My Top Summer Reads

It’s holiday season, which means that many of us will be deciding which books we should pack (or download to our Kindles) for that summer sun-lounger read. Here’s a selection of my favourite books worthy of some time this summer.

Inspirational Reads

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

the alchemist

The Alchemist is up there as one of my all-time favourite books. Given to me as a present last year, I read the whole thing within a couple of days and have been recommending it ever since. It’s an easy read with a lot of life teachings told metaphorically through a fable. Coelho is a respected author, whose work I have had recommended numerous times. If you enjoy meaningful books then this one’s for you.


The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

the secret

Not such an easy read but definitely a worthwhile one. It’s sure to get you thinking and feeling a lot more motivated. I found this book particularly useful when going through a tough time with my career and (ex-)relationship but have kept it’s teachings with me ever since. Who doesn’t want to know the secret, right?!


Ones You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

me before you

Now a film, Me Before You is an emotional journey, which displays different views towards a very sensitive topic (I won’t say what, as not to spoil the book). In my eyes the book is nearly always better than the film, so if you have watched the movie already I would still recommend. This book had me in tears and not tears of laughter, which might not be what you want when on your jollies but if you are looking for a gripping read then this book won’t let you down.


The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

the girl on the train

Another one that’s now a film but that I think is better to read. The Girl on the Train is full of twists and turns, keeping you on your toes throughout the entire book. It’s about exactly what the title says- a girl on a train- who witnesses something that is to change her life.


A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

A place called here

Ever wondered where lost things go? That sock that is no longer a pair, those keys that you just can’t find, even down to missing people? Surely they can’t just vanish from the face of the Earth. Well, this novel introduces a girl who is determined to find exactly where missing things go and manages to do so when she goes missing herself…


Back To Business

Make Instagram Your Business by Sedge Beswick

make insta your business

This is great for any budding bloggers or even anyone who loves the gram. It has Beswick’s pick of her top 100 Instagram users, who have turned their hobbies in business. Great for if you’re looking to do the same for yourself or even if you just want to find some new accounts to follow. I may or may not be featured on page 137…


Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

think and grow

OK, so I have a confession… I haven’t actually read this book yet. However, I’ve had it recommended on several occassions and have it sat on my bookshelf for my next read (as soon as I finish my current book). So, this will be my summer read for sure and if my recommendations are trustworthy, it will be a good one!



Feeling Insecure? I’ve Got You!

Insecurities are something that creep up on all of us at some point in life. Chances are, there will always be something that we would want to be different. We all get a little down every now and again or wish that we could change that thing about ourselves. Do you know what? It’s completely natural.  I’m sure you know the saying, ‘Nobody’s perfect.’ Well, it’s kind of true. Each and every single person is unique and even though there may be somebody that you look up to- that person who radiates confidence, a role model or someone who encapsulates your idea of perfection- it’s likely, if not certain, that they have their own insecurities too.

I definitely have parts of me that I would like to be that little bit different. However, I’m at a stage where I have learnt to love myself as I am, ‘imperfections’ and all. Of course there are areas that I am working to change through exercise and a balanced diet but there are also areas that neither exercise nor diet can effect and that’s OK. Learning to love each and every part of ourselves is almost never an easy journey. We all have days where we feel incredible and others where we feel not-so-incredible. Here are my tips on how to beat the insecurities on those not-so-incredible days.

  1. Make a list of what you like most about yourself. It can be absolutely anything from the colour of your eyes to your smile or that you get freckles in the sun. It can even be something that isn’t physical such as a personality trait or that you like your laugh! List at least five things and when you’re feeling down revisit them.
  2. Determine whether there is anything that you can do to make a change. Sometimes there are things that we don’t like about our body or behaviour that we can actually do something about such as losing or gaining weight, toning up and even improving our skin through sleep and diet. Assess whether you’re taking the right steps to help you see changes (to your body, attitude and confidence) and they may happen sooner than you think.
  3. Realise that sometimes you don’t need to change… Sometimes we can get so caught up in what we ‘should’ look like that we forget to appreciate what we do look like. I’m a regular height athletic girl working in an industry where I’m ‘supposed’ to be super tall and skinny. It used to bother me and I would always wear heeled boots to castings, that was until I realised that my power is me. As soon as I took that on board, I saw that my confidence and career took a turn for the best.
  4. Sleep! You would be surprised at the effect that sleep can have on both your body and your mentality. I always find that when I’m tired I feel more bloated, my eyes aren’t so bright and I can get grumpy. As soon as I catch up on sleep I instantly feel more refreshed and body confident, as well as being in a better mood! We’re always tougher critics of ourselves when we haven’t had enough sleep, so make time for the Zzz’s.
  5. Take time to focus on yourself. Do you feel better when you have freshly painted nails, after a nice long soak in a bubble bath or even after curling up on the sofa watching your fave movie? Dedicating time to do things that make us happy can have a real effect on our mindset. Set aside time each week to do something that you really love.
  6. Stop comparing to others. For me, this is the biggest factor that feeds insecurities especially with the rise of social media and celebrity influence. It’s not always bad to compare but if you find that it’s bringing you down then you need to stop or simply even change who you are comparing yourself to. Perhaps you don’t like your body type and keep comparing yourself to people with a completely different figure, this is only going to be detrimental. Why not show some love to people who are similar to you and who rock their features with confidence. Remember, you are you and that is your power.
  7. Go offline. On the back of Tip 6, social media can be a main cause of insecurities. If you do find that you’re spending far too much time online, have a little cleanse. Even just a day offline can work wonders.
  8. Do a little life clear out. OK, so not all insecurities stem from within. Sometimes, it can be the people and things that we surround ourselves with that are the problem. I’ve personally previously been in a toxic relationship that had a huge effect on my confidence. It wasn’t until I removed myself from the situation that I was able to fully love and be myself again. Often we don’t consider that impact that who we choose to spend time with has on us. Are there any friends that you need to keep at a distance or a relationship that’s doing more harm than good? It’s not always the more the merrier.
  9. Exercise! OK, so it’s not everyone’s fave thing to do. I get it. But exercise has been proven to boost your mood through the release of endorphins, which are known to trigger a positive feeling in the body. Exercise doesn’t just have to be for physical benefits you know.
  10. Spend time doing something that you’re good at. From playing a sport, to painting, reading a book or cooking, whatever it is that you know you’re great at, do it! I love to run and am good at it so I always feel great when I’ve been on a run, even if I wasn’t initially feeling in the mood to go on one. There’s something about taking part in the things that we’re good at that gives us a real confidence boost. Try it and see.

A final reminder from myself that every single person feels insecure at some point in their lives. It’s completely natural to feel that way but doesn’t mean that there is actually anything to feel insecure about. Be you, it doesn’t get much better than that!

Why Self Love Isn’t Selfish

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about self love and sadly, feel that this term isn’t used as much as it should be. When was the last time you heard somebody say, ‘She/he has a lot of self-love’? Instead you’re more likely to have heard, ‘Oh doesn’t she/he just love her/himself.’ Right? Self love is quite often viewed as something negative. However, there’s a difference between loving ones self and arrogance. This post is not about the latter.

For me, self love is the building block for leading a happy life. It’s at the core of everything that we do, from our thoughts, to our actions and even down to the people that we choose to spend our time with.

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F*ck The Boys Club

Call me boring but Sunday is one of my favourite days (after Friday & Saturday of course). Lie ins, movies, roast dinner and spending quality time with friends and family. What’s not to like? Yesterday I spent my Sunday just the way I like, catching up with the girls and after a whole three months of not seeing one and other, we definitely had a lot to catch up on! Queue the main topic of conversation… boys.

Now to any guys out there reading this, please don’t get all egotistical and think that women just talk about men 24/7, because that’s not true. But I’d be lying if I were to say that you don’t take up a good chunk of our time. We’re usually either complaining about you, trying to work out if you fancy us, trying to work out if we fancy you, or simply just checking that hottie out from across the room. Now, as we sat with our cake and coffee- fresh orange juice for me because I refuse to fully enter adulthood and be a coffee-lover just yet- we jumped straight to our favourite topic.

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LUKCY x Mitchell & Ness

London based mega babe and stylist Kitty Cowell has teamed up with sports and lifestyle brand Mitchell & Ness to design a hat as part of the LUKCY Project (yes, it’s spelt that way on purpose) all in the name of mental health awareness. The project so far consists of two videos showing several individuals who open up about their own personal set backs and how they have worked their butts off in order to ‘create their own luck’.

The first video shows Kitty herself. She expresses her struggles as a child growing up with dyslexia, tackling depression and dealing with endometriosis. Kitty shares how she has overcome setbacks, picked herself up and fought her way to become her own boss as a stylist and lifestyle blogger. You can see the full video below.

The second video, in collaboration with Mitchell & Ness, shows other creatives who talk us through how they have reached success whilst dealing with personal issues. It’s actually pretty emotional and inspiring to say the least. Check it out below!

Kitty has designed a limited edition hat in which their are only 25 of in the whole world! It’s super cute and will be auctioned later this week with all profits going to Mind Charity. Keep an eye out on Kitty’s Instagram (@kittycowell) for full details of the auction. It’s only the beginning for this project but I’m already excited to see more.

Morgan Weekes and Kitty Cowell in their LUKCY x Mitchell & Ness hats

Let’s Talk Body Positivity

I haven’t written anything personal in a while yet I think it’s about time that I do so, especially seeing as I’ve got a certain issue on my mind; body positivity.

Social media is great. It helps us connect with people that we may never have had a chance to encounter otherwise. It builds friendships, has helped many to find love, provides hours of fun and can be a great motivational tool (if you’re following the right feeds). On the other hand, there are a few issues generated from social networks that are pretty unhealthy to say the least. It can cause feuds, end relationships, feed our shopping obsessions, leaving your bank balance feeling pretty sorry for itself, and can turn even the most sane of us into obsessive stalkers. It’s OK, we’ve all been there.

The thing is, actions that would be frowned upon in real life become acceptable in our online world. We can see everything and if we can’t, we’ll find a way to do so. Crazy, I know.

‘What does this have anything to do with body positivity?’ I hear you say. Well, let me explain. Everything that we see and become obsessed with online, sparks how we feel in person. When we feel inadequate on social media, we also feel it in real life. Yes, it can bring the highs, but it can bring us crashing down just as quickly. 

World renowned author, Paulo Coelho, writes that, ‘Two things prevent us from happiness; living in the past and observing others.’ Let’s focus on the latter. Yes, we are able to observe people in person, yet a deeper insight into lives from across the world is so easily accessible via social media that we can’t help but to look at it. With observation comes analysis and the dangerous act of comparison. 

‘OMG, that bikini is amazing.’ *Clicks onto bikini page* ‘Ohhh that girl looks great in it…’ *Clicks onto girl’s feed* ‘Look how stunning she is!’ *Studies a few images* ‘How does she get her waist to be so tiny?!’ *10 images later* ‘Why aren’t my boobs that big… No, her butt cannot be real! Seriously, look how toned her legs are. If only I looked like this…’ *Now studying every single one of her friends* ‘All of these girls are gorgeous. I’m so ugly, hate my belly, wish my bum was bigger, oh and I’m getting a boob job.’ *Scrolled way back to 2015 on several Instagram accounts, now knows bikini girls life story and has eaten three packets of crisps while acquiring all of this really useful information*. You get the idea.

The thing is, it’s so easy for us to doubt our own image (amongst other things but let’s stick to image for the sake of this post) that we suddenly have insecurities that we weren’t quite so concerned about before and do you know what the worst part is? Social media isn’t real. The forced poses, 100’s of snaps before we get the right shot, filters and if we’re taking it to another level, bought followers and editing apps. You wouldn’t believe how many girls edit their pictures to make their boobs and bums bigger and waists smaller and it looks so believable. All of this for the gram, perhaps to hide their own insecurities and to portray a life that’s a little bit shinier than it actually is- making anybody admiring it feel a little less sparkly.

So I ask one thing. Carry on with social media and spend your time on their as you please, but do remember to take everything with a pinch of salt and most of all, don’t forget to focus on your own body more than anybody else’s. The most powerful thing- even more powerful than social media- is your own sense of self worth. Feeling more confident in our skin can have a number of benefits on our attitude, drive and success. Embrace your body with all of it’s beauty and flaws. Love it, rock it, live in it and try tell me that doesn’t feel great.