Ruby Dhal – Memories Unwound

So this post is a very special one as I got to interview another one of my favourite writers Ruby Dhal. Dhal is a philosophy graduate/Author who writes fiction, poetry and book reviews. Her book Memories Unwound is her first poetry book and is finding huge success. She talks about love, heartbreak, pain , revival and healing. It’s a collection of emotional, beautiful, inspiring and heartbreaking poems formed together to allow readers to take a journey and understand their own emotions. Letting go of old memories and stepping forward into the future and creating brand new ones.

At the end of the post I’ll be adding the links to where you can buy ‘Memories unwound’ and her social media pages. I hope you enjoy.


1. When did you first get into writing?
I started writing fiction when I was in year 11. I would write short stories in my diary and keep them locked away in my cupboard so that no one could find them. I started writing poetry around a year and a half ago.
 2. What is the inspiration behind your writing?
Writing came as a result of reading. I used to read a lot of books growing up because I wanted to escape from my experiences, reality, and life in general. Then I realised that I could write too. How efficient! I always knew that I had a story to tell, I just didn’t know when I would start to pen it down on paper.
 3. Do you have any favourite quotes/passages?

There are so many that it’s hard to pick just one,but here are three of my favourite ones:

Paolo Coelho: ‘And when you want something, all the universe conspires in you achieving it.’ (The Alchemist)
Khalid Hosseini: ‘And that’s the thing with people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.’ (The Kite Runner)
Jane Costello: ‘The worst thing about modern relationships is our expectations. We expect too much. It’s easy to have fireworks in the beginning. It’s easy to fall in love. But we have this unrealistic notion that it’ll always be like that, without hiccups or hard work. I don’t think love needs to race at a hundred miles all the time. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it being quieter and low-key.’ (The Wish List)
4. What advice would you give a young aspiring writer?

Don’t ever give up on writing if it makes you happy. Write for yourself more than for anyone else. Write to make sense of your own thoughts and if they make sense to you, they will naturally make sense to others too.

5. What other writers/authors do you look up to?
When it comes to fiction, the list is endless! A few of them would be Nicholas Sparks, JoJo Moyes, Khalid Hosseini, Cecelia Ahern, Nadeem Aslam and so many more.
 In poetry it is Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav and Alison Malee.
6. If you didn’t write, what would your career path be?

Teaching. I even started a PGCE (a teacher training course here in the UK) for secondary education but never managed to complete it because I knew that I didn’t want to do anything other than write.

7. What is your favourite childhood book and why?

I absolutely loved Karen McCombie’s series of ‘Ally’s World’ They were my favourite books to read. They were witty, fun, told realistic stories about a crazy and extremely huge family and made me realise why I loved reading books so much – to escape into a different world and delve into the mind of the narrator. If I were to ever write children’s books, I would love to write a series such as ‘Ally’s World’.

8. What are you currently reading now?

‘Undertaking Love’ by Kat French

9. What is your writing process? Do you have a certain routine?
My writing process is all over the place. Sometimes I go out and find myself a coffee-coloured chair and table by the window of a dim lit, sombre cafe and sit down to write for hours. And other times I would be having a shower and an idea will come to me which I rush out to get down on paper.
When it comes to working on projects I have previously started, I read over what I’ve written already to get myself back into the story-world. Once I’ve read and corrected that story, chapter or page that I was on, then I continue working on it. Otherwise I just won’t be able to put myself in the narrators mind again.
10. Do you ever suffer from writers block? If so how do you get yourself motivated again?

Don’t ever believe a writer who says they don’t suffer from writers block! We all do and the only cure for it is to strip yourself away from your work for a while. A day. Two days. A week. No matter how long it takes, that break is necessary. I normally take that break and use it to read other literature in order to get inspired again.

11. What message do you want your readers to take from your writing?

I want them to use those words as an access to a piece of my soul. I want them to take a part of me with them.

12. What are your current/future projects that we can look forward too?

Ah, the exciting stuff! I have been writing my first novel for the past 4 years (intermittently) and it is finally going to be complete by the fall. Just the first draft but that is as good an accomplishment as any for me, seeing as it’s taken me so long to write it. I will look for a traditional publishing house for the novel, so more recent publications – after ‘Memories Unwound’ – will be a short-story collection that I’m working on and a new poetry collection which will come in the fall!





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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, if you haven’t already purchased this book I highly recommend you do! See you very soon with another blog x


Glossybox Beauty Products – June


So it’ s time for my monthly glossy box beauty post! When I opened this months box I fell in love with it straight away. I was so impressed with the products I received and couldn’t wait to start trying them all.

My favourite from this box and the first product I tried out was Beauty Pro black Diamond Black Peel Off Mask. I’ve seen other people use them and I’ve heard pretty good things about them so I was super excited that it came with this months box. It was a little messy when I started to apply it because its not a mask you just place on, it’s a really gooey liquid that turns into one. I left it on for a bout 15-20 minutes and once it started to harden I then peeled it off. Now peeling it off was so painful. I’m not even joking I thought I started to peel some of my skin off at the same time, I had to stop and take a breather at one point. Once I had peeled it off my skin felt amazing! It was so smooth and  clean, and I felt so refreshed! This is a great buy if you want to have a girly night in or just a chilled out weekend.

Buy it here! 


Next up is 111Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel. Now I’ve never really purchased a product like this, I never saw the point, but since it was in this months box I went and tried it out. It basically does what it says on the product, it’s a lifting gel. So it reduces dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. Really soothes the eyes and where it’s most sensitive. Good for wrinkles! (Luckily I’m 24 so that’s not a huge issue at the moment) But if I start young maybe when I’m 70 I’ll look 25.

Buy it here! 


Next is Noughty Intensive Care Leave in Conditioner. When I first saw this I was a little bit unsure because when you apply conditioner your first instinct is to then wash it out. But in fact it’s made my hair so much healthier! I was worried leaving a cream like this in your hair would make it go greasy and not look that great, but it’s made it shinier and it’s so smooth. This leave in conditioner is for people with frizzy or damaged hair, and because I curl or straighten my hair a lot of the time it’s really helped. Once you’ve finished washing your hair as usual, just apply this to the mid section to the tips (avoid the roots) and style as normal. Straight away you can feel the difference! It’s at a really affordable price and you can get it in super drug. I really recommend it!

Buy it here! IMG_8507

Next is Sleek Lip Power Plump Pencils (in the shade Notorious Nude) In last months glossy box I received a sleek product so I was super happy when I got one this time. Now I LOVE lipstick. That is the one thing I will always buy, whether its lipgloss, matte or pencils I can’t help it. I was also happy that it was a nude colour, I like bright colours on the lips but you can’t go wrong with a nude or a light pink. This lip pencil is lovely, it’s such a nice colour and stays on really well. It’s a matte texture which I love and it isn’t sticky or anything like that. It’s at a cracking price and you an easily find it in super drug or boots!

Buy it here! 



Next is Manna Kadar Glo Illuminator. This basically is a liquid that you can either mix in with your foundation or just wear it on it’s own to give you a glowing look. This product is great because you can use it on your face or anywhere else on your body, so you’re glowing all over! It gives off a really subtle luminous glow, and it’s in a lovely light pink shade. Now we’re coming into summer this would be the perfect buy! (It’s also at a really affordable price!)

Buy it here!


Last but not least is one of my favourites, and is a pretty popular product on its own anyway! It’s the XXL Volume spray from Batiste! I’m not a huge hairspray wearer, I don’t really like a lot of ‘oomph’ in my hair (pretty boring, I know) but this spray is still great even if you’re just curling your hair, spray a little of this and it just gives it that extra volume instead of it being pretty flat. If you’re really into backcombing or having HUGE hair then this will be perfect for you! Batiste is a great brand with an even better price so you can’t really go wrong!

Buy it here!


These are all the beauty products for this month! Can’t wait for July’s box already. If you want to sign up for your monthly subscription then click here!  

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and I’ll see you soon with another blog.

Lots of Love,

R x

Love wins. It always will.

Love wins. It always will.

I don’t even know how to begin this post, but I felt drawn to writing something. Last nights events in Manchester were unbelievably tragic. Manchester was my home for 3 years whilst I was a student last year and in my third year I worked at the MEN arena. This time last year that was my place of work, I made friends there I still keep in contact with now and I was heartbroken to see what had happened. Forever thankful that my friends who were working that night made it out safely.

Manchester was my home away from home. I was comfortable there, safe, I knew the city and I loved the people. What happened last night is something that will remain in everyones hearts, but Manchester will not be defeated. It never will.

The compassion and kindness that the people of Manchester have shown for each other, the way they have rallied together in their time of need, the way they have expressed their love for each other and done everything they could possibly do shows what an incredible city Manchester is.

We can’t be afraid or scared, we have to be strong and stand together.

FEAR and LOVE. Whilst right now it feels that fear is winning, love will conquer all.

Let us not have fear control us, let us love as much as we did yesterday and let us continue to love passionately from these days moving forward. Let us be the light in this time of tragic darkness. We can’t and we won’t let the darkness win.

Let us have hope as we unite not just as a city but as country. Continue to spread kindness and peace, nothing is more powerful then love. The love for each other. The love for our city. The love for our country. Let us be a team.

When we come together as a community, the terrorists fall. When we open our arms and hearts to each other they despair. They want to take all they can from us, but we as human beings, as a united front will never let them.


My heart breaks for the victims of this tragedy and their friends and family. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected during this tragic time. 



Glossybox Beauty Products – May

So recently I’ve signed up for a monthly delivery of beauty products from Glossy box. My sister got me into it as she’s been with them for over a year and the stuff you receive are amazing! I’ll put all the info in how to sign up at the end of this post. You answer questions about your skin and make up prefrences and each month they will send you a box full of goodies matched to your answers. So I thought as something different to what I usually write I would write a post on each monthly box, I’ll try them out and you let you all know what I think!

First off, which is probably my favourite from this months box is the avocado and aloe vera scrub. So last week I decided to have some quality time with myself and run a hot bath, pour myself some proscecco and try out this body scrub. I learnt during this experience that it’s probably best to apply when you’re in the shower, or at the very end of the bath. When I was applying it, it felt like and looked like I had been rubbing soil all over myself, so it wasn’t the prettiest sight. But it smelled amazing. After soaking for a little bit and listening to some old Maroon 5 hits I washed it off and my skin has honestly never felt so smooth. It was almost like a silk texture. I smelt great and felt great, so if anyone is needing a little pampering session this scrub is right up your street.

Buy it here! 



Next is Ruby blush powder, I love trying out different blushers so I was really excited to try this new one out when I received it with the box. I was going out for some drinks so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. I absolutely love the colour of this blush, if anyone loves nice rosy cheeks then this is perfect, you only need a little bit on your face as its very bright and strong, but it’s very summery! I will definitely be using this again!

Buy it here! 



Another one of my favourites is the Sleek make up eye and cheek palette. I’ve purchased quite a few things from sleek before and I’m a huge fan. It’s great quality but really affordable, so at uni this was my go to make up! It has lots of different sections with different colours so you can change up your look, it has a highlighter and contour section with different colours of blush and eyeshadows. It’s a nice size so it can easily fit in your bag so you can top up on the go! I’ve used this on nights out and during the day so it can work anytime, highly recommend this!

Buy it here!



Next up is PAWPAW original balm, which I have never heard of before and when I saw it in the box I was wondering what it was, but I absolutely love it now. It’s basically a soothing balm for lips, skin and nails. So it pretty much works everywhere! I’m a huge lover of vaseline (as I’m sure everyone knows already) but this works wonders on your lips, it has a really nice smooth texture and doesn’t leave you feeling all sticky, if you have dry, irritated or cracked skin this really soothes it and is great to take with you on your travels as it also helps with insect bites!

Buy it here!



Last but not least is Ocean 417 foot nourishing cream, now this has to be my favourite foot cream EVER. I can’t even begin to describe the smell because its amazing, it’s a mix of fruit and summer and happiness. It’s beautiful. It leaves your feet feeling so smooth that you could glide round your house, I’ve started applying it at night time so it can work it’s magic when I’m asleep. If you suffer from cracked or dry feet then this will be perfect for you as it really soothes the skin and doesn’t leave it feeling irritated. It’s great to apply when you’ve just had a pedicure and now sandal weather is approaching it’s the perfect time to buy some!

Buy it here! 



If you’re wanting to sign up to Glossybox for your monthly goody box then click here! All you need to do is sign up and create an account, answer some questions and then you’re all ready.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, it’s something very different to what I usually write but it’s been so much fun trying out these different beauty products. This will be a monthly post from now on so I’m already excited for next month!

Lots of love,

R x

Frances Ivy – Dear Moon

This weeks blog post is something really special, I had the amazing opportunity to interview the beautiful and incredibly talented Frances Ivy. Her book ‘Dear Moon’ is a favourite of mine and after this blog post I’m sure it will be yours too.


1. When did you first get into writing?

‘I used to write short stories ever since I knew how to write, maybe I was inspired by my big sister who was always writing or reading books but honestly I don’t remember.’

2. What is the inspiration behind your writing?

‘Everything I write is from my own experiences and emotions, so the inspiration really comes from within. I use myself as my muse really but mostly I’m inspired by self reflection and the idea of finding out why I feel or do certain things.’

3. Do you have any favourite quotes/passages?

‘If you have my book then page 3 and 56 are two poems that I feel very strongly about, otherwise one of my favourite short poems/quotes is “Almost winter, but inside of me summer is thriving” because that was written on a day when I felt at peace with everything, it was a beautiful day.’

4. What advice would you give a young aspiring writer?

‘Write from your soul and be true to yourself, don’t think about how others will think or perceive your writing but focus solely on how you like it yourself. When I let go of the worry of not being accepted or liked or understood, that’s when I felt like my writing started flowing more freely and I was able to express myself in the way I wanted to. Of course I still struggle with self doubt sometimes, but I’ve learned how to use it in a way that is beneficial for my writing, in a way that makes me grow as a person and a poet. I believe it shines through if you aren’t authentic in what you do, and then less people will be able to relate.’

5. What other writers/poets do you look up to?

‘I adore Sylvia Plath and she was the first contact I had with poetry. Other poets I admire (among many) are Charles Bukowski and Margaret Atwood.’

6. If you didn’t write, what would your career path be?

‘I started college in fashion design so either that or something else where I could be creative. I’ve tried so many things but all of that has in some way been an attempt to fulfill the need for creativity, but I haven’t been truly happy doing any of it. I liked fashion design but I didn’t like the competitive nature of the industry, that just wasn’t me.’

7. What is your favourite childhood book and why?

‘My all time favourite book from my childhood is ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ by Katherine Paterson. When I read it, it was like it opened up the world not only to fantasy, but in a way the secret world of adulthood that I was in so many ways sheltered from. It made me think more about life and death and love and failure, all those things which kids know about, but adults don’t think they do. It was an escape from the real world as much as it was the gate to the real world, if that makes any sense. I reread it a few years ago and loved it even more.’

8. What are you currently reading now?

‘Dandelion Wine’ by Ray Bradbury. I’ve intended to read this for a long time and I finally came to it, and it is written in such a beautiful language and the characters are so pure and real and it makes you reflect on a lot of things. I like to read books that makes me think, that challenge my perception. This book is also like an ode to childhood and it makes me remember what a beautiful time that was.’

9. What is your writing process? Do you have a certain routine?

‘In my mind I’m always writing. I observe everything around me and I am constantly writing things down on my phone or in my notebook, but usually it all comes together when I’m alone, listening to music. My favorite “routine” is being by myself, laying on the floor, having some of my favorite music on and just listen to the sound of instruments. It sounds cliché but when I’m laying there with my notebook in front of me and let go of everything and everyone, words start pouring out and poems are formed. It’s usually a very emotional process and that’s why I like being alone, it’s easier to be vulnerable when no one is watching.’

10. Do you ever suffer from writers block? If so how do you get yourself motivated again?

‘Not really. I might not write anything of worth some days but I’m still writing. Either poems, or small lines that I might put in a poem later, or diary notes. Since I find most of the inspiration from my own life I never run out of it, I guess, there is always something.’

11. What message do you want your readers to take from your writing?

‘That it’s okay not to be strong or happy or always making the right choices. I think we must accept and highlight that sometimes life just isn’t perfect, and that we must learn to deal with that too. My writing isn’t necessarily supposed to empower or heal anything because I personally still have a lot of struggles which I don’t yet know how to deal with, but if someone can find themselves in my words then maybe that’s a sort of empowerment because it makes us realise we’re not alone in our hurting, we’re not alone making mistakes. What I have found since I started to share my work is that there are SO many people just like me, who can relate to my experiences. To me that shows that I’m not the only one who’s failed or been broken, and it gives me courage to keep going.’

12. What are your current/future projects that we can look forward too? 

‘Well, I’m constantly writing but at the moment I will focus on ‘Dear Moon’ and cherish this time in my life, I have so many ideas on how to improve and develop as a person and a writer and I hope to be able to share that in the future. Although my main priority right now is to really try to be in the moment. I am always searching for things in the future and then I forget that life is right here and right now, and I don’t want to look back and realise I was thinking about the next thing, when the last next thing was happening in that very moment. The release of ‘Dear Moon’ has been a long time dream and now it’s happening, I want to be present.’


I hope you enjoyed this blog – If you want to check out any of Frances Ivy’s pages or a link to buy the Incredible ‘Dear Moon’ – Links are below.

To buy ‘Dear Moon’ – click here

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Instagram – click here


Lots of Love x

Mental Health with Made In Chelsea…

Recently we had the pleasure of interviewing Made In Chelsea girls Lauren Hutton and Natalie Joel. They talked about how important getting help really is and what it did for them, why they chose The Blue Tree Clinic, experience with eating disorders and the pressures of body image with social media. I hope you enjoy these little clips, and hopefully one of these topics speaks to you.

Here the girls talk about why they chose The Blue Tree Clinic and what sort of help we offer.

The girls talk about how therapy helped them in their personal lives and what they’ve learnt from it.

The last 2 videos are my personal favourites, the topics they touch on are so important and need to be talked about more. It’s so sad to see how much social media plays a part in the downward spiral of so many people, Lauren and Natalie talk about how its affected them and how they’ve learned to deal with it.



I’m sure everyone at some point has compared themselves to someone they’ve seen on social media, whether that’s someone they know or a celebrity. It’s so important to realise that you are so beautiful and worthy just the way you are. You don’t need to change anything about yourself for other people to love you. Self-confidence isn’t something you are going to stumble upon one day , it’s created. It’s built by strong men and women who fight voices in their head everyday which tell them they aren’t good enough. It’s created by people who empower one another and not by people who bring each other down. Be kind always. You never know what someone is going through.

One last thing, don’t be afraid to talk about your problems. Don’t ever feel that your problems don’t matter because they do. Doesn’t matter if you speak to a friend, parent or a psychiatrist, talking to someone will get you on the right path to recovery. I know talking to someone is a scary and daunting thought, but believe me it’s worth it, you won’t seem so alone.

Don’t let your demons win. You are and have always been stronger than them x


My Favourite Books…

I’ve always been a huge fan of reading, I find that it’s a great way to relax and for everything just to be still for a little while. In this post I wanted to show you guys some of my favourite books that I’ve read recently – these range from novels to poetry to autobiographies. I hope you take whatever inspiration you can and maybe go ahead and purchase one of them yourselves! You won’t be disappointed.

In no particular order 😉

  1. Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig

I got reccomended this book by a friend, I had never heard of it before or heard of the author, now it has to be one of my favourite books ever. This book is a healer. The writer talks about his personal experience with depression from the very lows to coming out the other side and how even now he still faces struggles. I couldn’t put it down because I was so emotionally attached to his story, it made me want to cry, smile, laugh and scream. I think one of the most amazing things about this book is that he recognises depression and anxiety as an illness and not just some inconvenience. He see’s it from both sides, someone suffering and watching a loved one struggle. He’s not afraid to show how dark depression can actually be and I think that’s why it’s one of my favourite books, he’s brutally honest about his experience but also talks about just how amazing life can be when you finally start to heal.

2. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

I am a huge fan of poetry, and this book is the reason why. I started following Rupi Kaur on Instagram as I came across a few poems she had written. When I started to fall more in love with what she was posting I had to buy her book. It’s beautiful. It may be a book full of poems but it tells a story of survival, loss, abuse and love. Each part of this book deals with a different pain, it definitely comforts a broken heart. I think every girl at some point will be able to relate to what she’s saying, and I think that’s why I fell in love with it, because at some point in my life I have felt some kind of pain which somehow she has made into beautiful poetry.

3. Angels Walking series – Karen Kingsbury

This isn’t just one book, it’s 3. Karen Kingsbury is my favourite authors. I’ve been a huge fan of her since I was a teenager when I first read one of her books when I was on holiday. From them on I have fallen in love with her work, I own a lot of her books so it was hard to narrow it down, but these 3 are the most recent. The first book is Angels Walking and I got it for Christmas 2015, and I think I read it in about a week. The thing with Karen Kingsbury is she has a way of connecting with her audience that you can’t physically put the book down. I’m a huge fan of the lovey dovey novels where there is always a happy ending and the two people in the story always end up together. I love crying when reading, you know it’s a good book when it makes you cry. Angels Walking is a beautifully crafted story of love and loss, you root for the main characters and find yourself in the story. Just like the next two books of the series ‘Chasing Sunsets’ and ‘Brush of Wings’ you experience more heartache, she focuses on new characters and intertwines all the stories together. She’s an incredible writer that has you hooked from the beginning. If you’re wanting a book that you can’t put down then I recommend Karen Kingsbury.

4. Broken Flowers – R.M Drake

R.M Drake is another author that I first started following on Instagram, just like Rupi Kaur he has a good way of putting what you’re feeling into words that are beyond beautiful. Not only is he an American author but he is also a self-acclaimed street artist. His work is seen across all the major cities in the US. In this book instead of focusing on longing and loving he writes more about friendship, memories and honesty. The way you can relate to his work is what makes it stand out, there is a poem in there for everyone. It brings comfort to you when you need it most in the smallest of passages. His work is simple but beautiful.


5. Spaceship – R.M Drake

Another R.M Drake book, this is one of his older books and I love the way he describes it as ‘A collection of words for the misunderstood.’ I think that in itself makes you want to buy it. This book is less ‘wordy’, but there is art and design attached to the quotes. It’s very short and sweet and wouldn’t take you long at all to read it, but I would find myself re-reading certain quotes over and over again. Again, R.M Drake never fails to disappoint.


5. Her – Pierre Alex Jeanty

Jeanty is a American author and poet, ‘Her’ is my most recent purchase after yet again falling in love with his quotes through Instagram. (Great place to find some amazing poets!) One of the most beautiful things about this book is that he writes about the beauty and strength of women, it is a beautiful expression of heartfelt emotion which he portrays perfectly. Every girl should pick up this book, you’ll come away from it feeling empowered and inspired, and I can’t stop reading it over and over again. It’s one of my favourite purchases and I’m so happy that I stumbled across his writing. – ‘If there is a lover in you, you will not get enough of Her.’


6. Unfiltered – Lily Collins

Lastly is the only autobiography that I own, now I’m not a huge fan of autobiographies, they don’t interest me in the slightest, but this one isn’t like any other. It’s a personal story of Lily Collins where she talks about her struggles with anorexia, troubled relationships, her father, her love for baking, her struggles with body image and so much more. She reveals the most personal parts of herself and lays it completley bare for everyone to read. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful and I didn’t realise just how much I can actually relate to her. I’ve been a fan of Lily Collins for a while, I’ve always enjoyed whatever movie she has been in, but this book makes my love for her even greater. She isn’t afraid to talk about her lowest points in her relationships, how she struggled to love people with addictions, how she struggled with anorexia and bulimia from a young age and how now she has such a great love for food. She writes a heartbreaking letter to a dad, and makes you realise that loving yourself is the best thing you can do. I can’t recommend this book enough.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and maybe you might even purchase one of these.

Lots of love,

R x