imagination required

It’s the weekend! We made it! What are your plans? Once I’ve made this post, I’m off to pay a visit to my grandparents…I love spending time with them and I’m lucky that they have always lived nearby.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to you all for your kind, thoughtful comments and e-mails regarding my visit to the unit.
It went…well? Not sure that’s the right word! Everything feels very real now, and reading all your messages helped a lot.

It’s hard to know when blogging just how much of your personal life to share, and it was certainly never my intention to drag my illness in to it when I first started this site. However, you can’t ever predict something like this, and there is, right now, no hiding from the fact it has taken over damn near every aspect of my days…when it got to the point of people expressing concern, I made the decision to “come clean”
and it’s times like yesterday…and now, when I need all the support I can get and you wonderful people come through with it by the bucket load that I’m confident I made the right choice.

People have asked about writing to me whilst I’m in there. I would love it if you wanted to, honestly, as although I’ll have my laptop for DVDs and music, there is very bad internet connection, if any…and a break from the online world is probably very much needed
(though it’ll pain me to put this blog on hiatus for what could be months).
So, if you’d like to write, then drop me an e-mail and I’ll give you directions!

Enough with the deep stuff now
(sorry if I have bored you to death, I’ll try and keep it to a minimum after this post)
Here’s what I wore yesterday. A very spring-like outfit despite a serious amount of imagination being required to believe it is indeed spring outside.

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(this necklace was a birthday gift from a very special girl)

Have a wonderful weekend my loves,
next week will most likely bring an onslaught of last Saturday’s purchases and a couple of reviews!


84 comments for “imagination required

  1. Yay! Another weekend! I think you’re a wonderful girl and we’re here for you! Love your dress and your tights! xxoxoxoxoxo

  2. I love all of the colours in your outfit! Especially the shoes.
    Don’t worry about possibly having to take a break from blogging, we’ll all still be here waiting to start reading again when you get back!

  3. Laura, just wanted to send you big hugs! You are a brave and wonderful girl and I can’t wait till you start getting better.

    P.S. Love your new header x

  4. That’s such a pretty necklace ๐Ÿ™‚
    I dont really have plans for the weekend but you’ve reminded me how much I miss my grandparents ๐Ÿ™‚
    Enjoy your weekend =)

  5. I love your outfit very very much ๐Ÿ˜€ But maybe I love the new banner even more ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And don’t think you’re bothering us with your illness, because beside the fact that it is there, there is also a fact you’re doing the best you can to beat it, and you are an inspiration to all of us.

  6. We’re going to miss you when you’re in the unit, but hopefully it will be a huge step towards recovery. Will be thinking of you!

    That’s a lovely dress xx

  7. I’m glad that you decided to share this in your blog. You have SO many readers who absolutely adore and care about you, and you can definitely count on us for all the moral support you need

    P.S. will email you soon!

  8. Hey there
    Just wanted to say hope things go well for you in the hospital. I am glad that by you talking about your illness you have received lots of support from around the world – shows that people care for you and want you to get well.
    Good luck, and I look forward to seeing another post from you soon.

  9. i love ur banner and ur necklace ^^
    i would hate to ere u go on hiatus but if thats wats best I’ll supoort u all the way ^^

    hope you have a gd weekend ^^

  10. It really takes a lot of courage to be so honest, especially people you don’t ‘know’. You are amazing, love.

    Also, the colours in this are just lovely to the max. :]

  11. Gorgeous! The trim on the dress that is just apparent in the last photo is so, so pretty.

  12. Happy weekend. I like your new header.

  13. My darling,

    gorgeous outfit. If only the weather was spring like as your dress.

    I love the new header. When did you change it? Please say it was recently…or I feel old for not noticing earlier.

    Don’t forget to email me number, address before you go. Will write you :))

    Love Dena x

  14. such a cute dress. love the simple shape and the colour paired with the minty t-shirt. also, how cute are those shoes and the grey tights? love it. xx

  15. 1. You look so cute today. I love the outfit!
    2. I think it’s amazing how you’re taken the time to do what is best for you, and I love that you share just a little bit on this blog. I truly hope everything will work out for you!


  16. Such a pretty outfit! Really hope that your stay in the unit is a success- there are lots of people supporting you! Your posts will be missed though!

    Adore the new header- that’s one of my fav perfumes!x

  17. That necklace is beautiful! I have almost gotten your candy package together, should I send it to your house? Let me know, because there will be another small thing behind it. I hope all goes well with you and you are in my thoughts.

  18. you look really summery right now, i wish we had that weather up north! added you to my twitter now lovely, elle x

  19. That’s such a cute outfit.
    Glad the visit went ok yesterday and hope you’re having a nice relaxing weekend x

  20. that necklace is lovely!
    & i agree, i’m trying very hard to imagine springtime weather too!

  21. lovely dress! thanks for the comment on my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚
    have a great day pretty

  22. you look lovely and wonderful. i really like the floral dress and the overall combination of course <3

  23. Jen

    Sorry I’ve been absent for a few days. I wanted to wish you luck on the hospital tour, but glad it went okish anyway. We’re all here for you whenever you need our support.

    I love your spring-like outfit. Grey tights are always a winner in my book! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  24. You look so pretty and springlike that you’d never guess how vile it is outside.
    I’m so proud of you and I know that you’re going to succeed and finally conquer this terrible illness.
    Have a lovely day.

  25. Love your new header – & your outfit!

    Thank you for your kind comment – I’m sorry I haven’t really been around to return the favour..
    I’m glad though that people are being supportive & kind – you deserve nothing but well wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care,

  26. aawww… gosh, you will be missed..that’s for sure. ๐Ÿ™ but i admire your courage laura dear….i really do. This is for the better though and don’t worry we’ll be here when you get back. :)x Super promise.

  27. Such a lovely lovely post ๐Ÿ™‚
    Oh + thanks for your sweet comment! I love reading them ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Panda xx

  28. Happy Saturday, sweetie! Your dress is darling {you know I looove floral prints} & you look marvelous in it! Thank you for taking the time to drop by GirlWhimsy. Your visits make my day! I will be praying for you & sending you lots of hugs & kisses across the internet airways while you are on hiatus! Get well & hurry back! Muah!

  29. J

    that is a gorgeous necklace. good luck with everything dear!

  30. Hey hey a new header it looks really brill!
    I shall miss your posts and our comment chat etc.
    But best of luck—kick arse!
    peace & hugs
    moi xXx

  31. great plan, I just spend my weekend with my bestfriend, she has problem with her bf, btw love ur dress!

    oh and I like ur new header ๐Ÿ™‚


  32. Glad you’re starting to feel more comfortable about everything! Loving the tights in this post, also like the new graphic at the top of your blog… is that the marc jacobs perfume bottle? I have that!! Best wishes

  33. Really cute outfit today. I’m glad the visit to the unit went well and of course I’ll write to you.
    Vicki xxx

  34. a lovely necklace! and thanks for your comment <3

  35. I think you are amazing and I am so moved by your courage! I’d love to send you postive and happy vibes, how would you like me to do that?

  36. You will be missed when you are in hospital x
    I will send little notes etc via your home address if that’s ok. Glad you liked your little gift, and I like your new blog header, very apt!
    Kandi x

  37. aww i absolutely love the outfit ๐Ÿ™‚ xox

  38. A lovely outfit, I think the beautiful pale colours really suit you.

    Your positivity and strength is amazing. I jsut want to say how much I admire it.

  39. I admire your courage & strenght Laura, just know that everyone here supports you love! – oh and ps, another great floral dress! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. stay strong, sweetie! we will all still be here for you if you take a break from your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. I nearly bought this dress at full price and really regret it now as there’s none left in my local New Look!
    I think you’re really brave to be so honest about everything, I will miss reading your posts (particularly the recipes) but I wish you all the best and lots of happy thoughts! x

  42. this post brought a tear to my eye, you have supported my blog since the day i started and i really will be willing you better. I will miss your blog terribly but a break might be just what you need. make sure you rest up and get better.. you are beautiful inside and out, and such a strong person for facing your fears.
    love vicki xo

  43. The outfit is wonderful. Love the pastel colours and such a cute necklace

  44. Perfect outfit for a grandparent visit!
    Lovely necklace too!

  45. i admire your openness and am lifting you up in prayer right now

  46. You look so lovely in the pastel colors. Thank you for sharing about your experience; it’s very brave and you’re strong for doing so. Wishing you all the best!

    xo, becs

  47. Wonderful post, and fantastic outfit as always ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to hear that you’ll be getting better, and all my love and support are here for you- have a lovely weekend!

  48. I haven’t stopped by your blog in so long – I love your new header.

    I hope going into the unit proves helpful. How long for? I took some time out last February and it changed my life. Hope this sets you on the road to recovery. Sending you love and hugs…

    Chloe xx

  49. that tight and shoe combination is stunning. ๐Ÿ™‚ and have fun with your grandparents!

  50. Oh my gosh oh my gosh ๐Ÿ™ sweetie stay strong, we’re all here for you. Good luck with recovering, at least you have a lovely new suitcase to bring your stuff in heh (read your gift post a few posts down). I have been so out of touch with everything and didn’t know what was going on. Thank you for your constant sweet comments, I’m so lucky to have you as a reader ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep in touch and keep us updated if you can? Maybe you could twitter from your phone? Although as you say, a break from the real world might be a good thing.

    Love and hugs,
    Z xxx

  51. I will say you are courageously honest and genuine, and I hope that this coming process will bring you what you need. drop me a line at beccajanie (at) gmail (dot) com with your address so I might send a card your way, okay?

  52. i’m so glad you’ve received so much encouragement and support from your readers! ๐Ÿ™‚ hope it will always help you especially during this period of time… just take it easy and hope everything gets better soon!

  53. nothing like a spring dress to make up for the weather…good lick with everything, you are very brave and truly inspiring!


    ps. I live your new blog header!!

  54. love the layering!

  55. This is YOUR blog and you should be able to say whatever you want on it. I to have grown concerned over the past monthes, but the most important thing is that you realize you need help and are more than willing to accept it. I’m proud of you for being strong and allowing us to see a more personal part of yourself. On a more superficial note the pink and gray look amazing together. Wishing you nothing but the best!
    lots of love,

  56. First step hun! You can do this! Just think of the day you walk out and how great you will feel. Isn’t it funny how we’ve all never met you yet feel we know you? Does that even make sense?! This illness is awful and you can totally kick its arse!
    Blog header looks wicked btw!

  57. stay strong, gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚ you can you can you can.
    you look absolutely stunning here, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. YOur blog looks fresh with that header, it suits your personality love ๐Ÿ™‚

    I wish you best on the time of your duration in the hospital. We’ll all be here to give you moral support and I’m amazed how you handle the situation, very brave of you hun.

    Keep us posted okay? xoxo

  59. MJ

    Cheer up my dear. While my mum was in hospital the bed opposite her was filled by a girl with your problem and it was so wonderful to see her improve over the time my mum was getting better. This will help, I promise.

  60. You are very brave for getting help, I hope your recovery in hospital goes well and quick, we’ll all be eagerly awaiting to see you well again! x

  61. Love gray worn with pink! Blue and yellow are nice touches too, a little unexpected but very refreshing! Love dthe maxi in your previous post too!

  62. praying for you, I would love to write while your in hospital. Is there some address at the hospital we can use or is it ok to use your home address?
    big hug

  63. Lovely dress!

    P.S. I really love the new header!

    โ™ฅ รฑ_รฑ โ™ฅ

  64. i love your header! i hope you’re ok & will get well soon.

  65. My gorgeous girl, hope you’re okay soonest sweets. I love your determination, its inspirational hun.

    Feel better soonest.

    And know that there is a ton of us hoping you are feeling great.

    p.s. will def write to you…

  66. You know I want your dress ๐Ÿ™‚ have the candies arrived by parcel yet?


  67. You look so cute, that necklace is great! Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday!

  68. love the dress x

  69. Lovely outfits and a gorgeous necklace. Love the new header btw. xx

  70. Hey hun,

    I’ve been on holiday so haven’t commented in ages. I just wanted to say I admire you for being so brave. To get where you are takes a lot of guts. I wish you all the luck in the world.

    Thinking of you

    Love Jojo xxxxx

  71. I have this dress in a different print.
    I wish I’d gotten the pink one now!

    Best of look for your treatment, hope it all goes well.

  72. Oh, such a fairy tale outfit! I’ll be keeping you only in my best thoughts and wishes!

  73. just worry about taking care of you.

    hugs. hugs. hugs.

  74. I love seeing color and this outfit simply looks great on you!

  75. Take your time. I’ll still be here to read your blog.
    You are beautiful.


  76. Yay for your beautiful pictures and your beautiful words! It is odd to find out how much to divulge on the blog… but, I have found blogging to be a great place for support- reading glimpses into everyone’s lives really helps to care for them. I do wish you all the best in the world- I think I will message you as well. Admitting you have a problem can be hard obviously but it shows much more control and wisdom to do so and deal with it then to continue to let it spiral out of control ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. We all love you and are hoping for the best for your recovery!

  78. Hope everything get better from now on. You deserve it* The necklace is divine, so delicate and feminine**love it

  79. Very honest and candid post, I know what it’s like to be on the brink of this illness, and it’s not a simple case of ‘snapping out of it’ as some people say. You’re doing the right thing lovely, and hopefully you’ll get to a point where you can enjoy your life without anything getting in the way.

    I’ve got your postcard ready to be sent, I’ll email you about writing to you when you’re at the unit too, would be great!

  80. You’re so very brave for putting yourself out there, “coming clean” as you said. And well worth it, because look at how many of us are in your corner! We’ll be sending healthy vibes your way, and I’m so glad you’re taking the needed steps to getting better! โ™ฅ

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