Friday, 13 November 2015

5 Things To Do On Your Day Off

(Tilly totally feels my pain)

Having a day off work feels like a luxury to me at the moment & now that I've got two days off in a row (rare in retail) I've been told to rest by the Doctor as I'm suffering with some kind of virus, typical! I had so many ideas on how to spend my days off so whilst I'm tucked up in bed I thought I may as well share them anyway! Usually when my day off rolls around I treat myself to a lie in, but then the rest of my time is taken up by catching up with household chores & life admin things. Recently I've been feeling quite stressed with my lifestyle & things are gonna have to change, which is probably one reason why I'm always poorly. I really want to start utilising my time a bit better so now I've got this lil list to refer back to heres hoping I can learn to chill a bit more!

One: Begin the day with a pamper session, by this I mean the whole works, a long hot bubble bath, manicure, pedicure & a face mask! I feel like starting your day this way is such a treat & puts you in a good mood, ready to get on with whatever you've got planned.

Two: Read that book you've had sitting on your shelf for the past year. Dust it off, snuggle up under blankets on the sofa & lose yourself in a chapter or two. 

Three: Try out a new recipe! I'm always saying I want to eat different meals but when it rolls round to the evening it's always easier to pop a pizza in the oven & be done with it. This is purely a lazy issue for me, once I've prepared a meal though I always feel a sense of satisfaction, especially when it tastes yum too!

Four: Do some DIY. & by that I don't mean home improvements I mean get crafty. I did a big eBay order the other night consisting of glitter, feathers & things to make a load of Christmas decorations for the house. I definitely know what I'll be doing when my next day off arrives!

Five: Become a tourist in your own city. This really appeals to me as we moved to a completely new city so we have lots of places still to discover. You can't really go wrong with a day of exploring, I'd start the day off by heading over to a coffee shop I'd never been to & go from there.

Maybe all these new *things* I'm planning on doing will result in a couple of blog posts too, who knows! 
How do you like to spend your days off?
L x

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Friday, 30 October 2015

Halloween & Autumnal Decor

This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween...

Here's a little peak into how I've decorated our home for the Autumn. Ever since we moved in one of the things I've been most excited about is the chance to decorate for each season. As soon as Autumn appeared I switched my Summer candles over to more spicy scented ones & picked up some Halloween related decor too. We are having a little gathering tomorrow evening so I scoured the shops for some bits & pieces to make our living space have a bit of a 'spooky' theme. I've hung a skeleton garland from our beautiful cast iron fireplace & filled the fire pit with candles & placed munchkins & a full sized pumpkin on the floor to create a little scene! Of course I had to pick up some Autumnal coloured flowers too.
Do you decorate for the seasons?

L x

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Monday, 5 October 2015

Lazy Monday Mornings...

After 13 consecutive days at work I am so so glad to be sat in my big squishy bed with my two little puga's! I have been completely rushed off my feet as well as dealing with some really horrible bouts of anxiety, I'm exhausted & run down so today is all about a bit of rest & relaxation! One thing I absolutely love to do when I'm having some chill time is to open my MacBook, log into Blogger & type away. I find it really therapeutic & it's so enjoyable, especially when I see the end result & receive lovely comments to read. I've been looking through my Instagram photos so thought it would be nice to re-cap on everything thats been going on recently, like I've said before in previous posts I love to document my life so that one day I can look back on it, which is why I should really get into vlogging! It also made me realise I haven't shared any photos from our trip to Brighton, I'll be sure to do that asap but be prepared for pug spam! 

Theres a little Autumnal theme running through my photos, which makes me so happy. I know everyone seems to be banging on about how much they love this time of year, but I really do! Everything is so cosy, with lots of candles lit & fairy lights on, blankets to wrap up in on the sofa whilst drinking a big mug of hot chocolate, what's not to love? All the leaves are starting to fall now too, littering the ground with the most colourful display & creating that satisfying crunch when you step on them, it makes dog walking all the more fun! I couldn't resist snapping a photo of Lulu & my feet standing amongst the pretty array of Autumnal leaves & I'm sure there will be many more of those to come. Apart from appreciating Autumn, I've been busy at work turning the into a festive dream. All of the Christmas decorations are out now & I've built Christmas trees, arranged table displays & basically been like a little elf spreading Christmas cheer throughout the store! I am SO excited!! Only 11 Mondays left before the big day itself...

How was your weekend?

L x

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Saturday, 26 September 2015

Antipodes Organic Skincare

In celebration of Organic Beauty Week I have been trying out some new skincare bits from the Organic skincare brand Antipodes. Antipodes are an award-winning certified organic & vegetarian brand that offer a range of skincare, body care & makeup. Having already used their Resurrect Facial Toner in the past I jumped at the chance to welcome some more of their products into my skincare regime. Before talking about each of the products I want to mention the packaging, something I often forget to do when I'm reviewing beauty products but I can't go any further without giving it some appreciation! The green floral wallpaper style is really pretty yet represents what Antipodes are all about, natural & organic. I make sure to pop each item back into their cardboard box & sit them neatly on my dresser because I love it so much.
Starting with the Grapeseed Butter Cleanser* (£24.99) as this is the first product I use out of the three it makes sense to begin with it! This cleanser is different from any I've used before as it's a balmy consistency, hence it being titled a 'butter cleanser'. I use the little spatula it came with to scoop up a small amount and then massage it into my skin. It melts quite quickly into an oil and the small grape seeds also melt down but provide that extra bit of exfoliation too. It has a really relaxing aroma which is why I especially love using it a night before I go to bed, the lavender & blue chamomile is calming & also helps to soothe my skin. It smells so so good, sometimes I just go & sniff the pot if I'm feeling stressed, is that weird? *hands over eyes monkey emoji*
After my skin is feeling clean & refreshed I apply the Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum* (£34.00). Using a serum is a recent addition to my skincare routine, I always knew I should be using one but never got round to finding one to use so when the lovely PR lady recommended it to me I couldn't say no! The Worship serum is packed with ingredients that aim to keep skin youthful by protecting skin cells against early ageing. It feels a little drying on my skin as it soaks in but its nothing a bit of moisturiser can't fix! 
And last but certainly not least I finish off my skincare by applying the Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream* (£26.99). It's a lovely thin moisturiser that contains Manuka Flower, Sweet Almond and pure organic Avocado oil. The Manuka Flower ingredient is able to aid healing thanks to it's antibacterial & protective properties & as my skin has been particularly bad recently I'm so pleased to see my blemish scars fading away! Avocado Oil is nutrient rich meaning it helps keep skin healthy as it is able to transform tired, stressed looking skin into a fresh complexion. The moisturiser sinks in quickly & leaves my skin ready for me to apply my makeup, which I have to say applies beautifully. The best thing about this product though has to be the fragrance, Sweet Almond & Vanilla Pod, I'm a sucker for anything Vanilla scented!

Have you tried anything from Antipodes?

L x

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