Tuesday, 29 December 2015

My Most Popular Posts Of 2015

Since we're rapidly nearing the end of 2015, I thought it'd be nice to have a little look back on some of my most popular posts from the past year and share them with you guys. I've kind of lost my blogging mojo over the past few months so reflecting back on the posts that 'did well' was a nice way of reminding myself that I can write decent-ish posts if I actually put my mind to it - and it's also made me want to try and top them in 2016!

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Cheap, Everyday Essentials Every Girl Needs

There are certain products I use practically every day and kinda couldn't live without but never really mention on the old blog because they're, well, a bit boring and not the most glamorous. I mean, no-one wants to see a pic of my make up free face dotted in sudocrem in an attempt to calm my spots down on Insta, do they? But, today I thought I'd give these reliable, trusty products the credit they deserve...

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Festive Home Accessories With Homesense

Homeware is my absolute favourite thing to shop for and Homesense is definitely one of the first places I'll go to buy it, so, when they got in touch and asked if I'd like to buy some festive accessories to help get my flat in the Christmas spirit I was more than up for the challenge...

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Filler Ideas Under £5!

I don't know about you, but I always like to buy stocking fillers for people - even if I've got them a big, main gift - just 'cause it's a little extra something to open. But, lets be honest, some stocking fillers can either be a bit crap or cost far more than they should for something so tiny. So, if you're stuck for some ideas for little bits and bobs to pop in any gals stocking, then this post should have you covered...

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

How To Get Your Creative Mojo Back

When I first started this blog, I literally had SO many ideas of things to write about. But, recently, I've been completely lost. I'll sit and stare at my laptop for hours trying to come up with something remotely interesting and, instead, end up on the Topshop new in section and make my bank account hate me even more. The stuggle is real, gals...

Monday, 7 December 2015

Origins Like A Dream Christmas Set Review

Remember when I did a post, a couple of weeks ago, all about the Christmas beauty sets I had my eye on? Well this Origins Like A Dream set was one of them and I treat myself to it a couple of weeks ago and have been LOVING it...

Sunday, 6 December 2015

A Getaway In Liverpool With #BloggerLodge

Bit late with the old posting today, aren't I? But HERE I AM with day 6 of daily December posting, yay. Last Sunday, Josh and I got blown to the train station by gale force winds and set off on our journey to Liverpool to spend a few nights in the Travelodge as part of the #BloggerLodge campaign. Here's what we got up to...

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies Recipe

I did a cookie recipe a couple of weeks ago and it seemed to go down really well so I thought I'd hit you with another one. It's basically the same recipe but slightly more festive - cranberry and white chocolate. Ooh la la.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Recent Print Additions

Happy Friday y'all! Today I just wanted to share with you some of my recent print additions because, erm, I kinda love them. I'm obsessed with looking for prints. Seriously, once I find an Etsy shop that stocks them, I can spend a good few hours browsing through their collection and I'm totally okay with that, tbh. Here's some of the pretty prints I've picked up lately...

Thursday, 3 December 2015

November Instagram Diary

I had a bit of a poor Instagram month, in November, to be honest. I barely took any photos and half of the ones I did, I ended up deleting because they didn't 'match'. Lol, #bloggerprobs. Anyway, here's a quick round up of what I've been up to this month with the photos that did make the cut on my Instagram...

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Blogs To Check Out #2

So, I know I probably say this far too often but HOW quick has this month gone!? I can't believe we're actually in December. The Christmas countdown is well and truly on now. Although I'm not as excited about Christmas as I was last year cos, y'know, #retailprobs, I'm still loving all the wintery, Christmassy vibes that come with this festive month. Anyway, if you're looking for a bit of new reading, grab a cuppa and check out the lovely bloggers who've been advertising me with throughout November...

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Pretty Polaroid Pictures (& A Giveaway!)

Now that the world is so digital, I take photos all the time but it's very rare I actually print them out and have a physical picture to frame or keep in my purse. I got an Instax Mini over the summer and loved the polaroid style photos it printed out but the only bug bear I have with it is that there's no second chances once you've actually hit the shutter and taken the photo! Which is why the website Cheerz is awesome...

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Christmas Beauty Sets I've Got My Eye On

Although Christmas is a time for giving, it would be just plain rude not to include yourself in the equation, right? Because, yes, you may receive gifts from others but who knows your taste better than you do, huh? If you're a beauty addict, like me, then Christmas beauty sets will probably send you into a bit of a frenzy. Limited edition products, cute mini versions of your fave moisturiser or lipstick. It's heaven, basically...

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Easiest Cookie Recipe Ever: Milk & White Choc Chip

I went through a period, last year, where I baked all the time and even faffed around with piping my icing in rose shapes(?!) Then, I got lazy. So, on the rare opportunity that I do bake, I like a recipe that's quick, easy and tastes GOOD. Even if it doesn't look totally Pinterest-able - aslong as it satisfies my taste buds - I'm cool with that. So, my friends, I give you (potentially) the easiest cookie recipe ever...

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Why We Should Take Some Time Out (And Not Feel Guilty About It)

I think so many of us, myself included, often feel guilty about taking time out for ourselves. For me, it's almost like ten minutes just sat in front of the TV seems like a waste. Like I should be doing something more productive with my time. But, sometimes, a couple of hours, a day or even a week off is needed for us to fully recuperate and recharge our batteries...

Monday, 9 November 2015

13 Signs You're Obsessed With Food

Anyone who knows me will know that I lurrrrve da food. My life pretty much revolves around it - there, I said it. So, I thought I'd do a lil cheeky post about it because why the hell not, huh!? Here's 13 signs you're completely obsessed with food...

Friday, 6 November 2015

Recent Beauty Favourites

 I haven't done a beauty related post in forevs so thought I was well overdue. Monthly favourites aren't really a thing on my blog, mainly because I just don't buy new stuff all that often. But I've discovered loads of new products recently so thought I'd just do a general favourites post to tell you about them all...

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

A Little Blog Refresh

Here's a fun fact about me: I get bored of things really easily. So despite only getting a new blog design a couple of months ago I felt like like it needed a little refresh...

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

October Instagram Diary: Feeling Autumnal, Five Guys & Fruit Loaf

Hello... It's me. I just had to, soz. So, October's been a weird month and I must apologise for how sporadic my posts have been lately. Up until recently, I used to always post 3/4 times a week on set days and lately that just hasn't really gone to plan. I haven't really found the time to actually sit down and properly blog so I definitely want to get into a better blogging routine from now on. Anyways, I thought I'd just share with you some pics from my Instagram so you can see what I've been up to over the past month...

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Blogs To Check Out #1

The time has come to introduce to you the lovely bloggers who have been featuring in my sidebar this month! October was my first month of advertising and I was overwhelmed to actually get interest from people wanting to advertise on my blog, so thank you guys. But it also meant I got to discover some awesome new reads too - and hopefully you will guys as well! So, enough of me babbling, let's meet my October advertisers, shall we?

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Autumn Evenings

Fleecy pyjamas on, dressing gown on, slipper socks on and a throw draped around me for good measure, I settle down on the sofa with a hot chocolate in hand and feel blissful. It's dark outside, perhaps it's raining too, but all I know is that I'm cosy and content, curled up on the sofa with a night of soaps and series ahead of me. 


Friday, 23 October 2015

Essential Items You Need In Your A/W Wardrobe

Back on the capsule wardrobe hype again, I'm here with my picks that I think are perfect for any autumn/winter wardrobe. I'm all about layering, in the colder seasons, and like to go for clothes that can easily be mixed and matched with each other - and I think these items defo fit the bill. Throw in a pair of tights, leggings and/or jeans and a big ol' warm coat and you're set for the season with these essential items that will make you look uber cool and can easily be worn on the repeat...

Thursday, 22 October 2015

How To Get A Good Night's Sleep

On Sunday, the clocks go back which is great because you get an extra hour in bed (woohoo) but it also means the mornings feel a lot darker and gloomier which can make getting out of bed seriously hard work. I feel like the only way to counteract this is by getting a really good night's sleep to try and make the mornings a little more bearable. Here's how I do that...

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Why An Internet Detox Is So Worthwhile

There's very rarely (okay, never) a day goes by where I don't go on the internet in one way or another. Even whilst on holiday in Ibiza, earlier this year, my boyfriend and I regularly sought out cafes that had wifi so we could get our daily fix. When I think about it - that's seriously sad. Like, why do we feel the need to constantly be online?

Monday, 19 October 2015

The Classic Silver Stud With A Rose Gold Twist

If there's one thing I'm happy to invest in, it's a good pair of staple earrings. I used to own loads of earrings and was obsessed with the 'Freedom' jewellery range at Topshop, in particular. However, I soon realised that 'cheap' earrings just didn't work for me. They made my ears really itchy and gave them that manky green tinge. Y'know the dealio. So when Gemporia got in touch and asked if I'd like to try out something from their range, I went straight to the earrings tab...


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

12 More Reasons I'm Crap At Being An Adult

One of my most popular posts, to date, was 14 reasons why I'm crap at being an adult. I like to think it's because I'm not alone in this. That most of us are all just pretending to be grown ups, right? I've been hideously failing at adulting this past couple of weeks so thought a part 2 was well overdue. So, here's 12 more (couldn't quite think of 14 so maybe I'm not that bad) reasons I'm crap at being an adult (with gifs, of course)...

Monday, 12 October 2015

A Few Things I've Been Loving In Autumn So Far

I did a post not too long ago about 18 reasons why Autumn is awesome and although I've had days where I've been like "nope, I need the sun again" (like when you wake up at 7am and think it's about 4am cos it's that dark), Autumn's been pretty cool, so far. Here's a few things I've been loving about Autumn so far...

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Instagram Accounts I'm Obsessed With

I love Instagram. I mean, who doesn't nowadays? There's just something seriously relaxing about aimlessly scrolling through random peoples photos (and trying not to like anything that's older than a few months), isn't there? Here are just a few of the accounts I'm seriously in awe of, at the moment, and like to stalk on a regular basis...


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Homesense Stationery Haul

Homesense Stationery
 Y'know when you were like 10 and spent pretty much all your pocket money on stationery (and maybe Pokemon cards and chewing gum, too)? Well, I feel like I've reverted back to that stage in my life - minus the Pokemon, obvs. That stage where I get ridiculously excited over new stationery - even though I very rarely actually put pen to paper. But, whatevs, it just looks so pretty! So I thought I'd share you with some of my latest buys from the God that is Homesense...


Friday, 2 October 2015

My Go To Autumnal MAC Eye Shades

Other than my Marc Jacobs watch, my most prized possession is definitely my MAC Eyeshadow Pro Palette. Even though, admittedly, half of the shades rarely get used - it's just so pretty to look at. Y'know how it is - some people collect stamps, I collect eyeshadows. I've been wanting to share my completed palette on here for a while now as I finished it months ago but I'm still a bit unsure about some of the shades. So, instead, I thought I'd just show you my 'autumnal' shades (bet you're sick of hearing that word on blogs already, aren't you?)

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Easy Ways To Save Money When You're Shopping Online

I have a love/hate relationship with online shopping. I love it because I can literally do it at any time of the day, in my pyjamas whilst eating a tub of Ben & Jerrys. But it's also the reason I'm constantly poor. Because what do I do whenever I'm feeling down in the dumps or just a bit bored? I'll have a leisurely browse of the Topshop 'new in' section and abuse my bank balance in the process. So, if you're a fellow online shopping addict, here are a few easy ways to save a bit of money in the whole process...

Friday, 25 September 2015

9 Topshop Pieces You Need In Your Autumn Wardrobe

Now we're officially in a new season, I feel like it's about time my wardrobe reflected that. Out with the old, in with the new and all that. I talked about starting a capsule wardrobe a couple of weeks ago and I've slowly but surely been adding some bits to it but there's still room for way more key pieces yet. I've become obsessed with checking the Topshop 'new in' section at the moment as their Autumn additions are seriously on point. Like, honestly, I want it ALL. But I've restrained myself and picked out just 9 pieces that I really love and think are perfect for any Autumn wardrobe...

Thursday, 24 September 2015

18 Reasons Why Autumn Is Awesome

It's official: Autumn is here. Although, to be honest, it basically felt like Summer ended weeks ago (or like we never really had one!) Overall, I really like Autumn. I mean, there are shit bits like having to defrost the car, piling on the pounds because I can't say no to whipped cream on my PSL and an increase in the old electricity bill. But then there's the good bits that make Autumn pretty awesome, which I thought I'd share with you today. Apologies for the super cliched photo, by the way. I wanted one of pretty, brown fallen leaves and all that jazz but, since we're not quite at that stage of the season yet, you'll have to make do with an Autumnal Starbucks cup instead...


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Where To Get Blog Inspiration From

Ironically, I'm actually writing this post because I've been completely uninspired with blogging lately. I just could not, for the life in me, think of anything to write about for the past few weeks so decided I needed to get some inspo - pronto. So, I thought I'd share with you some of the places I turned to, in case any of you guys are going through a similar situation at the moment...

Friday, 18 September 2015

All About Antipodes

Antipodes Products
Antipodes is one of those brands that I've always admired from a distance. Probably because it's just not as mainstream as other skincare brands like Clarins or Clinique, so  I wasn't completely sure on how well their products would work. However, after trying out a couple of different products from their range, I am completely sold. And, since it's organic beauty week at the moment, I thought it was the perfect time to share some of my favourite products from Antipodes with you because, you guessed it, everything of theirs is either completely organic or packed with natural ingredients...


Thursday, 17 September 2015

When You're Too Busy To Blog...

Being too busy to blog is a problem I see people constantly talking about and it can be a real pain in the arse. When blogging isn't your job and is just a bit on the side, so to speak, it can't always take priority and - even if it is your job - sometimes life can just get in the way. I'm in a similar scenario myself, at the moment, so thought I'd throw together a couple of  things to do and what to remember when you find yourself just too damn busy to blog - but don't want to completely abandon your baby altogether...

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Summery Things I'm Not Saying Goodbye To Just Yet

Summer may almost be over and I may have done a post just yesterday babbling on about all the products I'm lusting over in preparation for Autumn, but, there's still some 'summery' products I definitely won't be shunning, despite the new season setting in...

Monday, 14 September 2015

The 'Getting Prepared for A/W' Beauty Wishlist

Now that we're saying goodbye to summer and getting ready for Autumn, I feel like my make up and skincare collection is due a major switch up. I tend to take a 'less is more' approach when the weather is warmer but, as the colder weather sets in, I'm all about thick moisturisers, face masks, dark nails and the ever sought after berry lip. Here's some bits and pieces I'm adding to my Autumn/Winter beauty wishlist...

Friday, 11 September 2015

A Little Getaway In The Lakes

Ullswater Lake
Wahoo, it's Fri-yay! Although, this week has absolutely flown by for me because I've had a bit of time off before I start my placement on Monday. So, since I had a week free, Josh booked 3 days off too, and we decided to have a little UK getaway in the Lake District as we've been itching to have a mini holiday but didn't want to venture too far away...

Thursday, 10 September 2015

A Few Blog Organisation Tips

I'm very hit and miss when it comes to blog organisation. Sometimes, I'm like "yes, lets make all the lists and schedule lots of posts" then, other times, I just type things as I go. To be honest, I prefer to be spontaneous usually as I often think I end up forcing posts when I try to think of them in advance. However, if you are wanting to get your arse into gear and be a bit more organised on the blogging front then here's a few tips which have helped me...


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

How To Start A Capsule Wardrobe

During my (far too regular) Pinterest sessions, I kept coming across a shit ton of pins about 'capsule wardrobes' - and I was intrigued. For a while now, I've been unhappy with my wardrobe and felt like I didn't really like anything in there and wanted to do something about it. Which is why I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of versatile pieces - all of which you really love. Pieces that you didn't just buy 'cos it was on sale' and you're not just keeping 'incase you lose 10lbs next summer'. It does mean that you may have a much smaller wardrobe, yes, but everything in there will be able to be mixed and matched with each other and put together to create various different outfits. So, I decided to make this a new mission of mine: to get rid of all my old shit and create a dreamy capsule wardrobe. Here's some tips on  how I'm getting started with it...

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Etsy Shops You Absolutely Need To Visit

It's official: I'm obsessed with Etsy. And I'm probably a bit late to the bandwagon because I only really started to pay attention to this marketplace of dreams about a month ago. I know, who am I!? So, since I now I lose many hours of my days browsing through the various shops within the world of Etsy, I thought I'd share with you some of my fave ones. I apologise to your bank accounts in advance...

Thursday, 3 September 2015

10 Things I'd Tell My Younger Self

Admittedly, by younger I basically mean like, y'know, 16. But although 6 years doesn't seem like a lot, in the grand scheme of things, I feel like there's still so many things I'd love to tell my 16 year old self, now that I'm a 22 year old wise owl. So here goes...


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Festival Hairstyles With The Glamoriser Free-Styler

When I think about festival bag essentials, lots of things come to mind ranging from wet wipes to dry shampoo to wellies to, well, a tent, duh. But a straightener/curler/any kind of heated hair tool was definitely not on that list. Until now...

Saturday, 29 August 2015

My First Car & Tips For New Drivers!

Okay, so, September will mark 4 years since I passed my driving test, eek! Boy does that make me feel old. I can still remember just how elated and happy I was when I found out I'd passed (especially because it was my 4th time, lols) so I thought I'd just tell you a little bit about my first car and experiences of driving as well as sharing some useful tips for any first time drivers out there...

Thursday, 27 August 2015

My New Favourite Base That Won't Break The Bank

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream
Well, hello there. I feel like I haven't blogged about beauty in ages and, the main reason for this, is because I am one broke gal. I don't know if I've really mentioned this on here before but, last year, I worked for a beauty counter for about 9 months and got some seriously shit hot discount - so I basically bought EVERYTHING high end. But when the job ended and the discount stopped, I realised I had to start looking for cheaper alternatives unless I wanted to live off beans on toast for the rest of my days. Enter Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream; my new favourite base. It's about a third of the price of my previous favourite and, do you know what? I honestly think it may be better...


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Best Places To Shop For Pretty Homeware When You're On A Budget

Since moving into my flat with the boyf last March, I've become completely obsessed with homeware and attempting to make my place look all pretty and pinterest-able. However, I'm not made of money and have to be a bit savvy when it comes to choosing where to shop. No Diptique candles for me, unfortunately. Here's where I go to find chic yet cheap homeware finds...

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Book Review: A Year Of Losing The Dating Game

It's been a while since I read a book that literally made me cry with laughter. Like, actual tears. But A Year Of Losing The Dating Game did exactly that. It's honest, open, relatable, ridiculously rude and downright hilarious and, yeah, you should probs read it...

Thursday, 20 August 2015

How To Treat Yo' Self Even When You're Broke

I think it's safe to say that everyone loves to treat themselves every now and again. Whether it's to a meal out because you cba to cook, a pair of shoes that you may only wear once but still need or just a standard Starbs vanilla latte - cos girl gotta get her overpriced coffee fix. But, when you're broke, it ain't so easy. Suddenly that bright pink MAC lipstick, that you'll probably only use for selfies anyway, doesn't seem as essential as making sure you can actually afford to pay your bills. So, here's some things I do to make sure I can treat myself to a few bits and pieces even if I'm struggling for money...

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Upping My Blogging Game

When I first started blogging properly in December, last year, I didn't really know what to expect. I had no idea just how big the blogging community was or that people actually made money from it. I mainly started one because I wanted a hobby that would also look good on a CV. 9 months on and, without sounding too cheesy, my blog has become my baby. And it's also become something I'm incredibly critical of. I want it to be a place that I'm proud of but, recently, I've not been investing the time and effort into it that I'd like to because, well, life gets in the way. So, I've decided to up my blogging game...
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