Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Man And His Pigs

After a night of very little sleep, I've been sat staring at my laptop for ages, not really doing much but hoping for a pop of inspiration from some corner of the interwebz. On days like today, there's nothing I love more than cuddling up with my furbabies and relaxing and that's when I came across this beautiful article about a farmer and his pigs that just melted my heart.

Otchan, is a pig farmer who shares a very special relationship with his super cute pigs (he has 1,200 of them). Japanese photographer Toshiteru Yamaji, spent 10 years with Otchan, documenting his wonderful and unique relationship with his pigs. Otchan spends his days singing to them, playing guitar, cuddling, talking and just hanging out with them. We all know what the job of a pig farmer is but Otchan truly respects his animals and their lives are made extremely comfortable and are clearly loved very much. It's so different to that of more Western Farms, particularly the pig farms in the USA.

Yamaji has now published a book, full of beautiful photographs of his time with Otchan. Take a look below, honestly, they are just too cute for words!

If you would like to see more of the photographs, please check out the book. It's called 'Pigs and Papa' and is available on Amazon.

I'm super sorry if this blog is a bit..off..but I need some sleep asap.

Do you think all farmers should treat their animals like this?

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

20 Facts About Me

Today, I'm finally coming back to blogging after a month off. Life has been really up and down lately (mainly down) which is why I've not blogged for a while. I just haven't had the energy or the confidence to sit down and write but I've missed everyone so much so *fingers crossed* I'm back. 

Being away for a while has kind of left me a little lost with what to blog about so I thought maybe a 'Facts about me' post would be a good starting point? I've seen this tag a lot on Youtube recently so I figured, why not give it ago..ok let's start,

  1. My middle name is Jane
  2. Favourite colours are mint and soft pink
  3. I live with my amazing fiance/best friend in the whole wide world, Declan aka Deccy 
  4. I have a cat. She's half persian and half tabby. She's called Dusty! 
  5. I named my cat after the 60's pop icon Dusty Springfield, who is one of my biggest inspirations. 
  6. I have a hamster called Mr Jangles. He's long haired and loves peanuts and banana chips. 
  7. I have 2 older sisters. 
  8. My sisters told me when I was little, that fairies came to play in my hair at night and that's why you wake up with knotty hair. Fully believed that!
  9. I would love to go to Japan. I'd like to live there someday. 
  10. I used to travel to Spain every year to visit my Grandad who lived there. 
  11. I've been a vegetarian for 11 years now. 
  12. Favourite animals are Slow Loris, Sharks and Penguins. (but I also love cats and dogs)
  13. When I was 17, I won a scholarship to go to a Musical Theatre/Dance College. I trained there for three years and also met my bestest friend Lynsey <3 :="" besties="" li="" re="" still="" we="">
  14. Favourite scent, vanilla or Vera Wang's Princess perfume.
  15. My parents think I was born in the wrong era. I was meant to be a flowerchild of the 60's. 
  16. I'm recovering from a 10 year battle with Anorexia. I'm getting there..slowly.
  17. I love Japanese Street Fashion. My favourite magazine is Kera.
  18. I was born in a tiny town in Lancashire. Deccy still laughs at my accent sometimes :')
  19. I love learning about different cultures. I would love to travel to Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea and America. I also love art and would love to do an Art tour around Europe.
  20. I don't like hugs.   
I really hope that you liked this little post. I would love to see you do a 'facts about me' blog too, would be lovely to see what you're interested in! My blog has also had a little tidy up, with some new headers and cute stuff, let me know if you like the new design. 

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have an amazing day

Sunday, 16 March 2014

What's In My Bag: Travelling Light

One of my favourite types of blog post to read, are the 'What's In My Bag', mainly because I'm pretty nosy but I just love seeing what people carry around with them and what their essentials are. My bag is usually full of crap, old receipts, loose change, a million lipsticks but I'm trying to be good and only carry around what I need for that specific day.

My favourite item in my bag are my new sunnies. Forever, I've been drooling over the famous Vintage Half Tint Chanel Sunglasses, I've wanted a pair for as long as I can remember but *sobs* they no longer sell them so I had to find the next best thing. The quality is nowhere near as good but they look cute so that's what matters right? The newest thing in my bag is this super cute coin purse that I got as a surprise present off my sister. I love the cute kitty and the purse is the perfect size for all the loose change floating at the bottom of my bag.

I really hope that you liked this post and if it's something you'd like to see more of, let me know! Have an amazing week everyone and take care.

What's your one 'must have' item in your bag?

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Favourites: Beauty, Life and More

There's been a few things over the last month that I've been really loving and wanted to share them with you. It's mainly all beauty things which I've been slowly getting more and more interested in and then a couple of random bits and pieces. 

First up is the GHD Style Heat Protection Spray. This is a super lightweight spray, it doesn't leave your hair look oily and you can use it on either damp or completely dry hair. I used to use the Aussie Heat Protect Spray but I found that it was too heavy on fine hair. This spray from GHD is perfect for any hair type but especially if you have fine/thin hair. 

Sticking with hair care, the next product that I absolutely can't live without anymore is the MoroccanOil Light. This little bottle of win is amazing for healing dry and damaged hair, making your locks feel all smooth and cared for again. Although it's pretty pricy for such a little bottle, you really don't need to use that much of it. Just a teeny pea-sized amount is enough to rub through dry ends before blow drying. It smells amazing too! 

Next up are three super cute Nail Paint's from my fave drugstore brand Barry M. The Silk range have some super cute colours, perfect for Spring. They are all pastel and look really pearly on your nails. I'm a bit of a nail varnish addict and these are definitely worth taking a look at if you love pastel colours. 

Sleek is a brand that I'm slowly getting to know. I was told about it by my beautiful friend who is also a super talented MUA (link to her blog here) and I've been loving their products ever since. I'd been looking for an affordable brow palette for a while after my Urban Decay one ran out and I came across this one by Sleek. It comes in a few different shades, I picked Dark though I wish I'd have picked Darkest. Inside, you get a pigmented wax, a powder, a small pair of tweezers and two brushes (one angled, one flat). It's so easy to use and perfect if you kind of suck at eyebrows like I do. The product lasts on your brows all day so no need to touch up or be worried about smudges. 

The next thing I'm really loving is a little odd but I thought I'd throw it in there anyway. This year is looking to be a busy one, with lots of little trips plans, conferences, meetings and adventures, so I really wanted to treat myself to an Organiser. There's something about buying an organiser that makes you feel all grown up! This little cutie is from Paperchase and is one from their own collection. I looked at some FiloFax one's but couldn't find a design I liked so Paperchase won. It has lots of different, colour coordinated sections to keep your schedule all neat and tidy. I know a lot of people like to use their phones and apps for this but I just can't get used to it. The good thing with an organiser is that you don't need to throw it away once it's used, all you do is by replacements diaries and away you go for another year.

A few other random things I've been really loving:

True Detective! Oh holy shit, that t.v show is just freakin amazing! From the title, I really didn't think I was going to like it but after the first episode, I was totally hooked. If you like anything dark, creepy, kinda fucked up but funny, give this show a go!

Calm.com is a website that I've been really liking recently and even downloaded an app for my phone. It's a super easy way to take 5 minutes out of your day to just sit and relax. If you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks, I highly recommend this app and website.

'Far From Any Road' is definitely my song of the month! It's the theme tune to True Detective and I've pretty much been playing it non stop. If you like something similar to Johnny Cash or something a little dark, check it out!

Ok, that's everything that I've been loving over the past month. I really hope that you liked this blog and if it's something you'd like to see again, please let me know! Have a great week everyone.

What's been your favourite thing this month?

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Challenge: Pursuit of Happiness

Happiness is a funny little thing that's so important to our everyday wellbeing but something that's so easily forgotten. In today's busy lives, we're constantly buried in work, busying ourselves 24/7, meeting the needs of others and making them happy but often we forget to make ourselves happy in the process. It's easy to get lost in a day but today, I'm here to challenge you!

Happiness comes from so many different things, it can be something very small that makes you light up inside, it could be something that you do for yourself, or something that a friend might say that makes you feel happy. So here's the challenge:

Tomorrow, take just 5 minutes out of your day to do something for yourself that truly makes YOU happy. 

This can be ANYTHING at all. It could be something as simple as lighting your favourite scented candle and getting lost in it's yummy smell, treating yourself to something special, enjoying a conversation with a friend/loved one about something that you love and makes you happy. It could be taking a walk through your favourite park or even just taking a moment to sit and think, "yes, I'm ok". What I'm trying to say (in a very long winded way) is that happiness is so important to our health yet something that we often forget to do for ourselves. Taking just 5 minutes out of the day to do something nice for yourself could honestly make you feel happy inside and with that happiness comes better health, better outlook and less anxiety. For me, listening to some of my favourite music, just by myself, fills me with the happy feels, so I've created a mini playlist below. You never know, you might find your happy song there too.

 Happy Place by Kowareta Doll on Grooveshark

If you do accept this challenge, then please let me know what you do! I'd love to hear about what makes you happy. You can either leave a comment or just tweet me ^^ Good Luck

Be Well 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Life In A Bubble

"you were born in the wrong era!" my parents have constantly said to me and they have a point. I fell in love with the 1960's from a very young age, bopping around to the likes of Dusty Springfield and The Everly Brothers, backcombing my hair into huge beehives and lining my eyes with thick eyeliner. Yep, I'm definitely a 60's flower child and the other day, I came across this beautiful pictorial from 'Harper's Bazaar' 1963, called 'The Bubble Series'.

This series was shot by photographer 'Melvin Sokolsky' whose vision came from a re-occurring dream he had about being inside a bubble and floating over exotic locations. He was so inspired by his dream but he was worried that it may be too complicated to portray what he saw in his mind onto film.

"with the awareness that I was prone to live in my own head much of the time, and inclined to severe self-criticism, I began to have doubts whether I could create images on film that reflected the images in my mind's eye"

The shoot took place in Paris and to me just describes the 1960's perfectly. It's an era were a lot of new and exciting things were happening especially in the world of Fashion and Art. This photo series shows that anything is possible, it's exciting, makes you wonder and beautiful to just get lost in. 

For more info about this series and more from Melvin Sokolsky, please check out the website HERE

What's your favourite era?

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Saturday, 1 March 2014

London's First Cat Cafe: Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

The day has finally arrived, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium is officially open! London's first Cat Cafe opened it's doors today and it looks to have been an absolute success. After so much planning, crowd funding, legal technicalities etc..London now has it's very first and very unique cat cafe, home to the cutest rescue cats and a place in the busy city where you can relax, have tea and snuggle some kittens.

You might be wondering what a Cat Cafe is? Well, the very first Cat Cafe was opened in Taiwan and became very popular with Japanese Tourists. Later, in 2004, Japan opened it's very first Cat Cafe and they have been increasing in popularity ever since. The reason for Cat Cafes in city's like Tokyo is because many apartments/houses do not allow pets in them so a Cat Cafe allows you to spend time with cute cats and take a moment to relax from city life. The cats are rescue cats and some Cat Cafe's even have a rehoming program. For most Cat Cafe's, you pay an entrance fee and then you are given a set amount of time to play with the cats (usually about 1-2hours). During your stay, you can usually find beverages and some light snacks, you can also pay for kitty treats so you can feed the cats too.

So, let's meet the cats at Lady Dinah's!

The cafe will be open from 11am to 11pm, 7 days a week! There is a £5 entrance fee and a lovely menu filled with tea, cakes, sandwiches and gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan options too. For the safety of the cats, there is an age limit of 8 years and over, which I think is really sensible and a good idea of how well these cats are going to be looked after! Inside the cafe, you will find 'cat only' zones and a 'cat only garden', giving a safe place for the cats to go too during their busy days playing in the cafe. The cafe is fully booked all the way through March, so if you want to visit, eat some yummy treats and play with the cutest of cats, then BOOK NOW

I'm so excited to visit the cafe in person, later on this year. Animal welfare is so important and something I feel very strongly about, so I'm super happy that London now has a place for rescued cats to feel safe in and for people who aren't allowed pets, to have somewhere to go and relax.

If you would like to know more about the Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium or would like to book a table, please CLICK HERE

Would you like to go to a Cat Cafe?

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