7 September 2016

Worst Period of her life

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Image from Action Aid.

Being a girl can be hard especially when you're young on the cusp of being a woman. Trying to navigate yourself thru a mix of hormones, your body changing and finding out who you are, it really is a stressful time! Not to mention PERIODS, whether you were anxious for them to start. terrified at the thought of them, totally unaware of periods at all or even if you were fully prepared and aware, it can still a bit of an unsettling, embarrassing and scary time when you first notice some marks in your knickers. 

While in a shopping centre toilet a week or so ago, I noticed a poster from action aid. Which was all about donating money for sanitary products to girls in war torn, impoverished and third world countries. 

I immediately remembered my first period and how I'd known about them and understood what would happen when they did start. I still started crying sat on the toilet calling for my mum to come upstairs. I was 11 years old at the time and didn't feel ready to deal with it. I was still carefree playing make believe and acting like a child not wanting to worry about leaks and stomach pains.

Even though I found the whole thing really annoying and embarrassing I could talk to my mum and get advice on how to deal with it. Some girls aren't so lucky. Imagine having to cope with all the stresses of starting your period on your own with no family, no clean clothes and no sanitary products. I wouldn't have dreamt of even going to the shops to buy pads, when I was young. The thought people knowing you were on your period was soooo cringey and I would send my mum to stock up instead. These young girls don't even have the luxury of being able to purchase them.

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Image from http://www.want2donate.org/

I was prepared and was still scared yet some of the young ladies don't have a clue what is happening to them. With no one to turn to, explain that its natural or products to help them feel clean and embarrassment free. I can't even fathom how those girls must feel. The thought of the poster and the girls stuck with me even now days later. ActionAid the charity mentioned in the poster. Really do some amazing work with people suffering all over the world and this is just one of the many campaigns they run. If you would like to help by donating or to find out more about the work the charity does check out their website here Action Aid.

Think back to when you were young, how would you have coped? What if it was your child or younger sister? It's gut wrenching to see young women in such heart breaking circumstances. If we could make the situation a little  easier for them, how amazing would that be! Let's give these girls one less thing to worry about.

Lots of love, 
Laura x

1 September 2016

Why I took a break from blogging

Wow it feels like such a long time since I have posted a new blogpost. It's been over a month since my last post. Which is the longest break I've had from blogging in a long time. I thought it was only fair I fill you in on why I haven't been blogging. 

I have touched upon my issues with my mental health before yet have felt they had been under control, until a few months ago.

I suddenly realised I wasn't coping again and had let things like my anxiety take a hold of me. So I decided to take a step back from blogging for a while and use that extra time to look after myself. 

Anxiety is a constant cycle and once you let it get out of hand, it is so hard to break. I'll feel anxious so I won't go out, so then I'll feel isolated and guilty about letting people down. Which leads me to feel depressed and I'll worry about everything. This in turn makes me feel even more anxious. 

I don't really know at what age I started to suffer with mental health problems but it was first addressed when I was roughly 15. I have had lots of different types of therapy and counselling over the years since then.

I haven't ever coped well with stress or change they are some of my main triggers. After getting help with my underlying issues and stopping all of my old unhealthy coping mechanisms, I was left feeling overly anxious. 

From about the age of 20 I was crippled with anxiety to the point I didn't leave the house. I had lost a tremendous amount of weight due to the constant worrying and developed a unhealthy relationship with food. Whenever I'd have an anxiety attack I felt that I was going to be sick or go to the toilet. I hated feeling full and I wouldn't want to eat before going out or seeing people, in case I needed the dreaded panic poo! Lol 

My mum and fiancĂ© Dave saw how ill I was and literally dragged me to the doctors. I was put on medication and had CBT. which helped me get out and about slightly more. After being referred to lots of different doctors and trying lots of different combinations of tablets and therapies. I was so much better than I was. I could eat in front of people and was managing to go out with my friends again,even managing to attend a few events with Dave. Even though I was a lot better I still battled with my anxiety on and off with it coming in waves. 

Yet things changed, all got on top of me again a couple of months ago. my panic attacks were happening more and more frequently,which made my circle of places I felt safe get smaller. I was getting down about having to miss out on opportunities because of my anxiety. Then I ended up having a massive panic attack at home for no reason and I thought enough was enough, I clearly wasn't coping anymore. so I decided I would go back to the doctors and take a break from blogging to focus on getting back on track. The doctors have changed up my tablets and I'm now finding things a bit easier since the tablets have kicked in. I'm now in a much better place for fighting my anxiety even though it's still an ongoing problem, it is improving. I'm so lucky to have such an amazing group of friends and family around me who have been with me every step of the way. 

I hope this helped you understand why I haven't been as active on here and on social media. If you're suffering with anxiety or any other mental health problem please do go seek help. You're not on your own and you don't have to suffer in silence. Thanks for all your emails and tweets etc asking me if I'm ok! Your support means the world to me. Although I'm not anxiety free and still struggle to get out on my own I'm getting there! 

If you'd like to see more posts about my anxiety, living with a mental illness or if you have any questions please let me know!  Or if you just need someone to talk too I'm always here.

Lots of love, 
Laura x

13 August 2016

The Boohoo games - Going for gold in the Lash Lifting

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With 2016 Rio Olympics in full swing, Boohoo have created their own games to celebrate, with bloggers competing in various different "sports" each one requiring different skills. I was picked to take part in the lash lifting! Where I had to take my lash game to new heights and pair it with my best beauty look.

So in the spirit of the Olympics I chose to create a gold look, as like all Olympicians I was going for gold in my sport lol. I picked the fullest looking set from the site which was the Natural Lash set from Technic which surprisingly only cost £3 which is a real bargain especially since it comes with its own little tube of glue. The lashes are beautifully full and fluttery, just what I look for when I pick lashes.

All set to take on the challenge, I used my Zoeva cocca blend palette to created a golden soft smoky halo eye. Then popped on the lashes, which lasted all day and were actually really comfortable. Here's a close up of the look.

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I paired the look with my khaki green cold shoulder maxi dress and my tan coloured roman style sandals, then for a added bit of glamour threw on my gold cuff bracelet. The dress is one of those fab easy to wear dresses that can easily been dressed up or down. The black version is definitely on my wishlist.

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Cold shoulder Dress - Boohoo £15.00
Lace up Sandals - Boohoo £15.00
Gold Panelled Arm Cuff - Boohoo £6.00

I love this whole look especially with my newly dyed dark hair. What do you think of this look? What sort of look would you have created? Do you shop at Boohoo? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x

*This post contains Gifted items/PR samples.

10 July 2016

Panasonic slow juicer - Dessert off!

Panasonic have just released their brand new slow juicer, the MJ- L500. A compact and sleek looking machine that takes the hassle out of juicing. Producing nutritious and delicious beverages in mere minutes. It also comes with a frozen attachment meaning you can also create fresh frozen sorbets and frozen yogurt desserts.

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I was lucky enough to receive one to try out which is brilliant news as I plan on doing a juice cleanse in a few weeks,which I will be blogging about soon. Before I get stuck into my juice detox. I thought I'd get Mum and Dave to join me and have some fun creating some frozen summer treats. 

We decided we would each create our own unique recipe, make them ourselves and decide the winner! We had a lot of laughs and things did get a little competitive with Mum and Dave. Mum ended up keeping her planned deSsert strictly underwraps as Dave kept threatening to copy her lol 

So here is what we came up with!

Dessert Number 1 - Nut enough
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A frozen creamy dessert. Created with almond flavour soya yogurt, yummy frozen banana, smooth peanut butter. Not to mention chia seeds and ground almonds, with an added dash of Manuka honey. A great ice cream substitute with lots of added healthy components. Perfect for the health conscious.

Dessert Number 2 - Caribbean Calypso
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A smooth Caribbean inspired frozen dessert. The ideal accompaniment for a hot summers evening. With a base of fresh natural yogurt and coconut milk. Alongside a blend of juicy pineapple chunks with a generous helping of White Rum to get the party started.

Dessert Number 3 - Wimbleberry Fizz
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A zingy strawberry and Prosecco sorbet. Created with a punnent of fresh strawberries
with a few glugs of prosecco and a tad of caster sugar to enhance the fizz. A fitting dessert for the British summer, whilst watching the tennis.

Once we had all enjoyed tasting each other's desserts although we all preferred our own. (Not that anyone was biased lol) Do let me know which you think looks and sounds the tastiest!

I'm over the moon with this juicer, it's perfect for creating healthy juices and desserts. I have been creating lots of gorgeous drinks since I have got it even getting my nan involved in making a juice. The machine itself was super easy to assemble and really compact so takes up little to no counter space. It was much quieter than I imagined and I love the fact that slow juicing process squeezes extra juice and nutrients out of all the ingredients. The cleaning process wasn't even as much of a hassle as I thought it would be. This will without doubt be getting a lot of use and I can also see it becoming a staple at family gatherings for making chilled cocktails and after dinner treats!

Which Dessert would you choose as your winner? What sort of dessert would you make with the juicer? Have you ever tried juicing or a juice diet.  Let me know your thoughts by commenting below 

Lots of Love,

Laura x
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