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As wedding season is officially underway, it's time for many of us to find the perfect wedding (guest) outfit! And there's only one place on the high street which does it best...


Coast is the one high street brand that I always find myself admiring when I'm on the hunt for the perfect wedding guest outfit. With so many different styles to choose from and such great quality, it's hard not to fall in love with an outfit (or two) and treat yourself to a beautiful piece. Although Coast is a high street brand, the quality of the clothes, including the fabrics chosen as well as the attention to detail is pretty much designer! Whether you're a fan of dresses or prefer a separate top and skirt combination, have a look at my top picks from the Coast website below.


Of course, no wish list would be complete without a blush pink number, and isn't this outfit just the prettiest!? The Marr Lace Bridesmaid Top (£69) styled with the Iridessa Midi Organza Skirt (£99) look like they were made just for each other and the colour would look great with a gorgeous summer tan. This is also perfect if you're looking for an alternative to a traditional wedding guest dress. The floral lace top looks super elegant and delicate with a scalloped-edge Bardot neckline and flattering 3/4 length sleeves, whilst the A-line midi dress looks sooo pretty and is perfect for emphasising your waist.


Emerald green is one of my favourite ever colours to wear as it looks great against pale skin (and red hair!!). And isn't the Imi Lace Bridesmaid Dress just so beautiful? Again, this has got a scalloped Bardot style neckline with 3/4 sleeves. I also absolutely love the pleated skirt style - it adds a touch - or more - of class, whilst the satin waist-tie finishes off the dress perfectly. This is the perfect throw-on dress that is guaranteed to make you look and feel a million dollars and would look great worn with a pair of stiletto heels.


Last but definitely not least is the Corwin Multi Tie Jersey Maxi Dress - and boy is this one versatile! This comes in both a regular and short length which makes it easier to find your perfect length. However, what makes this dress even better is that it can be worn in 15 different ways, so there's a style to suit every single shape!  Whether you prefer a cross-over look, a strapless look, or a halter-neck style, you can do it all with this dress. To top it all off, this comes in a beautiful sapphire blue colour, which is one of the most universally flattering shades!

Which outfit is your favourite?


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Bridesmaid / Wedding Guest Fashion Wish List

19 July 2017


As wedding season is officially underway, it's time for many of us to find the perfect wedding (guest) outfit! And there's only one place on the high street which does it best...


Coast is the one high street brand that I always find myself admiring when I'm on the hunt for the perfect wedding guest outfit. With so many different styles to choose from and such great quality, it's hard not to fall in love with an outfit (or two) and treat yourself to a beautiful piece. Although Coast is a high street brand, the quality of the clothes, including the fabrics chosen as well as the attention to detail is pretty much designer! Whether you're a fan of dresses or prefer a separate top and skirt combination, have a look at my top picks from the Coast website below.


Of course, no wish list would be complete without a blush pink number, and isn't this outfit just the prettiest!? The Marr Lace Bridesmaid Top (£69) styled with the Iridessa Midi Organza Skirt (£99) look like they were made just for each other and the colour would look great with a gorgeous summer tan. This is also perfect if you're looking for an alternative to a traditional wedding guest dress. The floral lace top looks super elegant and delicate with a scalloped-edge Bardot neckline and flattering 3/4 length sleeves, whilst the A-line midi dress looks sooo pretty and is perfect for emphasising your waist.


Emerald green is one of my favourite ever colours to wear as it looks great against pale skin (and red hair!!). And isn't the Imi Lace Bridesmaid Dress just so beautiful? Again, this has got a scalloped Bardot style neckline with 3/4 sleeves. I also absolutely love the pleated skirt style - it adds a touch - or more - of class, whilst the satin waist-tie finishes off the dress perfectly. This is the perfect throw-on dress that is guaranteed to make you look and feel a million dollars and would look great worn with a pair of stiletto heels.


Last but definitely not least is the Corwin Multi Tie Jersey Maxi Dress - and boy is this one versatile! This comes in both a regular and short length which makes it easier to find your perfect length. However, what makes this dress even better is that it can be worn in 15 different ways, so there's a style to suit every single shape!  Whether you prefer a cross-over look, a strapless look, or a halter-neck style, you can do it all with this dress. To top it all off, this comes in a beautiful sapphire blue colour, which is one of the most universally flattering shades!

Which outfit is your favourite?


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Although most of us associate cold, winter weather with dry skin, a lot of us actually experience dry skin in the summer months too. Whether it's because our skin is exposed to more sun or we spend more time in air conditioned rooms, the summer months can really cause our skin to feel dry and flaky.


Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do the reduce or even eliminate flaky skin. It just takes a bit of care - like anything in beauty. Here we’re going to investigate some of the top causes of flaky skin and what you can do about it.


Too Much Sun Exposure

Is your skin peeling? It could be the result of too much sun exposure. According to Harvard scientists, the sun is the number one risk factor for skin cancer and one of the main causes of skin damage. Too much sun exposure, they claim, can lead to skin that is rough, wrinkled and overly dry. That’s why so many beauty experts today recommend that women use factor 30 sunscreen year round to protect from skin damage. The good news? SPF can be found in many facial products today, including foundation.
Sunscreen is great for taking the edge off the damage caused by the sun’s rays. But did you know that it doesn’t actually block out all of the ultraviolet radiation coming from the sun? You can slather yourself with factor 50 sunblock all day long, and still some of the sun’s light will get through to your skin cells and potentially damage them. This is why top age-defying celebrities, like Kylie Minogue, insist on walking around outside covered up. Cover your arms and wear a hat if you want to keep the sun at bay.

Lastly, don’t forget your extremities. You might apply the skin on your cheeks with sunscreen, but what about your lips? After all, they can burn too! Choose a lip balm with SPF protection. Many lip balms come with SPF 15 built in.

Turn Your Shower Temperature Down

There’s nothing wrong with having a warm shower (even in summer!). But taking a shower that is hot (more than 50 degrees), could be damaging your skin.

According to dermatologist Andrea Lynn, extremely hot water can strip the skin of its natural protective barrier, the sebum which prevents it from getting too dry. Without this oily substance to keep the skin supple, it quickly dries out, leaving it feeling flaky and uncomfortable. Also, repeated exposure to hot water can actually damage the skin permanently and could lead to serious health consequences in the future.

Lynn suggests turning the temperature down by about 10 degrees if you like taking hot showers, just to be on the safe side. She also suggests gently padding dry with a towel.


Moisturize Consistently

Leslie Baumann, a leading researcher at the University of Miami, says that women should choose their moisturiser carefully to avoid dry skin. Her advice is to look for a moisturising cream that contains ingredients that will replenish the skin’s natural oils. Outlets like The Beauty Store offer a range of moisturisers with natural oils. It’s all about repairing the skin’s own natural defences, according to Baumann. This is the leading cause of dry skin and why so many women are flaky.

When it comes to moisturising, there are some golden rules that women should follow. After showering, pad your skin dry. Then apply a thick layer of you favourite moisturiser quickly afterwards. Make sure you use a cream that has inbuilt SPF protection. Major health bodies recommend choosing SPF 30 or more, so go with sun protection to be safe.

Use A Soapless Cleanser

Cleansing agents are perfect for removing makeup at night. But if you’re using them day after day, they can start causing problems. Harsh cleansers don’t just remove makeup and grime: they also have the effect of removing the skin’s own defences, leaving it feeling dry and rough. Repeated exposure to harsh acids contained in many of these cleansing products can result in long-term dry skin that looks and feels bad.

According to Carolyn Jacob, a dermatologist, women should consider using cleansers that are free from additives or deodorants. They should also choose products which contain ceramides - fatty substances very similar to those found on your skin. These ceramides will help bolster the number of natural ceramides following the removal of makeup.

Only Shave After You Shower

Shaving on a regular basis can take its toll on your skin. The reason? Because the shaving motion removes many of the natural oils on the surface, just like cleansing.

Fortunately, there’s a solution. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the best time to shave is immediately after you’ve taken a shower. After a shower, hairs become softer and more easy to cut.


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How To Get Rid of Dry Skin in Summer

14 July 2017


Although most of us associate cold, winter weather with dry skin, a lot of us actually experience dry skin in the summer months too. Whether it's because our skin is exposed to more sun or we spend more time in air conditioned rooms, the summer months can really cause our skin to feel dry and flaky.


Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do the reduce or even eliminate flaky skin. It just takes a bit of care - like anything in beauty. Here we’re going to investigate some of the top causes of flaky skin and what you can do about it.


Too Much Sun Exposure

Is your skin peeling? It could be the result of too much sun exposure. According to Harvard scientists, the sun is the number one risk factor for skin cancer and one of the main causes of skin damage. Too much sun exposure, they claim, can lead to skin that is rough, wrinkled and overly dry. That’s why so many beauty experts today recommend that women use factor 30 sunscreen year round to protect from skin damage. The good news? SPF can be found in many facial products today, including foundation.
Sunscreen is great for taking the edge off the damage caused by the sun’s rays. But did you know that it doesn’t actually block out all of the ultraviolet radiation coming from the sun? You can slather yourself with factor 50 sunblock all day long, and still some of the sun’s light will get through to your skin cells and potentially damage them. This is why top age-defying celebrities, like Kylie Minogue, insist on walking around outside covered up. Cover your arms and wear a hat if you want to keep the sun at bay.

Lastly, don’t forget your extremities. You might apply the skin on your cheeks with sunscreen, but what about your lips? After all, they can burn too! Choose a lip balm with SPF protection. Many lip balms come with SPF 15 built in.

Turn Your Shower Temperature Down

There’s nothing wrong with having a warm shower (even in summer!). But taking a shower that is hot (more than 50 degrees), could be damaging your skin.

According to dermatologist Andrea Lynn, extremely hot water can strip the skin of its natural protective barrier, the sebum which prevents it from getting too dry. Without this oily substance to keep the skin supple, it quickly dries out, leaving it feeling flaky and uncomfortable. Also, repeated exposure to hot water can actually damage the skin permanently and could lead to serious health consequences in the future.

Lynn suggests turning the temperature down by about 10 degrees if you like taking hot showers, just to be on the safe side. She also suggests gently padding dry with a towel.


Moisturize Consistently

Leslie Baumann, a leading researcher at the University of Miami, says that women should choose their moisturiser carefully to avoid dry skin. Her advice is to look for a moisturising cream that contains ingredients that will replenish the skin’s natural oils. Outlets like The Beauty Store offer a range of moisturisers with natural oils. It’s all about repairing the skin’s own natural defences, according to Baumann. This is the leading cause of dry skin and why so many women are flaky.

When it comes to moisturising, there are some golden rules that women should follow. After showering, pad your skin dry. Then apply a thick layer of you favourite moisturiser quickly afterwards. Make sure you use a cream that has inbuilt SPF protection. Major health bodies recommend choosing SPF 30 or more, so go with sun protection to be safe.

Use A Soapless Cleanser

Cleansing agents are perfect for removing makeup at night. But if you’re using them day after day, they can start causing problems. Harsh cleansers don’t just remove makeup and grime: they also have the effect of removing the skin’s own defences, leaving it feeling dry and rough. Repeated exposure to harsh acids contained in many of these cleansing products can result in long-term dry skin that looks and feels bad.

According to Carolyn Jacob, a dermatologist, women should consider using cleansers that are free from additives or deodorants. They should also choose products which contain ceramides - fatty substances very similar to those found on your skin. These ceramides will help bolster the number of natural ceramides following the removal of makeup.

Only Shave After You Shower

Shaving on a regular basis can take its toll on your skin. The reason? Because the shaving motion removes many of the natural oils on the surface, just like cleansing.

Fortunately, there’s a solution. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the best time to shave is immediately after you’ve taken a shower. After a shower, hairs become softer and more easy to cut.


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Ever since trying out Skinny Tan for the first time earlier this year, it has become one of my go-to brands when it comes to fake tanning. The fact that the products give the most natural looking tan without the classic tell-tale biscuit scent is a massive plus, but that's not all...


Skinny Tan is a vegan, cruelty-free tanning brand that contains natural tanning actives with skin smoothing ingredients that help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It's basically a confidence boost in a bottle!

I was recently sent a few goodies from Skinny Tan and couldn't wait to try them out! All the products which I have used from the brand have the same, amazing tropical coconut scent which I absolutely love, especially as it's summer!


The way you prep your skin before applying fake tan makes a big difference to the way your tan will develop, and it's always a good idea to get rid of any dead skin cells first. The Skinny Tan Pre Tan Primer is a great exfoliator that has been developed specifically to prepare your skin for a fake tan. The product contains crushed walnut shells which buff away any dry skin cells and I found that this also leaves the skin feeling super soft once it has been rinsed off.

Skinny Tan recently launched their Express Tanning Mousse, which lasts up to 14 days and is an absolute life saver if you forgot to tan the night before an event or for anyone who simply doesn't have the time to let their tan develop overnight! Just like all the other products from Skinny Tan, this one smells absolutely gorgeous and is a pleasure to apply using the Tan Application Mitt (which feels so much softer and more luxurious than any other tan applicator I have tried!). The tanning mousse can be left on the skin for 1 hour for a medium tan, or up to 3 hours for a deep, dark tan. I tried this by leaving it on for 1 hour and found that this left with my 'perfect' shade of tan - a natural-looking 'just been on holiday' tan without even a hint of orange!

I'm always a bit apprehensive about using long-lasting tanning products, because if the colour isn't right or it develops into a bit of a streaky mess then it's kind of hard to hide it! However, I found that the Express Tanning Mousse was foolproof, and even a tanning newbie like me got it right the first time! If for some reason you do end up getting it wrong, Skinny Tan have also got an Exfoliating Mitt, which has a 'prep' side on one side to prepare your skin prior to fake tanning, as well as a 'correct' side which you can use to remove any excess tanning from your skin.

Have you tried Skinny Tan?

Available from Superdrug


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The Most Natural Looking (& Quickest!) Fake Tan | Skinny Tan Express Mousse

5 July 2017



Ever since trying out Skinny Tan for the first time earlier this year, it has become one of my go-to brands when it comes to fake tanning. The fact that the products give the most natural looking tan without the classic tell-tale biscuit scent is a massive plus, but that's not all...


Skinny Tan is a vegan, cruelty-free tanning brand that contains natural tanning actives with skin smoothing ingredients that help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It's basically a confidence boost in a bottle!

I was recently sent a few goodies from Skinny Tan and couldn't wait to try them out! All the products which I have used from the brand have the same, amazing tropical coconut scent which I absolutely love, especially as it's summer!


The way you prep your skin before applying fake tan makes a big difference to the way your tan will develop, and it's always a good idea to get rid of any dead skin cells first. The Skinny Tan Pre Tan Primer is a great exfoliator that has been developed specifically to prepare your skin for a fake tan. The product contains crushed walnut shells which buff away any dry skin cells and I found that this also leaves the skin feeling super soft once it has been rinsed off.

Skinny Tan recently launched their Express Tanning Mousse, which lasts up to 14 days and is an absolute life saver if you forgot to tan the night before an event or for anyone who simply doesn't have the time to let their tan develop overnight! Just like all the other products from Skinny Tan, this one smells absolutely gorgeous and is a pleasure to apply using the Tan Application Mitt (which feels so much softer and more luxurious than any other tan applicator I have tried!). The tanning mousse can be left on the skin for 1 hour for a medium tan, or up to 3 hours for a deep, dark tan. I tried this by leaving it on for 1 hour and found that this left with my 'perfect' shade of tan - a natural-looking 'just been on holiday' tan without even a hint of orange!

I'm always a bit apprehensive about using long-lasting tanning products, because if the colour isn't right or it develops into a bit of a streaky mess then it's kind of hard to hide it! However, I found that the Express Tanning Mousse was foolproof, and even a tanning newbie like me got it right the first time! If for some reason you do end up getting it wrong, Skinny Tan have also got an Exfoliating Mitt, which has a 'prep' side on one side to prepare your skin prior to fake tanning, as well as a 'correct' side which you can use to remove any excess tanning from your skin.

Have you tried Skinny Tan?

Available from Superdrug


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Getting your nails done is like an instant boost of confidence and can help you go from feeling scruffy to feeling fabulous! I love painting my own nails as I find it to be so therapeutic, however the results aren't always long-lasting. This month, I've been testing the Sensationail Express Gel Kit which allows you to achieve salon nails at home.


The Sensational Express Gel Starter Kit contains everything you need to achieve amazing looking nails without having to visit a salon. For £34.99, this includes the gel polish, LED lamp,  nail buffer, manicure stick and instructions. The shade I received was 'Made Him Blush', a pretty soft pink colour which is perfect for the summer. You can then purchase more shades separately from the starter kit for £10 from Boots.


I couldn't wait to try out the product because I really wasn't sure what to expect and how easy or difficult it would be. As I mentioned, I normally prefer to paint my own nails and only got my nails done professionally once - so I was testing this out as a real newbie! I started by making sure that my nails were clean and free from dirt, plugging in the LED lamp into the socket, and painting a thin layer of the gel polish onto my nails.

I immediately noticed that the gel polish didn't have the strong smell that regular nail polish does, which I wasn't expecting. Although I love painting my nails, the only thing I dislike is the smell as it can sometimes give me a headache, so the fact that this was scent-free receives a big thumbs up from me!



The instructions said that you are supposed to apply a thin coat, then cure your nails under the LED lamp for 30 seconds. As I placed my nails under the LED lamp, a purple light automatically lit up. This blinked on and off after 15 seconds and automatically switched off after 30 seconds which I thought was pretty clever - especially for an at-home kit - as you can use it without timing it yourself.

I then went on to apply a second coat, just like the instructions said, and cured my nails for a further 30 seconds. This dried the gel polish on my nails and left my nails looking super shiny, as you can see in the photo below!


At £34.99 for the starter kit and £10 for additional colours, I think the Sensational Gel Express range is well worth the price, especially considering how easy it was to use and how fantastic the results were! I also found the process really relaxing - just like a little pamper sesh. If you're like me and prefer to do your own nails, this kit is a must-have!

Available from Boots


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At-Home Gel Nails | Sensationail Express Gel Nail Kit Review

4 July 2017



Getting your nails done is like an instant boost of confidence and can help you go from feeling scruffy to feeling fabulous! I love painting my own nails as I find it to be so therapeutic, however the results aren't always long-lasting. This month, I've been testing the Sensationail Express Gel Kit which allows you to achieve salon nails at home.


The Sensational Express Gel Starter Kit contains everything you need to achieve amazing looking nails without having to visit a salon. For £34.99, this includes the gel polish, LED lamp,  nail buffer, manicure stick and instructions. The shade I received was 'Made Him Blush', a pretty soft pink colour which is perfect for the summer. You can then purchase more shades separately from the starter kit for £10 from Boots.


I couldn't wait to try out the product because I really wasn't sure what to expect and how easy or difficult it would be. As I mentioned, I normally prefer to paint my own nails and only got my nails done professionally once - so I was testing this out as a real newbie! I started by making sure that my nails were clean and free from dirt, plugging in the LED lamp into the socket, and painting a thin layer of the gel polish onto my nails.

I immediately noticed that the gel polish didn't have the strong smell that regular nail polish does, which I wasn't expecting. Although I love painting my nails, the only thing I dislike is the smell as it can sometimes give me a headache, so the fact that this was scent-free receives a big thumbs up from me!



The instructions said that you are supposed to apply a thin coat, then cure your nails under the LED lamp for 30 seconds. As I placed my nails under the LED lamp, a purple light automatically lit up. This blinked on and off after 15 seconds and automatically switched off after 30 seconds which I thought was pretty clever - especially for an at-home kit - as you can use it without timing it yourself.

I then went on to apply a second coat, just like the instructions said, and cured my nails for a further 30 seconds. This dried the gel polish on my nails and left my nails looking super shiny, as you can see in the photo below!


At £34.99 for the starter kit and £10 for additional colours, I think the Sensational Gel Express range is well worth the price, especially considering how easy it was to use and how fantastic the results were! I also found the process really relaxing - just like a little pamper sesh. If you're like me and prefer to do your own nails, this kit is a must-have!

Available from Boots


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"Great things never came from comfort zones." - A quote many of us have probably come across at some point in our lives. A quote that I do not agree with. At least, not always.


[This might be a slightly rambly post, but one that I hope could help some of you facing similar situations.]

I first came across this quote when one of my previous employers had it plastered all over the office, and at first I thought wow yes, that is so true! However, as more time went by and I came across the quote a few more times I thought that actually, no, great things can and do come from comfort zones. In fact, I believe that sometimes you need to find your comfort zone in order to do great things!

I'm going to start by saying that I do think that it's great to challenge yourself in life and push yourself to do the things you never thought you would, to overcome tough situations. In fact, I've previously spoken about doing this myself in a post on how I have been working on overcoming my fear of flying due to being in a long distance relationship. However, I don't believe that constantly living life outside your comfort zone is the only way of doing 'great things'.

Sometimes, life is all about finding your comfort zone and excelling in that.



We find ourselves under so much pressure to 'think outside the box', 'challenge ourselves' and 'break boundaries'. This makes it easy to forget just how important it is for us to take a step back and re-assess whether we are truly happy with what we are doing and what we keep pushing ourselves towards.

I spent the majority of last year feeling 'stuck' in a situation that I really wasn't happy with. Yet every morning I would try to push myself, to overcome the (escalating) anxiety that I was facing in doing something I did not enjoy every single weekday. Family and friends were really supportive too, and I couldn't thank them enough. However, it came to a point where I realised that there was no point in pushing myself further as ultimately, no matter how much I succeeded in this, it was never going to make me happy. And that's ok.

No matter how much we push ourselves, not everyone is going to succeed in happily working a routine 9-5 job in an office. Some people will instead thrive in a more flexible job, by working freelance, or by working in a job that's predominantly outdoors. Not everyone is going to feel great and triumph when living and working overseas or travelling the world, no matter how exciting the challenge might have seemed beforehand. Some people will achieve more success working closer to home with family and friends by their side. And that's ok too - every person is different.

Sometimes, it's important to take a step back and find your comfort zone. Find something that you will make you feel comfortable, happy, and one that you will be able to excel in - without an unnecessarily high dose of anxiety.

If you are unhappy about a situation and you can do something about it, you don't necessarily need to be so hard on yourself and keep pushing. Look for alternatives that will make you happy.


Yes, there will always be times when we must push ourselves. It's a part of life. Always dreamt of travelling solo, learning how to drive or auditioning for The X Factor? Go for it!   However, it's important to also recognise the times when we need to stop pushing, to listen to ourselves and to discover what brings us real joy.

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Great Things DO Come From Comfort Zones | The Importance of Finding Your Comfort Zone

3 July 2017


"Great things never came from comfort zones." - A quote many of us have probably come across at some point in our lives. A quote that I do not agree with. At least, not always.


[This might be a slightly rambly post, but one that I hope could help some of you facing similar situations.]

I first came across this quote when one of my previous employers had it plastered all over the office, and at first I thought wow yes, that is so true! However, as more time went by and I came across the quote a few more times I thought that actually, no, great things can and do come from comfort zones. In fact, I believe that sometimes you need to find your comfort zone in order to do great things!

I'm going to start by saying that I do think that it's great to challenge yourself in life and push yourself to do the things you never thought you would, to overcome tough situations. In fact, I've previously spoken about doing this myself in a post on how I have been working on overcoming my fear of flying due to being in a long distance relationship. However, I don't believe that constantly living life outside your comfort zone is the only way of doing 'great things'.

Sometimes, life is all about finding your comfort zone and excelling in that.



We find ourselves under so much pressure to 'think outside the box', 'challenge ourselves' and 'break boundaries'. This makes it easy to forget just how important it is for us to take a step back and re-assess whether we are truly happy with what we are doing and what we keep pushing ourselves towards.

I spent the majority of last year feeling 'stuck' in a situation that I really wasn't happy with. Yet every morning I would try to push myself, to overcome the (escalating) anxiety that I was facing in doing something I did not enjoy every single weekday. Family and friends were really supportive too, and I couldn't thank them enough. However, it came to a point where I realised that there was no point in pushing myself further as ultimately, no matter how much I succeeded in this, it was never going to make me happy. And that's ok.

No matter how much we push ourselves, not everyone is going to succeed in happily working a routine 9-5 job in an office. Some people will instead thrive in a more flexible job, by working freelance, or by working in a job that's predominantly outdoors. Not everyone is going to feel great and triumph when living and working overseas or travelling the world, no matter how exciting the challenge might have seemed beforehand. Some people will achieve more success working closer to home with family and friends by their side. And that's ok too - every person is different.

Sometimes, it's important to take a step back and find your comfort zone. Find something that you will make you feel comfortable, happy, and one that you will be able to excel in - without an unnecessarily high dose of anxiety.

If you are unhappy about a situation and you can do something about it, you don't necessarily need to be so hard on yourself and keep pushing. Look for alternatives that will make you happy.


Yes, there will always be times when we must push ourselves. It's a part of life. Always dreamt of travelling solo, learning how to drive or auditioning for The X Factor? Go for it!   However, it's important to also recognise the times when we need to stop pushing, to listen to ourselves and to discover what brings us real joy.

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One of my favourite things to do in life is to explore new places. I've previously mentioned on my blog that I can be quite an anxious flyer. However, as soon as I arrive at my destination, I'm loving life! 


I recently came across a post on The Taxi Centre, which got me thinking about expensive journeys, and what would be the most expensive journey that I would love to go on. I have only travelled to place around Europe and would absolutely love to travel to other continents and countries. Below are some of the places I would absolutely love to visit on a round-the-world journey!

New York

New York is one of those places that I have wanted to visit for ages! After seeing it in so many films, TV series and pretty much everywhere online, it's one of the top places that I would love to visit. Whether it's taking a walk through Central Park, visiting The Met, seeing what Times Square is really like, or doing a spot of shopping, New York is one of those places that is packed with things to do!

California

Another place which I would love to visit in the States is California. One of the places high up in my 'to visit' list is of course Disneyland! I have been obsessed with all things Disney since I was a child, so this would be a dream come true!  I would also love to visit iconic places such as Venice Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge, and check out places such as Lake Tahoe and Redwood National Park.

South Africa

Anyone who knows me knows just how much I love animals, and I would absolutely love toe visit South Africa to experience all the wildlife. Spending a few days spotting lions, giraffes, rhinos and hippos would be so exciting!

Australia

Australia is another one of those places that I've always wanted to visit - and having some family live there makes me want to visit even more! Of course there are places such as the Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House that I would love to check out for myself, but I would also love to visit Sydney's Taronga Zoo, walk the Bondi to Coogee trail, explore Melbourne and just experience the Australian way of life.

New Zealand

I'm all for stunning, picturesque places and I believe that New Zealand is definitely a place that is worth taking a trip half way around the world for! A simple Google search for 'Milford Sound', 'Fox Glacier', 'Paihia' and of course, 'Hobbiton' makes me want to check in to the next flight to New Zealand asap!

Have you visited any of these places? I'd love your recommendations!


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The Most Expensive Journey I Would Go On


One of my favourite things to do in life is to explore new places. I've previously mentioned on my blog that I can be quite an anxious flyer. However, as soon as I arrive at my destination, I'm loving life! 


I recently came across a post on The Taxi Centre, which got me thinking about expensive journeys, and what would be the most expensive journey that I would love to go on. I have only travelled to place around Europe and would absolutely love to travel to other continents and countries. Below are some of the places I would absolutely love to visit on a round-the-world journey!

New York

New York is one of those places that I have wanted to visit for ages! After seeing it in so many films, TV series and pretty much everywhere online, it's one of the top places that I would love to visit. Whether it's taking a walk through Central Park, visiting The Met, seeing what Times Square is really like, or doing a spot of shopping, New York is one of those places that is packed with things to do!

California

Another place which I would love to visit in the States is California. One of the places high up in my 'to visit' list is of course Disneyland! I have been obsessed with all things Disney since I was a child, so this would be a dream come true!  I would also love to visit iconic places such as Venice Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge, and check out places such as Lake Tahoe and Redwood National Park.

South Africa

Anyone who knows me knows just how much I love animals, and I would absolutely love toe visit South Africa to experience all the wildlife. Spending a few days spotting lions, giraffes, rhinos and hippos would be so exciting!

Australia

Australia is another one of those places that I've always wanted to visit - and having some family live there makes me want to visit even more! Of course there are places such as the Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House that I would love to check out for myself, but I would also love to visit Sydney's Taronga Zoo, walk the Bondi to Coogee trail, explore Melbourne and just experience the Australian way of life.

New Zealand

I'm all for stunning, picturesque places and I believe that New Zealand is definitely a place that is worth taking a trip half way around the world for! A simple Google search for 'Milford Sound', 'Fox Glacier', 'Paihia' and of course, 'Hobbiton' makes me want to check in to the next flight to New Zealand asap!

Have you visited any of these places? I'd love your recommendations!


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