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Twenty Things I Have Learnt In My Twenties

#1 Don’t be afraid to spend time alone.

#2 Stay away from people who don’t fill you with positivity.

#3 Don’t do anything that doesn’t feel right.

#4 Don’t bother comparing yourself to others. It gets you nowhere.

#5 Don’t be afraid to say no.

#6 Always be kind.

#7 What’s inside is far more important than what’s on the outside.

#8 Laugh everyday.

#9 True love does exist.

#10 Never give up on what you want. Work hard for it.

#11 Hangovers do get worse as you get older.

#12 Let go of things you can’t control.

#13 If you aren’t happy, change it.

#14 It’s OK to not want to go out and stay in your PJs all day.

#15 If you want to do something, just do it!

#16 Friends and family are so important. Cherish them.

#17 Be comfortable in your own skin.

#18 Never stop learning, growing and trying to be better.

#19 Remember that you can ask for help, whatever age you are.

#20 Appreciate what you have and not lust after what you don’t.

Happy Birthday To Me

Tomorrow I turn 29.

For the first time ever, I haven’t been at all excited about my birthday. Perhaps it’s got something to do with it being the last year of my twenties but instead of a having a pity party for one, I decided to put a positive spin on it in this blog post.

I remember when I was a lot younger I used to think turning thirty was so far into the future. Fast forward to the year 2020 and here it is. Staring at me right in the face and waving at me from behind number 29. My teenage self would be saying ‘Hang on – by the time I hit thirty I wanted to have babies, be married, have a house, have a really good job and still look pretty good for being thirty’.  Does life every work out the way you hoped and wished for it to? No. It is even better.

Don’t get me wrong – there is an element of truth in the above and yes of course I think about all of those things and how disappointed that not all of my boxes have been ticked yet. But then I think about all of the boxes that I never even thought of for myself ten years ago. Overcoming some of the hardest times to make me who I am now, getting to know myself, being confident in the type of woman I am etc. etc.

So whilst I sip on a G&T with my lovely other half cooking me a birthday dinner, for those of you who might start to be feeling that little bit older, that little bit more out of your comfort zone – just remember when you wanted what you currently have.  Those things that haven’t quite made the cut yet just need a little more time.

 

Sleep Routine

Raise your hand if you want to get a good night’s sleep? Who doesn’t! We all want to wake up feeling fresh and looking fab. Beyoncé has a lot to answer for…

Besides the lack of the ‘I woke up like this’ look, I can safely say that my sleep routine is pretty robust and works everytime. The only time I ever find it hard to sleep is being in a new place and in a new bed for the first night like when you’re on holiday. After that first night, I am fine. So here are my top tips for a good night’s sleep.

Ear Plugs

I swear by these small genius inventions. I used to wear them because my ex snored. Fortunately, my partner now doesn’t but because I am such a light sleeper and I have super sonic hearing, I wake up at the drop of a pin. Putting ear plugs in correctly takes some practise as wearing a pair every night in the wrong way can cause pain and discomfort. My favourite brand of ear plugs are Moldex. They are super comfy and easy to pop in. Ear plugs won’t be a forever thing and it’s something I would like to train myself out of but boy does it mean you get a good night’s sleep. Always carry a pair if you are going somewhere on your holibobs. You never know when you might need them.

Sleep Spray

 I have been using ‘This Works Sleep + Pillow Spray’ for a good year or so now. It smells divine, it works a treat and I can’t say anything negative about it. Go and grab yourself one if you struggle to sleep.

Reading and Podcasts

I am the first to admit I am not a huge, avid reader. I never have been. However, since getting into Podcasts and having books on my Kindle I really try to do one or the other before bed. For me, it makes me super sleepy and ready for bed.

Do Not Disturb

Switch this on if you want to get a good night’s sleep. Seriously.

Lists

If I am worried about anything at work, at home or in my personal life I write how I feel about it before I go to sleep. Getting it down on paper really helps to just park it for the night. Trust me, it works!

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High Street vs Online

It’s no news that shopping habits of the British public have changed drastically over the years. Instead of shopping until we drop, we now can shop in the comfort of our own homes with our feet up on the sofa and order everything we need with one click of a button. But is the convenience of this online shopping world favoured by all?

When I was younger I spent all my hard earned waitressing money on clothes. As a teenager I would head into town and hit the high streets…every weekend. As an adult, I still do trip out to the shops on the high streets but my shopping habits have changed for lots of different reasons.

My priorities are different. I did the biggest clear out ever after I moved back to the UK from Munich and I donated pretty much half my wardrobe to the local charity shops. I wanted to start a fresh and to be honest, I realised I didn’t need that many dresses, jumpers and tops! When you have pieces in your wardrobe that you hardly ever wear, why are they in there?

When looking for new pieces for my ‘less is more wardrobe’, I took to Ebay and Amazon. Both are one stop shops. They sell pretty much everything including the weird and the wonderful. When I buy clothes on Ebay, my personal preference is to buy items that are brand new with tags to grab a bargain. I also buy a lot of my makeup and bits and bobs on Ebay and Amazon. In addition to saving the pennies, it saves a lot of time too! Next day delivery? Yes please!

Whilst all of the above are time and money savers, it does make me feel guilty about what is happening with the high street shops and the employees that are constantly losing their jobs due to stores closing. Will there come a time when there will no longer be shops on the high streets? I really do think that there is something to be said about the ‘experience’ of shopping – grabbing a coffee and a spot of lunch and browsing the shops. Sometimes all you need is a bit of actual retail therapy. Who is with me?

Finally, as a creator, I have had the chance to work with clothing brands big and small and it is fascinating to see how they use #influencers to help their products sell. This approach is still fairly new to the online retail world and a model that isn’t transferable to the high street. But will the social media world of buying and selling ever go out of fashion?

High Streets vs Online. What is your preference?

 

Self Care

Good evening everyone. What a wet and miserable day in the UK it is! I hope everyone is well and has a lovely snuggly Monday evening regardless.

Let’s talk self care. I thought I would share with you some little things I make time for in a week. What are your go-to self care musts?

1. Getting cosy

Who doesn’t like snuggling up in front of the tele with a warm blanket? Getting under a blanket and reading a good book or watching an episode of your favourite TV programme is an absolute must for me. Just taking the time to stop and unwind. This is something I do every day and when I haven’t found the time for whatever reason, I can really tell the difference.

2. Candles

I think I have talked about this before on my blog but I do have a thing for candles.🕯When we think self care we instantly think about popping a face mask on or having a nice bubble bath (YES to both) but for me candles have a similar affect. Getting out the Christmas smelling candles makes me so happy! Anyone else?

3. Pampering

Skincare. Nails. Hair masks. Exfoliating scrubs. Finding time to do all of these things in a week can be a bit tricky but I try and do my best. Look after yourself on the outside as well as on the inside. 🧖‍♀️

4. Detox

Detoxing from social media and taking time out is something I find a lot easier to do now than I did a few months ago. Not thinking about when to post next, what content I need to shoot and updating my Instagram feed is sooooo nice. Ugh! It’s exhausting. Sometimes I think this topic is one creators need to be a bit more honest about. If you need a break, just take it.

Whatever it is that you choose to do to look after yourself, make sure you do it! Life can get in the way and sometimes we can neglect ourselves. Happiness is the key to everything. X

Dermalogica

Last month I was lucky enough to join the Dermalogica family as a #skinfluencer. After using some of Dermalogica’s products in my skin routine for a month now, I thought I would write a blog post about what I love about them, how I use them and how they have worked for me.

I use the products below in the order I have written about them and I use them every other day in my skin routine. I will link all of the products too.

  1. Precleanse

This product is one of favourites from Dermalogica. I use one pump of this oil-busting emulsifyer and rub it into my skin in a circular motion. It melts away any waterproof mascara, sun cream and build up on your skin. I love using this because it makes my skin feel so clean after use.

precleanse

2. Special Cleansing Gel

After I use the Precleanse, I use this gentle foaming cleanser. It lathers up really well with water and contains naturally-foaming Quillaja Saponaria which gently rinses away any dirt or debris on your skin. Some days I will only use this product if I don’t have time for a full skin care routine. This is a great face wash for every day.

special cleansing gel

3. Daily Microfiliant

This is an amazing product! I have tried so many different exfoliators for the face but this one just beats all of them. It is a bit pricey however it is the one exfoliator I have used that really deeply cleans. Rice-based powder activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to polish skin to perfection. I have to say that after using this for a month three or four times a week my skin has been glowy, smooth and flawless. This is an award winning product and I can see why!

daily microfoliant

4. Skin Smoothing Cream

Some days I will just pop this on after I have used the gel and I really love this moisturiser. It’s a new product from Dermalogica and it features state-of-the-art Active HydraMesh Technology™ to infuse skin with 48 hours of continuous hydration and help protect against environmental stress. It does what it says on the tin and my skin stays feeling hydrated after a night of sleep for the day if I have used it in the evening.

skin smoothing cream

5. SkinPerfect SPF30 Primer

I do not tend to use this with the moisturiser because I felt when I did that I had layered too much onto my face. This is one of the best primers I have used for even and smooth coverage. Also the fact that it has SPF30 is just amazing! It keeps make up in place all day and with its velvety feel it creates a smooth surface for your skin.

skinperfect primer spf30

*I have not been asked to write this by Dermalogica and in no way am I not affiliated with any of the links above.* I just wanted to write an honest review about an amazing skincare brand that I have absolutely loved using. Yes, it is a little pricey but it is totally worth it and I have seen such amazing results.

 

 

 

Autumn 🍂

Autumn. The season for cosy jumpers, long walks in the changing leaves, scented candles and snuggly blankets. Potpourri bowls, one-pot recipes and cold, crisp mornings. Autumn is my favourite season.

Here are some of my favourite things to do in the autumn months:

  • Getting the jumpers out. I am definitely a lot more into autumn and winter fashion. Over-sized baggy jumpers, skinny jeans and chunky boots. I can’t wait for the day I can wear my new coat for the season and throw on a scarf and hat. There’s just something about the simplicity of a jumper and a pair of jeans that never gets old.
  • Cosying up. Weekends in the autumn are ones I really look forward to. My perfect set up is making myself snug on the sofa, under a blanket in front of the TV watching Harry Potter with the boy  (we are currently half way through the fourth film and I can’t wait to continue this upcoming weekend!) Not forgetting that all important glass of wine and some healthy snacks lots of chocolate…
  • Candles and potpourri. OK. I am a candle addict. At the moment because I live at home with my parents I don’t use them here. My boyfriend’s place on the other hand…For me, there is no such thing as too many candles. Spiced apple, cinnamon, fig and Christmas scented candles are my favourite!
  • Crunchy leaves. I absolutely love gorgeous autumn leaves underfoot and the sound of them crunching on a long country walk. As someone who regularly walks, (the boyfriend drags me out which I am grateful for) the change of weather and scenery is something I really look forward to.
  • One-pot stews. Honestly, if you don’t have a slow cooker, what are you doing? Chicken stew, beef stew, lamb stew! All the stews! In one pot! There’s nothing better than a warming, hearty meal at the end of a long day and if you put it on in the morning it is ready for when you get home.

Do you also love autumn? What are your autumn traditions?

Gratitude Journaling

Days pass. Weeks go by. Months run away with you. Before you know it, it’s almost a new year. But do we ever really stop and think about the small things each day that we are grateful for?

Whilst I was away with my girlfriends this weekend, we touched on the subject of gratitude journals. This is a diary of things for which one is grateful for and it is about focusing your attention on the positive aspects of your life. I did a bit of research into the idea of this and it really took my fancy. All you need is a journal and time set aside during a day (sometimes the hardest part of all these things!)

Most journals come with prompts but if you just want to start a journal in a standard notepad here are some ideas below:

  • Write 3 things you are grateful for each day.
  • How could you thank people today instead of saying ‘thank you?’
  • Write yourself a thank you note.
  • What made you smile this week?
  • Write about why you are grateful for your family, friends, home, partner.
  • Scroll through your photographs and write about why you are thankful for that particular memory.

There are so many gratitude journals online that you can buy but there are also apps you can download like ‘Bliss’ and ‘365 Gratitude’.

I will follow up this blog post with another later on the week with how I have found the journaling process and some of the things I am grateful for. Finally, I saw this quote and thought it was perfect his blog post 🌸

‘Be grateful for the small things, the big things and everything in between’. Have a great day guys X