Friday, 12 September 2014

Turning Off | A Technology Detox

 photo Detox_zps5f6360d1.jpg This post has been on my to-write list for a while now, but I never really knew what exactly I wanted to say or how to say it. Blogging naturally means that you spend a lot of time at a screen: writing posts, talking on twitter, scrolling through instagram. Even when I'm not blogging I find myself reaching for my phone to check what's happening on various forms of social media, and I think it's something we all do pretty regularly. But at what point do we literally start living our lives through our phones, tablets and laptops...and stop living it in the real world around us?

If I see something pretty, I'll immediately reach for my phone to instagram it. If I hear something funny or shocking, I'll take to twitter to report it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this and I love sharing parts of my life with you...it's why I blog! But recently I've found that this has taken over a little, and the balance has become a little bit skewed. Over the last few weeks I've massively drawn away from blogging, totally by accident and not because I don't enjoy it any more...because I really do!! I've swung completely in the opposite direction, I always seem to take the occasional blog haitus but would love for these to become fewer and more far between. I think that's the most important thing - to strike a balance - and it's something I want to try and work on. And so I'm going to try, from now on, to switch off a little bit more - whether it's not sleeping with my phone by my bed, turning it off when I'm out with my friends, or simply taking more time each day to appreciate what's actually going on right next to me, I'm going on a mini technology detox. Cutting down rather than cutting out, I'm sure you've all seen it by now but I think this video expresses it far better than I ever could, and so I'll leave it below to let it do so.




Saturday, 6 September 2014

The Review | Social Shopping @ Cohorted

 photo Cohorted1_zps76408057.jpg photo Cohorted2_zpsd986d6f7.jpg  photo Cohorted3_zps900f1550.jpg Well this is slightly an unfamiliar feeling, sitting down to write a blog post...it has been a while, hasn't it?! Nevertheless, what a lovely way to get back into the swing of things than with a recommendation of somewhere to find absolute BARGAINS - my favourite. 

I don't remember where I found out about Cohorted, but I'm so glad that I did. Using the idea of social shopping, the site allows multiple people to opt into a cobuy on an item - the more people who want to buy, the lower the price until it reaches it's maximum discount. That's not a great description but basically this means that you can ultimately get a really good deal! I'd heard about this concept before, but the great thing about Cohorted is that it seems to focussed solely on beauty products and I'm not talking rubbish either, but really good ones. They currently have Benefit The Porefessional and Brow Zings on offer, as well as regularly puting up MAC lipsticks (just waiting for the day Hue gets it's turn). 

You can request to be notified when/if a product goes live, and once they are there's limited stock but they last for a few days so there's ample chance to get in there. There's 4 products featured at a time which keeps things nice and simple as well. I was just casually browsing when I saw that Benefit's They're Real mascara was up and immediately got cracking - I have been in love with this mascara ever since trying it last year but paying around £19 for a mascara just doesn't appeal to me! From what I could tell, discounts are generally around 20 - 27% so I was able to get it for an absolutely miniscule £12.60. I'm aware I'm beginning to sound like an advert but honestly I never thought I would see the day!

It's just like buying any normal product, I was lucky that the maximum discount had been reached so I knew I would be paying the lowest price but I guess if that hasn't happened yet, you just end up paying what it ends up at depending on how many people get on board. The only annoying thing is that you have to wait until the cobuy is over - so either until the product has sold out, or until its time is up - until they post it out, but that's not really an issue if you know it's the case! Also they use Hermes as a courrier who are probably the worst courriers I've ever experienced, but that's another story and really not anyone else's fault. 

My mascara arrived in the cutest little package, all wrapped in adorable tissue paper - it's a small touch but it makes such a difference to have something slightly more personal!! Obviously the paper was carefully taken off and folded up for future use, hello Monica from friends!! All in all I now love this website and am totally addicted to checking every few days to see what else has gone up. I can see a dip in my savings already but when it's at a discount, it doesn't count...right?!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Photo Diary | The Last Few Weeks

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Interior dreaming of an all white bathroom with a sneaky tree growing in the corner. I'm completely obsessed with homewares at the moment, with the return to uni and possibility of a new room to decorate on the horizon! I rediscovered my love for Revlon's lip butters, found a new favourite in the new release from Indeed Labs (review to come), and wrote about my most used brushes. Still addiced to Lotus speculoos spread, and what's this? More interior inspiration!

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This quote sums up exactly how I'm feeling at the moment. Went paddle boarding for the first time which was so much fun and I didn't fall off one single time! A few selfies to spice things up, and a Jamie Oliver-esque salad which was too photogenic not to include. And another quote because it's good to stay positive.

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I got this playsuit from China through ebay, and after making a mistake on the sizing on a bikini I thought going for an L was the right thing to do - not so much. As a result this is soon to be a dress, fingers crossed! Expressing my love for coffee, and practising my best Baywatch style run during the brief heatwave we had. I'm still not totally sold on Lancome's Hypnose mascara but it's a good one nonetheless, still glad I got it on offer. Cheeky little about me post, and some more motivation for life in general.

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Messy mirror but another heatwave memento - miss those days when shorts were ok! I went on a trip to Budapest last week and loved seeing St Stephen's basilica in such gorgeous light as well as spending an amazing few days at Sziget festival! I definitely don't appreciate living in the Lakes as much as I should sometimes - look at that view!! My favourite wishlist, perhaps ever, was this print based one which (like most of these photos) has got me missing hotter times!! A final happy-to-be-in-Hungary selfie to round things off.

What have you been up to these last few weeks?

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Wednesday Wishlist #10


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Making Wednesday wishlists is never an easy task - I always end up wanting pretty much everything on them (obviously otherwise it wouldn't be a wishlist!) and this week is no exception!! It's a weird time of year I think, as Autumn clothes are starting to seep into the shops and it seems silly to buy Summer dresses when the hot weather doesn't look like it will reappear, but I've ignored all that and gone for something pretty sunshine happy! Hope you enjoy :)

I featured this a long while back and I've recently been reminded of it's existence, and therefore my never ending quest to attain the Chantecaille Just Skin tinted moisturiser. It's the hefty price tag which is putting me off and I feel like this will remain just out of reach for me, but it looks so darn gorgeous!

I'm not really too sure why my name is on this t shirt but I'll let it slide. 

This cushion sums up the situation in our house on a permanent basis, so it only seems fair to make it official.

When the new Kate Moss X Topshop collection came out it was love at first sight, but as always a bit too pricey for my budget. Thankfully quite a few things have gone into the sale (move quickly though!!) and one of them is this super pretty sundress. Seriously tempted.

Cute little bits and bobs for the home are always irresistable - this little glass jar would be the perfect little bedside table storage for cotton wool or random trinkets.

The 90s are literally my obsession right now - if I could go back for a day I totally would - and in keeping with this, I need a tattoo choker in my life!! I remember how obsessed we all were with these when we were younger, absolutely have to revisit that trend!

Clean white colours with a bright pop of colour are just perfection, so these shoes are the best thing ever!! As with most things, they would look so great with a tan but I'll settle for going without. 

I hope you enjoyed this little Wednesday wishlist - have a lovely second-half-of-the-week!!

What's on your wishlist this week?

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