150 things to be happy about

150 things to be happy about
150 things to be happy about
150 things to be happy about
150 things to be happy about

Us bloggers are just so darn happy all the time, aren't we? I get it, I get it, it can be annoying when everyone else in the world is talking about how great their life is and you're just sitting at your desk powering through a 500 page case study with a loud neighbour hammering on your walls, an empty fridge a migraine from hell and a cat that just peed on your favourite sweater. Ahem. That's the situation happening right now, and before I decided to fall 100% into moody bitch mode I decided to write out a few things to be happy about - something I've found helps me whenever I'm feeling down in the dumps. Then I thought, hey, I have no real story behind what I'm wearing in this outfit (other than a story about how bloody great this jacket from Missguided is) so, why not just throw all of my thoughts on here? 

I like a nice rounded number, and hey, I like a challenge (and I also like procrastinating instead of writing this case study) so I've decided on jotting down 150 things that come to mind that make me feel a little bit better about whatever situation I'm going through. Hopefully - if you're nearing bitch mode like I was - they'll make you feel a bit better too! 

1. THE FACT THAT TODAY IS FRIDAY
2. UNIVERSITY DEADLINES ARE COMING TO A CLOSE
3. SUMMER IS AROUND THE CORNER
4. NAPS EXIST (IS THIS NOT THE BEST THING EVER?)
5. FRESH FRUIT SALADS IN THE SUNSHINE
6. HANGING THE WASHING OUTSIDE WHEN IT'S SUNNY
7. HAVING MY CATS TALK/MEOW BACK TO ME 
8. STRETCHING OUT ON THE FLOOR LIKE A STARFISH
9. WALKING IN GRASS BAREFOOT
10. SPENDING FAR TOO LONG IN THE SHOWER
11. CLIMBING INTO FRESH BED SHEETS
12. JEANS THAT FIT PERFECTLY
13. TICKING THE LAST THING OFF A TO DO LIST
14. NATURALLY WAKING UP EARLY
15. HAVING A GOOD MAKEUP DAY
16. KNOWING ALL THE WORDS TO A RAP SONG
17. TAKING A GOOD SELFIE THE FIRST TIME AROUND
18. LAUGHING UNTIL IT HURTS
19. PROVING PEOPLE WRONG
20. LATE NIGHT TRIPS TO THE SHOP
21. STRANGERS SAYING 'MORNING' TO YOU
22. BUYING FRESH FROM FROM A MARKET
23. PASTRIES AND COFFEE
24. FINISHING ALL THE CHORES
25. BRAND NEW SOCKS
26. FINISHING A CROSSWORD PUZZLE
27. HAVING BACK BACK TICKLED
28. NOT HAVING TO SET MY ALARM
29. EATING CAKE MIX STRAIGHT FROM THE BOWL
30. HAVING A TIDY DESK
31. VIDEOS OF SMALL CUTE ANIMALS
32. CATCHING UP WITH OLD FRIENDS
33. FINDING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS
34. FAST FOOD WHEN YOU'VE GOT A CRAVING
35. BROWSING SHOPS FOR NO REASON AT ALL
36. CACTIS AND SUCCULENTS
37. THOSE REALLY SWEET PIECES OF POPCORN
38. BRAND NEW NOTEBOOKS
39. FINDING RANDOM MONEY IN YOUR BAG
40. THE MOMENT YOU REALISE YOU'RE OVER SOMETHING
41. THE FEELING OF BUTTERFLIES
42. THAT WARM PATCH OF SUN THROUGH THE WINDOW
43. SCRATCHING A STUBBORN ITCH
44. LISTENING TO GRANDPARENT'S STORIES
45. NAPPING WITH SOMEONE ELSE
46. PICKING UP THINGS WITH MY FEET
47. DRIVING AT NIGHT
48. NO MAKEUP DAYS
49. WATCHING MY CATS SPOON EACHOTHER
50. SCENTED CANDLES
51. WATER FIGHTS IN THE SUN
52. HAVING THE HOUSE TO MYSELF
53. GOING OUT WITHOUT A BRA ON
54. FRESH HOT DONUTS FROM THE FAIR
55. SURPRISE PACKAGES IN THE POST
56. GETTING GOOD NEWS
57. CLEARING MY INBOX OF ALL EMAILS
58. A GLASS OF RED WINE IN THE EVENING
59. TWITTER CHATS WITH RANDOMS
60. SIAMESE GUMMY BEARS
61. TAKING MY HAIR OUT OF A PONYTAIL
62. LAUGHING FITS WITH FRIENDS
63. RE-ARRANGING ROOMS
64. BREAKFAST IN BED
65. MAKING FRIENDS WITH STRAY ANIMALS
66. OVER COMING OBSTACLES
67. HOT WATER BOTTLES EVERY DAY
68. THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA
69. LIKEMINDED PEOPLE 
70. FREE MUSEUMS
71. HEELS THAT ARE ACTUALLY COMFORTABLE
72. SQUEEZING SPOTS YOU KNOW YOU SHOULDN'T
73. THE SMELL OF OLD BOOKS
74. NETFLIX DAYS
75. THAT FEELING AFTER THE GYM
76. LEARNING A NEW SKILL
77. FINDING SOMETHING YOU LOVE ON SALE
78. DOING THINGS YOU KNOW YOU SHOULDN'T
79. BEING ABLE TO UNTAG FACEBOOK PICTURES
80. SWEATPANTS, SWEATPANTS, SWEATPANTS
81. REMEMBERING YOUR DREAMS
82. NOT SMUDGING MY NAIL POLISH
83. INSIDE JOKES
84. LEAVING WORK EARLY
85. EATING DESSERT FIRST
86. GETTING AN EVEN TAN
87. WAKING UP TO 'GOOD MORNING' TEXTS
88. HAPPY POSTMEN (MINE'S THE BEST)
89. UNEXPECTED PEOPLE WITH TATTOOS
90. QUITTING SOMETHING YOU HATE
91. LEAVING ALL THE WINDOWS OPEN
92. THE COLD SIDE OF THE PILLOW
93. SCORING A BARGAIN ON EBAY
94. FORGIVING AND FORGETTING
95. KISSING MY CATS ON THEIR COLD LITTLE NOSES
96. PERFECTLY SHAVED LEGS
97. NEW UNTOUCHED MAKEUP
98. FRESH FLOWERS
99. CHIPS AND CURRY SAUCE
100. THINKING IT'S LATER THAN IT IS
101. WHEN SOMEONE SAYS THANK YOU
102. BEING SURPRISED WITH A PIZZA DELIVERY
103. THAT FEELING AFTER TIDYING MY HOUSE
104. TAKING A DAY OFF WORK/SCHOOL
105. FEELING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF
106. SECRETLY DOING THINGS FOR CHARITY
107. OVERSIZED SWEATERS
108. DANCING ALONE IN MY BEDROOM (GUILTY)
109. HAVING SOMEONE ELSE DO THE DISHES
110. BIG FAMILY DINNERS
111. HOT DAYS AND AIR CONDITIONING
112. BARBECUES IN THE GARDEN
113. BUY ONE GET ONE FREE
114. THE SMELL OF FRESHLY CUT GRASS
115. THE SMELL OF SUN LOTION
116. DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
117. LISTENING TO MUSIC ON LONG JOURNEYS
118. FINDING OUT FUNNY STORIES ABOUT YOUR PARENTS
119. PUTTING JUST ABOUT ANYTHING IN A MILKSHAKE
120. SOCK SLIDING ON HARD FLOORS
121. BATHS THAT ARE THE PERFECT TEMPERATURE
122. THE SMELL OF BACON IN THE MORNING
123. NON-AWKWARD SILENCES
124. DIPPING CHOCOLATE IN PEANUT BUTTER
125. HEAD MASSAGES (NEED ONE NOW PLEASE)
126. WINNING AT SOMETHING..ANYTHING!
127. TALKING ABOUT OLD MEMORIES WITH SOMEONE
128. CRISP BANK NOTES
129. PEOPLE WATCHING
130. SUCCESSFUL DIY PROJECTS
131. LATE NIGHT TEXTS WITH A FRIEND
132. THE SMELL OF LAUNDRY DETERGENT
133. DRINKING FROM THE CARTON
134. BEING THE ONLY PERSON IN A CAFE
135. MELTED CHEESE ON EVERYTHING
136. 80S DANCE MUSIC
137. LAUGHING UNTIL I CAN'T BREATHE
138. CAPTURING THE PERFECT PICTURE
139. IMPROMPTU HAIR CUTS (THAT WORK OUT WELL)
140. WAKING UP ON HOLIDAY
141. THE SMELL OF RAIN ON A HOT DAY
142. HUGS FROM LOVED ONES
143. BABY ANIMALS, ALL ANIMALS!
144. PULLED PORK WITH EVERYTHING
145. SLIMMING MIRRORS
146. BEING A SLOB WITH SOMEONE YOU LOVE
147. THINGS GOING BETTER THAN EXPECTED
148. DAYS SPENT ON THE BEACH
149. DRIVING WITH THE ROOF DOWN
150. REALISING EVERYTHING IS ACTUALLY PRETY OKAY

 

What makes you happy?

 

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I'M WEARING:

Missguided faux leather fringed jacket *
T by Alexander Wang black tee *
ASOS longline boy shorts *
Converse Chuck Taylor shoes *
 

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The reason behind why I started blogging

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UK fashion blog - Why I started blogging

Hello world. Remember me? I was that girl that posted on this blog like a psychopath...then suddenly stopped for a little while. Apparently, my University course head teacher queen-of-schools person didn't consider the fact that I might want to actually post pictures of myself on the internet during my studies. So yeah, the past few days have been spent with me painstakingly typing out a case study filled with words I'm not even sure I know the meaning of. But hey, they sound good.

Anyway, it's been a little while since I've been blogging on my lonesome (for those late to the party/AKA my blog, I was on a network a few months back) and I like to think I've gotten back into the swing of things. Do not correct me if I'm wrong, just allow me to feel good about this for five seconds please.

So yeah, before the big move to this website I was starting to feel a little 'worked' by blogging. I mean sure, luckily blogging is pretty much my full-time job, but can I really call it that? It takes a lot of effort, planning and time (and obviously a genius brain, ahem) but I'm hardly a nueroscientist or super-smart academic. Realistically, I write things on the internet, take photos of things I like and get my boyfriend to take photos of me whilst all other inhabitants of my city look at me like a crazy person. I'm going off on one of those tangents I like to go on again, so I'll stop here.

Long story short, during the past few days I've seriously missed blogging - something that I haven't really felt for a while. I've missed typing nonsense on the internet in hopes that someone will read it and potentially laugh/emulate with what I have to say. And that in itself has made me realise that my original reason for blogging has changed completely.

I'll say something you've probably all thought at least once when looking through my pictures. Sometimes I dress weird. Not weird in a sort of 'oh that girl is so cool and different and individual' but more along the lines of being that girl in primary school that showed up on non-school-uniform day wearing a black and yellow Spice Girl mini dress that advertised my stomach without a care in the world. Uh yeah, I did that. Multiple times. I digress. What I'm really trying to say is that hey, I'm pretty much just an average girl (don't you hate it when internet people say that?) that's not a super model in the making, or one of those super cool fitness girls you see on Instagram, or someone with loads of money that can make you wish you were me. Nope. I'm pretty much just a born and bred country girl that ever so slightly detests overly social situations, with a fairly decent broadband speed and a wardrobe filled with things that aren't exactly the norm in 'countryside' terms. I mean really though, why don't more people wear fluffy leopard print coats these days?

So let's rewind (and let's also take a second to come to terms with a fact that this is yet another overly long post from yours truly. Sorry not sorry). I started a blog because everyone else looked cool doing it. That's it. When I was younger I wasn't exactly my number one fan, so starting a blog that - from the outside world - just looks like a website filled with photos of myself, may seem a little vain. Who knows, maybe that's exactly what it was! But meh (and I don't use that word/sound effect lightly) it was just what I was doing at the time. Copying others because I couldn't quite figure out my own little path in life *emotional music*.

But seriously, I started my blog because everyone else was doing it. It was the 'cool' thing to do and hey, all of the big bloggers just looked like they had the best life ever, so evidently if I just took a few pics of myself on an old Coolpix camera I'm bound to be snapped up by Louis Vuitton any second (side note: still waiting on that email, LV). But alas, that is still yet to happen. But you know what has happened? It's all in the title my babies. After all this time blogging and not knowing exactly why I was doing it, I've finally figured it out. And it's honestly the most insanely wild thing you'll hear all day. Ready? Okay. I started blogging because I like to write.

Woah. Journalism student. Girl that writes (wait let me count) eight paragraphs and counting on one blog post!? This girl likes writing!? I told you, it's a doosey. But that's literally it. I like sharing things with people - not because my life is so incredibly glamourous (seriously, I have hair removal cream on my upper lip right this second) or because I have any real wisdom to share, but because I just like taking words out of my mouth and putting them onto paper - or in this case, a blog.

I'll be the first to say it - I'M SOCIALLY AWKWARD! Which is so damn ironic because hey, that's what blogs are built around now - being social. I've spent so much of my real life being semi-quiet about life in general, and I've spent so long blogging about what I'm wearing that I've cracked. I need to talk, a lot. Okay scrap that. I need to talk in my head a lot, and then type it so the whole world can see what I'm thinking. Logical Steph, logical.

I'm not a fantastical traveller, nor am I a super chic style icon (god how I wish I could just change my blog name to 'normal person' - but I'm guessing that URL is probably taken and/or costs  bomb). At the end of the day - like I said above - I'm just a semi-boring girl that dresses slightly different to the other people in my street, with a lot of stuff to say but no real guts to say it in person. Oh, actually I think I summed that up pretty well. I am in fact, just a keyboard warrior - you know, minus the abuse. Okay that was a bad analogy. But I do feel pretty sorry for how many times I pound my keyboard a minute. 

But let's face it, if I can write this much in twenty minutes, just be glad I don't spill my guts in person 24/7. I'd never shut up.

What was the reason you started blogging?

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TRIWA sunglasses *
Chicwish backless sweater *
ASOS leather trousers
Forever 21 mules *
Forever 21 trio bag *

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The best budget basics and dressing for summer

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UK Fashion and Beauty Blogger Cocochic
UK Fashion and Beauty Blogger Cocochic

It feels like a while since I posted an outfit, but I assure you, I do still wear clothes. Sometimes. For todays look I've decided to throw together some of my favourite basics that help me transition from freezing cold British weather to...slightly less freezing cold British weather. That being said, I'm not sure my choice of skirt was overly fitting for the mild hurricane we seemed to have that day. But hey, you see pretty much every other angle of me, so why not my chilly thighs too?

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Warehouse leather jacket (similar here) *
Hearts & Bows stripe crop top via Ark Clothing (on sale) *
Forever 21 side slit midi skirt *
Steve Madden ankle boots (on sale) *

A Minimalistic Party Outfit

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If you've learnt anything at all from my Youtube channel, it's that I don't do 'going out' all that much, if at all really. I'm more of the sort of girl that spends her evenings catching up on Netflix (hello, House of Cards) and eating four blueberry muffins in a row. Don't judge me.

That being said, this weekend I'm actually planning a night that requires more than just a onesie and hot water bottle. In fact, dare I say that it might actually involve a skirt and heels. Hot damn. Since I'm pretty much known for my minimalistic style I thought I'd put together a look that fits with my usual aesthetic but also fits with the generic girls night out stereotype. Hey look, I'm even wearing a fluffy pink clutch!

How do you dress on a night out?

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Warehouse Leather Jacket *
Miss Selfridge 90s Crop Top *
Front Row Shop Skirt *
La Moda Faux Fur Clutch (£12.99!) *
La Moda Faux Fur Sandals *

The Perfect Every Day Bag from Over My Body

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The Australian's do it pretty well, whatever 'it' might be. The majority of my favourite blogger babes come from across the pond, and let's face it, the country itself looks pretty damn good too. When growing up my idea of Aussie fashion probably would have been teeny tiny bikinis, a slap of SPF and..not a lot else if I'm honest, but recently I discovered the UK website Over My Body, which introduced me to a whole bunch of new brands from the outback.

I'm pretty picky when it comes to bags. Believe it or not, it's actually near impossible to find a simplistic bag that isn't either doused in tacky gold metal or so expensive that you need to take out an extra mortgage just to borrow it. I've used my Phillip Lim bags on the blog enough to bore you all to tears, so I'm very excited to announce that I've finally found a new every day bag. Huzzah! You can shop the entire collection here.

Have you heard of Over My Body before?

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Black Beanie Hat
Warehouse Leather Jacket *
Tobi Utility Shirt *
French Connection Trousers (SIMILAR FROM J BRAND HERE) *
Superga Leather Trainers *
Naked Vice Reckless Bag via Over My Body *