Monday, 31 December 2018

Goodbye 2018 | Thank you.

2018, well... What a year you've been. I've definitely had some wonderful moments with some great people. I've too, have had a wild ride down to the worst of what life has to offer too. But in the end, it's how you rise and stand your ground, right?

It's most definitely been a rollercoaster of a year and here's why; 

  • I got to see 3 INSANE concerts; Speaking in Shadows, Taylor Swift & You Me At Six, three of the most amazing nights of my life! 
  • Passed my driving test, although my confidence is a bit shaken from an incident on the motorway, I'm determined to get on the road in 2019!
  • I turned 24... now I'm halfway to being 25 and still getting ID'd for energy drinks and paracetamol haha! It's funny because everyone has a shocked reaction realising my age... :-)
  • My mental health got really bad to the point I lost myself. Now in therapy, I'm discovering who I am again and couldn't be more thankful to be here. It gets better, it really does. 
  • October took a turn for the worst when I was rushed into hospital because of an ovarian cyst rupture causing me to have surgery and two weeks off work... hardest time of 2018 but very very thankful for it. 
  • Despite a difficult year trying to learn how to live together, I and my partner had our second Christmas together in our first home. Not only that but got to spend our time with family too, which was very very much needed!
I'm thankful for you 2018, you've not been all that bad but that's life. I could keep going as this year has brought plenty of smiles and tears, ups and downs but overall, I am glad to be here, to see in another New year. So let's make it a good one.

- Jaydee xo 

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Hello Autumn!

Autumn has to be one of the most picturesque seasons of the year! All those brown/red leaves on the trees/ground are what get me jumping up and down like a child in a sweet shop. I feel like around October, I start to really feel at peace. Not only are we approaching the end of another year (how quick?!) but it's nice to be inside all cosy on the darker nights. 

I love Autumn for more reasons than I can list, but I usually get inspired to go out and take photos, have more baths just so my bath bombs get used up and generally because I love to wear Autumnal lipstick and huge jumpers. Being snug and warm is what matters most around this time of year as cold gets to me so easily ha!

A few things that I want to do throughout Autumn are;

Donate to the homeless charities in my area - At this time of year, it makes me sad to see loads of homeless people out on the streets. Every morning, I go past loads on the bus and it brings tears to my eyes. My biggest goal throughout the last 3 months of 2018 is to donate clothes, money, food/drink etc to those in need. I couldn't imagine how alone and isolated they must feel. I'd love to one day open up a homeless shelter and provide those in need with a nice warm place to call home and help them back on their feet. 

Carve a Pumpkin - It's crazy to say, I've never actually done this... haha! I see all the photo's of peoples pumpkins and it makes me want to feel part of the creativity and carve my own. Then it can sit in my window and look pretty :) 

Take some outfit photo's for my blog - Personally, I feel like my style around Autumn time is definitely on point. Baggy jumpers, jeans and booties... can't go wrong haha! I haven't really done OOTD on here so I want to bring that in as it's what I love reading about on other people's blogs so why not incorporate it into mine. 

Go for long walks - I'm already an active person and I love walking, especially when its dark out and there aren't too many people around. My goal is to go for a walk whenever I'm not at work and nail at least 20,000 steps as I feel unsatisfied with this recently. 

Decorate my flat Halloween-esque - Seeing loads of my favourite YouTubers get excited for Halloween has that effect on me too. Just picture it, buntings of Halloween designs, candles, pumpkin ornaments, spooky decorations... urgh I LOVE IT. It would also give my flat a bit of life too it, as at the moment it's a bit dull.

Go to the gym more often - I'm one of those people who will moan about not having a gym membership to then get one and never go... *facepalm*. Recently, I've stopped going due to my anxiety and it usually takes hours for me to push myself. I don't know why I feel so embarrassed when it comes to working out. You know when you're in the gym and you feel like everyone is watching you and they're not? that is a massive reason why I try to put it off as often as I can then moan when my weight isn't going down haha. My aim is to start going again and just focus on the positives that will come of it. I will probably still struggle when it comes to my anxiety, but oh well. 

What are your goals for Autumn or the rest of 2018? I'd love to hear. :) 

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Saturday, 13 October 2018

NEW: Soap and Glory, Sugar Crush & Up-Toned Girl | Review 2018

Sugar Crush Body Buttercream // Up-Toned Girl Body Lotion // Sugar Crush Body Wash 

Soap and Glory are probably one of my most favourite brands to use when it comes to skincare. Throughout the years of posting on my blog, I have made it known how much I love it and that love is still very strong, even now. I needed some new skincare because I had somehow used all my products from Christmas. Venturing out to boots was definitely what I needed as I purchased my all time favourite scent from Soap and Glory 'Sugar Crush' and decided it was time to finally try something new of their ever-growing collection.

Up-Toned Girl Body Lotion - I'm very sheltered when it comes to trying new things because well, my skin is easily irritable and knowing what works well is easier than branching out. I decided to try this as my mum raves about it. After treating her to several products for Christmas and her birthday, I decided to pluck up my pride and try it. It definitely did not disappoint.
This lotion is my most go-to product whenever I get out the bath/shower and it smells incredible. Not only does it nurse my skin into feeling toned and looking radiant, but it also leaves my skin feeling so soft and I love it. Before using this, it was a skeptical debate because I have eczema on my arms and the wrong product can send it from 0-100 in a matter of seconds, however, 'Up-toned girl' did the opposite and since noticed a HUGE difference when it comes to how intact my skin actually is. Very impressed and I'll definitely keep this in my skincare routine.

Sugar Crush Body Buttercream & Body Wash - If you have read any of my previous posts that feature on my blog then you'll know how much the Sugar Crush range has me so enticed. I'm obsessed and each time I review this, my opinion never changes. What I will say is if you want to smell like a sweetie then use these products. I swear by them as they have nursed my skin back to health from when it was all dry and clogged (ew!) leaving a lovely glow afterward. Try it at least once in your routine and you'll notice a drastic change within your skin. 

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Friday, 28 September 2018

A Day at Craft and Dough, Sheffield | What is has to offer.

So, this year has been work and no play. Over the last few months, going out on "day dates" just wasn't happening due to different schedules for our jobs and it clashed week in week out. After organising a time for us both to just unwind and venture out to a new place, we finally did. With help from our family of course who kindly gave us a voucher to try this lovely restaurant out.

Craft & Dough - Sheffield definitely fulfilled my expectations over how the atmosphere/setting was, how lovely the staff was and how great the food & drinks are. I'm very sheltered when it comes to branching out on food, due to my intolerances. However, when at Craft & Dough, I thought... screw it, let's try something new!

As you can tell by the title 'Craft and Dough' they do some great tasting food/drinks, especially pizza and everyone loves pizza...right?
Anyway, It took me a good amount of time to decide whether to stick with what I know or jump out that good ol' comfort zone and try something extraordinarily different - Like come on... who puts tandoori chicken with BOMBAY MIX ON A PIZZA?! These guys do & it was definitely a songs of praise moment for my taste-buds, no lie.
The Pizza itself consisted of; Tandoori spiced chicken, Raita, Coriander Relish, San Marzano Tomato, Bombay Mix and Fresh Coriander... and if you like Indian food, this is the closest thing to happiness that you'll get to. The ingredients worked well for a cool yet spicy flavour and usually, I wouldn't put as many daring ingredients like these on a stone baked pizza but it works and tastes out of this world.
I also branched out on the wine I had too and white wine to me isn't my go-to but Vistamar Sauvignon Blanc kept me in a trance of happiness; it wasn't too sweet or too dry, it was somewhere in the middle. I'd definitely recommend anyone to try it, I think it's from Chile... could be wrong ha.

My entire experience here was like walking through heaven and it's very rare I say that about any place I go to, since it's so rare. I'd definitely go back to try different event nights/food and drinks they offer and just to feel cosy in the atmosphere again. The options of food and drink are a great selection, if you're not really into wine... look at craft beers, cocktails and other amazing stuff they have to offer. Their menu is a nice variety and suits the needs of all, especially since they have a gluten-free alternative too!

If you need a new place to go, then go here as it's a perfect place to spend your day/night with your partner, family or friends. It's very modern/cosy/appealing as you can visualise from the photo's above. There are different events to try, you can do Cocktail Masterclasses, Pizza Making classes, I mean... What's not to love about a place like this? Couldn't recommend it more if I tried!

I'll link the website for Craft & Dough here

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Not sponsored, Just very impressed :)

Thursday, 23 August 2018

My Take On 2018!

I can't believe how crazy this is... It's September next week. This year has definitely flown by so quickly and has been somewhat amazing yet odd as a whole. It's like we blink and then it takes off before you're even ready for it, like a plane for your life. c r a z y. 

2018 so for me has been a good-ish one. I mean, I'd be lying if I said there weren't hard times that has arisen because there were, but as a positive, it's been a memorable year to achieving so much & ticking off things on my bucket list! I think putting too much pressure on yourself to "have a good year" always makes it so dull in my opinion, but this year I've taken steps forward that I had really bad anxiety towards but once I did it, that was it. I was a woman on a mission and determined to keep going!

One of my best moments so far is passing my driving test, you can read my excitement in a post here. I managed to conquer my fear of shit examiners, anxiety and the attitude of "If I fail, I'll give up". I mean even though quitting was going to be it for me, my instructor certainly didn't let that happen (thank you, Stuart!). Since then, I've done a few long drives to Hull & Leicester for a few trips out which were also very great as always. The only downside was having my confidence shattered by some numpty on the motorway, but I'm determined to continue driving as all this would have been for nothing & I am NOT giving up as I love driving and it makes me so at peace with so much in life. Can't wait to drive again for sure :)

A few things I've also achieved:
  • Got my first passport & looking at booking my first getaway (YAY!!)
  • Got an interview for a few jobs!
  • Moved into my first flat, I love it. 
  • Read more (this is a big thing for me haha)
  • Did things out of my comfort zone - driving on the motorways for a start!
  • Making a difference at work - my 1-1 has made me a better person. 

How has 2018 been for you? I can't believe August is nearly behind us. It's crazy. I have loved making memories this year and my heart is full. I'm excited to round up 2018 as a whole at a later date but wanted to share some positive points on here :)

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