Sunday, 8 January 2017

LIFESTYLE: Days out with dogs

One of my favourite past times is dog walking. Something that I always enjoyed no matter which dog I was walking and now I am lucky enough to call that my hobby. I would never rack up the walks I have done in the past two and a half years without being with a dog!

Highlights for me include the days where we would take the dogs to the beach. They would get absolutely exhausted (and dirty!) in the sand and we knew that we would be taking them back to the kennels for a comfortable nights sleep.

 Annoyingly I haven't been at the dogs home recently and it's something that has really been playing on my mind. With the house renovation being all consuming physically and mentally, I just haven't had the energy to get there and I really feel like I am letting the dogs down.

 I've been spending a lot of time looking back at photos from my time at the dogs home and it's sparking the excitement that I have when I'm at the dogs home or with a dog. My Saturdays were a routine for me and a trip to the dogs home was embedded into my week. But as soon as this changed and I spent a couple of Saturdays away, it was hard to go back.

Hopefully we will be moving into our home within a month and then my routine can fall back into place because I miss it, I really do! I can't wait for the weather to clear so that I can plan some days out with dogs - especially the beach. Watching a dog pretty much eat the mud is hilarious, I managed to capture it in one of my youtube videos - watch it here.

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Monday, 2 January 2017

LIFESTYLE: Looking back at 2016

2016, what a year! I think most people would agree that it was one of the worst years portrayed in the media. So, in a bid to remain on the positive side of life - here are the good things that happened to me in 2016.
We became homeowners! A huge achievement for anyone given the prices of houses and how much of a deposit needed now. We still aren't moved in yet due to renovation works becoming a *little* more of a project than anticipated! I've been updating on here and on youtube, there's  couple of updates that I need to post. Hoping to be moved in by the end of this month.

I am 100% not looking forward to the packing, but I am looking forward to making memories in our home.
I became an Auntie again. Amelia was born and she is the apple of my eye. I couldn't love her anymore, even if I did miss the birth after months of preparation! You can find out why in the video on my youtube channel. In other news, she's going to become a big sister this year and I am hell bent on not missing my Nephew's birth!
After two really meaningful posts, here's something very materialistic but with a meaningful intent. In 2016 I went completely cruelty free with my makeup so I'm having to find new favourites, luckily most of them were already cruelty free, however my foundation wasn't. Enter Charlotte Tilbury. 

After attending an event all about the brand I was hooked on the Magic Foundation, annoyingly I love it more than my £6 NYX foundation - but it's so worth it.
Muffin got her home! I posted about this dog many times, but she was my girl and I loved her through and through. Annoyingly she was so overlooked but it worked out in the end because she's in the loving home she deserved.
One that I can't not mention here really, in March I went Vegetarian and throughout the year I've gradually been making more and more vegan choices. I am loving it and can't ever imagine myself ever eating meat again. 

After watching a documentary I made sure that I educated myself on the subject and as of now I have stopped reading about it, I know enough to know I will never eat meat again. It was this research that made me determined to be vegan and I am well underway into that.

I do find eating at others houses difficult so the majority of the time I am 100% happy to be catered for as a vegetarian, I'm even bought dairy free ice cream now. Everyone has been relatively accepting of my choice, even though I have been quizzed about it, and I hope that it does become more mainstream.
The picture that I never thought it would upload. In 2016 I lost 2stone (I've put on half a stone over Christmas, but F it) and I am now wearing tight clothing and feeling much more confident. 

I've never had body confidence, even when I was barely 8 stone after recovering from glandula fever, I hated how I looked and was always covering up. Towards the end of last year comments started coming in suggesting I'd lost weight so I weighed myself and it turned out I had!! My trousers weren't loose from wearing them too much, they were loose because they were too big. 

I went shopping for pencil skirts and have had a complete mind shift. This was all done without the gym so in 2017 I'm going to get fitter and be the healthiest I can be. We are putting a gym in our garden shed (it's huge) so this will get me on my way. 

What were your favourite parts of 2016?

Sunday, 1 January 2017

LIFESTYLE: 2017; Page 1

There seems to be a lot of controversy around setting New Year's Resolutions all over the place at the moment, but to be honest, I am a huge fan of having a defining moment where you want to create change. I don't mean changing who you are as a person, unless you are a complete cock, but making the pathways to become the better version of yourself you can be. What are your thoughts? 

Today I sat with a very large cup of coffee, made with my new favourite oat milk and with one of my new diaries in hand I started to write. My resolutions have evolved into a bit of a yearly to-do list and there is currently 29 items across four categories and it's probably not going to end there.

I want to add to this throughout the year and evolve the list into a working itinerary for the year. I know this will be completely against what people say about lists and goals - you should have a timeline and they should be specific, but mine aren't. 

The four categories I have are Health, Financial, Personal and Career, whilst I won't share all of these on here, an example of some are: 
  • Go on a photography day trip
  • Drive on a motorway
  • Make more vegan choices
  • Complete courses to supplement my career
There are lots more as I said, but some are really personal so in my diary they will stay!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

BEAUTY: Lab 2 - cruelty free makeup brushes

For the past month I have been putting some new make up brushes to the test, using them everyday and actually sticking to the routine of washing them every week. My collection of makeup brushes rarely get such treatment, however for these Cruelty Free and Vegan (!!) brushes from L.A.B.2 I wanted to give them a true test to prove that you don't need to rub animal hair on your face for that perfect finish. Borderline preachy there, so I'll stop. 
I've been sent the I'm Turning Pro brush kit which I think is a great starter set and the only other brush I've been using in the past month is an eye shadow brush from Real Techniques. The only reason for this is because the eye shadow brush in this set is PERFECT for blending concealer. 
The foundation brush is the only brush that I didn't like but that's not down to the brush. I have never really been a fan of the paintbrush style foundation brushes and favour the buffing style brushes. I found the foundation brush a little too big for concealer so this has been gifted to my Mum who loves it for her foundation. 
Now onto the stars of the show, the contour and buffing brush - both perfect, just perfect. Not only are these brushes soft but they wash so well. At the risk of sounding like my mother there haha, it's true though. They have a really fast drying time and keep their shape. 

I'd be looking for a really good contour brush for a while, some were just too small and most were just too large as I like quite a sharp contour on my moon face. 

Fair play to L.A.B.2, you've created some awesome brushes and most of the range are now on my Christmas list. 

Did I mention they are cruelty free and vegan too? ;) 


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