Racquet Magazine

"Racquet is a new quarterly magazine that celebrates the art, ideas, style and culture that surround tennis. We fondly remember the swashbuckling sport of the tennis boom of the 1970s and ’80s, and our goal is to help restore some of that swagger to today’s game. We’ll work with some of the best writers - those experienced in the tennis conversation, and those who've never covered the sport - as well as artists and photographers to explore the modern tennis landscape, bringing you something beautiful and meaningful four times a year."

This is my favourite thing I've bought in a while.  Like the above Bio explains, it's a new magazine that is all about Tennis.

The big difference is that it doesn't feel like a sports magazine, it feels like a really luxe, independent fashion magazine except its about Tennis.  It's made with the most beautiful thick textured paper and is filled with stunning photographs all taken with a view of showing Tennis in a different, more modern light.

I love Tennis so much, I basically watch Eurosport 24/7 when there are ATP matches or Grand Slams on the TV and when its not on TV, then I have about 5 apps I use to follow the Tennis tour to keep up to date, so this is legit my dream read.

It's American made so it is pretty expensive to buy over here, I think it was around £14 but I never buy magazines anymore as I just felt so super uninspired by them so I saw this as a big treat to myself.

I loved the content so much, it really is a mix of old tennis and new tennis and I really enjoyed the opinion pieces.  The only thing I would love to see in future issues is maybe the balance be more in the favour of the new generation of Tennis stars and what is going on in the Tennis world at the moment rather than in the past but overall the magazine is a real joy to read and I will definitely buy the next issue.

I bought the magazine from the online magazine shop called Magalleria.  I've never bought from them before but they were so helpful and the delivery was a great price too.  They stock so many magazines I want to read too, so I can't wait to buy more!

The Wishlist Post #2

Just before Christmas I did my first Wishlist post in a long time, I loved creating it again and you guys seemed to really like it too so I'm going to be doing a monthly wishlist post where I'm going to share all the things I wish I could buy haha!
So here we go with February's list...

1.  TV*- So this is the Panasonic UHD 4K TV and it looks amazing.  Basically its like Ultra HD and the picture and colours that they use in the TV are so true to life, that its like looking through a window rather than a TV screen.  You can also move the feet of the TV around to fit in and adjust it to where you want it in your room.  The picture quality of the TV was made at Panasonic's Hollywood labs using the same technology that is used to make movies, which seems pretty damn cool, huh?  I don't know why (I'm lying I do, I have been binge-watching The Kardashians and they have these rooms) but lately I've been thinking it would be so cool to have a cinema type room, a room with just a TV and big comfy sofa and not much else and I think this would be perfect for that.  Ahh OK so I'm off to buy a lottery ticket....

2.  Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han - Ahhh I am so crazy excited for the third instalment of this book series to come out.  Have you read these books by Jenny Han?  They are the sweetest, most perfect reads.  I'm going to be doing a review of the first two really soon here so keep an eye out for that if you want to hear more about them.  The books follow the lives of the Song Sisters and specifically Lara Jean and the trials and tribulations of her love life.  This last book in the series comes out on the 2nd May .You can Pre-Order it on Wordery

3.  Record Player - This is just dreamy looking isn't it?  I have wanted a record player like this in either cream or pink for the longest time and I just keep furiously refreshing Urban Outfitters everyday to check to see if they are in any sales yet but alas they're not.  Let me know if you guys have any recommendations of any record players too? You can buy this one for £100 on Urban Outfitters

4.  RMS Beauty Master Mixer- I have this insane love for RMS beauty and I have never even tried any of their products.  I watch youtube video after youtube video of reviews of all the products, I listen to podcasts with the creator behind the brand and I already have picked out the exact products I want to buy.  I'm a bit worried that I love the brand so much and everything that it stands for that I'm maybe putting too much pressure on the products to be as amazing as I think they will be, my hopes are so crazy high for this brand.  This is the first thing I want to buy from RMS and I am keeping my fingers crossed I'll be able to buy it this month.  RMS is an all natural, chemical free beauty line.  It was founded by Rose-Marie Swift who is a legendary make up artist and she created the line after she found out what all the chemicals in the makeup she was using were doing to her health.  This master mixer is basically a do -it-all product.  You can mix it in with your foundation for a glow, wear it as eyeshadow, mix it in with your lipsticks and glosses, wear it as highlighter.  It seems like a real wonder pot and I've really only ever heard good things about it.  I am so excited to try some of this range and I'll be sure to put up the reviews if I ever get my hands on this stuff. You can buy it from Content Beauty for £30 (I'm also in love with this store, it is filled with all the products I want to have in my makeup bag, it's an all-natural online makeup store.)

5.  Shirt -  Just a super beautiful shirt.  I really love this sort of blush pink and I love the over- sized shape and writing on the back too, so cute to just throw on over some jeans.  From Missguided £35

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Review


I just wanted to share with you a new lip product that I'm really loving lately.
It's the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Amsterdam.

I've tried quite a few of the Soft Matte Lip Creams now and I've really, really liked them all, although I would say the Butter Glosses from NYX are still my all time favourites.

The lip creams are such a lovely velvety texture, so smooth and soft on your lips too.

Amsterdam is a really strong, bold red colour.  I've seen it look a little more Orange/Red on people but on me it seems to be a really bright red.  It's such a statement shade so I tried to keep the rest of my make-up super simple.

It's funny because the other Soft Matte Lip Creams I've tried from NYX were really pale pink and peach shades and I didn't think the staying power of them was very strong at all, I would say they came off my lips within an hour or so but with this red colour it was still fully intact on my lips after wearing it for most of the day.  I think the consistency of this shade was a lot thicker so maybe that's why.

I'm such a fan of this colour and I know that I'll be wearing it all through summer too!

You can buy NYX at Boots for £5.50

P.S I got my hair done again, I'm now sort-of-nearly blonde again, yah!

Songs That May or May Not Change Your Life


Hey beautiful people,
This song is just dreamy and it's what I've had on repeat for the last week or so.  It's just so perfect...
Press play and enjoy...
I hope you are all having the most wonderful Monday so far...X
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Tips for having a calmer day...


At the start of the week I posted all about my love for Meditation and how it changed my life (You can read the post HERE).  But I totally get that maybe Meditation isn't for everyone, so I thought I would do this post for anyone who still wanted the effects that come along with meditation but without the actual...well, meditation.

I've created this post to show you that in actual fact there are so many other things that you can do to bring calmness and a sense of relaxation into your life that don't even take much effort or time and are pretty fun!

So here goes....

1.  Origami- This is the art of paper folding.  It's the perfect thing to relax and calm your mind after a stressful day.  Focusing all your concentration on creating folds to form shapes and designs has been shown to help with anxieties, addictions and overall wellbeing.  This is a perfect way to bring calmness into your life with little effort. 
Origami, once broken down and explained well is so simple to pick up and these two books by Samuel Tsang are just amazing at showing you how to learn.  Not only are they beautifully designed books they are also so easy to use and filled with the most wonderful origami. Samuel takes you through step by step how to create the most basic to the most intricate designs, so there really is something for everyone.  I love how easily accessible origami is too, all you need is a piece of paper and that's it.  Both books are equally amazing and both have beginner level up to advanced level designs.  I really, really recommend them both and once you've learnt the art you can make these shapes whenever or wherever you are as a way to de-stress.  You can buy The Book of Mindful Origami* on Amazon and The Magic of Mindful Origami* on Wordery or Amazon too.

2.  The Little Book of Inner Peace* - This little book (it's just a bit bigger than the palm of your hand) is all about the different ways to bring peace and calmness into your life.  It's basically this post but in book form, it covers a range of topics like meditation, breathing techniques and alternative, practical ways to have a calmer life.  I read it in one sitting as its small but its really packed with information and I really took a lot away from the book after reading it.  This would be a perfect one to gift to someone or if your someone who can get anxious or stressed when your out and about then this would be great to carry with you.  Perfect for on the go and all the techniques are so quick and they really do work, especially the breathing tips.  You an buy the book on Wordery 

3.  The Mindfulness Colouring Book - This is something that most people have heard of but colouring-in really is a great way to relax your mind.  It works in the same way that Origami does by distracting your mind and making it really concentrate on something else, your body without trying then naturally calms itself down.  This book is beautiful, again it's smaller so you can throw it in your bag and carry it around with you for whenever you might need it.  I love all the different patterns in this too, so many great shapes and designs but nothing too tricky.  You can buy the book on Wordery

4.  The Pocket Pema Chodron - This is such a little gem of a book.  Again it's really small, even smaller than the little book of peace above.  I actually first saw this pocket version on Anna's beautiful blog HERE and straight away knew I needed it in my life.  Pema Chodron is a Buddhist nun and this little book is full of words of wisdom from her.  Just a few lines on each page, about different subjects but it really is a perfect book to always carry with you and open to give you a bit of advice when you need it.  It's a really great book especially if you don't have a lot of time at the moment to read but still want some words to calm you down.  You can buy it on Wordery

5.  Read a Magazine - It might sound simple but again like the colouring book and the Origami, when your in a time of stress or being overwhelmed all you need to do is distract your thoughts to feel that almost instant feeling of relief.  So reading a magazine, taking even 10mins to sit down with it and really focus your mind on it, take in what it's saying and look at the pictures.  It will give your mind a few minutes peace to calm down. Try doing this a few times a week and you'll notice the difference. 

6.  Listen to music - This again sounds so simple but sometimes it's easy to forget the simple things when you've got a lot on your plate.  Pick a song that means something to you or that you love and turn it up really loud and listen.  A bonus would be dancing along to it and really letting yourself just go for those 3 or so minutes. My tip would be pick a song that makes you think of good times, funny times or even just summer in general, its an instant mood booster.

7.  Listen to a Podcast and paint your nails - This is one of my favourite things to do lately as I just find it so relaxing.  You kind of get double for your money here, some pampering and some calmness in your life all in the one go.  Pick a podcast that really interests you or makes you laugh, there are literally thousands to choose from (HERE are a few of my faves and I'm doing an updated list soon) and you can choose the length of time they are on for too.  Your mind will be focused on your nail painting and the podcast at the same time so you should feel super chilled after this, I always do! Bonus, your nails will look beautiful too....

I hope so much that you liked this list of different way to brings some calmness into your life and I hope you find something that helps you have some more chilled out moments in your day....

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