Thursday, 25 August 2016

What I Wore - Jeans & Great Shoes

I have written before about my search for great jeans saga and whilst these are not sexy skinny jeans I think they are great and they are comfy and I think I look okay in them so win. I also managed to this shoot in the the most wonderful spot Porth Wen, the place I want to take all photos from here on out.
 

I have to say when it comes to clothing that I have gone through various stages of finding 'my style' I think it is safe to say I don't have one and I am happy with that. What I have found is the confidence to wear a variety of styles as long I as feel comfortable with the way I look. I think it can take a while to get to a stage where you are like hey I wear what I like, I dress for me but I am here now and that is a good place to be in.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Dealing With Insomnia - With Button & Sprung

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Sleep is important to our health, happiness and mental well being yet it is something we give so little thought to, we take no care and attention to creating a good sleep environment. As a long term sufferer of insomnia I was pleased to team up with Button & Sprung on this series of posts on sleep and beds! Two great subjects.

I often joke with my friends that I get so much done due to my insomnia and that is true but insomnia is also massively debilitating. Continued lack of sleep does irreparable damage to the body and your psyche, probably why preventing sleep has been used as a means of torture. So I think we can all agree that insomnia is not a good thing. With that in mind how can you deal with it? Well starting a fight club and trying to take down the financial sector is one option but that does not end so well, depending on your perspective. I am NOT a medical professional, or an expert in sleep, (quite the opposite in fact), but I can share with you some of the tools and methods that I employ, after all your bed should be a place of solace not torture.
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The first issue to address is the underlying cause of the insomnia, it can be either psychological or physiological, both are very real. If your insomnia is persistent you should visit your GP, but before you do keep a sleep/or lack thereof log so they can see if there is a pattern. Think about the activities undertaken, food consumed anything that may have an effect and note that down too. 
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I like many insomnia sufferers have a psychological reason for it. Many of us are able to carry on with our daily lives but as soon as we try to settle down in our quiet bedroom our mind is free from chores to think, and think, and think some more. Before you know it you have gone without sleep for another night.
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Tip One: Distract yourself until you pass out. You see I was not lying when I said I am not medical. Many insomniacs are wandering around dead on their feet during the day you would think that they would drop off with ease once they get the chance to lie down in bed. Wrong, because that is the time our mind becomes very busy and keeps us awake. Obviously those are problems you will need to work through in the cold light of day but you need to rest. in order to problem solve. Sometimes I read until I pass out, the only problem here is that sometimes your eyes become exhausted before your mind does. In those cases I listen to radio plays. I used to watch films or series on the laptop before I realised that was a huge mistake. That brings me to my next tip.
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Tip Two:  Avoid blue light. The light emitted by TV, computer, phones, e readers etc has a short wavelength and the blue light affects melatonin, the sleep inducing hormone. So what can you do about this? Avoid the light, don't charge your phone by the bed it is too tempting to check social media especially when you are lying awake at night. If you are having real trouble you can buy special glasses that will block the blue light, plus you get to look like robocop.
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Tip Three: Work on your sleep environment. That means make sure your bedding is always clean, that there is not a TV in your bedroom, I am very anti TV in the bedroom. Try a pillow mist, Neroli and Lavender oils are both helpful in sleep. Make sure your mattress is the best you can afford, comfort is key. There is comprehensive advice on choosing the right mattress in this post.
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Tip Four: Do not look at your clock. It may sound like a cliché but the more time aware you are the worse you will feel and the more stressed out you will become about how many of hours you have left before a new day begins. And guess what stress is not great for sleep.
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Tip Five: This one is not always possible but I am sharing all of my secrets so here it is. Have lots of sex. Not just one quicky a real session and then pass out!

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Porth Wen

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Spoiler alert this is an image heavy post and when you see the location you will understand why. Sometimes you go somewhere and you wish it was around the corner because if it was you could spend an hour there everyday taking photographs. Well on a recent trip to Wales I discovered such a place, in fact it was recommended by a man who lives in Angelsey and works with my husband, I love insider knowledge. In fact the outing was planned as a surprise. Over a decade ago I did a photography course and spent most of that in the dark room developing pictures of rust and derelict buildings, since the blog and the birth of Sebastian my photography has found a new focus but a passion is still a passion and my man knows me. 
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We followed an ordnance survey map reference and pulled up on the side of a road for what was a beautiful country walk. I literally squealed with joy as we turned a corner and I caught a glimpse of the derelict brick factory below. I started to snap aerial shots right away.
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Once you clambered down to the original site there was even more wonder to behold. The morning light was perfect, everything fell into place for this to be a great shoot.
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In addition the aesthetic quality of such buildings I suppose I should explain my obsession. I think I love the narrative of them, times gone by and what that means. I like the fact that industrialisation came and spread but mother nature claims it back. We sit and worry about the fate of the earth and our role in that fate and seeing these buildings I find comfort that no the world may not always be as it is but it will be there and nature will exist over man every time. I also think about the implications of losing industry and the implications that has on families, after all I was a social worker and that part of me never switches off. So in short these building have a lot to tell.
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Thursday, 28 July 2016

10 Of The Best Hanging Houseplants

http://www.archieandtherug.com/ 10 best hanging houseplantsThere are still miles to go in our Yorkshire home renovation project but we have actually started to discuss houseplants, well for certain areas anyway. I don't know about you but I really feel like I have turned a corner when the subject of houseplants come up. You may have noticed that the internet is awash with hanging planter diys, you can't have missed them. The shops are also stocking some great hanging planters, even macrame is back big time. This begs the question what are the best plants to put in them. Here are my recommendations
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1. Ivy 
A plant that I view as a problem in the garden due to it's invasive nature actually works really well when pot bound. It is almost un-killable which is always a bonus. 
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2. Staghorn Fern
Ferns are amazing as houseplants because they don't want direct sunlight so that way you don't have to have all of your windows obscured by sun hungry plants. The staghorn fern has a really unusual shape that will add an area of interest to your room.
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3. Philodendron
This is a classic hanging basket plant but it is easy to grow and who can say no to a classic.
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4. String Of Pearls
This works best in the bathroom as it loves a humid environment but you can place it elsewhere and spray is with a mist of water daily. And it is so pretty 
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5. Golden Pothos 
From the Philodendron family but with a slightly different colour and longer trails.
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6. Asparagus Fern 
This plant has such a delicate look with almost furry tendrils to poke through your hanging planter.
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7. Boston Fern
Another classic but this is usually seen in the garden. A large oversized plant in a basket, that is well secured, will make a statement in any room.
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8. Bear Paw Fern.
I first came to this plant because of the cute name but it is also a really cute plant too. It does well in low light - an added bonus, and has an unusual shape.
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9. Cacti & Succulents
You don't have to have a trailing plant or a huge plant to make a statement a grouped display of cacti and succulents would cheer up your room just nicely. I would recommend grouping them as one small plant would look lonely and a little rubbish if I am honest. 

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10. Spider Plant
When I was little I was afraid that spiders came from spider plants, this is of course nonsense. They are cute little plants and very easy to grow they just need a less terrifying name.