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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Ralphie + Carrot.


It happened.

Last week, at the age of three and a half, little Ralphie finally tried a piece of carrot.
And he decided that carrots are actually really yummy and he wishes that he'd tried them earlier.

This was the same week he decided he also quite likes fennel...
Posh bunny!

But I'm noting this moment down and remembering it forever because it turns out perseverance does pay off after all. So any future children who refuse to eat their vegetables...I won't give up until you do! 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Chandelier.


Play.
Repeat.
Play.
Repeat.

Been hitting the replay button on this song all week. Sia might just be my favourite human that I've never met.

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Pause. Step Back. Refresh.

Ah, 2014. So the plan was to post something here every single day, about anything and everything, whatever took my fancy at the time. It was the dream and I don't think it was wildly unattainable. I could totally make it happen & I kept it up for a little while but it wasn't what I'd hoped for. The reality of the dream ended up being a few things I'm really proud of peppered in amongst a whole bunch of words that just weren't quite right. I'd hoped it would bring out the best in me and it didn't because I wasn't in the right place.

I had hoped this would feel just as exciting as it did when I first started blogging, when I wrote about everything and I had the best time. And maybe that's partly because I was the only one reading. And now there's you. And I'm so pleased that you're here, I really am. But sometimes I feel a little bit of pressure. Pressure to be fresh. Pressure to compete. And that's not your fault, it's totally mine. I lost myself a little over the past little while.

Being fresh and at the top of the game has never been my intention, so I'm not quite sure what happened to make me think that I needed to try and be something that I'm not. I fell into writing posts in similar ways to some of my favourite bloggers. And my version of their style obviously is nowhere near as good, because they are consistently being true to themselves and I was veering completely off course. They write for them and somewhere along the line I forgot to write for me.

So I paused. Took a step back. And hit refresh on almost everything.

The word change used to send shivers down my spine. I liked routine and sticking to the plan. But as of right now, change is nothing but fascinating to me. I'm turning twenty five quite soon and I think this has something to do with how I'm feeling and my need for change. It's not a bad feeling at all. It's actually an amazingly liberating and beautiful feeling.

But don't get me wrong, the past couple of weeks certainly haven't been smooth sailing. There have been many moments of panic. There have been ideas scribbled down on pieces of paper at 3am only to be screwed up into a ball and thrown across the room seconds later. I've stayed up all night to see the sun rise on a new day, hoping that one would be better than the one before. There have been many midnight conversations with my mama. True heart to hearts about life and hopes and dreams, about change and sameness and emptiness. How to know when things are right, when things are wrong and when to dream. There have been days full of immersing myself in my favourite books to completely block out all thoughts of my own reality; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (for Remus and Sirius) and Nausea (oddly comforting). There have been tears, lots of tears. And there's been hope. There's always hope.

I looked back over some old posts and I'm so proud of nineteen year old me. I want to hold on to the best parts of her and take them forwards from here. Because she's still here, she's just a little less naive and a little braver. "Oh, you've changed!". And yes, that's true. Being nineteen is infinitely different to being almost twenty five. There may only be a few years in between, but it turns out that a whole lot of change happens even if you don't really expect it to.

So there might be a few different things happening from here on in. Nothing too different, I don't think. But I'm not exactly sure where this path is going to take me. On a whim last week, armed with a twenty pound note in my pocket I went out and got a few new things for my office. I needed things to be different, to feel different. There have been a couple of changes here too, just a little bit of spring cleaning. I've metaphorically taken everything off the shelf to clean it, rather than dusting around things like I usually do. 

Thank you. For being you. For always being here, even through these unexpected moments of change. I appreciate it more than I could ever successfully put into words. But I hope you know what I mean. And even if you read this and think 'well, that sounds silly', please remember one thing. There's always hope. There will come a time when hope is one of the only things there to cling on to. Sometimes it can hide, but don't ever forget that it's there.

Take care, and I'll hopefully see you tomorrow! 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

Monday, 17 March 2014

eBay Collections

This is a sponsored post in partnership with eBay.

For a really long time I found eBay a little overwhelming. I have a suspicion that you can type in almost anything in the world that you’d really like and it’ll be there, just waiting for you to find it. That’s amazing. And it’s the eclectic nature and insane diversity that constantly draws me, and millions of other people, in. It’s like an Aladdin’s cave, a constant treasure trove of lovely things waiting for new homes.

The new eBay collections feature just launched and whoever came up with the idea for it deserves a pat on the back! I think it adds so much to the community feel of the website, allowing anyone the ability to browse through (and follow!) someone’s collection of things they really like. There are already so many inspiring collections to look through and it really is so much fun starting your own! A couple of my collections made their way on to the homepage last week. It was truly bizarre and pretty incredible to click over to have a little browse and see my own face looking back at me. I’m so pleased they featured my favourite collections too!

It’s no secret that I love cameras. In fact I think that’s probably my most searched-for thing on eBay. I could very easily get carried away because there are always so many pages to look through and it’s a lot of fun scrolling through and seeing things I’ve never come across before. The vintage film cameras always particularly attract my attention because they’re usually built so beautifully. I was thrilled to see my Snap Happy collection trending, it’s my most followed too so I’m trying to update it as often as I can!

I also recently discovered the book section and now I think I’m hooked. In fact I’ve already purchased a few ex-library editions of books I’ve always wanted to read. And I like that they have that little bit of history attached to them. I like the idea of them having had their own journey before finding their way on to my bookshelf. Of course new books are wonderful too and there are a fair few on my wish list. I’m having so much fun updating my Library collection and it’s only a matter of time before a few of the editions on there find their way on to my real life book shelf.

I also couldn’t resist creating a few beauty collections! You definitely need to be careful when purchasing make up products on eBay, especially higher end brands. But there are a lot of reputable sellers that allow us to purchase products we’d really like to try that perhaps aren’t available where we live and I really like that. I think my favourite make up collection I’ve put together so far is the one entitled All About Blush. You know me, I love blush – they’re just so pretty to look at!
What do you think of this new feature? Have you explored some collections yet?
Jennie
xoxo

Sunday, 16 March 2014

March 2014 Glossybox: Beauty Blossom Edition.

March Glossybox* (£10 + p&p)


First impressions of this month's Glossybox* weren't the best, there was only really one product that immediately caught my eye, but I've definitely learned not to judge on first impressions because sometimes the best things really do come in small, inconspicuous packages. I must admit they've still not completely won me over with the Glossy Magazine - I do think it's a nice idea and the content is getting better, but I'd be even more impressed if they added in an extra product instead.

Dove Hair Therapy Intensive Repair 60 Second Thermal Treatment Shot (£1.49) - Full size
I really like the idea of these hair treatment shots because sometimes when my hair needs a bit of TLC I don't always want to invest in a huge tub of something. I've tried a few Dove hair products before and I quite liked them so I'm quite looking forward to trying this. Definitely perfect for a relaxing Sunday evening!
Helenere MaĆ®trise du Temps Serum (£31) - Full size
Blimey this is a pricey serum considering there's only 10ml in the bottle! This promises to be super hydrating and brightening. It feels pretty luxurious so I'm quite looking forward to adding this to my evening skincare routine, although I have a feeling my mama might be pinching this off me before I have the chance!

Michell and Peach Body Cream (£36 for full size 180ml) Sample size
This is the product I'm least excited about but I do really enjoy trying out luxury body creams because I usually just purchase inexpensive ones for myself. This contains honey, organic cocoa and vitamin B5 - it also promises not to be sticky at all and so far, I'd say it's living up to that claim pretty well.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in Wow (£12.99) Full size
From having a little look online, these come in so many beautiful colours! I received a pretty pink shade and although I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to use it yet, I'm quite smitten. This isn't something I would have bought to try for myself, but I'm quite looking forward to experimenting a little with it!
Sleek Pout Polish in Bare Minimum (£4.49) Full size
This is by far my favourite product this month. I've glanced at these in shops for years but for some reason I never had a close look. This is exactly the shade I would have picked out for myself too because I'm going through a real phase of loving nude, barely there lip colours. This one is pretty sheer, but it feels so comfortable to wear and it's already made its way into my everyday make up bag. Are there any colours in the range that are particularly lovely?

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I'm a lot happier with my box this month than I was last month because every item is one that I'll get some use out of and I really like the range of products they've included. It's always lovely to receive some make up in a beauty box, especially when they're as pretty as these products look. The hair treatment sounds promising, the serum is insanely luxurious and expensive body creams are always a bit of a treat.  

What do you think of this month's box? 

Jennie 
xoxo

Thursday, 13 March 2014

A few things I really like at the moment!


This week a few products have really impressed me and rather than waiting until the end of the month for a favourites post, I thought I'd share them now in case they sound like something that you'd also like to try! It's nice talking about products that really work and after clearing out some of the things I wasn't using last week, I've been enjoying using the things I have left!

Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream* (£10)
This was a really sweet Valentine's Day gift from Balance Me and it's a really beautiful hand cream. In fact, I actually think it rivals my all time favourite L'Occitane hand cream and that's really saying something! The rose scent is really delicate and beautiful, it's not one of those 'old' rose scents, it's very classic, natural and lovely.

Organic Surge Orange Flower Toner* (£6.50)
I've been using the Odylique Balancing Citrus Super Tonic* for the past couple of months and I adore that, so I've been intrigued to see how this toner from Organic Surge would compare. I have a feeling I'm going to like them both equally. This lends itself perfectly as a post-cleanse toner at night time and the other is beautiful to spritz over my face in the mornings. Orange flower water is supposed to have wonderful healing and regenerating properties & I don't want to speak too soon because I've only been using this for a week or so, but I think it's really helping to calm my skin down. I hope it keeps working!

The Bakewell Soap Company Multi-Purpose Pocket Balm* (£4.95)
This came in last month's Love Me Beauty Box and I've been using it consistently ever since. I don't live too far from Bakewell, so it's really lovely to use a local product. I've been keeping this on my bedside table and I use it every evening as an intensive lip balm. It's beautiful.  

Illamasqua Lover Powder Blush (£26 in a duo with Hussy blush)
Since finally ditching my pink ombre hair I've been embracing the ability to wear peach blushes again and I'm loving it. This is the perfect peach shade that just adds a touch of warmth to my complexion that I'm definitely appreciating now that it's finally nearing the end of winter. 

Are there any products that you've been particularly enjoying this week? 

Jennie 
xoxo