Monday, 29 August 2016

A Few Recent Treats

A few little treats now and then to treat yo'self are essential, because, well, we're all worth it.
I've been really good on the splurging front recently, basically because I buy an obscene amount for myself every month and then stress about where my money's gone at the end of the month....
BUT this weekend I treated my friend out to lunch in Chester for her birthday, and couldn't resist picking up a few little things for myself while we were there:
First off we headed to Lush, and I broke my own self-imposed ban by picking up a few bath bombs, mostly because I'm going away next week and I always love to have a soak in the bath on holiday, and I don't want to take the chance of there being no bubble bath! I wanted to try a new bath bomb so following a recommendation on my Twitter, I decided to try Sakura, inspired by Japanese cherry blossom. It smells beautiful and also contains jasmine and mimosa so I'm hoping it'll be nice and calming. I had intended just getting one thing, but as two of my all-time favourites were in; Rose Jam and Milky Bath, I couldn't resist popping them in my basket too!
I also picked up some bargains, these Converse Star Player were reduced to only £20 as they were the end of the line, and having small feet I'm fortunate enough to be able to buy Juniors shoes which always makes them cheaper. Last but not least this adorable tee was only £3 from Primark, look how cute it is?! I love the simple crispness of the tee with the quirky pocket which I sadly can't link, but I'm so impressed with the price.

What do you think of my buys?

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

When Self Doubt and Inadequacy Creeps In

Lately, I've been finding it really hard to muster the enthusiasm to blog, which is very unlike me as whatever else seems to be going on in my life, this little space is an outlet and sanctuary for me and I usually find writing really therapeutic.
At the moment, my mind hasn't been a very happy place; in general I'm still able to get through the day normally, laughing, working, catching up with friends etc. But my thoughts have been getting me down, and as a chronic over-thinker at the best of times, this usually isn't very good for me.

I think it's fair to say that recently I've been struck with the realisation that my life hasn't actually turned out the way I envisioned it. At all. And I'm also well aware that the only person who can turn this around is myself. But sometimes, it's really hard to get yourself out of a rut of critical thoughts. 

My mind seems to be a battlefield of late, erring somewhere between the grudging acceptance that no, this isn't how I thought my life would be and maybe I should just come to terms with that; and the other, quite petulant voice that moans "but whyyyyyy" (in a very sulky teenager way)

All around me friends are planning weddings, babies, travels etc, and I feel like I have a flashing siren on my head that says "nope, not me" This kind of mindset can easily make me feel inadequate, self-critical and self-conscious, and like I'm not good enough at work, relationships, and life in general. My little 'achievements' seem silly and inconsequential to me.

But then from nowhere (well actually from my horoscope, as cheesy as that may sound) came this gem, which I REALLY needed today:

Don't underestimate your abilities and experience.
You can be proud of all you have accomplished, of all you are currently attempting and of all your hopes for the future.
Your ideals and aspirations are beautiful, and your opportunities, whilst not absolutely perfect, are there to be taken. 
If anything can stop you from accomplishing your desires, it is only in your choice of the correct path to proceed.
But in the glow, your recent insights ought not to be doubted.

And just like that, my spirits lifted a little and the urge to blog returned. 
Maybe sometimes, the signs and messages are there, hiding and just waiting to be discovered at the right moment.


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Life Lately Through My Camera Roll

Hi lovelies!
It's been rather quiet for me lately on the blogging front, I guess for the first time since I started writing this I've been hit with bloggers block! I've been pretty busy though so this blog has unfortunately taken a back seat - but here's a few things I've been up to lately:

1. Some friends and I went out for lovely Saturday night cocktails (of course) and a grand old catch up.
2. I went for an impromptu walk along the beach after work and arrived just in time to catch this beaut of a sunset.
3. Every year we have a girls summer road trip, and though we usually do a beach this year we decided on something different and headed  to Llangollen which was heaving. We had a pub lunch, a walk along the very impressive aqueduct and lusted over all the lovely little houseboats. 
4. A quick car selfie after the road trip, as you do. My friends dog Molly came too and managed to sneak her way into every single photo we took...
5. On Sunday I popped over to my friend's house and ended up going for a carvery. Well, isn't that what Sunday's are made for?
6. After my carvery, I was unusually good and went for a run on the beach. I've been trying to get back into my running and I bought these Nike Flyknit Zoom trainers for a real bargain, so that's definitely helping with my motivation.
7. I couldn't resist pulling over on my way to work to snap this photo of the beach, I love the beach in the fresh early morning, and this view always takes my breath away,
8. On Thursday night I went to the theatre to see 'Little Shop of Horrors' and I LOVED it. I've seen the film, but the stage version is brilliant, so funny and feelgood, with a fantastic soundtrack. I wanted to watch it all over again!
9. Walking along the prom with a portion of fish & chips is quintessentially British and one of my favourite pastimes, especially with views like this.

What have you been up to?

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Review: St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion

Fake Tanning is something I've never quite mastered the art of.
I love a natural looking, sunkissed glow, but hate the streaky, patchy, orange look, and aside from having a spray tan, I've yet to find a product that looks natural enough for me.
So when I heard St Tropez had brought out a tan you can apply in the shower, it felt like all my prayers had been answered!

The instructions sounded simple enough, so I popped into the shower and did what they suggested:
After a full body cleanse, I switched the shower off and applied a small amount of the tan in circular motions over my skin, making sure I'd covered everywhere evenly. I then waited for 3 minutes before rinsing away thoroughly, and drying myself as usual (I did dry myself gently, I didn't want to slough away all my newly tanned skin!)

As it was a first attempt, I only did my legs/feet and arms. No moisturising necessary, I then got dressed and hopped into bed.
The following morning I woke up to a natural, consistent and most importantly, non streaky tan.
As I only used a small amount, it's very light and I think I'd need another application or two to get it the perfect shade, but for a first attempt I'd say it's pretty much faultless!

Also, it didn't make my shower/walls in any way dirty as the lotion is light coloured, and it definitely doesn't have the usual biscuity fake tan smell. I'm SO impressed with this product, St Tropez have really delivered with this and I can see why it sold out so quickly when it was first released. 

I picked mine up for £9.55 in Superdrug, but it's also available in Boots.

Have you tried this product?

Saturday, 6 August 2016

The Girls Night Out Playlist

Credit - Confessing My Sins
As this weekend is National Friendship Day, what better way to celebrate than to get your girls together, whether it's to get dressed up and hit the town, or just to snuggle in the house in your PJ's gossiping. 

It's not as often these days that I get the opportunity to put my glad rags on and paint the town red, but when I do quite often I find it's the getting ready part that's the most fun, the pre-drinks, doing hair and makeup together, trying on a million different dresses, and of course, the music. 

Getting the music right really sets the tone for the night, and though on a normal night I'd say my music taste is pretty darn good, when it comes to a night out it's just unashamedly cheese, cheese, cheese. The more cheese, the better. There have been so many nights where we've had such a great time in the house listening to a wide variety of tunes from club classics to 80's pop, that the club feels like an anticlimax. 
But sometimes, if someone is missing from the party, the night doesn't feel quite the same, and I find now as I get older that my friends naturally have more commitments so it's not always as easy to get everyone together, and I wish I could get us all in the room together at once.

Airtime is a new group video chat app that allows you to share music via YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud while being able to chat to your friends live, meaning that no matter where you live or what you're doing, you can all still feel like you're in the same room.

The below songs always get my party started, whatever I'm doing, and so My Girls Night Out Playlist would consist of:

1. Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
2. LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
3. Boney M - Sunny
4. PSY - Gangnam Style
5. Supergrass - Alright
6. David Bowie - Let's Dance
7. Modjo - Lady (Hear Me Tonight)
8. Prince - Kiss
9. Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back
10. Dolly Parton - 9 To 5
11. New Order - True Faith
12. Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun
13. The B52's - Love Shack
14. Bananarama - Venus
15. WHAM! - Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)
16. Los Del Rio - Macarena
17. Whigfield - Saturday Night
18. Sean Kingston - Fire Burning
19. Daft Punk - Get Lucky
20. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines

Credit - Career Girl Daily
Thanks to Airtime for the inspiration to make this playlist


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A Weekend In Snowdonia

Credit: Ben Walker Photography
If you're a regular reader of this blog, or follow me on Snapchat (Lucy Yellowicing btw...) you'll have seen that I went on a 2 night staycation last month, right into the mountains of Snowdonia.
The break was absolutely amazing, it was honestly SO relaxing and perfect for unwinding.

We went on the Sunday, and with the car packed and Daisy in tow, off we went. We stayed at a lovely little hotel called The Saracens Head that we found on Travelzoo, most of the appeal was how laid back it looked - as well as being super dog friendly - which was exactly what we wanted for a weekend of hiking and exploring.
The weather didn't quite play ball, it rained torrentially for the entire first day, so after a quick wander around the quaint little village of Beddgelert and a drink in the hotel bar, we went up to our room for a chill. While B caught up on some editing, it seemed the perfect time for me to use up my last Unicorn Horn and head for a long bubbly soak in the bath with my Kindle. 

That evening we had a quiet dinner in the hotel (our first night dinner came included in our package) as we planned to have an early start in the morning for a full day of walking. 
We had a leisurely morning stroll, with a walk along the Glaslyn River  to see Gelert's Grave (there's a Welsh medieval legend about the Prince of Wales' faithful dog Gelert, who was mistakenly killed by the Prince as he believed he had attacked his baby son, when in fact he had slain a wolf in order to protect him, and the Prince, overcome with grief, buried the dog here) and then decided to head into the mountains.

Credit: Ben Walker Photography
We walked up Moel Hebog, which is supposedly a fairly gentle climb if you stick to the path, but we went a totally different way and ended up doing a rough scramble which took us nearly 4 hours! After trekking through forests, stagnant rivers and jumping over a waterfall we reached the summit and ate our lunch, before finding the correct path down and descending in a respectable 90 mins.

When we reached the bottom we had a well earned drink in the sun, and then went out for dinner to a little bistro called Hebog. We had a lovely meal, with a starter of goat's cheese and mango sorbet (cleverly made to look like boiled eggs) and then B had the burger and I had pasta with halloumi. 
Full to the brim we headed back to the hotel for the rest of the night, where I soothed my aching muscles with another bubble bath, I could have got used to that!

Sadly the next morning it was time to check out, so we headed off home with a pitstop on the way at a Copper Mine, check out that panoramic view!

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