New Years Resolutions

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Another year is finally over. Another story closes as a new novel begins, ready and awaiting for you to open its first pages tomorrow. 

As much as I generally dislike January as a month, (I find it too much of a disappointing comedown after a month filled with parties, festivities and joy!) I do however, love the idea of a fresh new start. And if you've been following my blog for a while now you will know that a fresh start is something I have been yearning for these past few months. With the changes already being slowly implemented into my blog, (new template, improved photo quality and a new style of content) I cannot wait to finally wipe the slate clean and start anew regarding everything in my life right now. 

2016 for me was certainly a year filled with highs and of course lows. And when the highs were high, they were some of the highest I've ever experienced. I went on my first ever plane journey, went back and visited my favourite city, (London, of course!) completed my first year of university with a first, worked with some lovely companies through my blog, started an internship and overall embarked on some great new adventures and let so many amazing new people into my life along the way. But when I had lows, they really were the rock bottom kind. A lot happened in my personal life which I'd rather not share online but I'm trying to view the entering of a new year as the perfect way to put all of the rubbish behind me and wipe the slate entirely clean. 

Of course, once again I am embracing my favourite ever fashion trend to come out of 2016; embroidered florals. As the saying goes "A flower does not compete with the flower next to it. It simply blooms." Which I find to be the perfect affirmation and mindset for me to take forward into the new year with me. And thus, what better way to embrace this than to wear floral e'rythang 24/7.. Well, that's how I'm attempting to justify yet another floral outfit...

These jeans are such a statement piece and I can see me getting so much more wear out of them during the spring months. They are perfect for adding that extra touch of effort to such a simple everyday outfit, as I have styled them in this post. Or, I can already envision how perfect they are going to look with a flowing cami and platform heels in the spring. I'm in love!

And with that affirmation in mind, here are my goals for 2017:

  • Don't be afraid to put an end to toxic relationships. 
  • Learn more about photography.
  • Read more.
  • Start going back to the gym again and get into shape.
  • Travel more.
  • Don't conform to things that you are not comfortable with doing. Only say 'yes' to an opportunity that feels right.
  • Secure a fashion marketing placement.
  • Stop being so hard on myself. Everything happens for a reason. If it doesn't happen then it simply wasn't meant to be.
  • Attend my first blog event.
  • Reach 1,000 Bloglovin'/Insta followers and 2,000 Twitter followers. 

A mixed bunch, I know! But I decided to cover some goals surrounding pretty much every part of my life. To read about more of my long term goals, you can check out my 30 before 30 bucket list here. 

Do you have any goals for the new year? Let's support each other by sharing them in the comments below!
Until next time,

Turning Twenty!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Last Friday I turned 20. Yes me, twenty years old.. really! I can't quite believe it myself. I've learned a lot from my teenage years and I'm looking forward to embracing my twenties and everything that they have to offer. But at the same time.. I'm also seriously so not ready to 'adult'.

Knowing that the next 10 years are the lead up until 30 is pretty damn scary. Life truly is so short. In today's post, I thought it would be nice to share with you all my 30 before 30 bucket list. Knowing me, this no doubt will change numerous times over the next 10 years. But for now, here's what I hope to achieve...

  1. Travel - There's so many places I want to visit. Santorini, LA, New York, Iceland.. the list goes on and on! By 30 I hope to have knocked some of these places off of my bucket list.
  2. Buy a house.
  3. Graduate university with at least a 2:1
  4. Have a job within the fashion industry.
  5. Release my own lipstick collection.
  6. Write and release a children's book.
  7. Become a freelance photographer.
  8. Learn to drive...
  9. ...And buy a car!
  10. Visit Coco Chanel's home in Paris.
  11. Attend Fashion Week in all 4 cities.
  12. See a fashion show on the front row.
  13. Start a YouTube Channel.
  14. Get into shape and tone up.
  15. Run a 5k colour run.
  16. Take my mum to Harry Potter World in Orlando, Florida.
  17. Learn another language fluently.
  18. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
  19. Do something good for charity.
  20. Go on a helicopter ride.
  21. Ride an elephant.
  22. Overcome my fear of being under water and swim with dolphins.
  23. Get a tattoo.
  24. Go glamping.
  25. Go to New York at Christmas.
  26. Dye my hair - I've genuinely never ever added another colour to my hair. It's all au naturale. Maybe one day I'll add some highlights, who knows?!
  27. Ride a jetski.
  28. Attend a beach party/beach bonfire.
  29. Own a Chloè Drew bag - A girl can dream, right?!
  30. Spend an entire day saying 'yes' to everything.

And so that is everything I want to do before turning 30. I'll admit, some of my goals are definitely very far reaching but hey, I've got 10 years to complete them! 

I truly did have such a lovely twentieth birthday. I spent the day being indulged in presents by my family, treated like a true princess with of course, a princess birthday cake and a tiara to match. I also cannot believe that Christmas is this week, where has this year even gone?! Do you have anything special planned for the big day? 
Until next time,

What goals are on your bucket list?!

A Day At The Manchester Christmas Markets

Saturday, December 17, 2016

When you think of Christmas in Manchester, I'm pretty sure that the very first thing that comes to mind is the infamous German Christmas markets.

After spending practically the past week bed bound and full of a cold, I was so excited to finally recover and get into the festive spirit. Me and my boyfriend headed down to the Christmas markets for a day of pigging out on nutella filled crepes and buying unnecessary bric a brac style goodies. 

If you are able to visit the Christmas Markets and leave without indulging in any of the food choices available then I take my hat off to you because that must involve a serious amount of willpower. With an array of cakes, fudges, hot dogs, burgers and then of course.. nutella coated everything; it's pretty impossible to resist! The hot chocolates were dreamy too, topped with marshmallows, whipped cream and a flake; I was in heaven! Although, unfortunately for me the cream decided to drip everywhere, making it pretty much impossible to capture that perfect Instagram worthy shot. 

I just love the festive feeling that surrounds the air at the markets. With everyone excitedly indulging in seasonal treats and buying as many unnecessary last minute Christmas tree decorations as possible, there truly is nothing like the hustle and bustle of a true festive city market.

I wish I had more photos to share with you all. I'm still quite shy when it comes to shooting in busy locations. Improving my confidence and producing more outfit shots in the city is definitely something I want to work upon next year. Nevertheless, I hope you have enjoyed this short yet sweet insight into my day at this year's markets. I cannot believe that Christmas is now just 8 days away! And if you're still not feeling festive, head to the markets, treat yourself with some mulled wine and you'll be sure to be feeling merry in no time! 

What are you most excited about for Christmas this year?!

Festive Peppermint & White Chocolate Bark

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Chocolate bark is seriously my favourite thing ever to make. It requires no baking, takes no more than 10 minutes and the options are seriously endless. Last month I shared with you all the recipe for my Autumnal themed bark; infused with peanut butter, salted caramel fudge bites and sprinkled with a dusting of cinnamon. You all seemed to love it (I can't blame you, it was delicious - Ha!) and so I thought, why not create a festive edition?!

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What you will need:

  • 2 bars of white baking chocolate.
  • 2 candy canes
  • Iced snowflakes
  • Golden crunch bites
  • Salted caramel fudge bites
  • Glitter cake spray

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How to make:
  1. Fill a pan with cold water and place onto the hob to boil.
  2. Break up the bars of white chocolate into a bowl and place on top of the pan to melt as the water begins to boil.
  3. Line a baking tray with foil as the chocolate begins to melt.
  4. Once melted, apply a smooth and even layer onto the tray, when you have used up all of the chocolate; it's time to get decorating!
  5. Crush up the two candy canes using a pestle and mortar then sprinkle evenly across the melted chocolate mix. 
  6. To garnish further I added golden crunch and salted caramel bites, iced snowflakes. Then finally completing the look by spraying with a silver glitter cake spray. I found these in my local ASDA but feel free to garnish with anything you like. I favoured for anything gold and silver, just get your masterpiece looking as festive as possible!
  7. Finally, leave in the fridge to set. Then, cut into square pieces and ta-dah! Eat and enjoy!

And it's that simple! The perfect festive snack, easily made in just 5 quick steps. I'm also seriously candy cane mad at the moment. T'is the season for peppermint infused mochas and I love it! 

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Have you been baking anything in the kitchen this season?! If you have any recipes for your own seasonal creations, feel free to leave them in the comments below - I'd love to give them a try! 
Until next time,

New Beginnings

Thursday, November 24, 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American babes out there! I wish that Thanksgiving was more of a thing over here in the UK. I think it's so important to set aside a day each year where we reflect on everything good that has happened to us over the past 12 months. A day where we remind ourselves of all the good in our lives whilst coming together with our friends and families. We've adopted Halloween from America, maybe in five years time we will have invested into the idea of Thanksgiving too. 

I'm currently in the process of rebranding my blog. I've fallen into a little bit of a rut over the past few weeks and felt like I haven't been producing the best content that I possibly can. Over the past few weeks whilst I've taken a short break from blogging, alongside focusing on my university deadlines I have been considering what is the best way forward for me and Clarke Couture as we move into 2017. 

And so I am beginning with a complete new start. I have just purchased a new template and have decided to start focusing more on the content which I love. Fashion, travel and lifestyle. I have a lot of exciting day trips planned in the lead up to Christmas to produce some really fun photo diaries whilst really working on my overall photography and the quality of my content. I hope you are just as excited as I am about the rebrand! Today's post marks the first of my improved content and I would love your feedback in the comments below. I worked extra hard on these photos and really hope that there is a visible difference in the quality compared to my previous outfit post where I spent the day pumpkin picking.

I have also set up a Facebook page where I will be posting extra updates and sharing a new 'item of the day' feature too! I'm feeling super positive about the future of my blog and cannot wait to bring you along with me on my journey. 

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How gorgeous is this skirt from River Island?! I'm still obsessing over florals and embroidery as we move into the Winter months and this skirt is a true statement piece. And the best bit is, it's currently on sale for just £30!! With the words 'love' beautifully stitched into the design, I felt that this was the perfect item for any Thanksgiving meal. I chosen to pair it with some small black heels and a floaty mesh black top but I think that a crop knitted black jumper would love perfect paired with this in the colder months. This boyfriend fit coat is also perfect for layering, with its oversized fit I've been wearing my bomber under this for added warmth so much lately! I did unfortunately buy this last year however I have linked similar options below.

And talking of Thanksgiving, I thought it would be nice for me to share with you all the things that I have been grateful for over the past 12 months.

  • Achieving a 'FIRST' in my 1st year of uni.
  • Getting my first job working as a promotions intern at The Gypsy Shrine!
  • Going on my first ever plane journey when I visited Barcelona in September. It was beautiful! You can read all about my first ever flying experience here
  • Getting a cat! She's called Elsie and is the cutest little thing. Check out my Instagram where I'll be sure to share any cute photos of her over there!
  • Visiting London. It's my favourite ever city and this summer I was able to head back there for a long weekend after not visiting for a couple of years. It was such a lovely weekend and I really hope I'll be able to head back there next year too!
  • Meeting new people. I've been fortunate enough to meet many, lovely new friends this year and I really hope that these will be friendships that will last for many years to come.

As you can tell, a lot of my best achievements/memories for the year have included many 'first timers' which really helps me emphasise the point that you should always give something new a try if you're given the opportunity. I dare you for one whole day to say 'yes' to everything that you are asked to do. It will be life changing, I promise you!

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I really hope that you are excited for the changes that to come with my blog. If you have any suggestions for content that you would like to see me publish please let me know in the comments below. After all, I wouldn't be blogging if it wasn't for you as my readers and your lovely feedback in the comments. Your suggestions and support means the world to me. 
Happy Thanksgiving lovelies and here's to the future!

What are you thankful for this year?!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween! I hope you all have a spooktacular day whatever it is that you have got planned. I've spent my day with a recruitment agency in a mock assessment centre, as I'm applying for placements this year it's been a practice day to get a taste of what it's like to be assessed by real graduate recruiters - Scary!! Besides today's genuine scary experience, here's a list of everything that I simply love about Halloween.

  • The food - Halloween food is simply the best. It's the one day of the year where you're able to get free candy kids so make the most of it! Give me all the Mr Kipling fiendish fancies please, yum! Check out my easy, no bake chocolate bark recipe here.
  • Crazy makeup - If there's any time to get creative with makeup then of course, it's Halloween. From colourful, glittery sugar skulls to spooky ghosts and ghouls, our faces become true works of art. If you've created any Halloween makeup looks this year I would love to see them, so feel free to leave any links in the comments below!
  • Pumpkin carving - And if creative makeup wasn't enough creativity in a day for you then it's time to get crafty and give your pumpkin a unique look. Last week I went pumpkin picking for the first time which was so much fun, you can read all about that here.
  • Movie night - If you don't have any plans to go out this Halloween then it's the perfect excuse for a cosy movie night on the couch. Grab some snacks, popcorn and cosy blankets and get ready for a spooky night in.
  • Dressing up - As a kid I used to get so excited about throwing on my princess frock for the night and then going around trick or treating. Although I'm too old for a night of trick or treating it's always fun to get myself dressed up for a night out. You can never go wrong with a cat outfit, a simple black jumpsuit, throw on some ears, draw on some whiskers paired with a golden smokey eye and bang, done! 

What are your favourite things about Halloween? Do you have any plans to celebrate tonight?!
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Last Minute Halloween Movie Night Snack Idea - NO BAKE!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Shoutout to all of my last minute lazy guys and gals out there! It's no secret that I'm far from an expert in the kitchen but when it comes to easy, no bake recipes; I'm your gal! 

If you're planning a last minute halloween party or cosy movie night in then this chocolate tangled bark is the perfect yummy treat to get snacking on this hallows eve. Topped with cinnamon popcorn, Reese's pieces and salted caramel fudge bites it really does capture the true taste of Autumn/Halloween all on one plate. The best bit is? There's no baking involved!
  • Reese's pieces. (or substitute with Smarties, M&M's - Whichever you prefer!)
  • Salted caramel fudge pieces.
  • Cinnamon flavoured popcorn.
  • 2 bars of dark baking chocolate.
  • White piping icing.
  • Cinnamon.

How to Make:
  • Break your chocolate bar into small square pieces and place into a bowl.
  • Fill a pan with cold water and place onto the hob to boil. Place your bowl filled with chocolate on top of this, as the water boils the chocolate shall melt.
  • Whilst the chocolate melts prepare a baking tray (You may wish to line this with icing so the chocolate doesn't stick to the tray!) for the chocolate to be poured into once melted.
  • Once the chocolate has completely melted pour into your baking tray, spreading evenly. 
  • Sprinkle on your toppings, dust on a little cinnamon and place into the fridge to set.
  • Once set, cut into square pieces and place onto a plate. Begin to pipe icing across your squares, this can be as messy as you like to give the impression of a tangled spider's web - spooky!
  • To garnish, decorate with further toppings and cinnamon popcorn.
  • Eat and enjoy! It's devilishly good!

And so that was it, it really is that easy! Do you have any plans for Halloween this year? Let me know in the comments below! I think I'll just be having a movie night with my mum and our cat!
For more recipe ideas, you can check out my Pinterest food board here
Until next time,

What are your favourite Halloween treats?! I'm a sucker for the Mr Kipling Fiendish Fancies!
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Pumpkin Picking at Kenyon Hall Farm

Monday, October 24, 2016

This past weekend me and my family headed down to Kenyon Hall Farm for a spot of pumpkin picking. This was the first time that I have ever visited a pumpkin patch and so as you may have already guessed, I was pretty darn excited about it. With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to get into the autumnal spirit other than spending the day picking pumpkins and drinking PSL's from fine china. (I did have photos of this but unfortunately they are on my phone which has broke! I honestly don't know how I'm coping without it, I'm too much of a 21st century gal!) 

I really don't know what it is about pumpkins which makes us love them so much. If it were a field of oranges I just don't think it would have quite the same effect as a pumpkin unusually does. I plan to spend my week in the lead up to Halloween indulging in cosy Lush baths, baking devilishly good treats and of course carving pumpkins! 

Outfit details, similar here:
Have you ever been pumpkin picking before? What are your plans for this Halloween?!
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5 Goals To Complete Before 2017

Monday, October 17, 2016

According to, as I am writing this there are currently 2 months, 16 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes until January 1st 2017. Now that isn't a strenuous amount of time to complete any far reaching goals, however I find that setting myself small targets as often as I possibly can is the best way to review my progress and help larger goals seem far more achievable in the long run. 
Read on to discover how I plan on completing my 2016...

Reach 600 Bloglovin' followers
Of course I had to begin with the typical follower boosting goal. I currently have 556 followers and so 44 more in 10 weeks is plausible right?! I'd love to reach 2,000 on Twitter although I think 657 new followers would be a little far reaching before the new year. 

Secure a placement/internship
Next summer, I'm hoping to take a year out from my university course to work as a fashion marketing intern. I've currently hit the ball rolling as employers begin dropping into university each week to share the roles that they have on offer for the year. It would be amazing to say I've managed to secure one by Christmas and then I'll be able to just completely focus on uni work for the rest of the year. Fingers crossed!!

Produce more fashion/lifestyle content
October to December is truly the most exciting time of the year for me. With the number of festivities on offer this year, I'm hoping to get out there and produce some amazing fashion shots for you all in some really cool locations. 
And you can read 15 more reasons why I love Autumn/Winter here

Attend a blogging event
I've been blogging for more than 2 years now and I am still yet to attend an event. Unfortunately 95% of the time they are held in London which unfortunately for me the travel expenses make it impossible for me to get too. If you know of any being held in Manchester during the Christmas period though then hit me up!

Learn a new skill
Whether that be becoming a baking expert (beauty or cooking... interpret as you will!), getting to grips with a few more photography/camera techniques or learning a little bit more about coding; I want to be able to say that by the end of this year I've learnt something a little extra over the next 11 weeks. 

And so that is my final set of goals for 2016. Can you believe that the next time I'm back here and keeping you informed of my targets that we'll all be setting ourselves new year's resolutions?! This year has just flown by! 
Until next time,

Do you have any end of year goals?!
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15 Reasons Why Autumn/Winter Slays Spring/Summer

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October to December is hands down my favourite time of the year. All of the festivities in the lead up to the Christmas period fill the latter part of the year with excitement. Even though I do adore the gorgeous summery weather and brighter, colourful clothes there's just something about the crisp autumn air which steals my heart each and every year.
Read on to discover just why autumn/winter is simply the best...

Hot drinks season
Although you can drink hot chocolates in the summer there's just something about cosying up by the fire with lots of blankets and a mug of warm cocoa and marshmallows on a cold winter's evening that you just can't beat. Plus, all hail the return of the pumpkin spiced latte. Yes, I am that basic.

Pumpkin picking
I love all things pumpkin. Pumpkin cake, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin carving. And let's be honest, pumpkins make for some pretty cute Instagram photos. 

Nothing speaks winter more than a cosy bonfire, bundled up in knits whilst you're roasting marshmallows and of course, more Instagram photo opportunities as you write your name with sparklers in the air. An evening of toffee apples, treacle toffee and fireworks... What more could you possibly want?!

Christmas markets 
A complete strip of stalls filled with food, bath soap, bath bombs and christmas decorations galore. There's nothing more festive than spending your day drinking hot apple ciders, eating s'mores and spending your money on Christmas trinkets you really don't need but because it's Christmas well, why the hell not?!

Ice Skating
I'll be the first to admit that I'm terrible at ice skating. But regardless of my skating ability it truly does put me in the festive spirit and can be a real laugh for a day out with your friends.

Although this is traditionally an American tradition, I still love the sentiment behind the festivity. Sharing a meal with your family and giving thanks to everything you have to be grateful for this year. Warm home cooked meals surrounded by family truly are one of my favourite parts about the winter season.

There's just something about the smell of homemade warm cookies filling the air which really screams Autumn to me. There will be a few recipe posts live on the blog this month so keep your eyes peeled for that.. Halloween treats anyone?!

Black Friday
Half price Victoria's Secret? Yes please.

Room decor
Cosy throws, sparkly leaf wreaths, golden glittery pumpkins, knitted candle covers; the list could go on and on and on. I love homely interiors and the Autumn/Winter season is the perfect excuse to put to test some DIY's and give my room a much needed makeover.

Winter Wonderland
If you get a chance this winter, it is definitely worth paying a visit to London's Hyde Park for their annual Winter Wonderland festival. This year marks the festivals 10 year anniversary, venture down to explore the ice bar, Angel's Christmas markets, the ice sculpture maze and pick your thrills with an array of incredible fairground rides. It truly is a magical day out for all.

Movie days
Grab your blankets, a bowl of popcorn and a selection of Halloween/Christmas movies, invite over your best friends and you're good to go!

Pamper days
Who doesn't love pamper days?! And as soon as Lush release their holiday collection, every Sunday becomes the perfect excuse for a pamper day. 

Sweater weather
Sweaters, boots, hats and scarves. Autumn/Winter fashion truly is a marvel.

Autumnal makeup
Those classic berry lips paired with a golden brown smokey eye. All hail party season beauty.

Long walks
With all of the festivities occurring this time of the year, sometimes we find ourselves too busy to actually truly take in the beauty of the season. Hearing that crunch as you walk among the leaves upon the floor, seeing the leaves change from a blossoming green to a golden burnt orange. And so, grab your boots, your camera and get yourself out there and explore. 

Are you more of a Summer spirit or like mine does your heart truly lie with Autumn/Winter?! 
Until next time,

What are you looking forward too this season?!
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Fitness | Post Summer Motivation

Friday, September 30, 2016

'Bikini body' season is over. Alas, all hail sweater weather season! The time of year where all of our woolly, oversized knits make their way to the front of our wardrobes after being tucked away for the best part of a year. The time of year where tight clothing is a thing of the past. My body is able to enter into hibernation mode until next summer and I no longer need to worry about how many rolls my stomach can produce when sat down as they are safely tucked and hidden away behind my oversized, knitted jumper. 

I think it's safe to say that autumn/winter is the time of year when people begin to become complacent and lazy in regards to fitness. Fitness shouldn't have to be about 'bikini body' season. It should be about doing it for yourself. Keeping yourself in shape because being healthy makes you feel good on both the inside and outside. 
Read on to discover how you can beat the winter fitness blues...

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Reflect on your progress
Look back at photos of yourself from this past summer. Did you go on holiday this summer? Flick back through your bikini shots, look at how gorgeous your legs looked, how toned your arms were.. If you've spent a summer working hard at the gym do you really want to lose all of that progress you made just because your body won't be on display anymore? When you're healthier, you usually look and feel happier. And health and happiness shouldn't just be restricted to the summer; let those pictures motivate you to keep it up!

Keep a fitness diary
Every time you complete a workout this season keep a diary to log your feelings before and after a gym session. If it made you feel good afterwards, write it down! If you're not a fan of a diary, post a tweet about your successful session. Just make a note somewhere you will be able to look back on when you're feeling sluggish and demotivated to help remind yourself just how much you actually enjoy exercise and staying in good shape.

Bring it indoors
If the bad weather outside is your excuse for not working out then let the workouts come to you. There are plenty of exercise videos on YouTube for you to have a crack at all from the comfort of your own bedroom. Simply plug your computer in and go. One of my personal favourite at home workouts is with the app 'pump up.' The app allows you to select your location whether that be at home, outdoors or even on holiday! The equipment you have available to you and if you have none, no fear! There's a workout for that too. The app demonstrates the exercises giving you something easy to copy and follow. No excuses.

Boost your concentration
Not only does exercise release endorphins which are scientifically proven to make you happier but drinking plenty of water is known to help improve concentration levels. In the summer this is normally quite easy to keep on top of due to the hot weather making you naturally more thirsty. If you're headed back to school/college/work/university this season then it's good practice to keep yourself hydrated and drink water during your lectures and at home when doing homework/revision. Not only is your health being looked after but your mind will be too.

'The Christmas body'
Heard of the 'bikini body'? Well this season sees the comeback of the 'Christmas body.' The run up to Christmas with Halloween, Bonfire Night and many seasonal food events can lead to a much higher indulgence in junk food than any other time of the year. With such delights on offer, you're more prone to weight gain during this time of the year, which is the perfect reason to maintain your fitness this season. You may not actually lose any additional weight but maintaining rather than gaining due to all of your extra food intake this season is seriously worth it. While everyone starts panic rushing to the gym in January you'll have nothing to worry about as you kept on top of things all season. You go gurrrl!

Do it for yourself
Most importantly, stay in shape not for others but for yourself. In the colder seasons, junk food feels far more comforting than a salad bowl but as the saying goes "You are, what you eat." Give your body junk and you'll feel like junk. Give your body goodness and you'll start to feel good on both the inside and out. 

This season, don't let your diet and fitness reflect the miserable weather outside. Stay happy, healthy and allow your smile to part a way between the dark clouds in the sky. 

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Let's Talk Femcare

Monday, September 26, 2016

In association with Veeda

Feminine care and sexual health are hands down two of the most taboo viewed topics in the world of blogging and social media today. Even in day to day life I feel it's an issue which I need to keep discreet. We say "It's my time of the month." or "I'm on.." God forbid if we were to turn around and publicly announce "Sorry I'm feeling a little unwell, I'm on my period."

I was on holiday with a few friends this month and when we arrived one of my male friends told me he couldn't wait to get into the pool. I said to him "If only..." leading to me then awkwardly having to explain to him I was on my period so it wasn't really convenient timing for me. The topic in turn made him feel awkward and he responded with near enough no response "Oh, I don't really know what to say back to that.. sorry." 

It's quite saddening that in society today that even with our friends the topic of female menstruation is still an awkward topic to discuss. Some of my female friends have told me that their biggest fear each month is either leaking in public or the constant worry that their towel/pad is visible through their pants. I now have a confession to make. You see the above photograph? I'm laughing away in a fairly short, white, skort. Well, I was on my period. I embraced all of the cardinal sins of menstruation. I wore white, I wore something tight and short. But instead of letting all the above worries ruin my holiday, I simply embraced it. 

Now we're past the 'why let it affect your day and attire' argument let's move onto ways of keeping our lady areas happy and healthy during this time of the month. I was recently contacted by the team over at Veeda; promoting only 100% natural and organic period towels and tampons. Veeda, translating as a combination of 'Vida' the Latin/Spanish word for 'life' and 'Veda' the Sanskrit word for 'Knowledge'; was an initiative surprisingly set up by two men. After noticing their female friends struggle to find many natural sanitation options and those that were available, were expensive; this led the two men to set out and change that. 

Another confession. Tampons have never really been my best friend. I'm fairly forgetful and always have the worry that I'll forget it's there and then it would have been left in too long and with all the fears of Toxic Shock Syndrome, beginning my periods at the age of 13 I think I just scared myself away from the mere thought of tampons. This however, is where Veeda are able to reassure nervous girls and women out there like me. 

Toxic Shock Syndrome is caused by a bacterial infection which can attack the major organs. Resulting in kidney failure, collapse of the lungs and can even run the risk of cardiac arrest. Research has shown that almost 50% of all occurrences are associated with high-absorbency tampon use. Even though medical science and knowledge of such diseases has improved massively within the past couple of decades, the risks are still just as high as they were in the 1980's. Viscose rayon found in conventional tampons has been proven to promote toxin productions which can ultimately lead to TSS. In today's society, 1 in 100 women shall be affected by the disease. 

Using only natural ingredients, all Veeda products including tampons*, towelsand liners are free from chemicals, wood, synthetic fibres, additives and pesticides which make all 3 options the purest and most hypoallergenic products available to you on the feminine health market today. Additionally helping to reduce the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Everyday tampons which have made household names in our homes, are in fact made from blends of bleached cotton and/or synthetic products which may contain: Dioxins from the bleaching process, pesticide and herbicide residues, synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances and dyes. All contributing towards a higher risk against TSS. 

Research has highlighted that there has never been a case of TSS when using 100% cotton tampons. And this is just why Veeda are promoting the education of all young girls and women to be aware of the importance of feminine care. And not only do Veeda tampons consider the importance of all natural ingredients but they consider the importance of comfort too. This is why the Veeda tampon is designed to expand width wise to fit comfortably to your shape and seal in your flow. Additionally a thinner string is used to avoid leaks.

Through using the towels and tampons myself, I am able to confirm that Veeda truly do place comfort and care at the heart of their products. The feel of the organic cotton in both the towels and tampons truly does feel softer and of a higher quality than the leading high street brand. As I mentioned above, I wore a short, white skirt and I did not suffer with any leaks nor visible panty line. If you're a woman with a heavier flow then have no fear, Veeda provide a colour coded absorbency chart in line with their tampons/towels to help make you aware of which product is right for you:

Absorbency of 0g-6g

Absorbency of 6g-9g

Absorbency of 9g-12g

Absorbency of 12g-15g

When it comes to disposal, Veeda have even considered the importance of biodegradable packaging. The towels and liners and made from a form of Biofilm packaging which breaks down in 6-12 months, making this much more environmentally friendly. Furthermore, the tampons themselves are 100% biodegradable making this a trio of products that are truly unstoppable both inside and out. 

To discover more about the brand including their mission, advice on tampon application and prices check out: 
Veeda tampons and towels are available for purchase in Boots stores nationwide.

Have you ever used organic femcare before?! Help to spread the message of femcare positivity in the comments below and let's educate a nation!post signature

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored. Any products marked with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me for review. All opinions however are my own.

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