Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Hello March



Reading // The Letter by Kathryn Hughes I'm only a few chapters into this and I'm already hooked! This cost me £1 on Amazon Kindle (seriously check the deals out) and it's well worth the money. I've also recently read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn which actually really disappointed me. Maybe I had set my hopes too high? It was just very slow. The film however, was pretty darn good!

Listening to // For Vegas I made myself three playlists; Uno, Dos and Tres. These included a HUGE mixture of artists such as Westlife, Youmeatsix, Jordin Sparks, ADTR and so many more. There's 100 songs in each playlist and I love every song so I don't even need to skip. So basically, I've just been listening to those because there's such a large variety! 

Thinking about // Getting organised! Now I'm back from Vegas, I can bump my saving up and we're also talking about getting the house cleared out and cleaned up ready to begin the selling process at the end of the year. I'm also seriously feeling the love for blogging now I'm back so I'm hoping (even though I say this every month) that I can keep up with it and bang some regular posts out!

Loving // Everything really, I'm feeling really positive at the moment (even though I am currently severely jet lagged whilst writing this) I'm really looking forward to the months ahead. I'm also loving fluffy socks, baggy jumpers and pineapple hair. Seeing as I travelled so much last month, my signature outfit was leggings, baggy jumpers and my hair slapped on top of my head. So comfy and so effortless!

Watching // Still Girls and also Walking Dead is back! I'm also still loving Banana (think it may have finished now but I need to catch up) and it's brother series Cucumber. Also, whilst travelling to and from Vegas, I watched a whoooole lotta films including; Gone Girl, Tammy, The Book of Life, Maze Runner and loads more but I'm too tired to remember and I loved ALL of them!

Looking forward to // The whole of March! It's my birthday (I like candles and cats FYI) and I have a big night out planned and a day of shopping with Bear. It's also my bumpkin's birthday so we traditionally have a spa evening which I am insanely excited about. And last (but defintiely not least) I'm having a day out with my blogging bitches! We're off to Nottingham for an Annie's burger and a round or two of golf. And maybe some shopping. March is going to be good!

What are your plans for the month?

- Charli, xo

Sunday, 15 February 2015

You must learn to let go.


I am a massive worrier. I stress about everything and sometimes suffer with anxiety, which seems to get worse as I get older. After having a couple of really bad 'anxious' months towards the end of last year, it seems I am finally getting a grip. As I seem more calm lately, I really wanted to share my ideas of how to relax, especially if you're feeling worried or stressed. 

Organisation

This is something that really works for me, I live by plans and lists. Having a schedule that I keep to is a huge stress reducer. Knowing what I'm doing and when I'm supposed to be doing it takes away a lot of the worry and anxiety from social events for me because I have taken the time to think about it. 

Take a time out

This could be watching your favourite TV show, going for a run, shutting yourself in a dark room (if that's what you're into). For me, it's running a bath with too many bubbles and settling down with a good book. I dedicated Monday nights to 'me-time' and really feel that it sets me up for the week ahead. 

Learn something new

I have recently been teaching myself to cook - and have learnt that I'm pretty damn good at it! Having something to stimulate your brain is essential. It could be anything; a new language, learning to dance or a new sport. It's inspiring and motivating and can boost your confidence insane amounts. 

Eat well

I don't mean dieting, I mean eating good food. Since Stuart and I ditched the frozen crap and started teaching ourselves to cook fresh, I feel incredible. I have noticed a difference in my skin, my attitude, my mood, my sleeping pattern. It is unbelievable how much your diet affects your whole life.

Let it go

Just let it go. It really is that simple. I recently read a quote by a man named Ajahn Chah; There will never be a time when life is simple. There will always be time to practice accepting that. Every moment is a chance to let go and feel peaceful.

And it is. It is so peaceful.


Sunday, 8 February 2015

We read to know we're not alone.

If you know me at all, you'll know that I'm a huge book lover. Waterstones is a dangerous place and I try to avoid it at all costs, otherwise I will leave with at least 4 new books. I don't need 4 new books as I have a set of shelves in my bedroom dedicated to my books that are 'waiting to be read'. I should probably read those first, before spending 8 hours dragging Stuart round book shops. 




However, here are 4 new books. In my defense, I only brought two of these. Starting from the bottom we have The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare. The writer of both the famous Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series, which I am a insane fan of, has written something a little different. Keeping with the magic theme it seems, but a little more, shall we say 'fairytale' like. The cover of this takes me back to feeling like a child and there are little illustrations above some of the chapter titles which fills me with a childlike joy. Another Cassandra Clare book (I seem a theme here) that I was dying to get my hands on last year was The Bane Chronicles. Again, if you're a lover of her stories, you'll know that Magnus Bane is an extravagant, cat-eyed warlock who has been on more adventures in his 300 years than you've had hot dinners. The hardback contains 10 short stories of his journeys and mis-fortunes and again, I am dying to read this. Also, can I just mention, is there anything better than a hardback book? I think not.

Moving onto a more serious genre, I picked up Just what kind of mother are you? by Paula Daly. This is about a mother who was looking after a friend's daughter, who is now missing. Since Christmas, when I got my Kindle, I have been loving thrillers so I can't wait to get my teeth into this. It has been described as 'hypnotically gripping' and as that's a huge compliment, I'm hoping it lives up to it! Lastly we have Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Apparently this is now a film? I wasn't aware of that when I purchased it, but I now need to watch it! I brought this for a friend for Christmas and decided to get myself a copy as well (I do this countless times) and it has been described as 'addictive' and a book that I will be 'begging people to read'. That is some praise. Again, another thriller that I can't wait to get started on!

I'd love to feature more posts like this on my Internet space, I am an insane book fanatic and if it's something I love, I want to share it with you guys. Let me know if you like this sort of thing! If not, I'm probably going to post it anyway :) 

- Charli, xo