Friday, November 21, 2014

LUSH Favourites

Friday, November 21, 2014

LUSH periodically slips in and out of my skin care regime and there are a few products I always return to.

Rose Jam and Amandopondo are the only two bath products I like from LUSH. Their bath melts feel too greasy and slippery on the skin and the bath bombs are sickly and garish both in colour and smell. However, Rose Jam and Amandopondo are just dreamy; while Amandopondo is a lemony-rose scented bar that crumbles to create luxurious bubbles, Rose Jam is a "bubbleroon" with rose and geranium oil that creates a much creamier lather, helping to soften the skin. The only other bath product I adore from LUSH is the extremely decadent shower cleanser - Turkish Delight.

Catastrophe Cosmetic is the mother of all face masks as far as I am concerned. Whenever my skin is feeling clogged or agitated, I smother it with this and let it work its magic. Blueberries, calamine, chamomile, rose, and almond oils soothe and soften the skin, calming any inflammation and restoring the complexion to its former glory. A close second is Oatifix, which is super gentle on the skin with its calming and mildly exfoliating ground almonds, kaolin, banana, and oats.

While I absolutely adore the Natio Cleansing Milk, it's nice to switch things around once in a while so I've switched back to LUSH's 9 To 5. Very similar to the Natio version, I apply this as a second cleanse and find the almond oil and dove orchid calms my complexion and leaves my skin unbelievably soft and hydrated. Imperialis would make the perfect moisturiser to pair with this cleanser and is another huge favourite of mine.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Growth Is Optional

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Growth Is Optional

Something I have been thinking about a lot lately is growth, both for my business and for my blog. I made the decision a while ago to not sell advertising space and refuse sponsored content, I also turn down a large percentage of PR requests. This is a personal decision and I am in no way against other people choosing to do so for their own blogs, I simply do not feel the need to drive revenue from my blog content. I want to keep this space as a creative outlet, mostly unbound by advertising ties or PR demands. I make my money from my business, my blog is strictly for fun.

Deciding not to offer advertising space or agree to sponsored content means I am free to produce whatever content I want. I don't need to work towards readership goals or analyse my statistics in the same way I would if I was focusing on monetary gain, and I don't feel obliged to feature certain content because it will curry favour with PR companies. So goals, as far as my blog goes, are nonexistent except one: to be involved in the community by sharing content and interacting with bloggers and readers. I want to grow the blog organically and for no other reason than I want to connect to other people.

I am a firm believer in setting one Big Goal and then working on smaller ones that help achieve it. Each little step brings you closer to success. My initial Big Goal for my business was to make it my full time job, which happened a lot sooner than I had anticipated. I had to quit my previous job when I moved across the country, and I simply decided "if not now, then when?" and fell straight into self employment. So what is the next step? Where do I want my business to go? How big do I want the business to grow?

Just like my blog, I have to make decisions about what I do and don't want to do. Do I want to sell through well known stockists? Do I want to employ staff? Do I want to outsource work? How big do I want the business to grow?

Big dreams aren't necessarily better dreams. Not everyone wants to build a company worth billions or write a blog with tens of thousands of readers. Not wanting those things doesn't mean you're not ambitious enough or that you're a failure for not achieving the goals someone else has set for themselves.

This year I have faced some big decisions in regards to all of these questions and while I am still working on deciding what that next Big Goal is, it's made me realise 'growth is optional.' Both my business and blog have achieved varying degrees of success and now it's up to me where they go from here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Book Additions #5

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
New Book Additions #5

I'm slowly replacing the much loved and already read ebooks with paperback versions for my "library." I picked up In Cold Blood and It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be but also Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea, which I half read in pdf format before giving up and ordering a real copy.

| American Indian Myths and Legends by Alfonso Ortiz
| Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
| Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
| In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote
| It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden
| Why Are You So Sad? by Jason Porter
| Damn Good Advice (For People With Talent!) by George Lois
| I Am an Executioner: Love Stories by Rajesh Parameswaran

| Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How To Work Comfortably In A Small Space

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
How To Work Comfortably In A Small Space

While I now work from a studio, it wasn't always that way. For a long time I was running a business (and a blog) from a tiny (and I mean really tiny) bedroom. I had minimal desk space on which to organise, make, and package orders; not to mention storage space was tight for all the boxes, packaging, and materials I needed.

If you're struggling with a small space to work in, here's how I managed:

Keep It Clean and Tidy
Small spaces get messy very quickly and can impact on your productivity if things get out of control. After finishing work every single day, without fail, tidy up. Put away equipment, throw away the rubbish, wipe down the sides, and put everything back in its place.

Everything Should Have A Place
Give everything a "home" and return it after use. If everything has its own dedicated place, not only is it easier to keep things tidy but when you need something, you'll know exactly where it should be.

Get Rid Of Clutter
If you don't use it and don't need it, get rid of it. If you're working in a small space the last thing you need is clutter clogging up your work flow. Regularly clean out desk drawers, cupboards, and shelves; don't let clutter build up (which is easier said than done.)

Invest In Adequate Storage
Get creative with your space; put up shelves, buy storage, and utilise drawers. Make whatever room you do have, however small, count. Whatever storage you decide to invest in, make sure it works effectively and efficiently for your needs.

Organize Effectively
Make your space work to your advantage; keep anything you use regularly close at hand and the things you use less frequently, store them away. Don't make it difficult for yourself by having to constantly rummage around.

Invest In Lighting
Small spaces can feel cramped and lacklustre, invest in lighting to make the place feel more comfortable to work in. If you can, install overhead downlighting to avoid taking up space with a floor lamp that will just throw shadows everywhere.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch

Monday, November 17, 2014
Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady

Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady
{ Classic Sheffield WatchDaniel Wellington }

Another watch, another beautiful time piece. This minimalist design with rose gold accents and black leather strap is just so fancy. It works seamlessly and effortlessly with every outfit, adding a touch of formality and refined class while still being totally chill. Its design isn't so exclusive that I'm afraid to wear it every day but damn does it look exceptional when worn with something more formal.

I'm pretty sure everyone has one of these watches by now but in case you don't...
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Spots > Stripes

Spots Greater Than Stripes

I'm not a pattern person, my wardrobe is mainly built with solid blocks of colour: black, brown, navy blue, and gray. But if you peer close enough you'll see I have a fondness for polka dots. Admittedly, spots can come across as a little childish but paired correctly they can be cute without being creepy. Stripes just don't do it for me. They're not fun the way polka dots are. Spots will always be > stripes.

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