Sunday, 23 October 2016



I have been using Instagram a lot more lately, so I thought it would be nice to share a few of my recent photos. Instagram has always been one of those social media sites that I didn't really get... I mean I understand what it is for but I struggled to use it regularly and there never seemed to be a good reason for it. That was until I discovered microblogging.

Microblogging - "the activity or practice of making short, frequent posts to a microblog."

I'll be honest I didn't even know what microblogging was until about a week ago. Blogging yes, I mean I've had this blog for over two years now (can't believe I've stuck with it this long!) but I'm pretty oblivious to other social media platforms. I mean I have and use Twitter but I'm rubbish at remembering to tweet and can go days without paying any attention to it. Instagram I've had for ages but never really know what to do with it: post every picture with no real consideration or try and create some sort of theme?

That's when microblogging came to my attention and I realised that's where I've been going wrong with my Instagram. I love the idea of sharing anecdotes from my day, what I've been up to in a sort of diary, an illustrated one. It means I don't have to have a theme or worry about my photos, but there is some sort of coherence to my feed. For me it gives Instagram a use, that it didn't have before. I didn't use it consistently because I had no need to, but I really like the idea of having something to look back on that is primarily visual with maybe a little more text than I used to include. 

It is also something to do when I don't have time to write a full blog post. Blogging is time consuming, I think we can all agree on that and sometimes I don't have the time or I don't want to write a post. Instagram can be a nice little in-between now, because it is quick and you can do everything on your phone. I'm up for anything that means I don't have to bother turning on my laptop!

I don't know what this post is, other than to say that I think I understand Instagram now or at least I know what I want to use it for. So yeah you should follow me...! (shameless plug)


Friday, 21 October 2016


It has been a long time since I've done a favourites post of sorts, although this is such a strange combination of items I'm not sure what I'd call it! The theme is definitely autumn though, and the need to be cosy at all times. I'm really enjoying this season, I don't mind the cold dark mornings and the pretty autumn colours make me want to get out more and go on walks. I've been doing a lot of walking this week, it calms my anxiety and it is just nice to get fresh air. Plus it is an excuse to listen to lots of podcasts!

Cosy clothes
Now, I wear pyjamas at pretty much any given opportunity, but I feel like they come into their own at this time of year. There is literally nothing better than getting home from work and the cold, and being able to put clean pyjamas on. We are trying to restrain from putting the heating on too early, because you know expensive... So most evenings I resemble some sort of marshmallow. It's great!

On the same theme of cosiness, my microwaveable owl is definitely a favourite. It is basically like a hot water bottle without the risk of water leaking everywhere! I use him most evenings and it's especially good for that time of the month and the awful cramps I seem to get.

Not spending
Bit of a weird one really, but I've put myself on a self imposed spending ban for a little while. The last few months have been expensive and we are saving up for some boring adult things like a new bed... Also Christmas presents need to be bought and I'll have to have money for that! I'm actually enjoying not spending, I'm making more use of what I already own and haven't really felt the need to buy anything. I do however have an Amazon gift voucher to use so I might treat myself to a few new books... I'm nearly through my to-read pile!

My Dad Wrote a Porno
As per usual I'm late to jump on the bandwagon for something else everyone has been talking about for months. This time it is the podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno. It's easily one of the funniest things I've listened to and I've had to try and stop myself laughing as I walk down the street. Basically James Morton's Dad wrote a porno book and the podcast is him reading the book chapter by chapter to two of his friends as they discuss it. If you haven't listened to it you should, it's brilliant. 

 Autumn by Ali Smith (c/o Netgalley)
I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, because I have had really mixed feelings abut Ali Smith's writing in the past. Every season Smith is writing a novel reflecting on what is happening in the world and exploring the idea of time, Autumn is the first. It deals with the effects of Brexit and the apparent gloom it has brought on the country. The story itself is about a young woman named Elisabeth and her relationship with Daniel Gluck, an elderly man who has much more life experience and wisdom than she. It jumps in time from when she was a young child and the exchanges they had then about art and culture to her adult life and the effect those stories still have. It really is an amazing novel and I'm so glad I gave it a chance, easily my favourite Ali Smith I've read.

Macaroni Cheese
Now this is a strange thing to include... I always crave hot carby food at this time of year and I have been eating way too much pasta recently, in particular macaroni cheese. I used to think I didn't like macaroni cheese, which was pretty stupid, because how can you not like it!? I've been experimenting a bit, making it with different types of cheese and yeah it's just great.


Wednesday, 19 October 2016


When I first decided to go cruelty free I was a bit overwhelmed to say the least... There is so much conflicting information, and brands website often don't tell the whole story when it comes to whether they test on animals. After a few months of trial and error I have found some great brands and turned most of my routine cruelty free (I am still using up some old products). There have been a few slip ups along the way but I've pretty much worked out the best brands for me. I thought I'd share a few of my favourites and if you have any recommendations for me then let me know!
Just a quick note to say I know there are varying levels of cruelty free, like whether you buy from brands which themselves are cruelty free but are owned by parent companies that do test. I tend to go with anything that has the leaping bunny symbol or that I've researched thoroughly.

I think everyone and their mother knows about Lush, but I just couldn't not include them! Before going cruelty free I had only ever used their bath products, and now that I live in a flat which doesn't have a bath they are no use to me... Although that is probably a good thing because otherwise I dread to think how much money I'd spend in there! Now I've tried a wider variety of their products from skincare, to perfume and hair products (which to be honest I haven't got along with). They are just such a good all rounder and have pretty much every beauty product you could need! My favourites are definitely the face masks and the Vanillary perfume which reminds of cake!

I wrote a post about Original Source not that long ago (read here) so it is probably already clear how much I love this brand. They make predominately shower gel, although I think there are some other body products, and everything smells incredible. There are so many different options too, whether you like citrusy scents or really sweet ones. I've even got my boyfriend hooked on them... I think my favourite is probably the Vanilla and Raspberry shower gel because the scent fills the whole room.

Liz Earle has been one of my skincare favourites for a few years now and my basic routine is all from the brand. Their cult Cleanse and Polish is brilliant for removing makeup, I like their toner and their moisturiser. The skincare is quite basic, nothing fancy but that's what my skin likes the most. Whenever I use anything with a heavy fragrance or lots of different products on my skin it tends to flares up. I also recently tried their Sheer Skin Tint (post here) which is the base I've been using everyday since I bought it. There is still so much I need to try from Liz Earle, but I'm yet to be disappointed by anything!

I feel like I've got my skincare and haircare down, but makeup wise I'm still trying to find things that suit me. Barry M is always reliable though and plus it reminds me of being in my early teens and buying dazzle dusts! I think every nail polish I own is Barry M now, they are cheap, dry quickly and come in loads of different colours. I find that you can never really go wrong with them, although that being said I haven't tried much of their other makeup...

Yes to were the first cruelty free brand I tried for hair products because it was all that was available in my local Boots. It is amazing how few cruelty free products there are in some shops! I wasn't a big fan of the Yes to Carrots range because the shampoo and conditioner weren't that moisturising but I love the coconut range. It smells amazing for starters, and it leaves my hair so soft and smooth. I can't see myself buying anything different  for a while! I've also seen that they have a range of body products that I really want to try out. If they smell as good as the coconut conditioner then I think we're on to a winner!

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