Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Weekend in Devon

Hello again my dearest of darlings, 

So this weekend I took a little road trip down to Westward Ho! with my best friend and her family to stay a couple of nights at a little flat down there. It was a very nice relaxing weekend and I took a load of fab photos which I wanted to share with you all...





I don't know about you, but I have a slight love for hats and am incredibly jealous of his! 





I think I'm developing a fettish for coloured teapots! We saw so many and I loved them!


We took a day trip up to Barnstaple for some shopping and mooching




Before we left we popped over to Appledore for a walk and some classic Tea and Scones.







What did you get up to this weekend?

Any Easter plans? (...aside from stuffing ourselves full of chocolate?)

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Book Reviews

Story Time!!

I thought since I haven't posted in a while and I've been struggling to find something to write about, that I'd do a bit of a book review. Now I don't read nearly as much as I'd like to and only really make time for it when I'm on holiday, but while I've been home - and ill - I've finished my most recent book and now I'm on the hunt for another (hint please leave suggestions)!




The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time:
I was recommended this book by one of my close friends and I read it while away last summer. It was a good book, to be honest. It was different to ones I'd normally read, but I quite liked the detectiveness about it and it was very interesting to, not only read about and share the experience with the boy in the book but to learn the thoughts of a child with Asperger's/Autism. Knowing very little about autism indeed, I found that the book was very cleverly written and it was intriguing. When trying a new book I find it difficult to stick with it, but this book was easy to read and understand and as I got into it I felt very interested and wanted to keep on reading to find out what happened next! 


Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Now I'm sure(/hoping) that many of you have already read this fantastic series, and slightly more certain that you've seen the films. Personally I love the entire series but Catching Fire (book number 2) was definitely my favourite. I think it was the perfect mix of deep, exciting storyline description together with the adventure and action of the Games. Of course if you're going to read one of them you have to read them all but nevertheless, this one's my fave.






Where Rainbows End
To finish I had to recommend this book, by Cecelia Ahern. A lot of the books I've read are the big, fantasy series (Hunger Games and Harry Potter) and I do love them, but this book was sort of a romcom story and I really fell in love with it! It's written entirely out of letters, emails, notes etc involved in the lives of Rosie and Alex, which I think is a really clever idea and it not only encourages the reader to make sense of what's happening but enables you to anticipate what's going to happen (the way you do when watching a TV drama) which I feel makes the reader more involved and means you can't stop reading because you need to keep on going to find out if what you think is right! It's quite a romantic-comedy-drama-type book, basically telling the story of the relationship between these two people as they grow from 5 years old to into their 60s-70s. I've read this book twice now and in both cases I couldn't put it down! I remember reading it the first time when I was 13, and I took it to my cousin's wedding (it was a weekend do) and I remember reading it all the way down in the car and all the way back and at every opportunity I could find! The idea sounds a bit soppy, (although I admit sometimes I like soppy romantics) but I can't say I cringed during any of it nor did I think 'that would never happen' (as I do find myself thinking with some of these romantic stories). It all sounded like genuine life circumstances (some unluckier than others). I do believe there is a film of this now out called 'Love, Rosie' (starring Finnick from Catching Fire, just saying) - which I am yet to see - but I still recommend this book, especially to those who haven't seen the film because I did really enjoy reading it, and apart from the classic HP I would say it's my favourite book!


So there's my review of 3 pretty different, but all brilliant books, which I recommend to all! If you have any book recommendations or books you've been loving I would be very interested to know!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Love a good hearty breakfast!

Food!! Again....

Here is a slice of toasted Hovis Seed Sensation (in other words 'the best') bread with red pepper hummus and a poached egg (egg and hummus go very well together in fact!), with some wilted spinach and a grilled tomato. It really sets you up for the day and kept me comfortably full for a good while!



Love a good smoothie to wake you up in the morning; banana (of course), frozen berries, blueberries, almond milk and any fruit yoghurt (My fave is the Morrisons blueberry, cranberry and raspberry bio yoghurt) and I add a spoonful of maca powder in there too. I usually have something else with this in the morning such as a slice of toast or two because although it's tasty, just a smoothie doesn't fill me up as much.


Lastly, my second favourite breakfast (first being Granola and Morrisons yoghurt); porridge and chocolate spread or honey (if I'm feeling healthier), topped with banana usually, but this day I had blueberries.

I hope this post has all made you hungry and raring to go for tomorrow's breakfast!

Love you all, 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Living

So recently, I've been feeling a bit unmotivated and kind of down really. I think the end of term is just dragging slightly, and even though I'm incredibly excited to go back and see everyone... especially my kitten, Dusty! I'm still anticipating the mountain of revision (not to mention the 3000 word essay) I've still got to do. 

I've also been a bit worried about my finances recently, and despite handing my CV in everywhere and trying my hardest to be passionate at interviews, no-one seems to want me, and it's not doing great things to my confidence.

Now really, I know I'm being a bit dramatic and written down it probably sounds like I'm being a right spoilt brat. I promise you I am happy and really thankful and excited about everything I've got at the moment, but I found myself thinking all these thoughts and it helps me make sense of them if I jot them down to you lot.

I've been feeling a bit like I'm living for the weekend, or living for the holidays or constantly waiting for something or 'just getting through each day' and I hate living like that! I want to enjoy everything that I'm doing instead of thinking 'oh some day I can afford to do this' or 'just get through this day of lectures', cause life is short! 

Now in these times you'd think, 'just quit whatever you're doing and do something that makes you happy!' And this sounds so simple and easy, however I have absolutely no clue what makes me happy! (I mean apart from eating cheesecake, watching HIMYM and buying clothes) This therefore makes it very difficult for me to know what to do with myself, which makes me frustrated, which makes me feel tired and end up doing nothing, which then makes me feel like I'm wasting my life away! God I dun'half think too much!

Anybody else feel like this?

Now I know, it's perfectly normal to be my age and not know what I want to do in life, and that I should stop worrying. But unfortunately that, for me, is not an easy thing to do. 

So I thought I'd make a list (I like lists they help me make sense of things) of things I want to do in my life, whether it be experiences, places to visit, jobs to do or people to meet, just a few things I want to do without worrying about how I'm going to do them just yet. I tried to not restrict myself to things I thought were 'most likely', because I think thinking within boundaries (is sometimes more realistic) makes me restrict as a person and subconsciously prevents me from even trying things because I think they're unrealistic. Gotta be more ambitious!! 

My (Sort Of) Bucket List;

Graduate from University

Visit Hawaii

Visit and work in Australia (visit the local places and work in a cafe or something!)

Dive the Great Barrier Reef

Get married and have children

Work in another country

Recover from Anorexia

Change/ Have an impact someone's life

Volunteer abroad! With children again or with animals this time

Visit India and dress in the culture (I think some of their clothes look awesome!)

Write a book

Potentially climb a mountain

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Phuket, Thailand

Another travel post ... what does that mean?? 

Loads of photos! Wahoo!! 


(not gonna lie I love photos, so don't worry I won't judge you for not reading anything I actually write in this post)
But I'm going to write it anyway;

A few years ago we jetted off to Thailand! We began in Phuket for a week and then stopped off in Bangkok for a few days on our way back home. 

As per, we stayed at the usual Marriott. 




A few snaps of Phi Phi Island - hands down the best beach I've ever been too! It had that dreamy white sand that doesn't get stuck everywhere when you sit down (unless you're wet) and the water was divine! I'm not even kidding, it was the kind of clean blue water you could swim in and it wasn't riddled with sand that gets stuck inside your swimming cozzy. 


We took to a little tour to take us round the islands (cause there were a few) so off we went on the speed boat that took a big group of us around. We only stopped off at 2, the 2 biggest I believe are Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Lee (I could be wrong this was a few years ago). They also took us to a little alcove with this big spread of blue water where we leaped off the boat (seen above, ignore my label sticking out) and we even got to snorkel about a bit to see all the fab fishies. 


And here's me being the Little Mermaid - I'm cool like that.




And here was YaYa the baby elephant! So gorgeous!







The even brought us free water and fruit, which was so fresh in the heat and humidity!



My ace looking (and tasting in fact) Thai curry we made in the cooking class! Don't ask me how to make it now, because I honestly couldn't tell you. 










When we sadly had to say goodbye to Phuket we stopped off in Bangkok for a day or two, as BA doesn't fly directly to Phuket. So of course we had to take a tuk tuk round the town and went to see a few good temples and even went on that funky looking boat in the above picture!


It was a really lovely holiday, I feel so lucky and privileged to be able to see the amazing sites of this world! 

Where have you been lately? Any Easter holiday holidays booked?

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Lush and Liz Earle Purchases

Hey Sweetie pies!

A few weeks ago I was in town and treated myself to a few cleansing purchases, because I've been getting a bit bummed about a few little spotties popping up here and there. 

I walked into Lush and, being 11 o'clock on a Wednesday when no-one's in town, the woman pounced on me telling me all about how wonderful everything was. I normally do get quite bugged when people do this, but since I know diddly squat about facial products I was all for a bit of advice. 

I bough the 'King of Skin' body bar (left) and the 'Mask of Magnaminty' face mask. Both around the £5 mark so I perfectly in my price range I'd say!


I'd heard mixed reviews about the King of Skin body butter bar, but when first hearing about it I thought it was a great idea - because I get quite dry skin, especially my legs, and I can never be bothered to moisturise because it takes too long to let it dry and I can't do anything or sit on anything and it's just a hassle. So I thought an in shower one would be a great solution, just rub it everywhere while you're in the shower, wash it off and voilĂ ! And to be honest, I'm quite liking it! Granted I bought it about a month ago but I've used it for every shower and I've still got some left (I was worried it would melt away in like 2 showers and therefore not be very good). A tip if you're thinking of getting it/already use it, turn the shower off when you use it because the heat and water does make the bar melt quicker. It also smells gorgeous (as well as stinking out my room a lovely lush smell!) and really does make my skin feel a lot softer and healthy, gone are the little flakes of skin that appear when I try and dry myself. I feel it was a very good price for what it was too, cause even though it doesn't last as long as a normal as most moisturisers, it was only £5ish and is all natural and feels great I think.

(Here was also my vegan brownie from Filmore and Union - which was huge and delicious if I do say so myself!)


Now the face mask was a new buy, because I never ever use face masks, but I was willing to try something new to do whatever possible to help my skin. Most of the masks there only last a few weeks and you have to keep in the fridge so I wasn't going to get one originally (although I was tempted to buy the chocolate one and see who of my uni house mates would try and eat it - does everyone have a food thief problem in halls?) but the lady did point me to this little pot that is self-preserving and lasts until May! So I thought why not, let's give it a go! 

It smells like peppermint and is an exfoliation mask too, which is great because it makes your skin feel so smooth and fresh afterwards. I've used it twice a week since I've got it and I've barely made a dent (picture was taken after I'd used it twice). I don't know whether its my subconscious thinking my skins better because I'm using these products/my skin is actually better anyway but I feel quite happy with the way its headed. 


Just thought I'd share with you my fishtail pigtail plaits I did the other day.


Now a few months ago I purchased this Origins Super Spot Remover, in hope that it would clear up my spots and I saw the review on Zoella's blog and thought I'd go for it. Again, there were mixed reviews in the comments of her blog post but she seemed so enthusiastic about it that I bought it. I'm afraid I'm not that impressed. It was £15 for a teeny tiny bottle (granted it lasts ages cause you don't use much at all) but it just seemed like any other spot remover I'd got before (for less than half the price). Also it leaves a layer of the stuff over the spot which dries up and so I don't feel like I can wear make up over it because it just ends up falling off after a while leaving a big gap of uneven make up and usually the spot's still there. I could be using it wrong/not given it much of a chance but so far I'm not the biggest fan - I'm not a beautician or remotely anything close so don't rely on my word for it!



Thanks Tim!




This Hot cloth cleanser comes with 2 muslin cloths and you literally pop a bit of this on your face, wet the cloth with warm water and wash it all off - Simples.


Now onto these products. I got a free travel sized Liz Earle cleanse and polish with a boohoo or asos order aaaggeeess ago (like the mini one on the right) as well as seeing it on one of Zoella's videos and it worked really well. It took off all my make up (not sure about eye make up because I don't wear it in the day) and left my skin feeling fresh. So since this was on offer (it's quite pricey at £14, but it was free delivery and came with the free tonic) I thought I'd get some for my own. So far, I'm liking it - again I'm not a professional and it may be that I'm just thinking my skin is feeling better because I'm into this new routine and it may prove that my skin is just clearing up on it's own - and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and healthy.

There we go, my first sort of beauty post I guess.
I was not paid to say any of that and was not given any of that, it all came from my own money and my own thoughts, just thought I'd mention.

What products are you loving?

You can buy these products here:



Origins Super Spot Remover   £15 (although currently £13.50)

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish   £15.50 (comes with free travel kit and muslin cloth)