Sunday, 24 July 2016

Appreciate The Little Things

We've all been guilty with forgetting about the little things in life - I've probably been most guilty of this recently as the year has ploughed on and we're already in July! Today, I wanted to take time out to write down the little things in my life I need to appreciate more.

1. Reading a good book. I've always got one on the go and found some great gems recently! (Reviews here and here)

2. Having a natter with my mum and sister. Because they're my biggest supporters and always there for me.

3. Baking. I'm no cook, but I can bake and love spending the time with new recipes and perfecting my current ones.

4. Spending time with my friends. It's definitely harder now we're all working/at uni/halfway across the country, but spending time with them where we can, always makes me happier.

5. Blogging. I'm not going to lie, blogging has been a struggle recently (read here) but I've given myself a kick up the bum and started enjoying it again, a little motivation goes a long way. 

What's the little things you need to appreciate more?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 21 July 2016

OOTD: 21st Birthday and Primark Jumpsuit

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OOTD: 21st Birthday and Primark Jumpsuit, Primark, Jumpsuit, Khaki Jumpsuit, Outfit, Birthday, Fashion, Fashion blogger
Jacket: Zara
Shoes: New Look
Bag: H&M

Here's a sneak preview of my 21st birthday outfit! I'm actually 21 today but I've got  a few days of seeing friends and family, which means a lot of outfits of course... I'll share what I got up to with you guys next week.

There's a story to this jumpsuit (as with every jumpsuit). So I popped into Primark on my lunch break a few weeks ago - a lie in itself because who just 'pops' into Primark?! I was on the hunt for a jumpsuit for my sister actually, but didn't come across the one she wanted in her size. Then I spotted this khaki jumpsuit, ummed and ahhed about it for a few minutes whilst looking through the rest of the store. Deciding to purchase it, I waited for 20 MINUTES! Most people would've given up after 10, but I was determined to get it because it could be the last one in my size/the perfect fitting jumpsuit/I need it, basically. Even thought I only had 10 minutes left of my lunch to eat, it was definitely worth it.

Moral of the story? Always buy the jumpsuit and never let a never-ending Primark queue put you off.

What do you think of this outfit? Have you got any Primark shopping stories?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

10 Beauty Tips and Hacks

I love sharing beauty tips and hacks, anything that can make our beauty routines shorter or more effective! You guys loved my 10 Fashion Tips and Hacks I did back in June, so I thought it was about time I did a beauty version. Who knows, maybe a lifestyle one will be coming next month?! 

1. Pat instead of rubbing your skin dry. Rubbing irritates the skin horribly and the harsh motion can dry out your skin too!

2. Layers can make hair look fuller and healthier. As well as giving your hair more shape and style, a few layers can go a long way to making thinner hair look more voluminous!

3. Always apply an SPF! UVA and UVB rays are absorbed by your skin all year round, so it's important to wear an SPF. My favourites are Soap & Glory and La Roche-Posay.

4. Keep hand and foot creams next to your bed. This will remind you last minute to apply them before going to bed.

5. Sharper your makeup pencils each time before using them. Especially for eyeliner, as this keeps them sharp and removes any lingering bacteria on them.

6. Hot cloth cleanse with a cream cleanser. Remove your makeup each evening, then apply a cream cleanser and gently buff in with a muslin cloth or flannel, which has been soaking in warm water. 

7. Exfoliate your face once a week. Dead skin cells and excess oil can build up over time and it's good to have a deep scrub once a week!

8. Keep your hair off your face when cleansing. If your hair is dirty or a bit 'meh' keep it away from a cleansed face to avoid breakouts. 

9. Rub Vaseline on your pulse points before spraying perfume. This makes your perfume last longer throughout the day!

10. Turn down the hot tap. Washing your face or body with hot water, then followed by cool air can cause dry skin so it's best to cool down. 

What's your best beauty tip or hack? Catch up with my previous beauty tips posts here and here.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Book Review: The Blue by Lucy Clarke

The third book review in three weeks? I know, I'm reading books at lightning speed recently. Catch up with A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton and The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop.

This week I bring you The Blue by Lucy Clarke. I came across this book by pure chance, I attended a meet-the-author event last April and our goody bags included random books, of which this was mine! The story revolves around one girl called Lana and her best friend Kitty who set off to the Philippines in search of freedom and a break from their standstill lives. There they discover The Blue, a travelling yacht manned by a crew of wanders and interesting characters. Behind each character on the boat is a secret, a dark side which one rough storm sets alight and changes the journey. Lana knows something is wrong with the crew when one of them mysteriously disappears overboard, but will she find out what actually happens?

The structure of the book is set in two time zones, the NOW and current time and the THEN - the past. It can be frustrating being in the NOW and knowing that something has happened in the THEN that affects Lana now, but it makes reading the book even more intriguing. I think Lana is a little naive at times, but her continued hope and dreams is something amazing and inspiring. 

What I love about the book is that it left me wanting to travel, feel inspired and sail again. The way the author picks the best and worst parts of travelling by yacht across the most beautiful islands in Asia is guaranteed to make you want to book a holiday! Since reading a variety of books in the past few months, I've realised that each time I've finished reading that I want to feel something - whether it's sadness, love or inspiration, that's what a good book stands for me.

Have you read this book before? What are you currently reading?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 14 July 2016

OOTD: Classic Stripes and Leather Skirt

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Coat: H&M
Top: Primark
Skirt: Zara
Shoes: Clarks
Bag: Accessorize

One time I wore a stripey top or dress three times across five days at work - and I have no shame. You know those items of clothing that make you feel great no matter what? It could be those pair of jeans, a gorgeous shirt or your favourite pair of shoes, Mine is stripes, it can be a top, jacket, scarf, dress or anything, but as long as it's stripey I will feel fab and confident. I went shopping in Brighton a few weeks ago and in Primark I headed towards my friend with various stripey tops in my hands, and she just said "I knew you'd pick something up with stripes!" Obsession gone too far? I'll let you know when the stripes finally take over my wardrobe. 

I wore this at the end of June when it was still cold and raining (thanks Britain) and couldn't break out the pretty sandals and summer dresses I have waiting to be worn. My fail sale brogues always come out when I need to smarten up my outfit a little, I should probably invest in a black pair but they're just too school like for me. Even walking into Clarks reminds me of many summer holidays trying on new school shoes for the new term, which my parents crossing their fingers that my feet won't suddenly grow in the next month.

What's your fail-sale outfit? What do you think of this outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Pink Parcel Review

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You guys may have heard of The Pink Parcel before from other bloggers, on social media or just a general search, but this monthly box is totally different from the rest. I caught up with the girls from The Pink Parcel a few weekends ago at The Bloggers Summer Hangout (link here to the review) and I've been trialing my own Pink Parcel for the past few weeks and thought I would review it. 

The Pink Parcel is basically a monthly subscription box for your period! Each month you'll receive a selection of tampons and pads from your favourite brands, along side a few beauty products, something sweet and a tea bag - because tea is proven to help you at that time of the month. You can sign up for just £6.99 for your first box, then it's £10.50 afterwards.

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In my Pink Parcel I received a gorgeous blush pink-mauve-grey nail polish from Lottie London in Blogger Babe. I've been wanting to try this brand for a while now and have definitely been surprised at how long it lasts without chipping (4-5 days!) and how opaque the colour is too. I've uploaded a Instagram of my painted nails, so check it out. Next is the Green People SPF 30 Sun Lotion, I've used this brand before and loved the results, I'll be using this throughout the summer when my current SPF has run out!

Clean & Clear takes me back to my teenage days when I had crazy bad spots, I do get a few around my chin now and their Spot Control Moisturiser has stopped them from turning too red and spotty! The consistency is a little too thick for my skin but it doesn't leave it at all greasy! Then we have the amazing Bourjois Beauty'Full Volume Dark Khol Mascara, the brush has two round blobs which really pack the volume onto your lashes without making them look clumpy (my pet hate!). I also received a eyeshadow duo from Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics in Lightning, first what a crazy cool name and second their packaging is just too cute with flamingos! The colours are a gorgeous gold and deep navy, which aren't my usual colours but have been a great addition for going out. 

Onto the food part, I got a super sweet tea from the English Tea Shop in Cranberry Vanilla Delight which I actually tested during my period and it really did help! I prefer sweet berry teas and this one is naturally caffeine free so I wasn't bouncing off the walls afterwards. The comes my favourite part, the Double Trouble Gourmet Butter Fudge from The Fudge Kitchen, so delicious and the perfect size for a sweet treat. 

As well as my Pink Parcel, I got a packed of Jealous Sweets which are tasty natural sweets (even better than Haribo, I have to say) and a little pouch of tampons, that I now keep in my bag in case of emergencies. The Pink Parcel is a great and innovative monthly subscription box with products that are useful and something that you would probably buy yourself too - make sure you sign up to get your first box for £6.99!

Have you tried The Pink Parcel before? What's your favourite product?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Why I'm Struggling To Blog

It's got to that point after 4 years of blogging that it's actually becoming a struggle. Here I am on a Sunday afternoon writing 4 blog posts, taking photos and scheduling in all my social media posts for the week, when I could be outside reading a book, seeing friends and just experiencing life as a 20 year old. I'm not gonna go on with 'poor me, poor me' argument, because I'm pretty lucky where blogging has taken me in my career etc. 

Sometimes I just want to not have to worry about my blog for a week or two, but as incredibly protective I am over my blog, I wouldn't let myself take even a mini break. My schedule works like this, Monday to Friday I work in London in digital marketing for a cosmetics company - something I love doing and that my blog helped me get the job in the first place. I leave my house before 7am and am lucky to get home before 7pm, leaving a couple of hours to eat, relax, catch up with friends and family in the evening before doing it all over again the next day. Then the weekends are my free time to do whatever I want, but I always end up leaving my blog to the last minute on a Sunday afternoon - right when I fancy a nap and good book to snuggle down with. 

Blogging is a hobby for me, yes it does take up a lot of my spare time at the weekends and sometimes nothing flows from my brain, through my fingers and onto the keyboard that's even worth putting online. The comparison game is another fun one to play, Why has she got so many followers? What am I doing differently? How can I get to that position? It's hard work and dedication that gets you there. 

So those are the reasons why I'm struggling to blog; time, lack of creativity and the comparison demon. What I do love about blogging though is the community, I try to take part in blogger chats over the weekend but sometimes it's not possible (see reason 1) and when I do it's so great to chat to other similar people. Do you guys ever struggle to blog? Or get down in the dumps about blogging?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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P.S Sorry this is an unorganised ramble, I just had a lot of things to write about!

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