Thursday, 27 August 2015

Wishlist #1 - The Stationery Edition


The last few months have been filled with so many stationery purchases, however I just can't seem to get enough as I spend most nights lusting over things ready for payday splurges.

1) Paperchase Map Travel Planner  I love traveling (especially in America) and although don't get the chance to travel often, I love the idea of being able to document the whole trip in a journal. This Paperchase one is great as it has different sections for travel notes, an itinerary, expenses and a really cool 'people I meet section'.

2) Silver, Gold and Bronze Fine Point Sharpies I'm a self-confessed Sharpie addict and I will not rest until I have the silver, gold and bronze Sharpies in my collection. I'm already imagining how pretty Christmas and Birthday cards will look...

3) Busy B Budget Planner I'm absolutely terrible when it comes to budgeting and even though I try every month I just can't seem to get it right. This planner looks AMAZING and I absolutely love that it has pockets for you to store receipts and separate sections for Christmas and Holidays. I love buying gifts for people so being able to map it out alongside my finances would definitely come in useful! Will it stop me spending as much as I do though? Probably not, but at least I'll know where my money has gone!

4) Ban.do Sticker Boo Over the last few months I have developed a bit of an obsession with stickers, especially when it comes to my planners. I've mentioned before that when trying to keep my life organised I love to make my planners look pretty and stickers are one of my favourite ways to do so! This little book has over 700 cute stickers however it is so in demand it's sold out, looks like this one will be on this wishlist for a while!

5) Kate Spade Bow Paper Clips HOW CUTE ARE THESE? Seriously, I need these beauties in my life.

6) One Line A Day Five Year Journal I've had my eye on this for a while as I think it's such a cute idea. I love the idea of being able to look back year on year on your 'One Line a Day' as it's such an awesome way to make mini little memories.

What is on your stationery wishlist? Anything I should be adding to mine?

Kirsty Leanne xx

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Guest Post: How to Log Off and Relax



Ms Mistry - Ms Mistry Blogs

What is the first thing you do when you wake up and the last thing you do before you go to sleep? Brush your teeth? Shower? Change your clothes? Yes to all of the above but first I need to check my phone. I'm sure nearly all of us are guilty of this; I for sure am. I like to know what is going on in the world so have a peruse of the news, followed by a sneaky scroll of Twitter, a late-night read of Bloglovin and round it all off with Facebook. It's become a bit of a ritual actually and not one I'm comfortable with. Being over stimulated before bed can cause a bad night's sleep, which means a groggy start the next day and a coffee and carb overload.

I find during the day isn't any different - whenever I have a spare moment, I am always on my phone either texting or on social media - there seems to be a constant need to be stimulated and I just can't seem to switch off. On days like this, I have noticed that I struggle to fall asleep and am often lying in bed super tired but wide awake. To help me relax and sleep better, I've developed a nighttime routine that has really made a difference. These tips can also be incorporated into your day time routine which will help you stay grounded, focused and help you towards achieving a good night's sleep

NO TECHNOLOGY
This is a no brainer but actually really hard to do. Try and switch off your laptop, mobile phone and TV an hour before going to sleep. Seeing that blue glow before going to sleep can trick the brain into thinking it is daytime and, therefore, stay active which means you will find it hard to drift off

HAVE A BATH AND PAMPER YOURSELF
Drawing a nice hot bath with salts and essential oils is a lovely way to unwind and relax after a long day at work. A bath can soothe tired muscles, provide a warm haven to indulge the senses and most importantly, chill you out. Lavender is a great scent to use as it is naturally calming so light a candle or two and enjoy

MEDITATE OR DO SOME LIGHT STRETCHING
There are many health benefits of meditation but essentially, meditation helps you destress, focus and calm the mind. I do mantra meditation on japa beads - this involves chanting a mantra (Sanskrit prayers) on my beads. I find this process helps me relax; I find that my mind becomes very still and is only focused on the mantra I am repeating. There are many forms of meditation that you can try. These involve controlling your breathing, clearing the mind and focusing on being present in the moment and very aware of your surroundings. I am a big fan of meditation and recommend it to everyone. It's super easy, free and can be done in the comfort of your own home. Stretching is also beneficial to destressing; it can ease tension, help you focus and switch off which all helps in getting a good night's sleep

NO CAFFEINE AFTER 6pm
Caffeine stays in your body long after you've had a drink so try not to have any tea or coffee after 6pm. Instead, try drinking decaffeinated green tea or fruit teas. Chamomile is a natural soother so have a cup an hour or so before going to bed

READ A BOOK
I love reading. It takes me away from the troubles and stresses of everyday life and transports me to an imaginary world with the hero or heroine. It's a great way to have some essential me-time, relax and unwind

YOUR BEDROOM IS NOT YOUR OFFICE
I'm totally guilty of using my bedroom as my office however, I have now made a point of working in the living room or taking my work outside as I want my bedroom to be the place I come to, to relax and sleep. Having this clear distinction is important and I've actually noticed a difference. Not having any technology in my bedroom before bedtime has worked a treat and has really helped me to disconnect.

I think we are all guilty of not being able to switch off but it is quite hard to do so in this day and age. We shouldn’t view relaxing as a treat but more of a daily routine. We should try and incorporate certain relaxing elements into our daily lives to help us become more grounded, happy and healthy.

Are you a late night blog reader or do you prefer going to sleep early? Do you have any rituals or routines that you do before going to sleep to help you relax? Please feel free to share in the comments box below!


About Ms Mistry

Ms Mistry is a lifestyle blogger who blogs at Ms Mistry Blogs. Her blog focuses on life experiences, opinions, relationship fails, handy blogging hints and tips and even the odd recipe and review. She is always looking to connect with new readers and bloggers so please do get in touch. She can be found on Twitter and Pinterest so do stop by and say hello!
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Monday, 17 August 2015

Beauty: The PLL Combo Every Fan Needs in Their Makeup Bag




I think it's quite clear that the most exciting moment of last week for a lot of people has got to be the big 'A reveal' on Pretty Little Liars (I don't get out much...) and for a lot of people it has been five years of waiting to find out who it is. Luckily enough for me I only started binge watching it a few months ago... unfortunately that still didn't stop my obsession with scrolling the PLL Theory hashtag whenever I had the chance.

My obsession was already out of control and when I was shopping the sale on the KIKO website a couple of days ago I came across two beauties that I had to have purely because their name screams PLL.



The lipstick (913 Rosewood) and lip liner (703 Rosewood) are the perfect combo for any Pretty Little Liars addict and they look absolutely stunning on too. I was worried I wasn't going to like the colour much as it looked a little bolder than I would usually go but its actually quite a nice nude pink shade. I guess I probably should have seen that coming with a name like Rosewood...



Got a secret, can you keep it?



The lipstick and liner have already made quite an impression on me too! I applied them before going out to an event and by the time I got home seven hours later and even after eating my dinner they are still going strong. It's not very often I can say that about something that cost me less than a fiver for the both.

I think it's safe to say i'll be wearing this lipstick and liner combo A LOT. Have you tried this shade before, or would you?


Kirsty Leannee xx
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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Lifestyle: Sorry, You're too Fat!



Today I read something that made so angry I had to write this post. I came across an article on Facebook that was posted by the Daily Mail about certain clubs urging people to not bring 'fat people' with them when they try to get in.

From personal experiences I was well aware that this was happening, but the article still made me really mad. To see that the club promoters had actually text people saying things like 'make sure you don't bring any fat/ugly girls to the door or you will get turned away or charged' made me feel physically sick. Since when has it been acceptable to tell somewhere where they can and cannot go based on their size? The whole world would be kicking off if someone got turned away from a restaurant just because they 'didn't have the right look'.

What made this whole situation is a London club promoter (who I won't name and shame) shared this saying 'you won't find that on our nights out' when I know full well that you will - I have experienced it first hand.

Flashback to my second year of uni when with my friends the coolest thing to do was go out in Mayfair and Kensington, get free bottles of vodka at your table all night and drink until you're walking home with no shoes on. Sounds great right? WRONG. 

I was a lot smaller in my second year than I am now but I was still incredibly conscious about how I looked. I couldn't afford nice clothes or makeup as I was a student living in London without a job, so I always borrowed dresses from my friends and wore the same pair of heels on every night out. As my friends new all of the right club promoters that I mentioned previously, two to three times a week we would get dressed up and head into central.

I did not fit into that world at all and to be quite honest, I was quite naive to everything that was going on at the time. I was blissfully unaware that the times we were turned away or I was made to pay £20 to get into a club it wasn't because it was busy, it was because they didn't like how I looked. My friends would even go ahead of me and talk to the host before we went in and at the time I had no idea what was happening.

Towards the end of the uni year I wasn't invited out as much as normal and it wasn't until I went back to London in the the summer after second year to retake an exam and I met up with one of my friends that she told me everything that was happening. She said that the club promoters had said that they won't be let in anywhere again if I am with them because they didn't like how I looked, and SHE WENT ALONG WITH IT. You can imagine the look on my face there was no way in hell she could justify that. We haven't spoke since.

The more I thought about it the angrier I got, who the hell are they to charge someone or turn them away based on their weight or their outfit? Why should someone be made to feel like that just because they're not a model or they cant afford to wear a different pair of Louboutin's every day of the week.

Okay, so they want give out the image that they are high class? The only impression I get from that is that they're so far up their own asses its unreal.

I can't believe that this is something that happens daily and I would hate to think that so many more people are made to feel the way I did. Every body is beautiful in their own way and I don't think anyone has the right to tell you that you can't enjoy yourself just because of the way you look. It's disgusting to think that it's okay for these places to charge people more just because the person at the door doesn't like the way someone looks, or how they are dressed. I am at a loss as to what I am supposed to do from here but all I know is that this shouldn't be happening.

Sorry for the rant-y post, sometimes you've just gotta say how you feel. As much as I hope the answer is no, has anyone else ever experienced something like this? 

Kirsty Leanne xx






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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Beauty: The Pink Cow Brand Face Cream



When my boyfriend let me know that this little beauty arrived at my flat last week I was so excited to get home and open it. I had seen amazing reviews of the Pink Cow Brand and heard so many good things about it, so I was dying to give the brand a go myself.

First of all, lets just talk about the name's the Pink Cow Brand and theCream - lets be honest, they're kind of amazing. The brand was founded in New Zealand and supports the anti-cancer efforts in women's health by offering chemical free skincare with all natural ingredients, which makes me love them even more.



Another thing I can't ignore is the packaging as I am a big fan of less is more and this, well this just hits the spot design wise. Plus, the cute little Pink Cow is adorable.

theCream Nourishing Face Cream is not only made to hydrate, but also to improve skins moisture balance, improve skin tone and texture, increase firmness and protect from the environment. Pretty impressive for one moisturiser, right?!




I have been using theCream every morning and night for the last week now and I can already see a huge difference in my skin, especially in terms of reducing the redness and easing my normally dry skin. The face cream smells amazing too as it has a little bit of a hint of citrus, which I would actually consider quite unusual for a moisturiser, but it works.

I can easily see this becoming part of my daily routine as skincare is becoming more and more important to me lately as I find I am allergic to a lot of products that are not 100% natural. That being said, I am really looking forward to seeing what else the brand has to offer.

Have you tried theCream or the Pink Cow Brand yet? What other 100% natural beauty products are you loving? 


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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Lifestyle: Trying to Stay in Control of my Life



Over the last few months my life has been absolutely out of control with my promotion, my side blogging job, my personal blog, the organisation of the West Midlands Blogger Meet and the setting up of mine and Adele's new project 'Pretty Lovely Bloggers'.

Most of the time I think I am a crazy woman for taking on so much, and if I am being completely honest (we're all friends here) there have been a few times where I have felt like giving up and crawling into bed to watch Netflix for a whole week. When I do have those moments I've found that a little bit of organisation and a lot of determination helps me to get through the day. So, here are a couple of things I do to help myself work through the insanity...

1) I make organisation pretty...

I don't know about you but if something is cute, I am more likely to use it. That's why I make my diary as colourful and as pretty as I can  - because I don't want to stop looking at how beautiful it is. Give me a washi-tape and post it note covered planner over my phone calendar any day. 

2) I stopped looking at what I have left to do, but instead how far I have come...

I used to be terrible for this and the most common words out of my mouth would be 'ugh, I have so much to do' which always made me feel a little fed up and down. So, I've made it my mission to keep reminding myself of how far I have come and what I have already achieved. So far it feels great!

3) I let myself have down time...

There's nothing I love more than lying in bed with a tub of peanut butter Ben & Jerry's watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix, so I make time for it. Telling myself I have no time to do the things drove me insane, trust me! Taking the time to switch off my brain from the outside every now and again always makes me feel refreshed and raring to go.

4) I let life get in the way...

Sometimes life is going to get in the way and it's not a bad thing. Nights out with my friends, spontaneous day trips with my other half and cosy nights in with my family are all okay - even if I have 100's of things on my to do list. 

5) I've stopped being so hard on myself...

Yes, I may have a million and one things to do but the truth is i'm only human. I can only do so much at once without needing a break and I used to hate myself for taking ten fifteen minutes to myself every now and again. I've now realised this is needed and I am actually more productive after taking a little break!

6) I plan ahead...

This is something I have done for as long as I can remember, as I don't like it when I don't know what's happening and when. If I plan ahead I have a much clearer idea of what I need to do and how much time I have left to do it. I'm not going to lie and say I get everything I plan ahead done on time though, as I have some excellent procrastination skills. 

What do you do to help stay in control of your life? Anything else I should be doing? 

Kirsty Leanne xx


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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Events: No7 Blogger's Evening





















Last week the amazing Sarah Jack hosted her first ever bloggers event at No7 in Boots, Telford. After weeks of exciting sneak peaks on Twitter and loads of messages between the girls attending it was
time for the big day.

I had work beforehand and knew I would be getting there a little late as I wouldn't finish until 5.30, which was when it started. That didn't stop me waking up 20 minutes before I had to leave in the morning and making a half-arsed attempt of my hair and makeup though - beauty blogger who?

I arrived about twenty minutes late, meaning Sarah put me on the spot and asked me all of the previous questions at once. Cue a very speedy nervous babble of useless information from me, sorry everyone!






















Sarah and Mel are both consultants at No7 so they told us all about the brand and showed us the new 80th Birthday range, which is absolutely stunning. I wanted to get the smokey eye palette but with a bit of a budget and my foundation running out I had to avoid getting sidetracked.



ALL THE LIPSTICK SWATCHES

















After a Q&A session Sarah handed out our AMAZING goody bags complete with little sample pots for us to fill with what ever we wanted. I chose a redness reducing cream and a prepare and protect serum. We were then able to speak to Mel and Sarah individually, asking any questions we wanted while chatting to the other bloggers here or swatching a million and one different lipsticks like me.

I also did a little bit of shopping too as I can't resist a cheeky bargain. With money off vouchers and a free gift I got at least £60 of make up and skincare for £26. Life. Made.

The goody bags were full of little surprises from No7, Models Own and Vichy which I can't wait to start using.

Cleansing Oil - apparently this is great for cleaning brushes too!


80th Birthday Free Gift


The evening was a great chance to learn more about one of my favourite brands, meet some new people and catch up with people I haven't seen in a while, so thank you for organising an amazing event Sarah. I can't wait till the next one for the Christmas Gift Set launches in September!

Have you been to any blogger events recently? What's your favourite thing about them?


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Monday, 3 August 2015

Unboxing: Beauty Blogger Box

One of the best things about blogging is the people you meet and one of the most amazing bloggers I have met so far, Vix Meldrew,  has started her own little venture - the Blogger Beauty Box.

There are so many different subscription boxes out there and every month I tell myself I am going to sign up, but I never actually end up doing. I think it's mainly down to the cost, but maybe also a little because I have the memory of a fish and by the time I woke up the next day I have already forgotten about it...



However, when Vicky told me about the Blogger Beauty Box I instantly knew I had to sign up, a subscription box made for bloggers by bloggers, with five full sized products - perfect!



The first ever box arrived a couple of days ago and I was so excited I grabbed my camera straight away ready to get my 'unboxing' pics. Blogger problems, am I right? I am so happy it was so beautifully boxed, as it made taking pictures easy!



The first thing in the box was the Q-10 Caviar Nourishing Face Mask from TT Beauty Masks, which is something I haven't tried before. I have worked with Angela from Timeless Truth closely on events and she is one of the most lovely person ever! I have tried a large selection of her masks so I was really happy to get one I hadn't tried before! TT Beauty Masks are incredible sheet face masks, that are so easy to use and leave your skin feeling on point - can't wait to try another.

Australian brands MooGoo and Dusty Girls are two that I also see a lot of on Twitter and Bloglovin, and having worked with them on the Shropshire Blogger Meet I was excited to see them in the Blogger Beauty Box.



When I opened the box it smelt absolutely amazing, which I knew was down to the MooGoo 'Cover Up Butter Cup' moisturiser. I am really excited to try this as everything else I have tried from the brand has been spot on and I've been in a bit of a skincare rut lately so I need to shake things up a little!



Dusty Girls is the sister brand of MooGoo and they do some of the most gorgeous packaging for makeup you will ever see, with cute little messages hidden inside the boxes. I have a couple of their other pieces of makeup from Dusty Girls and I am absolutely in love with the blusher, so I am hoping the lip gloss I received in the Blogger Beauty Box is just as amazing.



The final brand featured in the first ever Beauty Blogger Box was W7, who supplied two of the samples for the box. I got an Eyelust mascara and Fluorescent Kiss lipstick. I have heard really good things about W7 mascaras so I'm super excited to finally get to try one as I find it so difficult to find any W7 products in stores.



The shade of lipstick I got is an absolutely incredible bright pink, which I wish I was brave enough to wear but I am not quite sure! I'll definitely give it a shot, but I really don't think it's a shade that will suit my pale skin.



Overall, I am so impressed with the first ever Blogger Beauty Box, especially for only £10 including postage! Vicky has done so well to organise it and I will definitely be signing up for the September box.

What beauty boxes do you get? Would you try the Blogger Beauty Box?

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