My 18th Birthday

This time last week I turned 18. It was such a beautiful day, so I thought I’d write a post all about the occasion.

I actually started off my birthday with some yoga. If you’re interested it was the Happy Birthday Yoga- Yoga with Adriene. It was so much fun to do and a great way to start the day.

I don’t want to do a full What I got for my Birthday post because I’m sure the majority of things will end up in a favourites post. But I opened my cards and presents before going shopping.

On the Evening, I had a family meal. So this is what I wore. I tried to link the outfit but H&M are down for maintenance. But basically that’s where the whole outfit is from.

IMG_0387So even after everything my Parents had already got me, they topped it off with a cake. I was really grateful and appreciated being able to spend the evening with family.

For the run up to my birthday, I had started to collect food and toys. When I started to think about what I should do for my birthday, I realised I had everything I needed and that I should donate. So now my birthday is over, I’m going to be donating this to the Salvation Army in the next week. I’m so glad I’ve done this and will be definitely doing it again soon. I was definitely surprised how much food I could get for a little price.

2My main birthday present was a Spa day. It was on Thursday and I think its safe to say I’ve found what I want to do every time I want to treat myself. The day started off with Tea and Pastries. The spa day included; shoulder, back massage, facial, hand, arm and foot massage. I was one very lucky girl. We finished the day off with a meal. And I honestly don’t think I could have been more grateful for the whole experience. My Mum and I have already decided we need to do it again for her Birthday.

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Lots of Love,

Sophie

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3rd Blogiversary & Photography

This day, three years ago, I started this blog. I can’t quite believe where the time has gone and I see it as achievement for it to still be going strong. It was my birthday a few days ago, so there’ll be a lengthy post on that going up on Saturday. The couple of days that followed after my birthday, I managed to take a few pictures on my walks with Alfie, which I thought would be nice to put into a post…

12Not only has it been 3 years with a blog, its been 2 years with this gorgeous boy. I honestly can’t believe we’ve only had Alfie for 2 years, he’s part of the family, it feels like a life time. Seriously, what was life like without a beautiful dog?

3456I just LOVE Alfie’s face when he’s observing something new. This time it was sheep. He probably thought they were just fluffy dogs and with anyone he just wanted to play with them.

1087I think this post is turning into ‘What my Dog watched one day…’ But this time Alfie was interested in the ducks. He clearly wanted to attempt a run down the bank and a swim into the water.

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Do you have a dog? 

Lots of Love, 

Sophie

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OOTD #16 Interview (no.2)

I have to say my second interview was definitely much more nerve wracking than the first. I really wanted some cool pictures, but with stress of getting there on time and having to use my Dad’s not great camera quality, everything just ended in a bit of a mess.

Heres what I wore and how I got on…

1Shirt: Topshop/Similar

Coat: New Look

Trousers: New Look/Similar

Bag: Topshop/Similar

Boots: New Look

I came out of the interview and cried. I just felt that whatever I was saying just wasn’t enough. But a day later, I actually got an offer from Northumbria University to study Fashion. So that was VERY exciting. I’m super excited for what’s to come/slightly stressed.

 Lots of Love,

Sophie

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January Favourites 2018

Why did January feel like it lasted much longer than it needed to? I am definitely excited its now February (its my BIRTHDAY MONTH!!) and what better way to start a new month by sharing my favourites from the previous one…

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Something I started at the beginning of the year was a Bullet Journal and whilst I’m still working out what works for me, its definitely been a favourite of mine. In the picture above you can see I have two check lists; one for yoga and one for water. Its actually motivated me to keep drinking 2 litres a day and make yoga part of my daily routine.

Speaking of Yoga, I have been LOVING it. I can feel myself getting stronger and if I’m not having the best of days it really helps me into a better mood. I can’t recommend Yoga with Adriene enough.

2I have to admit, I haven’t made a huge effort with makeup in the past month. However, when I use this Seventeen 3 way Highlighter, it makes me look a little bit more alive. It has a lovely subtle glow. You can also use it as a primer or add to your foundation, so when I’m back on the makeup game, It’ll be cool to see the results.

I’ve watched the past couple of episodes of Call the Midwife and I am OBSESSED. I don’t know why I didn’t think of watching it before? Anyways, I don’t know if you could call it a favourite but I can tell I am about to get addicted. Now to find where can I watch the first 6 series…

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If you read my What I got For Christmas Post, you’ll know I received these beautiful earrings. I basically want to wear them everyday and the only thing that stops me is that I don’t want my second piercing to close up, so some days I have to go back to two earrings in each ear.

1And finally, even with the little makeup I’ve been wearing, I still want it to stay in place. I have been loving the Barry M Makeup Setting Spray. I pretty much look the same when I come home as I did when I left in the morning.

What have you been loving recently?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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8 Ways I Unwind

Lately, I’ve had a lot of college work on and its been affecting me a lot more than usual. A couple weeks ago, I ended up making myself ill from the work I was piling on myself and doing it so late into the night. I came to the realisation I needed to remind myself the ways I unwind and put more of a focus on them and try to include them into my daily routine.

Here are the 8 things I came up with…

1. Yoga

u3This year, I’ve seen quite a few people also joining in with Yoga With Adriene’s TRUE- 30 Day Yoga. I have been following Adriene’s videos for quite a few years now and I find her practices so beneficial. I’ve set myself the goal of doing a yoga video a day for a year, I love having that time that can just take me away from whatever is stressing me out to re-evaluate and to ‘Find what feels good’.

2. Plan what you need to do

u7Some would say its counterproductive to spend time writing down what you need to do rather than actually doing it. However, I find it so helpful to have a list of everything I need to achieve because it means I don’t forget to do anything. It also feels amazing to be able to tick things off. I LOVE to use the Reminders app on my IPhone because its more likely I’ll have my phone on me than a piece of paper.

3. Stop Working after 9pm

After I’d made myself ill, I decided it was for the best I set myself a time for when I have to stop all college work and settle down for the night. I’ve found it so helpful and its actually made me more productive because I think  ‘damn I have an hour before I need to stop’ so I get on with more work instead of just procrastinating and waiting until 9:30 and thinking ‘damn should start work now’. Another quick tip I have is I’ve stopped working in my room/on my bed. The majority of the time, I don’t enjoy working and I feel like if I do it on my bed/in my room I’m leaving that stress and negative energy in that area. My room should be where I can instantly relax.

4. Go for a Walk

u6Recently, I haven’t been making many plans, probably because its gloomy January and because I don’t feel like I have the time to go out. However, I feel so much better for getting some fresh air and taking this one for a walk. Even though the majority of the time Alfie takes me for a walk.

5. Clean

I feel that I’m definitely in the minority with this point. But to unwind, I clean. No, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, its weird, I know. Its just therapeutic for me to have a good ol’ clean. I don’t even just mean a quick polish. I mean I’ll rearrange rooms, sort out cupboards, clean places you wouldn’t think to. I’m not saying clean as heavily as I do, but try it out, it makes you feel productive. It sounds daft but whenever I’ve cleaned a part of the house, it makes my mind feel a little bit lighter. I feel like I’m Monica Geller clean (Friends reference.)

6. A Routine

u1We all have our routines, whether that’s skincare, morning, evening or exercise. Recently, I’ve adapted a much smaller one, every night before sleeping, I put on this Soap & Glory hand cream and apply some Carmex lip balm. Its not set in stone, I can always switch it round as seasons change.

7. Tea

u2If I’m feeling particularly tired or stressed then I’ll make sure to have some Green tea before bed, it puts me in the right frame of mind before sleeping.

8. Read

u4Whether its a book or a magazine, I appreciate having time to take my mind off things. I’m loving reading ‘How to be an Overnight Success’ as its really motivating me to do well. Also, can you really go wrong with VOGUE?

I guess you could say Blogging helps me to unwind as much at its still a passion. I always feel better after a long chatty post.

How do you unwind?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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OOTD #15: Interview (no.1)

I don’t even know my Blogging schedule anymore. But I’ve had a busy couples weeks (and its not about to slow down for a couple more) so I’m telling myself that as long as I post at some point during the week, then I’m ok.

Anyways, part of the reason I’ve been so busy is because I’ve been preparing for upcoming interviews for Universities and Colleges. Yesterday, I had an informal interview for a College to do a foundation course (its my back up plan if I don’t get into University). I knew it was going to be really laid back and only half an hour, so because I was going straight from College I didn’t put too much effort into my outfit.

Having said all that, I thought I’d share what I wore and will do this with my other interviews…

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I’ve applied to do a creative subject so in each one of these interview ootd’s, I’ll be carrying that big art folder to put my portfolio work in. As you can see, we’ve had snow, but the snow is more icy so I was definitely going to wear flat shoes. I loved the blouse I was wearing, I think the detailing is beautiful and I really wish I’d managed to get a picture of the sleeves but it was far too cold to take my coat off. Speaking of my coat, this is my most recent purchase and I LOVE it. I don’t know how I didn’t already own a rain coat and I think the navy line detailing is so cute.

Folder– I bought mine years ago so here’s a similar one.

Earrings- Guess

Blouse- H&M (I couldn’t find it on their website)

Coat- TOPSHOP

Jeans- New Look

Shoes- TOPSHOP

Bag- TOPSHOP (similar)

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Lots of Love,

Sophie

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My Bedroom

I see my Bedroom as my safe space. I don’t know about most people but I’ve managed to create my room, somewhere that I can fully relax. And after a bit of a stressful few days (which I’ll have a post on next week) I thought I could show you my bedroom, for anyone that’s interested in that type of thing.

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Bedding

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When I first got this winter bedding as a gift my initial thought was ‘maybe its a bit too warm to sleep in?’ But I can assure you, it is not, and it is in fact a very cosy way to sleep.

Is it annoying anyone else that that canvas isn’t central? That’s going to have to change… Anyways, I would really like to buy some other art pieces for my wall so if anyone has any recommendations it would be greatly appreciated.

Bedside Table

Book

On to my bed side tables, up until Christmas I only had one but my parents kindly bought me a matching second. (Hence the picture is off centre because the bed moved).  One side I have a lamp and book, having a book there reminds to read it, usually before sleeping. The other side I have my calendar and some fake flowers, that I think brighten a dark-ish corner of my room.

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Dressing Table

This part of my room is definitely the most ‘cluttered’ and its not even that bad. I love this corner, its where I’ll sit down every morning and get ready for the day.

In the mirror of the dressing table you can see the other mirror I have which I’m obsessed with and I’m so annoyed I forgot to take a picture of.

Full length mirror

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Wardrobe- B&Q

White board- Tesco

There’s not much to say about this area of my room. Apart from I have a whiteboard that I bought, that tells me what time I’m in College and what for and it was supposed to be a motive to revise but alas it has not been.

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Chest of Drawers

Finally my T.V and other drawers. I finally got my T.V moved from my old room after probably about a year and I’ve been very excited.

Sorry this post was short, will be back next week with a much more in depth upload.

Is your bedroom your own safe space?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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Hello 2018

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a really great New Years Eve and your head is not too sore. And of course I hope you have an AMAZING 2018.

Whilst I’m not really on board with Resolutions because they just don’t work for me, I still acknowledge its a fresh start. I, like everyone else have things they want to achieve for the year.

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Honestly, for a little while the idea of the New Year was kind of making me anxious, for numerous reasons. But to combat this I thought I’d make a bullet journal, I first found out about this from Lily Pebbles video and after a couple of Pinterest searches, I’d gained ideas that could work for me. I don’t know how long I’ll be interested in filling it out but I really feel it will help me feel less stressed about life events.

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I turn 18 in February and for me that’s pretty exciting.

 

I’m not too sure what will happen after I finish College. Whether I’ll get a place at University or if I’ll go complete a foundation year first. Which ever it is, I need to not stress over it.

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On the same wavelength, I’m really hoping I come out of College with 3 great grades at A Level. Obviously the only way that will happen is putting the work in and I’m 100% ready and have already been doing that.

Finally, I really want to do more Yoga. It’s something I’ve been interested in for a few years but never done it as much as I’d like to.

Do you have any plans for 2018?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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Goodbye 2017

I’m not too sure how this year is coming to an end, it kind of just feels like one big blur. Nonetheless I thought I should recognise the last day of 2017 with a post. I wanted to write about a few highlights of this year and how I’ll be spending my New Years Eve.

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During the Summer, I had the absolute honour of being one of my cousins’ bridesmaid’s for her wedding. I think because her wedding had been in planning mode for a couple years it was a definite highlight for it to finally happen.

img_3529Next, I was super fortunate to spend a week in Ibiza. It was a lovely getaway from life in general.

The event that took up a big chunk of my life this year was learning to drive. I surprisingly really enjoyed learning and was ecstatic to pass first time on the 6th of November. But then to get a car of my own for Christmas just made me beyond grateful.

Finally, a definite highlight of 2017 has been this month. Most years, December, is always such a joyous time. But specifically this year, I’ve enjoyed every minute, from Christmas shopping in Durham, to the little bit of snow we had, to Christmas itself. Its definitely one of my favourite Christmases.

IMG_4575So tonight when many are at parties bringing in the New Year, I’ll be sat at home having a pamper evening consisting of painting nails and face masks. Because if you can’t go into the New Year treating yourself with nice nails and good skin (the latter being debateable) then when can you?

Lots of Love,

Sophie 

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What I got for Christmas 2017

I’ve been wondering how to start this post because quite frankly, I’m a tad saddened Christmas is over. However, thinking positively, I have an exciting year ahead. Before the New Year I did want to share what I received for Christmas. I’m EXTREMELY grateful and didn’t expect any of it. 

IMG_4519I’ve really wanted to try some products from La Roche-Posay for a while now so I was very grateful when family had bought me a couple bits. And ever since I’d watched Lydia Millen’s vlog I really wanted to read ‘How to Be An Overnight Success’  by Maria Hatzistefanis. One present I’ve been surprised with is this Champneys Detox Facial Cleansing brush. It leaves my skin feeling 1000x cleaner and super soft.

IMG_4520My Mum asked me to write a list of things I’d want for Christmas. I couldn’t really think of much because I didn’t need anything, so I wrote a couple things I wanted to try. For example the Maybelline Lash Sensational, because I feel I’m the only person who hasn’t tried it. I’ve hit pan on most of the shades in the Sleek Precious metals Highlighting Palette so I appreciated getting another one. I also received this SEVENTEEN Skin Wow Primer, which is so cool because you can mix it with your foundation, use it as a primer or as a highlighter. I used it as a highlighter yesterday and its a lovely subtle glow. My best friend also bought me this HUGE eyeshadow palette, it has the most beautiful shades and I can’t wait to try them.

IMG_4521I was super grateful with the jewellery I got this year. Specifically these absolutely gorgeous earrings my Mum bought me from GUESS. They look as if you’re wearing more than one earring and I just think they’re really different and cool.

So usually on Christmas morning, we’re all in our pyjamas, taking our time to open presents and be appreciative for what we’ve received. This year, my Mum said we all had to get dressed first and when it came to opening presents my parents were quite quick with it. Which had me baffled. Then once I’d thought all the presents were open, my Mum handed me one more and this was my reaction…

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IMG_4518To this CAR. I honestly couldn’t feel my legs all day I was so shocked. Fiat 500’s have always been my dream car (especially these coloured ones) but because of the price tag I never thought that I’d ever own one. I was speechless. I still am. I’ve already had a couple drives and will have a few more in the next few days. I’m still getting comfortable with it but it is easy to drive and has the most beautiful interior (and exterior). I’m just so grateful I’ve been at a loss for words since Christmas day.

I’m so grateful for everything I got this year and I’m still in shock. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

What I Got for Christmas 2016

What I got for Christmas 2015

What did you get for Christmas?

Lots of Love,

Sophie 

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