Homeless Youths | Important issues

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Winter is coming. Over the weekend half of the UK woke up to snow and ice cold temperatures but I'm sure most of us didn't have to worry about finding somewhere 'warm' and dry to spend the night.

Every now and then I like to use this blog and the voice I have on here to do some good and raise awareness surrounding important issues. Today that important issue is youth homelessness.

Defining homelessness:
People sleeping rough; single homeless people living in hostels, shelters and temporary supported accommodation; statutorily homeless households; and the ‘hidden homelessness’ which are people not recognised on national statistics such as squatters, and sofa crashers.

Winter is only just beginning. The months ahead are only going to get colder and wetter. Could you imagine having to face the prospect of not having anywhere permanent to live comfortably and safely? Possibly having to spend long cold nights on the streets and dealing with all of the dangers and difficulties that go hand in hand with that? Imagine the emotional impact that has on a person, not to mention the health risks, both physically as well as mentally.
That is why homeless charities and shelters are so important. Organisations like Norwich based 'The Benjamin Foundation' who help to provide accommodation to around 100 vulnerable young people in Norfolk aged between 16 and 25 years old whom without the charity, could be faced with a life on the streets. 

Understating homelessness
Since I decided I was going to write this article, I have been discussing the issue of homelessness with other people and getting their views on it. The response I got back was often quite shocking. A lot of people I spoke to had such a serious lack of understanding towards homelessness, a lack of sympathy and maybe even worse than that, showed little interest or desire to help simply implying people become homeless as a result of their own actions. One person even saying that they deserve it. Not only did this upset me immensely, but their ignorance disappointed me. We need to look at the bigger picture and realise that every situation is different, but NOBODY deserves to be homeless.

Every homeless person, and specifically here - homeless youths, have their own individual stories as to why they have ended up that way. There is no single reason why someone can end up without a home. Personal circumstances and wider factors both play their part, but for youths they often revolve their family having broken up around them and at some time in their life - maybe as a young child, maybe recently. Some may have been street homeless at some point in their lives but most won't have. Instead they have have been in children's homes, in B&Bs funded by the local authority or perhaps staying at a friends house.

Not having a home can make it harder for individuals to live a normal life, find a job, stay healthy and maintain relationships. The Benjamin Foundation and charities like it give young homeless people a chance at life. They offer them crucially important help and support and build them towards being independent which means helping them with their education, training, jobs and life skills. That chance at life could change their lives and without that resource, you can only imagine what kind of dark path these young people may have had to face. A path which we must remember, sadly, is still being walked upon by those who are not so lucky, or those who have not been given the opportunity for a brighter future through such charities. We know that many homeless people will struggle with alcohol and drug abuse and crime. If we can potentially prevent that from being a young persons way or life, we are giving somebody a chance and I think chance is the key word here.

Creating positive change and attitude towards youth homelessness
Earlier this month, some friends of mine took part in a charity event called The Sleep Out. This is where people get sponsored to sleep rough in an attempt to raise vital funds and awareness for youth homelessness. Over 2000 people took part in 13 locations across the UK. It is a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds to support the work the charity does and the work that is being done surrounding housing and homelessness. We realise the event does not replicate what it is like to be without a home, but it does give a small taster.

I couldn't take part for medical reasons but as an issue I feel is incredibly important, I wanted to still do my bit to help (hence this article.) In Norwich alone around £16,000 was raised. This is much needed money that will do a lot of good and I urge you to consider donating to The Benjamin Foundation - click here - or to your local homeless charity or shelter. There are many ways you can do your bit and get involved in helping the ever growing need for support. Fight the stigma, be the change.

Jamie said this about his night spent on the street:
"The night started off fairly mild and the spirit in camp was brilliant. After about midnight the weather changed and it was absolutely freezing, we got rained on, had no cover and it suddenly got really windy. It was an amazing experience and it made me appreciate that I have a roof over my head."

That for me hits the nail on the head. There are 80,000 known cases of youth homelessness in the UK. We are incredibly lucky to have a warm, dry, safe place to live and sleep. Something many of us take for granted. Appreciate what you have and remember not everyone is so lucky.

Special thanks to The Benjamin Foundation and Jamie Minors of Minors & Co for contributing.


Winter sun

Friday, 13 November 2015

I love sunshine. It's no secret that I am a big time sun worshipper. Those sunny winter days are a sight for sore eyes, and it means I get to wear my sunglasses with a big coat and feel like one of the celebs being papped for Hollywood life. 

Sunglasses are also kind of a god send at times, they hide a multitude of sins, am I right ladies?
The Sunglasses Shop are my go to place to shop for sunnies, there's something for everyone and everything is such good quality. I picked out these Ray Ban Erika sunglasses and I just love them. Ray Ban is such a classic choice and in my opinion you can't go wrong with Ray Ban sunglasses. They protect your eyes, AND make your winter outfit look effortlessly cool. *cool dude emoji*

I'm also all over the camel coat again this year. This vintage one is really over sized but so so snug, it's almost like I am wearing a sleeping bag, only I'm not because that would be weird.

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10 things about being an extrovert

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Ah, the extrovert. They are outgoing, social, confident and at times bloody annoying. There is never a dull moment when you're around an extrovert. Rarely ever peace and quite either.

10 things about the glorious extrovert:

You're used to being asked if you are drunk a lot. Yes, of course I am drunk at 2pm on a Tuesday...
I'm just high on life

Some people will find it kinda embarrassing to be seen with you in public because of how 'out there' you can be, but you don't really care. You're just happy being yourself doing your thing. (Quite possibly whilst wearing a multicoloured rainbow coat and a cowboy hat)

Contrary to popular belief, you CAN actually do things on your own. You just prefer doing them with other people.
You can also read and yes, you do have brain cells.

You're never really sure what to do when you are out on your own. Do I just... sit here?

'You're such a flirt!' are words you'll hear often.
 Sorry for trying to be friendly.

You have a lot of friends because you make friends wherever you go. You and the supermarket checkout girl are pretty much BFF's after you bonded over mutual frustration at the cost of tampons.
I say best friend, although you do have about 100 best friends.

You like to give extravagant gestures. Which aren't always appreciated.

The weekend can only possibly mean one thing.

... Which has probably resulted in a spontaneous act of foolishness because your friends thought it would be funny and you're always down for a laugh.

You're not afraid to pull out all of the stops to impress a potential suitor. You're adventurous and confident. but that doesn't mean it will always be a success story.

Because when extroverts do things they go full out. Failing at life included.


Inspired by pumpkins

Sunday, 25 October 2015

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If I stood next to an autumnal tree, I would definitely blend in. As I would if I went and stood in a pumpkin patch.

Orange is not a colour I would normally wear. But I couldn't resit this jumper which I found whilst browsing the rails in Topman with my brother. I'm sure cosy jumpers are now starting to overtake all of our wardrobes, so top tip; the men's department is SO much better for finding all of your snug essentials so if like me you are boyfriend-less and therefore can't get the legitimate 'boyfriend jumper just hit up the men's section and pretend. Maybe even whack on some Lynx for full effect...

I know this skirt is pretty short, but when you know very very cold days are fast approaching, you need to take full advantage of milder autumn days where you can wear a skirt without freezing to death or having to wear thick tights. *ugh* I think the skirt with my oversized fake boyfriend jumper and these fab thigh highs really works though. It's also great for doing that 'day to night' thing that Gok Wan and all of the women's mags love. Wear a cute lil top under this cosy jumper, ditch the jumper in the eve, and voilĂ  - from cosy daytime chic to sassy babe of the night.

What's your favourite thing about dressing for autumn? 


A letter to a healthy me

Monday, 19 October 2015

What would you do if your whole identity, your whole life and your entire existence is consumed by something you have absolutely no control over and never ever will? If your hopes and dreams for the future were suddenly smashed into a million pieces, never knowing if one day you will be able to piece them all back together or if you will have to accept they will never be achieved.

It's hard to emphasise how tough it is to live with a chronic illness. It's impossible to articulate the impact it can have on your emotions at times. As much as you try to live your life despite of the restrictions and obstacles, there will always be a part of you that longs for your old life. The life you enjoyed before being struck down. The life where you were completely free. Free to live how you pleased. Free to be you.

If you could go back in time and tell a younger you something, would you?

A letter to a healthy me:

Don't take a day for granted.
Don't waste a moment.
Live for the moment.
One day things will change and the things you do now without a second thought will be things you desperately long to do.
Say yes. Say yes to new opportunities and adventure. Yes to life.
Be spontaneous.
Be fearless. Life is too short to be scared of stupid stuff.

Savour the moments where you are truly happy doing what you love with the people you love. Those memories might one day be what you need to get you through the darkest of days when you are alone with only the beeping of the machine you are attached to for company.
Make memories.
Take lots of photos.
Film lots of videos.
Get drunk but never complain about having a hangover. Real suffering warrants complaining. Anything related to vodka definitely doesn't.
Sing at the top of your lungs. Dance. Laugh until your stomach hurts/you pee yourself.

Don't give a shit about what anyone else thinks of you, life is too short to miss out on things because you are worried what others will think or say.
Do YOU and do what you want for your own happiness. Don't waste time trying to please others if it is not pleasing yourself.
Avoid spending the whole day in bed. Someday you won't be able to do anything else but this. 

You have a good life right now. You're luckier than you realise - remember that, but most of all remember to look after yourself. 
Health is wealth and someday soon your body will make you poor. Until then, run free, walk tall, and enjoy every second of complete freedom.


September Sass

Saturday, 3 October 2015

I feel like it is such a blogging cliché to start a new post at the beginning of the month with 'how is it *insert month here* already?!' so I'm going to go ahead and say it. HOW ON EARTH IS IT OCTOBER ALREADY? Followed by an ':O' which if you were around in the days of MSN (ah, Da Gd OlD dAyZ) will know makes a shocked emoticon.

September was a great month for fashion. With fashion weeks around the globe showcasing new collections and all of the world's fashionistas showing us how sassy they are too. So with that in mind, I thought I would share a few of my favourite looks from bloggers from the month of September. I can't handle how gorgeous these ladies are! (H)

Anouska Protta Brandon

Here's to women looking this hot during October! Sssss


Boohoo does London Fashion Week

Sunday, 20 September 2015

London Fashion Week is well under way and hasn't it been great so far?

I haven't uploaded on the blog since summer (Life just got really busy) and now that summer is well and truly over *sobs* it means goodbye shorts, hello layers. I'm a big fan of layering and accessorising, that's where fashion and personal style gets really fun!

This dress is perfect for bringing in the start of autumn because it's warm enough to not need a jacket and the gorgeous berry wine colour is just perfect for this time of year. Boohoo have some amazing dresses in at the moment, from autumnal gems, statement dresses, and pieces perfect for layering up as much as you desire.

For London Fashion Week, you want to make a little bit of a statement though, which is why I opted for these killer knee high lace up boots also from Boohoo. They are amazing! I love watching the runway shows, but I also love seeing the street style. Fashion week is just great <3

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What has been your favourite collection of LFW so far?