Hello New Year

Wow, 2017 went by in a flash. I don’t know if it’s because I was busy (although I didn’t really feel that busy), or if it’s come to that point in my life where years are just going to go by faster and faster.

The first few months were spent working like a crazy person two interior design projects. I then kind of fell off the radar and struggled a lot for the rest of the year with some long standing mental health issues. My nephew turned 1, Harry passed his driving test and I made a bad hair decision that I’m still growing out (whoops). My mum got married, we visited Hastings a few times, my dad opened his own shop repairing and selling watches & jewellery (where I work part time) and we visited The peaceful Dunwich beach several times. I honestly think it’s turned in to one of my favourite places. I turned 27, took up running, gave up running (lol), my friend Emily got married and I bought my dream camera after years of saving. I left my job as an interior designer and, somehow, managed to find the strength to actually complete my New Years resolution of doing all of the physical and mental health related things that I had been putting off for many years. It was a huge deal for me, and I’m actually pretty proud of myself for going through it all. Everything is slowly getting back on track, and in December I even got three illustration commissions – so let’s hope that carries on this year!

In 2018 I’d like to get my portfolio/blog combo up and running, blog more regularly, and I have set myself a little challenge of doing monthly every day photo challenges. I’d also like to shop more ethically, get some more illustration/photography work and become a little more emotionally available to the people in my life.


It’s all started off pretty positively – Harry and I hosted a New Year’s Eve dinner for a few of our friends, we wandered around Southwold and squealed about all the puppies on the beach on New Year’s Day and got soaked in the rain, and now we’re in Hastings… getting soaked by more rain!

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Dunwich Beach & Heath

Dunwich beach & heath is turning in to one of my favourite places this summer. We’ve been on 3 occasions in the last 3 months and it just gets more and more beautiful. Of course we, the hermits, decided to go on the hottest bank holiday Monday of the year. IT WAS SO BUSY and I usually would have hated it, but once I was in my own bubble (beach towel = bubble on this occasion) I was fine. It was definitely tinged with a slight sadness that it felt like the end of summer, but I’m hoping we will have one more day of warm sunshine so we can go again (fingers crossed).

beach days 2

Some Current Favourites




Harry and I visited London last month and found Boxpark in Shoreditch; a block of buildings with small shops, cafes and restaurants. We originally went because Harry has been desperate to try Voodoo Ray’s for years, but also found that the shops there are AMAZING! I had drooled over Papersmiths website on many an occasion, so when I walked past it I did a double take, squeaked and proceeded to float around the shop as if I was dreaming. I came out with some Koh-I-Noor pencils and an orange tote bag with “Rock Paper Scissors” printed on the front. I’ve been using it non stop as my everyday bag, and my sketchbook fits perfectly in the front pocket. Yes!

Now that Harry can drive we’ve been taking silly trips to places like Ikea purely because we weren’t able to before. My mission for the past few months has been to buy a Monstera Deliciosa (clearly so I can live out my Instagram apartment dreams HA), and when I found out that Ikea sell them, we were straight in the car and on our way! We spent an embarrassing amount of money, as you always seem to end up doing in Ikea, but came out with the important stuff – The monstera, and those chocolate layered crisp cookies that I HAVE to buy every time I’m there.

I’ve had an Apple Watch for a little while now, and its managing to get me off my bum and go running a couple of times a week! I’m still finding it weird and a bit clunky looking on my little wrist, but its definitely making me more active.

Finally, my new baby, the Fujifilm X-T2. My previous post went in to more detail about it so I won’t go in to it too much here, but I am seriously in love with it. I had been Saving up for a new camera for over a year now, and it felt super weird finally using that money to buy it, but its so good to finally have a camera that I can say I am 100% happy with and can see myself using for years and years to come!

Thats it for my current favourites! As soon as I notice I’m lovin’ on a handful of things I’ll be sure to do another one. Do you have/ have you tried any of these? What are you loving right now? Let me know in the comments! ♥

P.S: I have an Instagram account that features just my sketchbook pages, processes and finished pieces; check it out here – My other Instagram is going to be a bit more photo-based, with the occasionally photographed finished illustration piece dotted around.

Lick of Life: May

Well, I didn’t quite stick to my “take my camera out everyday” aim, but I definitely used it a lot more in May than I usually would. I also picked up my Canon AE-1 and shot some film! I then proceeded to torture myself and watch lots of youtube videos on medium format photography and now I want Mamiya 7, though. Oops.






May consisted of walks in the sunshine with Milo, taking photos of flowers, a little trip to Brighton (covered in this post), seeing friends & taking photos for/helping set up my dads new watch shop.





As always, after trying out a few different brands, I went back to my trusty Korres. This time I bought the Wild Rose exfoliating face wash and the Almond and Linseed hair mask. Korres products always smell sooooo goooood.

And thats it for my miscellaneous May photos! What did you get up to? Do you have any interesting summer plans for June? I’m hoping to be able to visit a beach, and my birthday is coming up, too.

Free iPhone & iPad Wallpapers: The Breakfast Edition

A breakfast themed iPhone and iPad background for all you fellow breakfast lovers out there. Click on the links below to download for free!
I Had so much fun using my Promarkers & Procreate on my iPad to make this; hope you like them!

Breakfast:

iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6 & 7
iPhone 5/5s/5c

iPad Retina
iPad

Vegan Breakfast:

iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6 & 7
iPhone 5/5s/5c

iPad Retina
iPad

If you like these, please feel free to let me know – I will get to it and make more repeat patterns to share with you! Perhaps a desktop background next time? Or free printables?

Some Recent Makeup & Skincare Pickings

I made a pretty big (for me) order with Deciem last month – these 5 ‘The Ordinary’ products only cost £26.00 in total, though! I’m a sucker for their packaging – so minimal and apothecary/”sciency”. Mmmm.
They are incredibly popular right now, so it took almost a month to get to me. Which kind of sucks, but they sent such a heartfelt apology out to everyone who was waiting that I couldn’t get annoyed!

I’ve been testing everything out for the last week, so I feel I can’t make the best judgement on them yet, but so far…and I’m cringing saying this because everyone LOVES The Ordinary so much right now; I’m not really that impressed! Ultimately, they are incredibly inexpensive products, that work okay for the price, but they didn’t knock my socks off as much as they have some people on the internet.

– The Ordinary Serum Foundation in 1.0N and 1.1N:

There are rave reviews about the new foundations, saying that they feel equivalent to ‘high end’ products. I’ve never tried a high end foundation, but I would honestly hope that if/ when I do, it would be better than this? The Bourgeois Healthy Mix foundation (and the serum version, too) that I used to use, is my baseline when trying new foundations/base products, because its the best I’ve used for my dry skin type so far. I assumed that having “serum” in the title of this one would mean it would be suited to my dry skin, but I found that it is actually quite matte, higher coverage than I thought it was going to be (this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I wanted a lighter coverage for summer), and it clung on to every dry patch I have. I will probably carry on using it because I don’t like wasting things, but I won’t be repurchasing it. Perhaps mixing in a drop of oil will give a more hydrating finish?

– The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, Niacinimide 10% and Zinc 1%, High Adherence Silicone Primer:

Even though my skin is dry, I do get the occasional breakout/congestion about a week before my period. I’ve been using the Niacinimade & Zinc before bed, and I think I’m beginning to see a slight difference, but it is quite drying. I’m going to carry on using this only on the bad patches and not my entire face, and maybe update this post once I have a better idea.

I don’t know if its just because I’m slowly heading towards 30 now, but I have noticed that my forever present purple under-eyes are getting a lot worse recently. I thought I’d give the Caffeine solution a go – but I haven’t noticed anything in terms of pigmentation or my occasional slight puffiness in the morning. Honestly though – I don’t think anything will help. I’ve been dark under my eyes my entire life. If anyone has any sort of miracle eye skincare, PLEEEAAASE let me know!

Lastly from The Ordinary; I’ve never tried a primer before, so I have no idea how this is performing, really. It doesn’t blur anything, and doesn’t seem to make my makeup last any longer than usual. I’m using it around my nose, as thats where my pores are largest, and I’ve noticed its actually breaking me out. *shrug*

– NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Auburn, Barry M Coconut Infusions nail polish in Storm:

The NYX eyebrow pencil Veeerrryy similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz. I will probably carry on buying it as it is a lot less expensive, and easy to get hold of in Boots. I do prefer the ABH Auburn colour, though. This one is slightly lighter. Fellow copper haired people, real or wannabe real (like me!); what do you use on your eyebrows? Do you just go for a warm toned brown? or Blonde? Or do you try to find the perfect copper colour for you?

Barry M. Yes. Love it. It’s super cheap and cruelty free. Beautiful colour, I’ve never had a grey nail polish before, lasts as long as normal nail polish does (that is 3 or 4 days on me before looking scruffy) – great!

If anyone has any recommendations or suggestions for skincare and makeup – please throw them my way! I always love trying new things. Right now I’m especially low on cleanser and face masks – anyone tried anything great recently??