25 things to do to make the most out of your December

5 December 2022

I think the lead up can be just as exciting as Christmas day so here is a list of things you can do to make the most out of the most wonderful time of the year (couldn't help myself there). 

1. Pick your Christmas tree and spend a while deliberating which one is the best.
2. Decorate the Christmas tree, random and themed, go big or go home. 

3. Binge Netflix and watch as many Christmas films as humanly possible. 

4. Paint a festive mug (run to Flying Tiger!)

5. Go on a mental health walk and grab a hot chocolate (or your hot drink preference).

6. Read 10 pages of a book, festive or not.

7. Drive around your town to admire the Christmas lights.

8. Declutter your wardrobe. Tidy wardrobe, tidy mind.

9. Throw a Strictly final party. Get all the glitz out. Even make scorecards.

10. Make a 2023 vision/mood board.

11. Improve or show off your baking skills and make some gingerbread or mince pies if you're feeling fancy.

12. Walk a Christmas light trail.

13. Dance around your kitchen and sing like Mariah Carey.

14. Finish Christmas shopping before the 24th.

15. Wrap your presents whilst watching a movie, or the fake fire on Netflix.

16. Paint your nails but festive edition.

17. Spend time with your family and ditch your phone, be present.

18. Buy a new decoration for your tree. 

19. Gather your friends for a 'friendmas'.

20. Curate a Christmas playlist, or for those Winter, kind of festive tunes.

21. Play board games and create an end of year family quiz.

22. Ice skate on a real or fake ice rink, I'm no Torvill or Dean but it's fun!

23. Have new pjs in time for Christmas Eve. 

24. Crack out a red lip every. single. day.

25. Buy a disposable camera and capture all of those festive moments.

Bethan xx

Autumn '22 | Photo diary

1 December 2022

Before you scroll through some photos, this has been my favourite autumnal outfit I've worn so far so I thought I'd share! 
Corduroy pinafore- Nobody's Child
Striped knitted vest- Zara via Red Cross 
Blazer- H&M
Bag- Uniqlo

Now it's getting darker a lot earlier, I'm not sure I'm enjoying Autumn as much (it's a love/hate relationship) but what I do love is the; Autumnal colours, the fashion, the walks, that first hot chocolate of the season and of course, pumpkin picking and carving. There have been so many special and memorable moments recently that I've loved capturing. I find myself going through them when I feel down and they are a huge reminder that the small things are the most important, as cliche as that sounds. 

I'm purely coming back to this post myself just for the colour scheme in these photos alone! But also to remember some of the best moments of Autumn 2022 that I hope you enjoy looking through too.

A charity shop trip. 

Autumn in a photo. 

Family nights in.

Lunch out with one of my sisters. 

This yellow house *heart eyes*.

Dream coat.

Annual pumpkin picking.

Birthday celebrations with a great spread.

Pumpkin carving...Harry Styles edition. 

First sighting of Christmas lights!

It's the reflection for me.

Volunteering for the St Elizabeth Hospice Christmas fair in this beautiful hall.

Bare faced early on a Saturday morning for a beach trip.

Meeting our new little cousin. Too cute.

Escaping to the fields for an Autumnal walk.

Hot chocolate dates.

This weather in the middle of November?

Bethan xx

My coat picks for this Winter

29 November 2022

It's finally the season to ditch the light jackets and delve for those warmer coats. The item that brings your outfit together and probably one that I would invest the most in. Some of these are more on the expensive side but you can always save these styles for inspiration and browse Vinted or look in charity shops instead. I'm sure it will feature on here soon but I recently bought a golden charity shop find and it was a vintage long brown wool coat for only £20.00 so eyes have to be seriously peeled these days. 

I have gone for more classic picks that are going to go with everything and be 'in fashion' for a long, long time as well as one or two statement pieces that I hope one day make their way into my wardrobe. 

(all coats are linked below, number also below correlates to the numbers on the image)

Camel oversized coat- Zara (£79.99) (1)

Puffer coat- H&M (£39.99) (2)

Long faux leather double- faced jacket- Bershka (£59.99) (3)

Long double faced brown coat- Bershka (£89.99) (4)

Cream teddy jacket- H&M (£34.99) (5)

Long double-faced faux suede coat with fur lapel collar- Stradivarious (£99.99) (6)

Black oversized coat- Zara (£79.99) (7)

Bethan xx

A day in the life: Life after education

21 November 2022

These days, my daily routine from 9-4 looks a little different. And this routine is actually different every day but I have implemented some things that I can do daily to make me feel like I have a bit of structure. Here are the main things I plan in my day on an average Tuesday, I say Tuesday is the day that has the least plans every week, and I think that's by choice. 

1. Get up around 7:30-8:00am and practice yoga

I started doing yoga around the summer of 2020 and it's the only exercise I've ever stuck with, running is not for me! It is such a nice way to start my day, whilst I stretch my muscles and improve my strength at the same time. Some days I feel like I have the energy for a longer practice but most days, especially weekdays, I complete a 10 min body stretch. And with the bonus of using teachers on youtube, you don't have to leave the house or pay for a session in a yoga studio. 

2. Have some kind of breakfast, get ready, make my bed (it's a day game changer) and do a 30 min blitz around the house. 

I can never decide what meal of the day is my favourite but the process of making breakfast is one that I love. That makes it sound like I cook up something really fancy, I don't. It's normally a bowl of porridge or granola and maybe some cut up banana if I'm really pushing the boat out. However, when I go downstairs and practise yoga, followed by having my breakfast; it's time in the day when I don't have my phone in sight as I leave it upstairs. I have a love/hate relationship with my phone which is another blog post in itself but what I do love is finding times in the day when I'm really in the present moment. 

Most of the weekdays, unless my dad is off work, I spend alone so I'm learning to love my own company but what helps me a lot is listening to the radio, a personal favourite is Radio 1. Hearing other people talk and listening to music is a huge motivator in itself and it feels like I have some kind of company. 

Then come the boring, mundane tasks like getting ready, making my bed and completing some chores around the house that are so much easier to do when listening to the radio but also when ticking them off my mental to-do list, I feel like I can really start my day and the 'tidy room/house, tidy mind' quote couldn't be more true. 

3. Breathwork

This is a new one for me but genuinely one I will be adding to my routine for the foreseeable. Some people say you are either a tummy ache or a headache person, but I believe I am both. Not to be greedy! This year but especially during my a-levels and post a-levels, I struggle with tension headaches as a result of a busy brain that doesn't stop worrying and overthinking. With these things, it's hard not to focus on them and when you do, they get worse which can lead to further worry. My counsellor and my mum (definitely listen to your mum when she recommends something) both said I should start meditating or practice breathing at some point every day. It sounds a bit stupid when you put it like that as we breathe all the time but when prioritising time to learn the best ways of breathing, I learnt that the way you breathe changes your mind which can affect how you feel. After a week of the same tension headache that was so frustrating I didn't think it would ever leave me, I decided to finally give it a go and I'm so glad I did. I've never felt calmer than after a session of just focusing on my breathing as my mind can't drift onto anything else and with that, the headache gradually went. Breathing is so much more important than we think. 

@breathpod on Instagram for all your breathing exercise needs.

4. Fresh air 

I go out for a walk at different times every day, sometimes I go into town and make sure I include a walk past the sea in my route or it can be a walk up the fields for a break in my day to fully escape. It can be really hard to prioritise these kinds of things if the to-do list is overflowing and your mind is telling you to just get your head down and work through it, but walking and coming away from the 'mind buzz' is quite the opposite of being counterproductive. My head always feels so much clearer and more focused on the task I'm doing when I'm home. I use this time to catch up on some podcasts, listen to music or even just listen to nothing but the noises going on around me to process my thoughts and not overload my brain with any more content. 

5. A plan with a friend

On days when I'm not doing much, I try to organise something with one of my friends, not only because I want to see them but after spending a while on my own, I crave any human interaction. The radio can only give me so much company before I start to go crazy. I'm learning to enjoy my own company too as I take myself out and am on my own most of the day time in school hours whilst my family is working. However; a walk, a coffee date and a browse round charity shops are firm favourites when organising a plan with my friends. If this isn't possible, even interaction in shops, giving the awkward to smile to anyone you walk past or having a solo dance party also do increase the serotonin. 

6. Planning and writing

At the moment, the words aren't flowing as much as I would like so blog posts are coming few and far between but when they are, writing is a big part of my day. I spend a lot of time finding inspiration for things and topics to write about before actually putting the pen to paper, or fingers to my laptop keys in my case. Even if no one was to read the writing I put out on here, I still would do it because of the way I feel when I'm writing, a kind of cathartic emotion as the words from my brain are visible on a screen. With this being said, I don't like to spend too long looking at my laptop screen so I take breaks, leave it and come back to it or allow time allocated to writing on the days when I'm at home. 

7. Creating content for Instagram

This is also a recent one. I've previously delved into the editing world when creating Instagram reels a few years ago or in my media a-level coursework but I had always wanted to try out creating fashion reels. I started by seeking inspiration and then I just had a go, I was a bit scared as I have a desire for everything to be perfect first time round which is never the case but if you don't try out new things, then you'll never know the outcome. It turns out that I love the process of having an idea, planning and choosing the outfits to offer some style advice or outfit inspiration, filming the clips, editing it together and picking a song to go over the top is possibly the most important part of it all. I'm still very new and not posting them regularly yet but I love finding a new outlet for my creativity and this ticks all the boxes. 

The rest of my day when my family get back from work is different every day too, but I try to spend this time 'resting' and by that, I mean not ticking things off of a to-do list and instead, spending less time on my phone and being present. But you bet if I'm at home, I'm sat on the sofa ready for Strictly's It Takes Two at 6:30pm on the dot!

I think I need to mention that not every day am I motivated to do all of this, sometimes I have days where I just do one of them or have a few hours of watching something on my laptop and getting out on a walk is a big achievement. I'm still navigating this new chapter in my life and it's certainly a curve that goes up and down regularly, and the downs are normally when you think you're starting to get somewhere. There are so many things that I'm working towards in terms of goals, i.e getting a part time job is definitely high on the list but I didn't realise that would take some time. This part of my life is for working on myself and figuring out some kind of plan for the future, whatever that will be. 

Bethan xx

Pumpkin picking | Photo diary '22

27 October 2022

'Tis the season to pumpkin pick. Here is a collated photo selection of this year's trip out to the fields and our first time visiting Frogs Farm, but we'll definitely be back next year. Find them on Instagram @frogsfarm. 
I feel like this starts off the autumnal festivities perfectly. I love the colours in these photos, a great autumnal palette. 

A caotic photo shoot. 

The perfect one.

A rogue sunflower amongst the pumpkins.

I wish there was a video of me getting up the mountain of hay bales! It was quite the task.

Very windswept.

Jumper- H&M
Jeans- Zara
Trainers- Reebok
Bag- Uniqlo

Bethan xx

My top 12 timeless Autumn wardrobe staples

19 October 2022

Any excuse to browse clothes online and I am here for it. I wanted to curate a selection of timeless Autumnal pieces that could be worn year after year, not just throw away trend items. A lot of these can be worn together or you may even have them in your wardrobe already. I'm liking a more neutral colour palette at the moment as it's more versatile so my top twelve picks from the high street follow this theme, with additions of smarter options as well as casual pieces too. 

Dark beige faux shearling lined slip ons- Monki (these might be the best birkinstock dupes!)

Ribbed grey knit jumper- H&M

Cream corduroy trousers- H&M

Black mini skirt with split- Bershka

Beige single breasted blazer- H&M

Wide leg jeans- H&M

Cream and black striped knit- Zara

Beige long sleeve top- H&M (available in other colours)

White shirt- H&M

Black knitted jumper- H&M

Cream slogan sweatshirt- Topshop via Asos

Cream knit cardigan- H&M

What's your favourite? 

Bethan xx

Stealing Harry Styles' style | Autumn edition

15 October 2022

I don't think any introduction will do Harry justice, but his style is pretty iconic to say the least. From the old Jack Wills days to now Gucci and Gazelles. His fashion has become an important part of his image and there are so many outfits I could have chosen from to find links to but I narrowed it down to three of my favourites. If you've ever wanted to channel Harry vibes but don't know how, you're in the right place. 

Corduroy! I personally love cord jeans and they are probably a staple in Harry's wardrobe too. The colour palette of browns, neutrals and turquoise are quite the epitome of Autumn so perfect for this time of year. 

Cream cord jeans- Asos

Brown cord flared jeans- Topshop via Asos

Cordurory wide leg trousers- H&M

Long sleeve striped t-shirt in stone- Asos

Long sleeve t-tshirt in pink and brown stripe- Asos

Oversized tee in brown stripe- New Look via Asos

I chose to recreate the basis of this outfit, cord trousers and a striped top. I would go for cream trousers as I think you can pair them with more of a variety of tops. Harry has gone for a neutral striped t-shirt so I chose a variety of similar long sleeve tops in those colours. Pair with a pearl necklace and a light jacket to complete the look. 

Okay so I know this is not a great representation of the outfit (hello James Corden) but I wanted to pick outfits that are easy to recreate online or use things that you might have in your wardrobe already. I love a cream knit, a key piece to a timeless Autumn wardrobe and Harry is wearing one here with a Navy long coat, which I'm now very much scarrowing the markets for. 

Cable knit polo neck jumper- H&M

Chunky jumper with open collar in cream- Asos

Wrap coat in Navy- River Island via Asos

Oversized longlined wool mix overcoat in Navy- Asos Men's section

Carrying on with the Autumnal colour theme, this outfit fits so well underneath the smart casual category. This photo is from 2019 but I have seen these wide leg trousers everywhere recently and I've been after a pair for a while so a great opportunity for me to browse the high street online. The outfit as a whole is quite simple but he has brought in the check patterned jacket as a statement piece but it's not too over the top and definitely wearable. 

Pair with a white t-shirt and white trainers. 

Which one is your favourite?

Bethan xx

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