I've already written a post on buying eco-friendly/ sustainable Christmas presents, and you can find it here. Ideas include beauty & skincare, food & drink gift ideas, adopting an animal through WWF and experience gifting, check out the original post for full details on the gift guide!

Interestingly, it appears that a lot of attention has been directed towards sustainable gift wrapping over the past few years as a lot of conventional wrapping paper isn't recyclable. If you're dead-set on buying wrapping paper from a shop, a good way to tell if it's recyclable is if it scrunches, and remains scrunched in your hand. Obviously, anything with glitter/ bows/ etc will not be recyclable. If you're specifically looking for something to wrap with, paper wise, brown paper and newspaper are a great idea, and be sure to use a recyclable version of tape, such as this washi tape from Paperchase.

If you're not bothered about wrapping, gift bags like these from Paperchase, or these from T K Maxx are a great option because they are so easily reuseable! Alternatively, gift boxes are one of my favourite ways to give gifts because they are so easy to make look pretty with (reused) ribbon & tissue paper. Some of my favourites include these artic pals boxes from Paperchase, these slightly more sensible Christmas boxes from card factory, and these boxes from etsy, which you can personalise! You can also often pick these kind of things up in second hand shops for a very low price, and obviously the money goes to charity, which is even better.



I've never been a huge fan of Christmas cards (especially posting them) because of the cost, and environmental impact, so when I discovered paperless post, it was like all my dreams had come true! They kindly gifted me some coins to spend on their website, so I sent some Christmas cards to my best friends who are home from uni for the holidays! They have some really lovely designs, and the website is really easy to use. You can customise the cards, the text on the front, the back of the cards, and the envelope, change the backdrop, add motifs/ symbols and so much more! They're so easy to personalise and send and are such a great alternative for paper cards, at a relatively cheap price!

Bit of a different one, but one of the things that's associated with Christmas and the festive period (including new year) is parties, and meals out and seeing friends, and these all require really nice outfits. I know from experience that it's so so so easy to warrant buying loads of new outfits and partywear. But, it's pretty unlikely you'll wear this new outfit at any other time other than Christmas, meaning that it ends up being a pretty useless buy, wasting your money, and you're ruining the environment by investing in fast fashion in this way. A great idea for this time of year is rethinking your wardrobe; styling day-to-day clothes in a party season way, and changing your wardrobe around. If you really can't find anything appropriate, try asking a friend if you can borrow something, browse your local charity shops, or shop on depop!

If you want to do something good for others, without causing a negative environmental impact, over the festive period, then donating to charity is a great way to help. I personally donate food to my local food bank, but you can also donate toys to kids who need them in some supermarkets, buy extra bits for the homeless (whether it's buying a coffee for someone who needs it, or finding a charity and buying them something of their amazon wish list), or donate to animal charities.


What will you be doing to have a more eco-friendly Christmas this year?

All my love,

Em x


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  • December 18, 2019

How To Have a More Eco-Friendly Christmas

I've already written a post on buying eco-friendly/ sustainable Christmas presents, and you can find it here. Ideas include beauty & skincare, food & drink gift ideas, adopting an animal through WWF and experience gifting, check out the original post for full details on the gift guide!

Interestingly, it appears that a lot of attention has been directed towards sustainable gift wrapping over the past few years as a lot of conventional wrapping paper isn't recyclable. If you're dead-set on buying wrapping paper from a shop, a good way to tell if it's recyclable is if it scrunches, and remains scrunched in your hand. Obviously, anything with glitter/ bows/ etc will not be recyclable. If you're specifically looking for something to wrap with, paper wise, brown paper and newspaper are a great idea, and be sure to use a recyclable version of tape, such as this washi tape from Paperchase.

If you're not bothered about wrapping, gift bags like these from Paperchase, or these from T K Maxx are a great option because they are so easily reuseable! Alternatively, gift boxes are one of my favourite ways to give gifts because they are so easy to make look pretty with (reused) ribbon & tissue paper. Some of my favourites include these artic pals boxes from Paperchase, these slightly more sensible Christmas boxes from card factory, and these boxes from etsy, which you can personalise! You can also often pick these kind of things up in second hand shops for a very low price, and obviously the money goes to charity, which is even better.



I've never been a huge fan of Christmas cards (especially posting them) because of the cost, and environmental impact, so when I discovered paperless post, it was like all my dreams had come true! They kindly gifted me some coins to spend on their website, so I sent some Christmas cards to my best friends who are home from uni for the holidays! They have some really lovely designs, and the website is really easy to use. You can customise the cards, the text on the front, the back of the cards, and the envelope, change the backdrop, add motifs/ symbols and so much more! They're so easy to personalise and send and are such a great alternative for paper cards, at a relatively cheap price!

Bit of a different one, but one of the things that's associated with Christmas and the festive period (including new year) is parties, and meals out and seeing friends, and these all require really nice outfits. I know from experience that it's so so so easy to warrant buying loads of new outfits and partywear. But, it's pretty unlikely you'll wear this new outfit at any other time other than Christmas, meaning that it ends up being a pretty useless buy, wasting your money, and you're ruining the environment by investing in fast fashion in this way. A great idea for this time of year is rethinking your wardrobe; styling day-to-day clothes in a party season way, and changing your wardrobe around. If you really can't find anything appropriate, try asking a friend if you can borrow something, browse your local charity shops, or shop on depop!

If you want to do something good for others, without causing a negative environmental impact, over the festive period, then donating to charity is a great way to help. I personally donate food to my local food bank, but you can also donate toys to kids who need them in some supermarkets, buy extra bits for the homeless (whether it's buying a coffee for someone who needs it, or finding a charity and buying them something of their amazon wish list), or donate to animal charities.


What will you be doing to have a more eco-friendly Christmas this year?

All my love,

Em x


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Christmas is such a lovely, wonderful time, and I love gifting things to my my family and friends, and I find I get inspiration from so many places, which is why I wanted to create a gift guide for Christmas 2019. Unfortunately, Christmas also creates a lot of waste - in the UK alone, we produce nearly 100 million tonnes of waste, including enough wrapping paper to go round the equator 9 times! So, I thought I'd use my platform to create an eco-friendly version of your usual gift guide, to encourage environmentally friendly buying through independent retailers. It's important to remember this time of year that shopping independent is helping to support families and businesses all over the UK - by shopping independent, you're not fuelling the pocket of a CEO of a huge corporation, you're helping to fund a family's Christmas dinner and presents, and their ability to close their business for a couple of days to visit their families.



There are various places that you can buy cruelty-free and sustainable beauty and skincare. If you're looking for something on the high street, Lush and the Body Shop are good options as they're both cruelty free and vegan, and they both also participate in recycling schemes, which help the environment. In terms of indepdendent shops and businesses, Soap Daze Devon sell lovely, vegan, sustainable gift sets with face cloths, soaps, deodorants and other nice bits with beautiful scents such as frankincense, patchouli, oatmylk, lavender and mandarin and ginger. Scence skin care sell individual items and gift boxes with lip balms, moisturisers and hand balms with decent pricing, and they're very eco friendly, use reusable packaging, are vegan and paraben, aluminium and plastic free. I also have these reuseable face pads from etsy and I would recommend them to anyone as a gift; they're great quality, and a very good price and you can even choose what fabric they're made of and they come in a little bag!


Day-to-day reusables make great gifts as they're often something they don't think to buy themselves and they do a little bit to help the environment! This elephant lunchbox is perfect for meals on the go, and works perfectly with this reusable cutlery set, which even comes in a perfect little carrier. I have this Built NY thermos (I generally don't support amazon, but Built NYs website doesn't currently work) and would highly recommend as it can be used to keep drinks hot or cold! I've had it since August 2018, and use it at least once a week and it still looks great and works perfectly. An alternative might a keep cup, I've never owned one, but I've heard nothing but great things about them, and they're a great idea for keeping coffees, teas and various other hot substances warm on the morning commute - I LOVE this pink colour, but they do a variety, and you can even design your own!


Through WWF's website, you can adopt an animal for yourself, or on behalf of another for as little as £3 a month. My boyfriend (Sam you better not be reading this) is absolutely aquatic animal obsessed, and so I've adopted a turtle on his behalf for Christmas this year. I'm currently a very poor uni student, and so I'd prefer to make my money go further by paying for something monthly, whilst still doing some good for the world, and for the price equivalent it would barely buy m a tiny little something that he probably wouldn't even look at. In the welcome kit, you get a cuddly toy (although this is optional if you want your donation to go further) and a fact pack, and you'll get regular updates about your adopted animal. What's happening to our planet and the animals in it is so concerning, so why not spend your money on something that'll make a difference to the planet this Christmas?



If you can't think of something material that you would want to give to someone, or it's for a friend that you don't see that often, it may be a better idea to go for a meal or do an experience with them. These are great ways to spend quality time with your friends and loved ones and reduce the amount of material waste you create. Going to the cinema and for some food is one idea, or if you live in a city, an air bnb experience (like this one of learning to make an authentic sourdough pizza) or other similar kind of thing is a great idea! It could be cocktail making or pottery or an art tour, and can easily be tailored around your common interests!

I think one of the most eco friendly things to do is just to buy your family or friends what they ask for, or something you know they'll definitely use! In my opinion, it reduces the risk of your present being thrown away. You may think they'll love anything you buy them, but if you're worried, its much easier to know that they'll actually use and enjoy whatever you get them, rather than it just sitting gathering dust in a cupboard or being thrown away. A good example might be nice tea/ coffee/ hot chocolate that you know they'll drink but wouldn't necessarily buy for themselves, a book they've had their eye on or if you're looking for something to spend slightly more money on a coat/ pair of shoes they've been dreaming about.


What will you be getting your friends and family this year to try and have an eco-friendly Christmas?

All my love,

Em x


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  • December 07, 2019

An Eco-Friendly/ Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide


Christmas is such a lovely, wonderful time, and I love gifting things to my my family and friends, and I find I get inspiration from so many places, which is why I wanted to create a gift guide for Christmas 2019. Unfortunately, Christmas also creates a lot of waste - in the UK alone, we produce nearly 100 million tonnes of waste, including enough wrapping paper to go round the equator 9 times! So, I thought I'd use my platform to create an eco-friendly version of your usual gift guide, to encourage environmentally friendly buying through independent retailers. It's important to remember this time of year that shopping independent is helping to support families and businesses all over the UK - by shopping independent, you're not fuelling the pocket of a CEO of a huge corporation, you're helping to fund a family's Christmas dinner and presents, and their ability to close their business for a couple of days to visit their families.



There are various places that you can buy cruelty-free and sustainable beauty and skincare. If you're looking for something on the high street, Lush and the Body Shop are good options as they're both cruelty free and vegan, and they both also participate in recycling schemes, which help the environment. In terms of indepdendent shops and businesses, Soap Daze Devon sell lovely, vegan, sustainable gift sets with face cloths, soaps, deodorants and other nice bits with beautiful scents such as frankincense, patchouli, oatmylk, lavender and mandarin and ginger. Scence skin care sell individual items and gift boxes with lip balms, moisturisers and hand balms with decent pricing, and they're very eco friendly, use reusable packaging, are vegan and paraben, aluminium and plastic free. I also have these reuseable face pads from etsy and I would recommend them to anyone as a gift; they're great quality, and a very good price and you can even choose what fabric they're made of and they come in a little bag!


Day-to-day reusables make great gifts as they're often something they don't think to buy themselves and they do a little bit to help the environment! This elephant lunchbox is perfect for meals on the go, and works perfectly with this reusable cutlery set, which even comes in a perfect little carrier. I have this Built NY thermos (I generally don't support amazon, but Built NYs website doesn't currently work) and would highly recommend as it can be used to keep drinks hot or cold! I've had it since August 2018, and use it at least once a week and it still looks great and works perfectly. An alternative might a keep cup, I've never owned one, but I've heard nothing but great things about them, and they're a great idea for keeping coffees, teas and various other hot substances warm on the morning commute - I LOVE this pink colour, but they do a variety, and you can even design your own!


Through WWF's website, you can adopt an animal for yourself, or on behalf of another for as little as £3 a month. My boyfriend (Sam you better not be reading this) is absolutely aquatic animal obsessed, and so I've adopted a turtle on his behalf for Christmas this year. I'm currently a very poor uni student, and so I'd prefer to make my money go further by paying for something monthly, whilst still doing some good for the world, and for the price equivalent it would barely buy m a tiny little something that he probably wouldn't even look at. In the welcome kit, you get a cuddly toy (although this is optional if you want your donation to go further) and a fact pack, and you'll get regular updates about your adopted animal. What's happening to our planet and the animals in it is so concerning, so why not spend your money on something that'll make a difference to the planet this Christmas?



If you can't think of something material that you would want to give to someone, or it's for a friend that you don't see that often, it may be a better idea to go for a meal or do an experience with them. These are great ways to spend quality time with your friends and loved ones and reduce the amount of material waste you create. Going to the cinema and for some food is one idea, or if you live in a city, an air bnb experience (like this one of learning to make an authentic sourdough pizza) or other similar kind of thing is a great idea! It could be cocktail making or pottery or an art tour, and can easily be tailored around your common interests!

I think one of the most eco friendly things to do is just to buy your family or friends what they ask for, or something you know they'll definitely use! In my opinion, it reduces the risk of your present being thrown away. You may think they'll love anything you buy them, but if you're worried, its much easier to know that they'll actually use and enjoy whatever you get them, rather than it just sitting gathering dust in a cupboard or being thrown away. A good example might be nice tea/ coffee/ hot chocolate that you know they'll drink but wouldn't necessarily buy for themselves, a book they've had their eye on or if you're looking for something to spend slightly more money on a coat/ pair of shoes they've been dreaming about.


What will you be getting your friends and family this year to try and have an eco-friendly Christmas?

All my love,

Em x


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I love those posts you see from bloggers and all of a sudden you find a new favourite band, netflix show or book, and I'm hoping you do too. I'm not sure how many people will actually find something new through this, but even if one person does it's definitely worth it! I also plan to use this as a way to look back in a couple of years at what I've previously loved and want to rewatch/ reread, and bands I've since forgotten about.




'Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas' - Adam Kay 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I've been pretty busy with university work, and so haven't read as much as I normally have, but I absolutely adored 'Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas' by Adam Kay. I read his first book - 'This Is Going to Hurt' in summer 2018, and was beyond excited when my flatmate lent me his new book to read (thanks Jas xxx). I read it cover to cover in less than two hours on the train on my way home from university, and just really enjoyed it, and if anything, just wished it was longer!

'The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton' - Anstey Harris 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I'm not going to lie, I barely read the blurb of this when I bought it - I picked it up in my local sainsbury's because I loved the cover (and the fact it was rose gold), and it did take me a while to get into, it probably took me over a month to actually finish it. However, once I got into it, I couldn't put it down! It's one of those books that's just about day-to-day lives and relationships and every single character is relatable and likeable, which I find makes a book really easy to read!

If you want to follow everything I read, and have ever read (including really fun uni books and the twilight series) you can follow me on goodreads.

If you're interested in what I listen to everyday, you can follow me on spotify, but please don't judge me on my love of terrible 2000's hits and 80's tunes. For this edition of monthly favourites, I've decided just to include individual songs because I haven't really heard any new albums that I've loved.

Tokyo Drifting - Glass Animals & Denzel Curry

Everything I Wanted - Billie Eilish

Hot Girl Bummer - Blackbear

Helsinki Art Scene - Satellite Stories

Run Wild - Thutmose, NoMBe

Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) - Florence + The Machine



This month I've tried really hard to cut down on my netflix-watching in the hope of getting more uni work done (it's not been entirely successful), and so have only been really watching it over lunch breaks, so I've not watched a lot, but here's what I have loved.

Atypical - Season 3 (and rewatched seasons 1 & 2) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Ask anyone I know, and they'll tell you that I'm atypical's biggest fan - I rave about it 24/7 and have recommended it to literally everybody I know. I rewatched the first and second series before I started the third series as I last watched it in April and wanted a refresher about everything that had happened. Season 3 did not disappoint - Casey and Izzie are my most favourite couple ever (although I do wish they didn't include Casey in a cheating storyline) and I just generally love the programme and the soundtrack is the best thing ever.

Joker 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I went to watch joker in the cinema last week with my boyfriend and really enjoyed it. My mum had been the week before and enjoyed it, but said she found parts scary and that it was quite depressing, so I was a bit worried about how I would find it because I really don't like scary things - surprisingly, although I hid behind my hands a couple of times, I thought it was actually okay. It was a close second to Heath Ledger's joker, but a really good film (and I think I may well be in love with Joaquin Phoenix).


What have you read, listened to and watched this month that you've really loved? Since I'll be home for 4 weeks over the Christmas holidays, I'll have more time to watch and read things than usual, so I'd appreciate any recommendations!

All my love,

Em x


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  • December 01, 2019

November Favourites: What I've Read, Listened to and Watched

I love those posts you see from bloggers and all of a sudden you find a new favourite band, netflix show or book, and I'm hoping you do too. I'm not sure how many people will actually find something new through this, but even if one person does it's definitely worth it! I also plan to use this as a way to look back in a couple of years at what I've previously loved and want to rewatch/ reread, and bands I've since forgotten about.




'Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas' - Adam Kay 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I've been pretty busy with university work, and so haven't read as much as I normally have, but I absolutely adored 'Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas' by Adam Kay. I read his first book - 'This Is Going to Hurt' in summer 2018, and was beyond excited when my flatmate lent me his new book to read (thanks Jas xxx). I read it cover to cover in less than two hours on the train on my way home from university, and just really enjoyed it, and if anything, just wished it was longer!

'The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton' - Anstey Harris 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I'm not going to lie, I barely read the blurb of this when I bought it - I picked it up in my local sainsbury's because I loved the cover (and the fact it was rose gold), and it did take me a while to get into, it probably took me over a month to actually finish it. However, once I got into it, I couldn't put it down! It's one of those books that's just about day-to-day lives and relationships and every single character is relatable and likeable, which I find makes a book really easy to read!

If you want to follow everything I read, and have ever read (including really fun uni books and the twilight series) you can follow me on goodreads.

If you're interested in what I listen to everyday, you can follow me on spotify, but please don't judge me on my love of terrible 2000's hits and 80's tunes. For this edition of monthly favourites, I've decided just to include individual songs because I haven't really heard any new albums that I've loved.

Tokyo Drifting - Glass Animals & Denzel Curry

Everything I Wanted - Billie Eilish

Hot Girl Bummer - Blackbear

Helsinki Art Scene - Satellite Stories

Run Wild - Thutmose, NoMBe

Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) - Florence + The Machine



This month I've tried really hard to cut down on my netflix-watching in the hope of getting more uni work done (it's not been entirely successful), and so have only been really watching it over lunch breaks, so I've not watched a lot, but here's what I have loved.

Atypical - Season 3 (and rewatched seasons 1 & 2) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Ask anyone I know, and they'll tell you that I'm atypical's biggest fan - I rave about it 24/7 and have recommended it to literally everybody I know. I rewatched the first and second series before I started the third series as I last watched it in April and wanted a refresher about everything that had happened. Season 3 did not disappoint - Casey and Izzie are my most favourite couple ever (although I do wish they didn't include Casey in a cheating storyline) and I just generally love the programme and the soundtrack is the best thing ever.

Joker 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I went to watch joker in the cinema last week with my boyfriend and really enjoyed it. My mum had been the week before and enjoyed it, but said she found parts scary and that it was quite depressing, so I was a bit worried about how I would find it because I really don't like scary things - surprisingly, although I hid behind my hands a couple of times, I thought it was actually okay. It was a close second to Heath Ledger's joker, but a really good film (and I think I may well be in love with Joaquin Phoenix).


What have you read, listened to and watched this month that you've really loved? Since I'll be home for 4 weeks over the Christmas holidays, I'll have more time to watch and read things than usual, so I'd appreciate any recommendations!

All my love,

Em x


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hello hello and welcome to my blog! I'm Emily, a twenty-something year old blogger based in Lincolnshire, and a psychology student at the University of Durham. I blog about almost everything, including student life, books, my favourite music & living with a chronic illness.

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