Wednesday, 30 September 2015

ALG September Playlist

ALG September Playlist
I'll cut to the chase: despite monthly editions since December (that's a good stint, though, you guys), there's been no playlist on my blog since June's. Sorry, sorry, but ALG playlists took a two-month hiatus because I was burning out and wasn't feeling all that inspired by music and yada yada.

I'm back and alive and kickin' and thought I'd get this month's one out before September ends. Just about made it. I'm kind of clinging on to summer with this selection, which I think is justified because September has been a weird mix of summer and autumn; there were a few days where I wore my bobble hat and winter coat it was that cold, but I also sat by the river with an ice cream about a week later, so.

There's some of my usual stuff, plus some old school Maccabees (have been re-listening to their old albums lately) and, as usual, some stuff I should probably be ashamed of but am not.

If it's your cup of tea, you can subscribe to the playlist on Spotify here and find the rest of my monthly playlists here. Enjoy!

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Custom Laptop Skin Review + Giveaway & Discount Code (CLOSED!)

Marble laptop skin - £22, CaseApp*

Fun fact: I am seriously squeamish about the feel of the newer MacBooks. It's the aluminium... is it smooth or is it gritty? I can't tell, and brushing my hand over it makes me feel all funny, so I prefer wearing long sleeves while I blog/work/live my life (I wish I was joking). Even worse, when it's connected to a power source and goes all static and blaaahh. Anyway...

When I was offered a free custom laptop skin by CaseApp, I didn't realise quite how much it would improve my life for the better. Sounds (and is, obviously) dramatic, but not only does my MacBook look nicer now, there's also about 50% less chance of my skin crawling after an accidental stroke of the gritty-smooth aluminium. Win-win.

Now you're all reassured that I'm a dramatic weirdo, here's my thoughts and feelings on my laptop skin...

Monday, 21 September 2015

How I Relax & Recharge

#ShareYourSerenity | Me-Time Rituals: How I Relax & Recharge
A while ago I posted about weekend activities that are good for the soul, but it's important to find time for yourself throughout the week, too. In fact, finding ways to recuperate and relax has become more important than ever for me recently; I have to be seriously careful I find the right balance between productivity and relaxation, because if I get it wrong, I can get pretty down pretty quickly and can start to spiral.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

India Travel Memories with My Partner in Crime

In a month or so I'm headed to South East Asia (eeeeeek) to tick a load of places and things off my bucket list alongside one of my best friends in the entire world. Excitement (impatience), plus a combination of working from home and having a bit more freedom and not having been anywhere for a few years, means the 'wanderlust' (ugh) I have at the moment is ridiculous.

It's also no secret that I'm about as sentimental as they come, so when asked me to dig up my favourite holiday photos and memories and dedicate a post to the person I shared them with, I was more than happy to oblige. On reflection, it was a bad idea to write such a nostalgic post on a gin/wine hangover - it got emotional - but I hope it's as fun to read as it was to put together!

India Memories with My Partner in Crime
Happy to have reached the Hampi viewpoint after 500 "steps" Hampi (filter doesn't show how red-faced I was) | mopeds in Goa | Trainlyf | Gangtok, Sikkim

Friday, 18 September 2015

5 Long-Term Loves: Fragrance & Skincare

5 Long-Term Loves: Body & Skincare 1

Because I'm desperate to start talking about beauty on my blog a lot more, I thought I'd start with a two-part series of the products I've loved for a while - sort of a foundation before I start writing up my thoughts on products. For the first in the repurchase series, I've rounded up the skincare bits I can't go a week without, plus a chat about my favourite perfume for good measure. It was a hard one to cut down - hope you enjoy!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Monday | 5 Happy Things

Almost two months after I last published a blog post, I finally have the emotional energy to get something written. Until I can think of something a little more inspiring, then, here's five things which made my Monday worth waking up for...

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