Saturday, 20 June 2015

Body Shop Haul

Sometime in October I signed up for The Body Shop's reward card, as they were holding a student night and the card would be free! Naturally, I signed up and bought a few earlyish Christmas presents for people. I went back in a few weeks ago to buy some more hand cream and saw that they were holding a members event at the start of June. I told myself to remember to pop in, but as I don't have a The Body Shop in my town I quickly forgot all about it. As it turns out, my friends wanted to go to Bristol and whatdyaknow, the event was on! 

Normally when The Body Shop hold a 40% off event, they never include their newest ranges, which is fair enough, I guess. At this particular event, card members could include new stuff in the 40% off AND get a free goodie bag if they spent over £25 - which is easily done, to be fair. I had a few things in mind, but ended up taking home slightly more than I anticipated! If Joe asks, I'm definitely saving money, okay?! I really wanted to grab the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser and I have to say, it's quickly becoming my favourite! The smell is glorious, and it's very cooling which I think will definitely come in handy to wake me up a bit once the nice weather finally arrives. It's very light, and I've found that a little goes a long way. Some have said that it's very similar to the Origins GinZing range - just without the hefty price tag! 

Next up, I picked two items from the Vitamin E range - the Face Mist and the new Eye Cube. It must have been a sunny day when I bought these, as I thought the Face Mist would be a great addition to my handbag in the warmer weather. Either way, I commute a lot and I think this will definitely cool me down after an overpacked train journey. I picked the Eye Cube up on a bit of a whim, to be honest. I've never really bothered with eye creams or anything, shock horror, but thought I might as well start now with this cute little thing. As it's a balm, rather than a cream, I find that it doesn't dry my delicate skin out, but rather melts in and makes it feel plump and lovely. It's also very cooling, and can take me from looking tired and haggard to bright and awake in a simple swipe. Good stuff all round! 

My final buy was the Wild Argan Oil Body Butter. I lapped up the Argan Oil craze when it started being featured in all the best hair treatments, so when I found out it was joining the skincare world, I knew I had to grab some. I can never leave The Body Shop without a Body Butter, so this time grabbed the Wild Argan Oil one, as it was finally included in the promotion! This smells really wonderful, and I can often spend ages massaging it into my skin as it just feels so nice. I think I'll try out the Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub once my current scrub runs out, as it has really high reviews on the website. 

Now, on to the goodie bag, featuring an array of products costing around £20. I immediately popped the Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream into my work bag as I get a bit paranoid about how clean my hands are after handling train doors and the like. A 60ml bottle of Rainforest Shine Shampoo for normal to dry hair, which is the perfect size to go in a travel bag, as is the Coconut Shower Cream and the Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion. Then we have a small tub of Satsuma Body Butter and a Shea Lip Butter. I really like the lip butter, and often use them when I put a face mask on, to add back some moisture while I keep my face incredibly still, haha! And finally, we have the orange shower lily

All in all, not bad for one trip! I really like all the products included in the goodie bag, and I'm sure I'll use them all as well - I hate it when you get a free gift with something and it's stuff you never use. 

Do you like The Body Shop? Any products you'd like to hear more about? 

Chelsea xo

Thursday, 18 June 2015

The Week That Was #22

So I'm sure you're all dying to know how my first work of week has been? Well, in a word - tiring. Not the work itself, of course, that's been really mixed and no two days have been the same. This morning I sat in on the board meeting and heard about how one member of staff had been part of a relief team in Nepal. On Monday, I had a conference call with a hilarious guy from Canada. So yeah, pretty mixed! I'm guessing the tiredness has come from not working a 'real job' and then suddenly having one. I was still going to bed at 1am after Netflix binges and having my alarm wake me up at 6am. It was brutal. I'm trying to force myself to go to bed at 10pm every night, but I'm still finding myself scrolling through my twitter feed for an hour or so. *shakes fist at me* 

No relation, but I cannot wait to relax and fill this in!
But what else have I been up to?
- I went out last Saturday for my friend's birthday, which was really fun but my feet still hurt
- I managed to read another book, yay me! I'm now two ahead of schedule, apparently!
- Eating badly. As I've managed my time terribly, I have also been eating terribly. 

That's pretty much it, really. I've been trying to nap more as well, but that seemed less worthy of a bullet point. Now, some of you have been asking about my 1D story. I'm afraid it might be a tad overhyped now, but like Craig David, let me fill you in! 

So, when we saw Manic Street Preachers at Cardiff Castle, One Direction were playing at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Both venues can hold a ridiculous amount of people, and they're pretty close together as well. Anyhoo, that was fine up until it came to getting out of the car park. We decided not to go straight to the car park as we knew it would be super hard to get out of. So, at around 11:40 we were back at the car park and found our car. It was still gridlocked. We knew there were people manning the ticket barriers, so we thought they must have someone controlling the traffic flow as well. I'm not sure if they did or not in the end, but it seems likely. Anyways, at around 00:25 we were still sat in our car, and could see that cars on the next level down were finally moving. We turned the engine on, and Joe waited until we could move. We edged the car back, hoping someone might let us out when a gap appeared - rejoice! Sadly, the car behind was a 1D mam car, and had only left the gap because she was telling her kid off, or something. As we were reversing into the gap, she suddenly started moving and took over the space. Joe was quite calm about it, but I was really angry. 

The cars stopped again, and I started ranting about how everyone had been waiting, it wasn't as if we had just strolled in and expected to leave first. Joe kept looking for a gap, but whenever he would edge the car into it a 1D mam would come in and take up the space. One car even put themselves at an angle so we couldn't move out, it was ridiculous. So naturally, I was sat in the car like, "WHAT IS WITH THESE 1D MUMS? SORT IT OUT" when I looked over my shoulder and saw a woman just glaring at me. Whoops! I tried my best to look menacing, but I don't think she fell for it.

And that's pretty much the story. I'm sure it's extremely tame to whatever you imagined, but there we have it, I'm afraid. What have you been up to this week? 

Chelsea xo

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Book Club #17 - The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman

A few years ago, I asked my uni friend to suggest some books for me to read over the summer. She sent me a rather long list of books I need to read, and for some reason or another I've just managed to read The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman. For the blurb alone this book should win an award, and I applaud whoever came up with this... 


When you haven't had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that is happening to anyone anywhere. If you're living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn't. But that's no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theatres of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: whether it was really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, the great Renaissance stage designer Adriano Lavicini; and why a handsome, clever, charming, modest guy like him can't, just once in a while, get himself laid. From the author of the acclaimed Boxer, Beetle comes a historical novel that doesn't know what year it is; a noir novel that turns all the lights on; a romance novel that arrives drunk to dinner; a science fiction novel that can't remember what 'isotope' means; a stunningly inventive, exceptionally funny, dangerously unsteady and (largely) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it. 

See what I mean? Genius. Anyhoo, The Teleportation Accident follows Loeser on his quest to find true love - or in his case, sleep with the hottest girl in town. This might sound like a rubbish plot to a story, but it's really just the starting curve. Loeser is convinced that by bedding Adele Hitler (no relation) his life will turn around and everything will be hunky dory again. Once Loeser finds out that Adele has gone off with Paris, he makes it his mission to find her and finally woo her, but of course, the actions of another Hitler inadvertently change the course of action forever. 

Having said that, this isn't a novel about the war. There's next to no mention of the horrendous years of death and destruction because Loeser finds the news depressing and doesn't keep up with current affairs. As the blurb states, this isn't a novel about love either - it's so much more than that! I really enjoyed The Teleportation Accident as I found Beauman's writing to be exciting, well-paced and really funny. I did find the start a little annoying - oh poor Loeser, who can't bed a girl or get any decent drugs in Berlin - but once he starts his mission in Paris, the book really hits the ground running.

I'm really keen to read more of Beauman's writing, and if you like wacky, has-no-idea-what-genre-it-is style books like The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden then I think you would like this. 

Have you ever read The Teleportation Accident? Do you think you'll pick it up?

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Celebrate Father's Day with My 5 Top Dads

Fear not, I'm not going to list the unknown parents of Dylan's classmates but rather my favourite top 5 TV dads. I've mentioned before that I'm an avid Netflix watcher, so it did take me a little while to pick out my top five. When I heard that Currys were holding a super awesome giveaway to win an amazing £2,000 TV, I knew I had to enter for my real-life favourite dad Joe! But with so many tv shows to choose from, how could I possibly narrow it down to five? 

Peter Hastings - Pretty Little Liars
I would go out on a limb and say that all of the Pretty Little Liars characters are somewhat flawed, but Peter seems to be the best of the dad bunch on this show. Sure, he had an affair with his next door neighbour that one time, and yeah he lied to his family but it was to protect his family. So, y'know, that's nice.

Tobias Funke - Arrested Development 

I love Tobias more than he loves his never-nude shorts. Although Tobias and wife Lindsay tend to forget they even have a daughter, Tobias is very affectionate and searching for his daughter's approval. At one point, he even dresses up as a British nanny to be closer to Maeby after his marriage breaks down. 

Walter White - Breaking Bad
When Walter finds out he has life-threatening cancer and the treatment will inevitably bankrupt his family, he realises he needs to find a way to support them. Naturally, he becomes a meth cook and the rest, they say, is history. Walter is a very complicated character, and for the majority of Breaking Bad,  he does everything to make life better for his family. That's his drive. 

Jim Halpert - The Office (US)
I love Jim. There, I said it. Although it pains me that he married Pam and not me, (and that he's fictional...) he is a doting father to his super cute kids. Jim tries his best to share the parenting duties with Pam, and I think that's really commendable. Out of this entire list, Jim is probably the 'best' dad, in that he isn't an idiot/sleeping with the neighbour/cooking meth. 

Frank Reynolds - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 
Oh Frank. Frank is easily the funniest character on It's Always Sunny... but good god, I would never let him within 100 miles of any child. Frank is self-absorbed, sleazy and downright nasty, but they say the apple never falls far from the tree which is probably why he gets on so well with his completely awful children Dennis and Sweet Dee. Frank is always keen to help out with the latest crazy shenanigans, so I guess he does have some sort of good side to him. It's just very, very small.

It was hard, but I managed to narrow it down. I found it quite hard to think of some TV dads, so I think this is a great competition for seeking out the best on screen dads out there - even if they are a bit dodgy! Special mentions go to Stan Smith from American Dad!, Tony Soprano from The Sopranos and Sandy Cohen from The OC. Man, I loved those brows...

My top 5 TV dads! Would your list be any different? 

Chelsea xo
*this post is my entry in Currys latest competition*

Thursday, 11 June 2015

The Week That Was #21

GUYS! I started work yesterday. Say, whaaaat? Technically, it was just an induction day, but it totally counts. To start with I was set with a mountain of paperwork (that I still need to finish...) and then given a few tours of the building and introduced to around 20 people from other departments that I might never talk to again. So that was rather mind-exploding. The building itself is really interesting, as it used to be a Victorian workhouse, and therefore has really tiny ceilings, huge windows dotted about and some really odd staircases that lead you to the middle of nowhere. I'm next in on Monday and that's my official start date, so I'm excited to get stuck into a few big projects!

I mentioned in my last The Week That Was post that I was heading off to see Manic Street Preachers at Cardiff Castle, and my goodness that was good! As part of their Holy Bible 20th Anniversary tour, they played the whole album - barring one song - and then came back afterwards to play a few more tracks. Needless to say we both really enjoyed it, and can't wait to see them again. We've had some ticket woe with seeing the Manics before, due to cancellations and can't-get-it-off-work situations, but we were so glad we made it to Cardiff for such an amazing show. I have got to say though, whoever is in charge of booking events at Cardiff might have regretted putting on a stadium show of One Direction on at the same time as this...

Apart from that, I haven't been up to a great deal this week. I thought I would manage to read hundreds of books - slight exaggeration - before joining the world of work, but I just haven't. I did manage to finish a book yesterday though, so I'm on to the next library book I've loaned out. So what have I been upto? Let's see!

- I managed to get my half stone award at Slimming World, yay me!
- I bought even more work clothes, and a new watch.  
- I bought some flavoured green tea to inspire myself to drink less coffee, but I'm yet to try it...
- I can't think of anything else, hmm.
- I found out that 1D mums are the devil. Do not mess with a 1D mum in a multi-storey carpark.

What have you been up to this week?

Chelsea xo

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

My Suitcase Essentials

I'm quite vocal about the fact that I really want to go on holiday. I haven't been abroad since 2010, which is of course unacceptable. I'm currently working on going on holiday for my birthday, so fingers crossed I can make it happen! While plotting for a holiday, I've also been collecting some holiday essentials to take with us - can't say I'm not prepared - and thought I would share them with you all. I'm going to skip mentioning clothes, as it depends entirely on where you want to travel to, and I'm sure you know better than me on what you like to wear. You should also check out AgeUK's list of holiday essentials, as it definitely gave me a few handy tips!

An obvious one really, but sunglasses are excellent for all sorts of holidays. A beach holiday, sure, but they hide a weekend of festival sins and can stop you from being blinded in the alps. Be careful when buying sunnies and make sure they have the required SPF protection, you don't want to damage your eyes for the sake of some in fashion Ozzy Osborne shades.

Sun lotion
Speaking of SPF protection, you should always take sun lotion away with you. Even in ol' Blighty you can catch a tan - or worse, burn - and this can cause years of damage to your skin, and even lead to skin cancer. It isn't worth the risk, so you should always have your sun lotion with you. I always opt for factor 30, but go higher if you need to!

They say a girl can never have too many shoes, but I do believe that there's a limit. For most holidays, I have taken a pair of trainers/walking shoes - often wearing them to fly in, to save bulking up your suitcase - sandals and some 'going out' shoes. These can be heels if you like, but I tend to go for wedges or flats! If you're going for a week, I think this is more than enough!

Travel Documents
Not going to get very fair without your travel documents! I find it helpful to have all of my stuff in the same place, as my in-flight bag will always be overflowing with junk. You can get some really cute travel wallets these days, so if you're into organisation then treat yo'self. I have a nice little wallet that matches my suitcase tag because I'm sad like that. Anyways, in this I keep all of our passports together, European health cards, and can easily add stuff like boarding passes and the like to it. Hint family.

Are you a big statement necklace fan? Do you pile on the midi rings? If you don't do it at home, chances are you won't be bothered to faff about on holiday. Of course, if these things are your style, feel free to take as many as you like - but be conscious of how you would feel if you lost them abroad. I used to have a really cute ring that I wore everywhere and took it off to apply suncream, only to forget to put it back on again. It wasn't an expensive ring, by any means, but I do miss it. 

So there we have it, my holiday essentials! Have I missed anything off? What do you always take on holiday?

Chelsea xo

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

The Week That Was #20

It's Thursday and that means it's time to update you with my exciting life. Due to poor planning, I pretty much did this in my June, Baby post - and confused people into thinking I'm pregnant, whoops! - so I thought I'd hark back to the old days and do a Thankful Thursday! Inspired by the lovely Lisette, Thankful Thursday is a way to just say thanks to the big and small things that make you happy. Since finding out I've bagged myself a job, I've had quite a few things to be thankful for, so let's list 'em off!

Excuse the face, but check out the collar! 
- buying work clothes! because that feels fancier than buying regular clothes
- losing 6 ½ pounds in my first week of slimming world, woo me!
- practically sorting out Dylan's childcare for when I start working
- BBQs with friends
- Letters of Note 2 reaching 100% support on Unbound so it can get printed and into my hands :)

I hope you guys don't mind this delve into Thankful Thursday, I certainly enjoyed typing it out and thinking about all these great things. I haven't even mentioned that I'm going to see Manic Street Preachers in Cardiff Castle tomorrow, but I'm sure I'll tell you all about it next week.

What has made you happy this week?

Chelsea xo

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

The Library List

As soon as I handed in my final university assignment, I skipped over to my local library website and began reserving as many books off my to-wish list as possible. I think it's criminal that it took me so long to sign up to my local library, as they surely are a thing of beauty and wonder. It's free books, people! Who doesn't want free books? Anyways, I went ahead an reserved a load, so I thought I would share them with you! 

The Library List
Look at my glorious bedding... and the books, of course.
A rather small selection of my reserved books, but I'm going to be making a start on Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird first before the much anticipated Go Set a Watchman comes out. I've already preordered it, so I wanted to re-read TKAM as I know I'll appreciate it more than when I read it in school. Other library books I intend on reading soon are Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Humans by Matt Haig, Tina Fey's Bossypants and quite a lot more.

Of course, I shall be reviewing these once I finish them, so do look out for those. Or, follow me on Goodreads so you can check out my reading in real-time. 

Have you read To Kill A Mockingbird? Any books on your to-read list?

Chelsea xo

Monday, 1 June 2015

June, Baby! (And Some News!)

Last year, I brought in June with a delightful post on the stuff I wanted to achieve over my summer holiday from university. This year I've finished university and expected to have endless hours of free time to create another 'stuff I wanna do' post but instead I have some awesome news to share... 

I got a job! 

That's right! Hardly a week out of university, and I managed to get myself a little job. Technically, it's an internship but I'm still super happy about it and I'm not going to let you rain on my parade, ha. I will be a Communications Intern, which is essentially using a lot of social media to create conversations and such. I think. To celebrate, I've been out for two meals this week - which although enjoyable, not a great time to start Slimming World! Yep, so as well as starting a new job, I'm also determined on getting myself a banging' bod. Go me. 

I start my new job in the middle of the month, and I still can't quite believe it! I'd convinced myself that I had flopped the interview, but my new boss (ahhh!) told me that I was calm and came across as just a great gal. Or something along those lines anyways. Now, I'm sure that my blog will go into some sort of funk once I start, as I've no idea how busy/tired I'll be. Hopefully it won't change too much, and I'll just basically find out how organised I can be. Either way, it's an exciting time right now, and I can't wait to share it all with you! 

Chelsea xo

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