Sunday, 28 December 2014

A little sparkle for the season

Nails Inc Knightsbridge Road

It's New Years Eve in a couple of days and a little bit of sparkle is perfect for the season, this polish by Nails Inc is a great colour to wear. It's festive and gold with oodles of glitter and holographic pieces so it catches the light and sparkles with every little bit of movement.

The base colour is a beautiful pale gold and then there are blue, pink and red pieces of glitter.

knightsbride road polish

The only downfall to glitter polish is the speed at which it chips, so I wouldn't advise painting your nails too far in adance of your party or else you won't look all that classy with huge chunks of your polish missing!

nails inc knightsbridge road
nails inc knightsbridge road

Have a happy NYE everyone!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Going a little AWOL plus some Christmas decor

It's been a little sparse on the blogging front this month, I don't know why but I have lacked the enthusiasm to sit and write for a couple of weeks and just needed a little time to myself. I find blogging is very much linked into my emotions, so when I'm happy it just flows but if I'm down in the dumps I just can't seem to bring myself to write and get on with things. So I have taken a little break just to try and gather my thoughts and whilst sitting watching a few of +Fleur DeForce vlogmas videos this morning I had the urge to put together a little blog post! (Thanks for making me feel inspired Fleur!)

13th of December, if I think too hard about the date I actually feel a little terrified, a) because I can't quite believe how we are nearly 2 weeks into December already and b) I have done practically no Christmas shopping and it's really daunting that I have 99% of it to do still!

I was on top of the xmas bandwagon at the beginning of the month and put up the Christmas tree and decorations on 30th November so they would be ready for the first day of advent, but I'm lacking the Christmas feeling this year and need some help to make myself feel more festive, any suggestions?

Here is a little peak at some of my festive decor, small and simple as I am still growing my Christmas collection, decorations are expensive aren't they? So I don't often invest in many because I have other things I need to spend my money on unfortunately, alas I have a few and when the candle are lit and the tree lights are on it does feel warm and welcoming.

Christmas candles


I always decorate the top of the chest because it tends to look a little bare otherwise, and I love that it's an expanse of space I can use to really show the season. At the monent I have some festive bowls, looking a little empty but closer to the big day I will fill them with sweets and treats, but if I do it now I will just eat the whole lot!

snowman bowls
snowman candle holder

My little snowman candle holder is cute, I bought it a couple of years ago from a garden centre and love the fact that it's mirrored as it helps reflect a little more light around. I picked up the cute centrepiece candle and mini wreath from Primark this season and I think it was only £3 which is such a bargain, I love the traditional feel of berries and pine cones and when the candle runs out I will just refill it with wax.

festive candle

These little guys are from Yankee Candle and they are so adorable, they always have a huge collection of beautiful candle holders and oil burners for Christmas and I fell in love with so many, but the little gingerbread men were my favourite and they came with a box of cranberry scented tealights as well.

yankee candle christmas

 This Christmas tree is very special to me, I actually made it at playschool when I was about 3years old and my mum displayed it every single year. Earlier on this year she finally let me have it, and I love that I can display something from my past that has so many memories attached to it.

handmade dough christmas tree, christmas crafts


This little basket is also from my childhood, it's nothing all that special but I remember having more than one of these when I was small but this is the only one I still have so it's pretty sentimental.

little christmas basket

Every year I buy 2 Christmas ornaments to go in the boyfs stocking and I try and write the year on them somehwere so we can remember when they are from. A couple of years ago I picked up these little guys, I love gingerbread men and I thought they were so adorable and at the moment they are handing on our kitchen cupboards

gingerbread men ornaments
gingerbread men ornaments

What does your festive decor look like? Link your pics down in the comments so I can have a little look.

Monday, 1 December 2014

#bundlemarathon My favourite blogs

We are already on week six of the bundle marathon now, this weeks topic is an easy one! I spend a lot of time reading blogs, I love blogs and spend way too much reading them and am looking forward to sharing my favourite ones with you.

In no particular order:

1) www.thenailasaurus.com
If you love nails, as I do, then this is a great blog. It's a go to place for ideas and inspiration as well as finding out all about the new polish and nails art releases. 

2) www.cocktailsandcaroline.com
As the name suggests, Caroline writes a lot about cocktails but that isn't all that features on her lovely blog. It's a little bit on the lifestyle side of things and she writes about all the fabulous places she eats and drinks at, so it is choc full of yummy food. Her photos are amazing as well, always really big and well thought out.

3) www.abeautifulmess.com
 I dip in and out of this blog frequently, it contains a real mix of topics and posts more than once daily. The blog is run by sister duo Emma and Elsie and they provide tutorials and recipes and lots of advice. 

4)  www.kellehampton.com
Kelle's blog is named enjoying the small things and I came across her space on the internet nearly 4 years ago, this is a lifestyle blog but mostly surrounding her children. Kelle is a complete dreamer and can only be described as a child in an adults body. She thinks up fantastic activities and trips for her children and her writing is second to none and keeps you completely engaged.

5)  www.inthefrow.com
Victoria writes about a mix of fashion, beauty and lifestyle so there is always something different on her blog. She does beautiful beauty photography and puts together great style posts.

 I could keep going on and on, I read lots and lots of posts per week, and I don't necessarily follow all of the blogs I read because sometimes I will stumble across them via twitter and forget to follow but will keep reading posts when they tweet about them. There are lots of lovely blogs out there and plenty of people who pour their heart and soul into their writing and photography and they are all wonderful in their own way!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

50 Random Facts About Me | Tag

I don't usually take part in tags, I personally don't enjoy reading them that much so don't partake based on that. I was however tagged to do this one by @bylaurenjane and thought it might be nice to let my wonderful readers get to know a little more about me.

1) I used to live in London and miss it with every breath I take
2) I always proclaim I don't like pizza that much, but love it when I do eat it!
3) I almost have a breakdown every year near my birthday, I HATE getting older
4) If you give me a packet of biscuits I will eat the whole lot in one go #sorrynotsorry
5) I'm really fussy about ice cream and pretty much will only eat haagen daz or ben & jerrys
6) I hate really hot weather, being sweaty is not my thang!
7) I love cooking, but am scared of baking
8) Coffee is an obsession of mine, I would drink 10 toffee nut latte's per day if they didn't cost so much
9) I love men with tattoos
10) I studied hair & make-up for 3 years but now no longer work in the industry
11) I love watching movies, sometimes 3 or more in a day
12) My mind never rests, it's always full of ideas
13) Nail polish is my favourite make-up item, closely followed by eye shadow
14) I adore South American food and culture
15) If Gremlins were real, I would want to have one
16) I love spooky stuff and would love to go on a ghost hunt
17) I have loads of lipsticks but hardly ever wear it
18) I am more comfortable in my own skin now I'm older
19) I don't trust men (in fact my BF jokes I'm a bit of a manhater)
20) I would love to have a huge family
21) I hate washing up
22) I love Christmas even though it never lives up to expectation
23) I hate sprouts
24) I believe Olaf should have his own spin off show, he made frozen
25) Cheese is the most amazing food, FACT
26) Exercise is my nemesis, probably because I'm lazy
27) I love trash reality telly *hides face*
28) My dog is a massive pain in the arse but I love him
29) At times I lack self belief, I need to work on that
30) I wish I was more proactive
31) If I won the lottery I would make a fabulous rich person ;)
32) I would love to learn to do sassy Latin dancing
33) Listening to my boyfriend sing and play guitar gives me tingles
34) Sunbathing is so boring
35) I am incredibly emotional and cry over everything
36) Sambuca is my favourite shot
37) I love celeb gossip
38) I think peanut butter anything is amazing
39) I'm petrified of wrinkles
40) I don't drink enough water by far
41) I worry about everything, all the time
42) I love showers, very occasionly take baths
43) I'm always listening to music, and love to sing
44) I think Pepsi is far superior to Coke
45) Tiramisu is one of the best desserts ever
46) I don't like internet shopping, I prefer real shops so long live the highstreet!
47) Rihanna is my idol, I love her music and her style
48) Snakes scare the hell out of me, but not as much as spiders eugh
49) I would rather have a starter than a dessert
50) This list took me about 3 hours to write!!!!!

So there you have it 50 things about me you wouldn't have known, isn't your life better for knowing them now? haha


Monday, 24 November 2014

#Bundlemarathon | Turn back time



The difficult bit of taking part in the bundle marathon is the very ambiguous topics. Sometimes I really struggle to put together a post relating to the title, but I guess that's part of the challenge right?

So this week the topic is turn back time, this could be open to interpret in so many different ways and I wasn't sure which way I should take this. I guess I could have touched on fashion of the past, or old beauty trends or something, but recently I have been enjoying writing about a wider range of topics and I find it helps me express myself and work through issues in my life. I started blogging a long time ago because I was inspired by others but I struggled to find my niche, so I rebranded and started a fresh nearly a year ago now and my main aim was to write for me. I wanted blogging to help me free my thoughts and creativity and hopefully some day create a career out of it. Now I'm not sure if that will ever happen but it certainly helps me, because it gives me a place to write about whatever I want, because it's my space on the internet and no one can tell me I can't.

With that in mind, my interpretation of turn back time is as follows:

I haven't had the easiest life, I seem to attract bad luck and I have faced so many struggles in my time and sometimes find myself asking in amidst a flurry of tears "why me?" Why can't I just catch a break, it seems whenever I get myself back on my feet something else will come along to pull the rug out from beneath me and I tumble in slow motion to the floor once again.

So I ask myself, if I could turn back time what would I do? If I had the gift to be able to turn the clock back I'm not sure at what point in time I would go back to. My first thought would be to turn back to being 16 years old, when I met my first proper boyfriend. If I could go back to that point and have not talked to him and let myself get sucked into such a destructive and soul shattering relationship where would I be now? But on the other hand I think to myself, everything I went through with him has made me who I am today, for better or worse. What would I have been like if I had taken a different path? Because of him I have a story to tell, not a good story at all but a story all the same.

So maybe I would still let myself meet him and experience some of the bad, so I would be able to appreciate the good. I just wouldn't have stayed so long and wasted so much of my life with someone who's main aim was to degrade me and make me feel small, insignificant and undeserving of something better.

Has good come of me going through so much bad? Am I stronger for it, am I more able to cope with difficult situations, or will it in some way always haunt me and hold me back. Will I ever truly be able to put it all behind me and move forward completely unshackled. They say that the struggle a butterfly has to encounter in order to break through it's cocoon is essential. Without that struggle the butterfly would not be equipped to survive, so can the same be said for humans? Are the weakest of us the ones that have never known struggle or hardship, so if I was to take away all the bad that happened to me I would make myself less able to cope with life?

I suppose it depends on the type of struggle doesn't it? Some forms of abuse leave such emotional scars on people they never manage to overcome them, or does that say more about the person than the experience? Are some of us just able to overcome anything and others never manage to, is that the wonder of life.

I often question where I could have been now if I hadn't met him, I might have been married with kids living a totally different life. But on another hand I may have never met my current BF, I like to think that if it was our destiny to meet, our paths would have crossed some other way. But it's all questions isn't it, because none of us will ever know the answer. We don't have the power to turn back time and make changes to see which outcome we like best, it would be wonderful if we could wouldn't it?

So because we aren't able to go back in time, my advice would be to take time and think about your choices. Try and separate yourself from big decisions and ask, in years to come will I be happy with this choice? You won't always be able to answer that question, but I know damn well if I had asked myself that 9 years ago I would have done things differently and escaped years of abuse.

Sometimes pain is the easier option and making a change is far harder. Only you can change your destiny.

Good Luck



Sunday, 23 November 2014

Bloggers Brunch

Last Sunday myself and a few other bloggers met for Brunch at Ed's Diner. I have been arranging a monthly meet up for bloggers for the last two months because it nice to have a chance to chat to some like minded girls over some tasty food. We share tips and tricks, as well as talking about fashion, beauty and make-up and generally just having some girly gossip time.

Photo courtesy of April Todd

Here we all are doing our best cheesy grins, whilst April uses her much talked about selfie stick.

 

I went for the All American breakfast after much deliberation, I was so torn between this and french toast with berries and maple syrup. Next time it will be the french toast! I'd like to say a massive thanks to the fabulous staff at Ed's Diner in Lakeside who were wonderful hosts and made sure our coffee cups were topped up at all times, and remained patient even though we probably sent them away about 6 times whilst we all tried to decide what we wanted to eat in between gossipping.

Take a little look at the other ladies lovely blogs:

www.helloapril.co.uk
www.closbeautyspot.co.uk
www.squibbvicious.com
www.inspirationshaveinone.blogspot.co.uk
www.jenjbboutique.co.uk


Monday, 17 November 2014

#bundlemarathon Beauty Secrets


 Week 4 of #bundlemarathon is about beauty secrets, I have to admit I'm struggling with this topic a little. I don't think I have any secrets, most of what I know is common knowledge amongst beauty lovers.

So here are a few things that I think are pretty important:

1) Don't think you're too young for anti ageing products, fine lines and wrinkles sneak up on you very quickly, especially the ones around your eyes. So even if you're in your early 20's, still get into the habit of using an eye cream and anti ageing moisturiser. Remember prevention is better than cure!

2) Don't bake yourself in the sun too much, yes we all know it's trendy to be tanned but do you really want to be one of those old women whose face looks like leather, hands are covered in age spots and their chest has more wrinkles than a piece of old crepe paper! You know the type of women, when you are on holiday they are the ones in their 50's and 60's laying out by the pool from AM to PM to get a tan. They have done that all their life and now look pretty haggered, is it really worth it?

3) Don't be too rough with your skin, be gentle when removing eye make-up as the skin is so thin and will stretch easily. Don't pull too hard when putting your eyeliner on, you don't want to help gravity by pulling your skin this way and that, it won't always snap back and you will be kicking yourself for not treating it more kindley.

4) Dabbing pure tea tree oil onto spots to kill bacteria and help reduce the swelling.

5) Don't sleep in your make-up, cliche I know. Everyone uses this one but it really is true that it's bad for your skin, on the odd occasion I do sleep in it I end up with a massive spot! Reason enough no?

What tips do you live by?

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Precious Time

This weekend gone one of my fabulous friends who unfortunately lives a long way away came down to stay. Sadly these days we only see each other about 5-6 times a year so when we do get a chance to catch up it means a lot.

She arrived Saturday evening and we very quickly opened a bottle of wine after getting inside from the rain. We had planned to go and watch some fireworks but the weather had other ideas and we agreed that neither of us wanted to stand on a muddy field in the rain for the evening so we settled down on the sofa and started catching up.

It's a shame about the rain spoiling our plans but we made the most of the evening regardless and headed down to Chiquitos for some dinner and a cocktail, and I got the chance to indulge in my new favourite thing, a halloumi crunch burger. If you head to the Mexican chain I really recommend it, you get a huge chunk of halloumi, they don't scrimp at all and they fill the bun with loads of other tasty things like tortilla chips for crunch and salsa for some fresh tang! We even got to play with the sombrero's and stick on moustache's!

The next morning after a cup of coffee we hit Frankie and Bennys for some breakfast, this is one of my favourite spots to spend a Sunday morning. Not only does it only take us a few minutes to walk to which is handy but you get bottomless coffee so you can really sit down and leisurely enjoy your morning. The last couple of trips I have enjoyed their breakfast pizza which is amazing. Sausage, cheese, bacon and topped off with an egg what more could you ask for?

I even topped off my meal with a festive treat off their Christmas menu, a yummy black forest hot chocolate and if you feel like being a little naughty, this is also available with a shot of baileys!

As I was too busy enjoying myself I didn't take any good quality pics, so here is a little collage of my phone pictures.

night out, chiquito,
 Yes I gave my nose a moustache, why not?

Monday, 10 November 2014

#Bundlemarathon Dream Wardrobe

This weeks #bundlemarathon post is all about your dream wardrobe. If I was a rich girl, I would fill a dressing room with beautiful and shiny things, so when I was feeling down I could go and sit in there and play with all the fabulous clothes, shoes and jewels. So here is a sneak peak of some of the things that would be in my dream wardrobe.




A seriously expensive piece of denim.
Diamond earrings
Silk top
Hot Heels

One pair of heels is never enough though, so I would have these ones too!

Jimmy Choo heels
Jimmy Choo shoes
 I am very much a magpie and am attracted to pretty things, like most girls I would love to have the financial freedom to buy what I wanted. Alas that is not the case so until then, I can dream can't I?

If anyone wants to give me a job shopping for a living then feel free to sign me up!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The festive advert battle

Something a little different today, I have always loved Christmas and really enjoy the build up to the big day. In recent years some of the big players in the retail business have started to release some very long and expensive Christmas adverts and it has sparked a little bit of competition amongst them as to whose will be the best.

A couple of days ago the Christmas John Lewis advert premiered, it seems a little strange to think that on a yearly basis now there is an advert premier for one of the leading department stores, but indeed there is, and it builds up a little anticipation as radio stations give out the time and channel of the airing of the new advert and then in the days that follow you will inevitably ask or be asked if you have seen it.

Well I have seen this years John Lewis advert and I'm sorry to say I don't like it as much as last years. I happen to think there is something a little creepy about the penguin, but that's just my opinion.

I also saw the Christmas Marks and Spencer advert which is rather sweet as it features two mischevious fairies. The remaining big players adverts that I will await are Debenhams and TK Maxx. They spend a huge amount on these and a lot of thought goes into making them something we all like to talk about and are becoming as much of a tradition as the benchmark Coca Cola adverts, after all everyone "the holidays are coming!"

John Lewis 2014  #montythepenguin



Marks and Spencer 2014 #followthefairies



Still my favourite, the 2013 John Lewis ad. So adorable and makes me teary every time

#bearandhare



Which one is your favourite?

Friday, 7 November 2014

It's Time to Pamper | Collab with Laura Loves Beauty

Admittedly I hardly ever pamper myself so when my blogging friend from a-far Laura suggested we do a collaboration on this topic I went a little silent as my mind raced trying to think of the last time I even did a pamper session.....

Awkward, what would I write about?

Then last week suddenly as if the universe was giving me a gentle nudge in the right direction, I had the overwhelming desire to run a bath and just relax. I set about preparing the ultimate relaxing moment by lighting candles, and deciding which products I was going to use.

relaxing bath time


I turned the taps on the bath to start the steady stream of steamy hot water and squidged in some bubble bath, then disappeared off to the kitchen to make a hot chocolate. Once the bath water was nearly ready I crumbled in a Lush french kiss bubble bar to help me unwind.

Lush french kiss bubble bar
peaches and clean cleanser

I used my soap and glory peaches and clean cleanser to wash my face, then smothered "scrub your nose in it" mask all over my skin and hopped in the tub pressing play on my laptop and lay back in amongst the bubbles to watch "Rise of the Guardians". I slipped under the water to soak my hair and lathered up with Herbal Essences Bee Strong shampoo which smells like apricot jam. I then smothered my hair with an argan oil hair mask that I picked up from Tesco for the bargain price of £1!


argan oil hair mask


Now all I had to do was relax and watch the rest of the movie. Every time I do something like this is makes me think I should do it more often, I don't really know why I don't. It was lovely to just lie back in the soothing warm water and drink a hot chocolate, my boyfriend even poked his head in and was a little jealous, after all men can't get away with doing this really can they? It destroys their man points if anyone finds out! ;)


Don't forget to head over and check out Laura's blog to see how she pampers herself. She's fabulous!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

I'm loving my silky underwear

Get your mind out of the gutter! I don't mean that kind of silky underwear I mean the Lush kind. I got this product as part of a gift set for my birthday and I have only just started using this. I really like it though, it puts a new spin on the old Johnsons baby powder.

Lush Silky underwear dusting powder


After dusting your skin with this snow white powder it leaves you feeling soft and silky just like it says on the tin. It has a lovely fragrance of cocoa and jasmine which leaves you smelling fresh and is good for dusting in areas you might get a little sticky, yes I know that sounds less than glamorous but hey we are all human and these horrible things happen.

silky underwear dusting powder


I don't know if it really has any moisturising qualities to it, although it claims to have but I remain a little sceptical because it isn't liquid so it won't sink into your skin, therefore I struggle to understand the science behind that. If you know, feel free to explain in the comments below.

lush silky underwear

Monday, 3 November 2014

#Bundlemarathon Favourite Meal

This is quite easy for me, my all time favourite meal is one that reminds me of childhood and many good times. As a kid my mum used to make Shepherds Pie all the time (it was actually cottage pie, as she cooked it with beef, but we always called it shepherds pie).

I don't have a picture of my own but this one reminds me of my mum's and the recipe can be found here


It was a comforting winter meal that I used to get so excited about because I loved it that much, it was also the meal that we would have when my whole family would come together for bonfire night. Every November the whole family would bundle up in layers of cosy clothing and bear the cold to enjoy the fireworks, I used to look forward to it so much as my aunts and uncles would mess around and make lots of jokes and have us all in fits of giggles. I have amazing memories of my uncle sprinting up the garden after lighting a rocket whilst making some stupid comment about catching his butt on fire or something!

After watching the firework display we would all cram into the living room whilst my mum and nan would bustle in the kitchen getting huge dishes of shepherds pie out of the oven, they were a welcome sight with all the hot bubbling cheese dribbling down the sides of the dish as our belly's rumbled and we were in need of something to warm us up.

Photography by Ben Dearnley


There was never enough seats for all of us so some people would inevitably be relegated to the floor with a cushion under their bum, normally it was the youngest family members (sigh). The room was always filled with so much laughter, and those memories are so special to me.

I think every family has their own recipe for shepherds pie, my family's version is a little more tomatoey than most but I love it that way. My mum used to bulk it out with grated carrot, lots of peas, sweetcorn and mushrooms as well as baked beans and tinned tomatoes. Then she would pile it high with lots of creamy mash and lashings of cheese that would be grilled until it was brown and bubbly and delicious.

This is my ultimate meal filled with loads of love, whats yours?

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Black Opium

Today's post is short and sweet, just like this little beauty.


YSL Black Opium

Isn't the bottle sexy? And the scent is every bit as seductive as the bottle is, it's rich with notes of vanilla and coffee apparently but don't worry it doesn't make you smell like a vanilla latte. It's sweet and sensual and absolutely gorgeous. 

I fell in love with this after a quick whiff whilst rushing past the display in Boots and thought it was amazing but didn't have time to stop, so I glanced over quickly to check the name and then went home and harped on about it to my boyfriend who kindly purchased it for me. He knows the way to a girls heart and luckily he thinks the fragrance is pretty hot as well.

YSL Black Opium


You just have to head to your nearest beauty counter to smell it.



Monday, 27 October 2014

5 Tips For New Bloggers

I am taking part in the #bundlemarathon where every Monday until December 29th there will be a post set by @bundlemag if you would like more info check it out here: http://bundlemag.com/bundle-marathon-blogging-ideas/

This weeks topic is tips for new bloggers, I have been blogging on and off since 2010 and have seen a lot of change in that time. I am by no means an expert on this subject but there are a few tips I have picked up along the way.

1) Consistency is key, you need to be blogging frequently or else you will lose your audience. People like your blog for a reason and will only keep stopping by if you are actually posting. Try and settle into some kind of routine.

2) Get involved with the blogging community, other bloggers aren't your competition they are your biggest allies. Reach out to them because not only will they be able to help you but they are also people that understand your hobby and your obsession with taking photo's of everything!

3) Write about the things you really love and your passion will shine through, don't just blog about something for the sake of producing a post. You need to feel the enthusiasm for your subject or your writing won't seem interesting.

4) Write as much as possible when the mood takes you and then schedule the posts for the upcoming days/weeks. You have to accept that you will have days when you can't find inspiration no matter how hard you look. It's normal and it happens to all of us, so if every once in a while you are over flowing with ideas, sit down and get them all written out so it takes the pressure off for the times when you feel like you will never have an idea again for as long as you live (trust me this happens to me all the time!)

5) Be gracious, people don't have to read and follow you so make sure you are grateful for the ones that do and be nice to them. If they are sweet enough to leave comments or tweet you, then do your best to reply. If you don't you may have lost that reader forever.

Thanks for reading! See you next Monday for the next #bundlemarathon post!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Cyber Bullying

This is a little bit of a controversial topic, but as bloggers we put our life on the internet for all to see along with our all important contact details like email, and twitter. It's not unheard of that this can attract some unwanted attention from some individuals.
But it begs the question are there more crazy people these days, or does the ease of social media make it far more simple to emotionally attack people and try to stir up trouble? 

The reason I am asking this is because recently I was the victim of some malicious trouble making, so I decided to discuss this with you all and see what your thoughts are and if anyone else has ever dealt with something similar?



cyber bullying

A few weeks ago I received an email from an anonymous sender stating all sorts of ludicrous accusations about my boyfriend and our relationship. This person had clearly been somewhat stalking me on twitter and my blog, piecing together bits of information just so she could try and stir up trouble. My first thought when I received the email was that I have to accept this sort of thing will happen to me because I choose to write a blog about my life and that will probably at points attract unwanted attention. But now I have had time to think about it, it's quite sad that we have to accept that possibility, just because we share information on the internet.

Sometimes I am utterly shocked at the things people write in the comments on YouTube and other forms of social media. Some of the things people have said are so vindictive and just down right cruel and I wonder why they feel the need to do it? 

We all have our opinions, there will always be people in the world we just don't like for one reason or another. We may have a clash of personalities or a massive difference of opinion on something, but I don't think that gives the right to personally attack that person for it. We are all different, and that is something to be celebrated or else the world would be a very boring place. 

The kind of comments that I find the hardest to read and understand why someone would write such things, are the kind where people say something very hurtful about the way someone else looks. I just don't see the need for it, again it's a matter of opinion. There have been plenty of times I have looked at an outfit someone is wearing and thought "urgh" but that's because I personally don't like it and it's not to my taste, but I would never go and comment on that person's blog/twitter/instagram and say they looked horrible because I accept the fact that a) it's just mean and unnecessary, and b) other people will love the outfit because they have the same taste as the original person.

The other type of comment I hate to see are the ones spawned out of jealousy, the ones where people can't bear to see another human being do well or be successful. Again it's your prerogative to not like a person, maybe their demeanour annoys you, or you disagree with something they say, but it doesn't mean they don't have the right to be successful. They have probably worked very hard to get where they are, so what gives anyone the right to turn around and say they don't deserve it?

All in all I just feel that people need to be a little more mindful about what they say to one another on the internet, just because you are not saying it to someones face doesn't mean that it won't hurt them or what you are doing isn't wrong. Unfortunately sticks and stones will break your bones and words can hurt you; and in this day and age where people spend so much time online, cyber bulling is becoming a very real and huge problem especially amongst the younger age groups and it can and does cause a lot of damage. 

I think as bloggers we need to be able to set an example to others that it's not ok to do this to another human being no matter what you think of them. So joining in with sites and forums that were set up with the sole intention to bring people together to bitch about one another is disgusting behaviour and just so wrong! 

cyber bullying


Have you experienced anything I have mentioned in this post? How did you deal with it?



Monday, 20 October 2014

Shu Uemura S Curler

We all know that eyelash curlers look like some sort of torture device, and if you catch your eyelid in one it certainly feels like it too. I have always struggled to find eyelash curlers I'm happy with, I have quite rounded eyes and have found that when curling my lashes with conventional curlers I end up with a weird kink in the lashes on the outside corner of my eye where I can never get the curler to go quite close enough.

s curler, shu uemura

 This is why I decided to try and find an alternative, so I would no longer have to suffer an angular bend in my lashes. I came across the Shu Uemura s curler and decided that I would give it a try, because of it's more compact size I can curl my lashes in smaller sections and move the curler closer to the root of my lashes to get a natural looking curl.

s curler shu uemura, eyelash curler s curler shu uemura

They certainly aren't the cheapest eyelash curlers but they are great for eyes that don't conform to the usual eyelash curler shape. If like me you struggle to curl all your lashes close to the root they are well worth a try.

s curler shu uemura
s curler shu uemura


You can purchase them online from House of Fraser for £20.00

Thursday, 16 October 2014

DIY Table Centres

Keeping up with the promise to myself to have a lovely table centre throughout Autumn and Winter, I have come up with a few ideas after scouring the internet for hours. I love natural materials for October, I adore how rustic and back to nature it can look but at the same time be so pretty.

fall centrepiece, candles, jars filled with nuts


I came up with the idea to wrap some natural coloured twine around the top of some old jars and fill them with nuts and a tea light. They look so beautiful and make great centre pieces if displayed as a group, but they also look cute on their own on a coffee table.


fall centrepiece
fall centrepiece


I love this one too, a display of beautiful green apples nestled with the rest of the nuts I used in the jars and surround the whole lot with glowing candles and pumpkins.

fall centrepiece


They aren't expensive to make or hard to do, just take a little imagination of what beautiful autumnal goodies you can lay your hands on to bring a little bit of nature indoors to admire.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Scrub

I have been failing miserably at blogtober, I have so many posts written out already that just needed me to make and photograph things and I really lost my mojo and felt anxious about not writing daily. But I decided rather than beat myself up about missing a few days I would just hop back on the blogging train and do my best.

Once again it's another soap and glory product because I really loooo-oove them, I thought I would chatter on about how much I love the sugar crush body scrub. Firstly I love how it comes in a big tub so it's really easy to scoop out the amount of scrub you want to use and you will be able to use up every last bit of it rather than faffing around cutting a tube in half, if like me you are really cheap and like to get every last scrap of product out of the packaging!

soap and glory sugar crush


As strange as it may sound, I really like how scrubby the scrub is. Some body scrubs just seem pretty pointless because they aren't scratchy enough to slough off the dry skin. Just a word to the wise though, this is best to use before your body is too wet, because it's a sugar scrub and if you're too damp the sugar will dissolve before you have had the chance to give your skin a really good scrub down.

soap and glory sugar crush


This product is full of delicious ingredients that smell so good you almost want to put it in your mouth to see if it tastes as good as it smells, you will be pleased to know I refrained from doing that, but if you have given in to curiosity and know what it tastes like let me know in the comments below!
It's a beautiful brown sugar, lime, and sweet almond oil concoction so as well as smelling sweet and zesty it is really nourishing for your skin. It's really packed full of oil and you will see that when you open the tub you need to give it a little swish with your finger to mix up the sugar and oil, because the oil comes to the surface and the sugar sinks. It really leaves your skin feeling super soft and smelling divine though and is worth every penny of it's £8 price tag.

soap and glory sugar crush



Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lemon Meringue Hot Chocolate

Autumn is the best time of year to snuggle up on the sofa with a delicious mug of hot chocolate, I'm mixing it up a little today and making a moreish lemon meringue version.

lemon meringue hot chocolate

It's creamy and lemony goodness and tastes beautiful.

lemon meringue hot chocolate
lemon meringue hot chocolate


I used lemon meringue hot chocolate from Whittards but it's unfortunatly been discontinued now. You can subsitute it with white hot choc and melt in some lemon curd to give it the zesty note. Then top the chocolate with lashings of whipped cream and crumble meringue over the top and drizzle with lemon curd, it's one amazing dessert in a mug!

lemon meringue hot chocolate



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