Tuesday, 23 August 2016

When Self Doubt and Inadequacy Creeps In


Lately, I've been finding it really hard to muster the enthusiasm to blog, which is very unlike me as whatever else seems to be going on in my life, this little space is an outlet and sanctuary for me and I usually find writing really therapeutic.
At the moment, my mind hasn't been a very happy place; in general I'm still able to get through the day normally, laughing, working, catching up with friends etc. But my thoughts have been getting me down, and as a chronic over-thinker at the best of times, this usually isn't very good for me.

I think it's fair to say that recently I've been struck with the realisation that my life hasn't actually turned out the way I envisioned it. At all. And I'm also well aware that the only person who can turn this around is myself. But sometimes, it's really hard to get yourself out of a rut of critical thoughts. 

My mind seems to be a battlefield of late, erring somewhere between the grudging acceptance that no, this isn't how I thought my life would be and maybe I should just come to terms with that; and the other, quite petulant voice that moans "but whyyyyyy" (in a very sulky teenager way)

All around me friends are planning weddings, babies, travels etc, and I feel like I have a flashing siren on my head that says "nope, not me" This kind of mindset can easily make me feel inadequate, self-critical and self-conscious, and like I'm not good enough at work, relationships, and life in general. My little 'achievements' seem silly and inconsequential to me.

But then from nowhere (well actually from my horoscope, as cheesy as that may sound) came this gem, which I REALLY needed today:

Don't underestimate your abilities and experience.
You can be proud of all you have accomplished, of all you are currently attempting and of all your hopes for the future.
Your ideals and aspirations are beautiful, and your opportunities, whilst not absolutely perfect, are there to be taken. 
If anything can stop you from accomplishing your desires, it is only in your choice of the correct path to proceed.
But in the glow, your recent insights ought not to be doubted.

And just like that, my spirits lifted a little and the urge to blog returned. 
Maybe sometimes, the signs and messages are there, hiding and just waiting to be discovered at the right moment.


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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Life Lately Through My Camera Roll


Hi lovelies!
It's been rather quiet for me lately on the blogging front, I guess for the first time since I started writing this I've been hit with bloggers block! I've been pretty busy though so this blog has unfortunately taken a back seat - but here's a few things I've been up to lately:

1. Some friends and I went out for lovely Saturday night cocktails (of course) and a grand old catch up.
2. I went for an impromptu walk along the beach after work and arrived just in time to catch this beaut of a sunset.
3. Every year we have a girls summer road trip, and though we usually do a beach this year we decided on something different and headed  to Llangollen which was heaving. We had a pub lunch, a walk along the very impressive aqueduct and lusted over all the lovely little houseboats. 
4. A quick car selfie after the road trip, as you do. My friends dog Molly came too and managed to sneak her way into every single photo we took...
5. On Sunday I popped over to my friend's house and ended up going for a carvery. Well, isn't that what Sunday's are made for?
6. After my carvery, I was unusually good and went for a run on the beach. I've been trying to get back into my running and I bought these Nike Flyknit Zoom trainers for a real bargain, so that's definitely helping with my motivation.
7. I couldn't resist pulling over on my way to work to snap this photo of the beach, I love the beach in the fresh early morning, and this view always takes my breath away,
8. On Thursday night I went to the theatre to see 'Little Shop of Horrors' and I LOVED it. I've seen the film, but the stage version is brilliant, so funny and feelgood, with a fantastic soundtrack. I wanted to watch it all over again!
9. Walking along the prom with a portion of fish & chips is quintessentially British and one of my favourite pastimes, especially with views like this.

What have you been up to?
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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Review: St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion


Fake Tanning is something I've never quite mastered the art of.
I love a natural looking, sunkissed glow, but hate the streaky, patchy, orange look, and aside from having a spray tan, I've yet to find a product that looks natural enough for me.
So when I heard St Tropez had brought out a tan you can apply in the shower, it felt like all my prayers had been answered!

The instructions sounded simple enough, so I popped into the shower and did what they suggested:
After a full body cleanse, I switched the shower off and applied a small amount of the tan in circular motions over my skin, making sure I'd covered everywhere evenly. I then waited for 3 minutes before rinsing away thoroughly, and drying myself as usual (I did dry myself gently, I didn't want to slough away all my newly tanned skin!)

As it was a first attempt, I only did my legs/feet and arms. No moisturising necessary, I then got dressed and hopped into bed.
The following morning I woke up to a natural, consistent and most importantly, non streaky tan.
As I only used a small amount, it's very light and I think I'd need another application or two to get it the perfect shade, but for a first attempt I'd say it's pretty much faultless!

Also, it didn't make my shower/walls in any way dirty as the lotion is light coloured, and it definitely doesn't have the usual biscuity fake tan smell. I'm SO impressed with this product, St Tropez have really delivered with this and I can see why it sold out so quickly when it was first released. 

I picked mine up for £9.55 in Superdrug, but it's also available in Boots.

Have you tried this product?
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