Making My Weekends Instagram Free

Friday, 7 August 2020 Birmingham, UK



When Instagram all kicked off, it was 2013, I was about 19 and genuinely thought it was just a cool little app to put a filter on your photo before you made it your profile picture of Facebook. LOL. I didn't really understand what followers were and I defiantly didn't know they could see the photos I'd edited! The idea of making my weekends Instagram free, was I thought that didn't even enter my mind.

Then I finally used my eyes and saw it was a new Social Media Platform, for people to share photos of their bffs, or lunch. I loved it, I had a solid 275 followers, who I knew personally and was over the moon with 3 likes. I would slap on the Valencia filter and ironically hashtag it #nofilter and felt like an absolute pro.

Then, one night we were sitting in our local pub, and an old friend showed me this girls account. I can't for the life of me remember the account name but I remember how her feed looked. Pink, bright whites, fashionable and perfect. It blew my mind. Naturally I followed her and went on the hunt for more of these beautiful accounts. I dreamed of being able to make something similar but had 0 confidence or clue where to start. So I carried on as I was just enjoying my little self.

As the gram became more popular, I started to understand these accounts and started to try to get my head around how they created their content. Fast forward to 2020,  I'm still getting my head around it but my love for it has massively grown. I know that I am by no means a big account, but I cherish my followers and really grateful they take an interest in my little corner of the web, but I have found since lockdown, that i'm constantly playing catch up and don't really know where I fit in. I follow some truly beautiful feeds, and long for the day mine will look like that. But while i'm doing all this admiring, it also makes me feel really let down by my own content. Like what i'm creating isn't good enough and kind of losing who I am. I cannot tell you how jel I am of those people who have had their preset sorted for years, don't feel like a plonker in front of a camera, and understand how clothes work!




Every one says the first thing you have to do is find your niche. Well, I have absolutely no idea what mine is and I sometimes start to beat myself up over it, before I tell my self to calm down, its not your job, its something you do to express yourself and let your creativity free. I've found recently, with my screen time massively increasing due to being stuck at home, that while I love absorbing all this different type of content, sometimes I get so wrapped up in what the "perfect feed" should be, I end up hating mine and seem to forget that Insta isn't reality. As a creative person, hating your work isn't really helpful, so I decided to start making my weekends Instagram free. This was a way more positive move than I thought it would've been. I had these 2 days where I stopped obsessing over my feed, where I stopped getting down over wether my edit looked as good as hers. It allowed me to come back Monday with a fresh wave of motivation to make some content I enjoyed, and a fresh eye looking at my stuff. Its helped improve my mood, which has really taken a hit in these last 13 weeks, its pulled me out of my little phone hole that we all get sucked into from time to time and allowed space for me to enjoy things purely, instead of thinking how it will look in a story. But also it's helped with my headaches. I've been getting more than usual which I've been putting down to not drinking enough and also feeling slightly (a lot) anxious every now and then, but having these 2 days where I've downed my phone, its really helped ease those too.

If someone had suggested, pre lockdown, making my weekends Instagram free, I'd have legit ignored them. How could I get through a day without scrolling through pretty pictures?! But its been so much easier than I thought it would be, and honestly, I live by the motto - if something isn't making you happy then you shouldn't do it. So if you're having insta wows, and not really sure where you're supposed to fit in or what content you want to be making, take a few days off to collect your thoughts and come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes and a positive outlook, and it will defiantly help.

Instagram should be a platform you enjoy using, and shouldn't be hard work, and that's exactly why I've been making my weekends Instagram Free.

I'd love to hear you opinions on this, please feel free to leave them in the comment below, or head over to my Instagram and send me a DM. If its not Saturday or Sunday, I'll get right back to you ;)

Thank you as always for reading,
Love Rosie xxx


Face Masks and Acne

Thursday, 23 July 2020 Birmingham, UK

Face Masks and Acne

Face Masks and Acne

Face Masks and Acne


With lockdown easing, face masks are fast becoming our go to accessory. Wether it’s a mandatory requirement while you’re shopping, or an an optional one while walking with friends, the face mask has become our new best friends. And while we can all be thankful to each each other for preventing the spread, I dunno about you, but my skin most definitely isn’t sharing the same excitement. It hates the mask. Skin and mask, not friends. 

And thus begins our new joyous conundrum of staying inside alone, with glowing, clear skin, or venturing back out into the wild, with a small population brewing under your mask. What a time to be alive! 

I’ve been searching desperately for some advice and tips on how to help ease this fabulous new skin condition, so I thought I’d share a few titbits that might help you too! 

Let’s start at the beginning; as I’m sure everyone knows, pimples are caused by pores getting clogged by excess sebum, makeup, sweat, dirt and bacteria. (Which is just grim to even write let alone think of going on on your face, but there we are.) Throughout the day, our skin cells usually shed, stopping the buildup getting clogged in our pores. So far, so good. Enter the mask. This is were it all starts to go wrong. The wearing of a face mask, hinders this process, and traps cells and grime. What. A. Treat. To add to this, some of us have been experiencing some beautiful weather lately. While this would usually help our blemishes, unfortunately now it’s causing us to sweat more under our masks, which is making the peeerfect moist (sorry) environment for the bacteria to go wild in. 

However!


Do not fear, treating face mask acne, or facne as I’ve decided to call it, is not as hard as you think. For anyone else who has experienced acne at its life consuming full, you’ll know how much working out it takes to track down your triggers. Food groups, dietary, water intake, chemical ingredients, the list is endless. However in this situation, we know what the trigger of our new friends on our cheeks and chin is. The mask. 

Something I do every night when wearing makeup, is double cleanse. But now weather I’ve dolled myself up or not, I double cleans to make sure my make residue has gone. I like to use an oil based cleaner first, such as this No.7 one, to lift and break away and makeup and grime from the day, following with more of a treatment cleanser, such as this on Bybi. I like to wipe all this off with a warm muslin cloth to ensure every last speck has gone, especially any SPF which has a cute habit of sticking around. My skin feels extra clean, but doesn’t feel stripped of any oils drying it out.

Next I like to use a gentle Retinol Toner. I’ve been using the Pixi Retinol Tonic for a while now, and I’ve never had a problem with it. It’s strong enough to encourage those pesky little spots to do one, but also not too aggressive causing my skin to purge. 
Follow with some calming and balancing products- When my skins are it’s worst, I use the Bybi CBD Oil,  which, with soothing benefits, helps calm breakouts and spots, while the hemp seed oil helps to regulate the skins sebum, keeping the skin niiice and soft. 

Now to moisturisers. Since the beginning of time, the idea of putting moisturisers on my broken out skin is not something I find natural. In my head, putting extra moisture into some of these angry spots doesn’t seem the best idea, and instead I should just leave them, but it’s still important to keep your skin moisturised. The creams I have be using have been a rotation of the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate, and a basic Nivea one. But recently I’ve actually been raiding my moms beauty draw and issuing some good old Astral Cream. Sometimes when my skins really bad, I try to use products which are safe for people who have suffered with skin cancer. My skin is actually that sensitive sometimes, so I know that will be gentle enough on my skin, and for a quick fix, Astral has really been the gold for me! 

So it seems the trusty face mask is here to say, so I’d advise stocking up on a few resealable ones you can wash after every use and keep fresh. Try to find some nice cotton or silk ones which are good quality, breathable, and soft.  It also goes without saying, that a reusable mask is much more sustainable, a much better option for the planet. Win! 

I hope this has helped you a bit, and I your face mask induced acne calms down asap!
If you have any tips of your own, please share them in the comments below, or DM me on insta

Thanks so much for reading, 
Sending clear skin vibes your way,
Rosie xxx

FOMU - The Fear of Meeting Up

Sunday, 12 July 2020 Birmingham, UK


Its crazy times we're living in now, and who'd of ever though FOMU- The Fear of Meeting Up, would ever be a thing?! Last week, many of our fave past times resumed and we could all go and get a fresh bouncy blow and show off our new locks with the girls over a gin in the pub. But is it really just that simple? Gone are the days of doing things due to FOMO, now a simple choice of 'do I go and get a coffee with the girls?' seems literally like a life and death question.

While many people seemed to have embraced this new way of life with open arms, I know there's definitely a few of us that still don't really have a clue what's going on. Personally I'm constantly stuck between "right lets embrace it. I'm gonna go shopping, I've got my mask, life is fine" and "I never want to leave the house again', and social anxiety seems to have reared its delightful little head just to add to the whole FOMU effect.


I thought I'd put together a little list of a few things if you, or anyone you know is going through FOMU...


1. Everyone has had a completely different experience of lockdown, some of us have been the key work heroes, who've kept us going, some of us have taken working from home as a whole new challenge and smashed it, and some of us have simply had to take one day at at a time. For these people, remember that social interaction might have been very much limited, so when inviting people out, don't take offence If they're unsure, or simply say no. Allow them to be honest with how they're feeling about the situation, other plans could be suggested that make you all feel more at ease.


2. Some people may feel more intimidated by big numbers, so maybe suggesting meeting just the two of you, or finding a number you both feel comfortable with. Plan your outing together, chose a location that will suit both of you, and create a plan together. This might alleviate any anxieties anyone has, having something set might reduce stress :)


3. When it comes to hand sanitiser, I dunno about you, but I can't get enough of the stuff. And I think most people have a similar mind set, but masks are a slightly different situation. Some people prefer not to wear one when they're out in an open space alone, some people like to wear theirs all the time, and some people like to wear theirs at only certain times. Whatever you group choose to do, you must do what makes you feel the most comfortable. Yes masks can look at bit intimidating and kind of goes against everything we've learnt about the social norms of covering our faces, but don't push your own comfort levels for anyone else.



These new just a few little musings I've been thinking about recently while I work myself up for 'The Big Outing'... whenever that is, and it seems to calm me a little so I hope it does you too.

If you have any tips or advice of FOMU- The Fear of Meeting Up,  please do leave them in the comments below, or pop over to my insta and leave me a message :)

Thank you, as always, for reading,
Stay Safe,
Love Rosie xxx

The Best Series on Netflix (According To Me)

Thursday, 9 July 2020 Birmingham, UK

The Best Series on Netflix According to Me


We've all tried to better ourselves and perfect a skill in lockdown, my skill has been navigating Netflix. Lemme tell you, I am an absolute pro! I mean, its not hard but don't take this away from me!

I know I've defiantly searched 'The Best Series on Netflix' way more than once, so I thought I'd compile my own little list for anyone who's bored of 2008 Eastenders episodes or The News, because I know I've watched more news than ever before, and its all just repeats of its self and just makes me angry...phaha!



The Best Series on Netflix (According To Me)


Gossip Girl

Now I'm sure most people will have watched this, and I have too. Three times intact. But I had to put it as number 1 on my list for these reasons: packed with drama, amazing fashion, Chuck Bass. Its 6 seasons long, which does mean its somewhat of a commitment, but it also means you have a trusty series to binge watch without having to find anything else for a good while! So much happens in each episode, and the storylines aren't dragged out, and are so far away from most of our realities, that its the perfect form of escapism. So if rich teenagers, strutting around NY causing havoc, and having all their dirty laundry hung out to dry, sounds a bit on you, this is well worth a watch.


The Crown

Okay, I'll give you that im late to the party with this one, if im honest I tried to watch it when it first came to Netflix, but I just don't like Matt Smith. Soz Matt :/ But I'm a huuuuge lover of The Royal Family and history, so I knew if stuck to it, I would love it. So I came back to it and I've been hooked ever since. Its definitely one you have to concentrate on as its quite political, and my boyfriend definilty knows the rule when I'm watching it... 'its a no talking show'. What I love about this, is because it based on true events, its like you're living in that era, experiencing history. You completely believe that Claire Foy is the Queen and is really walking around Buckingham Palace (Or at least I do anyway...) and that you're being let into a world that you couldn't only dreamed of. I've honestly learnt so much about our Royal family since I started watching this programme, I honestly couldn't believe there was so much I didn't know, which is why its in my list of the best series on Netflix.

When They See Us

When this came onto Netflix, back in May 2019, we jumped straight on to watch it and I was absolutely blown away by it. The story is heart breaking, shocking, maddening and incredible all at the same time. The cinimatography and performances are absolutely stunning, particularly Jharrel Jerome, who played Korey Wise. With the huge amount of attention that's on the BLM movement at the moment, and everyone trying to widen their knowledge and educate themselves further, this is a perfect series to watch. It really highlights the discrimination some people are facing every day due to the colour of their skin. Its unapologetic and shines a perfect light on the injustices of this case. It really moved me and and still plays on my mind today, I think its a must watch for everyone.

Hollywood

1950's Hollywood. The age of glamour. And that's exactly what this series oozes. It's a glimpse into the 50's Hollywood film scene with a twist. Though the plot and many of the characters are fictional, its based on a young ex-marine called Scott Bowers who owned a Gas Station, and she's a light on the unfair discriminations and systems on gender, race and sexuality that still exist today. It explores the idea of what would happen if a lady of colour was cast as an Oscar nominated lead, or the person with the power, who calls all the shots, was a woman, or a screenwriter was gay. It's a wonderful twist on the traditional telling of The Golden Age, and has you gripped from the start.
*I would just add, this is definitely an adult program!

The Sinner

There has been two pervious seasons of this, but I say that lightly. Every season is a different story, a crime that needs to be solved by Detective Harry Ambrose. The first season/story stars Jessica Biel, who gives an amazing performance, with a storyline to match. The second season for me, was slightly weaker, still fab, but the first was just so good. The crimes basically have to be solved backwards, which means whenever you think you've cracked it, another curveball is thrown your way, so you're constantly left guessing. A third season has just come out, and due to the fact the stories are unrelated, you'd deffo be able to start on the third season and not be confused as to what's going on.



So there you have it, The Best Series on Netflix (According To Me).  I hope this has helped give you some ideas of what to watch next, and I'd love to hear what you're currently loving on Netflix! Feel free to share it in the comments below or message me on Insta.

Thanks for reading,
Love Rosie xxx

First Impressions of Azure

Monday, 29 June 2020 Birmingham, UK

*Contains Gifted Products, First Impressions of Azure.


Last week, Azure got in touched and asked to send me a few of their new products to try out. Now, I dunno about you, bu I've slightly neglected my hair during all this. my attention was needed for so many other things, that unfortunately the old do had to take the back foot. All I've really done is slapped on a bit of Moroccan Oil and hoped for the best, so as you can imagine, my locks aren't at their best. So when Azure got in touch, I literally jumped at the chance. And I mean literally. I'm pretty sure I caught air. But anyway...

The 3 step routine I was sent includes a shampoo, conditioner and a mask, that all target split ends and damaged hair (side note, does anyone else always think of the line "its true! Kelly has split ends!!' from Mary-Kate and Ashley Passport to Paris? Or just me...?) which was EXACTLY what I needed. I have extremely fine hair, so I'm open to try anything to help!!

I used the three step in order, shampoo, mask, conditioner, in the bath and honestly, my hair has felt clean, weightless and shine for days! it doesn't feel dried out even though I used heat after and though I know my damaged ends are still there, they are deffo less visible.

What else I love about this brand, is that Azure is a Planet friendly beauty range, its vegan and cruelty free and its packaging is made form 100% sugar cane, grown sustainably in Brazil and is completely recyclable!

Available in Boots now at a really affordable price, If your hair needs a bit of salon quality TLC without breaking the bank, I'd highly recommend you go and give it a look!!


Thanks, as always, for reading,
Rosie xx


Skin Care Sundays: Lockdown Loves

Sunday, 14 June 2020

When lockdown kicked off, everyones skin seemed to simultaneously go into melt down. We all went from a religious routine of skincare and makeup layered on perfectly, to not being completely sure if we'd showered today or not.

My skin was already in a bit of a state pre lockdown - I blame too many layers of thick makeup under stage lights all day, and not enough sleep! - so I was kind of glad for a good excuse to let my skin go au natural for a week or two (pha! if only it was a week or two!). I continued the same routine I'd been previously been using, and if anything my skin got worse *sob* my diet had changed, my sleeping pattern was none existent and my anxiety had started to rear its ugly little head. So I did, what I always do when my skin try to tip me over the edge; have a little cry, raid the treat cupboard and sulk for the day. Then I take to the skincare draw and see what goodies I can find.

I stripped my products right back, literally using an oil and a moisturiser am and pm. The oil I opted for the was the BYBI CBD Booster, and some proper old school Astral cream. This was a huge success at first, and really helped to settle my breakout and get some much needed moisture into my parched skin, but soon my skin just became over congested and that produced its own fresh batch of spots. So stopped using them, took to the internet and found some products to sort all my problems out...for now at least. so I thought I'd take you through my two lockdown loves...

The first thing I purchased was the Paulas Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. I brought this in a travel size, as it was quite pricey and I didn't want to risk it not working and being poor, but its still quite a good size. You only need a few drops of this, so even though I have the small bottle, it will last me a good while. When I first swept it across my face, I did notice a small amount of stinging but nothing too abnormal for an acid and nothing too strong. The next morning, my skin was noticeably different. my pores were smaller, my lumps and and bumps seemed to have gone down and my redness was defiantly reduced. After only a few nights worth of use, my skin was glowing and people were complimenting it, which has never happened in my life. Ever. This is now most defiantly going to be a permanent fixture to my routine, and I would definitely recommend it if your skin is struggling with congestion!!

My second was something I have actually used for a while but had run out of. The Ordinary Peeling solution has been a long time staple in my skincare routine. I tend to do it once a week as my skin is super sensitive, but I do find even just once is enough to have a positive effect on the old face. My skin always feels so fresh and soft after using it, and similar to the exfoliant, its strong enough that you know something good is happening, but also gentle enough that it doesn't irritate my skin.

Even just the addition of these two things into my routine has massively helped the appearance of my skin, and has given my some much needed confidence and that can only be a good thing!

I'd love to hear your recommendations on your current faves, so please share them below or head over to my insta and send me a DM.

Thanks for reading,
Rosie xx

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Thursday, 11 June 2020 Birmingham, UK





Like pretty much the whole of of the world, when   lock down started, I rolled up my sleeves and  unleashed my inner Mary Berry. I started off with the obvious; Banana Bread. It is a firm favortive In my family (i'm pretty sure people purposefully leave bananas to go mouldy as a hint for me to bake one...) so it was an obvious choice, you can find my recipe for that, here :).
Next came as many types of cakes as you can think of, Lemon, Black Forest, Biscoff (nom!) until on top of everything else going wrong in the world, a flour shortage was thrown in our faces. Cheers 2020!

We will had some plain flour kicking around in the cupboard so I turned my hand to some new recipes, and broadening my baking horizons. I also decided that baking cakes wasn't enough, so I borught some instant yeast to try and make pizzas from scratch(with huge success, step aside dominos).

So I was left with plain flour and 6 packets of yeast. And as much as I love a pizza, aint no one gonna be making and eating 6 pizzas in a week! so I had a think of what I could make using both the flour and yeast, that was relatively easy and also a taste sensation.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls * insert firework display and fanfare trumpets for effect *

You Will Need:


For the Dough

2 3/4 Cups Plain Flour
3 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Packet of Instant Yeast
1/2 Cup Water 
1/4 Cup Milk
2 Tablespoons Unsalted butter
1 Egg

For the Filling

1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter at Room Temp
2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

For the Glaze

1 Cup Icing Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2-3 Tablespoons milk

Instructions


1. Over a low heat, heat the butter, flour and water together until the butter is melted. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, salt and yeast, then slowly add the melted butter and egg and knead for 3-4 mins, until the dough is no longer sticky. lift the dough out and lightly grease the bowl (I use a few sprays of fry light) then set aside to rest for 5 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. But remember to turn it off just before placing the buns in.

3. Lightly flour a surface and rolling pin and roll your dough out into a rectangle. Using the back of a spoon, or spatula, anything you can get your hands on really, spread your room temp butter over the dough. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the dough, making sure the whole surface in covered equally. Then start to roll your dough tightly and cut into about 9 little buns. Place them tightly packed into a lined baking tray or dish and cover them with tin foil.

4. Place the tin in the oven (with the oven off!) to prove for 20 minutes. Then keeping the buns in the oven, remove the foil, whack the oven onto 190 degrees and bake for 15-20 until golden brown and yummy.

5. Mix the icing sugar, vanilla and milk together until smooth and once your buns are out of the oven, drizzle straight on top.

6. Demolish.

You can eat these hot or cold, but nothing beats them fresh from the oven!

This all takes roughly 45 minutes in total, so its a really quick treat to rustle up when this rubbish weather starts to get you down. If you have any easy recipes, please do share them, apparently im Betty Crocker these days and can't resist a bake!!

Thank you as always for reading, Happy Baking!!

Love Rosie xx



Easy Jam Tarts for a quick sweet fix

Wednesday, 18 March 2020



In times of stress and tension, the only thing that seems to help Is baking. And as a sweet treat junkie, I am absolutely okay with this! With the arrival of my lactose intolerant nephew, came the challenge of lactose free baking - so my sister could still eat all the goodies but not pass the lactose onto him while feeding. Her favourite sweet treat is a jam tart, so it only seemed natural to have a bash at whipping up a batch.

I've never really done any lactose free baking, so these tarts were somewhat of an experiment. Of course the recipe I'm going to post is standard, using dairy, but I'll also let you know how I edited it to suit us.



You Will Need...

1 Egg
65g Caster Sugar
250g Plain Flour
175g Butter
A dash of water
Jams of your choosing

Method 

1. Preheat the oven at 160 degrees and line either a 12 cup muffin tray, or baking tray (or in my case, both)


2. Cream your butter and sugar, until light and fluffy


3. Add the egg and mix. Slowly sift the flour into the mix, to form a dough.


4. sprinkle some flour over a clean surface and roll your dough to be about 5mm think. Using a round cutter, or a mug, cut out your tart cases and line them in the tins. For the square jammy dodger type tarts, simply use 2 squares, using the pad of you fingers, gently press a small dip in the bottom square for your jam to sit in. once you have places your top party on, use a knife or fork to seal the edges to keep the jam nicely tucked in.


5.Spoon a few table spoons of your chosen jam into a bowl and add a dash of water, and mix well. Spoon the jam into the cases so they're around 2/3 full.


6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are golden.


7. Resist temptation and allow too cool. It will be worth it!!




Edited Recipe and Method

1 Egg
65g Caster Sugar
350g Plain Flour
175g Plant Based Butter - I used Flora
A dash of water
Jams of your choosing

Everything about the method is exactly the same. the only read difference is that due to the oil in the butter, more flour is needed. This does give the pastry a slightly more biscuity, but that doesn't take away from the amazing taste!! I also upped the oven to 190 degrees and cooked them for roughly 20 minutes, but its really just about keeping me eye on them and bringing them out when they start to harden.

I hope if you give these little beauties a go, you'll find them as easy as I did, and im so sorry if leads to a minor addiction and they don't become a daily bake... which I'd be lying If I said hadn't happened to me!!

Happy baking, Thank You as always for reading,
Love Rosie xxx


Coronavirus and Me

Tuesday, 17 March 2020



**Disclaimer, I wrote this at 2am in the height of panic. It just proves the fact, writing things down, really does help! Xx


The dreaded C word. It’s everywhere. On the news, on social media, in our WhatsApp chats, in our heads... I for one know it’s been whirling around my little brain like a bee none stop, and no matter what I do to distract myself from it, I always just seem to end up in a little frenzy about it.
I know I don’t have a big following on here but none the less, I wanted to share my thoughts because if there’s one thing I’ve learnt through years of battling with my mental health, it’s writing things down can help solve the tangled web of anxiety that’s getting knotted up in your brain.

I started off this whole ordeal with a very naive mind set. “We’ll all be fine, it’s only the flu” safe to say, I am now terrified. I feel like I’m literally living in a film, and while one of my many aims In my career is to be in a film, this is NOT one I want to star in. To feel utterly helpless, uninformed and constantly worried is a strange feeling. While it gives me peace knowing we’re all in this together, I’m still trying to workout what we’re actually all ‘in’.

Like everyone, I’m trying to put a positive spin on self isolation, but the fact of the matter is, we have to leave the house to get food if nothing else. This in its self is starting to cause an anxiety I have never felt before. I absolutely will go and do the shop instead of letting my parents go, but what if there’s no food?! While I understand the panic brought to the country, not everyone has stock piled meaning people are now without. How far is this going to go? I know toilet roll has been almost a joke, but genuinely what if we just can’t get anymore. It’s blows my mind!

I’m not even going to start on the fact I’m currently out of work, I understand its necessary to stay away from pubs, restaurants and theatres, but without the government officially closing them, we’re all left in an unemployed mess not knowing what to do. I have contacted temp agencies, but do I really want to put myself in office conditions with this in the aircon? It’s making me second guess every decision I have to make. In terrified I’ll bring something home, I’m scared for my older father and my high risk group mother, I’m scared for my baby nephew, my aunt still receiving medical treatment, my friends mother, grandparents, relatives and friends. I’ve never felt so helpless and I hate there’s nothing I can do.

I’m sure, and hope and pray, this will all get easier as we all become more informed and learned about the current situation, and must keep a trust in the government that though we might not agree with every decision, their plan will work. But for now, I, like everyone else, an terrified.

So let’s all stay strong together. Keep updated, don’t overload yourself with media, look after your mental health and wash your hands. If you made it through this mad rambling, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Look after yourself and stay safe.

Thank you as always for reading,
Love Rosie xxx

24 Hours in Brighton

Saturday, 18 January 2020


        














The song oh I do like to be besides the seaside, oh I do like to be beside the sea, most defiantly applies to me. Since I was a little girl, I've loved being by the sea, or any kind of water. It calms me in a way nothing else does. After a hectic Christmas, which in my career I should be used to by now, but never am..., we were given a much needed weeks holiday to recuperate, hibernate and eat! As my boyfriend could see, by the time I was finished, my shoulders had reached my ears in stress, I was almost shaking with anxiety and I had pretty much lost all appetite from exhaustion. *Queue teeny tiny violins* So in a very sudden burst of spontaneity, we got onto google and booked trains and a hotel. We were going to Brighton. I was going to see the sea. Having that little something to look forward too, got me through the last few shows and for the first time in ages, I couldn't wait to get my  suitcase packed. We were on a 9:30 train out of London Victoria, getting us into Brighton for 10:30. After a a stuuuupidly slow bus driver caused us to nearly miss our train, leading to a mad dash from the underground to the platform, which was obviously the furthest one away, we got settled in our seats and set off on our way. After an easy hour train ride, where we watched the final episode of Don't F**k WithCats, (which by the way, its massively inappropriate to talk about in this post, but if  you love a crime documentary you neeeeed yo watch!) we arrived in Brighton. As we walked out the station I was immediately hit with gail force winds. But it was sea air, and I didn't care.

We'd booked into the Grand Hotel, which is about a 10 minute walk down the hill from the station and is also right on the sea front. Our room was ready so we could check in straight away and dump our bags before we went exploring. The hotel was absolutely stunning. All very grand, as the name suggests, but with a 1920's/modern day twist. You felt special from the moment the door man (door man!!) helped us through the door. As we entered out room, I let out a  very audible and very dramatic gasp. Which I will 100% justify given the beauty of the room and that it  looked right out over the sea. We now faced the dilemma that I didn't want to leave the room, but reluctantly -and with a bribe of ice cream- left our things and headed out to see the sights.

The first stop, was naturally the Pier. We walked along the beach taking in the views, until we came to the entrance. As it was January, and freezing cold, the Pier was pretty much shut up, but that still didn't stop us having a good told look round and taking a million photos.  We were  tourists, and I do like to live up to a good title.


After another long walk along the beach, we decided to hit The Lanes. A beautiful little maze of old and new shops, bars and restaurants. We literally walked round and round them for hours, every time seeing something new, and resisting the urge to spend all my money. 
4 hours and 12 miles later (I won an award for being a pro walker on by Fitbit, just sayin') we headed back to the hotel for a little nap before dinner. I also wanted to make sure we got to spend some time in the room, it was just so beautiful.

For dinner we headed to Browns. Up a little side road and away from the hustle and bustle, we had a perfect little table window and had the most amazing 3 course meal, consisting of Fishcakes, muscles in white wine and garlic, and apple crumble. It was an absolute taste sensation! The service was brill and the food was amazing, I would defiantly go again! Dinner was followed by drinks in The Mesmorist, a little bar we'd found on our many laps of the lanes, and then back to the hotel just in time for me to pass out into a cloud of pillows and duvets for the cosiest nights sleep.

And the cosiest nights sleep is exactly what I had. We woke up next morning to the sound of waves crashing again the beach, with the sun peaking through the gap in the curtains. How I didn't just sit staring out my window with a cup of tea in my hands all day is beyond me; but the sweet, sweet smell of the buffet breakfast was calling my name! We had a table for 2 in the conservatory, over looking the sea (Theres a running theme here, aha!) and tucked into as many sausages, pastries, and bowls of fruit as I could shove in my face. Fuel for another day of walking. That was my excuse anyway!


First stop, a wonder round the Royal Pavilion, which lead us onto the North Lanes. In the heart of this boho, free spirited maze of lanes is where we found Photomatic. A tiny Photo Booth shop, with 3 different types of booth. And with the discovery of this, went our morning. We spent wayyyyy too much time and had way too much fun in this little shop, but in Birmingham and London, a Photo booth is so hard to come across! After we'd finished our shoot in Photomatic, we headed to Red Roaster to check out our handiwork, and admire our cute photos. On every list I'd seen of things to do, The Red Roaster was always coming up a must. Because we'd (I'd) been so fat at breakfast we (Oli) wasn't hungry enough for brunch (Sob, but means we'll just have to go back. OKAY!)  so we just had a hot drink. And it did not disappoint. The atmosphere was so chilled and the decor was so aesthetic, I felt like I was sitting in Instagram. We finished up and headed back out for a few more hours of wondering around, always finding new things to see.


Along the way, was the Upside Down House. The weather had turned and it was starting to drizzle, so we decided we'd go and see what it was all about. Its only £5 entry, so its not too bad, considering all you do is literally take a few photos and you look like you're defying gravity. Pretty cool but when you've done it once you kind of get the gist and get over it.



All this being upside down, had naturally got me starving, and me being me, I was determined to have fish and chips on the beach. This fantasy soon became a distant memory, when the winds changed and the sky decided to crush all my hopes and dreams, and rain! RUDE! So we headed for shelter in Harry Ramsdens, and as an award winning fish and chips restaurant, I couldnt really complain! We had a table overlooking the sea (Obvs, I think we've all concluded I like looking at the sea at this point) and I had a small plate and it was huuuuge! You deffo get your monies worth from ya pal, Harry! 

Then came the sad part. Home Time. To get over the distress, we headed to Tesco so I could stock up on comfort food and snacks for the train, because apparently I don't stop eating these days. The Train ride was just as easy home, but a lot less exciting. And with the return into London Victoria, my shoulders reached up to meet their old friends, my ears. My anxiety returned, and normality was resumed. But Brighton, I'll be seeing you again!

If you have any towns or cities you'd recommend visiting, please do let me know in the comment box. I always love seeing new places!

Thank you as always for reading,
Rosie xx