Isn't it just fab when you pick up an amazing find in a vintage shop? Just that happened when this Tommy Hilfiger duster was found in a vintage shop by my friend in L.A and it's so perfect for layering in the summer evenings as the temperature starts to drop, I love it!
I also think we should take a moment to appreciate how amazing Regal Rose are. I'm wearing their hand chain and necklace and I'm so impressed with the quality! If you want good quality jewellery that is cool and still a statement, and let's face it, your standard jeweller on the High Street may do quality but they probably don't really do cool or statement (unless you count those massive gold chains with bulldogs and boxing gloves on the end which are definitely a statement but not in a good way) then definitely check them out - www.regalrose.co.uk*
I also just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for me for Positive Role Model in the National Diversity Awards, see my post here to read more - I was so overwhelmed by all of the lovely things everyone said and all of the amazing support. You guys are seriously amazing! I'll find out in July if I made the shortlist so I'll be sure to keep you all updated. Thanks for always being such sassy babes x
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Today I have some really exciting news to share, and I also kind of want a favour...
Last week I woke up to find out I had been nominated for the National Diversity Awards for 'Positive Role Model' under the disability category. It is incredibly humbling and a lovely feeling to have been nominated, and to know that people are seeing the work I do and what I try to represent and supporting it is actually quite surreal. To me I'm just little ol' me, a girl who is just doing what anyone would do in my situation.
For those of you who might not know what it is I do/have done/experienced, I'll try and explain all of that briefly in a few secs. What I'm really here to ask, is for your votes. You guys have supported me since the start after all, and many of you have been with me on my journey throughout everything. The way the voting system works is each nominee gets votes, and the people with the most votes get to go to the event in Liverpool in September where the UK's most inspirational people are all celebrated. I don't expect to win, but I really would love to make the event and to meet some of these amazing people. I hope being at the event will help promote more awareness and be a great step forward for my cause. (Not to mention the fact I have always wanted to go to Liverpool, I love me a Scouse accent!)
Why I was nominated.
I was nominated for the work I do to promote a positive image surrounding disability. When I was 19 I woke up one day unable to move, see or talk, having been perfectly fine the day before. I was diagnosed with a severe case of M.E about a year later, and within that year I became reliant on a wheelchair and care. I had lost my memory, was suffering serious seizures and I was incredibly unwell, so much so that I almost died on numerous occasions. It was within this time since becoming disabled and a full time ill person that I wanted to try and help people in the same situation, or similar ones to myself. I began campaigning for awareness for M.E and disability in general, equality, and education. Since then I've been featured in national newspapers, news outlets and magazines across the world, had TV interviews and made speeches at various events sharing my story. I have also of course, created this blog, where I try to show people that we are much more than any illness, any 'condition' and I try and promote positivity and encourage and support others, and to give people who may have lost it, a little hope that things do get better.
I have a profile on the Awards page here where I talk about my story a little more, and my press and media coverage is all listed here so I don't need to go too in depth here, but you kind of get the gist.
All I want, more than anything is for people both disabled and non-disabled alike to see that disability doesn't change anything. We are individuals, unique and special. We still have hopes and dreams and with the right attitude we can still fulfil them just like anyone else can. Yes we might face obstacles but we can, and I hope I am an example for that. I have never let the fact I have an illness change anything about me, and nor will I ever. I chose to embrace it and to fight for change and a better society for everyone.
So if you can take a few minutes out of your day to vote, I'd really appreciate it. To everyone who has already voted - THANK YOU! You sassy bunch! I am so moved by all of your kind words, and as ever, so incredibly grateful for your amazing support.
P.S. Feel free to share my profile too *wink face emoji*
Voting has now closed. Thanks to everyone who voted for me!
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I really can't emphasise how much I love summer. I'm currently scoffing down some vanilla ice cream listening to some chilled sounds and the sun is beaming through the window. Right now I am asking myself could today get any better? The answer here is no. LIFE IS GOOD.
I'm really obsessed with white at the moment, so many of my new purchases are white, I'm not really sure why but I just like white. This lace kimono is pretty much what dreams are made of in my opinion. I can't get enough of it! When I walk down the stairs it trails behind me and I'm not going to deny that I pretend I'm in a wedding dress. (Don't judge me, this is the closest I'm probably going to get to wearing a wedding dress this side of the decade)
I wore this outfit for an afternoon down the beach and it was such a gorgeous day! I was thrilled when I realised how perfectly matched my tassel top and bag are too. ACCIDENTAL MATCHING = GOOD TIMES. There were some people swimming in the sea but I didn't feel quite that brave. Maybe next time...
PICK UP SOME BARGAINS:
Jabon Sandals* - £20.95 | Get 10% off all Spylovebuy shoes with code 'HE10' |
Tribal Arrow Drop Earrings* - £3.50 | Get 15% off all Wanderdusk jewellery & Accessories with code 'Hayley15' |
Bohemian Coin Necklace - £7 - Charmedivy.com | Get 20% off no minimum spend with code HAYLEY20 |
I'm now really looking forward to summer and hopefully there will be plenty more days at the beach in store. As soon as it is hot enough I am heading down the the nudist beach to get naked, because that's just how I roll. What are your plans for this summer? Let me know in the comments!
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