New In: the faux fur coat

If there is one trend I have been obsessed with this past winter season, it has to be the faux fur trend. Not only is it the most convenient trend out here at the moment, as it keeps you nice and warm during the colder days, it also just looks hella cool.


I have to be honest, for a very long time I was very sceptical about the whole panther print trend. I never saw it as something I would wear or I could pull of. However, now that I have this coat, I cannot even begin to imagine not wearing it! It is all I have been wearing this past winter! The coat I have on here is from Zara.


The only downside to this coat is the fact that it only has one button. So riding my bike to uni in the freezing cold with this coat on is not the best. However, for one of those days where it is not crazy cold, this coat is just perfect. Pair it with a nice big scarf (preferably a black one, or any other natural colour) and you’re good to go!


Toodlepip! xx

coat: Zara – top: Hudson’s Bay – jeans: Pull & Bear – lipstick: Mac ‘whirl’


Life as a Work of Art: guest writer

Hello! My name is Matthew Hedges, I’m a reality TV personality and YouTuber who’s always had a longing to create. Over the last few years of my life I’ve completely changed as a person and am absolutely in love with life. A lot of people, when they hear the word “Art” immediately think of a painting or maybe a stunning drawing they saw once in their life. That’s definitely not wrong, but I like to view “Art” in a different way.

Art to me, is a part of everything. The way you step on the cracks of a sidewalk, the way the rain drenches your clothes and the sun that rises and sets every morning and night. It’s all so beautiful to me, and I like to view life itself as a work of art. Every day that you experience is shaping and painting your life. From the good to the bad, each moment and memory in time effects the rough draft of your life.

I’m a firm believer that experience and failure are our greatest teachers. Sure we can learn a lot in class and at University, but there’s something different and life changing about when we fail. Each failure is there to teach you something. Maybe it’s to just teach you not to make that same mistake again, or it might be longing for you to take a deeper look under the surface of your life and evaluate some things. Anyways what I’m trying to get at is that our experiences and failures are painting a picture of our lives, and that is what I would call art.

Life is so unpredictable and it’s always switching directions and making drastic changes. That’s what makes art beautiful though. Art is diverse, it’s beautiful and it’s alive. You can choose to interpret any piece of art in any way you want, despite the original intent of the creator. So when it comes to your life, the failure and successes, you can choose to interpret them however you’d like.

When I think back on my life I can see the moments and events that changed where I am today. Life has tossed me around and completely thrown me for a loop. I would have never guessed that I’d end up where I am today. So thinking about my life’s best moments and my worst mistakes, I would never change a thing. They all belong and they’re all a part of my ever-growing and ever-changing life, or how I would like to refer to it as, my “Art.”

So go create your art and never look back! No matter which direction you go, it’s always beautiful and it’s always art.

instagram – @matthewhedgehog . youtube – Matthew Hedges

A Reflective Monday

At around this time last year I wrote a post called The Year of High HopesIn this post I talked all about my hopes for the upcoming year as 2017 was about to bring some big changes. Today I wanted to look back on this post and see how far I have come. This is what I wrote down last year:

I hope that I am going to graduate: I actually did quite okay on my final exams. I didn’t need any of the resits and passed in one try, which I am so happy about. My mum even cried. Graduating brought a lot of changes: moving out and starting uni, which terrified me. However, I knew I had to at least try to see this terrifying this as an opportunity to turn my life around and start fresh. If you have ready moving out post, you will know how that went for me.

I hope that I will enjoy my first year at uni: I am enjoying (most of) my courses, so far I am doing alright when it comes to results and I am doing so many fun things when I am not in lectures. In fact, if you were to tell high school me that I would be going out almost every Tuesday night (sometimes even Thursday nights) and actually enjoy it, I do not think she would believe you.

I hope that living in a bigger city will make me feel more at home: Definitely. Not only do I enjoy the town itself; the possibilities to go shopping, go out and do other fun things. I also feel like I have always been a more of a ‘big-city-person’.

I hope that I will be able to surround myself with positive people: This must be the thing I am most happy about. I have found so many new friends who I can have a laugh with (mostly about ridiculous memes) but also talk to when I need someone. Even though I have only known them for a few months now, I am so thankful to have these amazing people in my life. I hope they feel the same way.

I hope to improve my creativity: I am not sure if I have. I did join the art club in my town, which helped me to surround myself with more creative and artistic people. However, I am still not quite happy with the amount of art work I do and the art itself. This is something I still need to work on.

I hope to find my passion: I still haven’t. However, I have to say, now that I am living here, doing fun things, I don’t feel the need to find my passion as much as I used to. Don’t get me wrong, I have loads of things I am passionate about, but I am not sure about having one true passion anymore. Maybe a few small ones will do for me.

I hope to go to more concerts: I am so happy to say that I am! I already went to one, and have another one planned! If you follow my instagram you will know that I saw All Time Low, one of my favourite bands ever, live last October. I also recently bought my tickets to go see Sleeping With Sirens. Not really a concert, but I also have tickets to the Dan and Phil show this June. In my opinion, it is so important to plan fun things for yourself. They don’t have to be concerts, they don’t even need to cost any money, but make sure you give yourself some time out by doing things you love.

What have you achieved this past year? Let me know in the comments!

see you tomorrow! toodlepip xx

The Room Tour I Promised You Months Ago

Now, I know that this post is a little late. But better late than never, right?

As some of you might know, ever since September I have been living on my own. Meaning, new room, new opportunities to go all out on furniture and decor! Months in advance I started planning out how I wanted my new room to look. Below you can see the result!


see you tomorrow! toodlepip xx

A Poem For My Hometown

where you grow up will not always be your home.

your bedroom with posters of your favourite bands on the wall, glow in the dark stars that would always fall, faded echo’s of late night bawls, brawls with your own mind; forever yours to recall.

the memory of your first way out of tune ukulele strums, left over crumbs from inspiration, illustrations and creations scattered all over your bedroom floor.

where you grow up will not always be your home.

the five-minute walk to your elementary school – three minutes if you were late – will be nothing but an old memory and memories fade.

the hidden gate in the bushes that you always used as a shortcut, now overgrown and shut like your memories, because memories decay, tucked away somewhere in the back of your brain and once again I would like to say;

where you grow up will not always be your home.

your old highschool gave you some of the most cruel memories, but memories are memories and one day you will cherish the thought of spending your lunch breaks alone in a bathroom stall, being pushed away in the hall, and getting picked last for basketball, baseball and football.

but I’m just being dramatic, not all of it was tragic; free periods spent drinking bubble tea with friends only extend the good memories, and somewhere, deep down, there lays great power in being a wallflower. hence the word is now visible, for everyone to see, in the bathroom stall in which you always ate your lunch.

where you grow up will not always be your home.

it’s exciting to leave behind the place in which you once lost your mind. but would you be so kind; don’t ever forget what you’re leaving behind.

– for my hometown

My Winter To Do List

Say goodbye to Autumn, because Winter is officially here now! New season, new plans, new goals. Here are some of the things I plan on doing this Holiday Season:

Go ice-skating (again..): if there is one thing that makes me feel cozy and even a little Christmassy, it’s ice-skating. In all honestly, I probably look a bit clumsy when struggling on the ice, but it’s not about showing your talent, it’s about having fun!

Put more effort in my daily look: this is something I have been telling myself for ages now. Even though I have already improved so much in this area, I still have some work to do. Don’t get me wrong, you do not have to put effort in your look if you don’t want to. However, I cannot help but notice the energy I get from waking up a little earlier, doing my make up and picking out a cute outfit. My fashion girls will know; a cute outfit can be such a confidence boost sometimes.

Drink heaps of hot cocoa (with whipped cream and marshmallows): probably my favourite thing about the cold weather. Who doesn’t love the feeling of entering a cozy, warm coffee shop after a walk through the cold air and ordering the biggest hot chocolate you have ever seen?

Buy a Christmas tree: I am aware that this is a pretty obvious one. However, definitely worthy of being on this list. I love nothing more than coming home after a long day and turn on the lights of my Christmas tree. Now that I have moved out I need to find a way to fit a tree into my new room, but I’ll make it work somehow..

Buy some of Lush’s Christmas bath bombs: If you have been following my blog for a while now, you might know how much of a Lush fan I am. Especially during the festive season they never disappoint.

Go for a walk in the snow: I don’t know if I am the only one who is aware of this, but I just love the sound my boots make when stepping into a pile of fresh snow. I can’t wait for it to snow, so I can bring my camera and snap some wintery shots!

Do you have a Winter to do list? What’s on it? Let me know in the comments!

See you tomorrow! Toodlepip! xx


Winter Music Favourites

If you know me, you might know that I am slightly (only slightly..) obsessed with music. It’s not only a great way to kill time, it’s also a way for me to relax, ease my mind and calm down after a, sometimes, long day.

There are a few songs in particular that I have loved over the last few months:

Twenty One Pilots – Oh, Ms Believer: I know I have talked about this song before, but this song just sounds like winter. If snow were to have its own theme song, it would sound something like this. Not only is this song incredibly calming, it also, like every Twenty One Pilots song, has so much meaning behind the lyrics.

Twenty One Pilots – Hometown (Sleepers Version): Yet another Twenty One Pilots song. The original version of this song is so good already, however, this piano version makes the whole song so much softer; perfect for a day in when it’s cold outside.

All Time Low – Good Times: This song reminds me of my friends and all the fun nights I have spent with them; dancing and singing around town, having such a good time. That’s why every time I hear this song, it fills me with such warm, fuzzy feelings.

All Time Low – Ground Control: This is one of those songs I listen to when I feel down, defeated or just sad. Especially the following lyrics always manage to make me feel better: ”Don’t be afraid, no. If you start floating away, I promise you will be fine. Got the universe on your side.”

Lorde – Supercut: I have my good friend Mike to thank for this one. He convinced me to listen to Lorde and recommended this specific song. In contrast to some other songs I listened to by Lorde, I actually really liked this one.

Harry Styles – Sweet Creature: I have to be honest, I am not a big fan of most of the solo songs by the One Direction boys. I do however, love a few of Harry’s songs. Sweet Creature being one of them. It’s such a simple but lovely little song to listen to on a quiet afternoon.

Kindness – Swinging Party: This is one of those songs that has been in my playlist for ages and every once in a while I come back to it and fall in love with it all over again.

Which songs have you been listening to lately? Let me know in the comments!

See you tomorrow! Toodlepip! xx

The Princess Saves Herself

As some of you may know; I am a massive lover of poetry. However, I have, thus far, never found a book in which I like most of the poems. It was always two or three poems in the book that I liked, and the rest just not so much. Until I found The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace. It’s filled with short poems about lost love, grief, mental health, finding new love, feminism and being strong.


What I liked most about this book is how it is divided into four sections. All these sections tell a different story: The princess, The damsel, The queen and You:

The Princess: This part of the book is about insecurities, hiding yourself, fear and mental illness. It’s about a girl who believes that, just like in most books, she needs someone else to save her. The princess is weak and doesn’t realise she can be her own savior.


The Damsel: This part is about letting your illness, your insecurities and your fears control your life. The princess turned into a damsel who needs her prince in order to find happiness. However, every prince she meets breaks her a little more, making her weaker and weaker.

The Queen: In this part of the book the princess realises she’s not a damsel who needs to be saved. She is strong enough to now save herself.

You: Lastly, this part talks about how , eventhough the queen knows she doesn’t need anyone to be happy, she still chose to be with someone. This part is dedicated to loving the right person, and that person loving you right back.


This book talks about so many different topics, sad but also happy ones. But all are discussed in a positive, uplifting and hopeful manner. After reading this book, which I finished in about an hour time, I felt so empowered. I finally saw that I could indeed be my own knight.

Have you recently read a book that made you feel strong, happy or maybe both? Let me know in the comments!

See you tomorrow!

Toodlepip! xx

Moving Out & Starting Fresh

For as long as I can remember I had been looking forward to starting uni and moving out. I am going to be honest, I have never enjoyed high school. You often hear peolpe say that high school is what you make of it. But that is not true. At least, it wasn’t for me. Especially the last few years were really tough on me. I was so ready for a change, for a fresh start.

I live in my new house with a couple of other students. I have to say, it takes some getting used to, but I’ll be okay. During the last few weeks of summer, my mum, dad, sister and brother helped me with my room. We went to Ikea, bought some nice flatpack furniture, which we then of course, had to build. (which was actually not as hard as I thought it would be!) I could describe to you in perfect detail how the days went and what we exactly did, but I took some pictures instead..


All I know is that I am the happiest I have ever been. I don’t know why, but for some reason I feel so much more motivated to actually do something, to go out and meet new people. In high school I was the kid who hardly ever talked to anyone. I was always hiding myself, trying to make myself as small as possible. Mostly because I was terrified. Here, however, it’s totally different. It has only been three weeks and I have already made so many new friends. Every night I have a different party or get together and I actually enjoy them. I even joined two student clubs and one of their committees. If you were to tell high school me all of this, I would have never believed you, but here I am. All I am trying to say here is; uni is so much better than high school, I promise. I know it’s terrifying; going to a new city all on your own, but you should really see it as a fresh start. It’s an opportunity for you to start over. Don’t waste it.

How was your start of the new school year? Do you still go to school? Let me know in the comments!

Toodlepip! xx

Gails Bakery // Hove, UK

If you have been following my Instagram or my blog lately, you might have noticed a fair few Brighton themed posts here and there. I hope you guys are not sick of them yet, cause I have yet another one for you today. I can’t help myself, I have fallen in love with Brighton and if you have ever visited the place, you might now how many crazy good and ”tumblr-esque” restaurants and food places they have.

One of these food places is Gails Bakery in Hove. I knew of the place because of Zoe Sugg, one of my personal favourite bloggers. She talked about the bakery on her instagram and in several vlogs so I thought it would be only fair if I gave it a try myself while in Brighton. And let me tell you, it sure did not dissapoint.

Not only did they have an endless choice of pastries, breads and sandwiches, the place itself also looked as if it came straight of an aesthetic tumblr.


After we got our food, we decided to sit down somewhere upstairs. (near the window looking out over Hove’s big street) Let me tell you, the food might not look that great, it did however taste great. Really great. We even decided to grab some more food to go.


So if you ever find yourself in the area of Hove or Brighton, you should for sure pay Gails Bakery a visit. I promise, you’ll love it!


Summer Style: the prom dress

I am in my senior year of high school, the year of exams, finals, a lot of stress, but also prom! I’m not going to lie, I, like every other girl, was pretty excited about getting my prom dress. So when I was in Brighton the other week, I spent a good day looking for the perfect dress. But in the end, I ended up finding the one!


My dress was a long, navy dress with a flowery pattern and a high neck. If there is one thing I love about a dress, it’s a high neck line. The fabric was flowy and very lightweight; perfect for a warm summer night.

For my shoes I went for a simple nude high heel. I did not have anything specific in mind, I just knew they had to be comfortable enough! After all, I had to wear them a full evening and night.


For my hair I decided to go for a bohemian updo. Now I have to be honest, I did not do this myself. I am ridiculously clumsy when it comes to hair, so I went to the hairdressers for this. My make up however, I did do myself. I used both my Urban Decay Naked 3 and my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette to create this look. I decided to go for a pink toned eye as it would match the flowers in my hair and on my dress. For the lips I kept it subtle with my Mac lipstick in the colour ‘Mehr’.


dress: Phase Eight – Shoes: Manfield – Lips; Mac ‘Mehr’ 

Summer in Brighton: the boho dress

It doesn’t happen too often that you’re in the United Kingdom and the sun is out. But luckily, during my 3 day stay in Brighton, the sun was out in full force and it were 3 proper summer days. When that happens, you got to get your dresses out!

This boho dress from Zara doesn’t really need too many accessoires, if you ask me. I just paired it with some lace heels and I was good to go! Perhaps not the smartest move to wear heels while roaming Brighton all day, but at least it looked nice.




Dress: Zara – Shoes: Manfield

Winter Style: i want to believe

Grunge is definitely the word that inspired this look. Now I know that this outfit may not be the perfect ‘grunge aesthetic’ that I always rave about, but I also wanted some comfort. I started off with a pair of ripped jeans (with some tights underneath cause it’s hella cold here) and a black top and I added my denim blouse as an extra layer to keep me warm. I topped it off with some rings and a choker bracelet and done ! Simple.



Denim shirt: Vila – Trousers: H&M – I want to believe top: DIY (but you can get it at Urban Outfitters too) – Rings: Primark – Choker bracelet: H&M


Introversion is a topic I have been very interested in over the past few days. For the ones who do not know what introversion is; let me explain. It’s essentially a personality trait. You can be an extrovert or an introvert. Although, you should not see it as black and white as I just wrote it down, it is more of a spectrum, really. You can be a little bit of both even. An extrovert is someone who gets their energy from being in a social situation. An introvert on the other hand, gets their energy from being on their own and is actually drained of energy in social situations. Ofcourse, these are only textbook definitions meaning that it is different for everyone. Not every introvert is the same, just as not every extrovert is the same.

That being said, I think I can safely say that I am an introvert. Although, I also have social anxiety which sometimes makes it a little more complicated and therefore the line between my introversion and my anxiety is a bit blurry. Important to note, not every introvert is socially anxious! (or shy) This one is important to keep in mind. Loads of introverts actually enjoy being social and are really good at it as well. However, the question for me remains: Which behaviour comes from my introversion and which one comes from my anxiety? I still have not quite figured that one out.

However, just this morning I came across a video by Savannah Brown in which she talked all about introversion and also talked briefly about an article online. Apparently, there are four types of introversion. Those four types are really what I wanted to talk about today.

A brief description of the four types of introversion:

  • Social: This one basically means that you prefer to socialize only in small groups instead of large ones. Or sometimes you even prefer to be all alone. Important to know; there is no anxiety here, it’s simply preference.
  • Thinking: This one mainly focuses, not so much on the social aspect, but more on the thoughtful aspect of introversion. People who count themselves in this category are often introspective, thoughtful, and self-reflective. I liked how the article described it: “You’re capable of getting lost in an internal fantasy world,” “But it’s not in a neurotic way, it’s in an imaginative and creative way.” Think the dreamily imaginative Luna Lovegood, not the socially awkward Neville Longbottom. 
  • Anxious: This category is quite similar to the social one, however, this one is not so much driven by preference, but more by fear. Anxious introverts are uncomfortable in social situations and are often not confident about their social skills. Hence they seek solitude. However, according to the article, even when alone, the anxiety never really fades away due to over-thinking about what could possibly go wrong.
  • Restrained: This one in particular I find rather difficult to really describe. I used to be best friends with someone who I would most definitely count into this category. I suppose another word for this category could be reserved. The way the article described it was pretty accurate: Restrained introverts sometimes seem to operate at a slightly slower pace, preferring to think before they speak or act.

With these four categories all explained and well, I think I can count myself mostly as a thinking introvert. Even before I knew of these four types, I had always described myself as introspective and thoughtful. For example, you know those long car journeys where you sit in the back, headphones in, and you just don’t want the car ride to end? You’re just comfortably sitting there, daydreaming and thinking. Also, I love to reflect on myself and my life. I suppose some would call this ‘being dramatic’ but I simply enjoy looking back on my life or on certain moments, thinking about it and taking some sort of life lesson out of it. It’s just something I do, I guess. Lastly, Luna has always been the character in Harry Potter I related to the most, perhaps now I know the reason behind that feeling.

The article also comes with a test. ‘Which type are you?’ Very interesting, and in my case, also surprisingly accurate for an online test. It said I was, besides the thinking type, also the anxious type. I think this is the link to my social anxiety. I’m simply not comfortable with my social skills and the way I act in social situations. Therefore, I like to avoid them as much a possible. Which I know I should not do, because I’m missing out on good times, but I can’t quite help it, I guess. Although, according to the test, I was also partly the social type. Which, again, I think is accurate. Sometimes I simply prefer to be alone. Not because I’m anxious or scared, just because I want to. I prefer sitting in my room painting or drawing or writing, instead of going to some wild party. And honestly, I like being that way.

In today’s society, introversion is often seen as a defect. Especially in high school where everyone seems to only care about parties, friends and social status. Being an introvert in these surroundings is hard. However, I wouldn’t want to change it in any way. I guess I simply am who I am. Introversion is not a defect, it’s a personality trait. Although, I also think that we should not see this as an excuse to accept anxiety. Anxiety should never be something that is leading your life for you. However, I am planning on writing a whole post focussing on anxiety, so more on this later.

The fact that I wrote this whole post only proofs that I am, for the most part, a thinking introvert; reflecting on myself and thinking about who I am as a person. I hope you found all of this information this just as interesting as I did. Are you an introvert, if so; which type are you? Or do you see yourself as an extrovert? Or are you somewhere else on the spectrum? Let me know in the comments! Let’s talk about this!