Health & Fitness | Getting Motivated For Summer

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  • Saturday, 23 June 2018

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a bit of a love/hate relationship when it comes to the gym; I hate to go and I love to moan about it...

However, it has come to that time of year when the sun is out and therefore more skin is exposed… And whilst my tanning game is top notch (read more about that here) my body is not exactly screaming, “I’m ready for summer!!!”

So I’m doing my usual, try and eat better and get my arse to the gym more. It’s so hard though, right? The motivation to get yourself to the gym? To get into the mind-set of eating healthy? It’s difficult, and I for one am in a serious rut in terms of health and fitness. 

I am determined to change this mind-set however, I want to be healthy and I want to feel confident. There are a few new things that I have incorporated into my daily routine to help me get on track and ready for summer. These are small things that have made a big difference in terms of getting me motivated to become fitter and healthier...

Water Intake

It is common knowledge that drinking plenty of water is great for your body. It keeps you hydrated, alert, regular, fuller for longer, keeps your skin clear and increases metabolism. I drink a fair amount of water throughout the day generally, but I am making much more of a conscious effort to drink more. I have found that drinking from a bottle, such as this cute Sweat Smile Repeat one from Superdrug keeps me on track as I can easily measure how much water I’m drinking each day. 

Protein Powder

Now, I’m no expert when it comes to protein powders, but I have read about how good they can be for your body, especially if you increase your work out schedule. They are great for recovery and so sometimes, after a particularly long or strenuous workout, I will make myself a protein shake. I love this Banana flavoured one from Superdrug’s Some Body range, and it tastes particularly good with almond milk. I sometimes even make one in the morning to have for breakfast if I need something quick and easy. 


Detox Tea

I know that there is a lot of controversy around the topic of detox tea. It’s true that some brands like to add ingredients that produce a laxative effect, so you go to the loo a lot and potentially don’t do your body any favours. However, everyone’s body is different and what works for one person may not work for another. I have been drinking the Detox & Cleanse Tea Bags from Superdrug’s Some Body range, and they are lovely. They are designed to increase your energy levels, prevent fatigue and boost your mood. The fourteen day pack comes with fourteen day, and fourteen night tea bags, each of which a filled with lots of lovely ingredients. 

Fitness Tracker

I have also recently bought a Fitness tracker. I’ve had my eye on a Fitbit for quite a while now, but could never justify the price tag. I did a bit of research and opted for a £20 model from Amazon. I felt that having something around my wrist that would constantly be updated, would help me to keep track of any activity that I do. This one in particular tracks my: steps, heart rate, calories burnt and sleep patterns. I’m hoping that it will help me to set targets and reach goals. 

Sleeping Pattern

Speaking of sleeping patterns, I have also been listening to my body a lot more when it comes to feeling tired. Usually I would stay up as late as possible, never wanting to miss out on anything. However, my current job requires me to wake up at 6am every morning, and I just can’t handle going to sleep after midnight anymore. I have tried to listen to my body and go to bed as and when I start to feel tired. I feel as though this gives me a much better night sleep, and ultimately gives me more energy the following day. 


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Living Intentionally | My Summer Beauty Wish List

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  • Friday, 22 June 2018

Shopping and intentional living aren’t exactly two words that seem to go together, but I believe there is a way that these two notions can live harmoniously...

For the past twelve months I have been on a mission to downsize, minimise and de-clutter my belongings. This has meant that I have given thought to everything that I own, and decided whether to keep it in my life or get rid/gift/donate/recycle. It also means that I have given intentional thought to everything that I have purchased and brought into my life, thinking hard about whether or not I actually need x y & z, and how it will impact my life. This has brought about loads of amazing positives, most notably the fact that I have less to tidy, clean and store, and I have more space, time and let’s not forget - money! 

Now, this isn’t to say that I never buy anything and that I am no longer a fan of fashion, beauty and home wear. It just means that I am a hell of a lot more intentional when it comes to shopping and bringing new things into my life. One thing that I like to do is create little wish lists. So whether I see a new top, some summer perfumes or piece of furniture, I write it down in a list on my phone. This way I can keep track of everything that catches my eye, without impulsively bringing new things into my home. I can come back to the list after I’ve had time to reflect and if I no longer feel as though it would add value to my life, then I delete it off the list. However, if I find that after having time to think about the item, I still want to purchase it, I can do so guilt free, knowing that it was an intentional decision to do so. 

With this in mind, I thought that I would share with you a few things that are currently on my Summer Beauty Wish List. This is a collection of items that I have had my eye on of late, however, they will remain on my list until I decide whether or not I want to welcome it into my home. 

I have left links to all of the items below in case you would like to read more about them or add them onto a wish list of your own! 

Clive Christian Twist Discovery Set, IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, Chanel Lipstick, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Oskia Oil, Becca Face Palette, Tan-Lux Water Gradual Tan, Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, Diptyque Bath Oil, Glam Glow Face Mask


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Reduce & Simplify | How To Declutter Your Skincare Collection

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  • Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A while ago I wrote a blog post all about minimising and reducing my makeup collection, which you can read here. It got me thinking about other areas in my life that I can reduce and minimise further and one big area for me was my skincare. My makeup post was pretty popular with you guys so I thought that I would share this de-cluttering process with you as well. Keep reading for some tips on how to reduce and minimise your skincare collection….


My skin needs can change on a seasonal, monthly and sometimes weekly basis. I wouldn’t say that I have sensitive skin, but it does tent to change depending on the weather, my diet, hormones and stress levels! For this reason, I seem to justify to myself that I need a million and one beauty products to help my skin no matter how it’s feeling. What I have learnt however is that simplicity is key, and once I got my skincare regime based around a just a few different products I really noticed a difference. 

Obviously other factors still play a role (hello monthly emotional breakouts!) but over all I have found that a simple routine is what work’s best for me. Much of this has been through trial and error and to some it may seem like I still use a lot of products. However, I have found that these are the steps that work best for me:


- Face Wash
- Eye Makeup Remover
- Cleanser
- Toner
- Serum
- Moisturiser
- Eye Cream


- Face Masks 
- Exfoliator
- Hydrating Cream
- Facial Oil


So, now you have worked out what products you want in your skincare routine, it is time to decide what you want to keep and what you need to get rid of. I find that with any sort of de-cluttering, gathering together everything that you own from that category into one place is the best way to start. I’m a huge beauty lover and working in the blogging industry, I am lucky enough to receive some lovely products to write about on my blog. But no matter how many products you have to sort through I would make a cup of coffee, stick on an episode (or two) of RuPaul’s Drag Race and get de-cluttering!

Something I like to do is sort the products into piles before hand so that I know what I’m working with. For example, put all of your moisturisers in one area, face masks in another, cleansers in another and so on. I would then refer back to the routine that you are happy with and work through what you want to keep and what you no longer need. 

I would recommend keeping one of everything that you have in your new routine, ie one day cream, one night cream, one eye cream, one cleanser ect, and then keep one or two back up products (if you have them) to replace the products as when you use them up. If it is out of date or not a part of your daily or weekly skincare regime, throw it away. 

I have also been thinking more about where my products come from and opting to have skincare that is organic, vegan and promotes less packaging. I have recently started using a few products by Green People, an organic, vegan, fairly traded, ethical company. I have loved using their Vita Min Fix 24-Hour Cream that has avocado extracts and is lovely and hydrating. This combined with their Beauty Boost Skin Restore leaves my skin feeling plumed, bright and hydrated. I would therefore be more mindful with the products I keep in my routine, to ensure that I am one hundred percent happy with how they work and what they are made from. This is a personal preference, but it is something I like to consider when de-cluttering.  

Ultimately - If you don’t use it, it doesn’t work with your skin or it doesn’t a line with your values – get rid of it!


Create a ‘to use’ pile – Whenever I have a clear out of anything, whether it’s my skincare, makeup, cleaning products or food products, I always create a little ‘to use’ pile. This is just a few bits that are maybe nearly finished or little samples that I don’t want to put back in my re-organised draws or cupboards, but that I want to use up first. 

Give to friends and family – whilst I’m having a clear out, I always keep my friends and family in mind before chucking anything I don’t want or use anymore. For example, there was a hand cream I hadn’t opened yet so I offered it to my mum before throwing it away. This way you can re-home things in a joyful way, rather than throw everything into landfill.

Throw It Away – When you have gone through everything that you don’t need, you don’t want to use up, and you’re pretty sure that no one you know will have any use for it, bin it. Make sure that you clean out any product and recycle as much of the packaging as possible though!


Once you have created your new routine, decided what products you are keeping and got rid of all of the products you no longer need it is time to create a shopping list. Now I know what you’re thinking – ‘a shopping list in a de-cluttering blog post?!’ – but bare with me…

Shopping lists help to keep you focused and not stray away from what you have already promised yourself. Shopping lists stop you from being sucked into bargains, from buying products that have looked appealing in adverts and from spending more money than you want to. So if you create a skincare-shopping list as you would a food shop list, then it keeps you on tract and prevents you from having to have another clear out in six months time…


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Travel Inspiration | A Las Vegas Travel Guide

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  • Saturday, 9 June 2018

Vegas was the penultimate stop on our six week trip across the United States of America and it was certainly worth the wait. I have never been to Nevada before, but after watching many a Hollywood blockbuster, filmed and set in this twenty-four hour city, I was excited to explore. 

 We arrived after a few very chilled out days spent in Joshua Tree and then Phoenix, so we were well rested and ready to experience the madness of Vegas. It’s funny how everyone says that it is city literally in the middle of the desert, but it wasn’t until we drove across the vast, empty landscape to get there, that I appreciated just how isolated it really is. 

The Sat Nav shouting out that we were to stay on one road in a straight line for one hundred and ninety three miles still blows my mind!


We arrived with ease and checked into our Air BnB, which happened to be a suite in The Palms Hotel and oh my, was that a game changer! We were located on the twenty-second floor and because we were a five minute drive from the strip, we had some incredible views out of our balcony window. If the views weren’t enough, we had a little kitchenette, a Jacuzzi bath with a walk in shower and a TV in the bathroom! The bed was amazingly comfortable and the hotel offered a free shuttle to the strip throughout the day. I would really recommend considering The Palms if you are ever in need of accommodation in Vegas. 


Gambling – One of the first things that people think of when you hear the word Vegas, is casinos and slot machines. There is something for everyone whether you are a seasoned pro, wanted to bet big bucks on a poker table, or an inexperienced cheap skate that wants to place dollar bets on the craps machine (ie. James and I!). Either way, it’s a good laugh and definitely an experience to take part in!

Drinks – Vegas, known for it’s gambling, is also well known for its drink culture. All of the Casinos are filled with bars and it is even legal to buy alcohol and walk the streets of Vegas, drinking as you go. Whilst you’re gambling in the casinos and as long as you have credit in the machines, drinks are on the house and brought to you. This is something we took full advantage of (even with our dollar bets!) although I was often opting for a diet coke or a hot chocolate – I know, I can’t believe how crazy I am either!

Shows – There are so many shows available to go and see in Vegas, and tones of incredible acts hold residencies at many of the hotels. I really wanted to go and see Penn & Teller, the magicians, however, if there is a show that you fancy seeing I would really recommend booking well in advance. We left it too late, but still managed to get tickets to the Comedy Cellar, which ended up being so so funny and well worth a watch! 


Welcome To Vegas – The Vegas sign in extremely iconic and we knew that we wanted to head over to take a quick snap… Unfortunately, the map on James’s phone didn’t have amazing scale skills and so what we thought was going to be a half an hour stroll turned into a three hour round hike!! 

Old New York – This was a really cool part of the strip that I really enjoyed exploring. After being in the Big Apple just a few weeks before, it was fun to see a little miniature version of the huge city, fully equipped with a Statue of Liberty and Hershey’s Store. 

The Bellagio – From around mid-day, the fountains at the front of the Bellagio hotel put on a show to music every hour. We went during the evening and so the water jets were accompanied with lights as well as music. It was a really good show and I’ve included some clips in my Vlog, which you can watch at the end of this post. 

Shopping – There are plenty of shopping options in Vegas if you fancy that sort of thing. We spend one of the afternoons walking around the different shops and stumbled upon In n Out Burger as well as Sprinkles, equipped with it’s own cupcake atm! 

You can have a read of my other travel guides from the trip: New York, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Joshua Tree


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How To Live More Intentionally With Your Money

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  • Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Talking about money always seems to be a bit of an awkward topic, and talking about money problems can feel even worse. It’s funny how it can be such a hush hush subject, when it is something that we all have to deal with on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. 

Something that I would like to discus is living more intentionally with money. I think that there are so many people looking at ways to earn/make/have more money in their lives, however, if we live a life filled with intention, I think that a large proportion of money issues can be dealt with. 

Now, I am no financial advisor, and I am also not trying to suggest that there is only one way to look after your finances. However, I do believe that one way to ensure that you are financially stable is to be more intentional with your spending habits. 


The first piece of advice that I would offer in order to live more intentionally with money is to get in control. By this I mean, work out exactly how much money you own, how much money you have coming in and keep a track of where it is at all times. 

I’m not suggesting that you withdraw all of your cash and hide it in a suitcase under our bed with a cctv camera set on it…! But what I would suggest is signing up to online banking. For example, I have three bank accounts; one current account, which I get paid into, one savings account and one account that I keep all of my blogging money in. By having online banking and the apps on my phone, I can easily keep in control of my spending habits, as I always know where my money is and how much I have. 


Another way to becoming intentional with your money and spending habits is to take some time to work out a budget and stick to it. I don’t mean for it to sound so restrictive, but if you work out how much money is going out each month, sometimes it makes you think twice about where your money is actually going. So write a list of all of your outgoings and see what’s left. 

My list for example would look like this:

Gym Membership
National Trust Membership 
Netflix Membership

Once all of my outgoings have been added together, I then know how much money I have to play with for the rest of the month. This way I can put some money into my savings account each month and be left with everyday spending money and I never buy or treat myself to anything until I know that I have covered all of my outgoings. 


This is something that I would strongly recommend if you want to make an effort to live more intentionally with your money. I believe that being in control of your own money is key in being financially stable. 

James and I have been together for almost ten years and have lived together for four. We have always kept our finances separate and think that in doing so, it keeps up financially independent and it is therefore something that we never argue about. We have a joint account that we both pay into each month to cover the cost of bills/rent etc., but apart from that, the money we each earn is our own.  It ensures that all of my financial decisions are my own and it allows me to spend my money in a way that I see fit. I appreciate this isn’t something for everyone but it definitely works for us. 


So you can create all of your budgets, be financially independent and know where all of your money is. However, living more intentionally with money isn’t all about saving, it’s about thinking before you buy.

Asking yourself simple questions such as ‘Do I need this new lipstick?’, ‘Can I wait until I get home to have a coffee?’, ‘Do I need to buy lunch for work today?’. All of these things may only cost a couple of pounds, but they will soon add up by the end of the month. Asking yourself if you need/want/must buy something before hand is living more intentionally and it’s surprising how much you say no, once you’ve taken a step back. 


If you are really struggling in terms of becoming financially stable, or you want to find out more about setting up budgets or being more intentional when it comes to spending, the best thing to do is a little bit of research. Above is just my opinion on how things have worked for me, and it is just one way of doing things. There is plenty of advice online about finances, and there is certainly no reason for you to live in debt or have to worry about being financially unstable. 

Giffgaff have recently put together a gameplan with tones of amazing advice to help you on your way to financial stability. Whether you are a student in debt, a new home owner, a married couple or just wanting to save up for a big expense, they have absolutely tones of advice available on their website. 


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Little Beauty Routines That Make Me Feel More Confident...

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  • Sunday, 3 June 2018

Sometimes we don’t always have the money, inclination or time to dedicate to beauty regimes or treatments on a regular basis. For example, I absolute love to have massages to relax and give my body a treat. I also love having my hair cut in a salon, the glossy shine that my hair has whenever I leave, always makes me feel really relaxed and confident. 

However, massages, trips to the salon, manicures and facials not only cost a fair few pretty pennies, but they also take time and energy in order to have them done on a regular basis. 

As someone who likes to save where I can and doesn’t have a lot of free time to spend in spas and salons, I have a couple of little routines that make me feel more confident from the comfort of my own home. Don’t get me wrong, I love to splurge on the occasional massage or treat myself every now and then to a professional manicure, but a gals’ gotta work and pay bills, ya know?!


Dry brushing is something that I have been doing on and off over the last couple of months, but it has now become a part of my regular beauty routine. If you’re not too sure what dry brushing is, its basically rubbing yourself with a body brush-pre shower. So, I brush my body all over with circular strokes, starting at my toes, going all the way up to my neck, down my arms and finishing at my fingertips. 

I have read about the benefits of dry brushing and after making it a part of my routine I have really noticed a difference. It is a great way to exfoliate the body (without having to use loads of products) and it stimulates blood flow, increases metabolism and gives the skin a smoother appearance. Once I’m out of the shower I moisturise all over and I can honestly say that it has made me feel much more confident about my body. 


I have never really felt insecure about my teeth, but after using the Pro-Teeth Whitening Co, Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder*, I have become much more confident about my smile. It is a powder that you apply to a wet toothbrush which you then spend one or two minutes brushing your teeth with. It is suggested that you use it twice for best results, however I have only been using it on an evening after I’ve brushed my teeth with regular toothpaste. 

It is one hundred percent natural and contains coconut shell and charcoal. The activated charcoal helps to freshen breath and the coconut shell aids in polishing the teeth, ultimately giving them a whiter appearance. 


Another little beauty routine that I have adopted of late is at home manicures. In the past I would either pay to get my nails done, or kind of ignore them and then splash on the odd bit of nail varnish before going out. 

Recently however, I have been dedicating a little bit of time every four or five days to give myself a bit of a DIY manicure. So I’ll give my hands a good wash in warm soapy water, file my nails and apply some oil to my cuticles. After massaging the oil into my cuticles and fingertips, I’ll then apply two coats of clear nail varnish and let them dry. It is a really simple, easy routine but it leaves my nails looking neat and tidy and I feel much more confidant as a result. 

None of these routines take a long time, cost a lot of money or require much thought or energy, but each one makes me feel a little bit more confident and happier about myself, and who can complain about that?!



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Style Diaries | Posing In The Californian Desert

Joshua Tree was one of my favourite stops on our recent USA road trip. It was so nice to have a break from city life and spend a few days in what felt like, the middle of nowhere…

We had some amazing accommodation whilst in Joshua Tree and believe it or not, these pictures were taken just next to where we were staying. I love California and have traveled around a lot of different areas, but this was my first time visiting this beautiful place. 

When we were planning our six-week road trip around the states it became apparent that we would be traveling from city to city straight after one another. Before Joshua Tree we had been to New York, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. We thought it would be good to schedule ourselves in a bit of down time, almost like a check point, for us to chill out and recharge our batteries. 

It was a great idea and we had two whole days with no agenda, no public transport, no restaurants and a shit tone of sunshine and natural beauty. 

It also meant that I was able to whack on my bikini for the first time during the trip. It was so nice to be able to chill in the sunshine, get a bit of a tan and read my book with some amazing iced coffee. I literally never wanted to leave! 

I took with me my trusty ladybird bikini from Debenhams, which I bought just before our autumnal week away in Cyprus last October. I teamed it up with my New York white t-shirt from Primark, which turned out to be such a good buy! It was £5 and I wore it so much during our trip as it is such a versatile piece. I literally wore it for meals out, day trips and in Joshua Tree, as a bikini cover up! 

The views were truly incredible during our stay, and I would absolutely love to go back. These photographs were taken on our first day surrounded by, what we felt, was the most beautiful scenery. It wasn’t until our second day however, when we spent One Fine Day In Joshua Tree National Park, that we were completely blown away. 

It was a beautiful few days but it is definitely staying on my travel wish list, as I would love to go back and explore it some more… 



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