12 Apr 2017

Decluttering shoes

VIA THE KONMARI METHORD

Following the positive response I had after I discussed my approach towards Minimalism I decided that I would take you along with me as I decluttered some categorises using the Kon-Mari method. I have been working through it alone so I will just select out ones here and there.  I  personally have found it to be a simple, yet effective method of minimising the amount of items I own. 
Today we are tackling shoes, which if I'm honest, is not a category that I have been looking forward to. I'm a huge lover of shoes, always have been. I last counted around 57 pairs before I moved to Norwich. 57, how anyone would ever have the time to wear all of them I have no idea, yet I still insisted on dragging them all 4 hours across England to my new home at the time. Saying this, I know I definitely downsized my collection before I took the 4 hour journey back to Gloucester December 2015, but I'm also aware that my other half was a Manager for the shoe company Schuh for 3 years, so this has had an effect on the amount of shoes I own once again. 



THE PILE

Please note exhibit A, the pile. I pulled every shoe I have ever owned and lined them in subcategories on the floor to showcase my shame at the amount I own. I decided to recount the amount I owned and has horrified that we where now up to 53. Things I have noticed whilst looking at my shoes are as follows: There is a lot of leather and that hurts my heart now that I've converted to Vegan. I have a lot of heals for someone who hardly ever wears them anymore. Finally I like trainers, but I do also wear the 80% of the time. Now we have to start the purge.

The maybe pile (kept 2 pairs)

THE PURGE

Turns out even when I only wear heels once/twice a month I'm still having a hard job letting go. I few pairs held some memories that I really shouldn't still be carrying around with me, but to just give away good shoes that I like was not easy. The truth is, he's make me feel more womanly and they really shouldn't. I have my 'go to' heels and then the rest don't even go with any outfits I own anymore. Another thing I noticed was I had a lot of unworn shoes and shoes I'd only worn once because they hurt or didn't again go with any of my outfits. I tend to every now and then buy a nice smart shoe only to realise I NEVER dress smart.

THE RESULTS

I didn't really let go of any trainers, two only have one years life left in them so I just don't plan on repurchasing any more for the next few years unless my Vegan Vans give up as they are my go to and they other are a bit more colourful. Heels was a success, it hurt my heart but I now only have 3 pairs (nude,black and brown) and when my browns give out I probably won't need to replace them. I failed horribly at boots though, I did part with a few but I definitely will need another go on them when it comes to winter again and flat shoes all where trashed so I only kept the ones that looked reasonable. All in all I went from 53 to 29. Only downsizing 24 pairs wasn't really as good as I'd like, but I knew shoes was a tough one for me. Some of my shoes are 9 years old and still in great condition because of how much love I've poured into looking after them during and after wear.

Hopefully next time I do it I can reduce it to around 15, but for today I'm waving the white flag.



SHARE:

10 Apr 2017

New job

FIRST WEEK
How am I feeling?


Morning lovelies, this week has been an exciting one for me, so I thought I would share. On the first Monday of this month I started a new job, it wasn't just a job for me, it was a career choice and the start of me 'adulting'. I decided that it was time to get my life into gear and so I took an opportunity as a trainee Dental Nurse. Its something that I've always been interested in, but at the ripe old age of 25 I thought id probably missed my shot to study as it can become quite costly to embark on studies later in life. 

After trying a few places and having no success I finally was luck enough to get into a Private Dental House that were more then happy to pay for all my training and sign me up to stay with the company for a minimum of 2 years. 
Im now a week into my new job and honestly its done wonders for me both physically and mentally. I feel more happy in myself, I have more energy and I'm spending time with people (which at one point  last year I wasn't leaving the house in over a month). The people I work with so far have been great and I'm actually seeing a couple for drinks next Friday. 
My week started off with getting to know the computer system and what all the numbers your dentist calls out during the check up mean. I've only really had one day on the system, but it doesn't seem as hard as it does at first glance and with a day of X-rays I feel more then confident putting them through, if nothing else. I've also started learning the technical names for the sides of the teeth and positioning. It's not all sunk in yet, but again it's only the first week. I've also been learning how to mix Alginate which is an impression material as well as how to use composite and Amalgam fillings.  

All in all I've been really enjoying my first week of work and i'ts exciting to have a bit of a career path laid out. I find myself extremely interested in the Hygiene side of dental work and would be interested in maybe one day taking a path in that direction as for now I'll stick to nursing.



SHARE:

5 Apr 2017

Gosh #foundation drops

REVIEW


Recently I did a rather large makeup declutter, I wasn't actually following any kind of method at that point and so I first decluttered old items I no longer wanted. Then when I realised I wanted to go cruelty-free/vegan, I had to go over my whole collection again. Some products I had no issues chucking, others such as favourite foundations I decided to use up and then leave them behind to explore vegan options instead. At first the idea of finding a vegan foundation on the UK high street seemed like the most daunting task of all, but after a bit of research I have found a few to choose from. This is where todays review comes into play.




Back in my early (and more popular) phase of Youtube I distinctly remember using quite a lot of GOSH cosmetics and always really enjoying them. After time, I was swept into the world of makeup and became quite a snob towards some of the more affordable brands, to this day don't really know why. GOSH is infact a very good company, they are completely against animal testing, not owned by a parent company, has vegan options and also try to have lots of perfume and paraben free items (this being one of them), I don't think I've ever used a mascara by them which contained any. The #Foundation drops is just one of three vegan options they have, so I thought I would give it a go as it’s a completely different type of foundation to what I normally pick up.
The first thing I noticed was that it contained SPF10, as someone who does where SPF in the summer this wasn't a deal breaker for me, but it was a nice little bonus. I didn't really worry about it causing any white-cast in photos as I planned for it to be more of an everyday subtle foundation. As you can gather from the name 'drops' its a ultra light, watery texture and so I was excepting to have not much coverage from it whatsoever. I was pleasantly surprised when the first layer applied covered almost everything I wanted it too, without masking my natural skins freckles. The second layer on the areas I did want covered created the perfect amount of coverage I was looking for. It applied smoothly and felt like I wasn't actually putting any product on my face at all with the finish itself being very natural with a slight glow to give a radiant look.


Makeup after a 8:30-5:00 shift at work 

Personally I found it wears very well throughout the day, I don't end up with any cracking at the end of the day or having patches of it missing. All I really need is a slight concealer touch up and and ready to go out after work. The only problem I have is that it can cling to my dryer patches when my skin is more dehydrated, but that just means I need to keep ontop of my water intake more regularly. All in all if you are someone looking for a light foundation that will cover a few blemishes and make your skin look fresh and beautiful I would highly recommend this product.

I would also recommend checking out GOSH in general if you are looking for a good cruelty-free and vegan cosmetic brand as I do enjoy a few of their products. Also if you are after a Vegan list for GOSH there are a few floating around the internet, but I would be happy to write a recent one out for you.





SHARE:

3 Apr 2017

The Vegan couple

MAKE A FOOD BLOG?



Morning everyone, again I have another new lifestyle change to talk about with you. Some of you may now that me and my other half recently chosen to live a life that contained no suffering and therefore decided to become Vegan. My other half put forward the motion of maybe creating a blog devoted to all the Vegan places we go in both England and when we travel. I adore this idea, but as someone with a blog already and a Youtube channel I feel I may not have the time and will end up neglecting a platform In the process. So I'm thinking of a different way around it. I total understand not everyone is Vegan here, nore do the plan to be, but maybe once every 2-4 weeks having my other half write a guest post on a food place we have been to and giving a little review. I would put this section into a little tab that would be on the home page but also easily accessible to those who want to read up on such things. This way I feel we won't compromise our personal work, but still have the opportunity to discuss something we love.

I hope this is something people would enjoy reading, vegan or not sometimes its just nice to try different places to eat. Please let me know what you think.

SHARE:

31 Mar 2017

The storm in my mind



Good morning everyone. I know it's been quite some time since I posted to this blog. If you're a follower of my Youtube channel then you'll be aware that I reached out and admitted to you that my mental health hasn't been quite as together as previous years. I've suffered with Situational Depression since the age of 14, due to an accident that left we wheelchair bound as a teenager (after physical therapy I was able to walk fine again, but left mentally scared) and although I've somewhat had a hold over myself, last year was pretty tough.
I'm not here today to talk about my past or even my depression for that matter, I'm actually here to talk about a practice that has really help with my mental health and anxiety. What is this miracle I hear you ask? Well I have discovered Minimalism, or more of letting go of the clutter that has been looming over me like a dark cloud.
It would seem like minimalism is the 'in thing' at the moment, but in a world where we consume so much and put so much self value into the items we own, it would just seem that a lot of people have realised that they need to downsize, wether they stick with minimalism or are just using it to help declutter their homes short-term. Either way I think it's a fantastic idea. 
I recently read The art of tidying up by Marie Kondo and in all honestly it spoke to me. She has some slightly eccentric ways of thinking about things, but she also made so much sense, so I decided to give it a go. As someone with a lot racing through my mind on a regular occurrence I found letting go of items that I no longer loved was like a large weight being lifted off my back. I said goodbye to the person I wished I still was and began to accept the woman I am now. I have started to fine tune my fashion and have gained a great understanding of myself and person style. I let go of memories that were painful and embraced the present. I also noticed I've become more passionate about the things that are important to me and actually feel a beautiful buzz to be creative again.
I'm in no way a minimalist as it stands and I have a long road ahead of me from all my years of consumerism that I used to drive my YouTube channel and gain sort term happiness from past situations, but I'm so incredibly happy to be on this path. It's dramatically changed my mindset, helped me find a career path and improved my overall health. To some this probably sounds all a bit too good to be true and for some this probably won't have any effect on your life what so ever, but for the people who are lost like myself and have been for some time I highly encourage taking a similar path to self discovery.


SHARE:

16 Jan 2017

I fell

OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH


Hi and welcome back to my corner of the Internet. If your still here your either loyal or lost, but either way thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I've been away mostly due to the fact that my loyal friend (my MACBook pro) finally gave up on me a few months ago last year. She's in the process now of having a total refurb in the hope she may one day let me play the sims 3 on her once again so in the mean time I thought I would post via phone. 

Image via: http://weheartit.com/entry/159604996

The reason I really waited until the new year to return is because I have been having self doubt about my blog and youtube channel. Since rescuing my little bunny baby I have realised I do a lot of things in my life that I don't agree with or enjoy doing just to try me fit 'the norm', whatever that really is. I've realised I support companies that torture both animals and humans in order to create a profit and I honestly can't think of anyone worse to be giving my money to. So I've been making life changes against almost everything that the beauty YouTube community stands for and so I felt I needed to take a step back. I have to admit it was the best feeling to just start doing things I want to do and educating myself of where my money goes in order to spend it better.

I'm fed up of supporting companies that inject chemicals into poor innocent animals, all in the name of vanity.
I'm fed up of eating dead animals carcasses because it's socially exceptible.
I'm fed up of companies using children for cheaper labour and I'm fed up with drinking another animals milk while it's child starves because we believe we have the right to take whatever we want.



So I'm making life changes step by step to live a more healthy life where I don't exploit and harm those around me. I'd love you to join me on my new path, I know it's not for everyone and I'm not here to preach. I just simply feel the need to change and would love to share my journey and process. 
Any tips would be highly appreciated!
SHARE:

14 Oct 2016

Bunny mom





Rabbits are the most abused domestic pet in England and Wales, with 35,000 abandoned every year, says the RSPCA. The animal charity said a survey found that 70% of rescued rabbits had been kept hutched 24 hours a day. Almost 40% had had no food, and half had been living in filthy conditions, it told the BBC. It found that people bought rabbits but then quickly lost interest. On average the abandoned pets it came across had been dumped after just three months. Rabbits are the third most popular pet after cats and dogs and the RSPCA says that rescue centres are struggling to cope with the 35,000 unwanted pets abandoned every year. So of course as someone who has owned rabbits growing up (but now cries and how they lived in their tiny hutch) I felt compelled to want to rescue one of these beautiful, loving creatures.

2 weeks ago I took the plunge and after 4 months of constant research and careful planning I finally decided to head down to my local pet shelter and try and give a little bunny a second chance at the good life.  It was THE BEST decision I’ve made in a few years although it doesn’t come without its difficulties. So let me introduce you to Luna, my 8 month old Harlequin Lop, that me and my better half rescued.

"The Harlequin is a gentle, curious little animal and therefore makes an ideal companion for children and adults alike. They’re a calm, inquisitive rabbit, but as their clown-like appearance would suggest, they do love to be the centre of attention and will thoroughly enjoy playtime with their owner. As one of the more intelligent breeds, the Harlequin will appreciate lots of boxes and tubes to burrow into and climb on. They will also appreciate plenty of space – either in a large run or a secure area of garden in which to indulge their love of exploration and play will be welcomed. Whether you’re rabbit is to live indoors or out, his intelligence means he will love to play training games and will learn to come when called and can also be taught to use a litter tray, which is very useful if he’s going to live indoors!"


I can safely say she loves to be the centre of attention and is very clever and not only working out a solution to the problem placed in front of her, but also manipulating us into doing what she wants. We had her Spayed just over a week ago which has help calm down her chewing and destructive behaviour  but she is a rabbit, so of course there are still times she will do these things as its all only natural for a bunny. She can sometimes be very mischievous, but really it all just adds to her character. We love her deeply, and i highly recommend people researching rabbits before buying one as they are a huge commitment.

If you guys would like more information on bunnies, like litter training, what they eat, how big their cages should be all that jazz, please let me know as i would love to help inform people thinking about getting a rabbit or even if you do own one but would like to improve its lifestyle. 


SHARE:
© Charrlottelouise. All rights reserved.
BLOGGER TEMPLATE CREATED BY pipdig