Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Hello January


Hello Day Planner 2018
Hello Day Planner 2018 Daily
Hello Day Planner 2018
Hello Day Planner 2018 inspirational quote
Hello Day Planner 2018 month calander

January is most definitely here isn't it...

I don't know if you'll find it maddeningly annoying or super helpful, but I've centered this post around my new planner from Hello Day, that yes, I did purchase half way through this month.
But surely any attempt at organising yourself is worthwhile, even with a few blank pages at the start.

I absolutely fell in love with the style of this 'Palma' planner - it manages to be quirky with the palm leaves print yet I would 100% feel confident getting this out in a professional environment. I just needed something visual to organise myself with, and after trawling the internet, with proving a good start to finding people who made planners, I found Hello Day.

Each Planner comes in a lovely box, is handmade and you can tell so much time has gone into making them as high quality as they can be.
It's a daily planner, with prompts at the start of each month & each week to lay out your goals for that time frame and break them down into achievable to-do's.

Obviously it's only the start of the year so time will tell at how the Planner performs and whether or not I'll stick with it, but it's a refreshing way to start the new year feeling organised and with a way to plan for the months to come.

Do you love starting a new planner, have a different brand you want to tell me about or any advice for sticking with it? Would love to hear from you! x

Ps. Please excuse the slightly weathered look to the rose petals... Yellow roses are my absolute favourite and I couldn't bare to pull them apart before they went just past their peak... sorry!

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Hello Day - Palma Daily Planner 2018

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Have A Day Off


Ciao guys & gals

Just a little outfit post from before the whole... nose thing (click here if you're nosey for part 1 of that) and also because I am embracing being able to wear lots and lots of yellow again now I'm a full fledged brunette once more.

Get your hands on this cute little "Day Off" jumper from New Look.

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Photography by Lucy Martin. You can check out her instagram here!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Being Nosey: Part 1 (Pre-Op)

My Nose Job Journey

Just a warning, I'm going to get straight into this with no preamble because this post has taken me waaaaay longer to write than I meant it to. Also this is PURELY personal as to why I'm getting the surgery done and my experience of it, I'm just writing it because I know I've found other's accounts useful when researching and making my own decisions.

My 'Nose Job Journey' with Harley Medical started last June, believe it or not, but my actual issues with my appearance and in particular my nose have been for as long as I can remember.
It's strange talking about how my insecurity with my nose has affected me throughout my life with the people who have been there the whole time. A lot of the time I just dealt with them silently or was shouted down by the typical
 "There's nothing wrong with your nose;" "Stop being so silly;" "You're being ridiculous, there isn't a problem."
Yes, those phrases are ones I think 99% of people who want to have cosmetic surgery have heard.

How did I know I was ready to have a Rhinoplasty/Nose Job? A question I was asked (or similar) in my initial consultation with my nurse at Harley Medical. And my answer surprised even me a little bit.
I realised I was ready, really ready, when I wasn't obsessed with my nose anymore. Not to mention being in my early 20's and able to finance the process independently from my parents.
I went through phases growing up where I would cover my face or my nose or turn my head away from a camera if a photo of me was being taken. I would delete precious memories because "I hate my nose in that photo, I look awful" was the predominant feeling I would have when I looked at them. 
And in the past year or so, I could contour my face with confidence and know the tricks to make my nose look smaller and the bump less noticeable; I could take photos at a certain angle where I like how my face looked and I forced myself to find confidence in other areas of my body and appearance so that I would be able to interrupt the internal thought process that happened whenever a photo of me was taken.
But why should I have to do that when the option is available to make it so I just love my nose without having to trick myself into ignoring it?

And that's when I booked my first appointment with Harley Medical. I won't lie, knowing how it would be received by my parents I went ahead with the initial process without them being involved in any decision making.
My first appointment was with one of the practice nurses in the Cardiff clinic, and I felt so comfortable talking about what I wanted to be done and the reasons behind it. We went over medical history and the different types of Rhinoplasty surgery that can be done and which methods would suit my needs the best.
It was priced up and what surgeon I would have was discussed too. I got to ask all my questions and walked away with a patient pack with so much information in it, including a full CV of the surgeon and information on the patient aftercare process too.

Fast forward almost a year, where life just got in the way to be honest and I put my own wants on the back-burner a little bit, and I re-booked an initial consultation with the intention of actually booking the surgery.
I had my surgical consultation on the 29th March with Mr Allwin Gnanajebamani. He looked at my nose and overall facial structure and discussed with me what I wanted and how we could achieve this surgically.
One of the most reassuring parts of the consultation, strangely enough, was him explaining the realities of getting a Rhinoplasty/Nose Job, and how it can heal in different ways and the broken bones re-aligning differently, in order to keep my expectations realistic. Why was this reassuring? Because it meant I wasn't being sold an unrealistic dream, or something that wasn't achievable with the current structure and shape of my nose.
I left the surgical consultation with Mr Gnanajebamani feeling very secure I was in the right hands to alter something that had affected my confidence my entire life, because at the end of the day it's right in the middle of my face!

This whole process with Harley Medical has been so straightforward that I didn't even go for a consultation with any other clinics, I just felt so comfortable and confident with them. Not to mention the ladies at the Cardiff Clinic are genuinely so friendly and lovely, always have answers for my questions and reply to my calls and emails so quickly. I'm sure everyone has different experiences and feelings when researching cosmetic surgery and I wholeheartedly encourage you to look around for the best clinic/company to suit you so that you find the right one, even if that means 'shopping around' with a few different (and mostly free from what I've seen) initial consultations. 

One of the strangest things I have noticed and I do want to admit in this post, is that the closer I get to the surgery the more anxious and focused on my nose I'm getting again. The reason I say the word admit, is because I want to be completely honest with this post. I wasn't expecting to feel like this again with the knowledge it's going to change, but I'm almost resenting my nose in a way. I don't want photos taken of me, and I've noticed I've started to turn my face away from the camera again. It's become the smallest of issues, because while I'm experiencing new things in life, I'm reluctant to have any photos of myself pre-Rhinoplasty.

At the time of publishing this we are now less than 1 week to go until my surgery day.
On the morning of Thursday the 13th July I'm having the procedure done in a Harley Medical hospital in London, with an overnight stay and heading home on the 14th being what I know will be a really whiney and needy Lucy!
I'm a complete mix of super excited, nervous, scared, happy... mostly though I'm genuinely looking forward to waking up after my surgery and knowing that the hard bit is done and I've taken control of making myself more confident and happy in my appearance.

So there ya go...
This is Part 1 (Pre-Op), there will be a Part 2 (Post-Op) and Part 3 (3 Months On) in order to provide a full picture of the process for anyone who is interested, and I'll update this post with the links to those posts once they're up!

But please, if you have any questions or queries or even just want to be nosey (pun totally intended), please please please ask in the comments below or message me on one of my Social links below and I'll do my best to answer! 
I know I would have loved to feel comfortable doing that with other people, so I definitely want you guys to feel comfortable doing it with me.

Ciao! xx
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