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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Autumn Primark Haul!

This time of year is my absolute favourite, especially when it comes to fashion. I love being warm and cosy, layering pieces and styling the beautiful fall colours of burgundy, mustard and forest green. I kept all of this in mind when I decided to go on a little splurge in Primark. I've almost had to buy an entirely new Autumn-Winter wardrobe because since last year, I've lost quite a bit of weight (go me, haha!)



First of all I picked up this rust coloured ribbed long sleeved top, it's pretty simple but would be perfect as a layering piece. This is so soft too, and I couldn't not get it when it was just £5!
The boots are actually quite out of my comfort zone despite how simple they are, I've only ever worn black boots before! I've been wanting a nude/brown coloured pair for a while now, as I find the colour much more Autumn appropriate. I've always been a fan of Primark shoes due to their prices but great quality, these are so comfortable and only cost me £16!



(Please excuse my awful posing, I'm new at this!) Next up is this striped top for £6, I'm sure I've seen tops like this in places like Topshop, but clearly this is a fraction of their prices. Over the Summer I was obsessed with stripes, and I'm carrying on the trend this season! 
The skirt is one of my favourite pieces. I adore the paperbag style. I have this skirt in a baby pink colour too, but this is much more Autumnal, so I feel like I will get more wear out of this one. This was £10, another bargain if you're wanting to try out the current trends but don't feel like splashing the cash until you're certain you love it!



This next item is something I obviously won't be wearing to go pumpkin picking, but I'll be saving it for a night out. I fell in love with this when I saw Naomi Victoria (one of my favourite bloggers/youtubers and currently my style icon) show this in a haul, I also kept my eye out for the cardigan she bought to go with it but unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be as I couldn't find it. This sequinned cowl neck dress would be perfect for any Christmas/New Year parties coming up, and despite being only £13, it looks so much more expensive! 





Next up is this (yep - you guessed it - more stripes!) lovely roll neck thin jumper. This is perfect for layering as it's very soft and will keep you warm, but because it is thin, you won't overheat. This was £6, and the way I have edited the pictures make it look almost a beige colour but it's actually light grey with white and black stripes!
I finally picked up a pinafore dress that doesn't drown me, yay! Admittedly, I'd like the waist to be more figure hugging but beggars can't be choosers! This is really nice quality and has the famous tortoiseshell buttons everyone has been loving lately. This was another great price at only £12, which is pretty amazing for some good quality denim!





Another layering piece is this cream roll neck top, I think it's too thin to be called a jumper and I would definitely recommend layering up with this one! This top was £5 and they had them in lots of other colours too.
This checked skirt was £8 and is another favourite purchase of mine, in fact this whole outfit just gives me Cheryl Blossom vibes (comment below if you watch Riverdale!) I was very lucky with this as it was the last one, and thankfully in my size, when I tried it on I absolutely fell in love, and normally I wouldn't go for something like this in fear of looking too school-girly. 



Last but certainly not least is this cream jumper, again only £5! This is the softest thing I have ever felt and it is so comfortable on! They had so many different colours in this so I think I will definitely be going back for more variants.

I picked up this scarf as my final purchase of the trip, I'm not too sure how much this one was as I wore it without taking note of the price tag, but I imagine it was around £4, this is again really soft and perfect to bundle up in the dark, cold mornings when I'm on my way to work! 


What were your favourite bits from the haul? Comment below!

Sunday, 21 October 2018

The Autumn Tag

I thought I'd do a bit of a different post today, I haven't been posting much as I've been so busy with work but I'm trying my best to get content together. I am more active on my instagram, just as it's easier posting pictures without a whole post to write up as well (so feel free to follow me over at @thefebruarykind). I'm going to be doing the Autumn tag which I've seen floating around recently, feel free to do it yourself if you have a blog!


1. We're talking coffees - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
I'm such a typical girl so you can probably already guess my answer. PUMPKIN SPICE from Starbucks. I order the pumpkin spice frappe as I'm a bigger fan of the cold drinks, I get it with soy milk with no whipped cream (and yes, the pumpkin spice flavourings are now vegan friendly!). In the hospital I work in, we don't have a Starbucks but we do have a Costa so I've ordered the Bonfire Spiced latte quite a few times, which is also delicious!

2. Accessories - what do you opt for? Scarves, boots and gloves?
I LOVE wearing boots, especially ones with a bit of a heel as I'm a fairly tiny human. I'm not very weather-appropriate so I do tend to "forget" (this is what I tell my mum when she nags at me, saying I'll get cold - she's always right, but we don't tell her that) to wear a scarf and gloves, I'll try to change that this year though.

3. Music - what's your favourite music to listen to in autumn?
I look up cosy Autumn playlists on Spotify, this introduces me to new music that I otherwise wouldn't have really listened to. Ed Sheeran tends to be a favourite during this time of year, and I start reciting The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack at the top of my lungs, naturally.

4. Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year?
I love anything woody and musky during this time of year. Deep Night by GHOST is a firm favourite, but ever since I bought the Snow Fairy body spray from LUSH, that has taken first place of my spritz of choice.

5. Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
I've been delving into my unhealthy collection of candles, and using up my Autumn votives and wax melts by Yankee Candle from last year, so anything from their range, guaranteed I will be burning and loving it.

6. What do you love most about autumn?
I love literally everything about Autumn, but here's a brief list: Autumn walks, cosy jumpers, halloween, bonfire night, pumpkin spiced/scented EVERYTHING, dark mornings, fog, horror movies, autumnal fashion, berry toned lipsticks, the list goes on, but I can't be here all day...

7. What are you looking forward to most in autumn?
I tend to want to go out and explore more during the colder seasons, as not only am I red-headed and extremely pale, I'm also allergic to gnat bites and they can make me rather ill. Funny story actually (it wasn't at the time), one summer I spent just 2 hours in a park with my friends and the next day I counted 42 HUGE bites over my legs, they swell up to the size of golfballs, too. P.S I wish I was exaggerating. Anyway, this season brings lots of adventures and memories waiting to happen.

What do you love about Autumn?
Saturday, 29 September 2018

LUSH Halloween Bloggers Event

The other week I got invited to my very first blogger event! To top off the excitement, it was with one of my absolute favourite brands, LUSH! On the 13th of September I was honoured to attend the LUSH Spa Halloween Bloggers Event in Liverpool with a bunch of other like-minded people, to get first dibs on looking and buying the new Halloween range!


Besides Christmas, Halloween is my favourite time for products at LUSH, they're always so cute and creative with the products and this year they brought out new, spooky and fun products along with some old time classics!

Initially I was very anxious about going as I've never been to anything like it before, but the staff made me feel so welcome and asked me questions about my blog, and just generally shown an interest in what I was all about, which I appreciated SO much.
Admittedly, I spent about 40 minutes awkwardly walking through the crowds, trying to take as many photos as I could of the new products and trying to smile at anyone and everyone, hoping they'd start a conversation. Now, the store in Liverpool is pretty small anyway (thankfully, they're reopening next year with THE BIGGEST STORE IN THE WORLD! - can you tell I'm excited?) and it is usually pretty busy when shopping in there, but at this event it was literally packed, which wasn't great for my anxiety as I'm claustrophobic, but I managed to push through, along with the help of the break area upstairs, which really made this event amazing for me.


Above the shop floor, which is where they usually do their spa treatments, was all set up with candles and cosy lights, perfect to take a breather from the chaos downstairs. They had a long bench set up with various snacks (vegan options were available too!) and even offered tea based off of some of the products, how incredible?!
The break area was where I came out of my shell, I think because I was in such a relaxed environment, and there weren't as many people. I met a few lovely girls and we chatted for an hour straight talking about everything and anything, it was like we'd been friends for years! I also got their social medias so I now have a few local blogger friends which makes me so happy, as it's not very common where I live.

Now moving onto the fabulous products that LUSH have brought out this year! I won't go into too much detail as all of the information you could possibly want is available on their website, but I will share my brief thoughts and photos of them.


Monsters Ball bath bomb - £4.95: This is probably one of my favourite bath bombs of all time, because the colours it releases are so beautiful and bright. It has the wonderfully refreshing scent of Calacas, which is a well known body lotion by LUSH. This bath bomb also leaves your skin really soft thanks to the chosen oils!


 Eyeball bath bomb - £4.95: This bath bomb is new to LUSH, even though it doesn't look like much on the outside, it turns the bath water into a beautiful rose colour with lots of froth, which makes your skin really soft.
Lord Of Misrule bath bomb - £4.25: This one's an all time favourite to many people, including me, I even have a perfume of the scent that I've been using sparingly for 2 years! I tend to stock up on this one as in my opinion, it's more fitting for Christmas time due to the spicy scent. This creates lovely green and pink bath art, with popping candy for that extra pizzazz!
Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar - £4.75: Another one of my all time favourites (I told you I loved Halloween!). Despite the mess this particular one makes when you're done, I absolutely LOVE the glitter! The amount of bubbles this one makes is incredible, and a little goes a long way too!


Bewitched bubble bar - £4.95: This cute cat themed bubble bar is PERFECT for Halloween! It turns the water black, and has a magical shimmer running through it. The scent of this is gorgeous too, it has a deep woody scent with undertones of blackberry. 


Ectoplasm jelly bomb - £5.25: Another new product to LUSH! Admittedly, I'm not too much of a fan of jelly bombs, I've only ever tried the Secret Arts one, but I didn't really like how messy it was. However, considering this is new, I had to get it and I must say I enjoyed it much more this time around. The scent is gorgeous and has citrus notes, the only downside to this product is that the bath water turns into a murky green after a while.


Ghost In The Dark soap - £5.95: Soap. Shaped like a ghost. THAT GLOWS IN THE DARK! I love how creative this product is. This has a really fruity and refreshing scent, and creates such a lovely lather, which is really gentle to the skin, so this is perfect for those of you with sensitive skin!


FYI, these are not all of the products that LUSH came out with this Halloween, these are just the one's I tried and managed to get photographs of. They also came out with plenty of knot wraps, shower scrubs and even a solid perfume in the gorgeous Ectoplasm scent! You can find all the information to the other products here.

What products will you be trying from LUSH this Halloween time?
Sunday, 16 September 2018

My Skincare Routine

I've never been one to really have a structured skincare "routine", admittedly in the past I have been lazy with my skin, only using makeup wipes and washing it with soap, but recently I have had a flare up of spots and dry skin and decided it was time to get my act together and start looking after my skin, as it's telling me in every possible way it needs it!


Morning:

In the morning time I start off my washing my face with the Soap & Glory: Face Soap & Clarity. This is really gentle on the skin and is perfect to wake and freshen me up first thing in the morning! It leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean and soft, too!

Just before I start my makeup I use the Mario Badescu Rosewater facial spray all over my face (sometimes even in my hair if it's feeling particularly dry!). This really adds moisture to my skin and is an extra wake-me-up call, because let's face it, when I'm getting ready for work at 5:00am, I'd much rather be back in bed dozing off! This has a really fresh and floral smell that has an uplifting effect to my mood, which is great as I'm not a morning person.

Next I use The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% all over my face this helps to minimise my pores and since using this I have noticed a difference with my problem areas.
Afterwards, I apply my moisturiser before I start on my makeup. I'm currently using The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet. This is really light on the skin but adds a lot of moisture, it smells very fresh so leaves my skin feeling ready for the day. It also has a cooling effect which is great because in the mornings my skin can sometimes be red and puffy, but this sorts it out right away!


Evening:

To take off my makeup at the end of the day, I use the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. This is brilliant for taking off my base makeup, however a little extra work needs to go into taking my mascara off - but I don't mind that. It has a very strong smell that I think either people will love or hate; I personally love it as it smells like a spa.

I then use the LUSH Tea Tree Water for my toner. I spray this a few times on a cotton pad and this not only helps to remove any excess makeup. This is the product that really makes my skin no longer feel heavy at the end of the day, it helps keeps away bacteria that causes spots, which I've really noticed a difference with. I truly believe this is a must have that everyone should at least try!

After toning I use the LUSH Imperialis Facial Moisturiser, this is a very light moisturiser which is perfect for sensitive skin. My skin can never make up its mind, some days it's oily, some days it's dry, and this product is made for skin like that! It has anti-inflammatory and calming ingredients like lavender, which is why I use this in the night time as it helps relax me ready for a good night's sleep!

Lastly, I use the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and dip a cotton bud in and dab it straight onto any spots that I may have, I leave this on overnight and it really helps reduce the size of spots and redness, and then the spot is gone within a couple of days! It works like magic!


Weekly:

Once a week, I will use an intense treatment on my skin. The one I've been using and LOVING for months now is The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel. This product will be gross to some, and satisfying to others. You apply it all over your face, and it literally peels away any dead skin, which comes off in a similar consistency to PVA glue when you used to put it on your skin and peel it off in primary school - come on, that wasn't just me! The whole process sounds rather painful, but it isn't, I promise! It is so gentle and cooling, which means even people with sensitive skin can use it too! After washing all of the dead skin away, you'll feel brand new and squeaky clean!

I will use a face mask once a week (usually on a Sunday when I have a pamper evening), to really refresh my face after the week and help clear up my pores. I tend to use a lot of different face masks just for fun, but my absolute staple is The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask. What I specifically love about this mask, is that it acts as a deep cleansing scrub as well, which helps get deep into the pores to remove any impurities. 

Last but not least, I use the Mario Badescu Silver Powder. This is a miracle product and has made such a huge difference to my skin. I wet a cotton ball or pad in water and dip it into the powder - you don't need lots of powder for this as a little goes a long way. Then I press the product into my T-Zone and anywhere that I notice enlarged pores or blackheads, wait ten minutes and then wash away with water. This really helps to clear out stubborn blackheads and has made me feel so much more confident in my skin!

That's it for my skincare routine, what skincare products have you been loving?

Thursday, 23 August 2018

My Mental Health Story


Before jumping in the deep end of my chaotic mind and unravelling information I've tied up with a pretty ribbon and shoved in a drawer for so long, I want to apologise for my absence on this blog, which also happens to be the reason I'm writing this post today.

I've been struggling a lot mentally recently, and if any of you follow me on my Instagram, will know I've had many complications regarding my new job (which, I STILL haven't started, but that's another story for another time...) When I created this blog I didn't want it to be something I punished myself for if I didn't make posts several times a week, but that's exactly what I've been doing. Instead of treating it like a space to come and be creative, I've seen it almost as a chore, and that because not many people follow me, what's the point in posting? Then contradicting that argument and thinking, if I don't post, no-one will bother following me! The last thing I'm bothered about is the amount of followers I have, but I think as I've gained more followers on Instagram, I've sort of learned this behaviour of expecting the same amount of engagement on here - as I'm typing this, in my head I'm screaming "WHO CARES?!" because I generally don't care about numbers, I think it's more what people think of me, and I know I care far too much about that.

So, I'm going to start challenging that by breaking down the gigantic barrier I have in-front of myself online, and talk about my story with mental health, because it's real and raw, and very much me. As terrifying as it is posting this, I feel like if anyone can relate to this and it helps or they gain some kind of insight into mental health, then this post is 100% worth putting up, and that's the kind of content I want to create. I want to help people, inspire them and teach them, whether that be recommending cruelty free products or talking about my new favourite restaurant, to opening up about the deep, dark scary abyss that is mental illness.

I want to put a warning here to say that if you are triggered by anything related to mental health, please do not carry on reading, while I will certainly not be sharing any graphic information or images, I do not want to trigger anyone. 

If you're fine to keep reading, grab a cup of tea and a blanket as you step into my life.

It all started when I was 10 years old, my dad passed away from mouth cancer, and I was far too young to process that, especially as me and my mother were told by a letter from the council 2 weeks after his funeral. The last time I saw my dad was the weekend after my 6th birthday, and to save myself any more pain, I convinced myself that this was the time he got ill, and he wouldn't have wanted me to see him go through that. Whether that's true or not, I'd rather not know. 

All I know is I grew up watching little girls getting taught how to ride a bike, or hearing how annoying my friends' dads were with how protective they were when they got a boyfriend. It absolutely breaks my heart knowing I missed all of that, and will miss so many more amazing things with him, such as him walking me down the isle on my wedding day. I'm 22 now, and I still get angry, because it's not fair. Why did I have to lose my dad so young? I didn't deserve it, but unfortunately life is unfair sometimes, and there's nothing I can do about it other than heal. Believe me, it's been a long, hard process. I never got the chance to grieve properly due to the anger towards my dad's side of the family for not telling us, and that anger led to me being a pretty self-destructive child. I first self harmed when I was just 11. My mum walked in on me and she made me promise I'd never do it again, of course I promised, and of course I broke that promise.

I went through high school being relentlessly bullied by not only my peers but one of my teachers as well, nothing physical, but bullying is bullying. This led me to skipping the lesson that particular teacher taught (ultimately I failed my GCSE because of it), skipping school altogether, developing extreme anxiety and body/self confidence issues, these issues I'm still dealing with today because kids can be so cruel. 

As I got into my late teens/early 20's, my mental health deteriorated even more. I lost both my nan and my granddad, which was really difficult as I was so close to them. I also experienced sexual abuse twice. 
In my first job, I worked in a call centre and had to take sick leave as I was having panic attacks every day and the stress of the job was too much for me, I was dismissed because of it. Then, due to not having any money, I applied for another job in the same call centre under a different company and within 2 months of working there I hit absolute rock bottom and attempted suicide twice within a few weeks. The second attempt resulting in being rushed to hospital in an ambulance and an overnight stay (worst experience EVER - it was terrifying). During this time I finally got on the mental health team's radar and was put on a waiting list of nine weeks for therapy. 

Throughout this time I was put on many different medications (it's very trial and error as everyone is different) to help me cope with my conditions, which I finally got diagnosed with anxiety, depression and body dysmorphia. I also got misdiagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I had a mental health assessment over the phone shortly after my stay in hospital (which was a very distressing time of course - in which case my symptoms were heightened) and got misdiagnosed. I won't go into how, as it's a long story. So I went months with this big, scary label over my head, terrified to open up to anyone about it because I hadn't even heard of it until that phone call. I did my research on the disorder and everything started to click, it made sense that I'd been diagnosed because other than a few (VITAL) things, almost everything was exactly how I acted and felt. 

After going a year of still waiting for therapy, I managed to get into an online cognitive behavioural therapy course, which I completed, and sadly didn't help me at all. Me and my doctor both agreed that 1-1 therapy would be best, and thus, another long wait.

I finally started intensive therapy about 3 months back, and I can honestly say, the waiting and the struggling was worth it. My first session was absolutely terrifying, and I barely got a word out because I was either having a panic attack, or crying my eyes out. The second session, however, I gained some trust and started speaking about everything I've written above in detail, and more (yes, even though this post is incredibly long, there's things I still haven't touched on that I'm not quite ready to), and my third session, he gave me my full diagnosis. Anxiety, depression, body dysmorphia, just as before, but no borderline personality disorder. According to him, I do have many traits of it, but one of the vital symptoms that one would need to experience in order to have it, I didn't experience at all. This was quite a relief because I constantly felt like people would think I'm crazy (which isn't the case at all) if I told them about it. My diagnosis' didn't end there, however, he pulled out a huge book which includes everything and anything regarding mental health, and pointed to something that said "avoidant personality disorder" asked me if I'd heard of it and I said no, which was replied with "that's what you have, and it's okay". I broke down in tears, not because it was another label, but because I trusted him, and that's all that mattered. 
Throughout my sessions I spoke about things I didn't even know had happened because I've avoided my emotions and learned to suppress some very traumatic experiences doing so. My avoidant personality disorder sprouted from neglect, emotional and mental abuse I have experienced throughout my entire life - something which I just thought was a very normal way of being treated. That is something I'm not ready to talk about, as it's still such a new discovery and I'm still learning to accept it and heal from it. 

I'm proud to say that I've been clean from self harm coming up to 2 years now. I'm still taking medication (I most likely will be on for the rest of my life), and I'm still seeing my therapist once a week, and I can honestly say that it has changed my life. I've seen a few professionals in the past but none of them have helped me like my therapist has. 
If you are currently struggling with mental health please make sure you get the help you need. It is very scary to open up to someone, but the more you do it, the easier it gets, especially once you find someone you trust, and I promise that there is someone out there you can trust. The unfortunate reality is that it's a long wait to get therapy, but it is 100% worth it to be able to get better and spend the rest of your life being able to cope so much easier, and have the weight of everything lifted. Of course there will be days you will struggle, everyone does, but you will learn that you have people around you to love and support you and you will have new healthy methods of coping.

This post has been extremely difficult to publish, once I started writing, the words just came spilling out so I apologise that this is a long one, but I really don't think a topic like mental health should be squished into a few sentences or an inspiring quote, as it feeds to the stigma I and so many others are trying so hard to fight. 

Thank you for letting me pour myself into this post and accepting me for being who I am, mental illnesses and all. If you'd like me to write more posts about mental health please let me know in the comments, as I am an advocate and a passionate one at that, and there's still so much I can touch on - if you have any post requests, do let me know as well. 

Remember, you're not alone, and things do get better. I'm living proof.
Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Lime Crime Venus XL Review

A while ago now Cult Beauty had an amazing offer on their website, I believe it was 30-50% off of selected items. I was only browsing and not planning to buy anything, until my eyes fell upon the most beautiful palette I've ever laid my eyes on. 


I've only ever tried Lime Crime's liquid lipsticks, but after seeing this palette I was instantly won over. The packaging alone is so creative and beautiful, and the colour story inside compliments it very well. This palette has a total of 18 gorgeous shades, so the possibilities of looks you can create with this palette are pretty much endless! The shadows include 4 different finishes: matte, matte sparkle, glow and metallic! One of my favourite things about this palette, besides being so stunning, is it is cruelty free AND vegan! Woo!


I absolutely love all of the shades but some of my favourites are Ethereal, Flora, Eden, Inspire and Fresca. These specific shades make this palette so different from any others that I have seen or bought, so I just had to have it. 

Below are my swatches that I did on my arm, but I have to say, these swatches DO NOT do the shadows justice at all, maybe it was because I applied them with my finger, but the shades that are matte, the colour payoff isn't accurate to what it is like when applying the shadow with a brush, and it's the same with the matte sparkles. The glow and metallic colours however are really buttery to swatch and their pigmentation is true to how they are applied with a brush also. 





Admittedly, when I swatched the shadows I was a little disappointed as they weren't as pigmented as I'd hoped, especially with this palette retailing for £50, I expected a lot more from the swatches, and there was quite a bit of fallout too. 

HOWEVER, I decided not to give up with this palette just yet, I have been using it for several different looks throughout the week and let me tell you - when applying these shadows with a brush, they are ALL highly pigmented and the consistency is beautiful. There was some fallout, but nothing crazy or what I couldn't handle. 

All in all, I'd say this palette is definitely worth the purchase, don't let the swatches put you off - let me also just state that every single swatch picture I've seen from this palette looks as though they have been done with a brush, as they're so perfect and bright, just like they are when applying to the eye. My swatches were done with my fingers and blended slightly because I wanted to give a true representation on how they blend - and they blend like a dream. What do you think of this palette, do you have it, or will you be interested in buying it yourself? Let me know in the comments! 
Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Spontaneous Date Night to Wales!

Something me and my boyfriend agreed on in the New Year was that we would visit new places. That didn't quite go to plan until he got his car, and last weekend we took a spontaneous drive down to Prestatyn, a beautiful seaside town in Wales.

As someone who used to live by the sea, coming to this town was very nostalgic for me, and made me realise how much I miss it. Breathing in the salty, fresh smell of the ocean and the clean air filling my lungs was something I didn't take for granted; I currently live in a polluted town so being by the sea for a few hours was very refreshing, and quite frankly, amazing for my asthma.


One of my favourite sounds is waves crashing against the shore. I suffer from anxiety and this trip made me notice how relaxed I was whenever I'd zone out and just be still, at one with the ocean. I've decided that when I can't sleep or if I'm feeling particularly anxious about something, I'll listen to the recording I took of the sea and come back to this little happy place. 



Strolling down the beach we saw a miniature crab sculpture next to a giant one, unfortunately the giant one had been stepped on so I didn't photograph it. We actually saw some cute little crabs so this was quite fitting. Prestatyn is such a photogenic little town, I'd love to see what it's like when the sun is out and the beach is packed with children building sandcastles and people swimming in the sea.


Of course we had to be "that couple" and write our initials in the sand. It's pretty much tradition whenever you visit the beach with a partner, right? Admittedly, we came at a bit of a bad time as it was pouring down with torrential rain, and thundering and lightning. Despite this, we didn't let it ruin our evening and still had a lot of fun, but we definitely plan on visiting when the weather has perked up.

We had such a nice time together, and to end the night we got some chips from the fish and chip shop nearby and sat in the car watching the waves. This was definitely one of my favourite days of this year so far, and I'm now considering this precious little town my happy place. Where is your happy place? Let me know in the comments!