Adventures in the Peak District

Thursday, 21 June 2018


My friend and I spent today in the Peak District - we climbed a few hills, drove through a valley, and sauntered around a couple of picturesque villages. It's been such a nice relaxing day, I miss the peace and quiet already. A healthy dose of nature and fresh air really does make a huge difference to my mental health.

I hope you enjoy these snaps.

First stop - Stanage Edge. My legs and feet hated me while I was walking up, but thanked me when we got to the top. Want to see some stunning aerial shots of Stanage Edge? Check out this video. Truly breathtaking.

We stopped by the roadside somewhere near Hathersage and ate tiger bread with Philly on fold out chairs, listening to a gentle stream behind us. Pure bliss.

Next we visited Castleton.

10 things that have happened recently

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Sorry to toot my own horn, but I can't believe I took this picture on a phone. It's so good! 

1.My mum celebrated her birthday on Thursday so we went shopping. It was a lovely day, albeit a bit windy, and I managed to pick up a few new pieces for my wardrobe.

2.I ordered four things from the H&M website and they all fit me? I am still in shock. I rarely have that much luck with ordering clothes online, especially from a shop that has no consistency in their sizing whatsoever. Proper chuffed. Plus, all the clothes look good and don't make me look like a  bloated potato!

3.June's Birchbox arrived. Got a nice bottle of smoothing balm for my hair and a gorgeously soft eyeshadow, among other things. The box itself is a blue and white floral tin and it is stunning.

4.My step-dad bought me a label maker (half price in Tesco!!!) and it is now the greatest thing I own. I have labelled all the boxes under my bed and my IKEA Alex drawers. Wondering how many things I can slap a label on before it gets weird and/or annoying.

5.I've started using my Bobble bottle more often in an effort to cut down the amount of plastic bottled water I drink.

6.I'm pretty sure I've nailed my skincare routine. The products I'm using all seem to work really well together and don't irritate my skin. I still get the odd spot or two, but I think that's down to my crap diet, heh. At the moment I'm especially loving the Aloe Herbs and Rosewater spray from Mario Badescu, the Purete Thermale One Step Cleansing Micellar Water from Vichy, and the Vitalizing Eye Serum by NZ based brand Platone that I picked up from TK Maxx and I can't find anywhere on the internet, d'oh. It has vitamin C and collagen in it and feels very refreshing around the eyes.

7.I started taking turmeric capsules the other day hoping it will help with my thyroid. Not sure if that's a good idea while I'm already taking thyroid meds but whatever. I see a doctor next week so I'll find out then if I'm making the problem worse or not. 😅

8.I've become obsessed with ralphthemoviemaker and YourMovieSucksDOTorg. I love watching people rip bad movies to shreds but are funny about it. They're both clearly very passionate about film which makes it even more interesting and hilarious to watch.

9.My wildflowers started budding and they look so promising! Looking forward to seeing what they look like in a month's time, see if they start flowering and coaxing the bees in.

10.I read that HBO have ordered a pilot for a Game of Thrones prequel about the Age of Heroes and I am buzzing with excitement. Game of Thrones is mah life.

Hope you have a great weekend.


June bedroom details

Saturday, 9 June 2018


I thought I'd show you some new additions to my bedroom seeing as I've just cleaned and tidied it from top to bottom and there isn't seven layers of dust on all my things for once.

I've got rid of a few things too (bye bye, Tsum Tsum collection) and took a picture or two down so my walls don't look as cluttered. Bed is still lathered in cushions, though. That'll never change.

I purchased this lamp a few weeks ago actually - I didn't want a lamp with silver hardware anymore so I went for this simple wood one from Asda instead with an off-white shade. It's smaller too so it doesn't take up as much space on my table. I've incorporated so much gold and wood into my room that silver sticks out like a sore thumb now.

The curtains arrived recently and I love them a lot - I've had a voile up for as long as I can remember, but the lack of privacy has started to bother me so I opted for these floral lined curtains. They're not black-out curtains so they let just the right amount of light in in a morning.

5 staple pieces I want to add to my wardrobe this year

Friday, 1 June 2018

I think my wardrobe is around 95% perfect. I'm happy with most of the things in there and I get a lot of wear out of them. However, I do think it could benefit from a couple more staple pieces which would make that remaining 5% of my wardrobe a little more wearable. 

Below are the five pieces I would love to add to my wardrobe in the coming months. Enjoy!

1. A simple handbag

I only ever use two bags - a navy Kanken Mini and a blue spotted Cath Kidston cross-body. I love backpacks because I like having my hands free, plus they don't make my back or shoulder hurt, but I would love to own a proper handbag. Something simple, leather or faux, preferably brown, with two handles and nothing else. I am drawn to this one from Fat Face because it's so beautifully unfussy.

My first Birchbox

Monday, 28 May 2018


I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I'd decided to subscribe to Birchbox to celebrate the fact that I'm done paying the SLC (for now!). I figured I'd put that bit of money into something new and different, such as a beauty subscription box.

I've tried beauty subscription boxes before but that was years ago, and I found the whole thing a bit underwhelming. I figured I'd try again, this time with Birchbox, to see if I like them the second time round. May's box arrived last Friday and contained five dreamy products in the cutest palm-print box.

Things I want to note right off the bat:

1. The beauty box itself was packaged in cardboard without any excessive filler like Styrofoam or bubble wrap.
2. The box and leaflets inside are made of nice quality card and can easily be recycled.
3. The box isn't HUGE either so it doesn't take up a ton of space if you decide to keep it and repurpose it.

Immediately I'm already loving this.

I received a Luscious Lip Stain from Doucce in the shade 'Steaming Red', a Skinny Liquid Eyeliner from Eyeko, an Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm from Native Unearthed, the New Age Precision 8-in-1 Power Serum from Marcelle, and some Geranium and Peppermint Botanical Body Wash from Greenfrog Botanic.

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