halloween

Halloween is one of my favourite times of year. It’s starting to get colder here in London and truly feeling like Autumn is here as it’s not long before the clocks go back (getting excited for that extra hour in bed)! I love seeing everyone’s costumes, watching scary movies and carving pumpkins.

Here is some inspiration for your Halloween costumes:

Black Swan

Black Swan is a super easy but effective look. Grab a black tutu, tiara and some red contacts to complete the costume.

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Clown

This was my Halloween look for last year, I used small diamonds around the eye and black face paint to create the make up look.

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Mexican Day of the Dead

For Halloween this year my friends and I are going to Tonteria, a Mexican club in Sloane Square. We are dressing up as Mexican day of the dead to celebrate by using the make up below and wearing a flower headband.

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Happy Halloween Everyone! Let me know what you get up to and what costume you decide to go for.

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For me the main way I judge how my life is going is by asking myself if I am happy. Sometimes if you aren’t feeling 100% the cause is obvious, perhaps you’ve had a stressful day or someones upset you. Other times it’s only when you reflect on things that you might realise that you aren’t as happy in your life as you could be. Here are some of things that I’ve learnt keep me happy and make sure I know my life is going in the direction I want. Note – I do not claim to be an expert in any of this but hopefully sharing this post can help you in some way!

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  1. Learn to Let Go – This is easier said then done but try not to dwell on things that have happened in the past. It is easy to obsess over mistakes we’ve made, missed opportunities or how things used to be in life. Looking back is only going to stop you progressing, by all means learn from your mistakes but don’t get hung up on them. Accept things in your past have happened and make a conscious decision to move on and look forward.
  2. Disregard Negativity – We are always going to focus on negative comments we recieve from other people but remember that these comments do not define you. It is easy to be overly critical of others and ourselves but having a positive attitude can change your outlook on life. One of the best ways of dealing with negativity is by approaching it with kindness.
  3. Surround Yourself With Inspirational People – Sometimes it’s a hard truth to face, but the best thing to do is only surround yoursef with positive people who inspire you and want the best for you. Ask yourself whether the people in your life currently are encouraging and help you to get the most out of life. If they aren’t speak to them about it or surround yourself with friends who do.
  4. Limit Social Media – Social media in our generation  is huge there is no two ways about it. So much of what we see through social media is selected to only show positive elements. This might be a friend you have on Facebook who seems to spend all of their life oin exotic locations or the Instagram account you follow of the girl who is never seen without make up or at an unflattering angle. Remember that social media does not reflect real life, this includes celebrities, bloggers and even our friends. Limit your usage and think about using it in a way that adds to your own life rather than detracts from it.
  5. Stay Active –  A quick way to reduce stress and release endorphins is to get in some exercise. Even if you aren’t overly into fitness getting out the house for a walk with a friend or doing a YouTube yoga video can really help. Personally I find if I haven’t exercised for a long period and have also been overindulging I lack energy and feel lethargic. The hardest part is starting exercise and getting out the house but once you’ve crossed that hurdle you will certainly feel better.

Let me know what you do to stay happy 🙂

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Autumn is quickly becoming my favourite time of year. Although the evenings are getting much darker here in London the autumn leaves and the opportunity to wear jumpers is making up for it. I’m looking forward to Halloween celebrations and we’ve already started carving pumpkins in our house.

Here are a few of my favourite things that I have been enjoying this month:

1) Red Lipstick – One of my favourite things about the autumn winter season is the opportunity to wear darker lip colours. I’ve been taking every opportunity to wear my favourite red lipstick Mac’s Ruby Woo such as when I visited the alpine-style restaurant and club Bodo Schloss earlier this month.

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2) Girl On the Train – I’m very slow on the uptake with this on but I’ve only just got around to reading it! Having dyslexia it is quite rare for me to read a book outside of university however, Girl on the Train is certainly worth a read. It isn’t heavy going and is quite addictive. Although, controversially I have to say I’m not a huge fan of the film. I thought it was such a shame that it wasn’t based in the UK and the characters weren’t very believable.

3) Pumpkin Spice Lattes – I look forward to these every year. Yes they may be filled with empty calories but nothing says autumn like pumpkin spice lattes. I’ve been visiting Starbucks perhaps a bit too much, venturing out some evenings to walk along the Thames and enjoy a takeaway PSL.

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4) This Is Us – We have needed a series like This Is Us for so long now! For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s a heart warming American series based around seemingly random characters who share a birthday. I won’t give too much away but it is certainly worth watching with incredible production and acting.

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5) Sketch Mayfair – Earlier this month I visited Sketch for a friends birthday celebration. If you are in London I really recommend that you stop by. It is an artistic restaurant that serves incredible afternoon tea, drinks and dinner in the evenings. Read a bit more about my trip in my previous blog post about Sketch.

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Sorry it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, I’ve been waiting for some inspiration and thank god it arrived in the form of Sketch. As a belated birthday celebration two friends and I headed to Sketch for afternoon tea. Although I’ve lived in London for what feels like forever, I am ashamed to say that this is the first time I’ve ventured out for afternoon tea.

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Sketch, which is situated in Mayfair is a converted 18th century building that has hidden secrets around every corner. Each room is decorated with its own unique style and flair.

The best room of all had to be every girls dream, the pink room. The whole room is covered in modern sketches, pink velvet and copper trimmings. This is where we sat for our amazing afternoon tea. There’s such a great collection of teas you can choose from, my favourite being the vanilla and chai.

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We then moved on to a selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes and even some homemade marshmallows, all of which are refillable.

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It wouldn’t be right to not mention the amazing toilets at Sketch, the iconic space style pods are like no other.

Although we left feeling completely caked out, I’m already planning my next trip as my sister is dying to visit. Let me know if you guys go!

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