World Mental Health Day

Today was World Mental Health Day, and another year has passed since the last one. In a year, I would definitely say that there’s been more awareness spread of certain mental health issues, but not all. Anxiety and Depression seem to be the ones people are more accepting of, but even so, those are still misunderstood.

We also have to think about the gender inequality reflected in mental health, if a man comes forward and talks about his issues, society strips him of his masculinity so very rarely men talk about their mental health and it simmers into something worse than it was at the beginning.

Suicide Rates are common in middle aged men, particularly from the age of 40-51. Yet this isn’t spoken about as much as it should be and this is something I would like to see improve in the next year, as mental health needs to be tackled just as aptly as physical health. Both can leave you bed ridden and unable.

We also need to remember that mental health can effect children just as much as teenagers and adults. Children can get depressed and anxious, but this is completely overlooked by the Education System who would rather put it down to Laziness or Unwillingness. There’s so much that needs to be spoken about and addressed, I only hope that it comes forward this time next year and that some changes are made and encouraged.

*image provided by mental health foundation.*
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Neck Deep defend fans at Nottingham ‘Rock City’ Concert

Pop Punk band Neck Deep were set to perform a decent set list tonight from their new album, “The Peace and the Panic”. But things later changed when two songs into the concert, things got heated.

An anonymous eye witness report claims that the concert started out how any music concert would- full of excitement and brilliant vibes. “Everybody was so excited to see them. They are a band that you just can’t help but love with everything you have, so seeing them to some people was such an incredible thing. A big moment for some as this kind of music changes lives.”

So what happened in that venue?

They started playing their set and it was amazing. Everybody was dancing and jumping up and down, some people have been waiting for this for so long so to finally be in the moment is such a big deal. Then after the second song, there was a pause and it seemed like Neck Deep just walked out mid set after muttering something through the microphone.

Was it clear to you what was going on?

I couldn’t really see much from where I was, but when they walked off I thought it was part of a comedy sketch or something like how Alex and Jack from ‘All Time Low’ do. But then everyone in the crowd started getting worked up and then I realised that the concert was basically over. I was so disappointed.

Can you go over what actually happened now you know the facts?

When I got out of the venue, there was a bunch of people standing outside talking about it. Another girl told me that a guy had been crowd surfing and was taken aside, only to be slammed down by security in front of the crowd. People from the crowd were getting restless seeing it and then Neck Deep intervened.

How do you feel about Neck Deep after this event?

I love them of course, but I’m so grateful that they stood up for their fans. That could of been me or my mate. If those guards were somebody in the street, they would be arrested for GBH. So why are they allowed to get away with it? I hope rock city does the right thing and fires them.

Social Media site Twitter is blowing up under #NeckDeep where videos of what happened has been posted to YouTube. Click this link here:

Neck Deep in Nottingham

Everybody is tweeting about how grateful they are for the band and how glad they are that they care for their fans. No information has been posted yet about whether the concert attendees will be reimbursed, but one thing is for sure, Neck Deep will always be remembered for this.

My First Week at Coventry University

University was something I had always dreamt of, something I thought I wouldn’t be able to achieve. Coming from a working class background, I never imagined that I would end up at University. After a gap year of working, saving and counting pennies, I was finally here- Coventry University.

Move in Day felt like Christmas as we drove up right next to my accommodation. To my surprise, my flat looked like an Ikea Showroom but I was most excited about my desk. I was used to writing in libraries, so the fact I had the privacy to work was incredibly useful and a massive bonus to me. The thing I was most daunted by was meeting my flatmates. A few tips about meeting your flat mates:

  • Be yourself. You are going to be spending a lot of time with these people so don’t be afraid to be who you naturally are.
  • Talk about your course/major. Get an idea of what you are all passionate about, that way throughout the academic year you can ask how it’s all going and you can encourage and support each other.
  • Set side a cleaning rotor from the get go- this may seem extreme but this will diffuse any tension surrounding domestic duties which may build in the future.

I found with my flatmates that everybody can get along if you are straight forward and willing to be civil even if they aren’t your favourite type of person or your best friend. At the end of the day, everybody is in the same boat. It’s not going to be easy or simple at first, but once you get yourself into a routine it should be a walk in the park.

I don’t think I was prepared for how rowdy Freshers was going to be. I feel like I was taken from a peaceful town and sucked into a rowdy party portal. Normally a dedicated introvert, I was shocked by how much I actually participated and enjoyed freshers. You will end up meeting a vast number of people from all different accomodations and it will make this new big, exciting city seem a lot smaller. I particularly enjoyed getting to know people during move in weekend, purely because everyone was so nervous that instantly you became  a friend to all. And it’s important to note because it’s a main fear when starting Uni, that you do make friends. You will be asked about a hundred times where you’re from, what your hobbies are and what your course is and it will feel like a job interview- but it will be worth it.

I was most excited for my lectures to start- after all, that was the whole point of Uni and even though it was only induction week, I bounced out of bed on that Monday morning excited for what was to come. My journey with applying to Coventry felt like it lasted years, so I was ready to get into the swing of things and see what I can achieve. Walking into the lecture hall for the first time was so daunting- I was so nervous, but looking around and viewing everybody’s nervous faces, it was clear we were all afraid together.

Exploring Coventry was something I really enjoyed. I didn’t realise how beautiful it was in places, especially around the cathedral. If you go there at the right time, you will find birds, squirrels and dogs being walked all along the cobbles. Being from a small town, it’s comforting for me that there’s places I can go and relax. The squirrels are particularly friendly in Coventry, but they always look at you, offended that you’re not an acorn.

There’s so many parts of my first week that I enjoyed, the little facts about my new City all came to play and it’s interesting to move into a new place and learn the history- it’s fascinating.

For example, Coventry was a city of destruction during World War 2, so occasionally bombs from under the ground have to go through a controlled detonation. My new building Ellen Terry is named after the actress and the building is renovated from an old 1920’s cinema. There is also a significance of elephants around the city, which myself and a small group of journo’s found out as we made our way around the city on an elephant hunt. From the Herbert Museum to St Mary’s Guildhall to the Transport Museum, it was a kooky induction event that I’m not likely to forget.

I made sure I got involved, a signed up to Societies and spoke to as many people as possible. I joined Rock Society, the welcome event was incredible and I would highly recommend it to anybody if you are into a spectrum of music from classic rock to metal core. What I love about Coventry, is the fact everybody will talk to you and you get to meet a variety of personalities. Nobody is afraid or too shy, and it made me feel a little bit more welcome. Especially in those moments where I’d felt homesick.

My first week at Coventry flew by- and I assume that the next three years will too. But I will remember this week for the rest of my life. It’s such a huge adjustment, whereas it’s exciting you don’t realise how much of a difference it is going to make on you. But it’s such a positive influence and change and I don’t think I would have had such a happy adjustment week if I hadn’t of chosen Coventry.

My Autumn Evening Routine

When I finish a long day at work, the first thing I want to do is immediately face plant my bed. This is a regular occurrence, but then I have to go and find the energy to do something else so I can get settled for the evening.

The first thing I like to do is take a bath to unwind and take all the dirt and dust off me from the day I’ve had. I like to occasionally treat myself to a bath bomb and I will almost always use a selection from Bomb Cosmetics. I like to keep the lighting minimal, take my book and a cup of tea and relax in the bath enjoying the serenity and peace for an hour or so.

After I’ve got out the bath, I like to moisturise and put on clean pyjamas.

These pyjamas are from Boohoo and are a god send. They are the softest material, really warm and cosy even though they are short style ones- the cute pattern is also incredible.

I will then go and make myself some dinner. I rarely eat in the day so I try to have a substantial evening meal to make sure I’ve had enough calories for the day. A few of my favourite meals to make are Pasta Bakes, Curries and Pot Roasts. But tonight I decided to make a honey and mustard Chicken Salad, as it was a humid, muggy day and salads are always a winner.

After dinner if I have nothing to do, I like to lie down and listen to some music. My music taste varies from genre to genre but at the minute I am loving the album ‘Science Fiction’ by Brand New. My favourite song on there is ‘Can’t get it out’ and I relate to it so much.

In autumn, I really enjoy making and drinking hot drinks. My favourite is the spiced latte, but on this occasion I have made a fudge hot chocolate which I enjoyed in my new favourite Mug from New Look.

After I’ve been downstairs to catch up with family and drank my drink, I will return upstairs to take off my makeup. When I’ve done a full shift at work, I will be lazy and just take it off with a cleansing wipe as I will be exhausted. But usually I use Makeup Remover and a cotton pad. I will then moisturise with my serum and my skin will be bed ready.

Candles are my favourites, especially in the Autumn time and Primark have an excellent range of £1.50 candles which I love. This one is gorgeous and berry scented and I’ll always light one when I’m settling down so the lighting is perfect and sleepy so I fall straight to sleep.

That is my evening routine for Autumn, let me know what you do differently in the comments.

Why I can’t wait for Autumn

I’m a summer baby, but by no means is it my favourite season. I enjoy the sun, I love a summer breeze and I think barbecues with friends and family are lovely. But, there’s something so unmistakably cosy and comforting about the Autumn air that sweeps in mid September.

You can have an all new wardrobe, filled with cosy knitted jumpers, warm body hugging t shirts, thick tartan skirts and knee high socks. You get to choose an all new winter coat or recycle your one from last year and look absolutely ready for the colder days and nights to come.

Onesies and pyjamas from last Christmas can come back out amongst the short pyjamas you’ve been using all summer. It’s exciting, plus your big fluffy dressing gown can come out of hiding and remain on you probably until next march.

Hot chocolates become a regular part of the week. Once they were an indulgent treat, but now you are having them here, there and everywhere. But you don’t care, they are an autumn essential and you will milk it all you have to in order to get your milky chocolate treat in.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes also come out with this season and if you haven’t had one- I would honestly recommend it. It’s sweet, spicy and gorgeously rich. Definitely a go to for the autumn season!

Autumn makeup looks are also my favourite. Bronzed cheeks, dark lips and golden eyelids. You can’t go wrong, also my hair colour (copper) is an autumn colour so I feel like autumn is my season to shine.

Let’s not forget the gorgeous, stunning scenery that only autumn can provide. Bright skies with a misty fog, with a cold air and crisp oxygen. Multicoloured leaves scattered all around parks and the scent of bonfires up and down the street.

That brings me onto two events I am absolutely pumped for in autumn: Halloween and Bonfire Night. Halloween is my absolute favourite, I love the horror movie preparation the night before, the dressing up, the carving pumpkins. One thing I’ll miss about going to uni is the trick or treaters coming to the house. Even so, it is still a good excuse to load up on sugar and enjoy the spooky time.

Bonfire night is just a classic- lighting the bonfire with your family and eating comfort food around it whilst sipping hot chocolate from a thermos and watching the fireworks later on- it’s perfect and really cosy.

Autumn is also the countdown to Christmas. How many weeks it it now? The starting to buy the presents, the Christmas jumpers are coming out and it’s suddenly acceptable to start watching Christmas films.

So that is why I cannot wait for autumn. Comment below with your favourite season and why you love that so much!

August Beauty Favourites 2017

It’s that time of the month again! Throughout the last month I’ve been really enjoying these beauty favourites. I had so many favourites this month that it was a struggle to pick out the best, but I finally narrowed it down.

L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil (Coconut Oil) Shampoo:

I’m starting with hair products and this shampoo is incredible. It’s a new one on the market and like it’s original, it contains six micro flower oils which will hydrate the hair and keep it moisturised. This shampoo however, has a light coconut fragrance that isn’t overpowering and is quite sweet and refreshing compared to other coconut scents. Since using this, my hair is about 10 x shinier, sleeker and lightweight. I’ve recently had my hair cut and layered and I was recommended this bargain high street shampoo by my hairdresser. It’s also a really thin consistency that cleanses well, so it lasts a long time. For the 400ml bottle, it’s around £2.50 on the high street and it’s an absolute steal for the quality of the product!

OGX Brazilian Keratin Smooth Conditioner:

These conditioners were on offer in Superdrug for £3.40 and I thought I would give them a go as I’d always heard great things. It smells of cocoa butter and has a really lovely consistency. I let it sit on my hair for around ten minutes before I wash it out. When dried, my hair is straight, soft and sleek and I have zero frizz. It’s incredible and will definitely be buying more from the range whilst on offer.

L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Masque Balm:

This masque is so good and I always use it before I shampoo and leave it on while in the bath for about thirty-forty minutes. It’s a lot thicker than a normal hair masque and sticks to the hair more and I believe it promotes hair growth as my hair has grown since using this!

Charles Worthington Style Better Salt Spray:

I’ve been using this to add texture into my hair and it’s amazing. It adds so much volume and natural waves and I love it. It also has a nice gentle scent, but isn’t stiff like other, cheaper salt sprays. Also, the castor oil is really good for hair growth and nourishment.

Beverley Hills Formula Activated Charcoal Toothpaste:

This stuff is absolutely amazing for teeth whitening and my teeth is up to three times whiter than using my regular toothpaste. The black colour is also really cool and edgy.

Vaseline Intensive Care Essential Healing Lotion:

I’ve used the cocoa butter and aloe Vera one before, and both of them were mediocre. But this lotion is incredible. It makes my skin really soft and non greasy but sinks in really well. My skin is always nourished well and glows because of this lotion.

Johnsons Face Care Makeup Be Gone Pampering Wipes:

Johnsons are the best face wipes and this scent is incredible. It’s the baby bedtime scent which is my favourite and so relaxing and soothing! They remove makeup so well and leave my face feeling moisturised. So those are my august beauty favourites and all of them are amazing!! Comment below if you try any.

An Explanation..

Lately I've been avoiding blogging like the plague. It's not that I don't enjoy it or that I don't want to do it, it's that I tend to put all my energy into it when I'm on a blogging streak and I have so much I need to be doing this month to prepare for University next month.

I'm currently working pretty much full time and when I'm not, I'm out buying things for my dorm, babysitting and seeing my friends. I'm trying to keep a good balance so I don't go insane, but I've got some amazing things coming up and I just wanted to keep you all looped so you know I'm not hiding somewhere.

I've got some exciting things upcoming in September, I'm having my first tattoo done which should be really exciting! I'm also leaving the job I'm unhappy in in order to get ready for University- then of course there's move in day and freshers! It's all going to be really exciting and I'll blog when I can, but life is going so fast and I just want to enjoy the moments without worrying about anything else. I'll blog when I have the spare time, but at the moment I can't schedule in time to blog due to the long hours I'm working.

I'm currently in a relaxation period where I put myself first, get myself whatever I need, in order to make good changes in the next month. I would encourage anybody else to do the same!