I moved to London for my dream job


I moved to London. I know. Pinch me. I literally cannot believe I finally did it!
After the initial few weeks of feeling horrendously home sick, unsettled and if I’m quite honest completely TERRIFIED. I finally feel like I’ve settled in and I BLOODY love it! I will be doing some advice posts on the big move, in the coming months, so keep a look out for those.
In todays post though, I thought I’d share a few of the reasons I moved here along with a couple of pictures I’ve taken in this incredible city so far!

I was ready to leave home

So the first thing and probably the biggest! At approaching 25, I was so ready to move out of my parent and go it alone! Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my Mom and Dad, and leaving was actually so sad, but I think there comes a point for all of us, where you just want to be self sufficient.
Living at home I realised how even though I didn’t need to be, I was quite dependant on my parents. I knew if I forgot my keys, I could ring the bell until someone let me in. I could spend crazy amounts on shoes and make-up because when I had spent out, I could just go ask mom to sub me some money until the end of the month. And if I couldn’t be bothered to make food, she would sort me out. This kind of reassurance definitely makes you somewhat lazy.
Now though, and only a month in. I feel so empowered and self sufficient! I know my parents will always be there to support me, but I feel more determined than ever to look after myself. And that feeling is honestly THE BEST!

It’s an Experience

I had an opportunity and I took it by the balls! Yes, I could of stayed in a financially comfortable job, enjoying a social life at weekends. But anyone who knows me well, knows I have always been the person that wants MORE. If I’m honest, every night for as long as I can remember, I would go to bed and think ‘there has to be more to life than just this’. That might sound ungrateful but it isn’t meant that way, I have just always felt that their was a bigger purpose for me than anything my hometown had to offer.
Yes, the thought of just leaving my family, my dogs, my friends, hell my entire life was absolutely terrifying. But it was a risk I was willing to take, just to say I gave it a go. I made that mistake too many times before. I think when you have wasted years on relationships with guys who would rather gamble your future away, had friends who don’t want the best for you and spent far to much time worrying about everyone else but yourself. You get to a stage where, you know that the solid people in your life will love and support you whatever you do. So if it all goes Pete Tong, those are the people that will be there to love you and make it all better, regardless. And that I am so grateful for, those people are definitely part of the reason I had the confidence to do this!


I got the dream job

Saving the best until last and all that! Its of course the reason I was able to move here altogether, the dream job with the amazing Blogosphere Magazine. It’s crazy that 3 years ago when I took the job working for a travel magazine, I had the thought. ‘its OK, Although I’m not obsessed with the industry, I will learn skills that will get me where I want to be’.
Who knew then, I would end up landing the job of my dreams with such an amazing company. It’s something I am super proud of. Being a part of the magazine going from strength to strength is really exciting. The team at Blogosphere have been so welcoming, they really are great. It so inspiring to be a part of such a creative team and I’m super excited about the future 🙂

And there you have it, Im here, I MADE IT! FINALLY!

The future looks to be exciting and I can’t wait to share it with you all along the way.

As I mentioned earlier. I’ll be writing more about what the big move has taught me that will hopefully help you too. So keep your eyes out for those.

Let me know if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to include them 🙂
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The best high street contour



Today I bring you what I think is the best high street contour and its an absolute steal. Back when I started this blog in 2013, contouring wasn’t even a thing. It’s not something I do on a daily basis (aint’ no body got time for that). BUT, for a night out, its a must for me now. I mean, why would you not want to be able to shave 10lbs of your face?

So today I thought I’d share with you 3 reasons you should try the Barry M contour stick that I recently picked up, because I love it so much and needed to share it with you. I started out with the sleek contour and highlight, then upgraded to the Contour Cosmetics palette. However, Since I bought The Barry M contour stick, Its always the one I reach for.

The Price

So the biggest factor in all of this for me is the price, in my opinion its an absolute steal at just £7.99. For this, not only do you get the contour stick, but also the highlighter. If I’m honest, I don’t really use the highlighter, purely because I am so loyal to my collection concealer and use this as a highlighter too. however, whether you use the highlighter or not, when you compare this to the Contour Cosmetics palette at £28, it really is worth it.

Application

The application of this is effortless. If your a beginner and worried about applying to much product. Then you NEED to try this. We all know that time you applied to much with a brush and have the dreaded muddy face. HAHA. It really isn’t a good look. When I use the Barry M contour stick, I don’t have this problem at all. For my cheek bones, I tilt the stick so that I am using the edge and draw a thin line. Under my jaw I use it flat, because, well you know, the chins need covering. I also use a flat top brush and apply it directly to this and blend that way. It really is so easy to work with.

Colour

The problem with a lot of contours is the colouring. Some are too dark, some too orange and some too shimmery. With this stick being a cream product it is very important to be careful of applying too much, but as long as you bear that in mind you can’t go wrong. I tend to apply one layer and blend and then top up as and when. The colouring is perfect for me and I am quite pale so if you have a darker skin tone you can just apply more.



In conclusion, I would highly recommend this as an affordable and easy to apply contour. Although, like I said, I don’t personally use the highlighter part, the contour itself in my opinion is definitely worth the £7.99 and it fits perfectly in all of my makeup bags unlike huge contour palettes.

Whats your go to contour? let me know in the comments

Lots of love

Sophie x
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Perspective




“We spend our lives worrying about the ifs, the whats & the whens..
but why can we never just be”


At the end of last year, I had made a list of all of the things I was going to buy, see & do. I celebrated the new year in brighton with two of my best friends and had the BEST time. We planned the year to come and all of the things we were going to do, but the minute I pulled up on my drive way on New Years Day, I got the most horrific phone call. My beautiful niece Charlie-Marie had passed away and from then, everything changed.

Charlie was just 19, and had spent all of those years in a body that was against her. She had quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and epilepsy and had to endure all sorts of treatments from botox injections in her joints every 6 weeks, to 14 hour back surgery to correct her spine and relax her muscles. I honestly thought she was invincible, I think we all did. She really was an incredible person that despite all of her troubles, always greeted you with the most beautiful smile. She had a wicked sense of humour, If you stubbed your toe she would find it hilarious. Although she couldn’t communicate verbally, she had her ways to show you the kind heart she had. If anyone spoke ill of me in front of her, she would growl at them, if you needed her to cooperate whilst you struggled more than usual to lift her or strap her in, she would help. She was a beautiful person inside and out and will be deeply missed by us all, the only comfort we can take from this tragedy is that she no longer has to fight a body that failed her and is instead free.

I had all these plans of things I was going to write about in the new year, I’d just got my dream job and was due to start on the 2nd of january, 2017 was going to be my year. But Charlie’s death changed all of that. Why do we need a year to be better? Why can’t we just spend every day improving our life, our relationships and working towards our goals? having experienced what I have for the past month or so, I’ve got to tell you, none of that mattered. My new years resolutions, my dreams, my plans, nothing. The only thing that mattered was my family. As my family and I come to terms with this loss and I move forward with the year ahead, my whole perspective on life has changed, I will have goals and I will aim to achieve them, but ultimately I will just try to be better! 2017 will never be my year, it will always be the year we lost her. All I can do from here on out is learn and grow from the wonderful things she taught me in her short and difficult life.

The past 2 years have been a rollercoaster for me, I left my boyfriend of 5 years, got a new one, left him, spent way to many weekends partying and not looking after myself and towards the end of 2016 I thought, these past two years I really haven’t done anything that was really what I wanted. I loved my blog a few years back, I would chat to everyone about my day, vent when I needed to, talk about the things I loved and I enjoyed every minute. But then the industry turned into something I didn’t enjoy anymore and I stopped. I had these plans of what I was going to do to fit in again, but actually, I’m me, I like to chat about life and have a platform to vent as well as share all the thing I love. And I want the readers of my little space on the internet to be OK with that. My life isn’t perfect, I don’t spend every day with my makeup bag glued to my wrist, I have crap days. and I want to share the good the bad and the ugly.

This post has been a bit of a ramble, but it didn’t feel right to just start up again with out mentioning the changes in my life and how that has impacted and changed me and just how amazing she really was. She has impacted my life in a way that no one else ever will, she has taught me that the little things are what we should cherish, that no problem really is that big and that when things get shit, you just keep smiling. Because if she could, anyone can.
I am really looking forward to getting back into my blog and sharing all the things I’ve been up to, all the products I’m loving and the exciting times I have ahead with my looming move to London. But I will also be getting real with my little corner of the internet. I’m going to open up about relationships, grief and anxiety and share all of the things these huge parts of my life have taught me and I can’t wait to have you on this journey with me.

Have any of you been through grief? how did you guys cope?

Would love to hear from you 🙂

All my love

Sophie x


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