a very long overdue sunday portrait

lily melrose
lily melrose
lily melrose

This is something I havn’t done for a long time. A bit of a Sunday Catchup. I don’t know why I ever stopped, there wasn’t really a point I just sort of… stopped? I very rarely talk about my life anymore and I think that really needs to change! Back to some sort of personal post/life catch up on Sundays me thinks! I have a lot to fill you all in on so here’s the lowdown.

001. First up. I went to New York last week for the second time this month. I got back on Tuesday and I’ve been crazy jet lagged ever since. For some weird reason I didn’t take all that many photos while I was away. I do plan on doing a post about New York sometime next week but if you really want the full low down on what I did then I suggest checking my second channel (Lily) and watching the playlist of New York vlogs that I did there!

002. On the subject of vlogs… IM DAILY VLOGGING. I’m doing Vlogtober but I’ve been daily vlogging pretty much consistently for the past two weeks and Im proud I’ve managed to keep it up so long. Like my NYC Vlogs they are all going up on my second channel (Lily). Theres lots of fun stuff and it’s a good way to keep up with the things that I get up to on a day to day basis!

003. My life has come back to reality with a bump. The summer is over and I’m back in London for the foreseeable future. I have itchy feet already and want to travel oh so badly already. My summer of travelling has been unforgettable and I really do need to do a full catch up on all the things I’ve been up to. I feel so blessed to have a blog which means I can live my life and do such wonderful things. Travelling has always been one of those things I was a little scared about up until recently and now all I want to do is be nomadic and just move around!

004. Im currently back training for a 10k run. I’ve said in the past, I’m a keen runner but never really gone further than that. I’ve done a few posts on sportswear and one on running for beginners but it’s something I need to go further with. I haven’t ran properly in months, so I hauled my trainers on a few days ago and decided it was time to get back into a good pace. Although I coughed and spluttered my way through a terrible 5k, Im back to getting where I want to be again. I’ve been saying this for years, but I really want to do a marathon in memory of my friend Joel and with the death of my Grandad a few weeks ago that's also motivated me to want to raise some money for the caseworkers who looked after him in his final days.

005Speaking of my Grandad’s passing and this post I made a couple of weekends back, I was really overwhelmed with the response. I sat there and sobbed my heart out reading peoples replies to some of my intimate thoughts on death and loss. It’s one of the posts I’m most proud of writing. While I wasn’t able to make it to his funeral, but like me he was a keen adventurer and I know he’d want me to visit wherever I could when I had the opportunity. My family are doing okay, Im planning on going back home again soon to see them once my schedule allows. 

006. Regarding this blog, gosh, I don’t know. I really want it to be good again. I want people to care about it and most importantly, I want you all to like it. I keep trying to work out what “wrong” with it, but it just confuses me. I think for the most part I just want to keep doing what I do and posting about things I enjoy and get up to. I feel like because I’ve really got into YouTube recently, despite resisting it for YEARS, my blog has fallen on the wayside! I’ve got tons of ideas for posts and bits and bobs and I just kinda want to make it “me” again. For those who read religiously, thank you so much for coming back to my little corner of the internet and being engaged with what I do. It really does mean the world to me that people still read my silly blog 5 years on! You Da best.

The TLDR of it all is basically, I have loads to fill you guys in on and I don't even really know where to start. I guess this is the first step, but there is still so much to share and I don't like being too cryptic, but next year is going to be even more insane.

48 comments

  1. Yours is the blog that got me to start my own and even consider occupying a little portion of the internet. I really enjoyed reading it originally for the outfit posts and provision of inspiration, but what has kept me reading is that your personality shines through your posts, as well as your unapologetic honesty. LLYMLRS forever haha <3

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

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  2. Lily, your blog is the first one I look at every day when I get home from work - I love everything about your blogs and your videos - keep doing what you're doing and those that love you will keep coming back - love having your Sunday Portrait back!

    xxx
    @knickersannails

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  3. Don't be so harsh on yourself, your blog is amazing and I really look forward to reading your posts! You are one of the bloggers who inspired me to start my own blog and youtube channel <3
    - Grace
    http://voguebeach.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. i think a post like this was long overdue ! i love your blog, it's one of my favourites, and it's nice to read about your adventures and personal stuff. good luck in the future, you're so inspiring x

    CLUB AVENUE | BY ELZA BEATRISE http://club-avenue.blogspot.com

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  5. This was a lovely little catch up post :) You should definitely do more of these!

    Karina xx

    www.thekazlightanthem.blogspot.com

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  6. I missed these posts - nice to see them back again! x

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  7. Lily why does your hair look ridiculously amazing in this?! Also good on you for the 10K run, thats also an aim for me but for next year I hope I just don't keep putting it off!x

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  8. I think your blog is already fabulous so you improving it would make it something else ;) X
    thefashion-junkie

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  9. You are too harsh with you !!^^ Your blog is really a good blog, personnaly I don't waste time reading article that don't interest me, but you blog is really interesting. So keep doing the same as before, don't need to change anything ^^

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  10. I think your blog is awesome. It helped to inspire me to keep going on with mine! You're rad, never change.
    awestrucksky.com

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  11. I need to catch up on your vlogs! I'm loving all the vlogtobers at the minute x

    www.blondecanvas.com.

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  12. I loved this blog post and her Autumn GRWM video was amazing! I love that lipstick too! I have it myself.
    (Beguilded by Topshop!)

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  13. Your blog is the first blog I ever started reading years and years ago.. and I still love it and visit regularly! Good luck with training for the 10k! I've only recently started power walking and it's killing me. Hopefully one day I'll be a runner! haha

    // Oh Dollymix

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  14. Lily, your blog is amazing! You always have interesting and original posts that are enjoyable to read. Your blog is always the first one I check when I turn on my computer and your Youtube channel is amazing too, your videos are always cool and fun to watch. xx


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  15. Why do you think that something is wrong with your blog??
    I love it, especially the outfit posts because I love your style, its similar to mine. AND I´m also no size zero! So its a great inspiration in any way!
    xo
    Esra (from Germany)
    http://nachgesternistvormorgen.de/

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  16. Looking gorgeous as always. Just keep doing what you do Lily - your blog is wonderful!

    willowtea.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Can't wait to see what's coming. You inspired me to start my own blog, don't put yourself down!

    Georgina
    foxonthehunt.com

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  18. I haven't found any fault recently in your work, you're allowed to post sparsely if you're having time to relax :) Hope the run schedule goes well and you're on your way to the 10k!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. You look gorgeous! I'll definitely be checking out your vlogtober x
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  20. Hey, I love your blog and I'm following on bloglovin. I just think your blog is amazing & this is a great post idea! x x x

    http://www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. First, I swear you suit every colour/every makeup look?! And secondly, regarding your #6 - your blog is fab! You're my favourite blogger/vlogger. I love the quality of your posts and photos, and your videos are always awesome to watch. The editing is perfect! Keep on goin' gurl! :D xx
    ELEANORMAES

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  22. Reading this felt so lovely and nostalgic! All hail the Sunday Portrait! Can't wait to see where your blog heads next Lily, cannot believe we've been at this for 5 years. Good luck with training for your 10k too!

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  23. Sounds like a perfect summer, I traveled quite a bit too and can't wait to do more! Sorry about your Grandpa, glad you are ok. Can't wait to find out what you meant at the end there- I'm sure it will be very exciting! x
    Freya's Fashion Chapter

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  24. prefer you beauty blog more, you have way too many scheduled posts and too many travel posts recently!

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    1. I write my beauty blog about a month in advance.. so that's EVEN MORE scheduled. Surely you've answered you own question by saying too many scheduled & travel posts because I've been doing just that? Travelling. Not being arsey but just saying.

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  25. Great post, I used to really enjoy reading your Sunday portrait posts :D

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    xx

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  26. Lovely catch up post! I do enjoy reading your blog x

    Gegsy Blog

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  27. Love your posts! Your lips look so beautiful x

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  28. love the make up!


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  29. Don't you ever think your blog is not good, Lily Melrose! Don't you dare! Your blog is one of the first blogs that ever inspired me, and I still love it SO much. You are an amazing person! You share your thoughts, your life, and you're always real, which I admire so much. PLUS, you talk to us! We're not just talking to your pages hoping you'll see our comments. You actually talk back! I've already told you how much I love you for that! Just keep doing what you do, girl, and don't ever do anything you don't love doing. Whoever says otherwise, can go BYE BYE BYE ;)

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  30. I never tend to comment, but I think I have read your blog for about 4 years, and I can honestly say your blog is the only one I read daily. I am all for you posting things that are going on in your life with some fashion thrown in. Excited to see Sunday Portraits are back, and take your blog where ever you want it to go! xx

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  31. lily i would never want you to think we dont care about your blog. heck this blog is probably my favorite out of the hundreds i follow haha! your so genuine and pure and i love that. and you're always honest with us when your going through something or your stuck. you feel like a close friend rather than just another blogger :)

    ps this look is GORGEOUS <3

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  32. Looking forward to your vlogs! And don't be so harsh on yourself, Lily! Your blog is one of my top inspirations. When I'm lacking in creativity and doubt my blogging skills, I'll read a couple of your posts and I'm instantly inspired again. I strive towards being the kind of blogger you are, and I'm so grateful to have a role model like you in the world of blogging. So thank you Lily. And I know I'm not just speaking for myself here. xxx

    Emily ⎜ Daisy Locks

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  33. You look so gorgeous on these pictures !

    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  34. I love your blog, one of the first I started following. You look so pretty :). Loving the autumnal lipstick, beautiful!
    http://lavieest-belle-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  35. your blog is perfect lily - oh and so is your face! <3

    thewatercolourjar.blogspot.co.uk

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  36. beautiful pictures and post!!

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  38. I've missed your sunday posts, nice to see them back!
    xx

    www.thissavagebeauty.blogspot.co.uk
    Fashion//Beauty blog//UK

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  39. Great video! x

    https://www.marjorievie.blogspot.com

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  40. Hi Lily,

    I think your blog is completely inspiring in a quirky, natural slightly goofy way. And all of these things are GREAT! I find it a breath of fresh air to read your posts which feel so raw and real to me.

    I have not been a big blog follower, or keeper myself, but yours I look forward to reading everyday.

    Thank you for being so wonderful!

    Rosie
    xx

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  41. Gorgeous Lily! Hope you're doing okay!

    http://shewhoisshort.blogspot.co.uk/

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