If you live in the UK, or (tragically) anywhere these days for that matter, you’ll know that we’ve entered a really scary time where our youths are losing their lives through knife and gun crimes at a rapid and disturbing rate. In London, 65 young people have lost their lives to date in just 5 months. Alarming, isn’t it?

Fact is, our Government likes to talk about the changes that need to be made, and how sorry they are for the losses of these 65 families and friends, but can’t and don’t seem to be doing enough… These same government officials and leaders in authority also no doubt have families of their own… Baffling, isn’t it?

These government officials, I’m sorry to say, seem to be too wrapped up in “Brexit negotiations” to worry about the decline in our youths and the lack of safety on our streets… Arming police officers is bound to have the opposite affect of making our kids feel safe. Instead, our kids are going to feel like they’re having to be on guard from not just their troubled peers, but the people who are meant to be keeping them safe.

Back in February, a night of bloodshed affected multiple young people in Camden, my borough. This was too close to home, which has since put a lot of stuff into perspective. Thankfully, I didn’t know those affected, but a community is a community. We are one.

The government seems to be unable to create the change that we want to see, which is why we need to take initiative and be that change. A family member, a neighbour or a friend of ours doesn’t need to lose their life or know someone who lost a life for us to empathise and to know it’s wrong and to want to do something about it. 

I urge you if you have the time and capacity, to take up helping in your communities. It really is rewarding. Yes, one person can’t change the world. But, together, we can. Collectively. If one person helps someone who helps someone, we can begin to change the world as we know it.

Our leaders aren’t doing what’s expected of them, so we need to do it for them. Not for them, but for us. For our future families. I’m sure you all intend on having children. Well, if so, and even if not, you need to create a safe environment for them. The way we do that is by starting now to make way for when they come along, and protecting those already here.

Honestly, it’s only difficult if not enough people empathise, take it seriously and take action. Everyone can empathise, sure, but there needs to be steps taken. The way we do that is by starting to look closely at our boroughs and councils, attending the MP meetings, surgeries etc. Having a voice. Coming up with new initiatives that motivate our youth and young people around us. Trying to encourage those youth to take up classes, and trying to pursued youth clubs and community centres to run such clubs on a volunteer basis. It can be done. 

It’s a proven fact that the two main reasons young people turn to crime are: boredom and cuts of funding (i.e employment and/or activities). Their families are more often than not of the working class, can’t afford to pay for their activities outside of school. They work long hours to the point where the youth feels alone, is peer pressured into doing the wrong thing and ends up in this really vicious cycle.

There is only one solution. Schools and youth clubs, councils/borough and community centres coming together, and working hard to tackle this issue by enabling each child the chance to take up an extra-curricular activity [outside of school] that will develop their skills, putting them in contact with role models/leaders whilst providing them with the experience needed to go on to gain a career afterwards. It’s really not difficult!

Yes, money and funding is the issue, but there HAS to be enough people qualified in the said task that these kids are wanting to undertake who is willing to provide this to them voluntarily. This is what we need. We need more festivals and activity workshops that unite children. Not to ostracise them.

If you have the option and the opportunity to help, please do so. Volunteering on weekends at youth centres or community centres, working with your council or borough to create fun safe, activities for young people to be involved in that gets them off the streets… Anything is possible. Every little bit helps.

Please, if you’re reading this, try to do something. If just one person reads this and feels motivated to make a change in their small but mighty community, I (and everyone who’s sadly lost someone through these circumstances) will be very grateful. 

 

High!

Lo’ and behold that I is back like a composer! #Bach

How you doin’?

Anyway, thanks a lot for still reading what I have to say. It means a lot, and a lot more than you know…

I thought I’d do another review post because I haven’t done one of those in a while, crocs-a-dial!

This time, it’s the turn of Coco & Eve, the hair treatment that has taken Instagram by storm! Yesterday, I tried it and recorded a video of myself applying it [that I will be uploading in full at some point]… But, here is my review, post-experiment/trial.

Things I know/have heard about Coco & Eve: it restores your hair to pre-bleach or heat/pollution damage. It’s meant to put the elasticity and keratin back in the hair, making it stronger, softer and healthier. The transformation videos on Instagram look increds!

Thoughts? I’d pay more than a penny for ‘em…

I cannot believe how it’s turned my hair from homeless to home-full! Literally, I had split ends that could be added to bananas to make a pudding. Now? Gone. My hair looks healthier, shinier and softer. It feels so good!

Packaging? Perfection. Green/teal and white. Bae.

Ingredients? Coconut & Fig. My two fave fruits (apart from mangoes).

How to use? Wash hair with shampoo & confitioner. Towel dry. Dip the brush in the mask pot and comb through. Leave in for 10 mins. Dry with heat appliance. Viola.

The worst thing? I’m pretty sure that I’m allergic to combs/brushes… 😆 and there’s one in the package [which is to be used with the mask], and it’s a good one at that, but still. I don’t like brushes, at all. Reasons? I hate seeing unattached hair. I hate seeing hair in anything such as: drains [post-shower], brushes etc. I avoid that as much as possible! Also, I’d rather use that 10 mins (spent brushing my hair) sleeping or reading.

Right, so, that’s all I have to say about Coco & Eve. Try it for yourself to restore your damaged hair to its former glory.

Love.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum

❤🐣

I’d heard so much about this serum and have wanted to try it for ages but was reluctant to. However, I ended up biting the bullet and purchasing it yesterday. Yes, I know I shouldn’t be hasty with posting a review so soon… But why can Jenny be hasty and me not?

Apparently, this is an overnight miracle and one that starts working instantly. People raved about it, so I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I did. Yesterday.

The fuss was about something INCREDIBLE. In a word, that’s exactly what it is. INCREDIBLE.

I’ve always said that investing in something that goes a long way is never not going to be worth it, and I wasn’t wrong.

This serum, which is packed with ten essential oils, really replenishes the skin and revitalises it overnight. You wake up with new skin. I can’t wait to see the effects after continued use…

Watch this space. Bracelet yourselves! HELLO?!

Oh, and Happy Easter. Hope this renewed Spring season brings all that you desire.

I love you.

Xox

Weddings are of course a big part of our day to day and Disney’s portrayal of love and romance is always so inspiring. Love is always so perfect in Disney movies and it can make us long for something just as special in our own lives.

This infographic below goes through the best Disney weddings/romances and includes the stories of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, Roger and Anita from 101 Dalmatians, and even more recent love stories such as between Tiana and Naveen from The Princess and the Frog. Love is always so perfect in Disney movies that sometimes real life can never compare.

This infographic from The Wedding Band Shop looks at some of the best Disney romances and it really does make for a fun read.

One of the most amazing stories is between Ariel and Eric as one of them lived under the sea! It didn’t matter to either of them though and their wedding was attended by all their friends from both land and sea.

Of course, not all romance revolves around weddings and there are many little moments in Disney movies that stay with you. The time when Nala nuzzled Simba and their love for each other was so clear or the time Lady shared her spaghetti with Tramp. Check out the full infographic now for more amazing Disney moments.

Find out more at The Wedding Band Shop.