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Monday, 25 August 2014

Something Very Scary But Exciting Is Happening...

Today I embark on a pretty exciting journey, so I thought I better share it with you. Let's just say, it's not a decision I've taken lightly and if I said I wasn't scared I'd be lying. I want to blog and I want to travel so I took the decision to defer my third year and head abroad to Canada so that I can learn lots of new things, move away from my degree and share my adventures with you (yes you reading right now!) It's taken me months of hard work to save up, but I don't want to limit myself when I'm out there because of money, I want to be able to travel every weekend, I have plans to do America, Canada and hopefully I'll go to Hawaii too! The best part? I can share it all on my blog and YouTube channel, we're talking Sephora hauls, American and Canadian beauty but obviously, I'll still be doing my normal kind of posts too, just expect a few more lifestyle/adventure posts too! So what have I been up to the past week...? 

The past week has been a crazy one, I've really learnt who my true friends are - as cliche as that sounds, it's really been lovely to see the effort that my friends have put in to come and visit me and catch up. 

Some of the messages of support and love I've received have been amazing too.

but cards like these just make it more difficult to say goodbye to the people I love the most.

Even though I'll be back in December to celebrate my 21st birthday (you can't get rid of me that easily!), I've really never been away from home so it's going to be very difficult. I'm extremely close to my Mum, Brother and Grandparents so it's going to be weird and sad not having them around but I feel like I need to go on an adventure and I really want to focus on my blog more!

If you read my University blog post, you'll remember I said that I really still don't feel like I've got out of University what I wanted to get out of University. Deferring and taking some time away means that I can start fresh - focus on what I really want to focus on and hopefully, have an even better University experience when I get back. 

It was the card from my Grandparents that was the best, it really made me cry. Unfortunately they can't come out to visit me because of insurance costs so that is really upsetting as I'd love to share my travels with them. My Grandma said 'this is a special journey, enjoy, touch, taste, see buildings, gardens, sky, landscapes, hear sounds, see a different way of life, don't rush, stop and look and stare, don't miss anything, keep it in your head and heart and bring it all home to remember - we will miss you very much, but it isn't forever, laugh and be happy'. Even typing out her words makes me nearly cry.

 I had a lovely get together with my best friends last week, my Mum decorated the house with Canadian flags and balloons.

betty's harrogate

I made sure I visited my favourite local cafe for some brunch, Betty's. 


I couldn't resist a British scone. If you watched my British Tag video you'll know just how much I love all things British. 

So I thought I should probably give you a little low down about what I'm taking with me too. I won't delve into it too much because I'll be filming lots of YouTube videos and shooting lots of blog posts out there, so I can keep you updated on this kind of stuff but here's a little look into my bag...

I'll be taking my gorgeous Aspinal make up bag - it's too pretty to use to be honest!

Inside; Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer, a holy grail item of mine to keep me hydrated. The Body Shop Shea Eau De Toilette, perfect for travel. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil for body and hair and face, hello multi-tasker! I love The Body Shop body oils! Clarins One-Step Cleanser... perfect for in-flight. 

Weleda have the best little travel bits too; creamy citrus body wash, nourishing shampoo, citrus refreshing body oil, wild rose body oil. 

More stuff includes; Radical youth infusion serum (my favourite), Xen-Tan mini dark lotion, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish mini, Banace Me Wonder Eye Cream.

Finally... Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil for Face & Eyes, N4 Super Comb Prep & Protect Leave In Conditioner (I got this with my Birchbox!), Perfume samples, Aromatherapy Associates bath & shower oil - uh how gorgeous? and Clarins Hydraquench mask - the only thing that rescues my dry skin. 

aspinal jewellery

As most of you know, I own a lot of jewellery and owning my own jewellery shop (LVNDR) means that I just keep adding more and more to my collection. Aspinal's jewellery roll (which matches my make up bag) is the perfect addition to my travel set.

rose necklace

I'll be taking lots of my LVNDR jewellery with me, including my favourite lucky rose stardust necklace

and look how easy it is to pin my favourite earrings onto it? Bravo whoever designed this!

So there we have it, a quick little look into my bag, a massive explanation and a little quote below, I really do feel very lucky that I have such an amazing family and friends, they've made something so exciting very difficult because I don't want to leave them! 

For my readers, thank you so much for sticking by me, I have so many exciting things to share with you, my travels have only just begun and I already can't wait to start typing and photographing my adventures for you. Bring on the stateside blogging (and many Sephora trips!)

Lots of love, Em x

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  1. Good luck, I'm sure everything will be fantastic, make the most of it as I'm sure you will be back before you know it. Looking forward to seeing some American/Canadian beauty hauls.

  2. Good luck on your travels, Em! I literally just got back from Canada less than a week ago and it was a truly amazing experience!

    I cannot wait to read about your travels!


    PorcelainShree | A Charming Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  3. What an amazing experience you're about to embark on. It's going to be something you will look back on in your old age and smile at. I think people of our age should travel as much as we possibly can as life is all about experiencing new things. Good luck! Xx

  4. You're coming to my countrey (Canada)! When I'll be healed, I plan to do something similar - I am planning a roadtrip accross Canada and the US! x

  5. That's so exciting! Wishing you the best. You should come visit California! xo


  6. How exciting! Where abouts in Canada are you flying to? Are you planning to 'settle' anywhere and use it as a base, or just keep moving?



  7. Good luck lovely! I'm sure you'll have an absolutely amazing time :) Raspberrykiss xo

  8. Loving that Aspinal make-up bag.. I've always had issues transporting my earrings around the world with me!

    Best of luck for your travels, sounds really exciting :)

  9. Best of luck on your adventures Em! It will be hard to say goodbye but you will have such a fantastic experience :) Can't wait to see your future posts :) xxx

  10. I'm sure you'll have an amazing time. I know someone who did this and loved it so much, they stayed abroad for another year. I love the Rose Stardust Necklace by the way. x

  11. Good luck! I am so jealous and this really inspires me to get out and enjoy exploring even in horrible weather :p
    I cannot wait to see what adventures you get up to! Perhaps I'll see you over there someday :)

    Peach Pow XO

  12. Good luck on your adventure! Looking forward to reading all your posts. Have the time of your life :)

  13. Good luck for your travels! Those cards are all lovely, especially the 'shine bright like a diamond' one! xx

  14. Good luck! I'm sure it will be exiting! It's amazing you have the courage to do something so "scary".

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

  15. Have an amazing time Em, this is so exciting. I wish I had the balls to go off on an adventure !
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography -

  16. Have an incredible time, wishing you the best of luck & looking forward to seeing you next year! <3

  17. AMAZING, how did you manage packing?! We leave for aus...for a month and I'm DYING trying to sort my stuff out haha! You will have such an amazing time, cant wait to read all your posts! xxxxx

  18. Good luck! Looking forward to your blog posts :)
    alicekatex ♥

  19. Can't wait to see all your posts and videos, you're going to have the best time ever. I' so excited for you :)

    Sophie x

  20. Good luck, I'm sooo excited for you! I really want to go travelling at some point but I have no idea where to start with organising it so a post on that would be fab! Can't wait to read more about your adventures x

    What Rachael Wrote

  21. This is so exciting! Hope you have an awesome time - can't wait to read your posts. Looks like you had a great send off!

    Becoming Beauty | A beauty and life blog

  22. What an exciting, if slightly nerve racking time in your life. I guarantee you'll completely enjoy it and makes lots of new friends. Enjoy your adventure and have lots of fun. Good Luck x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

  23. This sounds like it's gonna be an amazing adventure for you! I can't wait to read your posts about it. Good luck & have fun! x

  24. Best of luck, sounds amazing. Can't wait to have a read of all the upcoming posts!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  25. Good luck Em! I myself am just about to head abroad by myself to Paris for 3 months. Just to take a little break from life as it is at the moment. I hope canada gives you amazing opportunities and adventures.

  26. Oh this is the best thing you could possibly do! Say yes to every opportunity - you won't regret it! Can't wait to read all about your adventures :)

  27. Hello darling, this will really be the best decision you ever made! I was 24 when I moved to Dubai-10 years ago almost now and I have never regretted it. not even know when I am going through cancer and my family is far away. I have learned more as an expat than I ever did at school/college. Canada is the most amazing country, I am sure you will love it! And of course the world is very much smaller these days and skype is the best invention ever!!

    Good luck, I cant wait to follow your adventures!

    Also, I didn't realise LVNDR was you! I follow your instagram and always think you have lovely pieces!

    Lots of love

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xx

  28. Good luck, and have so much fun!! I recently studied abroad in London for six month (being from California) and travelled all over Europe. I had such an amazing experience, and I know you will too! It's the perfect time to travel, and you'll have a blast. I'm sure you'll hear it from everyone but take advantage of every moment and opportunity - you'll regret it if you don't! Have so much fun, xoxo

  29. You're so incredibly brave! I hope you have the most fantastic time and I'm looking forward to seeing what Canada has to offer! :) good luck lovely xxxxx

    Hannah xo | hannatalks

  30. Oh my god that's so exciting! You're going to love it here. PLEASE let me know if you make your way up to the Yukon (which I so hope you do, as it's so beautiful here!) and I'll show you around. :) I did a post here that showed some photos of where I live and talked a tiny bit about it. Yay! Welcome to Canada! :)

  31. This sounds like a fantastic opportunity :) I look forward to reading about your adventures. Good luck :)
    Aimee Belle




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