What is on my mind..

Mindful

I wanted to do a quick post here on TheGlowDown on how I feel my general outlook in life has changed over the past few months – and for the better. In a nutshell, I feel more calm, relaxed and positive about my future but mainly where I am right now in life.

I feel like time is far too precious to not go after what you want or to fret about outcomes that you can’t control or affect. I feel like too often we can get caught up in the small things (which can be totally understandable) but it’s about learning to let them go.

I am a believer in working hard and creating your own path in life, and in creating that journey, reflecting your personal attitude is key. And sure there will be the odd bump in the road but it’s the learning to accept, respond and move on that strengthens and reinforces your purpose.

And on one last note – I want anybody out there to know that giving in to negativity that may present itself to you in life is not weakness. Strive to do good and be passionate about what you believe in. Chanel your energy in to the life and surroundings you deserve – true happiness to me lies within being content within yourself in each and every moment.

TheGlowDown xx

Summertime & Scented Pieces

Summertime

So I know that it has technically been summertime for a while now (almost not believable here in the UK!) and we are nearly 3/4 of the way through another year, but I can’t help but feel summery and slightly smug as I head on a lil vacay on Monday!

Me and my best friend from Uni are heading to Montpellier for some summertime funtime! I am so excited as I have never been to the south of France before – and I am love with French culture and the language, and Montpellier looks so picturesque and full of historic buildings. Fyi this is the first time I’ve traveled with only a carry on luggage allowance – wish me luck!! There will definitely be a Montpellier post coming post vacay on TheGlowDown – so stay tuned!

On a different note, I’ve made a couple of purchases lately (and a couple of unsuccessful holiday purchases booo) that are home related/scented pieces. The first is a green fig room spray from Marks & Spencer that smells divine, and the sea salt scent candle from The White Company. I love the ambiance a candle creates but usually on a morning a candle isn’t so practical – so I quickly grab my room spray and give it a spritz!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend, it felt so good setting my out of office on Friday! I spent the weekend at Sea Fest – a local seaside festival (duh) and grabbing last minute pieces for my holiday.

Scented Pieces

[The White Company Sea Salt Candle & M&S Green Fig Room Spray]

Montpellier Essentials

[ Montpellier Essentials]

TheGlowDown xx

p.s. if anyone has any tips on amazing places to eat and drink, or must visit places in Montpellier please let me know below!

 

 

# Lately I’ve Been…

Lately I've Been

Okay lately I’ve been kinda off the blogging radar at TheGlowDown, and so in true list-loving-style here’s a quick-fire round up of what I have been doing lately…

♡ Watching Pretty Little Liars

♡ Work

♡ Gym

♡ Experimenting with raw vegan recipes

♡ Living Raw Til 4

♡ Badminton & tennis

♡ Dreaming of holidays to France – and now actually booked one eek!

♡ Picking up learning French again

♡ Weekend spent in Harrogate

♡ Getting passionate about things that matter to me

♡ Weekend trip to London

♡ Catching up on some reading

….Annnd phew! So many things to catch up on and lots more to come. I actually love writing recent things style blog posts on TheGlowDown (just thought I would spice it up with the ‘lately I’ve been’ title) so please let me know wht you guys have been up to lately too!

xx

 

 

Bedside Stylin’

Oooo I am totally loving home interiors & home styling – I have so many ideas I think I really oughta make a career out of it!! >>>New direction for TheGlowDown?! We’ll see!

My latest little style piece/life saver comes in the form of a wooden tray. Yep a wooden tray – pretty bae-sic. But it’s totally transformed my bedside table organisation…like literally everything feels so much more in place, its kinda crazy!

After spending hours looking through plenty of Instagram posts and pages on home interior design & home styling, I decided to have a shop around online for some bits and pieces – most have which have made it to my desk at work!! But this little tray caught my eye on HM.com which has ended up on my bedside table and I have never looked back.

Bedside Stylin 1Bedside Stylin 2

 Bedside Stylin 3 Bedside Stylin 4

Okay so the last pic isn’t of my bedside stylin’ tray but I have just started my Victoria’s Secret body mists that I got for Christmas – and thought how pretty they look on my OTHER bed side table!

So what do you guys think of TheGlowDown bedside stylin’ revelation?! Trust me – it’s the next big home styling thing…watch this space!!

Recent Things with TheGlowDown

Positive Vibes

Another week is nearly over – seriously still living for the weekends here at TheGlowDown!!

So I thought I would share some recent things/bits/pics from the long weekend which mainly involved food, and a day out with the girls – we decided to go somewhere different for a change and I definitely appreciated it! And I love these kinda lifestyle posts, I find so much inspiration from other lifestyle blogs and definitely want to create that kinda vibe here on TheGlowDown!

Also this week I have really started to feel as though I’m getting more organised, I still want to invest in a really sturdy, good quality diary so if you guys have any recommendations let me know – I love writing things down I’ve never really used my phone as an organizer – only for the odd note or too! I’ve definitely been making lists here there and everywhere (not so organised right…) of my daily to do’s, health food shopping lists and a few lil payday treats!

Anywayssss I hope you have all had a lovely week – I’ve finally started reading The Secret and definitely feel more aware of my thoughts and the kind of vibes I give off on a more subconscious kinda level. I think I’m gonna really love the book, I think it has something that everyone can take from it and apply to their own lifestyle – even if you don’t agree with it all. I think it’s definitely worthy of a blog post when I’m done reading it so keep tuned! xx

Banana Pancakes

[The most beautiful banana pancakes ever. Made by me!]

Girls in Whitby

[Me & my beautiful friends in Whitby]

Me & Jordan

[Me & Jordan]

Georgia & me & Rosie

[Georgia & Me & Rosie]

Bread Loaf 1

[Homemade bread – made by my brother]

Bread Loaf 2

[…because 1 piccie doesn’t do it justice!!]

Healthy Blueberry & Yogurt Treats

Healthy Blueberry & Yogurt Treats1

Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits and actually one of the healthiest too! So when I stumbled across a post on Facebook about making some healthy blueberry & yogurt treats I couldn’t resist!

This recipe – which is so simple you can barely even call it a recipe! Calls for just two ingredients: blueberries (duh) and fat free greek yoghurt – simple recipes = totally approved of at TheGlowDown!

Blueberry & Yoghurt Treats Prep

Blueberry & Yogurt Treats Prep2

Healthy Blueberry & Yogurt Treats

>> Using cocktail sticks, dip your blueberries in to your fat free greek yohurt – making sure to coat they am evenly as possible.

>> Place on a tray lined with baking parchment.

>> Once you have filled your tray/used up your blueberries, place the tray in the freezer and leave for 2 hours

>> After 2 hours you can take the tray out of the freezer, and place your blueberry & yoghurt treats in a sealable bag or container

>> Enjoy!!

I kept mine in a freezer bag for ease, and reach for them usually once I’m home from work and feeling a lil peckish before tea or before I head to the gym. They are pretty cold to eat straight from the freezer (…) so I like to take them out of the freezer and leave on the counter side for 5 mins if I can. They almost taste ice-cream-like! I definitely think I’m going to try these with raspberries and strawberries next!

So let me know if you guys try these healthy blueberry & yogurt treats or have other healthy recipes & ideas for me to try!! I’ve definitely got a couple more healthy food ideas coming up on TheGlowDown over the next couple of weeks so make sure to keep checking!

I hope everyone has a lovely long weekend xx

May Must Haves: Home Edition

Hold the phone (is that the right saying?!) how are we are halfway through May already?! I think I’ve mentioned before that May is a funny month for me, it always brings back memories of school/college/uni when it was deadline/exam time. Yuck. Let’s not go there. But we are one step closer to the summer months!!

And lately I have become a little obsessed with home interiors and design and have been dreaming up the perfect wishlist of decor, colours and styles for when I decorate my own place (one day!) I feel like my taste in interiors has definitely changed recently – and definitely for the better! I would probably say that it has evolved as my own personal taste has changed and I guess I have matured (a little!) over the past year or so to bring me to this kinda style state of mind.

So once again, I have taken the effort out of shopping around and created a collage/moodboard of perfect home interior accessories!

Home Accessories

XOXO print

Industrial lamp shade

Zig zag cushion

‘Z’ Alphabet mug

Tripod stand lamp

Vase

Seychelles room spray

Seagrass basket

Grey knit throw

Really loving white and grey tones with a hint of metallics – clean finishes but complimented with natural materials. Again this kinda Nordic/Swedish inspiration that I did a post on before with a few room inspiration pics! Also I have a board on Pinterest (clearly it has more pins than any other board on my page!) that is dedicated to my new fave thing  – home interiors and design!! Seriously considering looking in to a career in it!

I’ve also slowly started to build up styling pieces for my desk at work and adding lil bits here and there to make it more personalised! I’m seriously loving H&M for their home pieces – I am going to do an upcoming post on my bedside organisation and my desk workspace so watch this space!!

Ooo also on a completely (or not so) un-related note, I have created a new e-mail account for TheGlowDown Blog! (Erm why didn’t I do this sooner?!) It’s zoe@theglowdown.com so feel free to get in touch! Also keep up to date and follow TheGlowDown Blog on Facebook and Twitter – as always I love hearing what you have to say and keeping up to date with things via social media!

This week has zoomed past and I’m looking forward to some well over due retail therapy, hope evryone has a lovely weekend! xx

A lil Weekend Recap

Bank Hol Weekend

Because who doesn’t love the weekends?

Okay I feel yaaa sistaaaass who work in retail ( this was me not so long ago!! ) and now I am totally guilty of living for the weekend. Yep. Come 4.30pm on a Friday I am totally lovin life – although you will probably catch me having an early night anyway!!

So last weekend I had one of the best bank holiday weekends I’ve had in a while! I spent Saturday in Leeds, enjoyed a prosseco cocktail in one of the coolest bars ever ( I felt so SATC ) and Sunday night was spent at my cousin and his fiances engagement do – I have seriously never had SUCH a good time at a family party before!! Ooo I also received my first graze box on Saturday too which I have loved!

I also spent Monday day with my brother and sister and had a lil look round town, and then went for lunch which was really sweet – literally. We shared a cookie pizza for desert which was amazing and the waiter was really nice too – I’m a sucker for  good service it can make such a difference!

 

Prosecco Vivant

[Prosecco Vivant @ Angelica’s, Leeds]

Graze Box

[My first graze box!]

Cookie pizza 1

Cookie pizza 2

[Amazing cookie pizza]

I totally appreciate a bank holiday weekend now I don’t work in retail – a 4 day working week yes please!! And I love reading blog posts on what other people have been up to and what cool places they eat out in. I’m definitely going to try do more posts like this (and probably end up being one of those really annoying people who takes pics of food all the time!!)

Chow for nowwww xx

 

 

What’s in my Work Bag

Zara Backpack

I’m not sure this is actually a thing but I decided to mix it up a little and instead of just your reg. ‘what’s in my bag’ post, I thought I would give you guys a nosy in to my work bag – which is actually a backpack!!

Butttt…before you’re all thinking ew a backpack – how can a backpack look good?! I was so with you on this and felt like 1. backpacks are for school and 2. that I wasn’t cool enough to pull off the whole backpack look anyway. So why did I end up with a backpack?! It’s kinda simple – I bike to work and need something that’s safe and handy (should that be hands-free!!) that was still stylish and could fit my lunch in <<< most important factor!!

Anyway so I stumbled across this backpack in Zara a couple of weeks ago and I knew I had found the one!

Its a faux leather, black (of course) quilted backpack. I love the shape of this and I love the fact it’s secure and zips shut, and has adjustable shoulder straps.

Nowwww for the fun bit >>> what’s in my bag?!

What's In My Bag

1. A Water bottle = essential

2. Work lanyard/fob

3. Lipbalms <<< I’m all about the lipbalms and I seriously have to carry like a minimum of two!!

4. House keys – of course

5. Pair of glasses for my computer screen

6. The most amazing Moschino sunglasses (did I mention how much I love sunglasses?!)

7. Purse

8. Makeup bag

9. Hand sanitizer

10. Back comb brush – ya’know

11. Pen

12. Cute lunchbox!

13. iPhone duhh

14. Headphones

>> Don’t mind the numbers – they’re completely not in any kinda order!! I love these kinda posts – I am soooo going to do another one on my everyday kinda handbag! My work bag pretty much stays the same. I have locked drawers at my work desk so I keep things like my diary and a notebook there to save on carrying them about everyday!

What are your work bag essentials? I seriously love nosying!!

 

17 Things To Do On a Saturday Night

Saturday Nights

Saturday nights to me are mainly a night that I spend in now, and I kinda love it. That’s not to say I don’t go out to eat, or go for drinks and socialize anymore, but gone are the Saturday nights where it felt like a total waste if you didn’t go out – quite the opposite feeling now!

So I decided to come up with my fave 17 ideas for a cute/fun night in with either your bf or your bff or both!

  1. Play a board game. Seriously. Articulate and the Would I Lie To You board game are my two faves. A game of Monopoly doesn’t go a miss either
  2. Go out, buy a couple of lottery tickets or scratch cards and write out your bucket list – dream of all the things you would love to do if money was of no value
  3. Grab some cheese, some crackers, a slate serving board, a couple of glasses and some wine, and have the perfect cheese and wine night
  4. Toast some marshmallows over tea-lights, or if you’re feeling brave, over an open fire.
  5. Drive to a scenic spot – I live on the coast and love parking up along the south side of the beach. Take blankets, even pizza if you’re feeling hungry and chill out with friends/bf and watch the night sky. If there are benches or places to sit, why not wrap up in your blankets and get cosied up al fresco? (Get your minds out of the gutter…not cosied up like that)
  6. Mix it up. Literally. I’m talking making up your own drinks and cocktails. Go out and buy a few different juices and spritzers, or use what you have in already, and add to your fave liquor
  7. Make up your own game. I always make up silly lil games to play for fun and always end up having a laugh, and maybe even getting a lil competitive (my game, my rules right?!)
  8. Pick a Spotify playlist from the mood or chill section and let it play uninterrupted – no song skipping! Chill/make dinner/get cosy…whatever takes your fancy
  9. If you have your own outdoor space, set it up to watch the sunset or stare at the night sky. We have a swinging seat in the garden and I love summer nights when you can grab a blanket, light some outdoorsy candles,  pour a couple of drinks and just relax – no tv, no noise – just perfect.
  10. Make your own desert sundae. Get some ice-cream or frozen yoghurt and throw in whatever you fancy…chocolate, fruit, sweets, some meringue – simply share and eat!
  11.  Get organised. There’s nothing to stop you from clearing out and getting in an organised mindset on a Saturday night. Whether it’s your wardrobe, bedside table, or maybe the home office – we can all benefit from a lil revamp once in a while
  12. Two words – treasure hunt. Pick the treasure (sweets/chocolate/a new dvd) and layout some written clues to help guide you to the treasure
  13. Make your own quiz. 20 questions..a Mr&Mrs style quiz..anything really!
  14. Dress up for at home dinner. Make a lil effort but don’t leave the house! Even grab an M&S two dine in for £10 and make it real simple. Just dress as though you are eating out in your local swanky restaurant
  15. Have a Netflix series marathon – or choose a film that you have never watched/heard of before
  16. Take a hike…or just walk!! I think so many people underestimate the fun you can have just walking and the benefits it has! When I was in Melbourne I loved going out at night and walking and exploring around where I lived – it was seriously one of my favourite things to do, and still is now I’m back in my hometown
  17. Hide and seek. Adult hide n seek = best thing ever!!

Saturday Night Chillin'

Some Saturday night inspiration for you guys!! No-one should never have the excuse of being bored/not wanting to spend the night in anymore!! These things are low cost or free so seriously, anyone can do these any night of the week.

I would love to know your guys ideas on what you do on your Saturday nights spent in?!

Hope you all enjoy the weekend!!

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