Sunday, 19 February 2017

My Daily Essentials

Everyone has those things they just can't get through the day without - well tbh you could, but it'd be a struggle! So I thought I'd have share a little roundup of my daily essentials, those bits and pieces that make each day run a little smoother:

  • Setting my alarm ten minutes early - having those extra ten minutes to scroll through social media fully wake up before I actually have to start my day really help to ease me into things.
  • Hair mousse - finding this mousse has been a game-changer, it's saved me from having to wash my hair every morning (yessss!) - anything that gives me longer in bed in a morning is a win from me!
  • A speedy makeup routine - like this one! Because I don't feel ready for the day if I don't look at least a little put together.
  • My morning cup of tea - my first cuppa of the day is my favourite, I think it always tastes the best!
  • Spritzing my favourite perfume before I run out the door.
  • Wearing my sketchers shoes for work - they're not the most aesthetically pleasing shoes ever, but bloody hell they are so comfy for spending the majority of my shifts on my feet, running round the lab!
  • A carefully curated pen selection - I'm a stationery addict and my labcoat pen selection has been carefully curated. Having a packed pocket of pens may seem excessive, but I seriously do use them all every day!
  • An afternoon diet coke - I need this little caffeine boost to get me through the second half of my day, otherwise I end up being a smidge grumpy...
  • Listening to a country playlist on the way home from work - I've become quite partial to a drive ft. a sing-a-long.
  • Getting some headspace - I've been making a conscious effort to work more on my self-care lately, and this app has really been helping focus my meditation through a ten minute training session each night. I've become really dependent on that time to help calm my mind.
  • My pre-bed moisturising routine - this overnight face mask, this lip balm and this hand salve are my dry skin saviours for the winter.

So these are my daily essentials, what are yours? Are any of my daily essentials the same as yours? Lemme know in the comments!


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Currently // 15.2

I love these quick-fire sharing posts, here's a roundup of all things 'currently' in my life...

Excited for // The weather starting to look a little bit like winter is thawing out into spring - the other day I was actually driving round with windows open and my sunglasses on. It's crazy how a little bit of sunshine and temperatures finally double digits can improve your mood!

Grateful for // Having the last two weeks of work (for the price of only 6 days - wooop!). Don't get me wrong I seriously love my job but having a little break from the stress was very welcome! I jam-packed fun into those two weeks though: I re-decorated the spare room, had a few too many shopping trips (I'm counting down the days 'til payday already!) and finally caught up on my netflix queue - priorities, right?

Listening to // Una Healys solo album - The Waiting Game. I was never a fan of the Saturdays but this country album has really surprised me with how much I like it! So far The Waiting Game & Stay My Love are my faves. Also Little Big Town's new album is about to be released and I've been playing Happy People on repeat - I love it!

Loving // Wagamama. I've had a really craving for Wagamama since before Christmas, and last week we finally went and satisfied that craving - it was so good! It's a bit of a trek for us (about an hours drive) but it was so worth it, we went twice when I was on annual leave!

Reading // There's a few books that I'm working my way through at the moment: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, pre-bed I like to read a few chapters of HP (I'm working my way through the series again, every time I re-read this series I fall more and more in love with it!) and Abbi Glines has just released the first book in a new series (which is a combo of my 2 fave series of hers) Like a Memory.

Shopping // I'm finding it really hard to resist this Mickey & Minnie t-shirt - it's so cute! How many striped shirts in your wardrobe is too many? Because this one is calling my name. Oh and these candles, 1. how pretty? 2. this casa pacifica one sounds right up my street!

Quoting // "When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars." // "February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer."

Watching // I'm re-watching Full House at the moment (just when I want something on in the background that I don't have to concentrate on) - I bloomin' love that show! I'm also working my way through season 7 of The Vampire Diaries. Plus a new show has recently started airing every Sunday - The Good Karma Hospital - it's so good, I love Sunday night ITV dramas.

Working on // setting up my blog-y bullet journal - I need to find a way to make me more organised with my posts/social media updates and just generally keep track of my blog a bit better.

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