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spotting the signs of a toxic relationship ~ guest post!

The saying is true, love is blind, and when you’re in love it can be easy to look over certain actions or behaviours of your other half. But constant put downs amongst other things shouldn’t be something that should be overlooked.

These are the signs of spotting a toxic relationship that we should be aware of, because if they continue they’re not only going to leave you feeling low in mood and self esteem, but in time they might get worse and result in an abusive relationship that really affects you.

Spotting the signs of a toxic relationship can not only be beneficial to you, but for your friends and family too. Letting them know and be aware that these actions of other shouldn’t be tolerated, no matter what the circumstance.

Constant belittling; 

Joking and laughing is an important part of any relationship, however if you’re the constant source or butt of their jokes then this could be a toxic sign, especially if you’re left feeling belittled by their words. If this is constant it’s likely they will wear you down, and leave you feeling bad about yourself and this is something that no one deserves to feel at any point.

A sense of dread; 

If you have a feeling of dread about seeing your partner this should be a clear indicator that something isn’t quite right in the relationship. Whether it is pre-arranged plans to see each other or you’re heading home from work to the home you share it’s a red flag if you are worried to see them. A relationship should be a positive part of your life, and if they’re making you feel uncomfortable when you’re around them then it’s time to cut them out.

Only take from the relationship; 

A relationship is a two-way street, and as much as you take you should be willing to give. If you find that your partner only wants thing to go their way, they’ll make all the important decisions, they control conversations, they don’t listen to when you’ve got things to say, these should all be red flags that they’re only in it for themselves. Yes, we can all be a little selfish at times, but if they’re constantly taking from the relationship and giving nothing back it’s a sign that things are a little toxic.

No chance to grow;

It’s a part of life that we grow and change as we age, however if your partner is putting a stop to this or refusing to help you with your plans and goals then something defintly isn’t right. If someone is preventing you from changing or being a better person, this can be a sure sign that your relationship isn’t healthy.

No empathy; 

They might not being mean per se, but small things like ignoring texts, showing up late or cancelling plans without good reason without apologising can be a sign of a toxic relationship. This is because they’re not valuing your time and the effort that you’re putting into the relationship. Once is an accident, but if they’re doing it frequently you need to rethink your part in the relationship. 

If you’re in or have previously been in an abusive relationship you can seek help from doctors and psychiatrics, and even claim compensation as a victim of abuse.

 

R PLACE ~ doughnuts!

I think realistically this is the most exciting blog opportunity to date. I’m so excited to be writing this, a food review!! on a pop up café!! EXCITING, right!? So the pop up café in question is called ‘R Place’ it’s ran by two lovely ladies that became friends over their love of rock music & cuppa teas, perfect! They went from a permanent location in Newcastle to using a converted (very cool) Bedford CF truck, and basically the pop up wherever you want them, any events you can think of! They also do home delivery to Newcastle and surrounding areas!

The menu consists of doughnuts & drink, I mean that is bloody perfect menu! In all honesty I’ve never quite tasted doughnuts as good in my life (.. and I’ve tried a lot). Now I’ve been very blessed to choose 4 doughnut (from the huge list) to try out and tell me opinions on, so here I am, let’s get chatting about doughnuts!

One of my favourite combinations in the world is bacon with pancakes so when I noticed a maple bacon doughnut on the menu, I had to choose, and WOW, oh my goodness, what a taste sensation, it’s the best thing I’ve put in my mouth if I’m honest, I’d be happy with a box of 24, honestly YUM. ps. look how crispy the bacon is, gosh my favourite!!!

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Next one of my second favourite food combos is chocolate orange, again this was just a delight, a delicious delight, the perfect amount of chocolate and orange, just so divine. The orange zest is on the top, but also through the doughnut! Also the doughnuts themselves aren’t heavy or stodgy, you know you get some like that, these are so light and just wow. (can you tell I’m a fan..)

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I used to always eat the rhubarb and custard sweeties, and thought I better just choose this to see what rhubarb and custard tasted like in doughnut form. This had huge chunks of rhubarb which had been caramelised on which is fab and vanilla custard icing on, big yum from me!

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When you get me into autumn / winter I’m always thinking about black forest hot chocolates, you know seasonal. Yes you better believe they have a black forest meringue doughnut!! This has lemon in the doughnut it’s self, lovely fruity icing and mini meringues, how blooming cute, plus how pleasing to the eye!?

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I mean overall I’m a little obsessed, I know where I’ll be going when I want a doughnut or 12. The range that they do is literally incredible, they’ll have something for everyone I’m absolutely sure as there’s over 40 flavours!

I’ll leave a few of their links so you can have a little look for yourselves. (you so should) Website ; Instagram ; Facebook. If you want to order the doughnuts/drinks to your home just give them an email ~ itsrplace@hotmail.co.uk ~ they can give you a menu & prices from there!

Just want to finish with a huge thank you to the ladies at R Place for bringing me these doughnuts yesterday, I love them of course and I’m going to rave about constantly haha!

Xx

THE BOOKS I’VE READ IN AUGUST

I’ve only very recently got myself into reading, and like most things I do in life, I don’t just ‘like’ them, I become fully hooked & obsessed, and have to buy every book I lay my eyes on. But that aside, I’ve been loving it, so relaxing. You see I always thought I was a super slow reader, but here I am, I’ve read three ( !! 3 whole books !! ) in August ( ! pat on the back there Sarah ya gem ! ). So I thought ( if I keep up the reading.. ) I could do this every month, let ya know what I’ve read in the month, and what my thoughts on the books are!?

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The Queen of Bloody Everything

Synopsis

Have you ever wished for a different mother? Dido has… As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the fourteenth floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter Dido tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day Dido – age six years and twenty-seven days old – met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David. The day Dido fell in love with a family completely different from her own. Because the Trevelyans were exactly the kind of family Dido dreamed of: Normal. Joanna Nadin’s first novel for adults, The Queen of Bloody Everything, is about mothers, daughters, and how family might be what you make it, but you can’t change where you come from.

Review

★★★☆☆ ~ 3/5

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but, the thing that attracted me to this book was indeed the cover, it’s beautiful and very 70s. I wanted to be able to just step into this book, and be in the garden that was described, it’s amazing. It has a great mother and daughter focus, along with neighbour relationships. You hear all about Dido’s life from her perspective, highly recommend!

The Keeper of Lost Things

Synopsis

Anthony Peardew is the Keeper of ‘lost things’. Forty years ago he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Broken-hearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects – the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind – and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, he worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting housekeeper Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy. But the final wishes of the Keeper of ‘lost things’ have unforeseen repercussions that trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…

Review

★★★☆☆ ~ 3/5

I really did enjoy this book also, you just from the start wanted everyone to retrieve their lost things, and find out the stories that went with them. It did turn and have a ghost storyline for a little bit in the middle, but it defiantly wasn’t overpowering, or confusing, it fit quite nicely. I’d just say I wish there had been a few more stories of the lost things being returned.

Three Things About Elsie

Synopsis

Eighty-four year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a man who died sixty years ago?

Review

★★★★★ ~ 5/5

WOW, this book is the best I’ve read (granted that’s not many), but I don’t see any books beating this for a long time. I just fell in love with all of the characters, especially Florence & Jack. This was a page turner, it made my laugh at loud, wonder what was going to happen, it had me gripped, and also made me cry. It shows the effects of dementia very well, and portrays the older generation perfectly. I never wanted this book to end, and I will defiantly be read it again. Last quick point, the cover?! Gosh I love it, it’s so cosy and just perfect. If you haven’t read this, then do!

I’ve made myself a Good Reads account where ya can basically add all the books you want to read, and save the ones you’ve already read to see your progress, you can have a look at my account on there if you want to see what I fancy reading next.. ~here~!

Xx

seksy embrace ; fragrance review!

I love wearing a perfume daily, I feel like it’s the final piece of your outfit, right!? It’s what most people notice on you, and it’s something that’s very individual.

Recently the brand Seksy have launched a new fragrance collection, called Prism Parfums, Seksy themselves have collaborated with both Time Products, and Swarovski to make the three perfumes happen. The three signature fragrances are designed to embody female tastes across the globe. 

I chose the Seksy Embrace scent, as it sounded most up my street out of the three, and plus, it’s orange, well more peach, but anything warmed toned I love. ( Choosing a perfume because of it’s colour, ok Sarah, you do you ). Anyway it’s hard to describe a scent isn’t it, why isn’t someone inventing smell through screens?! Getting away from the point.. Seksy Embrace is described as floral, feminine, enchanting, and seductive. It has top notes of orange blossom, blackcurrant and pear. The heart is rich with iris, jasmine and patchouli. It’s also a little musky with vanilla, Tonka bean and praline to create a deep and opulent finish. ( !! totally didn’t read that from a sheet !! ). In my words, basically a delight, I’d say it’s more for me something I’ll wear in the coming Autumn months rather than summer, but I’ve been loving it, it’s hard to choose a scent without smelling, but I chose goooood!

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The packaging, or should I say the bottle, we must chat about that next, it’s amazing, it’s a 12 sided glass bottle, that has a lil crystal at the top, stunning! Also has a crystal that you can pop of and use as a charm, or can leave on the bottle! It’s defiantly an easy size / shape to pop in your handbag, which is always HANDY ( ! lol ! ).

Defiantly have a look at the other two fragrances over on the Seksy beauty website ~here~. And here is a lil link to Seksy Embrace ( ! my fave ! ), ~here~!

*the products mentioned in this post have been sent to me for free, but all my opinions are my own*

Love yas x

boohoo travel outfit

Whenever you’re travelling you need to be comfortable, that’s the key, but also you want to feel stylish and on trend. Well Boohoo have your back here a tell ya, they have a huge range of amazing bits to wear at the airport, or even just for a day travelling in the car. Now I was very lucky to be able to choose a couple of bits from the Boohoo Man range, I was very drawn to the hoodie selection and also picked up a lovely little holdall bag to carry everything I need wherever I’m going.

So the outfit I’ve chose for travelling was of course a hoodie, now this one in particular from Boohoo is the ‘MAN Signature Embroidered Hoodie’ and I chose the size ‘L’ so it would be a lil larger, whenever you’re travelling comfort is key and you don’t want suffocating by a tight hoodie! This hoodie is SO soft, I’m obsessed, all fluffy inside, such a dream! The embroidery is really nice on the outside too, it adds a lil something something to it, and the quality is amazing overall! I chose the shade ‘pumice stone’ and it’s just a lovely neutral grey / stone shade, goes well with anything!

For the rest of my travelling outfit I picked out a distressed hem denim skirt, with this it’s just comfy again, nothing covering your legs so it’s nice and airy could we say, yes airy. I also think this dresses up the hoodie and makes me feel pulled together, rather than a pair of joggers! I whipped on my little Primark slider shoes which again, comfort (!! do you see the reacurring theme of comfort, that’s what it’s alllll about !!), these can be slipped off easy in the car too ~if you’re a passanger~.

Now we have the bag, gosh I love bags, so I knew I had to find one. I chose the ‘PU Weekend Holdall with Zips’ in the colour brown, adds a little colour and I felt would go perfect with the stone coloured hoodie! It’s a good size bag and holds everything you need for a little travel! It has short straps and also a longer over the body / shoulder strap so it’s easy to carry!

Now one last thing about Boohoo is the fast delivery, so if you’re struggling and need that last minute outfit, or if it was a spontaneous trip, you can get what you need delivered the next day without paying a fortune!

I would recommend checking out the full Boohoo Man airport page ~they separate it for you, which is super handy~ !here! ; also pick up the hoodie ~here~ & pick up the holdall ~here~.

*this post is in collaboration with boohoo, the products mentioned in this post have been sent to me for free, but all my opinions are my own*

Love yas x

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