Monday 31 October 2016

Dealing with grief - My story

Bare with me, this post may seem a little all over the place but I promise it has a point.

As some of you may know, my mum died when I was younger, nine to be precise. I often get asked questions about dealing with grief, what it's been like growing up without her etc. As so many of you wanted more personal blog posts, boom here we go.

First things first, it's not important how my mum passed away, she was ill. I'm also not going to mention any details about my family, location etc for privacy reasons.

With my health, doctors of many different types have asked about my mum. Psychiatrists especially, love to blame everything on the fact I was young when she died. The truth is however is none of my problems have ever had anything to do with that.

90% of my memories with her are happy and positive, I knew she was ill and despite being so young I remember always thinking that finally she was pain free. As an adult who suffers with my own pain. I certainly still get great comfort from that thought.

My dad is and always has been amazing. I've already said that plenty of times. Growing up as a teen I never felt like I missed out on anything. I've always had female influences around that I could turn too. Our whole family is pretty open and honest but sometimes it's nice to have girl chat.

What I did always find hard was other kids and their parents. Luckily attitudes have come a long way since, but single dads were always seen as...kinda odd??

Sleepovers were a thing none of my friends parents were happy with because there wasn't always a female around. (Please don't take that as I've never had sleepovers, like I said attitudes change)
Kids would think I was lying about my mum for attention, In one R.E class at school I was made to leave the room because when talking about death people mentioned their grandparents, as soon as i mentioned my mum that was it I wasn't to upset the other kids.

People ask advice on how to grieve a loved one and honestly I have no idea. The things and feelings I went through as a nine year old and a teen are totally different to how somebody as an adult would go through.

Grief is continuous and my advice would be to always keep talking, remember good times, etc. It's ok to not be ok, and it's also ok to not be upset depending on your circumstances.

In the future I'm sure there'll be times I struggle again with her not being here for instance if I marry or have children. For now though, I'm 100% OK, dads and grandparents are pretty awesome people.

Lots of love

Tuesday 25 October 2016

A Chanel Dupe ? and discount code

Bags. Bags and shoes are two items that I like to think of as investment pieces. I very much think they're both worth spending that little extra on just to assure you're getting that high quality you need, in order for them to survive a busy lifestyle.

Designer bags are becoming a little more accessible / affordable to the masses. I swear everybody in my town has a Micheal Kors bag but me. Of course it could be maybe people are just willing to pay more these days, in order to flash a name.

Don't get me wrong I love my brands. Real talk would I buy a pair of five pound trainers rather than a fresh pair of Nikes? Probably not.

Would I spend two thousand plus pounds on a Chanel bag? Haha like I have that sort of money..
Thankfully though I do have and a discount code.
Well it's kinda close.. Take a look for yourself.

This is the "Budapest' bag and I'm sure all you avid fashionistas can spot the similarities between this and the classic Chanel Quilted Flap.
I showed it briefly in a YouTube video. The quality is so much better than I would of ever imagined. The colour is just beautiful, especially for this time of year and the best part? It's only £25 !! So no need to feel guilty or like the worlds ending for getting the smallest scratch on it.

It's practically a dupe and lets be honest who doesn't love a good dupe? Designer style on a high street budget, Yes please.
It just has that luxorious look and feel.

I strongly suggest going and checking out the bags on their website. I'm sure you'll spot a few iconic designer inspired beauties along with their matching purses. Not only are the actual products impressive, shipping and customer service are top knotch.

Why not check it out?? You can get anything site wide for 20% off using my code CLX20

Let me know what you think.

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*All opinions on this product are mine and mine only. I was not paid or influenced in any way by the company for this review.

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Anatomicals Sleep Balm Review

I'm going to just come out and say it. My sleep pattern is f**ked up.
As most of you will know by now, I live with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I swear one of the biggest myths of the condition is that we sleep all the time.
The truth is we're actually all just overly exhausted insomniacs.

So when Anatomicals reached out and offered me a chance to review one of their products, I knew exactly which one I wanted to try. The sleep balm.

Now I've never really tried any sort of balm other than ones designed for the lips. So when I first opened the container , after the packaging and smell (I'll get to that) My first thought was how on earth do I use it?

Luckily the box helped me out a little here, suggesting I apply it to pulse points just before bed. Honestly the first couple of times I tried applying it, it was kinda difficult to actually get any product out but the more I used it the softer the balm became and easier it was to use.
Almost like a slightly firmer Vaseline.

If you don't like lavender, you won't like this at all, the smell is lovely and strong. Potent and long lasting is exactly what I LOVE about the scent of this product.
For me personally I do find it helps soothe and relax me. Infact it had a very similar effect to the Fay Farms Serinity lotion I recently blogged about.

Anatomicals do packaging extremely well with all of their products / sets and this is no exception. "Cruisin for a Snoozing" comes in a blue pocket sized tin. Perfect for just chucking in a handbag for those cheeky overnight stays, or in my case those random nights I've had to stay in hospital.
Every single person I've showed the tin too has loved the name and wording on the front. Certainly makes them stand out from every other toiletry company.

I'd recommend having a look at their other products and having a quick giggle to yourself.

Available at Superdrug, and Asks

What will I be trying next?
The headache soothing balm for sure.

Lots of Love

Disclaimer: This Product was gifted by Anatomicals UK for the purpose of this review All opinions are my own and in not any way influenced by the company.

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