#FaceForward: Advice To My Future Self

#FaceForward: Advice To My Future Self


Since moving to New York last September, life seemed to get a lot crazier than I ever could have imagined. Of course, I expected all the craziness that goes hand-in-hand with New York City, but it’s only when you are right bang in the middle of it all that you realize just how fast-paced your life has become. There’s this constant feeling that you should always be doing something. Now don’t get me wrong, if I didn’t love this type of lifestyle, I wouldn’t be here but every now and again I need to take a step back to remember what’s most important. Looking after myself & more importantly, my health.


About two years ago, I suffered a burst appendix which had an absolute huge impact on my health (especially my energy & skin) and so ever since then, I have had to be a lot more careful. I lost almost 2 stone in weight when it happened as I wasn’t able to eat properly for nearly 2 months and so as you can imagine, my skin was completely deprived of the nutrients it needed. I battled with bad skin for nearly a full year afterwards and honestly, it really affected my confidence. Isn’t it crazy how a few spots can literally make you want to hide away from the world? To some people, this may sound ridiculous, but to those of you who have been in the same position at some point of your lives, you’ll know exactly what I mean. I tried and tested a million & one products, read countless online recommendations and even visited a specialist but thankfully (understatement!) I did finally find a brand which worked. This brand was Clinique.


So when Clinique got in touch with me a few weeks ago to ask me to be part of their new #FaceForward campaign which highlights their skincare products, inspirational women & the art of setting goals and achieving them, I was immediately excited to be involved. As a blogger, I will totally admit that I am contacted by a lot of different brands on a weekly/monthly basis, but in order to stay true to both myself and you, the readers, I am extremely fussy about who I decide to collaborate with. But as soon as I saw this particular email in my inbox, I knew that there was no chance I would be declining a collaboration-opportunity with a brand I feel I owe so much to. At the end of the day, helping to get my skin back to normal may seem like a very small thing, but for me, it was so much more. In a way, it marked the end of a really bad phase of illness and meant that I was finally able to start afresh.


The #faceforward campaign is a really interesting one and it’s one I am delighted to be part of. They have created a campaign around one very interesting question – “If you could give your future self any advice, what would it be?” So below are my answers, in relation to health, lifestyle & well-being:

1. Drink more water:
I’ve been listening to this particular piece of advice all my life, but it’s only in last 6 months that I’ve realized it’s importance. Since I’ve started drinking 1-2 liters of water a day, my skin feels better, I feel less bloated and the best part for me, is that I have so much more energy. I’ve literally just recently turned into an early-riser and I put it all down to my increased intake of water.

2. Find the products which work for you and stick with them:
Nowadays, we are bombarded with so many new products & recommendations on a daily basis but I’m a firm believer in finding what works for you and then sticking to it. As mentioned, after I discovered the Clinique 3-step products, I never once looked back. I noticed a difference straight away and as a result, I’ve been very reluctant to use a different brand ever since. I swear by the Liquid Facial Soap, the Clarifying Lotion 2 & the Moisturing Lotion.


3. Create a healthy eating regime which isn’t just a ‘phase’:
I only noticed a few weeks ago that since moving to New York, my eating regime and general lifestyle was really starting to take it’s toll. America is known for it’s food but unfortunately, not always for a good reason. I’ve come to realize that so many foods here are extremely processed and full to the brim with sugar. So before it got any worse, I decided to really make an effort to create a healthy eating regime which I could & wanted to stick to. I’ll definitely do a more in-depth post about this in the next few weeks as I’m really excited & determined to share what I’m learning.

4. Take time to do nothing:
Last but not least, I’d like to advise my future self to remember that it is actually OK to do absolutely nothing from time to time. In fact, it needs to become a weekly necessity.

So now, what would you advise yourself? Feel free to share your thoughts with @Clinique via Twitter & Instagram and/or in the comment section below. I’d love to know!

Hope your week is going well!

Stylishly Yours,

Erika x


  1. Shay

    21 July

    So gorgeous! Must try some of these items!!

    Kisses from Miami!
    xx, Shay

  2. Lizzy

    22 July

    Lovely post, I totally know what you mean about skin problems making you want to hide from the world. I have always been lucky with my skin, but frequently suffer from eye infections and cold sores when I am stressed, and it makes me feel just the same!! Sometimes when it happens it’s your body asking to stay in and relax too, which is always a good way to think about it too. I DEFFO need to be taking your advice about drinking more water too. Loved this post, gorgeous photography as always and you look beautiful!

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    • Retro Flame

      22 July

      Thank you so much Lizzy! Finding skincare products which actually work really is such a nice feeling. Can totally recommend drinking more water too – I feel a million times better! x

  3. Ida

    23 July

    Great post, Erika! I have only recently started following your blog – and I have to say I am really enjoying it!
    I would love a post about how you stay healthy while having a busy schedule x

  4. Siobhan

    1 August

    Ah I really need to drink more water :-/ never used Clinique products before. I don’t even know why… Siobhan

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