Happiness and Positivity

Jess

Happiness is one of those things that will always exist in the world in the same way that every other emotion does. It is however something you have to look for sometimes when things get tough but it IS always there. I feel like in 2017 a lot of people made a promise to only keep things in their lives that have a positive effect and I think this year I really did that. We all can find happiness anywhere as long as we look for it.

It is also important to know yourself and what makes you happy. If it’s taking time for yourself and having a bath or reading a book, or putting a coat on and walking wherever your feet take you, whatever it is, do it. Make time for it and do it as often as you can. At the end of the day, in a world full of stress and business there are always little nooks of tranquility and the more time you make for them, the more they come.

Being healthy, as hard as it can seem, can make life so much happier. On days when I get up at 1pm and eat complete rubbish and sit watching TV all day, are amazing every now and again, but everyday? It can make life seem long and hard and not very productive. If you drink water, eat healthier, try and get some exercise every day, (particularly at the start of the day. When I start the day with exercise and then shower I feel so refreshed the whole day is far more productive) and spend time with people you love, being happy becomes so much easier.

Happiness is something that becomes easier to grasp as you get older, but of course not everything is going to be peachy all the time. Allowing yourself to feel down is allowed, of course, we are all only human and we hurt sometimes. But dwelling on it is what makes it most painful. Feel upset, let it hurt, but as soon as that sadness goes, leave it there. Try not to pick it back up again and just look forward. Live in the moment not the past, not the future.

These are just a few photos of times where I lived in the moment, and had SO much fun. I encourage you to pursue everything you love and always make time for happiness because nothing will replace it.

Vegetarianism

As I mentioned in a previous post about Israel, Megan and I are both pescatarian. For anyone who doesn’t know, this means we don’t eat meat, but we do eat fish. This was one of our new years resolutions and so far we’re going strong.

There are many reasons for people becoming vegetarian or vegan or pescatarian or anything in between. This post isn’t to convince anyone to do this it’s just us talking about it and explaining what it’s like.

Megs and I both have similiar reasons but they aren’t the typical ones most people have. We both know that for us personally it’s healthier to not eat meat. I’m not saying that it is what is healthier for everyone, but for us not eating meat is. It is also better for the planet. Eating lots of red meat is bad for the environment and even if it’s only two people, that will still make a small difference to the planet. A lot of people believe that it’s not fair on the animals that we eat them. I don’t believe it’s bad that we eat them. I do think that the way some animals are treated in farms and factories etc. is disgusting and needs to change, but the actual process of eating meat, in my opinion only, is the food chain and the circle of life and all that jazz. I believe we were supposed to eat them and it’s how they’re treated when they’re alive that is the problem, not eating them afterwards.

These are some pictures of food Megs has made/eaten recently…

 

Both us being keen sportswomen, we need to make sure we still have enough protein to keep us healthy while we do sports. This is why we still eat fish… and we both loveeee a good bit of sushi 😉

Here are a few of my favourite recipe books, two of which are vegan, which are perfect for every meal of the day.

Eat Smart – Niomi Smart      £31.21

Deliciously Ella Everyday    £17.94

Fern Cotton – Cook Happy, Cook Healthy      £20

Mine and Meg’s favourite fish restaurants are by far, The Jetty in Brighton and The Porter in Bath.

 

I hope this inspires you to enjoy every bite of food you eat and even, if you aren’t vegetarian, or maybe you are, have a try of things like beans and lentils ensued you don’t have to be vegetarian to eat yummy food that doesn’t have meat in it. 🙂

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Israel is country very close to my (Jess) heart. My sister lives there and so do a lot of my family. So when it was time for us to go visit her there, who better to go with than my best friend? The trip started after Christmas and over New Year and we came back fresh in 2017.

Flight and Arrival

We started in Tel Aviv, a big city by the beach. We stayed in the David Intercontinental Hotel which was HUGEEE. There are hundreds of rooms and a lovely pool, unfortunately the pool wasn’t open as it was the height of winter in Israel, which obviously to us Brits was sunglasses and shorts weather, but it’s the thought that counts. One thing we can say about that hotel was we have never eaten such good pitta in our lives and we were stuck with constant bloated tummies full of gorgeous hummus.

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Jaffa

One of the days we went into the city of Jaffa to the markets, both of us bought “Israelis” also known as Firepants. They are comfy, thin, baggy trousers often with Middle-Eastern patterns all over them.

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We found lots of pretty hidden gems in the city and typical us, took many pictures of them. Jaffa is such a beautiful city and we also saw the view over the sea from a viewpoint… we seemed to stumble across a lot of viewpoints over the trip.

Before going to dinner at a vegan restaurant we might have ordered room service

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Jerusalem

Another great day we had was a day trip to Jerusalem. We visited the Western Wall and ate amazing Shwarma (Before vegetarianism). The city is so pretty, full of ancient stone and winding streets.

 We also apparently both decided we were farmers that day and we have to say both of us are loving dungarees at the minute! Mine are from Urban Outfitters and Meg’s are from Topshop.

New Years Eve

(Megs) the next day – new years eve – we packed our bags and headed North to stay at a different hotel, stopping on the way for some food at a restaurant in an Arabic town. Me and Jess found the whole experience very interesting as the town was different to anywhere we’d been before. We also managed to find a beautiful viewpoint again…

When we finally made it to the hotel we were amazed at how beautiful it was! Me and Jess basically had our own house in the trees, there were only about 4 rooms in the whole hotel and we were the only guests there at that time so we were treated like royalty 🙂 We then quickly got ready for new years celebrations and wore two dresses from American Apparel which we bought on the first day, and headed out to dinner.

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The restaurant was amazing and the food was so so so good! Here’s our desserts… (sorry for bad quality they are from a video I took!)

Once we got back to the hotel it was less than an hour till 12:00 so we changed into Bikinis and got into the Hot tub for the countdown!

 

New Years Day

New years day was probably one of my favorite days ever, simply because all we did was lie in bed all day (We know, great way to start the year). We set resolutions, ate, slept, drank gorgeous tea, binge watched Naomi Smart and also became empowered to become Pescetarian, and we still are to this day! We also got some very cute,  furry and small visitors…

 

The next day was also pretty chill, we visited the village and had a cute lunch in a cafe.

Leaving ;(

We were extremely sad to be leaving the beautiful country but the plane was calling us, so we got on a midday flight and landed back in England in the evening. We also did some shopping in the beauty section of Duty Free…. obviously?!

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להתראות ישראל

xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Favorites

Welcome to our first Favorites post of the month! This is what we’ve been loving in the glorious month of April…

Megs

First up in the beauty category is:

 Jeffree Star Velour liquid lipstick in the shade ‘I’m Nude’ (which I purchased from Beauty Bay).

This colour is EVERYTHING! I struggle to find pale nude liquid lipsticks that wont look dark on me as every liquid lipstick I own seems dramatically darker than the pictures as I have pale skin BUT this lipstick is the perfect colour for my complexion and its a beautiful cool toned pinky-nude. The formula is amazing – its dries down but still has a slight tackiness so it doesn’t dry out your lips. I cant stop wearing this and I would 100% recommend  

Price: £16

 

Nivea ‘Rich Regenerating Night Cream’

I decided to change my night cream at the start of the month as my skin is getting even more dryer as the days get hotter, so I opted for an intensely moisturizing night cream aimed for dry skin gals. This cream feels so smooth, rich and luxurious and Iv’e definitely noticed a difference in the dryness of my skin! LOVE LOVE LOVE

Price: £3.02 (specific?!)

Lush ‘Dark Angels’ face and body scrub

Only bought This recently but I had to add this to my favorites. Iv’e loved lush for years and I love what they stand for – and this product is soooo good. It seems scary at first because its a very dark black colour due to the Charcoal added in the scrub, but when you use it it really feels like your face is being deeply cleansed and I love that! Its also full of super raw and organic ingredients which benefits the skin.

Get a small amount from the tub, and mix it into a paste with some water (see photos) then apply to face 🙂

Price: £7.25/100g or £18.10/250g

Fashion…

Skirts 

As a whole i’m loving skirts in spring (original I know…) but I have Three specific favorites:

The Topshop Mini Denim Skirt , The Primark pleated satin skirt (Primark don’t sell online so I will link a picture – you’ll be able to find it in stores) and the Primark cream A-line mini skirt (Again this isn’t online and I was unable to find a picture but I will post one below of me wearing it – you’ll be able to find it in stores)

I think skirts are so in right now and they are the perfect thing to take an outfit to the next level, I love the fact they can be casual and formal!

Prices

Topshop skirt: £29

Primark pleated skirt: £13

Primark A-line skirt: £10

Home wear…

Urban Outfitters ‘Sloth Print’ Mug

This beautiful mug was a present from none other than Jess (surprise surprise). We both have this mug and honestly it feels so special every time I use it, not only is it Good quality but its just the cutest thing ever! Like my mum says “Tea tastes better in a good mug”.

Price: £5-10 (cant remember)

Jess

So my first beauty favorite of the month is:

The Loreal pure clay glow mask (the pinky/orange one)

Considering the hours that I have to be up for, I most definitely do NOT get enough sleep, so naturally I have quite dull skin. I apply this mask once or twice a week and leave it on for about 15 minutes, sometimes a bit it longer if I’m in the bath but be careful not leave it too long because, as any mask would, it could start to irritate you skin. The mask has tiny exfoliating beads which help with textured skin and the colour just makes your skin the brightest most healthy looking thing you have ever seen. If I’m having a dull skin day or want a bit of a pamper, I live by it.

Price: £7.99 for the 50ml that comes in the tub

Elf Mad for Matte eyeshadow palette 

I must admit this is a pain to get hold of and customs and border prices are wayyyy too high, but I wouldn’t put it up on here if I didn’t think it was worth the money. Especially for the price, this palette is amazing and is so comparable to eyeshadows more than twice its price and it has every eyeshadow to make perfect, warm eye looks, dramatic and less so. Lots of crease shades and nice darker ones to deepen the crease and smoke out the look too. I have been using this none stop this month.

Price: $10/£7.80

 

Next up I’ve got a fashion favorite for this month which is…

Jewelry

I’ve always loved rings and wear them everyday and I liked wearing necklaces and bracelets etc. but always found myself forgetting to put them on and just going without them. Recently I’ve been wearing them a lot more and I feel they just complete an outfit perfectly. I don’t have any specific favorites but I love doubling up necklaces or adding two charms from different chains onto one to create my own jewelry. I recently bought a few bits from Topshop including a ring set which I’m sure I’ll get lots of wear out of. Any jewelry in general is lovely just to add a little extra to any outfit.

Lifestyle…

Reading

I know reading isn’t for everyone, Megs definitely isn’t books’ number one fan, but when we go traveling together she enjoys reading magazines etc. Over the Easter holidays I’ve massively rediscovered my love for reading and read through many books. It’s such a nice way to unwind at the end of a day, or a refreshing easy start at the beginning. You can be absorbed into a whole different person’s work and that’s the magic of it.

My current favourite book of all time is “Everything Everything” by Nicola Yoon. It is part of Zoella’s book club and I received it as a present for my birthday last year.

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Price: £7.99 in store/£5.14 from amazon

The sky

I don’t know whether you can tell yet, but I’m a bit of a spiritual one. I’m all about nature, not in a “I want to go live like Bear Grylles with my sloth friends,” but appreciating how beautiful the world we live in is, is always at the top of my list. The sky is such a huge and beautiful thing that whenever I’ve had a stressful or not a great day, I look at the sky and 9 times out of 10, the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen. It always reminds me that no matter how big i think the problem is now, it is nothing compared to my life and the world. I helps to put everything in life into perspective, while being a sight for sore eyes. So maybe next time you’re having a bad day or just a bad minute or two, look up

(PS. all these photos were taken by Jess – They are stunning) thumbnail_FullSizeRender (24)thumbnail_IMG_7514thumbnail_FullSizeRender (25)thumbnail_IMG_7516