Holding a large pot of Lush Cup O' Coffee face and body mask

Ever felt like the only way you could get through the day is to roll around in coffee? Maybe that’s just me. But if you are in my boat then I want to point you in the direction of this little black pot of happiness – Lush Cup O’ Coffee!

With the winter months on the horizon my skin starts to dry out a treat so I keep my skin as scrubbed up as possible. Lush bill this as a body and face mask but I’ve only used it as the latter. I will say now that this is definitely a more coarse scrub so if you don’t like that type of thing this might not be for you. It’s got tiny piece of ground coffee in it that buff the skin fantastically.

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Walking up a snowy path towards the camera

Well, hello there! It’s been a little while. 2017 went in the blink of an eye and now here we are in 2018. For most people a new year heralds a fresh start with good intentions towards change. Whether it’s getting fit and healthy or giving up on a bad habit – a brand new year means a clean slate for a lot of us. But does a new year mean a new me?

I have always struggled with making new years resolutions. I have every intention to stick to them but within the first couple of months in the year I find my willpower waning. And then inevitably I feel like ‘what’s the point?’ However, that being said, it hasn’t stopped me making plans for this year. Here’s a snippet of some of the things I want to achieve this year.

Reaching out and touching snow covered branches of a plant

  • Continue to hit the gym and be happier with my body
  • Finish my PhD
  • Work on my blog and youtube with more consistency
  • Be kinder to myself

This is by no means my full list but a few of the things I have planned. What I need to remind myself is that if any point I slip up and feel like I am coming off track from these resolutions – it doesn’t mean that I’ve failed. We’re allowed to make mistakes. Allowed to get things wrong and forget. Messing up for a day (or even a month in some cases) doesn’t mean I have to give up on the whole thing. It doesn’t tarnish the year or take away from the times that I had managed to work towards these goals.

Walking down a snow lined path away from the camera

2018 is the year I want to see myself change and grow. I’ve been stuck for a few years in the same space and the only person who can change that is me! So if you were to ask me does a new year mean a new me? I would say – well why the hell not? With a little bit of perseverance anything is possible.

Do you think New Year’s resolutions work? What are your resolutions for 2018?

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TitleGenuine Fraud

Author: E. Lockhart

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Release Date: September 7th 2017

Goodreads Blurb: The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge. Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

My Rating: ★★



Everything about the blurb of this book made me want to pick this up. It sounded like a fantastic, thrilling journey with some badass females to take us through a quick paced plot. And this was kind of the case but I felt it fell short in the delivery.

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Something about autumn fills me with delight. I enjoy the summer but to be nothing beats autumn. You feel the change in the air as it gets a little more bitter and wave goodbye to the long days. I wanted to try and convince people that this a season to love.

Everything is changing

I love autumn primarily because everything starts to change. In my opinion there is nothing more beautiful than seeing trees turn from green to red. The air has more of a bite to it and the weather goes from relatively sunny to more crisp and rainy days. Something about knowing the world has it’s own little routine is magical, in my eyes.


The food gets better

Lets face it – summer is a high maintenance season. Every other article you see is about how to get a ‘summer body’. Whilst I’m not overly concerned about this summer menus always feature lighter foods. Heralding in autumn means more comfort food! I love soups and stews along with warm coffee and heavy, soulful desserts!

Cosy days and nights

Bring on the knitwear! I adore all of my jumpers and getting bundled up into scarf and gloves makes me happy. Being cosy throughout the day is a definite perk for me. And it also translates into the evenings. With the days becoming shorter, candles are sparked earlier and nothing beats settling down in front of the fire tucked up in my dressing gown.


All of the holidays

As soon as we enter into autumn there’s a countdown for all of the holidays. We have Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas to look forward to. For our friends across the pond they can add in Thanksgiving. There always seems like something to be preparing for which for me means seeing a lot more of my family and friends.

All these little things are what have made me fall in love with autumn over the years. Although I know it isn’t the season for everyone, it will forever be my favourite time of year.

What’s you’re favourite season? What do you like about autumn?

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20 facts about me

Getting to know Z. Getting to know all about Z! And I hope that tune stays stuck in your head now! Having eased myself back into the world of blogging I felt it would be appropriate to give you a little insight into my life by setting out 20 facts about me. Rather than hang about let’s jump right in!


1) I am musical. I sing and play a few different instruments to varying degrees of success. I’m constantly listening to Spotify and if it wasn’t for music I’m not sure how I’d get through life.

2) I recently took up knitting and find it to be a really relaxing activity.

3) I suffer with anxiety. It can get bad enough that I can’t step out of the house. I’m working on it but no two days are the same.

4) Books take up a lot of space in my life. I am known as the girl who usually has a book in her hand and can recommend you an interesting read.

5) When I was younger I wanted to be a bin man or a professional kite flyer.

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