Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Ways To Be Your Own Valentine's

After 23 years of spending Valentines Day alone *boohoo* I think I've cracked this whole malarky, and quite frankly, it's a holiday I really look forward. A day to really focus on yourself, I like to take the time out to kick my feet back and do whatever I like. Whether that's getting myself all organised or eating two cakes instead of one (ok, lets be honest here, it's the latter. Always the latter). I thought it might be fun to list the plans I have for this coming Sunday to help you along the way.

1. Wear an outfit that makes you feel great about yourself. We've all got those items that make us feel that little bit extra special, whether that be something you'd owned for years or something you only picked up last week. I was kindly sent a few pieces c/o of New Look. Normally I'd shy away from a Valentines themed collection, as I'm not one for heart print and red lace - however, I was really pleasantly surprised with what I found - this leather look pink skirt (which is a total bargain, seriously), this chain shoulder bag and of course, a striped tee.

2. Get cosy and snuggle down with a good inspiring book. I'll hold my hands up and admit it, I'm a lazy reader. Don't get me wrong, I have read a lot of the classics, but when it comes to enjoyable reading, I like an easy read. A read that I'll put down and feel all that bit better about myself. A fail safe book for me is #GIRLBOSS which tells the story of Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal. It's one of those real feel good reads that remind you that it's never too late to make a change; and that if you work hard, success will be around the corner.

3. Bake a cake. Or y'know, buy the entire chocolate selection from your nearest Tesco. Whatever floats your boat. Food is the way to my heart, and if you can't your body weight in sweet food on Valentines Day, then when can you? Detox Shmetox. Treat yourself. That money you were going to spend on someone else, spend it on yourself. YOU GO GIRL.

4. Don't have a pity party for one and be productive. Whilst every single part of you might just want to hide away under the covers and avoid any sort of human contact but that isn't going to help you. Do those things you've been meaning to do for ages. Sort out of your wardrobe. Clear out under the bed. Get yourself organised and back on track with your life. You'll feel so much better afterwards. And before you know it, it'll be bedtime and Valentines Day will have been forgotten about for another whole year.

5. Take some time out from social media. Seems like a bit of an odd one, but for me, if I know there's something that could make me feel a little down or a little lonely, then stepping away from Instagram and Twitter can be a huge help. In this present time, it's really easy to find yourself swallowed in by social media and find yourself pining for this 'perfect' lifestyle everyone on social media seems to lead. Nine out of Ten times it isn't the case and the reality is, they've probably sat behind a screen makeup free, pineapple on head and wearing Primark pjs too. Plus let's be honest, who wants to read sickly sweet photographs and see soppy #boydidgood tweets all day? Not this girl.

So what are your plans for Valentines Day? What else would you add to this list?

P.s. Just remember, it's only a day. One whole 24 hours and it's done with for another 364 days. It'll all be okay.

Friday, 5 February 2016

The Skincare Tool I Didn't Know I Needed

These past few months, I've really been trying to get myself a skincare routine that I'm happy with and more importantly, my skin is happy about. I've found myself in a pretty good place skin-wise and apart from the occasional dry patch or blemish, I've been having a whole lot more good skin days than I have in a long time. Restricted to budget skincare, introducing a tool into my routine has never been much of an option to me, however, when the lovely people over at Look Fantastic asked if I liked to give the FOREO Luna Mini 2 I jumped at the chance.

Paired with the FOREO Night Cleanser I've been using this every night after removing my makeup to give my skin a deeper cleanse. I'll lightly massage the cleanser into my face in a circular motion, before running the FOREO Mini Luna 2 under the warm water tap, and on a medium setting will buff the cleanser into my skin. Being someone who suffers with pretty sensitive skin, I'll admit I was hesitant that this tool might irritate it further, however, if anything it has done the complete opposite and my skin is looking the calmest it has in a long time. It isn't at all harsh on the skin which is a problem I've came across with skincare tools in the past and makes a wonderful change from the cleansing brushes that my skin could only handle one use a week. With a variety of different vibration speeds available, there's plenty of different options depending on your skin type and personal preferences.

I never expected to notice visible results straight away but I was pleasantly surprised as my skin looked instantly that little bit brighter and healthier, which I think we're all after especially with the colder weather. After 2 weeks of daily use the texture of my skin is what I've noticed the biggest changes in. Make-up sits much nicer, I don't feel like I need as much foundation to get my desired coverage and I no longer struggle with dry patches appearing over the course of the day. Plus being able to give my face a much deeper clean on a daily basis has dramatically reduced the amount of clogged pores, particularly around my nose.

It's the first time in a long time that I've truly felt content and confident over my skin, and at £99 I think it's well worth the price tag. To fully charge the device took around an hour and the battery life is said to last 5 months, making it perfect if you're a bit lazy and forgetful when it comes to making sure things are charged if you're like me. This facial cleansing device and accompanying cleanser have become a real staple in my nighttime skincare routine and I don't see that changing for a long time yet. I've totally been sold.

Have you tried out the FOREO Luna Mini 2 yet? I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on it too!

Monday, 1 February 2016

A Weekend in York

Outfit Details: Coat - Topshop (similar here), Jumper - Primark (similar here), Skirt - Primark (similar here), Shoes - Converse, Hat - H&M (similar here)

If you follow me on social media, you'll know that I spent my weekend over in York attending a rather special event on Friday evening. You know those emails you get that you have to double check it's actually real before replying? Well, a month or so ago I got one of those; inviting me along to a fashion event organised by York Uni and The Northern Youth. A fashion event hosted by none other than the Anna Wintour. As someone who has aspired to work within fashion journalism for as long as I can remember, I've always idolised Anna Wintour but never in a million years expected to ever see her in person, especially being a Northern based blogger who struggles to leave the house most days. However, on Friday evening, I went down to York with my mam and met up with the lovely Lucy and Amy for the most surreal experience with a lot of fangirling and 'o-m-g-is-this-real' moments. Unfortunately we never got a chance to speak to Anna Wintour personally (she was walking towards us but sadly got pulled away, boo) but her talk was truly inspiring and filled with the most wonderful advice that I'm sure will stick with me for a long long time. The fashion show itself was incredible too with pieces all from local designers and fashion students, showing just what talent the North really has. Being invited onto the front row of such an event, with a very worthy course (the money itself went towards the Refugee Crisis), was truly special and it was certainly an evening I won't be forgetting in a hurry. So thank you to the people over at Hard Magazine who invited me along!

Wanting to make a little weekend out of it, me and my mam decided to stay in a local hotel and have a day of exploring York on Saturday. For a place that is relatively local (well, if you call 2 hours by car local...) it's not somewhere I've visited very much however, it truly is one of the most lovely places. From the famous Shambles, to the cobbled streets and Betty's tea rooms (I couldn't not leave without macarons now could I?) I had the absolute best time and I'm already planning to return once it warms up a little.

I was originally planning to photograph the outfit that I wore for the fashion event itself, however, lack of lighting and some rather icky weather made it difficult on the day - but I'm sure it'll be going up on a post in the very near future. So, instead I decided to photograph this, slightly more comfy, outfit I wore to explore on Saturday, albeit between snow showers and a lot of ducking indoors.

Now we all know how much I love a good hat. Whether that be a Fedora, a Beret or the newest to my collection, a Baker Boy Cap, I'm sort of obsessed. And although I do sort of resemble a train driver whenever I wear it, I completely love it and it's already had a lot of wear. A total bargain (i.e. it was £2 in the sale!) I'm super happy to have found it and although I certainly won't be looking anywhere near as cool as the January Vogue cover (we all know the one I'm talking about) I'm going to give it a try. I often find all-black outfits pretty difficult to pull off - major kudos to those who do - so I of course had to bring my leopard print coat back out. I did warn you you're probably going to see it a lot of times over on this blog, but I just can't get over how versatile it is. I'm on a real budget right now until I find a job and I was really hesitant that splashing out on a print coat would be something I'd regret, however it's easily the best £40 I've spent in a long time. A real wardrobe staple for me now!

So what have you been up to this weekend? Anything exciting?

P.s. - I've got a new shop page, where I'll be creating a new wishlist every other week of all the things I've had my eye on, both high-street and high-end so please check it out!