Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Get Ready With Me: My Perfect Evening

     Hello everyone. A year ago today, I wrote a blog post called Get Ready With Me: My Perfect Morning and because it's exactly one year later I thought I would write the second part of that post. And that is My Perfect Evening. Just like last year, I want to give a shoutout to my Dad who's birthday was yesterday as well as my dog Bella who is now 2 (or 23 in human years).
     As for other news I have been deathly sick for the past week due to my physical pain being through the roof as well as some mental/emotional/spiritual shit going down. I am doing better than I was a week ago but I am still coming to terms with what happened and how I can prevent something like that from happening again (in short I wanted to take more of my pain meds but I accidentally took more of a different med that looks identical. It ended up in an accidental overdose. I was super fragile, nauseous, dehydrated, in pain etc for about four days. I had a 3 day long migraine and I definitely slept a whole lot during those days. I was even having panic attacks in my sleep. It was the worst experience of my life and definitely a just punishment for me a) not listening to my body and b) not looking at the label of the med I was taking).
     Now enough of my rambling. Let's get right on to the post about what a perfect evening looks like for me. This post is about my perfect evening at home due to the fact that I am taking the semester off  school but this post also applies to what a perfect evening of mine would look like at school. This post is not at all related to the days I have dance class in the evening because my dance classes throw this regime off so much.
     Because I am constantly working on blog posts, youtube videos, as well as class work, physiotherapy, etc I have very busy days. There is no set time of when my morning starts but I try to make it a 9am to 5pm kinda thing with breaks of course to eat, take care of my health etc. I want to get in the habit of a 9am to 5pm job now because once I become a licensed Rehabilitation Counsellor, it will definitely be a 9am to 5pm kind of job.
     Once it's around 5pm I will either take a shower and wash my hair. There is something that is just so soothing about a shower for me. It signifies the end of the work day and time to relax. I love my Vanilla Blush and Peony body wash from Grace & Cole. It's a really light and soft scent that really does make a huge difference to me. It's calming and when followed up with the lotion as well as the body mist, this light floral fragrance lasts for ages.
     As for my hair, I first wash it with Maui Moisture Shampoo for Dry and Damaged Hair and then I follow up with the conditioner from the same line. What I love about this brand is that the scents are not overpowering and are all very fresh since everything is plant based which is super healthy for your hair. Once my hair is towel dried I will add some Argan Oil also from the Maui Moisture line as well as some Garnier Serum to make my hair super shiny. Depending on what I want to do with my hair, I will either add Garnier Volume Boost Moose to the roots of my hair to add some volume. From there I will either blow dry my hair straight with a flat brush or I will add some Not Your Mothers Sea Salt Spray before putting all the long parts of my hair into two space buns, and then I will braid the short bits. It sounds like a weird hair-do to sleep in and yes, if the buns aren't high enough then yes, it is uncomfortable, but I'm telling you, when I take my hair out in the morning it looks like I spent ages curling my hair when I really didn't. After showering and moisturizing my skin I will change into PJs which are usually one of the many PJ sets I have.
     Once my hair is done and out of my way I will wash my face, I typically wash my face with the Origins A Perfect World White Tea wash and exfoliate my face with the Neutrogena Acne Srub. I try to do this in the shower because it's easier I didn't, I'll do it once my hair is done. I love doing face masks, I do them at least twice a week. My favorite mask at the moment is First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask With Red Clay. It's the least painful and easiest peel off mask I've ever used. It really does a good job of cleaning out my pores. I also love the Rose Sheet Mask from Origins.
     While my mask is drying, usually about 20-30 minutes depending on how thick of a layer I put on is, I go make myself a cup of tea and cook dinner. As a poor college student, my dinners mostly consist of me trying to use whatever random ingredients we have around the house. Most often it's my signature pasta dish or veggie soup. As for tea, it's normally it's the Tiny Tea from Your Tea. It's a really good detoxifying tea that has actually aided me in weight gain instead of weight loss. You're "supposed" to use it three times a day for either 28 days or 14 days. I tend to drink it half an hour after dinner.
     When my mask is dry, I'll go peel it off and I'll instantly rub some Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion. After that I will follow up with a mix of Farsali Unicorn Essence Serum and Clean & Clear Acne Control Moisturizer.
     Once I've eaten and finished at least 3-4 episodes of Reign (yes, I am that obsessed with the show), I will take my dog out for a short walk so she can finish doing her doggy duties. Since it's light out so much later in the day now because of Spring Forward (Daylight Savings), I can get away with taking my dog on walks, (or wheels in my case), later in the day.
     Finally, I will go into my room with Bella and be the quiet introvert I always am. This is usually me doing my before bed medical things, turning on my essential oil diffuser (lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint) reading a book on my Kindle app, watching more Reign, playing games on my phone, coloring or doing my jazz class stretch routine. I honestly find the stretch routine to be very calming for me, even if the playlist isn't "calming" music.
     After I finish stretching, I will turn on an audiobook (which is a good distraction because my mental illnesses always get the better of me during the night) and eventually I drift off to dreamland with Bella curled up next to me. And yes, most of the time my dreams have a slight influence of whatever random audiobook I'm listening too. It's always a story I know by heart (i.e. Twilight, Narnia, Harry Potter etc).

"It's twilight. It's the safest time of day for us. The easiest time. 
But also the saddest, in a way … the end of another day, the return of the night. 
Darkness is so predictable, don't you think?" ~ Edward Cullen; Twilight by Stephanie Meyer p. 232. (pc: Simpli Charmed Photography)

     Ah yes, the incredibly long posts that Felicity writes are back! As always, if you enjoyed this post don't forget to give it a +1 on Google+, follow me on all my social media sites, and let me know what are some of your night time essentials.  I love you all. See you next week!

~Poodle
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