Life Lately #4 – The End of an Era

life-lately-4Woops, it’s nearly been around 2 months since I last updated, so if any of you lot have been hanging around for another post, I am incredibly sorry!! But, this girl has been busy, and by that I mean REALLY busy!¬†

As most of you know, I secured a full-time job as a social media manager and content writer (which I am absolutely loving) and things have been getting very exciting with a possibility of relocation to another country!! Yep, a luxurious country in the Middle East *hint hint*ūüėČ

When I started this blog, I never intended it to be somewhat of a career move, as it is mostly considered nowadays – nope, turning a well-loved hobby into¬†an¬†unstable and publicly scrutinised job is a BIG no for me!¬†And, well, now that I have my perfect career in place, I feel as though the future of this little blog is doubtful, so I’ve decided to close this chapter of my life and focus on the next. So, thank you to everyone for making this journey a great one; here’s to the last post on Sarah Inks.

Reading: I’ll be honest, I haven’t been reading much apart from my own content (which I write as part of my job role) and other related articles from experts in my field to gain inspiration…But, hey, I enjoy it, so that’s what matters!

Watching:¬†I’ve totally come off movies *GASP* But before you start pointing fingers, I’ve gone back to other hobbies; painting, gardening, cooking and learning a new language (for the relocation)!

Eating: I’m trying to adapt to a cleaner diet due to my gastro problems, and things have started to look up. However, there are still days when I cheat a little and have to drink herbal teas to calm everything down again – the Williamson Tea Green Matcha has been amazing for this (and how cute is the caddy?!)

Listening: I’m going to sound like such a boring person right now, but I’m gonna go ahead and say it – I hardly stay up to date with the charts now! That’s how much I love my job & no, I’m not a workaholic, it’s just that I’d rather focus on what I love rather than doing stuff to be appreciated by others!

Loving: My Lamy Safari in a brilliant neon green kindly gifted to me from Pen Chalet¬†is everything I’ve wanted in a pen; smooth flow, not scratchy and aesthetically pleasing! Also, this ah-mazing pamper kit (styled on the Judge Tableware serving platter) from Sweet Cecilys¬†– it couldn’t have come at a better time and it ticks all my boxes; animal-cruelty free, handmade, natural and free from SLS/parabens!! This kit was good enough to eatūüôā

So, here’s a final farewell to all the lovely people staying up to date with my blog and those I’ve had the chance to collaborate with – thank you!¬†

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Workspace Tour

Welcome to my workspace AKA the place I spend approximately 90% of my time! As a full-time content writer for an online publication and a part-time blogger, my workspace has undergone a lot of changes to make it comfy and perfect for me.

As a lover of dark furniture, I fell in love with my desk at first sight and paired it with a coffee-coloured plush chair. To add some character, I’ve added a personalised cushion¬†to my chair, which also helps with giving my back some relief during longer working hours.

The desk houses my laptop, a terrarium, desk lamp, and a¬†heart-shaped silver trinket. I’ve tried to incorporate conscious minimalism into my workspace, because I certainly couldn’t work in an unorganised environment.

What do you think of my workspace? 

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Popped the Proper Way!

Remember when I went on holiday to Dubai? Well, I randomly picked up a bag of Propercorn at the airport, just before heading onto the plane. Little did I know, that I would end up hopelessly in love with a bag packed full of flavoursome popcorn! The best thing of all?! There are NO unpopped kernels left at the bottom, and this popcorn is both gluten-free and vegan-friendly!!

Propercorn is always experimenting with new flavours and is currently on the hunt for the next big thing. If you’re a budding taste-maker and would like to see your creation turned into a Limited Edition flavour of Propercorn &¬†win a lifetime supply of Propercorn, then head on over to the Institute of Flavour!

Also, remember to mention @Propercorn and include these hashtags (#FlavourDoneProperly/#InstituteofFlavour) in any social media interactions involving your creation(s)!¬†So, what are you waiting for?! I’ve already entered this amazing campaignūüėČ

Will you be getting involved in¬†making a new flavour for Propercorn? What’s your favourite popcorn flavour?

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How I Style My Hair

Ever since having my hair chopped to a bob, I’ve realised that I’ve had to up my game in styling my hair; seriously girls, I thought looking after long hair was hard, but having to meticulously dry my hair¬†and straighten those awkward bits (yes, those weird hair strands that stick up in bad angles no matter what you do with them!), is really tiring.¬†

That is until I decided to invest in some heat styling products, which have¬†become¬†my haircare¬†essentials for bouncy, glossy hair! To begin with, I usually spritz about 2-3 pumps of the¬†Oblepikha Conditioning Spray, which helps to nourish, protect and moisturise my hair whilst heat styling. It’s packed full of hair-strengthening proteins, vitamins and oils, and it also smells quite fruity (making it even more appealing for me!)¬†

Next, I gently dry my hair with¬†the¬†TRESemme Full Finish Air Styler, which helps with adding volume to my roots; who doesn’t just LOVE big hair?! Finally, I finish my hair off with a sleek, silky shine using¬†the¬†H2D VI Hair Straightener. Having used GHD hair straighteners in the past, I think this straightener works in exactly the same way, but for the fraction of the price. I also love the LED screen, which makes it easier to control the temperature of the iron!

How do you style your hair? Have you come across any of these products? What do you use to nourish and protect your hair from heat styling? Do you prefer a specific brand for your haircare needs?

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Gifts for Dad

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During the past couple of months, I’ve been trying to spend more time with my father, as he’s been diagnosed with the early onset of dementia and has progressive arthritis. It’s made me aware of how important it is to cherish the simple moments and record happy memories to look back on!¬†As Father’s day is coming up soon (tomorrow, in fact!)¬†I’ve been gathering gift ideas, which would be perfect for the day and great as a keepsake for later on in life.

Having recently discovered¬†I Just Love It, I’ve found that it’s amazing¬†for personalised, high-quality gifts for a variety of occasions, and I was very pleased with both the photo frame and cufflinks. The Father’s Day greeting card¬†from Lost Marbles Co¬†totally made me giggle; you should definitely check them out for even more humorous illustrations, and¬†to add a comical twist to any occasion! ¬†

Now, here’s where things get exciting!¬†I really think The Cake Nest outdid themselves with this scrumptious Father’s Day Letterbox Cake;¬†it was moist, colourful and beautifully presented! The Lamy Safari from Pen Chalet¬†was another item, which I¬†wanted to keep for myself,¬†but I figured it would make a precious¬†timeless gift for my father. Finally,¬†the Green Matcha from Williamson Tea¬†would make an unusual surprise¬†for dads who love tea (also, how cute is the elephant caddy?!)¬†I can’t wait to try it out!

What do you think of my gift ideas? Have any of you come across these products before? Is there anything which attracts your attention in particular?

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Vegan Rainbow Cupcakes {Dairy-free}

It’s finally Summer, guys!! Fingers crossed it doesn’t start raining now.. (you can never predict British weather!)¬†Anyways, after doing a spot of gardening and basking in the glorious sunshine, I was inspired to create a bright and fun-loving recipe, and so RAINBOW CUPCAKES were born!

These cupcakes turned out to be SO popular, and I think the surprise explosion of colours inside, made them even more amazing! The ingredients in this recipe also makes them suitable for vegans/vegetarians and those following a dairy-free diet!

My brand new Stellar Hard Anodised 12 Cup Muffin Tray¬†really helped in getting these cupcakes baked quicker than usual and the hard anodised material also made it pretty easy to wash up. What’s more is that the muffin tray won’t flake or rust away in the long run – definitely a win-win situation!!

There’s a lot of other bakeware pieces in this collection worth checking out too and you can stay upto date with this brand through social media (@Stellarcookware).¬†

What do you think of my recipe? Have you tried a similar recipe yourself? If not, will you be trying your hand at this?

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The Maxi Dress Edit

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With Summer almost here, I always find myself reaching out for the maxi dresses in my wardrobe – airy, loose-fitting and elegant – you simply can’t go wrong with them, and practically living in them,¬†throughout¬†my stay in Dubai, made me fall in love with them even more!

Eventhough, I enjoy splurging a little, I know maxi dresses are not exactly suited to British weather, therefore I prefer to buy pieces which will be on trend consecutively every year, such as stripes, slinky numbers and crochet-knit!

Do you prefer maxi dresses for the Summer? What do you think of my picks? Do you have any other clothing pieces that you enjoy wearing during the warmer months?

Dubai in Pictures

If you’re following me on Instagram or Twitter, then you would have noticed that I jetted off to Dubai towards the end of March! It still feels surreal to me, because flight anxiety limits my travelling most of the time (which is why my bucket list only encompasses Europe, USA and the Middle East)¬†However, this time I felt totally at ease and was actually enjoying every minute of it!

I didn’t book a conventional holiday, and opted for accommodation through Airbnb rather than a resort. This really helped me to immerse myself into the culture, learn about the lives of the locals, pick up on a little Arabic and enjoy the diverse Middle Eastern Cuisine; it was a great experience & I would totally recommend it!

The first thing that caught my eye was how expensive everything looked; the airport was SO extravagantly decorated and there were PALM TREES IN THE AIRPORT! I’ve never seen anything like it (if you consider the two airports I’ve ever been to..)¬†and the temperature was a whopping 42 degrees by the time my plane had landed (at which point I discreetly removed my jacket and socks; hey, don’t judge, we never get that type of weather in the UK!)¬†

My days were spent hailing taxis or absorbing the beautiful views in the buses; I was surprised at how immaculate everything looked, despite the HUGE population of people! I was also excited to see The Body Shop and other luxury branded products; I can’t believe that they were treated like everyday essentials, like seriously, who wears Versace watches on a daily basis?! Everyone in Dubai apparently…

So yeah, I absolutely fell in love with Dubai; the language, the people, the culture, and most importantly, the food РI really hope I can go back there again!

Have you ever travelled abroad? Ever visited Dubai? What is the one country you would love to visit over and over again?

Book Review: My Everything by Katie Marsh

Before delving into the excitement of my time in Dubai, I decided that a review of one of my favourite holiday reads would be a great idea, as it would¬†enable me to relive some of my incredibly relaxing moments and¬†allow me to set the scene for my next post…

My Everything is about Hannah, a woman who has finally decided about telling her husband, Tom, that she’s¬†leaving him. But, shockingly, things don’t go according to plan; he has a stroke and she is left to battle with the consequences – it certainly put¬†me back in touch with raw reality, whilst I was blissfully lazing around in the sun!

The story started off at quite a rapid pace, with Hannah wanting to end her marriage, but then discovering Tom on the floor, having a stroke. However, events started to slow down considerably afterwards and I was left unamused with reading about Hannah’s daily struggles and Tom’s difficult personality.

Despite resenting Hannah at first, I grew to empathise with her; especially since she had dropped all her plans to look after her husband. Tom seemed like a stubborn character, however exploring their love story from the past, made me see Tom in a different light; someone young and fun, who had forgotten himself over the years, due to the daily pressures of adult life.

My Everything started off monotonously, but transformed into something inspiring; it showed how love can be lost along the way and to the point of separation, but forgiveness can overcome all. The story had me emotionally involved with each of the characters, and¬†eventhough I couldn’t relate to a married couple, their unique traits and daily trials made them more realistic, engrossing me further.¬†

Overall, this was a beautifully written debut. It was a devastating and touching tale, but also uplifting in terms of uncovering blissful moments in ugly situations. It touched upon the themes of love, guilt and forgiveness, with the underlying subject matter placing emphasis on defining life, focusing on your dreams and having hope.

Have you read My Everything? If not, would you consider reading this book? Have you read a similar book?

Clinique Vs. Garnier BB cream

Let’s talk BB creams!

The Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions BB cream has a selection of 5 shades, retails at £28.00 and comes in the form of a long-lasting watery liquid. It is super easy to blend and buildable, when using a make-up brush. It gives great coverage, is very lightweight and finishes the skin with a natural matte appearance, which progresses into a lovely dewy look by the end of the day.  This BB cream prevents break-outs and clogging of the pores, and is also hypoallergenic.

Some pointers; don’t let the ‘anti-blemish solutions’ tagline trick you – I have perfectly good skin, and simply use this for a radiant and healthy complexion. Also, don’t be alarmed by the initial dark orange tinge of the liquid! When using this product, be sure to cleanse a lot, as the SPF makes it quite hard to remove. I would definitely recommend this BB cream for the Summer, as it was my essential product¬†throughout my stay in Dubai!

The Garnier Pure Active BB Cream is a product on the cheaper side of the scale, retailing at £9.99. It has a highly-pigmented, creamy texture, which hydrates the skin, but only comes in two shades. Only a little is required for a natural, flawless finish, but be sure not to build this product too much, as the shade between your natural skin tone and this product is very apparent!

This BB cream also feels quite heavy on the face, does not sink well into the skin (therefore not very long-lasting) and can leave your face looking shiny towards the end of the day. Due to this, I would not recommend it during the warmer months and for those with oily skin. But, I use this product throughout the winter months, as it ensures my skin is well moisturised and helps with blurring imperfections.

Have you used any of these products? What’s your favourite product for a flawless, even¬†coverage?¬†