Monday, 21 November 2016


Hello everybody.
Today's (or rather, tonight's)post is slightly different from the rest of my posts. This one is more of an 'informative advertisement'.
I believe that change is good and is something that we all need if we are ever going to get anywhere in life, so I have decided to start fresh and change things up with my blog.
Yes, as you can tell from the title, I'm 'moving house' as I decided to put it (however thinking back, this may be slightly confusing).
I didn't just want to delete my blog and start a new one here. Likewise I most certainly didn't want to delete my blog and never ever blog again for the rest of my days... I love blogging- it makes me happy.
So, the most logical thing I thought to do was to simply start a new blog using a different blogging site; I opted for WordPress in the end.
The blog is going to be fairly similar to this one as I'm not going to complete reinvent myself- that's not a true reflection of who I am.
I just wanted to mix things up a lil' bit because, to be honest, this blog just wasn't doing it for me anymore... it wasn't making me happy.
I've only had this new blog for a short while and already I am so much happier and at home blogging again. I think this was the change I needed.
So, in case anyone would like to come on this new adventure with me, here is my new blog URL...
and hopefully we will meet again some day in the 'blogging realm'.
See you on the other side...

Sunday, 13 November 2016


Hi my little... potato cupcakes? I'm trying to think of a cute lil' name for you guys but clearly I'm not very good at it, if you have any suggestions, do let me know in the comments.
Todays post is about motivation, or the lack of motivation I've been experiencing lately, for that matter. Sometimes it is just sooo hard staying motivated and getting things done. I find that I can stay focused for about 20-30 minutes.. and then I lose all motivation and can't get anything else done.
This is a particular problem for me when I am trying to get coursework or homework done. Take this morning for example, I got up early so that I could get my coursework wrapped up early and have the rest of the day to myself. I did a good 30 minutes of work, while listening to Christmas music (I know I'm early but don't kill me), but after I got halfway through, I found that the quality of my writing was plummeting! This is not going to get me as much marks as I need to get into my university course, so I decided to stop and do some online shopping instead. Can you see why this is a problem?
There has also been very little motivation for a blog post this week. Do you guys ever find it difficult to think so something to write about? I haven't had a very interesting week, nor have I taken any 'blog worthy' photographs this week and unfortunately, this means I've had very little to write about (hence why I'm writing about having nothing to write about).
However, when I feel my motivation beginning to slip, there are 3 simple things I do to clear my mind and I'm going to share these things with you, in the hopes that they'll help if ever you experience a sudden drop in your motivation.
1. Take a break. Sometimes it isn't a lack of motivation you're experiencing, sometimes you've just fried your brain and need to take a lil' break before getting back at it. When I say break, I don't mean week long holiday to Bora Bora, I mean a 10 minute 'pause'. Go to the toilet, make a snack, drink some water, really you can do anything that doesn't involve thinking about your work. Don't go off and watch 4 episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians or (like me) go on a cheeky spending spree on the internet. Just take a while to clear your mind and chill out.
2. Listen to some relaxing music. This is great for clearing your mind and ensuring that when you get back work, your mind is nice and fresh and ready to get back into it. It doesn't even have to be relaxing music (but I find it works best).
3. Shower or cleanse your face. Personally I think having a clean body equates to having a clean mind. When I feel all grubby and dirty and my hair isn't clean, I just feel like I am not on my game and everything I do, is done half-ass. I absolutely hate this feeling, but its amazing how a simple shower can clear up your mind and make you think clearer.
These are just what I find very helpful when I've hit a bump in the road and am struggling to stay focused and motivated.
I'm sorry if this post is a bit rubbish and you didn't like it very much, hopefully next week will be better.
How was your week? Did you do anything exciting?
Until next time...

Sunday, 6 November 2016


Oh hi there, Sunday! It's that time of the week again and let me tell you something.. I have been sooo excited to make this post because for once in my life I planned ahead, made little notes and took pictures in advance! I know, this sh*t just got serious.
So today I'll be showing you my favourite eye look for this time of the year (Autumn, in case you're reading this in Summer 2020 or something). Autumn, by far, is my favvvvourite time of the year. I love absolutely everything about it. The smells, the colours, the clothes, the food, the weather (as I'm writing this the sun is pouring in my bedroom windows and its bucketing rain!). Honestly, what's not to love about Autumn?
So without rambling on too much, let's get into the makeup, shall we?

This is the eye look that I have been currently loving this season. It's a simple gold eye look and I just adore wearing this look! I honestly get soso many compliments when I do my makeup like this and it just makes me so happy!
I don't tend to use very expensive/high end/big brand makeup quite simply because I am but a smol child and can't afford to splash out on really expensive makeup... but I find that these little cheapies are just as good at doing the job.
The eyeshadow I'm using here is an unbranded palette that I received for Christmas a few years ago, I also used the Peaches and Cream Loose Eyeshadow Pigment in the shade Disco, my eyeliner is something called Seventeen High Drama Intense Liquid Eyeliner and for my lashes I am wearing Rimmel London Wake Me Up Wonderful on the top and Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless on my bottom lashes!

 I won't pretend to be an expert on makeup, if anything I would describe myself as 'fairly adequate' but I do hope you enjoyed this little post and do let me know if you would like more makeup looks in the future.
Also, can anyone tell me an easier way to format pictures onto a post because I struggle to get them in the places I want them to sit?
Until next time...

Sunday, 30 October 2016


Looking after yourself can be hard. For me, there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to be able to do myself justice, so much to do and so little time, as the saying goes. BUT there is a way you can look after yourself, without having to go all out. So without further ado, here are a few things I do for myself!
Drink Water: this is so simple, yet so many people forget it. You should aim to drink around 8 glasses of water a day, but how many of us actually do this? I know I don't, and I suffer for it. I'm talking sore heads, dry skin, breakouts and a really horrible feeling that my body is full of toxins. However, I find that when I drink a least a bottle of water a day, these aren't major problems for me.
Shower: once again, its so simple, yet so simply forgotten. Showering or bathing is the best way to get rid of all the negative energy you may have picked up from the previous day. There is something about having a nice, hot shower; its almost as though I'm giving myself a fresh start!
Sleep: now at this point you may be thinking "seriously, who is gonna forget to sleep?" but it isn't necessarily about whether you do sleep (everyone has to sleep) but more about how many hours you get a night. I would say on average I get about 5-6 hours a night, which may seem like a lot, but isn't enough. You need at least 8 hours sleep a night in order for your body to function effectively. I would recommend that about 30 minutes before you plan to go to bed, give yourself a little pamper session, read a book and stay the hell away from social media as you'll only be sucked into the black hole that we call the internet and by the time you look out the window, the sun will have risen and you won't have slept a wink.
Tan and Makeup: this one's more for the gals (but don't feel excluded boys, you can participate in this too). I love makeup. I love experimenting with new eye looks, I love practicing my brows and eyeliner, I love finding new eyeshadow and lipstick combos... I just love it and for me, doing my makeup is sooo therapeutic and relaxing. I simply get lost in a land of foundations and highlighters. And don't even get me started on tan. You could be having the worst day of your life, but by applying a coat of tan, you can turn that day around! I feel so much more confident and self-assured when I'm wearing tan and it makes every outfit look a million times better!
Me Time: this is proper 'Me Time'. This is the time when you put your phone on the charger in a different room, when you slide your laptop to the other side of the desk, when you sit back and put your feet up and just enjoying spending a little bit of time in your own company. It sounds lonely, I get that, but sometimes what we desperately need in life is 15 minutes where there is absolutely no one asking anything of us. Have a bath, light a candle and just relax... your body and mind will thank you for it.
Treat Yo'self: treating yourself is something that everyone needs to start doing. Why in God's name are you waiting for someone to buy you a gift, when you can buy yourself a gift? There is no shame in buying yourself that new makeup product you've been dying to try, or slashing out on that gorgeous pair of shoes you've had your eye on for the past week. You can be your own admirer! To be fair, sometimes you can go a tad overboard with this one, I'm guilty of this (and believe me, it probably does more damage than it does good) but there is a feeling of euphoria when you spend a couple of extra pounds on yourself, just because you deserve it.
These things are easy to do and actually enjoyable once you get into the swing of things, so if you've been looking for a sign to turn things around, or a gentle nudge in the right direction, consider this it. You are the only person who can truly look out for you.
Until next time...

Sunday, 9 October 2016


The days are getting shorter, the evenings are getting darker and everything is becoming slightly more with that all said, I've decided to bake some seasonal cupcakes!
There are two separate recipes here: one for the actual cupcakes and one for the icing.
For the cupcakes you will need:
  • 230g of plain flour
  • 155g of caster sugar
  • 125g of unsalted butter
  • 2tsp of baking soda/powder
  • 1tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/8tsp of salt
  • 2 medium size eggs
  • 2 medium bramely cooking apples
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
  • Add the butter and sugar to a bowl and mix until you have a light consistency
  • Add the eggs, vanilla extract and caster sugar and combine together
  • Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix until everything is well combined
  • Core, peel and chop the apples to your desired size and place in a saucepan of water
  • Simmer for approximately 5 minutes, drain the water and leave to cool
  • Fold the apples into the cupcake mix
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when inserted to the centre of the cupcake
For the icing you will need:
  • 100g of soft brown sugar
  • 250g of unsalted butter
  • 400g of icing sugar
  • 1tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1tsp of cinnamon
  • 2tsp of whole milk
  • Add the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract to a bowl and mix until light and fluffy
  • Add the icing sugar, bit by bit while still mixing
  • Add the milk and continue to mix until the icing reaches a creamy consistency but is still firm enough to hold it's shape when piped onto the cupcakes

I would love to see any recipes you have that get you into a festive mood !
Until next time...

Saturday, 17 September 2016


I love September, plain and simple.
During September you can literally sit and watch the world transition from roasting hot days on the beach to cosy nights in front of the marks the beginning of my favourite time of year.
But there's another reason why I love September...organisation!
For many of us, the coming of September brings with it school, and with this comes the opportunity to get really organised and take control of your life (after maybe letting go a little bit over the summer).
I tend to take full advantage of this... I really go to town. Notebooks, folders, dividers, sticky notes, pens, pencils, ring binders, poly pockets, diaries, markers, calendars, white boards, you name it and I've probably just purchased it from my local stationary shop. But there's nothing wrong with that, actually, to me, it feels as though I'm finally doing everything right!
Of course, you don't have to go all out and buy every single pen, pencil and notebook you come across, but I'm sure that at least getting a notebook and making a list of things you have to do before the end of the month, or things you have planned for next month, will lift the weight of the world off your shoulders (you're probably more likely to actually do these things too).
That's what I'm doing. I'm making lists. Lists for school. Lists regarding social plans. Lists regarding work. And lists for this blog. I'll be writing down potential blog ideas, having a good hard think about when my 'posting day' should be and just generally getting organised with my life.
Although some people despise the idea of making a 'to-do list', I would urge you to try it. You might surprise yourself.
Until next time...

Friday, 2 September 2016


Ah, it's that time again- back to school. Although this is merely another day in the journey to having a fancy degree to our name for some, for others this is a very daunting experience.
I know, for myself, that starting back at school brings various different feelings.
I love getting organised! Notebooks, folders, pens, pencils, diaries, post-it notes, calendars, all of it is my guilty pleasure (I know, how sad is that?). But that's just my thing. Sure, summer is amazing and filled with spontaneous adventures, but there is something about getting organised and back into a routine that really excites me.
However, like every teen I too have my moments when I think "Do I really need an education?" and the answer for me (unfortunately) is yes. School for me was never an easy thing. I got bullied in my first year of secondary school and although I don't get bullied anymore, that experience has left a mark on how I view school. I'm an introvert, meaning I don't necessarily put the biggest effort into starting conversations with people, which then leads to me spending a lot of time in my own head or staring into space. Yes, this tends to mean that I get a little lonely throughout the day (don't get me wrong, I have friends but I don't spend every minute of the school day with them) but this time I have to myself comes with a sliver lining as it means that I am able to focus on my studies and therefore do quite well in all of my classes.
I know that bullying is a serious problem for many people and it can lead to people not coming to school for fear that they may be hurt or made fun of. Here is some advice that really is very simple an easy to follow: if you or someone you know is being bullied, the best thing you could possibly do is tell an adult that you trust.
Of course there are other reasons that some people despise the thought of going back to school. Anxiety is another issue for me, for example I get anxious in large crowds and when I'm surrounded by people I don't really talk to, but I also get very anxious at the thought of being late or looking stupid in front of my classmates. This, obviously, impacts my education as I feel as though I can't ask questions when I don't understand something.
However school can be someone's favourite place in the may be their escape from a bad time at home or they may simply find comfort in seeing their friends- everyone is different.
I started school today and am now into my last year of education before university, which means that I'm going to be very busy (already I have two open days at some universities to attend next week) and A-Level work is much more demanding than AS and GCSE.
I think I'm going to pick a day (probably a Friday as I'll have some free time) to post weekly and keep a schedule so be sure to look out for posts!
Did anyone else start school this week?
Until next time...