Friday, July 15, 2022

IN PHOTOGRAPHS | A WEEKEND IN LONDON

London is my favourite place in the world, and somewhere I was lucky enough to call home for a few years. Nothing sets my heart on fire like the beautiful city streets, the architecture, the sense of adventure that came with every morning, the anticipation of what was to come. All the different people, the hustle and bustle of the underground, the incredibly diverse array of food, drink, places to go and things to do. I loved people watching, running to catch the tube, sitting in a beer garden or taking myself on a little day out. One of my favourite things was taking a stroll to Greenwich Park, just 10 minutes from my flat. Or catching the bus to the O2 and treating myself to lunch. I’ve a very complicated relationship with my former home; I’m constantly toing and froing within my own mind about moving back there – about what it would cost and what it would mean – in the bigger sense of the word. So, to be honest, I try to push it to the back of my mind. For now, my priorities are elsewhere. And while I always like to think that someday I’ll win the lottery and buy a home in South East London, for the time being, all I can do is visit and admire my city from afar.

Back in April, I visited for the weekend with my family and had a fantastic time. We stayed in an old converted Victorian house in Knightsbridge where the photo opportunities are on every street corner. We enjoyed a lunch of Spanish tapas and my first ever visit to the incredible V&A Museum. We followed this with an amazing evening at Proud Cabaret on Embankment – a five course meal and drinks, served with a backdrop of the most spectacular burlesque, circus and dance performances (something I never thought would be my thing, but I had one of the most incredible evenings of my life!). We then followed up with a walk around Central London, a picnic lunch in Trafalgar Square, and finishing up in Soho before heading home to Bristol. Of course I roped my sister into taking some outfit photos for me too! I had such a memorable and special weekend, and took the opportunity to snap as many photos as I could. What I love about London is that it really speaks for itself in all its majesty. I hope you like my photos from my fabulous weekend in the most fantastic city on earth. 

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Friday, July 8, 2022

THE ORDINARY COVERAGE FOUNDATION | REVIEW + SWATCHES (1.2N)

If you’re like me, you’ve got two very defined stashes of makeup. One stash is comprised of exquisitely packaged, masterfully formulated and, not to mention, extortionately priced products. These are the products we save for special occasions; my face of makeup for my graduation, family members’ weddings, date nights and Christmas Days must’ve been worth an absolute fortune. Between my lavish and treasured collection of NARS, Charlotte Tilbury and Fenty Beauty, I dread to think what I must have spent over the years. The other is our everyday collection; the Monday to Friday in the office, the Sunday morning coffee-run, and the odd schlep to Aldi…if I can be bothered. And I simply cannot bring myself to waste my Estee Lauder Double Wear (at £32 a bottle, no less!) for a casual trip out. The pang of fear I get when I’m squirting out my boujie foundation – even when I am using it for a special occasion! – at the thought of washing it off in a mere few hours’ time is a reminder of my new-found frugality. And frugality is going to help me buy a house one day!

But where on earth am I going with all this? Well, I am a firm believer that just because you’re using a cheaper foundation and being a frugal queen does NOT MEAN  you need to resign yourself to a poor-quality orange cake face for all your days in the office. If you do anything for yourself this month, then you need to buy The Ordinary Coverage Foundation. I’m sure this won’t be the first time this foundation has made its way onto your internet browser, Instagram feed or YouTube ads; it was so incredibly popular and hyped around the time I was getting super in to makeup. It really was the wonder-product. Despite it creeping up slightly in price since back then, the consistent four-to-five star review holds true, and it’s been a staple in my makeup bag for around 4 years now. The undisputed ‘foundation’…get it?...of my casual makeup collection.

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Friday, May 27, 2022

WHAT NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT COMING OFF THE CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTION | DEPO PROVERA

 

Contraception and hormones are something 50% of the population will have to deal with. We all have an opinion on it, we’ve all agonised over which method will be the best for us. We’ve all worried about a potential negative experience or reaction. We’ve all lamented that there are no male-pills! Now, I will preface this whole blog post by saying that I’m not an expert. But I most certainly am a girl who has experienced what so many of us dread; a terrible response to a new method of contraception, and a real sense of withdrawal after coming off a method that I’d been so happy with for years.

For context; I was 13 years old when I got my first period. I remember being shocked by the amount of blood. I remember trying for over an hour to insert a tampon but finding it too painful and overwhelming. I remember crying from the bathroom that I couldn’t come out, and my mum trying to speak to me through the door. I think I tolerated about three periods before I decided that it wasn’t for me. I wasn’t able to function properly whatsoever. Between the searing cramps, the (what seemed like) fifteen litres of blood leaving my body daily, the money spent on sanitary products and pain relief, I had absolutely had it with periods after THREE. I swore to myself that I wouldn’t – and shouldn’t have to - put up with it. The contraceptive injection, for some people, stops periods entirely. So I was in the doctor’s office like a shot, and thankfully it worked in stopping my period almost immediately, and I carried on for years as – what felt like to me – as normal.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

BIRTHDAY OUTFITS TRY-ON HAUL


As I’m typing this I can barely believe it’s my 27th birthday next week. I’m thinking about officially entering my ‘late’ twenties and all the amazing experiences I’ve had within my twenties so far. I genuinely sit here with the mental age of a 25 year old (maximum), especially given the two years lost to the pandemonium. But the clock is ticking and I’m growing older, and it’s time to get on with it!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

EXPLORING | BRITAIN'S BEST BEER GARDEN


Whatever the opposite of ‘getting out a lot’ is, that is what I have spent the vast majority of the last two years doing. I am sure I almost became fused to my sofa at one point. There were hundreds of weekends lost to Judge Judy marathons, long Aldi trips and (my new favourite) mould time-lapses on YouTube. Yup, they’re a thing… 


I have a real bone to pick with the pandemonium-that-shall-not-be-named because it took up two years of my twenties. Those were years that I feel should have been filled with travel, adventure and new experiences. So now the world has finally started to open up again, I’m grabbing life by the balls and am determined to make up for lost time.  I’ve already been on holiday to Dubrovnik, Croatia and spent a fabulous weekend in London. But today’s blog post is all about my day-trip to explore the beautiful village of Pensford and visit Britain’s Best Beer Garden at The Rising Sun. 

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