14 April 2018

11 books I want to buy this Spring

11 books I want to buy this Spring

Today I'm living vicariously through this post because I'm on a bit of a self-induced book buying ban due to 'the big move' (which is happening in less than two weeks, and we still haven't found a new place to move into yet, but IT'S FINE). My TBR pile is basically my entire bookshelf at this point, but there are some really great books out there that I NEED to get my hands on.

13 April 2018

Five year goals

Five year goals

It's hella scary to think that in five years' time I'll be 28 because that is officially well into ~adulthood~ and I'm meant to have my life in order by then (but then again, 18-year-old me probably thought that the same would be true for now). Earlier this week I wrote a really personal post all about my fears for the future, and whilst it's so important to acknowledge that we're all a bit scared about what the future might include, I think it's important to remember that it's exciting too.

8 April 2018

Fears for the future as a twenty-something

Fears for the future as a twenty-something not fully ready for adult life

Thinking about the future is absolutely bloody terrifying. It falls into that 'fear of the unknown' category that has me scared of the sea (who knows what nasty creatures are swimming beneath you) and the dark (because if you run up the stairs as soon as you turn the lights off there's no way any monsters/intruders can get you). It's something that we can't control, and that makes it pretty horrifying tbh.

7 April 2018

Ethical tourism (or how not to be a prick on holiday)

Ethical tourism (or how not to be a prick on holiday)

Going on holiday is kinda just the best thing. There's no chores, you're spending quality time with people you love, visiting places you've never seen before and making memories at every turn. It's starting to get to that time of year where we're all thinking about booking a holiday, and we all v much need one because 2018 has been SO COLD so far. 

6 April 2018

Decluttering my home before moving: tips and tricks

Decluttering my home before moving: tips and tricks

Decluttering things is a massive ballache isn't it? It wounds my fragile little heart to say goodbye to things I've picked up on a whim, or have been hoarding for years and never used. But, with exactly three weeks to go before moving house I need to get my butt in gear. This post was meant to go up a few weeks ago, and whilst I've made a start on the whole declutter, I've not got anywhere near as far as I want to. So, this is a 'kick me up the butt' kinda post, as well as some tips on how and what and when to declutter.

5 April 2018

Little things that make me happy

Little things that make me happy
Life feels a bit overwhelming at the moment. From moving house, to having a driving test booked in for less than two weeks' time(!), the adulting is real right now. So, I'm scaling things back to think about all the tiny things that bring a smile to my face, or stop the tears, or just make me feel a little more content. Sometimes it's so easy to overlook all these little things, so this is a reminder to me and to you that there are so many things out there that can make your heart a little happier.

4 April 2018

March favourites and life update

March favourites and life update

March was one of those months that you spend gearing up for things. Or at least, it was for me. I finally booked my driving test (which I'll be taking later this month, eeek), and we've been hunting for a new home to start renting towards the end of this month. We still haven't found one, or sorted out the house, or made any attempts at packing whatsoever. Can you tell I'm *slightly* stressed about it?

2 April 2018

3 bloggers I've been loving recently

3 bloggers I've been loving recently - March 2018

The blogosphere has been absolutely filled with incredible content this month tbh. I've fallen in love again with blogs I haven't read in a long time, I've found so many new ones to read and I've spent a whole lot of time just reading posts again. Basically bloggers have been killing it in March IMO. 

1 April 2018

March book haul

March book haul: classics, thrillers, YA fiction and more!

I promised myself that after February's book haul got out of hand I'd tone it down this month, but here we are. I've made a pact with myself to only buy books that I think have v pretty covers, which was an attempt to develop some self control. However, now I just have a buttload of beautiful books so I think I'm still the real winner here.

31 March 2018

10 things I learnt from bingewatching Naked Attraction

10 things I learnt from bingewatching Naked Attraction

I've finally caught up and watched every season of Naked Attraction. If you haven't seen the show, it's one of those out-there things that Channel 4 created (why is it always Channel 4 with the weird and wonderful shows?!). One person goes on the show, and are faced with six naked bodies in misted glass boxes. The bodies are chosen based on that person's preferences, and what they're attracted to. As the show goes on, more and more of the naked bodies are revealed, and the person has to ultimately choose their favourite to go out with.

30 March 2018

Focusing on doing nothing: a millenial's nightmare

Focusing on doing nothing: a millenial's nightmare

I'm feeling completely overwhelmed at the moment. I've been ill, I'm breaking out all the time, I'm tired and grumpy and I've basically been pushing myself way too hard in the past few months. I've been ignoring my body when it's told me it's tired because 'omg if Zoella took as many breaks as I do she wouldn't be Zoella'. Well that's not entirely what goes through my head, but you get the gist.

25 March 2018

Starting a bullet journal

Starting a bullet journal - what I use for it, and my first few pages

I'm so excited to share my first bullet journal post with you all, even if it is roughly three years later than everyone else. I'm loving my bullet journal more than I ever imagined, and with the masses of bujo inspiration out there now, I'm kinda glad I waited. I've got big plans for this little journal of mine, and I can't wait to share my favourite pages and set ups and also learn more and more about all the things you can do with these. 

24 March 2018

Fragrance Shelfie

Fragrance Shelfie - a little snapshot of all my fragrances and why I love each of them

I have a secret for you all: I'm a full on fragrance hoarder. I'm *that* person that doesn't ever want to finish a bottle of anything because omg what if I'm looking for that precise scent and no longer have it?! Does anyone else have this fear? 

22 March 2018

Glasses are part of my identity

Glasses are part of my identity

I've been wearing glasses since I was ten. By now you'd hope I'd be 100% used to wearing them all day every day, mostly because I can't see without the bloody things, but sometimes I get a little thrown off. However, glasses are a part of who I am. I feel permanently grateful that I live in a time and a place in which I'm able to own glasses because the world is a total mystery without them.

20 March 2018

50 things to do instead of self-harming *TW*

50 things to do instead of self-harming *TW*

This post isn't meant to be some kind of prescriptive list; it's not something to tick off. It's something that I hope will help you to find a way that works for you when you feel like self-harming is the only option. It's by no means an exhaustive list, but I've combined all the things that have worked in the past for me with things that have helped friends and acquaintances. 

18 March 2018

What to do when you run out of blog post ideas

What to do when you run out of blog post ideas

I think we all go through periods where thinking up new content gets trickier than normal. Whether you're not happy with your current content, and don't know what direction to take new posts in, or if you've just got a case of blogger's block, it happens to us all. 

15 March 2018

Reading in Heels March Subscription Box

Reading in Heels March Subscription Box

I'm officially full on obsessed with monthly sub boxes from Reading in Heels. They've become my £10 pay day treat, and I look forward to them so much each month. For a tenner (plus £2.40 P&P) you get a book and three or four goodies to go with it, that are loosely themed for each box. Last month's box was all about Valentines, and this time around it's focusing on Spring. 

14 March 2018

Feeling homesick for a place that doesn't exist

Feeling homesick for a place that doesn't exist

The last few months there's been something a little off that I couldn't quite put my finger on, or fix. I eventually realised that it was homesickness, but not for somewhere I could visit, or even move back to, but instead for a place that no longer exists, or perhaps never did in the first place.

13 March 2018

How I built up my writing portfolio

How I built up my writing portfolio

Over the past few years I've worked really, genuinely hard on creating a good writing portfolio. Although my efforts have waned in the last seven or eight months after finally getting a full time job that I love, it really was a priority for a while.

12 March 2018

Review of 'Between the Lies' by Cathy MacPhail*

Review of 'Between the Lies' by Cathy MacPhail*

This year is the year that I'm DETERMINED to become the bookworm I was in my childhood. And two and a half months in, I can safely say that I really am doing this, and I love it. 

11 March 2018

February favourites and life update

February favourites and life update

February absolutely whizzed by (let's use this as my reason for this going up so late). I've been focusing on trying to take some time out and actually switch off a little, so things have been a little more quiet on this blog than normal. But, once I've got a grip on, well, life, it should all get back to normal.

5 March 2018

Book of the month - The Handmaid's Tale

Book of the month - The Handmaid's Tale

I'm not into scary things. Horror movies, creepy stories, the dark, you get the gist. What I'm trying to say is that I'm a big wimp. And the non-traditional scary things (the expanse of the ocean, the fact that we're a tiny weeny planet whirring around in a massive universe etc) make me even more scared. Basically The Handmaid's Tale petrified me and has made me an eco-warrior wreck for weeks, only wanting to force the importance of recycling and feminism on people because y'know, without these things our world could get really fucked up.

3 March 2018

February book haul

February book haul

I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but things got a *little* out of hand last month. Between a big ol charity book shop with a friend, being sent a couple of books and coming across so many that I needed, this is going to be the biggest book haul I've ever done on here. So grab a tea, and let's chat books.

27 February 2018

Reading in Heels February Subscription Box

Reading in Heels February Subscription Box

It's so cold and bleak outside, so I've got *the* cosiest post to share today. Last month I tried out my first Reading in Heels sub box and loved it (you can see the post on it here). This subscription box costs £10 and you get a book alongside 4 or 5 goodies to go with it. Basically it's my dream?? It's something that I was so SO excited to get in the post this month, and the little treats are things that I'm using gradually as the month wanes on. 

25 February 2018

Massive LUSH Easter and Spring products haul

Massive LUSH Easter and Spring products haul

LUSH really has gone all out for Easter this year haven't they? I always felt as though their Spring/Easter range was lacking a little, but there are so many new products this time around that I hardly know where to start. 

24 February 2018

Re-reading the Harry Potter series: what I learnt

What I learnt from re-reading the Harry Potter series

Over the last couple of months I took a trip back down memory lane, re-reading the whole Harry Potter series. And it was an eye-opener. I probably last read the whole series through when I was 14/15, and I missed out on SO much when I did.

22 February 2018

I've fallen for Instagram all over again

I've fallen for Instagram all over again

It's official: Instagram and I no longer have a relationship marked as 'it's complicated', but are fully back together again. Instagram's been ruining my life for the past year and a half-ish, with algorithm change after algorithm change stunting my growth and messing with my feed. I mean, all I want is to see the accounts I like and for my numbers to go up not down, ya know?

19 February 2018

LUSH's Grease Lightning - my spot cure

LUSH's Grease Lightning - my spot cure
I've been scouring the shelves of LUSH for years now, and every so often I come across something that I've totally overlooked before and I wonder how I ever glanced past it before. That's 100% what happened here. 

18 February 2018

10 Reasons Why I'm Excited for Spring

10 Reasons Why I'm Excited for Spring

It has felt *almost* Spring-like this past week, hasn't it?! We've had clear blue skies, I've spied some snowdrops starting to pop their heads up, and it hasn't been bitingly cold. I'm so SO excited for Spring this year - the start of 2018 has been so hard for me, and I really feel as though the new season is going to help things get a lot easier. So, here are all the reasons why I'm excited for Spring (eeeek):

17 February 2018

An Open letter to 18-Year-Old me

An Open letter to 18-Year-Old me

This is something that I've been putting off writing for a while, because do you know what? Being 18 is going to be hard. It's going to be one of the hardest years you've ever faced. It's a big year of change and a big year of everything getting a little too much, and you're going to struggle to handle it. So looking back on this time is tough, but I'm here to tackle it and guide you through.

14 February 2018

The Perfect Valentine's Day for an Introvert

The Perfect Valentine's Day for an Introvert

My own company is my favourite company most of the time, but I like to make some exceptions. Valentine's Day is something that in the past I've found truly pressure-filled. It's been all about seeing everyone's gifts on social media and feeling overwhelmed, and dressing my best to go out for a meal to somewhere I've never been before.

13 February 2018

Growing up Catholic: pancake day and Lent

Growing up Catholic: pancake day and Lent

Growing up Catholic: pancake day and Lent

It's the best day of the year today, aka the one where we all stuff our faces with glorious glorious pancakes. Okay, okay, it might come second or third to Christmas/birthdays, but it's definitely up there near the top.

10 February 2018

Sometimes just getting up is enough

Sometimes just getting up is enough

Life seems tougher than ever for our generation. We're not under threat of conscription or war, like our grandparents, but oh my fuck our finances are crippling and we just don't have any down time. I mean, when was the last time you had an entire weekend away from the pressures of the internet, doing whatever you wanted without thinking about all the things you could have been doing? All of the Insta content you *could* get if you didn't spend all weekend in your PJs, or how much you could be expanding your CV if you'd taken up a hobby/were expanding your writing portfolio, etc etc. 

Recently this pressure has really gotten to me. I genuinely struggled all through January and the start of February. I was getting up, writing three different to-do lists for the day, going to work, coming home and immediately getting to work on a variety of chores/blog work bits until it was bed time. I'd stopped drinking and doing things with friends because it was wasting time that could otherwise be productive.  

I'd been putting myself under an insane amount of pressure to constantly be 'on' and I wasn't happy. But taking myself 'off' to do things I really wanted to do was filling me with absolute guilt because oh my god THAT was obviously why my life isn't where I want it to be, right?

For the past four or five days I've ditched the list pads, and I'm working on finding a balance between doing all the things I need to do (my washing pile is beckoning right now), and doing things that I love, and that won't further my career, or my blog, or my life prospects. And I've been so much more at peace with myself. 

Today's post is really a reminder that you're not obliged to fill your weekends with things that others are doing, or things that you're forcing yourself to do. Just getting up is perfectly enough. We don't need to spend all day everyday forcing content out of ourselves, we don't need to do anything, and taking time off is needed.

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7 February 2018

January favourites and life update

January favourites and life update

January really was a bit of a shitshow wasn't it? I think I've mentioned how hard I found last month about twenty times on this blog now but oh my god it was awful. I *think* I've finally realised why I found it so hard (and I'll be writing a post on it in the future), but things have eased up a lot this week, and I'm so glad they have. 

4 February 2018

World Cancer Day 2018 - What does the 'Big C' mean to me?

World Cancer Day 2018 - What does the 'Big C' mean to me?

If any of you don't know, today is World Cancer Day. It's a day to help fundraise and raise awareness for a variety of charities that help fund research into finding a cure for cancer. It's also a day that is used to help raise awareness about the detection, treatment and prevention of cancer. It's a day for opening up and reducing stigma about cancer.

3 February 2018

3 bloggers whose content I'm loving right now

3 bloggers whose content I'm loving right now

This year I really want to get back into reading more blogs. I mean, I'm pretty sure I say this every time I write one of these posts, BUT THIS TIME I'M GOING TO REALLY DO IT, OKAY? (Possibly). Having said that, I wasn't *exactly* brill at it in January, but in the last week or so I've totally binged out on reading a whole tonne of posts from new people I've followed recently, and bloggers that I've been following and loving for yonks.

First up is Aimee from Aimee Raindrop Writes. This girl is one of my fave internet turned IRL pals and heading out for coffee and a catch up is one of my highlights every month or so! Aimee's blog has started to get a bit more personal recently, and she's touched on a really important topic in her post about what happens when pregnancy hopes don't go to plan. I had a big ol read of pretty much everything she's posted in the last month recently, and I came away geared up to buy so many new books.  

Next is Shannon from That Daring Darling. Not only is she a librarian(! - literally the dream), but her recent bookish tag post is everything I've ever wanted in a tag. Which reminds me that I really want to do it soon. It's an A-Z book tag that covers so much and I absolutely devoured the post. I had to follow Shannon after reading it, and now I can't wait for more bookish posts. 

And finally we have Kerstin from Miss Getaway. Her post on why we should stop judging people in 2018 is my favourite post I've read so far this year. It was a much-needed reminder to me that I really am too quick to judge at times, and that I need to rein it in and lift people up instead. This is another blogger whose content I'm really excited to keep up with for the rest of the year. 

Whose blogs have you been loving recently?

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2 February 2018

January book haul

January book haul

January has (finally) been and gone. I am so glad to see the back of it, and this post is a little overdue because I've been feeling too down to write. But I'm back (for the weekend at least). 

I've moved away from YA fiction this month to explore more adult fiction. It's something that I don't read masses of, but at the moment I'm absolutely devouring The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne and it's opened my eyes to the fact that there is some amazing adult fiction out there. 

A lot of the books this month are ones I picked #fortheaesthetic because oh my gosh these covers are beautiful. I'm hoping that their contents are just as pleasing.

January book haul

January book haul

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang. After gaining massive success in Korea, this book has come to the UK. The cover is one of my favourites I think I've ever come across. The novel (or novella - it looks like a v. quick read) is all about a hen who's sick of laying eggs. She sees the other animals roaming freely and wants to do it herself. I imagine this has an Animal Farm-esque quality about it. 

The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus. I haven't picked up a good dystopian novel in a long time. I'm ready to start reading more, so please pass on any recommendations if you have any! The Flame Alphabet is all about a virus that spreads through the speech of children. The words of children have become lethal, and this book tests how far we will go to stay with the people we love, even if they're a danger to us.

Birds Art Life Death by Kyo Maclear. This is the book I got in January's Reading in Heels subscription box (which you can read here). The book takes you through each season, examining the small and significant in life. It follows the path of a birdwatcher, and explores how taking notice of the birds can impact everything. 

January book haul

January book haul

The Good People by Hannah Kent. This novel is another one with a dreamy cover. Nora Leahy lost her husband and daughter, and is left with a grandson with a terrible illness. Terrified that others in her village might take his inability to speak and walk as sign of a hidden evil, Nora covers up his existence. But she wants him to be better, and the only wait to make him better is to get in touch with the Good People ...

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I picked up A Man of the People by the same author a couple of months ago, and I'm keen to expand my collection. This book is actually the first book in a trilogy ending in A Man of the People, so I basically need to get the middle book now too! The novel is set in Nigeria, and follows the life of a local wrestling champion, Okonkwo, and examines the impact of British colonialism.

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion. Graeme Simsion is an author I fell in love with when I read The Rosie Project. I pretty much want to read everything he's ever written (or will ever write) now because that was just such a sweet story. The main character is a pianist, about to turn fifty, who's been married for over twenty years. But when an ex-lover comes into the foray, Adam's head is turned, and he has a tough decision to make.

January book haul

January book haul

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. A lot of the books I bought this month are ones that I've never read by authors I know and love. Donoghue is the author of ROOM, which is one of my favourite books that I read last year. The Wonder is all about an eleven-year-old girl called Anna living in Ireland who hasn't eaten in months. With tourists flocking to visit the child surviving off manna from heaven, a nurse is sent to her bedside to attempt to keep her alive.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. I've heard so many rave reviews about this thriller. Anna and Marco are a young couple with a friendly relationship with their neighbours. But after a crime is committed, suspicions arise, and everybody realises that they may not know each other as well as they previously thought.

So Much for That by Lionel Shriver. This author wrote my favourite contemporary novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin, so I leapt at the chance to read another book by Shriver. This one promises to be just as heart-wrenching as WNTTAK. Shep Knacker has been saving a nest egg to travel to a retreat with his wife in their old age. When he lets his wife knows he's finally ready, she tells him she's sick, and he spends his nest egg on her treatment. I imagine that this is going to be v. harrowing, but so heartwarming at the same time.

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27 January 2018

Fundraising for BCRT in 2018

Fundraising for BCRT in 2018

Fundraising for BCRT in 2018

This year I want to give something back to the world that gives so much to me, so I've decided to dedicate the year to fundraising for the Bone Cancer Research Trust. This is an absolutely incredible charity that funds PhD students looking into cures and better treatment for bone cancer, and it's the only charity that raises money to help bone cancer survivors. 

25 January 2018

Calm Harm App

Calm Harm App - an app for those struggling with self harm

I first heard about this app in a tweet, and naturally assumed it was too good to be a real thing, a hoax that got RTed a few too many times. But, having downloaded it myself and checked it out, the Calm Harm app is real, and it's incredible. It's a free app designed to help people that self harm. Although I don't feel that urge very often at all any more, I wish I had this in the first year of my recovery.