Sunday, 15 January 2017
This was a very sweet gift given to me by my dear Vernia, and isn't it just such a cute little journal. In all honesty, I love writing and making notes of stupid little things, so whenever someone gets me a notepad or journal as a gift, they are pretty damn special in my eyes. The problem is some times I struggle to remember to write things down as I make a lot of notes on my phone.
This journal has no dates, no months, no holidays! Just 365 pages numbered as such, I really love the simplicity of it. Another nice thing about this journal in particular is that it is the perfect handbag size, so I can actually carry it around with me in almost any of my bags.
At first I was kind of struggling to think about what to write in it or how to use it but it just totally made sense to use it everyday by writing one good thing that had happened in the day or several good things. I must admit I am a bit anxious about 2017, simply because 2016 was so incredible, a part of me is worried that I'm maybe due some bad luck or that it won't reach the same expectations as the previous year! This being said, I am quite rational and realistic and believe that your mindset has a lot to play for in these situations. I will stay positive and just knuckle down and figure my stuff out but I think this little journal will be a great reminder of all the really nice things that can and will happen this year.
No matter how trivial or how small every day I absolutely must add at least one thing that made me smile and let's face there will be loads. I don't want to use this little book for lists or anything boring, I just want to be able to look back and smile.
Do you have a journal?
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
The thing is I am so NOT a "trendy" person, I don't hunt for the latest sneakers, in fact it kind of pains me to call the sneakers because they are trainers right? But it's way more "fashionable" to call them sneakers...whatevs! What I will say about my fashion sense or taste is I buy what I like, if I find something I just buy it right away which means I can be super impulsive about my clothing/accessory choices. I'm the type of person who doesn't mind paying a little more if it's exactly what I am looking for, with in reason. I see no point in spending money on things if they are only kind of what I want you end up wasting money in the long run.
I have been looking for a nice fashion trainer for a while now, something that was a little more than a gym trainer but I could wear with a lot of different outfits. In fact, I really love the Alexander McQueen oversized trainers but they retail for around £360, which is insane to me because they are just a trainer. As soon as I saw the Rhianna creepers though I knew I kind of needed them. What I didn't really anticipate was how bloody popular they would be, I purchased mine through LUISAVIAROMA because I saw on their Instagram that the creepers had just dropped, so I went online bought my size and it was done and dusted really. However later in the day I noticed people saying they had sold out across many online sites, so actually I was pretty lucky to get these. She released 3 colour options all tone on tone, a gorgeous Bordeaux red creeper, a cement grey and a classic black, I think for obvious reasons the red was the most popular.
I'm not the biggest Rhianna fan, I have never bought Puma as a brand but there was just something about these velvet creepers that I really liked. The only thing that was annoying is that I bought them and had them delivered to my parents home in England so I had to wait like 2 weeks to actually get my hands on them!
What trends are you loving right now?
Sunday, 8 January 2017
Carrying on my 5 Things series that I started last year, today I just thought I would ramble on about some things I want to do this year. Now, before anyone says it, I don't class these as "goals", I will not be disappointed if I do not do all of them. I do think it's healthy to have goals but I tend to get hung up on these things, so this is just a light hearted, it would be nice if I managed these things in 2017...so let's crack on shall we.
Visit new places...
So last year I went to 14 different cites, all new (apart from two) and I just loved it, so I want to maintain that trend of exploring new places. I think it's easy to forget how close some of these countries are so I want to continue to take advantage of this. I want to go to Poland this year and I also want a beach holiday where just for a weekend I can lay on a sandy beach in the sun and just chill. I want to go everywhere and anywhere, I even walk to explore the UK more.
My own apartment...
Moving back to the UK has meant that I have moved back in with the parents, which of course I am very grateful for but I kinda need my own space again. I'm looking forward to having a space I can faff around with and just make my own. There are a few factors I have to consider, like whether I am moving by myself or not but my personal aim is to start looking for a new place within 3 months of being back home because it means I can settle with my new job and have all those security nets sorted.
See my friends more...
This is a big one, after being in Florence for a year I have missed so many friends and I am going to make a really big effort to make sure that I see them far more frequently. I'm unusual in the sense I don't have a large group of friends, I have cherry picked pals from several different circles so some times it can be hard to see them as I have to do it on an individual basis but I just need to be more organised this year. Plus I bloody love them so I'll find a way!
Try new restaurants and bars in London...
So, you guys know I bloody love London, the city is like blood in my veins! Now I am back I absolutely have to spend more time actually exploring my beloved city, I have already made a pact with one of my pals that once a month (at least) we will do something different in London just to shake things up a little. I can't bloody wait! Also, this will mean more food posts will be back on my blog, I love writing them and they used to be quite well received so hopefully everyone is a winner.
Be more active...
Last year, I was a little lazy! Whilst I did a lot of walking I wasn't that active which was a stark contrast to the year before! So this year I am either gonna join a gym or start running again! It's an absolute must! I don't want to get as obsessed with the gym as I was previously because it did impact on my personal life but I want to make sure that I have something active to do that fits in with the rest of my life ya know, something that is a little more than just going on walks!
There are my 5 things that I want to do this year, what are yours?
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
If you guys have read my Skincare Routine post, you'll know I'm a big ol' fan of Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. This being said, I actually really hate the standard eucalyptus version so stopped using the product however when I discovered the limited edition Rose and Cedrat version I fell in love. Though, of course, it was a limited edition so I couldn't find it again, Liz, dear, why do you do this to me?
I was forced to settle for the Rose and Lavender version of this hot cloth cleanser. I say forced because I'm not a fan of lavender, I love rose scents all day long but lavender can be very over powering but I bought it regardless. I will say you can still smell the lavender but the rose really tones it down and actually I ended up really liking it! The reason why I love this Liz Earle product is because it is really gentle and I have very difficult skin. If I use this product every day my skin would start getting spotty, like I can only use it once or twice a week but this is because I rarely put skin care products on my face daily, I just wash the make up off and that's it. I used to have horrific acne and whilst the cause of mine was hormonal, I strongly believe a lot of products out there actually make you skin far worse so once I finished my medication for my acne I just stopped using everything I was using before.
The Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleanser works so well because of that added step with the muslin cloth, like if you haven't tried this product or even use a muslin cloth to remove products, you need to. The muslin cloth is delicate but adds a bit of friction to exfoliate wonderfully. After using this Liz Earle product my skin looks so fresh, a vibrant, it almost mattifies it without making my skin look dry! If the Cleanse and Polish isn't in your skincare regime, bloody should be!
What is your fave Liz Earle Product?
Sunday, 1 January 2017
Last year, on New Years Day I was sitting in my cold little apartment, by myself, writing this post thinking " Oh wow, can life get any crazier?" turns out it bloody can. When I start to think about 2016 and everything that happened I don't even know where to being
2016 was the year I got to travel the world and I'm not being dramatic, I really did. I went to, Berlin, Paris, Dallas, LA, Porto, Maderia, New York, Santa Barbara, Atlanta, Budapest, Cinque Terre, Bologna, Pisa and London (not something new though) like how insane is that? The thing is, the majority of places I went, I actually went for work and all of these I have never been before and I loved every second!
2016 was the year I realised how incredible my friends are. There have been 3 little girls born since I have been away who's mothers are just bloody fantastic and who I could not live without. I have others who have taken the time to come visit me, I know Florence isn't a million miles away but the fact they made that effort seriously warms my heart. My weekly calls with my best dear, I mean that girl just knows! Then there is that one friend that turned into something entirely unexpected.
2016 was the year I made yet another life changing decision and moved back to the UK . There are so many reasons for this but the end reason is I will be so much happier in England than what I was in Florence.
2016 was the best year of my life so far.
Now that leaves us with 2017...what the bloody hell is gonna happen there? I don't even know how this year will be for me, like 2016 was so good it could mean that 2017 might be a disappointment in comparison, or will it just be another crazy wild ride? I think it will be the latter, because let's face it, it's all about perspective.
Here's to another year...!
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