I haven't done one of my '10 things' posts since May last year, so I figured it was time to add a bit of positivity to the mix and also give a shout out to things and people who have made me happy recently. It has been hard to choose just 10, as really, I should do a blog around things that have been making me smile so far this year - of which there are a lot. However, I've done my best and will *try* and make sure this blog becomes a regular thing again, if for no other reason than the fact it tends to cheer me up on bad days. Anyway, here are 10 things that I'm really loving right now (even if technically some of them aren't from this month):
If you live in Leeds but haven't heard of Temple Coffee and Donuts, then you've definitely been living under a rock. If you've heard of it but haven't been, you're probably still familiar with their crazy coloured doughnuts. I feel like I can't go a week without someone on social media posting about going there and yet it has taken me ages to actually get around to visit the place.
Temple is an all-vegan cafe, but don't let that put you off if you're a meat eater or a dairy-fan. The cafe is out to prove that vegan isn't boring and their menu is certainly showing that to be the case. In fact, my husband didn't even realise the doughnut he was eating was vegan until I told him. They really are that good.
The cafe is located near Armley Mills, which is the main reason I haven't been, as it would mean driving to the other side of Leeds. However, after my first visit, I realised that the journey is definitely worth it. It's also really worth going regularly as they change up the menu a fair bit, so you get to enjoy something new.
Hi, it's me. I'm back!
Yes, I am well aware that I vanished and have really neglected my blog for almost half a year. Unfortunately, it was one of the things that had to give while I sorted out my mental health and life in general.
The good news is that I am back, I'm feeling creatively re-charged - as well as happier in general - and I am looking forward to getting back on the blogging horse. In fact, I'm really looking forward to going to new places, trying new foods and picking up some more beauty products all so I have more excuses to put pen to paper - or at least type a bit more!
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I haven't disappeared completely, but sometimes I've struggled to post on there, let alone write a blog. I'm hoping this will change now, although you'll have to forgive me for easing myself back into the swing of things and not posting quite as much as I used to.
Yesterday, as I was doing the weekly food shop after a day at work, a woman came up to me and told me I was "brave" for wearing what I was wearing. That's right, brave. No, I wasn't wearing anything particularly out there or over-the-top. I was wearing a skirt, top and my flat driving shoes - definitely nothing that warranted the word "brave".
I asked what was meant by the comment. Was I brave because I'd chosen to wear a predominantly black outfit on such a hot day? Was it maybe because my skirt has a pattern of zombie waitresses on it? No, she said, apparently I'm brave because I chose to wear a skirt that fell ever slightly above the knee and I am fatter than her.
Unfortunately, this is a conversation that I have had many times before and I'm sure I'll have again because it is still seen by many as out of the norm when a plus-sized person wears an outfit that those who are smaller wouldn't think twice about picking up.
Wearing a short skirt on a hot day is not brave, it's common sense and an attempt to stay cool and comfortable. It isn't brave to put on any outfit in your size, as obviously, the very fact that it comes in your size means that it is designed to be worn by you. And it certainly isn't brave to show some skin just because I may have a larger body than you.
In short, please do not call me brave for my outfit choices just because I'm plus-sized.
The last few weeks have been pretty busy, but not so mad that I haven't been enjoying myself. In fact, the reason I haven't written any blogs in a little while is because I've been doing so many enjoyable things and have been making the most of seeing people and going places.
With so much awesome stuff going on, I knew I couldn't skip out on a 10 things post, especially as it's going to take me a while to get everything written up. So until I do get some more reviews and musings online, here are a few things that I've really enjoyed this May: