Update #23 | Picking Our Own Pumpkins!

My week has been a little bit hectic, what with starting a new job - I barely have time to breathe let alone blog at the moment, but I'm trying my best! So yes, this post is a tinsy bit late, but it's still Autumn and pumpkins are still Autumn related so I'll let myself off, haha! Basically I thought I would share some of the photos from a lovely day out I shared with my best friend and Ethan! Me and my best friend kind of have a tradition going that every single year we carve pumpkins together and watch scary movies on Halloween.. it's basically an excuse to eat junk for a whole weekend, haha! I actually documented our cute halloween celebration on the blog last year, so you can see that here if you like. So this year we decided to go and pick our own pumpkins and we had a really lovely day at a local farm getting all autumnal and taking tonnes of photos... and of course carving them in the evening! But yes, I had a really lovely weekend and it was a well needed break just before I started my new job which was nice! Let me know in the comments what you got up to on Halloween, I would love to know!

30 (More) Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

So we all know I've been excited for Halloween pretty much since the 1st of September... but somehow it does always seem to creep up on me and every year, without fail, I seem to have to rush over to YouTube to look up some last minute Halloween costumes because I've left it so long! This year I actual don't have anything to dress up for, which makes me incredibly sad (any excuse to dress up and I'm there!) but that won't stop me from browsing Pinterest until the early hours of the morning coming up with costume ideas for the Halloween party I'm not going to, haha! So yeah, this post is for all of you out there who always leave their costumes to the last minute and need a quick DIY costume for that party on Tuesday night! Hopefully you find something quick and easy from my list, but if you need more ideas I actually wrote one of these last year so you'll find 30 more ideas over there! Also, feel free to share your own ideas in the comments - I would love to hear them! 

The Ultimate Halloween Playlist

It's about time I wrote another playlist post, in fact my last playlist post was back in June with my The Ultimate Relaxation Playlist and of course it is Halloween season - so when better to write one than now, right?! I personally have no plans for Halloween (someone please invite me to your party so I have an excuse to dress up!) but that doesn't mean I won't be making an epic Halloween playlist that I will probably be playing to death (pun not intended I promise... lol) from now until the end of October! So yeah, I thought I might share my little Halloween music concoction with you lot! I've tried to add a big mix of songs, that suit everyone who needs background music for carving pumpkins or a good playlist for a Halloween party! Let me know what you think in the comments below and as always feel free to suggest your own songs down there too - I'm sure I've missed some bangers! 

Book Wishlist #2

How has it been two months since my last book wishlist?! I have no idea where that time has gone, but anyways... here I am with another book wishlist post because it's about time I shared a few more of the books that are on my ever growing wish list - I feel like its growing super super quickly recently too, since I have been able to treat myself to any new books recently! (By the way, if you want to see more of the books that are on my wishlist and keep up to date on what I'm currently reading and bits like that we need to be friends on Goodreads - you can find me here!) As you'll know from my recent book posts (like my October TBR and Spooky Book Recommendations) I have been reading purely spooky-ish books this month in celebration of Halloween so, as much as I'm enjoying getting in the spooky spirit, it was quite refreshing to pick out some less scary books to add to this wishlist.. I mean I obviously added a few thrillers because I'm stubborn and completely obsessed with thriller books! Let me know what you're reading or what's on your wishlist in the comments below, so I can add all your favourites to my list - I always love recommendations, even if it means my wishlist is overflowing!

ASOS Wishlist | Autumn 2017

Oh Autumn! You are well and truly here and I couldn't be more excited... if only for all the drool-worthy new clothes that have graced ASOS for the new season! I love everything about Autumn fashion.. the colours, the cosy-ness, the oversize-ness - yes, please and thank you. I want it all! I have updated my status from poor student to poor graduate (mainly because I've been obsessed with buying so many books.. I hate my past self, haha!) so unfortunately I can't treat myself to anything just yet but I can still dream, cant I?! Just like last season when I wrote my Summer Wishlist I have once again piled up a hefty wishlist for the new Autumn season, so I thought it was about time to share some of it with you! If you like any of my picks let me know in the comments and also tell me what's on your ASOS wishlist this season - I would love to know! 

Update #22 | Exciting Life Updates

I'm taking a break from dancing around my kitchen with joy to write this post because I really want to document this moment... but I'm going to do that annoying thing and make you wait to find out why I'm so happy, mwaha! Honestly, this month has been pretty tough for me. It's been filled with job applications and preparation for interviews (which is super nerve racking, especially for an anxious person like me!) add on an interview which I thought went really well, that I got turned down for and obviously my confidence was completely knocked. Oh and pair all that with a current job that you are really not enjoying and cannot wait to leave and you end up feeling pretty down to say the least! But today I had my second interview, I was feeling slightly more prepared for this one, but my confidence really wasn't back to normal and there definitely was a part of me thinking should I even bother if I won't get it anyway?! I have to admit, I came out of the interview feeling pretty upset, I felt like it didn't go as well as planned and I don't know if it was just my lack of confidence but I was convinced that I wasn't going to get accepted at all... so I called everyone to let them know that it didn't go too well, but it was another learning experience and walked home to wallow in my self pity and eat some magic stars. (Because I'm an adult, lol!) I got home and was literally about to tweet saying that the interview didn't go well when I got a call from the school. At this point I was pretty convinced that they were calling so soon because they knew that it was a solid no.. but I got the bloody job! I literally had the biggest change of emotions I have ever had in my life and I was pretty sure I was about to go into shock, because it was so unexpected! So now I am a teaching assistant in a reception class at a really lovely local school and I am beyond excited to start there now, gah! (Now you understand why there's google-y eyes in my photo for this post, haha!) And even better, I get to say peace out bitches to my current job, haha! So yeah, if I was going to be cliche and add some sort of sappy moral to this post I would say don't loose faith in yourself - whether you've been turned down for a job or your confidence is knocked for whatever reason, just continue to believe in yourself because one person's opinion of you really doesn't count for much, I promise! 

Cosy Autumn Book Tag

Yes, I am very much aware that my blog is slowly turning into a book blog.. but I don't even care, as I said in one of my last posts October is my favourite time to read and I am seriously loving reading at the moment and I just can't help myself! Sooo... today, I decided to do the Fall Time, Cosy Time book tag, but it's super old book tag from years ago (oops.. lol) so I've decided to change up some of the questions a little bit and add some other autumn book tag questions in there too and kind of come up with my own Autumn Book tag I suppose. I am currently in the Autumn zone too, it's raining outside, I'm in my PJ's, under a blanket, with pumpkin scented candles burning.. I mean what better time to write an Autumn book tag than now right?! As always, I tag all of you so please do get super cosy and answer some of the questions yourself in the comments, or leave a link to your own Autumn book tags - I love reading about all things Autumn and reading, so I would love to read yours! 

Spooky Book Recommendations

October is probably one of my most favourite times of the year to binge read. It's just so lovely snuggling under a blanket, surrounded by candles with a huge cup of coffee, reading a good book! This year, to get into the Halloween mood I'm reading only spooky books...or any books that fit with a slightly creepy/mystery vibe! I figured I can't be the only one doing this this October so I wanted to share with you some of my favourite 'spooky book' recommendations for the autumn season, so you can also get into the spooky spirit in time for Halloween! I tried to make sure there is something for everyone there, ranging from just slightly creepy to full on horror.. so don't worry if you're not a massive horror fan - you don't have to be! Ooh, also! If you want any more recommendations you can also read my TBR for this month, there's tonnes of spooky books over there... you can find that here! Thrillers and generally creepy books are actually some of my favourite to read - I just love a book you can't seem to put down and these always have that effect on me. So some of my favourite books of all time are in here and I cannot wait to share them with you! As always, feel free to recommend your own books in the comments below, I'm always looking out for spooky books so I would love some ideas! 

October Book Haul 2017 | TBR

It's Halloween month, woo! Yes, I am celebrating Halloween for the entire month of October.. and no one can stop me! So, for the entirety of October, in anticipation of Halloween, I'm reading only books with a spooky/scary/generally bit creepy vibes! I'm super excited about this, being completely obsessed with thriller and horror books - so this definitely has to be one of my favourite TBR lists and needless to say, I can't wait to work my way through this list and get in a spooky mood ready for Halloween. If you're looking for more spooky book recommendations I'm hoping to write a post all about it sometime soon, so pop back for that! Also, feel free to recommend your own spooky books in the comments - I'd love some more recommendations! 

September Book Haul 2017 | Wrap Up

So today, I thought I would do a little September wrap up since I managed to read a fair few books last month... probably because I'm so close to my reading target, gah! I can't actually believe it's already October though... but I'm not mad about it, this means it's finally socially acceptable for my living room to be full of pumpkins - phew, haha! It also means I get to break out all my spooky themed books which I am super excited about! I've decided for the whole month of October I'm reading only books with a spooky theme (be it something fantasy, thriller-y or flat out horror) and I think you all should definitely join me with this - I'll be publishing a TBR in few days with all the books I plan on reading, so if you need some inspiration pop back then! But yes, here's my September wrap up, I hope you enjoy my little reviews! Let me know in the comments what you've read this month, I always love some more book inspiration! 

Sh*t I Want To Get Done By The End Of The Year | 2017

Last year I wrote a blog post all about the 'goals' I have for the rest of the year (link here) and while (again) I don't want to wish the end of the year away, I feel like it's about time I reflect on last year and set myself some goals for the rest of the year.. since as scary as it sounds we are now 3/4 of the way through the year! I talked last year about how I'm rubbish at sticking to resolutions or goals and that has most definitely not changed, this year I vowed to save money.. which definitely hasn't happened (books are just too bloody tempting, haha!) and I also told myself that I would drink more water every day which is something I still really struggle with! So yes, I'm still really not a goal person! But just like last year, there are definitely things that need to get done by the end of this year and so here I am sharing them with you guys. Let me know whats on your list of 'sh*t you want to get done by the end of the year' in the comments below - I'd love to know! 

But first up, a reflection on last years goals. For starters I definitely did bake more, that's something that I found quite easy over Christmas since I love all things gingerbread and peppermint, but I do wish I documented more of my baking with blog posts so hopefully I can do more baking posts this year! My next goal was to write my dissertation and I am breathing the biggest sigh of relief as I read what my poor poor past self wrote back then - having barely written anything for my dissertation at this point I was definitely freaking out (I disguised it well, trust me!) so I am beyond glad that it's all done and dusted! My goal of figuring out my next steps with university is actually something I'm still struggling with today and I can definitely say it was the one goal on this list I kind of ignored last year... but today I'm finally working my way through this process and doing very boring things like putting together my CV and finally looking for jobs.. so I'm finally getting there! I also wanted to get on top of Christmas blog posts last year which I think I can say I succeeded in, since I put up a new Christmas themed blog post every other day for the month of December without any breaks! I'm seriously hoping to do that again this year... and no, before anyone asks I am so not going to do Blogmas.. one post every other day is more than enough for me! My last goal was to plan a giveaway which I still have yet to do... oops! Who knows though, it might be something I do by the end of this year... we shall see! 

Good Bedtime Habits

Getting into bed is one of my favourite parts of the day - especially after a long day, I might even go as far as to say it's better than a good bath... and that's saying something for me! Because I have to wake up at 5am some days for work, it's so important that I get a good nights sleep so I'm not walking around like a zombie the next day. This is why I love having a little bedtime routine filled with good habits, in order to make me feel relaxed and ready for a perfect nights sleep! So today I wanted to share with you some of these little habits that I think are the perfect addition to any night time routine -  of course we all have our usual skin care routines before bed and I hopefully don't need to mention the obvious like brushing your teeth, haha! But these are the little things you should add in order to not only have a good nights sleep, but also feel better when you wake up in the morning! Let me know in the comments what habits you've added to your night time routine - I would love to know!

The A-Z Book Tag

It's literally been like a year since I did a tag post (I can't figure how to go back check easily.. but I'm pretty sure my last tag was my 'spooky halloween tag' back in October last year - so yeah, almost a year!) But yeah, I always have so much fun doing tag posts and since I've been seriously into reading recently I decided a bookish tag was the way to go. Needless to say, I've been pretty obsessed with booktube recently too and after coming across the lovely Maddie and Bee from Heart Full Of Books I've pretty much watched every single tag they've done religiously! Anyway, long story short they recently did the A-Z book tag and I loved hearing all their answers so I wanted to give it a go myself! Feel free to answer some the questions yourself in the comments below or tag me to your own A-Z book tag blog post - I'd love to see all your answers too! But yes, let's get into the questions... 

Things I've Been Loving Lately | #4

It's that time again where I share some of the things I've been obsessed with lately... I actually don't have that big of a haul to share this time (probably because I've been way to engrossed in trying to finish Stephen King's IT (yes, I'm crazy enough to try and tackle this 1156 page book!) I literally haven't had time to get into anything else! I'm still very excited to share my little list with you lot though, I always love doing these because I want everyone else to go and also become obsessed with these things too.. lol is that weird?! But yeah, stay tuned to hear all about the song I've had on repeat for hours, what my new tattoo means and my eczema - woo! Let me know in the comments what you've been obsessed with this month and your thoughts on the things I've shared - I would love to know! 

Update #21 | Wales Holiday Snaps

I feel like its raining today just to make me feel some serious holiday blues because almost a week ago I was on holiday in Wales enjoying the sunshine and having a great time! The end of our holiday kind of marked the end of the summer, which is a bit sad - although for me that doesn't mean I have to go back to school or uni anymore (woo, thank god!) it does mean that I have to start some serious job hunting.. ugh boring. I'm also taking this rain as a sign that it is now socially acceptable to put up my Autumn decor, lol.. so I'm definitely getting my Autumn decor box out at some point soon! We actually tidied ou the cupboard under the stairs the other day and I found the box and it literally smells like last Autumn it brought back so many memories - I cant wait to get those candles out again! But yes, I had a really amazing week away with my lovely family and I wanted to share some of my favourite pictures from the trip...me and Ethan took literally a thousand, oops! I actually did the same thing last year where I shared pictures from my holiday to Cornwall if you want to go and have a read of that one you can find it here!

August Book Haul | TBR

I've had a bit of a break from blogging.. and with that has come A LOT of reading.. and even more book buying! I think I seriously need to consider a book buying ban *she says after just buying a load more books* - but let's be honest that's never going to happen, haha! (By the way, if you want to see all the books I've been buying recently and actually see me 'in-action' ignoring my bank balance you can follow me over on goodreads, the link is right here!) So yes, it comes as no surprise that my first post back has to be my August book haul... and yes, I'm aware that it's now September but better late than never! A lot of these books I actually bought on my holiday to Wales (which I will be telling you all about in my next post!) where I discovered that The Works has a freaking amazing book deal where you can get your hands on 3 books for £5 (not spon.. but if they want to spon they totally can, haha!) ... I genuinely spent most of that day telling everyone how amazing that deal is when you could end up spending £7.99 on one book in other shops - hi The Works, if you need a spokesperson, I'm available, lol! So as you can imagine, I did end up buying a few too many books and I can't wait to share them all with you - let me know in the comments if you've read any of these and what you thought of them, and also what are you reading at the moment?! I would love some recommendations! 

Speedboats, Slides and Summer Fun | feat. byMe Lifestyle*

Hi, guys! I hope you are all well, I'm so excited to write this post because I am genuinely still buzzing from an amazing experience I got to have all thanks to a really lovely company and I can't wait to share them with you guys! I was basically invited to have an exciting summer fun experience all planned out for me by the lovelies at byMe Lifestyle and I wanted to write this little post so that I could share all the photos I took (well, maybe not ALL because I took hundreds...lol) and tell you a little bit about byMe Lifestyle and the magic they do! I also just wanted to say thank you so much to byMe Lifestyle for treating me to such an amazing day - me and Ethan had such a fabulous time in London and we are both so thankful to you for that! Also, thank you to all the lovely people at our experiences, they were all so accommodating and made the day that much more special! As always, let me know in the comments what you think, I would love to know your thoughts on byMe Lifestyle and also if you've ever been to any of these places in London! 

Getting A Tattoo Routine

So, as those of you who follow me over on twitter may know, I recently got a tattoo - I've literally wanted one for years, but it was a huge whim when I went to get it done and I honestly still can't believe I actually have it there on my arm! For those wondering, I got a bunch of wildflowers inspired by a poem about wildflowers written by Julie Andrews (aka.. the grandma I wish I had, haha!) - you can find it by Google-ing it if you're interested! In the poem Julie Andrews basically writes about how she envies wildflowers because they're so brave and strong and can grow and live in all types weather and climates - so it's a little symbol to myself to be brave and strong like a wildflower! (Or if people want the less cringe-y version of why I got this tattoo, I'll just say flowers are pretty, haha!) I went to a lovely local tattoo shop near me, and had a really positive experience actually - despite going through the pain of the tattoo! But getting a tattoo made me realise how little guidance there is out there when it comes to what happens when you get a tattoo and what you should do after you get a tattoo.. (I've noticed that everyone seems to say something different!) Honestly, you can't go too wrong when it comes to tattoo aftercare (unless you're doing it terribly wrong!) but I thought I would share some of the products I've been using and loving and share my experience! Let me know in the comments if you've got a tattoo or if you want a tattoo - I would love to know!

Things You Can Do Right Now To Make You Happy

Sometimes we all need a little boost in happiness, I definitely get this every now and again and usually I just need a little push in the right direction to keep me going and to cheer me right back up again! I actually have something super exciting planned this Friday (I wrote all about it already if you want to go and find out what exciting things I got up to!) and it made me realise that just something small like making plans is enough to put me in a such a good mood! Actually. there are so many little things that you do right now to cheer yourself up and put yourself in a good mood.. and most of them you don't even need to move from your comfy spot on the sofa - sounds good to me, haha! So hopefully this little list will help some of you out there who need a little boost, also feel free to share your own little happy things in the comments below, I'd love to hear your ideas too! 

Book Wishlist #1

As you'll know if you've seen my recent TBR for July I've been seriously into reading recently, and although I've spent so much on books recently in order to keep up with all the books I'm finishing - I'm constantly browsing Goodreads and adding new books to my TBR and my book wishlist is always getting longer and longer! Anyway, my wishlist is getting a little out of hand, so I thought it was about time I shared it with you lot... you know, in case the book gods are watching and want to gift me with any new lovely books, haha! No, I'm joking (maybe..) I really just wanted to share some of the books I look forward to reading in the future and also getting recommendations from you guys too (please do share them in the comments!) Hopefully a lot of these will make it onto a future TBR since I'm sure I'll treat myself to some new books soon.. I can't help myself! But yes, if you want to see more updates on my wishlist or if you want to know what I'm currently reading you should follow me on Goodreads - we can be buddies over there! 

30 Minute Face Lift | feat. Chin Up Mask*

I have a very exiting review for you guys today, as I was very kindly sent a product from Chin Up Mask to test out - I have been giving it a go this week and I seriously can't wait to share it with you lot! Before I had even been sent the product I have to say, I was super excited. I've never been fond of my chin or jaw and would 100% prefer to have a more defined jaw line and less of a double chin (as I'm sure a lot of us would!) So when I was contacted by Chin Up Mask, who claim to offer a 30 minute non-surgical face lift, I was thrilled! I've heard so many positive reviews about this product too, so I was so excited to see if it lived up to the hype - especially since everything I try doesn't seem to help me out in the chin department, haha! So yes, I hope you enjoy this quick review - let me know in the comments if you've ever tried the Chin Up Mask and what your experience with them was, I would love to know! 

July Book Haul 2017 | TBR

I'm not going to lie, I have seriously had a whole new lease of life when it comes to reading and books recently and ever since finishing uni I've pretty much read non-stop - which is pretty new for me! I am seriously enjoying it though, especially since I've recently made myself a Goodreads account and I'm steadily working toward my reading goal of 40 books for 2017... we should be friends on Goodreads if we aren't already by the way - I'm always looking for new books to read and I would love you recommendations, you can find me here! I have to admit, I've been reading so much lately, that this post is less of a TBR for July and more of a 'what-I-read-during-one-week-in-July' post, haha! But I wanted to share these books with you guys anyway and I'll try my best to review them... although book reviews have never been my strong point! Anyways, I hope you enjoy this post - you can also definitely look forward to more monthly TBR posts in the future since I'm enjoying reading so much recently. As always, let me know in the comments if you've read any of these books yourself and what you thought of them, I'd love to know! 

Current Lush Collection #3 (+ I finally try Lush makeup!)

I'm back with another Lush post - and I couldn't be more excited! It seems like a lifetime since I wrote my last Lush haul.. and in all honesty it seems like forever since I even treated myself to a nice Lush bath... I know, I'm as shocked as you are! I have to admit something actually... this isn't really my 'current' collection at all and this haul was from quite a while ago... oops! So, whereas I usually write these hauls as more of a first impressions style post, everything has well and truly been used so it'll be more of a review (if I can even remember using these bath products - it's been a while! Mainly because 1: I plan my posts really far in advance and I was too lazy to re-jig everything to fit around this post. 2: I had only just done a collection post when I bought all this stuff (read it here!) and I was way too ashamed to reveal (/admit to myself, haha!) how quickly I used all of that up... and how quickly I went out and restocked 3: I could not wait to use it all so I took pictures as soon as possible and basically used everything within a week...oops! But yes anyway, here it is - my latest Lush haul. I hope you guys enjoy and as always be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below.. what's you favourite product out of the ones I'm about to share?!

Update #20 | I Graduated?!

Hello friends! I'm back from my little break - omg, it feels so good to be back! I know I know I say this every single time but I genuinely do miss blogging whenever I take breaks.. it really does completely mess up my routine when I'm not blogging every other day! Saying that, I have had a lovely time off though - I had so much time to catch up with family, chill out a bit and binge watch tonnes of episodes of Dance Moms, haha! But yeah, I thought I'd start off with a very important update since I only went and graduated last Thursday - ahh!! I still can't really believe it myself, I am no longer a student! The day was sort of a blur, but I have the pictures to prove it (including that one up there, of me being incredibly nervous about going up on stage to shake that man's hand in front of a whole hall of people, haha!) and I had a lovely day spent with my favourite people! As you'll know if you've read my latest series which was all about my university experience (you should read it here!) uni was a very huge experience for me and although I do feel like it has made me a stronger person I am so happy to be finally finished with it! I genuinely am so proud of myself for coming out the other side and I survived despite the times when I didn't believe that this would happen! Just the thought of 'what happens next?' scares me and I haven't got a definite answer to that question yet - but I'm happy where I am for now and I'm just enjoying my break from uni work and stress before I really get my head down and work out my next steps. But yes, I hope you guys all enjoyed this little update. I am planning tonnes of new posts for the future including a few summer holiday related posts coming up soon (I'm getting excited about my summer holiday!) and plenty of book hauls since I've got so much extra time to read so be sure to pop back for those! Also, congratulations to anyone else who has graduated or is about to graduate very soon, you should all be very proud of yourselves - feel free to also share your own graduation posts in the comments, I love reading them because I'm super nosey, haha! 

My Festival Survival Kit | feat. chemist.co.uk*

Although I'm not big into festivals (in fact, I hate to admit I've never been!) we can all appreciate that summer is the time for people to hunt down their wellies and brave the rain... and the mud (or if they're lucky the sun!) because festival season is upon us! I suppose the main reason why I've never been is because of the camping.. I'm definitely no happy camper, especially not with our unpredictable British weather, haha! If I ever was convinced to brave the weather though, I know I'd be stuck for what to pack into my festival survival kit (how do you pack everything you need into a bag you can easily carry?!) so I was very happy when chemist.co.uk contacted me to review one of their festival packs they are offering on their website! These festival packs are brilliant, they include everything you could ever need to survive at a festival all in one place- even some things I would completely forget about! So I thought today I would share the bits I got in my pack and hopefully help anyone out there who's stuck for what to include in their festival survival kit (or anyone who needs some ideas for handbag essentials, because you never know when you'll need hair grips, plasters and makeup remover pads!) I also just wanted to mention that I am having to take a little break from blogging for a while after this post - I'm basically away for most of July visiting family (and graduating uni, ahh!) and I doubt there'll be much time for me to write posts whilst I'm away *sob*! So, no - I haven't fallen off the face of the earth and I will be back with new blog post on the 24th of July. (After I've officially got a degree, ahh!) If you want to keep up with me in the meantime though I will most likely still have time to tweet - so you can always find me over on twitter!   

My Plans For This Summer | 2017

I wrote a little post like this last year where I talked all about the things I had planned for summer 2016 and whilst I failed to do many of the things on my list you guys seemed to enjoy it, so I've decided to do another one for 2017! Although I would love to start this post off by lusting over the gorgeous weather and talking all about how I've managed to catch a bit of a tan it seems like we've seen all of the good weather already and summer lasted a week for us here in the UK, haha! Saying that, I'm writing this well in advance on a very rainy day.. so who knows? It might be gorgeous-ly sunny by the time this post goes up. Let's hope so, because I have a whole list of summer activities to get through this year and I need that sunshine to make them more enjoyable! Last year, despite working too much I definitely made it my mission to get out in the sun as often as possible and that's definitely a mission I hope to achieve again this year.. at least to get a tan that isn't as streaky as it is now... I'm rocking patchy feet at the moment, woo! But yeah, let me know in the comments below what your plans are for this summer! I'd love some more ideas for how to keep myself entertained on my days off! 

ASOS Wishlist | Summer 2017

blue leaf bikini | striped bikini | striped t-shirt | bird print swimsuit | sandals | skinny dip sunglasses | floral dress | embroidered swimsuit | pink sweatshirt | rose gold sunglasses | split skirt
I've been a little bit obsessed with reading ASOS wishlist posts and watching ASOS wishlist YouTube videos recently (I'm looking at you Lily Melrose!) so I decided why not share my own wishlist and show you guys some of the pieces that have been sitting in my ASOS saved items recently! We've actually just booked a holiday for August which I am super excited about and even though we're only going to Wales I'm counting on nice weather so you can imagine I've been spending a lot of time browsing the summer clothes a lot recently on ASOS- along with the fact we've had a heat wave recently here in the UK, I've been lusting over so many dresses and swimsuits.. I've definitely piled up a hefty wishlist! I have to say this post did actually take a lot of will power and I had to be really careful not to accidentally move some of these pieces into my basket and accidentally press checkout... lol But yeah, let me know in the comment if you like the look of any of the things I mention and also tell me what's on you ASOS wishlist, I'd love to know!

Fresh Strawberry Eton Mess

I'd love to be able to say that summer is well and truly upon us now but as I'm writing this it is well and truly pouring it down outside and I'm snuggled up under a blanket! I don't want to admit it but I think our summer has been and gone here in the UK and we've had our week of nice weather, haha! But still, that won't stop me from feeling super summer-y and enjoying all the delicious summer treats that I love! Eton mess is definitely up there as one of my favourite desserts, but in the summer it reaches a whole new level of delicious - especially when you use juicy fresh strawberries and it works well for me because the promise of a delicious desert is the only way to get Ethan to go strawberry picking with me!  So, not only is Eton mess super delicious and refreshing for a summer's day, its ridiculously easy to make - I know you probably don't need a recipe to follow but I've decided to write this post anyway, just in case. Also, as I've never had any luck with meringues I've opted for the easier pre-made option.. but you can 100% make your own, if you're feeling brave! But yeah, I hope you enjoy this short little post and let me know in the comments if you make your own eton mess and also feel free to share your own summer recipes - I'd love to hear your suggestions of what I should bake this summer! 

The Ultimate Relaxation Playlist

I haven't done one of these for a long time but I always love writing these playlist posts, since I love sharing music as much as I love receiving new music suggestions!  I've done a few of these 'Ultimate __ playlist' type posts in the past (so if you haven't read those you can find a few here, here and here!) and I decided it's about time I wrote another one! Today I've decided to share some of my favourite songs to relax to, these are the songs I listen to when I've had a stressful day, usually whilst soaking in the bath, candles burning, a lush bath bomb fizzing around my feet and an unhealthy snack at hand! We all have those moments where we need to chill out and spend time looking after ourselves so here are my recommendations for the perfect songs to get you into that relaxed mood! I've also tried to be really tech-savvy and include the playlist so you can play it straight from this post, so be sure to have a listen as you read - there are loads more songs in there that I haven't mentioned! As always, feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below - I'm always looking to add more songs to my playlists and I hope you guys enjoy! 

June Book Haul 2017 | TBR

Can you believe my last book haul was back in February?! I definitely can't.. where has the time gone?! To be fair, looking back at that haul I've realised I've only barely finished some of the books from back then which proves just how little time I've had to read recently - I guess when I was in full swing with writing my dissertation back in April I definitely had no time to read and after it was handed in... once my brain had turned to complete mush.. I wasn't really in the mood to read much! But I'm back and I've ordered some more books and I'm excited to be writing another book haul first impressions-ish post! I'm excited to get back into reading and I need more book recommendations, so if you have any amazing books you've read recently that you would like to recommend you definitely should leave them in the comments below.. we all know I love a good psychological thriller book too, so if you have any psychological thriller suggestions that's a huge bonus! 

Current Lush Collection #2

Guys! I'm back doing my favourite type of post.. I am of course talking about a cheeky lush haul! I have to admit though, instead of this being a first impressions type Lush haul where I haven't had a chance to try anything out yet, I have literally had these products for over a month now and I couldn't resist the urge to have a fair few baths.. so I'll be doing more of a review of all the products I suppose, haha! I've really been into Lush again recently - I feel like I place orders so so often nowadays, especially since I've gotten more into bath bombs as they only last one bath, compared to bubble bars that I can usually stretch out to 2-3 baths.. I'm just really loving all their bath bombs recently! This collection also features quite a few exclusives and also a cheeky lush kitchen product so I'm not 100% sure if those are going to be available anymore, but I'll be sure to leave a link to as many as possible. But yeah, that's about a long as I can drag this intro out so let's get onto the reviews - I hope you guys enjoy!

Update #19 | What Happens Now..?

Hi Guys! I hope you all enjoyed my recent series where I talked all about my three years at uni, I keep saying it but I had so much fun reminiscing on all the good times and looking back at the three years - since they seemed to just go by in a blur! (If you haven't had a read, you should - start here!) But if four parts wasn't enough for you and you wanted to read a little bit more about my life then you've come to the right place! I've decided to do a little update post and talk all about what happens next with my life now that uni is over and done with. (Also, apologies for anyone who isn't as hyped about these uni update posts - normally posts will resume in two days... starting with a lush haul, woo!... Also, I promise there's only like one more photo of me in this outfit that'll be up on the blog lol) I thought it would be fun to write this little post just so I can look back in the future and see what I thought I'd be doing versus what I'm actually doing because honestly at this point I don't have a set path I want to take so in a years time I could honestly be doing anything... which is a bit scary really. But yeah, enjoy this little update post and if you're in the same boat as me at the moment - just out of uni, not really sure what to do with yourself, let me know in the comments, maybe we can help each other out! 

Part 4 | Reflecting On My University Experience

So here we are, the fourth and final part of my reflecting on university series. I really can't believe this ended up being four parts, haha! I genuinely didn't expect this end up being so long, I originally planned this out to be either one or two parts actually... but as per usual I ended up rambling a little too much, I hope you guys don't mind, haha! But yes, if you haven't already read the rest of the series you should - (start here at part one!) I've talked all about anxiety at uni, what it's like moving in with strangers and so much more.. so you should go and catch up for sure, haha! The last part is all about my third and final year of university, this year was pretty tough for me and as you guys all know (because I didn't shut up about it!) I had to write the dreaded dissertation, so this part will pretty much be discussing how the struggle was real when it came to writing my dissertation... since it took up most of my time during this year! Also, if you want to read more about my dissertation experience you can read another blog post I wrote all about it here - I talk all about what I would do differently if I could do it all over again. (God forbid, haha!) So anyway, I hope you guys have enjoyed this series - I have definitely enjoyed writing it and looking back at everything, it's surprising how much I had forgotten already so I'm hoping that I can look back on these posts in the future as a little reminder! I actually have an old planner out for writing the last part so I'm hoping that'll help me a little for this part too.. feeling very reminiscent! So, let me know in the comments below if you have enjoyed this and as always feel free to ask me any university related questions, I'd be happy to answer them!

Part 3 | Reflecting On My University Experience

Guys! I'm back, apologies again for another short break! I had a bit of a lapse in motivation so I've been patiently waiting to start feeling in the mood for blogging again.. as much as I love blogging I feel like there's no point trying to force out blog posts when I'm not feeling up to it - so here I am, blaring Taylor Swift through my headphones (because she's back on Spotify, woo!) and I'm back at it again! I say it every time but I've definitely missed blogging - it's weird how much it becomes part of your life and I definitely felt a bit lost not scheduling tweets and interacting with you guys on twitter! I've actually had such a busy few weeks away though we went to go and see Emma Blackery in London which was SO amazing, I enjoyed every second of that! I've also definitely been making the most of the gorgeous sunshine.. and may have bought a few too many bardot dresses in preparation for summer, oops! But anyway, I left you guys with my last post which was all about my first year at university (and part two of my reflecting on university series!) where I talked all about the terrible exam I had to sit, my anxiety and my bad relationship with my housemates so if you haven't already had a read of that you definitely should! Part 3 is all about (you guessed it!) my second year at uni, some really exciting things happened during my second year of uni so I can't wait to reminisce and share all the good (and bad!) times with you! I hope you're enjoying this series, let me know in the comments - I would love a little feedback! 

Part 2 | Reflecting On My University Experience

So welcome back to part 2 of my little reflection on my university experience - if you haven't already read part 1, you should because it's a good place to start! I talked all about my experiences before university - all about how I felt forced into university, how I wasn't accepted into halls and how I almost ended up living with four third year boys, it's a real treat! But yes, in this part I'm going to talk all about my first year at uni; my first ever lecture, how I made new friends, my first night out as a fresher, and getting diagnosed with anxiety As I said in the last part, my three years at uni went by in a blur so it's really nice to just sit down and reflect - I feel like my first year especially went by super quickly so I look forward to writing this and reminiscing on all the good and bad times! I'm actually sitting here writing this on a gorgeous little spot on the sea front, it's such a gorgeous day.. So naturally I'm embracing my pasty legs and working on my tan while the sea literally laps at my feet - today is a good day! (Update: I'm burnt.. what a surprise, haha!) But yeah, enough gloating.. As I said in the last part I'm always happy to answer any questions you might have whether you're already at uni or you're thinking about going - so feel free to ask away in the comments! And I hope you enjoy this little part! 

Part 1 | Reflecting On My University Experience

So, as you may or may not know - I've just finished University completely! I finally handed in that last assignment and I'm in that weird place in between handing in that last piece of work and graduation.. where you're just like 'now what' haha! So I thought I would write a bit about my three year experience with uni - maybe to help out anyone who's currently at uni or someone who's thinking about going to uni but also to mark then end of the three years, so I can come back to these posts when I'm old and grey and remember my experience! It's also just nice for me to reflect on my experience since the whole three years has gone past in a complete blur and it only feels like yesterday that I received my acceptance email! In order to save your boredom and my sanity I've decided to split the post into a few parts, so today I'll be sharing a bit about my experiences before uni (if I can remember that far back, haha!) I'll be sharing everything I can from how I managed assignment stress and anxiety, to my bad relationship with my first ever housemates, to how it felt moving out of my family home, to what the night life was like, so if you want to know more about all that be sure to pop back for the whole series! For those of you wondering, I studied (feels weird not saying 'I'm studying' haha!) Early childhood studies - I'm not going to share the name of my uni for reasons, but you can probably find out (I've mentioned it before) if you're interested in that. But yeah, let me know in the comments if you're currently at University or if you're thinking about going to uni - I'd love to know! Also, if there's anything you want me to talk about in Part 2/if you have any questions you need answering please feel free to ask away in the comments, I'd be happy to help! 

Romwe Haul & Review

As I said in one of my recent posts, I've been allowing myself a little bit of retail therapy lately.. I'm still using the excuse that I've just finished my dissertation and that was over a month ago.. but still, haha! So I decided to hop on over to Romwe and order myself a few tops, since my wardrobe is mainly jumpers and I need summer clothes now that the weather is actually decent here in the UK! Now, if you've never heard of Romwe before it's basically an online clothes shop based in China and everything is seriously dirt cheap... And if you have heard of Romwe before you probably know that  these dirt cheap prices mean that it's VERY hit or miss. I have to say, I've ordered from Romwe in the past before, around 2 years ago and although it was a big order I only ended up liking 2 or 3 items from the lot (these 2-3 items I still love and wear regularly today by the way!) a lot of the clothes that came were pretty bad quality and some didn't even look similar to the clothes I ordered online... not good! But I decided to give them a second chance and I am pleasantly surprised, although the package did take a little while to get here from China (that's to be expected) I actually ended up liking and loving many of the clothes I received and I can see myself wearing everything to death this summer! I was also really happy with the quality of everything I feel like they've really grown as a company over the past 2 years, but the prices have stayed the same - which is always a bonus! As you know, I really struggle to get good pictures of all the clothes for my clothing hauls, so I didn't even bother with that, haha! Instead I've left a link for everything I mention so if you like the sound of anything you can just click straight over to Romwe and see a clear picture of what everything looks like! I've also ordered loads of bits.. so I'll try and keep this short and snappy! But yeah, let me know in the comments if you've ever ordered from Romwe before and what your experience was like, also let me know if you like any of the bits I've picked out! 

Things I've Been Loving Lately | #3

Having neglected my blog for a little while I've actually really missed doing these posts because I do really love sharing and recommending all the little bits I've been obsessed with for the past few months... I've actually collected quite a stock of bits to share (I've had to narrow it down to the best bits so this post isn't boring-ly long...) so grab some snacks and get ready for a long(ish) read, haha! But yeah, I feel like I've forgotten how to ramble for my post intro's since I've been gone... so, how is everyone? Are you enjoying the lovely weather? I definitely am - we actually finally got around to weeding the garden yesterday (it was a literal jungle out there..) and now I can't wait to get out there and get the barbecue going! I also took the new sunny season as a chance to change my coffee table around since I was getting pretty bored of the old set-up and I have to say I'm really loving it now.. which is why it made a little appearance as the photo for this post, haha! As much as I don't want to wish Summer away I have to admit I always look forward to Autumn though, mainly because I have so many cute ornaments and coffee table decor to put up everywhere.. exciting!  Anyways, I hope you all enjoy the post, and as always be sure to let me know what you've been loving lately or if you like any of the bits I've shared in the comments below!

Beauty On A Budget | Dupe Ebay Brushes Review

I've been really enjoying watching those 'trying on £5 dresses I bough from Ebay' videos that have popped up all over YouTube recently, honestly I don't know why I find them so entertaining but I guess I just love the mystery of finding out whether or not the thing that actually gets delivered will look like the picture on the Ebay listing! I guess I also love the fact that even if it is a huge fail you haven't really lost out on any money.. So I was inspired (mainly by my huge need for new eye makeup brushes... I have literally used the same two brushes for a year now and it's a daily struggle, haha!) to order a few different sets of brushes from Ebay for really really cheap to see if they're actually any good or not - I know we all love a good bargain, especially when it comes to makeup and although I have to say I'm a huge lover of my Real Techniques brushes I'm always drawn back to the cheap Ebay ones and I've always found them to be good enough quality for the price I paid! I actually ordered a dupe Nars ita brush from Ebay a few years ago and I still use it pretty much daily for my contour! But yes, I ordered a few different types/sets of brushes and I have to say I'm pretty impressed by all of them (spoilers!) especially for their prices since they're all under £3 - in fact the whole lot cost me £7.20 all together as most of them had free postage and packaging, not bad for a whole new set of makeup brushes! Let me know in the comments if you've ever tried make up brushes from Ebay and whether or not you liked them or not and I hope you enjoy my little review! 

Update #18 | Guess Who's Back (...back again)

Ooh yes, I am back! In case you didn't notice, I took a bit of an impromptu break from blogging (a break that ended up being way longer than I realised... how is it already nearly June?!) but yes.. I'm back, hopefully for good this time! It's funny because I always thought that once my dissertation was in full swing I wouldn't really have time for blogging, but I actually managed to stay up to date with blog posts the entire time I was writing my dissertation (somehow!) It was actually the two essays after my dissertation deadline that killed me (I had that moment where I looked at the question and just didn't understand it at all.. it was hell, haha!) so that's why I kind of had to put blogging aside... annoyingly! But I'm actually finished with University now...like completely done! MY SUMMER HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN- WOO! I have no idea how to feel because it's really scary and exciting all at the same time, but at the moment I'm enjoying the extra free time and my non-existent to-do list - I can't even describe how relived I was to hand in that last piece of work! I'm actually hoping to write a post where I talk about my experience with University soon, so if you're into that definitely pop back soon (or follow my twitter to stay updated.. p-l-u-g...lol). I'm super excited to get back into blogging though and I have some exciting posts planned... plenty of hauls, plenty of Lush reviews and makeup first impressions - I've needed some intense retail therapy, haha! But yeah, this was just my quick re-introduction just to let you all know that I haven't completely abandoned my blog and I will be back with posts every other day from now on! As always, thanks so much for all your continued support by the way, you're all the best!

Update #17 | I Finally Did It! (my dissertation experience)

Yes, you read that right - the day has come where I stop mentioning my dissertation and how stressed I am in every single blog post... I've handed in my dissertation! Honestly though, I genuinely cannot believe I'm finally done with it, to the point where when I was done formatting the whole thing and I sent it off to be printed I just kind of sat there like... what now..? I also managed to hit 6k on twitter on the day I handed it in, so it was a pretty good day for me! I can't even describe how good it feels though, it's a huge weight off my shoulders and now I only have two more essays to write and I'm done with university completely, which is actually a pretty scary thought - I try and move that thought to the back of my mind as often as possible, haha! It's so weird to think that my eight (was it really eight though?! that's gone by so fast!) months of hard work and procrastination has now been printed into my own little 40 page book - how weird is that?! Writing 10,000 words felt like such an impossible task eight months ago and now it's finally done - I'm actually pretty proud of myself, woo! But yeah, I thought I would just do a quick little update post to mark this day and share this little experience with you lot. I also just wanted to say that if any of you out there are still writing away and finishing off your dissertations or if you're a second year student who is just starting out on their dissertation proposal - YOU CAN DO THIS! If I can do it, you can - trust me! I was actually going to make a full on blog post where I share some of my dissertation advice (I did kind of share some in this post if you want to have a read), but I feel like a few little pieces of advice would fit nicely into this post - so, here are few key pieces of advice/what I would do differently if I could go back and do it all again... which I never want to do by the way, haha!) 

A Disney Lover's Dream! | Mad Beauty Review*

Welcome all Disney lovers, I have a treat for you lot today! Oh yes, I was contacted by Mad Beauty to review a few of their products from their super cute Disney range - I was obviously incredibly excited to share my thoughts, since I am huge lover of Disney and I also really love Mad Beauty! They have so much to offer from cosmetics to stationery to adorable hand sanitiser all in fun, novelty prints.. so if you're looking for a cute retro notebook or lip glosses featuring a variety of Disney quotes look no further! I think Mad Beauty is the perfect place to go if you're looking for gifts, I know that my younger sister would love everything from their Disney collection and I've already spotted 20+ stocking filler ideas (for anyone who does their Christmas shopping super early, haha!) so I know where I'll be going to buy presents this December! Everything is also pretty cheap with the majority of products being under £10 so no need to break the bank! But yes, I hope you enjoy my little review of the products I was lucky enough to receive - let me know in the comments if you've ever tried anything from Mad Beauty before, I would love to know!

7 Things I Would Save In A Fire

I love doing these little tag posts every now and again and I was feeling inspired by one of Gabby's recent videos where she shared some of the things she would save if there was ever a fire in her home! Luckily, I've never had to deal with a house fire in my life *touches wood* but it really got me thinking about some of the bits I would try my best to save if I got the chance to, because there's definitely a few bits that are super sentimental to me in this house! To be honest, I am pretty lucky though, since the majority of my sentimental bits and bobs are at my Mum's house... (including my box full of every sentimental thing I own!)... is that cheating!? Also, I know in reality you probably wouldn't have time to grab 10 things from your house (let's be honest) but you kind of have to use your imagination a bit... Although I won't be tagging anyone specifically I think it would be really great for some other bloggers to get involved in this tag too - so be sure to leave links to your own '10 Things I Would Save In A Fire' posts in the comments below! 

35 Simple Ways To Self Care

I'm a huge lover of self care and I genuinely think it should be an important part of everyone's life. I understand that sometimes we do forget how important it is to look after ourselves though and we all go through those times where we're too busy to properly give ourselves a well needed break! I've been a bit like this recently, with trying to finish my dissertation off my self care has been getting slightly lapse and I haven't been treating myself too kindly or giving myself time off for my sanity to rejuvenate! I definitely find though that when my self care gets a bit lapse my mental health tends to suffer too and I tend to get more anxious or have more bad mental health days - I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets like this, so I thought I would write a quick blog post with a list of my favourite ways to self care, all in one place to inspire you (and me!) to spend more time caring about number 1! Some of these are super simple too so you'll never be to busy spend a bit of time loving yourself - trust me, you'll thank me later!