Monday, 23 May 2016

Favourite Summer Accessories

Safe to say this weather has definitely got me in that summer mood where i'm just constantly happy, like the sun rays are just beaming out good vibes and it's definitely reflected in my the accessories i've been reaching for these past couple of weeks. I thought i'd share a few of my current favourites and also ones that i'll be loving for the rest of the summer.
As i'm going on holiday in just over six weeks i'd say i'm already prepared for summer and I honestly cannot wait for long sunny weekends of sipping on cocktails, chowing down on barbecued foods with all of my favourite people. I'm definitely one of those people that is happy when it's finally sandal and sunglasses season, and i've been enjoying finally getting some wear out of some new pieces, as well as some long time oldies.

The first accessory I have been loving are these Custom Sunglasses* (£22.37) from GlassesShop.com. After having a little browse through their wide selection of glasses and different glasses frames I finally opted for this beautiful pair, which I got customised into sunglasses with a brown lens as I find this suits my eye colour and skin tone the best. I love the wayfarer style to these glasses as they are a style that I find really suits my face shape, and the quality of these are just impeccable, so i've been getting a lot of wear out of these. What is also great is that any of their glasses can be customised to have a prescription lens if you wear prescription sunglasses or glasses, and although I don't personally I think that it's well worth noting as they have such a large selection. If you're wanting to pick yourself up some new sunglasses or prescription sunglasses, then be sure to check out GlassesShop.com and make sure you use my 50% off code 'GSHOT50'.

Another summer accessory favourite must have for me is about 5-6 pairs of beautiful sandals, and this year i've been on the hunt for a pair or two that are slightly different. With this lace up detail being a huge trend at the moment I knew I wanted a pair that had this type of fastening, and when I saw the New Look Animal Lace Up Sandal (£18.99) I was sold! I love the croc style print to them and the lace up detailing is so nice. I've been wearing these so much these past few weeks and they are the comfiest sandals that i've had in a long time!

Moving onto jewellery, and for me I don't tend to switch up my jewellery all that much as I wear the same few rings and necklace 24/7. My favourite necklace to wear is the Muru London Wishbone Rose Gold Necklace* (£54) and i've featured this so many times across many of my social media accounts. I absolutely adore this necklace as it instantly adds a lovely element to any outfit and it is made of such great quality and craftsmanship. Some other accessories that I like to wear in the summer are earrings with a little extra detail, but so they are still minimal and also rings that have a vintage feel to them.

What are you favourite summer accessories?


Friday, 20 May 2016

A Relaxing Evening with Ocean Loans

Relaxing is something that I never really do, as I don't really get the time to relax with working a full time job, running this blog on the side and also finding time/energy to get through everyday life in general. The lovely team at Ocean Loans very kindly gave me the opportunity to fully take some time out of my everyday life to enjoy a relaxing evening in whatever way I wanted, and I thought i'd share it with you guys what I decided to do to really unwind.
Relaxing differs from person to person, some would take a relaxing spa day of being pampered over a  delicious meal and cosy evening in on the sofa. For me i'm not a spa kind of person, although it is relaxing i'd much prefer devouring a delicious amount of food and having an at home pamper, with all the candles in the world, so that is exactly what I did and I fully enjoyed a lovely relaxing evening to myself.

The first thing I did was take a much needed visit to my local Lush, as I hadn't really browsed any of the new spring stock as the number one way that I love to relax is to have a good soak in the bath, which I rarely get time to do and it was definitely well deserved. I firstly picked up the Intergalactic Bath Bomb (£3.95) as the sales advisor in my local store said that this is the most colourful bath bomb amongst their selection, and boy she wasn't lying! I also picked up the Creamy Candy Bubblebar (£2.95) as i've never used this bubblebar before and it smelt amazing! Lastly I wanted to give my skin a really good pick me up and burst of moisture so I picked up one of my recent favourites from Lush. The You've Been Mangoed Luxury Bath Oil (£2) is a bath oil, mixed with shea butter, which just makes your skin so silky and soft! 

Once i'd gotten all my relaxing bath products together I ran myself a hot bath, lit as many candles as I could, set up my iPad and popped all of these Lush products into my bath to make what was probably the most relaxing bath i've ever had. After a good half an hour of soaking away, catching up on my Youtube subscription box and practically turning into a raisin, I was in full relaxation mode and it felt so good to just take some time out to stop everything and just take some time to myself.

After my wonderful relaxing bath and throwing my cosiest pair of pyjamas on, I headed straight to the Domino's website to order my favourite guilty pleasure in life - pizza! For me i've really cut down on takeaways, so for me it's definitely a treat to have a takeaway and pizza is my favourite! I decided on the classic pepperoni passion and of course I ordered a big garlic and herb dip, no dominoes is complete otherwise. I settled down for the evening with my dominoes and Netflix in tow, and I had a fully wonderful yet simplistic relaxing evening! 

So that is my relaxing evening of choice and I fully recommend at least once every few months, taking that time out to just enjoy an evening to yourself!

What would you do to have a relaxing day/evening?

*This post was sponsored by Ocean Loans. 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Thing's I've Learnt From Growing Up

I've been loving typing up these more chatty style posts recently and you guys seem to be enjoying them to, as I guess they are somewhat relatable and also offer a little advice that maybe you needed. Over the past year or so i'd definitely say i've grown up a lot, although I am already quite mature sometimes in life you just have to grow up and I thought i'd share a few things i've learnt over the past year or so with growing up and becoming more on an adult (or so I think).
A lot of you may relate to this where although you are pretty self dependant and you'd consider yourself pretty mature, some things in life really do make you grow up. Whether it be a relationship, a job or even having a child, there are many reasons in life that you just have grow up and for me it has mainly been my job. My previous job although I worked really hard, I worked with a lot of my friends where we could have a laugh and not take everything too seriously, whereas my job now is so much different and although I can have a laugh from time to time this job is actually the first job within my chosen career path, so it's a lot more serious and I have to be professional within my job role.

Within the past year of being in my job, so many things have changed and i've definitely learnt things that I didn't know before or never thought would happen to me, and I thought it would be fun to share some of these with you all, and hopefully offer some advice when dealing with these situations.

1. Friends come and go - This is something i've learnt a lot over the recent years, and it's so true. The people that you go through school and/or college with you think you'll speak to forever but in hindsight I only have one good friend from college. I've also had a couple friendships break down over the past couple of years, and it's mainly through those people not being a good friend to me, and you'll learn that it's okay to separate yourself from people like that. 

2. You don't know everything - This is one that I think everyones knows, but we still continue through thinking that we know everything and know how to do everything, when realistically Google is my best friend!  

3. Things won't turn out as you expected - Over the past few years this has been a major lesson learnt, and for me uni didn't turn out as I expected. Although I came out of it with a degree and i've gone on to land a job in the subject I studied, my overall uni experience was not what I expected at all! This can also work the other way, where things turn out so much better than first expected but I always try not to set standards or expectations too much, because I have learnt that things will go however they want to go.

4. People are selfish - Hate to say it, but it is so true! It is definitely good to be selfish once in a while, as looking after yourself is key but i've learnt that people will throw you under the bus to get to where they want in life and to be honest it sucks. I usually don't surround myself with people who literally just care about themselves, because in tail I know i'm going to get hurt one way or another and although that may sound selfish, it's a good kind of selfish. 

5. Your intuition is always right - This, I could preach until i'm blue in the face. You know when you have a gut feeling about someone, but you think you're probably wrong? - 99.9% of the time you are right! 

6. Money worry is so real - Oh how I miss the days of being young and having no responsibility, but it's definitely true that you will worry about money at some stage of your life. I'm not usually one to worry and I probably don't worry about money as much as other people out there do, but I now see and understand why my parents would worry about money, and that it doesn't just grow on trees.

7. Making mistakes is okay - This one is something I remind myself of on a daily, that nobody is perfect and it is totally okay to mess up. Everyone makes mistakes and it's what makes us human!


What have you learnt from growing up?

Monday, 16 May 2016

Coconut Oil Hacks

I'm not usually one for jumping on lifestyle trends, but when it comes to beauty trends i'm definitely down to give them a go and see how it works for me. Over the past year or so i've heard a lot about coconut oil and how it can be used in so many ways beauty wise, and it's a product that i've totally been converted to. I thought i'd put together a post on ways in which I enjoy using coconut oil and it may give you some ideas on how you too can use this completely natural product!
Coconut oil is a product that has definitely become a huge trend in many ways, mainly when it comes to healthy/clean eating as an alternative to using vegetable oils and granted if I were all about eating clean, i'd probably try cooking with it but i'm not a huge fan of the taste. However using coconut oil for many different beauty related things is also really good for you and your body, as you're not applying as many chemicals/ingredients to your skin that you don't know an awful lot about. Now I know i'm definitely not the first to post about the way you can use coconut oil and I definitely won't be the last, but I thought it would be a fun post to do and to share how I love to use it for a lot of beauty related things!

Hydrating hair mask - One of my favourite ways to use coconut oil is as a hair mask. Usually I will slather all of my hair including my scalp a good hour or so before i'm going to wash my hair in order for it to really soak in and do it's thing. I also sometimes sleep with coconut oil on my hair, as I find this allows it to really do some good and it just works really well to hydrate your hair, whilst also giving your scalp some much needed moisture. I also find that it makes your hair smell amazing, which is a massive bonus!

Nourishing body moisturiser - Now initially the thought of lathering my body in oil seemed a bit of a messy situation as i've never been one for oil based moisturisers, but I always found lotion based moisturisers to contain a lot of chemicals that in tail dried my skin out more in the long run. Although I do find using an oil messy, I usually lather this all over my body before going to bed and allowing it to soak in over night, giving it time to soak in and when I wake up my skin not only smells amazing but is so much more soft and glowing. I've been using coconut oil on my skin for quite some time now and i've noticed such a difference than if I were to use a standard lotion.

Silky shaving cream - Similarly to the last hack, coconut oil is amazing for an alternative to shaving foam/cream. I found this out when I was completely out of shaving gel and in desperate need of shaving my legs, so I decided to apply this to my legs to see how it worked when shaving. I find it really helps to loosen up any hair on the skin, making it easier to shave but it also doesn't leave your legs feeling dry as a usual shaving gel would.

Heavy duty eye makeup remover - One thing that I always struggle with is removing eye makeup, especially when it comes to waterproof or heavy eye makeup. Usually I use a makeup wipe, as I find that I usually get a lot of product in my eye when using an ordinary makeup remover and wet wipes dry out the skin around my eye. I've found using coconut oil works miracle as it breaks down eye makeup like no other without getting product into my eye and it gives the skin around my eyes a much needed burst of moisture that they often don't get.

Hydrating cleanser/face mask - Similarly to using this as a cleanser and body moisturiser I also love to use coconut oil as a cleanser and face mask as it works wonders at breaking down makeup and giving my skin an amazing boost of moisture. I also find it helps to give my skin a beautiful natural glow that a lot of other products don't.

So those are the ways that I love to use coconut oil and I cannot wait to find other ways to use coconut oil, including teeth whitening but I haven't quite mastered that yet.

Do you use coconut oil? How do you use it? Give me some tips and new ideas!

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