Again, it is my favourite time of year. If I could live my life in just one season, Spring would be it. There are many reasons for this; it signifies new beginnings and the idea of a fresh start, the sun shines more but the weather is still cool enough to function and the signs of nature start to break through the surface and begin to grow.My favourite flower, the daffodil, starts to bloom and the days start becoming longer. Another factor is the cool morning air; I love stepping outside on a cool morning with the sun peeking up from its bed. I feel alive and grateful that I can experience it.In honour of my favourite season, I would like to share some of my current favourites with you. These are all products that I am either loving or wish to buy for myself. Think of this as a list of things that are making me happy at the moment. I share these in the hope of inspiring some of you to embrace the things that are currently making you happy.
I have never been a person to wear skirts. I was always a tomboy as a child and choose to wear trousers most of the time. Being a teenager in the 1990s in a Catholic School meant I was forced to wear a school skirt and tights which made me very self-conscious. Skirts where saved for special occasions like showing my most recent ex-boyfriend that he is missing out by dumping me.I like to follow YouTuber’s like Louise Pentland and Brummy Mummy of 2 and they have inspired me to shake my wardrobe up a bit and venture into the realms of midi shirts. I have always admired their style and noticed how they look so ‘put together’. I realised that a midi skirt gave me the elegance, but covered most of my legs which I get conscious about; it was the best of both worlds.I purchased two plain midi skirts from BooHoo.com (One maroon, one black) and have been pairing them with 100 denier tights. I feel so much more ‘dressed up’ like I am making an effort when I wear a skirt or a dress. The psychology of why I feel so much more ‘fashionable’ in a skirt or a dress intrigues me. Here are a few skirts that I have had my eye on buying to expand my collection.
Cross back tops
I am very late to this party. The past couple of years has seen the crisscross design on both the front and the back of tops. I think I was wary of this due to it reminding me of 1980’s rockers or of spaghetti straps on dresses which were also a hit in the ’80s.I think that they are perfect for the spring. They add a sense of embellishment to what would be a plain top and is not too much of a statement that it controls the outfit. I would pair a plain cross backed top with a midi skirt, pop on a pair of boots and jump into spring fashion with both feet.
Now that Spring has finally arrived, it is time to brighten your pale, winter skin with a bit of bronzer. I have dabbled with the contouring trend as well as draping using blusher, however, I always go back to bronzer.
Having been a teenager in the 1990s I feel like bronzer is a staple in your makeup case that you cannot live without. I remember having bronzing pearls and a huge, fluffy brush so I could cover most of my face with it. I have now learnt some moderation and will use it as a contour.I have my eye on a new bronzer from Anastacia Beverly Hills. Since I have been trying to use up my makeup products I have discovered that it takes many months of continual use to actually use it all up. Due to this, I have decided to just have one product at a time and spend a little more money.
Skincare – Superdrug Vitamin E Micellar pads
This has been a lifesaver when I have been feeling extra lazy. I have been ill for quite a few weeks and have not wanted to go through the full regime of taking my makeup off so these are very handy. These pads are pre-soaked with micellar oil and vitamin E which has always worked well with my skin. These pads clean makeup off your skin like a dream and they do not irritate my sensitive skin.
Superdrug Vitamin C Boost Serum
This was an impulse purchase when I was ordering more of the Superdrug fruit shower gel. Superdrug always has offers on their skincare so I took advantage of this fact. This serum is a liquid and a little goes a long way.
I have discovered that it is best to mix a drop into my moisturiser. This is due to my skin being sensitive and I feel using too much strips my skin and makes it prone to breakouts. I imagine that this will be better used in the summer when my skin is much more oily, but for now, I am liking the way that a little bit freshens up my skin.
Superdrug Vitamin C Cleansing wash
I like to use a cleansing wash when I have a shower to get my skin squeaky clean. After using up my Face Theory Vitamin C cleanser I decided to source a cheaper alternative. I instantly headed to Superdrug to shop within their own brand as I know they are cruelty-free. Another great thing about this cleanser is the smell; I am obsessed with the smell of oranges so this sent me to scent heaven.
Books – Broken Circle by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller
I got this book for free through Amazon Prime. Every month, Amazon Prime members can download a new Kindle release for absolutely nothing. They have roughly five or six books to offer and they range in genres. I have always been interested in real-life accounts of struggling through hardship and I was instantly intrigued to read about escaping a war-torn country from the point of view of a child.Being a teacher that has taught pupils who have fled Afghanistan, I was instantly curious to read this and understand what they might have experienced. This tale of family, determination and survival had me gripped throughout. The journey that the central character and her family experiences are harrowing and I am grateful that myself and my children do not have to suffer what they did. I would highly recommend this book if you are interested in autobiographies or surviving against the odds.There is one negative I have about this book, the ending. I felt that the ending was the weakest part of the book and I found the last fifty pages hard to get through. It seemed to lose steam after a certain point and ended up fizzling out. However, I would still recommend this book as it is worth a read.
TV – Lethal weapon
I feel in love with this show last year when it appeared on Amazon Prime. Rebooting an old classic is usually something I steer clear from, however, the original films were never my ‘thing’. The show follows the unlikely police duo Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) and Riggs (Clayne Crawford) as they fight bad guys as well as each other.After the murder of his wife Rigg’s is a man on the path to self-destruction. Murtaugh is near retirement and after a near-death experience, wants to slow things down for the sake of his family. This unlikely partnership had me hooked throughout; having the right mixture of comedy and serious moments. I have just finished the end of the second season and I am having withdrawal symptoms.Unfortunately, the duo off camera was a match made in hell and ultimately resulted in actor Clayne Crawford not returning for the third season. He has been replaced by American Pie actor Sean Scott Williams opposite Wayan’s Murtaugh. I am sad about this as Riggs was such a lovable character but this will not stop my watching the next season when it premieres on Prime.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The false nails and hair pieces are flying in Beverley Hills and I cannot get enough of the drama. This is the ninth season of the Real Housewives of Beverley Hills and having followed it from the start; I am still addicted to the drama of it all. Joining the cast this season is ‘Wild Things’ actress Denise Richards and no sooner is she introduced into the group; the ladies ‘kick off’.It is perhaps no surprise that the drama centres around Real Housewives veteran Lisa Vanderpump, after all she has had many a catfight in the past seasons with housewives such as Brandi Grenville and Eileen Davidson. This time the drama is over a dog, you heard me right, a dog.At present, Dorit Kemsley is finding it difficult to trust anyone with Lisa and Teddi Mellencamp telling different versions of the same story. This drama has resulted in a huge feud between the girls and many Instagram comment wars raging as people argue over who was in the right. I love to watch this show as it teaches me that even wealthy people have petty fights over insignificant things; they do not have a perfect life after all.
Music on Spotify
I mainly listen to music when I’m driving in the car to and from school. I had been previously listening to audiobooks but I find it hard to concentrate on both things. Spotify is usually my go-to for listening to music and I have a plethora of playlist on my account for various different moods and genres.
Sing it loud.
When I lost my lost I realised how much I would actually sing in the car. I feel that singing is an activity that can help improve your happiness levels. No matter how bad I sound, or out of time, nothing makes me smile more than singing along to one of my favourite songs.This playlists name says it all; these are all songs that you can sing along to. I have included songs from artists like Whitney Housten, Time Turner, Annie Lennox and Dolly Parton. I love songs that you can belt at the top of your voice and they fill you with joy and a sense of sass.
90s Brit pop
Another musical love of mine is 90’s Britpop. Since being a teenager and discovering Blur, I have been addicted to the likes of Shed Seven, Radiohead and The Manic Street Preachers.This playlist transports me back twenty years to being at college and university when my waistline was thinner and the ability to spot a ‘good guy’ was undeveloped. I tend to go back to my Britpop roots every year around spring and summer; this is the best time to listen to these tunes when the sun is shining and the air is warmer. I love driving when listening to tunes like this as they fill me with memories of friends, youth theatre and school/college.What are your current spring picks? I would love to hear about what is currently floating your boat in the comments below, don’t be shy, say hi.Ciao for now beauties xx