Friday, 24 April 2015

Style Icon | Lucy Hale

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll probably know that I wrote a blog post about how Zoe a.k.a. Zoella was one of my style icon's and I'm back with a new one. I'm going to be talking about Lucy Hale and how she is one of my style icons. Let's get into it.

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My first outfit of Lucy Hale's that I'm obsessed with is this one that Lucy wore to opening of New York retailer Henri Bendel at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas. She wore a Topshop insert peplum top and a Free People skater skirt. I love this outfit. I think that the pieces of clothing really compliment each other. What I absolutely love about this outfit is the lace sleeves and this actually gave me the inspiration to by a black lace dress with lace sleeves.

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The second outfit of Lucy's that I really love which I wish that I would be confident enough to wear is the outfit she wore to perform her song. She wore an aztec print skirt from Topshop and a ribbed black crop top which she paired with some long silver chains. I think this outfit just looks effortless, much like all of Lucy's outfits. She just looks gorgeous in it.

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Okay, so at first when I saw this outfit I thought it was what Lucy's character from Pretty Little Liars, Aria, wore. However, when I saw that her name necklace does in fact say Lucy I was like she doesn't even get into costume for PLL she just shows up. Lucy wore this outfit also performing her song at the Hollister House in California. Not only does her burgundy dress with flowers on it, her chunky brown belt and accessories make me love the outfit, it's her hair. It's very boho with the different coloured streaks running through it tied into a loose, wavy braid really brings the whole outfit together and I just love it. Can I please be Lucy Hale?

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Seeing as this blog post does eventually have to come to an end, even though I could go on forever, my last outfit of Lucy's I want to share with you is one that she wore to one of the Pretty Little Liars screenings. Literally look how perfect this dress is. I think it just looks so boho, from the dress to the necklace to her hair and then the shoes just add that bit of dressiness to the whole outfit. I think my love of lace sleeves has come from Lucy Hale to be honest. I think that even though the shark tooth necklace isn't a really bright colour it just adds the right pop of colour and pulls the whole outfit together. Also, I seriously need to grow my hair long enough and get the perfect Lucy Hale inspired messy braid.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Tea Talk #3 | Body Image & "Perfection"

Okay so this is a very touchy subject for some of us including me but I feel as a girl who is being told how to dress and how to look by the society that I live in that it's very important to talk about how I feel about this and ask your opinions on the topic. I understand that not all of you are going to want to discuss this or read this so I don't mind if you don't want to read this blog post it's just something that I feel very strongly about.


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Now, if we look in magazines or on the internet they're pictures everywhere of tall, thin models in amazing high end fashion that we would probably never be caught dead in but it's not the fashion that catches our eye. It's the size of the models that we, especially as young girls, see. It's as if we don't even take notice of their makeup or hair or fashion it's their body shape and size. Nothing else matters to us than that.

It happens with our favourite actresses, singers or any other famous person we look up or even someone at school for some reason something goes off in our heads and we think 'oh I wish I looked like her' or 'I wish my body looked more like hers.' It's kind of a bit mental as if this thing about weight takes over our lives because we want to achieve "PERFECTION."

This is what the dictionary has to say on the term perfect:


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However, there's a minor flaw in this. Being "perfect" or "perfection" actually isn't achievable. There's always going to be something that we don't like about ourselves or wish that we could change about ourselves. I know you might be thinking but there's all types of surgeries that people can get these days to achieve 'perfection' but there isn't. What about if someone wanted to change the size of their feet to achieve perfection? Is there a surgery for that? I don't believe that there is.

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I don't understand why people want to achieve this image of "perfection." Yes I'd love to lose some weight around my stomach and make my thighs a bit slimmer but that isn't what I want to achieve my image of "perfection" because I know that I will never be perfect for as long as I live. It's a true fact.

"Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it." -Salvador Dari

I want to come back to a point I made earlier about famous people. We might see them as being totally perfect but we never see them with their family and friends. You know what's probably also the truth as well, they feel the same as us. We might think that they're perfect but they might not think that. They might think that they have imperfections that we think that we have.

"The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic and a terrible waste of time." -Edwin Bliss

Next time you look at someone in the corridor or in a magazine or in a film don't think that you wish you could be like them remember that they probably think that they've got imperfections of their own. Remember that you are the best you that you can be. You're perfect in your own way and never let anyone tell you any different.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Liebster Award | Numero Dos

Second time round. Same award. Different nomination. You will not believe how long it took for me to think of. The lovely Micah of Michastela, check her out here, very kindly has nominated me yet again for The Liebster Award.


Now as you probably know I posted my first Liebster Award back in December and when I got a comment on my March Favourites I couldn't help but make another blog post. There are certain rules that you have to follow when completing The Liebster Award so obviously I'll share them with you:

1. Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions set by the person that nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 small blogs that you love to read, they must have under 200 followers (e.g. on Bloglovin' ) and then link their blog.
4. Set 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they've been nominated for the award. (via comments or social media)

Now I'm kind of going to break the rules here, I know I'm a right rebel! Anyway, I'm not going to nominate 11 small blogs with under 200 followers. What I'm going to do is that if you, yes you reading this, have a blog with under 200 followers you can make a blog post like this if you please.

So here are Micah's questions and my answers.

1. Why did you start blogging?
Now I did answer this is my previous Liebster Award and said that I didn't really know why I started my blog but now that I think about it, I think I started my blog because I wanted to give back and become part of such a great community. The blogging community at the minute especially the smaller blogging community. I've made some great blogger friends over the months that I've been blogging. If you're thinking of starting a blog or are scared to reach out to other bloggers, do it! Take a deep breath and write a blog post or write an email to your favourite blogger for tips or to say how good their blog is.

2. What is your biggest fear?

I also answered this in my last Liebster Award post. Now most people would normally say heights or the dark or something like that but my worst fear is dying but not how most people think of it. I'm scared of dying alone and not doing something for the world. I want to be surrounded by or at least know that there are people I love and people who love me. Also, I want to be able to say that I've done something in the world whether that be write a novel that changes the way people think whether that only be my family will or whether that's hundreds of thousands of people. Or I want to be able to say I helped starving children in Africa get better, go to school, get an education and become a doctor.

3. If you could change something about yourself, what would it be and why?
The size of my stomach and thighs or my smile. I'm planning on become a bit fitter and to lose a bit of weight. Now I'm not saying that I'm absolute massive but it's more for my lifestyle and fitness choice. I want to feel confident wearing a bikini or a pair of shorts or even a crop top. I know I shouldn't feel self conscious and think so what if people stare but I'm not the most confident person in the world.
However, my smile I can't really change that. It's not really that I have a massive problem with my smile it's just I feel like when I smile it makes my cheeks look quite big but I'm hoping to change this. Going through my head whenever I smile is that I look nice smiling and I shouldn't look so glum all the time. Have you ever had this problem? I think that it's just all about confidence which I am hoping to have more of.

4.  What is the one thing you can't live without?
Okay, so this is the one that stumps me a bit. Brings the blog post to a halt almost. I've had to think about this one long and hard but I've finally figured it out. Normally people would think that I'd be saying family and friends but I'm going to say something different. It's going to sound a bit cringe-y actually. As much as I can't live without family, I can't live without books. Books are a very big part of my life. Ever since I can remember I've loved to read. They just transport me to the most amazing places, places that I almost can only think of in my head. I can read for hours on end and go on forever. I don't think I'd be able to cope or live without books in my life.

5. If you will be given 3 wishes, what would it be?

I feel like Micah's my genie, like she's Genie from Aladdin. Can these also be classed as dreams because I can't really think of wishes....
Wish 1: I'd love, love, love to have an actual physical book published with my name written on the front. I'd just absolute love that, I have a real thing for writing. It would just be absolutely amazing. It makes me a bit emotional thinking about it actually happening.
Wish 2: This wish is so cringe-y, I want to fall in love, get engaged and have the dream wedding I've always wanted. Ever since I was a little girl I've wanted to have a big white wedding but in my own way. So cringe-y but I don't care.
Wish 3: A wish that's an actual wish would be to be able to sing really super well, like West End singing level. I'm not the worst singer in the entire world but I'm definitely not the best by a long shot. I just wish I could belt out a song and hit all the right notes at all the right times. Imagine that *sighs* I'd just love it.

6.Who is the person you look up to?

Now I also answered this in my last Liebster Award so I shall repeat this now.
Blogger/YouTube wise it's Zoe a.k.a. Zoella because I think she is so positive about everything even in a bad situation and I just feel like from where she was a few years ago and how she's grown her channel and blog and maybe one day I can do that both blogging wise and YouTube, changed that part didn't I.
Non-Blogger/YouTube wise I think it would have to be John Green or Cassandra Clare because I love the way they write and it really inspires me to become a better writer. I love Cassandra Clare's writing so much I actually write a Clace (Clary and Jace)fanfiction on Wattpad. And obviously John Green's writing is just pure perfection!

7. Favourite make-up brand?
This is a tough one to be honest. There's just so much makeup but I think I know which drugstore makeup brand is my favourite seeing as I haven't tried a lot of high end makeup. Rimmel London is absolutely on point with makeup from their powders to their eyeshadows and to my favourite, favourite product by Rimmel London; the Kate Moss lipsticks. I could write a whole blog post on how much I love them lipsticks. I won't go on any further seeing as that kind of summed it up.

8. What is your top 1 in your wish list?
Does this mean something that I'd love to have? I'm guessing it is. Anyway, what I'd absolutely love is a DSLR camera. I love the Canon ones but I know they're a lot of money so I'm going to have to start saving up for one unless someone who works at Canon or something is reading this and wants to send me one that'd be totally cool with me. I'm joking....maybe.

9. What are your hobbies and passion?
I have quite a few hobbies so I won't name all of them otherwise we'll be here forever and a day and I'm pretty sure you haven't all got time for that, even I haven't. 

One of my biggest passions is writing. I absolutely love it, whether it's blogging or writing stories I just love it. It relives my stress sometimes and gives me a chance to express myself.
One of my hobbies is baking. I love baking so, so, so much. I love the smell when I put cupcakes in the oven and they start to bake. Also, my favourite part of baking is when there's either a bit of mixture or icing left in the bowl and I get to eat it! Do you like doing that too or am I just strange?

10. What is your greatest achievement in life so far?
This one is so easy for me. Wow, that sounds a bit egotistical but it's true I do know. When I was ten or so maybe eleven, I'd have to check, I wrote a story and poem submission to a company called Young Writers who publish young peoples stories and poems and I got published! So I now have a copy of my story and poem both on my shelf at home and in the British Library. To know that my name and writing is in the British Library with so many talented and inspiring authors makes me a bit emotional if I'm honest.

11. What is happiness for you?

There's quite a few things that make me happy and this list goes on and on and on and on, for some reason Boom Clap just came into my head. Anyways as I said there is a very long list so instead of listing them here in this blog post I'm going to write another blog post about them, look forward to that, and tell you all about the things that make me happy. I have done a similar blog post about things that make me smile which you can check out here but I'll be doing a blog post on what'll make me happy soon.

Wow, them questions felt like they took forever to answer but they were some good questions asked. Now onto my questions for anyone who wants to complete them.

1. What's your favourite thing about blogging?
2. What is your absolute favourite song ever?
3. Why do you love blogging?
4. One beauty product you cannot live without.
5. What's your favourite season?
6. Baths or showers?
7. Who's your favourite blogger and/or YouTuber?
8. What's the meaning behind your blog name?
9. Style icon?
10. What's your favourite food?
11. What's your biggest achievement to date?


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Tea Talk #2 | Exam Stress

So it's come to that time of the year. The time that everyone in world of school starts to stress. The words send shivers down our spines. Exam Week. It makes us feel sick just thinking about it. I'm currently studying for my Year 10 End of Year exams and the realization that these will affect whether I do higher or foundation GCSE's is only just sinking in...


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Currently at this point in time when I get to my Year 11 GCSE's I'll have done or will be doing eleven GCSE's *gulp* which makes me feel a bit sick and stresses me out slightly but I know that it shouldn't get me as worried as I am.

As I sit here in my living room with my revision song, Without Love from Hairspray if you wanted to know, blasting through my headphones I'm currently trying to learn a four question French speaking exam and I'll tell you one thing; I feel like it's taking over my life. That's how hard I'm trying to learn this. I've learnt three of the four question though so it's just one more hurdle and I'm there but it's still making me stress like crazy!

I think that the one thing that is stressing me out and most likely stressing all of you out is wanting to impress your parents or other people in your family. I was actually sat in a restaurant the other day with my family and we were talking about how my mum wished she had done more in school and she was glad that I was doing and was most likely going to do well. I've always been labelled as the "intelligent one" in my family and that scares the hell out of me. I feel like I need to do well otherwise I'm going to disappoint everyone but I know that isn't the truth. Yeah sure, I guess my parents would think if I didn't do as well as I could have that I could have done better but I'm sure that they'd be totally supportive about my results as I'm sure all your parents and family members would be.


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I've decided instead of focusing on the stresses of exams to give you some tips that I use when revising:
-Have a revision song; as I said I'm currently listening to Without Love from Hairspray which is my revision song. I think that if you have a speaking exam this is a great idea but I think it can work with an exam. I've remembered things much better by just listening to one song over and over again. Also, I think then that if you can quickly listen to the song you've been revising to before your exam it will relax you and make you feel slightly more confident. It doesn't work for everyone but it does for me
-Get them colours out; HIGHLIGHT. HIGHLIGHT. HIGHLIGHT. Get them fluorescent colours out and highlight all the important bits of information and I don't mean start painting the page. I mean highlight the key points you want to remember. If you're stuck on one particular thing highlight it. KEY PARTS. Highlight the bits you're struggling to remember highlight them, it'll make it much easier to remember.
-Take a break; Now unless you have photographic memory you're not going to be able remember everything in one go so remember to take breaks. Apparently your brain can only remember information in one period of time for 40 minutes before you start to wonder off to the land of the faeries. So after 40 minutes or so take a break; have a snack, go for a run, have a shower do whatever you want as long as your never surrounded in information for a whole day. I think you'll really benefit from it.

I hope these tips helped you and made you a bit more confident in your revision and exams. Remember don't stress too much! I'm here if you want to relive some stress, I'm going through what you're going through at the minute.

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Monthly Favourites | March

Hello *waves*, how are we all? Okay so March is well behind us but I haven't been able to sit down and write this blog post until now. So without further ado these are the things that I loved in March.



Love Tanya by Tanya Burr
So the first thing that I loved was Love Tanya by Tanya Burr. Now at the start of March I was ill for a few days and I needed a new book to read. As you all probably know I got this book for my birthday and I decided to start reading it. I read it in the two days that I was off school ill. It was just such a brilliant book that I couldn't put down. The book was full of life stories and tips and it was even interactive by letting you write your own lists which went along with each chapter. I recommend that you pick this book up.



Say Yes To The Dress
Now, I have a bit of a thing for weddings and I'd always heard of the show Say Yes To The Dress but I never really thought it was a show that I was going to want to watch. So the last week of March my mum went away to London to help my aunt pack up her house to move and my dad was at work until ten at night so I had control of the telly and decided to stick an episode on. I don't know why I hadn't watched it before. I've kind of now become a bit obsessed with it, no matter where it's set but I prefer it in Kleinfelds in New York because I love Randy a just slightly. I watched in continuously that week and have now become even more obsessed with weddings check out my wedding Pinterest board to understand why by clicking here.


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Headphones
At the very start of the month I went away to Wales for my aunt's birthday and I had no headphones which is was a major problem for a fifteen year old girl, to have to listen to your mum and dads music for 2 and a half hours when your sisters have headphones. So very kindly my mum bought me this pair from New Look for £6. I was a bit skeptical at first about getting these headphones because I always find that with highstreet store headphones the sound quality on them are never very good but these have changed my mind completely. These headphones block out every other sound so well even though they're not noise cancelling headphones. They come in lots of different patterns so if this floral pattern isn't for you they're lots of other styles to choose from.




Landon Austin
Okay, so I didn't find Landon Austin by chance. If you watch Fleur DeForce over on YouTube you'll know that she's married to Mike DeForce. She posted her wedding video in the September of the year she got married and a get ready with me for her wedding day and used the same singer for both videos, none other than Landon Austin. I absolutely love his voice! He does covers of popular songs and his own songs. Whenever I listen to a different artist than him I go back to Landon because there's just something about him that's so unique. I definitely recommend that you check him out! No matter what the song is, you'll love him!


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Strawberry Chapstick
So at the start of March my lips were not in the best condition. My lips are normally quite soft but my lips were just not in tip top shape. They were dry and round the outside of my lips they were very chapped. I started to use this chapstick in the strawberry flavour to help it. Not only is the taste of it amazing but it has SPF 10 so when it starts getting a bit sunnier my lips will be protected. It has also solved my dry and chapped lips restoring them back to their soft state.



Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo
I've had this Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze for a while now and it wasn't until last month that I started to wear it daily, including to school. To wear it subtly I applied it to my eyes (as you would) and then blended it out very well so it just leaves a pop of colour and makes my eyes look very blue, which I love. I'd really love to be able to try a lot of the other colours from the range and see how they look on my eyes. The formula of the product is very creamy seeing as it is a cream eyeshadow but they're so blended and easy to apply. I definitely recommend you pick one of these up.



Pinterest
March was the month of Pinterest addiction. I'm not even joking. Whether it's weddings or clothes or beauty I've been obsessed with clicking that 'Pin it' button. I've loved finding new people to follow as well, so if you have a Pinterest comment your Pinterest name down below and I'll give you a follow. I just love finding new ideas of things to wear or make or do and being able to keep them in organised and relevant folders without it taking up my computer space because it's on the internet. If you don't have a Pinterest account or don't use yours very much I urge you to make one or start using your account more often. My Pinterest account is linked on the side.


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Saturday, 11 April 2015

OOTD | Family Meal Out

I've just gotten in from a lovely meal with my mum, dad, sisters and grandparents for a mash up for my sisters, dad's and grandad's birthday seeing as they're all relatively close together. After many poses and backgrounds my younger sister finally helped me take some photo's of my outfit to show you all.



Dress - Primark
Shoes - Matalan
Leather Jacket - I don't know, my older sister gave it to me

For my hair I get it quite simple by straightening it and then plaiting the fronts and joining them together. It's such an easy hairstyle but it looks like you've put a lot of effort into it. For my makeup I kept it quite simple. The products I used are listed below.


Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - 1 Fair
Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder - 1 Transparent
Rimmel London Natural Bronzer - 22 Sun Bronze
Natural Collection Blusher - Pink Clouds
Soap & Glory Highlighter
Miss Sporty Clear Mascara
Collection Extreme 24Hr Felt Tip Liner - Black 
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara
ColourTrend Eyeliner Pencil - Black
Strawberry Chapstick
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick - Nudist

Friday, 3 April 2015

Tea Talk #1 | Dealing With Loss

Good morning, evening or afternoon! Wherever you are or whatever time it is when you're reading this I hope you're having or have had a wonderful day. Anyway, I've decided to start something new on my blog. Welcome to Tea Talk! I've called these types of posts 'Tea Talk' due to the fact that when I came up with the idea I was drinking a cup of tea. These posts are going to be about topics that I want to discuss. Sometimes the subjects could be controversial, the most random thing you've ever read or they could be a bit upsetting. I want to warn you about this now just in case you don't want to read these posts. They're strictly either opinion or real life experiences. I'd appreciate that if you do read and/or comment on these posts you keep peoples opinions and feelings in mind and not just what you have to say. I'm glad I got that out the way.


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We're starting out in the deep end, I'm going to be talking about loss. It doesn't matter who you've lost; a lover, a mother, a son, a daughter or like in my case a cousin. Yes, I am talking about a real life experience so as I said if you're reading and/or commenting on this post I'd appreciate if you take my feelings into account before you say anything.

I lost my cousin when I was thirteen and was about two and a half weeks from turning fourteen. I'm now fifteen and it's about a year and a month since he died but mine and my family's grieving still continues on to this day. It was a very unexpected death seeing as my cousin was nineteen and would have recently celebrated his 21st birthday so that's kind of the idea of what set off the idea this blog post being posted on the internet.

I don't like to say it but my cousins death was a stupid one when I think of it. It wasn't a heroic death. He didn't run into a burning building and save a child before the building collapsed on top of him. No, it was not a death like that. I don't know whether many of you will remember but last year there was a "game", a trend if you will going round called NekNomination. The idea of the game was that you mixed alcoholic drinks and drank it whilst being recorded. It was not the alcohol that killed my cousin, after the video camera had been switched off by my other cousin, his brother, my cousin jumped in the river by where the dare had occurred. My cousin tried to pull his brother out the water but the current was too strong and my cousin had to let the current take his baby brother. It's upsetting I know for anyone but to have to let your baby brother go must be the worst feeling in the world.

I do not want to dwell on my cousins death any longer but the after effect it had. What happened when I went back to school on the Monday? How did I tell my friends? What did people say?

The answer to the first question is simple. My mum walked me to school, and remember that I was in high school at this time, with my hand in hers. My head teacher asked why my mum was with me and my mum explained which sent me into tears but my head teacher was very kind about the whole ordeal and told us to go and see my school Chaplin. My mum came with me and explained to my school Chaplin which made me cry even more, let's just say there was no makeup wearing that week. My school Chaplin made me a cup of tea and let me have some biscuits, which I am ever grateful for. I didn't go to lessons that week until last period on the Wednesday and a few lessons on the Thursday Friday and even then I didn't talk to anyone or go to form. I did try to go to my last lesson on the Monday, which was I.T., but I ended up breaking down and being sent back down to the chapel with one of my best friends.

This leads me onto how did I tell my best friends. I didn't tell my friends. They were all called down to the chapel where me, my mum and the school Chaplin were. My school Chaplin explained to my them what had happened which included more tears from me and not a lot of eye contact. Once they had found out there was a lot of hugs and words of support. They also stayed with me when I didn't go to lessons which wasn't the best idea for them seeing as they didn't know anything from the lessons but it was very thoughtful of them, which I am grateful for. Them girls were my rocks that week and I love them for staying with me even when I didn't want to talk to them,

Okay, so this is what I really want to focus on. What did people say? So after it got out that my cousin had died which to this day I still don't know how it got out people said sorry about what had happened which I hated. Why? Because it's not as if they killed my cousin. Also, it was the other question which annoyed me the most. "Are you okay?" Them three little words upset and angered me all at once. I'd been asked that question so much that during a History lesson the day of my cousins funeral during that week one of the girls asked me if I was okay when I was asking my teacher about a piece of work and I forgot all about what I was asking my teacher or where I was. I shouted at her. Telling her that I wasn't okay and that was the stupidest question to ask someone whose cousin had just died. I didn't apologize and still haven't until this day which I feel awful about. The people asking if I was okay were only trying to be nice but I didn't want to be asked but in a way I'm glad that I was.


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There are lots of people who are going to be there for you including the people around you who are also grieving. In a way they know what you're going through. They've lost a lover, a parent, a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister, a cousin. You can talk to them. They're only a conversation or a phone call away. Also, if you feel as if you can't talk to school, family or friends their's the internet. There is someone going through the same thing as you and the internet is full of helpful advice about how you're feeling. They're lots of websites that you can visit. I'm going to leave some below that you can visit if you're going through the stages of grief or would like to help someone who is grieving.

Too Damn Young: http://toodamnyoung.com/
ChildLine: https://www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
Grief Net: http://www.griefnet.org/ 
Web Healing: http://www.webhealing.com/
The Compassionate Friends: http://www.compassionatefriends.org/home.aspx

I hope that even if this blog post only helps one person it helps them because I want people to be able to know that they're not alone in what they are going through.

Comment below any topics you would like to hear my opinion on or me talk about.

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