ALL GIRLS SHOULD LOVE THEMSELVES… *ad

Inclusivity is something I’ve always been aware of. See, when you’re born differently you become aware of how the world can be pretty unfair and see it through different eyes. There are just those things that you process differently. It doesn’t matter how you’re different, you just know.

If you didn’t already know, I was born with a facial disfigurement called Cystic Hygroma, which I still have now. It’s super rare and it meant my face was swollen with cysts. Before any surgery, my tongue didn’t fit in my mouth and my left cheek was around 3x the size it should have been. Filled with painful cysts. My tongue still isn’t an average size and I’ll always have cysts in my mouth. Sometimes they swell, especially when I get an infection. Not only did I look different, but I was in a lot of pain as a child and went through a lot.

Growing up, I was constantly stared at. To be honest, I still get it now, (though I do like to think they’re wondering what highlight I have on, not at the fact I’m different). My self-confidence could have absolutely plummeted and I could have grown up hating myself, but I didn’t. I was always proud of who I am and my differences. I’ll never be ‘normal’ or perfect. My flaws do not define me, they only make me stronger.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all easy. I do get days where I just feel as though I don’t fit in or I’m unattractive because I look different. I still get self-conscious of my scar or hate my jaw. There are even days I think less of myself because I’m different, although those days are becoming less occurring. There’s a multitude of things I’d happily change about myself at the drop of a hat but you know, life isn’t like that. We shouldn’t focus on what we want to change about ourselves, just what we LOVE.

And you know what? I love my long, thick hair. My blue eyes, my button nose, my kindness. When I think about it, I have more things I love about myself than I dislike. This is why I jumped at the chance to take part of promoting Boohoo’s All Girls campaign. Promoting self-acceptance and inclusivity. All different types of girls.

If you’re struggling with your self-confidence, no matter what it is or why you’re struggling, I promise it will get better. You really do learn to love yourself, but it’s not an overnight thing. My tip? Stop putting yourself down. The less negativity you think about yourself, the more you start to believe and recognise your worth. Life isn’t about changing yourself and becoming the ideal woman that society tells us to. Life is too short to spend your life constantly wanting to change yourself. We have to love ourselves for who we are, who we were born to be.

View the advert HERE and shop the collection HERE.

A huge thank you to Boohoo for sponsoring this post and giving me the opportunity to hopefully inspire & help some people. If you ever need anyone to talk to, I’m always just a message away x



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Hi everyone! I thought I’d share with you a few of the items I’m loving from Pretty Little Thing at the moment and share with you my EXCLUSIVE discount code! Use code ‘NRVINKYW’ at checkout for 20% off. Speak soon!

 

Katie xx




Summer Stylings with Intu Metrocentre


Ah, Summer, it’s a ritual, isn’t it? Buying new clothes and having a sneaky little splurge in the shops. Living in the North East, we get about a week of sun so I don’t tend to splurge THAT much on Summer clothes but this year is different. It’s been gorgeous weather for two weeks now so it’s time for a little wardrobe refresh as my clothes from last year have been thrown away.

Being young, at 21, my style changes every year, evolving into different tastes and as my body changes, my wardrobe needs to also. I’ve put on weight, my hips are wider… All things that are constantly changing and I need my wardrobe to reflect that.

I was delighted when Intu Metrocentre invited me along to their VIP Fashion Show to see the newest additions to the SS17 collection on the high street. There were many brands taking part in the fashion show, including Primark, Topshop, Coast, Kath Kitson and more. I usually shop at Topshop, Asos, Mango, Zara and Miss Selfridge. My style completely depends on my mood. Growing up, I was pretty grunge and that element of my style has always stayed with me. I also have a girly aspect to my style, and I love to wear pink, frills and classic clothes. My style icons are Lily Collins, Freddy My Love and Marina and the Diamonds.

The event made me ready to hop on a plane and jet away to the Bahamas. Cocktails, burritos, flamingos and even a paddling pool filled with Show Beauty goodies. After sipping on a cocktail and chatting away to my friends, the show began. The clothes were wonderful. I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites…

 

So there we have it! Summer 2017, what’s your favourite style? That yellow Karren Millen dress is my favourite, with a tan it will look killer. Now… I need to go shopping.

Intu Metrocentre is in Gateshead, you can visit their current offers on their website. I love that they have so many discount codes on their website, and usually a few great competitions too.