Saturday, 29 August 2015

August Favourites: Posts From Others


I am a bit early with this months post, but I thought I would share this with you as I have been absent the last two posting days due to being on a short holiday! I also haven't done a post favourites for ages, and I have no excuse really apart from I forgot!

This month I have really been loving so many different posts, but I been saving the DIY posts most often, as I feel in the mood for some good making and crafting projects! I have also been loving everyone's back to school posts - they are brilliant and some of my favourite ones to read. There is a mix and match of posts but if you enjoy the above too, this months saved posts are for you! Once again, the post collection is on Bloglovin', because the majority of you enjoyed the favourites in this format!


What posts have you been loving this month? Any from my collection?

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Lately


I wanted to do a personal style post today, just chatting with you behind the screen! I love writing these posts, but I know you don't like them too often so I am going to just bore you (!) with my recent life happenings!

On Thursday I received my results for my early GCSE! In case you didn't know, I took my Design Technology GCSE at 14 instead of 16 which was a massive achievement for me, especially when I came away with a A. I was super happy as I put lots of work and effort into the whole course so I was so excited with the result! My grandparents have been treating me with a couple of Pandora bracelets to add to my bracelet and my parents got me some beautiful flowers and cards.

I have recently been falling in love with photography again. For a while, I hated everything I produced on my camera and just felt uninspired with everything around me. I decided to sort this out and I am beginning to enjoy taking photos again and using my surroundings to inspire me and my creativity!

I have been binge watching YouTube videos again, why not? I shared my favourites in my last post but I have also been watching a bit of Dance Moms and Maybaby in case you wanted some new channels! My favourite times to watch them is while I am eating my breakfast in my bedroom or after my evening meal as I find it a good way to relax or wake up! Of course, before that I read my comments and new posts in my blog feed!

I have also been looking for a couple of presents for my sister's birthday, which is proving a more difficult task than I thought! I am looking at a couple of things but it is so hard to pick out something for someone that you know they are going to love! I am debating whether or not to just ask her what she would like but I want to keep it a surprise, so hard haha!

What have you been up to lately?

Monday, 24 August 2015

YouTubers I Have Been Loving


Since it is the summer holidays for me, I have had a lot of time on my hands. I mean, a lot! One of the things I have been doing to pass the time is catch up on some of my favourite YouTuber's and binge watch some new ones. I never usually watch YouTube during the school term because, you know, busy girl and all that, (!) but recently I have found myself loving the YouTuber's I am subscribed to and thought I would share some of them with you.

My Life As Eva.
I discovered Eva's channel a few weeks ago and I already have watched so many of her videos! She is a Californian YouTuber who posts lots of funny and inspiring videos which always make me feel super happy, even when I am down. My favourite videos she posts are the cute DIY's and routine videos, and I think you guys will love them too!

Velvet Gh0st.
Gabby is a long term watch for me - I discovered her from watching a couple of Zoella's videos. She is a British YouTuber who posts all sorts, ranging from makeup looks to singing videos and each one is edited and presented really well which I like to see in a video!

Alisha Marie.
Alisha is another newly discovered YouTuber who I have really enjoyed watching. I love her videos because they are always so bright and pretty which makes the videos really appealing and friendly to watch. Alisha's personality also is really cute and funny so I almost feel like I know her in person, is that wierd?!

Niki and Gabi.
I thought I would mention these two because I am really liking their recent videos. They are twins who enjoy makeup, fashion and DIY and I love watching their Twin edition videos and the ones that they both do together. They are friendly and cute in their videos and I love watching the DIY and Expectations vs Reality videos they sometimes produce!

Do you watch any of these? Have you got any other suggestions?

p.s: sorry my posting schedule has been a bit off lately, I am resuming as normal as of tomorrow so there will be a new post - be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Back To School: Haul 2015


The time of school is slowly dawning upon us and although I have that sinking feeling inside of early morning memories once again, I'm actually really excited to go back and see all of the friends I haven't seen over the holidays and use all of my new stuff. Anyone else with me? Around about now, I start looking out for Back To School YouTube videos and posts that get me even more excited and inspired than I already am, and I thought I would put together a little Back To School series of my own to help and inspire you guys too!

To kick of the series, I am going to share with you my new supplies for school! In case you didn't already know, I absolutely love back to school shopping and picking out my new bag, pencil case and stuffing it with pens and pencils!

A quick little disclaimer; I don't mean to show off, or brag in any way, shape or form, I personally love looking at what other people buy and use for the new, upcoming school year and getting inspiration from them. I appreciate what I have and I know that I am lucky to be able to call these supplies my own. 



First of all, I headed to WH Smith to take a look at pencil cases. After debating on a couple, I finally decided on the Katarina Slim Pencil Case - £3.99 - with a beautiful gold zip and a lovely floral pattern. I chose this because it isn't massive and bulky, yet it is big enough to store all of my stationery which I really like. It feels good quality, and I think it will last a long time!


I also purchased some ringed binders which I can store my English and Science coursework in. This Amelie Grey Colourful Ringed Binder - £3.99 - was so cute I couldn't resist picking it up! Just in case I needed a bigger one, I headed to Ryman and bought a Ryman Natural Lever Arch File which I thought was really cute and it goes well with the other binder and my bag!



In my pencil case I like to keep everything organised and tidy so I can easily reach what I want. I picked up some Staedtler Rainbow Triangular Ballpoint pens which will give a variation of colour and quirkiness in my work and notes. I have tested out all of the colours and they are really good pens. All of the colours match what they are supposed to be, and they don't smudge, which is a massive bonus!



I also bought some trusty Crayola Multi Colouring Pencils - £3.99 - which, as you probably know - everybody has probably purchased some in their lifetime! - are good. I like them because they are really easy to sharpen, the lead doesn't break really easily and the colour is easily blendable whilst being vibrant!



As I am taking GCSE Art, I thought I would need a variety of normal pencils, so I added some Staedtler Assorted Lead Grade Pencils - £2.99 - to my basket. These come in grades of 2B, B, HB, H, 2H which are useful for different tones of shading etc. I was quite pleased to get these as I feel these will make my shading easier and look better, which is always a good thing!


These Staedtler Triplus Fibre Tip pens aren't actually new, I purchased them midway through last term, and they are still all working well so I thought I would use them for a following year. We don't use felt-tips much in our school so I think they should last until July 2016!


I have to walk up a muddy lane each day, so it was important to me to get some sturdy shoes that would withstand rain without leaving marks and still remain fashionable. I found these Hamble Oak -£60 - shoes in Clarks which will do the job perfectly. There are hundreds of good reviews on the website and they have got themselves a 5 star rating. They are cute little brogues with a little heel and give a air of sophistication to the wearer.


I needed some new trainers because my old ones were getting holes from 2 years of use - they didn't smell, I promise! After lots of deliberation, because let's face it - picking out trainers is a important job - I chose these NIKE Flex Trainers - £41.00 - which I am in love with. They are a grey and purpley pink colour with a streak of white along the sole.


I picked out my school bag from New Look, because I wanted a sturdy bag that would carry all of my books and folders without becoming weak and breaking. I liked the pastel coloured ones, so I settled upon the Bright Blue Zip Front Bag - £24.99 - which suited my needs perfectly. Again, it has gold zips which add to the cute, pastel feel and gold clip on shoulder straps.


Finally, I purchased a pretty SoulCal Print Gym Bag (the picture on the website really doesn't do it justice) - £11.99 - which is a waterproof cute pastel pink drawstring bag with a pretty white writing print on it with little hearts and stars to match. This is really good quality as the drawstrings and think which means the string won't snap easily. This fits all of my gym kit in (trust me, there is quite a lot!) and it has a little zip inside for earrings and jewellery etc.

I hope you enjoyed this little haul, will you be buying any of these?

a little note to say that I have put the full price on the links as this post will be up after the sales have gone, but quite a few of these things have been/are on the sales in supermarkets and stationery shops which means you will get them quite cheap in comparison!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Summer Juice Blend

* sorry to reuse a photo, when I actually made this smoothie I forgot to take photos and I haven't bought any new ingredients yet but I wanted to share this recipe with you before summer is actually over, heehee!

A couple of weekends ago, I went camping with my family to Carfest North which was organised and put together by Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans. While I was walking round the stalls of the festival, I came across a juice stand (I can't remember the name for the life of me, but if I do then I will update this!) which sold cold juices and smoothies. In case you don't already know, I love smoothies so I wanted one almost immediately! After debating what to have, I decided on a 'Big Five' which consisted of oranges, strawberries, mango, pineapple and kiwi which was delicious. I wanted to have a go at recreating the smoothie at home, and see if I have found a new favourite.

Ingredients:

4 Strawberries
1/2 Mango
1/4 Pineapple
150 ml Orange Juice (with bits)
1/2 Kiwi

Method:
Mix the frozen (if you have any) fruit with the orange juice until blended nicely. Bit by bit, add the non-frozen fruit into the blender until you get a thick, smooth liquid. Pour into a glass and enjoy! 

I absolutely loved my smoothie, and it has turned into a firm favourite of mine! I love how it is so easy to make too, all it takes is a quick blend to make a healthy, enjoyable drink which you can cover and leave in the fridge for a couple of days if you really wanted too!

Are you going to try this out?

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Why The Canon EOS 100D Should Be Your First DSLR


It goes without saying; photography is one of the main parts of blogging. Aside from content and design, I will rarely follow a blog if it doesn't have good, clear photography and I don't think I am alone on this! Back in late November 2014, I purchased my first and current DSLR, the Canon EOS 100D and I have to say I think I am in love. In case some of you readers were considering purchasing your own DSLR, I thought I would give you a little review of mine so you can review your options.

I purchased mine from Currys in part of a deal which included two lenses, a free Velbon tripod and a deluxe Canon camera bag for about £400. At the time, it was the best deal out there but it is worth taking a look around the internet for some other deals or cheaper prices. It was nearing Christmas when I bought my DSLR, and that can dramatically change the price of cameras, but at the time of this post you can buy the camera alone for around £350.
A good point for me is that this is the smallest DSLR that Canon have produced, which means that this is great to carry around, and it is small enough to fit into your handbag etc. This is great if you want some impeccable clarity to your photos but don't want to lug around a massive DSLR and all its lenses. It is also lightweight, which adds to the ease of transportation!

I really like the fact that the shape of it, although small, is really easy to grip and handle without causing any strain on your hands. I carry this around for hours sometimes, and it doesn't feel heavy or awkward to hold.

Finally, I love the fact that even though the DSLR has downsized the quality of the photos certainly hasn't! I read somewhere that the quality is the same as other Canons which are much bigger than the 100D, so that is really important to me.
As with any product, there are bound to be some disadvantages but the Canon EOS 100D has very few in my eyes! A small issue for me is the fact that the battery is small due to the small camera. This isn't a massive downer as I usually take photos in a hour and a half slot, which means that the battery is exactly right for me however for some people, this could be a problem.

Another issue which I don't find a big problem is that if you were using auto-focus while in video mode, the focus is quite loud and annoying! However, if you set the focus yourself then this problem is resolved, even if you do have to check that the subject is in focus every so often.

The last issue I had is the fact that most of the instructions came on a CD, which may suit lazy people like me sometimes, when it comes to instructions I prefer to have a hard copy in my hands. This is personal preference, so for some people this could be a pro!

I personally love this DSLR, and it is a great starter camera for anyone looking into photography. Sure, in a few years I may upgrade but for now I love learning new features and tips to improve my photographs currently. I also hope you enjoyed this style of review, and perhaps you would like to see more?

Do you like the Canon EOS 100D?

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Blogs I Have Been Loving Recently #3


It has been a while since I have done a Blogs I Have Been Loving Recently post, so I thought I would write one for you today! These are one of my favourite posts to write, and from some of the comments you leave me it is some of yours too! There have been a few blogs that I have literally been reading every time they post lately, and I thought it would be only fair if I shared them with you!

Hello October. I discovered Suzies blog a few months ago, and I love it! Her design is literally flawless sporting minimal all of the way. She also has a lovely YouTube channel, which I have recently been enjoying, and has been blogging about her recent trip to LA. She posts beauty, lifestyle and fashion and still manages to create high quality posts that I love, and I am sure you will too.

Fashion and Beauty Tribes. I discovered Sinead's blog from UNSTITCHEDD, when Sinead, Maddy and Holly all put together a blogging advice series, which was very good. Sinead's blog has the most gorgeous photography and her classy instagram is to die for (well, that may be taking things a little too far) and she composes lovely, relatable posts that are nice to read on a Sunday afternoon.

From Roses. Another blog with to-die-for photography is Rebecca. I don't really follow many beauty blogs, although I wear makeup it isn't something I spend much time researching and reading up on, Rebecca manages to make me click on nearly every beauty blog post she does! Aside from beauty, she posts photography tips, lifestyle, fashion posts which are equally as good and captivating!

Bloomin' Rouge. I love Holly's blog. From her design to her photos to her witty sense of humour in her posts, Holly basically has it all. Like Rebecca she is a 'beauty blogger' however occasionally she will post a tips or lifestyle type of post in the midst which are lovely to read too. I would recommend reading her blog while holding your wishlist and adding nearly everything she says onto it...

Avenue de Sophie. As far as I can gather, Sophie's blog is relatively new and already she has hit the blogging world with a bang. I love Sophie's blog for the content, and the thought and effort she puts into her posts. She recently wrote one about how we are not defined by numbers, and how we are all obsessed about a certain number we want to be at - check it out, its good!

Hope you enjoyed this! Do you like any of these blogs?

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Finding Your Inner Inspiration


A couple of weeks ago, Heather, a nine year survivor of a rare, aggressive cancer called mesothelioma. She was diagnosed 3 months after giving birth to her baby girl and the doctors gave her 15 months to live. This was in 2006. She contacted me about celebrating All or Nothing Day which is all about celebrating those moments we thought were impossible and also living each day like it's our last. As my little contribution to this day, I thought I would share my inspiration sources to hopefully inspire you to celebrate the inspiration in your life too. Unfortunately I forgot to post this on the day, but I still thought I would share this with you!

Friends.
I think our friends are a great source of inspiration, and they greatly affect who we are today. Friendship should be about constantly learning from each other, their past mistakes as well as their past successes. I constantly better myself due to my friends, quite often it isn't anything apparent, but maybe change my opinion about someone, or understand a situation a little better etc.

Environment.
Your surroundings are a major part of your life. I find that my surroundings affect me depending on where I am. I like to keep my working and personal environment clean and tidy, and even though sometimes it doesn't work out and things get messy, when I tidy up and clean I feel more relaxed and happy within myself. My advice is to find somewhere you feel happy and comfortable and work on making that space, your space.

Books/Blogs. 
I find quite a bit of my inspiration from the blogs I follow, and some new ones I find along the way. I love finding inspiration for photography from other bloggers photos, and I love feeling inspired and motivated for the day after reading some blog posts in the morning. I also love reading, so some of my inspiration comes from the books I love and the characters within them. Even though most of the book characters are fictional, there is so much you can learn from them, and their mistakes.

Music.
I love music, and I find this another source of inspiration. I love listening to new tracks and feeling the meaning of them and what the song means to the artist to help inspire me. This is beginning to sound very cliche, but it is true! Next time you listen to one of your favourite songs, see if you can listen to the meaning of the song and use it to inspire your day.

What are your inspirations?