Sunday, 24 January 2016

Good Vibes Only | Tips for Staying Positive

Recently the world felt like a much nicer place, although if I'm honest not much has changed, beside my mindset.

When a new year comes around I like think of it as a time for a fresh start, and so I decided in 2016 I wanted to get rid of a lot of negative energy I had in my life. So as cliché as it sounds I've been trying my best to stay in a positive frame of mine, and it seems to working.

Little things no longer seem to be getting to me, because I've realised that doesn't help anything. Yes, I do get stressed sometimes, I'm only human - but I'm trying to be see the bigger picture 'there's no point crying over spilt milk' after all.  So I thought I'd share with some tips with to help you remain positive and happy. So I thought I'd share some tips for remaining positive and happy with you:
  1. Have a clear out, and surround yourself with things you love. It feels so good to get rid of the stuff which you have no need for that you have just accumulated over time, and when you've got less you tend to appreciate the things you do have more. 
  2. Choose to socialise with people who make you happy. If someone isn't making you happy, and doesn't make you feel good about yourself, why would you want to spend time with them, no matter what attachment you might have to them.
  3. Take time to meditate and exercise - this is certainly one where I need to practise what I preach but I know when I do both of those things my heads feels a much nicer place to be.
  4. Find time to do things you love. I've recently began reading more again, I love reading but I often find myself 'too busy' to find time to read - so I've been allowing myself an extra 10 minutes before bed to read and I feel so much better for having those 10 minutes.
  5. Have a creative outlet, and do it your way - I've a very creative person. I express myself a lot through creativity, and escape through creativity. Recently I've realised how important it is to do the creative things your way for them to give same release. Blogging for example is one of my main creative outlets, but last year blogging lost that feeling of freedom and the joy it gives me now as I began putting too much pressure on myself to post about what I thought people wanted to hear, this year I decided my blog was entirely down to me, if I wrote about something which no one cared about it wouldn't matter because I wrote it because I cared enough to write it, and now I love blogging again. I love being creative with my camera and learning new photography tricks and really putting effort and passion in what I write. I am also intended to get back into drawing this year - I think it's important to have creative outlets to share with others and keep to yourself - my art is personal, and I think I need to get a creative outlet which I can enjoy all by myself
  6. Go to bed in a clear space, with a clear mind - before bed each night I have began giving my room at little tidy, it feels good to wake up in a nice space and tidy up is also great for the mind, so I usually go to bed in a good headspace, meaning I get a better sleep too.
  7. Accept that things are going to go wrong, but also appreciate that things will be very different with time. Yes things may be bad today, they may also be better tomorrow.
  8. Catch up with old friends and family, appreciate them.
  9. Spend time alone, and enjoy that time. Appreciate your own company, and learn to like (even love) yourself, because why would other people like you if you don't like yourself, and you're the only person to have spend every single day of your life with.
  10. Surround yourself with people of all ages, I think you can learn a lot from someone twice your age, and you will also learn a lot from someone half your age.
  11. Accept that people might not like you. 
  12. Take time to look after yourself - the day always seem more pleasant when you don't feel as though you just rolled out of bed and went straight to work, instead you had time in the morning and you've got a little lippy on.
  13. Don't be ashamed of the things you like. 
  14. Boys (or girls) you may have a crush on really don't matter as much as you think they do, so stop analysing everything they say/do, actually don't analyse anything anyone say/does, nothing good comes from over thinking
  15. Remember that no matter how bad it gets, you will go to bed that night and when you wake up it's a new day.
  16. Stop comparing yourself to overs, you are you and that's great.
  17. Stop making excuses for people, if someone is being crap, they're still being crap whatever the circumstances, accept that and distance yourself from them and their crapness.
  18. Have something to look forward to - this can be something really small, for example is I having a rubbish work day I'll think to myself 'I'm going to go home and type away a new blog post, and that will be a nice thing to do'.
I have a feeling this post some how got cheesier as I go more into it, but what can I say as corny and cliché as a lot of these pointers sounds they seem to have done something for me, because my head is in lovely place right now, and I intend to stay here for a while 

I'd love to hear how you stay positive.
Love always,

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Coconut Lane Haul

I was recently contacted by the lovely people at Coconut Lane, and asked if I wanted to be an ambassadors for their brand, after spending a little too long browsing their website, I, of course said yes, and excitedly placed my first order. So without further ado, here are the bits I picked up.
Life Without You is Like Cara Without Brow Greeting Card (£2.70) - I'm not really too sure who this card is for, but when I saw it I couldn't not get it - I'm the biggest fan of Cara and brows, I just need to find someone who will appreciate this card as much as me to gift the card to.
You Go Glen Coco Wall Print (£14.50 with frame, £6 without) - Isn't everyone Mean Girls biggest fan? This print is great, I find myself saying "you go glen coco" far too often, so why would not have in a frame in my room? This print makes a great addition to my room decor. I also opted for the print to be framed which saved me going out looking for a frame myself.
Star and Moon Necklace (£12) - Being slightly obsessed with crescent moons I knew I had to get this as soon as I saw it. I am in love with this double necklace. I think double necklaces are so cute, they just add the perfect finishing touch to an outfit and the star and moon pendants are so sweet (and so me). 
Unicorn Phone Case (£13)  - How adorable and girly is this phone case? This phone case is so me recently, as I seem to be getting more obsessed with pink by the day - I know it's not to everyones taste, but it's certainly to mine; pink, unicorns and sparkly, I probably shouldn't love this but I do. Plus I have received a fair few compliments on this phone case.

I'm so happy with all of the little bits and pieces I got, I'm sure it won't be long until I'm on their website again lusting after more.
If any of these bits (or anything else from Coconut Lane) takes your fancy, you can get 20% off with the discount code chloeharriets20 

What's your favourite thing from this haul? I love them all so much I can't choose. 



Wednesday, 20 January 2016

13 Reasons Why

I recently had a big clear out of my bookshelf, and while putting some books in my cupboard of ' book I don't want to read these for a while but I might want to reread them in the future', this book caught my eye. Thirteen Reasons Why is a book by Jay Asher is something I had read a few years ago, and when I saw it, I remembered how much to story had touched me, although I could remember the feeling this book gave me, I couldn't remember much of what happened, so I knew it was time to reread it. 

It's not a very long book, in fact, it only took me a day or two to read again, partly because it's only 288 pages, mostly because I couldn't put it down.

The story is written in a male perspective, which I really like. I find the majority of the book I read are written in a female perspective so it's nice to see a different viewpoint, especially being a female myself, I find it intriguing reading something written from a male point of view.

It's a sort of story within a story. The book begins with Clay, the main character receiving some tapes in the post - when he plays the tapes he gets a bit of a shock. as he recognises the voice on the tapes - it's Hannah, a girl from school who had committed suicide a few weeks earlier.

On the cover of the book, it says; "There are thirteen reasons why your friend died. You are one of them", which does a pretty good job of explaining what the story is about. Hannah has a story to tell, the story of what lead to her suicide.

There are thirteen people who may not think they had any real effect on Hannah, but they did. Each of these people receives the tapes, to hear Hannah's story and find out how they were all connected. As Clay received the tapes like the other twelve played a part in Hannah death. 

I'll be honest I wasn't blown away by the ending and kind of wanted the story to keep on going. However given the plot, it was one of those books which just had to end after a while. 

I loved how self-reflective I felt once reading this. I think you can always tell how good a novel is by how it makes you feel afterwards - if you feel as though you take some of the emotion from the story away with you, it's a good book. The message is this story is so strong,  it really reminds you how everything you do when surrounded by others affects them too, and you have the power to impact the lives of the people around you, both in positive and negative ways.

I'll be honest there's something a bit creepy about the story, as well, a lot of it is a dead girl speaking, however, it keeps you turning the pages.

I'd definitely recommend this if you're looking for something new to read, it's not one I'll be forgetting anytime soon!

What was the last book you read?


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Black & Green | Outfit of the Day

I thought I'd share with you an outfit I've been enjoying wearing lately. Now I know it's probably not the most flattering, especially with all the mince pies I have eaten over christmas, however every time I throw this on I get a compliment or two.

The dress was a huge bargain for H&M, I think it was about £12, yet I get so much wear out of it. The skater shape means it nips you in at the waist (I know, I completely hide that with the over size cardi, but at least I know my waist is there, right?), and the pretty feather pattern just adds a bit of something to the dress. It is a tad short, but I constantly wear tights, so it makes no difference.

I decided to team the dress up with a green over sized cardigan - I know, this really shouldn't work, but that's what I like about it. 
The cardigan came from a charity shop I'm afraid so I'm not too sure where it's a orginally from, nonethless, I love it. It has some detail stitched into it which gives it a more unique finish, and I've never came across anything similar. It's also big and cosy, so it warms up any outfit, making the dress I'm wearing here suitable for the winter weather, despite that with the fine straps and the short skirt.
I decided to keep the accessories simple, teaming it up with a black backpack (for Urban Outfitters) and black heeled ankle boots (from Dune).

I definitely like this outfit for all of the wrong reasons, I love the mismatch of pattens, the mix of the monochrome against bright green, and the combination of the oversized jacket and short dress. 

It may not be everyones cup of tea, but this is an outfit I've been enjoying wearing a lot recently.
What do you think of this look? 
Love Chloé

Saturday, 9 January 2016

2015 Most Loved

I'm sure as we are now well into January now you have watched/read a big handful 2015 beauty favourites, however my thoughts and opinions are as valid as the last persons, so I'm going to share mine.

These are the products which I found myself in the slight panic when I'm realised I'm running low, repurchasing, constantly wearing and enjoying over the last year...


Thursday, 7 January 2016

2015 Highlights

I'll be honest with you, I don't think it's really been the best year of my life, and I am far from where I'd like to be in many aspects of my life, however there, of course we some great parts, as there always are - so I thought I'd do a little 2015 rewind to remember some of my favourite bits.

Sunday, 3 January 2016


When it comes to New Years, it seems social media gets bombarded with everyone giving their opinion on what the start of a New Year means, and their plans for the year coming - as yes, sorry to say I am joining that train.

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