Thursday 17th August

Hey Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well.

I started this little section of my blog with the intention of writing down a few more specific and personal aspects of my daily life. General thoughts, feelings and aspirations as it were. I know a lot of you will love reading this and I know that I will enjoy writing without having to edit out the limitations a fashion and beauty blogger has in front of them.

Today is 17th August 2017, my best friends birthday! I’m currently sat in a gym cafe, waiting for my boyfriend to finish his set so we can go food shopping. Something that I haven’t mentioned on my Instagram account is that we have both taken a plunge and dived into vegetarianism. We’re about a week in so far and have been really enjoying meal times again. Furthermore, its actually given us an excuse to get out the cookbooks so we don’t eat the same three vegetables over and over again!

We’re currently working out way through the new Fearne Cotton  Eat, Cook, Love“” book which is incredible. I happen to be a long time lover of Fearne, I have her older cookbook “Cook Happy, Cook Healthy” and her book “Happy” on my bookshelf. Her being a vegetarian has only increased the level of yumminess some of the dishes have. I also think she has an amazing style and it is something that has heavily influenced my own fashion choices.

I bought myself a dairy last night along with my gorgeous yellow jumper so I can now start to map out my day to day. I know that this is going to be really beneficial, as much as I would love to say with hand on heart that I am a spontaneous person. I know it isn’t true. I LOVE order, structure, routine, habit… Maybe that’s why I’m so critical of myself and find it so hard to start new things. Well, no more! From this point onwards, with my diary at my side, I shall conquer the world.

A few things I am planning to schedule into my day to day are as follows:

Exercise Daily
Swim once a week
Read one book a fortnight
Learn a new language (German, to start with)
One random act of kindness a month
Practise guitar
Practise vlogging. (To eventually turn into Vlog weekly)
Practise Yoga
Meditate every morning/night

Obviously, this list will probably grow to 5 times the size but for now, I’m happy to admit and convict myself to these things. Now all I need to do is look at my free time and slot them in.

I’ve listed all the items mentioned in this post below, so you can check them out for yourself.

Until next time,

VickiAmaya

xo

 

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Going Deep

Hey Lovelies,

How are you?

Let’s go deep with this one…

Life is as hard as you make it for yourself. You are responsible for all the bad things that happen to you (at least, that’s my personal opinion and experience), but you are also responsible for all the good things that can happen to you.

Life can be chaotic, soul crushing, painful and god damn frustrating at times but you can also experience so much pleasure from the little things. The thrill of passionately kissing your significant other in the dark hours of the night, the excitement of running fast, away from authority when you’re a teenager, laughing so hard that your stomach cramps up and you can’t breathe, the gentle rapping of rain from a storm on your bedroom window.
You only have to open your heart to let yourself start to feel these things. When you do, feel them with every fibre of your being. It won’t take you long to realise that for any bad, there is an unfathomable amount of good that can overthrow the darkness that sometimes engulfs us all.

I spent years and years in the dark, trying to convince myself that I could fit a square into a circular hole. Desperately wanting to make every job I gained, be the one that made me. Unapologetically pouring my heart into every boy I met, in the desperate hope that they would be the one to take me away from the world I had grown accustom to. Push me into some brand new, unknown mystery of love, acceptance and excitement. I wasted hours of my existence on the negative thoughts that others could have had about me. The unsaid opinions, the possible dirty looks, the suggestive sniggers and for what? To fit into a society that applauds the average, the safe bets and the low risk takers…

I didn’t know that to open my eyes and really experience life, I only had to learn who I was and what I wanted for myself. To stop filling the silence and allow the ‘little me’ a chance on the soapbox for a change. To be part of the world that I was so desperate to escape from. To live in harmony with it instead of fighting with all my might to be above it all.

There was a point in my life that I had convinced myself I couldn’t be put through any more negativity. That things were so painful, so gut wrenchingly bad that I physically couldn’t bear to take one more breathe. I mean, put yourself in that position for just a moment and try to picture desperately sobbing yourself to sleep every night because you cannot see any escape from your pit of self pity and depression. I hated myself, I hated my life, I hated how I was living, where I was living, I hated the experiences I had had. I wasn’t living, I was surviving. Breathing in and out for the only reason that I had nothing else to do. I knew no other way of life. In and out of sleep all night and all day, eating just to kill the pain of hunger, drinking to numb the pain of thirst. Crying so hard that your body spasms, lying on the floor with hatred for your own existence. Rocking back and forth over and over with your arms cuddling your knees to stop yourself from grabbing something sharp and ramming it across your throat.
For all the adjectives in the world, there are none that can truly express how depression feels.

I am only human, but my god – what a human I am now! I opened my eyes to everything life had to offer me at twenty five years old. I let the ‘little me’ shout from the rooftops, I embraced each negative action and reaction and I looked deep inside myself to find the root cause for all my sadness. After that, things just fell into place and I understood. I understood that sometimes people just have to go through something awful and soul destroying to find themselves; find the goodness and positivity that they know they desperately want but have struggled so hard to locate.

I had to go through every tear, every bad word, every judgemental look, every cut, every heartbreak, every false friend and every experience good or bad because without them, I wouldn’t be here, as I am. How and who I am.

I’m not a perfect example of a human, but I’m a human that is learning, growing and living each day with gratitude for each breath. I know that my life could have been completely different. I know that I may not have even had a life at all. With one action, it could have all been taken away and in its place, a void for friends and family to attempt to fill.

I wrote this with the intention of just getting my deep thoughts and feelings onto a page. To release some emotion and let my truly unedited mind seep out. You all know that I want to write a book about my experiences with depression and anxiety, so maybe this can be my foreword, my introduction to a book not yet written.

I love you guys, so much. Thank you for joining me on this adventure.

VickiAmaya

xo

A Little Catch Up

Hey Lovelies,

How are you?

I thought we would have a little bit of a catch up chat today as I’ve been doing a lot behind the scenes recently. You all play a HUGE part in my life and I really feel like we have a little family together. So, lets dive straight into it.

I’ll cut the bullshit. Working for yourself is hard work! You have to stay motivated, constantly push yourself further than you ever thought you could, dedicate long hours to the cause, learn new skills and strengthen your inner tolerance for not throwing in the towel. I am 100% committed to making all of my ideas a reality. The book, the fashion and beauty range, the charity and whatever other ideas come up along the way.

I do have some bills that need to be paid (I’m Human too) so I had the great idea to find the perfect part time job that would enhance my knowledge of the world of fashion and beauty. I saw that Allsaints were hiring, I handed in my CV and I got the job. I’m so happy now that I have the chance to work with a brand that directly influences my style. The people are great and its so exciting to be working officially as a stylist.

Don’t worry though, I’m still going to be working hard to post pictures five times a week (or more). I’m also going to be posting a new blog post each week, starting a newsletter, hosting giveaways and starting a YouTube channel. With plenty more exciting things to come.

I hope you’re all exciting to see the next part of this journey unfolding.

VickiAmaya

xo

P.s Welcome to my new website 😘

 



How I made my hair silver

Hey Lovelies,

How are you?

Recently I’ve received so many sweet compliments about my silver/grey hair and a lot of questions about the products I use and how I maintain it!

… so today I thought I would make an official post for you all explaining just that.

Before we get going i’d just like to point out that i’m not a hair professional; this is literally what I put together after a little online research and few trips to beauty stores – oh, and a huge thank you to Colour Freedom for the result.

You should ideally aim to have moderately healthy hair when you start this whole process. Yes, it will work either way, but the benefit from taking a few weeks or months to really prep your hair condition will make a huge difference in your result.

Step One. GET YOURSELF BLONDE

I was fortunate that my hair was a fairly natural ash blonde at the start of this process. I hadn’t dyed it in around six months and 70% of my hair colour was totally natural and grown straight from the root. I had previously bleached my hair a few years before but I really didn’t want to go down the powder bleach and mixing bowl route again. To get around it, I hunted for a lightening dye which would also bleach the hair. I found this lightener bleach by Garnier and it worked miracles.

My hair DID go the bright yellow you’ll see on the box, but for all of you hair colour veterans out there, you know this is to be expected. If you’re new to this/are coming from a dark natural hair colour, don’t freak out, it’s all part of the process.

No special treatment here during the application either – just use it like any other hair dye.

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All About Me


Hey L O V E L I E S

How are you?

I wanted to talk to you today about me, my life and the reason I started my Instagram Account and Blog! This will give you a little bit of an insight into who I am and what I’m about. I’m going to be brutally honest here, this is probably going to be a long one so grab a fluffy pillow and a nice warm drink and let’s take a trip through my trials and tribulations!

I like to believe that I’m the first person my friends would think of if they needed to ask for help. I feel that I’m a very loving and compassionate person. I put my heart and soul into everything that I do. I offer out as much support and empathy as my little body can possibly give. However, in May 2012, I was 22 and had recently split up with a long term partner. I was about to be made homeless again, I was jobless and I was in around £1000.00 worth of debt. I had distanced myself from almost every friend I had. I felt alone and worthless. I couldn’t see a way of resolving or healing the pain I had been carrying around with me so I swallowed a variety of over 100 painkilling and antibiotic tablets in a desperate attempt to end my life…

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