.dot.heart on Instagram@polka.dot.heart on Instagram @polka.dot.heart on Instagram YAY! I’ve been dying to get on Instagram. Until recently I sadly had a very old phone that couldn’t support it. (Yay for getting a smart phone too!) I love snapping photos, so it’s great to finally have a tool that lets me share them with friends, family and curious on lookers.

If you’d like to see snippets of my personal style, day to day adventures, and tons of my fluffy pup, then please don’t hesitate to follow @polka.dot.heart on Instagram!

The link: http://instagram.com/polka.dot.heart

Street style and autumn comforts!

Colette xx

Beckoning Bluebells

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I’ve had a fascination with bluebells for just over a year now. I had heard that there is a quintessentially British occurrence in early May when the bluebells burst into full bloom for a few short weeks and blanket forests. I had heard that there is an enchanting perfume that hangs in the spring air when you’re lucky enough to be immersed in one of these tucked away woodlands. And I had heard that the introduction of Spanish bluebells to Britain could mean this natural wonder may cease to exist one day. How could anyone resist such intrigue and magic?

The story goes like this: There is more than one type of bluebell, the British bluebell and Spanish bluebell have evolved separately creating two varieties with different traits. But with the recent introduction of Spanish bluebells into British gardens there is now a third variety, a hybrid bluebell. Some concern also exists surrounding the possibility of forever losing the British bluebell as the Spanish and hybrids start to creep into the British wild. Dun dun dunnnn. Seriously though, these things could happen.

And ever since I learned of this whole situation, I try to investigate every little bluebell I see along sidewalks and in gardens to find out for myself. Part of my intrigue came from watching a little video by the Natural Museum, which goes through how to identify native British bluebells from other types. And, I mean who doesn’t like to play spot the differences?

Anyhow, about a month ago, the heavens cooperated with a gorgeous sunny day, and off I went with Rich, Fluffy and my good friend Sarah (who writes The Laughing Medusa) to find what we could. Living in Bristol, I’m fortunate enough to be near a few places bluebells flourish. We chose to go to Prior’s Wood near Portbury for the afternoon. And below are my spoils from the day.

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Getting out to see the bluebells made me feel like I’m making the most of living in Bristol. It’s also something I really wanted to do this year, so I’m very pleased with myself for getting it crossed off my list!

Have you gotten around to accomplishing one of your goals recently? Or been anywhere enchanting? If so, let me know about it. I love swapping stories and good spots!

Take care lovelies,

Colette xx

Step by Step

Everyone gets buried by responsibility sometimes. I’ve been missing for too long now, and I need to get back to this creaky machine of a blog. It brings me joy to create in this little space I’ve cut out for myself and I’ve let other priorities steal it from me.

I was feeling as if it was my duty to pay less attention to the little things while I worked on the big things. But in truth, taking away my little pleasures seems to have a less than desirable effect on my productivity levels in all areas. I’ve realized now that I need to continue giving myself at least a bit of leeway to focus on small things that make me feel happy and whole in order to be my best in other areas of my life.

So I will see you again soon, my friends. Hope you are all taking time to do the little things that make you feel good.

Letty xx