For me this is a big, huge one, my mind is totally in control of me and this is not the way it should be. You should be in control of your mind and learning to quiet your mind is a huge step in the right direction. Firstly, I know what you’re thinking, my mind is me – it’s my mind after all. WRONG. Letting your mind take over is a one way road to stress, anxiety and worry as I myself have found out the hard way. Learning to quiet your mind I wish there was an off button for your mind, there kind of is in meditation though it isn’t an instant thing and doesn’t work for everyone – myself included. Because of this I’ve found a few tricks that help me when I’m in an overthinking spiral of doom, so naturally I wanted to share the wealth. Write it down This is something I usually only do at home but I do need to start carrying a little notebook round with me because it genuinely helps to quiet your mind. It’s basically emptying your mind onto a piece of paper, I find that this works particularly well if I can’t sleep for worry! Another thing I do is to write what it is I’m worrying about down and what the worst case scenario is – usually it’s actually not that bad and it helps me to realise that I’m being a bit stupid worrying over nothing! Throw it out or watch it pass by This one is actually embarrassing to admit but I told a friend about it recently and she said it helped her so here goes. I usually do this one if I’m on my way to somewhere in the car and I’m stressing out and working myself up, I literally circle my head with my hand as if I’m gathering up everything and wind down the car window and throw it out and wind the window back up so the negative thoughts are outside. I know I sound like a complete nutter but honestly it really helps to physically throw them out the window! Another technique is to imagine the thoughts as a stream or a river and to just imagine yourself sat watching them come and go and flow past. I also like to imagine a small bubble of nothingness growing in my mind and pushing out anything else in my mind, clearing it out if you like. These visualisation ones help me to quiet my mind so much! “Thanks for your opinion” So as I said before your mind is not you, after your mind has gone on a whole tirade stressing you out and over thinking, just say “thanks for your opinion” as if it’s someone else saying it to you. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that these negative thoughts are you and control you because they don’t. Be grateful This is something that really helps to counteract the negative thoughts and quiet your mind. Think about things…

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Get Ready With Me | The Three Step Process

I thought I would share a different kind of post with you today. For me, everyday begins with a three step process so I though I would do a little get ready with me post to show you what I do. Of course there’s the outfit and the make up, but possibly one of the most important steps is the first one, preparation. get ready with me | Step One Prepering the skin for make up is super important for me. As you know by now I’m a huge fan of the Clinique pep-start under eye cream – total life saver. This is a step that I never skip but something I do less regularly is a polishing mask. This just helps to prep the skin for putting your war paint on and make’s you look fresh as a daisy. I always say to myself I don’t have time for face masks – especially in the morning, but honestly it’s totally worth it even just for the smell. This one from OLEHenriksen smell’s like heaven. get ready with me | Step Two Step two is all about the face, my favourite foundation will always be the Mac Studio Sculpt, I’ve still not found one that gives such a flawless finish for the same length of time. Nothing compares. I recently got my hands on one of the Urban Decay Naked eye palettes and let me tell you now, it did not disappoint. I’m still a fan of the nudes so I did a bit of a smokey eye using the lighter brown shades, a barely there smokey eye. I need to have a bit of a play around with it and watch a lot of youtube tutorials! I’m such a novice! For this look I used the shades; thirteen, combust and whiskey with a little bit go high in the corners of my eyes to brighten them. This was with the smoky Naked palette. get ready with me | Step Three The fun part of course. . getting dressed. I was challenged by Debenhams to create a monochrome look, I wouldn’t say that’s much of a challenge for a monochrome lover like me. I decided to play around a bit with sleeve lengths, normally I’d be super against wearing long sleeves under short sleeves, whoooooo? BUT, I’ve tried it out and I have to say, I don’t hate it. The frilly details on this top is always a winner and gives the look a more fun feel. I had to have the nude shoes, they’re super similar to a black pair I have from Zara and wear all the time. Rude not to. It’s definitely the coatigan that pulls the look together, monochrome all the way! What do you think to the long sleeves short sleeves dilemma?  *Top : Asos *Coatigan : Debenhams Jeans : Topshop *Shoes : Debenhams *Pep-Start : Clinique Bra : Elcy Clothing *Polishing Mask : Debenhams *Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette : Debenhams Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’ so you never miss a post! You can also subscribe to my Youtube channel where you’ll…

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5 Tips on Being More Productive

Being productive is not my forte. If I had a penny for every time I’ve been sat staring blankly at the computer screen or spring cleaning my room – because it was so much more urgent than tomorrows blog post – I would be rich my friend. But I’m not, I’m broke and unproductive. However, I have found some handy ways of making the most of my time, little tricks I use to focus and if I really cannot focus, ways to still be productive. 5 steps to being more productive write manageable lists I am queen list maker. There’s nothing I love more than writing lists, even as a child I wrote lists upon lists – at least now they have some form of use, though I have been know to write things I’ve already done purely for the sense of achievement when ticking it off. When you write a list, you should always be super realistic. Don’t write an a4 to do list – you ain’t never gonna get that done in a day and when you don’t you’ll feel like a failure. I also find that personally, if I see a huge list I instantly remember something else I could do to avoid said scary list. Writing a more manageable list makes you way more productive – and if you really must have your a4 list, split it into manageable chunks. Background noise is a good thing Personally, I cannot concentrate in deadly silence, my mind wanders and before I know it I’m at the checkout on Asos and the blog post is just a distant memory. blog post who? I find there’s a fine line when it comes to background noise, it has to be something to fill the silence without drawing your attention away from your writing. For me, the radio works best for this heart FM I salute you, I do love Grimmy but the presenters on Radio 1 are far too talky and distracting! This little radio I was sent from EMIE has been my absolute saviour. It’s about the size of an a6 piece of paper, lightweight and totally instagrammable. Small, lightweight and photogenic . . in other words a bloggers dream, perfect for those ‘work situation” shots! Obviously it does have a function too, background noise. . because it’s small I’ve been carrying it round everywhere with me, by the shower, in the kitchen . .probably not socially acceptable to take it on the train . . Don’t procrastinate Procrasination is the thief of joy. I truly believe this, how can you ever relax when you know you should be doing something else? If you do something, see it through from start to finish and don’t stop to clean out your make up drawer – it has been known. I am queen of procrastinating, there’s always someone who wants to go for lunch or the dog needs walking and I haven’t washed my make up brushes in ages. Honestly the things I’ll do to avoid working. Preparation is key I always schedule my posts because I find it hard…

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The Personal Touch

To me, having something personalised is kind of a big deal. With a name like Sinead, it’s not too often that you’ll find hairbands, money boxes and any of the other useless personalised stuff they sold at Woolworths with your name on it. I think that’s quite possibly why I now have a thing for things with my name on it, it just gives it a more personal touch.   Getting the personal touch with Merci Maman Obviously it’s nice to just have something personalised anyway, who doesn’t want to feel special? I particularly think for gifting, when you’ve not only got someone something thoughtful, but you’ve also gone out of your way to add that little extra somethin’ somethin’ it just means a little bit more. Given my obsession with all things personalised, it was a no brainer when the jewellery company Merci Maman asked if I wanted to pick something with a personal touch, uhhh YEAH. Often I find that with personalised jewellery it can be a bit too fancy for my liking. This is what I love about Merci Maman, they have some really simple pieces that are so easy to wear. And when I say personalised touch, you can opt in or out of this, it’s just an extra service that they offer with all of their items. The first piece I chose was the intertwined necklace in gold, I’ve been on the hunt for a while for a nice necklace that I can wear daily that isn’t too fussy. You can choose to get this engraved, some of the examples were anniversary dates or initials of husbands etc, this is such a lovely idea but I thought something like this might send my boyfriend to the hills so I opted out of the personal touch for this one! I also went for the silver open bangle style, because a simple silver bangle is pretty much an essential in any girls jewellery box. I couldn’t help myself but to get the personal touch on this one, I went simple with my initials. I love the way that it’s done in a handwriting style rather than as if it’s been printed, I’ve seen this before and have to say I’m not the biggest fan! Are you obsessed with getting things personalised like me or are you more of a simple let the jewellery do the talking kinda gal? Also guys . . if any guys read my blog?? FYI, a personalised intertwined necklace would pretty much make the perfect anniversary gift . . just saying. If you’re not already then make sure you’re following me on Bloglovin’ to stay up to date with all of my latest posts as well as being able to save them to read them later!! I’m also now on youtube filming all things hauls, vlogs and favourites so make sure you subscribe! This post was in collaboration with Merci Maman 

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Flared Sleeves : Trend Inspo

As yesterday I talked about my current favourite flared sleeve trend, I thought I would enlighten you with my inspiration. I’ve also got the hang of this hi tech thingy-majiggy and if you click on the little plus signs then it will take you to the pieces featured! Pretty smart huh? I’ll link the bits below for you technaphobes . . don’t worry! Tan Basket Bag : Other Stories White Skirt : Topshop Nude Top : Asos Black Top : Boohoo White Top : Topshop Light Jeans :  Topshop Crochet Dress : Mango Striped Dress : Asos Pink Glove Shoes : Mango Flared Sleeve Favourites A selection of my fave flared sleeve wonders. Click on the images to be magically transported to the product pages. What trends have you been loving lately?

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