I’ve been sitting around umming and ahhing the past few days contemplating whether or not my life is going the way I want it to. I’m sure you’ve all been there. You know those few days that come around every now and again where you feel different, maybe a bit confused or discombobulated.

I always blame it on the changing seasons when I feel like this and I still genuinely believe that’s what it is. The change fro autumn to winter gives me the same feeling spring to summer and winter to spring makes me feel – a bit dazed, unsure but ready for change.

It’s usually the beginning of a new season where I feel unmotivated and they seem to be coming around a lot quicker than they used to. But after a few weeks I always find my feet. Sometimes it can take a little longer than other times, especially with the shorter days.

Back in school when life was that bit easier, the days felt longer as did the weeks, months and seasons. But now I’m an adult it’s a much faster journey so when a new season rolls around so fast, its hard to be 100% ready.

What actually inspired this post was my hair change that temporarily happened the other day. I decided to straighten my hair after 4 years of not doing so. Yes, 4 years! I have naturally thick curly hair so when I got fed up of straightening it day in day out, I decided to wear it curly and it stuck. As much as I have grown to love my natural hair, the sudden change felt weird and quite scary (I know its only hair, but 4 years is a long long time) but most importantly it felt kinda good.

I’m not one to change up the way I do my hair and makeup every single day. As you can tell, I’ve worn my hair pretty much the same for years. So a little change here and there is something I’m going to stick to doing as it freshens things up a bit doesn’t it?

Anyway, enough about my hair and my waffling thoughts, let me tell you why I think change is good for you. Even if you are like me, and 90% of the time like to stick to your routine and go with what you know best.

Whether or not I’m ready for it, it’s taught me that change (in any part of life) is a good thing. And here’s why.

SPARKING A NEW TRAIN OF THOUGHT. I find that when I stop and make time to think and change or switch up my routine a little, that’s when I feel most inspired to try something new. It’s then when I do something new or different that I want to continue that cycle and try more and more things.

For example, when I changed my hairstyle, I then had new outfit ideas spring to mind and even new makeup looks I want to try out. It’s that little something different in your mind that can spark new ideas.

IT’S V GOOD FOR THE SOUL. As much as I do like some routine in my life and it’s not always easy to change things up, it is very good for the mind and soul. I find myself stuck in a rut sometimes and getting frustrated with the same old, same old. So when I do bring change into my life, or the new seasons give me a little push, I have such a clearer, more free and creative mind-set.

My head feels in a v good place when I bring change and do something a little out of the ordinary for me.

Anything from changing up my makeup look, my blog content or starting a new hobby, its all part of a life lesson and it really does something for the soul.

FINDING YOURSELF. If you often find yourself taking each day as the same cycle of events you may indeed get a little bored. You may find yourself losing motivation and all the things you need to help you flourish. I sure need change in my life to get my motivation back.

Trying out and doing new things helps you experience more, which then could lead to discovering hidden loves and talents. I started up yoga again not so long back and rediscovered why I loved it so much and how happy it can make me feel.

I find bringing change into my life has actually helped me say YES a heck of a lot easier. I used to be one of those people who were quite happy with saying no to trying new things. But the more and more I bring change, the more I’m learning to take on new experiences and not miss out on golden opportunities.

You never know until you try something, right?

Wow. It really is amazing how much a new season and hairstyle can make you think. I quite like being able to share my sudden thoughts with those who wish to read, and I really hope this advice helps you like it has me.

Do you bring change into your life often enough? If you hesitate or simply think no, then try it, change up your routine, try something new, see how it makes you feel.

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Sharing my daily style was something I never thought I’d be doing. Sad to think that now that I’m doing it more often than not.

1) I never thought I’d feel stylish enough to want to upload fashion content to my blog and write about my fave pieces and 2) I never thought in a million years I’d have the confidence to even take the photo. 2017 arrived and lil old Megan has definitely changed her tune.

Growing up I was never a very ‘fashion forward’ kinda girl. Don’t get me wrong, I would always indulge in the fashion pages of magazines and want to dress in all these nice pieces, but I just never found the confidence.

I would wear minimal colours as much as I could and would never experiment with nothing other than the Topshop 2 for £10 crop tops and a pair of black skinnies. Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that, I still rock that when I feel like it, but lately fashion has changed for me as soon as I told myself I need to be my own person and wear what the heck I want.

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Basic clothing would make me feel confident yes, but in the end I just got fed up of pulling the same old clothes out of my wardrobe. I’d have the odd jumper or top that would be slightly different from the rest, but it wasn’t long before I was stuck in a cycle of wearing and shopping for the same clothes, just because I never thought I’d feel comfortable in wearing something a bit different.

I added a bit of colour to my wardrobe throughout the summer and that has followed into the A/W season. I even changed up from just wearing jeans, jeans, jeans last year to now wearing a dress with over the knee boots to funky cropped and flared trousers, both outfits I never would’ve even dreamed to try out before.

Before, I was just a girl who told herself no other clothes would suit me. I’d tell myself to just go for the same fit or style as before as otherwise I wouldn’t feel comfortable, but actually making an effort to try new things has taught me otherwise.

I have now fallen in love with fashion, and not in love with it in a way I used to just flick through magazines lusting over other girls style. I now love to piece together my own and individual outfits, and I’m so glad I have this space on the Internet to share my new found love.

Each time I look for a new piece for my wardrobe I tell myself to think outside the box, go for something I wouldn’t normally go for and just try it out. It wasn’t long until I started feeling comfortable in new things and since I haven’t gone back to buying the same thing over and over again.

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I started with buying staple pieces that would go with many colours and styles, and from there I’ve gradually bought quirky bits, like these mustard trousers, to jazz up an outfit. And, by doing this, I think I’ve found my confidence in fashion (*does a little cheer*). Honestly, that feels really good to say that.

The point of this post and my thoughts whilst writing it is to tell you to just for go it. Wear what you want and how you want to wear it. Try new pieces you think “I love that but can I really pull that off?!” and see how it makes you feel.

Of course, I’ve tried so many bits that I loved on the hanger and just looked awful when it’s on. But that’s why everyone has their own style, and finding yours can only be done but trying new things and wearing what you want to wear.

It’s amazing how just a few new pieces in my wardrobe and going out of my comfort zone (just a teeny tiny bit) has made such a difference.

What new styles have you been loving lately?

Megan ♥

 

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As easy as it is to lose motivation, your creative spark or energy, it’s super important to not let it be as easy to just give up.

I assume we’ve all been there. Experiencing that feeling of wanting to curl up in bed, switch on Netflix, light the candles and pretend we have nothing to do (especially with the colder days on their way). BUT it’s just not worth it.

At the beginning of August I hit rock bottom with my creativity flow. I pretty much hit a brick wall. I had the least amount of inspiration I’d had in a long long time and I found it so difficult to even take some photos. The inspiration just wasn’t there and I couldn’t force it, so I gave up daily blogging for a bit and almost felt ready to stop it all for good.

Luckily, I had brain wave, slapped the back of my hand and told myself to stop being so silly. It was just a creative block. It happens and its not forever. Right?

I took it upon myself to take a break, do things to cheer me up and hoped to get my mojo back. It took its sweet time but it came, it worked and I feel better for it.

Why is it so important to just keep going?

Giving up on your dreams sometimes feels a lot easy than keeping going through the tough times. No matter your dream there will be obstacles and those things in the way aren’t always easy to get over, but by keeping going you’ll end up smashing through those walls and getting to the other side. Isn’t it such a good feeling pushing through and getting to where you’d expected? This is exactly why I kept going.

Many times it crossed my mind to just start a new hobby but I just knew deep down that I wouldn’t love and feel more passionate about something else. If what generic amoxil india you’re working towards is something you’re passionate about, something you want to pursue and succeed in then my advice is just keep going.

As Billy Ocean sung, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” and that really is something you have to live by if wanna push through. My parents used to say that line to me and I never really quite understood what it meant. I used to just think it was one of those meaningless sayings. But growing up and thinking about it more, it does say a lot about topics like this.

Taking a break does you good.

I thought that taking breaks were a bad thing. Probably from all those years of watching Friends and Ross and Rachel arguing about “we were on a BREAK” (yes, I still binge watch Friends like I haven’t seen it before and live for that line).

But honestly, it does you the world of good if you’re on that breaking point.

If you’re close to giving up on something, whether it’s a piece of work or a passion, just have a little break, take some you time and switch off. Even if you need an hours breather or a week or two, see how it makes you feel and you may be grateful for that decision.

It did me the world of good and although I didn’t believe that taking some time off would help, I was so wrong.

Gosh, reading that back I feel like I was kinda preaching but it felt so good writing it. From someone that was close to giving up on a passion, a hobby and something I love, this advice is what I told myself, and it worked! Who knows where it might lead in the future but I’m so thankful I just pushed through.

Daily blogging is back and my mojo is in full swing.

Megan ?

 

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With the weather constantly changing and the time of the year nearing autumn, my mood has been changing more than ever. Some days I’m all raring to go and get sh*t done. The next, I’m wanting to curl up in bed and drink tea all day. It really is a constant cycle, one that I was finding it hard to get out of.

On those days I just wanna curl up in bed I have to tell myself there’s more to life than letting your mood reflect the weather outside. I’ve actually made myself excited and prepared for the darker nights to come, the pumpkin spice lattes and cosy blankets.

I think at heart I am a summer girl. I love the sunshine, the mood it makes you in and being able to throw on a dress and flip flops and head straight out of the door. I used to feel confused by those who would say ‘ooh I can’t wait for autumn, all the darker, cosy nights in’. To be totally honest, I’d think they’re a bit confused and wonder why they would happily say goodbye to summer.

Now I’m finally starting to get it. With autumn almost here in just a few weeks I’ve decided this year I’m seeing the seasonal change as a positive and taking it in my stride.

Autumn is coming and, for once, I can’t wait!

So a few days ago I sat down and wrote a list of the things I can’t wait for this coming season and the for that is 1) to get me in the mood and 2) see that there’s joy in every season.

I want to make myself more of an autumn lover. I want to love wearing big cosy knits and colder weather. Bu,t one thing I will never love is being ice-cold weather whilst you’re stuck outside. I love to snuggle up under the covers when it gets to that time though, who doesn’t?

Here are the things I am going to enjoy more this autumn…

01. Sitting under the blankets instead of sitting out in the garden. I have to admit (you may have already gathered) that I absolutely love being warm. If it’s cold outside I don’t mind as long as I’m warm inside. Whether it’s sitting in the hot sunshine or sitting under the blankets watching films, my body just adores warmth. I’m going to embrace the colder weather coming and take full advantage of my new blankets, watch Netflix and drinks lots and lots and lots of tea.

02. One thing I’m going to try and make myself enjoy is being indoors more. Some must think I’m crazy when I say I love to be outside, doing things and getting buy doxycycline hyclate 100mg fresh air. Sometimes, if I have nothing to do I often walk to town even to get a coffee or just have a little look around. Many would think I’m mad and probably much prefer sitting on the sofa binge watching Netflix. Now the autumn is coming I’m going to have to get used to the colder, more miserable weather and enjoy being indoors and snuggling up on the sofa. After all, that’s what the autumnal change is for right?

03. I never used to feel comfortable wearing big knits. A year or so ago I’d be more than happy to wear thinner, tighter clothes and just try to layer them up. More often than not I’d be freezing cold once I was out and about and really regret my decision. Now, I’m all about styling up my wardrobe and I think chunky knitwear is going to be a thing for me this year. I’ve already filled my online shopping baskets up with gorgeous bits, and chunky jumpers/jumper dresses are right up there on my wish list. Get ready for all the autumnal dressing, I’m already working out my outfits.

04. The seasonal Starbucks menu – don’t even get me started. Yes, I am one of those girls who loves a Pumpkin Spice Latte. But seriously, how could you not? The autumn and winter Starbucks menus are my favourite of all and I cannot wait to start sipping on many PSL’s, all day every day if I could.

05. I find being productive a lot easier on those cooler, greyer days. When the sunshine makes an appearance I lose all motivation to do much else other than be outside. So, the autumn months will sure bring back 100% (maybe 90% with all the blanket snuggling and tea drinking) motivation. This is a huge YES for me now that I’m going back to daily blogging.

06. Every single year I buy more and more deep lipsticks and never get round to wearing them very often. This autumn, I want to embrace them. I’m all about fresher face makeup at the minute and I hope this love continues as its easier, quicker and I feel a lot better wearing less face makeup. So, a bold lip or a bold brow is what I want to make a thing this year. I’m going to make sure when I’m heading out I try and pick a different lipstick or gloss over the standard nude. It’s a challenge I’m giving myself and I hope I succeed.

What are you looking forward to this autumn?

Megan ?

 

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Sorry, what? It’s September already?

It’s really not a lie when people say time gets faster the older you get. It feels like a minute since the start of summer and now its just a few short weeks until autumn is officially here. I mean

Anyhow, September for me is always the month that gives me that fresh start feel. It’s even more of a fresh start feel than New Years for me. That’s probably because its the beginning of a new academic year and my brain is just wired to think that way after however many years of school.

Not only is September an exciting time because autumn is approaching, I love feeling back on track after having summer breaks and pretty much relaxing more than I should.

After my holiday in late July I fell out of the daily blogging cycle and only posted very little for me. I blogged everyday for 7 months straight and I think my brain just shut down to tell me I needed a little break. But, I’m back and now September is here it’s even more of a reason to get back on top of things.

With the topic of getting back on track I’ve decided to give myself the challenge of writing up a list of monthly goals I hope to complete by the end of the month. Here goes…

1. Get back in the rhythm of daily blogging. I was at happiest when I was daily blogging I’d say. The past month has been a bit of a drag without it and I haven’t felt nowhere near as inspired as I did during those 7 months. I’m quite a practical and creative person who needs to always be doing something. Daily blogging was my creative outlet that inspired me to not only create and put out content that I loved everyday, but also feel good in myself, and it was something to be proud of.

2. Start yoga, start yoga, start yoga. I repeat this as it’s something I’ve wanted to get back into for months Every week I tell myself to get back into it, then something comes up whilst the class I want to go is on and I never get round to going. SO, this month it’s happening (yes Megan, it really is). Going to the gym regularly is something I do not only for fitness but also for myself. Fitness for me is de-stress and ‘me’ doxycycline 100mg online time so a yoga class added to that routine means even more me time, and I’m not complaining.

3. Make more time for outfit shoots as it’s something I really enjoy but never make time to do. It’s only ever if I go somewhere that I take a few outfits shots. Realistically, I’d love to team up with some fellow bloggers and go for cute days out and take each other pictures. Would be super cute right?

4. Take my skincare seriously again. After my holiday I really slipped up on my skincare and started using less and less. Surprisingly, my skin hasn’t really suffered at all yet but I want to get back into it and put the glow back into my face. I’m on the hunt for some new moisturisers and an eye cream, so any recommendations would be perfect. I’m not one to use a lot of skincare products as I find my skin works better with as little as possible. Overdoing it on the skincare sometimes irritates my skin and makes it breakout. So, I’m on the hunt for new products and finally get in the swing of a new routine.

5. Now that it’s September I think it’s about time I make my wardrobe a bit less summer. During the summer I literally live in my flip-flops and not much else. I love being able to throw on a dress and head out the door. But now I’m more into fashion than I’ve ever been, I’m so excited to revamp my wardrobe and add a few new staples. September is the perfect time for new things and a new wardrobe and a few new accessories is definitely on the cards. Really, this is on my goals list so I start looking around for bits now and give myself time to find some clothes I really fall in love with. Investment pieces are my new fave! This also pairs perfectly with wanting to go on more outfit shoots. New clothes means more to share, right?

What monthly goals are you setting yourself?

Megan ?

 

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Testing out new beauty brands and products isn’t the easiest thing to do when you’ve have to splash the cash and sometimes it’s a risk I hate to take. It’s quite often I’ll go into a store, pick up a few new products I like the look of and after 5 minutes of thinking about them I put them back.

A year or so ago I used to have no worries buying new makeup all the time until I realised it was really draining my bank account and I decided that I didn’t need new makeup every week. I bet some of you have felt the same in the past. It’s quite often I’d even not get round to using all the new products I’ve bought. It was a whole waste of money. Now, with beauty box subscriptions on the rise you don’t have to have that worry.

I find beauty boxes a great way to discover many new brands at once, and with boxes like Latest In Beauty, you even get to choose the products you want to try. This one is my first ever Latest In Beauty box, so not only will I cover everything I chose and why, I’ll tell you exactly what I think to the service!

I’ve had a bit of an issue with some beauty boxes in the past where I wasn’t satisfied with certain products in the box each month. Some were products I’d never even think to use and some just didn’t work for me, but with this I knew I’d be satisfied as I got to chose the goodies.

I started off my search on their website with products that had the best reviews and also brands I’ve always wanted to try. This included Philosophy, Oskia, Mitchell and Peach and Omorovicza.

I’m not going to lie, it took me a good old while choosing the products as there were so many good ones to choose from. I whittled it down after half hour (maybe a hour of browsing, oops) and here is what I went for:

Skincare

Carmex Peach & Mango Moisturising Lip Balm

Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel

Philosophy Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser for the Face and Eyes

Mitchell and Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil

Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream

Bio Cellulose Facial Mask Treatment

Oskia Renaissance Mask

Makeup

MUA Twelfth Night Palette

A few ‘me time’ treats

Kneipp Back Comfort Herbal Bath Oil

OPI Nail Varnish Mini in Love Applause

Philosophy Amazing Grace Scent

I definitely fell head over heels after researching into Philosophy, as you can tell I picked a lot of products from their range. My most favourite product from them has to be the Amazing Grace Shower Gel, not only does it smell incredible it leaves your skin lingering with the scent for ages. I do love a good indulgent shower gel.

The Carmex Lip Balm smells so good you could eat it and the OPI Nail Varnish was a product I used as soon as getting it out of the box – cute colour right?

For those pamper nights we all adore, I highly recommend the Kneipp Back Comfort Oil to put into a warm bath followed my the Bio Cellulose sheet mask to soak up all your worries. Kneipp is a brand I hadn’t heard of at all before and now I’ve been introduced to this product I don’t think I’ll be going back. I sometimes suffer with an aching back and this seems to sort me out after every time I use it!

Also, an eye shadow palette in a beauty box? How darn generous! This MUA Twelfth Night Palette is certainly one I’ll be using throughout the fall. The metallic shades are actually so much creamier and pigmented than I expected. Again, a brand I’ve used bits of but never a shadow palette. I just love being introduced to new beauty bits.

Out of the 11 products I got to choose 9. The Philosophy Fragrance and Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser was very kindly sent complimentary and added such a nice touch when I opened and saw what was inside. They also included a post card with ‘Beauty Is My Duty’ on the front, one I’ll definitely be using in my pictures!

Take a look at the Latest In Beauty box deals they offer here. There’s a few deals to choose from depending how many new products you’d love to try – no fixed price is a great way for you to either get a taste of their service or the full shabang!

This box deal with 9 products inside costs £18.00 per month, with free delivery.

Honestly, I think this box could become a new obsession!

What brands would you love to try?

Megan ?

 

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Happy Wednesday my loves.

Today’s post is getting me all excited for the weekend again as it’s about something I love doing at the weekends – eating lots and lots of good food.

Not so long ago I booked my and my best friend in for an Afternoon Tea at the Balthazar London in Covent Garden. I searched the Internet for hours and hours for afternoon teas with a bit of a twist. There were tonnes of Disney inspired ones, London themed but never before had I seen a beauty one, so of course I was all over it. I haven’t seen many (if any at all) afternoon teas themed around the beauty world. So, if like me you love all things beauty and everything food, you may be ready to book at the end of this. Get prepared for the drool worthy food.

What caught my eye was that it was Bobbi Brown inspired. With many afternoon teas in London being focused on a theme, I just had to book this one in and was the perfect celebration meal.

Bobbi Brown is a brand I grew up adoring and still love today and fortunately, the tea translated the brands elegance and class.

The venue was one I hadn’t been to before, and now know they are super popular in Covent Garden. The restaurant was quite busy as it was a sunny Saturday afternoon that we went, but we were sat towards the back in a quieter part of the restaurant at the back on the most gorgeous plush red leather sofas. From that moment, I knew the tea was going to be all class and sophistication, which is exactly what I’d hoped for seeing as it was a treat for a friend. Also, it’s good to be prim and proper every once in a while, eh?

I’d seen some pictures of the food on the tea menu before going (I’m one of those who can’t go anywhere without stalking the Instagram and the menu about 50 times beforehand), and it really lived up to what it showed online.

For those who suffer with any allergies such as dairy or gluten, there’s no need to have concerns about this afternoon tea. I know how much of a bummer it can be when they don’t offer free from foods! Balthazar understood my gluten sensitivity straight away and did everything they could to make sure I was happy. They made each of the cakes gluten free, the scones, the bread and also went to the length of giving me my own cream, jam and new cutlery for the scones so I didn’t doxycycline have to mix it with my friends.

Now, onto whats included because I know you’re all here to drool…

Each of the cakes were made to look like some of the most famous Bobbi Brown products. I know, incredible! They were almost too pretty to eat.

The cakes that were served on my plate were all gluten free and I had a mix of everything. My favourite was the Pecan & Jasmine ‘Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow’ Macaroon – it was heaven in my mouth I tell you. The Blueberry & Lemon ‘Smokey Eye Mascara’ was a thin chocolate roll filled with the most delicious whipped cream. I devoured this in about three mouthfuls I’d say and could’ve happily ate 5 more.

Balthazar took into consideration my sensitivity and swapped the Rhubarb & Ginger ‘Shimmer Brick’ for a mouth-watering gluten free strawberry and cream tart. Whipped cream and fruit on a dessert is my go to, so I was so happy when they brought this little beauty out. Then there was a Coco-Citrus ‘Extra Rinse Balm’ Cheesecake with a gluten free shortbread base. Stupidly, I left this till last and couldn’t finish it but it was so good I took the rest home (naughty, but nice).

The rest of the Afternoon Tea included scones (mine being gluten-free and so tasty) with clotted cream and strawberry jam, followed by a selection of sandwiches, of which I chose the vegetarian option. They weren’t the plain old cucumber sandwiches either. Balthazar whipped up some chickpea and mint, egg and spicy mayo and sweet red pepper fillings. To die for I tell ya.

Of course, the food came with a choice of tea, mine being breakfast (my fave!).

With the deal I originally had planned to get a free complimentary Bobbi Brown lesson. Unfortunately this deal was no longer running by the time we got round to booking it, which was quite a few months later, but instead they gave us a complimentary glass of champagne that was the perfect touch. Again, quite amazing service!

I would totally recommend any food and beauty lovers to come and try this out. It really won’t disappoint. I’d eat it ten times over if I could!

If you’d like to have a look, the Balthazar x Bobbi Brown tea is available to book here. Quite a bargain for a themed London Afternoon Tea to!

Do you have any Afternoon Tea recommendations? I’m always on the hunt for new food spots in London!

Megan ?

 

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Luxurious bath products are something I don’t use very often. As much as I’d love to use them every single day, I like to keep them to pamper myself. I don’t know about you but I just love a good pamper in the bath, as it allows me to get some down time and is the perfect excuse to zone out. I typically do this once a week or so depending on how I feel and let me tell you about some products I’ve been using lately.

Ted Baker recently launched their Porcelain Rose Collection*, a beautiful array of bath and body care products that scream summer to me. There are 3 different and new pretty ranges to choose from, Pretty Pearl, Opulent Petal and Blush Pink, and with this there is a fragrance to suit every one – cute right? I’ve been lusting over the Blush Pink range* that boasts beautiful bath and body care products.

This particular fragrance is full of floral notes and is also entwined with subtle notes of cassis with sparkling grapefruit, mandarin and mango. It honestly smells like a summer holiday cocktail, so much so that is has me dreaming of a sunny holiday every time I use it. It also has musky undertones of patchouli, neroli and jasmine, which adds sophistication to the scent.

The Blush Pink products are available individually or in a gift set. Here, I have the gift set that contains 3 out of the 7 beautiful Blush Pink products. First up is my absolute buy amoxicillin without rx favourite product, the Body Wash. I do love a good luxurious body wash and this one not only smells amazing, it leaves your skin incredibly soft and hydrated. After the bath I lather on the Body Soufflé, a whipped and lightweight body moisturiser that locks in hydration from the Body Wash and leaves your skin silky smooth. This combination is heaven after you’ve shaved your legs to! Once I’m all cosy in my PJ’s I spritz the Body Spray on me. This is so fine it’s almost like a body mist and leaves your skin lingering with the most gorgeous floral cocktail scent. I always feel so glamorous after using this, and I also use this throughout the day sometimes to for a freshen up.

What’s even better about this range is that its super luxurious yet affordable. The rose gold detailing on the products gives the range that luxurious feel even though it’s such a reasonable price. Prices range from £3-9 for single products up to £25 for gorgeous gift sets.

This gift set also comes with the most beautiful travel size beauty bag. I’ve been after a sturdy beauty bag for sometime so that I can transport all my goodies and this is the perfect size. It’s coated with a silky fabric that adds such class to the bag and its design is stunning.

You can purchase this along with the other ranges online and in-store at Boots.

What luxury bath products do you use for a pamper session?

Megan ?

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The past few weeks have been quite a whirlwind for me. The biggest thing that happened last month was handing in my dissertation and finishing University. It does terrify me thinking how fast 3 years have whizzed past, but since finishing I’ve finally been able to have some quality time for myself. You know what that means, there has been a fair few bits I’ve been loving, want to see?

First up has to be the sunshine. I know it comes and goes in this unpredictable English weather, but since the sun has been shining a bit more it makes me super excited for the summer months ahead. The sun just makes everything a bit more positive and makes me want to get out and be more active. It also inspires me to get more out of my day and with the longer daylight hours.

Summer fragrances. For the beauty section this month my most favourite has to be fragrances. I’m usually one for using the same perfume day in day out, but lately I’ve been switching it up almost everyday. I do have a larger collection than last year and it’s nice to pick and choose depending on my mood. A must have for the past few spring like weeks has to be the latest edition to Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb Range called Bloom*. This fragrance is so light, floral and feminine and sits so well with a fresh warm day. You can read more about it here. I just think summer perfumes are so fun and so many bring back summer holiday memories.

Speaking of light and fresh summer beauty products, I’ve been loving wearing more minimal makeup as well as being fresh faced. I am a sucker for dewy skin and for this I love the Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Range. For everyday I use the Fix Hyaluronic Shot, which is a super lightweight serum that boosts your skins hydration levels and leaves you with super soft and glowy skin. I also love to use their Serum and Cleansing Pads. I find this range is full of quick fix products that are also affordable and incredible quality.

This past month or so I’ve been really getting into my exercise and going to the gym regularly. For me, exercise is a way to unwind and de-stress and is the main buy amoxicillin online uk reason I go 5/6 times a week. It helps me focus and without it I can become quite uninspired, even going for a long walk helps me clear my head and gather my thoughts. Exercise doesn’t always have to be painful and vigorous either. I change my exercises up quite a bit and try different techniques from stretching and yoga to heavy weights. It’s good to change up your workout routine as 1) you won’t get bored and 2) you can find out what works best for you.

Journalling. I bought myself a gorgeous diary last month in the sale at Homesense, a bit late in the year I know, but it’s so pretty I couldn’t resist for just £5 when originally it was £40. It comes with separate notes sections as well as inspiring words and quotes, and it’s really helped me organise my blog schedule as well as write ideas down and journal my everyday thoughts. I always enjoy using pretty stationary to, so if you’re looking for one to I’d recommend heading to Homesense or TK Maxx.

Although I don’t dress up that often, I’ve really been obsessed with heeled mules. Over the past month or so I’ve actually bought quite a few and they just make me want to get dressed up and head out somewhere fancy for the day. What I love about heeled mules is that you can dress them up or down and they look so classic. There are so many variations out there at the minute, and I’m constantly searching ASOS for some new ones. I just can’t get enough.

In terms of food I’ve been loving, because how can I talk about my favourite things without mentioning food, are breakfast bowls. Now that the mornings are a lot lighter I’ve been enjoying making fresher and lighter breakfasts, such as fruit bowls and various granola combinations. I’m one of those that will go to bed at night dreaming of my breakfast and I get so happy when I can finally eat it. Changing up my breakfasts actually makes me enjoy eating early to, and I find breakfast the most important and enjoyable meal of the day now!

What have you been loving lately?

Megan ?

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With the long and very needed Easter weekend just gone, I thought what better time than to share with you my favourite ways to get a bit of down time at the weekends. I don’t work full-time but I am mid dissertation, daily blogging, part-time working and for some reason always busy – there’s never really a moment I stop and have a long time to take some down time. But, when I do it feels so good.

I’m one to always have a busy schedule, I like it that way, but down time is super important to keep your brain in check and not feel like too much is on your plate. If you’re like me and love a busy schedule, make sure you give yourself some ‘you time’, it really helps me focus for what’s ahead. Relaxation is key to stop my brain from constantly ticking. So, let’s get into my favourite ways to get some weekend down time.

Switch off

Being quite the phone addict and also needing to be on it a lot for blogging, I do try and switch off from technology when I can. By that I mean my phone and social media, as with down time I like to watch catch up or YouTube. Switching off your phone or just putting it to the side is actually the thing for me that makes the biggest world of difference. Even an hour or two with it out of the way and not keep checking for notifications is more therapeutic than it might sound. This is the number one thing I do when I need to zone out and focus on getting some me time. It’s also something I do when spending time with friends or loved ones, I just pop it in my bag and not let it be a distraction.

A good old cuppa T

I am a big tea lover, more than I ever was before. Recently I’ve also got into drinking fruit and herbal teas, so I am building quite the selection. When I want an hour or two to myself the first thing I do is make a good cuppa tea. Also, if you’re buy ventolin asthma inhalers feeling a bit down I always think a cup of warm tea just makes the day that bit better.

Soaking it all up

After a long and stressful week, I always think its time for a good pamper. I do like to shower but there’s nothing more relaxing than a long soak in the bath. To make it extra special I usually use some luxury soaks or Lush products and have a candle-lit bath and close my eyes. A big old bubble bath does indeed soak up all the stress and gives you space to think. I like to switch on YouTube, put a facemask on and take in my cup of tea if I feel like it to, it’s like making my own little mini spa.

Good food is good for the heart

During the week I like to stick to quite a healthy routine with my diet, especially with going to the gym. But when it gets to the weekends I let go a little and I think good food really is the way to make you happy. I love visiting cute little coffee shops/cafes during the weekends if I come across any, as they do the scrummiest food and I adore finding new and unique places. Exploring and venturing out is also a favourite way of mine to get some down time, it takes your head away from the busy week and helps me breathe.

Catching up

As I said, I love to catch up with series or YouTube during those moments I’m craving a bit of me time. However, catching up means with anything you’ve been missing out on. If you love to read blogs or meet up with friends, the weekends are made for that. I always make sure I have something planned at the weekend that’ll allow me to get dressed and take time with my makeup before heading out and doing something. Even if it means popping to town to pick up some bits or have a stroll and grab a coffee, catching up with yourself will help you feel ready for the next week ahead.

What are your favourite ways to get some weekend down time?

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Being in my early 20’s has been different in many ways than I thought. Your teenage years bring about a lot of unneeded stress, which you can look back on now and just laugh about. How did I stress about the littlest things? Nobody knows. The second decade of your life is quite scary for many reasons and life starts to speed up more than you expect it to. So guess what? I’ve decided to make some life changes that I’m willing to stick to.

I’m no longer willing to let life pile on top of me or feel tired and down when I don’t need to. Being mature enough to make your own life changes really feels quite precious, as you’ve got no voices in your ear holes trying to change your life for you. For once I feel like I got me, I got this.

So here are the life changes I’m making and sticking to…

DOING THINGS FOR ME

In my teenage years I wasn’t exactly depended on in any way, I just always felt I had to please everyone else around me before focusing on myself first. Now I’m like no, no, no, why on earth did I do that? I’m not saying I’m putting myself first, but when it comes to things I want to do, I’m not willing to let anyone get in the way of it and change my mind. If I wanna do it, I’m gonna do it.

Your 20’s does indeed come with a lot of maturity, if you’re willing to mature that is, and taking responsibility for yourself is number one on my list. I mean, I am the only person who needs to worry what I’m doing, right? We all need to make our own choices and make ourselves happy and content.

BEING AMBITIOUS

A few years back when I was finishing my A-Levels I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. At that point I didn’t even know if I wanted to go to University, and oh my am I glad I made the right choice. I’m now at the end of finishing a Bachelor’s degree and University in a subject I love and adore and I couldn’t be happier.

15 year old me was told she could do great things but never believed in herself, so now I’m making up for that. I still don’t have the slightest idea what future career I see myself settling into, but all that counts right now whilst still being young is that I’m ambitious. I need to set myself goals that I used to think buy accutane 20mg were impossible and believe in myself until I get there.

Take blogging for example, never in a million years did I think I’d still be doing it now and working with amazing people. Believing in yourself is key at any age, so I say start now.

CHANGING MY EATING HABITS

I don’t really believe in diets and I never have. I’ve never really been a really bad eater as such, and I’m not saying it’s bad to be, but I’ve just changed into someone who wants to eat cleaner than she did before. I never really fussed about what was in food and I’m not now, but I’m interested in trying out new foods, natural foods and more and to understand what it takes to make decent, healthy and fun meals.

I still love snacking and I still love my bad foods, but I’ve had a lot of inspiration and motivation the past few months to go out of my comfort zone and try cleaner eating and I’ve enjoyed it. I no longer feel down on my energy levels or feel sluggish, so I take it this is what’s best for me! Trying new foods has made me into wanting to cook and experiment more to, which is more fun than I imagined. More frequent exercise has helped me along the way as well into getting the body I want, and the gym for me now is enjoyable. You just gotta push yourself!

P.S. junk food is still allowed when I want it! Crisps and pizza calms the soul.

BEING MORE OF A POSITIVE POLLY

Growing up and especially during your ‘stroppy teenage’ years, life and everything around you gets seen through some ‘negative nelly spectacles’. I scrapped this attitude as soon as I realised it just isn’t fun. Seeing everything as a negative can actually be quite tiring and just make you miserable.

Now I’ve matured and have my many responsibilities, I see life in a whole new way. I’ve been told my attitude has changed towards life in quite the most positive way possible and I’m sticking to it. When something sticky happens just think of the positive ways out and resolve them the best you can. There’s no need to faff around and make life harder for myself, it’s just not worth it. Every now and then I just step back and take a breather, it makes this whole Positive Polly thing a whole lot easier.

I’M WEARING

Jacket | Topshop

Tee | Primark

Glasses | Quay Australia

Jeans | Missguided

Shoes | COS

Bag | La Moda

Have you decided to make any life changes at a certain age?

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life balance

Just recently I’ve felt more organised than ever, and if I wasn’t then my life would be a complete mess. I’m currently in third year at University, so I’m mid dissertation and soon to finish. On top of that I work part time everyday during the week and daily blog. That’s just three of the things I have to keep up with. It can be quite stressful and of course very time consuming, but there are ways around balancing it all.

Life balance is a tough one. Everyday activities such as exercise, getting ready and eating are all time consuming enough, but it has to all be done. I love lying my head down at night knowing I’ve achieved everything I needed to, otherwise I don’t get a great sleep and then the following day is set for disaster.

Todo lists are my thing and it is one of the most satisfying things to tick everything off and take some down time in the evening. In with all this stuff I have to get done, I absolutely love going to the gym (that’s something I never thought I’d say!). It’s the one thing I know helps keep me motivated. I now go regularly, usually around 4-6 times a week and I think that’s what keeps me going. As well as the gym, eating healthier means I’ve changed my lifestyle and it’s kept me on my toes and gives me more energy. I’m not saying buy amoxicillin 500mg exercise is the only option, but having a productive hobby is what I’m saying helps. If like me you’re juggling many things at once, it’s important to balance it all with doing things you love. If that means taking time to sit down and read, or even go for a walk or having a soak in the tub, then so be it. You need that down time for all the times you’re up and running around.

Another thing, never push yourself to do more than you can manage. I used to do this a heck of a lot and is what sends you into that mind of not being motivated. If you have a lot of things on your plate, prioritise certain things as there’s only so much one human can manage.

Life balance and being able to manage it is all about making time for the things you love doing. It keeps you occupied and then you when it comes to do the boring bits, such as work, then it doesn’t seem so bad. It’s a reason I took up daily blogging, I know it means more work but I actually enjoy it and class it as ‘me time’. It also gets my creative flow going for University work and thinking about my future.

Work at your own pace and do little things for yourself, that’s what balance is all about.

What do you do to keep your life in check?

Megan ?

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