Today’s kind of post is kind of a rambly one. The type that you begin writing at 12am, that could potentially be complete and utter jibberish, but could also be the best piece you have ever written. NIGHT OWL.
Each night, when I finally get myself into bed, often after a really long day, utterly exhausted and I just can’t sleep. Lots of thoughts roll around my mind, some nice ones and some not so nice ones. Often quite a lot of self hate, mixed with high expectations of myself.
You know that amazing time in life, when you just see something, and it inspires you to do something. I really value the inspiration around me when it comes to writing up interesting posts. (Well, I like to think they are) This is just what happened when This Material Culture contacted me.
This Material Culture are a small Husband and Wife business, based in Liverpool, specialising in hand-made jewellery – with a cute quirky style. I think being Husband and Wife is super SUPER cute.
They inject personality into the pieces they make, including pieces for the Game of Thrones and Hunger Games Lovers. Everything is also at an affordable price so you aren’t going to break the bank, being the perfect gift for family or friends! I particularly like the bangles or the necklaces, but they also have earrings AND a men’s range! You should take a peek at their shop here – I think you lovelies will really adore their products.
When the lovely Rebecca got in contact with me I was really really excited. I love supporting small businesses – you have to start somewhere right?! And the power of us bloggers is INCREDIBLE. I think jewellery is a very personal taste. I personally like really quite plain, simple pieces, often with not a lot going on. My daily necklace is a simple heart, and I just love it. What I love about This Material Culture is that they give their products each their own personality, there is really something for everyone! The pieces are also made from high quality materials but they are very dainty! (I like dainty jewellery, so 5 stars from me!)
I was kindly gifted the Lucky Bangle* (£10) With green being my favourite colour, it caught my eye instantly. Also… who doesn’t love a ‘good luck’ charm! Saying that…. this isn’t actually how I view my new bracelet.
Jewellery is incredible. It can have one meaning to one person, and a completely different meaning for another. For one, this bangle might mean a lucky charm but for another, simply a reminder of what to feel thankful / lucky for. This is how I view it anyway, which is where this post inspired me.
These nasty thoughts that I keep having whilst I am trying to sleep (technically when I am supposed to feel my most relaxed….) keep occurring. A recurring thought I keep having is that I don’t really like the sort of person that I am at the moment, and I often question why anyone might like me, since, even I sometimes just find some of the things I do extremely annoying! I get irritable perhaps over the silliest of things, things that just shouldn’t bother anyone, and that makes me very sad. If someone were to ask how I might describe what is currently going on in my mind I would tell them this:
“I feel like there is still the really happy bubbly Kayleigh inside my head and she is brave enough to come out to all you lovelies in the blogging world, family and at work with colleagues etc, but sometimes in situations happy bubbly Kayleigh is so so small, and Irritable Sad Kayleigh likes to knock her down and be all loud and angry and take over her so that Happy Kayleigh can’t shine through.” I realise this sounds a little mad, but still, it is the way I feel I can attempt to explain what is going on.
This all started to begin really after my nan passed away. My nan was the most incredible woman in the world – I truly idolised and adored her, and I miss her so so unbelievably much. (I am crying whilst writing this 🙁 booo) I would do anything to hug her (never letting go) and go for a hot chocolate and a cake.
Anyway, I like to try and remain positive on Very Berry Cosmo so I am going to try spin this around! This lovely bracelet from This Material Culture (that I am currently wearing daily, because I LOVE IT) to me is just a little reminder of how extremely lucky I am for the life I live. I should be thankful for all the wonderful times that I had with my lovely nanny, and all of the other amazing people that surround me in my life, who are all just so great. Dad, you are fabulous <3 I have also had a fabulous year working as a Graphic Design Intern and I am doing well in my degree. I can afford to eat pretty nice food as well as buy myself a few beauty treats, plus a roof over my head, and unfortunately this isn’t the case for everyone.
There is something about the human mind that really does baffle me, are we ever happy with what we have, or do we always want more? Sometimes you just need that little reminder that you really have it good in life – and for me, this little bracelet does just that. I do hope that with time happy Kayleigh will outshine sad Kayleigh, but for now I am going to try and jam it in my brain that I am very thankful and lucky.
Thank you This Material Culture for providing me the inspiration to write this post, as well as a gorgeous bangle! I have my eye on the arrow necklace because it is wonderful!
Hope you enjoyed this post lovelies – and remember to cherish your loved ones and be thankful for the life you live.
*this post contains gifted items, however all opinions and views are my own!*