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Every Piece Of Jewellery Tells A Story

Every Piece Of Jewellery Tells A Story

received my beautiful hand made Silver Plate Hand Cuff from the lovely Hannah from Hannah creates beautiful pieces and adds a touch of personality to each piece. Hannah's creates rings, bracelets, bangles, necklaces, chokers, earrings and even decorations! I love how passionate Hannah is about creating these pieces for people. 

This Hand Cuff is such a simple but unique piece of jewellery. I love the reason why Hannah created this. "This beauty came from loving having my hand held, so cringe. But I find it so comforting. This cuff gives me the same feeling. It clasps your hand gently, but you know it's there." And I totally agree. 


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You can also get 15% OFF with 'HANNAHCODE'

Lot's of love, Soph x 
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Sophie Mariah
20 Ways To Practise Self-Love

20 Ways To Practise Self-Love

Learning to love ourselves can be a pretty hard journey to embark on, it may take a while or it could happen just like that. However, there are ways to practise self-love on a daily basis which can have a major effect on the way we think and feel about ourselves. We must think of ourselves as we would our best friend or a loved one, how we lift them up when they are down, how we tell them they are worthy of the very best, how we compliment them, are kind to them, and.... you get the gist. We must say and do to ourselves what we say and do to our loved ones.

During 2016 I realised just how important self-love and self-care is and it is so important. So I hope these 20 ways can help you practise self-love and support you on your journey of self-love.

1. Treat yourself (maybe to something sassy - like a piece of lingerie or maybe that beautiful eyeshadow palette you've been eyeing up).

2. Tell yourself 'I am an amazing, worthy, beautiful human being and full of all things sugar, spice and all things nice'.

3. Write down a list of things you love about yourself and read them back to yourself every morning and night.

4. Take time to yourself to relax. Run a bath, pour a glass of wine (or a hot chocolate) and unwind.

5. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new - find a hobby that you love to do and makes you smile.

6. Stop comparing yourself to others.

7. Have a daily dance around your room and express yourself.

8. Every night, write down what you are thankful for.

9. Buy yourself some fresh flowers.

10. Watch a feel-good movie.

11. Read a good book.

12. Take regular breaks throughout your day and get some fresh air in your lungs.

13. Cut out the toxic people in your life.

14. Spend quality time with your friends and loved ones.

15. Stop saying 'yes' to people and things you really want to say 'no' to.

16. Compliment yourself on a daily basis.

17. Remember not to be too hard on yourself. You made a mistake? Tell yourself 'Everything will be fine' like you would tell others.

18. Go to the theatre.

19. Light your favourite candle or incense and take a few minutes to breathe in and breathe out.

20. Celebrate all victories. Small or big.

What are your ways of practising self-love? 

Lot's of love, Soph x

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Sophie Mariah
From One Student To Another

From One Student To Another

Being a fellow university student, I know some of the pros and cons of being a student. Pros - student discount (hallelujah) and the help some of us get from student finance. Cons - actually having to write essays, being stressed constantly and not forgetting being tired all of the time. My first year was a breeze. My second year, not so much. I am extremely worried about going into my third year. When I used to hear people say that university was hard, I never really believed them and I honestly do not know how some students go out every night when they are at university, because I could not. Everyday I am worrying that I haven't done the reading/work for my seminars, that I haven't completed the reading for my lectures, that I haven't started my essay which is due in a week, that I haven't submitted an assignment. And... it goes on. So here are a few tips from me, to help your time as a student run that tiny bit smoother.


As easy as it is to procrastinate and put off writing that essay, just do not do it. You will thank yourself in the long run. I am the queen of procrastinating and it is something I am definitely changing in 2017. It causes unnecessary stress and leaving it until the last minute doesn't help you get better grades, it makes everything worse. So just DON'T DO IT OK? 


I find that writing things down and planning really helps me to stay on track. I created a Printable 'Ultimate Student Planner' which is available to purchase on my Etsy - here. It includes a reading list so you can keep on top of your reading for each module, an assignment tracker so you won't lose track of those important assignments, a daily planner and more!


There is nothing worse than when you have a 9am lecture and you can't keep your eyes open. I mean, you might as well not be there. I definitely can't focus in a 2 hour lecture if I haven't had enough sleep, my brain just cannot function, therefore it cannot take anything in.


Who doesn't love a discount?! I sure do. Sign up to UNiDAYS, StudentBeans, get an NUS extra card, and remember you can use your Student ID card to get money off at the cinema! (If you have any other student discount sites please let me know in the comments!)


This will save you SO much money. I always try to prepare my lunches the night before so that they are ready for me to grab in the morning. It saves me so much money and I don't end up grabbing the delicious pizza, cake, and all things naughty.


Make sure you reference your essay as you go, because you may forget to put it in or forget where you got it from! Then you have to get rid of that amazing reference and find another! Save time and do it as you go.


Once you get into the first few weeks you realise which books are actually worth purchasing. And funnily enough, you only use three out of the 10 you have been told to buy! Don't be like me and buy all of them and never read them! Oh and buy them second hand online - so much cheaper.


Working alongside your friend is so much more fun than by yourself. It can actually benefit your work too as sometimes you may not understand something as well as your friend, or vice versa. You can learn a lot from each other and have a bit of fun at the same time so it's not too strenuous. My friend and I spent a whole day in the library writing our lab reports together - which we had no clue how to do but we got there in the end. After a day of hot chocolates, lots of snacks, pot noodles and a few rants.


If you want to learn anything, you need to pay attention. Don't waste your valuable time and money messing about in lectures/seminars etc. spend it wisely and use the information to learn as much as you can from your course and if you are struggling or need help, book a tutorial with your lecturers.

What are your tips for us fellow students? I'd love to know - because I still haven't mastered the art of being a student. 

Lot's of love, Soph x

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Sophie Mariah
Why I'm So Over Seeking The Approval Of Others

Why I'm So Over Seeking The Approval Of Others

Why has it taken me up to my twentieth year of living to realise that I don't need others approval? For years I sought the approval of others, trying to change myself and alter certain aspects of myself and my personality to please others. Seeking others approval is absurd and I'm so done with it.

When another persons view becomes more important than your own, it’s time to take a step back. Back when I was in high school, when someone didn't like me, I took it extremely personal. To the extent that I would change myself, for instance, how my hair looked, my make-up, my style and even my personality and interests. I was so worried about why a person didn't like me that I thought it was ME who needed to change to please them, this is so not the case. You should never have to change yourself to please another person and to seek their approval. If they don't think that you are worthy of their time, they are definitely not worthy of yours and definitely not worth wasting your time and energy on! Looking back, this led to me feeling pretty unhappy about myself and effected the way I thought about myself. However, a few years on, I am definitely over the idea of needing others approval and taking it personally when someone doesn't like me. If someone doesn't like me, I'm not going to let it dictate my happiness or make me change. If you find yourself seeking the approval of others and it is effecting you, here are five reasons why you should quit seeking the approval of others!


Each and everyone one of us have different perceptions of life and how people should act. We all have our own views of things, I could find a piece of art beautiful, yet another person could think it is a piece of junk. It is exactly the same with others thoughts about you, you can't control the way they see things. 


It doesn't matter how nice you are or how much effort you put in with people, you simply cannot have everyone like you. There will always be people who will talk about you for whatever reason.


Why waste your time and energy seeking others approval? Spend your time doing what you want to do and seeking your own approval! 


Live your life the way you want to live it, do what YOU want to do, don't let others who have no control over your life, control you. 


This is so important. If you approve of yourself, others thoughts and things they have to say about you will no longer matter. You realise that them talking about you has nothing to do with how you are but how they think. 

Why do you think we are willing to get ourselves down just to please others? I'd love to hear your thoughts and any tips you have for avoiding this! 

Lot's of love, Soph x

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Sophie Mariah
10 Inspirational Quotes To Add To Your Daily Reading List

10 Inspirational Quotes To Add To Your Daily Reading List

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Do you ever have days when you feel deflated? Like everything is getting on top of you? Or even feel like you've lost your determination and positive mindset. On days like these, reading inspirational quotes really helps me to recover my positive girl boss thinking. My delivery from Coconut Lane came at the right time as I had a deflated kinda day the previous day. Once I opened these I instantly felt the positivity rush through me. So I hope these inspirational quotes will inspire you on a daily basis or days when you're not feeling at your best!

Your speed doesn't matter, forward is forward. 

You will never have this day again so make it count.

Everyday is a second chance.

Believe in yourself.

You are capable of amazing things.

It always seems impossible until it is done.

Broken crayons, still colour.

Twenty years from now you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the things you did. 

A flower does not think about competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms.

Fall in love with taking care of yourself. 
Mind, body and spirit.

What quotes inspire you on a daily basis?

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Lot's of love, Soph x

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Sophie Mariah
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