Wednesday, 23 July 2014

So Long Spending: 2 Weeks

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Two weeks of no shopping and I'm ready to stand up. My names Jessica and I'm a shopaholic. I think it's time I sit on a plastic circle with fellow sufferers and have an intervention. In the last two weeks I've tried to take stock of thinks I want to use up. I have products coming out of my eye balls and clothes I'd forgetting existed. I'm supposed to be living on a strict budget. Clearly this spending ban came just at the right time.

Believe it or not, but I'm somebody that gets stressed when they have too much choice or too many options. If you ask me what I want for tea, I will tell you "anything" (Yep. I'm one of those people). Not because I'm being awkward but unless I'm randomly craving something, giving me the unlimited choice of deciding a meal will overwhelm me to the extent that I just don't end up choosing at all. Think of it like an laptop. If you have loads and loads of programmes open and running all at the same time, it slows down, so eventually it will just freeze up. That's me. I freeze. I've discovered that in order to function, I'm going to have to perform and disk cleanup on my life.


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But I'm guessing you've got to this stage your wondering why does my ability to be decisive, or lack of one, make me shop more. Simple answer. It doesn't, per se, but it does fit into the bigger picture.Like most people, when I'm stressed/sad/emotional, I'm far more susceptible to the clever marketing ploys of brands, particularly those online. I'll then comfort buy, on impulse buying into whatever ideal the product promises to deliver in beautiful and well-thought out packaging.Of course you will never wake up looking like Cara after using a lip stain, yet the campaign does its job.Overwhelmed with all my binge buying (told you I'd get back to it ;)), for some reason only known to the gremlin that lives in my brain, I think I'm best off buying something else, that I can use instead of confronting the twenty million other things I have and using them instead. Very logical. And so the cycle starts again. And again. And again. Until you have an overflowing Ikea Alex and no more room in your floordrobe, let alone your wardrobe.

In the last two weeks I've been struck by some kind of vertigo and sickness bug at the same time as feeling a bit rubbish. I think I'm going through some sort of grieving period for the student lifestyle, thinking of all the things I could of done. Very much shoulda woulda coulda (good old Beverley Knight) very much harmful. It's at this time I would usually be clicking away and have that awkward confrontation with the Post Man for the 5th morning in a row. Amazingly, I haven't. Partly down to being absolutely exhausted by the time I get home from work, and partly down to being slightly more aware of my spending, and clicking. Whatever the reason, its clear you shouldn't got shopping when your not fully yourself and a bit, dare I say it, emotional. I don't think I've save up enough for my new car in the last two weeks, but Rome wasn't built in a day (maybe it could be bought though?). Until then I think I'm going to keep myself distracted and attempt to avoid the sales. Key word: attempt.

What do you think about emotional buying and mind freeze ?
xoxo
J

Friday, 18 July 2014

Rogues Oneil Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts

Bath Salts - £37


I'm always a bit wary of hype products that are supposed to transform your life, especially areas that are so subjective such as sleep. However, I've got to hand it to these little pink bath salts. They are miracle workers.

If you suffer from an over-active mind, prone to jet lag or just find getting to sleep exhausting, you should consider investing. Now. Containing 84 minerals, these Himalayan pink salts are dusted in Amethyst powder and essential oils to help re-balance your body and release toxins. It's worth noting that they aren't suitable during pregnancy and can only be used a maximum of three times a week. Simply place a small handful into your bath, soak in the water for 10-20 and regain your composure. Don't expect any fizzing or bubbles, if you turn your back, your bath salts will have dissolved. Although there's no noticeable difference to the bath, after 10 minutes, my thoughts calmed down and I was able to relax. An hour later and I felt like my mind had almost been muted. No more counting sheep, or bags, I had the best nights sleep in a long time after just one use. Although, I do think these salts are expensive, the difference this has made for me is beyond worth it. If you struggle to sleep, you'll know how exhaustion can affect your life.  A 100g bag can last 6-10 baths, so for £37 you could get around 40 baths! Not so bad for value is it?! 

xoxo
J

Monday, 14 July 2014

Lokai Bracelet

Lokai Bracelet



Lokai Bracelet
Lokai Bracelet - $18 (+ Shipping)
I am a huge fan of items which have deeper meanings. I love Symbology and have everything ranging from evil eyes to Chinese pendants. One item which has caught my eye over and over is the lokai bracelet. With many celebrities sporting one, and often being featured on the Instagram popular page, my parents sneakily ordered one for me for my birthday, but it arrived late due to being shipped from America.

Whilst this may look like your normal beaded bracelet, there's more to lokai than meets the eye. The black ball contains mud dug from the Dead Sea (the lowest point on Earth) and the white ball contains water from Mt. Everest (the highest point on Earth). Logically, these are opposite ends of the bracelet, because they represent the two extremes in life, those times when your on top of the world, and those times when you think nothing worse could ever happen. These two elements are connected by clear beads fused together (rather than on a string) to show that life is circular, there will be good times, and bad times. Just like the way you wear your bracelet, the pictures you take with it, or the places it travels with you two, your life is your story, and it's your own. I mentioned pictures, because lokai encourage you to snap pictures of you and your bracelet enjoying life to the fullest, and share them to inspire others to live a more balanced and centered life. Just have a look here or search #livelokai into twitter or instagram! I honestly love the philosophy behind this bracelet. It's a good reminder that when things aren't going your way, they will soon change, and if your on a high, to stay humble because you could easily be in the opposite situation tomorrow. 

If you want to order one, they are available here and ship internationally. A small word of caution before placing an order. The bracelets come in three sizes. I have very small hands and wrists (the size of a 12 year old) and the medium just about fits. Unless you want a close fit, I'd advise to go up to the large.

xoxo
J