My break from blogging

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I’m not sure whether anyone had noticed, I am not sure, but basically I have just come back after taking a break from blogging. This break lasted almost two months and it was completely out of the blue, as are a lot of things in life!

I completely lost my way with my blog and with life keeping me so busy, I lost my motivation and as such, I lost all the joy I get out of reading blogs, never mind writing them. 

Since April I have made the most gorgeous friends through blogging, the blog chats are a particular favourite of mine, I used to fill my nights with laughter and blog prep!

I recently posted my goals for 2016, this was a powerful post for me, as I try not to put too much out there about myself. The post went down very well and I had the chance to speak to others about their goals, and what they were doing to reach them.

One of my top goals was to take a long hard think about my career and start down a path which leads me to it! Not long after I posted this, I had a massive opportunity come my way and I was offered the role I had always wanted, a trainee solicitor!

This was probably a time where I was over the moon happy and oh my god stressed on equal levels, the position was not finalised for a few weeks which led to a lot of uncertainty. I struggle a lot when things are out of my control, especially when its my life! I didn’t confide in anyone what was going on, I couldn’t take the heart break of telling people, and then the opportunity not becoming reality! I had people to manage at work, and people who relied on me, so it was really hard not being able to tell them what was going on.

Finally the position was accepted, and I had to say goodbye to those I had been a manager to for nearly three years, I had to hand over most of my work and take a step into the unknown. I had a completely new team to work with, a new role to go to everyday and a total change of my routine.

You can imagine that this was a big enough change for most people, but about a day later, my fiancée and I had an offer accepted on a house! Yes, we are now in the middle of buying the most beautiful house, making this the potential second goal of the year completed!

I had the upsetting time of telling my family that I was leaving home, but I have also had a lovely task of planning my future with my fiancée, and who doesn’t love a bit of house shopping!? I have discovered that this is one of my favourite things to do, god help my bank balance. 

With everything going on, I found it very difficult to keep my focus on my blog, I hadn’t posted anything in a while, I stopped participating in the group chats, I hadn’t even read other peoples blogs which was really getting me down. I had disappeared from the blogging scene, and I had no idea when I would have the drive or the time to come back.

Two months on and September is here, which means that Halloween and Christmas are only around the corner, my favourite times of year!! Now that everything is starting to settle down, I am dying to get back into blogging and start catching up with all of my favourite bloggers!

I am scheduling posts, writing my bullet diary again and I just cannot WAIT to get back into those blogger chats!

Has anyone else taken a break from blogging? Did you struggle to get back into your blogging routine? I would love to hear from you. Also, please send your blog posts my way! I need some good reading!

Lots of love, X

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The proposal

 

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For those who may not have seen my many references to my fiancée, I’M ENGAGED! (Think of Monica from friends shouting it from the rooftops, got it? THAT’S ME!)

I have never shared our engagement story on social media, it is so personal to me, to put it out there on the internet scared me at first, but you know what, no matter what happens, it is my favourite story so far.

We decided to book a trip to Paris on a whim one day with a few months spare for packing and panicking buying, as usual. I had been to Paris many years ago and absolutely loved it, so I was dying revisit it with my boyfriend. He loved the idea, and within the hour, it was booked.

We had the most beautiful hotel, roughly 28 steps from the Eiffel Tower itself, yes we counted! The weather was gorgeous and we had a lot of sightseeing to do. My boyfriend really wanted to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower and treat us to champagne, which when your on holiday,  this suggestion being made at 11am in the morning seems completely normal. Off we went. Unfortunately the top floor of the Tower was closed to the public which was annoying, but as it was the first day I knew we would get our chance again.

We changed direction and found ourselves at the Louvre Museum and enjoying walks through Paris, stopping at about six different bakeries as I wanted to purchase some Macarons! Who knew that they would be so difficult to in find in Paris?!

Anyway, we had a lovely day in the city of love and decided to make our way back to the hotel. Upon passing the Tower, we saw that the top had been re-opened. Immediately, my boyfriend said we had to go. This was about 7pm in the evening and the queues were pretty long, so I was all for waiting until the next day, but I gave in and we joined the queue. By the time we got up to the top it was around 8pm and freezing. I was blue.

To be fair, the sun had just set and it was so amazing to see Paris all lit up at night, we could see for miles and took more photos than I can count. We walked around the whole top and I decided, right, champagne time! Alas, I was told to wait! Wait for what? Clueless as ever, I couldn’t understand what was taking him so long to get all of the pictures he wanted, we must have walked around five times!

He needed to tie his shoe, to which I replied “okay, tie your shoe, then we are going!” He did , and when he got up, I turned to walk away, only to be spun back around to find him on one knee!! My initial response (and he still mocks me for this now) was “what are you DOING?!” which I then just repeated, with each time my voice getting higher and higher.

He asked me to marry him!!! Of course, I said yes and nearly cried.

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Luckily, I was informed much later that as we were stood closely to the stairs, about 40 people stood, stared and took pictures. At the time I didn’t notice, thank god, as I would have died of embarrassment!

We were so giddy, nearly running to get the champagne I was promised at 11am that morning, it was pink and so far, the best champagne I’ve ever had.

I suppose the funniest part (after my initial reaction) was that we were so hyper we couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel, and yet we had to queue to get down from the tower. You can imagine how we told everyone and anyone who would listen that we had just got engaged!

I’ve cut this down, but that’s the story of our engagement!! I am so happy to have shared this, writing it down has made me think back to that time and trust me, I haven’t stopped smiling.

It has been one whole year since this day, and it has been amazing, we are buying our first home together and saving for our perfect wedding!

I would love to hear your engagement stories!

Bye for now X

Staying power 


Omg it’s hot isn’t it? Like, I can’t cope hot! I know I might be moaning about the sun that we hardly ever see, and trust me I’ll moan about the rain in a few weeks time too. At least when it rains my makeup doesn’t want to slide right off my face!

 Basically, the heat and the humity does not like my foundation, I feel like I’m constantly having to top up my powder through out the day and it’s just not a good look. How do I beat this you ask? My secret? Primers and setting sprays!

I’ve used a lot of primers before and to be honest, I’ve never liked them. I find them  to be thick and heavy and just not for me. 

Of course most of us have seen the hype around Niveas post shaving balm for men, and that it’s actually being used as a primer! Who even thought to try this?! 

Anyway as it was half price in Tesco I thought I’d give it a go and you know what, I wasn’t disappointed! It’s light, scent free and dries very quickly, I don’t even feel like I’m wearing a primer which is exactly what I was looking for. It’s light enough to wear every day and it’s a great base for both liquid and powder foundation. I would definetly reccomend this product, it’s my top primer. 

Now, on to setting sprays! My all time favourite setting spray is from Urban decay. It’s so light weight it feels like I’ve not sprayed anything, my makeup doesn’t budge or go shiny! I tend to only use this on nights out, mainly due to its price. It’s £20 for a smallish bottle, it does last a long time but I still feel it’s only for special occasions.

As for daily wear, I’ve discovered loreals infallible mist and at £7 a bottle from boots, already it’s a massive bargain. 

I was concerned that a cheaper product wouldn’t work as well, and to be honest this product is a little more weighty than the urban decay one, but it works exactly the same. 

My make up stays put all day and I have a matte finish. What I would also say about this product is that you really have to give it a good shake before use. It has a sort of powder inside the liquid and if it’s not mixed properly then the white powder will spray right onto your face and it’s not good! Other than that, I’m happy to use this every day to combat the heat. 

Using these products I am quite happy to wear as little or as much make up and be confident that it’s not going to slip right off my face! Summer is saved!


A quick note, whilst this sun really is great, please remember to protect your lovely skin! Wear SPF products and drink plenty of water! 

That’s all from me, what are your favourite primers and setting sprays? X 

My goals for 2016

Yes, I know it’s July and this post should have gone out in January. However, with everything that’s gone on this year, my goals have been put back into perspective so, giving me six months to achieve my goals seems reasonable… I hope.

1. Buy a house 

As I have mentioned previously – I am engaged, and to my best friend and love of my life so, now comes the time that we buy our first house together! We have our funds ready (thanks to a brilliant budgeting spread sheet Adam put together), we have a mortgage in principle – essentially we are ready to go! Well, we are missing the house part. You never realise how picky you are and what a huge decision buying a house really is, until you are actually doing it. We have our criteria of course, but actually finding the right house, for the right price – its hard! We will get there, and I really hope this happens by the end of the year, I just want a place that we could call our own and make it into our home!

2. Launch my e-book 

I have been writing my e-book for a few months now, and I am starting to really enjoy it. I think it might even be ready to publish now, but I am waiting for the right time and that moment has to feel right for me. I have always wanted to write a book, ever since I was young, and writing an e-book is my perfect starting point. I am sure that I will post more about it in the coming months, but I’m very excited to share it with you all.

3. Expand my blog. 

I have always loved reading blogs, and following the lives of the bloggers themselves but, when I sat down to start writing one myself, I didn’t know what to say! Everyone has their niche market, but I don’t seem to have mine yet. I just love writing, about everything! I don’t want to be put into a box and say that I will only blog about one thing, as much as I know there are so many bloggers out there who are amazing at covering their chosen topic, I don’t think this is for me. I am going to plan ahead a lot more (currently I am pretty rubbish at this) and really put myself out there with my blog! If just one person reads it and likes what I am talking about, I’m happy.

4. Collaborate with a brand/ another blogger. 

Collaborations are everywhere in the blogging world, yet, I am petrified! I’m worried that my blog and style isn’t right, or it won’t fit in with what they need. I am going to try and collaborate this year so I want to find the right person and be happy with the result! If you have experiences with this, I would really love to hear from you! Actually, if you even want to collaborate with me, again, get in touch. This is a big step but I am willing to learn and give it a go.

5. Focus on my career. 

As I have mentioned above, I have a e-book and a blog to manage, but this isn’t my job. I just enjoy writing but I am not concerned about making money with it. My actual career is something where I have really worked hard on developing over the last few years, I am currently an office manager and am I am working on expanding the company and developing new departments. I really need to consider where I want to see myself in a few years time, and whether or not I am on the right path that leads me to that point. This might be difficult, and may involve some serious changes, but with everything else in my life working so well, I now need to get my career back on track!


I’ve given myself six months to complete these goals, or at least make some significant progress! This might not seem like a long time but I’ve seen many people achieve more in less. So far, 2016 has been a great year, I started my book, my blog and now I am finally going to have my own place to call home.

What are your goals for 2016? What are your goals for July or even the end of the week!? Please get in touch, share them and any tips that could help me and others succeed!

Bye for now X

Sweet treats 

  
Ahh sugar, how I love thee! It’s a tough battle between wanting to stay fit, eat healthy and then wanting to stuff my face with anything with chocolate on! Trust me, it is an uphill battle. Pray for me!

This leads to me to overhaul my desk and get rid of all the junk food, and restocking with healthy snacks and fruit! But, after a while the healthy snacks just don’t appeal … I just look at them and think … No. I envy those amazing humans who can stick whole heartedly into their diet and look amazing… All the time. But I have a weakness… The weekend. When my fiancé wants some ice cream or leftover Easter egg – who am I to say no? I’m not going to sit there watching him eating it alone either… I’m just not that type of girl. 

 
At the moment my goal is to a to least stay strong during the week! Fruit is a great addition and I’m trying to have at least one piece a day. What I will say is that bananas are my saving grace. After years of ignoring this wonderful fruit I decided to take on the challenge of one banana a day and see what results I could gain. 

Now, before I did this I honestly believed that having one a day would actually be bad for you – due to the potassium levels and whatnot. After researching this, I’ve found that a healthy person (someone who is not sensitive to potassium) would have to eat over 7 bananas to feel any adverse effect. Well, I was straight to the shops to pick up my bunch of these yellow lovelies! 

After two weeks I am quite in love with this fruit, especially with some almond butter! Yum! They raise my energy levels and as a result I can really feel the effects of this fruit during a workout!
  
As I mentioned earlier, I’m not going to lie and say that I am a goodie two shoes who only eats fruit and healthy snacks. To be quite honest, I do love chocolate! When I’m in the mood, I could quite easily eat a “sharing” bar … And it would only take a few hours before the guilt would set in. 

Now, I’ve never been one for dark chocolate, but we’ve all heard of the health benefits surrounding it. I discovered chocologic by chance and I was delighted at the no added sugar and reasonable price. I gave it a go, and I am converted! Don’t worry though, if your seriously against dark chocolate, this brand also make milk and white chocolate! Go ahead, try it! You won’t be disappointed.  

I’ve mentioned a lot about eating well but you know what, it’s okay to treat yourself! Do it! I certainly will! (Cue Fiancé bringing out our friends Ben and Jerry)

What are your favourite sweet treats? 

Bye for now X  

DIY face masks for every skin type 

I usually buy my face masks and I have always been happy with them, but this year I wanted to make an effort to spend less and be conscious about my beauty products, so I thought more about what ingredients are in them and how they are tested etc.
I know what my skin type is, so I always choose face masks specific to me. In this post, I hope to cover home made masks that everyone can use!

Mask for Dry Skin

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a very ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

 

I know already how amazing coconut oil is for dry skin, I use it all the time. However a lot of people don’t know that avocado is also fantastic for dry and scaly skin. Honey acts as a soother, so it will help to heal any raw parts of your skin. To make this, mash up the avocado and then mix in the honey and coconut oil, apply to face, leave on for 10-15 minutes then wash off. I would recommend using a warm damp cloth to make sure that all the mask is off!

Mask for oily/combination skin

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mashed strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Reading the above, this could also make a delicious smoothie, but no, it goes on your face! Strawberries are another great fighter against problem skin, and mixed with lemon juice which tighten pores and removes dead skin cells, this is a winning combination. As well as the honey, yogurt also has antibiotic properties. As well as fighting your oily skin, it will also leave your skin bright and clean! To make, mash up the strawberries, but not too much, as you don’t want this to be too liquid, it will slide right off your face! Mix in the rest of the ingredients and apply. Leave this mask on for 8-10 minutes and then wash off.

Mask to help fight acne

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Good old honey again, this is cropping up in a lot of my home made masks, for me it is because it soothes my skin, but it actually is packed full of antibiotic properties as well, making it a saviour for sufferers of acne. Cinnamon is also an up and coming ingredient, I have used this in shop bought face masks before and loved it! Being a natural anti-microbial it really helps to stop acne in its tracks! To make, simply mix thoroughly together and apply either to your whole face, or just problem areas. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and then again, wash off with a damp cloth!

Mask for Detoxing and anti-aging

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee
  • 2 tablespoons pure cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons yogurt or sour cream

This was a very fun mask for me, I have mentioned in an earlier blog that I have given up caffeine, so even getting a whiff of this coffee, literally sent me hyper for a while! You can imagine the fun I had with this mask, and it didn’t mess with my sleep afterwards! Lovely! Caffeine is known for its ability to reduce swelling and puffiness, cocoa powder is packed full of anti aging properties. We have already discussed the benefits of honey and yogurt but this just helps to make your skin so soft and soothed afterwards. To make, mix all the ingredients together and spread evenly over your skin, leave this on for around 10 minutes before washing off. Due to the coffee and cocoa, you can give your skin a little exfoliate  as a bonus, just gently scrub this over your skin. Plus, if any is left over you can use it as a scrub on any other problem areas as well. I was far too hyper to for this, but I will be giving this a go as a scrub soon!

Mask for a healthy glow (all skin types)

Ingredients.

  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 1 tablespoon of orange juice
  • 1  tablespoon of honey

Bananas are already great for our health, but I have now discovered how amazing they can be for your skin. The leave the skin super soft and looking brighter, this is a new favourite of mine and what’s even better about this, is that it can be used by all skin types. To make, mash the banana into a smooth paste, mix in for orange juice and honey, apply to face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with a damp warm cloth and you are good to go!

There we have it, five home made masks which are really easy to make at home! I really enjoyed making mine, and they are nice and cheap. I always have a tub of coconut oil and honey in the house, they can last for ages!

I hope that you enjoy these masks as much as I did. Please let me know how they worked for you, or if you have any  recipes of your own! I always am looking for new ones to try!

Bye for now xxx

30 blog ideas to get you through writers block 

We all want to have the best content on our blog, but sometimes the dreaded writers blog can strike. That’s not necessarily a bad thing either, it gives you time to rethink about your blogging goals and come up with some fresh ideas. Re-read your old blogs, search Instagram and Pinterest for ideas, or just finally go through your reading list on Bloglovin, after all inspiration can strike anywhere!

When in need, I’ve formed thirty new blog ideas which I hope will help you over come the writers block.

  1. Product reviews.
  2. One product vs another.
  3. Makeup favourites.
  4. What book you are currently reading.
  5. Review a recent movie.
  6. What is on your bucket list.
  7. Things that you cannot live without.
  8. What is in your bag.
  9. Discuss your hobbies.
  10. Share your fears and how to get over them.
  11. Pet peeves.
  12. A day in a life post.
  13. What is on your current wish list.
  14. Review a recent holiday.
  15. Top five travel destinations.
  16. Best holiday products.
  17. What would you do if you had 1 million pounds.
  18. Share your favourite recipe.
  19. Positives and negatives to running a blog.
  20. Things you wish you knew before you started blogging.
  21. Share tips on how to start a blog.
  22. Do a FAQ or an interview style post.
  23. Which blogs you follow.
  24. Who your role models are.
  25. Recent Pinterest finds.
  26. Instagram round up.
  27. Complete a 30 day challenge.
  28. Create a “how to” blog.
  29. Share your aims and aspirations.
  30. Take part in a “blogger tag”.


The most important thing to remember if you do suffer from writers block, is not to give up! Whether you have 20 followers or 20,000 there will be someone who loves to read your blog and they might even take inspiration from it. Join in blogger chats, or run a guest post to engage with your fellow bloggers, we are all going through the same things, so lets help each other!

What are your tips for when writers block hits?
Bye for now X