Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Autumnal and Aztec

Autumn is well and truly among us and I can no longer keep telling myself that summer still isn't over. I love the summer and I never want it to end, but I've accepted what is, and I now know what it is I need to do to move on. I'm Hayley, and I am a summeraholic.

It seems everywhere I turn at the moment it's autumn this, autumn that, cosy jumpers this, homemade soups that. Being the summer lover that I am, for a while I detested hearing the word autumn or 'fall'
*side note - British people that refer to autumn as fall... shame on you*
but as I slowly began clicking those autumn themed blog posts that are everywhere at the moment, I'm now ready to pack away my bikinis and start bringing out my autumn/winter wardrobe and get my snug on. If there is anything that is going to get me excited for the autumn, it's going to be my wardrobe.

Aztec and navajo prints have been a firm favourite of mine for a few years now, and I love this aztec waterfall woolly cardigan from celeblook.co.uk. I loved the Chanel pre autumn/winter 2014 collection and lots of these prints were seen on the catwalk, and as much as I wish I had the bank balance for a Chanel cardigan, I don't. Luckily for me though I still love this cardigan, it's so cosy and soft! It is still quite warm where I am so I can get away with wearing it with a dress for now, but it is one of those pieces that you just know will see you through the whole winter. I decided to get it one size too big so I can layer it up when it starts getting even more chilly. I'm shivering just thinking about it.

Cardigan: Celeb look
Dress: H&M
Shoes: Vintage
Gold Choker: Topshop
Cat: From another cat

A few other things I am looking forward to this autumn are:

Bonfire/fireworks night
Drinking tea all day
Buying more pairs of boots just because
Cups of tea with cake
Fresh plums
Seeing the world turn golden

What is your favourite thing about autumn?

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Hippie on a high hill

Being out in nature is one of my favourite things to do. I love filling my lungs with fresh air and taking time out to relax in the peace and quite and appreciate the work of Mother Nature. I realise how much of a hippie I sound, but it's so so true.  I love the City but it doesn't have the same effect on me as nature does. I've spent a lot of time stuck in bed ever since I became unwell with M.E. and getting out to the open air makes me so happy. Having the wind blow through my hair and hearing the birdsong in my ears is normally just what I am in need of. I've blogged about this place before, but when it's so beautiful it's allowed to be blogged about time and time again. This is one of my favourite places to go to and it's only a half an hour drive away from my boyfriend's house. You wouldn't think that the City of Madrid is a half an hour drive away from this would you?! 

I am aware how weird my arm looks in this photo. But let's ignore that. Fanta advert anyone?
My element is definitely water. I love being close to the water, I find it so calming. We were too high for me to dip my feet into the water this time, seeing as you know... we were basically in the clouds. Whenever I'm stood (or more likely sat with my poorly legs!) with miles of water in front of me - be it the sea or a lake, I'm always so intrigued as to what creatures lurk in the depths of the water. Considering this lake is one of the biggest lakes in all of Spain, I'm guessing some pretty large fish call these waters home! My Brother often watches 'Extreme Fishing' on TV, it's enough to make anyone scared of mysterious open waters, some of the fish are bigger than fully grown men! Ahhh! Maybe I should be grateful I couldn't dip my feet in after all.

You can't have a post title with the word 'hippie' in it and not include at least one 'back to nature' photo.
What would you say your element is? Are you water like me? Earth? Wind? Maybe you're red hot fire?

Where is your favourite place to go to when you need an escape from day to day life?

Peace & love

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

London Fashion Week SS15: My highlights

Tom Ford
This collection was just everything. My favourite collection of the season, and not just because my good friend Jake was part of the hair team. It was sexy, sassy, glam rock and I LOVED it.

Tropical and glamorous. I loved the tropical prints, but I also loved the plain black and white dresses that were seen in the collection. From Victorian silhouettes to sultry necklines, the models looked like they were walking down a runway in the amazon and it was a beautiful, fun and interesting show from start to finish. 

Bora Aksu
That purple veil is just my favourite thing. Romantic, and fairytale-esque, the collection was soft and saccharine, with sheer sleeves, crochet and lace detailing and frills, it was delicate and magical.

Antonio Berardi 
I just love the bright oranges and reds that were used in this collection. The collection was diverse, bright and fun, light and airy, and sexy and elegant. With hourglass Silhouettes, to soft and ruffled, this collection featured some absolute dream designs. 

What was your favourite collection of the season? 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

London Fashion Week and the lack of disabled models

Aimee Mullins for Alexander McQueen

Debbie Van De Putten for La Sanota Lingerie

With London Fashion Week in full flow, I thought there couldn't be a better time to share this post. As an ambassador for disabled representation within the fashion industry, fashion week is always a time that brings mixed feelings to me. I love seeing the new collections and admiring all of the beautiful clothes the designers have brought in for the next season, but whenever I check in and have a browse through all of the days highlights, I feel a sense of disappointment and upset that there are rarely any disabled models, or models with physical abnormalities being seen on the catwalk.

Winnie Harlow for Myles Sexto

Chelsey Jay and Stef Reid for Models Of Diversity

I featured a blog post earlier this year titled Do disabled people belong in the fashion industry after a disabled model was seen on the runway during New York Fashion Week in the Carrie Hammer show. This was definitely a sight for sore eyes, but the question on my lips is was it a one off? Will other designers follow suit and feature more disabled models in their collection. If the likes of Alexander McQueen - arguably the Queen in more ways than one - have done, there's no reason why any other labels can't do the same.

Alex Minsky for Burkman Bros

Disabled models for BezGraniz Couture

I wanted to include some images in this post of some beautiful and inspiring models who are disabled or have physical abnormalities who have been seen on the runway in the past. These images highlight that disabled people DO have a place in the fashion industry, and disabled people as a whole demographic of people have a right to be represented. 

What's your opinion on disabled models being featured on the runway? I'd love to know your thoughts, leave them in a comment below!

Friday, 12 September 2014

A little book of memories + 10% off of yours!

The best thing about memories, is making them

Instagram is by far my favourite social media platform. I actually check Instagram before I do any human tasks in the morning. It's the first thing I check upon waking up and yep, I like to browse through a feed of pretty photos before emptying my bladder which has been sitting filling up the whole night. I'm unsure if that's unhealthy, dedication, or a sign that I'm Instagram addicted and need some sort of rehab. Instagram is normally the last thing I browse before I sleep too and let's not forget the 50+ times I check in during the day. I'm definitely addicted.

This little photo album is made up entirely of photos I've uploaded onto Instagram. Whilst I love the convenience of storing photos on my phone or laptop, I still think you can't beat a good old fashioned actual photo album. How else are you supposed to procrastinate during the yearly spring clean of drawers, or in my case, yearly browse through all of my possessions and consequently continuous 'aww-ing' at all of the lovely things I've kept that remind me of special people and special moments. I'm a sucker for a good ole spot of reminiscing. 

Printrbook for Instagram is the simplest way to print Instagram photos, and there are lots of customisation options to choose from so you can make your album exactly how you want it.  You can choose to print 25 or 50 photos depending on how you want to design your album. (I opted for 25 so the photos were one per page) You can also decide what photo you'd like to feature on the front cover, a title for your album and there is also space for some text on the first page which I think makes it that bit more personal.

My album mostly features photos of my favourite people, my dog and the beach, just because I wanted it to be a happy little book that I can flick through whenever I'm in need of a little pick-me-up, or photos that I can look back on in years to come that will make me feel happy! I'm really pleased with how the book turned out and at £10 I think they are such a good price and would make such a lovely gift too.

Printrbook are very kindly offering my readers 10% off, so if you'd like a Instagram album all of your own or want to treat a friend to one (Christmas is only 15 weeks away guys! Let's be prepared!) you can use my code eszti10 on their website. The discount is valid until November 13th so you have a while to upload all of your best snaps to feature in your album!

To order yours, or to find out more, visit their website: www.printrbook.com

What do you think about these Instagram albums? Is it something you'd like to get for yourself?

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The blog hop: Behind the scenes with Hayley-Eszti

Today's post is something a little bit different. I was nominated by Lucy from absolutelylucy.com to take part in the blog hop, where you are given the chance to share a backstage view of life as a blogger, and to share what goes on behind the scenes of your space on the internet. Before we start, I just want to say a huge thank you for all of the lovely comments on my previous post heels on wheels all of the comments really had me smiling. Thank you!

Also big thanks to Lucy for nominating me to take part in the blog hop! Lucy has an amazing blog and she is one of my favourite bloggers so to be nominated by her is an honour! I don't need to tell you how good at writing she is because she's a journalist so that speaks for itself, but if you like thought provoking and interesting reads, mixed with festival vibes, travel and lots of fun then Lucy is your gal!

So... on to the hop!

1) What am I working on/writing?
Content wise I have a few collaborations in the pipeline which I am very excited about. I've also been working slowly but surely on lots more positivity and blogs full of inspiration and happiness :) I have really been enjoying creating these sort of posts lately and it seems that you enjoy reading them which is great! I want my blog to be a positive place and whilst I still want to share the truth about life with M.E. doom and gloom just isn't me. You can still highlight life with M.E and the struggles that go with it in a positive way so that's always my aim.

I'm also hoping to start working on a few things maintenance and design wise. I always see bloggers commenting on how they are never happy with their layout and I have to say I am in that club. Fingers crossed our good friends photoshop and HTML will soon have me feeling more content with the appearance.

2) How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
You're probably more qualified to answer this question than I am! I just write and create whatever I am inspired to write and create and I tend to just go with it. I don't like comparing my blog with others because we are all different and that is what is so great about the blogging world. No two blogs are ever the same (Except for the time I found a copycat blogger stealing all my posts - NOT COOL ANON BLOGGER, NOT COOL.) I don't think there are that many lifestyle blogs where the writer is bedbound 80% of the time and living with severe chronic illnesses though, so I guess that makes me a little different! I'd like to think my blog makes people appreciate their health a bit more, never ever take it for granted guys ♥ I love an OOTD as much as the next girl, but sometimes we have to keep it real.

3) Why do I write what I do?
As cliché as this is, the reason I write is because I love to write. I love creating something from nothing and seeing the process from the light bulb going off in my head, to typing out the words, taking the images, right the way through to seeing the post published, and if I'm lucky, enjoyed by you guys. Writing is also the perfect activity for me as it gives me something to do in an otherwise very boring world of a sick chick. There are limited activities you can do from your bed or sofa - excluding that (you kinky lot) we're not going there!
Most of what I write about revolves around life with a chronic illness in some way or another. Whether that's directly discussing the issues, sharing what it's like to be a young woman who happens to be unwell but who likes the same things as every other young woman (people are always shocked by that, which I can never understand) sharing my journey, or creating inspiration and positivity out of my situation. So the reason I write about all of those things is because - shock horror - I am unwell and lifestyle bloggers generally blog about their lives! I'll also occasionally include some travel, fashion and beauty because they are things that interest me and things that I enjoy sharing here on my blog. I told you I'm just like you, ill or not!

4) How does my writing process work?
Writing always, always begins with a cup of tea in hand. I normally opt for something like rosemary or St. John's Wort as they are great for giving your brain some energy, and as I have an illness that affects the brain I need more help in that department than the average Jo blogger. Because of this I normally have to write a little at a time which can be such a nuisance when you're on a roll.
My posts normally start with a vague idea and I just start writing and see where that takes me. If I'm inspired by images I base the writing around that. I normally get inspired when I'm sleep deprived after being awake for 20+ hours so good things can come out of having chronic insomnia and being a zombie! I blog as when I feel up to it, I don't have a routine or schedule as my health is very unpredictable so sticking to a routine wouldn't work for me. I can get inspired at any time so I always make sure I jot down a little note in my notebook or in the notes section in my phone for future reference. Which just so happens to be the best blogging tip I've ever been given.

So there we have it. A little sneak peak into what goes on behind the scenes. Any blogger will tell you there is a lot more that goes into blogging than non-bloggers think. It takes hard work, time and dedication but hopefully my work is paying off.

I'm passing the baton on to these lovely ladies. I could have easily chosen 100+ amazing bloggers but I've chosen three ladies whose writing style I love, and who blog about an array of topics because I love diversity (As in reading wise, not the dance group) I'm still nominating anyone who wants to do the blog hop though so if you do decide to do it make sure you pop the link in a comment so I can take a back stage tour with you!

*Virtually and dramatically passes baton, I'm imagining this in slow motion with chariots of fire playing in the background*

Lydia from lydiarosexo

Not only is she the recipient of Company Magazine's Best Personal Style Newcomer Blog 2014, but she is also such a lovely person. She is a talented writer with impeccable personal style and if you aren't already following her blog, why not?! You're missing out! Lydia is the whole package, journalist, babe, up and coming star and more than all of those things, a complete sweetheart.

Candy from owl-girl

Candy (Total name envy) is the girl behind one of my new favourite places to visit on the web.  I love her personal style and I love that she writes about so many different things. From travel, to fashion, to D.I.Y. If you're a self confessed cat lady, or have a thing for babes with red hair you're going to be glad I sent you in her direction.

Francesca from www.thisisfrancescarose

I've followed Francesca from the start of my blogging journey, and as my first follower she'll always have a special place in my heart! Francesca's blog is so unique and she has the cutest hand drawn designs and her blog has an online scrapbook vibe. She covers a variety of topics from fashion, to food to jewellery to life in general. Reading her blog is normally like reading a story book, she writes beautifully! 

What do you get up to behind the scenes? 

Peace and love!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Heels on wheels

Like almost every female on the planet, I love shoes, specifically heels. Heels are the best. The only time I can wear heels these days is when I'm sat in my wheelchair. I'd love to be strutting around in a pair of killers, rolling in a pair of killers doesn't look or feel as good, it doesn't compliment my feminine assets like it did when I used to walk around in a pair of 5 inchers, and it doesn't make me appear taller or more slender. Like anything in life though we have to make the most of what we've been given and seeing as I've been given a body that doesn't work as it should do, if heels are only to be worn whilst sitting, that's what is to be! You've got to work with what you've got!