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Relationships: 25 Reasons Why It's Great to be Single

 25 Reasons Why It's Great to be Single


Recently I discovered this great site Hello Giggles. I also stumbled upon one of their awesome, girly, relationship articles ' 25 Reason's to be single in your 20's. ' I loved this article so much, I just had to share.



1. You are totally and completely free. Your time and your decisions are all your own. You can do what you want, when you want, where you want.

2. You don’t have to answer to anyone, about anything. This is probably the only time in your entire life that this will be true. It is a luxury to answer to yourself and no one else—no parents, no spouse, no children.

3. You can travel. You can take that job across the country, pack your car and road trip to all the places you’ve always wanted to see, sell your belongings and backpack through Europe or just move to another country. You can do it, because right now you are living for you and no one else.

4. You can discover and create the woman you want to become. You can spend time figuring out who you really are and what you want out of life, and then you can go for it!

5. You can focus on your career (and not feel guilty for it). You can work late, change jobs, or move cities if you want.



University: The Stress Is Real.


Living In London


With just four months to go until I finish my first year of uni, I’m faced with the fact that after May, I am homeless with nowhere to live. Of course, I’ll return home, suitcase and all for the summer, but after that I’m without an abode.


Tonight, researching for student digs in London I’ve had to face the harsh reality that is: I can’t afford to live in London. It’s like trying to buy a top for £10 when you’ve only got a fiver in your pocket.  My student loan simply isn’t enough to cover the cost of  single student living in London.

This would all be so different If I had a boyfriend or a group of friends that I wanted to move in with, but I don’t and that financially and mentally puts the pressure on. I’m concerned.  Not even ‘Student’ accommodation is affordable, which absolutely makes no sense, it’s not like my parents are millionaires either, which would leave me with a pittance for a loan, we’re just normal people, therefore I have the normal loan for living in ‘London’ despite the fact I don’t even live in London. (Yet, crosses fingers.) 


Beauty: Back To Nature

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Many people have been asking me recently what I use that's super natural or all natural in my everyday or weekly health and beauty regime. I'm a big lover of chemical free products and especially chemical free make up and soaps. Unfortunately we're in a chemical filled world so it's near impossible to follow an all natural beauty routine, but we can try. 

Here are some of the most natural products I use in my routine. I keep most in the shower and use on a weekly basis along some other bath and shower products. I typically find that once I try a natural or organic skincare / beauty product, I tend to stick to that particular product or brand as I know what to expect.

Faith In Nature Hemp Hand Made Soap £2.50
With Hemp tea and green tea.

I picked this basic looking hemp soap up at a local organic store in a tiny, forgotten area of their store. With very little choice, it made my selection process much easier. I picked something that had minimum ingredients in and would sooth and if not sooth, not irritate my eczema flare up. Hemp is a great soother for skin conditions. It also comes in so many different forms which gives you options. (Personal experience right here.)

The Body Shop Hemp Moisturising Wash (Discontinued Other Options Available.)
Soap free cleansing.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Oil £7.50
Intensive care for extra dry areas.
 
The Body Shop are amazing with their hemp collection. Their hemp hand cream has been a lifesaver so many painful times. Their selection makes it better for each individual. Some like creams like me, others prefer oils. The Hemp oil is amazing for those with skin problems in and around the ear as the pip pet allows easy administration to the ear canal.

The face wash was a buy-buy-buy purchase about two years when they discontinued it. I bought up about a case load and am now on my final bottle, sigh. The funny thing about this is the hemp face wash outlasted more than two boyfriends. I'll stick with the hemp thanks. 




Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel £7
Bioactive Hypo-allergenic Skincare

Dr Organic is probably the most widely available and accessible out of my natural beauty collection as it is available at Holland and Barretts. The bio active hypo allergenic aloe vera gel is a multi purpose gel that is great on unbroken skin, but strong and stingy if used on broken skin. It's otherwise soothing, refreshing and replenishing and is often advised for cellulite and stretch mark fading. I'll get back to you on the last one.

Tropic Face Smooth £15
Brightening skin polish from pure plant skincare.

My mum won this in a raffle and was somewhat unaware of what she needed it for. (She's more of a wash face and go type of woman, she also applies face powder like you'd pummel a smoothie.) Tropic is a lovely brand if you want only natural ingredients. This smooth I use once or twice a week on my face when I have even, unbroken skin to reveal younger looking, beautifully refined skin. Face smooth also helps reduce the colour, size and appearance of dark marks. Face smooth is jam packed with goodness including acai berries, vitamin e and organic rice. It also smells delicious. It's a real treat to use. 

If you're looking for something new or just different, health food and organic stores are great for finding unknown and small organic and natural beauty products and brands. Stores usually have a small offering, but they only ever sell what they believe in. 


More info on Hemp Here
More info on Aloe Vera Here

Speak soon,
Lots of love,

Clo : -))



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Fashion: Wardrobe Pride

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There is something oh so satisfying about having a wardrobe you love. For so long I was uninspired by the clothes within mine. They lacked direction, style and failed to match my personality and my lifestyle simultaneously. They didn't connote to the world 'Look, I'm Fabulous' they said 'I'm young and don't know what I'm doing or where I'm going.' Not the message I want as a young woman in the fashion industry.

Studying Fashion Management and Marketing at Uni has made me realise that I need to start working on my wardrobe now as it's a long process and does not happen over night unless you have a big budget (Hello, menial student loan over here!) . There's a scene in Sex and the City movie where Carrie says "Having got a knack for labels early, I focused on my search for love." I will become Carrie Bradshaw, with a complete wardrobe by 30 that suits my style, shape and lifestyle down to a T.

Most of these words may seem 'Fluffy' or irrelevant but fashion, it's just so paramount. The way we dress aids how we see ourselves, how the world sees us and how we go about our lives. Fashion helps me be confident in my own skin and I feel all the better for it.

Some often think that buying designer labels or expensive clothes is how to get a style, but it's really about personal development and figuring out who you are and buying clothes accordingly. You can still be a tragic fashion mess in Chanel as you can in Primark clothes. You can also look amazing in high street and pulse fashion brands. It's not about the price tag, it's about how you wear it and style it. For me it's also about quality, versatility and longevity.

I now know where my wardrobe is now going. It's direction is strong and so are the shapes and colours in it. Knowing this allows me to save money, look like I have my shit together and ultimately saves me time in the morning now not struggling to find something to wear and something to pair it with.

I finally feel like I'm growing up.
Here's to dressing more like a woman than a teenage boy! That said, I'm keeping the Converse.




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Lots of love,

Clo : -))



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Make Up: Clear Up

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Curating my make up collection (Personal and professional.) Is a very time consuming but paramount process. I like to keep things fresh, clean and in date! It's a common misconception that you have to throw make up after 6 months, If this was the case my current Mac collection would cost more than I bare to think of twice each year.

I only tend to recycle things if they're really passed their use date, I can't remember when I bought them (Or even buying them at all.) If they're clumping or mixed in colour, oh and if they're cracked.

Shuffling through my make up collection I pulled out a few things that are passed their best, that have been well loved and actually been bought as a result in another colour (Natural Collection Blush.) Some things just get lost in my make up collection or bag and should have gone long ago.

Sometimes you can reuse things or recycle them. I.e cracked blusher or bronzer could be used by MUAs as ground pigment, but only if you have the time and patience, clear mascara can be used as brow gel and setter and finally mascara wands with a great shape. I remove mascara wands, wash them, Surgical spirit them, wash and reuse to recreate a great curl or volume that the brush originally gave me, just with a different product.


I typically find that it's the lower end, cheaper make up products that crack first and go off first.

The Natural Collection Blusher in Peach Melba is a tough make up cookie. I've had this one for 3 years and it hit pan. One of the best return on investments ever. Still under £2, the pigment is great, has great hold and is also awesome for Victorian children dress up or panto for really rosy cheeks! Just get the brush dusted up and you're ready to go!

Collection's Mosaic Glow Bronzer was the next item to go. I remember there being a price issue when I bought this and it wasn't too great as a product and then to top it all off, it smashed. Not impressed, but the other natural collection stuff is great for the price. Their blusher in 'Trouble' is really sweet with a hint of shimmer, nice and girly.

Embarrassing as it is,  I found a clear mascara that I probably bought when I was 14, Circa 2009. Miss Sporty was the 'It' make up brand and I thought I was so cool wearing clear mascara despite the ban on make up at school. Lol. KK, Kool.

Another clear mascara that really didn't last too long- The Collection Clear mascara in 11. I'll now use it as an emergency brow fix but if I don't reach for it in the next month, I'll take the wand and recycle the rest.

When i first discovered The Body Shop I bought a Big and Curvy mascara because I wanted to be a big girl, not a teenager. It was ok and the wand picked up lashes really well, it just got lost in the commotion of the rest of my mascaras. Avon also produced a similar mascara entitled 'Plump Out' the wand did what it said on the tin for sure but now it's all dry and crusty so has to go. I must have been in a phase where I wanted bigger lashes as my final product is another Natural Collection product, a Lash Curl Mascara. This mascara is on its way out because the inner tube came loose and broke the wand by wedging it inside the tube: In no way fit for purpose!

With New Year and everything It's nice to start a fresh with your make up. I'm not replacing my make up, I'm simply curating to make my selection process much easier! No use having things taking up space.

Are any of you guys also clearing out your make up drawers around now? If so, what are you going to miss the most?


Speak soon,
Lots of love,

Clo : -))



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Fashion: Wardrobe Storage

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Living at Uni is a struggle storage wise, I'm not going to beat about the bush with the subject. It was, for the first couple of weeks at least a nightmare. I'm not one to travel lightly so when it came to the 'Big Move' I took everything bar the kitchen sink. Imagine.

After tripping over my things multiple times, I'd had enough. I took myself to Wiko and bought some under bed and 32L clear plastic boxes to house my cleaning supplies, make up, dried food, kitchen equipment and shoes. At least now I could see what stuff was in each box as well as stack them so my belongings were out of the way so I could see and walk on the floor.

With the issue of 'Stuff' space firmly under control, I then had to tackle the grotty little wardrobe I'd been given. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful - as lets face it, some people have nothing, but the cleaner could have given it a spruce up before term begun. #justsayin'

At home I have an open wardrobe that consists of two stand alone Ikea wardrobe poles screwed into the floor and ceiling. I mean business. Here, at uni I have a half wardrobe and two draws. It's certainly challenging, especially as I live in the UK and my two rain coats take up at least 30% of the space at any given point. But try I have and reduce I have too. I'm very pleased with the amount of 'Stuff' I've been doing to my look, lifestyle, style and clothing recently and boy oh boy have I banged on about it! (See previous blogs here)

With the purchase of a few new dresses: See Evening Dress / Cath Kidston Dress / Gap Black Friday Dresses  I've given some real thought to how I can keep them in shape, clean and uncreased. (I'm convinced that creases were invented by the devil) I've also paid attention to the fact that I'm doing a fair bit of to-ing and fro-ing next year and want to keep my clothes safe with minimum effort required and also so I can sort of throw everything into my suitcase at a moments notice.

Suit covers became my solution, long ones mind you. My dresses have length. Clear, zipped up the middle and hooked at the top. These clear solutions stop snagging, clothes clumping and are ready to travel! At just £2.50 per pair at Wilko these plastic dress covers are durable and well worth the price. They can even hold up to three dresses per cover and fold to nothing if empty.

For each new piece of clothing in my wardrobe I'm going to house it in a suit cover to keep it fresh, new and obvious as to what is new and what's not. Sounds super dorky, but this is going to be a great year for my wardrobe!

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Lots of love,

Clo : -))



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