My Routine To The Perfect Winter Cosy Night In!

Gosh! Winter should does come fast doesn't it? Christmas is right around the corner and with all the wonderful festivities the cold comes with it. Now I don't really enjoy getting up in the mornings when it looks like it could still be midnight outside but that's just how it is unfortunately. 

Frost bitten fingers, snotty noses and freezing long walks to the train station aren't very fun. Still though at least we can unwind once we get home by getting a nice warm, popping on the kettle with the marshmallows out at the ready and run a nice hot bath. 

So how I usually like to unwind is usually have a nice herbal green tea or a hot chocolate. I always go for Options since Cadburys does nothing for me anymore (I find it so watery!). 

Then I pop on a gallop of squirty cream, add some marshmallows and perhaps a few of my favourite chocolates on top just to pick at! Don't forget the choccy! 

I have to always have a candle on the go at this time of the year when I'm settled down or in my room. Not because of the dark but mostly because I feel really much more toastier with one lit and the room is absorbed with a lovely scent which makes me feel so relaxed. So light one and get your favourite playlist on then simply chill.

Some of my Christmas candle favourites are:

Yankee Candle's Snowflake Cookie

The White Company's  Winter

Primary's very own candle in Gingerbread 

Yankee Candle's White Cocoa

A long nice lovely hot bath always does the trick to heat you up. I enjoy throwing in my favourite bath cremes and watching my bath bombs fizz before getting in. 

Recently I have been loving the gorgeous Lush bath bomb "Twilight" due to its relaxing lavender yet extremely sweet scent. It is a mixture of rich, malty with a hint of floral perfume combined. It's probably my favourite bath bomb yet from Lush. It's been out a while but it is definitely a winner. 

Also Lush is currently doing a delicious body lotion called "Sleepy" right now and its truly beautiful. It smells exactly like their Twilight bath bomb too! So I ended up purchasing the pair of them together - the more the merrier right? 

Plus you can't not have one of the beautiful "Magic Wands" from Lush either! They're a definite Christmas must have when it comes to baths. Look at pretty and pink they are! They're perfect for a bit of bath time fun for those who like some magic in their lives. I know I do! Light up some tea candles, grab that glass of wine or a brew if you have to, then get the bubbles piling high and just snuggle down into the water, relieving any worries or pent up stress you may have.  

Tell me, how do you usually settle down on these chilly evenings? 


Want To Stick Around For A Quick iPhone 8 Review?

This is a fairly late post but I have decided to try out the new iPhone 8's camera for a little while before deciding to write a review about it. Just so I can fully get to know this phone and since it isn't much different to my previous phone the iPhone 6S I can say that this upgrade has definitely made a massive change to my Instagram feed and well blogging in general. 

Since the colour scheme has changed within the iPhone palette for this year's release, the only options for the iPhone 8 is grey, silver and blush gold. The rose gold is out of the window sadly and as much as I do adore Apple's rose gold iPhone 6s I have to admit I much prefer the gorgeous blush gold. I think it is much more mellow and feminine. 

The rose gold is too vibrant and bold but it is still pretty. However I think the new blush gold is far up my street this time. It has a mature appearance to it too, maybe that's just me though. 

  • The iPhone 8 is has the fractions of a millimetre larger in every inch than the iPhone 7. It’s also 10g heavier than the iPhone 7 and 5g heavier than the my iPhone 6S. You can't tell much of a difference apart from the the iPhone 8 is a bit heavier. That's about it!

  • This phone a lot more fragile as the iPhone 8 is glass, front and back. I can't really tell though but when it comes to this devices feel, the glass is a double-edged sword. I highly recommend buying a good solid hard case and a screen protector as soon as you get it. We don't want any accidents!

  • It's fairly expensive. 

  • As for the screen, it's bigger. Much bigger by a 5.8 display that stretches to the edges of the phone, with a very thin bezel around the edge and a tiny lip at the top to house the camera, a flash and the earpiece. Still it is great for an LCD and since Apple's tone system from the iPad pro, the colours are altered on the display based on the ambient light. It is said that Samsung and other competitors have had very similar systems too on their own smartphones for a number of years now, plus it makes the screen more appealing yet however the colour accuracy suffers. 

  • I have noticed the speed difference between the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 is much faster than the other device. Also it is very handy to know that Apple has finally improved battery life for the 4.7in iPhone. So kudos to the bigger battery!

  •  The camera quality is a drastic change for me from my old iPhone 6S to the spanking brand new iPhone 8. Portrait mode is probably what I tend to use a lot now when I'm taking pictures and it's really handy to get those crisp perfect DSLR type of pictures. Since after shooting a good 100 or so portraits, I found that the Studio Light effects is one of my favourite. Emulating a good bounce of gold as if it literally popped outside the frame, it shines a good warm light on to your current object and within my selfies too. This enhances the face to stand out from the rest of the background without being too vibrant. 

  • Another handy camera feature being the hidden treasure as it is, Slow Sync is for the flash and it's amazing. It's said that photographic already know what this is, yet never everyone does and I'm no professional (haha! Nope) and I found through gaining some experience with Slow Sync that it is keeping the shutter open for longer and allowing natural light in when the flash is shooting. Resulting in the image being not only lit by the given light from the flash, instead it is banned with the light of the environment and creates a better balance shot with a natural appeal.

  • Screen: 4.7in LCD 1334x750 (326ppi)
  • Processor: Apple A11 Bionic
  • RAM: 2GB of RAM
  • Storage: 64/256GB
  • Operating system: iOS 11
  • Camera: 12MP rear camera, 7MP front-facing camera
  • Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fiac, NFC, Bluetooth 5, Lightning and GPS
  • Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 148g

I would recommend the iPhone 8 for those who probably want a better improvement within the camera department. It charges quicker and it's fairly similar to the iPhone 7 from what I've heard so far. So if you already own an iPhone 7 then I don't think there is much point upgrading. So far I am enjoying the new phone and I'm just so happy I have that longer battery life because my old phone actually had a fair few problems anyway. 

Have you upgraded yet? Do you want to? Let me know!


20 Things To Do This Halloween

So it's Halloween once again... the year really does fly quite quickly doesn't it? As a child I always wanted the big American Halloween with the knocking on doors for sweeties to the running around windy fields in my costume giggling with friends and scary ourselves silly from the hooting of howls near by. 

It all seems so fun when you're young and there is so much more available for you to do like Halloween themed discos at the Brownies or Halloween themed marathons on Cartoon Network. Not having to worry about work while munching down countless amounts of sugar because it's fine when you have no proper responsibilities. 

But times change and eventually you have to grow up. That doesn't mean the fun has to stop though, right? Of course not. That is why I have come up with a handful of ideas to do on Halloween whether it's a work night or not. 

1. Pumpkins! You simply cannot celebrate Halloween without a good pumpkin there to warm the household up on a cold Autumn evening. They're such fun to do and there is so many ideas out there you can choose from! Whether it's painting them, eating them or even just the old fashioned carving.

2. Horror movies are definitely my favourite thing to do on Halloween! I love a good horror with a pile of snacks on the side to munch from. However I always end up watching 'The Halloween Tree" first before anything else even though it's a cartoon. It's a Halloween tradition in this house!

3. A nice hot bath with your favourite bath bombs and cremes for that big bubbly mess! It sounds boring but it's not - Lush and Bomb Cosmetics have so many Halloween bath bombs available right now to pick from. 

4. Bake some delicious Halloween themed cookies or cakes! If you're based in the UK then places such as Poundland, Wilko or B&M have many Halloween baking utensils available for cheap which you can pick up! 

5. Drink pumpkin spiced lattes. Mmm!

6. You could always do some research and find where an actual haunted location is near you! I have always wanted to do this and one year I might. 

7. Go on a ghost walk! They usually do them on Halloween each year so maybe near yourself there could be one. Spooky! 

8. Look up some tasty recipes for Halloween inspired cocktails! Now this is one that I really, really want to try now (ha ha!) 

9. If you are not into celebrating Halloween by dressing up fully in costume then pop on some dark themed everyday make up such as i.e dark lipstick, eye shadow and heavier mascara! Go for that chic vamp look!

10. Scare yourself silly by reading some thrillers or even just browse online with a scary horror movie playlist from Youtube!

11. Visit a pumpkin patch! 

12. You could always just have a lovely little pamper night all to yourself - I might do the same as I am dying to try my new delicious body lotion in 'Perle De Coco' from Otherstories and just lounge around my room doing absolutely nothing. Perhaps pig out on some chocolate and popcorn until I get tummy ache! 

13. Throw on some cat ears!

14. If you're bored then perhaps you could always do some digging into history books or have a look online at some mysteries unsolved. Whether it's to do with space, murders, superstitions or just general history that is a little bit gruesome... It can be quite interesting!

15. If you're also a blogger - you could always get cracking on some Christmas content? 

16. DIY some apples and make candy apples! Melt some chocolate, grab some sprinkles and wooden ice-lolly sticks. Jobs a good'un! They're such a delicious treat. I usually love mine covered in chocolate rather than the toffee. 

17. Paint your nails but do them Halloween themed! Barry M has a good spooktastic selection going on right now for the nails. 

18. If you are buying a pumpkin and the day after Halloween maybe try to put your pumpkin to use rather than chuck it away! Here are some great ideas on how to recycle your poor pumpkin. There is no excuse!

19. Make sure you have some toffees and treats in for the trick or treaters! 

20. You could always grab all the sheets you have lay around or any left over bedding and make a massive den in the living room or even just over your bed! Even camping out in the garden telling ghost stories can be quite fun too! 


My October Goals! My Flaws & What Could Be Improved

The months just keep flying by don't they? Blimey. 

Well I think I am getting on just fine since the horrible happenings during summer and I going down a route where I can safely say 'I am getting there' thankfully enough. 

I have some good news! I can finally announce that I am going to Tokyo at the end of May 2018 and I am absolutely over the moon. I'm so incredibly happy, I have been wanting to go to Japan since I was eleven years old ever since my pre-teen otaku little self got into manga and starting learning more about the country. I'm super delighted! 

Also I will be able to meet friends from Japan I have had for the past six years or so! Pen pals and Skype friends who can finally meet me, we can grab a drink and perhaps hang out. It'll be an excellent experience. 

My aunt said it may be the making of me as I am going alone and the reason why I am going alone is because not all of my friends can afford it. Tokyo isn't a cheap place, it's actually slightly cheaper than London and Paris but it is still pricey. So look out for the spam of posts and all the recommendations I will be posting! 

Trust me. There is going to be a lot of pictures! Perhaps even a short vlog...

It's time to get stuck in!

When I say this I am talking about actually motivating myself to start my university projects, which I am finding incredibly difficult at the moment. I just cannot seem to concentrate on what I have to do! The most I have done is open up Adobe Indesign, create a series of pages to begin my journal and write the title of my essay. I'm in third year now and it's so much harder to make the grade apparently, I'm bricking it and stressing before the stress period has begun. 

Plus it doesn't help our deadline is super, super early too. We finish for Christmas far earlier though which is good but at the moment it's dire to get everything done to the best of our abilities. I don't know how I'm going to do this... I spend more time at home than I do university anyway which is no excuse really. I always feel really lethargic, sleepy or just need to do something else before starting my projects. Hopefully it can change.

Am I making an effort?

One thing which has been irritating me lately is my blog posts and I always think they don't contain the best pictures. I know, I know my last phone wasn't exactly the best and so therefore the camera quality was pants. Now I have upgraded to the iPhone 8! The camera is amazing, I love it so much and it's improved my Instagram feed drastically. You can really see the difference in an instant!

So I think what I must start doing is take my time with each post, make sure the photos are the best of the best before I hit that publish button.

But I love a good pig out! 

What even is a diet anymore? I can't even recall when my diet didn't include a hot chocolate on a daily basis, a pasta pot here and there or the odd block of chocolate at night. I'm terrible! I always have been to be honest. 

However I have noticed myself getting a lot more out of breath just climbing stairs up to New Look or even the train station. I'm knackered! I really need to get back at the gym and improve my fitness because it's bloody terrible right now. 

More than anything I need to get into a routine in order to balance university, work and going back to the gym together. I just end up craving... especially when I get stressed with the workload. 

Health and myself come first... right?

I know the whole mental health and self care thing is practically a trend right now, I do like how it is being highlighted a lot nowadays and taken into account so much more than it did when I was still at school that's for sure. But as I mentioned in my previous post featuring how I am dealing with slight depression and the current grief I am still going through, I am finding it difficult as well as trying to keep it together and continue with life. 

I'm kind of glad this is my last year of university because at the moment what I am earning isn't too great, I'd love to be on better money in a job I like and in a better place where I could meet new people too. Just being happy and moving on but with university although it's alright it isn't that great. 

It just feels really bland, antisocial and quiet most of the time. Plus I'm sick of the commuting to another town too because it's such a ball ache and when I do get to class I feel like I get more done at home as opposed to sat there listening to my tutor waffle on.

 I'm just getting restless really and craving the moment I get to leave so I can move on I suppose. I had high hopes for university while everyone gets super excited I found myself to be placed in a class where it feels isolated, boring and draining. But I guess I only have around eight months left until I leave. I'm going to start concentrating on me more and loving myself though, focus on my future and what has to be done. 

Do you have any particular goals right now that need doing this month? Let me know!