Thursday, 22 August 2019

Lifestyle | Have I lost my passion for blogging?

Well well well, look who's back after another long break. With fear of sounding repetitive, life just got in the way. There has been so many changes since I last had the time to properly sit down and write but it's so good to be back.

It's nearing the end of august now, which makes it 5 months since I last posted something to my little corner of the internet. Not going to lie to you I had thought about giving up and deleting completely, but I am so pleased I didn't.

Some of you may know this already but I had quite a tough start to 2019 which in return made me lost interest in doing many things that I once found happiness in, blogging included. In January my gorgeous cat Luna went missing and it completely turned my world upside down. We got Alice and Luna in October 2017 to complete our family, as well as a way to help me with my anxiety and depression (which in many ways it did). What we didn't realise was how attached I would become to such a small animal. The day she went missing started the beginning of a spiral that to this day is very far from stopping. As pathetic as it sounds, a small part of me went that day and I have felt very empty ever since. I still, 8 months on, can't think about her without tearing up and it's taken a long time to actually talk about her.

With that all being said I now feel like I am back in a position that I want to be writing again, and can't wait to share my thoughts in my little safe space. Over the last couple of months I've also been doing up the very shed in the below images to turn it into my little office so hopefully I can get back into a little routine that is well needed in my life. I will share the full shed update shortly, but I am very excited to get it finished - it's very far from the blue it appears below!

Just a short post from me today with hopes to get back into the swing of things. Thanks so much for the tweets and DMs asking if I'm ok. I'm getting there and thanks for sticking with me!

Have a lovely day! 

Monday, 25 March 2019

Lifestyle || *AD* Mother's Day shopping at INTU!


Nothing makes me happier than making my family happy with little gifts. I enjoy shopping for them and try to match every purchase to what I think they would most want to receive. Mother's day is one of my favourite occasions in the year to spoil my mum. I'm so lucky to now be in the position to share some of my blogging love with my family, so was over the moon when INTU Lakeside wanted to work with me on this post. So if you're stuck for ideas, want a little bit of inspiration or are just generally nosey at what other's are buying for Mother's Day gifts then keep on reading! 

I popped to my local INTU store down at Thurrock, Lakeside to discover all of the great gifting ideas the shops had to offer. Lakeside has always been my go-to shopping centre as it has every single shop that you would need under one roof. I picked the best day to go shopping too as the shops weren't packed which allowed me to mooch about at my own leisure (plus the free parking wasn't bad either!). 

The first stop on my spree was Next. For those of you who might not know, I was actually working at Next this time last year, so I knew that they would have some great gifting on offer. My mum's favourite store is probably Next so I knew that whatever it was I chose was likely to be a hit. I decided before I went that I was going to try and put together a night in pamper set for her, so knew that Next would be my best bit for the key essential- pyjamas! After looking through the gorgeous selection on offer, and I mean absolutely beautiful pj sets, I decided to go with a pink patterned short set. With it coming up to spring/summer I thought these would be perfect for the warmer nights. This set was also only £12 which is amazing considering the quality. I also spotted this cute alternative option for a photo frame. My mum loves these kind of presents, she's all about a gimmick, and I thought it might be nice to pop in a picture of the two of us printed on my sprocket. This was £4 and is made from a great quality painted wood. Something nice to keep and the little clip makes it easy to swap in and out photographs! 

It couldn't be a Mother's Day without a Lush product. I've bought the special 'Mother's Day' bath bomb for the last couple of years so was excited to see this in the store. I don't know if there's anything special with it, last year the bomb had a hidden 'MOM' note inside, but I thought it looked cute and my mum is definitely my super mum! Lush is always a great shop to go to for gifting and nothing makes someone happier than a bath product in my opinion! 

Again, nothing say's Happy Mother's Day like a little trip to The Body Shop. I first discovered this scent when shopping for my mum a couple of years ago and it's been one she's loved ever since. There were a lot of options from TBS which would make for perfect gifting, including a couple of other sets including the same products as above in different scents. I was also very tempted to go ahead with the personalisation service of the 200ml Body Butters. If I had a little bit more time when I was shopping I would definitely have done this. The personalisation station at INTU Lakeside is there all year long, so if you're after a gift for any other occasions make sure you give them a visit.

When thinking of a gift for my mum's perfect pamper night, a book was top of the list. Nothing makes my mum happier than a great read. Mum's been a fan of JoJo Moyes for a little while now, so I thought I would treat her to 'The girl you left behind'. I've read a couple of reviews online so think this will be right up her street. On a more selfish note, thanks to purchasing this I am now only 2 stamps away from a reward from my Waterstones loyalty card. The INTU Lakeside Waterstones is also my favourite store ever. I love how big the shop is and the various chairs dotted around to chill out on. It's certainly a shop I would love to spend hours of my day in. 

Finally I popped into Boots and visited the NYX counter. One thing my mum doesn't do very often is treat herself to new makeup. She also keeps on saying she doesn't own any good bits, so I thought that this little palette, highlight and lipstick set would help get her collection going. I have plans to show her how to use the palette properly, and I know she will be able to get a lot of use out of it. 

Overall I was so pleased with everything I purchased for mum. INTU Lakeside had so many stores with fantastic products that it was difficult to narrow down exactly what I wanted to get for her. If you're able to visit then make sure you pop down soon to check everything out for yourself. I just wanted to again say a big thank you to INTU for working with me on this post! 

I hope you're feeling a little bit inspired for Mother's Day gifting, I would love to know what you've decided to get that mother figure in your life to help celebrate their undying love and support! 

Until next time, 

*All items mentioned in this blogpost were purchased on a gift card that was sent to me for this post. As always all opinions and imagery are my own, and all wording is 100% mine and 100% honest :) x

Monday, 11 March 2019

Beauty || March Glossybox 2019

Guess what's back, back again, Glossybox is back, tell a friend!

I know you're probably going to say 'It didn't go anywhere?', which is true. But for me, It's been nearly a year since my last glossybox post. I stopped my subscription last February as it was becoming too much of an expense but have really been missing it. For my birthday my parents very kindly gifted me a years subscription, so I am VERY excited to have more of an excuse to try new beauty products again. 

This month's box was themed around 'Empowerpoint', which was very apt considering it actually arrived on my doorstep on international women day! Inside the classic pink box, I received 4 full sized products and 1 deluxe sample. The first thing I was excited to receive was a Bellapierre cosmetics kiss proof lip cream in the shade Nude. I couldn't wait to try this one, and have already worn it out 2 times already. The colour pay off is amazing, and it settles smoothly to the lips without looking crackly. The next product was the Bybi beauty plumper lip balm. This lip balm is exactly what it says on the box. A plumping lip balm that leaves lips feeling smooth, soft and looking plump! Personally, I'm not a big fan of these balms but I can see why others love them so much. I think this might be re-gifted to a friend! Next is the Laritzy cosmetics dew pot in the shade Utopia. This little pot is a smooth and blendable highlighter that gives shimmer all day long. The rosy colour can be used on the cheek bone, brow bone and cupids bow to give a rosy lit glow. I think I might also use this as an eyeshadow, but we may have to see about that! The next product is something I am also very excited to try! Essence You Better Work makeup setting spray. I haven't really been using a setting spray since my Nyx one ran out in September, and thanks to the lovely UK weather haven't needed to worry about my makeup sweating off. With Summer pending, this spray couldn't have arrived at a better time. Essence is a brand I have loved for a while and thanks to the cheaper price point I hope I love this product too. Finally, the last product included was a Coconut Body Butter from The Body Shop. This is a product I've used in the past and know that I already love. This one has already gone straight into my gym bag. 

So there we have it, March 2019's Glossybox. I would love to know if you're subscribed to any beauty boxes? If you are, let me know what you received in your March boxes and don't forget to leave links below for myself and others to check out. 

Until next time

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Beauty | Urban Decay Naked Heat!

I know, I am VERY behind with writing this post and realise that everyone and their mum has probably already got a review of this little beauty up on their blogs already, but good things come to those who wait right?

I've dreamt of owning this palette ever since my eyes first saw it last summer when interning at Heat magazine (a story for another time, lol). To be completely honest with you, I just couldn't justify spending the money on buying it for myself! Just before Christmas my brother and his girlfriend Emma went to New York for a couple of days and face timed me to ask if I wanted one, of course I had said YES before Emma had even finished her sentence. 

Like most things this day and age, the packaging pretty much sold it for me. I love it when brands get creative, and Urban Decay never ever disappoint! I love how similar in shape and design this palette is to smoky as they look so cute sat on my dressing table together. Obviously with the name being Heat, the palette is full of orange, brown and gold shades that are all perfect to create a warm eye look. The pigmentation of the palette is equally as great, although I knew this would be the case!

The palette consists of 12 shades, seven mattes and five shimmers. Urban decay have gone down the right track with the perfect shimmery shade 'Lumber', which is probably my most favourite out of the whole palette. So what are the pro's and con's?

Pro's - It's a gorgeous, well thought and put together palette. The basic base shades of 'Low Blow', 'Sauced' and 'Chaser', set the eye perfectly for other colours to be effortlessly blended on top. I like to use my primer potion as a base and find it to work well with the shadows.

Con's - If I was to have to pick a con, it would probably be the fact the packaging is quite bulky. As much as I love it, a smaller design like the original Naked palette would be better for travel.

So there we go, my review finally, of the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. It was about time I joined the beauty blogger world! I would love to know your thoughts on the palette, as well as looks I can try out!

Until next time, 

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Lifestyle || Setting goals for 2019

Many people like to set themselves goals, and there's no more popular a time to be setting them than at the start of a fresh new year. I consider myself to be one of these people, although the way I've made these goals over the last couple of years has definitely changed! So let's take a look back on last years goals to see what I've been able to achieve, as well as make some new ones for 2019.

Blog four times a month
Well this didn't happen. I mean it almost did, but as the year went on, the busier I was getting at work which unfortunately meant my blog has taken a little bit of a back seat. I'm hoping to kick start things this month and feel really inspired to write again. 

Get outside and take advantage of the outdoors as a backdrop
Again, I have kind of met this goal. Over the last year I have felt more comfortable with taken photography with the help of my parents/brother. Many of these shoots have taken place outside. So my first big TICK!

Write for me
I think this is another goal of 2018 that I managed to meet. At my busiest this year I have felt stressed to write posts just to have content to advertise. Considering the fact I've been a little quiet through the months of September-December proves that I've taken some time to get myself sorted. My second TICK

Feel Inspired
I would consider this to be my third and final TICK! I have really enjoyed the content I have produced on this blog in 2018 and most of that is due to the fact I've been feeling inspired by trends/fashion and life! Let's hope this continues into 2019...

So I guess all that's left to do now is set myself new goals for the year ahead! 

1) Continue to enjoy writing and develop my own voice. One of the hardest things about blogging is finding your own way of writing and that's something that I have struggled with a little throughout 2018. I enjoy typing the way I would be having a conversation, however I know that this isn't always seen as grammatically correct. I would love to find that balance in 2019! 

2) Get creative with photography. Photography is one of my favourite parts of writing this blog. 2018 was the year I fell in love with Instagram. I would love to continue enjoying this platform by being creative with my photography/editing. 

3) Attend 5 blogging events. I would love to meet new bloggers this year! Blogging can be quite a lonely hobby, so I'm hoping to discover events in the Essex/London area that I can make the effort to attend. 

4) Enjoy blogging!!! Blogging has been a big hobby of mine for the last 4 years, but there's been many a time I have felt myself posting because of a schedule/wanting something to upload. This year I want to enjoy and fall in love with blogging again - so far so good!

So there's just a few of my new blogging goals for 2019, I would love to know what yours are or if we share any similar aims!

Until next time, 

Monday, 31 December 2018

Lifestyle | 2018, my year in review

This is my year in review, enjoy!

Two blogposts in two days?! someone's clearly got a bit of time on their hands! Can we believe that today is the final day of 2018? It seems like it was just yesterday that we were seeing out 2017, so the fact we're going to soon be welcoming in 2019 just sounds crazy. This last year has been a complete whirlwind. It's been full of so many ups, but equally many downs. So let's begin at the start... 

January was the month that saw me doing a lot, and I mean a lot of working. At the end of last year I reluctantly found myself working as a temp at Next during the Christmas period. It was one of the most trying jobs I have personally done and to be honest I managed to get myself into a place where I didn't think I would be able to get out of. You see, the one thing they don't tell you once you've graduated university is that although you've worked hard for 4 years, you're no more likely to find yourself a job. I pushed through though, and although January was a tough month for me mental health wise I came out on the other side.

February, aka my birthday month. I started off the month still working at Next as my contract was extended due to me being a 'good worker'. I knew that this wasn't the place where I would want to be forever, but for the time being I had accepted the fact it brought in a steady pay (as small as it may be) whilst I was looking. When looking back, February was a time where I began lots of small steps in the right direction although at the time it seemed like 5 steps forward and 4 steps back. My parents also went away on their first holiday since my brother and I on their own, and although I found it tough to be without them for a short period of time, I coped thanks to my lovely brother and his caring nature! On the 24th I turned 23 and celebrated with a trip to The Greatest Showman sing along, birthday breakfast at the Brentwood Kitchen and a indian takeaway with family - Perfect! 

In March things truly started to take a turn for me. After months of working at a place that was draining me of happiness, I interviewed and was hired to work as a 6 month intern at a busy press office for a high street fashion company that I know many people know and love (For personal reason's I'm not going to mention this brands name). March was also the month my little fur babies experienced snow for the first time - I was certainly a proud mamma when they stepped outside! At the end of the month I began my new job, and although I found it tricky I was pleased to finally be making a move into the right direction. 

April, a month of happiness, sadness and a little bit of everything in-between. Although I was trying to begin my new job with a happy mind, my anxiety and mental health really took a hit. Looking back I should have taken better care of myself, but the mixture of a fresh start and still wanting things to be the same caused me a lot of stress. At the start of April, my little Luna also fell ill and had an overnight rushed visit to intensive care following a seizure. I will never be able to thank the lovely veterinarian nurse enough for having the confidence that Luna was ok following on from a horrible visit to a local vet who dosed her up with higher amounts of medication than a cat her size could handle. But alas, she arrived home and fingers crossed has been alright since. The month ended on a positive though. Daniel, Emma (my brother's girlfriend and ultimate babe) and I booked a trip to Disneyland Paris! 

May 2018 can officially be known as the month everything seemed to happen. At the start of the month we celebrated my grandfathers 80th birthday with a cute little surprise garden party. I was able to add my little creative flair and handmade all of the invitations and it was a lovely summery evening. The following weekend my mum, dad and I made our way down to the Warner Brother's studio where we experienced the Harry Potter Studios tour! If you're a fan of Harry Potter like we are, then you really need to plan a visit. Then I was finally welcomed home with my first trip away without parents to Disneyland Paris. The trip to Disney was everything I could ever have imagined it to be and I enjoyed every single second. If there's one thing I am the most proud of this year, going away to Disneyland would be it. It may seem small to some, but to me it was everything. I loved spending the QT time with my Brother and Emma, and we made so many memories that I know will stick with me forever - now if only we could hurry up and book our 2019 trip! 

June seemed to fly by! I was in the midway point with my internship, and although I was enjoying it I still felt like an outcast. This feeling of being different is definitely something I am trying to work on in 2019! The main highlight this month was the March for Men at the Olympic Park. This is the second year that my family have taken part and it was certainly enjoyable. My grandfather was sadly diagnosed with prostate cancer 5 years ago, and although we're able to say that he responded successfully to the treatment and is much better, there's a lot of families who can't say the same. He has wanted to do the walk to pay his respects to those fighting for a cure, so we're proud as a family to support him. 

July marked the start of the summer season, and boy what a summer season it was! There was many a day that I moaned about the underground being too hot! Not much happened this month except from being given more opportunity and more projects at work. Oh and I grew a sunflower plant that was 3X my height! 

Nothing say's summer quite like a summer holiday, and August was the month that our adventure to Lake Como took place. We were staying in a town called Cadenabbia where we were able to make our way across to Bellagio and Como if we wanted. The weather was hot, the food was good and the lake was beautiful. We had such a lovely trip despite my anxiety deciding to crop up every now and again to remind me it's still there! I've got some beautiful images from this trip that I had planned to share, before life got busy and this blog took a back seat! The end of August life took a sudden turn for the worst. Over bank holiday weekend my gorgeous Luna went missing. She was away for 3 nights and honestly it was the worst time ever. There were many moments that I thought I would never see her again which was horrendous. Late Monday evening I heard a faint 'meow' downstairs and was so pleased to see her little face. Our only guess is that she must have got trapped over the bank holiday weekend and someone who went away arrived home to let her out. I will never forget it! 

September started more positively than August ended with a trip to Walton on Naze with the family. We had hired out the cutest little beach hut for the day with no expectations other than to sit, relax and eat fish and chips. The hut was perfect and we all had such an incredible time together. It was in September that my dad and I also took a trip to our local Everyman cinema where we experienced the wonder it was to watch a film with waiter service. I don't think I can visit a normal cinema again! Work wise things began to look up and instead of my contract ending, I was given a promotion to 1 year FTC at the same company with the title 'Womenswear Press Assistant'. I am so proud of everything I managed to achieve over the 6 months I had already worked so was pleased to have this recognised. 

October will now be known as the month I dressed Luna up as Bat Cat. Honestly, she's just too cute. (Side note: I did dress Alice up as a pumpkin, however she's much more nervous than Luna so didn't feel fair to keep it on her for a photo) October was also the month my family took a trip to Centre Parcs, a place that I haven't been too since I was little. We laughed, ate, swam and bowled to our hearts content. I really enjoyed riding a bike again, and can't wait to go back again in 2019 - hopefully?!

November seems to have been one of those months where life seemed to flash before my eyes. Not much happened of note except from the usual work, eat, sleep routine. My mum and I did visit Stylist live for the 3rd year running and had such a lovely day together! 

And here we are now, back at December  wondering where the year has gone. This month, like most December's, has been full of Christmas Shopping, my first work party and lots and lots of eating! I'm ending the year in a much better way to when I started but feel like I've got quite a way to go before I'm back to feeling like myself again. Let's hope I can turn things around by the time I am writing my next year in review post! 

Happy New Year! 

Until next time,