My Week In Photos #15



1. Adam and I had a chilled night watching Orange Is The New Black on Monday.
2. It was my niece Poppy's 4th birthday on Tuesday.
3. I saw The 1975 at the Barrowlands on Wednesday and I had such a good time!
4. Hot chocolate from Tinderbox.



5. Chicken ramen from Ichiban.
6. I treated myself to some clothes as H&M had a student night on Friday with 20% off.
7. Today I went shopping with my mum and I got a really pretty notebook from Paperchase.
8. We had dinner at The Raven and it was so good! I had a pulled pork sandwich and the restaurant itself is lovely.

How was your week?


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LUSH FAIR TRADE FOOT LOTION* | REVIEW

Lush-Fair-Trade-Foot-Lotion

When I got home from a month of travelling, my poor feet were not at their best. I had been walking for hours every day, sometimes in shoes that weren't suitable, so they were in need of some TLC.

I hadn't used foot lotion often before as I never really felt the need, but when I did I used Soap & Glory's "Heel Genius". However, I had recently received this Lush lotion from an event I attended so thought I'd give that a go for a change.

Lush-Fair-Trade-Foot-Lotion

It has a lovely peppermint smell which isn't overpowering and is quite a thick consistency. It has a cooling effect which is really great for tired feet. I used a fair amount of it and covered my whole feet, then put on a nice soft pair of cotton socks and went to sleep. In the morning I couldn't believe the difference in my feet! They were so soft and moisturised - you would never have guessed they had just taken a bit of a beating whilst travelling! I never noticed this kind of effect with the Soap & Glory cream.

I've continued to use the lotion about once a week since I came home. I've developed a little pedicure routine which I never had before, and I really think it's due to this Lush product as it's showed me the difference good foot products can make. I only need to use a small amount of it each time so I think this tub will last ages.

Pedicure-Routine

I checked the Lush website for the price and it says £9.25 but that's for 225g and mine is a 100g pot, which I can't find on the site, so I'm not sure how much this size would cost! I'd definitely recommend the product though, especially if you do a lot of walking or wear high heels a lot. This will keep your feet silky smooth no matter what!

Have you tried Lush's Fair Trade Foot Lotion?


European Travel Diary #4 | Brussels

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The second stop on our inter-rail journey was Brussels. We were only here for a short time so couldn't fit too much in, but we liked just wandering around and exploring the city. Catch up with my previous travelling posts here.

Gene-Kelly-Lauren-Bacall


We stayed in a lovely hotel called Hotel Marivaux, which is a former cinema so there's a bit of a movie theme inside. Our room had photos of Gene Kelly and Lauren Bacall (who sadly passed away soon after our stay) and the room itself was very big with a lovely bathroom.

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Grand-Place-Brussels
The Grand Place is the main centre of Brussels and it is beautiful. It's a large square surrounded by wonderfully ornate buildings, and there's a great atmosphere there at night as people just sit on the ground drinking with their friends.

Food-In-Brussels


We really enjoyed the food there; of course we had to have Belgian waffles and Belgian chocolate! We researched the most popular Belgian chocolate brands and one that often came up was Neuhaus. They have a store at the Grand Place so we got a bar each and it was wonderful! The waffles were my favourite though, and I maybe ate a few more than I should have! We found out that mussels are apparently very popular in Belgium (Mussels in Brussels, ha) so Adam had some for dinner, which came with a top hat for the empty shells! I tried one for the first time and it was nice but I couldn't have eaten a lot of them.

Atomium-Brussels


We visited the Atomium, first built in 1958 which is hard to believe given how futuristic it looks! It's the only place where you get can get a 360-degree view of Brussels - the views are incredible. Each sphere holds different things - some viewing platforms, some museums, some art exhibitions and more. There was a light and sound exhibition on when we were there and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I got no good photos though!

Manneken-Pis-Brussels

We obviously had to visit the famous Manneken-Pis. To be honest, I don't know why a statue of a peeing boy has become such an iconic feature of Brussels but it has, and so we had to get some photos!

Couple-In-Brussels


Although we didn't have time to do too much in Brussels, we really enjoyed our stay and to be honest there weren't tons of other things to do anyway. It's a really pretty city and the Grand Place is the highlight. We were glad that we took it easy when we were here, because Paris was next and that kept us very busy, so keep an eye out for that post!

Have you been to Brussels?


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Blogging | Comparisons and Inferiority



You may or may not have noticed that I've been a bit absent from my blog recently. I was really excited to write up all my travelling posts and get back into blogging on a regular basis, but I found my enthusiasm slowly draining over the past few weeks, and I've just now figured out why.

I follow a lot of other blogs and read them on a regular basis. I also follow my favourite bloggers on various social media sites. As a result, every time I go online, I'm surrounded by bloggers who are doing really well, producing great content that brings a lot of reader interaction, and getting fantastic opportunities. Don't get me wrong, I'm so happy for them all and love seeing them do well, but it causes me to look at my own blog and I can't help but feel inferior. 

I in no way expect my blog to ever be as big as theirs and to be honest, I don't know if I'd actually want it to be. It is not my intention to become a full-time blogger because I'm at uni and will hopefully land a journalism job that I love when I graduate. I just worry that my blog isn't as good as it could be and that I'm not working hard enough. Like I said, though, I'm at uni so that has to be my priority. I've also been suffering with terrible headaches and migraines recently, which has made sitting down at my laptop to spend ages doing a blog post almost impossible.

A few days ago I realised that I was putting a bit too much pressure on myself. At the end of the day, this is just a little space on the internet for me to write about whatever I feel like. It doesn't have to be anything special, it doesn't have to keep up with any trends, and I don't have to feel bad about myself for not being some kind of blogging Queen. 

I started my blog because I love to write and I want to share some of that with anyone who fancies reading it. It's as simple as that so I'm going to go back to basics a little. I'm going to relax and stop comparing my blog to others' and constantly checking my stats. I'm going to write about whatever I want, without worrying about whether it will be a popular post or not. I'd like to do more lifestyle posts because I enjoy writing them, but I've always been worried about what people would think.

Sorry for the rambly post but I just wanted to explain my absence while also sharing my thoughts on blogging a little bit. I'd love to hear from anyone else who's been in a similar situation or who understands the feeling of your blog never being good enough. At the end of the day, it's all just a bit of fun so we should be enjoying it!

Have you ever felt disheartened by blogging? How did you get past it?


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