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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Stop Asking When I'll Get A Significant Other


Hello, lovelies!

As a 21 year old polyamorous bisexual, there is one question I am getting very, very tired of receiving:

"When are you going to get a serious boyfriend?"

I would love to scream and shout and stomp my feet and exclaim "WHEN I'M READY, THANK YOU." but instead I will laugh awkwardly, shrug, and say soon, hopefully.

Being raised in an extremely religious family, there has been many a fight around the dinner table about sexuality, what's "right", and even how no boy will ever want to be with me if I'm so openly loud about my opinions. Or if I keep getting tattoos. Or if I don't remove my nose ring because it looks "unfeminine." Really.  The only person who knows about my sexuality is my mum, and luckily she is very understanding, but the rest of my family I don't even dare to tell, because I can already feel the "oh you're just being silly" conversations.

There is such a pressure on young women to get married, have children, get a house, build a home, before they've really done anything with their life. Seeing people on my Facebook timeline who are 3 or four years younger than me having children makes me feel... Old. Of course I find myself sitting here sometimes thinking "I'd love to have a baby." but at 21, I can tell you I am not mentally prepared for it. I might not be mentally prepared for it at 31, either. There are so many things that I want to do with my life before I even think about settling down with a significant other, children, two cats and a dog. Seriously? I don't know if I ever will settle down.

Of course I would love to have kids. But if I never do, I don't think it'll be that much an issue to me. As long as whoever I decide to spend my life with is happy, I don't mind.

I am more than happy just now, in the situation I am in, which I'm not going to get into. The people in my life make me feel so happy and so loved that I do not need the labels of being in a relationship.

I wish more people understood this - I am happy. I am content. I do not want to be "serious". I do not want to get married right now. I do not want to have children right now. I want to travel. I want to explore. I want to trek to Machu Picchu. I want to see Thailand and Australia and Japan and Africa.

If you are happy - that is all that matters. Please remember that.

Thank you for reading, I know my posts have been quite serious lately! As always -

I'll see you next time, then.

Ree xo

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Morphe "Candy Apple Red" Brush Set Review



Hello, lovelies!

Recently I decided to treat myself and buy some new makeup brushes, because my stash was seriously running low with the amount of brushes that were breaking, or had their hairs falling out. Please see below for the most heartbreaking moment of my life:


It's upsetting me even looking at it.

Anyway, I decided to treat myself to a set of Morphe brushes I saw on BeautyBay and totally fell head over heels with! The Morphe 700 8 piece "Candy Apple Red" Brush Set!


For £13.50 I couldn't really pass these beauties up! They're obviously of the highest Morphe standard, and they came packaged in a gorgeous red pouch, which I have obviously kept as I can't bring myself to throw away any type of brush pouch.





Composed of 8 brushes, ranging from big fluffy face brushes to the tiniest liner brush I have ever seen, the fact this set was only £13.50 literally blows my mind. Where else can you get Morphe brushes for that little?!

I've taken pictures of each of the individual brushes for you all to see, so here we go!

Tapered Powder Brush

Tapered Blush Brush 

Flat Foundation Brush


Oval Fluff Brush


Chisel Fluff Brush

Pointed Crease Brush

Angled Liner Brush

Bent Liner Brush


Aren't they beautiful?! I am so enamoured with them that when they first arrived I just stared at them for a while, before just brushing the powder brush against my face to test how soft it was. My mum laughed, but it was definitely one of the high points of my week. You guys understand, right? 

You can purchase these brushes HERE 

They are truly some of the best brushes I have ever bought, truly living up to their Morphe name.

Thank you so much for reading, lovelies! And as always -

I'll see you next time, then. 

Ree xo 

Friday, 21 April 2017

My Favourite Budget Eyelashes


Hello, lovelies!

For someone who only started wearing false lashes last year, they have very quickly become one of my favourite things about doing my makeup. I honestly feel like my face is naked without lashes, even if I'm wearing full coverage everything.  

I have tried more than enough pairs of budget eyelashes to find out which ones are my favourites, and the two I'm about to show you all are the two I always go back to. As much as I love my Eldora lashes, Eyelure were my first love.

The first pair I have dubbed as my "serious" pair. Aka - the ones I'll wear to interviews, lunches, other "adult" type things that require me to wear makeup.

They are the Eyelure 110's for "Definition"




Soft and fluttery, these lashes aren't designed to make an impact, but more to make your natural lashes look fuller and, obviously, more defined. They're a lot lighter than lashes I'm used to but I adore them, and with a coating of mascara they really are beautiful. I wish I had a photo to show you how lovely they are on, but I don't, so you're just going to have to take my word for it.

You can get these in pretty much any high street beauty store, like Boots, Superdrug, Bodycare etc. and they retail for roughly £3! Cheap and cheerful but definitely preform like higher end lashes, so they are definitely a steal.

Next up are what I call my "Party lashes" - big and bold and LONG.

They are the Eyelure 202's for Drama!




I. Freaking. LOVE. These. Lashes.

I am all about dramatic makeup, it makes me so beyond happy, so whenever I get a chance to break out these bad boys, I'm in my element. For some people these are definitely too heavy on the lid, but I'm prepared to suffer the 30 minutes or so it takes to get used to them, just because they look so good with big winged eyeliner, aka my go-to night out look.

I wore these to a wedding last July and the whole day I got so many compliments on them! They truly are breathtaking on, and I love them beyond words. Please, if you get the chance, try them. Again they are found in most, if not all, high street beauty stores for £4! A bargain!

The key to my heart? Falsies.

Thank you so much for reading, lovelies! And as always -

I'll see you next time, then.

Ree xo

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

How I Deal With Chronic Pain


Hello, lovelies!

If you've been reading my blog recently, you'll know I suffer with a great deal of Chronic pain, from lots of different sources. The main being Fibromyalgia, a rheumatic muscle condition that causes pain, tenderness and fatigue. Or, in simpler terms, it's like having arthritis in my muscles.

It's a constant ache, sometimes only a dull ache I can push to the back of my mind and ignore while I try to get on with life, other-times it is completely debilitating, stopping me from getting out of bed for days. It's obviously different for every one, but for me, the pain comes in the form of stabbing in my joints, stiff muscles, constant migraine-like headaches, being forever itchy, and, weirdly, being freezing cold. All. The. Time.

There's loads of different ways people have suggested to me for helping ease the pain to help me deal with it, but these are the ones I have found the most effective. Although they may be disputed, and people who suffer the same as me might read this list and think "pfft, that won't help at all," these are what helps my body.

1. Hot Baths

This is one of those things that lots of other people suffering with Fibro don't find helpful, because in the long rung, it isn't. But in the short term? It's blissful. It's peace and quiet, it's warm, it's letting my body float in water and not having to put pressure on any of my muscles. Sure, actually getting in and out of the bath can be a whole different pain in itself (I have actually had to have friends lift me out,) the smells of lavender bubbles/bath bombs and the heat FINALLY getting into my body and warming me up for the first time that day. It's definitely only a short term relief, but it's one of my favourites, and the best. 

2. Yoga

I can literally hear other Fibro suffers groaning, but hear me out. On the days when my pain isn't as bad, having a good yoga session really helps me connect with my body. It helps me spend time focusing on the muscles that have been bringing me the most pain, and giving them the time and attention they need. Small stretches work just as well if you can't commit to a full yoga session.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is my saviour. I suffer most of my itching in my legs, and it drives me crazy. I use Vaseline's "Aloe Soothe Lotion" and it is like Heaven in a bottle. For only £3 it's an absolute steal, and soothes the itching pretty much instantly. There isn't much else to say, but please, if itching is something you suffer with, at least try this. 

4. Sleeping

Really. Sleeping. Sure, finding a comfortable position is tough, but once/if you do manage, a nap is pretty much the best escape from the pains, both physically and mentally. 

I'm sorry this post is so short - I had a very busy Easter weekend and now I'm paying for it! I couldn't get out of bed until 5pm today, my body was just too exhausted. 

Thank you for reading, and as always -

I'll see you next time, then. 

Ree xo

Monday, 17 April 2017

My Travel Skincare Essentials


Hello, lovelies!

So, on Saturday, I made a post about how much I love travelling, and I thought I would do a series of travel related posts. Keeping with the beauty/lifestyle style of my blog, I figured lets do the most important things first. Skincare.

Skincare is literally one of the most important things in my life. I wish I was joking. No matter where I am, who I'm with, or what time it is, I always make time to fit in my skincare routine. Now obviously when I'm travelling I have a very limited access to my full supply of products, but I always take my trusted and true, which, of course, is mostly made up of Soap and Glory. For any occasion, no matter what, birthday, Easter, Christmas, or even just a Saturday sale, I get Soap and Glory gift sets.

There are a few things I have left off this list, like hand sanitiser, lip balm etc, this is just the things I use mid-travel. Like when we stop off at service stations, or I've been on a flight or train for a ridiculous amount of hours, these are my refreshers.

First off, hand cream.


Soap&Glory's 'Hand Food' has been my go to hand cream since I was in high school. I've switched up scents over the years but the formula has always been the same, thick and creamy and moisturising. I am a massive germaphobe, so I've always got at least two different types of sanitiser on me, using one after the other, especially on public transport, and then I follow with my trusty hand food. My beautiful baby.

Next, face moisturiser.


This little beauty you can pick up in Tesco, Asda, Bodycare, pretty much any store that stocks skincare that isn't extremely high end. It's only 99p, and you get an amazing amount of product for such a little tub (it can go in your hand luggage with no problem). You can use it for body, hands and your face, but I personally use it for just my face. Sometimes travelling can take a toll on your face, the recycled air making your skin dry and irritated, so I always have this to hand. Plus, its super moisturising, and smells amazing.

Now, I switch between these two products, but always have both with me: moisturisers.



Again, both Soap&Glory. Again, both absolutely beautiful. I have been known to disappear into the plane bathrooms just to use these, because I feel like I need a little bit of pampering. 'The Righteous Butter' is the original S&G body butter, and it's got the classic rose and bergamot scent. 'Sugar Crush' is for when I need a little bit of a 'ZING' in my life. It's citrusy, sugary, sweet and zingy! It wakes me up instantly. My bathroom is full of these travel sized products, because even when I'm not travelling, they're perfect for taking to visit friends, and it saves a heck of a lot of space.

These four products save my life whenever I need them to, and I will live by them until I find anything that makes me feel even half as good as these do.

I hope you enjoyed this post, thank you for reading, and as always -

I'll see you next time, then.

Ree xo

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Serious Sunday - How I Beat Anorexia


Hello, lovelies!

I warn you now, this post could be potentially triggering to anyone who has suffered or is still suffering from this awful illness, I feel in my heart everything you are struggling with, and I pray this post will help you to realise that it is possible to strive, recover, and live again.

When I was 8, I was shopping with my auntie. I tried on a skirt I loved, and came out of the changing room thinking it looked awesome. My aunt took one look and said; "Have you ever heard 'does my bum look big in this?'" This was the first day I thought of my weight as a bad thing.

When I was 12, I was taking our mandatory swimming class in P.E, and sitting on the edge of the pool a classmate of mine turned to me and whispered; "Your fatty bits are hanging out of your bikini." Every swimming lesson thereafter I skipped, never setting foot in a swimming pool, or even a bikini, ever again.

When I was 14, I threw up every day before school. I emptied full plates of food into the bin and claimed I had eaten it all. I would stand naked in front of the mirror and punch myself in the stomach, willing it to just go away.

When I was 15, I walked into my drama class, took off my cardigan, and heard people behind me whispering about how they could see my spine through my shirt. I felt a sick pride.

Between 16 and 17 I lived mostly on one plate of pasta a day, and the occasional treat of french toast, or chicken nuggets. Some days, though, I would binge. God, would I binge. Until my stomach was swollen and I was crying on the bathroom floor with pain. I weighed little more than 6 stone, or 84 lbs.

I have deleted all pictures of me from before I was 18, but I have found one from the summer of  2013 that appears to have slipped through my cleansing. I was 17 here, had ratty extensions because I believed they made me look less ill, and I had cut all my hair off the year before to hide the fact it was falling out, and I was wearing caked on makeup to hide the fact I hadn't slept in four days. I was about 90 lbs here.


I bruised easily, I was exhausted just spending time in my living room with my friends, I wouldn't leave the house, and I didn't eat in a restaurant until I was 18. But, I felt pretty. I felt like this is what people wanted me to look like. THIS was the idea of beauty I had in my head.

This was not beautiful. This was my hair falling out, my nails were brittle, my skin was grey and almost translucent, my teeth were weak and yellowing, this was not having a period for a year. This was not beauty, this was my body fighting to keep itself alive, when all my mind wanted was to keep losing weight until, eventually, I would just disappear. I started therapy this year after a brief hospital stay.

Christmas of 2014, and I was a year into therapy that I loved. My therapist was a dear, dear friend of mine, and sadly he passed away in October 2016. I am still very close friends with his daughter, who he brought over one session to get me out of the house and go on a walk with. I miss him dearly. He is the reason I started getting better. He suggested the medications I'm still on. I remember taking this selfie and thinking "Damn, I look good." I was just hitting 7 stone, 98 lbs.


It's ridiculous how much better I felt when I took this photo of myself. My body looked feminine, I had a hint of a figure, and I. Felt. Amazing. 

2015 came around, and right from the start things got better. Starting with a trip to New York where I tried food I would never have dreamt of eating had I been at home. Sugar! Carbs! Who cared! I ate it all. I tried greek food, I tried sushi, I tried crepes! I came home with a new sense of life, of who I wanted to be, of who I was. I felt honestly, truly happy for the first time in years.

By September 2015, I looked like a real woman. I felt like a real woman. I had started eating full, proper meals. I hadn't made myself sick in over a year. I had started getting regular periods again, and while my doctors still classed me as underweight, I wasn't in danger anymore, and I was learning how to appreciate my body for what it was. Beautiful.



2016 was a year of struggle. My mental health declined again, therefore my weight dropped again. I instinctively link my eating habits to my mental health, so when I start to feel like things are getting out of control, I would control my eating. I would restrict myself when I felt bad, which was a lot of the time, to make myself feel like I had some kind of hint of control. I didn't take a lot of full body photos, because the trauma I had put my body through in the past was catching up to me, and all the illnesses I had been hiding were finally diagnosed. The aches and pains I had been feeling since I was 15 were finally put down to fibromyalgia, and once I had an idea of what my body was doing, I learned how to deal with it, and things got better.

Now, it's 2017, I'm 21, and I am a woman. A real, curvy, working, somewhat mentally sound, woman.

There were times over the last 7 years when I tried to end things, when I felt like I couldn't do it anymore, like I was finished. I spent weeks upon weeks in my bed. Hours and hours, perhaps even days, spent crying on the floor of a bathroom.

Now? I look like this;


And I have never felt happier, healthier, or more beautiful.

Thank you for reading, I hope this gives you some hope that if you are suffering, things get better.

As always... I'll see you next time, then.

Ree xo

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Why I Love Travelling


Hello, lovelies!

It seems like every millennial is in love with travelling, right? Each of us has a different reason, a different plan, and a different preferred way to travel the globe. I know people who have backpacked through Europe, people who have taken the train from one end of America to the other, and someone who flew to a different state in Australia every day for a week.

Yes, travelling can cost a whole lot of money, travelling can be stressful, scary, and can make a lot of people feel sick. But, if you're smart about it, it doesn't have to cost you a million bucks to get to Ibiza for four days.

There are hundreds of places in this world I'd love to visit, and I mean hundreds. Hundreds of thousands of lakes, cathedrals, castles, natural beauties that can't be appreciated fully through photographs. Luckily I live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Scotland, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to travel to places that will take my breath away.

I love cities, I love colour, I love culture, I love people, I love the experience of having a new experience. My next long-haul adventure will be to Australia, where my father moved 9 years ago, but I still haven't been to visit. Life just gets in the way sometimes, you know?

However, I have been on a whole bunch of short-haul trips over the last few years. Several 6+ hour trains, coach trips, road trips, and every single time I feel the kind of blissful happiness that can only be described as being at peace. Watching the world pass by through the window beside me helps me realise I am a very, very small fish, in a very, very big ocean, and I have so much left to explore!

Travelling helps me discover who I am. Discover new fashions, new cultures, new ways of living.

Travelling is one of the best therapies.

Thank you for reading, I'm sorry this is a bit of a short post! But as always -

I'll see you next time, then.

Ree xo

Friday, 14 April 2017

Tips for Better Sleep



Hello, lovelies!

As someone who has struggled with sleep since I was honestly 9 years old, I have tried EVERYTHING. Absolutely everything under the sun, from hypnotherapy to yoga to sleeping tablets to staying awake for 24+ hours to exhaust myself before I try to sleep again. It's infuriating. However, now I'm older it has been brought to reason with the fact that I am not a very well girl, so, it's unfortunately something I just have to live with.

Luckily - over my years of trying new sleep remedies, I have found several that work, and I always go back to in desperate times. So, let's get into them!

Lavender

Seriously, I know it's on every "HERE'S HOW YOU CAN SLEEP BETTER" list you've probably ever seen, but it's true. Using a lavender bath bomb, or spray, or moisturiser, or even having a lavender plant (real or faux) in your bedroom can improve your sleep quality tremendously.  I wish I could give you the ins and outs of how it works, I just know it's one of the best smells in the world, and it makes me sleep like a baby. 

White Noise

I seriously must have tried 700 white noise apps. YouTube videos. CDs. Anything and everything with the promise of relaxing me, I've tried it. However, there is one app called "Relax Melodies" that has saved my behind so many times it's ridiculous. It comes with 50 different sounds, each of which you can mix with others and adjust the volume on, meditation tracks, binural beats, and pre-made mixes for when you're too tired to try and make one yourself. As someone who can't be in the quiet, ever, this app makes falling asleep so much easier because I have something to focus on beside the 3000 thoughts going on in my head.

Guided Meditation

I have to admit, I suck at meditation. I can't seem to get my mind to shut up long enough for me to reap the benefits of the exercise at hand. Guided meditation, however, is a lifesaver. There are hundreds of videos for guided meditation on YouTube, (my favourite of which you can find right here)  each ranging from 10 minutes to four hours, they truly are one of the most helpful things I've tried, and I recommend them to everyone I talk to that struggles with sleeping.

Stop. Taking. Naps.

I say this as if I didn't stop writing this post this afternoon to take a two hour nap. Seriously. You gotta stop napping. For some reason this one seems like the hardest one, doesn't it? I don't know what else to say here, this is mostly a reminder to myself, STOP SLEEPING DURING THE DAY, IDIOT. 

And of course there are the usual things, no electronics before bed, stop drinking anything with caffeine in after 6pm, etc. etc., but these four are my tried, tested and true. Especially the last one.

Thank you for reading, and as always -

I'll see you next time, then. 

Ree xo

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Maine "Lovely, Little, Lonely" Album Review


Hello, lovelies!

On the 7th of April, The Maine released their new album. If you're not familiar with The Maine, they are an American alternative rock band from Tempe, Arizona, formed in 2007. They've released 6 full length albums, a Christmas release, and a handful of EPs. They've completed 11 headline tours, co-headlined on several, and have been the opening act for bands such as All Time Low. They have also featured on Warped Tour  in the US.

Composed of five members, John O'Callaghan (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jared Monaco (guitar),  Kennedy Brock (guitar & backing vocals), Garret Nickelson (bass guitar), and Pat Kirch (drums), The Maine are at the top of their game currently, and this latest release shows that.

Lovely, Little, Lonely is composed of 12 songs, 3 of which are interludes named after the album title, "Lovely", "Little", and "Lonely". They have stayed true to themselves with their signature chilled out guitar, drums that make you want to drive with your windows down, songs that flow into each other seamlessly, and lyrics that could only have come from the genius mind of John O'Callaghan. Spacey and chilled, this is one of those albums you can listen to with your eyes closed and feel like you're floating.

Tracklist:

  1. Don't Come Down
  2. Bad Behaviour
  3. Lovely
  4. Black Butterflies & Deja Vu
  5. Taxi
  6. Do You Remember? (The Other Half of 23)
  7. Little
  8. The Sound of Reverie
  9. Lost In Nostalgia
  10. I Only Wanna Talk To You
  11. Lonely
  12. How Do You Feel?

I was going to try and do a breakdown of each song, but it would honestly just be a mess of me sobbing, dancing, and "THIS IS MY FAVOURITE ONE!" But instead, I will tell you if you don't have enough time to listen to the whole album, definitely listen to Bad Behaviour, Black Butterflies & Deja Vu, Taxi, and Lost In Nostalgia.

The Maine are the only band that I have consistently bought all of their albums. Sorry, McFly & 5SOS, but even you guys have released some questionable songs. However, The Maine get it so spot on every single time, and I'm more than happy to continue giving these guys all of the love, recognition, support, and money they deserve. 

If you're looking for your summer album, this is it. I know it's only April, but I believe this release has set the standard for 2017, it truly is one of the best albums I have ever heard.

Thank you for reading, and as always,

I'll see you next time, then.

Ree xo

Monday, 10 April 2017

My Top 5 Binge Worthy Netflix Shows



Hello, lovelies!

As I write this, I am curled in the corner of my sofa, wearing fluffy pyjamas in 17 degree sunshine, nursing a banger of a hangover. So, of course, all I've been doing today is watching Netflix and eating my weight in Pringles. Sometimes you just gotta ditch the meal plan and have your comfort foods, y'know?

Like a grand majority of people lately, I'm freaking obsessed with Netflix. I spend 3/4 of my day watching it, and that's not an exaggeration. I've gotten to season 4 of Pretty Little Liars in a week. 25 episodes a season, in 7 days.

So, let's get on with it!

1. Pretty Little Liars


The first time I tried to watch this show, I got 20 minutes into the pilot and thought "nah, not for me." But after a few weeks, and endless amount of time flicking through shows, I decided to give it another try. Now I've watched it the whole way through at least 3 times, and am currently on the 4th because my mum wanted to see it from the start. It's addicting. The first time I watched it I had a notebook and everything because I was so obsessed with figuring it all out. It's trashy, dramatic, and slightly cringe-worthy at points, but I love it. Adore it. Treat it like it's my baby.

In case my rambling, weird obsession with the show isn't enough to make you want to watch it; here is the synopsis from their Wikipedia page


"Set in the small suburban town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania (not too far from Philadephia), the series follows the lives of four girls; Spencer Hastings, Aria Montgomery, Hanna Marin, and Emily Fields, whose clique falls apart after the alleged murder of their leader, Alison DiLaurentis. One year later the estranged friends are reunited as they begin receiving messages from a mysterious villain named "A" who threatens and tortures them for the mistakes they have made before and after Alison was alive. At first, they think it is Alison herself, but after her "body" is found, the girls realise that someone else is planning on ruining their lives."


I could go on and on about this show until I am blue in the face, I've gotten several friends turned onto it (and they all have the same love for it as I do), but all I can say is please, please, if you haven't seen it, watch it. It will ruin your life, and you will love it. 

2. Sons of Anarchy


Let's completely 180 from Pretty Little Liars, and talk about Sons of Anarchy. If I had enough words for how much I absolutely adore this show, this post would be a hell of a lot longer than it's going to be. This show has made me scream laughing, but also sob like a baby. Motorcycles, rock music, drugs, guns, kidnapping, murder, hot boys, and even hotter girls, this show has absolutely everything that makes a crime drama absolutely wonderful. There are 7 seasons all together, stretching between 2008 to late 2014. 

I know this show isn't for everyone, I've had a few friends watch a couple of episodes and them be like "What is the ass is this" and then several other friends absolutely lose their minds over how good it is, it's really all about your personal opinion. Wikipedia's synopsis; 

"Sons of Anarchy is an American crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter. It follows the lives of a close knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's Central Valley. The show stars Charley Hunnam as Jackson "Jax" Teller, initially the vice president of the club, who begins questioning the club and himself. Brotherhood, loyalty, and redemption are constant themes... Topics such as vigilantism, government corruption and racism are explored as well how an outlaw motorcycle club can be an analogy for human transformation."


If you're looking for a show to mess up your emotions, this is it. Seriously. This. Is. It.

3. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air


This is a story all about how the life of a boy gets flip turned upside down. So he'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, let him tell you how he became the prince of a town called Bel-Air. Much lighter and fast paced than the two shows I listed above, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a comedy series staring the one and only Will Smith. It first aired in 1990, and sadly finished in 1996, but it is so wonderful that it's now dubbed as a classic, timeless and hilarious.  

Will's character is a witty, street-smart kid from Philadelphia, who after getting into a fight gets sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in Bel-Air, Los Angeles. Hilarity, the trials and tribulations of teenage life, and a few serious issues follows, creating the best feel good series TV has ever seen. 

"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American Sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10th, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalised version of himself, a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who is sent to move in with his wealthy aunt and uncle in their Bel-Air mansion after getting into a fight at his local basketball court. In the series, his lifestyle often clashes with the lifestyle of his relatives in Bel-Air."


If that isn't enough - please look at this gif. 


4. Britain's Darkest Taboos 


I completely blame my mother for my obsession with this show. I've been watching it since it first aired on the crime and investigation channel in 2011, and now the whole thing is on Netflix for me to binge whenever I please. Each episode is based around a real life murder or crime that has been committed in the UK. The show is made up of reenactments, interviews with victims family members and friends, or in a few cases, the victims who managed to escape. 

It is very, very dark, and potentially very triggering, so I understand it isn't to everyone's taste, but for some sick reason - I am obsessed. 

"Each episode reveals the timeline of events with accurate reconstructions, home footage, family photos, archive news, and exclusive access to previously unseen police footage. With expert analysis from Forensic Psychologist Dr. Keri Nixon, and Psychologist Emma Kenny, Britain's Darkest Taboos shows how the acts of one individual can send shockwaves through the lives of those closest to them."


5. American Horror Story



I remember the first time I watched American Horror Story. I was sat on the sofa in my old flat, in the dark, and I was absolutely scared beyond my wits. It became a true love story, this show and I. It has been one of my favourite shows for years, and I get so excited every time a new season comes out. There is three more seasons coming out over the next two years, and I. Am. Pumped. 

If you're like me and you're into spooky things, ghosts, make believe, and things based off true events, American Horror Story is the one for you. 

"American Horror Story is an American anthology horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained mini series, following a disparate set of characters and settings, and a story with its own "beginning, middle and end." Some plot elements of each season are loosely inspired by true events." 


Phew! That's my list! There are honestly a bunch of other shows I could have added to this, but these are my top five, and the ones I suggest to everyone when they ask for new shows to watch. 

I hope you guys are liking this new upload schedule! From now on I'll be uploading posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays! Yay!

Thank you for reading, and as always,

I'll see you next time, then. 

Ree xo 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Serious Sunday - How Working Out Helped My Mental Health


Hello, lovelies!

I figured I would start a new series on this blog - Serious Sunday. Above all things I want to keep this blog true to what it started as... An honest, open insight into my life.

If you've been reading for a while you'll know I suffer from a wide variety of issues. Both mental and physical. From anxiety, to depression, to BPD, to OCD, there isn't a place in my head that feels like a "safe" place some days. That is where the gym has come in. In the last six months I have seen improvements in my mental health, as well as physically, just from going to the gym three to four times a week.

When I'm stressed - gym. When I'm angry - gym. When I'm happy - you bet I'm at the freaking gym. Spending that hour, two hours, three hours, on my body and focusing my mind on nothing else is incredibly therapeutic. I sleep better, I pay more attention to what goes into my body, I feel like I can breathe better. It doesn't matter if all I do is run on the treadmill for 45 minutes, and then picture who ever has pissed me off's face on the matt while I medicine ball slam out all my anger.

Working out, for me, is a way of clearing my mind. The thoughts that spend so long every day trying to pull me apart are the last thing on my mind, because I'm too busy focusing my mind on the muscles I'm working. On the same note - clearing my mind helps distract me from my physical aches and pains brought on by my Fibromyalgia. Of course there are still days when I physically can't go to the gym because my body needs to rest, but they are a lot fewer and far between than they were before, which is strange considering I've been working my body more, right?

My muscles are getting more used to being worked in such a way that Fibro pains, whilst still constant and always present, aren't as debilitating as they were before.

Basically, the point of this post, working out has changed that way I look at life, the way I look at my body, and the way I look at myself. I have a much healthier relationship with my body, and a much more positive outlook on life. It's true what Elle Woods says: "Exercise gives you endorphin's, endorphin's make you happy, happy people don't just shoot their husbands."

I hope you guys don't mind the addition of these more serious posts!

I'll see you next time, then.

Ree xo

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Coconut-Lane Wishlist


Hello, lovelies!

Recently I've come across a website that I have absolutely fallen in love and sold my soul to. Coconut-lane!

Pink, sassy, and A LOT of rose gold is the way to my heart, and this website has absolutely every single one of them. I could spend a whole freaking lot of money on here without even blinking.

Hey, guess what? Because you're reading this blog you get a 20% off code! HECK YEAH! If you enter the code "earthtoree20" at checkout you get 20% off your whole order! You're welcome ;)


Now, onto the wishlist!

1. Blogger Sweatshirt - £28


Okay, I know, it's April, it's getting warmer (supposedly) but I freaking love sweatshirts. I'm currently wearing a bright pink one that says "Internet Princess". Really. This sweater is so cute I can't quite handle it, and it lists my 3 favourite things in the world. My blog, Instagram, and Coffee. Do you really need anything else? I don't think so.

2. #GIRLBOSS Phone Case - £15



As a self proclaimed #GIRLBOSS, I. Need. This. My phone is currently naked, and as pretty as it is in all it's rose gold glory, it makes me nervous. However, I am super picky with my phone cases, so to find one that I instantly love is rare, and the second I saw this one I knew I needed it. Marble and hashtags? Give me it. 

3. Marble Bangle - £13.50


AHH. AHHHH. This is so beautiful I'm almost sweating. As someone who doesn't own a lot of bangles, I only really wear my Pandora one, I was surprised when this one caught my eye. I just want it on my body 24/7. 

4. Classy Cushion Cover - £18


I am a sucker for cushions. Honestly, ask anyone. So the fact that coconut-lane do hilariously sassy ones is my favourite thing in the world. I sent this one to my friend and she screamed, because it's the most us thing she has ever seen. I'm currently in the process of finding my own apartment as well, and this is exactly the type of thing I want front and centre on my sofa. 

5. Coffee Wall Art - £6


My life in a wall print. Coffee, Contour, Confidence! Again, something perfect for the decor scheme I want for my apartment, but until then it would look SUPER cute beside my dressing table. 

There are at least 300 other things on here that I could put on this list, but I will leave it at 5. I am absolutely, completely obsessed with this company and all of their products and ethics, and the team of girls that I have spoken to and worked with so far have been so amazingly lovely. 

Definitely check the site out, and don't forget - 20% off!

I'll see you next time, then.

Ree xo