Thursday, 23 August 2018

Fabled Turns 2

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

My Brushes Are Better Than Yours; Spectrum Carnaby Street

Saturday, 18 August 2018

To the Coast ...

Friday 17th August 2018; a trip to our favourite coastal town Whitstable. Arriving early as the shops opened at 11am (yes 11am until 5pm - a retail dream!). Wandering the streets peering into shop windows. Falling head over hills for the mini ornamental buildings from Whitstable Lavender. Debating whether to have oysters at Whitstable Oyster Bar. Finding homemade sea shell chimes & handmade signs with quirky quotes such as 'No Drama Llama'. Spotting the Queen & her corgis in street art form. Buying the baker's sausage rolls, cheese and spinach rolls & doughnuts to eat on the beach. Spotting knitted railings. Reading Marian Keyes on the pebbles. Having a pink gin & lemonade in the Old Neptune. Walking to the tennis courts. Walking to the harbour. Having £1.90 chips from our favourite chippy. Paddling in the sea. Spotting crabs. Spotting jellyfish as the tide came in and watching it wash away. Buying craft beer from The Offy & a Costa for the walk to the huts. Finding painted pebbles. Walking through the houses & finding free apples. Dr Pepper & crisps on the train home. 

Friday, 17 August 2018

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Confession time; I have never read a Matt Haig book before 'Notes on a Nervous Planet'. I've followed Matt on Twitter for some time. I've listened to numerous podcasts where he has featured. 'Notes on a Nervous Planet' caught my eye whilst browsing Twitter. So I clicked order. An afternoon spent in the garden later and I'd read it in one sitting (minus any online/mobile distractions may I add!) 

My favourite sections of the book were: 

1. Everyday life is very easily amplified and exaggerated in this world. 

2. How easy it is to crash and burn. Matt uses the phrase 'too much clutter on the desktop, there is a metaphorical spinning rainbow wheel inside of me' and I genuinely feel like that 80% of the time. 

3. Worries of other people compared with worries of your own. 

4. The chapter on goalposts. And how easy it is to set too many goals, or how it can feel never-ending. 

5. Exploring panic attacks & details of where panic attacks have taken place. 

6. The list of things loved about the internet. If I wrote mine it would be pointless Buzzfeed articles & Jetpunk Quizzes. 

7. The ode to social media. 

Post read - I'm feeling inspired. One of the biggest lessons I've taken from the book is if something is having a negative impact on you, be it social media, the news or the internet in general - don't engage with it. For me this is; 

- Whatsapp - loved by many but honestly I'm really not a fan. I always feel guilty if I don't respond within certain time frames. Going to delete the app altogether! 

- Facebook - the only thing I love about Facebook is keeping up with my family on there. But then at the same time, I can do that on Instagram & Twitter, and as I've fallen out of touch with Facebook, I've decided to limit the time I'm on there. 

- Checking my e-mails. I've scheduled myself a slot once a week to check and respond to all e-mails. If anything is urgent, I'll be told face to face or with a phone call. Oh & using Unroll Me for all the pointless e-mails I get hundreds of times a day. 

- Generally spending a bit less time online. 

You can find Notes on a Nervous Planet on Amazon for less than a fiver! Now the only thing I need to determine is whether to read Reasons To Stay Alive or How to Stop Time next! 

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Glossybox Pride Edition

G l o s s y b o x   P r i d e   

I do love a good Glossybox, and I love myself a bit of rainbow-ness for a good cause, and honestly the Glossybox Pride edition is by far one of my favourite ever boxes. On Glossybox's social media they have been sharing what Pride means to them alongside lots of fun make up tutorials, looks & inspiration - I would love to try the rainbow eyeliner but I have trouble putting on a normal cat eye black flick let alone segmenting it!

Box Contents:
Rimmel Ink Me Stamp Tattoo £4.99
Rimmel Ink Me Temporary Tattoos £4.99
Victoria's Secret Pink Let's Pre Glam Perfecting Sheet Mask £5
Trifle Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Jam £17.50
Kaleidoscope Cosmetics Astrolight Highlighter £13
3ina Shadow Paint £8.95

I was really looking forward to opening the contents of my box, as I had already been spying early box drops on Facebook & Instagram and had my eye on all things temporary tattoos! The Rimmel Ink Me Stamp Tattoo spreads the love in the form of mini black hearts and I think makes the perfect make up bag addition for days/nights out! I did see on Facebook a lot of negative feedback re. the stamper/ box being childish however I couldn't disagree with that view more - having a beauty box which contains different beauty items including temporary tattoos and stamps is a good one to me! I also received the Rimmel Ink Me Temporary Tattoos - these were exactly the item I was after as I haven't stopped wearing temporary tattoos this summer! Victoria's Secret have an excellent cosmetics & beauty range which I think is massively unheard of and underrated in the beauty world - I use their matte lip glosses nearly every day after I spotted some dusky pink shades in store last year so I know their skincare will not disappoint. The Trifle Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Jam is not a usual product I would pick; the swatches online look good but I think it'll take a few goes to get the look right with the application. The Kaleidoscope Highlighter I am packing straight into my holiday bag along with the 3ina shadow paint to wear with my heels on a night out!

Thank you Glossybox for such a fabulous themed box! If you'd like 20% off your first box you can order from Glossybox here.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

11 Things to Love About the 18-19 Kate Spade Planners

I own far too much Kate Spade stationery that I should really not admit to. 

When Kate Spade launched their new planners; I knew my next academic diary was going to yet again be Kate Spade. I was torn between the illustrative diary & the floral; whilst in Covent Garden I popped into their store with a friend and couldn't decide between the two for ages as I'd had floral the year before and loved it. Then, whilst in Bluewater, I decided to spend my vouchers and opted for the illustrative diary & I'm so glad I did. Here are eleven things I absolutely love about this planner: 

one// All the fashion on the cover of the planner. The leopard print heels give me the heart eye emoji feels. 

two // Pouches to store notes, or in my case photos & stickers in. 

three// Gold slogan stickers. 'Play hooky' is my favourite! 

four// The new addition to the planners this year of the capital letters. 

five// Also new, the celebrations pages - perfect for someone like me who always forgets birthdays. 

six// The illustrations are just gorgeous. They also have given me a new eBay lust list to watch for Kate Spade as I want a pair of taxi mittens. 

seven// The month hand scroll styled fonts. 

eight // Coloured tabs! 

nine // The note pages which are in a cluster at the beginning & then two for every month - perfect for list making! 

ten // The month on two pages set out which is fantastic for content planning. 

eleven// The week on two pages set out which plans out my everyday.

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