Macro Monday - 146!

So it's Christmas this week - how is that possible? well start your week with a laugh it's Macro Monday time!


 This is the perfect jumper!


 Cat In a Bread Bin


Oh shit.



I find this funnier than I should



What?!


 lol


 haha



 All the cute



 THIS GIF



LOL



 So true.


haha



Oh dads!

Have a gorgeous Christmas!

Homemade Floral and Herb Steams!

Spa treatments are the ultimate indulgence. They can make you feel just like a queen. This time of year amongst all the partying and junk food we need a little pick up!

I just discovered that you can create home-made facials using dried herbs, flowers, and oils… and I’m quite the happy girl. Today I’m sharing 3 separate recipes with you all: one each for normal, oily, and dry skin. 

 
 
To make: Add dried flowers and/or herbs of your choice to a teapot along with 2 cups of boiling water. Allow to steep for ten minutes, then press or strain out herbs/flowers, pouring the hot infusion into a sink or large bowl. Add in any essential oils at this point. Then, hang your head over the bowl/sink, about 6-8 inches away, and drape a towel over your head, creating a steam tent. Steam your face and neck for about 5 minutes, remembering to breathe in the gorgeous scent you’ve created. Then rinse your face and neck with lukewarm water and pat dry.

You can create any mixture of herbs, flowers, and essential oils you like — just make sure to get the best quality materials you can find. Here are 3 mixtures to start you off!


Normal Skin: Use Rose Petals, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon and Geranium Essential Oil 


Oily Skin: Rosemary, Chamomile, Thyme, Lavender and Eucalyptus
 

Dry Skin: Rose Petals, Peppermint Leaves, Calendula Flowers, Chamomile, Fennel. 

You can even bottle up a dried mixture and store for later use. It should last at least a month in an airtight container. Which herbs and flowers will you add into your mixture?


Macro Monday - 145

So another week has passed, and how is it Christmas a week on Thursday?! Pretty low key week over here at Wonderland HQ, so put down the egg nog and the tinsel and get your lols on with this weeks dose of Macro Monday! 


This is me with all the party food. 



 This is me dancing.



 I always say things like this.


 I pull this face a lot.


lol



me




awww



 If you play that game, you will get this!


 Oh Mcdonalds!


Khloe FTW 



Oh Britain 



Oh dear...


 Me and my best friend



ALL THE FEELS




LOL



 Pug 'O clock


haha




Least he is honest!

Hope you have a beautiful week, beautiful people!

The Art Of Being Single




Over the past ten years, I always had a man by my side. I was always in a relationship. It was always just the way it was, and suddenly I have found myself single. The break up? was messy, it hurt, and I was suddenly very alone. Why am I now alone? What will I do? How do I do things by myself? It sounds pathetic but I had never been alone. But the reality is I am my own person, and if I can’t enjoy being single, how can I enjoy being with someone else? So here are some thing I have learnt, and realised and why you shouldn’t be afraid to be singe - trust me being with the wrong person? is so much worse.


Being single, gives you time to be with yourself, by yourself. Finally some me time. This is the time to reconnect with myself, a time where I can talk to myself, debating all the questions and answers that are bouncing in my head.  This is the time of reflection. This is the time of acceptance and letting go, which brings me to the second point…

If you don’t let go of the past, you will never appreciate the present. Yes I have fond memories of my ex, but that was in the past. I know I will always cherish those memories, but I need to stop clinging to them to live for today and plan for tomorrow. Buddha said every day you are born again—that means new experiences and adventures for today!


It’s only after you have lost everything that you are free to find out what you were missing. Now that I’m single, I have an opportunity to do all the things I put off while I was putting all my energy into my relationships. I have to believe that I will eventually have the things I lost, but for now I’m taking this time to enjoy myself and complete myself. Also change can sometimes be good.  My heart has been bashed, bruised and broken. But I don’t feel traumatised, and I know I will love again. Hopefully the next someone will treasure and treat my heart with love and respect. Staying open to love isn’t just about attracting a new relationship; it’s about being open to life.


Even if you’re single, you still have so much to appreciate.
“Being single is not the end of the world,” a friend said to me. She continued by saying “There are other problems that are more depressing than being single—hunger and homelessness, for instance.”This felt like a slap in the face to wake me up. It reminded me that even with a broken heart, I am still standing. I’m still breathing. There are still so many possibilities for me.

You’re not alone when you’re single; you still have family and good friends.
I am lucky to have a supportive mother and sister and friends. They are my sanity—my light. Spending time with them relaxes me in a way. I’m also fortunate to have wonderfully good friends who are always there with open arms, ready to listen and support me. I know for sure I can always share my happiness and sorrow with them. I can always depend on them without feeling the slightest bit of guilt. And now that I’m single, I have even more time to devote to being there for them.

 
Being single is a call to focus on yourself. Sometimes being in a relationship can make you lazy about developing yourself. You can get so comfortable that your goals take a back seat. When you’re single, it prompts you to look deep inside yourself and identify the person you really want to be—whether you’re in a relationship or not.  Something better will come your way if you’re open to it.

I found a lovely quote through twitter, “To see a rainbow, one has to pass a storm.” When something bad happens, we tend to concentrate on the negatives, forgetting that there must be something positive hidden somewhere in the havoc. You will know happiness in the future—and in the present, if you’re open to it.


Life is a balance. When there is darkness there will be light.
I believe that everything in life is a process. When something dramatic and fast hits us, it will take time to process it and start over.
I am starting over. As a newbie in singlehood I still have a lot to learn, understand, and explore. I sometimes need to be reminded to be grateful for what I have. As we all know, these words are easier said than practiced. So I hold onto one important idea that I’d like to leave you with:

Change comes from within. You alone have to decide if you want that change.




Rock The January Sales, Like A Pro!


Although many people take part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, The January sales are also a lot of fun (and for me, the sales event I like to do in person, like not online (yes actually leave my house!) Over the years I have managed to come up with a few tips to get the most our of the sales (whilst remaining dignified, we are not wild animals ladies - and fighting over a cashmere top? well that's just not very chic is it?


You can try items on pre sale - that way you know what fits, what size, and what you like (a lot of sales mean exchange or credit note only, so be sure you know what you want/need. Sounds silly but get acquainted with the store layout - that way you can get to the items, and areas you want quickly. Be friend and be nice to sales assistants (I became friendly with an Urban Outfitters assistant when I was at University and she would 'hide' items out back for me, until I came in. They are your friends, they will be tired, angry, and annoyed so place nice and get in their good books! 


One the day of your sale hunting, there is no time for friends. Go alone, stay focused, there is no time for indecision! Have you a particular piece in mind? the perfect jacket? If you are after something specific - get there early, go there first, find item, check reduction, and purchase. I sometimes do this online though if I want something specific. But many stores on the high street will do bigger discounts in the actual stores (to tempt you in!) 

Do not try stuff on in sales, buy what you planned to buy, this is not the time to think 'I am totally going to lose 3 stones so that floral mini dress will be an investment' it won't, don't buy just because it is cheap! Department stores sales are worth watching. For example Harvey Nicks will reduce things up to 4 times after the sales have started, but that really is a test of nerve and will. Expensive shoe brands such as Manolo Blahnik? it is only worth going on the first day, and in reality being in the first ten. This means swallowing your pride and really going for it.


Another thing I have done a couple of times is find out where the sales are in other fashion capitols (Paris, Milan, New York) Plan a trip there, to coincide with the dates, and get bargains that only the locals would know the value of.

Remember the trick of sales is to know what you want, your size, and what suits you. Chances are that if there is whole rail of red velvet cullotes that have been unpurchased, it's for a reason - there is a lot of crap that looks good on no one.

Do you have any sales tips?