Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Old English Company: A Brand Overview*


At the end of March, I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Old English Company, who very kindly wanted to gift me a selection of products that I had chosen, which I could review here on my blog.  We had been following each other on social media for quite some time and when I knew that I'd get the chance to work with them, I was so excited!

Described on their website as a 'stationery and homeware brand', they create all of their products by hand in their Stamford studios. They didn't want to incorporate any particular calligraphy rules to their designs and they wanted to use their own personal lettering to come up with stylish, innovative ideas that contained relatable messages for the public to connect with.

I wanted to have a look at a variety of the items on their website, as that would allow me to give a much more thorough overview of the whole brand and what they have to offer to potential shoppers. In total, I was sent: 3 greetings cards, a coaster, a mug, a notebook, a pocket mirror, a cosmetic bag and a pin!

Ideally, I don't like to get people those bog standard birthday cards from Clintons or Card Factory. I like to be a bit more adventurous, a bit more unique and get them something special that (hopefully) stands out from the rest! Equally, if I know a family member or a friend is feeling down, I'd like to be able to get them a card, just to say that I'm thinking of them and to try and lift their spirits. I think all 3 of these cards are absolutely perfect for that. They aren't too flashy or colourful, but they have classic, simplistic designs that still mean a lot to the person on the receiving end! If someone you know or even someone you have occasionally chatted to on Twitter is having a particularly bad time with their mental health as of late, you could send them one of these cards with an encouraging message inside and a little handmade self-care box or something of the sort! If one of your friends has got a promotion at work or has set up their own business or something, you could send them one of the 'SHINE BRIGHT' cards, as that's guaranteed to show them that you're super proud! 



To those who know me personally, it won't come as much of a surprise to you that I ask for a coaster and a mug when the opportunity arises as I'm obsessed with drinking tea. It's more likely that I would give someone a mug with a quote on like this rather than keep it for myself, but I thought it was too cute not to get! Every time I have a cup of tea, I always allow myself the treat (okay, the habit/requirement) of having at least a couple of biscuits to dunk, because how could I possibly have a satisfactory cup of tea without them?! If you're wondering, my personal favourites are digestives, ginger nuts or the classic hobnobs (which I haven't had in what feels like a few years). Anyway, I digress. This mug is super cute and also a good size for drinking out of! I then chose the coaster to go with it (even though they have completely different quotes), because I've never owned my own coaster before and as it has one of my favourite quotes ever, I thought it was only right that I get a coaster which I can put my brand new mug on! I think it's lovely, affordable and it even has a pretty design on it, so what more could you want?!


Although I'm pretty much obsessed with all stationary in general, I genuinely do have a real addiction to notebooks. I'm not sure what it is, because half the time they just collect dust and sit in my house somewhere (oops!), but I can't help myself from wanting more. At the moment, I've been going through quite the "motivational" phase. I'm super focused on my education, my future, my own personal growth and progression and I'm not going to let anything, not even myself, stand in my way. I always look to inspiring, empowering quotes, as I think they are so important in guiding you and making you want to be the best version of you that you can be. "JUST OWN IT" is a simple enough quote, but it holds a lot of meaning. You should be who you are and have faith in yourself and in everything that you set out to do. Be proud and feel sassy, always. This notebook can be used to jot down any "change the world" kind of ideas that you have, any career plans that you want to put together or anything else that will help you to get on the right track. You will be much more productive and successful in reaching your goals if everything is in the same place!


Whenever any of us girls are out and about, we should always want to carry a pocket mirror! Although in this day and age, we will have our phone on us most of the time, what would we do if it ran out of battery or it was switched off at the time we needed to see how the enormous spot on our chin looked? My point is, a pocket mirror is always handy to have, as it can just be thrown in our handbag or our coat pocket and then we can easily see how to touch up our lipstick, pluck that stray eyebrow hair or get food out of our front teeth. Who doesn't love something that's compact and a pretty pink anyway?! I'm sure there will be many times that you're grateful you took this product out with you and the words on it will boost your self esteem and pop a smile on your face too! 



Now, don't get me wrong. I love absolutely everything that Old English Company gifted to me, but one of my personal favourites (if I had to choose!) would definitely be this makeup pouch. Although some people might think  that black isn't their cup of tea, as it can be seen to be quite a dull and dreary colour, I actually really like it, because it won't stain as much as a brighter bag would and the white contrasts really nicely too. The material feels like it's super high quality, which will last you a long time, so that you can get endless usage out of it! I also think that it's the perfect size for travelling or using on a day-to-day basis, because it isn't too bulky due to its shape, but its just enough to fit in your essentials (and a bit more on top of that!). The quote is uplifting in regard to your self esteem, as is the pocket mirror and it fits in well with the idea of it being a make up pouch. 

As someone who has never owned a pin before, but who has always wanted to build up a collection, I was super excited to see that there was one on the website with my go-to girl power quote on it! I think that through this post, we can all see the sort of style that I like to go for (bad-ass, sassy, inspiring - you get the gist!) and it's obvious that this quote in particular resonates a lot with me, especially considering I want it as a coaster AND as a pin! Ever since I saw other people buying pins, I've always wanted to have a few which I can wear on my basic tees, my dungarees or my denim jacket or even to stick on the memory board next to my bed if I need a motivational morning pick me up. As I mentioned with the coaster, I love the little detailing around the edges and I really do think that I will get a lot of use out of this beaut!

So, that's it for today's post! Do let me know what you think about this brilliant brand and if you have heard of them or ever purchased anything from them before. If not, would you be willing to now?

Lots of love always,


*This post contains gifts from Old English Company. All photographs, words and opinions are my own.*

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

New Skincare Staples


Over the past few months, I've been hearing more and more people talking about charcoal and the benefits that it can have in regard to health and beauty. Charcoal teeth whitening products, charcoal hair care and charcoal face masks are amongst some of the most popular that seem to be trending as of late. I'm always intrigued by the latest trends, even if I don't actually give them a go myself, but this time, I knew that I didn't want to miss out!

When I was scrolling through either someone's blog or their YouTube channel, I noticed that they were raving about the Garnier Pure Active Face Wash and how it's their go to because of the way it cleanses their oily, spot prone skin. I'd never seen this wash or the range advertised before, but seeing as I trusted this particular influencer and their opinions, I decided that I might as well give it a try.

For the past year or so, I've been fortunate enough to only get the odd breakout here and there, but recently my skin has been playing up and I've been in desperate need of some new additions to my routine which I can trial! This particular product is an anti-blackhead charcoal cleansing gel, which quite literally sounds like a miracle in a bottle for someone whose skin produces a fair bit of oil. This wash has a really nice consistency, as it's not really runny, but it isn't super thick and uncomfortable either. You only need a minimal amount, because a little can go a long way and the charcoal can be quite strong otherwise. Whenever I apply it to my face, I'm always left feeling really refreshed and zingy (if that's even the word!), especially when I have been working in McDonalds some evenings. It smells like it would revitalise your skin and it most definitely does that for me. For only £4.99 if you get it from Boots, I don't think you can go wrong at all!

If you want to be as sassy as I am, you can pick up the matching 3 in 1 Charcoal Anti-Blackhead Wash, Mask and Scrub which has multi-purpose uses to suit your needs and your preferences. Unlike the face wash, this has a much thicker texture and it has more substance to it. Having said that, it looks more like a charcoal mask when on the skin and it has stained my shower every time I use it, much to my mum's despair! If you want something that you can leave on for a couple of minutes whilst you condition your hair or shave your legs, then this would be a good purchase for you. The charcoal, blueberry extracts and salicylic acid really do make you feel like you're getting value for your money and properly treating your skin, even though Garnier is an affordable brand.

These are the only 2 products in the range at the moment, but I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled to see if any new additions make an appearance in the future.

What do you guys think of charcoal skincare? Will you be making a purchase any time soon?

Lots of love always,




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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Why My Grandparents Are My Everything


Words will never be enough to express the love and gratitude that I have for my grandparents. My childhood was quite a troubled and traumatic one at times and there were many moments where things had become so turbulent that I didn't even know what would happen the following day.
However, one thing that I always knew for certain was that my grandparents were going to be permanent parental figures throughout the years - and that still stands true 17 years down the line.

Now, my Father was in my life until I was 6, but since then, we haven't spoken or seen each other very much at all and that's just the way life has worked and I'm gradually beginning to accept that as time goes on, because it's been my kind of normal for the past 11 years. Even though I haven't grown up around him, I'm not going to sit here and throw shade, because that's just unfair and uncalled for and it wouldn't be very mature on my behalf.

All throughout primary school, I used to stay at my grandparents 3 days a week and stay with my mum and her partner for the other 4. The arrangement really worked for me, because I have always valued my grandparents and they have always been very 'hands on' and involved so to essentially live with them half of the time brought me so much happiness. We'd all watch Coronation Street and Deal or No Deal together in the evenings, I'd play with my Barbie dolls whilst my Grandad watched films and my Grandma read the paper and then as I stopped playing with my dolls, I'd resort to reading on the sofa or watching YouTube on my iPad instead. We would always have dinner altogether at the table as well as pudding (of course) and later on in the evening, we would all have cups of tea too, because we are traditionally British like that. Myself and my Grandma would then go upstairs and watch something like One Born Every Minute or Supersize Vs Supersize and then we would always have the ITV News on downstairs, unless I was at the age where bedtime had to be around 9pm. I don't remember the last time I went to bed at 9pm nowadays, let alone asleep by 9:30! How times have changed.

These memories are incredibly precious to me. I am so blessed at the fact that I got to spend most of my childhood with 2 of the most important people in my life, because I know not every child in the UK, let alone the world understands what a special relationship it is.

Both my Grandma and my Grandad have taught me endless lessons that I will forever hold close to my heart. Above anything else, they have taught me how men should treat women, to always be kind and have respect for others, to be patient and empathetic, to always try my best in school and to never let a boy or a man take advantage of my innocence or my body. I'm only human and so obviously I don't always listen to people's words of wisdom, despite knowing their right 99% of the time, but then my grandparents have always dealt with the tears and tantrums to help me move on from whatever the negative situation was.

Evidently, I never grew up in a typical family home. I didn't have 2 parents that were happily married and hopelessly in love. I don't recall my parents ever showing love or appreciation for each other. I've never had a dad who can protect me and talk down to any boys who disrespect me. I still feel quite bitter about that and that's understandable, because I am still a teenager, but this is the way that my life is and it's something that I'm used to now. Some days are just harder than other at accepting it. In a lot of ways, my Grandad is the man I look up to in order to see how women should be respected and treated. He has been married to my Grandma for over 60 years and that is the kind of love that I could only ever dream of. They have set such a wonderful example to both me and my older sister through the way they are as individuals and as a couple and I am blessed that I get to be related to them.

I think the picture that I've included at the beginning of this post is enough for anybody to see just how genuinely smitten they are with each other. I will always treasure it and I'm sure I'll look back on it in years to come when I have my own family to show and tell them just how much of an influence my Grandparents had on my life and my upbringing.

Although I don't see them as much at the moment since starting secondary school, I do still text my Grandma everyday and I call and visit them whenever the opportunity comes up.

I love you forever and always Granny and Grampy. Forever my favourites. 

Lots of love always,



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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Putting Yourself First*


Back in February (the month of luuuurvvvee), I was lucky enough to receive this motivational journal created by Wendy at The Love Monkey Company. I'd done my research on it before reaching out to her, and in all honesty, it looked like the perfect sort of journal to have in your life!

For anyone who has lost that spring in their step, or those looking to make some sort of change, this is what you need in order to reach those goals, and successfully see them through. I've always been fascinated with the idea of mindfulness, and journaling, but I've just never actually got into it until now.

This particular self-help journal starts off by with some inspirational quotes (which are always a win in my opinion!), and then for the next few pages, Wendy introduces her own story, and what life was like before and after she created this masterpiece. After that, she gives a few examples of what she doesn't want to happen in her life, and then she leaves some space for you to do the same.

Further on, you get the chance to create a happy list of, you guessed it, the things that make you happy.

Going through the book, you focus on what goals you want to achieve, what your timescale is, and how to ensure that you have the right, positive mindset. The idea is that you fill out a page each day based on what time you got up, whether you exercised and drank enough water, if you have any positive affirmations that you used (it's suggested that you implement at least 3 into your day!), whether you meditated, 4 things you are/were grateful for, spending a further 5 minutes visualising your day, planning out a short to-do list, and then thinking about your food, alcohol, mood, and any activity that you did in regard to self-care.

After the first 30 days, there's a section which allows you to round everything up, so thinking about what changed, what your biggest victory was, your overall commitment level, what you now do that you hadn't done before, the 3 things you always do to improve your mood, what habit needs reinforcing, what you will do to commit to doing this, rating your happiness out of 10, and what you need to remind yourself for the next 30 days.

As you may have guessed, you then do exactly the same thing for those, and then at the very end of the book, there is space for you to create a vision board, write any positive affirmation ideas, and then some pages for you to write any notes should you wish to do so.

I think that if you struggle with keeping track of your targets, or if you are the sort of person who always says they want to achieve something, but then procrastinates before they even start the process, then this could be the perfect journal for you!


Considering it's only £15, you get so much value for your money, as it will last you a couple of months, and then you can continue to do it throughout the year if you found that it worked for you. If change is going to be made in your life, it's essential that you put yourself, and your own needs first. Be grateful for what you have. Focus on your mindset and work on it if you need to. Use this journal as your daily reflection, and your daily source of encouragement.

If you don't want to take my word for it, take a look at the website, and you will see how many positive reviews there are from other people! This journal really can change your life, and even if you only make small changes each day, the end result will be incredible, and you will have wished that you took more time for yourself sooner.

Have you got your copy of this journal? If not, have you been tempted to make a purchase?

Lots of love always,



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Sunday, 25 March 2018

My Holy Grail Hair Care Tool

Most of you may not be aware of this, but I've always had a love-hate relationship with my hair. It used to be more like strawberry blonde little ringlets, and since then, it's changed a lot. Over time, I found that it naturally become more of a light brown, and it turned wavy rather than curly, but the fringe that formed wasn't quite so cute by the time I reached the age of 8, and started wearing glasses! I'd actually go as far as to say it was quite a tragic look, but one which I eventually grew out of by the time I started secondary school, much to my relief.

Over the years, I've admittedly dyed it quite a few times. For the most part, my mum would whip out those horrible plastic gloves, and use any decent looking kit from Boots, or Superdrug, just like my grandma used to do for my sister throughout her later teenage life. I went red, darker brown, black, and then in between it would turn gingery with either black, red, or blonde patches, and roots. What a sexy look I had going on back in the day.

It was always particularly greasy when I had a fringe, and although I'd make sure to condition thoroughly, the regular brushes I'd reach for would quite literally rip all my hair out, and not exactly work wonders for the knots.

However, I saw so many people speaking highly about the tangle teezer, and after coming across endless positive reviews, I asked my grandma if she could pick one up for me! This one that I've got now (photographed above), I've easily been using it religiously for at least 5 or 6 years, and I've genuinely never looked back! I do still have a paddle brush, and a couple of different combs that I use, but whenever I'm in the shower, out of the shower, or if my hair is at a manageable length, I'll always reach for this trusty tool. It works an absolute treat at detangling, and smoothing the conditioner through the mid-lengths to ends, because any other brush would just collect loads of hairs, and destroy my locks. I find it really easy to hold, and grip in my hand, so it's perfect to reach for without any fuss. Mine is in the 'Pink Fizz' shade (so I believe), which I have loved for years, but there are so many different styles, and colours available now that next time, I won't be so basic!

In my opinion, I would always invest in 1) a proper, high quality hairbrush and 2) a high quality, luxurious styling tool of your choice, whether that be a hairdryer, straighteners, or curlers. Tangle Teezer now have brushes particularly for thick, curly hair, salon type brushes (similar to the one I use, but more professional!), aqua brushes specifically for the shower or bath, kids ranges, smoothing tools, back combing brushes, and even a compact groomer for men! They really do tailor for everyone's needs.

The prices typically vary from £11-20, but it does entirely depend on what you're after. On their website, they actually offer you the chance to find out which one is best suited for your hair, and your wishes through providing a whole load of information, and videos! I'll definitely be picking up a few more when I get the chance, because who doesn't love new haircare products to get those luscious locks they have always desired?!

If you want to find out more, go to https://www.tangleteezer.com/, or your nearest beauty retailer.

Have you got a Tangle Teezer? What do you like about it?

Lots of love always,





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