Saturday, 29 August 2015

Photo Diary: BRIGHTON

Brighton pier sunny summer sign

On Wednesday we set off in the cold and wet to Brighton for a short little break before I start college next week. A few very long and tiring hours later we arrived at Brighton seafront, after being stuck in every traffic queue going, Because of numerous roads being shut. When we eventually arrived, I am not going to lie to you, I wasn't that impressed, I come from the countryside, so going in to a big built up area was quite a culture shock for me. After walking up the pier and back again, getting pretty soggy we decided it was time to call it a day and head for the hotel. 

On Thursday, we decided to visit the lanes after hearing never ending praises for them. My disappointment for Brighton so far was not changed by the lanes, Now unless I completely missed everything, the only shops in the lanes were naff tourist shops and jewelers! I did find tiger though which I was extremely happy about, and I am considering writing to them, to ask if they can bring one to my local town, as I don't think I can carry on my life without a tiger shop, near me. 

On Thursday afternoon we traveled away from the city and in to familiar surroundings for me, of trees and fields to the Bluebell steam railway line. The railway station was set up as being very British and old fashioned almost like the 1940's/1950's ( Don't quote me on that, I'm not good with history), which I loved. After exploring the station, we trundled up the line twice through the clam and peaceful countryside.

Bluebell steam railway suitcases

bluebell steam railway suitcases

train bluebell steam railway

On Friday, we were woken to the sun beaming through the curtains. Although it being are last day I made sure that we made the most of the south coast and we traveled along it, stopping at quite a few little seaside towns along the way. We stopped of that Brighton first, so I could take photos of all the amusements and of course the famous Brighton pier sign. It was very quiet and peaceful,which made it a lot more enjoyable. 

Brighton rocks pier sweets and gifts

Brighton pier amusements bumper cars fun

Brighton roller coaster turbo pier

crazy mouse Brighton pier amusements

Brighton scary theme park rides horror house

helter skelter Brighton fun pier

Kids rides Brighton pier amusements

Brighton pier amusements fun kids rides

Brighton pier fun south east coast summer breaks

I love the street art in Brighton. I only got a couple of shots, though if I had time I would of definitely of checked out some of the backstreets to find more.


Brighton street art graffiti cool toilets

Brighton street art lizard

We then stopped off on the way home at lancing, Worthing and little Hampton. Here are some photos from those places. Side note, I really want to live in one of the apartments in photo below at worthing! 

worthing houses

worthing deck chairs beach pier

Little Hampton beach huts blue

little Hampton beach huts blue

Sorry these photos weren't my best! ( And no that's not a ploy to get you to comment. I was honestly really struggling with my camera and couldn't get any of the effects or shots I wanted!

Thanks for reading x

I hope you enjoyed this post. From next week on-wards I will be uploading a blog post at 17:00 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. 

Have you ever been to Brighton? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below! 
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Quick and Easy College Makeup


As I am not going ' back to school' in September, I have tried to stay away from doing as many ' back to school' posts as I can and tried to do something a little different for you guys! This post is a collaboration with the lovely Katie from katielou99. Katie is going to be discussing what is in her college bag, so I definitely recommend you go and check her blog out because she produces really high quality content about all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle related and I know you will love her blog! On my blog we are going to be discussing college appropriate makeup that is quick and easy, though you can wear whatever you want to college you don't want to miss your bus in the morning because your makeup slowed you down, do you?

Quick and Easy College Makeup back to school


First of all I recommend using a concealer like the Collection lasting perfection, just to cover all your dark circles that suggest you have been awake all night on Netflix. 
  
For the base I think a BB cream will be perfect for those days in September when its still a bit to warm to be wearing a foundation but you need a bit of coverage. BB cream is a lot less hassle then foundation, which is always a good thing on a busy morning when you have to be out the door by 8.

I wouldn't really bother with contour, bronzer  or highlighter just because to be honest you want to be comfortable throughout and not faff about with all the extras. I would definitely recommend using a powder just to set all your makeup in place, so it doesn't slide down your face during the day.

To add a bit of colour to your cheeks, so you don't look like a Zombie, I suggest using a Natural blush, like this one from Barry M in the shade Terracotta.


For eyes, I recommend using a natural eye shadow palette. This one from Collection is really good because it comes with a white shade, you can put in the corner of your eye to make you look more awake and brown/beige natural shades to go across your lid. These eye shadows also last all day which is amazing considering the price.

For Mascara, I chose the Great Lash. This is also the waterproof version because you never know what drama may happen at college!

Then finally for lips I would normally just go for a lip balm like the Nivea one in milk and honey because it smells amazing. Or if you want a little bit of colour and also something that is a lot more stress free than a lipstick in the morning, the Models own lip stixs are great, this one is in the shade coral kiss!

Thanks for reading!

I hope you guys find this useful! Let me know what are your staple, no fuss makeup items in the comments below! 
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Monday, 24 August 2015

A Bloggers Guide To Twitter Chats


Bloggers Guide times Twitter Chats blogging

If you are a blogger, I hope that you have a linked twitter account to your blog. Why? Because its probably one of the best ways to gain traffic to your blog as well as feeling part of the blogging community. Honestly if you don't, you are missing out on a goldmine of traffic and blogging opportunities. (  Que dancing leprechauns at the end of the rainbow with the gold). One of the main ways of gaining traffic through twitter is by participating in twitter chats. For the advanced twitter chat participator they can seem like a walk in the park, for the beginner they can seem awfully daunting and scary. So I am here to give you a step by step guide to blogger twitter chats! Enjoy :)


WHAT IS A TWITTER CHAT?

A twitter chat really does do what it says on the tin. Its a chat, that happens on twitter. You would of never of guessed? At a select time of the day, by using a certain hashtag someone will be asking questions and you can simply answer the questions and if you want chat and reply to other peoples answers or questions. Its really quite simple! 

HOW DO I JOIN A TWITTER CHAT?

Don't worry you don't have to go through rigorous testing or any exams. You simply turn up! If only all exams were like that, eh? Find out a twitter chat topic that suits you, find the hashtag and what times it is on and simply start tweeting using that hashtag. Its really good to start of by saying hello or asking everyone if they are okay, that sort of thing.

WHAT TWITTER CHATS ARE AVAILABLE?

well, my good friends, here is a list that I have compiled of all the blogging twitter chats available. Obviously you are not going to be able to take part in every single one of these twitter chats but after a bit of trail and error, you will find the ones are are suitable for you!    


MONDAY
7-8pm.: #bdib: For all bloggers. 

      : 8-9pm.#fbloggers For fashion bloggers

7 - 8pm: #jbtalks (Just Blog Talks: generic chat with questions)
8 - 9pm: #beautybabble (Topical chat with questions)

8 - 9pm: #healthyselves (Topical chat with questions.)

8 - 9pm: #pbloggers (Parent Bloggers: Topical chat with questions)

9 - 10pm: #holhealthyhour (Holistic Health: topical chat with questions)

9 - 10pm: #zchat (Zuster Chat: Generic chat with questions,)



TUESDAY
 7-8pm.#bookbloggers: For book bloggers

           8-9pm #fblchat:. For fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers. 
          #bloghour: 9-10pm. For all bloggers.
7 - 8:30pm: #craftblogclub (Craft Bloggers: topical chat)
7 - 8pm: #askablogger (Generic chat with questions)
8 - 9pm: #ukblogtalk (Generic or topical chat for UK Bloggers)
9 - 10pm: #tweetursis (Promoting small businesses)

WEDNESDAY 
 2 - 3am: #blogtrends (Generic chat)
7 - 8pm: #lbloggers (Lifestyle Bloggers: generic or topical chat with questions)
8 - 9pm: #bbloggers (Beauty Bloggers: topical chat with questions)
8 - 9pm: #stylechat (Fashion Bloggers: topical chat with questions)
9 - 10pm: #blogtacular (Generic or topical chat with questions)

THURSDAY 
7 - 8pm: #crazybloggers (Generic chat with questions)
7:30 - 8:30pm: #TVblogchat (Topical chat with questions; first Thursday of every month)
8 - 9pm: #fbloggers (Fashion Bloggers: topical chat with questions)
8:30pm - 9:30pm: #cbloggers (Creative Bloggers: topical chat with questions,)
9 - 10pm: #blogphotochat (Topical chat about photography with questions,)
9 - 10pm: #cfbloggers (Cruelty-Free Bloggers: topical chat with questions)

FRIDAY 
8-9pm. #bdib: For all bloggers. 
6 - 7pm: #beautychat (Topical chat with questions)
7 - 8pm: #gbloggers (Gorgeous Bloggers: generic or topical chat with questions)

SATURDAY 
6-7pm. #socialbloggers For all bloggers
7 - 8pm: #everyblogger (Generic or topical chat with questions)

SUNDAY 
5 - 6pm: #pabchat (Pick A Blogger Chat: generic or topical chat with questions)
7 - 8pm: #lbloggers (Lifestyle Bloggers: generic or topical chat with questions)
8 - 9pm: #bbloggers (Beauty Bloggers: topical chat with questions)
8 - 9pm: #greenchat (Green beauty and lifestyle topical chat with questions)
8 - 9pm: #hbloggers (Health Bloggers: topical chat with questions)
9 - 10pm: #pbloggers (Parent Bloggers: topical chat with questions)

Bloggers Guide bloggers Twitter Chats times lifestyle beauty


HOW DO I PICK THE RIGHT BLOGGING CHAT FOR ME?

This really does depend on you and what sort of blogger you are. I wouldn't go and take part in a beauty chat if you know little about beauty because you won't be able to answer the questions properly and won't be able to interact with as many bloggers. Another point to consider if you are new to blogging chats is the size of the chat. Some are very small with only a small selection of bloggers taking part whereas some could have a couple of hundred people involved. I would start small if you are nervous.

WHAT ARE THE BEST BLOGGING CHATS?

This leads on nicely from my last point. I can't tell you which ones are best because we will all want different things out of them and of course I have not joined in every single one. ( I definitely don't have that much time on my hands, I wish I did though) You will find your favourites out by yourself. Though my personal favourites are lbloggers, bdib, blogphotochat and fblchat.) 

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE ANY TROUBLE?

I personally have never had any trouble with anyone because everyone is so kind and welcoming. However if someone is making the twitter chat unpleasant for you, you can simply put them on mute or you could leave the chat. Twitter chats are a way of congregating with other bloggers who have similar interests as you, NOT to start a world war 3.

WHAT DO I DO IF I FEEL IGNORED?

In some blogging chats like lifestyle bloggers, it can get quite busy and almost over crowded with people. The host will not be able to reply to every single comment they receive so don't worry if they don't reply to yours. If you see something that someones tweeted that you have something to say about, reply to their tweet and start a conversation. Before you know it, a couple more people may have joined in and you have a nice little discussion going on. 

HOW DO I MAKE FRIENDS IN BLOGGING CHATS?

If you participate for a while you will see the same bloggers appear in quite a few of the chats. If you see someone that you have talked to before, go and say hi again, I am sure they would want to hear from you. Make sure you follow people as you are going along. You never know, they might follow back?

WHAT ARE THE REAL BENEFITS OF BLOGGING CHATS?

Being a regular participator in blogging chats is a fantastic way of feeling part of the blogging community. I have made friends while taking part in blogging chats and now we regularly talk to each other and send each other things, its really good fun. Another great aspect is at the end of most of the blogging chats, you can share your links. This is a great way to find new blogs to read and love but also a good way to get other bloggers directed to you. 

THINGS TO AVOID IN TWITTER CHATS?

You should always respect the rules of the twitter chat. Some do not want you to share your links half way through the chat, make sure you only do it at the designated time slots. Remember not to spam your links to everyone. If they ask for links to be sent, then send them your links but if they don't ask for links to be sent, don't. Its also quite polite for you to ask for links to be sent, but make sure you check them out and leave comments if you enjoyed their posts. Don't just ignore them 

ANY LAST ADVICE?

Blogging chats can move very fast. It sometimes can be hard to keep up if the host has a lot of questions. Take your time and don't forget to comment and reply to others tweets to get involved in the conversation. Try to be there for the start, I always feel more settled in that way but if you can't, don't worry you can join in at anytime, they will be happy to have you. Be friendly and kind as always and remember if you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all!      


I think I have covered just about everything. If you have any more points that I did not cover please leave your questions in the comments or send me a DM and I will get back to you. 

Thanks for reading x

Do you take part in twitter chats? Any advice I missed off?  Leave a comment below x 
  

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

How To be An Organised Blogger

How To be An Organised Blogger


I love me some organisation! Who doesn't?! It always baffled me when a kid turned up to school without a pencil case or their bag! Like seriously, organisation man! Blogging gives me the perfect excuse to be able to whip out the highlighters and coloured pencils, to make my life even more organised than it already is. So if you are a blogger and struggling with organising your blogging world, then help is at hand. 

#1 LISTS

LISTS LISTS LISTS!!! Lists will be your absolute life saver if you suck at remembering things. You can make lists for blog post ideas, things to photograph, general to do lists. * Pardon the pun* But the LIST really does go on. Now this is where I can start to feel sides dividing. Are you someone who keeps track of things via their phone, laptop etc. or someone that uses notebooks and paper. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, don't get me wrong. By looking at the photo below you would presume I organise my blogging life on my phone, And yes I did when this photo was taken, but that is the beauty or hindrance of bulk photographing. 

My phone needed a factory reset a couple of weeks ago so I lost everything. When I did use my phone however I used the memo section ( The only and most useful app that ever comes with any phone) to jot down my blog ideas in lists depending on their category. I could then remove it when I had done that post.

How To be An Organised Blogger

However after losing everything I then brought a weekly planner and notebook, where I have lists of all my different topics of future blog posts, which leads me on to my next point.

#2 COLOUR

No one wants to look at a dull diary or list. Its not inspiring and definitely not motivating. You were probably told to use colour when revising and its the same for organising your planners and lists. Use a key to signify the different parts of your diary for example, red could mean exam or test, green- task complete, pink- personal etc. And while you are at it buy little sticky notes for your pages in your planner so you can separate it up for different areas. I am basically telling you to go to Wilko and buy all the stationary they have!! :) 

I like to plan my posts out a month in advance, so that's, wait let me to the maths! I upload 3 times a week, for 4 weeks in a month...12 posts! I also write them in pencil in case I change the schedule. I also use symbols like dots and lines to indicate different things as well! 

How To be An Organised Blogger

#3 KEEP ON TOP OF SOCIAL MEDIA

The biggest and best way to draw more attention to your blog is to use social media. You can't be on twitter all the time, I know. So to make sure you draw in traffic at all times a day, even when your asleep, which lets face is, is most of the day! You can schedule your tweets. I use buffer, which is free and simple to use. Just connect your twitter or Facebook account. Type what you want and include your link and just buffer that for a suitable time and hey presto, Organised social media.

How To be An Organised Blogger


#4 EMAILS

No one likes going through and trying to find an important email in amongst Tesco club-card, Boots rewards and books clubs you singed up to when you were seven, emails. So make sure you unsubscribe from all the rubbish and you could even create a separate email for your blog so all 'bloggy' related things don't get lost. 

Thats it! Again I have only managed to come up with four points! I am almost starting my own little series, of advice posts with only 4 points. The first one being my 'How to be a morning person' which you can check out HERE, if you missed it! 

If there is any other advice posts, similar to this you want me to do you can comment below or send me a cheeky DM 

Thanks for reading! I hope you found this useful. If you have any tips on how you stay an organised blogger then do leave them in the comments! 



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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

So What Do You Want To Do With Your Life? | Year 11 Advice

So What Do You Want To Do With Your Life? | Year 11 Advice

The summer is coming to an end and the new school year slowly approaches ( unless you started in like July, which I don't understand or you live in Scotland, where you probably started a few weeks back by now) I know that a lot of my readers are probably going in to their last year at secondary school, the dreaded YEAR 11. So I thought I would offer you guys some advice for starting the last and most important year yet of your education. ( Side note, I don't want this to be a really preachy, 'you must do this and this' style post because trust me, you will get that all year) 

Year 11, is obviously the most important year of your school education so far because you sit most of your GCSE exams. These exams do matter. Yes you are going to have to practice algebra, learn the different types of volcanoes and the different elements of the periodic table. And yes, these things probably won't help you much in life but you need to know them to show future employers that you can remember and recall information in your future job roles. 

But the results at the end of the day, are not the be all and end all of you. If you missed out on a grade, it doesn't matter as long as you worked your hardest and you know you worked your hardest. If you know that an exam didn't go very well, then just try and shrug it off. If you know and your parents/ family know that you did the best that you can, that is the most important thing. Its not the end of the world!!!

In today's modern society schools and the education system do like to perpetuate results more than the value of trying. This is total rubbish. Whether you are going for a C or an A* the most important aspect of your success will be the amount of effort, time and commitment you put in to revising for these exams. Some people are natural test takers and some well are just pretty useless at it. You should be commended for the fact that you have turned up, sat the exam and put yourself in the situation where you could fail. Think of all the people that just don't bother to turn up. 

Though there is something you can do, to give you the best chances of securing the best grades possible and that's your coursework, I don't know if I can say this or not without sounding like a complete nerd but all my coursework ( expect french) was an A/A* with some of it even being full marks. Your coursework should be the absolute best it can possibly be. You really should be trying to do everything you can to get the best grade because if you get a C in the exam but your coursework is an A*, you are more likely to get a B. If you started your coursework in year 10 and its still possible to change it, DO IT! Go over and make sure its perfect, to try and secure that grade!

The main reason why I chose to call this blog post ' So what do you want to do with your life?' is because that is a question that is thrown at you a lot during the year. In my school, we had career evenings, PSHE lessons about careers, career advisors , the list is endless. But the main thing that is important, is that you do whats right for you. You don't have to know exactly what you want to do with your life, you don't have to have a set out life plan by the time your 16. Just sit down and think what you are good at, what you enjoy and what quality's you have as a person. You also don't have to go to your sixth form or just do A levels, There is so many choices out there you should look in to before deciding.

Its not all exams and stress though, there is some fun things to look forward too! Prom being one. I didn't particularly enjoy prom massively, but I know I wouldn't being very introverted. But what I loved was getting dressed up in a pretty dress and having my hair done, like a princess. I honestly recommend you go, even if you don't enjoy that sort of thing. If you want, you could even slip out half way through if you don't want to stay for the whole thing.

Of course, there is the long summer to look forward too! Before you get to summer though, don't treat your study leave as an extended holiday. I know I am border-lying on being a bit preachy but seriously go to the lessons and revise because it will help you. But also don't forget to have some time out for yourself. Whether that be a whole day, an evening or just a couple of hours- exams shouldn't take over your life.

Here are some related posts, that you may find useful :

 PROM: http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/my-prom-dress.html

Revision tips : http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/all-you-need-to-know-about-revision.html

Staying organised : http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/3-apps-to-keep-you-organised.html

Balancing school and blogging : http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/teenblogseries-how-to-balance-school.html

I hope some of you guys found this useful. If you are going in to year 11 and you feel stressed or need anymore advice  you can always drop me a DM on Instagram or twitter and I will do my best to help. If you know anyone that may benefit from this post, please do share it with them!

Thanks for reading x






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Monday, 17 August 2015

How To Stress Less

How To Stress Less

Stress, makes you feel like you are running around at 100mph, like you are an Indian elephant carrying the world and its problems on your shoulders or feeling like you are about to collapse.  Stress can be a long term or short term thing,  Anything from a couple of minutes to a couple of years. It can be quite severe or quite helpful. You can be stressed about anything from your books not looking right on your shelf to being hundreds of pounds in debt from all the pay day loans you have taken out and can't pay back. Why am I telling you this? well, I want to share with you my story with stress, if you will call it that and how I like to cope when I'm feeling stressed.

Unlike many people in my year, I didn't find myself getting particularly stressed at my GCSE exams, I started revising from September for tests, I then revised for the mocks over December and revised for the real things from February half-term, So I guess you could say I was prepared. I did find myself getting stressed at my GCSE photography coursework just because that did take up a lot of my time. But the thing I am stressed about the most is my GCSE results and starting college. At this moment in time I have no idea what I am doing in September, as I want to change my course. This is very daunting for someone like me who always likes to be in control.

So here is how I help myself de-stress.   

How To Stress Less Harry Potter books

GET STUFF DONE

I think one of the main reasons I was not that stressed for my GCSE's was because I was prepared. I had wrote my notes out so many times, I had made so many mind-maps, I did every past paper so many times I almost knew what the questions were of by heart. I kept myself busy! My motto throughout my revision was if I keep my self busy by revising I know I will be putting my time to good use, so I can't be stressed. Don't sit there and think about all the stuff you need to get done, just do it!

FIND SOMETHING YOU ENJOY

I am using exams as my main example here, because I am familiar with it but obviously sometimes you can be stressed about things that are out of your control and can't just go away. If this is the case, I encourage you to find something you enjoy ( hence the Harry Potter books above) I love to read and watch Harry Potter as a distraction from the real world. Keeping your mind busy is the most important thing when you are stressed. I used work and revision as an escape from being stressed about the exams. Similarly though reading and adult coloring books work in the same way.


How To Stress Less Nivea Chocolate relax

TAKE TIME OUT

Something that I was, to be Frank pretty rubbish at when revising for my GCSE's. I do remember though going out for the day and taking loads of pictures of flowers before my exams were finished. My mum made sure that we had days out, so I could take some time away from the text books. This is really nice so it can clear your head and it definitely did work for me. You don't have to go gallivanting in to the woods though, just simply chilling back with a movie and having some pamper time should be sufficient. 

I think the idea that I am trying to get across is the idea of taking your mind off stress, to be less stressed. This is why teachers urge you to have good nights sleep, so that you don't spend hours thinking about your exams and revision. I can't sit here and tell you to go and buy adult coloring books because they just won't work for everyone.

I hope this could help some of you!

Thanks for reading x

Let me know how you cope with stress in the comments! 


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Saturday, 15 August 2015

5 Books I Could Read Over and Over Again

5 Books I Could Read Over and Over Again

Reading, one of my favourite past times! I used to be a little book worm when I was a little girl. I had all the Jacqueline Wilson books and they were my absolute favourite books to read ( hands up if you were also obsessed with Jacqueline Wilson ) Today I thought I would share with you five books that I could read again and again. This does not necessarily mean they are my favourites ( though most of them are). Sit back and enjoy the read...

#1 LORD OF THE FILES- WILLIAM GOLDING

I had to read this book when I was doing my GCSE literature in year 10. Unlike Of mice and men which was the absolute death of me and I literally had no idea what was going on half the time. Lord of flies is a well written book but what probably made me like it so much was the context behind it. Being for school, we analysed it hard and even looked in to the religious and symbolism elements which I particularity enjoyed. It made revising for English literature a lot easier, though I still only got a C in the end. The only thing stopping me reading this particular copy of Lord of the flies is it that is filed with an excessive amount of doodles    I mean very intellectual and well thought through notes, no I was probably right the first time.

#2 THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER-  STEPHEN CHBOSKY

This book is such a quick read, mainly due to the easy to follow diary format and layout. I'm sure you have all heard of this book and most likely watched the film. What makes this book so re-readable for me is the fact that I can really relate to Charlie the main character. Constantly feeling like you are always on the edge of a room. I definitely still prefer the book to the film though.

#3 HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE- J.K ROWLING

I don't know if I have ever told you guys, but I have quite an addictive personality, so once I start something I want to know everything about that particular subject. I started reading this particular book on holiday and within around 3 weeks,  I have watched all the 8 films ( previously not seen before), read half of the books already and booked a trip to the studio of Harry Potter. Lets just say, this book is amazing. Okay maybe not the most well written or emotive as some of the latter Harry Potter books ( I love the goblet of fire)  but being the shortest, its the most accessible and definitely one that will always have a place in my heart.  

#4 THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER- JACQUELINE WILSON

I don't necessarily think this was the first Jacqueline Wilson book  I ever read but it could of been. I don't tend to re read this book much now but as a child, I always did. Tracy beaker is a character that I grew up with. I watched every episode of Tracy beaker and knew all the words to them all. I don't care how many times they try bringing it back, the original series's will always be the best, with Elaine the pain and Justine little-wood!

#5 THE WOMAN IN BLACK- SUSAN HILL

This is quite a weird choice I think, but the reason I chose this book was because I loved the film and I watched the actual on stage play version, so I thought it would be a good idea to read the book and I actually really loved it! Its such a short read but I feel like the characters are very well portrayed and it for once is a lot like the film, so that is always a bonus.

Well, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this quick run down of my favourite books I could read over and over again. Do let me know yours, in the comments below x 


   
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Thursday, 13 August 2015

First Impression Face

First Impression Face

When I saw that Tesco, were having a massive clearance sale on makeup, of course I rushed on over to the website and picked up as many bargains as I could. ( #NOADD) Admittedly, they didn't have the biggest choice of  products ever and they did seem to be selling a lot of foundations in either the palest or darkest shades ( I can't think why?) however I did pick up quite a few bits, so I thought instead of just showing them in a haul,I would try them out for the first time and tell you guys what I thought! I idiotically, I forgot to take pictures of what they looked like on (DUH!) 

Rimmel London BB cream

I started off by applying by Nivea moisturizer, to keep my makeup in place all day, well try to anyway!  Of course the trusty collection concealer was used to hide those under eye circles! Now the first product, I brought was the Rimmel BB cream in very light ( That was the only shade they had on sale, see what I mean?) It cost a whole £3.50, so I couldn't really say no. Being new to the whole BB cream thing, I didn't really know what to expect. Luckily the shade match was perfect ( what can I say, I'm a vampire) It was quite thick to apply and I kind of felt like it made my skin quite oily. It does have SPF 25, which is really good for the summer I think. Looking at the coverage it was quite good, it definitely doesn't coverage blemishes but it does cover redness and evens out skin tone. I then powdered with my Rimmel stay matte.

For blush, I used the Barry M one in terracotta, This cost me £2.30. What caught my eye about this was its such a lovely natural colour. I often stay away from blush because I don't want to get mistaken for a clown! This blends really nicely and gives a lovely hint of natural colour to your cheeks. 

Maybelline falsies flared mascara

On to eyes, for eye-shadow I used the Barry M, eye-shadow pencil in brown black, this again costs me £2.30. I have always wanted to try a eyesahdow stick, because I was intrigued by the concept. I found this was quite hard to work with, I couldn't get it that close to my upper lash line, so it kind of left a gap, it also dried pretty quick. The colour of this though was amazing and it did in fact last all day probably because it was waterproof, meaning of course it was a right pain to get off.

For mascara, I brought the Maybelline falsies flared in black. At £4.00 this was the most expensive item in my basket, but probably one of the best ones I picked up. If you are looking for a mascara to add volume, this one is not for you however length wise, Omg its so good! I don't tend to look for lengthening mascaras. The packaging does so it's a volume express, but I am not really sure that's strictly true!

Lastly for lips, I picked up a models own lip stix in the shade coral kiss for £2.50! I am so impressed with this. If like me you suck at lipstick but don't want a glossy finish like a lip-gloss, these will be your new best friend. They are really easy to apply, formula is lovely, the colour is super pretty and lasts for a good morning without re applying and I didn't find it to be drying on the lips either.

Overall I am really impressed with the products I picked up. My favorites definitely being the mascara and lip stix. Thanks for reading x

Do you own any of these products, what do you think of them?   

        

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Discovering The AM | How To Be A Morning Person

Discovering The AM | How To Be A Morning Person

Ah yes, the morning! The AM! Once you have discovered it, you will become a totally new person! ( Well that's not strictly true but to an extent, YES) First, a bit of background information- I have always been a morning person, an early bird that catches the worm, or whatever the stupid saying is! It completely flummoxes me that people can stay in bed till noon, being a child, teenager and most likely adult that is awake by 7:00 o'clock each morning without fail, its a mystery to me how people can waste such a valuable part of the day. 

Admittedly I am asleep by 10 each night, like a total granny and do find myself slumping about at 7;00 pm, but I got all my work done in the morning, so its okay! Here are my tips, for if you want to become a morning person and discover the beautiful AM.  

Discovering The AM | How To Be A Morning Person


#1 DON'T USE YOUR PHONE AS A ALARM CLOCK 

Luckily, my body clock and I, we are best friends- she always knows to wake me up at 7 on the dot however if your sleeping pattern is not top notch then you need to relie on something to wake you up. Phones are wonderful things because they can do so much these days, but being an alarm clock is not one of them! Firstly, if your phone is on during the night, you are more inclined to look at it if you wake up and check for any essential 2am twitter updates, then before you know it, its 6pm,you need to be up in an hour and you have spent the last 2 hours looking at cat GIFS. Secondly, you will set multiple alarms, so your brain knows when the last one is! You don't want this, instead pay a cheeky trip to homesense and pick up an old fashioned one, like in the picture above.

#2 READ WHEN YOU WAKE UP 

Reading is fast becoming one of my favourite things to do ( beside blogging of course) I love reading in the morning, especially if its a good book. It gets your brain awake and ready to GO GO GO! But for heaven sake pick a good book, don't pick a morbid, depressing book, because that won't put you in the best of moods!

Discovering The AM | How To Be A Morning Person

#3 LISTEN TO MUSIC

Listening to music, especially happy, cheerful songs can really be a mood changer. They can make you feel awake, alert and like you can conquer the world. I love listening to the radio when I am browsing social media etc. It Really puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day, well until something bad happens.

#4 LEAVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME

Normally, what makes people hate the mornings is bad past experience. Not having enough time, so they become stressed and tried, when trying to do everything! Forget it! Find out what time you need to leave the house, and give yourself some extra ' me' time. I know that I love taking my time over my makeup and hair in the morning and get a bit  very stressed when I don't have enough time! This way you can enjoy getting ready and not hate the mornings. 

Thats it for this post, I randomly only have 4 points but I guessed you guys wouldn't want to hear that you need a good breakfast, good night sleep etc. because I bet you have heard that ever since the start of secondary school! 

If you have anymore tips on how to be a morning person, then do leave them in the comments!

Thanks for reading x 





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Sunday, 9 August 2015

How To Take Better Blog Photos

How To Take Better Blog Photos

The amount of times I have tired writing this post, is unreal! I don't really know where to start or how much detail I should go in to! So, today I am going to cover some basic elements which should give you a step up in the right direction for better blog photos. If you don't see something covered in this post, that you want to learn more about, do leave a comment and I will see what I can do. Are you ready for a very techy and comprehensive guide to photography?, lets go!  

The kit

Obviously you are going to need some sort of photo taking device, and there is many in the world to chose from! That is a given, you don't need me to tell you that! Whether you use a camera phone, point and shoot, Bridge camera or the BIG DADDY of the family, a DSLR. You need to make sure you chose the right one for you, If you are thinking of buying a DSLR, I have made a post about it HERE, which you should check out. Point and shoots and phone cameras, these days can create some stunning photos. For example, I took this very clear and detailed photo, only a couple of weeks ago using my much beloved Olympus, point and shoot in the photo above. 

How To Take Better Blog Photos

( Taken on a point and shoot)

So how do you get good photographs with a low budget camera? Well there I think there is 3 main things that need to be taken in to consideration. Lighting, composition and background . I am going to break it down in to each section, so I can explain each one, without you getting totally confused. 

Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important features of a good photo, because it can make or break a photograph. I obviously took the photo above outdoors because it is a plant, but when doing blog photography this may not always be possible. If you can, taking photos outdoors with natural light is great however I understand living in pretty wet and gloomy countries like the U.K, that is not always possible. When taking photos indoors, you want to be as near to a big window as possible to let the most natural light through. Imagine if you could control the weather? Well you can't but what you can do is control the light by using pieces of equipment like soft boxes or ring lights. I don't have any of these so, I can't offer you much help but just your bog standard Ikea lamp, will work in the exact same way.

Magic Hour

If you want the best lighting for your photos, this will be very helpful if you do lots of fashion photography is magic hour, or golden hour- as it can be called. This is the period shortly after sunrise or before sunset where daylight is redder and softer compared to when the sun is higher in the sky. It can create a really nice effect in your photos

How To Take Better Blog Photos

Flash 

Flash is something that really should be avoided when taking blog photos, especially if it is indoors. This is because it really does take away the depth of your image, which can leave them looking very flat. Make sure you know how to turn of the flash on your camera. If it a bit dark, try and find a location where there is more light available.

Exposure

Exposure is a fundamental part of lighting in photography. If your image is over exposed, there is too much light coming through. The subject of the image will be hard to see as the image will be white washed. On the flip side, if your image is under exposed, then there is not enough light coming through, making your image very dark and hard to see. 

Shutter speed 

Shutter speed is how quickly or slowly your camera takes the photo. If you want to create fun light effects like light trails, in the photo below- you need a slow shutter speed ( usually around 1/20 (which is what I used for the photo below, but this will depend on how much light there is) . However you want to capture something moving fast, like in sport photography- you need a fast shutter speed. ( around 1/500 but it depends on how fast the object is moving and the effect you want to create) I normally use a shutter speed between 50-100, when taking blog photos.

How To Take Better Blog Photos

ISO

ISO, is your camera sensitivity to light. If you have a high ISO, the more light will get in to the photo whereas if you have a lower ISO, there image will be darker and have more shadows. If you have a high ISO, then there is the greater chance that your image will be over exposed but if you have a low ISO, the chances are ( yep you guessed it!) Your image will be under exposed. I usually shot my photos with the ISO of 100, but will adjust this depending on how much natural light is coming through the window.  

Composition

Yay Composition, is one of my favourite parts of photography ( That makes me sound real sad, I know) Composition is what makes a photo stand out from the rest. Have you ever looked a photo and thought it was really good, but can quite pin point why? Well its probably because they are using one or more of the following rules. 

Angles

One of the most simple but effective ways to take a good photograph is angles. For example, the photo I took of the flower, is taken from looking up at it, This makes it seem a lot more interesting, than if you were taking it from a normal straight on point of view. Birds eye view is also very important, I often find myself on my tip toes taking pictures for my blog, like in the photo below.

How To Take Better Blog Photos

   How To Take Better Blog Photos

Fill the Frame

Its really as simple as it sounds! By taking a photo, like the one of trees below, I have positioned the camera, so I am looking through the trees to the landscape behind. The trees are dark and go the way around the outside of the photograph, so you become automatically drawn in to the center of the photo

How To Take Better Blog Photos

Rule of thirds 

This can be quite tricky to get your head around if you are unsure, but it truly does help create better photos. Have you ever seen those grids appear on your camera screen? Well they are there to help you use the rule of thirds. 


The idea is that your main point of focus or subject is placed on one of the thirds of the grid- indicated by the red circles. This creates a very pleasing to the eye photograph. 

Leading Lines

Another simple but effective way to create better photos. Leading lines, are simply just lines that lead you in to the photograph. They should start from the bottom of the frame and guide the eye inwards or upwards to the subject. 

How To Take Better Blog Photos

Background 

We are on to the final step, Background! Popular with many beauty bloggers is white and marble backgrounds. This is because they are simple, clean and non distracting from the main focus of the image. A cluttered background is distracting and creates noise in the photo, so you don't know where to look. Backgrounds don't have to be plain white or a solid colour but you should be able to distinguish between the background the subject. And we don't want to see any dirty laundry.

How To Take Better Blog Photos
  
Aperture

Ever seen a photograph with a really nice blurry background? Well that is down to aperture. Aperture is the hole in your camera, where the light comes through. The smaller the number, the larger the hole ( around F1.4) F stands for F stop by the way. Or if you have higher F stop, the smaller the hole. The smaller the F stop, the more blurred background. The Aperture, controls the depth of filed. This is the distance between the subject in focus and the background out of  focus. This is important as it means that the subject is more likely to catch your eye then a blurry background. A prime lens of 50mm, will create the blurry background as well. I took the photo below with a F stop of 5. So not actually that low, but it still does create a new blurry background. If you have aperture priority mode on your camera, I definitely recommend using that or if you don't I used to use macro settings on my point and shoot and it works in the same way. 

How To Take Better Blog Photos

Thats it! Phew! 

I don't expect anyone to actually to read all of it, but hopefully you may have picked up a couple of useful tips and have something to refer to when you get stuck. If you have any more questions, you can ask them in the comments x 

  



  

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