Why We All Should Be Conscious Of Self Sabotage

Right now we're knee deep in election mayhem. Propaganda, defensive responses, ridiculously un-costed and over delivered promises... It's difficult to switch on the TV without some element of general election news. And what comes part and parcel with election season? Election sabotage. Parties looking to throw shade at the opposition, rumours and provocative scare mongering. Particularly on social media. So of course it's in the interest of Theresa May (etc.) to be strong, eloquent and the best they can be to not obstruct their own opportunity. It got me thinking about the way in which we as a society let our own personal problems interfere with our goals (both long and short term). Might I have a tendency to self sabotage? Am I sometimes my biggest problem? It got me wondering about my behaviour and the occasions where I've let myself get in the way of my ambitions.
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How To Be Independent In A Big City Like London

I moved to London knowing only a few people. One of my close school friends and my best friend that I'd made at Uni (and her then partner). Having lived in Bristol for four for years for Uni, I made it my goal upon graduating to gain employment in the big smoke. I was absolutely drawn to the bright lights (and nightlife!). My first job was at a publishing company, Hearst, who created around 16 magazines at the time including Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Harpers BAZAAR and Mens Health. I packed up and moved to Putney in a gorgeously spacious modern home shared with the people I knew. That first year, all responsibilities were a minefield and most of my money went on cheap wine and rent (average rental of one bedroom in a house share is £950 a month if you're interested).
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My Very First Beauty Box With Roccabox On Sale Now

Hands up if you love a beauty subscription box but are usually super disappointed when they arrive (me!). Well I feel your pain so when I teamed up with Roccabox to bring you a beauty box this May, I took everything into consideration. Value for money? Check. Decent products? Of course. Things I'd use myself? Naturally. Most of all, I wanted to offer as many full size and luxe size products as possible from some of the best and upcoming brands on the market.
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Teaches Us How To Recreate Gisele’s Met Gala Makeup

With just under a fortnight to go until my wedding, naturally I turned to the Met Gala for makeup inspiration. Although the theme is dramatic (and often extreme), there are always some well made up, natural looking faces to enhance an outfit. For a wedding, I've surpassed my desire for thick red lips and Bambi lashes with feline flicks and am back to beautiful looking natural ways to enhance what I already have. The winner at the Met Gala? Gisele. She turned to Marc Jacobs Artistry Ambassador, Hung Vanngo for her classic and sophisticated makeup look. Here's what he used and how you too can recreate the look.
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How To Not Shy Away From Difficult Situations

Do you ever get that turn in your stomach? The one when you're about to do something that you really don't want to do? Have you felt that fluttering all over your body when you want to say no but you've already said yes to an upcoming situation you'd rather avoid? I acknowledged these kinds of feelings in my post 'How To Stop Saying Yes & Regain Your Life'. Here I talked about becoming less of a 'yes' person and more of a 'me first' kind of gal. But it did get me thinking.
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24 Pairs Of Sunglasses To Kick Start Summer

A staple in any Summer capsule collection, a good pair of sunglasses are an investment I make each year. Aside from the style factor, they are of course practical and a necessity in the sunshine so I don't mind spending that extra penny on a good pair that will last all season (and beyond). There are so many styles around (just check out Net A Porter!) from 60's to oval, from round to aviator.
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Payday Treats From The Hub Of Sophisticated Fashion

Donning my comfiest flats and most casual dress I always feel ready and set to hit some stores and treat myself. Especially when I'm at Bicester Village. Famed for its selection of high end designer stores and discounted prices, a trip around payday is usually in my diary. As a blogger and general fashion lover, the pursuit of exceptional street style involves looking for some awesome designer pieces without the hefty price tag.
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My Holiday Bathroom Shelfies

I love a good holiday. Last year I was fortunate to travel to Costa Rica, Rome, Las Vegas, Marrakech, Cornwall, and Venice and this year, well I'm currently in Cornwall and planning a little honeymoon (which is proving tricky now that I'm pregnant). Each time I travel, I always think carefully about what to take - particularly if I'm in a country where things aren't that easy to come by. The beauty of a holiday is that you're more relaxed. You've more free time to exude on things you really like which for me, results in more time to spend on my beauty regime. I always like to take an indulgent mask away with me, be it for my hair or face and invest that little bit more on new treatments that require a little more time.
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I’ve Been Wearing False Eyelashes For 14 Years

I guess you could say I know a thing or two about false lashes. Whether you're a fan of fake strips or individual semi permanent lashes, I've noticed among friends and family there are usually two camps; those that find them easy to use and those who hate the upkeep and maintenance and stay clear. I'm not exaggerating when I say I've been wearing them for this long. My love affair started when I was 16 years old at school. Although my natural lashes are somewhat long and dark already, the first time I tried them I was hooked.
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What Happened When I Tried To Move To NYC

A.K.A the 'concrete jungle where dreams are made of'. Well that was quite literally the case for me. The first time I visited New York was one Christmas a few years ago. It had been six months in the planning; Christmas Day at Maddison Square Garden to watch Bulls v Knicks, dinner at The Four Seasons and various other restaurants plus VIP tickets for NYE at Jay Z's club. Lil Wayne had just been let out of prison and was at Times Square - it was all very exciting (ha!). It wasn't the glitz and glamour that drew me to my decision to try to move there though but the atmosphere, the people and the culture. It was then I decided, I had to move to New York alone and get a job.
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I Wrote A Quote A Day Journal & Here’s What Happened

When I first heard of the bullet journal trend (getting a notebook and essentially drawing up your own template for a diary) I must admit I was tempted. Then I saw how much work was involved and how much time you need to dedicate to it. As a self confessed time poor, occasionally disorganised under pressure person it just wasn't for me. Still, feeling inclined to do something with my copious amounts of notebooks (trust me I have a lot) I decided to use my small Smythson diary as a quote diary. Something to use to jot down a quote a day.
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Why We All Need A ‘To Do Never’ List

To do lists, places to be, people to see, emails to read and plans to make... Phew. I'm tired even thinking about what I've got to do in the next couple of weeks. In life, in addition to thousands of other people I'm always being told how to be organised, how to be productive and how to force relaxation to train our body into winding down. It all feels a bit synthetic doesn't it? I'm sure I'm not alone in sometimes closing my bedroom door, sighing and just saying 'enough'.rewa
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How To Spend A Day Alone In London

Aside from all the shops, bars and salons I know London like the back of my hand. It's a great place to spend a day alone. My favourite place at the moment? Connaught Village. Aside from the beautiful salons and restaurants, the pre owned designer shoes and bags are absolutely worth a visit. From Chanel bags like this to previously owned designer shoes, they're worth the short walk from Oxford Circus. The prices are great.
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