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Realistic 2017 goals, let's go. 

1) Learn to drive | I've been on a waiting list with two different instructors since August, but I'm still yet to have my first lesson. So it's onto instructor number 3, and I want to learn to drive this year.

2) Lose a few more lbs | I've been on and off following Slimming World for about a year and a half. It works well for me, when I stick to it! I've had a gain over Christmas, and I want to lose those few last lbs to enable myself to feel comfortable again. 

3) Travel more | This one is rather cliche, and not the easiest to achieve, but even if it's travelling in England, I want to travel more.

4) Document my life more | I mean this in a personal way, keeping a diary, documenting my feelings, thoughts, day to day happinesses. 

Here's to a positive and prosperous 2017 and I hope everyone has had a great start to the year so far. 

Underwear set £4 // 2 in 1 Black and White Cami £6 // Grey Check Shirt £10 // Black Zip Ankle Boots £15
Navy Checkered Shirt £10 // Floral PJ Trousers £7 // Burgundy Jumper £10 // Boyfriend Rip Jeans £15

I'm getting excited for the new Autumnal clothes to be hitting the shelves soon as I love A/W clothing much more than summer clothing. Cosy jumpers, leggings, fluffy socks and a big scarf, what could be better?! I find Primark do A/W clothing really well and I found some great items on the website and the most expensive being £15 for the boots and jeans!

Are you looking forward to A/W clothes or is it just me?!

 I was so tempted to buy this Dorset colouring book!

Frank & Beans Gelateria had the most delicious ice cream, I had one scoop of Oreo and one scoop of Salted Caramel. 

We also visited a little zoo and had a good few hours wandering around looking at all the animals. 

And finally, no trip to Dorset is complete without of course visiting the good old English seaside. Although it was a little gloomy, it was still lovely to visit Charmouth again as I haven't been since I was 5/6!

My boyfriend and I had a lovely few days away in Dorset and it was so lovely to have a little break. I'd recommend Dorset to anyone who hasn't ever been before, there's so many wonderful places to visit but we chose to visit Lyme Regis and Charmouth this time.

Have you ever been to Dorset?

A little while ago I picked up a new spot treatment that I'd never heard anything about and thought I'd give it a go, and I am amazed by the results. The Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot has really wow'd me and now takes the position of my favourite spot treatment ever. Now that's a pretty big claim, but I'll tell you why. 

The majority of the time I have pretty good skin, until the week before my period when my skin breaks out like mad, mainly on my chin but also on my forehead too. Vichy Normablend Hyaluspot is my new go to product to save my skin, albeit a bit of a mouthful! The tube itself is 15ml which may not sound like a lot but you only need a little bit for each breakout. So how do you use it? Well you quite simply apply a thin layer over your spot before bed and leave it on overnight. It's a clear gel and should cover the spot itself, but avoid using this around the eye area as it may cause irritation. 

Overnight the gel will dry out the spot and reduce redness in 24 hours and I really do find it works for me. If I leave this gel on my skin overnight, my spot will have reduced in size, the redness has almost gone and I can cover the remaining spot in concealer and go on my way to work. This of course, can also be applied during the day if you so wish as it's a clear gel, however I don't as I'm 9/10 times wearing makeup in the day and so don't want to use this as well.

The angled tip makes it easier to apply the treatment gel onto your skin and I must stress you do only need a small amount of this product for it to work, this also means the 15ml tube will last a considerable amount of time. After about 2-3 days, my blemish will have completely disappeared and I'm left feeling happier about the appearance of my skin again. 

I am so incredibly impressed with this product and I cannot recommend it enough to everyone. 

Have you ever tried the Normaderm Hyaluspot treatment?

A couple of months ago I graduated from uni and I am now a working woman, yay! And since getting a job I've had my eye on quite a few things I'll be purchasing when payday finally arrives. I've had my eye on NARS Sheer Glow Foundation for so long, but I just couldn't justify the price as a student, so I'm excited to be buying this soon!

Do you have your eye on any payday treats?!

 A few weeks ago I graduated from university with a 2.1 in Psychology BSc (Hons) and I had the most wonderful day, I really do wish I could go back and re-live the day. My brother also surprised me by turning up (after telling me he couldn't get the time off work) and that made me cry, and it just made the day even better. It was a lovely sunny day, which is rare in the UK, and I didn't fall over on stage - success!! I've had the best three years at uni, and although I'm sad it's over I'm so glad that I didn't give in and I continued despite some difficult times, I did it. 

My family and I then went out for a meal after the graduation ceremony and my parents surprised me with 3 Pandora charms and a safety chain as presents for my graduation which was so unexpected and kind of them. 
I honestly had the most amazing day and I wore heels all day without falling over, big achievement for me over here haha!

I also now have a job and will be working full time by the time this post is published. At the moment I've had a few weeks holiday off which were already pre-planned, and then I'll be a working woman. I'm working in a pharmacy, as a counter assistant which is the same role I had at 16 when I was working as a Saturday girl. I'm really enjoying working so far, although I definitely need to invest in some 'real' work shoes from Clarks as my feet are blistered to high heaven. Anyway, basically I now have a job and will no longer be a poor graduate with 67p in my account. 

I thought today I'd share with you a few of my everyday jewellery pieces that I wear. I'm a fan of silver and rose gold jewellery and pictured above and below are my most worn items. I also realised after photographing these, that I forgot to include my Pandora bracelet as I never take that off. The beautiful watch above was a birthday gift for my 21st from my lovely boyfriend and I love it. It's from Olivia Burton and the watch face is rose gold and I love it. 
The bangle is from Not On The High Street and it reads 'We've been Mother and daughter right from the start...and the friendship we share is a gift from the heart'. I was given this from my Mum at Christmas, and I cried when I opened it, I love it so much. 

I have a few rings that I wear everyday and I love them. The back left ring is from my Nan and so I'm not sure where it's from but it's lovely and it also has sentimental value. The ring on the back right is from Essential Jewellers and I've mentioned my love for this company before (here) as their jewellery is so affordable and they have such cute rings. I'm eyeing up a few more for when pay day arrives. The ring at the front is from Pandora and was a gift from my parents for my 21st and I can't actually find a link online unfortunately. 

Do you have jewellery you wear daily?