19 December 2014

Blog | Highlights of 2014

2014 has been somewhat of a whirlwind year in both my personal and blog life; A constant roller coaster ride with both ups and downs. We come to that time of the year that brings emotions of joy and feelings of celebration, so today I'm sharing with you my personal highlights of 2014...

Right at the beginning of this year I started my very own YouTube Channel, something that I had wanted to do for a while and I've gone from a couple of videos, to none, to regular posting, to a little bit of a break. I'll have to admit that I'm still trying to find my 'place' and reason for being on YouTube. I want to create content that's exciting and fresh yet not fall into a rutt where I don't feel too happy. Just after this, I shared with you my Secret Motivation, which whilst writing this, I realise that I need to take a leaf outta my own book and go back and read that little book...

I ran my own little confidence project under the name of #ProjectBareAll, which is probably one of my most proudest posts to date. It is all about confidence whilst not wearing make-up and how we as a society don't need beauty products to essentially feel beautiful in our skin. I was overwhelmed with the response and just how many people decided to join in (and it's not too late!) and share their photographs and stories of them baring all online. Speaking of confidence, I plucked up the courage to start travelling down to London more often to Blogger Events and the first being the Lauren Pope, In The Style Event. I whole-heartedley wish that I lived further South so I could attend exciting events more often, but for now, we'll just dream and be patient. I live for the day when I'm regularly attending events each week.

To up my blogging game, I began posting every other day instead of every third and I have enjoyed every single moment of it. Despite this, I've taken even more time to work on both my content and photography and I'm going to step it up even further in 2015. I'm quite the perfectionist so I am always trying to improve my skills. This seemed to lead to the insane moment when I crazily and amazingly won Highly Commended Established Beauty Blog at the Cosmo Blog Awards and I still to this day cannot believe that it even happened. It certainly wouldn't have happened with out you, I know I've expressed this a hell of a lot, but I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

As for myself, I feel like I'm slowly becoming happier with who I am, in regards to my inner and my outer. I've come to realise that you drift from people, and that's okay, as some relationships just aren't meant to last forever. I'm beginning to appreciate the smaller things in life and am working on some aspects of myself that I'd like to change. I need to stop over thinking each small detail and stop blaming myself for almost everything. But, hey, we're only human. Right?

Anyways, I'll save that for another post ey! Blogging has become bigger and better this year but I will always remember the reasons I started and where I began. I've made some absolute gems of friends and I can't wait to continue to build those relationships next year. But for now, I'd like to say thanks for sticking with me. I appreciate every single reader very very much. Loves. xo

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17 December 2014

Blogging | My Favourite Reads of 2014

Sharing the love is one of the greatest things that anyone can do. As the end of the year gets closer and closer, I thought that I would share with you some of my favourite blogs of the past year. Of course, I wish I could include every single blog that I read (you can see that here!) but that would be one hell of a long post, so I thought I'd pick some of my standout reads...

1 | Gemma from Miss Makeup Magpie. If you're looking for a blog that is an online encyclopaedia of beauty, from nails, to make-up, to skincare, this is it. Gemma writes the most in-depth and honest reviews and I've read her content ever since she began and it's been incredible to watch her grow from strength to strength. Not only is Gemma an absolute make-up dictionary but she is one hell of a lovely lady and is always there to offer a helping hand to anyone that needs it.

2 | Helen from The Lovecats Inc. In my opinion, you only have to take one quick look at Helen's blog to fall in love with it. Everything from the layout, to the imagery, to the content quality is just fabulous. Not to mention that Helen is a one heck of a mean baker (see evidence here, just wow!) and is bound to have anyone drooling over their laptop screens. If you like a bit of everything, Helen's your gal.

3 | Gianni from GianniC. Call me biased or whatever, but one of my best'uns had to have a place here. Male lifestyle & skincare bloggers are few and far between (sigh) but it's nice to see one so passionate about what they do. Gianni's crisp and clear photography compliments his insightful reviews on the latest skincare products so well. Ladies, don't be taken aback by gender, because boys can blog too!

4 | Zoe from Zoe Newlove. Ahhh Zoe, Zoe. Zoe's blog is the most recent discovery in this post but how could anyone not love her? A makeup artist with a passion for all things beauty, Zoe will captivate your mind and your heart. Her content is filled with knowledge and beautiful pictures to go along side that (photography lessons please?!). With swatches of products on her face, Zoe's blog will have you running out to buy whatever she's talking about!

5 | Amy from A Little Boat Sailing. I always look forward to Amy's new posts and there hasn't been one yet that has disappointed. A blog that is consistent in all aspects, looks bloomin' beautiful and is such a joy to read. You can tell she puts all of her effort into making it what it is. Amy is a hell of a lovely lady and I can't wait to see what she has in store next year for her and her blog, I'll be waiting in anticipation!

6 | Meg from Wonderful U. I've loved Meg and her blog from the moment I started reading, but when she wrote this beautiful post about her body confidence & getting naked on the internet I admired her a little bit more. Meg's beautiful way with words (that match her beautiful hair) have me hooked on every post. She's come such a long way and I smile every time I read her blog, or when something exciting happens for her. Gorgeous lady!

7 | Carly from Beauty Sauce. With a real knowledge of all things beauty and a love for all things fashion, Carly's space on the internet has become a regular place for me to visit. It's full to the brim of products that I'm forever adding to my wish list, and style posts full of clothes that I wish that I could wear. Carly's elegance is amazing to watch in her YouTube videos too, and once I start watching, I just can't stop!

8 | Zoe from Zoe London. When it comes to blogging, Zoe is the epitome of passion. With content that is so fresh, exciting and thought provoking, Zoe London has become probably my most favourite read of 2014. Along with beauty, fashion and lifestyle, Zoe raises some interesting issues that occur in today's society. It goes without saying that I really look up to Zoe in many ways and she's a real source of inspiration for me.

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15 December 2014

Fashion | 2014 in Outfits

Outfits weren't something that I originally began doing on my blog, but occasionally they are some of my most commented posts. As 2014 comes to a close I thought I'd reflect on my outfits that I've posted over the past year and see how my style has evolved. I'm aware I'm not the most stylish person, but I like how I dress, that's all that matters. Let me know in the comments which outfit is your ultimate favourite! I can't wait to post more outfits in 2015 for you! Thanks for reading!

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13 December 2014

Christmas | Christmas Gifts with Not On The HighStreet

*Images sourced from the website*

Even though my Mum has shopped on Not On The High Street for a while now, it was only recently that I looked to it for present ideas for the up and coming festivities. They hold such an array of products that are both unique in their own right and are all from small, creative independent businesses. From pampering products, to home accessories, to DIY gifts that you certainly won't have seen before, they stock a range of gifts that would be perfect as either stocking fillers or as a special personalised present.

These Canvas Pouches (£18/£24) for both him and her are a little pick-me-up for the person you're buying for. A spacious bag for you to fill with all your daily essential wash and make-up needs, it's a cuter way of storing your bits and bobs, for either at home or on the go. I love the wording on the front too, even though it's for aesthetic purposes, it's a great reminder every morning to feel good about yourself. Photo frames and candles aren't most unique of presents, but if you personalise them, they can hold something a tad more meaningful. These Alphabet Candles (£6.99) are great stocking fillers and are bound to look cosy on anyone's bedside table next to their stack of favourite books. Perhaps you're wanting to share a special moment with someone; Why not print out your most memorable moment and hang it inside one of these Glass Hanging Photo Frames (£10.95)?  I love the vintage feel with the old greyscale photographs. Finally, jewellery is always a stunning gift to buy this time of year. Although Pandora is great for rings, I love dainty necklaces and this Lucky Sixpence Necklace (£35) is no different. I think it's adorable to share such a lovely message with a loved one.

If you're looking to buy something a bit more different this Christmas time, why not take a look on their website? I bet that you'll find something that you'll either 'aww' or 'ooh' at, they have hundreds of hundreds of products to look through. Let me know if you've shopped with them before and what you're favourite pieces from the website are. Thanks for reading!

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