Saturday, 31 December 2016

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I am not really a believer of new years resolutions. I believe you can use any time to change your life or try something new. However, I am very aware that people see the new year as a fresh start, and a time to 'try again', so rather than set unrealistic resolutions, here's what I aim to achieve in 2017.

-Drink more water.

Pretty self-explanatory but instead of starting my day with two coffees, I want to start with two coffees and a glass of water.

- Buy less shit

I am such a good saver but over the last few months, I've saved less and spent more money on clothes. Of course, I love clothes and won't give this up completely as it's not realistic but putting money aside for a holiday (or something similar) will be more beneficial.

- Finish year one of my masters degree

Show up. Complete the assignments. Probably cry a bit. Probably stress out a bit. Probably laugh a bit. Make it through to July.

- Keep on doing what I'm doing

You know what, 2016 wasn't bad at all for me and god forbid I say this as a female in today's society, but I actually like who I am, and what I do. So I just want to keep on, keeping on. Enjoy the ride, live in the moment and see where life takes me.

Happy New Year everyone. Stay safe and have a good one!
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2016 Summary

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

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I know everyone is thinking 2016 has been one of the most disastrous years so far but for me personally, 2016 as arguably been the best year of my life.

I spent January - April, volunteering and travelling in Sri Lanka. It was one of life's most amazing learning experiences, and if I could go back and do it all again, I would. I met my now best friend on this trip, I swam in the most amazing waters, climbed a mountain and just learned to appreciate life 1000000x more than I did beforehand.

I then came home and spent my summer working for my other best friend. A bittersweet experience but a huge learning curve in terms of helping me understand my chosen career path. During this time I also rejoined a musical theatre society, and started rehearsing for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I also went to Edinburgh to see Nicole and V Festival with my friend Kitty, which was amazing!

September was when I started my MA in social work. It's been hard going, time has flown and to be honest, I don't know how I've made it to December without falling into a hibernation sleep. But as hard as it is (and trust me, I thought with a first class degree, it would be a piece of cake. WRONG.), I love every minute of it. I also performed on stage again, met some more amazing people and just loved life in general.

October - December has flown by in a blink of an eye. I was cast as Cinderella, which I'm performing next month! I've been to London, Sheffield, blogged, shopped, been to Uni, went to Scarefest, eaten out, walked miles on Pokemon GO.. you name it, I've done it.

2016 is probably the best year of my life because I decided to start living it and say yes.
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Friction Free Shaving

Monday, 26 December 2016

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Here's something you wouldn't know about me. I hate having hairy legs. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with letting hair grow, I'm just not that person. I'm the girl who shaves throughout the whole of winter whilst most are hiding away under leggings and thick socks. Part of me wishes I didn't bother, but I do.

I've read a lot about Friction Free Shaving recently, and when I realised they're based only 10 minutes from my house, I got in touch wondering if they wanted to collab (and they did!). I think this company is actually fabulous - they have designed a subscription box with a razor blade and 4 new blades in, for maximum £7 a month which is a bargain.

There are 3 blades to choose from; Faye, Franke (3 blades) and Samantha (5 blades).  The one pictured is Samantha, and it's rose gold so obviously this is a winner already. This razor is £7 per month but you can cancel whenever you want, so you aren't tied down to anything!

I didn't know this but you're supposed to change your blade each week - however I'm a cheapskate so that's not happened thus far. Replacing your razor is so much more hygienic though and this is an affordable way of doing it!

I was also sent some coconut shaving cream, and no joke, my legs have never been smoother. This combination is honestly the best I've ever come across for silky legs.

I know, I know, this is a sponsored post. But honestly, I LOVE this product and the subscription element. Even my stepdad is debating on subscribing despite it being a female brand. This is definitely something I'd try out!
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'Twas the night before Christmas..

Saturday, 24 December 2016

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Before you all head offline to see family members, buy those final few presents and watch Christmas films, I just wanted to take the chance to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and thank you for reading this little blog. I sincerely mean it when I say that it means the world to me when someone stops by; this blog is about helping others and creating a bit of happiness, so if I've achieved that with just one person, then I am also happy. I hope your festive season is filled with love and happiness, and I hope you all stay safe.

Have a good one guys and I'll see you on the other side!

P.S Happy Birthday Auntie Carol! xx

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Christmas thoughts

Sunday, 18 December 2016

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I haven't done an eating disorder post on here in forever.

But, I think it's important to acknowledge that Christmas is perhaps the hardest time of year for some. I know it was for me when I was overwhelmed by an eating disorder so I wanted to write about it.

I don't know how many Christmases this will be since recovering. I think the lines between ill and recovered are extremely blurry but this definitely isn't the first one, and the further along I go, the more I realise that Christmas isn't actually about food.

I know, I know - easy for me to say now. There's turkey to buy, boxes of celebrations, quality street and roses open, minces pies being eaten. There's advent calendars every morning, mulled wine being poured and Grandad's snoring in a food coma at 4pm on Christmas day. Not about food, Samantha?

No, actually it's not. Of course, I can see how it can be. I know there will be hundreds of people planning how to eat as little as possible with Nan forcing more roast potatoes on your plate. I know some of you will be panicking, wondering how you can escape to the toilet without anyone noticing. Can I go for the 6 mile run this morning? I can burn x amount for everyone gets up? How? If? But? Why?

I've been there. It's hard. Really f*cking hard. But what I've realised is that your loved ones actually just want you to be happy on Christmas day. They know that you probably won't accept a chocolate offer or want to eat those roast potatoes, but they offer because you'll take offence if they leave you out. They probably don't care if you leave pudding because they are too interested in how many helpings they can now have as a result. They are more happy knowing that you're at the dinner table with them for the first time all year, and you're joining in with that game of monopoly.

When I think back, it was me who put pressure on myself to be perfect on Christmas day. But what even is that? Is eating one million calories on Christmas day perfect? If it is, then I don't do that now either, mostly because it's uncomfortable! I enjoy myself more because I join in. I'm there and I'm present. For me, Christmas isn't about food but rather love, family and giving.

I hope it can be for you too.
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Christmas with Caseapp & Giveaway!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

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There's something about a new case, isn't there? Whether it's for you iPhone, laptop or tablet, a new case makes me feel like a sassy business woman.

If you're still stuck for Christmas gifts, a new case could be the perfect thing. Case app recently got in touch with me, and ever since my previous collab with them, I've loved their products.

This time though, I thought I'd design a phone case for my iPhone 6s and a MacBook skin as a present. Case app allows you to either choose a template design or upload your own so I went onto pinterest and fell in love with this image. I'm currently using a Cinderella phone case for obvious reasons but as soon as the show is over, I'll be using this one!

For the MacBook skin, I choose this black marble one which is already available on the Case app website, but added some initials in the corner to make it more personalised. I really like how it's turned out and I know the recipient does too!

I was actually sent two of these phone cases so as a little thank you to you guys, I shall be giving one 'more issues than vogue' case away as a Christmas present! The giveaway is open to anyone living in the UK, and I shall draw the winner on Christmas day. If you win and would like me to email you, make sure you leave your email in the comments :)

Also if you want to make your own, case app are giving my readers 20% off with code KNOWNOW20 :)

*post was done in collaboration with
case app but all views are my own!
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Christmas time in Sheffield

Sunday, 11 December 2016

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2 weekends to go, and this weekend I've been up north to see how Sheffield does Christmas.

I couldn't help myself with this shot - Greys anatomy anyone?

I'll be honest, I don't have many local friends any more. Illness, university moves and travelling has left me with friends here, there and everywhere. However, it's not something I resent. In fact, someone said I live a cosmopolitan lifestyle, the other day, and I'll take that!

So, yesterday I went to visit a friend who I spent three months of my time with when I was in Sri Lanka. She lives near Sheffield, and as I've never been to Sheffield, I thought it was about time I did.

In terms of what we did, well we didn't do much. I've done all of my Christmas shopping now and didn't fancy carrying anything else so although we went around all of the city shops, I didn't buy anything. We did, however, eat sushi, marvel at all of the Christmas decorations, drink tea and talk all day long. Pure bliss.

I still haven't been to Meadowhall but neither one of us wanted to brave that at this time of year, so it gives me another reason to go back! Sheffield overall though, is like no other city I've ever been to. It felt more like a village - a really large village - so worth stopping by if you haven't before.
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Christmas Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

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I'm back with another gift guide today, but this time it's more specific!

I've finished and wrapped all of my Christmas gifts now but I've been talking to more women recently, and these things come out near the top of the list!

Benefit make up seems to be a real winner this year, especially their concealers. I also think the Urban Decay Naked Palette is a lovely one for anyone who is addicted to rose gold like I am. MAC lipsticks are always a lovely treat for women too!

In terms of washing/skin care, I think soap & glory, and burt's bee's have nailed this year and I'm currently loving the banana hand cream from Burt's Bee's - it smells delicious.

Finally, for anyone in need of new hair products, these copper ghd's are stunning. I don't even need new ghd's but wouldn't complain if I received these! And lastly, there are some really great hairdryers on the market this year, and obviously this is an essential in anyone's life!

*This post was sponsored but all opinions are my own.

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Christmas time in London

Monday, 5 December 2016

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This post is more of a photo diary for myself to look back on in a few years, but yesterday I went to London and it was one of the best days I've had in ages. There's something about London that draws me to visit every now and then, and going at Christmas time was something I'd never done before.

I thought it would be ridiculously busy but actually, it was completely tolerable! We went on the train and spent the day shopping/walking down Oxford before heading to Hyde Park for the Winter Wonderland!

I wasn't feeling too festive before going, what with Uni assessments and everything (I passed today though so roll on Christmas now!), but the Winter Wonderland was just so perfect. We had a decoration made, had a wander around the stalls and fair, and warmed up by the open fire. Perfection.

A short but sweet post, but if you are ever thinking about visiting London at Christmas time, I can't recommend it enough. Such a good day out!
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

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Advent calendars - Cinderella rehearsals - university assignments - present wrapping - Christmas songs - tacky jumpers - scented candles - hot chocolate - the best movies - cosy nights around the fire - pom pom hats - glistening lights - Christmas spirit - mince pies - tree decorating - tinsel - red & gold nail polish - festive city breaks - family - frosty mornings - primark pyjamas - mistletoe - red lipstick - open fires - crackers - terrible jokes - laughter - baubles - old memories - new memories - Harry Potter - lindt chocolate - party dresses - childish excitement - magical surprises - enjoying the moment.

December, I'm ready for you.
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