Taking time out. Now that is something that I really need to do, but am truly awful at/don’t even really know how to. As a full time blogger, blogging – and more recently, Youtube – is quite literally my life. And that’s absolutely fine, in fact, it’s more than fine, it’s bloody amazing. I appreciate the fact that I get to do something that I adore and make a living from it more than anything in the world, however sometimes… it all gets a little too much.
In a (blogging) world where it’s no longer just about writing a post, taking a photo and bob’s your uncle, and much more about constant social interaction, being able to reply to lovely comments within minutes and engaging with readers in real time, I recently realised that I’d gone around 3 months without having an actual day off. 

Ain’t nobody got time – or the mental capacity – for that…

So last weekend, Dan and I headed down to his parent’s house in the countryside in an attempt to switch off from all things Blogging/work.
… which was going really well until we noticed the spot below, pulled over to the side of the road and started snapping outfit photo’s. Blog photography productivity? Winning! Completely disengaging from the blogging world?… maybe next time!
Swallow print dress
Swallow print dress
Debenhams Swallow print dress
Debenhams Swallow print dress
Debenhams Swallow print dress
After being blown away – literally #HagridInDisguise – by the beautiful English Countryside, we headed to Dan’s family home and more specifically, the jungle garden.
Debenhams Swallow print dress
Debenhams Swallow print dress
Debenhams Swallow print dress
Debenhams Swallow print dress
Debenhams Swallow print dress
DressSavannah Miller at Debenhams / BootsDorothy Perkins / BagStradivariusRidiculous “Am I snow white yet?” apple eating pose – Model’s own!
Debenhams Swallow print dress
Debenhams Swallow print dress
After exploring what to me feels like a forest because my London garden reembles the size of a shed, it was time to get arty. Well, my vision of arty i.e taking close up shots of animals/insects.
Arty skills = 0. Freaked out by creepy crawly levels = 100!
Once I stopped fannying around photographing outside, it was time for a delicious Pork roast with all the trimmings, which I didn’t photograph close up because there’s a time and a place and all that. Next time, when I’m not attempting – and failing – some time off from the blog. πŸ˜‰
After second portions of our roast (and dessert) it was time to head home, keen to get back to wifi and blogging life, but ultimately, just that little bit more refreshed!
I would love to know your tips for taking time out? What do you do to get away from social media and daily stresses? I would love to hear your thoughts.
As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!


  1. Jordan says:

    I agree it's so nice to take some time out and have a little break! Must be lovely out in the countryside at the moment I really miss it living here in Brighton πŸ™‚ I love the photo of you with the apple πŸ˜€ xx

  2. Marie says:

    lovely outfit and gorgeous pictures ! especially the spider, the kitty and the succulent plant! πŸ™‚

  3. Rosy Flynn says:

    Love your outfit.
    I live in the countryside so I tend to just walk outside to switch off, a couple of steps away from my door and signal drops from my mobile so that's me sorted πŸ™‚

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  4. Gorgeous photos – what a beautiful place. I love the countryside and always miss it when I'm away in uni. Hope you had a lovely time. xxx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  5. Such beautiful photos! sometimes i think it's so vital to just take a step back and remember how beautiful the world is. I know that sounds really hippy but it's true! I love the swallows too – reminds me of when everyone used to wear bird print at school (but obviously you look one millions times better than that!) xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

    • You're so right Sam, I desperately needed to (and need to) do it more, it was a much needed (half) day off! Haha I remember those days, glad you liked it more πŸ˜‰


  6. Love your beautiful autumnal outfit! And yes it's so important to switch off occasionally!

  7. Call Me Amy says:

    Love that dress! I find it really hard to switch off too because I work full time and then pretty much spend the weekend blogging! Recently though I've been loving going on really long walks in the countryside – and I make sure I'm not wearing a nice outfit so however nice the scenery is I'm not tempted to take any pictures!
    Amy x

  8. Robyn Taylor says:

    I love your outfit in this post! It's so important to have time off but it's so hard when there's always emails in your inbox and tweets to reply to etc. but it still looks like you had a lovely time!

    Robyn xo

  9. Angie Silver says:

    I love your dress and you look so relaxed and happy in the countryside πŸ˜‰

  10. You look gorgeous! I totally feel you on the "when was the last day I had actually off" and quite frankly I had one yesterday. I went shopping, had an incredible lunch, took a bath when I got home and I watched some episodes of a series I'm following so it's definitely nice to relax.

    N- Naomi in Wonderland

  11. Lylia Rose says:

    Great dress! I'm currently on maternity until the end of this month, but literally never take a day off from my business otherwise. There's always something to do and I'm always thinking about it even when I'm not 'working'!

  12. Lauren S says:

    Loving your blue dress Elle, and your little quips always make me laugh! I'm also awful at switching off but a country escape is definitely needed every once in a while <3

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  13. CB says:

    I am SO happy you just linked your bag to the Stadivarius website! I found a pair of boots on there that I LOVED last time you linked their site, but didn't pin them (cause I'm an idiot) and then COMPLETELY forgot what the site was called. What a babe. I can now buy the OTK boots.

    Oh and to really switch off? You need to go to a country pub, in the middle of a long country walk. 100% guaranteed to have no wife and absolutely zero signal – you have no choice but to switch off!

    CB x

  14. What a gorgeous spot, and that dress is so cute!

    Sophie x

  15. Gorgeous Elle! I LOVE that dress so much – and I totally agree with you about not being able to switch out of blogging mode.

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

  16. ella grace says:

    The dress is gorgeous Elle and the scenery is equally lovely! Xx

    every LiTTLE thing07

  17. I’ve just found your blog and I’d like to say that I’m in love with it!
    Your posts, style of writing and photos are amazing! You do a great job!

    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet

  18. bryony grace says:

    I'm literally addicted to social media I swear. I definitely need to find some days where I can just switch off from it all but it's so hard with most things linking to some sort of social site. The country side is a perfect place to 'switch off' for sure, and to take photo's too haha! Such a lovely outfit and your eye liner is perfect! x

  19. The photography in this post is so lovely, the lighting is gorgeous! You look glowing and I'm so happy you could take a little much needed break, even if you couldn't escape the ever present blogging compulsion completely! x

    Martha Jane |

  20. Looks like you had such a lovely time! It's always so hard to switch off right? I usually have to switch the phone off or go somewhere with no signal!! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  21. Stephanie says:

    Gorgeous photos! Love that dress on you! Looks like a nice getaway!

  22. Beautiful photos (especially the spider one πŸ™‚ and beautiful look! I understand you for needing time away from all these, it can be exhausting. It looks like you had fab time, definitely do it more often. Everything looks great! xx

  23. You look beautiful and I love the dress.
    We all need time to destress, especially from the blog.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  24. What a gorgeous garden and fabulous shot of the spider!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  25. Bash Harry says:

    I don't know why I laughed so much reading this. You know, everyone says how nice it is to take a step back from blogging but honestly, blogging is just too much fun! Haha! Maybe next time!

    I still think it's sweet you and your boyfriend visited his parents in the countryside. Hey, it counts as fresh air, right? Haha <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

  26. Alina Bostan says:

    I get stressed over how much my blogging to do list builds up and I'm only doing it part time, I couldn't even imagine the stress of full time so you truly do deserve some time away (even if you still took outfit photos haha). You just need to take more days off to get into the practice of clearing your head more often :D! Love this outfit btw, perfect winter dress x

    Beauty with charm

  27. I guess that living in the land that time forgot / up North makes it easier to get off the grid – because 4g pretty much disappears the moment you head out of town!

    But then again I find it so relaxing to just get out for a little walk at lunch and having a good old chat with my mum!

    Emma |

  28. Really lovely photos and love the outfit so much. I totally sympathise with being a workaholic so I def. say take a break you deserve it lady!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  29. Sometimes we need to pause for a while and enjoy every bits of the world.
    Btw, lovin' this dress on you

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  30. I actually love blogging. I am not making a living out of it but it seems when I stop working on my blog and do something else then an idea pops out and I return to my page to write about it. For instance, now it's morning and I was going to watch a movie (college doesnt start till the 15th) but I returned to the blogging word instead of watching the movie I wanted to watch when I woke up (2 hours ago).
    You seem to love it so that is why you don't need too much 'free time' from blogging!

    • I do absolutely love and I'm so so grateful that I can make a living from it… I think it's a little different when it's your full time job because there's more stress to earn money and it does become less of a fun hobby. So constant stressing over projects is more why I needed a break rather than blogging itself.


  31. you look amazing as always πŸ™‚ and am glad you enjoyed the day off πŸ™‚

  32. Art Adorned says:

    These are some amazing photos blogging can indeed be a bit draining, so love has to be in the mix. What kind of flower is that in the photo? its very pretty.

  33. Lovely post πŸ™‚ I've tagged you in the Autumn Tag if you fancy doing it. I'd love to see it xx xx

  34. Josie says:

    I have this dress too, I love it! You look gorge. I'm not even a full time blogger and I find it hard to switch off so it must be so difficult for you! x

    Josie |Sick Chick Chic

  35. Liz Tarran says:

    Those leaves were so vibrant and bright! Also that dress looks gorgeous on you!

    Hope you had a wonderful mini getaway xx

    Liz | lotsofloveliz

  36. Rubi Ani says:

    One of the great things about my job is that when I leave work I can switch off and not think about it. Working from home you can't really do that, especially when social media is part of the job.
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den |

  37. You look beautiful! I'm glad you took some time off as you don't want to over work yourself, and I hope you had a nice and relaxing break πŸ™‚ xx

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