23 August 2015

Sunday Relaxation


When the bathstore got in touch about their #takeabubblebreak campaign I thought it was the perfect campaign for me to get involved with. As you know, I get super anxious quite regularly so taking relaxation breaks is an essential for me. They sent me this adorable little package with a candle, a bath bomb, a face mask, body moisturiser and then my personal favourite - an adorable rubber duck!

Sundays are the perfect day for relaxing, so I thought today was the perfect time to write this post. My boyfriend has just gone on holiday to Croatia for a week so I'm feeling sorry for myself stuck in rainy London. The candle smells absolutely gorgeous, it's Sandalwood and Musk - such a different scent to all my other candles but I absolutely love it! The Sanctuary Spa moisturiser is also one of my favourites, the smell is so luxurious and reminds me of being younger.. I must have stolen my mum's before! 

It's so important to take some time out for yourself so get the bath running, put in your favourite bath bomb and chill with your favourite book.

Happy relaxing!

Tori

11 August 2015

Beauty Favourites | Illamasqua

Illamasqua  packaging

Hi all, I'm Olivia Jade from Dungarees & Donuts and today I am guest posting on the lovely Tori's blog, if you are interested in checking out my blog feel free to take a look here! Today I thought I would talk to you about my first ever Illamasqua purchases, the first products I ever purchased from them was a lipstick and a gorgeous eyebrow cake, which is for filling in your eyebrows. Eyebrow cake is the first eyebrow product that I have purchased which wasn't from the high street, the product comes in a little compact with a built in mirror perfect for on the go touch ups, to apply this product I use one of my small eyebrow brushes, I took a guess on my shade as I purchased it online, I went for Thunder as it's quite a dark brown shade so I thought it would go well with my eyebrows, which I was right *does a little dance*. I am so happy with this product as it's long lasting, I know this by the fact I have left it on overnight after a night out and it was still intact the morning after, a totally gross thing to admit but at least it's long lasting right? I have been using this product for a good few months now and it's barely used any to say I use it every day which I think is pretty impressive.  

Illamasqua  eyebrow cake

Illamasqua eyebrow cake

I was already expecting great things from this lipstick as I have read so many reviews which rave about it, and when I found it a sale for £10.00 it had to be mine, the colour is called Soaked, which a gorgeous orange colour which is perfect for summer! I applied the lipstick and it felt lightweight and I was seriously impressed with how vibrant it stayed for over 4 hours and stayed put in my lips for up to eight hours. After wearing the lipstick my lips felt soft and refreshed. I love the packaging as I am always drawn in by black packaging, I am definitely a new found fan of these lipsticks and Illamasqua as a brand and I can tell I will be making a return trip for a lot more of these lipsticks.

Illamasqua  lipstick

Illamasqua  lipstick


What is your favourite Illamasqua Product?

9 August 2015

Bournemouth and Body Confidence



I've had this Bournemouth post in my drafts for ages now, I think it's well over a month since I went. I took my big DSLR camera with me so I could create a lovely blog post for you guys. But obviously that didn't happen. 

The reason? Body confidence.

I got home and downloaded all the photos onto my laptop and nearly cried at the sight of myself. I am all for people being comfortable and happy and confident whatever their size, but for some reason I struggle so much when applying this logic to myself. I've talked a lot about fitness on my blog, and you can probably tell it's pretty sporadic. I really struggle with sticking to a routine. Some days I'm determined to eat healthy and go to the gym and other days I'm just thinking, fuck it, life is too short.

Being surrounded with perfect images on social media definitely has an impact. I envy all the girls with perfect bodies, all the celebrities who never have a hair out of place. I know it's unrealistic to want to look like that, I know I don't have the determination. I love going out and socialising with my friends, and that definitely comes first. I will never be the girl to sack off a night out for the gym. No way. But maybe I could balance this better?

I don't know how to change this or how to get completely happy. I don't even have a proper thought process to this blog post. But surely i'm not alone? How do you cope with body confidence struggles?

Tori


22 July 2015

Exploring London | Aldgate

Another London post! Even though I’ve said this is exploring London, that’s not strictly true. My offices have moved from Camden to Aldgate area. I am actually really happy about it, I feel much more like I work in ‘London’ because we are so close to all the sights. The new office is quite far apart from where I live so it isn’t an area I’ve really explored before. So technically this is exploring, just lunch time exploring rather than on the weekend! 

Tower of London

St Katharines Dock

View of the Gherkin London

The first two pictures are of two of our lunch destinations. Firstly is the Tower of London, we found a cute little park and sat opposite with the shard also in view. Next up is St Katharine’s Docks which also has a view of the shard, although the day we went it was so misty that we couldn’t see the top! We’ve also wandered down to Spitalfields which I had never visited. It’s such a lovely area with so many nice restaurants and obviously the market. But I forgot to take any photos on that day! The final photo is the amazing view out of our office window! 
How amazing is that? That’s a true London office view!

Even though I wrote a post about London being over-whelming (here), I do truly love living here. Sometimes I need to escape and go back home for a weekend but being able to walk for 10 minutes and be at amazing sights like these makes me really happy. 

Have you been to this area of London? Let me know any recommendations!

Tori

14 July 2015

Wishlist | Interiors #2


Another day, another homeware wishlist! Hopefully by the end of this year I will have moved into a new flat and I can start buying everything from my wishlists!

Pug Cushion - Yorkshire Linen
Kiwi Bird Ornament - Habitat
Flamingo Print - John Lewis

I know pugs are so 'cool' at the moment, especially since Zoella now has one. But I thought this cushion was adorable (although I don't think my boyfriend will agree!), it's super affordable as well! A little more expensive is this amazing Flamingo print from John Lewis. £40 does seem like a lot of money but it does come framed which can be rare for prints and I just love the quote on it. Finally is the cute little Kiwi ornament. I would love to have most of my furniture quite neutral and monochrome and then have pops of colour with ornaments like this.

What do you think of the pieces I've chosen?

Tori

12 July 2015

Fitness Update








So it's been a while since my last fitness update.. two months in fact. My motivation went out the window completely. But thanks to this post from Ella I have remembered all the reasons why I wanted to get fit in the first place. I have joined a gym and got an awesome deal which means I can use the gym, swimming pool and classes alongside three personal training sessions. So no excuses about being bored!

Since joining the gym I have been at least twice a week, I'm trying to increase this to at least three times a week. But I also don't want to obsess over how frequently I go else I will just put myself off altogether. I've also been pretty good with food too (although I did have a Saturday night chinese takeaway...), I really like healthy food, it's just a bit more effort than putting a pizza in the oven. I am also taking lunch to work and I have this adorable lunch box from Flamingo Gifts which I love.

At the gym I'm switching between Kayla Itsines workouts and the plan that my personal trainer put together for me. I have to follow some kind of routine else I just feel a bit lost amongst all the machines. Kayla's routine is only 28minutes so if I'm short for time then I will do that whereas my PT plan is just over an hour. 

I am hoping I will stick with this, seeing as I have paid for my membership. Reading Ella's blog is really motivating me. She has just signed up for the London Marathon next year and will be running it for Asthma UK so if you want to sponsor her then you can here: Just Giving. I will definitely be sponsoring once pay day arrives!

Any tips for keeping motivated?

Tori

9 July 2015

Brickwood Cafe Clapham




Earlier this week I went to this cute cafe with my friends Fliss and Adriana as we were working from home so decided working in a cafe would be nicer than home alone! Fliss has her own blog Fifty Two Fridays so check it out! 

The cafe is next to Honky Tonks in Clapham. From the front it looks really small but it has a gorgeous little patio out the back. We had brunch and the food was amazing, there is loads of choice and it's super healthy. I got smashed avocado on sour dough bread with poached eggs and bacon and it was delicious. The apple juice I had was also so nice and came in a cute little milk bottle - very pinterest! 

If you're looking for a nice place for brunch in south London then I would 100% recommend Brickwood Cafe, I went to the one in Clapham but they also have a branch in Balham.

Any recommendations of brunch places to try would be awesome!

Tori