Thursday, 31 December 2015

My 2015

 So, it's that time of year again. I've consumed my entire weight in quality streets and sprouts (yes I am one of those weird people that loves sprouts) and things almost go into slow motion for a week whilst the merriment still lasts. Its during this week that I always start to prepare myself for the New Year and to try to make some achievable resolutions to help me through the next year and give me something to work towards. The one thing that really helps me to do this is to reflect on the past year, to look at the ups and the downs and to see what it is I am wanting. And so I thought it would be interesting and helpful for me to put a little year long reflection down here.





I began the year in my old home, back in the Wirral welcoming in midnight with the school friends who have spent almost as much time in that house as I had. Last year was the final Christmas and New Years I would spend in that house and I was glad it was just as traditional and special as it had always been. A few days after New Years me and my suitcase toddled off to Paris to visit a friend, I had only been to Paris once before but I soon realised how much I wanted to keep visiting this amazing and vibrant city - there really is no where like it - and also how much I wanted to travel in general.

In February I went back to uni and the first signs that this wasn't right for me began to appear. I found myself spending more and more time writing, baking, taking photos and just generally creating and I started to discover that creative life was what made my heart sing. It was also during this period that I decided, after years of desperately wanting to, that I would start a blog and Life With The Roof Down began to be created. I spent a wonderful Easter week with my now fiancé in his family home up in Scotland enjoying the little things in life that make it good namely adventures in my boyfriends open top vintage car.




After Easter I took the jump and made my blog live. It is definitely one of the best things I have ever done and one of my biggest achievements. Having a blog allowed me to start exploring what I thought was important in life. I began to dream about where I wanted to live, what kind of life I wanted to lead, what kind of person I wanted to be and how I could make a small positive change in the world. I started to become more interested in green living and helping to save our planet, me and my fiancĂ© decided we wanted to live in the countryside as soon as we could afford it and make steps to become more self sufficient and I made the decision silently to myself that I wanted to follow my dream and become a writer. 




The summer was one of the best I've ever had, I spent it having adventures all over the world. I was lucky enough to visit Paris, Madeira, Tubingen, and Keswick but the best part of the summer had to be the 6 weeks I spent adventuring in Fife, Scotland with my boyfriend. It was quite obvious by the
end of the summer that the only place I wanted to live from now on was Scotland.



Summer came to a close and as I had been dreading all summer, university began again. I had been thinking for quite a while that university just wasn't for me but I could see no way out of it and had been so conditioned by my school to think that this was the only path for everyone. I started to become very ill within the first few weeks, I had suffered from anxiety and depression the previous year but after a summer of relaxing I felt much stronger, however during this period I felt the weakest. After a lot of careful thought, consideration and conversations with multiple people I decided it would be best if I left university for the time being. I am so glad I made this decision and I think bar one other major life decision (I'll explain this one in a second) this has been the best thing I have done all year.

After making this decision I found myself feeling oddly courageous and I finally told many of my family and friends of my dreams of being a writer. It was terrifying but liberating at the same time and affirming it to others has helped to affirm it to myself also. I then also felt that I was able to move on with the rest of my life and me and my boyfriend got engaged. We had been talking about getting married for a while and so it wasn't a surprise when he popped the question but it was a beautiful end to a challenging but wonderful year.



I am excited to see what the new year holds. I am currently in search of a job that will allow me to support and sustain myself whilst I write and try to get my work published and so I have a sort of plan but I am also happy to see where the wind blows. As well as working on my novel and some freelance articles I will also be doing lots of exciting things here on this blog and exploring what I really want this space to be. Its strange, although everything is a lot less certain than it was last year I feel much more focused on what I want to achieve this year and in my life. I'm excited to start building a foundation and look forward to sharing that on here with you.

I hope you've all had fantastic Christmas' and I wish you a very happy new year/Hogmanay! 
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Monday, 28 December 2015

Christmas Day Makeup






As well as getting dressed up on Christmas day me and my sisters also like to wear slightly special make up. I opted for a nice festive golden eye using my trusty Urban Decay Naked 1 pallet but to spice things up I went for some Tanya Burr Eyelashes as well as lipgloss - both of which I got in the advent calendar. I am hoping to do a full look using make up I got in the Tanya Burr advent calendar but for now I decided to just use a few bits and bobs for my Christmas make up look.

Hope you're all enjoying the slow chill out time between Christmas and New Years!

God bless!

Products used:
The Body Shop Moisture Foundation
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealor
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
Sleek Blusher in Pixie Pink
Tanya Burr Cosmetic Lashes
Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Macaroon. 
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Saturday, 26 December 2015

My Christmas Day Outfit






It has become a tradition in my family that on Christmas day, after waking up early to open our stockings from Santa and eating smarties and pain au chocolat for breakfast, we get all dressed up in our glad rags to go to church before sitting down to our Christmas feast. It was a little different this year as we went to visit my Nana, who has alzheimer's, in the home where she lives instead of going to church, but we still got all dressed up because it's Christmas! And if you can't get all dressed up at Christmas when can you?!

This was the perfect dress for Christmas as it was nice and dressy and yet due to the 1950s style still left a lot of room for Christmas dinner, yum yum! I love Cath Kidston print dresses as they fit my shape really well and have the cutest designs especially at Christmas. As soon as I saw this penguin dress I knew it was a winner. The fabric is a more heavy weight fabric so perfect for winter wear and the penguin print is just so sweet. The shoes are a Primark buy and so super comfy. I tend to prefer heels with a strap if I am wearing them during the day and these ones aren't too high either which I like. 








I hope you all had a lovely Christmas day! I'm looking forward to new years eve now, so exciting welcoming in the new year and I will be doing it with my soon to be in law family (can't wait!). 

God bless!

What I wore.....
Dress - Cath Kidston | Cardigan - | Shoes - Primark


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Monday, 21 December 2015

Going Dotty For Christmas







I cannot believe Christmas is this week. Where has the time gone? I feel like time is just whizzing me by at the moment and I can't decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Although Autumn is my favourite season I do enjoy all of the seasons for their differences and quirks. For me winter is a special time for families and parties, glitter and midnights and the dreams of new beginnings. The latter two don't tend to rear their heads until early January, for now I am enjoying the parties and the glitter. This outfit was worn for just one of those occasions - a big family Christmas meal - something we haven't had in a long time. I have to say although not all of the family could make it, it was one of the best days I've had this year. Christmas rather than winter for me is all about families and spending time with loved ones and so a few uninterrupted hours of  catching up, laughter and good food are always on my agenda this time of year. 

You may or may not have noticed depending on how much your scrutinise my pictures but I have in fact lost a stone in weight since the summer. I haven't gone on a big diet or tried to do an hour a day in the gym I just simply changed my lifestyle. I became a vegan/vegetarian - it sort of depends where I am and how I feel - and I started to do more exercise and spend more time outdoors then I normally would in the colder months. And so after making all these changes and losing a bit of weight I discovered I could once again fit into this gorgeous little dress from Emily and Fin

Emily and Fin is a brand I thought I'd discovered in Oxford whilst perusing one of my favourite shops ever called Aspire. I absolutely fell in love with their vintage inspired dresses and am often looking on their website for bargains I can pick up. But it wasn't until I pulled this out of my wardrobe that I discovered I had been a fan of Emily and Fin for a lot longer than I thought, as this dress I'd bought a few years ago before was in fact also by them. I absolutely love this 1940s/50s inspired dress as the polka dots are so cute and bright, the tie on the side also makes it very flattering for curvy ladies like myself. The bag is another random buy from a shop in the Cotswold that I cannot remember the name of - I really love getting individual pieces from unique little local shops though it's just so much more special and I love to support the local economy.  




Hope you're all having a lovely week and looking forward to Christmas on Friday! 

God bless! 

What I wore.....
Dress - Emily and Finn | Bag - Unkown | Shoes - Next
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Friday, 18 December 2015

The Secret Garden






One of my favourite books when I was little was definitely The Secret Garden, I loved the idea of discovering a magical place that was completely secret from the world and entirely my own to do with as I wished. As a child I often tried to recreate little hideaways in my room or a commandeer a cosy nook to read in away from everyone else. Still as an adult I find myself looking for a quiet space to hideaway in and whenever I see a gated/walled garden I get excited. And so when I saw the new house my parents moved into in April this year had a separate garden in the back hidden by hedges and shut off with a gate I got super excited. My Dad is currently turning it into an orchard (summer reading spot sorted) so it is a bit of a mess at the moment but I still feel its a bit of a magical place and I can't wait till the trees are planted. 

This dress is definitely a favourite of mine but I don't often get it out in the winter as it's not very warm, however, after after playing around with the styling of it I found a warm black cardigan was all it needed to be made winter friendly. The dress is made from quite a stretchy fabric so it's really comfortable for daily wear and I love how pairing it with a cardigan makes it an all together Orla Keily - esque outfit.  

    




I often get stuck in a rut this time of year fashion wise because it's so cold - jeans, boots and jumper seems the only answer but I am enjoying the challenge of styling up dresses for the warm weather! Let me know in the comments if you have any tips for vintage winter fashion. 

God bless! 

What I wore....
Dress - New Look | Cardigan - Marks and Spencers | Shoes - New Look
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Monday, 14 December 2015

Wintry Sun And Curling Ivy + Special Announcement







Firstly, an apology for being totally MIA for the past week and and a bit, I do however have a valid excuse. Firstly the exciting and rather special news that me and my boyfriend Russell got engaged last weekend! I'm not going to lie, I knew it was going to happen as we had talked about it a lot as most Christian couples would, but it was still lovely and surprising in its own way. Unfortunately, however, it was shortly followed by the week from hell. I don't think I have been so stressed for quite a while, and when I say stressed I mean anxiety attack and stomach cramp inducing stressed. Fortunately things are starting to calm down quite a lot and I am excited to start getting back into blogging for Christmas. 

Due to the unforeseen stressful hell week, things changed a lot and vlogmas didn't happen on my YouTube channel and so to any of you who were looking forward to that I'm sorry - maybe next year! For now you will just have to make do with a fashion post (yay!!). This gorgeous mustard jumper, that I wore in one of my first ever fashion posts here, has become a firm favourite and a serious staple in my autumn/winter wardrobe this year. It was super cheap being from Primark but is incredibly cosy and comfy and easy to style up in many ways. Maybe I will do a three ways with a mustard jumper post one day, just to show you what I mean. 

This has to be one of my favourite ways of styling this jumper though as I love the jumper, shirt combo on both men and women. This shirt in particular is so cute with the little horses and being a horse rider and lover naturally I have to buy every piece of clothing with horses on I see. Sticking a shirt on under a jumper is also a really great way to smarten up a jumper and jeans combo and make it look a little vintage.    





These pictures were actually taken about 2 hours before Russell proposed and as you can see I wasn't really expecting it at the time! The wedding won't be for another year or so but I look forward to sharing some plans and inspiration on here. If you have any wedding tips for a newly engaged bride I'd love to hear them please do leave them in the comments. 


God bless! 

What I wore....
Jumper - Primark | Shirt - H&M | Jeans - New Look | Boots - New Look 

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