Quick Post – Blog Re-Brand

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It has been close to a year since I posted on the blog, and if you haven’t already noticed…I have made the decision to re-brand from TheGlowDown to Balm & Blyss – blog design makeover coming soon!

In the meantime, this is just a really quick post to get the blogger ball rolling again.

Recently something within my life has genuinely made me take a look at my own values and outlook, and what it is I genuinely want from life.

A quote that I have seen this week has kinda struck home with me that I thought would be cool to share…

“It’s not about wanting to escape life, but not allowing life to escape us”

This feels so true to my mindset at the moment! So in keeping with the quote, let’s see where life takes us!


ps. photo credit to my brother who took this amazing picture of the harbour in my hometown!

21 Gossip Girl Quotes To Live By

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First things first lets address the elephant in the room and lemme start with a huge-ass apology for going all MIA on you guys and seriously no real excuse here I just seem to have waaayyy lost track of my days and feel like I have been pretty busy! So to fill you in on life in general I start a new job in a week and a half and have been planning on redecorating my room and a ton of other things I can’t think of but yesssssssssy I’m super excited to start my new job!

So the post is pretty straight forward – it’s a way of me showcasing my love  PURE ADORATION for gossip girl. I have been watching it on Netflix and I have felt a real bond to it this time round, I swear I feel as though I’m a part of it and even sported a Blair-esque headband for one day!! And I’m so close to finishing watching it all and so I have kinda postponed watching series 6 (serious issues I know) so I can drag it out a lil longer.

And if you haven’t realised it, gossip girl is literally a hive of life quotes an advice to live by. Really. So I have decided to quote my fave GG words of wisdom and share them right here with you guys…be prepared to re-evaluate your whole existence and live life the only way possible (the GG standard of course)

1. You’d better not be selfish. A woman remembers.

2. Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It’s movement, design and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we’d like to be.

3. Earn the spotlight on your own merits. You’ll feel better.

4. Here’s my advice: Have a little faith, and if that doesn’t work, have a lot of mimosas.

5. If you go back with an uncertain heart, there will be drama and disaster for all.

6. Doing the right thing takes courage and strength.

7. Sex is meaningful, like art. And you don’t rush art.

8. I’m not a stop along the way, I’m a destination.

9. You don’t give up on the people you love.

10. Nothing lasts forever. And when one door closes, another one always opens. The only question is: Who’s waiting behind it?

11. People don’t tell you who you are. You tell them.

12. Things have a way of working out when you least expect.

13. Even when you’re not sure where you’re headed, it helps to know you’re not going there alone. No one has all the answers. And sometimes the best we can do is just apologize. And let the past be the past. Other times, we need to look to the future. And know that even when we think we’ve seen it all, life can still surprise us. And we can still surprise ourselves.

14. We always need a place to call home. Because without the people you love most you can’t help but feel all alone in the world.

15. No matter how far you run, you can never truly escape, everything catches up to you at the end and when it does, it usually kicks your ass.

16. Sometimes the only thing left to do is wrap your arms around each other one last time and then just let go.

17. There’s a difference between a great love, and the right love

18. If two people are meant to be together, eventually they’ll find their way back.

19. Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and where you want to be. And sometimes you have to venture outside your world in order to find yourself.

20. They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but what a difference a day makes.

21. Sometimes you have to allow yourself to be weak in order to grow stronger.


 And seeing as though this is a pretty lengthy post I will leave it here with the promise of being back to my regular kinda posting style!

Ps my fave quotes are no. 13 & 19 which ones are yours? Do tell!! ♡

Challenging New Year Resolutions

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So the title may read differently to what I’m about to actually say..but what I mean is that I want to challenge the stigma of New Year’s resolutions – for me anyway! No hate to people that make them every year, but this year something for me just kinda made sense about not making one. The past few years I would say I have accidentally not made any resolutions, or it’s been the same old ‘to lose weight’ or ‘be healthier,’ and come on – who hasn’t used the excuse of a new year and new diet to over-indulge a lil over the festive period?!

And I have to say this, but one thing I don’t really get is Facebook bombarding us with posts and articles telling us what girls in their 20’s should be making as resolutions. Maybe their intentions are all good and innocent ( aside from the desire of going viral – but hey isn’t that sort of the point – yes..but no..kinda?) But in all seriousness where do people get off on telling others what is best to change about ourselves in the new year…not to sound like a serious pessimist here ( I am totally being a realist ) but isn’t it just setting people up with unrealistic expectations? A resolution at best should be something personal and something you want to work on, not something plucked from a list of what twenty-something-year-olds should or shouldn’t be doing!

I also see sooooo many girls saying ‘new year, new me,’ or ‘fresh start #2015!!’ but the truth is you don’t need a new year to make a new life or a new start. What I’m saying is..don’t get caught up in the high expectations of the promises we tend to make in the new year, live life free and with intention every day. Stay True. Set goals and work for them, whether they are daily weekly or monthly…

A lot can happen in a year…don’t wait for the new year for a new start – make that moment count, it’s a moment you can’t replace ♡


Happy Holidays x What I got..!

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Happy Holidays guys! So Christmas Day/Boxing Day and other celebrations are over and done with for another year now…butttttt its is New Years Eve yeey – which fyi is my favourite time out of the Winter hols! I am always so excited to make plans and how everyone is in good spirits for the New Year! And I totally love the film New Years Eve – one of those cheesy-but-you-still-love-it kinda films that’s a must this time of year!

So anyway I hope everyone has had an amazing time with friends and family, and as tradition goes for many bloggers/YouTubers – it’s time to share with everyone what they got as gifts over Christmas time! I absolutely love watching videos like this, I find them so interesting and sometimes find inspiration for gifts myself! So I have decided to do a quick post on a few of my fave bits I got this year – hope you enjoy!

 Xmas presents!

Nail Polishes – Michael Kors

Laguna Bronzer – Nars

Ambre Vanille Body Souffle – Laura Mercier

Hamsa Necklce – Thomas Sabo

Russian Hand Cream – Primark ( I think!! )

Labrador Mug – Emma Bridgewater

So I am super happy/grateful/lucky as I feel I am every year!! I don’t really get 1 main present, more just lots of nice smaller bits which I love and kinda prefer! There were mainly a mix of skincare – beauty – home bits which is perfect for me – seriously have enough body butters and cream to last the year ahead! Fyi the one in this picture has to be my favourite body cream ever, it smells divine and the scent really lingers – even when I put my dressing gown on every morning I can smell it from the days before! And I would love to hear what you guys got this year too!

I hope everyone wherever in the world you are, has an amazing time tonight, may your New Year bring joy and happiness! And just one last little thought for the year..

Believe that anything is Possible

Find the best in others

Show others the best in you.