Tuesday, 28 October 2014

15 things that being disabled teaches you





1.
 Kerbs are the devil's work

2. People will state at you. A lot.

3. People will assume you can't walk, and when they see that you can, feel like it's appropriate to shout 'IT'S A MIRACLE!' (True story)

4. Going shopping is hard bloody work

5. Having a fit and healthy body is one of the biggest blessings a person can have

6. People often tell you you are inspirational, even if you haven't done anything inspirational at all. 'WOW you tied your own shoelaces. That's amazing. You are such an inspiration!'

7. Disabled people can still have healthy sex lives

8. Disabled females are no loner seen as attractive to the majority of men

9. But they are incredibly attractive to men with fetishes for disabled women

10. A disabled fetish is a real thing. Form your own opinions...

11. How to be more trusting. If somebody is pushing you down a steep hill, your life is in their hands, you have no choice but to trust them!

12. People treat you differently

13. You become more understanding and supportive to people with physical pain

14. Changing the word 'really' to 'wheely' will provide you endless opportunities to be a witty genius, plus it's wheely fun ;)

15. That the disabled population is the world's largest minority of which anyone can become part of at any time.


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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Ocean minded







In my opinion there is no better place on Earth to be than by the ocean. The fresh salty air, the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, the soft sand beneath my feet. To me all of  those things create a moment of perfection. I grew up at the beach, so when I stay in the city for a long period of time like I have done recently whilst I've been in Madrid, I really do miss it. I need my regular dose of vitamin sea. I was definitely a mermaid in a past life!  

Do you love the ocean as much as I do, or do you prefer the City life?

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Words of encouragement

If you saw my last post advice from a tree you would have seen that I've been having a flare up with my symptoms and I've suffered a nasty virus which left me feeling really rather unpleasant. (Side note - a virus when you have a weakened immune system is serious business) A lot of you seemed to like the message behind the post and in case you missed it you can see it here. The message behind it was a positive metaphorical one (I love a good metaphor) about standing your ground and being strong like a tree in a storm, and the response it received has inspired today's blog post. Some words of encouragement from me to you.



I'm a firm believer in the power of positivity. (You can see some previous posts from my positive series here: positivity+ positivity+2 positivity+3) If I didn't keep a positive mindset I don't know how I would have survived the last three years of serious illness and all it entails. We can all do with a little encouragement now and then though, after all times get tough for all of us, that's just part of life. Sometimes we can all benefit from a little boost on keeping a healthy mindset, especially when things aren't necessarily going to plan.

My recent flare up made me feel so miserable. Oh so miserable. I took to twitter to share my frustrations and that's not because I'm an attention seeking tweeter, but because twitter is the place I have so many friends and supporters, people who also have chronic illnesses, and people who don't. Regardless of who they are, I can always reply on people online to offer support. The support I receive online is invaluable and I am always so overwhelmed at how supportive and kind people can be when a person is going through a difficult time.



I guess what I'm trying to say is that a few small words can go a very long way. A few small words can be just what a person needed to hear to give them that little boost and to put them back on the bright yellow optimism path, the path of hope, and the path of determination (I told you I like a good metaphor!) 

We all have the power to change a persons day via a few words of encouragement. The Internet is a powerful place, but what makes it so powerful are the people within it, and their kindness. We should share kindness, support and encouragement always. It is free after all!



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Friday, 10 October 2014

Advice from a tree...





Stand tall and proud
Go out on a limb
Remember your roots
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
Drink plenty of water
Be content with your natural beauty
Enjoy the view


Who would have thought trees could give such good advice?

I haven't done a health update in a while, and unfortunately I have to report that my health seems to be deteriorating and I'm finding day to day stuff extremely challenging. I think it could be down to a virus which my immune system just can't fight off. At least that's what I hope has happened. I really hope I'm not looking at a full blown relapse. My body is struggling to hold on to food again and that worries me. M.E. is brewing up a storm at the moment but I need to be a tree, I need to stand strong, hold my ground, and not let it tear me down. I am a tree and I was here before the storm, and I will stand tall and proud after the storm has passed. 

If anyone else is experiencing a storm at the moment, weather that's a health storm or a general life storm, be a tree! Trees are strong and so are you.


For any new followers who may be wondering what I am talking about, I have a long term illness known as M.E. which is a serious debilitating condition. Sometimes I talk about this on my blog. I have more information on M.E here


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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Your Dreamcatcher




"A winner is a dreamer who never gives up"  
Nelson Mandela.

When I first came across Your Dreamcatcher, I couldn't believe how suited they were for me. Not only is their logo a dreamcatcher - which I clearly love, I even have one featured on my blog header! But they are also a brand who create designer loungewear that is both comfortable as well as cute. I love my comfort as much as the next lady (ESPECIALLY when being a lady hurts and my belly is too fat for anything else because now and then being a lady is a pain and eating ridiculous amounts of chocolate makes us feel better. We all know what I'm talking about, don't we girls!) but as somebody who has multiple chronic illnesses and spends most of her time at home, comfortable clothing is something I have no choice but to live in. As a sickchick who is into fashion, I am always on the lookout for comfort wear that's also pretty, so I am so happy to know that there are brands like Your Dreamcatcher out there helping me look a little more stylish in all of my lounging glory. 

I chose this grey off the shoulder top, which is SO comfortable. It's so soft and of really good quality. The packaging was so dreamy too (see what I did there?) They send a little card with a quote on which is such a lovely touch, and you also get a scented bag of crystals which smell amazing and have made my bedroom smell like a dream! (See what I did there again?) I've also got my eye on the joggers, which look perfect for staying warm in this winter!





To shop the top and to see the rest of the range visit www.yourdreamcatcher.co.uk

P.S. I'm not quite sure why I'm hugging that tree. I just got the urge to... #TreeHuggerHaylz

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Keep on dreaming!



Sunday, 5 October 2014

Types of people on Instagram

Oh Instagram, how we love you. You're the place where teens go to escape their Facebook using parents. You're the place people visit whilst they use the bathroom (I know you do it, don't deny it) And you're the place I can catch up with the hundreds of friends I've met from all over the world, all thanks to you. You little cupid you! You're great, but don't let all of those likes go to your head, you still have flaws. Sometimes your unwritten politics baffle me. Why does it have to be 11 likes before it gets that little heart? What's so great about the number 11 anyway? Sometimes you break, sometimes you freeze, and sometimes (all the time) you play me the video audio, but not the actual video. 

As a little bit of Instagram themed fun, here's a list of the types of people on Instagram. If you like it, double tap it. Nothing will happen but I need your likes to feel socially accepted and loved.



The foodie/fitness freak
Pretty photos of healthy meals and mirror shots of sexy abs and toned bodies. These are the accounts to avoid if you just broke up with your diet or have not been to the gym in a while. Anybody can create a food account, all you need to start you off is a bowl of granola, some pretty fruit and some decorative flowers. I'm not mocking though, anything that promotes a healthy lifestyle in my eyes is a positive thing, it just might not be a positive thing for my self esteem after scrolling through a feed of fit bodies, only to see my own body full of flabby bits looking back at me in the mirror!



The positive quoter 
Positive quotes are taking over the world. Positive mind quote, positive vibes Instagram feed, positive life likes.



The unstoppable hashtagger
Nobody can stop that hashtagger. They will hashtag anything that pops into their head. The hashtag quite often doesn't even have anything to do with the photo in question.
#nobody #can #stop #them #onedirection #justinbieber #love #happy #happiness #igers #instadaily #fun #like #follow #lol #i #heart #hashtags #blue #white #crazy #book #booklover #girl #green #eyes #fashion #skyporn #monday #cat 


The anything goes
These are the people who will upload anything and everything. They just don't care oh-oh there's a party over there, oh-oh! Lolz omg now I have an S club 7 song in my head so I'll upload a screenshot of S club 7 cos I loved them back in da day. They'll add Sclub to their feed full of photos of the sky, photos of an empty plate, photos of their TV screen from a distance, photos of a window. Photos of one of their eyeballs. Maybe even a video of their feet as they walk down the street.



The one with all the selfies
Obsessive selfie taking is a common sight these days. Chances are you probably follow an obsessive selfie taker. They are probably likely to be a shameless selfie in public kind of person, you know the ones that you spot posing with their front camera on their own. That peak time public transport selfie took guts, you should probably give it a like to show your admiration for their bravery/need to get their hourly fix of pouting and posing.

This is not what my Instagram looks like.


The ones who upload a facebook album all at once
Have you ever strolled down your feed and somebody you are following thought people would love to see 100+ photos of their hilarious night out at that club? We all know someone who likes to upload every photo they took that night, AKA The most annoying people to have on your feed. You may have followed them once upon a time but you probably unfollowed them when you couldn't take the torture any longer. There's only so many photos of your friend posing in the club with a bottle of WKD in one hand and the other in the air with their tongue out captioned 'Whey! I'm still drunk whey! Sick night wiv ma girls!' If you do this here's a bit of friendly advice: Upload the FACEBOOK album to FACEBOOK where people have the option to view it. Insta ain't the place for that, choose a couple of the best ones for IG and the world will laugh at your drunk face wichya.


The strictly stick to a theme
Themed instagram accounts seem to be quite popular and more often than not they come from the arty types, or people that used to be/still are addicted to Tumblr. I guess they couldn't break out of the habit. Themes can be anything from everything strictly black and white, everything tropical, geek chic, everything minimalistic. But what do they do when they have a great photo that doesn't go with their theme?! The torture must be unbearable! 



The life story as a caption.
Don't worry, I won't bore you with my life story here. Does anybody even read those essay length captions anyway?


The animal fanatic
Basically every photo is of their cat, dog, goldfish, rabbit or bird. They love their pets and their feed shows it. They are like a proud Mum, they probably have taken a photo of their pets feces with pride. MY DOG DID A POO OF PERFECT COLOUR AND CONSISTENCY, GOSH I LOVE MY DOG SO MUCH I'VE GOT TO PHOTOGRAPH THIS PERFECT LIL' DOGGY POO! Hopefully they thought twice about uploading it. Save that one for your desktop background proud animal parents.

*This is my dog. I love him in all of his perfect poop glory but this is not what my Instagram looks like*

Some slightly more annoying people on Instagram include:

The Insta snobs AKA Followers: 1million - following: 2 

This is even more annoying if you are a celebrity. Everyone already knows how cool you are, you don't need to prove it by doing this. Following back some fans will make their entire life, so quit being an Instagram snob and start following some people back :)

The CLEARLY FAKE accounts from Topshop/British Airways/Asda/Thorpe Park

You know the ones where they claim that the first 1000000 followers will win £1000000 worth of free stuff. It's so obvious these are fake, but I still see people screenshoting them as they begin their lifelong wait for their prize to arrive at their door. 

'shoutout pages' 

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Do you fall into any of these categories? What types of people on Instagram do you think belong in the 'annoying' section? 

P.S. I'm on Instagram! @hayley_eszti

P.P.S. This post is all in good fun and is not intended to be offensive. Leave your Instagram usernames below for me to check out! 

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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
Tea
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?




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