Monday, 16 February 2015

Homespiration Monday #4

Happy Monday!

This week's Homespiration features very simple minimalist apartments. I love the clean, fresh look all of these homes have, with big windows allowing sunshine to shine through.

The simple decor of just furniture and plants adds a very simple feel to it all. 

 I love the big mirror and even bigger windows in this one.

This one is so beautifully bright! And the plants add a special touch also.

While the simple all-white look is very pretty, I'd add a pop of one colour to give an apartment a bit more of a vibe. I'd love how green, blue or red would look among these homes!

I'll see you in the next one!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Top 10 Friday!

These past two weeks have been crazy busy and stressful. Here's to half term!

1. My new favourite YouTube channel TheNonBlondes have started up, and this week's theme is Valentine's Day! Be sure to check it out.

2. Music now vs music then. I've been thinking about this for a while now!

4. Vegan cheese is something I've wanted to try for ages. But hearing negative comments about it, I decided not to try! This should get me in the swing of it all.

5. Tarte recently released a new palatte, which I am in desperate need of! Trying to get into makeup is pretty diffucult, as I have 0 knowledge, but this palette looks like something I could work with.

6. I've had the urge to straighten my natural hair, and I feel like I'll be doing it soon. This video has a really great method I can't wait to try. 

7. I really want to decorate my future home with plants, especially cacti pots. This post perfectly sums that up!

8. This 30 Day Minimalism Challenge really intrigues me! Maybe I'll give it a go next month...

9. I've been in the market for a new planner, and these ones by ninjandninj on Etsy are really cute. Anyone have any reccommendations?

I'll see you in the next one!

Monday, 2 February 2015

Homespiration Monday #3!

Plants! That's what was inspiring me today. 

I love the pop of green house plants can offer any room. From flowers, to cacti, they really add a new special element to any house.

I love the pop of green in both these pictures. They blend well with the simple white walls and wood flooring. I also love cacti, so when I get one soon, I can already see myself hoarding a few too many. 

That big leafy plant is gorgeous! I love how the picture looks with the plant, sofa cushions and picture right in the centre. This looks like something found on A Beautiful Mess!

Oh, and before I forget, I just made a Pinterest account! I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing, though! You can follow me over here!

I'll see you in the next one!

Friday, 30 January 2015

Top 10 Friday!

1. This recipe looks too delicious. 

2. If you're a Super Bowl fan, then this is something you need to see and try.

3. NACHOS. 'Nuff said.

4. I've wanted a camera like this for AGES. 

5. An Instagram calender seems like such a good idea! I'd love one of those. 

6. I took this general idea for those with actual jobs, and substituted it for a college student. Very helpful! 

7. This video has made me think twice about exercising. 

8. 13 Glorious Reasons to Visit the Dalmatian Coast. Must go.

9. My English teacher's got me reading these non-stop.

10. ... and now I want more red lipsticks...

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sanctuary Spa Foaming Bath Soak

I got Sanctuary Spa's Foaming Bath Soak as a gift set of three. The other products were the Cleansing Burst Body Wash, and the Silky Smooth Body Lotion. I have yet to try the body wash, and I'm afraid I don't really like the body lotion. The smell is far too strong, and causes my eyes to water and nose to burn! But, on the plus side, it is long lasting.

I decided to have a crack at the bath soak this morning, and honestly, I really enjoyed it!

The smell is similar to the body lotion, but it doesn't cause me to react in such a negative way. All you do is pour some underneath running water and watch as the bubbles form. I just wish there were more of them, as they do disappear rather quickly. Afterwards, my skin felt very smooth and gentle, probably due to the added aloe and wheat proteins. 

I really love this product, and want to order some more!

Please list below what other bath products I should try out!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Red Lip Wishlist

I literally saw this, swatched a bit on my hand and fell in love! I've never had/tried out a matte lipstick before because I was scared that it may dry out my lips. But, the lipstick applies smoothly and felt very soft on my hand. I can only imagine it on my lips! The matte-ness seems really long lasting, and applies creamy and very quickly dries matte. I really want this!

I've heard nothing but positive reviews over Lime Crime's Velvetines. After watching review after review (after review!), I decided I really want to try one! I also want to try Salem and Wicked, but I've decided to test the waters out with Red Velvet instead. Application looks neat and mess-free which is a massive plus! And they're also long lasting. Their Unicorn Lipsticks are also very tempting... Also want.

Charlotte Tilbury make-up is once of the best in the business. This too is long lasting and applies very well. Reviews say it to also be moisturising and velvety smooth, which makes me want to try it out even more! Glastonbury is another shade I want to try, (along with all other CT products ;))

What's your favourite red lip product? 

Monday, 26 January 2015

Homespiration Monday #2!

This week I was feeling inspired by loft apartments!

 I love how small and compact they are, while still being really open and large. They look really homey and once they're filled with pictures, and lots of furniture, they look really full and warm.

My favourite between those above is the far left one. Seeing the beams makes the apartment look almost Tudor-like, and beautifully old fashioned.

Having a library in my future home is something I'm looking forward to. I relish the idea of being able to fill a home up with lots and lots of books, written by my favourite authors. I especially love the bottom picture - look at all those books!

Loft apartments are also great because you can have your kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom all in one giant room. The bottom one shows this better (notice the mini library in the corner! ;)) Loft apartments are really good for ease, as you don't have to travel far to get to one room. The next one is a few meters away!

Kayla Lashae did her own loft apartment tour, which I loved watching. You can check that out here!

I'll see you in the next one!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Top 10 Friday!

Another Friday, another Top 10!

1.Must. Eat. Pho. Fun fact: 'pho' is pronounced 'fuh'. Please tell me I'm not the only one who didn't know this...

2. I recently discovered Danger0usperson on Youtube and Instagram, and I'm obsessed! Her Vlogmas videos and make-up tutorials are so great to watch; I have been hooked! 

3. Following on from that, her boyfriend is in a band I'm starting to become obsessed with too. 

4. I've been making this cake since we entered 2015, and I am absolutely loving it. I substituted the raspberries for blueberries once, but they sank to the bottom :( Does anyone have any tips for that? Also, it's absolutely delicious, and goes down a treat.

6. These pancakes look too good to be true. I need to try the recipe sometime next weekend. Anna's baking posts are to die for!

7. This was very eye-opening. This is why fast food is bad for you, kids!

8. I discovered this site a couple of years ago, and literally spent way too long on it. Have fun!

9. 9 ways to feel more positive. This really helps me out a lot.

10. Set those goals, and stick to them! This comes in especially handy for those with new years resolutions or goals. Speaking of those, how are you getting on?

I'll see you in the next one!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Beat That Cold!

When I think of January (and winter in general), I think of colds, sneezing, coughing, and just generally feeling like poop.

I woke up this new year with a pounding headache, painful throat and a persistent and annoying cough. No, I hadn't been drinking (!), I just came down with the flu. After plenty of bed rest, fluids and painkillers, I'm just now starting to feel better!

Which is why I've decided to share my tips for anyone out there struggling to overcome any flu or flu-like symptoms this winter.

1: Fluids!
Drink anything! Anything and everything. I would recommend water first and foremost, but orange juice would work very well, too. I wouldn't use this as an excuse to drink plenty of caffeinated drinks. It seems like a given, as you're bound to feel tired and groggy, but avoid those as much as possible! The short buzz you'll feel won't last for very long, and you'll end up feeling worse than before. So, try to stay hydrated with plenty of water and orange juice.

2. Warm baths.
I'm more of a shower person, but whenever I'm ill, I take that time to indulge myself in a nice warm bath. It's also times like this I wish I had some baths bombs to soak in for a long time! Baths can help with any achy feelings, which I usually get across my back and torso from all the coughing. I'd lie in there for a long time, a couple times a day, to give your muscles time to unwind and relax. Ahhh.

3. Honey, Lemon, and Ginger.
Sometimes, the traditional methods are the ones that work best. And devouring as much honey and lemon based things are just the way forward. This does coincide with the 'Fluids', but truly deserves some separate appreciation. Firstly, you can make a tea. Just boil some water and pour it over your teabag of choice (this was usually green tea for me!), and go to town with the honey and lemon. Put as much as you want, bundle up and drink it up! Next: ginger tea. This is similar to the previous one, but there is no teabag involved here. Grate some ginger over your cup to release some of the juices. Pour over boiling water, and stir in the honey and lemon. This is especially good if you have a tickly cough. Finally, the last drink involves garlic. Cut some ginger and garlic into very small pieces. Pour over some hot water (about half a cup-full) and let it boil away in a small pot for about fifteen minutes. Strain the pieces, add honey and lemon to the cup of liquid goodness, and you're all set!

4. Sleep.
Resting is so important if you're not feeling 100%. I love sleep anyway, but it's even more welcomed when I'm ill. Try to get 7-10 hours of sleep every night, and maybe sneak in a couple of naps during the day. When you wake up, you'll feel so much better, trust me! 

5. Nasal Sprays
These are so good if you're having breathing problems, especially at night. I get blocked noses a lot, and it gets solved easily with a simple spray! I also use those sticks of menthol if I'm not feeling up to spraying into my nose.

Those are my 5 best tips in helping you beat any cold you get this winter!

Thanks, and I'll see you in the next one!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Homespiration Monday #1

I find myself always browsing beautiful homes more often than not, and I've decided to make a segment on my blog called 'Homespiration' going live every Monday!

This week I was feeling inspired by beautiful New York style apartments, mostly by the ones with wide open spaces and brick walls. I love the vintage and rustic style.

I love the bath in that first picture, and also the window and view in the second one.

I love the sunlight and all-round beauty in these pictures. My personal favourites are the two middles. I'd love my own personal library, and also the winding staircase. Living there looks like such bliss!

Thanks, and I'll see you in the next one!