Saturday, 7 October 2017

5 Tips On Learning To Love Yourself


Hey guys! So today I wanted to talk about a more serious topic. Today I want to talk about body confidence and having general confidence in yourself. There is always a time in our lives where we've not felt 100% about ourselves - may this be when you are scrolling through Instagram and see Kylie Jenner's latest pic, or when you are looking in the mirror after eating that extra slice of pizza. As much as we can all have our down moments, it's important that we can learn to look past this and learn to love ourselves for who we are. 

To a lot of people, the thought of this may sound challenging. But I promise that as soon as you stop worrying about what everyone else thinks and just concentrate on what YOU think, you will feel so much happier. Chances are, the people you like to compare yourself to probably are just as worried of people's perceptions as you are. An important thing to remember when learning to love yourself is, someone is probably looking at you the way you look at that Instagram model, wishing you had that figure. You need to appreciate what God has given you, so here are a few tips I have that may help you along they way to self love. 

1. Think about the things you like about yourself

We are so concerned about the things we want to change about ourselves that we never really give ourselves credit for what we do like. Take a look at yourself in the mirror and try and pick a few bits about you that you really like and I assure you, you will instantly feel better. 

2. Don't worry about that extra slice of cake

Sitting there and worrying about the amount of calories you have ate that day really isn't going to make you a happier person. You only live once, so why restrict your happiness? If going out for food makes you happy, you don't have to feel guilty about it. Of course it is important to stay healthy, but a healthy mind is just as important. Society has the tendency for making you feel bad for any little thing you eat, but remember most of those models you see in the magazines are photoshopped anyway so it is an unrealistic target. Once you stop calorie counting you will take away the pressure you put upon yourself. 

3. Don't dwell on the past

We all have that moment when we see a photo of us a few years ago and we "can't believe how much weight we've put on". But chances are that when you was that age, you was still concerned about how you looked. Don't dwell on the past and "wish" away your years. You don't want to be looking back on yourself another 5 years from now thinking, why didn't I appreciate myself then? Embrace what you've got and be proud of who you are. 

4. If there is something you dislike, make a strategic plan

If after all this you are still sitting there thinking "I really don't like this about myself" make a strategic plan to fix it. If you feel like you are a little bigger then you'd like, get to the gym, start eating healthy and do the most you can to improve the situation. You will be proud of yourself for putting the effort in even if barely anything changes. 

5. Cut out negativity in your life 

There is nothing worse then listening to your friend talk about "how fat they have got" when you know for a fine fact you are 2 dress sizes bigger. You don't need to listen to other people's negativity as it will only make you think about things you may have not considered before. If its a friend that is being negative, ask politely to stop and tell them your feelings. If that does not work, take a serious thought to whether you really need someone that negative in your life. Surround yourself with positive and loving people and you will find that you instantly feel more confident in yourself. 

So they are a few tips to encourage self love for ourselves. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and please comment below if you have anything to add to this list to help other people!

Love Rebecca Ashley x
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

My 4 October Goals


Hey guys! So sorry for the lack of posts recently. As I warned previously, I've been super busy settling into uni again and I've barely had chance to concentrate on writing posts. Hopefully now I can get back on track and get two posts out a week again. To kick things off I am going to start off with a few goals for the month. 

1. Get back into blogging

So after my brief break, it's time to get back into regular blogging. I am going to try and set some time dedicated to creating posts and coming up with good content for you all. 

2. Start assignments 

So I am in my final year and the work is already overwhelming. I want to get assignments started as soon as possible so I can spread out the work load. 

3. Learn to cook

I want to learn to cook some new and exciting things, so I can start cooking more for my loved ones. I've got some recipes saved from my Jamie Oliver cook book ready!

4. Celebrate the Halloween month

Halloween is actually one of my favourite time of year, so I can't wait to celebrate it. I am going to London Comic Con during Halloween weekend and I can't wait to do some cool Halloween makeup for the Tuesday. 

Update

So 3/4 isn't bad, right? 

Move Successfully - SUCCESS
Enjoy Freshers - SUCCESS
Work Hard - SUCCESS
Go to the Gym - FAIL

Love Rebecca Ashley x
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

5 Tips for Saving Money At University


Hey guys! So it's that time where many of you will be starting or going back to university. I've summed up 5 tips that could help you save money as a student. Let me know in the comments if you have any more tips to add! 

1. Student Discount 
One of my favourite things about being a student is getting student discount on near enough everything! There are two ways you can claim discount, either by a NUS card or Unidays. I suggest using Unidays as its free to sign up and many retailers offer discount through them. If you aren't already signed up, just click this link to join. 

2. Student Rail Card
A lot of students decide to move away when going to university. If this is you, I would suggest getting a student rail card to help with the costs of getting trains home. You pay a fee for the card and then you get a 1/3 off rail prices. It saves me so much money and I recommend anyone who uses trains a lot to get one. 

3. Quidco
This is a fairly new concept to me, discovered from EmmaRectangle's latest Asos video. This is basically a cash back website where you get a percentage of the money back that you spend on certain websites. For example, if you shop on Asos via Quidco you get 10% cash back to spend on more stuff!

4. Become a Student Ambassador 
This is a great tip for any students who are looking to earn some money at university. I am a Student Ambassador and I get paid for working on open days for new/potential students visiting the university. It is a very flexible job so I would recommend it to anyone studying. 

5. Shop in more than one place 
When doing food shopping, you can save money easily by shopping in more then one place. For example, I usually shop in Home Bargains and then get the rest I need from Morrisons. This saves me a lot of money on simple items. If there is a Aldi near you or something similar I would start shopping there! 

Hope these simple tips help you out!

Love Rebecca Ashley x
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

#BOM Cinema Outfit Of The Day (& Discount Code!)


Hey guys! So once again I've teamed up with Boutique of Molly to share my favourite new purchase. Boutique of Molly have just realised some really gorgeous bags and I picked up one to share with you all. I literally want every single one of their new bag designs, so I really recommend you check them out! If you do, as always you can use REBECCA20 at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase. 



So, I decided to show you my outfit of the day, featuring my new bag, from my recent trip to the cinema. I went to go see IT with some friends - as well as enjoying a cheeky Nandos. (BTW - the film is INSANE.) 

'Verona' Bag - Boutique Of Molly £30.00
I wanted to wear a chilled outfit so I was comfy for sitting in the cinema. I paired my 'Verona' bag with a Nirvana band tee, my printed denim jacket, some black leggings and my NMD trainers. My accessories include a cute lace black choker from Wish, my Thomas Sabo ring and my Michael Kors watch. 


This is a really typical outfit for me and I feel like the bag really goes with the vibe. It adds an extra dimension to the outfit with the gold studded detail. The overall style and design of the bag is really cool. 


The quality of the bag is amazing, especially for the price. The lock closure is one of my favourite aspects. It could be really good for a night out as it is more secure then the average magnetic button closure. I know this bag is going to be a staple for Freshers week when I move back to uni next week! 

Boutique of Molly Website

Love Rebecca Ashley x


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Sunday, 10 September 2017

My Four September Goals


Hey guys! It's time for another goals update as we have now approached September. I'll be heading off back to university in the next few days for my final year - time has flown! I'll do my best to keep my regular posts but the next few weeks might be a little hectic. Nevertheless, I am still setting some goals for myself for the month of September. 

1. Move successfully 

As I mentioned, in the next few days I'll be moving into my new flat in Leeds. I feel like I should be the master of moving with the amount of times I've done it now, but I still am aiming for it to be as smooth as possible. I am really excited to decorate my new room and move much closer to the city of Leeds! 

2. Enjoy freshers 

This is technically going to be my last freshers, so I really want to enjoy it. Not just going out, but also going to some day events too. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone I've missed from university and having a good time. 

3. Work Hard

Again, my last year means I need to work extremely hard. I need to make sure I kick it off right and make sure I'm working well from the start!

4. Go to the gym

My new flat has a gym in the building, so there is no excuse this time to skip out on going to the gym! I keep saying it, but I really do need to get back into my fitness again. 

Update

This ended up being a mixed bag, but hopefully next month I'll reach all my goals!

Get Fit - FAIL
Save Money - SUCCESS
Move Out - SUCCESS
Less Takeaways - SORT OF

Love Rebecca Ashley x

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Photoshoot with Shoot Memories


Hey guys! So my auntie is a photographer for the company Shoot Memories. Recently, me and my boyfriend had some amazing photos taken and I thought I'd share a couple with you. These photos were taken at Thorseby Hall. If you are interested in Shoot Memories, I will leave the links at the bottom of the blog post so that you can get in contact with them! 











Shoot Memories - www.shootmemories.co.uk 

Love Rebecca Ashley x
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Friday, 1 September 2017

The Worst Eyeliner Ever?


Hey guys! So this post is going to be another review on a product that I was very disappointed with. The product in question is the NYX Professional Makeup Super Skinny Eye Marker, retailing for £8.00. I actually bought this eyeliner, getting it confused with the one that Sophdoesnail's recommends by NYX. The one she uses is actually called the Epic Liner! 

NYX Super Skinny Marker - RRP £8.00


£8.00 for a drugstore eyeliner is actually fairly expensive. However, there isn't that many brands you choose from that are cruelty free and affordable. I decided to try it anyway, and after only a few times trying I know I hate this eyeliner. 

Why do I hate it?

1. It doesn't actually show up

2. The shape of the nib makes it difficult to draw lines

Every time I tried to use it, it was as if it had already ran out! But I got it new out of the box, so there was no way it was already used. It could be because of my eyeshadow, however I would expect an eyeliner to be able to draw over eyeshadow as standard. 

When you do start to get any colour pay off, the actual nib makes it hard work. It is fairly stiff and isn't easy to get straight, flawless lines. 

For me, this product is just a downright pass. I don't even think I'll be able to try and use it up because it is basically useless. I am pretty disappointed because NYX is one of my favourite makeup companies! Let me know if you have tried it and had a similar experience to me. 

Love Rebecca Ashley x


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