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Friday, 18 July 2014

Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Be Yourself
Do not to be scared of being different.  Those that can't learn to accept you for who you are simply aren't worth the time, no matter what you think of them. Those that stay by your side are the ones to trust. 

Be Grateful
You can be anything you want in your life, but you should never be ungrateful. Be a dreamer but be grateful for what you have and who gave it to you. 

Say Yes
If you're not willing to look stupid, nothing great will ever happen to you. Learn to stop saying no to those things you're afraid of and say yes to the adventures that await you. Take advantages of opportunities as they present themselves, because some don't come around very often. 

Be Strong
No matter what, one day someone will hurt you. Though with every tear comes a life lesson - be strong enough to stand alone and be brave enough to reach out and ask for help. Fortune favours the brave.  

It's OK to say No. 
There's nothing wrong with changing your mind sometimes, it's good to know what you want and set boundaries - it'll only help you in the long run. 

Learn To Hurt
Some of life's most important lessons and times of personal growth happen after a fight with a friend, your parents, or a breakup. Learning to embrace those times will only benefit you - always remember "this too shall pass'. 

What would you tell your younger self? 

Monday, 14 July 2014

OOTD: Sheinside Black & White Dress

Dress -*
Shoes - New Look

Everybody appreciates a budget buy as much as the next person, so when I was asked by to pick an item for review, I gladly chose this classic black and white striped dress. This is a gorgeous skater style dress with sweetheart neckline that's particularly flattering as it accentuates the waist and leaves other areas well hidden. Although the material of the dress isn't as nice as I had hoped, the dress is pretty and I can imagine it coming in handy for an impromptu summer evening or holiday (unfortunately I haven't any on the horizon). The dress is on sale for $17 which I think is reflective of the quality - you get what you pay for, although my experience has been positive. My only recommendation is that their sizing comes up small, so go a size up if unsure. 

What do you think of my dress?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Currently I am...

Lifestyle posts have long been some of my favourite to write, but are also some the most rare on my blog. When I saw this gorgeous little post on Rosie's blog, it inspired me to do something similar on my own.

Watching - After racing through the much awaited Season 2 of OINTB at an alarming rate, I've just started watching Gossip Girl. I know I'm a million years behind everyone else on this, but I started watching when I was ill a week or two ago and haven't been able to stop since.

Eating - I've been on a healthy eating kick recently, but instead of just doing my usual routine of cutting out the junk and eating less I've actually been looking at ways to change the way I view what I put into my body so that it's something that I adapt my life to. If you'd be interested in knowing how I've been doing this, I'd be happy to do a post on it.

Listening - I'm totally obsessed with Ed Sheeran's new album - 'Thinking Out Loud' is a personal fave.

Spending - As I've moved into a new house, the majority of my spending has moved from makeup and clothes to cushions, rugs and general home ware accessories.

Wishing - I'm wishing that this beautiful weather sticks around and I get to enjoy more of it outside. At the moment I'm stuck in the office all week and as soon as I get the opportunity to spend some time outside come the weekend, it starts raining again.

Thanking - After a bit of a stressful month, I'm thankful that my mum is better after being unwell.

What have you been up to recently?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

OOTD: Topshop Digital Floral Silk Top

Top - Topshop (Blog Sale)
Wedges - New Look

There's little I like more than a bargain, so when I saw this gorgeous top on a recent blog sale I snapped it up for £10. It's a beautiful silk like top that's covered in a digitalised floral print with a dipped hem at the back. It's perfect both for throwing on before work for an easy look, or smartening up with a pair of heels for an evening out which is how I wore the outfit this weekend. I received lots of compliments on the top so I was delighted with my bargain purchase and would definitely recommend you having a scout when other blogger's are selling their old bits. If you have a blog sale on - leave your link in the comments!

What do you think of this look?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Seascape Soothe: Sleep Oil

I wouldn't say I have big problems sleeping, as on the whole I fall asleep within fifteen minutes and sleep most of the night. Occasionally however, there are days where I might be feeling particularly anxious or have a lot going through my mind and I can find it hard to relax.

The Seascape Soothe: Sleep Oil* has been a welcome companion for me at night time. It contains 100% natural essential oil of Lavender blended with oils from Grape Seed, Sweet Almond, Bitter Orange Flower, and Mandarin Orange Peel to aid relaxation, calm and balance the mind and deliver a gentle fragrance.

To use, Seascape recommend applying the oil on the temples, pulse points or a little under the nose to help aid relaxation. I've been placing this on my temples at night time using the handy rollerball applicator and gently massaging it in. The smell is subtle, not at all overpowering and one I particularly like as I'm very fond of lavender.

Whilst I can't really comment conclusively on whether this has aided my sleep or not, what I have found is that this has really helped to relax me. The soothing smell of lavender, mixed with the orange creates an incredibly relaxing fragrance which helps to calm me and put me in the best frame of mind for a peaceful nights sleep.

If you have problems sleeping or are quite an anxious natured person, then I'd definitely recommend trying this out. It's also important to note that as this contains absolutely no nasties, it's completely safe for pregnant women too. It costs £10 which I think is pretty reasonable considering how little is needed per application. You can pick this up direct from the Seascape website, or there is currently a 20% offer on NotOnTheHighstreet if you fancy a bargain.

Do you have trouble sleeping? What are your top tips for a peaceful night sleep?

Monday, 30 June 2014

FOTD: Rose Lip

It's been a pretty dreary weekend. The sun has made it's appearance, albeit fleetingly but for the most part it's been pouring with rain. Yesterday I had a day of running errands; food shopping, house cleaning and general mooching around town, but in the evening I headed out to the cinema with one of my friends to see The Fault In Our Stars. I kept my makeup fairly simple, apart from a light smokey eye and rose-tint lips.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (N130)
NARS Creamy Concealer (Custard)
Vichy Dermablend Powder
Benefit Hoola
MAC Matte Bronze
Milani Baked Blush (Dolce Pink)
MAC Soft & Gentle

Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Sketch 
Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara
Sleek Eyebrow Kit

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm (Rose)

What do you think of my FOTD? 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Perfect Pink Polish

I'm a girly girl at heart, so channeling a lady-like look on my nails is one of my favourite statements. I think soft-pinks and nudes look so pretty and elegant and are very much shades that can be worn no matter what your skin tone is. As I've built up quite a collection of nail polish shades over the years, I thought I'd share a few of my favourites pale pinks.

Barry M Rose Hip
This is a beautiful pale pastel pink polish with a creme finish. It has enough pigment in it to look like a definite pink, as opposed to a pink-toned white and really reminds me of a strawberry milkshake.

Essie Fiji
This is one of Essie's top selling polishes, and it's no surprise why. This is a pale milky pink with strong white undertones and it's absolutely stunning. Essie shades have a great formulation and last really well for me so this just happens to be one of my favourite shades in my collection.

Essie Neo Whimsical
This is a really unique shade as it's a soft pink with lilac/blue undertones. One of my favourite things about it is that in some lights its more pink, and in others more purple - for me, it's very much a shade that can be worn no matter the season.

OPI Bubble Bath
The first nude I bought was this OPI polish. This is a classic nude as it doesn't have a white base and merely enhances the natural look of the nail. It's very sheer and takes a few coats to reach a level of opacity, but I actually like seeing the nail tips through the polish. This really is an unobtrusive, beautiful shade.

Oriflame Giordani Gold Pearly Nude*
Another classic nude, this apricot-pink from Oriflame is the perfect delicate shade. The formulation of this is really good and although I don't find myself reaching for it as much as the others, I always remember how much I like it when I do.

What's your favourite shade of polish to wear?

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