Earlier today I read a wonderful article on twitter. You should read it, but for the lazy/time limited ones among you, the basic premise is that if your response to something isn’t to say ‘hell yes’ then it should be a ‘no’. This may seem reactive and excessive, and at first it petrified me as I am very much the type of person who has always dwelled in the grey area. In the past I thrived on the intricacies, the confusion, the up-in-the-air aspect of the grey area.

Hell yes

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Last week I attended the Beginners Photography Course at the London Institute of Photography*. I’ve been blogging for 5 years and my photography has vastly improved in that time (I stopped using my phone camera for a start!) but I still wasn’t happy with the way my photos looked. I used my DSLR on the manual setting, but I basically mashed buttons until the settings were exactly how I wanted them to be and god forbid if anyone touched them! I knew that I needed to discover exactly what my camera was capable of and how I could make it work for me rather than pointing, clicking and hoping for the best.

Beginners Photography Course London Institute of Photography

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If you saw my review of the Bomb Cosmetics ‘Little Hotties’ wax melts you will know about my obsession with home scents. I am a total convert to wax melts and I had seen the Flamingo Candle ‘The Melt Crowd’ subscription box on a few blogs and was immediately smitten with the idea. I took one look at the scent list and was practically throwing money at the screen!

Flamingo Candles The Melt Crowd Subscription Box

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I posted a brief introduction to rosacea HERE, including my diagnosis story and a list of common triggers. But I wanted to write about my lifestyle and diet tips for coping with rosacea.

As I have had rosacea for 10 years, I have learned my triggers very well and have now made certain changes to my lifestyle and diet that have made a huge difference. I truly believe that there is a causal link between intestinal health and rosacea flare ups, and therefore it’s one of the main ways in which I control my rosacea. Depending on your triggers, I would really recommend trying these if you feel you can. But do them one at a time to determine how much of an effect they have (and to save your sanity!):

What is rosacea: lifestyle and diet tips for coping with rosacea

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A long weekend in Paris

A long weekend in Paris

A few weeks ago, I went to Paris for a long weekend with Aaron as we had some free Eurostar tickets (after last year’s Eurostar broke down for 5 hours!). We had such an amazing time as always. Paris is one of my favourite places: the style, the food, the buildings, the atmosphere. Just everything!

We both took a ton of photos so I apologise in advance – this is the cut down version of the blog I wanted to write!

On the first day we went to Montmartre for sightseeing, wine and wandering through the art market.

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Look at my adorable Eiffel Tower collar clips from the amazing Jaymie! I bought them especially for this trip and could not love them more.

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My typical tourist nail art for the weekend.

On the Saturday we were up and out early to do some more sightseeing. I love how elegant and pretty the metro entrances are, especially compared to London’s underground ones!

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Last year when we went to Paris we visited the Pont Des Arts: in case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a beautiful bridge where people attach padlocks to the wiring of the bridge. There are similar bridges all over the world, but with Paris being the city of love this is the most well-known.

We put a padlock on it last year and decided to go see if it was still there. I was so nervous as I knew I’d be really upset if it had gone (the council remove them in waves as they damage the bridge, but they are soon replaced with more!)

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It was still there!! Eeee! We had City and Colour lyrics engraved on it as that is our song 🙂 (sorry, there should have been a soppy warning in this post!)image

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This picture shows how tightly they’re all packed in! This bridge makes me so happy, every single lock represents people who are in love and it’s pretty overwhelming when you see them all together. There must be over 30 panels on the bridge and each one is crammed with little love declarations. It is beautiful.

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Obligatory soppy photo of us!

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Moules Frites: I could live on this stuff. I would be the size of a house but I would die a happy girl!

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Then we went to the best bookshop in the entire world: Shakespeare & Co. I could live here. There are two little cubby holes upstairs where people leave notes: love notes to others, love notes to Paris, secrets…

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On Sunday we did a bit more sightseeing before we had to return to London. Starting with the Pompidou Centre, as I missed the Lichtenstein exhibition when it came to London.

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The view from the top of the escalator is pretty spectacular:

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And finally we went to visit the Eiffel Tower (it’d be rude not to, right?)

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If you made it to the end of this post I am very impressed! Have you been to Paris? Where are your favourite places to go there?

Lex

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