Saturday, 16 July 2016

Dreamland

DAMN, I've missed fashion fierceness here on the blog. Seems like a while since I posted anything fashion-y but rest assured I've been out and about shooting so many ootd looks that I can't wait to show ya! This one was shot with Graham at Mersea Island, Essex. These beach-huts have to be the dreamiest I've ever seen. POWER to the PINK one especially! They're definitely straight outta fairytale territory, us bloggers and our babelicious beach-huts make for girl gang goals. The dress is from the cool kids at Kiss The Sky, it literally jingles and jangles every-time I walk due to the coin embellishment on the hem which throws up a lot of mystified stares from strangers and bemusement from work colleagues alike, but what the hell, it's all good fun. The bright burnt orange hue screamed sunshine, and my trusty ASOS holographic beach bag finished off the summery soul of the ootd. 
I made the tough call to quit my job last Wednesday. Sometimes things get a little too hard and I've been trying to juggle a full time job, my blogging and writing my book, giving all three a good shot but struggling with each. I've got a month before I go and am definitely feeling mixed emotions, but I know ultimately I've done the right thing for both my health and happiness. My anxiety's been bad, I come home from work to do nothing but work, usually getting late nights, feeling drained day in, day out and getting frustrated that the book I'm writing is frozen on page 248 in the midst of a dramatic, tumultous rooftop scene (and has been since March). My blog posts have been (for lack of a better, less Cher Horowitz phrase) happening way too sporadically. I will probably never be one of those super organised bloggers who can post every day of the week but nevertheless, a post once a month, or (if I'm lucky) every two weeks isn't cutting it for me, especially when I want to make this whole business boom. Regarding my job, I'm definitely going to miss a lot of people there that I've been lucky enough to strike up friendships with, and when the times comes I know I'll be sad. 
I feel lucky to have such a strong support system; namely my lovely boyfriend Graham for always believing in me and standing by me, especially when talking dreams, not to mention my parents & of course you gorgeous girls that have been there for me from the start of soinspo! There are a few people that I try to forget about that I've felt judged by in the past when talking blogging and writing, certain people that urged me to carry on with admin, even though the people at my actual job are 100% supportive - urging me to go and follow my heart. It's nice as my work colleagues have been really sweet and supportive about my blog, my book and my decision to leave. Most people I've spoken to have a really forward-thinking encouragement when it comes to going for goals and dashing towards dreams which makes a nice difference in comparison to some previous jobs I've worked at where those values were never really understood or respected. Blogging, Youtube and starting your own business has become the norm with an upheaval of the population reading blogs and watching vlogs which means it's more relatable and admired than even a year or so ago. 



In other news I've bought two more pool inflatables and have decided that perhaps that's enough for this year, you know, seeing as I don't actually own a pool and all. Quick question, if I moved into this dreamland and took up residency in all of these beach babin' homes, do you think the owners would mind? I really don't wanna leave.....  

Update: I've just seen that gorgeous Georgia from Tea and two sugars has graduated, and I wanted to say a massive congrats to the moon and back! Georgia is such a dazzling star, someone so special, so talented and so inspiring, always killin' it with such gorgeous, beautiful shoots and she has the most magical, wondrous way with words. I feel so lucky to know her through this blog. I just know you're going to soar to the stars in life, your talent knows no bounds. Hard work pays off! Love to you babin' butterly! 




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29 comments:

  1. Girl! The photos are beautiful (as usual!) And I love the dress!
    I am so proud of you for quitting your job! So So Proud, I can't even put it into words! <3! It's all about the dreams!WritingMonique

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  2. As always such a great shoot and post. Those beach huts! Wow. You're so lucky to be living close to these. I think I might do a trip to Wales and see if I can find some there ^_^
    I'm so proud that you quit your job. There's only so much someone can take of being unhappy and making that decision to leave will be the best thing for you, your book and blog. Hopefully you will now do even bette than you have been and you can take your life to the next level that you deserve. You're an inspiration to me! :) Can't wait to hear what you have got planned next! I'm too excited for you <3

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  3. Good for you, you've gone with your gut and in my view that always leads to good things. There's nothing worse than feeling totally burnt out all the time.

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  4. Ahhh, I love your style so much- I'd love to spend a day playing dress up in your wardrobe and shooting awesome pics!

    Well done on handing in your notice too, understandably not an easy call, but sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith xx

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  5. happy to hear that you're taking brave steps towards leading the life you want to live! can't wait to see what's in store for you(: absolutely adore these beach huts. tbh i wouldn't want to leave either

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  6. I'm so proud of you hun for taking such a courageous and inspiring decision that is most definitely going to be for the best! I think you are just amazing and it is so brave to follow your dreams and I hope that you get everything you want out of life. I'm sure you will as you are just an absolute babe of a person and filled with talent and kindness. I'm also very excited for this gorgeous outfit and future outfit posts as I've missed them. I love this, the dress is beautiful on you and I've told you before how much I love those shoes. I hope they take you to owing one of the super cute beach huts, total girl goals for sure! Lots of love to you and I wish you all the luck in the world. Katie xx

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  7. This dress looks amazing on you, gorgeous photos! Definitely loving the beach huts. Well done on making such a brave decision, being happy is the most important thing and you've got to put yourself first! Wishing you all the best with your book writing and blogging adventures and looking forward to more outfit posts! X

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  8. beaut photos! looks like we've both made a similar decision recently, i also left my job a couple of Wednesdays ago as my boss kept bringing me down which was making me feel really low. i'm now on a new department and although i miss my colleagues i am so much happier with my new job and people are already commenting to say they've seen a positive change and im looking better! well done for taking the plunge, its never an easy decision but your happiness is always what should be number 1! xxx sarahinwonderlust.blogspot.com

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  9. Best of luck, my friend! You are doing what many others wish they could, so enjoy that time and use it to your advantage. It's amazing that you have such a lovely support system too - I hope you get a lot of the work done that YOU want to do.

    Also, you dress is gorgeous but I am just so excited about your new adventure that I couldn't help but ramble.

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  10. Absolutely love this post Soph, that dress is gorgeous and those beach huts in the background are just so cute! I'm so glad you've decided to do what best for you, and I know it will all work out in the end :)

    Grace xxx

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  11. All these beach houses are the cutest things. I want to stay there too! And you look so amazing as always Sophie! I love the bright colors and pattern of your dress. And I am sorry you are having a tough time at the moment. It is hard to juggle life sometimes, and I am happy that you are making steps for your sake. You deserve to be more stress free. Kisses!

    --Elise
    www.caturdaystyle.com

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  12. This outfit is absolutely gorgeous! I'm happy for you deciding to do the best, after all if you're not happy things need to change. Great post, I love the cute beach huts!<3
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  13. First of all, well done on doing the right thing and quitting your job - so many people are scared to take steps like that so I really respect you and best of luck <3 you look amazing in these pictures too, as usual!
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  14. Love the outfit and photos themselves, the aesthetic is gorgeous! Best of luck in your endeavors

    ISA Professional

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  15. Aaw, this dress is so very pretty and from a brand I really like at the moment too! The colour looks lovely on you <3 pretty lady! How exciting - I wish you the very best and know that you will do so well, everything will turn out brilliantly! It will make such a refreshing change too :) <3 xxx

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  16. Hunni, I am so proud of you for quitting your job. I think you definitely know when something isn't right for you but it takes so much courage to stand up & admit it. It's so lovely that you have people supporting you through it all.

    I can't wait to read more of your posts - I always love having a day to myself to write blog posts & get organised!

    This outfit is stunning, I love the fact it jingles when you walk! The pink beach hut is perfect for a back drop for outfit posts!

    Sending you lots of love <3 xxxx

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  17. This is a really beautiful look on you Sophie - I had always thought pink and red didn't work together, but how wrong I was! :) I hope that the upcoming months after you've left your job prove to be really exciting; with your dreams in sight, I've no doubt they will be!

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  18. Gorgeous Soph, as always. In love with your dress and the shoes. Go you for quitting your job! So proud of you, and happy that you won't waste your time doing something you don't enjoy 100%. Keeping my fingers crossed and wishing you best of luck with everything. I bet you already knew that you always have my support, whatever you decide to do. ;) :)

    Don't ever feel judged by others, remember that the way other people treat you is only a reflection of them. Perhaps, they don't have the courage to follow their own dreams, like you do ;) Love you Soph!!

    Paula
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  19. Such a great post! You look amazing. Pool inflatables are so so fun :)

    Xx
    Molly
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  20. These houses are just adorable and so are you! First time visiting your blog, I will definitely be back. xoxo

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  21. I don't know why but it's been a little while since I read your blog! I didn't realise you were writing a book?!! That's so exciting! Goodluck with this next big adventure - I'm sure it must have been a tough decision but absolutely the right one for you! From the beginning of your blog I've always been able to see the passion you have for it and I know you'll do really well! Looking forward to seeing more fun posts (your outfits are always so fun and and always bring a smile to my face - this dress is just stunning *heart eye emoji* hehe ;)

    Lauren xx

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  22. Sophie you absolute Angel, in oh so many ways. If I've learnt anything in my 22 years, it's that you need to do what you want. I am still working on following that advice myself, but for now passing it on to others will at least reassure me that at least someone is following their dreams ;) I don't think people realise how much courage it takes to make decisions that have uncertain repercussions, and I admire you so fiercely for that. Also, a book?! As an avid fan of your effortless way with words, I am super excited and cannot wait for you to share. I can only imagine how tough a short story must be to write, let alone an entire book. Whatever direction you choose, I know the route will be paved with success - and obviously you have all of us here for you every step <3

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  23. Good for you, Sophie! Happiness is so important and you're such a talented writer, hopefully you'll have more time to work on what you love.

    T x

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  24. Both your dress and the area is beautiful! And good for you for quitting your job - i have no doubt that it was the best decision to make! Good luck on the book and thanks for
    sharing xx

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  25. You go girl, the fact that you have the balls to quit your job to pursue your dream is amazing! You are such an inspiration and I really wish that I could be as brave as you..
    Carry on being you boo, because you is amazing!!
    Kisses and love your way xx

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  26. I think you've made a great decision. I admire you so much for quitting that job to follow your dreams. I hope you have a lot of success with your book and, of course, with this amazing blog. I like your writing and your style. Btw, your dress is so good.
    You are an inspiration to us.
    Love, Euge.
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  27. So proud to have met you and shared a small part of your dream.. DREAM BIG and continue to shine....

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  28. Sophie you look absolutely stunning in this dress!! I'm just having a good catch up on your blog and I fully understand the need to do whats best for your happiness and health. I've just written one of the most honest posts I've probably ever wrote and it made me so nervous to post it but it feels like a little weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It takes a lot of courage to chase your dreams and I have every faith in you that you will be amazing :) xx

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