Tuesday, 1 September 2015

A LITTLE LIFE UPDATE

September is here! I know everyone seems to say "oh god, where is the time going?" but after a crazy busy summer season I'm so glad that everything is finally slowing down. Living in a popular seaside village means that we have to share our summer (village shops, parks, pubs, car parks and beaches) with thousands of families throughout the summer holidays and it comes to a point where you just can't wait for everyone to go home and get back to work and school. This is partly why blogging has been on the back burner for me. So where the hell have I been?

WORKING FULL-TIME
I've been a full-time stooge since the beginning of July and it's kept me insanely busy (and super tired). For those of you who don't know, I work as head baker so my shifts are 5.30-2.30, Tuesday-Saturday. It's a really demanding and stressful job in the summer months but now that the tourists have all gone home I'm hoping I can calm down a little and enjoy the job more! It's been really hard to switch off when I get home from work, because I'm constantly thinking about what I need to do for the next day. I'm also about to start training another baker so that could be quite fun. We'll see how good of a teacher I am! I do really like the job itself but I definitely like payday even better. 

CLEARING UP MY SKIN
Since I've been getting up at stupid o'clock for a 5:30am start 5 days a week, I don't have the time to be applying concealer and foundation anymore. It's been unintentional but my skin has been loving it. I rarely have blemishes, my skin is way less red and congested, and weirdly feels a lot softer and smoother. I haven't switched up my skincare routine in any way - although perhaps the introduction of a night cream wouldn't go amiss - it's literally come down to my being lazy in the early mornings and favouring sleep over beauty.

NURSING AND FIXING MY TEETH
I've been suffering with wisdom tooth pain on-and-off for about two years now. It comes and goes sporadically. I could be absolutely fine for six months and then be reaching for doses of ibuprofen every four hours for a solid week and half. It's so annoying, especially when you can't eat or sleep properly because of the cutting and shifting. My jaw always feels on fire when the pain strikes, but then I feel fine again for months! I really don't want to have them extracted - the sheer thought terrifies me. Also, it seems ever since I boasted not having any problems with my teeth in my whitening post that it's really come back to bite me (pun not intended). I've been having a lot of tooth sensitivity recently and it turns out that after a 4-month-late dentist trip I needed a filling. A filling, which by the way, I could feel being drilled despite the anaesthetic he pumped into my gums - ugh, horrid experience...

APPRECIATING DAYS OFF
Yes, as anyone who works full-time will know, days off are pretty precious. I used to only work two days a week so I've basically switched around my routine to a complete 180. I love my days off. I still have to work Saturdays but I'm really glad that I get two days off together - Sunday and Monday - so it's pretty much a delayed weekend. Plus, yesterday was my first Bank Holiday Monday off in over two years! Appreciating days off can go two ways. You either cram in as much as you can to keep yourself busy, or you choose the ultimate lazy duvet day. The latter is usually my typical Sunday routine. I consider 8am a lie-in now so I can just laze about in my pyjamas, make a lovely breakfast, catch up on shows, and essentially switch off from the daily grind. It's definitely my favourite day of the week!

SAVING AND PLANNING FOR CALIFORNIA
One of my oldest high school friends complained about needing a holiday so I chimed in and suggested we embarked on the American road trip we've always talked about. In the end we decided to just take on California next May and I'm so crazy excited, you have no idea! I currently have about £500 a month going into my savings for this dream holiday so by May I should be okay. We're planning on flying to LAX, staying in Anaheim for a little stint at Disneyland (ahhhh!), then hot-footing it down to Venice where we're going to base ourselves for day trips to Venice Beach, Santa Monica, LA, Hollywood etc. We have yet to seriously start planning; an attempt at the weekend was scarpered by bank holiday hustle and rubbish Starbucks Wi-Fi, but we did buy a guidebook and talk about all the junk food we want to try there - progress! If anyone has ever been to California on holiday I would love to hear your experiences and recommendations on anything!

So yes, that's where I've been. I know last month I addressed the whole "sorry for being a bad blogger" and this is a bit of an extended apology. I'm really going to try this month to get back on my blogging game, promise!
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  1. wow you are working so hard! remember to treat yourself! Cali sounds perfect I'm moving to L.A in two weeks ad I'm so excited <3

    http://www.abigailalicex.com

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    1. You're moving to LA? How'd you wangle that, that's amazing! I'm so excited to visit the USA - I've never been before but I just know I'm not going to want to come home! Xx

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  2. your trip to America sounds AMAZING, I've always wanted to go to LA, so jealous! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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    1. Eeek, hopefully we plan it well and save, save, save! It's nice to have something to look forward to next year! Xx

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  3. I do not envy you getting up to make a 5.30am shift! I get up at 5.30am and that's too early. Good luck saving for your trip, it'll be totally worth it. I'm trying to save and pay of debts myself at the minute. It can be hard to keep motivation, it'll totally be worth it all though :)

    Áine Beauty, Style & Lifestyle

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    1. I know, I know, it's not the best... At least I get the afternoons off if I start that early so I guess there's a silver lining in there somewhere, haha! Thank you, although it's typical that the moment you want to save for something everything else goes wrong e.g. my car tax and MOT are due! Xx

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  4. Sounds like you have been super busy! I hope you have a lovely September!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD // £100 FeelUnique Voucher Giveaway

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  5. You've definitely been busy with that full time job, I wish you all the luck for saving up for your trip!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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    1. Thanks Jodie! It can be pretty tiring at times. I literally got home from work today and slumped on my bed - must not nap! Xx

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  6. I have been trying hard to clear my skin too, you definitely feel so much better :) x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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    1. I think the steam at work helps too! My skin has a mini facial every time I open the ovens, haha! Xx

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  7. I really badly desperately want to go on an American road trip! Have an amazing holiday!

    Kiran x
    www.alittlekiran.co.uk

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    1. We're working our way up to the full blown American road trip - California seems like the best place to dip our feet though - so much to do and see! Thank you Kiran! Xx

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  8. You really need a break! Hope you get some rest! Where is the calendar from, by the way?
    Elina xx | luxamundi.co.uk

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    1. Aw that's what my "weekend" is for! It's the Les Femmes calendar from Rifle Paper Co. and it was designed by Garance Doré! Xx

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  9. I was in California 5 years ago. I spent a moth abroad with a host family, so most of the tume I was in a small city, but I visited San Francisco and San Francisco. San Francisco is great, like one of the ost beautiful citie I've ever been. The piers are full of life, souvenirs, street artists, shops... Also, we took a boat that took us around Alcatraz and under the Golden Bridge. It is quite amazing, though windy! Sacrament is the capital sity so you definetly have to see it! It is not LA or SF, but it is worthy. The state capitol it is pretty (like a small White House) and Old Sac it's incredible (just do a quick search on google and you'll ee what I mean!). Enhoy your time in Cali, you are gonna love it!!! <3

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    1. Wow, that sounds amazing! I would love to see San Francisco at some point, although I don't think we'll have enough time or money to get there this time around unfortunately! Perhaps we should go back and base ourselves in San Fran so we can travel to the capital too! Xx

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  10. Sounds like you've been crazy busy; lovely to read what you've been up to though! Enjoy Cali - the time will fly by!! :)
    Lucy @ Lucy—Loves xx

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    1. Eek, I'm really excited but I'm going to try and savour the moments as much as I can! Xx

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  11. I've just finished uni and started my first full time job so I can totally appreciate where you're coming from in terms of work (although I don't envy your early starts...) but you're doing great - keep it up!

    Bethan | Thought from Beth

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    1. Aw thanks Beth! Hope you're getting on well with your new job! Xx

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  12. Oh god I completely empathise with you, I hate the dentist! That's great about your skin, they do say less is more in skincare sometimes. I've started a new skin care routine that is really cut down, no face masks etc and my skin has been so much better and actually heals quicker too!

    sheepishlyshameful.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Literally, the worst place ever! I definitely agree with less is more. I've never been a fan of a big skincare routine as I know it does more harm than good! Xx

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  13. I bet you're so excited to go to California, it gives you something amazing to look forward to and it will be a fabulous trip! I hope your tooth is feeling much better and you're not in too much pain!
    Love, Amie ❤

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    1. Once we get round to planning it properly I'll be inconsolable probably, haha! Thanks Amie - touch wood I'm okay now! Xx

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