Friendship

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Today’s post is a little different from my previous posts…

In my experience you have different kinds of friendships in different parts of your life. When you’re younger, friendship is usually more about circumstance than choice. If you sit next to the girl in class with french plaits, and you also wear french plaits, that’s pretty much bestie territory right there. When you’re a teenager, having a deep love of the same boyband is enough to bond with someone and be friends. It’s only when you become an adult that I think friendship gets a little harder. As a teenager in the 00’s, I came home from school and spent my nights watching shows like Friends and Will & Grace. I was naive and blissfully ignorant to think that as you changed and grew, so did your friendships. 

Now, I’ve always been very shy; I’ve always took a back seat in group situations and the thought of the attention being all on me makes me feel physically sick. When I was younger I was just happy to have a ‘friendship group’ – I was never the funniest, the smartest, the prettiest or the most popular, and that was more than okay. I was just happy to be part of something. I definitely went along with what the crowd thought and was always eager to be included in whatever was going on at the time. I think friendships as a teenager can be especially difficult – girls get a bad rep for being ‘bitchy’ or ‘mean’ but in my experience, this is true. I have been bitched about, and I have bitched about others. That is not something I’m proud of, by any means, but I do think it’s a part of growing up.

I am still very close with a few lovely girls I went to high school with, and I adore them! But, as I left school and started college, I made new friends too. This was when it finally it clicked. The right people will like you for you, not who you’re trying to be. If I could go back and tell my ten-year old self that I’m sure I would have found growing up a whole lot easier. I think when you’re a teenager you’re just trying to figure it all out – who your friends are and who you are. I’m grateful for meandering through my teenage years – copying my friends and my friends copying me – because that has shown me the kind of friend I want to be and strive to be every day. 

In my opinion, friendships should not be based on anything other than joy. You should want to be around your friends; to feel loved and nurtured and supported. You shouldn’t ever feel like you’re being judged, or that your opinions don’t matter or that you can’t be yourself. Why is this so much easier to admit as an adult than it is as a teenager?! 

I don’t think in 2018 distance should matter to a friendship. Yes, you absolutely need face-to-face time together (and who doesn’t love catching up over drinks or food?!) but anyone in the world is literally a text or a FaceTime away. So why in a culture where we are so tuned into being social, are friendships still falling apart?

Don’t get me wrong, life does get busy. As we grow up, we have different interests, likes and dislikes. The reality is that often, face-to-face meetings turn to phone calls, phone calls turn to texts, and not seeing each other for a week turns into a month. As anyone who’s ever texted me will tell you, texting back is not my strong point. That being said, I love very hard – I have so much love and respect for all my friends, past and present, because they are who made me who I am today. I think as you get older one of the worst things about losing friendships is there is no break up moment. When you’re younger and ‘fall out’ with someone, it’s often more dramatic than a Shakespearean play. They ‘hate’ you, you ‘hate’ them, you point score and, if you two are part of a larger friendship group, sides are chosen. Suddenly a silly tiff is like the beginning of World War III. 

As adults there are no fall outs. There’s none of the shouting or crying or, for the most part, the bitching. I think losing friendships as an adult is something that usually happens over a long period of time; such a long time that you don’t realise until it’s happened. It’s a case of wanting to ask a friend to go for lunch but wondering what they even do on a Saturday afternoon these days. Or of seeing a Facebook post and realising someone you once knew so deeply, has created a whole life you know nothing about. That’s the really sad thing about growing up – it is so easy to drift apart when life gets busy. Whilst falling in love with your new lives, you fall out of love with each other. And that is heartbreaking. I admit that I have been, and maybe still am in some ways, a bad friend. I have learned, in the past year more than ever, that every part of a friendship needs to be worked at; people have different needs and it’s important to nurture those as well as your own.

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Millennial friendships in a nutshell:

*sees old friend in Asda, doing her weekly shop*

“OMG hi! I haven’t seen you for ages!” *generic catching up* “we absolutely have to go for drinks, I’ll message you a few nights I’m free next week!”

– the week passes by with a generic text or two, no plans are made – 

*sees same old friend picking up a takeaway three weeks later*

“I’m so sorry I totally forgot to reply! We absolutely must meet up for drinks! Why don’t we try that new place in town?”

*and repeat over and over again until that friend moves away and you never have to awkwardly bump into them again*

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I am not at all embarrassed to admit my boyfriend is my best friend, and he’s the best friend I’ve ever had. In fact, I’m so proud to say that. Our relationship started as a friendship; someone to laugh with till the early hours, to turn to when life was hard, to share funny stories with. Matt is the first person I tell any news to, happy or sad. We always agree on what/where to eat, we have never argued over who’s wearing who’s dress (he always lets me choose first 😉 ) and, for real, he’s never made me feel bad for being who I am. There’s never been an ounce of jealousy or rudeness between us, that’s an unconditional love that I don’t think comes around very often. We always say we love being part of our team, and it’s true. I know that the foundation of our relationship being so strong is a blessing, one I’m thankful for every day. Being in love with my best friend is the best thing I could ever ask for, I didn’t know a love like we have existed in the ‘real world’. You know when you watch movies and think couples can’t possibly be that in love? *cheesy moment* that’s how I feel every day, and I’m so grateful. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t live in each others pockets and we don’t spend every waking moment together (admittedly, sometimes I wish we did) but I know that everything will always be okay with him by my side. He makes me a better person in every possible way and if you’re reading this Matt, (I know you are 🙊) I love you unconditionally. 

All of the above is true in my experience, and probably in yours, but there are always people that life never becomes an issue for. People who can put you before themselves, and know that when it matters you’ll put them before yourself. I am so grateful that I have friends that I bloody love. The friend I’ve known since I was three, the crazy friend that I love dearly, the friend from school, the always-up-for-a-night-out friend, the friend from work, the friend I barely ever see but when you do it’s like no time has passed, etc… I am very lucky to have amazing people around me and I appreciate them more than they know. I feel as proud of their successes as I would of my own, and I am fiercely loyal to them, as they are to me. 

Real talk: I wish there was a Tinder for friendships. I don’t know about you, but I scroll through Instagram and Twitter almost every day thinking I relate so much to *insert name* and *insert name*. There’s some weird unwritten rule that you don’t just approach another girl and ask her out for coffee and a chat (I don’t drink coffee, but you get my point) and I wish as a society we could change that. Other than being super lucky and finding similar aged girls you love at work (very grateful that is my reality), making friends as an adult is very difficult, in my experience. When we’re drunk in the toilets of a night club we act as though we’ve known each other since birth and love each other unconditionally for those five minutes. (Or, even better, when you see your afore-mentioned bestie from the toilets in another bar later in the night, you act as though you’re long-lost sisters, finally reunited). Classic. Maybe if we all start being more friendly and outgoing towards each other, new friendships can be born and we can laugh about a time when this wasn’t accepted. 

Well… if you made it to the end of this post, I salute you! Thank you so much for reading, I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions? Also, if you ever want to grab a coffee (tea for me), I promise I’d never make it weird. 

“When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is in all of our hands” – Maria Shriver

-G x

What’s In My Carry On Bag

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Welcome back, loves!

On the day this post goes live (hallelujah for scheduled posts!) Matt and I are heading off to Kos, Greece on our first holiday together and I could not be more excited!

I have been lucky enough to go on lots of holidays abroad since I was one year old, yet flying still terrifies me. I can’t really explain why, other than that I feel a little bit ‘trapped’ and get overly worried about something going wrong during the flight or once I get to my destination. As a result of this, I do anything I can to make myself feel more comfortable and preparation is key. Matt and I went to Dublin for his birthday in March and I held (onto) his hand (for dear life) the entire flight. Oops!

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One thing I do like about the travelling experience is packing my bag. I would love to use a pretty beach bag for my carry on but they are just not big enough! Instead, I picked up this Vans x Lazy Oaf backpack and I bloody love it. Let’s just get this out of the way: if you’re looking for a clear, concise ‘just-the-necessities’ idea of what to pack in your carry on bag this is not the post for you – however if you fancy a little snoop at what I’ll be taking with me and maybe a giggle about how much I’m overpacking keep on reading…

The Essentials

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Yep, all the boring things people tend to overlook and leave behind. I know this all too well because one year on the way home from Florida my dad left all our of our passports in the villa; we then missed our first flight and connecting flights. From leaving the villa (the first time) to arriving home we travelled for almost 24 hours – good one, dad! To make sure I don’t follow in his forgetful footsteps, I have a little checklist *yawn* of everything I keep in my crossbody bag (sold out): our passports and copy of tickets, phone, phone charger with EU adaptor, portable charger, headphones, my card holder, coin purse (I generally only use my debit card in England – having to use cash abroad is always a bit of a nuisance!), powder, my favourite lipstick in Syrup, lip balm, a pen and my medication.

My Beauty Bag

I know it’s only liquids/gels/creams that must go in a clear bag but I find it’s much easier to keep everything together, and it keeps me from over packing too much. Once we get through security I’ll switch my essential bits in here over to my crossbody. I LOVE this bag I just picked up from Space NK – a recommendation from Lily Pebbles’ Instagram story – and as she said, it’s a great dupe for the Anya Hindmarch in-flight bag (one I’ve swooned over for years but could never justify purchasing!) 

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Since I can remember I have always packed my makeup in my hand luggage, it’s just not something I would want to get lost or broken. Have you seen how the baggage handlers throw your suitcases around?! For my base I have the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light – it doesn’t sit on the skin and is very breathable, my all time favourite foundation. To cover dark circles and any spots that may appear I packed my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. My Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara is the best for holding a curl and my must have eyebrow product is the Glossier Boy Brow. I have very sparse eyebrows and as I’m still too scared to get HD Brows – I really want to – this works a treat. I also packed my makeup brushes (not pictured) so I’m good to go!

As this is not a long haul flight I have kept my skincare items to a minimum. We fly late afternoon and don’t arrive until almost midnight, so I will more than likely take my makeup off before we land using my Yes to Cucumbers face wipes. I packed a mini of my favourite overnight moisturiser; the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense which will ensure my skin doesn’t feel horrible after being on a flight. Lip balm is my number one beauty product of all time, I packed two; Glossier Balm Dot Com in coconut, and Nivea Hydro Care – Matt will steal this too! 

I take my MAC Turquatic rollerball everywhere with me and a flight is no exception. It’s a light scent so is not offensive; planes are very small and while I’d like to smell good, I want to be considerate to those around me. My new night-time holiday scent, Commodity Gold is also packed in here! I love using sprays to refresh my skin; my favourite is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Hand sanitizer and hand cream are also a must-have for me – the ones I have are from Bath and Body Works. I somehow forgot about my contact lenses and eye drops – I quickly packed those!

The Miscellaneous 

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I always take a magazine and a book on flights because it’s one thing I can concentrate on if I feel a little nervous and need a distraction. I buy Cosmopolitan magazine every month and it’s been so hard to not read it yet! I love these sunglasses I picked up last week – they are my first pair from Quay and they definitely won’t be my last. I also packed my Tangle Teezer because I’m 99% sure my hair will end up in a bun on top of my head by the time we get on the plane!

If you read my Fifty Facts About Me post you will know I’m always cold! I take fluffy socks (not pictured) on every flight… definitely not the ~summer vibes~ I was going for but I’d rather be warm and comfy even if it means looking like a bit of a prat. I’ll also take a cosy jacket and more than likely steal Matt’s at some point too… perks of travelling with my boyfriend!

Snacks for the plane are so important. We’ll pick up something a little more substantial in the airport, but of course we had to take Percy Piglets – our favourite sweets! I have a terrible sweet tooth and will grab a chocolate bar in the airport too. (Here’s a little embarrassing secret for you: on a day-to-day basis I always have an emergency chocolate bar in my handbag just incase) so being stuck on a four hour flight without one sounds horrific! Not to be dramatic. Also, chewing gum is a necessity for both of us!

Backup Clothing Items

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Yes, you read that right. To add on to the whole scared-of-flying thing, I also have an irrational fear of the airline losing my bag and being stranded wearing I ♥ Kos t shirts and Matt’s swim shorts. So, to make me feel a little more at ease (fully aware this is crazy) I packed a spare day time outfit, a bikini, and a night time outfit. Oh and a spare pair of pants! Apparently I think if my case was to get lost it would be returned to me before breakfast the next day. It would, right? I promise this made sense to me before I wrote it.

I’m pretty sure I’ve got all bases covered (if I haven’t theres something seriously wrong), but I’d love to know if I’m missing any of your must-have in-flight products?!

-G x

My Skincare Routine

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Hi, loves!

As promised in my last post – here is my skincare routine!

I feel like the skincare industry is so very confusing – so many products, in my opinion, are very overpriced and honestly do not live up to the crazy claims they make. Unfortunately skincare really is trial and error – it has taken me a long time to find out which products work well for my skin. I have combination, acne-prone skin, and please keep in mind what works for me might not work as well for you, and vice versa. *One thing to make clear* I do not follow skincare ‘rules’. As I pretty much live between my house and my boyfriends, I have condensed my daily routine as much as possible… (less is more, people!)

Morning Routine

In the mornings I tend to keep things very simple. My getting-ready routine in general is pretty snappy. Don’t get me wrong, I like to look put together, but in all honesty I’d rather have an extra 20 minutes of cuddles in bed!

I used to wash my face twice per day, however I find that tends to dry out my skin and leave it feeling tight/uncomfortable. For the past year or so the only thing I use to cleanse my skin after waking up is micellar water – my favourites are Garnier and Simple. I wipe the micellar water over my face with a cotton pad (these are the my favourites) to remove any residue left behind from products I used the previous night. 

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Lip balm – the most essential skincare item for me! I am that girl that has lip balms everywhere – in my bag, in my car, on my bedside table, on Matt’s bedside table, at my desk! I feel uncomfortable when I don’t have lip balm on and as soon as I brush my teeth in the morning I feel like I need to re-apply right away. I have found that most lip balms I’ve tried work really well, however my favourites are Glossier Balm Dot Com, Nivea Hydro Lip and Dior Addict Lip Glow.

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Some mornings I spray my face with La Roche Posay Serozinc; this is not an ‘essential’ and something I often skip over. Two things I can’t ever skip over are eye cream and moisturiser. I used Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (not pictured) for a long time but found I kept getting dry patches under my eyes. I’m now trying out two new eye creams from Clinique and Kate Somerville – I think I’m going to purchase the Clinique one as I really like it! My daytime moisturiser is Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting moisturiser. I find my makeup applies nicely over this, and it keeps my skin moisturised without making my face look greasy. It also smells divine!

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Evening Routine

As I generally have more time in the evenings, my routine is a little more relaxed and includes a few extra steps. 

Taking my makeup off is always my favourite part of the day (minus snuggling into Matt to go to sleep!) I have three favourite cleansers, and I tend to use them in rotation. However, recently I have been reaching for the Clinique Take The Day Off cleanser every night – I just repurchased for the third time which shows how much I love it! This removes my makeup so well, even waterproof mascara, and I love the smell! My other favourites are Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. Although I said I don’t follow skincare ‘rules’ I am a big fan of the double cleanse. I do try to use smaller amounts of product each time so I don’t use them up too quickly. If I’m feeling really tired (or lazy) I will take off my makeup with Simple or Yes to Cucumbers face wipes – this is a no judgement zone!

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After cleansing my skin, I apply lip balm (obviously!) and then alternate between my La Roche Posay Serozinc (pictured above) and Glossier Solution. Both of these products are aimed at helping oily, blemished skin and I think they are great! Solution has been a little bit of a miracle worker for me; I used to have noticeable acne scarring on my cheeks/forehead and since using this product they are barely visible. I love the applicator too, you just place a cotton pad over the top of the pump – no mess!

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I also alternate my serums between Glossier Super Pure and various serums from The Ordinary – my current favourite is EUK 1.34 0.1% which seems to really reduce redness in my skin. To be honest I know very little about serums or how they work, however after a lot of reading on www.theordinary.com and a little trial and error, I have found which products work best for me. Don’t let the scientific sounding names put you off – I love most of the products I’ve tried (and they’re SO inexpensive!)

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I use the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense moisturiser every night; it is recommended for ‘very dry to dry combination skin’ however I absolutely love it. My very first ‘high end’ makeup and skincare products were from Clinique and I feel like I’ll always have a soft spot for the brand. This sinks into the skin and makes it feel smooth and plump – in the best way. My mam also uses this moisturiser and swears by it!

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And there you have it, my minimal (as possible) skincare routines. I hope the above was helpful to you, and I’d love to hear about any products you’d recommend!

Thank you so much for reading, 

-G x

My Evening Routine

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Hi, loves!

I have watched morning routines/evening routines on YouTube for years now and I genuinely find them fascinating! I really love getting an insight into people’s lives; seeing what products people use, the order they do things in and taking a little inspiration of things I might want to incorporate into my life. Basically, I’m really bloody nosy!

My evenings vary from day-to-day but generally they follow a pretty similar pattern. Here’s a peek into my evening routine from this past Monday…

5PM : I finished work for the day and headed straight to M&S to pick up dinner. Matt and I love a two for £10 deal (and pretty much anything else from their food section) – it’s become a joke with our friends/family that we might be the ones keeping M&S Food Hall in business… how embarrassing!

6PM : As I stayed at Matt’s the night before I had to quickly unpack and re-pack for the following night; a perfect chance to catch up on Emma Hill‘s latest vlog. I love her SO much; her vlogs are my favourite! I had a little extra time so I decided to have a bath; on this particular night I used an Avobath bath bomb from Lush with a drop of Radox Acai Berry Scent & Clay bubble bath. I love to read in the bath; I am currently reading The Note by Zoe Folbigg. It is a funny, romantic, easy-to-read story based on a real life couple and cheesy as it is, I love it. Unfortunately it was hair washing night, such a chore! I eventually forced myself to get out of the bath and did my skincare routine *teaser: new post coming on Thursday*

7PM : As I definitely was in the bath way longer than I should have been (oops), I let my hair air dry a little while I changed our bed; I think everyone can agree there is nothing better than clean sheets after a long day at work. I tend to run my straighteners through my hair at night so it’s much easier and quicker to style in the morning. Matt finally arrived home from work ( 🙂 the best part of any day) and not a minute too soon – I was starving! We had one of our favourite meals; chicken pasta bake with garlic bread – not the most healthy of dinners but delish all the same.

8PM – 10.30PM : After we eat dinner, we tend to spend our nights catching up on our days, enjoying each others company and of course watching Netflix. How Millennial of us. Matt stopped to grab a pick’n’mix on his way home as we had planned to have a movie night. When we logged into Netflix however, we saw there was a new Netflix Original series called November 13: Attack On Paris. This is a three-part series – we only watched one on this night but it was incredibly sad; eye-witness stories surrounding a night of terror. One of the most heartbreaking stories was from a man who watched his wife die from her gunshot wounds; he also wrote a book which *note to self* I’d really like to order.

10:30PM – I always find that the time to go to bed comes round so quickly! Random fact: we always take a glass of water to bed with us but barely ever drink it. Does anyone else do that?! After we brushed our teeth, I applied Mario Badescu drying lotion on a pesky spot that appeared out of nowhere (yep, Matt is one lucky guy!) and used a little Glossier Balm Dot Com. By now we were more than ready to cuddle in and go to sleep. Side note: saying that reminds me of when Rachel & Ross from Friends are talking about being *cuddly sleepers* and Ross secretly really isn’t but hasn’t got the heart to tell her, let’s hope that’s not what Matt secretly thinks!

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I’ll let you guess who’s the little spoon… (hint: it’s not me)

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to know what you get up to in your typical evening routine?

-G x

Monthly Recap: May

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Inspired by Anna, from The Anna Edit, I decided to pick out a few things from each month that were personal highlights, in one form or another, and tell you about them in probably too much detail. Remember in my ‘Fifty Facts About Me’ when I said I rambled on telling stories? It’ll be like you were there!

*I’d recommend you settle down with a cuppa, it’s a long one!*

Harrogate

In May I celebrated my 24th birthday in the best possible way; it involved a roll top bath, a bottle of champagne and my lovely boyfriend, Matt. What’s not to love?

Matt and I spent the first part of the morning opening presents, talking about our plans for the next few days and having a good ol’ giggle. We spent an hour or so with my parents (more presents, yay!) and set off for Harrogate. Matt always drives because he gets ‘car sick’ if he’s the passenger… I think he’s just scared of my driving!

Matt had booked us a beautiful room at Hotel du Vin in Harrogate – our favourite hotel chain and one I can HIGHLY recommend. This was the best suite we’ve ever had! I love the feel of every Hotel du Vin we’ve stayed in; they are all based in old buildings, with a rustic but modern feel and beautifully laid out. Matt and I love a good bath and Hotel du Vin baths do not disappoint! The highlights of our room were definitely the roll top bath, his and hers sinks (the dream!), a huge TV and the biggest L shaped sofa I’ve ever seen. 

We spent our afternoon exploring the town and drinking cocktails. Harrogate is the most beautiful British town I’ve been to; it is so clean and there are flowers everywhere you look. We also visited Betty’s Tea Rooms and picked up two huge fondant fancies – it’s not a birthday without cake, right? That night we ate at Gino’s My Restaurant; we love steak and this was cooked perfectly. The restaurant was lovely – the atmosphere was very cosy and relaxed, and service was great; one of the most important things about a restaurant in my opinion. After our meal we ventured up to the terrace to finish our bottle of wine and found there was a free-to-use photo booth, nice touch Gino! We enjoyed our night so much we are already planning to visit Gino’s My Restaurant in Manchester!

We spent the rest of the night drinking wine and enjoying each others company – I had the best birthday and am so thankful to Matt for everything he does. The next morning we were nursing slightly sore heads, so went for a wander around Harrogate in the sun. We walked through Valley Gardens; they are immaculate! There are brightly coloured flowers in every direction, a little stream running through the park and a small cafe right in the centre. On our way home we stopped by York Designer Outlet; which is sentimental to us as it’s one of the places we visited on our first date :). It was so lovely being back and although there wasn’t a great selection, we did start our holiday shopping!

Breakfast Date

Going for breakfast is one of my most favourite things to do. On a typical day I don’t even eat breakfast (naughty, I know) however there is something weirdly exciting about going out for breakfast.

Jessy, my dearest friend, and I met for pancakes… the dreamiest of breakfast foods. Catching up with her was a fun start to my weekend; face to face catch ups are always so much better than talking over the phone or Whatsapp’ing silly memes to keep in touch. 

We spent a little while after browsing the shops (and talking Jess into buying things she didn’t need – a talent if I do say so myself). I have known Jess for six years now and she has always been a little ray of sunshine in my life and everyone else’s! Due to work/life commitments we don’t get to see each other half as much as we’d like to, so breakfast (and shopping) dates are a great way to fit each other in. Life gets so busy and days turn into weeks (and sometimes months) so quickly, I think we all need to make time for a catch up more often. Lesson learned!

Bank Holiday Weekends

May is THE month for bank holidays. One at the start and one at the end means that in the 9am to 5pm working world you only have three full work weeks during the month. The joy of a four-day work week and a three-day weekend is something that I can only describe as bliss.

My first bank holiday weekend consisted of a little bit of shopping, date night at Babucho’s with Matt (again, highly recommend) and a night out in Newcastle with our friends. My new-found love of Edinburgh raspberry gin and lemonade was put to the test this night; turns out if you stick to one drink all night you really don’t get a hangover! Sunday was hot and sunny so we took a trip to the beach for fish and chips; to find out that the beach was actually really windy and freezing – oops! We spent the rest of the day relaxing in the garden where it was much wamer, then spent the evening with Matt’s parents. I love those kind of homey/cosy nights! Monday then consisted of relaxing in the sun, ice cream and a lot of cuddles – I couldnt think of anything better!

My second bank holiday was a little more relaxed and it was perfect. Matt and I enjoyed a cosy night in watching Friday Night Dinner; our latest Netflix obsession. I watched the series years ago as they were released but I forgot just how funny it was! Saturday was all about relaxing and shopping (slightly addicted, what can I say?) We spent Sunday night celebrating our friends birthday and had so much fun. Matt and I had the luxury of a lie in – a VERY rare occurrence for us – on Monday. We had a lovely afternoon accidentally crashing my godparents’ BBQ; it was so nice to see them and the food was great! We then visited my grandma at the hospital and headed home for a cosy night in. A trip to Asda en route home to find a Heineken keg led to Matt posting a (dreadful) photo of me – I included it below for the LOL’s!

Hope you enjoyed this little look into my life; June is already such a fun month I can’t wait to do this all over again. Thank you so much for reading!

-G x

50 Facts About Me

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Hello!

With a lot of encouragement from my lovely boyfriend, Matt, and a large glass of wine it’s time to hit publish on my first post… 

To begin with I thought I’d ramble on with fifty facts about me;

– Mashed potato is my favourite food of all time, closely followed by Krispy Kreme donuts, pickled onion Monster Munch and mac & cheese. (Very aware I have the palette of a five-year-old)

– I am known for being cold all the time 

– Autumn is my favourite season of the year! I love the fashion, the weather, Halloween, pumpkin spice everything, the leaves changing colour, Bonfire night… the list goes on

– I’m an introvert but I wish I was an extrovert

– I was bit by a horse when I was six and to this day I’m still terrified of them

– Holding hands with Matthew makes me feel that little ‘spark’ of happiness every. single. time. Mushy, I know!

– I love hot chocolate and most types of tea but I really dislike coffee

– Ed Sheeran is my favourite artist ever. This past Friday I was lucky enough to see him live with Matt and our friends and it was one of the best nights of my life

– Ever since I was little I have done this weird thing where I stand on one leg with my other bent right up like a flamingo. However I do have really good balance…

– I am really excitable about anything and everything fun. Whether it’s a date night, a new pair of jeans, a holiday or just a nice bubble bath my excitement level is always 100

– I genuinely struggle to say the word ‘pelican’ – if I don’t think about it, it comes out ‘pecilan’

– I cry all the time. Happy, sad, tired, excited – you name it, I’m probably crying

– I love layering necklaces. My favourite brands right now are Missoma, Monica Vinader and an Etsy store called ShopHollyJ

– I have always been really shy and found it hard to talk to new people. Sometimes this makes me seem rude or stand-offish but I’m really not! I’m so much more comfortable and confident in myself so now I’m not as shy any more 

– I have wanted to create a blog for the past few years, but the fear of the unknown (and what people may think) has always stopped me

– I am fascinated by stars and the solar system. I love being able to see stars in every direction on a clear night. For Valentine’s Day this year I bought Matt and I a star next to each other in the constellation of Cetus (promise he loved it – the certificate is up on his wall!)

– I really enjoy doing yoga but I am too scared to join a class. I have followed Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube for years and she has taught me everything I know

– I am always taking photos (as demonstrated by my insta story… plug plug plug @gillianfinnx)

– The colour yellow makes me very happy

– I absolutely love living in Newcastle

– Learning to drive is one of the things I’m most proud of – I found it so difficult to enjoy lessons but I’m glad I persevered

– I am obsessed with scented candles, my favourite is Peony & Blush Suede by Jo Malone

– I really enjoy the whole process of shopping, even when it’s not for me

– Amsterdam, Berlin and Budapest are the three European cities I would love to visit most

– I am a very emotional person and take pretty much everything to heart. NOT my best trait

– I have never been stung by a bee or wasp and it’s one of my greatest fears

– I am a HUGE planner. This drives me crazy, I wish I could be more spontaneous and just ‘go with the flow’ 

– ‘Better Together’ by Jack Johnson and ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran are my favourite songs 

– My ideal pamper night consists of a face mask, a Lush bath, a glass of wine and a good book

– I am obsessed with all things Disney. My favourite Disney character is and always has been Belle

– I really want a dog! Matt and I are so excited to get ours (when we finally get our house) he’s already named Storm and doesn’t exist yet, I told you I was a planner

– The process of buying our first house and making it into a home makes me giddy. I also can’t wait to buy all the cute homeware bits and bobs I can find

– My dream holiday destinations are Dominican Republic, Cuba, and a road trip across the USA, preferably to states I’ve never visited

– I drink at least one can (more like three) of Diet Coke every day and I can’t remember a time I didn’t do this

– Pick’n’mix is my favourite treat ever

– I met The Rock in Los Angeles when I was 14 and I still tell new people I meet to this day

– When I was younger I was diagnosed with arthritis and I don’t remember what it’s like to not feel pain in my knees/hips/fingers 24/7

– I am TERRIBLE at telling stories. I ramble a lot, include every little detail and go on way too long… but I still do it anyway

– Buying new underwear makes me so happy

– I really dislike conflict and genuinely can’t remember the last time I had an argument

– I eat the ‘wrong way round’ with my fork in my right hand and knife in my left (so does Matt!) 

– I think making new friends as an adult is one of the most difficult things about growing up

– My hair is naturally curly on another level, think poodle at Crufts 

– I really enjoy going to football matches

– I always salute magpies when I see them and it makes me feel a little uneasy when other people don’t

– If I could meet any celebrity it would be Melissa McCarthy, I just love her

– I think I’m a pretty good driver but I am terrible at parking, especially parallel parking

– My favourite alcoholic drinks are gin, blackcurrant and lemonade and a good ol’ strawberry and lime Kopparberg

– It genuinely makes my day when the person serving me at a checkout says ‘have a nice day’ 

– I really dislike wearing high heels. Definitely more of a Vans or Converse girl

– My favourite perfumes are Peony & Blush Suede by Jo Malone, La Vie Est Belle by Lancome and Turquatic by MAC

Thank you so much for reading!

-G x

From Me To You…

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Hello! 

My name is Gillian, and after years of thinking about it I’m giving this blogging malarkey a go. I’m twenty four years old, based in Newcastle upon Tyne and I’m so excited about trying something new!

I have taken the plunge and started my blog because… why the heck not?! I would love this to be a little space I can be creative with, and maybe to even make some new friends. My blog will be focused on my day-to-day life – mainly focusing on fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

Thank you so much for taking the time to mooch around, don’t forget to come back every Thursday and Sunday for a new post!

-G x