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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hey, Hey!

Hallo! Just thought I'd check in on the small chance anyone was actually wondering where I'd disappeared to ;) as you can probably guess it was another hospital stay. I knew it was on the cards because I just couldn't breathe but I wasn't expecting there to be a bed available that day when I went to clinic on the 2nd June so I wasn't really prepared! But I was there for just over three weeks to be reunited with my old friend Optiflow.

Optiflow cystic fibrosis
This is oxygen that is heated as it's more comfortable to breathe in (although the tubes are a bit of a 'mare to wear!) and it also acts like a steamer for me as it helps to unclog the rubbish on my lungs.

I could go into my stay and how my right lung got so clogged up at the bottom it didn't work and I couldn't breathe but honestly I just want to leave it all behind me. I know a big part of this blog is about raising awareness of Cystic Fibrosis but right now I don't want to think about how ill I got and how ill I am, I just need a bit of a break I think. I've had a bad year healthwise and we're not really sure if this just the longest blip ever or if things are going downhill now which to be honest is a scary thought, I don't like this being in limbo business. This is probably the most pathetic sentence I'm ever going to write but I've been feeling a bit emotionally drained by it all, I've been feeling a bit dragged down. I'm sure I'll get over these feelings now I'm home again though, I'm still on my home oxygen and IVs but from now on I'm going to be sticking to my super strict hospital regime and I'm hoping it'll make a difference. I've always been really compliant with my meds and treatment but this is all more intense and time consuming. I think it'll be worth it though!

Not only must I do it for me but also my family! I could've spent the whole time sulking about the things I missed out on - the dressmaking course I was going to start, a night out with my friends, loads of cool blog events and most annoyingly of all my niece Florrie's christening </3 just to name a few things BUT my family are just the best. They do everything to make hospital as least crummy as possible so I had lots of help and visits and treats. There's also a really nice park behind the hospital so they'd get a wheelchair and portable oxygen for me and we'd go out for a walk. When I get ill it doesn't just affect me but also my family, probably more so I'd say because they have all the worry. But I'm just so lucky to have them and my friends, I don't think I'd get through any of this without them. We had a big BBQ yesterday which was also to say goodbye to my grandparents who are back off to Ireland today after coming for the Christening. I'm sad I didn't get to see as much of them because of being in hospital but hopefully I'll be well enough to go over to see them later in the year.

But anyway now I'm back I want to blog again because I missed it loads! Luckily I could catch up with everyone's posts in hospital with the bloglovin' app on my phone but I can't wait to get commenting again. 

How have you been? Hope you're enjoying the sun now it's finally arrived!


Friday, 5 June 2015

Summer Fashion Wishlist

I used to be allll about the winter months but now I get so excited over what little summer we do get - I've loved these freaky heatwaves we've had over the past few years! I think I've got my summer wardrobe pretty much sorted but that's not to say there's no room for a few more additions ;) 

Summer Wishlist

Dress - River Island | Sunglasses - H&M | Earrings - Isabel Marant | Sandals - Clarks | Jacket - Topshop

This kimono dress is one of those things that looks rank on the hanger but a whole lot chicer once it's actually on. You can probably guess that River Island isn't usually my kind of shop but one thing I think they're great for are cute little summer dresses in really nice, lightweight fabrics - I got one of my all time favourites from there a couple of years ago!

I used to never wear sunglasses but since being lucky enough to receive these two pairs I'm definitely a convert and wear them all the time (even indoors, ahem.) I would love to add something different to my collection, I think these cat eye H&M bargains would look super cool!

Now these earrings are staying firmly on the wishlist but aren't they beautiful? I tend to go for dainty gold jewellery and never really wear earrings but I'm 100% blaming Jeanne Damas for this craving! They just add instant Parisian chic to simple outfits, I'm hoping I'll find something nice on Etsy.

I've also really been into the idea of white sandals recently, I know Clarks is supposedly one of those 'granny' brands (my own nan loves them!) but my cousin revealed *in hushed tones* that her sandals are from the brand and I honestly would never have guessed! My feet are so used to trainers I sometimes struggle to wear other shoes but you don't get comfier than Clarks and I guess I need something smarter than my Birkie-alikes!

Finally a denim jacket, a summer staple but I've yet to find the perfect one! Such a mission. I do really like this Topshop one though, it has a good, oversized fit without looking too vintage/charity shop. 

What's on your summer wishlist? Are you more of a summer or winter person?

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

An Evening Skincare Routine For Lazy Girls Like Me

So lately I've realised I need to pull my socks up when it comes to looking after my skin! I may feel ill most of the time but I certainly don't want to look it - however when I am unwell it's my skin that gives away the tell tale signs straightaway. Also 6x a day every day I use a face mask nebuliser (this thing) which leaves my skin in a bit of a state as it really dries it out. I am very lazy with skincare (I know, my bad) but this super quick routine after cleansing in the evenings takes a couple of minutes and my skin is definitely thanking me for making that teeny bit of effort!

Origins High-potency Night-A-Mins Skin renewing face oil review

So I begin with Clinique's All About Eyes Rich eye cream which as you can see is on it's way out! To be honest I don't think any cream is going to reduce my dark circles as I very rarely get a decent nights sleep but under my eyes were so dry before. Now they're moisturised it's making applying concealer to the area a dream so it's so much easier to hide the panda eyes. 

Next up is Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum*, I've reviewed this in full but I'm just including it again because I love it and I don't like to have too many different products on the go at once because I think it makes my skin freak out a lot! But to recap this is a lovely, lightweight serum that sinks in super quickly (speediness is important to me when I'm desperate to get in bed and snooze) and leaves skin silky soft. I've found this acts as a great primer for make up too as it really smooths the skin out so I've been using it before applying my favourite foundation. 

Finally, a newbie. I was lucky enough to receive a preview of the Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Skin Refining Oil* when I attended an Origins event a few weeks ago and after trialling it out ever since it is love. I really like The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil but as the nights are starting to get warmer I'm finding it slightly too heavy so I stopped using it a while back. This Origins option is much lighter and when I initially applied it because it sunk in so quickly and didn't really leave my skin with that sheen that you get with oils, I must admit I was a bit disappointed! I honestly thought it wouldn't have any effect on my skin at all but I was so wrong because when I woke the next day my skin was so soft and smooth and glowy. Since the first time I've started using this my skin has improved so much, it feels bouncier and plumper, just all round healthier really. It sounds weird but I literally can't stop touching my face! Keep an eye out for this little bottle of loveliness, if only to smell it - vanilla and neroli, I shall say no more.

This routine must be doing something right because everyone keeps saying how well I look when the reality is I feel like absolute poop haha! But there's less redness and ickness, here's a photo of me on a real sick day but my skin (bar the dark circles) wasn't looking too bad at all if I do say so myself *inserts sassy hand girl emoji* I used to be so sceptical of skincare but this has proved to me it's so worth having some kind of routine, no matter how small!

What's your evening skincare routine? Or do you think it's all a load of faff? 

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