Today's red and Christmas outfit feature "the skirt", and this time it's a little suede number. Suede skirts have been all over the fashion blogs and high street recently, due to the resurgence of the 70s trend, but rather than go with that traditional look, I wanted to create something a little bit different. Throwing on heeled boots and a Cheap Monday jumper instantly punks up this look for me, and creates a nice contrast with vibrancy of the skirt. The loose fit of the jumper combined with the A-Line cut of the skirt may not show off my figure to its best, but its super comfy, and hides all of that Christmas snacking! A cute pom pom ear hat finished off the look, and makes it fun, I mean who doesn't wanna look like a mouse...?
"Living is about what we receive, life is about what we give", these poignant words, scrawled next to some beautiful imagery was what stood behind me in today's location. These words are so appropriate for this time of year, is what people would say, and yes, that is true. This time of year we find ourselves giving more, getting into the festive and charitable spirit. But, this motto shouldn't just apply to us every twelve months, it should apply all year round. It should apply on the days that we feel shitty, on the warm summer months we're on holiday, and when there aren't hundreds of adverts on TV reminding us to give.
I certainly need to give a little more. Every year I say I'm going to volunteer at a soup kitchen, and I never do. The amount of times I've walked past a homeless person on a cold night, thought about buying them a tea, then walked on by. The amount of times I've thought about giving, or helping, and haven't can be stacked up into towering stacks all around me, and I want that to change. I want to give. I want to give back to my parents, who have helped me so much. I want to give back to my community, where I so lovingly grew up in. I want to give back to my University, for giving me an education and an experience which only the privileged few get. Also, I want to give to those less fortunate than me.
These words have somewhat kickstarted an early New Years resolution for me, to help. But I don't want this one to just die out, or to just appear every 1st of December to vanish again on the 31st. I want this to last, be it giving a bit of my grant every month, or a bit of my time once a week, or even just helping family and friends around me, I want to start giving. It doesn't have to be big, it just has to be something.
I'd like to encourage you guys to to get involved, and give a little of your time. Be it helping out family and friends, colleagues, volunteering at a charity or donating some of your hard earned cash, every little helps.
If you'd like an easy place to start then why not check out Radio 1's #1millionhours , which will be running all the way up to the 22nd December.