Thursday, 21 March 2019

Feeling Nostalgic - USA 2016

Yeah, I know this is seriously late!!! I have a major habit of leaving the best things till last and not wanting to acknowledge that they are actually over, though to be fair going back and seeing the family again and all that will never be truly over. So it's not all that bad .. Please don't be shocked at my appearance either, I had put on quite a bit of weight for some unknown reason, however, I am now back to my healthy normal weight. 

I always love visiting my family and this time around I finally got to see where my Dad lived. I was traveling with my brother, Adam, and we started off our journey driving to Heathrow. We stayed at a gorgeous Hotel which our Mum and Step-dad kindly paid for. We had quite a laugh driving down and I managed to do a few Vlogs throughout our Vacay, which you can check out over on my Youtube channel. 

Adam hadn't actually seen our Dad in well over 12 years or any of our other family since he was a baby! So this trip was pretty big for him and very overwhelming for me to have finally gotten him on board. Unfortunately for me, a week prior to this trip I had been in a car accident, so I was in a bit of pain and on strong pain meds the whole time.

After an emotional initial meet and a good nights sleep, we decided to head into Charleston and do a little shopping and sightseeing. I managed to spend nearly $400.00 in Pandora, in standard Kim Style I also managed to leave my card there too. So we had to go back the next day.. naughty me.. 

We spent a few days at Dads and then we camped out at Wilmington, North Carolina. I wanted to see the filming locations of One Tree Hill, so on the second day we had a nice day out seeing all the sights, I had previously mapped out. If you want to read a full post on this day and download the map I created myself, you can here.

The majority of our family live in Indianapolis, so the plan was to drive up from Charleston and make a few stops on the way, to Chimney Rock and The Land of Waterfalls.

Chimney Rock was featured in the film The Last of the Mohicans, which Dad had on hand to show us which shots we were going to see prior to going. The film itself, well I don't actually remember much and didn't watch it all was kind of slow, however, it didn't appear to be my kind of film... so don't take my word for it. 

Adam being the crazy adrenaline freak he is, took some convincing not to go free style rock climbing any chance he could. Not that it stopped him getting as close to the edge as possible. 

Once we finally arrived in Indianapolis I was feeling a little better, so we did manage to go to one theme park ,however, I only went on rides that strapped me in and that didn't throw you around a bunch. Having been there 4 years ago I had already been on everything, so it wasn't too disheartening. I was sad that I couldn't go on the catapult with Dad again though. Jacob & Rebekah didn't really like the rides and neither did Aunt Mo, so it ended up being me, Dad, Adam, and Joshua for the duration of the day. We went on the Diamondback about 4 times to get the perfect photo, until we were happy with this one so we all chipped in. It was only once we saw it properly that I noticed I was practically flashing everyone!!!!

As always I miss them all dearly, but my heart lies with Harley and I therefore have to always go back to her.

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.


Monday, 18 March 2019

The Benefits to a One Night Stand*

So Just One Night Stands aren't really my thing and if I am being completely 100% honest I have never ever had one, so I will be speaking from experiences I have heard through friends. I guess I am old fashioned in that way because when someone says one-night stand to me, I just think that's not how it should be. Don't get me wrong I am all for everybody being happy and doing as they please, so don't think I am of the opinion that just because you have a one nighter you are a slut, just it's not me. 

Anyway, onto the actual post subject hey, what are the benefits of having a random one-night stand in birmingham for instance, because well why not birmingham or some other weird and wonderful place. For those that have made a silly mistake and genuinely thought they have met a great person who they are totally attracted too, only to wake and find they have been blinded by beer goggles all night. Well the one-night stand is a great clause to get out of there sharpish. Sure that's pretty harsh, but hey we are a pretty primitive species at the end of the day.

On the other-hand one-night stands can on occasion turn into something much more, that random one nighter could turn out to be a great series of hook ups or the love of your life. You just never know, when you least expect it or when you are just not looking for it. You could be out one night, end up banging that random chick, then pow your life changes in an instant.  

It can be great for getting over someone, as they say the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else... with there being no strings attached and no emotions swapped, what is there to lose? Just be sure that you are ready to separate emotions, because the last thing you want is tpo try and get down and start blubbering about your ex. 

There is also the confidence booster factor.. for those that are not that confident in bed, getting out there and having sex with a complete stranger whom you will never see again, will only make you better. Well in theory, because practice is supposed to make it perfect.. Even if you don't have self esteem issues, having someone find you attractive and well want to have sex with you, is great for your self esteem. 

I do think it is important to remember though, that you are sleeping with a complete stranger someone that doesn't know you, doesn't know what you like, what makes you tick. So whist it may satisfy your basic needs it won't satisfy you to the full extent that a loving sensual partner can. There's only so long you can carry on a one-night stand relationship.... Plus sex should mean more than a random encounter with a stranger, it's a connection between two people. 

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Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.


Thursday, 14 March 2019

Antique Elegance Mothers Day Bouquet from Haute*

Mothers Day is always a time to celebrate with your loved ones, whether you're near or far. Whilst you can gift them just about anything in this day and age, with it becoming one of the big superficial marketing schemes, it's fairly easy to pick up a generic gift from just about any price range. A bouquet of flowers is a classic and everlasting choice, and on the plus side, they can be sent from pretty much anywhere these days.

These Haute Antique Elegance Bouquet Mothers Day Flowers are pure luxury and in all honesty are well worth the price tag, starting from £45.00. The collaboration of pint and dusky purple, together with the green varying textures made this the perfect bouquet for my Mum. Her love of roses and lilies just like me made it all that more satisfying presenting her with the perfect arrangement.   

This bouquet features Pink Bouvarias, Antique Carnations, Memory Lane Roses, Avalanche Roses, and Calla Lillies; together with White Veronica and Eucalyptus. The quality of all the flowers was incredible and I was surprised at the size of the bouquet too, not that I am complaining. 

They arrived in a nice sturdy box, allowing them to be kept upright, and packaged in a lovely black bag and tissue paper. Which also featured a bag of water to keep the flowers hydrated, obviously, on their way to you and back to wherever they need to go from there. I have to say I am a little sad I gave these beautiful flowers away, however, they were from the Mothers Day range.. so I kind of had too and well it made the Mother happy. Haute does offer UK next day delivery if you order by 10pm, which is pretty damn good for those of us who forget those special occasions. 

* I received these flowers from Huate Florist for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback, all my views and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way. Please see my Disclaimer for more information.

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.


Monday, 11 March 2019

Mothers Day is for Dog Mums Too!!!! - Friendship Collars*

With Mothers Day just around the corner, a lot of us are trying to think about how best to show our mum's we love them and appreciate all that they have done for us. Yet too often and always in my case.. Dog Mums and Fur Mums are forgotten, I know it's a tragedy! How can we be forgotten, after all our furbabies may not be the physical reproduction from our wombs but they sure as hell mean just as much as if they were our babies! I challenge anyone that tells us differently! 

So on that note, don't forget about those around you who have furbabies, acknowledge them this Mothers Day. Show them the love they deserve and do it for the pups who cannot. Friendship collars are a great way to show how much you care, not only are they great quality collars for cats and dogs alike, but they come with matching bracelets for their Mum's too. 

You can get 15% off using the code romanovs off any purchase as many times as you like! Just head over to Friendship Collar to check out the range now. 

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Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.


Friday, 8 March 2019

Moi-Même Winter 2019 Thrive Box

I know I am super super late with this review, and that doesn't mean that I didn't like anything from the Thrive Box. I loved everything from Moi-Même as always, I have just been slack! The Thrive box was as always jam-packed with high-end goodies, with the idea to boost you out of the winter blues and get you prepared for the year ahead. 

One sneak peek item we all knew was coming, was something from Kate Spade! Who doesn't want to add her to their collection of trinkets, when I discovered it was a beautiful Lunch Tote valued at £28, well I was pretty damned pleased. I mean, I was in need of a new lunch bag, but never want to spend any money on those sorts of items. So to have a decent Lunch bag finally is something of a treat for me. 

With most subscription boxes, when you receive jewelry it's usually cheap and nasty, made of materials that are likely going to set off my nickel allergy. This Rachel Jackson Game Face Necklace is sterling silver, so there are no worries for me! Retailing at £40 it may seem a little pricey, however, after wearing my Rebel Face necklace for some time now I can safely say how robust the delicate design is. 

Since my gluten-free skincare journey, receiving any such items in these boxes is always a pleasure. The NAKIN Performance Face Serum, R.R.P £25, is completely gluten-free, cruelty-free and made of 98% natural ingredients. I have been using this serum every night since opening this box and have had no problems whatsoever with breakouts or dryness. It has helped to settle any small spots I have had come up because we all get a few every now and again, and really does make my skin feel refreshed by morning. 

I am going, to be honest, I have not had the chance to try out the Phase Zero Blusher - Cotton Candy. One main reason is the fact that I cannot find any information on whether it is gluten-free or not. So all I am going to say is, yes it's a pretty colour and I suppose it is reasonably priced at £7.50, but that's a fairly standard price for a drugstore brand in my eyes. 

Finally the best item by far, which I have yet to start.. naughty me! Your Dream Life Starts Here, by Kristina Karlsson a.k.a Kikki K Founder. This book can be accompanied by Dream Life Journal, which has more space for you to fill in and complete each of the exercises set out after each chapter. 

Kristina guides you with small steps and asks you to start by listing 101 dreams for your life, never worrying about the reality of them, following through the book she pushes you to find which ones matter the most to you. By the end, you will have cut that list down to just 3 dreams to focus on, with specific ways to help make them happen.  

My Verdict

Overall I am pretty happy with the contents of this months box, Moi-Même has focused on what matters to us most and stuck to their theme which is something I find some subscription services struggle with. The quality of the majority of items is very well thought out and carefully selected, in order for each one to be delivered with care. You have once again got my vote Moi-Même for the best service around!

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Getting Creative*

If you haven't already noticed, I have started to get a little more creative with my photos, creating mood boards and just trying to make the theme of my posts pop. I initially started to just use a free grid app and split my images up on my Instagram account, but let's face it after a while that just looks the same and boring. 

When you really get into blogging and taking your own flatlay/ fashion photos you start to understand the importance of editing them yourself. The lighting, the effect and filter's you want for your theme etc. So I decided to take the plunge and opted for the basic Adobe Photoshop CC package, and I have never looked back since! 

Using brush strokes, simple images and even erase tools, you can create just about anything. For newbies and those that aren't all that confident with the tools at hand, you can buy certain elements, such as the quirky quotation above, Instagram templates or simple brush strokes. Just look for svg files for sale, png files, or browse through etsy stores and alike. 

You can even start to create your own elements much like the X below, simply using different brush styles and colours. Then save it as a png/ jpeg file and away you go. 
Mixing elements, quotations, your photos and more together is the best way forward. Yet I know that having that blank screen staring at you and not knowing what to do with it all or where to start can be daunting, I get a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest, it is such a great tool for sharing your creations and finding new content to mix up your ideas. Sometimes looking at other creations can make you realise that what you have created is just pure crap, much like one of my first creations below.

There is just far too much going on, nothing really goes together, the images are blurred and to be quite frank it looks like a child put it together. I cannot even believe I am sharing this with you now! 

Once I sat back and thought about it I was able to create something much more sophisticated, one that really showed my blog style and hinted at my monthly lookback. 

If you have a theme, stick with it and make it clear with your images. Try to keep everything consistent, you don't want it to become too congested and all meld into one. 

Once you get into the swing of things, you can become pretty confident with your work. For example, I am pretty damn proud of the vogue mode image below! All sass gives off the girl boss vibes I wanted it too and portrays a level of organisation with it too. 

Have you got any tips or creations you would like to share? I would love to see/ hear them!

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Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

February 2019 Lookback

February... What can I say, it has been one hell of a month. Even though I haven't actually done anything noteworthy or gone anywhere exciting, it has been a rollercoaster. 


Harley has been doing so well with her training!!! progressing further with each week, starting to instigate interactions with dogs she doesn't know and even stopped barking so much. Honestly, she has calmed down such an incredible amount I don't know what on ear5th I was doing before coming to Happy Pets.

She did give me a big scare towards the end of this month though! With her lump getting bigger and actually causing her pain, it was time to get it checked out again. So this time around the vets took a sample and I am happy to say that it all came back benign! Hopefully, it will go away all on its own but may have to be removed at a later date. 

Life in General

First of all and most importantly I & Christie have booked Paris!!!! It is all officially booked for my 30th, our girls trip away and probably our last girly trip is officially booked!!! On top of all the excitement of her finding out she is having a baby girl, well it's all just too much to handle!!

I know I said I wouldn't say, but I have actually met someone too. That's it, I am saying no more, I do not want to jinx anything so that's all you're getting - but Harley approves. 

Mental Health

As for my mental state, well I had been doing pretty darn well actually. Coping with everything that had been thrown at me, even when I was rudely snapped at at work, but when I kept getting jibes from a certain someone I just couldn't take it anymore and I went off the rails a little. Not to mention Harley's little scare didn't help matters.

After a rather intense counseling session, I was able to gather my thoughts and put it all together rationally. Accept that my Anger is a valid emotion and collect myself, before calmly speaking to the said person and coming to a conclusion on a way forward.

In all, I have learned to deal with things in a much more controlled manner and know that I need space and time to calm down when I get very angry and upset. Otherwise, I may just say something I may regret, or worse choose to cut that person out entirely and by the time I have calmed down it would be too late. 

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.


Friday, 1 March 2019

Anger Is a Valid Emotion | My Mental Health Journey

Since starting counseling about 6 months ago I have actually really started to enjoy it, I can now start to acknowledge when I have an anxiety attack, when I get triggered into just blacking out and blocking everything out. I know now that emotions need to be let in, even though I do still find it hard to actually feel them. Yes, Anger is one of those, and it is one that should be evaluated with caution. 

I know some people have said in the past that they wish I didn't speak my truth on here and wouldn't talk about personal matters, however, at the end of the day we all have free speech and this is my outlet. This is MY platform and if you give me false hope with hollow promises then I am not sorry to say but you will have dug yourself a little hole allowing me to place a fence... It is then down to you as the individual to take the fence and either get angry or actually realise your errors. 

At the end of the day, I am tired and bored of being the bigger person, I am done with holding everyone else up and taking everyone else's shit. Why I sit back and submit to others opinions and views is beyond me, just to have an easier life? Well, I am done. I have been working on myself for a long time now, it is still a struggle at times and trying to be the bigger person on top of that just weighs me down. So enough is enough, you keep your crap and I will keep mine. 

I had been doing pretty well recently, with no setbacks and pretty darn happy to be fair. A few weeks back, however, a couple of things started to set me off in my personal life and I won't mention names for I know that it will upset them and I respect that. 

All it seems to take is this one person to make me switch back to my teenage self and go back in on myself, start questioning my own judgment and start getting all anxious. Being told that certain friends have ulterior motives because they are male and that you are repeating things that they have done??? It is almost an insult to me as a grown woman because let me tell you I am NOT YOU! 

I can now recognise that sometimes when I get very angry I get into a very weird headspace, one where I just want to cut people out. Where I don't see any way forward, because time and time again I have been let down and there has been no proof that this time will be any different. Yet I am left wondering why I am surprised? So I take time.. time to cool down and process it all. After all, you don't want to be saying anything you might regret at a later date. 

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.


Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Let's Talk Prom Dresses*

As someone that has always wanted to go to prom, but never has, I know bohoo for me. I have always had a bit of a fascination with prom dresses and the whole atmosphere that goes along with it. I guess it also has something to do with being part Yank as well, being in the UK prom isn't really a big thing and if your school does it great.. if they don't well tough luck.

Mine did, however, I wasn't quite popular enough to be 'allowed' to go.. I upset the wrong people I guess. Story of my life. That didn't stop me thinking about the whole thing, about what dress I would wear, the make-up and shoes! I mean I still do.. so where do you look to find a prom dress to suit you?

In all honesty these days you can find them just about anywhere, at high street stores, online, but I have to say the best place and always will be wedding dress/ bridal shops. Somewhere that will actually help you pick out the right style and fit for you, make it fit you perfectly and even unique to you.

Though that being said, I do think that the days of Proms are dying out, but the want for Prom dresses aren't. The style is never ending, blending in with bridesmaid dresses and evening gowns alike. 

The only place I have ever been able to wear a prom dress is at weddings, so checking out the wedding photos have always been the highlight afterward for me. Seeing all the glitz and glam, everyone dressed up to the nine, checking to see if anyone turned up in white. Owh the taboo!

For me though, dressing up and feeling like a princess for a night is pretty special, even if I do sound a little cheesy and yes I have gone stag to every wedding I have gone to so far, I still manage to pick myself up and forget about that. At the end of the day, Cinderella didn't go to the ball with No Man and she didn't leave with one either!

Who says Prom dresses have to be for Prom anyway.. I made up for my Prom let down and wore a proper typical prom style dress to for my 18th Birthday, and again on my 21st and I will also add I still fit in it today!!! At 29!! Pretty good going if you ask me..

My 18th
My 21st - Yes I know the pixie cut.. lets not talk about that, please.

I guess as always it takes me waffling to get to my point, but here it is. Prom Dresses don't need to be exclusive to Prom, they can be for whatever you want. Heck if you wana go out looking like you are on your way to a ball, just because.. well who's stopping you? The fashion these days is crazy so why not, however, that's not quite my thing and I will stick to specific occasions.

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Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

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