“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh.

Hello lovelies,

Hope you’re all happy and well! I thought I’d create a post today about how I personally deal with some of the stresses of social media and ways in which I am learning to love and accept myself. I’m only writing this because I believe as inspiring and amazing as social platforms can be, they can also be mentally draining for a lot of us who are part of this virtual world. We are all human, and I feel as though a lot of the time we do and try to constantly show all the positives and share only the positive moments. However for me personally, I do have difficult days and I am in no way complaining about how incredible social media is and how many wonderful opportunities it has opened up for me. So just to make sure this post isn’t about me complaining or talking about the negatives, it’s more to highlight that we are all human and social media can sometimes affect us.  Below are a few different ways I cope with it all. It can be overwhelming and so hard not to compare yourself when you are constantly surrounded by everyone’s highlight reels, so I am trying hard to learn how to release self-neglect.

I am a firm believer that you can create your world by working hard, putting your all into it and being positive about everything you create. I also believe it’s okay to have those down days and be open about the things you go through – it doesn’t mean your moaning if you need to express how your feeling! So I wanted to share some ways I personally deal with the stresses of social media and how it can sometimes make me feel.

As I am sharing so much of my life online already, and will only continue to share so much more over the next few months and years, I want to make sure I am always honest and open with you all and will share as much as I can on my thoughts and tips with how to deal and enjoy this journey.

So, here goes… Here’s some of the things I’ve been doing lately to allow myself to have down time from social platforms and learn new ways of self-love and accepting myself.

  • Starting the day with love, not technology. Reminding yourself of your worthiness in the morning. Don’t go on your phone as soon as you wake up. Give yourself an hour for your body to wake up slowly before flicking through social platforms – it’s not going anywhere, you won’t be missing out,  promise! It honestly helps so much with feeling relaxed. As going on your phone as soon as you wake up can be such a shock to the system as its such an over stimulant.
  • Give yourself breaks from constantly checking your phone. Find something that allows you to switch off. For me personally, it’s going to the gym. I don’t have any wifi there (thank goodness – a little blessing) so it means I can just listen to music and switch off from it all for a bit. MY suggestion would to be to consciously turn airplane mode on and do something for yourself, for part of your day. This could be anything – cooking, planning what you are going to do the next day, going for a walk or spending time with loved ones.
  • Follow accounts that inspire you, not ones that you find yourself comparing too. As I see it, you may just need a bit of space from following that person sometimes. I am in noway criticising them, but it’s simple, everyone shows their positives, their proudest moments or shares all the things they love. However, it can be extremely unhealthy and also damaging for us to spend some of our time comparing ourselves to someone elses best moments. I know I’ve been guilty of this, I have moments where I don’t feel like this and moments where I do.  Just look out for yourself, as we can sometimes do it without even realising. There is a big difference to admiring/ being inspired by someone and feeling envious and constantly finding yourself picking at your own features or lifestyle because of having an insight to someone elses. We are all unique and everyone is on their own journey, so enjoy yours.
  • Time off before you got to sleep. Try give yourself an hour or two before bed to not go on your phone. Recently, I’ve been writing in a note pad and filling it with ideas I have that I want to start creating after university, I think it’s important to allow yourself to relax before sleeping! Listening to music or reading is something that also helps me sleep better at the moment.
  • Talk about how your feeling, if you feel affected in any way. It’s okay to talk about it all, social media has so many positives but also can have so many uncertainties and worries that occur due to it, and it’s okay to take time out to focus on what is right for you and be in the moment. Surround yourself with people who make you happy and be in those moments with them, not always living it through your phone.
  • I also want to briefly touch on numbers, followers and engagement. As I know a lot of us can be affected by this. I have always tried to never ever focus on any of those things as it’s something you don’t have full control over, but I understand it is something that does feel like recognition/ a sense of achievement to things we create through social media sometimes, but we shouldn’t let it. Our platforms are a place where we are able to be creative, and share our love, whatever it might be with others. It’s a very inspiring place however, we need to remember why we started sharing these in the first place. When I first started blogging, I ended up stopping for 7 months because I began to feel constantly down about what I was doing and that it wasn’t ‘good enough’, so I stopped. I took time out to have my space and think about why I wanted to pursue this in the first place, and for me that time was so helpful as it brought me back to all the reasons I wanted to do this. So do what is right for you. Allow yourself to step back if you need that time, you need to feel happy and positive towards what you create.
  • Talk happy to yourself. If you can, try and think of 3 or more things daily that you feel you’ve accomplished and things you love about yourself. Although I found this difficult to start with, I believe it really helps you focus on a positive mindset towards your body and your mind.
  • Be patient with yourself and appreciate/ think about the things your grateful for when you can. We can only do so much and it’s good to listen to your body, to allow yourself to relax and focus on doing the things you love. When it works for you, it’s good to have time to reflect on some of the things you’ve accomplished and what your grateful for.
  • Talk to someone, or seek professional help. Dealing with self-rejection and stress can be extremely difficult, and we all deserve to be happy. From personal experience, I think it’s important to try tune in and work out what you may need, and if seeing someone may help with that support in your life then it’s something that’s worth exploring. There are lots of different approaches you can make to this, so it’s always good to try different things and if they don’t work move on and try something else. I’ve tired a few different things regarding therapy to help with the ways I deal with stress, and am still learning and trying new things, such as yoga and meditation. Talking to people can also help, such as friends or family. If you are reading this and want to chat, I will always be more than happy to talk to any of you as a friend (I’m no professional) but sometimes it can help just to let it out in the open.

I want to thank you all for reading this and sticking around to be part of this journey with me! I will always be honest and true with you all. I am forever grateful for all of your support and love.

Love, India Moon.

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Hello lovelies!

I thought I’d do a little post about the sweetest January treats I received for my nails and hands this January. I’ve always wanted to have healthy and long nails and throughout winter my hands get so so dry and I also have the worst habit of biting my nails when I get stressed or anxious! So when I received this box from Mania and Lola I was so excited and amaze by some of the products, I felt like I had to share them with you all.

Within my box I recieved an beautifully smelling hand repair ‘Intensive Hand Mask’ by Skin republic and the most perfect little on the go pot of ‘Milk and Honey Body Butter’. January and February has been so cold and can be so harsh on our hands. Just yesterday when I went for a walk, my hands turned so pink and big from the cold they looked weird! So having these littles treats in your bag for those moments,  is so so perfect. Keeping my hands super nourished and soft!

I also received these beautiful three shades, they are absolutely gorgeous nail colours and they are such long lasting luxurious polishes. I swear by all this brands! The bright purple is from Artistic Colour revolution “Shred it up”, OPI ‘Samoan Sand’ which is my new favourite colour. The colours are so striking and I couldn’t love them more! I work in retail once a week and for those of you that have done or do, you’ll understand how bad your nails can get from picking up and carrying hangers all day! Mine end up chipping so badly, but I’ve been using these colours the last few weeks and it lasts so much longer! I also received the Nail Shaper within my monthly box, which is amazing for smoothing over my nails and keeping them in good condition. I struggle keeping my nails neat and tidy, but this is super easy to use!!!

These little treat boxes are so perfect, and cheer up my months with such sweet surprise gifts! You can check out there website HERE to subscribe for some amazing surprises each month!

Love, India Moon.

 

Hello lovelies,

Happy February! We made it through January!! Hope you are all having a lovely start to a new month.

I get asked quite often about what camera I use and and how I edit my photos so I thought I’d create this post today all about it!

I use the Olympus Pen EPL 8 with a 45mm lens and I swear by it. It took me a while to get use to but it is amazing. I’m a little in love with it. The quality of the images are great and its so easy to carry around everywhere. I do also have the 14-42mm lens but ever since I brought the 45mm lens I haven’t taken it off!

The one I brought I have linked HERE! but there are lots of places online you can find them, so it’s good to do your research!

Now for editing… I use three different apps to edit my photos. Firstly, I use AirBrush. This is free from the App Store.

I go into the app and click Magic. On here you can edit what you want added to the image. I tend to just use the brighten and smooth to create a smooth feel to my skin and the photograph. I sometimes add Skin Tone if the image is really dark it will also Brighten up the image, or if you want to look more orange you can darken the image also. It really depends what you want to do, as there is a lot you can mess around with on the app. I tend to only use this briefly and smooth the overall image, as I find it can sometimes make my images look really fake.

Before Image ^

When you click on ‘Magic’ ^ this is what comes up and you are able to edit what you’d like to add to your image. I sometimes add skin tone If I want to Brighten the image! But this can also add a tan!

Secondly, I use SnapSeed! I use this app to edit the brightness and contrast of the image. I go to Tools- Selective and highlight areas of the image I want to brighten, add contrast, saturation or structure to the image. I usually play around with this until I feel happy with the image and then I move onto VSCO.

Once in tools- you have all this choice! I sometimes use ‘Healing’ too if theres something like bird poo on a wall- which happens a lot!!

In ‘Selective’ you can click areas of the image and edit the Brightness, Contras, Saturation or Structure! ^

VSCO!! my favourite app of the lot. Which I’m sure most of you have heard of! You can use the free the free effects or you can search a pay for lots of different effects to add to your images. I use C1 on all my images and move up to 2.0%. I then add 0.5% contrast and depending on the image I add 0.2%-0.5% brightness!

So thats how I do it on all my Instagram Photos!!! Hopefully that was helpful and made sense- always feel free to message me with any questions you may have!!!

Before and After ^

Love, India Moon. 

 

Happy 2018 my lovelies!!!

Hope you all had the most magical Christmas and New year and lovely first week of January! I will be honest I’ve felt like a bit of a potato from all the food and resting and it’s been so lovely, that I’ve really struggled getting back into the swing of things.

I’ve decided to make this my first little post of 2018 as I think it’s extremely important to slowly ease yourself into the year the best you can. Even if you are working or straight back into education it’s really good to spend some time treating yourself and relaxing. We’ve also all made it through the first week!

Which is why I wanted to share with you all this amazing treatment and style I had on my hair today with the lovely Taelor Jost, who works at a salon in Worthing called Part One-The Hair Boutique. Ever since I had my hair bleached for the first time, I’m always looking for a perfect hair mask or treatment that will keep my hair feeling all silky and soft.

The in-salon service I had was a Kevin Murphy Treat.me Hair treatment, that is applied during a wash within the salon. This treatment is comprise of high quality, natural ingredients and lasts up to 6 weeks in your hair. My hair honestly feels the softest it has in such a long time! The treat costs £15.00 and is so so worth it. I was so shocked at how incredible the treatment left my hair feeling and at such an amazing price.

It was a lovely experience, I mean who doesn’t love a warm wash and head massage!!  I then had my hair blow dried and curled. I’m usually extremely fussy when having my hair curled as I’m so used to doing it myself, but Taelor created the most perfect beachy waves and all the Kevin Murphy products smell so good.

I’ve added a few images from the day and have also been giving a little promotional code for you all to get 25% off your first visit with Taelor! Go treat yourself!!!

Love, India Moon.

Hello you wonderful lot!

Hope December is treating you well, and you are all feeling christmassy and happy!!! I’m super excited about sharing this post with you because I’m absolutely crazy about Nasty Gal, so being able to work with them as been an absolute Christmas dream. I was extremely lucky to received two of the most incredible outfits s from them I could have cried with happiness.

With Christmas being round the corner, everyones started to dress in sparkles, glittery sequins and such amazing incredible party outfits. Which is why my mission for this month has been finding the most beautiful party looks to share with you all and give you little tips on ways to style these pieces.

First off my favourite party outfit this month! The most beautiful satin suit, Blazer Linked here, Tailored Pants Linked Here!!! Winter Glam is all about layering textures so I decided to style this with some gold layered jewellery and gold hoops. To stay co-ordinated, I picked a foundation shade that tie the outfit together, of course it would be black. Black chunky heels to go with my little black bralet. You could also style this with a lace bralet or white tee, which would be perfect for those New Years eve nights out. It would also work really well with some van/ trainers and cross over body clutch for those Christmas meals, or for that dressed down look. You don’t have to style them together either, the blazer works perfectly over some black jeans and boot heels. I mean I’ll be wearing this at very opportunity I get! I’m just loving all things co-ord this Christmas. They also have a similar satin suit in mustard which is to die for!!! Suit Pants Linked here! Blazer Linked here!

For my second outfit, I choose a little floaty satin pink dress for my family meals and Christmas party meals with friends. Even though its freezing at the moment, styling this sumptuous dress with sock boots and cosy faux fur is so perfect for evenings out and any indoor meals you may have coming up. I don’t know if you can guess but I love anything Satin. To add an little edgy twist to your party look, you could always style this with a statement leather jacket and chunky biker boots. But If your looking for more of an classic elegance, I’d go for some gold or black court heels, a pink clutch, and some silver drop earrings and a delicate chain necklace.  Link to this beautiful dress here!! 

Hope you love these outfits as much as me, go browse their beautiful statement pieces this party season on their website, there are some absolute gems!!!

Thanks to Nasty Gal for these incredible pieces!

Love, India Moon.