Holl JC

Italy Photo Diary

Saturday, 10 August 2019
Italian food is one of my favourite cuisines of all time. So getting to spend a week in the land of pizza, pasta and gelato was definitely exciting.
I spent a very lovely week in Lake Garda with my best friend and her family, visiting both Verona & Venice too. I got to tick multiple things off my bucket list in just 1 short week; going on a speed boat, swimming in Lake Garda, having a gondola ride down the Grand Canal in Venice. 
These are just a few of my favourite pictures from our trip. 

Mental Health Awareness Week

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK. And for the past few days I’ve been trying to put my scattered thoughts into words, as I felt like I should have something to say about it, and actually I do.

I understand Mental Health Awareness Week is about breaking down taboos, about starting conversations and step by step change. But how does changing the colour of a building help? With more and more cuts to mental health services, and waiting times for support stretching months and months into the future. Suicide, depression, eating disorders, self-harm & anxiety are all on the raise. Mentioning mental illness or an apparent weakness in the work place can feel like a one way ticket to the firing squad. It goes on, and on.

And yet, so many like myself, are struggling. Are battling every day. Finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. You never truly know what is going on behind the laughter, the positive vibes quote, the cute Insta picture. Many of those who seem to be the happiest or strongest or brightest can be the ones who are fighting the hardest. You never know what’s going on behind closed doors, whose wrists contain scars. You may never realise which co-worker had a panic attack in the toilet, or that a person’s number one aim is to get to the end of the day, alive.

I’m so disappointed in the state of Mental Health Services and the way people with mental health illnesses are treated. Telling someone they should just get over it or they need to snap out of it or stop being daft, is still a daily occurrence for too many. I am also so proud of all of those who are battling on. Who despite the odds and often the war going on within their own brain, are continuing on. You are so much more than your illness or struggle, so much more than your doubts or anxiety, so much more than your scars or pain, so much more than your confusion or despair.

For a lot of us struggling with mental ill-health there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel, a break in the clouds. Many stories are not ones of a crashing triumphant, victory, of huge change and positivity. But tales of tiny steps, of combing hair or brushing teeth, of saying yes or stepping outside the front door.

Mental health awareness shouldn’t just be a week, but a way of life. It is something that is not invested in enough, but is costing so many so much.

And so I guess there isn’t really a point to this piece. Except to say that, for me, an awareness week and green building aren’t really enough. We need education and social change and money and investment in services and love; but an awareness week and green building are a start, a foot in the door. So I cross my fingers and hope that more change will come, that for people like me the stigma and taboo will end, that getting help will not be so difficult or take so long. That the world will no longer only accept that which is totally perfect and pristine, but also those who are messy or broken, scarred or bruised, anxious or depressed.

Holly x

Five things I learnt over the long hot summer of 2018

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

It seems I’ve accidentally had a blogging hiatus for a couple of months, apologies friends. I’ve been feeling rather uninspired in both my words and my fashion these last couple of months and weeks. 

Summer 2018 seemed to last about 5 or 6 months this year, thanks climate change. But over that time I’ve learnt some things about both myself and life, that I thought I’d share in a little reintroduction to blogging and writing for old me. 

1. You definitely don’t need to go abroad to get a tan. 
In fact you don’t even need to go on holiday! Apart from 3 days in the Cotswolds, we didn’t go away on holiday this summer and yet I managed to get a pretty good tan and some pretty hilarious tan lines to match. It seems sitting in your back yard with a brew, book and a rusting deck chair is all you need to bronze up your skin for a few months.

2. When they say patience is a virtue, they really mean it.
When you’re waiting for something to happen, waiting upon other people’s decisions or external factors, it can feel like you’ve been waiting for hundreds of years and that your patience is running thin. Learning to develop and grow patience whilst waiting is difficult, and when they say it’s a virtue they really mean it, cause sometimes it’s a right royal pain in the derriere.

3. If all else fails, brush your hair and make your bed.
Life can often be difficult, and days can feel dark, sometimes you just don’t want to do anything or see anyone. But when all else fails, when all else feels too hard, comb or brush your hair and make your bed. It’ll make you feel a whole lot better accomplishing those two small things. Which in the moment can feel like huge personal victories, and give you more confidence to face the day. 

4. People won’t always get it. 
People may not understand you, your decisions or your journey, but trust your gut and your knowledge of yourself. You know what’s right for you, others only see or understand a small portion of the road you’re on. Don’t let their doubts or confusion lead you down a road that isn’t yours to take. 

5. Take your time.
In the words of that bloke from the old TV game show, Bullseye, “Take your time, take your time”. Taking your time in life or individual situations may seem or feel annoying, difficult or a drag but not rushing yourself to reach the final destination in as little time as possible, will allow you to take in the view. Will allow you to enjoy the journey. Will allow you to learn about yourself and life and those around you, without pressure or hindrance. Taking your time gives you the space to feel and heal and process life and all of its intricacies in the way that only you know how and can. 

God Bless 

Green Flowers for Summer

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sandals - Topshop
Belt - Primark

Spain Outfit Diary

Wednesday, 13 June 2018
 Jumpsuit - ASOS
Sunglasses - ASOS

 Playsuit - Zara
Sandals - Similar 

Jumpsuit - Similar 
Sandals - Similar

God Bless