Monday, 14 January 2019

THIS YEAR, SELF CARE IS MY PRIORITY

francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, fashion blogger, small blogger
Happy New Year! At what point in January can I stop saying that?

My main goal for 2019 is to prioritise self care. Last year, I had moments in my personal life where I wasn’t caring for myself physically or mentally and it really took a toll on me during my A levels, at work and in other personal situations. Looking back, I could’ve handled my toughest moments a lot better had I practised self care.

Self care goes beyond “taking a candlelit bath and reading a book”, it’s realising that you’re not looking after your body properly and need to change your diet, e.g. by drinking more water or knowing when you need a break and taking advantage of your sick pay. With a little bit of attention to your own self care, you will feel more connected to yourself and the world around you.

Three ways that I am practising self care in 2019:
01. Working less  
As a Capricorn, I am known to be a workaholic and there were moments last year and in previous years where I was working more than I was having days off, which meant that I wasn’t seeing family and friends, I wasn’t getting time to wash my hair or to just have a lazy day in bed. To avoid that, I cut down my working hours for this year to just 4 days a week.

02. Do more
Now I am working fewer hours, I have 3 days a week to put my time and energy into things I enjoy. I can use those days to do a class at the gym, work on my blog, see friends or explore a new town or city. I want to create a fulfilling life.

03. Invest in my skin
At the end of last year, I became a skin influencer for Dermalogica. Prior to that, I was using drugstore skincare products here and there. They’re alright but not the best. Since using the Dermalogica precleanse and special cleansing gel, I now know the importance of investing in skincare. My skin has never felt as clean and clear as it does now I’m using their products. I feel more educated on skincare now to branch out and try other skincare brands and products.

How do you practise self care?

Fran
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Monday, 7 January 2019 / Covent Garden, London WC2E 8HD, UK

LONDON'S HIDDEN GEMS

francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, fashion blogger, small blogger
This post is in collaboration with Hotels.com

Whether you’re staying in one of the hotels in Covent Garden, visiting family or planning to spend the day in the area with a friend, you can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of London and just want something you can refer to for places to eat, drink and things to do.
francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, fashion blogger, small blogger
Our first stop was Homeslice. If you haven’t been to Homeslice, you need to go to Homeslice. It’s situated in Neals Yard and they serve huge slices of pizza for £4 or a whole pizza for £20. My friend and I ordered a whole pizza because we’d had little for breakfast and demolishing a 20-inch pizza was light work. Check out their Instagram, @homesliceldn and salivate over all the different toppings before heading in.

After a few hours of mooching around Astrid & Miya, Skinnydip and a few other shops, we decided that the extreme cold weather, the high was 2 degrees last Thursday, called for a hot chocolate. We stumbled upon Aubaine. It’s described as, “a passionate marriage of French culinary creativity and the discerning standards of the London dining scene”. The price of the hot chocolate was a little dear at £4.50 but it has to be the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tried. I can’t drink coffee as it gives me migraines, so I’ve tried and tested hot chocolate from various coffee shops. I think everyone should experience a hot chocolate from Aubaine at least once.
francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, fashion blogger, small blogger
The last stop before heading home was no other than Lola’s cupcakes. Anyone who knows me in real life knows angel cake and Tottenham cake are the way to my heart. Any of Lola's cupcakes are now being added to that list. There’s a variety of flavours and sizes of cakes and cupcakes to try and if like myself, you have a sweet tooth, you can pick up a loyalty card.
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*The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own -

Fran
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