21/04/2016

A FEW THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN MAKING ME HAPPY RECENTLY...

ikea malm dressing table
My dressing table (a.k.a my happy place) - I've had this Ikea 'Malm' dressing table for about four years now and it has taken me SO long to get it set up in a way that I'm happy with. If I'm being honest this has mainly been because of the ridiculous amount of beauty products that I own #oops #beautybloggerprobs After a little bit of a declutter about a month ago I spent ages scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest to give me inspiration for a dressing table set up that I'd finally be happy with and I just love it so much; it feels really girly and so much more organised with just my favourite products on show (of course my beloved Urban Decay Naked Palette had to have pride of place!) As sad as it sounds I feel happy every time I sit here and get ready now and it makes a great background for my blog and Instagram photos too ;) 
sainsburys stationery
Getting organised with pretty stationery and keeping a daily gratitude journal - I kept a diary throughout my childhood and teenage years and it breaks my heart so much that I didn't keep any of them :( (I bet they'd be so hilarious to read back through!!) I decided recently that I wanted to start a daily gratitude journal as a kind of 'grown up diary' and to remind myself of all of the little things that make me happy each day as well as the things I manage to achieve despite my health limitations.  I've also been determined to get myself into a regular blogging schedule and I'm really loving having a blogging diary to get everything organised. I'm a planner and I love a good list so it really helps me to write all of my ideas down and know what I'm working on and what needs to be done when.
spring capsule wardrobe
Sorting out my wardrobe ready for Spring - A couple of weeks ago I was feeling a little fed up and completely sick of the sight of my winter wardrobe as it felt like I'd been wearing the same jumpers/jeans/leggings/parka/boots on rotation for months and months and months. I had a weekend without any plans so it felt like the perfect opportunity to have a big old wardrobe sort out ready for spring and my oh my, it made me feel so much better! I packed away all of my thick winter jumpers and my winter coat (my wardrobe is fairly small so I like to only have clothes that are suitable for the current season in there) I also had a trying on session of all of my spring-appropriate clothes and sorted them into piles of keep and donate to charity, and then I spent ages on Pinterest looking for outfit ideas and stalking capsule wardrobe guides so that I could make a list of what was missing in my wardrobe. There's still a couple more bits and bobs I'd like to add (number one on my payday wishlist is a denim dungaree dress!) but I've been feeling so much happier with my outfits and I've really been enjoying choosing what to wear each morning rather than just wearing the same jumpers on rotation. I'm trying to share my outfits regularly on my Snapchat (hollybean27) if you fancy having a peak :) 
the chocolate lovers club carole matthews
Reading The Chocolate Lovers' Club Book Series by Carole Matthews - I actually read the third one of these as my Christmas book last year and I absolutely loved it, but I hadn't realised it was part of a series until I finished it and luckily my Mumma had the first two so she lent them to me. It did feel a bit strange to read the first two after already knowing some of the things that happened (I absolutely hate reading/watching things in the wrong order!!) but I'm so pleased I'm up to date with the whole series now as they're some of my favourite books I've ever read and the fourth one 'The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding' is going to be out soon which I'm super excited to read too :) If you like chocolate then believe me you will love these books, although I have to warn you they do give you the biggest chocolate cravings ever!!

What's been making you happy recently? :)

Love Holly xo

28 comments:

  1. Lovely photography! I'm definitely going to look into The Chocolate Lover' series, sounds perfect!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much my lovely, you made me day saying that :) I honestly can't recommend them enough they're such a happy read :)
      Love Holly x

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    1. Thank you so much lovely :)
      Love Holly x

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  3. My dressing table is my happy place too, especially if everything is well organised! Lovely post :)

    Yiota
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com.cy

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    1. Thank you so much my lovely I'm glad you enjoyed it and that I'm not the only one hehe <3 :)
      Love Holly x

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  4. Absolutely love your pictures! They're just SO pretty. You just got a new follower :)

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

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    1. Thank you so, so much my lovely you absolutely made my day :) :)
      Love Holly x

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  5. Yep it's so difficult organising makeup when you got a truck load haha. I mean i just finally finished organising my makeup and brushes, it took forever.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. Hehe I'm so pleased you understood what I meant! It honestly is like a work of art getting them all organised ;)
      Love Holly x

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  6. I need to sort out all my makeup and bits and bobs. I have so much I have no idea where to start!
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    1. Good luck with doing them lovely, I was like that too but it felt so much better afterwards even if it was a right old mission!!
      Love Holly x

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  7. Your dressing table and wardrobe look perfect. It would definitely make me happy to have those :)

    - Courtney
    courtneylthings.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much my lovely :) They really are my pride and joy hehe!
      Love Holly x

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  8. I have a gratitude journal too, and it's amazing - you really focus on the good. Your dressing table is amazing!! Looks so good.

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

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    1. They're such a great way of keeping happy and positive aren't they, I'm so pleased I started one :) Thank you so much :) <3
      Love Holly x

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  9. Your dressing table is lovely, I adore the way it's set up! Pretty stationary makes me happy too, there's just something about it! Those books sound really good, I must add them to my "to read" list xxx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much my lovely, I'm so happy with it :) Hehe there really is! Let me know what you think if you do read them, I can't recommend them enough :)
      Love Holly x

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  10. I love your dressing table, it's definitely not sad that you enjoy sitting there. A spring clean of my wardrobe is on my to-do list, I've lost 2 stone so need to go through & work out what still fits & pull forward all my spring appropriate items. I've been looking for book recommendations, so will definitely be checking out The Chocolate Lover's series! Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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    1. Thank you so much my lovely, I'm glad you understood what I meant hehe! :) That's fantastic well done you! Hope you have lots of fun doing it, I love nothing more than a good old sort out and organise :) They're so good I hope you enjoy them <3
      Love Holly x

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  11. I love your dressing table, I'm so excited for when I finally get one! x
    Sweet Dreams

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    1. Thank you so much my lovely :) Every girl needs somewhere pretty to get ready!
      Love Holly x

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  12. I love your dressing table set up!! I think it's such a neat idea to keep a gratitude journal :)

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    1. Thank you so much my lovely, I'm so pleased with it :) It's been making me so happy keeping one I really recommend it!
      Love Holly x

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  13. I'm absolutely loving your new dressing table set up, it looks so pretty in all of your photos!!!! <3

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    1. Thank you so much my lovely :) I'm really loving it as a photo background atm!
      Love Holly x

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