1 month of #The100DayProject – Update!

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One month has passed since I started the #The100DayProject and it is slightly harder than I first thought. OK I lie, I knew it wouldn’t be that easy. I don’t stay home every night, sometimes I get back to my flat late from work and have other work to do – so forcing myself to draw in this sketchbook can be tough! But that’s the challenge and I’m enjoying it. I’ve had a few slip ups but the main thing is I’ve been keeping up, so I’ll hopefully complete my 100 drawings in no time!

Follow me on Instagram here if you would like to keep up with my #100DaysOfSketchbook project.
I’m also going to Istanbul at the end of the week so you’ll see photos from there on my Instagram too! (SO EXCITED!)

P.S Sorry if my blog is looking a bit weird right now or there are little bugs. WordPress updates have not been great lately and me and Henry (aka boyfriend web master pro) have been so busy we’ve not had time to fix them. That related posts plugin is painful right now but proving not as easy to fix as time allows, AND we’re moving my blog over to a new server which is a ~priority right now~ . Ooof, seriously riveting stuff guys.

German Shepherd puppies!

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Over the bank holiday I visited my family in York. My parents breed pedigree German Shepherd dogs and Poppy has just had a litter two weeks ago. They are so so cute, hopefully you’ll agree! Over the 4 days I was there, they had already grown a lot. I’ll be going back to see them again in 3 weeks and they’ll be around this size! So exciting. Get ready for some puppy spam… (exit now if you don’t love dogs!)
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Horniman Museum London

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The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is a treasure trove of taxidermy, natural history and Wes Anderson style colour schemes! I love the baby pink they use everywhere, against the type – it’s perfect. It’s also an amazing place to sit and draw, it’s not super busy in there (I think it’s a bit of a London secret) and it’s got super good lighting. You’ll also find large gardens outside the building, a conservatory and a mini farm there – which is so nice in the sun. Great for an afternoon picnic after exploring the inside of the museum!

If this is your kinda thing then it’s well worth a visit and not as far from central as it seems. You can hop on the Overground from Shoreditch or Dalston, which takes around 20 minutes.
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#The100DayProject | 100 Days Of Sketchbook

I decided that I would have a go at #The100DayProject a couple of days ago. My project is 100 days of using a sketchbook. The main reason being, is that I’m a little non committal with them! I buy loads, use them a lot at first and then end up with 100’s of half full ones… (you should see under my desk). Anyway, I thought this would push me to draw in the same one every single day. It’s also been a while since I did any ‘personal’ work – just for me, for fun. It’s nice to make time to draw whatever I fancy.

You can follow me on Instagram here where I am posting daily!

Please let me know if you are taking part and link me to your social accounts if you are :)

Read more about #The100DayProject here.

My current skincare routine

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I love seeing what other people use on their skin so thought I’d share my current routine. Also I had a bad experience with the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo products a few weeks ago when I was trying to cut costs… they gave me a horrible allergic reaction and it made me realize that I should have just stuck to what was working even if it is a bit pricey.

Why I now give a shit about skincare

My skin never has been particularly bad, I never had acne or any problems growing up. But unfortunately the older I’ve gotten, the more my skin decided that it wants to occasionally look awful. Maybe it is just something that happens as you ‘age’, or perhaps the tiredness of a busy city lifestyle starts to creep up on your face!

There was a period last year that I broke out in a lot of spots (maybe the worst I’ve ever had) and the products I was using were not helping to clear it up. (I was using Liz Earle products mainly – but I felt like the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser was making my skin worse?!)

As I didn’t know what the hell to buy and felt that I couldn’t trust beauty bloggers where the author changes their ‘skincare routine’ about 1000 times a year (if something’s good, surely you would keep using it?!), I went to Space NK for some advice. They were super helpful at suggesting me some products based on the current state of affairs (I went in with no make-up, said I wasn’t rich). The girl in there suggested that I try the REN Clay Cleanser for a daily face wash initially to clear my spots, and it did actually clear my skin completely. I would also put it down to the other changes I made so here is the skincare routine I currently have. It really does keep the spots at bay (apart from the odd period one).

My five favourite products

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