525,600 minutes: A Goldilocks year in review.

Note: I don’t often do personal posts, but as the year ends I think it’s important to show growth. xo

2013: What happened?

The New Year
I started off this year at the top of the Empire State Building. The rest of the year was never going to compare to the harsh whips of wind against my face at the top of one of the most inspirational buildings in the world. It’s the only building I can sketch from memory, and the only thing I draw from instinct. I had been to New York twice already, but this would be my last in a while and I sat in an accepting silence in that mustard yellow taxi back to JFK. Sometimes great loves have to stand still, until real life slows down. The day I came home and hit pause on my love for New York, I hit the start button on my relationship with Rhys. Continue reading

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Grown Up Christmas List

We’re seeing a lot of gift buying blogs, and a lot of bloggers’ Christmas lists at the moment. What is it that we really want though? Most shopping bags aren’t filled to the brim with fulfilled promises of eager twenty-somethings, so what would we ask for, if we really could?
Grown Up Christmas List
 
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1. Peace of mind
We wish we knew what it was like not to worry. Being an adult means brand new problems everyday, it’s a magical time for all involved.

2. Time off
Most of us won’t get a lot of time off throughout the year, especially during the festive season. This is the holy grail for everyone I know.

3. An open door
Most graduates have worked solidly to try and see their ambitions manifest into reality. The others have settled into jobs they would rather not have and that’s okay too, as long as they feel the contentment we wish we could feel, too. As someone who has worked harder than I ever thought I’d need to after the sober realization that I was doomed to be stuck in a bar, I’d like an opportunity in my stocking. Santa, can you hear me? It could be worse, I could ask you to pay off my overdraft. Now there’s a hefty request for you. Continue reading

The importance of living a glittery life.

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The winter blues are something that I don’t suffer from. I love the dark nights, vamped up nail polish and an excuse for more eyeliner. I also love Christmas, and ribbon curling. What I do suffer from, are graduate blues. I imagine it feels like what winter feels like for those devoted to the warmer months. It must feel endlessly hollow, and excruciatingly dull.

In times of crisis, I turn to things that make me feel myself again. A few years ago, my Twitter bio read “I like to sparkle”. I was reminded of this by my old housemate while at university in Swansea and it’s something I try not to forget. We live in ordinary circumstances, we are ordinary people with ordinary lives, but we need the belief that we can be extraordinary. Otherwise, why did we waste our money on tuition fees?

A recent article featured in The Guardian reported that half of recent UK graduates are working in non graduate jobs, demonstrating the battle that young people have to secure entry level employment. More of us are settling for low income jobs just to be in employment, and our reputations will suffer if we do this for too long. We will be the generation that couldn’t.

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Christmas Choices – Featuring Philosophy and H&M

Thanks to the usually frugal Tax Man and a generous rebate, yesterday marked the beginning of my mission of being the best poor Santa ever. A lifetime of adoring the festive season has prepared me for the queues of cynical old men, the impossible bargain hunting, and for getting sellotape stuck in my hair. As I know how poor we twenty-somethings are, I am sharing my best buys of the day. Now, I know you are eager to see everything, but some will have to wait or I’ll spoil everyone’s Christmas surprises, you cotton headed ninnymuggins! Before you go and sulk, here are my favourites from yesterday’s spree, and they’ll make you smell like baked goods. Continue reading

Christmas Choices: Urban Decay Eye Arsenal

Well, gentle readers, it is almost that most wonderful time of the year. If you’re looking for something to add to your letter to Santa, or if you’re in the mood for treating someone who loves their cosmetics, then this is something worth considering. I took a little trip into the Debenhams in Cardiff (or Mecca, as I am inclined to call it) after reading about a new Urban Decay gift set on Twitter. As a fan of anything Urban, I thought it would be rude not to invest in this little box of goodies. UD gift sets are always worth the money – I had one a few years ago that is probably still one of my favourite ever purchases because it included the Marshmallow Powder. I love to smell like a marshmallow, in case you didn’t know. Continue reading

Magic, Sparkle, and a Fluffy Scottie – It’s an M&S Christmas Spectacular

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As adoring as I am of the annual Coca Cola truck and Santa’s twinkly eyes and friendly face on my television, the Marks and Spencer Christmas campaign is one of my favourite things of the entire year. In fact, the actual shop is one of my favourite things of the year once they’ve stocked up on all their Christmas goods – Yes, I do need a mini teapot with a tea cosy and yes Mother, you will buy it for me or there will be tiny tears.  Last year’s Greatest Hits campaign left me bored and wanting more, after years of becoming accustomed to a more glittery and heartwarming offering. The problem was, I didn’t care about the products as the stars. I wanted snow, glimmer, and exuberance-I wanted a show, dammit! It seems as though M&S have reverted back to their trusty old Christmas staple, Magic and Sparkle, a concept from the 2001 campaigns.

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Urban Decay Black Market Review

Side note: Like previously stated, I do not brand myself as a beauty blogger. But I will share products that I believe are worth the money. All opinions are my own and I am in no way compensated for these posts.

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As anyone who’s taken a look in my make up bag knows, I am absolutely addicted to Urban Decay eyeliners. They’re always consistent and I know what I’m getting for my money. The colour glides on easily, with none of that scratching you sometimes get on the eyelid when you apply it. Not only is the application one of the smoothest on the market due to the creamy formula, the actual eyeliners last for months and you’ll probably only need to buy one now and then. After you’ve applied it, you’ll only need one or two touch ups on your bottom lash line throughout the day (and that’s only if you’re working). One of my favourite things about this brand, is that the selection of colours available is far superior to anything else out there, and they always launch a few limited edition shades in their gift sets. Urban Decay is also certified as being vegan friendly, meaning none of their products are tested on animals. This means you don’t have to think about poor sad bunnies being tormented in laboratories. Continue reading