Just Joanne

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Photos of the Week 21/03/2014

                                                             Starbucks // Bridge // Selfie
                                                               // Holi Celebrations // 
                                                            Selfie // Breakfast // Party

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Obligatory Sorry For No Posts Post

So it has been a year.

Of course, firstly I would like to say sorry for my lack (by that I mean non-existent) posts that have happened for the last year. Being short school has gotten in the way which seems like the worst excuse but I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I know what I want and what I need to do to get there and so I have prioritised that. I hope you can forgive me!

Saying this I also hope that I have gotten to a point where I am good enough with my time keeping to take half an hour out of my day to start doing this blog better. It was something I found really fun when I first started and it still is something I love to do. As somebody who does Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry there really isn’t a lot of creativity in my work and so I constantly find myself in a rut of wanting to just do something that isn’t just numbers and facts. Please don’t get me wrong; I love what I do but the human brain can only take so much calculus.

So in about a week I start my Easter holidays which marks, arguably, the most stressful times for a student. Exam period. From this I have decided that I need something that isn’t school to spend my time on so I don’t go completely crazy for the next few months as my exams are ever coming closer. I am not making promises – especially during June – but I hope to get a few posts up a week just to let my mind have a rest.

 As well as this I have an extremely long (and deserved) holiday afterwards so perhaps doing this will mean that my time isn’t completely being wasted. 

To be honest I don’t know in what direction I am going to take this blog but I have ideas. I like to think that I am slightly healthy so I wanted to attempt to do a what I ate (insert day of the week) kind of series, mainly for myself so I don’t eat badly that day. I am also interested in kind of going over my complete turn around with my attitude towards school and how I have tried to be more mindful this year, although my friends may disagree and I wouldn’t dispute it. 

I also see this blog still having a few beauty and fashion bit but definitely not as much. If there was something I realised since starting this it is that I actually am not that fashionable or make up savvy. However I would like to still like to do a few posts such as my everyday make up look and what I have been wearing as personal style is something unique to everybody and I at least have that. Apart from that I don’t really think I am the person to be telling you what looks good and what doesn’t because quite honestly I don’t even know. 

I feel like I am being a bit presumptuous acting as if anybody even read this anymore but if anybody is actually reading this I hope you have had a good year so far. I can’t wait to see where this blog actually goes this time round!

Monday, 30 June 2014

June Favourites

1. The Fault in our Stars
I feel like at this point you must have been living under a rock if you haven't at least heard of The Fault in our Stars (or you just don't have to endure being around teenage girls). It is an amazing book which emulates in the film (which i may have had the opportunity to watch at the London premier!) and the soundtrack goes perfectly.

2. Lush's Ultrabland
If you have dry skin I would recommend that you get off your computer, get five pounds and go to your nearest Lush store. Now. This has ended up replacing my whole nighttime routine because it is so good at taking off make up and moisturising with the littlest amount of effort.

3. Britney Spear's Midnight Fantasy
An oldie but a goodie; I've gotten back into using this perfume. It's so light and summery and just smells so nice!

4. (Not so) White Platforms
I have been using these religiously all month. They go with so many clothes and gives me the height of a heel whilst keeping my outfits casual and my ability to walk worthy of walking outside.

5. Astor's Soft Sensation Lipcolor Butter in 005 Pretty Poppy
I've never really owned orange-based lip products but as summer is here I thought I'd invest in one. It's such a pretty colour and is so moisturising. However, I will add that - as with a lot of lip products - it does not last very long.

6. Sleek's Storm Palette
My sister kindly gave me this palette recently. I love the array of colours which are neutrals in mattes and shimmers, making them perfect for both everyday and special events.

7. Kobo Mini
Last year I invested in a ereader but it has just been sitting in my top drawer for most of the year. However, for my English Literature course, I get to chose which books I get to write an essay about next year. Having this has given me the ability to read whatever book I want (well, the ones I'm allowed to write about by my school) without having to lug them around with me the physical copies which I am out and about.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

70 Calorie Mug Blueberry Muffin

5 minutes
What You Will Need
  • A mug
  • 3 tablespoons of oatmeal (30 calories)
  • 1/4 of a banana (20 calories)
  • a handful of blueberries (15 calories - unless you have a massive hand).
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened almond milk (5 calories) 
  • some water (if needed)
  1. Blend the oatmeal until you get a flour-like consistency. If you want to add a bit more texture, you could leave half not blended and just add it to the mixture. 
  2. In the mug, mash the banana until it turns into a paste.
  3. Add the almond milk to the banana.
  4. Mix the oatmeal with the paste.
  5. If it is a little dry, add some water.
  6. Add the blueberries.
  7. Microwave for a minute or until the mixture looks ready.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Father's Day Gifts

I thought I'd share what I got my Dad for Father's Day tomorrow for anybody who needs a few last minute ideas.
Of course, along with this will come breakfast and - unfortunately - control over the TV. Father's day has definitely been made so it corresponds with the World Cup (oh the joy of 10 hours of football). I'll also be making cupcakes which will be shared only if they don't turn out to be a disaster.
However, my sister and I have bought him a few presents just to show how we love him:

  1. Socks
    My Dad constantly complains about not being able to find pairs of sock (mostly at 7 o'clock in the morning which is never fun). We bought him a packet of plain black socks so, for at least for the next week, he can't complain about his missing socks.
  2. Old Jamaica Chocolate
    My sister and I were thinking of things our Dad likes and a few that we thought of were: rum, raisins and chocolate. When we saw this we thought it would be a perfect little thing to add.
  3. Costa Coffee Filter Coffee
    Another thing my Dad loves is coffee and our trips to Costa. He always says he loves their coffee so we bought him some filter coffee to brighten his mornings.
  4. 'Love You Dad' Mug
    Well, what can I say? I do love my Dad (and it will be perfect to serve the coffee in tomorrow).

I hope I gave you a few ideas for to tell you Dad how much you love him even if you act like a moody teenager who may or may not spend 99% of their time in their room (I'm not at all describing me).

Thanks for reading and have a great Father's Day weekend! 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Being Comfortable Without Make Up

Hi I'm Joanne and I am a make up addict.

Over the last year I have become very dependant on make up. I felt like I could not go out without any; I would be late and rushed just to wear some eye-liner. So, over the last month I have been making a change.
If I have the time, I'll do my make up. However, if I don't I will just leave.

I have felt myself become a lot more comfortable in my own skin and slowly my idea of 'no make up' has gone from a full face of make up to actually nothing (although, I must say in the picture above I am wearing my 'brows).

I'd really suggest to give no make up a go. Be comfortable in your skin!