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5 Reasons I'm Putting My Phone Down in 2019

15 March 2019


Over the past few months, I've realised how addicted I am to my phone. It's actually quite scary how much I've relied on it over the years to the point where I feel like I cannot live without it. To be honest, it's my little comfort blanket and I always feel safe when it's with me. Being a female, I get worried walking home from university when it's late so it's always nice to have a point of contact at all times. However, I don't like the idea that I'm addicted to something so 'out-of-touch' with reality. I want to experience life more without my phone so I've decided to make a conscious effort to put my phone down more in 2019. Here are the 5 main reasons why.

TOXIC

The toxicity of being on your phone for over 4+ hours a day is mind-blowing. The new screen time feature on iPhones have made me realise how awfully long I spend on my phone in just a single day. This is super toxic and not a habit that I want to continue with. Although I adore apps like Instagram and Twitter, they can be extremely toxic for the mind and body. People are constantly comparing themselves to the highlights of strangers lives and highly edited photos; this is enhancing body confidence issues and resulting in bad mental health. Luckily, I've overcome that hurdle and now appreciate my body for the amazing things it can do but there are some days where I accidentally compare myself to another body type or someone with drastically different features to my own. It's okay to be unique and not look like everyone else on the platform! I'm making the effort to put my phone down, in this case, to work on improving myself and loving me for me...even more than I already do!


Losing Touch of Reality

Something I learnt years ago was how 'out-of-touch' from the real world I can be when I'm engrossed in my phone. It angers me that I used to sit glued to my screen at family parties, in restaurants and even when I'm out with my friends. I'm embarrassed to say that this sometimes still happens but I'm definitely so much more aware of it so that I can hinder it from continuing. I want to engage with my loved ones, spend quality time with my family and remember what it used to be like before everyone was addicted to screens. If I'm with my family now, I always suggest that we play a board game or something that doesn't require technology because it's always such a great bonding activity that always leaves us in fits of laughter. I'm sure you'll agree that you don't want to regret not spending time with your loved ones making amazing memories rather than ignoring their presence by scrolling through Instagram. Putting our phones down with definitely improve and help keep relationships with our partner/family/friends healthier. 

Sleeping Pattern

Additionally, a huge issue in my life at the beginning of the year was my sleep pattern. I lacked a good night's sleep for months and months. Putting down my phone more often and an hour before I go to sleep has significantly helped to improve my sleeping pattern. I read a huge article about why phones can disrupt your ability to fall asleep at a reasonable time, especially if you lie in bed scrolling for hours. If I find the article, I'll definitely link it ASAP but I remember it mentioned about the type of light that phones emit can alert your brain, keeping your brain awake. From first hand experience, poor sleep = poor health (both mentally and physically). If I recommend anything, I would suggest to keep your phone away from you at least an hour before you head to bed. It's worked wonders for me.


Productivity 

My phone is one of my biggest distractions from life. As soon as I pick up my phone, I forget what I'm doing and what I'm meant to be achieving in the day. This is one of the many reasons why I prefer writing lists in a notebook, rather than using the notes tab on my phone. I'll always end up procrastinating after writing the note and therefore, losing the productivity I had prior to picking up the phone. Thus, I think it's best to get your room mate, parent or brother to hide your phone when you need to be concentrating. Whether you have an assignment to hand in, you're applying for a new job or completing a qualification, hiding your phone will be at your best interest. I can stay focused for hours when my phone isn't in my sight. Trust me, it will change your life!


Connections

In attempt not to offend anyone, I'm not stereotyping Brits but whenever I'm walking around the streets or studying in a coffee shop, I always acknowledge how many people are just sat/walking in silence with their friend because they're just looking at their phones. It's so heartbreaking that we've lost connecting and socialising with random people; I always find that the elderly are extremely friendly in public places because they are the majority of individuals who are not involved in the tech world. Some days I wish I grew up in their time or just simply had no interest in the online industry because they seem to lead such happy lives. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that not having technology will make you happier but I definitely feel there is some correlation. The online world has opened a source of self-hatred and has built up this 'perfect image' that in turn has affected many - I rarely find people my age that are happy within themselves. I just feel that I'd be so much better socially if I hadn't have been so attached to my phone throughout my teen years. Human interaction is something I definitely want to work on in 2019.


It's been great to reflect on the reasons why I want to spend less time on my phone this year. This is a PSA to any of you who know me - tell me to GET OFF MY PHONE if you see me on it in public! I thoroughly enjoy being on the internet and think it's such a positive place for me but I can alternatively see the damaging effects it's having on others/society firsthand. I will still use all of my favourite apps because I find pleasure in creating online content; however, I am going to be more conscious of the time I spend using technology and instead, put more energy into cherishing my relationships and working on my own self happiness.

Will you be putting your phone down more in 2019? Do you think overusing your phone can be damaging to your health?

Lots of love

Staying on Trend on a Student Budget!!

6 March 2019



Fashion and purchasing on-trend clothing pieces has become an ever-growing passion of mine since I started my blog in early 2014. I've had some awful stages over the year but I think I've finally found the pieces that work for me and that I love to wear. One of my favourite things about the fashion industry are the amazing range of brands out there that sell affordable, good quality clothing. Being a student, we cannot always afford to spend £40 on a knit jumper or £80 on a dress; therefore, I always love discovering new brands that offer beautiful pieces for friendly prices. 

Femme Luxe are a brand that got in touch with me and I jumped at the opportunity! I scoured their website to see if their style fit mine and I adored many pieces on their site. Thus, I thought I would share with you my favourite items that I've been wearing from Femme Luxe over the past month. Starting with jumpers (my winter obsession)...



CAMEL JUMPER

I've had some whacky, dramatic jumpers in my time but nothing compares to a simple, block colour knit. I'm obsessed with this gorgeous camel colour paired with the cosy turtle neck and flared sleeves. Not only is this jumper super comfortable and winter appropriate, it is a capsule wardrobe pieces. You can pair it with any jean in your wardrobe and it's great for casual or smart-casual wear. My favourite look is definitely with a leopard print statement belt and my deep brown gold chain bag. It's also such a vibe with my new balayage hair too...haha! Best of all, it's currently on sale for £17.99.




 OFF SHOULDER KNIT

Off shoulder jumpers are always a winner for me. I love the look of collarbones peeking out and always feel like it gives an extra edge to any outfit. I opted for this stunning cream number with beautiful embroidery. Personally, I feel the embroidery is an old-fashioned look whereas the off-shoulder trend is very modern; this is what drew me to this piece! I love how they've mashed together two eras, or am I just being a nerd haha?! Anyway, this jumper is very high quality, it looks stunning yet effortless paired with a pair of light wash blue mum jeans and a mini bag. I'd highly recommend checking out the Femme Luxe jumper range as they have so many stunning and affordable pieces for us gals looking for a fab bargain! This knit is not currently on the website but I've linked a similar one for £14.99!

Buy the Jumper here



SQUARE NECKLINES

Red dresses are a bit of me. Being a brunette, I've always opted for reds when it comes to a night out look or an evening event. Something else I've really adored over the past year or so is the square neckline. I find it extremely flattering on the chest area - collarbones and neck on display. The bodycon fit is always fab at enhancing your curves and sucking you in at the right places. I love how thick the material is too - no worrying about see-through areas or being cold throughout the night. An overall stunning piece that is currently on sale for £13.99.



Shop some of my other favourite Femme Luxe items:



What are your favourite affordable clothing brands? Have you ever tried any products from Femme Luxe Finery before??

Lots of love


These items mentioned in the post were gifted; however, all opinions are honest and my own. 


The Best Blowdry + Hair Styling | Shoreditch, London

28 February 2019



After my previous post on my new hair, I thought I'd share an incredible gifted experience that I was fortunate enough to receive on my boyfriend's birthday. I travelled to London early February to celebrate my boyfriend's 20th - we had an incredible time and I vlogged the weekend over on my Youtube channel (watch the LONDON VLOG here). I'm still extremely happy with my decision to get my hair chopped and the most dreamy balayage. Check out my last blog post to read about the entire process and how amazing Roz Loz Hair is!

Anyway, on the day of my boyfriend's birthday, we travelled to Shoreditch to find Figaro - an award-winning salon on Old Street. Voted Top Choice Hair Salon of 2019 in London, Figaro are a hair and beauty salon that pride themselves with their wonderful professionals/stylists. After choosing a wash, blowdry and style, I jumped at the chance to get my hair done beautifully for the celebratory day ahead!




FIGARO LONDON

Located on Old Street, Shoreditch, Figaro London was in a fab area that wasn't too busy and very relaxing. I love finding a quiet street in London during the day because it's very rare! As soon as I entered the salon, the staff were extremely friendly, very accommodating and instantly offered me a drink before I got the chance to sit waiting for my appointment. I was so happy with how exceptional the customer service was at Figaro London that I'd highly recommend this salon to anyone looking for hair, nails or beauty in London/surrounding areas. Moreover, I acknowledged that the prices were super affordable compared to everywhere I've seen in London - especially when you are receiving high quality and getting amazing service from the staff. I waited patiently for my appointment - it wasn't long before Bea was ready to give me a wonderful wash, blowdry and style...




RESULTS

Bea is one of the lovely hairdressers that work at the salon. She was extremely kind, chatty and made me feel at ease. During the washing process, Bea gave me the most SENSATIONAL head massage - very dreamy after a very intense few weeks back at university and adapting back to the uni lifestyle. I was so relaxed when I went back to sit in the seat before she began to blowdry. The friendly receptionist handed me a tablet so that I could read some online magazines for entertainment. I thought this was a lovely touch too, especially if you were getting a long treatment that lasted a few hours. The perfect blowdry and style was achieved so quickly and completely effortless - Bea transformed my hair into healthy, floaty goodness. I was super happy with the results and would definitely return for another treatment there. I loved the loose/relaxed curls for Aidan's birthday day out - it was ideal for the windy weather and casual for the day time. Having my hair done makes me really confident too so it was nice to feel good in myself as we strolled around London. If you are ever in need of a good hair-do and great customer service, head to Figaro London for sure!

Does getting your hair done give you a confidence boost? What is your favourite haircare product at the minute?

Lots of love


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This was a complimentary service from Figaro London; however, all opinions are honest and my own.


Good Hair Day

4 February 2019



I never thought the day would come where I said goodbye to my long dark locks. However, I have to say it's been one of the best decisions - no more days of being weighed down by my thick ass hair, blowdrying has been reduced by at least 3x and I'm no longer wasting 15 minutes just trying to brush out the crazy knots. There are already so many benefits of cutting my hair shorter and I didn't even know it, I'm a FREE WOMAN! 

Anyway, the second huge change I decided for my hair was the gorgeous 'Pinterest-esque' balayage. Apart from the odd shitty little box dye in my youth, I had never ever put a permanent dye or bleached my own hair. This was obviously the biggest change for me because I've always been used to my brunette hair - when I woke up the following morning I honestly didn't even recognise myself in the mirror! I've wanted my hair balayage-d since forever so when I came across Rosie's Instagram, I was in awe and popped it straight on the group chat. Within minutes, myself, Meg and Hat had booked in for a skin test and to share our desired looks with the wonderful Rosie from RozLozHair in Lincoln.




ROZLOZHAIR

I can't remember the exact way I came across Rosie; it was either the discover page or scrolling through Lincoln's 'geo-tags' on Instagram. Honestly, I was so in awe at all of the amazing hair transformations on her feed and couldn't deal with how talented she is. After booking in for our skin test, the gals and I trekked up Steep Hill to Rosie's base - a quaint salon in the Bailgate area, just around the corner from the Cathedral. Rosie was super lovely, just as nice as she was over Insta DM's. We returned for our full day in the salon a couple weeks later - it took just under 9 hours to transform our hair from Hagrid to heaveeeeeen. The time went so quickly in my opinion - we had so much fun having a relaxin day in the salon, chatting to Rosie, reading our books and admiring each other's new hair! Rosie was extremely accommodating; she made us hot chocolate, taught us some tricks for styling our hair and informed us of some amazing products to keep our hair in good condition. I'd highly recommend Rosie to anyone who lives in Lincoln or the neighbouring cities; an overall phenomenal experience, talented woman and fab results!




YOUTUBE

You can head over to Youtube to watch the full transformation of the whole day - I've left a little preview below for you guys to have a watch. I'm so happy with the vlog and it's got an incredible response from everyone who watches me on Youtube. The support is amazing and it's given me a real confidence boost - thank you guys! I've also spoken to a lot of you on Instagram about booking with Rosie which is also fab - I love supporting those who are talented and giving them money for their hard work is so rewarding compared to a corporate business. If you want a similar result to the photos above, Rosie did a wash, cut, blowdry, colour, bond protector and style! 




Have you ever taken the plunge and dramatically changed your hair before? Where did you go to get it done?

Lots of love

My Fave Evening Outfits | Cocktails + Clubbing

29 January 2019



I'm one of those girls who adores getting dressed up, slapping on a combination of my fave cult beauty products and heading out for drinks with my pals. Getting into a dress is something I used to be terrified of; I lacked so much confidence growing up and throughout my teen years, which is one of the many reasons now why I have trained my brain to love my curves and embrace the chunky thighs. Whenever I pictured putting on a dress, I would always visualise one specific dress that I used to HATE on myself. It was super unflattering, clung to the wrong parts, it was super cheap and just didn't sit right on my figure. It sort of mentally scarred me, and I'm sure it was one of the reasons I was put off wearing dresses for a LONG time. However, as I've matured, I am extremely aware that there are thousands of gorgeous dresses for different occasions, so many different colours and styles to suit all body types. By no means am I saying there are certain dresses for certain body types, but I've just learnt to find outfits that I feel compliment my figure and make me feel bloody amazing!

This post is dedicated to three different styles of dresses to prove that you can look and feel great no matter what body type you are. Saying this, there are definitely some that I prefer more than others but that is just natural. I naturally stick to my little comfort blanket - usually a black dress because you can't go wrong. Anyway, here are 3 gorgeous dresses that were kindly gifted and that I chose from the wonderful FREDA FUNK. This incredible online clothing company stock lots of fab fashion pieces - not only do they have a great range of dresses, they also sell jeans, jumpers, co-ords, accessories and more! 



Little Black Dress

You cannot go wrong with a little black dress. I absolutely adore wearing black - whether it be for a night out clubbing, going for some cocktails with your besties or a fancy event, a black dress is always a staple item you need in your wardrobe. This super flattering long sleeve polo neck dress gave me all kinds of confidence when I wore it for a night out last week. The ruche design on the front helps to enhance my curves, allowing me to embrace my body in a positive light. Another reason I adore a black dress is because of the insane versatility it has - you can dress it up or down no matter what occasion you've attending. I love layering short black dresses like this with a big, furry winter coat and a small bag. This animal print saddle bag paired perfectly, a lovely in-trend statement to add to the outfit!





Red Velvet Crushin'

Red velvet is so sexy and perfect for an evening out - cocktails or date night is definitely when I'd opt for this one. This definitely has to be my favourite of the three dresses because again, it accentuates the curvy areas of the body! I adore the high neck line, thin shoulder straps and the midi style of this gorgeous evening piece. If I were ever to pick my ultimate Valentines (or Galentines) glam outfit, it would definitely be this! Paired with some stunning metallic heels and a fur coat, this is the ideal winter evening outfit. 



Bright, Bold + Confident

Something more daring for the last dress - bright, bold and colourful. This is something that I don't often go for, especially during the colder months as I stick to the darker colours. However, I think this a fab option for when you're abroad, in Summer and going for an evening meal with your friends/family/partner! Hot orange is one of my favourite colours in the hot months - it looks incredible with a fresh tan and golden makeup! Paired with some metallic heels, a subtle clutch and matching earrings, I feel they would really amplify the outfit. If you are a fan of colour, I'd definitely recommend heading over to FREDA FUNK as they have some amazing options for all occasions!


What are your favourite evening dresses? Do you always go for a particular colour/style or do you like chaning it up?

Lots of love

The products worn in this post were kindly gifted by Freda Funk; however, all opinions are honest and my own.

HOW TO: Stay Organised AF in 2019

28 January 2019



If you are a sucker for organisation and planning, like myself, or maybe it's your new year's resolution to get your sh*t together?! You've come to the right place. This year I want to discuss all the ways and tips on how I stay productive, organised and motivated, even during the darkest of times. Organising my life is something I find therapeutic and often takes my mind away from all the awful thoughts that it can sometimes conjure in my mind! If I was ever asked to pick an item that has helped me refrain from losing the plot or failing university, it would 100% be a planner or diary. Although it seems like a pretty obvious thing to have, it literally completes my life when I've organised my week, know exactly when and where I need to be, alongside holding all of my exciting plans that I've got lined up for the rest of the year.



Why You Need A Planner In Your Life

Right, so a lot of you guys have questioned the planner I'm always referring to in my vlogs whenever I mention organising my blog/Youtube schedule. I always get asked about motivation, productivity and organisational tips, as I share my university life daily online. Many people wonder how I manage to upload weekly blog posts, daily vlog, create main channel videos, socialise and balance university work. It's definitely a challenge and it ISN'T easy but my lil personalised planner always saves the day! Something I love about this specific Personal Planner is that I designed the majority of it myself - the website is absolutely great, allowing you get to inject your favourite colours onto the pages, add your own features (like motivational quotes and mini to-do list sections) and choose when you want to start the planner. Many diaries prevent you from gaining productivity in the middle of the year because they always begin in January, but with Personal Planner, you can decide any time of the year to begin organising your life! When I can see a weekly spread of all my blog jobs, youtube tasks and any extra content that I need to get done, my anxiety and stress is eased. If your pal is a lover of planning, or your mum wants to be more organised, this would also be the perfect gift idea. Super thoughtful, extremely innovative and something that will be very practical!


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Now you know that planners are my number one way I stay organised - I mean, cmon, how satisfying is it when you start ticking off all those things from your to-do list?! I LIVE FOR IT HAHA! So...would you like this to become a mini blog series where I share all my favourite motivational tips, my hidden secrets as to how I balance my busy life and what apps you need to download to stay super productive? Lemme know by commenting below as it's something I'd be more than happy to share! Weekends are always the time I get the most work done so maybe a post on pushing productivity into the weekends too? I'd love to hear your thoughts and ways you guys stay organised!

How do you stay organised AF?! Would organisation be a lil less stressful if you personalised your own planner?

Lots of love

#GIFTED - however, all opinions are honest and my own. 

HOW TO: Improve Your Wellbeing through Challenges & Responsibilities

27 January 2019


When we think of ways to increase our wellbeing, we almost always think of ways to inject
self-care into our schedules. We might identify opportunities for more hot baths with essential
oils, moments when we could fit in a bit of reading, or a cheeky weekend spa session here or
there. Of course, self-care, rest, and relaxation are obviously very important. If your life is
constantly busy and you’re in a state of being perpetually highly strung and burned out, you’re
unlikely to feel very good about yourself or very positive about your life. Having a good
selection of skin moisturizer for face care, and a selection of scented candles for
evening-unwinding is a great idea. However, what if the key to improving your wellbeing was
actually taking on more challenges and responsibilities, instead of taking it easier? Everyone
is different and for me personally, I think challenging myself helps to maintain positive mental
health and high spirits.

Here are some reasons why that might be the case.




It will give you something to focus on outside of your own
mind

The more you’re busy engaging with external problem-solving tasks, the less you’ll have the
time, energy, or inclination to dwell on your own problems and internal dialogue. Of course, it’s
important to be in touch with your emotions, and to know what’s happening inside your own
heart and mind. However, from experience, if you’re in a pretty dark place and lack self-esteem,
it may be that you’re doing too much rumination, not too little. In these cases, taking on more
challenges and responsibilities can give you something to aim towards and invest yourself in,
that removes you from the immediate context of your own concerns.


Incrementally overcoming obstacles naturally builds
confidence and self-esteem

Have you ever noticed that whenever you overcome an obstacle that used to stand in your
way, your self-esteem and your sense of confidence just increasingly grows?
When it comes down to it, a lot of having “self-esteem” or “confidence” is feeling that we have
the ability to achieve meaningful things and to overcome hurdles. If you lack that kind of
self-belief, consciously taking on more challenges and responsibilities can put you in a situation
where you manage to achieve more victories, both large and small, over time. This can
honestly go a long way towards building your confidence and self-esteem, which will
definitely increase your sense of wellbeing.





You feel more in control when you accept more
responsibility

A lack of wellbeing is often driven by the sense that we simply aren’t in control of our own lives,
and that we’re not the captains of our own fate.The more responsibility and accountability you
accept for yourself, though, the more you step into the position of someone who actually is in
control. Sure, external circumstances are what they are, and you might not be able to just work
them into the form you’d most prefer; however, by focusing on your own actions and reactions
to things, and by holding yourself accountable, you might be amazed by how much power you
actually can wield over your own life.

What do you do to improve your wellbeing? Are you
looking to challenge yourself more in 2019?

Lots of love



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