Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book



I received The Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book as a Christmas present last year, along with a pack of super soft Staedtler colouring pencils. As you can see, I have thoroughly enjoyed re-living my childhood and prettying up it's pages. Yes, I'm nearly 24 and no, I'm not crazy - just hear me out! I first stumbled across the idea of adult colouring books (sounds explicit doesn't it? Ha!) over on Sophia's blog. She spoke about how colouring really helped soothe her and reduce any feelings of anxiety. I thought it sounded so therapeutic, so I popped The Secret Garden on my festive wish list. Come New Years Eve I was sat at the kitchen table with my iTunes library on in the background, colouring away without a care in the world. Wild, no?

Friday, 13 March 2015

Sunday



Last Sunday my housemates and I visited New Forest to take a walk along the coast. I thought I'd share a few photographs I took - being from the Midlands, I'd never visited before so it was nice to take a day off from uni work to get some exercise! After a long wander along the harbor wall, we drove over to Lyndhurst to grab some lunch. It's the prettiest little village with lots of cute cafes and whimsical boutiques - perfect for if you're an old woman at heart like I am. I wish I'd taken some photos to show you (unfortunately my camera battery died ... grrr). 

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Enhancing Natural Beauty



I watched a video on Lauren's Curtis' channel a few weeks back where she spoke about removing make-up in front of boys. From what I gathered from the comments, it proved to be a bit controversial. However, I for one definitely agree that it can be nerve-wracking going bare-faced in front of a new boyfriend, and thought she gave great advice. Of course, it goes without saying that whoever you're with should think you're beautiful with and without makeup, but a lot of the time us girls feel more confident with a little something on our faces.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Dairy and Acne



I've been suffering from breakouts for about two years now, and while they're never too severe, they still make me feel incredibly self conscious about my skin. My acne first flared up when I was about fourteen, and I was prescribed a contraceptive pill to help clear it. The results were amazing, and I enjoyed lovely clear skin right up until my early twenties. While today my pill still keeps the worst of my acne under control, these past few years I've been getting a cluster of pimples around my jawline that don't want to shift! I've no idea what the cause is, but due to them being located at the bottom of my face I'm guessing it's hormone related. Therefore, after reading a dozen articles on the milk and acne relationship, I've decided to go dairy-free for a while to see if it makes a difference.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

All You Need Is Love



The original power couple!

Happy belated Valentine's people! Hope you all had a wonderful day, however you spent it :) My boyfriend and I don't hugely celebrate Valentine's but we do like to get each other little gifts and make time to do something nice together - I baked him cupcakes (which I didn't photograph due to my cack-handed attempt at decorating - they tasted good though!) and he surprised me with roses, a tin of Charbonnel & Walker hot chocolate I've been wanting to try and a new mug. Last night we went for a meal at a nearby Italian restaurant (which was delicious) before heading back home and relaxing in front of the TV.