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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Living life, following your heart and (sometimes) breaking the rules!

You know when you're at school and your peers feel the need to pigeonhole you into a certain category, or pass some kind of judgement on you that you never wanted or asked for but they felt the need to do it as some kind of misguided way to boost their own self-confidence? Well at school I was 'the boring one', which I'm sure you'll agree is absolutely charming and was a huge boost to my self esteem but thankfully I learned to give approximately zero fucks about what anyone thought. My mama taught me that and I will thank her every day for instilling that in me as far back as I can remember. As long as you and those closest to you are happy, who cares about what other people think! Please take that thought with you too, fold it up and put it in your pocket for a day when you might need to remember it; it's got me through some rainy days & I know it will do the same for you.

While, admittedly, during school I was a little caught up in my own thoughts and had things going on that I just didn't discuss (I'm not a talker and I don't think I ever will be), I also didn't stay home every night alone like they thought I did, but even if I had, if that's what I liked doing and I was still challenging myself and doing things, then there's nothing wrong with that. To them, because I wasn't into the same things they were preferring instead to do my own thing rather than tagging along awkwardly, I imagine I did seem pretty boring. That doesn't mean I was having a miserable time, far from it in fact! Those years have some of the best memories attached to them it's just that not everyone knew about them. I thought as I got older those people would, well, not exist anymore I suppose. Turns out I was wrong and in many situations, be it at work, or well, pretty much anywhere really, there's usually that one person that still feels the need to pass those judgements (that tend to be way off the mark & come off sounding a little rude) no one asked to hear.

I am an introvert, I enjoy my own company, I like being at home in my own space surrounded by my own things. It's where I feel most comfortable, it's where I feel inspired and it's where I want to spend a lot of my free time. That's just part of who I am and instead of trying to fight it (been there, done that, it's just so exhausting), I embrace it and most importantly, learn to work with it. I'm not super comfortable in big social situations, I'm not spontaneous (my heart races just thinking about being spontaneous) and spending extended periods of time in my pyjamas is one of my favourite things BUT that doesn't mean I'm not doing fun and exciting things while in said comfortable pyjamas! And if you're an introvert too - hello *high five!*

Hitting the clubs, traveling for months on end and summertime festivals aren't for me, they're just not my thing and if they're not your thing either - that's okay! Not everyone is lucky enough to get the opportunity to live a full life and for that reason you should spend your precious days following your heart. I'm a firm believer that you'll know when something feels right & when something feels wrong. Don't let anyone tell you how you should be spending your time because they're not you, they don't know what your heart is telling you. Age is just a number, it doesn't define you. You don't need to spend every night out on the town because you're eighteen just like you sure as heck don't need to put away your dancing shoes if you're eighty and you don't want to! You don't just stop. You don't have to one day be a grown up and stop having fun. You have to spend your whole life having fun, making the best of every situation and never forgetting to smile. If I'm lucky enough to make it to eighty and I want to have pink hair, I won't let anyone tell me otherwise. Sometimes you have to follow 'the rules' but sometimes you can stick two fingers up at them and do what you want.

If partying with your best friends makes you happy then you make sure you go and dance your little heart out! Or if you've just bought your first house and thinking about decor makes you smile then you tape up those seventy-billion paint swatches that are all pretty much the same colour on to the wall & spend hours trying to decide between them - been there and it's totally one of the best parts! Or maybe you're a mama or a papa and your idea of the best night in is reading to your littles, then you do that and make sure you put on the best storybook voices you can to make them giggle!

Just because we all like different things and choose to spend our time in different ways, does that make any of us boring? No way! Because if you spend your days doing what makes you happy, you won't regret a thing!

P.S. I posted a little giveaway yesterday & I would love for you to enter!
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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Giveaway: Angelica Florence Accessories!

Hello! I hope you're having a lovely weekend so far. The sun is actually (sort of) shining and I have a feeling today is going to be a good day! I'm super excited to be hosting this giveaway today for one of you lovelies to win a beautiful piece of jewellery from Angelica Florence Accessories. I hope you like it! ♥

The Prize:
One winner will be able to choose a beautiful bracelet from the Angelica Florence Accessories website up to the value of £25.99! With so many designs to choose from I'm sure you'll be spoilt for choice!

The Rules:
1. You must be a follower of this blog either via GFC or Bloglovin'
2. Either 'like' the Angelica Florence Facebook page OR 'follow' Angelica Florence on Twitter.
3. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me which piece from Angelica Florence is your favourite & your email address or twitter handle so I can contact you if you win!  

Good luck! 

Terms & Conditions. 
This giveaway will close at midnight British Summer Time (BST) on Sunday July 7th 2013. There will be one winner, chosen at random on Monday July 8th 2013 and they will be contacted directly by me. I will then pass on your email address to Angelica Florence Accessories who will organise the prize to be sent out to you. If you're under 18 please get permission from your parent or guardian as you will need to provide your address if you win. 

Friday, 28 June 2013

A few things I would like...

1. Belair X 6-12 Trailblazer Camera & 35mm Back. 2. Qualy Desk Bunny. 3. Illamasqua Hydra Veil. 4. Joe Browns The Romantic Dress. 5. Stila Convertible Colour Trio in Cool. 6. Dior Addict Lipstick. 7. Luscious Lips Phone.
Belair X 6-12 Trailblazer Camera & 35mm Back. 
A camera that dreams are made of. It's no secret that I own a lot of cameras, I just adore them and it means that I'm always on the lookout for something a little different, something that excites me and the Belair cameras do exactly that. This little bundle comes with the beautiful camera, 2 lenses and a 35mm back, making it versatile as well as pretty. If I'm ever lucky enough to own one of these I think I would struggle to stop smiling!

Qualy Desk Bunny. 
You know when you see something and you really love it even though you don't really need or have a use for it but you feel like you need to have it regardless of those facts? That's how I feel about this. I don't need it but I definitely want it. I mean, it is a bunny so I'm allowed, right? 

Illamasqua Hydra Veil. 
If a product promises to be hydrating I'm all over it. Illamasqua is a brand I really trust and even though their products are fairly pricey, I know that I'm probably going to love them. The Hydra Veil promises to hydrate and create a beautiful base for foundation, which sounds absolutely perfect for my dry/dehydrated skin.

Joe Browns The Romantic Dress.
I think if we had experienced a lot of sunshine this 'summer' I would have purchased this dress already because it's so beautiful, but since we haven't and I haven't had the opportunity to wear any of my other dresses I've been restrained and told myself I don't need this one. That definitely doesn't stop me lusting over it though! 

Stila Convertible Colour Trio in Cool. 
The beautiful Stila convertible colours are incredible products, I actually think I like them as much as, if not a little more than my beloved Illamasqua cream blushes. They just sit beautifully on the cheeks and if my lips are moisturised enough, I find they look lovely on the lips too. The cool trio comes with the shades peony, lillium and cherry blossom, which all look beautiful and I don't think there's one I wouldn't wear. Needless to say, I'm tempted even though I'm supposed to be on a blush ban! 

Dior Addict Lipstick. 
I tend to be pretty attached to my more affordable lipsticks, but there's something about the Dior Addict range that keeps enticing me in and tempting me with their beautiful colours and packaging. Any lip product that promises a high-shine finish instantly has my interest and there are so many shades to choose from. While I do think £20 for a lipstick is a little much, just one is okay, right? 

Joe Browns Luscious Lips Telephone.
So, we don't actually have a landline at the moment, but who cares about the little details when a telephone is a pair of giant red lips!

Are you lusting over anything in particular at the moment? 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Beautiful Chatsworth.

Looking outside today, the grey clouds are looming, these pictures feel like they were taken many moons ago but they were only a couple of weeks ago. I'm hoping we'll get at least a few more days like this over the summer, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed, especially because last summer was so awful. I want to explore the countryside a little more & maybe indulge in one or two ice creams (with a flake of course!).
Chatsworth is the most beautiful place. We took a little picnic, found a spot beside the water and did nothing but talk for a few hours. It was the perfect way to spend an afternoon. We made a few sheep friends before heading for a look around the garden centre. I think it's happened, I think we're officially old because we've become a little obsessed with garden centres recently. We only have a tiny garden and since neither of us are particularly green fingered, we're not really sure what to do with it but we've been gathering together a few ideas.

Last night I watched a really inspirational documentary about Vivian Maier (if you're into photography I really recommend having a look at her work and the story behind it) and I'm so excited to get back into taking pictures. Even when I look back at these pictures that were only taken a few weeks ago, I'm reminded of so many little details of the day I had forgotten. And that's what I love so much about photography. I've got the itch to add a new camera to my collection. I'm not sure which to go for, I know I want something a little different to the cameras I already have so I'm going to have to research a little today. But I'm excited!

Do you have a favourite camera?

Monday, 24 June 2013

Monday Morning.

Usually I truly dislike Monday mornings, but this one is different, this is my first day of freedom for the summer and I am so looking forward to not having to write another essay for a few months. I was going to celebrate by having a very long lie in, but even though I'm not a morning person and I could easily sleep until early afternoon if I really wanted to because sleeping is my specialist subject, I always think it's such a shame to waste such a large part of the day. Instead I thought I would get up early, bring up a big cup of tea and let little Ralphie out of his hutch even though he's decided it's too early and wants to stay snuggled in his hay nest for a little longer - can't say I blame him!

You know when you really love doing something in particular but you have so many other things going on that you don't have enough time to dedicate as much time to it as you want to and when you finally finish all those other things, you're not really sure where to begin again with that thing you really love? That's how I'm feeling about blogging at the moment. I have so many things to write about but I'm not really sure where to start. It seemed a little wrong, a little too abrupt to jump straight into a review or something without having a little catch up, you know?

So, how are you? I hope you had a lovely weekend. It rained pretty much all weekend here, which isn't quite what I had hoped for, especially because it's June. Hurry up summer, please let us have some sunshine soon! Mark has been working a lot recently, I'm so proud of him but I miss him a lot at the same time. It's times like these that really make you truly appreciate the time you do get to spend with loved ones and how important every minute really is.

I think the same goes for doing those things that make you happy. You don't always get to do those things all the time, but when you can I think it's important to appreciate every minute. I'm hoping to post at least 4 or maybe 5 times a week, not like a specific schedule, but I'm saying this because I find myself getting easily distracted and wasting time not accomplishing very much. I'm also hoping to make one video a week, not always about make up or beauty but silly things, a few clips from the everyday or something - if you have any requests I'd LOVE to hear them! I think online video content is pretty fabulous, it's like TV but sometimes a million times better because it feels a little more personal and relateable. I don't know, I'm totally into it at the moment and I'm excited to really give it a try myself!

Anyway, I won't keep you any longer - I know how busy Monday's can be and I've made myself a very long to-do list (it's the only way I manage to get things done!) that I should get started with. Also, it's Wimbledon season again - yay! Tennis is the only sport I really like watching, I also really loved playing it in P.E lessons at school because I was so terrible, my friend and I would always laugh at how many times I would accidentally hit the ball over the fence and have to walk through prickly bushes to retrieve it. Those are the only good memories of P.E I have, the rest are all bad because when you're a super chubby and very unfit teenager being made to wear super little shorts and run long distances, it's not the best, but that's a whole other story!

Do you have any video requests? I would love you to leave them in the comments below. 
They can be about absolutely anything at all! 
Also, did you have a lovely weekend?

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Three's Blogger Penpal's!

For two weeks last month I was the proud owner, babysitter if you will, of an iPhone 5 thanks to the wonderful guys over at Three and their mobile penpal campaign. The blogging community is an incredibly lovely one to be a part of with the sharing of thoughts & inspiration and the emergence of new and exciting opportunities and friendships. When Three approached me and told me a little about their ethos of sharing and connecting with friends via technology, I was instantly interested. It's crazy to think how much technology plays a part in everyday life now. I distinctly remember getting the first family computer when I was 10 and how incredible it was to be able to type up my homework rather than having to hand write it. I also remember getting my first mobile phone when I was 11, it was roughly the size of a brick, couldn't receive those super simple picture messages that went around back in the day and the only game it had on it was snake!

Clearly technology has moved on a lot since I was 11 (which admittedly was a very long time ago!) & I had the best time filling the iPhone 5 with photographs, silly little videos & my favourite apps. Apple products are my favourite because they just work, you know, and unsurprisingly I fell a little bit in love with the phone - I pretty much didn't want to give it back and Mark may have had to gently prise it out of my hands and back into the box when my 2 weeks were up.

The camera quality definitely puts my current phone to shame, it's pretty much on a par with a point & shoot camera and for those days where you really don't want to carry much stuff with you, the camera is more than sufficient to snap lots of memories. I pretty much filled the phone with pictures & videos of little Ralphie & Bailey - crazy animal lady over here & loved every second!

I also made a pretty good start at Candy Crush (I'm completely addicted and had to get it on my ipad but I'm currently stuck on level 65 - I'm not very good at it at all!) and I had to include one of my old favourites - Hay Day! Other than that, I tend to be very simple with my app choices - I love Evernote and my favourite ever list app is called Do! Spring, not because it's super fancy but because it's so super cute! It's like writing lists in your favourite, cutest notebook & you can cross them off when you've done them - perfect!

Thanks so much to the guys over at Three for asking me to be a part of this, I had a lot of fun and I hope Amy from Paperbacks & Postcards, who had the phone after me didn't mind looking at all the videos and pictures of Ralphie & Bailey!

Do you have an iPhone or a favourite app? 
I'm definitely very tempted to scrape the pennies together to get one for myself now!