Monday, 19 June 2017

Pommie Down Under #2

Its probably about time that i do an update on here. Ive escaped to the reception to get good internet and some peace and quiet. Internet is good, quiet is not so much. To say I've been quiet on the ol' blog is definitely  an understatement. 

So, if your not aware, Zoe moved into a hostel. I know. After one of my last blogposts were i said i hated them, i moved into another one. Its nicer. Much nicer and i like it here. Everyone is friendly, its clean, warm and homely. I am in a 8 room dorm, which i never thought i would go into, but here i am. I have now been in here for nearly 3 weeks, which is crazy as its gone so quickly. I am still unemployed, which is the bain of my life and we wont even go onto that topic because it just gives a mixture of emotions at the moment. 

I also turned 24. Cant say it feels any different, but yeah, I'm pretty much a 1/4 of the way through my life, which is fucking terrifying. I cant say i enjoyed my birthday this year, infact, i hated it. I was indreibly homesick and i was very close to booking a flight home and calling it a day. I know i say i hate my birthday and i do, but i didnt realise how hard i would find it being away from my family. I have only ever spent 1 birthday away from them. I turned 10 and i was on a school trip to Holmbury St Mary. If i re-call back to that, i also cried on that day. Safe to say, i think I'm a homebird. I tried to keep my tears at bay on Monday (day before my birthday) but i woke crying and sent a message to my mum and dad just calling it a day and telling them I'm coming home. My god, this is making me mosh just typing this. Anyway, i sucked it up and spent the morning and some of the afternoon just holding back the tears. I cant remember what i was doing, but i was going into my suitcase and i just burst out in tears. The blubbering whale had made a return. I got all my emotions out and then rang my mum and spent more time crying and made her crying. Feeling homesick is fucking horrible. I hated it and really don't want to experience it again, but i have a sneaky suspicion it will come back. I cant really explain it, but if you've been travelling or your going travelling, i just think its a natural thing to have. I was really embarrassed to be honest and i still kinda am to be writing this, but hey this is life and shit happens. 

Anyway, so thats my update. Nothing really interesting, but thought whilst i have the time an update would be good on my blog. I really need to get back into it 24/7 and now I've found the best internet in the hostel, i will certainly be doing more posts on here so keep tuned!


Thursday, 25 May 2017

The First Reaction

Back at Easter time, i experienced my first ever allergic reaction to eating nuts. I nearly typed butts then. Anyway, it was a scary experience and one that i dont wish to have again. I think I've always taken my nut allergy for granted. I've always joked about it and never really saw it as a serious thing and admittedly, i still think its hilarious, which i know i shouldn't. 

It all began when i was visiting my family over easter. My cousin cooked dinner and it was pesto pasta. I knew that pesto had nuts in, but after a conversation i had with my dentist, she told me pesto was okay because pine nuts weren't actually a nut. My dentist and I, have a long history of me being a little shit to her when i was younger and i don't particularly like her, but i decided to listen and trust her. Stupid me. So dinner was dished up and after the first mouthful i knew. I knew, this was not going to go well. I didn't say anything to my family and i just kept on eating. I should have stopped after the first mouthful, but i didn't want to be rude. I kept on eating just thinking i was gonna die at any point. I could feel my throat getting smaller and becoming so itchy. It got to the point where i just said, i cant eat anymore because i think its got nuts in. They all just looked at me like fuck, we forgot. I wasn't expecting them to remember because its not something i tell people when i first meet like. Anyway, the first they asked me was do you have your epic-pens. In true Zoe style, i said no. I never take them anywhere with me, which i know is bad and i should, but i just didn't think i would need them. 

So after this, i plodded off to my room and quickly searched for my anti -histamines. Well, it turned out my anti-histamines weren't normal tablets and they were only for hay fever symptoms. I didn't tell my family as i didn't want to make a scene. At this point, breathing was getting hard and i was starting to panic. My stomach was like a rock and i knew that at some point i was going to be sick and oh boy i was. I will skip the details on that part, but let me just say projectile. You can picture the rest if you want, but I'm not recommending it. After i was sick, i did feel better, but i still had trouble breathing. For me, i tried to remain calm at all points, because i knew that i started to panic a lot, it was make things 10x worse. I just counted in my head up to eight and breathed in through my nose and then out through my mouth. Luckily, i had an app on my phone that i had been listening to which was all about breathing techniques for meditation, so i was just trying to remember these. 

It was at this point, i thought it best that i go to the doctors just to be on the safe side. I knew they couldn't do anything, as it wasn't serious enough. I walked into the doctors and i had to talk. Holy shit. I couldn't speak, well, i could, but it literally just sounded like something had really bad cold and was bunged up. I tried to explain it, but the lady at the reception was just looking at me like i was a fruit loop. In the end i managed to tell her what would happen and surprise surprise, she asked if i had my epi-pens on me. I just looked down in shame and said no and she had  just looked at me like i was a fucking idiot and to be fair, i was for forgetting them. 

Safe to say the next day, i felt like complete and utter death. Luckily it was good Friday, so nothing was open. I think i just chilled out and continued to feel awful and feel sorry for myself. I could breathe normally and i survived the night which were the main things. I had an itchy throat and then i developed cold like symptoms and these lasted for a good 2 weeks. 

My epi-pens now come everywhere with me. I keep one in my backpack when when I'm at work and then the other is kept in my bedside table. I also have my inhalers with me, which probably need to be replaced soon, so i will have to get that done next month, when my epi-pens run out. I have just checked my inhalers and they ran out in 2015, so i think i may need to get some more pretty soon. Anyway, there wasn't really a purpose to this blogpost, i just wanted to share my story with anyone who wants to read it. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

24th Birthday Wishlist


Todays post, i feel maybe a bit pointless. Maybe a lot pointless actually, but i have done one of these wishlists every year since having my blog. I wanted to carry on the tradition even though, i know i wont be getting any of these anytime soon. I am not actually celebrating my birthday this year. I hate my birthday and i just would rather think of it as another day, because thats all it is to me and i just dont see why i need to celebrate getting older. I know i am a debbie downer about my birthday, but im okay with it. However, i would say there are 4 items which i do actually want for my birthday this year, but the question is will i get them? Probably not.

First of, lets start with the obvious. Money. I couldn't actually find a picture of money i liked, so i just used this purse, which is pretty cool. Its from Skinnydip London and its only £12, which is a bargain. Its actually sold out on the website, but thats not the point. Being a backpacker with no job is hard. Australia is fecking expensive and i can honestly say, i only spend my money on a couple of the necessities and before i know it, my money has gone. I know that i will get money for my birthday because i always do, so its a bit of a no brainer. 

Of course, i could do a wishlist without adding makeup. As you can see, its probably all makeup on here, but i have tried to add some other bits and bobs. Ever since i've been in Aus, i have had a lot of thinking to do and its made me realise how much i actually do want to pursue a career in makeup. Ive been following makeup for a long time now and theres one makeup artist in particular whose work i admire so much and thats given me the inspiration and motivation. Anyway, the point of this paragraph is i have always wanted to try Morphe brushes. I have heard so many people rave about them, but ive never tried them. I have a palette from them, which i fricking love, but there brushes are the items that capture my eyes the most. The set i have pictured above, which is Set 702, 12 piece eye-credible set is only $24, which is a bloody steal. I was expecting them to be more like $90, as i know how expensive makeup is in Australia! 

Next up is another Morphe product. This time, its the infamous 35o palette. I literally think everyones and their cousins pet guinea pig has either got this or heard about it. I think i've put this on another wishlist recently and i am sure its even been on previous birthday wishlists. Not a lot to say about this, apart from it looks amazing, the colours are colours of my dreams. Based on the Morphe palette which i currently have, i know that this one would be a asset to my makeup collection. Unsurprisingly, this is sold out on the Cult Beauty website and i don't think i've ever seen it available to buy straight away.

Now, i couldn't do a wishlist, without having a Jo Malone perfume on it. I have literally just run out of the one i bought myself at Christmas, so i am perfumeless until i get a new one. I have asked my mum to get me this and then give it to my Uncle for when he comes back over to Aus. I was tossing up between 2 scents. My favourite is the Peony and Blush Suede, but at christmas, i bought my mum the Orange Blossom perfume, but the scent for her was too strong. I absolutely love the scent and feel like its great for Summer and Spring. This is a difficult decision, but also a hint to my sister. Not to obvious i hope. I was looking at the price in aussie dollars, but unless i somehow win millions, there is no way i am buying this over here. 

This one is pretty pointless, but look how pretty this is. I love peonies and they are my all time favourite flower. When i saw this, i couldn't resist putting it on my wishlist. Its definitely something that i will have in my house, whenever i can afford my own house that is. They are from a website called AllModern. I have never even heard of them before, but they do homeware, furniture, decor etc. I can see myself browsing their website for hours, planning my house out. Its a US based website and they only ship to the US, which is a massive bummer, but at least i can still spend hours browsing their website.

I probably dont need another pair on sunglasses, however, i can make an exception for these beauties from Quay Australia. They are part of the Desi Perkins collab with Quay Australia. They are beautiful and i want them. Although, its not really sunglasses weather in Australia at the moment, it still doesn't hurt to have a pair on hand, just in case. I love rose gold versions of the hi-keys, but also the black. I feel the rose gold would be a nice addition to my all black wardrobe. I don't think they are priced to badly either. For a good quality pair of sunnies, you would expect to pay around the £75 mark, but at £50, it makes these a steal. 

Oh look, another makeup product. What a surprise. I am pretty sure these Stila magnificent metal glitter & glow liquid eyeshadows have also been on a recent wishlist and i'm sure you can see why. I feel like the name is almost a tad bit too long, but hey, i'm not complaining if the product is amazing. I have seen a lot of good reviews about these products and it just makes me want one even more. Depending on how you look at them, you may think £23 is expensive for an eyeshadow, however, thats the price you pay for a higher end brand. I don't think £23 is bad at all and i would definitely pay this. 

I have just put the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil on here, because its my current favourite eyebrow product and i'm pretty much running  out of mine. I'm shade 4 for anyone that wants to know. I have just realised that the picture is of the goof proof pencil. Both pencils pretty much look identical, expect the precisely one has more of a pencil tip and the goof proof is more the shape of a highlighter tip. 

When i saw this phonecase, i literally just starred at my screen. I love novetly phonecases and this one is amazing and i want it. Its from Kate Spade and just look at how cool it is! I don't really know what to say about it, apart from its bloody amazing! A tad on the pricey side for a phone case, but its so cool and it would make my phone look even cooler. 

If you were to ask me what my dream eyeshadsow palette would look like, i would tell you warm browns, oranges, yellows and burgundys. Basically, this palette is my dream eyeshadow palette. All of the colours are amazing and colours that i would use, even the yellow. Its the Sunset Eyeshadow palette by Natasha Denona and i think im in love. I have heard amazing reviews about the brand and their products and this is just perfection. Its a tad pricey, but if you break it down into single eyeshadows, its actually only $11.67, which is actually really cheap. I dont know how this converts to the UK, but i think its about £7 per eyeshadow, which is the same price you would pay in boots for a single eyeshadow from L'Oreal or Rimmel. Its actually sold out, which breaks my heart, but hopefully it will return and i can get my hands on its beautifulness. 

I have started to put this onto my list as i joke. I know no one will ever buy this for me, but i like to put it on just for some fun. Its of course the Chanel Boy Bag. I am not even going to link it, because realistically, whats the point. I can dream that one day, it will be mine. 


Friday, 19 May 2017

The Review: Neat 3B Action Cream

Today I thought I would do a review. I feel like there's been lots of posts about my travels and life recently so wanted to have a change and do a review. Today's review is on an amazing body care product. I don't think I've ever actually written about a body care product on my blog, so here's to the first post! Lets also take a moment to acknowledge the wash bag. How cute is this?!? Thank you to my lovely friend Katie for getting this as a leaving present.

So, this amazing product will be a life changer for anyone who suffers with chafing, otherwise known to my family and I as chub rub. If you have thick thighs then I'm pretty sure your gonna know what I'm talking about. The pain you get when your wearing shorts in the summer and you thighs are just chafing away, tearing your skin apart and leaving you in agony with red patches that are so close to blood drawing from your skin and then you pretty much end up walking like you've shit yourself. Don't we all look forward to that? I'm not the biggest fan of wearing shorts as I hate my legs, but when it's hot outside there's no way I'm gonna go out in my black jeans and slowly die and melt away.

When we first got to Australia, it was hot. I like the hot weather, but this was hot, humid and sticky. I think it was the 2nd or 3rd day we all went into town and went for a coffee. I can remember I basically stuck to the chair in the cafe and had to peel myself of when we left. We then went for a stroll along the foreshore and by the time we had done that my legs were in agony with chub rub. Our cousin had mentioned to us about this product and I was on a mission to find it. We eventually found a chemist and they had it. I didn't care what the price was, it was already worth every penny if it could prevent chub rub. I think it was only $14 which I was pleasently surprised at. Oh my god. I didn't realise how much of a life changer this would be! I can't remember when we next applied it, but holy shit, this stuff works! On the packaging it claims to be for between or beneath the breasts, buttocks and legs. Now I can't say I've tried it on my breasts or my buttocks and if I had, I'm not sure I would be sharing this with you, but i have tried it on my legs and it's an absolute bloody miracle. 

If your in the UK, i think its a little difficult to find, but i have done some research and a website called  Express Chemist sell it.  Its only £7, which is still cheap in my eyes. I would 100000009% recommend trying this out. Not only is it great for chub rub, but also sweat rash which at the moment, i get on my neck during and after I've been to the gym. So delightful, i know. 

The best way I have found to use it is to pop in it the fridge. I love putting creams in the fridge because they are so cooling with you apply them. You only need a pee sized amount, but I reckon this depends on the area you are applying it to. Typically I applied this just before we were heading out and then I wouldn't have chub rub for the rest of the day. Quite frankly, this product is an absolute life saver and I don't know what I would have done with out. Well, I do know what I would have done and I would have been in fucking agony with chub rub, but thanks to this little beauty I am no longer having to be in pain. If you ever see it, buy it without hesitation. 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Pommie Down Under #1

Today i thought it would be nice to do an update on my travels so far. Something quite chilled and informal, so basically just a chit chat.

I have now been in the land of Oz for just over 2 months. I cant believe how quickly its gone, i literally feel like I've been here a week. Before we know it, it will be my birthday and then it will be christmas, which is even more crazy! Anyway, so its gone quickly and I'm still loving everything about it, even though i haven't really ventured that far, i love it. To me, it feels like home. Maybe my real parents are from here, which is why i feel at home and then they shipped me back to England where i grew up with my adoptive parents?!? Who knows, but that is all a joke. Im not adopted, its just something my family and I joke about. Anyway, I've broken it down into segments, so i will go through them all below.

Firstly lets talk about the hostels. I was extremely sceptical about staying in a hostel and i still am. When i got to the hostel i was in for a 3 nights, my first reaction was literally 'WTF'. I actually paid for a full week, but as soon as i walked into my room, i just said to myself, i need to get out of here and i need to get out of here quickly. It was a mixture of things, such as the bunk beds, the concrete flooring, the toilets, no storage/lockers and craming 4 girls into the smallest room possible. Lets start with the bunk beds. As a bigger gal, i was a bit worried about getting up and down to the bed and also the bed collapsing and squashing the poor girl underneath me. The bed had no rail on the side, so i could have easily fallen out and probs died on that concrete flooring. Getting up the the top bunk was fine, but getting down was a fucking nightmare. I jumped of it the first time and really hurt my leg, so that was out of the cards. The second time, i took time, probably about an hour, to analyse the best way to get down. I was literally just sitting there, thinking 'fuck, I'm never gonna be able to get myself down'. I can remember on the Thursday morning, i was just starring at the end of the bed, thinking how the fuck am i gonna do this. There were 2 other girls fast asleep, so i was conscious of not waking them up, but i also really needed a pee, so i didn't wanna wet myself on the top bunk. In the end, i made it down and made sure i didn't have to go back up there until i went to bed. Then there was the social aspect of the hostel. I am not a drinker, so i automatically felt out of place. Everyone judges you for not drinking and they just automatically have that stigma that your a boring shit. Okay, so i may be boring sometimes, but pretty much 100% of my favourite nights out in the UK were from when i was sober and its way cheaper. I didn't really click with anyone at first, because they just weren't my cup of tea and not the type of people that i would hang out with. I did make one really good friend, who was my roommate, but we didn't know that until later on Wednesday evening. I know i am going to have to go back into a hostel, so i need to get over my fear of them pretty darn quickly. I can admit that I'm probably a bit of a snob when it comes to hostel, but i need to embrace the suitcaser title (i don't have a backpack, so i cant call myself a backpacker) and wherever i move onto next, just embrace the hostel, have an open mind and not be a snob.

As i was saying in the last paragraph, i moved out of the hostel on the Saturday, after being there for 3 days. As soon as i walked into the room, i was straight on gumtree looking for share houses. I found one that sounded really nice, went to view it on the Thursday and moved in on the Saturday. I was so keen to get out of the hostel, i literally just took the first thing i had seen. I am still here today and i am hoping that i will be moving out soon if all things go well. As much as i enjoy it here, i don't feel comfortable if that makes sense. My landlady is just very particular, has major OCD and is extremely petty over minor things, such as crumbs. I am not gonna get into it, but i am hoping to move out of here by the end of the month, if not sooner. If not, then i am hopefully gonna move into another share house with some friends which will be really good and fun!

Work is pretty much non existent at the moment. Grape picking has finished and i have done a more in depth post about this here. I am currently waiting to hear back from someone to see if they can give me any work, but for now, I'm getting bored everyday waiting for the pruning season to start or to hear back from a company. I used to say i could happily sit around and do shit all. Thats starting to change. Don't get me wrong the odd day i can do it, but not day after day after day.

When it comes to home, family and friends back in the UK, i am not missing them as much as i thought i would be. Soz mum. Don't get me wrong, i miss my family and my little puppies so much, probs more then my parents. I miss the banter i could have with them, the lunches on the weekends and the fact i could be an absolute fruit loop around them and know that they just think 'WTF is she doing'. Its not been as hard as i thought, but i think that because I've been to uni and experienced being away from them, its prepared me for this. Okay, i did go home every weekend in the 2nd semester, but i feel like its still prepared me. I think i have days which are harder then others and I hate missing out on big family events, but I'm used to it now and although I've only missed one, i know that I'm making memories and creating a new life for myself on the other side of the world. I also speak to my parents on a near daily basis and we pretty much FaceTime nearly every Sunday or Saturday. If I'm speaking to my mum, we normally FaceTime as one of us normally cant be bothered to type. We are just both lazy. Having family in Aus, also really helps, because i know that they are here for me if i need them and i can talk to them. I also miss my makeup loads. I know thats a really sad thing to say, but i just miss not being able to sit around and play with it. Its made me realise that i really do want to pursue a career in makeup, i would just like some training to make me more confident doing other peoples makeup. With regards to friends, i do miss my friends as well. I don't really speak to them that much, but i do speak to my best friends, Holly & Katie, quite a lot and we just have general chit chat, same as we would if i were back in the UK. I think being away and having time to reflect, has really put some friendships into perspectives and its made me realise who my true friends are and even though I'm starting to cut some friendships, i know that its the best thing for me and at the end of the day, you have to do whats best for you and no one else.

So the final topic is the future. Realistically, i have no idea where I'm gonna be in 3 months from now. I have a rough idea actually, so lets change that to 6 months. In 6 months, i have no idea where i will be. I could be catching crocodiles in Darwin or Cairns #dreamjob, i could be in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. I know that i want to be on the east side by October/November and i think i will start with Melbourne and then work my way up. However, i cant predict whats going to happen and when it will happen. This used to scare the shit out of me, but now, i find it exciting not knowing where i will be, whether ill be travelling alone, sleeping in a car, hitchhiking (don't worry mum, I'm not that stupid) or maybe i will win millions and finally be able to buy a yatch. The last one probably won't happen either, but the best part about travelling is you just don't know. Unless you plan your trip like an organised person would do, but I'm not organised. I think my rents will be coming out for Christmas this year, so i would like to be in Sydney with them as i know my Dad really wants to see the east coast, so i am pretty excited for that.

So, another post done. I have lots of excitement for my travels and although, I'm secretly shitting myself at the thought of everything, I'm also so excited to see Australia and find the best destination. I cant wait to share my journeys, experiences, thoughts and just general stuff on my blog. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Life of a Grape Picker

I made it through the grape picking season, well, 18 days of it. I have mixed feelings of it being done and over with. On one side my back is very very happy thats its not being put through its paces. I can't describe the pain my back has been in and when I've come home afterwards, the pain to just lie on my bed to get it straight is unreal. On the other side, my bank balance isn't looking forward to 6 weeks with no work. This will be a testing time and although i have applied for jobs, no one seems to want to hire anyone thats a backpacker. I am not surprised because they need long term people, but it is also just frustrating. This probably won't be a long post, but i just thought it would be a good idea to explain the typical day as a grape picker.

Okay, so, I worked with a farming agency down in Margaret River. For me, i wanted the security of not being screwed over at the end of the 88 days. Okay the pay isn't as good, but for me, its the trust and security of knowing I'm going to get my papers signed once I've finished. The typical day would all begin with a text. I have never known anything more annoying then having to wait for a text to say your working the next day. It would usually come around 4pm to 5pm, so you were basically waiting all day. It was even worse if you hadn't worked that day, as it made the days just drag on. Once I had received the text, i would get my bag ready for the next day. I would prepare some food, fill up my water bottles and make sure i had everything i would need. I normally left my snips and gloves in my car. Not sure why, but i just did. Once the early morning came, we usually started anywhere from 5.30am to 6.15am. I'd drive down to the office, park up and then just waited for my name to be called. It was like at school, waiting for the register to be done, except you got your tickets for the day and a piece of paper with directions and all that fun stuff on. We would then have to queue up in a line and the drivers would have to stand on a step. The non drivers would then be allocated cars to go in. I started off standing at the front, but i found myself slowly heading towards the back, just so i didn't have to make that awkward chat first thing in the morning. We then all met at a little spot down the road to follow our supervisor to site. I got lost. Twice. My little tin can just can't go fast, so he really struggled to keep up with everyone.

I forgot to say, the boss of the agency would give us a kangaroo briefing and what to do if we hit one. I only had that once and funnily enough on that day, we hit a kangaroo. Luckily, it wasn't my little car as i had a flat tyre, so i hoped in with another girl. I didn't even see it, but i felt it.

Anyway, once we were at the vineyard, we would get ready and then head of to the spot we were picking at. The supervisor would run through the usual spiel like don't pick disease or bird pecked grapes and fill your buckets up. Closer to the end of the season, i just zoned out at this point. Once you've heard that bit a million times, you know what your doing and its the same speech every time. We would then find our picking buddy and if you didn't have one you would get to pick on your own. I normally picked with people, but i did pick on my own a few times aswell, which i quite liked as i didn't feel like it was a competition, nor was i rushing to keep up with the other person. I think it was on my 2nd or 3rd day, i witnessed people running to the next vine panel. I think i laughed in my head and just thought why? Why would you run to a grapevine? Why would you run fullstop? But yeah, i slowly got used to it. I sometimes used to be really annoying and just walk really slow in front of people, but I'm a bit of a dick like that. 

I was expecting grape picking to be the hardest thing ever. Don't get my wrong, at times it was hard and other picks were easier, but its not as hard as i expected it to be. I think on m first day i picked  6 buckets and by the end i would at 78, so you do get quicker and you get a good routine and strategy of how to do it quickly. I wasn't the quickest person there by far and there were some people, who did 130 buckets. I don't know how anyone can pick that fast without taking something. There were also some good perks working on a vineyard. It was the Thursday before Good Friday and the manager and CEO of the vineyard came out and gave everyone a bottle of wine, which was so nice. As a t-totaller, i gave mine to my aunt and uncle. Towards the end, the owner of one of the vineyards supplied us breakfast. Oh. My. God. I am not a fan of salted caramel nor cream, but they had a selection between sweet pastries and donuts. Obviously i went for the salted caramel and cream donut and this thing was like heaven. It was so bloody delicious, words cant describe how amazing it was. Finally, on our last day, the same vineyard that supplied us breakfast, bought everyone a beer, which was so nice of them. I was the only one not to drink it, but it was still such a kind gesture. 

So thats pretty much the typical day in the life of a grape picker. Not very exciting, but it has been fun and I've met lots of different people from all across the world. I cant say I'm looking forward to the pruning, as 8 hours days in the rain, isn't my idea of fun, but i know that the 70 days i have left will be over in a flash. I hope. 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

April Favourties

Its the time of the month, where bloggers gather there favourites for the month and then write about them. I used to do these back in the day, but then i stopped doing them, but I'm back doing one today and I'm excited to share these weird favourites with everyone.

Washing detergent. I can't believe this is actually in my favourites. I feel like my mum would be so proud of me. Anyway, since I'm now living on my own, I have to be an adult and this means buying adult things like washing detergent. I know we use this brand at home, I just think it's called something else but I'm not too sure, so hence why I got it. The scent of this one is amazing. At home it's called Strawberry Lily and it's the most amazing scent ever. Trying to explain scents is not my forte, but whether your in the UK or Australia, just buy it and smell it. It will blow your mind at how amazing it is. This is pretty much a necessity in every household and this is by far my favourite washing detergent ever, even though it's the only one I've ever tried. 

BAE is amazing. I love BAE. Bacon and eggs. I should probably call it BASE. Bacon and scrambled eggs. Typically eggs aren't my favourite food purely because of the smell. If a food smells bad, like eggs, cheese or fish then I normally don't eat it because the smell just makes me feel sick. After my old roommate at the hostel I was staying at was talking about eggs and how cheap they are, I just decided to buy some and make scrambled eggs and I have pretty much made scrambled eggs and bacon every day since. Of course I put stupid amounts of ketchup, sorry tomato sauce over it, but that's just how I like it. This doesn't relate, but every time I ask someone for ketchup they just look at me like I'm from another planet, so I have to remember it's tomato sauce, not ketchup. 

Sun cream is a fairly obvious one I feel. I can admit it's not something that I used to wear in the UK, because, well it's never sunny and the sun just never did anything to my skin. However, that's all changed. Being in Australia, where I've been told the o zone later is thin about 1000 times and the skin cancer rate is a lot higher, I find myself reaching for it more. I don't usually wear it unless I'm going to the beach, because for work my skin is covered and if I'm going to the town, I stick to the shade. I don't use a fancy brand, I just stick to Nivea. I have a factor 30 and a factor 50. I had to buy a factor 50 out here and I couldn't actually find any factor lower, which I think is actually really good. I did bring my factor 8 carrot suncream, but I think I may resemble a lobster if I apply that in the summer. 

Moisture Mist is life. I honestly I don't know how I survived without this. My dry skin is an absolute nightmare and this has become a saviour for me. It's a fine mist, so your not making that squinty face at the shock of the mist on your face. I like to use this after the shower, just to spritz onto my face, as that's when my face is normally the driest. It's also amazing if your sitting in the sun and you just need a quick refresh. It cools your down instantly and also moisturises your skin at the same time. What more could you want?!?

Benefit goof proof eyebrow pencil is my life. If you know me, then you know I love my eyebrows almost a little bit too much. I received a sample of this when Benefit were re-branding all their eyebrow products and I've not stopped using it since. I purchased the full size one at Gatwick because it was cheaper and it's still going strong. I don't do my eyebrows that often these days, only if I'm in the mood to do them or I'm going out in the evening. This pencil is super fine and you don't need to apply much pressure for it to be visible on the skin. It also has a spoolie on the opposite end, which is so great for going through your brows whilst your filling them in for a more natural look. 

Hand cream isn't something I reach for a lot, but after a couple hours picking grapes, I can't begin to explain how disgusting your hands are. I'm not going to describe it because it's horrible, but just think sticky, clamy and smelly.  I got this hand cream from some friends as a leaving gift and oh my god, this stuff is amazing! I hate it when hand creams take about 5 years to absorb into your skin, however, this little beauty takes about 5 seconds. They feel so moisturised and soft, it's incredible. I have also used this on my feet a couple of times and it makes such a difference. I'm trying to use it sparingly, as I don't want it to run out because that's how good it is. The scent is also so nice, it's not overpowering like some cocoa scented products can be, it's a nice subtle scent. 

Crunchies are my new favourite chocolate bar. Not a lot to say about them, apart from I've eaten way to many and will probably continue to eat way to many. 

The same goes for Cheezels. Think wotsits and quavers combined into a hula hoop shape, but with the texture of a wotsits. I know I said I wasn't a fan of cheese, but these are an exception. Similar to the crunchies, I've eaten way to many and I actually need to stop eating these, as they hurt my mouth, but they still taste amazing. 

So these are my April favourites. Not exactly exciting, but i thought i would share these with you all. Im currently eating a ham and mayo sandwich, which takes me back to the days, when my dad used to make our packed lunches and he would literally apply half a pot or margarine onto them. No margarine on my sandwiches, but maybe too much mayo. Enjoy your day!


Friday, 28 April 2017

High End Beauty Wishlist

 As many of you will know I'm currently backpacking around Australia. Being a backpacker means having a very limited budget, meaning I cannot afford to buy any spontaneous make up and beauty products. This being said I have put a list together of my high end wish list of beauty products.

This is one of those palettes which just looks like a dream and I just want to cover my face in it. I love the different shades it comes with. From the pictures that I've seen these look incredible. One day before it runs out maybe for my birthday 'cough cough', I will purchase this because I actually didn't bring a highlighter with me to Australia, because I'm really stupid. I'm a sucker for any Anastasia Beverly Hills products so I can already tell that I would absolutely love this just from looking at it. The packaging is just insane and it just looks incredible and I just basically need it.

This os another highlighter unsurprisingly that I would love to try. Ive actually not tried that many Too Faced products but it is a brand I've heard lots about and there always seems to be good things about the products which makes me want to try more. I've seen lots of people talking about these highlighters and they look incredible and from the swatches they just look insane and I just need to have them pronto. 

I have never actually tried anything from cover FX before but like other brands, I have heard lots of good things about the products. The customer enhancing drops look like the most beautiful shiniest prettiest things I have ever seen. As you can probably tell I like highlight and having a glow, so these are amazing. You can use under them under your foundation, or just act as a highlighter on top of the skin. They are a tad on the pricey side, but I can only imagine that you would only need a small amount, so you would actually get quite a lot of use out of the product itself, which would make up for how expensive it is.

I have recently just fallen in love with my benefit hole bronzer, so when I heard that they were coming out with I lite to version I nearly cried. I didn't cry at all, slight exaggeration. However this being said, I need this product. I think it's a genius thing to come up with a lighter version of the product, but seeing as I'm in Australia and the sun is out quite a lot so I'm likely to tan, I'm not sure whether I would need this product right now, but if I was back in the UK I would 100% get this tomorrow. With all this being said I would still part is that even if I was tanned and it will still remain on my wishlist until I purchase it. 

I have never tried anything from Ofra before, but again it's a brand that I have heard a lot of good reviews about. I know a lot of the YouTubers that I watch, use the brand a lot and never seem to have a bad thing to say. I'm a sucker for moisturiser and this one looks amazing and I think I need it.  My skin is currently quite oily, but this could change at any point to dry and flaky resemblance of  puff pastry. From the reviews I have read on this moisturiser, it seems to work wonders for dry skin peeps and I read it also acts as a great primer for the skin.

One of those products which has been on my list for quite well but I have never managed to pick it up. I'm not typically a foundation person, but when I do where them, which is very rare, I do tend to like in more medium to full coverage. From the reviews I've read and the videos I have watched on this foundation, I think it would suit my skin type which is drastically changed from dry to combination oily and dry. The pricetag is a little offputting here in Australia, but I'm not in desperate need for one so this can wait but it will still remain on my wish list. 

Sigma brushes are some of my favourite brushes and they were actually some of the first brushes I ever purchased back in the good old days. I genuinely love sigma brushes and I think that they are some of the best brushes with in the make up and beauty industry. Soon as I saw these brushes come out, I knew I had to have them. I have loads of brushes so I know I do not need any more, but I do not have any like these, so I see it as a good excuse to get these brushes. The price of these is completely reasonable to me, because I know what Sigma brushes are like, I know they last super long and I know they work wonders with basically every beauty product.

This os one of those products that everyone including a pet fish has heard about. If you have not heard of this product or heard anything about this product, I genuinely think you have been kidnapped by aliens or living under a rock. Along with foundation, I don't typically where concealer very often, but when I do I like it to be a full coverage, good colour payoff and a product that will last on my skin for a long time. I think the price of this is a little expensive but again from pictures and videos I have seen, I think that you get a lot of product.

So that is my high and beauty WishList for the current time being. No doubt this will change with in the next couple of weeks, maybe even days. I'm actually being super lazy right now I'm not typing this, my phone is typing it for me. How have I only just figured out that my phone can type what I speak. Absolutely genius. I have also created a Facebook page for my blog, so i would love for you to go give that a like aswell at - Anyway I hope you enjoyed and excuse the grammar, but thank you very much for reading.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

How I Survive On A Small Weekly Budget

Today, I wanted to write about living off a small budget and how I cope. As you will know if your a frequent reader, I'm currently backpacking around Australia and I someday hope to live out here, but we will talk about that another time. 

To qualify for your second year working holiday visa in Australia, you have to complete 88 days of regional work. Otherwise known in my eyes as slave labour. My friend and I have discussed how someone has clearly thought, fuck the young people wanting to get their 2nd year visa, let's make them work hard and pay them shit for a whole 88 days. I'm currently in the south west of Western Australia and I work on average 4/5 days a week for an average of 4/5 hours a day. I know it doesn't sound like much, but it's labour intensive. I don't want to go to much in it, as I want to do another post on the life of a grape picker. 

Living of a small budget is hard work. Going from my full time 9-5.30 job where I was earning over £1,000 a month, I didn't have to worry about whether I could afford petrol and how I was going to pay for car tax. I find myself now worrying about whether I've covered my rent through working, how I'm going to afford petrol and not having a social life. The social aspect doesn't bother me, as I prefer to keep myself to myself. 

When it comes to food, I have started to buy food that I can make big meals with and then put these into containers, so I can eat these at a later date or the following day. My current favourite is tuna pasta bake. Pasta is a cheap food that lasts a long time and can fill you up. Tuna in Australia is crazy cheap so it's a good food to stock up on and it also adds substance and flavour. Other foods I buy regularly are eggs, bacon, beans and bread. I am trying to cut down on the carb intake, so I am currently trying to find bread alternatives for work. However, I have found that some food in Australia is crazy expensive compared to the UK, so I have started to avoid these where I can. I think the way forward for me is to cook big meals, such as pasta bake, lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and then freeze these for future meals. This way, I can have my usual scrambled eggs and bacon for lunch with toast and then coco pops for breakfast. I have found this to work for me and it's keeping me full. On the odd occasion I have driven to subway, but as the saying goes "Treat yo'self".

- Start cooking bigger meals and then portion this into Tupperware containers, freeze them and then you will always have a meal for the next couple of days.

- Buy the cheaper brands of food. Normally they will taste exactly the same, if not better. Don't pay for the name of a product like Heinz when you can normally get supermarket brands at a much cheaper price. If it's Heinz Ketchup though, buy it. Supermarket ketchup is not the same! 

When I got down south, I realised I needed a car and I needed one pretty damn quick. Luckily I found a car that has been super reliable, except for one flat tyre and it needs a new rim, but what are junkyards for?!?! I paid my insurance in full for the year, but I have to pay for my rego, which is the equivalent to car tax in the U.K. I do have the option to pay this monthly, which I am likely to do, but I then have to ensure I have the correct amount of money in my account each month. I do have savings in my UK, but these are next to nothing and soon will be gone. Another expense is petrol. Petrol is cheaper in Australia, but then if I ever stop converting the prices to £ it's kind of expensive, depending on the way you look at it. Through work, we are able to claim for giving people lifts, which is good because your able to make some extra money through this, but as  doing a lot of journeys, I find myself filling up my tank at least once a week, which slowly eats away at my bank account. 

- if you can claim for petrol/milage through work, do it. Any extra money will be helpful for petrol/rego/tax etc

- Maybe if your giving lifts to people on a regular occasion, start asking for a small amount of petrol money and keep it in your car. Any change is always helpful and you never know when you may need it. Sure the guy at the petrol station may hate you for paying change, but your car will love you when it's got petrol in! 

For me, this one is pretty easy. I don't really have a social life. I enjoy seeing a couple of the friends I have, but I'm not the typical backpacker who goes out and gets drunk every night. I want to do a post of this and go deeper into it, so it will be short and sweet for this part. On the odd occasion, I have gone out, I've made sure I've got the money to enjoy myself. Living on a tight budget for me, means sacrificing some aspects of life and for me, that's my social life. 

- Set a weekly budget for going to the pub, cinema, seeing friends. Whatever it is your going to do, set a weekly budget and this way you can have that pint at the pub and not feel bad about it. Okay, you may have to sacrifice one pint for a night in, but a night in isn't going to kill you. Invite your friends over and just watch a film, play cards against humanity or do whatever the hell you want. 

- If your going out for dinner/drinks, try and go for the cheaper option. Normally I try and go for the cheaper options, just because I am conscious of my money. I get a tap water when I'm out, because I don't need that pint of coke and I know my bank and my waistline will thank me later. 

This is probably the main one for me. I have to make enough each week to cover my rent for the week. If I don't, then effectively I'm screwed. I have savings yes, but I don't want to use this for my rent and I have had to recently because I just haven't had the money. I know that I have periods coming up where I have no work for 4/6 weeks and I need to get a job so I can pay for my rent. I don't have any tips for this, apart from get a job or get 2,3,4,5 jobs if you have to. 

So, these are my tips for living of a small wage and how I survive. I have been lucky enough to be partnered up with a beauty distributing company recently (a post will be up on this soon), so I can start bringing in an extra income and help support my life a little bit more. Like I said going from home comforts and not really having to worry about money, to living off a small budget is a complete shock, but it does put life into perspective and it has opened up my eyes more to living life off a budget and how others have to cope. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

My Tips for Packing Makeup for Backpacking

Packing my makeup for Australia, was probably the hardest part about packing in general. I wanted to just swoop it all up and take it all, but in knew that i couldn't. In the end, i just told myself, essentials and palettes and a few brushes. Safe to say, its easier said then done, but i was so strict on myself. I actually had a massive bag full of makeup for the first 2 weeks i was in Australia, but i asked my mum to take this back with her, because i just knew i wouldn't use and I also didn't wear any makeup, except for the wedding, so i knew it was best taken back to the UK.

For my everyday makeup, it was pretty easy to just chuck in a couple of mascaras and my usual eyebrow products. I bought some eyebrow products at the airport as i had run out and duty free makeup is hella cheap, so why not treat myself. Typically, i knew that being a backpacker or suitcaser  for myself, i wouldn't be wearing makeup everyday, if at all. I knew that i wouldn't be applying it at 5am when i have to get up for work, so i really didn't need to pack everything, however, i wanted too. 

I have written below the essentials items and ways to save space and the amount of products to take with you if you are a fellow backpacker, or if your just going for a short break of even a holiday.

As you can see from the picture, i have tried to pack palettes that contain everything i needed. One for contour/bronzer and highlighter and then 2 eyeshadow palettes. Okay, i probably didnt need 2 eyeshadow palettes, but a girl has got to have options and you can never have enough transition shades. Honestly, i used the Huda Beauty palette for the first time the other day and i haven't used the Kat Von D eyeshadow palette, but there will be a time when i do need it. 

Palettes are a great way of saving space and also the amount of product you need. If your a backpacker, typically i doubt you would even need an eyeshadow palette, but its a great option to have one just incase. I know that in Australia, makeup isn't cheap by a long shot, so hence why i bought 2. Other palettes are personal preference, but i just think that I'm saving space in my bag and i then also get more choice of products to use. If i owned a lip palette, i would have bought one, because thats the one thing i forgot to pack, not that I'm desperate for a red lip, but personally, to have the option there would have been nice. All I'm saying is palettes are the way forward and if they have a mirror, thats just an added bonus.

I thought packing brushes was slightly harder for myself. I tried to pack as little as possible, but also enough that i could use them all in one application if that makes sense. 

Makeup Bag
I have 6 small little travel bag things. 6. Do i need 6? No, i certainly do not. Do i even use half of the stuff in them? Don't be silly. Do i even look at them? Of course not. Don't take 6, because your suitcase/backpack doesn't need 6 of everything, like i thought i did. I did leave 1 of them at my uncles bag, but here i am, currently starring at it. I got 2 of my travel bags as gifts and they were both full of the essentials, but insisted that i needed extra bags. However, with all of this in mind, my makeup is in one of the smaller bags that i got given as a gift. 

When i was choosing the makeup to come with me, i didnt want to go for the extra big one, because then i had a reason to fill it with all the makeup i didnt need and realistically i wouldn't have used. I would take a small/meduim size bag for your makeup and your brushes. This way, your not tempted and you can try and squeeze as much in there as possible, but you don't want to break the zip on the bag.

So these are my tips to the packing beauty products for any travelling which you may have coming up. The amount of makeup you take, obviously depends on you as a person and your needs. This is just personally what i have bought along with me. Thank you so much for reading!

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017


Im back and I'm back for good. I have just got my laptop back and i am so happy to have it, as i can finally start blogging again. I have really missed blogging and i have lots of content ideas, so i am excited to get it started again and really focus on making it a true passion and actually sticking with it. I know, i have said that 1000 times before, but this time, i am in it for the long run. 

Today i wanted to write about something quite close to my heart, but also something thats been bugging me a lot. Friendships. As a self confessed loner, having a friends who i can rely on and i know i can talk to anything about is so important. I can honestly admit to not having many friends and i love that. I don't have loads of friends and I've never been the type of person to have lots of friends. When i was younger that bothered me quite a lot, but now i have realised who my true friends are and since being in Australia, i can honestly say, i have had a lot of time to reflect and theres a couple who i no longer need to maintain a friendship with for various reasons. 

Long story short, last week i had an allergic reaction, as i ate pesto which contains nuts. Of course, i should have known that, but my dentist told me that pine nuts were fine. Totally blaming my dentist, but also this pesto contained cashews, which evidently are not good for the old throat and body. I will do a more detailed post, which is coming shortly, but i posted something on my personal IG, because i wanted to see who would ask if i was okay. Funnily enough, 1 person did who was my aunt. I don't typically post these type of posts, in fact, this was the first and it will be the last, but no one else even asked. I had already told my 2 best friends, so i didn't even expect them too, but it just made me question myself and why I'm still caught up in having friendships with people and they cant even be bothered to communicate or have any interest in your life. 

I like to think I'm a positive person, who always tries and looks at the positive aspects of life and i like to think that i help other people see positively and that theres always a way of doing something. I don't like dwelling on ideas and being negative as i feel like it dampens other peoples mood and personally, i just think life is to short to be a negative person. You only have one life, live for today and everyday. I actually saw the quote LIV42DAY on my journey the other day and its just stuck with me ever since. I hate thinking badly and i always see the glass half full. People who are negative, don't show any interest or even make the effort  and just make it feel like a chore to reply just aren't people i want to have in my life. 

This post is probably a load of shit and probably won't make sense, but its almost just a rant. I could rant a lot more and go deeper and give more reasons why, but i won't. Anyway, if you read this, thanks for reading my rant. I would love to know anyone else thoughts on friendships and negativity, so please let me know in the comments below.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Time to Say Goodbye

Fuck. That was hard. I am not an emotional person at all, or at least i don't show my emotions to anyone. I was expecting it to be normal say good bye and then all be done with. Nope, thats easier said then done. My family went home on Friday 17th March and I'm currently sat at my uncles 'bench' as they call out. A kitchen counter basically.

I am going to blame this all on my sister, as soon as she came over and started crying it set me off, then i saw my mum, auntie and cousin all crying, i was just doomed. We all looked like blubbering whales, which was probably hilarious to the driver of their car. I think what really set me off is the realisation that I'm in a fucking massive country on my own. Okay, i have family here, but i don't want to depend on them. Im 23 and i need to live my life. To say I'm scared is an understatement, but i have to experience this and do what i need to do. Yeah, i will miss home, my family, friends and my dogs more then anyone combined, but i can FaceTime, call, text and contact them to have a chat. 

This isn't really relevant at all, but i was going to name this post something else, but my favourite song ever is by Andrea Boccelli and Sara Brightman. Lame title, but this is going to be my funeral song at the end, cos i want everyone to blubber like whales. Don't worry though, obviously going to have Sean Paul playing aswell. 

Anyway, yeah, I'm a mixture of all emotions and absolutely shitting bricks. I just need to get of my arse, get down south, get a job and make friends and actually socialise, which i never do, so that maybe extremely weird and different. I'll keep ya updated.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Packing for Travelling

I leave England in 2 days and i haven't even packed. I hate packing. Even if it's for a holiday, I would rather pay someone to do it for me. In-packing when you get back is even worse, but for now we concentrate on packing. 

Also, side note, you may be wondering why i have a knitted toy. My nanny knitted this for me as a travelling mascot and she's also the cutest person ever. The name is Anncy, which is both my grandparents names combined. Anncy has an IG because i am going to take him everywhere and take pictures of him in lots of different places. You should totally follow him HERE, if you want to, but you probably will want too.

Packing for a longer trip and not knowing when you will returning is slightly harder then I expected. I feel like I need to take loads, but realistically I can't take that much. I keep forgetting that I can wash clothes abroad and can always buy more if needed. Depending on how poor I'm going to be, that may not be an option. 

I have been doing some typical blogger research and scouring the internet and reading lots of travel blogs to see what other people suggest. I already know I'm going to be that annoying person at security with all my electrical equipment in 10 different trays, but I'm not bothered about that. 

Another dilemma is whether I take a suitcase or a backpack? I am probably going to take a suitcase, only because I just think it will be a lot easier and I won't have to endure the pain of having a backpack. However, I am prone to losing things and having nearly lost my suitcase in JFK airport a couple of years ago, it does slightly worry me. Maybe I should get some reins for it, that way it will always be attached to me so I can never lose it. My travel diary (post here) has a section in it with items that you should take and pack so I have gone through that any mainly worked that way. I bought a backpacking kit from online, which i am going to be doing a post (coming soon) on and whether realistically i have used all the products/gadgets that it comes with.

I will do a more updated post once I have arrived in Australia and go through the items I have bought with me and how practical they are and whether or not I have used them. 


Sunday, 26 February 2017

How I Like To Relax & My Tips For Winding Down

One this that is my absolute favourite thing in the entire world is doing shit all. In my eyes, there is nothing better then having a night in on your own and just taking time to relax. I pretty much do this every weekend, because my social life is about as active as a rocks. In fact, rocks, probably have better social life then myself, but I'm cool with it. I am naturally a chilled out person who doesn't give a shit and I'm lucky that i don't get stressed. I like to think I'm quite positive and have a positive outlook on most aspects of life. Naturally, there are parts where i don't, but i think thats normal.

As i said, I'm naturally a calm, chilled person, so relaxing for me is extremely easy, although, i get bored quicker then you can count to 10. I love quiet notes alone and just having 'me' time. I find that if I've had a shit day at work or someones just massively pissed me off or perhaps I'm just a shit mood, i just want to lock myself away and not talk to anyone.

Below, i have put a list of the stuff that i do when i want to be more relaxed and just forget about the rest of the world.

1. Candles 
Candles solve all problems. I love my Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede, but that shit is hella expensive, so i have one from Anthropology which i got from one of my best friends at christmas, which smells beautiful. Its not to overpowering, but it does fill them room with the scent and make me all calm and relaxed. I don't know about anyone else, but also playing with fire makes me relaxed. Don't really recommend it, actually, lets just ignore that bit. Back to candles, it doesn't have to be  £50  candle, a cheap candle, scented or not, still sets an ambience and helps me to wind down and just forget about everything.

2. Films/Series
This one completely depends on the person. I don't read out of choice, but if you prefer to read, grab a book, cup of tea or a pint of wine and just chill out and read until your hearts content. Personally, i would chuck on a classic old disney film or netflix and watch this with a pepsi max. I know, I'm wild with my beverage choices. I love putting on a film and just forgetting about all my worries and just letting myself go in the film and pretending like I'm there. I don't think there any harm in letting your imagination wonder and just being in the moment at that moment. 

3. Snacks/Drinks
I love food. More then anything, food is my favourite thing ever which explains a lot. Depending on my mood, i will grab a bag of crisps or chocolate or maybe both. Probably both to be completely honest and I'm not talking about the small bags. At the moment, its Easter chocolate season, which means Mini Eggs are in full force. I am not a love of Creme Eggs, but give 10 bags of mini eggs any day. Realistically, it doesn't have to be fatty foods, you can grab anything you want to snack one, but I'm a fat shit and i love crisps and chocolate. As i said in the above part, i always like a drink when I'm watching a film. Although, i love Pepsi, i also love a nice bottle of freezing cold water. There is nothing better then having some freezing cold water. I can not put it into words how it makes me feel, but i feel like it just takes all the shit from that day and put it somewhere else. Probably my bladder.

4. Fragrance
After a day at the office or wherever you've been and its been a shit day, i actually like to re-spray myself with perfume. I know it seems waste and not gonna lie, it kind of is, but there is some kind of logic. For example, you've been stuck in an office with sweaty people, you come home smelling on work and your in a shit mood. You get into bed/sofa, chuck on a film and start chilling. Why not spray some perfume to make you get rid of that 'office' smell and have a scent which you love and it will help make you calm. See, i told you there were logic behind it. 

5. Phone
My last and final one. Turn of your phone. You want to be chilled, not staring at Facebook seeing how amazing Becky from down the road thinks her life is. I have about 2 people, besides my family, who contact me, so my phone isn't really used that much. I use it mainly to stalk people on instagram and twitter....... Anyway, i like to chuck it on the floor far away, or put it in a draw so that i am not hooked to it.

So there we are, my tips for winding down to chillax as the kids say nowadays. They probably don't even say that. I don't like seeing people stressed and i think sometimes, people just forget that 'me' time is the best time for anyone. Nobody should get stressed over work or life, as life is to short and quite frankly, its not worth getting stressed out for something so minor. Everything happens for a reason and people need to accept that everyone makes mistakes and thats okay! Anyway, little ramble over. 


Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Perfect Travel Diary

I love diaries, but i never ever use them. Despite pretending to be organised, I'm probably one of the least organised people ever, as i just go with the flow. For Christmas, i was in Kikki K, or the most amazing shop in the world, and i spotted this travel diary. I am sure you will all know by know, i am off to Australia in 10 days or so. I was going to buy the diary for myself, but my sister quickly snapped it away and bought it as a present for me.

Firstly, the colours of the diary are my favourite! The fluro orange with the blue and white stripes make me so happy. Silly, i know, but its the small things sometimes. The diary has all the sections you will ever need to compare prices, list hostels, plan transport and even accommodate your shopping needs. I haven't used it yet, but i have looked at it several times thinking i cant wait to use it to its full potential in Australia. Of course, i could use it now, but i don't want to get way over my head and start planing for things, that one may not even happen and secondly, i may have no money to do anything, which is pretty likely. As i said, the planner has a variety of different sections which i love and makes trying to be organised, one step easier. I love that it has a budget, packing, itinerary sections and so much more. It also has a calendar, prompts and information pages to help you write down any notes and important dates.

Kikki K do some amazing stationary and i could quite happily buy everything in the shop. They do a great variety of stationary and also some amazing gifts. I spent way to much money in their at christmas, but it was all worth it. The price of this diary is £21.00 which i think was quite reasonable and its a decent size with lots of different sections where you can put all your notes and what not. I did try to take more pictures of the sections, but my photography skills are lacking and the pictures were shit to say the least.
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