The fifth installment of my Happiness series has come a day late! I've been too caught up in stuff over the Easter long weekend, but technically today (Tuesday) is the official start of the working week right? :) Anyway to read more about what this series means to me you can check out the first blog post here :)
1. The power of illusion in fashion
Cat jumper: c/o Romwe
Striped leggings: c/o Romwe
Meow beanie: Boohoo.com
So how many of us would love to look like we have skinnier waists, slimmer thighs or longer legs through our clothes? Not that there's anything wrong with the way we look, but it's always fun to find clothes that help create an illusion of what we would love to have :)
When Romwe first sent me these leggings I could immediately tell that it ticked all the boxes to be a sneaky, ultra-flattering piece- it had vertical stripes, thick lines, and was made of stretchy, tight-fitting material to really cling to your legs. When you pair it with some tall platform boots, you can really create a long, streamlined effect from the hips down, and the vertical stripes help in elongating and pulling your eye up and down that whole section.
As a result I probably look like I have much longer legs in the photos than I actually do! In real life my torso is quite long compared to my legs haha....but in fashion if you pull the right tricks you can definitely create a different illusion :)
2. Your support!!
I did a giveaway with Blake & Co recently, and I'm also doing my own giveaway sometime soon! I recently hit over 11,000 followers on my Lookbook.nu account (http://lookbook.nu/drstrangelove) and I also hit over 34,000 followers on Instagram (http://instagram.com/_izzi) some time ago...I really never, never thought I could get such big numbers! I'm so super duper grateful haha. So for that reason, I've been thinking of setting up my own giveaway as a little thanks for everyone's support. It will go up either next week or the week after! :) Thanks so much to everyone again!
'Forever Mine Lacework dress": c/o St Frock (link here)
Photo credits: Bending Colours
I did a photoshoot with a friend over the weekend, and found this unexpectedly happy candid! Looking at it honestly makes me really proud of what I've achieved in my life, especially in terms of flipping my entire mental outlook around and making my best efforts to maintain it. I seriously went from a person who thought negative thoughts and about suicide every single day, to someone who can't wait to take onboard new opportunities, experiences and challenges. I went from dreading the next day, to being so super excited and hopeful for the future and all the plans and goals I've made for it.
I know a lot of people struggle so much to find happiness and keep a smile up. Being happy is not as easy as flipping a switch, and it takes soo much work and effort, on a constant basis. It could take years and years before a small change in attitude is made. But I promise that if you keep on persisting to embrace positivity, you will reach a point where you look back at all the mental strength you've developed and gained, and it will absolutely take your breath away :)