Tuesday, 30 May 2017

May Loves.

This month has been such a great one for favourites because I've found SO many new products/things that I absolutely adore! I'm so excited to round them up and share them all in this post so I'm going to dive right in... 

For skincare, I've already mentioned my love for the Oskia Restoration Oil which works perfectly alongside my current skincare regime for an extra boost of hydration and radiance. It's definitely a pricier product, but I love it so much and little goes a really long way. I can see this little bottle lasting ages! I apply a little before bed in between my toner and night cream, and let it sink in. My skin drinks up the oil really quickly because it's light and not at all greasy, making it the perfect combination for me. 

Makeup wise, there have been both new and old discoveries. Firstly, you might have read my review of the new Tanya Burr Cosmetics Neutral Ambiance Collection which I am totally smitten with. I'm actually going to feature both of the products that I've tried in this months favourites because I've been using them non-stop since they were delivered! The eyeshadow quad in My Paradise is adorable, especially if you love rose gold - the shades are pigmented and very pretty for summer. I also love the Tanya's new lipstick in Bear Hug, the perfect addition to my neutral lipstick collection, and I've been wearing that every day since I got it too. I'll link my full review and swatches of the collection here.

Another new purchase has been the P.S... Pure Glow Kit. For starters, the packaging is marble. That sort of won me over in a heartbeat. Then the shades themselves vary from icy white to a beautiful gilded gold. It's a lighter version of the Bronze & Glow Kit I reviewed last month, and it's perfect for light to medium skin tones. The formula is velvety and the swatches are incredibly pigmented and beautiful, and I know I'll be using this palette a lot this year!

An old rediscovery is the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara which I've repurchased after remembering how much I loved it last year. It creates perfect evening lashes with lots of volume and length, so it's definitely a great all round mascara. It is a little bit more of a pain to take off, but that means that it wears really well without flaking throughout the day! 

I've been reading several beauty and lifestyle content recently, and one of my favourite things to read is the Blogosphere Magazine which I finally subscribed to last month. I think it's the perfect read for bloggers and anyone interested in reading them. It's easy to read, with gorgeous images and interesting interviews and personal stories from other bloggers. I think it's well worth subscribing to, and I'm so excited for the next issue that's coming out!

A couple of fashion favourites - these ASOS pointed flats are super gorgeous and I've loved wearing them this past month! They do rub the back of my ankle so I did have to purchase some soft sole stickers to make them more comfortable to wear, but they were just too beautiful to send back. They've actually sold out but I've linked another beautiful pair which are the most similar style I could find. I've also been loving my Weekend Vibes Sweatshirt on colder drizzly days. It's such a cosy, easy-to-wear style that was a total steal. 

Of course, a huge favourite (and stress) of this month, and the next few months, is wedding planning. My beautiful ring has been a huge favourite - it's very special and sometimes I find myself just staring at the sparkles. In case any of you were wondering, it's this one from Goldsmiths. They were very helpful with the resizing issues and I'm very grateful for such a stunning piece from them. I was super excited to share the news with you all earlier this month, and now that the cat is out of the bag, I can think about writing a couple of wedding planning/beauty related posts. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

What have you been loving throughout May?

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Two Treats From Oskia.

The past couple of months have been very much makeup free with lots of attention to improving my skin. I've found a skincare routine that really seems to work for me (I shared the details in this post), but I'm always on the hunt for great skincare that makes my routine even better for my skin. Oskia has been in the limelight for a while when it comes to the beauty blogging scene, and I can't believe it took me so long to finally invest in a couple of products to try out. I've been using this duo for a couple of months now and I really am noticing the difference, so I wanted to dedicate a post sharing these two gems.

Most of you probably know it by now, but I'll take a moment to talk about my skin type: I have dry, acne prone skin - the peskiest of skin types! It's taken years for me to establish a routine that doesn't aggravate my skin, and find products that hydrate my complexion without clogging up my pores. 

The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel has been spoken about far and wide by bloggers everywhere. It has been named a cult product which works for most skin types, nourishing and cleansing at the same time - and it does just that. I love the scent, it smells very spa-like which I'm all for. The formula itself isn't heavy, but it isn't too light either. It lathers up and washes off beautifully, and my skin doesn't feel taught after using which makes it such a game-changer. 

I love to pair this with my Oskia Restoration Oil, a more recent Oskia purchase, which was definitely more of a splurge for me. However, I use about two drops each night and the jar is quite large and full, so I can see it lasting a really long time. I apply this oil between my toner and moisturiser for an extra moisture boost. It also heals any pigmentation marks and improves the overall texture of my skin. I've only been using it for about two months but I'm already noticing such a difference - and now I can't go back to not using an oil in my nighttime routine! 

So this is the duo that I've been loving from Oskia - and I'm keen to try out more from the brand soon!

Any recommendations on what I should try next?


Thursday, 25 May 2017

My Summer Homeware Wishlist.

If it wasn't clear by now, I think I should confess that I'm an absolute sucker for pretty homeware! I love all things decor and Anthropologie is literally my dream home. I usually do this style of post once-twice a year, with some seasonal switch ups, so today I'm sharing some of the pieces I've been eyeing up to add some summer vibes to my living space.

The botanical trend is huge again this season, and there's so many gorgeous homeware pieces inspired by this. From bold banana leaf prints to bright tropical pineapples, this trend is everywhere from high street to more luxury homeware stores. You've seen my beautiful gold leaf mugs featured so much on my blog, but I'm already eyeing up some more from this trend. I've picked out a few pieces including this stunning - yet super affordable - little vase from George at Asda, and this gorgeous monochrome illustrated mug from M&S.

Metallic accents seem to be where it's at again this season, and these beautiful rose gold measuring cups are my new favourite purchase. Mine are actually gold from Anthropologie, but this set from M&S is incredibly similar. Tom Dixon designs are known for their metallic boldness, and this beautiful copper cafetiere is no different. It would make the perfect statement kitchen counter-top piece. Speaking of statement, I've fallen in love with this prismatic vase from John Lewis - I can imagine it looking beautiful filled with fresh pink peonies on the windowsill. 

I've always been a huge lover of pastel pink, so when I saw this lamp in Oliver Bonas, I had to add it to my wishlist. It's the perfect combination of metallic, marble and pastel, and it would make the perfect addition to my office desk. As I'm moving to Canada oh-so-soon, this London print from Rifle Paper Co. is something I'm definitely looking at purchasing for my new office as well.  There are honestly so many beautiful things in homeware stores right now, and these are just a handful of what I've been eyeing up!  

What's been on your wishlist lately?

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Mask That Makes Your Skin Glow.

Firstly, my apologies for not uploading a post yesterday as usual. It just didn't feel right to post anything after the events of Monday night in Manchester. My thoughts and prayers go out to all that were affected. I cannot begin to imagine what parents, friends and family are going through right now. May we always stand united and strong, both as a nation and as part of humanity, and support each other throughout this difficult time. 

Over the past few weeks, I've been really enjoying trying some new skincare, especially as I'm all about glowing summer skin. Face masks have always been a weekend pamper treat for me, and this week I was lucky enough to try The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask* as part of my Sunday night skincare routine. You might remember how much I love The Body Shop Superfood Masks, particularly the Rose Hydrating Mask that I tried last October. I still use that when my skin is super thirsty, but this new mask promises to cleanse, purify and boost your natural glow - all really lovely things that I definitely want for my skin!

The texture is slightly grainy, and grey in colour. It smells like a spa, really relaxing and easy to apply - especially with The Body Shop Facial Mask Brush*. The mask works to refine skin texture and absorb excess oil, leaving pores purified and improving the overall glow to your complexion. One thing I really love about these masks is that it's incredibly quick to use and see results. I apply one layer on my face with the brush, leave it on for about fifteen minutes, and then wash off. It has a slight tingling feeling as it works its magic, but nothing uncomfortable. The scent is beautiful and not heavy either, it feels very natural and lovely to use. Most of the masks in the range are vegan as well, and this one is no exception!

The Body Shop Superfood Face Masks are really great if you're looking for some new affordable skincare treats. They feel very luxurious, and there are several to choose from depending on what your skin needs. The only thing I would suggest is that you use a foundation brush or the matching facial brush to apply the masks rather than your fingers. This is because the product comes in a jar rather than a tube, and although this looks lovely, it's better to use the product with a clean brush each time to avoid contaminating the amount remaining in the jar.  

Have you tried anything from The Body Shop Superfood Face Mask range?

*PR sample

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The Tanya Burr Cosmetics Neutral Ambiance Collection.

I have been watching Tanya Burr's channel for years now, and it's been amazing to see how far she's come and the success she is achieving each year. She's really passionate about beauty and this really comes through in her videos - so it's no surprise that when her cosmetics line launched four new products, I was first in line to get my hands on them!

I've never tried Tanya's eyeshadow quads before because I had heard mixed reviews. However, when I saw the swatches for the new Tanya Burr Cosmetics My Paradise Eyeshadow Palette on her blog, I just had to see for myself. I'm so glad I did. The colours are absolutely stunning and I couldn't believe how affordable the shadows were! These are all very rose toned, so if you love you metallic pink golds then this little palette is right up your street. The pigmentation is fairly strong for a drugstore palette, and not patchy from what I see. The packaging is a bit bulkier than some of my other quads but, then again, it's also lighter so it's still easy to travel with. I didn't wear these shadows with a primer and they seemed to wear fine throughout the day. There also wasn't much fallout. Overall, I think this is a really great affordable holiday palette, and I can see myself using it a lot to create summer looks over the next few months.

I also purchased the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Bear Hug Lipstick. You probably all know how much I love Pink Cocoa from Tanya's fall collection last year, so when I saw the two new shades, I needed to get at least one! Of course, I opted for the brown toned nude - always a favourite of mine - and this one is no exception. The formula of these lipsticks are some of my favourite from the drugstore, and the packaging itself feels very luxurious and high-end. The products definitely meet the right criteria and fulfill the best of both worlds - a reasonable price matched with a beautiful, high performing formula. 

The two products that I picked up have definitely got me wanting the other two launches as well. I'm holding out for the time being, but who knows when I'll cave?! Soon, I think.

Have you tried anything from Tanya's new collection?


Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Spring Nude Lip Edit.

I love me a good neutral lip for Spring. I love them so much that I've steadily built up a vast collection of different lipsticks which work perfectly for the season - and all year round for that matter. I've noticed that there have been a handful that I've been reaching for moreso than others, so I've rounded them all up in this post to share with you all.

Possibly the most beautiful drugstore neutral lip choice for Spring, the Rimmel London x Kate Boho Nude is a serious favourite. It's creamy but long-wearing, with a more satin finish and really beautiful peachy undertones. The packaging is rose gold and absolutely gorgeous, it's lightweight and easy to carry around in your bag for touch-ups. I posted a full review on this formula back when it was first launched last summer which I'll link here.

If you're more of a lipgloss girl, the NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu is a beautiful glossy nude lip option. The formula isn't sticky at all which I love, and the pigmentation is strong and wears well. Of course, it's very affordable, and it smells like cupcakes which is always a bonus in my eyes!

An affordable deeper, more brown toned nude shade is definitely the Beauty Pie Lipstick in Cowboy Nude. It's completely matte, not too drying and very pigmented which I love. Of course, as with most matte formulas, you do have to apply this with a good lip balm underneath to keep your lips moisturized and prevent the colour from caking, but the wear time is brilliant.

Going onto the slightly pricier lipsticks, a well loved and long term favourite of mine has to be MAC's Velvet Teddy Matte Lipstick. It's possibly one of their most iconic shades and for good reason - it's the perfect combination of brown and pink to give the best your-lips-but-better pout. This is one of those matte formulas that isn't very drying at all, but beautifully soft and very easy to wear.

Leaving one of my most recent discoveries until last, the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Super Cindy is a stunning peachy nude for the Spring season. It's another matte formula that is very comfortable on the lips and not too drying. As with all Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, the packaging is luxurious, making the whole experience of wearing such a beautiful shade that much more special. Another total favourite of mine for Spring.

What are your favourite lipsticks for Spring?


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Easy & Affordable Blog Prop Ideas.

I seriously believe that adding props to photography helps gives the photos some real personality. I'm always on the hunt for new pieces to purchase that reflect my style and taste, so that this comes across in my photographs. Adding photography to a post brings the words to life with visual appeal, and makes it a lot more enjoyable to read, so having a good selection of props really does help your blog in the long run. I've done this style of post before but it was a while ago and I've learnt so much more about blog photography since, so here are some of my more recent prop favourites:

Postcards/Note cards - I love using ones with foiled quotes or beautiful illustrations on the front, as the central focus of some of my photographs. I usually have loads laying around in my desk drawer because I love to write thank you notes, and they double up as blog props perfectly!

Trinket Dishes - these are available everywhere now, and they are gorgeous as dishes to hold products that you're talking about in the blog post. I often find that the simpler the dish, the more the products in them stand out, so I have a couple of gold leaf shaped dishes which are plain but still beautiful. Some of my favourite places to look for these are H&M Home and Anthropologie.

Ribbon - I recently started adding ribbon to my photographs for some more colour and they work so well! They're perfect as a way of spicing up a plain background, whilst also adding some texture and layers to the photograph. I usually just wrap a piece around my finger a few times and then let it go so it spirals into place and looks really delicate and beautiful alongside what I'm photographing. 

Coasters - these work similar to trinket dishes but I like using coasters as a stand for candles or mugs, again adding another layer and more texture to a photograph. I recently purchased this geode coaster from Anthropologie and it does the job perfectly. The best thing about it are the edges which have been painted gold - this shows up in the photographs and adds that extra special touch of metallic.

Books - this is a classic, but pretty coffee table books work as great 'stages' for presenting products. I often use this technique when I'm trying to show multiple products in one post that are all different heights and shapes, and it works really well. I usually stack up two or three to give some height and use this setup as the 'stage'.  

Teacups/Saucers - I drink a lot of coffee and tea, so it makes sense for me to feature them in my photographs from time to time! I love my recent purchase from H&M Home - their mugs are beautiful for blog photography and they come with matching saucers for that extra special touch. I love pairing these with books and other stationery bits for a great 'stock' lifestyle post flatlay. 

Perfumes - fragrance often comes in such pretty bottles which makes them perfect as props for blog photography! I've been obsessed with my Jo Malone fragrances lately and their simple, minimal packaging gives a beautifully effortless vibe to any photograph.

So these are just some of my favourites.
Let me know if you'd like to see more posts like this with some more ideas!


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sunday Brunch Makeup Picks.

There's no meal I love more than a lovely summer brunch in the sunshine, with some strong coffee and a warm pastry! As this weekend is my last in Exeter, I wanted to make the most of the weather and have a good time - and seeing as I'm heading out to brunch for the first Sunday in forever, I thought I'd share some of my favourite makeup picks for the occasion. 

I've been smitten with The Ordinary High Adherence Primer for warm days when makeup can tend to slide. It really works as an excellent base to keep foundation and concealer in place and it's such an affordable option too. I tend to keep things light on the base front, usually just opting for a tinted moisturizer and a high coverage concealer. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer gives me enough coverage where I need it, but on it's own, it's still light enough to be a comfortable base for the summer. 

For eyes, I've been using the Nars Alhambra Eyeshadow Duo non-stop for the past few weeks and it's the perfect little combo for a shimmery neutral eye. With a little of the Stila Eyeliner in Stingray smudged along my lash line and lashings of the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara, my eyes look bigger and more awake - perfect for lazy Sundays!

My go-to highlight product has been the Beauty Pie Triple Beauty Liquid Luminizer, which gives a beautiful subtle but golden glow to the skin without looking heavy on the skin. I love pairing this with the Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat for a flush of warm pink to the cheeks. The formula of these blushes wears so well - they're definitely some of my favourites out there. For lips, I love to keep things simple with a swipe of Mac Brave to keep with the pink theme. With a splash of Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede, I'm good to go.

And that's it! Nice and simple, pretty pink makeup for a Sunday brunch.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

I'm Engaged!

So this is a little bit of news I thought it was about time I shared - I'm engaged! I just want to take a minute to thank you all for the sweet messages and comments on my Instagram post earlier this week. It's actually been quite a while since the proposal, but I've kept everything a secret from my blog and social media for several reasons. Firstly, I wanted to enjoy the exciting part of being engaged for as long as possible. Now that the wedding planning is well underway and the date is set (very soon approaching), the excitement has turned into a bit of a stress! Secondly, my ring had to be sent off for a resize and then another resize (turns out my fingers are smaller than I thought), and it's taken a while to get it back - I only got it back two days ago. I love it - it feels very art deco and right up my street. So so beautiful.

Up until last week, I was still trying to finish up my dissertation before handing it in, so my mum has been a massive support with all things preparation. I honestly don't know what I'd do without her, but she's working tirelessly to help me have the perfect wedding. There's still so much to sort out and ends to tie up/confirm - as my mum puts it, we've thrown lots of skittles up in the air and now it's time to catch them all! The reason why we decided to set the date so soon was simply for the ease of starting fresh - I graduate this July and having a summer wedding allows me to move and find a job near my new home. 

That brings me onto where that will be. I'm actually moving abroad to Canada - and I already know I'm going to miss London so much! I've grown up in the hustle bustle of a busy city, and I know I'm headed for lots of huge changes. This year is definitely going to be a hectic one... but then again, I guess I knew that before it even began. I'm not planning on doing lots of wedding related content up on my blog, and I intend to keep things quite private in that regard, but there might be a couple of posts here or there. Of course, I'm really excited and I want to try my hardest to enjoy the next couple of months and make the most of it.

Let me know what you'd like to see on the blog, I would love to have your input for summer content - I already have quite a few ideas and mini projects lined up but I'm always searching for more!

So... that's my little (big) life update!
Lots of love to you all,

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

My Blogging Routine.

I've been blogging for about a year and a half now and I've managed to establish a blogging routine and schedule that I'm really happy with. In this post, I want to share some of the ways I like to create my content, and the process that I follow to write and publish my posts.

It all starts with finding inspiration and there are so many places I like to look for this. There's inspiration everywhere, but the key is to identify your niche and look for other sources within that niche. For instance, a food blog might find inspiration from recipe books or cooking shows. I've written a post which goes into finding inspiration in more detail, so I'll I'll link that here.

Once an idea comes to mind, the next step for me is planning. I like to grab a notebook and pen to write down a rough sketch of what the post will look like. This can include sketches of flatlays or photography styles that I'm thinking about shooting, or bullet points for the post which I can expand on later on. I also try and think of the title at this stage of the process.

Next I turn to photography. I always find that if I have a nice set of photographs to work with, I'm more easily able to navigate the direction that my writing takes. I like to have bright, well lit photographs with lots of props and a theme. I take a whole batch and then edit the best ones of the bunch, narrowing it down to only one or two photos which actually make it to the published post!

Then comes writing - I've been trying to improve my writing style over the past few months to become as chatty and personable as possible. I find that sometimes I accidentally slip into essay writing mode (because that's often what I've been doing alongside blogging!), and that can be boring to read. I think the best blogs are when personality shines through the words, and this is exactly what I've been trying to achieve. I also try and stick to bullet points or short paragraphs broken up with photos, as that way it's easy to read and more enjoyable than long blocks of text.

I then sort out the date I want to publish the post according to my blogging schedule. I also add any tags to images or labels to the post, preview it a few times, and when I'm happy, I hit the 'schedule' button. Then comes the wait for when it's actually live and ready for you to read!

Once the post is up, I like to take the images and share them across social media. I usually post on Instagram immediately, as well as Pinterest. At some point throughout the day, I'll schedule a tweet with a link to the post and an image or two from it. I also sometimes talk about it on Instagram stories to get as much exposure as possible - especially since the changes to Instagram. I love reading your comments and feedback on the posts and I try to reply to them all - it always makes me feel so happy when my content is read and enjoyed!

I hope this post helped give you an idea of my blogging routine!
I'd love to hear all about where you find your inspiration to blog - let me know in the comments!


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Five Ways To Make The Most Of Sunday.

I spent most of this morning shooting blog photos, only to find that the photo editor that I use to edit them was down so I sat down to type up a few posts instead. It's rare that I'm in this super productive mood on a Sunday - especially seeing as last week at this time I was groaning at my computer screen with a half finished dissertation in front of my face. However, seeing as I am in the mood to get some work done today, I thought I'd share some of my favourite ways to spend the day on a regular Sunday:

1. Get some reading time in.
I'm not super into fiction, but I love reading beauty and lifestyle books on the weekend. There's something so therapeutic about stepping away from my phone and lounging with a good book with pretty photographs. I always find that I'm most inspired whenever I do this.

2. Wear comfy clothing.
A few weeks ago, I hauled this beautiful pink bralette and sweatshirt combo on my Insta stories knowing full well that I would wear them non-stop. That's certainly been the case - I've loved cosying up and feeling the weekend vibes... and yes, those pieces are incredibly basic blogger. I love them and I couldn't resist.

3. Go makeup-free.
I actually do this whenever I'm not leaving the house because my skin definitely needs a break from time to time. I find that Sunday is brilliant time to do this because I often do house chores or meal prepping throughout the day, and neither of those tasks require makeup!

4. Take care of yourself.
I might be doing chores throughout the afternoon but Sunday evenings are perfect me-time slots for a good bath, skincare pamper and mani/pedi. I love watching a little bit of Netflix alongside the pamper session and it's the perfect end-of-the-week treat!

5. Plan your week ahead.
I know that thinking about Monday is probably the last thing you want to be doing on the weekend, but it definitely helps to take a few minutes out to plan your week. I keep a desk pad planner which has the days of the week laid out in columns - I just fill in the key goals, meetings, jobs that I have lined up so that everything for the week is mapped out. It also helps me stay prepared so I'm not feeling stressed or disorganized when Monday rolls around. 

How do you like to spend your Sundays?


Friday, 5 May 2017

My Current Skincare Routine.

It's been a long while since I shared my skincare routine up on this blog, and seeing as I spent most of April revamping the selection of products I'm using, I thought this would be a good time to create a post. Being on Accutane, my skin has gradually changed and become more dry and flaky than usual. This meant that I had to find new products which helped combat these issues and worked well at keeping my complexion smooth - especially under makeup (believe me, it's the worst thing when you have bits of foundation flaking off your forehead and onto the desk during meetings!).

My skincare routine is different depending on the time of day - in the morning, it's much simpler, whereas at nighttime, I try to choose products that will give me the most hydration during sleep. When I wake up, I usually cleanse my face with a pump of the No. 7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser as it's light and leaves my skin feeling clean without being stripped of all natural oils. I follow this up with an application of the Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream and the Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream. Both of these moisturizers act as the perfect base underneath makeup and provide enough hydration to keep flakes at bay. That's usually it for the morning, and I go ahead and apply a primer and the makeup that I want to wear that day.

At night, I cleanse my face using the same No. 7 cleanser, apply the Pixi Glow Tonic using a cotton round, and then follow up with the Oskia Restoration Oil. This is great for renewing skin and giving it an extra boost of hydration, and it doesn't feel greasy or sticky as you might expect of an oil. I usually wait a few minutes for this to sink in before applying the Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream and the Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream which is the perfect combination for really dehydrated skin. They are very natural products and it definitely feels like a treat to apply them - I've spoken more about my love for Antipodes in this post. I also apply a little of my Chanel Hydra Beauty Lip Balm, which I've spoken about before. This is an extremely thick consistency so I use it more like a mask so that my lips don't become too chapped overnight. 

When my skin asks for a bit more TLC, I usually opt for the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Face Mask to heal redness and calm down and flares. I've also been loving The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin + Hylaronic Acid to help with my hyper pigmentation on no makeup days. Overall, I'm really happy with the routine that I've put together and I feel that the products really work well with each other on my skin. I know that, once I'm off the course of treatment, some of the products I use will change - so if you enjoy reading skincare routines, let me know if you'd want to see an updated one when my skin becomes less dry! 

What skincare favourites have you been enjoying recently?


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

May Goals.

Last month was a total blur for me, it went by so quickly! 
As with each month, I'm really enjoying setting myself monthly goal posts to help plan out what I want to achieve. Here are mine for May:

1. Hand in my dissertation.
Finally! The day has come. I'm handing everything in this week and I'm really excited to have my first break in a while. I'm actually spending the next two days tying up loose ends, getting it printed and bound etc. But I'm really glad that bulk of it is over. Lots of you lovely bunch have been leaving me comments wishing me luck and telling me it's the best feeling to hand it in - I'm sure it is! I really can't wait!

2. Refresh my wardrobe.
I have been holding out on buying so many pieces that I've had my eye on recently. Firstly, because I want to drop a few lbs before summer, and secondly, because I've been so caught up in work that it made even online shopping stressful! I've got several things saved to my wishlists which I plan on getting this month - let me know if you'd like to see a haul (or two) when it all gets here.

3. Enjoy my last few days in Exeter.
I have loved living in Exeter for the past three years. It's such a beautiful place with lots to see and I will always have fond memories of my stay here. I'm only here for a little whilst longer and I definitely want to make the most of it, seeing all the places I still haven't managed to see, and enjoying the sunshine by the river or outside the local cafes. Definitely another goal I'm looking forward to!

4. Post a tonne of new content.
I have had so many ideas come to me in the past few months that I've been putting off because of my dissertation. Once that's all finished and handed in, I'm ready to dive back into blogging to get all these ideas up. I have noticed that my Instagram engagement seems to have dwindled (I think this is the case for most of us), but I definitely want to work on my feed and take lots of beautiful photographs. If you'd like to follow me to keep up to date with my Instagram posts, you can do so by clicking here.

What are your goals for May?

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