Sunday, 15 April 2018

Something from the heart...

It's taken me a bit of time to write this post.. just because I didn't really know what I wanted to say. however I really wanted to write this to share and release some feelings.  My close friend passed away a couple of months ago and it was incredibly hard for me to deal with as she was not just my friend but also my confidante and mentor. Having never really dealt with the death of someone close to me, I kind of just shut down and instead didn't really deal with it, I tried to shut away my feelings which only made me feel worse. I felt like I couldn't do anything, I was pretending that I could but inside I really wasn't mentally there. My life kind of felt like I was in a constant stand-still.. as if I wanted to try to keep going but the ability to do so was not really there.

Nothing seemed to really soothe the way that I was feeling, I thought that my usual method of writing in my journal would help but I still felt the same at the end of the day. It was only when I went to the funeral a few weeks ago that I finally dealt with my feelings and can truly say that I am now feeling somewhat at peace in my grieving process. The death of my friend was a solemn reminder of our own mortality and how much we really should make use of the time that we do have because we do not know when that time will come to an end.

Her incredible presence as a role model in my life and the amazing woman that she was has really inspired me to keep going even through the tough times and keep persevering in everything that I do. Even with the negative and horrible experiences that we may have had in our life or that we are currently going through, it is important to remember the good things that we do have and appreciate them as well as be the strong people that we all are.

I just want everyone to remember no matter what you are going through, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel even if it seems a long way away.

Rest in peace my dear friend P....

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

A guide to Valentines Day gifts 2018


As the most romantic day of the year nears, I thought that it would highly useful to give you some ideas as to what would be good Valentine’s Gifts For Him & Her. When it comes to gifts - particularly for celebratory days, most of us are often conflicted as to what we should buy so I hope this gift guide gives you a good idea of some classic and unconventional gifts you could use or even inspire you to make your own.

Candles 


How could you possibly go wrong with candles? With more than a plethora of scents available, it's almost impossible for you not to find a scent that you think someone will like. Although everyone has different likes when it comes to scents so try and find out what kind of notes e.g amber, floral that your giftee may like and then make your choice from there!

Something homemade

Not got any cash to spend on a present or simply want to give a gift that personal touch? Make something homemade! Materials as well as make your own/DIY kits are available from a bunch of stores such as Poundland and the materials are super cheap. One of my favourite things I like to do using DIY materials are decorate a picture frame or personalised letter. Recently, I gave one of my dearest friends a personalised picture frame that I had decorated with positive words to remind them of how amazing they are!


Makeup Brush Sets

Any beauty lover always needs more brushes... enough is never really enough when it comes to makeup tools. There are also a number of colours you can purchase a makeup brush set in so if you know the person your buying a gift for has a favourite colour e.g pink, blue .. there are 100s upon 100s of brush sets in those colours and more! 


Journal/Diary 

I think that journals or diaries are really great gift simply because they are a great outlet for people to share their feelings, emotions, achievements and more. They are also incredibly varied in their designs and colours therefore its very easy to go for a classic look or find something a little more eccentric. It's a great reminder as well as being motivating for your giftee to keep chasing after their dreams, be more organised and express themselves.

Chocolate

Yes, the classic go to gift that is not only enticing but hard to get wrong. Buy some chocolate for your giftee! I would say go for a chocolate set that offers more than just two to three different variations of chocolate, a good suggestion would be Thornton's continental collection or Hotel Chocolat's The Valentine Sleekster!

I would love to hear your own gift ideas below in the comments and make sure to let me know if you decide use any of these gift ideas!

*This post was sponsored, however all opinions are my own.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Pampering Yourself: A Few Tips and Tricks




Pampering yourself is not just something fun to do but something we should all do at least once in a while. Given the harshness of Winter and the bustle of every day life, it can be hard to just take a few moments to yourself and give your body some well deserved pampering! Today I will be sharing with you a few tips and tricks I like to use when I want to pamper myself. 

Tip 1 - Body Care

Nothing makes my body feel more luxurious than using good quality body care products. Whether you want your hands to feel super soft or your entire body, using products that contain nourishing ingredients such as almond and milk really help to give a very indulgent feeling as well as soothing your skin. A great way to have your body feeling super soft is to exfoliate all the dry skin off and then apply a moisturising body butter to lock in the moisture.

Tip 2 - Give yourself a mini-facial 

Sometimes we all need to revitalise our skin a little bit, giving yourself a mini-facial in the comfort of your own home is not only cost-effective but also a great way to revitalise your skin. Something I like to do that makes my face feel renewed is to fill a bowl with hot water, drop a tab such as Dream Steam (Lush) into the water to let it fizz, once done simply place a towel over your head and place your head above the bowl while your pores open up and takes in the oils. Take a look at my 'Switch up your Skincare' post for some more skincare tips!

Tip 3 - Foot spa

Being on your feet every day is undoubtedly very tiring and it is very easy to forget that your feet need some love too! When you have time, simply place your feet into a bowl of hot water - not too hot, let your feet soak for 5-10 minutes and apply a nourishing lotion - one of my favourites is the L'Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream. To intensify the softness of your feet, put on some socks whilst your feet take in the hydration of the cream. 

Tip 4 - Gel Polish

Manicures are always a classic choice for pampering yourself, I love to use Barry M polishes as their polishes have multiple uses such as their Super Mani. Using a gel nail polish is also a really great to make your hands feel and look luxurious. Using either a regular polish and shiny top coat can also make your nails look super polished. 

Tip 5 - Pampering your mind 

Pampering your body is great but your mind also needs some of that pampering too. I really enjoy sitting down with a good book after pampering my body for some much needed mind-pampering. I suggest a book about being positive, chasing after your goals - one of my favourites is 'The Mind Makeover' by Sharron Lowe. It doesn't have to reading but doing something that renews and revitalises your mind is a great way to pamper it. A suggestion for an activity could be yoga, swimming, going to spa. If you have some time, why not check out my post on staying positive to inspire you some more? 


I hope you found some of these tips to be helpful and let me know if you decide to try any of these tips. If you have any tips on how you like to pamper then please let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear!

*This post was sponsored however all opinions stated are my own. 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

5 New Things I did This Year

Now that we are drawing near to the end of the year, I thought this would be a good post to share some of my new ventures as well as hopefully inspire a few people to do something new. I am looking forward to the new year and all the new challenges that I can take on.


  1. I decided to take on the challenge of learning a new language. I love to learn languages,  I feel as though language learning is one of my strongest skills if not the strongest. So I chose to study Arabic, it has been such an amazing and enlightening experience as well as a challenging one. I am still only a beginner but with every day I am becoming more and more confident in my knowledge of the language and hope in the future to potentially do a few blog posts in Arabic 
  2. I returned to education and decided to start my first degree. Education is one of my biggest passions and since leaving college 2 years ago, I have deeply missed classroom learning. I am more than happy to be learning something that I am very interested in and enjoy studying.
  3. I decided to go bare faced a little more often. One of the biggest issues I have had up until now is my confidence in my face without no makeup, it has been a big struggle for me to accept and believe that I am beautiful without wearing any makeup. It has been amazing to feel comfortable to go out with no makeup nearly every day and not feel conscious of the way I look.
  4. I cut my hair - not by too much though! After a terrible experience with the hairdressers about nine years ago, it has been very hard to convince me to get my hair cut in fear that my hair will end up looking nowhere near where I wanted it to. Slowly but surely I am going to the hairdresser for trims more often haha
  5. Focused more on personal development. Personal development is very important and sometimes you need to take time out for yourself to help your growth. I wanted to help grow as a person so this year I spent a lot of time relaxing as well as learning things about myself. If you ever need a break, take it!

So those are a few of my favourite things that I did this year. I hope 2018 brings me soo many new challenges and I continue to excel in my personal growth. If you want to do something new then take the opportunity to do it whether that is blogging, a new job etc 

Let me know what new things you did this year in the comments down below.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Let's start over - Onwards & Upwards!

Six months since my last post? Time really does fly by.

I wanted to write a post explaining my absence on this blog and the future of this blog. Yes, it's been countless times since I have sat at my laptop and said "Time to blog again" then followed up with an updates post only to disappear a month later...


I think to blog it requires a heck of a lot of motivation, inspiration but ultimately you need to want to put in the effort and that was just the problem for me. Not to mention the lack of time I had after starting my first proper job last year.  I felt like blogging had become a little bit of a chore and I just was not putting in the same effort as before. I did not want to put up crappy content but neither did I want to abandon my blog altogether.

That's why I really had to think well and hard this time to see if it was something I wanted to continue, I mean there is only so many times you can go down the same road right? Unfortunately I am someone who tends to hold onto my mistakes and can find it a little hard to move forward so when I looked at my blog all I could see was the countless times I disappeared or put up not so great content.

After a good long 6 months of personal development and taking time back to reflect over various things my life, now I am at a point where I feel ready to resume blogging. At the end of the day, your mistakes do not define you or your future and you should never let them hold you back. I'm excited to see how I progress with new take on my blog and I hope to bring you some amazing content soon!

Thank you!

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