Katharine Anne

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A Few Good Life Lessons.

Only quite recently I decided to start a change to a few things in my life, things that I knew needed changing. I think sometimes it can be a bit difficult to start a change, we are only human and when certain things in our lifes become routine it can throw us a bit of balance when we do decide to change them.

These could be changes as simple as the way you travel to work in the morning or cutting a few inches of your hair, we can find them hard to get used to. But I’m not talking about changes like that, I’m talking about changes a little bit bigger then that, changes to my mind-set and the way I looked at things and coming to terms with things that I knew wasn’t good for me and knowing that it had to change, and it goes a little something like this.

Do more of what makes you happy.

For a very long time I was finding myself over and over again saying yes to things I didn’t really want to do, from simple things like being invited somewhere and I knew I didn’t particularly want to go, but I would anyway just because I didn’t want to let someone down or I didn’t want people to think I was boring, but the more I was doing this the more I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t doing the things I wanted to do, or I was  finding myself doing things that I didn’t like because I didn’t want to be seen as boring and I didn’t want to be the person that didn’t get invited I think I had a fear of being left out. But one day it just seemed to click, I wasn’t doing it anymore I wasn’t going to pretend to be something I wasn’t just on the basis of pleasing others, no way, the thing is to some people I am quite a boring individual, I like coming home after work and having my dinner, having a bath and going to bed, you wont ever catch me awake later then 1am (unless its a special occasion) because I love to sleep and believe me I need at least 7 hours. After doing this I found myself becoming more relaxed more myself because I stopped doing all the things I didn’t want to do and started doing the things that I did, And don’t get me wrong I don’t say no to everything that really would make me boring I do go out with friends and I’m always up for a laugh, but now i just don’t subject myself to everything that gets thrown at me.

 

 

Learning who to call friends.

I’m a very open person and sometimes I feel like I’m too open, I let people in easy and make a habit of giving people the benefit of the dought, but that’s just who i am and ive always been that way, and i don’t think ill ever be able to change that about myself, and sometimes it doesn’t always work in my favour because i have come to a few realisations in the past couple of months, Unfortunately you cant trust everyone, some people are only out for their gain only and its unfortunate I had to come to this realisation but it can be true in some cases. It took a while for me to realise this but when I did it actually made my life a whole lot easier knowing exactly where I stand with certain people and that’s okay you cant be everyone’s friend that’s just not the way that life works. But I have a handful of fantastic friends that I could trust with my life and that I am so grateful for.

Don’t be scared to take a leap of faith.

For about the last 3 years I have wanted to start a blog/YouTube channel its just something that I wanted to do since the first time I came across a blog and since I started watching YouTube videos, and for 3 years I put it off, and the Christmas before last my boyfriend bought me a camera one the basis that I promised I would start my channel and of course I told him I would and the truth is I really believed I was going to that I was finally going to do It, even to the point that I told a few close friends that I was going to, I went out after I got my camera and bought myself memory cards and tripods you name it I bought it, and guess what.. still no YouTube channel I chickened out, I decided I couldn’t do it so I didn’t, same with the blog for hours I would sit at home and google different blog sites I made a few blogs just to test it out and I would write one post and then wouldn’t go back to the site for a few months and then pick up where I left off, and it wasn’t because I didn’t want to do it I just felt as if I could never make it public I could never post it on my social media or let friends or work colleges know about my blog because they would probably mock me or talk about me behind my back and at that moment in time I just wasn’t ready, and that’s the thing I wasn’t ready I’ve wanted to do these things for so long now but it wasn’t my time and the only reason I know this is because once I had spent hours and hours on my blog from writing posts to designing my site the way I always wanted it to be I didn’t care about making its a know fact to colleges and friend that I had a blog where I spoke about things from beauty to lifestyle topics and if they mocked me well that’s up to them, it has nothing to do with me because I’m doing something I want to do and I’m proud of myself and I know that people I can truly call my friends will be proud of me to.

That’s why I believe that everything is always about timing, sometimes in life its just not your time but when it is you’ll know about it because all the things that once bothered you so much in the past will suddenly feel so small and so minor that it will make you question why you ever felt that way in the first place, but its completely normal, but I’m so happy that I’m finally at this stage in my life where I’m taking this leap, doing what I’ve wanted to do for so long now and I cant believe I’ve done it, I know I don’t have hundreds or thousands of people reading my blog but for the few that do, you’ll never know how grateful I am, it means so much so thank YOU.

As for my YouTube Chanel I’m working on it!

 

So there you have it these are a few life lessons I have come to terms with in the last couple of months they might not seem like massively life changing realisations, but for me they are, because ever since ive made these changes and come to these realisations ive been much happier and I just feel better about myself and that for me is amazing. Change can be daunting and we do try to avoid it but changes that benefit you and make you happy that’s a change worth doing, never stop yourself from doing what you want because of what others will think.

Be Happy, Be Yourself, Do what you love.

 

 

 

 

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Glossybox Bloggers Brunch

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A few months back I was scrolling through my Instagram and kept finding myself stumbling across people’s wonderful posts of beautifully wrapped pink boxes with luxury cosmetic goodies inside, and of course found myself curious about the box its self and the cosmetics that came inside, so after some googling and searching through the glossy box website I was sold!  Not only because of the fantastic reviews that everyone had left about their own glossy box experiences but also with the reasonable prices, so a few clicks later I was signed up on their monthly plan.

My first box arrived a just 3 days later and I was over the moon of what was inside from This works moisturiser to a sleek make up pallet I was so happy with it, so much so that of course I was setting up my box for the perfect Instagram picture who wouldn’t? so after setting out all my new goodies on my desk I put the pink box on my shelf because there is no way I’m going to throw them! and started thinking to myself how glad I was that I subscribed, it’s sort of like a little treat for yourself that just gets delivered to you each month and I’m in love!

So just a few days later I was at my boyfriend’s house and started reading through my emails and came across an email from Glossy box inviting me to come and be a part of their bloggers brunch for aspiring bloggers, there was going to be a delicious brunch along with a glass of bubbly and talks from not only Glossy box themselves but Monas Eyes a Beauty blogger and youtuber and Connie also known as Cbeauty on her Instagram who is An amazing makeup artist and also a weight loss and nutrition influencer, after reading this my eyes lit up, I shoved my Ipad in my boyfriend’s face wanting him to read it and he looked at me and said “book the ticket then”, and that my friends is just what I did.

The day finally came I woke up early and jumped in the shower and started getting ready for the day that I had been looking forward to since the day I read the email, and call me crazy but I was overcome with nervousness, worried I was going to be out of place or I was going to make an idiot of myself (Anxiety issues) I think I had this idea in my head that everyone there was going to be super successful beauty bloggers and I’m nowhere near at that stage!

So, at 9.30am my boyfriend picked me up and we drove to oxford street and we arrived super early, so naturally I sat in the car with the feeling of excitement and nervousness bubbling inside of me, until it was finally time for me to go inside, so off I went Starbucks in hand. The event was held in a beautiful restaurant just at the back of oxford circus called the Coppa club, the whole atmosphere screamed sophistication. Once inside I told the waiter behind the counter that I was there for the glossy box event and I was directed down the stairs into a small private room with its own bar and only about enough spaces for 25 people, straight away I was greeted by Coryn and Emma from Glossy box and straight away I felt more relaxed they was so nice and welcoming and all my nervousness disappeared.

I sat down right at the front with a fellow aspiring blogger who was so lovely and we got to talking straight away and it was so nice being able to sit and speak to someone that was there and had a passion for the exact same thing as me, after about five minutes I looked up and across the room I could see Mona and Connie talking to one another and It was so surreal I have followed Mona for quite some time now and I’m a big fan of her blog and love her youtube videos, And I am a tad bit more new to Connies Instagram but I love her work and I think  she is such an inspiration, so seeing them in the flesh was defiantly a big pinch me moment.

The time come for them to start the talk, Coryn and Emma opened the talk telling us a bit more about Glossy box and what they do and what both of their roles were in the company which was amazing I think it’s always good to find out more about a company that your subscribed to, so after a  engaging talk from the both of them and a few sips of my bubbly it was time for Mona to start her part of the talk, and obviously I can’t quote word for word of what she spoke about, but it was the most inspiring talk and defiantly what I needed to hear at that particular moment in time, from telling us how she started her blogging journey to how she struggled and how she made things that little bit easier for herself and giving us tips and tricks on how we could make our experience that little bit smoother and for that I’m so grateful.

Next to speak was Connie I already had major outfit envy with what she was wearing but then half way through her talk I  had envy all round she is so inspirational and so motivated, she told us how she started her weight loss journey and how far she had come and what obstacles she had to face and overcome to get to where she is now, and having people sharing that kind of experience with you is so motivational especially if your finding your own path to be quite difficult. By the time Connie was finished speaking it was time for brunch to be served, the smell of warm pancakes and eggs filled the small intimate room and the voices of all the girls talking amongst themselves and phones being passed around for everyone to share their Instagram’s and blog sites with each other I felt a sense of comfort, comfort of being somewhere where other women were sharing their experiences sharing their goals and sharing a piece of themselves to others they had only met no more the 90 minutes ago, the feeling of support a non-judgmental environment. Something to which I had been searching for, for quite some time, I don’t have friends in my day to day life like me, people who are aspiring bloggers or influencers, and of course that’s fine not everyone has the same ambitions but when you don’t it’s difficult to share your ideas and aspirations with people who wouldn’t really get it.

The last 20 minutes of the event was a Q&A Coryn, Emma, Mona and Connie were all ready to answer and burning questions we had, and the room went silent it was that sort of silence where you could tell people were holding back, maybe like the way I was, I could of sat there all day asking them things I find myself googling late at night but never really getting the answers, but I guess my nerves got the better of me so I decided not to say anything at all, silly I know but I just wouldn’t of known what question to start with first. Finally, someone spoke up and most of the questions  were directed mostly at Coryn and Emma from Glossybox, so after a good 10 minutes of Q&A they announced it was goodie bag time. When I first read invite to the event it did state there would be a goodie bag and I think like everyone else in the room I was expecting a sort of party bag just a small bag or maybe even a glossy box with 5 items inside, oh how wrong we were they presented us with giant Glossybox bags filled to the brim with goodies, I was gobsmacked. Everyone started peering into the tops of the bags trying to get a glimpse of what was inside, no one wanted to be the one to start un bagging first, but as everyone received their bags It only takes one to dive in and then so did everyone else, I carefully started to pull a few items from the top of the bag and then lean the bag over just enough so I could see inside, I couldn’t believe it so much stuff from makeup pallets to facemasks and even a super cute and handy glossy box notepad.

After everyone was relaxed and calm from the excitement of the goodie bags because believe me it took a while, the whole experience had come to a finish and everyone was starting to say their goodbyes, a few of the girls I had got to talking to had to leave straight away and a few stayed behind, of course I was part of that few, I didn’t want to leave actually I stayed behind to the very end, I wanted to get a chance to thank the girls from glossy box and Mona personally unfortunately I couldn’t speak to Connie because she had a fitness event to go to, but I was so glad I stayed behind I had such a nice chat with Emma from glossy box and I even got a chance to speak to Mona and tell her how thankful and how great the whole experience was, she is genuinely such a lovely person she’s so warm and welcoming and so easy to speak to, normally I find myself becoming overwhelmed when speaking to someone I admire but not with her it was like speaking to a friend.

After hugs and goodbyes and a few more thank yous it was time to leave, time had gone so quickly I was shocked when I made my way up the stairs and the whole restaurant that was once so quiet and peaceful was heaving inside and out with people sipping cocktails and having their own brunch, I left on such a high and feeling so motivated and for the first time in a while felt like I could achieve what I wanted to achieve and that it was possible and if I worked hard and put my mind to it I would see the results, and even though it’s only been a week since the brunch I have made some big steps in to getting my blog started steps that I was too scared to take too scared I would fail or that I would be mocked, but you know what? I don’t care I’m going to do this because I want to and that for me is enough.

I want to thank Glossy box for hosting this event and to thank the amazing women that made it so spectacular for being so inspirational and motivating and for really and truly being influencers because without the motivational speeches I wouldn’t have been writing this now and I might not have made big steps that I made in the past week. I didn’t get to meet all the girls at the brunch but I’ve connected with nearly half of them on Instagram and a few of them I have spoken to a lot since last week and one girl in particular that has been there to answer all my questions about the blogging world and a few other bits of advice she has giving me, even down to hairstyles we are both considering! But that’s the thing if you put a bunch of likeminded women in the same room friendships will defiantly be made.

Women need to do more of inspiring other women and thanks to Glossy box, Coryn, Emma ,Mona, Connie and all the beautiful women I got to share this experience with I’m defiantly Inspired.

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Preparing For My Holiday Mentally And Physically

Preparing For My Holiday Mentally And Physically

Holidays we all look forward to them, we all travel to work in the mornings being pushed and shoved and waiting in line at the coffee shop wishing we was somewhere else, sometimes its what motivates us, gives us something to look forward to, knowing that all your hard work is going to pay off in the long run when your sitting on the beach sipping a pina colada and dipping your feet in the sand and have a whole week to do exactly whatever you please. But unfortunately for some people (Some people like me) there’s one small little problem that stops me from being just as excited as most people would be.

The big A that a lot of people dare not to utter the word or admit they are a victim of this over thinking time consuming issue, Anxiety. And of course don’t get me wrong I’m looking forward to being on the sunny beach of Portugal, I’m looking forward to having a break to having a whole week to spend with my boyfriend,but its the build up, all the what if’s that spin in my mind like a washing machine on the super quick setting. Sometimes they are very minor issues that my brain likes to make into a even bigger issue.

Let me give you a little example of how the beginning  of my last holiday started. Me and my boyfriend arrived at Stanstead airport at around 5am and i felt a little bit nervous but i was ok, then waiting for the mini bus to take us to the airport entrance from the car park, im still okay, standing in line at security this is where my stomach starts to turn don’t ask me why, maybe its that sub conscious knowing that once you go through security there’s no going back, that’s it no outside air until you land in your destination how ever long your flight is, that might be it. So we get through and decide to get some breakfast before the flight so we go into what i believe was a Frankie & Benny’s and i had some pancakes and maple syrup and a big glass of cold orange juice and the longer we sat there the closer the flight was coming to boarding time and even my boyfriend noticed as time ticked by i got quieter and quieter and quite frankly unfortunate enough for my boyfriend quite snappy! The thing is for people that don’t suffer with Anxiety its very difficult to understand, my boyfriend really didn’t understand it for quite a long time, and i don’t get snappy or extremely quiet and un-talkative for no reason im not nasty, but its something that just takes over inside and i just cant help it.

So we leave the restaurant and i head on over to WH smiths to grab a few magazines for the flight and by the time i make it back to my boyfriend his trying to hurry me up because our flight is boarding and our gate is a good five minute walk away, so rushing there pulling my suitcase along by my side, this is just too much for me, the already gut wrenching feeling i have and the rushing to board a plane i really really don’t want to get on, and the really horrible thing about it was that in the back of my mind im hoping we don’t make it, i want to miss it, i don’t want to have to get on that plane i don’t want to sit there grabbing on to the edge of my seat every time the plane makes a slight move i don’t agree with and to have myself wondering what if, What if something is wrong with the plane what if something really bad happens, what if i get sick on holiday and i cant get home, what if we get into a wrong cab and something happens to us. Why must i think like this cant i be like a regular person someone who’s like my boyfriend just bloody happy to be going on holiday regardless. So we check in walk down the stairs outside on to the runway, walking up to the big old beast of a plane  (surprise surprise i don’t like that to much either) and the closer im getting to this plane the more i cant fight the tears that are breaking their way through my eye sockets, and there you have it lady’s and gentlemen there you had a 21 year old, on a runway at 7am in the morning crying into her boyfriends shoulder sobbing at him to go without her that i just wanted to go home, so of course people are walking past us, we are letting them through everyone looking at the poor little crazy girl and then looking at my boyfriend with pure compassion (poor sod) of course he reassures me telling me its all going to be okay and that just hold on to him while we walk up the stairs to the plane doors, and im still crying we get on the plane while i try and hide my face from the air hostess before they think that im crazy, or worse my boyfriend has kidnapped me against my will and i don’t think he needed anymore grief than he was already getting to be quite honest. So because we was almost the last ones on the plane the walk to our seat was awful, people were naturally staring wondering what was wrong, so we sat down in our seats and i cried a bit more, don’t get me wrong i wasn’t sobbing anymore it was more like looking out the window crying like i was in a cheap romantic drama. My boyfriend was a good sport though he did keep insisting we could get off and just go home if i wanted too, and trust me it took everything in my power not to agree i just couldn’t do that to him, and looking out the window all i kept thinking was that as soon as they took the stairs away that was it there was no getting off, my boyfriend pulled me into his chest and i remember crying quietly for a few minutes more and then nothing.

I woke up what must of been one hour later and looked out the window, while my boyfriend probably held his breath not knowing what sort of state i was going to get myself in once i looked out the window and we was way above the clouds a long way from London, but believe it or not i was absolutely fine and i couldn’t remember why i was so upset i mean i knew why i was so upset but it didn’t make any sense anymore, and to be honest from then on our holiday was smooth sailing i didn’t get much more anxiety for the whole trip and the flight back to the UK i was actually okay.

But that’s the thing with anxiety you can be fine one day and the not so fine the next, and obviously im speaking for myself i know full well that everyone’s different, and has their own ways of dealing with things and not everyone’s anxiety will be the same and different things and situations will bring it out of certain people like it wouldn’t in others, but unfortunately a lot of the time traveling, being away from home does it for me. Along with a few other things but i wont dwell on that right now.

So with my next holiday only a short 5 weeks away i am mentally preparing myself and i believe in the last year i have found ways to handle my anxiety a bit better, i don’t believe i will react in the same way i did last year but strange thing about anxiety is that you just never know when its going to jump up and make you start crying in front of a plane full of people. But over the last year i have come to realize a few things that have made it a bit better.

Number One:  You can’t let your bad thoughts control your life, just because of what happened to me last year I’m not going to let that stop me from going on holiday again, even though i thought it would at the time, because lets be honest if you let every single thing you was scared of stop you from doing things, you would never do anything you would never go anywhere and i don’t believe you can live like that, you could live the rest of your life and do nothing don’t travel don’t be adventurous don’t do the things that make you happy. And then one day you will wake up and be 80 years old and realize you done nothing that you really and truly wanted to do and i cant imagine anything more heartbreaking.

Number Two: Knowing im not alone. When i first started coming to terms with my anxiety it was a long while ago and at the time i didn’t really understand it nor did i know anyone else who was dealing with it, and now im seeing people speaking out about it all the time, on blogs, on the television and even people i know, people i have know for quite a long time and it was just as if one day i noticed people speaking openly about their anxiety and at first i was shocked, shocked at the fact someone was saying it out loud, that they was admitting to the fact that they was also had this issue just like the way i did. And then what felt like not very long after i was seeing anxiety posts pooping up on my news feed, seeing people speaking about it openly online and on TV and all of a sudden felt like it was ok, it was OK to speak about it, OK to tell people why i just didn’t feel comfortable to attend that birthday party at a club in central London that i knew would be packed full of people and knowing i couldn’t handle it, OK to finally open up to my boyfriend and tell him, tell him about it tell him how i felt, what triggered it, how he could help me, and when he knew it made me feel more comfortable and for him too

because he then knew what was wrong, what was wrong when we would go out with a group of friends and i just couldn’t socialize or not booking things because i just wouldn’t know if i would be up for it when it came to the day, and him being there, knowing, supporting me made it that little bit better, and i have all them brave people to thank everyone that spoke up about their anxiety, everyone that spoke up to let others know that its okay and that yes it does make things harder but it doesn’t make you strange or weird but it makes you strong, strong when you can open up and speak about how you feel even though it scares you to even utter the words to still go and do things that you want even though sometimes your shaking and your heart starts to race, Yes that makes you strong and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

So there you have it that’s me mentally preparing for my holiday, as for the physically, well that’s quite simple i need a new suitcase and a good old browse at some new holiday clothes, and a good old catch up with my nutri bullet, but apart from that i think im going to be just fine.

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
― Corrie ten Boom

 

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What happened when i changed my skincare routine.

What happened when i changed my skincare routine.

I’m sure i am not alone when it comes to finding the right products that work well with my skin. I for one have quite oily skin so finding the right skincare products can be quite challenging as i find a lot of them make my skin worse.

And i found that not using anything at all was not going to work either, so i set out to find them, the products to finally make me feel more confident with my skin.

I started reading blog posts on what was working for other people and taking advise from other peoples experiences with skincare products, and after i done some digging i knew where i was taking my first stop.

I must of been living under a rock because i only happened to stumble upon the Garnier micellar cleansing gel wash just on the off chance while walking around Boots, I am already a big fan of the micellar water from Garnier so i thought there would be no harm in giving this a try, and i can honestly say I’m in love with it, it really does do what it says on the tin! removes my make up without having to over rub and doesn’t leave my skin feeling irritated and not even to mention how soft my skin feels after i use it.

Another thing i did actually stumble across was the Garnier moisture bomb tissue mask, i saw it and it was only 99p so i thought for under a pound it couldn’t hurt to give it a try, i have never had any issues with any of Garier’s products before and i do love a good face mask so i was really looking forward to trying it out. And i was not dissapointed the application of the mask is really straight forward, and only has to be left on for 15 minutes and once you take the mask of just massage the excess gel into your face, it really does leave your skin feeling fresh,soft and hydrated.

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I am a big fan of Kiko i have been using there make up products for the past few years now and i cant fault them they have never steered me wrong, so why it took me so long to try any of the skincare products is beyond me.

So i decided to give them a try and as expected i think they are wonderful, The first item i got was the pure clean cream witch is really lovely and cleansing i usual put this on after Ive washed and cleansed my face and it leaves it feeling super soft although in my opinion it doesn’t smell fantastic it could be a little better but i cant fault it on being a good product. Second product i got was the matching product to the first it is the Kiko pure clean essence this is also amazing after Ive taken my make up off and clensed my face this lotion goes on last making my skin feel really fresh and supple.

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On my way to the counter i noticed some other bits on the skincare counter some of there smaller skincare products one of them was the eye rescue total perfection eye contour serum ( Thats a mouthful!) it says its supposed to immediately minimize under eye puffiness and dark circles and although Ive only been using it for a few weeks i defiantly notice a difference i apply it morning and evening and i can defiantly see a difference.

last two being the Kiko lip Scrub and Night balm the lip scrub i only use every 2-3 days just because i find lip scrubs really make my lips dry when i use them too much, but i do think there great to use before wearing a matte lipstick to get all the dry skin off before hand. And as for the night balm i think i will forever own this product i use it religiously every night since i got it and its the first night balm i have used where i wake up the next morning and my lips still feel moist when i rub them together, i have defiantly noticed a massive difference in my lips and how hydrated and soft they look since using these products so thank you Kiko on re hydrating my skin!

 

Last but not least is the one and only Biore charcoal cleansing strips, i must admit at first i was a bit skeptical about this product but i tried these out with a few of my girlfriends and we all agreed they are amazing! the sensation is very strange when they start to harden around your nose, and its not at all painful when pulling the strip off this i was very surprised about and although its not very glamorous to look down and see all your blackheads stuck to a strip, but it really does work, it also makes your nose feel really soft after so thumbs up for these bad boys!

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So there it is products that finally don’t make me feel like i can fry a egg on my face! I knew for a long time that i really needed to get out there and search for products that were right for me and I’m so glad i did, these aren’t super expensive products and they will hardly leave you bankrupt but they really do work, i am a big believer that in some cases less can be more, i mean yes some more expensive skincare products are really good and are worth the money, but i also believe you can find products that are just as good for half the price if you just shop around a bit and do some digging, like i did and find out whats working for other people with the same skin type you have, that’s why i believe blogs are so amazing you get to explore and really compare and learn from  other people and find out information about things you would never particularly try if you didn’t read about how great they were, because i know my skin has the blogging community to thank!

Katharine Anne.

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