Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Birthday-photoshoot @ hayleyeszti
birthday-photoshoot @ hayleyeszti

Yesterday, I celebrated my 24th birthday. I don't normally make a fuss about my birthday and I never really have done, not even as a child. This year was different though. I celebrated because I could celebrate it. 

I have not been able to celebrate my birthday properly in four whole years. I was either in hospital, on the verge of being admitted into hospital, or just too ill.

24 is not an exciting age. It doesn't change anything, and it is not a milestone, but for me it is both of those things. For me I see it as being the start of a change, and being and feeling well on my birthday is a milestone in itself with my journey since I became unwell.

I intend on making the year of being 24 great. I will make up for missing out on all of the things I should have done, and wanted to do when I was 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23. Things most people take for granted. I will not. I will appreciate every little thing because I am unbelievably thankful to be here, alive, and happy.

Cheers to that!
Now I'm going to eat loads more cake. Holla at me if you want a slice.

All the love.


Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Happy New Year! I might be a little late in wishing you all the best for the upcoming year, but like 90% of the human population I have been in a food coma and dazed and confused about what day it is and who I am. I blame the wine for that one.

With every new year comes new opportunities, new memories to make, new people to meet, and new goals to aim towards. As for my blog, I have some big goals for 2016. I hope you will continue to follow me on my journey, and continue being the most wonderful readers. Hayley-Eszti will soon be having a complete re-launch too which I am excited about, and I'll be mixing a few things up. Watch this space!

I'm not one to get into all of that new year new me stuff, instead I want to focus on ways everyone can make this year a great one.

Now is the only moment that really matters. Don't postpone happiness. 

Because spontaneity makes for some of the best memories.

Love yourself. Love your family, your friends and your pets.
Show love. Make love.

Need I say more?

Give to others. Donate to charity. Give blood. Help an old lady cross the road. Do things that will help and benefit others, because that is what life is really about.

Yes to opportunities, yes to adventures, yes to trying new things, yes to leaving your comfort zone. Welcome the unexpected (unless it's a giant spider on your pillowcase)

But never risk what you can't afford to loose.

You little rebel you...

Life it too short.

Be grateful for all that you have and never take anything or anyone in your life for granted. 

Cheers to a very happy, positive year!


This Christmas, I'm going to sparkle

Thursday, 17 December 2015

green-sequin-dress @ hayleyeszti

The Christmas parties and festivities are now in full swing, and Christmas time is the best time to get glammed up and make ourselves look and feel extra special. 

Never one to blend into a crowd, I normally try to avoid a classic black dress for Christmas time. Now, don't get me wrong, it's a classic for a reason, but it's such a firm favourite that everyone ends up wearing one and the whole party looks like it was sponsored by the LBD itself. This year my Christmas party dress is this dazzling green sequin dress, I think it is absolutely stunning and perfect for a special Christmas or New Years Eve party. I mean, there is never going to be a better time to look like a walking sparkling bauble than the week before Christmas!

This sassy little number came from a website which is new to me called Banggood who have some gorgeous women's fashion clothing. It is double lined and cost just under £20, I couldn't be happier with it. 

Of course I had to pair it with a firm favourite of mine this season, these killer thigh high lace up boots.

green-sequin-dress @ hayleyeszti
Green-sequin-dress-style @ hayleyeszti
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green-sequin-dress-style @ hayleyeszti
thigh-high-laceup-boots-style @ hayleyeszti


What's your Christmas party outfit like this year?

Merry Christmas to you all.
All the love in the world.

Stay stylish this winter | Esprit gift guide

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

I don't know about you, but I find that Christmas shopping can be such a stress. I much prefer browsing online from the comfort of my own sofa. Shopping list in one hand, cup of tea in the other.

This year Esprit.co.uk has been the place I've bought so many presents for the lovely women in my life. I've bought a few bits for the men in my life from there too. I've mostly been buying clothes and accessories as there is pretty much everything you could need all under one roof website, which just makes shopping so much easier when you can get so much of it done all in one place. There is also a homeware section full of some super cute bits and bobs. I had to stop myself from buying all of the penguin cushions. I thought I'd put together a little winter shopping/Christmas gift guide full of my favourite Esprit fashion picks.


Now ladies, Christmas is a time for giving, and spreading joy and love, and what better way to do that than with some seductive lingerie? You'll be giving yourself the pleasure of feeling sexy and sassy, and if the special someone in your life is lucky enough to see you in them, they will certainly have a gift to remember too! 


We all know that the festive season is the time that the LBD comes out in full force. So whether you want to go for something more casual that you can dress up or down like the faux suede or the black skater dress, or go full on glamorous in velvet and lace, you'll be glowing more than the twinkling lights on your Christmas tree in any of them.

December is fun, but December is also cold. VERY cold. Stay warm and stylish with some of these Esprit winter warmers. From faux fur coats, fluffy jumpers and socks, to leather essentials. Staying warm never had you looking so good!


I'm cold but I'm happy

Sunday, 13 December 2015

white-fur-coat @ hayleyeszti
white-fur-coat @ hayleyeszti
white-fur-coat-style @ hayleyeszti
cream-fur-coat-style @ hayleyeszti
white-fur-coat-fashion @ hayleyeszti
winter-beach @ hayleyeszti

As the sun begins to set on this year past, I am finding myself reflecting back on the past twelve months. I've spent hardly any time in hospital, my health has continued to improve and whilst I still have a long way to go, I couldn't be happier because I've been able to do things I would never have dreamt I would be able to just a few years ago. I have achieved so much both personally and professionally.

I have made mistakes. I have learnt. I have been on TV. I have cried. I have laughed. 

And until my blood returns to the ocean,
until I am the air in the lungs of the brave,
and until I am the dust of all that is free,
I will continue growing. Loving. Living.


She In The Black

Saturday, 5 December 2015

All-black-outfit-inspiration @ hayleyeszti
black-criss-cross-top @ hayleyeszti
black-cross-over-top @ hayleyeszti
winter-boho-style-inspiration @ hayleyeszti

In the spirit of festive fun and giving to those that you love this season, I have some good news to share with the people online that I love. (That's you guys in case you didn't catch on.) Not only can you still get 10% off all shoes and boots at Spylovebuy.com with my code 'HE10' but they still have an epic sale on. Reduction on existing reductions?! Ladies, make moves.

Other good news - I have another shop to inform all of you bargain hunting babes about called She In. I hadn't heard of them before a few weeks ago, but after coming across them via a wish list blog post I saw whilst doing my daily blog reading, I checked out their website and found many, many gems. This sassy crossover top is a She In number and I've had my eye on these for a while now so I am pleased to finally have one in my life. I'm sure I will wear the death out of  it before the year is through because it's just one of those tops that goes with everything, and it's ideal for layering too. I mean, let's not beat around the bush here, it shows a lot of cleavage (not that there is anything wrong with that) but it still looks cute worn with a top underneath for a layered, slightly more covered up look for when cleavage is maybe not the best shout or when it's simply far too chilly outside for that nonsense.


Top* SheIn |Boots Spy Love Buy *Get 10% off with code HE10* | Hat Topshop | Necklace Charmed Ivy | Bag Similar here |

Other unrelated, however still good news comes from my Instagram. This week marks a year since my story appeared in the national press and since the start of my story being shared globally. View the national press and media page to read it. It has been such an amazing year in terms of my work and spreading the positive message surrounding chronic illness, and inspiring others, and the ongoing love and support I receive online means the world to me. To see the full post and me getting slightly emotional on IG, click here. Here's to another great year!


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.