Thursday, 12 January 2017

How does your garden grow?

Blouse - C/O Romwe  Jeans - Topshop
Boots - ASOS 
There really is nothing like a pretty shirt when you're stuck for something to wear, and this Romwe shirt is just perfect for those days! The colour, the ruffles and the embroidery all combined just give it that extra something. Plus it's long sleeved too which is perfect for the cold wintry weather!

God Bless

Friday, 6 January 2017

Goodbye 2016

I'm giving you advance warning, this post is very very very photo heavy, so if you're not prepared for that then maybe you'd better go and get a brew or a snack before you start reading/scrolling. 

2016 was a really, really long year for me. For the first time in all the years I've been writing this blog I haven't spent every monthly round up post saying how fast I think it's gone by, and the same can be said for this year as a whole. Overall it's been long, long and tiring to say the least. 
Those who're close to me will know that I'm not exactly someone known for being a positive Polly, Patricia or Patsy, but today I'm going to try my very best! 
2016 will be a year that goes down in the history books as being pretty dang world changing, nothing more needs to be said than Brexit, Trump, Alan Rickman and Carrie Fisher. And for me personally I can't say it's been all sunshine and rainbows, there's been a whole heap of personal challenges and hurdles. I'm ending the year feeling as if I've gone through a fight and have hardly come out the other side alive, but, I am alive and I'm still here, despite definitely having the wind completely knocked out of my sails many a time. 
However, despite so much hurt, pain, sadness and confusion, 2016 wasn't all bad for me, and that's what I want to try and focus on in today's Goodbye 2016 post.
2016 had its fair share of wonderful moments and laughter, of adventures and learning, of friends and family. Despite my own negative perspective and thinking, looking back 2016 was a year filled with good friends, having fun with some of the greatest people and creating memories that I will cherish for years to come. 2016 was also the year I got to fulfill one of my biggest goals and that was to travel more, I got to visit 5 different countries this year, 4 of which I'd never been to before (but more on this in a super exciting post to come in the next few weeks)
I've split the year up a lil', and am gonna try and go into a little more detail on the great things that happened during that season and time during 2016, as I've mentioned above there's been a lot of travelling and a lot of friends this past year and I think that'll be pretty clear the more this post goes on. 

The beginning of 2016 saw me traveling to a new (and very cold) country, Berlin. This trip was super exciting, and was one where I learnt all about the true extent of my skills at navigating public transport in foreign countries. It was also a pretty challenging start to the year, with many things seemingly going wrong, oh and it was also dang stressful thanks to my mid term uni deadlines. But there was also some pretty great times with some pretty great friends. I officially became our friendship groups chief photographer at the beginning of this year!

Spring of this year saw my health deteriorate quite a bit, and I seemed to be going to various doctors appointments and hospital visits every week. I was there that often that the hospital receptionist even noticed when I'd had my hair cut. 
A trip to my favourite place (ever, ever, ever) Calpe in Spain was exactly what I needed and one of the best days of my life, a trip to a northern beach with my lil' uni fam was just dang wonderful! Spring of 2016 saw the end of my second year at university and a shed tonne of memories I'll never forget of days spent in parks, nights drinking mojitos and binge watching Lord of the Rings and mornings where I went to sleep as the birds had just awoken. To say my sleeping patterns were a lil' wrecked is a bit of an understatement.   

The summer was a really really long one, 4 months out of education and pretty much just living out of a suitcase. I went from Nottingham to Italy, Leicester to Paris, Stoke to Wimbledon and so much more, me and the London underground were such very good friends. Afternoon tea and a theatre trip for my mums birthday, strawberry picking for my own, adventures to both Italy and Paris. As well as a cancelled internship, and a last minute rush to try and find another, which I did in the end but left me in a right ol' state after spending 4 days worrying and sending out countless emails. Oh, plus there was a pretty hilarious camping trip and a visit to the Harry Potter studio tour too! 

The last few months of 2016 were definitely the hardest. I went back to uni for the final time to start my third and final year in education, third year has been pretty tough on me so far, especially with only having about 6 contact hours a week. I battled (and am continuing to battle) personal demons and challenges that have left me in a bit of a state. But there has been some lovely moments too, and lots of watching Harry Potter and eating chocolate, which is never, ever a bad thing! Plus a very wonderful festive trip to the lovely city of Prague to close the year.

2016 definitely hasn't been my year, but I'm hoping that 2017 will be. I definitely wasn't ready for a new year, but here we are anywho. I'm looking forward to the new possibilities, new adventures and new memories that the days of the next 12 months may hold, although this whole graduation thing is pretty dang terrifying I must say! 

This is my final goodbye to the roller coaster of a year that was 2016. Bring on 2017! I'm excited about what may happen and the places I'll go and the ways I grow and the things that may adventures that may occur.

God Bless

Monday, 2 January 2017

I'll be home for Christmas, you can plan on me

So there we have it the last month of 2016 done, dusted and over! I really can't believe it! 
December was a long, long, long, longgggg month! It felt more like a year than just 4 weeks if I'm being completely honest! 
I started the month at uni with big deadlines and lots of friend fam Christmas celebrations, oh and of course lotsa good food. I then headed back home to Stoke for Christmas, it was a time filled with laughs and laziness to put it simply, oh and a rather wonderful trip to Prague. 
So while I get on with actually starting to write my dissertation and do some uni work before I go back to Notts, enjoy having a scroll through all of the December memories that my Instagram account captured!  
Todays new blog post is a look back on all the happenings and memories of November. From trips to London and cute cards to outfits and autumnal walks it's all there! / /  A year ago today I was on a plane to Walt Disney World for two weeks of Christmassy Disney magic. I'd much rather be on that plane than glued to my laptop doing uni work thats for sure! /  So dang cute! A girl can dream, right? /  All the party vibes are out in todays newest blog post, although i'm feeling cold just looking at this picture. Yo Holly, put your coat on /   Smores hot chocolate? Yes pleaseeee
The famalam came for a lovely visit in Notts today /  Me and my new Christmas jumper are ready for the most wonderful time of the year / /  Cocktails in tea pots, candy floss and belly laughs, thats what Christmas with friends is all about! /  If you can't look like an extra from the shiny show at Christmas time then when can you? This super sparkly Christmassy outfit is new up on the blog today! /  Christmas has arrived at Casa Del 250 
It's the most wonderful time of the year /  All the Christmassyness in the Cooke house /  Oh @hm how punny you are /  Be kindness. Choose love. Always choose love /  A new photo diary post went live on the blog this morning, featuring a whole host of snaps from my Uni Christmas. Last week was so great I couldn't help but dedicate a whole post to it /  Today was a leather jacket and wind swept hair sorta day
Yesterdays lunch was just perfection. Rawr you guys nail it every time! /  Going to sleep in the pitch black and waking up to this view was just magnificent /  I think Prague and my sweet tooth are going to get along just fine /  Exploring in the cold / /  Prague you may be freezing cold but you are rather pretty 
The moment of absolute joy when a hot chocolate is placed in front of you after you've turned into a human icicle /  Thanks for a lovely weekend Prague, its been great /  There really is nothing like a good (faux) leather jacket on a winter day, especially when its in your favourite colour and has the most gorgeous lil' birds embroidered on it! Todays new blog post is all about this wintery outfit /  I miss my uni fam, all the noise and laughs and fun /  Waking up to the fresh air and beauty of Prague each morning was just wonderful. So full of wanderlust at the moment /  There really is nothing like a good shirt
 Preach it sista /  All I seem to be wearing at the moment is blue! I've learnt my lesson now though, don't wear/photograph clothes unless you've properly ironed them! /  Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree /  Literally the cutest little cutie that ever did cute /  In true Christmas eve style todays new blog post is a festive photo diary from our weekend in Prague /   Merry Christmas one and all. I hope you have a wonderful time filled with plenty of love and laughter and joy 
 Its compulsory to dress like a Christmas decoration on Christmas day, right? /  Its time for the Christmas jim jams, chocolate and Christmas TV /  Ding ding round 2. Bring on the boxing day madness /  Happy Birthday to ma sass pot and fellow shortie Beth! Hope its lovely, see ya soon! /  Channeling my inner 80's/90's rocker with monochrome, leopard print and faux fur /  Take me somewhere new, sail away with me
Don't let the smile fool you, theres a reason I'm wearing a jumper under my tshirt. It was bloomin' freezing today /  Theres so much of this world I'm yet to see, can't wait to explore and adventure more of it next year /  Such pretty interiors. A girl can dream, right? /  Food, clothes, tattoos, puppies and complaints, yeah sums me up pretty well tbh /  2016 wasn't really my year. So i'm hoping, dreaming and praying that CS Lewis was right with this one, and that 2017 is far better than the year I'm leaving behind. So bring on 2017, I'm not ready or prepared for it but I'm looking forward to the new possibilities, new adventures and new memories that its days may hold 

God Bless

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Christmas Tree Decoration

Jumper - ASOS  Jeans - UNIF
Shoes - Topshop  Necklace - Primark 

Christmas day dressing is something I always find a little difficult, and this year was no different. You don't just want to wear any old thing, but at the same time don't want to be too dressy and don't want to be uncomfortable. Which always leads me to a big old pile of question marks and confusion.
This year, this was my Christmas day outfit, I'm still not 100% on how I feel about it but that jumper is nothing if not fun and in the end I guess that's what Christmas and Christmas dressing is all about.

God Bless

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Festive Prague Photo Dairy

Photo diaries are some of my absolute favourite types of content to create for this lil' corner of the internet, and today in true Christmas eve form I've got a very very festive one for ya.
Those who follow me on Instagram (@holljc) or YouTube (Holl JC) will know that last weekend I was in Prague for a few days with my parents. It was a lovely time of exploring and relaxing whilst wandering around a really beautiful city and all it's glorious Christmas markets, although it was totally freezing! I took so so many pictures despite the fact we were only there for a few days, I've compiled some of my favourites below along with the vlog of the trip too! 

God Bless