Saturday, 30 January 2016

Feeling like a 5 year old

Black Denim Dungarees - New Look
Stripe T-Shirt - New Look

 Myself and Roxy literally had to battle the elements to get these photos - it was ridiculously windy (as you can probably tell by my pulled-through-a-hedge-backwards hair), and hailed really heavily 2 minutes before these were taken.

Dungarees are such a fun item of clothing and are so comfortable to wear, but I really feel like a 5 year old when I wear them - they take me back a long way! They can be worn with most tops, and can be dressed up or down.

Today we went shopping in Liverpool - we didn't buy that much as the stock was a little bit disappointing. I think it's that weird time between winter and spring where the clothes are a bit boring. Hurry up and bring the spring florals in!
Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.

Friday, 29 January 2016

NoLIta Cantina

NoLIta Cantina, 81 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HF

NoLIta Cantina is one of Liverpool's independent restaurants situated at the top of Bold Street, close to Liverpool One. NoLIta stands for 'North of Little Italy', which is a neighbourhood in Manhattan, and Cantina means 'saloon' in Spanish. NoLIta Cantina aims to sell traditional American food, including burgers and lots of fried goodies.

Tonight my friend Roxy came up from home for the weekend, so we decided to make a visit to NoLIta Cantina for tea. And we certainly weren't disappointed - it's one of the best meals I've had in Liverpool for a while.

We shared some nachos to start, which were drizzled in cheese, kidney beans, guacamole, sour cream and salsa - they were so filling and only set us back £8. To quote Roxy, she said, "these are the best nachos I've ever had!" - and I wouldn't disagree.

Afterwards I had the Nomita burger, which was a homemade mixed bean patty with grilled aubergine and brie, along with chips. It was amazing, and again so filling. The chips had a lovely seasoning, and the brie was delicious on the burger. Roxy had the cheeseburger, which she also said was great.

I would definitely visit NoLIta Cantina again in the future - the staff were so friendly and in no rush at all to get rid of us, plus the food was delicious and a decent price for what we ate.

This evening we are just going to watch Mamma Mia! and chill out, as we're going out tomorrow night so want a decent night's sleep. Hope you all have a lovely Friday night!
Whatever comes, let it come. What stays, let it stay. What goes, let go.

Thursday, 28 January 2016


I wanted to talk a bit about what keeps me going - how I have the motivation to write my blog every day, whilst I'm studying medicine full-time.

Recently I have been feeling a little de-motivated with my blog, as I don't feel like I am producing very interesting content. However, yesterday I received an email from a reader telling me how my blog makes her feel better and believe in herself, as well as providing her with reassurance that everything will be okay. This made me realise that it doesn't really matter what I write on my blog, as long as it's real and true. It gave me more motivation to continue posting on Pull Yourself Together. I can write how I've spent most of the day in bed (today's reality), or how I've stuffed my face with Nutella and danced around the house to S Club 7, and I hope that this will provide reassurance to someone that it's okay to be 'normal'. It's okay not to have a crazy social life, doing something different every night. And it's okay to spend the day in bed if that's what you need.

I'm happy that my blog is based around my mental health, and I am ecstatic that it is helping people along the way. During January I haven't had much chance to go out and do exciting things to blog about (except for Spring City - that was fun!), so a lot of my posts have been based around how I am feeling and my random thoughts on mental health.

I guess a lot of my inspiration comes from other blog posts that I read. I also get a lot of inspiration from daydreaming, especially during long train journeys. When an idea for a blog post comes to me, I either write it down in a notebook or put it as a draft text on my phone - which is now full of random drafts with ideas that I may or may not write about in the future. And I get ideas for my fashion posts from lots of places: street style, blogs, Pinterest, magazines... When I've done something interesting during the day, that is usually the thing I'll write about in my blog post that evening, which makes it easy. However when I've not really done much in the day, I'll usually end up writing a rambly post like this, or use one of my ideas saved as a draft in my phone.

There are so many things that you can write about on a blog, especially when you count yourself as a 'lifestyle' blogger, as you can literally write about anything. I hope my posts continue to be interesting enough to read - but most importantly, I hope they continue to help others suffering with their mental health.
Do more than just exist.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

My 5 fashion staples

You know those items of clothes that go with everything so you just wear them over and over again until they fall apart? I thought I'd do a little post on them - my wardrobe staples.

1) Black denim jeans

I have worn these jeans so much. Literally probably over 100 times. They're the item I go to to throw on with a top when I can't really be bothered to think about my outfit - they go with everything and can be dressed up or down. Topshop's Leigh jeans are one of my favourite sorts of jeans out there - I love ankle grazing styles. I also favour black over blue jeans, so these are perfect for me. Asos' Ridley jeans are also another favourite of mine; very similar to Topshop's Leighs.

2) Striped top

I bought this striped sweater in Primark for like £3 years ago, and have worn it such a lot (it has a hole in the armpit because of this...). It's a size 16 so is the right amount of bagginess for me, and looks great layered. I am such a fan of striped tops - I probably have about 10 in different shapes and sizes, including T-shirts and crop tops. I love how they can be worn with other patterns or on their own as a standout piece - my wardrobe is full of them!

3) Denim jacket

This is probably my most-worn jacket in my wardrobe - I throw it on over everything, especially when the weather is a little warmer. It is oversized so can be worn with a warmer hoodie jacket underneath if need be, and I think it adds a 90's feel to my outfits. You can find vintage denim jackets from eBay and Asos Marketplace - mine was from a vintage shop in Liverpool.

4) Printed T-shirt
Urban Outfitters/Vintage

This is such a 'me' item of clothing - I own so many printed T-shirts and wear them with jeans or skirts. I think they're so easy to throw on and look cool. I especially own lots of different printed black and white T-shirts, that can be paired with pretty much anything, including other printed items of clothing. I love looking in vintage shops for printed T-shirts - especially old sports labels.

5) Quirky jewellery

I have always loved buying pieces of jewellery that add a bit of interest to an outfit, especially necklaces and rings. I really enjoy seeing an outfit from far away, then getting a bit closer and seeing the little things that make it, and I think jewellery really adds to this. I also love buying interesting shoes and bags, such as my recent metallic shoes with ears from Asos (below).

Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.
                       - J.K. Rowling

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Everything's going to be okay

Typical. Just after I say I haven't felt down for a while, I then get into a low mood for no particular reason. Today I had the day off, so ended up waking up just before 3pm - feeling really odd and groggy. I found it really hard to drag myself out from under the duvet, and ended up feeling worse by the evening because I hadn't really done anything about my mood.

However later on I just kind of felt fed up of feeling down. I didn't want other people to know I was feeling low and worry about me, so I decided that enough was enough. I stopped studying, ate some lasagne, and sat in front of the TV, before watching some hilarious YouTube videos. And gradually, I started to feel a bit better. I think I'm really starting to believe that at the end of the day, everything is going to be okay. No matter what happens, I can get through it. And I need to remember that if I feel down I need to do something that I enjoy and give myself some TLC. I guess we all need to do things that we enjoy for the good of our mental health sometimes, and I can't expect to be happy all of the time. But I'm definitely on my way there!
Surround yourself with inspiring beings.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Close friends and depression

You would have thought that close friends would be the best support for someone suffering with depression, right? Well, sometimes that's not always the case - and here's why...

Sometimes having best friends can make me feel worse about my depression - but definitely not due to the lack of support. No, it's due to the guilt that it can make me feel. The guilt for upsetting someone close to me; the guilt for feeling like a burden on them; the guilt for sometimes not being able to be a fun friend. Guilt for not always believing them when they compliment me or tell me I'm a good friend.

One of my biggest worries and insecurities is how people feel towards me. I sometimes doubt the fact that people want to spend time with me - and when I am severely depressed I don't believe that anyone would want to be my friend at all. This can be hard for my closest friends to see and often means that they have to reassure me when I'm down, which makes me feel like a burden - consequently making my low mood plummet even further.

My closest friends have also seen me very upset on a few occasions. I hate anyone seeing me in such a vulnerable state, but again feel like I am almost relying on them to help me feel a bit better. Which, again, makes me feel like a burden and a bad friend - you get the gist.

Luckily, my friends are absolutely amazing and never hesitate to knock my irrational thoughts right out of me (not literally, they probably wouldn't be my friends then. Probably). They are always completely honest and supportive, and know when I need a little bit of good old reassurance. I literally wouldn't change them for the world and, truly, they help me much more with my down days than they know. They're all very level-headed and know how to knock some sense into me!

Anyway, I realised over the weekend that I haven't had even one down moment in over a week. That's a huge achievement for me, as often I struggle in the mornings or find that little things instantly make me feel down, and I can't remember the last time I had such a good period. Definitely a cause for celebration - I feel amazing!!
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
                                - Walt Disney

Sunday, 24 January 2016

The Woodman

Striped Bardot Top - New Look
Leather-Look Skirt - New Look
Leopard Heels - New Look via Zalando

I wore this outfit today to go out for a meal for my mum's birthday (happy birthday, Mum!!!). I've just realised that I was wearing a lot of New Look - they have a lot of items of clothing that I like at the moment. This skirt is one of my favourites - it is only £14.99 and can be dressed up or down; I am considering getting the pink version too!

The Woodman Inn, Danford Lane, Wolverhampton, WV5 7DG

We decided to go to The Woodman near Claverly, on the infamous 'rabbit run', for Sunday lunch to celebrate Mum's birthday. The Woodman is a posh pub and does really good food - they source their ingredients locally and a lot of it is homemade. From the Sunday menu, I chose smoked salmon and chilli prawns to start; pesto tagliatelle with tomato and brie as my main; and a brownie for my pudding. The starter and main were particularly delicious - I loved the idea of melting whole slices of brie on top of the pasta. The decor in The Woodman is also really nice - very rustic and cosy. I would definitely recommend a visit if you're anywhere near the Bridgnorth/Wolverhampton area (although it's probably worth booking as they get very busy).

I then spent a couple of hours with my family at home (helping my sister with her GCSE geography homework - that took me back a good few years!), and caught the train back up to Liverpool.

I hope everyone sleeps well tonight - let's all have an amazing week!
Respect yourself enough to know you deserve the very best.