9/1/14

{Life!} 5 Goals For September

A rustic bench from my friends garden in Kent.

Hi Guys, the start of a brand new month...I love it when a brand new month starts at the beginning of the week..the 1st on a Monday..makes the start even better...September always gives me a back to school feeling..even though I left school a long time ago...but you sense the change in the air...summer is sadly leaving as behind...as we approach Autumn....September is a good month for reflection, I feel....a chance to look through your goals..did you achieve the ones you set out too? Are some of your goals no longer important anymore? These are some of the things I'll be doing this month.

 Buying New Stationery Again back to the old school feeling...but I always love a fresh notepad/book. There's no better feeling than listing dreams and goals on a fresh clean page...makes things seem more *official* when they are written on nice writing paper. Almost as if you are taking them more seriously and are investing in yourself and your goals.. I was surprised actually by how many other people feel the same. I always thought people just typed everything straight on to their computer..but it still seems us bloggers are the old fashioned types who can't get enough of good old fashioned pen and paper method.

Have A Good Clear Out This is something I have been meaning to do since erm January of this year. I tend to collect things like a little magpie and am then unsure as what to do with them!!...You know when you buy things and in your head, it's going to look like this...but it doesn't, well that tends to happen to me a lot, particular regarding clothing!!...I did start a list earlier this year about buying new clothes in blue/grey/white..which I kinda have stuck to...but I feel like I want to remove everything that doesn't fit in with my new choice completely... forever! I'm thinking of having a little sale of some sort...so I will keep you guys posted on this.

New Hobby  I need a new hobby and I want a new hobby that will put me in contact with other human bodies!! A lot of things seem to happen via social media which is great but sometimes you can't beat a good old fashioned conversation with like minded people. Lots of colleges will be starting their part time courses this month...so I feel it will be a good way to kill two birds with one stone, I will learn a new skill, I will  meet people with similar interests and oh...I may even gain a recognised qualification...that means I've killed three birds with one stone!

Food Posts I did initially  start my blog as an intention as a beauty blogger but this isn't working out for me. As much as I love beauty I love lots of other topics as well. I do feel it's harder to keep coming up with posts for just one subject, especially if you are not spending a lot of money on items. I am in the process of using up all my odds and ends stuff...some of the packaging is  little tatty..and I can't really photograph it..and no one wants to keep reading me harp on about the Boots Botanical Facial Scrub....AGAIN! The type of blogs, I love to read our lifestyle blogs..I love to read a mixture of things..and this is what I intend to do with my blog..once I get going in some sort of pattern.  I haven't put up an food posts yet..just pinterest finds...so this is something I want to rectify as soon as. I also need to improve the presentation of my food before I show you guys...I don't want anyone vomiting after seeing my pictures!

Walk I have mentioned in previous posts, I love walking..I know walking sounds a bit dull but you haven't walked with me....then it's all action...baby!! I'm a very quick walker..as anyone who knows me will testify..I am also known as the *Human Hovercraft* yes that fast. However I do find myself walking to the same places..day in, day out...even over the weekend. I want to start walking in areas I've never been to before...even though I have lived in London for a  while..I still feel I haven't  really touched the surface of this wonderful city..so I am going to buy a London A-Z and each weekend go visit an area, I've never been too...somewhere different rather than Brick Lane, Shoreditch, Kings Road...possible explore more the outskirts...such as Richmond...Highgate, area's I don't  normally visit....What are your goals for the month?


Jessica

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8/31/14

My Week #13

 Monday So today was Bank Holiday in the UK....which basically for most of us it means an extra day off work. Sadly the weather was raining which it usually does on a Bank Holiday! I hadn't made any plans due to my closest friends going away with their families being with their other halves so I thought it was the perfect day to catch up on some films I haven't watched in a while...with lots of mugs of hot tea and digestives! Chocolate I should add...they warmed me up...to think that a couple of days ago, I was sitting on these!


Tuesday That feeling after a Bank Holiday in the UK!! Slightly sad...as there will be no more BH until next year now. Also this is the big indicator that summer is no more, although I really do love Autumn as a season, I find Autumn has some really beautiful summer days now....but come the evening and the chill sets in doesn't it

Wednesday  Spent the evening organising my items. I still have quite a few beauty items, make-up etc and clothing that I want to sell, once I get everything together and sort out Paypal and so forth, I will either open a shop on the blog or sell under a normal post. I will keep you guys posted. I'm thinking sometime in September. This is when my new blog layout is being installed so I'm thinking of running under a section of it's own.

Thursday A few beauty stuff that has come my way..none sexy! Baby sun lotion I don't have a baby but I have sensitive skin and bought this as I ave been walking a lot and haven't been using high enough sun protection. Of course as soon as I bought it..the down pours started.  Toothbrushes I find are an essential, if you have trouble with the traditional floss method then I would recommend getting some form of  brushes like these for your teeth and gums. Most people lose their teeth through gum problems and not teeth problems! Imedeen Time Perfection came to me through a friend of my mums, who gave them to her, my mum didn't want them so as I always I was willingly to take them off her hand. They are supposed to help the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles which I will have one day so hopefully this will put that day off for a bit longer! I also have a little rummage through some old Glamour editions.


Friday Weather wise, a bit hit and miss, woke up earlier than usual to go for a morning walk, wearing  my ankle weights, I love them and will not be parted with them, already I have since my thighs go down an inch each through walking and wearing weights..I highly recommend. I have been watching my diet as well though I should also add by the way.

Saturday  Had a little smooch around some stores with a friend today, near where I live in East London and I cannot believe that Christmas stuff is already out!! C'mon guys...it's silly..I know people like to plan but I feel it takes the spontaneity out of Christmas by displaying everything so early.  I had lunch with a friend at her house and then came home, slightly boring but over the summer months, I have been eating out rather a bit and now the nights are drawing in, I want to make stew (I know its August) but that's what the colder weather does to me and sit on the sofa with a duvet wrapped around me. Anyhoots I was looking through some picture's I'd taken which refreshed my memory that we did actually have rather a good summer this year!

I was sitting here in my friends garden just over a week ago!!

Jessica

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8/29/14

Ten Things I Love About August!!

My favourite beach...this is five minutes from my parents house!

Hi Guys, I'm loving August this month...how about you? The weather has been a bit hit AND miss....sadly..it has felt a bit Autumy these past few days...I love Autumn by the way but just not in August! Here's what else I have been loving this month.

Everybody Is Happier! The sun is shining (mostly) the air is drier, people are staying out longer, having drinks after work, people are in better moods, lots of people are having holidays of some sort, everyone is consuming their body weight in Ice-cream, everyone seems to be falling in love....everyone in happier. Enough said!

Outdoor Evening Meals  Summer months, I feel everyone makes that little bit more effort to be sociable....the days last longer and that coupled with the good weather...means you tend to eat more meals out.....restaurants,cafes...but none of them quite match up to have a delicious meal with good company, good wine, scented candles..than in your very own back yard!...Such a lovely refreshing change......and even better than that...you can wear pj's if you want..with no one batting an eyelid!

Wearing Shoes With No Socks I know this may seem like an odd one...but I am forever losing my socks..or ripping holes in them (I seem to have very strong large toes, that's my theory on this problem) so the warmer weather is perfect...warm weather calls for no socks....if I'm wearing a plimsoll..I normally put odour eater in the bottom...they work a treat.....everyone sweats it's perfectly normal...but having sweaty plimsoll...is a no go zone with me.

Bank Holidays Normally everyone gets a tad excited at Bank Holidays sadly this one was a wash out but it was an extra day of work, so that was the silver lining in the very dark clouds.

Holiday Feeling  Yes, it's that one again....I love the Holiday feeling August tricks us all into .which is why everyone is happier...especially in London with different festivals and concerts...for many of us..this is our staycation holiday.

Ice Cream Yes, I know I mention this all the time..but there's something different about eating ice cream in the summer..it seems to hit the spot more...even though we can eat ice cream all year round...actually every day if we wanted to...there's something that bit different about eating ice cream in the summer...I'm always tempted by the vans that jiggle around...very old school...I know...but they are always similarly parked in a park make that every park 24/7 in August....so you don't have to go far for one...I probably eat more ice cream in this month then maybe all the months put together...probably...which is a scary thought but actually the truth.

Going To The Beach Every Weekend I'm lucky I have this option...like I mentioned in my goals post..I have family who live by (read on) the coast so I can visit every weekend.....when I visit I normally stay for the weekends anyway..so I leave my bag there...my bags contains a few bits of clothing and a few toiletries) very basic...but it s a very small bag..doesn't take any room...so I'm good to go..without worrying about packing...the only problem with this..is sometimes a weekend isn't long enough..and you don't always want to come back...

Paddling Pools I don't actually have a paddling pool but my family members do...and I do like to take a dip...obviously the kids come first...so they get first dips then I'm allowed in...I tend to sit mainly with my feet in the water....supervising my little niece and nephew......I''ve been trying to persuade  my sister to buy a bigger pool for me sorry I meant the kids...and I will be keeping my fingers crossed....although my parents live by the sea...doesn't mean I want to go swimming there!

Denim Shorts And Flip Flops I normally hate feet and I am not a fan of other peoples feet apart from my sister as she really does have the most attractive feet ever.. a UK 4...she's 5ft 5..she just has small feet...my feet are small as well..but they are much wider..and I have a real grip with this..as it means I have to either go up a size or choose shoes with rounded toes......all this gets shove to the side come August and I have temporally amnesia....as I adorn flip flops for one month only....I like to team with shorts...denim if I can..normally as I have a pair of fraying jeans...I just can't bear to throw away..so I cut them down to size..no hot pants for me...they wouldn't be fair to everyone around me!

Birthday Is Closer....I like August for that reason alone..is that means my birthday is close by!  Not sure what I'm going to be doing yet...I never plan a three day bash or anything like this....(although if anyone else wanted to do this for me..that would be totally fine with me!) I tend to have a meal out with friends/family...and that's me done! 



Jessica

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8/28/14

Surprise Hits with Marks and Spencers!


Hi Guys, I thought I would do a  quick post on a couple of products I have been loving recently. I'm not normally a Marks and Spencer's beauty fan... I buy elsewhere, mainly from Boots. Marks isn't a store  I think about when it comes to buying my beauty stuff...I buy my underwear there and my food there and that's that! These two guys above were actually a gift from my mum...which proves my point but I have been really loving them and they have changed my opinion of Markie's

Gentle & Soft Moisturising Hand & Body Lotion  I like the clever idea of the feather on the packaging...gives the impression of lightness *light as a feather!*  It has extracts of chamomile in....and the scent is mild. I love the scent of  Ponds Cocoa butter, so anything other than that is mild to me!! I use this as a body lotion on my arms and legs rather than as a hand lotion. I don't feel it's rich enough to do this job well enough. It sinks in well and you aren't left waiting around for hours before you can put your clothes back on!

Strawberry Foam Bath With Added Moisturiser  Again given to my by my mum, I have been treating myself to a weekly bath. I'm a shower girl, I think like lots of people nowadays and don't really take the time to pamper myself in this way....but a bath feels rather indulgent and there is something quite luxurious about soaking in the bath. I normally have a couple of candles lit and a mug of tea...and a couple of biscuits which I eat out of a Tupperware box...the box floats, mostly... I forgot to add this to the photo...but if you can use your imagination...it was a similar bottle..but the content was red and not white! I'll spare you the photo of my Tupperware box floating in the bath!

These aren't products, I would go out my way to buy as the packaging is not exactly the prettiest I've ever seen and I'm guessing the price was on the lower side as well (my mum likes her  bargains!) but sometimes when people who mean something to you...give you presents..you make an exception, use them and on this occasion I have been feeling pleasantly surprised and in a good way for a change!


Jessica 

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8/26/14

{Beauty} My Most Reached For Products In August!



Hi Guys, how are you? I always ask this....I'm not sure why....as I can't hear your  response!! Creature of habit me thinks....I thought, I would do a quick post on things that I've been using more of this August...as mentioned before, I have spent this year trying to use up all my odds and ends beauty products before I buy more...I feel quite proud of myself for doing this..I was rather spoilt at one time...working in beauty retail with a good discount meant I spent over my needs and had huge quantities without really appreciating them if I'm honest.

The first product  have been reaching for is this Mama Naked Positivity Hand Cream it was on sale for 50p in Boots...it's not out of date...I had a good sniff! It's being discontinued as it's a poor seller...which is a shame. I've never noticed this brand before..mainly because it's a mums to be range...and I'm not a mum to be ..so I don't shop in that section! This handcream has a light citrus smell and I really like it...I wish I bought more at the time! Even just to give away as little gits/stock fillers...

I'm sure you guys will all be pleased when I eventually use this tube up!  I talk about this product so much!! Yes it's my Botanics Radiant Youth Polish...but c'mon if it ain't broke...this has been helping my skin to look that bit fresher..now I have been using my tinted moisturiser more often..although I still wear foundation for work. I love the grains in this scrubs.

I filled in an online questionnaire on Facebook and received this in the post as a Thank You gift and I have been loving my Sanctuary Spa Body Butter. It's a really lovely nourishing and very hydrating cream...it is on it's last legs and I will be  looking to replace it as I love it so much. I like to apply this on my legs and then swing them up against the wall..whilst wearing both my face and hair mask..*phew!

I'm applying a weekly hair mask to my hair at the moment so to kill as many birds with one beauty stone as I can..I have also been applying the Montagne Jeunesse masks at the same time!! They are so simple and easy to use...I do love the chocolate masks but they can be very messy...so I have been experimenting with the peel off..

These two were rather random buys really...and pot luck guesses...I really love the Seventeen Stay Time Pressed Powder it really does help to keep the pesky shine at bay without looking cakey and too made up....I don't like to look like I'm wearing too much make-up in the summer months..even though I secretly am!  The Seventeen Miracle Matt Foundation is not bad..I don't feel it's a miracle..but I wear it too work and it does it's job which is why I have included this...but I know I have had better foundations in the past. The main problem I have with this foundation...is why I applied it...it doesn't seem to sit right....if it looks funny that my colleagues have been too polite to tell me otherwise!!

Jessica

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