A Not So Blue Monday

Monday, 15 January 2018


Hello pals! It's actually #BlueMonday today, the one day where society allows us to be sad. Companies like to jump on this weird, made up day to monopolise campaigns to make sad people buy things. Two things to remember here; 1. It's okay to be sad at any other point in the year and if you are more sad than usual and it's stopping you from doing things, maybe think about visiting your GP. And 2. Maybe instead of buying into some overpriced, bullshit campaign donate to a mental health charity and help end the stigma once and for all. Annndddd breathe.. I know that #BlueMonday has some positive aspects attached to it, but I just think it's wrong to use mental health stigma as a means of advertisement, that's all. And I'm here to tell you it's not a blue Monday after all and if it is, that's okay too. Here are the things that have made me particularly happy this week:

Bullet Journal____________________________________________________________________

Wow, I've been on a right ol' journey with diaries this Christmas. I ordered my usual Flow diary, it arrived and it was tiny and really disappointing (sorry Flow pals but it was). Then I ordered a 365 day journal from Amazon and the weekly spread only had 4 sections. So I gave up and decided to just make my own, bullet journalling isn't that hard is it? Well.. yes, but it's also really enjoyable. It's been really fun to design my own layout and have everything I need to stay motivated and be productive and I can personalise it anytime I like. I used to be really sceptical about 'bujo's', thinking that I would take up more time designing and making it pretty than using it. And yes maybe that's a tad true, but it's allowing me to be creative and also, get shit done. I'll probably do a separate post showing you the inside, that's what bloggers do right?

Hard Sun_________________________________________________________________________

It's the new addictive drama on the bbc, staring Agnys Dean and the plot is crazy good. I don't want to give away the plot, but it's set in pre-dystopian London, on the edge of an apocalypse in which the sun destroys the earth. Every shot has this amazing light, this very bright sun is always there, ominously in the background. I love a bit of dystopia and so far it's my ultimate cup of tea, check it out if you too like clever wide angles, models-turned-actors and dystopian dramas. 

Mist_____________________________________________________________________________

If anyone has  had a gander on my instagram feed recently, you will find that my aesthetic has become 94% grey, mist and trees and I'm happy about that to be honest. People keep telling me how miserable this weather makes them feel, but with me it's the opposite. I feel really at home in cold, misty weather and I think it's perfect for photography. Mist gives amazing perspective and mood to photos and I've been enjoying capturing all of this on many a bleak, January walk. And there's nothing better than coming home and thawing out with fluffy socks, a cup of tea and a bath. 

Black Mirror S4___________________________________________________________________

Oh look, more dystopian sci-fi what a surprise! -I'm also reading The Power at the moment but more on that later- Black Mirror is one of my all time favourite tv shows and their newest season did not disappoint. I wont give anything away but my favourite episodes are Crocodile, Arkangel & Hang the DJ. A lot of people have criticised this season but I think Brooker's writing has just got better and better, I just love tv shows that make you think so outside of the box that you end up trapped in an existential dread (not speaking from experience or anything) and I also think the beauty of Black Mirror is that they don't give you all the answers on a plate, it doesn't treat the viewer like a fool, there are things to work out for yourself and I think that's really brave in this day and age. Also I might just delete tinder for a while y'know? -if you know, you know- 

How was your Monday?


8 comments

  1. oooh hard sun sounds right up my street! ive been looking for something new to sink my teeth into!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

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    1. It's great! It's no Doctor Foster or Black Mirror atm but there is potential.

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  2. Donating to a mental health charity rather than buying stuff to momentarily make you feel better is such a great idea!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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    1. Yeah I think so, it's a bit of a dig at the brands trying to promote mental health stigma as well,

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  3. I've been loving Black Mirror this season! I thought Hang the DJ actually made quite a nice change from the usual, kinda freaky content and it was a cute episode :)

    I wholeheartedly reject the notion of Blue Monday - it's just a day!

    Georgie xo
    Georgie Nicks

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    1. yess I loved Hang the DJ, it had San Junipero vibes all over it!
      Yeah I think it's ridiculous to still have it in a society that claims to be breaking down mental health stigma, still shows we've got quite far to go.

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  4. Amazing blog! I've just started watching Black Mirror too and I think its great, I really loved Hang the Dj! x

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

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    1. Aw thank you so much! It was great wasn't it, definitely a bit of light relief from the rest of the series.

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