Thursday, 31 December 2015

Welcome To The New Year.

I'm literally about to step out the door to go party the night away but I thought that I'd publish this blog post before I left. 2015 was an interesting year to say the least, on my behalf at least but I'm ready to leave that behind and say hello to 2016. Did we all have a good 2015? What was your highlight? What are you looking forward to this coming year? I want to know all the answers to all the questions below in the comments.



I did a similar thing last year and I'm going to do the same this year. So without further ado let's look back on the absolutely incredible things that happened in 2015...

-Same-sex marriage became legal in ALL 50 states
-The World Health Organisation declared the ebola epidemic was over
-Social Media split in half over the colour of a dress...P.S. it's blue and black
-Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in the UK
-Adele released her new album 25 and sold 2.3 million copies within the first few days of release
-The world took a stand together when it came to terrorism when the City Of Lights turned off and we all lit up for them
-The YouTube community waited 3 years for the wedding of the century. Yes, ladies and gentlemen Janya (Jim Chapman & Tanya Burr) finally tied the knot
-NASA discovered water on Mars (I don't find it that interesting but you might)
-David Beckham played 7 football matches on all 7 continents in 10 days all in the aid of charity
-195 countries singed the world's first accord on climate change 
-Jamie Brewer changed the modelling industry by being the first model with Downs Syndrome to walk the catwalk
-Tom Brady set the record for most Super Bowl wins by a quarterback
-Mustafe Mawla stood blindfolded with outstretched arms on a busy street asking for trustful hugs because he was labelled as a terrorist for being Muslim. Dozens of passers-by of all ages, genders and colours, stopped and embraced him in a hug
-A World War II veteran had his birthday meal paid for by two others diners because of his service in the war

Now last year I made new year's resolutions and as always I didn't stick to them as most people do, I think it was because I don't have the commitment to stick to four resolutions so this year I've decided to make three. Just three simple resolutions that aren't that hard to stick to. Do you want to know said resolutions? Of course you do, or at least I'm guessing you do. So let me tell you my resolutions.

Resolution #1: Drink More Water
Now I'm not actually too bad at drinking water, I actually drink it a lot but this coming year I want to try and push myself to drink more than enough water because I have been slipping. I don't know whether to download an app that calculates how much water I need to and have drunk throughout the day. What do you think? Also, have you got any water measurement apps to recommend to me? Let me know in the comments below.

Resolution #2: Live Everyday As It Comes
Last year was an extremely shaky year, there's almost so many bad things that happened that I feel as if I've had my fix of bad things for a lifetime. Anyway, that's in the past and I'm ready not to always make plans. I'm ready to live in the moment, if bad things happen they happen and there's nothing I can do about it. I want to be able to freely do as I wish and live life as much as I can because last year I didn't get to do a lot of that and I'm done with that.

Resolution #3: Put Myself First
This might seem self centred but I'm not going to lie last year I put others before myself without thinking about myself or the consequences. A lot of the time this made me feeling extremely low about myself but not this year! This year if I want to put myself first and if I think situations call for it then I will. There's nothing to it. If you put too many people before yourself maybe we can share this resolutions.

There's one last thing I want to do, I want to thank you. Yes you sitting there reading this; THANK YOU! Thank you for sticking by me and my blog this year. It means a lot to me that even though my blog has been very up and down this year you've stuck by me and commented and favourited my tweets about new posts etc. Here's to the new year and all the exciting things to come! I love you all lots.


Sunday, 27 December 2015

What I Got For Christmas | 2015

So another year, another Christmas and to be completely honest I'm upset that the few days of festivities are over however, we still have New Years so I guess that's okay. Today I thought I'd share with you a few of the things that I received this year for Christmas from various people. I'm not going to go into specifics really seeing as we'd be here forever otherwise. Now for the disclaimer that you've probably heard about a thousand times this holiday period, I'm not trying to brag or boast about what I've received and I'm extremely grateful for all the things that I got. Seeing as that's now done let's get on with the blog post. 


So this year instead of asking for one main present this year I asked for lots of little bits and bobs which I kind of enjoyed more because it felt as if I received a lot more than usual.


So obviously I'm a bit of a beauty fanatic and was extremely glad with all the beauty and bath bits I received. A few of the beauty things I received was a haircare kit by TRESemmรฉ from a good friend of mine, Simple skincare bits because it's not Christmas for me without receiving a bit of Simple and then I received not one but TWO Ted Baker gift sets by another two of my friends which made me extremely happy and almost made me cry, no joke.


However, the most important beauty related gift was something that I've wanted for the longest time; makeup brushes! Now you're all probably thinking that I had makeup brushes but not nice ones like the ones I received from my parents this year. They're a beautiful 10-Piece Brush Set by a company called U-Spicy. I'd never heard about them until I was scrolling through Amazon and added them to my wishlist. I was over the moon to receive them. Just look at them, they're beautiful.


If anyone reading this knows me personally or well they'll definitely agree with me when I say I'm a bookworm, always have been and always will be. Every year I fill my wish list with books in hope to receive a lot of them, even though I never do other hundreds of pounds would be spent on books I do receive quite a few. The books I received are:

-The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare,
-The Shadowhunter's Codex by Cassandra Clare
(I really like Cassandra Clare's books and writing style)
-The Heir by Kiera Cass 
(I recommend The Selection to anyone who likes kickass Princess stories) 
-All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
-The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
(I loved the film so I'm excited to read the book)
-The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
(I've just finished the T.V. series which you all should watch so I'm excited to read the book)
-Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg
(I obviously had to receive this and CANNOT wait to read this)


When it comes to clothing I am one of the most picky people known to man so I never receive a lot of clothing items at Christmas. I picked up this tartan scarf and this blue and white stripey sleep shirt with some of the money that my grandparents sent me and I love both of them so much, I cannot wait to wear them. Also, Christmas is never Christmas without socks so to receive 6 pairs of socks I was extremely happy. I heard something the other day about socks which I completely agree with, when you're younger you don't care about receiving socks but as you get older you appreciate and want them more which is true. A bit of a random gift I added in this picture is one of the two travel mugs one of my friends gave me, I've needed one of these for the longest time so when I opened them I was over the moon.


Some of the last things that I received were DVD's and a CD. I've watched all the DVD's that I received so I decided to get the copies so I could watch them again and again and again. The DVD's I was given were:

-Jersey Boys
-Annie (2014)
-Our Zoo (The BBC T.V. series)
-We Bought A Zoo
-The Theory Of Everything
-Divergent
-12 Years A Slave
-Tomorrowland: A World Beyond

I also only received one CD, Get Weird by Little Mix. The reason why I only received one was because I use Spotify so much that I never really see the point in owning CD's any more but I think I might start buying a few more, who knows.

Well there it is. My What I Got For Christmas 2015, I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and got everything you want. What did you receive for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below. Love you all.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas.

I'm going to keep this short and sweet....hopefully. If you hadn't realised already it's Christmas Day and it is certainly the most wonderful time of the year. I just wanted to say a few words of thanks etcetera, etcetera so instead of having me rambling let's get on with it. 


Firstly, MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope that you've all had an absolutely wonderful day and have received everything you wanted and more because you all deserve it so, so much! Let me know what you've gotten in the comments, I'd absolutely love to know!

Next I want to say thank you to all of my wonderful readers. Thank you for all the support this year, for reading my blog posts, commenting on my posts etcetera, etcetera. It means the world to me that you've stuck by me even when I didn't upload a lot of blog posts!

I love you all so much and can't wait to carry on this journey with you all! I hope your day gets better and better so I'll leave you now to carry on having a wonderful Christmas! I'm going to get back to unwrapping presents and watching Strictly Come Dancing.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Christmas Catchup #2 | Baby It's Cold Outside

So I have finally finished with school for Christmas and let me tell you, I am more than happy to hear that. You know what that means, don't you? Yes I do not have to set foot into school until next year and Christmas is getting so much closer! YAY! So do you want to know what I've been up to over the past week or so? Then let's get on with the blog post.


So the last week of school was Christmas packed from singing at an old people's home with singing group to the Christmas concert, which I loved, I finally finished the week of on Friday with a half day which was highly pleasing. I rushed home from school and quickly got changed to catch the train. Where to you might ask? Well if you couldn't tell from the collage up above I went to Derby with my Mum and two sisters to finish off Christmas shopping. It was great until I started coughing my lungs up, that's right ladies and gentlemen I have become ill the week before Christmas and still am. However, it isn't going to stop my Christmas.

Ooo I have an exciting update for all you Star Wars fans!! I've never really been a big Star Wars fan but after watching the trailer when going to watch Spectre the other month I decided that I had to watch the films so I recorded them all from the Star Wars Sky channel and started watching them. So far I've watched the first three and out of all of them Return Of The Jedi is my favourite. I seriously want an Ewok, no word of a lie!

What else has been happening? On Sunday I went to my local rugby club to their annual Christmas party. Fun fact: I used to play full contact rugby! Until my hips started hurting and I decided I didn't particularly like the mud haha. Anyway, I had a great time even though I was coughing my lungs up. It made me feel all Christmassy.

Yesterday, I was a machine. I finished making the last touches to the house for Christmas by sticking snowflakes on the windows which takes forever but is one of my favourite things to do. I then decided to do a massive pre-Christmas tidy of my room, you'll know about this if you follow me on Twitter. I've almost finished it's just all the small bits that I'm trying to find places for so I'm almost all ready for the big day.



I'm now currently watching the end of Love Actually and planning blog posts for next year, very exciting. So I'll leave you now and hope that we get to catch up soon! Love you all!

Baby It's Cold Outside

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Christmas Catchup #1 | It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

I tried to do Blogmas and then my laptop broke so after pondering for a few about what to do which was quite relaxed throughout December I've settled upon this idea, Christmas Catchup. Basically the point to these blog posts is to talk about anything I want that happens throughout the month of December. Does everyone understand? Oh also I've decided to throw my schedule out the window for the rest of this year and upload whenever I want so I could be blogging a lot or a little, who knows?



So what has my December consisted of so far? Quite a lot actually when I come to think about it. Let's start with the school stuff first, shall we? I finished my first set of mocks on the 2nd which I was ecstatic about seeing as sitting in a cold hall wasn't my idea of fun, I can't imagine that it's anyone's idea of fun to be completely honest and I get the results from them on Monday, the 14th for any of you wondering so that means that I can then send off my sixth form application. YAY, grown up things! What other school things have been happening? Oh yeah I remember! Seeing as during the last school year I missed a lot of school due to injury I've been catching up on coursework so that's awfully exciting as well as starting the coursework that I've got to complete this year. Big year this one is, you know the whole Year 11 thing.

What's up next on the December agenda? Extra curricular things? Yeah we'll do that. So on Wednesday I got out of school for a few hours to go and sing to the elderly people at our local elderly peoples home. Minus a few technical difficulties it was really good and I had a great time making a lot of people happy at this time of year.

THE DECORATIONS ARE UP! I REPEAT THE DECORATIONS ARE UP! Yes people, on November 30th myself, my sisters and mum donned our house in Christmas attire and if I do say so myself it looks beautiful. They're lights everywhere and the trees are up and the wrapping paper is piling high as presents make their way under the tree. Here's a few sneaky peeks of my house for y'all. Do you decorate your house so it looks like Santa's grotto or not? I'd love to know!



I've got lots of things in store for the rest of December especially seeing as I finish next Friday, whoop whoop! So keep your eyes peeled for more of these Christmas Catchups!

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Monday, 30 November 2015

Instagram Diary | November

So today guys and gals I'm going to be starting something new on my blog. I've seen Instagram diaries circling the blogosphere and I've decided to jump on the band wagon. These might not be a monthly thing but you'll most definitely see them from time to time. If you want to follow me on Instagram my handle's @chloe_marie.x. Without further ado let's get on with it. 


| but baby it's cold outside |

i've it heard it said, that people come into our lives for a reason

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow. Between the crosses row on row. That mark our place; and in the sky. The larks, still bravely singing, fly. Scarce heard amid the guns below.  To the men, women and children who gave their lives for mine I thank you for your courage and bravery. Lest we forget.

| my new girl crush |

My prayers + thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this inhumane act of violence. #Prayers4Paris #PrayForParis

// when the city of lights went out last night the rest of the world was lit up for them #PrayForParis //

bathtime again.

in IT with this one (@sharp.kelsey)

is it too late now to say sorry

// sweater weather //

| just a few christmas decorations... |

with the little sister, who's actually taller than me. (@_aimeebird_)







So I hope you enjoyed this new little addition to my blog and hopefully fingers crossed I'll see you very soon.




Friday, 27 November 2015

Style Icon | Blake Lively

Blake Lively. Also known as perfection. Yes that is right ladies and gentlemen, the style icon blog posts are back and they're back with a BANG. Today I've decided to talk all about Blake Lively's style, how it inspires me and makes me completely jealous of her. Let's get into this and all be envious of her together, shall we?


Black on black on black. This outfit was pulled right out the wardrobe labelled under 'Sexy & Sophisticated.' From the hat to the dress to the shoes everything is just perfection, thrown together in that oh I'm in a rush sort of way. Now sadly I do have to say that I don't own a single piece of clothing like this but if I have anything to do with it I'm going to find some similar clothing to this because isn't this out just to die for?


I need this outfit now. Class. Sophistication. Style. I really love how the brown pleated skater skirt and casual white shirt cinches the waist in and thrown together with the basic white tee really draws attention to the skirt which I love. The sandles thrown in with the outfit really make it look put together.


I want this coat. Just look at it. It's perfect! I really love the powder blue colour and the black collar, the colours really juxtaposes each other but the also work so well together. It also looks very warm and cosy which is what I'm always looking for in a good coat, I mean who isn't? I also really love the shoes that have been paired with the coat making everything tie together nicely. Don't you think?


From dressy to casual, Lively can do it all! I really love the whole rocker chick meets boho on this look. The mix of denims work perfectly. The slouchy grey tee makes the whole outfit look quickly thrown together. Also, the boots add just enough edginess to the look and throw in the brightly coloured, patterned bag brings enough colour and excitement to the outfit. Oh how I lust over the thought of making an outfit this wonderful.


I want this dress. Simple as. I love the way that there's an overlay really hinting at Lively's waist which is just as perfect as the rest of her body. Also, the use of the overlay adds length to the dress seeing as I don't think that I'd want the dress as much if it didn't have it. I love the cream-white colour covered in the goldish embroidery making the dress feel and look a lot more elegant.


Now obviously it's easy to throw on a black ensemble but what I love about this outfit that Lively's worn is the jacket. I really love the pattern on it which is made up of beautiful autumnal colours mixed in with the texture of it. It reminds me of the old style rugs, don't ask me why it just does. Even though it probably sounds really weird that's probably what I love most about it, it makes me reminisce on my Nan's old rug she had in her hallway.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Tea Talk #7 | For Our Tomorrow

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month everyone stands still and remembers the brave souls of men, women and children who tragically lost their lives so we could live the lives we live today. Today on tea talk I thought I'd express my gratitude towards the men, women and children who fought for my tomorrow.


Over the past two weeks I've tried to think about what it must have been like to hear that Britain was at war with Germany and do you know what? I can't, I can't seem to wrap my head around what it must of been like to hear those words, to know that your father, brother, lover or son was going to have to leave you to fight for King and country. I think that the men who went away to fight and know that their lives could end in the blink of an eye were more brave and more courageous than I will ever be.


I think remembering what happened all those years ago is one of the most important things we can do as human beings. Even though Britain won the war there was a lot of sacrifice and not just physical but emotional; men came back with PTSD from the ordeals they had to watch, people cried over lost family and some parents never saw their children again. In one way or another we all know someone who fought in not only WWI but any war and remembering them whether dead or alive because what they've done for not only me or you but for everyone is so important to how we all live our lives.


If I was able to meet a WWI soldier or any soldier who gave their life for me I'd want to thank them for what they did and apologise because they shouldn't of had to give their yesterday for my tomorrow.

Lest we forget.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Revision | The Tips & Tricks

So it's that time of year for the Year 11's in the UK, the word that we dread; mocks. Now if you're prepared you've been revising for weeks maybe even months, I'm not afraid to say it I'm one of those people. However, if you're now finding it difficult to revise or you're one of those people who likes to do that thing called last minute revision this blog post is for you. Today I've decided to write a blog post all about the tips and tricks I've got for when it comes to revising. I'm not going to explain these tips because they're quite easy to understand so let's get on with it so I don't eat up any of your precious revision time.



REVISION TIMETABLE
HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANT INFORMATION
ASK TEACHERS FOR HELP
PAST EXAM PAPERS
STICK REVISION NOTES AROUND THE HOUSE
REVISE IN A COMFY PLACE NOT SOMEWHERE WHERE YOU'RE UNCOMFORTABLE
STUDY BREAKS
DON'T OVER DO IT
HAVE REVISION SESSIONS WITH YOUR FRIENDS/CLASSMATES
MIND MAPS
FLASHCARDS
APPS
ON EXAM DAY DON'T HANG AROUND WITH ANXIETY RIDDEN PEOPLE

Remember; don't panic, don't worry and just breathe. If you're mocks don't go the way you want you've got a few months until your actual GCSE's to sort it out. They're other people in the same boat as you so you're not the only one doing your mocks. Also, let's all help each other out, if you have any revision tips leave them in the comments below!

Good luck my lovelies!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Guess Who's Back?!


Is anyone out there? Yes? No? Possibly? This isn't going to be a very long blog post, I'm warning you now. If you're reading this I want to both thank you and apologise. Let's start off with the thank you, shall we?

Thank you for sticking round, in the few months that I've been gone I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of you have found new blogs to read but to those who have eagerly anticipated when you would next see what my fingers have spilled over the keys of my laptop. It means a lot to me that you've stayed and waited and waited and waited, I'm guessing you've got the picture?

Next I want to apologise. I want to apologise for leaving you all for so long. Even though you might not want one or don't think I need to explain I'm going to tell you why I've been gone for so long. It all started sixth months ago with a very unfortunate dance accident. See I love a good musical and I thought I was Billy Elliot, I'm not a professional ballet dancer and I fell over on my ankle. After endless x-rays, doctors appointments, physio appointments etc. I was finally sent to the orthopaedic doctor and I've been diagnosed with ligament damaged. It's being sorted so it'll all be sorted soon fingers crossed. It sounds all well and good but that's not was going on behind the scenes. 



I got talked about a lot over this sixth month period both in front of my face and behind my back. Eventually it got a lot for me to handle and I couldn't do it any more, I fell into a rut and I couldn't get out. I became so uninspired about everything, I didn't want to go anywhere I didn't have to go or talk to anyone I didn't have to talk to or do anything I didn't have to. I didn't want to blog so I didn't. I couldn't act happy when I wasn't.

I'm okay now, I promise. I'm getting back to where I was and I'm finally becoming inspired again to blog. So again I'm sorry and thank you for sticking by me, some of you guys are my best friends and I wouldn't change this path my blogging journey is taking me on for the world.

Love you all.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Autumn Tag.

Autumn is now definitely upon us so I thought that it was only right that today I did the Autumn Tag for you all. Let's not waste anytime and get straight into it!



1. What’s your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa?
I have a secret to tell you. Come here. I don’t really drink Starbucks or Costa. Why you might ask? Well where I live there isn’t a Starbucks close enough to me and then when I’m in town I kind of like to get in, get all the things I need and then leave so Costa isn’t really a place on my list to visit. However, I would like to try some of the Costa seasonal drinks. Do any of you have any recommendations? Leave your recommendations in a comment below.

2. When it comes to accessories what do you opt for?
A chunky scarf or a beanie, definitely. Not only are they super cute they also keep my cosy and warm on chilly Autumn days.

3. What’s your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I really like this question because music is something very important in my life. To be completely honest they’re two types of music that I love to listen to throughout Autumn. The first type of music I love listen to quite slow and gloomy music. It represents the weather, that’s my excuse for listening to it. Second type of music is obviously Christmas music. I’m basically listening to Christmas music all year round though but I go to town with listening to it in Autumn/Winter.

4. What’s your favourite scent to wear this time of year?
Now I had to really think quite hard about this question but I think I’ve definitely figured it out now. I use the same perfume throughout the year so I don’t really switch it up however, when Autumn starts showing signs of its coming sweeter scented body washes and hand soaps etc start making their way into my bathroom. So I love sweet smelling scents throughout this time of year.

5. What candles will you be burning during this season?
I stay downstairs a lot of the time in the living room with my mum when I’m not at school so I never really get a choice in what candles we burn. However, I don’t really mind. As long as they’re candles burning making everything so much more cosier I’m fine.

6. What do you love most about Autumn?
I’m not giving anything away but I’m going to be doing a whole blog post on this so keep your eyes peeled for that.

7. Favourite makeup look?
Gold eyes and a dark red lip. I like using my Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette for my eyes and then my Rimmel Kate Moss 107 lipstick. Sometimes I like wearing eyeliner instead of eyeshadow with the 107.

8. What are you looking forward to this Autumn?
My Auntie’s wedding at the end of October. I’m so excited to see family and wear the most beautiful dress that I bought a few months ago.



So there’s my Autumn Tag answers, I tag all of you reading this to do this tag. Leave a comment of the link to your answers and I’ll give them a read.1. What’s your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa?
I have a secret to tell you. Come here. I don’t really drink Starbucks or Costa. Why you might ask? Well where I live there isn’t a Starbucks close enough to me and then when I’m in town I kind of like to get in, get all the things I need and then leave so Costa isn’t really a place on my list to visit. However, I would like to try some of the Costa seasonal drinks. Do any of you have any recommendations? Leave your recommendations in a comment below.

2. When it comes to accessories what do you opt for?
A chunky scarf or a beanie, definitely. Not only are they super cute they also keep my cosy and warm on chilly Autumn days.

3. What’s your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I really like this question because music is something very important in my life. To be completely honest they’re two types of music that I love to listen to throughout Autumn. The first type of music I love listen to quite slow and gloomy music. It represents the weather, that’s my excuse for listening to it. Second type of music is obviously Christmas music. I’m basically listening to Christmas music all year round though but I go to town with listening to it in Autumn/Winter.

4. What’s your favourite scent to wear this time of year?
Now I had to really think quite hard about this question but I think I’ve definitely figured it out now. I use the same perfume throughout the year so I don’t really switch it up however, when Autumn starts showing signs of its coming sweeter scented body washes and hand soaps etc start making their way into my bathroom. So I love sweet smelling scents throughout this time of year.

5. What candles will you be burning during this season?
I stay downstairs a lot of the time in the living room with my mum when I’m not at school so I never really get a choice in what candles we burn. However, I don’t really mind. As long as they’re candles burning making everything so much more cosier I’m fine.

6. What do you love most about Autumn?
I’m not giving anything away but I’m going to be doing a whole blog post on this so keep your eyes peeled for that.

7. Favourite makeup look?
Gold eyes and a dark red lip. I like using my Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette for my eyes and then my Rimmel Kate Moss 107 lipstick. Sometimes I like wearing eyeliner instead of eyeshadow with the 107.

8. What are you looking forward to this Autumn?
My Auntie’s wedding at the end of October. I’m so excited to see family and wear the most beautiful dress that I bought a few months ago.

So there’s my Autumn Tag answers, I tag all of you reading this to do this tag. Leave a comment of the link to your answers and I’ll give them a read.