Thursday, 26 February 2015

What's In My Weekend Bag?

What's In My Bag?

What's In My Bag? Essentials

I haven't done a 'What's In My Bag' post for ages! I love snooping through other bloggers bags and seeing what they have, especially their mini beauty bits.

Last time I did a What's In My Holiday Make Up Bag and Skincare Bag and also a What's In My College Bag, which consisted mostly of books and pens. This is the bag I normally use at the weekends and take a larger bag during the week at work, just to fill with all my food and books!
What's In My Bag? Essentials

I always have my ticket wallet on me, if not then I can't get to work! It was a Christmas present from a few years ago and has come in so much use. It holds my photocard, train ticket, Oyster card and key fob for getting into my office - basically if I lose this then I'm screwed! And as if I could ever live without my Burt's Bees lip balm...

What's In My Bag? Essentials

Car keys are pretty self-explanitory, I have quite a few keyrings just so they're easier to find at the bottom of my bag! I'm never without my Urbanears headphones and iPod Nano, just a little music from the station to work can really perk up my mood before work.

What's In My Bag Essentials

My sister gave me this notebook for Christmas and I just use it to scribble down to-do lists, blog post ideas and general musings! I also use my Parker pen, that my mum had inscribed with my name for my birthday and Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Hand Cream because this is the hand cream made from Gods... 

What's In My Bag Essentials

After having my purse stolen last year, I have only the essentials in this one and keep it right at the bottom of my bag! Tissues and hand gel are another essential for travelling to London or going out and because I hate getting ill too.

So that's what is in my bag! I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know what your bag essentials are too.

Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

OOTD: Preppy Skirt and Statement Jumper

OOTD: Preppy Skirt and Statement Jumper with New Look, Warehouse, Tesco and East

OOTD: Preppy Skirt and Statement Jumper with New Look, Warehouse, Tesco and East
Coat: Warehouse
Jumper: F+F
Skirt and Scarf: New Look
Bag: East
Shoes: Converse

Don't you just love rediscovering old favourites? I used to adore wearing this skirt with a smart shirt or with a grey jumper like above. It's actually quite a thick skirt, so is perfect for winter and I'll definitely be styling this with a white cricket jumper and black ankle boots soon. Winter is the perfect time for wearing jumpers or shirts tucked into skirts with boots, I find they're the perfect in between from jeans or trousers to dresses at work too!

Also please excuse the sunshine! The weather has been crazy this week, sunshine then rain then snow and finally sunshine again. I don't think it really knows whether it's winter or spring yet! I've got another busy week filled with trains and work, but it's less than 4 weeks until I go to Japan, so I'm super excited for that. Hopefully I'll be able to get some posts schedule for the blog whilst I'm away too!

What do you think of this outfit? Have you got an old favourite you've recently discovered?

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Instagram: Pancakes, The Queens Pad and Snow... again

Pancake Day 2015

Probably one of the best days of the year (after Christmas obvs) Pancake Day or Ash Tuesday means pancakes for dinner! My speciality is lightly fried banana with Nutella, you've seriously got to try it. Banana is so much sweeter fried and perfect when added with melted Nutella... Can we have Pancake Day every Tuesday?

OOTD: Lime Green Jumper and My Favourite Jeans

A classic OOTD with my favourite jeans. I'm sure you're all probably tired of me talking about these jeans, but I feel like it's a jean milestone in my wardrobe that I should definitely mark! Check out this OOTD here.

Buckingham Palace

Alongside talking about my jeans too much is travel. I've found a different and quicker walk home, which passes Fortnum & Mason through Green Park and pass Buckingham Palace. I'm normally dodging all the tourists, but stopped to grab this picture last Friday and it doesn't look half bad at night.

Snow!

Just as we thought spring was approaching, a load of snow and cold weather comes our way. I woke up to this Saturday morning, but most of it had gone by midday which is good. I don't mind snow, but hate the ice. I'm forever slipping over and bruising  or breaking something!

Lewes South Downs

I spent my Saturday in Lewes meeting my past editor for some lunch and a catch up. The only thing I don't like about London is that there's no natural beauty, unless you find an amazing park in central! It was sunny driving to Lewes and you can see the South Downs as you're driving through, which is always a good photo opportunity!

Also, thank you all for your lovely comments on my Dealing With Your Comfort Zones post - means a lot to me!

Rhiannon x

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Dealing with your Comfort Zone

Dealing with your Comfort Zone

I don't quite know where to start with this blog post, as it's not my usual fashion or beauty style posts but I fancied trying something different today! As always, share your views etc. in the comments because I love hearing from you.

Throughout your teenage years your comfort zones got tested. Even if you're the most outgoing or shy person, there's no denying that growing up is tough. I'd say I'm much more of an introvert when it comes to meeting new people or in new experiences, but around people that I know I become an extrovert and enjoy spending time with people. Recently there's been a few situations which have tested my comfort zones and how happy I am with that:

1. Nights out. I love going out to town and having a few drinks and a laugh with my friends and am more than happy to go up to a stranger and start having a conversation with them. It's when people become drunk and rude that I start feeling awkward and uncomfortable. 

To put this into context: I was out with my best friend when this clearly drunk guy started talking to me and he just kept badgering me, along with his jeering and immature friends in the background. In a nutshell, I couldn't wait to get out of there because I felt so put on the spot and uncomfortable - it's pretty hard to describe really!

2. 'Can you do me a favour?' Saying no to something doesn't come that easily to me - I'm definitely a yes girl! I wouldn't want to miss out on an opportunity or new learning experience by saying no. But when it's a favour that you're really not comfortable with doing, it becomes difficult to say no. I've made tons of mistake from favours which I felt uncomfortable with doing but still said yes anyway.

3. Stepping out of the Comfort Zone. When you are quite a shy or introvert type person, it is so hard to step out of your comfort zone. For example, when you've been at school from age 5 to 18, then you either go to uni or take the leap into the working world. It's a bloody tough decision. You're so used to a routine that when you try something different, it's scary at first.


There's a few situations where I've felt uncomfortable and awkward stepping out of my comfort zone. So what do you do about it?


1. Take yourself out of the situation. If you're feeling really really uncomfortable then just take yourself away for a bit and come back. People will understand if you're feeling nervous and self-conscious. I've done this quite a lot and just walk away for a few minutes then come back to the group again.

2. Ask for help. Following on from point 2, if you really don't know what you're doing then the worse you can do is ask for help. I've been helping my boss out a lot recently and felt scared to ask him at first, but I'm sure he'd rather know if I didn't feel comfortable doing something and ask instead of doing it!

3. Repetition. This is more in regards to stepping out of your comfort zone. Travelling up to London for work was a massive jump for me, but after doing it for a few months you soon get back into a routine and it becomes less scary to do and you can do it with your eyes closed. All new experiences are good experiences in my mind. You learn and discover new things, make mistakes and find opportunities. 

I hope this has helped some people, even if it has helped just one person it's been a massive relief to get it all off my chest! Let me know what you think and share your own tips for stepping out of your comfort zone :)

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 19 February 2015

My Top 5 Lip Balms

Top 5 Lip Balms

Dry lips are the bane of my life. I'm pretty awful for applying lip balm regularly, let alone lipstick! I always use to be a Boots own lip balm kinda gal, but I've seemed to have grown a little collection of lip balms over the years... 

Top 5 Lip Balms Carmex

A classic lip balm for everyone. Carmex has been a favourite of mine for years, it tastes bloody good and makes your lips tingle! I know you're not really suppose to eat lip balm, but when it tastes this good... I've been through two pots now and just discovered the tube balm (best invention yet) It does keep your lips moisturised, but I find I have to apply this one a lot more through out the day compared to others.

Top 5 Lip Balms Maybelline Baby Lips

The over-hyped Baby Lips from a few years ago are one of my daily go-to lip balms. I have the Intense Care and Mint Fresh, which is another one I love the smell of! Intensive Care stays on my bedside table and makes for a great overnight lip balm as it's not too sticky but provides good moisture during the night. I do adore the smell of Mint Fresh and it is a great every day lip balm to provide lightweight hydration. 

Top 5 Lip Balms balance Me

I'm still pretty new to balance Me products, but if the rest of their range is as good as their lip balms, then I know I'll love them! Both of these came with two past Glamour issues and I've used them on and off for a while now. I love the fact they're both from 100% origin, as it really makes a difference to your skincare. The tinted lip salve (left) has a slight sheen to it, so I normally pick up the intensive lip salve (right) especially as it smells like roses!

Top 5 Lip Balms Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

So not technically a lip balm, but pretty amazing even so. The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream provides relief to dry and chapped skin, softens cuticles and rough patches, but I prefer using it for dry lips. This product might be a bit like marmite to some people, but it's my most used lip balm for when I've got super dry lips. The consistency is quite thick and adds a gloss to your lips and has a strong scent, but works to soften my chapped lips. 


Top 5 Lip Balms Burt's Bees

And saving the best until last! I only recently picked this up after searching for a natural lip balm that still does the job. So many people recommend Burt's Bees, especially the grapefruit version, and not one to miss out, I finally got my own. I absolutely adore this. There's no other way to say it! It provides an average moisture, nothing too intense or sticky, whilst keeping your lips chapped free. And making me want to eat it...

What's your favourite lip balm? Do you like eating them as much as I do?!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

OOTD: Lime Green Jumper and My Favourite Jeans

OOTD: Lime Green Jumper and My Favourite Jeans

OOTD: Lime Green Jumper and My Favourite Jeans
Coat: Zara
Jumper: Primark
Shirt and Scarf: New Look
Jeans: ASOS
Shoes: Topshop
Bag: River Island

I feel like I've gone on and on about these jeans enough, but I might have, dare I say, found The One. They've survived a couple of washes, haven't lost their shape or colour and still fit like a glove. They also compliment my jumper-of-the-moment perfectly and don't involve any rips or cold knees. Some outfits look like I've been dragged through my wardrobe backwards, but I feel like I've almost found my signature style without having to go shopping every weekend, but that still doesn't stop me window shopping...

This New Look scarf (like this but in green!) has been an absolute saviour this winter. Big enough to constitute as a shawl, but still small enough to fit in my work bag. I love the two sides, one black and white check and the other blue and green check, as my sister would say: it's ginger hair friendly. For anyone who doesn't have ginger hair, just take a moment to appreciate the hardship us ginger nuts have to go through when shopping! It's a tough moment. 

What's your signature style?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


Sunday, 15 February 2015

Instagram: London, Photography and a Standard Rhiannon Week.

To sum up my week: did some exciting things at work and visits, half of me fell down through the gap between the platform and the train (seriously, don't ask), caught a lovely cold and spent Valentine's ill and in bed. Sounds like a standard Rhiannon week.

Motivational Quote from Pinterest
This week hasn't exactly been my best. From personal to work reasons, when Friday came around I was so glad that the working week was over! In any case, it hasn't been the worse week of my life, I'm still here aren't I?! Roll on Monday. 

London Building at night

Following on from my positive new week mood... I'm pretty lucky to work in London and experience it. I'll still stand by my opinion that the best times to actually see London is super early in the morning, like 8ish or during the evenings when all the building are lit up. 

I've still got a ton to do on my London bucket list for this year, but I'm just waiting for when the weather gets a little better because taking photos in the rain and wind is not a fun experience. 

OOTD Cropped Top and Blazer

And here she is wearing the SAME outfit she always does! But if it isn't broken, why fix it? A clean cut and comfortable blazer is just as important as finding The One in your jeans. I've had this New Look blazer for years and bought it for about £25, so I've definitely got my money's worth on this one!

Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads Review

There's been a few changes to Everything But The Kitchen Sink over the past few weeks, following my Blogging Resolutions. But I feel pretty proud of my photography this week. Even if I don't know what all the buttons do (seriously, does anyone?!) I felt a little proud feeling when I saw the finished photos of my Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads Review.

Valentine's Day 2015

For anyone who was living under a rock, it was Valentine's Day yesterday. Up there with the most depressing day of the year for single gals with New Year's Eve (the pressure of the midnight kiss!) I spent mine nursing a cold in bed whilst watching The Great Gatsby. Couldn't have spent it with anyone better than Leo. 

What's been your highlight this week? What did you do for Valentine's Day?

Thank you for reading!
Rhiannon x


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