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My June 2018 Favourites

02/07/2018

This month has probably been the best I’ve have in a long time. 

So many amazing things have happened; I hit 10k blog views in the first 6 months of the year, I’ve had my first ever affiliate sale on SiteGround* which gave me three months free hosting (thank you Bella from Bluebells and Trees!) and I found out I would be graduating university with a First Class Honours Degree! 

The last one has actually been pretty bittersweet. 

There are so many people I wish I could tell, those who knew me from being a little kid but have unfortunately passed away before I graduated. They were people who believed in me, and who always said I would achieve whatever I put my mind to; I wish I could tell them that they were right, and thank them for all their support over the years. 

Wild and Free Oracle Deck

Since finishing uni and getting my results, I’ve taken some much needed self care time; I spent the last few months working non stop, and the stress and anxiety finally started to catch up with me. So i’ve spent most of this month trying not to let myself worry about work and the future, going on day trips with Chris and switch off from work mode for a change. 

Not that I succeeded very well on that last one, even when we went to Bridlington last week I was taking photos for my blog!

July is hopefully going to be a busy month for me.

I’m planning to start work on my business plan and start creating items to sell on my store. I’ll be offering digital items to begin with, but once I’ve found a good printing company to get my oracle deck created with, that will be going on sale too. 

It’s a terrifying but exiting point in my life, and I’m hoping that I can look back at this post in a years time and smile at how far I’ve come. I started off being too scared to even start this blog, and now I’m planning on becoming self employed and opening my own store; a lot can happen when you leave your comfort zone! 

Bridlington Seaside | Beach + Sea

New Look Red Cross Body Bag

I’ve bought quite a few things from New Look recently, mainly because almost everything has 30% off at the moment. 

I spotted this bag when I was out with a friend and it didn’t take much encouragement from her for me to decide to get it. 

Even though it looks small, it holds a surprising amount! 

New Look Red Cross Body Bag

New Look Red Cross Body Bag

I can easily fit a large purse, portable charger, asthma inhaler, small first aid kit (yes seriously), hand sanitizer and a few beauty bits like a mirror, lipstick and an eyebrow pencil. 

I honestly don’t think I’ve used another bag in months. If I’m going somewhere and need to carry things that won’t fit it, I’ve started just putting them in a tote bag and carrying that around with me too. 

It’s not going to be the most practical solution in the winter when it starts raining, but I’ll worry about that when I get to it!

New Look Red Cross Body Bag

Charity Pot Body Cream 

Charity Pot is probably my favourite Lush product of all time! 

I only have a small pot at the moment, but I’ll definitely be going back and getting the full sized one when it runs out. Not only does it provide some serious moisture to your skin, but it smells delicious too; kind of like Turkish Delight! 

We originally picked up a sample pot to see if it could help Chris’s psoriasis, but I quickly fell in love with it as much as he did. 

Lush Charity Pot Body Cream

It has done wonders for his psoriasis, especially on his arms. He’s always been very self conscious about it, so it’s great to see him gaining confidence because of it and even being willing to wear short-sleeved t-shirts in public; something he’s never been comfortable doing!

Not only is it a great product, but 100% of the money (minus VAT) goes to grassroots charities via their SLush Fund! These charities can be seen on the lid of the pots and, even though the pot you pick doesn’t determine where your sale goes, you can still pick out your favourite charity to remind you where your money has gone. 

Lush Charity Pot Body Cream

I picked up one with Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, which is campaigning for a public inquiry into the police actions during the 1984 miners strike. As a miners granddaughter who lives in a mining village, the Battle of Orgreave is something I’ve grown up hearing about, so I’m glad Lush is supporting them and plenty of other amazing charities! 

iPad Pro, Magnetic Keyboard & Apple Pencil 

This is hands down one of the best investments I’ve ever made; not just for my blog but for university and my plans to be self employed too. 

I use the iPad and keyboard every single day, it’s almost like a second laptop in a lot of ways; especially because of the keyboard. 

iPad Pro, Magnetic Keyboard & Apple Pencil 

Over the past two years I’ve used it to write up blog posts, edit my photos via VSCO, manage my time and projects via Trello and Google Drive and a lots of other little things. 

Don’t get me wrong it will never replace my main laptop, but I know that if my laptop broke I’d replace it with an iMac and just have an iPad Pro as my portable device to work from. 

I was lucky enough to meet the extremely talented Geo Law at a uni event last year. He explained to me how he creates his art on his own iPad Pro, using the Apple Pencil and an app called Procreate.

iPad Pro, Magnetic Keyboard & Apple Pencil 

After seeing him use them both, I realised this would be the perfect way to create my oracle deck, which I was planning on doing for my final major project the next year.

I bought both that week and did actually use them to create my oracle deck, which I ended up getting a high first for so it was defiantly worth investing in them! 

Cucina Air Fryer  

Okay so you know you’re an adult when you get excited over buying a new kitchen appliance! 

Honestly though, this thing has completely changed how I cook. I’ve always had a bad relationship with food thanks to my eating disorder and emetophobia; I’m terrified to cook myself in case I do something wrong and give myself food poisoning. 

Cucina Air FryerCucina Air Fryer

You can cook so much in here from chips, jacket potatoes and even bread. It cooks things a lot quicker than the traditional cooker does, and it’s a lot less fatty, which really helps my IBS.

I’m slowly becoming more confident about cooking thanks to it, and over the last few weeks I’ve even been looking forward to eating; something thats almost unheard of for me!

What have you been loving this month? 

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My June 2018 Favourites

16 responses to “My June 2018 Favourites”

  1. ruthinrevolt says:

    It’s so exciting how well you’ve done with university, but I do understand – I think big life events like that can often bring pain with them, too. I can’t wait to see what things you have in your store! 🙂 Also, the red bag is gorgeous and I really want an iPad so you’ve just added to my lust. Super post as always, my lovely!

  2. Ahhh yes, some good ol’ Lush! Great picks, and excellent blog post! xx

    Arshi | notesfromarshi.com

  3. I’ve been thinking of getting an iPad for absolutely ages now and actually borrowed one from work to see how I get on and I love it. I’ve been eyeing some refurbished ones on Amazon and I think I might make the leap soon.

    Great list! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

  4. julietlylillyrose says:

    I need to get an air fryer so I can eat more chips without the guilt. lol And that bag is sooo cute. Thanks for sharing your faves!

  5. Shan Ellis says:

    Firstly well done! Yes self care is a definite must now do something for yourself x I love all the lush products Flying Fox is my fave ❤️

  6. Massive congrats on finishing uni! Also, I can’t WAIT to buy your oracle deck! It sounds like you had a successful June, I hope July is just as fab for you 🙂 xxx

  7. mummywho says:

    Oooo my friend has that air fryer and she raves about it! Lovely list for June, looking forward to your July favourites and enjoy your freedom now you have finished Uni.

    Kate xx
    http://www.mummywho.com

  8. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much lovely! 🙂 yeah I’ve felt like this before with passing my driving test and things like that, but this one has really hit me hard for some reason 🙁 And haha sorry! They’re so amazing though, I couldn’t be without mine now and I’d definitely recommend getting one if you can afford it 🙌🏼🙈

  9. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! 🙂 xx

  10. Jade Marie says:

    I’d definitely recommend getting one if you can, I wouldn’t be without mine now- its so practical!x

  11. Jade Marie says:

    Haha yes! That is a very good reason to get one 😂

  12. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much! And I’;be never heard of that one, I’m still quite new to lush products x

  13. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much Jenny! And I’m so glad you’re excite for it, I’m hoping it’ll be available in the next month or so 😁 and thank you, I hope yours is too 🙂 xxx

  14. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only person obsessed with it! 🙊 and thank you, hopefully I’ll be able to find a good balance between freedom and working 🙂 xx

  15. bluebellstrees says:

    You’re welcome Jade, haha! And I’m so so proud of you for creating your oracle deck and graduating Uni! Have a great summer, you definitely deserve it xx

  16. Jade Marie says:

    I’m hoping it an get it actually printed off soon 🙊 and thank you lovely, you too!xx

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