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How To Be Productive When You Work From Home.

Working from home definitely sounds like a dream. Even now I’m writing this, I can picture this fab life where everything is sunny, my productivity levels are high and my apartment is spotless. What could be better than jumping out of bed, grabbing a Nespresso coffee and walking no more than 10 steps to your desk and being greeted by new beauty samples or a quick article write up!? Nothing. Nothing is the answer until you think about the reality of the situation and how quickly productivity can dip! Working at home isn’t always the dreamy wonderland that you’d imagine and it can often be a bigger challenge than the 6am alarm to head to the office. Switching from work to home mode in the same space means you’re either unproductive or struggling to put your MacBook down at 9pm. Its also difficult not to compare yourself to other bloggers…

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Style Lessons I Learnt From My Mother.

Meet my mum, Maggie. The woman who gave me the crazy love for a cup of tea, unique laugh, sense of humour and inability to stop talking – but also gave me a sense of style. When I was growing up, I remember always being worried that Iʼd end up with my mums distinct laugh or cringe at some of her jokes – but both of these things are now traits of hers that make up a big part of who I am. And in all cliche, she is a big inspiration of mine. My mum has always worked hard and put herself first. Sheʼs been around the world living in a campervan for weeks at a time and even ran her first marathon in her fifties. Sheʼs basically a pint sized superwoman – but maybe Iʼm biased. As much as I eye roll when she tells me about her…

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Rediscovering My Online Voice.

My online voice. Hmm. I’ve pondered over how to begin this post for a few weeks now. On this particular occasion, I’ve been sat at the kitchen table so long that my coffee mug is empty and my inbox has been checked more times than I could count (and its still giving me the little red bubble of doom to tell me I’m not finished). But I’m still not down to the actual writing.. I guess you could say that I’ve had writers block, or just paid mind to the fact that blogging feels like its dying. Over the last few years everything has changed – evolved into a hybrid of its former self. Blogging isn’t what it used to be but that doesn’t mean it needs to fade out completely and the realisation that I shouldn’t stop doing something I love just because I worry more about whether or not its…

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His ‘n Hers Valentines Outfits.

It isn’t often that Adrian and I are in pictures together. Usually one of us is behind the camera trying to get the perfect shot. Last week Ashford Designer Outlet invited us down to shop for our outfits to wear on Valentines Day. I’ll stop here and just mention that we aren’t the conventional ‘lets go out for dinner after you’ve given me flowers’ kind of couple and much prefer a night out or burger in bed. However, for a cocktails and dancing kinda night you still need to look good.. right? I bet you’re wondering what we brought, right? I’ll start with the absolute mens outlet game changer. All Saints stock leather jackets year round and Adrian had been eyeing up a biker style for ages, so when we found this one for £138 (way under half of the full retail price of £350).. it was pretty much love…

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My Final Results With ProActiv+

Can you believe it’s been six months since Proactiv+ first graced Copper Garden?! I’ve been using the range daily since August and couldn’t wait to share the finished results with you. All of my previous posts can be found in the ‘journey to better skin’ with information on my skin story, a couple of product reviews and a little chat about feeling confident when you’re bare faced. I’ll be honest, this is the first time I’ve ever really had a ‘routine’ with my skincare. I’m questioning why it took me so long! I used to just take my makeup off with micellar water and use the occasional face mask… but it didn’t go much further than that. Recently – through using the products – I’ve realised the importance of sticking to something more effective. Now it’s all about these three steps; cleanse, tone, moisturise.  GET 20% OFF SITE-WIDE WITH THE…

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Lets Talk About Contraception.

Contraception. Most of us use it, so why do we find it so difficult to talk about? Natural Cycles has been getting a lot of press recently so I thought I’d talk about my experience. At around the age of 17, my friends and I would head to the local sexual health clinic with lots of other embarrassed teens. We didn’t have much knowledge of the types of contraception available other than condoms or the pill. Being naive, we opted for the pill because its what everyone else was taking. Why should it be different for me? I had no idea. It sounds really stupid now I’ve grown up but at the time, I didn’t even question that every woman is different and what works for one might not work for another. It took me quite a while to come off the contraceptive pill and realise that I wanted something…

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Some Chevrons To Brighten The Mood.

Oh, hi there. It has been a long time since I sat down to write a post. Picking up my online presence has been harder than you’d think recently. Being a blogger gives the automatic assumption that I can pump out content like a crazy workaholic and permanently have words flowing but thats definitely not the case. Writing posts can be a struggle and it often feels like nobody actually cares about what I have to say. Lets be honest, I don’t get a stack of retweeted posts or recommended to your mums friends daughter.. but I’m working on it. For now we’re going to lighten the mood and talk about some new addictions and old favourites. You know, keeping it real. The post about the above rambles is coming soon.. JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. I recently published a post talking about…

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Updating My Winter Skincare Routine.

Winter is my favourite time of year in terms of the festivities. It also means a change up to my skincare routine though! The need for SPF isn’t as great so my attention is switching to the more hydrating products. Anything to keep my breakouts at bay while hydrating! Its a tricky mix because I always tend to associate moisture in my skin as being the root cause. Ultimately, its my diet going out of the window with daily hot chocolate! As you might have seen, I have been trialling ProActiv+ for a few months now and updating you on my journey regularly. Each month I’m discovering new products in the range and actively keeping them a part of my routine. I’ve been using the 3-step core kit from the beginning but only recently introduced the perfecting hydrator properly into my routine – having not needed it much through the…

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Is It The Algorithm, Or Do You Not Like Me? An Instagram …

I’ve spent weeks feeling like such a moaning myrtle and feeling sorry for myself and the cause is genuinely a social media app. Ridiculous isn’t it. It might sound like a giant millennial moan but with the nature of my job, it’s difficult not to get sucked into the numbers game (or the instagram algorithm) and feel as though nobody likes you because of a few numbers on a phone screen. Instagram is quite a touchy spot for bloggers at the moment with instagram algorithm and other factors messing with follower engagement (and ultimately, our business). It sometimes feels like an endless battle when your quality improve and you’re actively being nice to others but see no real ‘reward’ from something that used to give you a sense of instant gratification. JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. Now as someone that struggles with…

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Girls Night Out.. At Home.

What do you give a girl that loves coffee and movie nights with a takeaway if she’s off on a night out? An espresso martini… with a twist of course. It’s no secret that I used to hide away from socialising to watch Stranger Things on the sofa. But my 2018 New Years resolution is coming early and I’m trying to make a change. My ‘out out’ wardrobe is coming out of hiding and I’m favouring a few drinks with good friends this party season. I’m spending Christmas in South Africa this year, which means family comes first, with some cocktails on the side. Luckily, we have a bar at home so we can enjoy a night out.. without moving further than the back garden with a speaker and some fairy lights. I’ll be honest, I’m a family girl and this is definitely my favourite way to spend Christmas. Does…

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When Flares Make A Comeback.

JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. I’m embracing the freeze as much as possible and bringing out the chunky scarves and endless winter coats. Andddd the flares that have replaced by super skinnies! If you saw my Topshop haul recently, you might have already seen these amazing trousers but they are a great new addition to my wardrobe. So much so, I’m thinking there might be a ‘ways to style’ video coming soon. Fancy one?? The seventies has been a regular trend throughout Autumn and Winter, usually through colour and print. This season the flares took a limelight and I can’t get enough. This particular pair are a version of the Topshop Jamie jeans and fit like a dream. I love their easy styling options and already have wishlists growing that is dotted throughout this post for you to browse. JavaScript is currently…

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