Month: December 2015

Looking back

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Hello, it’s me
I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet

It’s been a while. Like I mentioned before, I’ve been working through December, and I thought I was busy during term time! I didn’t want to spam everyone with wishlists and gift guide nonsense because really I’d like this blog to have a bit of integrity and I’m feeling a bit disillusioned with buying and buying. Retail does that to you. What better time to start writing again, then, than New Year’s Eve? I’ll be spending tonight revising and drinking Babycham, plus I’m a little bit upset because I ordered like £20 worth of sushi and my order was cancelled because the restaurant decided not to be open, ugh.

Anyway, I thought I’d write a little post summing up some things I’ve been thinking about recently.

1. Patience. I’m going to sound like a middle-aged Facebook drama queen, but I’m learning that I really don’t need to waste my time on people who don’t dring any value to my life. I feel like I’ve spent a lot of my life being very patient, assuming the best of people to then be let down, and letting them take advantage of me, and now I don’t really have the time for it. Perhaps it’s Marie Kondo’s influence, but if someone doesn’t spark joy, I have to discard the, so to speak. It sounds harsh, I know, but I meet so many people that it makes no sense for me to be wasting energy on the ones that don’t enrich my life in any way.

2. Myself. I feel as though I’ve really been able to learn a lot about myself this year, about how I cope under pressure or in new environments, and what I genuinely value in life. I feel much more empowered than I did last year and I definitely give far fewer shits about things that don’t matter. Going forth, I’m going to continue to challenge and push myself to achieve to the best of my ability, and squeeze everything out of every oppotunity that I’m faced with.

3. Dreams. Continuing from that last point, I have a much clearer idea in my mind of where I want to be in five years, and what I need to do to get there. When I look back, I’m quite proud of what I’ve done to get to where I am at the moment, and even though not everything went to plan, I’m happy here and in the direction I’m going.

4. Instagram. Humblebragging here, and the shortest bullet of all, but my Instagram has got a pretty strong theme going on right now which I’m pretty proud of. So glad I went back to using my favourite filter.

Those are the key points for me, really. I don’t want to give too much away right now because I also want to write a post about resolutions to be published on New Year’s Day.

Have you made any great realisations this year? Self discoveries?

Happy New Year!

– Niko

BULLET JOURNAL: end of year review

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One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to keep and maintain a bullet journal, and now that we’re approaching another new year, I thought this would be a good time to reflect on how I’ve done with it.

When I saw the video explaining how it works, it seemed like a good was to keep myself organised, however it does require dedication and regular attention.

Pros: I think it’s good write things down by hand as I remember them better this way, I like the minimalist style, and it’s handy to have around when my phone runs out of charge, which happens a lot when I’m travelling.

Cons: If I neglected to update it, I would be a bit lost, especially when I was stressed and/or busy, I have to actively check back on it to know what I had planned for the day, and sometimes I would forget to take it with me, or it was otherwise inconvenient to carry around.

Going forward, I think I will still be using the bullet journal for my monthly overviews, so at least I have a paper copy of my calendar- I do like having some kind of analogue way to keep track of things- but I will be going back to trusty old Google calendar for stuff like work and study schedules, where I can arrange email and phone reminders, and change appointments and plans with a couple of clicks (so much neater when I don’t have to cross things out!) I also really liked using the Rhodia webnotebook that I’d chosen for my journal – it’s a 5mm dot grid which is perfect for taking notes, and drawing graphs and tables. The paper’s a good quality and the durable cover keeps it in a decent state despite all the battering it’s endured over the course of a year. I’ve already repurchased it so I’m prepared when I reach the end of my current one, Lord forbid I should return to 1cm lined paper for a few days…

I definitely think that the bullet journal has its place in my life, but until someone invents a book that shouts reminders at me an hour before I need to leave the house, I’m going to need a bit of technological help. I’m still a fan of hand-written to-do lists though, so that’s going to stay constant.

Has the bullet journal worked for you? Did you keep at it? Let me know in the comments

– Niko

ALL THAT GLITTERS: 2015 holiday beauty

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It’s December, it’s finally acceptable to have tinsel EVERYWHERE, and all the beauty brands have their holiday collections out by now. Being achingly far from my next student loan installment and having a huge list of gifts that I need to be buying other people before myself, I’ll be waiting for the January sales before there’s a possibility of picking up a few treats, but I’ve compiled a list of my top holiday beauty picks if you were looking for gift inspiration, or simply planning to indulge yourself!

1. Tom Ford Lash Tips Mascara in Burnished gold, £35 /// Gold mascara. GOLD. MASCARA. Technically it’s just for the ends of your lashes but the possibilities are endless with this one – gold lower lashes, a bright streak on the outer edges, total lash gilding? This has you covered.

2. Ladurée Les Merveilleuses Pressed Cheek Colour /// Okay, I couldn’t find a price, this techically isn’t from a holiday collection, and I suspect it’s only available instore in Japan, but would this not make the perfect Secret Santa present? The whole line looks like it came straight from Marie Antoinette’s vanity table, and there’s a whole twenty shades to choose from! I’m not sure what I’d do with the yellow one, but I’d love no.10 or 11 in my collection.

3. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms, £29 /// Three mini lipsticks in wearable shades, all in Charlotte Tilbury’s gorgeous signature Art Deco-inspired packaging. I’d be thrilled to wake up to these on Christmas morning.

4. Dior Diorific State of Gold nail polish, £20.50 /// I’m sure you could maybe probably definitely get a very similar polish at the fraction of the price, but the orb-shaped bottle would make a lovely gift and a very pretty addition to any vanity table. Glitter nail polish is an absolute must for December.

5. Chanel Long Wear Cream Eye Shadow in Rouge Noir, £25 /// For this season, Chanel has based its holiday collection around its iconic Rouge Noir, and the Eye shadow looks abolutey divine. I sampled a few of the other products instore and really liked the rouge noir eye pencil, and am seriously considering the gold eye crayon. The mascara from this collection has sold out on Boots online, so I’d suggest acting fast for one of these limited edition pieces!

What’s on your Christmas list?

– Niko