3 February 2018

Favourite Things: January 2018

January was quite the journey. One minute I was bringing in the new year with a competitive game of Just Dance, the next I was on a plane after booking a spontaneous trip to Albania and then I was back in London attending lectures. I feel like I lived three different lives last month. I'm not complaining though: I had the most incredible start to 2018. And I didn't even have time to be sad about waving goodbye to my festive evening routine of Baileys and Quality Street in front of the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special. I was far too busy packing my life into a suitcase.

I really wouldn't have had January any other way. In fact, I would happily do it all again.

Since time travel isn't yet possible, I thought it was only right to reminisce in the form of a favourites post instead. Here are some of the little things that brought me joy last month, alongside the amazing adventures that I had.

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28 January 2018

4 recent eco-friendly home buys

Okay, story time with Beth:

A few days ago, being the diligent student that I am, I decided to buy myself a new notepad in preparation for all of the dissertation work I'll be doing. Then, being the eco-warrior badass that I am, I wanted to get one that was made out of recycled paper. Because when you have the opportunity to save the trees, you take, ya know? However, being the impatient shopper that I am, I needed to be able to get it through Amazon Prime so that I could use it the next day at the library.

The only option that they had that ticked all of those boxes was this hippie-dream by Rhino who, as well as saving the trees, are dedicated to bringing rhinos back from the brink of extinction. It was perfect. But it was also an add-on item. Naturally, the only logical solution I could find was to spend the necessary £20 on other products to make me eligible for putting the £4 world-saving notepad in my basket. In my defence, the whole thing gave me the push I needed to finally invest in some of the eco-friendly home essentials I've had my eye on for months. Seriously, I wrote this 'conscious living wishlist' all the way back in July.

Treat yo' self and the planet, ammirite?

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3 January 2018

My 2018 New Year's Resolutions

I think we can all collectively agree that 2017 wasn't a great year globally. I know that I'm not alone in having felt the pain and suffering of our world deeply over the last 365 days. But hey, we got through it. I certainly think that's reason enough to celebrate pretty hard.

On a personal level (and trust me, I recognise my huge level of privilege in having a life that hasn't been directly effected by all of these global tragedies), 2017 was pretty good to me. I'll be filing it under "challenging, but nourishing". Whilst it was by no means easy, it was a year full of lessons. I got my first big paid writing jobs. I ended second year with a first. I spent a whole month in Greece having the absolute time of my life with my boyfriend and our families. Through sheer perseverance I know myself better than ever before and it's made me feel optimistic that 2018 is going to be a good'un. I've gone through the nourish, now it's time to flourish.

Much like last year, I'm not starting January with a fighting attitude. I want to work with 2018, not against it. However, I also love the idea of a fresh start to do incredible things and I don't want to abandon the concept of resolutions all together. So, I'm setting goals that I know will bring me joy: These resolutions aren't a punishment for where I'm at currently, they are ways of making where I'm at currently even better.

28 December 2017

Cruelty Free and Natural Winter Skincare Saviours

Aside from the whole Christmas thing, I am not a fan of winter. It makes me want to hide under a blanket, applying layers upon layers of moisturiser and dreaming about a time when I didn't have to wear 5 jumpers in order to feel slightly warm. Frankly, I think England in December is determined to destroy me. As well as leaving me a hell of a let less motivated to leave my bed, freezing winds just seem to strip every good thing that my skin has going for it. Even a matter of minutes out in the cold sends it into a crusty melt-down.

Luckily, the past few years have guided me towards a skin saviour: Oil. Whilst I used to avoid it because I was scared it would leave spots in its trail, I now slather it everywhere. As a moisturiser, in my cleanser, on my lips. No area of my body goes untouched. And it makes winter at least 20% more bearable. So, if your skin suffers like mine in the colder months, these might just be the products that you need in your life.

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16 December 2017

A last-minute ethical gift guide

With just over a week to go before Christmas Day, I think we can officially call any shopping beyond this point "last-minute". Don't worry, don't worry, I'm not judging. I'm certain that I'll have to dash to my local supermarket on the 24th to find something, anything, for that one person who I didn't realise was coming round for Christmas dinner. It happens pretty much every year. The thing is, despite the fact that it happens every year, I never seem to get any better at it. I always end up buying absolute tat that does little more than gather dust/go into the present box to be re-gifted to some other unfortunate soul next festive season. I'm sure I'm not alone. We've all stared at the cosmetics aisle in Tesco, wishing we were at home eating mince pies, before settling on some kind of bath set that contains fluffy socks and a miniature bottle of foot cream.

However, I am determined that this year will be different. At the begging of 2017 I set the goal to be a more conscious consumer and I've been doing pretty well, if I do say so myself. But let me tell you, last-minute shopping alongside aisle and aisles of over-packaged gift sets do not make for the most ethical shopping experience. Which is why I've created this gift guide, mainly to give myself a helpful push when I have a minor meltdown within the next week, but also as a helping hand for you. There are a tonne of more ethical options that aren't hard to get your hands on, be it vegan alternatives, cruelty-free cosmetics or gift-cards for actually feminist brands. Don't let the Christmas stress get to you, my eco-warrior pal. We can do this!

7 December 2017

A Feminist Gift Guide

If there's two things I love, it's badass feminists and Christmas. My dream world would contain more cinnamon and less patriarchy. So, there's little I enjoy more at this time of year than putting together my feminist gift-guide. Now that we're in our second year, I guess we can officially call it a tradition. And not the shit kind that means you have to spend an evening with your racist/homophobic/sexist great uncle, but the incredible kind that's full of pretty undies, vibrator necklaces (!) and intersectionality.

I like to think of this year's gift guide as the older sister of last year's post, simply because I know a hell of a lot more about ethical consuming in 2017. It was one of my new year's resolutions, after all. Everything you see bellow was picked by me not just because it is super sassy, but because of the ethics behind the brand. The Girl Vs. Cancer Tit-Tee donates 25% of its profits to amazing breast cancer charities. The beautiful minimalist jewellery by Made are all handmade in Kenya and have a completely transparent production process. None of these businesses fund fast fashion and a lot of them are independently run. Yay for knowing that you are helping to put food on someone's table instead of just giving more money to an already huge company, ammirite?

Basically, I think that all of these brands deserve our support this Christmas. And I certainly don't think your feminists friends will be complaining!

3 December 2017

My Christmas Bucket List

I've been listening to my Christmas playlist all day, we're playing a Youtube video of a crackling fire to give our student home the appearance of cosiness, and I feel like writing a self-indulgent, massively festive post. I've already held back my excitement for the whole of November waiting for it to be 'socially acceptable'. So, please, humour me.

Those of you that have been around these parts for a while will know that Christmas is my favourite time of year. I don't need an excuse to make my whole house smell like cinnamon and to eat chocolate before I've even left the comfort of my bed, but December gives me one, regardless. Add in the fact that I get to head home to Kent (and my family and my boyfriend and my doggies) and I just can't help but feel all fuzzy inside. However, as much as I want to spend every day this month baking cookies, I'm in my third year of university. Your girl has a to-do list the length or her arm and some pretty beefy assignments to get finished.

I'm determined to somehow balance getting decent grades with being able to fully immerse myself in the festive spirit (and the festive food). So, naturally, I wrote a list. I sat down next to our faux fireplace and put everything I want to do this Christmas down on paper, ready to be ticked off one at a time.

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