Top 10 Christmas Movies

Saturday, 24 December 2016

I've got the best evening planned for tonight. I'm currently wrapped up in my favourite furry pyjamas, with my blanket draped around me. I've set up my fairy lights, and my candles are burning. Oh, and I've ordered a cheeky Indian too.

It's about time I treat myself to a night in. For the past few weeks, I've either been out with friends, working, or in the library trying to study/write up assignments until the wee hours. So I'm really enjoying the chance to get a bit of me-time.

The Holiday is on SKY movies right now, so I think I might give it a wee watch; get me into the festive spirit and all. There's nothing like a  cosy evening in with a Christmas movie in December, right?

Here's a few of my favourite Christmas movies... I've linked each title to the trailer, so if you give it a click you'll be directed straight to the wonderful world of youtube!

The best posts floating around Bloglovin' right NOW

Thursday, 22 December 2016

So, today I decided to be super productive and go to the library in my town so that I could get a tonne of studying done for uni... yeah, it's been two hours since I got in the library and I've done absolutely zero studying/uni work. I mean, I opened up the uni website, that's something right?

I blame bloglovin'. 

I opened up the bloody app and now I'm hooked; there are just so many incredible bloggers who write the best posts. They are such talented writers, and I adore having a bit of down time to read what they have written- to laugh, cry, smile, and reminisce... Even when I should be doing something that's actually productive. 

Hey! I'm writing this post, that's productive enough... maybe...

Anyways, here's a list to commemorate bloglovin' and the wonderful bloggers who make it such an amazing app/website.

These are just a small selection from a huge range of amazing posts and bloggers that I have loved browsing. One of the best things about blogging is that you get to see people share the same platform and use it for such different things; each one supporting each-other in their bid for success. 

I would love to know what your favourite blog posts are, so pop a few links in the comments section below!

It's simply makeup.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

"Our culture teaches us that if a woman wants to be taken seriously, that she's not supposed to care too much about her appearance. So for a while, I stopped wearing makeup and hid my high heels; I became a false version of myself. 

But then I woke up. And I saw in full colour, and full confidence again. Because the truth is; makeup doesn't actually mean anything. It's simply makeup. It's about how I feel when I get it right. What makes me happy when I look in the mirror. What makes me walk ever so slightly taller. It's about the face I choose to show the world... and what I choose to say"

It's been about a year since I watched Chimamanda's TED talk on why we should all be feminists.  A video which really inspired me, and acted as a catalyst in my identity as a feminist. After watching the video, Nigerian novelist and rising fashion icon, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, had become my role model. 

And I'm so glad that she did. Young women deserve to have someone like her to look up to, who will speak their minds but also be honest about their past. Someone who teaches the world that superficial things don't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Because whether someone wears bright pink lipstick and 6 inch heels or a business suit and minimal (if any) makeup should never determine his or her success. 

Women shouldn't have to "defend or validate their love for fashion or beauty" in order to be taken seriously. Women should not need to dress like men in order to be seen and heard in the business world. 

Over the past few years, I have loved having the freedom to use my clothes and makeup as a tool for expression and creativity. In a way, my image has become my form of art.

But there was one thing that I noticed when experimenting with different extremes of my image. When I wore pretty dresses and put on my candyfloss-pink lipstick, people seemed to treat me as if I was a bit ditsy. Strangers on the street would smile condescendingly as they walked past. And when I wore jeans and sports sweaters, my friends all asked where the "pretty" Sara had gone, and that I looked like I was going to the gym. I looked like a chav, a ned, whatever. 

Even my own Mum always had something to say about my makeup when I was growing up. If ever I was going out barefaced, she'd tell me to slap on some concealer "at the very least" to cover up my imperfections. But as soon as I had a full face of makeup I looked silly, unprofessional, and as if I was trying too hard. When I didn't put any nail varnish on, I looked scruffy. But when I painted my nails in a beautiful shade of red, my teachers gave me a disapproving look- which I never really understood.

To be honest, I didn't really understand any of it. I still don't; simply because it doesn't make sense.

According to Motto, it's been "over a decade since (Chimamanda Nygozi Adiche) began living the truth that a fully woke and self-actualised woman can also love fashion and lipstick". I believe that's so important for people of any gender to understand. And I hope for a world where people do allow women to enjoy experimenting with their image without having to be subject to judgement from their peers- and strangers on the street.

Reasons Why You Should Be PROUD of Yourself

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Look at yourself.

You've come so far- inside and out. You've faced challenges, looked them  square in the eye, and said "not today. I won't back down today". You've held the hands of someone whose heart was breaking, and you've healed your own heart when it was breaking. You've come so, so far. You're not the same person that you were 5 years ago, or even one year ago. The you that you are now, isn't even the same as the you that you were yesterday. You have evolved. You have become stronger, and you have adapted to the harsh realities of life. 

And as if that isn't a good enough reason for you to be proud of yourself, I have more...

You have Grown. When you were born, it probably would have been impossible  for your parents to conceive just how much you were going to grow. And while you've grown into a beautiful, physical human being (which in itself is something to be proud of) you've also grown emotionally and mentally. You have grown from being the toddler who didn't really quite understand human emotions, to being this incredible person who can have empathy for the person standing next to them.

Have you ever made a mistake, faced failure, or caused a catastrophe? Of course you have; everyone has! But one of the most amazing things about being alive is that yeah, you make mistakes and all- but you learn from them. So when you burnt your arm in the oven taking pizza out ON YOUR BIRTHDAY, (well done Sara) you'll learn that next time, oven gloves are important. These things happen so that we can allow ourselves to learn through our experiences... and you have learnt so much.

And when you hear the words "battle" or "struggle", what do you think of? In the first instance, my mind dives into all the challenges I'm facing currently... but when I really think about it, everything I have overcome comes to mind. I want you to remember every. Single. Time. that you faced something difficult or challenging, and didn't back down. Those are the things you have conquered

"Love yourself and be proud of everything that you do, even  your mistakes. Because your mistakes mean you're trying"

If My Life Was a Movie, This Would Be The Soundtrack

Friday, 16 December 2016

Good morning! (/Afternoon/Evening/Night, wherever you are). Today I was a big fat pig, and decided to treat myself. My Mum may be on a pre-Christmas diet, but I certainly am not. Hot Chocolate and cake makes for a great breakfast- and after breakfast, when you continuously eat cheese and crackers for about 5 hours straight... all your meals kinda become one, big, fat, feast. It's been good. 

A lot of people take this time of year as a period of looking back and self evaluation. I want to spend today reflecting on the music that I've been listening to this past year, and the songs that I would use in the soundtrack of my life...

Am I Pretty - The Maine

Bang! Bang! - Iwan Rheon

My Number One - Foals

Gravity - Against The Current (OKAY BUT CHRISSY'S EYE MAKEUP)

I don't wanna be in love - Good Charlotte

Therapy - All Time Low

Head to the Ground - Neck Deep

All You Are Is History - State Champs

My House - PVRIS

People Should Smile More - Newton Faulkner

Be Young - The Hunna

For A Better Day - Avicii

Unsteady - x ambassadors

Down in the Dumps - Walk The Moon

On a Wire - FARRO

Alright - Supergrass

Dangerzone - Kenny Logins

Come as You Are - Crowder

Settle Down - The 1975

Drive - Oh Wonder

The Book of Love - Gavin James

Visions - D.A.N

Brother - Jack The Fox

Even Summer - Jude Young

Closer - Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

Bonfire - Felix Jaehn, ALMA

The Ocean - Mike Perry

Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur

Bloom - The Paper Kites

Catch & Release - Matt Simons

Further - Don Broco

Fix You - Jesse Daniel Smith

Catch Me - Demi Lovato

F.U. - Little Mix

Sycamore Tree - The Hunna

Dynasty - MIIA

My Favourite Quiet Places

Thursday, 15 December 2016

It's no secret that I adore going out. The majority of the time, when someone asks me what my plans are for the weekend, my answer will comprise a mix of  work and going out. Maybe that comes as a surprise to you; next to nobody would expect people in the blogging community to be the kind of people who go clubbing ect. 

But of course, this post isn't about my love for clubbing and loud music, lol. 

Because as much as everyone needs to let loose completely every now and then, it's just as (if not even more) important that you set aside some quiet time during your week. You know, some time to get stuff done on your own, and reflect on yourself. 

I'm lucky enough to have a blog to run, which forces me to take "time out" of my busy schedule to sit down and quite simply write. But not everyone has that, and it's really important that you make the time when you're not forced into it. Here are some of my favourite quiet places...

The Seaside
Walking barefoot on the sand is one of the most therapeutic things you can do. Just letting your feet sink in as the waves caress your legs.

Cute Little Local Cafes 
There's this one cafe that I used to go to twice a year with my mum when I was in primary school; once when school finished for Christmas, and once before summer. Although I'm pretty sure the original owners have left, the essence of that little cafe has remained, and I still adore going there. It's one of my favourite places to go if I have work to do, or if I want to have a little chit chat with a friend.

Just about a 5 minute walk behind my house is a really nice little country path that goes past the river, through farmland. I used to go running there, but even since I stopped running I've still cherished the area. It's so peaceful and still, and really makes you appreciate the beauty of the natural world.

By The River
Although the river in Glasgow isn't technically quiet, I still find it so peaceful. My friends and I once drove to the Quay just in time to see the sun set on the river, and it was one of the most gorgeous things Ive ever seen in my life.

My Bedroom
Yeah. It's not often I get enough time to myself to actually be alone, in my room to rest. There's nothing I adore more than lighting a few candles, playing a bit of guitar or putting some music on and relaxing on my bed to read a book... or of course blogging. I love my space sometimes, and my room is the perfect place for that.

9 Things 2016 Taught Me

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Well, hasn't 2016 been fun. You know that song "We didn't start the fire" by Billy Joel? I'm pretty sure we could rewrite the entire song just from the events that have took place within the past year. I'm not going to lie, most of the major world events have been pretty shitty... but to be honest, my life events have been pretty awesome.

Kylie Jenner might have said that 2016 was the year of "realising stuff", but I think she was wrong. In my opinion, on a worldwide and personal level, 2016 has been the year of change

In the last 12 months I have left school to start University, which in itself has been a huge change. But as well as that, I have grown into new friend circles. My relationship with my family has changed dramatically. At the start of this year, I begun my first ever job... and since then have changed jobs twice. Oh, and the experiences I've had with guys... all I can say is that I hope they've changed now. 

All of these changes have given me the opportunity to learn some incredible things. I've learnt some pretty mundane yet useful things too, though...

1. You might feel like you have no control in the big events, but your vote still counts. Your voice still matters, and it can still be heard

2. Putting liner on before you put liquid lipstick makes a huge difference

3. So does putting eyeshadow primer on before applying eye products. Wow. My personal fave is Urban Decay's Primer Potion, js. 

4. Sometimes some distance shows you the things and people who matter the most. Perspective is key.

5. Life definitely is better at 18. You might be a dancing queen at seventeen, but at eighteen you're a goddess.

6. Lush makes everything better. "But Lush can't fix all your pro-" everything. 

7. Having people around you who will support you is one of the most important things in life. Your friends are the people who will be there for you no matter what, so keep them close and never, ever, ever take them for granted.

8. The "Discover Weekly" playlist on Spotify is fucking heavenly. 

9. The only thing that doesn't change, is that everything is always changing #mindblown

Top 10 Best Alcoholic Drinks (Ever)

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Every time I go into Urban Outfitters with my friends, we always end up flicking through the books, in fits of giggles. One of our favourites is the "52 things to do while you poo" book; it always gets us laughing. Anyways, each time we went in I would pick up this book of drinking games, and lust over all the laughs that my friends and I could have with the games in this book. My friends are amazing- and bought this little gem for my 18th birthday. Love you guys.

Of course, for a drinking game, you need drinks. And I know a lot of people will say that "alcohol isn't meant to taste nice, it's meant to get you drunk" but I think that's utter garbage. I like my drinks to taste good, and I've got a really big sweet tooth; so here are my ten favourite drinks!

1. Vodka and Irn Bru (classy Scottish student drink)

2. Summer Fruits Fanta and Malibu

3. Strawberry Daiquiri  

4. Rum and Coke

5. Woo woo

6. Cranberry Juice and Vodka

7. Purple Rain

8. Sprite and Peach Schnappes

9. Moscatel (red dessert wine)

10. Blue Lagoon

The Most Important Life Lessons I've Learnt From Blogging

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Just as nobody will read your posts if you don't promote them, so too will nobody listen to you if you don't make yourself heard. 

If you really want something, you'll work hard for it. You'll put your all into achieving it. You'll make time for it when you have none. If it's truly worth it, you'll find a way.

That "Lol" will never die

Being yourself is always so much better than being a carbon copy of someone else. We were made as unique individuals for a reason.

Having a community of like-minded people who are always by your side is one of the most important things in life.

You need to celebrate every success you have, no matter how small they are. Because when you look back, it will be the small achievements that matter the most.

The difference between 'their', 'there', and 'they're' 

Don't be too hard on yourself. Everyone has off-days, and everyone has days when it just all feels a bit overwhelmind. Take care of yourself, treat yourself, and give yourself a break.

Don't compare yourself to other people. That's the worst thing you can do. You aren't that other person, and while it's totally alright to look up to someone and take inspiration from them, don't ever, every think that you should try and be more like them. You are wonderful just as you are.

People value integrity and honesty over glory hunting.

I'm doing good

Friday, 9 December 2016

At the start of 2016, my New Year's resolution was to always respond honestly when people asked me how I was... and to my knowledge, I have been able to stick by this pretty well. For the past few months, my closest friends have been asking me this question a lot; over and over and over, which I really appreciate. And amazingly, each time they ask I've been able to give a pretty positive response. 

If you read my posts often, you might have picked up my brief mentions of my struggle with SAD- I talked about it a bit just a few weeks ago, in this post. That's why it's nothing short of a miracle that I can say "I'm doing fabulous" when someone asks me how I am... and mean it.

SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a form of depression that comes and goes with the seasons... some people call it "winter depression". From what I can remember, I'm pretty sure that this is the fourth year that I've been affected by it. The first year, I tried my best to ignore it- but that made it worse. The next year, I saw the signs and went to my GP, who told me it was normal to feel like this at my age, and that it would go away. The year after that, I got bad again. So I went to my GP again, this time taking my friend for moral support. They diagnosed me with "stress" and told me to go to group counselling sessions, which were too far away for me to go to. I've talked to other medical professionals who have said it's pretty clear that I've got SAD, but I can never seem to get a diagnosis. I don't know why.

Oh, and did I mention that hospital environments are one of my three biggest fears? As in, they make me feel really anxious.

So yeah. That's all happened. I guess that it's understandable that I was dreading the autumn/winter season of 2016. I'm in my first year of university, with a whole new group of friends.. and I was so scared that the SAD would hit and nobody would like me anymore. But that's not happened.

I'm doing good.

Life is actually going really, really great. I've got a new, exciting job thanks to one of my most amazing friends. I'm keeping well on top of my studying, and got a surprisingly good grade in my Finance Assignment. I've got amazingly supportive friends, who have been here for me so much- even when I haven't necessarily 'needed' it. You know, I'm doing good.

I'm happy. Like, genuinely happy. And it's weird, like I've not done anything different this year from previous years. I don't know why this year is different, but I'm grateful for it. Of course, I've had moments that have been difficult, but it hasn't been as destructive as last year's season of SAD. Life is never perfect... but it is beautiful.

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing.” — Agatha Christie

Stocking Filler Ideas for Every Type of Person You Know

Thursday, 8 December 2016

It's getting to that time of year again, isn't it? Where the songs start singing about white winter wonderlands, and the adverts begin to paint a picture of joy and celebrations. I love this time of year. I love talking about the Christmas Holidays, I love buying things for the people I love. And more than anything, I love spending time with my family.

In the words of Zoe Sugg, today I thought I would "dip my toes in the Christmas gift guide waters". Over the years, I've really loved reading other bloggers gift guide posts- they're my primary source of inspiration when I'm unsure of what to get for certain people, so I really hope that this list of gorgeous, unique stocking fillers will help you with your Christmas shopping! 

For the Beauty Obsessed
Their instagram feed is probably full of makeup tutorials From Anastasia Beverly Hills, to MAC Cosmetics, this person always spends a good portion of their paycheck on beauty products. Think they've got it all? Think again. This luscious velvet makeup bag from Topshop is the perfect gift for that one friend or family member who spends way too much time shopping on feel unique.

For the Stay-At-Home Gal
I'm pretty sure we all know at least one person who loves their lazy days. You know, the kind of person who'd invite you over to their house for hot chocolate and movies in a DIY blanket fort. And we all love these people dearly. These people deserve the best things in life, don't you think? And what would be better than the best pair of slippers for your favourite stay-at-home gal, which you can get from New Look right here. 

For the next Mary Berry
You always want to go over to their house, because there is always an aroma of freshly baked goods wafting from the kitchen, ushering you to taste their newest baked creation. And it's always delicious. So what better than to get the next Mary Berry something from Mary Berry's very own range? John Lewis are selling these lush cake tins which would be just perfect for any aspiring bakers out there.

For the Dreamers of the Dreams
Maybe they always talk about that crazy dream they had last night. Maybe they love to analyse their dreams and try to figure out what they mean. Maybe they're even studying psychology and are learning about the theories of sleep and dreams. Or maybe they're just interested in dreams. Whatever it is, maybe this Dreamopedia from Topshop would be the unique gift they've always wanted but never knew.

For the Tech-Obsessed
They're the likely innovators of our generation. They're always ahead of mainstream technology, and probably had access to smartphones years before the rest of us. Or maybe they just like interesting tech. Either way, this Mobile Lens Kit from Urban Outfitters is a gorgeous little stocking filler for them. Plus, it comes in white/rose gold- who wouldn't want that in their lives?

For the Wanderess 
The wonderful thing about loving to travel is that you can never see it all; so there's always a journey to save up for... a new place to explore. When I spotted this Saving To Go Places money box from ASOS, I instantly fell in love. Although it's not something I would use personally, I have a few people in mind who I think would love it even more than I do this Christmas.

For the Music Lover
They can probably turn any sentence into a song... they have a great passion for the value of the meaning of music, and the quality of sound. They're probably always bugging you to 'check out this new song' they found, too. Well, I found the perfect solution for getting them off your back. This Crossley Harper Wireless Speaker from Urban Outfitters is such a gorgeous, sophisticated present idea. It's not technically a "Stocking filler" as such, and it's a bit on the pricey side, but if a few friends chip in together to buy this for a good friend, their Christmas will surely be made.

What would your ideal stocking filler be?

November in a Nutshell

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

OH MY GOODNESS I'M FREEZING. I've been up since 7am (it's 1pm right now as I write this) and  it's minus 5 degrees outside and my heating is broken. Let me just emphasise that; my heating is broken. #PrayForSara
I've seen a lot of "November Favourites" posts rolling around lately, one of my favourites being this one from the lovely Tabitha's blog. I'm a pretty nosy person, so I love these kinds of posts just for the fact that I get to have  a sneaky wee insight into the kind of things that people love. 

This post is kinda following the "November Faves" trend, but I wanted to put my own little spin on it. So I'm gonna share some of my highlights with you, but I'm also gonna share some of my lowlights with out. (Do you call them lowlights? Idk, low points, whatever). And maybe I'll natter away a bit as well. You know me, I like to natter. I can even natter about nattering. Aint I great...

November Positives

Meeting New People. 
Yay! More people to natter to! I've always adored getting to meet new people, and university is a really great environment for getting to meet a tonne of interesting people that you never would have met under 'normal' circumstances. This month, I got to meet quite a few new people through connections that I have already established with my lovely friends at Uni. One person in particular... I think they'll know who they are if they're reading this, lol.

Watching Christmas Movies
It's the most wonderful time of the year, right guys? The other day I watched The Holiday for the first time (I think I mentioned it in a blog post at some point... not sure when I scheduled that post though so I can't link you to it... I'll do that when I get everything sorted out I promise) and oh my bloody goodness it was wonderful. I think my eyes even watered at the ending. And the ending wasn't even sad in the slightest. Okay, so maybe it was a bit sad. But not sad enough to make a normal person cry. Anyways, enough said- I loved it.

No More Uni
Although technically my last day of uni was the 2nd of December, I didn't have any compulsory classes so I stayed at home and caught up on lecture slides in the comfort of my own lovely, warm and cosy bed. #Heavenly.

November Eats

Pancakes with maple syrup.

Candycanes (it's never too early for candy)

Chocolate Bark

Cinnamon Pretzels

November Negatives

It's gotten rather nippy
Nippy. Lol. What a strange word for chilly/cold/fucking baltic. Yeah, this time of year isn't very fun when you detest the cold. It kinda makes it 100000x harder to leave the house when you know that you're gonna be met by ice and fog and minus 252467 degree temperature... Okay, maybe -252467 is a bit of an exaggeration... but it's cold alright?

My Back Hurts. A lot.
So it's been about a month and a half since my back started getting chronically quite painful. I'm not really sure why, but it's freaking awful. There was one point where I was walking from building to building in the middle of my day at uni and I actually had to put my (extremely heavy) bag down and pause for a second because it was causing me pain in my ribs as well. (I really need to get that checked out, but yano, fear of hospital environments and all)

I'm literally a poor student
So you might know that I recently left my job at McDonalds for a new job (Yay Santander!!). When I handed in my notice, I gave myself a week in between when I thought I'd be leaving and when I thought I'd be starting my new job. Yeah, about that? My manager decided to give me one shift after I handed in my notice. Very nice. So now I've not been working at all for a whole three weeks and I am poor as fuck  and Christmas is very, very, very soon. Eek.

November Purchases

A cute black dress for going clubbing in. I've worn it already and absolutely love it!

A matte, bright red liquid lipstick from Sleek. Because everyone night a red lip for the festive season.

A travel flask from Primark. Primark actually have a really good range of travel flasks; I was pretty surprised by the quality as well- I feel like my purchase will definitely get me through this season- and maybe even last me through Spring too...

Just A Reminder That The World is a Wonderful Place

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

"It is easy to let the days fly by without taking note. Life is beautiful. Soak it in, think about it, and be grateful" ~Unknown

The other day I went on a little walk down the fields near my house. I used to go running down these tracks every week; I know it the pathway better than I know myself. It's really gorgeous around this time of year; when the sky performs a dramatic romance of sweeping colours and gradients.

I wish I had more time to do this walk more... but more often than not I'll either be super busy; or I'll be too lazy/cold/tired to leave the house.

I didn't last very long out on my walk. I had neglected to bring my gloves, and at -5 degrees when you've constantly got your hands out so that you can use your camera, your hands kinda freeze up a bit. I swear my hands were numb by the time I got home... not fun. But it was worth it.

It was worth it for every shot that I took. It was worth it for the breath of fresh air that I have been longing for for so long. And it was worth it for the moment when I got to the top of the hill -looking over the fields, and the house,s and the trees, and the sky- and saw how beautiful it was. 

I really don't appreciate how beautiful this world is enough. I don't think anyone does.

My Christmas Wishlist

Monday, 5 December 2016

I'm just watching Zoella's  latest vlogmas videos as my bath bubbles up. I adore Zoe's vlogs, and her vlogmas videos always get me right into the Christmas spirit. I'm really looking forward to my bath, I'm not going to lie, I have a couple of Lush bath bombs (left from my last haul) to choose from... Highlight of my week!

I don't know if I've mentioned this already, but a little while ago I was out in Stirling with my family, and I came across the most gorgeous set of cocktail scented candles. My Mum saw me lusting over them, and decided to purchase my first Christmas present. I can't wait for Christmas just for the sole fact that I get to smell my woo woo scented candle... yes yes YES!

This year my Mum and friends have asked me what I want for Christmas so many times. And unlike many previous years, this year I genuinely didn't really know. I don't really have anything in particular that I want for Christmas, so this list is half a wish-list, and half a favourites-list. I hope you like it nonetheless.

Just to let you know, all of the photos included below are not my own, and I have provided links at the bottom of the post if you want to see where I found them!

1. Lush Bath Bombs
Is there anything better than an evening in with a glass of Rose, a couple of candles, and a Lush Bath Bomb? Can you think of anything better? Really? No? I thought not.

2. A few cute stacking rings
I've not always been into rings. It actually took me a while to get used to wearing rings since I started wearing them more lately, but now I have, I've discovered a new found love for dainty jewellery... and stacking rings are just perfect for that. This set from Accessorize is just perfect imo. I've lusted over stacking rings from Stargaze Jewellery for a while now as well, but shipping from America just isn't worth it, sadly

3. A Lovely Laced Sweater
I've been on the hunt for a cute laced sweater in the shops in town, but alas I've had no luck. This one in the photo is from Stargaze Jewellery (sound familiar?) for $64. Yeah, dollars- that means it's from America. That means paying for postage. If anyone's seen anything like this in the UK please help a girl out xxx

4. A Lovely Long Sweater 
I think I saw a picture of Zoe Sugg wearing something like this once, and ever since I've been lusting over oversized sweaters. I've always been pretty big on my sweaters (In fact I'm wearing one right now...) so I can always do with a new one that is slightly different from the 3259476 that I already own.

5. A gift voucher to a nail salon in town
Oh my days, see when I got my job in the main Glasgow offices for Santander, one of the things that excited me the most was that I would be able to get my nails done. And you know how many times I've gotten my nails done since? NONE. Because I'm a poor ass broke student who can't even treat herself to getting her nails done. That, and I don't have time to do them myself. So help a girl out yeah?

6. Urban Decay Primer Potion
I've been using the Eyeshadow Primer Potion samples that came with my Naked 2 palette so much, and I've almost finished them... I'm so not ready to go back to putting my eyeshadow on without a primer- it really makes a difference. It's crazy how I was able to go through my makeup routine without this before, and I can't even imagine it now!

7. Olympia by Paco Robanne
This fragrance is me, in essence. Lol, I wish. It's such a sweet, flirty fragrance which I adore. It kinda reminds me of the Coco Madmoiselle perfume that I had years ago. I don't have a tonne to say about this one because I don't really know much about perfume, but this one is absolutely to die for. Trust me. I want it. 

A List of Everyday Delights

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Every so often, something (or someone) really, really amazing comes around. You can't stop smiling for hours on end, and you can't stop talking about them, or it. In fact, you probably can't shut up about it.

But that's now what this list is about. This list is a salute to the mundane things that brighten your day. The daily joys, like...

1. Being able to take time out to paint my nails

2. Lighting some candles and putting on fairy lights

3. Having a bath to look forward to at the end of the day

4. Getting my makeup perfect in the morning (especially brows and liner)

5. Going out for coffee, drinks and clubbing.

6. Avoiding looking at my bank balance after no. 5.

7. Singing really loudly and shamelessly in the car

8. Talking to my favourite people

9. Coming home with a huge lush haul after pay day

10. Getting a gift that I just know someone is going to adore

11. Making the perfect playlist on Spotify

12. Black tea with honey, ginger and lemon

13. When my matte liquid lipstick lasts. All. Day.

14. Brutally honest, insightful and deep conversations

15. Taxi Journeys with interesting people

4 Happy things

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Hey hey hey! It's nearly Christmas, what the hell?! I really need to get on top of my Christmas gifting; I bought my first Christmas gift for one of my friends in October, thinking I'd be super organised this year... but let's just say that didn't really happen. Anyways, here's 4 happy things that have happened in life lately! Enjoy...

I've recently got a new job! 
Your gal is moving up in the world! Bye bye fast food hello banking. Yeah, you heard right; I am now proud to say that I work for Santander Bank. And woah does it feel good to say that. As much as I'm going to miss everyone back from my previous job, it was time for me to leave. And I'm so excited for this new exciting opportunity!

Uni's out for Winter
Technically, it's not actually a holiday because 1. I'm working and 2. I have a heap of assignments and studying to do. But I am still so glad to have a break from lectures and tutorials- as much as I do actually love my course. Business is such an interesting and diverse subject- plus Strathclyde is one of the best universities out there... and I'm really not just saying that cos it's where I go. 

I'm getting candles for Christmas
Yeah, I know it's boring to know what you're getting for Christmas... but I was out in Stirling with my family a few weeks back and I spotted this set of cocktail-scented candles. Cocktail scented candles. Like, a set including a woo woo, and purple rain. Like, heaven. So my Mum saw me lusting over the set, and asked if I wanted the set as part of my Christmas. She really didn't need to ask.

I'm going travelling
Every so often, on my very little student budget, I go on a little adventure somewhere around the UK- usually Scotland. My last adventure was a daytrip to Edinburgh with a group of good friends, just before the lights switched on for Christmas. This time, I'm off to Liverpool to spend Christmas with my family, as I do every year. Straight after that, I'm planning of visiting a friend in Bedford. I'm travelling through London, so it will be my first ever experience of London which I'm so buzzed about. I have high hopes!

It's been a while

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Hey, remember me?

I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't... it's been a while. A lot has happened since I last wrote a post for Sara Louisa; some of it personal, some of it not so much. I have a lot of news that I want to share with you all, but there's also a number of pressing issues that I really want to discuss with you all. I find it integral that I use my platform (however small it may be) to talk about issues that actually matter as much as I can. But let's start with what's been going on in my life lately...

This past month has gone by in such a blur. It's been a month full of new beginnings; from beginning life as a fully fledged adult (You might remember I turned 18 towards the end of October) to learning how to work for my new store manager in one of my current jobs.

I say current job, because I have another new beginning to announce... *drumroll please*

I'm starting a new job, at a brand new Cuban restaurant slash rum bar, Revolucion de Cuba, that is opening in Glasgow! As of the 24th of November I will no longer be working for my current employer, and I'm not going to lie- I can't wait. I'm really looking forward to this new chapter of my life, and the exciting new experiences that have been opened up to me. I've needed a new adventure for a while, and this is it.

Some of you will know of my past struggles will SAD, also known as seasonal affective disorder. It's something that I've battled with for at least two years, and while I've made a lot of progress with this battle, it's still something I find really difficult in the run up to -and during- the winter months. Last year was a particularly difficult time for me, which has been running on my mind a lot lately. I hope that this year, life will be a little softer to me. But if it isn't, I know that I need to keep going forward, and carry on as best I can... because all in all, my life really isn't that bad.

In fact, my life is rather spectacular, especially compared to that of others.

That kind of brings me on to my next point. If you have been keeping up to date on the news for the past few months, you will have noticed that there's a lot madness going on in the world right now. So, you know, I can't really complain.

I'm more than grateful for everything that I have; an amazing community with my family, friends, and peers; the opportunity to have a high level of education at a really great university; two jobs, as well as a family who are always ready to support me financially whenever I need an extra boost; an abundance of food and drinks; and even the simplest yet most important thing- safety.

So many people around the world are not safe, or have cause to question their safety.

In the midst of the American presidential campaign, people began to question whether or not they would be safe should Trump win the election. Now that he has, there are women and girls who worry that his example of how to get away with abusive behaviour will encourage more of such behaviour. There are people of ethnic minorities who worry that because of his discriminatory campaign policies, their children won't be safe in the streets. There are people who practice different religions that worry that they will be labelled as murderers and abusers, because other people's actions have stained a religion they believe should be centred around peaceful and loving actions.

Yeah, did you know that "Islam", directly translated, actually means peace?

And unlike mainstream media would lead you to believe, there is actually so much more going on in the world right now. Ukraine and Russia are still in conflict- some of you will remember the conflict surrounding Russia's annexation of Crimea; this was two years ago and the conflict is still raging. The Syrian civil war is still raging on. Relations between Israel and Palestine are pessimal to say the least. And there's more.

There's always more. A lot of people have labelled 2016 as the year where everything went to pot, but the fact is that the world has always been this messed up. There has always been conflict and dissonance. Remember the 2011 London riots? Egyptian and Syrian civil wars began in 2011 as well. But the world was a messed up place even before then.

The song 'we didn't start the fire' by Billy Joel lists over 100 headlines from before I was even born. The song is an anthem for people who recognise the faults and flaws of the world, realise that it's not really anyone's fault and want to fight it.

I want to fight it. I want you to fight it. I want everyone to stand tall together, to fight it.
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