Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Holiday Outfits: Shorts and Sandals

Living in the vibrant city of Glasgow in Scotland it can be quite hard to find the right places to take outfit posts as its so busy! There are always people on the streets and cars on the roads and I can never find a half decent backdrop, and don't even get me started on the unpredictable weather. Obviously being in a sunny city with lots of scenery gave me the perfect opportunity to snap a few pictures of my holiday clothes...

This outfit is something casual that I wore on the first day of the holiday because I wanted to be comfortable enough to walk around in the sunshine, but stylish enough to fit in with all the edgy locals and fellow tourists. My sandals are from Topshop and are the comfiest pair I have ever owned in my life! I honestly wish I could go to work in them sometimes! My grey vest is also from Topshop and is just a standard grey vest top really but the fact its ribbed makes it a little more comfortable I have found. My shorts were a huge bargain from Primark at just 8 quid and they fit in so well with my summer wardrobe I think; I adore the fringing at the bottom!

To accessorize the look I added my newest sunglasses from Urban outfitters which are amazing because they are super dark and are small enough to fit my petite face. I also wore a small claddagh ring from Urban Outfitters which is sterling silver and we all know how much more expensive silver accessories look! And to complete the look I wore my trusty Vivienne Westwood watch which I wear daily anyways!

What did you guys think of this look? Is it something you would go for on a short city break? 

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Holiday Outfits: The Maxi Skirt

Honestly though...what is a sunny holiday without a good old maxi skirt? I find it quite hard to actually get one that fits properly as being only 5"2 I fall into 'petite' category and a lot of shops don't actually have a petite section at all; which makes it really hard for all of us shorties to buy our clothes let me tell ya! I actually found this one in the New Look petite section and it was love from the moment I tried it on and so comfortable and wearable! 

I paired this with a black vest top from good old Primark which I actually bought in the Berlin store for something ridiculous like 3 euros! I love the dream catcher print and think this adds a bit more of an edge to what would otherwise be a super girly outfit. I also chose to use this white backpack from Primark again which I L-O-V-E as it makes walking and running around so much easier and it fits much more than I expected it to (I actually have both myself and Lewis' jackets water and suncream in!). Overall, I just love the colour of this skirt and I will definitely be bringing it with me on holidays to come as I'm not quite sure whether we'll even get a proper summer in the UK *crying emoji face*!

Are any of you guys under 5"4? Where do you find the perfect fitting clothes? 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Staying Motivated

I don't know about any of you guys but there are definitely times when I feel like I need a real kick up the backside when it comes to staying motivated. My blog recently slipped under the radar when I found it hard to find inspiration and I just wasn't enjoying editing, taking pictures or writing. Every time I sat down it felt like I was distracted or something else was on my mind and I just couldn't concentrate. I think all the studying for my exams made me feel burnt out and my heart was in the wrong place. However, I've recently become inspired again and I wanted to share some tips with you guys for staying motivated not just with blogging but life in general...

Get up early. This is probably the best piece of advice my dad ever gave me when he told me that by the time I've over slept even an hour some people have made a million dollars. Okay so I'll admit that it might not make you millions by getting out of bed that little bit earlier but as a rule I never really sleep beyond 8.30am unless its the weekend and even then I'm sometimes working so I need to be up. You will be amazed how much energy you have and how positive you can make yourself feel just by getting up that little bit earlier!

Tackle the hard tasks first. I used to be one of those people who left everything to the last minute and put off things that I didn't want to do for ages. Now I realize that this is definitely not the right way and by completing those things you really don't want to do first it gets them out of the way and stops them from looming over you and making you feel guilty. The chances are that you won't go to the gym later on and if you don't book that cervical screening now you might never go so do them now or regret it later!

Don't just make lists, prioritize! I absolutely love making lists but I have a habit of making them and not actually sticking to them. For instance I'll do one thing and then get distracted and forget all about the list I made in the first place. This is why having an agenda is a good thing so that you know what the most important things to do are so if you don't get everything done at least those pesky all important tasks are out of the way.

Remember to take a break when everything gets too much.  Some people can feel really guilty when they don't have a productive day and I would include myself in that but I also think it can be super important to take a break now and again. Some things in life like studying or applying for jobs can be stressful and tiring and taking a break now and then can help to refresh your mind and stop you from having a complete breakdown. I always take breaks from blogging when I feel the pressure because I think its important that you don't make a shambles of something you love for the sake of pleasing other people. We are only human at the end of the day and it can be nice to have some me time and find something to inspire us again.

Take every day as it comes. A lot of people feel under pressure because all they have in their mind is the end goal so they can forget to enjoy the whole process. For instance, when I first started this little blog I never once thought that after just a year I'd have close to one thousand followers, I'd be getting emails from amazing brands or that I'd meet so many genuinely lovely people over the internet. I've enjoyed every minute of doing this and my blog is a work in process every single day. I have a good work ethic too and will always take on extra responsibilities in my job or do things every day that are interesting or frightening or amazing! Its important to remember not to become complacent or stressed out either trying to reach that end goal or getting to comfortable with the one you have achieved!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and liked my ideas for staying motivated! I'm trying my best to stick to all of these even though it can be hard sometimes and life gets us down when we are least expecting it!

What are your top tips for staying motivated?


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Travel Sized Skincare

Every year when I go on holiday, or even if I go a short break somewhere I always see this as the perfect opportunity to crack out some of the many many samples I seem to accumulate over time. Recently I was away in Berlin (you can read about that here) and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to offer a little mini review of the skincare I used whilst I was over there. Also, please note there is no moisturizer or eye cream being reviewed because I just used the ones I normally do...

For a cleanser I decided I wanted to take a balm cleanser on account of my love for good old Emma Hardie and her little pot of dreams. Strictly speaking the Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash isn't technically a balm cleanser but it does have a balm texture and is used the same way as I use my EH one. I'd gotten this free with a magazine not long ago and even though I had wanted to try it out I held onto it for purposes of going on holiday. I actually quite liked this despite the fact I couldn't used it to remove eye make up as it stung my eyes and made them go cloudy. Actually this made my skin feel amazing and super duper clean.I love this brand as they use mainly natural ingredients and I definitely liked the scent and texture of this so I would probably repurchase the full size as its reasonably priced and feels lovely on my skin!

I don't necessarily always use a toner as I normally just use some micellar water but when I saw I had this Dr Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Relief Toner I decided to take it with me as I have never had a bad experience with any product by Origins ever! In general this didn't blow me away and I wasn't ecstatic about it but if you suffer from redness or problem skin you would likely see the benefits of this much more than I did. It smells lovely and has some great ingredients packed into it and it did make my skin feel smoother, I'm just not sure I'd repurchase due to the price as its a little more than I'd normally pay for this kind of product.

In addition to a cleanser I also took this Smashbox Its A Wrap Waterproof Eye Make Up Remover and I'm really glad I did since it came in handy as my cleanser wasn't suitable for removing eye make up. This is an oil based eye make up remover which I'll admit I'm not really a huge fan of as even though they do work they always seem to leave greasy residue all over my eyes and skin! This one was pretty standard really and I wasn't all that impressed. I was even less impressed when I saw how much this retailed for so I definitely wouldn't buy this again but if you do like oil based products then don't let me put you off as you'll probably love this.

Have any of you used any different products recently as a result of being away on holiday or travelling? I'd love to know in the comments!

Friday, 19 June 2015

A Visit to Berlin

I recently spent some time in the beautiful city of Berlin and thought I'd do a little post on it to share some snaps and give those of you who are unfamiliar with the city a bit of information and a general guide! Obviously I was only there for five days so I didn't get to see or do everything that I wanted to but if you want any more information there are some super amazing travel blogs out there with great advice and information on this wonderful and vibrant place...

First things first the vibe of this city is amazing and so laid back. Before I visited I always thought that people just said that because they didn't know what else to say but now that I've been I now know they were pretty much on the ball with that one! Everyone is so friendly and the German nationals are genuinely some of the most well mannered and polite people I've ever come across! I also found that its fairly inexpensive in comparison to other cities in Europe like Barcelona, Amsterdam and Paris. For instance, a main course from a resturant in Alexander Platz (where we stayed) only cost about 10-15 euros and you can find anything from pizza to fresh seafood on the menu although the traditional German Currywurst was on the menu absolutely everywhere we went so if sampling the local delicacies is your thing then you won't be dissappointed!

As I just mentioned Berlin is one of the most historical cities in Europe and just wallking down the street is like turning over a piece of history, so as a history student this place was like history porn to me! Most of the city was actually destoyed during World War 2 so you will find that much of the elaborate architechture is extremely modern and very different to anything anywhere else in Europe which makes the city both unique and striking. One of the best things about walking around the city is that some of the scenes are both breathtaking and intriguing and so you definitely want to bring your camera along anywhere you go to capture some if it. I'd definitely class the Reichstag Building, Bradenburger Gate, and the Berlin Victory Column as things to go see! Lewis and I actually took a boat tour which gave us a bit more insight into the normal every day architechture of the apartments and the very loud but also very charming street art, which of course Berlin is famous for.

Like I said 4 days was nowhere near enough to explore all of the amazing experiences this city had to offer but we did manage to take a few things in. We actually went on a tour bus which was inexpensive and a great way to see everything without having to walk for hours however I probably wouldn't do this again mainly because the subway is open 24 HOURS and daily tickets that cover the whole city can be bought for less than five euros! Berlin is also one of the best cities in terms of sign posts and maps so its also easy to find your way around if you get lost! As well as this I'd definitely say that Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall would be a good little piece of history to take away with you! We also went to the holocaust memorial and museum which was amazing but I was definitely surprised to see people using selfie sticks and climbing all over the memorials as I just thought it was a little inappropriate...maybe thats just me though! Obviously there is a huge abundance of museums to check out so if you are only there for a couple of days it would probably help to have an idea of the type of thing you want to do before you arrive.

Lastly, one of the best things about Berlin is that it has such a cool atmosphere. Unlike most other tourist destinations it doesn't try too hard and you won't get any promoters getting all up in your face trying to sell you tickets for city tours and the likes, nor will you be taking your pick of the local 'British' pubs to eat your dinner in that night. You will find some soveiner shops but they are normally attached to museums of some kind, which I personally like as you don't want to be too tempted to get ripped off on silly junk you don't need on holiday! I actually found it interesting that most of the shops closed on a Sunday as living in the UK sort of makes me envy this laid back type of lifestyle. I was also surprised to see that there are a lot more bicycles on the road than there are cars as this is probably the most bike friendly city you are going to find! I was so gutted I didn't get to hire a bike to go exploring! They definitely know how to travel eco friendly (and keep fit at the same time).

I honestly had such an amazing time here and I would go back in a heartbeat! I'd really recommend it if you like anything to do with history, architechture or are looking for somewhere to go which is more laid back and more inexpensive than other placed in Europe. I know so many people who have fallen in love with this place so much that they decided to move here so I definitely need to come back to see everything else it has to offer!

Have any of you guys been to Berlin? I would love to know what you got up to?

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Love for Origins GinZing

I feel like I'm starting every blog post these days with a little anecdote about how I've been crazy busy and not having the time to blog, however, hopefully this time around I actually mean it when I say I'm going to start blogging regularly again as I've actually managed to schedule a good few this morning! Is it weird that I'm doing this one last even though I'm going to schedule it for tomorrow? Anyways I thought I'd share a lot of love for a range of products that have been an absolute godsend for me!

The Origins GinZing range is probably the best thing going if your skin is a bit dull or needs a slight pick me up. The products are all delicately scented with a citrus fragrance and designed to add radiance and make skin brighter. The first product which is the standard GinZing Moisturizer has been one of my favourite products for a while now; I think this is probably about my eighth tub of the stuff. This is really incredible as the gel like texture means it won't interfere with the application of make up and is suitable for all skin types. After using this for a while I always see a massive difference in the texture of my skin as its much softer and more radiant so this is definitely full of the good stuff. The scent of this is amazing as it really wakes you up first thing in the morning!

Next is the matching GinZing Eye Cream which is slightly tinted a pearlescent pink which we all know is the best thing for hiding any pesky under eye luggage or making the eyes appear brighter and more awake. This is absolutely perfect for mixing into any under eye concealer which is how I use it but can also be used alone if that's how you want to use it! This has caffeine in it to really wake up tired skin and it feels so cooling and hydrating when I first put it on my skin; it really is a most lovely experience let me tell you! I'd honestly say this works wonders as I recently went on holiday where I had hardly any sleep and was waking up at ridiculous times for ridiculously early flights and even I thought it disguised this well!

The last product (that I own not in the range) is one I have only recently tried out since its completely new to my collection and it is the GinZing Refreshing Mask. Like the other two this stuff is incredible but more of a pamper product to be used occasionally! This is something which is amazing if you want fresh, radiant , or glowing skin before an event or a night out! It contains mushroom, coffee beans and cucumber to soothe, energize and refresh the skin and it also feels ice cold on application which I love as I feel like its really waking my skin up! I haven't been using this product long enough to know if it works long term but you definitely see an instant result with this one so it could be just the thing if you want a quick fix!

Overall, I love Origins in general and I can honestly say that they are my number 1 go to skincare brand! Anytime I need a new skin product I can pick something up just knowing that I'll love it which is why I don't mind paying a little bit more for it than I would for a drugstore brand. The GinZing range is honestly amazing and I really don't know how my skin coped before I started using it!

I'd love to know if any of you have ever used this range or if you have any other recommendations of orgins products? Please let me know in the comments!

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