SOCIAL MEDIA

23 May 2019

Using A Wheelchair is Not The End of The World

I have used a wheelchair since I was about 15 which is around 11 years ago. Jesus Christ when did I get so old? Anyway, I've been using a wheelchair for a long time. I use it more now than when I first got one as my health has deteriorated and will continue to do so. So why is everyone so obsessed with getting me out of the chair and walking again? My wheelchair has not ruined my life. It has, in fact, made my life a million times better. I can get out of the house more, I have less pain when out and about and I get to experience life. My wheelchair has allowed me to have the life of an average 20ish girl instead of constantly being stuck in the house in too much pain.

I am sat in a pink wheelchair amongst a pile of orange fallen leaves. I am wearing a long blue jumper, black tights and ugg boots. The background is a tree and a church
18 May 2019

Read in April 2019

April was a terrible month for reading and May has been a terrible month for writing blog posts. I only managed to finish 2 books. I don't know what got into me. I struggled to get into one of them which didn't encourage me to pick it up. I also got hooked on Bones again and finally finished the series. I'm not sure how to feel now that I don't have that in my life anymore. However, I have recently bought the Rizzoli & Isles boxset as I missed a lot of episodes the first time around. I have nearly finished series 1 already so who knows if I'll get through more books in May.

- Review of Books #7 Helen Grace Book #8

A kindle fire is pictured on a white wooden backdrop next to some roses with a chunky knit pink blanket. The cover for A gift for dying is shown on the screen.
17 May 2019

Plans for Curve Fashion Fest 2019

If you saw my post back in November or happened to be on Twitter then you will have seen that Curve Fashion Fest 2018 didn't quite go to plan. It mainly came down to a huge increase in attendance. An extra 1000+ tickets were bought compared to previous years. The venue had promised that it could cater to those numbers but in reality, it couldn't do it comfortably.

The lovely people behind Curve Fashion Festival realised they needed to make a change for it to be enjoyable and more importantly accessible this year. Zoe and Hollie invited a few of us to see the new (actually old as this is where it used to be) venue and get our feedback. You can check out Nici's post as well.

Curve Fashion fest 2019 is written in black over a pink and watercolour background. The text at the bottom reads their plans for a more accessible event

23 April 2019

Honour Your Flow Reusable Sanitary Towels

In this day and age of trying to reduce our plastic usage, reusable sanitary products have been talked about a lot. As I have a wonky cervix I don't get on well with tampons so the cups didn't appeal to me at all. I've always used pads but as most of us know they are not the comfiest things to wear. My mum then treated me to a starter pack from Honour Your Flow and I haven't looked back since.

3 reusable sanitary towels, the left one is green/blue, middle is light/dark blue with light blue wings, the right one shows the poppers done up on the back
4 April 2019

March 2019 Favourites

I don't mean to brag but this is my 4th post recently. Not only have I actually posted but my favourites post is even on time. I don't know what has happened to me. The name change and new blog design really have helped motivate me. Now, onto my favourites apart from my new design. There's no makeup in this month's favourites. I haven't really been wearing any and if I do it's pretty much all stuff that was in my 2018 favourites.

A flat lay with a bottle of body mist, a pink jar of lip a green tub of hand cream, blue wax melts, and 3 photos down the far side

2 April 2019

Read in March 2019

I managed to get another 4 books onto my read list in March taking me up to a total of 13 books this year. I need to get my shit together and read a few more if I'm going to hit my Goodreads goal of 60. I was planning on reading tonight but I can barely keep my eyes open so I'll probably have to pass. March was a pretty good month for books though. Not a single dud which is great.

This post contains books gifted via NetGalley as well as affiliate links

30 March 2019

Mothers Day Pamper At Home

So this post is late but what's new there. Will my body ever actually behave and let me function when I need to? Probably not. Anyway enough of that. It's mothers day tomorrow. How are you treating your mums/significant person in your life? 

My mum has the huge privilege of being the parent of two kids who play wheelchair basketball and therefore she has to get up at 6am to drive us 3 hours and then spend all day in a sports hall watching 3 games of basketball. We then won't get home until about midnight. Oh and this is all happening on the day we lose an hours sleep. Isn't she lucky? Honestly, I am so blessed to have such an incredible mum and I will probably moan more than her and it's partly my fault. 


I've Rebranded - Goodbye Mermaid in Disguise

If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram then you may have seen that I've had a name change. Mermaid in Disguise and @Mermaid_blogs are no more. I have been thinking about it for a while but on Friday I finally took the plunge and rebranded and I could not be happier.


8 March 2019

February 2019 Favourites

 I never got around to doing a January faves post. I mean it didn't help that I have barely worn makeup recently. I am determined to play around with more this month. I even bought a super bright eyeshadow palette to mess around with. This month's favourites isn't a particularly big one either. Just the essentials, moisturiser, highlighter and lipstick. What more do you need? Oh, the shit tons of hot Ribena I've been drinking because I've felt crappy.

flatlay with a large tub of moisturiser, 2 nude lipsticks and a fenty highlighter
6 March 2019

Read in February 2019

February was a tough month for me. I didn't feel great for a lot of it as I've been really struggling with fatigue and pain. This has resulted in a lack of concentration and the need for a lot of naps. I still managed to read 3 books though so I'm classing that as a win. I have also caught up with Greys Anatomy and worked my way through some of my Netflix watchlist. 

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kindle fire with the last lullaby cover showing. Its resting on a pink chunky knit blanket next to 3 roses


27 February 2019

Dose of Colors Mickey Collection

Two of my favourite things in life are lipstick and Disney. So when I saw that my absolute favourite lipstick brand was releasing a Disney collection I was so excited. If you've seen my Dose of Colors collection post you will know that I own a fair few of their matte liquid lipsticks and love them. I have wanted to try their satin lipsticks for a while but could never decide on a shade. As soon as I saw the Mickey collection though I fell in love with 2 out of the 3. 

flatlay showing 3 lipsticks. Top is a nude gloss in a clear tube, middle a nude lipstick in a black tube, bottom a deep berry in a black tube
15 February 2019

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Lipsticks Purples And Blues

I posted about these liquid lipsticks when I first tried them a few months back. You can check out that post here. I was just going to edit that post and add these shades to it but it would have been a super long read. If you have read that one though you will know how much I adore these lipsticks. They have probably made it to the top spot for favourite formula (and packaging). I am now up to 6 and feel like I just need the whole collection at this point. I have also got Sarah hooked on them and she pretty much has all the shades that I don't. She wears pinks and nudes. I wear purples and darks. 

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Lipsticks. Top is a bright lilac, middle a dark purple and bottom a dark blue
13 February 2019

Buying from Small Businesses

I have been loving buying from friends and small businesses recently. With Etsy, Instagram and twitter it makes it so easy to find people selling gorgeous items. I've got quite the collection at the moment and manage on buying a lot more from smaller businesses this year. I thought I'd share who I've been buying from recently. We've got prints, jewellery, candles and more exciting things. 

7 February 2019

Read in January 2019

January started off as a great month for reading and now I've slowly fizzled out. Hopefully, I can get my mojo back asap so that I can hit my goodreads goal of 60 books this year. I have been loving curling up in bed with Netflix recently though. I accidentally watched the whole of Russian Doll the other night. I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I think I really liked it. Have you seen it yet?

Anyway here's what I read last month.

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 Blood Lines by Angela Marsons book
29 January 2019

Personalised Phone Cases with CaseApp

The best thing about phones is getting to pick out super cute cases. The thing I was saddest about when I switched from an iPhone to Samsung was the fact that iPhones always have the cutest cases. That's not the case with Caseapp though. I was so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice I had. There are just so many gorgeous designs. I want them all. 

The products in this post were gifted to me in exchange for a review. 

18 January 2019

Dear Chronic Illness Book

So I have some extremely exciting news. I'm in a book. I was contacted a while ago by the beyond lovely Pippa from Spoonie Survival Kits. She asked if I wanted to put an entry towards a book called Dear Chronic Illness. I don't think I have ever been as happy as I was when I was told that my entry had been selected for the book.

Dear Chronic Illness Book Release
16 January 2019

Favourite books of 2018

After finishing the year on a grand total of 53 books, narrowing it down to my top 10 (actually 11 because I couldn't decide) was extremely difficult. Pretty much all the books I read this year were crime/thrillers because that's my all-time favourite genre. I do love a good murder. 

This is going to be a quick little intro into my faves from this year. I've linked all the full reviews next to them if you want some more info. 

14 January 2019

2018 Beauty favourites

Sorry for the two beauty favourite posts in a row but I wanted to share my 2018 faves with you. I definitely fell in love with skincare more which has helped my shitty skin so much. Also, it wouldn't be my favourites without a few liquid lipsticks and the best eyeliner I have ever tried in my life. 

Skincare
7 January 2019

December 2018 Favourites

I am determined that 2019 is the year I get my shit together with my blog. I have a new planner, my desk is all set up and I actually have some post ideas. Photography has always been my issue. I am never fully happy with how my photos turn out so I either put off taking them or scrap them and end up with a load of photoless posts sat in my drafts. This year I'm going to work on my photography but I am also going to be less hard on myself and just go with it. 

January is going to include quite a few favourites posts. We are kicking off with my December favourites. I also have my 2018 beauty faves post to come as well as my favourite books of 2018 and I may squeeze in a lifestyle favourites. 

6 January 2019

Read in December 2018 Part 2

So here's part 2 of what I read in December and to be honest this half is pretty lacking. I was not a fan of the Bone Collector series. I was expecting a lot more creepiness and it was just a bit boring. Check out part 1 for the first Matilda Darke book and the 4th instalment of the amazing Josie Quinn books. 

5 January 2019

Read in December 2018 Part 1

December may have flown by but it was a great month for reading. I managed to read 6 books because I didn't move for about 4 days. I've broken my monthly roundup into 2 posts so it isn't horrendously long. 

It was definitely a mixed bag with some amazing books and some not so great. I was particularly disappointed by the one that has been so hyped and claimed to be the best thriller of 2019.