November 2015 Favourites

In this blog post I feel like I have so much to mention, that I’m scared I’m going to forget half of it. So firstly, I just want to apologise for how late this blog post will be going up. I mean I’ll be right on time if you’re reading this in America, but anyways, school got in the way so I’ve only just got into bed to start this post.

I decided I would do a really chatty November Favourites, because I feel like November has gone so quickly that I didn’t really get a chance to love anything. But I managed to have a think and realise the things that I have been using daily. So here is my November Favourites….

No. 1 No7 Stay Perfect Foundation

November fave 5Now we are into the winter months I like to add foundation, to give my skin some extra coverage from the cold. Usually, concealer is enough for me, but I have been loving this foundation so much this past month, especially for school. And I did break out quite badly during the middle of the month so this was a life saver. I’ve found you don’t need that much and its buildable.

No.2 Hailee Steinfeld.

If you don’t know who this is. YouTube her. YouTube her now. Her voice is absolutely phenomenal. A couple months back, I was listening to music on YouTube and I came across ‘Love Yourself’ by Hailee Steinfeld. I absolutely loved the song, and I was devastated when I couldn’t find any others. Anyways, to my luck this month she released an EP ‘Haiz’ it is amazing I love all 4 songs. I’ve had them on repeat now since they’ve been released.

No. 3 Hand cream.

November fave 4So I can’t remember where I bought this, but I’m sure if you google it, it’ll come up. Basically, I found it lying in my drawer a couple weeks ago and I was desperate to start using it again. It’s not that I suffer from dry hands, because I don’t. But recently, my hands have been freezing from the cold and its just been lovely on a night to just rub this into my hands. I’ve even started taking it to school to use when I can. Will definitely have to repurchase… that is when I find out where I bought it from..

No.4 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

I have been loving this show, since its started up again. I think its only aired in the UK right? Well anyways, its about celebrities being put in the Australian Jungle and they have to do different ‘Bush Tucker Trials’. I do really enjoy watching it, but could never do it myself. And if you too watch this programme, comment down below who you want to win! (I’m hoping for Vicky)

I’d like to just apologise again for this late blog post and that I don’t have many favourites at all this month. But December will be amazing for blog posts off me, I hope anyways. So on the topic December, I have decided to blog on Wednesdays as well as Saturdays during the Christmas month. Basically, what I did during the Summer, when I was off, but now I’m still at school so I don’t know why I have just added more to my work load, but oh welllll!! I am really excited for December. The plan is to have Wednesdays as blog posts I would usually post and Saturday’s posts to be Christmas themed.

Anyways, if you made it this far down on my blog, well done. Don’t forget to like, comment what you thought and catch me on twitter: @sophi15samantha

Love, Sophie

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How to stay Positive

It is very difficult to stay positive constantly. Some people are naturally positive whereas others seem to be down for long periods of time. I would say I’m neither, I try to stay positive but sometimes that doesn’t always work. So here are a few things I could come up with, that I do to become positive or stay positive, if I can feel myself slipping.

1. Talking to the people around you.

This seems pretty simple, because it is. For example, my mum is the most important person In my life. If I need advice, she’s there. If I need someone to cry to, she’s there. My point being is if you have someone you trust, then open up to them. If you feel like you have no body, then look around because someone will be there, you might just need to unload onto someone you wouldn’t usually. And if you feel like you can’t speak to anyone in your life, there’s the blogging community, there’s even me! I’ll listen to anyone’s problems even strangers.

Anyways, I think even if you don’t tell someone what’s bothering you, that’s okay too. Just having a general conversation with someone can help much more then you think, its taking your mind off of the situation. The other day, my mum just told me how proud she was of me and it made me feel so great about myself. It really is just the little things that can make you smile.image4

2. Do something you love.

So this is quite self explanatory and probably shows up on any blog post about staying happy. But its true, I find that whenever I find myself getting down its because I haven’t taken time out for myself to do what I want. Whether that’s writing a blog post or just putting a face mask on. Sometimes without realising life can get busy and you forget to do the things you enjoy; because that’s not going to help you pass your exam, or finish the work before a deadline. But being happy is important too, and sometimes we forget to prioritise it.

I do want to add, that if you’ve read that last paragraph and thought ‘but I literally do not have the time’. You should try Yoga, it has really helped me what with exams, and being in my final year at school. I can do it just before bed, or whenever I’m feeling a little bit stressed. And it only takes 30 minutes out of my day. My personal favourite videos are: Yoga with Adriene

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3. Focus on your achievements.

When you’re trying to stay positive sometimes it helps to look back on how much you have accomplished, small things or the big, from recent events or from years ago. Whatever makes you, you, then be proud of that and realise how far you have come. One thing I have started to do, is each day write something down that’s made me smile, laugh, or even feel proud from that day. And I write it on my calendar that’s hung up on my wall, so every time I pass I read one without thinking and then it makes me smile again. There doesn’t seem to be logic to what I do but it does actually make me feel happier.

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4. Sleeping.

Does no one else feel like they could conquer the world when they get the best night sleep?!? No? Just me, oh. But seriously, if things are bothering me and I’m not feeling 100% I’ll go to sleep earlier than what I would because when I wake up I have the energy to get through another day. Another thing, probably sounds bizarre. But if something happens to me that makes me angry or upset and then I sleep on it. I wake up feeling a lot better, like everything will be okay and it never feels as bad it did the night before. In general, sleep is one of the best things to stay positive. Even better, when you have that one pesky little spot and its nearly gone and then you get a good sleep and the next day its gone, I wake up like hallelujah, haha.

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5. Stay away from Social media.

Ahh the one true love, social media. It’s great for finding out the latest relationships/arguments on Facebook, posting pictures that we’ve spent ages to edit for Instagram and finding out the latest world news on twitter. But that’s it. I think, personally, Instagram is the worst for people making their life look perfect. When no ones is. Most of the time, I’m really good at scrolling down my newsfeed, and being 100% happy for the person that just posted a picture of them on holiday, or the person that seems to purchase all the designer make up, before I even know it exists. However, when I’m feeling down they’re the last pictures I need to see. So It’s best to turn off social media and stay in the real world, unless of course your about to post that on fleek selfie, then please go ahead…

If you have made it to the end of this blog post, then WOOO to you cause it was long, I do realise that. However, I really enjoyed typing an advice themed blog post. I really wanted to focus on different aspects of trying to stay positive and not just the obvious; listen to music, go outside. Also, all pictures included I did take myself. Anyways, if you enjoyed, leave a comment, like, catch me on twitter: @Sophi15Samantha

P.S Today was the first day of snow, how crazy is that?!?

Love, Sophie

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Book Reviews: P.S I love you & Monday to Friday Man

Wow. What a week it’s been. Can’t believe how eventful it’s been. Anyways I do apologise for the lateness of this blog post. I wasn’t even going to blog tonight. However, I have my excuses, I did collapse on Thursday so kind of recovering from that. 

Just thought I’d write two quick reviews on the books I have finished reading and read in the past couple of days since I have been off and my mums forced me to stay in bed. 

Also if you haven’t read last weeks post it would mean the world to me if you did. I love the photos on that post and it would mean a lot if you left a comment as to what you thought. 

Enough of the pointless typing here’s my reviews…

P.S, I love you

  This book is amazing. I’ve never read a book that literally makes me feel all the emotions! Haha. It’s an amazing book. It’s basically about a couple and her husband dies but has left her notes for each month and it’s something she has to do, it eventually helps her get through life. Please, if you haven’t read this book, DO! But if you have comment down below what you thought of it.
Monday to Friday Man

  I started reading this book today. And then I finished reading it today. Doesn’t that just prove how addictive it was?! All 400 pages I loved. Usually with romantic books, as much as I love them, they can be annoying because I sit and read like “Why does it take 1974262 pages for them to fall in love, I know it’s going to happen so just let it happen?!?” Yes I am one of those impatient people. But this story was so amazing it had me sat on the fence the whole way through I just didn’t know which character matched who better hahah. Anyways if you haven’t read it, it’s a girl trying to get over her past relationship by finding a lodger from Monday to Friday. If you have read it, please leave your comments down below or any questions you have on the books.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, like, comment, catch me on social media: Twitter @sophi15samantha. Also I have decided on a change, seems a bit weird to type on a blog, especially at the end, but now everyday I am going to write down something positive. Let’s see how I get on during the next week. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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Poland 2015

Can you believe Polands been and gone?! I cannot. It was such an amazing trip and I made some really great friends. For some reason, coming home it just put the people in my life I was unsure about into perspective and now I couldn’t really care for them. Anyways I managed to get it down to only 20 pictures, how I don’t know, but as promised, enjoy…

   
    
    
    

    
    
    
    
    
    
 
Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I did try and pick out pictures from each day I was there. Comment down below which ones your favourite. I’m in love with them all (biased, I know).

Love, Sophie

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