Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Autumn Tag (2)

Hey!

I have recently done the Autumn Tag however I was tagged by the beautiful Alix Kate (<--make sure to check her blog out!) to do this one. The questions are  different to my previous Autumn Tag so I've decided to this one too as a extra post! 
Lets get started...


1) What is one candle you MUST light every Autumn?
To be honest I don't use candles as I live with my parents, however I love spiced scents and cinnamon. Cinnamon also reminds me of Christmas so thats always nice too! 
2) When you think of Autumn, what does it remind you of?
Autumn reminds me of thick jumpers! I live in jumpers throughout the winter, they are just so cosy and warm! Autumn also reminds me of dark nail varnish, I love transitioning from bright pinks and corals to the dark purples, navies and blacks. 

3) What is your all-time favourite Autumn/Halloween movie?
I can pretty much guarantee I will watch Insidious every year so this is probably my favourite Halloween film. I have started watching The Haunting of the Hill House on Netflix, I defo recommend watching this series if you like scary/jumping Halloween films. 
4) What Halloween costume do you have in mind?
This year I think I will either go as a devil or I have a black dress with cobwebs and spiders on that I could also wear. I haven't fully decided yet!! 
5) What is your favourite Autumn trend?
This year the jumpers seem to be really chunky which I am loving, also as much as I love the standard blacks, mustards, greys, I've seen a lot of brighter jumpers this year which seem fun. 

6) When you think of Autumn, what drink comes to mind?
Surely everyone thinks of a big hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows??? This is my favourite drink for this time of year for sure! Although I have seen that Costa and Starbucks have released their winter drinks so I will have to check those out!
7) What is your go-to fall beauty product?
I love to go for a berry lip, I have a couple of Kiko lipsticks which are lovely colours for autumn, this year I also I have been loving the browns and oranges on my eyes, this also brings my blue eyes out which is fab. 
8) Do you prefer apple or pumpkin pie?
Out of these I'd choose apple pie, however my fave pie is a cherry pie! 

9) Do you have any Autumn traditions?
I wouldn't say we do have any traditions really. We will put a pumpkin out and when I was younger we would go round to our families houses in costumes but as I've got older we haven't done as much. 
10) Is Autumn your favourite season?
Honestly, I can't say it is. I love Summer and Christmas would be close second! 

I nominate to do this tag is;
Yasmin (Vogue Mode Blog)
Jess (Coffee & Corfu)
Kim (The Adventure To Me)
Jess (Jessxclare)

Thanks for reading

Courtney Jayne X
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Sunday, 21 October 2018

My Favourite Hobby!

Hey!

Do you play any sports? How do you like to keep fit? 

A main hobby of mine, is to play badminton. When I say hobby, what I really mean is that I play within four leagues in Essex and play at least three times a week and that's not including matches, some weeks I can play every day.
Badminton is something I started at about 11 years old, when I was leaving primary school, my dad went to a local club and suggested I tried it out as I was a sporty kid anyway - every night of the week I was doing a different activity, from netball, dancing, swimming and hockey! When I started Secondary School I soon realised badminton is one of the sports you have to do during your PE lessons, it was one of those lessons that everyone got bored because it was the same game of 'round the clock' every time! 

By the time I went into Year 9 I could beat half the PE teachers if they wanted to have a game, I loved this as I trained a few nights a week and the hard work was paying off! All through my school years I would play in tournaments at the weekend, travelling over the country to wherever was hosting that week! When I got to year 10 I was asked to play county badminton, this would mean representing Essex, I played county for a few years and then I started working weekends so struggled to get time off to play. 

I am still playing at the club I started at when I was 11, I am the treasurer of the club now and I love being fully involved and on the committee getting my ideas and opinions across. Not only this I am also qualified as a Level 1 Badminton Coach and am soon to be starting my Level 2 qualification. The sense of achievement when you have a little 6 year old who's never held a racket before that can now hit the shuttle to the back of the court is amazing!

If you read my previous post (here) you would know I recently had surgery on my hip, this means I have already been out for four weeks not able to play badminton and have been told I am likely to be off for another three months. Not being able to play badminton was one of the main reasons I didn't want to have surgery done but thinking about the future its the best thing to have done. Although I am starting to go crazy as I can't play, I did have a stand on the court last night and a couple of hits which is so good when you miss something so much! 

Whats your main hobby? Have you had to have time out of it due to injury?

Courtney Jayne X
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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Having Hip Surgery (Hip Arthroscopy )

Hey!

Just over three weeks ago I had surgery on my hip as I had been in incredible amounts of pain since September 2017. It all started after I went to Ibiza last September. Like anyone I had put on a few pounds on holiday from eating and drinking out every night, which is normal, I wanted to get into running as a bit of extra exercise and to get me get fit for the Badminton season. So I was running 5km and then playing badminton matches straight after, which thinking about it now, it was probably over doing it but at the time it felt good! 

Soon after I started running my right hip would be sore when I walked and then it started to need to be clicked back into place by pushing my leg up, out and round. This ended up being a weekly to daily thing and by this point I was in so much I couldn't walk, sleep or play badminton without being in pain. By December it got to the point where I needed to have it checked out as I couldn't go on living normally and playing badminton in the pain I was in.

I saw a consultant who explained what he thought it could be and a couple of ways to try and fix it. Firstly I needed all kinds of x-rays, MRIs etc. After this, in April the consultant advised me to have a cortisone injection to see if that relieved the pain. It didn't. About a month after that he suggested I tried a course of physio treatment. This didn't work either. Then I went back to the consultant at the beginning of August, this is when he suggested having surgery, the surgery being a Hip Arthroscopy. I wasn't keen on having it done as I am quite young, he was also reluctant to do the surgery but as he had tried several ways beforehand to try and sort it and it didn't, this was the only option left. After speaking to my parents we agreed it would be for the best to have the surgery to stop me from having trouble in the future. 

I booked in to have the surgery on the 20th September 2018 as this was the next date suitable for me and the consultant, that day sure came around quick! On the day my mum, boyfriend and myself had to get at the hospital for 8am and then I didn't have my surgery until about 1pm. I was under general anaesthetic which was great as I didn't feel a thing. When I woke up I was in absolute agony so the nurses were giving me morphine to help the pain. The consultant came to see me at the end of the day and explained what he had done to my hip, he ended up doing more than we what we originally thought. He repaired tears in the cartilage, moved the muscle to stop it from pinching and shaved down the bone. For a young girl I had done it good and proper!! We left the hospital the same day about 9pm when I felt a bit better in myself although still in a lot of pain! 

The recovery time was the part I was dreading the most as I was told I would need at least two weeks on crutches, fours weeks until I could drive, six weeks until I could go back to work and then FOUR!!!!  months until I could go back to badminton. Four months takes us to January which is half way through the badminton season which is killing me as it's my biggest passion and I play pretty much every day of the week - well not at the moment! 

As I said at the beginning I am now three weeks post op and I am in a lot less pain and starting to move around a lot better with one crutch, I have been doing the exercises and cycling as I was advised when I left the hospital. The pain the first week after I had it done was horrendous, I'm not allowed to separate my knees for the first six weeks after the operation so getting into bed and into the bath have been a mission, I think I'm going to have great abs after this!! I also haven't slept well since having it done but I'm hoping now I'm a bit more mobile and in less pain, sleeping will become better again. I have my first post op physio appointment this week so hopefully they will help me get back on both my feet asap and back to playing badminton pain free!

Thanks for reading!

Courtney Jayne X
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Sunday, 7 October 2018

The Autumn Tag!

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Seeing as the cosy, time of year has come around, I thought it would be a good idea to answer the questions of the Autumn Tag. I haven't done a post like this before so it is something different on my website, but its good to mix things up occasionally, right?! 
(Before I start, this is just a quick disclaimer that I did not make this tag, I got it off the 'weheartit' website - https://weheartit.com/articles/319449944-autumn-tag-2018. I liked the looks of this tag so thought why not!) 
Lets go!
Which one thing tells you that the fall season has begun? When all the leaves start to fall and turn brown, red and orangeπŸπŸ‚
What three things you love about the season? I love putting on comfy jumpers, a nice cosy coat and orange eyes & dark lips. 
Silent nights or windy ones? What do you love more about the falls? Silent nights for sure! I don't want to be woken up by the wind!πŸ’¨
Do you ever go for the hiking in autumn? If yes, how was the experience? No, I don't think I have been hiking in the autumn. I think I'd moan I am cold the whole time!!
Cold rain or heavy fog. What do you enjoy more? Probably heavy fog, once you're wet you will get cold and then its hard to warm up sooo probably fog!
What is your favourite scent for the fall season? I like the sweet cinnamon smell (I'm not sure if that counts as a 'fall' scent but it reminds me of autumn/winter time!) 
Have you ever gone for apple picking? Hmm, not that I can remember, but I may have done as a child!🍎🍏
Fall day or fall night. Which one looks more beautiful to you? Fall night, in England the daytime is usually pretty dull but in the evening we may get beautiful coloured skies.
What is your favourite autumn movie? Christmas movies count in Fall time don't they?!?!
What is the best way to enjoy the rain of fall season? For me, I'd be wrapped up on the sofa in a couple of blankets, watching movies whilst drink a massive hot chocolate, watching the rain fall on the windows! 
Wool or knit sweaters? What do you like to wear in the fall season? I prefer knitted jumpers
What is your favourite fall colour?  Orange for sure! I love a orangey, gold eye in the Autumn!
Do you believe that autumn fall season should be the wedding season? I personally wouldn't say so
Fairy lights or candles? What is your choice in the falls? Candles 
What are your most likes drink in the fall season? Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows!πŸ™Š
Have you ever tried pumpkin carving? If yes, so how was the experience? Yes, to be honest, art isn't a particularly strong point of mine, but I think they turned out well!
Apple pie or Pumpkin Pie. What’s your favourite? Apple Pie out of these however cherry pie and custard is a winner for me!! πŸ’
Which fashion trend you often prefer in the fall season? I love a scarf as an accessory in the Autumn 
Do you like baking in the autumn season? I'm not going to lie, I am a really bad cook!! 
October or November? What’s your favorite month in the autumns? OctoberπŸ‘»πŸŽƒ
Which song you often sing in the autumn? Who remembers them harvest songs from school?? They defo always pop into my mind during the autumn. 
How much do you love to enjoy the fire in the fall season? I don't have a fire in my home, I reckon it would be pretty cosy though if i did!
Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm? Definitely not!! I hate the cold and have to wrap up warm.
Do you have any specific traditions to celebrate the fall season? I wouldn't say theres anything specifically really, other than watching 'I'm a celebrity' in November!
In the falls, do you love traveling or enjoying the season at home? I'm happy to stay at home, however I wouldn't turn a trip down!
What is your favourite food in the fall season? I love a good Roast in Autumn time!
Are you more energetic during the autumn season, or more laid back? I'd say I am more laid back during Autumn, to get ready for Christmas!!πŸŽ„
What do you feel at the end of fall season? By the time Autumn comes to an end I am looking forwards to Christmas and the New year!
Share your favourite quote related to the autumn. 'Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year'🍁

I'd love to see your answers to these questions, if you do this tag them please tag my social media so I can give your answers a read!!

Thank you all for reading

Courtney Jayne X
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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

September Faves!

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So I've decided I'm going to try to put up a monthly favourites on the first of every month (yes I know, it's the second, I missed the first!πŸ™ˆ Not a great start..but we have a post so it's ok right?!) I only have a few faves this month so lets get started!

My first favourite of the month is some new trainers, I bought the FILA White Disruptor ii Premium trainers, I got mine from Schuh they are £80 but I used a student discount code and got them for £70 - bonus!. I have been after some chunky trainers for a while now so when I saw them, I went for it as I am hoping it will jazz up my style for the winter! Obviously these shoes aren't everyones cup of tea, however I think they're a bit edgy and cool.

My next favourite of the month is the Pantene Masque Repair & Protect For Weak And Damaged Hair . I have long hair and I love to keep it healthy and in a good condition. After using this mask every few times when I wash my hair I have noticed a difference with how soft, healthy and shiny it is. I would definitely recommend this mask if you want to give your hair a bit of love and care during your hair care routine! This product was £4.49 from boots. 

My last fave of this month is some sunglasses I got when I was in Ibiza, I stupidly forgot to wear sunglasses the day we went to Ocean Beach so whilst in there I looked in the little shop and was obsesssssed with so many of the glasses in there so I bought some! Unfortunately I can't find a link of the sunglasses I got, when I was out there Ocean Beach was like sponsored by In the Style but I can't seem to find the glasses on their website either. :( I think they were about $20 but I can't remember for sure. I have to admit these sunglasses are more of a fashion item rather that to protect your eyes lol. Never the less, they stayed on my face all day and I wore them plenty of times for the rest of the holiday!

What have your September favourites been this year?

Courtney Jayne X 
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