Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Time for a change

Before I get back going with this blog I thought it best to do an update on a big change that's happened recently. But don't worry, scheduled is a beauty post, a wine tasting review and some Gluten Free restaurant reviews.

I moved to Reading this summer, and after a disastrous few months renting a different room, I've found the most perfect space, in a perfect flat, with some lovely girls. Honestly, it's insane. My bedroom has two floors and a huge bath and is absolutely incredible.

I've learnt A LOT about renting, preparing for a tenancy (e.g taking a million photos of everything), dealing with landlords/letting agents and the support networks around if things go wrong. I have endless praise for Citizens Advise and all the help they've given me through everything. Please let me know if you'd like a detailed post on it all, and don't worry I'll spare you the videos of sewage in my room...

SO to kick things off with my fresh start, here's some lovely snaps of my new space. There's lots of work still to be done and I'm not fully settled yet, but it's a pretty good start.

(don't worry that picture doesn't show exactly where I live it's just close by!)

I guess the biggest issue is that my rent has gone up significantly. I spent a long time toying with what to do and I've made the decision to put my own happiness and comfort above how much spare cash I have to waste on make-up and clothes I'll never wear anyway. I've had a very different outlook on life this year and have completely reassessed what is important to me.

So now for my question for you, how has 2017 changed how you view yourself?

Laura xx

Friday, 29 September 2017

Back once again...

Let's try this again shall we.

Blogging is one of my favourite things ever, but it's something I let get away from me. One week without a post turns into a month and I end up being entirely overwhelmed and unmotivated. I'm going to try again with no full plan, just to create content when I want to.

I'm in a new job, (finally said goodbye to the Fashion Industry), a new house, a new town, everything. I've spent a few months focusing on me, eating well, going to the gym, getting in a good routine, but somethings still missing, blogging.

It's hard to explain how much I love being in this community. As someone who's struggled a lot in my life to maintain long friendships with people I've met as an adult, the welcoming and loving nature of the blogging community is like nothing else. So after months of putting it off, I'm going to try again.

So here it goes, any content you want to see please let me know. I think this will be heavily food/lifestyle focused, with fashion sticking more on my Instagram, but we'll see. I also am pinning like mad, so if you're a Pinterester, find me here. Stay tuned for lots of gluten free goodness and restaurant recommendations (I've got a whole bunch I can't wait to share with you!!!)

Laura xx

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Stress Of Holidays - Flying with allergies

Booking a holiday is always so exciting, planning where to go, looking at amazing photos of hotels, researching things to do and places to see, and of course, that much needed time off work. But then the reality hits in, every week there seems to be new fees on top of the massive amount you've already spent, and nothing seems to go smooth. Anyone else?

I've always been super unlucky with holidays, remember that ash cloud? Maybe my month long experience stuck in Dubai should've been the black cloud (get it) hinting the stress to come.

1. Extra charges for absolutely everything...


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Gluten Free Thai Red Prawn Curry - Recipe

Moving out is expensive. I'm at the age where I'm paying too much for rent/commuting and not getting paid enough to live comfortably. (clearly feeling sorry for myself today!) I'm also pretty guilty of payday splurges and finally caving for that dress I've not been able to afford all month, or a new beauty release I keep eyeing up on Instagram. As a result, I end up scrimping and saving by the end of the month in every way possible. 

When I was asked to get involved in this Payday Millionaire campaign it was perfect for me. I've tried really hard to keep myself eating well during the entire month, so am a massive fan of meal prep and bulk cooking. If you want me to do a post on how I do this weekly I'm happy to, and also keen to share more recipe ideas with you all! Oh, and if you want to read more about the payday splurge, this article has some hilarious memes and really fascinating facts.

Christmas is almost here, and with the cold weather I've had a desperate need for warm lunches. I'm a pretty lazy chef, so cooking in bulk on a Sunday and freeze for many meals is definitely a go to for me. This Thai Red Curry is one of my favourites, the paste recipe makes 7 batches, each of which make 5 meals, which is unbelievable.

It's Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free and if you miss out the Prawns it's even Vegan. Or if you're feeling a little more lazy, there's a quick substitute making it a 10 minute recipe.


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Colourpop Haul! - UK Shipping and Customs

A few weeks ago my Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Lip Kit ran out (waaaah) and after desperately resisting another expensive order, I went on the hunt for dupes. Of course, Colourpop is ALWAYS mentioned when you look for Kylie dupes so when I saw they had free international shipping, 20% off best sellers and a $5 sign up code, I couldn't resist.

The international shipping required over a $50 spend so with the code I needed to spend $55. In total I ordered, 7 liquid lipsticks, 1 gel liner, 2 eyeshadows and 1 lip pencil. For just short of £40 I didn't think that was bad at all and was incredibly excited to get my order.

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