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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

January Haul Video

So I have ventured back into the world of YouTube and here are the results of my first video attempt. I've tried to change the thumbnail to something a touch more flattering but YouTube is having none of it!

What I got for Christmas and some of my sale buys!

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Chelsea Jade

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Sunday, 18 January 2015

A little M.I.A and S.A.D

I’ve been slacking with this blog a little lately; I've not really had the motivation to do much of anything lately. I suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder, so like many I feel blue in winter but this is much more it’s a form of depression. Sometimes the lack of differentiation between these terms ‘January blues’ and ‘depression’ bugs me a little, mental health isn't talked about enough.

I find it really difficult to blog during when my SAD kicks in, and I have to say this year I have been quite lucky and it only started this last month - before it has been October-March which is pretty draining. I have very little energy and the last thing I want to do is get out of bed in the morning, so I have difficulty getting dressed some days let alone in an outfit worthy for the public. This is quite common of depression, and it may not sound so bad to others but day after day is pretty awful.

The very worst it can get for me is when I’m having to explain to my boyfriend that I am not grumpy with him, it’s just that I’m annoyed at myself for having actually woken up from my sleep in the first place. Then I have this torn, mixed sort of feeling of the sadness or complete emptiness making me just wanting to disappear, along with the real me inside somewhere thinking ‘that’s not right, you have plenty to wake up to in the morning and this is just a reaction in your brain making you feel this way’. This mix of feelings of slight madness in wishing I weren't here at all and a more rational get up and just work through it, is what tires me out sometimes.

Some days I can be back to my usual self but I may just be more tired than usual, I’m happy and I can get on with my job then the next day it can be completely different. For that I have to say thank you to my boyfriend for putting up with me being an emotional whirlwind of a character during this time.

With SAD I think I am lucky in that I know that at some point it is going to end and I have the opportunity to do things that will improve my own mood. For others with depression all year through it must be really tough, as for me, knowing that when it gets a little brighter my mood probably will too. For my mood I like to drink lots of water and herbal teas, attempt to get out of the house even if it is just for a walk, eat healthily and stay away from buying lots of junk food as I will just eat it pretty quickly!

I don’t really know what my intention is exactly with this post other than to say that I will be back to blogging more regularly next month hopefully! I thought I would explain why I may disappear for a little while and if anything this has been quite therapeutic to write.

Now for my aims for this blog next month are to firstly get back to my regular outfit posts, I want to try out Youtube again and finally start back with my street style posts (though that one may have to wait until the weather is a touch warmer).  It would be great if any of my regular readers are reading this right now and could let me know what types of posts you enjoy reading of mine, for example I haven’t done a ‘Ways to Wear’ in forever!

If you have reached the end of this post, I congratulate you as it was pretty long and I’m not sure it makes all that much sense or at least in an articulate manner. Thank you for reading and I will hopefully be back next month with something a little less intense – or maybe sooner as my New Years eve outfit has not graced the pages of this blog yet.

Chelsea Jade

Sunday, 11 January 2015

A Vintage Dress and Chunky Shoes

Coat - Charity Shop
Cardigan - Topshop
Dress - Cow
Shoes - ASOS

Here are some of my new pieces, I got this pretty dress in a 3 for £10 sale at Cow along with these trousers. I didn't realise it was a touch too big on boxing day when I tried it on (must've had foodbaby triplets after my Christmas dinner) so I've had to add a skinny belt to keep it in place. Moral of the story don't shop on a particularly full stomach.

My shoes were a present from my boyfriend for Christmas, I am very happy with these as they are so comfy! They went into the sale and have sold out in most sizes but they also come in a matte navy colour too which are very pretty. 

Chelsea Jade

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Dr Stuart's Tea - Detox, Skin Purify and Slim Plus

I have been drinking Dr Stuart tea for a little while now (long enough to go through 4 boxes) I have been waiting to share this post with you until I had actually tried the tea for a longer period of time.

These herbal teas were created by man named Dr Stuart and you can read about him here. But for now I have written a little bit about what I thought of each of the three teas I tried.

'Skin Purify' is my favourite of the three I tried, it is Red clover, nettle leaves and dandelion leaves. It's a touch sweeter then the two below and I went through two boxes of these pretty quickly. I combined this with drinking more water (still snacking on more than your average amount of chocolate and nutella) and my skin really did seem to clear. I've not had it for about two weeks now as it ran out and I have broken out again. So if you suffer with spots this may be a good one to try out (I drank one a day for about a month and was very happy with the results.

'Detox' is Dandelion root, burdock root, peppermint and spearmint  which sounded too delicious to pass on. I love the flavour of this tea and I could certainly do with some more after my Christmas chocolate overdose!

This final one 'Slim Plus' actually wasn't what I was hoping for, I had been looking for 'Triple Ginseng' but after 3 stores I gave up and got this one. It is a blend of Fennel, linden leaves and galangal root it is supposed to help suppress your appetite, I thought it may help me stop snacking! This one unfortunately didn't sit well with me flavour wise - it was a little too earthy, or planty (new word alert). 

One of the main reasons I loved these drinks is because I suffer with S.A.D I've never taken antidepressants but I like to try different things to boost my mood in winter. I drank these drinks every day for over a month and this was the first year in ages that I felt like I just had the winter blues rather than full on S.A.D so for that I would like to thank Dr Stuart. I think it was a combination of things this year that helped me but these drinks I am sure improved my mood!

I did get mine from Holland and Barrett but you can buy the Dr Stuarts website too - I think that's what I'm going to do next because there is a wider range. 

Chelsea Jade

p.s) This is not a sponsored post, I was just pretty happy with the tea and wanted to share with you guys :) 

Friday, 2 January 2015

Vintage Trousers and Platforms

Hat - Topshop
Jumper - Primark
Trousers - COW
Shoes - ASOS
I don't even know where to start, I have some incredible new pieces in my wardrobe now thanks to Santa and the sales! Santa left these incredible platform shoes from ASOS on Christmas morning - I am completely in love. Then these trousers were a mega bargain as Cow have a 3 for £10 sale section, I got these, a cute dress and a ridiculous Christmas cardigan for next Christmas (yes I am that person). You can check out Cow online but I do reccommend visiting one of the stores if you are in Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester or Birmingham.

I also hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and new year! I had a little hiatus just so I could relax and spend time with the family without having to photograph everything. I may be doing a haul type video with some of the things I was lucky enough to be given and things I got myself in the sales if you'd be interested?

Chelsea Jade