Sunday, 27 September 2015

Happy Things #2

Macarons. I can not count the amount of times I've walked past the macaron counter in Selfridges Food Hall and been so tempted by the colourful array of goodies. Well I finally gave in and bought myself a selection. They were even tastier than I imagined they'd be and I highly recommend the Salted Caramel one as well as the Jasmine & Lychee one. I could easily devour a box of them every day.

Plans for the rest of the year. Most people have had their glorious holidays over the summer but, for me, the fun starts next month. I have so many little trips planned before the end of the year and I can't wait. I may very well be blogging about some of them too...

Hair grips. Why is it that I could buy a whole pack of these yet not be able to find a single one? They seem to slowly disappear as the months progress and I finally lost all of mine so I had to get a brand new pack. These ones are from Boots and I love them as they have a rubberised coating which means they don't slip out of my hair so easily. These little grips are like my hairs' best friend.

I hope you've all had a wonderful week!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

A New Way To De-Stress

Let's face it, we all get stressed from time to time. I'm forever trying to find new ways to de-stress after a long day and I think I've finally found a good one. Colouring!

Apparently adults all over the UK are turning to colouring books to make their stresses float away and, having loved colouring books as a kid, I knew I had to give it a go again. There are plenty of so-called "grown up" colouring books out there so I spent ages browsing Amazon before I ended up purchasing The Mindfulness Colouring Book which is described as "anti-stress art therapy for busy people" - it sounded perfect for someone like me!

I love how small this book is which means I can take it with me in my bag when I'm going on long journeys or when I have a spare ten minutes here and there. I will definitely be taking this with me when I go away on holiday later this year. I knew I'd enjoy colouring in this book but I didn't realise how much. With my Spotify playlist playing through my iPod, I was colouring in for a whole hour the first time I used this. This was during a Sunday when I had an awful lot on my mind pretty much all day and it was driving me insane thinking about the same thing over and over again. It was amazing how it all just drifted away as I put my pencil crayons to paper....

I only wish I'd started colouring sooner as it really does make my stresses drift away. Some of my friends and family think I'm a little mad for buying a colouring book and a brand new set of pencil crayons, but it works!

How do you de-stress?

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Olivia Burton Wonderland Watch

It feels like it's been forever since I've had a good quality watch. My last one was a Seksy by Sekonda watch which has been cherished for many years but, alas, it was time to let go and indulge a little in some new wrist-wear.

After deliberating for weeks between a couple of Michael Kors watches, I eventually turned my attention to Olivia Burton. I decided that I wanted something classy and understated, so Olivia Burton seemed to fit the bill perfectly. 

Cue more deliberation over which of their amazing watches to purchase. Their moulded bee watch is absolutely gorgeous but I eventually settled for this beautiful Wonderland Black & Gold Watch. The intricate gold design of the watch is what drew me in. It's so simple yet so delicate and elegant. The gold contrasts wonderfully with the light face and the dark strap and I think it sits nicely against the tone of my skin.

This is a really versatile watch and it's such a classic that I know I will be wearing this anywhere and everywhere for a very long time.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

5 Ways To Simplify Your Life

Life can get hectic, life can feel overwhelming, life can feel like it's going nowhere, or going in too many different directions. I've never been someone who thinks that life is simple. Quite frankly, sometimes life just gets complicated and messy before you even realise it's happening but there are small things you can do to make life that tiny bit easier. So here are 5 ways to simplify your life.

Prioritise. Write a list if you have to. Just work out what it is that's most important and work from there. When you prioritise things in your life, you start to gain more perspective on what's really important. It may also alert you to the fact that all those little things that were winding you up are just that - little. 

Learn to say "no". It's good to say yes to things but sometimes, you end up taking on too much or doing things that you don't want to do just to please others be it working yet another weekend to cover for everyone else or going to that party when you're exhausted. Learning to say no means that you have more space to yes to the things that matter the most to you.

Live for the moment. Life can be short, make the most of every minute. It's great to make plans and I'm someone who loves planning for the future but when you focus on the here and now, life suddenly feels a lot simpler. Keep your mind on what's happening today. Take in everything you see and hear.

Have a digital detox. Take a break from anything with a screen. I think that technology is great, but in moderation. Chasing people's lives on social media makes you forget about living your own. Watching the news channel can alter your attitude to things, make you feel anger, sadness, and it can mould your outlook on life. We should never hide from what's going on in the world but it's nice to take a break away from it even if it's just for a an hour or two each day. Instead, you can read a book, go for a walk, catch up with friends over dinner.

Know when to walk away. It's difficult to walk away from something be it a project, an event, an argument, or another person. Ask yourself, is it worth it? Does it make you happy? Is it adding to your life or taking away from it? Eliminating the bad stuff from your life will take a whole lot of weight off your shoulders.