Bedroom inspiration - bohemian themes

Saturday, 16 July 2016

I love Pinterest for all the wonderful ideas it can give you for just about anything. Although I'm not largely fussed about interiors I do have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to the ones I come across because they can always be saved for future use. The one thing I have found myself gravitating towards recently is bedroom interior, particularly those with a  bohemian theme. The colours and the patterns are just so warm and inviting to me, I've always been admirer of these things but it's something that never translated through to my personal style or living area because I just prefer to keep things simple. However after looking at loads these designs, I've decided it's time for a little rehaul. I'm starting small though and just starting with my bedding, in all of the ones I've come across it's the bed area that's always got me. It makes jumping into bed much more inviting!

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So I did a bit of searching and thought I'd share some of the things I've found incase you're inclined to get some bits for yourself!

Where to find it: eBay | Royal Furnish | La Redoute
I found loads by just typing 'mandala bedding' or 'mandala sheets'

You can follow me on Pinterest here. I can't wait until I have a place of my own to start really doing some interest stuff!

Let me know if you're on Pinterest too and what your favourite boards are!

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My NYC trip

Monday, 30 May 2016

So I wanted to share a few snaps that showed my trip to New York. I've decided not to do a rundown of what we did on different days (I'm sure are things that I shouldn't even mention) but I will split the pictures by location/activity. I absolutely loved New York and I felt so fortunate to be able to celebrate my birthday there with some wonderful friends - I seriously cannot wait to go back! There was so much that I didn't do so another trip will have to be on the cards!

My birthday! 

Times Square

Empire State Building

American Museum of Natural History
I spent the morning of my birthday here - I felt like a little kid but I absolutely loved the place. 


Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty

The ones that don't fit in anywhere else

This had me and my friend in stiches

On our first night we stumbled across this place called The Blind Barber

View from the hotel room opposite the memorial centre

Last drink in New York at The Rum House

Yankee Stadium

So that's my trip - 5 epic days of no sleep, loads of walking and feeling really blessed.

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5 things I'm grateful for

Monday, 2 May 2016

So in 4 days time I'll be 25! I'm only excited about this because I'll be celebrating it in New York, a city I've always wanted to visit. I'm not really quite sure why, considering I think London is too crowed but it's something I wanted to knock off my bucket list. I'm so happy that I'm excited for this trip and my birthday because that was exactly my intention when I decided I want to be away for my birthday. I didn't want to dread it, and now I'm really not - I'm looking forward to a magical day and night with some great friends.

Turning a quarter of a century old isn't a huge deal, but it kind of is so it brings some thoughts with it and I just thought I'd note them down to look back on. Tbh when I was 13 with suicidal thoughts running through my veins I didn't ever think I'd reach 25, so honestly for me to be excited about it is a real 360 for me. I feel like I've grown, but at the same time still the same. I mean currently my hair is a brassy blonde and I don't even know if I'll have the time to fix it before I fly...

#1 my family 
I don't speak too much about family because it's a sensitive subject for me but I am lucky that I have two nephews that have given the word family a real meaning for me. It's also meant that I'm much closer to my sister and she has been a wonderful rock for me in the past 4 years in my time of need. But I'm really grateful that I have two nephews (4 and 3 and there's another on the way) who make me so happy. They're full of love and energy and never tire of giving me cuddles on request. Sometimes I feel like they're my own and part of my recovery is for them, so they get the best parts of me and not the miserable side. They are my strength and my joy.

#2 my resilience
I know this may seem like a strange one, but I've bounced back from so many set backs and generally fought to get to where I am now. I've always though resilience was a great trait but I didn't realise how much of it I had until I was going through my therapy sessions. It's kept me alive, so it must be good!

#3 my friends
Most of my friends are basically like family, but they still deserve their own section. I just have a bunch of lovely human beings who make me laugh, smile, cry and occasionally make me angry, but they are all amazing people. I am by no means a horrible friend, but I'm sure I'm not the easiest person to be friends with because I am so closed off but I have such a wonderful and understand support team. I just do not know where I'd be without some of my friends. 

#4 my career
I use this word with trepidation, but I really feel like I've landed a good job this time. I wouldn't even say I really have a career at the moment, but I do have a job that I enjoy and I'm surrounded by good people. I'm grateful for the experiences I've had in my different roles, my last one taught me that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought I was. I'm really not sure where I'll go next but at the moment I feel 100% content in my career/job path.

#5 my health 
Bit of an odd one for me. But I've realised I'm quite blessed when it comes to my health, not my mental health be you win some you lose some. But aside from the weight gain, I've had no serious scares of any kind on this side of my life. Although I do think I now need to start taking much better care of my body to ensure that it stays this way!

I hope this has inspired you to think about some of the good things in your life - gratitude is awesome and I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my life. What are you grateful for?

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American wish list

Sunday, 24 April 2016

I have less than two weeks until I'll be touching American soil (this also means in less than two weeks I'll be 25). There are so many things that I cannot wait to do in America and I can bet you the first thing I'll do is just run around screaming "I'm in America" but after all that has worn down, I shall be hitting the shops. Oh man, I'm excited for the food and ofc the make-up shopping. Most of the people I watch on YouTube are American, so I get to see a lot of great releases that never ever make it to this side of the pond. Therefore, I have a budding list and when I get to America I intend to spend to my hearts content. I have so much on my list and the below is not the complete list but just thought I'd share.

1. Covergirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer - I can actually get this via Amazon but I think it'll be much nicer to go and see it for myself and get the perfect shade for me. I'm really excited to get some Covergirl stuff as it just reminds me of when I was younger and used to watch America's Next Top Model and the prize was a front page feature on Covergirl.

2. Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation - I think I just really like the sound of this foundation because of the name. Again I could just order this online, but I'm going to Sephora anyway so I'll be able to test different shades. I hope it's as good as it's name sounds, I've heard mixed reviews about it on Youtube, so it'll have to be one that I try for myself.

3. Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM - What's a post from me without some skincare? Ever since I tried the Pumpkin Enzyme mask (I'll be picking that up too) I've been lusting over this. I just wanted to pick it up in the states at a cheaper price.

4. Cover FX Custom Cover Drops - This product was all over YouTube a couple of months ago and I actually think it's a fab idea for a product. I defintely want to pick one up so I can work with some of those foundations that aren't the right colour for my skin.

5. ABH Contour Kit in Tan to Deep - I'm not 100% sure that I'll pick this up yet. I just want to see how dark the shades are and whether it will  be suitable for my skin. I really want to perfect my contouring technique, so if I don't invest in this I'll certainly try for something similar.

6. Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation - I'd love to have more drugstore foundations, so I certainly want to pick this up and I'm just hoping because it's America they'll have more shades available in the drugstore.

7. Sephora Face Masks - I've actually already tried the Sephora face and eye masks, but I will certainly be stocking up on some more! I think these are just so inexpensive and handy to have at home for pamper days. Sephora have a huge range of mask to address most skincare issue.

8. Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment - I've always wanted to pick this up but the price has always been a huge factor for me. As I'm basically making NY my no expenses spared trip, I might just pick this up and not worry about the price tag! Everything I've heard about this product has been excellent so I just really really want it.

9. L'oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation - I'm pretty sure this is available in the UK, but again betting they don't have a huge shade selection. I really want to try a cushion foundation but I also don't want to spend loads of money on it, so this is the perfect option. If I get my hands on it - definitely expect a review!

So that's my list, well about 1/3 of my list - I know I'm just going to pick up so much stuff it'll be ridiculous. Please pray that my suitcase is not overweight on my way back. Have you been to New York? If so I'd love some tips about things I totally have to see when I'm there!

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