Taking ‘Me-Time’

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Sometime’s you have to put down the to-do list and say not today.

1 – Switch off your phone.
Me-Time is harder than ever before, no longer is it hometime and you’re done for the day. Now, you have emails, tweets, new articles, the dreaded ‘_ tagged you in a photo’ (can anyone resist not checking that?!) and so much more beeping and flashing and demanding attention. Unless you allow yourself to take it all away, and to fully disconnect yourself from the outside world you can’t unwind.

2 – Play some music. 

3 – Eat something sweet. 
Fruit, a creme egg, a donut –  whatever takes your fancy. If you’re wanting to treat yourself fully, forget about the kale for a few hours and eat what you really want. (Unless you particularly love kale, then eat away! This is about you.)

4 – Drink something warm.
It’s comforting, it’s relaxing, it could even be chocolately.

5 – Read a book or watch your favourite film. 

6 – Take a bath.
You could combine this with any of the above, or just sit in the bubbles and soak. Add some bubble bath, salts or a bath bomb to add the luxury factor, and make sure to lavish on your favorite body wash.

7 – Do some beauty pampering.
You could do a face mask, give yourself an at-home manicure (see mine here) or pluck your brows – whatever is going to make you feel a little bit better. I know I feel good when I’ve done a little extra that day, and it will give you a bit of an ego-boost for when you have to get back into things at work, school or home.

8 – Do what you love.
The final and most important step, it could be knitting, scrapbooking, baking or anything that brings you joy and not dread. Having me – time doesn’t have to mean unproductivity, it’s just forgetting about the un-fun things and focusing on you. Are you a gym bunny? Then go get on that treadmill! Have fun.

Do you take enough take enough time for yourself? What do you always do to fully unwind? Let me know in the comments below!

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Weekend in London

This is a pretty personal post – no advice here! But I wanted to share with you all how I spent Valentines. (and my first attempt at using a DSLR!) This weekend I went down to London to see my long-distance boyfriend. The majority of the weekend was pretty un-blog worthy, just spending time with each other playing games (including my past love, and nostalgia inducing favourite, Crash Bandicoot) watching films and eating food.

After a flood of tears on my end Saturday night, fueled by Little Miss Sunshine and then The Notebook – I mean, who wouldn’t cry? – we got up did something a little less teary, we went to London Zoo.

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Terrapin at London Zoo

Ant at London Zoo

Lizard at London Zoo

Snake at London zoo

I also took this oppertunity to get to grips with our new camera and valentines present, the Nikon D5200. This is my first time using a camera which isn’t build into a smart phone – and most of you can probably tell I’m in the need of a bit more practice! But I loved seeing all the different animals and listening to the keepers talks – and I practically fell in love with the giraffes.

Afterwards we took a walk through Regent Park and had dinner at Smokehouse, a BBQ restaurant. The burgers had a very distinctive charcoal taste, although very enjoyable, but the beer battered onions rings were delicious. A definite recommendation if you want a little snack as you wander through the park.

Smokehouse Regents Park London

Although not a typical romantic Valentines weekend – we ordered Roosters and went to the Zoo rather than dressed up and went out for dinner, it was a change I fully welcomed.  Now I’m ready to snuggle up in my own bed and have a little me time.

Let me know how you spent, or would like to spend, your Valentines weekend!

Friend’s birthday weekend.

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Friday saw the birthday of one of my best friends, and in our typical style it meant a night out in our grotty local bar (which we actually really love). They play a mixture of rock and punk, and we were accompanied by all our other friends, including her boyfriend. I wish I had a nicer picture to show  you but instead you can have us pulling funny faces.

On the Saturday, we went out with her family to a cafe which does ‘afternoon tea’, gorgeous china with a selection of deserts, sandwiches, soup and of course tea. I am not someone who helps myself to a cuppa, but I actually liked it!

Sunday her and her family, me and her boyfriend went out to dinner and we scoffed down some burgers and possibly one too many drinks. Have you ever tried a Woo Woo? I’d never even heard of it before last night, and it only took one sip before we asked for a jug to our table.

I documented the weekend on my instagram and mentioned it on twitter, so if you want to have a nosey what I’m up to on real time you can catch me there.

A Scent Flashback

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As a child it was just me and my mum. We lived together in our tiny semi-detached house being mother and daughter, and best friends, until the age of about 8…

I can remember always looking up to her. I can remember seeing all her lotions and potions over the kitchen sink and watching her do her make-up, these glossy cases with powders and creams that promised to make you beautiful.

Something that always stuck in my head was the scents she’d leave around the house as she got ready for bed. She’d come in to tuck me in on a night and when she left, my room would be filled with what I later learnt to be Eau Dynamisante by Clarins.

This is one of my favourite scents, and I have no doubt it’s because of the memories I have. It has been well documented that our sense of smell has the greatest link to memory.

Clarins notes it’s essential oils as Lemon, Patchouli, White Thyme, Petit grain and Rosemary.

The comfort and happiness this scent brings me has encouraged me to search for my signature scent. I want my friends, boyfriend, and family to be able to be reminded of the experiences we have had (and hopefully feel warmth, comfort and happiness just as I do) from a single big breath in.

Are there any scents that bring back memories for you? Do you have a signature scent?