LIFESTYLE | Week #13

Topshop Double Heights Sandals, London Retro 'Reggie' Glasses, Flatlay
So happy it's been sandals weather (when it's not been raining...)

Hey! So how are you? This week has been quite quiet as I was on IVs but I finished them on Friday, woohoo! I was on them for three weeks so I was very happy to have a proper bath again instead of those pathetic shallow things. My health has been very up and down this week, right now I'm kinda struggling to breathe but hopefully with a lot of physio and extra nebs (nebulised medicines) my lungs will start behaving because next Sunday I'm going to Ireland to see my grandparents! I so cannot wait, I didn't get to go last year for all kinds of reasons (mainly ill health, nothing new there hey?) but luckily they came and visited us lots. But it'll be so nice to be back in Donegal!

So I'll be counting down the days til then! For now here's a little recap of this week.

I went | To check out the newly revamped Origins space at John Lewis on Oxford Street - I won't say too much on this as I have a whole post coming up but what I will say is it is gorge. Afterwards there were cocktails at The Edition Hotel which was super lovely #ThirstyThursdays right?

I watched | The Fault In Our Stars. Perhaps unsurprisingly I'm not really a fan of films where young people die of illnesses so I had no interest in watching this but yesterday morning it was just on so I ended up giving in and seeing what the hype was about. Wasn't as awful and cheesy as I thought it was gonna be but I also didn't cry and now I'm afraid I'm dead inside. 

I bought | A dress. A white lacy dress. I know, very unlike me. But I have my niece's christening next month and apparently I can't wear black (say whaaaat?) so I bought this little number with vouchers I'd been saving since Christmas. That's willpower there!


I loved | I should have mentioned this a long time ago but there's been a campaign recently called Salty Girls by a Canadian photographer who has taken photos of women with Cystic Fibrosis to show the impact CF has on the body. There's been a lot of talk of body image recently with  #WeAreTheThey with people of all sizes getting involved and generally saying they feel under or misrepresented by the media and I've just been thinking well every body shut up because I see all your kinds of bodies all the time and it is people like me that are not talked about. As a slim girl people often say I've got a nice figure but what they don't see are the scars from various operations, my IV line when it's in, the bump where my port is and most obviously the feeding tube that's in my stomach (blurry pic here!) I used to be so embarrassed about it, like I'd get changed separately from everyone else in PE and even now you'll never catch me in a bikini. So the ladies that posed for these pictures are my heroes, to see people so proud and unashamed is such an inspiration to me. Body confidence is something that I've struggled with massively in the past and I wish I had seen these photos as a teen because I used to feel like a freak. I'm still not very comfortable with the fact I have a feeding tube (although I've had one for 20 years so it's not like I haven't had time to get my head around the idea...) but I'm also accepting that without it I'd be very ill and without it and all the other marks on my body I wouldn't be alive so really I should be grateful for it rather than cursing it for being ugly! And after being so ill at points this past year it has hit home more than ever that as long as you're healthy on the inside what you look like on the outside means nothing. It's crazy to think that I'd let something that is literally an inch big affect my confidence so much! Finally, if anyone else has a problem with my tube then quite frankly, they're just ignorant. But it's my hope that campaigns like this will educate people and that things like this will be a bit more 'mainstream' as too many people are embarrassed to have things like feeding tubes and scars. It's nothing to be ashamed about. 

How was your week? Did you cry at TFIOS or are you a robot like me? I'd also love to hear your thoughts on the Salty Girls! 


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44 comments:

  1. Yay for your upcoming trip to Ireland! I hope you're feeling better and get to have a delicious bath. ;) I haven't seen that film but I know I'd hyperventilate lol.

    That project sounds awesome and I think you have the right attitude, your beautiful life is the more important than any scars you may have or your feeding tube. Remember, you're an absolute rockstar!

    Tara x

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  2. That project sounds awesome! And I agree with Tara, you are a rockstar regardless of any scar or feeding tube. Also, that dress is BEAUTIFUL. I might have to hunt this one down xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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  3. Hope that the antibiotics work and you can head off to Ireland. The John Lewis opening sounds like great fun love JL. Glad that the sandals and a new white dress are making there way out. This weekend is my birthday so I am hoping for nice weather and good food Lucy x

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  4. I wept at The Fault in our Stars. As did my brother and boyfriend.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  5. I was suppose to go to the Origins opening as well last Thursday but my trains got cancelled. I could have met you missy. Xx

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  6. I saw the Salty Girls project a couple of days ago and thought it was pretty awesome! All of the women seemed like fantastic people :) I hope that you have a great time in Ireland! xxx

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  7. I didn't cry when watching the movie but I did when I read the book. Also that white dress is so nice!

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  8. That Salty Girls project seems so awesome! They are gorgeous shots, and shows CF in a light I haven't seen before. Hopefully it will get people to actually read up on it, and not just assume things!


    I've been wanting to do a photography project on those with Fibromyalgia, but the thing is, having the energy to go places and photograph people...so it's a bit of a double edge sword for me! I don't want to start asking around, if I feel too tired to do it :(


    I haven't watched TFIOS for that reason. I don't think I'll feel anything whilst watching it? So I think it's best for me just to not watch it at all haha.


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  9. Nicola Jayne Robinson10 May 2015 at 14:31

    Hahaha you made me laugh about the TFIOS comment.... i did cry but then I spent most of Xmas sobbing over the penguin advert so no surprises there!!

    champagnelambrinibudget.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. Have fun on your trip, Josie. I'm sure you'll be fine by then! :) Get some rest for sure. And how awesome is that Salty Girls project. This is the first time I'm seeing it. Those girls just kick A$$.

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  11. Hi Josie haven't visited your blog in a while, hope your well hun x Oh i have watched the fault in our stars i wasn't a big fan of it me i felt a bit let down by the film tbh!


    Jess x
    www.momentsofbeautywars.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Congrats for finishing your exams!! Cool sandals and nail polish.
    Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog - Valeria Arizzi

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  13. daisychaindream10 May 2015 at 18:00

    Ooh yay for an Ireland trip, fingers crossed for naughty lungs being on best behaviour! x

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  14. hey girl, these sandals have me pining for summer so that i can whack out the same ones, everyday i throw open my blinds like 'is is warm enough for those birks yet?!?!??!' also, i have to admit that the fault in our stars did get me, but so did that kid dancing on brits got talent last night so there ya go…. the film was pretty darn cliche when you think about it! you are a complete and utter trooper and seem to be positive regardless of you struggling with body confidence etc, so go you!! this project and your blog must be such massive help with others who have CF so keep it up. (this is one heck of an essay but I'm not finished just yet)! that zara dress is so pretty, I'm like you, colour is just a HELL NO kinda thing so this is the next best thing. x

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  15. Hope you can head off to Ireland :) Thanks for posting :) I love the sandals of the pic :D

    http://lovelyattitude.com

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  16. I saw salty girls last week and i LOVE it, such an amazing photography project! Totally agree with you regarding women complaining about being unrepresented. It's photos like those that show how beautiful so many people are no matter what size or scars they might have! Hannah x
    www.raisinheart.com

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  17. I really doubt I'd cry at that film either. To be fair, I am yet to ever cry at a film...but I've skipped this as it doesn't sound the most cheery!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  18. The dress you bought for the christening is so so pretty, they have some really nice bits in at the moment!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  19. Better than the movie, the Honest Trailer:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hKpOi09qqE

    Congrats to you for not letting it manipulate you!


    Conversely, this HT always makes me weep... with laughter (Dumb Robot Movie, love):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fupWquPNoTc



    The Skyfall one is good for a giggle, too.

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  20. I love everything Birks or Birk inspired ahh!


    www.katinalindaa.com

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  21. I thought I'd be a mess because I cry at things like Jeremy Kyle but nope - nothing! Ah thank you so much Tara, you're so lovely! x

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  22. Thank you Sam <3 It's even nicer in real life, I love it so much! x

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  23. Thank you Lucy! Oh I hope you had a lovely birthday :) x

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  24. I really thought I would because I cry at everything! x

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  25. Oh what a shame, would've been lovely to meet you! Hopefully another time x

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  26. They do, don't they? Thank you Carly! x

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  27. I haven't read the book! Thank you, I can't wait to wear it x

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  28. So much of CF is hidden so I love how educational these photos have seen! And the girls look beautiful too. I hope one day you get to do your photography project, it sounds amazing! x

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  29. I'm like that too usually so I'm so surprised that this didn't move me at all haha! x

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  30. Thanks Emmy! They're amazing ladies aren't they? x

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  31. Hey Jess! I'm good thanks how are you? A lot of people have told me the book is better, have you read it? x

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  32. Thanks but IVs aren't exams, they're medicines haha! x

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  33. Essay comments are the best! I usually cry at everything so why TFIOS didn't move me I shall never know. BGT is the worst, when they start playing 'I'm The World's Greatest' I'm just in bits haha! Thank you so much lovely x

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  34. The only thing similar I'd seen was when people were posting selfies with their colostomy bags but nothing 'professional' like this! I'm so with you on the Dove campaigns, I wonder how many women can actually relate to those photos? x

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  35. I cry at everything so I was so surprised I didn't blub at this! It actually wasn't too depressing, there was lots of funny bits too x

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  36. Thank you! I hadn't shopped in Zara for the longest time because I kind of went off it but they had loads of lovely things in x

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  37. OMG! I am cracking up, how have I never seen this channel before? Too funny, thank you for this haha x

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  38. Well said Josie. Body snark affects everyone and it needs to stop. The media needs to stop banging on about 'perfection' and realise they're causing depression and eating disorders with their disgusting policing of women's bodies. Yeah, it's almost always women's bodies they focus on and it's sexist bollocks. Enjoy your trip! xx

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  39. I hope you enjoy your trip to Ireland! I saw Salty Girls on Buzzfeed and I thought it was such a good idea - I didn't realise just how much CF can affect your body on the outside, so it's great that the project can raise awareness and educate people xx

    Toasty

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