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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Self Care

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Being busy is something most, if not all of us can relate to. With the way life works these days we spend so much time on the go that we wear ourselves out, we say yes to everything because we are afraid to say no. We are tired because are working till late at night, or not giving ourselves enough time to shut off. Working 9-5, seeing friends, having hobbies, spending time with loved ones, doing the chores, these are all things that we squeeze in to try and live well rounded and full lives. 
But what about taking time for you? After a while, work work work work work (said in Rihanna voice) and no rest can have a negative impact on us. This has certainly been the case for me lately, all of the above plus wedding planning has really affected my health, I feel constantly stressed and anxious with balancing everything that is happening in my life. I haven't been to the gym since before New York and my routine, well there is no routine and for me that is havoc on my body and my mental health. Because of this I have decided to get myself together and find time for me. Find time to go to the gym, find time to read my book, find time to meditate. Here are a few things I am doing that you can also try if you too feel this way. 

 Practice Sleep hygiene 

Sleep is so important when it comes to health, especially when it comes to mine. Four years ago I was diagnosed with slow wave arousal disorder a type of sleep disorder that ranges from me having intense nightmares, panic attacks sleep talking and walking. Anxiety plays a massive part in making this worse so meditating or using a sleep app can really help with me getting off to a deep sleep. This week I am going to try and get into bed after 9pm yes I know that might seem a tad early but it can take me a while to shut my mind down and sometimes relaxing in bed or reading a book can really help to get a good nights restful sleep. Keeping the space in your room clear has also been said to hugely help with sleep patterns, clear space equals clear mind so I will be working on keeping my bedroom tidy and clean.

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Exercise 

Honestly, the gym isn't my favorite place, sometimes it is a real struggle to get the motivation to go and to form a routine feels damn near impossible. However I have finally come to realise that exercise does not have to be just about the gym, before my accident on the tube Curry's sent me out the new Fitbit Blaze to try out and so far I am pretty much loving it. I had heard lots about the Fitbit but I thought they were just little bands that you wear on your wrists. The blaze is a new pimped up version with a snazzy screen and is a bit like a smart watch and fitness tracker all rolled into one. It is incredibly accurate in tracking steps, calories, active time and resting heart rate. I have been working on getting over 10000 steps a day and so far so good. One of the really good features I loved about it, was the fact you could also monitor sleep pattern and quality of sleep helping to work out when you are most restful, when you wake through the night and what time you naturally wake in the morning. It works perfectly to help me track whether my sleep hygiene practices are actually working. You can link it all up to your phone and if you have an iPhone it links with the health app there so everything is all together for you to track. All in all I am dead impressed with it.  

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Meditation

Many people talk about the benefits of meditation in modern life and finding the ability to truly switch off having a huge impact on our health. This is something I really want to implement into my life, specifically in the evening before bed when I need my mind to start to shut down. As an anxiety sufferer I think this will be incredibly beneficial to my mental health as I personally know that breathing techniques help with my anxiety a lot. I am currently trying out the app Headspace, which starts as free 10 day course but charges following the completion, depending on how I get on I may choose to pay the £9.99 a month fee, or if you have any recommendations for free meditation apps leave them below in the comments. I also find colouring in to be so great for relaxing and shutting down, my phone goes away and I sit quietly with pens and  book to colour away my stresses. 







Eating Well



The concept of clean eating is not something I am on board with, to me calling certain foods clean suggests other are dirty and I personally do not agree with adding this guilt complex to food. However I do know how good I feel when I have routine, and balance in my diet. When I am drinking lots of water and eating a ton of veg I feel great. Depriving myself of food that I enjoy is not going to happen but I will be making a more conscious effort to eat to feel good. I love cooking so expect some recipes from me here on the blog.

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That's it for my action plans for self care... with a two month countdown to my wedding now more than ever I need to look after myself and manage the balancing act of my job, blog, column and wedding planning. I feel ready and excited to start sleeping better, reading again more, meditating and even taking up yoga. What are your favorite things to do to take care of yourself? 
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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Go-To Skincare





With my wedding around the corner I have been trying a number of different products to try and get my skin looking perfect. Oil's, Serums, exfoliaters, you name it and I am trying it. This week I am talking you through a great skincare brand called Go-To, created by ex beauty editoir Zoe Foster Blake this  Australian skin care brand is designed to be natural, cruelty free and kind to skin. This brand has been promoted in Vogue, Harpers Bazzar, Cosmopolitan, and Elle and it seems they all like it as much as me. On top of being a huge fan of the pretty packaging and the approachable joke-y write ups there is a lot of positives with this brand. Read below my run through of the products

1. Properly Clean - Foaming Cleanser

Unlike most foam cleansers this left my skin feeling soft rather than tight, with products such as Willow Bark Extract (a natural forming salicylic acid) helping to cleanse you are left with a smooth yet clean and hydrated skin. Was it the best foam cleanser I have used, not really but it certainly is better than the majority of drugstore products I have tried.

2. Very Useful Face Cream

Aside of the fact that it smells great, this moistiuriser is really light for an application in the morning and does the trick in terms of providing a light weight UV protecting, free radical bashing product. Ingredients include 'Water, shea butter, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, amla berry extract, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, avocado oil, sunflower oil, mango butter, beeswax, coenzyme Q10, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, natural fragrance (fig and oriental rose).' The alma berry being the star of the show in this moisturiser as it contains 30x more antioxidants than oranges. I have been using just in the morning with my other skincare products and found it a real life saver on holiday when my skin was exposed to the sun.

3. Exceptionoil 

This was slathered all over me when I returned from my holiday in Portugal and it legitimately saved me from peeling like an orange from my dry sun burnt skin. It smells amazing, it feels amazing and it really works. Containing 'Monoi de tahiti 50% (coconut oil, gardenia tahitensis flower extract, mixed tocopherol), sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, jojoba butter, mango butter, beeswax, shea butter'  and much more its all natural and really is as exceptional as they say. 


4. Exfoliating Swipeys


These are similar to the Pixi wipes except that they smell much nicer. I'm not sure I am 100% sold on these compared to the Pixi wipes (that contain a higher percentage of acid in the pads) but again for a skincare which contains entirely natural products it does still make my skin feel and look good. 

5. Lips! 

This lip balm is now virtually empty after my continuous use of this product and boy are my lips thankful for it. It was so good for my flight to the US where usually my lips take a bashing with the dry air. Again made with lots of delicious natural oils it keeps them soft and supple and also provides a lovely natural shine. 

6. Face Hero

Much like the exceptional oil the great smell is certainly a pro of the product. Using only in the evenings underneath a moisturiser I am honestly impressed with how plump my skin feels the following morning after using this product. Is it a hero product? I would say for its price range it really is.

All in all I would give top marks for this range of skincare, and I will continue to use this up until the wedding. Do you have any recommendations for me to try? If so leave me a comment below!

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Monday, 23 May 2016

River Island Plus



A few months back something very exciting happened, another great high street brand introduced a plus size line, and that was my old time favorite River Island. Growing up River Island, (or Rivers as me and my girls used to call it) was the place to shop, but sadly I just couldn't fit in most things fast forward to now and the plus size range is everything and more that a girl could want. All in keeping with the River Island style, the brand decided to just create clothes in a larger size from the straight size rather that do something completely separate - which I loved. River Island Plus starts at 18 and goes up to 24 which I hope will eventually be extended. The Lace Dress I am wearing is just so stunning and it made me feel so pretty and girly. The full range can be found here and you must check it out!








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Monday, 9 May 2016

Minimal Magic


This isn't going to be a long chatty blog post, I simply want to let you know how much I love this ASOS Minimal Jumpsuit. Comfy? Check. Oversized? Check? Cool and fashionable? Check, check CHECK. This jumpsuit was so popular that I actually wasn't able to buy it online the first time around, I was so lucky when one of the gorgeous blogger babes in our Facebook kindly sent me hers as it no longer wanted it. Thankfully for you lot it is now back in stock and available on ASOS in both curve and straight size! To check out other ways I styled this jumpsuit then check out my Instagram.






 *Photos taking By Lydia Hudgens 


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