You Monday not Blue Monday

Monday, 20 January 2020

Today is Blue Monday and I want to start my post by asking how are you?
You don't have to tell me, tell yourself, check in on yourself and write your answer down. 
Give yourself time to think how your mind and body truly are, it's important.






Blue Monday is supposedly the most depressing day of the year but I don't know how statistically true that is. Regardless of the science behind it, it's important to understand that every day, not just today, can be hard for people. 
Rather than having a Blue Monday have a You Monday.

Mental health is something we all deal with on a daily basis and whether you like to admit it or not, it is just as important as physical health. We dismiss it, don't want to talk about it because we feel 'silly' or 'stupid' but the more you don't talk, the more isolated you become. When you open up to people you realise you aren't the only one going through it, the world is a scary place and we're bound to think scary things. The right people will always be there to talk to, always be there caring for you and always try to help.  A problem shared is a problem halved is what I always believe and I wish more people would realise that, no matter how bad things get telling someone feels like a weight lifted off your shoulders and that's when things can change. 
Reading this you might be sat there thinking
 'You're some positive fashion blogger with 0 problems preaching at the internet'
I'd agree I'm a positive fashion blogger but my mind has dealt with a lot, I got the help I needed and things did change so that's why I'm sat here preaching to talk about you!

Recently the world has felt like a crazy place to me. 
I've seen so many people I love hurting and it's frustrated me that I can't take that hurt away from them. I tell myself everything happens for a reason, you grow from every single thing but it seems so unfair watching people go through these things.
I've realised the worst things always happen to the best people and that's life.
I have incredible people in my life, they make me stronger every single day and they make me want to smile more because I know I've got them to smile back at me.

Please make today You Monday not Blue Monday.
Ask yourself how you're doing and whatever the answer is, listen to yourself. 
Reach out to your friends and family, let them know you care and take all of the crazy stuff racing around your mind seriously because it's important. 
Do what will make your day brighter, bring a smile to your face because life is too short, it's made for living so please don't live it feeling alone!

Lucy Jane


we don't walk into the 20s, we strut .

Thursday, 16 January 2020

    


Motto of 2020, we don't walk into the 20s, we strut .

Happy New Year to you all! 
A slightly belated one but I survived through the stress of working Christmas in retail and I'm ready to take on 2020 with a bang. A new year definitely doesn't mean a new me but I think it's brought a new attitude and I'm kinda loving it...
2019 was a weird one for me having the highest highs and the lowest lows it was all a bit crazy. It started consumed by illness, I lost my large intestine, gained an ileostomy bag and got my life back. I then had the best summer imaginable, moved down to London for University, absolutely hated it and ended the year back at home. Amongst all this was a whole load of other things but as a general round up, my 2019 was completely unexpected. 
An uncontrolled yet exciting mess...

Heading into 2020 my mind is a bit of a shambles but all I know is I want this year to be filled with everything I adore. 
To travel, to create, to laugh, to dance, to be healthy, to love, to inspire, to grow, to write, to explore, to learn, to express and what I really want to do the most is to help people.
This time a year ago I was completely helpless, I never knew how I'd get better mentally and physically. Ulcerative Colitis was my life as I slumped into 2019. Now, I've got everything I could ever dream of back and I can strut my way confidently into 2020.

Who knows what 2020 will bring but for once the unknown is pretty exciting to me, having a life plan is over-rated because when I did have one it all went tits up!
My plan is to strut my way through my days and see where I end up.
I'll let ya know what happens...

Lucy Jane




What I'm grateful day on Christmas Day 2019

Wednesday, 25 December 2019


IIIIITS CHRIIIIISTMAAAAS!
Merry Christmas to you all, here's to a day filled with lots of love, happiness and amazing food and a night of laughs, prosecco and new Gavin and Stacey ( I AM SO EXCITED!). 
Christmas can be the best time or the worst. It can bring people together or remind people who they've lost, it can be a time for family or a time spent feeling completely alone, it can be a day off work or the busiest day of the year and understanding this makes Christmas not seem so shiny.

Life is hard, some days it feels harder than others and for many today is one of those days.
So I want you all to put what you have right now into perspective and think of what you're truly grateful for this Christmas Day 2019...



1. That I can eat all the Cheeses on our Christmas Cheeseboard without suffering!
Sally the Stoma did a lot of things for me but making me be able to eat dairy again was definitely up there at the top.

2. That I have the pleasure of knowing some of the strongest, most inspiring people in the world.
You're all diamonds and you make me shine brighter every single day!

3. That I was able to follow my dreams this year and accept that it didn't work out, it all happens for a reason...

4. That no decision of mine is ever a wrong decision in the eyes of my Mum and Dad, whatever I do I know they support me and forever will be proud, I love them ridiculous amounts!

5. That I still have a belly button...
Well my surgeon could've cut through it and he didn't so we got to be grateful!

6. That I let myself feel emotions I'd blocked off again this year, I never thought I'd be capable of feeling that after so long of being numb to it, but I did and it was nice to feel normal again.

7. That when I get to see the world I see it in it's beauty, I know the world hides some cruel truths and it's important we recognise those but what I've seen and explored has held sheer beauty and I'm so grateful nothing damaged my view.

8. That I have found my iconic hairstyle and know I probably won't be changing it anytime soon.
(finding a signature look can be HARD!)

9. That I don't have a CLUE what I'm doing but I know it will all be okay...

10. That I have a home, a family, a job, an amazing set of friends and that I am alive, I am not normal but I am rare and I am a  lil crazy shining diamond...


Lucy Jane x

#CharityShopBop - The Christmas Drinks

Friday, 20 December 2019

Charity Shop Bopping my way back into the blogging world and hoping you're all happy about it!
#CharityShopBop is something I've done for years on my blog, it's my own little way of trying to make a tiny difference in the world by inspiring you all to shop more consciously as we all know how damaging the fashion industry has become.
Fast fashion is now the second largest polluter in the world. Every year we create over 80 billion articles of clothing which is a ridiculous amount to even fathom.  With 95% of it being recyclable and 100% being reusable, why let it become waste?

So my Charity Shop Bops are here to make you stop, think and inspire you to make a small change which will equate to a big difference!
So get #CharityShopBoppin and let me see what you find...
Jacket: Scope // Top: Kilo Sale // Jeans: Scope // Bag: From my lovely Grandma !

IT'S MAD FRIDAY!!!!
So tonight I'll be having some festive fun and tomorrow morning I'll be feeling festively hungover, working through the pain but it's Christmas, it's allowed! 
Mad Friday is like an actual holy day where I live, I'm only from a small town between Manchester and Leeds but we definitely go big or go home. Everyone is out, everywhere is packed and everything is regretted the following day, oops...

Christmas is such a social time and being the social butterfly I am, I absolutely thrive. I love going for drinks, going for food and generally just being out and about and one of my favourite parts of the whole process is picking the perfect going out but not 'out out' outfit! 

I'd say this look is quite subtle for me, not much colour but I think the sparkle compensates for that. I am OBSESSED with this sequin corset I found hidden away in the kilo sale last year. I bought it without knowing when I'd ever wear it but I knew I couldn't leave it there, it was too beautiful and too special to not come to such a loving home. Pairing it with plain jeans makes it that little bit more toned down, something I didn't think I knew the meaning of, but if I was to dress it up even more O\d wear some leather pants,  it would look looooovely. 
Both the pants and blazer cost me £1 from my favourite Scope store in Rochdale and look how good they look!
As for the bag it's old style Russel & Bromley bought on Bond Street in London by my lovely Grandma many years ago. Right now I'm in love with rewearing my Grandmas old things but putting my own style to them, it just shows how fashions come back around so don't throw out everything!
It will be vintage one day...
I urge you all to go root through your Grandparents wardrobes, obviously with permission, because I bet you'll find some amazing, one of a kind pieces you could make work!

I'll be #CharityShopBoppin my way through Mad Friday with a bottle of prosecco and a few jagerbombs, Merry Christmas!!!!

Lucy Jane 

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