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3 UK Cities, 1 Week

Birmingham 19/11/2019

Last week myself and my boyfriend both had the day off, so we spontaneously decided to go to Birmingham (despite it being another four days until payday for me!). I hadn't been to Birmingham since March and I love the city, particularly at this time of year.


This part of Birmingham is one of my favourites as the view is super pretty.

 


We had a walk up and down the Christmas markets which really got me into the festive spirit.




We also had a look around the Bullring and other shops on the streets - I always forget just how many shops are in Birmingham! It's the perfect place to do Christmas shopping. Their Lush shop is incredible and even has a spa which I didn't even know existed! Of course I got my favourite face mask from there (Mask of Magnaminty - which I've reviewed in a previous post). I also got some super comfy new underwear from Victoria Secret and a new hat from Urban Outfitters (pictured below).


Overall it was a really lovely (and tiring) day, and to finish off the day I got a Chinese.

London 20/11/2019

The day after going to Birmingham, my mum and I went to London to see The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. This had been planned for ages and we were super excited; I've seen The Lion King in London before so I already knew how amazing it is and it was my mums dream to see it.



We went via a coach company which meant we arrived in London at 5pm, leaving us with 2 hours to do what we wanted. We went to a Pizza Express and had a meal, which definitely did not disappoint.

 



We then had a wander around Covent Garden and browsed a few shops. London is so pretty at this time of year and I love the busy atmosphere.



How beautiful are the lights?!



We also walked past this theatre showing Mamma Mia which we would love to see next in London!

The Lion King was incredible and brought a few tears to my eyes. The costumes were stunning and the animals were so lifelike! If you are thinking of going I would say do it, it is so worth the money.

Oxford 23/11/2019

 I had the entire weekend off which is quite rare with my new job, so myself and my boyfriend decided to go to Oxford and play Junkyard golf, followed by a night out in my home town.



These were the only decent photos I got because the night got messy to say the least... in my defence I hadn't been on a night out in over a month! ;)

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See you next week!
- Charlotte x

My Journey Towards A Minimalistic Lifestyle #2


The journey continues...

If you haven't already read the first post in this series then you might be slightly confused. 

The past couple of months I've had a lot of time on my hands because I've been waiting to start my new job, which has worked out nicely because I've got so much done!

decluttering & charity shops

As I mentioned in my last post, I went through my entire wardrobe and put all of the clothes I don't wear/don't fit me anymore in a bin bag. After I wrote that post the full-up bin bags just sat in my doorway, because I kept telling myself I'd do something with it all. Well, yesterday I decided to take it all to the charity shop (keeping a few clothes that I can sell on eBay) and it felt so good! I also took other bin bags full of little things that I decluttered a while back and it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

        


decluttering my hamster stuff

I've had three hamsters living in my bedroom with me throughout my teens and in that space of time I've had people donate me their old hamster things, such as bedding and toys. Some of it I've made such good use of but others I haven't, meaning I had a huge box full of hamster items just sat in my room. So I decided to throw away/recycle all of the stuff I did not need and it has made such a difference to the space where my hamster lives because I can easily get to everything I need to get to now, including his treats and bedding.

clutter free zones!

I can't remember where I saw this idea exactly but the idea is that you have areas that you have to keep clutter free at all times, no matter what. The top of my drawers I chose to be a 'clutter-free zone', as when you walk into my room it's one of the first areas you can see and it's an easy area to keep tidy. I plan on extended this to other areas of my bedroom, until the whole room is a clutter free zone.

my door handle

My door handle was a place that I had cluttered with bags, some I haven't used in years! It was an area I had ignored for a long time, but it was so cluttered that I couldn't shut my door fully and when it was open it couldn't be fully open. It's amazing what having a clear doorway does to the rest of the room!

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What are your thoughts on minimalism? Would you ever try it?
See you next week!
- Charlotte x

How To Make Your Room Cosy This Winter

In many ways I love the Winter season; Christmas, hot chocolate, potentially even snow! However, it also makes the days shorter and colder which is an aspect many people don't like, including myself. That's why I think it's so important to keep your bedroom (and whole house!) cosy, so at the end of a long tiring day you can come back to a relaxing atmosphere. Here are the ways I make my room cosy every winter...



fairy lights

For me, fairy lights are the one thing that I love for my room during winter. Something about them makes the room look so pretty and so cosy!



candles (scented)

I have candles burning at any point of the day just to make my room smell nice, and they make the room feel so much more cosier, especially at night! I love gingerbread scented candles as they remind me of Christmas so much.

room spray 

A room spray can make all the difference in adding a warm atmosphere to your bedroom - I usually buy my room sprays from Primark as they are so affordable and smell lovely!



throws/cushions

Having a comfy bed is key to having a cosy room. Having a variety of cushions and throws (I get mine from Primark as well usually) are perfect for this! Recently I also bought a teddy bear duvet cover from Dunelm (pictured below) which I am in love with, it's so so cosy and warm and I couldn't recommend it enough!



How do you make your room/home cosy in the winter time? Comment down below :)
See you next week!!
- Charlotte x

Five Tips For Starting A New Job

Hello everyone!
Last month I found myself a new full time job, which is now my third job. As I'm writing this I have been in the job for just over two weeks but I have learnt a lot about starting over in terms of work, so I thought today would be a good chance to share some tips with you!

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

tip 1: first impressions

First impressions count for a lot in any circumstance, but particularly in a new job. Getting off on a right foot with your co-workers and managers at a new job will set you up for the rest of your time there and is so important for building important connections. A few ways you can make the right first impressions are:


1. Be presentable. Make sure your clothes are clean, your hair is tidy and you look smart and you are abiding by the uniform rules.
2. Be friendly
3. Introduce yourself to everyone

tip 2: don't be afraid to make mistakes

Being in a new working environment, even with previous experience in that field, will mean it is pretty much inevitable that you will make mistakes. In my new job I've made plenty of mistakes, but as long as you learn from them, that's all that matters!


tip 3: ask as many questions as you need to

No matter how silly the question may seem, it is so much better to ask lots of questions rather than guessing and getting it wrong.

tip 4: write things down

It can be difficult to take in lots of new information and remember it all, which is why writing things down along the way can help so much. Even if it's just silly little things like how to make a certain drink or how to unlock the computer!

tip 5: ask for an 'in training' badge (if possible)

For my new job I got given an 'in training' badge and it has helped me so much. As I had no bar work experience previously I was pretty clueless when it came to making a lot of drinks, but when customers saw that I was new they were really helpful and a lot of them with experience behind the bar even gave me advice, and not one person (so far, touch wood!) has got frustrated with me for being slow.



Do you have any more tips for starting a new job? Let me know in the comments!
See you next week.
- Charlotte x

Things I'm Excited To Do Now I've Finished Education

If you didn't already know, I finished my a-levels this year so I am officially out of education (for now). I've managed to find myself a new full time job in a hotel as a part of the Front Of House team and I am loving it so far! Even now that I'm working full time, I still have more free time than I ever did whilst at sixth form because I no longer have to go to school or revise for nay exams. So here is a list of things I plan on doing with my spare time now that I couldn't always do whilst doing my a-levels...



blog/photography 
Whilst at sixth form, particularly in my second year, I was unable to focus on my blog as much as I would've liked to and earlier this year I even took a short break as the workload was too much for me. Now I've finished I have so much more time to create blog posts and work on my photography which makes me so so happy!

spend more time with my boyfriend
I've already done more of this throughout the summer, but this is something I definitely want to make a priority. During my a-levels my relationship took a backseat which was not good at all, so now I can't wait to continue making more memories.

scrapbook!
My scrapbook is currently (and has been for the past 6 months) sitting under my bed because I've just had no time to add to it. I have so many things to add to it which I am so excited about because my scrapbook is something I genuinely love looking through and being creative with.

travel
I've already been to 4 new countries this year which I'm super happy about, and in the next year I want to double that! I already have a cruise booked for next summer with my family and I have a few ideas for other trips, so keep an eye out for a few more travel posts ;)


tidy
Okay, I know this one sounds a little bit weird, but hear me out. When I was doing my a levels I neglected so many aspects of my life, including my living space (which made me 10x more stressed!!). Now I have so much more time to make my bedroom a nicer place to be, which I've spoken a lot about in this post, which overall improves my mental health and my stress levels.

draw


watch netflix/films/youtube
Of course, this had to be on my list. I am so excited to watch as many films/series/youtubers as I want without the guilt of a deadline looming in the back of my mind.

guitar (?)
This is one I'm not 100% sure I'll do, but my guitar has been sat in my room for years now and I would love to get back into it. I used to love learning songs off YouTube so I'm hoping to do more of that now I have more time!

gym
Now I have no excuse to not go to the gym, especially with it being so close to me! I'm going to try and get back into fitness slowly, and I've already started going back to my dance classes every week which has been so good for me physically and mentally.

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What do you like to do with your free time? Comment down below!
See you next week!
- Charlotte x


Small Changes I've Made To Help Save The Planet


Last year, it was announced by scientists that we have 12 years to limit a climate change catastrophe

By 2050, there is estimated to be more plastic in the ocean than fish.


As humans, we need to change our habits and behaviours quickly. Of course, living a waste free lifestyle or going vegan overnight would be incredibly difficult for myself and many people, which is why we should all start with small changes.

The smallest changes, when done by the majority, can make a huge difference. Here are a few lifestyle changes I have made in the past 6 months which are simple and effective...

Re-usable bags

Instead of buying plastic bags everytime you do a Tesco shop, why not buy one sustainable bag to use again and again? Or, if you already have plastic bags in your house, keep using them. This will reduce the amount of plastic ending up in our ocean.

Re-usable cotton pads

As you can see in the picture above, I bought some re-usable cotton pads and they are a game changer. You can buy them online, and they are so much better for the environment because all you have to do is wash them to use them again! They are also super soft.

Reduce meat consumption 

The meat industry is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. I haven't gone completely vegetarian (despite a few attempts) but the only meats I really eat now are chicken, ham and the occasional sausage. I also try and use almond milk where I can and other alternatives.

Packaging-free soap

Earlier this year I bought a solid facial cleanser from Lush which had no plastic packaging. Although slightly more expensive than the average face wash, I think if you can afford it is so worth it! It was also great for my skin and I will hopefully be buying another one soon. 

Re-use creatively

Re-using old items and making them into something new is something I've done a lot of this year. For example, if you have a candle that has burnt out, you could clean it out and use it as a pot for your makeup brushes! This is something I've done and it reduces the amount of waste going into landfill.

Shop smarter 

Something I was unaware of is how fast fashion is impacting our planet. For those who don't know, fast fashion refers to retailers producing cheap clothes quickly to keep up with the latest fashion trends. This leads to consumers buying clothes they don't need and will often not wear more than a couple of times, which leads to it being thrown away and ending up in landfill. Buying clothes second hand and only when you really need them is something I've been doing more of, which has saved me money too! Next time you go to buy an item of clothing, ask yourself the following questions:

Do I really need this?
Have I already got something similar?
How many times will I wear this?

Re-usable water bottle 

Similar to plastic bags - buying one durable water bottle and refilling it is so much more eco-friendly than buying single-use plastic bottles! I've got a Chilly's one, and although this is slightly more expensive, you can get cheap ones in places like Wilkos and Morrisons.

Living a more minimalistic lifestyle

This is a change I've made in my life in the past couple of months and it is one of the best things I've done. I spoke about it in more detail in this post.

Spreading the word about the issue at hand

Talk about climate change. Spread the word. Protest. Tell your family and friends and anyone you possibly can about what we can do to make a difference. 

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If you have any more suggestions please comment them down below! It's so important that everyone makes changes to their lives no matter how big or small, so hopefully this post will give a little inspiration.
- Charlotte x