Here’s a few non-secrets about me:

  • I am obsessed with make-up.
  • My nail polish collection is wildly out of control.
  • The Instagram accounts I follow are mostly lingerie brands and celebrity dogs.
  • I have depression. 

It can be hard to reconcile my love of shiny, pretty things with the sometimes overwhelming sadness that accompanies mental illness. My brain tells me that buying new things will make me happy (and yes, Urban Decay and Agent Provocateur make me happy) but as soon as these things don’t magically cure my depression, my oh-so-helpful brain makes me feel like an IDIOT who should NEVER BUY ANYTHING NICE EVER AGAIN.

Well, screw that!

Down & Pout is a beauty and lifestyle blog about loving make-up, fashion (in this case, the fashion you wear under other fashions) and the sometimes exhausting saga of living with mental illness. Depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses may be a part of us, but that doesn’t mean that we have to let them run our lives. Remember: It’s OK to love the things that you love.

If any of this sounds familiar to you, have a look around and join in the conversation. I can’t wait to get to know you!