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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

STUPID CUPID.


Celebrating the ones we love on Valentine's Day
Celebrating the ones we love on Valentine's Day
Celebrating the ones we love on Valentine's Day

We’re certainly a divided bunch when it comes to Valentine’s Day. 


But I have to say, I’m totally neutral about it. 


I think if you want to celebrate the person you love on a specific day of the year, why the hell not. I also think that if it makes you want to throw up in your mouth a little bit – well, that’s totally fine too. 


I love, love – and part of me quite likes that this ~traditional~ day gives us all a little nudge to be like ‘Hey! I appreciate you!’. 

Celebrating the ones we love on Valentine's Day
Celebrating the ones we love on Valentine's Day
Celebrating the ones we love on Valentine's Day

We’re part of a generation that’s pretty self-absorbed, what with selfie’s right left and centre and blogs about what we wear on the daily, it’s pretty easy for us to get lost in what we’re doing and subconsciously make less time for the ones who make us who we are

And so today, for me, is a day where I’ll celebrate every god damn amazing person in my life. From my mum to Jamie and my best friends to my Nan – I plan on spreading the love far and wide.

I don’t have the dollar to send every person I love a bouquet of flowers, but even a simple text or phone call, letting my favourite people know that they’re, well, my favourite, is enough. 

Maybe not everyone needs a day to remind them to say their I love you’s. 

But maybe its not so bad if some of us do.

Celebrating the ones we love on Valentine's Day
Celebrating the ones we love on Valentine's Day
Celebrating the ones we love on Valentine's Day
Celebrating the ones we love on Valentine's Day

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES.

BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
I hadn't known what January blues were until this year. I mean, I understood what they meant in principle, but this year I've been able to witness them first hand. You know, get right down in the trenches with the best of them. 

Actually, I've been experiencing them for a while longer than just the first month of January, but it struck me when 2017 rolled round and the hum of disappointment that hung in the air didn't just sit heavily on my shoulders alone. 

And so it seemed like a good time to share a virtual hug with you - let you know you’re not alone, and that we’re all in this together *breaks in to High School Musical dance routine*. We all have our ways of coping with times that aren’t as jolly as we’d like, and these are mine - a few little tips and tricks that have seen me tread through the sludge of January that little bit easier. 

They're quite possibly the most obvious self-care options out there ladies and gents - but documenting them here means I'll be more likely to keep them up, and so, here we are. These are the things that are helping me love each day, and myself, a little bit more. 



Go for a drive
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
Or hop on a bus and head to a destination. Play music from your stereo or through your headphones and relax in to the rolling fields or streams of people that you'll meander past. Being in your own company can sometimes feel a challenge, but if you’re headed somewhere with purpose you can allow yourself to get lost in the moment.


So that you can go for a walk in your favourite place. 

BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down

And then come home and take care of yourself.


Because *you* are what's important. 
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
I’m a twenty something woman and I hold a few materialistic religions pretty darn close to my heart, simple things, that as a woman, make me feel more myself. 

My nails are one. 


If my nails aren't looked after, my soul suffers and like it or lump it that's the way this story goes. 


Sally Hansen, aka the queen of nails (or #1 nail care brand in the UK - whichever you prefer), is a brand that revolutionises what it means to have the best nails, time and time again. 


We all love a beautiful manicure but can you say your nails are in the best condition they could be? That underneath that pretty polish, your nails are tip top? I doubt it. 

And it's as if Sally knew - because Moisture Rehab is about to change the game - A luxurious, at home formula that contains a powerful blend of natural actives including black orchid, acai and algae to hydrate and rejuvenate nails with the stroke of a brush. You apply it at night or on the go, to bare nails, massage it in and then wave goodbye to anything dry, brittle or broken. I’ve recorded a little photo diary for the first few days of use and hand on heart, my nails feel stronger than ever - they’re shinier, healthier and smoother. It’s my new sleeping beauty secret and you can get your hands nails on it, right now, exclusively in Superdrug.

BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down


And with a whole host of new shades added to the manicure mix too, you're basically guaranteed to lift your own spirits, with your own beauty. It may seem simple, but when my nails look good, I feel good too.
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down

BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
Wearing Devil Wears Nada and Double Duty base & top coat

It's important to make time for you. 

To read, or wind down in whatever way grabs your heart like it should. To me, putting on my favourite pyjamas and jumping in to bed with a new read settles my thoughts. Helps me see more clearly. Gives me time to escape. 

BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
Book: Estée Lalonde Bloom

And lastly. This is one I've inherited from Laura (Jane Williams). To actively pursue my wellbeing. To keep tabs on my health in all aspects. Hell, technology has come so far and so why on earth were the only apps on my phone social media platforms?! Creating a wellbeing folder to check in daily with myself from using Sleep Cycle to record my sleep patterns to keeping tabs on Cycles for my next period has forced me to understand my mind and body far more than I was doing before. 
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES: Self care tips to stop you feeling down
Pyjamas Wacoal Lingerie: Top & Shorts

They’re simple, yes. But they’ve changed my January for the better and I’ll be maintaining them throughout the rest of the year and beyond. 

Please do let me know your tips for beating the January blues, too - I’ve certainly got room to add a few more to my list :-)

I'm so grateful to Sally Hansen for sponsoring this post - because we all need a pick me up, from time to time.


Shop the Sally Hansen range on Superdrug: https://goo.gl/po1Dzk


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Friday, 6 January 2017

ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSTRIA.

ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw


After spending a busy few days in Salzburg city centre, we embarked on a 1 hour train journey in to the mountains. 

I can’t quite explain the feeling that bubbles inside me when I think about my time in Austria, it’s a country that’s captured my heart in a way no other place ever has.

We’d got sightseeing out of our systems, and having already had a sunshine holiday this year, we were both really keen to just spend some time together in the peace and quiet. 

And it doesn’t get more idyllic than Grossarl. 

I don’t want to waffle on in this blog post about exactly what we did or what you should do - this place is so simplistic in it’s beauty that I think the pictures will tell a better story than I ever could.

But one thing you do need to know, is where to stay. The Grossarler Hof hotel is absolute perfection. From the incredible service, to the best food I’ve ever eaten and the cosy, crazily impressive interior to the stunning view, you couldn’t want for anything more. It’s without doubt, the most breathtaking place I’ve ever been.
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw


Sometimes it takes removing yourself from the noise to see just how beautiful this world really is.


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