Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Favourites // September 2016







The end of the month means that it's time for me to share my favourites on here - here we go with September's!

September seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye - it was a blur of work to be honest! In addition to working on my portfolio I decided to start doing some journal based learning - it was more difficult than I thought to get back into reading journal articles again! But then again I was trying to do this in the early hours of the mornings on my night shifts so that might have been a contributing factor! I booked the last week of the month off work and it has been really nice to just relax and completely switch off from work for an extended period of time (although I'm definitely guilty of checking my work emails every day!)! On my week off I took Nam & G (my grandparents) to Birmingham for a shopping trip - it was so cute to see G going on a train, he hasn't been on a train since he was in the army about 40 years ago! Also, I've started to play the piano again! I've been playing the piano from when I was about six but lost my love for it about eight years ago, it's a skill and hobby I'd begun to miss lately so I've started to play again - jeez am I rusty! Pieces that early teenage me could play with my eyes shut now require actual thought and concentration! It has amazed me though how my fingers knew how to play the pieces but my brain was struggling to read the music - crazy how different actions are more easily remembered than others!

Anyway, enough of me chatting on, here are my extremely random collection of faves from last month:

ASOS CACTUS PRINT PJ SET // I fell for these pjs as soon as I saw them Rosie the Londoner wear some on her trip to Morocco and I just *needed* them in my life! I was perusing the asos website (as I do on a daily basis because I'm stalking their 'new in' section because I'm on the hunt for my winter coat for this year!) and saw that they were back in stock in my size - it was fate! I just think they're so cute and fun! 

STAND N STUFF SOFT TACOS // I'm not a very good cook (massive understatement) - I have been known to burn pasta (who can't cook pasta?!)! But whenever I want Mexican for dinner Mum makes me cook it - she's not that great at following a recipe, she's more of a throw stuff together type of cook! - I bought this kit because it was the one on offer and it's life-changing. I know that's bold statement for a Mexican dinner but it just makes eating tacos so much easier - meaning I don't end up with taco crumbs all over me and having to eat the contents of my taco from my plate with a fork - fail! They're my new fave Mexican for dinner dish!

JO MALONE ROOM SPRAY // I bought this for mum last Christmas and I've become a little bit obsessed with it - it makes everywhere smell so bloody good! It's fresh and clean and the scent really lasts for hours - I hate it when a room spray disappears practically as soon as you spray it! It's a luxury but it's so enjoyable! Plus it means we can enjoy the Jo Malone scent experience without burning one of their candles - so it might even work out a little bit cheaper! Although, how liberal I am with it, it might not!

URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER FOUNDATION // The Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation has been my fave for years now - I just find that it's the only foundation that matches my skin tone perfectly. So when I saw that they'd brought out a new foundation I had to have it - I ordered it before I'd even read/watched any reviews online! This foundation is right up my street - it's long wearing but doesn't look cake-y on the skin, it feels light and easy to wear and of course the shade is spot on! New fave foundation for sure. 

PAPER PRINCESS - ERIN WATT // I wasn't sure to expect with this book - the story sounded quite interesting - and it's based in a Southern mansion, I was sold by that alone! To be honest I'm not sure what it was about this book that had me obsessed, as soon as I'd finished it I bought the second novel because I was desperate to know what happened to the characters! Plus who doesn't love a tale of forbidden love, it's a classic plot!

JOULES COAST RAIN COAT // Yep, I know - another one! After I fell in love with my yellow raincoat this summer I knew I couldn't pass up this gorgeous colour when I saw that it was on sale! It seems I've developed a bit of a thing for fun raincoats - I just can't get enough!

So that was everything I've been loving in June! If you want to see what I got up to during the month via the medium of instagram pics, then check out this post!

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Blood Cancer Awareness Month



I don't often bring my work life onto the blog, when I do it's usually just a passing comment when I round up my month and share what I got up to. And it's even more rare that I put up a post when it's not Wednesday or Sunday. But I really wanted to share this campaign with you, with as many people as I can, with everyone.

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Blood cancer is so much more than just leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma also make up the three overarching groups of blood cancer but there are over 100 different types of blood cancer. Blood cancer can affect anyone at any age and any lifestyle, but it's the most common cancer in children and young adults. Blood cancer the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, 14 000 people every year lose their battle with blood cancer - that's 38 people every day (and more than breast cancer and prostate cancer). Blood cancer is is the fifth most common cancer, 38 000 people are diagnosed every year - that's one person every 14 minutes. These statistics baffle me, blood cancer is touches so many people's lives but people are so under-informed about it. I suppose it doesn't help that the symptoms of blood cancer are so generic - tiredness, fever, infection - all things that could be passed off as just a cold. 

As a biomedical scientist in haematology, blood cancer is something that I see on a daily basis, whether it be issuing blood products for blood cancer patients when I'm in Blood Transfusion or when I'm looking down the microscope at a blood film from a GP patient and see blast cells (immature white blood cells that shouldn't be in the peripheral blood) indicating that this patient could potentially be about to be diagnosed with leukaemia. So obviously, Blood Cancer Awareness Month is something that's very close to me and something I feel really strongly about. 

There's one story in particular that has made me want to sit down and write this post. Noah's. When I started working in the lab everyone said that there would be patients who I'd remember forever, Noah will definitely be one of them. I was working the Sunday shift when Noah was admitted to A&E and he suddenly, tragically passed away whilst there. He was only four years old. Noah was the son of one of our Haematology consultants and a group of my colleagues from Haematology are trekking up Snowdon in memory of Noah and to raise money for Bloodwise in his name. It's a long shot but if anyone would like to donate then here's the link.

If you'd like some information on blood cancer then here's the link to Bloodwise's information page, they've got a really comprehensive information section on understanding blood cancers. If you want to read more about their campaign for Blood Cancer Awareness Month then here's the link for that too.

I'm going to leave this post here, with this quote I saw on the Bloodwise website "life is a gift to be used wisely and lived fiercely" and their #bloodcancerawarenessmonth infographic.


*information, statistics and info-graphic taken from Bloodwise.org.uk - this post is in no way affiliated with the charity - I just want to try to help raise awareness about blood cancer via writing this post


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