2017 has been a great year for travel taking me to both foreign isles and the peaks of home. There is something about exploring new places; it both relaxes and invigorates, inspires and challenges.  You don’t need to be a seasoned adventurer to experience this; simply getting away from the pressures and stresses of home-life can change your perspective,…

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Staying Smart at the Sales

Shopping the post-holiday sales is a tricky affair! Since Christmas Eve, my mailbox has been pounded by the big fashion brands; “Don’t miss out!“, “50% off starts today!“, “Biggest Sale EVER“, “Get it whilst you can!“.  The pressure to spend all that Christmas money in the first three days of having it is immense.  We are bombarded with the sales.…
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Timekeeping

It was only fairly recently that I was converted to wearing a watch.   They’d never been a large part of my outfit choices – they seemed a little grown up; like something someone wears when they have their shit together.  I definitely do not have that.  I’m far from it. Yet, as I’ve become okay with the idea of…
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Christmas Gift Guide: Cruelty Free Beauty

At the beginning of the year I went Cruelty Free in my beauty regime.   I had naively assumed that, living in the enlightened 21st century, animal testing for cosmetics reasons was a thing of the past. Yeah – I was naive! All of my favourite products were tested on animals.  So the past year has been spent finding cruelty…
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The Travel Lover's Gift Guide

Travel is the modern twenty-something’s hope. We can’t afford houses.  We can’t afford a decent pension.  We’re on zero hour contracts.  We work longer hours for less money.  We get a pay cut every year because our wages don’t match inflation. In my area, we need to save £30,000 – £40,000 for a mortgage – and even then, the repayments…
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