Simply Smile

Zim7 Zim6 Zim3 Zim1 Zim8 Zim5 Zim4 Zim2The ability to smile is one of the most powerful possessions we own and I for one am guilty of not using it enough. In a matter of seconds one simple smile is able to transform a moment, a day and a life forever and yet for so long I refused to share mine here. I didn’t want you to see how one of my front teeth slightly slants or how I am certain my nose spreads across my face when I do accidentally allow a small one to escape.

The truth is, I was quite sad when I first started to write this blog and I feel like for a long time, I forgot how to smile from my heart. I realised that I needed to learn how to smile all over again and change had to start with the world I lived in. I had to remove the negativity which prevented me from smiling, no matter how close that negativity was to me. It simply had to go. I had to change my view of life. Life was no longer half empty nor half full. I wanted to live my life full to the brim, where there was so much happiness and love that sometimes small amounts could spill over the edges to others who too had forgotten how to smile.

Where I once struggled to get out of bed before 4pm, I now rise with the sun eager for a day full of love, happiness and positivity. All this change happened from that one choice, my entire existence changed from that one choice and in turn so many lives around me changed when I made that choice to simply smile more.


This post was shot on the Canon 5D MKiii with the 50mm Lens.

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    • lydia 20th July 2015 / 10:13 am

      Thank you hun <3 the shoes are my fave at the mo. I don't ever want summer to end!x

  1. Hayley 20th July 2015 / 8:44 am

    I would just like some advice please.i follow you on Twitter and Instagram and love how positive you are.I have suffered with survere depression for 17 years and feel I have never had a life.I struggle to get out of bed most days and don’t enjoy life.How do you stay so positive and focused?I want to start living and enjoying life but don’t know where to start or what to do xx

    • lydia 20th July 2015 / 10:20 am

      Hi Hayley,
      I am so sorry to hear of your struggles, it must be extremely hard to have felt like that for so long. I’m not sure if I ever had depression but I definitely had some extremely low points, I lacked excitement for life thats for sure but I can only advise on what I experienced and I made a choice to change the way I thought about myself and life. I am now full of excitement and positivity each morning but that doesnt mean that I dont have days when everything seems to go wrong. But for me it’s a bad day not a bad life, life is amazing. I’m in no way saying it was easy and changing your thought pattern doesnt happen over night, as with everything it is a process. I saw councellors, had cognitive behavioural therapy and surrounded myself with people who were there to hold my head above the water when I needed it. I sit in my tiny little garden of my tiny little house and yes it’s no mansion and I don’t have millions in the bank, but its mine, and i worked hard to make it beautiful and I look around in awe at the world that I have created for myself, which is so very modest, and I can’t believe how lucky i am. That is living life with the glass full to the brim and I know that you can do it!
      Sending you so much love <3 x

  2. zoe 20th July 2015 / 10:00 am

    You have ze most epic smile. It makes me smile to see you so happy. Love you Lyds. xxx

    • lydia 20th July 2015 / 10:21 am

      I friggin love you <3 x

  3. Lutetia Flaviae 20th July 2015 / 10:21 am

    Well you have a beautiful smile! I’m glad you managed to find peace and got rid of negativity. It’s pretty hard especially when some is very close as you say.

  4. Emma Murray 20th July 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I have been there myself and I managed to change my thinking to be a lot more positive. I am a much happier person because of it and really feel like it has improved my life! It is sometimes so hard to know where to begin and it is awesome that you have managed to make your life much happier and fuller!

    Love your outfit and your blog! Always keep on smiling 🙂 xxx

  5. Cori 20th July 2015 / 3:20 pm

    LOVE those shoes, Lydia! Checking them out now. They look gorgeous with denim shorts like you paired them – Think they’d look great with a cute mini dress too!

  6. Monika 20th July 2015 / 4:43 pm

    What’s your lipstick? It’s amazing <3

    • lydia 20th July 2015 / 4:58 pm

      Mac “Spice” Liner
      and Mac “Honey love” Lipstick xx

  7. Seonaid 20th July 2015 / 4:54 pm

    Hi, I’ve followed you for a little while now on instagram, youtube and snapchat. Love your blog, and this post really resonated with me! People are always telling me to smile more, and I feel like I just can’t! People who smile more look much happier and because of that I think they become much happier, and more beautiful. You have inspired me to try and smile more. Today’s goal – to smile at a stranger! Thanks!

  8. Nina 20th July 2015 / 10:09 pm

    You are such a positive and beautiful woman.
    Love this look 🙂

    May I ask you how do you curl your hair? Are you using flat or curling iron?


  9. Bella 20th July 2015 / 11:57 pm

    this outfit is perfect ! So great
    Love Bella from

  10. Martha Jane 21st July 2015 / 12:18 am

    When I first saw that top in your Snapchat I fell in love. It is SO beautiful, and you look gorgeous in it! Really loving the way your blog is going recently. All of your latest posts have been so positive and lovely x

    Martha Jane |

  11. Deepti @ Endless Postcards 21st July 2015 / 8:09 am

    I love this post — your outfit is lovely!

    Dealing with depression and a constant heaviness in your chest is incredibly hard. I am glad those days are behind me but even now there are days where I feel myself slipping and getting back to the cycle of my “bad days” again. I wish getting better was as simple as smiling, but even though it’s not, smiling certainly helps. Yay for smiling and yay for improvements in mental health! I’m glad you’ve gotten better as well, and you have a beautiful smile! 🙂

  12. Tashi Skervin 21st July 2015 / 11:49 am

    And such a beautiful smile you have! It’s nice to see you so happy and your hair looks incredible! x

  13. Hayley @ break the loop 28th July 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Lovely, honest post… Keep on smiling, love! It’s infectious and (aside from Chanel, obvs!) is the best accessory!

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