What I Do In a Day #3

This is a blog series I know I can come back to. This is only the third post in two years but they are easy and fun posts to write and you get to see into my day and life, the other side that isn’t blogging Chanelle. It’s like the written edition of a vlog!

The day this post refers to Thursday, 18th January 2018.


8:28 a.m. – Get up and take morning medication.

8:30 a.m. – Back to bed.

10:25 a.m. – Wake up. Check emails and social media.

11:07 a.m. – Late breakfast; a banana.

11:30 a.m. – Yoga. (This was my first yoga of the year and I eased myself in with Yoga With Adrienne’s Chair Yoga).

12:55 p.m. – Shower and get dressed. The weather was cooler so I opted for black ponte pants, a t-shirt and a cream jumper.

1:50 p.m. Lunch; rice risotto.

2:45 p.m. – Start London jigsaw.

3:43 p.m. – Photograph books for my reading challenge.

4:59 p.m. – Took delivery of MAC pigment in Tan.

6:07 p.m. – Made a list of cat names I like.

6:26 p.m. – Blog post writing.

6:34 p.m. – Listened to music on Spotify.

7:17 p.m. – Dinner; sweetcorn and cheese and potato toasted sandwich.

8:28 p.m. – Hot drink in the cup my boyfriend bought me for Christmas whilst watching TV.

9:11 p.m. – Vanilla ice cream and custard for dessert.

9:44 p.m. – Journalled.

10:20 p.m. – Laptop and listen to music.

11:53 p.m. Bedtime.


How did you spend your last day off from work/school etc.?

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January Favourites 2016

January Favourites 2016Hello there! We are already at the end of the first month of 2016 and I feel like this month has been one of the best I’ve had for a while and there’s just been this buzz of excitement for most of it. I feel like so much has happened already this year and if everything continues at this pace, it’s going to be a jam-packed 2016. I decided to keep my monthly favourites feature as I enjoy reading them and I love sharing what I’ve been loving for the past four weeks.

1. Real Techniques Shading Brush – I mentioned the Real Techniques Blush Brush in my 2015 December Favourites but this month I’ve been loving using the Shading Brush with all my eyeshadows. This brush is quite small in size so you may not love it as much as I do if your eyes are on the larger side but for me it is the perfect size. I use this brush to create my whole eye look and find it picks up each colour nicely without blending away what I’ve applied already. The bristles are super soft and wash up really well. Don’t hesitate to give this little brush a go!

2. MAC Ruby Woo and All Fired Up – I got these two shades for Christmas and I have been debating whether or not they deserve their own post dedicated to how beautiful they are. If that’s something you’d like to see just give me a shout! I won’t talk about them too much but Ruby Woo and All Fired Up are bright, bold colours and both have a Retro Matte finish. I have worn each shade a handful of times now and they look so good, I haven’t found the formula to be as drying as I thought it could be either.

3. Filofax – Ahhh, my gorgeous hot pink Filofax in ‘Domino.’ I have had this beauty coming up two years now and I still love it! I decided to include it in my favourites this month as I got new diary inserts for 2016 and I have been really good at using them and writing down what I’ve got to do or what I’ve got coming up. The beauty of a Filofax is how personal they are, you don’t need to buy a new diary every year, just the inserts. The inserts come in a range of options and no one said anything about a Filofax having to be used as a diary. *wink*

4. TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray – Shortly after I purchased my hair straightener I purchased this heat protection spray. I am currently using the TRESemmé Salon Silk shampoo and conditioner and this product works in conjunction with that. This spray is so easy to use and I notice such a difference in my hair. I normally section my hair and use 2-3 sprays on each section combing it through with my fingers or a brush. As a result my hair feels silky smooth and looks healthy and shiny. The scent of this spray is pretty pleasant as well.

5. Yoga Camp – Last year I discovered Yoga With Adriene‘s 30 Days of Yoga videos on YouTube and that month of yoga turned out to be one of my highlights for 2015. I didn’t actually know about Yoga Camp until Jodi (A Brash Attitude) commented on one of my posts. I started a few days behind but once again I am loving doing yoga – it’s so calming and makes you feel good and less stressed.

January’s Spotify Playlist:

For January’s monthly playlist I’ve included the 21 Songs In 21 Years playlist which I created for my birthday. It features a song from each year I’ve been alive so check it out to see what tracks have made the cut and defined my life!

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Fifteen of ’15

Fifteen of '15Hello beautiful people! Is it just me or does the thought of another year about to begin suddenly make you reflect on the one that’s been? Yesterday’s post saw me talking about my favourite things in 2015 beauty wise, but today I will be sharing with you fifteen of my personal highlights from the past year. Prepare yourselves, this one gets a bit wordy…

#1 – Followed by Lisa Scott-Lee and Faye Tozer on Twitter

If you know me well, you’ll know pop music is my absolute favourite thing in the whole wide world! I could talk about it for days and my head is filled with plenty of pop facts other people would deem ‘useless.’

Lisa and Faye are members of British pop group Steps who are one my favourite bands of all time. On New Year’s Eve 2014, Lisa followed me on Twitter. I didn’t ask her to (though I had in the past) and it was an incredible way to begin the new year. A month later at the end of January, Faye did the same. I have always counted myself lucky to have been tweeted by all of Steps numerous times but to have your idols follow you is a special feeling.

#2 – First time clubbing

In January I turned 20 and celebrated by going out to dinner and then going out clubbing. In New Zealand you can go clubbing once you turn 18 and almost everyone else I know had been but I wanted my first time to be special and worth it. I enjoyed myself a lot and I think that was down to my love for music, I wasn’t self conscious dancing in front of people and I could’ve kept going all night (which I did at a few 21st’s this year!) I haven’t actually been clubbing again but when I do go I know I’ll enjoy it.

#3 – Interviewed by Karen and Kimberley

This year I had the opportunity to feature on the blogs of two of my best blogging buddies. In February, I featured in Karen’s Behind The Blog series and in June I was featured as an Inspirational Blogger on Kimberley’s blog.

#4 – Purchased my first MAC lipstick

In April I made my first visit to the MAC counter and ended up purchasing my first lipstick; Syrup. I couldn’t be more happy with my purchase and still reach for this shade a lot. This is a lovely, girly, neutral shade and definitely worth a swatch next time you’re at the MAC counter!

#5 – Yoga With Adriene

Looking back, April was a very good month. I decided to take on Yoga With Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga challenge and I blimmin’ loved it! I was a complete newbie to yoga but I didn’t find the positions too challenging. I like how calm yoga made me feel and I enjoyed taking time out for myself every day.

#6 – Getting my first job!

In May I had my first day of paid work and it was such a good feeling to finally have a job. Prior to starting my job I had been to numerous interviews and had been job searching for 18 months.

#7 – Buying my iPhone

In June I made my first big purchase since beginning my job and got an iPhone. I’d had my previous phone for three or so years and it was a basic phone I only used for texting. I worried I wouldn’t use an iPhone very much but I am so glad I bought it and it’s super handy if I need to take pictures when I’m out or want to play a game when I’m bored.

Corresponding post: My New iPhone!

#8 – Winning #Disco25

Dannii Minogue celebrated the 25th anniversary of her debut single Love & Kisses this year and launched an Instagram competition to mark the occasion. I entered and recorded a video of me singing along and was chosen as one of the winners. I received a signed Love & Kisses vinyl record and hand written note.

Corresponding post: #Disco25

#9 – Shane Filan – Right Here

I have been a Shane Filan fangirl for the longest time and he released his second solo album ‘Right Here’ in September. I still get excited whenever I listen to Shane’s music. His voice is undoubtedly my favourite to listen to over anyone else – it’s so smooth and clear and he has the most beautiful tone. Shane also co-writes most of his solo material. Personally, I prefer Shane’s debut album as it’s really special to me and brings back so many good memories of 2013; hearing Shane’s solo music for the first time and Shane replying to my questions in Q&A’s.

#10 – Reaching 500 followers!

Also in September I hit a blogging milestone, I reached 500 followers! That was a big achievement for me and a goal I had my eye on since starting my blog. I’m not someone who worries about numbers and tries to be in competition but 500 was a big deal and it made me realise people out there enjoy reading my blog.

#11 – Starbucks French Vanilla Frappucinos

I’m not a coffee drinker and don’t go to Starbucks all that often but when Starbucks had their French Vanilla Frappucinos out I loved them! They’re so tasty and refreshing and I’m gutted they’re not part of the permanent menu. Fingers crossed Starbucks bring them back.

#12 – 44 Ways You Know You’re a Dannii Minogue Fan

October is Dannii Minogue’s birthday month and I decided I wanted to make something for her. In 2014 I sent a parcel to Australia but I wanted to do something different. Originally I came up with the video idea ’44 Reasons I Love Dannii Minogue’ which evolved into ’44 Ways You Know You’re a Dannii Minogue Fan’ so other Minogue fans could relate. Dannii tweeted me to say she saw the video and loved it which absolutely made my day!

To watch the video yourself, click here.

#13 – All Blacks win Rugby World Cup

Most people wouldn’t expect me to like sport but when it comes to rugby I turn into a proud Kiwi. My mum had no doubt the  All Blacks would win and getting up early to watch the final game between New Zealand and Australia was thrilling. The match was entertaining and the All Blacks made history by being the first country to win back to back rugby world cups and being the first country to win the rugby world cup three times.

#14 – Ellie Goulding – Delirium

‘Delirium’ has been named one of 2015’s Best Pop Albums and with good reason! Call me biased but I believe anything Ellie touches turns to gold. I never get sick of listening to Ellie’s music and could listen to her on repeat all day, there’s not many artists I can say that about. I have been listening to Delirium since it’s release and honestly, it gets better with each listen.

#15 – Confidence

In many ways I have saved the best for last. I remember being nominated for the #TakeBackWhatsYours campaign at the beginning of the year and I am pleased to say I rose to the challenge. Over the past 12 months I have changed a lot (for the better) and felt myself grow in confidence. Now I don’t think twice about sharing images of myself on my blog and being open and honest. I’ve learnt to make myself a priority and do what makes me happy. I’ve also become more confident with my writing and the direction I want my blog to go in.

Corresponding post: #TakeBackWhatsYours Campaign


Thank you to everyone for all your support over the past year! Wishing you the very best for 2016 and sending all my love!

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April Favourites

April FavouritesIt seems like only yesterday that I was typing up my last monthly favourites post for you all! On a whole though, this month has been really good and I’ve found some lovely new things to talk about and share with you. Let’s jump straight in!

April Favourites 1. Kylie At Home Sienna Duvet Cover – By now I’m sure you know how big a fan I am of The Minogues and this month I treated myself to a little Easter present (who needs chocolate?) and purchased a Kylie At Home Duvet. I’ve known Kylie has had bedding for years but the price had always put me off. I started browsing online and saw Debenhams were having a huge sale. I’d never ordered from Debenhams before but the service was amazing, the item arrived quickly and because I’d spent over £50 delivery was free.

Kylie Sienna Duvet(Image not my own)

Sienna is a monochrome striped block design and features sequins in the entire middle block. In real life the white looks slightly creamier but in no way does that detract from the ombré effect. This duvet feels so glamourous and luxurious and is a bit more grown up than what I had before.

2. Mickey Mouse Plasters – You might think plasters are a weird thing to include in a favourites post but these ones are pretty cool! These plasters can be bought on their own or you can buy a collector’s tin to keep them in. I have a bit of a funny story about these. I was in the supermarket with a friend one day and if you bought two boxes of Mickey Mouse plasters you got a free tin. Naturally we wanted to buy matching plasters but there was only one tin left so I let her have it. For months I was on the hunt for a tin and one day she turned up at my house with one. The designs on these plasters are so cute and they have such good sticking power.

3. Aura Jar Candle Vanilla Creme – I previously mentioned this candle in my April Lifestyle Update and after lighting it a few more times I love it even more! The candle doesn’t give off too much of a scent while it’s lit but every time I walk into my room I’m greeted with a lovely waft of vanilla.

30 Days of Yoga4. Yoga With Adriene – 30 Days of Yoga – If you had told me at the start of the year I would be doing yoga and enjoying it I would be staring at you with a funny look on my face. Yoga has been a real constant this month and I’ve enjoyed taking the time out each day for myself (except when I had no internet for a few days and had to play catch up). I genuinely think doing this has made me calmer and I really surprised myself with how much energy I had and the moves weren’t as hard as I thought. If you’re a complete yoga newbie like me give this a go!

Lily Pebbles5. Lily Pebbles – There’s one vlogger whose videos I’ve been turning to and watching constantly this month and that’s Lily Pebbles. I can’t remember how I stumbled onto Lily’s channel but the first video I saw was her March Favourites with her boyfriend Rich. (#cutecouplealert) Ever since, I’ve been hooked and trawling through her YouTube channel to find more videos to watch. What I like about Lily is that she’s very natural in front of the camera and always has interesting tips in her beauty videos.


That’s all for this month, be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving!

Chanelle x

April Lifestyle Update

April Lifestyle UpdateIn the southern hemisphere we’re halfway through Autumn and earlier in the week I did a wee bit of research (less than five minutes worth) and discovered that apparently Autumn is a time to celebrate balance and renewal. I’m not a very spiritual person but since the beginning of the month I have adopted a few new little rituals that I’ve been loving and enjoying so I thought I’d share them with you!

Aura Vanille Creme CandleAura Jar Candle Vanilla Creme

At the end of March I bought myself a scented candle. I haven’t owned any candles or burnt any before and I thought this would be a nice way to make my bedroom more homely and feel like a space I want to spend time in rather than just using it to sleep. I chose a vanilla scented candle which comes in a glass jar and features the word Joy on the front – that’s the emotion I’d like to evoke when burning the candle. The candle has approximately 40 hours burn time and I wanted a relatively neutral scent as well as something that wouldn’t be overpowering. Happy lighting!

30 Days of YogaYoga With Adriene – 30 Days of Yoga

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while now you may know that I do some form of exercise everyday and more often than not have a monthly challenge on the go. I really enjoy taking that time out for myself and it makes me feel good. This month I have taken on a yoga challenge and I am following Yoga With Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga. I signed up for the challenge over at YogaWithAdrienne.com for free and everyday I receive an email with a link to the daily video as well as a message of encouragement and support. She also invites her participants to print out a 30 Days of Yoga calendar and write one word to describe their yoga practice each day.

Since starting the yoga I’ve noticed that the moves and positions aren’t as difficult as I’d imagined they’d be. Adriene is all about finding what feels good and offers alternative movements if you’re a beginner.


What’s something new you’ve discovered this month?

Chanelle x