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Chapter 3- Ecosia

Hello Lovelies,

We’re already on Chapter 3 of the helping the environment series! Today’s post is about a tiny change that makes such a difference- Switching your browser to Ecosia!

Ecosia is like any other internet browser except one big difference- Ecosia uses 80% or more of its profits from advertising revenue to support tree planting projects. So by doing what you usually do, you’re planting trees… NO HIDDEN CATCH. It’s really that simple!

The app costs nothing to download and it’s really simple to use. I use it every day and I’ve managed to plant 55 trees from just using it as my search engine. I honestly can’t recommend it enough- download it now!!!!

Love as always,
Rosie
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Chapter 2- Reusable Straws

Hello Lovelies,

Welcome back! Another post to add to the series of helping the environment and today it’s on straws…

I am the WORST for using straws. So after seeing so many posts on social media about metal straws, I was ready to shop for the prettiest one I could find. I ended up buying a metal collapsible one, so I could travel with it and it wouldn’t take up a lot of space. I found this one on Amazon (link below) and it comes in a little pink box to keep it clean.

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It’s such an easy thing to keep In your bag, especially if you travel a lot like me. If you prefer to have a normal straw, you can buy solid stainless steel ones too, often in a variety of colours and designs. (I’m yet to find any floral ones, Cath Kidston- Hurry Up!) Amazon has an abundance of them! Alternatively, even if you don’t want metal ones, single use paper straws are better than plastic! You can get the CUTEST Paper straws.

I hope you enjoyed this little post!

Love as always,
Rosie
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Amazon Collapsible straw: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07JQMRR8W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

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Chapter 1- The Stojo Cup

Hello lovelies,

How are you all? I hope you’re all looking after yourselves during this stressful exam season! Today’s post is a start of a series of little ways to help environment…

As you are all aware, the climate change problem is getting worse and it’s all over the news and social media. So I thought I would do a little series of posts of little things you can do to help. I’m by no means a scientist and I’m not saying these tips and tricks will save the planet overnight, BUT if everyone does their bit, surely it will make a positive change in some way?

My first tip I wanted to share with you is a way to help reduce rubbish when it comes to having take away coffee and hot drinks. As an absolute coffee and tea lover, I am constantly using single use cups and straws. So I started using my reusable plastic Starbucks tumbler. This is a great solution because you can save 25p on every drink and you’re recycling… but I find it so annoying to have to carry around the flask for the rest of my day. My solution? Buy a Stojo.

What is a Stojo, I hear you ask? A Stojo is a collapsible pocket cup.

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There are a few sizes, I personally got the Pocket Cup 12oz. You can buy them on Amazon or on the company website (Linked below!) They range around £10-15 and they have sooooo many colours (I got bright pink, obviously), they’re so cute!

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I have mine in my bag for university all the time and it’s so handy, especially as they take up barely any room. I hope you enjoyed this little post, look out for another post soon!

Love as always,
Rosie
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Links for Stojo: https://stojo.co

 

 

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Happy 30th Anniversary Lush!

Hello Lovelies,

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Today’s post is such an exciting one! I was absolutely delighted when I saw that LUSH were celebrating their 30th anniversary of the bath bomb… why I hear you say? Because it means that they have released 30, yes 30, new bath bombs to celebrate AND they’re hosting bath bomb masterclasses in store too! My inner child was too excited to miss this and I was very lucky to be invited into store to try it out myself.

I made an old time favourite, the ‘blackberry’ bath bomb, which I didn’t realise was actually one of the first to be invented!? With the help of the lovely staff at LUSH I mixed the ingredients and then squished everything together. Unfortunately I had to wait 48 hours until I could use my bath bomb, but it was SO worth it. It’s a lovely uplifting and fresh citrusy (real word) scent- I LOVE IT! I then of course fell into the rest of the store and ended up with a few more items. I was also very kindly gifted a goody bag full of wonderful gifts- Thank you LUSH!

Left- Strawberries and Cream Bath Bomb | Top Right- Raspberry Milkshake Soap | Bottom Right- Melusine Bath Bomb

The new collection is so colourful and it all looks amazing but I love that it’s diverse and therefore, there is 100% a product for everyone. Also, LUSH doesn’t test on animals- YAY!

If you are an oldie but goldie when it comes to LUSH, check out your local store for the bath bomb masterclasses and look through the new collection, you will not be disappointed!

Love as always,
Rosie
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Love yourself!

Hello Lovelies,

Surprise- it’s been a while since my last post! I love blogging and really enjoy it but thank god it’s just a hobby, it’s hard to keep up with normal day to day life. We’ve hit the season of stressful spring and for once, I’m really feeling the pressure. Winter is actually my favourite season, unpopular opinion I know, because it comes with less stress AND Christmas!

With exams, essays and recitals around the corner, organisation is something I’m having to take on as a full time job. Sorting my day to day schedule is becoming a task that takes longer and longer every time I do it. But thanks to my diary, which is basically my bible, I’m getting there. (My organisation is all thanks to Kikki.K who are my FAVOURITE stationary shop at present.)

Tip Number 1- TREAT YOURSELF to new, cute stationary to get yourself organised!

 

My notebook, A4 diary and make up bag are all from Kikki.K. I wouldn’t usually carry this much make up but recently, I’ve had no time to use my make up draws every morning, so everything being in one bag has really helped. An A4 diary for me is a MUST when your schedule gets crazy. This one came with little gold stickers too which makes ALL the difference. The notebook is a little extra but it makes me happy.

Tip Number 2- TREAT YOURSELF to some beauty products and have a 20 minute pamper session once a week!

Self love is always important. Sometimes you need to take some me time to relax and re-energise. I always do a face mask, followed by a hair mask. If you’re anywhere near a Sephora, they do the BEST face/hair masks!

Tip Number 3- TREAT YOURSELF to a coffee or cocktail with your friends!

Going out with friends, even for a pink gin, or two, is important too. It’s easy to shut yourself off when you’re stressed. Get out the house, away from any work and enjoy yourself, even if just for an hour. I enjoy going out with my friends to take blog photos. I’m no professional, but we have so much fun! Check out the others girls instagrams- They’re fab! (@its.my.small.world_ and @bekiblank_ ) Here’s a few shots we took over the past few weeks..

 

To conclude this impromptu pep talk, we can do it! We can get through stressful spring and gear up to enjoy summer- Keep going!

Love as always,
Rosie
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Brussels stole my heart…

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s post is a travel inspired one and it’s on Belgium, Brussels in particular. Last summer I went to Brussels for a long weekend and I absolutely adored it. Home of chocolate, waffles and beer- what more could you ask for?

The Grand Palace, which is the central square of the city, is stunning. All the buildings are painted with gold and there’s a lovely atmosphere. (Brownie points for anyone that can spot the Starbucks- it’s the first thing I noticed!) It’s a wonderful place to visit both in the day and at night.

The Grand Arcade, which is just a few metres away from the Grand Palace, is a beautiful shopping mall filled with shops selling lace, traditional beers, waffles, ice cream and chocolate- of course! There were even a few shops making chocolates in the windows for the crowd to watch.

The chocolate shops were definitely my favourite to visit. They often had little samples to try! The shops had so many cute decorations and gifts too.

But would it be a trip to Belgium if I didn’t go into a Pierre Marcolini? I’d seen online that they were doing the mix’n’match ice creams and I knew I HAD to try one. I had mango sorbet dipped in milk chocolate with nuts and it was so good!

Another on the ‘to do’ list was OF COURSE, The Waffle Factory. It would be rude not to?! I had a Liege waffle with fresh strawberries and lotus biscuit spread. It didn’t disappoint!

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Although I didn’t actually have the waffle for breakfast… I had it for a late lunch! My breakfast was actually courtesy of Godiva… and yes, they tasted just as good as they look!

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Finally I had to try a beer tasting board. Although I’m much more of a Prosecco&Cocktail girl, it’s a must! I really liked the Jupiler beer but the Strawberry beer was my favourite! So much so, that I ended up bringing some home!

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If any of you are looking for a city break away, I couldn’t recommend Brussels enough. I barely touched the edges as there’s so much more to this beautiful city but I can’t wait to return!

Love as always,
Rosie
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The Elegance of the Opera…

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s post is about an art form I adore- Opera!

Passion, Power, Politics, the opera boasts elegance in abundance and now, it’s becoming easily accessible. A common misconception is that the opera is purely just entertainment for the rich elite, and although historically this may have been accurate, it’s simply not the case in this day and age. Opera is an expressive art form that is changing and evolving every day and it’s thanks to the opera companies such as ENO (English National Opera) and the ROH (Royal Opera House) that it is available for all.

I have always adored Opera as an art form, enough that I’m now studying it, so it fills me with joy to know that I can share my passion with students alike, or with those who may want to try something new. The grandeur of the opera house is an inviting factor alone… Have you seen the crystal chandeliers?!! the word ‘Sophistication’ springs to mind when entering the Royal Opera House. But looks aren’t everything….

When attending Opera houses like the Royal Opera in Covent Garden London, the standard is the highest imaginable. The performers have been in training for years and have a great amount of experience. You will be seeing the end result of hundreds (maybe even thousands) of rehearsal hours. Sectionals, dance rehearsals, movement classes, language coaching, the list goes on and this is just touching the edges. But the end result, that final top C the soprano sings over the orchestra before she tragically dies from a horrific and dramatic death, THAT is what makes the performance. The sense of overcoming emotions, whether that be fear, love, lust, sadness, whichever the performer is feeling, the audience must feel it too. This is why Opera is such a wonderful art.

This year, I’m lucky enough to be a Royal Opera House Student ambassador. Which has meant that I’ve learnt just how accessible it has become. The Royal Opera House is just one example of a company which have a student scheme, which has so many benefits.. FOR FREE!! Including…

  • Ten Slips and Standing tickets for every single main-stage performance at face value (usually £4–£9)
  • Four dedicated Amphitheatre performances
  • Two tickets for £10 at participating cinemas (for students only)
  • Last-minute £10 Young ROH Standby tickets
  • Discounts in our bars and reduced-price programmes on Young ROH Amphitheatre evenings
  • A price range from £1 to £25 on Young ROH Tickets
  • Access to Insight evenings (These are my favourite to attend, well worth trying!)

If you’d like to sign up (for free), you can follow this link… Make sure you use your personal email however and not your university email. This way they can stay in touch once you’ve graduated!!

http://www.roh.org.uk/for/rohstudents

Now I understand that Opera is not everyone’s cup of tea and that is absolutely fine… but have you tried it? I honestly could not recommend going to watch an Opera enough! Even if you don’t fall in love with it, I urge you to attend just one. Who knows? You may find your new passion. If you’re a young adult or a student, the tickets can be easily accessible, financially, through student schemes like Access all Aria’s (ENO) or Young ROH (Royal Opera House.)

For the Opera beginners out there, here’s a few of my recommendations for the upcoming season:

25th February-16th March
Cosi fan Tutte- Mozart
Royal Opera House, Main Stage

1st March-13th April
The Merry Widow- Lehar
English National Opera, Main Stage

14th March-11th April
The Magic Flute- Mozart
English National Opera, Coliseum Main Stage

14th June-22nd June
Hansel and Gretel- Humperdinck
English National Opera&Regent’s Park Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

22nd June-20th July
Carmen- Bizet
Royal Opera House, Main Stage

29th June-21st July
The Marriage of Figaro- Mozart
Royal Opera House, Main Stage

For those of you that are a little more experienced, make sure you definitely don’t miss:

21st March-22nd April
La forza del destino- Verdi
Royal Opera House, Main Stage

30th March-12th April
The Women of Whitechapel- Iain Bell
English National Opera, Main Stage

23rd April-10th May
Billy Budd- Britten
Royal Opera House, Main Stage

I hope you have found some inspiration from this post and I do hope you find your way to the Opera this season. Don’t forget to upload your photos and videos onto Social Media and hashtag them! (#YoungROH)

Love as always,
Rosie
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