#BEDM Day 19: Out of your comfort zone

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Today’s topic for #BEDM is “Out of your comfort zone”. So I thought I would do something that scares me.

This is what my face looks like to the outside world. And it’s what it used to look like every day when I woke up, until I turned 22. For the last 6 years, I went from being someone who barely ever wore make up and scoffed at those who said they couldn’t leave the house without wearing it, to becoming one of them.

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And that is because the majority of days when I get up, I am faced with the below in the mirror. I don’t know what caused it and no matter what I have tried all these years, nothing seems to work. My face is like an angry teenager.

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Ironically, my skin wasn’t bad at all when I was a teen. I would get spots but nothing like this. And from the ages of 18 to 21 my skin was flawless. The majority of the blemishes that are now on my face don’t even have heads or become spots, they’re just angry red blotches.

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At first I thought it was because I did a lot of work with my hands so maybe I was getting my face dirty, it wasn’t that. I changed my diet, I tried creams, pills, and nothing seems to work. All I can say is that I’m thankful to have the makeup that I have on hand that allows me to go out of the house with some degree of confidence. Never again will I judge someone for being reliant on makeup. I know how they feel.

In comparison to the bad days, the good day’s are so much better. It just looks like I have rosy cheeks until you get up close so luckily it’s not that bad all of the time.

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Maybe one day my face will clear up and maybe it won’t but the one good thing that’s come out of it is that I care less of how I look now, if that makes any sense. I’m not too afraid to show people this face, at least people I know (and a bunch of strangers on the internet).

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I’m quite thankful in fact that this is the biggest problem in my life at the moment. There are plenty of people out there who have way bigger problems than this and I have a good life. I have a fiancé who looks at me without makeup every day and still loves me, I have great friends and family, I have no big health problems and I have a roof over my head. That’s a lot to be thankful for.

So for anyone else who looks in the mirror and doesn’t like what they see, my advice is to just look for all the good things in your life and after a while it doesn’t feel so bad anymore. I do have good days and bad days but throughout all that, makeup is always there for me if it gets too much. That and Topher, thank you for being there for me.

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#BEDM Day 18: My Scrapbook

Since today’s topic is nostalgia, I’m showing you an update of my holiday scrapbook for my holiday to Florida last year. It was one of the funnest trips I’ve ever been on and one of the first holidays I’ve done with a group of friends. Plus Topher proposed while we were out there which makes it extra special.

I’ve never actually made a scrapbook before so this is all new to me. It’s definitely something I want to continue doing in the future though. For the first few pages of this scrapbook, check out my first scrapbook update post.

So continuing on from there, here’s what I’ve been up to in the last few weeks.

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The A Beautiful Mess papers were so useful for the Mexico pages. I love how they all look together!

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I’m so happy with how the below page turned out. I actually meant the writing to be straight but I messed up the first couple and just went with it. See – I meant to do that!

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I love how the Italy and Norway pages turned out. They are very different but are on the same spread which I assume should annoy me but it doesn’t in the slightest.

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Since I had everyone’s costume’s as separate photos I wanted to be able to fit everyone on the same spread but of course the only way to do that would be to cut us all out. I’m so glad I did that and it turned out great!

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I went a bit mad with the washi tape on this page but I really like the effect. It was perfect for Harry Potter.

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Yes I saved my ice cream cone wrapper. I just couldn’t get over how cute the packaging was so I had to keep it. 

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I also may have gotten impatient and skipped forward a bit to do Topher and I’s engagement page! It’s so great to be able to look back on that moment. I still can’t believe I had no idea.

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Now I really look forward to Sunday’s where I’ll work on this while listening to a podcast. It’s really therapeutic. Here’s to the rest of this scrapbook and many more to come after.

Have you ever made a scrapbook?

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#BEDM Day 17: Travel

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Since I was a baby, travel has been a huge part of my life. Having visited over 30 countries and lived in 4, it’s safe to say I’ve always had the travel bug. Though it’s been a few years since I’ve been anywhere new, I have a few places on my bucket list that I hope one day I can visit.

1. Tokyo, Japan

A few years ago I was supposed to go with my family but literally the week before we bought our tickets, the huge earthquake and tsunami happened. We decided to save it for another time and went to Portugal instead. Since I was little I have always wanted to go to Japan as I love the culture, the food and the general wackiness of it. Hopefully the year that we visit shouldn’t be too far away as I’ve convinced Topher to go. It totally helps that they have a Disney park!

2. Reykjavik, Iceland

This seems to have been a popular choice with people in the last few years with a lot of people I know both online and off paying this city a visit – including my parents. I’m not a massive fan of cold weather but I was won over by the Northern Lights, the lagoon, volcanos and the cute colourful architecture. Fingers crossed we can squeeze this one in before 2020.

3. Oslo, Norway

Another cold weather destination. Topher loves Scandinavia and besides Iceland, this is the only Scandinavian country that I haven’t visited yet. It’s not one I’m in a massive rush to get to (I’ve done zero research into it) but I can’t leave it off my bucket list.

4. New Orleans, USA

There’s a certain fascination I have with New Orleans. I think a big part of it is the architecture, the food and the rich culture of the place. It’s only been on my list for a couple of years but it’s one that I’m desperate to visit. One day!

5. Chicago, USA

I don’t know why this one is on my list as much as the others but it’s definitely one that is here to stay until it gets done. I love city breaks and Chicago looks like a great place that would have lots of things to do. Plus I really want to try a deep dish pizza.

If you want to see more places I want to travel, you should definitely check out my travel Pinterest board. It literally makes me want to pack a suitcase every time I look at it.

What’s on your travel bucket list?

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#BEDM Day 16: Fashion and Style

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It’s been awhile since my last outfit post and I’ve been waiting for some decent weather to turn up but finally I got lucky. 

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Love The Sales is the one stop shop to finding all items on sale by your favourite brands. You can set up alerts and search for items you’ve been waiting to go on sale. This is perfect for all you bargain hunters out there. And definitely something I’ll be making use of in the future!

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So for my outfit I picked out a bright blue dress from one of my favourite brands, Yumi. I love the embroidered detail at the bottom and it goes perfectly with my Tatty Devine dress that Topher got for me for my 26th birthday. Adding in red for a contrasting pop of colour, ballet flats are always a staple in my wardrobe. One day I’ll have them in all the colours of the rainbow. And of course no sunny day is complete without a pair of sunglasses. I picked these red ones to match the outfit and the majority of my summer clothes. The only other pairs I have are black and plain so it’s nice to get some colour in there. Plus the diamante detail is a fun touch. 

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Dress & belt: Yumi via House of Fraser Sale*, Leggings: Primark, Necklace: Tatty Devine, Sunglasses: Gregorys*, Shoes: BHS sale*

I love that this park is only a short walk away. Please continue warm weather so we can make the most of it!

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The dress was super comfy and it will be perfect for my upcoming trip to Jordan. Just throw on a cardie and I’ll be all set. Thanks Love The Sales!

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What’s your go to outfit in the summer months?

*Disclaimer – the dress, sunglasses and shoes via Love The Sales.*

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#BEDM Day 13: A Day In The Life

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Happy Friday the 13th! Well I don’t know about you but I had a pretty good day considering it’s supposed to be a day full of bad luck. Anyway, here’s my day in the life. One in which I leave the house. I know, exciting right? Yes I’m a hermit.

So what better way to start than with the breakfast of champions? Porridge with bananas, cinnamon and almond milk, half a grapefruit and a big mug of coffee. This is how my day starts. After a quick shower at least. Just like when I had a 9-5, reading blogs in the morning over breakfast is really important to me. It’s my favourite way to set myself up for the day.

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After a marathon of reading, I get a few errands around the house done before getting dressed and ready to head out. But not before stopping to give this one a quick cuddle!

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Pickles has a current obsession with sinks. He’ll meow and rub his head against the tap until you turn it on. Then he’ll madly bat his paw at the stream of water. Silly boy. 

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Quick hair check!

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Then it’s a speed walk to the train station. How nice was the weather today? A bit on the chilly side but I got some use out of my sunglasses. 

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Arriving at Zieferblat for Freelance Friday I stop for a glass of cucumber & mint water. Yum!

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Then I set myself up and get to work (and chat to my fellow freelancers!).

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I’ve got to head home a bit early today so I can drop Topher at work so I get the crowded rush hour train home. Luckily I manage to grab a seat. 

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Another lovely walk home. I like this commute!

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Once I’ve dropped Topher off, it’s time to make my dinner of steak, potatoes and veg and then I can relax.

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The rest of the evening is spent watching Netflix and waiting to pick up Topher. Then just a bit more work I need to finish off and it’s off to bed with me. Not a bad day as Friday the 13th’s go!

What does your day look like?

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