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Friday, 24 March 2017

Tsum Tsum Update!

Hi all, happy Friday! I'm bringing back a highly requested post which I haven't published since last May, but it still one of my highest viewed posts. So I thought I'd bring you another new Tsum Tsum update! Here's the previous one if you haven't seen that yet. Over the last 10 months I've been collecting Tsum Tsums still, not as many as before due to the fact I started to collect Pop Vinyl figures as well. I've planned on doing an update post for ages and just haven't got round to it honestly. So I hope you enjoy this and let me know your favourite Tsum Tsum below!


New additions:
Anger and Joy from Inside Out
Chip and Dale
Christmas Daisy Duck
Baymax from Big Hero 6 
Boo and Mike from Monsters Inc
Lotso from Toy Story 3 
Timon from the Lion King 
Nemo from finding Dory/Nemo
Bambi
Chewbacca From Star Wars 
Stitch from Lilo and Stitch
Marie from Aristocrats 
and The White Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland. 

Still to add to my collection: 
Sully from Monsters Inc
Chip and Mrs Potts from Beauty and the beast. 
Dumbo
Jessie from Toy Story
Randall and Roz from Monsters Inc





Who is your favourite Tsum Tsum? 
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

#HairGoals with Colour Freedom

Back in February I decided to do something I've wanted to do for a long time but never had the guts do, dye all of my hair a bright colour! For around about 2 years now I've been bleaching the ends of my hair and going for the whole 'dip dye' effect, using a variety of bright colours for the ends but keeping the rest of it black. But I finally decided go the whole hog and dye my hair a bright colour. Firstly I went pink but quickly decided that wasn't the colour for me. It faded quickly and all of the different dyes I tried just washed out. I ended up putting dye on top of dye until it was a massive mess and I needed to strip my hair. 

When I stripped my hair I assumed it would go orange, so I bought red dyes and as a matter of fact it actually went green. I decided I had two choices, the first being black and the second being blue/green. I decided I would just take the plunge and go for blue. I've heard a lot of people on Twitter and my friends who dye their hair bright colours talk about the brand Colour Freedom so I decided to try them after having so many bad experiences with Live and also with Crazy Colour. The first application took REALLY well and considering I have thick long ish hair, one bottle almost covered the lot. I went back to Superdrug the following day and bought another bottle and the end result was mesmerising. When I first did my hair it was quite a bright blue but has faded into a fabulous turquoise, although the up keep of bright hair is hard work I've found with Colour Freedom that the colour actually stays put for ages and looks amazing even after 30 washes. For the colour featured in the pictures buy Tropical Aqua. 




What's the brightest colour you've ever dyed your hair? 
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Friday, 17 March 2017

I've Finished Uni, Now What?

Good morning all, how are we? I've finally found some motivation from somewhere, not quite sure where it's come from but I'm happy! I've got some really awesome blog post ideas lined up, which I can't wait to share with you all. So on to todays post, most of you might not know that I recently finished my degree, and I bet you're thinking like most, what a weird time to finish uni. Which you're right it is. When I started university back in 2013, I didn't actually want to go to university; so my tutor told me about a foundation degree which was 2 years and then I could later top it up to a full BSc. I didn't know what else to do, so I decided to go for it. In the end I had to see it through to a full degree as that's just me as a person. I received my grade and I actually managed to achieve a 2:2 which I was over the moon with considering I really struggled with my degree. It wasn't what I wanted to do, but like I said above I felt the need to see it through. Although a lot you don't graduate for a while now, I decided I would share with you some tips/ideas of what you can do when you finish university to prepare you for when you do.



1. Travel 
A lot of people decide this is what they will do after they finish university, after spending the majority of your life in education, it's nice to be able to be free before getting straight into a full time job. Obviously not everyone has this as an option. But if you save whilst at university or have a part time job to fund it, it works well. It's a great way to have some fun before settling down into bills, working full time and your future.

2. Get experience in your field
When you first university and you've got your degree most people want to go straight to work in their field, but obviously there are a lot of students who are graduating in the same field as you. I would recommend getting some experience in that field as well as looking for jobs. With experience you are more desirable to the company and will be more suited to the role over other grads. Even if you take a whole year to get the experience it'll pay off. Most people get a part time job alongside doing experience or move back in with their family to be able to afford living whilst getting experience.

3. Get a full time job
Now this is the most obvious one out of lot. When you finish university, the most logical path for most is to jump straight into full time work. A lot of the time this isn't in the field of their degree but it's a job and gives you finical stability and something to do with your life. This is the one I am more than likely going to look down. I decided when I finished university I would keep working part time as well as doing freelance blogging whilst I looked for a job which I can handle with my mental health.

What did you do when you finished university? 



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Monday, 13 March 2017

Making Your Home Spring Ready.

The days are getting warmer and I am so excited as it's nearly Spring! Goodbye Winter for another year, yay! Spring and Summer are my favourite seasons of the year as I love all things colourful, happy and the warm (ish) weather (living in England, I can hope right?). With Spring on the way I decided I'd bring you a Spring homeware wishlist, followed by some Spring shop my style posts. Since living in my own house, I am obsessed with buying cute little homeware pieces and with it being Spring I've decided to create a wishlist of things which will makeover your house for Spring and on a budget too.



Lionshome have some gorgeous pieces of Spring homeware from lots of different sites as they are an online shopping portal. The awesome thing about Lionshome is that you can find a variety of different items and then decide your favourites before going on to the webpage to purchase. Being able to search such a wide variety of sites at once makes it easier when looking for a certain item.

Egg Cups:
Egg cups are the perfect way to make your kitchen more suited to the season, I love being able to change them throughout the year, they're a cheap and easy way to make a difference. Especially around spring as they are so dainty and cute. You can purchase the bunny one from Tesco and the fox one from Havens.

Jars:
Jars are an adorable way to make your house look prettier and you can customise them however you want. Pinterest has some awesome ideas to create your own pretty Spring jars. If you fancy looking at some ideas, you can do here.

Bedding:
Bedding is another easy way to mix up your style for seasons, you can purchase a variety of different duvet covers which is perfect for being able to change your bedding quickly as well as using different ones to suit your moods. I love floral bedding around summer as they can brighten up a room as well as look gorgeous. Argos, Dunelm and The Range are all great places to pick up bedding from. The bedding pictured is from Argos.

Candles:
Candles are the perfect way to transition your house from Winter to Spring, picking the perfect floral and fruity scents instantly boosts your mood and as well giving your house that extra Spring feeling. Yankee candle have so many varieties and sizes of candles to decorate your house.

How do you transition your house for seasons? 

*Post in collaboration with Lionshome 
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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Taking Back Control.



It's always daunting coming back to your blog after being away from it for a few weeks and it has been a good couple of months since I've been able to sit down with a clear head and actually want to write posts. I've gone from writing four posts a week to struggling to do four a month, but I guess that's one of the annoying things about mental health, it can take over your entire life, seize you it's grasp and not let you go again. It's even worse when someone manages to get into your head, change everything about you that you once knew and then drop you like they didn't even care. At all. I ended my previous relationship late last year and did the usual, "oh lets join dating sites; if something happens it happens and if it doesn't that's ok too". But then, I met someone and I was happy.

It burnt out very quickly, we stopped talking. I assumed that was the end. Until we decided we could be friends. I wanted new friends and I enjoyed the life he lived so I went for it, why not? Over the following weeks, we tried the whole friends thing, but it was clear quickly it was way more than that. I wanted to give it ago more than anything. I wanted it to work and I would of done anything for him. I put myself in some stupid situations, I sacrificed my friendships  for him as I knew my friends didn't like him. I gave up caring about myself and my mental health was deteriorating. Neither of us would sleep at night as we both had issues with sleeping during the night, so we were sleeping all day. I wasn't even seeing any light apart from when I was falling asleep. This was pretty much everyday. My mood was dropping. Despite this I somehow managed to push through my dissertation and ended up with a 2:2 which I'm so happy I did.

It wasn't until I stepped away from the situation, that I realised it was poisonous from the start, he would never even want to admit he was associated with me in public. He would act like it was all in my head, then when we were alone, he would act like he loved me, telling me he was falling for me, treating me like I was the only girl in the world. In front of others he was constantly checking dating websites, talking to girls and making feel like I was nothing to him. I was supplying him with the lifestyle he wanted, funding everything he wanted. Treating him like he was the best thing in the world, because to me he was. I didn't understand at the time but I honestly felt like it was more like an abusive relationship, it was never physical, but the mental abuse I suffered was not okay. No one deserves to get torn down every single to the point where they don't know who they are anymore, they feel so empty and alone that they don't know how to cope. Made to feel like they are worthless.

Then one day, after he admitted he actually had feelings for me and wanted to give it ago, he started being weird with me, and you know, when something doesn't feel right? Yeah that. I was sat in his flat and he disappeared for hours, came back and something still wasn't right, and it got to the point where he stopped talking to me all together despite being in the same room for 12 hours. I left his flat the next day and he deleted me off everything. He stopped replying to my messages, it was like he was gone without a trace. That hurt.

The next few days were tough, I spent two months of my life trying to make someone so happy, I had forgotten how to care for myself. My mental health was poor and I was giving everything to a guy who frankly didn't care. I didn't know what I'd done to him so my anxiety went through the roof. I felt like I was a bad person, like I'd done something unforgivable. But worse, this guy who you'd given everything to just cut you out, just like that. You hear from people in your life he's been telling them he cut you loose and that he only stuck around for the money benefits I was offering. It hurts being used. Honestly it does. It was only a few days ago when I finally realised I am SO much better off without someone who is that much of a low life and I found this AMAZING article, which I read about cutting toxic people out of your life (you can read it here) it changed the way I was looking at things, I started to wonder what if I had actually done anything wrong, and it occurred to me I did everything for that person, and that person had let me down. I am still trying to rebuild myself up now, and I am going to find it SO hard to trust again, BUT, I will trust again.

I will find someone who doesn't make me feel awful for wanting to hug them, or for telling them they look good. I will find someone who actually makes me feel good instead of putting me down, I will find someone who wants me around and appreciates what I do for them. I am worthy of that, I know damn well I am. For those of you stuck in a toxic situation, remember it's not your fault and as hard as it may seem, you can get through it, I promise. It may not be easy to get out of, it may take weeks, months or even years to get out of it, but remember you're not alone. Surround yourself with those who make you feel worthy, you need those people in your life.

"To the wrong person, you'll never have any worth. To the right person, you'll mean everything."
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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Best Budget Holidays For March 2017!

As the cold of winter slowly melts away and we really start looking to the year ahead, many of us are gripped with a yearning for adventure! Over at Holiday Gems, however, it’s recognised that a lot of people struggle to find a way to appease this wanderlust while trying to nurse their bank accounts back to health post-Christmas. So, we’ve come up with four suggested escapes that will satisfy your itchy feet without the financial sting.



Portugal
If you want to escape March’s typical grey gloom, then Portugal is the perfect location to get a hit of great weather. January sees the temperature drop to a balmy 14-15 degrees celsius, and this climbs gradually as the year progresses to an average of 28 in August, with March sitting as a happy medium between the two. It’s a great escape for foodies, so you may want to set aside a good portion of your budget to enable you to experience the country’s sumptuous culinary delights, and, with sea on two sides, it’s the perfect destination for a beach break. You can experience the Algarve for as low as £150.19 for five nights per person!

Malta 
More year-round sunshine can be found on the glorious Mediterranean island of Malta. From just over £109 per person for five nights, the ultimate sun, sea and sand experience can be yours for the taking. Experience an enriching adventure as you explore ancient cobbled villages and learn the island’s ancient myths, or grab life with both hands and dance the night away in one of Malta’s exhilarating clubs or sample the delights of Maltese cuisine. The island’s landscape is flat and sprawling, meaning you can get about with ease, and it’s a great place to bring people with little legs!

Turkey
From the bazaar to the snow-capped mountains to the sandy seaside, Turkey’s popularity as a holiday destinations never seems to wane - which is unsurprising as you can fly there and stay for four nights from under £160. Hardy explorers can quench their thirst for adventure by delving into the wilderness on hikes or learn about the diverse heritage and cultures of this fascinating country, while those who just need a relaxing break will be spoilt rotten by the vast array of glorious beaches and rich opportunities for some much-needed retail therapy in cities such as the thriving Istanbul. The food is superb and varied - so don’t miss the opportunity to sample both the gorgeous street food and the sumptuous finer cuisine.

Mexico

If you’re setting your sights further afield, Mexico may just be the place for you. The temperature rarely drops below the twenties all year round, and a visit in March means that you can avail yourself of the drier weather and avoid tropical storms. Far less costly than a journey to the U.S., Mexico is within reach for just over £861 a week per individual, flights included. The country may be most famous for its rich and wholesome cuisine, but also brims with a wealth of ancient architecture (some prehistoric!) and awe-inspiring natural beauty.


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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Luxury For Less - 4 ways to cut the cost of a luxe break.

If you’re longing for a high-class getaway but your belt is still firmly tightened following the Christmas season, you’re not alone. There’s no need to scrimp on luxury though, even if you’re trying to be a little more economical when booking a holiday this time around. Destination2 has a little advice for any traveller who fancies a stylish, upmarket break without the expense.



1. Prioritise
What is it that you want out of your holiday? Once you have decided on the type of experience you want, this will help you to discern which areas of the trip will cost more, and where you might be able to cut corners comfortably. If independent sightseeing is more your sort of thing, perhaps opt for a package that includes all meals so you’re free to splash out a little more on the internal travel element. However, if your dream holiday resembles more of a taste-tour and you’re itching to try a different restaurant, bar or eatery each night, perhaps book a hotel in a central location so that travel costs you very little. Many resorts even offer free shuttle services within your city, and some will even whisk you off to destinations quite a way away! Speaking of free services…

2. Find the freebies
You’ll be surprised by the offers you can uncover if you do your research in advance! Some major cities offer discounted entry to popular landmarks and even money off meals in particular eateries if you apply for a special card before you travel. There are also a number of highly enjoyable experiences you can enjoy free of charge all the year round in a vast number of cities, such as visits to museums and galleries, festivals, parades and galas, walking tours and trips to beauty spots such as beaches, national parks and nature reserves.

3. Dodge the rush
There are a huge number of holiday destinations that are just as enjoyable - often more so - when you opt to miss their annual tourism peak. Prices are often bumped up at these times, and the best hotels fill up very quickly. Travelling in April rather than August can mean savings of hundred of pounds, on both flights and accommodation, and that is not to be sniffed at! Research your dream escape to discover their most popular months, but just be aware that there may be a clear reason why particular seasons are quieter - many countries have periods of rather extreme weather, so be sure to learn the times you ought to avoid.

4. Go all-inclusive
In the past, an all-inclusive holiday simply suggested the following: flights, hotel room, three meals a day. However, tourism is an increasingly competitive market, and the jetset lifestyle is quickly becoming the norm for a large number of people. You’ll be astonished at the extras and add-ons that can be thrown in as part of an all-inclusive holiday in order to secure your booking. From bar tabs to spa access, experiences that might otherwise set you back a fair amount of money often come part and parcel when you book with particular resorts or hotels, so get searching and see what treasures you can unearth!

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Friday, 17 February 2017

30 Blog Post Ideas | Lifestyle

Hi all, happy Friday! The weekend is upon us once again, which for a lot of us means blogging! I decided to bring you a post which I've had in my drafts for a while now, 30 blog post ideas for those who are struggling with inspo. I did one a few years back and it is still one of my most viewed posts. If you fancy viewing that one, you can do here. I'm hoping this post is better than the last one as I have written many more blog posts since that one, which have filled me with inspiration. Hopefully you enjoy this post and get some ideas for your own blog posts!

Fashion 
1. Shop my style (Share your outfit inspo like this)
2. Fashion Wishlist
3. Outfit of the day
4. Dress for the season (Some ideas are like this and this)
5. What I've Bought Lately.

Beauty
6. Shop my makeup stash
7. Easy makeup looks
8. Beauty wishlist
9. Introducing a brand (This is my favourite beauty post to do, I did one for Soap and Glory here)
10. Haulin' (One of the most popular beauty posts! I've got a Colourpop haul as an example.



Lifestyle 
11. Favourite films/tv shows.
12. Advice posts (e.g. moving into your first home, being a student)
13. Home hauls (I did a fabulous one with Sass and Belle!)
14. Talk about issues which are important (I've wrote posts on discrimination and sex ed in schools)
15. Show off your collections! (I did a tsum tsum haul which is super popular!)
16. 30 facts about me
17. Why did you start blogging
18. Book reviews, what have you been reading lately
19. Bloggers who inspire you.
20. Your top blog posts that you've done.



Travel
21. Talk about your local city/town and things to do.
22. Places you want to visit on your bucket list. (I did one here)
23. A post about a place you've visited and make it picture heavy! (Here's one on Brighton I did)
24. Exploring the UK, talk about places in the UK to visit.
25. Best places to shop.


Food
26. Review restaurants you've visited. (I did one on Jamie's Italian and The Verano Lounge.)
27. Top food places to visit in your area
28. How to eat healthy, some meal ideas.
29. Eating on a student budget. (I did a post in collaboration with the Co Op on this.
30. Throw a dinner party and write about your experience. (I did a come dine with me blogger style)

I hope you managed to get some inspiration from this post! Let me know if you enjoyed it in the comments below! 

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Friday, 10 February 2017

4 Things You NEED To Watch Now! | Lifestyle.

I have recently submerged myself into watching so much TV, I cannot stop watching it. I am making my way through full series in a matter of days at a time. I couldn't imagine not having Netflix, Iplayer and 4 on Demand in my life, they are my saviours. I could do with a bed from Adjustamatic to relax in whilst watching my favourite shows A while back a did a few posts on my favourite documentaries and films and you guys really enjoyed them and I've been watching some AMAZING stuff lately so I decided I would share my top 5 favourite things I've watched recently and I hope you enjoy!


Orphan Black:
Around Christmas one of my friends recommended me watching this and I was a bit hesitant as it isn't something I'd usually watch but decided to give it ago anyway, and after one episode I was hooked. I am now on the last two episodes of season 4 and literally recommend it to anyone. I'd say it's a sci-fi thriller, always keeps on you on your toes and requires you paying attention constantly as it moves so fast. It definitely takes you through all of the motions.  

Audrey and Daisy:
I watched this documentary and couldn't stop crying throughout, it's a beautiful but sad look into a girl who killed herself due a sexual assault and it shows the story of another girl called Daisy and what she went through when she was sexually assaulted too. A gripping and eye opening look at what people go through and how they overcome what has happened to them. I honestly wanted to hug every single girl in this documentary. 

Playhouse Masters:
A bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, but I'm not even sorry. It's on TLC and is amazing to watch. It is about a couple who own their own business creating playhouses, and my god, some of these playhouses are better than my actual house ha. They are amazing to look and always have me in awe of how they create such amazing ones. 

Drugs Map Of Britain: 
A BBC Iplayer documentary series look into drugs and what drugs are most popular in parts of England, it is on going series which started in September. There has been one on Black Mamba, Heroin, Ecstasy, Alcohol and a few more. It's an eye opening look into how badly drugs effect the UK and it's residents and what people are like who are suffering with a full blown addiction to the drug. 

I hope you enjoyed this mixed bag of things I have been watching lately, what are you enjoying at the moment? 
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