bookmarked #9

- I just can't understand why Beauty and the B doesn't have more followers.  Becky's blog is predominantly about fashion, but it's a relatable style which makes me go 'why didn't I think of that?'  I really enjoy the way she writes, and find that she's a blogger who really has a voice.  A rarity these days, I find.
- If it's straight talking, no-nonsense you're after, head over to Hannah Gale.  Another blog with a distinct voice, I love reading Hannah's take on life.  I particularly enjoyed her post about taking mental health sick days.  Definitely food for thought...

- Charlotte's YouTube channel, Lurch Hound Loves, is a relatively new one but so far she's managed to cover all the things I like.  Fashion, beauty and homewares...it's all there, and one I'm sure you'll enjoy.
- I've been watching Brogan Tate xo for a long time now, but recently I've really been loving her videos.  She's got the typical mix of favourites, hauls, tags, Q&As, and now uploads weekly vlogs which I really look forward to.  She's not a full-time blogger/YouTuber, and instead works at the same time as vlogging which I find interesting as it's a life more similar to my own. 
- With the weather becoming slightly warmer, I'm getting the urge to buy myself a lighter coat.  I have thicker, winter ones that I love, but I'm leaning towards investing in more of a trench/mac/duster-type for spring.  This one's a serious contender at the moment.
- My jeans are all looking a bit worse for wear at the moment; my Leighs have reached that slightly shrunken, definitely faded stage and I could do with some new ones.  With my short legs, finding jeans that fit properly is a nightmare, so perhaps I should just stick with what I know and head back to Topshop.  Despite a bad experience last time, I'm thinking a black pair of Jonis could be just what I'm looking for.

- You might remember that one of my New Year's Resolutions was to go to the bookshop and buy two new books a month.  February ran away with me, but so far I *think* I've managed it.  In the meantime I've been getting lots of inspiration on what to read next with the Amazon Best Books of 2014 list.
- Let's finish things off with an instagram account, and one I've been loving lately is asos_isabella.  I can find asos hard to browse at times, but Isabella showcases the best of asos in a more fashion-y way than the website itself.  I'd wear pretty much everything she features (whether it'd suit me is another matter...) and the best part is that she links to it all with product codes so it's easy to find.  Marketing at its finest right there!


February 2015's Memory: Cinema Trip

This month my sister, Zara, and I kicked off another year of making memories together with a trip to the cinema.  In terms of some of our older monthly 'challenges', this one was really just dipping our toes in the water.  Remember the rock climbing?  But tame was good; in fact it was the perfect way to get back into the swing of things.  We broke up the monotony of an average week with a Tuesday evening trip to Vue to watch The Theory of Everything.

FYI, cinema tickets are a third off with Super Tuesdays at Vue, and cheaper ticket prices can only mean more money to spend on popcorn and ice cream, right?

We both enjoyed the film, and with his senstive and accurate portrayal of Stephen Hawking, Eddie Redmayne is a well-deserved winner of his many awards following this film.  Enjoyable, but not as amazing as I was led to believe.  The true storyline was eye-opening and thought provoking.  A good watch, but nothing groundbreaking for me.

Next month's memory will be unveiled soon, so don't forget to check back and see what we'll be getting up to in March!


How to get stuff done

We all have those days.  You know the ones where you can't get out of your onesie, off of the sofa and up and doing?  Where before you know it, the day's done and you're still sat there watching your tenth episode of Come Dine With Me for the day.  I've been there.  And if you need a virtual kick up the backside, keep reading for my five steps towards getting stuff done.

Make a list
Because who doesn't love a list?  If you're a visual person, seeing everything written down will help you to focus and ensure nothing gets forgotten. And there's nothing more satisfying than ticking off another job, right?  Just be careful not to use "writing my list of very important jobs to do" as a way of procrastinating...

Too much to do with too little time?  Tell me about it, and this is where prioritising is key.  So all the little jobs need doing, but some will definitely be more important like others.  Phoning up to pay off your credit card?  Definitely.  Rearranging your book shelf?  Not so much.

The child within me just loves a reward at the end of a task, so consider setting up a little treat for completing your jobs.  It can be something as simple as a chocolate bar, or an at-home manicure.  Or for those long-term tasks, how about something a little more exciting?  Now *could* be the time to treat yourself to those Topshop boots you've had your eye on! 

Set time limits
This one harks back to my days of revision.  When I just can't face sitting down at the laptop to work, I always set myself a time limit of an hour or so before taking a break or quitting for the day.  I always find it a lot easier to motivate myself knowing there's a set time that I'll be finished, and inevitably I find myself really getting into it and working on for longer.

Just do it!
Sometimes, you just need to get off your backside and get stuff done.  Stop with the excuses and get moving.  And if that's a little too daunting, start small.  Go and clear out your handbag now.  You never know, you may find yourself energised and ready to tackle more.