Drive By Knightsbridge, Darling

Friday, 30 January 2015

Blouse and Coat c/o Daxon| Trousers and Boots from Dorothy Perkins| Bag c/o BHS

Another weekend comes another week in London. I'm getting a bit to used to it, although the train tickets or petrol costs I'm not so keen on. 
I adore the busy streets of London, the colourful houses and pretty doors (doors are my favourite) We couldn't help but visit Harrods again- mainly for a present for our new addition, but it also gave me the opportunity to lust over the houses around Knightsbridge. 

This coat has gone top of my fav things ever, I had one similar from Primark and it's been making a slow death so when I spotted this one I knew it was perfect for me. The tshirt too is a great basic to have, and works so well with this whole outfit. I also decided to team it with my pearl clutch bag, I think it really made me feel extra special at Afternoon tea and I don't think any would have guessed it was from the bridal accessories department (shhhhhh!)
My diary is very quickly filling up with blog events, family gatherings and time with friends. I love feeling busy, and this makes me feel even more motivated, although I know time walking the dogs and a few wines down the pub with Sam are going to feel even more special ♥ 


Yankee Candle// Pure Essence Collection

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Pure Essence collection c/o Yankee Candle

Candles are my favourite thing, they make me happy, make me feel cosy and brighten up a long or cold day.
Winter fragrances usually make my heart flutter, but leaving the cold and gloomy times is something I'm certainly ready for. Brightening up the day with some fresh and clean always makes me feel so much happier.

Pure Essence by Yankee candle is the new Spring collection, made up of three wonderful new scents. Time for the sun to shine and daffodils to bloom ♥

Shea Butter, Aloe Water and Cassis. 
Shea butter is no doubt my favourite, it smells sweet but fresh, clean and happy. I also seem to prefer white candles, it just makes me feel at peace.
Aloe Water would be my perfect bathroom fragrance. It's fresh and watery and has a hint of cucumber to it, too. I think it's very awakening and would be perfect to light up when getting ready for the day.
Cassis isn't one I'd usually go for, it's strong but not the normal spicey and warm scents that I get drawn too. I think if you're a fruity candle lover, this one will be right up your street. 

All the candles (and more) are available to purchase on the Yankee Candle Website

6 Tips for Blogging

Monday, 26 January 2015

A blog is a blog, an online diary, some where to showcase your photos or other creative work, some where to talk to people you don't know, or to come together with people you do.
A blog is your blog, what you make it, what you want it to be. What you dream for with it, what you strive for, or what you're content with and happy to publish on that place called the internet.

What is success measured in? To some, Stephanie Dreams may be successful, to others not so much....not at all. For me it's my happy place, my creative place and the place that motivates me. It's open many a door, opened my eyes to things I never knew and allowed me to branch out and meet some of the best people there are. To me that is success, but I am a dreamer, and I believe that is okay! Pushing myself, pushing SD and allowing it to fill others laptop screens is something that I'm not ashamed to say.

I have been blogging for 5 years....that's a long time. I may not be the best you know, my 6000 twitter followers, 3900 Instagram followers and almost 4000 blog readers are obviously not up to scratch with Zoella's. But it's not about numbers, it's about content, it's about wanting and it's about trying. For me it's about motivating and pushing for something, I've never really had that in me until I started blogging. Fighting for what you want, for what you love is passion, and I see that only as a good thing. I live for what I can create, for my family, for my Husband and for my friends that make the effort to hold the friendships. My internet life is a small part of me, but it is a part of me none the less ♥
Blogging Tips I've learnt along the way

Be Social

Read others blog, leave comments and chat on twitter. Being social and actually showing you're interested in others blog will help you along the way.
Comments are very few and far between, RT's from a blogger you know hardly ever happens, and when you spam your link on those blogger # chats how many of you actually end up looking at the others blog. Don't be selfish, be supportive and love the community you want to be successful in.

Be Inspired
Our lovely friend Pinterest can help with this, but also reading others blogs. There's so much content, so much creativity out there, it's great to fill your mind with it. Surrounding your self with good vibes, and what you love is important. I love finding new lifestyle bloggers, they give me a sense of inspiration for both my life and my blog. It will help you get motivated and push your blog in the direction you want it to go.

If you agree or not, photos and your blog lay out are the first thing your readers will they matter a lot. Your layout and design will say a lot about you, it's your opening statement and key to the personality of your blog. You don't have to have a £300 camera that "all the bloggers have", but you need to know how to use what you do have. Lighting and composition are just as important as the technology you're using. Sticking to an editing style, this will too help put your stamp on your blog.

Blog for yourself
Be true to yourself and what you want your blog to be. My ideas area a lot different to many others, and so on. None of these tips are right, nor are they wrong, they're how you adapt them to work for you.
In the past I've taken every feature that's come to me, which looking back is stupid and has never helped Stephanie Dreams. It will get you disliking posts and not loving the content you write, and if anything stands strong, it's what I publish on here I want to be proud of, I want to love.

There's going to be quiet times, uninspring times, times you just don't give a crap- that's okay. It really doesn't matter, give yourself a break, because honestly very few other people would actually care. It's also hard to keep your self positive, when you see others get all the latest features or be invited to the loveliest events. Being more picky in what you want and what you want your blog to say will help pin point it and move away from all the other blogs out there.

Your Blog, Your rules
I do like the blogger chats that are about, some times great conversations come out of them, but I think it's important that you don't get too bogged down in it. Remember that it's your blog, and because a "popular" blogger doesn't do it that way, doesn't mean you shouldn't either. There are no rules, and there's every rule you want, do what makes you happy and what you strive to make your blog better with.

You're not the first, you won't ever be the last.
This one that comes up a lot, you hear about "copying" a lot and although I'm sure it does happen, a lot of people think too much into it and other bloggers aren't copying you at all. There's a difference to feel inspired and take others ideas, there's also a difference about getting on your high horse about people taking your ideas. Truthfully, they're probably taking some one elses, if at all, because people have similar thoughts and ideas, and it's no doubt be done before. Being "different" is something that you should do, and will make you a better blogger, but that's harder said than done. Your best original ideas, probably have been some one elses in the past, so just go with the flow and don't worry about being different....just be you!

Here's to a healthy 2015

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Even in my competitive swimming years, I've never been that "healthy". KFC has always out won any good eating or activities that I may think about when trying to be good. It's never really been something that's bothered me, even for my wedding, even moving out of my size 12 clothes that I'd been with for so long.
This year I think something needs to change, I'm never going to start swimming 6 times a week again, I can't run and even thinking about the time to do some sort of exercise ends up hurting my head.....but I want to improve my health, what I'm eating and how I'm going about my life. 

Now, you're not going to see me drop anything in my diet, start the 30 day shred every day or get some super abs on the go. But I'd like to cut down on the things I eat so much of- chocolate, crisps, pizza all of the time!!! Start doing a serious bit of exercise at least once a week- Although I walk Sev a lot, I need something more and Jillian may be the one to help me as it's short of sweet. Feel the motivation- I'm lazy and I don't have a passion for it, some times I need a huge kick up the bum, so I just need to get myself into it.
Cutting down daily calories, thinking about what I'm eating and trying to get my body moving- simple things I hope to achieve and are super achievable if I put my mind to it.

You'll still see me eat pizza, drink champers and snack on macaroons- don't you worry!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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Five Years as Stephanie Dreams

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

In December, Stephanie Dreams turned 5 years old. 5 years I've been blogging, 5 years I've had this little space of the internet. I love it most times, strive for more all the time, and think it's best "hobby" I've ever started. 
Once upon a time I started Topshop Princess (I know, cringe) and some how it's grown to make me a better person. It stretches my creative side, it's bought me my love for photography, it's made me want to improve not only the quality I let you see but the person I am in every day life too. 

I am forever Thankful for my readers, even if I've never managed to draw many in, I still have you. The ones that will read my blogs, look at my photos, or the few that comment and spread the love ♥ 
Coat from Primark| Dress and Boots from Dorothy Perkins

The snow this Weekend just covered the ground, it made for a pretty dog walk in the morning, even if it was on the chilly side. I took my Dorothy Perkins sale items out for a spin, the gorgeous green dress and burgundy boots seem to work so well together. I love the rich colours so much, it brings colour into my wardrobe without being too bright, which is perfect at this time of the year. 
I'm still getting used to my shorter hair, finding out how I can style it and what looks good. I don't think I love it any more than my long hair, but I don't regret doing it. It feels so much more lighter, fresh and healthy. 

Pawsome Box for Sev

Monday, 19 January 2015

Dog subscription box c/o Pawesome Box

Severus now seems to be getting more emails than I do, even though I'm sure my blog is still called Stephanie Dreams, I'm of course happy to share the features with him.

Last month saw Sev receive a few gifts, onc of which was meant to be this goody bag-type box, but sadly we only got it a week ago. This box is full of Christmas treats, fun toys and even a special Christmas stocking- so it really would have been perfect to get around the festive period. 

Luckily, even though I try and kid myself, Sevvy doesn't really know that his toy is a snow man or his treats and Christmas fillets. Because of these, he loved the box this month as much as any month! 

With the Pawesome Box you get 5-6 high quality products, from chews to toys, training aids to grooming items. I also loved hearing that they also help with finical aid to animals in shelters and charities that help with this. Spending money on your four legged friend, in turn helps other furry friends that aren't so lucky to have homes.                                                                                                           

Breakfast at Strong Adolfos

Thursday, 15 January 2015

 I'm always looking for pretty photo opportunities and good food, generally the way I think in life, so when I noticed this cool cafe in Cornwall I knew we had to stop for breakfast. 
Strong Adolfos is situated on the Atlantic Highway in Wadebridge, Cornwall. The quiet surroundings makes for amazing views, and an awesome looking cafe.  

The cafe offered a great mix of breakfasts, smoothies and coffees. I of course went all out with a large English breakfast, and it certainly didn't disappoint. The cakes and bakes on offer look scrummy, and the smoothies came in jam jars- I'm honestly not sure what else you need, for us it made the trip by being dog friendly though. Like so many places in Cornwall, being allowed your dog into pubs and eateries makes life so much easier, especially on a dog walking holiday! 

The food was wonderful, the interior was awesome, the view was gorgeous and the staff were pleasant! Make sure you drop by if you're in that area ♥                                                                                                              

The Streets of London

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Coat and Jumper from Primark| Skirt from Newlook| Hat from French Connection

This Weekend Sam and a few of our friends made a visit to the big city. Birthday celebrations were in mind which included afternoon tea followed by cocktails....what more does a girl need. 

We pranced around Camden, hopped around Covent Garden and skipped our way to Harrods. I always have a love hate relationship visiting London for such small periods of time, a dream to live there always gets me wanting the fresh green hills of Wiltshire again. 

I got to wear my pale blue Primark coat, that has been stored in my wardrobe for far too many months. Along with a rather monochrome affair, I think it was the perfect outfit to dance along the Kensington Streets on Sunday afternoon. 
As you can see I'm also styling my new 'do. I took the plunge and had the chop late last week, and even though it was only a few inches it feels like half my hair has gone! It feels light, fresh and oh so healthy- so I certainly don't hate it, but I think it will take some time to get used to it.