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In Loving Memory of Emma Cosgrove

 

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photo source: Emma Cosgrove’s twitter

 

I couldn’t sleep last night after receiving the devastating news that Emma Cosgrove, a sweet & loving young lady who was very valued in the blogging community, had lost her 7 year battle to Cancer. She was such an inspiration to us all and will be sorely missed.

On Instagram this morning I shared this message: This photo was taken by the sweetest, most courageous and inspirational girl that I’ve stumbled across in the blogging community who sadly lost her 7 year battle to cancer. She was ever supportive of my book and told me how much it helped her – I only wish I had thanked her properly and could have done more to ease her pain than just through words on a piece of paper. Emma was a huge poetry fan and her lovely friend @beccianniepoetry has written some lovely pieces for her, and in memory of her. She will be sorely missed in the future #beechat twitter chats, her cheery & chatty presence was always welcomed, and appreciated. I’m so devastated at hearing this news and I’m so privileged that someone so beautiful and precious adored and took comfort from my book. Rest in peace sweetheart. We all love you. ūüíē

Emma used to drop by #beechat’s twitter chats and was so full of hope & determination which can only be described as truly admirable: How someone going through so much pain and woe could upkeep such an upbeat and cheery presence is remarkable. But that was Emma through and through. She told me how my poetry collection, Melancholy Mind, helped her so much and that it was one of the most relatable books she had ever read. I will hold these words very close to me forever. Emma loved poetry, my poetry, and because of this I would like to write something in memory of such a deserving and incredible soul:

My Dearest Emma,

You are one of a kind

You fought so hard

With your body and your mind

You started a blog on the internet;

You seized every opportunity;

You inspired each and every one of us

that you reached in the blogging community.

I wish I had properly thanked you

For all of the wonderful things

You graciously said to me

before you gained your wings

You are now soaring with the angels

reunited with your best friend

but we will miss you dearly, Em.

You were a Godsend.




Rest in peace, Emma Cosgrove, 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blogger Event at Cherry Soda

Hello lovelies!

Last Thursday I went to a blogger ‘meet & greet’ event at Ayrshire’s fabulous little jewellery and accessory store: Cherry Soda. Situated¬†in Ayr’s central shopping centre, it is very well-known by the locals in Ayr!¬†I’d never been before but my boyfriend’s Mum lives 5 minutes from the shopping centre¬†and has been in Cherry Soda before on numerous occasions and always speaks so highly of it; when I was invited along to the meet & greet event and told that I could potentially be an online brand ambassador for them – I didn’t want to miss this opportunity!

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Cherry Soda offer a range of popular and affordable jewellery in store and online. They sell brands that are extremely known for upmarket and luxurious jewellery such as Swarovski, Thomas Sabo, Disney Couture, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein & Vivian Westwood. In addition, they also sell more affordable and lower-priced brands with the same excellent quality such as Miss Dee, Joma Jewellery, Cherry Soda (!) and much more.

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What I really admire about Cherry Soda is that they literally cater for everyone; there is such a wide variety of brands that you are spoiled for choice! They always have great offers and deals going¬†on (in store and online). I’m also going to give you guys, my loyal readers & wonderful followers, a 20% discount to use on Cherry Soda’s online store! Just type CHARLENE20 in at the checkout and you’ll get a cheeky 20% discount off whatever you’re buying!

I’m privileged that I was one of the lucky ones picked out to be one of Cherry Soda’s online brand ambassador’s and I look forward to future collaborations and opportunities with such¬†a magnificent & grand brand (that’s a tongue twister). I adore all of their products and felt like such a V.I.P at the blogger event – I look forward to sharing more beautiful products from Cherry Soda with you guys soon!

How lush is the Miss Dee heart necklace I received?¬†Have you ever heard of Cherry Soda before? What’s your favourite brand that they have in stock? Pop me a comment – I just love hearing from you all.

Until next time

Charlene McElhinney

 

*I received some items in exchange for a review. All opinions, photos & views are my own. I do not receive commission for the use of my promotional code. This is purely a family & friends discount*.

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I’ve started my Journal again.

I’ve been driving myself mad all morning. I want to write; I don’t know what to write about. And yet there are a plethora of thoughts swimming around inside my head and I’m drowning. I’m drowning because they are consuming me and I just need to get them out. You know?

I’ve actually started my journal again. I took a step back from it when I started blogging because I thought I wouldn’t need to upkeep both – but boy was I wrong?

Yesterday I had a shimmy through all of my old journals and I was overwhelmed with emotion. So many people, faces and memories cropped up. Memories. That’s all they are now. But to be able to read over significant moments in my life and remember feelings and thoughts that I had once – is a surreal, peculiar but oh so wonderful privilege. I’m so glad I documented my life throughout all those years. Why did I stop? Because I started blogging. I thought I would share everything with you guys. But I can’t bring myself to.

Don’t worry my darlings, I’m not going to stop blogging, I wouldn’t ever dream of doing that. I love it too much. But I’m going to devote some time to writing in my journal again and getting more things off my chest.

That’s all from me today. I just wanted you all to know this.

Love

Charlene McElhinney

 

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The fitness fanatic has returned!

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I am absolutely thrilled that my fitness motivation is back! It’s going to take me a while to get back to the fitness level I managed to achieve several months ago… well almost a year ago! I fell away from it completely, let myself go, and I’m definitely regretting it and feeling the affects of it now! But not to worry: I have been hitting the gym like mad lately and have been getting such a buzz out of exercising again – I can’t wait until my next workout once I finish one! Oh, I’m just so glad I’m back in to it all again!

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How did I manage to fall away from fitness?

I went on holiday…irrevocably binged on pizza, cocktails and all that jazz! When I came home I found it hard to get my ass back in to gear! I couldn’t bring myself to go to the gym, or even do an at-home-workout! I was totally unmotivated. If only I had some sort of push to get myself there; that’s exactly what I needed. I wish I had discovered something that could have rekindled my passion for fitness and helped me stick at it!

A fellow friend in the blogging world, John, used to be a personal trainer and certainly knows his stuff when it comes to fitness! I wish I had some sort of fitness knowledge like that; I wish I was more educated about what I was actually doing when I was hitting the gym.

There’s lots of opportunities out there for fitness fanatics, even beginners, to pursue their love of fitness and to learn more about it all! I should have reached out and grasped these opportunities… but it’s never too late!

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There’s lots of facilities online nowadays to help you with your fitness routines (whether that be at home or in the gym) but sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes you don’t have the motivation to actually do those 3 minute ab workouts on the floor of your bedroom – maybe you need some sort of drive to actually get up and do something?

There’s online courses you can do to help you stay motivated and stay on track! Take Origym’s ‘CPD Fitness Course’* for example. The CPD (continuous professional development) course offers a range of different specialised courses for you to choose from: Kettlebells, circuits, boxing and padwork, suspension training or even the business side of fitness! There is so much to learn! They even offer various courses for you to become a personal trainer (this is something I’d love to do at some point in my life!).

I feel like I’m getting back on track and am now aspiring to do more with fitness (once I’ve reached a decent fitness level again, of course). If I can do it – you can too!

I love when I’m at the gym with a friend and we workout together and I show them different variations of doing things or they ask me questions about what I’m doing and I can actually answer them – doing a fitness course would be so rewarding I think!

If any of you have ever done a fitness course before, let me know in the comments! Check out the CPD Fitness Course I’ve been telling you all about and let me know what you think! Is this something you would be interested in trying out too? I love hearing from you guys!

Charlene McElhinney

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My story isn’t over yet;

IMG_0696[1]“A semi colon is used when a writer could have chosen to end their sentence¬† but chose not to. The writer is you and the sentence is your life.” #projectsemicolon

Hello lovelies,

Today I finally got around to getting a tattoo on my body that I’ve wanted for quite some time now – but like everything, I’ve been putting it off.

You may or may not have heard of ‘Project Semicolon. ‘It is an American mental health non profit organisation that primarly functions as an anti-suicide initiative. It was founded in 2013 and aims to present hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction, self-harm or any kind of mental illness that they are going through. They have been known for encouraging people to tattoo the punctuation mark semicolon (;) onto their bodies as a form of solidarity between people dealing with mental illness…’

Thus, the explanation for my new addition on my body. Not only did I get the semi colon tattooed on my skin but I also got the quote ‘My story isn’t over yet’ and I’m genuinely over the moon with how it looks. It couldn’t be any more perfect (thank you so much, Shaun, at Fleur De Lis). Everything that it represents, everything that I’ve been through, everything that goes through my head on a daily basis… this brings me a great source of comfort and I’m honoured to have such a meaningful tattoo on my body!

I find it admirable that so many people are being¬† immensely courageous and getting the semi colon tattoo on their skin! It’s raising awareness for mental illness and providing a huge source of comfort to others at the same time! It’s just marvellous!

There are not enough words to express how much this tattoo, these words and how much this symbol all me to me.

My story isn’t over yet.

And neither is yours.

 

All my love.

Charlene McElhinney

 

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First time at the hairdressers…

 

I’ve been wavering with whether or not to write this post; but so many of you requested that I write it and share my experience! And as I am predominantly a lifestyle blogger I decided to share my first experience at a proper hairdresser’s with you…and it wasn’t at all what I expected.

Before I go any further: I am not bashing the capability or skills of this hairdresser(s) but I will be expressing and sharing with you all the dissatisfaction of the service I received and how I felt throughout the whole experience.

I’d seen Tammie’s Bar at my local town centre: It had a grand and glamorous launch about 8 months ago and I’ve always walked by and been in awe of the d√©cor and attractiveness of the whole place – and the stunning girls who all work there! Everything about Tammie’s Bar looked flawless. I hadn’t had my hair done in 7 months (my little cousin usually does it for me but I had been putting it off for ages). I was going out with my friend so I decided to book myself in for a little pamper session at this particular hairdressers. They had an appointment available on the Friday, the night I was going out, so I thought ‘perfect, I’ll take it!’

I arrived for my appointment 10 minutes early. I always do this. My appointment was at 2:30pm. I sat on this luxurious purple chesterfield sofa and waited…and waited… and waited… nobody had said anything to me and I began to get anxious. My palms were sweating and I could feel my face flushing. I eventually plucked up the courage to approach one of the girls behind the bar and ask if I had the right day and time. She assured me that they wouldn’t be much longer, that they were running late, and yes I had the right day and time. I sat back down and watched as 1 girl came, got her make up done, and went. Finally I was took. 1 hour and 25 minutes later they started my hair. I get anxious as it is in new places with new people – but to be kept waiting nearly 1 hour and a half! I was a bag of nerves. I knew my friend and I were meeting for our night out, too, and I was anxious about running late and keeping her waiting.

Anyway, the owner of the salon was the lady doing my hair! I expected her to apologise for keeping me but she never said a thing. Just asked what I wanted with my hair. I briefly described what I had envisaged in my head and showed her a picture, on request. Tammie assured me she knew what she was doing and I told her just to do her thing!

After a while, my head was nipping like crazy, I wasn’t sure if this was normal or?.. Surely she would tell me if something wasn’t right? She shouted over one of the other girls in a ‘subtle but obvious’ kind of way and they were talking in quiet whispers behind me and I was so sure I heard the word ‘nipping’ and I was panicking like mad – texting my friends like what is going on? I asked the girls what was wrong and they brushed it off… thankfully nothing went wrong on that front! But boy, was I a bag of nerves?!

Whilst I was having my hair done, all I could think about was how much I was running late and how much I still had to do when I got home now that my timing was all messed up! Tammie didn’t seem like she was in a hurry though: She stopped on 5 different occasions to change the song that was playing and choose another and she went off for a cigarette and I was sitting in the chair worrying about the nippy bleach on my head. I just wasn’t sure if it was normal or not? I didn’t want to question it in case I sounded silly but I did tell the girls it was my first time at a proper hairdressers!

Then when I was having my hair washed, Tammie’s partner came in and sat right beside me, and was talking away to the girls and Tammie whilst I was getting all of this done. All of the other girls that work there were just standing about in front of me and I felt so self-conscious! I had no make up on, I had my hair in the craziest of styles whilst getting it done and I had bleach on my face too (which took days & a lot of scrubbing to come off)… I just wanted out of there! It was a horrible feeling! I tried to make conversation with them all but the majority of the conversation between everyone consisted of names (clients?) and talking about finishing up for the night etc. and I couldn’t think of how to include myself. Anyone who knows me will know I am never stuck for words but I just felt so isolated and anxious and small and I just wanted the big fancy seats to swallow me up!

They did make me a cocktail… which was lovely! It’s definitely a treat getting a wee alcoholic beverage at a bar whilst getting your hair done – but it definitely wasn’t enough! Maybe if I’d had a few more I would have felt more at ease!

I felt like such an inconvenience and a burden; the girls kept saying how they hoped to close at 6 and Tammie said things along the lines of ‘Just this hair to get done then I can go home’…’have you seen this head of hair?’… and I just felt like I was such a nuisance! Oh, it was just an awful feeling…

It cost me ¬£85 for my hair and the experience… and I have to say I really didn’t think it was worth that at all. If I had felt pampered and fulfilled then I wouldn’t have minded handing over that amount of money but… I just felt ripped off really.

The lovely curls that Tammie had blow dried in my hair fell out before I even got to my house – between the half an hour of my dad picking me up and taking me home. I was also kept for 20 minutes to take photos of my hair, in different positions and doing different things with my hands (I was mortified) and my dad was outside waiting on me. I was just in such a rush and I felt like they were so laid-back and unprofessional.

It was such a shame because I had sooooo been looking forward to going all week. I was so disappointed.

Have you ever had a bad experience at the hairdressers? Would you have left after waiting 1 hour and 25 minutes? Would you have said something?

Let me know in the comments below – you know I love hearing from you guys!

 

Love

Charlene McElhinney

 

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