I’M BACK!

Good evening beautiful souls,

Have you missed me?!

In case you’ve been wondering where I had disappeared to, I decided to take a little break from blogging! Before I left for my holiday in Germany I was stuck in a bit of a rut. I was continually feeling stressed about never seeming to have enough time to complete everything I wanted to get done especially when it came to blogging. I kept having to remind myself that this blog is only a hobby and not a job, and thus it should be fun and I shouldn’t feel like a failure if I didn’t succeed in posting often enough or regularly. It was ok if my blog posts flowed as and when I felt like writing and sharing my journey. So I eventually managed to come to terms with the fact that it was ok to take a step back from blogging and take a break for a while.

I have to admit it did me good not stressing about uploading posts on time and having a picture up on Instagram every day; it’s been peaceful. However, I don’t want to drag this break on forever and the itch to get connecting again with all you lovely lot keeps growing so here I am again – I am back and ready to get stuck into blogging again.

I also want to take this new start to slightly redirect my content/the focus of my blog. As most of you know I have been vegan since the beginning of the year and my passion for living a plant based lifestyle keeps growing, along with wanting to reduce my impact on this earth and so I really want to focus my content on plant based and eco friendly living. It will still be a lifestyle blog featuring things from beauty – cooking, but they will all be encouraging a plant based and low impact lifestyle. I look forward to developing my vegan & eco friendly lifestyle niche more and hope you look forward to learning more about these topics.

Lots of Love Carina xo

FUNKY SOAP HAUL

Hey there beautiful souls,

After weeks of steeling my housemates Bodyshop ginger shampoo I finally remembered to restock on my shampoo bars from The Funky Soap Shop.

I love these shampoo bars because they’re 100% natural, vegan and I’m supporting an independent small business. They also last pretty long and can be used as bodywash as well, so they’re perfect for traveling!!

I don’t have any favourites and just tent to buy different ones each time. Here’s what I got this time round:

Now as I’ve mentioned in a previous post these work really well for my hair now that it’s short, but when it was long I didn’t get on well with the shampoo bars at all. However as they’re quite cheap and can be used for bodysoap too, I highly recommend you give this company a go and see what you think!

Love Carina xo

DURHAM PRIDE

Good evening beautiful souls,

Today is Durham Pride and I have spent a fab day celebrating love in all its beautiful forms with a bunch of amazing people 💟

Last year I went to Newcastle Pride with this lot (it was my first pride event) and this year I was excited go to Durham Pride.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day the weather has been amazing all day. Not a single cloud in sight, just brilliant hot sunshine. Anyway, I don’t have much to say really apart from I’m glad to be part of such an amazing LGBT community and I’ve had an absolutely brilliant day, well I’m still having a fab day and thus I just wanted to share a couple of photos with you:

Makeup and festival gems at the ready!!!

The March from Durham Cathedral down to the Sands (a field by the river Wear).

Celebrating with all these beautiful souls 💟

My delicious vegan burger from the Green Guerrilla which was to die for!

As sun was out all day I luckily thought to bring sun cream with me because some of us started to turn red pretty quickly!

The vibes were all super friendly and happy. We enjoyed entertainment from Stooshe, Lloyd Daniels some fabulous drag queens as well as many other acts…

Now we’re just having a bite to eat before heading out to town for a bit. I hope you have all also had a wonderful sunny happy day!!

Love Carina xo

SHOULD I QUIT?!

Good morning beautiful souls,

This morning I just wanted to take a moment to be honest with you – and the truth is that I feel like I’m constantly struggling with my life / blog balance.

My problem is finding the time to not only create content and upload it, but also to interact with all you beautiful souls. I absolutely love writing my blog and there’s no way I want to quit, however the pressures that come with writing a blog weigh down on me nearly every day.

Sometimes I’m left feeling, annoyed and disappointed in myself because I have all these amazing ideas I can’t wait to share with you which make me feel that creating content should be an easy task; but when I don’t find the time to set ideas into motion the guilt just creeps in. These days all I’ve managed is to just about upload a new blog post on time, but I’ve barely even done that, and interaction?! What’s even is that?! It’s been far too long now since I’ve really taken the time to interact with you beautiful souls and blogs and for that I am truly sorry.

I know it all boils down to priorities and I could definitely make better use of my time sometimes, but socializing and having evenings to unwind are also important and necessary for me. And when I do get a day off, if I’m not spending it catching up on all the housework, I like to go out and do something fun for the day and so again time flies away too quickly. So I don’t think one prioritizes the other for me really, but as they’re all important to me I need to work on finding a healthy balance between everything.

I really admire all of you out there writing such wonderful blogs and taking the time to interact with others. So I just want to take this moment to thank you all for the continual support, even when I’ve not been great at returning it, it means a lot to me! I hope to see you all stick around and know that I am working on finding a better life / blog balance to hopefully give way to a better routine with less stress and pressure and thus a better blog.

Also if anyone else struggles with finding a balance and has any tips I’d love to know!!

Love you all ❤

Carina xo