Shit Happens – Losing a Job and Moving onto the Next Thing

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Last week I lost my job. The first journalism one I have had since finishing uni.

Okay, I’ve made it sound really bad. I wasn’t fired. Although it definitely felt that way. Basically, the company had no money to pay me full time. Although that’s not how it was put… shit happens.

My boss – a term I will use lightly – told me I was unorganised and that my writing had not improved since I started writing for them back in November of last year. He then told me that they would be happy to have me be an unpaid intern again – are you kidding me?

Honestly, those words hurt. Everyone calls me organised, they have done my whole life. When it comes to my writing? Well I don’t know if I have improved, but it doesn’t help when there is no one telling you what you need to do to improve.

You’re probably wondering why there was no one there to tell me what was wrong but here is the thing. We didn’t have an editor for two months. For two months, the magazine team included an editorial assistant (me) and three interns. The magazine was still being produced and deadlines were being met on a daily basis. I don’t know about you, but that’s what I call organised.

Meltdown central

Have you ever felt so small that all you want to do is curl up into a ball and cry? Well that’s exactly how I felt. The next 24 hours were torture. The tears kept coming and I wasn’t entirely sure why. When shit happens that you don’t expect, it’s hard to be fine and happy with what you’re going through. Your confidence drops from 100 to 0 real quick. It feels like the world is against you and there is nothing you can do. It doesn’t matter what anyone says to you, you feel like a failure. I have felt like this for a whole week, but now I’m starting to feel better.

So how do you pick yourself up and move on?

Well it takes time. You can’t let someone’s words affect you. You have to pick yourself up and move on. Everything happens for a reason, even the shit things. Take some time for yourself. Relax and do things you like to do. For me it was watching stuff on Netflix, eating Maryland cookies and going out for coffee.

Your next step is to get back in the game. Apply for any job you think you could do – anything that sounds interesting or that speaks to you. Once you’re back in the game, there is nothing to stop you from winning it.

What next?

After my initial shock at what was said, lots of crying and thinking I had failed, I’m now at the stage where I can pick myself up. My confidence in my ability hasn’t gone back to 100% yet but it’s higher than it was last week.

I am focusing on myself and the things I love. I’m going to work on my blog, myself and writing what I love. I have applied to hundreds of jobs, had a handful of interviews and only one job. I graduated a year ago and now I feel like I’m back to that point again. Luckily, I have some experience behind me now. Everyone tells you that when you finish uni you’re going to get a job. What they fail to tell you is that it isn’t easy. Sometimes you have to go through shit before you get to where you should be.

I’m going to be honest, the emotion was real but you know what? Shit Happens…

Photo by Sunset Girl on Unsplash

YOU beauty box | January Edition

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Many will know YOU magazine but few will know about the YOU beauty box.

Now before I get started there is something I need to say about the YOU beauty box.. Firstly, you can pick from three different subscription plans with the first priced at £6.95 for two products and extra treats. Secondly, you get to pick the products you want to receive, meaning you don’t find yourself always with the same sort of thing. However it does take away that element of surprise I love..
I picked the Gold plan at £10.95 allowing me to pick 4 products and receive extra goodies. 

Now for the products…

The first product I picked with the Optiat body scrub called “Pick Me Up”. Using Arabica coffee grounds they have created exfoliating scrubs which make your skin feel softer and smoother almost instantly.
I picked the coffee and lemongrass lifter scrub which is perfect post workout to remove all the sweat from your pores. It is definitely one of my favourite products this month.
RRP: £9.99

Next in my YOU beauty box is the Noughty Intensive Care leave-in conditioner. Made for dry, frizzy and damaged hair this Shea butter and organ oil conditioner helps to protect your hair and leaves it feeling stronger for longer. It is also Vegetarian and Vegan free and made from 97% natural products. I love leave-in conditioners as I feel like they help my thin hair to keep its shine so this was a winner for me.
RRP: £6.99

When it comes to BB products, I have found it hard to find one I believe is right for me, until this gem came along… The Argan Liquid Gold multi-tone BB-cream adapts to your skin tone perfectly. It offers even coverage and keeps your skin hydrated and looking fantastic all day long. Enriched with 100% pure Argan oil and 24Ct gold, its no wonder that it works miracles on your skin. Definitely my January favourite.
RRP:£70 for 30ml

The final product I picked was the Prevasore everyday lip therapy which is meant to help protect the lips against harsh environmental conditions that can trigger cold sores. Luckily I don’t suffer from cold sores *touches wood* but I am prone to dry and chapped lips so I need a bit of lip therapy.
RRP: £6.95

Time for the samples…

This month, YOU beauty box provided me with the Aussie 3 minute miracle deep conditione, which I had received in a previous beauty box and Lavera hand cream.

Overall, I am very impressed with the selection of products and the price for the subscription so if you’re looking for a beauty box that doesn’t break the bank and lets you tailor it so you always get what you want then this is the one for you.

Alice x

 

 

My Little Box Paris | January Edition

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It’s time for my favourite Little post of the month…

My Little Box took the new year to try something a little different. Usually this little gem comes in a very cute box (as seen in my December and November editions) but to start 2017, the French elves over at My Little Box decided to put the products into a neat (and reusable) little bag. I’ve decided to use mine to carry my underwear and socks when I go travelling (not that you really needed to know that).

 

Now for the products!

The first little item in my little box was this toothpaste from Merci Handy. It is 98% natural and is made in France (which I love). It comes in three flavours; dark liquorice, sweet blackcurrant and green-tea mint so there is something for the adventurous and the not so risky. Luckily I got mint.
RRP: €4 for 50ml

Next on the list is this “Boost Yourself” revitalising body cream from My Little Beauty.
Not only does this product smell amazing but it is 98.5% natural so there is really nothing bad to say.
It also comes out in a light baby pink colour which has only added to my already prominent obsession.

 

 

 

 

Now the next gift is this Timeless Planner from My Little Box. Instead of providing us all with a mini magazine, this is what was inside. The agenda is filled with questions to help you get to know yourself better in 2017. It also came with a set of five notecards, which each features a powerful way to chance your life for the better this year.I thought this was a nice touch and it is similar to the Happiness Planner, just more compact. I haven’t started writing in it yet as I’ve been very unorganised.. but soon I will…

Carrying on with the products from My Little Beauty, I got the “Velvet Hands” sweet hand cream.
Now I am prone to dry hands and am also a sucker for a nice hand cream, so this was perfect for me.
It has a very marshmallowy texture but it applies easily and does not leave your hands feeling greasy.
AND it is the perfect size to carry around in your handbag and use throughout the day.

 

Hair products are among my favourites and this hair mask sample by Garnier is just what you need to treat your hair after the busy festive period. In the scent “Honey Treasures” this nourishing hair mask helps dry and damaged hair come back to life. It leaves your hair feeling stronger and healthier from root to tip.
RRP: £4.49 for 300ml

And finally…

My Little Box picked this patterned snood as its staple fashion piece for this month.
Easily worn and timeless in style, it isn’t hard to find an outfit to match this scarf.
The perfect wardrobe staple for the Spring season, this snood will take its place in mine.

Alice x

 

LFWM – my first time

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They say dreams come true in fairytales, but I never expected to be at LFWM..

At the weekend, I was given the opportunity to go to LFWM and report on it for The Purpose Of It.

I covered Saturday and Sunday and was able to speak to many different designers and learn a lot about the trends that are going to be seen around the world for men next season.

The thing I found to be the most amazing whilst I was covering LFWM was that you can literally be yourself in fashion and no one bats an eyelid. There was every single style and people dressed in all sorts of ways and it was something I admired. It was like they were all saying there is no point in worrying about other people, just be confident and you’ll pull it off, and I loved that sense of empowerment.

Here are some pictures I took which you can see on The Purpose Of It Instagram page.

To top off the most exciting weekend of my life (so far), designer Mazinyi; who has designed pieces for Nicki Minaj, offered to custom make me a jacket, now that’s exciting.

Alice x

 

Pink Parcel | December Edition

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It has come to that time of the month again where my Pink Parcel box gets delivered.

As usual, the Pink Parcel Box brings gives you the essentials that you need to for your period.

But the box labelled “For You” is what we all want to know about.

The first treat inside my box was the Lola’s Apothecary tea in Clementine Calamity. With ingredients including lemon balm, passion flower and linden flowers, you should be feeling soothed and calm after drinking it. It is caffeine-free and rich in antioxidants so perfect if you’re prone to stress.
RRP 20 teabags: £12

Next in my Pink Parcel was the Fudge Kitchen Gingerbread Fudge Dipper. This is perfect for the Winter season because it means you can hang onto Christmas for a little bit longer. The fudge melts in your mouth and as it’s dipped in dark chocolate it’s perfect for the chocoholic in you.
RRP for a slice box: £16

Continuing with the foodie delights, next we have the Squirrel Sisters Cacao Orange Raw Snack Bar. This is something I have been meaning to try because I’ve seen it on my EarthMiles App, so this sample could be the tipping point to taking the plunge. With no added sugar and being made from raw cocao, there is no reason to feel guilty for eating this delicious treat.
RRP for 5 bars: £7.99

Now for beauty

My first beauty treat given to me by Pink Parcel was the Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask. I know my skin is in serious need of some TLC so to get this was the perfect way to ensure my skin feels better after the festive period. This mask detoxes and renews your skin in seconds so it’s perfect if you’re not one for sitting around for ages waiting for your mask to harden. If that doesn’t make you feel excited, the sample size (which is what I was provided with) is worth £24!
RRP for 60ml: £62

Keeping healthy skin in the forefront, Pink Parcel also gifted me with the Amie New Leaf Deep-Pore Exfoliator. Now I am a sucker for any facial product I can quickly fit into my daily routine and this is just that. This product exfoliates your skin to leave it looking smoother and cleaner as well as washing away dirt deep in your pores you sometimes miss when cleansing your skin.
RRP: £5.95

Pink

The final product that falls into the beauty category is the The Vintage Cosmetic Company Blemish Wand. It’s the perfect little tool to help you clean your pores from all the dirt that has been building up over the Christmas period. All you need is a hot towel wash to open the pores and let the wand work its magic.
RRP: £7.50

Fashion

Everyone loves to have a pair of small studs because they can add a little something extra to any outfit and this pair of bow earrings from Jewellery Box in silver do just that. Not only are they super cute but they fit in nicely with the Pink Parcel packaging.
RRP: £4.05

Keeping with the bow theme are these Pink Parcel socks from BRYT. These are a collaboration by the beauty box and the sock company and they are super cute and cosy so you won’t get cold toes.
RRP: £9.99

 

The final gift is one I am very pleased with. If you have been reading my blog the last couple of months, you will have seen that I did a review of this candle company not so long ago. The Simple Candle Co. wax melt in Mulled Wine has never made Christmas smell so good.
RRP: £1.50

December has seen many little treats from Pink Parcel so lets hope they continue to come.
Alice x

M&S Advent Calendar

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It’s the end of Christmas, and what better way to celebrate than by taking a look back at the products in my M&S beauty advent calendar. I also got the Emma Hardy Moringa Cleansing Balm but my mum seems to have claimed … Continue reading