5 Sep 2016

Blooming

Every year without fail, I am taken by surprise by quite how unbelievably beautiful the Peak District becomes at the end of August and beginning of September, when the hills and moors are transformed from green to purple as the heather blooms.  Every year without fail also, I manage to wax lyrical about how much I love it.  This time however, is slightly different.
This is by far my favourite bit of summer in the Peaks.  Every time I drive along the winding country roads and am greeted by swathes of purple and green, it fills me with so much happiness.  This region can feel so bleak at times throughout the year, so whilst fleeting, the time when the heather blooms makes the moorland feel so much more abundant and full of life.

I've had a harder time recently with my mental health and whilst getting out for hikes does help, I knew I had to do more, to change something no matter how small.  I had to try to start to change how I feel about myself, so I recently decided after ages of umming and ahhing, to have my blonde ombré dyed lilac.  Seeing my favourite colour every time I catch a glimpse of my refection helps me so much.  It is a welcome distraction from the usual negative dissection of my appearance and has given me a much-needed boost of confidence, enough to even share photos of myself that aren't solely of my back (although the sun was in my eyes, so eyes shut for now)! 
It may seem trivial and is by no means a quick fix, but to me this was an important first step.  I may not be body confident or face confident, but at least I am now hair confident (is that a thing?  It should be).  When I take care in my appearance, it is a sign that I'm feeling OK and I need to encourage this as much as possible.  I hope that this will be the catalyst for change that will lead to happier and healthier times ahead.

Like the landscape I love so dearly, I too feel as though I'm moving away from a period of bleakness and maybe, albeit slowly, starting to bloom.



(Yes I did sit in a load of heather to get some of these photos and yes I did get a very wet bum.  The things we do eh?)

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  1. Oh wow that looks absolutely stunning. I can only imagine the heavenly smell.

    Love, kerstin
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  2. So beautiful, love how the heather matches your hair <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile 

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    1. Thank you! Totally unintentional, but it is rather similar isn't it? x

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  3. Beautiful! And I love that you took the plunge to go lilac too ;-) I'd love it but it requires me bleaching my hair, but in the meantime, I have some tricks up my sleeve to distract me from feeling negative about life lately as well... eating good food helps me loads haha!

    Cherie | sinonym

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    1. Thanks lovely. Food solves soooo many problems haha, definitely a go-to problem solver for me too ;) x

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  4. I love this post! For me when I actually take time to think about what I'm wearing I know that a happier healthier day is ahead. I think it is to do with having pride in yourself, and while appearances aren't everything, taking care of your appearance, is I guess, an outward expression to the world that says 'I care about me.'

    Or at least that's what I hope it is! Hope your next positive step isn't too far away xx

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    1. You've totally summed up what I was trying to say, but far more eloquently! This is exactly it. Thank you x

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  5. Breathtaking photos. Great post!

    Kate | http://katealifestyle.blogspot.com

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  6. Gorgeous photos! The heather really is beautiful. And I love your hair! I've been wanting to dye the ends of my hair lilac for some months now, but sadly my work doesn't allow it. It looks amazing on you!
    Mimmi xx
    www.mutedmornings.co.uk

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  7. I absolutely adore the Peak District, these photos are gorgeous! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

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  8. This looks like such a lovely color on you!! I love it! Your photos are gorgeous too! :) x
    Kenzie // Kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Kenzie! Think I may stick with this colour for a while now :) x

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  9. Oh I love all the heather, it has just started blooming around here too!

    I love the hair, it's gorgeous! As a person who has struggled a lot with their mental health, something as simple as changing your hair colour is of vital importance. It's just a little something to do for you that makes you feel a little better, and some days that's just what you need.

    It's absolutely not stupid or silly. I am a big fan of getting dressed up in something nice when I'm having a rough time and then going out for a walk :)

    I hope there's lots of good things to come!

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    1. Isn't it stunning? Can't get over how beautiful it is. Still lingering round these parts now, although autumn is definitely rearing its head.

      Thank you, although it isn't through the best situation it is always good to know that you aren't alone in these things. I've been trying much harder to get properly dressed and made up even though I work from home. It does help.

      Thank you x

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  10. This looks gorgeous, I love your photos and you really suit your lilac hair! x

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