TAYLOR JANE

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I'm adding something new to the ol' blog and if you follow me on Instagram, you'd already know what TWWE stands for. If your new, then it's The Wednesday Wishlist Edit. For the past few months, this is something I do every week in the evenings. I give you a choice of what you'd like to see and I get together my best bits. This won't be a weekly thing, maybe every fortnight. Otherwise I'll spend my whole week doing these things, as I'm going to share a lot below. But if you love/enjoy TWWE then you can head over to my Instagram stories as every Tuesday you can tell me what you want to see. From a holiday shop to a round-up of handbags. Help a gal out, and I'll share my best bits.

Happy scrolling..


CO-ORDS






PLAYSUITS





SHORTS




MAXI DRESSES






So everything above will take you to the item straight away, so happy shopping. If you don't follow me on Instagram - be sure to come and join in on The Wednesday Wishlist Edit. It's a popular one.

Every single Wednesday, or maybe a Thursday if life gets in the way.

Remember, Wednesday. See you there

T.x

The Wednesday Wishlist Edit // Playsuits, Maxi Dresses, Shorts & Co-Ords


*This post does include affiliate links.*

Hey!

I'm adding something new to the ol' blog and if you follow me on Instagram, you'd already know what TWWE stands for. If your new, then it's The Wednesday Wishlist Edit. For the past few months, this is something I do every week in the evenings. I give you a choice of what you'd like to see and I get together my best bits. This won't be a weekly thing, maybe every fortnight. Otherwise I'll spend my whole week doing these things, as I'm going to share a lot below. But if you love/enjoy TWWE then you can head over to my Instagram stories as every Tuesday you can tell me what you want to see. From a holiday shop to a round-up of handbags. Help a gal out, and I'll share my best bits.

Happy scrolling..


CO-ORDS






PLAYSUITS





SHORTS




MAXI DRESSES






So everything above will take you to the item straight away, so happy shopping. If you don't follow me on Instagram - be sure to come and join in on The Wednesday Wishlist Edit. It's a popular one.

Every single Wednesday, or maybe a Thursday if life gets in the way.

Remember, Wednesday. See you there

T.x


FYI, I don't actually think any of these make me a bad blogger / instagrammer. I just wanted to tie you all in to reading this as this is 5 things that make me FEEL like I am a bad one.

I NEVER TAKE PHOTOS ON MY CAMERA
I have two cameras, but I only ever use my iPhone for outfit photos. I don't even know how to use my cameras for outfit shots in fact. All I know is how to take photos of make up and fashion accessories with my cameras, and selfies. I'm totally rubbish. I have never sat down and actually self-taught myself, which I think a lot of bloggers do when they get themselves a new camera. I've never tried, and to be honest - the thought of learning just puts me off straight away. I think an iPhone is a whole lot easier to whack out for that ' instagram photo ' and also, our phones are just as good as our cameras these days.

I DON'T LIKE BLOGGING EVENTS
I've had my fair share of going to events, but I've never walked away being excited for my next opportunity. I love meeting new people and also the people behind the brands and events, but I also find them so overwhelming I forget to enjoy myself. I'm socially awkward. When it comes to people I don't know, I'm rubbish at speaking and I get anxious. We're all there for the same reasons, but sometimes I feel like they become a bit like a competition. Everyones getting the same photo in front of the same flower wall, and it's "Ohh who can get the photo up the quickest." If you're the late to the party with uploading, then it's more likely less people will interact as they've already seen hundreds of photos already like it. I do enjoy those events which include panels though. You listen to other bloggers, possibly an inspiration to you, and you learn. No talking, you just listen and watch. Those I don't mind. But I never feel the urge to put myself out there to go to the next event. 

I DON'T HAVE A BILLION OUTFITS TO SHOOT
I don't get sent any outfits, no. Well - up until now. But before, I've never worked with a single fashion brand. Also, I never just buy for the sake of it. I like to buy what I truly love, and items that I can restyle over and over again. I do feel like my Instagram is a little repetitive, however it's the best I can do. Sometimes it's about the caption.



I DON'T PAY PHOTOGRAPHERS TO TAKE MY PHOTOS
I mean, I would bloody love to. I'd love to fill my instagram with high quality photos, and photos that include other backgrounds other than bushes, the same walls and my bedroom mirror. However, I don't have the money, I don't want to travel and I also wouldn't know where to start when it comes to meeting them. I'd be like a kid at their school play getting stage fright. My partner takes my photos, we go out every weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. We go down the same road (80% of the time), take a couple of snaps here and there. (Down that same road.) Get in the car, if we like. Good. If we don't like. We'll try again. I'll then either have a different top in the back of the car to change into, with another pair of shoes, maybe a jacket too if I'm going for it. Or I go back home and get changed and maybe go somewhere different. That is how much of an expert I am, at nailing this Instagram/Blogger type of gal. 

I DON'T HAVE ALL THE APPS TO EDIT MY PHOTOS
Wanna know how I edit my photos? I favourite the photos I like most out of the 100 my partner has taken. I select them all onto my Lightroom mobile app. I use the same edit every single time. My preset isn't my own. I purchased a handful off Helene In Between. She has a few styles to choose from, and I downloaded them onto my app. You do pay for these, but I use the same one every time. Totally worth the money. If you're interested - click here
A lot of bloggers have created their own, but once again. I would have no idea where to start, so I'm lazy and bought someone else's presets and it works good enough for me.

A few things you have learned from me.. 

You don't need a fancy camera for photos, your iPhone is good enough. Buying presets is a whole lot easier than fiddling around trying to create your own. You don't have to go out and spend £500 at H&M, New Look and Zara to be the best out there. Blogging events aren't all that. 

(BTW all photos taken on iPhone, and edited with the same preset. Down the same road.)

T.x


5 Things That Make Me A Bad Blogger / Instagrammer



FYI, I don't actually think any of these make me a bad blogger / instagrammer. I just wanted to tie you all in to reading this as this is 5 things that make me FEEL like I am a bad one.

I NEVER TAKE PHOTOS ON MY CAMERA
I have two cameras, but I only ever use my iPhone for outfit photos. I don't even know how to use my cameras for outfit shots in fact. All I know is how to take photos of make up and fashion accessories with my cameras, and selfies. I'm totally rubbish. I have never sat down and actually self-taught myself, which I think a lot of bloggers do when they get themselves a new camera. I've never tried, and to be honest - the thought of learning just puts me off straight away. I think an iPhone is a whole lot easier to whack out for that ' instagram photo ' and also, our phones are just as good as our cameras these days.

I DON'T LIKE BLOGGING EVENTS
I've had my fair share of going to events, but I've never walked away being excited for my next opportunity. I love meeting new people and also the people behind the brands and events, but I also find them so overwhelming I forget to enjoy myself. I'm socially awkward. When it comes to people I don't know, I'm rubbish at speaking and I get anxious. We're all there for the same reasons, but sometimes I feel like they become a bit like a competition. Everyones getting the same photo in front of the same flower wall, and it's "Ohh who can get the photo up the quickest." If you're the late to the party with uploading, then it's more likely less people will interact as they've already seen hundreds of photos already like it. I do enjoy those events which include panels though. You listen to other bloggers, possibly an inspiration to you, and you learn. No talking, you just listen and watch. Those I don't mind. But I never feel the urge to put myself out there to go to the next event. 

I DON'T HAVE A BILLION OUTFITS TO SHOOT
I don't get sent any outfits, no. Well - up until now. But before, I've never worked with a single fashion brand. Also, I never just buy for the sake of it. I like to buy what I truly love, and items that I can restyle over and over again. I do feel like my Instagram is a little repetitive, however it's the best I can do. Sometimes it's about the caption.



I DON'T PAY PHOTOGRAPHERS TO TAKE MY PHOTOS
I mean, I would bloody love to. I'd love to fill my instagram with high quality photos, and photos that include other backgrounds other than bushes, the same walls and my bedroom mirror. However, I don't have the money, I don't want to travel and I also wouldn't know where to start when it comes to meeting them. I'd be like a kid at their school play getting stage fright. My partner takes my photos, we go out every weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. We go down the same road (80% of the time), take a couple of snaps here and there. (Down that same road.) Get in the car, if we like. Good. If we don't like. We'll try again. I'll then either have a different top in the back of the car to change into, with another pair of shoes, maybe a jacket too if I'm going for it. Or I go back home and get changed and maybe go somewhere different. That is how much of an expert I am, at nailing this Instagram/Blogger type of gal. 

I DON'T HAVE ALL THE APPS TO EDIT MY PHOTOS
Wanna know how I edit my photos? I favourite the photos I like most out of the 100 my partner has taken. I select them all onto my Lightroom mobile app. I use the same edit every single time. My preset isn't my own. I purchased a handful off Helene In Between. She has a few styles to choose from, and I downloaded them onto my app. You do pay for these, but I use the same one every time. Totally worth the money. If you're interested - click here
A lot of bloggers have created their own, but once again. I would have no idea where to start, so I'm lazy and bought someone else's presets and it works good enough for me.

A few things you have learned from me.. 

You don't need a fancy camera for photos, your iPhone is good enough. Buying presets is a whole lot easier than fiddling around trying to create your own. You don't have to go out and spend £500 at H&M, New Look and Zara to be the best out there. Blogging events aren't all that. 

(BTW all photos taken on iPhone, and edited with the same preset. Down the same road.)

T.x


A little different from my normal diary entries, this one is to my Mum.

To Mum,

I always use to write you little notes with them either telling you how amazing you are, or asking for you to unground me and I am sorry I bunked off school today. But this one isn't a sorry letter, it's a huge thank you letter and also a bit more.

You've been an amazing Mum to me now for 25 years, and I am forever grateful for having you in my life. It's funny, your my Mum, but I also see you as the sister I never had and also the best friend I could never replace. I can speak to you about anything, I can happily tell you a funny story about my sex life which happened and you'd listen and laugh. I can tell you about the latest gossip and tell me your thoughts, and I can also cry to you and you'll say 'Oh babe, come give me a cuddle'. It's like having all these different people, in just one.

You listen to me, you wiped my ass when I was young and you also come to the doctors with me when I need a smear test doing, and I've got to strip off to the doc. If I ask you to come along to something with me, you'll just come. I may have to persuade you sometimes, to get out of bed after a nightshift to come with me. But you always come. When I even have a check up at the dentist, you'll come and hold my toes if I'm in pain or discomfort.

When being in secondary school and I didn't want to attend History lessons anymore. I'd be a pain in the ass and refuse to go to school. However, you made a meeting with the head teacher, and I no longer had to attend that class. I was unhappy, and you helped me.

When I no longer wanted to attend college anymore, after paying for the equipment of Beauty. You understood and agreed Beauty wasn't in my future career path.

When I told you I couldn't allow my friend Lee over on Valentines day, as it was wrong and I didn't see him like that. You told me not to be a bitch and I should go for it. Now I've been happily with him for six years and we're in the process of buying a house together.

My life felt like it was crushed when you and Dad broke up. Totally crushed, I forgot in those moments about how much you're life felt crushed too. I didn't stop thinking about how you were feeling, but you being the one who went through it all - you didn't stop caring and worrying about me. You never stopped being the shoulder I could cry on throughout it all, when really it should have been you crying on mine. You never stopped asking if I'm ok and worrying how I was feeling, when the only person who everyone should have been worrying about was you. Things weren't rational between you two, but you were the one who was going through the heartache, but you never put yourself first.
However, I'm glad you've started to put yourself first now. New relationship, and a new start soon to begin for you. When I move out, you're life will start again. Just you, and focusing on you. I am really happy for you Ma, and I am so glad you're happy again. When I saw you sad and telling me you're not interested in those dating websites, I was worried to ever think of leaving home. Now, I can happily leave and know you'd still be round for a cuppa every other day. But also knowing you aren't alone. The same would go for Dad, you know me. I don't like the thought of any of my family being alone.

But Mum, you're honestly such an incredible human being. I think you're totally incredible and at times invincible. You don't take no shit anymore, you focus on yourself and also say what you think and what suits you best. The best way to be. You're a total bad ass now, not taking shit from anyone and also not allowing others to disrespect you. If anyone tells you different, then just remember I think you're invincible. (I've never used that word on you before, Lol.)

Thank you for everything you do, and thank you in advance for all the other times you'll be coming to hold my hand in the dentist, and also for holding my hand when I'm having a baby one day. Even when I'm 40 years old, I'd still be taking you along to have my teeth checked. (I ain't even kidding you, and I'm sure you believe me on that one.)

I'll always need you, whether I'm under your roof or my own. I'd never not need you. Also I'd never stop being thankful for everything.

I wanted to write you a letter, but sending you the link to this blog post I thought it'll be a little better. (I can always print it off and add it your envelop.)

Love you millions and your my Beyoncé. My Queen.

(P.S - stop being so surprised that brands want to work with me, support me you pig cow and join me on this fun journey. I'll even give you bits when I get new beauty in.)

T.x

A Letter To My Mum

A little different from my normal diary entries, this one is to my Mum.

To Mum,

I always use to write you little notes with them either telling you how amazing you are, or asking for you to unground me and I am sorry I bunked off school today. But this one isn't a sorry letter, it's a huge thank you letter and also a bit more.

You've been an amazing Mum to me now for 25 years, and I am forever grateful for having you in my life. It's funny, your my Mum, but I also see you as the sister I never had and also the best friend I could never replace. I can speak to you about anything, I can happily tell you a funny story about my sex life which happened and you'd listen and laugh. I can tell you about the latest gossip and tell me your thoughts, and I can also cry to you and you'll say 'Oh babe, come give me a cuddle'. It's like having all these different people, in just one.

You listen to me, you wiped my ass when I was young and you also come to the doctors with me when I need a smear test doing, and I've got to strip off to the doc. If I ask you to come along to something with me, you'll just come. I may have to persuade you sometimes, to get out of bed after a nightshift to come with me. But you always come. When I even have a check up at the dentist, you'll come and hold my toes if I'm in pain or discomfort.

When being in secondary school and I didn't want to attend History lessons anymore. I'd be a pain in the ass and refuse to go to school. However, you made a meeting with the head teacher, and I no longer had to attend that class. I was unhappy, and you helped me.

When I no longer wanted to attend college anymore, after paying for the equipment of Beauty. You understood and agreed Beauty wasn't in my future career path.

When I told you I couldn't allow my friend Lee over on Valentines day, as it was wrong and I didn't see him like that. You told me not to be a bitch and I should go for it. Now I've been happily with him for six years and we're in the process of buying a house together.

My life felt like it was crushed when you and Dad broke up. Totally crushed, I forgot in those moments about how much you're life felt crushed too. I didn't stop thinking about how you were feeling, but you being the one who went through it all - you didn't stop caring and worrying about me. You never stopped being the shoulder I could cry on throughout it all, when really it should have been you crying on mine. You never stopped asking if I'm ok and worrying how I was feeling, when the only person who everyone should have been worrying about was you. Things weren't rational between you two, but you were the one who was going through the heartache, but you never put yourself first.
However, I'm glad you've started to put yourself first now. New relationship, and a new start soon to begin for you. When I move out, you're life will start again. Just you, and focusing on you. I am really happy for you Ma, and I am so glad you're happy again. When I saw you sad and telling me you're not interested in those dating websites, I was worried to ever think of leaving home. Now, I can happily leave and know you'd still be round for a cuppa every other day. But also knowing you aren't alone. The same would go for Dad, you know me. I don't like the thought of any of my family being alone.

But Mum, you're honestly such an incredible human being. I think you're totally incredible and at times invincible. You don't take no shit anymore, you focus on yourself and also say what you think and what suits you best. The best way to be. You're a total bad ass now, not taking shit from anyone and also not allowing others to disrespect you. If anyone tells you different, then just remember I think you're invincible. (I've never used that word on you before, Lol.)

Thank you for everything you do, and thank you in advance for all the other times you'll be coming to hold my hand in the dentist, and also for holding my hand when I'm having a baby one day. Even when I'm 40 years old, I'd still be taking you along to have my teeth checked. (I ain't even kidding you, and I'm sure you believe me on that one.)

I'll always need you, whether I'm under your roof or my own. I'd never not need you. Also I'd never stop being thankful for everything.

I wanted to write you a letter, but sending you the link to this blog post I thought it'll be a little better. (I can always print it off and add it your envelop.)

Love you millions and your my Beyoncé. My Queen.

(P.S - stop being so surprised that brands want to work with me, support me you pig cow and join me on this fun journey. I'll even give you bits when I get new beauty in.)

T.x


Date : Monday 22nd April 2019
Time : 08.17am
Location : At home, bed.
Dear diary, it's the final day for Easter bank holiday weekend. It went super quick, and I'm pretty slumped about the whole idea of going back to work. Families all seem to get together on Easter itself,  but mine? We haven't got altogether in ages. Pretty sad, but meh. I'm feeling pretty knackered this morning, I've got my morning brew in hand. I need to head into town today, I got bits I need to get. It seems today is the last day of this beautiful weather we've been getting too, so i want to get in town and straight back out again. Maybe go sit down by the water or something, with a picnic or a £3 meal deal. <3
Date : Wednesday 24th April 2019
Time : 07.53am
Location : At home, dining table.
Dear diary, this morning I got up and done my first dvd workout in such a long time. I use to be so obsessed with the dvd, but not in a bad way. I just use to love waking up, working out and feeling pretty refreshed for the day ahead. I want to get back to that, but this morning was a real struggle with getting out of bed. I just wanted to sleep some more and dream about more hot cross buns, all those flavours I didn't get round to trying out this weekend. I feel like I'm failing at the moment, there's stuff going on within the 'buying a house' and also I feel as if there's weight on my shoulders and I'm not too sure why. I mean, I feel like it could be a number of things. I just don't know what. But, I best drink my morning brew and get myself together for work as I don't want to be late! 
Date : Thursday 25th April 2019
Time : 21.11pm
Location : Sofa @ home.
Dear diary, I'm feeling pretty good. *** was good, so I'm good. (NGL, soz for those of you that thought that was too much and I'm even more sorry if you're a family member.) Maybe don't read my blog if you are family. I'm feeling really really good, because one of my closest friends. (I've known her from the age of five, maybe?) She's just said yes! My heart is feeling very full, and I'm overly happy for them both. It's amazing what's round the corner. Isn't love just such a wonderful feeling? I'm sorry if this is too cheesy, but when you suddenly feel the love around you and within you ~ it's a pretty good feeling. I am starting to feel like I love myself too, not being so hard on yourself is a lot more better than slating yourself. It's a better feeling. Love is something that can either make you or break you. Because I am feeling so high, I hope you are too. Soz, g2g I have to check whether we have enough milk before Mumma Mel asks me again. See ya FRIDAY. <3 
Date : Friday 26th April 2019
Time : 22.46pm
Location : At home, bed.
Dear diary, what a fricking day. (A good day, that is.) We've had good news on the house, I've seen Emily, we went into town, I didn't buy clothes and I had fajitas and Krispy Kremes. I'm feeling as good as yesterday and I also am feeling open to let more friends join me on this whole Instagram journey. When I first started blogging, I blocked all of those people from school and after. I was embarrassed, but I loved starting up my whole blog/instagram thing. That's exactly what it was when I first started. A thing, a hobby, something that helped me escape problems and also something that I loved doing. However, I thought those *friends* would judge me. Take the piss out of me. I mean some did, so that is why I blocked those fuckers in the first place. Now, I've allowed them back in - whether they want to follow me back or not. Give it another try, I mean - it's more followers coming my way if they do. They probably just want to be nosy, but let's ~ let them. Fuck it. Fuck what others think, fuck it. 

T.x

dear diary / entry three



Date : Monday 22nd April 2019
Time : 08.17am
Location : At home, bed.
Dear diary, it's the final day for Easter bank holiday weekend. It went super quick, and I'm pretty slumped about the whole idea of going back to work. Families all seem to get together on Easter itself,  but mine? We haven't got altogether in ages. Pretty sad, but meh. I'm feeling pretty knackered this morning, I've got my morning brew in hand. I need to head into town today, I got bits I need to get. It seems today is the last day of this beautiful weather we've been getting too, so i want to get in town and straight back out again. Maybe go sit down by the water or something, with a picnic or a £3 meal deal. <3
Date : Wednesday 24th April 2019
Time : 07.53am
Location : At home, dining table.
Dear diary, this morning I got up and done my first dvd workout in such a long time. I use to be so obsessed with the dvd, but not in a bad way. I just use to love waking up, working out and feeling pretty refreshed for the day ahead. I want to get back to that, but this morning was a real struggle with getting out of bed. I just wanted to sleep some more and dream about more hot cross buns, all those flavours I didn't get round to trying out this weekend. I feel like I'm failing at the moment, there's stuff going on within the 'buying a house' and also I feel as if there's weight on my shoulders and I'm not too sure why. I mean, I feel like it could be a number of things. I just don't know what. But, I best drink my morning brew and get myself together for work as I don't want to be late! 
Date : Thursday 25th April 2019
Time : 21.11pm
Location : Sofa @ home.
Dear diary, I'm feeling pretty good. *** was good, so I'm good. (NGL, soz for those of you that thought that was too much and I'm even more sorry if you're a family member.) Maybe don't read my blog if you are family. I'm feeling really really good, because one of my closest friends. (I've known her from the age of five, maybe?) She's just said yes! My heart is feeling very full, and I'm overly happy for them both. It's amazing what's round the corner. Isn't love just such a wonderful feeling? I'm sorry if this is too cheesy, but when you suddenly feel the love around you and within you ~ it's a pretty good feeling. I am starting to feel like I love myself too, not being so hard on yourself is a lot more better than slating yourself. It's a better feeling. Love is something that can either make you or break you. Because I am feeling so high, I hope you are too. Soz, g2g I have to check whether we have enough milk before Mumma Mel asks me again. See ya FRIDAY. <3 
Date : Friday 26th April 2019
Time : 22.46pm
Location : At home, bed.
Dear diary, what a fricking day. (A good day, that is.) We've had good news on the house, I've seen Emily, we went into town, I didn't buy clothes and I had fajitas and Krispy Kremes. I'm feeling as good as yesterday and I also am feeling open to let more friends join me on this whole Instagram journey. When I first started blogging, I blocked all of those people from school and after. I was embarrassed, but I loved starting up my whole blog/instagram thing. That's exactly what it was when I first started. A thing, a hobby, something that helped me escape problems and also something that I loved doing. However, I thought those *friends* would judge me. Take the piss out of me. I mean some did, so that is why I blocked those fuckers in the first place. Now, I've allowed them back in - whether they want to follow me back or not. Give it another try, I mean - it's more followers coming my way if they do. They probably just want to be nosy, but let's ~ let them. Fuck it. Fuck what others think, fuck it. 

T.x
April should be full of chocolate for Easter, but I was just here for the hot cross buns ~ NGL. Forget the bunny, someone give me a hot cross bun man.( Preferably a hot one too.) April has granted me with putting an offer on a house and being accepted, it's given me inspiration to blog a little more than expected, it's allowed me to fall in love with running again. I've joined the gym but also ditched the gym as I prefer running and listening to the world rather than someone panting on a machine next to me. (Or that could be the sound of myself that creates that awful sound.)
I've also learnt a lot in April to do with many of things, and I feel like if this whole house business goes down well, it's certainly the beginning of a new chapter for me. Not only for my partner and I, but for myself. I needed this more than the world.

So I'm just going to share many of photos below, which didn't reach the gram..

 ~ When Mumma Mel comes home and she buys you some Tulips. (Some of you may know very well that they aren't doing so well. Lol. I'm rubbish with plants/flowers.) Aren't we all though? ~

~ Weekends at the pubs with friends and family ~


~ I truly swear by this quote this month ~

~ You need a some H&M joggers in your life. Only £9.99 too ~

~ Taking photos and playing around with a cool app called Huji. ~

~ I secretly hate people taking my photos, even more so when the Mr doesn't tell me if they're any good or not. Or whether the lighting is very good, or whether I look as fat as I feel after eating a burger big enough for two. ~

~ Shooting outfits and waiting for people to walk on by so we can use my favourite wall for photos. Lol. Typical. ~





 ~ Bank holiday Monday spent at Winchester, strolling through the streets. Dipping in and out of coffee shops and eating the best burger ever at Pitcher & Piano. (I highly recommend you go there.) ~

~ Lastly, I squeezed back into this old skirt, Slimming world helped me do this. I'm a whole lot happier, but still got a few lbs I want to loose to feel better in the clothing size I am. I've got two big wedding's coming up this year. I need to look good. 
P.S Soz about the socks, I was happy with this and I had to share it with you. ~

T.x

Photo Diary Of What Didn't Make Instagram : April

April should be full of chocolate for Easter, but I was just here for the hot cross buns ~ NGL. Forget the bunny, someone give me a hot cross bun man.( Preferably a hot one too.) April has granted me with putting an offer on a house and being accepted, it's given me inspiration to blog a little more than expected, it's allowed me to fall in love with running again. I've joined the gym but also ditched the gym as I prefer running and listening to the world rather than someone panting on a machine next to me. (Or that could be the sound of myself that creates that awful sound.)
I've also learnt a lot in April to do with many of things, and I feel like if this whole house business goes down well, it's certainly the beginning of a new chapter for me. Not only for my partner and I, but for myself. I needed this more than the world.

So I'm just going to share many of photos below, which didn't reach the gram..

 ~ When Mumma Mel comes home and she buys you some Tulips. (Some of you may know very well that they aren't doing so well. Lol. I'm rubbish with plants/flowers.) Aren't we all though? ~

~ Weekends at the pubs with friends and family ~


~ I truly swear by this quote this month ~

~ You need a some H&M joggers in your life. Only £9.99 too ~

~ Taking photos and playing around with a cool app called Huji. ~

~ I secretly hate people taking my photos, even more so when the Mr doesn't tell me if they're any good or not. Or whether the lighting is very good, or whether I look as fat as I feel after eating a burger big enough for two. ~

~ Shooting outfits and waiting for people to walk on by so we can use my favourite wall for photos. Lol. Typical. ~





 ~ Bank holiday Monday spent at Winchester, strolling through the streets. Dipping in and out of coffee shops and eating the best burger ever at Pitcher & Piano. (I highly recommend you go there.) ~

~ Lastly, I squeezed back into this old skirt, Slimming world helped me do this. I'm a whole lot happier, but still got a few lbs I want to loose to feel better in the clothing size I am. I've got two big wedding's coming up this year. I need to look good. 
P.S Soz about the socks, I was happy with this and I had to share it with you. ~

T.x


Date : Monday 15th April 2019
Time : 16.06pm
Location : Home @ dining table.
Dear diary, 
I am currently trying this out by writing beforehand, instead of going straight off the laptop. I have Lewis Capaldi, someone you love playing on youtube. I have a can of Sprite to the side of me and it's came to my attention : what's better, sprite or Fanta? Today has been a very 'cba' Monday. I did my morning run and it's totally wiped me out for the rest of today. I need to start getting reasonable nights sleep, I'm not 15 anymore with the only worry of 'having enough time to do my make up before school to impress Jack.' I don't even bother with makeup for work now, so I have more time in the mornings. Talking about work, I want change. I love working for my Dad and everyone else, but I need to start something new and what I love. I'm talking fashion. I'm talking not wishing for the weekend to hurry along. That's all I ever do these days. Wishing for Friday when it's only hit 10.02am on  a Monday morning, and realising I've only been in for two minutes. 
I need a change, and change is exciting instead of daunting.

Date : Tuesday 16th April 2019 
Time :  18.41pm
Location :  Bath tub, (my favourite place)
 
Dear diary, shower or bath may you ask? Yes bath. No I am not lead out with a pen and paper to hand. I'm not that silly. I'm typing on my notes on my iPhone. Something else I'm going to start doing. I've got the water running, burning my toes in fact. The candle is lit and I've got my book ready. I'm currently reading A Women Of War If you're a fan of the Tattooist of Aushwich ~ you'd be a fan of this too. Tesco for just £2.99. Today has been pretty quick, which is good going as it's bank holiday weekend coming up. I've got plans made and even outfit choices too. We've heard no more about the house, still waiting to hear when the home owners have found a property. I hate all the waiting, I've pinned a million things to my kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and details boards on Pinterest. I have issues still, issues that I can't really speak about on here. But the issues don't necessarily lie with me. They involved me before I even knew I was part of it. I'm just very much fed up of this underlying issue and I'm ready to brush it under the carpet. But I'm feeling good and have't got much to report so I'm going to put my phone down, and zone into a few chapters and shave my legs. 20 degrees this weekend, my legs are coming out! 

Date : Wednesday 17th April 2019
Time : 20.52pm
Location : Dads house. Sofa.
 
Dear diary, I'm coming straight to you from the tip of my fingers on the keyboard. I've left it late to speak to you, so I'm just going to go with it. (This once.) Lee is watching Liverpool play and I'm quite happy here doing my own thing. Laptop, nosing at H&M and dipping in and out of my book. I have a new book coming in the post tomorrow which I'm very excited to read. I think it's going to a popular one. (It is being released tomorrow.) It's fake Friday tomorrow, bank holiday weekend will finally be here. I'm so excited for this weekend. I don't know if I already told you this all important information? I'm planning to stay away from uploading to Instagram and just focus on having a really good time with Lee, friends and family. That's what these long weekends are for right? I, of course will still be snapping some outfit photos. That's just part of our weekends now. Lol. Soz Lee. I'm feeling a lot happier. I feel happy to say it too. Chow.x
 
Date : Thursday 18th April 2019
Time : 19.40pm
Location : Dining table @ home

Dear diary, I'm feeling like I've got my sh** together. I've waxed my lip, (mouth lips), I've fake tanned my legs and I'm so ready for this long weekend. Sorry to repeat myself for the millionth time. Lee is cooking fajitas for dinner tonight and I've got a Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime to one side. We've got Alexa playing, and I'm feeling pretty good inside. My head feels like it's back to normal. Although a phone call I received about forty minutes ago, could have took a toll on me. However, I've taught myself to put it to one side and deal with it at a later time. That's how I deal with my things. I'll deal with it later. I've got a message on my phone from a friend, she messaged me around 2pm and I've just left it. I'll get back to her, but sometimes I don't want to deal with things there and then. That's just how I deal with it. We're having a night without phones this evening which makes me really happy. I love just having a proper conversation. We all ge so caught up in our phones and what's the latest on our feeds, we forget how to properly interact. So the plan tonight is, no phones, David Attenborough, fajitas, a couple of ciders and more good TV. It's Friday tomorrow so I'm going to leave this weeks entries here and enjoy my time away from work and Instagram.(Maybe, we can never promise ourselves how long we'll stay away.) So peace out. Have a fab weekend pals <3
P.S we have nachos too. Whose starting the long weekend right?

T.x

dear diary / entry two


Date : Monday 15th April 2019
Time : 16.06pm
Location : Home @ dining table.
Dear diary, 
I am currently trying this out by writing beforehand, instead of going straight off the laptop. I have Lewis Capaldi, someone you love playing on youtube. I have a can of Sprite to the side of me and it's came to my attention : what's better, sprite or Fanta? Today has been a very 'cba' Monday. I did my morning run and it's totally wiped me out for the rest of today. I need to start getting reasonable nights sleep, I'm not 15 anymore with the only worry of 'having enough time to do my make up before school to impress Jack.' I don't even bother with makeup for work now, so I have more time in the mornings. Talking about work, I want change. I love working for my Dad and everyone else, but I need to start something new and what I love. I'm talking fashion. I'm talking not wishing for the weekend to hurry along. That's all I ever do these days. Wishing for Friday when it's only hit 10.02am on  a Monday morning, and realising I've only been in for two minutes. 
I need a change, and change is exciting instead of daunting.

Date : Tuesday 16th April 2019 
Time :  18.41pm
Location :  Bath tub, (my favourite place)
 
Dear diary, shower or bath may you ask? Yes bath. No I am not lead out with a pen and paper to hand. I'm not that silly. I'm typing on my notes on my iPhone. Something else I'm going to start doing. I've got the water running, burning my toes in fact. The candle is lit and I've got my book ready. I'm currently reading A Women Of War If you're a fan of the Tattooist of Aushwich ~ you'd be a fan of this too. Tesco for just £2.99. Today has been pretty quick, which is good going as it's bank holiday weekend coming up. I've got plans made and even outfit choices too. We've heard no more about the house, still waiting to hear when the home owners have found a property. I hate all the waiting, I've pinned a million things to my kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and details boards on Pinterest. I have issues still, issues that I can't really speak about on here. But the issues don't necessarily lie with me. They involved me before I even knew I was part of it. I'm just very much fed up of this underlying issue and I'm ready to brush it under the carpet. But I'm feeling good and have't got much to report so I'm going to put my phone down, and zone into a few chapters and shave my legs. 20 degrees this weekend, my legs are coming out! 

Date : Wednesday 17th April 2019
Time : 20.52pm
Location : Dads house. Sofa.
 
Dear diary, I'm coming straight to you from the tip of my fingers on the keyboard. I've left it late to speak to you, so I'm just going to go with it. (This once.) Lee is watching Liverpool play and I'm quite happy here doing my own thing. Laptop, nosing at H&M and dipping in and out of my book. I have a new book coming in the post tomorrow which I'm very excited to read. I think it's going to a popular one. (It is being released tomorrow.) It's fake Friday tomorrow, bank holiday weekend will finally be here. I'm so excited for this weekend. I don't know if I already told you this all important information? I'm planning to stay away from uploading to Instagram and just focus on having a really good time with Lee, friends and family. That's what these long weekends are for right? I, of course will still be snapping some outfit photos. That's just part of our weekends now. Lol. Soz Lee. I'm feeling a lot happier. I feel happy to say it too. Chow.x
 
Date : Thursday 18th April 2019
Time : 19.40pm
Location : Dining table @ home

Dear diary, I'm feeling like I've got my sh** together. I've waxed my lip, (mouth lips), I've fake tanned my legs and I'm so ready for this long weekend. Sorry to repeat myself for the millionth time. Lee is cooking fajitas for dinner tonight and I've got a Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime to one side. We've got Alexa playing, and I'm feeling pretty good inside. My head feels like it's back to normal. Although a phone call I received about forty minutes ago, could have took a toll on me. However, I've taught myself to put it to one side and deal with it at a later time. That's how I deal with my things. I'll deal with it later. I've got a message on my phone from a friend, she messaged me around 2pm and I've just left it. I'll get back to her, but sometimes I don't want to deal with things there and then. That's just how I deal with it. We're having a night without phones this evening which makes me really happy. I love just having a proper conversation. We all ge so caught up in our phones and what's the latest on our feeds, we forget how to properly interact. So the plan tonight is, no phones, David Attenborough, fajitas, a couple of ciders and more good TV. It's Friday tomorrow so I'm going to leave this weeks entries here and enjoy my time away from work and Instagram.(Maybe, we can never promise ourselves how long we'll stay away.) So peace out. Have a fab weekend pals <3
P.S we have nachos too. Whose starting the long weekend right?

T.x


Put your money into your accessories
You could create a million different looks.

- Iris Apfel 


*This post does include affiliate links*

Accessories are a girls best friend. They finish off every outfit whether it's a handbag or a pair of earrings. Patch Butcher earrings in mind. All the stores are bringing out the pearl hair clips, with Asos even bringing out the colourful butterfly clips that we all had in our hair at the age of 7. Click here, I ain't lying.

I personally had hair clips in my hair always, and sometimes more than five of them. If it's possible to do so at the age of twenty five - I'd give it a good try and hopefully get away with it. The three accessories that I can't stop wearing are hair clips, earrings and headbands. (Handbags too, but hey they aren't photographed in this blog post.)

So I'm going to share my Wishlist for accessories, because we all need them in our jewellery boxes, handbags or even spread across the bedroom and it's floor. (How I store my accessories. Lol.)

Wishlist at the ready :

hair accessories, sunglasses, jewellery and possibly a little layering..




hair heros and jazzy jewellery



Put your money into your accessories
You could create a million different looks.

- Iris Apfel 


*This post does include affiliate links*

Accessories are a girls best friend. They finish off every outfit whether it's a handbag or a pair of earrings. Patch Butcher earrings in mind. All the stores are bringing out the pearl hair clips, with Asos even bringing out the colourful butterfly clips that we all had in our hair at the age of 7. Click here, I ain't lying.

I personally had hair clips in my hair always, and sometimes more than five of them. If it's possible to do so at the age of twenty five - I'd give it a good try and hopefully get away with it. The three accessories that I can't stop wearing are hair clips, earrings and headbands. (Handbags too, but hey they aren't photographed in this blog post.)

So I'm going to share my Wishlist for accessories, because we all need them in our jewellery boxes, handbags or even spread across the bedroom and it's floor. (How I store my accessories. Lol.)

Wishlist at the ready :

hair accessories, sunglasses, jewellery and possibly a little layering..





 Date : Tuesday 9th March 2019 
Time : 21.23pm
Location : Home @ sofa
Dear diary, 
My first entry and hopefully not my last. I have had a whirl wind of emotions hit me the last few weeks, and I don't feel like it's ending anytime as of yet. The mixture of the emotions is getting on top of me and I don't know how to let them out. I've spoken about the problems, not all the problems are based on myself, and I have constant worries and anxiety surrounding me. It's like a big fuzzy cloud. I've got all the excitement about owning my very own home with my partner, but I also have the never ending carousel going round and round. I want to get out of this fuzzy mess, exercise helps but not enough. I'd love to indulge in all the chocolate and comfort food but that only makes me feel crappy afterwards. I can talk about it, but like I said. It doesn't help. Anyway, I'm home alone and enjoying my own self care. I've had a bath, indulged hair treatments in my hair and a good skin care regime. Now to dive back into Our Planet with David Attenborough.

Date : Wednesday 10th March 2019
Time : 14.12pm
Location : Work desk
Dear diary,
(I probably should be working, but I've got five where no one can see my computer screen, so..) Today has been a lot more positive. No negativity has come my way as of yet, but I've still got half the day to go as of yet. I've been recently adding to-do lists to my Instagram stories, and they're certainly making me feel like I have my shit together a lot more. If I show people my list, at least it looks good by ticking them off at the end of the day. I have no way of getting out of the list of jobs, that way. I've discovered Wayfair's app and I am going to spend my afternoon adding lots of bits to my wishlist. I am loving looking for home inspiration, I feel like it's my little escape. Something I can truly look forward to. I'm going to head out on a walk when I'm home. Just for twenty minutes, get some more steps in and breathe in the fresh air. I've got back into doing my Wednesday Wishlist's with my followers too and I thoroughly enjoy creating the polls and seeing the results. That allows me to just focus on something different for a change. I'm desperate to finish some more of Our Planet with David Attenborough too, and also Celebrity Bake Off. What a life I live! I do go outside with my evenings too, just a glass of wine and tv sounds a lot better on the sofa to me.


Date : Thursday 11th March 2019
Time : 07.31am
Location : Kitchen table

Dear diary, I've just been on a morning run! I can't believe it, but i actually ran most of the way. I'm so rubbish at running, but that doesn't make me want to give it up. (Yet!) I love taking in the morning frosty air, seeing the sun rise higher in the sky and hearing the birds wake up. I managed 4km, i've got race for life coming up in the summer and i'd like to feel fit enough to run the whole thing if i could. I'd feel like i'd have completed something for myself as well as doing it to raise money for others. Talking about race for life, i need to start thinking of more ideas to raise more money. I love doing things for other people and feeling like i'm making a difference. I've got work to complete today which is always rubbish on a Thursday. It's always long and never ending. Then i need to come home and do a whole load of tidying up and re-arranging. I'm having a night without a phone too, so hello downtime. I cannot wait for you to come along. Hurry up 3pm finish. 


Date : Friday 12th March 2019
Time : 07.29am
Location  : Kitchen table  (again)
Dear diary, no morning run today. I was aiming for it, but my body was too tired. I didn't manage to go back to sleep though, so a 6.30am morning alarm wasn't a good idea what so ever. I'm hoping today goes a whole lot quicker than what yesterday had installed for me. I have a warm brew beside me and also my latest Instagram post on refresh. Just patiently hoping and waiting for all the likes this Friday morning, why am I so obsessed with Instagram? I like to share my outfits, I like to share my 'what I'm up to' captions, I like to see the support from others that I've never even met before, (and I probably never will.) I find it pretty amazing how platforms like Instagram can make you feel that way. It can also make you think that everyones lives are pretty easy to live by. Instagram has such a power where people forget, that theres real people behind these accounts. Just because they're sharing all their 'high lives' moments, doesn't mean they don't have daily struggles. I struggle, but also have days when I forget all about those struggles. I had a shit day Monday, but today I'm feeling pretty good. (Accept the fact that my body is already ready for a nap today.) Just because I didn't tell you about that said shit day on Instagram, doesn't mean I didn't have one. Just remember Instagram is like the front cover of a book. You were always told to never judge a book by it's front cover. The same goes for people. 

T.x
 

dear diary / entry one


 Date : Tuesday 9th March 2019 
Time : 21.23pm
Location : Home @ sofa
Dear diary, 
My first entry and hopefully not my last. I have had a whirl wind of emotions hit me the last few weeks, and I don't feel like it's ending anytime as of yet. The mixture of the emotions is getting on top of me and I don't know how to let them out. I've spoken about the problems, not all the problems are based on myself, and I have constant worries and anxiety surrounding me. It's like a big fuzzy cloud. I've got all the excitement about owning my very own home with my partner, but I also have the never ending carousel going round and round. I want to get out of this fuzzy mess, exercise helps but not enough. I'd love to indulge in all the chocolate and comfort food but that only makes me feel crappy afterwards. I can talk about it, but like I said. It doesn't help. Anyway, I'm home alone and enjoying my own self care. I've had a bath, indulged hair treatments in my hair and a good skin care regime. Now to dive back into Our Planet with David Attenborough.

Date : Wednesday 10th March 2019
Time : 14.12pm
Location : Work desk
Dear diary,
(I probably should be working, but I've got five where no one can see my computer screen, so..) Today has been a lot more positive. No negativity has come my way as of yet, but I've still got half the day to go as of yet. I've been recently adding to-do lists to my Instagram stories, and they're certainly making me feel like I have my shit together a lot more. If I show people my list, at least it looks good by ticking them off at the end of the day. I have no way of getting out of the list of jobs, that way. I've discovered Wayfair's app and I am going to spend my afternoon adding lots of bits to my wishlist. I am loving looking for home inspiration, I feel like it's my little escape. Something I can truly look forward to. I'm going to head out on a walk when I'm home. Just for twenty minutes, get some more steps in and breathe in the fresh air. I've got back into doing my Wednesday Wishlist's with my followers too and I thoroughly enjoy creating the polls and seeing the results. That allows me to just focus on something different for a change. I'm desperate to finish some more of Our Planet with David Attenborough too, and also Celebrity Bake Off. What a life I live! I do go outside with my evenings too, just a glass of wine and tv sounds a lot better on the sofa to me.


Date : Thursday 11th March 2019
Time : 07.31am
Location : Kitchen table

Dear diary, I've just been on a morning run! I can't believe it, but i actually ran most of the way. I'm so rubbish at running, but that doesn't make me want to give it up. (Yet!) I love taking in the morning frosty air, seeing the sun rise higher in the sky and hearing the birds wake up. I managed 4km, i've got race for life coming up in the summer and i'd like to feel fit enough to run the whole thing if i could. I'd feel like i'd have completed something for myself as well as doing it to raise money for others. Talking about race for life, i need to start thinking of more ideas to raise more money. I love doing things for other people and feeling like i'm making a difference. I've got work to complete today which is always rubbish on a Thursday. It's always long and never ending. Then i need to come home and do a whole load of tidying up and re-arranging. I'm having a night without a phone too, so hello downtime. I cannot wait for you to come along. Hurry up 3pm finish. 


Date : Friday 12th March 2019
Time : 07.29am
Location  : Kitchen table  (again)
Dear diary, no morning run today. I was aiming for it, but my body was too tired. I didn't manage to go back to sleep though, so a 6.30am morning alarm wasn't a good idea what so ever. I'm hoping today goes a whole lot quicker than what yesterday had installed for me. I have a warm brew beside me and also my latest Instagram post on refresh. Just patiently hoping and waiting for all the likes this Friday morning, why am I so obsessed with Instagram? I like to share my outfits, I like to share my 'what I'm up to' captions, I like to see the support from others that I've never even met before, (and I probably never will.) I find it pretty amazing how platforms like Instagram can make you feel that way. It can also make you think that everyones lives are pretty easy to live by. Instagram has such a power where people forget, that theres real people behind these accounts. Just because they're sharing all their 'high lives' moments, doesn't mean they don't have daily struggles. I struggle, but also have days when I forget all about those struggles. I had a shit day Monday, but today I'm feeling pretty good. (Accept the fact that my body is already ready for a nap today.) Just because I didn't tell you about that said shit day on Instagram, doesn't mean I didn't have one. Just remember Instagram is like the front cover of a book. You were always told to never judge a book by it's front cover. The same goes for people. 

T.x
 


Considering this is my first book that I've picked up this year and read it till the end without being on holiday, is a sign in itself. Never have I ever, (oops that rings a bell) read a book where I actually felt like highlighting different points as I was going along. Basically the idea was to highlight them, and then go back when I needed telling about how to be a grown up. I'm classed as an adult at 25 years old, and I still don't fully understand how to act 'grown up'.

1. How to love myself & feel more confident | Learn to work with the body that you have got and go from there, instead of hoping that looking in the mirror 'this time round' will give you the reflection of the girl you just stalked on Instagram. Ignoring sizes on clothing doesn't define you in anyway. It doesn't matter if it's got size 24 or size 4 on the tag. I like to remind myself that I can be three different sizes in the same shop, on the same day. Sometimes I also like to take time and carefully apply my make up which makes me feel even better. Like Daisy ~ she likes to apply her favourite scented body lotion (I'm jealous because hello eczema won't allow me) and just enjoying how soft her skin feels.

2. How to be healthy ~ mind and body | Doing positive things can be more important than you think. Just by eating your recommend 'five a day' or more, reading a few chapters or one, dancing to the radio or the all important Alexa. Even having a bubble bath or a shower where you just stand directly under the running water and take in how it's trickling down your body. I've started to put my phone away on week day evenings. Since reading how Daisy puts her phone on airplane mode between 10pm til 7am to get some down time, really stood out to me. I feel pressured to keep up with social media and reply to text messages as I'm sat down, relaxing for the evening. However, relaxing never really came part of my evenings because I could never fully switch off. Like Daisy says ~ 'Twitter might be the social network that never sleeps, but I need to'.

3. Being sad doesn't mean it's a bad thing | How often are we happy compared to sad? For me, I can say at the minute it's 60/40. (40% being sad.) Writing things down can help, doesn't have to be ever read after writing - but it can release feelings and allow you to process. Going for a walk fixes quite a lot of things too. Headaches, feeling sad, time out with your fluffy pal, getting extra steps in from your Fitbit. Taking in fresh air and just focusing on the sounds and sights you have around you is as cliche as it sounds - 'a breathe of fresh air'. Plus like Daisy said, when surrounded on a field of dogs - how can you feel sad?

4. Being jealous can mean you need a bit more love | Instead of chasing achievements and trying to be at the same level as everyone else in their own lives. Sometimes you need to focus on the fact that you're just as good as them. As Daisy says 'I'm enough if I exist just as I am.' Nobody is you and that is something that will never be taken away from you either. If you find how to love yourself, you will find that people will be jealous. Confidence is key, but that doesn't mean you have to walk out of the front door ready to take on the world. It means putting on your favourite fragrance which relates to a happy, ass-kicking time, which will help hold your head a little higher.

5. Made a mistake, sleep then deal with it | This has saved me most recently. When we freak-out and make tiny breathless panics in attempt to fix the problem, it's usually better to sleep on it or to sit down with a cuppa and a whole pack of custard creams. (Daisy says Hob Nobs, but I'm a sucker for custard creams.) When making mistakes too, tell someone straight away. You may not tell the person who could potentially tell you off. Instead, tell your Mum because if anything at the age of 25 the only person who can tell you off for making a mistake is your Mum. And 90% of the time, your Mums always right. They tell you from the age of five that they are, which sadly means they still are at twenty five. And probably at fifty five too.

T.x


5 Top Tips I Learned From How To Be A Grown Up By Daisy Buchanan


Considering this is my first book that I've picked up this year and read it till the end without being on holiday, is a sign in itself. Never have I ever, (oops that rings a bell) read a book where I actually felt like highlighting different points as I was going along. Basically the idea was to highlight them, and then go back when I needed telling about how to be a grown up. I'm classed as an adult at 25 years old, and I still don't fully understand how to act 'grown up'.

1. How to love myself & feel more confident | Learn to work with the body that you have got and go from there, instead of hoping that looking in the mirror 'this time round' will give you the reflection of the girl you just stalked on Instagram. Ignoring sizes on clothing doesn't define you in anyway. It doesn't matter if it's got size 24 or size 4 on the tag. I like to remind myself that I can be three different sizes in the same shop, on the same day. Sometimes I also like to take time and carefully apply my make up which makes me feel even better. Like Daisy ~ she likes to apply her favourite scented body lotion (I'm jealous because hello eczema won't allow me) and just enjoying how soft her skin feels.

2. How to be healthy ~ mind and body | Doing positive things can be more important than you think. Just by eating your recommend 'five a day' or more, reading a few chapters or one, dancing to the radio or the all important Alexa. Even having a bubble bath or a shower where you just stand directly under the running water and take in how it's trickling down your body. I've started to put my phone away on week day evenings. Since reading how Daisy puts her phone on airplane mode between 10pm til 7am to get some down time, really stood out to me. I feel pressured to keep up with social media and reply to text messages as I'm sat down, relaxing for the evening. However, relaxing never really came part of my evenings because I could never fully switch off. Like Daisy says ~ 'Twitter might be the social network that never sleeps, but I need to'.

3. Being sad doesn't mean it's a bad thing | How often are we happy compared to sad? For me, I can say at the minute it's 60/40. (40% being sad.) Writing things down can help, doesn't have to be ever read after writing - but it can release feelings and allow you to process. Going for a walk fixes quite a lot of things too. Headaches, feeling sad, time out with your fluffy pal, getting extra steps in from your Fitbit. Taking in fresh air and just focusing on the sounds and sights you have around you is as cliche as it sounds - 'a breathe of fresh air'. Plus like Daisy said, when surrounded on a field of dogs - how can you feel sad?

4. Being jealous can mean you need a bit more love | Instead of chasing achievements and trying to be at the same level as everyone else in their own lives. Sometimes you need to focus on the fact that you're just as good as them. As Daisy says 'I'm enough if I exist just as I am.' Nobody is you and that is something that will never be taken away from you either. If you find how to love yourself, you will find that people will be jealous. Confidence is key, but that doesn't mean you have to walk out of the front door ready to take on the world. It means putting on your favourite fragrance which relates to a happy, ass-kicking time, which will help hold your head a little higher.

5. Made a mistake, sleep then deal with it | This has saved me most recently. When we freak-out and make tiny breathless panics in attempt to fix the problem, it's usually better to sleep on it or to sit down with a cuppa and a whole pack of custard creams. (Daisy says Hob Nobs, but I'm a sucker for custard creams.) When making mistakes too, tell someone straight away. You may not tell the person who could potentially tell you off. Instead, tell your Mum because if anything at the age of 25 the only person who can tell you off for making a mistake is your Mum. And 90% of the time, your Mums always right. They tell you from the age of five that they are, which sadly means they still are at twenty five. And probably at fifty five too.

T.x



*This post does include affiliate links.*

One thing in my mid twenties have taught me is that you experience with make up a whole lot less. I mean I'd always be open to sitting at the beauty counters and getting pampered, and my make up done. But at the same time, the chances of me walking away with a whole new make up bag is unlikely.

I've got a make up routine that I am happy with and I feel benefits my skin. So I'm going to get down with business on every product and why I'm a always repurchasing. Again and again.

For my base I've become overly obsessed with the IT Cosmetics CC Cream. I use the shade Light, which I am a pale type of girl but I need a little tan/colour to my skin. I find it's full coverage for my skin, it gives me a glow and hydrates my skin whilst having SPF 50. Just a couple (for less coverage) and three pumps for (evening full coverage) ~ a little goes a loongggg way. It also keeps to being full coverage over time. I'm also very interested in trying the other two CC Creams. The matte coverage and also illumination to see the three compared to each other. But I'll hype this up to everyone as this is the first foundation that I have used for the longest amount of time. (Trust me, I'm normally using three types at different times.) But this is the one and only the one I use.

Then to add a little more colour to my complexion, I like to use the Maybelline Master Bronzer & Highlight Palette. (Highlight not so much, bronzer yes.) I use the three darker shades, mainly the two centred shades. It blends out really well, you can either use this as a bronzer palette or even a contour. I must admit this won't be for everyone as there is only four shades to pick from, but you can build up the product for the perfect shade and coverage. This has lasted me many of months too as instead of one you have a few shades to choose from.

That is just my base. Small and simple, but I like to add more bold to my lip and lashes.



For my eyes, I like to use the Smashbox single eye shadow in the shade Nude. I've come to terms with not all shades will suit my eyes and look. Browns are more my 'thang'. I like to keep my eyes simple with this shadow, and even a little shimmer from the Becca Après Ski Glow Palette palette for a little more 'party' look. These shades don't crease, they glide on your lids just as good with your finger as a brush. They blend beautifully too. It's not so easy to get your hands on but for shimmers, they're highly pigmented which is a winner. *Of course.*
Then my lashes I am loving the IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara. I was highly persuaded by Chloe Plumstead when she shared what mascara she uses. At first I wasn't convinced, however now I've transferred my everyday mascara. It gives volume to my lashes and enhances the length. The formula is buildable for a more bolder make up look, but you can also use a little amount for a more natural lashes. Whilst building up the product, there is no flaking and no clumps. I've finally found a mascara that benefits my make up.

Then lastly for the all important brows. I've been using the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper. This is my only brow product. I'm all for the fluffy eye brow look. A lot of you comment on my brows and this is my answer! Just combing through the brows, makes them fuller and gives them shape. Leaves them looking natural and the brush is the perfect size for my brows. (A lot of brow products with combs are far too big for my brows.) This one is the perfect size.

My make up routine is that simple and short. I can get ready in the time frame of ten minutes, but I also can add a little more 'vavoom' for the special nights out and them days where effort is more capable.

Just add a red bold lip (my favourite go to at the mo) and boom ~ I'm ready in a flash.

T.x

*None of these items were gifted or paid for. All products are out of my own money and this review is based over the past four months.*

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My Current Make Up Routine I've Sworn By For The Past 4 Months


*This post does include affiliate links.*

One thing in my mid twenties have taught me is that you experience with make up a whole lot less. I mean I'd always be open to sitting at the beauty counters and getting pampered, and my make up done. But at the same time, the chances of me walking away with a whole new make up bag is unlikely.

I've got a make up routine that I am happy with and I feel benefits my skin. So I'm going to get down with business on every product and why I'm a always repurchasing. Again and again.

For my base I've become overly obsessed with the IT Cosmetics CC Cream. I use the shade Light, which I am a pale type of girl but I need a little tan/colour to my skin. I find it's full coverage for my skin, it gives me a glow and hydrates my skin whilst having SPF 50. Just a couple (for less coverage) and three pumps for (evening full coverage) ~ a little goes a loongggg way. It also keeps to being full coverage over time. I'm also very interested in trying the other two CC Creams. The matte coverage and also illumination to see the three compared to each other. But I'll hype this up to everyone as this is the first foundation that I have used for the longest amount of time. (Trust me, I'm normally using three types at different times.) But this is the one and only the one I use.

Then to add a little more colour to my complexion, I like to use the Maybelline Master Bronzer & Highlight Palette. (Highlight not so much, bronzer yes.) I use the three darker shades, mainly the two centred shades. It blends out really well, you can either use this as a bronzer palette or even a contour. I must admit this won't be for everyone as there is only four shades to pick from, but you can build up the product for the perfect shade and coverage. This has lasted me many of months too as instead of one you have a few shades to choose from.

That is just my base. Small and simple, but I like to add more bold to my lip and lashes.



For my eyes, I like to use the Smashbox single eye shadow in the shade Nude. I've come to terms with not all shades will suit my eyes and look. Browns are more my 'thang'. I like to keep my eyes simple with this shadow, and even a little shimmer from the Becca Après Ski Glow Palette palette for a little more 'party' look. These shades don't crease, they glide on your lids just as good with your finger as a brush. They blend beautifully too. It's not so easy to get your hands on but for shimmers, they're highly pigmented which is a winner. *Of course.*
Then my lashes I am loving the IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara. I was highly persuaded by Chloe Plumstead when she shared what mascara she uses. At first I wasn't convinced, however now I've transferred my everyday mascara. It gives volume to my lashes and enhances the length. The formula is buildable for a more bolder make up look, but you can also use a little amount for a more natural lashes. Whilst building up the product, there is no flaking and no clumps. I've finally found a mascara that benefits my make up.

Then lastly for the all important brows. I've been using the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper. This is my only brow product. I'm all for the fluffy eye brow look. A lot of you comment on my brows and this is my answer! Just combing through the brows, makes them fuller and gives them shape. Leaves them looking natural and the brush is the perfect size for my brows. (A lot of brow products with combs are far too big for my brows.) This one is the perfect size.

My make up routine is that simple and short. I can get ready in the time frame of ten minutes, but I also can add a little more 'vavoom' for the special nights out and them days where effort is more capable.

Just add a red bold lip (my favourite go to at the mo) and boom ~ I'm ready in a flash.

T.x

*None of these items were gifted or paid for. All products are out of my own money and this review is based over the past four months.*

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You've probably seen every Tom, Dick and Harry writing posts like this. I certainly have, but I'm also hoping you'll choose to carry on reading. It's some serious crap, but I've got a bit of wittiness to share.

Mid Twenties sounds a little daunting to me, I swear I tell people I am 23 still. I swear age doesn't matter anymore when you get older, and birthdays get less fun and joyful. As long as I've got a mixture of going away for it, a night down the local pub and also down time. That's my birthday in a nutshell of what i'd want. Just any excuse to see friends, go away and be totally lazy if i want to.


1. Shaving isn't kept on top of.  Being young you'd shave the most stupidest parts of your body. Arms, fluffy facial hair, even your upper lip when nothing was there. Now you're forever needing to keep on top of that. But also sometimes - i try to wing it. The worry of seeing my mustache in direct sunlight can be bothering, or it can be 'oh fuck it'. Arm hair? I'm human, we have hair everywhere. Fluffy facial hair? Just forget it.

2. Friends not texting back isn't a bad thing. I am very much that person who is getting longer and longer to reply to messages. If friends don't text me back, no problem. If i don't text friends back i see it as no problem either. Most of the time, well 90% of the time i open messages whilst doing things. Just before I drive off, whilst the adverts are playing and so on. I forget that I've even received that text, and i'd like to think my friends and family know me by now. Life gets in the way. I'll reply later on, but if you see that I've read it the minute after you sent it - it doesn't mean i'm being ignorant. I'm just lazy at texting.

3. Discount codes are a must. Fancy Prezzo tonight? Check the deals first, and also check Bella Italia. Then we will make that all important decision.

4. Chats with friends have become more experienced. Your usual chat at the beginning of relationships start off with going from first to second base and actually having sex. Never gave too much detail, but you'd chat. Now it's about hearing what new sex toys your friends have tried out. Talking things sex isn't such a cringe moment and buying isn't so shameful.

5. Exercising isn't such a chore anymore. Remember those days of P.E and you'd fake a letter from your Mum giving reasons why you won't be joining in on class.( I can't be the only one.) Now i go to the gym out of choice and for some 'me' time. I go on runs and look forward to that good feeling afterwards, even when i don't feel up to it at the beginning. Walking to the shop in the morning is refreshing and not a chore to pick up a pint of milk.

6. Nights in is out of choice, than being grounded. A night in with your friends watching films, doing face masks and even a glass of red is much more appealing than heading into town. Or even more, the pub is better than heading out of the way to the clubs. You can walk home and even stop off at the kebab van, winning right?.

7. Buying sanitary towels, lube, pregnancy tests and so on - isn't so embarrassing. 

8. Sleep is in actual fact - important. How i ever spent my evenings doing an 'all nighter' is beyond me. I can't even stay up to watch The Voice till the end without feeling the need to nod off. Getting eight hours a night is a total win win for me, but most of the time it's around 6 hours and i feel like total shit in the mornings. But i actually need sleep to feel human. How Mothers have less than six hours sleep due to their little bubbas are an inspiration to me.

9. Adult life never gets any easier. You thought school was difficult from 8.30am start to 2.30pm finish. Most of the time after school i'd be the lazy teenager. Spending hours on MSN and watching Zoe 101. Adult life you get up - work out, go to work, run errands, maybe pick up something for dinner, cook dinner, shower, sit on the sofa for an hour or two and head to bed. I find that shit difficult, i'll need a nanny and a cook when i have children. Any recommendations? Lol.

10. Getting your vagina out to nurses and doctors isn't so intimidating. No, just because your a doctor/nurse doesn't mean i'll give you a flash. Smear tests is something that i've always dreaded having but to be honest, it's done in five minutes and that includes stripping off and getting my jeans back up over my ass. The nurse makes you feel comfortable, and mine even had a chat with me about Nandos.

11. Getting rid of things that make you feel utterly crap is a whole lot better than holding on for change. Whether that's friends that make you feel uncomfortable, ex boyfriends that you thought were the 'one' and even those make up wipes. None of good for the mind, confidence and skin. You'll feel so much better without it, even if it's difficult at first.

12. Alone time is sometimes the best self-care. We spend so much of our time finding out about others, and hearing about others that we forget about ourselves. Friends need relationship advise, dramas going on within the family, busy with day to day life ~ don't forget about yourself.

13. A day started without that morning brew, can end as a bad day. 

14. I'll never fully understand everything 'buying a house' terms. Buying your first time house is so daunting, because hello i know eff all about it. Stamp duty you say? I will never understand. Just like i still don't understand how to work out a percentage of something. New Look have 20% off?! Let me just use my calculator first.

15. If you can't stop thinking about that trench coat, then you'll probably going to buy it tomorrow. Whether you find yourself a discount code or not. That treat yourself motto doesn't ever go away. Ever.

16. When your relationship with your partner hits four years. You both turn absolutely bonkers. (Not bonkers that bonk in bed 24/7, crazy bonkers.) The stupid shit you get up to, you'd never act around friends or even family. Neither would you have done the shit you do now with old ex boyfriends. They'd never understand your craziness and very high weirdness.

17. Saying no to social events isn't a crime. If you don't feel like it, or you simply don't want to. Don't go. Stay indoors or do something else instead. No one should tell you to come over and over again until you do. Also it shouldn't matter if you'd rather go and do something else. Not everything is for everyone.

18. Trust your gut 99% of the time. Like i just did. I was 99% sure there was a '%' sign on my keyboard and i just spent five minutes wondering if i am right. It shows - i was 100% right.

19. Washing your hair once a week is completely normal. You care less, dry shampoo is always on offer in the shops and hair up is sometimes better in the horrific wind and rain. Even on a warmer day in the summer, hair up feels like you can breathe more.

20. If a friendship is worth cherishing, it shouldn't seem like a chore to keep it up. It feels like a chore? Get rid. Stop texting back, add distance and soon you'll feel better for it.

21. Compare yourself only to you. Even if it's yourself last year or as a teenager. Never compare to others, otherwise you'll never be happy. You'll stay a lot happier comparing only to you. Social media is brutal for making you compare others to you, but you'll beat yourself up and never feel happy.

22. Vodka gets stronger. Ok, it may only apply to me. But i have to start with a weak vodka and coke, and add more as i go on throughout the night. At the end i'll be shotting it like i can totally handle it.

23. Take things less personal. Someone wants to criticize your outfit? F them i say. You probably wouldn't take on their advice, so don't listen to their opinions either.

24. Men care less about stretch marks and cellulite. They may slate it when your in your teen years, they were young. Totally clueless what a real women looks like. They have no idea about this as the models they'd bash over never had a single stretch mark insight. They were as immature as us girls who'd repeatedly tell them they have small dicks.

25. Saving money isn't as shit as it feels. I said before about treating yourself, you still can but also save at the same time. Saving money will give you many of things. A house, freedom and also a future. *Cliche, i know soz.* But with all this housing bullshit and with house prices going up and then down to interest rates going up and then down. You'll thank yourself for saving, even if you have no clue what goes into buying a house accept itself and the stuff that goes inside it.

T.x


What I've Learned In My Mid Twenties



You've probably seen every Tom, Dick and Harry writing posts like this. I certainly have, but I'm also hoping you'll choose to carry on reading. It's some serious crap, but I've got a bit of wittiness to share.

Mid Twenties sounds a little daunting to me, I swear I tell people I am 23 still. I swear age doesn't matter anymore when you get older, and birthdays get less fun and joyful. As long as I've got a mixture of going away for it, a night down the local pub and also down time. That's my birthday in a nutshell of what i'd want. Just any excuse to see friends, go away and be totally lazy if i want to.


1. Shaving isn't kept on top of.  Being young you'd shave the most stupidest parts of your body. Arms, fluffy facial hair, even your upper lip when nothing was there. Now you're forever needing to keep on top of that. But also sometimes - i try to wing it. The worry of seeing my mustache in direct sunlight can be bothering, or it can be 'oh fuck it'. Arm hair? I'm human, we have hair everywhere. Fluffy facial hair? Just forget it.

2. Friends not texting back isn't a bad thing. I am very much that person who is getting longer and longer to reply to messages. If friends don't text me back, no problem. If i don't text friends back i see it as no problem either. Most of the time, well 90% of the time i open messages whilst doing things. Just before I drive off, whilst the adverts are playing and so on. I forget that I've even received that text, and i'd like to think my friends and family know me by now. Life gets in the way. I'll reply later on, but if you see that I've read it the minute after you sent it - it doesn't mean i'm being ignorant. I'm just lazy at texting.

3. Discount codes are a must. Fancy Prezzo tonight? Check the deals first, and also check Bella Italia. Then we will make that all important decision.

4. Chats with friends have become more experienced. Your usual chat at the beginning of relationships start off with going from first to second base and actually having sex. Never gave too much detail, but you'd chat. Now it's about hearing what new sex toys your friends have tried out. Talking things sex isn't such a cringe moment and buying isn't so shameful.

5. Exercising isn't such a chore anymore. Remember those days of P.E and you'd fake a letter from your Mum giving reasons why you won't be joining in on class.( I can't be the only one.) Now i go to the gym out of choice and for some 'me' time. I go on runs and look forward to that good feeling afterwards, even when i don't feel up to it at the beginning. Walking to the shop in the morning is refreshing and not a chore to pick up a pint of milk.

6. Nights in is out of choice, than being grounded. A night in with your friends watching films, doing face masks and even a glass of red is much more appealing than heading into town. Or even more, the pub is better than heading out of the way to the clubs. You can walk home and even stop off at the kebab van, winning right?.

7. Buying sanitary towels, lube, pregnancy tests and so on - isn't so embarrassing. 

8. Sleep is in actual fact - important. How i ever spent my evenings doing an 'all nighter' is beyond me. I can't even stay up to watch The Voice till the end without feeling the need to nod off. Getting eight hours a night is a total win win for me, but most of the time it's around 6 hours and i feel like total shit in the mornings. But i actually need sleep to feel human. How Mothers have less than six hours sleep due to their little bubbas are an inspiration to me.

9. Adult life never gets any easier. You thought school was difficult from 8.30am start to 2.30pm finish. Most of the time after school i'd be the lazy teenager. Spending hours on MSN and watching Zoe 101. Adult life you get up - work out, go to work, run errands, maybe pick up something for dinner, cook dinner, shower, sit on the sofa for an hour or two and head to bed. I find that shit difficult, i'll need a nanny and a cook when i have children. Any recommendations? Lol.

10. Getting your vagina out to nurses and doctors isn't so intimidating. No, just because your a doctor/nurse doesn't mean i'll give you a flash. Smear tests is something that i've always dreaded having but to be honest, it's done in five minutes and that includes stripping off and getting my jeans back up over my ass. The nurse makes you feel comfortable, and mine even had a chat with me about Nandos.

11. Getting rid of things that make you feel utterly crap is a whole lot better than holding on for change. Whether that's friends that make you feel uncomfortable, ex boyfriends that you thought were the 'one' and even those make up wipes. None of good for the mind, confidence and skin. You'll feel so much better without it, even if it's difficult at first.

12. Alone time is sometimes the best self-care. We spend so much of our time finding out about others, and hearing about others that we forget about ourselves. Friends need relationship advise, dramas going on within the family, busy with day to day life ~ don't forget about yourself.

13. A day started without that morning brew, can end as a bad day. 

14. I'll never fully understand everything 'buying a house' terms. Buying your first time house is so daunting, because hello i know eff all about it. Stamp duty you say? I will never understand. Just like i still don't understand how to work out a percentage of something. New Look have 20% off?! Let me just use my calculator first.

15. If you can't stop thinking about that trench coat, then you'll probably going to buy it tomorrow. Whether you find yourself a discount code or not. That treat yourself motto doesn't ever go away. Ever.

16. When your relationship with your partner hits four years. You both turn absolutely bonkers. (Not bonkers that bonk in bed 24/7, crazy bonkers.) The stupid shit you get up to, you'd never act around friends or even family. Neither would you have done the shit you do now with old ex boyfriends. They'd never understand your craziness and very high weirdness.

17. Saying no to social events isn't a crime. If you don't feel like it, or you simply don't want to. Don't go. Stay indoors or do something else instead. No one should tell you to come over and over again until you do. Also it shouldn't matter if you'd rather go and do something else. Not everything is for everyone.

18. Trust your gut 99% of the time. Like i just did. I was 99% sure there was a '%' sign on my keyboard and i just spent five minutes wondering if i am right. It shows - i was 100% right.

19. Washing your hair once a week is completely normal. You care less, dry shampoo is always on offer in the shops and hair up is sometimes better in the horrific wind and rain. Even on a warmer day in the summer, hair up feels like you can breathe more.

20. If a friendship is worth cherishing, it shouldn't seem like a chore to keep it up. It feels like a chore? Get rid. Stop texting back, add distance and soon you'll feel better for it.

21. Compare yourself only to you. Even if it's yourself last year or as a teenager. Never compare to others, otherwise you'll never be happy. You'll stay a lot happier comparing only to you. Social media is brutal for making you compare others to you, but you'll beat yourself up and never feel happy.

22. Vodka gets stronger. Ok, it may only apply to me. But i have to start with a weak vodka and coke, and add more as i go on throughout the night. At the end i'll be shotting it like i can totally handle it.

23. Take things less personal. Someone wants to criticize your outfit? F them i say. You probably wouldn't take on their advice, so don't listen to their opinions either.

24. Men care less about stretch marks and cellulite. They may slate it when your in your teen years, they were young. Totally clueless what a real women looks like. They have no idea about this as the models they'd bash over never had a single stretch mark insight. They were as immature as us girls who'd repeatedly tell them they have small dicks.

25. Saving money isn't as shit as it feels. I said before about treating yourself, you still can but also save at the same time. Saving money will give you many of things. A house, freedom and also a future. *Cliche, i know soz.* But with all this housing bullshit and with house prices going up and then down to interest rates going up and then down. You'll thank yourself for saving, even if you have no clue what goes into buying a house accept itself and the stuff that goes inside it.

T.x


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