As I'm sitting at my table thinking about the past 31 days I can't exactly find the words to describe how it has been for me. In those days I have found myself to be busy enough that I haven't got round to doing things I plan to do every week but not busy enough to really have a valid excuse for not doing them. As I've been growing up I'm constantly learning more about things that I never knew before and have been discovering that it is all just a part of life. The ups and the downs can be so close together, in fact this month I found that in a 24 hour time gap I had an existential/emotional panic as well as feeling very at peace with myself and where I was at that moment in time. It's hard to explain why these things happen but they do and when you have those better days remember to cherish them because they won't necessarily last, just like the bad days won't last. Like the rain and the sunshine, they come and go as they may. I guess this month has been one of those that I've learnt more about myself through new things I have experienced. Wishing myself and all of you the best for next month.

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May Days

31.5.14


As I'm sitting at my table thinking about the past 31 days I can't exactly find the words to describe how it has been for me. In those days I have found myself to be busy enough that I haven't got round to doing things I plan to do every week but not busy enough to really have a valid excuse for not doing them. As I've been growing up I'm constantly learning more about things that I never knew before and have been discovering that it is all just a part of life. The ups and the downs can be so close together, in fact this month I found that in a 24 hour time gap I had an existential/emotional panic as well as feeling very at peace with myself and where I was at that moment in time. It's hard to explain why these things happen but they do and when you have those better days remember to cherish them because they won't necessarily last, just like the bad days won't last. Like the rain and the sunshine, they come and go as they may. I guess this month has been one of those that I've learnt more about myself through new things I have experienced. Wishing myself and all of you the best for next month.

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Discovering a book that truly provokes your thoughts, creates feelings and is ultimately enjoyable are some of my most favourite qualities in a novel. With the Sunday Times claiming it is 'The greatest novel you've never read', it does make you wonder what it is about and why it is considered a perfect novel.


Stoner written by John Williams follows the life of William Stoner, starting from his birth in 1891. The life of William Stoner is relatively unextraordinary, he grew up in a poor farming family then leaves to study at university and finds his first love English Literature. A world different from the one he has known so far and as the years pass he leads a scholar life and experiences disappointment in both his personal life and in his career. In this journey he falls deeper within himself with the realisation of marrying the wrong woman, he fills the lost passion with books and spending more time at the university he teaches at where he finds solace. Although not always a haven as his disinterest in office politics causes difficulties. He later becomes a person he always wanted to be but suffers when he understands that it will not last as he falls in an inevitable trap. Further on he continues to be the honourable professor for as long as he is allowed to be and learns acceptance. 

A simple yet powerful novel that has a far deeper meaning than what is seen on the surface. I think that by exploring one man's life through the significant moments to the more mundane is what makes it effective. As a reader you follow through their first days, discover what they learn, feel the love, sadness, anger and pain they are going through. At one point or another there is the chance of being able to relate to Stoner but most importantly John Williams writes the story of Stoner in a way that anyone can begin to understand. I found it heartbreaking for the majority of my time reading the novel however it highlights a possible reality that we might not get what we hope for and we should try our hardest not to let that ruin the good that does enter our life. It is honest in that sense, I have reflected and deeply thought about everything. With every break in between reading I was able to dive back into the elegantly written life of William Stoner.

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Book Review: Stoner by John Williams

6.5.14

Discovering a book that truly provokes your thoughts, creates feelings and is ultimately enjoyable are some of my most favourite qualities in a novel. With the Sunday Times claiming it is 'The greatest novel you've never read', it does make you wonder what it is about and why it is considered a perfect novel.


Stoner written by John Williams follows the life of William Stoner, starting from his birth in 1891. The life of William Stoner is relatively unextraordinary, he grew up in a poor farming family then leaves to study at university and finds his first love English Literature. A world different from the one he has known so far and as the years pass he leads a scholar life and experiences disappointment in both his personal life and in his career. In this journey he falls deeper within himself with the realisation of marrying the wrong woman, he fills the lost passion with books and spending more time at the university he teaches at where he finds solace. Although not always a haven as his disinterest in office politics causes difficulties. He later becomes a person he always wanted to be but suffers when he understands that it will not last as he falls in an inevitable trap. Further on he continues to be the honourable professor for as long as he is allowed to be and learns acceptance. 

A simple yet powerful novel that has a far deeper meaning than what is seen on the surface. I think that by exploring one man's life through the significant moments to the more mundane is what makes it effective. As a reader you follow through their first days, discover what they learn, feel the love, sadness, anger and pain they are going through. At one point or another there is the chance of being able to relate to Stoner but most importantly John Williams writes the story of Stoner in a way that anyone can begin to understand. I found it heartbreaking for the majority of my time reading the novel however it highlights a possible reality that we might not get what we hope for and we should try our hardest not to let that ruin the good that does enter our life. It is honest in that sense, I have reflected and deeply thought about everything. With every break in between reading I was able to dive back into the elegantly written life of William Stoner.

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In my years of being interested in beauty I have been able to discover products and ingredients that I feel have hugely benefited my skin and hair. In my experience and from what my Mother has told me, once you find a product that works well for you it is best not to change it. The exception to the rule is if a product is highly recommended or is something natural or organic. I'm a firm believer in natural ingredients, they are not only good for you but anything that grows from the ground can surely work more miracles than some man-made highly chemical infused products. I thought I would share some of my favourites and explain the benefits they have in the beauty products.


Coconut Oil

It is not only one of many super ingredients that have countless benefits to us, both internally and externally from heart diseases, immunity, digestion and of course in hair and skin care. A few years ago I did some research into products that would help my hair that was really damaged. It needed a boost and I read that coconut oil products help, I used serums, shampoos and conditioners that featured coconut oil or extracts. They really helped and are relatively inexpensive and to this day I still use it in my hair. It also aids in helping hair growth and adds shine to damaged hair as well as providing it with essential proteins to nourish the hair.

Acai Berry 

Now with a super-food label attached it due to the high in antioxidants and fibre factor they are also a great ingredient to to keep skin looking young and fresh. High in vitamin C and a useful tool to treat hyperpigmentation, this shows why I love Neal's Yard Power Berry Daily Moisturiser. In addition to acai it also includes bilberry and goji berry, this product in particular is certified with fair trade ingredients including Brazil nut oil and roobios extract. I find it very hydrating and that is something highly important in a moisturiser, an added bonus is that it smells very nice.

Manuka Honey

Produced in New Zealand, manuka honey has many number of uses to help the human body, such as treating wounds, tasting delicious and components with antibacterial qualities. Another super-food that heals, energises and hydrates. Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask has been a great help when my skin needs a boost of hydration, it also cleanses and minimises blemishes. Other ingredients it includes are vanilla and mandarin, giving it a soothing fragrance. It is suitable for most skin conditions and is vegetarian approved.

Jojoba

Jojoba is a shrub grown in the south west of America and northern Mexico, jojoba shrub is a wax ester like an oil that has a variety of benefits from being an anti-inflammatory, moisturiser and acne treatment. It is a key ingredient in the Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Scrub, the brand is a primarily organic company, this drew me into having a try of their products. The scrub removes dead skin, impurities and toxins, leaving the skin feeling very smooth and clean. I find it very beneficial if my skin is very dry and flaky in addition to minimising my blemishes.

If you're looking for some natural ingredients or products to give your skin or hair a boost I hope this has been helpful and interesting. Please let me know if you have an recommendations.


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The Natural Beauty

3.5.14

In my years of being interested in beauty I have been able to discover products and ingredients that I feel have hugely benefited my skin and hair. In my experience and from what my Mother has told me, once you find a product that works well for you it is best not to change it. The exception to the rule is if a product is highly recommended or is something natural or organic. I'm a firm believer in natural ingredients, they are not only good for you but anything that grows from the ground can surely work more miracles than some man-made highly chemical infused products. I thought I would share some of my favourites and explain the benefits they have in the beauty products.


Coconut Oil

It is not only one of many super ingredients that have countless benefits to us, both internally and externally from heart diseases, immunity, digestion and of course in hair and skin care. A few years ago I did some research into products that would help my hair that was really damaged. It needed a boost and I read that coconut oil products help, I used serums, shampoos and conditioners that featured coconut oil or extracts. They really helped and are relatively inexpensive and to this day I still use it in my hair. It also aids in helping hair growth and adds shine to damaged hair as well as providing it with essential proteins to nourish the hair.

Acai Berry 

Now with a super-food label attached it due to the high in antioxidants and fibre factor they are also a great ingredient to to keep skin looking young and fresh. High in vitamin C and a useful tool to treat hyperpigmentation, this shows why I love Neal's Yard Power Berry Daily Moisturiser. In addition to acai it also includes bilberry and goji berry, this product in particular is certified with fair trade ingredients including Brazil nut oil and roobios extract. I find it very hydrating and that is something highly important in a moisturiser, an added bonus is that it smells very nice.

Manuka Honey

Produced in New Zealand, manuka honey has many number of uses to help the human body, such as treating wounds, tasting delicious and components with antibacterial qualities. Another super-food that heals, energises and hydrates. Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask has been a great help when my skin needs a boost of hydration, it also cleanses and minimises blemishes. Other ingredients it includes are vanilla and mandarin, giving it a soothing fragrance. It is suitable for most skin conditions and is vegetarian approved.

Jojoba

Jojoba is a shrub grown in the south west of America and northern Mexico, jojoba shrub is a wax ester like an oil that has a variety of benefits from being an anti-inflammatory, moisturiser and acne treatment. It is a key ingredient in the Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Scrub, the brand is a primarily organic company, this drew me into having a try of their products. The scrub removes dead skin, impurities and toxins, leaving the skin feeling very smooth and clean. I find it very beneficial if my skin is very dry and flaky in addition to minimising my blemishes.

If you're looking for some natural ingredients or products to give your skin or hair a boost I hope this has been helpful and interesting. Please let me know if you have an recommendations.


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