DIY – Memory Scrapbook

DIY – Memory Scrapbook

So I have a lot of random projects going on to fill my time while I’m on maternity leave. Specifically that awkward time where I’m too pregnant to work, but baby isn’t born yet. So I’m at home, not sure what to do. I have been playing games a decent bit, working on another cross stitch project, and other bits and pieces, including this scrapbook.

I got a HP sprocket for myself back in Christmas 2017. I used it in my little zine which I shared a while ago. I’ve also used it to start filling in this scrapbook album that I bought years ago and did nothing with.

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I decided to start it from 2012, as that is officially the first full year that Rory and I were together. It’s also my last year of studying music at uni, and also I just don’t have too many photos from before then. I wanted to devote  a year per page. Trips and special events got their own dedicated page though. As time goes on, these years got at least two pages, as extra special moment began to happen. Engagements, weddings, and even more trips.

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I used my sprocket to print out photos, some I would make a collage so that I could have different sized photos around the page, making it look a bit more interesting. Then I looked for inspiration for doodles and frames on pinterest that I could add to the pages. All in all, I love how they came out!

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I’ve now filled up the book up to 2017.  I’ve sorted out the photos, but I still need to add the embellishments. I’m also starting to plot out the 2018 pages. I’m looking forward to seeing it get filled up over the years! I’m hoping I can get up to the year 2022, cause then it’ll have 10 years worth of memories in the scrapbook, but we’ll see!

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Have you guys ever made a memory scrapbook?

Angela.

A Haul of Sorts

Hello again. I’ve been buying stuff lately, and thought it would be fun to do a random haul post. I also keep falling off the blogging wagon, so let me know how you guys are as well!

Anyway, here’s what I got recently.

2019 A5 Planner

I’ve tried keeping diaries in the past, and I always tend to give up a few months in. However, I got this on impulse as I liked it. It’s got monthly and weekly pages, as well as other random bits and pieces. I think I just have a weakness for stationary in general.

Mickey Mouse Earrings

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Again, another impulse buy. But they were cute and on sale, so I figured why not.

Watermelon Shaped Charger

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This was sort of an impulse buy. I have been wanting a portable charger for a while, as it seems convenient. I like being able to use my phone without having to be near an outlet cause it’s always running out of battery (cause of all the apps and games, so it’s my fault really). Plus, this is shaped like a watermelon, so I was swayed to get it.

Maternity Work Out Clothes

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So now to clothes. Most, if not all, clothes I have bought in the last month have been maternity related. I decided to sign up to a pregnancy yoga class, and used that as an excuse to buy maternity work out clothes. They’re basically really comfy leggings and a top, that are super stretchy and accommodating as my bump grows. My previous workout clothes are not as comfortable now.

Maternity Swimsuit

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I also am planning to try out some prenatal swimming classes. It’s like low-intensity water aerobics basically. I always love swimming around in water and being weightless. As my bump gets bigger, swimming is even more appealing. So, I wanted to get a maternity swimsuit that will also grow with me.

Hush Puppies Flats

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I invested in some comfy flats. I have a weird habit of buying the cheapest ones and going through at least 2 pairs each spring/summer. This was a long time coming.

Mecca Beauty Box

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So I didn’t really buy this. But I’m part of a beauty club programme with Mecca Maxima (a makeup store), and I’ve now spent enough money there that I get complimentary boxes with samples and goodies! I haven’t bought much makeup lately, so I was excited to get this email and see what they sent.

mecca box opened

  • Too Faced Melted Liquified Longwear Matte Lipstick in ‘Sell Out’
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black
  • Kate Somerville Cold Cream Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover
  • Origins Clear Improvement Mask

I’ve only really tried the lipstick so far, and I like the colour.

I also have heard really good things about the liner. The other two, I’ll try out at some point, let me know if you guys have tried any before. I’m really happy with all the samples though, and I can’t wait to get the other boxes throughout the year!

Bassinet

I also didn’t buy this. I was lucky enough to have an old coworker gift us hers. Her own little bub has outgrown it, so she messaged me asking if we would like it. We said yes, and now we have a bassinet! She also gave us sheets and a newborn sleep swaddle too.

That’s all for my haul post. What have you guys bought recently?

Angela.

April Favourites

The end of another month has arrived, so it’s time for me to share some favourites!

Letterman Jacket

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I love this jacket so much that I dedicated an OOTD post to it. I found it at an opshop and fell in love. The colours, the patches, the design and just how warm it is has made it so nice to cuddle into at the end of a long work day.

Combat Boots

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I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve worn this already. They are so comfortable and sturdy. I love the colour and design of them, they also appeared in my recent OOTD post about moving from summer to fall. I’ve never had a pair of boots like this before, but I’m so glad I found them at an opshop!

Tarte Lip Paint in Epic

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I had to include one of my new Tarte lip paints! My favourite is Epic at the moment. It’s quite a deep pink/red. I really like how it looks on me!

Capture Your Style

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Rory got me this book last month and I’ve been enjoying flicking through it! I liked reading this book, and Song really gives some great tips and inspiration for outfit photos and the like.

UK Snacks from Sarah

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This is technically a post in the works, but a while back Sarah (from Vintage Tea Rose) and I agreed to do a snack swap. Basically, we grab popular snacks from our country and send them to the other. Sarah sent me this massive box jam packed full of snacks. I’ve already started digging into them! Thank you again Sarah! The post for this will be up in a few days!

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Here are my favourite posts from April:

That’s all for my favourites for this month! What’s some of your favourite things from April?

Angela.

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An Autumn Haul

I wanted to share more things of what I’ve bought recently. There was a mixture of clothes and beauty products, as that’s where I love to buy things the most!

Here’s the beauty products I bought recently!

beauty haul

I bought two hair products, and two makeup products.

OGX Coconut Milk Conditioner

I have the shampoo version of this, and as I’ve recently run out of conditioner, I decided to grab this. I’ve yet to try it, but if it’s anything like the shampoo, I’m sure I’ll love it!

Kenra Blow Dry Spray

I heard good things about this heat spray, so I wanted to try it. It’s really light. I don’t feel much product on my head, and it does speed up the hair drying process! I’ve been really impressed, and I use it everyday.

Too Faced Hangover Primer

I’ve heard nothing but praise for this primer, so I knew I wanted to give it a go. My previous primer ran out, so this seemed like the perfect time to try it. It smells so good, I always love coconut scents. It also feels quite refreshing on my face, and I do feel like it helps prep my skin for makeup and keep it looking fresh longer! I really like it!

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Another product I’ve heard nothing but praise for! I finally caved and got it. It also smells really good, that’s always a plus for me. It’s quite light and creamy when I apply it, and it does blend easily. The shade is quite good on my skin tone which is a plus, it doesn’t have that orange-y undertone which I prefer.

Here’s the clothing that I bought recently!

clothes haul

Brown Combat Boots

I spotted these in the Red Cross opshop. They looked really cute, and I liked the colour. I’m always fond of boots, and as we head into cooler weather, I’m sure they’ll come in handy!

Grey Pompom Beanie

I love beanies with giant pompoms. I haven’t had one in a while though, preferring my black crochet one. However, I spotted this in the store, and it immediately grabbed me. So I grabbed it!

Pink and Yellow Letterman Jacket

Another impulse thrift buy. It’s so bright, and definitely not my usual colour choice in jackets. I often stick with neutrals, but this jacket is so comfy!! It’s a little puffy, and I love the ‘letterman’ design of it. There’s lots of patches and stuff on it that add to it’s unique look. I can’t wait for it to get even cooler so I can wear it without sweating haha!

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What have you bought recently?

Angela.

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March Favourites

I have now been sharing my favourite things each month for a year! I love that! Here are five of my favourite things  from the month of March.

Scarf

scarf

The weather is slowly getting cooler and for me that means bringing out some of my favourite layers. One of them being this circle scarf. I’ve had it for a few years and I add it to most outfits. The colour is this purple/maroon shade, and it’s quite light. So I don’t get too hot with it on if the weather isn’t that cold yet. It’s just a nice addition, and I’m glad I’ve been able to start using it this month!

Wedding Guestbook

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This month had two big anniversaries for me. My blog, and more importantly, my marriage with Rory! I still can’t believe it’s been a year since the wedding. So much has happened since then! I got really nostalgic and going through our polaroid guestbook is always a highlight. So much love and joy from friends and family are always waiting for us in that book. I love it! Plus, it also looks beautiful!

Boudoir Photos 

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I mean yes, there’s also the album of boudoir photos which I love, but I have a fondness for the USB. This is what gives me access to share and save all my photos from the shoot. I’ve talked about them a lot this month, but it was seriously such a huge highlight! Also, the USB stick itself is quite snazzy!

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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I’ve been a bit lacklustre with my reading lately, but this book was so much fun! I read it in a few days. It was fun, refreshing (compared to other books I’d read recently), sweet and a little tender. Becky’s writing style was so easy to read, which for me, is very important in the whole YA/contemporary genre. I had seen the trailer for Love, Simon and it intrigued me. Once I realized it was based on a book, I had to give it a go, and I’m so glad I did!

Too Faced Hangover Primer Mini

too faced primer

I mentioned that my last primer has run out, so I needed a new one. On a whim, I bought this as I’d heard lots of good things. I’ve only been using it for a week, but it’s already made it on the favourites list. It makes my face feel refreshed as well as smooth. I haven’t really noticed if it’s better for keeping my makeup on, as I also use a setting spray I love, but I’m gonna say it does. It also has this coconut scent, which I’ve really been into lately. I’m very happy to have this in my makeup collection!

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I also like to include some of my favourite blog posts from the past month:

What’s been some of your favourites this month?

Angela.

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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

I hope you all are ready for another ramble-filled posts. I have lots of thoughts and I just want to get them out. This time, it’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone.

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I do love curling up in my comfort zone. It’s safe and cozy, and filled with snacks. Back in school, the holidays were spent either holed up inside doing cross stitches and bingeing tv shows, or hanging with family. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with doing that, but after a while, I got too comfortable in my little zone, and just didn’t ever want to leave.

Applying for a job was one of the first steps out. The first ever interview I got, I was shaking the whole time and blanked on what to do when the guy offered his hand out. It was for a handshake but I just stared and made everything awkward. I didn’t get that job. Eventually, I was able to land a job, and that first day was terrifying. I knocked over the bucket of water I was using to mop and nearly burst into tears. I just wanted to give up and go home. But I sucked it up, cleaned up the mess, and finished the shift. I worked part time there for another two years. Eventually, the job became second nature to me.

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I began stepping out of my comfort zone more often in university. The first big thing I remember doing is approaching someone and making conversation. Seriously. That was huge for me, I am often very quiet and wait for people to approach me. I recognized someone on the bus who was also in the orientation for the music class. So I said Hi, and we began talking. She then introduced me later to two girls who became my closest friends during my time studying music at uni.

I really went out of my comfort zone when I went to the other side of the world. Sarah was talking about going to visit Peru later that year. She then asked if I wanted to come along. I went back and forth for the longest time, I eventually said yes. If travelling to the other side of the world for a month isn’t stepping out of your comfort zone, then what is? There were a few days where I felt overwhelmed and homesick, but that would be replaced by thrill and wonder by being somewhere new and seeing something amazing.

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Stepping out can also be something small. Saying yes to a party. Meeting new people. Talking, getting to know them, making connections. It might not lead to a friendship, but it’s nice to have those fleeting moments of comraderie. For someone who used to hate small talk, I’m alright with it now. Not great, but I’m better. It can also include getting a little more personal and sharing more about yourself on your blog.

Most recently, I stepped out of my comfort zone when I decided to do my boudoir shoot. I am pretty comfortable with my body and my looks, but having pictures taken by someone I don’t really know (and risque ones at that ), was something I hadn’t really done before. The idea had been in my head for a while, but it sounded scary. I had it in the back of my head that I would be judged for doing something like this. Wearing lingerie and having your photos taken seemed a bit silly. But it was just a lot of fun, and very empowering. I got dolled up, and was pretty much told what to do, and how to pose. It took all the guesswork out, and as time went on, I got pretty into it. The payoff was an amazing experience, and some incredible photos of me feeling and looking my best!

before and after

So what’s the point of this post? I’m not really sure. I was just reflecting on my boudoir experience, and how a few years ago, I wouldn’t have even thought about doing it as it was too far out of my comfort zone. Each year, we grow and change, and sometimes it’s nice to reflect on the person you’ve become. I do feel more confident with myself, and the boundaries of my comfort zone have definitely been pushed.

When’s the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?

Angela.

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What I’ve Bought Recently (a.k.a. Another Haul)

As always, I like to share with you guys what I’ve bought recently. I like reading/watching hauls from you guys, and frankly I like doing them myself too. So here’s what I’ve bought recently!

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Learning Japanese – Hiragana and Katakana Workbooks

japanese workbook

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As mentioned in my 2018 Goals, I’ve been learning Japanese through Duolingo. Well, Rory and I have. Fueled by our future trip to Japan, we’ve been enjoying learning Japanese. The app doesn’t help too much with writing the characters though, so we found these workbooks. It’s been a lot of fun using this on top of Duolingo.

Electronics

Ring Light

I was looking at a few things on Amazon, and this caught my eye. I would love a full size ring light, but those are very expensive. This one is small, handheld, and clips onto my phone easily. I’ve been loving using it to help with lighting when I take my selfies haha!

Clothes

Jeans

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I have a habit of running through my jeans. Especially in the cooler seasons when I wear them on a daily basis. Due to my job though, they tend to get ripped and worn, and only last a few months. So while thrift shopping, I came across these two blue jeans. I liked that they’re not the usual dark blue colour I have for my jeans. They’re very comfy and I hope will last a while.

Workout Clothes

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workout clothes

Again, as part of my 2018 goals, I wanted to work out more regularly. I’ve been doing well with this, but sometimes it’s hard to motivate myself. We went shopping and there was a sale at Cotton On. I loved the high waisted shorts, as I only have long workout pants which I hate using in summer especially. I also decided to get a blue singlet as there was a 2-for-1 deal thing happening.

Black Ballet Flats

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Like with jeans, I have a habit of going through ballet flats. They’re fairly cheap, and tend to be seasonal with me. I haven’t bought any new ones this summer so far, so I figured it was time. These are really comfy and I’ve started wearing them almost everyday.

Makeup

Lipsticks

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I bought a pink MAC lipstick online, along with a set of six NYX Lingerie mini lippies. I don’t have too big of a range of lipsticks, and these were cheap, so I gave them a go. The MAC one is a pink shade, and the NYX are a mixture of nudes (browns, purples, peach, etc).

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

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I’ve been wanting to try this concealer for the longest time. I help back for a few reasons, mostly that I couldn’t try find my shade in store. I matched it with my Bare Minerals concealer and went for a medium. It matches my skin tone perfectly and does a good job of covering my undereyes and blemishes. It also dries well and doesn’t leave streaky marks which I really appreciate.

Colour Pop Yes Please Palette

I had been eyeing this up for the longest time. I love the colours! They’re based off ‘magic hour’, so the colours are all bright and golden, and I can’t wait to get into them!

That’s all I’ve bought recently! What have you guys bought lately? Have you tried any of these products?

Angela.

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Bath Bombs Galore

You guys may know that I have really been enjoying bath bombs lately. If you didn’t well you will now. I haven’t been able to try any since moving into our new place, as before then I hadn’t lived in a place with a bath. At least, not since before bath bombs started showing on the scene. I’ve since tried quite a few, and I always take pictures of them. So I thought I would compile all the ones I’ve tried into one post and share my thoughts on them!

The first four I’ve tried are all from Lush. Which is probably where most of us go in search of cool bath bombs.

Intergalactic

In my search for my first ever bath bomb, I was immediately drawn to this one. It looks incredible! There’s so many swirling colours, and it gets even better when you drop it in the bath. I didn’t realize it had popping candy, so it even made noise in addition to the minty smell and crazy colours. As the water settled in the bath, I began to really notice the glitter in the water. It really did look like space. As nice as it was though, I feel like it’s a one-time thing.

Dragon’s Egg

I bought this one as it was apparently Harry Potter inspired. I thought it was Game of Thrones inspired, but either way, I like dragons. There was such a nice citrus-y scent as it fizzed and did it’s colour dance. As it settled, it became a nice golden colour. Similar to the previous one there was popping candy and glitter. It was very relaxing and I would love to try it again!

Avobath

This has been my most favourite out of all the ones I tried! It was so relaxing. It was a very woody and earthy. Avocado, olive oil, lemongrass and rosewood were some of the main ingredients. It was a literal dream and I already plan to get it again. The colour wasn’t as spectacular as others, but it’s definitely my go-to for a relaxing bath.

Fizzbanger

I wanted to try this as two of the main ingredients were apple and cinnamon. How could I say no to that? It began crackling right away, swirling yellows and greens and smelling like cinnamon. It was so nice. To add to the whimsy, soon I saw little bits of degradable paper appear. I picked one up, and it said Bang on it. Fizzbanger! I really liked this one.

The next three I tried were from The Body Shop. I didn’t know that they did bath bombs, but apparently they do!

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Coconut Bath Bubble

This was a little blue heart which was so sweet. It already smelt like coconut so I had high hopes. I did have to help it along in the water and break it up by hand though. I enjoyed that part though, as it melted through my hands and fizzed. It made lots of bubbles and turned the water into a nice sky blue. The bubbles felt really nice and foamy!

Mango Bath Bomb

I love mango a lot. This smelt nice, and it’s also a bath bomb so I expected lots. It fizzed immediately, but the colour and scent wasn’t as strong as a Lush bath bomb. I did enjoy the bath, but it wasn’t particularly memorable which is a shame.

Pink Grapefruit Bubble Bath

I totally forgot to take a photo of the little bath bar itself which I was annoyed about. Basically, it’s a little pink heart, kind of like the coconut one. Anyway, I had to break it up again, but like I said, it feels nice on my hands when I do it. The bubbles came up which made the bath a little more fun. I would still like to get my hands on a Lush one so I can see how much more bubbles that one would produce. Also the bath water looked more purple than pink. I got a faint citrus-y scent, and had a nice, relaxing bath.

So that’s all the bath bombs I’ve tried so far. Lush is by far still the superior place to get them. I have so much more bath bombs I want to try. I also have my eye on a few bubble bars too. I’m sure a similar post like this will show up in the future again!

What do you like to add to your baths? Bubbles? Bombs? Just plain old hot water?

Angela.

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Five Wardrobe Essentials

The title says it all really. I was scrolling through Pinterest looking at wardrobe and outfit photos as one does, when this topic popped up. It got me thinking about what I would consider my own wardrobe essentials. I go through favourites, and obviously, the seasons would affect my wardrobe too, but as I was looking through my closet, I realized that there is five pieces that I always come back to.

Sweater

I went back and forth on mentioning a sweater or a cardigan for my essential list, but the sweater won out. They’re so comfy and soft. They work well in the colder seasons as something to be layered, and in the warmer seasons, they work well as a light layer. It’s a win-win.  They also come in so many styles and colours, and that part is all down to preference. I’m loving my dark blue one at the moment.

Jeans

There’s so many different styles of jeans it’s crazy. Skinny jeans, ripped jeans, boyfriend jeans, ripped jeans, flared jeans etc. Then there’s all the colours. There’s also all the other denim options like shorts, skirts, overalls, jackets. I’m sure in every wardrobe essential list, some sort of jeans or denim will be on the list. Mine is no exception. Jeans are just classic.

Patterned Singlet

This is where my essentials list may differ from most others. They would say that you should have a classic white tee, but I just love my patterns. I also prefer singlets to shirts.  Mostly cause a lot of women’s shirts have super weird sleeves, and singlets just get rid of that problem. I do think having a white top of some kind is an essential though.

Ankle Boots

I’ve had many different ankle boots, but these are my only current ones. I always have to have a pair of them in my closet though. They go so well with most oufits, both casual and a little more dressy. I tend to spend more money into my boots, as I’ve bought cheap ones before and they hurt my feet. Darker coloured boots are more appealing to me, normally black or grey. I also like them to have a little height, I’m not too good with heels though, so a wedge is perfect. Obviously, this is an essential.

Ballet Flats

The easiest shoes to throw on when you need to head out on errands, or you just want some simple shoes. Like previously, they’re pretty versatile shoes, and go with any spring/summer outfit. I often get cheap ones, as I just wear these seasonally. Definitely essential though.

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What’s some of your wardrobe essentials?

Angela.

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