Sunday, 19 November 2017

THE BENEFITS OF BEING SINGLE


This may seem like a unique topic to discuss but it is surprising how important it is to talk about. Society still to this day makes it appear that being single is some sort of bad thing, when it really isn’t. Being single allows you to live the life you want. It allows you to create and live your own adventures, knowing that you can do it on your own.

It allows you to be dependent on yourself and therefore learn things about yourself, you never thought you would. You don’t need another half of you to make you complete. Yes, I’m not going to lie it is nice to feel loved by another person and have a close connection with them. However, being stuck in the wrong relationship can make things very tough. It can knock your self-esteem and make the simple things in life somewhat challenging.

As my friends started coupling off, I did feel slightly jealous of their close connections. However over time I have begun to see the more positive sides of being single. Being in a relationship is a commitment. Both parties need to give it their all otherwise it wouldn’t work. However, being single allows you to focus your commitment other things such as your career, social life and hobbies. So that in the future when you get into a relationship you are in a steady place and know that you can look after yourself. Especially as a young adult, so much is changing and you want to be there to witness it all. I feel that when you’re in a relationship the ability to witness all the new things is a challenging prospect. Being single gives you a lot of chances to figure out what’s important to you and allows you to make your own story and work on making yourself the best version of you.

Another benefit of being single is that is allows to create new friends. When you’re in a relationship there can sometimes be a little jealousy with the friends you make, therefore encouraging to make joint friends which in the future could potentially make things difficult. Being single allows you to make friends with both sex’s without feeling slightly guilty about what your other half may feel.

Do you think there are benefits of being single? Let me know in the comments as I’d love to hear your views. 

N 💛

Sunday, 12 November 2017

OOTD | LONDON TRIP


Originally this was supposed to be an outfit of the day post, but I thought I'd add a few extra photos of my trip to London. Me and my course mates went to London to explore. We ended up adventuring around the V&A before exploring Harrods. Overall it was a very lovely day - despite it being Halloween the decorations made us feel very festive for Christmas.




Leather Jacket - Primark
Top - Primark (found in a charity shop)
Jeans - Primark 
Trainers - B&M
Rucksack - The North Face 
Bat Earrings - ASDA
Glasses - Specsavers

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(Special thanks to Sophie and Carys for the photos of me)

Sunday, 29 October 2017

HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL FACE MASK | THE BODY SHOP


As I sit writing this post with my cup of tea, I am currently wearing this mask. I honestly could rave about this mask for days. This is now an essential to any pamper night I have. I was looking for a decent face mask for a while and decided to pop into The Body Shop with my friend Abbey. 

As a student I have always looked at The Body Shop, as a place that sells products I'd love to purchase but could never afford. Until, I went into one of their stores and had a great chat with a worker called Nathan. Nathan sat me and my friend down and talked through everything skincare related and recommended this one. He mentioned that it was a popular one for a whole range of skin types. 

Although some of you may be thinking that this is quite a pricey product at a price of £17. However, when I apply this face mask it with a foundation brush, this helps you to prevent using any more product than you actually need. So far I have used this products around 7 times and as you can see in the picture below, it has barely touched the amount of product. The way I like to think of it is that you can either purchase singular packs for a price of roughly a pound each, or buy this tub and let it last you far longer than singular packets would. Meaning in the long term you save money!



Just the smell of this product is enough to relax you. Its aromas leave you feeling fresh before the mask is even applied. When taking the mask off, it doubles as a scrub, which instantly make your skin feel softer and more radiant. This is the only mask that I know of, where its affects can last longer than a day after. So if you are in need of a good quality face mask with lasting effects, definitely give this one a try! 


Sunday, 22 October 2017

VOGUE'S QUESTIONS


Firstly, I want to apologise for not posting last Sunday. Since starting second year my work load has increased and due to personal reasons life got a bit chaotic last weekend and before knowing it, it was Monday.

Moving on to this weeks post, recently I have gained a handful of new followers and readers (which I'd like to wish you all a warm welcome)! I thought what better time to do a somewhat Q & A than now. I have decided to take some questions from Vogues 73 questions, as they always seem to be intriguing, so I hope you enjoy!

What's the best thing that's happened to you this month?
The best thing that has happened to me this month is taking a break to go home and spend quality time with family. A great opportunity that has happened to me this year, is being able to send of a piece of work to get shown in a gallery in Detroit.

What's the best thing that has happened to you this year?
That's a hard thing to pick just one, so many great things have happened this year so far. I have had a couple of great trips away, but I'd probably say passing my test is the best thing to have come out of this year. As I didn't pass straight away, there were times where I felt like giving up but managed to stay motivated and I passed.

What's the best thing ever?
My family and close friends.

What's your favourite season?
I love all the seasons but you can never go wrong with Autumn.

What's your favourite holiday?
Christmas because it's the one time of the year that I am most likely guaranteed to see all of my family.

Would you ever live in a big city?
Yes, but I'd much prefer to live in the countryside.

It's brunch, what do you eat?
Fried breakfast - you can't go wrong!

What's your favourite colour?
Mainly brown but I also like burgundy, blue and yellow.

What colour dress did you wear to prom?
Baby pink and black (which you can find in both Throwback to Prom and Prom 2016). 

Blow dry or air dry?
Air dry, unless I'm in a rush to somewhere special.

Who's the last person you texted?
Without having to look, my Dad.

Twitter or instagram?
Instagram without a doubt. However I'm beginning to use my Twitter a bit more.

Who should everyone follow right now?
The Michalaks without a doubt. I'm obsessed with them right now, every vlog is beautifully made.

Have you ever had anything stolen from you?
Yes when I was little someone broke into my back garden and stole mine and my sisters scooters.

Favourite country you've visited?
Spain, Barcelona in particular.

Country you wish to visit?
There's too many... the list goes on and on.

What are you doing tomorrow?
Going to a morning lecture, horse riding and probably a touch of studying.

What are you most excited about in life right now?
I know it's a bit broad but the future - there's so many exciting things to come in my life.

What are you completely bored of right now?
People letting me down.

What's your favourite cocktail?
Pina Colada

What's one thing you still have from your childhood?
My blue teddy bear.

What's your favourite current TV show?
Probably Made in Chelsea.

What's a movie that made you cry?
Titanic - every time!

What makes you laugh a lot?
My friends.

What's the most adventurous thing you've done?
I'm honestly not too sure. I've got up to a few adventurous things over the past.

What did you want to do with your life at age 5?
I'm not too sure, probably write a book.

What's the most important thing that someone can learn?
Wisdom

Mountain hideaway or beach house?
This is very tricky, at the moment mountain hideaway.

What's your favourite scented candle?
Coastal Waters.

If you could spend 3 months away where would it be?
That's tricky. I couldn't say. My friend went to Australia for 3 months, personally I'd love to visit a few places across 3 months. Possibly stop off at a few places on the way to Australia or something similar to that.

What's the first thing you do every morning?
Turn off my alarm.

What do you have for breakfast?
Fruit loaf toast or oats with honey. But only when I remember or have an early start.

N 💛

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

MENTAL HEALTH DAY


As today is Mental Health Day and I volunteer with The Mentality Project I have decided to create a bonus post as a somewhat collaboration of my volunteering whilst I'm studying away. Last year I created a similar post that you all seemed to love called Mental Health, which has encouraged me to create another post. Especially when the nights are getting darker, we can always feel in need of a good pick me up and to focus on ourselves that little bit more. Therefore, I feel like there is no better time than now to create a post to hopefully make you think about yourself a little bit more. So, grab a cuppa, snuggle up and take some time out for yourself.

Personally for me this past year has been tough, moving to a new city and meeting new people has seen its ups and downs. However I have powered through the toughest of days and came out far more positive as I now appreciate the little things in life that little bit more. I am far more grateful for having a good day than I was before. I have also learnt many things about myself and what specific things I need to do to avoid being affected or to be able to maintain a positive and realistic outlook on life.

Life is tough for everyone no matter who we are and what life we live. It is important to make sure we are fully aware of our mental health and in some way are connected to the way we feel. It is easy to get lost in a life of deadlines and stress, forgetting that we need to take time out for ourselves. We are a living being and therefore are allowed to feel emotions, no matter who we are.

Until volunteering with Mentality I never quite realised what you could do and just how important your mental health is. The most important thing that I found is probably that your mental health is just as important as your physical health, if not more. When your mental health is not at its best, it can go on to make you physically ill further down the line. Therefore, the importance of taking time off when your mental health isn't at its best is rather essential. Take being a student, you are consistently bombarded with stress: deadlines, assignments, coursework and exams. These all can take a toll on your body, being able to fully concentrate whilst studying at home or in a class can be highly affected by where your mental health is. So, when you get a day off and you're not feeling one hundred per cent, keep it your day off. Don't plan to do any work, you deserve a break! Make the day a self-care day, all about you! If you feel like your mental health is in a very bad place then taking time off work and school is fully acceptable. You want to be able to be your best and by taking time to focus on yourself you're allowing yourself to recover, just like you would a physical illness. If you feel as if the day off didn't help, maybe go to your local doctors and discuss the situation with them. They should have access to a range of contacts who may be able to help you. If that doesn't work, they will be able to discuss other things that could help you further down the line. Focusing on yourself can be beneficial and give you that breathing space to allow you to get in tip top shape and to continue to do your best.


"I fall from the sky but I won't fall forever, I fall but when I rise I'll be stronger than ever" 
- Rayleigh Ritchie -

N 💛