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Autumn Wishlist

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Autumn Wishlist

Topshop coat / Marc Jacobs Watch / Nars Blusher / Origins Moisturizer Plus / H&M Jumper/ Jo Malone Candle

Today I thought I'd share some things I've been lusting after for a while now. The Jo Malone Candle I've been wanting forever and now seems like the perfect excuse to spend silly money on a candle since I'll be moving into my own flat. The Marc Jacobs watch I absolutely love, this would be perfect for autumn/winter with a cozy knit jumper. The battery died on the watch I've been using for the past couple of years so it seems the timing is right to invest in one of these (I'll tell myself that anyway, my bank balance may say otherwise!). I seen this Topshop coat online a couple of weeks ago, I love the midi style of it, the perfect coat for sunday coffee days out I think. I tried a sample of this Origins make a difference moisturizer plus the other day, amazing! I was desperate to try it after watching hello-october's youtube video, definitely had to go on my wishlist for autumn as my skin is so dry at the best of times. I have a bit of an obsession with H&M jumpers and already bought about six last year, however I've convinced myself I need some new ones for this year, why not! This NARS blusher I've seen reviewed so many times and keep meaning to pick it up, I think the colour would be perfect for my skin tone.  

What do you think of my Autumn Wishlist?

Zara & MAC Treats

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Now that Autumn is well and truly on it's way, I convinced myself that I really needed some new scarfs to keep me warm when walking to the station on those cold frosty mornings, not that I don't already own more than enough already. So I picked up these two scarfs from Zara the other day, I absolutely love them. I always think Zara is a little pricey, but you do get what you pay for and I think these are well worth the money. I get so excited about new purchases sometimes, I can't wait to wear them. The black and white one is massive, its actually huge, like a big throw! Perfect for winter and snuggling up to drink tea after a long day, its so cozy! I also think it looks quite sophisticated which I like. The mustard colored one is so so soft, I've wore it twice already and I really like the pop of colour it adds to simple outfits.

I also recently picked up some a primer and 'lipglass' from MAC. I actually have never really used a primer before, apart from a no7 one years ago. In the past, I've always avoided buying a primer as I just felt it was expensive for a skin base and preferred to spend money on actual make-up. However, after lengthy discussion with the lovely girl at MAC, and trying this out for a while, I now realize what a different a primer can actually make. I have extremely dry skin and this is like a little additional moisturizer, so my make-up has been applying a whole lot better. I use this with the pro-longwear concealer and the studio-fix foundation. At first I was a little apprehensive as it is sparkly, however the sparkly-ness doesn't show after make-up is applied, which I suppose is quite a nice touch. I'm quite impressed actually and probably will never go without a primer in future. I also picked up the lipgloss in shade 'please me'. It gives a really natural finish which is perfect for me as I don't think I suit bright colours on my lips. It's super glossy which I love and it stays on for hours.

Hope your all having a great week:)!

Focusing On The Good Things

Sunday, 31 August 2014

After last weeks bad news, I've been trying my best to stay positive and be grateful. Today I thought I'd share a few snippets of things I got up to in the past week and also some random i-phone pics. I think it's always important to stay mindful of the good things in life and not get upset or downhearted by life's little setbacks. This is obviously easier to say in theory than in practice but I'm really trying. Things like just going for coffee or a walk at the beach cheer up my day so I've been trying to incorporate these things into daily life in between working 1000 hours a week:). Today I finished work at 7.45, got the train home, had a shower & breakfast and I'm going to enjoy lazing around until its work time again at 5pm. I have some exciting news to share in the next few weeks, I can't say anything just now until its all confirmed but I'm SO looking forward to it!!! I will spill the beans soon:). 

Interior Inspiration

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Photos From Pinterest

Having my own house is something I've looked forward to for years and it will probably be another few years before I'm ever able to afford to buy. It's something that really means a lot to me and near the top of my 'things to do in life' list (in my head). I love scrolling through Pinterest for interior inspiration, I'm always drawn to neutral colours with a mix of old and new designs. I would love an old Victorian house with a modern interior - high ceilings, massive windows, coal fires, old wooden flooring, central spiral staircases, I have it all planned out. I can spend hours planning my future home on Pinterest, I know it will be a long time before I can afford such things but I do like to think that one day I might:). 

A Sunday Post

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Photo From Pinterest

Happy Sunday :)! This week has been crazy busy with work, I work really long hours, sometimes from 10am one day until 10am the next day! So life can be really hectic trying to fit in everything else too, I had to miss my yoga class this week thanks to work which is annoying. My week hasn't been too interesting. Today I finished a shift early in the morning (7.45am) and decided to make the most of the rest of my day off. I went for coffee with my mum & gran which was lovely, then this afternoon I went a long walk (to look for wild blackberrys for jam making, but they weren't ripe yet). Now that I've moved back in with my parents after finishing university I'm enjoying living near the countryside again. Actually we're really lucky as we also live right next to the beach:) so it's great for walks. I love having a day off on a Sunday just to relax and do nothing, the weathers been really rubbish this week but I'm secretly kind of glad as it means Autumn is just round the corner! I must admit, I've been so excited for Autumn. There's just something about the winter months I love. The crisp autumn mornings, cozy rainy days, buying a new winter coat, boots and scarf (an excuse for new clothes), dark nights drinking hot chocolate. There's something about Autumn and Winter that brings a sort of stillness to the air, the days seem more laid back and cozy. I found out this week that I'm going a little trip to Germany in Decemeber to visit the Christmas Markets! It's a work trip but I'm so so excited. I've always wanted to visit the German Markets so that has given me something to look forward to.

Has anyone visited the Christmas Markets in Cologne or Valkenburg? 
Hope your all enjoying a lazy Sunday:) x

Psyc Edit - 10 Ways To Stay Mindful

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Photo taken from Pinterest

I'm just back from my third yoga class, sitting in bed with the window open and listening to the rain / 'Birdy - Not About Angels'. Taking time out each week to practice yoga is having such a calming effect on me and at the end of each class I feel more able to deal with certain things in my life which, otherwise, really get me down. So tonight got me thinking about how important it is to stay mindful of everything going on in life. Mindfulness is a psychological state of awareness which basically means being conscious of thoughts, emotions and actions. Recently, there has been a wealth of research dedicated to the benefits of mindfulness, particularly in psychotherapy. However practicing mindfulness on a daily basis can be beneficial to everyone, so I thought I'd share a few things I do to help stay mindful.  

1. Try to meditate each morning and evening.
2. Focus on the moment at hand and notice thoughts or emotions.
3. When stressful situations present themselves take 3 deep breaths before reacting to decrease anxiety.
4. Keep a gratitude journal and write 3 things you are thankful for each night before going to sleep
5. Remember that you can center yourself or your thoughts at any moment.
6. Practice mindfulness on a daily basis.
7. Know that any worries will pass.
8. Try to keep positive.
9. Go with what feels right, don't force it
10. Spend time in nature, go for long walks.

Psyc Edit - Being Productive

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The psychology of routine is something that interests me – morning routines, bedtime routines, daily/weekly routines. Some people have rigid routines and are extremely productive. Generally, I’ve never really been one of those types of people – although I found the past year I’ve not had much choice as I tried to juggle a million things at once. Having a structured routine is really important with such a busy schedule and never ending ‘to-do’ lists. I find myself writing these lists a lot (usually every night before bed). I’m constantly trying to come up with ways to make my life easier and more productive and I’ve found that a couple of lifestyle changes can be really beneficial.

An Early Rise - I find that being productive in the early hours of the morning sets you up for the rest of the day. I usually set my alarm a little earlier that I intend to get up so I can have time to lye in bed knowing I don't need to get up for a whole 15minutes. Is it just me who does this? So I usually set my alarm for 7.15 and get up between 7.30 & 9am depending on if I have to go to work that morning or not. On uni days, being at the library for 9am was a huge advantage, especially when I knew I had about 12 hours of work to get through that day. More recently, I find getting up early allows me to read more, go for an early jog, write, enjoy my breakfast/get ready without rushing and generally gets things that need doing out the way, freeing up time for the rest of the day.

Morning/Bedtime Routine - Having these types of routines and sticking to them is a huge advantage when trying to be productive with your day. Getting into a routine of doing certain things means that the more you practice a routine, the more likely you'll end up doing it. I always have a shower at night before bed and this helps me wind down after a long day. Strangely, when I done insanity I got into a routine of doing a workout then having a shower before bed. Most people find exercising before bed prevents them from getting a good sleep but I found I had more energy at night. 

Lists! - I swear by this method when it comes to being productive. I now seem to have dozens of little notepads full of lists and schedules, it can be quite funny looking back on them. I try to be organised as I'm always forgetting things so it helps to write down everything I need to get done for each day. This as extremely useful when I was at uni and had deadlines for my dissertation every single week. I knew if I didn't stick to my plan then I'd be late in handing in work.

Conscious Healthy Eating - This one might seem a little random, but it does help in being productive. As much as I love fast food I always feel so sluggish and tired after eating it. So making a conscious decision to go for a salad for lunch instead of a subway (BLT with southwest AND mayo) does make me feel more energized. I've been trying to make little changes here and there, for example last night before my yoga class I had a light tea instead of something heavy which my mum had made. I find eating small light meals throughout the day keeps my energy levels up. 

What kind of lifestyle choices do you make to stay energized and productive?