10 Ways to Get Yourself out of a Mood.

I have to be honest, I'm probably the queen of the bad mood. It's one of my worst qualities and I find it so hard to dig myself out of them once I'm stuck, but there are some things that never fail to make me feel a little better. Here are 10 of my favourite ways to do it: 

1. Exercise
2. Bake
3. Try to be rational about your bad mood
4. Treat yourself to some beautiful new lingerie - boohoo have an amazing and pretty inexpensive range at the moment (pictured
5. Have a cup of tea 
6. Watch cute animal videos on youtube 
7. Going out with friends 
8. Pamper yourself with some of your favourite products 
9. Listen to some of your favourite music and dance around 
10. Binge on netflix

What about you, how do you like to cheer yourself up?

Interior Inspiration.

My room is a constant work in progress and lately I've been leaning towards the more boho yet minimalist end of the style spectrum. I figured a few new updates could be in order over the course of the new year and so have rounded up some inspirational images compiled from many a late night browse on Pinterest. 

I'm thinking of moving bed to rest on wooden pallets, adding lots of nice textured materials, possibly a tapestry and maybe even a new patterned duvet cover. Then I also think I might try and find a rug at home to cosy up the wooden floorboards and fill my frames with some more artistic pieces. Of course, fairy lights and candles are always a must too. I hope you like the images and find them somewhat inspiring! Don't forget that you can follow me on Pinterest here.

What kind of style do you like best?

Buddha Bowl.

Recipes with a little room for customisation are always the best, and the Buddha Bowl fits the bill perfectly. It doesn't appear that there is a universal agreement on what exactly a 'Buddha Bowl' has to be, but from 'research' (aka a quick google search) they seem to be any bowl that include a variety of vegetables, healthy fats, a dressing and vegetarian protein. The rest is up to you.

Here's how to put together your own version of the Buddha Bowl: 

These bowls are satisfying, nutritious and so easy to customise to what you're loving in the current moment. It's a great way to fit all your carbs, proteins, healthy fats, fibre and minerals into your day and use up/ mix and match your leftovers. I used rocket, avocado, carrot, roasted paprika chickpeas, beetroot, sweet potato, quinoa and hoummous in mine, but the list is endless. Here are some other ideas if you are stuck:


Greens: kale, spinach, arugala
Veggies: squash, broccoli, carrots, peppers, roasted eggplant, brussels sprouts, beets
Grains: quinoa, brown rice, wheat berries, farro
Protein: tofu, tempeh, chickpeas, beans, edamame, black beans
Healthy Fats: avocado, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, tahini, sesame oil

What do you think? Will you be making yourself one of these anytime soon?

The Confidence Givers.

There's a constant debate about whether makeup hurts or helps self-esteem and mood, but there's no doubt that looking and feeling our best with the outside can affect what's going on inside as well. My heart lies with the 'you do you' argument, if it's a red lip that makes you feel great, then rock it. That isn't to say that makeup will cure all your ills, there's not much that the new Naked Palette will to do solve a deep-rooted issue in your life, but on particularly bad days, it can at times boost your spirits and give you the oomph to get you going.

I'll always be an advocate for minimalist approach, heavily caked on makeup just isn't me, and I generally subscribe to the 'less is more' school of though, although you'll still catch me with a bold lip every now and again. That said, I prefer subtle enhancement products that aren't necessarily makeup but reside firmly within the general beauty area.

Tanning lotions are one such area, legs just look better a little bronzed up. The Madame LA tan has just been launched in Boots and gives legs a beautiful subtle glow that will have you feeling like a greek goddess, despite the weather. Well worth a try, and a lot more flawless than some of the mishaps I've had in the past.

My pearly whites are the other area I tend to focus on when I want to feel more confident. HiSmile's system uses bicarbonate instead of peroxide so is far gentler on your teeth, and doesn't irritate even my sensitive gums. I'm happy to say that my teeth have gone up a shade or two since using it, and it's vegan status just add to the plus points.

So my advice? Wear what makes you feel happy, but do it for yourself. What products do you use to make yourself feel more confident?

Lifestyle Changes for 2016.

PINK SODA range from JD Sports can be purchased here 

It may be clichéd to start making lifestyle changes in new year, but if it's what motivates you to make a change, then so be it! This year, I wanted to avoid the 'new year, new me' moment, making drastic changes, which I then find I can't stick to, instead making smaller steps to becoming a healthier person. It's about time I upped my activity level to more than just pressing the button to the next episode on Netflix and reincorporated some proper exercise back into my life so as we move into 2016 I'm excited to document my fitness journey with the Pink Soda range

I'm not a stranger to fitness, in fact, during a lot of last year I was in a pretty good routine. However, as school work and illness got to me I slowly let it slip. This year, I want to drive myself more from the positive feelings that exercise gives me, rather than the aesthetics and am hoping that this will be motivation enough in itself. From mental health to physical problems, exercise can be a medicine in itself when used properly. However, I also want to learn to take less of an all or nothing approach. Not everyday has to be some crazy HIIT Insanity style workout, yoga or pilates are just as valuable for your body. 

You can expect plenty of updates from me over here on how I'm doing, I'm starting off with trying out a new range of sports wear - always a great motivator for me! The Pink Soda range is full of amazing prints and colours, as well as more loungewear appropriate items which I will 100% be sporting on my rest days.

Have you set yourself any fitness or lifestyle goals for 2016? I'd love to hear them! 

Going Cruelty Free.

Announcement time: I'm going cruelty free with my makeup this year! Over the last couple of months, transitioning to a mostly vegan/vegetarian lifestyle I've also become increasingly uncomfortable with the use of animal testing in makeup. It's a difficult and somewhat controversial topic to broach, so I'd love to hear all of your opinions on the matter but morally I can't justify the torture of animals for our own aesthetic purposes despite my current stance of supporting it medically. 

As of late, I've changed my attitude to shopping in general anyway, cutting down the amount that I buy and seeking quality rather than quantity, so I'm hoping that this will make it easier to go the whole way. I love budget beauty, and going cruelty-free will wipe out a whole load of options for me, but I'm excited to discover new ones and share them with you all. If I do occasionally make a mistake (I'm only human after all!), please do tell me but know that it wasn't intentional and don't be a dick! 

I'm aware that you may be concerned about how the content on here will change, and happily for you, it won't. I don't want to appear preachy, so won't be talking about it that much in other posts, but if I can open your eyes to the great options out there, and it results in a few small swaps, then the impact is still worth it. In addition, I still have a large stash of makeup that are non cruelty free that I will be continuing to write about until they are used up in the interest of not being wasteful. 

I'd love to know your thoughts and can't wait to show you some of the amazing things I have discovered so far. Do you have any tips yourself for me?