A brand new day, a brand new month and a brand new year. We made it through the fabulous fireworks, spending time with family and friends, parties and plenty of prosecco!
So now is the hard part – making New Year resolutions. So the traditional way to do this is literally to think of the standard go to the gym more, eat more healthily and trying to save money up. I’ve kind of given up on these more traditional resolutions and opted for something slightly different. Every year I give myself a series of goals to achieve over the year, checking up on these at key points of the year. Mostly in periods when I have the time to stop and reflect and think about where I am in achieving my goals!
This year one of my resolutions is to give my fabulous readers new ideas, tips and things that literally make you think ‘Wow! I’ve never thought of that before!’
So throughout January I’ll be bringing you something new! With the help of some fabulous bloggers we will be bringing you a whole series of ‘New Year, New You’ posts. Whether you’re looking to change up your skincare regime, get more followers on your Instagram profile or are unsure of where to go on your holidays this year, we will be bringing you a whole range of ideas and tips for making 2016 your most fabulous year yet! If you have any ideas that you’d like us to explore, or would like to write your own guest post get in touch with me on Twitter via @prettyandpetit
Becky at Pretty & Petit
Images are not my own and have been used from Pinterest.
I love to experiment with different styles and colours. I absolutely love patterns whether that be a simple floral pattern or a unique printed pattern. I love to dress up in different items and definitely have a bit of a shopping addiction with the amount of clothes I own in my wardrobe!!!
My favourite international clothing brand has to be Black Milk clothing. Based in Australia, they offer an amazing range of unique printed items. Over the years I have collected Disney princess leggings, snowflake leggings, a Christmas ribbon printed dress, a pumpkin printed dress and a spiderweb skirt. I absolutely love how each item is handmade and is made with such care. I always feel like every item I receive from them is of the highest quality.
My favourite type of clothing has to be the A-line skirt which I often wear with bardot tops for a cute, girly outfit. I often wear a black striped skirt with a black bardot top which has a particularly Parisian feel!
My favourite A-Line skirts..
Warehouse Metallic Paisley Print Skirt – £38
Monki A-line 70’S Suede Skirt – £60
River Island 70’S Geo Zip Front Mini Skirt – £30
Embroidered Jacquard A Line Mini Skirt in Black – £25
Red Abstract Jacquard Woven A-Line Skirt – £10
Do you have any particular favourite items of clothing?
I seriously dislike the word ‘hate’. I don’t feel like I ‘hate’ anything. There are things that make me feel uncomfortable and there are things that I dislike – certain tastes or smells for example, but I would never say that I ‘hate’ them. I also feel extremely uncomfortable when people talk about their hatred for other people. How can anyone justify their hatred of someone? Usually a feeling of ‘hatred’ stems historically or through a feeling of peer pressure, through isolated groups attacking one other. When asking someone why they feel the anger that they do I would bet 9 times out of 10 at least that they would not be able to reasonably justify their answer.
Hate is such a negative word. How can anyone be happy when they use it? How can anyone think positively and work towards a brighter future and better relationships when using it? I found an interesting definition of the word which interpreted the word as stemming from fear, anger or sense of injury. At least two of those words are associated with the person using the word feeling threatened by those they are targeting. I wonder if the same can be said for current situations in the world, whether action is being taken through fear or the sense of being threatened with injury or even death. It’s a thought worth considering. It could also be interpreted as a sign of weakness, and therefore that hatred can be stemmed through a feeling of weakness. The third word, anger, is often incorrectly associated with hatred but in fact these are two very different feelings and emotions. It can be argued however, that extreme anger is a form of hatred as severe action is carried out at this point.
In psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud defined hate as an ego state that wishes to destroy the source of its unhappiness. Although many psychologists believe hatred to be a form of attitude rather than a temporary emotional state.
How do you feel about the word ‘hate’? Is there anything you feel strongly about?
So I’ve managed to miss a few days as I have been manically revising for my driving theory test but I’m back on it now!
I absolutely love to be creative. I love to write, to draw, to paint, to design new garments, to visit new events to get ideas for stand layouts – all sorts of things! This creativity certainly feeds my brain. Whilst I was off work with my poorly foot I spent most of my time colouring an epic paint by numbers – believe me, they’re not just for children. I was mixing paint to get precise colours and almost using a magnifying glass to paint the tiniest of spots! I haven’t quite finished the painting yet but will definitely share it all with you when I’m done! I’ve also recently bought some adult colouring books including a Tropical World book by Millie Marotta.They’re meant to help relax and de-stress so I’m looking forward to taking some time out of my busy lifestyle to start colouring!
Have you used any adult colouring books? What did you think of them? Are there any you can recommend?
I have always wanted to work in events. I am quite a creative person and so to have the ability to develop ideas through events and to create something others can enjoy is such a passion of mine. I have recently been promoted into an events role which I feel is something I have done right!
I feel that throughout my career path I have developed a whole range of skills. Studying a degree in media, I enjoyed the different topics but I felt unsure as to what role I could go into upon graduation. On leaving university I wanted to develop my administrative skills and so started off by working in an estate agent, developing my digital skills and customer service skills. From this, I found that I particularly enjoyed the marketing aspect of my role and so, developing my knowledge through a qualification in marketing I moved into the role of Marketing Assistant at a busy college in central London. Over the past few years I have developed this role, managing internal events and attending careers fairs nationwide. I recently received a promotion which means I can now take more responsibility in my role which is really exciting. I look forward to producing lots of creative events going forward and really developing my role further.
My absolute dream job is to own a wedding dress shop. I’d love to be surrounded by the most beautiful dresses all day. I love meeting people and to have the knowledge that I would have had some input on their special day would absolutely mean the world to me. Maybe one day!!!
This is an image of Lac du Bourget in France. I found it such a beautiful and inspiring place to relax and chill out for a few days. Do you have a place you like to go to feel stress free and inspired??
My scar is from two foot surgeries that I have had over the past three years. It was an unexpected struggle which I have been learning to live with and accept.
I am currently planning a small tattoo of an anchor to go on the inside of my foot to represent being ‘anchored’ to the ground and to remember not to take my ability to walk for granted and after my upcoming operation I will be getting a shell on the opposite foot to represent ‘strength’ as I think it’s incredible how some seashells, despite all the odds of being shattered to pieces by strong waves and powerful seas can still land on our beaches incredibly intact. This symbolises the strength in both my feet and myself to get back to being fit and healthy.
For those who are not keen on scars etc I suggest you look away now as this is the photo of it!
Be proud of your accomplishments. There have been highs and lows throughout your life but you have stayed strong to this point and you have the ability to continue to do so. Always take pride in what you have achieved to this date. Continue to make the most of every opportunity and seek new adventures. Make the most of every day – step outside every day. Explore and learn new things. You can never stop learning and gaining new skills. Enjoy time with your family and friends. Embrace special moments and keep memories close. Concentrate on the things that you enjoy doing, the things that make you happy and stress free. Remember to take time for yourself too. Time is precious – use it wisely. You never know what is round the corner.
Recently, I was in the kitchen with my sister, and she picked up a postcard I had sent to her. On it I had written a poem, just as a nice surprise to receive in the post. She pointed to it and said “Do you know why I knew you didn’t write this?” I didn’t answer, fully knowing I hadn’t. She said “because there’s a line about bickering…and I don’t think we have ever argued a day in our lives!” It is true, we haven’t. It’s also true that I took that poem off the internet (ssh!) but it had all the sentiments written into such a lovely poem and something to treasure forever, so I’m glad I could share it with her. I am so grateful for everything my sister does for me, and I would do anything for her. I don’t say it enough but I do love her and I know she loves me too!