'Just Say Yes!' Five Favourite Motivational Songs!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

I'm writing this post in advance, as I know it'll be good to read it later in the week when I will undoubtedly (and I'm sure there are others who'll be in the same boat!) need a pick me up, this week for me is a bit mental if I'm honest, lots of working, lots of assignments due and just general craziness! Wah!
So today I'm bringing you another of my five favourite songs, today's category is favourite 'cheer me up' songs, songs that as soon as I listen to them I instantly feel happier and ready to take on the world, I jest, but you get the idea!

First up is Brimful of Asha, a song that reminds me of my childhood and dancing around the house with my Mum and Dad, it is undoubtedly a 'choon' and never fails to put me in the mood for a good boogie!

Next up we've got another golden oldie from my childhood, Fatboy Slim: Praise You- I swear that one day I will learn the dance routine from the music video, purely so I can bust the moves when I'm on a night out, I know some of the moves but not the whole routine (yet)! 

Smack bam in the middle is Erasure: A Little Respect, a song that dependent on the version can make me dance like a happy loon or cry my eyes out (anyone else see Gay Wedding The Musical?) this is one of my all time favourite songs, I just think it's really beautiful!

Now I'm a sucker for strings in a song and this next one delivers on that, Elbow- One Day Like This, is such a motivational boost! I always feel this song is best when blasted at top volume.

Narrowing my top cheer up songs to just 5 was really difficult, And deciding on a final song was tricky to say the least but I settled for Snow Patrol- Just Say Yes, the perfect uplifting song to brighten up a gloomy day or give you a boost when everything seems a bit tough! The lyrics say it all really: "Just say yes, just say there's nothing holding you back." I really should live by them a bit more! 

Anyways I could've listed hundreds of songs that cheer me up and I might end up making a spotify playlist and linking it in this post, but that'll depend on how much I'm choosing to procrastinate eh? Hope you're all enjoying the week.
*So I went ahead and created the playlist, a Spotify playlist of 50 songs I think are great motivational boosters/cheer me up classics, hope y'all enjoy!* Click the link to listen to some sweet, sweet music! Motivation Station 

The Comforter? Lush Spa Treatment

Monday, 21 April 2014

So how are we all? I hope you've all enjoyed a fabulous Easter weekend, eating chocolate eggs and the likes, I was working over the weekend but made up for it today with a trip to the Lush Spa in Edinburgh, I actually wrote about the spa back when it opened in 2012  (click here to read it, there's more pictures of the spa, as I didn't take any today...) but still hadn't been for a treatment till today. It was so difficult to decide which treatment to try out first as if I'm honest they all sound amazing! I'm hoping to try out the A Hard Day's Night treatment next! Which is inspired by The Beatles! 

The Lush approach to spa treatments is completely unlike any other spa, in place of the clinical, cool spas experience: Lush provide a warm, homely and comforting experience, a 'quintessiantally English spa'. Replacing the sterile surroundings with a cosy cottage inspired decor, you'd never know the Edinburgh Lush Spa is on Princes Street.
source: Lush.co.uk
The Comforter? Is inspired by Rowena Bird one of the Lush founders and a lover of all things pink and sweet, designed to be a cosy exfoliating treatment, which leaves you with silky smooth skin. The Comforter? is  a comforting, fun and light-hearted treatment, which reminds you not to take life to seriously, the soundtrack features well-known childhood classics reworked by Simon Emmerton of The Imagined Village. 

My Mum and Dad actually bought me my spa voucher for Christmas, so it was exciting to finally have some time to visit the spa, and the perfect relaxing day before the hectic month I have ahead! I'd decided to try The Comforter? first as it seemed like a fun treatment and the perfect introductory treatment to the Lush Spa. I have all my final hand-ins for college over the next few weeks and then my exams next month, I can't wait for all the stresses to be over but then the hard bit begins deciding what to do next eep! (I'll be having another Lush Spa treatment after my exams though, which I'll report back on too.)

My therapist Rhoda, made me feel comfortable and at ease as she chatted to me about the treatment over a glass of cucumber and grapefruit water, I was then tucked under a big cosy duvet on a heated marshmallow mattress, it was definitely the perfect way to have an exfoliating treatment, not cold or invasive but still with silky smooth skin the final result, perfect! The Comforter? was everything I'd hoped for and more if I'm honest, a hot chocolate body scrub packed with ground aduki beans to exfoliate and tamarind to brighten the skin, followed by a deliciously sweet massage with the rose massage bar, again featuring tamarind to brighten, as well as nourishing Argan oil and balancing rose absolute. 

I'd definitely recommend The Comforter? to anyone looking to give the Lush Spa a first try, fans of all things sweet or just looking for a light-hearted, fun treatment, complete with rose scented bubbles and chocolate! There are 6 Lush Spa's in the UK, I visited the Edinburgh Spa, but there are also spas in Liverpool, Poole, London Chelsea, Leeds and Kingston.

For more information about the different Lush Spa's and Treatments click here or visit www.lush.co.uk.