Christmas Day Morning 2015

Hey cutie!

We did it! We survived Christmas, now we just gotta get through New Years; we can do this!
I hope you had a fabulous one, I sure did.
I wanted to share with you some pictures from my Christmas Day morning, it was pretty amazing and full to the brim with love and happiness.

It's Christmas! Ice Skating & Grottos

Hello cutie,
I feel like I haven't really been keeping you updated with my Christmas shenanigans.
Which sucks, a lot.
I've been mighty quiet on Instagram, which is very unlike me (my phones being annoying sad face), so I thought I'd whip up a post to show you the Christmas-y things I've been up to these last few days!

My Christmas List 2015

Hey cutie!
I hope you're well, I miss my chats with you.
I recently had my wisdom teeth under aesthetics out which has really affected my chronic conditions which SUCKS.

Poppy's Spotify Playlist

Hey Cutie!

I've had a bit of an uneventful duvet day as I'm still recovering from my operation last Tuesday.
How have you spent your week?
Due to my free time, I've made an incredibly chill playlist today that I REALLY want to share with you, can I get a hell yeah?
I find a lot of chill playlists bring me down, so I've still left it up beat.

Share a Meal

Hey cutie!

I didn't have this post planned so this is very spontaneous of me, but I had to stop by to tell you about this AMAZING campaign to help end children suffering from hunger in the US by Unilever.
It will take 30 seconds of your time (or less) to participate and give a FREE meal to a child,  and it's super easy.

Anxiety & Depression in the Holidays - Part 2


Hello cutie!

This is a piece carrying on from this post which I shared with you yesterday.
Halloween is the first holiday/celebration of many over the next season, so I realised that this was quite important to share.

Halloween Tips for Combating Anxiety & Depression - 1

Hello cutie,

After reaching out for help before on the internet and not coming across any helpful content, I have decided to write this, for those who also struggle with seasonal holidays regarding depression and anxiety.

Reading & Leeds Festival Style 2015


Hello cutie!

I hope you're peachy.
I had the pleasure of being at my favourite festival (Of the whole entire year!) the other day (ok, so don't shoot me, I've had this in my drafts for too long - too poorly) and I was in my god diddly darn element.
Reading Festival 2015.
Music, my love in hand, bands, food, AND FASHION.

Popp(y)ing to Paris



OH HEY THERE.
Thanks for popping by to read Poppy's post on Poppying to Paris.
Ok, I'll stop that now.


So long time readers (or stalkers - no shame) may know that from my parents for my 18th birthday I was lucky enough to receive a trip to the city of lights aka where my inner Blair Waldorf belongs; PAAARRIIISSS.

The Struggle of Being a Disabled Creator

Hello cutiepatootie.
I hope you're dandy today, I've missed you.

I wouldn't let myself post anything until I had published this piece.. which I've now had completed in my drafts for weeks now.
If you're reading this, that means that I finally pressed that damn publish button.
Procrastination at it's finest, but you'll see why I was so hesitant.
This is important to me.

Pick Me Up - 28

Hello you gorgeous soul.

It's lovely to see you back here, I have some goodies for you! I hope they warm your cockles, and all that jazz.

My Eczema/Dry Skin & Nail Miracle - Phenomen Oil by Jessica

Hello cutie,
I hope you're dandy today!

I wanted to share with you a little fantastic secret of mine that really has saved my skin and nails, eczema sufferer or not, this really is a treat for everyone.

Pick Me Up - 27

Hello cutie and happy Hump Day to you!

Here's to you, you've survived half of the week!
This is such an achievement so you make sure you take time to celebrate it, let's start with a little pick me up.

14 Tips; How I Survive a Bad Night



Hello lovely,
I hope you're mighty fine.

I have been MIA this week and admittedly this is mainly due to the complete and utter annoyance that is sleep. (and it doesn't look as glamorous as my thumbnail, I can assure you)
See, I know I'm not one of those people who can't function without sleep. I used to survive 16+ hour days with a tigger hop in every step and a smile the size of the sun.
However, somehow, my illness has thrown me into that 'cannot-function-without-sleep' pile without my consent. The cheek.

Shift Dress & Afternoon Tea



Pick Me Up Weekly - 26

Hello cutie and happy Hump Day to you! (or Prime Day) (Have you been hitting up those amazon deals?!)

POPPYFIELDS BLOG RELAUNCH


HELLO, ISN’T IT LOVELY TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

I am so happy to see you back on my little site, what do you think?
Do you like our new look? Snazzy, is it not?

Poppyfields has officially relaunched, is this not a glorious sight(e) to behold?
I feel like I simply must catch up with you, what have you achieved recently? I’d love to know, anything you’re proud of, do tell!
I for one, am incredibly proud of myself for pulling this blog together. Ok, so the domain is still being a right rotter. 
Poppyfields.me is my official new domain, however currently, it is only referring to my blogspot link due to tech probs. 
However it is only temporary, soon it will fully be poppyfields.me. 
If any of you ever need help with blog layouts etc, I am always here for Q&As.
I have a whole list of things to tell you about, which will come in the form of future features, but I think I’ll start with my relaunch.

After purchasing this basic template on Etsy, I have been up all night *queue 1D* editing HTMLS for god knows how long. I feel that slaving away everyday has now paid of!
I have a new email, contact@poppyfields.me, a fantastic new mobile device layout and I even have my own newsletter!
Do sign up to it here (I shan't spam) for weekly updates on my new features sent straight to your inbox!
Easy as pie.




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The majority of this snazzy-ness has somehow come from my little brain and youtube tutorials.
HOWEVER, there is one person who I could have not achieved this new look without, and that is the ever so kind Willa Gebbie.


Willa is the talented artist behind my beautiful new header. 
I met Willa at my first blogging event in February when she drew me. Since then, I knew I had to have her art on my blog.
So tahdah! What do you think?

Well if you like it as much as I do, I have some brilliant news for you.
Willa is will(a)ing to draw one lucky blogger a brand new blog or YouTube header.
If you’re in a similar position to what I was, where you feel that your header is too plain and doesn't quite express you, this is the PERFECT opportunity.
Willa is fantastic to work with, and once you tell her your ideas, she will make them into something so special, you will automatically want to show everyone.
I even showed my dog and I have no shame. You'd be the same.

So here’s how you can also have this opportunity.
Pop on over to Willa's Instagram. @willagebbie (link here), find her giveaway post with the hashtag #Iwantanewblogheader and follow her instructions.
Simple as that!

(If you want extra brownie points, make sure to follow her twitter link
Please do not post this link on any money saving/freebie sites, this is purely for the blogging/vlogging community.

Isn’t this fun? I’m so excited to see some else have the opportunity of being so utterly overjoyed and feeling like you actually have your blog together (for once).

So, will you be participating and what is your dream header? Comment below, we would both love to know your ideas!
*Read in the voice of the turtle from Finding Nemo* Let your creative juices flow dude.
I also have my own giveaway launching within the next week, so stick around sunshine.

Stay beautiful.


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BLOG REFURBISHMENT & YOUTUBE (& PUPPIES)

Hi my lovely lil soul!
Thank you ever so much for popping back.

This is simply an update post, not the most exciting of posts but I want to keep you updated on my blog shenanigans.
As you may have noticed, there's been a SERIOUS lack of blogging over here.
bad bad bad Poppy! *slaps hand*.
Distraught is probably too strong, but upset is too weak of a word to describe how much I really do miss my lil place in the blogosphere. Wow I really do miss you and my blog, especially the writing part.
Unfortunately, I am under a lot of stress with exams and internship interviews and as this is greatly affecting my health, I've told myself to step away from my blog to keep myself sane.
Stress really does affect the severity and how I handle my illness mentally, and I know that you'd appreciate that I keep myself alive in order to blog. Duh.
My blog doesn't stress me out, however I do get frustrated at how little I can maintain it sometimes. 
This May (& June) has been that 'sometime'.

The next feature I post with most likely be with a different layout and changed content. Same name and brand as such BUT new domain and possibly a wordpress move (but I doubt).

My blog deserves some love and attention, you deserve the best content possible.

So that is my mission from June 19th, mission get-my-blog-crap-together. 
I have SO many travel and fashion posts in the mix. 
I am also recording daily vlogs/video diaries to then post on my blog via youtube currently to post in June, as well as *drum roll* FINALLY STARTING YOUTUBE.
Yes I have got my Youtube crap together.
I shall be uploading my first sit down, talk-y intro video at the end of June.
Would you be interested in a 'What I got for my 19th Birthday video?' do let me know as I'd love ideas.
I shan't be uploading a youtube video from 25th-Jul 2nd as I'll be too busy vlogging my Venice trip as I cannot WAIT to take you with me. I'm hopefully getting a gro-pro so I'll have some hardcore footage to share with you.
I will be uploading a video a week and 2 blogposts, the Pick Me Up Weeklies are staying kids!
I'm using this Summer and possibly a more relaxed year ahead of me, to focus on my content and I am so excited.
I get an incredible amount of joy out of writing and vlogging even my day to day life, did I mention that I am so excited.
It's the only thing keeping me sane in this world of madness, life is not fun at the moment and I get so much hope sharing my words with you. 
I hope you do too.
I thought I'd finished this post with 10 minutes of cute puppies, just in case you're having a bad day. Skip to 3.50 to see some adorable husky-ness.

Thank you for sticking by me in the past year, my blog's anniversary is the 26th June and almost a year later I never thought I could be so in love with sharing words and pictures.
It is art, thank you for appreciating it.
Make sure to come back and check out all the snazy new things that will be on my blog. Including a giveaway with LipGlam.
My choice of domains are, poppyfield.eu, poppyfield.co, poppyfield.uk or p0ppyfield.com with a zero like my social media sites. What do you think? I would really love your input as I have NO clue what domain to go with.
Poppyfield will see you on the other side, and I honestly cannot wait.
See you there my lovely and stay safe,
I am obviously still going to be very present on social media, including Snapchat: eleanorpoppy so come say hi! I love nattering away.
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MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU - HAPPY STAR WARS DAY

EDIT & WORDS: POPPY FIELD
PHOTOS: HARRY GADSBY
FEATURING:
T-SHIRT: EBAY
TROUSERS: Bought last year from Dorothy Perkins 1, 2
DARTH VADER BOTTLE OPENER: SAINSBURYS
similar listed beside product - balloons not included..
Hello my lovely,

I'm so happy to see you!

If you may or may not be aware, today is May 4th, which means it's not only a bank holiday BUT STAR WARS DAY.
So the happiest of Star Wars Days to you and May the 4th be with you.
I hope you've spent it how it should be, in bed watching every episode.
Here's how me and my boyfriend celebrated, by wearing our yearly tees.
He introduced me to Star Wars when I met him a couple of years ago, so I can admit to not being a hardcore fan (not as hardcore as him, I was brought up on Star Trek) but I do still enjoy it obviously.

Our relationship's 'anniversary' as such, falls a day after May 4th so I of course had to purchase this tee for my dear nerdy boyfriend last year.
Believe it or not, he wears it often despite it only being made to wear on May 4th.
The dedication to the force.
How did you celebrate today? In a similar way? Did you Cosplay or snuggle in bed all day? I've yet been brave enough to Cosplay! 
Hardcore fan or not, I'd love to know!
Thank you for letting me fill your noggin up with Star Wars related words and pictures,
do pop back again soon.

HULA FIT WITH THE LONDON MEET UP BLOGGERS - HEALTH


EDIT, WORDS & PHOTOS: POPPY FIELD
FEATURING:
HULA FIT & THE LONDON MEET UP GIRLS (Twitter: @LDNmeetup)
THE TABERNACLE
TOP: H&M
DOGTOOTH SKORT: CLOTHESMINDED (Similar)
SHOES: NEW LOOK
(click for links)
Hello my beautiful human,
Ok so, I'm not turning into a bloggers who blogs whenever they feel like it, I can assure you.
I love and adore my blog. I love writing, I love having a voice. I love meeting and talking to the 100s of amazing people I have met because of this lil online diary.  I also don't want the hard work I've put into it (so far) to go to waste.
Did anyone else think of this scene when I said 'so far'?
But behind the scenes I unfortunately have a life and an illness, that unlike my blog, cannot be put on hold. Damn you responsibilities.
 However, despite my fully filled schedule, I let myself have one day to indulge myself in all things bloggy. I did something this Easter, besides eating chocolate. *crowd applauds*.
I was invited by the ever so lovely London Meet Up group to an hour fitness class, courtesy of Hula Fit.
Hula Fit was created in 2013 by Anna and Rowan Byrne, who both have a lot of experience in the fitness industry. Their class, focuses on making fitness fun and claim to have a bit of everything for everyone in their classes - as everyone loves hula hooping after all.
This being said, I was also delighted to be apart of a group of bloggers and like-minded people, so awoke early (ok, 9am is early for me) that Saturday and hopped on a train to London.
The tube is one heck of a chore.
Finally, I arrived in Notting Hill, just off Portobello Road at The Tabernacle. A beautiful location indeedy.


I felt like I was walking into a mini London castle fit for a princess, who would have known that there was a dance studio within it? 
Although arriving a few minutes late, I received a warm welcome from both the girls and our instructor, Anna.
Photo from the gorgeous Kara 
I grabbed a hoop and attempted to join in.
Photo from the fabulous Nevena
I did actually have gym clothes on for it, promise.
Now, I have to admit. As a sufferer of M.E, Fibromyalgia and IBS, travelling to London to attend a fitness class probably wasn't the cleverest of ideas.
However, I wanted to be guinea pig, (ok I don't believe in animal testing though) for those with chronic illnesses who want to dip their toe into some fitness that is fun but feel that it's too far out of their comfort zone. I wanted to also see how much I could achieve, as just attending and getting there was a big deal for me, let alone exercising for an hour.
The class began slowly, or from my point of view quickly, damn my dysfunctional body.
Anna began teaching everyone how to actually hola hoop. I had no idea, even as a child my hoop would fall to the ground within seconds. So keeping it up, finally at the grand age of 18, was a big deal to me. I thought that'd be enough for one day.
But nope, my oh my oh I honestly didn't think it would be so intense. Suddenly we were doing circuits and running around our hoop as well as the room. I was quite naïve to think it would be some simple hula hooping.
Out came the dreaded jumps, lunges, squats and burpees. Things that I haven't attempted to do in months. 
Taken from the beaut that is Lou 
I mean just watch me drop my hoop (right at the back, left) whilst everyone has it mastered. This is not my area of expertise.
At this point I realised that I had reached my limits and needed to slow down if I wanted to get home alive. No one was aware of my conditions, apart from LDN's beautiful organiser - Lauren, nor did I want them to be. I was quite content, I felt like a normal girl doing normal girly gym things. 
The lovely Lauren (@LDNmeetup and @Blonde_Vision blonde--vision.blogspot.co.uk)
I also loved listening in on their gym talk and admiring their gym clothes, this is the healthy life I should be living I thought to myself.
I did look a bit wimpy sitting out occasionally and avoiding the circuits like the plague, but a girls got to do what a girls got to do. It was such an nonjudgemental atmosphere, I felt accepted and entirely free to look after my body and not push it.
There was a short break half way through where everyone got to catch up, drink a gallon of water and show off their new skills before returning again to the hula hooping madness.
Hoops were swung around arms, fingers, necks, bums and legs. Oh the amount of times I flung my hoop into someone by accident, and I seemed to be the only person who managed to achieve that..
Note that these are weighted hoops so even though they're easier to use, it does feel like you're being punched in the ribs whenever you're spinning it around your waist.
BUT
You can feel it working and how much of an affective technique it is to lose that chub. I highly recommend it.
If you try this at home, remember to switch directions of the hoop every few minutes to avoid bruises.
An hour later the class ended and hoops were gathered. I was both relieved and saddened. 
It had turned out to be SO much fun. Wizzing a hoop around whilst dancing to music made me feel like a child again. However, I was also in need of food (review of the restaurant we went to and further shenanigans to come) and a rest, I was sweating but my body was surprisingly holding up. I had managed to exercise and keep up fully for at least 30-40 minutes, if you're chronically ill you'll understand how much of a big deal this is.
I didn't bring my Nikes because who's got time to lug those bad boys around? My little white socks did well. (unsure of source)
I was admittedly on a high and met so many lovely girls.
Found image, but unsure of which blog it's from - hit me up if it's yours.
The sweetheart that is Laura from lovedbylaura.com @lovedbylaura
I couldn't recommend this class enough. I have a body with chronic pain yet still managed to burn some calories, get involved and have fun. I'd say that's a sign of a worthwhile class.
Ok well I probably still need some practice..
If you live in or around London, hop on over to the Hula Fit website as they have classes frequently starting at £6. Which is probably cheaper than a Central London gym.
Grab some friends and go, whatever your fitness level is.
You will love it, I promise.

watch fashionclutter.com's short vlog and of course the clip of me failing to hula.

I can't thank Hula Fit and the London Meet Up girls enough for such a great experience.
Unfortunately I can't attend the classes due to living an hour away, but I have since bought a hoop and I'm building it up 1 minute every non-poorly day, one day I will be back again. (The bruises are definitely present however.)
4th April 2015










I was also lucky enough to watch this sunset on my way home and couldn't wait to share it with you! Just wonderful isn't it?
Quick disclaimer due to recent stigma regarding my illnesses; I am in recovery - or so I'd like to think, it's very unpredictable and a guessing game.
 Exercise does not cure M.E, Fibromyalgia or IBS but in fact enhances the symptoms, making them worse until you rest. My recovery time is shortening, meaning I feel more comfortable stretching my limits than others with my condition would. I only need a day-week to recover from intense activity. I only needed 1-2 days to recover from pain and exhaustion from the experience reviewed above.
Just because I completed 30 minutes of exercise does not mean that I can do it again or that other's with my condition can too. We are all fluctuating through different stages of the illness and not one person's condition is the same.
 Please do not recommend exercise to other's with my condition.

Thank you for taking note of my disclaimer and thank you for popping back.
Will you be purchasing a hoop or popping off to Hula Fit? I'd love to know!
I really appreciate every quick scroll or intensive read. This blog makes me so happy and I hope I can share that happiness with you.
Have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world and I can't wait to see you back here soon lil beauty!