A Day Out To Arundel

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

It's been ages since Emil and I have been on a road trip anywhere. Now that we both live in London, we often spend weekends in the city or chilling after a busy week at work. However, I wanted to do something different last weekend and so we decided to drive down to Arundel as it's only an hour away from where I live.

In the morning it was raining heavily and we even had a spot of snow! However, luckily, by the time we left it was blue skies, but very very cold! We walked up to the cathedral and then walked round the cute little streets, visiting all the quaint shops. We then decided to stop for some lunch and found this lovely little coffee shop, although the food was nice, it wasn't anything amazing (hence no photos). 

After, we decided to walk to the castle, but was disappointed to find that it was closed for the Winter, so we walked alongside the grounds (perfect photo opportunities), but it was soo cold, that we decided to head back to the main square for some scones and cream tea at one of the little tea rooms. I had a hot chocolate which had generous helpings of whipped cream and marshmallows, but it was generally one of the best hot chocolates I have ever had!

Although it was freezing, it was so nice to get out of London for the day and I had such a fun day!

Have you been to Arundel before?

Graduation | Take Two

Monday, 23 November 2015

If you're a follower of my blog, you'll know that I've recently completed a masters in Forensic Psychology. I was unsure whether or not to attend my graduation at first because I have had a really tough year and didn't want to have to travel down to Canterbury again. However, my parents persuaded me to go, so Mum, Dad, Emil and I travelled down. After a 3 hour journey (when it should only take an hour and a quarter!), I arrived very stressed and very anxious!

It was quite a surreal experience because I had to gown up in a hall and then walk down the high street to the Cathedral. It was strange walking alongside members of the public and the cobbled streets did make me feel like a Hogwarts student walking down Diagon Alley. As we were running late, I did feel a little rushed so couldn't take in my surroundings as much as I'd have liked. Having stopped for a couple of photo opportunities, we arrived at the Cathedral, which looked absolutely stunning, as it was an evening graduation, it was lit up beautifully.

As I walked along the cloisters of the cathedral to the room in which I had to register, I definitely felt like I should be in Harry Potter! It was so lovely to be reunited with all of my course friends and catch up with what we've been up to since finishing our degree. 

After a very manic half an hour trying to arrange all of the students into the correct order, we finally walked round to the entrance of the cathedral. As we entered, it became apparent that we were going to be walking down the aisle - something I really hadn't expected. However, I did feel a real sense of importance as all eyes were on us and camera flashes were going off all over the place.

The graduation ceremony went really quickly and I didn't trip over, which was a result! Having never really felt any attachment to the University of Kent, nor felt any sense of my achievement for my masters, I did feel quite emotional as we processed out of the cathedral. I think it finally hit me how much I had achieved and how far I had come in a year. 

Lots of photos with friends ensued, but it was so cold that we couldn't hang around for too long. We then went for a celebratory dinner at a gorgeous Moroccan restaurant with lots of bubbly! Despite the massive rush, I did have a really lovely evening and it was nice to finally have closure to what has been a really difficult and stressful year, 

October Favourites

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

We'll skip over the fact that I missed out a September favourites post, and go straight to what I've been loving throughout October.

I actually bought this lipstick for Halloween last year. I was after a cheap dark lipstick and came across this one in Boots and for £4.79 I didn't think I could go far wrong. However, the only problem being that it wasn't as pigmented as it looked, so it wasn't as dark on my lips as I had hoped which meant it didn't really work for my Halloween costume. I wore it a few times and then it went to the back of my draw. However, I rediscovered it this month and I absolutely love it. I love the colour as it's not too dark for an everyday look for work, but you can build it a little if you want it darker for the evening. I love the cute little mirror that pops out of the lid too, though I rarely use it, you never know when it may come in handy!

I love this palette (see my full review here) and use it everyday for a simple look for work. Whilst I have 2 of the naked palettes from Urban Decay, I prefer to save them for the evenings and weekends, so this palette from Revolution is a perfect dupe to wear for work.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Boots at Westfield Stratford and I heard across the tanoy that there was a free gift available from the Benefit counter for 5 minutes only. Naturally, I sprinted to the Benefit counter, leaving a bewildered Émil behind and ended up having a free skin consultation. This resulted in me receiving a free sample of their Triple Performing Facial Emulsion ,which I was really excited about as I have never used any of Benefit's skin care products before. I absolutely love it, it claims to hydrate, protect and comfort the skin with an oil-free, lightweight formula and it definitely does, it feels so light on the skin and has a lovely fragrance to it, whilst keeping the skin moisturised. I'm seriously considering buying the full sized version once I've finished this sample. (Disclaimer - I've actually left the bottle at Emil's flat, so could only photograph the box for this post - sorry!)

I love salted caramel and I love Yankee candles so when Émil gave this to me for Christmas last year, you can imagine my excitement. However, I didn't get round to burning it much, but I've definitely made up for that this year. I love Autumn nights, tucked up in bed, fairy lights on, green tea in hand, watching TV with candles burning and this month, salted caramel has definitely been my favourite scent. It does smell more like burnt toffee than salted caramel, but I love it, it's prefect for the Autumn/Winter nights!

This is a bit more of a random favourite, but Émil's mum, Rosalie, very kindly bought me a box of Thorntons moments as a well done present for my masters result. I'd never tried them before, but they are amazing! I opened the box one evening and I'm not even ashamed to say I worked my way through quite a lot of them! Thank you Rosalie - they are delicious!

Let me know what you've been loving this October in the comments below. 

A little life update

Sunday, 1 November 2015

And so I begin another blog post with an apology! Sorry I haven't posted in what feels like foreverrr, but whilst my real life got really busy, my online life has had to quieten down and take a back seat. So much has changed within the last 2 months which has meant blogging has been at the very bottom of my 'to do' list.

So what's been happening?

I finished my masters, which is super exciting and such a relief. I recently found out that I'm graduating with a distinction which was really unexpected, but I'm so happy and proud of myself because this year has been such a struggle! Driving 360 miles a week, plus being in a long term relationship and holding down a part time job - hasn't been easy!

Talking of being in a long distance relationship, this is something else that has changed over the last few months...Émil now lives in London which is literally the best thing ever! It's sooo nice to have him close by and to be able to spend evenings with each other, rather than having to wait two weeks and only have the weekends together. Though it does mean the more I see him, the less attention my blog gets.

Finally and perhaps the biggest change for me is that I now have an adult job which is probably the main cause for my lack of blogging. Working in London 9.30-6 with an hour commute each way doesn't leave me with much spare time. Having said that, I am loving my new job and I can't quite believe how well things have fallen into place for me.

So I guess, I can't commit to regular blog posts like I used to, which makes me really sad, but now that my job involves staring at a screen all day, I'm less inclined to blog once I'm home. However, I don't want to say goodbye to blogging just yet, I do still enjoy it and I have some new posts coming very soon - so watch this space!

A Body Shop Disappointment?

If you are a regular follower of my blog, you'll know how obsessed I am with The Body Shop so I never thought I'd write a post like this, but I think I've found a product from there which I am actually disappointed with!

As most of you know, my skin routine isn't great, I cleanse in the evenings, do a face mask once a week (if I remember!), moisturise and that's about it. For a few years, I've been using and loving The Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser, however, when I went to repurchase it the other week, I noticed there was a Aloe Gentle Facial Wash which I hadn't tried before. I asked the assistant what the difference between the cleanser and the facial wash and when I told her I used the cleanser as a face wash and not using cotton pads, she practically laughed in my face! She told me I'd been better off using the facial wash, so I thought I'd take her advice and bought the facial wash.

It's a foam face wash, which would be fine, but I just find this one a bit harsh on my skin. It's not as calming as the the cleanser and I've noticed a difference in my skin, I've developed quite a few spots and I just don't feel like my skin is as clean and fresh as it is when I use the cleanser.

I guess I can't like every product in The Body Shop and this is the first one I've been disappointed with, but it's definitely not gentle on my skin like it claims to be.

Have you tried the Aloe Gentle Facial Wash from The Body Shop? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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