19 Sep 2018

Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves?

Young woman in green top posing in street
Young woman in green top posing in street

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am only 23 years old

Emphasis on the only. Yes, I may feel old, but I’m not. I’m hopefully less than a third of the way through my life, maybe a quarter if I’m lucky. I’m still very much “young”, despite the joy I find in staying in and buying new duvets. I’m an old soul, but that doesn’t change my age.

The thing is, society seems to tell us that we have to reach certain milestones at distinct points in our lives. I remember thinking quite clearly when I was in my teens that I would be married with a house and children at 25 years old. I’m less than two years away from 25 now, and I can quite honestly say that I don’t want that to happen. The house, yes, but I’ll be replacing those hypothetical children with dogs for now.

People often comment on how much I take on, which made me realise that I sure do like to fill up my plate a lot. At the moment I’m trying to balance two growing businesses and a blog whilst attempting to finish my degree, have a semblance of a social life and make regular visits to the gym. Why? Who is telling me I have to do all of this stuff? Why do I feel so much pressure to have such a hectic life?


Top - ASOS, Jeans - New Look, Shoes - ASOS


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12 Sep 2018

Brand Focus: Pixi Beauty

Picture of collection of Pixi Beauty Products in green packaging

Picture of Pixi Beauty Rose Blend Oil lying on a blanket

Pixi is definitely a bit of a “blogger favourite” brand these days, but up until the start of this year, I hadn’t actually tried any of their products for myself. Back in March, I had my first experiences with their cult Glow Tonic and straight away I could see why everyone loved them so much.

I’ve been trying to focus on cruelty-free beauty this year and finding brands like Pixi makes it so much easier. I know I can rely on their products to work for my skin, and although they’re not the cheapest of ranges they’re definitely not the most expensive. I wasn’t quite sure what all the hype was about before I tried them for myself, but having put them to the test I’m sold. I’d even go as far as to say that Pixi is my favourite beauty brand of 2018… but there are still 3 months left so we’ll see!

If you’re like I used to be, and are yet to understand the hype surrounding Pixi Beauty, here are some of my highlights from the brand’s range so far. Some of these products were kindly gifted to me at a press dinner earlier this summer, but I’ve already made some repurchases since then. That’s when you know they’re good - I’m not typically brand loyal.

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5 Sep 2018

Creating a Workspace That Works for You

Inspiring Student Workspace Decor Inspiration Ideas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Inspiring Student Workspace Decor Inspiration Ideas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Inspiring Student Workspace Decor Inspiration Ideas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Inspiring Student Workspace Decor Inspiration Ideas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Tidy desk, tidy mind

Or so they say, anyway. Whatever the general consensus is, I do find that I tend to work better and be in a better frame of mind if my space is tidy. That doesn't mean that I'm great at keeping it tidy, because both my mum and my floordrobe will attest to my bad habits, but I do try my best.

With the start of a new year at university looming, it seemed like a good opportunity to rejig my workspace a bit and get myself ready for the long days of studying that lie ahead. Yes, I will find any excuse for "productive procrastination" as I possibly can. I mean, it's worked, because here I am writing this blog post from my nice tidy desk.

My favourite Pinterest board is my workspace inspiration board, which I add to most days. I'm mostly saving inspiration for the day when I finally buy a house and have a spare room to turn into a beautiful office, as opposed to shoving a desk into a corner of my cramped room - but it still comes in handy in the meantime.

If you, like me, find that having a nice workspace works wonders for your productivity, then here are some of my top tips for creating a workspace that really works, no matter how much space you have.


Notepad & notebook - Annie Dornan Smith
Never look back, never give up print - Cawligraphy


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