Monday, 30 May 2016

Foodies Festival!

A few weeks back I had the nicest day ever with my friend Hannah at the Foodies Festival. 
We had a much needed catch, while exploring the cute festival and trying lots of delicious foods. The festival so was 'instagramable', there were adorable little food stalls selling pretty much any type of food you could want, being veggie I thought I might struggle to find foods that I could eat, but trust me, I didn't. 
Although I spent a fair amount of money and felt as though I was going to pop at the end of the day, it was so worth it. The day was filled with good food, good people, good music, good conversation - just all round good vibes. It was definitely one of my favourite days of this year so far. 

However as I was so busy enjoying myself I didn't take a any 'blog' photos, but I did snap a few on my iphone (alongside vlogging), which I wanted to share as they hold some lovely memories - I think I'll let the picture do the talking for the rest of the post. 

Doesn't everything look so yummy?! It all tasted amazing!
I also vlogged the day, as I thought it was going to be a good one I'd like to look back on, and boy was I right, so you can watch my day too, so here's the vlog, hope you like enjoy it x


Saturday, 28 May 2016

No use crying over burnt toast.

To be completely honest, I haven't been in the best place recently. I'm not feeling completely (or slightly) satisfied with life at the moment, and when you have that lost feeling weighing on your shoulders, it's hard to not let little annoyance become much more that than. I cried for half hour this morning because I burnt my toast and it felt like the world was against me (no joke. It's sad I know.)
Of course when you feel low, you always need to search for a way to pick yourself up (even if it's not immediately, there's only so long you can cry over burnt toast!)

When this happens there are a few things I like to do to feel better once I'm done feeling sorry for myself.

Firstly, I do believe we feel whatever we're feeling, no matter how ridiculous it may be, there is a reason we feel this way. If you're sad allow yourself to feel sad, just don't over do it.  It's important you know when enough, is enough and it's time to get out of bed and wipe your tears.

Today I was struggling to get myself out of my funk, when a book on my shelf caught my eye. It was the Calm book (which I spoke about in this haul video). I decided to get it down and have a flick through. This is  the first time I have looked through the book when in need of a sense of calm, and I've got to say it was honestly a lot more effective than I'd expected. The book contains a lot of imagery and typography to give both a calming affect and give a sense of it's not really that bad is it. There are also activity in the book to keep you calm - I traced my finger through maze and felt a hell of a lot better having done so (who knew that was thing?)

I know you may not own this book, but I think something which you can easily reach for to calm you down helps. I believe sometimes to get out of your own head you need something physical you can hold, to move your attention and focus your energy in a nicer place to be (I think you can also get calm cards which I think it the best idea when your losing your cool out of the house.) So if you don't have this book find/buy something physical which can bring you a sense of calm. It's hard to do all of that just inside your head.

Talking about how physical things can help you keep your cool, my next point is quite the opposite, physical things can also encourage low points. Be aware of your surroundings. If you hauled up in bed in a room with closed windows and curtains, wardrobes and drawers open, dirty laundry on the floor, and a big piles of uncompleted paper work sat around, you're just not really going to feel great are you. Give things a clean and tidy. Not only is it quite therapeutic, but once hidden away your to do list, let in some fresh air and made sure you can walk across the room without stepping on your belongings, you mind space is a lot more likely to be as clear as your physical space. I'm sure you've all heard the saying 'a clear space, a clear mind' - there's a reason people say that!

When we are in a bad mood we tend to blame it on everything and nothing. Rather than thinking, "That's annoying I'll make another piece" we find our mind headed to this dark spiral of ridiculousness "I burnt my toast, that just another crap thing. I'm also not enjoying work, and I wish my appearance were different and I can't afford something I want to buy" (I'm not the only one who does this when I'm sad, right?" Try analysing what is actually wrong, because I guarantee the toast is not what's getting you down, and neither are these ridiculous reason you've just decided your life is awful either. Make it simple. What are your basic needs?
Are you hungry? (well, obviously I burnt my toast!) We are all a victim of getting a little hangry once in a while. Have you drank much water, you could be dehydrated! Did you get much sleep last night? You get the point right? Our problems seem so much worse when we're not taking care of ourself. Have a shower, of course you feel like crap, you smell.

Remember what you love doing, I'm sure it's not actually eating so many chocolate buttons you could throw up in your bed whilst you cry. Today I whipped out my laptop and read some of my favourite blogs. Something I've not done in a while. I have a extremely bad habit of abandoning the things I love doing when I'm feeling low, and instead throwing my very own pity part. This recently absents from my own blog has stemmed from something of the sort. I think it's partly to do with a lack of inspiration. However inspiration always comes back, even when it's unexpected,  I'm basically writing this blog post because of a piece of burnt toast, and still I cannot seem to stop typing. (Congratulations if you're still reading, I'm impressed!)

Try to remember what you love doing, and force yourself to do it, even if you don't feel like it. Get out your sketchbook, get out your notebook, get creative. If you don't feel like writing or drawing or whatever it is you do yourself, read something someone else wrote, look at something else art.
Be you by doing what you love, or simply keeping it close. I feel as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulder now I've found the inspiration to write again. I feel like me again. Reading a few blogs has really turned my morning around. Rather than feeling sorry for myself I found an escape which reminded me to come back down to earth by doing what I enjoy.

Lastly make plans. Having something to look forward to is a great reminder that whatever is going on now is temporary. After my huge strop over, well, nothing (or toast) I went downstairs and asked my mum if she wanted to go to the cinema next weekend. If I have a rubbish week at work, at least I know I'm going to have a nice time at the weekend. You literally get yourself out of your funk by planning to get out.

I'll be very impressed if you've read all the way to end of this post, sorry for the lengthiness, when inspiration has been lacking, when it finally comes, sometimes it's in the form of word vomit.

What helps you keep your calm?




Last night I finally managed to get my own domain working, and I am so happy that my blog is now (see ya that I wanted to celebrate by giving something back to my followers and readers to say thank for all the support.

I've done one of these before and it went down pretty well, so I have decided to do another. I'm going to be giving away MAC Lipstick of the winners choice, because who doesn't love a good MAC lipstick.

To enter I'd just like you to make sure you're following this blog on bloglovin', and subscribed to my Youtube channel, and there are other ways to add even more entries so you're more likely to win!

I've used Rafflecopter to create this giveaway so you just need to enter below :)

Good luck x


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Too Faced Chocolate Palette | Review.

If you watch my Youtube channel, you may have seen my recent make up palette collection video, and I'm sure you may have noticed I have more than enough make up palettes, however that didn't stop me buying another one (after all, money is for spending, right?). I picked up the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, and despite my recent realisation that I have far too many eyeshadow palettes, I do not regret a single thing.
I didn't go out intending to buy this palette, it was a completely spontaneous buy, without doing any research, so I didn't have high expectations. 
I popped to the Too Faced Counter to get their Hangover Primer, when the lovely lady informed me that if I bought another Too Faced product I would receive a free mini mascara and lip product. Of course, I am a sales persons dream, that was all I needed to hear to add the Chocolate Bar palette to my shopping, and I'm so glad I did.
The palette comes with 16 shades. 5 of these shades are matte, and the rest offer different levels of shimmer. Some contain chunky glitter, and others have a more subtle shimmer running through. The palette is full of neutral shades with a few dramatic purple toned shades thrown into the mix, which enables you to create varying looks. I've been using this palette constantly to create both casual daytime and smoky evening eye make up looks.
As for the formulas, I think this may be some of the best eyeshadow formulas I've used - I know, bold statement there! These eyeshadows blend like a dream, they're creamy to apply, and for once I've actually found them to be long lasting, something I struggle to find in an eye shadow, and if that doesn't have you sold, it smells like chocolate!
My favourite shades include Marzipan, Salted Caramel, Amaretto, and Creme Brûlée. That being said I have have however got some use of all of the shades (I know, an eyeshadow palette where I actually like all of the shades, it's usually unheard of).
If you haven't guessed yet, I'm obsessed with the eyeshadow palette, definitely well worth the £36 price tag. 

Have you tried any Too Faced products? 

Chloe x

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Bookshelf tour.

I recently spent a little too much time reorganising my bookshelves to shake off the cluttered unorganised feeling they gave me. I took a lot of my books to hide away in a cupboard, as although I may want them again at some point, but I don't want them displayed in my room which gave me a little more space to work with. Being a book lover, it's hard to narrow down favourite books, and some of them are just so beautiful that I just wanted to show them off.

Firstly I attempted to, somewhat, put the books into categories, and  then I popped them in the prettiest ordered on the shelf - by colour. 

I wanted to make room for more than just books on these shelves, so I made sure to save some space. In these areas I places some of my other bits, bobs and decorative pieces which didn't really have a 'home' in my bedroom.

I decided to use the full length of the top shelf entirely for books.
 This is where I put the more beautiful books and the ones which have some personal value to me. It soon became a shelf for the classics. 

On this shelf sits my collection of collectors library books. I think these little books are so sweet. Once I'd purchased one, I found myself added them to my basket over and over again.

Also on this shelf I've got some beautiful editions of Dickens books, A old copy of Punch and Judy which I got as a gift for my 21st birthday, a copy of Brontë sister novels which my my Nan gave me, with some Winnie the Pooh, Gatsby and Peter Pan thrown into the mix. 

I'll be honest, I'm still yet to read all of the books on this shelf, but of the ones I have read I would definitely recommend The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald and Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
To add some finishes touches to this shelf sit two little souvenirs I bought in India, and a Rose Quarts Healing Crystal.
The shelf below consists of books I've been reading more recently or intend to read in the near future. My favourite here is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein. It is one of the most magical books I've ever read and I would strongly recommend reading it. I also love Papertowns by John Green (although it's not my favourite book by him, Looking for Alaska takes that spot) and the Calm book is a lovely little lifestyle book if you want to focus on bring a sense of calm to your life. 

Besides reading material on this shelf, I keep a few things which fall under the creative category. Lead down I have a sketch which I'm hoping to turn into a scrapbook at some point, underneath this I've got a adult colouring book (yes, I jumped on that bandwagon) On top of that sits a pot of pens, pencils and paint brushes. And behind I have a notebook which I use for my bullet journal.
The third shelf down has a lot less books that the others. On this shelf I keep some of Vogue magazines that I like to occasionally have a flick through.
I also have a mini set of drawers with the sweetest little sewing machine on top. In these drawers I like to keep a few spare pieces of make up, it's the perfect size for back up mascaras, and less used eye shadow pots. 
This sits on my top my 'Make Up' book my Michelle Phan.
I also have two cute wooden cotton reels where I keep, yet more can never have too much ribbon, right?
My second to last shelf, I like to keep my ribbon dispenser. I got this in Laura Ashley a few years back and I have got to say, you'll be will surprised how much use I have got out of this. I'm ribbon obsessed. Of course I have some embroidery scissors handy on top of the dispenser to snip my ribbons. Underneath this I keep some of my Elle magazines, again incase I fancy a little flick through. I have a range of books here, including lifestyle, novel, biographies and poetry If you looking for novels to read I'd recommend The Perk of Being a Wallflower and Thirteen Reason Why (review here) from this shelf, and if you need to motivation to have a big clear out or to get some organisation in your home I'd pick up The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo.
Last but certainly not least, I have my much loved Harry Potter series on the bottom shelf - I'd like to think you've all already read these so I shouldn't need to say anymore about how wonderful they are. I also have a mystic hand jewellery stand from Urban Outfitters where I drape my silver jewellery.
The final finishing touch on my bookshelf is mirrored letters down the side which say 'Read'.
My mum gave me these letters, and there was an M as well - it was supposed to spell 'Dream', however the M got broke so I switched the letters up a bit to say 'Read', I've got to say I far prefer it saying Read on my bookshelf - such a lovely gentle reminder how important I believe it is to find time to pick up a book.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Remember Why You Started...

You may have noticed, despite early April setting myself a goal of publishing two blogpost a week, I have hardly blogged at all. I have certainly noticed the distance I put between myself and my blog.

Working 8-6 five days a week, posting weekly youtube videos and publish two blog posts a week that I'm happy with is, kind of a lot to do sometimes. I know, a lot of people work full time and have a far more successful blog than me, but that is somebody else circumstances, not my own. I had a incident with spending a day shooting blog photographs (which I was very excited for, I was even bragging about how good they came out!) However later that day I ended up with a broken memory card, and the lost of those photos I'd been so pleased with, and more. I think the bad luck must have caught me on a bad day, as I felt a bigger blow that the loss of a few pictures and video. It had clearly all been getting too much,  I decided I was going to stop blogging because I felt unsuccessful and as though I had been wasting my time. Luckily, I realised if I deleted my blog I might live in regret, so instead I've been distancing myself from blogging, because I want blogging to remain a happy place for me.

The saying "if you ever feel like giving up, remember why you started" came to mind one night, so I decided to look back through my blog,  it surprisingly wasn't as cringe as I'd expected. My first few posts reminded me that this is something I started for myself, it wasn't ever something I did for views, income or samples (not that income and samples are something I get from blogging), but it was because I wanted a creative outlet to talk about things I loved, days I had and products I used - it wasn't until about a year into blogging I became a huge fan of photography, which gave me another aspect of blogging to love.

I think I've been working so hard to try to achieve something with my blog, I failed to see my blog was already achieving it's purpose of giving me that creative outlet, and anything else is a bonus.

Sometimes in the world of social media it can be easy to get caught up in the figures and comparing yourself to others. I found myself resenting blogging because I felt other are so much better at it, and it seemed like a cruel reminder of how I wasn't successful, but since when was it a competition. Now looking in a brighter light, I should be praising other peoples success in the industry, is a reminder of how well people can do, and it should be a push to keep working, not the opposite. We all have a voice, just because somebodies else is being heard, it does mean you have to quieten yours. In other words, there is room for more than a small handful of success bloggers in this world, and remember we all have different motivations for this, and different definitions of success.

A few weeks away from it, and I've felt lost during the evenings and I've found myself planning posts and photographs as I go about my daily life, because even when I try to get away from it, I still love blogging, I love writing, I love photography and I love being able to express my own voice in my little space of the internet, and I have realised that is enough.

I'm not saying having thousands of followers wouldn't be great, because it would, and I'm not saying I wouldn't love to one day make a career of this, because I would - but if that dream were to ever come true, I need to make sure I still have the same love for blogging which I started with, otherwise it wouldn't be the dream come true I'd hope for.

From now on, more blogging for me - less comparison to other. I will be working hard, not to better others, but to better myself, to enjoy myself and to be proud of how I'm spending my time and improve my skills in things I love. In my photography, in my writing, in my blogging.

I have a voice, and this on this little space internet is where I choose to use it. Even if no one is listening, it's good to speak (even if when it's just about lipstick sometimes!)
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