Cool Things I Have Been Loving Recently

Cool Things I Have Been Loving Recently

I actually think ‘favourite’ posts are the ones that I enjoy reading the most. The idea of sharing things that you are loving at the moment is nothing but good! Not only can you chat about it in the comments but you can also receive and give recommendations for products.

I’ve never tried anything from Morphe before but I picked an eyeshadow palette and a highlighter palette up when I went to Birmingham a good six months ago. I’ve not really reached for the eyeshadow palette as much but the highlighters are stunning! They are so pigmented compared to anything that I’ve used before. My go-to shade is definitely Galatic because it is such a classic highlight shade however I have been using Comet or Trance recently to give more of a bronzed look. I’ve also been reaching for the Lottie London Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Hey Bae. It’s an everyday chocolate brown shade that sounds awful but actually looks really nice on the lips. Once again this is another makeup product that I have picked up on a whim but I love it. The lipstick is buildable and easy to apply. I like how it dries matte as soon as it is applied on the lips. The only negative thing I have to say is that it is not long lasting.

Since I have been away from the blogging world I’ve since discovered my new luxury perfume. I went cruelty free years ago but it has took me all this time to find a perfume that is cruelty free that I like until everyone and their cat recommend Stella McCartney. I decided to pick her original up and it smells amazing and so luxurious! I am awful at describing scents but it has rose, peony, mandarin essence and amber so it is quite warm and floral. I’ve also discovered a new body butter as well. I’m not going to go into it too much as I have a dedicated blog post going up about it soon but Yaoh contacted me a while ago to try out a range of products and within the selection was a body butter* in the original scent. Not only does it smell as though you have just hopped off the plane but it dries quickly and it is cruelty free and vegan. What more could you ask for?! They have a range of different scents so if this one doesn’t take your fancy you don’t have to worry. I’ll talk about it more in next week’s post where I explain about it a little bit more in-depth. I also wanted to give a little shout out to the Umberto Giannini range. I’m usually a hardcore Phil Smith fan however after discovering that Umberto are cruelty free I decided to pick up a few bits to give a go. First of all is the Grow Long Shampoo and Conditioner which has no only left my hair smelling amazing after every wash but it is also  extremely soft and nourished. I haven’t been paying attention as to whether it has ‘promoted hair growth’. I should probably go and get my hair cut and then test that theory because I have been really enjoying the haircare combo. It has seaweed within the formula which is a fatty acid from marine nutrients to improve split ends which has prolonged the hair cut further. However the real star of the show is the No More Frizz Anti-Frizz Curl Serum that I picked up within the offer that they had on in Boots. I’ve been using this when my hair has been wet, plaiting it and once it has dried I would take them out and I’m left with frizz free curls. Okay my hair is in desperate need of a cut but this stuff has made it look all healthy again which I am here for. It instantly tames my frizzy curls and gives a healthy shine to my hair which I am all for.

I finished University for the Summer over a month ago now and it has took me this long to find something to keep myself busy with. I feel like I have kind of lost who I am a little bit since Christmas so I am using the Summer months to get creative and find out what I enjoy doing again. I’ve started making the most of my iPad and Apple Pencil which has been really testing my creativity. Apple stores do these skill sessions that teach you how to draw and use Procreate which is something I never knew existed so I’ve been attending them. They are free and the vibe you get from my local store is amazing and so motivating! If you’re wanting to learn how to draw then I highly recommend going to one at your local Apple store, you don’t even need an iPad and pencil because they have spares specifically for those sessions.

If I’ve not been drawing on my iPad I have started to read again. As soon as I finished reading Alexa Chung’s book, The Hormone Diaries by Hannah Witton came through my door and although it is a completely different book I’ve found it very informative.  It is like the book that I’ve never had when I was a teenager. It has made me feel a lot more normal when it comes to moods around that time of the month and I don’t feel so alone about my endometriosis now.  Finally I’ve dusted off my little Canon EOS M10 and started filming little videos. I’ve uploaded a couple onto YouTube but at the moment I am taking it all very lightly. It has given me a new hobby to get stuck into which at the moment I am enjoying.

What are you guys loving at the moment? Anything from this list?

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An Outfit For The Weekend

I know that I am late to the party but I finished reading It by Alexa Chung the other day and realised how much of an inspiration she actually is! Not only was her book down to earth and such an easy read but she is one of my new favourite style icons.

She writes in her book that there are five items in her wardrobe that she can’t live without which included a navy blue jumper and ‘boyfriend-fit’ jeans so I raided my wardrobe and found something similar. I think this style of outfit is perfect for the weekend. Most of us have two days off to enjoy spending time with family, friends or alone time so you probably don’t want to spend half the morning getting ready. You can’t beat just throwing on a pair of relaxed fitting jeans and a jumper or tee. Grab your essentials, hopefully that will include a pair of sunnies, and you are ready to enjoy your weekend. Speaking of which, have you got any plans for this weekend? I’m off to see Toy Story 4 at some point and I bet you that I am going to cry but it is a childhood favourite so I just can’t miss it!

Photography: Ciara Armstrong

Did you know that she has recently collaborated with the British heritage label Barbour? It’s re-discovering the brand’s classic outwear resulting in coats, raincoats, a hat and tote bags that are a creative mix of traditional design and Chung’s personal style and humour. Personally, I think the collaboration couldn’t have came at a better time with festival season just beginning for the Summer.

What’s your thoughts on Alexa Chung? Do you find her an inspiration or is she one of your style icons? I really want to start writing more fashion content on my little space so let me know if this kind of thing takes your fancy.

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Meet My Bullet Journal

There’s nothing that I like more than a fresh notebook. I feel somewhat organised when I start writing to-do lists and memos and I feel extra organised when I have a diary but do you actually stick to it? I definitely don’t. Most of the time I’m left with more than half of an empty notebook and pages with nothing written on in a diary. Ever since, Daisybutter released her ‘Meet My Bullet Journal‘ post, I have been wanting to create a bullet journal. After thinking for months that it was too much effort and that I’m not the best artist in the world so it’s going to look rubbish, I’ve decided it’s not about creativity. It’s about staying organised.

I spent hours during the Summer last year browsing Instagram accounts for inspiration and then I decided to hop on board the bandwagon. I treated myself to some lovely pens and a notebook and started one. The start of 2019 rolled around and my bullet journal has been a lifesaver! I honestly don’t know what I would have done without it. It’s been somewhere I can jot down notes, explore my creativity without the use of a computer and helps me to relax when I feel a bit stressed. I thought it was about time to share what’s in my bullet journal, how I use it and my little toolkit.

My Bullet Journal

The journal I am using at the moment is the classic Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted A5 notebook. I bought mine in a bright orange so I can easily find it amongst my bag. It’s the one that many bullet journalists start off with however there are other options that you can look at. The notebook is smaller than the one I used to have but I am okay with that because it makes it the ideal companion for handbags and grabbing on the go. One of the reasons why I never started a bullet journal before was because of all the decoration and designs that you can do and of course if you have the time and want to do that, go ahead but I wanted something that was quick, easy and simplified in order for me to keep at it and stay organised.

My first tip is to decide on the reason for your bullet journal. Personally, I use mine to keep track of everything in my life whether that’s to do with my blog or University life. It sounds like a lot but I like how it can easily sit in one place so I am not travelling around two or three notebooks for different things. The key system is super handy for newbies. At first, I did think what’s the point but it has really helped me to keep track of the things that I need to do on a daily basis.

My main requirements were to have a space to write down all my to-do tasks for the day, keep track of money and have a journal format so it can be something that I look back on at the end of the year. Other popular bu-jo features include: habit trackers, food planners, mood trackers and stats trackers although I’ve not included them, you can if you want. I’ve never really joined the Pinterest hype but there are so many bullet journal ideas over on there that it’s worth taking a look.

My set-up is simple with a 2019 At A Glance, 2019 Goals List, Bill Tracker, Future Log, Weekly Spreads and Monthly Musings. My weekly spreads are different designs but I’ve got enough space to write down things that I need to do daily and a notes space to write anything that I need to remember for that week or the following week. I’ve included various quotes throughout my journal to keep me motivated and inspired and plan to make it visually appealing by printing off my Instagram profile for that month. That’s an idea Michelle had which I quite liked so I adapted to my journal too. Thanks for the idea!

I am hoping that my monthly musings spreads can act as a tracker for social media or somewhere to write down ideas for my blog. It can also be somewhere I can write down things that have happened this month, films I’ve seen and books that I have read. It’s just going to be somewhere I write down my favourite things of the month. My favourite spread is the 52-week savings challenge. I found the idea on Pinterest and the idea is that you pick the coin that you want and save that amount for that week. For example, if you have just got paid you might want to save the £52 whereas if you are having a particularly bad week, you could opt for the £1 coin. I was baffled when I found out that I could save £1,378!!

If you are still here listening to me ramble on then you are probably wondering whether you should start one or not. My recommendation is 100% yes! I am really enjoying my bullet journalling system. It’s a treat for me every month to sit down and plan out my little notebook. I can flick back through the pages and see what I’ve achieved and it has kept me organised and on track. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much because I had that mind set that you must be a creative and arty person to upkeep a bullet journal but trust me you don’t need to be. You can be as creative or as minimalist as you want to be because it gives you that freedom.

Finally, I just wanted to share my ‘toolkit‘ – I use the Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted A5 notebook which is standard to a lot of other bullet journalists. I use various pens and pencils however the main ones I use are: Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens, Metallic Sharpie Permanent Markers and the fine 0.4 Stabilo Coloured Fineliners which you can pick up almost anywhere. To decorate my journal I use various wasabi tape that I’ve picked up from various places. The quotes and postcards are usually found somewhere over the internet and small businesses.

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