Thursday, 3 April 2014

Up In The Air

It's funny how when you've got all the time in the world to blog you just, well, don't. Apologies for the lack of posts lately, but this is down to two reasons. Firstly, lack of inspiration. I've been having a major lull in the creativity department and have lost my mojo, despite sitting on my arse all day without a job I can't seem to think of anything worth blogging about. How does that happen? I would love to know. I do hate neglecting my blog and I feel like a bad parent. Shame on me. The other reason is because, as you may know, I'm going travelling soon (in just 2 weeks!) and I feel a bit unsure about what do content-wise while I'm away, so it's all a bit up in the air at the moment. Obviously fashion and beauty posts won't be doable, so it'll probably become more of a travel/lifestyle type affair on here and I'll have to blog whenever I can (thank goodness for iPhones). So, what do you think? It's a new month, new life AND a new blog for me it seems. So much change can overwhelm a gal ya know. Jeez.

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A Treat From The *TeaShed

As much as I enjoy receiving beauty or fashion related blogger mail, a parcel filled with delicious teabags is pretty darn exciting for me. Yes, I am a tea freak. In fact, most of my days revolve around the next brew and I'm a huge drinker of green and herbal tea as well as all the other English varieties. I just love tea goddammit. So, when the lovely people at Newcastle-based company The *TeaShed sent me a boxful of the stuff, it made my week. 

I received 3 tasty varieties of tea which were Proper Mint, Skinny Tea (green tea) and Berry Orange (so good!). They all came beautifully packaged in little takeaway-style cups and with cute and quirky names. The teabags themselves are filled with high quality whole tea leaves wrapped in silky pyramid bags imported from Sri Lanka. Each cool cup comes with 20 teabags for £3.50, which is very reasonable considering the quality. So, if you're a tea lover like me go check them out.

In other news, I'm officially unemployed! Slightly loving it I have to say, especially as I know I'll be getting on a plane in 4 weeks to start my new adventure (see previous post). I've got lots to organise though and will be busy planning my itinerary, seeing friends and family and deciding what to take with me. If any backpackers out there have any advice then please let me know!
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Monday, 17 March 2014

A New Adventure

Even though we're barely 3 months into 2014, a lot has changed for me this year. Life has thrown me some curveballs, but I'm pleased to say something good has finally come out of it all. Last week I made a pretty huge, life-changing decision to quit my job and go traveling. Eeeeek! It's always been a big dream of mine and I feel like now is the right time to do it. I'm single, live at home and am not tied to a hugely responisble job, so why not? Sometimes it takes times like these to make you realise what you really want, and for me seeing more of the world is top of my list. So, while I can, I'm going to do it. I've already planned to head out there in April with a friend to visit Thailand and Vietnam, and I've now cancelled my return flight and plan to do a solo trip around Australisa for about 6 months - 1 year. Maybe longer, who knows! As I'll be alone, it's both nerve-wracking and exciting in equal measures, and I would obviously appreciate some tips from any well-travelled people out there. All advice welcome!

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Beauty Review: Uber Anti-Ageing Face Cream

Since my last post I've been a little MIA on the blogging and Twitter front. I've had so much going on and lots of plans to make (which I can't reveal yet but will do soon!) but things are now settling down and I'm starting to feel more myself again. So, I thought I'd finally get around to telling you about this lovely anti-ageing face cream from Uber Natural. 

I blogged about Uber back in January when I reviewed their face oil (read more here). During that time I was also sent the 50ml Anti-ageing face cream, which both me and the mother have tried leaving the tub almost empty now. Designed to be used in the morning and evening on the face and neck, it deeply moisturises and helps to rejuvenate skin for 24 hours. The first thing I loved about this face cream was the smell as it's really sweet and fruity, with a mix of frankincense, mandarin, argan and oriental sea kelp - making it perfect for those who love their face creams scented. The texture feels thick and luxurious, and it sinks into the skin really quickly leaving it feeling immediately moisturised (and so so soft!) with no greasiness. And thanks to the calming ingredients, it helps to reduce fine lines and refreshes skin. Another huge plus is that it acts as a fantastic base to make-up, making mine stay on longer and look more evenly applied (if you know what I mean!).

It costs £30 for a 50ml tub, which I think is pretty reasonable for a product with such a unique and indulgent blend of ingredients. It's definitely recommended by me, especially for people with dry skin, and it works really well with the face oil as a night treatment. Just apply the oil after the cream and you'll wake up with amazingly soft, plump skin! 

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

New Beginnings

In my last post I mentioned that I'd soon be starting a brand new job. So, as planned, on Wednesday I began a whole different commute and faced all the anxieties and stresses that come with settling into a new place of work. Obviously this should be a really exciting time despite these stresses, and it is, but on top of it all I've been dealing with a massive and sudden upheaval in my personal life (relationship breakup, moving plans falling through...) and have really struggled to stay postive. Life definitely has a way of throwing everything at you once, don't you find? But I'm also a firm believer that it all happens for a reason and the bad feelings will pass to make way for something much better. Change is ultimately a good thing and let's face it, life would be boring if everything remained stagnant. So, apologies if it's a bit quiet on here at the moment, but I think I might take this opportunity to reinvent my blog and start heading in a new direction. My personality and interests have changed a lot since starting this blog, and think it needs to reflect this more now. So please bear with me while I make some positive changes :)

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Beauty Tip: Coconut Oil For Chapped Lips

Oh my, I've picked an excellent week to take off haven't I? Commuting in this miserable rain and wind would be awful, so I'm more than happy to be indoors drinking tea, getting cosy and watching it all unfold out of my bedroom window. I haven't had a week off to 'do nothing' in a very long time and so far I'm really enjoying it. I've had a massage, read books, practiced Yoga and slept a lot. Oh, and I got my nose pierced on Monday (didn't hurt as much as I expected!). But, next week it's all change as I start a new job on Wednesday. I'm really looking forward to the change and am hoping my relaxing week off will mean I'm more than prepared. Another way I'm preparing myself is with a little bit of pampering with one of my beauty favourites, coconut oil.

Aside from using it on my face, body, hair and in cooking (it's really great stirred into porridge) I've discovered it's also perfect for chapped/dry lips. Mine have been really dry lately and I'm not sure why. Must be the weather or the fact that I've been a bit run down, but whatever the reason coconut oil has really helped. Coconpure (available from is a firm favourite of mine for quality and value. It costs £9.99 for a generously sized tub, and it's organic, virgin, cold-pressed and safe to use in the kitchen and for beauty purposes too. My tip is to leave some by your bed and apply just before going to sleep. I noticed a difference immediately, and it feels really luxurious and moisturising. To be honest, I can't wait to get my hands on the real deal in a couple of months when I head on to Thailand/Vietnam for 3 weeks. There's much to look forward to this year I really can't wait.

Have you tried coconut oil before? If so, what's your favourite way to use it?
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Fashion: January Wish List

This month I've been on a bit of a spending ban. I've got so much to start saving for (mainly moving out and a 3 week trip to Asia in April) that I just can't justify buying anything right now. But that doesn't mean a gal can't dream...or browse the interweb. In other news, I have a new job! In 3 weeks I'll be taking my copywriting skills to QVC HQ and I'm really looking forward to it - a change is definitely needed. I'm sure I'll be lifting the spending ban in Feb to buy some new work-based garms, but in the mean time here's what's on my Wish List: 

Pastel/Muted Nails

Urban Outfitters Peep Toe Shoes

Urban Outfitters Shoes £85

Roll Necks

90s Backpack

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