Autumn Favourites 2015

I always forget to do a monthly favourites post, and in all honesty, I am that boring when it comes to changing up my products it would probably be the same post over and over again each month. So, now I think we’re officially in winter, I decided to do an autumn favourites post! I’ll get straight into it then shall I?

1. IPAD MINI 2

I bought this just before my holiday in September and have been in love ever since. It has given me a chance to work on the go, and for that, I will be forever grateful. I use this for everything from uni work to blogging to chatting with friends. My favourite app at the moment is the iAnnotate app which has revolutionised the way I do most of my uni readings, it helps you annotate and make notes on pdfs and it has literally saved me so much stress and time! I recently bought a Bluetooth keyboard for it and use it in lectures too. Although this was a splurge I am so so glad I took the plunge to buy this it has truly changed my life (as materialistic as that sounds). 

2. YANKEE CANDLE IN ORANGE SPLASH

I am such a massive fan of Yankee candles (I don’t know a blogger or anyone for that matter who isn’t). My boyfriend bought me a couple of them for my birthday and I’ve been burning this one pretty much the whole of autumn. I love having a candle burning when I’m working it really helps me relax into my work.

 

3. THE BODY SHOP WILD ROSE HAND CREAM

After spending the summer wearing acrylics my awful bitten nails have finally grown out a little bit. This autumn has been all about me trying to keep my hands looking nice. I’ve been lathering them in this Wild Rose Hand Cream from the Body Shop at every chance I get. It sounds really weird but I’ve been also wearing cotton gloves for a little while after I apply it to let it really soak in. 

 

4. OPI NAIL LACQUER IN TICKLE MY FRANCE-Y

Talking about looking after my hands… I treated myself to an OPI nail varnish in duty-free and this has been my go-to nail polish all autumn. I think you could wear this all year round because it’s such a versatile colour. OPI is a little pricey but definitely worth it in my opinion, it glides on leaving no lines and lasts forever!

5. RIMMEL LASTING FINISH LIPLINER IN CAPPUCCINO

I’ve been wearing this so much over the past few months. I don’t have a matte brown lipstick (Santa may be bringing me Velvet Teddy though yay) however I do love the look so I found this Rimmel lipliner in a local store and thought I’d try it out. I usually apply it all over my lips and then add a tiny bit of lip balm to stop my lips chapping. I’ve had so many compliments on this and people asking me what lipstick I’m wearing – it’s just a lip-liner. It’s a really thrifty and cheeky tip actually! 
 
 

6. BENEFIT THEY’RE REAL! MASCARA

This is my second purchase of this mascara and I really do love it. I do have one problem with it – it seems to dry out a lot quicker than others. However, it does make my eyelashes so long and thick. I wouldn’t recommend this to those who like ‘natural lashes’ however as it can get quite clumpy but if you love the fake clumpy look it’s perfect. It’s on my list to Santa (my mum) so hopefully, this tube will last until the big day!
 
 

7. FEMALE CHAUVINIST PIGS BY ARIEL LEVY

I would never usually include a book to my favourite things. Not because I hate books, just because I rarely get to read anything but dusty old history books. I was recommended this by a friend and oh my god I absolutely love it! I cannot explain why it is amazing, if you’re a girl living in the 21st century you just have to read it – NOW!

Pick me up box: Great for anxiety, low moods, depression etc

I tend to stay away from the topic of mental health bar the few post shares on facebook and the odd post because I get anxious (ironically) that it will upset my family or give people the wrong impression of me! However, if I can share a few tips and tricks here and there and keep the conversation going about mental health I feel like I’m ‘doing my bit’ as it were. I find reading other people’s tips and tricks really useful so it’s only fair that I share my own.

 

Okay now that little disclaimer is out of the way I can now get on with telling you about my “Pick Me Up Box”…
Note: If anyone can think of a better name for this please let me know, but for now this is what I shall call it!

Basically my Pick Me Up Box is just box that I filled with treats and ‘pick me ups’ for days when I’m not feeling too great! You simply just grab any box (shoe boxes work fab for this) and fill it with whatever makes you feel great!  I was lucky enough to attend the HBAlporto Hull Bloggers Summer Meet this year so I had a lot of samples and products lying around however anyone could still fill a box with things they love and consider a treat – it does not have to be expensive!

 

First up if I’m feeling a bit crap, I do what probably 90% of the British population do and put the kettle on! I’m not gonna lie I live for traditional English Tea or “tea tea” as I like to call it and nothing yet has been able to replace it! However I definitely want to try this Dragonfly Moroccan Mint Organic Green Tea and Rooibos Detox Tick Tock Restore and Renew Tea next time I’m feeling stressed.
If tea wont cut it though and you need something stronger, like chocolate, Sweet Freedom’s Choc Shot offer a healthier way to indulge! With only 14 calories per teaspoon (although you do need 3-4 tsp per cup) you can have yourself a GM, gluten free and vegan friendly mug of hot chocolate! I always keep some form of chocolate in this box because CHOCOLATE y’ano – this little life saver is from www.choconchoc.co.uk

 

My next tip for improving your mood is to pamper yourself; paint your nails, pop on a face mask and slap some of your favourite body lotion on! I filled this box with some of my favourites like my Body Shop’s Sweet Lemon Body Butter and Barry M Nail Paint along with products that I want to try or I’m saving! Lush products are perfect for this because, I dont know about you but I always try and savour my Lush products because they are such a treat to use! Here I have Granny Takes a Dip bubble bar, Damaged hot oil treatment and Dont Look at Me face mask!
I’ve also popped in some Weleda samples I was kindly given as with names like Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk and Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion they seemed appropriate to use when feeling shit!

 

Because I live away from home the first thing I crave when I’m feeling down is my family! I obviously cant put them in a box so I settled for some of my favourite photos of family, friends and happy moments in my life! If I sit down and have a look through them they always make me smile and realise what a great support unit I have! I also think it would be great to add other happy memories, inspiring quotes or a notebook full of your achievements but I’ve not got round to that yet!

 

Lastly is a touch of aroma therapy. Yankee are obviously one of the best candle and fragrance makers ever so I was stoked for A Childs Wish votive to be included in the goodie bags at HBAlPorto. I burn candles most days to help me relax and focus on work but love saving Yankees for when I’m not feeling that great!

Hope this little tip helped some of you! What would you put in your box? Have you got any tips for quick pick me ups on bad days?

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7 Ways To Create a Vintage-Inspired Bedroom

I currently live in a student house so my options are limited when putting my own stamp on things. Don’t get me wrong I would love my bedroom to be like a time capsule from the 1950s but this is neither practical or affordable. In this post are some of the little vintage touches I’ve added to my bedroom, hopefully you’ll be able to get inspiration for your own room or another room in your house!

 

 

1) Stick to a colour scheme

I don’t really have a set ‘era’ but my obvious favourites are the 40s and 50s. I opted for a pale, pastel colour scheme to fit in with this and to also make my room seem bigger. If you were going for more of a 60s look you could certainly opt for a more brighter colour palette.

 

2) The bed.

I would give this advice to anyone who was looking to improve their bedroom. The bed usually takes up the most space in the room and therefore needs to fit with your ‘theme’ for it to work. I actually have this Pin Up Girl print bedding from Asda (they have several versions) along with a Flamingo Print set from Tesco however if you wanted to opt for something more subtle polka dots and florals work best. Supermarkets have really upped their game for this sort of thing – Asda has a pin up girl range and Primark is also fab if you’re on a budget!

 

3) Creative storage.

Storage is probably my second favourite thing after bedding – yes I am 20 going on 40! I have so many cute storage boxes that I’ve collected that are so handy when  you have a limited amount of space. I love being creative with storage and thinking outside the box if you excuse the pun. I found a spice rack in a charity shop and use it to display my favourite makeup on and I use a teapot to keep my earrings safe.

 

Jars are a really cute touch to any vintage inspired room and also dirt cheap if not free! They are very ‘in trend’ it seems which means they can be expensive on the high street but I’ve found a few in charity shops for no more that £2 and also use old pasta sauce and jam jars. I got my mum to collect me her Dolmio jars for me and then spray painted them pink to fit in with my room – which brings me on to my next point….

 

4) Do it yourself!

Spray paint was literally my lifesaver when planning my room. I collected jars and eat other bits and pieces and spray painted them all to match, and the great thing is I can spray them all a different colour when I get bored. I attached ribbons to these wire frames and use them for storing jewellery and important things that would otherwise get lost in my purse!

 

5) Subtle decorations.

Sass and Belle kindly sent me some gorgeous home wear and decorations that add a really nice touch to my vintage inspired room. They sell loads of ‘hangy things’, floral garlands and bunting that really do make all the difference to your walls! I actually did a whole post dedicated to Sass and Belle a few months back!

 

 

 

6) Lighting.

A cute lamp is always a great way of adding a retro touch! This one is actually my friends Grandad’s old lamp (thank you again!) and I think I could class this as vintage right? Loads of vintage and charity shops sell gorgeous lamps, I love the ‘boudoir style’ ones with the tassels – just be careful that they are safe to use as electrics have changed a lot and I don’t want you to burn to death for the sake of style – haha!

 

7) Memorabilia.

If you’re a bit of a history nerd like me then you’ll love this tip – if not, please don’t judge. I collect postcards, posters and other bits from museums and stick them on my walls! There are so many creative things you could do with them such as cover up a wall or a surface; I would love to create some box shelves and put postcards as the backing but I’ve not got round to this yet!