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Monday, 21 August 2017

An ASOS Transitional Wishlist

An ASOS Transitional Wishlist
Monday, 21 August 2017
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It's beginning to feel a lot like Autumn...

I was recently talking with Lily and we are very excited for the Autumnal period. Autumn has to be one of my favourite seasons, I love the cold mornings and the warm snuggly feel. The rain has been getting heavier and heavier, the weather has been getting a bit more gloomy so I think it's safe to say that it is time to start purchasing a few Autumnal bits....

There are a lot of clothes below, which you obviously click on and see more but there are a few things that I am very excited about especially. The wide leg trousers are so me, I love them so much and the fact that I could wear this with a warm jumper with a pair of open toe heels! I'm a huge fan of dresses which you'll see below especially the off the shoulder dress which would look so nice with some boots! Lastly, the period between Summer and Autumn is a weird one so I have popped a few lightweight jumpers to wear on a day to day basis. 

What is on your transitional autumn wishlist? Are you still clinging on to Summer?

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Working Out From Home

Working Out From Home
Sunday, 20 August 2017
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Working Out From Home

As I have always said that fitness is a huge part of my life and I seem to always be talking about it on my blog and every day. For those that don't know I'm always sharing my workouts over on my Instagram story, so if you need some workout inspo follow my Instagram. Anyway, enough with the promo, today's blog post is all about working out at home!

I do go to the gym quite a lot but sometimes I can't be asked to go or I'm being very lazy, on days like this I tend to do home workouts. Recently, I added two new things to the home workouts - dumbbells and weights. I'm used to the wide range of weights at the gym and I love weight training so it was about time that I bought some weights home. As I prefer to do my heavier workouts at the gym, I have some lightweight dumbbells for some arm workouts and ab workouts. My ankle/arm weights are perfect for lower body days alongside the help of a resistance band. I like to purchase some of my workout gear on Amazon as I find that they have a good range of effective, trusting equipment. TK Maxx is also another perfect place to purchase some weights for home workouts and more. Using the small dumbbells in a home workout would mainly be based on my stomach area, an example of this would be:

A 10-minute workout with a 2-minute rest:

Complete this little circuit twice, complete this circuit once, rest for 2 minutes and repeat again!

Dumbbell Coccoons (20 secs)
Sit up with Dumbbell Punches (10)
Plank Hold (15 secs)
Dumbbell Renegade Rows (10)
Ab Bicycle (20 secs)

The ankle weights would be a perfect way to tone your legs and build a bit of a bum, an example of this would be:

Complete this little circuit twice, complete this circuit whole, rest for 2 minutes and repeat again!

Walking Lunges or stationary lunges (10 reps per leg)
Jump squats (10)
Monster Walks with resistance bands as well (10)
High knees (10)
Side leg raises (10 reps per leg)
Straight leg kickbacks (10 reps per leg)

Where do you buy your gym equipment from?

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Natural Hair Essentials (Wash Day Edition)

Natural Hair Essentials (Wash Day Edition)
Saturday, 19 August 2017
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For those who don’t know washing natural hair is a huge workout which entails a shoulder workout, arm workout and even a semi leg workout. I love my natural hair and finding new products to put in my hair to help my hair grow whilst maintaining its healthiness. When it comes to wash days there are some essentials that I can’t live without…

A Tea Rinse | After washing my hair, I like to give my hair a tea rinse where I usually use either green tea or sage tea. I only started using teas in my hair a year ago and have seen a difference in my hair’s growth and thickness. Green tea contains caffeine which stimulates hair follicles and encourages growth. Green tea is perfect for fighting any dandruff, bacteria and any other problems in your hair. Sage tea is another tea rinse that I like to use which makes my hair shiner, brings moisture to my locks and stimulates hair growth. I have to do a tea rinse at least twice a month, massaging tea into my scalp has definitely helped deeply!

An Apple Cider Vinegar Wash | I remember when I was encouraged to do apple cider vinegar washes and my first reaction was “are you trying to burn my scalp?” however, it’s the complete opposite. Now, I don’t put apple cider vinegar in my hair each time I was my hair but when I feel like my hair is extremely dirty or I don’t feel like the shampoo did any justice, I like to spray this into my hair to make sure that my scalp is extra clean. It cleans your scalp effectively, it reduces any bacteria and helps with dandruff problems, also I have realised that it has provided me with lovely, shiny locks.

Conditioner | Of course, I need some conditioner in my life. At the moment, my the conditioner I am loving is from the new Garnier CoconutOil and Macadamia Conditioner which I talked about previously. I love the fact that it includes one of my staple oils that I like to put in my hair (I’ll share some of my favourite oils that I like to use). I like to deep conditioner my hair for around one hour especially if I have time and ensure that my hair is detangled. I have used a lot of conditioners in my lifetime but the one conditioner that I love and have to purchase more of is the Shea Moisture Coconut andHibiscus Conditioner (I have a thing for coconut). It worked so well and the shedding was absolutely minimal.

Clips | Personally, I can’t wash my hair as a whole, I have to wash my hair in sections and I use clips to make sure that washing my hair is so much easier. I did tell you, it is a workout on its own. On average I use around 6-7 clips in my hair, yes it is that thick and without the clips I feel like washing my hair would take days instead of hours.

What are the important essentials that you put into your wash days?

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Friday, 18 August 2017

A Friday Night Pamper

A Friday Night Pamper
Friday, 18 August 2017
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a pamper night

I like to take part in a pamper night at least once a week...

I don't tend to associate a  Friday night with a pamper night, I usually associate it with a Sunday but then I thought I don't go out every Friday so why not pamper yourself? Pampering, taking care of yourself is so important for yourself. The majority of the time, we are running around and not having enough time just to sit down and relax. Hence, why you should partake in a pamper evening tonight.

Skincare

Buy yourself the best skin care products that you would like to use or are your favourites. To take off my makeup, I'd use the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm which is a gentle, calming, effective balm that takes off your makeup without being too vigorous on the skin or reaction. Using a soft muslin cloth or a flannel like one from The White Company to take off the balm. I like to put on a mask usually from Superdrug as their masks are inexpensive and work wonders. Other masks that would be recommendable would be the new Origins Sheet Masks and The Body Shop Masks. Whilst this mask is on my face, I'd either sit in a warm bath whilst watching a film or listening to calming music or watch a YouTube video. After taking off my mask, I like to use natural oils to moisturise my skin as well as hydrate it. I like to use a small amount of avocado oil on my face and spend time massaging that in to my skin. Afterwards, I like to use a facial oil like the Skin Chemists Rose Quartz Facial Oil or I go straight in to my toning with my Vitamin E Facial Spray. At the moment, I have been using the Avene Thermal Spring Water which I talked about last week!

Snacks

On pamper nights, I'd love to indulge in a pizza which sometimes I do but other times I'd purchase some fish and chips or a kebab (i love kebabs). I'd definitely buy some chocolate, of course, Twirl Bites by Cadbury would have to be my absolute favourites! I do have semi-healthy snacks like crackers, or apples and peanut butter and a few packets of crisps. It really all depends on what I am feeling. Of course, I can not miss out the Sweet and Salted popcorn from Metcafe!!

Films

The other important part of the night, on nights like this I like to watch comedies I tend to always watch Kevin Hart or Bad Boys or Rush Hour. Other times, I'll end up watching action films I've never really been a romance film type of gal, I don't know why. During this time, I'm usually snuggled up in a cosy blanket with my favourite pj's from ASOS. You know I'm snacking throughout this whole film. If I'm not watching a film, I'll be on Netflix either catching up on my latest tv series or finding new ones.


What do you do on a Friday night? Do you ever do pamper nights on Friday?


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Thursday, 17 August 2017

It's Not Everyone That Will Love You

It's Not Everyone That Will Love You
Thursday, 17 August 2017
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It's not everyone that will love you

I think that we are too concerned about what people think... I used to be.

Dear Me, 

Most of us have that fear of someone else not liking us or not being friends with us, which is completely understandable. But the real question is...is everyone meant to like you? I always used to be very concerned about what other people think of me, how I should look to other people and how to change people's perception of me. At the end of the day, when I look at it I was never being my trueself, really and truly I was not a happy person. I kept up with appearances and was being what other people wanted me to be so that I could fit in. After a few things happened, I came to realise that not everyone will love you, you're not meant to be loved by everyone which is a hard thing to hear but sorry to be mean, it's the truth. Take for instance the Kardashians, the majority of people love them but there is a lot of people that hugely dislike them. 

Don't get me wrong being loved by people is nice, it feels great and it's nice to be around people that love you. But it is important to be yourself, don't ever go changing yourself for anybody else. People will come in and out of your life, some of them will stay and that is absolutely normal so please don't go blaming yourself. You are not at wrong for not everyone loving you, the way I see it, you haven't meant the right person or people yet.

Continue to be yourself, continue to be loving, continue to be kind, continue to be the person that you are and even if they still don't love that is your own loss, because you are one in a million. There is a reason why everyone is not the same in this world. Don't be upset if you find out that someone doesn't love/like you the same way you did, it is completely normal. One thing that I want you to take from this blog post is that, it is normal for not everyone to love you or like you.

From Me

How do you feel about the idea that "not everyone will love you"? How do you deal with it?

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