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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Photo belongs to Justmejaydee.blogspot.co.uk

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 & booked my first getaway (YAY!!)
  • Got an interview for British Airways. 
  • 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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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

It's all about JUNE - Gemini Season

All photo's within this post belong to Jade Kelly @ Just me, Jaydee.
If you've never heard of the term "Gemini season" then let me keep this simple, it's the month where all the Gemini babies/ drama queens/ best personalities ever (haha) were born! ;)
June was a good month for me, I turned 24 at the beginning and got to do some pretty cool stuff. This post has been long overdue hence why it's sooooooo late. I love having my birthday in the early summer season because it opens up more opportunity to do more and socialise more especially since everyone more or less spends every weekend in a beer garden, which was the case around the beginning of June. 

I wanted to share a few highlights of June to slowly come back to writing again. 
So, I'll list 4 of my favourite moments. Enjoy!

I turned 24 - Most people say once you go past the age of 21 it goes downhill from there. Sometimes I think this is the case whenever I'm in a rut but honestly, your 20s are the best period of your life as you become your true self. Although for me, I'm still a 6-year-old at heart but there we go. My birthday weekend was pretty cool, even if three days off work didn't give much time to celebrate properly, I still enjoyed myself and welcomed in being old... I mean 24 is young still, right? 

9th June 2018 - SAW TAYLOR SWIFT LIVE!
Crazy fact, I've never been to see anyone live before, well not someone who makes me super happy. I was in the process of seeing forever the sickest kids back when I was 18 but due to difficult circumstances it never happened but hey, that's a story for another day!
On June 9th, I and my best friend travelled to Manchester after 4 years of wanting to see Taylor Swift live. We made it happen after months of preparation and got some crazy good seats I must say. Being in the stadium at the scheduled time (5pm) buzzed up my excitement and made the whole atmosphere so emotional yet so magical. The experience as a whole was amazing, the support acts Camila Cabello & Charli XCX were out of this world, fabulous. I was like "whoa, oh my god" and had goosebumps haha. Then when Taylor Swift came on, the atmosphere felt so uplifting, positive and just so surreal. It felt like cloud nine which is a pretty intimate feeling, it was so enjoyable. The entirety of my row was stood up dancing, if not on their own then with each other and we encouraged other rows behind us to join in. The night as a whole was flawless. I've always watched Taylor's tours on Youtube, but to be in the audience of her Reputation Stadium Tour was insanely perfect. It has to be one of the BEST experiences of my life so far, I was left amazed for days up on my little cloud and didn't want to come down! Definitely one of the best moments of 2018 too, and there have been some amazing moments throughout this year. 

"A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life." - Coco Chanel.

My biggest fear is having my hair cut by someone so inexperienced and hating it. However, I've never actually come close to that throughout my life when trusting someone to cut my hair. In June, I decided to have my hair cut because it was driving me insane. It was quite dead on the ends and with summer coming around, it needed a make-over/ new style that wouldn't drench me in sweat too (ew). Ever since I've been able to wash it more, style it, manage it and most of all, it's so much lighter and doesn't fall out as much. I guess that's a good positive! It's true what they say, once you cut your hair you begin to change other things in your life too.

"It's a beautiful day to save lives". - Dr. Derek Shephard. 

So a year ago, I decided to sign up and donate blood as I wanted to help people and make a difference. Each time you make a donation, you're informed about where your blood has been sent. I've donated three times in total as it takes up to three-ish months for your body to restore the litre of blood you previously donated. My experience the last three times have been somewhat different, to say the least.

1st Donation - Long story short, I went lightheaded. It's common in a lot of people donating the first time and it's okay because the blood carers are amazing. I just hated the fact all eyes were on me because I felt faint, but I recovered after having a cold drink and something to eat and resting when returning home. Don't let that put you off though if you're wanting to do it, just keep in mind that you're potentially saving a life.

2nd Donation - This donation went well, I couldn't bend my arm for two days but there were no major repercussions which made a nice change.

3rd Donation - I tried being funny when sat in the chair to distract myself from how nervous I felt although I'm rather unsure as to why. It took five and a half minutes for my blood to be donated which in my last experience that is a record time! In recovery, I did everything that was expected and felt fine which was good. As soon as I got home that's when it went a bit south. It began when I felt lethargic, dizzy and just wanted to vomit... in the end, deciding to go straight to bed and slept for around nine hours and the following day I must've been awake for three hours then felt sleepy again, sleeping for a further four hours and then felt back to my usual self.
The whole experience was strange, but I'd do it all over again if it meant I got to help someone. My third donation was issued at Leicester infirmary for a blood transfusion. Very much in awe and hoping it helped someone who was in need. I guess you can say I took a negative experience and turned it into a positive one, which goes a long way!

June was a good month and these were my highlights of it.
Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it :)

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P.s If you spotted my Greys Anatomy quote, you're awesome! x