Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Thrift Generation T-Shirt Launch And Networking

Hi everyone :)
Photo Credit to Susan Moss
In early April Thrift Generation invited you to the Girl Power Networking Pop-Up & T-Shirt Launch on the 22nd April 2017.

I attended the event over the weekend and I wanted to share with you with what happened. It was a exicting afternoon of networking with some very inspiring and talented women who run their own local businesses. 


Thrift Generation
Madi Wallner the founder of Thrift Generation has worked very hard to make this event possible. The T-shirts come with a beautiful fushsia rosette which say "KNOW THYSELF" which can be used either on the shirt or accessory to spread the message of girl power.
Thank you to Rebecca Muress for taking this photo :)
Available in all sizes and as diverse as the girls and women who will wear them. Thrift generation pride themselves on being an ethical and eco-friendly brand, using sustainable sourcing methods.  Thrift Generation sell on Depop and Etsy. Go treat yourself to a GRLPWR t-shirt.
Congratulations Madi on your wonderful and inspiring T-shirt collection and for hosting a brilliant event. Go get em girl 💪✌
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Photo Credit to Susan Moss
Platypus
Platypus is an Independent clothing brand specialising in hand-made, unisex streetwear. 
Collections consist of limited edition hand-printed t-shirts, sweatshirts and headwear.

I met Sarah and Maxine back in May 2014 on the Princes Trust Enterpise course to learn about how to create a business. I feel honoured to have been there to witness their business starting from an idea and turning it into a fully working and functional successful business. I am very proud of my friends for what they have achieved so far. Keep going ladies and well done :)
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Oozee Boozee Bakes
I enjoyed many tasty sample bites from Oozee Boozee BakesI tried chocolate and cherry brownies with red wine, strawberry daiquri short breads, bourbon flapjacks. It was my favourite food stand and I kept lurking around to see if anymore samples were going spare. ;)
Fran is a very talented baker and I wish her all the best in the future with her business. You go girl :)
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Tridosha 
Sunita Passi is the founder of Tri-Dosha Limited and specialises in ayurvedic training, holistic facials and natural products.
She practises mindful techniques and massage sessions to reduce stress, blood pressure and to boost the immune system, stress hormones and mood elevating brain chemicals to relax the body

You can find Sunita on
www.sunitapssimeditation.com


Toni Jarvis from Tiger Projects, Debbie Clarke from Debbie Doodah, Sunita Passi from Tridosha , Madi Wallner and Dee Miller (Founder of Minor Oak) came onto the stage to give a speech about  their passion for business and support of networking. It was very inspiring to listen to and I'm determind to push forward with my blog and YouTube channel.

Watch the vlog below :-
Bunny Hugs,

Hayley
xxx

Monday, 17 April 2017

5 Problems With Social Media

Hi everyone.
I'm currently having a break from uploading YouTube videos while I wait for a creative wave of inspiration to hit me. I only like to put out content on my YouTube channel and blog which I feel good about posting.
I've been thinking and reflecting about social media. I wanted to share 5 problems which I currently have with social media.

Let's begin with....

1. Life Isn't What It Appears To Be
People might look like they are having a better life than you on their social media channels. But this is not true.
We are all human and we all have problems which we struggle with. No matter how someone's life looks on social media behind the computer screen it could be a different story. Never judge a book by it's cover. I never want to be dishonest and tell you that my life is perfect. It's not true. I have good and bad days like everyone else.

2. Lack Of Patience
Social media doesn't teach us patience because it shows us instant news and results. The truth is that it takes time to focus on your goals in life and to work towards them.

When I first joined YouTube back in 2014 I was naive in thinking that it was so easy to make this hobby into a part of my career because it looked like it would bring instant results. I was wrong.

I've learnt that you have to have patience and persistence to make your dreams a reality. I work at my goals a bit each day and it's important to appreciate the small steps and milestones. When I look at successful people I see how hard they have worked for that success and it inspires me to keep going and not to give up just yet.

3. Oversharing
It's getting more common to share our life on the internet. But how much is too much? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

I think it’s great to share experiences because it creates a connection between people.
I've personally found it really helpful when people make videos talking about life experiences they have been through especially If I'm going through the same thing because I feel comforted and less alone.

Be responsible about who you share with and what you share. The internet as a giant space where people of all sorts roam. If this space was a real place, would you trust everyone with all your secrets and personal information? I wouldn't. 

Don't feel pressured to say what everyone else is sharing. It's important that you are aware of what you put out there. Do what feels right for you. That's what i do :)

4. Social Isolation
Social media sites help us to feel connected worldwide. But actually, it makes me feel very disconnected sometimes. Take a look around you when you are in a public place. Most likely, the majority of people you see are bent forwards towards the glow of their phones. I think it's important to learn how to deal with free time without staring at a screen. With less screen time, you will have more opportunity to learn how to relax, enjoy leisure time and communicate with people.

When I have been stuck to a phone, tablet or computer screen for too long. I've experienced feelings of loneliness when i've turned a device off. It's important to have breaks and to phone a friend or hang out with someone.

I joined a social group in January to make new friends. Social groups are great as noone hardly has their phone out and everyone wants to chat and get to know eachother. It's very refreshing and I plan to to go to more meets up this year.

I've also been really enjoying talking to and spending time with the blogging community and attending events. I've been to quite a few this year. Snizl4Notts, Chino Latino, Bloggers Brunch, Nottingham Fashion Week and Intu Victoria Spring/Summer style event.

5. Bullying
Bullying is one of the most serious problems with social media. When someone uses social blogs or virtually any space for hurtful speech or hate it causes a damaging effect. Bullys do not seem to realise that there is a person behind a screen. Anything which you say or put out on the internet has a effect.

What do you think the problems are with social media? Let me know in the comments below.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley
xxx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Girl Power Networking Pop-Up & T-Shirt Launch

Hi everyone:)
Thrift Generation would like to invite you to their Girl Power Networking Pop-Up & T-Shirt Launch  on the 22nd April 3pm-6pm in Nottingham. This a FREE event and the point of this is to support women and girls too, whether in business or in general. It's a great opportunity to network. I shall be attending the event and filming for my YouTube channel. Please come and say Hello!
More information can be found on the events Facebook page below.
https://www.facebook.com/events/670644826454311/?active_tab=discussion
Madi Wallner is the founder of the label Thrift Generation is currently preparing a launch to promote the first line of T-shirts with a Girl Power theme. I am excited as I am a plus size woman who thinks that it's important to celebrate all different shapes and sizes.
Madi's collection is inspired by the world wide famous Playboy bunny icon. She is reclaiming this icon and using it in a different way which is not to judge on image or the body alone.
We are more than just a body and a pretty face. It’s our minds and how we use them and it’s the actions and words we use and what we speak out for
Thrift Generation currently selling here:


Thrift Generation's social media 


I'm looking forward to seeing you there.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley
xxx

Thursday, 6 April 2017

When Life Doesn't Turn Out How You Expect

Hi, everyone.

This afternoon I had a little browse around my local town and had a look inside some charity shops. I enjoy shopping at charity shops because who knows what bargains you might find and the money is going towards a great cause.

A hanging wall plaque caught my eye on one of the shelves which said
This sign made me deeply reflect on my life and where i am now at 29 years old and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.
Me aged 16 at prom 2004
When I was 16 and leaving school I thought that I would have everything figured out by my late 20s.

Well here i am and I don't have any figured out. Haha. I'm laughing because it feels amazing to admit it.

Every goal is still achieveable which I have in my mind but I do get very frustrated about where I want to be. I have to remind myself that achieving goals and reaching mile stones takes hardwork and time.

I think it's fascinating how much expectation society puts on us and also the pressure that we put on ourselves.

It's OK not to have your life figured out. I think that a lot of people feel that way but they don't admit it on social media. Perhaps they are scared of looking weak or vulnerable. I'm strong and proud to say it.

Perhaps everything in my life which has happened to me is to help someone who is reading this blog post to know that they aren't alone.

It's important that you aren't hard on yourself and that we all should enjoy the flow of life for what it is. We can't control of what happens to us but we can control only how we react and respond to it.

Social media can make us question what we are doing with our life as we are provided with instant access to what's going on with everyone elses life and it may seem everyone is having a better time than you are. This is not always the case.

I think that social media is similar to a showreel because it highlights all of the best parts of yourself and life (depending on what you decide to share of course).

I used to wonder if I had gone wrong in my life somewhere and ask questions like "Should I of stayed in that relationship with that ex boyfriend?" "Should I tried harder at University?" "Would my life of been any better?"

Well I don't honestly know but all i do know is that I have always done my best and listened to my heart in whatever situation i've found myself in. No point worrying and wondering about "what if". I'm excited about the future and what's ahead.

So perhaps my life hasn't turned out the way that i expected but perhaps it's because something fantastic is on the way.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley
xxx

Monday, 3 April 2017

Spring Fair In Beeston

Hi everyone

On Sunday 2nd April i visited Beeston Fields Golf Club in Nottingham. The free event was organised by Fabulous Spaces and it was on from 10am until 4pm. The venue was The Walled Gardens inside a huge beautiful white tent which usually hosts weddings and special occassions. 
A selection of stall holders include
They were selling their hand craft produce such as jewellery, bags, food, clothing and photography packages for weddings.
 
Here are some photographs of the stalls which i took.
Cupcake perfection
I'm partical to a bargain box! 
Big Green Tree. All Natural Beauty Products
Bow Beaus. Beautiful embriodery art :)

I spy a rabbit cushion
Lots of great prizes to be won on the tombola this year
Tattered Rose

What did you get up too this weekend?

Let me know in the comments below:)

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley 

xxx

Monday, 27 March 2017

Nottingham In Fashion Show And Intu Victoria Centre Bloggers Event

Hi everyone.
On Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March. Nottingham's favourite retailers came together to showcase the best spring and summer styles for a annual Fashion Event which is organised by It's In Nottingham.

The catwalk show was inside the council house overlooking the market square which had a beauty bus which offered make up demonstrations from brands such as Urban Decay and Benefit. The Beauty Temple salon were also offering free mini treatments.

I was invited on Saturday 25th March at 12pm to sit on the front row of the "Club To Campus" theme which celebrates the students of Nottingham.
The themed trends for students were Back To The Fushcia (everything pink), Born In The 80's, Statement Sportswear,  Check Mate (black and white checkered prints) and Spring Bling (floral prints and embellishments).

All of the outfits which were on the catwalk show are on the It's In Nottingham gallery website. My favourite outfits were Outfit15A, Outfit37A and Outfit73A.
I think that It's In Nottingham event gets better every year and it was fantastic to see a variety of body shapes and sizes on the catwalk. I'm a plus size lady so it's nice to see that women who have more curves are celebrated. Fashion should be about wearing clothes that you feel comfortable in no matter what size you are.

At 1:30pm it was then time to head to Intu Victoria Centre for the Spring/Summer bloggers event. To kick start the event all of the bloggers were invited to Cafe Rizzoli for a bellini cocktail (which is a mix of prosecco and fruit puree). Cafe Rizzoli is a italian cafe by the Emett Clock on the Upper Mall. 
We were greeted by Intu Victoria centre staff at Cafe Rizzoli. They took us all downstairs at 2pm (just outside of Boots) to watch a live styling session. This taught us how to make the most of your spring wardrobe by layering clothes and adding accessories.
Then Intu Victoria Centre gathered all of the bloggers together to set us a Spring/Summer style challenge. We had to pick at random out of a bag a £20 Intu Victoria Centre gift card along with a card with a spring summer style trend. I got #ThinkPink which is anything pink themed. 

The rule is that you could buy anything with the gift card (clothes, accessories or make up).Just aslong as it fitted in with the trend that you got given. We had half an hour to buy our items.

Me and Gemma from TheGemAgenda browsed around Victoria Centre together. We visited Monsoon, Accessorize, River Island, Quiz and Superdrug.
I decided to buy a beautiful baby pink scarf with silver sparkles from Quiz which cost £8.99 and also a velvet touch lipstick from Gosh Copanhageon in the shade "159 Romantic" for £7.99 so in total i spent £16.98 which was under budget with plenty of time to spare. Yay :)

At 3pm we all met at the Handmade Burger Co for a meal together. I had a classic beef burger, sweet potato fries and a oreo and cookes milkshake. Yum.
I'd like to thank It's In Nottingham and Intu Victoria for having  me. I had a wonderful afternoon and I'm looking forward to more events in the future.
Watch the video below :)

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley
xxx

Thursday, 23 March 2017

What I've Learnt So Far About Being Highly Sensitive

Stop Apologising For Who You Are
I used to apologise to everyone for just being myself. This was because I absorbed peoples emotions and judgements towards me. I didn't want to feel the negativity energy so I would apologise to try and dim the overwhelming feelings which i had. I've come to realise that you can't be everyone's cup of tea and that's OK. I've also stopped apologising for who i am and to only apologise when i have done something stupid, ignorant or insensitive.

You Are Needed In This World
I think that the world needs more positive, sensitive and empathic people to help us all to connect with eachother and to make the world a better place. I've realised by sharing my feelings that someone might watch my videos or read my blog and say "OMG, I can totally relate to that!” and then that creates a connection.
Put Your Needs First
Highly sensitive people often struggle with putting their own needs first as it doesn't come naturally to them. Self-care is essential in order for them to function. We are excellent great listeners and counsellors but the only problem with that is that if we surround ourselves with the wrong people then we are often dumped on with problems and issues. Creating healthy boundaries is important. Making a conscious choice and practising saying "no" with love.

Express Yourself
Highly sensitive people have a high degree of creativity and imagination. When i was little (and even now) i loved anything creative. Playing with playdough, fuzzy felts, drawing and painting.
My educational background is all art subjects. I studied Art, Textiles, Drama and Graphics for GCSE. Art and Photography A level, Foundation Diploma In Art and Design. I graduated in 2012 with an HND degree in Fashion Design and I now blog and make YouTube videos.

Give Up Perfectionism
Perfectionism is a way of thinking which makes someone thinks that their life should be perfect. My perfectionism traits have really hurt me and have stopped me from doing things in life. I find the  way to work around this is by changing the perception of myself and to focus on the progression that i am making in life rather than the perfection.

In the "What I Don't Understand" video I spoke about perfection traits when it comes to filming sit down videos.
Let me know in the comments below if any of what i have said has resonated with you. What have you learnt so far from being a HSP (highly sensitive person)?

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley
xxx