Chronic fatigue tips

  1. 1. If your going to a big event soon make sure you have two pre rest days and two posts.
  1. Take naps throughout the day
  1. If you have brain fog – don’t stress about it.
  2. Talk to yourself lovingly: you already feel like shit so why add to it.
  3. Make sure to keep hydrated.
  4. Wear comfy clothes
  5. If you have migraines, make the room as dark as possible
  6. Plan nice things for a ‘good day’
  7. Make sure to eat
  8. Take your meds
  9. Heat patches are you’re friends
  10. Try energy drinks

Self care tips Tuesday

  1. Make yourself a cuppa and take five minutes to breathe.
  2. Eat healthy: things like fruit releases endorphins which make you happy.
  3. Write a list of what you need to do then prioritise: breaking down big tasks will make you feel able to tackle to them.
  4. Make sure you get at least eight hours sleep; that means no tech two hours before bed, make sure your room is dark and cool.
  5. Paint your nails/fix your hair/ put on a little makeup.
  6. Have a relaxing bath
  7. Make a positive playlist
  8. Hydrate
  9. Write down a list of worries – then decide if their rationale: what can you do to change it? Or irrational: Get rid!!
  10. Have a little sing!! Studies show singing makes you happier.

The Fashion expert: An interview with Zahra Parry

Hi Z, so what made you want to be fashion blogger and makeup artist? I realised I wanted to be a make-up artist when I applied for an assistant MUA role for a short film, I’d always had an interest in make-up and was obsessed with putting it on myself, so I decided to apply and I worked under a professional for a week, I loved the craft of it and even more so the creative environment of being on set. Fashion blogging is somewhat new to me, I just found I was getting a lot of questions about where I got my clothes and getting a lot of compliments over the years on my style. So I’ve just started posting #ootd’s on Instagram at the moment but eventually, I’d like to start blogging about fashion tips and make fashion hauls.

What’s your top five beauty products? 1. Revlon colour stay foundation, this is my day to day foundation and It’s amazing because it’s affordable, full coverage and durable! 2. Mac strobe cream– I love this as a primer before foundation it gives you a dewy finish and makes your skin glow! 3. Urban decay all nighter setting spray– this is a lifesaver, by far the most effective of setting sprays! 4. Becca cosmetics champagne pop highlighter– I have no words because it’s so beautiful, natural looking highlighter that really accentuates the high-points of your face. 5. mac studio fix pressed powder– essential on set! male or female, this powder is perfect for taking out the shine or giving the the cast a flawless finish on screen.

Where do you mainly get your clothes from? I previously worked for Topshop, most of of-of my clothes are from there because of the cheeky discount, but I also love Zara and H&M.

What’s your favourite fashion trend for autumn? I love love LOVE the check pieces coming through this autumn, it screams clueless and that’s one of my favourite films!

5) Makeup/style inspirations? Style inspo is really hard because my style changes with every season but I would say probably Olivia Palermo for A/W, Vanessa Hudgens for S/S. Makeup inspo would have to be some of the looks created by @makeupbyariel on Shay Mitchell, and @makeupbymario on Kim Kardashian.

what’s your worst fashion disaster? I’ve had so many, mainly because I’m so clumsy! The worst would have to be when I wore a leather skirt and fishnets to Radio1’s Big Weekend back in north Wales, trying to achieve that rocky/festival look I had thought that a leather skirt was a great idea for a day of 30 degrees heat I chafed so much my legs started bleeding and I had to go home and miss RIHANNA!

what’s the worst makeup trend? Contour, I feel strongly that contour is something you should only apply if really needed or in a drag show.

what’s your dream job? I’m still not sure, I just KNOW that I’m

supposed to be in television and media. I’m one of those people who wants to be good at everything so I have a choice!

favourite fashion magazine? Back in the day, I used to read LOOK magazine weekly! Now I don’t read most magazines because the content is so extremely focused on women’s physical appearance and celebrity sex lives and scandals that it’s so uninteresting to me. I watch a lot of vloggers and read blogs instead

contouring yay or nay? Yay on Drag queens, Nay otherwise.

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Why I love Audrey Hepburn

  • Yes we all know that Marylin Monroe was the OG sex symbol but Audrey did so much more in her lifetime:
  • She was part of the Dutch resistance in World War II
  • Trained as a ballerina
  • She spoke four languages; German, French, Dutch and English.
  • Spoke up about the stigma of miscarriage
  • Champion of UNICEF
  • Fashion icon
  • Raised money for Cerebral Palsy charities
  • Well advertised in politics
  • Work Experience at ITV Wales Studio

    So, if most of you have been following my facebook/Instagram/twitter you’ll know that this week I completed work experience for two days with ITV Wales, focusing on journalism and broadcasting.


    Day one: Wow I was so not ready to wake up at six am, never mind makeup and hair before my grandparents picked me up at eight am! When I got there (10 minutes late due to traffic) I was in awe of this amazing building, it was pretty surreal since I’d never been in a TV studio before (I loved their huge glass window with Ant, Dec, and Michael Buble. Don’t even get me started on the This Morning cushions!)

    Taking a deep breath I was greeted by my lovely boss Sarah. She introduced me to the team in the newsroom which can only be described as organised chaos with everyone running around and the phone going every two minutes. I was put to work straight away by finding some stories. Then I was introduced to Clair, she runs the webpage and she showed me how to upload an article. I was then taken into the actual studio, it was surreal to see the green screen for the weather, the robotic cameras and the famous news desk.

    Next, it was the planning meeting where they plan the evening programme and get a head start on tomorrow’s edition. I can’t believe I had the gall to speak up in a room full of journalists and suggest a story! I thought I would be the lackey but oh no! They accepted my ideas with great enthusiasm. I also learned a whole lot of media lingo, by lunchtime my head was spinning! I sat with a lovely group of people; Molly, Saif and Zarah who were apprentices there.

    After lunch and Red bull, it was time to watch the lunchtime broadcast live in the studio. The presenter, Andrew was lovely and answered all my questions was very patient with me. I also had a headset so I could hear the director and they time everything to the last second.

    It was back to story hunting and I was tracking people down on social media for statements and reactions for stories. One of which really impressed Sarah, It was about a baby who’d had a stroke and his mother set up a charity called HemiChat where other parents could connect and receive support. It was great as we were running a neonatal piece the next day.

    Lastly, it was time to watch them tape certain segments of the evening news and then watch it go out live on air. I can’t believe Andrea Byrne was giving me tips!!

    Shattered, at quarter to seven I headed home filled with elation that I’d been instrumental in the daily news going out. I felt, at last, a sense of pride that I’d worked hard and loved every second of it. I’d found my path in life.

    Day Two: It was a bit quieter today as we only had four main stories to cover and needed fillers. It was surreal being in the morning briefing as there were ten journalists in the room and several others on Skype. I put forward my case of covering a story about a woman with a chronic illness and gratefully accepted my input and personal experiences with media coverage on the subject, as well as making sure that the HemiChat charity and story wasn’t forgotten.

    Then I was back on story hunting and taking messages on the phone and then it was time for the planning meeting which was much like the day before.

    It’s a very accessible building but trust me to get locked in the toilet with no phone signal. Luckily my plea for help was heard by a gent who rescued me with a two pence piece… I don’t think I’ve ever blushed with embarrassment that much ever.

    Lunchtime and it was time for another Redbull. Then uh oh! My back started to spasm and I ended up having to take Cocos but, I had to push through. Later on, I was shown into the editing suite and was told how to edit a programme.

    After that, I was researching food festivals for an upcoming programme and happily skipped off home a six pm. Another exciting day!

    Damn my chronic fatigue! I was supposed to be there three days but had to stay home due to a raging migraine and tiredness. I still worked from home though!


    Sadly my time was up but, I’d definitely found what I was meant to do. I’ve now applied for a smaller company with an apprenticeship taking on their social media accounts as well as journalism.

    Wish me luck

    Rachel x