My 2017 Happy Moments!



As this year comes to an end, which I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty looking forward to because of how crap the last few months have been. I thought I would take some time to reflect on the good parts of 2017 and the memories of this year that have really made me happy and smile. 

Starting with the beginning of the year:

Concerts
  • Seeing JoJo in Concert! I surprised Charlotte with tickets for one of her Christmas pressies because we had been blasting her entire album for most of the summer beforehand and well.. who doesn’t love JoJo, right? Especially THROWBACK JoJo.. Oh my god. That was definitely a night to remember. 
New Life
  • My friend Danielle gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy who I love and adore as if he were my own. Dani and I met when we were 12 and we always said we would be ‘Aunties’ to each others kids! Obviously I’m not with child yet (LOL) but here we are.. 10 years later, making it all happen and I’m really proud of her! 
Events
  • Having the balls and tackling my anxiety to go to the Tangle Teezer Disney Press Day Launch. I am lucky enough to frequently get invited to events because of the job I do online but I had never attended any until this year. Tangle Teezer was my first one and because I had such a great time, it inspired me to go to more. 
My 22nd
  • Celebrating my 22nd birthday in Bournemouth with my two best friends. I did a whole post on my birthday which you can read here but honestly, it was one of my favourite weekends to date and I wish I could do it all over again. 
Freelance Work
  • Working on sponsored content with 10 different brands this year. That’s almost 1 brand a month which gives me hope in that one day I can go full time with this whole online influencer malarky and really go hard! 
Summer Holiday
  • Greece in June! Spending 11 days in the sun with my sister is what we both needed. It brought us closer together and I don’t know about her but I had a GREAT time haha. Greece was a destination that I had never been to but always wanted to go and I’m so happy we did. P.s the food blew my mind. 
Celebrating No Filter
  • My sister brought out a book in July, which you can purchase from Amazon here : It still feels absolutely unbelievable and crazy to say that my sister has a book, an actual book that gets sold in shops?! Haha. The launch party was a night that I will never forget and I am just so ridiculously proud of her. 
Snow
  • Snow in December?! Okay this one is recent but it made me really bloody happy and even more excited for Christmas. We haven’t had snow like we just did in what feels like FOREVER, so waking up to a thick blanket, two weeks before Christmas was a dream. If only it would happen again on Christmas Day eh?
What are your favourite moments of 2017? Are you sad for the year to end or are you ready for new challenges and adventures? 

Charleigh
xo 


£30 & Under Christmas Gift Guide For Her

Bloody hell. I can’t believe another year has gone by and I’m sat here writing another gift guide to help some of you who may be lacking inspiration. If you have read my blog for a long time, follow me on social media or know me personally, you will know that I refer to myself as the ‘crazy-Christmas-lady’ but I tell you what, I refuse to go out shopping through the pre- Christmas sales and fight people for the last of everything on the shelf. I just can't bare it. Therefore, I do all of my Christmas shopping online. 

Christmas shopping can fill people with dread because 1. They find it stressful and 2. Because they’re worried about money and haven’t got enough of it. I’ve come up with present suggestions that are all £30 and under (majority being under) that I would personally give to somebody or that I would like to receive myself.

Pyjamas

Pyjamas are traditionally one of my go to gifts for Christmas. I just feel like everyone appreciates a good pair of pyjamas in the winter and you can find them for cheap almost anywhere. Actually, my favourite place for pyjamas is Primark but still.. no online store yet! WAH. 




Makeup

Makeup Gift Sets are a quick and simple gift that will make any makeup lover a very happy girl this Christmas. Beauty Bay have some gorgeous bits for under £30. Here are some of my favourites. 






Candles

Just like pyjamas, candles are another obvious choice for me. Believe it or not, you can find some really nice ones, that look expensive but aren’t actually breaking the bank. Matalan do the most beautiful candles and holders for around £6-£10. 







Knitwear

Knitwear is a staple piece for anyone’s wardrobe for the winter. So jumpers, hats, cardigans etc are a complete winner item for a Christmas gift. 








Boots

Shoes and boots are always something I look for when I’m browsing for presents and Boohoo have a great selection this time of year. 




And just to round it up, here are some other bits and bobs that I found for £30 and under that I would 100% give as a present and would LOVE to receive as a gift myself. 


Bath and Body Oil 3. £28 




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Charleigh
xo






GOOEY CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES




Tis the season to indulge, fa la la la la, la la la la. 
My favourite season is upon us (finally) and although I enjoy baking all year round, I get most of my inspiration around the colder months, when I’m craving warm fluffy brownies with thick creamy hot chocolates or in this case, gooey chocolate chunk cookies with a glass of milk (cue all the ooohs and the ahhhs).

These are exceptionally easy to make and actually taste like the real deal. Not like those hard, almost-broke-a-tooth type cookies your Mum helped you make as a child. These are melt in your mouth, all-my-dreams-have-come-true-at-once, type cookies. 

I so wish I could tell you that I made this recipe up myself but that would be a lie. I actually got this from Tanya Burr, whilst I was quickly googling a Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. I saw that her’s only took 11 minutes, so I gave it a try and I’m so glad that I did. 

What You Will Need 

200g butter
300g caster sugar
1 large egg
275g self-raising flour
75g cocoa powder
(A dash of milk if you find that you need it) 
1tsp of Vanilla Extract
A large bar of Chocolate (I recommend 1 bar of Milk Chocolate and 1 bar of White Chocolate) 

How To:

Pre heat your oven to 200 degree celsius & line two baking trays with parchment paper.

1. Cream together both the butter and the caster sugar.
2. Crack in the egg. 
3. Add in the vanilla extract
4. Mix in the flour and the cocoa powder.

(At this point, you would add in the milk if you feel that the dough is too dry but I’ve made this recipe a number of times and have never had to use it.)

5. Break up your pieces of chocolate and add them into the dough
6. Using your hands, create small chocolate balls and place them onto the baking paper. Try not to place them close together as they do spread.  

Then they’re ready for the oven. These only take 11 minutes to cook, so make sure you have a timer on your phone. When you take them out, the cookies won’t look cooked and it will be very tempting to leave them in the oven for a little longer. DO NOT DO THAT FRIENDS! They will overcook and turn into those hard cookies your mum used to make when you were younger. (Soz mums but it’s true.) 

Then you can leave on a rack to cool for 30 minutes or so and voila! Get ready for melt in your mouth goodness. Honestly, these are the bomb and everyone that I’ve made them for have said the same thing. 

The perfect treat, any day of the week, in your jammies watching a Christmas film. Yay.

Charleigh
xo




October 12th.


I have always been quite a sick child for as long as I can remember. I would catch every cold, every flu and every tummy bug going. My immune system is slim to none and that carried on throughout my teenage years. For the past year and a half something just hasn’t been right, I started getting pains in my head and dizziness. I was told by my GP that I was having an allergic reaction to my pill and to come off of it immediately. Six months later.. there was no change, except the headaches were getting worse. A week before I flew to Greece this summer, I lost central vision in my left eye and I couldn’t see a thing. I went to the opticians and was sent to hospital that very next morning for further tests. That’s where I was told I had Optical Neuritis. Good news, no swelling behind my eye (from what the eye doctors could see) so I was told I could fly and enjoy my holiday. I had an MRI scan booked for when I got back, just to double check everything and rule out any other complications, I didn't think much of it. As time's gone on, my migraines have got worse, I’ve been getting sicker and I’ve had pins and needles in my hands and feet. Whenever I move my neck in a certain position, a tingly shock shoots down my back. I was on medication for my Migraines at this point too but they weren’t working, so I was weaning off of them. I put the pins and needles down to the side effects of my meds. 

Thursday the 12th of October, I went to the hospital for my results. My MRI scan lit up, showed white, inflamed lumps on my brain and I was diagnosed with Multiple Scheloris. My whole world stopped spinning for a few seconds. I cried.. and I cried and I cried, my Mum held me and cried with me. My first thought was “Am I going to die?” (because I knew nothing about it) and the second one was “How have I, at 22 been diagnosed with a disease that is incurable and that I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life?” I still haven’t come to terms with it, I still don’t know much about it but the answer is, no, I’m not going to die, MS isn’t terminal but there is no cure for it. 

At last, I have some answers. This would explain why sometimes I can’t lift my head off the pillow and get out of bed, why sometimes I’m unstable on my feet and stumble over, why sometimes I feel electric shocks through my body and pins and needles on my limbs and why sometimes I have to cancel all my plans to just stay in bed (sorry friends!!) These are all reminders that I am sick and I need to slow down and take care of myself but I’m glad I’ve finally got a diagnosis and I’m not going crazy. Right now, I’m having a relapse which is why I’ve been so, so poorly but this won't be the case all the time. I will be in and out of remission but right now, I'm relapsing and it's shittttttt.

I have always been a morning person, I am always up before 8am without fail. I even wrote a blog post on how to be a morning person but as of lately, I’ve been sleeping in until gone 10:30am and although that might not seem late to some of you, it is very, very unlike me. Even with me going to bed at 10pm the night before. Now I know it’s because of my MS and the fatigue that comes along with it. 

Also, I would like to mention that although I thought I was going to get answers regarding my migraines from the MRI, I got the complete opposite. MS isn’t causing my migraines and my migraines aren’t causing my MS. The nurse told me that I’m just extremely unlucky in the fact that I’ve now got not only one condition.. but two. I am on new medication for my headache's (which sometimes last for 4 days at a time and there's not much else I can do, other than sleep) and I will be on seperate medication for my Multiple Sclerosis. 

As of right now, I don't know what type of MS I have, I can kind of already guess but I don't know for sure. Our conversation didn't get that far because to be honest, I was a bit of a wreck and so was my mum. The nurse said its been a shock and it's going to take time to process and I completely agreed. I don't know when I'll be able to tell someone without bursting into tears, maybe i'll just direct them to this post instead, lol.

I have got the best support system around me, which are my family & friends who have been a tower of strength these last few days. Can't express or even tell you how much I love and adore them, with all my heart. The next step for me is my next hospital appointment, where I see my specialist and we go through treatments and what treatment I would like to have. Then we will go from there.

This is a disease that has no cure but it’s also an illness that doesn’t define me. I am strong & I am powerful and I’m gonna do everything to make sure I live the best life that I can. 

I may have MS but MS doesn’t have me. 

Charleigh

xo

Making Some Changes


Hey hey hey! 
I’m going to be completely honest with you, I kinda lost my blogging mojo. I fell out of love with creating content on here and I have been feeling really uninspired and lost. I found myself comparing my blog to others and how many followers/views I had. I don't know why I slipped into that mind set but I'm ready to make some changes and snap out of it. A blog is a lot more different to an Instagram account, where you can just post a picture (of whatever you like) and you'll get a bunch of likes. On here, it feels like you have to write something that people are interested in otherwise you're essentially talking to no one but yourself. So I found myself stuck in a rut because I had no idea what people would want to read, whether I'm relatable enough and if my readers will actually enjoy it. Then I remembered why I started this blog in the first place and it was because I wanted a corner of the internet where I could express myself and call home, a place where I could share my love for clothes, curly hair, music and self love and share it with whoever wants to come on this journey with me. It was never for the views and I never made it to be in competition with another. The blogging world is a community, not a battlefield and I refuse to let myself fall back into the whole 'am I even good enough for this?' mind set, because I am good enough, we all are. So, from here on out, I promise to not only me but to all of you viewers as well, that the content I put out is going to be straight from the heart, just 100% Charleigh and I really hope you stick around for it. 

I have pre-written blog posts for November & December which consist of recipes, outfit posts, ‘how to’ ideas, curly hair care and of course, Christmassy bits and bobs. I’m not sure whether I’m going to take part in ‘12 days of Blogmas’ like I did last year, not because I didn’t enjoy it but more so because I don’t know what I would actually write? I’ve ran out of ideas (so, if you have any, let me know) - but you can read last years Blogmas here. I'm excited for what the next few months, leading up to the New Year will hold. Whether my views & followers grow or not, it doesn't matter.. just as long as I'm growing into the best version of myself, that's what I really care about. I think I have my spark back and I’m ready to 'do the business' and give it my all.

Charleigh
xo


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Culottes // New Look - here & here
Top // ASOS - here
Jacket // Missguided - here & here 
Boots // Similar - here
Bag // ASOS - here







WHY I LOVE AUTUMN


You know how some people suffer with 'SAD' in the Autumn and Winter months? That's me in the Summer. I really don't enjoy it, I've spoken about this a lot throughout the years, especially on my twitter where I like to vent and go off on one.. but I really just don't like it in the UK. When it hits September and I can feel the season changing, a huge burst of excitement starts to fizzle inside of me and I CAN'T CONTAIN IT. 

I have always loved feeling the cold, I feel like I've naturally just got warm blood because I feel the heat super easy & it makes me uncomfortable. So I guess the first thing I will talk about is the..

Cold Weather
There is just something about cold crisp mornings and early dark evenings that make me feel warm and toasty inside. A bit like Kehlani's - Alive lyrics "Crazy, how I feel the most warm when it's cold" - that is literally me lol. 

The Fashion 
I think everyone would agree that the clothes in Autumn/Winter are what dreams are made of. I love the autumnal colours, the chunky knit scarves, the berry lip, the black boots. I love it alllll. 

Halloween and Firework Night
Two of my favourite holidays.. alongside Christmas of course. I love celebrating both Halloween and Bonfire night, simply because of the fact I love dressing up and I also love the vibe that comes with both of them. Last year, I remember walking around a field with my camera in one hand and a glass of prosecco in the other, waiting for the fireworks to start. Smoke in the air and the smell of fried onions for the hot dogs is something I will never get tired of. 

Pumpking Picking 
This is an event and activity in itself haha. But it's fun, it's really fun. Depending on what you have nearest to you, you will find a pumpkin field or a garden centre almost anywhere that sells Pumpkins, all different shapes and sizes. And although it gets kind of messy, carving them is fun too. 

Hot Chocolate
I actually drink hot chocolate all year round but I feel less guilty for drinking it this time of year. There's something so cosy about snuggling up to watch Hocus Pocus with a hot chicolate in hand. Last year I actually wrote a whole post on different recipes and different flavours, which you can read here. 

Autumnal Walks
You won't ever see me walking in the summer unless it's walking to a park for a picnic lol. I just can't bare to do any movement when it's hot if I'm honest but I bloody love going for long walks in the Autumn! Even if it's raining, I'll just chuck on a pair of wellies, a big coat and head on out. I like walking on crunchy red leaves and kicking conkers lol. 

Weekends In
I feel like it's easier to save money during the colder months because I much prefer to stay in on the weekends, rather than to go out and spend money on things I don't really need.. for example, money for club entry, drinks etc. Saying that though, I'm quite eager to get takeaways on the weekends, especially when it's cold outside so.. I'm not really saving money at all, am I? Lol. 

What do you like most about Autumn? Or do you not like this season at all? I'd love to know.

Lots of Love,
Charleigh
x

How To Have The Best Sunday


For some reason, people tend to dislike Sundays, especially when it gets to around 5pm and the evening is fast approaching and you start to think of the dreaded Monday morning. I, on the other hand.. fucking love Sundays. For me, it's a day of relaxation, lots of food and a time to plan for the week ahead. I'm going to give you a few tips to make your Sundays a little brighter. 

1. Music

 Listen to your favourite music. I am a complete music junkie, it puts me in the best mood so I tend to look up my favourite playlists on Spotify or create my own. I believe every woman should wake up and dance to Chaka Khan - I'm Every Woman, in their pants, every Sunday. 

2. Breakfast 

Have your favourite breakfast foods. Whether that be pancakes, a full cooked breakfast, cereal.. whatever you like. Heck, you could even have Nutella and strawberries if you choose. The foods that make your heart (and stomach) happy, have them.

3. Stretch 

It's just important. Light stretches in the morning help the blood to flow around your body and it's a good way to wake you up. 

4. Shower/Bath 

Whatever you prefer, get yourself in some hot water, with plenty of bubbles and relaxing aromas. Listen to a podcast, some music or read a book. 

5. Fresh Sheets

Strip your bedding down, throw that into the washing machine and put fresh bedding on. If you're like me though, I never have spare clean bedding and have to literally wait for my old one to wash and dry before putting it back on.. haha. But when it comes to bedtime that evening, getting into fresh sheets is going to feel amazing. 

6. Face Mask 

I always have a face mask on a Sunday. Well, I pretty much put on a face mask 3 times a week but you know.. Sundays and face masks just fit better. I enjoy the 'peel off' masks because there's just something so satisfying about peeling it off and seeing your dead skin underneath.. am I right? Yes, I am. 

7. Movies 

Sundays to me = binge watch your favourite movies and eat whatever you like. Honestly, chilling in your fresh clean bed, wearing fresh jammies & snuggling down to watch a film is an endless love affair. Did you know 13 going on 30 is now on Netflix? Ultimate chick flick and yes.. I've watched it 8 times now. 

8. Dinner 

End your day with a Sunday Roast (if you're British) or a family meal that both you and your loved ones enjoy. You can either have a homecooked meal or go to your local pub for some grub. I don't know.. maybe chuck a couple of glasses of wine in there if you fancy. 

Charleigh 
xo



HOW TO: SLAY YOUR 4TH DAY CURLS


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If you've got curly hair, you will know that the curls don't stay bouncy for too long. You'll develop frizz, the curls will drop out and if they're anything like mine, they become ridiculously dry. I wash my hair about once a week, sometimes not even that because 1. My hair doesn't need to be washed that often and 2. It styles better when its less clean. 

First of all, split your hair into two parts, one at the top and one at the bottom. Tie the top part up so it doesn't get in the way and start by spraying the bottom half with water. When the hair is damp, start by finger combing through your curls to avoid frizz. If your hair is too tough at this point, you can use a wide tooth comb to brush out the knots. Apply 1 to 2 pumps of the Moroccan Oil and start finger coiling (which is wrapping the hair around your finger) to the curls that need some extra love. Repeat this process to the top half of your hair. 


Once completed, take a scoop of the Taliah Maajid Curly Curl Cream and begin scrunching that through your hair. Focus on the area's that need it the most, for example, my curls become more limp and frizzy around my hairline and the front of my head but I know other girls experience it on the back of their head and mid section. This curl cream creates definition, conditions the hair and leaves it feeling moisturised with no build-up or frizz. 

Now, its always best to leave your hair to dry naturally but I know not everyone has that time of day where they can do that. So, get your hair dryer and your diffuser and start blow drying. Always make sure your hairdryer is on the lowest speed and the lowest heat to avoid damage. 

Hopefully at this point, your curls should be revived and your hair will look sha-poppin'.

Let me know if this works for you. 

Charleigh
xo


SKIN



"If you don't like the way I talk then you don't have to listen. I will never be something I'm not, just because of your opinion."

It has taken me around 11 years to feel comfortable in my own skin. My bare, freckly, part dry, part oily skin. There have been times where I've cried over the way I've looked and there have been times where I've liked the way I have looked. Now, I feel proud of the way I look. My skin, my hair and my body will never be perfect but it's the one I was given and I've spent many years wishing I looked like someone other than me, now I couldn't imagine being anyone else. I am 22 years of age, my hormones are still all over the place, my body is still changing and so is my skin. I'm a girl who likes pink but I would choose trainers over heels any day. I prefer my hair tied up in a bun with a boyfriend t-shirt, than a dress with heels that I can't walk in. I have stretch marks on my hips and discolouration inbetween my thighs, my boobs aren't perky and my hair doesn't flow down to my butt but I am me, Charleigh and that is all I want to be. 

For those of you wandering, this is my current skincare routine: 

I take my makeup off with Clinique - take the day off cleansing balm.
 I cleanse with the soap and glory cleansing milk.
I wash my face with cold water 
Then I apply the Nivea refreshing toner 
Finishing off with the Nivea Creme as a moisturiser.

Charleigh
xo


22


Following up from my birthday blog post (you can read that here) I thought it would be a good idea to list 22 life lessons that I have learned throughout the years about myself. I think it's healthy and important to reflect back on all the things that have made me the woman that I am today. So, without further ado.. 

1. It's better to have a few good friends then a lot of bad ones. When I was little, I thought having more 'friends' meant you were more popular, worthy etc. When infact, most of my 'friends' weren't friends at all and I started losing people as the years went on. Quality over quantity. 

2. It's okay to be single. 

3. My family are the most important and precious people to me. 

4. I am an introvert. 

5. Money stress is the worst kind of stress.

6. I am a very good friend. I am trust worthy, loyal and uplifting.

7. Without music, I would be lost. 

8. Dogs are amazing. 

9. I am a Christmas fanatic and I don't think that will ever change. 

10. Toxic people do exist and sometimes they can your 'friends'. 

11. I like being alone, I like taking care of myself. I don't need to be around people all the time. 

12. Everyone has flaws. Nobody is perfect. 

13. It is okay to make mistakes. 

14. Opinions on yourself will change throughout the years. I used to hate my natural curly hair, now I love it and my social media work revolves around it. 

15. I worry about things that are way out of my control. 

16. You have to be happy with yourself to have a happy relationship.

17. Never go to bed mad with a loved one. Life is too short. 

18. The law of attraction is REAL!

19. ..As is KARMA! 

20. Cancer SUCKS

21. Taking care of your eyes (and teeth) is important. Go to your appointments and regular checkups! 

22. Travelling and going on holiday is good for the soul. 

Charleigh
xo 

Greece Photo Diary


Kalimera! That's Good Morning in Greek for those of you that didn't know haha. I just got back from 11 nights in the beautiful island of Kos in Greece and I had the time of my life. Greece has always been a country that I've wanted to see because of how beautiful it looks in photos and believe me, it lived up to all expectations. Obviously, I only saw one tiny part of it but even that was good enough. I hope that one day I'll be able to travel to all of the Greek islands and discover more of its beauty. 






The hotel that we stayed in was called Atlantica Porto Bello Beach and it was lovely. Everything was really clean, the staff were probably the nicest people I have ever met and the food was DIVINE! I don't think I have ever eaten so much in my life, I just couldn't stop myself lol.


































Charleigh
xo






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