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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

There are some things that we are absolutely certain on in life, things that we can go forward with in great confidence and assurance - e.g. photography, knowing where all the usuals in you shop are located so you can zip around in 10 minutes, that I can get ready in 20 minutes including hair if I have to.

There are also some pretty annoying and dampening worries that like to trip you over at the worst moment, and keep your head and heart held back in those crucial moments that you really wish you could excel in; in an effort to be a little less anxious, here's 7 that I've allowed to take control far too often...

1. LOL I should be working
Ever get that guilty feeling when out and about doing fun things (even if it's popping to Waitrose for a sandwich and chocolate milk)? That's literally me, every day. Unless I'm out for events and meetings, I'm always feeling bad unless I'm at my desk actively working, and even then there's times I'm distracting myself with clips of OUAT or The Office, but as long as I'm at my desk I'm doing the right thing in life *eye rolls* I've turned down dates, time with family, and just generally getting out and about to stay attached to my keyboard all day, only then moving to the sofa until bedtime. Sighs...

2. The looming cloud of being unorganised
Oh shit it's the night before a post is meant to go out (like now) and I've not written the words and the pictures are okay but it'll do, and I'll get ahead tomorr-oh wait it's raining and it'll be dark and I'm out all day and then I have to edit after and arrrrgghhhhhhhhhhhhh. I should plan more and stay at my desk this weekend...

3. Not being able to eat
One of the main reasons I've found internet dating hard is telling people you're vegan and then explaining that whilst you don't mind what they eat, you just want to be able to eat something decent (aka not quinoa salad) each time you go out. I've been to events and parties and restaurants where you're told there'll be something to eat but it's either got egg in it or isn't really substantial food i.e bread and a side salad. Cool. I'll just stay inside then.

4. Fear of rejection
My main worry and fear the last few years is being rejected, hence why I don't commit to big things, always ask for reassurance, try not to impose or ask to be friends with people incase it ruins everything. It takes a lot for me to ask someone to hang out because I think we'd get along but then all the worries of 'they'll be busy, why hang out with me? I don't feel worthy enough of their time, oh god what if I'm just awkward? I'll just stay quiet'.

5. What if I'm no good?
This leads on a bit from rejection, the eternal uncertainty of not being good enough - I think every creative or competitive person will experience this, it's just self-doubt crippling you from making bigger and better choices, but it always takes hold in some form and every now and again will stop you from doing something amazing. It's a bitch.

6. Travel and circumstances I can't control
I hate admitting this because it allows others to win, but with the few terrible things that have happened this year I've become more and more apprehensive with travel - the Tube is the worst for me, being underground and so busy and packed, and despite wanting to jet off to warmer climates I've become a bit anxious over flying (I just want to be on the ground and dislike that period between take off and balancing out) and flying anything over 3-4 hours. It's one of the safest forms of travel and I've never had a problem before, but it's definitely made an impact I'm still trying to mentally and emotionally untangle.

7. The constant crisis of Trump, Brexit, the fact our generation won't be able to afford better housing...
Can you blame me?


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Tis the season of dry elbows and extra exfoliation, as well as baths and hot chocolates, but also those dry elbows.

I'm a bit terrible at keeping moisture in my skin at the best of times, but come the colder seasons I can see those dry irritated areas flaring up and feel more like old parchment than I do human, and if you get the same feeling then I've got some products that'll sort those winter scales right out...

I've never really landed on a body moisturiser, which is probably why I don't enjoy moisturising; after many dips and slathers, I've rediscovered Palmer's Cocoa Butter and not only is smelling like chocolate great, but it's quickly soothed and softened a lot of of my dry and cracked areas, especially those angry red and itchy patches. It's a classic you can't go wrong with and now I'm rubbing my weenus like no tomorrow (because your weenus is your elbow guys...)

Despite my strong love of Lush's festive body wash, I needed something gentle on my eczema prone areas, something to nourish and moisturise without too many harsh chemicals, and Pai's Gentle Genius Wash* has been a true hero - it has a very subtle herby smell which I love, and the lather is really moisturising so is great at rehydrating those irritated areas. Being sulphate-free, it's a truly fab option for sensitive skin, plus it doubles up as shaving foam which is a win-win for lazy girls!

If you like soft hands, then let me point you in the direction of The Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream which is hands down (pun intended) the thickest and most deliciously moisturising cream ever. It's a nice neutral smell, non-irritant, seriously rich, and always keeps my hands happy through winter - what more could you want?

Softness and hydration I always overlooked was pre-makeup, and since adding two pumps of Too Faced Hangover Primer* into my routine, my skin and makeup has been feeling more hydrated than ever; foundation lasts longer and wears better, plus the added coconut water gives that extra boost we could all use this time of year - who says matte is best when you can have a dewy glow all year?

Of course with lots of dry skin comes exfoliation, and whilst I'm not a big fan of physical exfoliants I do love Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm* which seems to work as both physical and chemical - once wet, the balm starts to tingle and helps buff off all the dead skin, perfect if like me you have a reoccurring dry patch on your lips, plus if you need a real scrub-a-dub after a long day out, this will really freshen up you skin to rival a soft squishy baba.

And speaking of those baby soft lips, just as nourishing as Palmer's is on my skin, the Cocoa Butter Lip Balm really keeps those chapped lips at bay through the winter - just slather on a few layers morning and night and you'll have no problem wearing dry matte lipsticks all season long, especially when drinking a hot chocolate or two ;)


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Friday, November 10, 2017

For a while now I've felt pretty zonked from trying to keep up with myself all the time; my brain is going at one racing speed, my energy levels at a slower pace, and my creativity is somewhere in the middle trying to stretch itself accordingly.

I love being active and doing things, I love being creative and working on exciting projects, I just hate being behind on everything else.

It doesn't help either, that you feel like you're expected to keep pushing through it all and give 100% when you just can't.

There are instances where I know I can get stuff done, but that's not the problem; the problem is the work ethic we've had drilled into us (not only by others but by ourselves) that if you're not working hard you're not working at all.

I'm all for success, for achieving the best you can, but I'm also for knowing when to stop. Those days you can't form sentences, are unable to focus, generally feel you're not putting 100 into your work, those are days you just don't want to give at all.

I know I can also be a real lazy arse - when I decided to watch one more episode of Once Upon a Time when I know I shouldn't, or spend a bit too long in bed in the morning checking social - but damn it guys when did it become such a crime to put yourself and what makes you happy first?

When I was reading Hannah's posts on 2018 Blog Predictions and Learning to Accept When You Need a Write-Off Day, I actually felt okay and understood for once, that everyone feels stressed and a bit of a flop sometimes because we all think we have to go above and beyond to show we're actually doing stuff.

I like having the weekends to myself so I can see family and go and do something 'normal' like visit a garden centre or go into town, and I like having dinner and a bath and doing three face masks. I like not working past 5pm and I like to get 10 hours sleep. I also really like making dinner.

I like being selfish yet productive with my time, I know what's going make me excited to get up in the morning and what job will be worthwhile not only for paying the bills but also with my time.

I like feeling excited about taking photos and not pressured to conjure up something last minute, I like finding a rhythm with my daily life and being energised, and I like generally enjoying the work I produce without forcing it.

Whilst this current mood has led to more off-days than I would've liked, I feel like I'm ready to be more honest with myself and just try to get my shiz together the way I want to, and it doesn't mean me sacrificing my time and energy doing something I'd rather have done a better way.

I know we don't all have the opportunity to throw in the towel one day and pick it back up the next, or are able to meet up with people who can give you a hand, but it's still demotivating to experience these feelings nonetheless.

The constant hum of 'killing it' all the time to be successful will keep leading to write-off days until something changes, and whilst I love doing what I do in my career every day, I do love me more. You can 'kill it' less and still be successful.

So if you're equally feeling tired and trying to push through to meet some invisible score board or criteria, know you're not alone, and that you're human, and that your worth and ability can't be measured by how much you try to push yourself past the breaking point. The only thing you should be stretching is your happiness, not your health.


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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Stranger Things 2
Of course this is on the list, I mean everyone and their dad is obsessed with the show. I binge watched the whole season the day it was released and the very bleary eyes afterwards were worth it. I won't spoil it too much for anyone who hasn't finished it yet, but the Hopper fam is damn cute and the endings of ep 8 and 9 still makes me scream 'YAAAAAS' every time I re-watch them - also who the hell turns down Dustin at a dance? I'll end you. My little sci-fi heart is whole again, until season 3 that is when I'm sure I'll be in turmoil over demodogs again.

Oatly Chocolate Milk
I may be 23 but chocolate milk is the best.damn.thing.ever. I've been using it as a base for my fancy hot chocolate and it's taken drinks from a 5 to a solid 9. I don't know how else to describe chocolate milk but just try it, you won't regret it.

Hot Chocolate
Speaking of hot chocolate, I've been having about one mug a day - it's the season, and I'm going to enjoy it. It's great in the evening when you want something warming but not too filling, and when put marshmallows on top and they go all gooey, ooh that's the good stuff!

Once Upon A Time
I love to hate this show but I'm also so addicted to it - it's never ending drama, just when they break a curse someone else bad comes along and wages a wrath on all the characters. I'll admit I've read slightly ahead because 7 seasons are you kidding?! but I am enjoying Robert Carlyle's character, he is one great Rumple.

The Good Place
There is a lot of Netflix going on with this list, but I've finally found some good programmes to watch with other members of the family that aren't too lowbrow or too dramatic it causes stress eating. The Good Place came up on a whim and anything with Kristin Bell in makes me want to watch it asap - it's a great comedy about life after death in 'heaven' and what happens when you're not meant to be there, and that's all I'm going to say because it is just really funny and I hope it gets a third season! (Also if you love Adam Scott, he's in it too ;) )

Nut Roast Wellington
I have not stopped eating this since discovering you could put a nut roast inside pastry - very obvious I know, but a revelation for someone who loves both nut roast and pastry. We always make a big wellington that can be frozen and last a few days, and it's a bloomin' treat - might even do a recipe post on it!

Bleach London Eyeshadow
I picked up two shades recently as my fave palette turned out not to be vegan and had given me some irritation, and I love love love the bold colours. I blend both shades together for a really poppin' warm autumnal eye, and the whole range is cf/vegan which is bloody fab - thanks Bleach!

PUR Soiree Diaries Palette
Another eyeshadow to end on, and I've really been enjoying the PUR Soiree Diaries palette - it's got a lovely range of soft browns, reds, purples, mattes and sparkles, and really covers all occasions. I usually end up with a combo of Gala and Stunner, still a soft yet defined look with a bolder shade that's perfect for the autumn season.


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