Thursday, 11 August 2016

To party, or not to party?

Everybody is Different

I am going to keep this short and sweet, I am going to tell you a little more about me, and get more honest and personal about myself than I ever have done publicly before.

A statement I like to live by and constantly remind myself of is that, everybody is different.

There is no right or wrong as to how we should think or live our lives in terms of how society and social pressures make out. I myself, am a twenty year old girl, turning twenty-one in late august. And I like to go out and see my friends, but I don't always want to go 'out out', as people like to say. I am talking about my battle with social anxiety.

Nightclubs make me anxious, dark rooms make me feel claustrophobic, I feel trapped. I don't feel like this all the time, I have nights were I am absolutely fine. I believe this all comes down to self confidence and having that feeling of being comfortable with your surroundings and peers who you feel safe around. I have battled with self confidence for a long time. Growing up was never easy for me socially. I was always the kid who wanted to do something different and not follow the crowd. I wanted to be my own person and original in my own definition and purest form. At the time, I used to feel fine about that, then other times I would be made to feel ashamed by my social peers for not being 'like them'. Nobody on this earth, should be made to feel like they should talk, or act a certain way.

My self confidence, still effects me today. Currently writing this post, I couldn't feel more 'less confident' if I tried. I still struggle with some of my friends, especially in big groups. I often worry if they feel like I am pushing them away, or putting up a wall, but I'm not. Sometimes, I just don't feel confident and comfortable, and I wouldn't know what to say. This is normal. We all have our different personalities and traits. I am a combination of an introvert and an extrovert. This is also okay.

I wanted to write this post, with the hope that although not everyone can relate to these feelings, that maybe at least one person will read this and will get it. If you are that one person, this is my letter to you, a snippet of my story. And to remind you, that everything is going to be okay.

Love, Amzie. X


The North | The Travel Edit

The North 

A few pictures from my trip back home to visit family in Scotland. I try to go back at least once a year, we always set a side two days of our visit to travel further up into the highlands. Here are some snippets of some of the places I got to see this time around. Enjoy.

Love, Amzie. X


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Why is SPF so important? - the facts #1

Lets Talk SPF

SPF is a game changer, it is something I cannot live without. However, the habit of using an SPF on the daily can be somewhat of a tricky one to get a hold of. So here are some of the facts that might help you change the way you think about SPF's. 

One of the most common phrases we have all heard, is to apply a high SPF twenty to thirty minutes before sun exposure, to reapply after swimming, wear it daily to prevent premature ageing and what about last year's sunscreen? Can we still use it? I have become increasingly aware that some people only relate SPF's to summer holidays. They do not even consider wearing it everyday and making it apart of their routine. Tinted moisturisers with SPF have also become increasingly popular, but is that even enough? Did you also know you should even wear it indoors? No, I didn't either, until recently. 

I've been doing some research of my own, here are five facts I came across on the BirchBox website.
(1) BirchBox, "Safe Sun: 5 Surprising facts about SFP." -

1. Expired sunscreen can do more harm than good

“Using an expired sunscreen can lead to reduced protection from UV rays due to diminished SPF,” says Holly Thaggard, Founder and CEO of Supergoop!. Plus, Thaggard says, expired formulas can also contain bacteria and fungus growth (yuck!). Elizabeth Hale, M.D., board certified dermatologist and a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center, adds, “Sunscreens degrade in hot temperatures, so those left in the glove compartment, for example, might lose their effectiveness well before the expiration date.” No expiration date? Toss after one year.

2. Reapply every two hours – no exceptions

One coat isn’t enough to protect your skin all day, whether you’re swimming or not. “Even the best sunscreens need to be reapplied every two hours,” Dr. Hale says. Thaggard’s memory trick? “If you’ll be out in the sun for long periods, set a reminder on your phone to reapply.”

3. Sunscreen is a must even when you’re indoors

Notice more freckling or discoloration on the left side of your face? That’s likely a result of UV rays penetrating through your driver’s side window. UV rays aren’t blocked by clouds or glass, which means you’ll need plenty of SPF even if you spend your days at a desk.

4. Chemical and mineral sunscreens are both effective – but work differently

Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s UV rays; mineral sunscreens block those rays. Both are FDA-approved, and Dr. Hale agrees that chemical sunscreens are safe and effective. However, since many consumers now prefer natural formulations, mineral sunscreen is gaining popularity.

5. Makeup with SPF isn’t enough to protect your skin

To get the benefits of the SPF listed on the bottle, you need to apply one teaspoon for the exposed areas of your face and neck—way more foundation or powder than you’d ever need. Dr. Hale says, “I tell patients those are nice as supplements, but you should put on a good base of sunscreen every day.”

I have more SPF facts that I am going to be sharing with you throughout the next few weeks of summer, so make sure you are following me on Bloglovin if you want to be kept in the loop.
What are your opinions of SPF, is it in your daily routine? I sure hope so!.. 

Love, Amzie. X


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Sparkling Night | Dolce & Gabbana

A beautiful Sparkling Night

Oh Dolce & Gabbana, you have done it again. According to the Dolce & Gabbana website, the Sparkling Night Collection for Summer 2016 reflects a '20's twist to elegant evening wear, this elegant collection is your passkey to luxurious timeless party outfits'. The following text below comes directly off of the Dolce & Gabbana website:

(1) "Precious fabrics, crystals and demure silhouettes contrast more daring separates in a truly sparkling collection.
With a strong reference to the glamour and highly intricate detailing of the fashion of the Belle Époque, Dolce&Gabbana’s Summer 2016 “Sparkling Night” Collection is your passkey to timeless party outfits. Elegant and luxurious, the collection spans from gilded brocade separates to demure LBDs enhanced by intricate crystal embroideries and details.
The fabrics, the most luxurious silk brocades and sinuous wool crepe de chine, come in classic Dolce&Gabbana silhouettes such as mini dresses, suits and circle skirt dresses, many with matching coats or jackets to create a more formal as well as season appropriate look. The show stopper? A gold brocade cape with white fox fur trim fit for a snow queen.
For the most daring fashionistas the collection comprises sheer and up to the minute Victorian inspired lace blouses, brocade knickers and cropped wide leg pants with matching corset tops. And for the ones that feel the cold more? Elegant mink furs with extra special crystal detailing."

"The accessories of the collection are truly mesmerizing, with a plethora of stunning Dolce box bags turned minaudieres enhanced by Art Deco motifs and crystals. The shoes are highly embellished with embroidery, and the jewellery, necklaces, oversize earrings and stunning bejewelled headbands complete the vintage look. Accessories too come in warming fur to complete the collection."

Take a look at some of my favourite images from the collection below: 

Let me know in the comment section below what your favourite looks are and what you think about this beautiful collection. 

Love, Amzie. X


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

I've finished University. What now?..

Hi, my name is Amy.

So, I have finally just finished University. An experience which I can only describe to be a rollercoaster. I used to write a blog, and have wanted to start one up again. But I have found myself questioning where to start and what to write. And even now when I have started my 'YES! I'M FINALLY FREE' to-do list... I now find myself asking, so what now?

My whole life, I have been in education. I am a twenty year old girl who has ever only known the education system, who reaches this month within the year and knows she's going back into that same education system come September. This time, I am not. I have mixed feelings and emotions on this I shan't lie, a combination of excitement and nervousness.

The date is currently Tuesday, June 7th 2016 at 00:14am, and here I am trying to make a start. I thought I had a plan and a structure, but truth be told. I have absolutely no clue. So, I think we are just going to roll with this. I am starting this blog saying hello, my name is Amy. A twenty year old female who has just finished University and I have no clue what I am doing with my life. I hope you can join me on this new rollercoaster ride. This time, with my hands in the air, not holding on to the safety barrier. Let's see what happens.

Love, Amzie. X

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