Hand Heroes

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The constant change in temperature can play havoc with our skin. If you are anything like me and suffer with dry skin, one thing that always feels dry first are our hands. As I spend a lot of my day exposed to the elements, the cold weather and wind and rain can leave my skin and in particular, my hands feeling dry and rough. In fact, if I don’t look after my hands, they get so dry to the point that my skin cracks and bleeds, which is not fun. Luckily, over the years I’ve come to learn which products work best for me.

When it comes to hand creams I look for three things; It has to do the job, be super hydrating and absorb quickly – I really don’t like any type of skincare product that just sits there or feels greasy or tacky.

I always make sure I have the Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream from Grown Alchemist on hand during the colder days. Not only does it do everything I need it too, it also smells amazing. I’m currently working my way through a 300ml bottle which I keep on my desk,  but it’s also available in the Amenity Kit which I featured many moons ago here, if you do fancy giving some of the other Grown Alchemist products a try.

Next up is the Aesop Resurrection Aromitique Hand Balm which I have just repurchased. Much like the one from Grown Alchemist, the formula is nice and thick and absorbs fast into the skin leaving your hands smooth and hydrated. The handy tube means that its something you can keep on your office drawer or in the car for when you need it.

The Resurrection hand care range from Aesop also features a Hand Wash and a sanitising Rinse-Free Hand Wash which is great for on the go in the classic Mediterranean scent. I honestly don’t think there is a Aesop product that I don’t like.

So there you have it. What are your favourite products for looking after your hands?

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SS17 Inspiration

It’s been forever since I’ve done one of these type of posts! I don’t really know why I haven’t as I spend hours online and scrolling through instagram! Anyway, this is what has caught my eye lately. As you can probably tell I’m dreaming about warmer days and can’t wait for some REAL sun. After the last couple of months, I really feel like I need a week by a pool somewhere to just relax with a mojito in hand. As always, comfort is key for me –  I like to keep it casual. You will most likely find me wearing a mixture of classic sports and streetwear brands or a pair of ripped blue jeans with a classic white t-shirt.

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Spring Goals

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Now the clocks have gone forward an hour, it means we are officially in Spring! Finally, longer lighter days! I don’t know what it is about Spring but it fills me full of life and energy. So, with the beginning of April only a week away I have created a list of goals to help keep myself motivated for the upcoming months…

01. Use time productively. I don’t think I waste time at the moment, but I do think I can achieve more if I put my mind to it. It’s all about pushing myself to get the most out of my time. Im going to set myself weekly goals to help keep me motivated and focused. It’s always a great feeling when you complete a task and can cross it off your list.

02. Redesign blog. This has been on my to do list for some time now and I’m not any closer to achieving it. Changing your blog design can be very time consuming so I Just need to set a day aside and focus on this solely. If anyone has any recommendations  or suggestions I’m happy to hear them.

03. Relax. I’ve been putting so much unnecessary pressure on myself lately so I’m going to make sure I take more time to relax and not let things stress me out.  Although one of my goals for 2017 was to say YES to more things. Sometimes you just gotta say no.

04. Holiday planning. Im off to Barcelona in May for my birthday. As I’m celebrating the big 30 whilst I’m there I want to make sure I get the most from my time there. I have never been before so I need to do some research on places to explore and places to eat or drink before I go. Its always good to have an itinerary in place. We’re also thinking about going to Cuba in September so Spring will be a great time to start looking into that too. If you have been before please feel free to hit me up with some recommendations below.

05. Eat better. I want to feel my best going into Summer so now is the perfect time to get out of those bad habits. I haven’t been on my best behaviour lately but I’m determined to get back on it. I’m quite good at sticking to it when I set my mind to it, so if anyone sees me reaching for anything unhealthy, knock my hand away!

Have you set yourself any goals for Spring?

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Being your best

After taking a much needed break, I’m back and getting all personal on you! The last couple of weeks have been fairly quiet for me. I have pretty much withdrawn from most forms of social media and have had no motivation to post anything, anywhere.

My last post was over a month ago just before I went to Paris. I had all these plans to collect content whilst I was away for future posts, but this never materialised. I just wasn’t feeling it. On return, I got really sick which put me out of action again, but that was two to three weeks ago. Since then I’ve struggled to get going again and create new posts.

It started to feel like the relationship with my blog was coming to an end.

In a time when we are able to buy influence, establishing yourself is harder than ever. I would never consider paying for followers or use an automated system to post on my behalf – that isn’t what this community is built on. However, it’s hard to not compare yourself to some of these ‘influencers’.

With so many people looking to make a living from being a instagram / youtube / blogging personality the market is saturated. And with so many ‘influencers’ looking for the biggest following and best opportunities it makes me  wonder ‘what’s the point?’ in continuing. I guess its just frustrating how easy it seems these days.

Personally, I have never saw this blog as a business opportunity, I post content because I enjoy doing it. My growth has been steady, but organic which I’m proud of. Getting feedback on my posts keeps me motivated (I’m not talking about the ‘such an inspiration’ automated comments).

With growth I have had more and more people present opportunities to me, which is amazing – I feel honoured every time someone wants to work with me! However, I feel I have also have got caught up in this and have got lost along the way.

With a blog redesign on the horizon I recently went through my archived posts to correctly tag every post. It made me realise how much prouder I was of my content a year ago. I am generally happy with the direction my blog has been going in but I am always a lot more happier with a post I have put time and effort into creating naturally rather than working to a deadline or simply reviewing a product. There’s only so many times you can make hair products sound interesting.

I know I sound ungrateful but I’m really not. I’m just trying to find my feet in this community and put out content I can 100% get behind and be proud of. Rather than simply reviewing products I’m going to look for alternative ways to include them into posts which work for me.

The great thing is I can make my own rules. The time out has made me realise I need to stop comparing myself to others. I’m also going to select opportunities more carefully and not put myself under any unnecessary pressure to put out posts.

I’m still working through this slump but I hope to resume shortly… I have a few posts in the works!

Sometimes you just need a bit of me time.

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New in… Common Projects

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2017 is all about building a wardrobe of staples. Rather then trying to keep up with the latest trends and must haves, I know if I carefully select a handful of good quality and timeless pieces it will put me in a good position for years to come.

Over the last couple of years I feel like I have started to understand what my personal style is. Instead of having a high turn over of clothes that go quickly out of style or deteriorate in quality in a few washes, I’m going to invest in items which although may be more expensive, the quality is of a higher standard and they will last longer.

The latest addition comes from Common Projects.

Famed for their sleek silhouette, minimal branding and premium price tag, the white Achilles low is probably the most iconic of the Common Projects designs. I’ve wanted them for so long but could never justify dropping £250 on a pair of white sneakers.

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Luckily, I found them in the sale just before Christmas and decided the time was right.

With luxury Italian leather covering them inside and out, it’s clear the see why they have  so much hype around them. The quality and craftsmanship on these are unreal and the size and style code gold stamp is just the right amount of detail. From first wear you can really tell they are going to last for years to come – taking on more character with every step you take. I’m really glad I took the plunge!

Now I just need to get started…

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