I haven’t given you a life update since September, so it’s been almost two months into a lot of changes, and I thought I would fill you in. For this one, I’m including photos that I snap as well, as I find that always makes it interesting! Some of these are from my Instagram and some of them are just from my camera roll on my phone, so they haven’t been shared anywhere yet.
First of all, since I announced that I was quitting my fashion blogging career and making some changes, I’ve been so much happier! I’ve felt a lot more relaxed and calm, even though I have been finishing up collaborations I had in place, I’ve felt like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, so it was definitely the right decision. It means I can post more content that I want to, like updates and whatever else I want as I have a more clearer schedule. I definitely don’t regret it!
Secondly, which is what the photo above is about, I’m getting a second lobe piercing soon. I’m just waiting for the piercing salon to get the little white gold moon studs in that I want. I’m actually really nervous, and already explained that to the owner of the shop, and he’s understanding. I have my ears pierced already and I got that done (twice actually as the first time I let them close over) with a gun machine, so I wasn’t too freaked out, but since those aren’t sterile now, they pierce with needles and that’s what’s scaring me so much since I’m so phobic. With that in mind though, it’s something I want done and something I will do, I will just push past that boundary in my head which is creating the fear. I will just focus on how pretty they are going to look. I’ve already ordered some silver star huggie earrings to go in my current holes, so the tiny moons will look cute next to those!
Above is a photo of 3 different Allsaints leather jackets that I tried on in their store. I’ve been eyeing these up for a while and a burgundy leather jacket has been on my wish list for years, but I’ve never found the right fit or shade, and I was hoping one of these might be it. They currently have 20% off right now so I have ordered all 3 on my credit card to try! You might remember them from my blog post I did a couple weeks ago, 10 must have Allsaints leather jackets for Autumn Winter 2018. I will be sharing on Instagram the photos/videos of how I get on with them, and if my search for a burgundy leather jacket is finally over or not! In the meantime, take advantage of that 20% off as it’s sitewide on everything for today only!
This was an Instagram photo I shared (@LornaRaindrops) as I absolutely love these Victoria Secret bralettes. I don’t usually get on with that style of bra since I have a larger bust, but they are great!
Two amazingly gorgeous sunsets that I saw over the past couple of weeks. When the sky is this vibrant and the clouds are swirling into shapes, it always calms me and makes me feel happy. Everyone always forgets how powerful and beautiful nature is, and how important it is due to our hectic lifestyles and constant reliance on technology, so I feel like this is the earths way of reminding us now and again to look up and not forget the power it holds.
I’ve been experimenting a lot more with my make-up now and have found a whole new brand that I use. Well I say new, I used to use Bare Minerals all the time when I was a lot younger, but found it too drying, so changed to Barbara Panagos, who I was using for years, but she went out of business this year. I was looking for a month to find a suitable powder that was ok on my skin and then eventually settled on Bare Minerals again. The new formulas are wonderful! It covers my skin perfectly (including the acne and scarring) and doesn’t clog up my skin or feel uncomfortable, so I’m getting on well with that. I also use a Laura Geller blush and have been using a new set of eye shadow palettes that were gifted by L’Oreal. Love them!
Speaking of skin though, I actually had to go to the doctors for it because I changed my diet a bit and started including nuts, which was a huge mistake. I seem to have a big intolerance to nuts as they made my face explode with spots. All around my entire jawline and cheeks, which has been that way for 2 months, and it’s the worst I’ve ever had it, so I’m currently 3 weeks into using DUAC Gel from my doctor’s prescription and even though the side effects have been horrible, I have stuck with it and I’m finally noticing improvements already. I just have to make sure I don’t use too much and I keep my skin hydrated as it can burn/flake/itch regularly – sounds lovely right? Ha ha. Has anyone else experienced such a bad reaction to nuts?
I’m sure you might have seen from my IG Stories that my buying ban is definitely over! I can never resist anything in the Autumn and these are two new scarves I got. The first one is Joules (click here to buy it) and the second one is Burberry (click here to buy it). You will of course see these in my outfit posts coming up, but I just love them! The Burberry has been on my wish list for months as you know and I finally managed to get a discount code on Matches which was way too good to pass up! The Joules one I also got with 20% off!
Now this part is about my Physiotherapy. I mentioned to you in September that I was 2 weeks into it, so I’m now well over 2 months into it. I’m still training at home and going to fortnightly sessions at the gym with my physiotherapist, and it’s going well. I’ve increased my weights and added in new strengthening and balance exercises, and even though it’s tough and hard, I’m seeing improvements. I’ve been working on my core muscles myself at home, but I’m getting stronger. I’m getting a lot less pain in my hips and shoulders, my migraines have lessened too, so I’m assuming that was a lot to do with my shoulder muscles being too loose and falling around, so mostly all of it is good. The one thing that isn’t – my knees.
I’ve suffered with aching pain in the joints of my knees since I was a child, this would happen whenever it was damp or cold in the air, it would get into the joints and give me bad pain behind my kneecaps. I had to use a hot water bottle all the time to try and ease it. I still get that now, however the new pain for me is the same sort of bone aching behind the knee cap after I’ve walked or done exercise. Sometimes it’s to the point where I’m hobbling around because my knees are hurting so much. I had an X-Ray done as I was wondering if I was getting early onset arthritis (can happen earlier in life with HEDS) and thankfully, I don’t, however figuring out how to manage this is tough. I think it’s a tracking issue and something to do with the rubbing of my cartilage/joint when I walk as my kneecaps are not aligned correctly, but it seems to be getting worse now I’m doing physio and using my knee joints a lot more unfortunately. Hopefully I can figure this out though and when I give you my next update around Christmas, it might have gone away! Positive thinking!
This is just a selfie with no relevance other than another look at my make-up, but I also wanted to say that I’m still taking the B6 under my doctors advice for my hormonal imbalance, and I’ve found it really useful. I’m 4 months into it and it took at least 2 months to start noticing the effects and for things to settle down, but I will say that so far so good. If you have hormonal imbalance and you can’t take synthetic hormones due to a blood disorder (or just want a natural approach), I’ve been using 50-100mg of B6 powder a day and it’s working well. Just check with your doctor first.
Lastly, we just celebrated a weekend of Adam’s birthday celebrations and it was great. We made him a cheesecake, went out for some lunch, got a lot of photos done actually, and enjoyed TV time, so it’s been a productive and enjoyable weekend!
So all in all, I’m doing good, I’m keeping positive, I’m happy, I’m enjoying my blog/work more, things are improving for me pain wise, in most departments, and I’m looking forward to everything festive! Ice skating, decorations, Christmas music, Christmas jumpers, hot chocolate… Yay! Tell me though, how is everything with all of you? As you know, it is a community here so let me know how you all are and what’s new in your life in the comments below. Lorna xx.