Tuesday

Note #209 // Life Lately: Making an effort, Bringing Sexy Back and Being Bothered

zara skirt, aw15, new season, new in, mustard yellow
This week has been a mixed bag. 

My self-confidence and body image have taken a bit of a tumble of late. Unhappy with weight, looks and wardrobe, I've had to give myself a bit of a shake and get myself together. No one is going to #BeBothered for you. So I've made a few purchases including this lovely mustard yellow full skirt. Taking a little time to plan an outfit and put a little more thought into something made me feel good again, so I thought I'd share a few of the photos.


I've also been making more of an effort with what I already own. You know, those purchases you were convinced were going to transform your wardrobe. I ruddy well got them out and actually put them on! Sometimes, you have to make an effort and change things up in order to rediscover the good things, that in the main, were already there. It's so easy to say I can't be bothered, but that only leaves you an honourary member of the same old pity party. And while clothes and a bit of make up aren't the be all and end all of feeling better about yourself, but it's a start.

I had some really sad news about two former colleagues. One had cancer that returned and she couldn't beat, and the other was involved in a road accident. As is usual in such sad situations, you get the reminder hammered into your mind not to take loved ones for granted, to tell them you love them and spend time with them.

So last weekend that's exactly what I did. I had booked tickets to go and watch saxophonist Yolanda Brown in concert for my dad's birthday. She was performing her take on reggae love songs with full band and special guests. It. Was. Phenomenal. And such a lovely evening to spend with my parents. We had a great time. 

I'm trying to always have something in the diary to do with friends and family. Firstly, so there's always something to look forward to. And secondly, to avoid sayings like, "we should do something soon," or "we shouldn't leave it so long next time." If you shouldn't, don't.

While at the show, I signed up to the bone marrow and stem cell register after hearing the message from the African Caribbean Leukemia Trust, who partner with Yolanda and her management team. Bone marrow contains racially specific characteristics, and at the time that the ACLT was set up, there were only 550 black and mixed race donors on the list. In 19 years, the charity has helped this number to rise from 550 to 60,000 Afro-Caribbean donors. They are doing phenomenal work in the UK for people of all ethnicities. To find out more about the charity, click here.

All Change
Oh, yeah. And I have a fringe now. I'm yet to get a decent photo of it, but I am loving life with heavy bangs. Brows needn't be on fleek and I'm making serious savings on only using foundation on half my face.

How's your week been?

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