Author: chlo.stacey

Capitola Watches

Capitola is a small business created by two sisters with a mission to sell high-quality, minimalistic and beautiful designs.

I have one from their Seashell range with a mesh band:

Pearl Mesh Silver White
My watch came beautifully packaged in a pink Capitola box and included a small screwdriver to adjust the strap length.

As promised, the watch is both sophisticated and glamorous. The watch face is small, iridescent and elegant.

There are several designs including Marble, Petite, Mesh, Leather and Velvet. There is also a range for men. These make the perfect gift; I have bought one for my sister.

These watches can be worn with any outfit and add a polished look. Find their range here and use the code SAGECROFT at the checkout for a 15% discount.

I will promote products I genuinely like and receive a small percentage of sales from links and discount codes.

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Hailie

I decided to practice my character building in this short story about a girl waiting at a train station, thinking about the day ahead of her.

Hailie was never late for anything. In fact, she was chronically early because the last thing she wanted was for people to be waiting on her. It would be embarrassing and if she was completely honest with herself, the thought of leaving the house without half an hour’s extra time filled her with anxiety.

I could miss my train, she thought. She had a hand wrapped tightly around her bag strap. It was a leather messenger bag with a large brass buckle. She checked that her bag was closed, which it was. There were a lot of people crowded along the platform and any one of them could be a pickpocket.

Jessica, her older sister would tell her not to trust anyone. She would have told her to put a padlock on her bag if it wouldn’t have looked completely ridiculous. Jessica was 26, nine years older than herself and was protective of her little sister, often contributing to Hailie’s nervous disposition.

Hailie and Jessica were both tall, slim and had red hair. They were similar in all aspects except Jessica was more outspoken and sure of herself. Jessica reassured her sister that she would grow more confident as she got older and would care less about what other people thought. Hailie hoped this was true, she looked up to Jessica more than anyone else.

Hailie looked up at the train departure board. 7:32. Her train would arrive in 12 minutes and she began to think about the day ahead of her. She had double Biology first. She sighed. She was sure she was doing the right thing by choosing to study science. There would be more opportunities for her if she did, like university or a ‘proper job’. Still, she couldn’t help feeling out of her depth and completely powerless because she didn’t know what else to do. The thought of disappointing anyone or turning up opportunities others didn’t get made her feel incredibly guilty.

‘The next train to arrive is the 7:44 service to …‘ Hailie moved closer to the platform edge. She watched as people with suitcases pushed to the front, eager to find space for their luggage.

‘Calling at Narlington, Ashlowe, Silverbeach ...’ did she remember to pick up her house keys? She thrust her hand into her bag and patted the small side pocket. She heard a jangle. Phew. She’d never forgotten her keys before and would have checked before she left the house. The confirmation, however, eased her anxiety slightly.

The passengers piled onto the train. Hailie took a seat next to a young woman who reluctantly moved her bag for her. The woman, Hailie observed, was wearing a suit dress with a name tag pinned to her blazer, Marianne. Marianne had a hardened expression on her face. Hailie put her headphones in and blocked out the grey carriage for the next fifteen minutes.

Learning to Draw

I used to love drawing when I was younger. My sister and my mum are both good artists.

Somewhere down the line I stopped drawing. I stopped doing a lot of creative things.

However, today I was a little bored and had a doodle on a napkin in the staff room. It was fun and I remembered how relaxing sketching could be.

When I got home I found my pencils and had another go. I need practice but I was pleased with the results. I love shading more than anything. I’ve tried to think about where the light hits these objects.

I don’t love the stem of my rose. Even if it is blue for no apparent reason.

Barry
Rose

Upcycled Canvas

We bought these paintings by a local artist from Barry’s stall (#37) at Peterborough City Market.

The artist, Khan takes boring old stock photo canvases and transforms them into beautiful landscapes.

I love these nature scenes and how they capture the season perfectly. It reminds me of sitting by a river on a warm summer afternoon. They look great in our living room too.

You can support independent artists by visiting stall #37 or by visiting the website. You’re sure to find something unique from our local artists and musicians.

Khan
Khan

Handmade Naturals Shampoo

I bought a new shampoo a few months ago with the intention of writing a review. I had to reorder because the first one was stolen. I hope they opened my parcel, we’re initially disappointed and then loved it once they tried it. It’s a good shampoo.

It is the Handmade Naturals Herbal Shampoo for Sensitive Skin which I bought from Amazon for £8.45.

This product is scent-free and contains all natural ingredients, as described. Although scent-free it does have a vinegar scent due to the ingredients used but there is no perfume added to it. My hair doesn’t smell like vinegar afterwards.

This product does not contain sulphates which some people do not like. It can be an irritant for eczema. As I have mentioned in a previous post it can be hard to find a shampoo which is free of sulphates and I have found one in the past which does not clean as well as this.

My hair feels very fresh afterwards and the product lathers too. I have read some reviews that people find this dries their hair out. I haven’t found this and I use a normal conditioner afterwards. If you do have have dry hair use this instead. However, it is scented. They have a range of conditioners too that I haven’t tried.

Overall, it is a great product for people with sensitive skin or who want a natural alternative which cleans their hair thoroughly.

Photo Albums

Do people still make up photo albums? I imagine it being in the same domain as the address book. They have been immortalised online and shared with the world at a click of a mouse.

I haven’t made a photo album since 2013 when I went to France with my friends. It’s more of a scrapbook, filled with photographs, tickets and other pretty things.

I asked for a photo album for my birthday because I knew I would have photos from our trip plus some from last year. I have posted some on here and Instagram. However, I think having a physical book to keep and look through would be more special.

Travelling through Scandinavia 2

We’re back home now after spending the past week and a half on holiday. I have written up our first week here.

We travelled to Sweden next and stayed at MJ’s Hotel in Malmo.

The hotel was super quirky and covered in flamingos. It reminded me of Hollister because of the dark lighting, perfumed air and fun atmosphere. We spent one night here. We were tired after a long day travelling from Oslo where we had stayed at Citybox again.

We had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant which was delicious (Sweden wasn’t as expensive as Norway). Take into consideration that a main is small and the waiter recommended ordering two. I had Brussel Sprouts and Barry had Fennel and Saffron.

We went for a little wander around Malmo and grabbed some cocktails. It was pretty cold and late, plus we had to leave early in the morning so we didn’t explore too far. We did find this random giant lamp in the square:

Lilla Torg Square

It was part of Malmo’s Christmas lighting. Christmas decorations seemed to be up throughout January in most places.

The next day was long and we ended up sitting in the wrong carriage of our train and went backwards. However, whilst waiting for the next train we found a nice cafe and shop, the Stationen. We passed through Copenhagen and ended our trip in Billund, Denmark where we stayed at the Legoland Hotel and visited the LEGO House.

LEGO House