When I moved back home, I knew that I wanted to ‘redesign’ my bedroom. I wanted more storage, a nicer desk that wasn’t falling apart and a TV so I can catch up on PLL and YouTube videos in bed. I used to spend hours browsing Instagram and other blogs for inspiration and ideas. With this in mind, I thought I would show you a sneak peak at my bedroom, now that I’m finally happy with it!
Unlike the stereotypical blogger whom usually goes for the Ikea ‘Malm’ dresser, I decided to go for Ikea’s ‘Micke’ workstation. It has a long drawer where I store all my makeup, lots of shelving space where I can put DVDs, notebooks and my Tsum Tsums as well as a cupboard where I can keep skincare, haircare and other beauty bits. It’s £90 including the shelving on the top. Another factor about this desk which I have fell in love with is the magnetic board. It makes it easier to stay organised with my blog and goals that I want to achieve. Unfortunately, there is a cable outlet in the middle however this is easily covered up with a Disney mug storing all my makeup brushes or pens however it will be useful in the future when I have an iMac.
As you walk into my room, you can see this gorgeous monochrome canvas of a flower opening up. I picked this up from a charity shop for £3! I decided to display my scarves on my wall because I think it’s a really nice way to give your room added detail without spending a fortune. They were originally hung up in my wardrobe but I have easier access to them now and they make great backgrounds for blog photos too!
Scarf Hanger – Primark, £2
I have decided to stick all my #lushkitchen Polaroids on the back of my wardrobe doors. I think they look amazing and is another creative but simply technique to add a bit of character to your room.
My ‘Billy’ bookcase has lots of deep shelving space to keep all my books, notebooks, candles and favourite images in one place where as the cube storage unit is a great way of displaying special moments that I want to have on display. I have placed all my jewellery on the top so I can access them easier.
I hope you have enjoyed having a sneak peak around my room. Do you like minimalistic bedrooms or do you prefer bedrooms filled with memories and colourful pieces?
I love Instagram. It’s the first app I open when I wake up (even if I am still half asleep) and it’s the last social media that I flick through before pressing that lock button before I go to sleep. I could even say I am slightly addicted even if I am not publishing any content that day. I just think that there is something amazing about photos that are sharing life moments that mean something to someone that people like you and I find visually appealing.
The creativity and variety that you find on Instagram is a whole new level. There’s so much content out there from a lot of people around the world. You could be scrolling down and find a blogger living it up in the Maldives and a couple more images later you will find your best friend watching Jeremy Kyle with their cat and a cup of tea. Not only this but you could type in the word coffee and find an image of a cup of coffee at so many different angles or this. I just think it’s amazing to see a visual diary from various people every day!
Instagram is full of positivity! If I want to cheer myself up I immediately turn to Instagram. There’s just something about cute puppy images and Lush cocktails that put me in a good mood. I’ve never seen any bullying or received nasty comments. It’s just full of happy people all the time. Maybe it’s just who I’m following and who appears in my ‘explore’ page but personally I don’t think it is.
It’s an excellent platform for inspiration. Stuck for a blog post idea? Need a different way to document that hot chocolate your having? Looking for a new recipe idea or bath cocktail that could possibly work for you? Instagram is the answer! Trust me.
What do you love about Instagram? I’m always looking for inspirational photos and people to follow so don’t forget to leave your username below! You follow me on Instagram, @julyjournal.
It’s the middle of March and the weather is still freezing cold! Okay, perhaps it’s not that bad. It’s brightened up a bit over the past week or so but my skin is still extremely sensitive and dry to the harsh, cold conditions that are still lurking in the UK. Luckily enough I have found myself reaching for a new mask that can help make my skin feel and look a lot healthier and brighter.
Botanicals are a natural and organic skincare brand founded in 2004. They prefer to use only natural ingredients in there products rather than all the nasty chemicals that you found in most products found in your local Superdrug/Boots. At least your going to know exactly what you’re using, right?!
I was asked earlier this year if I’d like to review their Rose Clay & Rosehip Revitalising Mask and with my skin suffering a bit because of the cold weather, I thought it was about time I dug it out and gave it a try. The mask is suitable for dry, sensitive and mature skin however they also offer a Green Clay & Avocado Mask if your skin is oily, unbalanced or prone to breakouts which I wouldn’t mind trying myself as my skin can be prone to breakouts as well as being extremely dry and sensitive.
It is suggested that you use the product once a week however I have been using it twice and it doesn’t seem to have harmed my skin in any way. You simply apply directly to the skin or mix with a few drops of warm water, smooth over the skin avoiding the eye area and wait ten minutes before removing with a warm damp cloth. I have been using my cloth that I still have from Superdrug’s Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser which works fine.
When I first used the product, I was expecting the mask to dry on the skin like other clay masks that I have used however the clay will not dry on the skin! This is because the product is designed to nourish the skin’s lower layers, whilst drawing away impurities and helping to balance the skins acid mantle. The mask is extremely concentrated and contains no water which is why only a small amount is needed. I’ve used mine for the past two months and I already know it’s going to last me a lot longer than what you think at first glance.
The mask contains Soft French Rose Clay that helps draw out impurities and eliminate dead skin cells whereas the cold-pressed Rosehip and Jojoba are rich in essential fatty acids which leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and visibly brighter. It also includes essential oils such as: Rose Geranium, Rose Flower and Camellia that make the product smell lovely and Shea Butter that helps the dry skin feel nourished and moisturised.
Overall, I love this product and it offers something different than a usual face mask does. It always leaves my skin feeling softer, cleaner and a lot more nourished that what it was before. The mask was so gentle while it was left on my face and didn’t irritate my sensitive and dry skin. It never left my skin feeling tight or dry and it made my skin look much brighter and healthier which is what your wanting in the colder months. The product is £19.95 for a 60g pot however as I mentioned earlier a little goes a long way which makes the price tag a lot more reasonable.
Have you tried any of Botanicals products? Let me know in the comments.
This product was kindly gifted to me however this does not affect my opinions and thoughts on the product.
For once I don’t really know how to starting writing this post. I do know that I am not writing this out of sympathy or for attention but more to see if there is someone else out there on the massive inter-webs who feel as though they are in the same position. Today has been spent stuffing my face with various foods that is definitely not healthy for the mind or body, apart from the banana at 2.34pm, and crying to endless Mario and Enrique songs and The Fault In Our Stars. It’s now nearly 7pm and I’m still crying and still feeling alone, lost and confused about everything.
I find it difficult to deal with social situations. Birthday parties lead to panic attacks. Plans changing lead to me worrying what have I done to upset/annoy this person. When I hear the word ‘group interview’ it will make me run a mile. The way I have spent tonight is what I have done for the past week or so. I end up crying because I don’t know who to talk to anymore, I don’t know who I can trust anymore but I don’t want to feel alone anymore. I just feel lost and confused about what my next steps should be.
I have always had a problem making friends. I look at Edd and his circle of friends, not out of jealous but as someone to look up to because he has been lucky enough to have friends for life. You know the ones who went through all their exams, their first girlfriends, engagements, the ups and downs of life. They plan weddings and big life decisions between themselves whereas I’ve had a completely different experience. I was the one who got laughed at for sitting by myself cause I didn’t know how to ‘fit in’ at school. I cried when I got my average GCSE results because I felt deep down that I failed and had no one there to tell me that I’ve done alright and everything will be okay. I’ve had no one to help me through the difficulties of previous relationships or big life decisions. In some respects, it has really shown how anxious I am as a person but in others it has given me some motivation to want to do something with my life.
Don’t get me wrong! I have Sabrina from my previous university but things aren’t the same living in different cities. Hannah, of course, was my best friend but when she past away that brought all my trust issues to the surface. If it weren’t for blogging, I’d probably spend most days sleeping and talking to the dogs. I probably wouldn’t even have Edd in my life. I’m lucky enough to have met some amazing and inspiring people over Twitter but I am far from having the confidence to meet up with them in the flesh if that opportunity ever arose. Sometimes this just isn’t enough though. All you really want is someone who you can call or text and ask if you can meet up.
I want someone who could come round with Ben & Jerry’s, watch endless episodes of Gossip Girl or countless Disney movies until all the ice cream is gone. I would like someone who can just talk to me about what to do when I have a disagreement with Edd, touch wood this never happens. Someone who is full of interesting facts and inspiring life stories.
At the moment, I am dropped out of university for the second time and currently on the look out for one of those average jobs, probably a waitress and shop assistant that will give me the ability to spend money on Lush Bath Bombs and various holidays to give me plenty of thinking space. I have even thought about changing my personality for a while but realised I haven’t got any plans to meet a large group of people at college or university anytime soon so I don’t see the point. I am who I am and I shouldn’t need to change that.
Like I said at the beginning I don’t know where this post is leading but really I just want to vent out on something where no one can judge me, not in person anyway. Your not going to be able to see me cry. Your not here to give me a hug or a shoulder to lean on but if anyone is willing to give me any advice on what my next steps should be that would be brill. Have you been in a similar situation before? Are you feeling the same as me where you are just needing a friend who you can talk to about who the next ‘A’ is in Pretty Little Liars? You may not have even read this post, not fully but if you have I would give you a thousand gold stars or Galaxy Golden Eggs and a massive hug for taking the time out to
I guess I just want a friend.
As part of Edd’s birthday last week, I decided to pay for us to stay one night in Edinburgh. I love exploring different cities and finding new things to adventure on to so we decided to leave quite early to give us plenty of time to explore the city.
When we arrived around lunchtime on Friday afternoon, it was surprisingly dry and quite a nice day. The hotel was really easy to find and in the middle of Edinburgh city centre which made everything that little bit easier. We decided to stay in the hub by Premier Inn which was perfect! Opening earlier this year, it’s the first app controlled hotel in Scotland and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. The staff were brilliant and very efficient if we needed anything, the room was amazing and very modern (it even included a bottle opener!) and the overall service was fantastic.
After spending an hour being overwhelmed with the hotel we decided to head out for a wander around the shops and find something nice to eat. We decided to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe as this isn’t something that Newcastle has yet. Apart from it being extremely expensive, the food tasted delicious and the service was extremely fast and efficient. We had potato skins to start with followed with a burger. Looking back, I wish we decided to get a little souverniour from the gift shop that they had there. We even decided to have a look round the National Gallery before heading back for a rather chilled night at the hotel.
The hotel had a deli which had a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere. The night before we ordered two Breakfast Boxes. Mine included a bagel, a breakfast bar, orange juice and a choice of tea or coffee whilst Edd’s included a bacon sandwich, orange juice and a choice of tea or coffee. We both decided against the hot drinks because we don’t usually have that. If this isn’t for you then there is a wide variety of other options including porridge, croissants, toast, muffins and cookies.
With our bellies full of a delicious breakfast, we headed off to Edinburgh Zoo. This has been something I have wanted to tick off my bucket list for a while because I love animals and I wanted to meet the pandas (yes, I did cry when I saw them).
Overall, it was a lovely mini getaway to spend some quality time together. We managed to fit in things that were completely new to me. I was totally blown away by the animals in the Zoo, the amazing architecture around the city and the lovely artwork that was in the gallery…it’s a pretty amazing city! You can see more of what we got up to over on my Instagram.
Have you ever been to Edinburgh before?