Happy Monday, my loves. I hope you all had a good weekend!

I was umming and arring with what to write about this week and then I had a light bulb moment (trust me, that doesn't happen very often). So, I thought I would create a series and *try* to post most Sunday's with what I have learnt and taken from my week. I’m hoping that doing this will allow me to think about what I have achieved but also what I aspire to accomplish in the coming days. If you’re looking to do something similar then feel free to join me on Sunday's and read along, I’d love to have you. Hopefully it can help someone out there to think about what’s going well and what they’d also like to work on, so we may as well do it together, right?

I am one of those people who enjoys being busy 24/7 and if I don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere with my day, I start to get frustrated and easily agitated. Sometimes this isn’t a healthy way to think so recently, I have made sure to take time out for myself and do things for me. I have noticed a big difference in how I feel and I’m glad I took some much-needed time out! To give you an example, this week I have struggled with finding the motivation and inspiration to post on Instagram. My mind has been prioritised with other things so I just wasn’t feeling it at all! As I love to create content, I knew I needed to push myself back into it, as it’s something I feel passionate about. I sat down, read some blogs, took some photos and created a new preset for my feed and I think I am slowly getting back on track. It is important to be able to take a step back and reevaluate why you do these things, the answer is usually because you love to do it. Sometimes your fire may fade but you will always find a way to get the spark back – it all takes time!

Some great things have started to happen over the last couple of weeks and I truly believe that’s because I have been thinking positively and haven’t been stuck in a negative headspace. Some people may think this is a load of gobbledygook but, I have started to read about the ‘Law of Attraction’ and it has popped into my mind on a daily basis - call me crazy but hear me out. Do you ever have one of those days where you sit there and think, “I spoke about that last week and now it’s happening” because I do and it freaks me out every time but, I have put it down to the Law of Attraction. If you have positive thoughts and aims then you will always find a way to achieve them, no matter what. Positivity, persistence and passion are key!

As you get older, you start to value friendship more. Some people come and go, which is absolutely fine and you can learn from it but its important to understand that you shouldn’t have to put your time into others who wouldn’t do it for you – you’re worth more than that. Over the years, this has happened to me A LOT but I now have such a great (and small) group of friends who I adore speaking to on a daily basis and I would make so much time for them as I know they would for me too. If you haven’t talked to someone for a while but you would like to, definitely drop them a line and ask to meet up, life it too short not too. I’m sure they’ll love to hear from you and I bet they’ve missed you too! It’s so important to make time for each other nowadays, even though it is hard sometimes as we all have such busy lives but is there really anything better than meeting up, having a coffee (or a cheeky cocktail) and catching up about life? I think not.

On Saturday night, we sat down as a family with our hot drinks and blankets to watch a movie together, we haven’t done that for such a long time and it felt so good! I must admit, I’m not a big film fan but it was such a nice and well-spent couple of hours. We watched ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ which made me cry 3 times (I just cant help myself) but if you used to read Winnie the Pooh when you were little, definitely have a watch – it’ll give you all the feels. My point is that having some time out with family is needed and a good way for everyone to wind down relax and enjoy their night.

You’re probably sat thinking, “isn’t that obvious?” because it is but as someone who has never drank a lot, this has always been a challenge. I decided enough is enough and I caved and bought a big ol’ bottle to fill every day and I can say, it’s actually working! If you have read my blog before, you will know I have MAJOR skin issues and I can already see the difference in my skin and I have only been drinking litres of water for about a week. So, moral of the story is, when someone says that water can help clear you skin and make you feel better, IT REALLY CAN. I need to start taking my own advice.

Well, that went on for longer than I thought but I hope you enjoyed my ramblings. Let me know if you’d like this to become a regular series, as I’d love to chat to you about your week too!

L x

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Happy Sunday, my loves. I hope you are enjoying the glorious sunshine!

I don’t think I have ever written a favourites post before so here I am with some easy Sunday reading. I have found myself loving quite a few bits over the last couple of weeks, both new and old so, I’m going to chat my way through and hopefully you discover some different products to test out.

BOBBI BROWN TOUCH UP BRUSH = A couple of weeks back, I was lucky enough to be invited down to Brighton for the Bobbi Brown #CantLiveWithout masterclass which was such a fun afternoon but that is where I was introduced to the Full Coverage Touch Up Brush. I must say that I am more of a sponge kind of girl and I would never think to apply my foundation or concealer with a brush but I think I’m going to end up eating my words. I have found this brush is particularly good with the Bobbi Brown Corrector as it covers under eye circles, red patches and small blemishes with good coverage. It is perfect for any skin type as it applies evenly and doesn’t leave you feeling cakey! So if you’re on the hunt for a touch up brush, definitely have a look at this one – you’ll love it.

BENEFIT PORE MATTE RESCUE GEL = I have used this for around 2 years now and I’m still absolutely loving it. My skin has always been oily and prone to redness so when searching for a primer I look for something cooling and mattifying and this little beauty does just that. With some primers I have tested out before, I noticed some of the thicker creams would cling to my dry patches and just make my foundation look patchy but as this is a gel consistency it glides on the skin and leaves you feeling hydrated and soothed. Oh and it also smells AMAZING. Definitely test this one out if you have oily skin like me.

BOBBI BROWN POT ROUGE = Back on it with the Bobbi Brown products but this is a definite must have. As a lazy girl who likes to have her makeup done quickly, I love a product that multi-tasks so being able to use Pot Rouge on my cheeks and lips is a dream. Popping in on as a blush once your foundation is set, gives a natural rosy tint, which lasts all day. Using it as a lip shade gives a subtle finish but doesn’t dry out your skin. When wearing some lipsticks, my lips instantly chap and feel sore but Pot Rouge hydrates and I can wear it all day without having the urge to take it off. If you haven’t got this miracle in your makeup bag then treat yourself as its so worth it.

MORPHE 35k PALLETTE = I mean, who doesn’t love a Morphe palette? They’re so affordable compared to other brands but you can still create amazingly pigmented looks. I am such an ammeter when it comes to eye shadow; I usually just pop on a light base and then a bit of glitter as I never seem to be able to pull off a well-executed eye but having a palette where the powders are easy to blend makes life so much easier. The 35K is a winner for me as there is a good colour range and you get a choice of both mattes and glitters to create various day and night time looks. If you’re looking for a palette but you don’t want to spend a bomb then definitely look into Morphe as there are so many to choose from and there is bound to be one just for you!

LOREAL BROW ARTIST PLUMPER = At 15, I made the stupid mistake of overplucking my eyebrows; most of us have been there, right? Thankfully I am happy with how my brows are looking now but I’m still always on the hunt for products that’ll give me a helping hand. I have used Benefit’s Gimme Brow before and I did like it but I wanted to find a cheaper alternative and I believe I have succeeded! I pop on the brow plumper after I have drawn in my brows for more volume but if you want to apply it without any other product then it looks good either way. I only have one little niggle and that is if you apply too much, it can go a bit crispy which feels horrid but as people always say, a little goes a long way.

BENEFIT BAD GIRL LASH MASCARA = I have been a fan of Benefit mascaras for a while now so when my babe Charlotte gave me this for my birthday, I was a very happy girly. When Bad Girl came out, I heard mixed reviews with many saying it was too ‘clumpy’ or it didn’t volumise. I agree with this to an extent but similar to the brow gel, less is most definitely more. If you apply this sparingly then I feel you will see the volumising effects. This is not good mascara if you want to use it for more than a couple of coats but having said that, I love how dark it makes your lashes look and I do like it for a more natural look. 

And now we have come to the end of my first favourites post. I am planning to make this a regular occurrence so keep your eyes peeled for that. I hope you have a lovely rest of this sunny Sunday. Let me know what you’ve been loving this month!

L x
As you’ve probably seen from my relentless spamming of photos on my Instagram, I have just come back from a week up in the Lake District, a place that is very close to my heart! I have been going there on holiday every year since I was a little girl and that won’t be changing anytime soon; it’s definitely my favourite stress free spot.

If you haven’t been before think of luscious green landscapes, vast mountainous areas, endless bird song and a strong sense of serenity. When I’m there all my stress and worries instantly disappear and it’s such a good feeling! Being in an environment where you feel truly content is bliss. If you’re looking for a holiday where you can switch off then the Lake District is for you.

We packed up the car, jumped on the motorway and drove 300 miles to our destination in a quaint village called Elterwater, which is just outside Ambleside. Our holiday was spent strolling around, chilling in the pool and eating some amazing food – pure bliss. There are many reasons why I am already looking forward to my next visit; here are some photos to show you why.

We just had to visit our favourite cafe, Chester’s by the River in Skelwith Bridge. You can’t go to the Lakes without popping in for a coffee and piece of homemade cake. The River Brathay makes for a perfect setting to admire when enjoying your food. Next door to the cafe is the shop where you can buy anything from home furnishings to unique gifts for friends and family – you could even pick up a piece of handcrafted local slate, if you wanted a memento.

We then took a short stroll back to Elterwater. On the walk itself, you can visit Colwith Force which is definitely worthwhile. There is a bridge that takes you down to the waterfall so you can get up close and personal - it makes for a good photo opportunity too!

We visited Derwentwater later on in the week. It is easily one of my favourite lakes as you can walk  right the way round the waters edge and there is always so much to see, whether that be hundreds of ducks, cruisers setting off or dogs having a good ol' paddle (definitely my favourite thing). 

When our week came to an end, we decided to stop off in Liverpool on the way home which I was very excited about. Liverpool is one of those cities where you can visit time and time again but never get bored - there is always something going on whether that be to do with music, food or fashion. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I am excited to visit again soon to adventure around and find some more amazing spots! 

So there you go, my holiday in a nutshell. I hope you enjoyed reading and if you have any questions about where I visited then please don't hesitate to ask. Have you visited either the Lake District or Liverpool before? 

L x

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As Father’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I would put together a little gift guide, as I know how hard it can be to buy for men. If your Dad is anything like mine then he will just say he doesn’t want a gift or the classic answer of “I don’t know” so here is a list of ideas to hopefully inspire you. 

I hope you have found something here that you think your Dad would like. Now you're prepared, you can sit back and relax! How are you going to spoil your Dad this Father's Day?

L x

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So, I have recently had a few questions about my Instastories so I thought I would jump on here and write a quick post. A couple of months ago when flicking through Instagram, I noticed many bloggers had gorgeous layouts and I thought they would’ve taken hours to create on Photoshop but in fact, it’s a lot easier and less time consuming than that as there is an app that does it all for you - its called Unfold and it’s a minimalists dream!

When you open the app, there is a plus sign at the top of the page, which allows you to start creating your story. You can name your piece or leave it blank, whichever you’d prefer. You are now in ‘Edit Mode’ where you can get creative and explore all the templates that are on offer. With the app, you are given the CS1 templates, which are mainly all rectangular but you can also purchase CS2 and FF1 to give you more variety. There are also a range of fonts which you can choose from depending on what type of content you are sharing. 

CS1 has an editorial feel where you can merge both image and text to create a narrative. These templates would be perfect for trips away, outfit shots or just showing off your favourite flatlay. CS2 is very similar but you get a wider range of shapes, sizes and layouts with the added choice of changing the background colour from black to white. Both these sets give you many unique ways to display your work but FF1 is an absolute game changer! FF1 templates are inspired by analog photography so you can transform your images into polaroids and film negatives to give your Instastories a retro feel. To begin with I didn’t want to purchase the other templates but I bit the bullet and I don’t regret it at all – they’re so worth it!

Once you have finished your masterpiece, you can post them straight from the app, over onto your stories without any problems. This app has definitely helped me to experiment with my stories and push my creative development so if you’re looking to put more time into your Instagram without having to use Photoshop or any other editing programmes then definitely give this app a go – you will love it!

So, that is Unfold in a nutshell! I hope you have felt somewhat inspired by this post and please let me know if you download the app, I’d love to see what you create! If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to pop me a message and I will try my best to help. 

Speak soon,

L x

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