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Thursday, 31 August 2017

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

Now that I've got used to the good old British weather (she says begrudgingly) I've had to get used to living in jeans again. When you've been used to living in shorts or just a bikini, it feels pretty criminal to be hiding your legs away. But I've slowly been discovering old wardrobe favourites that I've forgotten about and pairing them with new favourites. There's nothing like having a shopping spree in your own wardrobe when you're broke!


THE BALLERINA NECKLACE


Firstly, let's start off with the star of the show- this little Ted Baker ballerina necklace. This was kindly sent to me and was my first piece of blogger mail since returning home yay! Those who've known me for a while will know that I've been dancing since I started walking. My mum teaches ballet so when I was younger I loved going to the ballet and couldn't wait to get my first pair of pointe shoes! This is a long necklace but I've looped it around my neck twice to get a layered necklace look, and the ballerina charm is just so adorable! The detail is amazing, from the moveable arms and legs to the little black net tutu. She even has little pointe shoes on her feet!! You can buy it from Jewellery4 here.

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

THE FLARE SLEEVE TOP


Next is this awesome mink flare sleeve top from New Look that I actually ended up taking with me travelling. It became my go-to evening top that I paired with black Levi shorts. It kept the mosquitos at bay while keeping me cool and looking great! I also found that the colour looked just as good when I had a tan than when I didn't, great for when you're travelling for a long period of time and trying to work your clothes as hard as possible. It also hasn't lost its shape too much after many hand washes and laundrette washes.

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

THE BLACK JEANS


I mean, who doesn't own a pair of classic skinny black jeans?! They are versatile, slimming and look good with pretty much everything! I decided to take a blue pair of jeans away with me as I knew black would have me sweating if the sun suddenly decided to heat things up in New Zealand. Since I've been back I've been practically living in these, and after wearing them so much they've still kept their shape and elasticity! Good old H&M.

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

THE FLORAL TRAINERS

And lastly, let's talk about these trainers! Mum very kindly bought them for me as a belated birthday present and I have since fallen completely in love with New Look trainers! They are so comfy and are a great alternative to Converse without the price tag. Also, the floral trend isn't going anywhere, so I know I'll be wearing these for a long time. But I'll let you into a little secret- these are from the kid's section! If you have a shoe size up to 6 (or more in some shops) you can get awesome shoes for less of the price as you don't pay tax on kids shoes and clothes. 

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

NEW LOOK MINK FLARE SLEEVE TOP
NEW LOOK TEENS FLORAL TRAINERS

photos by Lauren Evie

I cannot wait to get back to shopping again but in the mean time, these current wardrobe favourites will get me by. Let's just say my wishlist on ASOS is getting pretty full! Is there anything you're loving wearing at the moment? Also, I'm guessing a lot of you will be cracking out the jumpers as it's the first of September tomorrow, and that means AUTUMN! However much I love summer, I always get excited for this time of year to get back into my fave jumpers and add some more to my collection...

Gx


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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Fixing Up My Skincare

Fixing Up My Skincare

Since I've returned from backpacking, I've truly come to realise how much your body changes while travelling. For a start, you will lose weight, regardless of your metabolism and how much you eat! In Asia especially, portion sizes are smaller and you soon get used to this as your stomach shrinks. You're also going to be doing a lot of walking in sauna like temperatures which will shed the pounds.

As well as hair (which I will be touching on in an upcoming post), your skin takes a massive hit. Getting minimal sleep from long distance travel, moving continuously between air conditioning and 30-degree heat, and dipping in and out of salt water and sand equals dry, dull skin. So while you may be coming back with a glorious tan, your skin is crying out for some well-earned pampering. 

Now I'm back home, I've been fixing up my skincare using this pairing from Nip+Fab No Needle Fix range. I started using them before I went away, so was really happy to get them back into my skincare routine. These anti-aging products help reduce the wear and tear from neglecting your skin, as well as reducing dark circles and wrinkles. Perfect for my skin after taking a beating for 5 months!

The SPF moisturiser has a really nice consistency, but is oil based so make sure you give it a good shake before using! The oil, however, doesn't make your skin greasy and sinks into it really well. It also gives a slight shimmer to the skin, perfect for doubling up as a primer! After using this I found my skin looked rejuvenated and a lot more supple than it had been during the trip. This is perfect if you have sensitive skin but need your moisturiser to work hard for you.

The eye cream is probably my favourite out of the two, mainly because it is lasting me forever!! A little goes a long way, and still gives you a moisture hit that helps reduce puffy eyes. I normally use a little above and under my eyes every night, and sometimes in the morning if my eyes are looked especially tired. I've recently had another flare-up of eczema around my eyes and this has really been helping to depuff my eyes in the morning (if any of you have any tips on treating eczema around your eyes, send them my way)!

Fixing Up My Skincare

Fixing Up My Skincare



While fitting a bit more me time into my days, I'm adding fixing up my skin care as one of them! Because who doesn't love an at home facial to finish off the evening?! 

Gx


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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Returning From 5 Months Travelling: Feeling Lost and Starting Over

Returning From 5 Months Travelling: Feeling Lost and Starting Over

I guess another hello is in order! The last I spoke to you was 4 months ago, which in terms of my history of consistency is pretty tragic, but also not surprising. I've been away, you see. But if you stuck around this blog and my social, you would know this already. Instagram has become my happy place of traveling spam and is one place I've really loved using whilst I've been away. It's become a place of showing memories that I will probably never forget for as long as I live. It's also been amazing to speak to fellow travelers and pick up tips and recommendations. But one thing that it did most importantly was to make me feel close to home even though I was sometimes over 11,000 miles away! Home seemed like a strange place to me, I felt I still had my roots buried in the English countryside but I was being pulled away to rainforests and elephants, mountains ranges and deep oceans. 

But after a while, I started to settle into the life of a traveler. I became accustomed to packing up my belongings every 3 days to travel to a new place- on the rare occasions we stayed for longer I spread my stuff out like I was unpacking at home! I got used to getting minimal hours of sleep when traveling overnight on buses and trains and found small glimpses of familiarity in bustling cities and tiny villages. 

It was the scariest thing I've ever done, but it also changed my life.

Dramatic, yet completely and utterly true! If you talk to anyone who has been traveling for a long period of time, they will tell you exactly the same thing. It plants that seed of wanderlust inside of you. If you feel like you have wanderlust from a 2 week holiday, the overwhelming feeling you have when you come back from backpacking for 5 months beats that completely. Since returning, I've nearly broken down in tears because I miss where I've been so much. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge 'home bird', and I couldn't wait to come home to see all my family and friends. The feeling that caught me off guard was a sadness- sadness that I was no longer discovering new, beautiful, awe-inspiring places every day. Sadness that the freedom we had to spend our days how we wished without a care in the world apart from keeping safe was no more. 

I think this is quite a common feeling with fellow backpackers. You know that as soon as you get home, the stresses of your everyday life will slowly creep back. However, I feel that my time away has also given me a new drive for life, and to continue that magic feeling of wanderlust back at home. Sounds strange, right? Well, I live in a beautiful country that I've probably not seen more than 10% of. As well as doing days out, I want to do weekends away in the UK as well as traveling abroad. While I have 0 pennies to my name, I want to try camping (we've got a pretty darn good tent so we might as well make use of it)! I hope these little excursions will keep feeding the wanderlust in me until I can save up enough for another big trip.

So, what can you expect from me from now on? I will still be sharing my love for fashion, beauty, and acting, but alongside that I will talk a lot more about travel (of course) and different lifestyle genres like fitness, cooking and homeware (there are a couple of exciting things happening in my life that are inspiring this, that you will hear more about soon).

I can't wait to tell you more about my trip and share some of the amazing places and events I experienced. Thank you as always for sticking around, and here's to more travels on the horizon!

If you want you hear me speak about this some more, check out this video all about starting over after backpacking.



Gx



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