All posts tagged: life

Life // What Self Care Means To Me  

Health and wellbeing is so important and very ‘on trend’ at this time of year. In a bid to beat the bulge and get a head start on 2017 we’re awash with images of gym clad bodies, green tea and salads. But for me self care is more than that. Personally it’s too cold to be eating salad, madness to go cold turkey on alcohol and too dark to be gym bound. For me, it’s a mixture of old and new habits. Eat Well. If your a long time reader of this blog you’ll know I love to cook. So taking care of myself and my boyfriend means yummy meals, full of flavour and veg to boot. Healthy doesn’t have to mean bland and boring, so I’m planning new meals from a variation of my favourite cookbooks. Why not try some of my favourite past recipes? Slimming World Tex Mex Chilli Veggie Curry Lemon and Garlic Roast Potatoes Goats Cheese and Red Pepper Pasta  Head Outdoors. Exercise comes in  a variety of forms. It doesn’t have …

Life // Feeling The Blogger Pressure

Part and parcel of being a blogger these days is prep. When I first started reading blog posts they were diary-style entries with the majority of images taken on the bloggers’ phone. Outfit shots snapped in the mirror and product images taken wherever. But now, we’re dealing with a whole different ball game.    Just 6 years down the line, this little blog has undertaken a couple of re-brands including a name change (does anyone remember Musings of Ruby?!) and now blogging is big business. And this is where the pressure comes in. Writing up the post, taking perfect images to accompany, sharing across social media. Blogging is such a big business with so many of us creating amazing content – the pressure to get your blog to rank, grow and generate comments can sometimes make you wonder if it’s all worth it. I’ve said before that I don’t write to turn this into my career. I blog as I used to work as a Copywriter, but since taking a step away from Content and …

Reality // Weight-Loss Diaries

I rarely blog about my weight as I often feel a bit daft and try to keep it as private as possible. But seeing as I blog about food so much I just wanted to write a diary entry style post today about my attitude to weight loss and dieting in general.  I think I still think in my head that I’m bigger than I am. During my time at university 2006-2010 I steadily gained weight thanks to a bad diet that consisted of pints of cider, pasta for every meal and takeaways about 3/4 times a week – after a night out.  I felt concious of my size but I still dressed how I did before I gained the weight. Once I’d moved back home it was time to change. When I compare the two blocks of images below, I can see a physical difference in my shape and my face. But in my head, and when I look in the mirror, I’m still that girl. I still beat myself up over food, I …

Life // A Week in Pictures

  Fresh flowers and a slice of Maltesers tiffin as a mid-week treat Rose muscato bubbles last Sunday as this week was a no work Monday. Sometimes you just gotta… It was bae’s birthday on Monday so we deemed it treat night and booked a table at San Carlo. It’s my favourite Italian in Liverpool as its always just amazing 👌🏻 And I rounded the week off by getting my nails did. Hot pink to make the boys wink!  How’s your week looking? 

Careers // How I Got My Job in Copywriting

I haven’t really blogged about my job before but with the blogging industry taking centre stage the last year or so and media type jobs, such as social media, PR, copywriting and blogger outreach becoming highly sought after careers, I thought I’d blog about my own career to date. I graduated six years ago with a Journalism degree from UCLAN and back then blogging wasn’t as wide-spread as it is now and I didn’t have a clue about SEO, PPC or that writing online could be a viable career! Eighteen months after I graduated and after a year spent working at Matalan’s head office in the Customer Services dept, a role came up in the E-Commerce department for a graduate Copywriter, with a knowledge of WordPress. Having started this very blog on WordPress two years prior,  I submitted my application. I worked as a Copywriter writing for the website, covering mens’ and womens’ fashion, kidswear and homeware for two years. I learnt so much those first couple of years that help me in my ccurrent …

Keep your head up, keep your heart strong.

The last 7 days have been kind of strange. I spent last weekend in beautiful Shropshire with my old work girls. Tea and cake, alfresco prosecco and lots of overdue gossip was on the agenda.  The trip came at a welcome time as it was the break I needed.  However, on Monday I lost my grandad. My hero. The man I’ve always looked up to and will never forget. We were expecting it but it’s still a shock and so sad.  The last 6 days have been a blur. Taking time off work to just breathe. Throwing my trainers on and heading out in the sunshine to take stock.  And then the week caught up with me and I got sick. Sore throat, no voice, cough that resembles a bark kinda sick. Luckily my other half has been looking after me. He’s a good un.  Death is always a strange topic. It happens daily but when it enters your world it still knocks the wind out of your sails. Makes you stop and take stock …

Making time to relax

Life lately has been rather hectic and taking the time to relax and reflect has taken a backseat. So with this in mind, I’ve decided to re-educate myself in the art of fully chilling out. July is nearly up and it’s another month that’s left me thinking, where has the time gone?! Evenings are taken up putting my freshly renewed gym membership to good use, trying classes such as Pilates and a dreaded bootcamp for the first time.  So, with an evening spare, a stack of unread magazines piling and a bursting new posts BlogLovin, I’m sat down, pjs on and a bounty in hand.  Candles lit to chill out and my favourite Essie nail varnish ready to paint my much-neglected nails.  How do you prefer to relax after a busy week and find some much-needed me time? 

Great expectations 

Content. Happy. Those are the two words that best describe me right now. A boyfriend who makes me laugh, a job with great colleagues that I love and the best bunch of friends that I could wish for.  But sometimes we are left asking is that enough? For me it is. This has been questioned lately and I find myself on repeat, I’m happy. We all want to find happiness. Whether it’s opening your favourite bottle of wine, freshly cut flowers or time spent with loved ones, at the root of it all we can all benchmark our happiness.  Expectations, however are a funny thing. I’ve never been one to plan. I didn’t expect to change jobs 4 times in the last 12 months, I didnt plan on meeting someone who just puts a smile on my face and I didn’t anticipate saving to buy my own house in the next 18 months. Life is strange. There are those of us who want to tick off certain goals, which on one hand i do. I …

The measure of success

Success. Such a small word yet measured on such a massive scale. We, as people, spend so much time benchmarking our worth against other – friends, family, work colleagues, yet we take little time to stop and appreciate ourselves.  Now is the time.    One person’s measure of doing well may be a house, possibly a family with the addition of children.  Another individual may look forward envisioning a career with natural progression and growth, whilst some are simply in the moment. Enjoying what they have, grateful for their lot and safe in themselves, content with what they have.   However success can stir the beast inside. Wishing, lusting after the latest designer handbag, must-have shoes, invites to the coolest parties, yet wondering how it all becomes a reality. We bench-mark our lives against others, constantly striving for the next but taking little time to celebrate the here and now. I’m on a quest, not as a goal, or even as new-found way of thinking, but I want to take the time to stop and …

Ooh la laa: Paris part two

So its been a few weeks since I last blogged about my trip to the city of love and culture to see the final date of the fabulously amazing ‘On the Run’ tour, but as promised here’s my second post. Granted I was to busy dancing/singing/attempting to do the Crazy in Love ass shake to take many pictures, but here’s just a snapshot from our last few hours in Paris! Oh la laa!