So I feel totally out of synch after being away from a laptop and any form of internet for a whole week! I've just spent the last seven days basking in the glorious 40 degree heat in Sharm El-Sheikh! Before travelling I had started a blog post but with all the stresses of travelling I never finished them and now they seem less relevant. There will be a few travel related blog posts coming up but I thought I would ease myself back into blogging with a simple post in sharing my new found love for Kimonos!

As a teenager I always liked wearing tighter, skimpier clothes (much to my mothers despair) as I was fortunate enough to have a slim figure that now I wish I had appreciated more. However due to my increasing love for food, the unfortunate slowing down of my metabolism and the stressful year I have had as  a third year student that has resulted in the abundance of fast food consumption, this summer my figure has been at its worst and my self esteem is at the lowest. By no means do I class myself as fat but I do need to shape up and I am determined to do so.

But in the mean while we are now smack bang in the middle of summer which means short shorts, crop tops and bikinis, all things I love but no longer feel comfortable to wear. That was until I realised the beauty of kimonos! So far I only have three but I will definitely will be purchasing more! Here is a little look book of the different kimonos I wore!

 | kimono - Boohoo |
| hat -Avon | necklace - Accessorize | swimsuit - Debenhams |

Unfortunately I didn't get a full length picture of me wearing this on holiday with a bikini but below you can see me wearing it in Brighton on a separate occasion I never got round to blogging about. I love the colours of this kimono and the silky feel it has which makes in light comfortable wear no matter how hot the weather is!
necklace - Pandora | top - Primark | watch - Michael Kors | shorts - Forever 21| sandals - Primark |

This kimono is more versatile being black and chiffon meaning that it can be both a modest summery addition or to help an a dress up an outfit for the evening

| kimono - Boohoo|
|crop top - Berksha | body chain - Boohoo | skirt - Hollister | shoes - Primark |

My final kimono is specifically designed for beachy wear and I can't imagine wearing it with anything but a bikini but I may have to experiment! it is the cheapest of the three and may be the a good place to start if you want to try kimonos out :)

| kimono - Primark |
| hat - a stall in Morocco | sunglasses - Rayban | bikini - primark | flip flops - Havanas |


"The neck is kind of what's sexy in Japan, so you have to have the kimono a little bit back. It was just a whole different way of appealing to what was sexy"  - Lucy Liu Quotes


So I haven't been on blogging recently, due to the fact that I have been so busy doing various things and enjoying life! So you can imagine my excitement when I saw that I had received a few comments on my latest post one of which being a nomination from Orchards and Tea nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award! 

Now I don't know if it is much of a big deal but it made me very happy. As a new blogger every single view that much page gets means a lot and therefore knowing people are actually reading my blog makes me extremely happy and motivated to continue writing! Now when you are nominated there are rules to follow so now lets begin :)

 The Rules 
  1.  Thank the person who gave you this award (I mean, it's obvious). 
  2. Include a link to their blog – it's very easy(if you're having troubles, ask me for a help!).
  3. Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award – you might include a link back to the post on your site announcing their nomination.
  5. And of course, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

The Facts 

1.) As of yesterday I am officially no longer a student having finished my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminology, and am now a scary adult in the big wide world!

2.) I can play the violin, piano and recorder/tin whistle although I haven't played for years and am very out of practice!

3.) I have a Labrador retriever named Woody who is 12 years old and he is the soppiest, laziest but loveliest dog :)

4.) Despite being 21 years old I sleep with a teddy everynight. His name is cocoa and he goes whereever I go. So far he has been many places within the UK as well as Portugal, Tenerife, Cyprus, France, Belguim and Morocco! 

5.) I love movies and television - Netflix is one of my best friends :') I particularly enjoy horror movies, and am still terrified of 'The Ring' having watched it whilst I was around 10 years old and it  has mentally scarred me!

6.) I am a huge animal lover. I attempted to be vegetarian but only lasted 3 years due to becoming anaemic and had a bad reaction to iron supplements. I also refuse to kill insects or spiders and will always trap them and throw them outside. Although I hate wasps and hornets.

7.) I don't do alot but when I do something, I commit and do it properly. As you can tell I couldn't just write 7 simple facts but had to expand because I am just extra like that!

The Nominations


Ambre Solaire After Sun Soothing Lotion 400ml | NSPA Cherry Fragrance Body Mist |  Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm 50m | Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask | Ambre Solaire Sensitive Lotion SPF50+ 200ml | Palmer's® Cocoa Butter Formula® Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion 200ml |
Being the abysmally lazy person that I am, for 90% of the year, my 'Skin Care Routine' is non-existent. However for the few sparse moments of summer that England experiences,  I decide to take interest in my skin and actually take care of it.
 I like my skin to feel as glorious as the weather. 
So below I thought I would share with you some of the products that I use and love. 
This is a big deal as in general I feel skin products are overrated and overused (shock! horror! worst blogger/female ever! I know) yet these products have made it into my routine.

 Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm 50ml
So this little gem I picked  up about a month ago after my previous moisturiser finally ran out and has been a pleasure to use. In general I don't use moisturiser unless my skin is looking particularly dry or I am about to put on heavy make up for a wedding or party but since I have purchased this I have been using moisturiser more regularly (although I use moisturiser more in summer anyway). The consistancy is light which I like and has a firming feel on my skin (not sure if thats the right word) and doesn't leave much residue what I hate about most moisturisers. It claims to be a brightening balm and although I see a slight sheen after I have applied I am not sure if it does actually brighten my skin.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask 100ml

I am a bit disappointed in myself due to the fact that I saw this product in boots and impulse bought it after seeing lots of blog posts and despite its rather expensive price of £23 I still felt the need to buy it. However I am by no means disappointed by the product. Firstly it smells divine, sort of like Rio tropical cans but even fruitier and more delicious. I also on the occasion experience dry skin, especially around my forehead area which was why I selected this origins product and after using it for three nights my skin is noticeably less dry. I have however simultaneously stopped using a concealer that was drying my skin out so not sure how much that would have made an impact as well. I find the term 'mask' a little bit deceiving as it's more of a thick cream than a mask and I find it hard to resist the temptation of rubbing it in. I only plan to use this product when my skin gets particularly dry as I find using a product that isn't needed creates more problems.

Palmer's® Cocoa Butter Formula® Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion 200ml
 Summer àSunàMore flesh out à More Shaving required!
Although I am having laser hair surgery, I still have to shave every so often and when I do my skin is prone to irritation where it gets bumpy and itchy and therefore need some form of relief. Currently I am using this spray moisturiser which I like as I am able to get a more even distribution without over applying the product. It is affective as reducing the irritation although I wouldn't necessarily call it 'deep moisture'. It is however 'fast absorbing' and 'non-greasy' like it says and leaves my legs feeling moisturised but not sticky or over creamed which is good. I am unsure how I feel about the smell of the product, sometimes I love it and sometimes I feel as though I would prefer a fruitier smelling cream in summer but that's just me!

Ambre Solaire After Sun Soothing Lotion 400ml | Ambre Solaire Sensitive Lotion SPF50+ 200ml

Due to the fact I'll soon be enjoying the 40°C heat of Sharm el-Sheikh I thought it would be wise to top up on some sun protection so that I don't come back looking like crispy and extremely dark. I was going to pick up the standard generic Nivea sun cream but my mum was like "don't you want to try something else" so I decided to giving Garnier ago considering that I love their BB cream and had a 2 for £13 offer on in Boots. I've used the sun cream a few times as Brighton has been decided to be lovely and sunny recently and I actually really love this sun cream. Normally I dread applying sun cream as I find it really sticky, thick and annoying but this has the consistency of a normal cream with a much subtler smell that most sun creams so I don't even feel like I am wearing any! I can't comment much on the after sun yet as I am yet to properly use it but I did apply a little to my leg just now and it is cool with a light consistency and smells nice so it should be good! However I've never used after sun before so it will be a beginners review once I finally do use it!

 NSPA Cherry Fragrance Body Mist 200ml

 Ok so this isn't really a skin care product but I do love this so much especially now its summer. I actually have been using this since the beginning of the year and also have one in my car in raspberry. I picked it up whilst doing my grocery shopping in Asda due to the fact that it was only £3 which I think is cheap and smelt so fruity, which you may have gathered, is a weakness of mine. I love body mists as they are so refreshing and don't make me cough like aerosols do. They also cool down my skin in the summery months which makes this product very addictive! This product is exclusive to Asda if you were wondering where you could purchase it.

I noticed most of the links I have included are for Boots, which is  just where I happened to purchase all these products. Thought I'd throw a disclaimer in here in case this blog becomes popular :)


"In polite society, a well-maintained skincare routine is one of life's great successes - violet grey"

image sourced from Pinterest

As an avid internet user/ stalker I end up on a lot of random different pages about a lot of random different things. For example I can spend hours on Instagram going from one page to another, starting of looking at a best friends picture and ending up stalking some random person from a different country that has no connection to me whatsoever!
(note when I say stalking I just mean looking through all their posts - nothing criminal or creepy promise!).

Likewise the other day I was trying to get some blogspiration and found myself on a random blog post without a clue on how I actually got there. This blog post (which you can view here ) was named by choosing a random song on iTunes, which made me wonder what my blog post would be named if I did the same thing. The song that came on was 'Next Episode - Dr Dre' which I thought was so relevant to my life right now that I simply had to write a blog post about it, like, it's literally fate.

The reason I say this is that less than a week ago I submitted my last ever university assignment and therefore this signified a end of an era with me, the end of my education. After being in education for around 18 years of my life I'd finally hit the milestone where I was no longer a student, and trust me, it's pretty terrifying.

But it is also very exciting and liberating,
As the title aptly indicates, it's time for me to start the next episode of my life. The world is my oyster - gotta love a good cliché - and I plan to seize every moment I can. Looking back at the dark days of my adolescence and how much I've grown and achieved since then gives me the motivation to continue to embrace how precious life is also push myself further. I've also got a small list of a few more milestones I aim to complete before the end of summer including;

1.) My first ever holiday abroad without at least one of my parents
 Sharm el-Sheikh here I come! 
2.) My first ever YouTube video 
something I've always wanted to do but I have social anxiety so no promises there!
3.) Finding a proper grown up job 
4.) Getting another tattoo
5.) Child à Adult room transformation.
Now that I am moving back home from uni I am planning to have a mass clear out of all the things that I have hoarded over the years and redesign both my room and wardrobe and say goodbye to my childhood. Going to be a big project and I am so excited!

This blog itself has been the start of a new adventure. I only started last month but the response I've had from my friends and family has been incredible and it's so heart-warming when people discuss my posts with me and give me feedback as it shows that they've taken the time to read what I have said and I truly appreciate anyone who bothers to read these posts.

Anyway, enough with the mushiness! I'll probably be blogging all of the above adventures anyway so please subscribe to my blog  to keep up to date with all the shenanigans I get up to in life and share it where you can please!


 It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure -  Ernie Harwell