The Self Love Tag

‘If you like the way you look that much, baby you should go and love yourself..’ OKAY THEN JUSTIN IF YOU INSIST.
When Envy tagged me in her post of The Self Love Tag, I was actually quite excited. That’s quite sad isn’t it? Getting excited over a blog post. Anyway, I think this is the ‘Tag’ post I relate to most and think absolutely everyone should do to feel good about themselves and remember that there is only one of you on this planet. I also think this is a really relevant post to begin my re-branding.
I was thinking the other day, that when people are talking badly of someone because they’re selfish, they usually say, ‘oh, she loves herself.’ But I think there’s a difference between selfishness and loving yourself. It’s good to love yourself. If you don’t love yourself, then how can you expect anyone else to? Anyway…
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The Rules:

1. Answer all the questions honestly

2. Tag five people who you want to bring a bit of happiness to

What is something that is getting you down at the moment?

There’s a couple of situations in my life right now that are really bothering me. Like, really bothering me and I think about them everyday and the anger still hasn’t left. I’ve done everything I can to try and fix it but nothing works. I’m trying so hard to be positive with things just now and this is the only thing that niggles away at me. Hopefully time will fix it but who knows.

What is something that makes you happy?

Food. Obvs. Doesn’t food make everyone happy? It’s great. Something that makes me happy is when I have spent time with friends or family and I’m left feeling very optimistic about things. That always makes me happy and it’s been happening a bloody lot recently which makes me feel so good!

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Name 3 guilty pleasures!

Teen Mom UK. I have absolutely no idea why I was so obsessed with it when it came out in the UK because I never watched the original ones.  But they have confirmed a second season and I am so BUZZING.

Singing out loud with head phones in on the way to work. Okay, I only ever do this when I’m walking on the back road but it feels so good. Dreading the day I get caught though.

15 year old Justin Bieber’s album My World is honestly my biggest guilty please ever. I absolutely love it. FAVE FAVE FAVE. Do you know what? I don’t even know if it’s a guilty pleasure or just a pleasure.

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What is something about yourself you’d like to improve on?

I can be quite paranoid at times and I’d love to not be as bad one day. I am constantly doubting myself and always worrying about things. I always think people think the worst of me which is not great for my self esteem. I am working on it though!

When was the last time you belly laughed?

Last night. I find myself properly hard laughing quite often when I’m with friends because they are just so funny and we manage to get ourselves into some strange situations. But I properly belly laughed last night with Michael when I never realised that my screensaver had started playing but the music for the TV show was still on and I thought that the changing screen of The Great Wall of China and then a Mediterranean beach were the opening scenes of The Handmaid’s Tale. Obviously it was a ‘had to be there’ moment but most of my life is to be honest.

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What is your biggest insecurity/fear?

Losing everyone I love – whether that be by death (soz, morbid) or just by drifting. It gives me the absolute fear the thought of growing up and being lonely ya know.

Name a song that always cheers you up when you’re down.

McFly – Love Is On The Radio. Without a doubt, 110%. I have music for every kind of mood but that is definitely my all time favourite that really lifts my spirits when I’m down. Honestly, put it on just now and I promise that you won’t be able to stop smiling.

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Name 3 things you like about yourself

I can make people laugh (which I bloody love doing by the way. Even if I don’t mean to.) There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing someone’s face brighten up.

My hair isn’t too bad to be honest. It almost always plays ball and grows pretty quickly so that’s always a relief when it gets cut too short. It can also hold a curl for ages and I like it’s natural wave.

My music taste is AMAZING. I absolutely love when I haven’t listened to a certain playlist in ages and then when I do, each song is an absolute tune and I’m like ‘I made this. I am the creator of this mix of artists put together. I am genius.’

What is an achievement that has made you proud of yourself this year?

This year? Damn. Ehhhh… I actually haven’t really achieved much this year which is annoying. There’s little goals at work I set myself and I’m pleased when I meet them. In fact, there’s quite a lot at work that I have achieved that I’m proud of. I’ve managed to learn quite a lot and grow in such a short period of time.

Tell us your happiest memory.

Do ya know what? I have so many happy memories and can’t pick one so I think I’ll leave this one for another time and maybe give it a post of its own.

I wish I could do something in person to give the following 5 people happiness but I hope they find this tag as reflective as I did!

Karina Turnbull

Holly Da Silva

Kirsty Jarvie

Megan Rees

Chloe Tommo

Much love,

louise-x

5 Reasons Why I Decided To Re Brand

For quite some time now, I’ve realised that I’ve been losing my direction when I’m blogging. I sometimes lack motivation and ideas but when I have them I put everything into it. So I’ve decided that I now know what I can do to change this.

Boredom

Quite frankly, I am bored of my own blog. And if I bore myself, I’m not exactly going to keep the attention of my followers, am I? So I knew I needed to change something if I wanted to continue writing.

I found a niche

When I first started this blog, I knew it wasn’t going to fall into a niche. I just wanted to write whatever I felt like at the time. And to an extent, I still will be. What I’ve realised is, that my passion lies in writing to make myself feel better or get things off my chest. Even my ‘monthly favourites’ posts may seem like they are more beauty based but to be honest, it’s just things that have made me happy during that month. So, I’ve decided to focus on Mental Health & Well-Being. That’s what most of my post are based upon, and I honestly think I’ve finally found my niche.

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Because I no longer care about what other people think

When I began writing about mental health, I was absolutely shitting myself. Part of me thought ‘I don’t want everyone knowing what’s going on in my life’ and then the wiser part of me thought, WHY NOT, I’m not the only one who has a bit of a shit time in their head. Well, I’ve now got to the stage where I no longer care about what people think.

To raise awareness of mental health

If people don’t talk about mental health then how can we fight the stigma? Hmm. Exactly. So, if I do my tiny little part of talking and sharing my experiences, maybe even more people will open up and start to help themselves get better.

To help others

If I can help one person, even the tiniest little bit, by sharing my tips or experiences then that would make me so so happy. Lots of people are talking about mental health now, especially in the blogger community which I think is absolutely incredible. GO TEAM.

SOOOO, many of you might not give a damn or even notice a difference but I wanted to share with you why I have decided to re-brand. I hope you’re all well.

Much love,

louise-x

June Favourites

I love sharing my favourites at the end of every month but I feel I didn’t have too many this month! I still had to share what I was loving because some of these products deserve a post of their own!

 

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Bondi Sands / Self Tanning Foam / Light-Medium

I’ve really wanted to start tanning as the sun is shining more and I’m feeling summery. I wanted to try a new product instead of the usual build up tan moisturisers or St Moritz for a night out. I had heard so many good reviews about Bondi Sands so I bit the bullet and bought it. Probably one of the best purchasing decisions I have made. I am absolutely in love with it. Even when I use a tanning mitt with a gradual moisturiser, I always end up streaky. But with this, no streakiness at all! It also smells amazing. I love the coconut smell of this.

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L’Oreal / Infallible / 24H Matte Waterproof foundation

I had seen so many good reviews about this foundation online, especially by people who have oily skin. I went into Superdrug and tried out both the Infallible Total Coverage and Infallible 24H Matte. I usually always opt for a foundation that’s full coverage but I’ve been noticing my skin doesn’t need it as much in the summer months. I ended up choosing the 24H Matte over the Total Coverage as it seemed a lot more lighter and not as thick. I absolutely love this foundation and it honestly lasts all day! It took me a while to match my skin tone but in the end Natural Rose was absolutely perfect for my skin.

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Manna Kadar / Sheer Glo / Liquid Highlighter

I had never heard of this brand before so had no expectations at all when I received it in my Glossybox. I was so surprised at how much I loved this product! I’ve never used a liquid highlighter before so wasn’t quite sure I’d use this product. When applying, it doesn’t seem like much is going on your face but once you have blended, the pigmentation is amazing! I’d definitely repurchase this highlight.

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111SKIN / Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel

I received this product in June’s Glossybox. I’ve been looking o try out an eye cream for a while now so I thought, why not. But at the same time, I didn’t have high expectations as hardly any skin care products work on me. However, I’ve been using this for about two weeks now and I have actually noticed a difference in the skin around my eyes. The lines in this area are not as visible and my make up seems to be applying much smoother. The cream is lightweight which I love although it does crust slightly over night. I would recommend this product SO much but buying it in full size is very pricey!

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Benidorm / ITV

Benidorm is a British sitcom written by Derren Litten  for ITV. The series features an ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff at the Solana all-inclusive hotel in Benidorm Spain. I honestly have no idea why I have never watched it before cos it’s honestly hilarious. I loke having something to watch in the background when I’m tidying and doing other stuff and for this month, it has been Benidorm. Madge is definitely my favourite character!

I don’t feel like I have many favourites this month but I’m already loving so much that I have bought/discovered towards the end of the month so stay tuned for next months favourites. What have you been loving this month?

Much love,

louise-x

June Reads

This month I have only read 4 books which is really not like me! To some, 4 may seem a lot but I read ALL the time so usually get through a couple more. Saying that, some of these titles were a lot thicker than I’d usually go for which explains it all.

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Who’s that Girl / Mhairi MacFarlane

What’s the one thing you DON’T do at a wedding? When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, her boss suggests an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?
 Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn’t heard the word ‘no’ in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgey, layabout sister.When the world is asking who you are, it’s hard not to question yourself. Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.

I absolutely LOVE Edie. She is such a a great character. I fell in love with Elliot right away. Such a lovely, feel good book. Slightly unrealistic but these are the sort that make me completely switch off.

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The Queen of Wishful Thinking / Milly Johnston

When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her.
As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?

If you’ve read my monthly reads before, you’ll know that Milly Johnson is my all time favourite author. The Queen of Wishful Thinking is her newest release and I was so excited to get my hands on it! Obviously I fell in love with Bonnie straight away, as I always do with Milly’s protagonists. What a talent she has!

 

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The Villa in Italy / Elizabeth Edmondson

Four different people are named in a will – Delia, an opera singer robbed of her voice by illness; George, an idealistic scientist; Marjorie, desperately poor & unable to dislodge her writer’s block; & Lucius, whose personal life is in chaos. This is a tale of four strangers summoned to a grand but neglected villa on the Italian coast.

I was gifted this book by my colleagues at work for my birthday but I thought I would leave it until my holidays in Italy. And I’m so glad I did. This is not the usual kind of book I would read but I absolutely adored it. So much effort and research was put into the setting and characters that it makes you feel like you are familiar with the setting. The book is full of mystery and it’s so hard to put down! I loved every minute of reading this book!

 

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Small Great Things / Jodi Picoult

When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.
Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.It is about opening your eyes.

This book was so beautifully written and extremely relevant. There was so much emotion in the book and I feel like it really did open my eyes. I urge you to read it.

 

What have you been reading this month?

Much love,

louise-x

Louise Chatters : June

Hellllllo! Another month is over and what a month it was! June was absolutely fantastic!

It was holiday month and what a fab time I had away. Michael and I went to Italy which was INCREDIBLE. We went to Milan, Florence, Pisa and Lake Garda and of course, there’s a full post on each one (still working on the Lake Garda one.) We honestly had the most amazing time together and it was a well-needed break, especially for Michael. Although we were busy the whole time when we were away, I really feel like I switched off and I really needed it. I did use social media but not constantly so I really did feel like I got away from everything.

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At the beginning of the month, I got to catch  up with my uni boys which was absolutely AMAZING. Two of them had been away travelling so I hadn’t seen them altogether since Grad Ball. I had such a good night with them and we had such a laugh.

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I got to watch my friend Katie graduate this month with a 1st class honours. So so happy for her and she deserves it so much!

I only had a couple of therapy sessions this month as I was away but they were pretty good. We talked about relationships and friendships etc and it has made me realise just how much I’ve grown in the past few years. YAS. Go me.

I have had such a great month spending time with Michael and I don’t think I show my appreciation for  him as much as I should. He is honestly the best. Soppy I know, and such a poor quality picture but he honestly melts my heart.

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I’ve been feeling quite positive about my appearance recently. My skin is behaving so well and it makes such a difference in how I feel about my appearance. I’ve also started using Bondi Sands to give myself a bit of colour which makes me feel so much better than being super pasty (not that there’s anything wrong with it, I just like being tanned.)

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I’ve also had so many realisations this month. One being that life is far, far too short. It’s made me try and push myself out of my comfort zones more and do more things with my  evenings after work. It’s made me realise the importance of being positive and trying to get any negativity out of my life. I think I’m going to make a list of how I can achieve this and push myself further.

I have started running again and it feels so good! I need to keep at it because it benefits me so much. I really want July to be a good one so I’m going to do everything I can to make it great.

I think that’s it for this month. What have you been up to?

Much love,

louise-x

 

Pisa

If you’ve been on here recently, you’ll know Michael and I took a trip to Italy which we had been planning for some time. I was so so ecstatic to have some time away from home and work and to just explore and relax. We went to Milan, Florence, Pisa & Lake Garda and had the most wonderful time. Italy has stolen a big piece of my heart and I will definitely be returning! I wanted to share some of my photos and write about my favourite memories from the trip so that in the future, I can look back and remember. I took quite a few photos so I have split my trip into four posts. Read about what we got up to in Milan and Florence too!

During our trip to Florence, we decided to hop on the train and take a day trip to Pisa. Michael had warned me that there’s not too much to see in Pisa, and that the main attraction was the tower. So I set off that morning with low expectations.

He was right that we wouldn’t need more than a day there, but I thought it was still absolutely beautiful! We knew we had a wee walk to get from the train station to the leaning tower so  we stopped for a little drink. On the way, we also did a fair bit of shopping. I absolutely loved all the little alleyways in Pisa and all the streets were so beautiful and quaint. I could have spent hours just wandering around.

 

To be honest, when we arrived at the leaning tower, I thought it was going to be a lot taller that it was. I never knew that there was a cathedral and baptistery there too but the three of them together looked incredible. It was absolutely heaving busy and it was so funny seeing so many people taking the good old ‘holding the tower up’ picture. It was honestly hilarious and made taking our own photos, so much less cringey and embarrassing.

Cattedrale Metropolitana Primaziale di Santa Maria Assunta and the baptistery were both absolutely stunning both inside and out. We spent some time looking inside both buildings and admiring the detail in the architecture.

Michael went for a wander and told me he had got us tickets to go up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. At the time, I was extremely sun burnt and it was 36 degrees, so there was nothing I wanted to do less than climb the tower. But we did it together and it was SO worth it. It was so strange being inside the tower because you could feel yourself on a slope and you walked up the spiral staircase and got to the top.  Even at the top is was rather tilted which was really strange when walking around the outside of the tower. The views were absolutely stunning and it was definitely worth the climb!

Have you been to Pisa?

Much love,

louise-x

Florence

As I said in my previous post, recently, Michael and I took a trip to Italy which we had been planning for some time. I was so so ecstatic to have some time away from home and work and to just explore and relax. We went to Milan, Florence & Lake Garda and had the most wonderful time. Italy has stolen a big piece of my heart and I will definitely be returning! I wanted to share some of my photos and write about my favourite memories from the trip so that in the future, I can look back and remember. I took quite a few photos so I have split my trip into three posts. Read about what we got up to in Milan, here.

I honestly did not expect Florence to effect me the way it did. Yes, I was looking forward to it but I never thought I’d fall in love with it. Oh my, Florence is the most beautiful place I have ever been and is now my most favourite place on the planet. It was absolutely STUNNING.

 

Michael suggested we go on the open top City Sightseeing Tour so we managed to take two different trips over two days, exploring and learning about the city centre and the countryside. The bus allowed us to hop on and hop off so we managed to see so many attractions and sights that we wouldn’t have if we hadn’t taken the tour bus.

 

There were so many buildings and cathedrals that took my breath away and the pictures could never do them justice. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is without a doubt, the most amazing building I have ever seen. I fell in love with it and we were fortunate enough to spend two evenings dining and having drinks outdoors next to it, with a live band playing as entertainment. There was so so much detail to the building and it was MASSIVE.

 

The food was UH, just amazing. On the first evening, we found a little restaurant and had the most beautiful pasta with ragu. I absolutely loved being able to eat and drink outdoors at our own pace and spend the evening talking and relaxing. Our second evening in Florence consisted of us eating out at a restaurant belonging to Michael’s family. The decor was beautiful and the food was delicious. We had done so much walking about and exploring during the days so it was so perfect being able to chill out in the evenings as well as still seeing the city.

If you can’t tell, Florence was my favourite part of the trip without a doubt. I would honestly go back in a heartbeat. Our accommodation was only a ten minute walk from the centre and was extremely reasonably priced! Food and drink was not expensive at all, it was about the same as you would pay when out dining in the UK. I definitely would recommend a visit to Florence as it is absolutely beautiful, breathtaking and affordable!

 

Have you been to Florence?

Much love,

louise-x