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Here we are, page one of 2020, new decade and the chance to start fresh. It's hard to think that you're a different person from the day before - because that's not the case - however, the start of a new year somehow gives you the opportunity to leave toxicity behind and improve on yourself, so perhaps, you are a different person? You're ready for change. 

I'll be honest with you, 2019 has been a rather strange and challenging time for many reasons, however on the flip-side, I've had the chance to see who really is here to stick around through thick and thin and if anything, it's given me a chance to grow, mature as a human and learn how to fend for myself in the big scary world. The downs gave me strength and taught me that hey, sh*t happens and you gotta deal with it as it comes. Welcome to adulthood, Kris, and the ups were great and reminded me time and time again to be thankful for the people around me. As Kylie Jenner would say - it was the year of realising things. 

Now that things are - dare I say - more stable, I won't be sitting back and playing lazy, I am ready to challenge myself further and make 2020 an unforgettable year. As cheesy as it sounds, I am determined to work hard to make it as good as I can. I will carry on healthy habits, cut down on the bad ones as much as I can (sorry caffeine!) and work hard on myself. 

The two week break from work has given me time to think and look back on life lessons as well as look forward for what's to come. I'd like to use this opportunity to share on here what I will be focusing on, now that 2020 is here and it would be great to see by December what I've accomplished. 
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Keep up the Gym!
The last couple of years (since January 2017) I have gone to the gym regularly. For the most part, I try to squeeze 2 - 3 workout sessions per week, however this will vary depending on holidays/work/social engagements. I would like to keep this up and perhaps improve even more my fitness levels. I find working out brings me joy and peace of mind - and it's the only real "me time" I get. 

Learn a new skill.

I genuinely love learning new things and in 2020 I would like to add something new to my skillset. Whether that's improving my photography, learning InDesign or driving. 

Get back into blogging more often!

Man, I miss blogging regularly. I find it very difficult to fit into my daily schedule due to work/commute and a mix of keeping up with friends and working out. I also fell out of love with it due to the design - and I'm currently looking into getting a fresh new template, so keep an eye out for a new look soon. 

Travel more. 

Last year I went back to Milan a handful of times to sort out my passport and squeezed in mini breaks to Palma, Bristol and Plymouth. This year, we are going big - we are going to San Francisco in July and I couldn't be more excited. We may also have other smaller trips in the pipeline - but more of that to be revealed.

Shop more vintage. 

I really want to start shopping more second hand and vintage pieces - I've been living on Depop and saving many items that I want to purchase. As much as I can't stop the occasional purchase from Zara or River Island when a deal is too good, I would like to get more and more into second hand pieces, to you know.. help save the planet!

Home makeover! 

My boyfriend and I live together now and I am excited to start re-decorating the flat and potentially sharing some of the interior decor and home updates with you all - if that's of interest?

and some random ones...

Of course I needed to add random things I would like to do such as getting a nose piercing (finally...after years), getting more tattoos and going to more spas for facials!


I would love to know more of your goals below and I hope 2020 will be an amazing year for anyone reading this. x 


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Ready for 2020 - Setting goals


Here we are, page one of 2020, new decade and the chance to start fresh. It's hard to think that you're a different person from the day before - because that's not the case - however, the start of a new year somehow gives you the opportunity to leave toxicity behind and improve on yourself, so perhaps, you are a different person? You're ready for change. 

I'll be honest with you, 2019 has been a rather strange and challenging time for many reasons, however on the flip-side, I've had the chance to see who really is here to stick around through thick and thin and if anything, it's given me a chance to grow, mature as a human and learn how to fend for myself in the big scary world. The downs gave me strength and taught me that hey, sh*t happens and you gotta deal with it as it comes. Welcome to adulthood, Kris, and the ups were great and reminded me time and time again to be thankful for the people around me. As Kylie Jenner would say - it was the year of realising things. 

Now that things are - dare I say - more stable, I won't be sitting back and playing lazy, I am ready to challenge myself further and make 2020 an unforgettable year. As cheesy as it sounds, I am determined to work hard to make it as good as I can. I will carry on healthy habits, cut down on the bad ones as much as I can (sorry caffeine!) and work hard on myself. 

The two week break from work has given me time to think and look back on life lessons as well as look forward for what's to come. I'd like to use this opportunity to share on here what I will be focusing on, now that 2020 is here and it would be great to see by December what I've accomplished. 
Links (affiliates)
Dress
Bag

Keep up the Gym!
The last couple of years (since January 2017) I have gone to the gym regularly. For the most part, I try to squeeze 2 - 3 workout sessions per week, however this will vary depending on holidays/work/social engagements. I would like to keep this up and perhaps improve even more my fitness levels. I find working out brings me joy and peace of mind - and it's the only real "me time" I get. 

Learn a new skill.

I genuinely love learning new things and in 2020 I would like to add something new to my skillset. Whether that's improving my photography, learning InDesign or driving. 

Get back into blogging more often!

Man, I miss blogging regularly. I find it very difficult to fit into my daily schedule due to work/commute and a mix of keeping up with friends and working out. I also fell out of love with it due to the design - and I'm currently looking into getting a fresh new template, so keep an eye out for a new look soon. 

Travel more. 

Last year I went back to Milan a handful of times to sort out my passport and squeezed in mini breaks to Palma, Bristol and Plymouth. This year, we are going big - we are going to San Francisco in July and I couldn't be more excited. We may also have other smaller trips in the pipeline - but more of that to be revealed.

Shop more vintage. 

I really want to start shopping more second hand and vintage pieces - I've been living on Depop and saving many items that I want to purchase. As much as I can't stop the occasional purchase from Zara or River Island when a deal is too good, I would like to get more and more into second hand pieces, to you know.. help save the planet!

Home makeover! 

My boyfriend and I live together now and I am excited to start re-decorating the flat and potentially sharing some of the interior decor and home updates with you all - if that's of interest?

and some random ones...

Of course I needed to add random things I would like to do such as getting a nose piercing (finally...after years), getting more tattoos and going to more spas for facials!


I would love to know more of your goals below and I hope 2020 will be an amazing year for anyone reading this. x 


Two-thousand and Nineteen is creeping up to its end (finally! It's been quite  year...) and whilst some of us bought presents in a timely manner and most likely got them all wrapped and ready under the tree, others were a little less organised (or shall I say, caught up with day to day life) to realise suddenly that Christmas is DAYS away. Eeek. 

This little gift guide is for you lot, the busy kind who may be a little stuck and in need of a little inspo to get you through that last minute rush-hour Christmas eve shopping with a basket full of presents in one hand and an inhaler in the other. Deep breaths my friends, not all hope is gone. 

As always, I have based these on my group of friends so these won't necessarily apply to you depending on age/taste/interests - but it's just a good base to get you started. 

What to get for the...person who has everything
I always find these people the most challenging to shop for. If you know them well enough and you've been around their flat or house, I tend to aim for anything home related. This could be home accessories from amy of the high-street stores (I tend to shop from places like Urban Outfitters mostly as their selection is always quirky and fun). Some of my favourite picks would be the neon sign, wall art or a sweet vinyl record player all accommodating different budgets. Alternatively, alcohol is always a great option; gin seems to be my friends' favourite spirit of choice so whether it's a limited edition bottle or a mini kit, don't ever doubt the power of good booze over the holidays! 

What to get for...the traveler/adventurer
These are my favourite people to buy for (mainly as it feels like shopping for myself). A good passport holder , a fun scratch-off poster , perhaps a great experience day / voucher to redeem for a local tour and my personal favourite option - a portacent which enables them to travel comfortably anywhere around the world carrying their favourite perfume with no issues at customs. I can't tell you how many times this has come in handy on my travels in the recent months. 

What to get for...the man in your life
Men are notoriously hard to shop for, and as much as I enjoy buying gifts for my boyfriend, I feel like after a couple of years you definitely run the risk or repeating yourself., however that's not necessarily a bad idea if what you get is enjoyed and used through the upcoming months/years.  
I tend to get items I know will come useful - socks, shirts, jackets, shoes, watches, perfumes and when the timing is right - tickets for an artist they really enjoy. Men, unlike us ladies, tend to shop less for themselves and I find with age they stop treating themselves to nice things so sometimes you've got to be their little personal shopper. 

What to get for...the homebody
Just like the people who have everything, homebodies love that something that will add a little oomph to their living space, as that's their sacred sanctuary. I find candles to usually be the best pick. Now, when I say candles, I mean a particular type - Pyro Pet candles! You may have spotted them featured on my Instagram since October - these candles are amazing and stand out from the rest in many ways. You light them up, leave them to burn and they slowly reveal the skeleton inside. Mine is a cat, but they come in a variety of animals and colours, to suit anyone's taste. They're so different from the rest that I guarantee they'll talk about this present to everyone. 
Alternatively, if they have a bath, you can't go wrong with a bathbomb set that will help them relax and unwind during the cold winter months, or a funny mug from perhaps their favourite tv show (spy my Rick & Morty one in the photos). 

What to get for the... person you're totally stuck with
Last but not least, whether that's a co-worker, the neighbours, the teacher, the friend you see once a year; we all have people we really don't know - perhaps - well enough to gift something very personal and to their taste. In that case, I honestly think getting the classics such as tea, coffee, chocolates, a disposable camera or stationery are always a win-win. 
I'd love to know when you've all finished your Christmas shopping this season and while you're here..I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas (and send a massive thank you for still popping over and reading my little blog!)



Last Minute Gift Guide 2019

Two-thousand and Nineteen is creeping up to its end (finally! It's been quite  year...) and whilst some of us bought presents in a timely manner and most likely got them all wrapped and ready under the tree, others were a little less organised (or shall I say, caught up with day to day life) to realise suddenly that Christmas is DAYS away. Eeek. 

This little gift guide is for you lot, the busy kind who may be a little stuck and in need of a little inspo to get you through that last minute rush-hour Christmas eve shopping with a basket full of presents in one hand and an inhaler in the other. Deep breaths my friends, not all hope is gone. 

As always, I have based these on my group of friends so these won't necessarily apply to you depending on age/taste/interests - but it's just a good base to get you started. 

What to get for the...person who has everything
I always find these people the most challenging to shop for. If you know them well enough and you've been around their flat or house, I tend to aim for anything home related. This could be home accessories from amy of the high-street stores (I tend to shop from places like Urban Outfitters mostly as their selection is always quirky and fun). Some of my favourite picks would be the neon sign, wall art or a sweet vinyl record player all accommodating different budgets. Alternatively, alcohol is always a great option; gin seems to be my friends' favourite spirit of choice so whether it's a limited edition bottle or a mini kit, don't ever doubt the power of good booze over the holidays! 

What to get for...the traveler/adventurer
These are my favourite people to buy for (mainly as it feels like shopping for myself). A good passport holder , a fun scratch-off poster , perhaps a great experience day / voucher to redeem for a local tour and my personal favourite option - a portacent which enables them to travel comfortably anywhere around the world carrying their favourite perfume with no issues at customs. I can't tell you how many times this has come in handy on my travels in the recent months. 

What to get for...the man in your life
Men are notoriously hard to shop for, and as much as I enjoy buying gifts for my boyfriend, I feel like after a couple of years you definitely run the risk or repeating yourself., however that's not necessarily a bad idea if what you get is enjoyed and used through the upcoming months/years.  
I tend to get items I know will come useful - socks, shirts, jackets, shoes, watches, perfumes and when the timing is right - tickets for an artist they really enjoy. Men, unlike us ladies, tend to shop less for themselves and I find with age they stop treating themselves to nice things so sometimes you've got to be their little personal shopper. 

What to get for...the homebody
Just like the people who have everything, homebodies love that something that will add a little oomph to their living space, as that's their sacred sanctuary. I find candles to usually be the best pick. Now, when I say candles, I mean a particular type - Pyro Pet candles! You may have spotted them featured on my Instagram since October - these candles are amazing and stand out from the rest in many ways. You light them up, leave them to burn and they slowly reveal the skeleton inside. Mine is a cat, but they come in a variety of animals and colours, to suit anyone's taste. They're so different from the rest that I guarantee they'll talk about this present to everyone. 
Alternatively, if they have a bath, you can't go wrong with a bathbomb set that will help them relax and unwind during the cold winter months, or a funny mug from perhaps their favourite tv show (spy my Rick & Morty one in the photos). 

What to get for the... person you're totally stuck with
Last but not least, whether that's a co-worker, the neighbours, the teacher, the friend you see once a year; we all have people we really don't know - perhaps - well enough to gift something very personal and to their taste. In that case, I honestly think getting the classics such as tea, coffee, chocolates, a disposable camera or stationery are always a win-win. 
I'd love to know when you've all finished your Christmas shopping this season and while you're here..I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas (and send a massive thank you for still popping over and reading my little blog!)





Boilersuits made their first official appearance on the Sunday Express newspaper in 1928 and nearly 100 years later they're one of the top fashion trends worn by celebrities and designed by the biggest fashion houses. I love them because of their timeliness potential as you can purchase one now, and in 20 years the trend will have re-emerged with potentially the only difference being how you style it. 


This one piece garment covers you entirely, only leaving hands, feet and face exposed and can be easily worn from day to night and dressed up or down depending on the occasion, your personal style, the weather and the sort of accessories you pair up with it. 

It's a firm piece in everyone's closet as no matter what the current trends are on the high-street, every few years you can guarantee the boilersuit to make a comeback. 

I believe in 2019 we owe the surge in popularity to the infamous Ganni boilersuit as after it appeared during Scandinavia fashion week, it quickly made its way to Instagram and therefore found a place in every influencer's closet. 

Overall, you would have seen boilersuits in most catwalks from Jil Sander to Armani, trickled down to the most popular of the budget-friendly stores - Primark (which are the ones I am wearing here). 

There is something quite empowering about rockin this garment as it certainly isn't a piece meant to flatter you for the male gaze. I feel confidence pouring from every pore when styling this piece, even when males say it looks like a painter's/mechanic/Karate instructor outfit. (so what, I look great in it, watch me as I go!)


Retailing at £20, this Primark number is actually a really comfortable, good quality piece, made of thick material and easy to wash and look after. With summer creeping towards its end, it will be a great item to wear in Autumn with the season changing and enjoying the endless options of styling it as a functional piece of workwear for daytime or an edgy and urban nighttime look.  


Now, spill the tea and tell me what colour do you prefer?


 


Trend Talk: Boiler Suits



Boilersuits made their first official appearance on the Sunday Express newspaper in 1928 and nearly 100 years later they're one of the top fashion trends worn by celebrities and designed by the biggest fashion houses. I love them because of their timeliness potential as you can purchase one now, and in 20 years the trend will have re-emerged with potentially the only difference being how you style it. 


This one piece garment covers you entirely, only leaving hands, feet and face exposed and can be easily worn from day to night and dressed up or down depending on the occasion, your personal style, the weather and the sort of accessories you pair up with it. 

It's a firm piece in everyone's closet as no matter what the current trends are on the high-street, every few years you can guarantee the boilersuit to make a comeback. 

I believe in 2019 we owe the surge in popularity to the infamous Ganni boilersuit as after it appeared during Scandinavia fashion week, it quickly made its way to Instagram and therefore found a place in every influencer's closet. 

Overall, you would have seen boilersuits in most catwalks from Jil Sander to Armani, trickled down to the most popular of the budget-friendly stores - Primark (which are the ones I am wearing here). 

There is something quite empowering about rockin this garment as it certainly isn't a piece meant to flatter you for the male gaze. I feel confidence pouring from every pore when styling this piece, even when males say it looks like a painter's/mechanic/Karate instructor outfit. (so what, I look great in it, watch me as I go!)


Retailing at £20, this Primark number is actually a really comfortable, good quality piece, made of thick material and easy to wash and look after. With summer creeping towards its end, it will be a great item to wear in Autumn with the season changing and enjoying the endless options of styling it as a functional piece of workwear for daytime or an edgy and urban nighttime look.  


Now, spill the tea and tell me what colour do you prefer?


 



It's been a weak summer overall when it comes to weather, however we can all collectively agree that the sun has finally decided to make an appearance on our cold big island the last couple of weeks (hallelujah), making us enjoy life again. 

Dramatic? Maybe. 
The warmth, the cocktails and the beach barbecues bring me joy; especially if like me you're based near the sea, this is the only time of the year you actually get to see it and enjoy it.

 With the climate spicing up, I have felt inspired to share some of my trusted summer beauty staples which bring back some glow and make me feel like a Californian girl. Maybe you'll be grabbing one or two of the below when browsing and reading blogs on the beach. Online shopping when tipsy on cocktails anyone?! 
Here we go...



The Dermalogica Multi-Vitamin Face Mask is certainly not a newbie in my stash, I originally bought this because I spotted a few bloggers rave about it on Instagram and after careful testing through winter as well to make sure it's worth the £50 price tag, I came to the conclusion that I love it as it leaves my skin feeling soft with a natural glow. Bonus points - it smells amazing. 

The Hempz Herbal Body Scrub is probably my favourite of the lot as it's been helping combat my back spots. This is a gentle but effective cleanser that helps get rid of dry and dull skin. It's perfect for any summer routine as it leaves you feeling smooth, soft and supple. I especially use this on my back where, as mentioned above, I tend to get breakouts and spots due to my sweaty gym sessions and overall oily skin. The scrub turns into oil when you rub it in the shower, which doesn't make it as rough on the skin as you'd expect, and it helps reduce redness. 


Another fantastic product is the Hempz Citrine Crustal & Quartz Moisturiser* which has been my go-to for after-tanning sessions as it helps retain moisture and hydration. The consistency is very creamy however it does get absorbed by the skin very quickly and keeps your body hydrated and feeling renewed for hours after application. I particularly love the subtle glow given by the quartz dust and once again, I am obsessed with the fresh smell. 


Zhuzh! Tan Accelerator is the bomb for all of us who can tan but sometimes want a little boost. I went to Spain for 3 days recently and I knew I didn't have enough time to come back with a full on tan but wanted to make the most of my time there.

I took this little gem with me to use on top of my SPF cream and man did it help. This is a fabulous lightweight, spray-on formula that enhances your natural tan. It's also nourishing and very easy to apply, leaving no stickiness or oiliness behind. 

Last but not least, a new comer to my routine, the Shea Moisture Detox Body Wash* and Body Lotion*
In contrast to the scrub I mentioned above, I use this all over my body, not just my back, and it's perfect to get rid of impurities without stripping your skin from its essential oils. It's great if you're on the sensitive side and suffer from flare ups or itchiness. You can feel the purifying power of this blend of shea butter, African water mint, activated charcoal and ginger which definitely helps detoxify, soften and even skin tone. You know it's a good product when you leave the shower feeling like a brand new woman every day. This product goes onto my 'need again' list. As for the lotion, it's amazing, however the one reason I won't rave about it too much is because it is sold out from their site and I am not sure if/when they will restock it. I have linked the body butter and here you can find the rest of the collection. Definitely worth a stalk. 



Summer Glow-Boosting Skincare Picks


It's been a weak summer overall when it comes to weather, however we can all collectively agree that the sun has finally decided to make an appearance on our cold big island the last couple of weeks (hallelujah), making us enjoy life again. 

Dramatic? Maybe. 
The warmth, the cocktails and the beach barbecues bring me joy; especially if like me you're based near the sea, this is the only time of the year you actually get to see it and enjoy it.

 With the climate spicing up, I have felt inspired to share some of my trusted summer beauty staples which bring back some glow and make me feel like a Californian girl. Maybe you'll be grabbing one or two of the below when browsing and reading blogs on the beach. Online shopping when tipsy on cocktails anyone?! 
Here we go...



The Dermalogica Multi-Vitamin Face Mask is certainly not a newbie in my stash, I originally bought this because I spotted a few bloggers rave about it on Instagram and after careful testing through winter as well to make sure it's worth the £50 price tag, I came to the conclusion that I love it as it leaves my skin feeling soft with a natural glow. Bonus points - it smells amazing. 

The Hempz Herbal Body Scrub is probably my favourite of the lot as it's been helping combat my back spots. This is a gentle but effective cleanser that helps get rid of dry and dull skin. It's perfect for any summer routine as it leaves you feeling smooth, soft and supple. I especially use this on my back where, as mentioned above, I tend to get breakouts and spots due to my sweaty gym sessions and overall oily skin. The scrub turns into oil when you rub it in the shower, which doesn't make it as rough on the skin as you'd expect, and it helps reduce redness. 


Another fantastic product is the Hempz Citrine Crustal & Quartz Moisturiser* which has been my go-to for after-tanning sessions as it helps retain moisture and hydration. The consistency is very creamy however it does get absorbed by the skin very quickly and keeps your body hydrated and feeling renewed for hours after application. I particularly love the subtle glow given by the quartz dust and once again, I am obsessed with the fresh smell. 


Zhuzh! Tan Accelerator is the bomb for all of us who can tan but sometimes want a little boost. I went to Spain for 3 days recently and I knew I didn't have enough time to come back with a full on tan but wanted to make the most of my time there.

I took this little gem with me to use on top of my SPF cream and man did it help. This is a fabulous lightweight, spray-on formula that enhances your natural tan. It's also nourishing and very easy to apply, leaving no stickiness or oiliness behind. 

Last but not least, a new comer to my routine, the Shea Moisture Detox Body Wash* and Body Lotion*
In contrast to the scrub I mentioned above, I use this all over my body, not just my back, and it's perfect to get rid of impurities without stripping your skin from its essential oils. It's great if you're on the sensitive side and suffer from flare ups or itchiness. You can feel the purifying power of this blend of shea butter, African water mint, activated charcoal and ginger which definitely helps detoxify, soften and even skin tone. You know it's a good product when you leave the shower feeling like a brand new woman every day. This product goes onto my 'need again' list. As for the lotion, it's amazing, however the one reason I won't rave about it too much is because it is sold out from their site and I am not sure if/when they will restock it. I have linked the body butter and here you can find the rest of the collection. Definitely worth a stalk. 



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