The truth behind phones and social media and how they can affect your health. (My Story)

Do you get caught up over Instagram? Not everyone can relate to what I’m about to write about but I can assure you that the majority of our generation are hooked on their mobile phone and social media with just the click of a button. Yikes!

I can easily spend hours scrolling through Instagram comparing photos, getting inspired by content but the eye awakening truth is that it does sometimes get me down. I think my thumbs will one day will need their own sabbatical from all the typing and scrolling i do. Sounds dreamy.

The real world:

Last week, I took the time to spend it off Instagram and just have a break from the business side it is slowly turning into. It’s been quite a strange yet calming experience which leads me into why I am writing this blog post because I also felt anxious that I would lose so-called “engagement” in the week i speant off of it. And you know what? I did! I was so down in the dumps, I was stuck in a rut but it made me stop and think. I thought about ‘real’ life and what truly is important. The stuff which isn’t behind a glass screen. The real stuff. Really likes, real love, real friends and family and real conversations. I took the time to message old friends and focus on clearing my head. It’s strange how one man created such an intense global social media platform that it almost runs this world. Crazy in fact! I thought, what would happen if they just took away instagram? From speaking with a number of people nowadays, Facebook is now just used for watching funny videos and laughing about endless memes. Wasn’t Facebook’s sole purpose to connect with friends? It’s doing the opposite now and I light of the recent news has repelled most users away from it due to being an untrusted platform.

We had pretty good weather last week so I sat outside to eat my lunch for a second before going back into the office. I put out my phone in my bag for once instead of having it glued to my hand and I looked up to notice the world go by around me.

The sun was shining, everyone was in a good mood, BBQ aromas filled the air, the park commons in London were filled with endless picnic groups. I heard laughter and saw people playing football. And then I realised and said out loud, “holy shit”. To my surprise an old lady turned around and gave me a ghastly look of disapproval for my fowl mouth but I didn’t care too much.. I thought, had I have been on my phone, I wouldn’t have taken this all in. I would have been munching away at my sandwich liking endless photos of girls in bikinis, making myself feel even more self conscious about my body, but I didn’t need to. Instead I was seeing the real world with real likes and real laughter and it made me feel so happy.

I think sometimes I can forget about these small things and having moments of realisation like this is a real eye opener. If you haven’t already, you should try it some time.

Content block:

A real bug bare of mine. I have spoken to a fair few people who have been in the same situation on a number of occassions. For those of you who don’t know what content block is, it’s when you just cannot for the life of you think of post ideas, blog posts, where your next job is coming from or even how to get inspired. You get yourself into a rut and my god do you end up feeling like an anxious pile of shit. But why do we do it to ourselves? This weekend I have taken a step back and have decided to just let my posts come naturally. If I want to have a week off to clear my head then I will. Self love and happiness is so Important. In my opinion, I think a lot of us post photos because we want everyone else to like them. But what about you liking them? Is it really what you like or are you doing it to please others. To me, posting something that I like, when I want and where I want is far healthier than making yourself worry about how many likes a photo can achieve. I’ve seen a lot more bloggers/ people take a step back recently and as a result it’s helping them create some insane content. So I think, let it come naturally. Don’t force it and just have fun. When you take a step back and relax the ideas will naturally come flooding in.

Taking time for yourself:

Since writing full-time along with a full-time job I also pursue and love, it becomes quite pressuring to meet deadlines, clear my inbox and just generally relax. Its is so important in this day and age to stop saying “I am so busy” all the time because the truth is, I’m not! Social media can also tie me down due to infinitive blog posts and collaborations. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love doing it and it is a passion of mine but sometimes hitting the “off” button is well and truly needed.

Is Instagram the cause of my insecurities?

The answer is most likely. I used to compare my body for hours to thousands of girls plastered across the internet in bikinis and perfectly contoured faces. Over my first year of blogging I have learnt that it’s one of the most unhealthy traits in this day and age that any young person can have. I used to become jealous and resent my own body and the tiniest of flaws. I would sit there feeling sad and uncomfortable in my own shell just because I was, ‘too small’, or I thought my ‘teeth were too big’ HA! The truth is I still do sit there like ‘Mr grumpy Gills’ sulking about how I feel but I’m quick to snap out of it. As do most other girls, there is nothing wrong with any of us! The internet has become a judgmental place of stereotypical airbrushed, photoshopped, waist sucked in models. All I ask for, is for you to take a step back and rid these comparisons from your feed and only follow what inspires you. It’s a pure and simple health trick and life change I made and damn I feel good about eating this cupcake right now. We need to feel good about ourselves, don’t compare yourself to someone who is completely different to you. You are unique and beautiful in your own way.

Put your phone away! 

Now this is getting super honest. The other day I ended up feeling bad because I know my dad really hates it when me and my sisters sit there on our phones whilst its family time. He got a tad angry with us. He will probably be reading this post right now thinking,  “yep I sure did get mad”, so I’m sorry! He is bloody right though. Family time happens only once a week, if that, as all of us are extremely busy most of the time. Leaving our phones in the hallway (including mum, yes you!) is sometimes the best thing   and I have come to learn. Family is everything and technology can get in the way sometimes. Unless it’s for a funny family selfie of course!

So thats that. I thought I would share my personal experiences and hiccups with social media and technology in the hope that people don’t feel so alone and know we all expoericen very similar situations in life. So on that note I will leave you with one scary question that I mentioned at the beginning. What if one day technology and social media disappeared. Could you live without it?

Much love, now get back to your instagram stalking! xxx

Why I quit my money making job to follow my dreams

It was a super tough one because the job I had was great. It paid the bills, it was well paid, my colleagues were always enthusiastic and moving forward. But there was something that I couldn’t justify in my head. Was this job what I really wanted to do? Did I want to settle for money over following my dreams and my own personal passions?

Let me get this straight. I stuck at my previous job role for the best part of 6 years. To say the least it comes down to the company and people around you. And what was so thrilling was to work with so many passionate people who loved their job. But deep down, I knew, in my heart that I needed something creative.

Time is a precious factor for me, I love to see family, friends, I adore ‘me’ time. And if you don’t know what me time is then I suggest you pick up your favourite novel, watch your favourite film, grab a face mask, a glass of wine and stop reading because you need to experience ‘me time’ RIGHT NOW. It’s the best of the best.

It’s not easy changing jobs, I have had my struggles, ups and downs, I had to alter my lifestyle choices and change is something that I don’t take easily. But a few months down the line, I’m slowly starting to get to grips with my new job role (Still within the same company) and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

Last year I think I hit a rock bottom and had a slight dramatic panic attack. I sat myself down and thought, shit, I’m soaring through my twenties and I’m not following my dreams. I got all emotional and started quoting cliché quotes in my head like, “you only live once!”. It was then I said to myself now it’s time to make a change.

Time is a precious thing. We only get one life, one purpose, one chance to make a difference, to plant our seed in history. I’m no entrepreneur, world class life speaker or in anyway shape or form have I made it in life. All I want to do is to be happy. And yes! Don’t get me wrong money can help, in fact it does help and I’m not writing this post to say there’s a right or wrong answer but what if. What if you were to follow your dreams that one day your passion and love would turn your dreams into money. You’d never feel like you were working a day in in your life!

My new job has given me time to focus on my passions and do what I love. Blogging and creating content! I can create content to my hearts content, brainstorm crazy ideas and meet people I never dreamed of meeting. Had I of never taken the leap to change I would always be thinking, but what if?

My top tips for taking it step by step to follow your dreams:

Do your research: Real talk. It can be all well and good leaving a well paid job that you’ve suck at for years so make sure you research, look into salary’s, what you will earn and what you can earn.

Make sure you have money saved: If your changing jobs, make sure you have some emergency funds saved. You don’t want to switch then realise you can’t live!

What are your passions? Your skills? If you haven’t quite decided what exact job you want. Start somewhere which gives you the ability to learn more in what you love and explore your options.

Don’t quit unless your sure! Yep! It took me a while before I finally took the plunge. I researched, I saved, I spent my weekends getting back into my hobbies to realise a change in job was what was needed.

Speak with family: Ask them questions. What do they think? Do they support you and think it’s a worthwhile investment? After all, this is a big move so doing the right thing is key.

Make sure it’s going to make you happy: A lot of people hunk the grass is always greener. Make sure that the switch you’re going to make is worthwhile and the right one.

Lastly, have fun! The best part about your change is that you’re going to have fun, experience new things and learn new skills. Have fun in the process! Your following your dreams right?

I find it so brilliant that each of us have our own passion. One could want to be a scientist while the other write poetry. We are all different and that’s what makes us unique and most of all, it’s what keeps the world spinning. It gives us knowledge and power!

I’d love to know if you’ve done something similar and hear your stories on something you might have changed!

Let me know ☺️💗

I have absolutely no idea what i’m doing

So this is a bit of a truth post now. About all this blogging malarkey. In a months time I’ll be wishing my little space on the internet a very happy Birthday. Of course I’ll be celebrating as a year in the making of, well, me is a truly big thing for me.

When I started my blog almost a year ago I literally just started it as a “new year new me” resolution and I never thought I would be still typing up my thought process this far down the line. But here I am and my passion and love for it grows stronger and stronger. My writing skills have improved dramatically but no doubt there will still be typos and misspelt words within this very blog post. But who gives a crap!

I have learnt a ten tonnes of stuff along the way and I am still learning a lot on what blogging is all about but the truth is it’s all still very alien to me. It’s been a gift being able to learn on the job. Learning new writing styles, where to put a comma, what to write about, what to post, what to wear, who to write to, who’s my audience, am I doing this right? And so forth. The list is endless but so exhilarating when at the end of each post I know that I have done this. I have created this all from that little pea brain of mine. Trust it’s a small brain.

So that leads me into my next thought. I have had some amazing messages and comments on both my content and writing and it brings me absolute joy that you, yes you, have been reading my hard work. The praise is phenomenal so I couldn’t thank you more. You’ve asked me how I do it? How do I start up a blog? Well leading back to the title of this post, I have no bloody clue! Nada!

However, I wanted to share with you my best advice from what I have learnt and hopefully it’ll help you start your own, I guess, online diary about you!

Be you:

There’s nothing worse then seeing someone’s beautiful personality being shattered because they want to be like someone else. My biggest and most important message is to just be you. Find something personal about yourself, something interesting that someone (or you) would like the read and see. The best bloggers are authentic and each to their own and I love that personal touch.

Don’t say yes to every brand:

There will come a point that brands will want you to promote their stuff by either gifting or paying you which is absolutely amazing. It’s ok to say no sometimes, if you don’t value or trust the brand don’t post? It’s a thing I have picked up along the way. If you yes yes to everything you begin to look like an online shopping portal like eBay or Amazon and you lose your sense of personal touch. Value your loved brands 💗

Find yourself:

LOL! Did I actually just title this section “find yourself”? Well, to be honest it’s true! Blogging has kind of taught me who I am, what my interests are, slowly, I am developing my own theme across my blog and social media which fits me and who I am. It’s a trial and error process but exciting when you finally figure it out!

Put your phone down:

Head space. Keep your head clear at the most part of times as it will help you think more. I tend to put my phone on flight mode when it gets to a certain point in the evening. A good nights sleeps is well needed especially when you’re the type of person who can’t switch off.

Doodle pad and notes:

Here I am again nattering about my notepads but they honestly work. Write down your ideas when your out and about if you have a brain wave for a blog post. You’ll never go short on what to write! It’s also great to doodle in.

Write from the heart:

God these titles are getting a wee bit cringe now aren’t they? There’s nothing more noteworthy when a blogger writes from the heart. You can tell there is care and it’s all the more distinctive to read. Be passionate and don’t do it just because it’s ‘work’.

I guess you could almost say I am writing this as reminders to myself as well as just for you! I’d love to say that I have cracked the whole blogger scene but truthfully I am still in the process of learning the ins and outs and the rights from wrongs.

The most important thing for me is that I have found something which pushes me to the limits and beyond, its something I am proud of and finally I can say I have a passion for something.

ℍ𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕪 𝕊𝕒𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕕𝕒𝕪 𝕞𝕪 𝕞𝕠𝕠𝕟 𝕓𝕖𝕒𝕞

Oh and here’s some photos of me which are totally unrelated but the beret was pretty chic so here this are:

Who still uses journals? ME!

Hello my beautiful moon beam! So the last time I wrote to you I spoke in my first paragraph about having a ten tonne of diaries, journals and notepads just because I like to keep, ‘hella’ organised. – No, I’m not over exaggerating, I genuinely have three pads I write in.

One of the three notebooks is quite possibly my blogger baby. She comes with me everywhere, I flick through her in the evening and in the morning I make sure she’s ready for the day…

My Happiness Journal!

Now before I go on, this is not an ad or any sort of collaboration what so ever. I brought this sassy little lady with my own pocket money and she’s been treasured since the beginning of this year.

Sorry… Why on earth am I referring to a book as a female? No clue. But she’s mine and I love her so I’ll let you read on.

Meet the Happiness Pad by KIKKI. K… Oh my wow, as I like to say because, no likes blasphemy!

This book is just your step away to realising how great your life has been and how great it’s going to be. There are different chapters/ fun exercises, prompts, planners. You can write a reverse bucket list; this is a list of everything you have already achieved which has brought you great happiness.

If you’re after a pad which will help you set your monthly goals and achievement, make you more aware about how great you are, because sometimes it’s nice to be reminded by you, then this book is so perfect for you.

I mean, I love this book so much we had our photos taken together. Cute but sad Lauren.

Happy Sunday!

Oh, and here’s the link to buy it 🤫

https://www.kikki-k.com/happiness-journal-inspiration-2017

Planning your year

Hello again and a super duper Happy new year to you!

It’s been a few weeks since I last typed up some gibble gabble but seeing as it’s now 2018 how about a lil something to motivate you to get planning your unbeatable year of YOU

Now I’m no life coach but I’ve written up my own list of challenges, things to do, things to see, New year ressies and really really wanted to share them with you so here they are!

I also know it’s super easy peasy to trail off after the first paragraph but have no fear! As usual I’ll keep it short and sweet.

1. Happiness pad:

All girl bosses have one. In fact I think I have about four notepads one for blogging ideas, my goals, general daily life, inspirations, where can you see yourself next month… I think you get the picture. This might not be for everyone but I find that writing everything down, my plans and goals, gives me a super clear head. With a busy year ahead of me it means I can really focus on all the extra bits without missing out on anything along the way.

2. You don’t need to be in your phone all day errr’ day take a breather:

Yep that’s right! We spend hours and hours subconsciously scrolling through our social media feeds. At work, on the tube, sat in the sofa, making dinner… in the bath!!! Allow yourself a certain amount of time each day for your phone then put the darn thing away! Read a book, enjoy the scenery, find out what new dishes you can cook this year from a cook book! Don’t get yourself trapped in the world of social media when there’s so much more out there. I have been putting my phone down more and it’s amazing how much more you can get done in the day!

3. Unfollow negativity:

This is something I’ve always stuck to. What’s the point following accounts that make you feel down in the dumps. Those modelling accounts and super ‘skinny minis’ that are ALWAYS airbrushed are actually affecting your self-confidence. I still get so caught up in comparing myself to other girls on social media when, in reality, I should be focusing on me. No one likes to feel insecure about themselves and we all have different personalities, shapes, sizes. We should love us for who we are and not compete with or follow people who put us down.

4. Be kind:

I follow a few bloggers who swear by this. “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all”. Why should we go round publicly slating other girls for what they do and who they are. It’s not needed. We should be supporting and empowering one and other. That’s what I love about the community I have within my little hub on social media, kindness is sprinkled everywhere. Spread that shit.

5. Take up something new:

Last year mine was to start a blog… Do I start a YouTube at 10K? I have no clue yet what my ‘something new’ will be. It was about a year ago today that I started writing. How crazy is that?! I am so proud for everything I have achieved this year and want you to know that it’s never too late to start something you love. “Never say never”, in the famous words of JB!

6. Read more to unwind:

I picked up my first book of 2018 from the airport the other day. I am incredibly elated to get stuck in. In 2017, I don’t think I saw the end to any book, so this year I am taking the plunge and becoming a wise old owl. Story time! Where’s The bear in the big blue house when ya need him?

7. You don’t need to spoon your phone at night:

Put it outside your door or on the other side of the room- my mums old trick for a gooodnjghts sleep! Of course I thought she was being mean 😉 It’s works a treat, earlier nights mean more productive days. Revert yourself back to my last point and pick up a book instead of your phone before bed. Or just sleep. That works to.

8. Spend more quality time with family:

This was something I focused on last year and it’s staying with me forever more. There’s nothing better than spending my free time watching my siblings grow into beautiful beings.

9. Eat yo greens and go for a run:

Healthy eating is something I really want to push myself harder at. Last year I welcomed smoothies and protein shakes into my life along with a gym membership but didn’t really get myself into a, so called, ‘good’ routine. This year I want to start feeling good about myself and push myself to the next level of fitness. I’m not fitness blogger but maybe I’ll document my progress over the next few months along with a few recipes I conjure up along the way. I’ve read a lot of books and blog posts about learning how to look after your body and knowing when to rest up.

10. Be you:

I don’t need to explain this one to much as it simply just is what it says. Be you and don’t care about what others think. If you want to do something new just do it! Take up a new adventure, listen to the music you like, read when you want, say no if you don’t want to do it, start a blog, start a vlog… If people laugh? Well who cares! At the end of the day there will be more people who admire you.

And there we have it! See, not to long winded was it? I really do wish you personally a happy new year. I couldn’t be more excited to be sharing 2018 with some amazing people including you. So go smash the hell outta this year and make it yours.

Happy new year!!!! 🎊🎉

P. S. Don’t forget to stay a fruit loop 🍭

“Happiness is the key to success”

Heyyyy, so how is my favourite person doing? Yes you. All of you! I couldn’t quite help myself write this little mini reminder as to why I started writing in the first place.

So now I have your undivided attention I’m now going to get a lil personal and emotional. Not too much though I don’t want anyone asking to pass the Kleenex.

I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, a year seems to have gone so quickly! When I first started writing all I wanted to do was write about what makes me happy and what makes a difference in life as we see it.

I want to go back to the basics in this blog post. Because its the roots of my blogging and why I do it that keep me going. People ask me: Do you do it for the followers, for the likes, for money, for the freebies? Well all of that’s great additional stuff but none of it would matter if it didn’t make me happy.

Happiness has been the fruit of my journey through blogging and I couldn’t have kept going if I wasn’t writing to personally fulfill my personal happiness. But don’t you write for other people? Yes this too is why us bloggers write but You have to believe in yourself and feel passionate about your writing topics. I mean, if I can’t read them myself and enjoy them why would someone else?

Humour, tips, make-up reviews, hotel reviews, success, food, fashion, travel, more food… I’ve got no clue when it comes to any of these topics but I give it a bloody good go and along the way I’ve learnt so many things and met some incredible people.

So I want to pass onto you, yes you, sat there on your mobile telecommunications device reading this little chapter of my life, that you too can do something that can make you happy.

People spend years upset and moaning about their current life/ their work etc but then it is up to you to change this. Change is scary and the thought of messing up is ever scarier but take the risk because you never know. Find your passion and take the risk to do something you’ve always loved.  I am far from being a successful blogger but do you know what? I love it! The truth is, I just so happen to have a full time job on the side so I am not going to jump into blogging full time until I conquer it feet first but everyone has to start somewhere. Besides I love my job!

Happiness is the key to success.

Albert Schweitzer “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

There you go short but sweet 🙂

I would love love love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, show some love! Oh and is it actually almost Christmas?!

Lots of love Sheps!

A week of content

Hey peeps!

Yes I’m a typical Brit. Who doesn’t like a coffee and a Sunday Stroll?

Today we promenaded around Hampton Court Palace. The grounds there are magnificent. Rich with architecture and history Hampton Court was a brilliant Sunday activity. Oh so British. Not to mention the weather was perfect for an autumnal walk. A sharp breeze complimented the warm autumn sunlight.

It’s nice to sometimes not be too adventurous. Hampton Court is right on my door step and I forget how truly beautiful this place is. The last time I was here was about 6 years ago so it was nice to take a lil trip down memory lane.

Prior to our Palace tour we found ourselves at the cutest little coffee shop.

Alfresco dining is simply divine at Dish Wine bar and coffee shop situated on Palace Road in Hampton.

* Freshly baked croissants, jam and a Latte for me…Well they do say a Sunday well spent brings a week of content. Super ready for this week at work! All the more so, Halloween is next weekend so I best get planning a Halloween outfit… Any suggestions?

I hope you have a fabulous week. Make sure you roll out of bed tomorrow morning with a smile on your face, pop your fave jam on and smash those work targets.

Gosh… Sometimes I think I should listen to my own advice! Maybe I will for this week.

Love Sheps x

Today’s look book:

When it all just goes wrong…

 

So mega drama week…

Do you ever feel like everything is just going horribly wrong? Yep! I did this week. A nightmare. I mean, who cries at work over a bit of a cold? Me obviously.

I’ve been sat here for about an hour now procrastinating over my day at work today. It consisted of taking rather tedious phone calls and filing LOTS of paperwork. Long day.

I then came to the decision that I’d share with you how emotional my week at work has been because it’s actually quite funny coming to think about it.

Apart from the lovely evening with my dad last night who actually put everything into perspective, my weeks been a total disaster. Woke up late Monday full of cold, Tuesday I managed to get myself into a sulk with my flat mate (we’ve made up now, thank goodness, I love her dearly). Wednesday I spent my day deteriorating and moaning all day, Thursday I’d just about had enough then Friday it all got a bit much and I burst into tears over having a blocked nose. My manager brought me lemsip then gave up and sent me home to rest. FEW!

But it’s Saturday now and next week is a new week packed with exciting things! It’s also going to be my Birthday! I’m attending an Art Launch next Wednesday and then following this this my boyfriend is whisking me away somewhere. He’s feeling rather smug not telling me the location bar giving me outfits details. “Please pack a swimsuit, nice outfit, day clothes and an over night bag…” Ok. Now your as excited as me to find out where he’s taking me too! I’ll reveal all to you next week. I’ll also be modelling for a new clothes company next Sunday morning, my Birthday. That should be an experience and a half!

And SIGH. I actually let out a huge sign whilst in mid-type here. One hell of a week to put behind me and one exciting week to look forward to!

Yep! We all have good and bad days, there’s no point hiding behind a glossy photo pretending my life’s picture perfect because it’s far from it. But I’m a working progress and what I have right now I am so so grateful for! Including the meal I had last night which is so totally irrelevant but look… It was yummy.

Anyway, signing off now because I actually need to try and have a life this evening. Everyman cinema and pizza it is! Oh and by the way, if you’ve never visited the Everyman cinema I highly recommend. It’ll change your cinema experience for ever!

Love Sheps x

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Let’s be confident!

It’s so hard to be confident within yourself in this day and age. We spend minutes, hours, days just looking in the mirror, scrolling through Instagram and other forms of social media trolling ourselves until we feel rotten inside.

Everyone is guilty of it. I’m guilty of it. Why? Because I am a normal person. We see photos of stick thin models, bronzed goddesses and Botox filled faces and think to ourselves, “I don’t look that nice compared to them”. I have recently been reading a fabulous book which I was inspired by @healthchefsteph to read after seeing it on her Instagram story. I thought that I would give this book a go and I can honestly say it has made me see the better half of me.

Feel the fear and do it anyway

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Feel-Fear-Anyway-Indecision-Confidence/dp/0091907071

The clue is in the book’s title. I have now been reading this for just over a week and have almost finished its glorious pages. Susan Jeffers, the author of this book, has rebuilt the confidence within me.

“Feel the fear and do it anyway”

She speaks about fear as if it’s not even a word. Like it’s just a fragment of our imagination. A mindset that’s stops us from doing something out of the ordinary.

From reading this book I have excelled in my blogging. Because I’ve thought, “fuck it“. Oh my goodness I swore! I shouldn’t do that. Naughty me.

Over the last few weeks I’ve felt more confident than ever. I’ve stopped comparing myself to others and focused on ME. Yes, its selfish right? No.

I’m in my early 20’s and these are your selfish years.

I have been in some dark places growing up but I finely feel like I have a purpose in life. I feel confident. Not all the time, sometimes I feel super rubbish about myself but its okay to feel that way.

So I urge you to do the same thing! Stop comparing yourself, read a book, do something out of the ordinary! Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Peace out ✌🏽 Love of love Shep’s x

Hungover much?

So I’m sat here on my Sunday evening thinking, “Wouldn’t it be quite comical to post something about how hung over all of our little souls probably are today?”

We all know that gut feeling. Nothing makes it worse than knowing you slut dropped your way to Vom Town. Those pungent self-loathing blurry memories from the night before. Right now you have the inability to talk any sense at all. You try to move out of bed or even get your head out of the bin your best mate put by the side of you the night before. It’s a strange and confusing time: Do I eat? , What do I drink? Water…. I need water… GASP. Everything is a challenge. I have assembled together a list of things to make you feel better the next time your head is pounding from slamming too many tequila shots. All you need is feel-better food, lots of fluid, a movie and a long steamy bubble bath.

So here’s your I feel like death day guide to surviving a hangover.

1. No Alarm!

 Darlings, wake up naturally. There is nothing worse than forgetting to switch your weekly work alarm off and it startles you from your deep dehydrated sleep at 7:00am. Switch it off before the weekend and let the light outside wake you up naturally. Although you’ll be feeling dearly dreadful, a lil bit of natural light isn’t a bad thing to wake you up.

2. Paracetamol and Berroca at the ready!

Ladies and gents. Yes gents too. Before you set out on your night of partying put a little gift box by the side of your bed. Paracetamol, water bottle, berroca, make-up wipes, face oil and a fruit smoothie. Put it right next to where you rest your little head before bedtime. You’ll feel thankful the next day when you wake up feeling like a piece of shrivelled fruit.

3. Fresh bed sheets.

Ok so this might be a bit of a challenge. If you can change those alcohol scented sheets and swap them for Lenor scented ones along with a fresh pair of jammies. Nothing is better than clean sheets.

4. “BACON IS GOOD FOR ME”

Your best friend when you wake up will be food. From a full English to Avocado on toast have as much carb loaded food as you possibly can. Today your allowed to bloat like a balloon.Today is your day. Feel fabulous.

5. Ye old Classic movie.

Ahh it’s Sunday after all. Put on your fave movie, dim the lights and get comfy.

6. Fresh air is good for you.

Now if you’ve managed to put in fresh bed sheets, you’ve got enough energy to get out. Fresh air will only make you feel better. Take a walk or if your feeling sorry for yourself stick your head out the window at the very least.

7. Shower or bath.

Depending on what you’re doing on your day of dread; Either a shower or a bath will sort your life out. If your off out for the day – Have a refreshing cold shower. It will wake you up! If you’ve been a slob and just want to wind down. Run the bath, pour the bubbles in, light some candles. Revert back to tip number 5 and set up your Disney film. (Please don’t be silly and in your hungover state electrocute yourself. K thanks)

Monday is near approaching and I’m getting quite hangry so I’m going to leave you with my seven top tips and I’m going to wake my boyfriend up so he can make me something yummy.

Lots of love and I hope your hangovers aren’t too atrocious today x

The perfect day

I woke up Monday morning with positivity flooding out of me. The sun was shining, I felt refreshed, I had so much planned to make it the perfect bank holiday Monday.

Brunch at The Chiltern firehouse:

If you’re looking for class The Chiltern Firehouse is your new favourite hangout.

My grandparents and I made reservation here Monday morning for Brunch. My granddad, being a local, knew the doorman so we were greeted and looked after superbly.

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The Chiltern is Alfresco dining at its best. Little tables and sofas with crystal drinking glasses placed on top, covered by flowered foliage. The sunshine gave it the perfect setting for a spot of brunch.

Half an hour later we were seated inside.

The Chiltern Fire house is famously known for being an old fire station and was established in 1889 and converted in 2013 into one of London iconic hot spots.

The food was exquisite. As we went for brunch, I couldn’t resist the Eggs Benedict. Fresh ham, gluten-free bread – just for me, the BEST hollandaise sauce which was super rich in flavor and super creamy. This was topped off by a freshly squeezed OJ.

 

Off for some shopping!

I planned on browsing Zara’s latest collections however found myself in Bershka! A first time for me visiting this shop. I picked up some mega cute outfits. Of course, I kept it all within my monthly spending. Come on now, let’s all admit, we need to treat ourselves once in a while but not all of us are made of money. Right?

Items purchased below:

Jumpsuit: £22.99 // Blazer: £29.99 Matching shorts: £15.99

Poolside fun:

Lastly, a dip in the pool along with some family time. Well needed. It’s so lovely seeing my younger siblings. Watching them grow up and become the most amazing of women.

Pamper time:

Annnnnddd wind down. Skin routine, green tea, television and an early night. It’s the little things that count remember?

Talking of skin routines, a lot of you have asked what skin products I use to have such clear skin.I’m thinking that in my next blog post I need to show you! Watch his space because I’m so excited to share with you my skin care routine! So yes, another personal post. I love to share with everyone what makes me happy in the hope that it brings a smile to your face as well!

Love you all

Shep’s xxx