General |My 2018 Highlights

2018 was an amazing year for me, especially in terms of growing and evolving. There has been so many highlights for me, and so I wanted to share this with you guys as I take the day to reflect on the year I’ve had and look forward to the year ahead.

Ive decided to do this month by month including something I lived,  I loved and learnt.

January

  • I went to Abode at Tobacco Docks with my good friends.
  • I loved spending time with my family and starting the year off together.
  • I learnt how to cook a roast dinner.

February

  • I did my work experience at a SLNGHR shoot, and it was incredible (A major highlight for me).
  • I loved my first Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend.
  • I learnt that fashion was definitely the career path I wanted to go down.

March

  • I surprised my sister with a trip to Amsterdam for her birthday.
  • I loved having family time at Easter.
  • I learnt that a good group of friends who love and support you is so important.

April

  • My boyfriend and I travelled to Rome to celebrate his 21st.
  • I also started my very first blog and made a fashion focused Instagram account
  • I loved going to Woburn Safari and definitely want to go again in 2019.
  • I learnt that what you put in is also what you get out and what you give you will receive.

May

  • I went to  We Are FSTVL with my favourite people.
  • I loved celebrating mine and my mumma’s birthdays.
  • I learnt that not everyone has the same heart as you and that is okay.

June

  • I went to the SLNGHR pop up store.
  • I loved surprising my Dad with breakfast on Father’s Day.
  • I learnt that a hot holiday once a year is needed.

July

  • I went to support my boyfriend at a charity football event for Cancer research UK.
  • I loved spending time with my niece and nephew.
  • I learnt that I can do whatever I put my mind to.

August

  • I had a ball at studio 388 with my family, my boyfriend and my best friends.
  • I loved celebrating my one year anniversary with my boyfriend.
  • I learnt that what you feed your body, soul and mind is so important and can be life changing.

September

  • I moved 100 miles away from home.
  • I loved celebrating my brother’s and dad’s birthdays.
  • I learnt how much was done for me behind the scenes at home by my family and it made me even more grateful for the family I have and how much love and support I am surrounded by.

October

  • I went to Studio 338 for halloween with my best friends.
  • I loved pumpkin picking with my boyfriend.
  • I learnt just how hard but not hard uni is.

November

  • I found a flat to move into next year with my two fav people and my boyfriend.
  • I loved celebrating bonfire night with my good friends.
  • I learnt that everyone you meet in life is for a reason, whether that be for a lesson, or for life.

December

  • I went to Olympia Horse Show with my boyfriend.
  • I loved spending Christmas with my family and being back home.
  • I learnt how important alone time, as well as the importance of self care.

And that was my year. In terms of my blog and my Instagram, I managed to work with some incredible brands including – Femme luxe finery, iKrush, Vivichi, Lilylulu, Cariscloset, I saw it first, Ego shoes and Missy Empire. And I also got invited to my first event in December. For 2019 I would definitely love to continue working with these incredible brands, attend more events and collab with some incredible photographers to get some creative content for you guys.

overall I cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store for me but I know its going to be an incredible year, I can just feel it.

What were your highlights of 2018?

Love always

AHVB X

General | How I Prepare For The New Year

I know I always say it but I really don’t know where the year has gone, it’s really flown by and I can’t believe it’s New Years Eve tomorrow.

In preparing for the new year, there’s a few things I like to do building up to New Years Eve. One of the first things is a big clear out, I tend to clear out all my drawers, under my bed and my wardrobes. All my bags get sorted out and re-organised, my furniture in my room gets a little move around and I try to get rid of as much stuff as I can that I no longer need, use or want. I like to divide this equally into stuff to sell on Depop and stuff to give to charity. This is to make room in my wardrobe for new clothes that I want in the New Year and also to de-clutter my room, I do believe that living in a cluttered space will only clutter your mind.

I then have a huge phone and social media clear out. I like to remove people from my contact book who I no longer need in there or necessarily talk to, remove those friends from Facebook who love to nosey at what you’re up to but never like to support, and unfollow those people I follow on Instagram who’s photos I never like. I feel this is necessary in order to make space for all the amazing people I’m going to attract with my new energy in the New Year. I then lastly upload all my photos from my phone onto my MacBook (which will then go onto a hard drive) and then remove them off of my phone ready for all the amazing photos I’m going to take in the New Year.

I then like to reflect on the year I have had, what I learnt, what I loved and what I achieved. Each year since 2015 I’ve created a vision board for the New year and so I love to reflect and tick of what I managed to accomplish that year. Going forward I then set myself some targets and some goals, and create a new vision board. This is something I normally think about all year and note down in my notepad, and then I put it all together the day before New Year’s Eve with images into my vision scrapbook. My vision board is something quite personal and close to my heart so I don’t tend to ever show anyone or tell anyone other than my family and my boyfriend, however I have put examples below of how I like to reflect on the year and how I set my targets and goals to help some of you.

 

How do you prepare for the New Year? What goals will you be setting for yourself? Comment below and let me know.

Love Always

AHVB X

General | Merry Christmas

This is just a short little post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope you are enjoying time with close friends and family, and that your day is filled with lots of love and laughter. I know Christmas can also be a difficult time for so many, so I want to take this time to say well done for being so strong and to remind you that tomorrow will be a better day.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and encouragement throughout the year, it hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Love always

AHVB X

Uni | ‘Clothes Are Not Consent’

“Does the evidence out rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front” 

In what world does a woman’s chosen style of dress give consent? 

On November 6th, a 27 year old man was found non guilty of raping a 17 year old girl as a result of her wearing a lace front thong, and the statement made by the man’s defence (above) really bothered me. For me fashion and the clothes I choose to wear is a way of expressing myself, and it is also that for so many others. The clothes we choose to put on as women can make us feel confident, empowered and sexy, but is in no way an invitation or consent to being raped or sexually assaulted. Personally, I dress for myself to make myself feel good and to look good for myself. In no way do I dress for the attention or satisfaction of others. 

In so many cases the victim is blamed for the behaviour of the attacker. Whether this be down to their choice of clothing, how much they had been drinking, who they were with, where they were or how they were acting. None of these factors are a good enough excuse for someone to be raped, in fact there isn’t an excuse, it simply shouldn’t be happening. 

This trial sparked up a lot of anger and frustration, and so in Dublin an exhibition was put on with the clothing of rape victims from the time they were attacked put on display, one item of clothing of display being a Holy Communion dress of a child. Rape victim Leona O’Callaghan attended the exhibition and made a really valid point that there was no clear pattern in the exhibition, and how the clothes on displayed ranged from lingerie to boxer shorts, going out dresses and skirts to work uniform proving that clothes do not matter. The hashtag #ClothesAreNotConsent also went viral on social media and became both a public and political debate.

When will we start supporting our rape victims instead of trying to pin the blame on them? When will we understand that no factor can be used to excuse the behaviour of a rapist? 

I would love to know your thoughts so please comment below. 

Love Always 

AHVB X

General | There’s A Rangtang In My Bedroom…

 

Over the weekend I came across the Iceland Christmas advert on Facebook and Twitter (which I will post for you all below), and it really motivated me to do a blog post on it and spread awareness, especially after reading it won’t be shown on TV and in fact has been banned.

The advert has been described as being too political for a Christmas advert. However I feel like the advert portrayed exactly what Christmas is about, and was encouraging us as human beings to extend the love beyond our close family and friends this year, onto our wildlife and our planet.

Before coming across this advert I had no idea about the effects of palm oil on our planet, and so I set out to look into it a little deeper. Plantation linked to the Palm oil industry has led to major issues from deforestation and habitat degradation, to climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuse. Every 25 seconds an area the size of an average football pitch is torn down in the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia, pushing more and more species to extinction. And with 50% of supermarket products containing palm oil, it is growing in demand.

To know that there are so many people out there just like me, with little to no knowledge about the damaging effects of palm oil on our world, who won’t see this advert is really frustrating. How can you expect change when you are preventing awareness and education? However I try to see the positive in every negative situation and so I want to applaud Iceland for working with Greenpeace to really make a difference. As well as putting actions into play to become the UK’s first major supermarket to stop using palm oil in it’s own brand products by the end of the year. I hope this will motivate many more of you to make a difference.

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From today I will be making a conscious effort to stop using products that contain palm oil, and start looking for the RSPO trademark. Change starts with you. and if we all make an effort to prevent palm oil consumption we can really make a difference to our planet and our home. I would hate for my children and grandchildren to miss out on seeing the beautiful animals that God created because they are all extinct out of the selfishness of my actions.

General | Getting into a routine

It’s been 5months now since I started my blog, and it has taken me a while to get the hang of it. I feel like I’m now at the stage where I know what you guys enjoy reading and which posts you all benefit from the most, and I have now managed to sit down properly and put together a weekly post plan. It is easy for life to take control over you sometimes, but I don’t want my blog to suffer as a result and so I have put this plan together to make sure I stay consistent and organised.

With my big move in just over a week, and me starting uni in just under a month I wanted to get into a routine of posting, and so I have committed  to 3 posts a week, every week. I will be going back to doing my ‘Fashion Weekly Wishlist’s’ every Wednesday, my ‘Netflix & Chill’ posts every Friday and then either a travel, beauty, fashion or food post every Sunday.

I will continue my polls on Instagram to keep updated with what you guys want to read, and I’m excited to continue this journey with you all.

Love Always

AHVB X