The Best Romance Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day isn’t the perfect excuse to watch trashy rom-com movies then I really don’t know what is.

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If Valentine’s Day isn’t the perfect excuse to watch trashy rom-com movies then I really don’t know what is. Whether you’re looking for something to watch with your partner, or friends, this romance movie list should contain plenty of options to keep you entertained.

We all know that the 90’s was the best era for teen romance movies, they certainly don’t make movies like that anymore. As a 90’s baby myself, I love nothing more than to watch throwback chick flicks from the decade I was born. My romance movie guide will contain ALOT of 90’s and noughties classic movies.

Must-Watch Rom Com Movies

1. Clueless1995

If this movie doesn’t encapsulate the 90’s in 1hr 30mins then I don’t know what will, and if you have never seen it, then you’ve been living under a rock for the past 26 years! Clueless follows Cher, a teenager who is navigating adolescent problems. Cher is an absolute QUEEN and has the best fashion sense, I would still love to have that famous yellow blazer and skirt duo. The movie is hilarious and has plenty of laugh out moments…AS IF! I’ve watched Clueless countless times and it just never gets old, it is a timeless classic in my opinion.

2. 10 Things I Hate About You – 1999

I was introduced to this movie when I was 17, I genuinely couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it until that point! Heath Ledger stars alongside Julia Stiles in this romantic comedy that will leave an unforgettable imprint in your mind. I love this movie so much, not just because Heath Ledger was casted. I won’t give anything away, because you truly need to sit down and watch for yourself.

3. How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days – 2003

Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are the main protagonists in this delightful rom-com. Wikipedia’s brief overview of the movie doesn’t give too much away, but with all rom-coms you can figure out the plot within the first few minutes of the movie. “Benjamin is challenged by his co-workers to make a woman fall in love with him. On the other hand, Andie has to write an article on how to lose a man in 10 days.” There are plenty of laugh out loud moments in this one, I think it would be the perfect watch on Valentine’s Day.

4. Valentine’s Day – 2010

How could I write a Valentine’s movie guide and not include the actual film Valentine’s Day. This movie has a star studded cast, including, Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Gardiner, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway and Taylor Swift, with some other big names making an appearance too. “On Valentine’s Day, several couples face struggles related to their love lives while others try their best to find love. However, they try to overcome the challenges to make things work.” I really like this movie, I think it’s the perfect film to watch as a couple. It has it’s classic rom-com cheesiness, but I think the male population might appreciate this more than some of the other movies I’ve mentioned.

5. Romeo and Juliet – 1996

I must admit, the last time I watched Romeo and Juliet was back in School for my GCSE’s. I won’t bore you with the details because everyone knows the storyline. Baz Luhrmann’s modern take on Romeo and Juliet is a movie masterpiece, the only thing I don’t like is that the script is spoken in Shakespearean English, making it rather difficult to follow. That being said, the movie is trying to play homage to the plays original roots, whilst also keeping up with modern times.

6. The Fault in Our Stars2014

Of course you will have heard of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The movie staring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort is a heart wrenching tear jerker, that follows two teenagers with cancer. Although a morbid story, the way the characters love for each other blossoms throughout the movie is so romantic. If you plan to watch it this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to stock up on the tissues!

7. The Shape of Water – 2017

I went to see The Shape of Water with my boyfriend when it was out on the cinema. I wasn’t expecting to like it, but it turned out to be one of the best movies I’d seen, and my boyfriend completely agrees. The story follows ‘Elisa, a lonely janitor, stumbles upon an amphibious creature that is held captive in a secret research facility. She then develops a unique relationship with the creature.‘ It’s a romance/fantasy film which will captivate you from the get go.

8. Twilight – 2008

Another movie which I haven’t watched since I was a teenager, but one I might actually re-watch, especially since the whole movie franchise is on Netflix. If you didn’t already know, Twilight is a vampire/romance movie, that “focuses on the development of a personal relationship between teenager Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and the subsequent efforts of Edward and his family to keep Bella safe from a separate group of hostile vampires”

9. Me Before You – 2016

Another tear jerker, but a movie that’s certainly worth watching. Based on the novel Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, Louisa (Emila Clarke) takes on a new role caring for Will (Sam Claflin), a paralysed man. Their relationship soon blossoms into something beautiful. I went to see this in the cinema and sobbed my heart out!

10 – The Titanic – 1997

Why do I keep recommending movies that are going to make you cry, I’m not trying to make you sad, I promise!! The Titanic is of course a classic romance movie. Set aboard the doomed ship, the story follows Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) who form an unlikely romance. Jack and Rose are from different social classes, and at the time, it was frowned upon to fall in love outside of your own class, what a strange era!! I got to see this movie for the first time at the pictures, it was re-realised for either it’s 10th or 15th anniversary.

And so there you have it, my recommendations for the best romance movies to watch on Valentine’s Day as a couple. I really hope you like the movies that I’ve selected, I’m desperate to re-watch some of these cult classic movies now, especially 10 Things I Hate About You. If you like movie guides, I have a bunch of others on the blog, ranging from horror, Christmas movies, and even Disney+ recommendations. I always enjoy creating posts like these, as it allows me to reminisce on my favourite films. What are your favourite romance movies? I’d love to know!

Until Another Day x

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2022

I’m not one for splurging out on Valentine’s Day, I think we should celebrate our loved ones all year round, not just on the 14th February. However, it is always nice to share the love on Valentine’s Day, it’s the day of romance after all. In this post, I’ll be sharing some great gift ideas that can be enjoyed by anyone on Valentine’s Day 2022.

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I’m not one for splurging out on Valentine’s Day, I think we should celebrate our loved ones all year round, not just on the 14th February. However, it is always nice to share the love on Valentine’s Day, it’s the day of romance after all. In this post, I’ll be sharing some great gift ideas that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Gifts for a makeup lover

Whether your buying for your partner or a friend (for Galentines day), my list of makeup and beauty gifts should give you some great all-year round gifting inspiration.

Magnetic Lashes from falseyelashes.co.uk

Is your other half or friend beauty obsessed, and loves to rock glamourous makeup looks? Falseeyelashes.co.uk have a large array of of Magnetic Eyelashes for easy application. The lashes are from well known brands, including Kiss, Ardell and Eyelure. Magnetic lashes are perfect for first time wearers, as they stick down much easier than standard lashes. Falseeyeslashes.co.uk have a massive collection of lash products too, they are the perfect one-stop shop for all of your lash needs. By signing up to their newsletter you can get 10% off your first order too!

Kiss Magnetic Eyelashes
Kiss Magnetic Eyelashes, available at falseeyelashes.co.uk

Jolie Beauty Highlighters

I worked with Jolie Beauty a year or so ago now, on a few of their campaigns. My favourite product being their Second Skin Powder Highlighters. The shade ‘Saintly’ is now a staple in my collection and I wear it the majority of the time I put on makeup. Jolie Beauty also have some lovely eyelashes and eyeshadow palettes which would also make wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts. All of their cosmetics are cruelty free too, which is a HUGE bonus. I’m also fully aware that the image below is Christmas themed, it’s from my post I did with them for the highlighter campaign.

Jolie Beauty Second Skin Powder Highlighter

Food and drink gift ideas

It wouldn’t be a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide without featuring some sort of sweet treat or alcohol based beverage now would it.

All Things Drinks

All Things Drinks are an online retailer specialising in alcohol. With a vast array of beer, wines and spirits, there really is a special gift for everyone. Not only that but they also have a non-alcoholic range, for those that like a clear head the next day. For Valentine’s Day, All Things Drinks have the perfect offer, a Cake and Bubbles Package. Choose from a bottle of Prosecco with two cake pots, or Prosecco and 4 cake pots, ranging from £30 – £50. You can even select your cake flavours too, these include: Berrylicious, Cocoa Crush, Lemon Lush and Rouge Bouge, how tasty do they all sound! The cakes are delivered separately to the Prosecco, as they are shipped from Sweet Cakey Thing bakery, and the Prosecco from All Things Drinks. All cakes are free-from wheat, dairy, gluten, grains, soya, additives, preservatives or refined sugar, covering a variety of dietary requirements.

Cakes and Bubbles - All Things Drinks
Cakes and Bubbles – All Things Drinks

Cook a fancy meal for your partner

If going out for food l isn’t on the cards this Valentine’s Day, then why not cook a nice meal for your partner. I know this isn’t really a ‘gift’ but it’s something that your other half would definitely love, especially if they are the chef in the household. If cooking isn’t your strongest suit, some supermarkets offer Valentine’s Day meal deals, which are super affordable, a lot cheaper than booking a table at a restaurant. I’ve had the M&S Valentine’s meal in the past, I think it’s around £20. It usually comes with a starter, main, side, dessert, wine (or soft drinks) and chocolates. Although we are no longer in lockdown, I created a list of Valentine’s date ideas in 2021, but they can still apply if you’re not planning to go out and about this year.

Gifts for the wanderluster

Is your partner a travel addict or hasn’t satisfied their travel bug since the pandemic began? I’ve got some great recommendations here that will certainly please them.

The Inspire Me Travel Company

Inspire Me Travel is an award-winning company offering tailor-made travel experiences. With over 30+ year’s experience in the travel industry, the team have extensive knowledge of all of their destinations, and are on hand to help plan your perfect holiday. Inspire Me Travel have some wonderful romantic breaks away, perfect for couples this Valentine’s Day.

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Why not venture to the Loire Valley in Western France for a luxury weekend break. Spend 2 nights in a Castle Hotel, enjoy a private prestige dinner in a stunning chateaux.

Is your other half a car fanatic? Look no further than Inspire Me Travel’s Classic Car Experience. Driving through Provence in the South of France, admiring the scenic landscape, whilst enjoying the thrill of a vintage classic car, what more could you want this Valentine’s Day.

Now we all know Italy is a vibrant country full of good food and wine. Take a 4-night Florence city break, including a full-day of wine tasting and lunch in the unforgettable village of Volpaia in Tuscany. How utterly romantic does this sound!

The romantic city of Venice is the perfect place for a couple’s getaway. Spend 3 nights at the 5-star Ca Sagredo Hotel with canal view and a 30 minute private Gondola ride and private return water taxi transfers.

And last, but certainly not least, a tour of the Croatia Islands. A combination of turquoise waters, serenity, beauty and history awaits on this relaxing Croatian adventure.

The Inspire Me Travel Company have plenty more luxurious trips available, including destinations such as Africa, India, Greece and New York. They also have UK breaks and experiences if you would prefer to stay closer to home.

A family friendly trip / adventure filled couples weekend

If you are a parent, then the likelihood of you having any alone time is very slim. Maybe you could include the kids this Valentine’s Day with a fun filled weekend to Center Parcs. Center Parcs isn’t just for family’s, my boyfriend and I have visited countless times as a couple. There’s so much to do, plenty of fun activities, and spaces to relax and unwind. I have a full post on my experience at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest in Nottingham.

Center Parcs Sherwood Forest - Nottingham
Center Parcs – Sherwood Forest

Everyday Essentials gifts

Personally, I think gifting someone everyday essentials is really thoughtful. Picking out items that they use daily and creating a self-care/essentials hamper is a great gift. My mum does this for me every Christmas, and it always includes products such as tampons, nail polish remove, festive chocolates, skincare etc.

WUKA Period Underwear

The people at WUKA believe that periods should not cost the earth. This is a statement I can fully get behind. Sustainability and helping to keep our environment in tact is something that we should all strive to achieve. Making small changes, can have a huge beneficial impact on the world around us. WUKA specialise in sustainable period underwear, helping people who menstruate be more environmentally friendly. Every pair of WUKA is ethically crafted using sustainably sourced materials. Each pair can be reused again and again for over 2 years, replacing over 200 or more disposable pads & tampons. With a variety of styles and absorbencies, there is a style for everyone. I think WUKA would make the perfect self-care treat for yourself this Valentine’s Day. You are number 1, take the time to prioritise yourself and practice self-love, by investing in period underwear. They will save the planet and your wallet in the long run.

WUKA Period Underwear
WUKA Period Underwear

Affordable Valentine’s Day Gifts

You don’t need to splash the cash to show someone that you love and appreciate them. I’ve created a short list of more affordable Valentine’s gifts for those on a tighter budget.

Make a photo album

Personalised gifts are often a crowd pleaser. I think creating a photo album of your favourite moments together as a couple (or friends) adds such a cute personal touch. Looking through old photographs is something I personally love to do. It’s easy to print photographs, there are plenty of websites to use to do this for you. Simply upload your favourite pictures, on some sites this can be done directly from your phone, and have them delivered to your address. I think some printers allow you to choose the type of paper they are printed on e.g. glossy or matte. Pick up a nice album and simply pop the pictures inside. You could even write a personalised note under each image, making the gift even more romantic.

Photo Album
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Flowers and chocolates

Thoughtful gifts don’t have to be expensive. Pick up a bunch of your partners favourite flowers, or even a cute house plant to brighten up the home. Flowers and house plants can be bought at the majority of supermarkets, and often range from £3 – £15, depending on the size of the bouquet. You could also purchase a pretty vase/plant pot to display your gift. A tasty box of chocolates or a little hamper filled with sweet treats, are always a winner, in my eyes anyway.

I hope you’ve managed to find something that your better half will love this Valentine’s Day. I feel that all of the gifts I’ve mentioned would be perfect all year round, and I’d certainly like to be gifted everything I’ve mentioned at some point. Thank you to all the brands who reached out and wanted to take part, it really means a lot. Thank you to my lovely readers too, for always supporting me and my little blog!

Until Another Day x

6 Books I want to Read in 2022

A round up of the books I hope to check off my TBR list in 2022. Books from varying genres, fiction and non-fiction.

Last year I set myself a Goodreads challenge of reading 10 books in 2021, but unfortunately I didn’t acheive that. I was a bit gutted, but my house renovations took over my life, so it’s not that I didn’t have a valid reason for the lack of reading. But I did read a book, which has become one of my most favourite reads of all time, I think it’s even changed my life to some extent.

Anyway, I’ve set myself the same target again this year. I know 10 books might not seem like a lot to some of you, but anything is a start. I wanted to share the books I plan to read this year, hopefully to give you some inspiration on your next read, and to start up a conversation about some great books.

Book 1 – The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things book
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

This is the book I’m currently reading, I picked this up last year at an Age UK Charity Shop on Allerton Road in Liverpool. Although second hand, it looks as though it was never read by its previous owner, the spine is completely in tact.

Anthony Peardew has spet his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.

Realsing he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all his lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners

But the final wishes of the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’ have unforeseen reprecussions which trigger a most serendiptous series of encounters.”

The blurb intrigued me, although different to the books I would normally gravitate towards. I’m usually drawn to crime fiction, but wanted to branch out and discover other genres that I may grow to love.

Book 2 – The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl

This book needs no introduction, and is a book I’ve wanted to read for many years. I visited Amsterdam a few years ago, and took a trip to the Anne Frank Museum. I’ve always been interested in reading Anne Franks Diary, but have never gotten around to it. I bought the book for my boyfriend a number of years ago, and I think it’s about time I delve into the life of this brave young girl.

Book 3 – The Beekeeper of Aleppo

I think I heard about this book through a blogger, I forget who, but I instantly added to my Goodreads list. The book sounds like it will be a difficult read, not in the sense that I won’t enjoy it, but that the story will be upsetting.

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo–until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain.

Book 4 – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Over the past 12 months, I’ve witnessed many bookish bloggers talk about this novel, which has only piqued my interest even further. Another story which is different to anything I have read before, but definitely a book that sounds like it has many twists and turns throughout its pages.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Book 5 – The Silent Patient

Out of all the books I have already mentioned, this is the one that screams out to me the most. A mystery crime thriller set in London. I think this will be a page turner that I won’t be able to put down, leaving me wanting more and hanging onto every word.

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Book 6 – The Flat Share

The Flat Share seems to be a cult favourite throughout the blogging community, and one I’m yet to get my teeth into. The story has over 4 stars on Goodreads, which is a good indication of how good the book is. The genre is romance and contemporary fiction, again, swaying out of my confort zone. But the story sounds like it will be a barrel of laughs and heartwarming to say the least.

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

I have more than 6 books on my Goodreads list, however these are the main culprits that I really want to check off my TBR pile this year. I hope to add/read more throughout 2022, and would love to hear your recommendations. Have I mentioned any of your favourite books in my 2022 book round up?

Until Another Day x

Tips to Beat the January Blues

We all know that January is the most miserable and mundane month of the year. I’m sharing some tips that should help give your mood a boost this January.

We all know that January is the most miserable and mundane month of the year. Everyone starts with the best of intentions, the ‘New Year, New Me’ attitude. But by the second or third week of January, the lack of motivation and enthusiasm starts to kick in. The comedown after the Christmas festivities is always difficult and the thought of the normal routine returning, is enough to put anyone of their breakfast.

Happiness Tips for January

1. Get outside

Being outside, in the fresh air is always a mood booster. No matter how much you can’t be bothered, or how lazy you’re feeling, a quick walk around your local park, coffee in hand will instantly make you feel better. Going for a winter walk is something I have been craving recently, I tested positive for covid just after New Year so was stuck inside for the first week of the year. One of the first things I did on ‘freedom day’ was head to Sefton Park for little walk. It perked me up and improved my mood straightaway.

2. Read a feel-good book

Reading isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but when I find a great book, the only thing I want to do is read. Find a book that will make you feel happy, not something that will leave a grey cloud above your head. The first books that spring to mind to me, are all by Matt Haig, sorry I know some of you are not too keen on his writing style. The Humans, How to Stop Time and The Midnight Library are some of my favourites. Another book that I’ve heard good things about is The Comfort Book, which is filled with inspirational and comforting quotes to better your mood.

3. Bake a cake or cook your favourite meal

One of my favourite things to do when I’m feeling down is to bake. I find baking to be cathartic and relaxing, although I haven’t done much of it recently. An account I follow on Instagram for baking inspiration is Jane’s Patisserie, my friend also gifted me her cook book for my birthday last year. Jane always share incredibly tasty recipes for sweet treats over on her Instagram and blog, and she often appears on This Morning, sharing her culinary delights.

4. Enjoy a pamper morning/evening

Run yourself a hot bubble bath or have a warm shower using your favourite body products. Do a full body scrub, shave (if that’s your jam), and cover your body in thick lotions and potions for a full on pamper. Wind down with a face mask to suit your skins needs, whether that’s a clay mask to remove impurities, or a hydrating gel or sheet mask for added moisture.

5. Treat yourself to something you love

Diet culture is toxic in January, fad diets are pushed through social media and the tabloids relentlessly. If you’re not feeling quite yourself, don’t restrict the things you love. Buy that cake, enjoy your favourite chocolate. It doesn’t have to be food related either, go get a manicure or pedicure. Purchase that new highlighter, or bag you’ve been after for ages. Treat yourself, because it will definitely make you feel good.

6. Exercise

Exercise isn’t something I particularly enjoy, especially going to the gym! However, I’ve recently discovered my love for swimming, and before Christmas I started going a couple of times per week. I always feel proud when I’ve completed a swim session, especially when I’ve beaten my previous record. If cardio exercise isn’t for you, try stretching or yoga. Exercise is hard but the endorphins and the feeling of accomplishment after are worth it.

7. Meditate

Meditation is a great way of helping to keep our minds calm and in the present. It’s particularly useful during anxious or stressful periods. There are lots of meditation apps around, such as Calm and Headspace, but there are also a bunch of free guided meditation videos on YouTube. Meditation takes practice, and you won’t be perfect at it instantaneously. Set aside just 5-10 minutes during your day, to have a moment of peace.

The 7 mood-boosting tips I’ve mentioned may not work for everyone, but they work wonders for me and my mental health, they’re easy and accessible to everyone. If you feel that your mental health is getting worse, I had a guest blogger write a blog post about depression that you might find useful. The charity Mind has information and support to help those struggling with their mental health.

Until Another Day x

Where I’ve been for the last few months…

Over the past few months I have been absent from my blog for a number of reasons. In this post I will be sharing what I’ve been up to!

Some of you may, or may not, have noticed that I’ve been absent from my blog for a few months now. This is due to a number of differing factors, but I’m hoping to start gradually coming back to the blogging community.

Once life started to get back to some sort of normality, as covid restrictions started to lift, my time for blogging was somewhat limited. My day job started getting busier, and my social life picked up (slightly), again, so blogging wasn’t really at the forefront of my mind. This mixed with the fact that my creative juices stopped flowing, I decided it was time to focus my efforts elsewhere.

My attention was pulled massively away from blogging, not just for the minor reasons already listed, but because of something life changing! Don’t worry, it’s nothing sinister!

I bought my first home…eeeek!!!!

After an agonising 8 month wait, we finally got the keys to our first home on Friday 25 June 2021! As I write this, over 3 months later, I still haven’t moved in. The house I bought wasn’t exactly ready to move into straight away, there was A LOT, that we needed to do. Apart from the obvious stripping of wallpaper, the entire house needed to be re-plastered, which of course was time consuming and very, very expensive. We contracted someone out to do the plastering, but the rest of the work was left to us to fix.

Over the past few months, I have spent countless evenings and weekends prepping and painting the house. It’s been a long ride, it’s almost one whole year since we actually put our offer in on the house, but I think we are finally on the home stretch. Just a couple more weeks and I will move into my first home with my boyfriend.

The house buying journey was beyond stressful, my boyfriend and I have had more stress than excitement over the past 12 months. The process wasn’t what we expected and we hit quite a few hurdles along the way, there have been tears of joy, stress, anger and sadness, most on the same day!

I created an Instagram account specific to my home renovation, where I regularly share updates on stories and grid posts. I hope to feature some home content on my blog in the near future, but the main place I will be sharing home blog content will be on my Instagram account – @little.number.seven

So, as you can tell, I’ve had a massive lifestyle change this year. I hope you can forgive me for the lack of blogging and social media engagement of late. When I become more settled into my new routine, I will be putting more effort into blogging again.

Until Another Day x

How to Care for Pale Skin in the Sun

Protecting our skin against the sun during the Summer is extremely important, especially for those that burn easily. My 6 tips will leave you will gorgeous sunkissed skin, with no sunburn in sight!

The warmer months have finally arrived! This is welcomed news for many, however if you have fair skin, which burns easily, you may not be too pleased. Do you struggle with sun burn in the summer? Or do you simply not tan? I’m here today to provide you with some tips to care for pale skin in the summer sunshine.

Nobody wants to get painful sunburn, prickly heat or skin peeling from sitting outside. Taking extra measures in your tanning routine can really help limit the chances of these things occurring. Being exposed to the sun for longer periods of time can have a massive impact throughout your life, the dangers of sunburn include premature wrinkling/ageing, increased risk of skin cancer. Once the damage is done to the skin, it is impossible to reverse. I am by no means trying to scare you, just simply laying out the facts, to encourage you to care for your skin. Over the years I have gotten sunburnt many times, including having sun stroke/heat stroke twice…both when I was much younger. I even got burnt badly last summer when I visited Cornwall.

This post contains items which were previously gifted as part of an Influenster Campaign

6 Tips for Caring for Pale/Fair Skin in the Summer

1. Use a high factor sun cream

Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion

This may seem like the obvious choice, but us pale skin people really should be using a factor 50+ sunscreen. For years I was using lower SPFs thinking I was more likely to tan, but that just wasn’t the case. When applying sun cream, make sure to top it up every 30 – 40 minutes of sun exposure, this will help maintain maximum protection. Use SPFs which are broad spectrum and protect against UVA and UVB rays. My current favourite suncreams are from Bondi Sands, I sat out in the sun for over 2 hours in 26 degree heat, topping up my cream regularly and I ended up with a sunkissed complexion, rather than burning,

2. Include SPF as part of your daily skincare routine

Bondi Sands Face SPF 50 + Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion

Over the past 12 months I have noticed everyone trying to include SPF in the daily skincare routines, me being one of them. Adding this extra step will really help to protect the skin against sun damage and premature ageing. I have been using the Bondi Sands Face SPF 50+ Sunscreen Lotion most days, even when the sky is overcast, or raining! I have oily skin and this SPF works great underneath my makeup. I always use my trusty ELF Poreless Putty Primer over the top, and never have any issues with the primer and SPF splitting or pilling.

3. Don’t sit in the sun for prolonged periods of time

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Try to limit your sun exposure if you have fair skin. I understand that everyone wants to have a tan, but spending too much time in the sun can be harmful. If sunbathing in your garden, at a pool, or beach, make sure to have a shaded area easily available. When the sun is getting a tad too hot, you can take shelter in the shade to cool down. Still make sure to apply your sun cream in the shade though, the suns rays are very powerful.

4. Keep your head covered

Photo by 邱 严 on Unsplash

Make sure to have a cap or floppy hat to hand on a hot day. Hats will keep the sun out of your face and off your head, keeping you cooler and preventing scalp sunburn.

5. Don’t exfoliate your skin too often

Nobody wants dry cracked skin and it can be very tempting to over exfoliate our bodies to prevent this. However if you plan to sit out in the sun, don’t exfoliate all of the time. Exfoliation removes the top layer of skin, meaning it is more likely to burn. If you plan to exfoliate, make sure to regularly top up your sun cream, maybe more often than normal, to prevent burning,

6. Keep the skin hydrated with moisturiser and after sun

Mine Tan Rapid Recovery After Sun Gel

Caring for pale skin doesn’t stop when the sun goes in. After sun bathing, make sure to completely wash off any sun cream in the shower, this will prevent clogged pores. If using a facial SPF, double cleanse your skin with an oil/gel based cleanser, followed by your normal face wash. This will keep the skin clear and reduce the risk of breakouts. After the sunscreen has been completely washed away, go in with a thick hydrating moisturiser, or after sun if your skin is a little on the pink side. Lately, I’ve been using the Mine Tan Moisturzing After Sun Gel, which was in my May GLOSSYBOX and I love it! Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will also keep your skin in tip top condition.

I hope you found some new tips to help keep your skin safe this Summer. I swear by these steps, they have massively helped my skin and prevented sun burn over the past few weeks. Do you have any tips for protecting the skin against sunburn?

Until Another Day x

3 Achievable Goals for 2021 – Goal Setting for 2021

I’m not one for setting ‘New Years Resolutions’, so instead I have set myself 3 easily acheivable goals for 2021.

I’m not really one for setting myself ‘New Years Resolutions’ they are often unachieveable and make me feel disheartened when I’m unable to complete them. This year, I’ve decided to give myself 3 easy achievable goals for 2021. My goals are not to triple my blog views or land X amount of brand collaborations, because I know if I didn’t reach these targets, I would be disappointed in myself. I wasn’t actually going to share my goals online, but instead, this will (hopefully) make me more accountable!

Write a highlight of every day

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This was actually a goal my boyfriend set himself at the start of 2020, which he acheived!! It’s sounds like a very easy task, however on our bad days, simply finding one good thing to write about is pretty hard. The highlight doesn’t even need to be something super positive either, it can be anything from eating your favourite meal to having an argument with a colleague. Having a highlight of every day to reflect back on from time to time, is a great way of finding pleasure from the small things in life. For the time being, I am writing the highlights in the notes section on my phone, but plan to jot them down in a notebook soon.

Do a full skincare routine morning and evening

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On busy or lazy days, it can be quite easy to skip steps in your skincare routine. I plan to make a conscious effort with my skin, and ensure I do a full skincare routine morning and evening. This will become difficult when I eventually go back to work in the office, but I plan to get out of bed a few minutes earlier to take the time for self-care.

Read more

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I love reading so much but I find that I don’t do nearly as much as I should. In 2021, I am setting myself a goal of reading part of my book just once a day. I’m currently reading The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware and I am fully obsessed, it’s so spooky and creepy. I have many books lined up to read in 2021, which I cannot wait to get my teeth into. My first read of 2021 was The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley, it was a great crime novel, but I did predict a couple of the twists earlier on in the story.

Setting goals that you will actually enjoy is definitely the key to acheiving them. There’s no point in setting a goal that you dread completing, otherwise you will 100% not stick to it. Have you set yourself any goals for 2021? I’d love to know what you would like to achieve.

Until Another Day x

Battling Depression During Lockdown

Today is another guest post, this time from the lovely Soph from GirlvsWorld. Soph will be sharing her top tips on battling depression during lockdown.

Guest Post

Hi, guys! It’s Soph from GirlvsWorld here, talking to you about battling depressing during lockdown. This is a part 2 of my other blog post How to Protect your Mental Wellbeing Whilst in Lockdown. Personally, I have suffered from mental health issues for as long as I can remember, but only in the past few years have I gone on medication for it and engaged properly in therapy.

For myself and many others, lockdown has either caused or worsened mental health issues (particularly depression) so I’m here today to let you guys know my top tips to help you out! So without, further ado, here are 3 tips for battling depression during lockdown:

Go for a walk every day

Walking through leaves in a forest
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For some people, every day may be impossible or even just unappealing. That’s okay! I would recommend going for a walk every day as it’s great to get yourself out the house half way through the day and get some fresh air. However, even just going for a walk a few times a week is a great way to push towards battling depression during lockdown. I know from personal experience how hard it can be to get yourself up and out of bed when you have depression, but once you finally do it you will be so grateful you did – trust me, I’ve been there. Going for a walk helps clear your mind and remind you of all the nature there is to explore. It reminds you that there is life outside of the four walls you surround yourself with. It reminds you of all there is the earth has to offer.

Practice simple hygiene

Bathroom
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To some people this may seem minor, but to many people experiencing mental illness it can be a very difficult and draining thing to do. Personal hygiene is something I struggle with massively, especially battling depression during lockdown. Sometimes I don’t see a point in keeping up with personal hygiene as I’m staying inside anyway and not seeing anyone, but then I remind myself that this is my mental illness speaking and not me. Keeping up personal hygiene for yourself is as important as ever during lockdown, if not more important, as it can maintain structure and self-worth. No matter how long it takes, getting yourself out of bed and showering (or even just brushing your teeth and hair) is so important.

Journal your thoughts

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Journaling your thoughts every night, or even just when you need to vent or get something off your chest, can do wonders for battling depression during lockdown. Facetiming your friends is a great idea too as having a shoulder to cry on or someone close to you giving you some advice, but sometimes journaling is easier as it is more private and you can vent as much as you want without holding back or limiting yourself. I have found journaling to be incredibly important and helpful to me whilst battling depression during lockdown, so i hope you guys will find it just as helpful too. If you’re looking for some more interesting and fun things to do during lockdown, I have a blog post regarding What to do When You’re Stuck at Home.

So, there we have it! My top 3 tips when battling depression during lockdown. I really hope these tips help you guys, and if you need anyone to speak to during quarantine/isolation, I always answer my Instagram and Twitter DM’s and I will always follow back too. Stay safe, everyone. Thank you so much to Kelly for allowing me to guest post on her lovely blog! ❤

If you want to find some motivation during lockdown and be a bit more resourceful, I have a whole blog post regarding Productive Things to do at Home During Lockdown

Until Another Day x

How to Stay Motivated During Winter

In today’s guest post, The Kelly Diane Report has put together some tips to help you stay motiviated during winter.

*Guest post by The Kelly Diane Report*

Winter can be such a difficult time of year. Whilst some people love it, others find it really difficult. You’ve taken all the Christmas decorations down and your house feels bare. Its cold and often wet and windy too. The mornings and evenings are dark and it feels like it doesn’t really get light during the day either. With all of this, motivation levels can be low.

All you probably want to do is stay in your pyjamas, watching movies all day whilst snuggled under a blanket. If this is you, I want to try and help you. Because as much as a movie day would be lovely, you will find that you begin to struggle as the jobs start to pile up. I’ve put together some tips to hopefully help you stay motivated during winter.

Get out of bed as soon as you wake up

As soon as you wake up in the morning, get yourself out of bed and get dressed. If you stay under those warm covers, scrolling social media, you will probably still be there an hour later. Whereas if you are up and dressed, you are straight away one step closer to getting things done.

Go for a walk

Where possible, get out for a brisk morning walk. Its such a great way of starting your day and can put you in such a good mood. It will also ensure that you are now wide awake and ready to start your day. If the weather doesn’t appeal to you, do a home workout instead. There are so many options available on YouTube, so create a playlist and choose one to do each day.

Make a to-do list

I live by to-do lists and each morning, I make a conscious effort to get everything written down. Its such a great way of brain dumping and being able to have a clear head. I jot them down roughly, before adding them in a priority order. Its then so much easier to work your way through that list and in theory, you won’t be putting off those important tasks.

Fill a bottle of water & create a snack basket

We should all be drinking plenty of water, which we all know, so I won’t list all the benefits in this post. However, filling your bottle and taking it around with you, will motivate you to drink more. You will be surprised at just how much you drink. I’d also recommend creating a small snack basket with your snacks for the day. If you are stricter with yourself and limit how much you snack, it will stop you feeling more sluggish.

Take short breaks regularly

I work by the rule of for every 45 minutes I do some work, whether around the house or on my laptop, I take a 5 minute break. This can be something as simple as going to the toilet or even just dancing around to my favourite song. It just has to be something that will give my mind a break from what I’m doing, like a refresh button. In the past, I’ve fallen into that pattern where my “break” has been 2 hours where I have done nothing but procrastinate and I end up feeling so unmotivated. Therefore, limiting yourself to 5 minute breaks throughout the day will help you get that to-do list done.

Switch off

So many people have found themselves working from home and so you no longer have that work/life divide. During your working day, switch off those private notifications. You don’t need to see if Joe Bloggs is doing yet another Instagram live or if Fred’s child has become an artist with another painting masterpiece. If your notifications aren’t there to tempt you to scroll, you will get so much more done. Likewise, if your working hours are 9-5, switch off from work at 5pm. Don’t be tempted to carry on working because you will now be eating into your home life. It’s now the time to create something delicious for tea and have a relaxing evening.

About the Author

Hello, I’m Kelly from The Kelly Diane Report and I’m so happy to be able to write this guest post for Kelly. I’ve run my blog on and off for over 10 years and focus mainly on books, beauty and lifestyle content. Over the years, I have found that I’ve struggled with staying motivated, especially during the winter months. I hope these tips have given you some ideas of how you too can stay motivated this winter. There are so many other tips I could share with you but I don’t want to make this post any longer. A huge thank you to Kelly for allowing me to guest post and a big thank you to you for reading.

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10 Books I am Reading in 2021

2021 is the year I want to start reading more. Reading is something that I love to do, but I find that I become easily drawn to other activities and ultimately break the habit. I recently purchased quite a few second hand books, 7 to be exact, and I received a book as a Christmas present from my boyfriend.

I set-up a Goodreads account with a small target of 10 books, not wanting to give myself an unachievable goal. I see some people reading over 100 books a year, like HOW? Is that the only thing they do? I’m just jealous tbh, I wish I had the time…and motivation to smash a target like that.

My favourite genre of books has to be crime fiction or anything thrilling. I’ve never been into love story or fantasy novels, but it’s about time I branched out a little bit. To be fair, the majority of the books on my list are crime fiction, so if this is your prefered genre then you’re going to love this post.

1. The Hunting Party

I started this book at the end of 2020 and finished it on 4 January 2021. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley is the perfect crime novel. Set in the beautiful Scottish highlands, a group of old friends venture to a stunning remote hunting lodge to celebrate New Years Eve together. However, on New Years Day, one of them is dead! A classic who-done-it novel, featuring lots of twists, it’s definitely worth a read, I found myself struggling to put it down!

2. The Turn of the Key

This is my second book of 2021. I’m just a few pages in and I am already hooked! The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware follows Rowan, who stumbles across an advert online for a live-in nanny position, with an amazing salary, she had found her dream job.

“What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell, awaiting trial for murder”

When I spotted The Turn of the Key in Waterstones, this quote from the blurb instantly piqued my interest and I really wanted to get my hands on it. My boyfriend remembered how drawn to it I was and gave me it as a Christmas present!

3. My Lemon Grove Summer

I picked this up in a second hand book store at the end of 2020 (5 books for £5, what a bargain). My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas isn’t the sort of book I would normally reach for, but as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I want to broaden my horizons a little.

Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could this be just what she needs? And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best?

I can already tell I’m going to have the holiday blues whilst reading this book!

4. The Polish Detective

Another crime novel, who would have guessed?? The Polish Detective is the first book in the Dania Gorska series written by Hania Allen. Set in Dundee (side note – why are all crime books set in Scotland??), Dania is sent to investigate three murders, each body is posed in a different way, one being dressed and staged as a scarecrow (how creepy!!).

If I like this book, I might look into the other books in the series too.

5. The Devil You Know

When an intruder breaks into Rosa Fishers home, they both soon discover that it isn’t Rosa he is looking for, but someone else! The Devil You Know by Emma Kavanagh is a psychological thriller that I just cannot wait to read. It’s a book I defintely love the sound of, I’m hoping it’s a real page turner!

6. Death in Springtime

I picked this up in a quaint little book shop in Looe, Cornwall. After doing a little research, I’ve discovered it’s actually the 3rd book in the series by Magdalen Nabb, however it does not appear to link in with the others besides having the same detective. The story follows detective Marshal Guarnaccia after two foreign girls are abducted from a Florance piazza in broad daylight.

7. Death in Autumn

This is the fourth book in the same series by Magdalen Nabb. Death in Autumn was published in 1985 so it’s quite an old book.

“The body of a woman, clad only in a fur coat and jewelry, is found floating in the Arno at dawn. Marshal Guarnaccia of the Florentine carabinieri identifies her as a missing hotel guest. But how and why did she die? Was it a bizarre suicide? Or murder?”

8. The Holiday

The Holiday written by T.M. Logan follows a group of families enjoying a week in the glorious sunshine in the south of France. Kate suspects her husband of cheating on her, with one of her best friends! This trip could be the perfect opportunity for Kate to find the proof she needs.

“Seven Days. Three Families. One Killer”

I’m super intrigued to see where this book takes me. A cheating scandal and a murder, I think I’m in for a bumpy ride with this book.

9. Only Child

When I found the Only Child by Rhiannon Navin in the store, I instantly knew I needed to pick it up. On the front cover, it was described along the lines of “fans of Room will love this book”. The Room is one of my favourite books and due to its similarites I couldn’t just leave it sitting on a shelf. Narrated by a 6 year old boy, Zach Taylor is squeezed into a closet with his teachers and classmates as gunshots ring through his school. A gunman has taken 19 lives, Zach’s mum goes on a quest for justice, holding the shooters parents responsible for their sons actions. Zach retreats to his hideout and loses himself in books and art.

10. The Humans

Out of all the books on my list, The Humans by Matt Haig is one that I have wanted to read for such a long time. Matt Haig is one of my favourite authors at the moment. The reason for The Humans being at the bottom of my list is because I’m yet to get my hands on it. It’s a lot different to the stories I usually read, but that’s what has caught my attention. The main protagonist Andrew Martin, wakes up one day be repulsed by his wife and son, even food makes him feel nauseous. He hates everyone on the planet, except his dog, Newton.

There you have it, 10 books I hope to read in 2021. I have a few others in mind that I’d like to read, however my Goodreads target is set to 10 (which I’m hoping I beat) so I don’t want to overwhelm myself too early on. I would love to know if you have read any of the books I’ve mentioned, or if you have recommendations for me!

Until Another Day x