A Cypriot Start to Summer

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Top: New Look // Skirt: New Look // Shoes: Asos // Belt: Charity Shop // Bag: Marc Jacobs // Sunglasses: Forever 21

Writing this post sat in my garden with the summer sun beating down on my cheeks makes it a little more suited I suppose, I can shut my eyes and take myself back to last week...

Todays post is the first of many I snapped whilst on holiday in Cyprus. I won't lie, it was a weird holiday because it has been a weird few weeks. One weekend I was in Barcelona, the next in hospital and two days later in Cyprus! My life has been a bit all over the place but I think things are getting back on track and that's all I can ask for. 

Summer clothes are my favourite and this year I've been feeling all kinds of confident so I was super ready to get the holiday clothes out! Lil bandeaus are my staple of this summer, they match everything, are so comfy and you don't need to bother with a bra. Pairing a bandeau with a statement skirt like this is such a simple outfit but gives off the brightest, prettiest, summer vibes. Let's talk about my new baby, my Marc Jacobs Camera Bag! 
For my 19th Birthday I decided to treat myself as I'd been eyeing this bag up for a while and thought 
'You deserve this!'. It was a splurge but one well worth it as I have been wearing it none stop, it will definitely be highly featured over the next few posts as I can't get enough of it, I'm obsessed!

I went to Cyprus with my family to have a week of relaxation, doing nothing and get a bit of Cypriot sun in before summer truly begins. The days were spent lounging around, reading endless books and sipping a few too many cocktails. Usually I feel inspired to write after holidays, to tell the tales I have from my week away but after this holiday I don't. May be in a few days inspiration will come but for now I can't pretend it gave me much inspiration.

One thing I will say is that coming back from this holiday I do feel ready to push my life into new directions. My life has been on hold for a year and I'd accepted that because I'm ill and there is very little I can do to change that. I've decided now that regardless of my health, I want to branch out and grasp new life opportunities because I've been so stuck in this bubble for 12 months and it's driving me mad. I want to meet new people, have new experiences and grow as a person because I do feel I've gone nowhere and its kind of sad. I know I've overcome a lot in regards to my health and I know I've learnt a lot about myself in these 12 months but I need a change. 
Who knows what changes I'll make but my Cypriot start to summer made me ready to get going, you'll have to wait and see...

Lucy Jane

Barcelona Diaries: Pretty pictures, places and Park Guell!

Friday, 18 May 2018

It's been a while since my first Barcelona post but let's just say life got pretty hectic and I had a lot to deal with that needed to be dealt with so fingers crossed life will run smoothly for a while.

Our second day in Barcelona had a rather delayed start as after a day of exploring and a night filled with drinks, we were in need of a good sleep. We ventured out at around 1pm and decided to get some food at another oh so instagramable spot called Brunch and Cake and yes, it was as cute as it sounds. Sitting on the corner of a crossroads was this little Cafe with the prettiest decor and seating, along with food that didn't even look real. We ordered the Acia bowl, Avocado toast and Nutella Pancakes and they were amazing. I think my personal favourite was the avo toast as they made something so basic into something that tasted ridiculously good, I was in love! If you're looking for very cute brunch spots in Barcelona I would definitely recommend Brunch and Cake. A lot of it's hype is around the presentation of the food but it did taste delicious as well so it gets a 10/10 from me!

After eating we decided to get on one of the bus tours as we were lacking in energy but wanted to make the most of the day. Park Guell was a spot I really wanted to visit so we hopped on one of the buses that did that route. Whilst on the bus we passed many famous landmarks and areas which were all really interesting to see. Now I love sightseeing and exploring places but when it comes to famous landmarks, statues and buildings etc I feel like when you see them once, that's all you need. I hate to admit it but I don't really like history (don't hate me!). Don't get me wrong, when I'm interested in something I could spend hours reading books and watching documentaries about it but when I'm not really that into it, I'm a bit rubbish at learning about it! What I'm trying to say is I'm glad I at least saw these landmarks from a far rather than spending hours queuing to go inside. 

After about 30 minutes on the bus we arrived at the Park Guell stop which was about a 15 minute up hill walk away from the Park. Now I really didn't chose appropriate footwear this day as my new sandals may have looked pretty, but they cut my feet like mad! It was so weird stumbling upon Park Guell as it's situated within the city streets and just seems such a weird place to have such a beautiful piece of architecture. You walk up a few rows of houses and it's there, it's just bizarre! 
The shapes, the colours, the designs were all so unique and it is definitely a must to see if you're visiting Barcelona. Unfortunately we didn't actually get inside as it was so busy, but we spent a few hours ambling around the outskirts of the park, taking in the breathtaking views of the city. If you're visiting I highly recommend walking as high up as you can, although it felt like a total workout, the views from the top of the Park were so worth it! We snapped away some pictures and enjoyed the pretty scenery.
Park Guell is breathtaking, you can really appreciate what a beautiful city Barcelona is!

Lucy Jane

My challenging colour

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Top: H&M // Jacket: Pull & Bear // Pants: Charity Shop // Sunglasses: Forever 21 // Shoes: Nike Air Force 1 // Necklaces: Forever 21

What is your challenging colour?
That one colour you lust over, longing for it to suit you yet it will always challenge you.
If you know what I mean then good because I'm certain we all have that one colour we can't seem to get right!

My challenging colour is yellow. From neon yellow to mustard, throughout my life yellow has been a scary shade to me. Naturally I am very pale with very dark features and for some reason, yellow doesn't contrast very well with my complexion. It always made me look washed out and slightly ill which is never a good look when the majority of the time you are actually ill!
So with the sun rays brightening up our days over the past week, I decided to experiment with how I could bring a bit more yellow into my life and I think I've found the solution!

Being a very pale gal is something that has never really bothered me, I loved getting a bit of colour over the summer but I was never bothered about keeping an all year round glow. With being ill over the past year there has been many times where I've looked in the mirror and thought 'OH GOD I LOOK LIKE DEATH'. I've looked so SO pale, it's scary and I am not about the zombie life!
Recently I thought I'd venture into the world of fake tanning which is one which I'd always stayed away from. For some reason I had it in my mind that if I ever bothered fake tanning it would go horrendously wrong and I'd be stained for life, who knows my brain works in a weird way but fake tan scared me! Over the past few weeks I've started tanning because to be honest, I was sick of looking at my lifeless self and wanted to brighten things up a bit...
I've been using 1 hour express tan by Bondi Sands and I adore the golden glow it gives my skin. I apply it, leave it on for a few hours and am left with this bronzed bod for days!

So the solution to my challenging colour is FAKE TAN! Having a bit of a golden glow does miracles for my complexion and for once, I don't look like death! Todays post is a showcase of how you can make your challenging colours work, you've just got to change things up!
I'd love to know what your challenging colour is!

Lucy Jane

My Disease: Hospital Life

Saturday, 5 May 2018

My disease is Ulcerative Colitis and it is going to be mine forever! 
The time feels right to start raising awareness and sharing my story because my disease is not  going anywhere, and it certainly is not going to beat me. Please don't let the title of 'My disease' scare you off because I want these posts to be knowledgable, helpful and informative. Having a chronic disease has become part of daily life to me, I want to write these posts to share my experiences and not feel isolated throughout.

As I'm writing this post I'm lying in a hospital bed and I'm quite happy about it. Over the past few months I've been on a drug called Humira and although my body hasn't created anti-bodies to fight it, I've not been getting any better. I've had soooo many tests, my levels have been all over the place and basically since March my life has consisted of waiting. Waiting to see if Humira would work, waiting for second opinions and waiting to see whats next. It's been hard not really knowing whats going on, but I truly do think I've pushed through and battled on. Unfortunately, over the past two weeks things haven't been going very smoothly and it was decided I'd be admitted to hospital to have various scans, tests and have a course of IV Steroid treatment to try and maintain my symptoms whilst decisions are made. So right now I'm getting steroids injected to me 4 times a day and they do work wonders, I just hope my course of steroids doesn't last too long for my moon face to return!

If you're reading this, you're probably wondering why I'm on my laptop or snapping selfies in hospital, well it's because I'm in a private hospital. I received my diagnosis privately which a lot of people chose to do as it's much quicker, but then they are referred back on to the NHS. For me, I receive a lot of care both privately and on the NHS and I am 100% grateful to have access to both services. When I was diagnosed I was 17 which is technically still a child so the influence of my parents played a huge role on where I went for care. We originally thought going private for the diagnosis would be it, but due to the severity of my disease and the instability over the past year we carried on privately. I honestly don't know what I'd have done if I didn't have access to both services as my health has been so unstable. 

Personally, I've never addressed this on my blog but I didn't really think it was important. I think the NHS does incredible things every single second of every single day and it definitely has done for me however, people working in private healthcare are just as incredible. At the end of the day I use private healthcare because of my family and if I had to support myself, I wouldn't be in the position to use it. I've never wrote about this on my blog because I feel people might view it as quite controversial? I don't know. 

I think of it like this...
I'm just as ill as I would be if I was 100% on the NHS and either way, I need care. All doctors, surgeons, nurses, occupational therapists, mid-wives, radiologists, EVERYONE needed in ANY hospital is incredible at their job whether it's NHS or Private. It can be quite controversial as I feel people think 'Well if you're private, why should you use the NHS?' but to me, everyone deserves access to the NHS if they contribute. My family pay tax just as anyone else does meaning they pay for the NHS, they simply made the decision to use our private healthcare as they thought that was the best option for me and I agree, it was. The NHS is struggling and I do believe things might've gone differently if I had gone through the NHS. Yep, I would've probably been diagnosed but it may have taken a lot longer to get the diagnosis and thats not me slating the NHS as I still think it's incredible, it's me speaking from experience and others experiences.

Basically, I'm bored in hospital and thought I'd just ramble on a bit. I'd love to see what peoples thoughts are as I feel it can be quite a taboo topic and I don't think it should be. People in private education never feel as if they should hide that so I don't see why private healthcare should be any different. I'm just mumbling on now as tomorrow morning (Saturday), I'm having a Flexi-Sigmoidoscopy and I need to take my mind off that. It's really not the worse thing in the world, but I'll be glad when it's over!
Holiday posts will be back soon when I'm out of hospital but for now enjoy some sick, steroid selfies!

Lucy Jane

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