Sunday, 31 January 2016

TMTW #7 January, spanuary

Not the best quality pictures, but January isn't the best quality month so...
Best bit? Surprising Joe with a trip to Glasgow to see his favourite comedian, and celebrate his birthday. 

My favourite thing? Seeing "She's turned the weans against 'us!" live, too funny. Staying in a glorious airbnb flat in Glasgow, and finding out I have the exact same music taste as a Glaswegian gay couple. 

Any regrets? Not reading enough books! I thought I'd get through quite a few this month, but it wasn't to be. I ended up taking nearly three weeks to read one book which is terrible going! I'm hoping I can read some more in February as I've got at least one commute planned and that's great time for reading.

What's in store for next month? A few interviews and meetings line up for the beginning of February which will hopefully all be good news and that's pretty much it! There's Valentine's in the middle but I can't imagine we'll do anything super exciting as it's on a Sunday and we're both at work! 

January was a bit of a tough month, if I'm honest. It's just so boring. If it wasn't pouring down or blowing a gale, then it was doing both. I feel like I've spent the month complaining about being freezing or soaked to the skin, so that was fun. The end of the month did pick up though, as we went on a mini trip to Glasgow! 

Chelsea xo

Monday, 25 January 2016

January Blues Wish List

I love reading a good ol' wish list, and as I'm still waiting for something exciting to happen in my every day life, I thought I'd rustle one up to share with you all. January is widely regarded to be the Worst Month of the Year due to payday feeling like it's so far away and your body feeling sluggish due to having overindulged on the xmas pud. So instead of focusing on all of that, let's have a look at the dreamy things I've had my eye on!

IKEA bedding - Cute Muggsie mug - RT beauty blender
Bumble and Bumble travel set - River Island Cardigan
New bedding always feels so exciting to me. That's pretty lame to admit, isn't it? I don't care. My last extravagant bedding was a Laura Ashley purchase in the sale, and although I'd love to add a few more to my collection, I think Joe is more likely to say yes to an IKEA set due to the price difference. That man doesn't seem to appreciate that you should splurge on bedding, but I think this yellow stripey one is super cute so that's win-win, right? 

I'll be honest, I don't need any more mugs. Our mug cupboard is practically bursting at the hinge and we're already precariously balancing smaller mugs inside of larger ones. But - this one is so cute. Look at that little face! I feel like drinking anything in this mug would lift my mood a little and help me remember that I'm super adorable. 

The beauty blender. People rave about this little make up sponge and I've been dying to try it out. I'm really self-conscious about wearing foundation, as I always feel like it highlights my flaws instead of hiding them and I think it could be something to do with my application. This is a real bummer when you're also self-conscious of your face without wearing foundation. Of course, I'm not resting all my laurels on a sponge, and I'm also trying other things - such as drink more water, blah blah blah - so fingers crossed I can be onto a winner. 

I'm in the lengthy process of growing out my wee pixie cut, and it's currently at a super awkward stage. I've always wanted to try some Bumble and Bumble stuff, but the price makes my eyes water. However, as I'm actively trying to convince my hair to grow long and luscious, then I think it might be worth parting with my cash. The Full Potential range is designed to help hair grow stronger, which should help with trying to grow it. 

Lastly, this colour block cardigan from River Island caught my eye. As the weather is continuing to be cold and miserable, I don't really need to explain why I need a cardigan, right? It's slouchy and looks like it might be one of those elusive 'dress up/dress down' kind of things. Which means I definitely need to buy it!

Have any of these things caught your eye? 

Chelsea xo

Friday, 22 January 2016

This Week In Numbers

On Wednesday, I sat down and decided to write about all those wonderful little things that make me smile, but I got distracted and it never happened. Which is a shame, as I can't for the life of me think what could have inspired it. Instead, I thought I'd give you a peek into how this week has went down. 

1 - girls night in with some friends and chinese food
8 - or so cups of tea I've forgotten about and have gone cold :(
3 - times Dylan has jumped into our bed on a morning for a 'snuggle' cos we're 'so cute!'
1 - person who told me to f- off because I was busy helping a customer
5 - attempts from Dylan to watch Hotel Transylvania again...
20 - whatsapp conversations about an exciting opportunity I'm hoping to snap up!
100+ - complaints about how cold I am!

How has your week been?

Chelsea xo

Friday, 15 January 2016

Things To Look Forward To

With my last post being a bit on the pessimistic side, I thought I would try and think up some great things to look forward to in the near future. I did something similar for the whole year ahead in 2014 (why is that so long ago now?) but I'm only going to go a few months with this one. Of course, I'm hoping to complete these 15 things by the end of March so hopefully I'll be able to sprinkle them into this timeframe somehow. 

Gotta love those unrelated pics
There isn't really a vast amount of things to do in January this year, no student loan for me this time around so I don't feel like a rich princess this year! However, it's Joe's birthday at the end of the month so I'm sending him off to Glasgow to see his favourite Scot Limmy and then when he gets back, we're going for drinks with some friends and family. I'm hoping these plans will coincide with payday because #dryJanuary has been my purse's nickname so far in 2016! 

I don't really have a lot of plans for February this year, so maybe this will be the month to complete as many 101 in 1001 Days tasks. I'm thinking declutter, five acts of kindness and making marshmallows from scratch should all be fun to do. Ideally I'd love to go to a karaoke night, but I'm not sure if there's even one local to me! 

Lots of birthdays to look forward to in March, including four family birthdays! I would *love* to get away somewhere for a short break, but we'll have to see how it goes. Maybe I could drop a few hints for mother's day? 

So there we have it, I have basically no reason whatsoever to be glum and hopefully lots of things coming up to write about! I'd like to take a second to thank everyone for their lovely messages on my last post, as it really did help and definitely inspired me to write this one! 

What are you looking forward to in the next couple of months? 

Chelsea xo

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

We Need To Talk About Chelsea

I do love a somewhat dramatic post title, it has to be said. I had somehow entered a writer's block situation, which totally took me by surprise. I had oodles of free time, loads of books I wanted to talk about and somehow I just couldn't bring it to myself to write about anything. Although my last post was only last week, I had actually scheduled it before 2016 had even started. So, what gives?

I guess I fell out of love with blogging for a bit, which is natural, and I've read plenty of other blog posts on a similar feeling so I know I'm not alone. I just don't know how to get that spark back? As a lifestyle blogger, there kind of needs to be something going on in my life for me to write about it, but at the moment everything is pretty boring - the January lull. I didn't go on any sales hauls, I didn't manage to read as much as I'd hoped and it's left me with nothing to really talk about here. So now, I'm asking for your advice - what has helped you when you get writer's block? Should I just wait for the spark to return, or does it come back with perseverance? What sort of things do you think I should write about while life is just ticking over? 

Tell me your ways, oh wise one! 

Chelsea xo

Monday, 4 January 2016

101 in 1001 - time to shake things up!

Okay, so I'm finding it hard to believe that my 101 in 1001 list will end on 28th March! As it's now 2016, it doesn't leave me a long time to tick off the 70 or so things I had hoped to do. Instead, I'm going to write down a list of 15 things I hope I can achieve in time. Who knows, maybe I'll make a huge dent into my list after all? 

Have a completely unrelated picture of me and Dylan feeding a bird at the zoo!
1. Replace our wedding rings
2. Donate blood
3. Have a weekend away with Joe
4. Buy Dylan 10 of my favourite children's books
5. Declutter
6. Create a calendar with everyone's birthdays
7. Make marshmallows from scratch
8. Sort out my wardrobe - be ruthless
9. Create a piece of art to hang up
10. Go to a karaoke night
11. Five random acts of kindness
12. Leave five inspirational quotes for others to find
13. Go a month without unnecessary purchases
14. Write a blog post to my younger self
15. Put away £5 for everything I've achieved on the list

My 15 final things - do you think I'll cross them off the list? I sure hope so! 

Chelsea xo

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