Monday, 28 July 2014

Magazine 'Freebies' with InStyle

Gifts in magazines can be a very dangerous thing to me. When I was a kid it was collecting all the cards or trying out all the mini pastel nail polishes and beauty products that just added to the overall magazine experience. Nowadays almost every publication offers something at least once or twice a month to keep interest going.

I myself are a sucker for anything that adds to the value of the magazine! Glamour gives great 'freebies' throughout the year, as do Company. Glamour's Clinque products were a particular hit for their August issue! But what attracted me to InStyle August issue was the mini Neals Yard Geranium and Orange hand cream - worth so much more than the actual magazine itself. So far it's a lovely purchase, long-lasting and moisturising with the perfect balance of zing and floral scents. 

Magazines that offer something a little extra are guaranteed sales, it's the attraction of getting something more for your buck. I love the fact that publications have caught on to this and add high-end products each month, alongside great editorial and writing. 

What do you think about magazine 'freebies'? Are you a sucker for them too?

Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Quote: Once She Stopped Rushing Through Life

Scrolling through the 'Quote' section of Pinterest has become a daily habit for me. Whether it's just a way of perking myself up on a Monday morning or calming my nerves down with, 'you can do it!', type images, Pinterest can keep me entertained for hours. 

I particularly like this one because it's quite relevant to what's currently happening in my life right now. Since I got back from holiday a few weeks ago (feels like a lifetime ago!) it's all been full steam ahead with barely any pit stops and catch ups with people. Finishing college, new job, saying goodbye to old employers and friends and basically reconstructing my life. I see it as reconstructing because I'm not changing the bases, which are my family and friends who all keep me so grounded and make me feel like Rhiannon again, but changes in direction and fulfillment.

Most noticeably, I've hardly had any time to put all of my efforts into this blog. I've had a spare hour or two, where I've set aside writing posts and general social media interaction, but I hope to fit in more! It's true that it takes a lot of time, however, the results are more than worth it. 

In light of the above quote, taking a little break here and there to take part in the things I enjoy will be beneficial in the long run. I'll still be blogging, perhaps not on a regular basis, but there's still ideas to put into posts - so I'll be sticking around for a little while longer!

Thanks for reading and for all the comments and follows, it means so much to me, you'll never know how much!

Rhiannon xx

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Top Five Favourite Books

Books have become one of my guilty pleasures. Alongside music and films, all these hobbies have an escapism that is what attracts me. It's a known fact that I can't get enough of reading, whether it be books, magazines, newspapers or blogs, there's always something to read and imagine. Although these may be my top five books for the moment, by next year it could totally change, but these are the books I keep coming back to!

I have my GSCE and A-Level English Lit teacher to thank for this. We read the book as a class and I just got hooked. I'll admit that I've only read this book by Charles Dickens and small extracts from his other novels, but I fell in love with the way he writes. I'd describe it as Old-ish English (in comparison to the rest of the top five!) but still easy to understand. It's a book that teaches you life skills, about being kind, patient and knowing that you have 'Great Expectations' ahead of you. Full review here.

This one might be a slight cheat, as I love all of Lindsey Kelk's books! New York has to be one of my favourite cities in the world, along with London and Paris, and this book does nothing but enhance that love! The main character, Angela, is basically what I want to be. Live in New York, co-create and become Editor of a women's fashion magazine with amazing friends and family. It's a definite chic-lit book and hilariously funny throughout. Thoroughly recommend this!

A quite new favourite book, but you've got to believe in the hype. I think I finished this book in just under a week, it is that captivating. It gets you crying, laughing and smiling throughout the whole read, but it's one of those annoying ones that you want to find out what happens afterwards! It's a classic romance with a heartwarming and poignant plot. Read my full review here.

Another book to thank my GCSE and A-Level English Lit teacher for! Again, we had to read this as homework - which is harder than you think, as I like to take my time with books! I'm yet to read Pride & Prejudice and Emma (they're on my to-read lists!) but I do love the romance between Anne and Captain Wentworth. It opens your eyes to another class and era that history books just can't teach. It's one of those books that it's glaringly obvious that they'll get together in the end, but frustrating at all the missed opportunities beforehand!

A slight change of literacy direction from the last book... but it's got to be said that To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic. Throughout my History studies we learnt about the Deep South of 1900s America, which was one of my favourite topics. Harper Lee explores the attitudes of adults to race and class in the 1930s through the eyes of two children, which is a refreshing change from the norm. It's a difficult novel to explain, because there's various sub-plots, but it's truly amazing! Read about my favourite quote here!

No top five favourite books could be without The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. The hype has all been true and so much more. I've read it too many times to count, and each time there's something else I've missed or forgotten about. It's a coming-of-age book which doesn't hold back on the realities of living and dying with cancer. I'd describe it as a modern love story with just a touch of cancer (TFIOS readers will know what I'm taking about!) I'm planning to do a 'Book vs Film' post on this soon as the film was as equally AMAZING! Full book review here.

Let me know what you think of these books and what's your top five favourites - I'd love some new reads!
Rhiannon xx

Friday, 25 July 2014

My Fitness Ethos #3 Music Motivation

Some people love working out to music and others find it a distraction, I'm firmly in the first camp! In general terms, I can't live without my iPod and music. Even the five minute journey to work isn't the same without the radio or a classic 2000s CD on! And when I'm running, there's nothing better than having a good and motivational playlist to get me going.

With my workout gear, I have a little zip pocket on the back of my leggings which fits my phone, key and much-needed iPod. I don't technically have a 'running playlist' but I do go through my Top 25, because they're obviously songs I like listening to, as well as listening whatever new music I'd recently uploaded. I also do have a few fail-safe albums that I go through when running:

So Long, See You Tomorrow by Bombay Bicycle Club
Opposites by Biffy Clyro
Midnight Memories by One Direction (Saying it loud and proud!)
Ghost Stories by Coldplay
X by Ed Sheeran
Riot by Paramore

There's so many more, but it'll be a very long post to list them all! Anything that's up beat with a rocky-ish edge will always be in my good books. At the moment, I've only got a little bit of space left on my iPod, but any music suggestions, for exercise or not, let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

OOTD: White Blazer and Blue Jumper. Plus an Update!

Blazer: ASOS
Jumper and Jeans: H&M
Shoes New Look

My blog has been feeling slightly neglected over the past few days - totally unintentional, of course. Since last week I've celebrated my 19th birthday (Oh how old!), had a job interview, had a job offer, spent my last day at my internship and eaten far too much cake and cheesecake. And not necessarily in that order. 

I might put up a 'Birthday Haul' type post, but it's by no means me bragging! I actually spent the day by myself, at my interview and shopping along Oxford Street, which wasn't all that bad! Then I travelled back up to London the day after for a second interview and got a job offer! The job role is E-commerce Marketing Assistant, which sounds pretty fancy, but it's promoting beauty brands online, helping out with copywriting etc. for a company in Soho. I start on the 4th August, so fingers crossed everyone! My last day at my internship was a sad one, I've been there since October, so it was sad to part ways. From today onwards I'll be carrying on at my part time job and just relaxing before I start work in the real world!

This outfit I wore last week just to pop into town, although people may think that wearing a blazer is a bit too fancy! I adore this blazer so much I'm literally never away from it. I can't wait to wear it again this weekend for a belated birthday celebration with my gingham leggings. Ripped jeans and blazers just go so well together, as do brogues, which mixes up the whole smart/casual look. 

Phew - that was a BIG post! Just goes to show how quickly things can change over a matter of days. Blogging schedule will resume again, probably until I start my new job, then it might just be a case of me finding the time! It's all looking up now!

Thanks for reading (if you made it this far...) and I hope you're all having a great week!

Rhiannon xxx

P.S Just look at the celebration cheesecakes my sister and her boyfriend I posted on Instagram:

I'm going to be so chubbs by the time I get through all these....

Friday, 18 July 2014

OOTD: Gingham Leggings and Lilac

Gingham Leggings and Lilac OOTD

Gingham Leggings and Lilac OOTD

Gingham Leggings and Lilac OOTD

Gingham Leggings and Lilac OOTD

Jacket: Primark
Top and Bag: H&M
Leggings: Topshop
Shoes: Forever 21

If you had asked me a year ago if I'd be wearing a pair of gingham print leggings, I'd be laughing at you! I think it's definitely been the Brighton effect - it's such a cultural city, that's so vibrant that if I'd worn a gingham onesie, no one would've blinked an eye. I've found that wearing these leggings are probably the easiest thing ever. Just throw on a plain t-shirt, anything with pattern will just clash badly, and a pair of trainers or sandals and you're good to go!You may have noticed a small white patch on the left leg, unfortunately that's a print mistake and I'd taken the tags off before I noticed :(

  I've had these shoes for a long time, but they've survived quite a lot and I'm not sure how I'm going to replace them! My mini duffle bag has also been a great long-wearing piece. It can fit all your essentials plus a water bottle and can adjust to fit on your shoulder or across the body, which is always a bonus. 

Luckily, work gave me a few office bits to do today, so I've been inside and escaped the humid heat! How crazy was last night's thunder storm?! I was just watching it from my bed, thinking how beautiful it all was. Very weird British weather!

Rhiannon xx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

My Fitness Ethos #2 Seven Minute App Cheat

I did a post a while back on My Fitness Ethos and thought I'd follow it up!

Sometimes I can go weeks of running four or more times a week and eating pretty good (I say that, because a few chocolate digestives here and there probably aren't the 'healthiest'!) But then something will set me back, like getting ill or having a massive work overload, and I'll stop running and exercising for a few weeks. It takes motivation and dedication. I'll admit that I'm not one for early morning runs, I much prefer the cool of the evenings and when I feel like I'm about to fall asleep at 6:30pm! But when I'm not running, I use an app called 7 Minute Workout:

As the name suggests, it's a seven minute long workout which gets you working basically everywhere! You can either chose to do the warm-up or not (adds an extra two minutes onto your time, so I miss it!) then it proceeds to the main section of the workout. There's a variety of exercises, from sit-ups and push-ups to step-ups and jumping jacks, which all last about a minute or so with about four seconds break in between. It might sound like a lot, but you can pause between exercises to take a breather - I usually do!

I'm yet to try out the 'Smart Workout' but the seven minute one suits me just fine. I actually manage to squeeze this in before I go to work, as it requires minimal effort of getting ready! I sometimes add a few burpees onto the end, just because they're my favourite form of circuit training as such. Overall results have been quite pleasing so far, coupled with my 40 minute runs a few times a week, there's been a real difference. Needless to say I'll be carrying on with my fitness cheat for a while yet!

Have you guys used this app before? What's your fitness tips? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xxx