If I could only have three makeup items, I would definitely choose a concealer, mascara and a brow product. Brows are one of the most important parts of my makeup routine because they completely change my face, so I'm always on the lookout for the perfect brow product!
I don't know what it is about Brighton but as soon as it starts raining, the whole town basically turns into a big lake. This means that having waterproof shoes is a must because let's face it, it rains a lot over here. I do own a pair of Hunter wellies but they're not the most fashionable shoes, so when M&M Direct asked me if I wanted to give the new heeled boots from Hunter a try I obviously couldn't say no!
Today we're talking about stickers- for your planner! Now I know this might seem a little ridiculous to some people, but I have been a part of the planner community for a while now and it's safe to say that I'm addicted. Decorating my planner is a great creative outlet for me, but also helps me to actually do the things that I've written in!
Oh Hello Stationery were actually the first shop I ever bought from back when I first got into decorating my Filofax. I was already following Kayla's blog and her Plan With Me videos inspired me to start planning with stickers! The thing I love about Oh Hello is that they don't have the same clip art that every other shop has, because they design their stickers themselves (which you can actually see in Alex's Design With Me videos!). The quality of their stickers is always fantastic, especially now that they've changed to a new sticker paper which is amazing. Seriously, I never thought I'd be getting so excited about sticker paper!
Right, enough babbling- let's talk about the stickers I got! Alex and Kayla kindly agreed to send me some things from their shop, so here they are. First, I got the little flags in the February and March monthly colours. I love using these to mark things in my spread, so I will definitely be using these up! I also got a sheet of their little music notes, because I use them to mark anything relating to Show Choir rehearsals and gigs. Now the thing I was the most excited about is this sheet of cancelled stickers. So far I only have ones that say cancelled, but I really wanted these because they say fun things like 'not today' 'nope' and 'Netflix won'. Let's face it, Netflix wins so often I could probably use an entire sheet of those! Last but not least is the little sampler that comes free with your order. It changes every once in a while and this one is obviously Valentine's day themed and I love it! The Oh Hello Stationery Co and the little flowers are also stickers so you can mark your sticker delivery or when you have to order new ones in your planner.
Last I wanted to talk about the Oh Hello customer service, because I think it's what really sets them apart from other shops. I'm a part of their facebook group, which is such a lovely community and they regularly ask what they could be doing better and what things people want to see. If there is ever a problem with your order they fix it immediately, and their response and shipping times are incredible. Sometimes I order something and get the shipping notification on the same day! They recently started their own website (which you can find here) where they sell washi tape, stickers and lots of other planner accessories. It's slightly cheaper than etsy because there are no fees for them, but they're still also on Etsy if you prefer to shop there.
If you're into decorating your planner or you're just starting now, I would definitely recommend checking out Oh Hello because they have a lot of great, fun stickers and the quality is always amazing! If you use this link to sign up to the website you get $5 off your first purchase, so happy shopping!
Since I am currently on a bit of a purging and decluttering trip, I decided to take the time to actually declutter my Pinterest boards... sounds crazy, I know. I decided to do this because I actually spend a lot of time on Pinterest and having 30 different boards with random themes was just getting quite overwhelming to me and I just wasn't inspired anymore! The fact that my flat was cold and I didn't want to get out of bed to declutter my actual wardrobe may have had something to do with it too...
I have always admired people who can get up at 5am, do yoga and eat their perfect granola and berries in their perfect bed with white sheets... Can you tell I've been spending a lot of time on Instagram recently? While most people's morning routine obviously does not look like that, I do admire people who can wake up super early and be productive. I've never been a morning person, I will happily sleep until midday every day. Unfortunately when I do that I'm really sluggish for the rest of the day, and even if I do get some work done, sleeping in just wastes so much time. So recently I've been trying to wake up earlier, and it's surprisingly not as hard as I thought! Today I thought I'd share some tips with you in case you're trying to be a morning person too.
Figure out how long you need to sleep
This was a major thing for me. We're always told that you need at least eight hours of sleep and I used to think that I was one of those people who needs at least ten hours of sleep to function normally. However over the past few weeks when I've been revising and didn't have to be up at a certain time, I found that I actually naturally wake up after about six hours, and that's when I feel the most refreshed. Before I always made the mistake of going back to sleep, because I could and I thought I needed more sleep, and then I would feel sluggish later and couldn't get out of bed. Now I just get up whenever I naturally wake up (although I do have an alarm set for 8am in case that doesn't happen).
Resist the snooze
Ah snoozing. When I was growing up, my mum would wake me up in the morning but then I would be allowed to 'mutschel' (it's a Cleve word, don't ask) until she'd prepared breakfast, so even my mum basically has a snooze function! The problem with snoozing is that it just makes you more tired, so just turn off the snoozing function on your alarm. Do it now, I'll wait.
Get. Out. Of. Bed.
Waking up early has been so much easier for me since I've had my own place, because when I was still living with other people I would get up, make coffee and then get back into bed with my coffee. Not exactly helpful! Now when I wake up I immediately get up, go to the kitchen and make myself some breakfast and then sit on the sofa in the living room. Even though I'm basically going from sitting in one comfy place to the next, I find that the simple act of getting out of bed really helps me wake up.
Water before coffee
I love coffee, I don't know what to do without it. But I find that in the morning, water wakes me up so much more. I tend to have a glass of water with one of those fizzy vitamin C things in them (I don't know what they're called but seriously I haven't gotten a cold since I started doing this) and then have coffee after I finished that.
I know none of these tips are exactly ground breaking, but they really helped me become more of a morning person! Let me know if you have any other tips!