Tuesday, 24 September 2013

16 Small Steps To Happiness

1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable. 

3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else. 

5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything. 

15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.

- via petite-ben on Tumblr

Brandy Melville

Can we all just take a second to appreciate how cute Brandy Melville clothes are...

First Day Back At University

Cable-Knit Jumper - £15 at H&M
Leigh Jeans by Topshop - £47
Tan Oxford Brogues - £55 at Clarks

Today was my first day back at university as a second year, as if that wasn't stressful enough I started at a different uni to last year as a transfer student. So as well as not knowing my way around the campus, I don't know anybody on my course! Luckily I seem to have become BFFs with my course leader/ personal tutor so at least I have one friend!
Because I'm knew to the uni I had to take part in some introductory lectures with the new freshers (who were all looking a bit worse-for-ware after a few heavy nights!), this made me feel a lot more at home because at least I knew some of the lecturers already and knew the ins and outs of a sports science degree. In one of the lectures we had to discuss what we knew about Biomechanics, and because I had already studied this module in first year I was singled out to tell everyone what I knew, kind of embarrassing there to start off as a know it all!
The most exciting part of the day was probably receiving my new student card (as my old one is for the wrong university now) which comes in a little wallet with a cute smiley face on the front. It was a mammoth task getting it though as everybody I went to see sent me off to see somebody else.
I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of this week and my next two years spent at this university.

A Genius In The Family

Just a quick post to congratulate my sister for graduating university with a first class honours degree, I've never been more proud of anyone in my life! 

Friday, 13 September 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips

After watching countless youtube videos with the beauty gurus (in particular 'makeupkatie95' and 'macbarbie07') raving over Maybelline's baby lips, they have finally brought them over to the UK!
As soon as I saw them appear in boots I just had to buy them, I got 'cherry me' and 'peach kiss'. They are honestly the best lip products out there, they are offer long lasting moisterisation and a subtle hint of colour..I can definitely see why beauty gurus have been raving over them for so long.
Next time i'm in boots i'm certainly going to purchase some of the other flavours/colours.

Birthday Celebrations

The other day I celebrated my 20th birthday (I know I may not look 20 but its true!). To put an immediate downer in the day I had to be up at 5:30am to be in work for staff training at 6! It wasn't too bad though as everyone sang Happy Birthday to me.
Later on when I got back from work I opened my presents, I received a white iphone 5 and case, as well as some bedding, bath/hair products and a gorgeous tortoise necklace off my sister.
My sister and I then spent the rest of the day shopping where I treated myself to a new pair of jack wills sweatpants as my primark ones should never be seen outside the house!
In the evening we went for a lovely family meal at a local Chinese restaurant where the food is to die for, literally the best Chinese food I have ever eaten in my life!
All in all I had an amazing birthday and I'm very thankful to have spent it with my nearest and dearest.


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Neutral Everyday Eye Look

Check out my latest YouTube tutorial on how to achieve a neutral everyday eye look suitable for school, college etc. Hope you enjoy!


Monday, 9 September 2013


Last week I went on a family holiday to Jersey. It is such a gorgeous island with loads of beaches and plenty of sunshine.
On our first day we explored the capital, St Helier, which has all the main high street shops as well as some little independent stores. Over the next couple of days we ventured out into many of the other little towns on the island via the local bus services. Because Jersey is an island most of the towns are on the coast and therefore have great beaches with lovely views, made better by the sun.
On our third day we did an island boat tour which took two and a half hours and sailed around the coast showing us the historic features and scenery.
The last day we decided to visit the zoo as it is apparently world famous, and it definitely didn't disappoint. They don't have all the animals typically found at a zoo, but they specialise in gorillas, orang-utans and tortoises (all of my favourite animals!)
It was a great week spent with my family and I think we all enjoyed the stress free time spent away from work!