Shooting for the Stars 

It’s Sunday, and everyone loves a relaxing lazy Sunday right? Well, this week I hate Sunday because I have been off work all week on ‘holiday’ although I haven’t actually been that far. But Sunday means I’m back in work tomorrow, the dreaded Monday morning.

This evening I’m going to enjoy a nice relaxing bath filled with lush goodies and when thinking about that note I wanted to share with you how much I enjoyed using my Shooting for the Stars bath bomb that came in my Night Before Christmas gift box off my Sister.

It’s a honey-scented bath bomb, with a hint of Brazilian orange which sounds right up my street. It’s a lovely deep blue colour with the golden sparkling stars throughout which come away from the blue once it is submerged in water, because these are sweet little bath melts in the form of cocoa butter and gold glitter. Could this be any more perfect to warm you up on a cold winter’s night? I don’t think so.

It leaves the bath water a lovely glistening blue with all the shimmers you could imagine, whilst the bath melts leave your skin wonderfully silky and soft and slightly shimmery once you get out! But that’s just part of the fun.

All in all, I loved this little beauty and just wished I’d used it earlier so I could pick some up before the Christmas range came to an end.

What’s your favourite piece from Lush’s Christmas range this year? I’d love to hear all about it!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Dainty Dweeb

Warning: This post consists of a hell of a lot of rambling, a little bit of ranting and will probably be a little bit of a bore but I AM PROUD.

Two whole years already? Can you actually believe it, because I definitely can’t. When I first started Dainty Dweeb, well it was just kaylajaynehughes back then, I didn’t know whether it would last a month never mind 2 years. I’m proud of how far we have come. Is that weird? Calling my and my blog we. Oh well, who cares if it is. I’m proud that I have stuck to it at times when I have wanted to throw the towel in. I’m proud of myself for persevering through bloggers block and the days where I almost, well probably did give up on blog pictures because I just couldn’t get the right lighting. WE MADE IT GIRL. We’re still here. Powering on.

I am immensely thankful for you guys who actually take the time to read whether its rambling posts like these, or wishlists, reviews, y’know. It all means a lot, like wow people actually read this shit and most days that’s what it is, shit that just splurts out on my keyboard and then before you know it we have a full blown post. This little venture is actually growing, and it’s growing a lot more than I expected lately and I love it. The support, the community, the friends. I LOVE IT. I love you. Seriously guys, lets share the love because why the hell not?

One thing I want to do is become more interactive with the bloggers I love. I’m always way too shy, even if it’s only on social media – I’m always scared I’ll come across weird but it’s going to be one of my goals to overcome this and I’m going to smash it, or at least try.

Anyway, I’m gonna leave this here with a massive THANK YOU, again.

Also, a little loves you. 

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Rental Properties, A Waste of Money? | Sunday Thoughts

So, we may not all have the same opinions on this topic and that is absolutely fine. But today, I’m here to share my (well, and Nathan’s) personal opinion on rental properties.

Nathan and I have been renting out house for just over a year now, and I think it may have just been the worst choice of our lives. Well, maybe not the worst. I mean, we now know that we can live together and that we can afford it – just about. However, we have come to the realisation that it’s just a big waste of money. We never should have signed an extra 12 month lease with our landlord back in August. We should have gone back to living with parents and saved for a mortgage. Why? Well, because we know we want to live together, we know we can live together and to be completely honest with you we know we’re together for the long run. So why not? It’s something we’ve been discussing since way before Christmas, and although it’s something that is going to be a struggle at first, you know going back to living with parents and not having a whooole house to ourselves. But in all honesty, we could be saving at least £1000-£1500 a month between us, which means in less than a year we could have our deposit for a mortgage plus enough for solicitors fees, surveys etc.

We’re stuck in our lease until 1st August, which means we have 6 months left and as much as we love our little home, we’re not prepared to pay someone else’s mortgage for them and have no outcome at the end. I’d rather be paying off my own mortgage and have a house that I know is going to be my own one day.

Our perfect situation? Well, our landlord would be happy with us using the Rent-To-Buy option to buy the house, because as I said earlier we love our little home but unfortunately, that is not an option for us.

In no way, shape or form am I saying renting is a bad idea. Like I said, it’s shown Nathan and I that we can actually live together without killing each other. In some situations renting is the right decision. But for us, it no longer is.

Do you rent? What’s your opinion? As I mentioned earlier, I know we may not have the same opinion on this matter and that’s fine, however I would love to hear yours!

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Lost in a haze of ‘I don’t knows’ | Sunday Thoughts

I couldn’t count the amount of times I’ve written and re-written this post, or something similar. I’ve deleted countless times, but always end up re-writing it because want to get it off my chest and then it has sat in my drafts for weeks on ends before getting deleted again.

But this time, it will get published because I feel like I need to get it out somehow.

I feel like I seem to have lost myself somewhere in this world. I couldn’t tell you how, or when, or where. I just feel lost. I know I am loved, I know that I am appreciated and I am definitely grateful. Just somewhere along the way, I don’t really know who I am anymore? I miss my 15 year old playlists, my 17-18 year old dress sense, the days where I knew I looked like a bag of shit but I felt comfortable in my own skin. Now whether I try to make an effort or not, I just don’t feel comfortable. I feel like I’m supposed to know who I am, what I want to do but I don’t. It’s like I’m lost in a haze of I don’t knows.

There was once a day where I knew my style, and the clothes I liked but now I feel like I have lost myself somewhere in this cycle of day to day life. I hate it. I feel like no matter how many times someone asks me if I’m okay, or if somethings wrong. I just smile and laugh it off, purely because I don’t really know how to say what I want to say, or even if I want to say it at all. Maybe I just feel stupid saying it, but I can write it. I can put it into written words just not able to speak it. I keep using the ‘I’m just tired’ excuse because I really don’t want to get into it, when I probably should.

Most day’s my alarm goes off and I don’t even want to leave the comforts of my bed, never mind get dressed and face the world. But I do it, I muster the courage and plod along with the thought that I know I’ll be returning to my little sanctuary at the end of the working day.

I think most of this comes from the pressure that is put on young adults, like you and me. Like were supposed to know who we are, where we want to be and where we should be going. But I don’t know, I feel like I’m never going to know and I’m having difficulty coming to terms with that at the moment. I feel like I should have a life plan right now, a career idea or something but to be completely honest with you I don’t have one fucking clue. I have no plan. I feel like I should still be in college deciding what hair colour I want, and whether I can spare enough of my part-time wages to go and get a new ear piercing on my lunch break.

Even at the end of this, I have no conclusion, but the one thing I am starting to come to terms with is that it’s going to be okay. Even though I’m in this haze, I know I will come out the other side. I just don’t know when, or how. I’m just grateful that I know that Nathan is going to be there, waiting at the other side with his cheeky little grin saying ‘I told you it was going to be alright’. 

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Friday Favourites – Blogger Appreciation

Thank the lord it’s Friday, oh how I love waking up and realising it’s the last day of the working week. Today I’d like to share some blogging love along the lines of a little blogger appreciation.

I’m going to apologies beforehand as I don’t know how long this post is going to end up being as there’s so many that I want to mention. Some of my newbie reads, they may not be new bloggers but, they’re people and blogs that I have only just come across and now I can’t help but find myself checking their blog every other day to see if they have a new post up! Others will be my all time favourites. The ones that I have followed since day 1 of my little journey on the internet.

Here goes…

Tessa, Holly Sparkle – Tessa’s outfits are just to die for and she picks the most beautiful places to take her pictures for said outfit posts. Looking through Holly Sparkle makes me wish I had the confidence to feature more fashion posts on Dainty Dweeb.

Sarah, See The Stars – What is there not to love about Sarah? I have had the pleasure of speaking with her a few times on twitter and she is just lovely! Her blog photo’s give me that kick up the backside to make more effort with mine because they are just amazing. See The Stars is always somewhere I turn to for inspiration when I’m lacking, ’cause Sarah’s just awesome.

Hollie, Its Hollie Ann – I am so envious of this girls travelling experiences, Vegas? If only my bank balance would allow it. I have the pleasure of knowing Hollie in real life, we actually work together and it’s actually so nice to be able to talk blogging with someone who gets it. We have talked about helping each other with outfit posts and things like that but it hasn’t happened yet. Hopefully this is something we can start doing in the near future because it would be super fun!

Hannah, Hannah Jarvis Cruelty free beauty lover always gives great recommendations and reviews on the products she tries, you can always count on her giving her honest opinion. Hannah is another blogger I know in real life, I used to work with her and she works with Nathan currently. She’s lovely and very funny to talk to.

Alice, Always Alice I have only recently started reading Alice’s posts, but I am in love with her style of writing, you can definitely feel her personality coming across in her posts. I’m an avid lover of lifestyle posts, and Alice has plenty of these. I absolutely loved reading about her wedding, it sounds like she had a lovely day. I highly recommend you check out her blog, especially if your a lover of lifestyle posts like myself.

Kimberley, The Colour Chronicles – Kimberley has a ray of colourful lipsticks which I don’t think I’d ever be able to pull off. I swear this girl suits every colour imaginable? She’s quirky, and very open and I think that’s why I love her.

Sarah, The Scarlet State – Sarah’s Taboo Talk posts are my main love of her blog. In this series of posts she talks about things that really matter, subjects that some of us love to read but are maybe too scared to share our own opinions and experiences on. This is why I love her. She ain’t afraid to say what she thinks, she shares her own experiences on things like contraceptives and eating disorders and I give her a huge high five for that because as difficult it may have been she brought her experiences to light to help others. Kudos to you, girl. P.s your art/drawing skills are amazing.

Jess, I am Foxxtailz – Jess is my ultimate favourite fashion blogger because she’s so real. Her outfits are always quirky, creative and her hair is crazy colours which I wish I had the balls to do. I feel like she is 100% herself through her blog and her personality definitely shines through her posts.

So these are just a handful of a much larger group of bloggers that I love. I think if I carried on this post would probably be like ten thousand words long and I don’t really want to bore you to death.

Whose your favourite blogger(s)? Let me know ’cause I’d love to check them out!

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