Being out in nature is one of my favourite things to do. I love filling my lungs with fresh air and taking time out to relax in the peace and quite and appreciate the work of Mother Nature. I realise how much of a hippie I sound, but it's so so true. I love the City but it doesn't have the same effect on me as nature does. I've spent a lot of time stuck in bed ever since I became unwell with M.E. and getting out to the open air makes me so happy. Having the wind blow through my hair and hearing the birdsong in my ears is normally just what I am in need of. I've blogged about this place before, but when it's so beautiful it's allowed to be blogged about time and time again. This is one of my favourite places to go to and it's only a half an hour drive away from my boyfriend's house. You wouldn't think that the City of Madrid is a half an hour drive away from this would you?!
I am aware how weird my arm looks in this photo. But let's ignore that. Fanta advert anyone?
My element is definitely water. I love being close to the water, I find it so calming. We were too high for me to dip my feet into the water this time, seeing as you know... we were basically in the clouds. Whenever I'm stood (or more likely sat with my poorly legs!) with miles of water in front of me - be it the sea or a lake, I'm always so intrigued as to what creatures lurk in the depths of the water. Considering this lake is one of the biggest lakes in all of Spain, I'm guessing some pretty large fish call these waters home! My Brother often watches 'Extreme Fishing' on TV, it's enough to make anyone scared of mysterious open waters, some of the fish are bigger than fully grown men! Ahhh! Maybe I should be grateful I couldn't dip my feet in after all.
You can't have a post title with the word 'hippie' in it and not include at least one 'back to nature' photo.
What would you say your element is? Are you water like me? Earth? Wind? Maybe you're red hot fire?
Where is your favourite place to go to when you need an escape from day to day life?
Peace & love
Aimee Mullins for Alexander McQueen
Debbie Van De Putten for La Sanota Lingerie
With London Fashion Week in full flow, I thought there couldn't be a better time to share this post. As an ambassador for disabled representation within the fashion industry, fashion week is always a time that brings mixed feelings to me. I love seeing the new collections and admiring all of the beautiful clothes the designers have brought in for the next season, but whenever I check in and have a browse through all of the days highlights, I feel a sense of disappointment and upset that there are rarely any disabled models, or models with physical abnormalities being seen on the catwalk.
Chelsey Jay and Stef Reid for Models Of Diversity
I featured a blog post earlier this year titled Do disabled people belong in the fashion industry after a disabled model was seen on the runway during New York Fashion Week in the Carrie Hammer show. This was definitely a sight for sore eyes, but the question on my lips is was it a one off? Will other designers follow suit and feature more disabled models in their collection. If the likes of Alexander McQueen - arguably the Queen in more ways than one - have done, there's no reason why any other labels can't do the same.
Alex Minsky for Burkman Bros
Disabled models for BezGraniz Couture
I wanted to include some images in this post of some beautiful and inspiring models who are disabled or have physical abnormalities who have been seen on the runway in the past. These images highlight that disabled people DO have a place in the fashion industry, and disabled people as a whole demographic of people have a right to be represented.
What's your opinion on disabled models being featured on the runway? I'd love to know your thoughts, leave them in a comment below!
The best thing about memories, is making them
This little photo album is made up entirely of photos I've uploaded onto Instagram. Whilst I love the convenience of storing photos on my phone or laptop, I still think you can't beat a good old fashioned actual photo album. How else are you supposed to procrastinate during the yearly spring clean of drawers, or in my case, yearly browse through all of my possessions and consequently continuous 'aww-ing' at all of the lovely things I've kept that remind me of special people and special moments. I'm a sucker for a good ole spot of reminiscing.
Printrbook for Instagram is the simplest way to print Instagram photos, and there are lots of customisation options to choose from so you can make your album exactly how you want it. You can choose to print 25 or 50 photos depending on how you want to design your album. (I opted for 25 so the photos were one per page) You can also decide what photo you'd like to feature on the front cover, a title for your album and there is also space for some text on the first page which I think makes it that bit more personal.
My album mostly features photos of my favourite people, my dog and the beach, just because I wanted it to be a happy little book that I can flick through whenever I'm in need of a little pick-me-up, or photos that I can look back on in years to come that will make me feel happy! I'm really pleased with how the book turned out and at £10 I think they are such a good price and would make such a lovely gift too.
Printrbook are very kindly offering my readers 10% off, so if you'd like a Instagram album all of your own or want to treat a friend to one (Christmas is only 15 weeks away guys! Let's be prepared!) you can use my code eszti10 on their website. The discount is valid until November 13th so you have a while to upload all of your best snaps to feature in your album!
To order yours, or to find out more, visit their website: www.printrbook.com
What do you think about these Instagram albums? Is it something you'd like to get for yourself?