Talking diets and online expectations with Carly Rowena

At a party I recently saw a friend who I hadn’t seen for almost a year. She had lost a lot of weight and was being praised for the achievement by all the women at the party. With my history of rapid weight loss, crash dieting, binge eating and excessive exercising I stayed silent. I … Continue reading Talking diets and online expectations with Carly Rowena

5 subscription services that will make life better

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Is it just me or are the weekends getting shorter? It seems I can't do anything other than fall asleep on the couch on a Friday night and before I know it I'm having my obligatory Sunday afternoon nap. I guess being over 30 isn't as exciting as I thought it would be! I'm trying … Continue reading 5 subscription services that will make life better

How to make self-care a priority on holiday

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Do you ever feel like you need a holiday just to recover from being on holiday? I get this all the time, and I realised it's because I wasn't setting aside time for self-care when I was away. We often feel obliged to cram in as much sight-seeing or partying as possible, instead of actually … Continue reading How to make self-care a priority on holiday

How to stay happy on a sick day

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Getting sick is SO frustrating. You eat your veg and take your vitamins but sometimes the body can't fight off infection without a few rest days. I don't know about you I can't wait until we're all floating heads inside robot bodies (joke). As someone who prides myself on prioritising fitness and healthy eating I … Continue reading How to stay happy on a sick day

10 random acts of kindness you can do today

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February 12th sees the start of Random Acts of Kindness Week. I don't care much for these types of campaigns - although I'll admit National Doughnut Day has made me reconsider - but if there's something to raise awareness about, being kind to one another does nothing but good things in my book. From a … Continue reading 10 random acts of kindness you can do today

10 things you should stop doing just to please other people

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When I was 17 I grabbed a box of the brightest red hair dye I could afford and went from blonde to copper one Friday afternoon in my parents' bathroom. It was the first time I'd thought 'fuck it' and done something on a whim. I kept it that way for a few years, but … Continue reading 10 things you should stop doing just to please other people

Why I’m not dieting this January (even though I’m a size 16)

A few years ago I would've planned a fresh new blog post ready to go live featuring my favourite fat-loss tips for January, or how to 'get back on track' after Christmas. Now, I can't be f*@ked with all that.  I still love eating healthily because it gives me the energy to do the things … Continue reading Why I’m not dieting this January (even though I’m a size 16)

3 ways the beauty industry has affected my mental health

I've spent years rejecting the idea that the beauty industry can have a positive affect on my mental well-being. How can a lipstick make you happy? Why are young girls caking their faces in concealer when they don't even need it? It's taken me until by thirties to understand how the beauty industry has shaped … Continue reading 3 ways the beauty industry has affected my mental health

An ode to anyone with depression this Christmas

It’s Christmas day and everywhere, people are smiling. Children are grinning from ear to ear as they tear open their long-awaited gifts, and parents look on with pride, feeling accomplished after a long year of working hard to provide for the family. Grandparents fall asleep on the sofa whilst the dog nibbles the leftover mince … Continue reading An ode to anyone with depression this Christmas

How to survive Christmas day as an introvert

Christmas Day can be pretty intense. Even for the most outgoing person, the idea of being cooped up with your nearest and dearest for 12 hours straight with nothing but food, alcohol and polite conversation to pass the time can be a little daunting. For someone like me - a textbook introvert - the frivolities … Continue reading How to survive Christmas day as an introvert