Thursday, 25 August 2016

Can't Sleep? Read This

If you have had/do have trouble sleeping, then you will know that it is pretty much the most annoying thing in the world. Particularly if you have something important the next day - work, an interview, a long journey... Here are a few things that I think most help when trying to get to sleep. 

1. Read read read
Reading before bed always makes me super sleepy. Not only does it reduce cortisol levels and improves cognitive function, reading before bed helps your mind to separate your daily stresses from sleep time. Reading can also make you fall asleep faster!

2. Turn off your phone 
Looking at your phone screen in bed can seriously disrupt your sleep patterns - leaving you unable to sleep for an extra hour an night! Wavelengths from the light emitted from our phone screens can disrupt the production of the chemical our body needs to fall asleep.

3. Cool down your room 
In order to fall asleep and stay in a nice deep sleep, your body needs to cool down. Opening the windows or investing in a fan is a good idea, especially for winter. Being under warm covers in a cooler room is also a lovely feeling!

4. Meditate in bed 
Close your eyes while laying on your back and focus on relaxing and loosening every muscle in your body, allowing yourself to feel your body sinking into the bed. Avoid resisting or judging any thoughts that come to mind, and try to think of a quiet place, some clouds or anything you find peaceful.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Go Retro With True Vintage

If you love vintage and retro clothing, you're in for a right treat. Not long ago I came across True Vintage on Twitter and fell a teeny bit in love. True Vintage specialises in vintage/retro clothing and accessories, boasting brands such as Ralph Lauren, Champion, Tommy Hilfiger and Adidas. So imagine my excitement when they offered to send me an item of my choice to try out and review! True Vintage sell sweatshirts, t-shirts, shorts, jackets, coats, shirts and accessories, so you can probably imagine how stuck for choice I was. After looking through pages of bright shirts, branded jackets and pretty accessories, I settled on a simple FILA jumper worth £35. Attempting to think practically, I decided that a new sweatshirt would be perfect for the transition from summer into autumn and then winter, and anyone who knows me well will know that I'm a lover of dark clothing! 

I placed my order and it arrived quickly and promptly. On all items True Vintage states 'Vintage items will usually show a few signs of wear or fading, but anything substantial will be noted', however my sweatshirt showed up in perfect condition without a single mark or sign of wear. The jumper fits perfectly and can be teamed up with anything - it looks good under a pair of dungarees or with a simple pair of jeans or shorts; in the above pictures I wore it with some fitted checkered trousers. It's super comfy and not at all bobbly - something I've experienced when buying vintage items before. The sweatshirt fits well but still has enough room to be comfy and spacious. It's one of my favourite items in my wardrobe at the moment!
If you're on the lookout for a good vintage/retro clothing website, I highly recommend True Vintage - the website has so much to offer and my jumper was in excellent condition. All items are priced well considering they are vintage labels and if you hurry you can catch 20% off all accessories using the discount code 'TWENTY20'!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

How To Throw Your Own Mini Festival

Festival season is well and truly underway (and coming to a close soon!), but not all of us can afford to splash out on tickets to the ones we want. Throwing your own mini festival is a great idea for a birthday party or celebration. Here are a few tips on creating your own little festival!

1. Decide Where It Is

If you have enough garden space, it's a good idea to throw your mini festival in your own back garden. This way you won't have to pay anything and there's no curfew on music. If you don't have enough room, however, look up local relaxed campsites or fields where it would be ok to camp for a couple of days.

2. Hire A Bell Tent 

Get all of your guests to bring their own tents to sleep in, however it's a good idea to hire a bell tent for your little event too. They're big, spacious and can be decorated beautifully. They're perfect for when it gets a little bit chiller outside and lots of people can chill out in them at the same time - just stuff them with pillows, drapes and anything else comfy! You could even set up a little table in the corner that is equipped with glitter and face paint so people can stop off in there to get into the festival spirit.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

6 Times Bridget Jones Perfectly Summed Up Life

If you haven't already heard, Bridget Jones's Baby is finally hitting our screens this September (eek!). It's been a long time since Jones first appeared on our screens, so I thought I'd recap those times she said what every other female has experienced.

1. "Am enjoying a relationship with two men simultaneously. The first is called Ben, the other, Jerry." 

We've all been in a situation where Ben and Jerry are literally the only two men on the planet who can keep us company and tend to our chocolatey caramel needs. They don't change the TV channels or take up the whole sofa, either. 

2. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces."

It wouldn't be fair if life was going the way you actually wanted it to, would it? It's happened to the best of us - just as one thing starts going perfectly, another thing has to crumble. It's just the way life works.

3. "New Years resolutions: drink less. Oh, and quit smoking. Ooh, and keep New Years resolutions!"

Ha. New Years resolutions aren't actually for keeping. Does anyone actually maintain that diet all year, or really become more productive? If you have, then very well done. I envy you. 

4. "I was in London at a party last night so I'm afraid I'm a bit hungover. Wish I could be lying with my head in the toilet like all normal people."

If you haven't had to go to a sophisticated family event while feeling like your going to throw up all over your Great Uncle's shirt, what have you really been doing with your time? Hungover family events are hands down the worst.

5. "Instead, I choose vodka."

Enough said. Sometimes you just have to choose vodka. 

6. “I realise it has become too easy to find a diet to fit in with whatever you happen to feel like eating and that diets are not there to be picked and mixed but picked and stuck to, which is exactly what I shall begin to do once I've eaten this chocolate croissant.”

Is a diet really a diet if you don't binge-eat every unhealthy item in your house before you start? Just to get it out the way, really, so you're not tempted. Oh bugger it, start next Monday instead. 

Similarly, read my '8 Times Carrie Bradshaw Got It Very Right' post!