Tamzin Lena

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The ideal present | Gifting with Soap and Glory

*The following post contains products that were sent to me free of charge in expectation of a review/post on my blog. This does not shape nor form my opinion. This is not a paid placement. 

It's CHRISTMAS! Well, almost. 


I don't know about you, but I feel like the Christmas season is upon us a lot sooner this year. The adverts are out, people are putting their trees up, and I'm a Celebrity is on TV. It is such a joyous time of year (except from all my looming deadlines) and I can't wait to get further into the Christmas spirit. With Xmas being so close, it can only mean one thing, presents. Whether we are making wish lists for ourselves or to buy lists for others, it's that time of year when all the beautiful gift sets start appearing in stores. I am going to share with you a few of my favourites today. 

Soap and Glory are KNOWN for Christmas gifting. The Queens of the 3 for 2 world, per se. Their abundance of indulgent sets at a great price make them a go to for many people in December. Stocking fillers, best friends presents and more, they really have something for everyone. 

Soap and Glory recently sent me two of their Christmas gift sets, and let me say, they are SO cute! Opening the box, I squealed in delight. So gorgeously packaged and SO festive, I couldn't wait to crack them open and see what was awaiting me inside! 


The first set, the Naughty but Spice duo, comes with a Best Washes spiced body wash and a This Butter Be Good hydrating body butter. Old favourites with a new twist, they smell so christmassy and luxe. If you are looking for a good, reliable gift, maybe for said stockings or even a secret Santa, I think this would be perfect. Who doesn't use body wash? (I mean, hopefully the answer to that is no one) and body butter is a lovely little treat. A real fail safe, yet stunning little set. 



The second set, Glitz the Girl, comes with a Spectaculips™ Matte-Allic™ Metallic Matte Lip Cream in Pink Charming, a Crazy Sexy Kohl™ in Smoulder and a Goldy-Luxe Golden Face Glitter Gel.



If you are currently planning your festive party makeup look (that was a mouthful!) then this little set will be the ideal thing for you to pick up when you're next in Boots. The kohl eyeliner is perfect for creating dramatic smokey eyes, the gold glitter gel is fabulous for adding a bit of sparkle (obviously essential in the Christmas period) and the metallic lip colour can add something a little different to your look, something a little more than your average nude. Either for yourself, or as a present, the recipient will be delighted with this gorgeous makeup kit. You can't get much more christmassy than that! 


I hope you enjoyed this blog post, and be sure to check out the Soap and Glory gift sets. I am sure you were planning on it anyway, because as I mentioned, they are the Queens of the beauty kit world! 

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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My brow routine

I often get questions about how I fill in my eyebrows. I never included doing them in GRWM's because honestly, they took too long to do. I would spend up to 15 minutes perfecting my brows each time, up until I found the perfect product. This new kit that I have rediscovered allows me to fill in my brows in as little as 5 minutes. An actual game changer.


I've probably used every type of brow product on the market. Pencils to pomades, powders to gels. I always got along best with creamier products - ones that would glide through the brows effortlessly, but still provide a sharp, on fleek look. Most recently, I was using a pomade, which I loved, but it began to dry up, so I switched to a different powder that I found. Because of the dry formula, I found it tricky to use and had to dampen it with water every time. I then, by a stroke of luck, found the below hidden away in my makeup drawers.


The Kiss Cosmetics brow palette. I had completely neglected it, regretfully, and when I rediscovered it, well, I haven't looked back. The perfect solution to my lust for a creamy brow item. It has powders, and a wax. A WAX! I had forgotten how good wax is for brows, and this handy little kit has changed my makeup routine for the absolute better.

I use the wax first, and then apply the darkest powder on top. My hair is pretty dark and I like my brows to be too, so this is great. There is a lighter shade too if you want to do the whole ombre thing. The edit on the above pictures makes the powders look slightly warmer and lighter - I had to play around with the lighting because the OG images were way too dark. IRL, they are more cool toned and slightly darker, which is fab.

I combine the above with a little bit of the Beautanio brow gel, which keeps them locked in. The Kiss palette is pretty long standing itself, especially because of the wax, it really holds them bad boys in place. I just like to be extra careful. Oh, and I use the beautiful spectrum angled brush to sweep the magicness through. I forgot that part.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post! And thank you to Kiss for gifting me this brow product, I am so glad I pulled it out of the drawers once again.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*This product was gifted to me in the hope I'd feature it on my blog. I have, out of my own free will, because I truly love the product. No say from Kiss or their affiliated partners was said in this post. It was all my own words! :)



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Fate

The exact time is 22:27pm on the 3rd of November 2018. I am sat crossed legged, on my bed, listening to the sound of fireworks explode outside of my flat window. It reminds me of the night I spent in London, a year ago to this day. I just had the sudden urge to write. To write about fate, my experience, and what it means to me. 


You've probably heard the saying "everything happens for a reason" a million times. It's a quote I personally like to live by. I've been known to say - quite controversially - that I believe that coincidences don't exist. I fully trust that things happen the way that they do in order to teach us something or show us something we wouldn't have realised otherwise. However you think of it, whether it be that the stars are aligning or what will be will be, all of us have a habit of blaming things on the universe, or God, or the stars. 

If you know me, you will probably be aware of the fact that I believe in astrology. Every ounce of me does. Others may put their faith in God, or another higher power, but for me, astrology is where I wonder towards. Like other religions or beliefs, it gives me a sense of grounding. It reminds me that yes, I have the control to change my life, but the course is lightly set, which in a sense, eases my chaotic mind. More on this another time. 

When I dwell on this, I often get reminded of how I feel about people, and how they come into play when fate and destiny is concerned. 


Some people come into your life as blessings, and others as lessons. 

Equally as important. One slightly nicer to deal with than the other. 

I can name 8 people (excluding family, because they are family, and that's different) that I know for a fact were put in my life for a reason. I can even tell you that reason, as I feel so strongly about it. Some were good reasons, some were bad. Mostly good though. 

I am not going to tell you the identities, but I will tell the reason of why I believe I met all 8 of these people and what they each taught me.

Person 1 taught me what it feels like to be screwed over by a friend for the first time.They also taught me forgiveness, trust and the capacity to love someone as family. 

Person 2 taught me what love feels like, but also what love shouldn't feel like. 

Person 3 taught me how true friendships can form. They showed me that people can understand you, to your core, and that even though obstacles may get in the way, true friendship will always suffice. 

Person 4 taught me how true friendships can form online. And that they are of no less value than any other friendship. 

Person 5 taught me to never judge a book by its cover. Or their cover in this sense. And there's more to people than you would think. They taught me to open up to people I normally wouldn't and recognise that people are more like myself than I would typically like to believe. 

Person 6 taught me that nobody is perfect, no matter how much you romanticise them. Every one has flaws, and it's up to you whether you should make that compromise. They also taught me patience, and the true meaning of everything takes time. 

Person 7 taught me that there is light in your darkest days, and if you can laugh, you can do anything. 

Person 8 taught me what it's like to have a soulmate. And that soul mates don't have to be romantic. 

It is weird reflecting on these people. We are all on different paths, in different places, but at one point, they happened to cross. Bringing each individual into my life. Some for a moment, some for a lifetime. I value each of these encounters, and without them, I wouldn't be the person that I am today. Even the not so good ones - and that's the thing. You can either focus on the trauma that they brought - or focus on what that experience showed you. Every experience has the capability to teach you something, even if it isn't obvious at first. 

I can only see the lessons afterwards for the most part - some, years later. We all get caught up in the moment, and we never stop and think, why is this happening? It's not always necessary, and you could say that not everyone or every encounter can have a lesson taken away from. However, that is a lesson on itself, right? 

Next time you meet someone, have a think, why? Why have we met? What are you meant to teach me? If the outcome is bad, at least there is a silver lining. You can't have a rainbow without a little rain.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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The best eyeshadow palette, like ever?! | Urban Decay Born to Run palette review

Hello.

I haven't started a blog post with "Hello" ever, I don't think. Maybe once, or twice, but certainly not for a beauty post. I thought I would for this one as I believed that "Hello" was well over due. I haven't chatted to you guys in forever, I really miss that. I miss the feeling old school blogging gave me, that excitement to write a post and that buzz I got when I uploaded it. This mainly happened with beauty posts, so that's why I thought I'd write one about my current go to palette today.

Before this turns into some sort of life update post (I've done enough of those) let's get onto the actual eyeshadows, because I know the anticipation is too much.


The Urban Decay Born to Run palette. Ah. I bought this palette when I was in the US, hence the flag, and instantly fell in love. Well I actually fell in love with it as soon as I saw the sneak peeks on Instagram, I knew I had to get it. When I saw it IRL, I fell in lurrvvvvvvvvv even harder. The exterior packaging first of all, is so gorgeous and very travel appropriate. It's covered in city and countryside pics from all over the world, dreamy destinations that I am personally dying to go to. It's pretty sturdy too, definitely not fragile or easily breakable.

Inside is where the magic happens. Obviously.


The main reason I love this palette is because of its versatility. I am not a massive fan of neutral, browny eyeshadows. I just don't think they are very flattering on me. For some reason, bolder shades tend to compliment my colouring better. I like bright, warm oranges as they bring out the blue in my eyes, and I also love a good hot pink or teal. I don't really know why, I just do.

This palette has it all. (Almost). It's the perfect mix of plain and pretty, subtle and sassy. It has those pale transition shades. It has those peachy, fun oranges. It has those browns - however plain they may seem, they are necessary. It has lovely juicy cranberries and equally as stunning smokey shades for when you need that intensity. It also has some blues and greens, which I want to eat. It may be missing the super hot pink or classic teal that I lust over, but lets be real, they wouldn't fit into this palette. I describe this palette as the modern neutral. It's a neutral palette, and it can be just that. But it also has that flexibility to create something bold, yet stunningly beautiful.

Shall we talk about the formula now?

You probably already know that Urban Decay eyeshadows are probably some of the best. With a decent price point (this palette retails for around £39.50, but it is currently £31.60 on John Lewis) it is honestly a steal. It was what my collection was lacking, and with quite the surplus, I haven't felt like that in a while. Easy to use, bendable and reliable, it's definitely become my number one go to, for all my eyeshadow needs. I am never disappointed or underwhelmed when I use this palette, it always just performs.

You can sign up to UniDays here to get discounts on Feel Unique and other stockists too.

I would say that this palette, along with it's perfectly sized mirror, is my palette of the year. My 2018 recommendation, my love.

What is your palette of the year?

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you did. I certainly enjoyed creating it.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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What I have been eating at Uni so far (Vegetarian)

I thought I would throw together a little post of the majority of the meals I have had so far, whilst living alone, at Uni. Hopefully this post could offer some inspiration for anyone who has just moved to Uni/is living alone for the first time. They are pretty basic, but with a few twists here and there. You will see ingredients repeated as I have been trying to use things up. Just to note, I do know how to cook and enjoy it, it was something I did when I lived at home, so it hasn't been difficult in that sense. Also, I am a vegetarian, so none of these include meat.

MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST.

I love eggs on toast/crumpets, so I have had that a couple of times. A great source of protein and really filling!



THE FIRST EVENING MEAL.

Yes, I said "Evening Meal" in an attempt to avoid the Dinner/Tea argument. (It is Tea by the way)

I had homemade - Chinese style - Veg Fried Rice. Made with frozen mixed veg, this needs a little work in terms of flavour.


A HUGE HIT.

My favourite veggie burgers are the Linda McCartney Mozzarella burgers, and in a pitta, with spring onion, they are lush.


YOUR TYPICAL PASTA?

Here is bolognese pasta (with veggie mince), which was yummy. I also added spring onion to this, and shredded cheese.


POTATO POTARTA

Jacket Potatoes (or Baked Potatoes if you're not from the UK) are a personal fave. This was a lot, so I didn't eat it all. I just had to cook them both as they were going out. One had garlic and herb cream cheese with extra spring onion, and the other just had cheese.


FREE CURRY!!!

On this night, I was invited to a free curry buffet with my uni. Uni's run many events like this in the few weeks, for particular courses/programmes. I would really recommend taking advantage of these. They are not only a great way to meet peers, they are great for getting a lot of free food, obviously. They had a million veggie options at the restaurant too which very pleasantly surprised me. Pictured is a plate of the starters and a plate of the mains.



A LITTLE BIT RANDOM.

This is probably not the most cohesive meal, but I had Quorn nuggets, roast potatoes and cucumber. The roast potatoes were made out of frozen, left over jacket potatoes that I had to panic freeze after they were going off. Worked a treat!


NOT QUITE A DOMINOS.

Frozen pizza life. This was from Iceland, and it was pretty basic. I added extra cheese in an attempt to revive it a little. It was okay. For frozen pizzas, my favourites are Ristaronte or ones from the Co-Op.


THE FIRST MICROWAVE MEAL.

I succumbed. I had the first microwave meal. Just kidding, there is nothing wrong with that, I just find it funny as it is very typical of a Uni student. It was spinach and ricotta Cannelloni. It was lovely, and accompanied by pitta and orange for afters. I have loved having oranges, they have definitely become staples.


GOTTA LOVE A VOUCHER.

Last night I took advantage of a free burger voucher I received from Nando's. It was a part of the dig in box that was in my room when I arrived at Uni. Turns out you have to spend 7 pounds to get it, so I bought some peri salted chips and halloumi to go along with the butternut burger.


I hope you enjoyed this post! Tonight I am going to cook Spaghetti Bolognese, veggie style, with Quorn mince. I can't wait.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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My current favourite hair products! (Eco Cosmetics)



Today I wanted to shine the spotlight on my two current favourite hair products, from Eco Cosmetics

They are a hair spray and a mousse, made with natural ingredients and stored in slimline, modern packaging. I love the look of these products firstly. I think they really represent the brand well and they are great sizes. 

Starting off with the hairspray, it gives a really firm hold, but doesn't feel to heavy, sticky or greasy. It locks in my baby hairs and prevents any wispiness. The mousse provides my hair with a smooth, glossy finish. I love putting it in prior to blow drying my hair. It gives me a lot of volume and adds that extra bounciness which I like. 

If you haven't checked these out already, I would really recommend doing so. I was sent these a long time ago, meaning I have been consistently using them for months. I like to give things a good go and I definitely have with these. 

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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The Selfie Bag review



A few months ago, I was sent the Selfie Bag to try out and review. As you will know by now, I like to give things a proper go before I review them fully, and I like to also take my time to consider how I will show you a product or service. I never want to seem pushy to you, and I will never talk positively about something I don't like just because I got sent it for free. Your trust is integral! 

I want to start off by saying that I really like the design of the bag. The black with the gold gives a modern face lift to the typical reusable cotton bag. The size is great, perfect for grabbing and using on the go, whether that be for shopping, days out or visiting the beach. It has an inside pocket, which is great for a few small items such as a lightweight purse etc. I say lightweight as the bag doesn't have a lot of structure obviously, so if you put something in the pocket that is heavy, it weighs down the one side and makes it kind of flop over - if that makes sense. With that said, it's a given with this type of bag, and I do like that it has a pocket as many don't. It means you can take this out shopping, but not have to take a separate bag for your keys or purse. 

So what makes this a "selfie bag" I hear you ask. Firstly, it has a holder for a selfie stick, which is cool and different if you have one. I don't have one anymore, but it would be good for a tripod or something similar. I blog and vlog, so a designated, easy to grab space for something like that would come in handy for sure. 

The other "selfie" aspect of this bag is the reflective screen inside. It is like a mirrored sheet which can be used to reflect light, and thus create the perfect ambiance for your selfie. When I tried this out, I don't think it made a huge difference to any pictures I took, but maybe given a different lighting set up, it could help, if you had some really bright lights that you wanted to evenly light you up, or only a little bit of light where you were wanting to spread it out a bit more. 

Overall I like this bag, more for the bag part than the selfie part. I think it's a nifty little thing, and if the extra features work for you they are just an added bonus. I see myself using this mainly for picnics and beach days etc, where I need a good size "chuck it all in" sort of bag. 

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*this product was sent to me free of charge. In no way does that shape or form my opinion! :)
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Turtle Bay Sheffield review (Vegan/Vegetarian perspective)


Yesterday me and my Mum went to Turtle Bay in Sheffield to try out their glorious new menu.



Loaded with an array of fabulous vegan and vegetarian options, we were in our element. My mum is a vegan and I am vegetarian, so it was very refreshing to see a chain restaurant that has more than 5 fully vegan choices.


I actually attended Turtle Bay's launch party a few months back, and you can check out that post here. If you aren't already aware, Turtle Bay is a chain of Caribbean restaurants in the UK, serving up many different meals with true authentic twists. 


To drink, I had a rum based cocktail (I had to go for the rum, obviously) and my mum had an elderflower crush (she was driving). Very refreshing, and perfect for a Caribbean setting. I have actually been to Jamaica, so I had high expectations for the food and drink to live up too.



To start, I had the sweetcorn fritters, as I had tried these at the launch party, and my mum had the doubles. I loved the fritters, they are similar in consistency to dumplings and they tasted great. Completely vegan and not compromised on taste at all!


After we had had our starters, the mains took a little while to come, to say it was a Monday night. However, it was a little busy in the restaurant, and I think they were just experiencing a few delays/set backs which made the wait more than normal. 


I ordered the chickpea and calaloo curry, which was yummy. It was quite hot, so if you are not into spicy food this may not be for you, but I do love a bit of a kick so I really enjoyed it. My mum got the other vegan curry (yes, there are two Vegan curry options!) which was aubergine. Hers was more of a creamy coconut base, so if you like something milder, this one would be for you.


I got the dumplings as my side (I really do love dumplings) and they were delicious, and very kosher. My step mum's mother is Jamaican and she has cooked me dumplings in the past, and I have to say, these were very similar. My mum got the dirty curry fries without cheese to share too, and they were really good. Think re invented chips n curry from the Chinese, they were epic! Loaded with spring onion, which is a personal favourite as well.


When it came to dessert, the Vegan option was the one that really caught my eye. It was a rich, salted caramel brownie with a vegan chocolate ice cream and a sprig of mint. My mouth is watering at the thought of it again. It was so gooey and gorgeous, the ice cream really complimented it. The only complaint I would have would be the mint, it seemed to have really infused into the brownie and it's not really to my taste. However I could see past this and enjoy it none the less!


I hope you enjoyed this round up of some of Turtle Bay's vegan/veggie options and my thoughts on their truly scrumptious food. Have you been yet? Or are you planning to go soon?

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*I was invited to try out the food and service complimentary. In no way does this shape or form my opinion! :)

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Oh you're changing your heart?

I couldn't help but quote 1234 by Fiest with the title. It is such a bop.

I am sure at least one person reading this has had to deal with the ever fun situation which is as follows. You're talking to a guy or girl, everything is going a - okay, and all of a sudden, they "change their mind". A polite way of saying, they led you on.

How are you meant to deal with such situation? IT SUCKS. You're there, thinking that they are the love of your life, and that is not how they see it at all. You're planning the wedding, thinking of baby names, decorating the nursery, and boom, tis no longer.


Something I realised recently after going through this quite a few times, is that you don't want to be with them anyway. You honestly don't. Effort is a two way street and you don't want to be the one putting it all out there. Even if something does happen between you and your crush, beau, or whatever the kids call that awkward "talking" stage nowadays, you are going to know in your hearts of hearts that you were the one that orchestrated this situation and they are not putting their all into it. Like I said, effort is a two way street and if the other person isn't prepared to give their all, you shouldn't be expected to either.

Thinking back on the great memories I have of being led on, and always being the effort giver - I learnt one thing, however much you want something - you can't make someone else want it too. Could have probably put that more poetically, but I am struggling with the ol' words. As the ever gorgeous Sam Clafflin once put it (he was in character in Love, Rosie, granted) "You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you're doing, where you are, who you're with, and if you're OK." DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS!

But lets talk about the flip side.

As my mum always says, being the libra that she is, "you only get out what you put in". 

If you're honestly, truly, completely in love with them (sorry, I can't stop quoting Love, Rosie, it is my *all time* favourite film) then yassss girl (or boy) go get it. Show em what you're made of. Show em that you are da one. Maybe they are just not used to love. Maybe they are blind, and can't comprehend why you'd love them. Maybe they just need showing that you are right. It does really depend on the situation.

So now I have realised that me writing this blog post is probably useless because I have just counteracted my own argument, I want to know why us humans are so prone to these situations. How do people find themselves in such fairytale states that it all works out in the end. Unrealistic I tell you.  One day, you'll find the Alex to your Rosie (just watch the film if you haven't already), the Gavin to your Stacey or the Jim to your Pam. (If you understand all of these references, you are 100% meant to be my boyfriend, just saying)

I guess what this post was meant to be was a gentle reminder. (Like all my posts)

A gentle reminder that you will find your person! You will find someone that makes you happy, loves you back (that one is key) and that will put the effort in back. If they don't put the effort in back, maybe a) they aren't the one. or b) they need to be shown how to love. Maybe they just aren't very good at it. Communicate, and let it work itself out. Advice: if you're a stubborn (or fixed) star sign, avoid other stubborn signs. LET. ME. TELL. YOU.

It is navigating that and figuring it out which is the complicated part. Knowing if they are a or b. I'll leave that down to you.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

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Feeling confident with Norvell Ultra Vivid Colour Collection

Summer is a time of short shorts and cute bikinis. Unfortunately, short shorts aren't my thang, and cute bikinis show off too much of my body for my liking. One thing that does make me feel better when I get my body out though, is fake tan.

I only converted to the world of fake tans recently, after a few brands sent me theirs to try in the run up to summer. Not being blessed with being able to tan well too, all the fake tans did come in handy. What is it about being more tanned that makes you feel SO much better?!

Norvell recently launched their Ultra Vivid Colour Collection, and I have to say it certainly will put a pep in your step.


This range covers all ground, and with just this collection, you'd be set for life. It includes a 1 hour rapid tan, my personal favourite, which is perfect for those last minute summer outings. We also have the tan extender, which is great for me too as a gradual tanner. I love my self a gradual tanner, they are so low maintenance and easy. If you are new to tanning, I would really recommend starting off with one or something along those lines. The Amplify PH equaliser is a nifty and cool product too, you apply it before your fake tan to help even out your skin tone. Think of it as a base coat for the best application. The Hi-Res Colour Creater is really fun product too as its a spray which is best used like a spray tan. An at home spray tan. So convenient! The last product is the Skin Refining Scrub, and if you know me, you know I love me a good body scrub! Especially when it comes to tanning, it is crucial to start off with a clean slate, as well as having the scrub handy for getting rid of the tan when it is time to put a new layer on.

I really hope you enjoyed this post of me talking through all the new products. Be sure to check them out. I love all of Norvell's tans in general, the make some of the best out there in my opinion. Both me and my mum are obsessed, she has stolen my Norvell face one as she loves it to death!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*these products were sent to me free of charge. In no way does that shape or form my opinion! :)
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Catching up

This is one of those blog posts where I have a lot to say but I have no idea on where to begin. 


I feel like I haven't spoken on my blog for a while. I did 2 posts whilst I was away, but apart from that, I have felt rather disconnected from it. I want to get back into posting consistently, and talking to you guys just like I used to all the time. 

Blogging is weird. A lot of the time you feel like you are just talking into a void and nobody is listening. I have addressed this in a post before, but sometimes the feeling of talking to nobody is kind of cool, because you feel like you can vent and express your feelings. 

So, let's get caught up, and all ready to start afresh. There is a lot of exciting things coming up, but it would make more sense if I told you about what has been happening before I told you what's about to happen. 

Recently, I finished my job/apprenticeship, and flew to America to visit my friend Andrea. That was intense. America was interesting. I will do a whole blog post soon about what surprised me and some tips on travelling alone / going to the states for the first time. I spent two weeks there, before reluctantly coming home and back to reality. I think two weeks was a good amount of time, but now I am home, I wish I was back. That is always the case isn't it. If you want to see what I got up to in America, you can check out the vlogs on my YouTube channel or watch the highlights on my Instagram stories. 


I also got my third tattoo whilst in America. I am thinking about doing a post or video about all my tattoos if that would be of interest. For now, please enjoy the pic of it below. It was so painful! 


Since being back, I have tried to get back into working on my blog, YouTube and other side projects, but it has been a struggle. It's been a struggle to get motivated and stuck in, when I have literally been stuck in bed all day. I have not been ill, just very tired. I think the jet lag just made me that way. It's finally easing up after a week and a bit, but I am still very much struggling to get up in the mornings and actually do stuff. I am only writing this post because I decided to come to a coffee shop to do work today, as there is no way I'd do it at home when my bed and the Office box set is there. Side note, I have become obsessed with the US office. That is all. 

So, what's coming up? Well, I am going to Guernsey mid August to visit another friend of mine which is SO exciting. I have not seen her in over 18 months and I cannot wait! I am going to leave my MacBook at home (well I am still trying to convince myself that this is a good idea) and just have 4 days of total chill time and fun. I am going to take my vlogging camera though of course, I really want to capture the mems to look back on further down the line. I am just going to leave the edit until I am back and make the most of the time there. EEEEEEEE I am that excited. 

For the rest of the summer, I don't have any other concrete plans. Days out and catching up with friends and family for sure, but no more trips for now (I don't think ;)) sadly. I am just going to try and make the most of life, my family and Sheffield before I move to Derby in September. I am going for Uni, and I am really looking forward to the change. However, I am eager to make the most of my summer before that change and all the studying and stuff that goes along with it. Plus, I am so stoked to go homeware and stationery shopping! Yay. 

I am going to leave this post here before it gets too long, but I hope you liked it!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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Learning to live, love and let go

You can't have everything the way you want it in life.


Whether that be a bikini clad body, or the fit guy you fancy.

Not everything can always be exactly how you'd like it. This can be hard to except, but as soon as you except it, you can learnt to live, love and let go.

I am never going to be a size 0, nor am I going to suddenly grow a new face that I am ultimately comfortable with. Nor am I going to instantly get over the past, or be able to overlook all my flaws. Regardless of what it is that plays on my mind, there is always going to be something. Or someone. It may be a thing or a thought or a person that you can't stop obsessing over. But as soon as you make the conscious decision to let go, a weight will suddenly disappear, or your shoulders will feel a lot lighter at least.

Negativity is the kill joy of happiness. An obvious statement but a true one none the less. Constantly thinking negatively about yourself, your image, your past, your future, is just going to distract you from the beauty that surrounds you and the hear and now. You start to realise that life is precious, you only get one and you shouldn't waste time hating that extra belly roll or the person you are still kinda in love with. Even though they are things you might not be able to change, there is a large bunch of things that you can. You have choices always, and it's time you started making them.

I am an advocate of moving on. Learning to live, love and let go. Learning to adapt to change and new situations and new people. Learning to say "you're forgiven" after someone has done you wrong because they are the words that they may so desperately want to hear. Reach out if necessary, speak to those who love you, eat that pizza, jump in that pool, quit face tuning that selfie, smile a lot and laugh at your own jokes. Choose to surround yourself with people that make you happy, not people that are good for your image. Love despite. Sing songs from the top of your lungs and reconnect with people that will never leave your heart.

If you are reading this, I strongly encourage you to do all of that, and then some. Make someone elses day, tell them how much they are needed and wanted. Speak your mind for once, no one ever does. Don't live in fear, live in excitement. Don't lust, aspire. Be the change you want to see in the world. Read the book you've been meaning to for ages, text someone you miss just to see their words if you have to.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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