Be Optimistic!

12 May

To celebrate the launch of Optimistic, the latest fragrance from legendary designer Paul Smith, I thought I’d delve into exactly what I think optimism is. It’s a bit of an unusual word, isn’t it? I mean, is it simple pleasures or is it having a Disney smile every day of your life? It is an outlook on life or something you experience here and there?

As many of you know, I spent my teens struggling with crippling depression and bi-polar disorder and many people are often surprised when I tell them that because I’m so happy-go-lucky these days. As I began to get better, I had to work really hard to be optimistic that things were going to be ok so I think optimism has been a huge part of my recovery. To me, being optimistic is believing in oneself, an inner peace that can out weight the negative thoughts (sounding a bit like a buddhist here!)

Often, it is people who make me optimistic that life is flippin’ brilliant. It could be a carer, a teacher, a child.. I’m sure we all know someone who just makes us smile.Or perhaps it’s a sunrise, a really good piece of cake or a dip in the sea.

Paul Smith have launched two competitions and I’m hoping the above might inspire you. The first competition is brilliant. Paul Smith are asking you to upload one of your photographs which you believe is optimistic. The key is to get as many people to like the image so make sure you forward the link to all your family and friends! The top 50 photographs win VIP entry to a super swish Paul Smith Optimistic party with a DJ set from Joe Goddard of Hot Chip (one of my favourite bands of all time!). The top three photographs win a whopping £500 to spend on Paul Smith goodies. Hello, beautiful handbags! The deadline is midnight on 20th May so get your camera out and get snapping! With this in mind, I thought I’d share 4 of my photographs which make me terribly optimistic about life!

Baby you're a fiiiiiiiirework!

Mother and daughter.

Romantic days out...


The second competition allows one lucky person a week to win a fab prize just for answering a question on Optimistic Monday. This week you can win tickets to The Big Chill Festival (I’d kill for these babies!)

Check out the Paul Smith Optimistic Facebook page to enter and let me know exactly what you think optimism means!

Paul Smith Optimistic for Her is available now from Boots and other stockists and is priced at £28 for 30ml. A feminine fragrance with top notes of pink berries and sweetpea,it’s perfect for summer.

Paul Smith Optimistic for Him is available from £25.


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