9 Things I’ve Learnt Since Becoming Vegetarian

9 Things I've Learnt Since Becoming VegetarianI’ve been vegetarian for about 2 months now, and it’s been going really well. Along the way, I’ve learnt a few things.

  1. People will be offended by your choice.
    I have no idea why this is. But people will try to convince you that you’re an idiot for not eating meat, that humans are made to eat meat etc etc. That’s fine, but I’ve never tried to convince anyone else to be vegetarian, I’ve never chastised anyone else for eating meat, and yet I find I’m constantly having to defend myself. It doesn’t seem right to me, but there we are. Live and let live, right?
  2. Vegans will still hate you.
    Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand veganism, and there are aspects of it that I’d be willing to try. However I don’t understand why vegans attack vegetarians so much, when we are taking steps in the right direction. Very bizarre.
  3. You have to check food labels when shopping.
    This was something I wasn’t very good at to begin with, and I’m still getting to grips with it: remembering to check that what I’m buying is actually suitable for vegetarians. Sounds simple, but it can be surprising what isn’t actually vegetarian. Which leads me onto my next point:
  4. There’s a lot of surprising foods that aren’t vegetarian.
    I already knew you couldn’t eat jelly sweets and marshmallows anymore because they have gelatin in them, but did you know that parmesan cheese isn’t vegetarian?! My heart broke a little. Parmesan, gorgonzola, camembert and a few others are made with rennet, a substance taken from the stomach of cows. Luckily, there are versions of all these cheeses made with a vegetarian version of rennet, so my cheese-eating habits don’t have to change so much. 
  5. Tofu is gross.
    Like seriously, I don’t know how anyone can eat that stuff. It’s like rubbery, overcooked egg-whites, but worse. Ew. Do not recommend.
  6. There are so many different options.
    Giving up meat doesn’t mean you live off of beans and tofu (blargh). Quorn does a huge range of meat replacements, and while they don’t taste exactly like meat, they do taste pretty good. Supermarkets also do their own version of meat replacements. So really, all you’re doing is taking the meat out of your current meals and changing it for the vegetarian version of itself. Also, if you like mushrooms, I recommend trying out recipes with mushrooms replacing meat. I actually often prefer that to fake meat!
  7. It won’t ruin eating out.
    If you’re worried about going out to eat, don’t! Most restaurants offer a really good range of vegetarian meals, and you’ll often find yourself trying something new. 
  8. I’ve started eating a little healthier.
    Mcdonalds, KFC, Burger King etc. are all off the menu! And in fact I’ve found myself craving more vegetables with my meals, and fruit as snacks, which is pretty unusual for me! 
  9. I love it!
    I wasn’t sure if I would find it difficult, as I plunged straight in at the deep end, no meat, no fish, no gradual introduction.  I haven’t found it hard, I haven’t really missed meat, I’ve discovered so many new recipes, and foods I didn’t know I would like. And I feel good about it!

Have you, or would you, try vegetarianism?

Have a lovely day,
Rosie x

Liebster Award Number 2

Liebster Award: Red Lipstick RosieI’ve been nominated for my second Liebster Award by the lovely Sorbet Sundays (big thanks and love to you!)! She was one of my nominees from my first Liebster Award, and has a really wonderful blog. If you haven’t checked her out before, go say hi to her! I’m extremely grateful to her for sending the nomination back to me, and really loved reading her responses to my own questions.

In case you’re not familiar with the Liebster Award, here are the rules:Liebster Award: The Rules - Red Lipstick Rosie

Part 1: Questions from Sorbet Sundays

  1. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
    Stop judging and be kind. I’ve never been a particularly bad person, but there were always judgmental thoughts in my mind. I trained it out of myself eventually, but I wish I’d done it sooner. I wish I could say ‘stop being so shy, be more confident’, but as I still feel like that now, I don’t think I could preach that to my younger self!
  2. What is your favourite beauty treat/indulgence?
    Oooh. I don’t know if this really counts as a proper indulgence, but every time I wash my hair I use a hair mask instead of conditioner. That probably sounds really lame, but I only wash my hair about once a week (it’s super long, and doesn’t get dirty/greasy in that time, don’t judge haha), so it’s really nice to use a treatment on it. I currently use Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle for long hair. My hair always feels so soft afterwards, even the ends – which are currently at my hips and haven’t had a trim in almost two years (oops).
  3. Who is your favourite beauty icon?
    I don’t really have a proper one, but I have huge love and respect for Bunny Meyer a.k.a. Grav3yardgirl. She taught me so much about inner and outer beauty. Plus she loves red lipstick.
  4. Do you have a clothing style, and if so, what is it?
    I wouldn’t know how to describe it! I like pretty dresses, floaty skirts, and worker boots. It’s kind of cutesy-indie-grunge (is that even a thing?!).
  5. What is your favourite makeup style?
    I suppose you could call it classic; red lipstick and winged liner. Quite 50’s. I actually don’t wear that much makeup, apart from the in-your-face lipstick.
  6. What is your favourite quote?
    “Have courage and be kind” – Cinderella. I also love anything from Charlie Chaplins speech in The Great Dictator. It’s an absolute masterpiece.
  7. What do you love and hate about blogging?
    I love the sense of community, most people are really sweet and willing to help each other out. It’s also a nice way to outlet and just ramble on about whatever I’m thinking. However, I am no photographer, and I really hate how unprofessional my photos look, and the way I have no idea what I’m doing when trying to take them.
  8. What is your favourite post you’ve written, and why?
    To be honest, I don’t have many posts yet, I’m still a newbie! So I think I haven’t written one that I love yet.
  9. Who/What is your favourite Instagram account?
    Ohhh this is a hard one! There’s so many I love, but one of my favourite’s is that of mummy/lifestyle blogger Constance Hall. She is an absolute Queen, she writes so honestly. Her Instagram is full of wise words and cute pictures of her gorgeous babies.
  10. What are your top 5 most played songs in your iTunes/music account?
    I don’t even know where to begin! Anything by Adele – she is incredible in so many ways. Lippy Kids by Elbow – probably my most favourite song ever, it’s like a lullaby for the soul. The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore by James Morrisson – I don’t know what it is about this song because it’s quite sad, but I love it. I Put A Spell On You by Nina Simone – jazzy, bluesy, empowering. Let Me Sign by Robert Pattinson – kind of a weird one, but his voice is nothing like you would imagine, and I love it.
  11. What do you daydream about?
    Getting married and having lots of babies. That and being a Disney Princess. Ha ha.

Part 2: 11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I love to sing, but only if I’m on a stage, or in my kitchen while no one else is home.
  2. I really really want to be a Disney princess. Preferable Rapunzel or Sleeping Beauty, but I’m not fussy.
  3. I’m a vegetarian as of March 2016 – I’m a newbie veggie, and I love it!
  4. I’m a real romantic.
  5. I cry at everything. Like seriously everything. Just ask my boyfriend.
  6. I’ve done a little bit of hair modelling (nothing professional), and I loved it! Would definitely do it again if given the opportunity.
  7. I did 3 years of sixth form because I was too scared to leave and go to college. I’m glad that I did though because that last year was the one that built up my confidence the most, and also without that time, I never would have got together with my boyfriend.
  8. I love thunderstorms, and the sound of the rain.
  9. I hate going out clubbing. It gets to 11pm (usually when you’re actually leaving to go out) and I start to wonder why I’m not in bed. What a grandma.
  10. I’ve never been outside of Europe!
  11. I always wear socks to bed.

Part 3: 11 Questions for My Nominees

  1. If you were a Disney Princess, which one would you be?
  2. What is your dream job/career?
  3. What is your best healthy living tip/advice?
  4. What is your favourite TV show?
  5. What is your dream holiday?
  6. Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
  7. What’s the best piece of advice anyone has given you?
  8. If you could only buy clothes from one shop for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
  9. What song always puts you in a good mood?
  10. If you could choose to meet anyone in the world (alive or dead), who would it be?
  11. What is your favourite lipstick?

Part 4: My Liebster Award Nominees

Again, huge love to Sorbet Sundays for nominating me for the Liebster Award, and I can’t wait to read my nominees responses!

Have a lovely day,
Rosie x

Celebrity Deaths

Celebrity Deaths2016 seems to be the year of an unprecedented number of celebrity deaths. So many legends have been taken from us already this year, and it’s only April. Some were fortunate enough to reach old age, but most were far too young to have passed. With David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Ronnie Corbet, Victoria Wood, and Prince to name a very few, their losses have been felt everywhere. However, while most people mourn these losses, I’ve noticed a very large number of people who seem to have the mindset of ‘who cares?’.

I find this extremely rude. Their excuses are ‘just because they were rich, people care’ ‘it’s only because they’re famous that you even know about it’ ‘people die everyday, get over it’ ‘they wouldn’t know or care if you died, so why do you?’.

The reason so many people care is because these celebrities touched their lives in some way. Whether it was through song, performance, or writing, they made a difference to someone, and its unacceptable to belittle that loss and emotion. If someone you know lost their mother, father, sibling, partner, child, or friend, would you really tell them just to’ get over it’ because ‘people die everyday’? I sincerely hope the answer to that is no. Imagine losing your own idol, whoever that may be. People do die everyday, and each of them is mourned by the people whose lives they touched, whether its family, friends, neighbours, acquaintances, students, or colleagues. People are affected. 

In the case of celebrity deaths, MORE people are affected. Because more people knew of them. More people appreciated their talent. More people saw the passion in their work. More people heard their message. More people are hurt.

So next time someone in the public eye dies, even if it’s not someone you were a huge fan of, appreciate the people who are hurting because of it. Support them, even if you don’t feel the same. It’s never ok to belittle someones emotions. And it’s never ok to belittle someones death.

Be kind.

Diary: Easter, Babysitting, & Vegetarianism

Diary: Easter, Babysitting, & Vegetarianism - Red Lipstick RosieHow can Easter have come and gone already?! The year is flying by, as usual. I hope everyone had a lovely Easter, regardless of whether you celebrate it, or just enjoy the long bank holiday weekend! I’ve not been one to celebrate it much; when we were kids we did Easter egg hunts with our grandparents (which of course, we loved), and while I was at a religious primary school I took it all very seriously. These days we exchange chocolate, but that’s about it. As you get older, it becomes more about the long weekend anyway! I spent mine with family.

I had to babysit my two little cousins – who are utterly adorable – which was something I was a bit nervous about. There’s something a little unnerving about being completely responsible for someone else children; despite the fact that I’m 22 years old, a fully qualified adult (ha ha) who has lived away from home, being in charge of caring for 2 small children makes me feel like a highly under-qualified child. Of course it was fine, it was only for a few hours, and they are very sweet and play nicely, but that’s just another factor to worry about! Children are so inquisitive, their minds always active and seeking stimulation. When there are two of them, you have to find a way to entertain both without one feeling bored or neglected (hats of to parents, you do this full time!). I actually really enjoyed myself, it’s so lovely when a child looks to you for comfort or reassurance, or just wants you to share in something they’re interested in. 

We went up to my grandparents to do an Easter egg hunt, as my sister and I used to when we were younger, which was lovely, helping them out with their clues. A lot of my extended family on my dad’s side were there, as an early celebration for my aunt’s birthday (as well as Easter), so it was nice to see and catch up with everyone. And the little ones got to run around with my younger brothers and baby cousin, blowing bubbles and enjoying the sunshine together. I also got to see my mums family; we all sat around having takeout, and talking. It was lovely.

My mum cooked the most amazing roast dinner the other day. I’m sure everyone thinks their mums cook the best roast, but my mum really does do the best one! We had roast lamb, which is my most favourite. However, my boyfriend has recently become a vegetarian (for over a month now), and I think I’ll be joining him. He’s wanted to do it for a couple of years, and finally thought enough is enough. And I agree with his motives, it does seem wrong that we kill animals for food, and while once upon a time that was a means of survival, the worlds a different place. So my conscience can’t take it much longer. I don’t want to be one of those people that pushes their ideals onto other people, so I will not try to persuade anyone to do the same, and won’t judge people for continuing to eat meat. It’s a big thing to give up when it’s such a staple part of everyone’s diets. Luckily, there are so many alternatives like Quorn (which thankfully I actually like!), and I love vegetables anyway. So in the next few weeks, I’m going to cut meat out from my life. I’ve already started collecting recipes for it (a weird hobby of mine), and I’m actually looking forward to it. There will be things I’ll miss (like the aforementioned lamb – sadly no meatless alternative to that one)[EDIT: I have since discovered that you can in fact get lamb replacements, along with a whole host of other meat replacements I didn’t know about, from Quorn! Thanks to Motherhood IRL for the info!], but I can still have so much, meatless sausages, chicken (which is actually really good!), and mince. And I can still have my mums best roast dinner, just without the meat, and that’s not so bad.

I hope you’ve had a lovely week,
Rosie x

 

Diary: Fires, Walks, & People

Diary: Fires, Going for a Walk, & People - Red Lipstick Rosie

I haven’t been feeling well for the past couple of weeks. I’ve mostly wanted to stay in bed all day and drink tea, cosy and safe. Sadly that’s not practical, nor very productive.

Lyme Regis - Diary: Fires, Going for a Walk, & People

Lyme Regis

Last weekend I went to see my dad’s family; it was really nice, the weather was beautiful so we went to Lyme Regis for a walk along the beach and some ice cream. It was almost warm at times, with the sun shining down, however as it was the sea-front, naturally it was a bit windy. And the wind was like ice! Lyme Regis is beautiful, it’s one of my favourite beaches. If you’re ever in the area, I would recommend it. And as it was Mother’s Day last weekend too, my mum’s family all came up for a Sunday roast, which was lovely. 

 

I managed to set fire to my bedroom this week… Maybe that’s an exaggeration. A candle exploded on my chest-of-drawers, and set fire to it. I managed to run downstairs, grab a towel, run it under the tap and run back up and put the fire out. But my goodness did it scare me! I was shaking and crying, and nothing had really happened. It could have been so much worse though; I know you’re not supposed to leave candles unattended, and I didn’t, but if I’d left it even for a few minutes, it could have spread. It did worry me though, the candle was in a glass holder specifically for candles. I think the candle burnt too low and the glass got too hot. It’s frustrating because I adore candles, I like the scents and the light-affect, but now I’m wary of them.

The weather has been improving, spring is coming! I have very mixed feelings about the weather getting warmer, I don’t like being cold, and I don’t like the dead-looking trees. I love blue skies, and greenery, but I don’t fare well in the sun. I get too hot and dizzy very quickly, and burn so badly. As long as I’m warm enough, but not passing out, not burning, and able to see a pretty view then I’m pretty happy.

Diary: Fires, Going for a Walk, & People

A bench with a view.

Seeing the sun out now, and seeing the leaves starting to bud on the trees makes me feel better. I need to go outside more, so I’m resolving to enjoy the beginnings of spring by going for a walk everyday. Even if it’s just down to the local park, or the shops, I should do it. Ross and I went on a lovely little walk up a big hill in town that has beautiful views of the whole town. It reminded me I like to go walking, as long as it results in a sit-down with a good view.

One of my boyfriends friends recently came back from a year of travelling around America, and this weekend he set up a mini exhibition at one of the local pubs of his photography from his time there. I personally knew almost no one that was going to be there (a socially awkward persons nightmare), but I’m really glad we did go. It was a nice relaxed evening in the beer-garden, Ross got to catch up with his old friends, and I got to laugh at their shared memories. Plus, the photography was truly phenomenal, really beautiful stuff, real and full of stories. I struggle in social situations, especially those where I don’t know anyone. Actually I struggle in most situations that involve other people. Negative interactions have reinforced my fears over time, and this event was a nice reminder that not all interactions have a negative outcome.

I hope you had a lovely week,
Rosie x

Singing: Can I Really Sing?

Singing: Can I Really Sing? - Red Lipstick RosieThe doubt is always there. Can I really sing? I’ve been doing it a long time, but that doesn’t mean I’m any good. I suppose it’s a subject of opinion, and my own opinion is no. I’m not really very good.

I can sing in tune (most of the time), I know that much. But does that make me good? Not particularly. There’s so much more to it than that. I have a lot of training, and as a result I employ a lot of techniques and emotions when I sing, but that still doesn’t mean that when I hear a recording of my own voice I don’t cringe and immediately think I should never sing again. I started singing because I wanted to, I continued because I enjoyed it, I pursued further training because I needed it. I’m not sure I could ever have enough training, because the voice is something that changes and needs to be honed. 

But for my voice, there’s only so much technique can do; the rest is what I was born with. The tone of someone’s voice is the most personal and individual part, and while it can be improved, the foundation of it will always be the same. And I hate mine. Every time I hear my own voice I feel unbearably embarrassed that I ever thought it was acceptable for me to sing in public. To me, my voice sound childish and forced, and for lack of a better word, ‘yucky’. There’s so many singers I’ve come across in my life that have had little or no training, and their vocal abilities far surpass my own. It’s a source of wonder and envy for me, that these lucky people have needed nothing more than their natural talent to be wonderful. Although I must be clear, I don’t mean to say that these people haven’t worked hard. And then there are those who have had a similar level of training to me, and who are still a hundred times better. It’s frustrating.

I am a very self-critical person, especially when it comes to singing, I analyse every wobbly note, every moment of bad diction, every time I use the wrong technique, every time I use the wrong emotion. I want it to be perfect, and it never is. Unfortunately, this outlook does not help my confidence in the matter, doesn’t make it any easier to appreciate what I have. I often wonder what made me think I was ever good enough to go away to college and train,why I ever thought I was good enough for a career in singing, when I really don’t think I’m a good singer to begin with.

Perhaps I’m comparing myself to others too much. Everywhere you go, all over the world, there are wonderful singers. There were better singers at school, better singers at college, and better singers making careers. But as with most things in life, there’s usually someone doing it better than you, and it doesn’t mean you should give up. I struggle to believe anyone who’s ever complimented my voice, because I’ve heard it, and it ain’t pretty. And any time someone has said that I’m not a good singer, it has reinforced my own opinion. Who knows if I’m right or not, who knows if I really can’t sing or not. Opinions are subjective.

Self-doubt is a terrible thing, and I have plenty of it. But I think if you asked all singers ‘do you think you can sing’ and ‘do you like your voice’, a lot more than you think would say no. And not because they’re being modest, or because they’re looking for attention, but because they really believe it. There’s nothing wrong with knowing your own abilities, being confident, and saying yes, I can sing. But not all of us believe that to be true. Not all of us are confident. And that’s ok.

I’ll keep singing, because I enjoy it. I’ll still pursue it, because I enjoy it. It doesn’t matter that I don’t like my voice, because I do like to sing. And that’s all that really matters.

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women's Day - Red Lipstick RosieHappy International Women’s Day to all you lovely ladies out there. Today is about celebrating the women in your life and all over the world, be it your mum, sister, girlfriend, wife, grandma, aunty, friend, and of course yourself! 

Today’s society often teaches women and girls to belittle each other, to compete for attention, to have the most likes and followers or the prettiest face. While there’s nothing wrong with having those things, the world would be a much nicer place if we all empowered and supported each other in all our endeavours. 

Woman can – and do – achieve great things. We decide our own lives and fate. It is important we all choose our own paths in life, and help others around us on their own journey. You can be whatever you want to be, be it a scientist, hairdresser, doctor, chef, mother, customer assistant, teacher, traveler or entrepreneur, or every single one of those things, and more!  We women are amazing, and sometimes it’s difficult to remember just how amazing we are. Our bodies are capable of so much, and yet we are in control of what we do with it. We can be strong, we can be soft, we can be passionate, we can be protectors, we can laugh, we can cry, we can fight, we can forgive, we can grow an entire human inside us, we can follow our dreams, we can love, we can climb to the top, we can do anything. You are incredible. Don’t forget it.

Happy International Women’s Day x

February Favourites 2016

February Favourites 2016 - Red Lipstick RosieSo I’m a little late on my February favourites, but I’m silly and forgetful, and it’s only two days late, right?! February was a busy month for me, with a few trips, Valentines Day, my sisters birthday, and my boyfriend and I’s anniversary, there was a lot going on. This year is flying by, how is it March already? It really is true, time only seems to speed up as you get older. 

February Favourites 2016 - Red Lipstick Rosie: New Look Tan Boxy JumperThis month I’ve been loving a jumper I got from New Look at the end of last month. It’s described as tan, but to me it’s a dark mustard colour, and I love it. It’s such a great colour for the wintery weather we’ve been having, and goes with my plethora of burgundy and denim clothing. Also it’s oversized and comfy. I do recommend for only £7.99.

February Favourites 2016 - Red Lipstick Rosie: Eyeko London Fat Liquid EyelinerI also started using a new liquid eyeliner. I do not get on with liquid eyeliner, I just can’t get the hang of making smooth clean lines, not wiggly uneven marks that look like a 5-year-old did it. However, I’ve been using the Eyeko London Fat Liquid Eyeliner, and it’s making things a whole lot easier! It’s essentially like a marker pen, and I love it! Granted I’m still not great at getting the flick right, but a Q-tip works wonders for fixing that.

February Favourites 2016 - Red Lipstick Rosie: New Look Daisy BootsI’ve been wearing a pair of boots I bought a couple years ago a lot. They’re black with a cute daisy print on them, and look so good with tights and floaty dresses. I’m pretty sure they came from the teen section at New Look, but my feet are quite small (and actually getting smaller – I’ve gone from a 5 to a 4, and am now verging on 3.5?!), which is actually something of a bonus, because kids shoes are a lot cheaper!

February Favourites 2016 - Red Lipstick Rosie: Aussie Luscious Long Leave In ConditionerI’ve also discovered the magic of leave-in conditioner this month! I wish I’d picked some up years ago, I always thought it would make my hair appear greasy (probably due to a bad experience in my teens), but it’s like magic! I’ve been using Aussie’s Luscious Long Miracle Recharge Lightweight Conditioning Spray, and I’m in love. It makes my hair feel amazing, it smooths down the crazy frizz that is my ends, and it actually helps keep the curl in my hair. And it’s definitely not greasy!

February Favourites 2016 - Red Lipstick Rosie: Mac Ruby WooMy boyfriend got me my first ever Mac lipstick for Christmas. Yep, first ever! Obviously the only choice for colour was Ruby Woo! And it is beautiful. Also the smell reminds me of Cadburys mini eggs, which I love, and it’s super matte. My only complaint is if you try to reapply during the day, it get’s all chalky and clumpy and I hate that! I end up taking it off and reapplying which isn’t ideal. Still pretty though.

Also my boyfriend and I have a new-found obsession with cinnamon buns. I don’t know what made us start eating them, but now we can’t stop. Ross usually just eats them on the way home from the supermarket, but I wait till we get home and put them in the microwave for a few seconds. The icing melts and goes all gooey, which obviously improves the whole thing. 

So there concludes my February favourites. Here’s to March!

I hope you had a lovely month,
Rosie x

Liebster Award

Liebster Award: Red Lipstick RosieBig thank you to the lovely Roisin at Everythings Looking Rosie for nominating me for the Liebster Award! As a newbie it’s lovely to be supported in this way, and quite an honour. If you hadn’t nominated me, I would be nominating you! I wasn’t completely familiar with the award, but now I am, I’m extremely grateful! Here are the rules:Liebster Award: The Rules - Red Lipstick Rosie

Part 1: Questions From Everythings Looking Rosie

  1. How did you pick your blogs name?
    I’ve been wearing red lipstick since I was about 15, I wear it pretty much everyday, and have barely worn another colour since. As it’s essentially my signature look, I thought it would be an appropriate name!
  2. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
    Stop caring what other people think, and do what makes you happy. People are going to judge you and be mean, because that’s what people do. Find the ones who are kind and caring and hold on to them. And be one of those people yourself.
  3. What are 3 makeup items you could not live without?
    This actually works out very well for me, because as a general rule, I only use 3 items! A matte red lipstick (my current favourite is Mac Ruby Woo), concealer (I use Seventeen Staytime Concealer in Extra Fair), and mascara (I’m currently using Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Cat Eyes Mascara). This is my go-to unless I have more time (or just motivation) on my hands.
  4. Describe yourself in 3 words.
    Shy, sensitive, crazy. Yeah, that sounds about right!
  5. What is your guilty pleasure?
    Cheeseburgers. I love cheeseburgers.
  6. What’s your favourite post you’ve written?
    I think so far (because there haven’t been many yet) it would be my first post about singing (read it here). My singing journey is something very dear to me, and is something I’m continuing to work on.
  7. What’s your favourite makeup brand?
    This is a difficult one, I think at the moment I don’t strictly have a favourite at the moment (I haven’t found ‘the one’ yet!), but based on what is mostly in my makeup bag, I’d have to go with either Rimmel or Sleek.
  8. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    My absolute favourite place in the world is Grindelwald in Switzerland. If I could move there I would. It’s unbelievably beautiful, surrounded by mountains, the people are lovely, and the food is incredible. In the summer, the mountains are green and flowery, and its warm and sunny. But in the winter, its a real snowy wonderland. I love it there.
  9. What is your signature dish?
    I love to cook, I’m always looking for new recipes to try. But one of my best is a pasta dish, with chicken, bacon, peppers, tomato and mascarpone sauce, tortellini, and copious amounts of cheese. It’s really good (even if I do say so myself!). My mum and boyfriend loved it.
  10. What’s your favourite quote?
    Be kind.
  11. Your biggest pet peeve?
    Judgmental people and general unkindness. I can’t stand to see people judging others for their looks, life choices, career choice, sexuality, skin colour, size, or just anything. Live and let live. If it’s not hurting anyone, it’s none of your business. While everyone (including myself) has done at least one of those things in their life, it’s important to grow as a person and better yourself.

Part 2: 11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I went to a dance college for 3 years and I still can’t dance.
  2. I don’t like any sports. Not one (much to my boyfriends disappointment).
  3. When I was 12, I insisted on only wearing pink clothes (yes, really).
  4. When I was 16, I refused to wear trousers or jeans – skirts and dress only!
  5. I’ve never broken a bone, but someone did throw a rock at me and cut my head open when I was 11.
  6. I LOVE 40’s & 50’s style clothes and hair. 
  7. I can’t cope with anything gory or psychologically disturbing in any way – nightmares for weeks!
  8. I can only drink coffee if it’s mild, and full of copious amounts of cream and sugar. We’re talking about 7 teaspoons of sugar. Needless to say I don’t drink it very often.
  9. I love cheesecake, but only if it’s chocolate or vanilla, and I don’t eat the biscuit part. So actually I only like cheesecake filling.
  10. I always wanted to be in Downton Abbey.
  11. I have a mild obsession with fairy lights and candles. 

Part 3: Questions For My Nominees

  1. Where is your favourite place in the world?
  2. What is your favourite lipstick?
  3. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  4. What is your personal mantra?
  5. What is your one essential fashion item?
  6. If you could only shop in one clothes store for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
  7. What do you like to do in your free time?
  8. What’s your favourite movie?
  9. What are your handbag essentials?
  10. What is your favourite restaurant?
  11. Why did you start blogging?

Part 4: My Liebster Award Nominees

My nominees for the Liebster Award are:

Ramblings By Alisha
A Girl Of Some Importance
Little Blog Of Beauty
Ninz Beauty
Sorbet Sundays
Dolly Dowsie
Color U Bold

So thankyou to Everything’s Looking Rosie, and I can’t wait to read everyone else’s responses!

Have a lovely day x

Diary: Bowling, Swimming & Anniversary

Diary: Bowling, Swimming, & AnniversaryI went ten-pin bowling with some of my family for the first time in years, and I’d forgotten how much fun it is! We’d booked about 2 hours worth, and it flew by. We started with the sides/barriers down (like proper grown-ups) but after about half an hour of repeated gutter-balls, we sheepishly asked for them to be put up (we’re a talented bunch). I didn’t think I would be very good, and I’m not, but I was nowhere near as bad as I thought I would be! I even got a spare on my first go! Surprisingly, my boyfriend was not great at bowling to start with (sorry sweetie), and he’s usually good at everything. By the end of the game he had got the hang of it, and was actually pretty good at getting strikes and spares, but at the start.. Oh my. I honestly thought he was going to accidentally kill someone, he was so aggressive with the ball! He even managed to get it jammed on the other side of the barrier in the gutter. It was quite something. It was such a good laugh though, I haven’t been bowling in so long, I didn’t remember what I’d been missing. So I think this is going to have to be a more frequent thing.

We went swimming too, which again I’m really not very good at (are you noticing a pattern? Bad at cycling, bad at bowling, bad at swimming). I can swim, I’m just not a strong swimmer. And I always swallow too much water which makes me feel really sick and bloated. But it was such good fun, we went to a pool that had a lot of slides and rapids and so on, so I mostly felt like I was halfway drowning, especially on the rapids. I actually wore the Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colour, and it honestly didn’t budge, despite the fact I spent half my time there underwater! (Full review here). I want to swim more, a few times a week maybe, as I need to do more for my fitness. 

I’ve been trying out more green tea this week, and I found gingerbread flavour! It’s so good! I was a bit worried because when I opened the box it smelt like sage stuffing (not exactly what you want in your tea), and the teabag smelt like strong ginger. But once it was stewing it smelt amazing, ginger and golden syrup. And it doesn’t taste too bad either, it’s a vast improvement on standard green tea. I also tried apple, which is bearable, but not as good as gingerbread. Either way, I’m going to stick to drinking it, as long as I keep finding flavours I like. I’ve also been trying to eat more vegetables and less meat this week. I made a pretty good pasta dish, which will be going into my recipe book (I get a little obsessed with collecting recipes).

My boyfriend and I also had our 4 year anniversary on Sunday, so we had a nice weekend together. We went shopping to treat ourselves to a few little pieces, as we don’t really go shopping often, and then we went to Nandos. Nandos is sort of a staple restaurant in our relationship. I introduced Ross to Nandos when we were first dating, and once we moved to London, it became a regular thing for us. Since we’ve come back to Devon, we haven’t eaten there so much. In London, they’re everywhere, but in there’s only two Nandos in the whole of Devon, and that’s pretty much it until you get to Bristol. So in a fit of tradition and nostalgia, that where we ate. On Sunday we went to Teignmouth – somewhere we used to go for walks when we were first dating – and played adventure golf. It was really nice, but so so cold and windy! So we ordered pizza when we got back. It was a simple and sweet weekend together. I’m very lucky.

I hope you had a lovely week.
Rosie x

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