Thursday, 11 January 2018

2018 Goals and Resolutions

Hi all 
I hope you're having a great start to the New Year! I know this is pretty late for a New Year's resolutions post but things have been a bit crazy getting back into routine after Christmas and New Year. But I still wanted to do this post. I did the same last year where I talked about some things I wanted to achieve in 2017. You can read that post Here. I did that post a little late too which allowed me to give an update on how things were going so far.

Before I set myself new goals did I achieve my 2017 goals?
Giving a quick glance over last year's resolutions, you can read that post Here, I do think I have done really well. In 2017 I drank more water and I exercised more than before. 
I also believe I am kinder to myself now than I was at the beginning of last year. In some aspects I am perhaps a little more positive but that is something I need to work on. I'm an over thinker and once I start overthinking, things don't stay positive. As you can see if you're reading this, I have continued to blog and I'm doing right now! The thing I definitely didn't do is sailing. I wanted to try a lesson at sailing because I wanted to try something different.

Blogging Goals
Well my first blogging goal is to keep going with my blog and keep creating content I enjoy. From the end of 2016 and through 2017 I have loved blogging so much and want to see it continue and grow through 2018.

This year I also want to make my blog self hosted and update the theme making it more personal with the things I like rather than preset themes.

I want to do blogmass, I loved reading peoples blogmass posts last year (still feels odd that it was last year) and I wanted to join in but I didn't plan early enough in advance and I was so busy with school stuff I just didn't have time so my goal once I have finished school (sixth form) is to do blogmass and to start planning and writing really early. To remind myself I have written a note in my diary to remind me to start planning in October.

Take part in more blogging stuff, last year I took part in a bloggers secret Santa I want to continue doing things such as this. I also want to take part in more online twitter chats such as the GRLPWR chat that currently takes place Sunday 9pm uk time - to visit the GRLPWR twitter page click Here. I'd love to get involved in within the blogging community in the comments section.

Life Goals
This year in June I am taking my A-levels which is going to take a lot of hard work so my goal is to pass these exams and achieve my predicted grades but in order to achieve that I'm going to need to do a lot of revision.

Pass my driving test. I started learning to drive in November last year so this year I'm hoping to be ready to take and pass the driving test and also pass my driving theory, which is something I will hopefully will be doing very soon.

This year I will be leaving school (sixth form) and I want to do an apprenticeship in fashion and textiles and have found one I'd love to do so one of goals is get the apprenticeship and become an apprentice. This will be very different from what I'm doing now but I am excited. 

Other that these goals listed I don't have any resolutions such as exercise more or eat healthier as much as I want to do those things I don't want to put too much pressure on myself this year as it is a big year for me with a lot going on. I am very nervous about this year, I will be leaving friends and be thrown into a completely different environment, but I am excited and I'm sure it will be a great year! Perhaps once I have finished my A-levels and settled in wherever I end up next I will set myself more end of year goals

Thank you for reading! Do you have any goals this year? What are they and how are you getting on so far? - let me know in the comment section below.
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 4 January 2018

What I got for Christmas 2017

Hi all, 
I hope you had an amazing Christmas and New Year and enjoyed whatever time you had with family and friends. This post may seem late but I have been away with family over Christmas so I haven't had the chance to get it done, but whatever time of year, I love to read "what I got for Christmas" posts and also "What I got for my Birthday" posts. I have picked out ten things I got for Christmas to share here with you! 

Quick Disclaimer: I'm not trying to show off in this post. I am really grateful for all the gifts I received. I love writing and reading this style of post which is why I have written it.

First up, I got this lovely Oliver Bonas hot water bottle from my auntie. It is very soft and I love the pattern! It come in a cute pink drawstring bag with velvet ribbon so you can store it away in the summer. You can also buy a matching sleep mask.

 Next I got the Naked heat pallet from Urban Decay that I really hoping to get for Christmas! I love the colours so much and I have only worn it a few time but I love the look when I'm wearing it.

I also got this trinket dish, I have been keeping it on my bedside table for any bits of jewellery I forget to take off when I get into bed. I like that it's an enclosed pot rather than an open dish as it makes my room tidier.

 I also received this really soft IBENA throw/blanket, I'm not sure if a throw and a blanket are the same thing or not. It's so soft and I love being cosy on the sofa watching films or TV under it. 

 In my stocking I got this pug shaped tea strainer (pug in a mug). I then went and bought lots of Whittards flavoured tea to drink from tk maxx and Homesense. I have not tried all of the flavours yet but my current fave is the spice imperial.

 Next up I got a pair of wellies! They are mid length wellies from Joules. They are glossy green with a yellow stripe. I really like these wellies but they are not that great for really muddy walks as they are shorter my jeans get muddy above the wellies.

 My Friend bought me some make up bits and these earrings. I really love these earrings as I have two ear lobe piercings they look really good together. The red ones are the July Birthstone and then the other one is the star constellation.

 I also got this necklace and matching earrings from Lilac Rose which is a small shop in Cambridge, there is also one in Leamington Spa. The picture of  them doesn't quite do justice to how pretty the stone is - it's a very glittery and shiny blue and green stone that shimmers in different light.

My Grandad bought me this bag which is from Accessorize, it's just the right size to fit everything in and I really like the colour, it goes with almost all my clothes.

And Finally I have the bloggers secret Santa gift I received from a blogger called Melanie you can find her blog at It all came wrapped so beautifully in different pink tissue paper, and everything inside is so lovely, thank you very much Melanie if you're reading this!

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed! What did you get for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!
Bye for now, see you next week!

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Thursday, 28 December 2017

OOTD: Christmas Edition

Hi all,
I hope you have had a great Christmas! I have spent my Christmas with all my family and had a lovely time! Today I thought I would do an OOTD post and share my Christmas outfit because I really love it!

Pinafore - this was from Topshop. Unfortunately I couldn't find the exact pinafore but click here to see similar 

Top- I have a basic H&M top for layering underneath the pinafore you can get that here. But also think this outfit would look nice with a thin knit high neck jumper. 

Boots- I bought these from the shop Schuh they are just plain blue and go with many of my outfits but they have very little grip on the bottom so not good in ice I could do with some better winter boots. I found similar to these here on Schuh

Then I wore some basic leggings I'm not sure where these were from but I did wear two pairs because it's very cold!

Thank you for reading. What did you do this Christmas? Also if you know of some good winter boots please let me know!
Bye for now, see you next week!

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Christmas Relaxation

I hope your having an amazing week and feeling excited for Christmas, I am very excited! I go away to where all my family live on Saturday so this week has been full of last minute present buying and of course a lot of wrapping. So today, as many people find Christmas a stressful time I thought I would do a post with some relaxation tips and ways to unwind before Christmas and remind you to take some time for yourself.

1) Watch a film 
Watching a film or TV can be a great way to unwind from stressful day and there are plenty of Christmas films on the TV at the moment!

2) Take time away from screens 
Although watching a film is a good way to relax I also think it's important to take time away from screens and away from social media especially over Christmas.

3) Read a book
Reading a book or a magazine can be a good thing to do when you having some time away from screens.

4) Have a bath
There's no doubting that many people find baths relaxing and Lush have so many lovely Christmas bath bombs and bath oils why not treat yourself to one before Christmas.

5) Use a face mask 
It's cold (at least in England) and that always makes my skin dry so I always find a face mask very relaxing and good for my skin. I really like the Ethiopian honey face mask from the body shop Click here to view. I also reveiwed this face mask you can read that here.

6) Use a hair mask
At this time of year my hair gets so tangled and a bit dry, I think this is because of collars on coats and scarves rubbing against my hair, but using a hair mask helps sort my hair out and agains it's about taking time out for yourself.

7) Use the nice shower gel
If your like me you probably get lots of lovely shower gels and smelly things as presents that you end up saving, if thats you treat yourself to the nice you have saved in a cupboard and you
might even be gifted more this Christmas!

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed and I hope you have an amazing Christmas.
 Let me know in comments what you like to do to relax.
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Feeling Festive!

Hi All
Hope you've had a nice week! I am very excited for Christmas. I don't have long until I am on Christmas holiday! I am really busy at the moment with deadlines before Christmas so even though so many bloggers are doing blogmass, and I really want to read all of them, I have had so little time and am missing so many posts...but next week I'm going to have a proper good catch up!

Today I am going to share with you my list of festive things you can do in the run up to Christmas to get into the festive spirit!

1) Going to garden centres
I love going to garden centres at this time of year there are always so many lights and Christmas decorations! One garden centre near me has had reindeer and donkeys visiting throughout December!

2) Reading Blogmass posts 
This is something I have not done very much of this December but will definitely be doing next week!

3) Watch Vlogmass videos
Again something I have not had much time to do but I've watched a few and they make me feel so Christmassy.

4) Watching Christmas Films
I love watching a good Christmas film with a mug of hot chocolate.

5) Wrapping Christmas presents 
Some people feel wrapping Christmas presents is a chore but I love it. You can see last week's present wrapping post here. I show seven different ways to decorate a present! I love wrapping presents in-front of a Christmas film, an open fire and the Christmas tree lights!

6) Eating Mince Pies 
I really love mince pies and have eaten a few too many this December. I feel they are only around for a short while so I've got to make the most of them!

7) Baking Christmas Treats 
I really enjoy baking so I definitely love baking Christmas treats like gingerbread men and cinnamon biscuits. You could even bake mince pies then eat them!

8) Listen to Christmas Songs
Can I just say this December I have found Heart Extra Christmas radio station and I love it. 24 hours a day of Christmas songs until the 27th of December!

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! Is there anything you love to do in December that I've missed off my list? Let me know in the comments below!
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Wrapping

Hi all,
Hope you've had a good first week of December. This week I have been getting into the Christmas spirit with decorating for Christmas and wrapping up Christmas presents. Here I am going to show how to do the Christmas wrapping decoration like in the picture above. I have seven different ways to show you and they're all really easy and will look great underneath your Christmas tree. All of them use plain brown paper so stock up on your brown paper and let the post begin...

This one although it is still easy takes to longest of the lot and is the biggest decoration. I think this will look great on a bigger present. In the picture above it's on a shoe box.

You Will Need:
Two sheets of A4 paper
String (a little more than enough to go all the way round the present)
Glue stick

First fold your paper into a concertina effect like the picture above, mine was folded into 2.5 cm pieces. Then mark on with the pencil where you want to cut you can make curves or triangles like you do when you make the window snowflakes (I think everyone has made these at some point during primary school). When it's folded cut out the shapes so your cutting through each piece of paper at the same time. Do the same with the other piece so it looks like the picture above.

Then tie your string around both pieces of paper when folded like in the picture above.

Then open out each piece of paper and then glue to join them together so you have one snowflake. You should be adding glue to four pieces of paper. When you're done it should look like the picture above and you can tie it onto your present with the two ends of string. You may want to add a bit of tape so the snow flake stays in place.

This next wrapping is done using the normal brown paper and a wooden stamping block. This wrapping did probably take the most effort, but once you have the things you need and know what you're doing it's actually quite simple and looks really good and works well with presents you're going to post because it's flat and won't be ruined in the post.

You Will Need:
A wooden stamping block 
Ink tray 
A foam matt
you can get all this Here at the crafty place website. I bought mine at a craft fair.

First lay the paper you are printing onto the foam matt, you may want to cut it to fit the present first so you can see where you want the print to sit. Next put the ink in the tray, use the sponge to carefully dab the ink onto wooden block (don't rub it as that will take the ink off). Place the stamp down and press on the paper and lift it. You can repeat this until you have enough then wait for the paper to dry and wrap up the present.

This one I call my ribbon and ricrac present.

You Will Need:
any other ribbon like things (I used a pompom braid)

Place the ribbon and ricrac on the present like in the picture above you can have the different pieces overlapping you can either tie them underneath or secure with tape.

Using a simple pompom I have created two ways of wrapping a gift. Excuse the wrapping on the first gift it was not an easy shape to wrap. I'm best at wrapping box shapes.

You Will Need:
Pompom (you can make this)
Wool to match 

I'm going to assume that everyone can make pompoms with wool and cardboard - I remember making them so often at primary school. If you can't I'm sure plenty of instructions will  come up if you search how to make a pompom. 
Okay so you have your pompom you're then going to use the matching wool to tie around the pompom so you can tie it round the gift. If you shuffle the wool you won't be able to see it. 
Then tie it around the present. You can add more pompoms to create a different look or use lots of colours or add more wool like the first present in the photo above. Using the same pompom idea I created a Rudolf face on the the present by drawing antlers and eyes. I think this is really effective and works well on presents for children!

This one is really simple and so easy.

All you need for this one is scissors and some colourful or Christmas tape (I think a papery tape would work better rather than wash tape as it's for the person opening to remove or rip through it)
All you do is stick the tape on any way you like it's so easy and I think it looks really effective.


Finally I have present wrapped in a thick silk bow and a pressie topper. It's really simple but looks good.

You will need:
Thick satin ribbon
Present topper preferably on wire I got these from Hobby Craft 

This one is really self explanatory but take the ribbon and tie it around the present in a bow, then wrap the wire topper around the bow and you're done!

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! Do you enjoy wrapping up Christmas presents? Which one of my present wrapping ideas is your favourite? Will you try any this year? I'd love to know in the comments below! 
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Christmas Day in London!

Hello there!
Hope you have had another great week! Christmas is so close I can't believe that it's December tomorrow! I am so excited for Christmas. I am a big lover of all things Christmassy.
On Sunday I went to London with two friendsnfor a Christmas themed day out, to do some shopping and have a look at the lights.

It does not take very long to get to London on the train from where I live so my friends and I caught the nine-twenty train and arrived in London at about ten-fifteen. We then headed to Oxford Street, although we did not stay there for very long because it was half ten and the shops didn't open until twelve as it was a Sunday. How did none of us check the shop opening times before getting on a train to go shopping? Twelve seems so late to late to me! All the shops nearer to me open earlier and close earlier! 

Anyway, as the shops were closed on Oxford Street we headed to Covent Garden using the internet this time to check the opening times! The picture above is of one of the Christmas decorations in Covent Garden - just a silver reindeer on a sleigh.

We then had a look around the Apple Market and the surrounding shops! I love the shop Sasse and Belle that is underneath the market, it has some really cute things that would make perfect Christmas gifts! I also saw some really pretty leaf jewellery on the market. Each leaf shape metal pendant was cast from a real leaf and it looked so pretty - it just cost a little more that I was planning to spend on myself just before Christmas. 

Another picture taken at Covent Garden - outside this time. I love their Christmas decorations.

Here is another cute Christmas decoration outside Covent Garden.

We then finished up at Covent Garden, went back to oxford and got some lunch from an Italian restaurant called Vapiano. It seemed like quite an odd system, but it worked...they gave you a little card and menu on the way in. You then walked around and ordered the food you wanted from the different sections, scanned your card, they then gave you a little buzzy thing that beeps when your food's ready so you can go back and pick it up. I had the fungi pizza it was very tasty!

Once we had eaten we headed back to Oxford street to have a look around more of the shops, they were open this time! One of the shops we went in was Topshop. The Oxford Street Topshop is MASSIVE! I believe it was five floors. They had lots of things you don't see in normal Topshops such as a cupcake shop, jewellery engraving, a potted plant shop section and personalisation of jackets. I also loved looking at the all the Christmas window displays. Selfridges has a really cool display this year. John Lewis has a lot of very large Mozz the monsters in its windows with a snoring monster and one that wriggles as you stroke its feet through the glass!

Finally we walked into Hyde park to have a look at the winter wonderland, this was just as the sun was setting through the trees so I took the picture above.

At this point it was getting late and we were all tired so we had a look from afar (where I snapped this picture) then headed back to the train station to catch a train home. Although there was more I wanted  to do such as going to Knightsbridge and looking around Harrods and their Christmas decorations it was a really good day and I'm sure we'll go back before long! 

Thank-you for reading, hope you enjoyed. Have you ever been to London? What's your favourite thing to do in London? - I'd love to know in the comments below! 
Bye for now, see you next week! 

Thursday, 23 November 2017

One Year of Blogging! - reflecting on my blog, what I've learnt and looking to the future.

Hi all, 
Hope you have had a nice week! You read it right I have been blogging for an entire year!  I have been blogging for year so I thought it would be a great time to reflect on the posts I have written and things I have got up to in relation! 

It is actually really strange to think that this time last year on Thursday the 24th of November, I sat down and wrote my first ever post on this blog, admittedly it didn't say a lot (you can read that here) it was more of a creating the blog and working out how to use it post. 55 posts later and I'm still here and going strong. 

What have I learned?
I had no idea what I was doing or what programme to use i chose blogger because it seemed really simple but I still did not know how to use all the features. I didn't even know how to publish a post and it took me a long time to learn what all the features did. I also think my photography has got a lot better in a year I enjoy creating flat-lays and mine have improved in a year. Another thing I now know my blog is how long it takes to write and do the photographs for a blog! - It takes a lot longer that I thought it would, especially if your adding links into the mix to! I was really nervous about writing and posting things here and although I wasn't expecting anyone to read it but I was nervous of what people would think if they did! But thankfully everything went well and I am still here working on and growing my blog today.

My five favourite blog post I wrote in my first year of blogging!
And why I like them!

I have done quite a few posts showing my favourite jewellery, earring, necklaces and bracelets. I believe this is one of the first and has three pieces of meaningful jewellery I still have and love.

I know is's nowhere near easter so why would add it here but this cake was delicious and I love how colourful it was! I really enjoy baking and I have done quite a few posts sharing recipes and all of them were so tasty so it was quite difficult to chose just one post but I settled with this one!

Again I love the look and images in this post and it reminds me of my birthday which I really enjoyed! So it made it onto my list! 

I love the look and layout of this post and really love my scrapbook so this is one on my favourites If you like scrapbooking or are thinking of starting one then Id recommend having a look!

I know that technically the Croatia posts are two posts but in this case I having them I was going to do them as one but I had so many photos and wanted to say so much I made them into posts. I laid out this post in a diary style post talking about and showing what I did one day at time. I think together these posts are in joint first for my favourite posts ever on my blog!

I would love it you had a look back on any of these posts! I think my writing and definitely my photography has improved throughout this year!

Looking to the future!
I love blogging and love this blog. It is definitely something I am excited about continuing with and working on in the future, hopefully for many more years. But there are few things I want to change. Such as updating the look and tidying it up a bit I want it to reflect me and the things I love and currently I don't think it achieves this. I am not very good at the whole technical side of blogging (although I have got a lot better) so if you have any advice or know of any good posts I can read advice I would be really great full if you could links or tips in the comment section. I also want some more backgrounds for photographs so if you know anywhere that sells them that to would be really helpful.
Overall I am excited for the future and look forward to creating more posts and changing up the look.

Thankyou for reading! I hope you enjoyed, if you did you can follow me on the various social medias below so you don't miss a post.
Bye for now, see you next week!

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Christmas 2017 Gift Guide!

Hi all, 
Hope you have had a great week. I have been so excited for Christmas. December is so close and that means pretty lights, Christmas trees, mince pies, decorations, Christmas songs, advent calendars and Christmas shopping (insert any other christmassy things I may have forgotten). In this post I am going to be sharing some Christmas gift ideas. This is your warning if you haven't started Christmas shopping yet, now would be great time to get going! 
On with the post... 

Boots Scrapbook £8.00 (currently on offer - normal price £12)
As you may know as I did a scrapbooking tips post, I enjoy keeping a scrapbook and you can get pretty and themed scrapbooks that I think would make a really Christmas gift. The one above is from Boots. They have quite a few different patterns and themes.

The next gift we have here can also be found at Boots and is this scented candle in a concrete candle holder. I like the added pattern on these candles and again Boots has quite a few different ones with different decorations and different scents.

This John Lewis cardholder may be the perfect gift for a tricky to buy for Dad or Grandad, who just seems to have everything. It is a hard metal card holder held together by the elastic in the box. You get a choice of black or blue elastic to add to the cardholder. John Lewis stock a range called "Gentlemen's Hardware" selling similar things in the style of this cardholder.

I love this make up bag from Oliver Bonas. I really like the print, colours and Oliver Bonas is one of my favourite shops! I love the style of their products. I know some things can seems a bit on the pricey side but they are such good quality! There are also a few other products in the same style as the make up bag above.

(Almost) everyone likes chocolate so if you're stuck on what to buy someone consider chocolate! 
This snowman is from Hotel Chocolate and I think it looks so cute, It is one of their chocolate slabs with a snowman face. They also sell a similar snowman to this but made up of mostly milk chocolate!
Thank-you for reading, hope you enjoyed! 
Good luck with your shopping! If you have any gift suggestions I'd love to hear them in the comments! 
Bye for now, see you next week! 

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