So.. it’s been a while. I think this has actually been the longest I’ve gone without posting SOMETHING here and it wasn’t even an intentional break.. it just kind of happened. It’s been so long that even typing this feels weird, granted I am on a moving train right now but still, the keyboard feels brand new. I would spin you the ‘life got in the way’ line but I’ve argued against that so many times in the past I know full well it’s code for ‘couldn’t be bothered’. I HAVE been busy but I’ve always been busy to a degree and I used to post daily.. whether I had anything interesting to say or not.
At the start of the year I decided to be a little more relaxed about my blog/YouTube schedule, I had been so consistent for a long time that I felt a lot of pressure to stick to that schedule and it was taking the fun out of it all. I’ve posted considerably less in that time and entirely fallen back in love with making videos but I’ve felt less and less attached to my blog. I like the instant hit I get from chatting away on video, blogging feels like a much longer process for me and I’ve felt less and less enthusiastic about it over the last few months. I always have a bit of a reshuffle in September and try to shake things up for the new season after what is almost always a disappointing summer so I may rapidly change my tune in the next few weeks but right now I just don’t love it in the way that I used to.
This week has been so busy, I don’t attend many events or do exciting things other bloggers seem to (or is that my FOMO talking?) I’m usually just home and work with some blogging thrown in, I don’t know how people juggle it all when they’re out all day/night, I really don’t! This journey home is the first proper down time I’ve had since Monday! I don’t think I’m built for that life, I’m EXHAUSTED! I’ve done some really cool stuff though, met Caroline Hirons, Joan Collins (not sure which I was more excited about) attended a brand exhibition with Freedom (which is coming to Superdrug, I’m so excited for the new stuff to launch!) and a party at which Scott Mills Dj’d.. pretty cool! Today I was at a photo shoot for a small online campaign that will launch next year, I know this sounds very ‘look how great my life is’ but in reality I just felt awkward and out of place. We all have our comfort zones and I’ve pushed mine to the very limits recently. It’s obviously exciting at times but at others it makes me realise I’m much happier on my sofa. I even drove to Birmingham and back which is kind of big deal since I’d never driven past Meadowhall previously (from Doncaster) ..scary times but glad I did it and now I might be that much happier to attempt a Christmas trip to the Trafford Centre 😉
Part of the reason I decided to take a step back in the new year was that it was my last one with Milo at home, I thought I would reassess when he went to nursery and potentially devote more time to everything then. Yesterday was his first day so that alone will change my routine up massively and potentially the next week or so might feel very different as I’ll have much more quiet time in the house.. we’ll see. I’m not saying I’m giving up altogether but there will probably be a decline in content from me here while I settle in to a new routine. I want to love it again and I’m hoping that blogging only when I’m ‘feeling it’ will make it exciting and new again much as it did for my YouTube channel. I have so many products I want to talk about and I think a good photo session with them all next week might pique my interest so watch this space but thanks for your patience in the mean time.. for now I can’t wait to get a hot bath and go to bed!
PS. We may or may be getting a dog so if I get bored with lipstick this might just become a puppy blog, ha!
I’ve had QUITE the obsession with planning lately, I bought a personal planner – link – abour a year ago and when it came time to buy a new one last month I didn’t think twice about repurchasing from the site and was super excited to discover the new options that have been added since I last visited. This isn’t a paid feature and I did buy both planners myself (though neither would affect my opinion in any way) and I’ve even bought another for my Mum and inspired Laura – link – to buy her own too, it’s just an excellent planner and since my initial video a year ago I’ve had SO many questions about mine so I thought a post might be in order now I’ve used it long enough to really review it. The top picture shows my old planner on the laft and new on the right.. very similar (hey, I like what I like) but I did make use of the new patterns this time around. I actually have a gold pattern on the back cover (I don’t believe two different covers was an option last time) which I forgot to photograph but you can see it in the video – link – if you’re interested.
I would have been more than happy with the same exact diary this year as last but since I was reordering I thought I’d switch the layout and colours up a bit. There are so many options for your week to view pages but I kept everything lined and as plain as possible, I barely used the to do sections and the new layout lost a box for notes so I’m glad I took that out this time around. The first page is intended for your name, address, contact info but I used it as a fun ‘quote’ page both times. This year they had emojis to play with so I added in some New York themed ones (we’re going early next year) to show you what they looked like. You also get a plastic wallet in the front which DOES still come with the planner but this year they ran out of stock so it arrived a few weeks after the planner itself. Really useful for coupons, train tickets, all kinds of stuff! You also get a ruler which is replacable wherever you wish withing the diary and a rubber band to keep everything together, both of which you can choose the colour of.
A couple of great additions this year are the month to view pages which are an option at the start of each month that I chose – so handy! – and the colour codes which allow you to turn to a month without flipping through the entire book. There are so many choices to make I’m sure I will miss so I suggest putting aside a good amount of time if you’re going to order one as you could spend FOREVER customising everything but I kept most things basic. I chose lined paper to fill out the last few pages but you can have colouring pages, sudoku, maps.. so many choices! One final thing I love about Personal Planner is the dates function. I added all of my significant dates last year, birthdays, anniversaries etc and they were all there to add in this year at the push of a button. It’s quite a long task when you first do it but so worth it if you plan to reorder year after year, It even tracks the ages which for kids is brilliant.. if there are lots in your family it can be tough to remember how old your second cousins son is.. your planner does it for you! I know this sounds sponsored (which is why I protested otherwise earlier in the post) but I swear I just love this thing so much, I’ve had so many diaries over the years and it’s the most user friendly one I’ve found and the only one I’ve really stuck to using so if you’re on the hunt for the perfect planner and don’t want to shell out an arm and a leg for the Erin Condren one (which I’d LOVE but the shipping is as much as the planner!!!) this is a great alternative for a really reasonable price.
You can order your own Personal Planner online here and I contacted the lovely folks over there to see if they could offer a discount code for you which they kindly did. I believe it will give you 15% off until the end of September – D-BSAL-ASFT – oh and the one I have is the A5 (£19.95) for those wondering.. considering the wide next year but this one’s a good size to write in while still being portable.
I don’t usually post videos here unless they complement a post bit today it’s just a shameless plug and a heads up that many of the products mentioned are heavily discounted right now. I’ve experience some serious hair breakage and hair loss recently and although I’m not 100% of the cause right now I thought it might be useful long term to share my story/journey (gosh, that sounds dramatic, doesn’t it?) so that someone might find this in the future and follow it along to a resolution.. worst case I am going to have A LOT of fun with wigs!
Is this something you’ve suffered from? I experienced something similar after both of my pregnancies which is why I suspect this might be more hormonal than bleach related but you just never know so I’d love to hear from you if you’ve ever had anything similar happen to you! How did you deal with it?