Sunday, 11 December 2016

Results With Lucy #2


As mentioned in my previous post which you can read here, I am taking part in the 'Results with Lucy' 'New Beginnings' plan. At the time of writing this, I am just over half way through the plan and I am actually so surprised I have made it this far. I would be lying if I said it has all be plain sailing, there have been times when temptations have taken over. Plus, having issues with my back which resulted in physiotherapy meant that I did miss some workouts.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Hidden Adventure


A few weeks ago, with an unexpected Saturday off, I decided to grab my camera and go on an adventure. There is a small path tucked behind a quaint cottage not too far from where I live. I only discovered it recently but became increasing curious to discover where the path led. After haphazardly making my way through overgrown nettles and bushes, I came along a quiet strip of a canal. The weather was perfect for taking pictures of a summer haze and I was excited to make use of my 50mm lens.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Results with Lucy #1



Anyone that has known me a long time, will know that my weight is an ongoing battle. I am a serial 'yo-yo' dieter and struggle to stick to a plan long enough to see a big difference. 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Simply Me


'You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost'
Martha Graham

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Me Before You By Jojo Moyes


"You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as full as possible."

I had this book on my shelf for well over a year before I finally got round to picking it up. It was only when I saw the trailer for the film adaptation that is being released later this year, that I knew I had to read it.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

15 lessons I learned in 2015


2015 was a big year for me, I pushed myself a lot and ended up learning so much about myself, other people and (as clique as it sounds,) the world. After reading the brilliant Rhianna's '15 things I learned in 2015', I was inspired to write my own post about lessons I had learned throughout the year. As I said, I grew a lot as a person so it was hard to get it my list down to just 15, but here they are:

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Millie's Giant Birthday Cookie


Having a best friend who lives 200 miles away is pretty rubbish, especially when you can't afford to see each other regularly. It often means that Birthday and Christmas presents are stored away until the day we reunite, in fact, I still have her Christmas presents wrapped and in the bottom of my wardrobe!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Year of 21


Happy Birthday to me!

Today is the day I wave goodbye to 21 and hello to 22 (crikey, I'm basically in my mid-twenties). This post is a reflective one, a hell of a lot happened my year as a 21-year-old, but here are my favourites from the year.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Walking the Waterfalls: Pistyll Rhaeadr


There is nothing like a winter walk, especially when the sky is clear and the view is this incredible.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

January On Instagram


| In a blog post, I reflected on my graduation | My family and I took a walk through the countryside | I missed Brighton, and I missed the sea | My first OOTD style Instagram pic | Sweet memories of Paris | My Winter Beauty Essentials | My Current Book of choice | Mid-walk selfie | Florence felt like a lifetime ago | My go-to perfume | Finally having creepers back in my life | Lazy days and messy hair | My new favourite moisturiser, ie. every lazy girl's dream | I made homemade granola and it was amazing | I worked really hard on blogging | I missed Paris some more |

Did anyone else feel like January dragged on forever, but at the same time, can't believe we are already into February? January was a strange month for me, I left my job after the rush of Christmas and New Year was over, I went away to Shropshire with my family and I began the daunting task of deciding the next step in my life. 

I'm trying to up my Instagram game at the moment, although sticking to a theme is proving incredibly difficult, how do people do it? Nonetheless, if you would like to see more posts from me, here is a link to my Instagram and be sure to leave your usernames below.

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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon

Have no fear, this is green tea. I'm not just a terrible tea maker, I promise

This is the second Paige Toon book I have read, I really enjoyed the first, so after stumbling across this one in a charity shop, I knew I had to give it a read. This particular story revolves around Lucy, a 25 year old who is off to Sydney for her two best friends wedding. Just as the flight is taking off, she receives a text from a woman claiming to have slept with her boyfriend, bringing everything about Lucy's relationship into question.  Having lived in Sydney in her younger years, Lucy's journey to the other side of the world teaches her more about herself, love and want she really wants than she thought possible.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Life Currently



I originally was inspired to write this post when I saw something similar on the lovely Bel's blog which you can check out here. It's short, snappy and a perfect way to give you an update to my life currently. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The Body Shop Sorbet: A Lazy Girls Dream


When it comes to moisturising I'm extremely lazy. It only takes around 5 minutes, but the idea of standing in the cold, particularly this time of year really isn't inviting. So when I received The Body Shop's 'Body Sorbet' for Christmas, I wondered how much use I would actually get out of it. Well, I needn't have worried because I absolutely love the stuff. It's hard to explain the texture, but it is extremely soft and matte, almost powdery, if that makes any sense at all. This light moisturiser rubs in almost instantly, leaving the skin soft and smooth.

The particular scent I have is 'Fuji Green Tea', which I don't think would be for everyone, due to it's unique smell, however I love it. The sorbet is available in 5 other scents; strawberry, mango, moringa, pink grapefruit and satsuma. I'm not a huge lover of fruit scents, so I definitely have my eye on the moringa sorbet for next time.

I couldn't actually rave about this product anymore, it's brilliant if you are in a rush, or like me, and just plain lazy when in comes to moisturising. You can find the range of sorbet products here.

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Monday, 25 January 2016

Bottle Green Wishlist


(L-R)
First Row-1, 23, 4
Second Row-12, 34
Third Row-12, 34
Fourth Row-1, 23

When I was younger, I hated the colour green, I always saw it as a ugly colour, especially for a young girl who loved pink. As I've grown older, my interests have most certainly changed, and if you were to look into my wardrobe now, you would see it filled with blacks and blues. While I have a few green items, I feel now is the perfect time of year to add earthy tones and natural colours to my collection.

Favourite Items
I love all the items in my wishlist, but here are a few of my favourites:

I love the pattern of the skirt in the bottom right from this wishlist, perfect to wear with a jumper tucked in, a smart coat and some killer boots. I love sixties fashion, so items like these always grab my attention.

The dress in the top left also took my interest. I am really loving high necks at the moment, in fact, I have one on now. I like how this dress is short sleeved as it stops making the outfit look so bulky, and would be perfect to wear in the run up to spring and summer.

I am a sucker for a cosy jumper, so the comfy looking one on the second row definitely caught my eye. This time of year is perfect for chucking on a oversized jumper, pair of jeans and some boots and heading out the door. It has been my go-to outfit over the past few months, and I can't wait to add a jumper like this to my collection.

What are you favourite items from my wishlist?
Have you been loving green too?

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Monday, 18 January 2016

7 ways to make the best of Blue Monday


So today is the day, the most depressing day of the year, apparently. Long enough after Christmas that it feels like a distant memory, but close enough that we're all still pretty disappointed that it's over. Coincidently, for me this year, I've booked to go away for the week so my Blue Monday will most likely be rearing it's ugly head next week, however, for those of you in the normal routine, here is my list of things to get you through the darkest of days (note sarcasm).

1. lay in bed all day

2. Cry into a box of leftover chocolates and binge on bad food all day just to distract you.

3. Look back at photos from Christmas, remembering the 'good times'. (Side note, this could actually make you feel worse)

4. Scrap all New Year resolutions, your surprised they lasted this long, and today is the perfect excuse to call it quits.

5. Ring up your Uncle you only see at Christmas and relive the memories.

6. Start planning trips and holidays for the summer, even better, turn the heating up really high and pretend to be on a tropical island.

7. Rest easy knowing that the stress of Christmas is over for another year, or what feels like about 3 weeks.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Paco Rabanne: Olympea Perfume


I originally came to love Olympea Perfume by Paco Rabanne when I received a sample of it from a blog event a few months a go. After debating whether to buy it at airport duty free, I decided to be sensible and wait till I had used some of my other perfumes, look at me all, grown up! When Christmas day finally came around, I was really surprised to find it in the bottom of my stocking.

Since the big day I have been wearing it all the time. I'm sure we all have those perfumes that we try and save for special occasions, well I couldn't resist using this one for important days, work days or even lazy days, I just love it. 

I'm not very good at describing scents but through research, I found that the different notes are:
Top: Green Mandarin, Ginger Lily, Hydroponic Jasmine
Heart: Salted Vanilla
Base: Sandalwood, Ambergris

However, my description of the scent would just be timeless. It's something that you, your Mum or even your Nan could wear. I know that this perfume is going to become a classic staple in my collection for some time.

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30ml Eau de Parfum- around £32


Wednesday, 6 January 2016

My Winter Beauty Essentials



The great thing about this year is all the parties and celebrations, giving you plenty of time to dress yourself up using a whole host of products. These are just a sample of my winter beauty essentials.

Dark Berries
I know people rave about the dark berries and gothic purples for autumn, but these are my favourite shades to wear during winter too. I feel much more confident with a purple lip colour compared to a red, so this has to be an essential for me. Whether your choice be red, purple, blue or black(?) a dramatic dark lip is perfect for winter, post-Christmas and the party season.

Moisturisers
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise, ok, I admit that I am pretty terrible at this, but it's something that I try to do daily, specifically during winter. I moisturise my face daily without question and have seen massive improvements in my skin, but what I specifically mean about here is body moisturising. I'm sure we have all had those horrible hands that are harsh and tired looking caused by the dry weather. My personal favourites are Soap and Glory (Name) and the Sanctuary (name), both are perfect for repairing the skin during winter.

Glitter
This is most likely the first and last time I will class glitter in any kind of essentials list! I don't know what it is, but their is something about Christmas and the party season that screams glitter at me. Although Christmas is over, I'm not quite ready to say goodbye. Whether it be eyeshadows, nail polishes or an all-out glittery dress, there is no escaping it this season. This year, I will most likely be wearing it as eyeshadow and nail polishes.

Perfumes
I wear perfumes all year round, but there is nothing better than 'spritzing' up around the holiday season. Whether it be for a work Christmas do or a trip round the Christmas sales, I don't know what it is, but I particularly enjoy wearing perfumes this time of year. My favourite at the moment has to be 'Jimmy Choo' Eau de Parfum. It's a beautiful scent, that works during the day, but is particularly fabulous at night.

What are your winter essentials?

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Monday, 4 January 2016

Brighton


Back in November, with a few days to spare between my Graduation and Graduation ball, I decided to treat myself to a few days away to Brighton. I almost didn't want to like Brighton, there is so much hype around the place, and I didn't want to like it simply because everyone else did, but I did. I LOVED it. I don't know whether it was because I was going through a rubbish time or something else, but I absolutely fell completely and utterly love with the Brighton.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Resolutions

Some photos from my trip around Europe

Fresh Starts and New Beginnings...
Every year I set myself some targets for the year, it gives me something to aim towards. This year I have decided to choose goals for different areas of my life. Firstly however, I want to focus on last years goals. I think the colour system pretty straight forward, but Green means I achieved my goal, Orange means it work in progress, and Red means I haven't done it (yet!)

Lose 3st
Ok, I have had a weight loss target every year on these posts and every year I never reach my goal. As I've said before, the ups and downs of being at Uni led me to extreme yo-yo dieting.

Set up my own online shop
As the year went on, I decided that this is something I became less and less interested in doing. While it could still happen at some point in the future, it's not really a main focus for me at the moment.

Meet more bloggers and attend events
I have definitely been to a lot more events this year and really pushed myself to meet know people, it's something I am hoping to work even harder at next year.

Get the most out of my travels (I'm travelling around Europe, America and Canada!)
I had the most incredibly amazing time while travelling and met some of the most amazing people. It's really inspired me to travel more in the future.

Get out and experience life more, don't sit on the sidelines
This is most likely one of my biggest achievements of the year. I still feel like I should step out and involve myself in even more things, but this has definitely been the year that I have really come out of my comfort zone and pushed myself. I am much more happier and confident than I use to be.

Get a job after University finishes
Although I am currently working full time, it's not really the job I really had in mind for myself. Luckily I am only there temporarily, so am spending my free time searching for other opportunities.

Continually work hard on my Blog and Youtube
While I have started to fall out of love with Youtube, I have continually loved my blog throughout the year. My main goal for next year is to make sure I keep blogging even when I am really busy.

Organise my time to get the most out of it
Hangs head in shame and reminisces about all the Tv shows that I have watched this year! (Opps)

Take as many pictures as I possibly can
Let's just say that investing in an external hard drive was one of my best purchases of the year, any blogger will know, there is no such thing as too many photos.

Volunteer at an organisation or charity
I'm really upset that I didn't find the time to make this a regular thing for me. It will most definitely be something I want to focus on next year.

Learn to accept and appreciate what makes me, me!
Still working on this, but definitely a big improvement on last year.

This year I have made targets for different areas of my life, some are little, while some a bigger goals for the year. 

Hobbies
Read 15 books
Take time to be more creative
Spend more time outside exploring
Go on adventures
Write in my journal more

Health
Get to a weight where I am happy with my body
Incorporate Yoga/Pilates into part of my routine
Reduce my meat and dairy intake
Meditate More Often
Exercise regularly (LOL)

Life
Get a job
Buy a car and pass my driving test
Volunteer at a charity event or fundraiser
Make new friends

Blogging
Attend more events
Meet bloggers and make friends
Create a blogging schedule and stick to it!

I will be writing a separate post for my blogging stat goal next week, so make sure you don't miss that. 2015 is going to be a pretty hard year to top, but I like a challenge! All that is left, is for me to say a big thank you for all your support in 2015 and wish you all the best for 2016... let's smash it!

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Friday, 1 January 2016

Graduation




I am finally posting about my Graduation in November.

I am officially a graduate! After finishing University in May, Uni felt like a whole life time ago, I've travelled to 12 different countries, started temporary full time work, and applied for God knows how many jobs. I feel like I have changed so much in that time too, so heading back to somewhere that was filled with so many old memories was a little strange.

That being said, it was great heading back to Southampton. As a girl from the countryside, Southampton had the perfect balance of city life mixed with the docks and parks. Living over 200 miles away now, it is somewhere I will most definitely miss.

Graduation day itself all went a little too quickly. The weather was terrible and as my ceremony wasn't until 2pm the majority of the morning was spent indoors hiding from the wind and the rain, hence the lack of good pictures. My new heels were absolutely ruined in the rain meaning I had to change into my flats which I was more than annoyed about. Apart from the weather, the day was a great success. My Mum cried when I was fitted for my gown, which of course, made me cry too, making us both look like a right couple of muppets in the middle of the sports hall. 

My friend who was graduating the day after came down to see us in our gowns, which meant a lot. I love the picture of the girls and me above, and I know I have truly met friends for life at university.

 As someone who has never known much about graduating, the ceremony seemed very grand and formal, although, as we were the last course, I spent most of it nervously waiting for my turn to go on stage. After the ceremony we had a few drinks at the reception and some more pictures (luckily the rain had stopped), before disappointedly handing my gown back in and heading to Mettricks for a drink.

Despite the wind and rain coming in from storm bloody Barney I actually really enjoyed myself and it was great to celebrate something I had worked so hard for. I know it's seen as a common thing to have a degree now, and I was really surprised of how proud I felt on the day, but it was a great feeling!

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