STOP WHAT YOUR DOING! Autumn is here…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I LOVE AUTUMN. So stop what you’re doing right now and take this is…autumn is here for you! BUT are you ready?

No this isn’t just a blog to notify you of the start of the best season. This is basically your go to guide, a mini handbook if you will…of how to make that transition between the season of sweat and the season of crunchy leaves.

First things first. Hot drinks! Leave the ice behind, the cold is coming for you. Now I know in warmer countries, you probably want to keep the ice around all year-long. But come on guys this is England, and it gets cold here…fast. So unless your drinking some sort of frappuccino, just forget about ice, your just making it worse for yourself.

Second on the list of amendments is clothing. Go right to the back of your wardrobe and pull out anything that screams autumn/winter. I’m talking boots, scarfs, big coats, tights, jumpers, and….the fluffy socks!! (this might not apply if your like me and wear them all year round). Anyway it’s time to start wrapping up warm so layer up!

This leads onto the next change of make up. Now that there’s less chance of us sweating off half a face of make up while we’re at work or just out and about, we can wear it all again. This means autumn eyeshadow, with some serious blending! And of course dark lipstick, the holy grail. Get ready for some dark red lips on Instagram!

Back to the food side of things, now that we don’t have to bare flesh we can start being a little bit more naughty again. So what if you accidentally skip the fruit and go for a chocolate pudding smothered in warm custard. Or even that bacon and brie panini instead of the standard salad. It’s okay! Not many people will see your body now until next year. (Probably shouldn’t be saying this when I’ve just started the gym like!)

Last thing on the agenda! Spending! For some reason I think I spend the most money in this season. Whether its candles, fleece blankets, books I’ll plan to (but never will) read, some random room decorations, or again a massive amount of fluffy socks…if it’s in the shops, it’s in my basket!

Anyway I’m sure I could go on and on but I’ll let you get back to the rest of your day now. Don’t forget this month I’ll be attempting my own blogtober…so keep your eyes peeled! 😘

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🌟Top 10 Christmas Films🌟

In the first few days of December I like to start watching Christmas films to get me in the festive spirit. I’m one of these people that is totally against Christmas until December 1st hits, then I go a bit crazy. So here is my Top 10 Christmas films to get me in the festive spirit (with some strange descriptions)!

  1. The Holiday: A loveable RomCom about women swapping houses.
  2. The Grinch: A green man, with a secret heart of gold and a slight anger issue.
  3. Gremlins: A cute animal, with bad siblings basically.
  4. ELF: A elf man looking to find himself and his father.
  5. Love Actually: A lot of love, in different forms around Christmas Time.
  6. Home Alone: Abandoned child, forced to become a ninja to protect his home.
  7. Santa Clause the Movie: Santa and his christmas routine with a twist.
  8. Bad Santa: A fake santa/conman makes a friend.
  9. Oliver: An orphan finds a better life, after a lot of obstacles.
  10. Jingle All the Way: Grown men fight for a toy, to prove he isn’t a bad father.

Now I admit these are all well known classics but when your doing a film a day in December there is time to branch out and see christmas films you’ve never seen. For example I’ve never seen Miracle on 34th Street (yes really…), or A Wonderful Life, and I don’t think I’ve seen A Christmas Carol all the way through. So they’re on my To Do List this year, what’s on yours?

Eczema VS Sun-beds

So I’ve suffered from eczema since I was born. As I got older it seemed to of got more and more controllable, to the point where it was just seasonal and only really became visible in winter due to the sudden change of climate. However this year it doesn’t seem to be going away, and nothing seems to be helping clear it up.

Winter has come and gone and by March my skin would usually of gone back to its normal self. But for some reason this year it just won’t budge. I feel like I’ve tried everything. Different moistursers, steroid creams, bath ointments, and many more treatments. So like with any question I can’t answer, I took to the internet. There was suggestion, after suggestion but the one that caught my eye was to try using a sun-bed.

Now I know the risks of using a sun-bed…but due to my eczema mainly being due to the climate, and me feeling like I’m out of options I thought I should give it a go. So far I’ve only had 4 sessions, each of 6 minutes. But I honestly think it is beginning to help. My skin feels better and definitely looks better with the red patches disappearing, giving me a bit more self-confidence (because let’s be honest having people stare at you, and wonder why you look like a human leopard isn’t exactly a confidence booster). I mean I’m in no way getting a ‘great’ tan from this as I still look quite pale, but as long as my eczema is getting better I don’t mind.

Just as a side note this isn’t a long-term treatment at all and as soon as I feel happy that majority of it has cleared up, I will stop using the sun-beds. Anyway I’ll keep you updated, feel free to give me any feedback or even any suggestions if you or anyone you know struggles with eczema and what they use to clear it up.

 “People will stare . Make it worth their while” – Harry Winston.

Bah Humbug?

So November has hit, and even before bonfire night has left our rearview mirror, people are already beginning to decorate for Christmas. Now I know what you may be thinking…Jeez what a Grinch! Who doesn’t love Christmas? What’s wrong with starting early? And I understand these views…but what’s the rush?

It’s seems like people start earlier and earlier as the years go on, and I honestly don’t think this is how it should be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the Christmas scented candles and the annual routine of Christmas films. But If you pull the Christmas season forward then you lose the spirit and atmosphere of Autumn. The crunchy leaves that mark your path home, the beauty of the baring branches against the sky as the sun is setting, and even the chill that allows you to see your own breath.

You may think that if you start early then you don’t have to rush around at the last minute…but I think that’s also what Christmas is about. Marching down the high street in December trying to weave between all the bodies to try to find that perfect gift for a loved one. I think too many of us try to rush through the year. I know time doesn’t wait, but maybe we could do a bit more to embrace each of the months and then we would also enjoy them a bit more. Instead of feeling like time just slips through our hands.

“When you are measuring life, you are not living it” – Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper.