I'm in Sweden this weekend for some much needed chill and family time. It's nice to have a little bit of time out from real life sometimes and Sweden definitely is a place where I can find that.
It's snowy here, which I am very happy about. It's not a real winter unless I have some snow and so far this year I haven't seen any proper snow, so I was happy to see it here.
I've had a lot on my mind lately. A lot of things going on in life at the moment, a lot of changes and new experiences. I start a new job next week, which I am really excited about. I am coming to the end of my degree which is amazing, but crazy to think of. Where did the time go?
This whole blogging adventure has started to take off a bit, which seems so unreal to me. I never started doing this and expecting something to come from it - but it's incredibly exciting and fun of course. Last week I went to my first PR event for a restaurant opening in Brighton and I've started working on my first brand collaborations. It's a funny thing that - working with brands. It's almost a bit of a forbidden topic to talk about in blog world. I'm beyond excited and honoured to have brands reach out and ask to work with me, but I also find it quite intimidating and scary. It's so important to me to keep my integrity in what I do and I would never agree to work with someone if I didn't genuinely enjoy the company and what they stand for. In the beginning however, it does feel a bit weird to say no - which I have done. I question myself wondering if I'm being an idiot saying no to opportunities, because isn't brand collaborations the ultimate goal in blogging world? I don't know. I love working together with other people that I believe are doing really cool things or make a great product, but I am not willing to stand by something I don't full heartedly believe in, ya know? Maybe that means I'm doing this the wrong way or I won't reach success as fast but honestly - if I can't do this my way, I don't want to do it at all.
Just a little reminder to all of you new bloggers out there that, it is ok to say no. If something doesn't feel right, then it isn't. You're building a brand and it's you're name and choice, that's what should come first!
Jumper: Primark / Jeans: Bershka / Belt: Asos / Watch: Time Chain
I'm glad to be home in Sweden this weekend to be honest. It's good to be with family, it's my brother's birthday and like I said it's a good place for me to press pause a bit. Life moves slower here and I think that's doing me some good right now. Time to relax and reflect. It's important to allow yourself times like that too sometimes.
I laughed to myself this morning. As the rest of Instagram is currently at fashion week, I'm in walking boots and chunky jumpers with mud on my jeans walking the dog by the sea. The thing is though, I wouldn't have it any other way. Once a country girl, always a country girl.
Another great thing about going to Sweden is my sister's boyfriend (haha). I've told you before, but Pierre is amazing with a camera so whenever I'm back here we end up shooting and I end up with some new snazzy photos to show you! All of these were of course taken by him! Go give him some love would ya! Say hi to my sister too while you are at it!
I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!
Lot's of love,