Thursday, 22 January 2015

R E D




Photography: OUTRAGEOUS
Make up: TJMUA

Just some photos from a recent fun little photoshoot. I loved this red hair SO much!

It's my Birthday at the weekend *Balloon/party popper/dancing SeƱorita/cake emoji* so if anyone would like to be super nice in honour of that, I'd really appreciate it if you could vote/endorse me for a Health Hero award I am nominated for. The category I am under is 'Best In Show Blog' and it to show recognition for those that advocate for health conditions online. I'm flattered to have been nominated, so if you like my blog or some of the work I have done for awareness for chronic health issues, You can vote here: https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/11851

Thank you! If you vote, I'll send you some Birthday cake.

In other news, I'll soon be on YouTube! We are just sorting out some final things ready for the launch, but we're super excited! If you are on YouTube leave your channel links in a comment below :)


☮ &  

 photo BL_zps8f877611.png  photo googleplusbutton_zps14efe9dc.png  photo Twitterbutton_zpsf83e9eff.png  photo Instagrambutton_zpsb630e555.png

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Milestones

I don't really know how to begin this post. I'm sat here looking back at the milestones I have hit recently and it's all quite overwhelming. When I was in my hospital bed, or unable to move, remember who I was or where I was, or completely reliant on my family, I thought that was it, that was what my life would be like forever. I didn't anticipate that I'd one day be sat here years later writing this whilst feeling so happy that I can say I have done things that I once thought would never happen.

Throughout life we should experience things as a right of passage. Our first boyfriend/girlfriend, first kiss, graduation from university, first job, moving out for the first time, getting married, etc etc. But when you are suddenly faced with a complex chronic illness the right of passage no longer exists, it is no longer a right and instead becomes more an uncertain dream. We question if we'll ever be able to work, ever be able to move out, ever be able to have a family of our own, ever be normal. So instead we start to count on our fingers our milestones - things we have achieved since we became unwell, or since we had the accident or the major operation, or whatever it was that changed how the rest of our lives would be lived.

I celebrated this past weekend the fact I went on a train for the first time since I became unwell, something the old me would have taken for granted and not thought twice about, but for the current me it was a huge step and accomplishment, a huge milestone for my journey forward. Milestones can be big as well as small, but it is important to recognise them as they are proof that we are making steps forward and that is probably the biggest way to keep us in an optimistic and positive mindset. Over the past 5 months or so, my milestone list has rapidly been growing so I thought I'd share a few of them with you guys :)

Travelling to London to be there for my friend's baby shower. This was a double whammy for me as not only did I go on the train for the first time (on my own too!) but I also physically managed to endure the celebrations!
Train ride/sharing your lovely friend's (and bump's) special day which also included lots of cake and cuteness (The ideal place for a pig like me to be) - tick.

Going out socially for the first time in about 4 years
Being sassy with my favourite people - tick


Going on my first proper holiday abroad, it was only for 5 days and it was the most chilled holiday ever but it was perfect and a huge huge milestone.
Jolly holiday - tick

Being able to wear makeup for an entire day without the need to wash it off after 2 hours because it was physically burning your skin.
Looking more like a human and less like a zombie for an entire day - tick

Listening to an entire album without feeling like my ears were going to explode
Remembering what an Ipod is again - tick

Having my first alcoholic drink without having a fit (even if it was mostly lemonade with the tiniest dash of wine in it, it still counts!)
Being a wild wine drinking hooligan - tick

Going out without a wheelchair and just using crutches
Legs showing signs of not being completely hopeless - tick


So the moral of the blog post is to never let anyone, or worse, your own mind tell you that you can't do things. The key is to set yourself short and long term goals and never give up! whether you're ill or not, always acknowledge your milestones, big, small, serious or silly, and be proud of yourself for reaching them!

What are some of your biggest milestones? Let me know in a comment below!

P.S. I have been nominated for a health activist award, for the work I do on my bog, so if you enjoy my blog you can vote/endorse me here: https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/11851


☮ &  



 photo BL_zps8f877611.png  photo googleplusbutton_zps14efe9dc.png  photo Twitterbutton_zpsf83e9eff.png  photo Instagrambutton_zpsb630e555.png

Monday, 5 January 2015

Layered mesh and sultry sass

Hi beautiful humans!

It feels like so long since I last posted. I needed to take a little break away from blogging over the holidays to allow me to have as relaxed a Christmas as possible, which I did, it was so lovely! On the whole I felt really well which is a big improvement to the previous few years!

We're also all probably tired of hearing it by now but I want to wish you all the happiest new year, I really hope 2015 is everything you want it to be. I spent the first day of the year pencilling in lots of future plans, projects, and collabs in the diary which you will all be seeing as they unfold, so I'm really looking forward to what this year has in store. 2015 is also the year I am starting YouTube which will be happening very soon so watch this space!

So as this is my first post of the year, I thought we'd start as we mean to go on and I'd show you this sassy (my current favourite word) outfit. I absolutely love this layered mesh skirt, it's so beautiful. I wore it out on my first night out in 3 years on Christmas eve, which was a huge milestone for my health journey, and journey towards normality being restored in my life. (I spoke more about it on my Instagram, here) I'm hoping to be doing more fashion based stuff this year too, it was too difficult when I was so poorly so fingers crossed now I'm feeling a bit more alive than I was (still half dead, but alive nonetheless) I'll be up to the challenge of outfit photos and constantly hatin' on the sky over the lack of daylight. 


Trying to do that red carpet behind shoulder glance / Failing at getting a 'swooshy skirt' photo


Outfit Credits:
Black Mesh Crop Top: ohmylovelondon.com
Layered Maxi Skirt: fawnclothing.com
Embellished Clutch Bag:Similar here
Gold Trim Ankle Boots: Similar Here


Did you all have a nice Christmas? Tell me your new year's resolutions, I haven't thought of one yet!



☮ &  

 photo BL_zps8f877611.png  photo googleplusbutton_zps14efe9dc.png  photo Twitterbutton_zpsf83e9eff.png  photo Instagrambutton_zpsb630e555.png

Monday, 22 December 2014

Santa baby, slip a hot man under the tree, for me

So this is the last December treat from me to you this year and I have definitely saved the best until last! Don't be too sad though because you can still take full advantage of my previous treats - click for the Christmas graphics and printables designed by yours truly and the Spiced gingerbread granola recipe, phew!

Santa is a jolly, friendly ol' fellow whom children worldwide adore. He has that big fluffy white beard, the bowl full of jelly belly, the power, oh so much power! That's all great when you are an innocent kid, but when you are a grown up you don't care much for a glorified Grandad. We want sexy, we want a hot bearded man, and not a grey one! We want abs, tattoos, and we want a Santa that is going to get us all hot and bothered. The power to put is into a frenzy, adults DO want to be put on that naughty list!

So here you go ladies, and gay gents, here is one sexy Santa for you to drool over. ENJOY!



























Apologies to the 1% of straight men who read this blog. 

If you like what you see, go and follow this hunk on Instagram! Click here!


3 days to go! Ho Ho Ho!
Happy Christmas everyone!

☮ & 




Thursday, 18 December 2014

I'm dreaming of a healthy Christmas, just like the ones I used to know...

Excitedly spending the days in the lead up to the big day preparing last minute bits and pieces, cooking, baking, rushing to the shops to pick up the gift you somehow missed. Taking evening walks admiring all of the twinkling lights. Getting all dressed up and ready to paint the town red for the work Christmas party and your Christmas night out with friends, which will include too many glasses of wine and no doubt returning home in the early hours covered in tinsel and tacky props you accumulated throughout the night. This is the Christmas I used to know. It is a long way away from the Christmas I know now.

Christmas time is unbelievably tough when you have a chronic illness. It's tiring enough for healthy people. I will spend the rest of this week in bed, just so I can save up all of the energy I possibly can to give myself the best chance of being able to survive Christmas day. I always feel strange at this time of year, it was Christmas time that I first fell ill so it's both a happy time and a time of sadness and reflection for me. It marks my illiversary and I remember waking up in a hospital bed with Christmas decorations surrounding me, something that normally makes you feel happy and warm inside, but instead feeling the worst I have ever felt in my life. 



Deck the chair with lights and faux fur, tra la la la laaaa

This year I will probably be lucky enough to be able to get out of bed on Christmas morning. I might even be able to get dressed if I'm lucky. I will probably need help cutting my Christmas dinner as I will be exhausted by dinner time, and I will likely spend the rest of the afternoon asleep or in front of the TV with pain meds at the ready and heat pads covering my entire body. There will be no glasses of wine, there will be no crazy festive antics. I will very much be watching from the sidelines just trying to hold it together. I will enjoy watching my family have fun but there will be a part of me that feels guilty. I can see they are upset to have another Christmas where Hayley (who is the biggest lover of Christmas in the entire family) is poorly. 

I just wanted to share this because I feel like a lot of people put so much emphasis on the materialistic side of Christmas. That isn't what it is all about though. Christmas is about being with your loved ones and having a lovely time together. Appreciating each other and appreciating life. There's more to Christmas than expensive gifts and trying to out-do your neighbours with the lights on the walls of your house. I might not get to have the perfect Christmas, but I will appreciate the small things I can do. Written at the top of my Christmas list for the past three years has been 'To get better' but somehow I don't think even Santa can give me that. It's a lot to ask for! Good health is the greatest gift we will ever receive, so remember that when you are disappointed that you didn't get everything you wanted. You probably already have the greatest gift and you don't even realise it. 



All the love in the world,




Monday, 15 December 2014

A mouthwatering treat from me to you with the Christmas countdown!

This weeks festive treat from me to you, comes more from a friend, to me, to you. I asked my oh so talented foodie friend and fellow blogger Sophia to share a festive recipe as I know how much people enjoy being in the kitchen and rustling up some delicious treats around the Christmas period. There's something so lovely about getting messy in the kitchen whilst listening to your favourite Christmas songs. She came up with a recipe for gingerbread spiced granola, which sounds DELICIOUS! It is also super healthy too, god knows we turn into such porky pigs in blankets around Christmas with all of the succulent sugary treats and heavy foods we indulge in so this is the perfect healthy alternative.

Sophia is another chronic illness fighter and she uses food as medicine. Her photos always make my mouth water and tummy rumble. If you love healthy food, I really would suggest checking out her Instagram @spooniesophia where she is fast becoming one of the best foodie accounts around. She also blogs at spooniesophia.wordpress.com where she shares more recipes, as well as blogging about other topics, from chronic illness to life in general. She is one of the 'Spoonful Of She' girls which is the YouTube channel I am starting in the new year so no doubt you will be hearing me talk more about her in the future! Thank you Sophia for the wonderful recipe!


Gingerbread Spiced Granola 



DRY
  • 3 1/4 cups gluten free oats
  • 1 cup pecans 
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp pink himalayan sat salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
WET
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 7
  2. Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix
  3. In a small pan over a low heat, melt the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. 
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour and spread the mixture evenly onto a a large baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, stirring after ten minutes. 
  6. Once the granola is browned remove from the oven and let cool completely on the pan.
  7. Store in airtight containers. Enjoy!










































Are you all prepared for the holidays yet? I'm starting to get so excited!


☮ & 




Monday, 8 December 2014

The Christmas countdown + more treats from me to you!

Today I have treat number 2 as part of the December treats and surprises with my countdown to Christmas. 17 days to go!

I've created some Christmas graphics/printables for you to use for whatever you like. (Personal use only) I think they'd be great for a festive themed phone/tablet home screen or computer desktop background. You could also print them as they would make cute little gift tags or put on display somewhere for decoration. I like to put some Christmas images in photo frames throughout December, it makes such a cute way to decorate!

I have designed and created all of these myself. I'm really enjoying playing around with graphic design at the moment!
Some of the graphics used are from the wonderful welivedhappilyeverafter.com and are for personal use only.

[Click images to enlarge]




























































Let me know if you will be using any of these, you can also tweet me photos @hayleyszucs - I'd love to see them being enjoyed and put to good use! 

Don't forget you can still receive a 10% discount at www.spylovebuy.com with my code HE10 - the offer is still running for one more week so make the most of it!

I also want to say thank you so so much for all of the support about me being featured in the national press last week. I've been so overwhelmed with the response and I truly appreciate your kind words and support!

☮ &