A Whole Year Of Blogging!

Today is officially one whole year since my very first post!

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My only regret is that the banner does not fill the frame.

I didn’t know what type of post I should do for today, especially as it is a little bonus Saturday post, so instead of rambling on about how happy I am that I stuck with this for a whole year, or about how ridiculously grateful I am to have you guys reading, I figured I would share some blog recommendations!

Obviously I want to shoutout The Girl Gang, as without this awesome community I wouldn’t have met so many awesome supportive people.


So naturally, following on from The Girl Gang I want to give a heck-tonne of blog love to it’s creator, Jemma from Dorkface! She works insanely hard, and is bright and positive the entire time!

Then there’s Charlie from Charlie CP, who runs an absolutely gorgeous blog, and shares my love of all things lilac/lavender and silver. Her pictures are always so gorgeous, and she keeps it super real!

Olivia from Olivia Cheryl is my inspiration for never letting the need to have a ‘niche’ get to you, because if there’s something she wants to write about, she just does it! I also love her openness and honesty.

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Here’s Soy enjoying the festivities

Fii from Little Miss Fii is my ultimate go-to for when it comes to Korean beauty, and all-around gorgeous lifestyle and funny posts. I love her style and attitude, she’s an absolute doll.

Holly from The Kitty Luxe has some of the most gorgeous makeup and outfit-inspiration posts that I have ever seen. (Plus her hair is just so pretty, like how does she do that?!)

Rebecca from WavesOfThoughts is single-handedly one of the most positive and supportive bloggers out there, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her more, she’s just so lovely!

And Corinne from SkinnedCarTree, if you are in need of blogging help, or a super-real-no-holds-barred review, then Corinne is your girl. Her posts are so informative and helpful that she herself is my ultimate guide to this blogging thing. (And yes, we can bond about all of the pros and cons of having our name)


These guys are all so amazing, I would recommend checking out and following their blogs right away! (After all, they did all pay me to say that… jk!)

So here is it is, we all knew it was inevitable, thank you guys so freakin’ much for reading my blog, whether you’ve been here for almost a year now, or if this is the first post you’ve read, I am so grateful that you’re here.

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What’s In My Travel Bag? (Featuring LYDC Bags)

what's in my travel bag (1)Hey guys, as some of you may have already seen, about a month ago, I won a bag from LYDC! The competition was comprised of 10 random bags daily, so you don’t know which one exactly you’re winning. So when it arrived, I was so surprised at how big (and pretty) it was!

So since it was this bag that prompted me to write this post, I’ll give you guys a little run down of the bag itself. It is the ‘Hoppen Quilted Shoulder Bag’ in the colour wine by LYDC. It’s also available in navy and black. For me, it’s the perfect travel bag, because it’s got tonnes of space, and can be carried or worn as a shoulder bag!

So here we go with what’s in my travel bag!IMG_0848what's in my travel bag (2)My Makeup | Obviously I’m not going to go particularly far without everything I use to paint my face fabulously on the daily. I also recently got this Ted Baker zip bag that I’m using as my new makeup bag, isn’t it just too beautiful?!what's in my travel bag (5)Tech | My phone and headphones are again, obvious go-tos. But I like to pack both my in-ear headphones and my overhead ones because I like to switch between them during long journeys, and then whenever I’m on my phone or laptop because using one particular pair for an extended amount of time can really hurt my ears.

For longer journeys/stays I also like to bring my tablet, because I like to read and play games on a bigger screen. And my camera (fun fact, I actually pack my Canon Sx610 when I’m going away, but I couldn’t picture it because I haven’t charged my Nikon, so they had to switch places, top job Corinne.)what's in my travel bag (4)Essentials | I always pack makeup remover because just because I’m not at home, doesn’t mean I can leave my makeup on overnight like a crazy person. A roll-on deodorant is my preferred choice of deodorant, I actually really like this one because it’s cucumber and green tea scented, so it smells really clean and fresh. I like to also take a hand cream with me because my hands can get dry during the colder months, and keeping them hydrated is always a good idea. Finally, I also like to keep a pack of gum on me and any kind of hair care treatment, most recently it’s V05’s ‘Smoothly Does It’ because it can be applied to wet hair as a heat protectant, or dry hair to smooth out frizz.


That’s it for what’s in my travel bag, have I missed out anything that would be the first thing you would pack? Let me know in the comments!

Why “Derren Brown: Pushed To The Edge” Is So Important

Hey guys, as you may have been aware, everyone’s favourite TV magician/illusionist/hypnotist/mentalist/all-around performer, Derren Brown returned to our TV’s after just over a year, with his new one-off special “Pushed To The Edge”. With a 1.3 million peak audience, what was the hype behind the illusionists latest instalment? Well, Derren wanted to test whether or not experimenting with something known as ‘social compliance’ could convince a human being to push another to their death.IMG_0813The aim of this special was to investigate and experiment with an extreme example of the concept of social compliance. Now, social compliance is something that inadvertently affects us all, after all, it is a trait of human nature. Over the years, we as human beings have learnt that there is safety in numbers; by following the crowd, we are increasing our chances of survival. Social compliance essentially taps into our response to follow orders; to do something that an apparent authority figure tells us to do, simply because they say it’s the right thing to do. As Derren explains, “This authority can come from a person, a group of like-minded individuals, or an ideology.”

So why bother developing an experiment into something perfectly normal?

Well, it’s actually because social compliance has it’s bad traits. Derren further explains, “It can help keep public order, but it can also push people to commit terrible acts.”

Aside from this special covering a highly interesting topic, and exposing a huge psychological phenomena, I enjoyed this special for some additional, un-suspected reasons.

“Pushed To The Edge” was actually the first show that Derren Brown has ever produced, where my admiration and how impressed I was, peaked within the last 10 minutes.

Now don’t get me wrong, I really did enjoy the entire narrative, loopholes, the extensive talents shown, techniques and psychological ideas that were explored, but something felt wrong. Derren’s more recent shows usually aim to impact an individuals life in a highly positive way, helping them to change for the better. But this particular show seemed to latch onto darkness. There wasn’t an obvious way in which Chris, (the focal individual in the show) was being taught anything valuable. But then I realised I felt that “Pushed To The Edge” was lacking something, because I was latching this show onto all other previous shows. Forgetting that Derren always aims to come back with an entirely new concept with each show, never just replicate previous ones.

During the final 10 minutes, I found myself telling my brother how it had been years since we, as an audience, have seen something Derren is investigating not go entirely as planned.

Almost immediately after I’d mentioned that, we see Chris reject what the presented authority figures are telling him to do, instead choosing to stand by what he believes is right.

“Pushed To The Edge” is so important in so many aspects, because not only did it give the audience everything I’ve already mentioned, but it showed Derren presenting another psychological concept, in an entirely unbiased, and innovative way. 3 of the 4 participants went along with the entirety of the experiment, but the focus of the show, the narration that we are presented with, is the one that didn’t complete the experiment in the predicted way. I feel like this is paramount when it comes to experiments and psychology, because all too often we’re told that we all fit into these tiny boxes of behaviours (which we do in many cases, but it is not true for every single behaviour we exhibit.) and we aren’t given a different point of view.

It’s no surprise to anyone that I really enjoyed this show, but I think “Pushed To The Edge” might be one of the most important shows that Derren has ever done.


 

You can watch Derren Brown: Pushed To The Edge on 4OD HERE

Did you watch the show? What was your favourite part?

What Next?

Fotor0104175542Hey guys! As we’re all getting back into the swing of things with the new year now, I thought I’d take a bit of time to reflect.

I know, one of those posts.

But no, this isn’t going to be about me making some kind of major life change, or setting any ‘goals’ or ‘resolutions’, there’s enough of that floating around at the moment for me to jump onto that bandwagon.

Instead, today’s post is about this, where you are right now, my online creative space. As I explain on my About Page, this blog is a tiny corner of the Internet, where I choose to share and create content that I enjoy and love.

I’ve had this blog for almost a year now (it’s birthday is the 30th of January if you’d like to wish it a happy birthday!) I have been posting here with my schedule of three times every week for 6 months, and then every day for 25 days for the month of December. I can’t believe it’s been that long, but I’m really glad that this blog has developed into what it is today.

But I don’t want it to stop or plateau here, I want this space to continue to grow, and evolve with me. But right now I want to ensure that this blog is truly reflecting what I want, and that I’m creating exactly what I want and envision.

That’s right, we’re talking schedules and content. I know so many people that create content online tend to use the new year as a time to reflect on their schedules, and what they are actually creating, and I’m no different.

I know that I want to create a light and friendly online space, with content that really draws people in, making them want to comment and continually come back.

So you’ve guessed it, in order to really make sure I’m putting out what I want, I’m taking a short break.

It really isn’t going to be long, in fact I plan on being in full swing with (or without) a new schedule and improved content in plenty of time before my blog’s birthday. Essentially I plan on using this time to properly evaluate my content and schedule, because I want to be posting at the best times for me, and for you.


I do want to thank you all again, I know I always thank you, but it’s the the least I can do for you guys for being here and engaging with what I’m creating.

New Years FOMO?

Hey guys! Welcome to the world after blogmas, where we are all about NYE now!

Obviously this time of year quietly creeps in behind Christmas, without giving many of us a chance to properly plan what to do. From staying in with your family, to going to a massive party, our decision in regards to new years eve is usually a very last minute one.

Fotor1228194950With the last minute nature of our decisions, FOMO can sometimes follow.

What the heck is FOMO? Well, FOMO is the ‘Fear of missing out’, it’s a word we’ve created for the emotion we feel, when we feel like we aren’t doing what everyone else is doing. Now obviously, this isn’t always a bad thing, in fact sometimes doing something differently to everyone else can be a really good thing.

So this post isn’t about how to ‘keep up’ with anybody else, or how to ‘properly’ celebrate any occasion to avoid feeling like you’re missing out. Oh no, the purpose of today’s post is to help you in living exactly the way you want to, and how to avoid disappointment in that.

Of course, the biggest piece of advice I can give you guys is to plan. I like to keep a planner on me at all times, on my desk or in my bag. That way I can pop any events or important work I need to do in immediately, and not put it upon myself to try and remember until I have another moment to write it down. I’ll also try to put a small amount of time aside each evening to tick off what I’ve done, and prioritise what I have to do throughout the coming week.IMG_0472But if you’re not old like me, and you prefer to keep your life in the cloud, you can follow these steps, but just use the calendar in your phone!

However, if you’re quite confident with how you stay on top of what you have to do, then I’m very excited to introduce you to Eventbrite!

Eventbrite is an app that you can browse through to see upcoming events near you, or anywhere you might be travelling to in the near future, such as concerts, networking events, training sessions, and talks. You can even create and host your own events on the app or site, for free if the event itself is free!

So with Eventbrite, you can relax in knowing that you’re being kept in the know with exciting events near you, never again will you see a friend post about an awesome concert they’re going to, and find out it’s sold out.

Eventbrite, helping us sleep soundly, knowing FOMO can never strike.


Thank you guys so much for reading, as I always ramble on, it really does mean a lot to me. And thank you to Eventbrite for giving me the inspiration behind this post, check out Eventbrite now for their FOMO Prevention Campaign!

Finally, I just thought I’d let you guys know that I’m currently in a little bit of a limbo with my blog at the moment, so the next 2 posts may go up on the scheduled days, but please don’t worry if they’re not, I might just be taking a little break. I still love this blog very much, but I need some time to evaluate and understand what I want to do.

SHOUTOUTS

IMG_0352Hey guys! Lately I’ve been absolutely loving discovering new blogs, and sharing my love of fellow bloggers, even if it’s just through a really quick #FF! So today, I thought I’d dedicate this entire post to you guys. My readers, and fellow bloggers.

Since my giveaway has officially closed, I still wanted there to be a fun ongoing event on my blog, so today I’m officially kicking off a shoutout week! For the next 7 days, I will be giving a daily shoutout to a fellow online creator/blogger, on my Facebook page, Twitter and blog posts.

If you’d like a shoutout, all you have to do is drop me a little comment below with a link to your blog, or ‘like’ this post and each day for the next week, I’ll pick someone for the day!

Thank you guys so much for reading, I know I get ridiculously soppy and weird about it, but I really do appreciate it, you guys make this whole thing even more awesome than I ever thought it would be.


 

I hope you guys liked this random post, don’t forget to stay tuned for Blogmas, which officially kicks off here on Tuesday December 1st!

20 Things I’ve Learned In 20 Years

Hey guys! I don’t know if you knew this, (jk we all know I put a countdown in my sidebar, we all knew it was happening) but on the 24th of October, it was my 20th birthday! So naturally, with all of my accumulated wisdom over these vast 20 years, I thought today I’d share with you guys 20 of my top things that I’ve learned in the past 20 years.20 Things I've Learned In 20 Years

  1. Say yes to opportunities as often as you can, you won’t believe how much it’ll change your life and general outlook.
  2. Wear clothes that make you feel amazing, regardless of what anyone thinks or what you think they’ll think. Your confidence will shine through.
  3. You need bad times. Withouth these, there would be no contrast to the upliftingly insane great times.
  4. Remember number 3 when it’s one of those days. Think how much better things now have the opportunity to get.
  5. Life really does speed up. My brother explained to me that this is because the ratio changes as we get older. For example, when you’re 20, that year is 1/20th of your life, but when you’re 10, it’s only 1/10th. This might make little sense, but seriously, life speeds up.
  6. Walk. Whenever you can.
  7. Ask questions. You’d rather feel nervous for a second, and then worry-free because you have your questions answered, than stressed because you don’t know what’s happening or expected of you.
  8. Forgive, forget, move on. It’s so much better for you mind, health and stress lines!
  9. Celebrate. Celebrate occasions, events, achievements, people. Just freaking celebrate everything.
  10. Say yes to yas. This really links into number 9, but I’ve found that you feel so much better in yourself if you say yas to other people. If someone is wearing something outrageously fabulous, say YAAAAAS GURL. If someone overcomes adversity, say YAAAAAS. Out loud, or in your head, it’ll give you a great mentality.
  11. Having a bath with a bubble bar, a body scrub, face mask, then skincare routine and a mani/pedi is at least a fortnightly thing.
  12. “We’re all fighting hard battles, so you’ve gotta be kind.” Remember that everyone has their own life, and you might only know what’s on the very surface. Be kind, and understanding.
  13. The world isn’t against you.  People are nice. Nothing is ever the end of the world.
  14. Don’t ever tell yourself no, or “I can’t”.
  15. Talk to your siblings. No one has a closer personal experience of your life than they do.
  16. Accept that there are things that you cannot control. Once you accept this, life will become so much simpler.
  17. Nothing is permanent. Not one thing. There is no one thing that is sacred, everything is subject to change and disappear. Appreciate the now.
  18. Love. Keep your heart open. Adopt, live, give, and just love.
  19. Heartache really is healed by the sea. Time and the sea, helps towards healing everything.
  20. Don’t allow people to change your own perspective. If you think you’re good at something, but someone else doesn’t, it doesn’t help you in any way to adopt what they think. As David Foster Wallace puts it, “You’ll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do” Quite simply, we’re all so concerned with ourselves, and what other people think of us, that we are all too busy to actually think about other people.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you did in the comments below, also feel free to drop any lessons you’ve learned there too, it’s always lovely to share experiences.

Sweater Weather Tag

Fotor01011221215I’ve been nominated by the lovely Rebecca from Waves Of Thought to do the Sweater Weather tag, so today I’m sharing my answers with you guys!


Favourite Candle Scent?

My favourite year-round scent is definitely Fresh Linen, it can’t be beaten! But particularly for fall, I love cosy scents, ironically like Bath & Body Works’ ‘Sweater Weather’!

Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate?

I love all three, but for this time of year, hot chocolate all the way!

What’s the best fall memory that you have?

Everything. Every memory. Every year oh my word. From Christmas, to Fireworks night, Halloween and Thanksgiving. But if I had to pick just one I’d say my Halloween when I was 8, because that’s when I got Tabs and Ginge.

Which make-up trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?

Winged eyeliner all of the way. Though I do adore dark lips, I wear winged eyeliner with almost every makeup look I do.

Best Fragrance for fall?

I like fruity and floral fragrances all year long, so anything like Katy Perry’s Meow or Ari by Ariana Grande.

Favourite Thanksgiving food?

Honey. Roasted. Vegetables.

What is autumn weather like where you live?

Autumn weather where I live is mostly perfect, and quite picturesque really. Crispy orange leaves on the floor, bright mornings and beautiful sunsets. But I can’t hide the fact that it does rain, both heavily and annoyingly drizzly.

Most worn sweater?

I don’t really wear a lot of sweaters, but I do like wearing oversized ones for lounging about the house.

Football games or jumping in leaf piles?

Jumping in a pile of leaves, for sure!

Favourite type of pie?

I know this question is intended to be a fruity/autumnal pie, but all I can think of is chicken pie, so we’re going with that.

What song really gets you into the fall spirit?

Since Katy Perry’s Prism came out this time last year, I guess I really associate that album with this time of year especially. But I’m a sucker for Christmas music, I’ll probably start blasting that on Nov 1st…

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

This year is actually the first year I’ve experienced pumpkin spice, and I can safely say, yes it is. It takes a little getting used to, but it is perfect for fall.

I nominate:

Karen from Confetti & Curves

Egypt from A Girl Named Egypt

Jessica from Miss Influential


And that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, I certainly did because I’m obsessed with his time of year!

Just A Thought…

DSCN0985I know. This isn’t your typical “Beauty | Fashion | Lifestyle” post. I’m sorry if that disappoints you, but there’s something that I just felt like saying today, and that’s that I’m human. That’s right, I am a person, this blog isn’t an automated device, nor is it a big company.

All too often I feel like people can forget that there is a person (sometimes more than one) behind a blog. These things really don’t run themselves, nor are they a breeze to do so. We all dedicate a lot of our time, effort and passion to our blogs. But sometimes someone can be reading, and be hyper-critical, or even unnecessarily harsh towards a blog, forgetting that there is a blogger behind it.

So today I just felt like saying, let’s share the love. We’re all blogging because we love it a lot, and it’s something we enjoy doing, so let’s celebrate one another, and cheer each other on. We don’t need to constantly be comparing ourselves to blogs that we might think are ‘better’, nor do we need to ignore or be harsh towards those we might not love.

The same goes for readers, just because you might not agree with something a blogger has said, or something as trivial as you don’t like their choice of eyeliner, try to see the amount of effort that has gone into that post, and applaud that instead. We create content because we love to do so, and sometimes it can be really soul-crushing to put so much of yourself out there, for people to judge, and then they do so harshly.

I am by no means expecting everyone to falsely get along, or comment on every blog post they see screaming how much they loved it, I just think we should simply cheer each other on.

I can’t believe how many friends I’ve made through creating this little online space for myself, and I can’t believe how supportive and positive they all are. It’s amazing how many lovely bloggers are out there. So much can really come out of just reaching out to another blogger, or commenting on someone’s post.


That’s all for now, I hope you guys enjoyed this slightly different type of post! Let me know if you’d like more personal posts like these. Also, be sure to leave your links below so we can all check out each others blogs and share the love!

Autumn Love

Autumn is here, and it’s now officially October! I don’t know if you guys know, but this time of year really is my absolute favourite. So today I’m sharing with you guys some of my favourite things about this time of year! My Favourite Things About AutumnMy Favourite Things About Autumn
Crispy leaves

Hot chocolate

Scarves

Evening baths

Cosy Fires

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Oversized jumpers

Crisp mornings & evenings

Fireworks/Sparklers

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My birthday (October 24th, eeee!)

Gold/glittery makeup and clothes

Fluffy socks

Candles

Onesies


Those are some of my favourite things about autumn, I just really love everything about this time of year though!

What’s your favourite time of year and what are your favourite things about it?