Monday, 14 April 2014

Have a little read

 My name's Emily, and I have an addiction to books.

Phew, there it is, they say admitting the problem is the first step right?

The thing is, this isn't a problem I really want to overcome. Reading, for me, has always been a major part of my life and one which I take enormous pleasure in. I have my mum to thank for this; she read to me while I was growing up and taught me the absolute wonder of stories. I used to listen to story tapes (that’s right, cassettes, because old school and stuff) when I was young as I went to sleep (hands up all ‘90’s kids who remember ‘The Man’ – Raymond Briggs!), I classically graduated from Roald Dahl to Jaqueline Wilson and Harry Potter and eventually onto a whole host of other things.
There is something unique about immersing yourself in a book, winding up having the characters as friends and being able to recall the events almost like memories. Having that mixed up happy/sad feeling when the book’s over and all in all the experience is something that for me at least, you can’t find replicated through film or television. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a big bang theory marathon as much as the next person, but it’s almost like a different kind of relaxation to reading. Both are downtime, and both have their place in my life but if I spend a couple of hours reading a good book, I can guarantee I will come out feeling better about what I’ve been doing, I feel like I’ve done something vaguely productive and it in a solidly cheesy way sets me up for the rest of my day. When you read books and you get to know other realities that have been set down on the pages for you, when you take the time out to take in the emotions and experiences that characters go through then you find yourself able to think further on topics that you hadn’t considered previously, and have conversations with other people about these topics which is amazing. Books widen our horizons in a permanent fashion that I don’t necessarily find with a film. Obviously this is a very much ‘each to their own’ kind of thing, and by no means an attack on film, like I said, each have their place.

Also (because if you’ve made it to here in the ramble why not go for another paragraph!) there is literally nothing more lovely or exciting to me than a bookshop. Be it a small independent job or Waterstones, each hold a very special atmosphere. It’s almost like you’ve entered this bizarre oasis from the high street you just left, but there is still a buzz in the air. You can feel that people are wandering around, and they’re looking for the next plot to plunge into, and all around are beautiful copies of beautiful stories and you can leave, take that story home with you and add it to your personal collection of stories, and when you choose to, you can dip into it and lose yourself in southern America, a dystopian world or different universe altogether with literally no boundaries to the possibilities despite the fact that you’re still sat on your bed in a teeny seaside town in England. I think that’s a rare thing to find, and one we should perhaps all covet just a little more.

So, if you find some free time, and you’re wondering what to do to fill it, may a recommend a book? Any book by the way, I don’t think Matilda or any chick lit is lesser than War and Peace in some weighs (obviously not size!), whatever you fancy! Go ahead, the world, and so much more than that, is your oyster!  

PS. Don’t know about you, but I was pretty impressed by the tackiness of that ending!

Monday, 24 March 2014

When life gets in the way of life.

There are things in life I want to do. I want to write, I want to study, I want to enjoy work but most of all, I just want to be happy.That's the ultimate aim of most of us isn't it, happiness? The thing is, it's often a more difficult eventuality to reach than we first assume, or at least for me.

There are things that give instant gratification of course (minds out of the gutter please folks, that's not what I'm talking about right now!), shopping, coffee, good books and all that stuff, but I can't help but feel I'm missing something. So many people around me seem to have their lives firmly glued together, striding forwards with Cheshire cat smiles and clear goals and productive days. Meanwhile I paddle around, flailing desperately to hold all the separate parts of my life together in any jumbled order I can manage. Clearly, everybody has their problems, and I'm massively generalising here, it's just, during my 'woe-is-me' moments, this is how it feels.
I think one of the major problems I encounter when it comes to trying to sort out my life is attempting to take on everything all at once. When you try and commit to Uni, a blog, work, managing your money, losing weight, starting a hobby, being more sociable, volunteering and whatever else there is, it becomes overwhelming. It becomes impossible and so instead, you give up on everything, you stand back, and you say sorry, this is all just too hard. You sign up to Netflix, you retire to an existence that consists of pasta, popcorn and pajamas and for months, you give up.
I turned 21 just over a week ago. An actual grown up and I think it's high time I start trying to take control. However, being kinda sick of the mess-everything at once-pajama cycle, I'm gonna go ahead and try something new.I'm gonna go with three things. Three things that for the next month, I'm going to try and get a handle of. I know what you're thinking, this is pretty revolutionary stuff right? Well hold onto your hats folks, things are about to get crazy! Not only am I gonna try and focus on just three things, but I'm going write them down, on the internet, for anybody who stumbles upon this place to see and hold me accountable. So, here goes...
1, I will commit more to Uni. I love my course, and I love where it could take me, but I have the same habit with that as I do everything else, when it starts the get scary or too full on, I run.
2, Reading and writing. I love both in equal measure, they make me happy, they are relaxing and all too often they are activities that get pushed to the bottom of the pile in favour of the ease of turning on the TV.
3, Try and be a bit healthier. I'm not talking any major diet/exercise regime. I'm talking drink more water, eat a bit less crap and a bit more good stuff, that kind of thing. I want to just incorporate that into my life and make it habit.

There we go. Three little things, things that let's be honest, are just part of life for many. I'll update you in a month on how things are going and in the meantime get some more posts in the pipeline!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Apologies and things

I know, I know, I've been nowhere to be seen for a fortnight.
Between a new job and getting ready for the new uni year etc it's been manic, but I will be back in no time!
I have a few posts lined up, I just need to get them written and they'll be here for your viewing pleasure, so bear with me a little , thanking you kindly :)

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Favourite Things - skin, hands and hair!

I thought I'd let you know about some of the beauty products that have impressed me/saved my life recently! I love watching monthly favourite videos on YouTube, I always see so many incredible products, and while my bank balance may not thank me for it, my skin and make up collection often do! So, let's just dive right in, from left to right...

1, Boots Natural Collection Vanilla Body Spray - £2
So, we're starting cheap but oh so cheerful! I have a small obsession with absolutely anything vanilla scented/flavoured, I really am just a sucker for sweet girly scents and this body spray is about as sweet as it gets! I tend to spray this on myself just after I get out the bath/shower, after moisturiser but before perfume and I just love it. But, confession time, I spray this on everything. I spritz my clothes with it, my room, my bed, my whole world just sings vanilla right now and it cheers me up!

2, TRESemme Salon Sleek straightening spray - £4.99
So, let's talk heat protection. I, and I think many others will be with me, am rubbish when it comes to protecting my hair. I don't know why, it's a quick and simple step that for no particular reason I always skip and I really really shouldn't. I tend to use a fair amount of heat on my hair, and it is so important to use a heat protection to keep it in good condition! This one is similar to the  oh so hyped original tresemme heat protection (you know the one, with the red top) but with he addition of Argan oil I feel it really helps keep my hair extra smooth and frizz free as well as protecting it from whatever torture I choose to put it through that day. Affordable and fantastic product, if you have difficult to tame, frizz prone hair like me give it a go!

3, Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore and Shine Daily Wash - £2.99 & 
    Garnier Pure 3-in-1 wash scrub and mask- £3.99
So not too long a go my skin started to hate me. I moved house, there was stress of results and job hunting and unpacking and all the rest of it and each day I'd wake up, look in the mirror to face increasing levels of horror. Something needed to be done. On a very small budget I braved the supermarket and spent an age staring at the shelves and finally decided on these two products. My skin type is combination to oily. I do get some dry patches but my T-Zone is most definitely oily, especially in the summer months, and I also have pesky large pores (my life's mission seems to be to try and make them less visible!) I picked up these two products on a whim, and in combination with trusty tea tree oil has surprisingly worked absolute wonders. I wash my face (after all make up has been removed) with the neutrogena and then apply the garnier as a mask, leave it on for a few minuted and then wash it off using circular motions to double it up as the scrub and no kidding, I can see an improvement in my skin pretty much straight away. They don't feel too harsh on my skin, my pores have shrunk somewhat but more importantly my skin just looks a lot clearer and less oily.

4, Burts Bees Almond and Milk Beeswax Hand Cream - £9.99

Hi, my name's Emily, and I'm addicted to this hand cream. I love a good hand cream, but I generally have one major issue. I'll apply one, rub it all in, and the good ones sink in pretty quick. But then in what feels like no time my hands feel as dry as they did before. But this little beauty, my hands thank me for it on a daily basis. Yes, it's a little more pricey than some, but it is so, so worth it. I use this every night before bed, you don't need to apply much but when it's sunk in your hands feel so soft. Cons, as gorgeous as the glass packaging is, it's not really portable, this really is a bedside table hand cream. Plus, if you apply too much it can take a while to sink in but for me, the pros outweigh the cons by far!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I have another coming up with some make up products I've been loving recently so keep an eye out for that and let me know if there are any posts you'd like to see! :)

Friday, 30 August 2013

Car Boot Things!

Ahhh, the common car boot. Early Sunday mornings, a pocket full of change and the promise of bargains galore!
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a car boot is basically a bit like ebay, but in real life, and in a field. People gather together early on a Sunday morning to buy and sell second hand bits and bobs on the cheap. Often, depending on the weather, car boots can be pretty big affairs and I myself love having a wander, a gander and a good ol’ rummage!
I’ve found all sorts of things at car boots, but I thought I’d show you a few of the finds I’ve picked up over the last few weeks. Don’t expect much rhyme or reason in this mini little haul, simply things that have caught my eye and/or that I just couldn’t leave behind. 

The Biscuit Tin - £2
Now, you know that the chocolate obsession has reached new levels when you find yourself purchasing chocolate biscuit memorabilia! But fear not, there are no biscuits going in this little tin, but instead, bracelets! I enjoy finding different ways of storing things and this round vintage tin is literally the perfect size to stack bracelets in and I love it! It looks pretty and eclectic sat on my dressing table and I know that it’s pretty unique, which is a bonus!

The Cameo - £1
I absolutely adore cameo jewellery so when I saw this necklace for just £1 there was no way I could not offer it a new home! I love the different shades of pink in this one and when I got it home I realised that I have the exact same cameo on broach form. This happy coincidence made my day, now, I’m no jewellery expert, so I really couldn’t tell you the true value or age of either the necklace or the broach, maybe I’ll take them along to a jewellers one day but for now, I’m just enjoying them!

The Books – between 50p and £1 each!
Books, books, books! I love books, I own far, far too many (as recently discovered when we moved house) but for some reason I just can’t stop buying them! Car boot’s  (along with charity shops) are the perfect places to indulge my book addiction. Cheaper than chips and with hundreds on offer, I always come home with one or two (or three or four) new titles to add to my collection at a fraction of the price that it would cost me full price. 

The Typewriter - £5
Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the beauty shall we? I have been after a lovely old typewriter for a good while. Don’t ask me why. It’s just one of those things. I love the sound of the keys, I love the sound of the bell, I love the unmistakeable text it creates and there’s a part of me that thinks I could typewrite a novel, wrap it in brown paper and string and hand deliver it to the publishers. I know, please don’t judge me; I was born into the wrong time! This is the Imperial Safari typewriter, it’s fully functioning but in need of a new ribbon, and for a fiver, I was happy!