Travelling Through

The other day I went to an absolutely wonderful travel book shop called Travelling Through in search of some aussie reading.

What I found was much more enriching; this wonderful little space is a safe haven!  With the downstairs Cafe,  the little garden terrace and the brilliant staff,  I really felt like I had walked through the wardrobe and into Narnia.

It's places like these that keep dreams alive.  The owner had the idea for years to create this portal for like minded wandering souls; her career prior to the bookstore often sent to other countries. She created a bookstore that offers fact and fiction from across the world, while serving brilliant drinks and snacks and promoting artists from around the world.

The little shop was so inspiring. It's wonderful that somebody created this place for people to learn, grow and immerse themselves in another world. It is definitely one of London's hidden gems. I think it's truly brilliant that someone has created something so positive. I wish I had found them earlier so that I could have attended one of their cultural events.

I move to Australia in under four weeks now, and to say I am excited is the biggest understatement. If you have any tips or dream destinations you think I should know about, please do get in touch!!

Pink Silk Shirt from Reiss similar from Asos
Pleat Culottes from Topshop similar from Asos 
Silver Backpack from Topshop
Silver heels from Asos, similar from BooHoo

Photographer: the wonderful Detune Photography, I will miss this guy dearly for all he's done.
Bookstore: Travelling Through, Waterloo
D x


We Can Make A Change

photographer: Detune Photography

Good morning beautifuls.

As each day goes by I become more impatient for the next! I fly out to Australia in less than six weeks now. I am brimming with excitement and as you can see by my lack of posts (so sorry about that) I am swamped with work, packing and preparing for the adventures ahead.

I went to interview an amazing musician the other day which was brilliant. We discussed her musical endeavours and her inspirations. It is truly a blessing to be surrounded by such creative and wonderful people. It did get me reflecting.

This world is full of such hatred and ugliness. Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, the Refugee Crisis,  Oscar Pistorius, the Isis Bombings, The EU referendum, Syria, Chilcott's report, racism, Donald Trump, Global warming, Iraq, The Dallas Shootings, xenophobia, the possible privatisation of the NHS, the Korean Missile, Tony Blair, Afganistan, the Orlando Massacre.. the list really does go on. It's times like these that it's truly difficult to find the silver lining, but I am fighting hard to keep my eyes towards the stars and my mind beyond the horizon.

We live in a world where Portugal ran four days straight on renewable energy, where churches and synagogues alike in the US are opening their doors to refugees, where the international cooperation to slow global warming has seen success as Antarctica's ozone hole begins to heal, where people come together  across the globe in their millions to support one another, whether it be Gay Pride and standing up for love after the Orlando Massacre, or twitter hashtags to promote and show that  #BlackLivesMatter.

We live in a world with individuals like Malala Yousafzai and Akon alike are fighting for a brighter future, where celebrities such as Leonardo Dicaprio and Angelina Jolie use their fame to promote the awareness of those in need. In times like this I remember that there are thousands of people, more than ever before, travelling across the world to volunteer; lend their time and help create a brighter future, where people fight for justice, whether it be through protest, the arts, petitions or online media platforms.

There is a lot of ugly in the world. There is also a lot of beauty. Those who want to see a change should remember the power they have to show the world 'I am Here'.

Write a song, take a photo. Smile, compliment, laugh, travel often and show others how much love you hold in your heart. Let it spill out and let it flood into their lives.

We can make changes. We are beautiful, and that is a gift that should not be taken for granted.

Co ord from Primark, similar found at Zara 
Pink Rucksack from Topshop, similar found at Asos
Sheos from H&M 



The Cold Shoulder

Once we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life - Jerome. K Jerome

Everyone knows how much I love a bit of Missguided.

This really cute skirt and top combo has stollen my heart. Well, I say top.. I mean swimsuit.  Yep! That my lovelies is a swimsuit that I couldn't resist styling up as day wear!  How cute is the little white underlay?!

I love scuba material and this body is so perfect because it maintains it's shape and doesn't make you feel all hot and flustered.

The satin skirt is equally adorable. It reminds me of the 50s. It is beautiful and not too light so feels rather luxurious.

My trusty black shoes from primark which for your amusement I will admit are odd sizes are perfect for this ensemble, along with a nice pair of sunglasses for that Audrey Hepburn effortless.

D x
Swimsuit from Missguided
Skirt from Missguided 
Similar black heels from Asos



Wicked Women Wednesdays: Rest In Peace Jo Cox

It is absolutely appauling that I am writing another blogpost involving the loss of a life.

Instead of describing the awful way in which this life was taken, let us discuss what an amazing woman Jo Cox was, and how her legacy shall be kept alive.

 Across the Globe so many have spent today celebrating what would have been Jo's 42nd birthday. In Trafalgar Square thousands gathered holding signs with the hashtags #LoveLikeJo.

Many people spoke at the event, including her widowed husband, Brendan Cox. The family (Brendan and his two young children by Jo) traveled to the event by barge along the River Thames pulling behind it a boat covered in Roses bearing the words 'Yorkshire Rose'.

Malala Youzafzai also spoke at the event called #MoreInCommon. The name was taken from one of Jo's former speeches. Malala said that she lives her life by this principle.

Across the world, places including but not limited to New York, Paris, Dublin and Buenos Aires are celebrating the life of this wonderful woman. I wanted to take this time to celebrate Jo on this blog, by discussing some of her most notable successes. She is an inspiration to us all, and she will be sorely missed.

Source : Daily Mail

-Studying at Cambridge, Cox discovered that the way one spoke and their connections 'mattered'. This spurred her on to become quite the activist for many campaigns and charities, eventually finding herself as an important figure in the Labour Party.

- Cox liked to get her hands dirty for charity. Often taking part in fundraising, Jo also traveled to warzones during her time working with Oxfam.

Source : BBC

-In fact, she raised awareness for a new charity every month. Her self titled website features a variety of charities; giving them much needed promotion and support.

-Cox pushed for international action to prevent deaths in childbirth with Sarah Brown (Gordon Brown's wife). She was national chair of Labour Womens Network for four years, urging more women to enter public life.

-Cox worked with the Freedom Fund to end modern slavery, and also worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

-Not stopping at charities, Cox raised her voice for the refugees and relentlessly campaigned to support the families fleeing Syria, saying, "Any Member who has seen the desperation and fear on the faces of children trapped in inhospitable camps across Europe must surely feel compelled to act."

-Jo's hard work did not go unrecognised, in 2009 she was nominated by the Davos World Economic Forum as a young global leader, and in 2012 she received the Devex award for her contribution to international development.

-Jo was not only a hard working woman but a loving wife and mother of two beautiful young children. She often enjoyed camping, listening to music and spending her spare time on her boat home on the Thames.

D x



A moment for Orlando's Fallen

I am lost for words. As the events of the Orlando shootings still unfold, many questions have been raised. As horrific as this all is, it has opened the eyes of many who demand action be taken so that this may not happen again.

As 49 are confirmed dead and 53 injured, America is under the microscope.  The massacre at Pulse Nightclub in the early hours of Sunday 12th June was one of 43 shootings that day. Not only does this horrific event highlight the threat that Americas current gun laws pose, but it has also opened up the ongoing discussion of hate crime. 

It was only in 2009 that the hate crimes prevention act was amended in the US, meaning that before this time, an event like this would not have been recorded by the FBI as a hate crime at all, as any crimes based on gender or sexual orientation were simply not recognised. What's more disgusting is that there are people currently in the US Government who voted against passing this law to recognise hate crime against sexual orientation or gender. Why was this something that was not challenged? 

Trump is using the shootings as an opportunity to frighten America's citizens. The shooter, Saddiqui Mateen, was American born and raised. He has also recently been discovered as closeted; he frequented Pulse nightclub before the shootings took place. In addition, his is first wife reported that he had a violent history, beating her regularly. Yet Trump is thrusting this situation into the limelight, using it as ammunition to call for all Muslims to wear identification. This despicable man who could well and truly be running America soon does not recognise this tragedy for what it is, an extremely unstable and violent man who never had the courage or support to accept who he really was.

In light of these events, some beautiful things have taken place. First, Muslims broke Ramadan to honour those fallen victims. In the face of such an awful tragedy they demonstrated solidarity and unity. In Orlando a couple hundred Muslims donated blood for the survivors of the massacre. Here, across England, thousands came together in most major cities to honour the 49 lives lost. A vigil also took place in Soho, London. On Monday night, thousands of people, including the Mayor of London, held a moment of silence in respect of those lost, before singing and dancing in the streets. It was a truly stunning sight, and something I wished I had been able to be a part of. 

(source: Attitude Magazine)
Most recently, Prince William, future King of England, met with Attitude, gracing the cover of the LGBT magazine. In his interview he told the readers, "No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason and no one should have to put up with the kind of hate these young people have endured in their lives."

I suppose what I hope we as beings can learn from this is that this situation would not have happened if it weren't for two major factors, 1- if America enforced gun control and 2- if there was more support and acceptance for LGBT individuals.

This awful, awful event cannot be undone, but it can be a lesson. The victims of this massacre should not die in vain.

D x
(Source; Time Out)

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