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*Look Mum* I'm a Failure!

Hello, hello, hello! How are you all?
So the good news is I'm writing again (yay for conquering the writers block!) The bad news? Well, it isn't the most inspiring title I've ever come up with BUT bare with me...
Yes, I failed. At too many things and on to many occasions to remember. I've had failed jobs, failed relationships and failed ideas. Yup - that's a whole lotta failure for one little person and yet, despite the words I'm writing, I still feel pretty up beat about it all. Why you might ask? Well, simply put, I've began to see failure in a completely different light. You see without failure there can never be success.
Every successful person you look up to - in whatever industry that may be, I can pretty much guarantee 'failed' time and time again before they claimed that success. Take J.K Rowling and Steve Jobs for example, both got knocked down for their now iconic creations many times before it all finally clicked into place. I guess what I'm trying to say, is that failure is part and parcel of life and without it our lives would be pretty boring!
This post/rant came about because once again my mind ran away with itself, started making comparisons to other people and letting all the insecurities cloud my judgement. January blues hit and hit hard and it was a Youtube video in fact that knocked me out of it. The Youtube video in question was posted by non other than Will Smith. Now I really hope the majority of my readers will know who Will Smith is but if not - get yourself onto Netflix right now and binge on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' it is AMAZING (you can thank me later.)
Anyway as I was saying, Will Smith has started his own Youtube channel *woo hoo* and one of his posts, albeit short and sweet said everything I needed to hear. You can watch the video here but these are my favourite quotes, the best bits and my personal takeaways...

FAIL EARLY, FAIL OFTEN, FAIL FORWARD
FAILURE IS WHERE ALL THE LESSONS ARE
FAILURE IS WHERE GROWTH IS
PRACTISE IS CONTROLLED FAILURE
Coat - c/o Boden,  Jumper - c/o Boden, Jeans - & Other Stories, Bag - Chanel,
Bobble Hat - Think Bubbles, Glasses - c/o Glasses Direct, Boots - c/o Boden
Photography - Rebecca Chivers
So there we have it. A pretty wise man that Will Smith. If anything after either watching the video or reading the above, I hope like me your head feels a little less cloudy. It's so easy to focus on the negative and to really wear yourself down because you made a mistake. If anything, take comfort in the fact that you are one of many and that failure to fail means living life without taking chances and that my dears is just plain boring! Live life on the edge, take that leap and make that change and if you fail, getup, pat yourself down and do it all over again. Life is hard sometimes but that's OK. Although you may feel alone, you're not -  there are millions of people feeling the exact same way. No one is perfect and often when sharing a thought or a problem you realise how many people are going through it with you. So please, watch the video - listen to the words and let me know your thoughts on failure and if the video made you think differently about it.

K x

My Travel Bucket List with booking.com

Last year I was fortunate enough to visit some truly amazing places. It had been a New Years resolution to get out and see more of the world and one that I proudly put a tick next to as 2017 drew to a close.
The truth is however, the more you travel - the more you want to travel. The wanderlust hits and the travel bug bites. I am constantly inspired by the images I see online, people exploring different countries and cultures and visiting new and exciting places they've never been before.
Whenever I'm planning a trip my first point of call after deciding on the destination is Booking.com I love finding hidden gems amongst the hundreds of hotels listed. I've been lucky enough to stay in some amazing hotels throughout the last few years, be it the Regent Hotel in Berlin, The Curtain Hotel in London or the Grand Kameha Hotel in Zurich (to name a few) it's always been extra special staying in such beautiful accommodation.
Rest assured however, this post isn't all about where I've stayed, it's in fact a chance for me to give a little something back in the hope you'll discover somewhere special too.
Thanks to the lovely team at Booking.com you can get £25 off your next hotel, amazing news! That extra money can go towards a tour, museum or food (Yay free food!) Just click the link *Click Me* and you'll have your discount. No cons, no catches, just a little treat to encourage you to book your next trip and get travelling.
Whenever I look back at old travel pictures (I hope you're enjoying the few I'm sharing with you today) my heart fills. So many amazing memories linked to each trip. There's so many places still left on my travel bucket list but currently my top picks are - Canada, Iceland, Japan, Bali and Greece. I mean that's HIGHLY condensed, my actual list is pages long! To keep my thirst for adventure ticking over, I head to Instagram were there are a few travel accounts that inspire me everyday. I always like to share a little blogger love so if you fancy taking a peep at some of my faves then a big shout out to - @janetnewenham   @whereistarablog   @carlanella   @the_gapyear_guru check them out, their pictures and videos are amazing!
So my lovelies, I hope you've enjoyed this post and I hope (even more so) you enjoy your cheeky £25 discount *Click here* from Booking.com Do let me know if you have any trips coming up or if you have any suggestions on where I should head to next. As always, I love hearing from you so do leave a comment below or come say hey over on my Instagram - @littlemisswinney where I post daily outfits, travel pics and general life updates. See you back here soon, have a lovely Sunday!

K x
*This post was kindly sponsored by Booking.com*

Now tell me what you want (what you really really want)

OK guys, it's time to come clean. I've lost my blogging mojo.
Not the passion, rest assured I still have plenty of that but recently I've just been stuck on what to write. I have some truly amazing images stored up, waiting to be published, yet for some reason I'm completely lost for words.
Writers block... it's a bitch! Especially when your mind is buzzing with ideas but you can't find the words to articulate them. My current answer (as you may have guessed) is - if you can't beat  the writers block, write about it. So here we are, I've uploaded some lovely pictures shot by the ever wonderful Zoe, in a dress (from Boden FYI) I bloody love to try and spark that much needed inspiration and get me writing again.
So enough with the waffling, now onto business! I saw some great tweets the other week during the #BlogosphereChat on Twitter (Sunday's 8pm if you wanna get involved.) One of the questions asked 'What kind of content do you want to see more of in 2018?' The replies were vast and gave a great insight into want people were actually interested in.
I screen shot the replies I felt were relevant to me and kept them in my little 'blog inspo' folder on my phone. So leading on from that I wanted to turn the tables on you guys.

What content do you want to see?

Be honest, be brutal, tell me what kind of content would make you want to visit here more often. Fashion, food, beauty, travel or is it the more personal lifestyle kinda posts that interest you? Would you like a daily 'What I've done today' kinda deal or maybe more posts about behind the scenes/making money/the business side of the blog?
Whatever it is - no matter how normal or different it may seem, let me know what you want more of! I really want to cater to you guys this year. So please please PLEASE (with a vast amount of cherries on top) leave a comment below, even if you've never commented before, say hey and tell me what content you want to see. Comment on this post or contact me via email/Instagram/Twitter... whichever platform you choose. It would be a huge help and would really mean the world.

K x

Life Update: Where have I been?

Hello, hello, hello...It's 2018!
Happy new year all, sorry for my absence over the last month or so. In all honesty there's no set reason for the lack of content, simply I was having the best Christmas and wanted to take a step back and allow myself to enjoy it all without worrying about capturing everything on camera and stressing about editing and uploading posts. 
I hope you understand and I hope you too have had the most magical Christmas! For me it's always a busy time as it's Christmas, my birthday and new year all within one week. Yes that's right, on the 30th of December I turned yet another year older...eeekkkkkk! But now that I've given myself the first week of 2018 to mourn the end of 2017 (the best year ever) I'm now ready to get stuck back in - create some amazing content that I hope you guys will love and dive in to the new year with a BANG!
So first up, these images were shot once again by my right hand woman - Zoe Griffin. Someone who is not only my photographer (and is amazing) but also has become a friend and someone I look forward to seeing whenever I can. She just gets it and knows exactly what I'm looking for content wise. So guys, if you're looking for a photographer, she's your girl!
Secondly *HI OUTFIT OF DREAMS* Now in all honestly this past week I've pretty much been living in joggers and PJ's because... I've been eating my body weight in cheese and pigs in blankets and the my jeans ain't gonna fit anytime soon, what ya gonna do?! BUT the one day I did manage to get dressed I styled up this little combo and fully loved how it turned out.
The coat is an absolute babe from Zara (and it's now in the sale... yayyyy) and it was pretty much love at first sight. The blouse is from Mango and I've literally become besotted with it (it goes with absolutely everything!) and jeans and boots a pairing from & Other Stories and Boden. Of course, as always I finished it off with a pair of statement specs, these are from the lovely team at Glasses Direct and a bag from Sandro... thanks Santa! All in all, considering I've spent most days throwing a belt around my duvet and calling it an OOTD I think it turned out quite well.
Aside from the get up, my mood going into 2018 is somewhat apprehensive. Mainly because for me, 2017 was just so amazing! It was the best year I've had in a good 5 years and I just hope/wish/pray that 2018 will be more of the same just bigger and better. My work ethic still remains strong and I'm determined to work harder to continue to grow my 'Brand' and build relationships with more of you guys who fill me with so much joy. I still have a hard time believing that you actually read and care what I have to say... thank you!
So, to conclude this little intro to 2018 post I just want to say another big thank you. I couldn't do what I'm doing without you guys, I appreciate your support more than you know, each like on Instagram... @littlemisswinney each comment on the blog and each message I get from you means the absolute world. I hope your 2018 brings you everything you wish for and more, we got this guys. Lets go smash it!

K x