my autumn bucket list

Yes, I do realise it’s probably a bit late in the day to be writing an Autumn Bucket List and at the speed we’re going it’ll be time to write my New Year Goals, but what the heck, there’s still time left to have some fun, isn’t there?

You may have seen on Twitter that I was without Internet for about a week, thanks to a couple of different departments at Virgin not acknowledging where the fault was. Hopefully that’s all fixed now, but boy did I miss not having the internet. Not just for social media but to type up these posts and  NO NETFLIX!! Note to self, save up and buy a lap top so I can sit in a cafe using their WiFi and work on my blog, or at least pretending to be while actually secretly watching my favourite series and sipping my fifth pumpkin spiced latte!

autumn bucket list

On another not so good note, I’ve not been feeling my usual happy self, a mixture of hormones being all over the place, having a rotten cold that has knocked me for six and a general feeling of where am I bloomin well going with my life. I know, bad combination! I came so close to giving up blogging, numbers were getting in the way, the comparison thing kicked in (which it’s never done before by the way!) and worrying too much that I was an extremely tiny fish in a very big ocean. I’m sure everyone’s had these thoughts at some point but I felt totally alone, like I my printed words were floating around in a big white room, with no doors or windows and no one could see them. It had absolutely nothing to do with being sent free stuff or being invited to events because I know I’ll never be able to attend them. It was more a question of why? Why am I even bothering to sit here every week stressing over schedules, stats, SEO, titles and photos if I can’t take my blog anywhere (told you I was hormonal). Shutting myself away in my room was definitely not the answer to all my problems, although it felt good at the time.

Then I joined in The Girl Gang chat on the Monday as I do every week and the topic was happiness and self care. I must have unintentionally come across as feeling down by the answers I gave because afterwards I had so many people message me to ask if I was OK and it honestly made me cry. Two things were said to me that made me snap out of the gloomy place I was in: “Numbers don’t define you” and “Remember why you blog.”

I started reading my old blog posts to remember why I actually started in the first place, OK so I won’t win journalist of the year as they were pretty basic, but who cares, I flippin loved them! I scrolled through old photos on my Instagram and Facebook when I wasn’t worrying about followers, likes or flatlays, and do you know what, they made me feel so happy. Of course I care when someone is kind enough to take time out of their busy day and leave a lovely comment or like a photo I’ve spent time on, don’t get me wrong, but as someone said “Numbers don’t define you.” After a few more tears, tantrums and talking to other bloggers who managed to talk some sense into me (plus plenty of chocolate) I started to fall back in love with Rosie Loves Life. I think if I hadn’t sorted myself out Adrian would have permanently moved into the shed with his crash helmet on to avoid the cups beings thrown in temper!

So I shall post what I enjoy posting about, whether that’s on my blog or social media, I know I can’t please everyone and there’s no point in even trying. Of course, if anyone does like what I’ve done please let me know as it really does make my day. I also want to say a big thank you to Holly, Sarah, Fiona and Amie for letting me moan away and to Stacey for the cutest happy mail she sent me through the post.

autumn bucket list

In other news, I have been invited to a Halloween party and in case you’re new to my blog I had a fear of masks, mainly clowns and balaclavas. I say “had” as I’ve been working with a counsellor for a while now to find out the root of the problem and to try and help me overcome my fear. I’m pretty bloody anxious about going but I’ve missed out on so many things over the years when it comes to celebrating Halloween so I’m determined to get there. It’s only a small party with a few of my friends who have also gone through the same thing, it won’t be anything too adventurous but even so, for me it’s a huge deal. I’ll keep you all updated!

autumn bucket list

Anyway onto my Autumn bucket list and all the things I want to get done before the season has been and gone and I’m sat here writing out Christmas cards instead of a blog post.

  1. Sort out my Halloween costume
  2. Go on a long woodland walk, collect leaves and conkers
  3. Be brave and purchase a very bold lip colour
  4. Make pumpkin or cinnamon muffins
  5. Buy a pumpkin to make a lantern
  6. make an Autumn soup
  7. Decorate the house for Autumn/Halloween
  8. Visit an Autumn festival
  9. Have a mini picnic in the park
  10. Finish sorting out my Autumn/Winter clothes that are in the loft, what’s to keep and what’s to give away
  11. Celebrate Adrian’s birthday (it’s 24th November in case I forget)
  12. Watch a sunset and take photos
  13. Watch Autumn/Halloween movies
  14. Do a DIY Autumn craft
  15. Dedicate two pages to Autumn in my scrapbook

I don’t actually have very long to get some of these done so I’d better stop talking and get my backside in gear. It’s also coming up to my two year blog anniversary, I can’t believe where the time has gone, thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way. For now I’ll leave you in peace.

Let me know if you have things you want to get done before the Christmas festivities begin.

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autumn clothing haul

Hurray, we’re finally in Autumn, guess how excited that makes me! If you’ve read my Autumn post then you’ll know how much I love stocking up on clothes for the new season. Twice a year I have a wardrobe clear out to make way for any new purchases and store any clothes I won’t be wearing until the next season. I’ve been shopping in some of my favourite stores including H&M, New Look and Next, so I’ve saved up all the items to show you what I bought in my high street clothing haul.

It is hard to photograph fashion items for a clothing haul blog post, so I’ll style them up and post a few pictures on my Instagram.

autumn fashion haul

I had been wanting a dungaree dress for ages but none of the ones I tried on seemed to fit in the right places. While I was out doing my grocery shopping in Sainsburys I came across this dark blue, knee length denim dungaree dress and as soon as I tried it on it fitted perfectly. It has buttons all the way down the front, a tie waist belt and two deep pockets on the hip, I think it’ll look great styled with tights ankle boots and a roll neck jumper underneath. I also picked up this long sleeve stripped T-shirt, it’s one of those basic items I never seem to have enough of and it will look equally good worn underneath this dress.

autumn fashion haul

Admittedly it was YouTube that influenced me to buy this dress but I fell in love with it as soon as I saw someone wearing it in their vlog. Most of my dresses are either too thick or too summery to wear during the first few months of Autumn and Winter. This chiffon midi dress is from New Look and has the floral and dotty print, it has long sleeves with tie cuffs and a wrap over style neckline with lace up detail down to the waist. This will look amazing styled during the day with tights, boots, a black biker style jacket and my wide brimmed hat. I’m so excited to be able to start wearing this dress now.

New Look dress with bardot neck

Whilst shopping at New Look I also fell in love with this beautiful black floral print dress, OK, so technically it’s still a summery dress but it was in the sale and I thought it would look great with heels for an evening out or worn with boots during the day if we suddenly had a week of Autumn sunshine. As well as the floral print it has a silvery stripes going down the length of the dress, I think this makes it look even more pretty. It has a large frilly, Bardot collar which is not my normal style, you have to step out of your comfort zone once in a while! It fit’s like a dream and I am going to get so much wear out of this dress.

river island check shirt

Autumn and Winter maybe the time I love to get cosy but I don’t always want to wear a baggy T-shirt on days where I’m dressing a bit more casual. I found this red and navy check shirt from River Island and it was just what I was looking for. It’s made from the softest cotton material and it’s not too thick so I can layer it up on extra cold days. I love that it has poppers down the front of the shirt, making it easy to get on and off, this shirt will look great styled with jeans and boots or under the denim dungaree dress. I also like that it has a scooped hemline, rather than one going straight across, so it’s more flattering for my body shape.

H&M loose knit jumper

I’d popped into H&M to see what knitwear they had in store when  I came acrose this beautiful loose knit jumper in powder pink and I was at the checkout before anyone could grab it out of my hand! I wanted to replace a similar jumper I’ve got in grey from a few years back, this time with something a bit more colourful. I love the baggy style of this one, it’s the kind of jumper you can throw on with a pair of jeans, boots and a coat or a pair of leggings for a lazy day at home.

pink knitted walking socks

Every Autumn there are two things I always stock up on: socks and a new pair of slippers. I have extremely cold feet, even in a heatwave, and I’ve already got quite a lot of pairs of cute patterned pairs of socks, so this year I thought I’d go for plain pink. Both of these pairs of socks came from a company called Sock Snob, which I have only just discovered. They are actually walking socks but they are so thick and soft that they will keep my feet warm and toasty. Last year I picked up a cute pair of fluffy cat slippers, so I thought I’d invest in something a bit more grown up! These pink fluffy ones are from Sainsburys, they have a hard sole and the softest faux fur lining. I like that they completely surround my feet so they won’t slip off!

matalan autumn pyjamas, next long sleeve autumn pyjamas

I don’t think I’ve done a clothing haul where I haven’t featured at least one pair of pyjamas! I’m sure I didn’t need any, but a new pair of cosy pjs every autumn is the law, isn’t it? The darker woodland print pyjamas and the pink coffee print pyjamas are both from Matalan. Both pyjama sets have short sleeve tops and elasticated waist bottom with ribbed ankle cuffs, I got them in the next size up as I don’t like to feel too restricted in bed but these pyjamas are so comfortable. Then I treated myself to the most adorable pair that I’ve ever owned! The neutral woodland print pyjamas are from Next and they are made of the softest material that feels almost like a flannelette texture. The top has long sleeves and the bottoms have elasticated waist with the cutest little bow detail. I am going to be so warm and snug wrapped up in these on a cold night. Is it acceptable to wear pjs out during the day?

I hope you enjoyed my clothing haul? if you’d like to find out what makeup I’ll be wearing this Autumn then head over to my recent post. Have you bought any new items this season?

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A selection of beauty products

I completely missed the end of last month to get this post published, so here are some of the things I’ve loved during August and a bit of September. I was actually quite proud of myself for typing up 5 blog posts in a week, after that I needed some time to myself and catch up with everything else going on in my life. I’ve been helping my Aunt unpack boxes from a house move, being the nosey person I am I had a quick peek at her makeup collection, or rather lack of it. If anyone needs a wish list it’s my Aunt, so we’re going shopping next week and I am spending someone else’s money for a change!

urban decay naked heat palette

I’ve had the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette sitting in my drawer for a few weeks before I started using it, but I knew I’d love it the moment I saw it. The shades are absolutely stunning and I’ve been able to create so many different looks with it. It’s one of those eyeshadow palettes that people would assume was only for a summer bronzed look, but I think these colours would look amazing during Autumn too. I flippin love this eyeshadow palette, especially the shades Lumbre, Layenne and En Fuego.

barry m sunset gel nail polish, Barry m matte me up liquid lipstick

barry m sunset gel nail polish

I’ve been obsessed with Barry M Sunset Gel Nail Polish in the shade Fushsia Generation, it’s a gorgeous pinky plum shade and is the perfect colour for in between seasons. Barry M nail polishes always apply really easily and last for ages. I fell in love with the original Barry M Matte Me Up Lip kit, so when I saw they brought out a metallic version I knew I had to get my hands on one. I’ve been using the shade Allure quite a lot over the past few weeks, which again is a gorgeous pinky plum colour. These lip kits are amazing, the applicator makes it easy to apply and the colour just glides on, it doesn’t feel sticky or cling to any dry areas and the colour lasts pretty much all day.

jurlique rosewater balancing mist, zoella cream scrub

I adore Zoella’s Jelly and Gelato range, so much more than any of the others she’s released. The pastel and gold packaging is simply stunning and it smells divine. It has fresh, floral scent with hints of Elderflower and Pomegranate, it’s such a pretty fragrance that is perfect for everyday and not overpowering. The cream scrub wasn’t like any of the thick grainy ones I’ve used before, it’s more of a balm that you melt on your body and leaves my skin feeling super soft. Even my other half liked the smell, so it’s got to be good!

I’m obsessed with anything that has a rose fragrance so I’ve loved using Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist after I’ve cleansed my skin, and it smells incredible. This facial mist did leave my skin feeling soft, although I still need to use my daily  moisturiser. Instead I’ve been using it more as a toner to give my skin that wonderful refreshing feeling. It’s also brilliant to use during the day when I’m not wearing any makeup and feel as though I want to give my skin a bit of a wake up!

wet brush, Zoella cream scrub, barry m sunset gel nail polish

There’s nothing worse than trying to drag a comb through wet knotted hair, I’ve tried various different brushes which seemed to do more damage than good on my long hair. I was originally looking for a brush to carry in my bag for when I got caught in a rain shower, but this Wet Brush has been so good I’ve been using it to comb through towel dried hair before I style it. It’s so gentle and combs through any knots or tangles without pulling, plus it can be used on wet or dry hair.

milk and honey by rupi kaur

My favourite book (if I can call it that?) from last month has to be Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. It’s collection of poetry about survival through love, loss, abuse and violence. I could relate to this book in so many ways, it’s hard to explain, but i really needed to read these poems right now. Memories of personal experiences have been rearing their ugly head again and this book helped me get through.

What things have you enjoyed this month?

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Makeup and notebook with a quote

Very often it’s the simplest of things in life that make me happy. Those little things that I can sometimes take for granted.
I’ve always loved writing and have kept a diary for years where I’ve written down what’s made me happy on that particular day, as well as what’s made me really angry or upset. I’ve recently been reading through some old teenage diaries and that gave me the inspiration for this post, so I thought it would be quite nice to share what things make me happy throughout the year.

So here goes:

  • Watching a beautiful sunset
  • The feel of freshly washed hair
  • Fresh, clean sheets on the bed
  • A tidy desk
  • Listening to the sound of rain against the window
  • Cuddles with my cat, Pepper, and listening to her purring
  • The sound of the sea washing over pebbles
  • Collecting sea shells on the beach
  • Dipping my toes in the sea
  • Snuggled under a warm throw
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Baking a cake
  • New pyjamas
  • Reading a good book before I go to bed
  • A hot mug of tea with jam on toast
  • A soft, warm towel after a bath
  • An early morning walk when it’s foggy
  • Disney movies

A mug of warm tea near a pile of fluffy cushions

  • A hot chocolate or bowl of hot soup on a cold day
  • A hug from someone special
  • Doodling in a notebook and colouring books
  • An unsuspected phone call from a friend
  • Receiving a handwritten letter
  • Having fresh flowers in the house
  • Sitting in the garden on a warm summer’s evening
  • Lighting a candle in my room
  • Spending time with my friends and family
  • Someone leaving a lovely comment on my blog or my social media

There are so many more things I could add to this list but I’d be here all day! Above all else, the one person who makes me happy no matter what is my hubby, Adrian.

What simple things make you happy?

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A mug of warm tea near a pile of fluffy cushions

I’ve lost count how many night’s I’ve spent tossing and turning because I’ve not been able to get to sleep and this was putting added strain on my health. I’d finally had enough when it started to affect my relationships and stopped me doing activities I enjoyed doing during the day. I would be at the point of exhaustion where I’d almost fall apart at any stressful situation and don’t even get me started on the dark circles and heavy bags under my eyes, there’s only so much a concealer can do! Obviously going to bed earlier would be a good start and I decided to make a few changes to make sure I got a better night’s sleep.

Bedroom

Changing my bedroom into a place where I’d want to spend time relaxing before finally going to sleep was one of the best things I ever did. At one point It was so cluttered it made me feel super stressy and this was having a huge impact on my sleep pattern. So after having a massive clear out and a few tins of paint later, I started adding those extra touches to my bedroom that would make it a really cosy environment. Most sleep experts would advise a colour scheme of blue or green as they are calming colours but I chose lilac, pink and cream. I added a few scented candles to give a relaxing fragrance to my bedroom and bought some pretty, squidgy cushions for extra cosiness, most of mine are from Home Bargains or B & M and I absolutely adore the ‘Cloud Nine’ cushion with soft pom poms on from Zoella Lifestyle. The most recent addition to my cushion collection is a this gorgeous rose printed cushion from The Yorkshire Linen Company*. I’ve always loved having fairy lights in my room, even before I was blogging, so I bought some new pink rose shaped ones to hang above my bed which give off a warm glow and perfect for getting me in the mood for sleep. I also make sure my bedroom is kept at a temperature that’s comfortable for me, if I get too hot or too cold then that’s bound to have an effect on my night’s sleep.

Curtains

Choosing the right curtains for your bedroom is also important for a good nights sleep. Hang a pair of blackout curtains to keep early morning light out or stop a brightly lit street lamp shining right through your bedroom window. Again this all depends on your colour scheme but I love these ones from The Yorkshire Linen Company*, they come in pink, beige or black and a variety of different sizes. The Yorkshire Linen Company have a wide range of ready made curtains to choose from, so there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.

Bedding

There’s nothing worse than an uncomfortable bed on nights when you’re having trouble sleeping. So to help improve the quality of my sleep I invested in some soft cotton sheets and a medium weight duvet, B & M and Home Bargains are great stores for finding bedding that is affordable but still really good quality. It’s all down to personal choice and there are plenty of bed specialists around who will be able to give you advice if you’re looking for a specific type of mattress to help to get a better night’s sleep. I also keep a selection of cosy throws near my bed in case I do get too cold and need to chuck something over the duvet for added warmth.

Bedtime routine

I had to be extremely tough on myself to get into a proper bedtime routine but it paid off in the end after I started going to bed at the same time every evening. I came off social media about an hour before and guess how difficult it was not to have a last minute check on my notifications! The only way I stopped myself from doing this was to leave my tablet and mobile in another room (or at least turned off completely) so there were no distractions. After a bath and doing my skincare I’ll read for a while before I go to sleep, I keep whatever book I’m reading on my bedside cabinet, along with a notebook so I can jot down anything that’s rattling around in my mind that could possibly keep me awake. I also keep a relaxing Sleep spray next to my bed so I can squirt a small amount onto my pillow just before I go to sleep.

All these changes have ensured I get a good night’s sleep, yes there are still night’s when no matter what I do it’s just not going to happened, but at least I want to spend time relaxing in my bedroom and actually get into bed, rather than seeing it as a chore.

Do you have any tips for getting a good night’s  sleep?

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