Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Messy hair, don't care

I've long given up on the idea of neat, not-a-hair-out-of-place hair. I was forced to embrace messy hair years ago out of exasperation, it rarely looked anything but a bit of a mess! Normally, I wear my hair down but I fancied trying something a little different, so when I came across this super simple tutorial on Pinterest I was smitten and keen to try it out. I plaited, pinned, and popped in a pretty comb.

It's not easy to take a photo of the back of your own head when you can't find your tripod!

Despite being on the messy side, it felt really quite elegant. Inevitably I'm now on the hunt for more interesting, but easy, hair tutorials. This Braided Tuck tutorial has been added to the list of styles to try, it looks pretty easy and a nice one to just do-and-go, but more interesting than your average ponytail.

Do you have a go to up-do?


Monday, 29 September 2014

Awesome Autumn

I enjoy a good list so when Lucy asked who wanted to join her for 'Awesome Autumn' I was on it like ants at a picnic. My list isn't exclusively Autumnal, it's about moving forward with goals, doing things I enjoy but don't do enough, and enjoying the season too.

Forage for sloes and make some gin
I'm not sure it gives a very good impression to have that as the first thing on my list but it was the first thing that came to mind - make of that what you will.

Go to the beach
Don't get me wrong, I love a sunny beach but I also like the quieter, windier days when hot salty, vinegary chips beat a Mr Whippy hands down.

Decorate the side entrance and hallway
So, I haven't quite finished the lounge and dining room yet, but there's nothing like striking while the iron is hot!

Carve a pumpkin or two
Hopefully I'll have better luck than last time.

Watch a creepy film on Halloween
I'd like to grab some popcorn, snuggle up with Andy and scare myself a little bit silly.

Bake something
Because I feel I should.

Resist the urge to buy new scarves and wear all the ones I own!
I've recently given a bagful away but I have plenty more. I need to stop wearing the same few over and over.

Read 3 books
To help towards my goal of 12 before my next birthday.

Walk in the woods
No explanation necessary

Meet friends for coffee (not a pumpkin spiced latte - bleugh!)
I'll happily forgo the coffee and just spend time with friends, but coffee would be nice too.

What are your favourite things to do in Autumn?


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Four Years Old

World of Joy is four years old - 1,460 days, 452 posts and I'm enjoying blogging more than ever. There have been times when I've not posted for a while, wondered if it's all a bit silly, but then I remind myself that it's my blog, I can post (or not) if I want to and I can talk about what ever I want. That's the beauty of it. Some of my friend's know about it, most don't. I wonder what they think of it at times but mostly I blog away, amusing myself and recording life. I wouldn't change a thing.

Except maybe the name. I set up World of Joy some time before I started blogging, I needed to learn how to set up and use a blog so that I could run one for a client and I just used the first thing that came to mind. When I was younger, I was a frequent daydreamer (still am) and when caught lost in my own little world my Mum would say I was in my 'world of joy', Joy being my middle name. Now when I say it out loud I can't help thinking of the book The Joy of Sex. I'd hate people to get the two confused. How disappointing they'd find my content in comparison.

Anyway, I digress, to celebrate my blogiversary last year I did my 3 for 33 challenge in which I wore 3 dresses for 33 days. I've been planning another challenge (of course I have) and I've decided to give myself a little more freedom this year.

I'm going to choose four tops, four jumpers (or long sleeved / warmer options), four bottoms, four dresses, and I'm going to wear nothing but these 16 items for four weeks. Shoes and accessories will be unlimited. I think it'll be a doddle.

Welcome to 4-4-4

It kinda reminds me of one of my early challenges, born out of the need to save some pennies I chose four tops to wear Monday to Thursday and made Friday 'Dressday'. At the weekends I was free to wear what ever I wanted. It was my first challenge and the first time I posted a picture of myself online. As you can see I wasn't overly comfortable with that (don't I look happy?), but the challenge helped to quell that particular fear and I haven't looked back since.

It was lovely to re-read the comments on these early posts and see so many familiar faces - Sophie, Kezzie, Laura, Sherin, Megan & Nora and Tracyi, to name a few. It' so easy to forget how long we've been reading each others blogs and how much a part of my blogging life they've become. Aww <3 you guys!

Anyway - the challenge - you may wonder why I keep doing these. Well, firstly I enjoy them and secondly, they curb my spending for while - whilst doing them and also for a short time after. I can't seem to keep my diminished need to spend going for longer than a few weeks after a challenge has ended, so I like to do them once in a while to remind myself, if only for a little while, that I don't need more clothes.

Who knows maybe one day I'll get it though my thick skull that new clothes aren't any better than the ones I already have!

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