Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Life Lessons Before 25.

Me and my Daddy

It's official, in less than three weeks I will be 25, a whole quarter of a century. Where does time go? It feels like only yesterday I was sitting my English GCSE on my 16th birthday (FYI worst present ever). If I think back ten years ago, I have grown so much, learnt so much and made many mistakes. But every moment has led me to where I am today, and I'm pretty happy with that. Here are a few things I've learnt in my almost 25 years on this wonderful planet.

1. Friends come and go, you won't stay in touch with everyone and that's okay.
2. When it comes to make up, less is always more.
3. It's okay to have a duvet day, every now and again.
4. Whatever you're stressed about will pass.
5. Sometimes you need to let your guard down.
6.Your soulmate may pop up when you least expect it.
7. Not everyday has to be planned within an inch of it's life, go with the flow sometimes.
8.Having 'you time' is so important.
9. No make up days are the best.
10. Savour those days you can have a sleep in.
11. You will never feel like a 'grown-up'.
12. Nights in are just as good as nights out.
13. Listen to older people, you can learn so much.
14. All your hard work WILL pay off.
15. There is no set path, if it doesn't work out try something else.
16. A degree isn't the be all and end all.
17. Set realistic goals.
18. Say YES more.
19. Your biggest regrets will be things you didn't do.
20. If you can't master the perfect eye liner, just bin it.
21. Look after your skin.
22. Use social media wisely.
23. Your tastes will change, move over rom-com.
24. Life will always find a way to surprise you.
25. Be you, it's okay to be a little different.

Katie xx

Monday, 18 May 2015

My Own Beach Hut.

Nautical set

Heading into the summer, I'm all about seaside-nautical themes. In fact, I've recently been thinking about converting my shed into a beach hut-esque chill out area. I'm pretty far from the sea, especially since I grew up very close to the coast, so I like to bring a little of the seaside to me. 

I'm hoping to transform my little shed from a dump zone to a little piece of tranquillity and I think a nautical theme would be perfect for that. I'm envisioning some big cushions to sit on and some cute scatter cushions dotted about, I love the striped design of this little number.  I'm wanting to paint the inside with blue and white stripes, which I think could be really cute.

Every beach hut needs some nautical accessories and these little bits and bobs would be perfect. I'm thinking of adding a few little shelves to keep books, shells and other decorative items. I love the rustic looks of the binoculars and storage box would be perfect for little nick-knacks.

What beach hut would be complete without a sailor? I love the striped beach shoes and the anchor watch from House of Fraser, it really brings the whole thing together. 

I will certainly be keeping you up to date with my shed renovation, but until the rain stops I will keep browsing the internet!

Katie xx

*In association with House of Fraser.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Pale and Interesting.

I think it's fair to say us Brits aren't the best when it comes to taking care of our skin in the sun. The media seem to have hopped on board recently and have been piping up about the importance of the right protection for your skin. The BBC give a good, easy explanation of how sunscreen works here, which I'm sure is a better explanation than I could give. 

 I know many people who have used sunbeds, including myself and not thought about the toll it's taking on my skin. I've never been a sun worshipper as such, but I have always been terribly pale and sometimes a little colour was exactly what I needed. I have tried adding the fake stuff, to prevent damage to my skin, however as the years have gone on, I've decided to embrace my pale complexion. This means I've taken control over looking after my skin. Not only am I protecting my skin from sun damage, premature ageing and all the rest, I'm hoping to reduce my chances of developing skin cancer too. 

Our skin is the biggest organ in our body, so why wouldn't I want to protect it from harm. I've been burnt a few times in my life, as well as enduring sun stroke..on a plane (something I certainly don't recommend). I am guilty of leaving the house in the UK with no sunscreen on my body, but lately I have religiously been protecting my face. I know many foundations now contain SPF, but I've found they tend to be SPF 15/20, which really isn't enough for my complexion. The myth about sun creams, is that they're super thick and leave that white film all over your skin. However, I finally found a solution to all my problems...hello Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV defence SPF 50*.

This sun cream is amazing. It rubs in like a moisturiser, doesn't clog my pores or break me out and gives me the perfect base to apply my foundation to. Plus this is unscented which is great for my sensitive skin and so light, I forget I'm wearing it. 

Even though applying sunscreen is a tiny tweak to my daily routine, I actually feel like I'm being more proactive in looking after my skin for the future. You only get one body, so why not look after it as best you can? The last year or so, I've changed to not care about the colour of my skin, but to care more about how healthy it looks. Plus if I keep getting told I only look 18, I will be pretty happy with that. 

Katie xx