Hit List - 17th March 2017

17 March

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When I was younger, I remember my dad buying the Guardian every Saturday and giving me the magazine that came inside it to read. My favourite part was a page with a thermometer on it, which stated, in a tongue in cheek way, what was hot and what was not that week.

I thought I'd take inspiration from this and create my own little list of my likes and dislikes at the moment. I'm not sure whether this will be a weekly or monthly thing - I'm a commitment phobe. 

I'm calling it the hit list.


YAS


Getting my creative mojo back


I am so, so happy that I seem to have gotten out of my little slump and started to enjoy creating things again. I'm not sure whether it was the winter blues or being overloaded with work, but for a while I just couldn't bring myself to blog, write or take photos, even though I really enjoy them. The strange this was that I had loads of ideas, but struggled to act on them.


Anyway, that feeling has disappeared after a rough few weeks and I'm feeling super inspired and enthusiastic. I really feel like I have more of a purpose when I'm actually doing things. Like I'm not just going to work and bumming about for a bit and going to bed, then doing it all again the next day, you know? I'm back, baby.


Spring


Right in there with the stereotype of being British and talking about the weather, huh? I honestly could not be happier that spring is on its way. The warmer days and lighter evenings are really giving me a pep in my step at the moment. The sun is now up before I am, and I'm so happy about this it makes me giddy. I'm looking forward to walks along the docks, beer gardens, and no longer having to cramp my style with a massive coat.


The Garnier Pure Active Sensitive skin range


I'm the first to admit that I love luxury skincare, but I'm also under no illusions that you have to spend a fortune to help your skin. I picked up the Pure Active anti-blemish gel wash,  clarifying tonic and soothing moisturiser a few weeks ago and my skin is looking better than it has in a while.


I was apprehensive about these products being very aggressive and drying my skin out, but so far I've been pleasantly surprised. I have normal to dry skin with the odd breakout around my chin once a month (ladies, you feel me) but it's pretty sensitive and usually has a little freak out when I change products, use the same products for too long, or breathe. Touch wood, my skin has not reacted in a bad way to the Pure Active range at all, and seems to have even kept my usual hormonal breakout at bay. The only thing I would say is that the moisturiser isn't quite rich enough to be my go-to, but it's good to use in the morning as it's light enough to provide a nice base for your makeup.


The Gucci Soho Disco bag


I know, I know, I know, everyone has it. But I want it and I might buy it. That is all.


NAH


Exams


I'm currently studying to become a Certified Chartered Accountant, and I've just finished my last exam until June. It was about tax, and the textbook was literally thicker than the fifth Harry Potter book (and way less action-packed). It's so nice to be able to read about things other than VAT and PAYE without feeling guilty.


Being pale


Usually, I'm pretty happy with my milky white skin. Porcelain, ivory, whatever you want to call it. But recently it's making me feel quite insecure and flabby. No idea why. But it might be time to start experimenting with fake tan. If you can recommend any good ones for pale skin that won't turn me into a walking, talking Wotsit, please do let me know in the comments.


Comparison


It really is the thief of joy, doe. I feel like your twenties are peak comparison age - everyone is doing different things, you're setting the foundations for your future and (cringe) finding yourself. Should I be buying a house? Should I be thinking about getting married and having kids? Does everyone have a designer bag except me?


Honestly though, comparing yourself to other people will only ever bog you down with negativity. Nobody shares the really crap bits of their life on social media, why would they? In between weddings, pregnancies and holidays could be arguments, stress and debt. You can't just stop comparing your life to other people's, it's human nature. But you can try to remember that you're doing your own thing and that the only person you need to impress is yourself.


Till next time, pals.

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