Staying Productive!

Personal, Uncategorized

I always thought I was quite a productive person – yeah I’m top of the class for procrastination but when it came down to it I thought I’d always get shit done. That was until about a month ago when I realised I’m only good at being productive when I have a million and one things going on. At the end of first year I had exams, assignments, a new job, an old job, I produced two plays, moved house, kept up with my blog and still managed to spend time with friends and family. So naturally I assumed during summer I’d be able to get even more stuff done but in reality, I’ve rewatched the entire Gilmore Girls and got a bit of a tan.

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I mean this hasn’t been helped by the heatwave which has been making it near impossible to wear clothes never mind run errands but I have been so unproductive! I haven’t even found time to write my blog posts and have been scrambling every Thursday/Sunday to make sure I have something to go up! I couldn’t figure out why until I realised it’s because I have so much time – when you have time to spare it’s so easy to get into a routine of doing nothing and spend the first half of the day catching up on love island and having a nice breakfast! This week I’ve made more of an effort to be productive so I thought I’d share some of the tips I’ve come up with!

Get up earlier.

Yes it’s summer and you have nothing to do all day but as soon as I have a lie in half of my day has gone and before you know it its tea time and nothing has been done.

Go to the gym.

Or take a walk – anything that makes you get up, dressed and out. Last week I took my first ever spin class and even though I thought I might die I felt amazing afterwards!

Write lists.

The old cliche but it’s a cliche for a reason. When you can clearly see everything that you have to do that day or week it’s so much easier to tick them off without forgetting the important ones! When I write lists I include every single thing I have to do even if it’s the dishes that way I feel more productive when I see how much I’ve actually achieved!

Make sure everywhere is tidy.

This is more of a personal one as some people work better in ‘organised chaos’. You do you but that is not me! I like everywhere to be clutter free and clean so I can get my best work done!

I hope you like this kind of post – I had no idea what to write about this week so I thought I’d just write what I was thinking! As always thank you so much for reading – I’ve been blogging a year on Tuesday and I can’t believe it, it’s gone so fast! I’ve got a blog post celebrating the milestone and hitting 100 posts next week so check back for that!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo

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A Surprise Dislike.

beauty, Uncategorized

It feels so strange to be starting a brand new month with a negative, that’s just not me. I was not planning on talking about this on my blog at all because I hate negative nellies however, this wouldn’t be a very good blog if I only told you about the things I like. I personally like knowing when people this something isn’t great because then I won’t waste my money. And this is one of those rare times I feel like I have done just that.

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The Becca x Sananas highlighter – Parisian Lights

It’s been well documented that I love Becca, their highlighter in Opal is one of my all-time favourites. I was actually looking for Champagne Pop when I came across the waitlist for this. Having missed numerous drops of Champagne Pop I was not going to let that happen again and as soon as this went on sale I snapped it up.

I already had doubts as to whether I’d like this but impulse buys always win. I wasn’t too sure if the colour would suit me, its a rosy pink with golden shimmer running through it. But I bit the bullet and bought this because I don’t have a highlighter in this shade or anything similar. There’s clearly a reason for that because this doesn’t suit me at all. I’ve tried applying it in a few different ways but I just don’t love any of them. Applying a light layer with a fan brush seems to work best but it doesn’t give too much pigmentation and I love a glow so that just doesn’t work for me.

I am hoping that come summer time when I have a little bit of a tan it will look amazing but for my winter skin, it’s just not working. I’m so disappointed because it looks beautiful in the pan but it doesn’t translate onto my skin. Maybe if you have darker skin than me it’ll suit you and look amazing but this costs £32 and I don’t know if I could justify that for something that may or may not look amazing!

Thank you for reading my post, I hope you’ve found this helpful and don’t make the same mistake I did! I really love Becca but the colour of this just doesn’t work for me, if it doesn’t suit me once I’m tanned I’ll definitely be rehoming this!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo

 

My First Ever DIY!

home, Uncategorized

As a kid, I was always DIY’ing something or other. Whether it be hanging beads from a shelf to make a ‘wind chime’ or painting the inside of my shed overlooked by my site manager/Hermione doll – I loved it. As I’ve gotten older this has obviously become less of an occurrence but I love looking at people online who upcycle or rebuild a home from scratch. Now I’m not about to do anything mind-blowing like that but I am going to show you how I turned a boring £3 stool from the mothership (also known as IKEA) into a beautiful pink and gold creation!

This is what I set out to do – turn that plain white stool into a fluffy pink throne. In some sort of fashion! And I have to say I am so happy with how it turned out. I love it, my boyfriend hates it but who cares?! That pink fluffy west elm stool also costs £399 so my £20 one looks very attractive!

This is actually a really easy thing to do. Once I’d bought the chair I ordered a fluffy pillowcase and insert off of Amazon and my mum already had gold spray paint – god knows why! Below is my step by step guide.

  1. Once assembled (without the seat) spray a white base coat or undercoat all over the legs and leave to dry.
  2. Spray all over the legs with gold spray paint and leave to dry. This may take a few coats to make sure it’s even.
  3. Place the seat into the pillowcase and cut four small holes where the chair attaches to the legs.
  4. Attach the seat back to the legs.

There we go! In the image, I actually haven’t got the pillow in the case as I managed to order it to Liverpool and I live in Manchester now so once the pillow actually arrives it’ll be perfect!

How simple is that and it looks so good, I’ve definitely got the DIY bug! If you’ve liked this post make sure to check back next Sunday for a tour of my new dressing room!