Monday, January 30

21 Days To Form A Habit | Virgin Active Gym Experience


I've just completed my first consultation with a Personal Trainer and I'm here to share my journey with you over the next month. So, *deep breath* here's to being one of those people joining a gym first week of January! Not going to lie, I'm nervous and excited all rolled into one...

Before I begin, I've never really been a committed gym-goer. For various reasons, I've always just quit out of boredom, laziness or lack of results. I'm not a quitter normally, and I know I enjoy fitness (otherwise I wouldn't join to begin with!), but have really lacked the right place to suit me and right time in my life too. I've also had a bad back and injured it end of last year, so I put fitness on hold until my chiropractor said so.

I've recently become in a position that I work from home/freelance and I don't move much! I'd like to lose a little bit of weight, strengthen my back, and generally feel fitter, with higher energy levels to get me up and out. Plus, I'd like to have the gym as part of my lifestyle and routine. Especially now I'm alone more and working from home.

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Sunday, January 29

A Better Night's Sleep | This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray


My sleeping pattern has been all over the place recently. I started as a freelancer this month and therefore work really random hours, often avoid setting an alarm, and have struggled to switch off. This doesn't help that I'm clearly lacking routine and not leaving my work behind at 5pm anymore, but I joined a gym and have been working out a lot, so I thought that might make me absolutely exhausted when it came to falling asleep at night. I read, I put my phone away, I drink lots of water, but I've still struggled. A few weeks ago, I grabbed my favourite product for solving my sleeping, and it hasn't left my bedside table since. The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray* by This Works.


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Monday, January 23

HelloFresh | Classic Box Review


I admit, I'm not much of a cook. I live alone and often struggle with inspiration, motivation and ultimately, the fundamental practice of producing a meal from scratch. I'm on a health kick/fitness journey right now, where I'm going to the gym several times a week. I'm MEGA HUNGRY all the time (much more than normal) and my personal trainer is trying to drill a better diet into me.

So when HelloFresh got in touch and asked if I'd like to try a box, I quickly said "YES PLEASE!". I was up for the challenge! It arrived in a large brown biodegradable box, with great, recognisable branding.

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Saturday, January 21

Why I Like The Contraceptive Pill


Oooh, slightly controversial topic from me but one I've wanted to discuss for a while. There's been lots of new research, debate and general information about connections to a higher risk of cancer by taking the Pill, with a lot of people making the decision to come off it.

I'm a huge advocate for the pill, it's worked well for me for years, and I think it's important more people start talking about these kind of topics. 

I totally understand everyone is different, you might have a different form or contraception of none at all, I'm just here to share my own story and experience. 

Enjoy! Please share with anyone who might find this interesting!

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Monday, January 16

Citroën C1 | The Perfect Urban Car


The Citroën C1 is such a perfect little car. Despite it's size, it's fun, really comfortable and has never let me down. Having owned a C1 for years now, I feel pretty confident in sharing this review for you.

Before we begin, let me share a quick back story.

When I turned seventeen and learnt to drive, my first car of a choice was a C1. I looked at lots of brands and styles but chose the C1 for it's neat little size (especially for parking!), style, comfort, fuel efficiency and other general low costs like insurance and no road tax.

6 years later and I'm on my THIRD C1. That's right, I've had three.

I got my first one on a two-year finance. Once the two years were up, I turned nineteen and upgraded my white one (see a pic at the bottom of this post!) for a grey version with alloy wheels and a bluetooth system, it was beautiful. I told the salesman in Citroën that I thought I'd be bored of the same car after 4 years, and there was no way would I want another C1...

...Yet there I was, two years later, in the garage upgrading it again. This time, Citroën had made some mega improvements and I was instantly sold. There was no other competition for me. The C1 had my heart and it was time to upgrade! I picked the 5 door 1.2 PureTech Feel, in a new blue colour, with a mini-convertible roof (aka the Airspace), with a three year finance deal because I adored it so much.


Design
The Citroën C1 is known for being a car of bright, original styling. I was quite particular about the colour of mine however, and wanted a sleek blue with black contrasting, silver dashboard, and pin stripe seats. The blue colour continues between the windscreen and side windows. As a final touch of modern, urban chic, it is also available with 15’’ alloy wheels.

There are eight eye-catching body colours to choose from, including Blue Lagoon and Lipizzan White, and LED daytime-running lights. The vertical lights on the front create an upbeat, hi-tech light signature that showcases the car's style and innovative character.

The dashboard is designed in clean, uncluttered lines, and has a 7 inch touch-screen system built in. I make calls and play the radio and my music via this, with some newer models having navigation connected for maps too.

Airscape
The Airscape soft-top is great for the city and available in 5-door versions. It was a no-brained going for this option for me! The exceptionally large top is made of canvas and has easy-to-use opening/closing controls. It's never leaked on me when it's rained, and I've never had problems opening and closing it. During the winter, it's absolutely fab having it open and driving by the beach. I've seen lots of other people in Bournemouth do the same.


Comfort
Designed to make everyday life easier, the functional 780 litres boot is easy to access, with the parcel shelf lifting out of the way when the tailgate is opened. The back seats easily fold down too for extra space. I can get all my food shopping, clothes shopping and bits and bobs in here, but store a blanket, de-icer, scraper, cleaning clothes and a first aid kit where the spare wheel is nicely hidden under the boot. 

The car also has a range of features available that are designed for extra comfort, including air conditioning, height-adjustable driver's seat and multiple storage compartments.



Road Holding & Safety

The C1 delivers a really enjoyable driving experience on all types of road, with great suspension and comfort whatever the circumstances. I honestly believe it is one of the most versatile and compact city cars on the market. With six airbags as standard, (front, side, curtain) and an ESP system that keeps it on course if it loses grip, I never feel unsafe. Fitted as standard, the hill-start feature can be very useful in Bournemouth town centre or when leaving an underground car park, as it holds the car steady for two seconds for an easy start on slopes. Due to it's nifty size, I find the car really easy to park too.



Prices
It terms of price, I paid an upfront deposit with a monthly fixed fee. At the end of my finance, I always get the choice to either upgrade to a new model (part-exchange) or pay the 'balloon payment' to keep the car, which I hope to be the plan by March 2018, as I've previously exchanged my last ones.

My insurance is around £200 a year, which is really low for a 22 year old with 4 years no-claim bonus. A full tank of fuel is around £36, which honestly lasts me ages. Sometimes up to two weeks! There's no road tax, and I don't pay MOT as it's a new car. It goes for a service after the first year or once it's done 10,000 miles, which costs around £200. I have Citroën roadside assist, where I can call a number and someone will come out to me! I've needed this once when my battery failed, and it was replaced and fixed really quickly.

Overall
I love my car and I love to drive. I've done 12,000 miles in two years and took it to Watford recently, the further drive I've done with total ease. If you're looking for a nice little Urban Car, maybe your first car or a run-around with kids, then then C1 is for you.

If you're interested in discovering more about the C1, visit citroen.co.uk here.


Rounding up this post with a picture of me back in 2011, aged 17, with my first C1. 
My pride and joy!
*This post is kindly sponsored by Citroen.
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Thursday, January 5

Pink Pamper Set | Soap & Glory (Now Half Price!)


I adore Soap & Glory. Their products are a great all-rounder for any age, and this Pink Pamper Set is currently half price for only £9 in Boots right now!

Featuring the following:

FACE, SOAP & CLARITY 3-in-1 Facial Wash
HAND FOOD Hand Cream
HEEL GENIUS Foot Cream
CLEAN ON ME Shower Gel
THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE Body Buffer
THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER Body Butter
And a BODY POLISHER
(and a cute little wash bag!)

I bought my Grandma Hand Food for Christmas, it's one of my favourites. The heel genius has been perfect for getting my feet back in good form after walking on them solidly for a week in New York! And finally, everyone needs the Righteous Butter in their life. It's good for any time of year. This would make a great gift, I sometimes buy these things and put them away for presents throughout the year. The bag is a great little wash bag for travel too.


*PR Sample.
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Monday, January 2

NEW YORK VLOGS 1-3 | TIMES SQ & BROOKLYN BRIDGE!


Hey hey!

I'm back from New York...boo! In fact, I landed this morning and TA DA, vlog is up! Monday's at 6pm is vlog day for me, so pushed myself to get this up on time. I love how it came out and have split the vlogs up into a couple days, so expect the next one later this week.

I'm also planning on doing a haul, so keep your eye out for that!

I honestly had such an incredible trip, and I can't thank my Mum enough for giving me the experience. We had a fab time, lots of giggles and memories which I'll remember forever. Join us for sight seeing, shopping, eating, NYE, recommendations and everything in between!

Thanks so much for your support, as always.

Big love!
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