Life lately (dealing with CFS, cruelty free beauty buying, and daydreaming about Disney World).


"Life is a rollercoaster". The wise words of Ronan Keating and a phrase my friend Claire and I like to throw around quite often. That's how the past few months have been for me, a rather long rollercoaster with lots of twists and turns!

As some of you will know I've been unwell since last August when I was really poorly with glandular fever, which has resulted in a diagnosis of CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome). It's a fluctuating condition where I have good days and bad days. Unfortunately on the bad days I feel like I have been hit by a truck. I have been waiting months to see a CFS specialist and I finally had my appointment last week so I feel like that's a step in the right direction. It was only an hour's session but I have some tips around diet, sleeping, and pacing, that I'm going to take on board and a workshop I need to attend in a couple of weeks time, so hopefully I can make some improvements over the next few weeks.

Our plan to go to New York this December has been put on hold as my symptoms seem to get worse in cold weather. A couple of non-stop days in Berlin was tough so a lengthier action-packed holiday would be really difficult. I feel pretty sad about this but hopefully we can go another time and experience the mayhem when I am feeling a little better.

So on the agenda instead: a sunny holiday! I have been daydreaming about a trip to Orlando. Yes I know it's not exactly a relaxing break but you can definitely mix up busy days with pool/waterpark/shopping days. I love watching Orlando vlogs on YouTube. If I can't go myself then YouTube is the next best thing! A few favourites are:

* Helen Anderson's "Florida Diary #1" and "Florida Diary #2"
* Inthefrow's "Besties at Disneyworld"
* Laura Giknis' "Ultimate Disney World vlog and review"
* The entire See Ya Real Soon channel
* Stephanie's "Disney Wedding"
* Tamsin's recent Disney vlogs

I'm sure I will have missed some corkers. If so, be a doll and leave the links below for me!

In other news, I recently got my head out of the sand when it comes to beauty products and from now on will only be supporting companies who don't test on animals. This means having to ditch a lot of my firm favourites and find alternatives so I'll be doing a few beauty posts in the near future once I've given a few new products a decent test run. The hardest thing to replace was my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation which is the only foundation that makes my acne-scarred, super-shiny skin look half decent so I may be looking slightly ropey in future posts. Apologies in advance!

This has been a real mish-mash hasn't it?! Until next time..!


  1. Be kind to yourself lovely lady <3 Hope you manage to get into a good routine soon which helps with your CFS. You are such a wee trooper! I went cruelty free this year too and have also said goodbye to my trusted estee lauder double wear. In it's place I've been using illamasqua skin base, which is absolutely amazing! I'd definitely recommend popping into one of their counters and trying it out :) xx

  2. I've also recently made the switch to cruelty free products so it'll be good to see some product recommendations :)

    1. Cool! I will get started asap!

  3. I'm making the switch to cruelty free products for whenever I need to buy something new. Glad you've managed to see a specialist for your CFS - some of my friends have CFS and have struggled so much to get a proper diagnosis. x

    1. Ah that's sad. I do feel lucky to have access to a specialist CFS centre. It has made things a bit easier.