Saturday, 17 June 2017

8 Books Every Sassy Twenty Something Should Read

I've accepted that unless its Harry Potter or really short story my attention span just doesn't suit reading Fiction books. But what I am a custom to is autobiographical/self-helpy-inspirational books by strong sassy females. Over the last 3 years I've read quite a few that have inspired me and guide me through my early to mid and now approaching late twenties.

These are just a few that have helped me survive my twenties.

1. Girlboss- Sophia Amourso

Inspiring, motivating and empowering. This book has been such an influence on my attitude towards life and work. It's about how Sophia went from a high school dropout to founder and Executive Chairman of one the fastest growing retailers in the world. Also now has an accompanying Netflix series which I reviewed here.

2. Yes Please- Amy Poehler

A memoir by one of my favourite comedians. Full of anecdotes about family, love, friendships and personal hardships. What really inspires me is Amy's positive upbeat attitude to nearly all situations which shows throughout this book. After reading this I wanted to change how I looked at myself and my relationships and have a little more humour about certain situations.

3.  The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k- Sarah Knight

1 of 2 of Sarah Knight's books in this list. This frank honest insight into life and how we should give less f**k's about the unimportant things and more about the important things. I created my own F*** budget as advised by this book which you can read here.

4. How to Be a Bad Bitch- Amber Rose

Amber is an activist, model, mother, actress, muva and self proclaimed 'bad bitch'. Filled with advice and anecdotes and covers everything from finance to self acceptance. I aspire to even have an ounce of Amber's confidence and self assurance.

5. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Amy Schumer like myself is an introvert and I've never read anything more compelling than her chapter on that. It completely resonated with me that spending time with people can leave her feeling drained. Not that I don't love spending time with people, its just too much of a good thing can make me go a little crazy. There's a lot more to Amy that a funny gal who talks about her vagina too much and this book shows that. Although she does frequently talk about it throughout.

6. Get Your Sh*t Together- Sarah Knight

Kinda does what it says on the tin. The follow up book from 'The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F***'. Its a direct and honest account of the common mistakes and problems we all face in our lives. Comes with a few home truths that I think we all need to face up to. Again a great book from Sarah on how to live a better life.

7. Strong Looks Better Naked- Khloe Kardashian

Khloe was always my favourite Kardashian, way before everyone else jumped on the bandwagon. Straight talking and funny and always not giving an eff what anyone thinks. This books about discovering self love and owning up to your mistakes. 

Very self explanatory. A great little guide to help you kick bad habits, some you may not even have realised you have. A step by step guide on how to get through your twenties with honest and applicable advice. And a little humour along the way. 

What books would you recommend? 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Life Update: June 2017

My last little life update was back in March, which really isn't all that long ago. I went through another patch of not really posting due to mental health issues and then I got back into the swing of things with blogging. I felt inspired, I bought my own domain. Everything was ok. And then life happened as it often does. My grandad past away and things got really hard for me and my family and it kind of hit me that my current employment situation in life was not making me happy anymore. 

Though my Grampsy lived to a nice old age, it really hit me that life is very short. Around this time I also finished watching GirlBoss which really inspired me, I talked about it here and it inspired me to re-read GirlBoss the book. Whilst I was at home with the family I read this quote 'What I know now is that nothing is universally boring- whats boring to you could be totally engaging to someone else. If you're bored and hating it, its a big sign that you're most likely just in the wrong place' and from that I decided I was going to hand my notice in. 

I've worked in the hospitality industry in the same company for nearly 5 years and though I had small part time jobs before. All I've known from my adult career is being in hospitality. The company I worked for are incredible if you're going into the hospitality industry. You couldn't ask for anyone more supportive and helpful. But what I came to realise is, I didn't want to be in hospitality anymore. And although hospitality has taught me so much about life, how to be organised, how to be stronger, how to be more confident and how to carry three things at once (which is so handy around the house when you need to carry three plates to your bedroom for you to eat in bed), its a tough industry to be in. 

A recent study has shown that working in hospitality is more stressful than being a neurosurgeon, read that here. And thats no exaggeration. I feel everyone should have to waitress or bar tend for at least once a week in their lifetime because it makes you more sympathetic and kinder when you go to bars or restaurants. There's nothing more soul destroying than being spoken to like a piece of shit when you've been on a 14 hour shift with 5 hours sleep the night before.

So yeah I handed my notice in. And my employment were extremely supportive of my decision. I had no job lined up, which I know is a little reckless but I knew in my gut I'd be fine. Firstly I had enough money to get through like 2 months and I decided if I didn't get anything, I'd move home.

 I could have looked for jobs and then handed it in but I know how I work. I'd felt unsure about working in hospitality a few times and applied for jobs but then ultimately decided to stay because I was comfortable and I'd persuade myself it was easier. I know I work much better under pressure, so I gave myself the ultimate pressure. I got applying for jobs and the first day I did, I heard back about one and then within 3 days I had a new 9-5 job which I've kind of been dreaming about for 5 years.

I may not enjoy it. I may miss the chaos of hospitality but I knew I had to try something and do something new, so I am.
And I urge you, next time you're out in a restaurant and your foods overcooked or someone forgot your side order. Please be nice 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Ultimate Fathers Day Gift Guide

Just in case anyones forgotten Fathers day is fast approaching, Sunday 18th! You only have a few days to get something purchased online.
 Does anyone else really struggle of what to get their Dad every year for birthdays, Christmas and Father's day, or is it just me. The problem is, I don't really like getting people gifts they've asked for, which is a little odd. If they've asked for it then surely thats what they want. But I like the element of surprise and picking a gift I know they'll really like but they're not expecting. And thats how I like my gifts to be in return.

I trawled the internet today for ideas and finally settled on something which I hope he'll really love. And along the way I found a lot of other things that might help other guys and gals pick something special for their Dad's.

Good luck!

Under £10

Under £20

£20 and Over

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Watch You Talking About

So recently I decided I'm the sort of sophisticated gal who should wear a watch. I don't know what it is about a watch that just screams 'grown up' but when I see someone with a watch I think, ooh they've got their shit together. I had a rose gold Michael Kors (cringe) years ago but since then I haven't really owned anything. So recently I decided to go and purchase a watch in a little workwear haul I did. I was on ASOS and I saw this little beauty and saw it was on sale at only £13. 

Its classic, simplistic and chic and also real leather!

Buy yours here.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

How My iPad Pro Changed My Life

I've always had sights set on an iPad, just cause I liked the idea of having one but I never really felt the need because surely it's just a big iPhone or a small version of a mac book. Both of which I already own so I felt it would just be a waste of my money.
Then lately I've been carrying my MacBook everywhere to blog and it's so heavy, I end up having to take an extra bag to carry it and I just worry about it getting damaged. So I started looking into buying an iPad, as I know people from work who've got keyboards for theirs and get loads of work done on it and have nothing but great things to say. 

This is when I read about the iPad Pro and saw about the iPad pencil. I spent a good week researching and deciding if this was necessity I needed in my life and since owning it now for well over a month  can safely say its changed my life.
I use it for everything; as a journal,  reading, a calendar and organiser, to do lists, somewhere to relax with colouring books, watch a film or drawing. 
I decided not to put any social media on it. It's my safe haven away from social media.

I originally wanted the 12inch one but since buying the 9, I've realised that is plenty and the 9 is much more practical for transporting around, which was its intended purpose when I thought about purchasing.
My only regret is buying the keyboard as I don't really use it as much as I thought I would. The pencil however is revolutionary. I use it to draw and jot down notes and I no longer have to carry a diary and a note book with me.

It has so many more uses it has amazing apps for creative types like Paper or Procreate. I know its become a popular tool with graphic designers and artists and I can see why. I almost wish I was a better drawer so I could use it to its full potential.
Its obviously not the cheapest thing in the world but I'm so glad I bought mine as its become so integral to my everyday life.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Topshop Mesh Swimsuit

Its my sisters hen party next weekend and I was suddenly reminded that for one of the secret activities, I needed to buy and wear a bikini/swimsuit of which I didn't own as I haven't had a proper holiday in a thousand years. So I quickly headed down to town today dreading the idea of trying on a thousand things and worried about spending a fortune on something decent and one of the first ones I found was this little mesh beauty from Topshop and delighted it was only £22.

Unfortunately the black one is out of stock online but the fuller bust, khaki and orange are all still on sale.