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Monday, 20 November 2017

Confession: I'm nothing like my instagram portrays, and here's why I'm no longer too scared to admit it...


As painful and difficult as it is to admit, sometimes, just sometimes you have to take a step back and say 'd'ya know what? I don't want to fake it til I make it today, I'm totally done with pretending that I'm okay.'

Life isn't hunky-dory right now. No, I'm not 'fine thanks', I'm actually more 'I've had enough of absolutely e v e r y t h i n g and I feel really rather shit, but yeah, how are are you?'.

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Dear Diary... Let's have a catch up | Chronic illness: missing out onlife, tough times & frustration



I know, I know, it's only Wednesday but I already feel like it's just been one of those weeks, I won't sugar coat it... I've felt AWFUL! I'm talking an extra dose of awful than usual. Dizzy, shaky and achy, and beyond exhausted- I can't decide if I feel like I've been hit by a double decker bus or just completed 8 rounds in the ring with Mike Tyson. 

...Neither are fun just in case you were wondering. 
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Monday, 25 September 2017

The key clothing items that will kick start your Autumn wardrobe just nicely


I hate to break it to you all but I'm not part of the cliché 'Shut the front door. It's September, which basically makes it full blown autumn, pass me a pumpkin spiced latte, over the knee boots and a chunky knit' club... I know, am I even a typical girl that uses Instagram? 
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The confessions of a full time singleton..."are you not just really fussy?"


Celebs go dating- can't miss an episode, First Dates- all time fave programme, Love Island- addicted...do you spot an ever so subtle theme here? 

I mean it's funny really, as for someone who isn't, by my own definition, all that interested or fussed about dating and being in a relationship, I'm absolutely obsessed with watching dating shows. Like completely hooked. 
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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

You don't need to achieve everyday- the importance of taking time out


Calling all you girls: you know those bad moods that don't just last a couple of hours, nor a day, but an entire bloody week (read: month) instead? Well for the past few weeks I've experienced what can only be described as a month long mood...
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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Let's get lippy | The five vampy MAC lipstcks that you absolutely need this autumn



~L -  R:  D for danger, Charlottle Tilbury- Glastonberry, Rebel, Diva, Charlotte Tilbury- Walk of shame, Dubonnet, M.A.C Red~

I think it's safe to say that summer has disappeared for yet another year. I mean, I would be upset about this... but how can you be when it's now acceptable to light all of the candles, drink all of the hot chocolate and wear all of the vampy lipsticks again?! I don't know about you but I'm excited about the latter anyway, so with this being said, here's the five MAC lipsticks you need to buy in time for A/W... 
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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

7 really major life lessons I've learnt so far this year...

       


D'ya know what? I swear that I've been walking around asleep or something ~ha, I say that as though functioning day to day in a zombie like state is a new thing for me~ because I feel as though I've blinked, and BAM- as quick as you like, it's September.
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Monday, 4 September 2017

Dear Diary... Let's have a catch up | The real reason behind my absence in the blogging world


You may have noticed that for the past couple of weeks...actually, make that months I've completely vanished from the blogging world. It's been so long since I've sat down with a cuppa and attempted to write anything remotely blog related, far too long in fact. And the reason why I know it's been way too long is because the notes section in my phone is overflowing with different blogpost ideas. I mean, come on...that never happens, or at least in my case anyway. 
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Monday, 10 July 2017

My guide to the ultimate summer: picnics, BBQ's and party planning ideas


If you follow me over on instagram- if you don't, then why not?! No, I'm joking, you're basically not missing out on much other than countless food snaps- anyway, what I was going to say was you'll probably realise that I've been taking full advantage of the beautiful weather recently. I know, nice weather in June, what is this absolute madness?!
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Sunday, 18 June 2017

How to bake | Prosecco infused, chocolate coated strawberry cupcakes



What happens when you're obsessed with prosecco, chocolate coated strawberries and cake?... Prosecco infused, chocolate strawberry cupcakes, of course. Phew, what a mouthful. 
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Bloggers behind closed doors | The embarrassing outtakes that don't get uploaded

 
Who on earth manages to have perfect hair, perfect clothes, and an equally perfect life to match said enviable wardrobe, and princess locks? Well, onlookers may argue that the majority of bloggers manage to achieve all of those things quite easily.


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Monday, 29 May 2017

My top tips on how to make blogging on a budget work


Right, lets kick start this post with a quick question; what instantly springs to mind when you think of a blogger? A fancy camera maybe? An overflowing wardrobe, freebies galore, a top of the range MacBook... Oh, and how could I forget; marble and copper everything? I mean, you might not agree, but they're just a few of the things I imagine people associate with a blogger.
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Friday, 12 May 2017

M.E Awareness Day | What does it feel like to have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis



"What does it feel like to have M.E?" Is a question that I get asked all too often from a huge amount of people, and if I'm being completely honest, it's an extremely hard one to answer. But, being as today is M.E awareness day I thought that I'd give answering it a go. All I ask of you for the next five minutes is to put yourself into an ME sufferers shoes- not literally, ha, you can borrow mine if you'd like to though- imagine that this is the reality of your daily life. So, brace yourself, you're just about to feel really damn awful, here goes...

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Dear Diary... Let's have a catch up | Life with a chronic illness, the struggles you don't know about


Thanks to the power of makeup, and my rather convincing acting skills, I often feel as though I lead a completely different life to what others may imagine. There's my 'online life', which is often saturated with prosecco, tight bodycon dresses, and countless cupcake snaps- giving the impression that I lead a ladies who lunch lifestyle- and then there's my 'real life', the far less glamorous of the two, where I spent the majority of the week stuck at home looking AND feeling a state.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

An updated version of my MAC lipstick collection



Back row from L-R: Diva, Dubonnet, Russian Red, MAC Red, Lady Danger, Vegas Volt
Second row from L-R: Rebel, Up The Amp, Flat Out Fabulous, Lickable, Speak Louder, Chatterbox
Third row from L-R: Craving, Mehr, Hot Gossip, Brave, Velvet Teddy, Kinda Sexy
Bottom row from L-R: Relentlessly Red, Tropic Tonic 

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Friday, 24 February 2017

How to bake | Cinema style toffee popcorn cupcakes


If you follow me on Instagram then you'll know that I'm a bit of a baking enthusiast that likes to tease you all with my cupcake creations on a weekly basis- apologies to all of you on a diet. 

I'm forever getting people ask me for the recipe each time I post a picture, wether it be sticky toffee fudge, Nutella, or mint aero flavour! So, today I thought that I'd better share the recipe for my latest creation; chocolate cupcakes with a sticky toffee popcorn topping. YUM! 
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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Twelve things all Instagram addicts will be able to relate to...


I'm sure it'll come as no surprise to you when I say I'm just a little bit in love with Instagram. Maybe it's the nosy parker in me, yep, it is the nosy parker in me. You can bet if something is happening in the street, I'm straight up twitching at the blinds trying to get the goss- just on neighbourhood watch and all that.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

9 things all you girls need to do when you're in a bad mood


Life isn't always sunshine and rainbows, I mean, I wish it was, but it just isn't. Nor do the happiest of people have a smile on their faces, everyday. But I do know one thing, those bad moods can be redeemed. So, the next time you're having a 'down day', perhaps try following these little steps...
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Monday, 30 January 2017

Dear diary... let's have a catch up | Accepting chronic illness


 

Accepting 'what now is' when your life has been turned upside down by an illness is never the easiest of tasks- heck, why would it be? You see, it's taken me seven whole years to accept that I can't live life the same way anymore. And do you want me to tell you the truth, plain and simple? I'm tired. Tired of sugar coating the fact that the journey to accepting my 'new life' was an easy one.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

I invite you to have a nosy around my bedroom...


I don't know about you but I just bloody love all things homeware. Furry throws, fancy mirrors, cute twinkling fairy lights, I mean you only have to buy me a pack of pink and white stripy straws and I'll be in my element.
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Monday, 23 January 2017

Handy hints to help banish the Monday morning fatigued look


There's only one word needed to sum up Mondays, and that's 'eugh'... you may as well throw an eye roll in whilst you're at it too. Mondays really are the devil, the mornings especially- I mean c'mon who's a fan of waking up with stinging eyes and the black circles under them to match? Yeah, drop me out. 
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Self-confidence, and why empowering other girls is so important


Contrary to popular belief us bloggers aren't as confident as you lot like to think. In actual fact, we're just like you normal folk in the sense that there's days when our self-confidence decides to take a bit of a dip, which, in turn results in us doubting everything from our own capabilities, to moaning about our appearance. I feel as though people often forget that we're just your everyday average girls, with just as many problems and insecurities as the next.

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Monday, 9 January 2017

The reason why you need to stop comparing your life to others the same age



I've certainly made no secret of the fact that 2016 definitely wasn't one of the best, but if there was one good thing to come out of an unhappy year, that would be finally discovering that no good will ever come from comparing my own life/achievements to those the same age as myself.  

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

9 really major life lessons I learnt in 2016


I'm just going to throw it out there straight the way; 2016 definitely wasn't my favourite year. In fact I'd even go as far as to say that its probably up there as one of my least favourites.

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