Monday, 12 August 2013

Dungarees - ASOS Curve
T-shirt - ASOS
Sandals - Evans

At the weekend me and Phil had a drive down the coast to take in some of the sea air. St Marys Island is full of nostalgia for me, memories of eagerly hunting through the rock pools for fascinating sea creatures, paddling in the North sea water warmed by the days sun, and the fake panic brought on by parents and grandparents that we would get stranded on the island once the tide came in; whilst secretly wishing it would happen so we could spend the night in the lighthouse. It's so nice to be back by the coast, the sea calls to me and I feel truly at peace sitting on the sand listening to the waves lapping at the shore. The lighthouse was decomissed in the early 90s so I only have vague memories of it lighting up the ocean through the night, I do remember the distinct sound of the fog horns though the eerie sound actually lulled me to sleep many a time, its a shame modern technology replaced those too.

Have you guys got any favourite places?

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Study space tour.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Forgive me for gushing a little bit here but I decided I was finally going to fulfil a bit of a materialistic dream of mine and purchase myself an iMac. Now I've not gone all out, its second hand and a much older model than the flash new ones but I'm so happy with it you have no idea. I bought it because I was sick of using an 11inch notebook to edit blog photographs on, it just couldn't handle Photoshop so its been on my to-buy list for quite some time. Another reason is that I've decided that I'm going to be returning to university in 2014 (acceptance permitting) to tick off another long-time dream of mine of becoming a midwife, its been a pretty big decision and moving up to Newcastle has triggered me sitting down and really thinking about what I want from my life, so with being a student in mind I wanted to set up a little corner of the house for studying in, I decided on the conservatory as its got the least traffic and its actually quite inspiring sitting down at the desk and looking out over my nana's wonderful garden. So here's a little tour of my study space.

The desk is the Ikea Micke, I originally just bought the standalone desk but one day was browsing in the bargain bin section and came across the drawer unit being sold at 50% off simply because there was a small chip on the top. Even though its not a co-ordinating colour I just had to have it, the bottom drawer is a filing system and its great for keeping our important paperwork organised. And then as I really liked the look of the complete desks I bought the add on unit, so its a bit cobbled together and not quite perfect but I really like it, the shelves and magnetic whiteboard are great for displaying little trinkets and photographs. The desk lamp is also Ikea and is one of their clip on LED numbers which is actually really great as I can focus the light onto the desk should I be writing, plus with it being clip-on it doesn't take up extra desk space. I've also got my bunny night light from dotcomgiftshop.

The numbers block calendar is from Sainsburys home, I've seen them all over the internet and wanted one for a while but I'll admit that whilst its looks lovely its a massive faff to remember to change it around every day, its currently a day out of date but I've gone weeks without touching it. I've also got a display of little trinkets such as the cake toppers I made myself for our wedding cake, my pinhole camera and the vintage brownie camera. The pen holder is another Ikea gem, a plant pot which I've repurposed for my desk. The two framed pictures are free printables I found on Pinterest, you can find the Awake My Soul to Sing one here and the customisable letter print here.

Again the bookcase is an Ikea Billy and the first piece of flat pack furniture I've ever built myself! I don't really do flat-pack because I tend to not read the instructions thinking I can just make it up as I go along and then when it goes wrong I fly into a furious rage, which is why I leave it all to Phil, but this time I thought I'd give it a go and despite the back piece not fitting on properly I think I've done a pretty good job! The cat poster is actually hand-made wrapping paper from Paperchase but I absolutely loved the print I decided to hang it up on the window. And finally in a bid to get more organised I've hung up a calendar where I can write important events and see month-by-month what I'm doing. I didn't want to waste money buying a yearly calendar seeing as we're almost done with 2013 so I had a look for some printable ones and I found this simple by stylish one on I think I might print my own calendar every year because there's some really nice ones out there!

So that's my little space, its nice to be able to sit at a proper desk and I'm absolutely loving how different working on the Mac OS is, I edited the photos for this post so easily in Photoshop I'm hoping it'll encourage me to get out there and improve my photography skills.

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Lush Leeds Spa

Saturday, 3 August 2013

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I'm really late with this post but a couple of weeks ago I was invited down to the Lush Leeds store for their birthday celebrations, the evening wanted to showcase the wonderful experiences you can have in the Lush Spa. When I think of the word spa it conjures up a corporate atmosphere with robes and a swimming pool so being a novice to the Lush Spa experience I had no idea what to expect. When I arrived I was greeted with a glass of fruit infused water and the most delicious piece of vegan cake, I was then sent on my journey around the store to the knowledgeable staff members who were ready to explain the different treatments in detail.

I started on The Comforter* a chocolate body scrub and rose scented massage which was created to remind us to not take life so seriously and transport us back to a time of innocence, its very pink and girly. It sounded absolutely amazing, so much so that I had to book myself in for one! Luckily for me there was a cancellation the very next day. The experience was absolutely nothing like I imagined a spa treatment to be, I'm not actually a fan of massages because I'm anxious about people touching me but from the second I stepped down into the spa, decorated to feel like a cosy country cottage, I felt 'at home.' Hannah my therapist was really lovely and explained the experience and a bit more about the spa, I was given time to enjoy a glass of chilled water whilst she set the room up then into a world of imagination I walked! The room smelt of rose and pink lighting really set the mood, the soundtrack was mystical and during the treatment I found myself drifting off into the music entirely. I was asked to lay down on the massage bed which was as soft as a marshmallow, then wrapped in a beautifully warm duvet. The treatment started with a body scrub designed to soften the skin, each of my arm and legs were worked on separately all the while the music took me on a journey of true relaxation. The massage was absolutely out of this world, Hannah told me it was known as an 'eternity massage' where the forearms are used as well as the hands so it feels like there are many people working out your stress at once! When the treatment finished I was gently brought round by Hannah and told I could use all the time I need to get up and dressed, something I think is a really nice touch. Afterwards I met Hannah back in the kitchen where I was treated to a magical drink to bring me back to reality and left to 'come back down to earth.' I honestly couldn't recommend getting a treatment at the Lush Spa enough, the effects of feeling the most relaxed I've ever felt lasted for a few days afterwards.

Other treatments include Synathesisa Lush's signature treatment, 80 minutes of massage treatment designed to fully immerse you in relaxation. You choose how how you want to feel during the experience by picking out two essential oils co-ordinated with a word for example 'zest.' The Sound Bath a totally unique spa treatment where you're greeted with a magical experience akin to Alice in Wonderland then you'll enjoy a facial featuring hot and cold stones, ear candles and a soothing scalp massage all the while accompanied by a specially composed soundtrack designed to literally bathe you in sound. The Validation Facial is a completely tailor made treatment to suit your skin type, using over 10 of Lush's skincare products you'll be cleansed, toned and moisturised all while relaxing to the music.  The Spell is a foot massage like no other, it doesn't only focus on your feet but your entire body through reflex points, your worries will dissapear in a puff of smoke after this experience. And finally, The Good Hour is a deep tissue massage taking on you a journey out to sea, I really liked the sound of this one and probably will be booking myself in for this experience as soon as possible. Its themed around a pirate ship and the massage is designed to make you feel reminiscent of ropes on the ship, captain pugwash plays in the background and to finish the treatment you're treated to ships biscuits and a cup of the captains tea.

I'd like to thank the staff at the Leeds store for extending the invitation to me and for being so welcoming, I had a really lovely evening and the experience I was treated to was out of this world. I really can't stress enough how different the Lush Spa is to the kind of spa you commonly find attached to a hotel, its an all-encompassing experience from the minute you arrive in store to well after you leave, if you're interested in finding out more or booking a treatment for yourself you can find your local spa contacts details on the Lush Spa website.

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