Autumn’s here

The final bank holiday before Christmas has now been and gone, and it really does feel like autumn now. The sun is still with us for the time being in England, but with a chill in the air (my favourite type of weather by the way).

Now, I know it’s been years since I’ve been in school, but I still see September as a time to reset, reflect and start a fresh, as if I was starting a new academic year.

I haven’t really posted in a while, well months actually. So much has happened since I was last here and even though over the past few months I have spent the majority of my time working from home, I have actually been even busier than normal. And when I say ‘normal’, I mean pre COVID. I think it’s time for me to start this back up again in some sort of capacity. Let’s see what the rest of 2020 has in store.

Welcome 2020!

Do you set New Years resolutions?

I like the general premise of it however unless they are quite basic and small, it’s quite unlikely that I will stick to them throughout the year. My friends are giving up chocolate or cutting out meat, neither of which I can do haha! There are loads of things I’d like to achieve and do this year. Thinking about it now, I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to do it, but we’ll just see what happens.

This week has been a weird one. Having a bank holiday in the middle of the week always feels a bit strange, and you never really know what day it is. I’ve spent my week at work as well as just chilling at home trying to reorganise my life, getting all those niggly tasks that I have been putting off sorted, cleaning and decluttering and spending time with family.

2019 saw me going to 8 gigs which I can definitely top this year. My favourites were Tom Walker’s free Valentines Day show and Lewis Capaldi even though he was sick and was loosing his voice. I absolutely love seeing artists play live. Not only do you get to see an album brought to life, but you also get to experience new music from the supporting artists/bands.

Valentine's Day

What I will do in 2020

-Drink more water
I know it sounds silly to even mention this, but I know I definitely don’t drink 2 litres a day. Considering how much I have to talk at work, it should be an easy fix for 2020.

-Stay fit and healthy
I miss the release of endorphins you get from doing exercise. Getting up at the crack of dawn and sometimes not finishing work till late in the evening really does not give me much time or motivation to exercise. One way to remedy this is to stop working crazy hours so that I have more time and energy to focus on me and my wellbeing.

-Screen downtime
I always do a little cheer when I get my weekly screen time statistics on my phone and see that my usage has decreased. I do spend a lot of time in front of my phone and laptop. I really want to get into the habit of switching off earlier in the evening to give myself a break and also hopefully get better sleep.

I already have two destinations that I plan on visiting soon, which has got me really excited for 2020!

 

September Already?

Summer has absolutely flown by! I can’t quite believe that we are already heading into the last third of the year. Soon we’ll be back into jumpers and jeans weather. My favourite! You know when Christmas is just round the corner when you receive an email about an advent calendar launch. Crazy!

I’ve had so much fun over my birthday month. I don’t usually travel anywhere, I just like to relax and stay at home and enjoy the weird and wonderful UK weather. I got totally suckered in to the offers that shops/ brands put on when it’s your birthday. Let’s just say that it was a slightly spendy month and I made the most of the offers haha! Picked up a few new skincare and makeup bits. I also managed to catch up with lots of friends and ate and drank a lot!

Birthday food

I feel like this past year has been a slightly weird one for me. Everything around me is progressing and moving at 100 miles an hour and I’m stuck where time stood still. That’s definitely changing this year. I have big plans, BIG PLANS! Just need to crack on. I can’t wait!

I have definitely been enjoying spending more time with myself. Spending my days off exploring, finding little gems across London and eating lots, as well as taking a break from the city to go for walks around Richmond and Kew for some peace and quiet.

Chihuly Art

Chihuly Art

This year I’ve also caught the travel bug and want to visit so many places. First stop was New York and then Copenhagen, now Rome in a few weeks! So excited to plan a few more trips this year.

“I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22”

 

Another Year is Here

2019 is here already! That was quick wasn’t it? What did you get up to on your New Year’s Eve celebrations? I was actually pretty late leaving work, having done a full 12 hour shift on my feet. I was absolutely exhausted and ready to just go to bed. Family friends came over for dinner which is a sort of tradition for our group of friends. We play lots of games like Big 2 and Monopoly, eat lots of food and watch TV whilst we wait to watch the fireworks at midnight. I pretty much spent the whole of New Year’s Day catching up on sleep. I woke up to eat, then didn’t get up properly till 5pm. I’ve had very little time off during the Christmas break, so I definitely needed a day of rest.

I’ve actually spent most of my week clearing out my room. I have far too much stuff for a small room and clutter builds quite quickly. One thing I always try to have is a clean desk. Once it’s clear, I find it a lot easier to sort everything else out.

The start of a new year is a good point to re-evaluate what happened last year. The good, the bad, and everything in between. I have lots of goals and things that I would like to achieve in 2019. Some of which are slightly more personal, and the others are things like, I would like to teach myself how to code and travel abroad more this year. I loved visiting New York back in October. This year I definitely want to travel in and around Europe, as it’s not that far away and quite easy to plan long weekend trips. Essentially this year, I would like to spend more time on myself. Giving myself time to rest, learn new skills and experience new things.

Most people mention weight when a new year starts. Whether it is to gain to lose. Last year, mine fluctuated massively. My only real goal is to now maintain my current weight and continue training and being on my feet as much as possible. Even on New Year’s Day I had the sudden motivation at 23:55 to go on my cross trainer. Haha! That never happens. Long may it continue.

I’ve been a lot more productive ever since I’ve started writing things down. Notes on post-its, to do lists and mapping out my week. Seeing all my thoughts on paper really helps me to visualise what I actually need to do and when, instead of all my thoughts floating around my head. Then I am able to break tasks down in manageable chunks. This is how I manage to be productive with my time.

 

What I Got For My Birthday!

21 is a big number isn’t it? Well its the last ‘big’ one people take notice of till you’re 30. I thought I would share what I got for my 21st birthday. I love reading posts and watching videos like this, so I thought I would give it a go.

I was very lucky this year and family and friends were extra generous with their gifts. I was given a few pieces of jewellery this year. I’ve only just got my ears pierced very recently, so I haven’t really changed my earrings very often. So I was so excited receive a pair of Green Quartz Earrings from Sarah Hickey from a friend. I probably wouldn’t have picked these out myself because I haven’t worn anything but my small silver stud Swarovski crystal earrings. Time for a change!

I also got a ‘J’ necklace made by a brand called Silver Origins based in Cornwall.

Two of my Aunties pooled together to get me a very special White Gold Diamond Cluster Necklace. I was so surprised when I was handed this. I really wasn’t expecting something so special.

Of course to fulfil my beauty junkie needs, I asked for a few bits on my birthday list. I was running very low of my favourite serum, the Kiehl’s Hydro-Pluming Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate so asked for a cheeky bottle. The other day I saw a post on Instagram that said that the Urban Decay Naked palette is being discontinued. This reminded me of the fact that I really don’t have any palettes where all the colours are totally wearable. Then I remembered I swatched the Naked 3 Palette and really liked it, so asked for one.

I also got the limited edition Jo Malone Tropical Cherimoya Cologne. Normally it takes me a very long time to choose a fragrance I like. However this particular one is so up my street with it’s warm fruity scent.

My sister asked me what I wanted two days before my birthday and I was completely stumped with what to suggest. Then I mentioned that I’ve been getting back into baking recently baking lots of cakes and macarons and re-watching lots of old seasons of The Great British Bake Off, so then I realised I need more tools, so asked for a thermometer, piping bags and also baking mats.

I also wanted a small card holder and purse for when I can’t carry my great big purse around. I got the Floral Saffiano-effect wallet and matching purse from Mango.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It’s 2018 already! The older I get, the quicker the years just seem to fly by. I spent New Year’s Eve watching Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with my sister. I was given tickets for Christmas back in 2016 and it’s been a year long wait to experience the world of Harry Potter once again.

New year’s resolutions. Do you make them? I don’t usually. I have a habit of setting far too ambitious goals for myself to achieve before the year is up. This year will be different. My first goal is to make healthier food choices and to spend some more time exercising and staying fit. Probably everyone has something similar that they set themselves annually, but my main goal is to just feel healthier in myself and not necessarily to loose weight.

I also want to spend more time reading. I love the experience of going into a bookshop to buy a book and taking it home to spend the evening reading till the early hours of the morning. However, I don’t give myself enough time to do that anymore. I like to keep my books in pristine condition so I won’t usually carry them around in my bag because they would get scuffed being tossed around, so I will only ever read at home. The problem is that by the time I get into bed and want to pick up a book, I am just too tired from work or I’ll just want to switch on Netflix and fall asleep.

This year I also want to continue journaling. So much happens so quickly, it’s nice to keep a record of what went on so I can look back on events years later. As a teenager I would do this everyday. Now I probably won’t need to do it as often. Haha!

Anyway. I think that’s all I can think of for now. I have a couple of other goals I want to achieve this year, but I’ll share those with you at a later date. Happy 2018!

Christmas Shopping Haul

I’m one of those people who gets their Christmas shopping done very early. I’m talking October. That’s when I start organising myself and thinking about what I am going to buy for my family and friends. I don’t get very much time off work over the festive season so I like to get things sorted and wrapped up ready under the Christmas tree.

This has meant that I’ve also had a lot of time to also spend buying treats for myself. Haha! It’s been ages since I have bought a new fragrance, maybe a year in fact. In the Black Friday sales I bought Dior Addict Eau Fraiche and YSL Mon Paris. I’ve been eyeing up these two fruity fragrances for months and months. Addict for about 2 years and Mon Paris since it’s release last year.

I have finally got my hands on the limited edition Christmas Cleanse and Polish in Sweet Orange and Mint from Liz Earle. Every year I remember it’s back, but by the time it happens it’s already sold out. Also got myself a couple of beauty bits, two Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils in Mint and Candy, Mac Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3. Also picked up a bottle of Amino Acid Shampoo from Kiehl’s and a Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm.

It’s not Christmas without making a trip to Lush and selecting loads of bath bombs to enjoy on a cold winters evening. Every year I stock up on So White, the perfect apple scented bath bomb, but this year it was no where to be seen in store. Luckily I have still have a couple saved from last year, but thank goodness I later found it online and not discontinued it altogether.

I think it’s safe to say that I have spent a fair amount over the past month or so, but it’s Christmas!

 

 

Feeling Spendy in January

It was a cold and frosty Monday morning, and I made  my way into town to run some errands. I had planned to have my annual eye test and contact lens check  up, and then a physiotherapy appointment afterwards. Then I spent the rest of my time doing a spot of shopping.

I have been using my Nectarine Blossom & Honey cologne from Jo Malone for a while now and it has almost run out, but I really wanted to try a new fragrance, so I picked up Blackberry and Bay. It’s a little more subtle but it still contains those fruity notes.

I also picked up two new foundations to try. The first was Chanel’s new foundation, Le Teint Ultra Tenue in 30 Beige and Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Light 1. I have been wearing my Chanel Le Beige foundation almost every day for months. I love it, however, I needed more of a medium coverage foundation that would last a whole working day without disappearing off my face.

I’ve been really into face mists recently and wanted to see if the Caudalie Beauty Elixir was worth the hype and also try the Pixi and Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse Solid Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Cream.

I topped off the day with a quick lunch stop at GBK and went home to chill and watch Ugly Betty.

Brownies!

Not much to report this week, although I have started baking again. I think the last time I baked was back on new years eve. I made Izy Hossack’s (Top with Cinnamon) coconut macaroon brownies which are featured in her recipe book. I made them for colleagues at work. Instead of adding shredded coconut, I substituted it for dried cranberries to give them more texture.

I’ve Finished College!

It’s official! I’ve now finished college. I was lucky enough to spend two years with some great musicians and some amazing friends. If it wasn’t for the school, I would have never of had the opportunity to do things like play at The Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, go on tour to Liverpool, be onstage with Sam Smith at Wembley Arena and perform original compositions at The National Portrait Gallery.

It was the Easter Saturday back in 2013 when I found out that I had been offered a place to study music at the school. I was away for the weekend at a conference and I saw a tweet from a person that I had met on the audition/ interview day. She had got in. I immediately sent a text to my Dad saying that I would call him as soon as I had some free time. I could not concentrate for the next couple of hours. I could feel the nerves building up and I was feeling a little shaky. After the group discussion time had finished, I rushed out of the room and made the call. Typical. Nobody picked up. It took a few more dials before he answered.

I asked if there had been any post and he said yes. He was actually a little confused as to how I knew that there could be something addressed to me. Anyway, quickly explained the story and instructed him to open the letter. I couldn’t wait any longer. I almost dropped my phone when he said that I had been offered a place at The BRIT School. I asked him to read out the whole letter to me and tears started streaming down my face. I got some pretty strange looks from people passing by, but I didn’t care. I was just so happy.

The first person I told about the good news was one of my friends. We had spent the previous evening having a pretty deep conversation about particular events that have happened over the years and the topic of this being my second application to the school had also cropped up. The night ended with us both laughing and crying uncontrollably.

After the call, I was in the foyer and saw that she was there. I called her name and said “I got in!!!!” In a matter of moments we were both having a good old hug and jumping for joy at the same time.

So many wonderful memories have been created at this place. My time there has now come to an end. Bring on the rest of my life!

 

*Photo taken by Phoebe Fox