Tuesday, 18 April 2017

March 2017 Favourites

Hey everyone!

I've got March Favourites to discuss today, who can believe it's April already?! I certainly can't!! Also March became the first month I've been away from home for the entire month from uni, I was away from February 19th - 3rd April, the longest I've ever been away from home.

Anyway, on with my favourites!

NYX Lip Lingerie - Beauty Mark
I decided to try out a darker brown liquid lipstick, as I've actually never experimented with it before and I was impressed with my Lip Lingerie in Embellishment so I decided to try out Beauty Mark. I was a bit unsure at first but got some good feedback from it and it's actually become one I enjoy wearing quite a lot. It's quite dark on me than what I've seen on other people.

New Look
I seem to keep browsing the New Look website and buying new clothes lately, I've been going slightly out of my comfort zone with clothes buying recently, a bit more daring than I would have previously been. New Look has a lot of great stuff in at the moment too and at a great price so it's been nice to browse!

Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
It's been a very Ed Sheeran filled month, but Galway Girl is one of my favourite songs from recently, it's just so catchy and so upbeat and just puts me in such a good mood. I really hope it gets released as a single although it's charted really well anyway.

Ed Sheeran - Nancy Mulligan
Nancy Mulligan is another track which I've been loving from Ed's new album Divide. I love the irish influences on the album and this is another one which is very Irish and soooo catchy!

Ed Sheeran - Don't
Whilst on my Ed Sheeran spree, I forgot how much I loved 'Don't' and listened to it a lot last month too. Ed is a genius lyricist.

Pink - Raise Your Glass
I totally forgot how much I loved this song until I heard it on a night out and me and my flatmate found ourselves singing along to it at the tops of our lungs. A belter.

Charli XCX & CupcakKe - Lipgloss
Charli XCX released a new EP this month and I had two major stand out tracks which I became a big fan of. Lipgloss is so quirky and catchy.

Charli XCX - Babygirl
Babygirl is also extremely catchy and of very typical Charli style, her own electronic pop sound. I'm a big fan!

Flo Rida ft Sam Martin - Dirty Mind
I ended up listening to a Flo Rida Spotify playlist and discovered this as I'd not actually heard it when it was apparently released. Flo Rida is one of my favourite rappers and I love so many of his tracks and this is no different.

Drake - Passionfruit
There's something very hypnotic about the music in this, hits me right in my R&B heart. I love it and although I wouldn't say it's to everyone's taste, I appreciate it a lot. I genuinely can't stop listening to it at the moment.
(No link available but it's on Spotify and iTunes)

Thank you so much for reading my March Favourites!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 9 April 2017

What Anxiety Has Taught Me

Hey everyone!!

So I've been thinking of doing a post like this for a while, as many of you know, although I've been a worrier for years, I've dealt with anxiety in many kinds in recent years and even though dealing with such awful experiences has been tough, it has also been a really big learning curve and has definitely changed and developed me as a person. There has been highs and lows and many different obstacles along the way.

My anxiety has allowed me to be extremely open-minded as I try to be as understanding as I would want someone to be if I was in the middle of feeling bad. I feel like this is one of the more valuable things I've learned as it's allowed me to consider others a lot more as I make a big attempt to be the kind of person I'd want in my life if I was struggling. It's definitely made me a lot more aware of other people's pain and trying to help in any way I can.

One of the main things anxiety has really taught me is to be proud of myself for the littler accomplishments. When you have the easy ability to do the simplest and most everyday tasks taken away from you.

I've learned that there is so many different meanings of the word 'bravery' through my anxiety. Most people think of 'being brave' as something massive and very dramatic, but being brave can literally be reserved for any situation. Being brave is when you're having multiple doubts about turning up to a lecture, but you push on and go anyway, but it can be anything.

I feel like anxiety has given me the ability to be more grateful of things in life, even though my mind is often feeling unsatisfied, it's made me really make a conscious effort to appreciate the little things in life, which Jonathan Saccone Joly (one of my favourite YouTubers) also preaches. But it's really important as the little things equal to the bigger things in the end.

Sometimes you have to put yourself first, do what is best for you. You can't make everyone happy, but you do have to do things for yourself sometimes. It's something I'm still learning and attempting but I still feel like it's important to include!

I feel like you learn who's really there for you when you have tough times, surrounding yourself around people who raise your spirits and know how to uplift you when you're struggling, and understand that you may need reassurance at times can really help. I know when I started university, one of my best friends was an absolute rock to me, keeping me going and making me feel so much better when I had no confidence in myself and was generally lost. I'm really appreciative for everything she did for me as she really understood what I was going through.

Dealing with something as relentless as anxiety can be exhausting and it's only sometimes that this happens but there are times where I can acknowledge that I AM a strong person because of this and I left this to the end as it's something I'm still learning now as it's such an easy thing to forget and I'd say a good 75% of the time I forget I'm a strong person but it's something I encourage all of you to believe and remember in times when it's tough.

Thank you so much for reading this blog post!
What has your anxiety taught you? Or have you experienced an illness or condition that has taught you something? I'd love to hear in the comments!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxxxxxxx

Thursday, 6 April 2017

50 Facts About Me

Hey everyone!

So it's been a long time since I've done a facts post, I believe I did one either back in 2014 or 2015 which was quite a few years ago now so I thought I'd do a follow up and find more interesting facts about me!

1. I don't know if I suit snapbacks but I love them.
2. My media teacher from school is one of the nicest teachers I've ever had.
3. I take a while to feel comfortable around people.
4. I love the SacconeJolys and find their videos great for chilling out to.
5. Take a Break by Scooter was one of my favourite childhood songs and I love it still to this day.
6. I love a good quote!!
7. When I was younger I climbed into the laundry basket and got stuck in it and panicked.
8. I'm currently studying Media Studies at university
9. I love Strictly Come Dancing and the professional dancers make me really happy.
10. I love buns but my hair is extremely hard to put in one especially a 'messy' one!
11. The longest friend I've had is from when I was 4/5 years old and she's still one of my best friends to this day.
12. My favourite colour is purple, I just love it so much.
13. I kind of want a tattoo but I'm really indecisive and not good with pain!!
14. My go-to drink on a night out is a vodka and coke.
15. I'm somewhat obsessed with chicken.
16. I wouldn't know how to describe my personal style, it's very varied!
17. Sometimes I envision what it's like to be Kim Kardashian's PA.
18. I love hugs/cuddles.
19. I'm obsessed with finding new scents, I own too many perfumes/sprays!
20. I met Mollie King from The Saturdays (who are one of my favourite groups)
21. I listen to a variety of different music genres, but I have a huge amount of love for pop & R&B music.
22. I'm a Scorpio and we're the contradicting sign apparently and that is definitely me! I show my feelings but also keep them hidden.
23. One of my guilty pleasure TV programmes is Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
24. I love cute cups/mugs.
25. I once had a panic attack so bad during a mock English exam in sixth form that I refused to go back into the hall and they sent me to the nurses office but I insisted I wanted to finish the exam just in a different room.
26. I say the word 'yaaaaaaas' too much and often aloud even if I'm typing it.
27. I love taking photos especially with friends and family.
28. I can just about rap the entire of Clique by Big Sean, Jay Z and Kanye West.
29. I'm a bad traveller but I'd love to go to Disneyland or Disneyworld someday!
30. I'm really bad with innuendos, I'll laugh at them or point them out.
31. I have really sensitive skin which is annoying if I'm trying new products!
32. I prefer coffee to tea.
33. I absolutely love Irish accents and East London and Cockney accents.
34. I love taking scenic photos. There's something absolutely beautiful about a gorgeous scenery.
35. I laugh a lot.
36. Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran is a song which instantly fills my heart with joy.
37. I love flamingos because they look really pretty and cute.
38. One of my favourite memories from my childhood is spending weekends at my Gran and Grandad's house and playing Dominoes with my Gran and also drawing her pictures.
39. I'm incredibly clumsy and end up getting at least 4 injuries a week.
40. If Beyoncé comes on when I'm out I go absolutely crazy with joy.
41. I've been called a 'ladette' before, I'm girly but not hugely girly, I'm basically a bit of both!
42. Memes and gifs are my fave.
43. I've been experimenting and buying clothes I wouldn't normally where.
44. I love photobooths.
45. I love Will.I.Am and Frankie Grande and would love to be friends with them.
46. One of my favourite celebrities is Cheryl, and I love that she's from Newcastle too.
47. I have a few nicknames my newest appears to be 'Egg'
48. I wanted to be a singer from the age of 4 but then I realised I can't sing!
49. Going to university and leaving home was one of the hardest yet bravest things I've ever done.
50. I prefer wearing nude/bright lip colours to pale pinks.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you've enjoyed learning some facts about me!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxxx