There’s two things that you should already know about me. 1) I love Disney. I love Disney with all my heart. I’ve grown up with Disney, I have a Disney related blog name, a Disney tattoo and I never listen to regular music – just Disney songs (okay that’s a white lie but I do listen to a lot of Disney songs on a day-to-day basis). And 2) I love books. Books remain my one true love. Books brought me out of a dark place and books led me to start my blog which has brought me so much since; friends, creative freedom, self-employment and amazing opportunities to work with some wonderful brands. Like The Book People, who I’m lucky enough to work with today.
I love short breaks away – especially staycations. I rarely go on long, lavish holidays anymore, instead opting for a weekend here and a few days there in different parts of the U.K (although if I had the means to, I definitely would treat myself to a lavish holiday somewhere nice!) However I’ve learnt that the packing process of a short break or a weekend away isn’t any less stressful than any other holiday. You’ll still forget something. You’ll still pack too much and hardly wear any of it. And you’ll always pack for the wrong season, with the unpredictability of the U.K weather. But where’s the fun if something doesn’t at least go a little bit wrong?! Today I’m going to share some of my ultimate essentials for a weekend away!
Since being a blogger and especially since being active on social media, I’ve discovered so many small businesses that I never would have found before. I love that the internet and social media has opened up such incredible business opportunities, especially for creatives and enabled them to pursue doing what they love and even opening up self-employment as a viable option. As well as being a blogger, I used to be a small online business owner and although I wasn’t selling “things” (like artwork for example) but services, I know first hand how difficult having a business online can be and the struggles you can face which eventually, all got too big for me which is why I had to sadly shut it down. But that experience has made me admire small business owners possibly even more than I did before and I was always advocate for supporting them!
I love trying new products and having a blog has allowed me to try a whole range of products which I probably wouldn’t have heard of before, which I’m very grateful for. PAIRFUM is a chic collection of organic products, which range from skincare to candles, room sprays and more. With quite a focus on scents, all their products come in a range of scents which are fresh, feminine or floral and would leave your room (or body!) smelling absolutely delicious. I was kindly sent two of the PARIFUM skin care products to try and test and here are my thoughts!
I don’t wear much of it but I love jewellery and when I find a piece I like, I rarely take it off. I’ve recently had a bit of a trauma with a necklace that I’ve worn 24/7 for the last few years, getting in a knot and having to be cut off. It was such a shame because it was my favourite and meant a lot to me so R.I.P necklace but this means that I’m in the market for a new one and I want to make sure I choose wisely! I think necklaces of all shapes and sizes can look lovely and really make an outfit or be totally understated (like mine was) that it blends into you as a person and it just becomes a part of you! I’ve luckily worked with jewellerybox before on my blog so I know I love their jewellery so here are some of my current necklace faves from their site!
In the last year, I’ve gone from a pretty standard, kinda boring and average 25 year old to a 40 year old woman. I watch Louise Pentland (otherwise known as Sprinkle of Glitter, for anyone who doesn’t know) on YouTube doing her laundry and speed cleaning her kitchen on the regular. And I love it. My YouTube tastes have gone from watching fun, holiday vlogs and make-up hauls to watching someone clean their house. And you know what? I am totally down for that. I love cleaning. I love organizing things, sorting things out, making sure things look nice and hoovering… don’t get me started on how satisfying I find hoovering.
Buying gifts for people is something I pride myself on. I always ensure that I look for something which is personal or a little different from the usual ‘stuff’. You know what I mean, a smelly set from Boots or a box of chocolates. There’s nothing wrong with those things of course – I’d never say no to a box of choccies! – but I like to put a lot of thought and effort into everything I buy anyone. Which often results in a lot of stressful scrolling and hectic brainstorming! Greetings cards can be just as special as the gifts. I always opt for a greeting card that matches the person I’m buying for. My dad will receive a funny one, my mum will receive a personalised one probably with a picture of our dog on – you get the gist!