Sunday, 25 October 2015

Guest Post Week Explained

A couple of weeks ago, I put out a notice for some guest posters to post on my blog. As a result, Sanjana, Allie, Elizabeth and Anna all responded with amazing ideas (thank you guys!) which have been drafted, photographed and scheduled ready for the upcoming week for you to read!

I decided to put together a very quick post so you readers will know what is going on next week as I won't be posting! The posting schedule will remain as normal, don't worry - but instead of myself posting, it will be one of the four bloggers. I won't spoil the surprise by telling you what they have in store, but I think they are some really cool and original ideas...

Of course, if guest posters really aren't your thing then I will return to posting again the week after next, but I thought this little 'guest post week' would be a really fun and quirky way to interact with my readers and for you guys to have a little bit of variation in reads!

See you the week after next! Paige x

Thursday, 22 October 2015

50 Little Things That Make Me Happy

For those of you that don't know, I am a perfectionist. I love things being exactly correct, in order and organised - anyone else like this? Although my friends call me weird - in the best possible way - I decided to embrace my perfectionistness (yes, that is now a word okay?!) by sharing with you the things that make me happy in life, however strange they may be!

1. Colourful work pages.
2. Organised pencil cases.
3. Neat handwriting.
4. Tidy bedrooms.
5. Lit candles.
6. Room scents.
7. White photographs.
8. Reading lovely, heartfelt blogs.
9. Hot chocolate with squirty cream and mini marshmallows.
10. Coffee shops.
11. Spending time with friends.
12. When everything feels perfect.
13. Carving pumpkins.
14. Christmas.
15. My birthday.
16. Looking at the clouds from a plane window.
17. Seeing new cultures.
18. Spaghetti carbonara.
19. Pastel colours.
20. Shopping for homeware.
21. Organising my pillows on my bed.
22. The smell of fresh bedsheets.
23. The cool side of the pillow in the middle of the night.
24. Fairy lights.
25. Photography.
26. My family.
27. Cute iPhone wallpapers.
28. Swimming.
29. Playing netball.
30. Cacti
31. Shopping in IKEA.
32. End of season sales.
32. Blogging.
33. White walls.
34. Pretty DIY's.
35. The sound of a clock ticking.
36. Listening to my favourite music.
37. Eating cold melon (guys, the melon has to be cold!)
38. Visiting old places that have been preserved.
39. Reading a new book.
40. Smelling the insides of new books, magazines or textbooks.
41. Posting pictures on Instagram.
42. My readers leaving comments on my blog or social media.
43. Getting a good grade in my exams.
44. The feeling of soft carpet between my toes.
45. When I sing.
46. Fluffy slippers and new pyjamas.
47. Using my LUSH bathbombs.
48. Flicking through Snapchat.
49. Pretty, vintage signs.
50. Remembering that I am so lucky to live the life I lead.

Do you share any of the same happy thoughts as me?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

London Intinerary

Hello everybody! In a couple of days I head off to London on a creative arts school trip, and I am super excited about it! I thought I would share what I will be up to over the next couple of days, as I think it will be quite interesting! I am going on this trip because I took GCSE Art for one of my GCSE's along with Computing, Triple Science and History.

After my guest post week (I will post more about that later, but I have some really exciting reads for you coming up!), I would like to share what I have been up to etc? I think they would be quite interesting posts for those interested in visiting London's art galleries etc, and also for you to see what I get up to on school trips etc.

I leave my school quite early in the morning and head to London on our coach. We then arrive at the Tate Modern Art Gallery around midday and walk around and admire the artwork on display etc - I often wonder how these people are/were so good! After a few hours, we then head on over to the London Eye for a ride round. I actually have been on this before with my family, but I am so excited to go with my friends this time! I really enjoyed it - and I hope I can get some great photographs, heehee!

The next thing we plan to do is visit the Novello Theatre for a backstage tour around the stage! We are seeing Mamma Mia! that night so we get to see how the stage backdrops are created and look at the lighting setups etc for the drama students, and I am sure I will love it! After this, we have a light tea at the theatre before going to watch the production. Mamma Mia! is one of my favourite films, so I am super excited to see the live musical!

After spending the night in a hotel, we are then travelling to Whitehall and past Downing Street and seeing Big Ben (again, photographs galore!) and we are heading to the National Gallery to have a tour around. Again, I can't wait to see the amazing artwork and just sigh at the talent! We then plan to head to Covent Garden for a hour or two for a bit of shopping and then walk over to the Fortune Theatre to watch another production; but this time it is Woman in Black!

After this, we head back to school on our coach - the trip is short but sweet, and as you may be able to tell I'm quite excited!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Reader Survey Autumn 2015

Hello everybody! Recently I have been a bit unsure about my blog and the direction I want to take with it, so I thought I would ask you readers for your opinions as after all, you are the ones who are reading what I produce! I have put together some questions - there are a few - but please take the time to fill them out, it would mean so much to me and hopefully improve the content you read every week.
Thank you - and the next post will be up very soon!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Blogging: How To Gain A Genuine Following

Hello everybody! For some reason, I haven't written a blog tips post in literally forever; so I decided to write one again! I love reading and writing blogging related posts - you long time readers may have noticed - and whenever I post one you seem to like them too. I thought I would focus a bit more on followers, and how to build a genuine following.

For some of you, this may seem a bit of a odd post for me to write, I haven't got a massive following - and not everyone who follows me leaves a comment, but I wanted to share this post as these are the current things I am doing to increase my genuine followers and improve my readership.

I thought I would start off with my definition of a genuine follower. To me, a genuine follower is somebody who follows your blog with the intention of keeping up with your posts and providing interaction with you and your blog. This could be anything from liking your post (if you have that feature installed on your blog) to leaving a lovely comment, but they make themselves noticed to you by interacting with your blog. Of course, this changes from blog to blog - and before you make any changes, you might want to consider what your ideal genuine follower is.

Comment back on readers blogs.
I would love to do this to every single one of you whenever you comment on my posts - it honestly means so much to me that you like my posts enough to comment, and it gives me a fuzzy warm feeling inside. However, due to school commitments and time issues I can't comment back on every reader's blogs and I feel so bad for not doing so. The occasions I have returned a comment on your blogs, you all seem to like it so it is certainly something I want to do more of!

I always find that when somebody returns a comment on your blog, it instantly improves the bond between blogger and reader - something I find really important and something you need to treasure. Yes, it is easy to take your readers for granted but in reality - they are the most important part about your blog!

Write thoughtful posts.
With all of the professional bloggers out there, it's nice for readers to come across a thoughtful, unique blog that they can enjoy reading. Personal touches on a blog always are very popular, and it is always a good idea to be more personal on your blog than be business like. For a while, I was very professional and almost cold in the way I 'spoke' in my posts, and after reading back the posts now, I wonder why people even read them - I sounded so distant and unfeeling! Since going more personal, I have found myself becoming much happier with the way I run my blog, and I am more pleased with my posts in general. My blog has a sense of personality to it (well, I think so - please let me know in the comments!) which I hope draw readers in.

I recommend steering clear of the posts most people do, as they are mostly unoriginal - however, take inspiration from them instead to create a whole new post!

Add your favourite readers on social media.
I love adding my readers on social media, as I find it opens up a new aspect to blogging and getting to know your audience. Emily from Ahem It's Emme is a classic example of this, I love seeing what she has been getting up to and catching up with her from time to time despite us living on opposite sides of the world!

Why not give this a try, I have found it to be a great experience and way to catch up with my readers - if you are on Twitter, why not leave your username down below and I will follow you? It will be a great way to catch up and talk a bit, if you would like to that is!

I hope you found these tips helpful - would you like to see more tip posts like this? 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

My Daily Makeup Products

Hello everyone! Whenever I ask you guys for posts that you would like to see, so many of you ask for a beauty post - which to be honest, I was scared for! I don't consider myself a beauty guru at all, despite the fact beauty is part of my daily routine, so I wasn't comfortable with writing about beauty and makeup? However after putting it off for ages, I decided I would just write and share about my daily makeup products I use!

To begin with, I use my Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer which blurs all my discolouring and the odd blemish or two. I have recently run out of this, so until I get a new bottle I am just using some moisturiser as a substitute! Next, I put my Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in the shade Ivory on in dots, then use my Real Techniques foundation brush to blend that all onto my under eyes and nose.

After this, I apply my Rimmel Lasting Finish Powder Foundation (wow, how much Rimmel?!) which is literally my favourite makeup product at the moment! I personally find that liquid foundation really doesn't suit my skin as it feels oily and heavy on my face, despite having tried quite a few! I was really disappointed until I found this powder foundation as it looks amazing on and it offers great coverage too. I apply this on using my Real Techniques Powder Brush.

Next, I use my Real Techniques Multi-task brush to add some of the Revolution Bronze Shimmer Highlight to my cheek bones. I love this because it offers three different shades you can choose from, depending on your skintone. I have quite a pale skintone, so I just use the lighter two options however if you have a tan (I wish!) or a darker skintone then you might want to incorporate the darker shade too!

I then use my No. 7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow, which is a beautiful brown-gold shade which is perfect for Autumnal makeup looks! I usually just apply this to my eyelid, and blend it out. Sometimes I may add some highlighter to my brow bone, but usually I can't be bothered if I am honest! If I am wearing my hair up, I will add a thin sweep of eyeliner to just make my eyes pop out a bit more, but if I have my hair down I will skip this step.

Finally I finish with my eyelashes, and after curling them with my eyelash curler (it is so old I have forgotten what type it is!) for about 20 seconds, I apply my Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara to my lashes which really completes the look. I love this mascara as it makes my eyelashes look super fluttery and pretty! I then just add some lipbalm, and I am pretty much done!

What is your everyday makeup look?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Delicious Overnight Oats

Hello everybody! As some of you long time readers may know, a little while ago I bought the Love, Tanya book and wrote a little review on it. One of the points I mentioned was the love of all of the little recipes in the book, and today I wanted to share my recreation of the Overnight Oats! To begin with, I wasn't so sure I would like it, but as soon as I made and tried the recipe it really surprised me because it tasted really nice. I find this a really simple recipe that you can do within 10 minutes or so and it doesn't require much washing up - it is all made in one bowl which is pretty awesome!

85g of plain oats
1 cup of milk (I use a small cup, as I don't like my oats too watery!)
1 apple
Ground cinnamon
Sprinkle of brown sugar
Fresh fruit and/or granola

I begin by peeling and chopping my apple into little chunks. I use a normal apple, and I don't cook it as I like the sweet crunch it gives you when you bite into it in the morning, however if you prefer your apples soft then you can simmer them for a few minutes with 2 tablespoons of water.

After I have dealt with the apple, I mix my oats and milk together and add the chopped apple to them. I stir this round three or four times to make sure the apple is well divided into the mixture. This is the point when I add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the oats and stir this in until it is all absorbed. 

Sometimes I add a sprinkle of brown sugar, but this is optional because the apples let off a sweetness to the mixture too. I then put this into the fridge and leave it overnight, which is usually 8-10 hours on a school day! 

When I get it out of the fridge, I like to mix it again and then serve up the amount I want into a sundae glass or a bowl. I then add some fresh fruit on top like some strawberries or banana with some honey granola and sultanas. I find this is so delicious and filling, it lasts me right up to lunch time!

Have you tried this recipe before?

Saturday, 3 October 2015

September Favourites: Posts From Others

Hello everybody, I am sorry this is three days late, I completely forgot about this series until I was looking back on some of my older posts recently! I didn't think that I had saved very many posts this month, with school and all, but when I checked back there was quite a few that I can share with you! I really love Autumn in the blogging atmosphere because all of the seasonal posts come into your feed, and the most gorgeous Autumnal photographs...

What have your favourite posts been last month?

psstt, if you would like to guest post on this blog at the end of October, then why not shoot me a email?