Redhead Rambles #21

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • Last week I dropped one of my bracelets into a jeweller to get some links removed because I have tiny wrists and I wanted the bracelet to fit better. I picked the bracelet up last Friday and it looks even more beautiful now.
  • This year I have really been enjoying Shaaanxo on YouTube and I have been lusting over her makeup brand xoBeauty for weeks. I placed an order last Friday night and I got the items on Wednesday. (It would have been Tuesday but no one was home so a courier left a collection card and I picked up the parcel on Wednesday after work). If you’d like to see what I picked up let me know in the comments!
  • Saturday was a low day mood wise, I tend to get Saturday blues as it comes up another week without my boyfriend and also it was my last day of annual leave before returning to work on Sunday.
  • A new TV series called Instinct started this week and I decided to give it a go. The series is based on James Patterson’s Murder Games and is about an author and former CIA paramilitary officer who helps a New York detective stop a serial killer. The serial killer uses the former CIA officer’s book as inspiration for the murders.
  • On Tuesday my Steps DVD of their Party On the Dancefloor tour arrived – I pre-ordered the DVD back in January. Mum and I watched the concert on Thursday and we both thought it was amazing! Steps are the reason I originally wanted to be a singer and their music always makes me happy.
  • On Tuesday after work I had some training and during the hour after finishing work and the training beginning I was naughty and treated myself to Burger King for lunch.
  • I opened my xoBeauty package and found I had been sent a palette signed by Shannon. I requested one when I placed my order as I know Shannon often goes into xoBeauty and helps package up orders and I was luckily enough to get one. I’m so excited to play with the palette and come up with looks, I’ve been watching so many YouTube tutorials about the palette.
  • Thursday was winter solstice meaning it was the shortest number of daylight hours and from now on days will be getting longer.
  • I painted my nails using Rimmel’s Go Wild-er-ness; a pretty light purple shade.

What I’ve been listening to:

Morgan Deane – You Or Anybody – Morgan is a singer I have followed since she was a member of Irish pop group Industry. This track is funky and cool and has a laid back vibe.

How was your week?

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Redhead Rambles #20

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • This past week I have had time off from work and it has been nice to relax and complete tasks from my to do list. I’ve slept in pretty much every day and I’ve loved it!
  • I painted my nails using Two-Timing the Zones (the second OPI polish I purchased in my Discount Beauty Haul). I needed three coats of polish.
  • Mum cut my fringe.
  • On Saturday night I ordered curry and there was so much food! I had butter chicken, pakora, fries, cheese and garlic naan and pappadum. I had to save some for the following day.
  • On Sunday I went into town and did some shopping, I purchased two blouses and a new bra. Bras are difficult to buy, I’ve got narrow shoulders so the straps have to be in the right place, I like the cups to cover my boobs a decent amount and I don’t like a lot of lace. Bras are either pretty but impractical or they don’t suit my personality.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed watching *THIS VIDEO* of The Anna Edit decluttering her makeup.
  • On Monday I woke up with a stuffy nose and thought I was getting sick again. My nose feels better now thanks to sinus rinses.
  • I cleared out my drawers and wardrobe and will donate old clothes and pieces I don’t wear anymore.
  • My mum made homemade vegetable soup which is one of my winter highlights.
  • Tuesday was a windy, dull, grey day so I stayed inside and didn’t do hardly anything. The internet was cutting in and out too which was annoying.
  • I placed an online clothing order on Tuesday night, it only makes sense when you clean out your wardrobe right?!
  • I took a bracelet into a jeweller as I want some links taken out. The bracelet has always been big on my wrist and I hope in getting some links taken out I’ll wear it more. The bracelet is beautiful and it was a graduation present from my mum back in 2014.
  • Wednesday was another takeaway night, this time fish and chips which I haven’t had for ages.
  • I watched *THIS TV SPECIAL* of Delta Goodrem’s Wings of the Wild Tour. Delta has such a beautiful soul and is one of the most talented musicians.
  • The clothes I ordered online arrived on Thursday afternoon. A post will be up on Monday showing what I got.

What I’ve been listening to:

Two of my favourite albums from 2017 that I still listen to all the time:

  • Steps – Tears On the Dancefloor
  • Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa

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Redhead Rambles #19

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • This is the first Redhead Rambles post in over a month. During my blogging break I didn’t write them and this week is the first week where I feel like my mindset isn’t quite as negative as it has been.
  • Last Sunday I actually saw my ex-boyfriend (it still hurts to type that) for the first time in a month. I had been writing down what I wanted to say and I had every intention of getting angry at him but I couldn’t do it. Talking felt like old times and we even laughed together but I have begun to realise that I cared about him more than he cared about me and he wasn’t willing to fight to keep me. I need someone who loves me the way I love them. In no way do I feel animosity or like our love wasn’t important but I’ve accepted we won’t be together. One day I hope losing me hits him and he realises what he lost, I don’t mean that in an arrogant way but I know I’m not like a lot of other people and I’m different. I’m not saying I’m better for being different but my mind and personality is unique.
  • Monday was Queen’s Birthday in New Zealand so we got a long weekend and I got an extra day off work. I had a chilled day and spent the afternoon curled up on the couch with a book.
  • Work was busy-ish on Tuesday (as to be expected after a public holiday) and was very hot. There’s an issue with the boiler and until it gets fixed it’s like working in a sauna and the temperature can’t be turned down.
  • I also experimented a little with some makeup this week. On Tuesday I used Maybelline’s Molten Highlighter in Rose Gold as an eyeshadow base for MAC’s Tan pigment and my eyes looked lovely and sparkly. On Wednesday I wore the blue cream highlighter from the Chi Chi Unicorns & Mermaids palette for the first time and loved it! Blue works so well with a fuschia lip!
  • Wednesday was also my last day at work for a little while. I’ve got some annual leave. It’s my first proper break in a year.
  • On Thursday I had a huge sleep in. I also made cheesecake in the afternoon, the cheesecake is nice but sickly if I have too big a slice.
  • I shaved my legs for the first time in a couple of weeks. Using The Body Shop’s Vanilla Chai Body Scrub seems to work a treat at not making them dry and itchy.
  • The final of My Kitchen Rules Australia 2018 aired this week and unfortunately the team I wanted to win didn’t.
  • I have lost weight recently without really trying. With stress, being sick and not feeling as hungry there has been a noticeable difference. Mum and work colleagues have picked up on it.

What I’ve been listening to:

Jake Carter ft. Una Healy – Take Me Dancing – The upbeat, positivity of this song makes me happy. This is the type of song that makes you want to forget about everything and, dance.

Kylie Minogue – Golden – This album has been out for two months and after my break up the tracks took on more meaning. The album was penned after Kylie herself went through a break up and lots of the lyrics are how she felt and personal to her.

Ellie Goulding – Delirium – I was absolutely addicted to this album when it was released and it is still one of my favourites to listen to. Can’t beat an Ellie sing-a-long.

How was your week?

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Reading Habits Book Tag

I stumbled across this tag a couple of weeks ago over on Starring Pamela’s blog. As I’m sure most of you know by now I am aiming to read 50 books by the beginning of September.  I thought it would be fun to share more about my reading habits with you!

1. Bookmarks or random pieces of paper?

I prefer an actual bookmark but if I don’t have one with me and I do have a piece of paper I will use that. My current bookmark is from Book Depository and it has all the starsigns and dates on it. I’m an Aquarius which is at the top of the bookmark so I have a little bit of that end sticking out.

2. Stop reading randomly or after a chapter/certain amount of pages?

I like to stop reading at the end of a page with a full stop, I can’t stop mid-sentence. Even better if the full stop happens to be at the end of a chapter.

3. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Usually I sit on my bed or the couch, so, yes.

4. Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

No. I don’t want to spill anything on the book and I don’t like to be distracted when I read, I like to be fully immersed in the pages of what I’m reading.

5. Multitasking: music or TV when reading?

I can tolerate if someone has it on in the background but when it’s just me I prefer silence.

6. One book at a time or several?

One book at a time for sure, I’d start getting plots and characters confused if I had more than one on the go.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere (within reason). I read at work on lunch breaks, I go out into the community as part of the Mobile Library and I’ve started taking a book with me then as well. I can’t read on the bus or in the car though, I start to feel sick after a while. With the eBook apps I’ve downloaded onto my phone and iPad I could have a book with me wherever I go if I wanted.

8. Reading out loud or silently?

Silently. Slightly off topic, but I don’t like audiobooks. I’d rather read the story myself and that way I don’t have time to kill while I listen to the story and get distracted and start thinking of other things. Audiobooks are like baths for me, people love them and enjoy them but I don’t get the hype.

9. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I try my best to keep the spine like new, it’s much easier with hardcover books but if the spine breaks a little as I read I don’t mind.

10. Do you write in your books?

Nope.


Fellow bibliophiles, I’d love to see you do this tag too! If you don’t want to do the entire tag, pick one question and answer it in the comments.

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Gratitude: May 2018

Most days in May I have screamed, cried, felt sad/miserable and generally not felt myself. I feel broken, I feel cheap, I feel used and my trust is completely shattered. It’s important to state it’s not the person who’s made me feel like that, it’s the situation and how it happened. Right now I would say this is worse than the anxiety I experienced in 2017. I had sessions with a counsellor and I had a best friend that made me feel calm and was my getaway from everything that was going wrong when I went through the anxiety. I don’t have that anymore. Remarkably, I have still manged to find a daily highlight.

Here’s what made me smile:

May 1: Halo cuddles.

May 2: My Beauty Joint order arrived.

May 3: Macaroni cheese for lunch.

May 4: Tried some new makeup and saw Avengers: Infinity War.

May 5: Can’t beat a good movie.

May 6: Schnitzel for dinner, haven’t had that in a while.

May 7: Bright orange lipstick.

May 8: Homemade pizza for dinner.

May 9: The weather was lovely.

May 10: Crispy hot chips!

May 11: Found the prettiest cream highlighter palette 😍

May 12: Freshly painted nails.

May 13: Got to have my favourite BBQ Rodeo burger from Burger King.

May 14: Started a new book.

May 15: Pretty pink highlighter.

May 16: Kylie’s ‘Golden’ really cheered me up.

May 17: Plucked my eyebrows and cleaned my makeup brushes.

May 18: Pizza Hut chips were good.

May 19: Spent most of the day in bed looking after my sick self.

May 20: Bold lipstick is always a good idea!

May 21: Bronze/copper eyes.

May 22: Falling in love with Maybelline’s ‘The Nudes’ all over again.

May 23: Vanilla Latte after work.

May 24: Felt like blog post writing and singing again.

May 25: Productive morning.

May 26: Elements of bravery today.

May 27: Leftover pizza.

May 28: One of my favourites stayed on Dancing With the Stars.

May 29: Bought some cream buns at the supermarket.

May 30: One of my better moods in a while.

May 31: Made a list of things I want to do during my time off from work.


What were you grateful for in May?

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What I’ve Been Reading – Autumn

I am three quarters of the way through my challenge to read 50 books by the beginning of September 2018. At the end of my previous update I was feeling a little disheartened because I should have been halfway through my target of 50 books and I wasn’t. I have picked things up and have made significant progress the past three months and I may be back on track to meet the target!

NB: Items marked with * are ebooks so I wasn’t able to photograph the cover images myself.

#1. Girl Online – Zoe Sugg

I do subscribe to Zoe on YouTube and was curious to see what her books are like. I commend Zoe for knowing her audience and what would be an appropriate book. The topics in this story are very relatable, even to me at age 23 despite the book being a little thin on plot. The social media aspects are relevant and the book confronts trolling and online hate. I don’t feel the need to read the other two books in the series. I don’t feel I’m missing out by not reading them.

#2. Taken At the Flood – Agatha Christie

This was the least action packed Poirot mystery of the ones I have read so far but the last 40 pages were really exciting and the ending surprised me. The way Agatha Christie writes is simple but she creates twists and turns that the reader doesn’t often expect until you think back over everything and realise it all makes sense. I love reading these mysteries and I’m looking forward to my next one!

#3. A Whole Lot of History – Kimberley Walsh

I haven’t read a musical biography in the longest time and this book reminded me why I love them so much. Not only do you learn about the people behind the songs and their personal stories you are told anecdotes about the songs themselves and given a small insight into the music industry. This book showed how lovely Kimberley is and I learnt more about different aspects of her personality. She was frank and honest but never in a nasty, judgemental way.

#4. The F Word – Lily Pebbles

First of all I want to defend Lily and stick up for her. Some of the reviews on GoodReads state that this book is like a diary and isn’t well written. The cover does say “A personal exploration of modern female friendship” so of course Lily is going to talk about herself and her friendships. I like that she gives examples of things that have gone well and haven’t gone so well in friendships. I did get a sense of Lily reading this book, it feels like you’re having a catch up with her and everything comes across naturally. One of my favourite parts was trying to identify which friend type I am, for example,  the older sister friend, the realist or the work wife, to name a few. The main lesson I took away from this book is to look carefully at myself as a friend and analyse how I can be a better friend.

#5. The Mysterious Affair At Styles* – Agatha Christie

This is the very first novel in which Hercule Poirot is introduced. Out of the Agatha Christie books I’ve read this is one of my favourites. The story is gripping, simple and classic. Death by poisioning, check. Whole host of suspects staying in a fancy manor house, check. Adulterous affairs, check. I finished it in two days. I like how the story is told from Hastings’ viewpoint, it really sets up the relationship between him and Poirot for future novels.

#6. A Talent For Murder – Andrew Wilson

It wasn’t until I picked up this book that I notice I don’t read as many books written by male authors as female. There’s no reason behind that and I really enjoyed this book. The plot centres around the real-life disappearance of Agatha Christie in December 1926. The author comes up with a fictional scenario as to what happened (the sentence on the cover gives you a good idea) as the mystery has never been solved. A good read and I am looking forward to the follow up called ‘A Different Kind of Evil.’

#7. Murder On the Orient Express* – Agatha Christie

This is without a doubt one of Agatha’s most famous stories and a few movies and TV specials have been made based on this story. I have seen the 2017 film, the 2010 Poirot episode and now read the book so I know the story well. I found the book the most enjoyable and the least confusing, if you know the ending you might understand why but I won’t spoil it if you don’t.  I’ve got yet more Poirot mysteries lined up to read – I really love them!

#8. Peril At End House* – Agatha Christie

This is one of Agatha Christie’s earlier Poirot novels, #8 in the series. This mystery is also told from Hastings’ point of view. I found this particular Poirot story very clever in the way it played out. I realised what was happening at the end and it really reinforces how talented Agatha Christie is with deception. I have been reading most of the Poirot stories in this seasonal update as ebooks and it’s really convenient, I have the books on my phone and my iPad so I can read wherever I am.

#9. Finding Your Path – A Guide To Life & Happiness After School – Amba Brown

I am thankful this book was only 100 pages. I didn’t find it useful and even though I’m not a recent school leaver I thought I could get something from it. I did like the graphic illustrations and the quotes!

#10. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd* – Agatha Christie

This is one of Agatha Christie’s most popular novels which I think is because of the ending and how Poirot solves the case. In 2013, The British Crime Writers’ Association voted it the best crime novel ever. I have seen the television adaptation of this novel which I recall I found more exciting than the novel. This isn’t one of my favourite Agatha Christie books if I’m being honest. I’m not sure if knowing the ending before reading skewed my perception of the story. I had seen Murder On the Orient Express before reading it and I enjoyed reading that as much as watching it. Despite that, the ending of Roger Ackroyd  is really clever even if you know the story.

#11. And Then There Were None* – Agatha Christie

This is Agatha Christie’s bestselling novel and one of the world’s bestselling mysteries and books of all time. I remember the television adaption of this story and it is written so well and keeps the reader guessing right until the very end. The story is not predictable and there is even an epilogue which explains how all the murders were done. If you like mystery stories and haven’t read this one, I highly recommend it.

#12. Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex – Hannah Witton

I don’t remember how I stumbled across Hannah on YouTube but I have watched a small number of her videos and have always found her content to be helpful and informative. When I saw Angela (The Life of Angela) talk about this book on her blog I knew I wanted to read it too. I don’t know what I was expecting but I thought there would be more of Hannah’s personal stories. Yes, she probably shares those on YouTube but if you aren’t aware she makes videos you won’t get that information. Not a bad read but not groundbreaking.

#13. Afternoon Tea At the Sunflower Cafe – Milly Johnson

I started reading this book, I got a third of the way through and I put it down and came back to it. I did try to implement my 100 page rule; if I don’t like a book, move on to the next one but the fact I got to page 210 urged me to pick it back up and keep going. When I did pick up the book again I hadn’t forgotten the story and it was refreshing to read something lighthearted after a number of mysteries and a few non-fiction offerings. I’m glad I went back to this book, the story was slow to start but I was satisfied with the ending and I may look into other books from this author.

#14. Letters From Lighthouse Cottage – Ali McNamara

I love the cover of this book so much and the story was just as good! The story takes place over the course of 30 years and is split into parts. Grace (the main character) helped her parents with their antiques business and found a typewriter one day which she keeps. The typewriter adds a whimsical element to the story as it writes her letters and gives her advice throughout stages of her life. Grace goes off to university, travels and gets married but begins to realise that home is where the heart is.

#15. Break-ups & Breakthroughs – Lisa Messenger

This book only took me a day to read and the imagery inside is beautiful, the pages are full of cute designs and inspirational quotes. Lisa shares 50 tips to help people going through a breakup and I found myself identifying with some of the things she was saying and one of the biggest lessons I took from this book is that it’s ok to be sad for a while. You will start to feel better in time and feel like finding love again.

#16. Appointment With Death – Agatha Christie

This mystery started off a little slow but in true Agatha Christie form kept me guessing all the way through. I didn’t have any idea who the murderer was until that person was revealed by Poirot. Not one of my favourite Poirot mysteries but still not a bad read.

Unfinished:

There were no unfinished books this season. Each one I started I finished!


Books finished in autumn = 16.

Total number of books read = 32.

Other posts in the series:


Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post?

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Redhead Rambles #18

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • Before I get into how my current week has been I wanted to let you know I am no longer in a relationship. If you don’t follow me on Instagram you wouldn’t have seen my story announcing it. It was my first relationship and I was in it for almost two years. When another person takes up such a big part of your day and knowing they’re there makes you happy it’s hard to go from that to nothing. I feel like that’s the reason it hurts so much. I know I am a strong person and I will get through, it’ll just take some time.
  • Last Friday I tried to go and see Avengers: Infinity War at the cinema but all the evening sessions were sold out.
  • Saturday was a very emotional day, I cried a lot and cried hard. I spent the day in my pyjamas, read and watched a couple of episodes of Poirot.
  • Sunday was my first day in my current job as a single lady and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I told my team leader and another staff member what happened and they were supportive.
  • Sunday was also the first day I didn’t cry and I’ve managed to not cry for five days straight.
  • I really want to try the sock bun mentioned in THIS VIDEO from But First, Coffee but it seems complicated…
  • I had a one on one meeting at work with my team leader which was very positive and complimentary.
  • The online makeup order I placed a few weeks ago arrived. A post sharing what I got will be up on Monday.
  • Monday’s post will be the last one for a while. I plan on having a blogging break for the next month or so, so my posts will be sporadic. I won’t not be posting but it won’t be three times a week. I will still be on Twitter and Instagram and reading/commenting on blogs.

What I’ve been listening to:

Shane Filan – You and Me – This album is so special to me and is one of my top five favourites of all time! I love every song and what makes an album a standout and worthy of top five status is not only listening to it a lot and knowing all the words but knowing all the instrumentation and all the little vocal changes. I still remember the hype when this came out and how excited I was.

Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry – I have always had an appreciation for Ariana’s voice. Her new track is catchy and I’m excited for what’s to come.

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Gratitude: April 2018

Looking back over April it feels like a month of two halves. The last part of the month was very reflective for me in particular. I’m not going to lie I struggled to find something to make me happy during some of those days. I hope next month is better.

Here’s what made me smile:

April 1: Surprise Easter eggs from mum.

April 2: Up early to get things done.

April 3: The smell of MAC lipsticks is one of my favourites.

April 4: Wearing my favourite lipstick makes any day better.

April 5: Curled my hair.

April 6: Kylie Minogue releases her new album.

April 7: Came home to a ton of new music to listen to.

April 8: Fluffy twosie and hot chocolate kind of night.

April 9: Found a way to make Rimmel’s Match Perfection foundation work with my MAC concealer.

April 10: Why are cinnamon donuts so tasty?!

April 11: My copy of Golden arrived.

April 12: Pleased with my hair cut.

April 13: Dominos kinda Friday.

April 14: My ASOS denim jacket is very warm when layered.

April 15: Sun was out.

April 16: Nice to wear my own clothes on one of my usual work days.

April 17: Training as part of work was useful and interesting.

April 18: Managed to find my favourite Rimmel mascara online and placed an order.

April 19: Second trip to Kmart.

April 20: Finished another book.

April 21: Thankful for laughter.

April 22: Sunday’s and bold lips go well together.

April 23: I liked my hair today.

April 24: I like my hair straight lately.

April 25: Roast pork with crackling for dinner.

April 26: Burnt my Ecoya candle finally.

April 27: First time wearing makeup in almost a week.

April 28: Spent the day in my pyjamas.

April 29: First day I haven’t cried all week, go me!

April 30: I’m going to be sad when I finish Revlon’s Fire & Ice rollerball perfume, the scent is so long lasting.


What were you grateful for in April?

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Redhead Rambles #17

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • I was in two minds about doing a Redhead Rambles post this week. I haven’t had a very good week.
  • This post will probably be shorter in comparison to others.
  • I have had some personal issues and I’m not ready to share them. I am still figuring things out and where my head’s at. I’ve been emotional and my mind has been all over the place.
  • I haven’t been sleeping well. Normally I enjoy my sleep and love the chance to sleep in but I’ve been waking up early and have been unable to go back to sleep.
  • I have spoken to a few people about where my head is and what’s going on and I appreciate their support and kindness. I always try to offer a kind word when someone is in need. Kindness is free and the person hurting is very grateful.
  • I applied for leave to take some time off work in June. That time off will mark one year since my last lot of leave. (The leave was applied for before my meltdown).
  • I haven’t read much or felt like singing.
  • A couple of weeks ago before all the personal stuff I made the decision to go on a blogging break. It will be for most of May at least, possibly longer. There may still be the odd post now and again.
  • There was an internet outage on Thursday afternoon. I spent that time reading and finishing a cryptic crossword with mum.
  • I finally got around to burning my Ecoya Guava & Lychee Sorbet candle for the first time. The scent was not overpowering and I didn’t get a headache.
  • A quick reminder that when I hit 1,000 followers I will be hosting a giveaway! I’m roughly 40 followers away.

What I’ve been listening to:

Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa – This is one of my favourite albums of 2017. I still play it regularly.

Lawson – Chapman Square – The pop/rock vibes on this album are so cool! Lead singer Andy’s voice is so beautiful and emotional as well.

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Redhead Rambles #16

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • Jamie has a series of posts about unpopular opinions and they are so fun to read. Check out her latest installment *HERE*.
  • Last Friday I had a huge sleep in and got up the latest I have in a while… 1pm. I did feel well rested though.
  • At the weekend I went on a short trip with my boyfriend and his dad to the shooting range they are members of. I have been before but they are always making changes and fixing things up and it’s come a long way since I was there last.
  • Lily Pebbles liked a comment I left on one of her Instagram photos and Andy Brown replied to a comments I left on one of his.
  • I think I have come to the conclusion eyeshadow is my least favourite part of my makeup routine. Coming up with combinations is hard, I’m more of a single or two shadow kinda girl!
  • On Monday and Tuesday I attended a two day workshop for customer service staff instead of being at work. I really enjoyed the workshop and found it useful. I will have those skills for life.
  • Attending the workshop meant I got to wear my own clothes instead of my work uniform and it felt nice to make an effort. I don’t always get to do that. Monday’s OOTD was dungarees with a jumper underneath and Tuesday’s OOTD was one of my favourite cosy jumpers and black pants.
  • I’m going to plug one of my own posts because I don’t know whether many people saw it or they missed it. I shared my second Bullet Journal update and video which you can view via THIS LINK.
  • I discovered Rimmel no longer sell my holy grail mascara in Extreme Black. They only sell it in Black and it’s not the same. It seems to be a worldwide change which is sad. I hate when you find something you love and it changes. I accept it may not be a popular mascara but it’s still annoying.
  • I did find the mascara mentioned above on an American website so I purchased two tubes as well as some other makeup. Let me know if you’d like a haul once the order arrives.
  • After work on Thursday I went for my second trip to Kmart. I bought underwear, socks, a top I intend to use as a pyjama top, a travel size EDT and toys for Halo.

What I’ve been listening to:

Kylie Minogue – Golden – My copy of Kylie’s album arrived a week ago and it has been on loop ever since.

Westlife – Back Home – I threw it back to 2007/2008 with this one. The vocal talent on this album is incredible, the melodies and harmonies are beautiful and it is one of my favourite Westlife albums.

How was your week?

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