Okay, tad dramatic in that title there. But for the first time I’ve been taking a little bit more care of my skin in the summer with my favourite summer beauty products as it is so much warmer than usual and I’m heading off to Italy in a few weeks-time.
Every skin horror you see champions the wearing of SPF and I’m getting very involved. My skin has definitely been at its worst this summer: break-outs, dryness, reacting badly to sun. Hardly ideal. I’ve been trialling new products and trying to find what works best for me so I thought I’d share my ultimate favourites and the ones I’ll be trying to squeeze into my hand luggage for Italy.
Self-help books are a genre I can’t get enough of. I’m on always on the hunt for the next lifestyle trend for me to devour or work past problems by taking advice from writing on pages. Lifeshocks* by Sophie Sabbage seemed to fit neatly into this package for me – it would tell me how to do something.
It is an extremely personal book by Sophie about how to manage ‘lifeshocks’ which she determines as ‘unwanted or unexpected moment in time, offering an opportunity for personal awakening’.
In a few short weeks’ I’m heading off to Italy for three weeks of sunshine, pizza, gelato and trotting around the ancient sights. Italy is a country I’ve never visited before and it has been on many of my travel bucket lists so naturally I’m beyond excited to finally see it all for myself and not from behind the screen on Instagram.
The reason behind my visit is an academic one: as part of my degree programme at Glasgow I’ve opted to take part in the core travel course which involves a three-week jaunt to Greece/Italy/both and explore a project. In the heat of the moment I fell down a hole of Roman bathing and I’m excited to explore this ancient concept in Rome and the Campania area as well as visiting and learning about the other historical sights.
I love craft alcohol and it is something I’ve felt passionate about for such a long time, I just don’t know where to start with Scottish craft drinks. Ever since I worked in a restaurant in Kelso in my teens where the owners also owned a craft beer company I’ve been interested in this industry.
I love the creativity and passion that clearly drives those who start up their own craft distilleries and breweries. Craft gins and rums are not something I’m very familiar with and I really want to move my alcohol tastes past Tesco’s Zesty White Wine. Scotland has such a booming industry of craft alcohol and I want to get involved.
I’m back with another Little Things! When I first re-started this series a few weeks back I had the intention of doing it every single Sunday as a happy little conclusion to the previous week. I love starting things on a Monday, so reflecting with closure on a Sunday really sits well with me.
However one of the reasons I re-started The Little Things was because I didn’t like the structure and just wanted to enjoy writing them. This list of little things here has been pulled from a word document I keep on my laptop and continuously add to – creating a more varied collection.