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Get to know a bit more about me and what I do! From spa trips to my personal tips on saving and little facts about me, my lifestyle posts are always something new and fun!

Friday Favourites #1:

I absolutely love watching Favourites videos on Youtube, and I always seem to have a list of things that I’ve been loving myself, so I thought a quick blog post could be a way to share them!

I love the idea of a little space to share everything, from beauty to food! So these posts will be a real mix of all my favourites. Just know, if I discover something cool, it will be here!

Lush Cup o’ Coffee Face and Body Mask

I’ve been using this mask for around 3 years now and it has become an essential in my skincare routine.

It’s the only product I use to exfoliate my face (aside from The Ordinary AHA Peel) and I love using it in the mornings before I get into the shower!

You can either use it as a scrub and rinse off instantly, or keep it on for around 10 minutes and then scrub it off which is my preferred way of using it.

My skin is always left baby-soft and bright, no matter how tired I feel that morning!

I typically use this 2 times a week, on the same days I exfoliate my body.

You can buy a 150g pot for £9 or a 325g pot for £16 either in Lush stores or online.

Starbucks Eggnog Latte

Possibly my favourite Starbucks drink ever? And another product I have been using (or drinking) for many years now!

I am so happy when the Starbucks holiday drinks are out because it means the eggnog lattes are back on the menu!

If you love rich and creamy coffee, you will love the eggnog latte. Although, be warned that they are incredibly filling, so a grande is the largest size I get!

Regardless, they are incredibly addictive and delicious. I urge you to give one a try!

Gilets

For the longest time I was never convinced on gilets, and would always just opt for a coat instead! That was, until I got a lovely down-filled gilet.

My gilet is the Loire Winter Gilet by the equestrian brand Le Mieux and it’s in a lovely mocha brown shade.

I wear it predominantly for my horse riding lessons or when on a walk, but I am sold on the flexibility it gives your arms when wearing!

Because it is down-filled, it keeps your body so warm and it has become a wardrobe essential for me.

The Five Minute Journal

After seeing glowing reviews on this journal from people such as Tim Ferriss, I decided to purchase my own and spend 5 minutes a day journalling.

This journal has made it onto my favourites because it is such a great way for beginners to start journalling!

What makes this journal excellent for beginners are the prompts already printed in the book, meaning you always have something to write about.

It takes a few minutes each morning and evening to fill in the journal, expressing things such as what you are grateful for that day, what could make the day great and then how the day could have been better.

I have found it outlines improvements to be made especially in the evening journalling, when you notice patterns on the “how could today have been better?” question.

For example, I noticed a common theme for myself was getting to bed earlier made me feel much better, so I have adapted my sleeping pattern to reflect this change.

You can find the journal on Amazon here, which is where I purchased mine from!

Olaplex No4 & No5

Last but not least are my new two favourites, my Olaplex haircare products.

I am admittedly one of those people who never really invested much in haircare. I would always stick to drugstore brands despite my stylist always advising me to invest in a better quality shampoo and conditioner!

After failing to find any haircare that really helped my hair, I finally invested in the Olaplex shampoo and conditioner and I am, honestly, beyond impressed.

Firstly, like many other expensive products, a little really does go a long way. I use around half the amount of shampoo and conditioner compared to drugstore brands!

Secondly, my hair looks far better, healthier and cleaner.

My hair type is fine, oily and I have a lot of it! So my issues were usually detangling, keeping oil at bay and not weighing it down too much.

After using the conditioner alone my hair became so much easier to brush through, and I rarely have tangles in my hair anymore.

My second-day hair is no longer so greasy that it has to be in a bun. It now looks nearly just as clean as the day I washed it, so I’m far more confident in wearing it down now!

I got both the Shampoo and Conditioner from Amazon, and I’m looking to invest in the Olaplex No3 Hair Perfector next for some more TLC!

So there you have it! My current Friday favourites!

Have you tried any of the above? What have you been loving recently? I would love to know!

Until Next time!

Amelia

XO

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How to Put Together a Basic Cheeseboard

I have a confession, I am obsessed with cheeseboards. As in, constantly looking at them on Pinterest obsessed.

Whenever there is a celebration of any kind I am without a doubt the first person to suggest a wine and cheese night (it’s usually how our anniversaries go).

There is nothing more satisfying than a well put together cheese board, complete with meats, crackers and garnishes.

I’ve set a goal for myself to craft a board every month so we can enjoy one with an evening of movies, so I thought I would put together a basic step-by-step on June’s cheeseboard!

The serving size for this particular board is for two people, but you can easily double it for a 4 person serving.

What you’ll need:

  • A board to serve your cheese on, for 2 people our board was a 45cm bamboo paddle board as part of this set from Amazon.
  • 2-3 small tapas style bowls for nibbles and chutneys, the glass bowls I use are this set.
  • 3 varieties of cheese, ideally one soft, one medium and one hard
  • 2-3 varieties of meat, we had Milano salami and prosciutto
  • 2-3 types of cracker or bread
  • 2 types of nibbles, we had olives and cashews
  • 3-4 fruits to garnish
  • (Optional) Chutneys or honey
  • (Optional) Rosemary to garnish and fill in any gaps in the board

The beauty of cheeseboards are the variety you can have, and you have the freedom to change it up if you change your mind!

So, here is how I made mine:

Start off with adding your tapas bowls to the board anywhere you fancy.

Add in your chosen nibbles or chutneys into the bowls, we opted for salted cashews, shredded mozzarella and garlic and chilli stuffed olives.

Next up, add your meats! I folded the salami into quarters and snaked it through the middle of the board. For the prosciutto, I just tore it into smaller pieces and laid it in the corner of the board.

The final larger pieces to add are the cheeses and the crackers or bread.

The secret to making a cheeseboard look so good is the mixture of textures. I sliced the manchego cheese into triangles to create a pattern and I cut the cheddar into rectangles and piled them up.

Fill the remaining gaps with your bread or crackers and the board is ready to garnish!

I used raspberries, blackberries, grapes and rosemary to garnish my board but any fresh or dried fruit will work.

I kept the grapes in larger bunches and used the berries to fill in any gaps in the board that I could see.

Finally, I added some sprigs of rosemary to add some colour and additional texture.

And there you have it! A simple and delicious cheeseboard that tastes as good as it looks.

Have you made a cheeseboard before? What are your go-to elements to add? I would love to know!

Until next time,

Amelia

XO

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Amazon Finds – Self Care Edition Volume 1.

Today I’m sharing some of my recent (and some of my old favourite) Amazon finds for all things self care! Everything on my list is Prime eligible, so they can be with you in no time!

1. Himalayan Salt Lamp 7-10kg

I have this Himalayan salt lamp on my makeup table/desk and let me tell you there is rarely an evening that goes by without it being lit. It gives off the warmest and most soothing glow and really makes you feel all cosy inside! There are many health benefits believed to be linked to Himalayan salt lamps, such as cleansing the air and aiding issues such as hayfever and asthma. Although they could very well all just be a myth, just having the soothing light is enough for me to recommend having one!

2. 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

As a girl who is blessed with such tangled hair that even her hairdressers have always been perplexed on how to help, investing in a silk pillowcase has drastically reduced my de-tangling time every morning. This pillowcase has one side made from silk which protects the skin & hair from irritation and is cleaner to sleep on than cotton. It’s the most inexpensive one I’ve found at around £10, so it’s well worth buying a couple and keeping them on rotation.

Bonus: the silk always feels cooler on the skin than cotton, meaning you’re always on the cool side of the pillow.

3. Disney Dreams Colouring Book

Whether you’re at home looking for something to do on a rainy afternoon, or find yourself on a long flight with no decent movies on the backseat TV, a colouring book is a brilliant way to experience some mindfulness.

4. Woodwick Ellipse Candle with Crackling Wick

I absolutely love Woodwick candles, and the crackling sound their wick makes when lit is bliss to listen to.

5. Rose Quartz Face Roller & Gua Sha

If your face is feeling a bit puffy from lack of sleep or dehydration, a cooling massage from a roller or gua sha will make your skin better in no time. Combine them with your favourite skincare to really work the product into your skin and enjoy the self-massage! I sometimes suffer with painful sinuses & using my roller always relieves the tension.

6. LED Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser

I’ve owned this diffuser for the past 4 years and never regretted purchasing it! I fill mine up with water and a few drops of lavender oil and put it on whilst I’m drifting to sleep for a more peaceful night. It also has multiple colour options for the light, or you can just use the diffuser.

7. Gentle Steaming Lavender Eye Masks

I recently found these warming eye masks when looking for a restock of some Spacemasks, and these are only £6.99 for 5. There are different scents available but lavender is my go-to for relaxing. The warming effect is perfect for drifting off to sleep, or they can be used as a warm compress for the eyes if they feel puffy or tired. Give these a try if you’re overworked or spend a lot of time straining your eyes looking at computer screens!

8. Fluffy Slippers with Memory Foam

Fluffy slippers are a must in my opinion, and there’s nothing better than getting a fresh new pair! I have a similar style to this pair on currently and I absolutely love them.

9. Extra Fluffy Teddy Blanket

Teddy bear blankets are by far my favourite thing to snuggle up in. Have one on the end of your bed & one on the sofa so you’re always cosy!

10. Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm

I had to add this on because it is my absolute favourite skincare product of all time, and I recently discovered Amazon stock it! I use my roller with the cleansing balm for a facial massage, and sometimes keep the balm on my face for around 15-20 minutes as a mask. It’s gentle enough that it never upsets my rosacea and has also never blocked my pores!

So there you have it! Do you use any of these products? What do you love to use for self-care? I would love to know!

Love always,

Amelia

XO

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My Goals For The Next 6 Months

It’s officially been 6 months since I turned 24 and it’s the perfect time to set some goals for the next 6 months before I turn 25!

I’m very much an organised and planning-oriented individual so writing lists and ideas down are things I am constantly doing.

I always have a desire to write down things I think of and things I want to do, so if you ask me about my goals again next month I’ll probably have added some more!

But, to keep this post short and sweet, I’ve stuck to 5 goals!

I hope you find this list helpful and inspiring to read, and can help you decide what some of your next goals can be!

So, onto the list!

1. Take a Flower Arranging Class

Before I started university, I had a strong desire to be a wedding planner and I loved every aspect of weddings.

Choosing and decorating venues, deciding on menus and assisting brides on their big day was all I wanted to do.

I always wished I could arrange flowers professionally to both assist with my dream of being a wedding planner but, also just because I’ve always enjoyed doing it when I’ve had the opportunity.

An expensive hobby, yes.

But, my skills are wasted on the few bunches I pick up at the supermarket every week so I would love to have the skill to arrange professionally.

I’m in the process of finding some classes, so hopefully by the time I’m 25 I’ll have at least grown past my usual flower arranging expertise level of a bunch of roses in a tall vase.

2. Begin Investing

Okay, so this one is a bit scarier than flower arranging.

I come from a business background from both my degree and masters degree, and at one point I would trade fake stocks on my phone for fun to see how much I could make.

Although I’m not entirely sure I have much time for that now I run two businesses, but some hands-off investing is something I would love to try.

Don’t ask me what I’ll invest in just yet (I’m not too sure myself!), but if you’re interested in doing the same I can suggest reading this book:

It explains investing simply and really helps explain the concept of having your money work for you.

If it’s something you’re interested in, I would highly suggest giving it a read!

3. Go on more walks

I am a devil for waking up in the morning and getting stuck into my morning routine then straight into work.

If I have to drive to locations to shoot or work then my priority is getting out early to do that and then finishing my laptop work at home in the afternoon.

I’ve been seriously slacking on taking some time to just get out in nature and explore.

I recently took some time to use Tim Ferriss’ 80/20 concept to work out things I should do more of.

You simply take a sheet of paper, draw a line down the middle and label your two columns as positive and negative.

For your negative column, look over your photos, Instagram posts and memories from the last year – 6 months and write down anything you didn’t enjoy.

For example, if you didn’t enjoy going on a night out clubbing, then write that down.

Then do the same for your positive column!

A few examples from my positive column were being in the USA for a month, spending time with friends and family, getting outside and going to the movies.

My negatives were early mornings, not travelling and spending pointless time on my phone.

Then condense the list down and try to cut out the negatives as much as possible and spend more time on the positives!

4. Bake More

As simple as it sounds, really!

I get endless enjoyment from baking and trying new recipes, but I only really get time to do it once a week!

I’m making it a priority to get baking more, and try some more complex recipes out.

I’ve attempted macaroons around 3 times in the past and failed miserably every single time, so maybe now is the time to try again?

5. Challenge Myself

Being self-employed means I get to make all the decisions of what I do each day, which can sometimes result in taking the easiest route to do things.

One of the things I miss about working for a company is being challenged to do things you don’t always think you can do.

I can sometimes dismiss things as non-essential if I don’t want to do them, so I’ve set a goal to challenge myself a bit more!

Whether it’s something small or big, great things can happen outside your comfort zone so I’m trying to implement some new things!

A few of the little things I’m trying to implement are waking up earlier, making an effort to keep developing my German, meditate more and clean out my wardrobe.

So there you have it, my 5 goals for the next 6 months!

I really hope you’ve enjoyed and found some inspiration or help from this list!

What are your goals for the next 6 months? I’d love to know!

Love always,

Amelia

XO

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My Life in June, 2019

I’ve been extremely quiet on this little slice of the internet I have, so I thought I would create a quick blog post to catch up on what I’ve been doing in the last month! Things I’ve been loving, things I haven’t liked so much and life in-between!

I remember watching Keeping up with the Kardashians years ago, and I loved how at the end of each vacation they would go around the table and talk about their ‘Pits’ and ‘Peaks’ of the holiday.

I’m going to use this as part of my monthly roundups – so you can see that nothing is ever perfect as it may appear on social media!

Life Lately

Life has been pretty exciting (and scary at some points) in June, with my boyfriend and I establishing a new business together! It’s been a huge learning curve, although we both have our own individual businesses, this one is the first we have shared.

We’ve been dedicating most of our time to it, and learning SO much along the way! Although on a positive note, it has made me realise genuinely how much value I took from my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (I studied business for both).

On another note, I’ve had a few fun meals out with friends and family, a couple of new places I’ve explored, a little trip to the movies to watch Toy Story 4 plus some exciting little niblets like being able to fill my house with peonies during peony season!

June has definitely been an up and down month, but I’m excited to move on with July now she is here!

Peaks

I’ve read a couple of pretty damn amazing books this month. I finally picked up Sarah Knight’s ‘The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k’ which I read in an afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed. I’m a lover of self-help books so although this one wasn’t as deep as some of the other’s I’ve read, I loved how easy and simple it was to read and her humour really resonates well with me as a reader!

Secondly, I picked up ‘The Skincare Bible’ by Dr Anjali Mahto which I’ve had a little flick through. I picked it up mainly to help with my rosacea I have on my cheeks, and I really do love how she keeps it very real and emphasises how much we don’t need for our skin, and how to avoid buying things just because some clever marketing told us to.

I’m proud of the gift I picked up for my Grandad’s 91st Birthday. Okay, so this is from May, but I had to pop it in here as it was so lovely! He loves trains, and when I was in NYC for the month in February we headed to Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg Indoor market and I picked up a vintage 1957 calendar from Connecticut that showcased a picture of a train on the front. It was the size of my suitcase but I managed to bring it home safely, frame it and give it to him for his birthday which will hang above his computer in the study.

Pits

I’ve experienced some awful business practices firsthand. Namely with brands who don’t take it as a priority to pay you for the work you completed for them months prior. Not okay. The pitfalls of being self employed.

Lessons

I really need my hobbies. I let my hobbies slide the last few months focusing on our new business, and although it’s going well, it can’t replace the time I need to focus on other things I love. I’ve gone back to weight lifting, yoga, meditation, learning German & I’m picking up tennis once a week to learn something new.

I thrive when I have travel plans. I don’t even mean extravagant plans for a 5* break, I just need time in a different place with a different culture to really feel re-energised. Since getting back from NYC, we’ve been so focused on our future plans and investing in ourselves that my usual little trips have taken a back seat, so I think it’s time to plan some more.

So there you have it, a little round up of June! What did you get up to this past month? What are your peaks, pits and lessons learned? I’d love to know! <3

Until next time,

Love always,

Amelia

XO

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