Wednesday, 25 July 2018

MY MOST TREASURED BAG COLLECTION

Hello my lovelies,
Today I'm sharing with you something I have wanted to post for a while and just kind of put it off, not too sure why but hey I'm finally here sharing it which is my amazing Danielle Nicole x Disney collection, my most treasured collection I think!
I did post a blog post July 2017 of my Danielle Nicole collection then but I've gained a couple since then so I kinda wanted to give you a little update and I honestly love sharing these with the world because they are so beautiful.

Cogsworth Crossbody Bag
I'm pretty sure I was waiting for this beauty to arrive last time I posted about my DN x Disney bags but since him arriving he has been an absolute favourite of mine, I love his colours because he goes with most outfits and when I was in Walt Disney World I honestly got so many compliments when I wore him!


This was my first ever DN x Disney handbag I bought for myself, I actually found it in the sale on QVC UK and thought ok lets get him! He is awesome and unlike my other bags he is a little bigger so he is better for an everyday bag because you can fit more stuff inside.
I like to wear him as an accent colour, I tied him in with my new VANS Marvel Sweatshirt that has a little Spidey on the sleeve and love how the red's tie in together.



Honestly I think this is my DN x Disney bag that I actually wear the most. I think the colour is a beautiful colour to pair with a lot of outfits and I'm personally a sucker for rose gold.
I like to wear this bag both during the day and for nights out as it perfectly dresses up an outfit.



One of my latest additions is this cute little Cindy coin purse that I have attached to my everyday black backpack. I don't actually use it for putting coins in but I actually just use it as a bag charm so I can show off my pretty little Cinders.
She also matches perfectly with my crossbody bag which you will see below!



My little beauty babe. 
This is my absolute statement piece bag and another one that I used over and over when I was in Walt Disney World that attracted so many compliments. She is so detailed, so beautiful and will always have a special place in my heart.
I don't like using her too much as I like to use her on special occasions - the main one being Disney World unfortunately I won't be back there til next year now!



My newest addition.
My beautiful best friend gifted me with this on my birthday a couple of weeks ago and I actually cried my eyes out when I opened my gift, I completely did not expect it and I was absolutely over the moon! 
I wore this bag the very next day for my birthday day out at Chester Zoo. It's a great size bag for me enough space to fit in my purse, phone and little bits and bobs. 
Absolute new fav!




I hope you enjoyed this little Disney post.
I will be adding that little extra Disney magic to my blog a lot more as I just started to leave it out and it is definitely something I love and want to keep on here.
Let me know which is your favourite?

Lots of love guys.










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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

NIGHTTIME ADDITIONS FROM TRUFFLE SHUFFLE.COM

Hey guys and gals, today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite nighttime additions I have been loving at the minute.

Now I am a sucker for any skincare and I always love trying out new products, I do have pretty decent skin but there's obviously certain things that I would change - one being my constant breakouts, ugh! Anyways, I was super excited when Truffle Shuffle sent me over a nighttime Disney care package including:

Disney Minnie Mouse Frill Pyjama Set - shop here
Which are now in the sale for £16.99 - bargain!
I have literally wore these PJ's over and over since they arrived, they are so comfy and soft and of course I only ever buy Disney pyjamas so they fit perfectly in my collection.

Disney Beauty And The Beast Makeup Bag - shop here
I love this little makeup bag I have actually been using it to keep my face masks in now since receiving it. Its a decent size makeup bag and would definitely be great to use for travel!

Disney Princess Face Masks - shop here
Oh my gosh, I honestly think these are my fav face masks ever, not only do they leave your skin feeling amazing after but you can become your favourite Disney Princess.
I was lucky enough to be sent a Belle, Ariel & Aurora mask I've used two and I'm actually going to use my last one tonight - can't wait!
These little babies are from Mad Beauty and I will definitely be trying some more of their products as they are so easy to pick up from Truffle Shuffle.com




A huge thank you to Truffle Shuffle again for gifting me some of their amazing items as always and I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Let me know if you love my Disney posts on my blog as much as I love writing them.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

MY PINTEREST BOARDS ARE FIRE RIGHT NOW

Hey guys, today I really just wanted to share some of the things I am loving right now including style, home decor and of course food!
I am sharing some boards I have created on Pinterest below and you can have a little flick through.
I absolutely love using Pinterest it is definitely one of my favourite social media sites to use because you can get so many ideas from it.

Go ahead follow me on Pinterest and I'll follow back to see some of your created boards!

STYLE

HOME DECOR

FOOD

Just wanted to share a little inspo that I've been loving lately and I've definitely been pinning like crazy so go check it out!

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Monday, 14 May 2018

MENTAL HEALTH: THE SERIES

Since posting about my anxiety a little bit more in detail in February and having so many people showing more interest in that one particular post it got me thinking that I want to include more about anxiety regularly as mental health is so important!
I've wanted to create a series for a while now where I can talk about mine and others experiences dealing with anxiety and what it feels like so that other people can get help from it if they're struggling with it themselves or have someone around them that needs your support.
Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week so thought this was quite an appropriate time to begin a very important series on my blog.

So first of all I actually want to be more honest and explain a little bit more about myself and what I do to deal with anxiety on a daily basis. From what I can remember I've struggled with anxiety from a very young age and I just tended to do a lot of worrying as a child - pretty much about everything.
I think when I hit my late teens it did affect me a lot more because I was growing up and starting to see things from an adults point of view (and that shit's scary). This was probably when I started to exclude myself from things and I'd just have certain days where I didn't want to do anything or see anyone and I didn't quite know what the reason was that this was happening but I guess for a while I kind of thought this was normal and everyone would have their days.

Skip a couple of years and I probably reached the peak of my anxiety where I just pretty much didn't do anything or I would agree to doing something and then right up until the day I'd be fine and on the day I had no reason not to go other than not wanting to go because my anxiety was too high. Not gonna lie this made me look like a shit friend and people probably knew I was making up excuses not to go but who cares if this is how you feel you should never feel pressured to go somewhere or do something if you feel you simply can't and at this time I felt I physically couldn't.

Another huge thing for me is travelling, I have briefly mentioned it here before about how I stress myself out before going anywhere or stress myself packing to go anywhere. It got so bad last year when I went on a family holiday to Portugal that I physically couldn't talk to anyone in the minibus on the way to the airport and then again in the airport right up until I got out of security and was able to sit down to have a drink.
At the time I was travelling with my boyfriends family and only my boyfriend really knows the severity of my anxiety but that was okay because he fully understands and knows how I deal with everything and he acts as my amazing support system too. After struggling both there and back in the airport on that holiday I decided to take further action and go and seek some advice from a therapist.
This was a task in itself as I had booked appointments twice to go and ended up cancelling on them both because I was so embarrassed to go and had the thought running through my head 'what if someone I know sees me in the waiting room?' it was only after cancelling both of these I was like 'ok come on Emeli you have to do this for yourself' and I did and it was the best thing I've done.

For a while I was religiously going to a therapy session around every 2-3 weeks and was not only helping me find tips and tricks to help me control my anxiety but I was gaining general knowledge about other aspects around it and other things that can be linked in for example for me I have a little bit of OCD that ties in with my anxiety.

I know if your thinking how could this tie in? Doesn't OCD mean you have to be a clean freak??
Not at all OCD is when someone has obsessive thoughts that drives them to do a certain thing over and over and this eventually helps get rid of those thoughts they first had.
For me as an example when I am travelling with both my hand luggage and my suitcase I will constantly feel the zip and lock on my suitcase over and over just to make sure its locked before I eventually hand it over and not see my suitcase again until the other end.
Now that I type that I think well thats silly Emeli, check it once and then you know its locked and done with but for me it kind of makes me feel better doing that because I can settle once I've handed my case over knowing that I have checked the lock and I know its 100% locked and there won't be any problems.

I have come to terms that my anxiety will never leave me, it'll never be something that is going to disappear over night but I have a lot more knowledge about it now and I know how to control my worry and can also calm myself down if I ever have a panic attack - which actually doesn't happen that often anymore because I know to not let myself get to that level. I know that when I'm feeling like this I don't want to leave the house or see anyone that maybe I should just take myself for a short walk to clear my head.

I'm in a good place right now and it comes from being more clued up on mental health problems, learning about yourself, testing out different techniques and the most important one - being more open about it by talking to someone which is why I wanted to start this series.
I want the word to be spread, I want people to be able to talk to each other who might be in a similar situation and I want the person who is reading this to know that they are not alone.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and are looking forward to my series!
Leave me any comment below😁
#mentalhealthawarenessweek







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Thursday, 12 April 2018

5 TV SHOWS THAT I HAVE BEEN BINGE-WATCHING

This week's blog post I really wanted to share with you what I have been LOVING right now. I haven't really been out too much at the minute and I think I've turned into a little bit of a hermit crab but during this I've actually found a few new TV shows and just fell in love with them and a few oldies but goldies too.
So I really wanted to share them with you today!


Grey's Anatomy
One of my best friends actually told me about Grey's so long ago and she said how amazing it is but I just kind of never got round to checking it out. I recently found NOWTV and decided to give it a whirl and I have literally been binging Grey's Anatomy ever since it is literally incredible!!

Rupaul's Drag Race
I couldn't of typed this blog post without including RPDR because my god this has been one of my favourite TV shows since I binged Season 1 & 2 way back when it first aired on Netflix.
I am now onto the current Season 10 and it is still as amazing as when I first watched it.
I just live for all of the Drag Queens on the show I love keeping up with them on Instagram and Twitter and it will honestly be one of my fav shows forever.

Scandal
This was another show that I am still currently watching with my boyfriend on NOWTV and we have a little deal that we can't watch it without each other and the episodes are pretty long so it's probably gonna take a while for us to get through (which in my eyes is pretty good so that we always have something to watch). I love Scandal and all the drama that goes on so it's definitely a must watch if you've never seen it before.

Friends
I don't even think I really need to explain why friends is in this list.
Since Friends was put on to Netflix a couple of months back it's literally my go to feel good programme and it's just the best. There are so many episodes and you can just watch one after another.

The Walking Dead
I thought I would leave my absolute fav til last!
I am OBSESSED with The Walking Dead which a lot of people already know, but just thought I'd say it again so now everyone knows it...
For a while I was waaaay behind on the seasons but of course I binged and binged them and I'm well up to date now and this is another thing that I catch up on each week on NOWTV when a new ep gets aired (however its the season finale next week - I cry).

To add to my obsession of TWD my lovely, lovely friends at EMP sent me some goodies from their TWD range which is absolutely awesome.
I recently bought a hoodie which I had been eyeing up from their range for so long so I actually got this and it is my absolute fav - I am a sucker for a comfy hoodie and makes it even better that it is TWD!↓
↑ Shop my hoodie here ↑

So EMP where super generous and sent me two TWD Tee's and I absolutely love them!
They are very me and I've actually been wearing these all the time. I love dark colours on myself and love 'band style' t-shirts which both of these are. 
They are actually both Negan based shirts one being a Saviours tee and the other Negan tee which both have the 'Half Your Shit/Stuff Tour' quote on which I love.
Like I say their Walking Dead range is huge so definitely go and check out all of their other stuff in the range too!



Shop my saviours tee here (which is currently in the sale might I add - for £12.99 😱)
Shop my Negan tee here (which is also in the sale - grab it for £14.99)

Like I mentioned a tiny bit above these guys are so awesome because not only do they do sales regularly but if you keep up with them on all of their social media page's they post very regularly different codes you can use to get discount! 
I have also been sharing their discount codes regularly so you can keep up with it on my page's too.

Thank you so much to EMP for sending me these goodies, I have loved working with this brand because they offer merchandise for so many TV Shows, Movies and Music which is the type of clothing and accessories that I personally love to wear! 
I hope to be working with these guys a lot more and can keep you all up to date with it!

EMP Social Media:
Facebook

Hope you guys loved reading about my fav TV shows at the minute!
Let me know what your favs are??



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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

LIVING LIFE IN THE UPSIDE DOWN

If you haven't been following me on Instagram then you will probably be clueless on what my favourite TV shows are, but if you do follow me there you will probably know how obsessed I get with them - one of those being Stranger Things.

I absolutely loved this show as soon as it came out and it became a huge hype around the world and I was super happy when season two graced our screens and even more happy to find out they are doing season three WOO!

While we wait patiently for season three to come out I stumbled across some amazing fashion pieces that will keep your love of Stranger Things high from TruffleShuffle.
I have shopped from here before for numerous amounts of Disney items (which are amazing might I add) but the guys over at TruffleShuffle where ever so kind to gift me with some items from their awesome Stranger Things range.
shop my Hawkins Indiana baseball tee here

I honestly couldn't believe the HUGE range of Stranger Things that they had a lot of it being exclusive to TruffleShuffle too! My baseball shirt above is an exclusive shirt and it is so comfy and soft to wear and the design is just awesome!

shop my inspired icons tee here

The other shirt is amazing, it's kind of an off white/cream colour which gives it that vintage-y feel and has all of the associated icons with Stranger Things like Eleven's eggos and Barb's glasses (justice 4 barb)
This shirt is also exclusive to TruffleShuffle so you can not shop it anywhere else but here!


I'm also loving my polaroids for taking outfit pictures lately I think they just look so much cooler!

I want to say a huge thank you to TruffleShuffle for gifting me with these awesome shirts and I just know I'm gonna be wearing these all the damn time!
Definitely check their whole Stranger Things range but they also have other amazing Fashion pieces & Gifts for all your favourite TV shows, movies, music & more.

Thanks for reading❤


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Thursday, 22 March 2018

What Motivated Me To Start My Blog

In June last year I finally bit the bullet and decided to start my own blog.
Here we are 10 months later still blogging and loving it!

I do get a lot of messages about my blog asking why did I start a blog? How did I do it? or that they wish they could start one but they are too worried about what others may think.
So I thought I'd sit down today and just share my experience and what really motivated me to finally start my own blog.

Ok so lets throw it WAY back to 2013↓
Yes, that was me in 2013 - the peak of my Emo phase. I was 16 at the time and I was in love with Beauty and Fashion Blogs and I feel thats when they really started to kick off and get popular.
Of course I always kept up to date with the likes of Zoella, Tanya Burr and the others in that gang who where very well known and are huge now on YouTube but I loved to read their blogs - it's a shame they don't update their blogs that much anymore.
So yeah, that was my inspo for me to start a blog in 2013. The image above I actually created this for my own blog that I made it was kind of rubbish and as you can see so was my shabby paint job - my middle name is actually 'Clare' but I stuck an 'I' in it to make it look cooler (because that worked).
Basically I tried out blogging and was too afraid to actually share with the world what I was doing and just kind of gave it up.

 Moving on to November 2015, I posted this image to my Instagram↓
So yes as you can see I was very keen on the idea of recreating my blog that kind of failed in 2013 and was ready to try again! I remember looking at these templates the weekend before I actually started a new job and after that I kind of lost my way a little bit. It wasn't that I didn't want to try again but I think it was more things getting in my way and just never really got round to it.

Now lets move on to June 2017 where I decided to launch my brand new beautiful blog and show it to the world, yes it wasn't perfect and it still isn't perfect but I love it and I love to share everything on here.
I think sometimes in life you just have to bite the bullet and do all the things you love. 
For years I'd always stewed about starting a blog should I or shouldn't I? 
Instead of feeling like this you should think about it this way - If it is something you really want to do, then do it! Screw what other people might think of you or what Sally from round the corner might be telling her friends because you've done something a little different from everyone else, because that's okay if it's something you are passionate about you should always give it a go!
If it makes you happy and you enjoy it then stick with it but if you find that maybe this isn't right for you its easy enough to stop that thing your not enjoying.

Don't get me wrong launching my blog was possibly one of the most nerve wracking things I've done, I live in a small town where everyone knows each other so I think I cared a little too much about what others might think. I got to the point where I couldn't live my life like that any more, I do the things that I want to do for myself and not for anybody else and thats what rule I live my life by now.
After realising this about myself it really gave me that push and I though f*ck it I am going to do this!

I guess you kind of have to let go of your worry and not let that control you and take over your life and if anyone along the way says anything bad about you or what your doing then use that as motivation to push yourself as far as you can.
Because who want's to be the same as everyone else?!


I'm really glad I can share things like this with my readers, the last time I posted something like this I couldn't believe the amount of readers that one post had and so many people messaged me just letting me know that they can relate and it helps them too - that is so awesome! You can read that here
Love to you all.





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Friday, 16 March 2018

RANDOMISE BY GAMELYGAMES!

I was recently sent from GamelyGames - Randomise for me to try out with my friends and family and just really have some fun with it. It is a game split up into groups to draw, act or describe your cards to the other team! So today I thought I would share a little review on this game and let you know my thoughts and opinions on it.
So the first thing I did when opening up this game was to read the instructions (Duh!) basically you need to split into teams of two or more and create a kind of stage in the room that you are playing in.
In the box there are two timing cards & two scoring cards, you need to pick a player to keep score and give each team a timing card.

The cards left over will be labelled A, B or C so each of these need to be put into piles on your stage. I used a small wooden board to pop these on which kind of acted as our stage. ↓
So let the games begin!
After you set up and your all ready to go, a player of each team goes up to the stage and picks one of each card - A,B & C. Keeping your choices to yourself on the back of your card will be an easy or a hard option, I would definitely advise trying the easy section first and then move on to hard after getting to grips with the game.

In both sections easy & hard there will be 3 options on each card labelled 1, 2 & 3 you need to pick a number from each card so it could be something like 3,2,1. Whichever you pick you will end up with something like this. ↓

So for example on this set of cards chosen you could pick 2, 2 & 1 and you would get Blind Monkey Feeding the ducks you then have to use this sentence (no matter how ridiculous it may be) and try to either draw, act or describe yourself as this to your team and hopefully they will get it right!

When I played with my family we just kept going for a few rounds and kept score to find out who was the winning team at the end. It is definitely a great game that you could keep playing for hours on end, it is so great and light-hearted and it definitely has the full room in giggles.
Growing up I always loved playing charades and my family often breaks out the occasional HeadsUp game at any family event so it was definitely something fun and new to try!

I also love that they advertise this game for ages 8-80, 4-40 players and can be played for anything up to 30-60 mins. I definitely agree with this as you can have all ages playing and can be a huge room of people really getting into the game and having fun!
There is also so many random combinations in the game so you will never be repeating yourself and each turn is equally as fun and exciting.

A huge thank you to GamelyGames for sending me Randomise, it will definitely be used at many of our family events or if my friends come round for a girly night!

If your interested in Randomise you can find it at Oliver Bonas linked below↓
Go and check out GamelyGames on Facebook & Instagram to keep up to date with them.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, a lot of you may not know but I am a huge nerd when it comes to any game ever! I love trying out new computer games and I have always loved board & card games. So if you enjoyed this type of post please let me know if you would like to see more in the comments below.

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Friday, 9 March 2018

My Goals For March

I can't believe February is over with, I can't even cope with how fast it has gone!
February was a really great month for me as I started to post back on my blog regularly and spent a lot of quality time with my friends and family.

This month I really wanted to share with you some goals that I want to set myself for this month. I definitely find this a very helpful thing for me and it's just such a great idea so that you can look back at the end of the month and see which goals you hit and any that you didn't manage and maybe work towards them in the next month.
I love reading these posts myself so figured now would be a great time to share mine.
So, here are my goals for March 2018.
  • Get up at least one new blog post per week
  • Get back onto my healthy eating & exercising regularly
  • Stay away from any negativity and take more time out to relax
  • Upload more content to YouTube which you can check out here 
What goals are you going to set for yourself this month?


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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

MY TOP ORGANISATION TIPS FOR BLOGGING & DAILY LIFE

First of all, let me just tell you that I am a huge sucker for all things stationery - I don't care what it is or most the time what it looks like but there's a pretty good chance that it's already made it into my basket. I just feel like it helps me with everything, I love trying to be an organised person (key word being 'trying')

I thought I would share with you my tricks and ways that I keep myself organised for my blog and just for day to day life. 

So I recently gave my favourite cactus journal from Paperchase a little makeover inside. I am a huge lover of bullet journalling and love to explore other people's bullet journal ideas on Pinterest which you can have a little browse through on my board below⇣



I tried to follow a simple lay out by splitting each page into three. I put a month in each section on the right hand side of the page, I then wrote in every day of the month and tried to keep the left hand side of the page free to jot in any notes for that specific month.
I then circled any days of the month with a red pen for any of my friends and families birthdays and made a note of what date is who's in red underneath. I grabbed a light blue pen to circle any holidays I may have planned and the same again just jotted down below where I am going on that date.
It's pretty simple but it did take me a little while, especially trying to keep everything neat and tidy.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone as it's just a great way of staying organised in everyday life.

I also use a variety of writing stationery - so I will always have highlighters, a ruler, a pencil, a few coloured pens (usually red, black, blue & orange) and I also keep a tip-ex mouse with me and some sticky tabs to mark out anything important. My other little fav at the minute is my Mickey Mouse planner clips that I recently bought from Etsy. I absolutely love these they come in a pack of three and I use one for my work's diary which keeps it open on the week so it's easier for me to find and I use the other one on my bullet journal to keep it open on my month page and the last one I actually gave to my Mam to use as a bookmark. They're just a good way of keeping organised and looking cute!


Now onto the blogging and I have found the perfect way to keep myself a lot more organised when it comes to my blog and planning my content. This year I promised to be more consistent and bring brand new content to my blog and to my other social feeds which I am definitely sticking to and one thing that is helping me is my Ultimate Blog Planner from Dot Creates
I have been using this for this year so far for my blog posts and my god what a game changer it is for bloggers! Basically it's set out with pages that have everything you need to jot down your ideas, post name, date you plan on publishing it and whether or not you've taken photos for this post and it's just great! I find it good for me because I can write down any ideas I have for future blog posts and then actually create the content and find it a lot easier when I come to type it up later. Bonus!

So I hope you enjoyed reading my tips for keeping my life more organised. It is definitely such a great way of keeping my anxiety and stress levels low - after last weeks successful blog post sharing my tips on keeping my anxiety low which you can read here, I thought I would stick with the theme and just share different things I do that keep my anxiety as low as possible.
If you like this type of blog post let me know and I can definitely incorporate more into my feed!


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Thursday, 22 February 2018

MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO WHEN I'M HAVING A 'STAY AT HOME' KINDA DAY

Cold nights are still here and I can not help but think - man I can not wait til summer arrives.
I am such a cold body and always find myself just wanting to have cosy nights in through winter, so I thought I would create a little list of my favourite things to do when I'm having a stay at home kinda day or night.

Feel good food The first and probably the most important thing for me to do is make some awesome food to eat or just pick up your favourite snacks. If I'm having a full day at home I do love to do some baking too, Jamie and I love to create all sorts of cool things in the kitchen and just your typical baking like cakes and brownies - yum.
My favourite thing to do is Nachos, I am a sucker for Nachos. They're such a great sharing snack (or meal but I mean I do personally class it as a snack) Jamie and I have Nachos all the time because we just love them so much and they're definitely a feel good type of food.

Comfort is key If I'm planning on staying in the house I pretty much never wear anything fancy, it's usually my pyjamas or loungewear because god why would you want to be sat chilling in jeans - you feel me? That is just painful to me.
The bun in my hair is in full force and my face is always makeup free, this is the only way for me. I am a tad lazy with makeup and hair anyway but I do put effort in if I'm off out somewhere but it's a definite no from me when it comes to my days off!

On the blog I love using my downtime to create! It is literally the perfect time for me to just switch off and write something. I don't always do this though because sometimes it's just great to completely switch off and not have to think about anything!
As I am currently writing this I am sat in bed with my laptop with YouTube just playing through in the background which leads me to my next fav↓

Watch something you love Whether that be YouTube, a series your into right now or just a movie. Do whichever one you feel like because for me what I watch is total dependant on my mood. 
Right now I am always between three things - YouTube, The Walking Dead or any Disney movie.
Whatever it is, put your feet up and enjoy it with your snacks.

Pamper yo' self The last thing I love to do is have a bath or a shower, wash my hair and whack a face mask on. It's definitely the best feeling to just chill out and feel fresh again after a face mask. 
Some of my favourites are:

I hope you enjoyed taking a little look into my favourite things to do when I'm having a stay at home kinda day. Let me know some of your favourite things to do in the comments.


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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

5 EASY WAYS I KEEP MY ANXIETY LOW

Majority of 2017 was me figuring out the best ways to deal with my anxiety and what works well in my lifestyle and just generally for me. I feel that I did find that but only after time and with a little help from my therapist, showing me many ways how I could control it and what other things I could put into my life that would keep my anxiety low.

I have been great for the last few months as I have found certain things that really help me just get on with everyday life without having the overpowering worry which would stop me doing things.
I don't often share much about my experience with anxiety & OCD and how I deal with it on the daily but I certainly take the time myself to read other people's experiences with it via blogs to find out what works for them or just how they are managing their life right now and I find that really helps me out, so why not be more honest on here and let you in on my life hacks because you never know this could help you too.😁

I figured I could throw you some ideas how to keep any anxiety, worry, depression, OCD or anything you may struggle with yourself from ruling your life and just little ways you can prevent this from happening.



Let's talk caffeine I was a huge lover of coffee and found that I tended to start relying on it on the daily, I soon found out that this was a huge part of my panic. It sounds silly but I would go grab coffee pretty much every morning which would result in triggering my panic and worry which could lead to headaches and jitters - which I could probably do without. 
Now I try to only stick with drinking decaf coffee as it's kind of the same flavour but without all the side effects that I hated. 
Don't get me wrong, every now and then I do grab just a regular coffee but I kind of know when is best for me to do this. If I woke up one day feeling anxious/nervous with an extreme side order of tiredness I would love to grab a coffee but instead I'm good and I'll get myself a decaf.

Kalms Your probably thinking I've heard this all before take some Kalms it will help you big time but no, I am not going to drill this into you to make you think it's some kind of amazing cure for feeling anxious/worried because it isn't *I kinda wish it was though* 
I recently bought the new Kalms product which is the One-A-Day Lavender Oil Capsules and I'd done a lot of research on this product before buying it, it claimed to relieve any symptoms for anxiety sufferers. 
I don't know whether taking these are kind of a psychological thing because you do certainly feel less anxious whilst on the course of taking them. I have ran out of mine now and will definitely be repurchasing as I found that they where very helpful to me but maybe not for everyone.

Take a step back This is definitely a major key for me and majority of the time how I control if I'm feeling high anxiety or on the verge of a panic attack. I specifically learnt this from my therapist as I explained at one point how nervous I am being in an airport as I was counting down the days until I travelled to Florida. For me I don't get nervous flying or travelling but its the airport's I can not stand. I'm not certain as to what makes me like this but I did a lot of work and preparation to get me ready for my holiday.
I learnt that if I was ever feeling panicky and worried I would just take a step back out of the situation to breathe and consider what it is that's making me feel this way. It actually helps me a lot because once you have pin pointed this reason and brought yourself down from being so high in panic it's easier to go back into the situation feeling a lot better and with a clear head.
I still use this day to day and it really helps me in my everyday life.

Get those walking shoes on Honestly the best thing for me is just walking. Whether it be walking the dog, walking alone or with a friend it really helps to dust the cobwebs away and clear your mind. 
I usually walk my Grandma's dog for her once or twice a week so this just helps me feel refreshed and I think it just gives you time to reflect on things you may have been worrying about. 
For me I will always include this in my routine every week as I think it's just healthy for the mind.

Do something that makes YOU happy My number one for just helping me get through every day life is doing the things that you love. Don't be bothered by anyone that thinks what you might enjoy is stupid or boring to them because your doing something you love for yourself! 
I always like to do things that keeps my inner child happy so my boyfriend's family and I always try and do family nights together or days out to do something fun like rock-climbing, mini golf or just to go watch something new at the cinema. 
Jamie and I will often find an arcade and just be kids for the day - it is honestly my favourite thing to do and it just reminds me of being a child and having no worries in the world.
Remember - you are number 1 and put yourself and your mental health first as it's so important for everyone.


I hope that this post was informative for everyone, not just for people who suffer with mental health problems but for people that don't suffer too as you may have loved ones around you that will need your support and it is SO important to try and understand.
I've always tended to keep my mental health situation quite quiet and just kept it to myself for a long time, I'm not quite sure why but I think it's the worry of people who don't understand it but now I feel more confident to talk about it. Especially here on my blog because I can talk more freely and open about it as it is something of my own and hopefully this might help other people too.

Please leave me a comment below about anything you want, I will leave that open to you.
Ask me anything💗


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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

MY CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE

Hey.
I'm back! Can you forgive me for abandoning you and not adding anything new to my blog for 2 whole months?!😱

Well, I'm guessing if your reading this now you've already forgiven me and decided to come back and expect new and consistent content from me - I can promise you that this will definitely be happening.
Sometimes I feel that adult life can start to become too much at times and you let things slip, in my case I didn't post anything new on Instagram & my blog for a good while. 
I didn't do this because I couldn't be bothered to write anymore but more because I let other things get in my way and just found in my spare time I didn't really have anything to post - I consider this a kind of writing/creative block in this blogging world. Does anyone else go through this?

For now I have made a promise to myself that I am going to sit down 1-2 times a week and plan new content to be posting and actually make the time to sit down to create and write.
2018 will be the year I focus on everything I love, this being one of those things!

Enough of the serious chat for now, today I thought I'd sit down and share the skincare products I have been using for the last few months that have saved my skin.
I'm a little bit skincare obsessed so for me to find products and think 'YES, they are the ones' is quite a surprise for me because I often change up different products and enjoy trying out some new fad.


Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush // I have had this spin brush for about 2 years now and just go back and forth with using it. If I'm really keeping on top of my skincare routine then I'll religiously use it every night and it makes my face feel so clean.
I find it works really well for me as I have quite oily skin and can get the odd blemish and just helps to clear it up and control my oil levels. I recently bought the anti blemish brush head for it too and I am loving it and can see a huge difference in my skin.

Kiehl's Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser // This product links with the above as I do use both of these together. Every night I use a pea sized amount on my sonic brush and just let the brush do the work to make sure everywhere is super clean and fresh. I have used a lot of Kiehl's cleansers but just find that this is perfect for me and really suits my skin well.

Simple Kind To Eyes Revitalising Eye Roll-On // This is an old favourite of mine that I have just rediscovered within the last couple of weeks and remembered how good it actually is. This is the perfect gel eye roll-on to wake up those tired eyes in the morning. I am an amazing sleeper at night but every morning my eyes always feel so tired, because this is a roll on product its so easy to apply as a bit of a base for my brightening eye cream and just wakes up my sleepy eyes.

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Gel Moisturiser // Next is my favourite moisturiser that I apply every morning after washing my face, this is perfect for me as it is oil free and just has an amazing scent that feels great when applying it in the morning. This use to be my go-to moisturiser for day to day use and I have just recently started using it again and it was definitely the best decision to add it back into my routine again.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream // Last but not least the last thing I apply in the morning is this beautiful eye cream from Origins. I have used this product every day for about 2 years now, it definitely holds a place in my heart. It does what it claims and refreshes my eyes in the morning after using my Simple Roll-On and it just wakes my eyes up and is great to use before applying makeup or just leaving it as it is and going about your day. 1 major factor that I love about this product is the size of the product and the amount of product you actually get inside, with it being an eye cream I use a tiny amount and still have so much left to use - winner!!


I just wanted to throw in my two products that I always use on a nighttime rather than using them on the morning like I do with the Moisturiser & Eye Creams above.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme // I love these nighttime pads and I use them occasionally on a night after I have washed my face, they're great for just balancing the oil in my skin and just help to brighten my skin when it's looking a little dull. I'm sure you get around 60 pads in a tub I pop them on my finger tips just to wipe over my skin.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum // I use the serum every night and I absolutely love it! It reduces the look of open pores, especially around my nose (where I tend to get them quite bad) and I just feel like it also helps to brighten up my skin and just keeps it feeling plump. It also has Aloe Vera in which I think is great because that helps to soothe any problems that you may have on your own skin.

Anyway guys, thats all from me today. 
I hope you enjoyed reading this post, keeping you up to date with my skincare favourites, let me know if you manage to try any of these products and let me know some of your favourites in the comments.

Until next time.



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