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

Hey Sweetie, Here’s a Way to Consume Less Sugar*

There’s one thing that really plagues our lives. Sugar. It’s everywhere and we really can’t avoid it that easily. We probably (well, at least I do) consume way more than I need to and it’s becoming a real problem. I just really love sweets, okay?!

This is where this blog post comes in, Nestle has launched 30% less sugar in some of my favourite sweets! They recently sent me some to try and I’m actually weirdly excited to tell you all about them.

It took two years of extensive research to come up with the recipe for these sweeties, the brand says ‘the sugar removed has been replaced by increasing the fibre content in these brand new versions’. I LOVE the fact they have fewer calories too – I feel way less guilty munching on them now!

I wasn’t sure if they’d taste the same or if they’d just be lesser-flavoured versions of themselves but I was seriously surprised! They taste exactly the same. My mum loves these and I’m glad that we as a family can consume less sugar. It’s mad how much is in food, especially the ones you’d least expect it. Recently I found out how much is in my usual Starbucks order and wow… I’m really surprised!

I actually think I prefer the less sugar version as I really think the flavours of the fruit come out a lot more, especially in the fruit pastilles!

*This is a collaborative post*

Jake Houlsby, Vondelpark EP Launch

It’s not really that often that I believe in fate, but sometimes life just works out in a way that you think it’s a little bit more than pure coincidence. A lot of my life is like that with music, it seems I stumble across musicians at just the right time.

Rewind back four or so years ago, walking down Northumberland Street and in front of M&S my ears were drawn towards a particular sound. I couldn’t ignore it. It’s rare you just stumble across such talent while walking down the street. Never would have I have had the guts to walk up and ask him his name, so I’m pretty glad it was on a little sign near his guitar case. Suntrap. Straight away I followed him on Twitter, and I’ve listened ever since.

Fast forward a few years, Jake Houlsby performs under his name and has flourished into a new style. Four years later I’m excited for each new release and Vondelpark nevertheless impressed me in every way.

The Vondelpark launch was at the beautiful Mining Institute, Jake played a mixture of old and new music and the crowd was attentive but most of all, mesmerised. It’s always a pleasure hearing Jake play, but this time? It just felt even more special. The new material and band made it such a beautiful experience.

At the end of the set, Jake came out into the crowd and we all sang Circus Child together. It really showed the connection he has with his fans, and the true love they have for his music. An unforgettable moment.

Five tracks in total, Howl, Bloom, Oklahoma, Vondelpark and Milos. An array of varied tracks, each one perfect in its own way.

Check out Vondelpark below. I promise you won’t be disappointed.